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Marpole rezoning plan tops unprecedented heights Proposal includes 24-storey tower Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

The building proposal includes a 24-storey rental tower and a 14-storey tower of condominiums.

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A key property in Marpole on Granville near West 70th Avenue could undergo a radical transformation under a proposed rezoning that would bring increased density and unprecedented building heights to the gateway neighbourhood. Henriquez Partners Architects has applied to the city on behalf of developer Westbank Projects to rezone the property, home to a Safeway store, under the city’s Short Term Incentives for Rental, or STIR, program. The proposal would see the Safeway store rebuilt closer to Granville, a 24storey rental tower, a 14storey tower of condominiums and a nine-storey slab

building of townhouses at street level with condominium units above. Marpole at present is a mixture of older apartment buildings, few higher than three stories, and single family homes. The city will host the first public meeting about the planned development at Marpole Place Sept. 20. Gudrun Langolf, president of the MarpoleOakridge Area Council Society, which runs Marpole Place, said she has heard concerns from residents. “The folks that have stopped me to talk to me about it, my neighbours, are unanimous that it’s far too high and too dense and that the STIR program is not helping,” Langolf said. See ARCHITECT on page 4

Survey says Vancouverites content with their quality of life According to poll, 48 per cent of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ with life Mike Howell Staff writer

How is your quality of life? Apparently, it’s pretty good for a majority of residents surveyed by local polling company, Justason Market Intelligence. The survey conducted between Aug. 16 and 23 found that 83 per

cent of 505 respondents were satisfied with their quality of life in Vancouver. More than half (48 per cent) were “very satisfied,” with 11 per cent dissatisfied and six per cent undecided. The polling company also found more than one third (37 per cent) of respondents said Vancouver

was “more fun” than other large Canadian cities. Only 25 per cent thought it was “as fun,” another 25 per cent said it was “less fun” and 13 per cent were undecided. But the questions not posed to those feel-good residents is why their quality of life is so great and what is their definition of fun. Those questions, according to

Barb Justason of Justason Market Intelligence, are for another survey. “Those open-ended questions are expensive to ask,” explained Justason, whose small polling company operates out of a Hornby Street office. “Quality of life is what it means to the person. So whatever their definition is, that

would be what they base their response on.” Generally, she said, people’s quality of life is measured by what they can afford, the quality of services available such as education and community centres and “what an individual’s priorities might be at any given time.” See RESPONDENTS on page 4

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BY MIKE HOWELL The NPA’s president steps down from his post for the second time. Is the party in trouble? “Whatever,” he replies.

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BY SANDRA THOMAS As the park board prepares to take down Jericho wharf, the Children’s Farmyard in Stanley Park sees its final days.

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BY MARK HASIUK A decade after the introduction of the Four Pillars strategy, drug addicts are lab rats and critics are bullied.

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Continued from page 1 She acknowledged for many people Vancouver is not an affordable city, with recent findings released by an international consulting company suggesting Vancouver is the most expensive city in Canada in which to live. There’s also the city’s continuing drug problem, homelessness and a desperate population of mentally ill people that continue to test city services, health agencies, politicians and the Vancouver Police Department. Justason said the survey quizzed respondents from across the city, including residents from the Downtown Eastside and the West Side. But the survey didn’t break down the results for each neighbourhood, although 41 per cent of residents in the downtown peninsula were satisfied with their quality of life while 50 per cent gave the same response on

the East Side. “It was too small of a survey, so the Downtown Eastside would be included among the East Side of Vancouver as part of our polling,” she said. Last week, Justason released a poll focused on civic issues. One of the questions asked the same group of respondents in the “quality of life” poll their greatest concerns for the city. Homelessness and poverty ranked number one. A report released Monday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. said there has only been a net increase of 280 social housing units built over the past five years in B.C. While the number of households assisted by provincial housing programs increased by 11,530 since 2006, most of this assistance does not represent

actual new social housing units, the report said. In March, the city’s homeless count found 1,762 people without a home. In May, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report suggesting families in Metro Vancouver would require each parent to work fulltime at an hourly wage of $18.17 “to pay for necessities that support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social and civil life” of their communities. “About 40 per cent of Metro Vancouver families with children live below what we calculate the living family wage to be,” said Seth Klein, director of the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre. “And a lot of low income people don’t have phones, so they’re not going to get captured in a phone poll [about quality of life].” mhowell@vancourier.com

Eighty three per cent of residents surveyed by Justason Market Intelligence were satisfied with their quality of life. photo Dan Toulgoet

Architect says planned density increase not that significant Continued from page 1 “The concerns range from what on Earth is going to happen to my liquor store to why on Earth isn’t there an area plan that’s up to date and takes into account what to do with the growth,” Langolf added. Like the STIR projects in the West End, the proposal has residents, including Vancouver’s former assistant director of planning, Trish French, calling on

the city to develop a comprehensive area plan with the community before any significant redevelopment is approved. Brent Toderian, director of planning for the city, said staff will report to council this fall whether Grandview-Woodland, the West End/downtown or Marpole should undergo area planning next. The STIR program, running until December 2011, aims to boost the city’s

aging and static stock of rental housing. It offers an increase in building density as an incentive to developers. Architect Gregory Henriquez, whose firm is working on three STIR projects, argues the density increase at the Marpole site is not as significant as some might think. Langolf argues the STIR program isn’t so vital because older rental buildings in the area have more

affordable and spacious units than new suites. Henriquez estimates of the 172 rental units proposed, 110 would be approximately 500-squarefoot one-bedrooms and 62 approximately 780 squarefoot two-bedrooms. He expects a one-bedroom would rent for $1,075 a month, a two-bedroom for $1,677. He’s mainly heard concerns about the loss of the liquor store, which he believes would be included

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So I get NPA boss Michael Davis on his cellphone last week to discuss a poll released by Justason Market Intelligence that measured respondents’ views on civic politics. This is the poll I wrote about for the Sept. 10 edition. Davis was having lunch, but was good enough to hear me out. But before I could get to my questions, Davis drops this on me. “You probably don’t know this, but I’m no longer the president,” he said. When did that happen? “The first Wednesday of September. I know [the media] would like to turn it into something big but basically it’s because I’ve got a business that I’m the new owner of and that’s where I’m spending my time.” When Davis became president, he had a full-time job as senior counsel and director of operations for Reputations, a PR firm used heavily by Sam Sullivan when he was on city council. Davis and his business partner

Former NPA president and PR guru Michael Davis is not concerned about the signal his recent resignafile photo Dan Toulgoet tion sends to the public. have since bought Reputations. “That is the all-consuming thing now. It’s a whole other level of engagement when the business is yours. I thought I knew everything and now I own it and realize I didn’t know everything.” Davis said he had mixed feelings about leaving his NPA post because “it’s going to get interesting from here on in, I think.” I

told him critics of the NPA might see his resignation as a sign the party is in trouble. “Whatever,” he replied. This isn’t the first time I wrote about Davis stepping down as president. In October 2009, I spoke to him about his then-decision to leave the job. At the time, he said he was too busy at Reputations. “The NPA is always

portrayed as this big huge political machine, when the reality is it’s completely volunteer driven,” he said back then. “It always has been, except when we hire somebody for a campaign. So yeah, it’s a challenge.” Then in December 2009, I learned Davis wasn’t leaving his post, after all. “At the end of the day, we’re all

volunteers with limited time,” he said in December. “Several board members have agreed to step up and take on pieces of the work I’ve been doing, so that reduces the load.” The NPA’s new boss is John Moonen, the party’s vice-president. Moonen will assume the role as president until the party picks another boss to oversee an organization hoping to make great gains in the November 2011 vote. Of the city’s three mainstream parties, the NPA will be the first to nominate some of its candidates when it holds its first round of nomination meetings Nov. 20. The party has yet to announce the number of candidates it will nominate in September. But Suzanne Anton, the NPA’s lone city councillor and potential mayoral candidate, said there’s a lot of interest in the party and she promised “a good team going into the next election.” As for the Justason Market Intelligence poll released Sept. 7 that showed 52 per cent of respondents would vote for Vision compared to only 28 per cent for the NPA, Anton said two things. First, that’s pretty good considering she’s the only NPA councillor. And second: “Good grief, a week is a long time in politics, never mind about 70 weeks until the next election.” mhowell@vancourier.com

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Rotten wharf

Green party park board commissioner Stuart Mackinnon and NPA commissioner Ian Robertson are calling for the immediate demolition of the marginal wharf at Jericho Beach. The commissioners say a new report from Fisheries and Oceans Canada shows fish habitat and other marine life around the wharf is being compromised due to toxic contaminants leeching into the water from old creosote pilings. The discussion on the fate of the old wharf has been ongoing since 2008 and this entry marks the eighth time I’ve written about it either as a story or in Central Park since that time. The wharf, built more than 60 years ago as part of the former Jericho Seaplane Base, has significant heritage value. Jericho Beach was home to the Pacific Coast Station of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1921 to 1945. The wharf’s perimeter was installed during the 1976 Habitat Forum using the original 1938 railings from the Lions Gate Bridge. Many residents and historians have argued to save the wharf, but parks staff coun-

According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the old creosote pilings of the Jericho wharf are leeching toxins into the water. photo Dan Toulgoet ter it’s simply too expensive to maintain. But now it looks like the wharf is finally going to go, but not due to the high cost of repairing and maintaining it. Mackinnon and Robertson blame Vision Vancouver commissioners for dragging their feet on demolishing the wharf. The previous NPA-dominated board voted to remove the wharf and let the foreshore around it return to its natural state, but those commissioners never got around to it, leaving the decision squarely in the lap of the new board. Due to complaints from residents about the lack of consultation regarding the wharf’s future, the now Visiondominated board agreed to revisit the issue. Vision park board chair Aaron Jasper says at the time that decision made sense. He told me Monday that based on this new information the wharf

will likely come down soon. Jasper also told me he’s the one who requested the environmental report from the DFO, which he passed along to his fellow commissioners, including Mackinnon and Robertson. He says a decision on the wharf’s future should be finalized in October.

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Wanted: a good home for several goats, llamas and potbellied pigs. While I spoke with Jasper on the phone Monday regarding the wharf, I asked him about the fate of the Stanley Park Farmyard, which was pretty much decided last week at the park board’s first planning and environment committee meeting of the fall. Last November, the Vision Vancouver commissioners on the board voted to close the farmyard as a cost-cut-

ting measure to make up a multimillion-dollar deficit to its 2010 operating budget. The farmyard costs the board $250,000 annually to operate. The board then put out a call for expressions of interest in hopes a private operator would take it over. Jasper said two groups had shown interest initially, but both had withdrawn their proposals before the Sept. 9 meeting. Jasper says the park board has no choice but to close the popular attraction. He notes staff working at the farmyard will be employed in other positions, while parks staff will ensure the animals find good homes. He adds the board has heard from a Gulf Islands group interested in using the animals as part of a therapy program. “There’s a lot of potential to find these animals good homes,” he said. sthomas@vancourier.com

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Harm reduction advocates target addicts and critics

In the year 2000, mayor Philip Owen introduced his Four Pillars drug strategy aimed at widespread drug addiction in the Downtown Eastside. The results have been disastrous. Addiction has flourished. Homelessness has doubled. Blessed with official sanction, the drug culture grows. Owen left office in 2002, leaving behind a broken neighbourhood. Now a “harm reduction” celebrity, he travels the world attending drug policy conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. And in 2008, he was named to the Order of Canada, ending any speculation about that institution’s relationship with reality. Meanwhile, back in the Downtown Eastside, a small band of true believers took Owen’s cue and mobilized forces—in plain view of a pathetic media—to experiment on neighbourhood residents. In 2003, Insite, the supervised injection site at 139 East Hastings, opened for business. In 2005, at nearby 84 West Hastings, the NAOMI study staged North America’s first governmentsponsored heroin giveaway. Sometime soon at the same location, hundreds of addicts will receive up

to three daily doses of high-grade pharmaceutical heroin as part of the four-year SALOME study. But not everyone’s on board. “The best thing you can say about harm reduction advocates is that they are reductionists—they are reducing a complex human problem to a simple thing,” said David Berner, the newly appointed executive director of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada, an abstinence-based organization (soon-to-be headquartered in Vancouver) founded by former Conservative MP Randy White. “We need to get money and human energy back into prevention, education and treatment.” Berner, a longtime broadcaster and writer, recently finished a book about the X-Kalay Foundation Society, a residential treatment centre for drug addicts and alcoholics he founded in 1967. While the details are too varied for a single newspaper column, the philosophical difference between harm reduction and abstinence-based treatment is obvious. According to Berner, Insite organizers flirt with the surreal when boasting about “directing addicts” into treatment. “You cannot get involved with treat-

markhasiuk ment with an addict who just shot up,” said Berner. “You can’t talk to someone who just shot up. So the claim they make, that they’re getting people into treatment, is absurd.” But criticizing Insite can come with a price. In the high stakes world of harm reduction, where government grants provide vital lifeblood, reputations are brutally defended. Critics targeted and bullied. Just ask Colin Mangham. Last September, the Portland Hotel Society, co-operators of Insite, slapped a defamation and slander lawsuit on Mangham, a 60-year-old research scientist and addictions expert whose 2007 RCMP-funded report published in the Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice

questioned the findings of Insite researchers. “Statements made about improving public order, saving lives and getting people into detox are misleading and based on data that just isn’t there,” said Mangham, during a recent phone interview from his home in Langley. (To read the report, google Mangham, Insite.) Mangham, who owns a PhD in school and community health, spent his career compiling and analyzing health and addiction data, as a private contractor for governments and as a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His impressive resume apparently threatened Insite’s holy trinity of researchers—Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Evan Wood who are known worldwide as drug legalization advocates, a fact Mangham wishes more people recognized. “Yet they claim that they’re objective scientists only interested in the facts, and that I and the RCMP and the Harper government and anybody who criticizes them are ideologues. That’s hypocrisy,” said Mangham. “They are political activists.” Insite research is massaged, he adds, to prove predetermined outcomes. The familiar defense, that Insite studies are peer reviewed,

means little to seasoned researchers like Mangham. “It’s very common in research, in fact it’s problematic in every field, especially in health and areas of human behaviour and addictions, that research is published that isn’t very strong,” he said. “That fact is usually mentioned during the second day of any statistics or methodology course.” The lawsuit remains in limbo, dependent on Insite’s next move. It weighs heavy on Mangham and has perhaps irreparably damaged his professional reputation. “They have sought to affect my credibility and that has hurt me financially,” said Mangham, whose wife is undergoing chemotherapy and is unable to work regularly. “We’ve built up a huge line of credit that essentially may be insurmountable. I’ve basically went a year without much income because of all this.” Ten years in, Vancouver’s great harm reduction experiment keeps rolling along, leaving rows of victims in its wake. Addicts get sicker, critics assailed, while an entire neighbourhood rots from the inside out. Wonder if this is what Philip Owen had in mind? mhasiuk@vancourier.com

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote Have you noticed an increase in graffiti in your neighbourhood? Last week’s poll question: When it comes to city hall, city manager Penny Ballem is: a) shaking up a lazy, inefficient bureaucracy: 33 per cent b) shattering staff morale: 52 per cent c) a snappy dresser: 15 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

Cosmetic pesticide use was banned in Vancouver Jan. 1, 2007. But the sale of pesticides wasn’t banned. So as long as you promise the sales-clerk at your local garden shop or big box store that you’re intending to use that bottle or box of chemicals anywhere but in the soon-to-be greenest city in the world, you can make your purchase and leave. That sales-clerk has no way of knowing if you plan to use those pesticides in Vancouver or in a municipality where the toxic chemicals are also banned. It makes me wonder if there would be any repercussions should the purchaser of those chemicals be busted using them illegally and the package was traced back to a Vancouver store. I’m confident nothing would happen because as I mentioned earlier, it’s not against the law to sell pesticides in Vancouver. And what if pesticides with a Vancouver-based price tag were found in the home of a Washington State resident living in a jurisdiction where the ban also exists? Would the Vancouver seller be hauled south of the border to face charges of dealing in an illegal substance? I doubt it. And should Washington officials attempt to extradite a Canadian citizen for selling a product legally available in Vancouver, I would hope our government officials would stand up and say no way. Which brings me to Marc Emery. Emery was busted in 2005 for selling marijuana seeds to Americans through his Van-

sandrathomas couver-based mail order business. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Emery likely sold millions of the seeds, which they say translates into millions of pot plants, a figure I heartily dispute as the unsuccessful grower of anything beginning with a seed. After fighting for more than five years to avoid jail time in an American prison, Emery took a plea bargain and began a five-year sentence last Friday. The Prince of Pot wasn’t busted by Canadian authorities for selling his product in Vancouver, but instead by a country where selling pot seeds is considered a crime worthy of five years in a federal penitentiary. Emery and his defence team are fighting to have him serve his sentence in Canada, which is only fair, considering the Canadian authorities should have never allowed his extradition for a “crime” for which he never would have

been busted if he’d kept his seeds north of the 49th parallel. If all goes well, Emery will serve just four to six weeks in an American federal prison before being transferred back to Canada to serve out his sentence. Some people now complain Canadian taxpayers will be stuck financially for keeping Emery in jail for a crime he was found guilty of in the U.S. But in a city where pot smoking is pretty much ignored by local cops and government, Emery was made a scapegoat in the so-called war on drugs, which by the way is now being credited for the deaths of more than 28,000 people in Mexico since 2006. That’s right, 28,000. I was saddened to read on the weekend that Emery has promised to quit smoking pot if that will help get him home. I don’t have a lot in common with chronic pot smokers—I’m too Type A to appreciate their laid back demeanor, but come on, this is the Prince of Pot. Love him or hate him, Emery has been fighting to legalize marijuana in Canada for more than 30 years. But finally our government has broken him. It took the help of what’s considered the most powerful country in the world, but collectively they finally brought the bespectacled Emery to his knees. This Saturday activists from around the world are hosting Free Marc Emery rallies, including three in Vancouver. For times and locations go to freemarc.ca. sthomas@vancourier.com

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A shut-in’s survival guide for the fall/winter calendar The days are getting shorter, the nights longer. The morning is sometimes fog-smothered, and it takes longer for the sun to warm things up—when it’s not dumping rain. Fall and winter are almost here. Time to hibernate. Around this time of year, I start to suspect I had an ancestor who was a groundhog, or maybe a marmot. Once we pass the fall equinox, I’m overcome with the urge to sleep about 18 hours a day. With the rest of that time devoted to snacking. I suspect some of you feel the same way. So this is my unofficial guide to hunkering down and avoiding winter. Clip it out of the paper and stick it on your fridge for easy reference. Hibernation is a multi-stage process. We’ll take it month by month. • September The first intimations of winter begin here, as should your preparations. Like the noble squirrel, it’s time to get serious about gathering provisions. Dig a hole in the backyard, or in a nearby park if you live in an apartment. Bury a steel drum containing chocolate bars, a couple of bottles of Coke, maybe a six pack or two, and a pack of guilty pleasure DVDs. This is your emergency stockpile, in case the winter is long. • October Thanksgiving is a good time to pack on a few pounds of insulation, and it’s immediately followed by Halloween. Don’t go trick-or-treating, as it’s just creepy and sad when adults do that. Instead, hide in the bushes with a goalie mask and a kitchen knife. Jump out as groups of kids walk by. Pick up their candy as they flee in terror. It’s more efficient. Store the candy under your floorboards. • November It’s time to really work on your sleeping. Remember, you have probably built up plenty of sick days at work (you always knew that going into the office or warehouse when you had H1N1 or a freshly broken leg was a good idea). Use those sick days now. Also, who really gets that much work done on a Monday?

matthewclaxton Or a Friday? Build a realistic wax dummy of yourself and set it in your cubicle with the phone stuck to its ear and its hands on the keyboard. A looped tape of your voice saying “Mm hmm… yep… OK…” should keep people from bothering your doppelganger for hours. • December The holidays will try to force you into activity. Don’t let the cultural compulsion to take part in the orgy of consumerism force you out of the house! Remember, Amazon and eBay are your best friends. If you can buy your quota of seasonal presents while wearing your underwear and a Snuggie, it’s perfect. Also remember to get Amazon et al to wrap the gifts and send them directly to the recipients. They can sign the cards, too. • January With New Year’s behind you, you finally have a month free of holidays. Work on your sleeping the way a marathon runner trains to go that extra mile. If you sleep 20 hours one day, try for 20.5 the next. Keep a detailed sleep log. Push your bed closer to the washroom so you don’t have to walk as far for calls of nature, and put a bowl of snacks and a pack of water bottles by the bed. Ignore those calls from work. Your boss doesn’t need you that badly. • February By now you will have been fired from work, so it’s probably time to dig up the emergency drum of supplies. Unfortunately, it will have either been ruined by constant rain, or the ground will be frozen solid and impervious to your shovel. Go home. Despair. Look at the want ads. Find a job. Build up some sick time. Wait seven months, and start the cycle again. mclaxton@langleyadvance.com

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The four-metre Dunsmuir Street bike lane, which allows cyclists to travel both ways, opened last spring. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Dunsmuir Street bike lane receives mixed reviews,” Sept. 10. It is difficult to take seriously Michel Blais’s claims that the Dunsmuir bike lane contributed to the failure of his gallery and Frenchies restaurant on Dunsmuir Street. Mr. Blais has had, at various times, a gallery on Howe Street, a gallery and Frenchies on East Hastings, a Frenchies on Commercial Drive and a Frenchies at Howe and Helmcken, all of which are long gone. It seems that factors other than the bike

lane just might be the cause of Mr. Blais’s troubles. Matthew Kirchner, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Frenchies has been going out of business in various locations for years. Maybe it has less to do with the bike lane and more to do with what Frenchies offers. Enough said. Gwendolyn Reischman, Vancouver

Gun registry opponent owns ulterior motives

To the editor: Re: “Vancouver police chief praises gun registry and targets law-abiding citizens,” Sept. 8. Perhaps Mark Hasiuk’s readers might be interested to know that SFU professor emeritus Gary Mauser is also former president of the Barnet Rifle Club, a lifetime member of the National Firearms Association and “Gun Rights Defender of the Month” (Dec. 2009), an honour bestowed by the Citizens Commitee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. I doubt that VPD Chief Jim Chu’s “obvious conflicts of interest” come close to those of the “fierce academic,” professer Mauser. Jon O’Grady, Vancouver

••• To the editor: I suggest the gun registry is not about the public’s safety. Logical projection

of U.S., and by extension, Canadian trends can only arrive at one conclusion— economic collapse or, at least, severe devastation. Societal breakdown inevitably follows such an event. Cynical politicians have taken precautionary steps to disarm the population. Unfortunately, most of the current gang will be slumbering in their senate sinecures safely behind high security barriers before our unsustainable so-called “free-market” finally implodes. Peter Derviller, Vancouver

••• To the editor: VPD Chief Jim Chu provided examples of where the long gun registry helped Vancouver police. One example involved a man whose mental state was deteriorating rapidly, who was also a licensed firearms

owner. Surely a thorough search of this mans property would have uncovered his weapons, without the registry. Give me, and all taxpayers a break, and abandon this ridiculous long gun registry now. Stephen Ottridge, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Mark Hasiuk’s article totally misrepresents the position of the Vancouver police chief. What’s wrong with a gun registry, or licensing gun owners for that matter? We register cars, and drivers need an operating license. Does this restrict law-abiding citizens? Hasiuk’s characterization of the chief’s attitude as “disdain... born from ignorance” says a lot more about Hasiuk’s attitude. Sheila Jones, Vancouver

Cheapshots highlight Courier’s MMA cartoon

To the editor: Re: “Cartoon,” Sept. 8. I feel that your presentation of mixed martial arts (MMA) is out of balance and I must defend my recreational choice. MMA is not only a sport involving professionals but is enjoyed at an amateur level. New private MMA studios are opening all the time due to a grassroots demand. I am a 58-year-old male, fighting mul-

tiple sclerosis, and for years have used recreational MMA sparring to stay in shape, both body and mind. I do not take classes but belong to a club where I safely spar, week after week, without major injury, let alone brain damage. The training/sparring side of recreational MMA is seldom written about. Dale Arthur, Vancouver

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Lawyers hand out free advice at Victory Square Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

Nader Salmany wanted a lawyer to help in his fight for severance after being let go from work. A single mother who had been evicted from her co-op housing needed advice on how she could save her home of 23 years. They were two of more than 100 people who attended the Pro Bono Going Public 2010 free legal advice event at Victory Square last Friday. Presented by the Access Pro Bono Society of B.C. and sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association, the event was meant to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford legal service and to bring attention to what the lawyers say is a lack of legal aid in the province. Salmany says he suffered 10 months of racial slurs at work and was let go after he complained to WorkSafeBC about dangerous prac-

Nader Salmany sought free legal advice in Victory Square last Friday. photo Dan Toulgoet tices at his machine shop. The 49year-old resident of Marpole said his former employer of 12 years claimed he had quit, and Salmany has been unable to collect employment insurance. But finding legal help for his fight is harder than it was in the

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short $3 million or $2 million.” McPhee said research from Commonwealth countries shows money spent resolving legal issues at an early stage saves on healthcare and social services costs. Salmany said that he was feeling so stressed at work, he had been seeing his doctor every month. Reached Monday, he said he was pleased to finally receive advice he could act on. Attorney General Mike de Jong has expressed support for the commission, according to McPhee, and McPhee expects Liberal and NDP politicians to attend the hearings. Vancouver’s hearing on legal aid is scheduled for Oct. 7. The commission is accepting written submissions and expressions of interest for presentations. The commission aims to complete a report with recommendations by the end of the year. crossi@vancourier.com

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As the mother of three kids under six, Rachel Sawatsky doesn’t have much spare time, but that didn’t stop the Vancouver artist from helping create an impressive mural on the exterior walls of Tecumseh annex. Sawatsky, who has a daughter in Grade 1 at the kindergarten to Grade 3 school located at East 37th and Dumfries, approached its vice principal last year after noticing the existing mural had degraded over time. Sawatsky suggested doing a new mural with student involvement.

The school and parents embraced the idea, sparking three months of research, planning and design, which culminated with the finished artwork late last June. Another parent, Pat Dobie, told me about the mural and described it as amazing. “What we have is a reflection not only of the neighbourhood, but also of its diverse student population,” Dobie said. The mural illustrates a colourful scene of people, bugs and animals against a backdrop of mountains, trees and streams. “I did some historical research and this particular area—the Cedar Cottage Kensington neighbourhood—has quite a rich history. [There were] streams full of trout and salmon at one point in time,” Sawatsky said. “The theme really was what does your community look like. What did it used to look like, what does it look like now and

what could it look like?” Students produced the large-scale drawings of animals, bugs, people and buildings, which were later cut out and traced on the annex’s exterior walls and painted with help from teachers and parents, while Sawatsky designed the background. Sawatsky—not to be confused with another similarly named Vancouver artist Rachel Sawatzky known for creating a chocolate dress—was inspired by Vancouver/New York muralist Ann Thorsteinsson and First Nation muralist Jerry Whitehead. “It was important the students took part in the project. It’s their school and they really identify with their work on the wall,” she said. General Paints provided the paint, the VSB sealed the mural and the parent advisory committee kicked in $250 towards expenses. “I think the entire

neighbourhood loves it,” said Sawatsky. “I get a lot of comments from people walking by and the kids still go and touch all their pieces. The neighbourhood is changing, like Vancouver is changing rapidly, and there’s a real sense of identity and community up there.” Tecumseh annex parent advisory committee chairperson Heather Legal is thrilled with the result. “We all love the school so much and feel such a sense of community and strength. The mural definitely needed to have that infused in it. It was much in need of redoing and we were all touched to be a part of it and touched to have our children be a part of it,” she said. Legal said the project required a lot of time, including days, nights and weekends. It can be seen from East 37th in the annex’s playground area noconnor@vancourier.com

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Seventy-six-year-old woman died in 2008 house fire

Deputy police chief recommends murder case reward extension Mike Howell Staff writer

The Vancouver Police Board is expected to renew a $10,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a 76-year-old woman who died in a house fire in 2008. Willene Chong, who lived at 2781 East 55th Ave., was unable to get out of her house after an arsonist set the blaze in what police have so far determined was a ran-

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Willene Chong random act,” said a report from Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke going before police board Wednesday. “Moreover, this act was carried out against one of our communi-

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t’s September and school zones have schoolchildren in them again. No matter how many times a young child is told to “stop, look and listen, before you cross the street,” there is always the potential problem of youthful enthusiasm overwhelming the logical part of the brain, Cedric Hughes resulting in a disregard of safety advice. Please, motorists beware. Unless otherwise marked, school zone speed limits are 30 kmh, in effect weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm. The beginning of the zone is usually well defined by a bright yellow-green sign. The end of the zone—often the backside of the bright yellow-green sign for the opposite direction traffic—is sometimes trickier to find, which isn’t a bad thing. Drivers who aren’t sure if they are fully past the zone can always err on the side of caution. If you are caught speeding in a school zone, you will be fined (steeply) and penalized three penalty points. For speeding in the 31 to 50 kmh range the fine is $196; in the 51 to 70 kmh range, $253; in the 71 to 90 kmh range, $368; and for over 90 kmh, $483. During the beginning and end of the school day ‘rush-hours’ in school zones, sticking to the 30-kmh speed limit isn’t usually difficult. The traffic is often bumper-to-bumper, especially near designated drop-off/pick-up areas. Once classes have started, however, and the grounds are, or at least appear empty of all children, it’s easier to forget that these limits still apply and to continue along at the regular higher speed limit. In some jurisdictions but not here, the school zone rules specify that the regular speed limits apply so long as no children are out on the school

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ty’s most vulnerable.” A previous reward expired in December 2009 and investigators believe renewing it would reinvigorate public interest and possibly generate new leads, according to Lemcke’s report, which requests the reward be viable for one year. Chong immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 1949. She married in 1959 and went on to have five children and seven grandchildren. In June 2009, three of her adult children made a public plea at the VPD’s Cambie Street

station for the person or persons responsible for their mother’s death to come forward. “My mother was a strong, loving, self-assured and loyal woman,” Jerry Chong said. “We were shaped by her will and determination to better ourselves.” He added the family is “haunted by the nightmares” of their mother’s death. The Courier requested via the VPD Monday to speak to a member of the Chong family. No one was available before the Courier’s deadline.

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The series of fires on Sept. 11 was set around 5 a.m. to portable toilets, a hedge and miscellaneous items in lanes. In the early days of the investigation, police appealed to a group of young people to come forward. Anyone with information on Chong’s death is asked to call homicide detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. The police board meeting occurs Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the VPD’s Cambie Street station. mhowell@vancourier.com

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Herb Museum included drug-related memorabilia, artifacts

Pot activist hopes to resurrect museum Sandra Thomas Staff writer

No one can accuse local pot activist David Malmo-Levine of being a quitter. Just months after being released from prison for possession of marijuana and magic mushrooms for the purpose of trafficking, Malmo-Levine is organizing a fundraising art auction to resurrect his Herb Museum, formerly housed at 123 East Hastings St. Malmo-Levine said the museum was targeted in a February 2008 raid by the VPD—their target was his Vancouver School of Drug War History and Organic Cultivation, a.k.a. Herb School, which housed the museum. “The Herb School was a form of civil disobedience,” said Malmo-Levine. “But for the three years and four months before it was raided I got to live as a free man.” Malmo-Levine is determined to get the museum up and running again. His efforts are supported by local artists who are donating partial proceeds from the sale of their works through an online auction that ends today, Sept. 15. A live auction takes place tomorrow, Sept. 16, at The Dispensary on Thurlow Street. Malmo-Levine hopes to reopen the Herb Museum above the B.C. Marijuana Party’s headquarters at 307 West Hastings St. “I’m not selling marijuana anymore,” said Malmo-Levine. “Through this they turned me from a dealer into an art dealer.” Malmo-Levine said while not all of the art pieces are dedicated to marijuana, they have a connection to hallucinogenic drugs, including magic mushrooms and recreational pharmaceuticals. “Artists and drugs have been connected since the beginning of art,” he said. “They help artists explore within themselves.” There are more than 100 paintings, drawings and carvings available online,

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having moved to Vancouver, Grant hopes her recently founded Jest for Joy society can provide the same therapeutic healing powers of “clown doctoring” to Vancouverites in need. She and her colleague, Briana Rayner, who per-

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More markets with fruit, produce and preserves will pop up around the city, and in order to sustain and develop these local suppliers and farmers, Your Local Farmers Market Society hosts RIPE. The second annual fundraiser celebrating food and drink, RIPE seeks to increase the awareness of local farming and local food purchasing within the community. Money raised from the event will support vendor-farmers in a time of financial need, will expand the network of local farmers and will benefit New City Market, a multi-function hub that will house a year-round farmers market with other resources such as commercial processing, distribution and wholesale, stor-

age space and meetings. RIPE is a casual, sit-down family-style feast with local, seasonal food planned for Sept. 26 at the False Creek Community Centre. Tickets $50 for members. $150 member family pack of two adults, two children. Visit eatlocal.org.

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DUBLIN—Brendan Behan’s table has gone, but otherwise McDaid’s pub on Harry Street looks just as it did when the boozin’, brawlin’ boyo—“a drinker with a writing problem” as he himself once noted—held court here in the 1950s and ’60s. The bartender points to the alcove by the front window, where two girls sit chatting. “Behan sat at a table there, with a writing pad at his right hand and a glass of whiskey and a pint of Guinness on his left,” he says. “He’d write, then maybe he’d fight.” But the author of Borstal Boy, The Quare Fellow, Confessions of an Irish Rebel and much more brawled once too often in McDaid’s and the owner barred him. Behan found solace elsewhere before alcohol finally killed him in 1964 at the age of 41. The pub has always been central to social life in Ireland so it’s not surprising that many Dublin hostelries have connections with literary figures. You can take a tour by yourself, armed with the book Dublin Literary Pub Crawl by Colm Quilligan, or join an evening walk led by Quilligan himself. Stops vary, but they always include some of the following: • Davy Byrnes (21 Duke Street). James Joyce frequented Byrnes, and in his novel Ulysses has Leopold Bloom order a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy here.

At David Byrnes on Duke Street, you can order the gorgonzola sandwich and glass of burgundy photo Mitchell Smyth that Leopold Bloom orders in James Joyce’s Ullyses. Samuel Beckett was also a frequent visitor. • The Bailey (2 Duke Street). It has been rebuilt and is much changed from the days when J. P. Donleavy showed Behan the first draft of his rambunctious novel The Ginger Man (1955) in the snug. Flann O’Brien was a regular, too.

• Toners (139 Lower Baggott Street). It’s perhaps the only Dublin pub that can claim a connection with near-teetotaler W.B. Yeats. After sipping a sherry, the future Nobel laureate said, “Now I’ve seen a pub,” and left. A more frequent visitor was Bram Stoker (Dracula). • O’Neill’s (2 Suffolk Street). The poet Bren-

dan Kennelly gargled here, gargled so much that doctors warned him to stop or he’d be dead in a year. Kennelly recalled, “I had to think long and hard… A man can drink a hell of a lot in a year.” Brian Keenan, author of An Evil Cradling, about his five years as a captive of jihadists in Beirut, was another customer. • The Palace Bar (21 Fleet Street). Its place in literary history revolves around Bertie Smyllie, the colourful editor of the Irish Times (its offices were nearby until 2006), who encouraged young writers (and paid them well). The novelist Flann O’Brien “drank here, too often for his own health,” says tour leader Quilligan. This hardly scratches the surface of Dublin’s literary pub scene. Enthusiasts will also want to check out such venues as the Dublin Writers’ Museum (18 Parnell Square North), the James Joyce Cultural Centre (35 North Great Georges Street) and the James Joyce Museum in the Martello tower—featured in Ulysses—in nearby Dun Laoghaire, and George Bernard Shaw’s birthplace museum (33 Synge Street).

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For more information on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, visit dublinpubcrawl.com. For information on Dublin. go to the Dublin Tourism website at visitdublin.com. Mitchell Smyth is a member of the Meridian Writer’s Group.

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Courier reporter Naoibh O’Connor’s examination of private schooling in Vancouver has been nominated for a Webster Award for best feature story in the print category. The annual awards, which honour the best in B.C. journalism in print, broadcast and online, will be handed out Nov. 1 at an awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. O’Connor’s Jan. 15 story “Private lessons” explored how more Vancouver families seem to be seeking an education for their children outside the public system, and how private, independent schools are struggling to meet that demand. Letters from readers debating the story flowed into the Courier’s in box for weeks after. O’Connor came to the Courier in 2001 and is the newspaper’s education reporter. Her “Class Notes” column is a mainstay

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Big stories

Reporter Naoibh O’Connor has been nominated for a Webster Award for best feature story in the print category. for parents and educators in the city. Other nominees for the same category include Jeff Lee of the Vancouver Sun for “The fight

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is teaming up with MINI Canada to invite former volunteers to share their favourite mentoring adventures. The Big and Little Adventures campaign is part of an initiative by the association to reconnect with its past volunteer mentors. Called Big Brothers Big Sisters Alumni, the program provides former “Bigs” with the opportunity to once again experience the benefits of mentoring children or youth. According to the organization, there are thousands of inspiring little moments and

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Friends need books

The Friends of the Vancouver Public Library need gently used books CDS, DVDs for its October used book sale. Drop off loca-

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Isn’t that special

Charles Demers, author of Vancouver Special, shares his unique perspective about the people, places and events that have shaped Vancouver into the city it is today at a Sept. 23 talk at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St. The talk is at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Vancouver Historical Society.

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annemarrison The biggest challenge for many gardeners today is trying to pack all the plants they really want to grow into space that’s far too small. Yet often they forget the one area that could help them out—the front or back lawn. This is a perfect spot for tiny bulbs that flower in late winter. Only very early ones will suit because they need to complete most of their growth cycle before lawnmowing starts in April. They must also be very short so that they can be given a little extra die-back time by making the first two cuts as high as the lawnmower will go. High cuts also benefit lawnmowers by ensuring that hidden objects have a chance to get noticed before confronting the blade. The earliest are usually snowdrops. Though the leaves grow fairly tall, they are often in flower early to mid-January—so early that they have at least eight weeks to replenish their energy before lawn-mowing begins. Snowdrops aren’t fussy growers. But they’re happiest in moist soil that’s shady in summer. Clay suits them well. Anyone with soil that’s dry, sandy and baked in summer should try crocuses instead. The most rewarding crocus for sunny lawns is Crocus tomasinianus (also called “Tommys”). This is the only crocus squirrels avoid. It’s also very early and a quick spreader that’s inexpensive to obtain. The long-lasting flowers range from pale mauve to deep purple (“Ruby Giant”). It’s very dwarf (5-12cm) and delicate. Flowers last a very long time, then the wispy leaves

elongate, but shortening them somewhat doesn’t seem to affect their resilience. I should mention, though, tthat some gardeners hate this crocus because it tends to pop up all over the garden. Each one will become a small colony in a few years. But it dies down fast, the corms are tiny and it’s easy to pull. Almost as early as snowdrops and much shorter (59cm) is Scilla siberica. The starry flowers are intense blue and it adapts to sun or shade. It competes poorly with thick grass. But where there are trees in or near a lawn and grass is thinner due to summer shade and root competition, this scilla can spread into spectacular patches. Chionodoxa (“Glory of the Snow”) likes similar conditions but it’s taller and tolerates a wide range of conditions. The flowers are similar to scilla, but somewhat larger. C. forbesii is the one sold everywhere. It’s usually available in three colours: blue, pink and white. But my favourite is the brilliantly-blue flowered Chionodoxa sardensis, just 3inches (7cm) tall at flowering time. Its seeds are contained in deep brown globes easy to detach when dry and move to colonize new places. Like Crocus tomasinianus it is not always offered in garden centres. But www. gardenimport.com usually sells both. The spreading roots of cedars, which are such a nuisance in most places can benefit lawn bulbs and corms such as Cyclamen coum that go dormant in summer and need good drainage. It helps if the cedars are high-limbed to admit some light. This cyclamen is too dwarf for lawn mowing to remove leaves. Flowering pink or white in January, it goes dormant about May and survives drought and heavy lawnmowers all summer. Leaves re-emerge with fall rains. Anne Marrison is happy to answer garden questions. Email her at amarrison@ shaw.ca.

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For the love of making Vancouver the greenest city in the world… please, please don’t put plastic bags, wrap or containers in your yard trimmings cart. That’s the plea from the City of Vancouver. The compost facility the city is using to turn food scraps into compost does not accept any types of plastics. That’s because plastics prevent food scraps from being turned into topsoil and need to

be separated at an extra costs. Even biodegradable plastics are verboten. Newsprint—not the Courier, of course—and brown paper bags can be used to wrap food scraps and line collection bins. Helpful tip: lining your bin or kitchen container makes it easier to keep it clean and odour free. A second phase of food scraps collection will be introduced in 2011 where all food scraps—fruits, veggies, meat, fish, dairy,

bread, cereal products and good ole “food-soiled paper”—will be allowed. More information on this meaty topic are available on the city’s website at vancouver.ca

Dementia questions

Dementia and Ethical Dilemmas: Answers to Hard Questions for Families will be the topic of discussion by Dr. Hilde Lindemann, professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, Sept.

17. Lindemann speaks at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, in the new west building. Guest check-in is 6:15 p.m., presentation at 7:15 p.m. The moderator is Courier health columnist and physician Dr. Davidicus Wong. The talk is part of a free public presentation series, Dialogue on Aging. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. To reserve, visit www.tapestryfoundation. ca or call 877.8312.

VANCOUVER YOGA STUDIO STRETCHES THEIR LIGHTING DOLLARS FURTHER. Turning an old parking garage into a health and fitness retreat takes vision and a lot of renovation. Doing it in an environmentally conscious and economical way adds to the challenge. That was the situation YYoga encountered as it created a new facility in downtown Vancouver. “There was a small existing studio,” says Matt Fraser, YYoga’s COO. “We took over the entire floor of 11,000 square feet and in the process upgraded the entire building.” “There were old fluorescents and incandescents everywhere,” says Fraser. “We replaced them with LEDs.” Now, the energy bills are projected to run about $1,500 less each year. YYoga’s lighting project qualified for a $2,400 incentive from BC Hydro—a rebate that Fraser says made a big difference in bringing the project to life. Sounds good to us, Matt. If your company would like to discover how it can save money on energy costs like YYoga, visit bchydro.com/incentives or call 1 866 522 4713.


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Quirky museum dedicated to A. Hormel’s famed canned meat hits the spot

Wham, bam, thank you Spam By Anne Garber and John Keyes Contributing writers

AUSTIN, Minnesota—For all its wideopen spaces between the West Coast and Chicago, the I-90 can be a mind-numbing highway at times, and the prettiest section is probably not the stretch through Minnesota. There’s a natural inclination to let the mind wander, which is what we were doing when we both spotted a billboard that led us to the high point of the day: a museum devoted to Spam. Spam, said to stand for either “shoulder of pork and ham” or “spiced ham,” is a precooked meat product that’s become the stuff of legend. Since its introduction in the

1930s, more than seven billion tins have been sold. The 1,530-square-metre Spam Museum is in the town (pop. 23,000) where George A. Hormel started his meat-processing empire in 1891. Austin is your classic company berg, where just about everyone owes his or her living or a karmic debt to the Hormel brothers. The museum, celebrating the family, its business acumen and its most successful product (Hormel is now a Fortune 500 company), opened in 2001 in a renovated red-brick building not five minutes from the interstate. In the course of wandering through the galleries, greeted occasionally by tour guides known as Spam-bassadors, we ab-

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sorbed a succinct history in American labour law. We learned that founder George Hormel was instrumental in promoting the first child-labour laws in the United States. (He was forced to work when he was a young boy, and he wanted no child in future to be exploited as he was.) Other factoids: originally called “Hormel Spiced Ham,” Hormel Foods held a contest to create a new name for the product in 1936. In South Korea, Spam is considered a gourmet treat. The comic duo of George Burns and Gracie Allen were hugely popular pitchmen for Spam. Their photos—and enlargements of advertisements from the 1930s and ’40s—adorn the walls. There is even a mock broadcasting centre playing loops of Spam commercials from yesteryear. Everyone to whom we showed our photos from the museum immediately burst into the Monty Python song, and, wouldn’t you know it, the entire three-minute Python sketch runs on a continuous loop on a big video screen in the museum, complete with props and the insistent “Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spamity-spam” refrain. We find it refreshing to visit a mu-

seum that doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet still has lots of interesting stuff to discover and enjoy. There’s also something appealing for every age level. And mobility is no obstacle. Virtually everyone we have recommended the Spam Museum to responded with initial skepticism and ended up delighted. All told, the entire self-directed tour could take an hour or more, depending on interest level. Finally, there’s a really whizbang gift shop, full of all kinds of Spam temptations, ranging from inexpensive key fobs and plastic mugs to pricier aprons, pot holders, squeezy Spam pigs and many logo’d garments. Yes, it’s all advertising, but for a tired family on a long drive across the country, it can sure hit the spot.

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1. Celebrating cycling on the big screen, the Vancouver Bike Shorts Film Festival rolls into Vancity Theatre Sept. 15. Doors open 6:30 p.m. There will also be valet parking for those pedalling to the two-wheel-friendly event. Info at bikeshorts.ca. 2. Thanks to crappy distribution, Vancouver audiences didn’t get a chance to see Canadian rock and roll vampire film SUCK, starring Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Malcolm McDowell and local impresario Paul Anthony. They do now, as the Rio Theatre screens the bloodthirsty comedy Sept. 16, 7 p.m. followed by a Q&A with a few cast members.

3. What’s the deal with the 2010 Global Comedy Fest? The seventh annual yuk-off runs Sept. 16 to 26 and features performances from local and international comedians including Tom Green, Charlie Murphy, Gerry Dee, Neil Hamburger, Tig Notaro, Graham Clark and Joe Mande (pictured) whose blog-turned-book Look At This F**king Hipster will be published in March. In the meantime, he’ll be at The Comedy Mix (Century Plaza Hotel) Sept. 16-18. More info at comedyfest.com. 4. “Acoustic guitar ninja” Trace Bundy lets his fingers do the talking at The Ironworks (235 Alexander St.) Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets at the door.

kudos & kvetches Atoning it in

This year, Sept. 17-18 marks Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. In keeping with past years, members of Kudos & Kvetches would like to offer their humble apologies and deepest regrets for the following egregious errors, mistakes and wrongdoings: • In high school, before the days of call display and *69, we regularly phoned unsuspecting strangers, pretending to be a radio station DJ we made up named Russ McKinnon. We would then ask them an easy trivia question, tell them that they had won and either tell them to pick up their cash prize at the station or berate them with obscenities for their gullibility. Sorry, easily duped strangers we mocked on the telephone or instructed to pick up a prize that they never would receive. • Also in high school, we once phoned Sue’s Sunday Night Sex Show on the radio, where people would call in and ask frank and serious questions about sexuality. We told the show our name was Reggie and explained that we thought our younger brother was having an affair with a math teacher at our school and

that we were really worried about him, and then we pretended to break down and cry and hung up. Sue then gave some concerned, heartfelt advice. Sorry, Sue, for wasting your time, and sorry, callers with real life sexual queries that we prevented from getting on the air. Later that year we called the show again, this time using an exaggerated, perhaps racist accent, and we were immediately cut off. Sorry about that, too.

Exclusive interview with Snepsts ’stache

Last Friday, during a K&K investigation into the business dealings of Vancouver Canuck legend Trevor Linden, we misspelled the last name of former Canuck defenceman Harold Snepsts, who during his playing days was famous for his beloved moustache and scoring 38 scintillating goals over the course of his brief 1,033-game career. To make amends, we reached Snepsts’s handlebar moustache at his home on Salt Spring Island. K&K: So what was your reaction to the Snepsts misspelling? SM: I was a bit shocked. Harold’s a sports icon in Vancouver and to have a hometown

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‘Rather dirty’ short story collection looks at sexuality, regret, love and loss

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Multiple Courier Fiction Contest winner Jenn Farrell has taken her winnings and blown it all on booze, tattoos and baby food. But in that time she’s also released two accomplished books of short stories. Her latest, The Devil You Know (Anvil Press), is “rather dirty,” says the author, and owes equal debt to Alice Munro and Riot Grrrls. It also offers a frank and uncompromising look at sexuality, regret, love and loss, which sums up her experience answering the Courier’s 10 Questions, oddly enough. She conversed with the Courier via email while visiting her “old man” in Ontario before catching a heavy metal gig in her former hometown Hamilton.

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for poor performance. Go out for coffee. Come home and realize it’s nearly dinnertime. Write like a maniac for an hour or two to try and salvage what’s left of the day. Curse the twilight. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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Do you own, or have you ever owned, a beret?

Honey, please—I bought another one last week in Toronto. It’s dark green.

7. What was the last book you read?

I recently finished Sub Rosa, by Vancouver’s Amber Dawn, and I adored it. I don’t finish a lot of novels, honestly (must be that short attention span), but I devoured this one in a couple of days. It’s such a thrilling story. It’s sort of an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for wayward girls.

1. How much dough have you taken from

the cash-strapped Vancouver Courier over the years?

I’ve won the contest twice—the first and second times I entered! I think those were the years 2003 and 2005. I love the contest, because the “secret sentence” you’ve got to put in there always presents such an interesting challenge. In fact, versions of both of the winning stories made it into my first book, Sugar Bush & Other Stories, in 2006. A few years went by, and then last fall, I thought I’d give it another shot (a $1,000 cheque less than a month before Christmas is a kind of writer’s miracle). But I got too cocky and dashed off a sub-par story in a matter of days. I didn’t even place. Serves me right.

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Would it be safe to say everything you’ve ever achieved as a writer you owe to the Courier?

Pretty much! But honestly, winning those contests… some people scoff at contests, but for me, they’ve been a kind of sign from the universe that I’m doing the right thing; that I’m on the right track. Without those kinds of early successes (and the thrilling financial rewards that have accompanied them), I might have given up too soon.

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Why short stories? Why not novels or memoirs or investigative journalism or self-help books?

I love the short story form. It’s so modern, in so many ways. You can play with point of view and characters and styles that might be unwieldy in a novel. You get to do some things with

Writer Jenn Farrell says often she’s unsure if people are leering at her chest or trying to read her blurry tattoo. language that, in my fondest wishes, I like to think at least shares a bit of space with great contemporary poetry. And from a reader’s perspective, it’s great to be able to give yourself over to a story for 20 minutes, or however long, have that satisfying narrative experience, and then close the book and come back to it again whenever you’re able. I like to imagine people reading my books on the bus, or in lineups, or when their kids are having a nap. That’s appealing to me. Having said that, there’s definitely a memoir-type-thing in the works… and if I knew anything about anything, I’d write a self-help book about it. Maybe I’ll call it Flying Free: Learning to Thrive While Spending Most of the Day in Your Pajamas.

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Do short stories reflect your personality more than other writing forms? I think they must—I’m kind of a rapid-fire person, with a short attention span. I was on Ritalin for a while when I was a kid… now I just drink.

5. Do you have a writing routine?

Wake up. F**k around on the Internet for two hours. Feel guilty. Eat. Stare at the wall. Open a file and read something in progress. Chastise self

8. How many tattoos do you have?

Well, that depends. It looks like I have three, but I added to my first one, so I’ve actually been tattooed four times. My first tattoo was a purple dahlia just above my left breast that I had done when I was 17. Then I got an oak tree on my back when I moved to B.C. back in the early ’90s, followed by one on my upper left arm after my daughter was born. It’s hard to describe, but it’s from the Tank Girl comic-book series. Occasionally a fellow fan will recognize it. The last tattoo was when I got some text added to my first one: “fancy lady,” which was my daughter’s nickname for me when she was wee. I thought it would make it look more “ironic” and less “old skank.” Not sure if it was successful.

9. Are there any tattoos you regret?

I don’t regret any of them. The one on my bosom is exposed with a lot of necklines, and it sometimes results in leering, but it’s getting sort of blurry, so maybe people aren’t looking at my boobs so much as just trying to read the damn thing.

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Do short story writers have groupies?

God, I hope so. Actually, I’m kind of a short-story groupie. Usually we all just fawn over each other at literary festivals. We gotta get our love-in somewhere. —Michael Kissinger mkissinger@vancourier.com

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Love gone wrong, romance and bad jobs explored at Fringe

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs until Sept. 19. For info and show times, go to vancouverfringe.com.

Shadows in Bloom

Waterfront Theatre Sept. 15, 18 and 19

Gemma Wilcox performs her solo show with the same elegant economy as a Japanese artist: a simple gesture—legs sprawled apart or legs primly together—suggests sexy, sax-playing Pete or about-to be-dumped Sandra. A flirty wriggle is Sandra’s calla lily; a hobble is Flora, Sandra’s elderly neighbour (who may just be Sandra’s Fairy Godmother.) And a joyful stretching to the sun are the seedlings Sandra plants in the garden. Wilcox plays all the roles from a stuffy lion to a thirsty sunflower as she tells this bittersweet story of love gone wrong. Blue light sends Sandra into fantasies of violence as she imagines taking revenge on inarticulate Pete for whom she has left her husband and moved to London. Wilcox is a lithe and engaging performer who moves with the grace of a dancer. While the story is as old as time, her

performance is fresh, charming and leaves us hoping another, better guy will come along. —Jo Ledingham

Duthie is selling is “the hope of happiness.” His is a brave show shot with sincerity. —JL

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Waterfront Theatre Sept. 16, 18 and 19 Gemma Wilcox pairs up with Sam Elmore in this cleverly conceived piece co-written by Fringe favourite TJ Dawe and Rita Bozi. Start with a deck of 52 cards. On each is written a scene in the progress of a relationship. Examples: We Need To Talk, Guess What, I Didn’t Say That, I Love You, How Do You Know Her. Toss the cards in the air. Turn them face down and retrieve them one at a time. Act out each scene. Dependent upon how the cards are picked up, each performance is different. Wilcox and Elmore have to be—and are—on their toes. It’s one thing to play out the rise and fall of a relationship in the sequence in which it occurred. It’s another to jump into a jumble of fragmented scenes with no logical lead up. One minute she’s glowing, the next she’s glowering. He’s charming, then chuffed.

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Every Job I’ve Ever Had

Sept. 15, 16 and 19

Barry Smith chronicles Every Job I’ve Ever Had at the Fringe. The full flush of romance has never looked so blissful, however, when this couple gets completely giddy, dancing and laughing as if love will go on forever. Makes you fall in love with falling in love. —JL

The Pig of Happiness

Playwrights Theatre Centre Sept. 16 and 19

Cabaret singer Bremner Duthie allows himself to be so vulnerable on stage it almost hurts to watch. He wants to be happy so he goes to what he thinks is the happiest city in the world—Par-

is. There he finds a memorial honoring the First World War dead and instead of being happy in the happiest city in the world, he’s sadder than when he left home. He tries to sing happy songs but even they sound sad. Fortunately for Duthie, he discovers he’s happiest singing and that there’s real joy in making theatre. So that’s where he’s at now: somewhere between the easy optimism of Perry Como and the despair of Kurt Cobain. The root word, says Duthie, of happiness is “hap”—as in haphazard and happenstance—so finally all

How’s this for a closing line? “Don’t wait for brain damage to sort it all out.” While writer/performer Barry Smith (who brought us Jesus in Montana, American Squatter and other wild rides) isn’t recommending you go out and get hit by a bus, “mild brain damage” resulting from an accident sent him on a trajectory that led to “following his bliss” and getting paid for it. But not before he suffered through a lot of bad jobs including trying to sell his drugfree urine to athletes suspected of doping. Now he writes a humour column for the Aspen Times in Colorado and does clever Power Point comedy on the Fringe circuit. And although Smith jokes about his book of poetry Ode to Mustard, poet Jem Rolls—another Fringe regular—says Smith can honestly add “poet” to his resume. —JL

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Olio festival offers smorgasbord of comedy... and Chinese food State of the Arts with Cheryl Rossi

The second Olio music, comedy, art and film festival aims to feed the city’s growing appetite for comedy with a super-sized smorgasbord of offerings, including an actual all-you-can-eat buffet. This year’s festival, Sept. 23 to 26, has three times the comedy than last year, points out Olio’s comedy curator and performer Cameron MacLeod, who credits the recent explosion of cutting-edge comedy, in part, to the world’s current state of malaise. “People are really excited about comedy right now,” MacLeod said. “I know one of the greatest times for comedy and in the past was during the Depression, and that brought a lot of comedy to the forefront because people want to laugh… [In] the past couple years, [the economy] has fuelled it as well because people just want to have a good time.” MacLeod says when he started performing standup comedy in Vancouver in 2002, the key venues for those starting out were the El Cocal restaurant on Commercial Drive, the Urban Well in Kitsilano and DV8 downtown, which have all since closed. But in the last few years, more performers have taken it upon themselves to cultivate rooms, broadening audience’s acceptance of an array of comedy. At one show organized by local comedy team Bronx Cheer in Chinatown this spring, MacLeod performed a sketch about being depressed because his girlfriend had left him and he was in the doghouse. His character resolved to build her a doghouse to recapture her heart. He began building a doghouse on stage, continued during inter-

Local comedians (left to right) Cameron MacLeod, Sean Devlin and Graham Clark perform at the second annual Olio festival, which runs Sept. 23 to 26 at various venues across the city. mission and, at the urging of a real estate agent played by Emmett Hall, tried to sell it to the audience, or flip it, after the break. “Most rooms you get your five to sevenminute set, maybe 10 and that’s it,” he said. “When you have your own space you can do whatever you want and that allows for a lot more experimentation.” MacLeod says anyone keen to check out such experimentation has several diverse options on Friday, Sept. 24, alone. Gavin McInnes, the guy behind Vice magazine’s popular DOs & DON’Ts will be in town projecting style hits and misses while performing his version of standup alongside Derrick Beckles, who’ll screen video footage that includes bits from VHS workout tapes at the Biltmore. Local comic Sean Devlin rounds out the bill. Meanwhile, the Rain City Chronicles will host a storytelling showcase at the ANZA Club. At the Rickshaw Theatre that same Friday, the Olio festival will co-present a clas-

sic standup show with the Global ComedyFest, which runs Sept. 16 to Sept. 26. This Laugh Gallery Comedy Show hosted by local comedian Graham Clark will include three surprise out-of-town guests. “So in one night you have your hipster fashion comedy show, you have your true storytelling show and you have a straight standup show, so it’s something for everybody,” MacLeod said. The next night, ManHussy, the sketch comedy group MacLeod co-created, presents The Revenge of TOTAL CHINESE BUFFET at Kentizen Fusion Lounge in the International Village, otherwise known as Tinseltown. Those who buy tickets to this event—a wristband alone won’t get you in—can ingest an all-you-can-eat buffet of Chinese and Japanese dishes, servings of sketch and standup, more food, then more comedy. MacLeod notes two shows Sept. 23 highlight local sketch comedy talent. The Gastown show includes Pump Trolley, a

12-person collective that riffs on the Bible, guns and dads through sketch, improv and standup, followed by bands. The Chinatown show includes the women of Rosa Parks Improv, Paul Anthony, host of the monthly Talent Time variety show at the Biltmore, and multi-room video installations. “If you get an all-weekend festival pass, you can pretty much go from show to show. We’ve timed everything out so you can get a festival pass and go to an art show and then go to a comedy show and then go to a band show and then after that band show go to another band show,” MacLeod said, noting events are clustered in certain neighbourhoods. Musical acts include Chad VanGaalen and Shout Out Out Out Out. The Olio festival’s art segment includes the concert posters of Bob Masse, and films include local documentary No Fun City and Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers. For more information, see oliofestival.com. crossi@vancourier.com

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Ray Lewis doesn’t know water polo and he doesn’t know the workout he’s missing. The Baltimore Ravens trashtalking linebacker—widely considered the NFL’s greatest at his position—tweeted Monday before meeting the New York Jets: “We’re packing our bags, and we’re not packing our bags to come play water polo.” Lewis shouldn’t be fooled in to thinking water polo is easy. The cardiovascular benefits of this team sport are impressive and players must swim in open water as if the pool were any sport field where sprint bursts, physical contact and gut-emptying endurance are part of the game. I’d like to see Ray Lewis try. In Vancouver, registration is now open for the Vipers Water Polo Club and athletes of all ages and abilities are invited to try this fun and challenging sport. Multiple programs are available for kids and adults looking to learn a new skill, improve their swimming strength, stay in shape and also play competitively. The Vipers host an open house Sept. 25 at the Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Blvd., for kids aged eight to 18 with and without experience. For more information, visit vancouverwaterpolo.com.

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Roch Carrier had his hockey sweater. Don Cherry has his loud tapestry prints. What will you wear Sept. 17 for inaugural national jersey day? Wear your team’s colours, uniform or gym pinny if that’s your sweaty style to work or school Friday and put your pride where everyone can see it. Spearheaded by the CBC, ParticipACTION and True Sport, Sport Day in Canada Sept. 18 caps off a week of local sporting events to showcase sport at all levels. Consider this a call to all coaches, officials, athletes, volunteers, spectators and parents to champion the place of sport in our communities and cheer for healthy living.

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His rugby career is marked by leadership and longevity, and Spence McTavish is renowned for rarely taking a Saturday off. He’s worn the Maple Leaf over more years than any of his rugby contemporaries and will still line the fields himself, tend to the pitch and spruce up the modest concrete block rugby club at UBC. This week, McTavish will be inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame as a player. Doug Tate, the head coach of the varsity program at UVic, said McTavish could be there as a builder, a title that would recognize his tireless contribution to the development of rugby in the province. “He’s been a great ambassador for the game, on and off the field,” said Tate, who first trained under McTavish at Lord Byng high school. “The number one thing I’ve learned from him: You’ve got to give back to the game.” With more international appearances over more years than any other Canadian rugby player of his day, McTavish earned 22 full caps and became Team Canada’s longest-serving player. His success started almost immediately even though, as a university

freshman, the 5-foot-10, fair-haired and baby-faced McTavish eventually realized he was a late bloomer. “I never thought I was an outstanding player,” he said. “But I was elusive.” He was an agile winger whose flashes of speed and bravado morphed into clever maneuvering as he aged.

Spence McTavish founded the Old Boys rugby club in 1973 and taught at Lord Byng for 33 years while coaching at UBC, where he still heads the varsity program. A star through the 1970s and ’80s, McTavish played provincial rugby, captained the national team and appeared in more than 50 games for Canada over the course of two decades. He scored six tries for the team when international matches were much less frequent than today. He founded the Old Boys rugby club in 1973 and taught at Lord Byng for 33 years while coaching at UBC, where he still heads the varsity program. As a small and smart speed-demon with UBC in 1970, he scored a team

high 39 tries and led the unstoppable Thunderbird rugby team to a 21-and1 record. The team was inducted to the school’s hall of fame and is recognized as UBC’s best ever. McTavish’s long, bleach-blond locks and the handle-bar moustache he wore still get tongues wagging. That same year, as a 21-year-old winger with the national team, he scored a try in his first international appearance against Fiji at Swangard Stadium. Seventeen years later, a 37year-old McTavish interrupted his retirement and busted a gut getting in game shape to play for Canada in the inaugural World Cup of Rugby. Now crafty and experienced and able to out-fox opponents half his age, McTavish said he saw the game far differently than he had as a rookie. He was slower but had developed vision. “You lose a step. You don’t have the same outburst but the longer you play, the more you can read the game.” McTavish says the most momentous moments of his playing career have faded in favour of the post-game camaraderie. “It’s the only game where you celebrate after the game with the opposition. The good thing about this game is that it is a fraternity.” And in this province, McTavish may well be the patriarch. mstewart@vancourier.com

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When Ann Clark Ayres broke a significant gender barrier to become the first woman elected to the executive of the precursor to the Canadian Olympic Committee, the continent was embroiled in a debate about separate rules for girls and boys in basketball. Even before this achievement in 1948, Clark Ayres had long been considered a trailblazer, and for her many achievements will be inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame as a pioneer. “She fought very hard for fair representation for women in Canada,” said Barbara Schrodt, a UBC sport historian and the first director of the university’s women’s athletic department. Schrodt did not know Clark Ayres, who died in 1992, but did have contemporaries who trained track with the influential coach. “Classmates of mine thought she was excellent and thought very highly of her. She did stand out in her leadership positions.” Born in London, England in 1908, Clark Ayres arrived in Canada as a child and began her leadership role at 20 with the Vancouver District Softball League as a player, recruiter and administrator. For more than a quarter century starting in 1930, she was at the helm of the

Ann Clark Ayres B.C. branch of the Women’s Amateur Athletic Federation of Canada and attended every major track meet in the province to push for women’s inclusion. Despite the entrenched regionalism of the era and an emphasis on athletes, venues and coaches based in Ontario, Clark Ayres succeeded in bringing the national track and field championships to New Westminster in 1935. The tension between coasts could be vicious and since teams and organizations in the west faced additional travel costs, B.C. and Alberta clubs didn’t receive the same opportunities as their eastern counterparts. Before her death in 1992, Clark Ayres was credited with bringing unprecedented athletic opportunity to B.C. women. Through the ’30s and ’40s, she travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Europe with track and field teams to the British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games) and the Olympics.

For her significant advances, Clark Ayres has more than once been nominated for B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Bob Osborne, an Order of Canada recipient for his lifetime achievement in sport and former UBC athletic director, campaigned on behalf of Clark’s inclusion in the hall before his death in 1990. So, too, did ProMOTION Plus, a provincial organization that lobbies for physical fitness for girls and women. “Her achievements as a teacher, volunteer and executive administrator would be outstanding for anyone,” wrote Beverley Siver on behalf of ProMotion Plus, “but when you consider the state of organized sport in the early 20th century, her work must be recognized as truly phenomenal.” Schrodt, who sits on the adjudicating committee for the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and was also inducted in 1999, supported Clark Ayres’ induction. “There has always been an underlying, strong feeling of nowadays what we call feminism. It wasn’t called that then, but it was that very same thing,” she said. “Any women who were active leaders in sport had the same experience.” The 2010 B.C. Sports Hall of Fame induction celebration is set for Sept. 16. mstewart@vancourier.com


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Get your bell rung? Your clock cleaned? Gone are the days young players will be pushed to shake it off and get right back in the game. No longer will a brief sideline assessment be enough to determine who is good to go and who may have a concussion. Football B.C. is taking the lead in this country to safeguard athletes and diminish the unknown longterm effects of head injury. Changes to how football is played across the province now mean any player who shows signs of a concussion can return to the field of play only after he has been checked out and cleared by a medical profes-

sional or someone trained to know the symptoms of serious head injury. “In years past it was colloquially put down as having your bell rung,” said Dennis Abbott, the president of the B.C. Football Officials Association with more than 40 years’ experience making calls. “If a player evidenced any symptoms of injury, we would always send them off the field. Now there is a requirement—it’s definitive. And I think it’s better.” A referee can still refuse a player’s return. The rules will strengthen over the course of this season, and all teams will be required to have one person who is certified to assess head injuries. A concussion can lead to a range of physical, cognitive and emotional problems, the most concerning being the unknown longterm effects of repeated brain trauma sustained in short succession or over years. “What has happened is there is a little bit of a scare out there,” said Dino Geremia, technical director with Football B.C. and

an SFU assistant coach. “I see it as making the game safer.” B.C.’s rule tightening comes on the heels of a law in Washington State named for a 13-year-old footballer who suffered a concussion and then a devastating brain injury after he was put back in the game. He was in a coma for months. When it comes to head injuries sustained during play and practice, football claims the lion’s share. At least, this is what research statistics from U.S. hospitals suggests. A Canadian study found one fifth of head injuries were sport related, but estimates are foggy. Not only can a concussion be difficult to diagnose, but there is no Canadian database that tracks head injuries. For Harry Zarins, the executive director with the Canadian Brain Injury Association, the lack of a Canada-wide registry tracking head trauma is a failure on the part of government sport leadership and funding. An organization like Football BC could use such information to support their push toward caution

and education. But numbers aren’t needed in the effort to toss out the outdated and reckless impulse to “shut up and play.” The new mantra, says Geremia: “When in doubt, sit it out.” To register for a Football B.C. medical seminar and learn more about concussions in sport, visit playfootball.bc.ca. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Your BC Lions — In Their Own Words Emmanuel Arceneaux - 84 I’m from the south – I was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. As a guy who has always been pretty athletic, I began playing football in high school and also ran track. In fact, I did so well at that level that I was named an all-district wide receiver and free safety and was also an honourable mention place kicker in my senior year. When I graduated from high school, I decided that attending college at Mississippi’s Alcorn State University would give me the best opportunity to get a postsecondary education while realizing my dream to play football at the next level. After four years with the Braves, I seized the opportunity to head north to Canada to join the Lions as a rookie guy in their receiving corps. I had a great time in my first season which motivated me to train even harder when I went back home during the winter months, in addition to working as a substitute teacher and track coach at my former high school while mentoring local kids as part of Alexandria’s Boys and Girls Club. Emmanuel Arceneaux joined youngsters on the field this Now that I’m in my second season, I still can’t believe that I get to come to work every day to play summer during the BC Lions’ annual Timbits Camp. Photos courtesy BC Lions the game I love. Nothing would make me happier than to win a championship with this team. Win or lose, the guys in our locker room are a close group and I’m proud of our accomplishments on and off the field. As a kid who dreamed of being a professional athlete from a young age, I know what it’s like to look to others for inspiration. For that reason, I love taking part in the Lions’ community efforts during the season, particularly the club’s annual Timbits Camp. I feel proud knowing that I could be teaching football basics and the importance of being active to a young kid who one day could use his or her athletic ability to secure a university scholarship and a bright future. As a guy who comes from a small town, I know that it’s up to the local community to invest in their kids in order to ensure they succeed in life.

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CTV’s Coleen Christie was all smiles with her catch, chef David Hawksworth, at the West Coast Fishing Club charity event.

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UBC Medical Alumni David Butcher and Stacey Elliott welcomed alumni and friends to the anniversary screening of The Dr. Peter Diaries.

Dear Diaries: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the debut of The Dr. Peter Diaries and the 25th anniversary of his graduation from UBC Medicine, UBC Alumni Affairs and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation presented the exclusive screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary. In 1990, Dr. Peter Jepson-Young introduced himself to viewers of CBC Vancouver’s nightly news broadcast as someone with AIDS to help provide a name, a face and an identity to the disease. Over the next two years, to within two weeks of his death, 111 weekly episodes of the diaries were aired. Gone fishing: An L.A.-bound Willie Mitchell reeled in the winning catch, a 47-pound Chinook salmon, which netted him the $75,000 grand prize at the West Coast Fishing Club’s fifth Fishing for Kids fundraiser in Haida Gwaii. In the true sprint of the tournament, the former Canuck donated the prize money back to the charity along with his additional jackpot winnings totalling $169,000. Odyssey ends: After 15 years, eight months and 1,300 bottles of beer consumed on stage, the curtain fell on Feather Boa, the city’s longest running drag show. Fronted by Joan-E, Justine Tyme, Carlotta Gurl and an all star cast of Vanhattan’s finest “girls,” a capacity crowd helped close the 25-year-old Odyssey Nightclub in grand style. Hear Fred Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email Fred at yvrflee@hotmail.com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown.

Besides snagging a $6-million contract with the Kings, L.A.-bound Willie Mitchell and Canucks brass Paolo Aquilini reeled in fish for charity.

Feather Boa’s Carlotta Gurl, Joan-E and Justine Tyme took their final bows as the city’s longest running drag show ended at the Odyssey.

Design finalists Marla Lede, eventual winner Sofia Mendez Schenone and Jenna Etcheverry showed off their collections at Generation Next’s runway romp.

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Born on October 22, 1923 in Davidson, Sask. Passed away Peacefully on September 5, 2010 surrounded by his family. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years Frances, daughter Linda (Kelvin), son Brian (Suzanne),andgranddaughters Loraine, Sheila, Sylvia, and Trudy. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 17th at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam. Family Burquitlam Funeral Home Owned 604-936-9987

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Personal Messages

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KENSINGTON PAINT, Burnaby’s Benjamin Moore retailer reqs P/T Bookkeeper. Please reply with resume at 6791 Hastings St, Burnaby.

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We are seeking a talented housekeeper and cook, with lots of initiative. You

must love to cook. Your duties include, cleaning the house, laundry, errands, shopping and evening meal preparation, occassional dinner party assistance. The successful candidate should be able to manage the household. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 to 5:00 requirements include: able to take directions,neat and organized, experience, non-smoking, B.C.drivers license. References are mandatory. Please contact: housekeeper2010@hotmail.ca 604-714-4643

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Drivers

Class 1 Drivers & Owner Operators Req. Highway - BC & AB

Please fax resume & Commercial “N” Print Abstract to: 1 888 778-3563 jobs@bstmanagement.net tel # 604 273 5525 ext 2262

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General Employment

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Do you enjoy working with flowers & offering excellent customer service? Mature individual required for Costco Store in Willingdon. Permanent P/T position. Fax resume to 604-412-9959

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FALL OPENINGS

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LABORATORY ASSISTANT

Acme Analytical Laboratories (Vancouver), a premier BC mining laboratory, is looking to fill various Laboratory Assistant positions in Vancouver. 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 $12 (combination of base hourly rate and daily production bonus). Detailed descriptions of the various positions are available on Acme’s website:

www.acmelab.com

Interested parties should submit resume and cover letter by email as instructed on the website.

General Employment

Amazing Opportunity!

Up to $800/week, no commission, benefits available. Promotion company is gearing up for its busiest time of year. We offer full paid training, and a fast paced environment. Tons of advancement and travel opportunities! Must like music & work well with the opposite sex. Call today for an interview.

Mindi, 604-777-2195

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F/T CASHIER SUPERVISOR Retail - Night Shift at Shell Gas station (Vancouver). $16.50/hr. Min. 1-2 yrs. exp. Send resume by email: kumarshell@hotmail.com

Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. If you’ve been looking for a home-based opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work. Qualified applicants receive training, support and monthly remuneration. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca

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HIRING F/T PAINTER Compl.high school and min. 3 yrs of exp. req. $21 hr/ e-resume: job@painter.ca MARKETING MANAGER FT party wholesale

Salary+Commission+Subsidy +Benefits. Must speak fluent English. Fax:604-303-6769

Personal Trainer Certification Earn up to $70/hr as a Personal Trainer. Government Financial Aid may be avail. 604-930-8377 See our ad in todays paper under Education.

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Health Care

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Hotel Restaurant

KOREAN Food Cooks G9-12

3 yr exp, no cert, $18/hr & up, 40hr/ wk Korean, no/or basic English, Duty cook/plan menu, check order supl train 1 P/R or 1 Cand. 687-0712 JangMojib,1719 Robson St. Van, jangmojib@hotmail.com

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Medical/Dental

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OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

COORDINATOR OF RESIDENT CARE SUPPORT Relief F/T Position Mon - Fri

Performs variety of duties to support dept. Requires: Med. Term., MOA cert, & recent related exp; competent in Microsoft Office; excellent written and spoken English. Apply: crcs@blenheimlodge.org or Fax to 604-732-8717

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LIVE-IN CAREGIVER/HOUSEKEEPER senior male.$8.00/hr less $320/mo. R&B.Priv room1st Aid & ref’s. grnmcq@gmail.com.

TRUTH IN ''EMPLOYMENT'' ADVERTISING Postmedia Community Publishing makes every effort to ensure you are responding to a reputable and legitimate job opportunity. If you suspect that an ad to which you have responded is misleading, here are some hints to remember. Legitimate employers do not ask for money as part of the application process; do not send money; do not give any credit card information; or call a 900 number in order to respond to an employment ad. Job opportunity ads are salary based and do not require an investment. If you have responded to an ad which you believe to be misleading please call the Better Business Bureau at 604-682-2711, Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm or email inquiries@bbbvan.org and they will investigate.

Weststar Restoration and Contracting Service Ltd., a 20-year old South East Vancouver contracting business is looking for a full-time experienced office administrator. Required skills include excellent written and oral English, and proficiency in Microsoft office and Quickbooks accounting. Reporting to the president, you enjoy working in a one to two person office providing excellent customer service, accounting and administration to support our busy contracting team. Related experience in property management or construction industry would be an asset. Please provide salary requirement. Resumes emailed to weststarltd@shaw.ca or faxed to 604-736-0359. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls or visits please.

To advertise call

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Sales

S.L. FORD SALES LTD., Slave Lake, Alberta requires a Parts Manager. We offer excellent working conditions and top wages. Ford experience an asset but not required. Please fax resume to 780-849-3333. Attention: Parts Manager. We welcome all applicants, however we will only contact applicants selected for an interview

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Trades/Technical

Experienced Insulation Installers, Foam Sprayers and Fire Stoppers required. Vehicle required. Top rates paid. Fax brief resume to 604-572-5278 or call 604-572-5288. GASFITTER / SERVICEMAN Required Immediately . Gasfitter Furnace Serviceman. Fax resume to 250-787-1320 Call: 250-787-1361. This is a full time position in Fort St. John with excellent future for the rite person. JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN 4th year and Inst. Tech. Wanted SE Sask. Provincial parks, lakes, golfing, fishing, etc. South East Electric Ltd., Box 1238, Carlyle, SK, S0C 0R0 Fax: 306-453-2022 southeastelectric#1@sasktel.net JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN. Ford Diesel experience an asset. Excellent remuneration. Full benefits. Moving assistance considered. Mail resume attention Chris to Wolverine Ford, 10103 - 97 Street, High Level, Alberta, T0H 1Z0 or email chris@wolverineford.com PHOENIX FENCE Hiring Experienced CHAIN LINK FENCE INSTALLATION FOREMAN for Edmonton Alberta operation. Full-time employment, premium wages, overtime, benefits, bonus, relocation program. Call Dale 1-800-661-9847. Fax resume: 780-447-2512. Email dzaps@phoenixfence.ca.

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WORKING & TRAINING An excellent opportunity exists for a self-motivated, compassionate Sales Person in a long established, successful company. This position provides excellent benefits, flexible hours, opportunities for advancement and unlimited earning potential. Training is provided. To learn more about this golden opportunity please submit your resume as follows.

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Trades Enjoy New Popularity Among Job Seekers With the number of apprentices expected to double in the next year, Kent Orrock believes we’re seeing the first steps of a renewed respect for the trades. He now entertains several phone calls a day regarding applications to apprenticeship programs and inquiries about how to get involved in this steadily growing industry. Mr. Orrick, the human resources co-ordinator for the British Columbia Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association welcomes the interest. “It can only help recruitment efforts when it becomes a point of pride for parents to have a son or daughter who is a ‘dozer operator, pulling down as much as $42 an hour.” After decades of fighting negative perceptions about the boom-and-bust nature of employment and the hard work in construction and other heavy-industry sectors, there has been a steady increase of interest in a career in the trades. “They’re getting in at a time when they will definitely be able to [work until they] retire in this industry,” says Orrock. The federal government has recently proposed tax incentives for employers who take on apprentices, and grants for individuals who sign on for skilled trades training. Sighting a serious shortage of trades people, the federal government is now attempting to make the lucrative trade industry even more enticing to prospective employees. “The difficulty Canadian employers are having finding skilled tradespeople is becoming an impediment to economic growth,” the government said in its budget documents. “Meanwhile, many young Canadians find themselves in low-paying work, and are either not encouraged to

A career in gy

consider the trades or are unable to do so because of financial barriers.”With measures to give employers tax credits of up to $2,000 a year for the first two years that they employ and train eligible apprentices, and as well as cash grants of $1,000 a year to eligible apprentices in the first two years of their training, the federal government is stepping up the push for more Canadians to consider a career in the trades. “The difficulty Canadian employers are having finding skilled tradespeople is becoming an impediment to economic growth.”

The federal government projects that nearly 100,000 apprentice workers will benefit as a result of the new grant and tax credit. Industry associations and community colleges have also stepped up their efforts to recruit and train the next generation of trades people.In past years, there has been a strong amount of pressure from teachers, parents and friends to go to university. Opportunities in the trades have often been overlooked. This is gradually changing, in part because of industry association campaigns and promising labour market projections. The common misconception that the impending retirement of baby boomers will open up jobs in all fields, across all sectors, is slowly being replaced by a better understanding of how the boomers’ withdrawl from the marketplace will shape the next few years. “The reality is that the most pronounced [recruitment] challenges are going to be for skilled trades and apprenticeships on the one hand, and executive management talent on the other,” says Ian Cullwick, national human capital prac-

It’s closer than you think.

tice leader with Toronto-based managing consulting firm Deloitte. With trade shortages already affecting some sectors, employers are taking a more active role in the training and education of their future employees. The B. C. Road Builders and Heavy Industry Association, for example, has developed and launched a new program combining classroom training with on-the-job instruction to support a number of highway and port-building mega-projects currently in the works. The first stage of the program, which is being paid for by industry, is designed to teach the basics of road building and heavy construction. “The aim is to give them a really good essential knowledge about the equipment that’s going to be used and how to maintain that equipment,” he says. “They’ll also be taught the basics of civil engineering, so they’ll know about grades, aggregates and environmental issues.” Says Orrock. From there students can move on to apprenticeships in asphalt paving or specialized construction jobs. It gives them a starting point to continue working with heavy equipment like backhoes, excavators, bulldozers, graders and 50-ton trucks, or work. Mr. Orrock says that members of his association are committed to providing management training, in addition to hard-skills training, for those interested in moving into supervisory and management positions later in their careers.Meanwhile, Mr. Orrock describes his ideal candidates. “We’re looking for people who like to work outside and who don’t want to sit in an office.” If this sounds like you, we’ve made your search that much easier.

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Health care jobs on the rise

Have a caring and compassionate attitude? and even seniors’ private homes. You’ll need to Strong emotional resolve? Great patience? A develop skills in offering personal care, assisting sense of professionalism? Consider a career as a with mobility, understanding basic anatomy and Health Care Assistant (HCA). physiology, developing good communication Graduates of a Health Care Assistant Certificate skills, and caring for a person with dementia. Program are prepared to work Working with the elderly may in Extended and Intermediate also involve palliative care, which Job Profile: Care Facilities, Home Support emphasizes easing the person’s Health Care pain, enhancing their quality of Agencies, Adult Day Care Centers, Assistant and Assisted Living residences. life, and supporting their family. While the majority of program While working in a care home, graduates provide care for seniors, many programs you will need to follow instructions from directors prepare you to care for adults with a wide variety of care, registered nurses, and staff. You’ll also of chronic health conditions. be required to make observations and to note To meet the needs of our aging population, problems. Listening and communicating with health regions across BC are opening thousands healthcare professionals and residents are key of new residential and assisted living units; the abilities. staffing needs for Health Care Assistants have As a Health Care Assistant, you could find never been greater. This is an excellent time to employment in a: Extended, intermediate, or consider training assisted living care and employment in facility; Home this rewarding field support agency; as opportunities Hospice; Adult abound. care centre for As a Health seniors; Private Care Assistant, home. you’ll be working You may with elderly choose to be people who will self-employed, depend on you for w o r k i n g quality daily care, independently as encouragement, a personal care and support. Your attendant. challenge will be to Based on foster and maintain employment the client’s statistics, the independence and trust. You will be looking after wage range of students who completed the Health people who have diminished abilities for self-care. Care Assistant program and are working in their Their friends and families must feel that they can field of study is $18 to $23 per hour. trust you to look after their loved ones. Workplaces include care facilities, hospices, – PostMedia Network Inc.

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Driver - Regular full-time position We are looking for an experienced 5 tonne driver (manual transmission, no air brakes, automatic) to work Mon to Fri, 40+ hours a week. In this role, the successful person will possess: • A valid BC class 5 license with driving abstract • Good knowledge of driving routes in the Lower Mainland • Strong English communication skills and excellent customer service skills • Ability to lift 50lbs repeatedly over the course of a day Warehouse Worker - Regular full-time This position will be responsible for re-stocking - receiving/general warehouse responsibilities and eventually picking. Hours of work are Mon to Fri, 40+ hours a week. In this role, the successful candidate will possess: • Ability to lift 50lbs throughout the course of the day • Great interpersonal skills, and a strong team player

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To apply, please forward your hourly wage expectations and resume to: employment@terrafoods.ca We thank you in advance for your interest, however, only those selected for a pre-screen and/or an interview will be contacted.


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ONLINE, ACCREDITED, WEBDESIGN TRAINING, available for persons facing challenges to employment, administered by the Canadian Society for Social Development. Visit: www.ibde.ca. Space is limited - Apply today!

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Education

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3508

Dogs

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3015

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5017

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Personals

6020-01

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6008-30

6020-34

Surrey

7 BR, 1/2 Acre view lot. 10576 125B St., Sry. 2,900 sf, oak hrdw flrs, 10’ ceilings, lrg kitch, 2 BR bsmt ste, views of N. West & Mtns. $675,000. Rob Visnjak 604.531.1111. HomeLife Benchmark Realty White Rock

6030

Lots & Acreage

6035

Mobile Homes

#86 - 7850 King George Blvd, Sry. 2 BR. 55+ years old. 1 pet ok! $37,900. Lorraine Cauley, Royal Lepage North Star, 604-889-4874

Surrey

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6008-34

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Vancouver East Side

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6050

Out Of Town Property

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50. Script 53. Heroic tales 55. “____ and Andy,” TV show 56. Extremist religious sect 57. ____ Mater, one’s school 58. A block of soap 59. Norse goddess of old age 60. Interpret the written word 61. Point midway between N and NE 50. Script 62. Portuguese 53. Old Heroic tales currency (abbr.) 55. “____ and Andy,” TV show 63. Point midway between S 56. Extremist religious sect and SE

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AUTOMOTIVE 9105

Auto Miscellaneous

$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309 WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Last week 9 out of 14 applications approved! We fund your future not your past. Any Credit. Want a VISA? www.coastlineautocredit.com or 1-888-208-3205

9125

Domestic

9125

Domestic

2005 MALIBU, like new only 38K! 4 dr, auto. All options, golden tan w/cream int. A great deal for only $7,398 OBO. Call 604-924-2088.

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9145

Removal FREEScrap/Car No Wheels No Problem

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1997 TOYOTA Camry 109K km, no acc, 4dr, auto, pwr everything, ac, air cared $5500 778-322-3314

Family Owned & Operated

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1999 OLDS Intrigue a/cared, winterized, well cared for grt family car. $3500. 604-946-6533 2003 CHEV Malibu, 84K, auto, ac, dark green, 2 owners, $6500 obo, no accidents, 604-929-8834

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RENTALS 6505

Apartments & Condos

6505-11

North Van Apt. Rentals

2 BED 2 full bath. New kitchen & appliances. Insuite laundry. 2 parking stalls. 4 blks. to sea bus in N. Van. pets ok $1600 Oct. 1 778-340-0657

6508

Apt/Condos

GEORGIAN TOWERS 1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

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starting from $1150

Heart of Downtown, easy transit access. Large gym, laundry on every floor, dishwashers in all suites, in/outdoor parking.

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2 BR, corner ste, W.Georgia @ Bute Coal Harbour, new reno, w/d $1800. Avail now 604-922-4344 BACH & 1 BR, nicely done, cls to shop & transit, secured, incls heat, h/w, prkg, Start @ $675. 604-325-1385 www.remirealty.ca BACH SUITE must be 55 yrs. or older, incl heat, 3 flrs with elevator, new reno, great deal, ns bus route, Rupert & 5, 604-255-7707 BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR avail. Rates from $825. Call 604-327-9419.

Langara Gardens

601 West 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments and Townhouses located in the Oakridge area at West 57th Ave and Cambie St. This landmark property is clean and very well maintained by friendly on-site staff. Quiet and tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry facilities, parking and 16 shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School, Langara Golf Course and much more. For more information: 604-327-1178 info-vnc@langaragardens.com www.langaragardens.com NR MAIN & 15th ave, bright, quiet 1 bdrm Apt. n/s, no pets, refs. $650/mo. Avail Oct 1, Appointment to view. call 604-879-3215 1

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6510

Co-ops

WIT’S END HOUSING CO-OP 1592 S.W. Marine Dr, Vanc. Now accepting applications for APTS; 2 BR - $916 & 4 BR $1165. By all amens. Sorry no dogs allowed. To apply please email: witsendcoop@shawbiz.ca

6540

Houses - Rent

1088 W49 Av 7 br, 7 bath, 4940sf, new reno, new gas stove & fridge, 1 yr lease, np, ns, $4900, Sep 15, Eric 604-723-7368 (Prop Mngt) 180° VIEWS 4 br, upper Delbrook 3300 sf. cul de sac, garage. priv, city/ocean views, 2 f/p, Avail Now. $2900. 518 Alpine Crt. Text or call 604-761-8529 or 604-617-7383 2 BR + full bsmt, 33rd & Vic., new paint, rugs, fridge/stove, np, 1 yr lease, $1725. 604-431-9544 3 BDRM, 2 bath, upper ste. 1200 sqft, new paint, ldry, bright, ns, np, nr transit, school. $1500 + utils. Oct. 1st. 604-512-2336 STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN No Qualification - Low Down CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M VANCOUVER - 558 Taylor St, 1 bdrm + den, 2 level TOWNHOME, nr GM Place & Costco…$1,288/M CLOVERDALE - 6965-192nd St, 6 bdrms, 5 baths, NEW HOUSE, 3 suites equal BIG income, new appliances, gas f/p. ......$2,688/M

9145

Scrap Car Removal

Pays $150 minimum for Full-Size Complete Vehicles. Free Removal! 2-Hr. Service in Most Areas

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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

1999 TOYOTA Rav 4, 200K, silver, 4wd, service up to date, $5800, 604-980-0355

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR bsmt ste brand new, 1 bath, approx 800 sqft, own ldry, clean, bright, ns, np, nr transit, school. $1200incl. Oct. 1. 604-512-2336 2 BR Suite, ground level, Fraser & 54th, incld utils, clean, suit quiet person(s), ns, np, $900/mo, avail now, 604-325-5845.. 518-8121 3 BR bsmt suite, 29th & Elgin, large, own entry $900 + 50% utils, ns np, avail Oct 1. 604-876-2761 or 604-649-4645 after 4pm 3 BR garden ste grd lvl, np,ns, w/d, 2 bath, incl hydro heat $2000 Granville & 64th. Avail Immed. 604-708-0200

BACH bsmt ste, Shaughnessy, single, mature, quiet person, N/S, cat ok, $650 incl utils. Shared coin w/d, Avail Oct 1. 604-738-8753

6605

Townhouses Rent

COMMERCIAL DR area, 2bdrm townhome, 3 story walk up, $1200 + utils, Oct 1, no pets, Call Rob 604-783-3171

6620

Warehouse/ Commercial

AUTO DETAILING SHOP at Kingsway/Gilley, fully fncd, 604-767-0503, canadianauto@shaw.ca

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Sports & Imports

Sports & Imports

9160

9173

Vans

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9522

RV’s/Trailers

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Carpet Cleaning

ROYAL STEAM CLEANING CO. Carpet & Upholstery. Move in & out cleaning. Call 604-765-8054

8055

Cleaning

8060

Concrete

Concrete Specialist. Driveways, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551 CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726

A.S.B.A ENTERPRISE Comm/ Res, Free Est, $20/hr incls supplies, Insured, 604-723-0162

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L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

Concrete

Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

Reasonable rates. 35 yrs. exp. For free estimates call Mario

253-0049

604-630-3300

2006 HONDA Civic DX Coupe $12,500. Auto, dark blue, PWR Locks/Windows, heated mirrors, digital dash, 4 new tires, new brakes. Honda Serviced. NO Accidents. 100k. Great on gas, +extras. Coq. ★ 604-868-3128

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2004 SUBARU WRX 4 dr sedan, std, red, stock, 1 owner, full service, only 57 kms, only serious enquiries $18,650. 778-340-0212

1999 FORD Windstar 162 k, auto, a/care 2012, 5 dr, 7 seat,grt cond $3600 no accid 778-839-0409

2000 MAZDA MPV. Low kms, clean and reliable. $3500. 604-984-7164.

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8060

Suites/Partial Houses

1993 TOYOTA Camry, 5spd, p/l, p/s, p/w, p/b, A/C, CD/AM/FM, 428,000KM-Hwy Drvn, Exc Cond, $1888 motoapx@gmail.com or 604 925 4483

2004 HYUNDAI Sonata, immac, loaded, luxury version. only 69K, 6 mos warr. remaining, dark grey w/tinted rear, black leather int, 4 snows, 1 owner, paid $35,000, now $11,000 obo. 604-926-1206

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MATURE FEMALE seeks same to share 2 br Penthouse Marpole, large priv. deck, smoker ok, now or Oct 1. $700. 604-266-4809

1993 NISSAN 240, black, low km 1 owner, 5 spd, sr, power pack, mint cond., $6800, 604-505-4957

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Vancouver West Side

2 BR bsmnt suite, near bus & Super Store. Avail Now. no pets, Between Fraser & Main St. incl utils, 604-324-7475

9160

1999 TOYOTA Tercel 4-door sedan, automatic, 150,000 km, deep green, reliable, $2,750 neg. Tel. (604) 649-3083

60TH & KNIGHT, 2 Br, n/s, n/p, Ref’s a must, suits quiet people, 1200 sf, avail Oct 1, $850 incl utils. 604-649-3525

South Burnaby

1 BEDROOM & small den garden suite level. Ranger & Mt Royal. Active family lives on main level. Includes Wifi, heat/hydro, N/S $875. Oct 1st 604-929-9880

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midweek edition WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

Vol. 101 No. 74 • Established 1908 • West

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Laughing it up at Olio

Scrum king

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Marpole rezoning plan tops unprecedented heights Proposal includes 24-storey tower Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

The building proposal includes a 24-storey rental tower and a 14-storey tower of condominiums.

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A key property in Marpole on Granville near West 70th Avenue could undergo a radical transformation under a proposed rezoning that would bring increased density and unprecedented building heights to the gateway neighbourhood. Henriquez Partners Architects has applied to the city on behalf of developer Westbank Projects to rezone the property, home to a Safeway store, under the city’s Short Term Incentives for Rental, or STIR, program. The proposal would see the Safeway store rebuilt closer to Granville, a 24storey rental tower, a 14storey tower of condominiums and a nine-storey slab

building of townhouses at street level with condominium units above. Marpole at present is a mixture of older apartment buildings, few higher than three stories, and single family homes. The city will host the first public meeting about the planned development at Marpole Place Sept. 20. Gudrun Langolf, president of the MarpoleOakridge Area Council Society, which runs Marpole Place, said she has heard concerns from residents. “The folks that have stopped me to talk to me about it, my neighbours, are unanimous that it’s far too high and too dense and that the STIR program is not helping,” Langolf said. See ARCHITECT on page 4

Survey says Vancouverites content with their quality of life According to poll, 48 per cent of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ with life Mike Howell Staff writer

How is your quality of life? Apparently, it’s pretty good for a majority of residents surveyed by local polling company, Justason Market Intelligence. The survey conducted between Aug. 16 and 23 found that 83 per

cent of 505 respondents were satisfied with their quality of life in Vancouver. More than half (48 per cent) were “very satisfied,” with 11 per cent dissatisfied and six per cent undecided. The polling company also found more than one third (37 per cent) of respondents said Vancouver

was “more fun” than other large Canadian cities. Only 25 per cent thought it was “as fun,” another 25 per cent said it was “less fun” and 13 per cent were undecided. But the questions not posed to those feel-good residents is why their quality of life is so great and what is their definition of fun. Those questions, according to

Barb Justason of Justason Market Intelligence, are for another survey. “Those open-ended questions are expensive to ask,” explained Justason, whose small polling company operates out of a Hornby Street office. “Quality of life is what it means to the person. So whatever their definition is, that

would be what they base their response on.” Generally, she said, people’s quality of life is measured by what they can afford, the quality of services available such as education and community centres and “what an individual’s priorities might be at any given time.” See RESPONDENTS on page 4

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BY MARK HASIUK A decade after the introduction of the Four Pillars strategy, drug addicts are lab rats and critics are bullied.

Groundhog daze

BY MATTHEW CLAXTON As fall approaches and darkness nears, here are some tips about sleeping 20 hours a day and pretending to be at work.

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Skanks for the memories

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Supervised injection site epitomizes warped philosophy in Downtown Eastside

Harm reduction advocates target addicts and critics

In the year 2000, mayor Philip Owen introduced his Four Pillars drug strategy aimed at widespread drug addiction in the Downtown Eastside. The results have been disastrous. Addiction has flourished. Homelessness has doubled. Blessed with official sanction, the drug culture grows. Owen left office in 2002, leaving behind a broken neighbourhood. Now a “harm reduction” celebrity, he travels the world attending drug policy conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. And in 2008, he was named to the Order of Canada, ending any speculation about that institution’s relationship with reality. Meanwhile, back in the Downtown Eastside, a small band of true believers took Owen’s cue and mobilized forces—in plain view of a pathetic media—to experiment on neighbourhood residents. In 2003, Insite, the supervised injection site at 139 East Hastings, opened for business. In 2005, at nearby 84 West Hastings, the NAOMI study staged North America’s first governmentsponsored heroin giveaway. Sometime soon at the same location, hundreds of addicts will receive up

to three daily doses of high-grade pharmaceutical heroin as part of the four-year SALOME study. But not everyone’s on board. “The best thing you can say about harm reduction advocates is that they are reductionists—they are reducing a complex human problem to a simple thing,” said David Berner, the newly appointed executive director of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada, an abstinence-based organization (soon-to-be headquartered in Vancouver) founded by former Conservative MP Randy White. “We need to get money and human energy back into prevention, education and treatment.” Berner, a longtime broadcaster and writer, recently finished a book about the X-Kalay Foundation Society, a residential treatment centre for drug addicts and alcoholics he founded in 1967. While the details are too varied for a single newspaper column, the philosophical difference between harm reduction and abstinence-based treatment is obvious. According to Berner, Insite organizers flirt with the surreal when boasting about “directing addicts” into treatment. “You cannot get involved with treat-

markhasiuk ment with an addict who just shot up,” said Berner. “You can’t talk to someone who just shot up. So the claim they make, that they’re getting people into treatment, is absurd.” But criticizing Insite can come with a price. In the high stakes world of harm reduction, where government grants provide vital lifeblood, reputations are brutally defended. Critics targeted and bullied. Just ask Colin Mangham. Last September, the Portland Hotel Society, co-operators of Insite, slapped a defamation and slander lawsuit on Mangham, a 60-year-old research scientist and addictions expert whose 2007 RCMP-funded report published in the Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice

questioned the findings of Insite researchers. “Statements made about improving public order, saving lives and getting people into detox are misleading and based on data that just isn’t there,” said Mangham, during a recent phone interview from his home in Langley. (To read the report, google Mangham, Insite.) Mangham, who owns a PhD in school and community health, spent his career compiling and analyzing health and addiction data, as a private contractor for governments and as a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His impressive resume apparently threatened Insite’s holy trinity of researchers—Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Evan Wood who are known worldwide as drug legalization advocates, a fact Mangham wishes more people recognized. “Yet they claim that they’re objective scientists only interested in the facts, and that I and the RCMP and the Harper government and anybody who criticizes them are ideologues. That’s hypocrisy,” said Mangham. “They are political activists.” Insite research is massaged, he adds, to prove predetermined outcomes. The familiar defense, that Insite studies are peer reviewed,

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means little to seasoned researchers like Mangham. “It’s very common in research, in fact it’s problematic in every field, especially in health and areas of human behaviour and addictions, that research is published that isn’t very strong,” he said. “That fact is usually mentioned during the second day of any statistics or methodology course.” The lawsuit remains in limbo, dependent on Insite’s next move. It weighs heavy on Mangham and has perhaps irreparably damaged his professional reputation. “They have sought to affect my credibility and that has hurt me financially,” said Mangham, whose wife is undergoing chemotherapy and is unable to work regularly. “We’ve built up a huge line of credit that essentially may be insurmountable. I’ve basically went a year without much income because of all this.” Ten years in, Vancouver’s great harm reduction experiment keeps rolling along, leaving rows of victims in its wake. Addicts get sicker, critics assailed, while an entire neighbourhood rots from the inside out. Wonder if this is what Philip Owen had in mind? mhasiuk@vancourier.com

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community briefs Ripe and in season

More markets with fruit, produce and preserves will pop up around the city, and in order to sustain and develop these local suppliers and farmers, Your Local Farmers Market Society hosts RIPE. The second annual fundraiser celebrating food and drink, RIPE seeks to increase the awareness of local farming and local food purchasing within the community. Money raised from the event will support vendor-farmers in a time of financial need, will expand the network of local farmers and will benefit New City Market, a multi-function hub that will house a year-round farmers market with other resources such as commercial processing, distribution and wholesale, stor-

age space and meetings. RIPE is a casual, sit-down family-style feast with local, seasonal food planned for Sept. 26 at the False Creek Community Centre. Tickets $50 for members. $150 member family pack of two adults, two children. Visit eatlocal.org.

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Family-friendly evening and afternoon delight are on the menu Sept. 18 at SFU, Burnaby Mountain with an event called Starry Nights @ SFU Forever! Starting at 2 p.m., visitors can participate in hands-on science experiments and Astronomy Day activities. Mars Phoenix Lander scientist Dr. Jim Whiteway of York University will speak at 4 p.m. There’s a family barbecue

by donation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a star party or space movie 7 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the barbecue, a raffle and a silent auction will go towards the proposed SFU Observatory and Science Outreach Centre. Starry Nights is free, as is parking in Lot C. The event will run rain or shine. For information and to RSVP, see www.sfu.ca/starrynights.

Marpole changes

One of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, and former independent municipality, is changing. Come to information sessions to learn about the proposals, emerging policy and rezonings planned for Marpole. The first open house is scheduled for Sept.

15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Don Docksteader warehouse, 8515 Cambie St. A second open house will be held Sept. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Marpole/Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Ave. The events will feature panel forums, followed by open discussions. The city has received several rezoning applications for Marpole, including plans to develop Cambie Street and Marine Drive, and the Safeway site at West 70th Avenue and Granville Street. Both applications propose new development with stores, services, increased residential density and higher buildings. Pre-event open houses will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for people unable to attend the panel forums.

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Touring the pubs where Ireland’s literati boozed

Pub crawl visits watering holes of drinkers who had writing problems By Mitchell Smyth

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DUBLIN—Brendan Behan’s table has gone, but otherwise McDaid’s pub on Harry Street looks just as it did when the boozin’, brawlin’ boyo—“a drinker with a writing problem” as he himself once noted—held court here in the 1950s and ’60s. The bartender points to the alcove by the front window, where two girls sit chatting. “Behan sat at a table there, with a writing pad at his right hand and a glass of whiskey and a pint of Guinness on his left,” he says. “He’d write, then maybe he’d fight.” But the author of Borstal Boy, The Quare Fellow, Confessions of an Irish Rebel and much more brawled once too often in McDaid’s and the owner barred him. Behan found solace elsewhere before alcohol finally killed him in 1964 at the age of 41. The pub has always been central to social life in Ireland so it’s not surprising that many Dublin hostelries have connections with literary figures. You can take a tour by yourself, armed with the book Dublin Literary Pub Crawl by Colm Quilligan, or join an evening walk led by Quilligan himself. Stops vary, but they always include some of the following: • Davy Byrnes (21 Duke Street). James Joyce frequented Byrnes, and in his novel Ulysses has Leopold Bloom order a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy here.

At David Byrnes on Duke Street, you can order the gorgonzola sandwich and glass of burgundy photo Mitchell Smyth that Leopold Bloom orders in James Joyce’s Ullyses. Samuel Beckett was also a frequent visitor. • The Bailey (2 Duke Street). It has been rebuilt and is much changed from the days when J. P. Donleavy showed Behan the first draft of his rambunctious novel The Ginger Man (1955) in the snug. Flann O’Brien was a regular, too.

• Toners (139 Lower Baggott Street). It’s perhaps the only Dublin pub that can claim a connection with near-teetotaler W.B. Yeats. After sipping a sherry, the future Nobel laureate said, “Now I’ve seen a pub,” and left. A more frequent visitor was Bram Stoker (Dracula). • O’Neill’s (2 Suffolk Street). The poet Bren-

dan Kennelly gargled here, gargled so much that doctors warned him to stop or he’d be dead in a year. Kennelly recalled, “I had to think long and hard… A man can drink a hell of a lot in a year.” Brian Keenan, author of An Evil Cradling, about his five years as a captive of jihadists in Beirut, was another customer. • The Palace Bar (21 Fleet Street). Its place in literary history revolves around Bertie Smyllie, the colourful editor of the Irish Times (its offices were nearby until 2006), who encouraged young writers (and paid them well). The novelist Flann O’Brien “drank here, too often for his own health,” says tour leader Quilligan. This hardly scratches the surface of Dublin’s literary pub scene. Enthusiasts will also want to check out such venues as the Dublin Writers’ Museum (18 Parnell Square North), the James Joyce Cultural Centre (35 North Great Georges Street) and the James Joyce Museum in the Martello tower—featured in Ulysses—in nearby Dun Laoghaire, and George Bernard Shaw’s birthplace museum (33 Synge Street).

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