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Dentist will walk three days in Iraq for orphans Walkathon joins massive Muslim pilgrimage Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer A Vancouver dental surgeon heads to Iraq next week on a humanitarian mission to raise money for Iraqi orphans. Dr. Asif Tejani is a member of a six-person team, including four Canadians and two Americans, who will walk from Najaf to Karbala on behalf of Child Aid International, a nonprofit founded in 2004. The walkathon is billed as a three-day, 90-kilometre “walk for life.” Each year, a procession of Muslims travel to Karbala, a Shiite holy site southwest of Baghdad. “We will be participating in part of this

walk, so we will be with millions of others as they make this journey. The only difference is, in addition to having the physical and spiritual dimension, there will be a humanitarian component to it as well,” said Tejani, who hopes to personally collect at least $20,000 for the orphans. The group’s collective goal is $100,000. The federal government has warned the group it’s not safe to travel to the troubled region, but the team isn’t dissuaded. “[The government has] strongly urged us not to do something like this. They understand the drive behind a walk like this, but they caution us, in very strong

words, not to undertake such an endeavor,” explained Tejani, a staff dental surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. Tejani is familiar with the region, having been involved in humanitarian work in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he believes the walk will create awareness about the plight of Iraqi orphans and the difficulties they face. “My interaction with Iraq stretches back to when it was under embargo by the UN and people unnecessarily suffered. These people, who have lived through decades of a brutal dictatorship under Saddam Hussein, followed by war, See CHARITY on page 4

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Asif Tejani will walk from Najaf to Karbala on behalf of Child Aid International, a non-profit charity. photo Dan Toulgoet

Tessa Schmidt knew she’d become a media “poster child” for low-cost suites at the Olympic Village. The 19-year-old woman who has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair moved into her new home New Years Eve. Schmidt moved from living with her parents on Vancouver Island, to GF Strong

Rehabilitation Centre for three months, to six months of accommodation in a suite in an accessible building on Clark Drive. She needed to vacate that suite by the end of the year. Schmidt heard of social housing at the Olympic Village at the start of December, but was told there were no accessible suites. Two weeks later, B.C. Housing called her back to say it had adapted suites available there. See SUITE on page 4





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Continued from page 1 “Apparently I was quite high up on the priority list and it’s quite obvious because I’m a young woman I’m totally their poster child,” she said. Schmidt moved in with her wheelchairs, a night table, a coffeemaker and a blender. A Vancouver Sun newspaper reader gave her a bed after reading about her, and she’s furnished her apartment with a table and chairs bought off Craigslist. Her suite features a large storeroom with a stacked washer and dryer, a bathroom with an accessible shower, a kitchen with open space under the stove and sink so she can wheel in close, an accessible balcony and a long bedroom closet. But Schmidt says she knocked the closet doors off with her wheelchair within 12 hours of moving in. She’s also had the bathroom door removed because it swung in to the shower. She believed if she fell, she would be trapped inside. Schmidt is getting extra homecare hours to help with laundry until her stacked washer is moved. Most of the kitchen cupboards are also too high. Schmidt said her previous home was more accessible, but her new home is closer to Granville Island and Science World, more convenient for transit and visits from friends, who covet aspects of her new digs. “It’s either this [storage room] or

the bed or the washer and dryer,” Schmidt said. “I don’t feel too bad.” She calls Walter Hardwick Avenue at Olympic Village “Desolation Road” and would love to see more younger people move in to her building. She recognizes other tenants from GF Strong but says they’re older. Of the $375 shelter allowance she receives from the provincial government, $320 goes to rent for her new one-bedroom adapted suite in the Olympic Village building with the orange exterior accents. Including the shelter allowance, she receives $906 in disability benefits a month. Schmidt is completing her high school education, plans to study recreational therapy at Langara College and get a job. Once she earns more than $500 a month, her earnings eat into her disability benefits, so she figures she’ll be able to live at the village for four to five years. Schmidt lives in one of 126 units across three buildings at the Olympic Village to be rented at below-market rates, some of them in a co-op. City council decided in April 2010 that half of the 252 designated affordable units would be rented at below market rates and the other half at market rates, with priority given to workers deemed essential to the city, including police officers, teachers and nurses.

Tessa Schmidt lives in one of 126 Olympic Village units to be rented at belowphoto Dan Toulgoet market rates.

Charity walkathon route kept secret for security reasons Continued from page 1 the crippling embargo, sanctions, and the senseless violence that goes on today—I feel they deserve attention,” he said. The volunteers will walk about 30 kilometres a day and stay with hosts or in camps along the way. Most of the trek will be through urban centres, with some small stretches through the countryside.

The exact route is being kept secret for security reasons. “There is an element of risk involved—we do realize that. We understand the possibility of kidnappings is lower, but because there are lots of crowds in these areas the chances of suicide bombs going off are supposedly higher. But, to be honest, the way I look at it is the average Iraqi

lives through this sort of senseless violence on a daily basis. So I’m more concerned about them that I would be about myself who will only be there for 10 days,” Tejani told the Courier. He said his adventurous spirit and interest in charitable work draws him to such regions and that the people have taught him about resilience and strength.

“I’m thrilled and electrified that [the trip] has a humanitarian component in the sense that for every step I’ll take I hope, in some very small, insignificant way, to bring awareness towards the orphans of Iraq—many of them victims of the senseless violence—and to raise funds for them,” he said. A donor is covering administra-

tive costs, so all contributions to the walkathon go directly to the orphans, according to Tejani. Tejani was born in Tanzania in East Africa. The 40-year-old studied in the United States, but made Vancouver home in 1997. For information about the walk, see Twitter: @Naoibh

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I’m guessing the Yaletown residents who didn’t want a community garden in David Lam Park won’t be thrilled sections of the green space will be used for work space during the construction of a new B.C. Hydro substation. The City Central Transmission Project begins later this month and includes a new substation at West Sixth Avenue and Alberta Street. The work includes connecting the new substation to two existing substations with a new underground transmission line, which will cross underneath the bed of False Creek. To drill the crossing beneath False Creek, work areas need to be established in David Lam Park. The major underground transmission line that currently links the city’s north and south sides is more than 50 years old and needs to be replaced. According to B.C. Hydro, demand for electricity in the Mount Pleasant/South False Creek area is expected to increase by almost 40 per cent during the

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One of the biggest issues the 40year-old Bloedel Conservatory faced up until about a year ago is that many people in the city had no idea it existed. That was until the park board threatened to close it down last year for lack of funds. One of the reasons the conservatory made such little revenue in recent years was ongoing construction in and around Queen Elizabeth Park combined with a lack of advertising and programs at the conservatory. Last year, the operation of the conservatory was handed over to the non-profit group Friends of the Bloedel in partnership with the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. One of the promises made by the new operators of the dome was to organize programs, particularly for students and seniors. And it looks like they’re living up to that promise. Beginning Jan. 18, VanDusen’s education department offers two new series

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It may look tempting to skate on, but the park board is warning people and their pets to stay off the thin layer of ice on city ponds and lakes, such as this one at the entrance to Granville Island . photo Dan Toulgoet of programs developed to take advantage of the conservatory’s tropical environment. The first is a series of educational walks, entitled Walks in the Tropics, de-

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The park board wants to remind residents who want to ice skate to stick with indoor rinks and stay off frozen lakes and ponds in city parks. Some ice has formed on lakes and ponds due to cold weather, but it’s not thick enough for skating on. According to parks staff, most ice is too thin to support people or even pets. Warmer temperatures, snow and rain in the forecast will add to the danger. Warning signs are posted at traditional skating locations, such as Trout Lake, Beaver Lake and Sutcliffe Park near the entrance to Granville Island, and park rangers and lifeguards are patrolling the areas reminding people to stay off the ice. The city’s eight ice rinks are open for recreational skating, as well as ice rentals. For more information, go to Twitter: @sthomas10

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David Livingstone elementary’s principal David Brook was named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by the national educational charitable organization Learning Partnership. He earned the honour by “embracing new technology, encouraging teacher collaboration and professional development and supporting student skills and creativity,” according to the VSB. Thirty-two principals were recognized this year.

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In my last Class Notes I mentioned Anne Guthrie Warman is leaving her post as president of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association for a job with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. A few points of clarification: her work on “post and fill language” was to create more mobility in the Vancouver school district, not between districts. “It simply meant that it was easier for teachers to change schools and it was something that both the employer and teachers wanted in terms of our post and fill provisions. That was what we negotiated as a change,” she told the Courier. The sentence “lobbying for class size and class composition” should have said “lobbying for class size and class composition limits.” Twitter: @Naoibh



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WEB POLL NATION Go to to vote Do you agree with the assertion made by NPA supporters that Vision Vancouver is to blame for a recent rooming house fire? Last week’s poll question: Are you optimistic about living in Vancouver in 2011? Yes 43 per cent No 57 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

During her hours-long ferry and bus trip to Vancouver from Nanaimo Dec. 3, former Vancouver resident Brenda Zakreski couldn’t help but tell complete strangers the reason for her journey. “I told a few people that day,” said Zakreski, laughing during a phone interview with the Courier this week. Zakreski has every reason to laugh. On Dec. 4, the 58-year-old received a new kidney after waiting for almost eight years, during which she received dialysis four times a week. Zakreski never dreamed her life would one day be consumed by ill health. In 2001, Zakreski took what she considered a dream job teaching in Singapore with a goal to make enough money to build a house on the small property she’d recently purchased in Hawaii. Zakreski had a lifelong passion for travel and at the time her plans for the future included living part-time at her tropical home, while teaching English as a second language in Asia for months at a time. But those dreams were dashed when months after arriving in Singapore, Zakreski became gravely ill. She was convinced her sickness was due to cancer, but her doctor in Asia was just as convinced she’d developed gastritis due to stress. Getting sicker and weaker by the day, Zakreski returned to Vancouver. Immediately upon arrival, Zakreski headed for a medical clinic on Granville Street, where a doctor took blood samples. While waiting for the results, Zakreski spent her time sleeping at a friend’s place, because she was incapable of moving. But then Zakreski received the phone

sandrathomas call that changed her life. “The doctor called and said, ‘You want to get to a hospital right now,’” Zakreski recalls. Further tests confirmed Zakreski’s kidneys were rapidly failing and by May 2003 were at 50 per cent function. By then, Zakreski had moved to Vancouver Island to be near her brother and in 2003 she began dialysis treatments in Nanaimo, where she eventually settled. And while dialysis helped keep Zakreski alive, it was also damaging her heart so just how long she would live was questionable. “I was on my last legs,” she says. But then out of the blue on Dec. 3, Zakreski got the call she’d been waiting eight years for just as she was heading for a dialysis treatment. Zakreski was on the 9 p.m. ferry that same day heading for St. Paul’s Hospital. Zakreski says spending her Christmas holi-

days recovering from a kidney transplant was the best gift ever and she can’t thank the transplant team, including her specialized doctors and nurses, enough. Zakreski admits that before getting sick, she gave little thought to organ donation, but it’s front and centre on her mind these days. She’s written a letter to the donor’s family, thanking them for their generous gift. According to the rules of organ donation in B.C., Zakreski will never know the name of the person whose kidney she has unless the donor’s family chooses to contact her. Zakreski would like to thank the family in person, but in the meantime is doing what she can to highlight the B.C. Transplant Society’s organ donation registry. According to the society, B.C. has a chronic shortage of hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers for transplant. Hundreds of B.C. residents are waiting for organ transplants and hundreds more are in line for a corneal transplant. Unfortunately some organs that could be used for transplant are lost because the family has no idea of their loved ones wishes. As of Dec. 8, 2010 there were 377 B.C. residents waiting for a transplant, of which 296 were waiting for a kidney. The society notes as a result of the shortage of solid organs in B.C., many people die while waiting for a transplant. Fortunately, Zakreski was not one of them. For more information on organ donation or to verify if you are a donor, go to Twitter: @sthomas10


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Negligent regulators, employers responsible for workplace death Every year, far too many workers in Canada go to work and end up in an emergency ward or a morgue by the end of the day. The Duke of Wellington, England’s iconic general in the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, called the lists of dead and wounded compiled after a battle the “butcher’s bill.” A memorial service held Jan. 7 downtown honoured some of the Canadian workers who end up every year on Canada’s butcher’s bill. The ceremony not only allowed families to mourn for their lost loved ones, it also provides an opportunity for us all to reflect on issues of workplace safety and regulation, areas in which Canada and B.C. continue to have a less-than-stellar record Thirty years ago last week, Gunther Couvreux, Donald W. Davis, Yrjo Mitrunen and Brian Stevenson had their morning coffee, gathered up their work boots and hard hats and went to work on the new Bentall IV building downtown. Before the day was out, the concrete fly form they were working on came away from the tower structure and plunged the four workers to their deaths more than 30 floors below. This was not an isolated incident then, and news of workplace deaths and injuries continue to be all too common three decades later. The issue of workplace casualties was ironically underscored last year, when the convention of the B.C. Federation of Labour in Vancouver coincided with two serious workplace accidents (both fatal falls) in one day within blocks of the convention. The alarming injury and fatality numbers that pile up every year suggest that government regulators and Canadian employers are simply not doing a good enough job on workplace safety, and that far too many Canadian workers pay the price of that neglect. According to WorkSafe B.C., in the 2009 reporting period (which includes deaths from 2009 reported through February 2010) the agency registered 174 work-related deaths in the province, down from 225 in the 2008 reporting period. It seems likely that the reduction in 2009 deaths is an artifact of that year’s economic downturn rather than any major improvement in jobsite safety. It is also worth noting that over a third of the workrelated deaths in 2009 are the results of exposure to asbestos in past decades. Canadian workers are no longer regularly

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tomsandborn exposed to asbestos, but the federal government (in another of the shameful decisions that have been made so often in the realm of worker health and safety) continues to allow exports of the killer substance to the Third World. But shameful decisions have been made closer to home than Ottawa. Here in B.C., the past decade has seen widespread and lethal cuts to enforcement and safety inspections at worksites, and a provincial government that is notably unwilling to act on specific suggestions from coroner’s juries about how to prevent future deaths. To cite one particularly horrifying example, more than a year has passed since a coroner’s jury weighed in with its report on the tragic deaths of three farmworkers in 2007, killed when their employer’s ill-maintained and improperly inspected van rolled on a rain-swept highway. The jury made 18 recommendations about how the government could prevent recurrence of this tragedy, none of which have been fully implemented, according to the B.C. Federation of Labour. So, we have no reason to believe that farmworkers will be any safer during the next harvest season than they were before 2007’s tragic deaths, and no real reason for confidence that more construction workers in Vancouver and across the province won’t die needlessly this year in the same way that Gunther Couvreux, Donald W. Davis, Yrjo Mitrunen and Brian Stevenson did in 1981. Human sacrifice, we like to think, is a bloodstained memory from the barbaric past, not an unchallenged element in modern life. But so long as governments are able to justify cuts to safety inspections and proper training in the name of economy or a balanced budget, we are making our own sacrifices, spilling blood to protect the bottom line. Let’s tell our political masters it’s time to end on-the-job bloodshed.

According to one reader, a recently proposed merit system rewarding exceptional teachers would benefit students. photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Teachers’ union attacks merit-based proposal,” Jan. 7. In my earlier years as an elementary and secondary school student school, I distinctly remember some of the teachers who went out of their way to help every student learn as best they could. I also remember some teachers who just didn’t care one way or another, and some of them were just plain mean. I admit that the job of teaching children and adolescents is not an easy profession to be in, but like many other jobs why not reward those teachers who have made a

considerable effort to achieve success in the classroom and allow them to share their talents with other teachers in order to improve the quality of the education for students? For years, schools have rewarded top students and athletes with scholarships and awards which often motivates other students to work harder, so I don’t see why the same incentives can’t be offered to teachers who are helping students to become the independent and successful adults of tomorrow. Leslie Benisz, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Bike route infrastructure causes school chaos,” Jan. 7. Your headline writer got it all wrong. It is not bike route infrastructure that is causing school traffic chaos. Rather, as the article clearly states, cars and SUVs struggle to pass one another alongside parked cars. This sort of scene unfortunately plays out twice daily around most schools in Vancouver and its suburbs, not because of bike infrastructure, but because parents insist on driving their children right up to the front of their school and picking them up there as well—usually one child per vehicle. This behaviour is dangerous (and unhealthy) for the children as well as the nerves of the drivers. It is also ecologically irresponsible behaviour. Let’s put the responsibility for school traffic congestion on the shoulders of the

driving parents where it belongs, not on cyclists who are doing the right thing by travelling in an ecologically sound way. Franz Scherubl, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Why do adults drive children to and from school? We should be aiming to create a city environment in which children can actually get to school safely on their own. Single measures applied in isolation won’t achieve this. Everyone needs to aim for this goal, which would also make Vancouver a much more livable, sustainable and enjoyable city. Gary Woloski, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Perhaps it’s time for the parent advisory council at this school to educate parents about proper traffic etiquette, to facilitate carpool-

ing, to encourage parents to use alternative transportation (buses, bicycles and feet) and to make the school a better neighbour in its community.

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••• To the editor: Some parents do have a legitimate reason to drive their kids to school. They live a long way away. Okay, then why not park a block or two from school and walk your kids the rest of the way? And don’t blame cyclists for the bad behaviour of motorists. That’s just silly.


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••• To the editor: School zones have become among the worst traffic jams in the city. Bikes are part of the solution here. They are not the problem. Ron van der Eerden, Vancouver

Fare enforcement won’t catch TransLink’s problems To the editor: Re: “New transit fare card may cost $170 million,” Dec. 29. So we are going to catch just about all fare-evaders and annoying “goofs” who steal rides on our transit system? But we still don’t have the transit line extended

eastward, no attendants on the platform (or in the cars), no generally accessible toilets, no improved access for those with mobility problems and small children. Folks, I believe we’re being taken for a ride! Gudrun Langolf, Vancouver


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Envision a canopy that senses when it starts to rain and rolls out to shelter passersby. That’s what a University of B.C. student in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture did last year when professors AnnaLisa Meyboom and Jerzy Wojtowicz charged architecture and engineering students with exploring how “mechatronics” could benefit public spaces. Mechatronics is a cross discipline that combines electrical, mechanical, computer and control engineering with systems design. One student conceived an amphitheatre for Granville Island that could physically adjust to become the acoustic ideal for different performances. Another imagined benches that would appear as an area becomes busy. Meyboom has designed an untended robotic bridge

for beneath Burrard Street Bridge that could open to sailboats and provide smooth sailing for cyclists. Shape-shifting spaces or intelligent architecture is featured as one of nine advances that could transform our world in UBC’s fifth annual report on the next big thing. Local experts foresee municipal robotic workers that could crawl into and find defects in sewers and water mains, buildings that could help restore the environment, new tools to make sense of social media for a new age of journalism and a range of medical and disorder detection advances. One expert has updated a previous prediction about prescription pets—in which a physician prescribes getting an animal for therapy—and another about the possibility of imminently discovering another planet capable of life. Architecture students are exploring how they could


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n October 2010, Road Rules addressed the Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) program’s plan to equip, by early 2011, 140 intersections in the BC lower mainland with new digital cameras. The images the new cameras collect of red-light-runners will be downloaded remoteCedric Hughes ly and the resulting tickets will be mailed out almost immediately. Although all 140 locations can operate simultaneously, the intention is to be selective. Activated locations may differ for morning and afternoon rush hours, for example, depending on which locations can be expected to produce greater impact. This $20 million upgrade is not intended to be a ‘cash cow’. Despite more than quadrupling the number of cameras—under the current program 30 cameras are rotated through 120 locations— ticket fines are projected to increase from $3 million a year in ticket fines to only $4.4 million a year. Safety is the main consideration, not ticket revenue, said Nicolas Jimenez, head of road safety for ICBC: “If this program were really about generating money, we would place cameras at intersections with the highest crash volumes and red-light running violations.… [But] we’re not doing that. The new locations are based on where intersection crashes are most likely to cause severe injury or death.” Some Road Rules readers have expressed dismay at the expense of the new additional cameras, and are not persuaded that the program isn’t intended to be a ‘cash cow’. They have suggested other ways of dealing with the problem of red light running. “Stop issuing drivers licenses to young teens” wrote one of our readers, an interesting comment coming as it did just when a BC liberal leadership candidate was

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suggesting that the voting age should be lowered to 16 years to correspond with the qualifying age for driving, military enlistment, and trial in adult court. Although no statistics were cited showing young teens as more likely than drivers in other age Barrister & Solicitor groups to run red lights, the general crash, fatality and injury statistics for 16 to 19 year olds— and especially for males in this age group—and despite improving trends brought about by graduated licensing programs and better driving training—still point to teenage inexperience and recklessness as ongoing significant causes of driving risk. The recent holiday season brought to mind a ‘tried and true’ method of intersection control that while not inexpensive, can both prevent and cure a host of problems from red light running to gridlock. We sing the praises of whoever had the foresight to hire manual traffic controllers at lower mainland shopping malls and busy main intersections to deal with the demands of the season. We were reminded of how well trained, decisive, and commanding manual traffic controllers can, to quote a traffic control lesson guide, “promote the safe, rapid and efficient movement of personnel and vehicle traffic. You Tube has a great collection of ‘”dancing traffic cop”’ videos from all over the world that inspire on many levels. Watching the videos, you might almost forget that manually directing traffic is tough and risky work.


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Mother of teenaged daughter penned a girl’s guide to boyfriends

Concerned mom helps launch teen advice website Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

Kaycee Jane thought she’d nipped any dating problems in the bud when she told her teenaged daughter that she wasn’t allowed to have a boyfriend. Instead, her daughter hooked up with a guy Jane said didn’t respect her child. Jane, a single Kerrisdale parent and telecommunications executive who’d been busy flying to Toronto for work, realized she needed to focus on preparing her daughter for healthy dating relationships. “I was aware of the research that existed then that unhealthy relationship today [lead to] unhealthy relationship in the future,” she said. Jane quit her job and returned to university to complete her executive master’s in business administration. She started sliding “love letters” under her daughter’s bedroom door. She wrote about paying attention to whether her boyfriend asked her to do things that would meet his needs, or pressured her or demanded that she did them. Jane wrote letters for two years to her daughter, who she didn’t want

to name, while consulting high school counsellors and parents about teen relationships. She rolled those letters into a book Frog or Prince? A Smart Girls Guide to Boyfriends that took her five years to write and that she self-published in 2008. The 49-year-old mother also teamed up with Dr. Julius Licata, a psychologist and director of the Pennsylvania-based website It allows teens to anonymously submit questions that are answered by trained counsellors and then checked by master’slevel clinicians or psychologists within 24 hours., which will launch in the third week of January, will offer the same service to parents. Jane helped create podcasts on topics including talking about sex and dating violence for both sites. She says Licata claims TeenCentral gets two million hits a month. A young women’s group at the University of Idaho has started an organization on healthy relationships and used Frog or Prince? as source material, Jane says. A young woman in Toronto has started writing about her search for a healthy relationship on a blog in-

spired by Frog or Prince? Jane says parents should recognize dictatorial parenting alienates teens. She promotes open conversations between teens and parents where each takes turns talking and listening without judgment. “If we hear someone bring up a

really good point, we adjust our perspective when somebody raises it,” Jane said. “Can you do that with your daughter? This is critical because if we can do that with our daughter, then our daughter can do that with her boyfriend. What’s really important is we can

develop healthier relationships with our daughters by developing and practicing these skills that our daughters need to build healthy relationships.” Jane tells teen girls they need to work to understand what’s important to them, what they like and dislike. “To

respect ourselves, we have to meet our needs,” she said. “…Of course that’s going to change as we learn and grow, but we have to all start somewhere… We have to be able to stand up [for ourselves] and that’s tough, but to respect ourselves, we will.”

LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON ENERGY SAVINGS. When Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company considered shifting to energy-efficient lighting, it faced a common hurdle. While efficient lighting will save money every month on your electricity bill, the bulbs do have a higher sticker price than old-fashioned incandescents. Kate Bethell, Rentals Manager at the Arts Club was ready for a big act, “We replaced 230 light bulbs on the Stanley’s marquee. And the sign is on 24 hours a day.” To help with the cost, the Arts Club qualified for a rebate of $4,600 through the Product Incentive Program. Bethell said that made the difference between doing the project—or not. “We might have done it eventually but it’s a big expense the first time you do it. The incentive definitely was the main reason we could do the switch.” To find out more about this story or how your business can save money on energy costs, visit or call 1 866 522 4713.

To help guide her teenaged daughter, Kaycee Jane wrote her love letters that she compiled into a book called Frog or Prince? A Smart Girls Guide to Boyfriends. photo Dan Toulgoet




Compile top 10 list of significant personal events from last year

No resolutions? Try making yourself and others happier A fresh new year brings to our lives a new start… or at least a new calendar. Are you starting this year as a fresh start, brimming with optimism and energy, or is everything pretty much the same, the new year looking like the old year? Like the rest of the world, my family is divided into


those who always make new year’s resolutions and those who resolve to make no resolutions whatsoever. If my kids don’t come up with their own resolutions for self-improvement, I offer them a menu of choices. I am thankful that my wife doesn’t offer me a menu for personal change…

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was your biggest mistake? You’re allowed more than one. What did you learn about yourself, about others or life? In order to learn and to grow, we have to make some mistakes. If you didn’t make any mistakes and if you never fall, you might consider trying new things and pushing the envelope. What was your greatest success? When I look back at each year, I don’t measure success by awards, accolades, money or clothes. I find more gratifying and soul-sustaining my success at helping push others up be they patients, family, friends or anyone else I can help to achieve their personal potentials. Who did you help this year? What great and small acts of kindness did you perform? What was the kindest thing you did for someone else? What were your happiest moments? Was it something you did, something you accomplished or some place you went? Or was it just spending time with someone you love? Think about what brings you happiness; resolve to do more of it. Think about how you can help others today; resolve to look for these opportunities and to seize them. Look at who you love and what you value above all else, and resolve to devote your time and energy to them. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician at PrimeCare Medical. His Healthwise column appears regularly in this paper and his internet radio show, Positive Potential Medicine can be heard on

Local surgeon awarded Order of Canada

Vancouver-based surgeon Dr. Robert Taylor was one of 54 Canadians awarded the Order of Canada Dec. 30 by Governor General David Johnston. The physician received the country’s highest civilian honour for improving surgical care in underserved populations. Taylor is a Canadian Network for International Surgery’s surgical associate, whose involvement with CNIS dates back to 1998 when he spearheaded the introduction of Essential Surgical Skills into Malawi. His role within CNIS has also involved teaching surgical skills courses in other countries, developing curriculum, and raising awareness within Canada of the global burden of surgical-care. Taylor is the director of the Branch for International Surgery at the University of British Columbia, as well as the founding chairman of the International Surgery Committee of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. CNIS has chosen a “train-the-trainer” approach for its work in African countries. Canadian surgeons and obstetricians volunteer to share their skills with African colleagues who then teach medical students in their home country. Over 15,000 African health practitioners have been taught by CNIS.




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Summer may feel far off, but now is the time to start thinking about your vegetable garden. file photo Dan Toulgoet recommend planting pole beans if you can handle trellising them or using poles to help them climb. With container vegetables, cylindrical beets—such as “Cylindra” (13 cm), or Rodina (15-20 cm) from Veseys or the new “Taunus” (15-17 cm)— are useful and easy to slice. These are available at With carrots I see that Veseys is offering “Resistafly.” This type of carrot has reduced my carrot fly infestations considerably, but didn’t eliminate them. Scattering leftover seed in the garlic bed resulted in cleaner carrots and fewer disappearances through slugs. The AAS winner Purple Haze Hybrid with its dappled purple/orange skin is listed everywhere. With its 20-cm length and longer storage potential, it’s a good choice, especially in balcony containers undiscovered by carrot rust flies. There’s a beautiful looking squash collection from Veseys called Wild Bunch. The types resemble Turks Turban, Blue Hubbard, the heritage Triamble, Buttercup, Kabocha and more. Veyseys also lists the delectable Heart of Gold—a productive acorn squash with green and cream stripes just the right size for a two-person meal. People interested in heirloom vegetables should check out Offerings include the delicious and productive yellow Lemon Cucumber (which doesn’t keep long once cut) and the hardy Red Russian kale. Richters also lists the drought-resistant, mat-forming New Zealand spinach, which holds up in cooking

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1. Amiel Gladstone directs Megan Follows in This, Vancouver playwright Melissa James Gibson’s “crisp, smart urban comedy about modern relationships in crisis.” It runs until Jan. 29 at the Vancouver Playhouse. For tickets, go to or call 604-873-3311. 2. Scenes of candy apples, a woman in a bathtub and a flour-dusted kitchen counter are brought to life in Transparencies, a series of 13 new paintings by Vancouver artist Ann Goldberg at the Winsor Gallery (3025 Granville St.). The exhibit runs until Feb. 5 with an opening reception Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More info at 3. Sonny Moore a.k.a. Skrillex, is the former frontman of California screamo outfit From First to Last turned DJ who, according to his publicist, is “killing it” with his distinct blend of electro and dubstep, which is set to devastate impressionable eardrums at UBC’s Pit Pub Jan. 13. Expendable Youth opens. 4. Harnessing the rootsy raggedness of Neil Young and soaring vocals of brothers of the beard Fleet Foxes, Vancouver folk rock act Red Cedar celebrates the release of its latest reverb drenched offering Enter the Sun Gods Jan. 13 at the Biltmore. Adelaide and Lord Beginner open. Tickets at Zulu and Red Cat Records, or online at

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Before you reach for that quivering needle of Botox to quell the ravages of age, you might want to shift your easily manipulated attention to the scientific findings from a group of German psychologists at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. According to an item in the Globe and Mail, researchers for some reason have spent untold amounts of time and money to discover that the key to looking younger without plastic surgery is to surround yourself with older people. Apparently, when test subjects viewed an image of a 30-year-old, they routinely estimated his age to be much younger if they had previously viewed the faces of older people. Conversely, a middle-aged person appeared substantially older to the test subjects if they had previously been viewing the images of younger people. Based on our limited grasp of science, K&K is going to boldly assume that the same findings apply to other characteristics—for instance, hanging out with people larger than you will make you look slimmer than you really are, drinking with alcoholics will make you appear to be less of an alcoholic, and limiting your circle of friends to

people who are really dumb will make you seem vastly more intelligent. Which is why you will find us only hanging out with dumb, overweight, elderly alcoholics and, presumably, getting it on like crazy. In other, not-quite-as-important scientific research news, there’s still no cure for cancer.

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Fresh on the heels of receiving the Pamela Martin bump, B.C. Liberal leader hopeful Christy Clark is ramping up her campaign—or woo offensive, as we like to call it—with the recent announcement that if elected she intends to create a new holiday in the province, declaring the third Monday in February “Family Day.” What fun. Clark pointed out that families in B.C. go 111 days, from New Year’s to Easter, without a stat holiday. “One of the keys to stronger families is having quality time together,” she said. And she’s right—because as we all know, in a province with the highest child poverty rate and the lowest minimum wage in the country under the Liberals watch, what families really really want most of all is a day off. Oh yeah, and a pony. Maybe that will be Clark’s next campaign announcement.



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You’ve got to hand it to Renaissance gal Gwyneth Paltrow: She blogs (on her lifestyle website Goop), she cooks (on her TV show Spain… On The Road Again) and she sings, in her new movie and in a recent episode of Glee. Could a stint on Dancing With The Stars be next? Oh, and she acts, too. (She won an Oscar a few years back for Shakespeare in Love.) But this time around, everyone is atwitter about whether Paltrow has the vocal chops to play a country crooner fallen on hard times in Country Strong. We already suspected Paltrow could carry a tune. For late father Bruce Paltrow’s film Duets, she sang “Cruisin’”—a duet with Huey Lewis that can still be heard occasionally on lite-rock stations. And she’s married to Coldplay crooner Chris Martin after all, so morning shower singing competitions must be fierce. Sure, anyone can sound like Loretta Lynn with studio magicians at the helm, but Paltrow had the moxie to back it up

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with a live performance with Vince Gill at the Country Music Awards in November, to mostly positive acclaim. So she can hit the notes, but what about the film? Paltrow plays Kelly Canter, a burnedout country singer sent to rehab after too many alcohol binges and onstage meltdowns. While in therapy she meets Beau (Garrett Hedlund), a hunky janitor who plays a mean gee-tar on the side. Too bad Kelly is married to her romantically stunted manager James (real-life country singer Tim McGraw). James arrives too soon to spring Kelly from rehab for a three-date tour, all the better to promote perky up-and-comer Chiles Stanton (Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester). The quintessential understudy, Chiles has done her time on the beauty-pageant circuit and is ready for her close-up. In the best All About Eve tradition, she is all sweetness and light until it’s time to pounce. Seeing what’s really behind Chiles’ big break, Kelly demands that Beau also be given a shot in the spotlight, creating a romantic powder keg that’s ready to bust. Of course, it’s only time before Kelly has a Texas-sized meltdown, just as Chiles’ and Beau’s ca-

reers are on the upswing. The film is not unlike a visit to the U.S. Cracker Barrel restaurant chain: down-home comfort served with a side of schmaltz. With a few notable scene exceptions, the characters in Country Strong like to borrow their dialogue from their love-gone-wrong songs. Writer/director Shana Feste knew what she was getting into with the material: “There’s a fragile line between melodrama and drama,” Feste has said, “and the only thing that helps you steer clear of melodrama is working with good actors.” McGraw (who does not sing) is bankable as the stalwart James. Meester, who has an album of her own in the works, is suitably annoying as the younger woman. But Paltrow and Hedlund (also onscreen right now in Tron: Legacy) make good use of their screentime, and give us a glimpse of what the film could be, with less obvious machinations. It’s no Coal Miner’s Daughter, but if you don’t mind your drama served with giant stars and stripes a-flyin’, Country Strong is just strong enough to pass muster.




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with Cheryl Rossi Bill Pechet and Stephanie Robb slipped off their shoes at the Museum of Vancouver Monday morning. Sharply clad in grey and black, both artist/curators strolled past sevenfoot stacked bottles of carbonated spring water and reclined beneath an orange fleece jacket that’s 18 times human scale and suspended, like a model airplane, with the help of carabiners, or hooks used in sports such as climbing. Its tag reads “SweaterLodge, XL, Made in/fabriqué au Canada.” The pair hopes visitors to SweaterLodge Unlatched similarly will lie on the floor and bask in the warm glow while listening to soothing New Age soundtracks of dolphins, whales and crystal gongs during its exhibition at the museum, Jan. 13 until May 1. “In some ways the design challenge for this mounting was if we would be able to transform a black box space into having quasi-sacred overtones to it,” Robb said. “Something as ridiculous as a giant sweater becomes something that’s kind of meditative.” It only makes sense, says Pechet, since the namesake of SweaterLodge is sweat lodges. Robb says the bottled water is, in part, about ablution. “Every culture has a tradition of cleansing yourself before you walk into a sacred space,” Pechet

Bill Pechet and Stephanie Robb say their SweaterLodge Unlatched exhibit is meant to encapsulate both a deep love of nature and the urban culture of mass consumption. photo Dan Toulgoet added. “…In our culture of mass consumption [we’ve chosen] bottled water.” Visitors can also duck into a massive sleeve that hangs to the floor, creating a vaguely teepeelike structure, and note how the light shining through the large grommets casts pairs of “eyes” on the fabric. “They are very much like the little eyes peering out at night around the campfire, the wildlife looking in,” Robb said. Museum-goers can then pass more pop bottles, a reminder of

the 3,150 recycled two-litre containers that went into manufacturing the Polartec 200 fleece that measures 87 feet sleeve to sleeve, and enter the adjacent gallery. There, they can check out a model of the project, learn about the project’s evolution and watch a whimsical film that mixes scenes of the city shot from the revolving restaurant atop the Empire Landmark hotel on Robson Street with images of an inflated toy orca, water bottles and animated jellyfish. Visitors can leave with just under a square metre of fleece to

fashion, then photograph, their own fuzzy creation and share it on the Museum of Vancouver MOV Flickr group. SweaterLodge first appeared in the Canadian pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2006. It’s being remounted for the first time in Canada at the Museum of Vancouver. The principals behind Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture wanted to create something emblematic of Vancouver and Western Canada when they conceived SweaterLodge. They say the exhib-

it is meant to encapsulate both a deep love of nature and the urban culture of mass consumption. Robb and Pechet believe the colossal fleece zip-up, complete with reflective tape and long grey Velcro tabs, is just as relevant today as when they envisioned it in late 2004. Before and during the Olympics, Vancouver passed through a period of boosterism, Pechet says. “The whole city now is in a state of reflection,” he said. “The way we’re presenting [SweaterLodge] now is more reflective.” Pechet adds the massive bolts of orange fleece fabric in the second room, pieces of which will be distributed, represent the future. The future so far, as evidenced by handiwork already fashioned from less than a metre of fabric, includes water pipe cozies, a snug mouse and insulated mouse pad, and a fleece umbrella. Robb says the low-tech emphasis in the second room is about making things—taking high-tech architecture down to its roots. Pechet hopes SweaterLodge will eventually be hung at the airport. The opening party for SweaterLodge Unlatched starts at 7 p.m. tonight, with special events happening on the first Thursday evening of each month. On Feb. 3, there’s a curator’s talk and tour on the making of SweaterLodge. March 3, the artists will be interviewed about the project. Veda Hille will present “Lullabies for Grown-Ups” beneath the gently billowing fabric April 7. For more information, see



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Hoping for a prosperous 2011, principal Louis Dion and managing director Ania Morton will launch their gaming and entertainment site this week.

Fred Oui wee! A sparkly DJ Leanne helped New Year’s Eve revellers get their groove on at Paris Lounge’s French kiss party.


Vancouver International Writers Festival GM Camilla Tibbs and her main squeeze, director Richard Coleman, toasted the New Year at the Opus Hotel.

Style and stagger: New Year’s Eve was celebrated with a bang around town. High rollers gathered at John Evan’s Opus Hotel and 100 Days Restaurant for an evening of glitz, glam and much toasting. The champagne flowed at the wildly happening Open Bar bash. Revellers at Paris Lounge ushered in the New Year with a French kiss. Social kingpins Craig Stowe and Jamie Goehring joined forces with title sponsor Moët and Chandon to create the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebrations. Care giver: Since 1991, Theatre Cares, a volunteer-based non-profit organization that unites the generous spirit of Vancouver’s performing arts community with its supporters, raises awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS relief. Having lost a partner and many colleagues in the profession to AIDS, longtime Arts Club stage manager and Theatre Cares director Louis-Marie Bournival doled out $32,000 at a recent reception to AIDS Vancouver, B.C. Persons With AIDS, the Actors’ Fund of Canada and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Dine and Dash: Now in its ninth year, Dine Out Vancouver has grown from 57 restaurants in 2003 to the largest dining event of its kind in Canada. This year, a record 215 restaurants are involved, dishing up $18, $28 and $38 menus from Jan. 24 to Feb. 6. Make your reservations now. For a full list of participating restaurants and hotels, go to Hear Fred Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email Fred at; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown.

Newly opened Italian hot spot, Q4 al centro fronted by GM Albert Chee and executive chef Bradford Ellis, is sure to be popular among Dine Out Vancouver participants.

Ryan Stone delivered a final run-through for media before he heads to Lyon, France to compete in the demanding culinary competition the Bocuse d’Or.

Opus Hotel’s Chella Levesque, flanked by RocksGlass Concepts Anthony Pratt and Peter Girges, ushered in 2011 at their High Roller New Year’s Eve romp.

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The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame is taking a decidedly Olympic hue. They have amassed more than 2,000 museum items from the 2010 Winter Games and on Monday announced the 2011 inductees, which include Olympic heavyweights. In the team category, five British Columbians from the goldmedal men’s national hockey team will be inducted, meaning the September induction ceremony could be star-studded with hockey pedigree, such as Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber and Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. The women’s national team dressed no players from B.C., but female Olympians are well represented among the 2011 inductees. Lauren Woolstencroft of North Vancouver became the first Winter Paralympian to win five gold medals at one Games and snow-cross champion Maëlle Ricker of West Vancouver was the first Canadian woman to win gold at home. In the builder category, Vancouverite Audrey Williams is recognized for being the only British Columbian to serve as an Olympic figure skating judge. Two names (including a voice) associated with the Canucks also enter the hall: broadcaster Tom Larscheid and one of B.C.’s best-known and most-loved athletes, Trevor Linden. Recognized as “perhaps the most universally respected athlete in Vancouver sports history,” Linden was drafted by the Canucks in 1989 and became only one of two players to have his number retired by the club.

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B.C. Lion Angus Reid hosts a free training session for athletes aged 14 to 17 Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. A graduate of Vancouver College, Reid will focus the one-day clinic on strength and conditioning training for teens. Emphasizing proper exercise selection and progression, the clinic will focus on technique. On his blog at, the 11-year CFL veteran and B.C. centre linesman writes, “Learning the right way to train from the start will not only lead to greater performance but can also avoid poor muscle firing patterns and help eliminate unnecessary injuries.” For more information, contact Reid at

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At the annual Joker Classic, a senior basketball tournament hosted in December at John Oliver high school, the half-time entertainment was multilingual and without a lick of English-language Top 40. Bhangra dance music blared from speakers. In the bleachers, a student cheering for the visiting Burnaby South Rebels hummed in tune to Punjabi hip-hop as his friends used the vulgar language of teenaged boys to describe the game. The Rebels had 20 points on the home team Jokers, but the spread didn’t account for the resolve of the losing team. They held the margin at 20 and didn’t let up. Talk to the players dressed in Oliver’s purple, white and red and they’ll tell you they’re not a hotshot team. The Jokers likely won’t reach the provincials in March or even the regional qualifier, but for the boys on the basketball team, wearing their school colours on the court pulls them together when the colour divide in the school’s hallways can keep them apart. “There are cliques,” said Harjit Dhanda, the team’s talented centre who has a cool-as-ice shot from deep. “You’ll see groups on either side of the hallway and you’ll see only brown guys on one side of the hall.” The divisions of language, religion and culture can segregate and alienate students from one another but the players on the team show how disparate groups can pull together. “I joke that their first language is basketball,” said head coach John Pavao, who has coached a handful of the senior players since they were in Grade 8. “People don’t feel threatened walking down our hallways. It’s not a racial issue but if you were to pop in at lunch time, you won’t see a bunch of kids mingling.” Dhanda is part of the dominant contingent of Indo-Canadian kids who make up 40 per cent of students enrolled at John Oliver, which draws most of its students from the south Vancouver neighbourhood of Sunset, where the most common mother tongue, Punjabi, is spoken by one in four people. Census data shows the number of Tagalog speakers is steadily growing, from 3.4 per cent in 1996 to nearly six per cent a decade later. Five different languages are spoken among the Joker team, and not all players speak English fluently. Directions from the coach are repeated or translated for the Tagalog-speaking Filipino students who Pavao calls the Manila All Stars. In recent decades, Indo-Canadian, Filipino and Vietnamese gang-related skirmishes on the East Side and South Van-

John Oliver basketball coach John Pavao runs through a play with the senior boys basketball team before a game against the Gladstone Gladiators last week. photo Dan Toulgoet couver led to violence, including assault, theft and murder. Teenagers at the high school were not immune. Puneet Aujla bounced from Windermere and David Thompson before landing at John Oliver at 41st Avenue and Fraser part way through the fall semester. A quick ball handler and one of the Jokers’ strongest players, Aujla was dropped from teams and expelled from schools because of truancy, theft, drugs and repeat run-ins with the law. Pavao wasn’t going to let him play. He relented and now identifies leadership characteristics in Aujla, who is enrolled in John Oliver’s respected Take a Hike program. “He works with the less skilled players. He’s becoming a leader.” To the north of John Oliver at Charles Tupper high school, the coach of the Tigers says the athletes on his senior boys basketball team benefit in the same way as the Jokers. “It’s a matter of giving them an outlet,”



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said Jeff Gourley, a violence prevention program director who coaches the team, lives blocks from the school and describes Tupper as a safe school where students are productive in the arts, math and sport. “When kids hang out, trouble happens because they’re hanging out, they’re not doing something.” A Filipino student enrolled at Tupper was killed near the school’s grounds in 2003, drawing awareness to the daily violence, harassment and discrimination some students and families said was common at Vancouver schools. Bindy Johal, a notorious gang leader who was murdered on the dance floor of the Palladium nightclub in 1998, attended Tupper. “But so did the police chief,” said Gourley, saying positive examples exist in graduates such as Jim Chu. “If people could understand that schools are not just about the three Rs. It’s a sad case when a gym sits empty.”

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Commentators called it a “golden collapse,” some an inspired comeback and still others bemoaned the flagrant displays of emotion by both teams following the World Juniors gold medal game Jan. 5 and Russia’s 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Canadians. Facebook statuses across Canada collectively asked, “WTF?” Canada took a three-goal lead after two periods, keeping the Russians scoreless. Then, Russia scored five unanswered goals in 15 minutes to snatch the gold medal away from the Canadians in the third period. Credit to the Russians, who rallied against the Finns and then the Swedes to reach the final in the first place. The Russian celebration saw them screaming at and shaking every camera in sight and then delayed their departure from the U.S. because disorderly and allegedly drunken behaviour had them tossed from their morning flight. Their celebration hurt the pride of many Canadians, but the jubilant reaction of the teenagers was entirely human, says J.S.

Russell, a philosophy instructor at Langara College and the editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. “I don’t see that so much as an issue of sportsmanship,” he said. “You might think of it as an obligation that the Russians had to the tournament or the organizers to maintain certain standards of conduct. If there is a failure here, it’s probably on the part of the coaches not to intervene.” Up three goals after 40 minutes, surely the Canadians were imagining their own victory skate around the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, filled with enough Canadian fans to qualify as home ice. Such a celebration might have been similarly criticized, but many Canadians saw a win as pre-ordained. Remember, these are players who were reminded each time they set foot in their borrowed locker room of multiple five-year winning streaks and the 15 championships won since 1982—that’s a gold medal nearly once every two years. Teammates signed pseudo contracts acknowledging they “accept our identity” as Canadian hockey players. Former stars were listed beside the jersey number they once wore, including Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby and Doug Gilmour, all of whom wore No. 9. Imagine the weight of wearing that maple leaf. Although this year Team Canada didn’t have the depth of talent to be considered a


favourite, the deep-pocketed and borderline jingoistic (reminiscent of American-like patriotism) coverage from TSN played the junior athletes as national heroes—which, to many, they are. Canadians are known for feverishly staking our self-worth to the performance of our national men’s and junior hockey success. It’s also a money-making venture as long as Canada goes far. More than 14 million viewers tuned in across the country (and at Sussex Drive) and no less pressure was shouldered by these Canadian teens. So when they lost—collapsed, sure—and lost in unimaginable fashion to the Russians, they were thrown into a stunned

state of shock. Team captain Ryan Ellis refused to wear his silver medal. One Toronto Star columnist summed it up this way: “‘Hangdog’ is not the right word to describe the look of the team. ‘Inneed-of-24-hour-monitoring’ better captured it.’” So what about the Canadian’s dejected behaviour? Should fans be appalled at their lack of humility and graciousness? Not so fast, says Russell. “To get the best performance out of athletes, often it’s necessary for them to have the most singleminded devotion on winning. When people criticize them for the disappointment and emotional reactions […], there is a bit of a conflict here. We want our athletes to perform at the very highest level and often things come with that that are not necessarily the most admirable things. “What I’m actually suggesting is graciousness and even sometimes sportsmanship may not always be consistent with the highest level of performance. You have to remember that competition is doing your level best to be better than other people.” In the spirit of achieving your level best— your highest potential—and trouncing the rest, there’s another catchphrase setting the stage for next year’s World Juniors. Brace yourselves, boys, your fans are calling for redemption. Twitter: @MHStewart


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While the field is expected to increase its hiring in the next three months, it doesn’t mean companies will relax their standards, says Lara Dodo, a vice- president with The Creative Group’s Canadian operations. “Given the high calibre of talent currently available, employers are being prudent in their hiring and are weighing their options before extending an offer.” Creative Group offers so me tips for job-seekers hoping to stand out among the crowd:

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