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According to Statistics Canada, 7.4 per cent of households send kids to camp

Parents encounter forms and waivers for summer camps Rebekah Funk Contributing writer

Don’t be a pansy,” Torey Kesteven think as she edges towards the end of Camp Homewood’s wooden zip line platform. It’s a warm day in July and the athletic 17-year-old is tired of swimming. She dries off, pulls a climbing harness over her hips and ascends the pine tree to the launch pad, suspended 25 feet above Mine Lake’s murky green waters. She’s been on this zip line before but it’s the last day of the camp’s counsellor-in-training program on Quadra Island and she wants to do something cool. Maybe a spin, she muses as she climbs the tree’s foot holes to the top—something crazy. A volunteer hooks her in for the ride, and as she steels herself to step into thin air, Torey does something quite unlike herself—she hesitates. Unable to determine the reason for the knot in her stomach, she takes the plunge and everything feels normal—until instead of seeing tree branches and water, she’s staring at an endless expanse of sky. There’s a fleeting moment of confusion before she hits the moss-covered rock below and starts screaming.

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learning useful survival skills. Meanwhile, those who do send their kids to summer camp—an estimated 7.4 per cent of Canadian households, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent 2006 census—wade through the plethora of registration forms and waivers and wonder if the benefits of camp outweigh the risks involved.

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Having worked as a staff member at a B.C. wilderness camp called TREK since 2004, I’ve witnessed the lengths parents will go to in order to watch over their children. Some call requesting permission to visit during the week; others leave frantic voice messages on the camp cellphone requesting daily status updates, while others volunteer as staff to ensure they’re always within reach. While it can be helpful to have support for children who’ve never been away or are prone to homesickness, in most cases it isn’t the child reaching out for his or her parents— it’s the opposite. Torey had never been sold on the whole summer camp idea. She’d been to “richkid camps” before—where everyone was “prissy” and high-tech activities like geocaching or wake boarding made her feel like she was at an all-inclusive resort. But Homewood’s Woodsman program was unlike anything she’d experienced, the teens lived in the bush and washed in the lake. “You don’t really see that side of people,” she says, of the Christian camp that’s become like a second home. “Everybody stopped wearing makeup after the first day and everybody’s hair looks like crap. It’s a good ice breaker, a good way to be vulnerable and get to know people... [manual labour] is kind of like a lost art.” Continued on page 5

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Camp director weighs risk and precaution with camper enjoyment Continued from page 4 Torey’s comments reflect what experts call a “nature deficit disorder”—the growing trend of city kids to be disconnected from the wilderness. What’s alarming is this dissociation may be affecting a child’s longterm success. Anne McIlroy, a science journalist who reported the link between a child’s interaction with nature and improved classroom behaviour, writes kids who spend time outdoors score higher on standardized tests, have a higher aptitude for learning new things and an increased attention span. Camps also benefit kids physically, promoting active living and healthy eating habits—vital in stalling the 70 per cent rise in obesity rates among 12- to 17-year-old Canadians in the past 25 years. What’s become apparent in almost every aspect of life—from summer camps to school field trips and playgrounds—is the prevalence of so-called “helicopter parents,” who hover overhead and survey a child’s every move, nearly suffocating kids with safety consciousness. They have raised a generation of children who no longer know how to play outdoors—or play in general—unless they’re playing with the latest technological gadget from the safety of their sofa. Micromanaging parents justify their actions by claiming the kids of 2011 live in a more dangerous world. Data shows this isn’t the case. According to Statistics Canada, the main cause of summertime deaths is motor vehicle accidents—the number surpassed all other causes of death combined. Seemingly, a child is more at risk getting to and from camp in their parents’ vehicles than from anything that could happen on site—and accidents are inevitable. Torey’s injuries—a broken pelvis, fractured hand and two compressed vertebrae—were the result of human error. The college-age staff member running the zip line hadn’t noticed the rope attached to her harness wasn’t properly hooked onto the pulley. According to doctors, the petite blonde miraculously avoided paralysis and life as a paraplegic. Yet despite the positive outcome, her injuries left an irreversible mark on the entire

demonstrate an extreme sport.’” Catherine Ross, a spokeswoman with the Canadian Camping Association, says accidents such as Torey’s are rare and she’s unaware of any camp cancelling a program because of potential risk.

Homewood was due for its B.C. Camping Association accreditation visit shortly after Torey’s fall, according to its director, Irwin Harder. “In the past year or two, we’d been raising the standard of safety on the zip line... Everything along the line was better but there [were] some things that we still hadn’t had done.” At the recommendation of the camping association, the zip line was dismantled shortly after Torey’s accident. “Because of the accident we knew it wouldn’t be wise to keep it running,” Harder says. “The problem was the BCCA didn’t have a zip line standard. It fell under the rock climbing category, so it was hard to apply the standards because they were a little bit nebulous.” The real challenge for Harder, as the overseer of some 1,100 Homewood campers annually, is knowing where to draw the line between valid precautions and risk-management overkill. “I’m pulling my hair out... You want kids to have fun and it seems like the higher the fun quotient goes up, the lower the safety,” he says. “Thirty years ago, you’d send kids to camp and they’d come with pocketfuls of pocket knives and whatnot, and it was all good. Kids had fun — they’d cut their finger or break a wrist and [you’d say], ‘Ah well.’ But nowadays you have to be so much more careful. The whole liability thing becomes a big issue. We spend $40,000 on insurance every year just in case something happens.”

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Vancouver author Matt Hern says risk is a part of life. Kesteven family. They spent the following months watching a determined Torey shed her crutches, while the rest of them battled post-traumatic stress disorder. But these challenges didn’t stop Torey from heading back to Homewood. She hobbled around the camp on crutches, visiting several times in the remaining weeks of summer. Torey’s mother, Lori Kesteven, says the accident hasn’t changed her willingness to send her four children to camp in the future, though she says she’ll ask more questions about safety procedures. “We don’t have to be stupid. We make sure we have proper supervision, we have proper equipment, we have trained personnel, and if you have those things in place... there’s still a risk. “I have had people say to me... ‘[Do you] feel guilty for encouraging your kids to do extreme sports?’ And I couldn’t believe that statement because I was thinking, ‘Extreme sports? A zip line at a camp, to me, does not

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here are about 700 accredited camps across Canada at present, 120 of those in B.C. According to Ross, it’s almost impossible to know exactly how many camps are in operation because there’s no government legislation requiring camps to be accredited. Non-accredited camps aren’t necessarily unsafe, says Ross, because they follow existing government regulations. Camps meet provincial accreditation standards “on the honour system,” with the standards acting as a “motivator toward quality camping” rather than a deterrent to risky activities or a formal licencing process.

ancouver author Matt Hern, 42, looks more like an auto mechanic than a globe-trotting lecturer with a doctorate in urban studies and a penchant for working with kids. It’s easy to be fooled by the man’s shaved head, earring and solid build, but one of his life’s main questions has been asking what’s best for kids, including his own two daughters. His 2006 book Watch Yourself looks at society’s fixation with “officious administration, management by statistics, absurd regulations, rampaging lawsuits, and hygienically cleansed cities.” Continued on page 6

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problem is the conflicting messages parents get when it comes to raising their kids. “Parents are just buffeted by being told they’re doing everything wrong... ‘You’re not supervising them enough, but you’re not not supervising them enough.’” She says society’s obsession with finger-pointing can pigeonhole parents into cutting out risky activities, despite the cognitive benefits to a child’s physical and mental development. Hern also expresses concern for this “self-fulfilling prophecy.” “If you don’t trust your kids to do anything, then eventually they can’t... What’s less safe than a kid who’s never been outside, views the world through television, has never really encountered a world of things, and doesn’t really have any capacity to take care of [themselves]?”

supervision. “If I allowed a six-yearold now to walk several miles home from school, I would be considered a bad parent at best, and possibly paid a visit from social services.” Hern attributes the proliferation of safety regulations to “an unchecked neurosis that is hiding behind the guise of care”—parents who are more concerned about what others think than the lasting welfare of their child.

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Premier Christy Clark has her seat back in the provincial legislature—barely. Six years after she left politics to spend time with her family, the 45-year-old recently crowned leader of the B.C. Liberal Party narrowly won the vacant VancouverPoint Grey seat Wednesday night. Clark’s margin of victory over the NDP’s David Eby was 595 votes, according to Elections B.C., which posted results on its website throughout the nailbiter of a night. Clark won 7,371 votes for 48.9 per cent of the vote. Eby’s 6,776 votes translated to 44.9 per cent of the vote. “I’m sure that some of the folks here are going to say this was a squeaker,” said Clark as she addressed the crowd at her victory party at Kerkis restaurant on West Fourth Avenue, her son Hamish by her side. “But you know what, when Henrik Sedin is holding up the Stanley Cup over his head and he’s doing it on Game 7 after the third overtime, not a single one of us is going to complain that he won.” It was an anxious night for Clark’s supporters as they watched a television screen updated with results from her campaign staff. Eby, who took an unpaid leave as executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association to run against Clark, had leads of up to 200 votes at one point. The Green Party’s Françoise Raunet finished third with 511 votes while Danielle Alie of B.C. First garnered less than 400 votes. Independent candidates William Gibbens and Eddie Petrossian failed to collect more than 30 votes each. In her victory speech, Clark said one of the lessons her supporters should learn

Premier Christy Clark, at her victory party at Kerkis restaurant Wednesday night, photo Dan Toulgoet compared the close result to a Stanley Cup overtime win. about the results is not enough people voted. Just over 15,000 of roughly 40,000 eligible voters cast a ballot for a 38 per cent turnout. The other lesson, she said, was the NDP earned a better result than the previous provincial election. “We cannot count on the New Democrat vote to be split,” she said. “What we have to count on is that our vote is going to come together. And if people care about good government, open government, family government, government that creates jobs, government that respects your money and treats it the way that you would,

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then you have to remember that we have to come together.” Clark was crowned leader of the B.C. Liberal Party in February after narrowly defeating former health minister Kevin Falcon in the party’s leadership race. She won despite only having the support of one member of caucus, Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Harry Bloy. The race was necessary after former premier Gordon Campbell resigned and later gave up his seat in Vancouver-Point Grey so Clark could run in the byelection. Campbell held the riding since 1996.

Clark won the byelection without participating in any candidates’ debates, preferring to hold a “telephone town hall” and a forum at a church attended mainly by loyal supporters. Eby criticized Clark for ducking the debates and using her status as premier to make a funding announcement in the riding during the campaign. Six days ago, Clark showed up at a construction site at Eighth Avenue and Vine Street to announce $6.7 million towards the building of a housing complex for seniors and disabled people. Her Twitter site indicated she spent a fair amount of time in and around the riding. Her tweets included photographs of her cleaning up Kitsilano beach, working a shift for minimum wage at the Sunshine diner and joining a Vancouver police officer on a ride-along. Clark’s victory made a bit of B.C. political history—it was the first time in 30 years that a ruling party in the legislature won a byelection. Claude Richmond was the last to do so when he won a seat in 1981 in Kamloops. Clark’s next test as premier will be the June 24 HST referendum. “If the HST doesn’t pass, and the HST fails at referendum, we will accept the verdict of the people,” Clark told reporters at the construction site last week. The premier gave no hint Wednesday night when or if she will call a general election for the fall. Clark is the second woman to serve as premier in B.C. Former Socred Rita Johnston served in 1991. See related story on page 11. See related photo gallery at

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Close, as they say, only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. And while Christy Clark’s NDP opponents were taking comfort Wednesday night on how close they came to “defeating the premier” with their rookie candidate David Eby and how well run their campaign was, the fact is they failed. The stakes were obviously far higher for Clark. Eby can and will live to fight another day. For Clark, a loss would have been a disaster, not just for her political career but for her party who gambled that in picking this relative outsider to lead, they could shed the negative image left by former premier Gordon Campbell. Clark’s team set a strategy from the outset and never veered away from it except to increase the intensity of their attacks on Eby in the final days. Clark avoided debates that would have given Eby headlines and the opportunity to call her out on any number of issues. She used her position as premier and the resources of the provincial treasury to make announcements that would ingratiate her with the constituents of VancouverPoint Grey while driving Eby steadily to the left on the political spectrum. This further allowed her to paint her opposition into a corner as “out of touch and way too extreme.” As she proceeded down that path, in the last days of the campaign it allowed a clearer picture of Clark’s true nature as a politician. She’s much more that the smiling, charming proponent of “open and honest government.” In fact, she has proved herself to be neither open nor particularly honest.

allengarr As the attacks on Eby intensified, Clark was aided and abetted by her campaign chair, Colin Hansen, the former minister of finance and partner with Campbell in the feckless Liberal HST strategy. It’s rare to have campaign chairs make significant political statements during campaigns; nonetheless, using what little credibility he had remaining, Hansen charged that Eby’s hiring as the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association was a signal the organization was becoming “more radical.” This will come as news to anyone who knows the history of that venerable organization and that includes members of the association’s board. The BCCLA has never been a shrinking violet in the defence of civil liberties. That bit of misinformation from Hansen was followed last Friday when a Clark campaign leaflet was sent out once again attacking Eby. The

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Brains and beliefs help shape political positions Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green. Whichever way you voted in May’s festival of fear and loathing, your political leanings might show up in an MRI scan. Recently, 92 self-described “liberal” and “conservative” students from the University of London agreed to MRI scans of their brains. The averaged-out conservative brain profile revealed a larger amygdala, an almondshaped organ in the brain that mediates sensations of fear, anger and anxiety. People with larger amygdalae are “more sensitive to disgust” and tend to “respond to threatening situations with more aggression than do liberals and are more sensitive to threatening facial expressions,” according to the study authors. The liberals had more neurons in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region of the brain involved in the processing of complex information. People with “a larger ACC have a higher capacity to tolerate uncertainty and conflicts, allowing them to accept more liberal views.” In online forums about this research, it appears some conservatives have—surprise!—reacted with anger and disgust to the findings. Some liberals—surprise!—applauded their own sensitivity and nuanced thinking, while condemning the fear-based brains of conservatives. Some journalists claim this study proves our political beliefs are “hard-wired.” Not necessarily. Science knows that repetitive behavioural patterns, or habitual states of mind, carve out neural pathways and build up select brain areas in the process. Our beliefs shape our brains, as much as the other way around. (We don’t say that large biceps make us go off to the gym—they’re the effect of working out, not the cause.) It’s the old chicken-and-egg thing: the endless nature-andnurture argument that has kept college dorms humming since the time of B.F. Skinner. The human brain is neither a blank slate nor a logic board, although liberals favour the first interpretation, and conservatives the second. Perhaps chimpanzees and bonobo apes have something to contribute on this matter. The two species are physically close in resemblance, but about as different in their social behaviour as Hell’s Angels and Hugh Hefner’s housemates. Chimps are more likely to resolve conflict through aggression, while bonobos resort to sex and play to keep communal tensions at bay. Researchers at Yerkes National Primate Research recently discovered that bonobos have more complex circuitry in the limbic system, the so-called emotional part of the brain, than chimps. “We also found that the

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geoffolson pathway connecting the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex is larger in bonobos than chimpanzees,” observed the study’s principal author, anthropologist James Rilling, on an Emory University blog page. “When our amygdala senses that our actions are causing someone else distress, we may use that pathway to adjust our behavior in a prosocial direction.” Bonobos have developed neural pathways for anxiety, empathy and the inhibition of aggression that are similar to those of human beings, Rilling notes. This may be a bit of an unscientific stretch, but if you combine the results of these two studies, chimpanzees seem like the conservatives of the ape world, and bonobos like the liberals. Give chimps opposable thumbs and a few million years worth of evolution, and you might eventually have seething Tea Party-like hominids, waving misspelled placards at anti-government rallies. Apply the same to bonobos and you might eventually have simians at New Age retreats, accessing their inner monkey. But anatomy is not destiny, even for apes. In his brilliant 2009 commencement address at Stanford University, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky shared an anecdote from his field research on East African baboons. Due to complicated environmental circumstances, half of the male baboons were eliminated from one tribe, leaving behind a population with twice as many females and non-aggressive males who were “very affiliative nice guys,” in Sapolsky’s words. Against their supposed nature, some adult males began grooming one another. Adolescent male newcomers into the tribe began to copy this bonding mechanism, which was weirder for male adult baboons “than learning to fly or becoming photosynthetic.” It was a primate form of cultural evolution. Were scientists able to compare the brains of those liberal-minded baboons to their more fearful, combative predecessors, I suspect they’d find measurable brain differences. Neural plasticity isn’t limited to Homo sap, I’m willing to bet. But humans can change their minds—and their brains—better than any other species. www.geoffolson.com

According to one reader, a recent Courier critique misunderstands the nature of team sports and fan loyalty. photo Mark van Manen/PNG To the editor: Re: “Canucks cult puzzling to team sports outsider,” May 6. I find it truly offensive when writers will write a derogatory story about something they claim to not understand. I do understand the frustration with the city-wide reaction to the hockey phenomenon known as the playoff craze. What you might not see is the truly diehard fans who will work that extra holiday weekend so they have enough money to send their family to another game. Geoff Olson calls following your favourite hockey team a cult because of the show of devotion by most hockey fans. I don’t see him talking about the crazy fad known as yoga, which brings a different kind of devotion that includes changing your sleeping pattern, buying different clothing, carrying around a special mat.

I’m not picking on yoga practitioners. I know some of them and they will tell you they feel better because of it. Isn’t that the reason people will follow something. They want to be a part of it? They want to feel the rush when the team wins? Unfortunately, you have to have the lows with the highs. Disappointment comes with any sports team. It’s when people don’t know how to handle it when you need to be worried. People will always want to believe in something. Olson says he doesn’t understand team loyalty. Well, I’m sorry for him. I’m a hockey fan first and Canucks fan second, and I can talk to people outside my generation about players that were “the greats” of their era. This, sports fans, is what it’s really all about.

We Park board shoots high on McCleery Golf Course want To the editor: Re: “Sixth hole relocation at McCleery a waste of money, says golfer,” April 29. In my telephone interview with Sandra Thomas regarding the rebuild of the sixth tee box at McCleery Golf Course, I mentioned the wealth of the homeowner the change was meant to accommodate. This was in reference to the fact that anyone who could afford to build a custom home with a horse ring in Southlands must be wealthy. The park board project was not solely commissioned because of wealth but I’m sure it didn’t hurt. I wonder who their friends are? And, you

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bought beside a golf course, “what do you think might happen?” The likelihood of hitting a ball into their property is a near impossibility. I’m a near scratch player and doubt I could accomplish such a feat with a bucket of balls. I think they should have taken a realistic risk assessment before using valuable tax dollars. The homeowner could have been offered the opportunity to pay to protect his assets. As for responsibility, any golf course I’ve ever played has a sign informing the golfer that they “are wholly responsible for damage to property and injury they

may cause with their golf ball.” Mr. Normann should not suggest the park board is responsible. (“The chances of someone taking a golf ball to the head could really cost us.”) Given the deficit the park board is working with, the threats of closures to washrooms, facilities and popular attractions, they should not “blow” money on something as frivolous as this. A sign could have been erected on the hole that the golfer will be held accountable for any damage or injury their ball could impart outside the golf course—$50, done. Walter Vanderryst, Vancouver

Falun Gong stays resilient while China persecutes To the editor: Re: “Despite Chinese crimes, Falun Gong is ‘obnoxious,’” Letters, May 4. First of all I would like to comment that Mark Hasiuk’s article was very insightful and well-articulated. I find it interesting that Courier letter writer Stephen Chiu would make a denigrating remark regarding Falun Gong’s courageous perseverance in the face of an all out attack by China’s communist dictator-

ship; an attack that is unwittingly supported by the western world’s preoccupation with the money that is to be “made in China.” How many groups have been able to withstand such an onslaught in China and still exist with their belief in tact? How honourable that practitioners outside of China do whatever they can to end this persecution. Sophia Bronwen, Vancouver

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Not only did West Vancouver resident Mabel Norcross turned 73 this year, she also started speed skating. “I belong to the Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club,” Norcross told the Courier Wednesday morning. “I’m learning crossovers right now, but the club is great and I have young men helping me learn. I also do tai chi when I’m not skating.” Norcross was one of 25 skating enthusiasts, including an 81-year-old, Elizabeth Taylor look-alike, gathered at the Kitsilano Ice Rink on Larch Street Wednesday morning to take part in the Older Adult Skate. The program, which runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, invites adults from their 50s to their 80s to strap on skates and get moving. Norcross sported a pair of state-of-the-art speed skates with custom-made boots, a sharp contrast to the pair belonging to Bowen Island resident Carol Fancy, who also skates at Kitsilano. Fancy, who turned 70 last November, explained she’s been speed skating for 50 years and for most of that time she’s worn the same skates she had that same day.

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West Vancouver in the winter but visit Kitsilano because it’s one of only three local rinks, including Sunset and Britannia, which offer spring sessions that run to June. The speed skaters are the exception in a crowd of older adults who enjoy cruising around the ice with varying degrees of talent. While some cautiously glide across the ice sticking close to the railing,

others speed past, skating backwards and completing crossovers. Then there’s 65year-old Andy McGrath, also known as the human Zamboni, who throws himself to the ice on his side or back in dramatic poses. The other skaters appear to enjoy the antics of this class clown who has friendly words for everyone. The camaraderie of skaters is obvious and several say the social aspect of the club keeps them returning. Recently retired 59-year-old Maureen Charron is considered the unofficial “social coordinator” of the program. Charron is also credited for increasing skating opportunities at Kitsilano from one morning a week to three. “We’re just trying to get healthy and I thought we needed more than just one day a week. The minimum requirement was 15 people, but we usually have 25 or more,” said Charron. “And on top of that we’ve become a group of friends. People ask if we’re some kind of club and I say no, but we are a community.” Until last January, Charron hadn’t skated for 25 years but was inspired when the public was invited to test out the new skating oval in Richmond built for the 2010 Olympics. “I thought, this is a once in a lifetime chance to skate on this oval,” said Charron. “And after that I was hooked.” See related photo gallery at

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Defeated NDP candidate claims victory Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

NDP candidate David Eby lost Vancouver-Point Grey’s byelection Wednesday night, but the race was so unexpectedly close as results poured in, he felt like a winner. Liberal Premier Christy Clark bested him by only 595 votes, according to the last posted preliminary results. “I can’t believe what we did tonight. Do you realize what we did tonight? We almost beat the premier,” Eby told the crowd at his campaign office during his concession speech just before 10 p.m. Eby called the results “incredibly positive feedback.” “I feel like we won. It’s kind of an awesome feeling.” The 34-year-old, who took an unpaid leave from his job as executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association to run in the affluent riding, said he’s not sure how he could have improved his showing. “I said we were running a real underdog campaign. I never thought that we would get this close, but it’s clear to me what running a community-based campaign can do—and what an amazing outcome,” he said. Eby appealed to Green voters to cast ballots for the NDP to defeat Clark and

he suspects the party’s environmental platform drew Green votes, which narrowed the gap between the two politicians. Clark captured 7,371 votes, Eby collected 6,776, and the Green’s Françoise Raunet earned 511, according to Elections B.C.’s preliminary count. Roughly 38 per cent of eligible voters turned up at the polls—a low turnout not unexpected in a byelection, but Eby captured close to 45 per cent of the vote. In 2009, the NDP’s Mel Lehan earned slightly more than 40 per cent against former premier Gordon Campbell in the general election, and less than 38 per cent of the vote in the 2005 race. The NDP’s Jim Green collected almost 43 per cent of the vote in 1996. Darlene Marzari, who ran in 1991, is the last NDPer to hold Vancouver-Point Grey. Eby is considering whether to return to his position at the civil liberties association and whether he’ll run in the next provincial election. “I’ve got a lot of decisions to make… it’s really an exciting time—a world of possibilities has opened up for me,” he said, adding the byelection’s results should send a clear message to Clark and the Liberals. “If a first-time provincial run by David Eby almost takes out the premier… it tells the Liberals that they’re in real trouble

in the general election.” Few predicted Eby would do so well. He’s largely known for activism in the Downtown Eastside, but when he entered the byelection race he sold his condo at Wall and Nanaimo to rent a room in Vancouver-Point Grey to show voters his “community-based” approach to politics. Eby slammed Clark throughout the short campaign for refusing to debate or show up at all-candidates meetings, while Clark and the Liberal camp characterized Eby as “out of touch” and “way too extreme.” But Wednesday night the mood was upbeat at Eby’s campaign office. NDP leader Adrian Dix was effusive in his comments, calling Eby bright, courageous and principled. “The results tonight fell a little bit short. It’s not over… There are lessons here. David Eby was our candidate and the NDP vote went up,” Dix said, describing Eby as a rising star in provincial politics. See related story on page 7.

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The pay is low and the hours can be long, but most COPE and Vision Vancouver trustees want another term in office. In late April, the two political parties reached an agreement in principle to run a common slate of candidates in next November’s civic election. Vision will run five candidates for the nine-member school board, and COPE will run four. Vision board chair Patti Bacchus is seeking one of the nominations. Bacchus’ political profile climbed last year during the battle between the Vancouver School Board and the Ministry of Education, then under Margaret McDiarmid. She had been floated as a possible NDP candidate in the Vancouver Point-Grey provincial byelection, but

original education. Al Blakey is looking forward to another term if he wins a COPE nomination and is elected. “I have spent most of my life working to get the best education possible for the students in Vancouver and B.C. and I think the growth of popular support for increased funding bodes well for the future of education—but not without keeping the pressure on,” he told the Courier. “I also see the prospect of an aboriginal school and the new interest in engaging students in their own education are exciting positive developments.” COPE hasn’t set a nomination date yet, but it’s generally in September. Incumbents must run for a spot on the party’s ticket and nominations can be made up to the day of the vote, including from the floor. “We don’t have a deadline but there are rules about when they need to be members and whatnot. People need to sign up to be a member of COPE four to five days before the nomination meeting,” explained COPE’s executive director Alvin Singh. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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Cowden says his company’s goal is to work with clients to meet or exceed expectations by completing the project on budget and on time. “It’s all about making the experience comfortable rather than daunting, by working one on one with each customer, from the initial meeting to the building of his or her home and beyond,” he says. Every client who signs with Wallmark goes through a ninestep building experience. It starts with a topographic survey – a detailed map of your property and a necessary element before designing your new home. “We have customers come to us at many different stages of their planning,” says Cowden. “Our team of specialists has the experience to assist individuals who are just getting started, to those who are already working with a designer or are even ready for a detailed quote. A full service approach so our customers can continue to focus on family and work without too many distractions.” “Building 12 to 15 homes per year allows us to work on a very personal level with each purchaser and provide them with great buying power in terms of trades and materials.”Preconstruction meetings ensure clients fully understand the details of their home. At the company’s interior design studio customers choose everything from flooring to tiles and other finishing details – a complimentary program offered by

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Each of us has a personal mountain to scale and conquer, says Mike Schauch. And even if we don’t push the hardest route or attempt the highest summit, the co-founder of Climb for Change urges us all to keep climbing. The mountain, of course, is a metaphor. For Schauch, putting one foot ahead of the other on the path forward and upward means “creating a continuous journey for each to reach our highest personal potential.” Founded last year by Schauch and his wife Chantal, Climb for Change is a forprofit business that measures success in terms of cash but puts a greater value on the cache of progress. Climb for Change is a social enterprise, a business defined by the B.C. Centre for Social Enterprise as a revenue model that redirects surpluses in pursuit of positive social, cultural, environmental and community results. Schauch will detail the inspiration, goals and structure of Climb for Change this Saturday at the EPIC Sustainable Living Expo. While the mountain-as-metaphor rings true, at Climb for Change the mountain is also literal—and as solid as rock. Close to a year ago on an expedition to Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the Schauch duo were climbing to raise money in support of Victoria-based charity Power To Be, which runs an outdoor education program for disabled and disadvantaged children. The week-long trip became much more than a trek to the snow-capped African peak. The journey put the Vancouverites on their current path. “We realized there are hundreds, if not thousands of new people every day who are doing great things,” said Schauch, who was raised in Victoria and studied business at the University of Victoria before completing an MBA at Queens. “There are all these different degrees of change that people are trying to promote through climbing, so we wanted to create a place where people could come and

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It seems Premier Christy Clark has a thing for the Vancouver Police Department. In the past two weeks, the premier has met with Vancouver Police Union prez Tom Stamatakis, went on a ride-along with VPD Insp. Dean Robinson and attended the VPD’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Parade at the Seaforth Armouries. That’s probably good news for the VPD since the department has a few requests for the provincial government, including an urgent response centre to treat mentally ill people. In January 2008, the VPD released a report that revealed “a profound lack of capacity in mental health resources in Vancouver.” The VPD’s research concluded more than one-third of all calls for police involve people with mental health issues. So is Clark listening? Not sure. I would have asked her about this during our brief chat Monday had I known she had taken a ride with the VPD last Friday. But then I wasn’t following her on Twitter, where she posted a tweet about spending “a rainy night with VPD

seeing Downtown Eastside close up.” Clark attached a photo to her tweet that captured her standing on a street corner with four cops, including Robinson, who is the district commander for policing district two, which includes the Downtown Eastside. This is the very neighbourhood the VPD has pointed to as needing an urgent response centre. The VPD has also recommended a separate policing district for the Downtown Eastside and a so-called czar to oversee the community.

Christy Clark That, obviously, didn’t happen under Gordon Campbell. My chat with Clark Monday came after a press conference where she announced free nicotine gum or patches to help British Columbians stop smoking. (Did you know she smoked for 17 years?). At the time, I only knew about her meeting with Stamatakis, which she tweeted about and attached a photo of her and the union prez smiling for somebody’s

camera. So what was the purpose of the meeting? “He has views on the [proposed] independent investigation office and some other issues with respect to policing,” said the premier, before stepping into an elevator. “So we talked about some of those issues, very broadly. It was really a kind of a get to know you meeting because he’s a very influential leader in policing. So I wanted to talk to him about some of those issues that concern him.” To learn more about the premier’s ride-along with Robinson, I spoke to Const. Lindsey Houghton, a VPD media relations officer. According to Houghton, Clark spent a few hours with Robinson “all over the city.” They visited the Granville strip, Yaletown, Gastown, south Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside. “Her office contacted the chief’s office and said the premier is interested in getting a bit better knowledge around policing challenges in Vancouver,” Houghton said. “It’s my understanding she asked a lot of questions. The impression I got from the chief’s office is that she’s going around and doing this with a lot of different police agencies to see some of the challenges we’re facing and [understand] what maybe some of the things her government could do to support policing agencies in Metro Vancouver. It’s something that we’re obviously receptive to.” mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Kim Inglis is an Investment Advisor, CIM with Canaccord Wealth Management, a division of Canaccord Genuity Corp., Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Kim can be reached at www.reynoldsinglis.ca. The views in this column are solely those of the author.

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Morning coffee shop stop puts pressure on bladder When I was a kid, the bologna sandwich my friend’s mom made always seemed to taste better than the one my mom made. Other than the hands that made these sandwiches, they were the same. I remember trading my sandwich for my friend’s sandwich on a regular basis. I would eat the one my mom made if it meant avoiding starvation. I would devour the one my friend’s mom made because, somehow, it was better. Every morning on my ride to work, I stop for coffee at my favourite Starbucks. Like clockwork, my bike and I roll up to the front door at 0600. I strut in wearing my cycling swag; the baristas acknowledge me right away.

I order a Venti Pike with room, to stay. Even though this moment of my morning unravels in a very predictable way, I am given the Howard Shultz experience every time. The pot of coffee I could make at home to complement my breakfast will never be as fabulous as the Venti Pike I purchase. Even if I bought one pound of Pike Place roast and brought it home to brew in place of the inferior bulk coffees, it would still not taste as yummy as if I bought it direct from the barista. This is the bologna-sandwich effect. It started out as a one-off extension of good will and superior customer service; now I expect it. It has trans-

jeffreyhansen-carlson formed from random and genuine to anticipated and routine. As I have built Starbucks into my morning routine and the baristas have come to expect my arrival, I’ve noticed a correlation between my cycling-clad

strut into Starbucks and how much I pay for coffee, if anything. It goes without saying that a free coffee tastes better than one you have to pay for it. Combine this deal-factor with the fact that I, for reasons that are difficult to justify, would much rather drink Pike Place in Starbucks than at home, and you have an loyal ambassador of all things Starbucks. The blessed cup of coffee I sip lovingly by the fire each morning—yes my Starbucks has a fireplace—is a complement to my favourite way to start the day: a casual bike ride to work. I could ramble on about how much I love Starbucks, how much

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Starbucks loves me, and how much I love cycling to the office, but there is a downside. Coffee is notorious for exciting bladders. My Starbucks is three kilometres from my house; my office is another 17 km from my Starbucks. At 6:30 a.m. I leave Starbucks alert and ready to conquer the day. At 6:31 I’m cycling to the office. At 6:35, with about 16-km left to ride, I have to pee—badly. On the average commute, cycling 16 km takes 30 minutes. With the pressure building, this last leg of my morning journey becomes a race against time. Jeffrey@theroadiescholar.com


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1. Expect dudes and dudettes aplenty when Jaret Belliveau’s Highway Gospel screens at the Rio Theatre May 13, 9 p.m. as part of the DOXA documentary festival. The film follows the death-defying, rough-and-tumble lives of three downhill skateboarding devotees, including local race enthusiast, competition organizer, Canada Post employee and new dad Bricin “Striker” Lyons. For more info and tickets, go to doxafestival.ca.

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2. The Vancouver Cantata Singers play their final show of the season with a concert of rarely performed masterpieces for chamber orchestra and choir by Bach and Mozart. It all goes down May 14, 8 p.m. at Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Ave.) In keeping with tradition, they’ll trash the stage at the end of the concert. Just kidding. For tickets, call 604-7308856 or go to vancouvercantatasingers.com. 3. Local comedian and winner of the vague-sounding “Vancouver’s Funniest Comic competition,” Phil Haney headlines the monthly comedy-dinner series All Things Spoken at Federico’s Supper Club (1728 Commercial Dr.) Funny people Sean Emery, Sunee Dhaliwal and a three-course meal round out the $50 show. For reservations, call 604-251-3473. More info at turnermusic.com/philhanley.shtml.

4. Danish Jesus and Mary Chain worshippers The Raveonettes bring the fuzz May 14, 7:30 p.m. to Venue in support of their latest coolly aloof album Raven in the Grave. Tamaryn opens. Tickets at Red Cat and Zulu Records or online at ticketmaster.ca.

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K&K continues its annual haiku series in honour of the Canucks playoff run. Kesler’s scabby mouth Forms a whiskery pink pout Like a cruel marmot.

Tooth and consequences

As we watched the final results of Wednesday’s Vancouver-Point Grey byelection, something occurred to us. It was a petty, innocuous thought at first, but it has slowly burrowed into the folds of our cerebral cortex, taking hold of us until it’s all we can think about. And that thought is this: we are going to be seeing a lot more of Christy Clark’s gleaming white teeth. We are not exaggerating when we say that every time we see the premier these days, she is sporting a smile so big, bright and tooth-fortooth perfect, you’d think she was shooting a Colgate commercial and espousing that “just brushed” feeling of freshness. And why wouldn’t she be smiling. She’s the premier of a province on an economic upswing. She’s successfully distanced herself from her party’s old and unpopular regime by announcing

policy changes and championing motherhood issues no one would dare disagree with such as raising a deplorably low minimum wage, removing parking fees at provincial parks, funding anti-smoking initiatives—and in doing so, dulling the NDP’s once sharp axe to grind. On top of that, the NDP has been so busy licking its wounds after self-imploding last year it hasn’t mounted much of an opposition. But back to Clark’s teeth. It appears that her dental hygiene is impeccable. Or perhaps she bleaches that pearly white picket mouth-fence of hers with overnight strips. Either way, Clark’s precisely organized collection of fangs and molars burn with the white light of a dozen lanterns. We have thought long and hard about this. When the sun eventually burns out and casts civilization into impenetrable darkness, we will crawl over the muck, through the blackened streets and across the vast expanse of permanent midnight just to find Clark. We will then bathe ourselves in the heavenly glow of her mouth, at first blinded by the light, then gradually adjust our eyes and begin to read from text etched into deer hides. It will be beautiful. We will be safe and the smell of winter fresh spearmint,

cinnamon and icy peppermint will fill the air. How does she do it, we’ll ask the Stone of a Thousand Ages that sits atop the Hill of Nothingness. How does she keep her teeth so perfect… so white? But the Stone will not answer. Instead, a great wind will shake the air, rustle the trees and fill the sky with the sound of brushing, brushing, brushing. And then we will know. Then we will know.

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spot. French toast, hazelnut stuffed and piled high with Chantilly cream turned out to be as decadent as promised; croque madame was substantial, topped with perfectly poached free range egg; and eggs Benedict Florentine yielded a deuce of soft poached eggs perched on copious amounts of crab and spinach, topped with Hollandaise. The French fries are evenly bronzed and correctly salted (we recommend the fish ‘n’ chips), so we substituted them for the usual hash browns. They arrive in dramatic fashion on a tower. Our only quibble: they should have been hotter. There’s serious sports money behind Lift. No surprise then that this onyxclad bar is one of the best for catching a game on screens that are cleverly built into

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Out damn icing, out. Rick Miller is haunted by his doughnut-filled deeds in his hilarious one-man show MacHomer. of castles and rolling English countryside. Just to keep us from getting totally lost, text appears to let us know who’s who but soon we don’t need it. And to keep us all on track with the plot, Miller does a hilarious re-cap using paper puppets with articulating jaws. It’s one wild aerobic workout that’s taken Miller on the road for 13 years to 130 cities and the delight of more than half a million people. And just to prove he can do more than the Bard, he finishes off the show with a flourish that proves he could make it as a singer if he ever got tired of Shakespeare. I lost count after the first snippets of 25 voices that includes everyone from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits to Johnny Cash and Jon Bon Jovi. Miller sounds more like Mick Jagger than Mick Jagger. And his Sean Connery—not a character in either The Simpsons or Macbeth but definitely a Scot—is a dead-ringer. Critics are falling all over themselves with superlatives and clever “d’oh” puns, as in “Is this a d’oh-gger I see before me?” (from The Scottish Sun). MacHomer is a terrific intro to Macbeth and a celebration of the genius of Shakespeare and Groening—populist writers both. Miller hits a MacHome run right out of the ballpark with this show and deserves to make some serious d’oh—and I don’t mean doughnuts—for himself and WYRD Productions. joled@telus.net

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Before the curtain went up on MacHomer, roughly a third of the all-student audience on May 11 at the packed-to-the-rafters Playhouse indicated by applause that they “hated” Shakespeare. But 75 minutes later, when high energy creator/performer Rick Miller wound down his one-man, virtuoso performance, the kids applauded wildly. All of them. It should be illegal to have this much fun with Shakespeare. But pairing all the characters from Shakespeare’s Macbeth with all the characters in Matt Groening’s The Simpsons makes some sort of crazy sense. Miller describes MacHomer as, “One dysfunctional family does another dysfunctional family.” It all started in 1995 as a cast party skit. Miller was in a production of Macbeth and started messing around with Shakespeare’s characters, matching them up with Groening’s: Macbeth becomes MacHomer who wonders if it’s a dagger or a pizza he sees before him. Lady Macbeth is Marge who, with furrowed brow, pushes doughnut-loving MacHomer to regicide, which, after smearing the king’s hounds with blood, he blames on the dogs. Duncan, the king, is hand-twisting, nasty Mr. Burns while Banquo is okely-dokely Ned Flanders. Fifty Simpsons characters, speaking a bastardized Elizabethan English (“thither” is prominently featured), tell the tale at breakneck speed. According to the press release, it’s about 85 per cent Shakespeare, although the Bard might argue the point; but Will would have to be blown away by Miller’s creativity and mimicry. How good is he? Well, they could fire all of the voice-over actors on The Simpsons, hire Rick Miller and save a bundle. His high, whiny-voiced Marge is fabulous. And his Lisa, relegated to a small part as a Gentlewoman, is completely in character when she solemnly points out, “The portrayal of women in this play is morally reprehensible.” Bart, as Banquo’s ill-fated son Fleance, threatens with typical Bart Simpson attitude to moon us when he delivers the line, “The moon is up.” Or maybe it’s, “The moon is down.” With handsome Miller looking like he was going to lift his kilt and bare all, I stopped taking notes. And the crowd went wild. Miller is onstage with only a battered TV that doubles as a cauldron. Upstage is big screen with projected cartoon-ish illustrations

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“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” Nor do they get their own movie. Three cheers, then, for the trailblazing Bridesmaids, a raunch-and-romance led by SNL’s Kristen Wiig and featuring an all-female lead cast. Judd Apatow, he of phallocentric films such as Superbad, 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up (which offered equal billing to Katherine Heigl, but little else) gets girlie for the first time with this film, co-produced and co-written by Wiig. What should have been stock material— a maid of honour feels threatened by her BFF’s shiny, rich, new friend—turns out to be the perfect platform for Wiig’s deliciously off-kilter comic sensibilities, tapping into our insecurities even when things get over-the-top. Things are hilarious right out of the gate, literally, as Wiig’s Annie ends up riding one during an early-morning walk-of-shame from hump-buddy John Hamm’s house. Annie is in the doldrums. Her boyfriend split when her bakery business foundered, she’s living with a pair of doughy, British oddballs (a great Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson) and her glass-half-empty moping isn’t selling any engagement rings at the jewelry store where she works. Just when Annie seems to have hit rock bottom, it gets worse: her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged. She’s the maid of honour, of course, but prize for prettiest, most perfect bridesmaid goes to Helen (Rose Byrne), the trophy wife of Lillian’s fiance’s boss. Enter the green-eyed dragon and let the party-planning one-upmanship begin: Annie’s slim chequebook can’t compete with Helen’s country club connections, and the more she tries to trumpet her longtime sister-

SNL’s Kristen Wiig (right) leads an all-female cast in the enjoyably dirty comedy Bridesmaids. hood with the bride, the more havoc she wreaks. Case in point: in what will be the film’s most-talked about scene, the girls erupt from both ends in the middle of a posh bridal boutique, after a trip to Annie’s favourite budget churrascaria. What a perfect way to gross us out, the puke factor front-and-centre but our minds firmly on those poor couture dresses… The other ’maids comprise the typical rom-com posse but have exclusively feminine gripes: mother of three growing boys, Rita (Reno 911’s Wendi McLendon-Covey) complains about the semen covering her house, prim newlywed Becca (The Office’s

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Apt/Condos

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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 or 778-855-8666 1 BR $1100 close to Brentwood & B.C.I.T. newly renovated kitchen & bathroom...sorry no pets 604.786.0762

6510

Co-ops

$995 - 2 BR Apt. in family-friendly Co-op. No waiting list. Share purchase required. Visit our website: kghousingcoop.ca to get an application. Email: killarneygardens@telus.net. Phone 604-436-2886.

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Furnished Accommodation

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Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments & Townhouses. Heat, hot water & lrg storage locker included. Many units have spacious patios & balconies with gorgeous views. Tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry, gated parking, plus shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School & more. Sorry no pets. www.langaragardens.com

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Money matters heat up – strive to meet schedules, deadlines. There are profit or good earnings here, but even more, present efforts, money accomplishments and new money directions can lead to a whole year of grand financial results, beginning next month! Often, the best actions are preceded by planning, preparation. Do these now, while your mood and optimism, wisdom and view, are high and accurate. This week is mostly successful, but avoid self-deception Wednesday morning, electricity Thursday eve, and “partnership finances” before 9 a.m. Friday. Sex, finances good Monday. Taurus April 20-May 20: Your energy and charisma climb higher, as Mars entered your sign last Wednesday, and Venus and Mercury enter Sunday. These are the three planets involved in 90 per cent of all romance, socializing and popularity – so expect yours to climb! (And in 21days Jupiter also enters Taurus, bringing big luck, the kind that sparks life-changing events.) Use this week to press forward with new or significant projects. Sunday/Monday bring opportunities, but demand co-operation, diplomacy. Finances, intimacy, bonding and commitment draw you mid-week. Wisdom, gentle love Thursday onward. Gemini May 21-June 20: This is your last week of weariness, quietude and solitude, and of being ignored. Endure it with good humour. We all have our surges and our ebbing. Starting Saturday (end of this week) your energy will increase, and you’ll have a few weeks to take things “over the hump” – to succeed, impress and solve. The best time will be May 21 to June 3, so be prepared to act quickly and fortunately to make a major wish come true. Use this week to plan your late-May actions. Prepare, get paperwork or government or bank records in order. Be charitable. Fulfill obligations. Rest, eat sensibly.

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Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM above grnd, Avail immed. $775, 25 & Rupert, for single or couple, N/Pet, N/S, Nr bus & shopping. Call 604-2946013 after 6 pm 1 BR bsmt, 52nd & Fraser area, nr bus & school, June 1st, incl utils & cable, ns, np. 604-340-8314 or 778-839-0740 1 BR ste, nr 25th & Main, suits quiet single, $875 incl heat, cbl, utils, no pets, no smoking, ref’s June 1st. Call 604-737-7005 1BDRM, NEW grnd level on Fraser & 51 st, n/p, n/s. bus route & shop. Avail now $700 + util. Call after 5pm. 604-708-0589 2 BDRM, 1 BATH, half house, Newly reno’d, spac, bright, 4 new f/s, w/d, high ceilings, radiant floor heat. SW corner view lot, X from Mt. Pleasant Elem. ( St. George & E 8th Ave). $1800/mo. incl. util. ns np, Call 604-872-8523 or 250-499-4071. Photos available upon request. 3 BR main flr, nice clean house, close to bus & skytrain, Killarney & Vaness Ave, $1385 share utils, np ns 604-782-4987 KERRISDALE, 48TH & Yew, cozy 1 br, suit 1 quiet person, ns all appls, own laundry, alarm, priv yard, immed $975. 604-250-1522

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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A huge wave of luck is just around Cancer June 21-July 22: Romance calls Sunday/Monday! the corner in investments, debt reduction, lifestyle change, So do pleasure, arts, creativity, sports, speculation. But work health/diagnosis, research, intimacy and sexual bonding, arrives Tuesday to Thursday noon. Plunge in, you’ll get it done pregnancy and similar life-changing zones. These things have easily. Thursday noon to Saturday is both the most important already impacted your life, pressing on you like a grey velvet and the luckiest part of this week. Opportunities, exciting hand, for the last three years in an upheaval way, for 18 months meetings, new horizons, success with the public and in in a sober, “let me be secure” way, for the last three weeks in a contract negotiations, even love can appear. But you need to be hopeful way; and now to June 4 in a focused, event-triggering co-operative, diplomatic and eager, as others hold the winning way. On June 4, a whole year of “big luck” starts here. Get ready cards. Handle irritations Thursday twilight, Friday morning, and to invest, change, commit! Fortune might lie at a distance. mid-afternoon Saturday. Dreams can come true this week! Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Relationships, previously lively, Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Continue to strive ambitiously. Show grow serious, focused. Issues become clear. You could fall in higher-ups what you’re capable of, finish projects and duties love, note someone’s looks, or renew sparks with your mate. without slacking. Your performance is being watched closely. Opportunities arise in work, machinery, finances and social life. Over the weeks ahead, if anything, your career heats up. Within These are the precursors, or wee beginnings, of really major less than a month, a great current of luck enters this area opportunities that arrive June 2011 to June 2012. Right now (in (status, prestige, ambitions) to stay for a year. Start ramping May) these are “pure chemistry” attractions/opportunities, but up – big things lie ahead for those who are eager and hardJune onward they will tend to be connected to money, earnings, working! But first, take a rest Sunday/Monday; prepare your possessions. You could hop on the wagon to the mint! Propose, foundations, give your family support and attention. Romance, seize the day, Sunday/Monday and Friday! pleasure call mid-week. Tackle chores Thursday onward. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The work is starting to come. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your gentle, compassionate mood The past few weeks have just been “ordinary work.” Now, the continues. It has begun to generate an important idea, project chores become clearer, more significant. From June 2011 to or situation (or relationship). This important thing will grow June to 2012, your luck will grow in this area, but your duties smaller yet more focused and concentrated over the next few will expand, too. (It’s not “get out of work” luck.) You’ll be lucky, weeks – then, like a sponge in water, swell to absorb more also (June onward) in machinery, so this will be a good time to and more of your life and attention, from June to June 2011buy a car/computer, to learn tooling skills, etc. You will almost 12. Important thing = higher education, international travel or certainly earn more money (unless you’re in school, etc.). Watch dealings, a major cultural ritual (wedding, etc.) a lawsuit or your health, especially thighs and hips. Rest Sunday/Monday. legal dealing, communication, media or publishing, religion, Ads orcontinued You shine mid-week. Money late week! finding a life philosophy...and, love. Romance, late week.on next page

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May 15 - 21, 2011 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: The general emphasis lies on romance, pleasure, beauty, creativity, charming kids, speculation. Take a risk, express yourself! All these pleasurable things shrink but grow more “intense” over the next few weeks; then they will swell larger and larger for 12 months. Hopefully you’ve done all you can for your security by now: if not, tie up any loose ends (e.g., property deals, retirement plans, investments, family issues). The future year will not reward caution! Optimism, social joys early week, rest mid-week. Your energy and charisma shine late week – approach someone! Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: The security, domestic, real estate, family, restful, contemplative, nature-oriented, soul and nutrition themes that have run through recent weeks continue: but they tend to produce events now through June 2012, lucky events. The best will come after early June. This can be huge luck: a home of your own, or additional real estate, a new family, a new child, the resolution of old problems, dissolution of old skeletons (yes, therapy will be productive). You can leave behind a life of constriction and worry, for a new, bright one! Saturday begins a month of pleasure! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Travel, communications, paperwork, details, casual friends and siblings – these fill the days, even more so now. In the 13 months ahead, you might take two or more significant trips. You’ll do a lot of talking about your career or ambitions, but you won’t do much about them. (It’s as though you sense something deeper, bigger, “fuller” is coming by 2012/13...could be! Could be pregnancy if you’re the right age.) Sunday/Monday feature far travel, rituals, gentle love, wisdom. Ambition, higher-ups demand your attention midweek. Wish fulfillment, social joys Thursday-Saturday! timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Glass Mirrors

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Highlights of the long list of standard features that come with the MKX are its 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, hill start assist, automatic adaptive xenon headlights, fog lamps, heated blind-spot mirrors with puddle lamps, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, keyless entry with push-button start, a power tilt and telescopic heated steering wheel, heated and cooled leather 10-way adjustable power seats, driver’s side memory, leather-trimmed seats and the SecuriCode keyless entry keypad. It doesn’t stop there, as you can also add unique options such as adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, and THX II audio system. There’s also a new Premium Package and a Sight and Sound package. Design—The most obvious change is the big, chrome splitwing front grille. While new to

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techniques have also made it a uniquely quiet cabin. Cargo capacity behind the second seat is 915 litres and it expands to 1,942 litres with the second row seats folded flat. The front passenger seat can also fold flat to allow something up to 2.4 metres long to slide into the MKX. And for improved passenger comfort, the rear seats also have a seatback recline feature. If you like digital-age electronics, you’ll be fascinated with the MyLincoln Touch system, which takes voice-activated communications technology to a new level. A cool-looking panel display is controlled by five-way thumb switches on the steering wheel, and it obeys up to 10,000 voice commands, compared to the previous version that understood about 300. It’s also more intuitive than using the system by hand. For example, you can tell the MKX that you’re hungry and it will do a search out local restaurants. Mind you, talking to a car still feels a bit odd, but no doubt I’ll get over that someday. My test MKX also came with an in-car entertainment option ($2,100) that included headrest-mounted screens that rear passengers can use to watch movies. Safety—In addition to the usual array of airbags and other occupant protection systems, the MKX has the MyKey system. This system allows a vehicle owner (typically a parent) to program restricted use by a secondary operator (probably a son or daughter). Maximum speed can be set to 130 km/h and audio volume can be reduced to 44 per cent of full output. The audio system can also be muted and a chime sounded at regular intervals if the front seat occupants do not buckle their seatbelts. Automated parental nagging—wow!


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COSTCO MEMBERS RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL $1,000 REBATE

2011 FORD FIESTA

2012 FORD FOCUS 5 DOOR HATCHBACK SE

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$

13,495

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2008 FOOSE SUPERCREW

23,495

18,495

1966 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE $24,495

2008 FORD FOCUS

$14,495

2008 EDGE LIMITED AWD

2008 TAURUS SEL

$15,495 $23,495

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14,495

13,495

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$14,495

2008 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR ULTIMATE $39,495

2009 FORD FOCUS SES

$14,495

2010 F150 SUPERCREW PLATNIUM $47,499

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• 10 minutes from Delta • 15 minutes from Surrey • 5 minutes from Richmond • 5 minutes from Burnaby • minutes from Downtown

Offer(s) available on all new 2011 models through participating dealers to qualified customers who take delivery by May 31, 2011. Dealers may sell for less. Some conditions apply. Offers are subject to change without notice. See dealer for complete details. Vehicle images shown may include optional accessories and upgrades. **0% purchase financing is available on all 2011 Kia models on approved credit (OAC). Terms vary by model and trim, see dealer for details. Representative financing example based on 2011 Kia Forte5 with a selling price of $18,150, financed at 0% APR for 60 months. Includes delivery and destination fees of $1,455, other fees and certain taxes (including tire levies and air conditioning tax, where applicable). Monthly payments equal $302.50 with a down payment/equivalent trade of $0. Cost of borrowing is $0, for a total obligation of $18,150. Other taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, PPSA ($79) and dealer fees are excluded. Retailer may sell for less. See dealer for full details. ◆“Don’t Pay for 90 Days” on select models (90-day payment deferral) applies to purchase financing offers on 2011 Forte, 2011 Forte Koup, 2011 Forte5, 2011 Rio, 2011 Rio5, 2011 Rondo, 2011 Soul and 2011 Optima models on approved credit (OAC). No interest will accrue during the first 60 days of the finance contract. After this period interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay the principal interest monthly over the term of the contract. ▼Bi-weekly finance payment for 2011 Soul (SO550B)/Forte5 (FO550B)/Forte Sedan (FO540B)/Forte Koup (FO521B) based on an MSRP of $17,645/$18,150/$17,450/$20,450 is $99/$104/$97/$116 with an APR of 1.49%/1.9%/1.49%/1.9% for 60 months, amortized over an 84-month period. Estimated remaining principal balance of $5,082/$5,285/$4,950/$5,898 plus applicable taxes due at end of 60-month period. Offer includes delivery and destination fees of $1,650/$1,455/$1,455/$1,455 and $500/$500/$750/$750 loan credit. Other taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, PPSA ($79) and dealer fees are excluded. All offers exclude licensing, registration, insurance, other taxes, down payment and dealer administration fees. Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and financing options also available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Prices subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. ▲Highway/city fuel consumption for 2011 Forte Sedan (FO540B)/Forte5 (FO550B)/Forte Koup (FO521B) is 5.7L (50 MPG)/8.1L (35 MPG); 2011 Soul (SO550B) is 6.3L (45 MPG)/7.7L (37 MPG). The actual fuel consumption of these vehicles may vary. These estimates are based on the Government of Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the Government of Canada publication EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide. ˆ2011 Kia Forte Sedan/2011 Kia Soul awarded the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Visit www.iihs.org for full details. r2011 Kia Forte5 awarded 2011 Best Small Car Of The Year (over $20,000) and Best Hatchback by Motoring 2011. Visit www.motoringtv.com for full details. ˚The Bluetooth® word mark and logo are registered trademarks and are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Some conditions apply to the $500 Grad Rebate Program and $750 Kia Mobility Program. See dealer for details. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of print. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Offers end May 31, 2011. KIA is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation. §© 2011 Kia Canada Inc. Reproduction of the contents of this material without the expressed written approval of Kia Canada Inc. is prohibited. All information is believed to be accurate, based on information available at the time of printing. Information sourced from independent third-party research.

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Kicking Horse Organic Fair Trade Coffee assorted varieties

Barbara’s Fig Bars

10.99

assorted varieties

2/6.00

454g • product of Canada

Meat Department Organic Boneless Top Sirloin Steak

9.99lb/ 22.02kg

340g

Whole Foods Organic Blue Agave Sweeteners

Guiltless Gourmet Organic Tortilla Chips

two varieties

5.99

B.C. Wild Spot Prawn Tails

19.99lb/ 44.07kg

assorted varieties

3/4.98

480ml • product of USA

198g • product of USA

From the Deli

Jordans Morning Crisp Cereals assorted varieties

4.99

assorted varieties

reg 3.99 each

5.99

regular and light (balance)

4.99/100g

Dagoba Organic Chocolate Bars

2.48lb/5.47kg Packham Pears from Interrupcion Certified Fair Trade Organic, Argentinian Grown

.98lb/ 2.16kg

Bulk Department

reg 5.99

10% off

2/4.00

assorted varieties

2/5.00

56.7g • product of USA

A super energy booster, containing 1000mg of vitamin C, 32 mineral complexes and B vitamins. Several delicious flavours to choose from.

16.99 .59

Stahlbush Island Farms Frozen Vegetables

3/4.98

283-350g • product of USA

Happy Planet Fresh Fruit Smoothies

From Our Bakery

assorted varieties

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that has the ability to recycle and regenerate other antioxidants and is up to 400 times more powerful than vitamin C. Helps fight the visible signs of aging including wrinkles and fine lines.

26.99

2.99

325ml • product of B.C. + dep. + eco fee

560g

NewCo Alpha Lipoic Acid Day Cream and Night Cream

Bragg Liquid Soy Seasoning

1.79

Organic Light Rye Bread

Extra calcium and magnesium for those who need it-with added vtamin D.

St. Dalfour Fruit Spreads

10.99

assorted varieties

Rice Bakery Kase Sahne mandarin or pineapple 100g

3.99

225g • product of France

11.99

Earth’s Choice Organic Tomatoes

180 tabs • product of Canada

assorted varieties

Sweet Pea Toddler Organic Cookies

2/3.00

assorted varieties

3.99

50ml

Sisu Calcium and Magnesium 2:1

473ml • product of USA

8" Blueberry Pie

30 pack

Individual packets

assorted varieties

210g • product of Canada

regular retail price

Alacer Emergen-C

assorted varieties

Nature’s Path Frozen Organic Waffles

2.99

Certified Organic, Mexico Grown

Regular Almonds

German Cambazola Cheese

1 L • product of Canada

3.79

Sugar Snap Peas from Del Cabo Cooperative

prepacked or bins

315-424g product of Canada

15.99

.88lb/1.94kg

2/4.98

made with organic crust

Uncle Luke’s Maple Syrup

Certified Fair Trade Organic

Zorbas Spanakopitas

Life Choices Pizzas

500g • product of UK

Bananas

398ml

Happy Tails Dry Lamb Dog Food or Chicken Cat Food

from 12.49

150g • product of Canada

3kg • product of Canada

Seminars and Events in South Surrey: 3248 King George Blvd.

Wednesday, May 18, 7-8:30pm. Natural Treatments for Constipation and Other Digestive Disorders with Dr. Brian Gluvic, ND. Cost $5. Saturday, May 28, 9:30-4:00pm. Gluten-Free Health Fair featuring cooking classes, samples, seminars and resources. Cost $18. To register call 604-541-3902.

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2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. 1202 Richards St. Vancouver Vancouver 604.263.4600 604.633.2392

Yaletown

Prices Effective May 12 to May 18, 2011.

Choices in the Park

Rice Bakery South Surrey

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 6855 Station Hill Dr. 604.736.0301 Burnaby 604.522.6441

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna

250.862.4864 Note Area Code

We reserve the right to limit quantities. Not all items may be available at all locations. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.


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