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Thornton Park squatters anger nearby resident Area a gateway for visitors Sandra Thomas Staff writer

Dave Peterson questions why squatters are allowed to camp at Thornton Park.

Dave Peterson wants to know why an increasing number of squatters are allowed to camp in Thornton Park at one of the city’s major gateways for visitors. The park is located on Main Street at Terminal and lies in front of the Greyhound bus and VIA Rail train stations and next to a busy SkyTrain station. Peterson, who lives near the park, said it’s become a home to the homeless, despite the availability of a shelter a half-block away. “They sleep in the park at night, which I don’t like but can live with,” said Peterson. “But during the day they hang their mattresses, cardboard pallets and photo Rebecca Blissett clothes in the trees. This is

the first place many people see when they arrive in Vancouver and it looks terrible.” Peterson said a man he believes is mentally ill spends all day sleeping on one of the park’s benches. When the man is awake, said Peterson, he often rants at passersby. Some of Peterson’s neighbours told him they’ve witnessed the man masturbating. Peterson emailed the Courier several photographs of the man on the bench, mattresses, cardboard and clothes strewn under and in a tree, and a regular panhandler sitting on the cement directly at the bottom of the stairs leading to the adjacent SkyTrain station and forcing transit riders to walk around him. See PARK on page 4

Little leaguers brace for bright lights of World Series Little Mountain trounced competition at Canadian nationals

Megan Stewart Staff writer

On Wednesday, Little Mountain Little League will sit down with sport broadcasters from ESPN for an interview that will air across the continent. If any of these talented young baseball players advance to the

big leagues, they may have media trainers and other support staff to help shape and filter their message. For now, their coach Frank Soper runs no interference. “We haven’t mentioned anything to them,” he said from Williamsport, Pennsylvania where the Little League World Series begins Friday.

“What we did tell them to do was this: be yourselves.” The Mountaineers trounced the competition at the Canadian nationals last week in Ancaster, Ont., outscoring their opponents 89-13 and winning all seven games. Along the way to Williamsport through the Metro Vancouver, B.C. and Canadian champion-

ships, Little Mountain remained undefeated. The scores may be lopsided, but Soper says the competition was excellent. Little Mountain was simply better. Against an Ontario pitcher who Soper said had a 1.0 ERA through the season, Mountaineer shortstop Lichel Hirakawa Kao knocked one out of

the park and other batters earned three doubles and sent in six RBI to defeat their strongest opponent 7-1. “It wasn’t that the other teams aren’t good,” Soper said. “These [Mountaineers] are just a very good group of kids. We have a very compete team of pitcher, hitters and fielders.” See COACH on page 4



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Coach welcomes challenge of playing world’s best teams

Continued from page 1 Little Mountain will set aside the blue and grey uniform for the red Maple Leaf. The team received two dozen 2011 series baseball bats and new gloves signed by Ferguson Jenkins, a retired Chicago Cubs pitcher and first Canadian to win a Cy Young Award. With his advice for the 11-to 13-year-old boys, Soper is on to something. When these kids are relaxed and having fun, they focus and play to their maximum said Soper, whose son Lucas is a promising pitcher. “A lot of the other teams were nervous and maybe it had something to do with playing a 20-and-0 team,” said the third-base coach known for his show-stopping pants. “We went in with the right frame of mind and the right attitude.” Canada’s first match of the tournament on Saturday puts it against a little league team from Panama. It could then face a team from Saudi Arabia or Chinese Taipei. The international side of the tournament includes teams from the Caribbean, Japan, Mexico and Germany, and regional teams


from the U.S. fill the other eight berths. Soper is hoping for a match up against Chinese Taipei since its programs are known for producing high-calibre little leaguers. “All 16 teams, however, have gone a long route to get here and they’re all going to be good,” he said. “The way this tournament has been set up, the best teams get through. It’s not the team with the strongest pitcher—it’s the strongest team. We’re going to be playing the best 15 other teams in the world. We’re expecting some very tough and close games. We’re expecting to see teams that are just like us.”

Little Mountain beat the host team from Ontario 13-1 Saturday to win the Canadian Little League Championship and a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. photo Alan Greer/PNG

Park commissioner vows to clean up park, find squatters new home

Continued from page 1 Urine and feces are becoming a problem in the park, said Peterson. “I know not much can be done about them sleeping in the park, I have to be realistic about that,” said Peterson. “But using the trees to store their mattresses? The park board seems to do a great job on the flower beds, but no one’s doing anything about this mess.” Walt Judas, vice-presi-

dent of marketing for Tourism Vancouver, agreed the garbage and debris in the park are unsightly. In response to complaints, Tourism Vancouver contacted the city about its concerns with Thornton Park. “It’s not what we want people to see as they arrive in the city,” said Judas. “Vancouver has a reputation for being clean, tolerant and respectful, but if a park is garbage strewn it’s



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It might make sense if the city was planning to add or replace sidewalks in local parks that the park board might be notified, but apparently that notification never occurred. Last week the Courier and other media reported, much to park board commissioners’ surprise, that a large swath of grass along the west side of Chaldecott Park had been stripped bare to make way for a sidewalk. Dunbar residents were caught off guard and were not happy with the way the sidewalk was given the OK with no notice to the community. COPE park board commissioner Loretta Woodcock told me this week she and her fellow commissioners would have also liked some notice. “We would have appreciated the heads up from the city,” says Woodcock. “But instead we had residents calling and we didn’t know anything about it.” Woodcock explains the city is working on dozens of projects because of federal infrastructure

A wide strip of grass was ripped out of Chaldecott Park in Dunbar earlier this month without the park file photo Dan Toulgoet board’s knowledge. stimulus funds that must be spent by March 2011. She asked the city for a complete list of sidewalk projects on park board property and discovered 26 parks and one golf course have already received new sidewalks, had sidewalks replaced or are about to get them. A partial list of parks to receive sidewalks or have sidewalks replaced include Balaclava, Trafalgar mini park, Maple Grove, Devonshire and Hadden. Wood-

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munity Centre tonight (Aug. 18) at 6 p.m. For a list of parks with completed, ongoing or pending sidewalk projects, go to my Central Park blog at

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City denies controversial permit extension Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

The city has refused to extend a development permit for a West Side business after neighbours complained it was selling sex instead of beauty treatments—a charge the owner denied. The business, called Finezza Beauty Centre Ltd. on West 10th near Discovery Road, had been operating on a conditional development permit as a Health Enhancement Centre and the owner asked that it be extended for a further period of time. Its conditional permit expired June 25. The city informed surrounding residents about the request for an extension and said they could comment on the operation of the Health Enhancement Centre before July 27 in advance of a decision being made. Neighbours, who would not speak on the record, wanted the city to deny the application and suggested the spa was being run as a “brothel.” Neighbours pointed out clients had to press a buzzer to get into the business. Finezza, which has a professional-looking storefront, lists services such as body massage, manicures, pedicures and waxing. An online advertisement posted April 28 stated Finezza spa is “new opened

The city refused to extend a development permit for the Finezza Beauty Centre Ltd. on West 10th Avenue. photo Rebecca Blissett in Point Grey area. We have high class decration, warm and clean, shower in every room; Our staff all trained, they r friendly, sweet and young, u must melt ur stress gone when u take relax time here!!!!!!!!!!!” Other ads found on Craigslist and other Internet sites include headings such as “Pretty—Sexy— Nice Body—Young—UBC Girl” and “Real Japanese Girls—Sexy*Pretty*Fun.” The ads have since been removed and the owner, listed as Lin Juan Hu, told the Courier in limited English late last month that it was a misunderstanding due to her poor English skills. She explained she copied other spa ads from Craigslist without understanding their meaning.

Hu asked the Courier to talk to Thomas Ng who had accompanied her to city hall to discuss the matter and acted as a translator. Ng also said the situation resulted from a misunderstanding due to Hu’s language problems and that a buzzer was installed following a dispute with another tenant. Ng said Hu had put the business up for sale in March and hoped to get the extension from city hall to get a better price. “I don’t think [neighbours] should worry about it,” he said. A letter by resident Rosie Perera and circulated to neighbours urged residents to “write letters opposing this ‘house of ill repute.’” “The women who work

in these places are generally brought in from Asia or elsewhere, and are exploited, vulnerable to disease, and are not paid well, and are made to do degrading ‘work,’” Perera’s letter stated. Const. Lindsey Houghton, spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department, indicated late last month that the VPD looked into the business after receiving calls. “There is no evidence that we can use to pursue any criminal type of investigation. We are working with the city who licenses these businesses as Health Enhancement Centres and have met with the owners,” he said. The city announced in a Aug. 9 letter to residents that Finezza’s application was refused, but offered no explanation. “As a neighbouring property owner, you are advised that this application has been refused. It should be noted, however, that the applicant has the right to appeal this decision to the Board of Variance in accordance with the provisions of the Vancouver Charter,” wrote Martha Spiro for permit extension and renewal. The city did not return repeated calls from the Courier.


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They’re open for business seven days a week. On main streets and side streets. Beside corner stores and hair salons. With curtained windows, flashing neon signs and sandwich boards advertising paraffin treatments, waxing and massage. They hover in a bureaucratic nebula, with whispered approval from city hall. Ownership is vague, often attributed to Asian names rubber-stamped on city forms. They double as detention centres of bungled immigration, fabricated debt, seized passports and false promises made during long-distance phone calls over the Pacific. The women anglicize their names (Cindy, Melody, Annie) yet speak little English to the men they meet. Vancouver brothels are all that, however most Vancouverites don’t know or don’t care. The cool and sophisticated—in the media, and elsewhere—conflate prostitution with sex, opposition to prudishness and empathy to contempt. But hope resides in ordinary people. Case in point. The Finezza Beauty Centre at 4330 West 10th

Ave., a squat grey building among the optometry clinics and winemaking supply stores in leafy West Point Grey. On July 13, the city informed neighbourhood residents—via a brief “Dear Sir or Madam” dispatch—that Finezza owners sought to extend their “Health Enhancement Centre” permit, which was granted on a temporary basis last June. (FYI: “Health Enhancement Centre” is code for brothel. Everyone involved knows that—city bureaucrats, cops, pimps. Most legitimate massage or beauty parlours seek other classification. Sixty-two Health Enhancement Centres operate in Vancouver, each paying a $226 yearly brothel fee to city hall.) If not for Rosie Perera, a tech support worker who lives one block from the Finezza, the neighbourhood consultation, cloaked in bureaucratic code, might have come and gone with the wind. But Perera understood. She cringes at the exploitation and injustice intrinsic to prostitution. “The business [Finezza] itself was not doing anything to bother

markhasiuk me,” she said, during a recent interview with the Courier. “But I know that the women in there are not doing it because they love this job.” So she visited Finezza—with its locked door and doorbell—and met a smiling Asian man named “Kong” who claimed to be the manager yet offered little information about the business. Undeterred, she Googled and found Finezza ads on Craigslist and other websites. And more (less bureaucratic) code words. SEXY, PRETTY, FUN… REAL JAPANESE GIRLS. NICE BODY, YOUNG UBC GIRL. New arrived Korean girl. “I was pretty shocked,” Perera

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about the Finezza. Nevertheless, evidence suggests justice was served. But victory rings hollow for Perera, who unlike many Vancouverites, understands. “Part of it feels crummy because I feel like we’re just nimbys saying we don’t want it in our neighbourhood, push it somewhere else,” she said. “And part of me knows that that’s what’s going to happen.” Probably. But all big fights require small victories. Due to city hall silence, we can only speculate—but this may be the first time city hall has denied a Health Enhancement Centre permit application, for any reason. The West Point Grey case provides a template ripe for duplication in neighbourhoods around Vancouver. “My sense is the city is overwhelmed about how many of theses places there are, so they don’t do anything about it most of the time unless neighbours complain,” said Perera. “But it’s actually not that hard to organize a few neighbours.”


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said. “And we had only one week to get the word out and get people to write letters.” Armed with her research, Perera canvassed the neighbourhood, collecting 18 emails and organizing a letter-writing campaign aimed at Martha Spiro, the city bureaucrat in charge of permit extensions. Then she waited—until last week, when the city distributed another letter notifying residents that the Finezza’s permit application had been denied. Following the decision, I went to the Finezza. The neon “OPEN” sign sat cold and lifeless in the front window. The doorbell fetched a scowling Asian man (Kong, perhaps?) who opened the door slightly then shooed me away. “We closed, we closed.” In a revealing act, the city refused to answer questions about the Finezza case. (Why notify residents about the permit application? What role did neighbourhood opposition play in the city’s decision?). No surprise. City hall’s brothel bureaucracy shuns inspection like the CIA. It’s also worth noting that the city has made no allegations





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Coalition For No Whales in Captivity spokesperson Annelise Sorg has been pushing for a referendum on keeping whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium for 18 years, nine park boards, six civic elections and 30 park board commissioners. So she wasn’t surprised last month when the Vision Vancouver majority of park board commissioners voted down a motion by the Green Party’s Stuart Mackinnon to hold a non-binding plebiscite on keeping captive cetaceans as part of the 2011 civic election. Mackinnon’s motion followed the June death of Nala, the aquarium’s one-year-old baby beluga, whose death was caused by a penny and several rocks trapped in an airway. According to Vision Vancouver park board chair Aaron Jasper, such a move could put the park board at risk of a lawsuit should the aquarium decide to get litigious. That’s because in 2006 the previous NPA-dominated park board extended the aquarium’s lease for 20 years with a deal there’d be no discussion on captive cetaceans until 2015. At the same time, the NPA commissioners of the day quashed the previous COPE-dominated board’s promise to hold a plebiscite on the issue. And now, the aquarium is preparing to expand, once again, thanks to $15 million from the feds and $10 million from the province. The aquarium’s expansion isn’t news—the $80 million project was approved in 2006 without a public referendum. But it’s notable that government funding was announced just weeks after Mackinnon’s failed motion—and at a time when the park board has been forced to lay off staff and cut back on community centre programs, not to mention the school board forced to close schools due to budget cuts.

sandrathomas The NPA-dominated park board of 2006 approved the expansion based on a $300,000 survey paid for by the aquarium, which made many residents and some park board commissioners question the validity of the results. COPE commissioner Loretta Woodcock summed it up this way: “The public is being asked if they really like the aquarium expansion,” said Woodcock at the time. “Or if they really, really like it.” What Mackinnon, Woodcock and many residents want now is a plebiscite that offers one simple yes-or-no question, such as “Should the aquarium phase out the containment of cetaceans in Stanley Park?” Aquarium president John Nightingale explained that some of the work in the expansion includes vital repairs to infrastructure, such as the underwater wall and viewing window located underneath the B.C. Wild Coast exhibit, which opened in 2001. Nightingale said if that vital work isn’t completed,

the aquarium will have to drain that pool. He adds those improvements are interconnected with other work—for example the roof on that gallery will also have to come off and be replaced, changing the appearance of the building from the outside. The expansion has been broken up into eight separate yet connected projects to be completed in three phases. I asked Nightingale if any of the improvements will change the way visitors view the whale, dolphin and sea lion pools in light of Nala’s death, which many blame on humans tossing items into the cetaceans’ pools. Just two weeks ago, the spouse of a Courier reporter was at the aquarium when a child tossed a purple wallet into the sea lion pool. Nightingale says that while changes to viewing areas aren’t on the aquarium’s to-do list, the final design has yet to be decided. According to the book People, Fish and Whales: The Vancouver Aquarium Story by Murray Newman and Nightingale, the first aquarium expansion was in 1967. Subsequent expansions have taken place at regular intervals ever since. In 1995, the majority of NPA commissioners voted that any future expansion would go to referendum. But in 2006, another NPA-dominated board rescinded that promise. So the aquarium has been running the show ever since. Given the park board’s history of flip-flopping, does anyone really expect a change in 2015? It’s probably going to take Annelise Sorg at least another six civic elections and another 30 commissioners before the park board finally stands up and asks, “Should the aquarium phase out the containment of cetaceans in Stanley Park?”

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Ramadan reflections include Khadr, burkas and stonings As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan continues, my thoughts do not centre on fasting, renewal and self-restraint—the latter two I like, fasting not so much—but on burkas, flooding in Pakistan, Omar Khadr and Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. An email from the president of the B.C. Muslim Association about Ramadan had me thinking about my Muslim friends. I don’t have any. Why, in a large multicultural city such as Vancouver, do I not have any friends or even acquaintances of the Muslim faith? Even through my work at the Courier, it’s rare that I speak to someone who is Muslim. It seems strange given 72,000 Muslims live in Metro Vancouver, according to the last census. The Courier has tried to interview Muslims in the past, most recently Iraqi refugees who came to Canada via a Syrian refugee camp, but we were denied. Too scared, we’re told. 9/11 changed a lot. An opportunity to form a friendship with a person of the Muslim faith hasn’t happened, although I was slowly getting to know an Iraqi named Fatima, her two kids and soccer-loving husband at my local East Side park. She didn’t go to the park as often as I did and then my family moved away last year. Fatima, dressed in full-length covering with only her face visible, and I talked mostly about our kids. I asked her about her new life in Canada. It was difficult sometimes, she replied in broken English, but better than life in Iraq. I worried that Canada’s reputation as a friendly and welcoming nation wasn’t meeting her expectations. New Canadians tend to stick with their own due to language, religion or culture—which I understand. It’s the same everywhere. After a while, what divides us slowly disappears thanks to a new generation of Canadian kids who don’t care about another child’s background or language—unless they’ve picked up prejudices at home from their parents. When I met Fatima at the park— mostly in the warmer months—I wondered what it must be like to walk around covered head to toe in a long, heavy dress. She often looked very hot. Burkas, however, disturb me. They deny Muslim women from enjoying life’s simple pleasures— feeling the wind on your face while riding a bike, licking an ice cream cone at the beach with friends while letting the sun’s rays wash over your face, hiking the North Shore mountains without succumbing to heat exhaustion from wearing a tent, picking up your little ones from daycare and letting them spontaneously kiss your exposed cheek. Burkas oppress women. I wish they’d disappear.

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fionahughes Truth be told, my only ongoing Canadian relationship with Muslims is via the light-hearted CBC TV comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie and the news, such as the tragedy of flooding in Pakistan and why the world isn’t responding as it did when an earthquake rocked Haiti and a tsunami swept through parts of Southeast Asia. Then there is the case of Canadian Omar Khadr, who was captured by American soldiers in 2002 and has been held at Guantanamo Bay ever since. He was 15 when he was caught. Whatever your thoughts on his jihadist parents, he was a child and his confinement violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Khadr’s fate— the facts are not clear whether he threw the grenade that killed an American—is now being decided in a U.S. military court. As unfair as Khadr’s treatment has been at the hands of the socalled democratic and civilized nations of the U.S. and Canada, worse is the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian mother accused of adultery and killing her husband. Thanks to global outrage, she will not be stoned to death. But fears are she may be hanged. People of many faiths (Christians killing doctors who perform abortions, Hindus setting daughters on fire for “shaming” the family, Muslim dads killing their Canadian daughters for dating non-Muslims) commit horrendous crimes and when a religion justifies stoning a woman or man to death, the world must speak out loudly. Cruel and barbaric forms of capital punishment, which includes lethal injection, and murder in the name of religion must be universally condemned. According to a recent report in the Guardian newspaper, Mohammadi Ashtiani’s case embarrassed the Iranian government, but her lawyer worries about other Iranian women facing a similar sentence who aren’t in the public eye. Also according to the paper, Iran is said to have frozen all executions until the end of Ramadan. At least 12 Iranian women and three men are awaiting execution by stoning. These are the thoughts flitting through my mind as the days of Ramadan continue.

Hornby Street currently has a one-way northbound bike lane but the city wants two bike lanes on the street. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Downtown BIA skeptical about proposed bike lane,” Aug. 11. It was not surprising to hear the latest fear mongering from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association regarding the proposed Hornby Street bike lanes—it is consistent with their continued opposition to improvements to both bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the downtown core. The association’s opposition is tiresome as are the cries of “we didn’t do enough consultation,” a line this BIA used recently in opposing the now successful Burrard Bridge bike lanes, which received more than 15 years on endless consultation processes. If this association wishes to have a voice in the future design of our transportation network it would be well advised to come to the table with an open mind and some solid research. It would also be wise that

when this association is proven wrong time after time they re-evaluate their position and use solid data to guide their policies. Rob Wynen, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Cycling is a healthy pursuit. Unfortunately, cycling lobby groups continually exaggerate the conversion from cars, buses and taxis and totally ignore the needs of the trucking industry. Aside from recreational riders, couriers and those who do not own a car, the actual numbers of converted motorists should be counted on a rainy day. If people keep their car for essential uses the impact of fair weather cycling will remain miniscule. Rick Angus, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Media helps fudge Pride Parade figures,” Aug. 11. I guess I am not the only one to question the huge numbers of people that apparently watch the Pride Parade. Every year the parade is put on it seems like the number of people attending increases. So every year the cameras are there and we see coverage on almost every channel but I have yet to hear from any of my friends, family or workplace associates who has actually gone. Now one would think if nearly 30 per cent of the residents of Metro Vancouver went I would come across at least one person in my circle of friends that had any kind of stories. But nothing. So what gives? I don’t know if the organizers think inflated numbers will make those people who disagree with the gay community think they are in the minority? So Mark Hasiuk, get ready for the piles of responses that will undoubtedly ac-

cuse you and many others of being homophobic for even questioning the obviously inflated numbers. But in reality, was traffic disrupted? Was the transit system clogged? Were there any shots of the massive crowd from above as is the case during the fireworks? The answer to all of the questions above is no. So please people enjoy the show—but please, enough with the fake crowd estimates. Rob Gill, Vancouver

••• To the editor: I agree with Mark Hasiuk’s analysis, up to a point, but I suspect that the 90,000 figure is still too high. If we are told that 90,000 people were present at a football game it would be reasonable to assume that they were all there to watch football. However, if we are told that 90,000 people were present when a parade went by it doesn’t follow that they were all there to “watch”

the parade. Some portion of those present would have been there regardless of whether there was a parade and would have only “watched” it in the same way that they would have “watched” passing traffic. A very good example, as Hasiuk points out, of the uncritical way in which the mainstream media covers most things. Vince Morgan, Vancouver

••• To the editor: While I could easily follow along and accept the methodology/formula that Mark Robinson devised to arrive at his figure of 90,000 spectators versus the mainstream media reportage of 600,000 to 700,000, I believe Robinson may have overlooked a very significant segment of the viewers who watched from the thousands of balconies and rooftops of the West End. Ginger Mason, Vancouver

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More than 5,000 physicians, researchers and scientists will attend Transplant Society conference

Unusual brother/sister kidney transplant packs potential Megan Stewart

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Two Vancouver siblings and a surgeon may be part of a Canadian medical first with the implication that organ recipients could better tolerate transplanted tissue and organs and could one day be matched with a greater number of eligible donors. Jack Gardner, 57, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1993 and received a bone marrow transplant from his fraternal twin sister, Jill Gill. Although their blood types were different, after surgery Gardner’s body adopted his sister’s Anegative blood type. “I have my sister’s immune system,” Gardner said this week at Vancouver General Hospital, the site of two transplants between the brother and sister. He can’t recall what his blood type was before surgery, but says, “I’m her now.”

Jack Gardner, 57, at Vancouver General Hospital. photo Rebecca Blissett

A decade later, Gardner’s kidneys “both just stopped.” But because his immune system and blood type had taken on essential characteristics of his sis-

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Sport and lifestyle festival welcomes burgeoning sandy sport

Advocate rallies support for beach tennis debut Megan Stewart

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If Ryan Clark has anything to do with it, beach tennis will soon be Vancouver’s hot new summer sport. The CEO of Tennis B.C., the provincial governing body for tennis, imagines a circuit similar to beach volleyball leagues across the city and knows wherever there is sand, there could be a net, two doubles teams and rackets. “The question right now: how big do we want to take this?” Beach tennis makes its debut in Vancouver this weekend at the second annual KitsFest, a sport and lifestyle festival at Kitsilano Beach Park with two days’ worth of high-calibre and highly competitive basketball and beach volleyball in addition to a junior court tennis tournament. The hybrid sport uses paddlelike rackets and a low-flight ball with a minimized bounce. Like tennis, players serve crosscourt and each side hits once. Similar to volleyball, players strive to keep the ball from hitting the sand. Clark said the sand will literally level the playing field. And he wonders what athletic skills will give the most advantage to competitors. “All of these will be new discoveries for us,” he said. “Everyone is a beginner at this sport. No one’s really played before and every single person will be a firsttimer.” They likely haven’t even touched the specialized, paddlelike rackets, which are smaller, heavier and without the strings of


standard tennis rackets. Beach Tennis USA recently partnered with the International Tennis Federation to sanction and develop a professional circuit where burgeoning sport is popular in southern U.S. states such as Florida. The ITF, the world-wide governing body for professional tennis, will host the inaugural International Beach Tennis Championship in September on Long Beach, New York, with more than $10,000 up for grabs. Beach tennis also has a strong following in Spain, Brazil and Italy, where the sport is known as “racket volley.” In Vancouver, Clark senses KitsFest is just the beginning. Registration closes today, Aug. 18, for the doubles beach tennis tournament. Chris O’Connor and Brodie Dunlop are signed up and held the rackets for just the first time Monday. They’re beach tennis rookies—like everyone else—but are no less competitive than any old hand. “You want to win it in the first year,” said O’Connor, playfully setting his sights on KitsFest grandeur and joking, “you want to win it because a few years from now Federer and Nadal will be coming up for this.” And Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, respectively ranked No.

Brodie Dunlop (left) and Chris O’Connor are playing in this weekend’s beach tennis debut at the photo Rebecca Blissett second annual KitsFest. 2 and No. 1 in the world, have more than once professed their affection for Canada, both making the Rogers Canada Cup a seasonal stop. O’Connor, 28, grew up on the hard courts of the Arbutus Tennis Club and he and Dunlop competed in the provincial doubles

circuit as teenagers. O’Connor is also a professional tennis official, calling games at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Davis Cup. He’s never played or even practised beach tennis, much like most of the competition he’ll face this weekend. He said his partner is quick and he’s tall. “I’ve got

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City says complaint will be investigated

Dilapidated property peeves neighbourhood resident Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

An East Side resident is questioning how long the city should allow homeowners to keep properties in disrepair before forcing them to make improvements. Wendy Sinclair lives near a property at 5217 Prince Albert St., which has been in a dilapidated state for years despite neighbourhood concerns that it will attract crime and problems. Sinclair, a block watch captain, has complained to the city about the state of the home. The Courier wrote about her concerns in a story published last July, but Sinclair says the situation has worsened. Last summer, the house was owned by a senior who was having trouble getting repairs done. Three white posts held up the building’s front. The property was sold last October and the posts have been removed, but now the doors and a couple of the windows have been boarded up. Stairs leading to the front door are missing and the back porch is full of old wooden, drawers and debris. The home’s paint is faded and peeling, and siding has fallen off.

The grass, which had grown to about two-feet high, hadn’t been cut for some time until earlier last week, possibly due to Sinclair’s complaint. She cites the broken windows theory. “If you don’t make a residential area look like people care for it, then it does attract, indirectly, criminal behaviour by giving the impression that people don’t care,” Sinclair said. Since the front door and windows are boarded up, it’s vulnerable to tagging, squatters and vandalism that could include arson, she added. Sinclair has lived in the neighbourhood for seven years, but she’s been told the property’s been unsightly for 20 years. “They’re obviously planning to do some repairs or something, but I haven’t heard from the city and there’s no work order up,” Sinclair said. Neighbours have spotted individuals wearing masks hauling trash out of the house from the back door in the past, but Sinclair has personally never seen anyone around the property. When the Courier visited, it appeared abandoned and no one answered a knock at the back door. Sinclair maintains the new owners

have had the property for 10 months, so more work should have been done. “The city, I believe, doesn’t have an official timeline,” she said. “They say within a timely manner or something to that effect. That’s not acceptable to ask the neighbours to sit with this thing for a year or two years. What does that do to your street, the property values, as well.” But the city does respond to complaints about the condition of properties, said the city’s Tom Hammel, who spoke to the Courier last week as acting director of licensing and inspection, which includes property use, while another staff person was on vacation. “Any property that’s unkempt or messy or is not in a proper standard of repair could be subject to enforcement,” he said. Hammel noted Sinclair’s complaint was on file and said an inspector would investigate. Owners can be issue warnings or orders and be given a timeline to make changes, he said. “If they don’t meet orders they can be prosecuted under the [untidy premises] bylaw,” he said.

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Education cuts will be a major subject for debate when school resumes this September and talk of possible school closures heats up. But NDP politician Jenny Kwan is already adding her voice to the issue as summer holidays wind down. The Mount Pleasant MLA’s office is hosting a town hall meeting tonight aimed at education cuts in general, and more specifically the potential for school closures in Vancouver.

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The meeting, at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House—800 East Broadway, runs between 7 and 10:30 p.m., Aug. 18. The panel speaking on the subject includes Vision Vancouver trustee Mike Lombardi, COPE trustee Jane Bouey, former COPE trustee Noel Herron, a parent from Queen Alexandra, which is being considered for closure, and Ron Suzuki from the Strathcona Community Centre, which runs after school programs. Although a large crowd isn’t expected given the time of year, a second meeting will likely be organized in September, according to Kwan’s office.

Life lessons

Most students look forward to summer holidays, but some kids need a way to occupy their free time or need to be exposed to opportunities in life. An organization called Kids Up Front recently ran a campaign called “Keep Kids off the Streets this summer.” As part of the program, Kids Up Front sent a handful of students to UBC’s computer science camp. Two of the students’ lives

were particularly transformed, according to executive director Cindy Graves. The 12-year-old boys, who spent a week at the camp, are clients of Vancouver Coastal Health. They come from low income, immigrant families who otherwise couldn’t afford the camp. One spent last summer in hospital for serious depression and anxiety, while the other pre-teen is partially deaf and has a speech problem that creates communication and anxiety problems. Both students get straight As in math and are interested in computers, but neither owns one. They use school and library equipment. The computer camp exposed the pair to computer scientists and what they do, including designing and running robots, programming computers and designing games. Both boys plan to go to university and study computer science, says Graves, who points out it’s important to help keep students off the streets and involved in safe and fun activities. I’ve written about Kids Up Front, which pairs unused sports, theatre or concert tickets, with needy kids, in the past. Earlier this year, the charity sent students to Olympic events. It’s a worthy cause, so I thought I’d mention what the organization’s been up to lately. For more information check out its website at kidsupfrontvancouver. com.

Back to school

September is drawing closer so I’m beginning to think about back-toschool stories. I’m always on the hunt for interesting happenings in the education world, whether it’s elementary school, high school or post-secondary institutions across Vancouver. If you know about a fascinating student or teacher, developing trend or unusual education-related story, send your ideas my way. I’d also like to hear concrete examples of how the $17 million in education cuts will affect individual students and their families during the 2010/11 school year, as well as your thoughts about potential school closures and what issues you think trustees should concentrate on during their final full school year on the Vancouver School Board before the 2011 civic election.

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Women-only facility closed doors in June

Downtown Eastside women’s pharmacy goes defunct Cheryl Rossi

Staff writer

North America’s first pharmacy strictly for women shut its doors June 30, one week shy of its first anniversary. Lu’s: A Pharmacy for Women, a social enterprise run by the 39-yearold Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, couldn’t attract the funding and the number of clients it needed, according to the group’s spokesperson Nataly Richardson. Richardson said women in the Downtown Eastside who patronized other pharmacies weren’t comfortable switching, and they didn’t necessarily know Lu’s was in operation. “We’ve spoken to other pharmacists in the area who have successful pharmacies, large pharmacies as well, and they all say that it takes at least a year for a pharmacy to get started up and have a steady clientele where you’re no longer in severe debt and able to start paying it off,” Richardson said. “We were strained financially and it was start-

dearth of expected methadone prescriptions and controversy over an initial policy not to serve transgendered women. The collective began welcoming self-identified women to the pharmacy and resource centre in midJanuary. Richardson said the group will slowly pay back its accumulated debt. Its resource centre will continue to run at the rear of the pharmacy and to rely on private donations. If it could do the pharmacy’s startup over, Richardson said the group would have funded its first year or two of services differently. Duncan had expected to meet the pharmacy’s first year budget of $1 million and that its operation would return a profit of $83,000 in 2010. Richardson also believes increased marketing could have helped. Nurse practitioners who can perform pap tests, write prescriptions and refer patients to specialists continue to accept appointments at the resource centre, which offers free yoga at noon on Fridays.

ing to become a hazard to the whole space itself.” Caryn Duncan, former executive director of the health collective, conceived the idea for a women’s pharmacy in the Downtown Eastside in 2006. She envisioned a welcoming environment for women that she hoped would evolve into a women’s clinic. An advisory committee that included a retired pharmacist and businesswomen developed a business plan for the pharmacy. Vancity Community Foundation and the Central City Foundation helped Lu’s come alive at 29 West Hastings St., between Funky Winker Beans and Army and Navy, with the help of countless individuals and businesses. The pharmacy’s revenues were meant to fund services at the health collective’s resource centre, which had struggled for years with insecure government funding. Duncan, who left the group in January, called the pharmacy’s closure heartbreaking. She said its demise was due to “many complexities,” beyond a


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Critic argues the situation is indicative of a larger problem

Residents cry foul over Commercial Drive duplex plan Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

City hall isn’t informing and consulting residents adequately about changes planned for their neighbourhoods, according to Carola Brochocka. Brochocka lives in a condo close to Commercial Drive and East Fourth Avenue near an older home that’s being knocked down to make way for a duplex. She said the city promised to keep residents apprised of the project each step of the way after residents first heard about it in 2008, but so far they’ve received scant information. The property in questions is at 1607 East Fourth. Brochocka contacted the city and park board asking for answers about the development and its timeline, but responses haven’t been forthcoming. She and other residents have many concerns such as the loss of two of three large trees on the site and they wonder when the demolition and new construction will take place. “I’ve called all sorts of departments, but I’m completely in the


dark,” she told the Courier last week. “Our bottom line is we would like to be consulted on the process and we haven’t been informed or consulted at all.” Brochocka is distressed a 100year-old home is being replaced by a duplex that will take up more of the property’s footprint, and she maintains the new construction won’t be in keeping with the architecture of the neighbourhood. Properties nearby will lose light and privacy, according to Brochocka. Residents learned about development plans for the site in 2008 after the city mailed out a form letter and plans, although Brochocka didn’t get the let-

Commercial Drive area resident Carola Brochocka is concerned about a 100-year-old home at 1607 East Fourth. photo Dan Toulgoet ter and expects others didn’t either. Residents suspected the development was delayed after new tenants moved in. When the tenants moved out in June, they guessed the project would be going ahead. “The city didn’t tell us that. Neighbours talked and called city hall,” Brochocka said, add-

ing they’re also concerned about asbestos in the siding and they want the city to implement a dust abatement plan. Residents are worried about potential rodent problems as the development moves forward as well. Brochocka suspects her neighbourhood’s anxiety is only one example of a larger problem fac-

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ing city residents. She maintains Vancouverites aren’t being given enough information about development as they progress. Another neighbour, Jack Blaser, faxed a letter to the city last week outlining similar objections. He pointed to the initial letter he received from the city’s community services department in 2008 advising him of a development application for the East Fourth property. It stated he would be kept informed of the progress of the application if he responded to the letter, which he did. “My experience with the consultative process in your office has been very disappointing so far and to date I feel that you have not shown accountability for the promises you made in your letter of April 8, 2008,” he wrote to the community services department at city hall. “I demand that this project be halted until my neighbours and I are fully informed and consulted on this proposed project as was initially promised us.” A call to the city by the Courier was not returned.

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WORK IT, GIRL: FITNESS MEETS FINESSE compiled by Helen Peterson

Fitness of any kind that is tailored to your health needs and your desires is all good. If you like to ride your bike, do a 10k run, swim, go to the gym daily, or take in pilates and yoga classes regularly, that’s great. Whatever your niche, there is a fitness program out there to suit. So there are no excuses for not finding your “perfect fit.” For those who want a little extra artistry in their program, here are a few options: The 30 Minute Hit was created to accommodate the busy lives of modern day women. This exhilarating and challenging circuit consists of techniques taken from boxing, kickboxing, general self-defence and core stability training. At 30 Minute Hit, each of 13 stations lasts for a two-minute interval and when the ladies are not hitting the bags, they are working hard with the Swiss balls and medicine balls. Interval training is an excellent way to burn fat as well. Instructor Charmaine Hendrickson says, “Most of our clients have had zero boxing or kickboxing experience. For your first workout we have a qualified trainer to take you through the circuit and stay with you while you find your stride. “From there, our trainers provide consistent instruction and motivation every step, kick and punch of the way. It’s like having a personal trainer without the pressure, commitment or expense.” The studio is located at 1261 East 2nd Ave. (at Clark). Call 604-2544269 or e-mail: info@30minutehitvanc for details. Zumba Fitness is a fitness class based on dance styles. It combines high ener-


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The Dailey Method, Vancouver, is opening its first permanent Canadian studio, a 2,000-square-foot space located at 3584 West 41st Avenue. The Dailey Method ( – click on Vancouver) is a one-hour, non-impact fitness class that combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopaedic exercises. The classes offer participants the chance to strengthen, tone, and lengthen the entire body to contemporary and fun, up-tempo music. “The hour-long Dailey Method workout is perfect for busy moms and anyone who wants a quick and effective workout that provides fast physical results,” said Karen Wyder, who coowns the studio with sister Jey Wyder, and is Canada’s first certified master instructor of The Dailey Method. Karen was personally trained and certified by Jill Dailey McIntosh. “Karen and I are excited about the new location for its community feel and we envision that it will become a meeting place for all participants, including moms who want to bring their children along while they get fit,” says Jay. Janis Becker-Pos, a fit 52-year-old

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by Sarah Twomey


As the Canadian population continues to age and live longer, many adult children are becoming stressed and stretched with added family responsibilities. According to a recent survey on Canadian Health, the responsibility of caring for aging parents while managing their own family and professional obligations could be impacting the sandwich generation’s mental health. The results, released this past May, indicated that their burden is likely to increase over the next few years. The survey defines the sandwich generation as adult children assisting their parents with their daily domestic and/ or psychological needs and/or financially supporting both parents and children simultaneously. When asked, the majority of this group said that managing the schedules of children and parents, taking parents to one or more health professionals, and psychologically supporting their parents through illness or disability, were their most stressful regular activities. “What this survey is showing us is that adult children are becoming adhoc caregivers for their parents without

sufficient support. This is a growing social problem and it’s only the tip of the iceberg,” said Taylor Alexander, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, National Office. “While many aging parents are financially selfsufficient, some adult children will still be expected to provide assistance that requires more time and attention than money.” A third of respondents from the sand-

wich generation went on to say that they expected that the needs of their parents would increase over the coming years. When further prompted, they suggested that the best solution would be to relocate parents to a home better suited to their parents’ needs, such as an assisted living residence or nursing home. Others said that they would seek help from provincial health services or ask family members for help.

Michele Nowski is director of disability income claims and disability management with Desjardins Financial Security, which conducted the survey. She is troubled by these findings: “Obviously, these Canadians are so overwhelmed that they may not know where to find help,” she said. “One important step is to have a frank conversation with your parents about their plans for the future. Making sure you’re both on the same page will put you in a better position to handle difficult situations as they arise,” says Nowski. “The next important step is to create your own mental health support network for added assistance when required. Employers can play an active role in this by offering their staff flexible work schedules and extended familyleave time as a way of helping reduce their employees’ stress.” Canadians can measure and learn to manage their stress by taking the Mood Detector test at More details about the 2010 Desjardins Financial Security National Survey on Canadian Health can be found at www. Article courtesy

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It’s the subject no one really wants to talk about – death. Especially if a person’s medical team has dropped the bomb that their situation is terminal. For both family and patient, it’s very difficult to comprehend. When living at home is no longer an option for a terminal patient, and staying in the hospital is not viable, a hospice provides that bridge of comfort until the end comes. Applying for hospice care is done by one’s medical team contacting the Palliative Access Line in Vancouver, where a person may be offered a room at a hospice such as May’s Place (downtown East Side) or St. James’ Cottage, a more upscale facility located in Burrardview Park.

“Hospice generally averages about three months,” says Meena Hukam, the social worker and intake specialist for St. James Community Service Society, which runs the two residences. “Our hospices offer care and comfort for terminally ill adults in a supportive, home-like environment. Residents are charged per diem, on an ability to pay basis, and the focus is on providing comfort and improving quality of life, for the time that remains.” Palliative care is tailored to each individual, rather than one-size-fits-all. This in turn makes the resident and the family feel more at home. “Our residents have a communal lunch area where they can talk to each other, but they also have their own private room to retreat to. Many of our residents bring things that make them feel

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Due to mites and pesticides, honeybees are vanishing in many countries—and as suppliers of honey they are irreplaceable. But pollination in home gardens isn’t a lost cause because other members of the bee family can do it effectively. The crucial thing gardeners can do is make gardens welcoming for these lesserknown but hard-working bees. Bumblebees, for instance are resistant to the dreaded varroa mite that has decimated many honeybee hives. Other mites also attack bumblebees, but most weaken rather than kill outright. These bees are willing

THE CRUCIAL THING GARDENERS CAN DO IS MAKE GARDENS WELCOMING FOR THESE LESSERKNOWN BUT HARD-WORKING BEES. pollinating during the first warm spell in February but die off by mid-June leaving eggs behind. In nature, each egg is sealed off in a plant stem or hole in a tree. By spring, the eggs have gone through a larval stage and transformed into large blueblack hairy mason bees resembling bluebottles. For gardeners, the tube houses sold in early spring in garden centres can be placed on a house or shed wall for use by mason bees. Many commercial tube houses are wooden “sandwich” type blocks that have been scooped out with a router so that they form tubes when the layers are together. Others are moulded plastic. Those first cocoons are clean and viable. Yearly maintenance involves taking the tube houses apart


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smooth to carry pollen well. But tiny wasps and large yellow-jackets visit flowers to eat the nectar and so some pollination does occur. Yellow-jackets are also useful predators of caterpillars. All pollinating insects are attracted to gardens where a shallow body of water has perching places or moist soil around the edge. Anne Marrison is happy to answer garden questions. Send them to

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orty years ago, in June (1970), British Leyland Motor Company (BL) introduced the ‘Range Rover’, an off-road vehicle with a powerful V8 engine, a forgiving coil spring suspension, and a top highway speed of over 160 kmh. In no time it became an international status Cedric Hughes symbol and pop culture icon, an example of superior industrial design featured in the Louvre Museum in the early 70’s. In 1981, Range Rover became a hit in the fashion world after a luxury prototype appeared in Vogue magazine. Introduced to America in 1987, it quickly became the flagship model for Land Rover North America. In the early 1990s, a two-door, limited edition ‘Range Rover CSK’ was launched. Powered by a 3.9 litre, V8 engine paired with a five speed manual transmission (automatic transmission was optional) and new anti-roll suspension, only 200 units of the CSK were built, each individually numbered. The initials honoured the engineer who led the team that created the original Range Rover, Charles Spencer King. In 1999, the Global Automotive Elections Foundation picked the Range Rover as one of the top cars of the century and Mr. King as one of the best engineers. And since then, the Range Rover has been celebrated in the lyrics of dozens of rap songs and in the movies including The Queen, the 2006 dramatization of the events following Diana, the Princess of Wales’ death in a car crash in Paris, and Quantum of Solace, the 2008 James Bond action flick. Mr. King, who preferred around-towning in a Mini Cooper S, expressed regret about the Range Rover having become a status symbol. In 2004, he told the London Daily Mail,

“Sadly, the four-byfour has became an acceptable alternative to Mercedes or BMW for the pompous, selfimportant driver. I find the people who use it as such deeply unattractive.’’ If Mr. King’s candid opinions offended, they did little to detract from his glowBarrister & Solicitor ing reputation as one of the most highly regarded engineers in Britain. From his youthful apprenticeship, starting in 1942, at 17 years of age developing gas turbine engines for RollsRoyce, through his maturation in the engineering department of the Rover Company—then led by his uncles Maurice and Spencer Wilks— through to his chairmanship of BL Technology from which he retired in 1985, he was, as one tribute described him, “the engineer’s engineer. Whatever his cars were designed to do, they always exceeded the goals set for them.” Post retirement, Mr. King remained passionate about the industry campaigning for lighter weight cars and for design improvements for better visibility. He called for thinner windscreen pillars or A-pillars, too-thick ones increasingly identified as a crash factor. On June 26, 2010 Mr. King, aged 85, died in Coventry, England from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a van while cycling to do his daily errands. Prevented from driving by a detached retina, he was otherwise fit, one report saying, “he avoided elevators, preferring to take stairs two at a time well into his eighties.”


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3 4 1. The First Weekend Club’s Canada Screens Series presents an advance screening of Brigitte Berman’s documentary Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel Aug. 19 at District 319 (319 Main St.). The Academy Awardwinning filmmaker will also be on hand to answer all your probing questions. More info at 2. Legendary roots musician Alejandro Escovedo and his band The Sensitive Boys get twangy at Venue Aug. 19. Tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, Zulu or

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For something called the Harmonized Sales Tax, or f*$@ing HST for short, it sure has struck a discordant nerve for many people. We’re not so much choked about the tax as we are about the way Gordo and his Liberal clan slipped it into the books, lobotomously thinking the denizens of this fair province would believe that the HST wasn’t even a kernel of an idea before the last provincial election. It oozes greaseball tactics. We’re a naïve bunch—we believe it when people tell us we look 25—but even a newborn isn’t naïve enough to believe the hogwash that spilled out of Gordo and Finance Minister Colin Hansen’s mouth regarding the timing of the HST’s birth. We accept that the discordant sales tax is here to stay and since we like to look on the bright side of life, we’re revelling in the Wham Bam Vander Zalm sideshow and the current court case at the B.C. Supreme Court over the legality of the über-democratic anti-HST campaign. More than 700,000 people did sign a petition to extinguish the tax after all. We’re also chomping at the bit to see Liberal MLAs

squirm as the Zalmster puts them in his sights for recall campaigns if his anti-HST petition goes down in flames at court. What still riles us, however, is how all the pro-HST businesses insist it’s the next best thing since sliced bread for them—that part we believe—and how prices will eventually come down for consumers. It’s happened in other provinces, they argue. Great, but why can’t the pro-HST camp provide specifics on items or services where consumers are paying less than before the HST was implemented in those provinces. We’re waiting…

Tweeting from Pyongyang

Regular readers of K&K know we’re all about the Twitter. That and hand lotion, videos of piano-playing cats and novocaine-fuelled weekends in cosmopolitan Nanaimo. That’s why we’re stoked to learn North Korea, that starving, terror-supporting, brutal dictatorship, has joined Twitter. We’re stunned. We thought North Korea had eaten its remaining cable lines.

As of this writing, @uriminzok has posted 11 tweets. Here are our favourites in the order they were posted: • Long live Kim Jong-il, Dear Leader! Long live the memory of Eternal President Kim Ilsung! Long live the Democratic Front for the Reunificat • ion of the Fatherland! Long live the memory of Eternal President Kim Il-sung! Long live the youth vanguard to build a great prosperous and p • owerful nation! • Sorry, getting used to 140 characters. Researching decadent tweets of other countries for tips. • Long live Kim Jong-il, Dear Leader, FTW! #kimjongildearleader • Nuclear program running smoothly. The great people will have power and peace. ; • Justin Bieber, why did you cancel your tour dates here? Fail Justin. #justincute • Saw Russia @ the cafeteria. We used to be BFF. They were w/ China. Bitch. • Had coffee with the imperialist aggressor U.S. They are kind of hawt. LOL! #invadeusnow


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The stars seemed to be falling out of the sky on Aug. 12 as the Perseid meteor shower put on a spectacular show. But a little star was rising down at Theatre Under the Stars that night—and she wasn’t even on the cast list. The biblical Jacob had, apparently, 12 sons, including Joseph, but director Shel Piercy cast only 11. At each performance a volunteer between the ages of six and 12 is called for and one out of many eager kids is randomly selected. The night I attended, it was Francesca, a little slip of a girl—maybe six or seven—with long golden curls. And she was stellar. Here’s how it works: the volunteer is on stage the whole time and is led through the action by various cast members. She or he sits out Keri Minty’s big choreographed numbers but is otherwise part of the show. It’s such a clever ploy on Piercy’s part: you can’t take your eyes off the child. Francesca actually got into it so much she was singing the choruses with the ensemble and joining in the simpler dances. After the show I spoke to a still buzzing Francesca; her curls were still bouncing, her eyes still sparkling. What a star. Francesca, of course, wasn’t the only star. This is a huge cast of almost 30 and there’s plenty of star power here. Unlike Singin’ in the Rain, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat features six or eight really young performers (under, say, aged 12) and the rest are all young adults. While there are some TUTS first-timers, many already have several years of experience in Malkin Bowl and elsewhere. And it shows. Joseph, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, is a sprawly musical with everything from calypso to hoedown. These young performers shift easily and with tremendous enthusiasm from one style to another. Personally, I think Joseph feels like Webber put everything into it but the kitchen sink. On the bright side, it provides terrific opportunities for showcasing talent. Why “Those Ca-

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Erik Ioannidis, pictured here with Brittany Scott, is a superstar in the making as Joseph thanks to charm, charisma, good pipes and an ability to do flips and dance. naan Days” is done in French cabaret style, for example, is anyone’s guess. It is, however, in this production, a huge favourite. Other standouts are the disco-ing Amber Shikaze who makes Tina Turner looks like she’s standing still and Aaron Lau who does a colourful Harry Belafonte. Piercy sets Joseph as a ’60s highschool drama class rehearsing, halfheartedly, for a musical about Joseph and his coat. Things aren’t going well when they inadvertently conjure up a group of hippies in headbands, tiedyed shirts and flared pants. Joseph materializes out of trunk and his story comes to life. If you’re planning to take little kids —and I think you should—go over the story with them first. The narrative gallops along and little ones, unfamiliar with the story, could get lost especially at the beginning. While the stars were falling and a little star was rising, there was an-

other superstar on stage: 17-year-old, curly-haired Erik Ioannidis in the title role. A recent Richmond high school graduate, Ioannidis started performing professionally at the age of 11. He has charm and charisma, good looks and good pipes. He can do flips and he can dance. The sky’s the limit for this star-quality young man. With the ’60s theme, costumes by Chris Sinosich are trippy, psychedelic and a jaunt down memory lane. Tim Matheson provides some period-appropriate projections including John F. Kennedy and Woodstock. Musical direction is by Kevin Michael Cripps who, from the keyboard, keeps another 10 musicians frisky. Possibly a better musical than Singin’ in the Rain for the kids in your family; it shows them how they, like these talented youngsters on stage, could be spending their summers: reaching for the stars.

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Where: White Spot Restaurants, only available Wednesday, Aug. 18. Cost: $9.99 and up. What it is: George Bernard Shaw famously quipped, “Youth is wasted on the young.” Well, so is Triple-O sauce. Thankfully, greasesavvy grown-ups can momentarily relive their nutrition-challenged childhoods and indulge in White Spot’s version of the Happy Meal without the scorn of judgmental onlookers or having to pretend it’s for their kids. The adult version of the Pirate Pak is just like the original—burger, fries, slaw, pop, ice cream and a chocolate coin packed into a cardboard pirate ship—only bigger. In

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One of my kids has a vintage comic of a white-and-red-spandexed Captain Canuck framed on his wall. But that hero of the Great White North has nothing on Michael Cera. His superhero suit is alternately a SARS Tshirt or one emblazoned with the CBC logo, but suit notwithstanding, Cera—a native of Brampton, Ont.—kicks some major butt in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Scott’s lair isn’t as tricked-out as the bat cave: he shares space—and a bed—with his uber-cool gay roommate (Kieran Culkin), who keeps dropping subtle hints that Scott is cramping his swinging lifestyle. Scott has no job, and seemingly no ambition beyond playing bass guitar and winning Toronto’s Battle of the Bands competition with his band, Sex Bob-omb (which my square-eyed 11-year-old tells me is a Super Mario Bros. reference). A 22-year-old Scott falls into a relationship of sorts with a naïve high school girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) who becomes the band’s most ardent groupie. But the romance is short-lived: Scott spies punky Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from across the library, and Knives is dusted. Scott’s far from inculpable in the love-’em and leave-’em department, despite being the most milquetoast lothario ever to hit screens: he’s left a trail of broken hearts in his wake

but still relies on the women in his life to call all of the emotional and sexual shots. Plus, he can frequently be seen putting his head on his girlfriend’s shoulder, “girlie”-style. The action really starts when, in order to win Ramona, Scott must defeat her seven evil exes, all of whom possess awesome powers and several of whom have super-hero cred: Chris Evans was Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four; Brandon Routh played Superman. And so begins a series of video game-style battles that are part Mario, part Crouching Tiger. Turns out Scott is a loafer AND a fighter. Director Edgar Wright, the man behind the very funny Shaun of the Dead, stuffs all sorts of camera tricks and early ’80s video gimmicks into the soup. The script is faithful to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s distinctively Canadian graphic novels, down to the creative onomatopoeia (“thonk”, “paf”), which further highlights character experiences. Cera, seemingly getting younger and geekier with each film, nails the action and the whip-fast dialogue. The actor milks his born-to-be-mild nature for all it’s worth, and doesn’t seem in a hurry to break being typecast anytime soon. Ultimately, Universal’s film is an airy-fairy thing: Ramona isn’t afforded much character development beyond the colour of her hair, and Scott hasn’t grown an inch by the end of the film. But Wright’s film is a witty, sensory playground (one that begs for a 3-D rerelease), and a sure-fire hit with the 30-andunder crowd.

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Little Mountain Gallery’s Ehren Salazar has sport in his blood

‘Stubborn’ artist wants to draw baseball mural State of the Arts with Cheryl Rossi

Ehren Salazar is a multi-faceted man. The 31 year old has designed album covers and gravestones. His drawings have hung alongside a work by Picasso. His surname has been adopted by friends for their film collective and his passion for baseball led to a friendship with the late local baseball historian Bud Kerr. The artist/baseball aficionado is currently busy keeping Little Mountain Gallery afloat, hatching a proposal to paint a mural commemorating a baseball stadium that once stood near West Fifth Avenue and Hemlock, compiling animation for a DVD and discussing future album art. Wearing an Asahi T-shirt that commemorates Oppenheimer Park’s early Japanese-Canadian baseball team, Salazar explained on a sweltering afternoon at The Reef on Main Street that baseball runs in his blood. His great-grandfather played in industrial leagues in Texas and his great uncle played in the major leagues in the U.S. Salazar played in Little Mountain as a kid and moved to Montreal at age 21 to play in a rookie veteran league, coaching eight to 10-year-olds on his return. He still plays softball today. Salazar sought out Kerr after the Courier’s Sandra Thomas wrote a story about the man who helped start the Friends of Nat Bailey to save the old stadium from demolition. He also learned about another Mr. Baseball, Bob Brown, who built a baseball stadium on Athletic Park near West Fifth Avenue and Hemlock Street, and has been talking to the city about painting a mural under the Hemlock onramp to commemorate the old ballpark. Salazar’s keen to work in colour. He’s long used pencils to crosshatch lines, knocking back

Artist and baseball aficionado Ehren Salazar poses with his drawing of Vancouver’s Mr. Baseball, Bob Brown. photo Rebecca Blissett layers with grey kneaded erasers that look like silly putty in an attempt to unearth an individual’s essence in portraits. For the last year, he’s been working part-time for fourth generation stonemason Charlie Kaisla’s Pacific Spirit Stone Designs. “I’ve been working in greyscale for almost 10 years and I’m looking, only now, to branch out,” Salazar said. “Working for a tombstone and monument company keeps me in that greyscale world.” Salazar redrew Jesus six times for one stone, varying the placement of Jesus’s hands and the drapery on his robe. “I guess Jesus is different for everyone, so trying to capture who Jesus is for someone, you will rarely get that on the first go,” he said. He earns half his income sketching designs for monuments and tombstones, transferring the drawings to rubber stencils, hand cutting

the images and then sandblasting them. He earns the other half completing portraits of people’s pets, with album artwork for Canadian groups and artists including Woodhands and The Crackling, the band of Dan Mangan’s drummer, Kenton Loewen, and from the rare art sale. The Douglas Udell Gallery represents Salazar. That’s where his drawings shared space on the same walls that include Picasso in the gallery’s permanent collection. The unassuming Salazar likes to boast that the B.C. Supreme Court holds one of his drawings in its collection. Salazar used to practice his life drawing in the law courts, a place of drama where he could focus and draw quickly, only getting in trouble twice. Once the court deliberated on whether he could draw an underage witness, and another time a judge seized his drawing of an undercover cop on the wit-

ness stand who’d been thrown off by Salazar’s intent sketching. These days, Salazar is dealing with bureaucracy regarding Little Mountain Gallery at East 26th Avenue and Main Street after a neighbour complained about the noise from live music shows. It was part sentiment and part stubbornness that motivated him to establish Little Mountain in the old Butchershop space with artist Alex Cieslik in 2006. “There’s such a lack of spaces in the city for artists to show their work outside of coffee shops,” he said. The defunct Soma coffee shop near Main and Broadway hosted his first art show and the nearby Public Lounge his second. Salazar’s mural of legendary music producer (and since convicted murderer) Phil Spector, painted for a music event called Full Spectrum at Little Mountain, adorns the side of the building facing the lane, and a Telus box he painted enlivens the front. Salazar wants to see utility boxes around town covered in public art. The guy who got the gallery, Friends of Nat Bailey and Pacific Spirit Stone Designs to sponsor three Little Mountain T-ball and pitching machine teams aims to get his baseball mural proposal into the city by the end of the summer. He also hopes to get the works of the Animatron 2009 artists on DVD by September—apparently the 2008 version of the animation and video event he started at Little Mountain rents well at Happy Bats Cinema on Main Street— and he expects to be busy working with the city and neighbours to keep Little Mountain Gallery open, at least until December. As for the origin of the Salazar film collective, the artist says his friends, who’ve since met much success, thought it would be funny to name the group after their driver. Salazar used to haul the collective’s film equipment around though he didn’t actually own a truck or a van. “I was the guy with the credit card and a driver’s license so I could rent the Budget truck,” he said, joking that he should have bargained over the naming rights.

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Loblaws Inc. is seeking experienced Owner Operators in British Columbia and Alberta. This contract will mainly involve hauling between Vancouver and Calgary. Loblaws Inc. is Canada’s largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ over 138,000 full-time and part-time employees. What we are offering: ● Competitive per mile compensation ● Pull company-owned trailers ● High mileage dedicated runs ● Reefer Work ● Canadian only runs between Vancouver and Calgary ● Fuel cards provided ● 1 way and switch runs available Your qualifications should include: ● Clean drivers abstract ● You must be Incorporated ● Minimum of 2 years experience as an Owner Operator ● Minimum of 2 years experience of Reefer Operations ● Tractor must have a current safety inspection and be in good condition and cosmetically appealing ● Tractor must weigh less than 19,500 lbs with driver and gear on board and the fuel tanks half full To: Transport Manager By Mail: 101 Weston Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 2T4 Fax: 204-786-5189 Email: Thank you for your interest, however due to the volume of resumes only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


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LABORATORY ASSISTANT Acme Analytical Laboratories (Vancouver), a premier BC mining laboratory, is looking to fill various Laboratory Assistant positions for the graveyard shift (11pm - 7am) in its Vancouver facility. Must be able to handle up to 40 lbs as some heavy manual labor may be required. Experience in a lab environment an asset but training will be provided. Starting wage of approximately $13 (combination of base wage, graveyard shift premium and daily production bonus). Detail descriptions of the various positions are available on Acme’s website:

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Gold Mills Filipino Cuisine Restaurant of central Vancouver has positions for Restaurant Manager and Assistant Manager: formal training & experience preferred for handling a team for normal activities and large catering jobs involving Filipino foods. Chef & Chef Assistant Cook formal training & experience preferred for handling main courses, appetizers, desserts, and short orders involving Filipino foods. Must speak Tagalog and English well for all positions. Salary depends on qualifications. Call 604-677-4247 Phil or Rita

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Office/Retail Rent

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Out Of Town

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Suites/Partial Houses

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Sports & Imports


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1999 HONDA CRV EX, auto, local 1 owner, honda serviced,no claims 137 k $8950 604-328-0816 2006 TOYOTA Sienna, mint, auto, a/c, p/w, p/s, 1 owner, 43,700k, $18,995. 604-924-1473 2007 MERCEDES GL450, Must Sell! 4 matic, local, silver, 7 seats, dvds $48,500 obo, 604-808-8481


Sports & Imports

1977 MERCEDES Benz 450SL convertible w/detached hard top. 197,000miles, mechanics & body exc. $9900. call 604-760-6665

1991 MERCEDES 500SL convert turquoise, hardtop, auto, good cond, $11,000 604-726-4258 1990 LANDCRUISER Prado 152 K, clean, no rust, replaced tires, battery etc. $7500. 604-874-0536

2011 VESPA LX 50, Dragon Red, 4-stroke/4-valve – brand new, only 7 kms - $3500 604-720-2321 2005 KIA SPECTRA LX 47km’s, silver, auto, loaded, lady driven, Mint Cond, No Accidents, Must See! $7899 604-266-0486



YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899


1996 DODGE Grand Caravan SE, $3500, 7 seats, 222K Kms, Good Condition, Great Work Van, p/s, p/w, good tires, new muffler/ exhaust, Air Care 2011, contact Ron @ 604-837-9335





1999 JAGUAR VDP, 109 K, gold (taupe), heated seats, all pwr, etc $11,700 obo 604-926-4127 2006 TOYOTA Solara, convertible, white w/ black top, warranty, only 48k, $18,800, 604-874-4733

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Floor Refinishing

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Glass Mirrors

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Lawn & Garden


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Thornton Park squatters anger nearby resident Area a gateway for visitors Sandra Thomas Staff writer

Dave Peterson questions why squatters are allowed to camp at Thornton Park.

Dave Peterson wants to know why an increasing number of squatters are allowed to camp in Thornton Park at one of the city’s major gateways for visitors. The park is located on Main Street at Terminal and lies in front of the Greyhound bus and VIA Rail train stations and next to a busy SkyTrain station. Peterson, who lives near the park, said it’s become a home to the homeless, despite the availability of a shelter a half-block away. “They sleep in the park at night, which I don’t like but can live with,” said Peterson. “But during the day they hang their mattresses, cardboard pallets and photo Rebecca Blissett clothes in the trees. This is

the first place many people see when they arrive in Vancouver and it looks terrible.” Peterson said a man he believes is mentally ill spends all day sleeping on one of the park’s benches. When the man is awake, said Peterson, he often rants at passersby. Some of Peterson’s neighbours told him they’ve witnessed the man masturbating. Peterson emailed the Courier several photographs of the man on the bench, mattresses, cardboard and clothes strewn under and in a tree, and a regular panhandler sitting on the cement directly at the bottom of the stairs leading to the adjacent SkyTrain station and forcing transit riders to walk around him. See PARK on page 4

Little leaguers brace for bright lights of World Series Little Mountain trounced competition at Canadian nationals

Megan Stewart Staff writer

On Wednesday, Little Mountain Little League will sit down with sport broadcasters from ESPN for an interview that will air across the continent. If any of these talented young baseball players advance to the

big leagues, they may have media trainers and other support staff to help shape and filter their message. For now, their coach Frank Soper runs no interference. “We haven’t mentioned anything to them,” he said from Williamsport, Pennsylvania where the Little League World Series begins Friday.

“What we did tell them to do was this: be yourselves.” The Mountaineers trounced the competition at the Canadian nationals last week in Ancaster, Ont., outscoring their opponents 89-13 and winning all seven games. Along the way to Williamsport through the Metro Vancouver, B.C. and Canadian champion-

ships, Little Mountain remained undefeated. The scores may be lopsided, but Soper says the competition was excellent. Little Mountain was simply better. Against an Ontario pitcher who Soper said had a 1.0 ERA through the season, Mountaineer shortstop Lichel Hirakawa Kao knocked one out of

the park and other batters earned three doubles and sent in six RBI to defeat their strongest opponent 7-1. “It wasn’t that the other teams aren’t good,” Soper said. “These [Mountaineers] are just a very good group of kids. We have a very compete team of pitcher, hitters and fielders.” See COACH on page 4


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AUGUST 20-22



by Helen Peterson

Why fight traffic to get out of the city for R&R when you can find sand, surf, fun and games right here on the shores of Kitsilano? The second annual KitsFest is taking place this weekend, Aug. 20 to 22, and buff bods and sport lovers of all kinds will converge at Kit beach to take in all the action.


The nucleous of this event covers four sports, with tournaments encompassing basketball, beach tennis, tennis and volleyball. Teams are currently being assembled, to show off their best slam-dunks, aces, spikes and assorted athletic manoeuvres. For the gals, there will be jocks to gawk at; for the guys – bikinis will be in abundance! But there‘s also some good old-fashioned family fun for the kids: spending the day outside and participating in fun activities. They’ll have face painting, obstacle courses, games and sports that kids can get involved with. “KitsFest is a really fun time for all,” says chief organizer Howard Kelsey, himself a basketball icon both locally and nationally. “It’s not only offering great outdoor sports competitions, but culture and healthy living come together, all on Canada’s sexiest beach.” The basketball component is a real highlight of the weekend, with 26 basketball teams organized in three divisions: girls’ teams, boys’ teams and a 12-team mens’ division, which features a semi-pro team from China. Kitsfest Tennis and Beach Tennis, courtesy of Tennis BC, will be a real ‘hit.’ Tennis BC is introducing Beach Tennis to our shores; it’s already a pro-

fessional sport in Brazil, southwest USA and Spain. And when the Kits tennis courts get their upgrade, courtesy the organizers, it will be one of the best facilities in the city for tennis. There’s significant expansion this year for the Beach Volleyball division. Presented by Urban Rec and Kits Beach volleyball’s legendary organizer, Jim Clive, it is sure to attract large audiences. “There’s plenty of great food at Baseline Bistro, and we’ll be rocking some ‘Old Skool’ music provided by some of Van-

couver’s top DJ’s, and featuring various Kits icons from the past 40 to 50 years,” Kelsey says. “It’s going to be a hip, sporting family atmosphere, celebrating active lifestyles and healthy living.” Courier readers: Don’t forget to take some photos at KitsFest and email them to by Aug. 24, for your chance to win one of three prizes, each valued at $100! For all the details including sports’ schedules, hit the site at www.kitsfest. com.

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Friday, August 20th

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The Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce is once again proud to sponsor KitsFest. KitsFest is Vancouver’s new summer tradition. This 3-day event celebrates sports and healthy living through a variety of competitive sports tournaments including; basketball, tennis and volleyball. This year, the KitsFest is proud to feature a new sport sanctioned by the US Tennis Association (USTA) – Beach Tennis. This inclusive family friendly festival has several activities and attractions for all ages. The “Kids Zone” includes obstacle courses, games and even face painting. There’s also a “Baseline Bistro” area, which will host some of Kitsilano’s favorite local eateries and restaurants. KitsFest runs August 20th – 22nd at Kitsilano beach, ranked by Forbes magazine as “One of the top three sexiest beaches in North America”. Come be a part of Vancouver’s hottest new festival! The Chamber will be hosting a booth at KitsFest so come and check it out. We hope to see as many of you as possible.

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Kitsilano Chamber now interacts and informs using social media tools; Facebook and LinkedIn

Members Only Reception at Molsons Brewery Complimentary Event Thursday, September 23rd

Molson’s Brewery, 1550 Burrard Street More details to come. To register go to

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This sell-out event, which attracts a wide variety of nominations, saw a huge rise in the applications last year and already looks set to be the largest event yet, for 2010. With a superb venue, VIP guests and an impressive program for the evening, the night will undoubtedly rival any other event in the business calendar and must not be missed. Winning an award can bring significant prestige, media coverage, a boost for sales and marketing and staff morale. It is also invaluable for gaining a higher profile in the local community and provides a fantastic networking opportunity. Nominations Form To nominate an outstanding and deserving business or business person, see our online nomination form. Nominations close on Friday, October 15th, 2010.

Nominations open for

• Retailer of the year • Business person of the year • Business of the year

• Community Spirit • Restaurant of the year • New Entrepreneur of the year

The Chamber and the Vancouver Canadians celebrate Kitsilano Community Night Photo: Opening pitch by Terry Clark, Chamber President

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HEALTH REPORT Holistic Happiness

As a seeker of healthy options that are also as naturally derived as possible, I’m constantly on the look-out for new things that will enhance our lives. Of course you have to be cautious, and even a tad suspicious, before investing money, hope and time into something that may prove to be a hoax, or even cause more problems than you started out with! Always use due diligence when looking for health solutions, and if it sounds too good to be true, it very

often is. Ask the seller for references; or in the case of medicinals, ask your doctor or pharmacist before proceeding to use any non-Health Canada approved substance. Here are a couple of feel-good (literally) ideas to get the ball rolling: Many Vancouver princesses partake in Bikram yoga. And for the utmost comfort for downward dog, blended with fashion sense, there’s Light Activewear. Locally created by two sisters in their Marpole home, it’s a collection of bra tops, shorts and cover-ups for all body types. The tops use an inner bra layer for support, an additional layer for optional bra cups insert, have an open back for maximum breathability and are constructed with Coolmax lining, which has wicking and anti-stick abilities. Light Activewear represents the modern-day yogi. Each garment is designed with the utmost consideration in performance, functionality and style; each seam comes complete with thought and reason. The ‘Julie Baby’ terry robe could be easily double-teamed as a swimsuit cover-up, poolside. Go to www. for retail product availability or to order online.

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The Spoonk Rider acupressure mat is based loosely on the principles of the Indian bed of nails and Japanese shiatsu massage. They stimulate specific reflex points throughout the body to release blocked energy, ease tense muscles and create deep mental and physical relaxation. On your Spoonk Rider mat, 6,210 small spikes provide equal pressure on the body. You simply lay on it, ensuring that your “trouble areas” are covered by the mat’s spikes—and the mat does the rest. The mat’s spikes stimulate blood circulation, relax tense muscles and induce “feel good” hormones (endorphins and oxytocin) that release feelings of wellbeing and calm. You may want to try this with a towel over it at first until you are used to being ‘stimulated!’ Go to for local ordering info.

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Dr. Enrique A. Domingo, after 14 years of practice in North Vancouver, is pleased to announce he is joining Westside Chiropractic and Associates located at 1470 West 7th Avenue in the South Granville area.

Prescription custom orthotics are available. New and existing patients may make appointments by calling (604) 738-2503.


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