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Citizens, casino workers pack Vancouver city hall for public hearing Mike Howell Staff writer A Las Vegas company proposing to build a mega casino adjacent to B.C. Place Stadium will not consider reducing the number of games tables and slot machines to win approval for the project. Paragon Gaming Inc. made that clear Monday night at a packed public hearing when its president Scott Menke answered questions from Coun. David Cadman regarding the size of what would be the largest casino in Western Canada.

“The numbers that we have come up with are not just pulling numbers out of the air,” said Menke, standing at a lectern in the council chambers at city hall. Menke said the proposed 150 games tables and 1,500 slot machines are to meet the demand for gaming in the city, particularly for potential gamblers the casino will attract from B.C. Place. The proposal calls for the casino to be attached to one of the gates at the stadium, allowing spectators at a sporting event or concert to walk directly into the facility.

Paragon operates Edgewater Casino at the Plaza of Nations, which has 75 games tables and 520 slot machines. It wants to relocate to land immediately west of the stadium. The $500 million project includes two hotels and restaurants. More than 300 people attended the first night of the hearing, including dozens of Edgewater workers dressed in yellow T-shirts emblazoned with “save our jobs” on the front. They arrived in shuttle buses and huddled around the front steps of city hall while a large group of people belonging

to the Vancouver, not Vegas! coalition held banners opposing the casino and chanted, “no, casino.” Once inside city hall, the main gallery in the chambers and balcony filled up quickly, leaving about 100 people to sit in chairs in the foyer and watch the meeting from a television. Outbursts were few over threeand-a-half hours, although David Podmore of the B.C. Pavilion Corporation, the landlord of the proposed site, was interrupted during his presentation. “I’ve always tried to conduct myself in a civil manner and I

Anti-casino advocate Sandy Garossino (with megaphone) led protestors outside city hall Monday night.

hope people will as well during this debate,” said Podmore in response to jeers from people over his comment that it was easier to be a critic than the proponent of the proposal. Paragon’s lease for the Edgewater casino expires in 2013, and employees, including Thane Boulter, are worried they will lose jobs if council rejects the new facility. “My wife also works for Edgewater, so if this proposal does not go through, of course it’s a double bam to our family income,” Boulter told council. See PARAGON on page 4

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Paragon promises 5,500 construction jobs and up to 1,900 casino jobs

Continued from page 1 Boulter added that he has two young daughters. “This will have a huge impact on their future, as well.” Council heard support for the proposal from representatives of the B.C. Government Employees’ Union, the International Union of Operating Engineers and Harry VanBeest of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Van Beest of Local 213 of the electrical workers’ union said many electricians have been out of work since the building boom ended for the 2010 Winter Games. “They’re all over this project,” he said, adding that he received an email from a union member forced to work in Saskatchewan who supports the casino proposal. “If we had this project, he wouldn’t be in 40 below weather with a three-year-old and a one-year-old at home.” If council approves the project, Paragon has promised 5,500 construction jobs and up to 1,900 jobs at the new casino, hotels and restaurants. Paragon has promised $17 million annually to the city but has no control over how the provincial government chooses to fund charities. Gaming grant across the province decreased from $156 million in 2008/2009 to

David Podmore (at podium) of the B.C. Pavilion Corporation was interrupted by anti-casino advocates during his presentation at city hall Monday night while Coun. David Cadman (top left) and Mayor Gregor Robertson listened. photos Dan Toulgoet $112 million in 2009/2010. Amir Ali Alibhai of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture said the cuts have affected non-profits, charities and arts organizations in the city. Even if grant money lost last year was returned to those orga-

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proponents, the B.C. Lottery Corporation and city staff, 16 people from the list spoke to council before the hearing ended at 11 p.m. The hearing resumed last night after the Courier’s deadline. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings


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Mega casino plan rooted in city approval seven years ago

Paragon Vancouver casino proposal: a timeline Mike Howell Staff writer

To approve or reject a proposal for the biggest casino in Western Canada? That is a decision city council will make either this month or next, depending on the outcome of public hearings, which begin March 7. Paragon Gaming Inc. of Las Vegas wants to build a casino adjacent to B.C. Place Stadium, featuring 1,500 slot machines and 150 games tables. Two hotels and restaurants are planned for the $500 million complex. So how did this come about? Here’s a timeline: • In January 2004, city council approves slot machines for the Edgewater Casino at the Plaza of Nations, making it the first gaming facility in the city to have the machines. Then-mayor Larry Campbell and councillors Jim Green, Raymond Louie, Tim Stevenson and David Cadman vote for slots. Councillors Peter Ladner, Tim Louis, Anne Roberts and Fred Bass vote against. Sam Sullivan (conflict) and Ellen Wood-

Paragon Gaming Inc. wants to build a casino adjacent to B.C. Place Stadium with 1,500 slot machines and 150 games tables. submitted artist rendering sworth (absent) don’t vote. • Edgewater opens in February 2005. Then-owners Gary Jackson and Len Libin predict revenue to be $125 million for the first year of operation. Total revenue for 2005/2006 fiscal year is $73 million. • In May 2006, Jackson and Libin file for protection from creditors under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act. No liquor licence for the gaming floor, lack

of signs advertising the casino, parking limits and competition from suburban casinos contributed to the loss in revenues, Jackson tells the Courier. • In September 2006, Jackson and Libin reach a deal with Paragon Gaming Inc. of Las Vegas to buy the casino for $43 million. Edgewater becomes the first foreign-owned casino in B.C. • In October 2008, city council approves amendments to the False

Creek North official development plan, which includes a reference to “a major casino that will also serve the city and region.” • In November 2008, Gregor Robertson and seven of his Vision Vancouver councillors are elected in the civic election. Edgewater slot supporters Louie, Stevenson and Cadman are re-elected. • In April 2009, the B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), which is the provincial Crown agency that manages B.C. Place Stadium, issues a request for proposals for development of lands west of stadium. • In June 2009, PavCo notifies Paragon it won the bid. • In February 2010, Paragon signs 70-year lease with PavCo to build casino/hotel project adjacent to the stadium. The lease is subject to council approval and a series of factors outlined in PavCo’s agreement, including securing $350 million in financing. • In March 2010, Premier Gordon Campbell announces Paragon’s plans for a casino, saying, “During the Olympic Winter Games, the streets of Vancouver were alive with the Olympic spirit

and we hope this entertainment complex will help recapture some of that excitement.” • In June 2010, PavCo, Paragon and city staff hold two open houses on the project. • In July 2010, the urban design panel—a city advisory committee—approves the project’s design. • In February 2011, the city hosts an open house on gaming that attracts more than 100 Edgewater employees concerned about their jobs. Paragon’s lease at the Plaza of Nations expires in 2013. • The next evening in Chinatown, more than 100 people attend a meeting organized by Vancouver, not Vegas!, a coalition opposed to Paragon’s proposal. Renowned architect Bing Thom calls for a referendum on gaming expansion. • This month, more than 120 people register to speak at a public hearing scheduled for March 7. More hearing dates are expected, with some possibly rolling into April. Monday night’s hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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school instruction time. The bulk of the $1.2 million in savings was expected to come from not having to pay substitute teachers and substitute support workers—known as on-call staff. (Seventeen million was cut from the 2010/11 budget and more than $10 million in cuts are anticipated for the 2011/12 budget.) The VSB’s calendar committee is gathering feedback about the calendar changes and is sending a survey gauging the “level of satisfaction” with the current calendar to a random sampling of parents, staff and students. Feedback can also be emailed to calendar@vsb. bc.ca. Trustees must decide whether to maintain the calendar change, alter it or revert back to the old calendar by the end of May. The VSB’s current calendar features 192 days in session with 175 minimum days of instruction, six non-instructional (professional development) days, as well as the 10 district closure days and one administrative day on June 30. School board chair Patti Bacchus, a Vision Vancouver trustee, told me recently that she’d only heard from a

Patti Bacchus handful of parents since the changes were implemented and reaction is mixed. I asked her if she believes Vancouver students can keep pace with districts in B.C. or elsewhere in Canada who get more instructional days. “It’s tough to say. I know some of the high-performing elite private schools have fewer days than public schools, but obviously there are more factors to consider that just days. It’s hard to compare losing your librarian or learning assistance time [versus] fewer days of school, and those are some of the factors we need to consider.” I also checked in with a few districts across Canada a few weeks ago to find out

how many instructional days they scheduled. The Toronto District School Board develops its school year calendar based on guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Education. There are 194 school days, which includes six “professional activities days.” The figures have been consistent for a number of years. In Nova Scotia, the minister of education sets the school year calendar for all school boards. The school year is 195 days, which breaks down to 187 instructional days, five in-service (professional development) days and three organizational and administrative days. The calendar has remained fixed for many years. It is actually written into the provincial collective agreement with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, explained Doug Hadley, communications coordinator for the Halifax regional school board. The Eastern School District—Newfoundland Labrador—has 190 teaching days with five professional development days. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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The NPA was scheduled to hold its annual general meeting March 9. But it was postponed… for seven months! Let the theories begin as to why. Not enough members? Nothing to meet about? Or, maybe Coun. Suzanne Anton will be too tired to attend the AGM after two nights of public hearings at city hall on the mega casino proposal? Wrong on all three guesses, according to NPA prez John Moonen. The postponement to Sept. 14 is because one member of the party recently submitted “about nine or 10” resolutions to the board of directors. Moonen wouldn’t name the person or specify the nature of the resolutions. “They’re being studied by the directors,” said Moonen, adding the member was fairly new to the party. So are these resolutions housekeeping matters? Or will the resolutions fundamentally change the way the NPA operates? “We haven’t finished looking at them, but they cover a wide variety of things and some of them may require bylaw changes,” Moonen said. “We’re treating them with respect and seriousness.” The last resolution to generate a lot of

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I left the office just after noon last Thursday because I wasn’t feeling well. I don’t really remember driving home, but once I got there, I popped two Tylenols and a Gravol in hopes of warding off what I suspected wasn’t going to be good and crawled into bed, where I stayed until Saturday when my partner insisted a trip to the hospital was in order. That’s how I found myself at the emergency department of St. Paul’s Hospital Saturday at 1 p.m. Even feeling at death’s door, I felt guilty about using emergency room resources when I wasn’t really “sick,” particularly when I heard the young man processed for admission next to me gasping for air. I could hear the panic in his voice as I heard him explain he was HIV positive and couldn’t catch his breath. The ER at St. Paul’s is truly something to behold, and the team of nurses, doctors, technicians, ambulance attendants and security personnel works together like a well-oiled machine. From what I could see the ER also acts as a triage department for street people from the West End, downtown and Downtown Eastside. I watched as a nurse pushed a woman in a wheelchair into the waiting room and explained she wouldn’t be admitted and that she had the medication she needed. After the nurse walked away, the woman got out of the wheelchair and pretended to collapse onto the floor where she lay for a minute before

sandrathomas realizing no one was paying any attention. She struggled to stand up. A security guard gently helped her to her feet and led her out the door. An inebriated man then walked past wearing nothing but a pair of underwear. I put my book down and started paying attention. Seconds later an ER nurse came by with a pile of clothes in hand and led him to the men’s washroom where she directed him to get dressed. The man left the washroom a minute later wearing nothing but a pair of jeans and headed straight back to the nurses station asking for the rest of his clothes. The same nurse patiently took him back to the washroom and stood with the door open as the man finished dressing. She found him a seat and told him to “Keep your clothes on,” before asking if he had a place to stay. When

he said no, she told him she’d see what she could do. She was back minutes later to tell him the city’s shelters were full, but there was room at a church and a ride was on its way. The waiting room quickly filled up with street people and I noticed a young man and woman wandering among them, stopping to ask how each was feeling, if they had a place to stay or if they needed a ride home. Dressed in jeans and ski jackets and carrying a large backpack between them, the pair looked more ready for a hike than a day at the ER. As they walked past me at one point, I inquired about their job. They explained they’re outreach nurses and their job is to help street people from the Downtown Eastside who end up at St. Paul’s. Making the scene even more interesting was a large screen TV in the waiting room broadcasting a Canucks game. I watched as a man lovingly held his wife’s elbow as he escorted her down the hall, but when he saw the TV he stopped. She explained this wasn’t her waiting room and that she had been “fast tracked” and was heading straight to the emergency department. To which he replied, “OK, I’ll catch up with you later,” and promptly grabbed a seat in front of the TV. His eyes were glued to that game so fast he didn’t see the look she gave him before shuffling off down the hall. I saw the look, and it wasn’t good. sthomas@vancourier.com

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Rosy ‘Families First’ rhetoric can’t hide whiff of hypocrisy Invading the privacy of a politician’s personal life is a fine line for journalists that I’m not keen to cross. What politicians do in their private time is their business as long as it’s legal and nobody gets hurt. But when a politician makes a personal choice—whether for themselves or their children—that seems to contradict their political leanings, is the media justified to question it? I’m speaking of B.C. premierdesignate Christy Clark. It’s predicted she’ll run in a byelection in the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey once Gordon Campbell resigns. She doesn’t live in the riding, but sends her son to a private religious school in the area. I bring this up for two reasons only: Clark is a former education minister, who, presumably, believed passionately in public education while heading the education portfolio from 2001-2004. Presumably she also believed equally passionately about families and children when she was minister for children and families for nine months in 2004. It should be noted that Clark has always favoured choice for parents, but it’s the optics of her choice, given her political portfolios and current job. Secondly, she campaigned for the job as Liberal leader on a platform to put “Families First.” I’m still unsure what that means, but according to Clark, it’s about mothers and fathers having jobs. (Why limit it to mothers and fathers?) Does Clark’s decision to go outside the public school system for her son speak volumes about B.C. public schools? I’m not the first person to ask this question. According to Vancouver Sun education reporter Janet Steffenhagen’s blog, pollsters recently asked residents of Vancouver-Point Grey whether Clark’s choice of schools would be an issue come byelection time. NDP MLA Jenny Kwan, also a mother, doesn’t think it should be. “Politicians, no matter who, and from what party at what level, the first thing they’ve got to do if they’re a woman with children, is you have to be a mom. That’s really important,” she said. “I can only presume that [Christy Clark] made that decision in the best interest of her son. Regardless of whatever personal choice the premierdesignate or her family makes for her child should not preclude her from being a strong advocate for the public education system. The policy decisions that she makes as the premier-designate should be done in her capacity as an elected official and those decisions should be made in the best interest of the larger population.” Kwan is more charitable than I am—and maybe most people are— but I’m lumping Clark’s choice of

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fionahughes schools in with her “Families First” campaign platform and finding a whiff of hypocrisy and the sound of hokum blaring. While stumping, Clark said, “families are what makes community strong… The most important way to support a family is a job for mom and dad. Because if you’re worried about how you’re going to pay your mortgage and put food on the table, you’re probably not being the kind of parent you could be.” First of all, not all parents own their homes. Many rent because they can’t afford the stratospheric prices of condos or houses in the Lower Mainland. Secondly, is Clark somehow promising to give mothers and fathers priority over childless people when jobs become available? How is this achieve? What twaddle. What makes communities strong are properly funded public schools that kids of all backgrounds and religions can walk or bike to without parents pumping greenhouse gases into the air driving to a private school on the other side of town because they feel their local school is lacking. If it’s about religion, well, kids can be taught that in the home and at the family’s place of worship. Clark pretty much says so in her Families First platform: “It is in families that children learn compassion and respect and kindness. And if we want to build a functioning civic society, one where we all feel safe, surely that’s where we should begin. We should begin in families.” What makes communities strong is having an accessible daycare system so these jobless mothers and fathers can try to find a job or go to work knowing their child is in a safe environment without it busting their budget. What makes communities strong is increasing the minimum wage in the most expensive province in the country, which also has the highest child poverty rate, so mothers and fathers can be with their families and not have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet. What makes a community strong is a trustworthy, forwardthinking leader with bold but wellthought out solutions for tackling 21st-century challenges. A platform of platitudes leaves me underwhelmed. fhughes@vancourier.com

According to one reader, Mayor Gregor Robertson (left with towel) and his merry band of councillors should radically change their “gift” policy. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “City hall may modify councillor gift disclosure policy,” March 2. It is good news the city’s general manager of human resources is recommending council tighten up a policy requiring the mayor and city councillors to disclose gifts or personal benefits they receive while on the job. Vancouver city hall might do well to follow the example of former prime minister

Lester Pearson. He allowed his caucus to accept any gift if it were something that could be consumed by the MP and his or her spouse within 24 hours. Imagine how Canadian democracy would be cleaned up if this became the norm. Mr. Mayor and council, why not set an example for the nation by following the Pearson policy? Colin Miles, Vancouver

Book banning column ‘outrageous and unfounded’

To the editor: Re: “School bureaucrats target classic children’s literature,” March 2. Mark Hasiuk writes: “In my experience, a sound argument can be made that no children’s book worth reading has been written since the 1960s.” It is not surprising that in his column he does not even attempt to make an argument for such an outrageous and unfounded opinion. Having been a high school English teacher in the United Kingdom and Canada for 21 years, and being a publisher of award-winning children’s books for the last 15 years, Hasiuk’s fallacious and spurious words struck a sour note indeed. In a misguided attempt to ridicule the Planning Tool for Vancouver Educators put out recently by the school board’s Diversity Team, he threw out the baby with the bath water. Canadian writers write wonderful books that, to use Hasiuk’s words, “provide the best chance for young minds to develop a love for literature.” And teams of men and women in publishing houses throughout Canada work very hard indeed to produce and distribute books that have both literary merit and real meaning for young people in today’s world. Michael Katz, Vancouver

To the editor: I am a teacher and the district librarian in school district 42 (Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows). I read Mark Hasiuk’s recent column about Vancouver banning books with interest and dismay. You, sir, are remarkably misinformed! Teacher-librarian Moira Ekdahl of the Vancouver School District has clearly refuted your claims about book-banning in her blog. A fair and thoughtful reporter looks at feedback received and makes amends where they are due. In my opinion, you were factually wrong about the situation in the Vancouver School District, so you should publish another article which sets the record straight—and an apology wouldn’t be out of line, either. And, while you are entitled to a personal preference for the children’s classics, you have not supported your claim about the quality of today’s children’s literature. Surely even an opinion piece ought to reflect some level of journalistic integrity, no? Are you fair and professional enough to follow up with appropriate responses? Judging by the tone and muddy thinking of your first article, I doubt it. But I’d love you to prove me wrong! Suzanne Hall, district librarian, School District 42

To the editor: Dear Mark Hasiuk, no the classics should not be removed from school library shelves, nor should they be abridged. But it wouldn’t hurt publishers to add footnotes and afterwords explaining racist attitudes within the text. I picked up a collection of Grimm’s tales containing a repulsive antisemitic story. The editor had added a short footnote explaining the attitudes of the times and putting it into context. I don’t believe in censorship, but I do believe that teachers and parents need to discuss books like Oliver Twist or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with their children/students. Of course we need diversity on the library shelves, and that would include both the classics and the books Hasiuk doesn’t seem to approve of. And if the school is doing a good job, the children will know how to think critically. They’ll see that Fagin is a cultural caricature—something that never seems to dawn on anyone, perhaps not even Dickens himself. So too is Bill Sikes. Let’s fill those libraries with books, trained teacher-librarians and library assistants. And children. Joan Betty Stuchner, Vancouver

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Contributing writer A proposed new concert hall to be built underneath the Vancouver Art Gallery building is winning support from concert music organizations. “We really do need a concert hall downtown,” said George Laverock, program director for MusicFest Vancouver. “It is the best location in town. It not only has the advantage of being reachable by public transit in any direction… it is also close to where a lot of tourists are.” MusicFest presents concerts each summer during its 10-day festival and Laverock predicts the group would use the hall three or four times a year. The Vancouver Concert Hall and Theatre Society released a design March 5 by architect Bing Thom for a new venue to replace VAG if the gallery follows through with plans to move to 688 Cambie St. Among the plans for the vacated art gallery building are a 1,950-seat underground concert hall and a 450-seat multi-purpose theatre above ground. The project, estimated to cost between $200 and $220 million, could be completed by 2017. Ron Stern, chair of the society, emphasized the demand for space. “Many groups today cannot get the space they need when they want it,” Stern said.

He added that the organizations interested in using the new theatre have approximately 650,000 patrons per year combined and he estimates that the new hall would encourage more performances. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra would be the hall’s primary user and according to Stern could easily fill the 1,950 seats. The symphony produces 140 shows per year. Other groups say they would book the venue more often than they do now. “It is an ideal size for Vancouver. I am so excited by the whole concept,” said Leila Getz, artistic director for Vancouver Recital Society, which presents performances at the Chan Centre and the Orpheum Theatre. Getz says the proposed hall would be a replacement for the Orpheum Theatre for the society. She sited variable acoustics, poor sight lines to the stage and a dressing room that is inaccessible to disabled performers as reasons why the Vancouver Recital Society has difficulty using the Orpheum. “It’s just not a world class concert hall for a city that calls itself a world class city,” Getz said. The Vancouver Recital Society has 22 performances scheduled for this year. Getz said the Chan Centre is “a dream” of a concert hall but because of its location at UBC is inaccessible to many patrons and hard to find for tourists. aowen@vancourier.com

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On her first day on the job as the president of the Vancouver and District Labour Council, Joey Hartman picked up the phone on the second ring. She answered the caller’s request without hesitation. “I can do that.” The first woman elected to the presidency in the 122-year history of the organization, Hartman campaigned on an ability to multitask, collaborate and follow through while also engaging an increasing number of the organization’s 70,000 members. “I feel this is the place you get a pulse for the labour movement locally,” she said on the eve of International Women’s Day. From her ground-floor office of the Maritime Labour Centre, Hartman can see the North Shore mountains over century-old brick streets, the action of the port and the light industry of the changing neighbourhood of HastingsSunrise. As the local representation for the Canadian Labour Congress, the Vancouver Labour Council represents 118 affiliate unions in the Lower Mainland. Hartman, 53, credits the

Joey Hartman collectivism of organized labour with many of society’s biggest gains. “You can’t have a healthy democracy without a strong labour movement.” The third of four children, Hartman was born in Vancouver and raised in a house on West Boulevard. “We didn’t really belong in Kerrisdale,” she said. “My family was quite poor.” Her parents worked sporadically—her father in trucking, her mother tended to plants in downtown high-rises—and there was no discussion of unions or organized labour at home. Hartman’s mother is the descendant of a wealthy financier behind what is now B.C. Hydro. She graduated from Magee secondary in 1975 and studied early childhood education at Capilano College. At Ray-Cam community centre, she was quickly introduced to societal inequities as a special-

needs daycare worker. “One of the kids I had was Mona Wilson, who was one of Pickton’s victims. I knew her when she was four and already having survived a tough life. Our kids were from families in crisis.” Hartman’s admits her knowledge of labour politics was naïve. That changed over 14 weeks on the picket line as a member of Vancouver Municipal Regional Employees Union, now CUPE 15. She was 22. The job action came to focus on pay equity. At the time, men employed as outdoor sanitation workers earned the lowest of all hourly wages at $18. “We said no woman’s wage should be lower than that, that should be the benchmark.” Hartman and her fellow daycare workers earned less. She made $13 an hour. They didn’t get the pay equity they sought. But they did make gains and did get a raise. Wages rose 26 per cent over three years, bringing her salary to just over $16 an hour. “It was huge. I thought OK, if this what being part of a union does, I’m in. As soon as we got off the picket line, I became a shop steward with VMREU.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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not introduced until the 1970’s when— being a ‘passive’ or automatically activated feature—they offered a potential alternative to the low rate of seat belt usage. Today, seat belts and air bags are designed to work together to secure occupants Barrister & Solicitor in the “life space” of the vehicle, and to cushion heads as crash forces propel them toward the point of impact. The good news about seat belts continues. Both Mercedes Benz and Ford have recently heralded a seat belt/airbag combination for rear-seat passengers. Crash sensors activate inflation of the two-layer belt webbing doubling its width within fractions of a second. The instantly wider, cushioned belt reduces pressure on the passenger’s chest by distributing the force more widely, and increases control over the head and neck motion. Ford’s plan is to offer this new technology in its vehicles globally. Seat belts have been the subject of recent media discussion about nanny-statism run amok. In 1970, Victoria, Australia was the first jurisdiction in the world to pass legislation compelling drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts. Since then, although such legislation has become commonplace, the debate has continued over its legitimacy as “solely aimed to protect a man from himself ” and as an unacceptable infringement of liberty. Perhaps the time has come to thrash about new, more truly problematic, examples.

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Happiness found in company of a good friend

Grumpy people reinforce positives of those who make a difference

The dark and dull areas of my life enhance the parts that sparkle. In the past, my natural reaction to my greatest failures, lousy luck and rude people was to be miserable myself. I might give up, withdraw or react with anger myself. But somewhere along the way to growing up and growing older, I’ve gained a little perspective. It’s the contrasts in life that give the greatest joys. In our lives, there are people who make a big difference. They shine and sparkle like diamonds in the crowd. They do their best to make a positive difference where they can —with a cheerful smile, an encouraging word and just the way that they do more than what’s expected of them. They are the few who happily give more than they get. What

they give is happiness. If everyone sparkled that way, the world would be unimaginably brighter, but we might not appreciate each of those special people quite the same. I’ve actually become grateful for people who are really rude because it’s made me appreciate others who make a positive difference in my life. It has almost reached the point that if someone cuts me off in traffic or honks for no good reason, I smile inwardly and say “thank you” to myself. Instead of the more customary hand signals, I’ve been tempted to give angry drivers a thumbs up in appreciation, but I’ve held back, realizing my happiness wasn’t their intent and not wanting to add fuel to their fury. The grumpy and indiffer-

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davidicuswong ent people in the world help me appreciate the sparklers in my life—my friends. I could be totally healthy, physically fit, wealthy and successful, but if I didn’t have my friends, I would not be happy. They’ve helped me through the darkest times in my life—illness and accidents, failures

and breakups, tragedy and grief. No matter what life presents, my friends bring me hope and happiness. Do you define friends as the people you like to hang out with? Your drinking buddies? Your shopping pals? Are friends the people you small talk with? Are they just people who are fun to have around? Sometimes we have friends who justify our bad behaviour and bad habits. In their company, we may drink more and abuse our bodies more. In fact, they are like alcohol and recreational drugs. We associate them with good times while they bring us down. These are our travelling companions on the road to selfdestruction. You can recognize your true friends because you’re better to®

gether than you would be apart. Real friends bring out the best in one another. We help each other achieve our potentials. My best friends know the real me. They sometimes see me better than I see myself. They recognize the best in me, remind me of my dreams and push me to be my best. They recognize the worst in me, call me on it but love me nonetheless. My best friends tell me the truth— even if I don’t want to hear it—because I need to know. Happiness is being in the presence of a friend. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician at the PrimeCare Medical Centre. His column appears regularly in this paper, and his daily A Hundred Days to Happiness posts can be found at davidicuswong. wordpress.com.

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Cancer survivor Donna Pepin modelled Malene Grotrian’s designer dress at Ovarian Cancer Canada’s fashion benefit.

Building on his popular pop-up concept, Peter Girges of RocksGlass Concepts and co-manager of One Hundred Nights revealed his new disco-glam restaurant.

Fred Vancouver firefighter Brent Manyk escorted bejewelled Erin Cebula of Entertainment Tonight Canada to Birks for an Ovarian Cancer Canada benefit.

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Recognizing TELUS for 60 years of support, Maestro Bramwell Tovey presented CEO Darren Entwistle with a framed photo of the VSO.

Going commando: The dress code was far from black tie at Operation Western Front. Attendees were invited to dress in military colours at a Canadian Armed Forces wingding chaired by Dragons’ Den celeb Brett Wilson and philanthropist Warren Spitz. In support of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which provides services and programs for military families, the Vancouver Convention Centre was transformed into an Operation Base where 900 guests spent the evening under a Kandahar mess tent. A record $1.5 million was raised. Glitter and glam: 400 guests filed into Birks Downtown for an exclusive fashion show and auction chaired by Donna Robertson and Kathy Martin. Yours truly played auctioneer at the glitter and glam affair hosted by Marke Driesschen and in support of Ovarian Cancer awareness and research. Media personalities and cancer survivors bedecked in Birks jewels strutted in dresses and bustiers by Malene Grotrian. Shiny happy patients: Donors, physicians, corporate executives and community leaders shared the spotlight when Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) Foundation hosted its SHINE Gala at the CBC Broadcast Centre. Board Chair Belle Puri and President and CEO Adrienne Bakker saw 400 guests drop $200,000 to expand specialized care for heart disease and stroke patients at the New Westminster Hospital. Hear Fred Mondays at 8:20 a.m. on CBC’s The Early Edition AM690; email Fred at yvrflee@hotmail.com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown or fredabouttown.blogspot.com

Continuing his partying ways, former Canuck Shane O’Brien was feted by OPUS Hotel’s Chella Levesque at the One Hundred Nights opener.

Developer Bob Lee (r) welcomed longtime friend former CFL quarterback Joe Kapp to UBC’s Millennium Scholarship Breakfast.

KISS’s Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed made an appearance at Warren Spitz (r) and Brett Wilson’s Operation Western Front fundraiser.

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garden After months of heavy rain with intervals of freezing weather, gardens that were quite civilized before Christmas become a sorry sight. The first cleanup that’s needed is removing branches, cones and blown leaves that high winds ripped from trees and dumped on decks, lawns, patios and paths. Leaves, cones and small thin branches can all be composted. Leafy mulches piled on garden beds to protect tender plants from killing frosts should be left in place at least until the third week in March. In a La Niña winter such as this one, plant survival is best handled with caution. But branch dieback can be tackled right away. Sometimes it’s obvious, especially with trees such as willows where there’s dieback every winter. But if you’re unsure, scratch the dubious branch to uncover the wood beneath. If it’s green, the branch lives. If it’s brown, it’s dead. Sometimes a branch dies back part-way. If this happens, you may need to decide how much pruning will result in the tree looking better. Some trees (witch-hazel for instance) are notorious for wrong-way branching after pruning. After a bitter cold snap some trees or shrubs may look completely dead. But it’s still best to wait and see. Roots of many plants are often hardier than the top growth—naturally so because they are protected by being in the earth. March is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. Anything grown in containers can be planted whenever the soil can be worked, but March is especially beneficial because moisture is usually abundant, temperatures are slowly warming and the plant will have several months to root before the summer dry period. Covering-up and firming of soil is sometimes needed in garden beds where frost heaves have exposed the roots of perennials. This is especially likely with varieties that were newly planted in fall. Any trench type edges to garden beds will need to be re-cut so they remain a barrier to invading grasses. Lawns that in fall appeared to be flat and covered with grass sometimes end up in late winter with moss and bare patches. Rural lawns may need filling in the grooves where made tunnels in winter which have now collapsed. These lawns may not need the full power-raking and aeration treatment. But where

there is moss there should be an application of Dolomite lime followed a few weeks later by a light mulch of compost. Overly wet lawns may

also benefit from a thin mulch of sand. Any bare patches should be raked, composted and seeded with grass. Vegetable gardens that

grow a winter crop of moss are telling you the soil is acidic and needs an application of lime. The beds where heavy feeders such

composted manure can be substituted for plant-based compost. —Anne Marrison amarrison@shaw.ca

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Used drink boxes get made into toilet paper, lucky for us it isn’t the other way around

The drink box that your child takes to school is a polycoat container made up of three material types: paper, an aluminum lining, and a plastic coating.

Environmental You probably already know that all the containers that come into a Return-It™ Depot are diverted from the landfill and recycled. What you might not know is how the materials are recycled and what they become afterwards. Here’s what happens to two types of containers you’re probably very familiar with: drink boxes and gable top cartons. They’re known as “polycoat” containers because they’re made of more than one material. The drink box that your child takes to school is made up of three material types: paper, an aluminum lining, and a plastic coating. The gable top carton in your refrigerator is made of plastic and paper. THE DIS-ASSEMBLY LINE: From the Return-It™ Depot, drink boxes and gable top cartons are shipped to a factory where a hydra-pulper mashes them to a

pulp to separate the paper fibre from any plastic or aluminum linings. 75% of the weight of a typical polycoat container is recoverable paper fibre. The resulting paper pulp is then used to make cardboard boxes of all shapes, sizes and colours, as well as toilet paper. Thousands of tonnes of paper pulp are recovered in this process. For every tonne of paper pulp recycled, approximately 17 trees are saved. STILL MORE TO DO: Encorp Pacific operates one of the most highly regarded beverage container recycling programs in North America. And as impressive as the recovery statistics are there’s one statistic that motivates Encorp to work even harder: 13% of BC’s population admits to having thrown away a beverage container while commuting or doing leisure activities.

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1. When they’re not rumoured to be partaking in drug-fuelled orgies or paying millions of dollars to travel through space, the creators of Cirque du Soleil are thinking up new ways to contort and suspend the human body high in the air, preferably while New Age music plays in the background. Quidam is their latest acrobatic journey, which stretches its limber limbs across Rogers Arena March 9 to 13. For tickets and info, go to cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or call 604-280-4444.

2. One-named singer Simone performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the life and music of her mother, musical icon Nina Simone. Birds fly high, sun in the sky, breeze driftin’ on by March 9, 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. For tickets, go to vancouversymphony.ca or call 604-876-3434. 3. Put on your hoodie and lower those baggy jeans as NYC hip hop artist and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan GZA performs at Fortune Sound Club March 9. Tickets at Beatstreet, Red Cat, Scratch, Zulu and Highlife Records or online at ticketweb.ca. 4. Local pop artist 12 Midnite unveils a whole whack of new works including neon, paintings, drawings and prints in an exhibition called Taking Liberties at the Elliott Louis Gallery (258 East First Ave.). The exhibit runs until April 2 with an artist’s reception March 10, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info at elliottlouis.com.

kudos & kvetches And the winner is…

Two weeks ago, inspired by an 18-year-old article in Discorder, we asked readers to enter K&K’s “Let’s Slag a Vancouver Celebrity” band name contest. Even though a few of you insisted on working blue despite our requests to keep things clean, the response was impressive. So impressive, we’ve decided organize the entries according to theme. But first, the winner of K&K’s 2011 Let’s Slag a Vancouver Celebrity band name contest is: Jim Green’s Dermatologist Bill. For her winning entry, Rhonda Rivers takes home a prize package consisting of Ian Christie’s book Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga and a DVD of Felinity’s Core Sensuality exercise series Get it On! Congratulations. • Musicians Michael Buble’s Grandmother Joe Shithead’s Lingering Regret Nardwuar the Human Serviette’s Moist Towelette Mike Reno’s Jelly Donuts Stephen McBean’s Sober Moment Dave Gehn’s Contribution Neil Osbourne’s Psychologist

• Politicians Judas Kwan Hedy Fry in Hell Gregor Robertson’s Yogasino Gregor Robertson’s Cortes Island Smoothie Gregor Robertson’s Rugged Wranglers Gregor Robertson’s Handsome Mandate Gregor Robertson’s Backyard Rotisserie Compound Gregor Robertson’s Trophy Wife The Kerry Bo-Jangles Rocket From Harry Rankin’s Crypt Christy Clark’s Red Hot Video Membership Kevin Falcon’s New Wave Dandruff Kevin Falcon’s Inflated Resume Last Tango In Patti Bacchus • Media Steve Darling’s inane inflated ego & the it’s all about me’s Squire Barnes’ Night Terrors Pamela Martin’s Rainbow Bracelets David Pratt’s Prom Date Olsen On Your Backside Michael Eckford’s Sausage Fingers Mike Usinger’s Originality Fiona Hughes’ Hot Flashes

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Squire Barnes’ Leather Thong Neil McRae’s Shaved Back Gloria Macarenko’s Homemade Wardrobe Dave Pratt’s Power Blue Jumpsuit Mike Killeen’s Panty Collection Squire Barnes’ Magic Kingdom Fred Lee’s Baby Duck Taste, Big Gulp Budget • Business leaders Don Matrick’s CompuCollege Diploma Jacqui Cohen’s Bleeding Gums Tom Gaglardi’s Sausage Empire • Vancouver Canucks Mike Gillis’ Cheery Countenance Mike Gillis’ Easygoing Demeanour Mike Gillis’ Florid Complexion Mike Gillis’ Straining Top Button Mike Gillis’ Hangdog Stare Mike Gillis’ Blood Pressure Cuff Francesco Aquilini’s Six Pack Dave Nonis’ KY Addiction Francesco Aquilini’s Halitosis Trevor Linden’s Issues Sami Salo’s Bunga Bunga Parties For a complete list of entries, go to vancourier.com/opinion/blogs.


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Yukon Theatre Ensemble displays gift for Mamet-speak

Life suffers from sentimental streak The Story of My Life

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Write what you know is usually good advice for writers, but in The Story of My Life, created by Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and Brian Hill (book), what writer Thomas Weaver knows is heavy on sentiment and thin on interest. Produced by Best Friends Theatre Coop, this two-hander musical opens with Tom trying to write a eulogy for his boyhood friend, Alvin, who has died jumping or falling off a bridge. Tom can’t seem to get started—in fact, he’s been suffering writer’s block after years of an award-winning career. All those stories, it turns out, were based on childhood adventures with Alvin, for whom Tom has had little time in recent years. He has never acknowledged the debt he owes Alvin, and now it’s too late. Boyhood experiences come in flashbacks—especially making snow angels and sharing affection for the angel Clarence and poor, put-upon George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. Personally, I hate getting snow down my pants, and I can get through Christmas without It’s A Wonderful Life, so neither of these resonate with me. But directed by Valerie Easton, with musical direction by Wendy Bross Stuart, the show looks and sounds good. Drew Facey (set) and Darren Hales (lights) present a warmly glowing stage. It’s Heaven, after all, where we find Alvin flanked by towers of books. The score, described by Easton as “always interesting and melodic” is skillfully sung by Stephen Aberle (Tom) and Jonathan

Stephen Aberle and Jonathan Holmes appear in The Story of My Life. Holmes (Alvin). Despite enthusiastic performances, however, there’s not a lot to latch onto. Alvin is sweet but a big, grown-up kid; Tom is self-absorbed and careless with friendship. The take home message seems to be, as claimed by the ghost of Alvin, “It really isn’t over after all. Stories carry on through time—they never quit.” This one, I fear, is at some risk.

Speed-the-Plow

At Presentation House until March 19 Tickets: 604-990-3474, phtheatre.org

Playwright David Mamet recalls seeing “Industry produces wealth; God speed the plow” emblazoned on old crockery and took it for the title of his play about the film industry. If Excellence in Ass Kissing were an Oscar category, his character Charlie Fox (Eric Epstein) would be up there blithering

his thank-yous. Top of his list would be Bobby Gould (Aaron Nelken), a small-time producer who can “green light” films under $10 million. Promoter Charlie comes to Bobby with a gift. A big name actor has agreed to do the “buddy, prison script” that has been sitting around for ages. Bobby is ecstatic, and they fall all over each other. Done deal? Not quite. There’s a doom-and-gloom, pop psychology novel on Bobby’s desk that he’s giving a “courtesy read.” Karen, his beautiful, seemingly naïve “temp,” thinks the book is wonderful and will do “anything” to see it produced. Yum. Directed by Sarah Rodgers for Whitehorse Theatre Ensemble, this scorchingly funny production will have you re-assessing the Yukon. It’s obviously not all long-underwear and mushing up there in the land of the midnight sun. Far from Mamet-land, this trio—including Jessica Hickman—pulls off like pros what has come to be called Mamet speak: splintered dialogue, incomplete sentences, conversations at crossed purposes. Mamet’s all about hierarchy—who’s on top, who’s not and who wants to be. Epstein’s Charlie, in suits that seem to suggest Charlie sees himself as bigger, lays the flattery on thick. His character is on the bottom. Legs spread, chewing gum, Nelken’s Bobby is clearly on top. Hickman, with a bright-eyed, breathless look of innocence, shows Karen going for control and coming so close. Mamet has been accused of misogyny, and Karen is definitely one of his most calculating temptresses. Rough language and crackling oneliners almost hide Mamet’s critical look at how deals are done in Hollywood South. Not pretty but very funny. —JL joled@telus.net

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Video projections add another dimension to live music, theatre, opera and dance, but Vancouver’s emerging video artists don’t always get the exposure they deserve. That’s why a new Chinatownbased non-profit called Drop Out Video Arts formed and is co-producing Vancouver’s first largescale video projection show, Drop In/Drop Out: Video Arts Expo, at W2 Storyeum, March 18. “I see that this is a really underutilized art form,” said Drop Out’s director Mairin Cooley. “But it’s out there, but it’s usually in the background, but at the same time, it has such a tremendous influence as to how people experience a show.” Drop In/Drop Out is the Vancouver edition of the BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) video projection show that started in Berlin

last year. Organizers invite all artists and community members to participate as long as they bring their own projectors. Drop In/Drop Out will feature more than 40 projections. With 15-foot ceilings, 20-foot in some areas at the massive venue, Cooley’s excited about the presentation possibilities. “We toured the entire floor plan and decided that we are giving artists the opportunity to project within a range of four to 10 feet, so the end result will be that the projections will be much larger than we’ve seen in the past BYOBs, which we think is very awesome,” she said. The videos will be presented in a more dynamic way than in a typical gallery, Cooley adds. “We really like the way it looks to have things not be totally rigid or structured,” she said. “It’s much more like a creative explosion and a creative jam in terms of the videos working together, and they’ll be playing together, literally and figuratively.” Organizers are building a 30foot-long tent where techniques

Drop In/Drop Out: Video Arts Expo will feature more than 40 projections from local and international video artists March 18 at W2 Storyeum. will be demonstrated on the “screen” of the structure and visitors can chill out inside. Along with installations there are also workshops, demonstrations and interactive displays including one where visitors can manipulate

single slides like puzzle pieces to build their own whole. The expo starts at 5 p.m. and entry is by donation until 10 p.m. to encourage Vancouverites of all ages and walks of life to drop in.

Emilio Rojas, a video artist from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, has videotaped himself shaving half his body. His performance will last a month, which means he’ll be projecting and walking around with half a moustache. Marie Horstead, a fibre artist, will project self-reflective images of her body onto a quilt she made. Other artists include Barry Doupe, whose work has been viewed at the Tate Modern in London, England; the Vancouver Design Nerds Society, which recently showed elaborate projections at Illuminate Yaletown; and Liz Van Allen Cairns and Jessica Parsons who create site-specific video jams with artists and live bands. Cooley says the experience of the videos will change as the evenings progress with sound artists chiming in at 7 p.m. and bands including Channels 3x4 and Animal Bodies starting at 10 p.m., with a dance party to follow. Drop In/Drop Out happens at 151 West Cordova. crossi@vancourier.com

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Saints march for three wins to keep season alive Megan Stewart Staff writer

In a frenetic, charged and physical game Monday night, the St. George’s Saints fought to keep their season alive. And they succeeded. The Saints outscored the Kitsilano Blue Demons 53-52 in their third consecutive game of a potential four-game wildcard tournament and forced a fourth contest and a rematch against Kits the following night. The better of the two teams—determined if the Saints win outright or if the Demons win by more than one point Tuesday—will advance to the 20-team B.C. Provincials next week at the Langley Events Centre. (Tuesday night’s game results weren’t known before the Courier’s Tuesday morning print deadline. Final results are available at vancourier. com. in the Sports section.) Whatever off-court political bickering may have contributed to tension in the stands Monday night, no one in the Killarney secondary school gymnasium, which hosted the game, could escape the deafening drone of

vuvuzelas from a pack of Saints supporters. The teen fans levied their Kits opponents with taunts, trash talk and random chants that ranged from a player’s name to “Cheeseburger!” to “You suck!” The incessant horns blared loudest during free throws and about 30 fans, painted in St. George’s colours, took to their feet as the game intensified and bodies began to hit the hardwood. The Saints opened scoring off a basket from Cornel Alexiu but that was their only brief lead until the game’s final seconds. For the balance of the game, Kitsilano held as much as a 12-point advantage and looked to sever the Saints from their postseason ambitions. The Saints took a blow four minutes after tip-off when Sajen Gill, a starting 6’4” forward, was escorted off the court. He appeared to favour his left ankle and didn’t return. Late in the game they lost another playmaker, Dekland Chung, after he dropped five quick points. Alexiu, Chad Payne, Adam Hildebrand and Milan Mitrovic stepped up defensively although they couldn’t match Kitsilano’s Kirby Johntson or Luka Za-

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harijevic pound for pound in the paint. No one seemed to shy away from contact, incidental or intentional. Ball-carriers used their forearms as arsenal to clear a path, picks were set while jerseys pulled, and traffic under the hoop turned feverish. “They’re so big inside and the referees were really letting them play today,” said Saints head coach Guy Dasilva. “We were getting thrown around in there like pin-balls. It was very physical. We were forced to take shots. We did a good job of getting the balls inside, we just weren’t getting any calls.” Both benches were in a frenzy early, lobbing scorn and pleas at the referees. One ref sought to silence the frustration of the Saints coaching staff, telling Dasilva, “Take care of your bench. Not another word.” Up by one after the first quarter, Kitsilano stretched their lead to 2619 at the half, holding the Saints to five points in the second quarter. With 15 apiece through the third, the Saints and Demons entered the final frame with Kits leading 41-34. Seconds in, the Saints bench drew a technical foul. Kits followed with

one of their own and then the Saints’ Dasilva drew his team’s second T. Mitrovic, who sunk two treys and tallied nine points in the third quarter, banked a three-point jumper off glass to put the Saints within five. Alexiu sent another dagger from beyond the arc to put the Saints within reach of the lead at 50-49. Alexiu and Zaharijevic were each perfect from the line, putting the score at 52-51. With 20 seconds on the clock, an offensive turnover sent St. George’s Lucas MacFayden streaking down court for the goahead lay-up and the win. Kits and St. Georges met again Tuesday for the deciding game. Box score: • St. George’s Saints: Milan Mitrovic 15, Cornel Alexiu 13, Chad Payne 7, Lucas MacFayden 6, Deklan Chung 5, Adam Hildebrand 4, Saahil Sidoo 2, Sajen Gill 1 • Kitsilano Blue Demons: Edvin Malushaga 11, David Burton 9, Paulius Makulavicius 8, Luka Zaharijevic 8, Kirby Johnston 4, Stewan Annan 4, Bryan Lopez 4 mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Wildcard controversy

If I were wearing a hat, I’d tip it to the basketball players who dressed this week for the St. George’s Saints and Kitsilano Blue Demons. These athletes—teenaged but many of them manly in appearance and occasionally even in demeanour—played two feverishly charged games to keep their season alive. Both surely feel they’re the most deserving of the fifth regional berth to the 20-seed Provincials. Advocates for and against the wildcard playin argue these athletes are paying the greatest price should they not advance. I’m exhausted by this argument and I’ll ask again: Which athletes, exactly? Either way, as one parent wrote on the topic of winners and losers: “If the goal is to allow kids to become the best they can at a sport, they need to play the toughest games they can. Great players are often made in the losses not the wins.” Too true. The team that advances and the team that doesn’t will both taste the bittersweet effect of adult politics. Through various mechanisms of different league and zone draws, tournaments and play-ins, historical standards and new precedents, the B.C. Boys High School Basketball Association has landed in this mess that has more finger pointing than a preschool class at a petting zoo. Parents, coaches, athletic directors and voting board members with the basketball association are increasingly tightlipped. Off the record, some sense an escalation that may lead to legal action. Manipulation of the Lower Mainland tour-

nament, which saw the draw drop from 16 to 12 teams, coupled with the departure of one of only three basketball programs from the independent school league at the AAA level, left Vancouver College and St. George’s to battle for a single berth instead of two entries to Lower Mainlands last year and again this winter. If this precedent continues, one of the perennially top 20 B.C. teams won’t advance to Provincials. But a proportional and regional berthing formula has traditionally drawn teams from across the province, even if those teams don’t rank and rarely contend. The tournament is having an identity crisis. The association will hash it out at an AGM March 19 but strong-arming the Lower Mainland executive again will lead to resentment and ill will. Collateral damage includes fans of amateur sport. One wrote to tell me the “Saints play-in [is] causing weird vibes.” Although the Saints were eliminated from advancing to the Lower Mainlands, their roster and team photo appear in the 32-page tournament program. “Figure that one out,” deadpanned one public school coach. Another said he was “furious.” Are influential public school coaches determined to prevent the private schools from advancing over their own programs, as some outsiders contend? Do ideology or envy factor in? Is it accurate that parents who send their child to a high school that charges thousands in tuition don’t pay to lose, as others have suggested? Does entitlement factor in? We know both these teams are excellent, deserving and the basketball they played this week superb. I can see one price the players pay: their athletic achievements are robbed of full attention and acclaim because of controversy. Point your fingers. mstewart@vancourier.com

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LAYING BROWN HENS. Started Pullets. Tame. Lay well. $9.50ea. Cloverdale. ★ 604 541-0007

3540 PAPILLONS, 2 male pups, CKC reg’d, CH parents, microchipped, 2nd shots, non-breeding pets only, $1100.00 call 604-805-3457

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

GARAGE SALES

5505 5505

Legal/Public Notices

Notice to Creditors and Others

21ST CENTURY FLEA MARKET 175 tables of Bargains on Deluxe 20th Century Junque! SUN MAR 20 16 10-3 Croatian Cultural Center 3250 Commercial Drive, 604-980-3159 Adm: $4

East Vancouver, ESTATE SALE Saturday & Sunday March 12/13 ★ 8 - 3 3529 Oxford St, Near Kootenay Loop

Everything must go − INCLUDING THE HOUSE!

GIANT GARAGE SALE

Friday March 11, 5pm - 8pm Saturday March 12, 9am -1pm SIR CHARLES KINGSFORDSMITH SCHOOL 6901 Elliott Street at 54th Ave East A fundraiser for our School!

Please bring your shopping bags.

H - WILSON HEIGHTS THRIFT SALE. 1634 East 41st at Argyle. Fri Mar 11th 5-7 pm; Sat Mar 12. 9-12 noon

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Call 604-630-3300 to book your ad

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6005

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6007

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

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6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-06

Chilliwack

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Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

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6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

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Re: The estate of Bessie Rose Luteyn, aka Bessie R. Luteyn, Bessie Rose Snider Luteyn, Bessie Luteyn, Bessy Luteyn, and B.R. Luteyn, deceased, formerly of 6532 Maple St., Vancouver, BC Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Bessie Rose Luteyn, aka Bessie R. Luteyn, Bessie Rose Snider Luteyn, Bessie Luteyn, Bessy Luteyn, and B.R. Luteyn are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executors c/o Adrian & Co., Barristers and Solicitors, attn: Lara A. Percy, at 5660 Yew Street, Vancouver, BC V6M 3Y3 on or before April 15, 2011, after which date the Executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The estate of WILHELMINA ELIZABETH CRANER OTHERWISE KNOWN AS WILHELMINA E. CRANER, WILHELMINA CRANER, WILHELMINA ELIZABETH WILLEMS, WILHEMINA E. WILLEMS, WILHELMINA WILLEMS AND WILHEMINA ELIZEBETH WILLEMS, deceased, formerly of 1880 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5M 3H9 Creditors and others having claims against the Estate are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the VANCOUVER CITY SAVINGS CREDIT UNION, Attention: Christie Matsalla at 183 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R8 on or before April 7, 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. Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Executor, Peterson Stark Scott, Solicitors

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7010

Personals

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6020-34

Surrey

SURREY, 6 BR Duplex, 3 BR ste up, 3 BR ste down, sep entry, 9 appls, on bus route, Near schls. $400,000. Call 778-896-0242

6050

Out Of Town Property

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6505

Apartments & Condos

1 BR corner apt 750sf, good views, nr bus/shops, inste w/d, ug prkg,store room, elevator, community lounge for seniors 55+, 2740 W. King Edward, $1340/mo, ns np, Phone 10 am - 4pm Mon -Fri . 604-671-0965 BEAUTIFUL NEW 1&2br Suites with custom cabinets and radiant heated kitchen/bath floors, Fraser&26th nr shops/bus/all amenities $1250/$1450/mo np ns refs lease 778-889-8077

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1 BDRM suite (1st & Clark) 460 sq ft, n/p, incl heat, hot water & parking. Available for April 1st Call 604-254-9754 BEAUTIFUL SUITES Marpole area. Bach, 1 & 2 BRs. Newer kitchens & baths. H/W flrs, balcony/patio. $800 & up. Incl heat, h/water, 2 appl. 604-327-9419.

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8060

Concrete

A. FOUNDATIONS, Retaining walls, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. Free ests. Call Basile 604-617-5813 CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726 L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

8073

Drainage

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8075

Drywall

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6540

Houses - Rent

2 BR house with 1 bdrm bsmt suite, 54th & Main, $2000 + utils, np, avail now. 604-325-2420 E. VAN 3 BR UPPER avail Mar 15 or Apr 1. $1300/mo + utls. NS/NP. Fraser / Broadway. 604-809-4787 PANORAMIC VIEW 3 BR, 1.5 bath, large kitchen, dining & living room, gas fp, den & deck. 5 appls, $2250 incl utils. N/S, N/P. 1365 E. 36th. Avail Now Call 604-321-9578 STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN No Qualification Required

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2- 4 Bdrm 3 bath BRAND NEW homes,1 furn $3300 & 1 unfurn $2800 Nr Langara bus rte. Mr. Pabla 604-720-5900 Natalie or 604-728-6937

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

AFFORDABLE CARPET/VINYL INSTALLER Repairs & restretches.17 yrs exp. Free est DAVID 604-505-4735

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8055

604.669.9475

RENTALS

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6020-22

Carpentry

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8030

Body Work

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8120

Glass Mirrors

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8125

Gutters

Edgemont Gutters. Sales & Install 5’’ continuous gutter, minor repairs, cleaning. 604-420-4800 Professional Powerwash Gutters cleaned & repaired Since 1984, 604-339-0949 Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

8130

Handyperson

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8087

Excavating

Home Services

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8090

Fencing/Gates

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6540

Houses - Rent

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● NEW WEST- 1722-6th Av 2 bdrm HOUSE w/1 suite 2 f/p, Long term finance, lrg fenced yard...$1,288/M CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M Call Kristen today (604)786-4663 www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

6565

Office/Retail Rent

LADNER CORE Comm 400-4000 sqft. Short/long term. lancemcc@eastlink.ca 604-240-9340

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR bsmt $780. Rupert/18. Walk to shops, trans. Avail immed. Call BJ 778-829-0060.

RENOS • REPAIRS

ALL EXT REPAIRS/REPLACE Fencing, stairs, decks, porches, siding. Call 604-325-4674 EXP’D HANDYMAN offering high quality affordable services. Drain cleaning, plumbing, tiling, drywall, painting etc. Call: 604-839-5353 HOME REPAIRS - No job too small. Carpentry, painting, fencing, drywall, baseboards, lam flooring, deck repairs, p/washing, gutters. Brian, 604-266-2547 / 785-4184

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR ground level large, near Fraser & 58th. close to schools & bus. no pets, no smoking, $700 all inclusive. Apr 1. 778-838-4691 2 BDRM grnd flr bsmt suite, nr schools & shops Killarney area, ldry, ns, np, Mar 1st or 15th. $950 + utils. 604-657-7390 2 BR ground flr. new reno, hardwood, wd, bright, suits quiet family, 53rd & Nanaimo, ns, np, $1100 incl all, now, 604-872-4161 2 BR main flr, reno’d older home, shar’d ldry, nr transit, parks & ammenities. N/p, Avail Mar 15th, $1450incl util Rob 778-908-0954

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8160

Lawn & Garden

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8140

Heating

GAS FURNACE / FIRE / BOILER Repairs / servicing. Plumbing repairs / alterations. Top tradesman. Best prices. 604-564-2607

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8150

Kitchens/Baths

Plywood Kitchen Cabinets & Refacing, Counter Tops • In business 50 years 604-879-9191

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8155

greenwavelandscapes.ca

Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Hardscaping & Landscaping. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. 604 782-4322

Lawn & Garden

Spring Services

Same Day Service, Fully Insured

FREE ESTIMATES

• Lawn Maintenance • Fertilizing • Yard Clean-ups • Aeration • Pruning/Hedges • Power Raking • Rubbish Removal • Odd jobs •Yearly Maintenance Programs •

310-JIMS (5467) BOOK A JOB AT

www.jimsmowing.ca

Ny Ton Gardening yard & lawn maint. trimming, shrubs, hedging, power raking etc. 604-782-5288 ★ SD ENTERPRISES ★ Gardening, power raking, lawncare, pruning, cedar fencing. Free est. Call Terry at 604-726-1931

YARD CLEAN-UP, lawns cut, hedges pruned, trees trimmed, power raking, aerating, rubbish removal, gutters. 604-773-0075

8175

Masonry

MASONRY and REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys •Slate Patio/Sidewalk •Fireplaces & more. George • 604-365-7672

8185

Moving & Storage

AFFORDABLE MOVING 1 to 3 Men

1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 Ton $ From

45

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

FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount

Residential, Strata, Commercial Gardens Designed, Installed, Maintained Trees/Hedges Installed, Removed, Fruit Trees Pruned & Sprayed Retaining Walls, Patios, Pathways

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

(604) 875-9072 873-5292

EZ GO MOVERS Quick & Reliable Movers from$48 per hour

rakesandladders.com

www.ezgomovers.com

LAWN CUTTING

Abe Moving & Delivery & Rubbish Removal. Available 24 hours. Call Abe at: 604-999-6020

MOVING?

• Lawn Mowing • Aeration • Spring Cleanups • Hedging Visa / MC / Debit Accepted

604-347-7888 604-723-2468; T. TRAN, New lawns, grass cuts, p/raking, aerating, hedging, pruning. Reliable

EXPERT SERVICE For everything growing on your property. 778 881 9549

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

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

For Free Estimates Call

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

Serving West Side since 1987

STORMWORKS

● Oil Tank Removal ● Recommended ● Insured ● Reasonable Rates

604-724-3670 Painting/ Wallpaper

• • • •

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

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

604-731-2443 YOUR WAY

Plumbing & Renovations Full Kitchen & Bath Reno’s • Plumbing Service - all types • H/W tanks • Plugged drains No job too small!

‘Old Home Specialist’

Steve ✔

604-324-3351

10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005 ★ 3 Licensed Plumbers ★ 66 years of exp. 604-830-6617 www.oceansidemechanical.com

PLUMBERS

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

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

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

FAIRWAY PAINTING

DJ PAINTING •Int/Ext •Com/Resid •Top Quality 604-258-7300 cell: 604-417-5917 3 ROOMS FOR $299. walls, w/2 coats of top Cloverdale Paint. 20 yrs exp. Larry 604-961-4391 AAA Professional int/ext painter & wall paperer. Guar work. Free est. John 604-318-2059 (Kits)

Showroom: 1230 West 75th Ave.

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS Additions ★ Renovations Concrete Forming ★ Decks Garages ★ Bathrooms Ceramic Tile ★ Drywall Hardwood Flooring ''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

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

Additions. Kitchens Bathrooms. Landscape Const. Design & Build Renovations 604.662.8150

www.jasonsmithbuild.com

CONFIDENT PAINTING LTD Int/Ext Specialist 20 yr exp. Reas rates, quality. Licensed, Ins, WCB Jean-Guy 604-626-1975

24/7 Building Maintenance Ltd Res & Comm Reno Specialist. www.reno247.ca 778-881-4357

ALMA Building & Renovation New construction, expansion & reno., 604-228-4272

MILANO Painting 604-551-6510 Int/Ext. Good Prices. Free Est. Written Guar. Prof & Insured.

★ BATHROOM SPECIALIST★ Tiles, tub, vanity, plumbing, paint framing. From start to finish. Over 20 yrs exp. Peter 604-715-0030

PainterOne Painting Interior/Exterior, Good Prices 604 812 8900

HANDY 'D' Home Services •Maintenance •Carpentry •Decks •Fences •Renos. 604-722-5684

★ STAFFORD & SON ★ Interior/Exterior. Top quality work. Reasonable rates. 604-221-4900

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

Decks/Patios/ Railings

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

C Davis Contracting- Renos & Repair, Decks, additions, kitchen bath. Ins. Licensed. Local Co. Chris 778-549-6186

8250

Roofing

#1 Roofing Company in BC All types of Roofing Over 35 Years in Business Call now for Free Estimates

8205

Paving/Seal Coating

ALLEN Asphalt, concrete, brick, drains, foundations, walls, membranes 604-618-2304/ 820-2187

NEW CANADIAN ROOFING LTD.

Mozaik Handyman Services Ltd Reno painting, electrical, plumb tiling, 604-739-8786..716-8687

8300

Quality Home Improvement ★ Stucco ★ All Kinds. No Job Too Big or Small. 604-725-8925 STUCCO ● STUCCO Seamless, matching any texture comm/res. Call 604-730-8277

A Eastwest Roofing & Siding Re-roofing, Gutter, Free Est, BBB Member, 10% disc, Seniors Disc, 604-812-9721, 604-783-6437

A to Z CERAMIC TILES Installation, Repairs, Fair Prices Free Est. 444-4715 cel 805-4319

604-716-8528

A Save on Roofing - specialize in ★reroof ★ repair★ Fully Ins. Free est. 10% discount 778-892-1266

8255

8309

ALL JUNK? Residential & Commercial Free Estimates Large or small jobs Nobody beats our prices $ 15 OFF with this ad

Yes, we Remove & Recycle Anything

604-537-8523

WWW.PATTARGROUP.COM

Roof Leaking?

604-802-1918

vancouverroofingrepair.com

Abe Moving & Delivery & Rubbish Removal. Available 24 hours. Call Abe at: 604-999-6020 A.J.K. MOVING Ltd. Special truck for clean-ups. Any size job Lic#32839 604-875-9072

drytech.ca

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

ROOFING/ RE-ROOFING Leak Repairs & Chimney Repairs

RUBBISH REMOVAL

SAVE $ 604-228-ROOF (7663)

Auto Miscellaneous

$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309. INSTANT AUTO CREDIT Buying a used car is hard enough without having to worry about financing! Get APPROVED for your car loan in minutes: www.NanaimoCars.com MISSED THE LAST Economic Boom? Be ready for the next one. Pre-employment Welder and Millwright programs at GPRC. 16 weeks and you’ll write the 1st year apprenticeship exam. On campus residences. Fall studies 1-888-999-7882 gprc.ab.ca/fairview.

WANT TO BE A Mechanic? Can’t get your foot in the door? General Mechanic program - GPRC Fairview Campus. Hands-on training in Heavy Duty and Automotive Technician. Write apprenticeship exams. Oncampus housing. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview

9125

Domestic

1991 BUICK Roadmaster, exc cond, lots of new parts, Aircared, $4300 obo. 604-250-1178

9129

Luxury Cars

604-274-0285

Waters Home Maintenance Window Cleaning, also gutters. Free est. 604-738-6606

HOME SERVICES Find the professionals you need to create the perfect renovation. to advertise call

604-630-3300

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

9130

Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes

LEARN SMALL Engine Repair. Hands-on training on ATV’s, Snowmobiles, personal watercraft. Excellent Instructors and training aids. On-campus residences. Write apprenticeship exams. GPRC Fairview Campus. 1-888-999-7882; gprc.ab.ca/fairview

9145

Scrap Car Removal

9155

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

05 VOLVO XC90 T6. Exc cond, dealer serviced. Blue, beige leather, $19,995 604 506 2723 2001 DODGE Ram 3/4 ton PU V8. 132m km, runs well, some dents. Spray on box liner, towing package. $3500 obo. 604 290-5314

9160

Sports & Imports

04 VOLVO XC70 Exc Cond, dealer serviced. 102kms, Black, tan leather $14,750 604 506 2723

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

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

604 628 9044

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

1998 SUBARU forrester, auto, roof racks, tow bar, 310 k, 1st owner $4500 604-984-7286

JACK−X ★ FREE Scrap Car Removal Top $$ for scrap cars. ★ Flat Rate Towing Service avail. Call ★ 604-720-0067

THE SCRAPPER

SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

CASH FOR ALL VEHICLES

604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC 2H

2001 JAGUAR S-Type 3.0 Black on white, Auto, 135km, Elegant car, $6,588. Tel: 778-322-3598

Window Cleaning

Windows Cleaned Inside & Outside Gutters Cleared & Cleaned FREE ESTIMATES

AUTOMOTIVE 9105

Tiling

White Rose Window Cleaning

Rubbish Removal

604-588-0833

ADVANTAGE BUILDING MAINTENANCE

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

Over 15 yrs experience All types of Roofing Reasonable Rates WCB Insured

9150 KITCHENS, ADDITIONS, baths, replacement windows, 20 years experience. Steve, 604-218-0423

Roofing

SALES@ PATTARGROUP.COM

DECKS & FENCES, gates, front steps etc. John 778-998-5591 tarasoffconstruction.com

Call 604-630-3300 to place your ad

8250

8335

Showroom: 1230 West 75th Ave.

22-BUILD (222-8453)

7291234

www.dpdconstruction.com Renos, repairs, character home specialty. Dean @ 604-908-4813

LEAK REPAIRS

RENOVATIONS

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR SPECIALS

Save Your Dollars Bath * Kitchen * Suites & More RENORITE.COM 604-781-7695

Roof, Chimney & Skylight Repairs WCB Licensed

778-997-9582

Fully Insured 20 years experience Call 604Free Estimates

Renovations & Home Improvement

Certified Plumber & Gas Fitter

drytech.ca

Insured/WCB

8240

QUADRO CONSTRUCTION •Int & Ext RENO’S •Concrete •Landscaping ★ 604-323-6193

Quality Work You Can Trust! Interior & Exterior ★ EXCELLENT PRICES ★ Free Est./Written Guarantee

8200

AVANTI GARDEN SERVICES Spring cleanup, new design, planting, etc. Laura 604-264-0775

LADYBUG GARDENING

8193

Oil Tank Removal

DAVID HALL & Daughter Painting and Wallpaper. Please Call 604-266-5744

604-874-5296

EXPERT PRUNING Cert Arb Ornamental & fruit trees, shrubs,etc Colin Malcolm 604-618-9741

TwoGuysWithATruck.ca Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK

CANSTAR PAINTING

604-580-2171

• Weekly lawn cutting • Organic lawncare • Spring yard clean-up • Shrub & hedge trimming HireTheGardener.com

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

ADVANCE MOVING LTD

604-737-0170

Certified • Insured • WCB

Booked by April 2nd 604-566-5541 www.firstcallmoving.com

8195

MOVING & DELIVERY EXPERTS!! Licensed, Bonded & Insured Single item to full house moves We Guarantee the Cost of Every Move Flat Rates always available A+ (604) 861-8885 BBB www.advancemovingltd.com Rating

Plumbing

15% OFF All Moving

604-537-4140 www.affordablemoversbc.com

8220

604-312-6311

P/U or delivery. Covered storage. (604) 644-1878

AJK MOVING LTD.

LAWNS • GARDENS • TREES • SHRUBS EST.1994

MOVERS.CA 604.682.2232

* MUSHROOM MANURE *

Landscaping

★ Greenwave Landscapes★ Complete Garden Maintance & Edible Solutions 604-317-3037

8160

LAWN MAINTENANCE 20 yrs exp. power rake, aerating. Free est. Reliable Reas. 604-649-9965

Moving & Storage

8185

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Services & Repairs

WH MARINE & AUTO REPAIRS General Repairs, Brakes, Muffler, tune ups. All makes all models. 604-327-3213

2000 BENTLEY Arnage Royal Blue, Magnolia hide piped blue Totally immaculate, full records, dealership service history. My personal car, I bought it from the chairman of the Florida’s Rolls Royce owners club. 47,000 miles. $48,500 1-604-966-8300 No dealers 2003 VOLVO V70, AWD, premium package, 100 K, full service records, $13,500 604-924-2038 2003 VW Jetta 1.8L turbo, 4 dr, auto, well maintained, exc shape, gray, $6800. 604-980-7872

9515

Boats

WANTED. Aluminum Boat, 10, 12 or 14ft, with or without motor or trailer. 604-319-5720


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THE VANCOUVER COURIER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

Your Original

Family Pack

2

Non-Medicated

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d e t a c i d e M Non Chicken Drumsticks

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Broccoli

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5

Product of California

1

$ 99

$ 49

$ 22 /lb. $4.89kg.

Food Store

/lb. $3.29kg.

/lb. $13.21kg.

We carry a Huge Selection of Organic Products Natural Raised

Canadian Beef

Canadian Beef

Canadian Beef

Boneless

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Short Ribs

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Pork Sirloin Chops

4

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Mild Genoa Blueberries Mangoes Salami

1

$ 99

2

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100g.

Texas

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Grapefruit

1

$ 3 for

1 pint

Bremner’s

Large Size

99

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$

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1

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13

/lb. $3.29kg.

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Kombucha Drink

907g.

2

Thompson Raisins

8

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Asparagus

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Certified Organic

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