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Vulnerable students find refuge at school for holidays KidSafe formed after 1993 child beating Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

KidSafe coordinator Kristi Rintoul with students at Queen Alexandra elementary school.

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Students typically can’t wait for the two-week winter break, but school is a refuge for some children with difficult lives. That’s why many of the district’s most vulnerable students aged six to 13 will continue to go to school through the holidays thanks to the KidSafe Project Society. The society, in partnership with the Vancouver School Board, keeps five schools open—Queen Alexandra, Macdonald, Grandview, Florence Nightingale and Mount Pleasant—from Dec. 20 to 31 to provide activities for about 350 needy kids from six schools. (Students from Admiral Seymour are

bused to Macdonald.) The 17-year-old organization formed in 1993 after an eight-year-old student was beaten and left in a vacant East Side apartment. KidSafe operates year round, providing care for students after school, during winter and spring breaks, and during summer vacation at no charge to participants. Program coordinator Kristi Rintoul said the children look forward to showing up at school even though it’s out of session. “They receive all the things they receive in school with a little bit of a fun twist,” she said. “It’s not like they’re doing schoolwork when they’re here. It’s fun.” See TEACHERS on page 4

Cops combed bullet-riddled Oak Street crime scene for days VPD’s CSI-style identification unit includes 24 officers Mike Howell Staff writer

The reality of how different the popular CSI television series is to what actually goes on in the city was evident in the recent gangland shooting of 10 people on Oak Street.

Unlike the series featuring the work of fictional crime scene investigators in Las Vegas and Miami, the Vancouver Police Department’s forensic identification unit was unable to wrap up its work and get a confession from a gangster within 60 minutes (minus commercials).

“It takes an awful lot longer,” said Sgt. Hal Hamilton of the VPD’s identification unit. “A lot of what is done on the CSI programs is based on reality but with a bit of a Hollywood flair.” From the early morning hours of Dec. 12 until several days afterwards, the VPD unit slowly and

methodically collected evidence from The Best Neighbours Restaurant and surrounding neighbourhood on Oak Street at 22nd Avenue. Media video footage captured police recovering an assault rifle, a bullet-riddled truck and shell casings in an investigation that has yet to lead to arrests.

The shooter or shooters targeted a crowd of people at a private party in the restaurant. Several victims with gang ties remain in hospital. Hamilton is one of 24 identification unit officers relied upon to collect evidence from crime scenes. See FORENSIC on page 4




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Continued from page 1 Hamilton wasn’t involved in the Oak Street case but has worked major crime scenes, including restaurant shootings, in his 10 years with the unit. The time he’s spent at a crime scene has ranged from half a day at a stabbing on a street corner to eight days on a homicide. Investigators take as much time necessary to properly collect the evidence. “A lot of times this can create great inconvenience for the general public, the shopkeepers, business owners and so on,” Hamilton said. “But our obligation is to the victim first and foremost, especially if the victim is deceased. They can no longer speak for themselves, so we’re the ones that speak for them.” Generally, forensic identification investigators are searching for fingerprints, clothing, blood, weapons—items that are obviously out of place and brought


into a scene. By working alongside lead investigators and the VPD’s search and canvas team, Hamilton and his colleagues attempt to establish “linkages,” perhaps with information from a suspect or victim to physical evidence such as a vehicle or weapon. “It’s important for us to link victim to the scene, bad guy to the scene, bad guy to the victim or bad guy to the murder weapon and murder weapon to the victim somehow. Those are the types of linkages we’re looking for in any investigation.”

Once a scene is cleared, evidence is transported to a lab where it is processed. Depending on the nature of the evidence, it could mean fingerprint work and sending DNA samples to an RCMP lab in Ottawa for examination. How crucial is the forensic unit’s work to an investigation? “Gosh,” said Hamilton, “it would be very insulting to a lot of people in the department if I were to perhaps answer that question to the way I’m thinking right now. It’s very critical what we do. Certainly finding the fingerprint on the murder weapon, that’s critical. Finding the victim’s DNA on the suspect’s clothing, very critical. Finding the suspect’s fingerprint within the crime scene, at or near where a deceased person might be, it’s very, very compelling information.” Twitter: @Howellings

A police officer takes notes at the crime scene on Oak Street near 23rd Avenue where 10 people were shot. photo Dan Toulgoet

Teachers refer inner city students to holiday program

Continued from page 1 “Every day they’re here they get some awesome food, they get to do really fun things like go to the movies, go bowling or go ice skating,” added Rintoul. “They get gifts, tons of arts and crafts, literacy programs and science experiments. For an eight year old, that’s more fun than sleeping in to noon and watching TV.” KidSafe operates on an

annual budget of $500,000. The Christmas program costs $25,000 to run. It’s evolved from simply opening two schools during the break to provide students a safe place to be, to a situation where every minute of every day is planned. “We have child support workers and counsellors on site and we work closely with the ministry and social workers,” Rintoul explained. “We make sure

our kids receive a full day’s nutrition when they’re at our sites, so if they go home to an empty cupboard, we know we’ve done all we can to make sure they’ve eaten everything they need to that day.” Teachers refer the neediest students to the program, but there’s a waiting list for every site. Rintoul wishes all students who need the service could be accommodated and maintains

such programs should be offered in every inner city in the Lower Mainland. “A lot of the kids are new to this country. We’ve got some refugee children, some living in foster homes or not with their biological parents,” she said, pointing out most participants live below the poverty line. KidSafe funding comes from multiple sources, but for every dollar it receives from the govern-

ment, it has to raise $2. An annual summer golf tournament at UBC generates some donations, while the school board offers critical support. “One of the biggest things they do is allow us in the schools. We’re able to use their schools without charge, which is huge for us. They support our meal program, as well as provide us with an executive director,” Rintoul said.

“We couldn’t do it without them.” But it’s a struggle to keep up with costs. Last year, the VSB cut 10 days from the school year to save money, which means KidSafe offers activities for those daysadding costs to its stretched budget. But Rintoul said KidSafe fills an important need, especially during the long summer break. Twitter: @Naoibh

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In case you didn’t get a “tweet” from the mayor or an email from the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, your faithful scribe just wanted to let you know the controversial Hornby Street separated bike lane is open. Apparently, the first cyclists zipped down the lane a couple of weeks ago. Now, tell me if this, dear reader, strikes you as odd. When the ruling Vision Vancouver council agreed to separated bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge last June, Mayor Gregor Robertson was there to officially kick off the trial. It was media madness, with even a news chopper clattering overhead. Then council decided it wanted to add a separated bike lane to the Dunsmuir viaduct. There was the mayor again in March on his trusty mountain bike leading a pack of happy cyclists over the viaduct for the waiting television cameras. Then in June, Robertson showed up again on Dunsmuir

Despite a lack of fanfare on the city’s part, the Hornby Street separated bike lane has already photo Dan Toulgoet been open for a couple weeks. Street to officially open the separated bike lane along Dunsmuir, linking it to the viaduct. Again, lots of media and lots of talk about making Vancouver a more bike-friendly city. Now here’s the odd part. The $3.2 million Hornby Street link was arguably more controversial and expensive than implementing the Burrard Bridge separated bike lanes. The Vancouver Board of Trade, the Downtown

Vancouver Business Improvement Association and Canadian Federation of Independent Business all lined up against the lane. Council’s decision, which came shortly before midnight after listening to several speakers for and against the proposal, effectively put the last link in a chain that allows a cyclist to ride in a separated lane from Chinatown to Kitsilano. Pretty exciting stuff for cyclists.

So where’s the mayor this time? Is it the weather? Busy with the budget? Doesn’t want to rile up Hornby businesses aching for Christmas shoppers? Gangland shootings in his neighbourhood keeping him off the streets? Bike doesn’t work properly since Courier shutterbug Dan Toulgoet carried it up on the roof of city hall to use it for our Newsmaker of the Year cover photograph? What the heck is it?

I caught up with the mayor the other day at a groundbreaking ceremony for a social housing project. This is what he told me. “We wanted to get the lane open as quickly as possible, and we’ve been busy with a lot of other things this month,” Robertson said. “So far, the launch piece is not a priority.” But, the mayor added, “We’re probably going to have a launch in the new year when we get everything together for that.” He didn’t give a date or month but predicted ridership will be up when the weather improves. As for whether implementing separated bike lanes is hurting or helping his popularity, he said he wasn’t worried about that. “This is really important infrastructure for downtown Vancouver. We build streets, we build sidewalks—building good bike lanes is important for our future.” For the record, the Hornby lane is a six-month trial. So is the Dunsmuir Street experiment. The Burrard lanes will be there indefinitely until upgrades are decided upon by either this council or the new one to be elected in November 2011. Robertson plans to seek a second term… and continue riding his bike. Twitter: @Howellings

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Rik Mountain is one of 80 people moving from shelters and hotels into photo Dan Toulgoet the six-storey building on Station Street. clean at a recovery house in Surrey. The temptation of using drugs again is gone, he said. “I just protect my surroundings and I don’t really hang out with people doing drugs,” he said, noting his new addiction is soccer. He’s on a local homeless soccer team, which travelled to Brazil earlier this year, and he has plans to form another team in the Downtown Eastside with a friend. He’ll begin a job in the new year with Bladerunners, a community organization that links disadvantaged residents with construction companies. “I’m excited about all of it,” Mountain said. Mayor Gregor Robertson and Housing Minister Rich Coleman got a tour of the new building on Station Street last week. Prior to their visit, the politicians participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at another one of the 14

sites at 1601 West Seventh Ave., near Granville Street. When built, the Seventh Avenue complex will be home to 62 tenants. Coleman told the Courier he anticipated all 14 sites will be built in the next two years, creating 1,575 total housing units. “I said we’d do them but people didn’t believe me,” said Coleman, noting the government has also renovated more than 23 singleroom occupancy hotels and funded the city’s temporary shelters. The cost of building the 14 projects is more than $330 million, with the city contributing $64 million in the cost of the land and $20 million from the Streetohome Foundation, whose directors include mining and movie mogul Frank Giustra and former premier Mike Harcourt. Twitter: @Howellings

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Queen Elizabeth Park offers a clear view of the North Shore Mountains. photo Dan Toulgoet when it comes to view corridors?” Earlier this year city council commissioned a report in response to recommendations from staff to possibly ease height restrictions for developments in view corridors, some of which were laid out 25 years ago. In response to growing public concern, last Thursday city council deferred its decision on easing height restriction as recommended in the Implementation of the Vancouver Views Study, until a planning and

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also added three more. He said now that those views are protected, the challenge is to find areas that can take more height. He noted the only view corridor the Burrard Gateway Project on Pattison’s Toyota dealership would affect is from Queen Elizabeth Park. “And that’s not the skyline composition, but rather how the skyline looks from the park,” said Stovell. “And the last 12 tall buildings approved, including the ShangriLa, entered that view corridor.” Stovell added several of those towers have yet to be built. Of seven proposed tall towers before council, the Burrard project is the only active application, Stovell said. He added a decision on the proposal is expected later in the year, so he’s taking a keen interest in the Jan. 20 decision. COPE Coun. Ellen Woodsworth said residents have a valid concern that once relaxed heights are approved, developers will apply for even taller towers. “The Toyota site is already asking for 500 feet,” said Woodsworth. “That will have a significant impact on the neighbourhood, including shadowing and impact on their views.” For a longer version of this story, see Twitter: @sthomas10

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It was more than the spirit of Christmas that caused the Vision Vancouver council to add a few goodies to its final 2011 budget before passing it Dec. 14. While it may be more blessed to give than to receive, it is also more politically expedient, particularly when an election is just around the corner. First, there was a quick response from the nimble number crunchers: the gang-related gunfire a week-and-a-half ago means the cops will get an additional one-time only $200,000. The money will cover the overtime bill as they send out firearms interdiction teams and emergency response officers to lean on the bad guy. The park board certainly struck a chord when it kvetched that the city’s budgetary parsimony would lead to public toilets being shut down. That caller I heard on CBC Radio who pointed out we have all kinds of money for bike lanes but will be cutting back on public pots to piss in captured the spirit of the issue. She may have erred in confusing capital expenditures (bike lanes) with operating expenses (public toilets), but that subtlety is likely lost on most citizens. An extra $200,000 added to the park board budget should handle the potty problem. Council also reversed the park board plan to raise user fees for youths on grass sports fields by giving the board $100,000. That lump of dough will be added because of a new deal the city has struck with the board on a loan the city made to its tree-hugging comrades. Basically, payments will be reduced leaving more money for operations. That still won’t

allengarr give them enough to completely cover grass cutting. Shaggy will be in. In case you didn’t notice, libraries topped the list as the most cherished of public services in the city’s budget survey. So it hardly took a peep from the library board to get the city to open up its wallet just a bit more. The Vancouver Public Library won’t be back where it was at last year’s level of service, but the additional $165,000 added to its budget is expected to put a halt to reduced hours of service at West Side branches. And those firefighters complaints will be met to some degree as well. Council approved an increase of $190,000. The major target for this money is expected to bolster the department’s diversity program. And by that I mean the initiative to increase the number of women who scale ladders or rush into burning buildings

to protect us. This battle has been going on for years with fewer positive results than most other areas of the public service. The current female population in the fire department is an almost invisible one per cent. There will also be an additional $275,000 to support homeless initiatives by faith-based and non-profit organizations. As a result, the tax increase will be pushed up slightly from two per cent to 2.2 per cent, which will actually translate to just over four per cent after the tax shift from commercial properties to residential. But the city wasn’t the only one in a giving mood. Just in case you think these Vision guys have been fast and loose with your tax dollars, let me direct you to an editorial that ran in the Vancouver Sun Dec. 9. It was unfortunately missed by the usually attentive NPA blog-pack. Penny Ballem dropped by for a bit of a chin wag with the paper’s editorial board. It resulted in a report that commented on “the sorry state of the City of Vancouver until a new administration under City Manager Penny Ballem took the helm in December 2008, soon after Gregor Robertson was elected mayor.” This is followed by a list of the dramatic changes Ballem led, concluding with the opinion that “these deficiencies have been remedied” and the observation that Vancouverites “will benefit from more efficient cost-effective delivery of services.” It was a gift that had councillors and the mayor’s office over the moon.

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Season’s celebrations share hope, generosity and eating Season’s greetings, all. This column appears on the first day of winter, following last night’s winter solstice, and in the midst of a flurry of celebrations including Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali and Kwanzaa. In the generous spirit of the many midwinter festivals that illuminate this dark cold season, today’s column will, for once, launch no attacks against any of the good people at city hall and will stand mute in the face of any temptation to point with earnest alarm to urgently needed reforms or to ridicule any of the spokespeople of sound business class opinion, insistent public moralizing or unexamined entitlement whom I so often annoy on these pages. No, today is a day for reflection on what all these traditions have in common, and the shared wisdom they embody, a wisdom that can stand us all in good stead as we struggle to be responsible citizens in this ragged, baffling and beloved city. It has become a seasonal cliché to lament the loss of the real spirit of Christmas in modern life, but I would extend the argument to include all of the above mentioned mid-winter festivals. With the exception of the commodity-buying rituals of homage we are encouraged to pay to Mammon during the Christmas debt accumulation season at the mall, the rest of the traditional mid-winter rites all share some elements of human wisdom we would do well to consider and nourish. We need to retrieve the best of our living traditions and transform them into rites and celebrations fit for life here at the end of history. Even skeptical and secular old humanists like me need rituals to shape and inform the passage of the seasons, rites of passage and community building that we can use to call out the best in ourselves, our families and our city. And the cluster of midwinter feasting and gift giving occasions that various cultures have elaborated around the coldest season are treasures of common wisdom. Here’s what they all have in common, it seems to me—hope, generosity, shared food, gatherings with others and a celebration of light in a difficult time. “Here it is, the middle of winter, and it’s cold and dark. We can’t be sure the food we laid in over the harvest season will last until spring. So, let’s party! Let’s gather up our friends and family, prepare a feast and give the kids some gifts.”

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tomsandborn The sheer nerve, generosity and hopefulness of this midwinter impulse are impressive. All of human history, it seems to me, can be seen as an ongoing balancing act between our capacities to work together and create human bonds and our feral, competitive and aggressive capacities. We are, all of us, capable of acting like killer apes or like angels. Solstice and the other seasonal feasts of light are traditions that opt for the angelic, solidarity-enhancing side of our capacities. And what do these seasonal reflections have to do with a column that is supposed to comment on city politics and municipal affairs? Quite a lot, actually. When our ancestors came off the savannahs and the farms to invent cities, they created more possibilities for the kind of solidarity and hope that the solstice season festivals promote. In cities, we pool some of the surplus our work creates and use it to create temples and theatres, galleries and coffee shops, newspapers, dinner parties and bookstores—all the glittering, treasured apparatus of culture. Cities are monuments to what we can accomplish when we pool our energies and favour our capacities for cooperation. And cities, too, allow us to use some of that surplus to feed the hungry and house the homeless, shared work that Vancouver, to its credit, has been attending to more in recent years. City politics at its best is an attempt to extend the solstice, Diwali, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa spirit of cooperation and mutual aid to the rest of the year. Clearly, we fail more than we succeed, but the seasonal celebrations of light and sharing can, if we pay attention, remind us of what our real task is. So enjoy the season and the feast. Next week, we go back to work on the ongoing and always unfinished job of humanizing our city.

According to one reader, politicians such as NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton should not accept gifts, services or cash outside their salaries. photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Councillors eschew VANOC gift bag,” Dec. 10. As much as I like receiving gifts this holiday season, I believe that elected officials at any level of government should disclose all gifts, services and money, which they receive outside of their salaries. City councillors, mayors, MLAs and MPs—including the prime minister—are not on a long-term luxury five star vacation at the expense of the taxpayers or the

constituents whom they serve. Whether the gift is a corporate bribe, like a free trip to the moon in the new space plane for billionaire tourists, or a free pizza with all the toppings from a proud immigrant who just opened his first restaurant, these gifts should be disclosed or outright refused if the gifts are too expensive. The old song, “If it’s free it’s for me,” doesn’t apply to them. Leslie Benisz, Vancouver

Christmas column struck notes of truth To the editor: Re: “Defenders of cultural ‘Christmas’ add to its dilution,” Dec. 15. I want to start by saying great job. I am generally not a fan of Mark Hasiuk’s work, quite the contrary. When I read his columns, I am usually left with a sense of anger so great that I wish

to get him fired somehow— any which way I can. When I do read his column and I agree with it (which is very rarely), I chalk it up to the saying that even a broken clock is right twice a day. Not this time. His latest column is so spot-on that I felt compelled to write the Courier

to commend Hasiuk on a real achievement. He laid out everything that I have wanted to say about this “war on Christmas,” and even managed to not be heavy-handed or over the top about it. A hearty well done. Seth Makinson, Vancouver

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Drivers aren’t beholden to pedestrian desire opinion To the editor: Re: “Ticketing blitz would improve pedestrian safety,” Letters, Dec. 8. One can ignore Courier letter writer Mary Sherlock’s claim that the situation for pedestrians in Vancouver is “horrendous” as simply being inflammatory rubbish. However, she seems unclear with what the law requires regarding the interaction of drivers and pedestrians. Section 179 of the Motor Vehicle Act clearly states that drivers are not necessarily required to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Drivers are only required to stop if a pedestrian is on their side of the roadway. Further, it clearly states there is no requirement for a driver to stop for a pedestrian standing on a sidewalk next to a roadway; the pedestrian

must be on the roadway. Interestingly, in a clear case of shooting itself in the foot, Vancouver’s fixation on corner bulges has made things less safe for pedestrians. If one remains on the bulged corner sidewalk, drivers are not required to stop. However, stepping off the bulge onto the roadway to force the driver to stop results in being dangerously close to traffic. As for Sherlock’s suggestion that crosswalks be painted at every single intersection, one only needs to look at how few cars actually stop at Vancouver’s stop sign overkill at each residential corner to see just how well that will work. Robert Wilson, Vancouver

Park board won’t can community-based meetings To the editor: Re: “Central Park,” Dec. 8. Sandra Thomas is incorrect when she claims that the park board is “eliminating community-based meetings, unless the board can find other ways to pay the $30,000 annual price tag.” While our proposed operating budget is looking to achieve $30,000 in savings associated with these meetings, there is absolutely no plan to eliminate them. And

despite Sandra’s statement that she has “attended several of these meetings in the past and they’ve all been standing room only,” more often than not, attendance at these community meetings is sparse at best.

Aaron Jasper, chair, Vancouver Park Board (Editor’s note: The story did not state the meetings would be eliminated, only that the budget for them might be cut.)

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here are many examples of narrowly held contrarian views becoming mainstream, gradually or otherwise. Anti-smoking crusaders ‘cried in the wilderness’ for years; today smoking is culturally intolerable and widely banned— in some places even smoking outside is prohibited. To smoke in Cedric Hughes another person’s house or car without their express permission, indeed even to ask is taboo. Many factors contribute to cultural shifts: proliferating scientific proof, changes in the law, advocacy, changes in media focus, celebrity testimonials supporting the shift, and the opposite— celebrity misbehaviour that highlights harm—and personal anecdotes. Anti-drinking and driving laws pre-dated the cultural shift to intolerance for impaired driving. People may not like the new rules in BC imposing immediate administrative penalties for a roadside .05 blood alcohol reading, but surveys show overwhelming support for ‘being tough’ on drunk drivers. Laws requiring seat belts and infant car seats followed the development of these proven safety features by the car manufacturers. Now, not wearing a seat belt is generally regarded as just plain old ‘dumb’ and not securing your children according to the latest car seat requirements negligent parenting. Of course a few readers will disagree with these characterizations. But not the vast majority—hence ‘a cultural shift.’ Speed limits and intersection controls are ageold driving rules with a more problematic cultural resonance. It is probably fair to say that while most drivers know that driving too fast is a factor in most crashes, they will also admit that they regularly drive over the limit if only to keep up with the traffic flow. In other words, they generally regard ‘the limits’ more as guidelines than limits, and speeding tickets as a stroke of undeserved

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puzzling, to say the least. In light of these observations on current cultural attitudes about driving behaviours, the highly publicized results of the early December police ‘crackdown’ on road safety are disturbing but not wholly disheartening. The statistics were compiled over four days throughout the lower mainland—December 3rd to 6th. Police spokespersons described the total number of tickets for seatbelt infractions, excessive speeding, intersection infractions and the number of immediate suspensions for impaired driving as “astounding” and “appalling.” They offered no explanations, not even a comment that increased enforcement usually ‘nets more fish.’ If anything they sounded perplexed and frustrated. “The public is not getting the message,” they said. But this may be just one interpretation. At least parts of ‘the message’ have been heard loudly and clearly. The outlook of crash, fatality, and injury trends are in fact mostly positive. Cultural shifts take time. That the above result was a lead story on television news and in the newspapers speaks to our collective awareness and concern. The key point may be: the media and the average driver are on side with the police reaction. Please drive safely. Road Rules is by Cedric Hughes, Barrister & Solicitor with regular weekly contributions from Leslie McGuffin, LL.B.

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personal safety, depends on it. But short of using shame by spraying offending, law breaking, discourteous cyclists with a semi-permanent paint, or posting photos of the offending minority on the Internet, there are a few things that I suggest be done initially. First, the city needs to take away all the subjectivity at intersections. At intersections that have a pedestrian signal and a stop sign, a traffic light should replace the stop sign. How many times have motorists and cyclists blown through these stop signs when they see that cross traffic has stopped for the pedestrian signal? At the very least, this should be done along all the existing, and future bikeways. If this is too costly, then maybe the actual rules of the road need to be amended for cyclists at these intersections, like they are in certain countries. This would mean changing a required full stop to slowing down, and proceeding with caution. Then, there needs to be more effort given to promoting the shared use of our roadways. Everyone is seemingly in a hurry these days. But that shouldn’t be at the expense of the rules of the road, and common courtesy. Just as importantly, the cycling community, led by advocacy groups and with the support of local government, needs to prove it can responsibly manage itself. There is a great opportunity here in Vancouver. Some equate it to a watershed moment, a chance to enact a paradigm shift in our thinking about viable transportation options. So, to all cyclists, make the commitment to take an active role in maintaining cycling’s position as a responsible lifestyle choice. Do it politely. Do it from a position of respect. But do it. Mark Mauchline is a Vancouver based producer, director and writer, who has worked on television series, and documentary films. In a previous life, he was a regional manager and overseas guide for the world’s largest adventure travel company. Gotsomethingtosayaboutanissuein Vancouver? Get on your soapbox and become a Courier guest columnist. Send submissions (700-750 words) to Sorry, no handwritten submissions allowed. Guest columns may be edited for content and length.




Vision-dominated council approves expansion

Hastings Park advocate pillories council’s plan Sandra Thomas Staff writer The president of the Hastings Park Conservancy is disappointed by city council’s decision last week to approve the long-awaited master plan for the park. “I think council lost a good opportunity for a proper democratic exercise,” said Bruce Wright. “There’s still a lot of room for improvement.” The Vision Vancouverdominated council approved the 20- to 30-year plan Dec. 14, which is expected to cost between $200 million and $300 million and includes increasing green space from 27 to 74 acres, while expanding Playland from 14 to 22 acres. The plan also includes the construction of 150,000 square feet of exhibition and community centre space and five kilometres of walking, running and cycling trails. Wright said the plan lacks true green space and needs more detail about what should be done with the park, what the impact on the neighbouring community will be, and on who’s going to be in control. “It’s like putting the cart before the horse if they approve the plan before deciding the governance,” said Wright. COPE Coun. David Cadman agreed the increased green space isn’t exactly as advertised. He noted the extra green space includes the strips of grass that will line the new walking and cycling paths, and sidewalks, which will be paved and eliminate green space. He added part of the plan is to keep the recently installed Astroturf at Empire Field, which was grass until the B.C. Lions took it over temporarily during renovations of B.C. Place Stadium. That means a loss of even more natural green space, said Cadman. Cadman wanted the city to delay the decision until 2012, when Hastings Racecourse will decide whether to remain at the park or relocate. He noted if the racetrack relocates, it could have a major impact on how the property is developed. Cadman shares Wright’s concern about approval of the plan without a formal

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ture of Hastings, the project must be started without further delays. He added Cadman’s suggestion to wait for Hastings Racecourse to decide its future makes no sense. “That would have meant another two year delay after much of the work has already been done,” said Louie. “If a change does occur, all that means for the site is added space.” As for Cadman’s accusation that the amount of new green space has been exaggerated, Louie said it depends on individual interpretations of what makes up a park. “Maybe he doesn’t think the new BMX track or basket ball courts count, or the hard surfaces in the Italian Garden or the skateboard park,” said Louie. “The plan tries to fit in as many uses as possible, but maybe what’s good for one is not necessarily good for the other.” Twitter: @sthomas10

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Marpole Place hosts the Wassail Christmas Eve Brunch Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. until noon. Hot spiced punch will be on offer and raffle prices include a Ragnar’s pearl necklace valued at $300. The brunch is $7. For more information about the event at 1305 West 70th Ave. at Hudson, or to sign up, phone 604-266-5301.

Holiday sinkhole

Based on the work schedule of Metro Vancouver and city crews, the collapsed roadway on Southeast Marine Drive is expected to reopen by late Dec. 24. But getting the work done won’t be a quiet affair. City staff will seek a noise exemption for the location to allow extended and 24-hour operations. Crews will do all they can to minimize noise during the nighttime

hours although trucks will come and go and heavy equipment will need to operate to complete the work as quickly as possible. Paving crews will return to the site in the coming weeks to install more permanent paving and the work will be done in a way that minimizes traffic disruptions. Meanwhile, city transportation staff are ensuring that access to the businesses along the south side of Southeast Marine Drive near the sinkhole is available via Fraser Street. If work is delayed at any stage in the next few days, crews will remain on the job through the holiday period until Southeast Marine Drive is reopened to traffic.

Rescued rabbits

The livestock barns at Hastings Park will be the new temporary home for 75 rabbits rescued from

the University of Victoria. The rabbits are the last from what’s been designated a “rabbit-free zone” at the university. The permit for the transfer of this latest batch of rabbits was granted to Sorelle Saidman, a Vancouver-based freelance journalist who runs a rabbit rescue organization from her West End home. Saidman has been working for months to save the rabbits, which will find permanent homes at the Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Washington State, once they’re spayed or neutered by Lower Mainland veterinarians. The first 25 of the rabbits arrived at the PNE Dec. 18. The rabbits will be housed at the PNE before being spayed and neutered by veterinarians from across the Lower Mainland. The rabbits are expected to travel to the Precious Life sanctuary in mid-January.

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The Craftworks Society’s Christmas Craft Open House includes decorations, ornaments and gifts, locally handmade by artisans with disabilities. It runs until Dec. 24 at 2208 West Fourth. Avenue at Yew. Hours Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 604-736-2113, email or see

Help for needy families

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, a registered charity in East Vancouver, seeks donations for its Holiday Assistance program. The Holiday Assistance program provides food store gift cards to families and supports local merchants. Staff are seeing an increase in families in need. The program regularly provides meat and bread

to low income families, and has a long waiting list. Many people are the working poor, while others are not able to work because of disabilities or other issues. Some are in very difficult situations and are on the verge of homelessness. Please contact Carol Anderson at or 604251-1225.

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Bringing hope to abandoned children Chelsea Peters

Contributing writer KAMPALA, Uganda—Downtown Kampala is a sea of chaos where boda boda motorcycle taxis and minivan matatus kick up waves of dust and pollution as they roar along the potholed roads. The sidewalks overflow with people. Some hurry to work in business suits, talking on cellular phones, while others sit patiently on woven mats, waiting for someone to buy a candy or newspaper. Then there are the ones who are not so lucky. Uganda has a growing problem with the number of street kids who haunt its sidewalks and in the evenings keep to the shadows. These forgotten children are often orphaned or abandoned and some come together to protect each other, forming their own family units. Unfortunately, there are no parents to look out for these children and often the acting “parents” haven’t even reached puberty. These are invisible children, who people walk past, often ignoring them in the same way people may ignore a panhandler on the Downtown Eastside, as if by ignoring them one doesn’t have to face their reality. I was heartbroken the first time I came face to face with the bleak existence of street kids in Uganda’s capital. I am ashamed to say that I froze and then walked away, too overwhelmed by the sight. The image of that child still haunts me. I can never go back and relive that moment but I have learned from it. Kampala is a long way from the green landscape of North Vancouver where I grew up and it wasn’t long before I found myself facing another street kid. This time I walked straight into a second-hand clothing store and bought her something to wear to replace the tattered shirt she had on. The delight in her eyes as she held that T-shirt warmed my heart. She held it gently to her chest as if it would disappear if she let go. I have Carli Travers to thank for inspiring me to be more than just a passive observer. I came to Uganda in October to work as a community education officer in a place called Namugongo, in Kampala’s urban sprawl. What brought me here was a five-month internship through Douglas College, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. I knew Travers’ story, which has been documented

in local media, and finally got to meet her family when I began teaching literacy at a teen pregnancy crisis centre next door to her home. When Travers, a Coquitlam resident, came to live in Uganda in 2007 and saw the destitution of the street kids, she couldn’t walk away. Coming in contact with a family of street kids, Travers did an extraordinary thing. Instead of buying food or clothes, or giving them money, Travers and her husband Robert Birungi took them home. At just 23 years of age, she became a mother to six street children and three years later she is now mother to 16. Sometimes life puts you exactly where you are meant to be. That’s what happened to Travers back in 2006 and the domino effect of her life journey has both inspired and humbled me. In 2006, Travers came to Uganda from Vancouver on a two-month Douglas College internship and less than a year later she was back to stay. Uganda had stolen her heart. It wasn’t just the warmth of the people or her love for her husband, Robert; it was a feeling of purpose and a desire to have a positive impact on the world around her. Today, Travers and Birungi lead by example. They have three children of their own and have 13 adopted children from age two to 14. Together they have created a non-profit organization, Carli’s Kids, which runs a school for 90 kids in one of Kampala’s low-income neighbourhoods, and they are building a children’s village called Abetavu, which means “haven,” 30 kilometres outside of Kampala. Their dream is to see their children become the leaders of tomorrow. Once completed, Abetavu will become a safe haven for up to 200 abandoned, abused and neglected children. It will also hold satellite homes for grandmothers caring for their orphaned or abandoned grandchildren. Travers and Birungi have made it their mission to bring hope, love and opportunity to Uganda’s forgotten children. It’s working. While visiting Travers and Birungi, I sat outside on a mat under a tree, enjoying a soft afternoon breeze. By my side were Douglas, Deus, Benjamin, Martin, Elijah, Sandra, Marjorie, Vanessa, Christie, Godance, Julianna and Es-

ther, and in my lap lay Codrine. I asked them what they wanted to be when they grow up. I was inspired by their responses. These children whose lives were once hopeless now aspire to be pilots, teachers, nurses and doctors. The most touching was Mar-

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Daughters Carol and Leslie Lee were on hand for their father Bob Lee’s retirement party at the Vancouver Club.

Fred Father and son Antonio and Patrick Corsi christened the opening of their Q4 Al Centro restaurant with Moet champagne and several hundred friends.


Prospero founder and chair Bob Lee retired this week as chair of the UBC Properties Trust he founded.

Billion Dollar Man: In 1987, Robert Lee founded UBC Properties Trust to start development of market housing at the University of B.C. as a source of outside revenue to secure the university’s future. As founding chair, Lee was responsible for developing 500 acres of the university’s endowment lands. To date, the UBC alumnus has generated over $650 million on leased land for the endowment. Lee’s goal is $1 billion. Retiring as chair, Lee was toasted at a packed tribute held at the Vancouver Club. Centered: Quattro Restaurants’ Patrick Corsi and Alex Tsakumis opened their first downtown location, Q4 Al Centro on Richards Street in the L’Hermitage Hotel. Friends and family were on hand to christen the opening of the 70-seat, $1.5 million Box Interiors-designed establishment. Q4 executive chef Bradford Ellis has made the move downtown. Albert Chee (Goldfish Pacific Kitchen) will manage the intimate space. Hy’s hootenanny: Dave and Diane Forsythe-Abbott’s annual YWCA Crabtree Holiday Luncheon at David Aisenstat’s Hy’s Encore added $50,000 to the stockings of the family support and emergency child care centre. Recognizing the former beauty queen’s efforts fronting the ladies luncheon the past 16 years, YWCA CEO Janet Austin announced the establishment of a new philanthropic fund in her name. Hear Fred Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email Fred at; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown.

Diane and Dave Forsythe-Abbott’s 16th YWCA Crabtree Corner luncheon at Hy’s Encore raised $50,000 for Downtown Eastside families.

Restaurateur Alex Tsakumis feted television anchor Coleen Christie at the opening of his 2,300 square feet Q4 resto on Richards Street.

Former prime minister Kim Campbell returned to her alma mater to speak of politics, Gordon Campbell and women in leadership.

Sophia Tsakumis, Tanis Tsisserev and Heather Atlas, were among le beau monde in attendance at the Q4 Al Centro opening in the L’Hermitage hotel.





1. Having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit? May we suggest you and your sweater-wearing loved ones check out Lucia Frangione’s warm and cozy Christmas on the Air at the Pacific Theatre. The nostalgic, family-friendly romp, set in an old-time radio station, runs until Jan. 1. There are no shows on Dec. 24 or 25. For info and tickets, go to 2. If blood, guts and burlesque is more your thing, the first annual Undead Xmas might be for you. East Van indie rockers May Cause headline the Dec. 23 extravaganza at the WISE Hall, which also features circus acts, magic and

something called “gorlesque.” You must be of legal drinking age to attend. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets at Red Cat, Highlife or at the event. 3. Forget about TLC’s Cake Boss, Kings of Pastry is an intense and cream-filled look at France’s prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France pastry competition, considered the Olympics of pastry making. Directed by documentary veterans D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hedegus (The War Room and Don’t Look Back) Kings of Pastry screens at Pacific Cinematheque Dec. 22 and 23. For more info, call 604-688-FILM or go to

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There are those who like to claim Vancouver is a world-class city—a stylish burg celebrated for its arts and culture. A diamond-studded earlobe on the pockmarked face of Western Canada, if you will. But in reality, we’re kidding ourselves. With a few exceptions, we’re not that much different than Nanaimo, Prince George or Maple Ridge—only bigger and with more yoga studios. We eat, sleep and crap like everyone else. Our rain is wet. And some of us can’t stand public art. Or maybe the problem is some of us love public art way too much. How else does one explain the recent announcement that “with regret” the Vancouver Biennale has been forced to remove the sculpture History Of Loss by famed Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, located at the King Edward Canada Line station. According to the press release, “The sculpture was the Canadian debut of the artist and, as part of the 2009-2011 exhibition, was expected to remain on public display until June. Twice the target of thieves, it has been removed to protect the artwork from further damage.” And we’re not talking about any old theft. The imposing art installation featured 42 miniature

cast iron Volkswagen Beetles stacked on top of each other inside rows of coffins. By all accounts, it looked pretty cool. But sometime during the night between Feb. 28 to March 1, thieves smashed the installation open and made off with one of the model cars. Then on Nov. 29, thieves made off with a second VW Beetle. Subsequently, the installation will be removed to prevent further damage. K&K has always had a love-hate relationship with public art, ever since our proposed 30-foot sculpture made to look like stonewash denim called Requiem for a Mooseknuckle was rejected by the powers that be. But it’s a sad day when a city of our supposed sophistication proves incapable of having public art installations without them being damaged or stolen. Then again, the piece was called History of Loss. So maybe it was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Christmas shopping. As he perused the women’s undergarment section, discreetly caressing its forbidden silky pleasures, he noticed an unusual song playing over the sound system. Up until then, the music has been a nondescript mélange of holiday hits and smooth R&B stylings, but then something abruptly shifted in the Sears retail universe. Is that… ? No, it couldn’t be, he thought to himself. But it was. Sears was playing the Rolling Stones song “Star Star.” If you’re unfamiliar with the 1973 tune, let us tell you that it is definitely not Christmas friendly. Besides raunchy lyrics about sexual acts performed with fruit and keeping certain body parts clean, the most recognizable thing about the Chuck Berry-esque song is its chorus, which repeats the lyrics “You’re a star f**ker, star f**ker, star f**ker, star f**ker, star f**ker, star.” Perhaps the song was mistakenly identified as a Christmas tune because it had star in the title, or maybe someone controlling the store’s music was having some subversive fun. Whatever the case, the unexpected song selection was thoroughly appreciated, and it made our colleague’s panty “shopping” trip one to remember.



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What was the biggest challenge putting together a book that tells the history of Vancouver in photographs?

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onto a piano stool to get some height to take a shot of a bride throwing the bouquet. The stool rotated and I spun around and captured the moment only to land on my elbows to save the medium-format camera. I hurt both my elbows and the camera smashed me in the face.

Former RCMP officer, history buff, bird watcher, aerial photographer. Donald E. Waite has just about done it all—except answer the Courier’s gruelling 10 Questions. He can now check that task off his bucket list after talking with the Courier about his impressive new book of archival images and aerial photos, Vancouver Exposed: A History in Photographs.

Early Vancouver was photographed by some of the best picture makers alive before the turn the century with cameras that accepted 5” x 7”, 8” x 10” and even larger glass plate negatives. These early photographers managed in the images that I selected to be in the right place at the right time to capture the moment. The arrival of the first passenger train into Vancouver and the visit of the Duke of Connaught at the recently completed court house are cases in point. Today’s colour images with digital cameras make everything so easy


What do you mostly shoot with now? I use a Canon EOSDs mark 11 digital (16.7 megapixels).


Since you’re a photographer, do family and friends make the assumption that you’ll shoot their weddings?

Donald E. Waite’s latest book is Vancouver Exposed: photo submitted A History in Photographs. compared to the old days, nevertheless the taking of a good air photo requires that the photographer be in the right place at the right time of the day and year at the right altitude to capture the moment.


Do you have a favourite historical period in Vancouver when it comes to photography? I think the earliest images by photographers Harry Devine and J.A. Brock are my favourites because they used their cameras to be storytellers. The two twopage logging scene spreads and the arrival of the first passenger train are examples of the photographers telling stories with their pictures.

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Knowledge and patience. Before quitting bird photography three years ago, I used to sometimes spend upwards to eight hours a day for several consecutive days photographing a single species at the nest in an attempt to learn as much as possible about my subjects so that I could share this knowledge with the public in an attempt to save habitat.

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I was photographing a wedding once and climbed

Our photographer at the Courier, Dan Toulgoet, doesn’t like it when he’s referred to as a “shutterbug.” What are your feelings about the term?

I’ve been called a lot of things but never a “shutterbug.” I’d like to be called a “pro.” It was nice when I was referred to as an “aerial photographer” since there were only a few of us in that field 20-plus years ago.

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On a global level I’m wishing for world peace. Locally, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to spend more time with my children and grandchildren. —Michael Kissinger

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Carlin Sandor shows off some of the creations made at The Pod Art for Kids. photo Dan Toulgoet week programs. New knitting, sewing and creative writing classes start in January. Rachel Knudsen, a graduate of the University of B.C.’s master of fine arts in creative writing program, teaches the kids. The Pod hosts crafty birthday parties and “Friday night date nights” where parents can drop off their kids to make a craft, watch a movie and eat popcorn between 6 and 9 p.m. Sandor says parents use her Saturday drop-ins much the same way. “They’ll drop their kids off while they go for coffee,” she said. “I know a few moms will drop their kids off and then go to a yoga class in the neighbourhood.” Sandor grew up in the darkroom with her father who’s a professional photographer

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and tromped through many an art gallery with him and her graphic artist mother. She’s long seen the importance of building confidence and celebrating individuality through art. “It helps kids to discover who they are,” she said. “One thing we always talk about at The Pod is no two artists are the same. You could have two people drawing a picture of the exact same tree and it’s going to come out completely different.” Sandor likes to teach kids skills that can make them self-sufficient, like she was as a teen, whipping up unique pieces of clothing on a whim. The children Sandor and others instruct are the least enthusiastic about paint-

ing, something they can do at school or at home, and more excited about making things they can use or give away such as the reversible, jersey-knit wrist warmers they’ve been turning out. Sandor says she had five 12- and 13-yearold girls at her sewing class Dec. 11. “We were listening to bhangra, we were dancing around, we had all the sewing machines out and we were all talking and sewing together and I overheard one of the girls say to another girl, ‘This is way better than hanging out in the park.’” Parent Jay Cassels told Sandor the most important thing to him was that his eightyear-old daughter, Anais McDonald, return home with a skill. “The key for us is not wasting our time,” he said. Anais has attended Arts Umbrella classes in the past and says The Pod is comparable and convenient. “People on The Drive are really hyper-local. It we have to leave our neighbourhood for anything, it’s something we don’t like to do unless we absolutely have to,” Cassels said. “So the ability to have something right in the neighbourhood, and right beside The Cultch is great.” He noted that in response to parents’ input, Sandor offers classes on the professional development days when kids are out of school, which is especially meaningful to single mothers. Anais has made a terrarium populated with rubber dinosaurs, a screen-printed Tshirt and a tie-dyed T-shirt at The Pod. The girl who was too shy to speak to a reporter described The Pod as “fun” and her feeling about her creations as “proud.” The Pod will start one free Saturday art class a month, with the help of local businesses who are donating money and craft supplies to the facility, in the new year. For more information, see

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As the chief therapist for Canadian Olympians at the 2010 Games, Vancouver physiotherapist Marc Rizzardo was tasked with supporting athletes in their quest for gold. He’ll have a similar task at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, albeit minus the snow and ice. Rizzardo will travel the country over the next 12 months, holding court with the numerous national sport federations, asking one question: “What do they need to get their athletes to the podium?” He’s seeking to know what support athletes require from medical staff—be it recovery time and injury prevention preferences, as well as who’s asthmatic, what antibiotics are needed and “do we have to bring in an ice tub and air-conditioners.” His Canadian tour started last month in Ontario. “Basically it’s a-get-to-know-you, and getto-know-what-you-need,” Rizzardo said last week. The Canadian Olympic team announced its lead medical officers Dec. 16. Julia Alleyne, the medical director of a sport program at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital, joins Rizzardo as the chief medical officer. Rizzardo, team trainer for the women’s national soccer team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will travel to London one year before the Summer Games for a test event and to get a sense of the venues and potential weather conditions come the first day of competition July 25, 2012.

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Last week, the Courier told you about the latest fitness craze to visit Vancouver. A combination of ballet and Pilates, The Dailey Method opened in Dunbar this August and is adding more classes to its schedule in the new year. In the spirit of the holiday season, the instructors are giving away three months of exercise classes and childcare to a deserving mom. Donate money or nonperishable edibles to the food bank at their 41st Avenue studio by Dec. 24 and enter a woman’s name in the draw that will ensure she’s able to make a leaner body one of her resolutions. Visit for more information. —M.S.

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The Vancouver Museum and B.C. Sports Hall of Fame collected thousands of 2010 Winter Games items, including a signed Hayley Wickenheiser sweater and Simon Whitfield’s relay torch. photo Dan Toulgoet

Games memorabilia tells Olympic tales Megan Stewart Staff writer

Joanie McMaster has a list, and she’s checking it twice. The volunteer trustee with the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, and a team that included executive director Allison Mailer and museum curator Jason Beck, wrote their wish list for an Olympic collection as early as 2003 when Vancouver was selected for the 2010 Winter Games. “If I’d imagined what we’d get when we started,” began McMaster, “it’s incredible, really.” She is responsible for chasing down swaths of one-of-a-kind Olympic swag, including items she personally paid for or put her own two hands on. McMaster purchased a national men’s team jersey signed by gold medal-winning goaltender Roberto Luongo. “I just felt it was something we should have in our collection.” She also forged a connection with a representative of Omega, and secured the official time clock that hung at the short-track speed skating venue, otherwise known as Pacific Coliseum where Canadian skaters won five medals to contributed to the total haul of 26. McMaster followed up with corporate sponsors such as RBC, McDonald’s and Coke, as well as national


athletic federations to ensure marquee items from B.C.’s sporting history would be shown off at home. Upwards of 2,000 items later, including one essential pair of those red mittens many Vancouverites have stashed at home, the hall of fame is planning its Vancouver 2010 exhibits when it returns to a revamped space in B.C. Place late next year. “We immediately started thinking about how we were going to tell the story of the Vancouver Winter Olympics,” said executive director Mailer. “We want to celebrate excellence in sport but we also want to celebrate the spirit—the look and the pageantry and the beautiful blue and green colours and, of course, those red mittens.” The hall of fame was thinking historically with an eye to the future while still in the present. One of the most desired items on the list of Olympic artifacts is a complete set of gold, silver and bronze medals. Mailer is confident the trio will arrive eventually. In the meantime, she said, “Most of those athletes are still competing and they’ve worked their lives for that medal.” For this reason, it’s rare to get those most coveted jewels of an entire sports event from newly minted medal winners. Instead, Mailer and others will foster relationships with winning

Olympians. “When it’s time, they’ll think the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame is the right place for their medal.” At the other end of False Creek in Vanier Park, the Vancouver Museum will house the 2010 Legacy Collection it secured from the Vancouver organizing committee. The assembly of about 2,000 cultural items—“objects, memorabilia and ephemera”—is considered a tangible measure of the intangible spirit and vision of the Winter Games. The city will draw from the Olympic Legacy Reserve Fund and grant the museum $585,000 to purchase and install specialized storage for such things as athletes’ uniforms, the canoe that rose through the air during the opening ceremony, and the Musqueam welcome figure. “I’d be lying if I said we wouldn’t love to share some of that,” said McMaster. In seeking and securing memorabilia for the B.C. Hall of Fame, she said athletic organizations, individual competitors and corporate sponsors quickly got on board. “They understood honouring the past, inspiring the future,” she said, repeating the mantra of the sports hall of fame. And in other words, red mittens and so much more. Twitter: @MHStewart


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Houses - Sale


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS & OTHERS Re: The estate of BERNARD CHODOS, otherwise known as BERNARD MAURICE CHODOS, deceased, who died on the 6th day of February, 2010, formerly of 314 - 677 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of BERNARD CHODOS, otherwise known as BERNARD MAURICE CHODOS are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to Barry Dunner, Executor, c/o Coric Adler Wenner at #620- 1385 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6H3V9. Attention: Richard M. Wenner on or before January 31, 2011, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

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Legal/Public Notices

Notice is hereby given that a public lien sale of the described personal property will be held at 11:00am on December 29, 2010. The property is stored at Storage-Mart Self Storage, 1311 East Kent Ave., North Vancouver, B.C. The items to be sold are generally described as follows: Units were found to contain misc. bags, misc. boxes, misc. furniture, misc. beddings, misc. tools, and misc. collectables.


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Notice of Intent

RE: Liquor Control and Licensing Act Hours of Sale for Liquor Primary License An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, B.C, from 0851050 BC LTD. On behalf of Cinema Public House at 901 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., to change the hours of sale from the currently approved hours between 11:00 am and 2:00 am Monday through Sunday to 11:00 am to 3:00 am Monday through Sunday. Residents and owners of businesses located within a .8 kilometer (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to:


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Computer Services

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Houses - Rent

3 Bdrm Homes! Rent TO OWN! Poor Credit Ok, Low Down. Call Karyn 604-857-3597 1105-1146 Harwood St 1Br, 1 bath, shared wd, 500sf, leave, np, ns, avail now, $1100. Eric 604-723-7368 RP 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

KILLARNEY, TYNE & E 52nd, 4 BR, 2 bath, np, 1 yr lease prefer, avail now, $1600 + utils, Sunrise Realty 604-451-5189


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starting from $1150

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LANGARA GARDENS 601 West 57th Ave, Van

Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments and Townhouses in the Oakridge area at West 57th Ave and Cambie St. Included are heat & hot water, plus a spacious storage locker. Many suites have big patios and balconies with gorgeous views. Quiet and tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry facilities, gated parking and 16 shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School, Langara Golf Course and much more. Sorry no pets. For more information: 604-327-1178 Managed by Dodwell Strata Management Ltd.

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Furnished Accommodation

1 BDRM Apt., Excellent Temporary Sublet, South Granville for 7 months or less. Avail March 1/11 $1000 mo Call 604-738-0893 FOR RENT Jan. Feb. March +, $1100/mo neg. incld utils & net. fully furn 1 bdrm apt. granite, stainless appls. updated, view, 1 block to Sea Walk. Ambleside in West Van. ns, np, 604-317-2663


Office/Retail Rent

VANCOUVER, 2443 West 41st. Great Kerrisdale area! Excellent potential for a boutique or salon. Street level. High foot traffic area. Near coffee shops & sports park. Incl prkg. Jan 1st. 778-837-3470


Shared Accommodation


Coq./Poco/ Port Moody

ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 1800 sqft Townhouse in Port Moody, w/d, laminate floors, $595 incls utils, cable & internet, parking, indoor pool, nr SFU & Lougheed Mall. Suits professional working person or student. References Required. Avail Dec 15 or Jan 1. Call 778-846-5275


Vancouver West Side

1 BR lrg bright in 2 br grd lvl ste, full bath, w/d, $465 & shar’d utils. Priv entry, ns. Vcr 33rd& Fraser. Avail Jan 1st. 604-875-8882


Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR, ground level, 5 yr new suite, share wd, $850+utils, near PNE, ns, np, suit 1 or 2 quiet, avail Jan. 1, refs. req’d, 604-418-0976 220 SALSIBURY Dr. All brand new, never lived-in 1 bdrm bsmt $850, 1 bdrm ste main $950, 2 bdrm top flr $1400, inlc utils, ns np, Avail now, 604-254-6956

Houses - Rent

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● COQUITLAM - 218 Allard St. 2 bdrm HANDY MAN SPECIAL!!! HOUSE, bsmt/2 sheds....$888/M NEW WEST- 1722-6th Av 2 bdrm HOUSE w/1 suite 2 f/p,Long term finance, new roof, RT-1..$1,288/M SURREY- 6297 134 St. Solid 5 bdrm HOUSE w/2 bdrm suite on 1/4 acre lot with views... $1,688/M CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M Call Kristen (604)786-4663


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LANGARA, LRG 2 BR bsmt ste, Own W/D, new lam flrs, f/bath, quiet. Avail Jan 1/15. $1100 incls utls/cable. NS/NP. 604-321-0042


Flooring/ Refinishing






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Glass Mirrors

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Lawn & Garden

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Winter Clean-up:

• Cedar Fencing • Yard Clean-up • Pruning • Gardening • Landscaping • 20% seniors discount • Free estimates! Call Terry, 604-726-1931 WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Tree & Hedge Pruning. Hedge removal. 604-893-5745



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

Renting or buying, we’ve got what you’re looking for.


BEST PRICE! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127 DAHIPP CONTRACTING Handyman Services Baths, Kitchens, etc 604.817.0718 HOME REPAIRS - No job too small. Carpentry, painting, fencing, drywall, baseboards, lam flooring, deck repairs, p/washing, gutters. Brian, 604-266-2547 / 785-4184



AAA Professional int/ext painter & wall paperer. Guar work. Free est. John 604-318-2059 (Kits)


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

DVK PAINTING LTD. Winter Special 20% Off! Ext & Int. Free Est’s. Dave • 604-354-2930


B&Y MOVING 604-708-8850

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

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

Serving West Side since 1987


● Oil Tank Removal ● Recommended ● Insured ● Reasonable Rates

NORM, 604-466-9733 Cell: 604-841-1855


Plumbing, Drainage, Repairs & Installation


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


YOUR HOME ROOFING SERVICES Vancouver Division Since 1985

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

CALL NOW for 20% OFF WCB – Fully Insured


WINTER SPECIAL SAVE THE HST Have Your Roof Done Between Now & Jan. 7

A1 CONTRACTING. Bsmt, bath, kitchen cabinets, tiling, painting & decks. Dhillon, 604-782-1936 Additions, renos & new const. Concrete forming & framing specialist. Patrick 604-218-3064 ★ 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 GET OUT YOUR LIST! We do all the fussy little jobs no one else wants to do. Complete home repairs. Workmanship and your Satisfaction Guaranteed. Est 1983. Ralph 682-8256

10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005

BATH/KITCHEN Renos, decks, fencing, home repairs. Home Improvment Centre. 604-240-9081

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



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



Rubbish Removal

$30 P/HR. Abe Moving & Delivery & Rubbish Removal. ★ Available 24 hours. Abe at: 604-999-6020 A.J.K. MOVING Ltd. Special truck for clean-ups. Any size job Lic#32839 604-875-9072 JACK’S RUBBISH Removal Friendly, Fast & Cheap 604-266-4444

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


Tree Services

Treeworks 15 yrs exp. Tree/ Stump Removal, Prun’in & Trim’in & View Work 291-7778, 787-5915 Wildwood Tree Services, Exp Hedge Trimming and Removal & Tree Pruning. Free Est. 604-893-5745


Window Cleaning

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

#1 Roofing Company in BC


All types of Roofing Over 35 Years in Business Call now & we pay ½ the HST


MIKESHOMEWORK.CA Reno: Bath, kitchen, paint, decks, tiles, carpentry, $35/hr. 604.688.2306





For Free Estimates Call

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

''Satisfaction Guaranteed''


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


Additions ★ Renovations Concrete Forming ★ Decks Garages ★ Bathrooms Ceramic Tile ★ Drywall Hardwood Flooring


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

Oil Tank Removal

• 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


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

Drainage & Plumbing Inc.


Tried & True Since 1902


• • • •



Renovations & Home Improvement

AAA ADVANCE MOVING Experts in all kinds of Moving, Storage & Packing. Different from the Rest. 604-861-8885 Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK


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

(604) 875-9072 873-5292

• Includes all Taxes • Licenced & Insured • Professional Piano Movers



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


garage, basement, backyard.

Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $50 ~



SMALL JOBS WELCOME RENO Kitchen/Bath, Crown Mouldings, Drywall, Painting, Flooring, 604-771-2201, 771-5197




Waters Home Maintenance 604-738-6606

Reduce Reuse Recycle The classifieds can help! 604.795.4417 604.630.3300

❅ To advertise ❆

in Classifieds ❅ call

604-630-3300 ❅


Auto Miscellaneous

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





To advertise call


Scrap Car Removal


#1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200

2003 FORD Crown Victoria, White, Auto, 4.6L, Perf. cond., 160km, $2888. Tel:778-322-3598

I BUY JUNK CARS & TRUCKS Free Removal & Towing Service! ★CALL★ 604-880-8420 or 604-277-9021

1996 CHRYSLER Sebring con vert., leather, good top, American mags $5500. 604-202-3415

2000 PONTIAC Sunfire, 231,000 kms., auto, tan color, 2-dr., female-driven, receipts, good condition, air-cared, insured for test drive, $1500.00, open to offers...maria 778-389-4469

From the City to the Valley


Painting/ Wallpaper


1998 EAGLE TALON ESI, 170k, 2.0 L, excellent condition, 5 spd, no accidents, silver exterior, grey interior. $3900. 604-763-3223 CONNECTING COMMUNITIES




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

Oil Tank Removal

STORMWORKS CONTRACTING; Oil Tank Removal. Certified, Insured, Recommended. Reasonable Rates. 604-724-3670

Seniors Discount

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



To advertise call


2006 litre, grey, auto.

DODGE Magnum SXT, 3.5 new tires/brakes, metallic leather, p/seats, beautiful $9600, call 604-921-9639


Scrap Car Removal

Cash for junk cars! $100 to $1000 Ask about our $500 Credit!

Visit our website @ Free tow, no wheels, no papers no problem! Hassle free friendly service. 2 hr service in most areas.

604 628 9044



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Contact the dealer, check out your new ride and drive home. Easy, right?



Christmas Hours December 2010

22 9:30am 23 9:30am 24 25 MALL

9:30am 9:00pm


9:00pm CLOSED

26 27 28 29 30 31 11:00am 9:30am 9:30am 9:30am 9:30am 9:30am 5:00pm







Santas Hours December 2010

22 23 24

Noon to 2pm Noon to 2pm 10am to 3pm 2:30pm to 5pm 2:30pm to 5pm

Tree of Giving until December 23

Pick a card from the Tree of Giving and help make a needy child’s wishes come true this Christmas. Located near Mark’s Work Warehouse.

Gift Wrapping starts Saturday, December 11th

Help Keep our Community Kids Warm this Winter

Drop off new mitts, scarves, socks, toques, sweaters, etc. to the tree located by Ruffles and B.C.Lottery. Co-sponsored by Kimount Boys & Girls Club, Kingsgate Mall Merchants, the Vancouver Courier. Distributed by the Kimount Boys & Girls Club

FOOD STORE BUY-LOW FOODS 604-872-5776 DRUG STORE / PHARMACY SHOPPERS DRUG MART 604-873-3558 FASHION STORES ALIA N TAN JAY coming soon MARK’S WORK WEARHOUSE 604-872-8271 MIRAGE 604-873-3237 PAYLESS SHOESOURCE 604-709-0146 PENNINGTONS 778-331-8157 REITMANS 778-329-9844 RUFFLES 604-872-3233 SCALIE SHOES 604-877-0752 GENERAL MERCHANDISE B.C. LIQUOR STORE 604-660-6675 DOLLAR LAND 604-873-8888 EASYHOME 604-707-6690 GOLDEN LEAF JEWELLERS 604-872-4408 KINGSGATE SMOKE SHOP 604-872-3332 KOMFORT 604-875-9666 LELY’S BOOKS ETC. 604-873-5277 SHOPPERS HOMEHEALTH CARE 604-876-4186 THE SOURCE 604-876-8075 WYNN’S PLANTS & FLOWERS 604-875-9464 LA PATRIA CAFÉ



604-879-0222 604-872-3184 604-872-0042 604-872-3436 604-875-8590 604-879-9999 604-874-0919 604-879-1003 604-873-9215 604-872-7827

BOXING WEEK SALE Dec. 26, 2010 Jan. 3, 2011 Lots of great deals!

Corner of Kingsway @ Broadway

30 Shops & Services •

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