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Park board may close washrooms and cut cleaning Commissioner calls for more council cash Sandra Thomas Staff writer

The park board may close some washrooms year-round, not just during the winter.

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Anyone visiting a city park next year might want to take along a roll of toilet paper and a bottle of disinfectant. The toilet paper will come in handy if the washroom in the park is closed due to proposed park board cuts and your child is forced to go in the bushes. Since the board is considering reducing the frequency of cleaning washrooms outside the Downtown Eastside, the disinfectant will come in handy. According to a recent park board staff report, closing washrooms in some parks and cutting back on cleaning could save the board $300,000 of the $1.03

million budget shortfall it’s facing in its 2011 operating budget. The city has a $20 million budget shortfall and is asking each of its departments to find ways to cut costs. City council wants to keep the upcoming residential tax increase to two per cent, a goal that means cuts to services across the city. Green Party park board commissioner Stuart Mackinnon says council should increase the number of washrooms in Vancouver instead of closing them by forcing cuts to park board services. “What are young families with children and older people going to do if they’re at a neighbourhood park with no washroom?” asked Mackinnon. See PARK on page 4

City councillor floats downtown public square plan Coun. Suzanne Anton notes popularity of gathering spots during Olympics Cheryl Rossi

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Imagine a block in the middle of downtown where you could sit and drink a coffee in the sun. NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton does, and she planned to champion her vision of a public space at city

council Tuesday afternoon, after the Courier’s press deadline. Anton, the lone NPA councillor, wants staff to hold consultations about turning the 800 block of Robson Street between Howe and Hornby streets into a public square. “To me one of the essential elements of a good public square

is chairs and coffee,” Anton said. She says Vancouver lacks a central focus and gathering spot similar to the squares she’s visited in Europe and Asia. “The Olympics demonstrated how much people love being downtown and love being with each other,” Anton said. “Certainly, there’s an opportunity

right now because that little piece of street has be closed for nearly a year now, first of all for the Olympics and more recently for the renovations to the courthouse complex there.” Anton said she’s talked informally to representatives of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Down-

town Vancouver Business Improvement Association, the Vancouver Public Spaces Network and Mary McNeil, the Liberal MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, and she said all are keen to explore the idea, as are cyclists she messaged on an email list. See TRANSLINK on page 4




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It’s a pretty big deal. Port Metro Vancouver is the first port in Canada and only the third in the world to install shore power for cruise ships. Completed in 2009, the installation represents a $9 million initiative by the Government of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, BC Hydro and Port Metro Vancouver.


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Change is in the Air Action. Shore power is a part of the Port’s overall Air Action Program, which also includes projects that minimize emissions of trucks, cargo handling equipment and trains. Recently, the Air Action Program received an ecoFREIGHT Sustainable Transportation Award at the 2010 GLOBE Conference. The award recognized the Port for its leadership in addressing the impact of freight transportation on the environment.

Shore power in BC sets a new transportation and energy standard. An act other ports can follow. As the homeport of one of the world’s most popular cruises, Port Metro Vancouver is leading the way for other ports to address air quality and climate change. Shore power in British Columbia sets a new transportation and energy standard by being the first of its kind in Canada.“Congratulations to Port Metro Vancouver for being first in Canada to bring cleaner, greener electric power to ships at its terminal,” said Shirley Bond, British Columbia’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The Province is proud to have been a partner in this project, which will greatly improve local air quality and further our plan to eliminate one third of B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.”

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Getting a light up

BY SANDRA THOMAS Bloedel Conservatory is going seasonal for the holidays with the Jewel Box of Lights display organized by the Friends of Bloedel.


Think tax relief

MIKE HOWELL A local think tank says property taxes would be reduced if the provincial government shared its property transfer tax with the city. BY

Monument for memory

BY MIKE HOWELL A movement to honour the forgotten legacy of the “mayor of Chinatown” could succeed next year with a plaque for the late Wong Foon Sien.


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Continued from page 1 “It’s used by vendors. It’s used by dancers. It’s used by Tourism Vancouver. It’s used by people who want to have a good protest. It’s used by chess players. It’s already demonstrated that it’s a good public space,” she said. “So I think this just recognizes what people already want to use it for.” Anton says the lawn on the north side of the art gallery lacks the same sun exposure but that space, too, should be reconsidered at some point. The only problem she anticipates is with the No. 5 Robson/Downtown bus route, but she notes that bus has been rerouted for nearly a year. Charles Gauthier, executive director of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, said the BIA hasn’t formally discussed the idea but it makes sense to him. “Because it’s so narrow and it only has one lane in each direction and it’s typically clogged up anyway with buses—this is my own personal opinion—but I think that it could be better utilized as public space,” he said.

TransLink spokersperson Ken Hardie said a permanent closure could work but it would require a technical review and consultation with bus riders. Vision Coun. Andrea Reimer said creating a public square on the 800 block was one of many ideas forwarded by Vision Mayor Gregor Robertson as an Olympic legacy project in March and staff are exploring the idea. Reimer said she’s interested in a comprehensive plan that considers multiple public spaces or squares. She said related projects are in the works. The “summer spaces” program that closed blocks to cars and opened them to neighbourhood play is being revamped. Jerry Dobrovolny, director of transportation, is exploring making the city friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians under the Greenest City action plan, and the city, Downtown Vancouver BIA and TransLink continue to discuss taking vehicles off a section of Granville Street in the summer to allow other activities. Anton hoped her motion would be supported for discussion at a city hall meeting Dec. 2.

During the Olympics last February, the area near Robson Square was alive with bustling crowds. photo Dan Toulgoet

Park board commissioners divided over sports field fees

Continued from page 1 “If someone has a child at a park who has to go, they’re going to uses the bushes and that’s not healthy,” Mackinnon said. Other cuts being considered include reducing mowing of 14 per cent of the city’s passive turf areas, eliminating night security at Andy Livingstone Park, the reduction of flower and shrub beds in downtown parks by 10 per cent, eliminating the budget for community-based park board meetings, reducing community

centre staff and introducing new fees for playing fields. NPA commissioner Ian Robertson said introducing fees for playing fields will push the cost of some sports out of reach for low-income families. “For some families, Little League is their last affordable sport,” said Robertson. “This Vision Vancouver council needs to get its priorities straight and put families before renovations to the mayor’s office, chicken coops and bike lanes. We need


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to protect core services.” Robertson said cuts to the park board’s operating budget are four times higher under Vision Vancouver since 2009, at $5.3 million, compared to cuts of $1.2 million in the past eight years combined under COPE and the NPA. Vision Vancouver park board chair Aaron Jasper said fees for sports fields will be minimal. He noted many other municipalities in Metro Vancouver charge a fee to use their fields.

As for washrooms, Jasper said if the $300,000 doesn’t come from closures and reductions in cleaning, it could mean cuts to even more essential services. “I’m not happy we might have to close washrooms, but there are no good choices left,” said Jasper. “What we’re facing is a series of bad choices.” Vision Vancouver commissioners Jasper, Sarah Blyth, Constance Barnes and Raj Hundal are asking the Vision Vancouverdominated council to reconsider

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Transfer payments

Ah, the city’s operating budget. Does the mere mention of it have you looking for a pillow? Me, too. But if you’re a taxpayer, you should probably pay attention to where your money is being spent and why your taxes will likely go up again, and again and… And you should probably know that a local progressive think tank—Think City—has some solutions to reduce how much you pay in property taxes. In a report released Nov. 25, Think City examined the financial pressures facing local governments in B.C. and how senior levels of government can play a role in reducing your tax hit. Ever heard of the provincial property transfer tax? This is that dreaded tax you pay when you buy a house. According to report co-author James Fletcher, the provincial government raked in close to $1 billion from the tax last year. Apparently, the money sits in general revenue coffers. Why not, Fletcher said, distrib-

Think City, a local think tank, wants the revenue from the provincial property transfer tax to be redistribphoto Dan Toulgoet uted to municipalities to offset property taxes, utilities fees and user fees. ute that money to municipalities to offset the three major funding mechanisms—property taxes, utility fees and user fees—of B.C.’s local governments? “Because [property transfer tax] is directly related to land and services to land, which is what municipalities do, we think there’s an argument that some of the money could go to local government,” Fletcher told the Courier.

“Or if the province is unwilling to give up any of that, maybe it could allow local governments to have their own property transfer tax like the city of Toronto does.” For every tax dollar collected in Vancouver, the federal government gets 60 cents, the provincial government gets 32 cents and the city receives a measly eight cents. The city’s proposed 2011 budget of $1 billion calls for more than

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user fees, compared to the growth of provincial government ownsource revenues,” the authors wrote. “This raises questions about the viability of the current revenue model for municipalities in the face of the troubling economic pressures felt by many residents and businesses.” City council is expected to approve the 2011 operating budget Dec. 2, after a public hearing at city hall. A full report on the city’s financial picture can be viewed at and more of Think City’s solutions to tax hikes are at If recommendations in the budget are approved, the owner of a $700,000 residential property will pay another $60 in taxes next year. But if you own a commercial property worth $700,000, you’ll see a drop of about six bucks. That’s because of the so-called tax shift, where city council earlier agreed with some agency called the Property Tax Policy Review Commission that residential property owners should take more of the tax hit. The argument was that business owners were paying too much. Want to gripe about this or something else in the budget? The public hearing is Thursday (Dec.2) at city hall and begins at 7:30 p.m. Twitter: @Howellings

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Lighting up

Traditionally, the Bloedel Conservatory displays beautiful poinsettias during the holidays, but this year the Friends of Bloedel are kicking it up a notch with thousands of lights, including lasers and twinkling waterfalls. The Jewel Box of Lights launches this Sunday, Dec. 5, with a special opening event to mark the conservatory’s 41st anniversary. This celebration is made even more special by the fact at this time last year the park board was seriously considering closing the iconic dome in Queen Elizabeth Park. The proposed closure caused protests across the city and in response the park board looked to find a new operator. That’s when the ad hoc group Friends of Bloedel partnered with VanDusen Botanical Garden Association in a successful bid to take it over. Apparently, having learned an important lesson, the park board is not considering any facility closures in its 2011 operating budget, but next year you might want to check to see if the washroom at your local park is open before making plans for that family picnic.

Horticulturalist Karl Heimersson takes a close look at the photo Dan Toulgoet Bloedel Conservatory’s poinsettias. This Sunday’s event at the conservatory also includes a visit from Santa, hot chocolate, the a capella quartet VocalWorks and a trio of tubas. Unique bird ornaments and parrotshaped cookies will be sold to help fill the stockings of all the Bloedel’s parrots. The special event takes place one day only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the Jewel Box of Lights display runs from Dec. 3 to Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday


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to Thursday. The conservatory is closed Dec. 25 and closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 16, 30 and 31.

Hastings haste?

Due to overwhelming community opposition, COPE Coun. David Cadman wants council to delay a vote scheduled for tomorrow at city hall regarding the Hastings Park Master Plan. According to Cadman, the plan also fails to measure up to the city’s own environmental goals. “This is a test of how

green this council really is,” says Cadman. “You have 144 acres called Hastings Park, but you’re going to retain 3,500 parking spaces and add millions [of dollars] worth of new buildings. So is it a park, or is it a convention centre?” For years I’ve heard from residents not happy with the way Hastings Park is being managed. They’d love to see the majority of the “park” used as such, but it’s been an uphill battle since 1908. Now a proposal to increase the size of Playland and build a convention centre has residents even more concerned. Cadman and fellow COPE Coun. Ellen Woodsworth plan to question the proposal at tomorrow’s meeting, so I’ll do an update for Friday’s edition. I also noticed Hastings Park is the sixth and last item on the agenda for the planning and environment meeting, which begins at 2 p.m., so be prepared for a long one.

On the agenda

I took a look at the agenda for tomorrow’s park board planning and environment committee meeting and it looks interesting. There aren’t any reports included on the agenda, but discussions will include proposals for Telus and Shaw wireless at Nat Bailey Stadium, a salt-water marsh proposal for New Brighton Park and an off-leash area proposed for West Memorial Park. I’ll also follow up on some of these issues for Friday. Twitter: @sthomas10





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Who does the mayor work for? The answer to that question should be: the citizens of Vancouver. But mounting scrutiny of Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Tides Foundation, a global activist organization funded by American millionaires, once again raises questions about Robertson’s loyalty to Vancouver and his respect for democracy. Formed in 1976, the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation has spent more than three decades dolling out roughly $1.5 billion to leftist groups. Cash recipients include radical elements of the international green movement such as the Ruckus Society, an infamous Oakland-based activist training camp that played a key role in the 1999 WTO riot in Seattle. Mayor Robertson is a Tides man. From 2002 to 2005, he was a director of Tides Canada, the organization’s Canadian wing. Before joining Team Robertson, Mike Magee, the mayor’s chief of staff, was Tides Canada’s senior policy

advisor. Joel Solomon, the most influential man in Robertson’s life, helped found Tides Canada. (Solomon made the mayor. In 1995, he invested heavily in Robertson’s fledgling Happy Planet juice company, and helped bankroll Robertson’s successful 2005 MLA bid and his ‘08 run for mayor. Solomon, the progeny of wealthy mall developers from Tennessee, continues to funnel Robertson campaign donations through his private equity firm). Recently, thanks largely to local researcher Vivian Krause, the National Post detailed Tides influence on Robertson and his party, Vision Vancouver. According to campaign finance records, in 2008 Vision received more than $230,000 in donations from Tides Canada affiliates. In a clumsy attempt at damage control, last week Robertson granted a rare interview to the Georgia Straight where he attacked the “well-organized campaign to besmirch... the work we’re doing at city hall and organizations like Tides.” So, who does the mayor work for?

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Burnaby artist Elaine Lee may be just over two-feet tall, but what she lacks in height, she makes up for in personality. Dressed in a fashionable red- and blackstriped sweater and red patent Mary Jane flats, her highlighted hair swept up with a clip, Lee is an attention getter, especially when she laughs. But do not, she insists, call her “cute.” “I am so much more than cute,” she says. “I want people to look at me as a woman, an artist and a human being. And I want people to look beyond my disability.” Two minutes into our interview about Lee’s role in the city’s third annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebration, I see a recent Emily Carr grad sitting in front of me, not a young woman in a wheelchair who’s likely suffered more pain in her lifetime than any of us could ever imagine. Lee suffers from Osteogenesis imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bone disease. When she was born, every bone in her body was broken. She wasn’t expected to live past her second birthday, but surprised everyone by thriving, despite the fact her first five years were spent in hospital on a waterbed. But it was at the hospital where Lee first picked up a crayon and instead of awkward stick figures, the three-year-old began drawing intricate pictures of animals, such as giraffes. Eventually Lee’s portfolio grew to include paintings, photographs and delicately made, hand-crafted cards. In 1997, Lee began attending Simon Fraser University with the idea of

sandrathomas getting a “real job,” as a teacher or lawyer, but her art kept calling her back. She eventually gave in and applied to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design—three times—before she was accepted. Apparently, despite a lifetime of pain, her previous portfolio pieces weren’t dark or political enough. She then reworked a spoken word piece from the Vagina Monologues and created the appropriately controversial art pieces to accompany it. Lee graduated from Emily Carr this past May. Over the years, it’s her art that’s kept Lee going through even the darkest days. “It’s the air I breathe,” she says. She adds art is the therapy she uses to get out of bed each day, to handle her physical pain and to deal with the people she relies on. Lee’s purpose in life is to inspire people, she says, and it takes just minutes with her to realize

she’s well on her way to realizing that dream. In a world where getting the wrong latte at the coffee shop or getting cut off in traffic can send some people into a frenzy, her joyful determination is about as inspirational as it gets. Jill Weiss, coordinator of International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Vancouver, describes Lee and her artwork as “amazing.” And I have to agree. Weiss says she’s a perfect fit for the free event she calls “magical,” and one that “shines a light on the achievements of persons with disabilities and the possibility of a world where everyone belongs.” The event includes a craft fair with one-ofa-kind art, jewelry, weavings, pottery, cards, sculpture and carvings by more than 30 artists with disabilities, including Lee. This is the first time many of these artists have shown their work in public due to the fact most craft fairs charge a fee to take part, making them out of reach financially for most persons with disabilities. Performers include local bluesman Jim Byrnes, traditional South Indian prayer dance and storytelling by Rasika Akljkar, a woman with Downs Syndrome, comedian Jan Derbyshire and the Lazare Halk Band, featuring blind musician Lazare Halk. Paralympic gold medalist Paul Gauthier hosts the free event, which takes place this Friday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Roundhouse Community Centre on Pacific Boulevard. Twitter:@sthomas10


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Provocative magazine article prompts race ruckus at UBC “Too Asian?” That provocative headline for an article in a recent issue of Maclean’s more than offended a University of B.C. history professor, who lambasted the magazine for printing it. The story focused on the high number of “Asian” students at big-name institutions such as UBC, University of Toronto and Waterloo. When I read Prof. Henry Yu’s op-ed piece in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun, I tracked down my Nov. 22 issue of Maclean’s to see what Yu was so vexed about. A comment in one of his previous op-ed pieces in the Sun annoyed me so I had to see what he was on about this time. When I first read the headline “Too Asian?,” I reworded it to Too black? Too Jewish? and Too Christian? All of them would be “too much,” though perhaps the latter might be permissible given our society’s open acceptance of Christian bashing. Had the headline been Too Female?, I’d have shouted, “Too bad” but read on anyway. (Maclean’s has since retitled the piece “The enrolment controversy.”) It’s unfortunate the article began with anonymous sources. Talk about a big red flag. I also wasn’t sure who the article was talking about initially—international students from Asia or every student of Asian descent? But I question Yu’s assertion that the article was a bad idea and should never have seen the light of day. That’s downright terrifying, especially for a professor at a university where dissenting views seem to be under attack in this country. (Christie Blatchford being the latest example.) If anything, the article gave Yu the chance to air his opinion in a major daily Canadian newspaper. Nice platform if you ask me. If anything, the article was a stark reminder that Canada has a long way to go in race relations and highlighted a troubling trend in the U.S. involving race-based enrolment that I hope doesn’t happen here. Informal segregation of ethnicities doesn’t just happen at universities. Visit the Vancouver School Board cafeteria and you’ll see groups of Asian-Canadians eating together while groups of non-Asian Canadians sit at other tables. It’s so obvious you have to wonder why. Heck, it happens at the Courier and we all like each other. Unfortunately, the Maclean’s article had a negative tone. It read as if the high percentage of “Asians” at big-name universities is a bad thing, primarily because most “Asian” students study harder due to parental pressures and don’t party till they puke like their “white” counterparts—and never the twain shall meet. Apparently, some Canadians think they also

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fionahughes steal precious university spots from non-Asians. This narrowminded attitude should be known so it can be challenged. A campus session was held last Thursday at UBC to address Maclean’s article. Yu spoke, as did city councillor and psychiatry professor Kerry Jang, journalism professor Candis Callison and two students. I wasn’t there, but linguistics major Zi-Ann Lum attended because she found the piece to be “xenophobic propaganda under the guise of investigative journalism.” She wants Maclean’s to apologize. (The magazine responded to the criticism in its latest issue, which arrived at my home yesterday, but it didn’t apologize. “We expected that it would be provocative, but we did not intend to cause offence,” the editors wrote.) The session, she says, attracted 180 people who filled the room to capacity. Discussion centred on stereotyping in media, and the atmosphere was positive, Lum says. “Everyone there was there with the purpose to listen and to learn why UBC students are upset and angered by Maclean’s irresponsible journalism,” Lum wrote in an email. Isn’t then, the gathering of students and faculty to discuss such a topic a good thing to come out of the article? As xenophobic as Lum found it, I found the article informative—if in a depressing way. I would be horrified if any Canadian university used race as a basis for admission in order to limit the number of certain ethnicities—as is apparently happening in the U.S. Equally disheartening is the opening anecdote from the two young women, recently graduated from a prestigious private girls’ school in Toronto (Havergal College must be cringing), who didn’t want to go to U of T because it was too Asian. To hear that kind of sentiment from young residents of a large multicultural city such as Toronto is disheartening. If this is a widespread belief, it’s time schools and parents sat down and had a serious discussion with their university-bound kids. It’s also time for some kids to grow up.

The Cove Neighbourhood Pub hopes to extend its hours to 3 a.m., much to the chagrin of Francesca Dappen who lives across the street. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Pub’s late night desires worry Kitsilano residents,” Nov. 26. I very much enjoy the Courier, but whenever the topic of liquor rears its head, the paper takes a serious prohibitionist slant. The Cove pub has been in the same location since I went to Bayview elementary some 500 years ago. The article questions whether the pub will be “responsible” enough to keep their patrons in line after the ungodly hour of midnight. The Courier takes the opinion of a nice woman—Ms. Dappen—who has chosen to live not only on a very busy

commercial street but also directly across from a business that is open late—and print her opinion as if it represents the majority view. It seems to me we should be celebrating a local establishment that caters to the community and has done so for umpteen years without barely a blemish, rather than looking for excuses to cut it down. Further, we all should take pity on poor Ms. Dappen for her obviously bad choice of living location and her Quixote-like attempts to force the businesses around her to change. David Duprey, Vancouver

Jericho Wharf sunk by hyperbolic commissioners To the editor: Re: “Park board fires ‘green’ torpedo at historic Jericho Wharf,” Nov. 24. As Mark Hasiuk points out, the DFO “report” on Jericho Wharf focuses mainly on negative effects of shade. The park board refused to discuss whether downsizing the wharf might deal adequately with this or other concerns. Ignoring Allen Garr’s 2009 warning that public consultation “had become road kill” under Vision, the board utterly abandoned the full and fair public consultation it had promised. All we got in 18 months of waiting was two closed-door meetings (no commissioners present), with the wharf abandoned behind a sixfoot fence. Commissioners Mackinnon and Robertson led the charge to destroy the “toxic” wharf—unfazed

by the fact that the DFO report never used that word. No tests were done on waters under the wharf before excited politicians labelled it “an environmental disaster.” In the end, historic resonance, public use and unparalleled views were not worth serious attempts to find a compromise. Joan Bunn, Vancouver

••• To the editor: The decision by the Vancouver park board to remove the Jericho Marginal Wharf is a good example of evidenced-based decision making. After consultation and debate going back to 2008, involving two different park boards with different party majorities, no community or stakeholder consensus could be reached around the wharf. It was clear, however, that to restore the structurally

unsafe wharf would cost almost $1 million more to dismantle it. While Mr. Hasiuk is dismissive of information contained in a letter sent to the board by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans—calling it part of a “modern green movement”—the evidence in the letter was very relevant to the decision that the board took at the Nov. 4 meeting. Brent Granby, chair, COPE park board caucus

••• To the editor: The wharf is one of the few places in the city for getting access to view deeper water. I have written to some council members suggesting the park board should not be responsible for civic buildings and assets like this. Either council takes back control or kills off the board. Richard Balfour Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Steeves Manor rife with supports and services,” Nov. 19. Rich Coleman, in his response to the article on Steeves Manor, has made it seem as though tenants living at this complex are somehow residing at a luxury resort. What Mr. Coleman failed to mention about the “supports” and “programs” he listed is that

the attendance rate for these is close to zero. Mr. Coleman, until you have been a tenant at this development, you really should not be commenting on the issues there. You are relying on second-hand information, and as we both know, sometimes that just isn’t good enough! Teresa Larson, Coquitlam

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As of this writing, more than half of readers taking part in our online poll for Newsmaker of the Year are choosing the Olympics. That’s not a surprise. For many of us, it was the event of the year. But if you’re a parent, work in education or are concerned about schools, the ongoing financial saga with the Vancouver School Board likely surpassed the Games in critical importance. From the bitter fight with the Ministry of Education to protests organized by students and parents, Vancouver schools provided lots of headlines, and there will be plenty more to come. The ones that grabbed the most attention revolved around school closures. At one time, the school board compiled a list of 11 schools to consider shuttering. That’s astonishing in a city that just installed a multi-billion dollar underground transit line and where bungalows in modest neighbourhoods cost a million bucks each. We look out in the morning to the shiny towers downtown and the mountains beyond and tell ourselves we’re rich. Apparently we’re not, at least when it comes to schools and our kids. The VSB shortened the list of schools up for closure to five, and all ended up on the East Side, which has created a huge perception problem for the board. It reinforced the notion that deficits and budget cuts by government are seldom equally applied to all citizens.

Why the VSB ended up considering closing schools is a huge part of this story because no one agrees why. The district faced a $17.2 million shortfall in its 2011 budget. Most of the board, teachers and many parents blamed the education ministry for not providing enough money. The education minister, some of the board, and other parents blamed the board for focusing too much time and money on politics and frivolities. Where does the truth lie? I doubt students, caught in the middle of a mess created by adults, really care. They want a decent education, which is our responsibility to provide. Next week: our final three candidates for Newsmaker. Our online reader’s poll for Newsmaker continues until Dec. 8. Vote for your choice among the five options in the poll box at

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Margaret MacDiarmid returns to her role as the education minister while still holding on to the tourism, trade and investment portfolio. file photo Dan Toulgoet

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Liberal MLA Margaret MacDiarmid says she’s “delighted” to resume her role as education minister after a month-long absence. MacDiarmid, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview, was moved from the education ministry to the tourism, trade and investment ministry during a cabinet shuffle Oct. 25. George Abbott briefly replaced MacDiarmid, but he announced plans to run for the Liberal leadership and stepped down from cabinet last week. MacDiarmid now holds both portfolios, but expects her education position to be temporary. “It’s important to note my appointment is mostly likely going to be short,” she said Monday. “I don’t know who the next leader will be, but a new executive council will form, so it’s important we have someone doing this work, but the government’s looking a little bit different right now.” MacDiarmid and Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus locked horns during the last school year over provincial education funding. The dispute culminated in a highly critical and controversial special adviser’s report on the district’s finances. The VSB has since cut $17.2 million from its budget and is considering closing five east side elementary schools to save a projected $1.4 million. Financial problems are expected to continue with multimillion-dollar shortfalls predicted for the next two budgets. Despite last school year’s tension and ongoing disagreement about the source of the district’s money troubles, MacDiarmid said she’s “keen” to work with all school boards, including the VSB, and has already spoken with superintendent Steve Cardwell and B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert and left voice mails for others involved in education. Bacchus welcomed MacDiarmid back via Twitter last Friday and has written a letter requesting a meeting. MacDiarmid said she’s willing to meet. “We have lots of common ground—it wasn’t always easy to find it with the VSB,



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but at the heart of it we want what’s best for students. It’s very important that we try to have the best working relationship that we can, but there were large areas of disagreement, there’s no question.” Bacchus, a Vision Vancouver trustee, was surprised MacDiarmid was reappointed. She had expected Vancouver-Langara Liberal MLA Moira Stilwell to land the job until Stilwell announced plans to run for the Liberal leadership. Bacchus maintains the VSB worked hard to have a productive relationship with MacDiarmid “despite how it may have come across in the headlines.” “While we found her difficult to work with at times and still believe the appointment of the special adviser was a misguided and politically motivated attempt to deflect attention from the provincial education funding shortfall, we will continue to do whatever it is we can to get Ministry of Education support for the real needs of Vancouver students,” she said. NPA trustee Ken Denike calls MacDiarmid’s reappointment a practical move. “With respect to the organization of cabinet it is a good move. With respect to reformulating relations with boards it does nothing and, at best, offers a pause,” he said in an email to the Courier, adding, “The chair and majority of the VSB have a dilemma. How is the public to ignore they congratulated themselves on getting rid of the minister a month ago after a very tense, politically motivated bun fight? Unless the board admits some of the fiscal problems are home-grown the future is likely to be an extension of the past and it is doubtful the public will tolerate more personal slanging by the chair.” Twitter: @Naoibh

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n September 2009, Advertising Standards Canada, the national not-forprofit advertising selfregulatory body that maintains the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards, the principal instrument of advertising self-regulation in Canada, published guidelines for ensuring Cedric Hughes that motor vehicle advertisements comply with the spirit of Canadian road safety laws. The guidelines, which are embedded in eight questions, ask whether depictions of, for example, ‘performance, power or acceleration’ or ‘handling ability’ convey the impression that illegal driving behaviours are being condoned or encouraged. But they also ask whether the depictions appear “realistic or [whether they appear] to be unreal, as in a fantasy-like scenario … unlikely to be copied or emulated in real life”— a question that begs an ‘unsafe-but-fake’ loophole that has inspired a number of highly creative car advertisements. Nissan’s Juke is a compact sport crossover designed for young urbanites. TBWA/Toronto has recently created a series of three online ads in which the Juke becomes a super-hero who destroys a mechanized monster, dumps the infected core of a sci-fi weather machine into a lava pit, and chases a pair of motorcyclists by leaping between buildings. Obviously ‘fake’, these ads contain many sequences in which, some might say, the driving behaviours are off the charts non-compliant with road safety laws. By limiting the ads to online distribution the hope is that the campaign won’t breach the new guidelines. Of course, the target market is more likely to be online than watching television. Subaru’s Impreza WRX STI is a rally-carinspired “pure performance car… engineered to get your blood pumping and deliver incontest-

able levels of power, handling and control.” To deliver this ‘message’ in a TV ad, DDB Canada came up with the idea of producing a commercial “powered by the car itself.” On a fence built parallel to a drag racing strip, they mounted 760 frames animating the wily, fast movBarrister & Solicitor ing WRX destroying a giant robot crab. A WRX equipped with a side-mounted camera drove alongside the fence at the velocity required to capture 24 frames per second. The ad shows the set-up and then zeros into the animation, which shows driving behaviours that, again, may break all the rules. Although such complexity delivers layers of ‘messaging’ whether applying the loophole so creatively effectively undercuts the illegality of the driving behaviours remains open to question. The popular ‘Light the Night’ TV ad for Nissan’s Juke, however, unquestionably complies with the spirit of road safety laws while also applying the loophole. A Juke drives through Berlin at night energizing the city as it goes. A young man on a city bench awakes; battery-powered toys in a toy store become animated; washing machines in an empty laundromat overfill and spill out; a jewelry store thief is suddenly illuminated in the act; a rat climbs aboard an empty sky train for a spin through the city; and office towers and billboards light up as the Juke pulls into a parking spot. People come together as they come out to watch. The car and the city interact with each other and all is well.


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Willy DuGray barely made it to class in Grade 7. He failed subjects and couldn’t get through regular school. Now he’s in the Streetfront alternative program based in a portable at Britannia secondary. DuGray shows up every day and is its top student, but the 15-yearold isn’t only thriving in school—he’s become a runner thanks to Streetfront, which sees students run three times a week and participate in physical activities ranging from hiking to camping. Last weekend, the Grade 10 student and 10 other students completed the Seattle Marathon. He finished in four hours, 48 minutes and 48 seconds. He’s also done a half-marathon and completed long training runs as far as Deep Cove and to Stanley Park. Streetfront enrolls 22 students in Grades 8 to 10— many are aboriginal. Sixty per cent of the program is based on academics, 40 per cent is based on physical activities. Students often have “a distaste” for school because they haven’t been successful. Most were removed from regular school for not showing up. They’re often reme-

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lieves students’ problems are tied to low self-esteem. Stokes sees running as an individual sport where participants compete against themselves and learn discipline, which translates well to the needs of his students. He wants them to be independent, with a mental toughness that enables them to make decisions for themselves. “It may take 42,000 strides to complete 42K. They can choose to quit 40,000 times but they don’t. We want them to be dedicated—to commit and to persevere,” he explained. Of the 11 students aged 13 to 18 who travelled to Seattle, eight finished the full marathon, three ran the half one.

Sponsors cover running costs, including marathon entry fees. Not all students buy into running, and some still fall through the cracks, but many go on to graduate and some move on to post secondary—usually the first in their families to do so. “Our ultimate goal is to get somebody excited about something,” Stokes said. DuGray’s sights are set on the Vancouver Marathon in the spring. “[Stokes] always tells us when you run you can always find a reason to give up, but if you can find that one reason to keep going, you will,” said DuGray who expects to move to the main school next year. Twitter: @Naoibh


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A “transformational development” is being pondered for a high-profile block downtown. Telus is considering redeveloping its property between West Georgia and Robson, Seymour and Richards streets. Its headquarters dominates the block and Telus owns the parkade beside its office building. “It’s one of the last significant development sites available in the downtown core and it’s between the shopping district and the entertainment district. Its development could act as a real engine for economic development,” said Telus spokesperson Shawn Hall. “There’s lots of reasons to be looking at this, now.” Telus has completed tower projects that meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City. Hall said the telecommunications company is considering a development “that would radically transform the entire block into one of the most technologically innovative and environmentally friendly sites in North America.” The Globe and Mail reported Nov. 7 that Telus was planning a 22-storey office tower at 520 West Georgia St., coupled with a 43-storey residential tower. Brent Toderian, the city’s director of planning, said the residential tower is proposed for the corner of Richards and Robson streets. Hall wouldn’t confirm the building height and wouldn’t say whether a potential residential tower would include condominiums or rental suites. “Nothing’s been formalized and nothing’s been signed,” he said. “When you’re in early days, plans change.” Telus has been talking to Westbank Projects Corp., which developed the Woodward’s site, and Peterson Investment Group Inc. Henriquez Partners Architects has been linked to the project but Gregory Henriquez wouldn’t comment on the potential redevelopment. Telus’s headquarters has always been situated in the Lower Mainland, Hall said.


Of Telus’s 3,500 employees across the country, 1,000 of them work in Vancouver. Hall said Telus aims to have 70 per cent of its employees working at home or offsite full-time or parttime in the next five years, so a new office building would feature shared, open workspaces instead of walled offices. He couldn’t say what proportion of an office tower Telus employees would occupy. Charles Gauthier, executive director of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, calls the project “great news if it goes ahead.” Toderian said the potential Telus project is one of several significant office developments in the works. “Many people are telling us that we might have one of the healthiest office markets in North America currently,” he said. “Where other cities have gone relatively cold, we’re working on a number of office projects, both standalone and mixed use in the downtown and several other areas of the city. It’s the most significant growth in serious office proposals that we’ve seen in a very long time.” Commercial real estate typically evolves in a seven-year cycle, Toderian said. New space is built, office space fills with high, stable lease rates, vacancy rates decrease, then new space is built. But residential speculation and high construction costs stalled the growth of office space in Vancouver somewhat in recent years. The city placed a moratorium on new residential construction in the central business district, about 15 per cent of the downtown peninsula, in 2004 to preserve land for office space. The city believes office space needs to grow by 5.5 million square feet in the next 30 years so that residents can work close to home.




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Coun. Suzanne Anton Intelligence. Without a mayoral candidate, the NPA’s approval rating is 30 per cent and Vision’s is 45 per cent, down seven points since Justason’s earlier poll conducted in August. COPE is at 21 per cent, up seven points from August. Robertson’s personal performance rating also dipped by five points since August and disapproval grew significantly from 22 per cent to 34 per cent. In both polls, more than 20 per cent of respondents didn’t have an opinion on the mayor’s performance.


Respondents also gave Robertson’s government a lower disapproval rating since August in its handling of the troubled Olympic Village project. Respondents also disapproved of council’s handling of the Hornby Street separated bike lane, which was a sore point for several business organizations, including the Vancouver Board of Trade. The highest approval rating for Robertson’s government is for “making Vancouver more environmentally conscious.” Although the approval rating is 71 per cent, it is five points lower than when measured in the August poll. Despite the good news for the NPA, the poll concluded that if an election were held tomorrow, 45 per cent of decided voters would support Vision. However, 43 per cent of residents either remain undecided or will not cast a ballot in November. Twitter: @Howellings

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Mayor Suzanne Anton? The possibility is not as far off as critics might think, according to a public opinion poll released Monday by Justason Market Intelligence, a downtown polling and research company. If Anton, who is the NPA’s lone city councillor, were to run for mayor in the November 2011 election, she would greatly improve her party’s approval rating to almost match that of Mayor Gregor Robertson and his ruling Vision Vancouver party. “In a scenario where Suzanne Anton is the NPA candidate for mayor, support for the NPA increases to 38 per cent while support for Vision, with Gregor Robertson the incumbent mayoral candidate, falls to 41 per cent—creating a statistical dead heat,” according to written analysis of the poll done by Barb Justason, the principal of Justason Market

Though Anton has not said whether she is interested in becoming the NPA’s mayoral candidate, the hypothetical test conducted by the polling company suggests a declared candidate “can be a game-changer in Vancouver,” Justason said. Reached Tuesday, Anton said she was “encouraged but cautious” about the results, noting the election is almost one year away. But, she said, the results “throw down an even greater challenge” in maintaining momentum for the party. She wouldn’t say whether she is interested in becoming the NPA’s mayoral candidate. A decision on the party’s candidate likely won’t be made until the spring of 2011. Justason’s poll was conducted between Nov. 12 and 18 and solicited responses from adults in 410 telephone interviews and 117 online surveys. The margin of error is 4.9 percentage points 19 in 20 times.

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Food and toy donations are being accepted for the less fortunate at all Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service fire halls. Items being accepted include non-perishable food for the food bank and new unwrapped toys for children, which will be distributed through the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. All donations can be dropped off at any of the city’s 20 fire halls from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The University Golf Club at UBC is hosting its annual 21 Days of Christmas Charity Drive from Dec. 1 to 21. A committee made up of employees and managers of the golf course organizes the charity. In 2009, $12,000 was raised and distributed to programs including Literacy B.C., Kids Up Front, the Michael Cuccione Foundation, the Inner City Youth Golf program and others. The goal for 2010 is to exceed that number. There are several ways to donate—for every green fee sold now until Dec. 21, $10 will go towards the fund, as well as $20 from every green fee certificate bought for 2011. Unwrapped toys can also be dropped off until Dec. 19. For more information, call 604-224-7799.

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The Vancouver School Board launched a “behavioural change” pilot project last week aimed at conserving energy and other resources at several Vancouver schools. Dubbed Project Eco: Energy Conservation in the Office, it’s a joint initiative with B.C. Hydro. Three secondary schools—Prince of Wales, Windermere and Vancouver Technical—along with their feeder elementary schools, are involved for a total of 19 schools. A student “energy monitor” will be trained for every classroom to control thermostats and lights, a paper use reduction strategy will be developed for each school, conservation workshops will be held for staff and suggestion boxes will be placed in each school and ideas evaluated for implementation. Kirthi Roberts, the district’s manager of energy and climate change, said behavioural change is one of three key approaches to conservation—all of which complement each other.


Technological changes to areas such as heating plants and electrical systems are critical, as well as operational changes to make sure facilities are working efficiently. “Behavioural change is an essential part of our overall strategy. You can do all the technological changes and have all of the right operating parameters in place to run schools and facilities, but if the inhabitants of the buildings aren’t using these technologies efficiently or aren’t aware of their ability to contribute to reduce waste, then we haven’t really maximized our opportunities,” he said. Roberts has been with the district for just over a year and is the only person to hold his position.

As part of the VSB’s Eco project, a student “energy monitor” will be trained to control thermostats and lights in classrooms. photo Dan Toulgoet He has a doctorate in resource management and sustainability and bachelor and masters degrees in engineering. He used to work for Metro Vancouver. Quantifying the success of a behavioural change project is difficult, he acknowledges. “That’s

why we’re doing it as a pilot—to learn how do we measure the impact. The intention is after we’ve run it in these schools we’ll be able to expand it to the entire school district.” B.C. Hydro will help collect data and surveys and question-

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He was known unofficially as “The Mayor of Chinatown.” So it is only fitting that some type of monument be erected in Chinatown to commemorate the work and life of Wong Foon Sien, says Larry Wong, the man behind the movement to recognize the community leader who passed away 40 years ago. “He actually influenced the course of the Chinese community,” said Wong, referring to Foon Sien’s lobbying of the federal government in the 1950s to ease immigration laws. “He was the right person at the right time to speak on behalf of the community. It’s important people remember what he did.” Foon Sien was a labour activist, journalist, translator and relentless crusader for human rights whose work is believed to have helped formulate the less restrictive Immigration Act of 1967. He died in 1971 at 70 years old and has been largely forgotten since his death, said Wong, a founding director of the Chinese


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French and Chinese. “I would say even for myself I’m actually the beneficiary of what he did,” said Chow, who immigrated to Canada from China in 1965. Earlier this year, the city unceremoniously attached a historical marker to a power pole on Walnut Street in Kitsilano in memory of Foon Sien. He and his family were the only Chinese people to

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Certified Kosher lounge director Trystan Halpert and wine and spirits rep Donal Black served up environmentally inspired cocktails at a Fairmont Hotel tasting.

Event chair Cora Salvador welcomed Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon to the inaugural Canadian Medical Mission Society Gala at the Four Seasons.



Chair June Francis and executive director Eyob Naizghi fronted MOSAIC’s inaugural gala. The organization serves 60,000 newcomers to Canada annually.

Thanks to Chefs Table Society of B.C., chefs Barbara Finley and David Johnstone have taught 4,000 grade 4 and 5 kids about healthy foods and how to cook it.

Mission possible: With a passion and history for healing and reaching out to the poor, Dr. Dan Vargas, an ear, nose and throat specialist, envisioned the Canadian Medical Mission Society. Incorporated this past summer, the society held its inaugural gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in support of medical missions to developing countries. Attendees Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon and B.C. Nurses Union President Debra McPherson got the party started donating $27,500 to the cause. Making a scene: The dress code was Hollywood Glam at Pacific Cinémathèque’s third annual Scene soiree, held at Canvas Lounge. Yours truly hosted the red carpet affair where gala-goers rubbed elbows with movie buffs and industry insiders who produced their own silent film and helped raise funds for one of North America’s most active independent film institutes. Sky high: One of the much sought after live auction packages—a dinner hosted by talented firefighters—fetched the night’s top bid at the Adoptive Families Association of B.C.’s Wine in the Sky soiree, hosted at The Lookout. Yours truly played auctioneer at the sold-out tipple fest held high above the city and sponsored by the Vancouver Courier. Wine enthusiasts helped raise funds and awareness for some 1,500 kids in B.C. looking for permanent loving families. Hear Fred Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email Fred at; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown.

Executive director Karen Madeiros flanked by emcees Catherine Pope and Randene Neill of Global B.C. welcomed wine enthusiasts to AFABC’s Wine in the Sky shindig.

Making a “Scene” at Pacific Cinémathèque benefit was artistic director Jim Sinclair and filmmaker Christine Haebler.

Wil Kuechler, Kerry Neratini, Andrew Albas, Scott Sproston and Jay Devery helped Jenny O’Callaghan raise funds for children looking for permanent, loving families.



community briefs Homeless shelter

A reminder for Mount Pleasant residents that a temporary shelter for homeless people has reopened at 677 East Broadway. Learn more about it from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at an open house, Dec. 1 at the shelter. The shelter provides space each night for up to 40 people and will operate until the end of April 2011. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and staff provide two meals a day. The homeless can bring in shopping carts and pets to the shelter, where they can also connect with health and social services. A reservation system is in place to reduce outdoor lineups. Three more temporary shelters are expected to open soon in Kitsilano, Downtown South and the West End.

Market with a bang

The German-style Vancouver Christmas Market opened Nov. 28, after a propane explosion and fire on its planned opening day, Nov. 24 stalled its start. The market is running 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, West Georgia and Hamilton streets, until Christmas Eve. The market includes local and German crafts, German food, mulled wine and German beer, live entertainment and activities for kids. For more information, see

Mud pit love

Thunderbird elementary has progressed to the semi finals of the Aviva Community Fund Competition. The Hastings-Sunrise school was trying to win $25,000 to $100,000. Now it’s trying to win up to $25,000 to replace its playground equipment that was removed for safety reasons in the summer 2009. The school is competing against 29 other bids for this amount of cash. The final round of voting starts Dec. 2 and registrants to the site can vote daily. For more information, see

Behind the scenes

You may know the sugar plum fairy, that reigning sovereign of sweets, and the antagonism between the gingerbread soldiers and the menacing Mouse King whose army devours them. Well known is also Clara’s heartbreak at the sight of the broken nutcracker. Learn the history behind the beloved characters of Tchaikovsky’s seasonal ballet, The Nutcracker, at a special look into the Vancouver production. Chan Hon Goh,

the former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada as well as the artistic coordinator of the Goh Ballet and this season’s

The Nutcracker, meets with dance critic Max Wyman for a free public discussion about all creative aspects of the ballet. Dec. 2, 7 to 9

p.m. in the Alice MacKay room at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia St.).

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December is a month when there is a lot going on. As well as celebrating holiday events with family and friends and perhaps helping out those in need by offering a stranger a hand, it is also a time to pause and reflect on the new year that lies ahead. For seniors, particularly those that are of advanced age, or those that have significant health issues, the holidays can be a challenging time. And not just for the senior but for their families as well. All the visiting and shuttling about to attend dinners and other events can be trying, especially if there are mobility issues, or if a change of scenery brings with it some cognitive difficulty. As seniors are living longer and longer, so the list of issues presenting themselves grows, too. In this regard, it is important that seniors, their families, health care practitioners and caregivers work together – to provide the best quality of life possible for a person who may just need that extra hug.

For this holiday season, make an extra visit to see a loved one, enjoy a musical interlude or arrange a visit by a pet to soothe someone’s anxiety. The togetherness of families – the coming together of generations – means everything. Because whether they’re at home, or in a retirement residence, all seniors need to feel special… this month and beyond.



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F.E.E.T.S. is an acronym that we developed to provide caregivers with a checklist of five areas that are important to monitor regularly. F.E.E.T.S. stands for Feet, Eyes, Ears, Teeth and Sleep. Proper care and attention to these can detect illnesses and conditions at an early stage and may help to prevent permanent, irreversible damage. Regular monitoring of F.E.E.T.S. can also help to maintain the highest level of emotional well being for the older person by preventing falls, social isolation, depression and anxiety.


Good foot health is important for balance, stability and mobility. If feet deteriorate, a person's ability to walk can become compromised. When this happens a person is at risk for falls and social interaction and independence can be restricted. Problems with the feet can include corns, toenails that are ingrown, infections and wounds. People with diabetes can have impaired circulation, which leads to reduced feeling in their feet. If they have a wound or injury, they may not realize it. Due to the reduced circulation, the wounds can cause permanent damage, and even lead to the necessity for amputation.

For good foot health:

• Have regular appointments with a podiatrist of a foot care nurse every eight weeks. Many foot care nurses will visit private homes.

• Make sure that shoes fit comfortably and are not impeding circulation. • If someone has edema of the ankles and feet, try to keep the feet elevated at least to the waist level when sitting. Review with a physician treatment for edema. • Wash and examine feet regularly. • Pay attention to wounds and small cuts, especially if they seem not to be healing. • Learn, and do regularly, exercise which increases balance and strength.


Common eye problems that may go undetected for quite a while include cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. People often wear their eyeglasses when they are often no longer appropriate for the degree of type of visual impairment they have. Another problem is diabetic retinopathy, a condition of the retina, which results from diabetes. If untreated, it can lead to blindness. Poor vision can lead to falls or accidents from driving.

For good eye health:

• Have an eye exam annually, by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. There are some optometrists that will do home visits. An eye exam can detect diabetes that may otherwise go undiagnosed. • Glasses should be reviewed yearly, to ensure they are still appropriate for the degree of visual impairment. • Caregivers should ensure that the glasses being worn are the ones that were last prescribed. Sometimes

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SENIORS’ KIN REPORT Are Mom and Dad safe at home? Ask aging Canadian seniors to list their highest priorities and chances are 'continue living in my home' will be at the top of the list. Thanks to modern technology combined with community and family support, older seniors are able to live at home longer than ever before. However, it is important that family members conduct regular preventative checks to ensure Mom and Dad continue to be safe at home. “Right before the holidays is a great time to discreetly check on aging family members to determine whether they need some extra help at home,” says nurse practitioner, Michelle Acorn, who runs a falls prevention clinic for seniors. “Drop by for a visit and subtly examine everything from their physical appearance to the condition of their home.” Acorn says to look for signs such as whether the refrigerator is stocked with food, whether they are dressed appropriately for the weather or whether there are piles of unpaid bills or newspapers stacked around. More information

on how to make elderly family members safe at home is available online at www. Even if Mom and Dad have experienced some decline in their health, sometimes only small adjustments are required to enable them to continue living independently at home. First off, to minimize falls, eliminate clutter and throw rugs, and check their shoes to make sure they are sturdy, with low heels and rubber soles for traction. Also do a home safety inspection and install better lighting, hand rails on both sides of the stairs, grab bars in the bathroom, non-slip mats and night lights. You may want to consider subscribing to a medical alert service that can be there for Mom and Dad when you can't be. Info. courtesy


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On Sunday, December 5th 2010 at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage, over twenty-five international artists will come together to perform in a variety show benefiting the Zajac Ranch for Children. Along with an evening-long silent auction, this event will raise funds for The Zajac Ranch for Children, a one-of-a-kind camp for children with chronic and serious illnesses and disabilities who would otherwise not have an opportunity to attend camp.


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“WHAT’S ON” FOR DECEMBER Killarney Community Centre is hosting a “Senior’s Holiday Dinner,” Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6 pm. The cost is $14.50 for ages 55-plus, and instead of the usual luncheon at Killarney, seniors will be having dinner at Fraserview Golf Course (only a five-minute drive away from Killarney). Join the gang to celebrate the holiday season and have a beautiful catered meal! Note: The Killarney bus will be taking participants there at 5:30pm and 5:45pm. When registering, stateif you will be using the Killarney bus; participants are encouraged to drive themselves. Call 604-718-8200 to register.

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3 1. The sad fact is, at 76 years of age, Leonard Cohen still probably gets more action than you and me combined. Canada’s troubadour-poet brings the goods to Rogers Arena Dec. 2. For tix, if there are any left, go to 2. Brief Encounter, Noel Coward’s wartime tale about the lives and loves of three couples played out in a railway station tearoom, hits the Vancouver Playhouse stage Dec. 2 to 23. For tickets, call 604-873-3311 or go to 3. Big in Europe, less so in North America, Portland’s The Dandy Warhols bring their hip, aging selves to the Commodore Dec. 2 in support of their greatest hits package The Capitol Years: 1995-2007. Tickets at Zulu, Red Cat Records, Highlife and all Ticketmaster outlets.

4. To be honest, we’ve read the press release several times for Dancers Dancing’s latest production Extra Extra Dec. 1 to 4 at the Firehall Arts Centre, and we’re still not entirely sure what it’s about. Ten dancers command the stage with “pulsing choreographic language and vocabulary that is inspired by images in current day media of politics, war, sports, fashion, advertising and government. Images and real photography colour the stage mirroring back to the audience the snapshots of our contemporary lives.” That must explain the industrial arm lingerie the dancers are wearing. For a more complete explanation, go to For tickets, go to or call 604-689-0926.

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We all make mistakes. In the late 1980s, K&K got a Hot House Flowers tattoo emblazoned across our taut, glistening back, claiming the Irish band was going to be the biggest thing ever—bigger than An Emotional Fish—only to spend half of the ’90s and all of our student loans on a series of unpleasant laser tattoo removal treatments. But because we’ve never been religious, we only had ourselves to blame. That’s why we’ve always envied professional athletes who pray before games and believe their success has nothing to do with hard work or their individual effort but God deciding they should score a touchdown or defeat their opponents. But what happens when God smites you? That’s the harsh realization Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was faced with this past weekend when he dropped an easy, game-winning touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Did Johnson blame himself for letting a well-thrown pass slip through his buttery hands, one of five passes he bobbled that day? Heck no. Like


any self-respecting dude who gives up his free will to a higher power, Johnson placed responsibility for the missed touchdown squarely where it belonged: on that jerk God. Not only that, Johnson complained to the big guy in the most direct way possible, via Twitter. After the game, Johnson tweeted in all caps (that means he’s yelling, folks): “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO...” We like this Twitter post for a few reasons. First, it assumes God is a modern, technologically savvy guy who has a Twitter account. Second, we like the casual, slangy repartee Johnson has with G-dawg when he says, “AND THIS IS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!” It makes God sound like he double-crossed Johnson in a deal gone wrong. Third, we like how Johnson feels God owes him something… which he does, when you consider the guy praises God “24/7!!!!!!” unlike millions of starving kids around the world or people dying


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of cancer or families who endure unthinkable hardship and tragedy who praise God only 24/5 or 12/6. And lastly, we like how Johnson ends his tweet with a bit of ungrateful sarcasm: “THX THO…” He’s so ungrateful he can’t even be bothered to spell out THANKS. Naturally, Johnson has come under fire since tweeting the heavens. And naturally, he says the fallout has brought him closer to the Lord, though not closer to understanding proper grammar or how to use capital letters effectively. “I learned A lot Within 24hrs. Saw Both Sides.(Ups&Dwns) I AM HAPPY & THANKFUL 4 YESTERDAY! w/out Sunday iWldnt have grew closer w/The Lord!!,” he tweeted the following day, adding, “And No I Did Not Blame God People! Seriously??!? CMon! I Simply Cried Out And Asked Why? Jus Like yal did wen sumthin went wrong n ur life!” So you see, Johnson simply cried out and asked why—why did God do him like that? As for the billions of people less fortunate than Johnson and why God does them like that, Johnson was too busy relaxing in his God-given mansion to comment.


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Film lovingly mocks colourful characters who inhabit indie recording studio

DIY filmmaker finds laughs behind the music Michael Kissinger Staff writer

If you thought musicians were an obsessive and nerdy bunch, consider the sleep-deprived people who record them. Rob Leickner has. In fact, he used to be one of them. More than a dozen years ago he helped start the Hive, a Vancouver recording studio institution, which has ridden the fader for such indie rock luminaries as Black Mountain, Destroyer, P:ano, Ladyhawk, Frog Eyes, Hot Hot Heat and the Cave Singers. Now Leickner has shifted his focus to filmmaking, though he hasn’t strayed far. Everything Louder Than Everything Else is a fictional and often humourous account of running a fledgling recording studio, complete with business struggles, flaky engineers who talk of stereo spectrums and audio black holes, and equally flaky bands who want to sound like a cross between Belle and Sebastian and a “wussier Wings”… with a bit of White Snake bravado thrown in. “I didn’t want to be too earnest about it,” says Leickner, who wrote and directed the film. “It is a love letter, but we’re living in a post-The Office world. We’re living in the shadow of Ricky Gervais comedy, and his stuff is mocking but lovingly mocking.” Shot over the course of 14 months, primarily in the mornings when bands weren’t recording at the Hive, the film relies on “guided improvisation” to push the storyline, much like Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm or the films of Mike Leigh, says Leickner, who also points to Richard

Everything Louder Than Everything Else’s writer-director Rob Leickner (left) shares a light moment with his cast. Linklater’s Slacker and Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan as influences. As for bands, Leickner managed to coerce musical and acting performances from Victoria band Chet, Bend Sinister’s Dan Moxon and Steve McBean of Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops fame. However there’s one band who makes several appearances throughout the film, though in name only—late ’80s leather pants aficionados the Cult. “The Cult is the only band to rip off [the Hive] for a deposit,” says Leickner, who adds that the band’s manager cancelled their recording session at the last minute. “We had a whole month booked for them and we thought, ‘Oh, we don’t need a deposit from the Cult,’ and they totally screwed us… so that’s

my little stab at the Cult.” Delinquent bands aren’t Leickner’s only inspiration. Although he and his creative partner Mona Mok’s first foray into filmmaking was 2007’s Let Me Be Fictional, an unconventional documentary about local band Ladyhawk, Leickner says it was his experience in “development hell” of an ill-fated, CBC-funded documentary about the Superdogs Show at the PNE that spurred him into action. “My favourite filmmakers are people all around the world who are doing things that have a certain sensibility to them… and I don’t really see that in Canada,” Leickner says. “I see a lot of government-funded stuff that is made by committee or watered down. For better or worse, I want my vision to be on the screen untampered by the prying hands of

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these people… I can’t live a life of going into production with this idea at the start and near the end your idea resembles nothing to it.” Made for approximately $1,000, Everything Louder Than Everything Else also reflects the do-it-yourself mentality the Hive was founded on. “At the Hive our belief was nobody else is going to record these bands, so we’ve got to do it ourselves, and that’s in the film, too,” Leickner says. “Nobody was going to fund my film, nobody was going to look at the treatments and tell me it was great, so I had to do it myself. So I basically made the movie like we make albums at the Hive, with the belief that you do it yourself and then you present it to the world.” The film gets its first presentation to the world this week at the Whistler Film Festival, which runs Dec. 1 to 5, with plans for a Vancouver premiere sometime in the new year. For his next project, Leickner wants to make another guided improvisational film, about ESL students living in the West End, this time with a substantially larger but no less modest budget of $25,000. As for Everything Louder Than Everything Else, Leickner is busy applying to independently minded film festivals across the continent such as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. When asked to sum up his current movie in a similar manner as one of the nerdy bands in his film, Leickner pauses. “I would say… we may have Motley Crue aspirations, but we’re on a Guided by Voices budget.” For more info, go to

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Aguilera belts it out, Cher draws blank expression

Buxom Burlesque fails to take off Burlesque

Now playing at Fifth Avenue, Oakridge Reviewed by Julie Crawford

It falls closer to Showgirls than Chicago, and nowhere near Cabaret. It lifts a couple of lines directly from Emma—the Gwyneth Paltrow one—but that’s as close to good dialogue as Burlesque gets. The rest would be truly terrible if it weren’t for Christina Aguilera’s awesome voice. Essentially, the film is a 110-minute-long sexy music video, starring the singer as a country girl from Iowa who leaves it all behind for a chance at stardom in Hollywood. (Buying Aguilera as a country girl is one of many leaps of faith required to sit through the movie.) But the film opens with a belter, serving as backdrop as Ali (Aguilera) hastily flees her small town and boards a bus for L.A. “Round trip or one-way,” the ticket guy asks. “Are you kidding me?” Ali snips. She has no family, no friends, and nothing calling her back to life waiting tables in a dusty diner. Of course, waiting tables is exactly what Ali finds herself doing, since (shockingly), she can’t get a singing-and-dancing gig anywhere in Tinseltown. She has an epiphany when she wanders into a burlesque club—a room with no windows but boasting “the best view on the Sunset Strip”—and sees those girls bumping and grinding onstage. It’s everything Iowa

Cheesy musical Burlesque has more in common with Showgirls than Chicago. was not, and Ali wants a piece of it. Luckily for her, the first guy Ali meets is a super-hunky bartender named Jack (Cam Gigandet) who also happens to be a straightup guy (and straight, bonus). And since the club is owned not by a predatory man but by a grouchy woman they call Tess (Cher) and her sunny gay compadre (Stanley Tucci), Ali avoids the perils of the casting couch as she catapults from waitress to dancer. She doesn’t have the same talent for currying favour with her fellow dancers, in particular Nikki (Kristen Bell), the show’s tippling star.

It takes a while before anyone even knows Ali can sing, as her voice is about the only thing she keeps wrapped up while on stage. The girls lip-synch to pre-recorded classic tracks, but when someone tries to sabotage the Etta James number, Ali improvises with that impossibly big voice of hers. Can Ali save the club from bankruptcy and the manicured claws of a smooth real-estate tycoon (Eric Dane)? Enter the love triangle: will it be the goodhearted guy who can’t commit, or the rich bad-boy who overcompensates? (Personally

I think the kohl-eyed Alan Cumming, as the club’s gender-flexing host, would be a more interesting choice, but that’s just me.) Tough-as-nails Tess isn’t as hard as she appears, because it isn’t long before she’s sharing her makeup and imparting motherly wisdom to her orphaned ingénue. Cher used to be able to act: she won an Academy Award, remember? But here she is as wooden as some of those dancers’ knockers. She might have had a fighting chance if her face wasn’t wearing the same expression in every scene, the result of either poor actorly effort or Botox, I can’t be sure. Aguilera had better take care of those vocal chords, because she won’t be switching to acting full time in the near future. There is plenty of forced laughter on her part and real laughter from the audience as she mechanically recites cheesy lines between musical bits. Things cool down considerably by the time Aguilera sings “Burlesque,” a decidedly un-burlesque number, and Cher sings her gratuitous piece, which is nonetheless destined to be a fan favourite. Burlesque can inspire spirited discussion, as in, “How would you feel if your granny showed up in a corset and looked hotter than you do?” (Cher is 64). Or “Would Bristol Palin have won Dancing With The Stars if she could do splits over a chair?” It’s T&A nonsense, a flat imposter of other films, but one guaranteed to mint a slew of new Aguilera fans.

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Feline-friendly Nardwuar the Human Serviette promises fun and surprises at annual party

Mint Records gets a jumpsuit on Christmas State of the Arts

with Cheryl Rossi If nothing has you feeling even a spark of seasonal spirit, the sight of Nardwuar the Human Serviette dressed in his mother’s 1960s psychedelic blue and pink jumpsuit, hoisting a portable Ace Tone keyboard alongside Alex Kapranos from Scottish band Franz Ferdinand on stage at Strathcona’s Ukrainian Hall, just might do the trick. The easy-to-find video snippet of Mint Records’ 2006 Ridiculously Early Xmas Party gives viewers a taste of the joy the annual event can bring. Performing “Take Me Out” with Kapranos and members of The Cribs, who Kapranos was recording at a local studio, is just one of Nardwuar’s favourite memories of a Mint Christmas. The other is being introduced by a high school friend to Larry van Kampen, who now manages Nardwuar’s website, at a packed Railway Club. “When you walk into these things, you don’t usually expect to end up with somebody that’ll help you with your website the next day, that’s what I really love about them—a diverse group of people coming together,” Nardwuar said. This year’s rendition of Mint’s Ridiculously Early Xmas Party sees Nardwuar’s band The Evaporators headlining the Dec. 3 show at the Biltmore Cabaret.

Nardwuar the Human Serviette (centre right) and his band The Evaporators headline Mint Record’s Ridiculously Early Xmas Party Dec. 3 at the Biltmore Cabaret. The local independent record label, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, will also hand out Pocky and presents to the first 75 people through the door, according to label manager Shena Yoshida. Edmonton’s Hot Panda will play

its dance-inducing rock, Geoff Berner will bust out his accordion and party girl Carolyn Mark will charm with her false eyelashes and country-tinged tunes. Kellarissa, Laura Barrett and CiTR DJ Duncan McHugh round out the bill, and

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Yoshida says concertgoers should “brace” themselves for surprises. Andrew W.K. jammed with The Evaporators at the pre-Christmas party in 2008 and to Nardwuar’s surprise, local punk icons Randy Rampage (D.O.A.), Jon Card

(D.O.A., SNFU, The Subhumans) and Brian “Wimpy” Roy Goble (D.O.A., The Subhumans) also jumped on stage. “They all ended up on stage jamming ‘F*** You’ by The Subhumans. Out of the blue. It was amazing.” The Human Serviette would only say John Collins of The New Pornographers, who hasn’t played guitar with The Evaporators since 1997 (he’s played bass since), will be the special guest. “As you get older, you just wake up and take a breath and feel good that you’re still alive,” the 42-year-old said. “Just getting ourselves down there is what I’m looking forward to.” Proceeds from the door will benefit SAINTS, the Senior Animals in Needs Today Society. It’s a charity that plucks the heartstrings label co-founder Randy Iwata, who’s depicted on the event poster with his cat Ozzie. Cats also play an important role in Nardwuar’s life. “Every Nardwuar release is catalogued Cleo after my cat Cleopatra Von Fluffenstein,” he said. “Cleo passed away a little while [ago] but lived to the age of 18 and needed help in her older age. I would carry her from her bowl to the couch and then carry her back to the bowl as she got old.” Red Cat Records is offering a package deal—$22 for Fanshaw’s Dark Eyes record in a Mint tote and a ticket to the Christmas show. Advance tickets are $12 at Red Cat, Zulu and Scratch and $14 at the door. Yoshida warns the event usually sells out.

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Kevin Jagger set a personal best Nov. 19 at the Calgary Oval where he’s dedicating his life to reaching the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Vancouverite and Vancouver College graduate quit his job in the spring to pursue long track speed skating full-time after the Olympic spirit inspired him during the Vancouver Games. His 500m time of 40.19 is less that two milliseconds shy of the 40.0 needed to qualify for the first Canada Cup Dec. 3 to 5 in Quebec City. His body has transformed over the course of his intense training and nutrition regimen and yesterday Jagger measured his thighs: 24 inches in circumference with a fat free a volume of 11,800 millilitres (for all you training buffs out there).

Provincials postponed

The B.C. high school soccer championships were postponed and no alternate tournament has yet to be solidified. The league commissioner is searching for a secondary venue after the provincial finals scheduled for late last week in Burnaby fell on one of the snowiest days so far this winter. Two Vancouver high schools, Magee and Point Grey, are competing for the best in B.C.

Provincials recalled

The 2010 boys high school winner remains undecided, but the B.C. high school soccer association is searching for images and video of past provincial champs, specifically action shots. The association is also developing a history of high school soccer in B.C. and is seeking pictures of games, players, coaches and more from juvenile, junior and senior levels. Images can be sent to league commissioner Don Moslin at

Luongo goes green

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo gave his stick away to a very pleased fan Nov. 26 following a 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. He skated up the ice toward the boards near the penalty boxes and pushed his stick over the glass to a season ticket holder immediately beside the visitor’s box. It was Wally Sullivan, the business owner who sponsors the green Lycra, hip-gyrating attendance of The Force and Sully.

Ethan Senger noted for skills and leadership qualities

Kits soccer player has right stuff Megan Stewart Staff writer

Ethan Senger is known to his coaches as a particular kind of soccer talent, the kind that contributes goals, generates wins and elevates teammates. And he’s vocal on the field. “Even if I’m yelling, I always try to say good things and speak positively. You have to be constructive with it,” said Senger, a Grade 12 student at Kitsilano high school who plays Division 1 men’s soccer with Surrey-based Lobbans FC. At 13, he began training with former Canadian national team player Randy Samuel, who asked the 17-year-old to play for his Surrey team. Bart Choufour noticed the budding leader even as a pre-teen when he coached the provincial boys team before joining the Whitecaps organization in 2007 as the youth development head coach. “It’s been a while that I have coached Ethan,” he wrote in an email. “He certainly had leadership qualities, being quite vocal on the field in a positive way.” Andrew Dunn, the head coach of the Blue Demons senior boys soccer team at Kits, says as much about Senger’s natural abilities as team captain. Dunn points to Senger’s maturity, optimism and constructive feedback. “When Ethan is on the field he transmits a belief amongst his teammates that anything is possible.” At the city championship in November, Senger’s absence was a significant reason Kitsilano lost the final match to Magee in a shoot-out. “Ethan was a pivotal part of our game plan,” said Dunn. “With him in midfield we were able to vary our passing style. Without Ethan the team naturally found it difficult to play in the same style as effectively.” After straining a ligament in his right ankle in October, Senger was not rushing his recovery. Kits advanced to the regional tournament but its captain again sat through much of the play. His moment came in the quarter final against No. 2 seed McNair from Richmond. Down a goal with 10 minutes remaining, Senger joined play as a late substitute. “He gave his team an immediate lift and the team started to play with a lot more belief,” said Dunn. Senger, who turns 18 in January, hit a volley from 35 yards out, sending the ball beyond the keeper’s reach to the top right corner to tie the game 1-1. In the last minute, Senger stripped a defender of the ball and blasted a second shot, this time from 25 yards, to score the winning goal. A well-rounded athlete and natural

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“When Ethan [Senger] is on the field he transmits a belief amongst his teammates that anything is possible,” says Kits Blue Demon coach Andrew Dunn. photo Dan Toulgoet midfielder, Senger played forward for the first time that match. Dunn knows him as being comfortable with both feet, “which makes him hard to predict,” and considers Senger one of the strongest and most skilled technical players in the league, with a first touch that buys him time and affords vision. “He also has a very good understanding of how to position his body in order to maximize his physical strengths when tackling and shielding the ball.” Senger wears shiny studs in both ears and acknowledges he’s not the tallest player on the field. But at fivefoot-eight and 165 pounds, he’s one of

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the most muscular. “You’ll see lots of strong kids or really fast kids, but it really comes down to ball control and what you can do with the ball,” Senger said. Born in Chicago, Senger moved to Toronto before relocating with his family to Vancouver six years ago. He holds German and U.S. citizenship and is applying for his Canadian papers. He’s looking to play NCAA soccer in the States and study business. In nine appearances, some of them brief, for the Blue Demons, Senger scored 11 goals and notched four assists. Twitter: @MHStewart


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Point Grey grad and two-time Olympian leads Basketball Canada

A lifetime of playing hoops Megan Stewart Staff writer


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After the 1975 provincial high school basketball championships, 17-year-old Howard Kelsey took a four-hour tour around Vancouver with Jack Donohue, the head coach of the Canadian national team. The late Donohue was chosen three years earlier to elevate the country’s basketball program to a world-class level. During the 17 years of his tenure, he accrued an outstanding winning record that included fourth place finishes at the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games and a gold medal at the 1983 World University Games. He was sizing up the young West Side prospect. “Jack took myself and my father around this city,” said Kelsey, “and talked about all aspects of basketball to find out if he thought I could play for him.” Play he did. But now, after leading the revitalization of basketball competition in B.C., Kelsey is stepping into a national leadership role as the executive vicepresident for Basketball Canada. Three decades ago, Donohue recruited Kelsey right out of high school. The only other players who made the jump to the national level as teenagers were Martin Riley and Leo Rautins, now the head coach of the national men’s team and an NBA analyst for the Raptors. Kelsey played basketball for Canada for the next 11 years and went on to the University of Victoria where he was the athletic coordinator in the ’80s when the school was on an unprecedented streak, winning seven straight men’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships through 1979 to 1985. The women topped the nation five times in eight years, also beginning in 1979. He then earned a master’s in sports management from the University of

After leading the revitalization of basketball competition in B.C., Howard Kelsey is stepping into a national leadership photo Dan Toulgoet role as the executive vice-president for Basketball Canada. Oregon and turned his attention to developing a strong financial footing to promote and grow basketball in B.C., an objective that led to the Canada One Athletic Foundation, the HSBC Classic and KitsFest. (While at Oregon, he was the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team, which included Allison McNeill, current head coach for the Canadian national women’s program.) Kelsey can trace the ideas and aspirations that drive him back to his days as a high school athlete. Competing as a Point Grey Greyhound at the B.C. championships 35 years ago, Kelsey was named tournament MVP. He averaged more than 31 points a game to lead his team to a fifth-place finish, “which was overachieving,” he said last week. Ranked last among Vancouver’s West Side high schools, Point Grey

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Speaking with Howard Kelsey, it’s hard to shake the impression his world is close-knit and interconnected. Now at the centre of basketball in Canada, his new role as an executive with the sport’s national organization puts him in an official leadership role that will enhance the work he does with local athletics. He won’t say just how he intends to grow basketball in Vancouver and Western Canada—not promising anything is one way to manage expectations and ensure he delivers more than he promises—but he acknowledges an advantage of the position is being able to stay right here on the Pacific Coast. Bring up basketball in B.C. and one name always enters the conversation: Steve Nash. Ask Kelsey if the two-time NBA most-valuable player from Victo-

achieved far more than was expected. That ambition has become a guiding principle for Kelsey. “Talk about under promise, over deliver,” he said. “We were ranked last in the conference and we ended up winning the city and then coming fifth in the province, which was the highest finish Point Grey has ever had.” Canada One, a fundraising powerhouse founded by Kelsey and former pro player Hans Larsen in 2000 that now supports community athletics and basketball, embodies the same mantra: under promise and over deliver. The foundation’s HSBC Classic is now one of the largest amateur sports tournaments in Canada and rewards well-rounded players and acknowledges good citizens. When he was named VP with Basketball Canada late last month, Kelsey was ready with the same motto. He

ria will be returning to the national program and this is what he says: “Steve can—in any capacity that he would want to. He may or may not want to be there as a player, the door would be open there, but in any capacity, obviously, he would be very welcome.” Because of his seven years at University of Victoria during the university’s winning decade when Kelsey says Nash was in the gym watching games and shooting hoops with older talent, the new executive VP believes he can foster good will. “I’m not tainted with previous issues. I think the one main reason that came out was the firing of Jay Triano [as head coach].” Nash and Triano have a friendship built on trust and selflessness that goes back nearly 20 years when Triano was recruiting Nash for the SFU basketball team and followed him around the B.C. circuit for months. Nash was considering an NCAA Division 1 school in California and asked for advice. Triano told him to go for it and head south. Like Kelsey’s Canada One Athletic Foundation that champions good athletes and conscientious citizen, the Steve Nash Youth Basketball national programs aim to develop skills and sportsmanship as well as building character, discipline and self-esteem. Nash’s organization is active across the country.

joins Rautins and Wayne Parrish, the CEO of Basketball Canada and a former Vancouver Sun sports reporter who interviewed him following his MVP performance in 1975. “Now I’m coming full circle,” Kelsey said. “That is a long journey and a very interesting one.” What started with a car ride with the legendary Donohue and a motto to manage expectations culminated in a lifetime of playing basketball and developing the sport for others. Kelsey will stay in his Vancouver home and continue to work with Canada One and other sport initiatives. “Our lines are blurred in basketball so anything you’re dong in basketball or sport-wise for our community generally can be parlayed into being very beneficial in various levels, not just basketball.”

Kelsey sees the natural alignment of all things basketball in Canada, including the colours of the Raptors, Canada One and the national teams, and the relationship between himself and the other two executives of Basketball Canada. “Those have all been the perfect storm aligning for setting the table for future success.” He’s not making any promises, but Kelsey is confident that what matters most—performance on the court—is looking good. “We have potentially numerous first-round NBA picks coming from Canada in the next five-plus years. The level of physical talent coming out of Canada right now is measurable: the U-17 boys this year won bronze in world champions. We have one of the best players in the world, a 16-year-old Mitchell Wiggins, and we have a crop of kids between 21 and 17 years old that is extremely impressive.” Again, he’s not making any promises, but Kelsey thinks top five in the world is achievable. “I believe, based on the physical specimens that we have, we might be able to return or surpass that. That’s why it’s so promising—but again, the No. 1 part is to focus on the court.” Twitter: @MHStewart

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School District No. 38 (Richmond) requires Noon Hour Supervisors for Elementary and Secondary schools to supervise students in school buildings and grounds during the lunch break. The shifts will be for 1.5 hours per day on those days that the students are in attendance at school. Applicants must have experience supervising adolescents and elementary school-aged children, plus they must be able to report to any school location on short notice. First Aid and other related training such as conflict resolution or non-violent crisis intervention, would be preferred. The rate of pay is $20.80 per hour, which includes 4% holiday pay. Applications are available at the School Board office between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Please submit a completed application form by 4:00pm on December 17, 2010 to: NHS002-10-02

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F/T FUSION STYLE COOK for Hime Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver Completion of Secondary School 3 yrs or more experience in Fusion Style cooking Fluency in Korean $17.30/hour, 40 hrs/week Email Fax: 604-909-2793 TOKOYO JOHN Enterprises ltd in Van is hiring F/T Jap Cook & F/T Sushi Cook; 3+ yrs exp with knowledge in each position. Salary $18.75/hour. Main duty: prepare/cook Jap. food, sushi/ sashimi & ensure quality of food. Contact

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P/t, f/t, administration support required by physical activity and sport education consultants located in Richmond. • Excellent spoken and written English • Strong computer skills • Data entry • Shipping, receiving, inventory • Strong interpersonal skills • Highly organized process oriented • Ability to multi-task • Quick worker, attention to detail • Good phone manner and customer service driven Please email cover letter with salary expectations and resume to: Closing date December 17



NAPD in Vancouver is currently looking for individuals with land/ marine pile driving experience. If you are looking for a career as one of the following: ● Bridgman Pile Driver ● Bridgman Pile Driving Foreman ● Pile Driving Crane Operator we would like to hear from you. To apply today, please visit our careers page at REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY Journeyman Mechanic with Ford diesel training. Excellent benefit package and competitive wages, full-time position. Apply in person to Service Manager at S.L. Ford Sales in Slave Lake, Alberta. Fax resume to 780-849-3333 or email to TECHNICIAN REQUIRED. Bow Valley Ford, Canmore, Alberta. Great working conditions in a very busy shop with great rates & full benefits package. Contact Joe Hawkeye, 403-679-2270. Fax 403-679-2271. Email:



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Christmas Bazaar

St. Thomas Anglican Church 2444 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver


Saturday, December 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Unique Christmas crafts and gifts, homebaking, candy, preserves, attic treasures and more.



Deck The Hall Craft Fair Sat. Dec 4 • Sun. Dec 5 11:00am - 5:00pm

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BERNESE MOUNTAIN Dog Pups, vet ✔ 1st shots, dewormed. $950. Chwk. 1-604-794-3561 BICHON/SHIH ZU pups, view parents, 1 shot vet ck. rdy, Dec 15 dep req. $450.00 604 936 6604

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Re:YIN HO, Deceased, also known as Y. Ho and as Chow Yin, Retired Businesswoman, of 900 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia Creditors and others having claims against the estate of YIN HO, Deceased, also known as Y. Ho and as Chow Yin, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to Shelley Bentley, solicitor for the Executrix, Yvonne Phord-Toy, at #410-1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 4C1 on or before January 4th, 2011 after which date the Executrix will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executrix then has notice.

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An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, BC, from Jericho Pub Inc., on behalf of The Cove Neighbourhood Pub at 3681 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC to change the hours of sale from the currently approved hours between 10:00am to 12:00am, Monday through Thursday, 11:00am to 1:00am Friday through Saturday and 11:00am to 12:00am Sunday; to 9:00am to 1:00am Sunday through Thursday and 9:00am to 2:00am, Friday and Saturday. Residents and owners of businesses located within a .8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH P.O. Box 9292 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9J8 PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your letter must be received on or before January 1st, 2011. Your name(s) and address must be included. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.


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1. Many backs 2. Fits over eye 3. Grew into 4. A great rani 5. ____ and Andy, radio & TV show 6. Seamen 7. Pauses 8. Radioactivity unit 9. Mined metal mineral 11. Immediate memory 13. First king of Israel 16. Not awake 18. Summarized 21. Larry & Curly’s sidekick 24. At the peak

25. Swarming grasshopper 28. = to 100 centimos 31. Showily imitative of art 32. Chinese tree flower 33. Two corresponding items 34. Gift covering 39. Killer ___: comic supervillain 40. End 41. No. wind in SE France 42. More monolithic 45. Filament + anther 48. Arrived extinct 49. Former capital of Brazil

51. Send out waves 54. Civil Rights group 56. Emerald Isle 58. Spanish cubist painter Juan 59. Japanese dish 60. No (Scottish) 61. Ethnic group in China 62. Loud lament 63. Disk jockeys 64. A waterproof raincoat 65. Point midway between S and SE

26. Mix with a spoon 27. God of sky (Scandinavian) 29. Astronaut 30. Puts together in time 34. Legal document issued by a court 35. Religious beads 36. B. Fuller’s dome 37. ____ Alto, California city 38. Largest continent’s inhabitants 39. Ed Murrow’s employer 43. Removes writing 44. Abundant wealth 46. Actor ___ Norton 47. Near in space or time

50. To state as an opinion 52. Ancient Biblical region 53. ____ Turner, rock singer 55. Am. ornithologists’ journal 56. Bring to a conclusion 57. Br. dominion over India





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Houses - Sale


Real Estate

$99 can sell your home 574-5243 Delta Price Reduced studio condo, 19+ complex, pool, park, $99,900 597-8361 id4714 Maple Ridge spotless 947sf 1br condo above snrs cent 55+ $219,900 466-1882 id5262 Poco Brand NEW 2842sf 5br 3.5ba w/suite, pick your colours $699K 825-1512 id5274 Sry Sullivan Mews ground lvl 1200sf 2br 2ba tnhse, 55+complex $220K 834-6935 id5136 Sry E Newton 1 acre lot with 2600sf 6br 2.5ba bungalow $479,900 778-549-2056 id5198 Sry Fleetwood immaculate 2450sf 4br 4ba quiet location $529,900 575-8729 id5270 Sry Newton 7500sf 14br 9ba home w/suites, 10,000sf lot $799K 604-825-3280 id5273

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We Will Take Over Your Payment Until We Sell Your Property. No Fees. Call Kristen today (604) 786 - 4663


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CLEANING SERVICE. Reas rates, specializing in homes. Guar work. Refs avail. 604-715-4706

VICTORIA DRYWALL LTD. 25 yrs exp. Reno’s & New Constr. Call Bruno ★ 604-313-2763

H.C. Office / House Cleaning Quality & Experience. Bonded & Insured. 604-725-0856 QUALITY CLEANING. Exc refs. Res/com. Move in/out. Carpets + pressure wash’g. 778-895-3522




• Removal & Replace • Free Disposal • Free Estimates • Quality Guaranteed • Fully Insured • Commercial / Residential

LMD Ltd. 604-540-6567

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



#1 A-CERTIFIED Lic. Electrician. New or old wiring. Reasonable rates. Lic #11967. 604-879-9394 A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319 A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/Plumbing. Rotor Rooter & Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 604-255-9026 - 778-998-9026 Free Estimates / 24 Hr Service ELECTRIC AVE Installations. Electrian lic# 99207, Res/comm, 604-215-0562 QUALIFIED RESIDENTIAL & Commercial Electrical Contractor. Cert. 92294.. Nick 778-237-2132 YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899



Mobile Homes

EAGLEHOMES.CA NEW HOME AND LAND in the Shuswap! Doublewides and Singlewides...No Pad Rent! Close to shopping and recreation. Alice: 250-819-0047


Okanagen/ Interior

OKANAGAN VIEW ACREAGE 10 acre view property, eastern hillside, upper Carmi Road (lot 4 Deerfield) Penticton, BC.. on school bus route, 6 km Paved Road to Penticton Regional Hospital. Power to Property Line. 1000 +/- Foot Frontage on Paved Road. City View and Okanagan Lake. View North to Peachland. Own your own piece of the beautiful Okanagan Valley for $375,000. Contact owners


Out Of Town Property

LARGE ARIZONA BUILDING LOTS Full acres & more! Starting at $89/mo, $0 down - 0 Interest. Guaranteed Owner Financing! NO CREDIT CHECK! Close to Tucson Int’l Airport. Recorded Message 1-800-631-8164 code 4040 or


Real Estate Investment

★Less Than perfect credit OK★ Low down payment, I have a nice home for you! Rent To OWN! Call Kim 604-628-6598 TIMESHARE CANCEL. Were you misled when you purchased a Timeshare? Get out NOW with contract cancellation! STOP paying Mortgage and Maintenance! 100% Money back Guaranteed. 1-888-816-7128, X-6868 or 702-527-6868.


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Print or On-Line Tel: 604-630-3300

one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

Apartments & Condos

1 BR $1200 heat included , W 4th & Lonsdale, 735 sq.ft, balcony, pets allowed, storage, parking spot, avail. Jan 1, 604-764-0515 VIEW OF cruise ships,$4000/mo, 2bdrm,2bath,sub-penthouse1702 feet fully furnished, marble floor, air-con,large kitchen,Call 604-676-0855 available now.


North Van Apt. Rentals

1BR APT, 900Sq Ft in Heritage Home. Modern Kit and Bath,open living space, separate bedroom w/ walk-in closet. Parking, shared laundry, garden area, near transport and shopping, Avail Dec 1, $1050.00 pets considered 604-561-6731

Find your perfect home at

Sanding & Refinishing Installation Quality Workmanship Free Estimates Fully Licensed & Insured



EXCAVATOR • BACKHOE DUMP TRUCK All Phases of Residential Site Work

Estimates are Fast & Free 40 Years Servicing the Industry

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Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation 8291 No.5 Rd Richmond Call 604-275-3158 West Coast Cedar Installations Fencing & Decking EST 1991

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944 INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508


Flooring/ Refinishing





THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORS Installations Refinishing & Repairs Dust Free. Affordable Rates! Free Estimates.

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Glass Mirrors

ANGEL GLASS, Comm/Residential, store fronts, windows & doors, custom shower & tub enclosures, patio doors, mirrors etc. 2837 Kingsway, Vancouver. 604-603-9655

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Vancouver Division Since 1985


8140 Full Seamless Gutter Installation/Repairs Soffits All jobs Guaranteed. Fully insured/WCB covered Will beat any competitors price

DYNAMIC GUTTERS & Exteriors. Full seamless gutters. Installation repairs & soffits. All jobs guaranteed. Fully insured, bonded, WCB. Will beat any competitors price. 604-439-9417 Edgemont Gutters. Sales & Install 5’’ continuous gutter, minor repairs, cleaning. 604-420-4800 Professional Powerwash Gutters cleaned & repaired Since 1984, 604-339-0949




CALL NOW for 20% OFF


Lorenzo & Son Plumbing & Heating (604) 312-6311 Local Licensed Plumbers & Gas Fitters




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ALLIANCE GUTTER cleaning, windows by hand/power washing 15 yrs exp. Call Steven

Repairs & Renos, small repairs welcome. Insured, WCB, Licensed. 604-318-4390




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SEMI RETIRED HANDYMAN avail - small renos, repairs, fences, carpentry, etc. 604-321-2868



Flooring/ Refinishing



Call: 604-240-3344

To advertise call

Introducing the 5 BR home from $18,000 down $1,800/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 604-327-3086

*Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925



A-1 House Cleaning. Free est. wk/bi-wk/mo. Own equip. Exc refs. Bonded workers. 604-764-7043

CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726

Reduce Reuse Recycle The classifieds can help! 604.795.4417 604.630.3300


DAHIPP CONTRACTING Handyman Services Baths, Kitchens, etc 604.817.0718



Counter Tops, Custom Cabinets & Refacing NO HST til end of Dec • In business 50 years

604-879-9191 Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets #3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby BATHTUB REGLAZING - from $325 • refinish old bathtubs • 4 hr dry time •5 year warr. • BBB rated A. 604-597-1171



HEDGE REMOVAL, stump grinding, excavator, concrete removal, etc Steve 604-724-3670 Pressuring Washing, Tree Prunning, Shrub & Hedge Trimming, Leaf Cleanup, Top Soil Delivery, Rubbish Removal, 604-690-4772

Moving Out?

Check the Rental Section


Houses - Rent


Don’t Miss THIS!


7 BR 6 bath, immed, can be rented 2 br bsmt or 5 br up. Nr Granville & 41s , 4 fp, all appls. 604-765-8561or 264-0299


1 & 2 bedrooms

1105-1146 Harwood St 1 br, 1 bath, shared wd, 500sf, leave, np, ns, now, $1100. Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

204- 5725 Agronomy Rd. UBC 2 br corner, 2 bath, 900sf, granite, balc. lease, ns, np, $2300, now, Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

1602-3438 Vanness St. 1 Br, balc. 580sf, mtn & city view, Joyce Stn. lease, np, ns, $1200, now,, Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

2901 - 939 Expo Blvd. view, 2 br, 1 bath, 747sf, lease, np, ns, pool, gym, $1800, avail now,Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

starting from $1230 Heart of Downtown, easy transit access. Large gym, laundry on every floor, dishwashers in all suites, in/outdoor parking.

RENTALS 604-669-4185

1 BR, Kerrisdale, newly reno’d, 750sf, 5 appls incld wd, large patio, ug prkg, heat incld, ns, avail Dec 1, $1200, 604-732-3989

2 BDRM Apt, Nr Metrotown, school, h/wd flrs, heat/H/wtr incl . Call for more info. 778-881-4221. 2 BR, 2 bath, den, + prkg, 1707 -233 Robson St., 983 sqft, $2200/mth. Avail Jan. 1st. 604-921-8992 * 604-889-9410

318-3250 W Broadway 2 br, 2 bath, 300sf deck, balc. 1044sf, hi ceiling, lease, np, ns, $2100, now. Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

2 BR, 2 Baths, nr Granville Mrkt area, new, huge private deck w/downtown view, top line appls, np, ns, refs. $2195,604-328-0606

BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR avail. Rates from $800. Call 604-327-9419.

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Place Your Ad On-line at or call 604-630-3300


Duplexes - Rent

3 BR, $2700.00 pl utls, Kits, avail Dec 1, hdwd flrs,


Furnished Accommodation

1 BR furnished, 989 Nelson St @ Burrard St, 15th flr, avail now $1550 + utils, np ns Call Mike 604-649-3028 2 BR, 2 Bath, beautiful town house, by Kits Beach, fully furn, Short term Dec 23rd - Jan. 30th, ns, np, $3500, 604-737-8996


Houses - Rent

185 W 45 Ave. Oakridge. 5Br 4.5 bath, yard maintained by owner, 3500sf, lease, ns, np, now $3200. Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● COQUITLAM - 218 Allard St. 2 bdrm HANDY MAN SPECIAL!!! HOUSE, bsmt/2 sheds..$1,388/M NEW WEST- 1722-6th Av 2 bdrm HOUSE w/1 suite 2 f/p,Long term finance, new roof, RT-1..$1,988/M SURREY- 6297 134 St. Solid 4 bdrm HOUSE w/3 bdrm suite on 1/4 acre lot with views... $1,688/M

SOUTH SURREY- 15532 Madrona Dr 3 bdrm, HOUSE, quiet st, huge yard, dbl gar, 2 y.o. roof....$1,388/M CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M Call (604)812-3718 or (604)786-4663


Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM ground level suite in new home, 1 person only, private entry, np/ns $675. Avail. now. Call after 4:30 pm 604-255-6669 1 BR bsmt, large, near Commercial Dr. priv. wd, heated flrs, incl heat, new kitchen, $1150, cat ok, ns, 604-788-7390 1 BR spacious E. King Edward, nr schools, bus, & amens, lg b/yd incl hydro $750, 604-327-0671 2 BR, $1,000 incl util, 7yr old ste, bright, clean, nr all ammens, ns, np, avail Dec 15th or Jan 1st 778-388-1705 or 604-909-0054 3 BR 2 bath bsmt suite, 1 yr old house, Kitsilano, d/w, insuite w/d, 5 appls, refs, ns np, $1895 604-218-8208, 604-909-0668

Call 604-630-3300 to place your ad

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Lawn & Garden

Winter Services Same Day Service, Fully Insured


• Yard Clean-Ups • Pruning • Gutters • Landscaping

• Snow Removal • Hedges • Rubbish Removal • Odd Jobs

Moving & Storage


B&Y MOVING Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $50 ~ • Includes all Taxes • Licenced & Insured • Professional Piano Movers


$30 P/HR. Abe Moving & Delivery & Rubbish Removal. ★ Available 24 hours. Abe at: 604-999-6020

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Residential, Strata, Commercial

Gardens Designed, Installed, Maintained Trees/Hedges Installed, Pruned, Removed Retaining Walls, Patios, Pathways


Certified • Insured • WCB

Expert Pruning ISA By Certified Arborist Ornamental & Fruit Trees, Shrubs & Hedges Northwest Arboriculture Colin Malcolm, Insured



Winter Clean-up:

• Cedar Fencing • Yard Clean-up • Pruning • Gardening • Landscaping • 20% seniors discount • Free estimates! Call Terry, 604-726-1931 WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Hedge Trimmimg & Tree Pruning & Hedge Removal Fall Clean Up Chaffer Control & Lawn Restoration. Comm/Strata/Res Aerating & Power Raking. Free Estimates. 604-893-5745 JAPANESE GARDENER Landscape & maintenance, clean-ups, trimming. Reas, free est, 25 yrs exp 604-986-8126

AAA ADVANCE MOVING Experts in all kinds of Moving, Storage & Packing. Different from the Rest. 604-861-8885

SOUTH VAN. Mini Public Storage, bus/res. vehicle, motorcyle, furn. Eco Friendly, 604-321-0213 Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK


Oil Tank Removal


• Oil Tank Removal • Work complies with city bylaws BC Mainland • Always fair & reasonable rates • Excellent references

For Free Estimates Call

Off: 604-266-2120 Cell: 604-290-8592

Serving West Side since 1987


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Painting/ Wallpaper

MASONRY REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys & more. George • 604-365-7672


Moving & Storage


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45 We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

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Moving. Storage. Deliveries Local & Long Distance MOVERS.... Residential. Commercial. Industrial. Truck for Clean-ups

garage, basement, backyard.

(604) 875-9072 873-5292

• • • •

Licensed, Insured & Bonded Lic. Plumbers & Gas Fitters Over 20 years Experience Custom Renovations to Small Repairs



Drainage & Plumbing Inc.

Plumbing, Drainage, Repairs & Installation

Main sewer lines, water lines, camera inspections, plugged drains, hot water tanks and drain tiles. 24/7 Emergency available Sat/Sun/Holidays Licensed, Insured, Bonded

* Reno’s & Repairs 24 hrs/day * Furnaces * Boilers * Hot Water Heating * Reasonable Rates * Hot Water Tanks


10% Off with this Ad! Aman’s Plumbing Service, Lic. Gas Fitter, Reas. Rates. 778-895-2005

CERT PLUMBER- Lic/Ins Exp- Reno’s - Repairs - Hot water Tanks. Shaun 604.727.9326

15% OFF

604-723-8434 AAA Professional int/ext painter & wall paperer. Guar work. Free est. John 604-318-2059 (Kits) Andrew’s Painting & Wallpaper 25yrs exp. WCB/Ins. Refs Free est off seas. rates 604-785-5651 MILANO Painting 604-551-6510 Int/Ext. Good Prices. Free Est. Written Guar. Prof & Insured. ★ STAFFORD & SON ★ Interior/Exterior. Top quality work. Reasonable rates. 604-221-4900

Need help with your Home Renovation? Find it in the Classifieds!

Georgie Award for Best Renovation & Design Complete Renovations / Additions Kitchens / Bathrooms


LUCKY METAL WORKS Fence & Gates Stainless Steel Door Window & Door Replacement Patio Covers & Sunrooms Andy: 604-719-8689 #158-11782 River Rd., RMD



•Re-Roofing •Repair •Maintenance SAVE $$$ WINTERIZE your roof NOW! Call Brad • 604-773-0492


Lorenzo & Son Plumbing & Heating (604) 312-6311 Local Licensed Plumbers & Gas Fitters

Power Washing


Renovations & Home Improvement


Tree Services

All Types of Roofing, Re-Roofing & Repairs


★ BATHROOM SPECIALIST★ Tiles, tub, vanity, plumbing, paint framing. From start to finish. Over 20 yrs exp. Peter 604-715-0030 BEARING WALLS removed, floors leveled, cathedral ceilings, garage leveled, door and window openings. 604-787-7484 BATH/KITCHEN Renos, decks, fencing, home repairs. Home Improvment Centre. 604-240-9081 JKB CONSTRUCTION LTD. COMPLETE RENOVATIONS


KITCHEN & BATHS Home renovations, 30+ years experience. Call 604-731-7709





JACK’S RUBBISH Removal Friendly, Fast & Cheap 604-266-4444

RUBBISH REMOVAL Reasonable rates - Free Est. Pat 604-224-2112, anytime



Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

Window Cleaning

White Rose Window Cleaning Windows Cleaned Inside & Outside Gutters Cleared & Cleaned FREE ESTIMATES


Clean Sweep?

STUCCO ● STUCCO Seamless, matching any texture comm/res. Call 604-730-8277


604-379-2641 Waters Home Maintenance 604-738-6606

Wildwood Tree Services, Exp Hedge Trimming and Removal & Tree Pruning. Free Est. 604-893-5745

A.J.K. MOVING Ltd. Special truck for clean-ups. Any size job Lic#32839 604-875-9072

Cell: 604-839-7881

POINT GREY LTD. ROOFING Established 1946

Rubbish Removal

$30 P/HR. Abe Moving & Delivery & Rubbish Removal. ★ Available 24 hours. Abe at: 604-999-6020





A to Z CERAMIC TILES Installation, Repairs, Fair Prices Free Est. 444-4715 cel 805-4319 ETNA CERAMIC Tile & Remodelling. Kitchen & Bath Specialists. 30 years exp., Call 778-829-3368.

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Auto Miscellaneous


Scrap Car Removal

$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. DLN 30309

Removal FREEScrap/Car

1ST CHOICE AUTOLOANS is first in credit approvals for BC/ Alberta. Our service is “free” and confidential. If you’re working you should be driving! Apply today @ or call 1-800-635-3024.

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Parts & Accessories

4 SNOW tires on rims, as new, 185/70R14 (4bolt 115mm) honda civic/accord. $450. 604-733-6193

No Wheels No Problem

HOUR 2Service From Call


Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

10 TON cube truck with dedicated run. Want to be your own boss? Call Bob, daytime: 604-329-1249 or evenings: 604-574-4936.


Sports & Imports

(604) 209-2026 #1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200



1999 JAGUAR Xjr 4.0L s/c, local 59k 1 owner, records, a/cared 18' pirelli, $12,500. 778-867-3731




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2009 HONDA Odyssey (touring model), black, 16,000 kms, mint cond, sparingly used, incls winter tires $38,500. 604-913-1933

FALL SPECIALS • Roofing & Roof Repairs • Duroid, Cedar, Torch-on • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention • Gutter Installation, Cleaning & Repairs

CALL NOW for 20% OFF WCB – Fully Insured


Interior & Exterior

Free Est. - 15 Years Exp. Insured /WCB

Renovations & Home Improvement

Renos • Decks • Repairs

PRIMO PAINTING Christmas Special

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POWER WASH, Gutters, Fall clean up, junk removal, Free Est. Great rates! call 778-320-3441


• BBB • RCABC • GAF/ELK Master Elite Contractor • Residential Roofing • Liability Coverage and WCB • Designated Project Managers • Homes & Strata • Third Party Inspection Installations & Repairs Call 604-327-3086 for a free estimate •• 24 Hr Emergency Service Quote code 2010 for a 5% discount


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Treeworks 15 yrs exp. Tree/ Stump Removal, Prun’in & Trim’in & View Work 291-7778, 787-5915


Water Lines (without digging) Sewer Lines (without digging) Install. Drain tiles. 604-739-2000

YARD CLEAN-UP, lawns cut & lawn aeration, hedge trim, rubbish removal, gutters. 604-773-0075




Rated A-Plus



PLUMBING & DRAINAGE Renovations Big or Small. Water Lines without Digging Broken Water Mains & Sewer Mains. Hot Water Tanks, Plugged Drains, Toilets, Tubs, Leaky Faucets & Broken Pipes, Irrigation Sprinkler Systems. 24 / 7 Emergency Service Fully Licenced & WCB.

★ 3 Licensed Plumbers ★ 66 years of exp. 604-830-6617

Rated A-Plus




T. TRAN -604-723-2468, Tree Pruning, hedging, weeding, leaf cleanup, gutters, etc. Reliable.



AMIGO'S MOVING. Delivery. Storage. No Job too Small or Big. Clean up, Garage, Basement. Call 604-782-9511

Ny Ton Gardening Tree cutting & topping, yard cleanup, trimming, hedging, 604-782-5288 Rakes & Ladders.. Lawns, trees, gardens, shrubs. Certified, Ins. & WCB, 604-737-0170



Tiling $800


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Extra Lean Ground Beef



Pork Side Ribs


Canadian Beef

Sirloin Tip Roasts


$ 53 $ 17 $ 49 /lb. $9.99kg.

From the Deli

Corned Beef or

Smoked Pastrami


$ 09 100g.


Long English Cucumbers




/lb. $6.99kg.

Certified Organic

Red Chard


Product of California

Green Peppers


Fig Bars Low Fat • Assorted




/lb. $5.49kg.

Bragg Organic

Apple Cider Vinegar



/lb. $3.73kg.

/lb. $6.59kg.


Texas Ruby


Kiwi Fruit

99 99

Product of California

¢ 3



Liquid Laundry Detergent



Sliced Natural Almonds


$ 99 $ 69 $ 99 $ 99 13 340g.






$ 49 1kg.


Whole Ducks

$ 69 $ 99

49 3 for

Product of Mexico

Grade A • Frozen

Roasting Chickens

Certified Organic

$ 69 $ bunch

/lb. $5.49kg.

Grade A

Christmas Baking Supplies, Glaced Fruit & Peel Assorted Flavours & Sizes

On Sale



1595 Kingsway 604-872-3019

HOURS Monday to Friday 8am-9pm / Saturdays & Sundays

Sale Dates: Wednesday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 7, 2010


8 am-9 pm

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