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Drinking drivers drop by a third in December 66 drivers pulled off North Shore roads in CounterAttack traffic stops Jane Seyd

MOST drivers on the North Shore are getting the message that it’s not a good idea to drink and get behind the wheel, say police following December’s annual CounterAttack campaign against drunk driving. But those who didn’t figure that out by themselves got reminders in the form of immediate roadside suspensions last month, issued under B.C.’s new administrative penalties for impaired drivers. Across the North Shore, 66 people were pulled off the road last month for blowing over .05 for periods of time ranging from three days to 90 days or more. Of those, 41 drivers were nabbed have your say at in North Vancouver and 25 were caught in West Vancouver. There was no immediate breakdown on how many of those were ticketed for blowing over .05 (a “warn” on the roadside breath screening device) and how many blew over .08 (a “fail” on the roadside device that carries higher penalties.) Police recommended criminal charges for drunk driving against seven people — including one person who refused or failed to blow. Police also issued 24-hour See 367 page 5

W. Van property assessments among highest in Canada Jane Seyd

WHAT do West Vancouver’s West Bay, Sandy Cove and Eagle Harbour have in common? They’re home to some of the highest-assessed property in country. With an average house in West Vancouver now worth considerably more than $1 million, it’s no surprise that many of the highest assessed homes are also nestled into West Vancouver’s tony neighbourhoods. Topping the list of the latest assessment rolls is a home at 3330 Radcliffe Ave. on the West Bay waterfront with an assessed value of more than $22 million. Other top assessments included a Dundarave waterfront home at 2588 Bellevue Ave. worth almost $19 million, two neighbouring homes at 1690 and 1685 Marlowe Place in Chartwell worth $18 million and $16 million respectively, and two neighbouring homes on the waterfront at 4343 and 4351 Erwin Drive, worth between $16 million and $17 million. See Listing page 5

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Rotary shipping help to the world

Volunteers send container-loads of equipment overseas Erin McPhee

THE Christmas trees are gone and the decorations packed away. With the holiday season over for another year, North Shore residents are bracing for more snow and, instead of gingerbread, visions of spring break are dancing in their heads.

However for the staff and patients of the Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Service Centre in Nepal, the season of giving will be in full swing as Jan. 30 is the scheduled delivery date of a large container filled to the brim with much-needed medical equipment and supplies. The shipment, sent Nov. 27 from the Lower Mainland, is just one of the 266 40-foot containers (with a total estimated replacement value of $94 million) sent to 50 countries in recent years through the Rotary World Help Network. The non-profit organization, with a mission to help communities help themselves, is supported by member clubs throughout the province, including those on the North Shore. “The feedback we get from the recipients is what keeps us all going back,” said Ralph Towsley, 84. The Ladner resident and member of the Vancouver Rotary Club is a co-founder of the network, establishing it in 1997 with longtime North Shore resident Bill Richwa and fellow club member Ted Segodnia, who’ve both passed away. In the early ’90s the Vancouver Rotary Club became interested in chartering the first Rotary club in Ukraine. When B.C. Rotarians visited the country, they were exposed to the needs of residents, specifically those impacted by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster “We figured we could get together and get a load and we did,” said Towsley, of their initial container sent of medical equipment and supplies. “And we thought we were done. But what we did, we turned the tap on from the supply and it never stopped. It kind of grew like Topsy.” Finding the project too big for just one Rotary club to handle, Towsley, Richwa and Segodnia launched the network. It started off with seven member clubs and now has, on average, 38 that participate from across the province with the majority of support shown in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Participating clubs put delegates on the network’s board, as well as provide volunteer resources and financial support — clubs that join all pay dues every year of $10 per member.

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DAVID Greenwood (left), Ralph Towsley and Dan Gallant are among the Rotarians involved in the Rotary World Help Network, a charitable organization helping communities help themselves by co-ordinating the shipment of 40-foot containers of medical and educational equipment and supplies to countries in need. Member clubs, on their own or in partnership with other clubs, take on a container project, isolating a location. “An integral part of the success of this is the contents of the containers are almost in all cases consigned to a local Rotary club on the ground,”

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IN 2009, the Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Service Centre, located in southeast Nepal just north of the town of Janakpur, found, diagnosed and treated 1,391 new cases of leprosy.

said Dan Gallant, 65, a board member of the network, as well as a member of the Port Moody Rotary Club. The network relies on representatives of the local groups for their knowledge of where the strongest need exists. “We concentrated, for the first few years, on the Ukraine because of the need of hospitals in need of equipment,” said Towsley. “But as more clubs joined, their connections were other places, so they gave us opportunities to go to many other different countries.” For example, in 2009, the North Vancouver Rotary Club, in partnership with other North Shore clubs and the B.C. Cancer Agency, which donated some used laboratory equipment, sent a container to a cancer institute in Tanzania. The club was made aware of the institute’s deplorable operating conditions after the participants in Rotary’s Group Study Exchange Program, which sends young professionals abroad to learn about another country as well as how their professions are exercised there, toured the facility. Returning home, the exchange team wanted to do their part to make a difference and solicited the help of the club. Other examples of countries that have been targeted by the network include Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines and Zimbabwe. In addition to expanding which countries they support, the network also expanded their scope

to send educational supplies to communities in need. The network offers volunteers resources and facilitates each project. Locally, volunteers assist with pickup, repairs, packaging, transportation, truck rentals, storage, etc. The club in charge of each project works with the receiving club and comes up with the majority of shipping fees, usually $6,000-$10,000. It’s a small price to pay considering, on average, each container’s estimated replacement value is $350,000. “That value for money, that’s a tremendous amount,” said Terry McGauley, 64, past-president and current member of the North Vancouver Rotary Club. McGauley is also past-president of the network. All donated equipment is surplus equipment, with no viable use in B.C. “The benefit to B.C. is it keeps the material out of the landfill and from going to waste,” said McGauley. Examples of donated items include hospital beds, mattresses, syringes, needles, surgical gloves, gauze, bandages, thermometers, operating tables, microscopes and other medical delivery supplies. No medicines are sent. On the education side of things, the network sends desks, textbooks, paper, pens, pencils and computers. The network obtains the items (both new and used), from a number of sources including hospitals, training schools, colleges, universities, seniors homes, businesses and schools, usually the result of equipment upgrades. For example, the University of British Columbia’s dental school donated a large quantity of dental chairs when they opted to install new ones. The used chairs were sent to a number of different countries. “We call it the biggest recycling project we’ve got in Vancouver,” said Towsley They also receive donations from companies that supply hospitals when products become unnecessary due to changes in procedures. “Anything that we send to these receiving countries, it’s like gold to them,” said Gallant. Over the years, some Rotary World Help Network supporters have travelled to the countries they’ve sent containers to and witnessed firsthand the significant difference their contents have made in the lives of community members. That includes Gallant, who in 2007 travelled to South Africa with his wife and a group of delegates. They toured an AIDS hospital as well as a school and many daycare centres that had benefitted. He was struck by how many of the donated items were in use, identifiable by stickers placed on them before shipping. “It’s so rewarding,” said Gallant. “I came back recommitting myself to do more because those people were so appreciative.” It’s hoped the container currently en route to the Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Service Centre makes a similar impact. The project was the result of a chance meeting a couple of years ago between North Vancouver resident David Greenwood, 63, a member of the Vancouver Rotary Club, and a man named Robert Muir while both found themselves in Jamaica. Greenwood, travelling on business, opted to grab a beer and met Muir, a U.K. resident and director of a charity based there, called Build Aid (www. Build Aid was launched in response to the 2004 southeast Asian tsunami and provides construction aid, pro-bono professional advice and construction management for rebuilding projects undertaken by a variety of groups. One of Build Aid’s projects is the Lalgadh leprosy hospital. “They were providing the construction expertise to add on a 25-bed extension,” said Greenwood. The pair stayed in touch and in the spring of 2010, Muir wrote Greenwood wondering about the possibility of collaborating on a project. “This particular hospital is probably one of the largest if not the largest leprosy hospital in the area,” said Greenwood of the facility, which sits on 17 acres and is located in southeast Nepal just See Recycling page 10

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MICHAEL Ignatieff highlighted his compassionate side during a stop in West Vancouver, arguing it’s his support of the social safety net that most differentiates him from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Liberal leader visited West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre for a town hall-style meeting with West VancouverSunshine Coast candidate Dan Veniez and Scott Brison, MP for Kings—Hants, as part of a cross-country tour. He wasted little time before taking aim at the man currently in the Prime Minister’s office. “This is the 17th open mike that I’ve done across the

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LIBERALleaderMichaelIgnatieffaddressestheaudience at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Theatre Thursday. country. Skill testing question: How many no-holds-barred open mics has the prime minister of Canada held with the people of Canada?” he asked, before forming a zero with his hand. Throughout the evening he was asked about education, Aboriginal resource development, pharmacy costs and how the country will maintain sover-

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The least expensive house in the top 20 assessments is valued at almost $11 million. Actual listing prices for luxury homes are much higher, however. The most expensive West Vancouver property in Multiple Listings Sales — a home on three lots at 2190 Camelot Road — is currently going for an asking price of almost $40 million. Assessments for luxury condos in West Vancouver aren’t much lower. The highest assessment — for an Ambleside condominium at 2142 Argyle Ave. — is more than $6.5 million. A building at 2288 Bellevue Ave. is home to 12 of the top 20 condo assessments.

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needs to engage with the world better. In a particularly emotional plea, one man described how he was struggling to pay for his wife’s medical care after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and, last year, had her disability benefit cut as she turned 65. “We don’t want a Canada in which this story happens,” said Ignatieff, promising a tax benefit for people caring for sick relatives. When asked how he would pay for a lot of the promises he made, he reiterated his opposition to corporate tax cuts planned for this year’s budget, which he said would drain $6 billion in revenue needed to end the deficit. The Liberals have promised to vote against the Conservative budget unless that item is removed, but that’s something the Conservatives have said they won’t back down on, raising the possibility of a spring election. The NDP and Bloc Quebecois have yet to say how they plan to approach the budget vote.

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HATEVER the outcome of the debate around the revamp of the Harry Jerome rec centre, it is becoming increasingly clear that the refurbished complex will be less a monument to innovation than it will be to fear: fear of an election loss; fear of change. On Monday, City of North Vancouver councillors voted to yank Norseman Park and Mickey McDougal Fields — huge chunks of the area under consideration — from the overall redevelopment plan. It was a panicked response to outcry from the users of those spaces, who had heard rumours they might lose them. This is the second time in just over a month that council has caved to the misgivings of a user group. In December, these same politicians

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“We won’t have a brand-new rec facility there like West Van got. We won’t have a shiny new example, I’m sorry.” City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto appears to support renovation of the existing Harry Jerome recreation centre rather than a brand new facility during a council debate on removing Norseman Park and Mickey McDougal Fields from the options for replacing the existing building (from a Jan. 14 news story). ••• “When the wind’s coming from a certain direction, the fumes are so bad that we can’t even sleep at night.” West Vancouver resident John Saldat explains what life is like after an oily slick appeared on the creek behind his home in the 1100-block of Queens Avenue (from a Jan. 12 news story). ••• “Even the reporter (who shot it) will tell you it’s complete bullshit.” MLA and former West Vancouver Police Chief Kash Heed didn’t mince words when denying an allegation that he tipped off the media that he would be suspending Const. Griffin Gillan, after Gillan was arrested for beating Firoz Khan after a night of drinking (from a Jan. 14 news story).

acquiesced to a demand from lawn bowlers that their green remain exactly where it is, no matter what. To approach a project of this size in this way is idiotic. Clearly, the city must take into account the concerns of residents in selecting a final plan, but to constrain planners before seeing all the options is counter-constructive. Nobody knows yet which arrangement of elements will result in the best services for the most people at the lowest price. It could well be that that optimal outcome has already been spiked by council’s piecemeal promises. Clearly, these interest groups only want to make certain the city creates the best recreation centre possible, but by giving into users’ fears, council is ensuring that doesn’t occur.

Shooting for civic engagement

ONE of the more disheartening ways of passing an evening is to watch a hockey game on television with someone who just isn’t into it.

issue about a year ago, shortly after Sheila Bouman won the North Van school district byelection with only 603 votes. That’s all you need to become a school trustee when only 4.75 per cent of voters bother to show up. No fault of Bouman’s, but there are ringette teams with more They don’t know their blueline support than that. With multiple from their Bobby Lou and what’s school closures, staff cuts and other more, they don’t care. While you’re painful budget decisions on the living and dying over a sublime no-look Sedin passing play, they’re horizon, you would think people Benjamin Alldritt yawning and smiling weakly and would find that hour to tick their finding reasons to be in other preferred box. Keeping It Simple rooms. No amount of explanation In March, Heywood suggested or exhortation seems to help, and the city study the problem and find eventually you just have to give up. ways to boost civic engagement, For us politics nerds, most of our waking hours both in terms of increasing voter turnout and also resemble those evenings. Suggest that maybe a finding new volunteers for the city’s poorly attended televised House of Commons committee session advisory boards. might be more compelling viewing, and suddenly At council, Heywood’s campaign against hockey doesn’t seem so bad anymore. Strike up an indifference was met with, well, indifference. idle conversation about the merits of proportional Some of the longer-serving councillors representation and watch the room empty. Now we commented that they too, in years gone by, had can debate whether or not hockey actually matters fretted over voter apathy but had realized eventually (it does), but public life indisputably does matter. that the only way to bring people to the polls en So it’s depressing that so few people will give it any masse is to really piss them off. If they want to stay attention, and that even fewer people cough up an home and watch hockey, leave them be. hour every few years to go vote. Heywood’s thinking, he told me later, was that if But eventually you just have to give up. Right? people have a history of involvement with city hall, No, says Guy Heywood, first-term councillor for they won’t get so angry in the first place. It’s one the City of North Vancouver. A self-described politics thing to follow a development or budget process and geek, he’s made a pet project over the past year of not get what you want, it’s another to wake to see a trying to increase North Vancouver’s abysmal voter crane across the street. turnout numbers. He started thinking aloud on the But I have to admit I was suppressing a smirk that


night as well. Voter apathy is an issue in practically every democracy in the world. It’s certainly a nationwide problem in Canada, and hoping that a handful of volunteers on a small city board could fix it seems laudable yet laughable. But after some indulgent smiles and avuncular remarks, council voted to give Heywood his “civic engagement task force” with a token budget and a nine-month deadline. Go on, let the rookie have his fun. “It was almost like a pat on the head,” Heywood recalled later. Heywood, by the way, still bristles at the “rookie” label his colleagues persist in slapping him with — something about his nine years on the school board and seven years on the recreation commission. Sorry, councillor, it plays into my extended sports analogy. Now it would be a great punchline if nobody volunteered for Heywood’s task force, but in fact four citizens did show up to take the four spots: former municipal social planner Robyn Newton, council watcher and erstwhile Reformer George Pringle, fellow council watcher and statistician John Jensen, and some guy named Don Bell, who I’m told knows a thing or two about elections. Trustee Mary Tasi represented the school district. The task force targeted a few groups they felt would be responsive: strata councils, seniors and young people, among others. Well, the strata councils said they had no time to fill out the questionnaire. When they grudgingly agreed to sit down with Heywood for a quick

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The instrument of my own destruction

A dark chapter of my life drew to a close this winter when I resolved, at last, to sell my trombone.

This is not a decision I undertook lightly. It’s one that took me 20 years to reach. I got into trombone playing at 12 years old for the same reason anyone gets into trombone playing: to get girls. I was a gangly, moderately odd-looking pre-pubescent boy who was about 90 per cent femur by bodyweight, with the remainder being made up by skin, internal organs and fanny pack. Having just arrived at a brand new school in a brandnew town, I knew I had little time to garner the admiration of my peers and establish myself at the top of the social hierarchy, so instead I joined the band. For those who don’t remember middle school, this is a little like trying to garner the admiration of mosquitoes by covering oneself in DEET. I didn’t understand at that age that there is an important difference between cool instruments (the guitar) and uncool instruments (everything else), so I invested in brass. Who needs looks, charm, athletic aptitude, parallel teeth, a proportionally sized head, rudimentary social skills or pants the shape of human legs when one has music? No one, my mother told me, knowing as all mothers do that there is no surer path to wealth and fame than whatever pastime their child takes up. “Don’t you look handsome with your trombone! And new

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James Weldon fanny pack!” I did. My progress on the instrument was slow. Middle school band, it turns out, isn’t conducive to learning. There’s something about being crammed into a portable filled with unhappy pre-teens collectively making a noise like someone eating an airplane that disrupts one’s focus on tasks one already finds boring. What I did learn, however, was that the reality of tromboning was far more cruel than one might imagine looking at a trombone. Most importantly, I learnt that trombones don’t get girls. Trombones don’t get girls in the same way that suddenly turning on the vacuum cleaner doesn’t attract cats. No matter how long you practise, the trombone will never have the same cachet as the guitar. No one cheers when you pull it out at a campfire and offer a few bars of an old marching favourite. With a guitar, you don’t even have to know how to play. The case alone raises your status. It could be a case filled

with the world’s least cool things — business socks, Star Wars action figures, correctly done homework — and your peers would still accept that they are somehow inferior. This has been true since its invention. Whoever the first person was to accidentally tuck a giant violin sideways under one arm and start strumming it must have been stunned by its effect on those around them. Guitar inventor: “Hey, check it out. (Brummm!) You can totally play “Stairway to Heaven” with your fingers on this thing!” All women everywhere: “We want your babies!” Guitar inventor: “Cool.” Trombone inventor: “Hey that’s neat! You guys want to hear “Up the Lazy River”? Guitar inventor: “Shut up Leroy. And get leg-shaped pants.” As I entered my teens, it dawned on me that I had in essence been duped into buying a big, shiny contraceptive. I got as far as learning the ’90s-era A&W Root Beer tuba jingle, figured I’d peaked and dropped it. I kept the instrument, however. For the past 20 years, I’ve held on to a glimmer of hope that maybe, one day, the world would come to its senses, that it would reject showy string instruments, music that’s fun to dance to, good style and whatnot, and embrace brass. Then one night last fall, I had some friends over to my place and, after a beer or two, we got to talking — as you do on such occasions— about trombones. At their (in retrospect,

suspiciously enthusiastic) urging, I hauled mine out, assembled it and I played the only melody I remember, which isn’t so much a melody as a low, wet screaming noise that sounds like a wooly mammoth trying unsuccessfully to dislodge a loogey. My friends, trying to protect my feelings, showered me with sarcasm. “That was like angels,” they said. “Fat, terrified, incontinent angels. Beating each other with bagpipes full of fart.” I finally came to accept that my instrument was just one more item on a long list of things I should

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Edgemont’s safety centre moves Tessa Holloway

THE former Edgemont Community Policing Centre has set up shop in its new location at the District of North Vancouver municipal hall. The outreach office, now renamedtheCommunitySafety Services Centre, co-ordinates neighbourhood programs and offers information on topics like restraining orders, peace bonds, bylaws, traffic disputes and whatever anyone needs to know about policing, according to Cpl. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. Some services previously offered, however, have had to be moved. “Because we don’t have the police computers there we can’t do things like criminal record checks and opening operating files, but that’s all just a phone call away and there are other avenues for people to do things like that,” he said. The old office closed Dec. 31 because the lease ended at the rented building. The centre is staffed by volunteers Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and available by telephone at 604990-7455.

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WALTER Sills and Dave MacRae haven’t yet had time to hang a sign at their new location in District of North Vancouver municipal hall. The two have been with the community policing program since 1997.

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Students want voting age to be lowered

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meeting, the message was clear — we’ll show up if there’s a problem and not before. Not even the fact that apartment residents get shafted by the city on their utility rates seemed to provoke much civic ardour. How about seniors? I can tell you from council rooms around the province, seniors show up. They tend to be educated, invested and concerned with their communities, and they have some free time to work with. Heywood and Bell went to Silver Harbour Seniors Centre — which will be right in the epicenter of the Harry Jerome upgrade — to ask folks what the city could do for them. Nobody showed up. Ouch. Perhaps it was due to the meeting being scheduled during bingo. Now that is a rookie move. The task forcers doggedly pressed on in their hunt for enthusiasm and ultimately found it, bizarrely, among people who can’t even vote: high school students. In a series of focus groups, Heywood and Tasi asked them what it would take to get teens interested. Answer: the right to vote. Hmmm. That makes sense. Heywood also got an assist from Liberal leadership hopeful Mike de Jong, who recently suggested lowering the voting

age. I really like this idea. Starting kids on something early builds lifelong habits. If we can balance children on skates, shove a stick in their hands and push them on the ice, wobbly and wide-eyed at the age of five, surely we can have a youth development program for citizenry as well. A key part of this would be teaching young people exactly what local government

is all about. Which leads to a problem — what exactly would that course look like? Heywood’s council has recently made some significant steps into social housing, but others insist municipalities should keep their activities, and their budgets, as trim as possible. Which do you teach? What is the role of local government? This can all be hashed out, of course. We can and do teach difficult topics in high school.

Still, I don’t imagine the Liberals being thrilled at the prospect of an emerging new voting demographic entirely under the tutelage of unionized teachers. Merit pay, anyone? Heywood also offered up my new favourite reason to lower the voting age. “If there is a cohort of young people threatening to come out and tip an election,” he said, grinning. “It’s going to scare the bejesus out of the old

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Fraudster serving 6 years paroled after 11 months Jane Seyd

A fraudster sentenced to six years in jail for ripping off vulnerable North Vancouver seniors of more than $1 million was released on parole only eight months after he went to jail. Family and friends of the victims have learned that Bryan Tickell, 31, who scammed elderly clients while he was a caseworker with the Office of the Public Trustee, was granted day parole 11 months ago, after serving only one-sixth of his sentence. The parole board let Tickell out of jail under a commonly granted accelerated day parole program, which grants early release to first-time federal offenders serving sentences for non-violent crimes. Under the terms of the program, an offender must be released on parole after one-sixth of his or her sentence unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that person will commit a violent offence before the sentence is up. Since Feb. 12 last year, Tickell has been living in a halfway house and has been eligible to look for

employment. Under the terms of his release, he must get approval from a parole supervisor before accepting a job offer. Tickell was handed the jail sentence in July 2009 after pleading guilty to fraud, breach of trust and forgery. As a civil servant, Tickell was sworn to protect the interests of elderly people who had been declared incapable of managing their own financial and legal affairs. Instead, he used the system to steal from his clients. In one case he transferred an undeveloped lot belonging to an elderly North Vancouver woman into his own name, forging signatures and claiming that he was the woman’s grandson. Soon after the transfer was complete, he sold the property for more than $1 million. Tickell later appealed the sentence, saying it was too long. But in June last year, a panel of three B.C. Court of Appeal justices rejected that, citing Tickell’s actions as “profoundly dishonest and manipulative.” At that point, Tickell had already been granted day parole. The Conservative government has indicated it wants to tighten up eligibility for parole.

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DISTRICT of West Vancouver council voted unanimously for a bylaw that updates and simplifies the municipality’s 42-year-old zoning bylaw at a council meeting Monday.

The new bylaw “is consolidated all into one place to provide clarity and reduce confusion,” said Bob Sokol, director of planning, land and permits. Sokol presented several proposed changes to

the zoning bylaw after receiving public concerns during the Dec. 13 public hearing, including those of Chapman Land Surveying and British Pacific Properties. Suggested amendments included a clearer definition of “natural grade” and specific details regarding “accessory garages” in the district. Councilapprovedthirdreadingoftheamended zoning bylaw after closing the reconvened public hearing that saw no speakers from the public. — Niamh Scallan

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Seymour Art Gallery exhibition opening

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Board of directors member Sande Waters and president Alan Bell show their support.

Gallery co-ordinator Sarah Cavanaugh congratulates Alex Waber, recipient of the $300 Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award. Representatives of the Seymour Art Gallery hosted an opening reception for disCOVEry 2011 Tuesday. The annual juried exhibition is intended to provide exposure to emerging artists and this year’s show featured work in a variety of media by 25 individuals, all reflective of the theme: reinvent. The show will remain on display until Feb. 6. Info:

Kay Barton, Kristen Oostindie and Teresa Wong flash their smiles.

Volunteer Cathy Robinson and board member Tammy Chamberlayne flank Arts Office’s John Rice.

Artist Shannon Leonard exhibits her piece Cool Waters.

Artist Caroline Chao, Joanne Suttler, Tami McGrew and Sophia Jones team up for a photo.

Carmelle Crellin views the many works on display.

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Pro rider shares the experience Ryan Leech advocates the benefits of yoga to peers Erin McPhee

EIGHT years ago, Ryan Leech realized he needed to make a change.

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Known for his appearances in more than 25 mountain biking films as well as his busy live performance schedule, the world-renowned professional mountain biker’s body had had enough. “My body just felt like a wreck. I felt beat up,” says Leech, 31, who specializes in trials. A Port Moody resident, Leech is active in the North Shore’s mountain biking community. “I couldn’t sleep well because my back was so sore, my wrists were pretty (messed) up from repetitive endos and crashes. I was having some reoccurring shoulder issues . . . Some of it was just kind of mysterious pains that I was experiencing that just didn’t seem to go away,” he says. While physiotherapy helped with some of his ailments, Leech was still in a lot of pain, and so began practising yoga. Ever since, he’s noticed a tremendous change in his body, both in terms of recovery from injury as well as injury prevention. While mountain biking and yoga are two vastly different activities, Leech is living proof of the benefits of both. Interested in helping other mountain bikers, he’s committed to spreading the word about the benefits of yoga. “Because I am a personality in the cycling world, I thought I’d try to be one of the people to try to break that barrier a little bit and perhaps influence a few people to give it a try,” he says. “I think there’s a lot of people who might be just shy to give it a go. That’s why I’m hoping to use my image to spark the interest in a few people to grow that possibility.” Leech was taken by yoga right away. “The style of yoga that I was attracted to was very challenging physically so that was part of what hooked me and I practised quite avidly and certainly my practice grew in depth through those years,” he says. Leech practised yoga wherever he travelled, often alone in his hotel room. “Eventually I decided that ‘Oh man, this is too good just to keep to myself,” he says. “There’s a lot of other cyclists who are also abusing their bodies and having to take time off of the bike, away from their passion, just due to injury and lack of body awareness.” Leech viewed sharing what he learned through yoga as a great addition to what he does and could offer so underwent training to become an instructor. He completed 200 hours of teacher training with well-known practitioner Eoin Finn in 2009, and is a member of the Blissology Yoga See Ride page 14

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NOTICES Helmet Safety Campaign: The Preventable snow team will make the rounds spreading the slogan “You probably won’t need a helmet today” at Mount Seymour, Jan. 16, 9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., Grouse Mountain, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Cypress Mountain, Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info:

Zumba Fitness Classes: Different dance styles are incorporated into a one-hour class for a fun way to get a cardio, core and full body workout, Mondays, 10 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1110 Gladwin Dr., North Vancouver. Free. Info: 604-971-3578.

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HAVING noticed a positive improvement in his health and well-being following the introduction of yoga, world-renowned mountain biker Ryan Leech is offering classes to others.

ticipants can pick up a voucher at The Boardroom, 2057 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver and bring it to guest services and redeem it for a complimentary lift pass. Donations for breast cancer research will be accepted when picking up the lift pass. Info: Addictions in our Community: The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation will host this presentation on identification and treatment of addictions, Monday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. Parents, families and caregivers can learn

about warning signs, treatment options and where to get help and information. Free. Info: 604-904-3561. Balance and Mobility Training: The North Shore Osteoporosis Society will host a free lecture with Vancouver Coastal Health physiotherapist Corrie Davis, Monday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. at the West Vancouver library, 1950 Marine Dr. Davis will give tips and a demonstration. Donations are gratefully accepted at the door to cover rental of the room. Info: 604-987-9395. Exploring Trauma Through Art: A free group for women

with a history of trauma, such as violence, accidents, abuse, grief and loss and witnessing trauma, Mondays, Jan. 17-March 21, 9 a.m.-noon at I Hope Family Centre, 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver. Info and registration: 604-988-5281, ext. 202. From Confusion to Clarity in Four Simple Steps: Consultant Trevor Simpson will discuss a self-guided process designed to focus intention, attention and facilitate insight, Wednesday, Jan. 19, mingling at 6:30 p.m. and speaker at 7 p.m. at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North

Vancouver. Presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association. Admission by donation. Info: 604-987-6959. Stress Relief at Your Fingertips: Learn how jin shin do bodymind acupressure and medical qigong can help relieve stress and discomfort without drugs at a free one-hour introductory class, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 22, noon at 202-829 West 15th St., North Vancouver. Registration: 604-916-0857. For more information, visit See more page 15

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Bikes Cycling Studio. Drop in is $10. However, he plans to offer yoga wherever he goes, at the various events at which he’s set to perform or appear. For instance, March 19-20 he’ll be participating in the Vancouver Bike Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. “That’s, for instance, a place where I’ll be offering yoga classes alongside my performance on the bike,” he says. In addition to his local classes and

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Monday, Feb. 14. The Midwest Centre will hold workshops for anxiety and depression until the end of April, 7-9 p.m. Admission by donation. Info and location: 604418-3600. SUPPORT GROUPS Eating Disorder Support Group: For parents, partners and caregivers meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Family Services of the North Shore, 101255 West First St, North Vancouver. For info or to register, phone Vicki at 604-988-5281, ext. 202.


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Heads Up: An introduction to brain health with Kerri Sutherland from the Alzheimer Resource Centre, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. at the West Vancouver library, 1950 Marine Dr.

Wild Transformation Month: Wild Woman Workouts will offer pay-by-donation classes until Jan. 28 at Onedance Creative Art Centre, 286 Pemberton Ave., North Vancouver. Positive movement and fitness for all ages and abilities. Visit www. for class schedule or phone 604-771-5683.

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■ Increase your enjoyment level. What sounds like more fun: spending an hour at the gym or a day at the ski hill? If you say the ski hill, you’re not alone. That’s why it’s a good idea to combine the gym and outdoor activities to increase your enjoyment level and make fitness feel like less of a chore. Take advantage of the winter months by going skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating. If it’s above zero and dry, go for an afternoon hike. And as the temperature starts to rise, try tennis, climb a mountain or spend an afternoon kayaking. There are plenty of fun, active activities you can take part in to supplement your time at the gym. Shaun Karp is a certified personal trainer. For further information call 604-420-7800 or go to www.

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North Shore Parkinson’s Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver.

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NOTICES Memory Games: A program for your body, balance and brain will run Mondays until Feb. 21, 1-3 p.m., at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: $7. Info: 604-9828330.

Steady Feet: A balance and falls prevention program helping older adults feel stronger and more confident about walking as well as increase their independence is held at five North Shore locations, John Braithwaite, Mollie Nye, The Summit, Churchill House and West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, all in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health. New participants will be required to attend an assessment session. Info, fees and registration: Gillian Konst at 604-987-5820, ext. 15.

BrainBody Fitness for Seniors of All Cultures: Enjoy playful activities and share in cultural fun, Tuesdays until Feb. 22, 10 a.m-noon at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver. Includes Brain Gym, balls, beanbags and various items that will

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laughter, unwinding and connecting with other caregivers, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Churchill House, 150 West 29th St., North Vancouver. Registration: Karyn, 604982-3320 or karyn.davies@nscr. A Seniors’ Tour of Peru will be shown, Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St. Info: 604-922-9152. North Shore Memories and More: A free social recreation program for individuals with mild to moderate dementia and their family caregivers, Thursdays, Jan. 20-April 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church, 195 East Windsor Rd., North Vancouver. Participants will learn coping strategies, experience laughter and meaningful

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Retirement: a guessing game Surveys suggest many remain clueless about their future

JANUARY is the time of year when people tend to make big decisions in their lives. The financial service industry wants retirement planning to be near the top of everyone’s “to do” list for the new year. Every year, at about this time, they commission surveys on the attitudes of Canadians about saving for their retirement. The results of those surveys are fascinating and a bit scary. Many baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1966 — don’t think of themselves as old or seniors. An Ipsos Reid poll found older adults are more likely to say that being old is about attitude and not about a number than middle-aged and younger adults. Seven in 10 Canadians plan to keep working after reaching retirement age,

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with more than a third of us saying we will continue to trudge into work because we can’t afford not to. For those who choose not to work, most Canadians plan to travel in their retirement, followed by spending more time with their family and friends, reading and exercising. Is there a magic number people should be aiming for when saving for retirement? Yes and no. The magic number is usually expressed as a percentage of a person’s income when working. Those estimates are all over the map making this statistic almost useless. The best advice is that

Canadians need to be realistic about how they plan to spend their retirement and how much it will cost. Some of us, at least, are paying attention. Fully 84 per cent of B.C. residents who expect to retire are currently putting money away for their future and have had a savings plan in place for an average of 14 years. Not everyone knows, or wants to know, where they stand. A poll conducted for Standard Life found that almost a third of those surveyed merely skimmed their pension statements and another five per cent didn’t bother to look at them at all. An RBC survey earlier this year found that 90 per cent of Canadians believe they will have enough retirement income to cover their basic expenses, but 75 per cent doubt they can achieve the retirement of their dreams. Yet another survey, this time from TD Waterhouse, found that two thirds of Ontario’s baby boomers worry they won’t have enough to get them through their retirement. The theme that emerges

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here is that for a lot of people retirement planning is a guessing game. Too many Canadians seem to be clueless about their retirement. They don’t know how much they need to save for their retirement. They don’t know what their income or expenses will be when they retire. They don’t take full advantage of RRSP’s when they’re working and they don’t know how to manage their investment portfolio in retirement. They also haven’t factored in how a change in their health, housing or marital status could dramatically change the face of their retirement. And the willingness to rack up debt by those nearing retirement is, according to one expert, mind-boggling. Many of those surveyed know they were not on track to fund their retirement but they don’t know what to do about it. No wonder, to borrow a phrase from a colleague, that pension and retirement anxiety has reached a fever pitch. Now, let’s be honest

— the purpose of these surveys is to solicit your business. There is nothing wrong with that. I’m not a big fan of some of the financial products that are sold to seniors but I think that seeking professional advice makes a lot of sense. I also believe that people need to take more personal responsibility for their own retirement planning. Not sure where to start? You might want to check out a great study from Russell Investments Canada called Spending Patterns in Retirement. If you want to use an advisor, talk amongst your friends about who helps them with their retirement planning. You’re supposed to be able to look forward to retirement. The good news is that with a little planning and effort during our working years most of us can.

Tom Carney is the co-ordinator of the Lionsview Seniors’ Planning Society. Ideas for future columns are welcome. Contact him at 604-985-3852 or send an email to lions_view@

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specialist at your financial institution to review your over-all portfolio to see whether rearranging your registered (RRSP/RRIF) and non-registered investments could save you tax or otherwise produce a better Example: An investor long-term result. has $100,000 in Canadian Also get advice if (1) common shares in an RRSP; you don’t have the cash to the dividend yield ranges make the contribution this Money Matters from 4.55 to 5.66 per cent. year, (2) you don’t want to Outside the RRSP the Mike Grenby borrow but (3) you could investor holds a $50,000 bond contribute investments you yielding 3.95 per cent interest hold outside your RRSP. If through July, 2017, and has those investments have gone Furnish your RRSP $50,000 in the money market up in value since you bought tax shelter carefully: paying 1.25 per cent. them, that contribution ■ Swapping Swapping the $100,000 would trigger a capital gain investments into/out of income-producing assets — yet if they have dropped in of an RRSP could save into the RRSP will shelter value, you couldn’t claim the tax the interest from tax and capital loss. ■ Shelter interest, allow it to compound faster. Develop the most relevant claim dividend tax Swapping the $100,000 of RRSP strategy for your credit shares out of the RRSP will needs; there is no one correct ■ Self-administered allow the dividends to benefit approach for everybody. RRSP provides from the Canadian dividend An RRSP should be flexibility tax credit. an important part of most Net result: a tax saving of people’s finances. So deal with about $2,500 a year — year all these matters now, when after year. advisors have more time. You will need to have a self-directed RRSP Don’t leave your research and decisions until to do such a swap. (Once you have more than just before the March 1 contribution deadline about $20,000 in your RRSP, or when you for the 2010 tax year. have a variety of RRSP investments, consider a self-directed plan to give you more flexibility Mike Grenby is a columnist and independent moving from one type of investment to personal financial advisor; he’ll answer questions another.) in this column as space allows but cannot reply Talk to a retirement planning/RRSP personally — email


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Scholarship awards Three graduating Capilano University students have each a received $5,000 scholarship to help them continue their studies at the University of British Columbia. Sarah Bischoff, Emily Lyall and Averee van der Linde were awarded the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships, given out annually to undergraduate students who have completed two years at a public postsecondary institution in B.C. and are transferring to another degree-granting institution in B.C. to complete their degrees. They are funded from the returns on a $15 million endowment established by the Province in 2006. Local leaders It’s almost time again for Small Business B.C.’s eighth annual Successful You awards and two North Shore companies are finalists in their categories. Up for the Best Concept award is Hear at Home, a North Vancouver-based mobile company that brings hearing test equipment to clients’ homes. West Vancouver’s Bellevue Natural Health Clinic is up for the Best Employer award.

Owner Dr. Sara Kinnon offers free Naturopathic Health Care and discounted health supplements to all of her staff. Finalists will be narrowed down further to the top five in each category on Saturday, Feb. 5. To check them out go to The eighth Annual Small Business BC Successful You Awards is a province-wide event that recognizes and celebrates the important contributions B.C.’s entrepreneurs make to their local communities and global economy. The awards ceremony takes place Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

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A return to romance for 2011 brides Deana Lancaster

WHEN Kate Middleton weds her prince on Friday, April 29, would-be brides around the world will be watching to see what she’s wearing. “I think she will do something slim with lace,” says Lorna Paterson, owner of Blush Bridal and Special Occasions Wear in West Vancouver. “She’s more like our West Coast brides,” she said of the sporty and fit Middleton. “Even when she dresses up she’s a little bit more casual.” Paterson predicts a British designer will create the gown, though renowned designers on every continent have already sketched their visions for the future princess. Celebrity influence on fashion is certainly nothing new, but Paterson says it plays out differently when it comes to wedding gowns. “Most brides don’t want to look like someone else, but they might bring in a photo of a celebrity wedding and say

‘I liked the way that looked on her,’ or tell us what elements of the dress they liked.” Hilary Duff’s mermaid gown, designed by Vera Wang, is one style that many of her clients have been interested in trying out. Ultimately, a bride should choose a gown she loves and feels beautiful in; one that flatters her figure and her personality, says Paterson. One strong trend for 2011 is texture, she says. “Old-world handcrafted detail, like handmade lace and appliqués. When Jackie Kennedy got married her dress had rosettes and ruffles . . . what we’re seeing now is like a modern version of that.” The Forget-me-Knot Christos Collection for spring 2011 by Amsale Abbera illustrates this trend beautifully. Made of individually tied organza knots, the gown has a figure flattering dropped waist accented with a crystal belt — another trend. Old Hollywood glamour is also popular. Think simple elegant trumpet silhouettes, like Romona Keveza’s simple

silk shantung gown, which also has a belt at the waist and couture detail at the bodice. There is good news for brides looking for straps or sleeves this season. Paterson says after several years of strapless and ruched dresses, the trend is moving away from them and allowing for more variety. “I wouldn’t say there is a typical ‘Vancouver’ dress.” She says we can expect to see everything from simple vneck dresses and cap sleeves to the return of the ball gown, but instead of heavy satins the gowns are made of delicate silk organza or light silk taffetas that float down the aisle. Perhaps the most surprising trend is the short dress. “It’s a fun new thing,” says Paterson. “Many couples have a civil ceremony or a special evening at a restaurant, and don’t want to wear a long dress. Or for some brides who don’t often dress up, a long gown is too much of a stretch for them. It’s generally a girl with a real sense of See The page 25

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OLD Hollywood glamour is the trend, as in the Ramona Keveza trumpet gown (top) modelled by Ashley Child at Blush Bridal in West Vancouver. The ballgown also makes a return, but instead of heavy satins the gowns are made of delicate silk organza or light silk taffeta that floats down the aisle, as with this Vera Wang “Freida” gown (above).

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The short dress makes a splashy debut From page 24

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TEXTURE and handcrafted detail are a big trend in 2011, like the hand-tied organza knots on the Forgetme-Knot Christos Collection for spring 2011 by Amsale Abbera.

fun who wears a short dress.” She said the mini dress is also popular as a second dress — for after the formal ceremony, when the bride is ready to dance. Or, if not for the big day, a “little white dress” is also perfect for bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and even the honeymoon. As for accessories, as well as belts in a range of styles — vintage, crystal and floral among them — couture bows, and flowers added to the bodice, waist and back are popular. Vintage broaches are a strong trend, as are vintage-looking crystal chandelier earrings; multi-layer bracelets of crystals, wrist corsages of organza flowers and multiple strands of small pearls are also making an appearance. Popular hair accessories include feather flowers, fascinators and birdcage veils. The dramatic cathedral-length veil is still very popular. When shopping for your dream dress, Paterson says to start looking early. Ideally, brides should choose their dress six month from their wedding day. “The dress isn’t made until we order it. It’s four months in production and then 10 days to be shipped here.” Time should also be allowed for fittings with the seamstress so that the dress is a perfect fit on the big day. As for who to bring when shopping, Paterson says not to be too alarmed when watching reality shows like Say Yes to the Dress on TLC. “Of course you shouldn’t bring an entourage of 10 people. They can have very different opinions.” But Blush does have room for up to five people, so she suggests a trusted friend or two, plus a family member. “It’s always nice to bring your mom along to be a part of it. Most of our mothers are very supportive.” Blush Bridal and Special Occasions Wear is at 1403 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver. The bridal salon is open by appointment, call 604-925-3218. Or visit for more information.

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Going green for your big day

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WHEN Patty Nayel said I do to marriage, she still said I don’t to waste.

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THINK fresh, local and seasonal when planning your eco-friendly bridal bouquet. Kristin Ames, owner of Posy in Lynn Valley, says if you tailor your flowers to the season it is not hard to be green.

The North Vancouverbased fashion designer sourced local and natural products whenever possible for her October 2009 wedding to cut down on her footprint, but the one thing she couldn’t find was a dress that used natural, organic materials — so she made one herself. “I was looking for something made in North America, made from natural fibres . . . and within a decent budget, and I couldn’t find that anywhere,” she said. “I decided that it’s something that was under-serviced. I was sure there were other brides than me out there.” What started with just a desire for a white gown with a hint of green has turned into a full time business for Nayel called Pure Magnolia. Along with several other wedding providers, she is looking to serve a growing

number of people who don’t want to sacrifice their love of the planet to express their love for each other. She makes dresses out of wild silk, organic cotton and hemp, whether on its own or mixed with other fabrics to soften out the rough texture, and mixes in pieces of re-used vintage dresses, with all the work being done by hand at her studio in Lynn Valley. The website, www.puremagnolia. ca, is adorned with plenty of colourful photos. “I’m very specific about not just what fibres, but how it’s made. Most of the pollutants are created in the making of the fabrics rather than the making of the garments,” she says. While the dress is front and centre on the big day, a lot of the waste that can be typical in weddings comes in the greeting cards, the flowers and all the other endless plethora of details that come to haunt every wedding planner. Corinne Dahlo, an event designer with Vancouverbased reFresh Events, which organizes weddings with an environmental slant, said

a green wedding requires planning, but can be done in a way that’s more rewarding and even less stressful for couples. She suggested couples think about the impact right from picking the venue, so people don’t have to travel too far. Food can also be arranged locally, including Okanagan wine and sustainably harvested seafood. As well, she suggested couples trim the amount of paper invitations they send out with the help of a wedding planner website — the wedding invitation itself, however, should still be paper, she advises. At Dahlo’s wedding, she even grew her own flowers with the help of her sister, and those perennials still bloom every year as a reminder of the special day. “The original idea of carrying the bridal bouquet was sort of a loosely tied naturally picked bouquet,” she says. If that’s out of the question, Posy in Lynn Valley often helps customers source flowers grown locally, and owner Kristin Ames

said it doesn’t have limit variety. Chrysanthemums, Alstroemerias and oriental lilies are grown locally almost all year, and others are available depending on the season. “If we’re doing a spring weddings and they wanted to tulips, we grow tulips by the ton here during February, March, April — that’s a popular one for a spring wedding,” she says. Something Green Cards also offers invitations and cards made from 100-per-cent recycled, 50-per-cent postconsumer paper. “You can go through quite a bit. There’s some large scale weddings out there, so we’re trying to do what we can to minimize our impact on the environment,” said coowner Corinne Leroux. The company’s website is www. Even the jewelry can be recycled, and not just at the second-hand store. North Shore-based Spark Jewelry provides pieces made from 100 per cent recycled silver, with custom-made jewelry See Find page 27


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The third annual Indie I Do alternative wedding fair is taking place Jan. 22 at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street in Vancouver. The event is a joint production between Vancouver-based Lotus Events, a wedding planning and event management company, and Blue Olive Photography, a boutique wedding photography studio. The all-day wedding event will showcase over 30 local and independent designers, retailers and vendors, all prepared to give weddings a memorable twist. The first of the pre-purchased ticket holders will receive a free, reusable swag bag and there will be a number of prize giveaways throughout the show. Fashion shows and live DJ will also be featured throughout the day. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and the event is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.

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THE modern bride and groom are saying “I do” to the 100-mile diet. As organic and sustainable ingredients become more available, “the demand for local produce and domestic wines is certainly increasing, as is the service of free trade coffee” at wedding celebrations, says Andrea Rosenke, catering sales manager at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. A favourite of couples who tie the knot at the lakeside resort is executive chef Chris Short’s Goat Cheese and Herb Ratatouille, featuring baby greens with locally grown pea sprouts, chèvre from nearby Farm House Natural Cheeses and an organic B.C. hazelnut vinaigrette. An eat-local wedding menu is just one of the trends Rosenke has noticed in wedding bookings at the resort.





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BEACH and garden ceremonies continue to be a wedding trend. At Harrison Hot Springs, garden and beach ceremonies are continuing to be the trend for 2011 among couples looking for a less spendy alternative to the tropical destination wedding. The outdoors creates a theme of comfort and a feeling of being at home, says Rosenke, who adds that “having the ceremony and reception at one location definitely makes it easier for guests as there is no need to travel once they arrive.” After the “I do’s,” many

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Rosenke notes. Late-night snacks are making a comeback. Rosenke advises providing a fun and casual bite for your guests to indulge in as the reception winds down. Sliders, yam fries, pizza and popcorn are popular choices. “Remember, you only need to order enough food for 50 to 60 per cent of your guest list,” says the catering sales manager. For more information about Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, visit www.harrisonresort. com.

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Cake matters: big is in for 2011

Grandeur is back on the table Manisha Krishnan

SO you’ve sorted out the venue, dress and decor but there’s one other big-ticket item that everyone’s going to be checking out — your wedding cake.

Whether you’re looking for a plethora of cupcakes or an elegant three-tiered number, one North Vancouver confectionist can make it happen. Denise Brandon started Sweet Cravings five years ago with the hopes of sharing her passion for quality baked goods made from pure ingredients. “I love baking from scratch. I don’t think there’s any other way to bake as far as I’m concerned,” says Brandon, who began baking as a child. “Eighty-five per cent of bakeries out here use cake mixes. I was absolutely horrified at that because I would never even think to bake from a cake mix . . . I

mean, there are hundreds of thousands of beautiful, fabulous recipes out there.” Sweet Cravings’ most popular wedding selections are chocolate, white chocolate raspberry and Brandon’s personal favourite — apricot carrot with cream cheese icing. But red velvet, coffee and nut flavours will also be big this year, says Brandon. In terms of esthetics, cupcakes have been big on the scene over the past couple of years due to more conservative budgets, but this year should be a return to grandeur. “This is going to be quite a year for weddings . . . and that’s due to the fact that the big royal wedding (is) coming up,” explains Brandon. “Plus the fact the economy is starting to turn around will definitely help . . . So far from the people that I’ve been meeting up with they’re definitely starting to go a little bit bigger.” That means taller, more dramatic tiers, brighter colours

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TALLER, more dramatic tiers, brighter colours and whimsical patterns are back for wedding celebrations in 2011. and whimsical patterns. But there are always options available to make things more affordable, says Brandon. As for embellishments, fresh flowers are far more common than sugar ones and a wide variety of cake toppers are available to suit different interests. “They’re not the little

cheap plastic things anymore, and there are some really, really beautiful ones out there,” says Brandon. “You can order toppers that are made with your features, you can have a couple with a golf theme or soccer theme or skiing theme . . . You can do it all now, whatever it is that speaks to you.” For more information go to

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Please be advised of the following registration dates and deadlines: January 31, 2011 Registration and transfer requests for Grades 1-12 begins March 11, 2011 Deadline for priority placement consideration of registrations for Kindergarten to Grade 12 April 1, 2011 Deadline for transfer requests for Grades 1-12

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Book Sale: All books will be 25 to 45 per cent off until Jan. 31 at this sale at Presentation House Gallery, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Info: 604-9861351 or Local Volkssport Club will host a non-competitive five/10kilometre walk in the Horseshoe Bay area, Sunday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. Free for new participants. Info: Verni, 604-682-8390. Addictions in our Community: The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation will host this presentation on identification and treatment of addictions, Monday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. Parents, families and caregivers can learn about warning signs, treatment

Exploring Trauma Through Art: A free group for women with a history of trauma such as violence, accidents, abuse, grief and loss and witnessing trauma, Mondays, Jan. 17-March 21, 9 a.m.-noon at I Hope Family Centre, 399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver. Info and registration: 604-988-5281, ext. 202. Canadian Federation of University Women, West Vancouver branch, meets every third Monday, 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 885 22nd St., West Vancouver. Forensic entomologist Gail Anderson will speak on the topic of bugs and bodies at the Jan. 17 meeting. CFUW is an organization committed to promoting education, cultural and social issues of women, as well as providing fellowship and professional contacts. Info: 604921-6587. Parents’ Link — Wills, Trusts and Estates: A free workshop for parents of youth ages 1226 with disabilities, Monday, Jan. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. at North Shore Community Resources in Capilano Mall, 203-935 Marine Dr., North Vancouver. The workshop will help you understand tools such as will and

estate planning, representation agreements, discretionary trusts and committeeships which will help to ensure a good life for your child. Info: Rachelle, 604-722-8774 or rachelle. Digital Photography Classes: David Smith will teach the following classes at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver: Mastering Your Digital SLR, Jan. 19 and 20, 7-9:30 p.m. and Editing and Sharing Your Digital Images, Feb. 8 and 10, 7-9:30 p.m. Fee: $60 per course. Registration: 604-925-7270. Info: *Cool Drinks: Maxwell Sykes will speak about the fragile climate change situation in Nepal and what it might teach the North Shore, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Bistro Chez Michel, 224 West Esplanade St., North Vancouver. Fee: $10 which includes snacks. Cool Drinks is a casual gathering to connect and inspire community members interested in taking action on climate change. Info: Register at — compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email information for your nonprofit, by donation or nominal fee event to

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Tales of the Cocktail coming to Vancouver A little taste of New Orleans came to Vancouver this past Thursday.

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TREVOR Kallies, bar and beverage director, Donnelly Group (left); Heather Yau, bartender, Waldorf Hotel; Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans; Jonathan Smolensky, bartender, Brix/George Ultra Lounge, winner of inaugural Vancouver Cocktail Competition; Danielle Tatarin, bartender, Keefer Bar; Jay Jones, Market, founding director Canadian Professional Bartenders Association. into Vancouver, the heady line-up of world-renowned pro mixers will be joined by a team of apprentices, chosen from across Canada for their creativity in coming up with recipes using local and indigenous ingredients. You can bet the spin-off from that experience will be pretty potent. At Thursday’s event, Tuennerman also announced the winner of the first Vancouver Cocktail Competition, whose recipe will headline the event: Brix/George Ultra Lounge’s Jonathan Smolensky, for his “Dalhousie,” a blend of Chinese Domaine de Canton

and eastern European Zwack Unicum with plum-infused Gibson’s 18-year-old Canadian whisky. Smolensky nudged out finalists Danielle Tatarin (Keefer Bar) and Jay Jones, who now presides behind the wood at Market by Jean Georges. Serious about cocktail culture? Looking to dust off that shaker and upgrade your own mixology skills? You can book now for Tales of the Cocktail on Tour. But only 300 tickets (at $155) are available, granting access to a growing list of dynamic events over what will truly be a “don’t miss” weekend with master

mixologists from near and far. More info and registration at ■■■ Taste B.C. — Liberty Merchant’s definitive snapshot of the B.C. wine industry and a whole lot more — hits the Hyatt on Tuesday. The Jan. 18 fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Oak Tree Clinic (Hyatt Hotel 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.) showcases 62 B.C. wineries as well as the likes of Howe Sound Brewing, Victoria Gin, Sea Cider and others. Tickets, just $49.99, from all Liberty Wine Merchants.

Conversation with the Mayors A North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Thursday, January 27, 2011 11:30AM-2PM Pinnacle Hotel 138 Victory Ship Way North Vancouver CHAMBER MEMBERS $45 NON MEMBERS $55 Join the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce as they host the Mayors in a lively discussion about current issues facing our business community. The event is designed to create an informal atmosphere to discuss important topics with our elected leaders. Sponsored by To register for this event, please visit the Chamber website at or call 604-987-4488. For catering purposes, the deadline for registration is January 19th.

What is Alpha? The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith. It’s relaxed, low key, friendly and fun. It is a place where people can come and ask questions, delve into issues and look for answers together. What’s Involved? The Alpha course consists of a series of talks looking at topics such as “Who is Jesus?” and “Why and how do I pray?” After each talk we divide into small groups for a time of discussion. Join us January 27 (Thursdays for 7 weeks at 6:30pm) West Vancouver Baptist Church, 450 Mathers Avenue To Register | 604.922.0911 Youth Alpha (gr.8-12) Sundays, 12:15

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TASTE Winter Festival of Wine: The annual festival kicked off yesterday and runs until Sunday, Jan. 23 at Sun Peaks Resort. The festival features more than 20 events to celebrate wine. Find out why chocolate and wine are an unbeatable pairing at Cadbury Chocolate and Okanagan Wines; sample the culinary talents of Sun Peaks chefs with specially selected Okanagan wines; and stroll through the snow-covered village for the Sun Peaks WestJet Progressive Wine Tasting on Jan. 21. And don’t forget to save time for hitting the slopes — in the past week, the resort has received about two feet of fresh powder. Call Central Reservations at 1-877-212-7107 for package and event information. B.A.C.I.O. — Because a Cure is Obtainable: Mangia E Bevi Ristorante presents Festa Invernal, a winter feast, until Jan. 30 at 2222 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. A three -course dinner menu will be featured for $40 at this fourth annual fundraiser. For each of these meals sold, $5 will be donated to B.C. Children’s Hospital oncology research and $5 to the Lions Gate Hospital oncology clinic. Info: Reservations: 604-922-8333. Bishop’s restaurant will celebrate its silver anniversary with a special menu of warm crusted goat’s cheese, dungeness crab cake, Fraser Valley lamb and death by chocolate. The menu will be offered Sundays though Thursdays until Feb. 10.

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Bishop’s is located at 2183 West Fourth Ave., Vancouver. Info: 604-738-2025 or www. Food and Wine Celebration: An evening featuring the wines of Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, Monday, Jan. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia St., Vancouver. Blue Mountain will celebrate its 20th anniversary with wines paired with cuisine from 12 of British Columbia’s most acclaimed restaurants. Proceeds from the event will support the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation. Cost: $90. Tickets: www. Bourbon Bounty: For those who love the complex sensory delights of a good bourbon, five exclusive bourbons will be featured with dinner at Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $75. Tickets: 604-915-9463. Brix is located at 1138 Homer St., Vancouver. Cooking Classes: Maureen Goulet, a cooking instructor

with 25 years experience, hosts fun and educational cooking classes in West Vancouver. The class on Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:45-10 p.m., will feature an evening with Karen Barnaby the chef at Stanley Park Fish House. Classes are held at Y Franks store, 503 15th St. Cost: $65. Info: www. Wine Tasting: Winemaker Wade Stark of Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery in the Okanagan Valley will host this B.C. wine tasting event, Thursday, Jan. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson St., Vancouver. Cost: $30 for members and $45 for guests. Reservations: www. A Loving Spoonful: Adesso Bistro invites guests to dine out for an important cause, Jan. 24-Feb. 6. The restaurant know for its Ligurian delicacies has partnered with the charity A Loving Spoonful which provides nutritious meals to people living with HIV/ AIDS. From every prix-fixe meal ordered, $5 will go to the cause. Cost $33. Adesso Bistro is located at 1906 Haro St., Vancouver. Reservations and info: www.adessobistro. net. Dine Out Vancouver: This annual event features threecourse promotional meals, restaurant tours and hotel deals at 213 restaurants across the city from Jan. 24 to Feb. 6. Info: www.tourismvancouver. com/dov. — compiled by Debbie Caldwell

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NEWS AROUND THE WORLD Going on a trip?Then take the North Shore News with you

JEREMY Harrington visits Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, in the Caribbean.

THE North Shore Lemmings running group cycles up the hilltop town of Orvieto, Italy.

and we’ll try to publish your high-resolution photo in our News Around the World feature (there is no guarantee photos will be published). Due to the enormous response to News Around the World it may take several weeks before your photo will appear. Take a photo of yourself (keep close to the camera, but with the background still in view) in a location outside the province holding a copy of the News, with a scenic background, which distinguishes the location. Send it to us with the first and last name of everyone featured in the photo, along with your phone number, and a description of where the photo was taken. Send your submission to Manisha Krishnan by email to Please note: We will only be accepting pictures that have been sent to us via email.

ZACHARY and Joel Lucas visit Darth Vader at Legoland in southern California.

BILL Violette overlooks Las Vegas, Nevada from the top of an Eiffel Tower replica.

ELKE Nissen and Angelika Paysen Thillemann vacation in Paphos on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea.

ILLA and David Jackson take in the sights of Mizoram, India.

HAROLD and Maureen Hoodless view the temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt, built by Ramses II in 1213 BC.

ALLAN McKibbon kicks off his first trip to San Francisco on the Fisherman’s Wharf.

MICHAEL and Cristina Stamoulos visit the Maui Ocean Centre in Hawaii.

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SAIL kayaking off the coast of Belize near South Water Caye, an island located 23 kilometres offshore directly on the barrier reef.

Caribbean coral: The Caribbean coast of Belize is lined with a coral reef and some 450 islets and islands known locally as cayes (pronounced “keys”). They total about 690 square kilometres and form the approximately 320-kilometre long Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. Three of the four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere are located off the coast of Belize. – Wikipedia NSNTravel

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BELIZE: “If you want to see feesh, you come to the right place,” says our guide Carm. His enthusiasm is palpable. “We gonna show you lots of feesh!” There are 10 of us here to take part in a seven-day, multisport extravaganza with Vancouver-based Island Expeditions. We’re spread out across the white sand of Tobacco Caye, under the leafy fronds of palm swaying in the breeze. We are hinged on Carm’s every word as he recites off a list of tropical fish that reminds me of Bubba listing off shrimp recipes in the movie Forrest Gump: grey angelfish, queen triggerfish, spotted butterflyfish, French grunts, blue tangs. The list seems to go on forever. “And now we gonna go to the dock and I show you some of them,” says Carm. This is a preview, he tells us, for what’s coming tomorrow morning, when we take to the water for the first time with masks, fins and snorkels. The water is so clear beside Belize’s barrier reef — the second longest reef in the world – that you can see many of the fish from the end of the dock. With expectation etched on our faces, we walk past a small beach bar with a thatched roof and a grinning bartender. However, as our group wanders out onto the dock, the first thing we see is not what we had expected: several feet of lime-green eel slithering alongside a fishing dory that’s

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Fish zigzag in and out of a forest of coral From page 33

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TROPICAL reef fish, mostly French and blue-striped grunts, off the southern tip of the caye.

Right off the southern tip of the caye is the most diverse coral forest yet. We spot large schools of French and blue-striped grunts, parrotfish, scrawled filefish and an elusive queen triggerfish. There are also spotted eagle rays, small yellow rays, and on the way back to the beach I swim right beside a large southern stingray that is settling itself into the sea grass. On the last day of paddling we cross a large piece of open water. To our right we can see the tiny Man-O-War Caye with flocks of frigate birds and brown boobies darkening the sky above the treetops. This is one of the only nesting areas for the birds in the entire Caribbean. We had paddled right up to this islet on the first afternoon and were treated to a cacophony of cawing. A spectacle not easily forgotten. A Garifuna family greets us at a thatch-roofed lodge on Coco Plum Caye, which is fringed with mangroves. Some of us wander off to explore the islet on foot, while others take to the water with either fishing rods or snorkel equipment. I take the hour before lunch as the perfect opportunity to hammock surf with a good book. On the final evening of our trip, Carm and Omar gather us at the tip of South Water Caye for our final plunge. The difference now is that it’s dark out. We’re split into pairs and each pair is handed a high-powered flashlight. The reason for a night snorkel? It’s an

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like me, who haven’t snorkelled in the tropics before, are a little nervous. We needn’t be. Our guides are top notch. Carm instructs everyone to stay close until each and every one of us has entered the water. He then leads us on a leisurely swim around one of the large coral patches just offshore of Tobacco Caye. Omar, the senior guide, floats nearby in his kayak in case anybody needs assistance. But most of us are soon entranced by the underwater scenery and not really thinking of anything else. The “forest” of coral is a multi-hued world of purple and orange and red and yellow. Dozens of colourful fish zigzag in and out of the coral maze. Striped Sergeant Majors, bug-eyed squirrelfish, schools of lazy grunts, and slender trumpetfish are a few of the species we spot that morning. On day three it’s time for a new adventure: sail kayaking. We hoist our white cloth and point our kayaks toward South Water Caye, which is to be our home away from home for the next three nights. Slicing through waters of azure blue we watch cotton swab clouds drift by. One of the group members hooks a barracuda. The fight is on. The wind keeps pushing, but after a few minutes (and some help from Omar) the toothy adversary is successfully landed. This will be our lunch. South Water Caye proves to be one of the trip’s highlights. While the accommodation at Tobacco Caye was perfectly comfortable (though somewhat rustic), here are tastefully done rooms with luxurious décor and spacious verandas facing east over the mangroves. An open-air concept keeps a perpetual breeze circulating through the rooms — the breath of the tropics. More delicious seafood recipes await us every night in the dining area, including conch soup, lobster salad, and Hudut — a favourite Garifuna dish comprised of poached fish, mashed plantain and spiced coconut milk. Beaches with sand as white as icing sugar ring much of the twelveacre islet, except when stained orange by the setting sun. Pelicans drift lazily on tropical breezes, occasionally launching themselves from tree branches to divebomb unsuspecting prey. Fishermen try their luck in the shallows casting for plentiful bonefish. A network of sandy trails makes barefoot exploration of this charming place an unexpected pleasure. Our days are spent revelling in the sublime tropical sunshine, except when we’re underwater, which as it turns out is fairly often.

opportunity to see those shy underwater critters that only come out to hunt after the sun goes down: lobsters, octopus, squid … and yes, eels. In the little protected bay between the caye and the reef we manage to spot most of them — including a small squid that changes colours several times before darting off to a dinner appointment. We also find a large octopus crawling across the ocean floor, trying to avoid eye contact with his admiring fanbase. Stretched out fully it must be over six feet long. And what of the eels? We didn’t see any of those, and to be honest, most of us were OK with that. If You Go: Getting There: All of the major U.S. airlines fly into Belize City, but American generally seems to have the cheapest fares. From Vancouver, layovers in Dallas and Miami are common. Finding a Guide: Sea kayaking has become a popular sport in Belize, and there are a number of outfitters that organize guided trips here. I was drawn to Vancouver-based Island Expeditions for a few reasons. They offer a wide range of vacation packages — everything from a lazy weekend getaway at their Glover’s Atoll base camp, to adventurous multi-sport trips that include kayaking, snorkeling, diving, caving, camping and whitewater paddling through the jungle. They’ve been running trips since 1987, so I knew they have experience. I also liked the fact that they employ local people whenever possible. ( Advice: Take a shortie wetsuit or long-sleeved, quick-dry shirt to protect yourself from the tropical sun while snorkelling. Spending a long time in the water can also cause you to get a little chilly, so having something to wear will keep you warm. Malaria: Talk to your doctor, but you may be able to get away without taking anti-malarial pills if you’re not planning to visit the jungle on your trip. Especially during the dry season (from February through April), there probably won’t be many mosquitoes on the Cayes and Atolls. This may spare you some nasty side effects. Underwater Photography: Consider investing in a small underwater camera before the trip. I purchased a Canon Powershot D10 and was amazed at the photo quality. There were several people in the group that wished they had something similar. Resources: The Moon Handbook to Belize by former resident Joshua Berman is an excellent all-around resource for travelling in this small country.

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Membership in this cult has privileges “IS that your first iMac?”

The voice came out of nowhere. I looked around, then spotted him: a pastyskinned young man hidden behind a black hoodie. “Yes, it is.” I replied. “Heh, heh, nice. Enjoy,” he said and then whisked himself away like a dark ghost. As I walked through the electronics store with my new computer under my arm I would pass by the occasional techie. He would look at me and my iMac purchase and give me a nod and wink; as if I was some lone cowboy riding through a dusty town on my way somewhere. I pulled into my driveway and my neighbour, who is a self-proclaimed computer geek, was taking down his Christmas lights. He noticed me carrying my parcel. “Joan, did you buy an iMac?” “Yes David, I did.” I replied. “Oh my, which one?” he asked. “MacBook Pro,” I replied. He then climbed down off his ladder, came over and

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shook my hand and said, “Congratulations!” “You’re a geek, David.” I replied. “Yeah, I know. Can I see it?” I seem to have unwittingly joined a cult. This wouldn’t be the first cult that I had joined. The first one was when I got my Doberman, Alex, many years ago. Alex has since passed on, but while he was around I learned quite a bit about dogs and the people who own them. First off there is indeed a dog cult. The North Shore is the dog cult mecca of the Lower Mainland for sure. Perhaps because of the

number of trails available to walk dogs on, the ratio of pet stores or dog day cares, but ours is indeed a unique place to be a dog owner. You know you are a member of the cult if you bring your dog into pet stores and proceed to ask your dog what it would like. Then, as you are leaving the pet store you tell your dog what a good boy (or girl) he was — loud enough for everyone in the parking lot to hear you. If you dress your dog up for Halloween, have a Christmas sweater for your dog and buy it a cake for its birthday, you are a member of the cult. Don’t deny it, just accept it. Another sign is meeting at a particular place and time every day to allow your dog to meet its play buddies while you as a dog owner sit on the sidelines (like you do with your kid at soccer games) and chat with other dog owners while holding a coffee. Giving unsolicited advice to new dog owners is another sign. If you find yourself chatting to a stranger on the

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Convincing win for Pipers Argyle pulls away from Carson Graham in second half

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LATER this year, in early August, most North Shore teens will still be savouring their final weeks of summer vacation.

TWO of the North Shore’s top girls high school basketball teams clashed Tuesday, with the Argyle Pipers taking home a 67-52 home win over the Carson Graham Eagles.

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The two sides are two thirds of the premier division, with Handsworth waiting for their season-opener this coming Wednesday against the Pipers. “We played well,” was Argyle coach Digby Leigh’s verdict. “The first half was pretty even but then we managed to pick the tempo up, which is to our advantage. Carson’s a strong team inside in particular and we were able to extend a bit of defence, got a few easier baskets and managed to keep creeping ahead and build up the lead. But it really wasn’t decided until the fourth quarter.” Leigh’s job is made a little easier by having a strong, consistent bench, led by captain Stephanie Bell, who was part of the provincial U17 team that claimed a national title in 2010. Carson’s Kolbi Roper was on the same squad. “Steph Bell is our leader, our captain. As long as she’s playing well, which she does all the time, we’re always going to be competitive” Leigh said of Bell. “She’s one of the elite players in the province, but we have all kinds of players who can contribute. Tuesday was no different. We had lots of kids with good minutes and did good things for us. We’re deep. We have 13 kids and every kid can play and can help us. I think that’s unusual when you go through a lineup and have 13 kids that are all very capable. It makes our practices competitive. It means in practice we’re playing against just as good opponents as we are when we go to play. We’ve got lots of kids that are very competitive.” Not all of those competitors are leaving school this year — the future for Argyle is bright, Leigh said, with several young players making a strong debut on Tuesday.

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go outside to tournaments to get good competition but we get good competition among ourselves.” Diane Chan, coach of the Carson Graham Eagles, couldn’t pick out any particular shortcoming in Tuesday’s effort, but admitted the game was largely decided in the third quarter. “Yes, we would have liked a different result,” she said. “But the team hung in there until half-time. We had a bit of lapse in the third quarter and we just couldn’t recover. We stayed with them the rest

But not Kalila GeorgeWilson. By then the 17year-old St. Thomas Aquinas student will be headed to Alabama A&M University in the United States’ Deep South on a full softball scholarship. George-Wilson visited the home of the Bulldogs back in October, and both she and the Alabama coaches liked what they saw. “You talk about what you can bring to the table for their softball team and what you want to do academically,” George-Wilson said. “They see where you fit in, how much they can offer and why you should consider their school.” By Nov. 10, George-Wilson had inked a deal for full tuition plus room and board. “It was intense,” she recalled. “It kind of felt unbelievable that it was happening.” George-Wilson started playing ball at age six and held down first base, third base and pitching duties for a variety of North Shore teams, as well as producing some power hitting with the lumber. “When I got to high school and I started watching the NCAA women’s softball championships, I told my dad I wanted to play collegiately,” George-Wilson said. “My dad told me I should play for the best teams, so that’s when I started playing in Delta and Richmond and White Rock, because that’s where the most competition was. So then I started going to exposure tournaments in the States; that’s where you get seen by college coaches. So really around ninth grade, that’s when I got committed and it’s been my dream since then.” George-Wilson admitted to being a bit scattered when it first came to picking a school, hankering after colleges in Tennessee, Texas and California among others. “But as I got a bit older I started being a bit more realistic and I wanted to

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CARSON Graham Eagle Kolbi Roper shields the ball during the senior girls premier division season opener against Argyle. The Pipers won 67-52, led by Roper’s provincial teammate Stephanie Bell. See the game’s full photo gallery at www. “Both our post players are Grade 9 and they are going to be terrific players. They are already very good and starting to really make their presence felt. Claire Elliot, who’s in Grade 10, is our starting point guard and was last year too in Grade 9. We’ve got some really, really key players that play a lot of minutes for us who are in Grade 9 and 10. You can see how the leadership is going to be passed from one year to the next. It really feels like Argyle is in terrific shape. We’ve got a lot of younger players who will step into those leadership roles when Steph graduates

this year.” Leigh was pleased to see Argyle’s transition game working out the way he hoped for, but he’s also expecting to see plenty of the Eagles beyond their brief regular season series.” “I think all three North Shore teams have a very good chance of qualifying for the provincial tournament this year. You don’t want to look too far forward because we know we’re going to get four great games because the other two teams are terrific. I’m sure they feel the same way. We’re lucky to have a league like this because we



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School stresses academic success From page 37 be closer to family. I didn’t want to be too far away from everyone,” she said. George-Wilson’s father, Michael Wilson, is originally from Alabama and suggested Kalila might benefit from having family nearby. Although George-Wilson was originally scouted by coaches in Mississippi, a few intercoach conversations — “They all talk to each other,” she said, laughing — landed her at Alabama A&M, only a few hours drive from her father’s side of the family. “It’s really nice,” she said of the Huntsville campus. “They have buses that go around the campus with free wi-fi, and a wellness centre for the athletes. They take really good care of the athletes there. But they don’t just care all about sports. It’s about school first and they make sure you’re going to graduate, but still maintain your scholarship and perform athletically.” George-Wilson, a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, will study psychology in college and intends to work as a teen counsellor after graduation. “It really does show,” said her father Michael, “that this is not a pipe dream. If you work hard at it, this is something you can achieve.”

Wrestlers split North Shore Braggin’ Rights Benjamin Alldritt

THE North Shore’s top high school grapplers hit the mat Tuesday at Balmoral junior secondary, throwing down at the annual Braggin’ Rights wrestling meet.

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KALILA George-Wilson, seen here pitching for the North Shore Stars ‘92 team at last summer’s provincials, has earned a full scholarship to Alabama A&M University.

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It wasn’t quite the traditional North Vancouver versus West Vancouver showdown, but for anyone keeping score, the large Carson Graham squad won nine of the 19 matches they contested. “It’s the best versus the best on the North Shore,” said league chair Ian McDonald. “We try to highlight it once a year. We have a duel meet format as a dress rehearsal for the kids and try to get used to a onemat format in case we make it to a big event like a final of a national championship or a high school championship. “The pressure and the focus is the same. It gets them prepared.” Several of the Braggin’ Rights competitors will wrestle at higher levels, said McDonald, including Sentinel’s Abdul Mohammad, who topped Carson’s Chris Johnson with an impressive

combination of strength and technique. “He is going to be right there at the provincials, for sure, just like he was last year,” said McDonald. “He’ll be favoured going in.” The assembled fans and coaches got a taste of something a little different when Carson’s Carolyn Weekes squared off with Argyle’s Francisca Paul, a German exchange student with a regional judo title under her belt. “She tried to set her up for an inside trip and all the top wrestling coaches stopped,” said McDonald, laughing. “‘Whoops! There’s a real one.’ There was a moment of absolute silence going ‘Oh my goodness, our kids haven’t seen that before.’” Paul pressed her advantage, but Weekes weathered the attack and managed to come back for the pin. For sheer entertainment value, the nod has to go to Carson’s Sunshine Soulsby versus Elphinstone’s Brandy Terry. Soulsby literally flung Terry around the mat. The Sunshine Coaster managed to blunt the assault for while, but Soulsby’s physicality earned her the pin and another notch for the Eagles. “I think there’s three or

four girls who are quite good,” commented McDonald. “Cholena Horne tops the list right now, and Sunshine Soulsby. She’s quite a physical presence on the mat.” McDonald also singled out Nathan Yanagiya as a promising grappler with a great athletic foundation to build on. McDonald went on to say that while many of the North Shore’s wrestlers have the athleticism, it’s a struggle to hold kids in the program as other sports move towards a year-round schedule. “We have talent,” he insisted. “Our problem is and has always been that we don’t spend enough time at wrestling on a consistent breakthrough in the province and the country. “We’re facing the same problem as other sports, with kids who have chosen to go year-round. It’s very difficult for our seasons-ofplay athletes. Carson Graham has always been a big advocate of doing two or three seasons of play at your school, develop your athletic ability and as you get older you can start to focus.” The Carson Graham squad takes on all comers in Carson Carnage this Thursday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m. at Carson Graham secondary.

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to watch teams with an emotional attachment to the game, on both sides. There’s more going on than just putting the ball in the hoop. It’s about school pride on the North Shore. It’s a tough league and everyone wants to be on top. We just have to prove it on the court. There’s never a resting moment.” In senior girls Division 1 play, Seycove, Windsor and St. Thomas Aquinas maintained their unbeaten records, which will be put to the test Wednesday when the Seyhawks visit the Dukes. Elsewhere, Sentinel topped Chatelech 73-43 at home and beat Sutherland 75-45 on the road.

of the game though.” Like Leigh, Chan isn’t reading too much into the result, chalking the loss up to a learning experience and keeping the provincial post-season in mind. “We can anticipate seeing Argyle four to five times, maybe even six if we see them at the B.C.’s, which is our goal. We take a lot back from it. There wasn’t one thing where I said ‘If we’d only done this.’ It’s putting the whole package together. You know, it’s very competitive ball on the North Shore. It’s fun

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MACNEIL - Alma Aug 10, 1931 to Nov 28, 2010 It is with profound sadness to announce the passing away of such a loving, caring person after a brief battle with cancer. She is survived by her three children and grandchildren. Alma operated “ A l m a ’ s C a f e´ ” i n N o r t h Vancouver, one of the many business pursuits in her life. One of her greatest joys was helping others less fortunate and her compassion was unlimited. She held a special place in her heart for veterans and was active in a number of service clubs throughout her life. She will be greatly missed by her many friends. A celebration of Alma’s life will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Army & Navy Club at 119 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver.

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BROWN - Dorothy Joan June 13, 1924 – January 9, 2011. Joan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the North Shore Hospice. She will be lovingly remembered by hers sons Robin (Anne Marie) and David (Jayme), daughters Deborah and Julie, niece Linda (Nick), her grandchildren and extended family in England. She was predeceased by husband Donald (1950) son Andrew (1951) and husband Arthur (1986). Joan lived a full life with family and friends and was always busy helping others. She was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She dedicated her life to serving others through St. Catherine’s Church, the Lions Gate Auxiliary and the community. A memorial service will be held at St. Catherine’s Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive. North Vancouver, on Monday January 17, 2011 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Dr. Klimo Fund c/o Lions Gate Hospital Foundation or the Lions Gate Hospice Society would be appreciated.

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ERIKSSON - Irene. Irene passed away in hospital January 4, 2011 in Maple Ridge, BC. She was born in Smoky Lake, AB in 1932, and has made BC her home since her 20’s. Irene is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Lars, daughter Britt-Marie (David), son Vincent (Leslie-Anne), four grandchildren, Kristine (Jonathan), Kyle, Kimberley, Bryce, and one great-grandson, Corbin. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday January 17, 2011 at 1PM, at North Shore Alliance Church on 201 East 23 St. North Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

COLE - Brian Douglas Brian left on the ultimate trip January 3, 2011 after suffering a stroke at the age of 68. Predeceased by his father George Cole, Brian is survived by his wife Sheridan (Sherie) Lister, mother Dorothy Cole, sisters Karen Pelech (Don) and Cathy, nieces and nephews and many friends and colleagues at the BCLDB.





COBB, Mildred Elizabeth (nee Faulkner) 1920 - 2011 Mildred passed away peacefully at Inglewood Care Centre on January 7, 2011, with her loving family at her side. Born on September 4, 1920, in Flint, Michigan, she was the second of three children of William and Jean Faulkner. She spent most of her childhood and early adult life in Dryden, Ontario, where she met her husband of 59 years, Ty Cobb. They married in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, in 1943, and lived in Winnipeg where Ty was an Officer in the RCAF. After the war they settled in Vancouver. Mildred was a keen gardener, an avid tennis player, and expert curler, who spent many years curling at the Capilano Winter Club. Mostly, however, she was a dedicated wife and mother as her family was everything to her. Mildred was predeceased by Ty in 2002. She is survived by her three children: Linda (Ward); Steve (Sandi); and Marlene (Alex); seven grandchildren: Lindsay; Katie; Felicity; Thomas; Melissa (Sal); Sarah; and Lauren; great-granddaughter, Madisyn; and her brother, Alwyn, and sister, Esther (Clair), as well as many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses, care-aids and staff at Inglewood Care Centre for their attentive care and assistance over the past seven years, as well as to her companion, Barb, who provided many hours of fun and laughter during the last five years. A Memorial service will be held at St. David’s United Church (West Vancouver) on Thursday, January 20th, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful for donations to be made in Mildred’s memory to the CNIB. For those wishing to share a memory of Mildred, please go to

COX, BYRON G. April 22, 1937 - Jan. 2, 2011 It is with sadness, that we announce the passing of our dear friend, Byron Cox, after a brief battle with Cancer. Born Byron Godfrey Cox on April 22, 1937, in Brantford, Ontario, Byron enjoyed a long and varied career as a journalist and communications consultant working with organizations such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Globe & Mail, Expo ’86 Canada Pavilion, and AMEC. Known fondly as the 'Dogfather', he enjoyed his fulfilling retirement years working with dogs as a certified dog trainer and dog care specialist. He was also employed with Home Depot and was a member of the WV SPCA’s Community Council. Byron was well loved and, during his illness, was visited by a continual flow of caring friends, both human and canine, ensuring he was rarely alone. We will remember with a smile, his sharp intelligence and wit, along with his unique outlook on life. In addition to his many friends, Byron is survived by his two daughters, Cynthia and Michelle, granddaughter, Megan, son, Geoffrey and Cousin Jim. We wish to thank the entire Home Depot Team for the incredible care and support extended to Byron. We are also very grateful to Dr. Paul Sugar and the associates at the Lions Gate Hospice for the sensitivity, warmth and respect extended to Byron during his final days. A memorial will be held at 2pm, Saturday, January 22nd at St. David’s United Church at 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver. A Funeral Mass will take place at 10am, Tuesday, January 18th at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 595 Keith Avenue, West Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations of 'gifts in kind' to the West Vancouver SPCA or to the Lions Gate Hospice Society would be appreciated.

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CALDWELL, Edward Harmon (Ted) 1919 - 2010 Ted passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of December 27, 2010 at the age of 91 years. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Tina Brennen, Joan (Livio) Allegretto, and Dianne (Tom Van Sickler) Haworth as well as son-in-law, Dennis Cannon. Ted will be missed by his grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Brennen , Kim (Craig) Willis, Michael (Sandy) Allegretto, Trevor Allegretto, Darryn Allegretto, and Sean (Tamara) Haworth and six greatgrandchildren. He will also be missed by sister, Mary Niewchas and brother-in-law, Alan Affleck, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ted was predeceased by his first wife, Peg, his second wife, Ruth, daughter Frances Cannon, siblings Muriel Affleck, Ruth (Elmer) Powell, Jack (Marie) Caldwell, Betty Caldwell, and granddaughter, Kristi Allegretto. In accordance with Ted’s wishes, a family celebration of his life and interment of his ashes will take place. In memory of Ted, donations may be made either to the Canadian Cancer Foundation, 600 686 W Broadway, Vanc BC V5Z 1G1, or the Department of Veterans Affairs, P0 Box 5600, Vanc BC, V6B 5J3. Ted was born and raised on a farm in Killam, Alberta. After completing high school where he excelled as a student, athlete, and musician, he attended Camrose Normal School and taught for a short time in the Camrose school system. He then served in the Air Force in England and India during WWII and graduated from the University of Alberta as a Mining Engineer in 1949 in a 'memorable' class of veterans. He subsequently joined Cominco and enjoyed a 30 year career with the company both in Trail and Vancouver. He was well known and highly respected throughout the mining and metallurgical industry. Ted was devoted to his family which was evidenced in so many ways. He will live on in our hearts forever.


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DRING - Arthur Heywood Born in England May 24, 1925, Arthur passed away December 27, 2010 suddenly and peacefully at Lynn Valley Care Centre, North Vancouver. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Dring (nee Priestley), on May 8, 2009 and by his brother, Lawrence (2004, New Zealand). Arthur is survived by his brother Ken (May) in South Africa, brother-in-law Jack Priestley (Connie) in England, sister-in-law Jan Dring (widow of Lawrence) in New Zealand and their families: Philip Dring, New Zealand, Alison Sloane, South Africa; Margaret Priestley, Kathryn Ann Priestley and Gillian Williams, all of England; Gregory Dring, Susan Nickolson and Ann Price, all of New Zealand; and godchild Linda Borchert (Gatean) of Canada. Arthur enjoyed his work as a government elevator inspector and played darts, watched car races and was an avid skier. Arthur and Mary took pleasure in music, outdoor activities, their home and garden in Lions Bay, their dogs and touring the Oregon Coast in their recreational vehicles. Arthur’s ashes were scattered with Mary’s in a private ceremony at First Memorial, Boal Chapel, North Vancouver. No service by request.

Katherine Lauinger (nee Bohn) January 26, 1925 – January 6, 2011 Katherine Lauinger passed away peacefully at Lions Gate Hospice with her six children at her side. Lovingly remembered by her daughters Linda Moore, Sarina (Eldon) Sanderson and Shari (Norman) van Roggen and her sons John (Hallein), David (Janet) and Dennis (Denise), her grandchildren Rachel, Jake, Eric, Claire, Tyler, Georgia, Aiden, Hallie, Anna, James, Peter and Markus. Predeceased by her husband Peter and her son-in-law Rowland Moore. Special thanks to the incredible nursing staff at the Lions Gate Hospice. Prayers at 7:00 pm Mon, January 17th, a funeral mass to be held at 11:00 am Tues. January 18th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2725 Lonsdale Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lions Gate Hospice Society. for more information.

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KNIGHT - Philip October 2, 1926 - January 9, 2011. Philip did not take kindly to old age, but even when his health started to fail he managed to hang onto his wit and wonderful sense of humour. He was never dull and was always fun to be with. Philip will be forever missed by his wife Geraldine, loving daughters, Deborah and Trisha, doted on grand daughters Alexandra and Jessica and treasured son-in-law Marcel, sister Brenda and her husband Kim, nieces Emma and Sophie. For many years Philip was involved in the engineering of single family dwellings on the North Shore and made many friends in the construction business and North Shore building departments. No service by request. Donations to the Vancouver & District Labour Council Christmas Dinner for the Homeless in Memory of Phillip Knight would be greatly appreciated.

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EDGAR - Ian George January 8, 1934 - January 9, 2011 Ian is survived by his wife of 27 years Nancy Hall, and her son Curtis, Ian’s children Susan, Craig, Mark and Jane; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and brother David Edgar. Ian loved life, people and friends. He would take time to communicate with people. Always someone you could count on to lend a hand, Ian volunteered time where it was needed – writing reports, newsletters, drafting correspondence and taking minutes - for a wide variety of organizations. It was important to Ian that things be done correctly. He was a master of the written word; someone who loved to find and use uncommon words as an art. An ardent supporter of trade unionism, Ian took a leave from BC Tel to become a Business Agent with the Telecommunications Workers’ Union for many years. He loved helping people through this work. He also enjoyed making a difference through his years on the Board at Capilano College. Ian and his partner Nancy were devoted to each other. They loved to travel and enjoy different ventures (sailing, square dancing, RV’ing, and shopping for bargains to name several). Although Ian fought a brave four year battle with amyloidosis, the support and care he received from Nancy kept him good natured and strong through the process. Ian will be truly missed by his family and his many friends and associates. He is at peace. We are blessed with the memories of his time with us. Memorial Service January 22, 2011 at 11am at St. George’s Anglican Church, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. British Columbia. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Amyloidosis Support Network. 1-877-303-4999 would be appreciated.

VON BLUMEN - Siegried (Sigi) Berta Johanna Aug. 23, 1932 - Jan 5, 2011 Passed away peacefully at Evergreen House. Sigi is predeceased by husband George and by son Patrick, sadfully missed by daughter Jacqueline, grandchildren Nina, Dalton, Garrett and former son inlaw Dennis. She emigrated from Dusseldorf, Germany in 1962 to Canada to marry and start a family. She was a big supporter of her kids sports which included lacrosse, soccer and track and field. Thank you Mom for being here for us! Sigi had the midas touch when it came to cooking, it was always delectably flavourful. Her 'gulasch suppe' was second to none! She worked for Davidson & Sons Custom Brokers for close to 25 years before retiring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the food bank. Private Celebration of Life to held.

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1 Br, $845, corner unit, brick patio, Feb. 1. heat incl. quiet. drapes. gated or free prkg, no pets, 1 yr lease. 310 East 2nd, 604-904-0956

1 BR, W. 20th & Lonsdale, heat, hw & prkg, no pet, avail now, refs req’d. 604-738-7430.. 960-0452

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121 WEST 20th. Newly reno 2 BR, 3rd flr. hardwood, heat & hw incl’d, 1 yr lease np, $1400, avail now, 604-681-2521

1 BDRM, $825, 2 BDRM, $1150, Cent. Lons. nice quiet bldg, n/p, available NOW, 604-988-3227

130 EAST 17th ST. N.V. 1 bdrm Apt. Quiet adult bldg. Walk-up. cats allowed, incl heat, hw, $780, Al 604-266-1364 Coldwell Bank Premier Realty

1 br $925 2 br. $1180, Lonsdale & 21, Feb 1, quiet bldg, np, hw, heat prkg storage 604-990-4088

1 Br $920 Heat & hw incl. no pets, no smoking, 130 W 5 St. avail Feb. 1, 604-987-2761

1 BR, large. 16 & St. Georges, near hospital, incld heat & hw, no pets, $840. 778-889-4719

WATERFRONT LUXURY The Pink Palace on the Seawall 2 bdrm, 2 bath spacious Indoor/outdoor pools. Fitness centre & billiard room, small pets allowed, no smoking 2222 Bellevue Ave. To view: 604-926-0627

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Remain ambitious to Wednesday – last-minute advances (especially Sunday and Wednesday) can be strong ones. You might have to struggle with foundational, home or family issues, though. The government, head office or an institution could offer splendid help Wednesday. (Take power naps Monday/Tuesday.) A month of social joys, friends, entertainment, flirtation (that can build to deep love) optimism and joie de vivre begins Thursday! And four months of great good luck starts Saturday, in love, travel, law, education. You’re on a roll! But settle into chores Friday eve, Saturday. Taurus April 20-May 20: A long, mellow period draws to a close. You might face – but more likely your close friends, associates face – a pulling apart between key people Monday/Tuesday. (E.g., your friends split up.) This is mostly gradual, deep: but look for clues, and seek early “accommodations,” as this is a decade-long trend. You might have to choose between love and casual friendship. Rest, tend to home matters Wednesday eve to Friday morn. A month of ambition begins Thursday (but first rest, to Friday). Romance, pleasure visit Friday eve, Saturday. Saturday to June 4, “head office” is your friend. Gemini May 21-June 20: Continue to chase facts/secrets, investments and sensual desires to Wednesday noon. You energy’s high Sunday. Buy nothing (nor invest) Monday nor Tuesday before 5 p.m. (PST). Thursday begins a month of gentle love, understanding, legal solutions, far travel, higher education or intellectual pursuits and publishing. Be curious Wednesday to Friday, ask questions. Friday eve and Saturday bring rest, domestic affairs, quietude. But Saturday also starts four months of social expansion, new friends, flirtations, wish fulfilment and happiness! And these four months kick off another 92!

Cancer June 21-July 22: A long month of opportunity and opposition ends Thursday. You probably feel you didn’t accomplish much, as this period began in confusion. But you have Sunday (planning) and Monday to Wednesday (action) to grab some last chance(s). Remember, independence, no; interdependence, yes – for now. Thursday begins a month of secrets, research (detective work) large finances, investments, lifestyle, health and sexual changes and commitments. And Saturday kicks off a period, through early June, of tremendous career and prestige benefits – both trends (change and career luck) combine soon! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Sunday’s happy, optimistic, friendly. But heavy chores still weigh on you through Wednesday. Just plunge in, get ’em done. DON’T start a new work project Monday or before 5 p.m. Tuesday. A month of fresh horizons (and emotional fresh air) arrives Wednesday night. You’ll experience opposition and opportunity – both intense. So be diplomatic yet eager. Saturday begins a four-month phase of great luck in far travel, higher education, publishing, legal affairs, cultural venues and love. You might fall in love and marry – swiftly! Focus on money, spending, earning Saturday. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Be ambitious Sunday, or mingle with higher-ups. A month of romance and creativity draws to a close by midweek. Take care with friends, hopes, plans Monday to Tuesday suppertime – pursue all these afterward. Retreat, rest and contemplate your future Wednesday afternoon to Friday morning. Despite your uncertainty about job performance/stability, all looks fine. You begin a month of work and health issues Thursday. More importantly, you enter a four-month phase of great luck in investments, sexual liaisons, life changes and commitments, Saturday. (A clue Wednesday eve.)


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Re: The Estate of Irene Hilda Stern, Deceased. NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of IRENE HILDA STERN, Deceased, who died on September 28, 2010, are hereby required to send them to the Executors, GLORIA JEAN WESTON and EARL KENNETH ELLETT at 203-815 Main Street, West Vancouver, BC V7T 2Z3, before February 25, 2011, after which date the Executors will distribute the estate among the persons entitled to it, having regard only to the claims that have then been received.






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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Sunday’s wise, mellow. Your ambition surges Monday to Wednesday, but take care with this Monday. Tuesday has obstacles to overcome (involving home or career foundations) but you can succeed – especially after supper and into Wednesday lunchtime. Thursday brings a month of celebration, optimism, flirtation, entertainment and social joys! Even better, Saturday starts a four-month phase of lucky opportunities, especially in marriage, love and relocation. Enjoy yourself WednesdayFriday, but Friday eve and this weekend, retreat, rest and contemplate: significant times loom! Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: A restless, social month is ending. Thursday starts four weeks of quiet contemplation, physical sluggishness and domestic affairs. Sink into these, rest and refresh your soul, as February to June will bring a huge pile of work. Sunday’s mysterious; you might sense someone’s secret. This is a good, stable day to invest, work out a budget, or hold a private conversation. Monday to Wednesday is mellow,but holds barriers and problems before 5 p.m. (PST) Tuesday – and succeeds after that, especially in legal, educational and romantic arenas. Be ambitious Wednesday eve to Friday. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: You can find out where you stand with a crucial person Sunday. Financial and sexual obstacles arise Monday to dusk Tuesday; solutions appear after this, through Wednesday mid-day. A mellow, understanding mood steals over you Wednesday eve to Friday – love, intellectual pursuits thrive. Thursday starts a month of travel and communications, errands, emails, details, paperwork. More exciting, Saturday begins four months of great luck in romance, creative projects, far travel, with children and speculative projects. You’ll be offered happiness! Be ambitious Friday eve, Saturday.



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Jan. 16 - Jan. 22 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Tackle chores Sunday: pick the ones that will free you for more ambitious projects later. Relationships confront you Monday to Wednesday. These contain some opposition and frustrations through twilight Tuesday, then generate healing, solutions – and love – after that. Chase mysteries Wednesday eve to Friday morning – research, invest, study lifestyle changes, get your health diagnosed. Thursday’s fortunate. This day begins a month of money – buy, sell, seek more lucrative clients. Saturday begins a four-month stretch of great luck in real estate, home, family and security issues. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Romance – of a quiet, stable kind – or kids or creative pleasures – call Sunday. Be careful with chores Monday to Tuesday twilight. The danger: wasted effort. Tasks speed swiftly to conclusions Tuesday night and Wednesday. Thursday ends a month of weariness, solitude and obligations, as it starts four weeks of surging energy, heightened charisma and effective action! Start important projects soon, ask favours, show yourself off! (But first be diplomatic Thursday/Friday, and “sense secrets” Friday/Saturday.) Saturday begins four months of travel, talk and much paperwork. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Spend Sunday at home or in nature – all is restful, steady, quietly inspiring. Take care with romance, creative projects and gambles Monday to Tuesday dusk – these are fine, even lucky, then to Wednesday mid-day. (An 18-month “dead end” in romantic and creative zones ends this March.) Thursday begins a month of obligations, lowered energy and dealings with “head office.” Now to late February, rest, be charitable, contemplate and make plans for the future. Work smart, not hard. Saturday starts a four-month period of money luck – maybe big money luck! All things weave together. • Reading: 416-686-5014


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MOUNTAIN VILLAGE APTS. 2 BR, Feb. 1. 604-988-3828 162 VICTORY SHIP WAY @The Pier: Brand New. 7 appl, air/ cond,1 br $1550; Anson Rlty 604-783-7623 or 604-671-7263 1 BRS, 235 E 16th St., central area, from $850, Feb 1. 3rd flr, carpets, balcony, heat & hw, NO PETS. 604-904-7683'

MOVE IN ALLOWANCE Lrg 1 BR, Avail Feb 1, quiet, clean building, Rent $1150. Incls Heat & H/W. No pets/Non smoker, 1 yr lease, Cable/park extra,To view call 604-985-4272

2 BR. 1 & 2 baths, avail now. 1 yr lease, 125 West 19th, no pets, coin wd, call 778-554-0537 2 BR, 13 & Lonsdale, hardwood, no smoking, no pets $1050 incl heat, avail Feb 1, 604-984-9367 2 BR $1495 & $1595 avail now; ocean view, reno’d, dw, ns, cat ok lower Lonsdale, 604-988-1939 2 BR, 2 bath bright, Touchstone Bldg, 3rd flr, view, wd, prkg, gym, n/s, n/p, $1795/mo +utils, 604-985-5778 or 604-831-5778

2 br a corner suite, top flr of very quiet 3 story walk up, E. 15th St. high vaulted ceilings, large private balcony, sunny, south facing, new windows, dw, new carpet, venetian blinds, free laundry fac. no smoking & no pets, $1200 604-830-0857 Leave msg. 2 BR bright spacious, top flr, central Lonsdale, quiet well kept bldg. ns, np, avail now. $1192incl heat/hw, 604-904-7545 2 BR Large $1150, avail Feb. 1, Parklike Setting, Outdoor Pool, Playground. 960 sf, drapes, heat & prkg. incld. 1 yr lease. no pets 1228 Emery Pl., Lynn Valley 604- 987- 4922 2 BR Large 1st flr. E 10, $1030 incl heat & cable, ns, np, refs, well maintained quiet bldg. Feb 1, suit quiet tennant(s). 604-317-7425 2 BR, large apt character bldg hardwood, heat, hot water, cat ok! $1110, Feb. 1, 604-983-0423 2 BR, new, Central, modern finishes, top appls. 1000 sf. Walk all ammen, $2100, avail now. 604-377-6559 2 BR, new reno & carpets, $1235 np, ns, avail now, 225 East 12th 604-786-3405 2 BR, top flr, corner ste, Lonsdale & 6, hardwood, view, $1275, avail Jan. 15th or 30th. 604-986-4927 3 BR, garden apt. new flrs. Mt Seymour Park area, ns, np, kids ok, $1550, 604-987-7006

Noma 728 W.14th St, 908-7368. Lrg 2 level, 1 BR, 2 bth, prkg, pet ok, Feb 1. lse, $1450. PARKRIDGE TERRACE 110 E. Keith Rd. Great location, park like setting, sauna, indoor pool. 1 BR. $1075 2 Br. $1395 up views, storage. NO PETS. 604-988-7379 THE OXFORD - 165 East 6th St. 1 BR, 2nd flr, Heat & h/w incl. Gated prkg. Sorry no pets. n/s. Avail Feb 1. 604-987-5844 KENMORE MANOR 140 East 17th St. A bright 1 bdrm Available. Heat & h/w incl. N/S, No Pets. 604-980-4554

Beautiful Large Suites - 1 BR from $915, now or Jan 1. 2 BR $1320, now or Jan 1. $300 Movein Allowance 2 BR only. Heat, h/w, prkg. Lease 604-986-3866

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2 & 3 BR. Feb. 1, new reno’s, new cabinets, laminate & tiles, newer appls, prkg, storage, incl heat & hw, playground (Mt Seymour Prkwy). 604-924-3628


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WOODCROFT 1 BR new carpet, paint. incl all utils, prkg, security, gym + pool $950 604-813-7312


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1 BR, 2109 Bellevue. view, southwest, hardwood, hw & heat incl’d, Feb. 1, np, $1085, 604-986-1294 1 BDRM Recently reno’d 800sf, available in quiet waterfront building, exceptional ocean view, No pets, non-smoking. 2180 Argyle Ave. West Vanc. 604-913-1849 for viewing appointment

1 BR g/l suite, upper Lonsdale/ Delbrook, suit 1 ns, np, no drugs, $800 incld utils, 604-910-6622

SENTINEL HILL 1 BR bright garden suite. W/d, $950 + 1/2 utils N/s. Avail Now (604) 922-3987

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A SHORT STAY Renos, family, execs, long term. 604-987-2691 HOMAWAY INNS Specializing in furn accom at reas rates. call 604-723-7820 or visit QUALITY SHORT TERM 1 - 2 BR mtn/city view suites ROOM FOR rent in 2br ste, for Japanese University Student. $700 incl meals. 604-922-1427



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1 BR IN spacious home for n/s female. Furn or unfurn, internet, w/d, $495 incl. 604-980-2106



AVAIL NOW! Lower Lonsdale storage space, 600sf, electricity $450, also 900sf. with large loading doors, high ceilings, lane access. $900. 604-983-9493


Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR bsmt, like new, Feb 1, np ns, suit 1, own entry, Upper Lonsdale, $850 all incl 984-7010

1 BR ste 2 rooms, priv ent, full bath, fridge, ldry, priv home, prkg, ns, np, $625.Now 604-813-7312 2 BR bsmt, bright, wd, dw, suit 1-3 ns, Ambleside, Cat OK, bus, $1295 incl utils 778-848-2747 2 BR bsmt suite, Upper Lynn Valley, garden level, large, bright, n/s, n/p, nr bus stop, own entry, $1000+util Feb 1. 604-980-7584 2 br. garden level, central Lonsdale, fully reno’d, enclosed garage.$1625 incl heat/light, dw, wd, fp, ns np. Available Immed. 604-925-1036 2 BR Lrg Bsmnt, Lynn Valley & Hoskins, Imme. $1100 incl util. shared w/d, ns, np. 604-982-0522 2 BR Suite, newly renod, avail now, Ambleside, beach & shops $1600, ns, np 778-881-2147 2BR FULL bath bsmt suite. $1100+util updated,fenced yard,parking,storage.NS,NP FEB.1 604-904-1221 3 BR, 2 baths, top flr, Plymouth Dr. new kitchen, share wd, sundeck, back yard w/fruit trees, close to shops & schools, $1850, ns, np, by appt. 604-563-1778 3 BR top flr. 1.5 ba, dw,h/wd, 1200sf upper Lonsdale, bright, garage ns np, $1900 604-723-3313

1 BR bsmt private entry, near Cap Mall, near bus, avail now, ns, np, $800+utils, 778-338-4106 1 BR +den, newer, incld all utils, wd, cable & net, ns, np, central Lonsdale,$1100, 604-833-1952 1 BR g/l ste, yard, huge sundeck, all utils incl, w/d, nr bus, all amen, $750, Now, call 604-987-9175 1 BR gorgeous brand new legal suite in Blueridge, own entry, d/w, own w/d, nr bus, ns, np, suits 1 Feb 1 $1100 604-971-4013


3 BR. Upper, 1.5 bath Lower Cap. Rd. $1500incl utils, ns, np, share wd, now/Feb 1, 604-988-5513 EXECUTIVE Deepcove/ Seymour Furn $2000 /Unfurn $1650 Short/long term 1300 Sf, 2 br garden ste, new reno dw, fp,i/ net.cble incl. ns np. 604-617-9276 LRG-1 BDRM, grd Lvl ste; DOGS OK; in-ste lndry; d/w;$1200+util; Blueridge 604-816-9464

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AMBLESIDE TOWER 1 BR & 2 BR’s avail. Move in Bonus. Excellent views, rents incl. heat & h/w. Tennis courts, indoor pool, saunas, exercise & games rooms on premises. Walk to beach & shops. 1552 Esquimalt 604-922-8443

3 BR, Ambleside 2 bath, gourmet kitchen off lrg family rm, view deck,1280 Ottawa, $3000,Avail Immed. Call Ali 604-551-5141 4 BDRM, 2 living rms, mtn view, big yrd, Grand Blvd, avail immed. $2450. 604-812-7269 * 985-7269 4 BR 3.5 ba, newer Lynn Valley, 2100sf, dbl garage, nr Mall & schools, $2795. 604-720-9483 5BR 3BATH 2-lvl house, mint cond. UPPER LYNN VALLEY. Big, Pte fenced b/y, easy drway. Great schls w/in walkg dist: 5-min walk to Upper Lynn Elem’ry, 20 min. to Argyle Sec. Clse to parks, shop’g, etc. Avail Feb. 01. $2,500/mo. 604-983-3748

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MOVE IN ALLOWANCE 1915 Cedar Village Cres, 2 BR & 3 BR, 5 appls, 1.5 bath, 1 year lease, NP/NS. Rent starts at $1435. For viewing call 604-988-0827

Noma 728 W.14th St, 908-7368. 3 level, 3 BR, 2.5 baths, 2 prkg, roof deck, lease, $2250.


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6535 THE IONA 1370 Clyde Ave Available Feb 1st $1895/mo, Near Ambleside beach, restaurants, shops, amenities and transit, ocean & mnt view. Bright & Spac. 2 BR. Newly Reno’d, h/w floors, granite countertops and new cabinets. quiet bldg, laundry facility, prkg avail. Incls heat & hot water. Sorry No Pets. Call 604-922-4724 to View

BRAND NEW 2 BR, very spacious, Huge deck, sorry n/p, n/s, $1400 incl utils. 604-312-3912

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4 AUDI RIMS. Spec size is 235/45R17. Will fit 225/45R17 or 255/45R17. FIT FOLLOWING VEHICLES: All A3, A5, A6, Parts & A8 or TT models. All S4 models to Accessories 2008. S6 models 2007-2009. S8 models A4 -size ONLY 4 AUDI2007-2009. RIMS. Spec is 2WD. 4 Alloy Rims & 20 Stain235/45R17. Will fit 225/45R17 or less Lug Nuts $2867 retail. 255/45R17. FIT = FOLLOWING Mint condition $795 OBO VEHICLES: All A3, A5, A6, A8 or 604-220-2269 TT models. All S4 models to 2008. S6 models 2007-2009. S8 models 2007-2009. A4 - ONLY 2WD. 4 Alloy Rims & 20 StainScrap Car less Lug Nuts = $2867 retail. Mint conditionRemoval $795 OBO 604-220-2269


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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

Cabinet Making

Kitchen cabinet and millwork




FRIENDLY, Professional, Crown mouldings, baseboard, casings rough framing. 778-233-0559








15% OFF • Drain Tiles • Wet Basements • Sump & Sewer

604-973-0290 DRAIN TILES & WATER LINES Without Digging a Trench 604-985-4000



• Residential/Commercial • Post Renovation Clean-up • References, Insurance, WCB


2005 LEXUS ES330, 4 dr Sedan, grey, auto, fully loaded, 6cyl. 44K, 2001 JAGUAR S-Type 3.0 V6, $22,500 obo, 604-616-3296 Auto, Black on white, 139km, $6998 obo. Tel: 778-322-3598


Vans 2005 LEXUS ES330, 4 dr Sedan, grey, auto, fully loaded, 6cyl. 44K, $22,500 obo, 604-616-3296 97 GRAND Voyager LE 3.8L AWD Leather n/s Alloy 221K $3999 obo 604-939-3316 Vans 9173 RV’s/Trailers 97 GRAND Voyager LE 3.8L 9522 AWD Leather n/s Alloy 221K $3999 obo 604-939-3316 WANT to trade 1988 Chevy Elite

23’ motor home for smaller motorhome. 604-946-0864 Lve mess



WANT to trade 1988 Chevy Elite

23’ motor home for smaller motorhome. 604-946-0864 Lve mess

Electrician Lic#95323, Bonded, Affordable Com/Res. No Job too small. 25 yrs exp. 604 727-2306 LONSDALE ELECTRIC lic#1756 Panel changes & renos 604-988-7232, 604-842-0687

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899



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

Sports &

2001 JAGUAR S-Type 3.0 V6, Auto, Black on white, 139km, $6998 obo. Tel: 778-322-3598

DNE ELECTRIC All Electrical Needs Lic #89267, Panel Upgrading. Reasonable & Free Estimate. 604-999-2332



A PLUS TAPING & DRYWALL High quality, reasonable rates. Free estimates. 604-715-0400

1994 CHEV 3/4Ton with dump box, auto, exc Imports working cond. 320K, $6200, 604-270-3933

Sports & Imports


ROUZ ELECTRIC #89724 Great rates, fast service, free est. Satisfaction guar. 604-765-3329

1994 CHEV 3/4Ton with dump box, auto, exc working cond. 320K, $6200, 604-270-3933



$18/HR. Quality House cleaning. 604-983-3477 A PROF Cleaning Lady & organizer available now. Reliable & meticulous. Call 778-886-2004 Between 5pm -8pm. ALLY’S CLEANING SERVICE, serving North Shore & Vancouver for 15 yrs. Res/Comm. 604-725-9005 CAPILANO MAID SERVICES Residential/Commercial, Post Renovation Cleanup, Refs, Insured, WCB. Call 778-895-1919 EUROPEAN CLEANING Service. 15 yrs experience, excellent refs. Call Ivana 604-987-9290

ACE DRYWALL. Avail immed. Board, tape, spraytex, repairs. 16 yr exp. No job too small. Mike 604-808-2432, 604-985-4321 AFFORDABLE, Reliable, Quality Guaranteed. Boarding, Taping, Spraytex. Dave 604-984-7476 PATCHING, TEXTURE / smooth ceilings, plaster walls. Small jobs. 25 years exp. Call 604-671-9901 VINCE’S MAGIC Drywalling & textured ceiling repairs. Bonded 604-307-2295 / 778-340-5208



GEMINI CLEANING for 1 time & regular cleaning service. Insured. Free est. Refs. 604-988-4634

#1167 LIC Bonded. BBB, lrg & sm jobs, expert trouble shooter, WCB, low rates, 24/7. 617-1774.

QUALITY CLEANING. Exc refs. Res/com. Move in/out. Carpets + pressure wash’g. 778-895-3522

A LICENSED electrician #19807 semi-retired, small jobs only. 604-689-1747 pgr 604-686-2319

Top notch house cleaning, refs avail, over 15 yrs exp. Kathy’s Cleaning 604-990-4674

ALL YOUR electrical & reno needs. Lic’d electrician #37940. Bonded & insured 604-842-5276

604.649.1213 CEL 604.984.2313 Res/comm, Excavating, Bobcat, Trucking, Water Lines, Sewer Lines, Drainage, Landscaping. Hrly/Contract. Free Estimates.



FRIENDLY FENCE 778-386-3201.

Professional quality workmanship Fences, decks, arbors, stairs...



PRO GAS - North Shore Gas fireplaces. Repair & safety inspection. 604-925-1341


Flooring/ Refinishing

THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORS Installations Refinishing & Repairs


Flooring/ Refinishing

ALL FLOOR COVERINGS Repair & Replace. Material Sales Dwight, 604-980-6048 I’ll show you the inexpensive route ALLNEWFLOORS.COM Hardwood, Laminate. Professional Install/Refinish.. 604-715-8455 Century Hardwood Floors ★Hardwood flr refinishing ★Repairs ★ Staining ★ Free Estimate. Contact 604-376-7224



• Gutter cleaning/repairs • Window cleaning • Power washing • WCB insured • Free estimates


Floors, Mouldings, Stairs, Renovations, Tiles, Drywall, Fences, Decks, Railings & Concrete Forms ★ Small jobs ok ★ Excellent references avail Francisco 604-710-9837

CLEARVIEW MAINTENANCE SERVICE 20 15 yrs of Service on the North Shore! • Gutters Cleaned • Power Washing Roof Restoration • Small Roof Repairs • Skylights Window Cleaning • Awnings Awnings Cleaned Cleaned Free Estimates Quality Service Quality&Service

Doug Robinson 604-985-4604 Complete Home Maint./Repairs Certified Trained Pros. For that small job. Rates you can afford. RJR Small Projects Division Part of RJR group


604-202-6118 A-1 JOB by Arms and Minds Renos Carpentry cabinet, drs, laminate, tiles, drywall, paint. 761-7745

Installed • Cleaned • Repaired

25 yrs North Shore Handyman All fixits, etc. Insured, Reliable. Call Dave at 604-724-4342


ABBA RENOVATION carpentry, plumbing, wiring, painting, tiling. Work guar, Refs. (604)986-4026/805-8463


AGRIOS HOME IMPROVEMENT Renovations, carpentry, painting & home repairs. Ikea kitchen installs. Michael 604.619.1126

★ Sales & installation of 5’’ continuous gutter ★ Minor repairs ★ Cleaning


established 1963


(since 1968) 4", 5" & 6 " continuous gutters Vinyl & aluminium siding soffits Install repairs and cleaning. Free Estimates! 604-874-8158 Check us out with the BBB

One call does it all...

Dust Free. Affordable Rates! Free Estimates.

Call: 604-240-3344



ALL HOME REPAIRS semiretired master carpenter. Kitchen, stairs, sundecks, etc. All work guar. Karl 604-985-5144



CHEAP LOADS Fast Reliable Service 604-922-5101



PRO GAS - North Shore Furnaces, boilers, gas fitting. Service & installation. 604-925-1341

Sunday, January 16, 2011 – North Shore News – A47



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

Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets

#3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby


Lawn & Garden


Painting/ Wallpaper


Professional and affordable, prompt. Design a room, home or office using our consultants. Fast & courteous. Free est.


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

Trim, Top, Prune. All types of lawn & garden applications. General Clean-Up. Call Sukh: Free Est.

604-726-9213 604-984-1988

A. A. Allwest Garden Service Lawn maint, general cleanup, power raking, moss control, etc. CALL SUKH free est. 604-726-9213 or 604-984-1988



MASTER STONEMASON, Local, Experienced, fireplaces, facing, walls, stairs. Ivan 604-649-2271 NORTHLAND MASONRY. Rock, slate, brick, granite, pavers. 20 yrs exp on the N. Shore. No job to small.. Will 604-805-1582 T-A STONEWALL. Rockwalls, paving stones, Allan block walls, etc. 987-8155 / 250-4117


Home Services

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Moving & Storage



North Shore Co.


PLUMBING LTD Heating & Gas Fitting Licensed Plumber

#1 BARGAIN rate on plumbing & drainage. No job too small.Ken 604-987-2890 cell 604-328-7439 #1 IN RATES & SERVICE Licenced local plumber. Plug Drains, Reno’s 1-877-861-2423

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

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance Seniors Discount


Services until Feb 28th 604-377-2503 Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK


Painting/ Wallpaper

DUSKO PAINTING Int/Ext. Com/Resid. Many Years Experience Top Quality Repair Drywall Free Estimates

604-258-7300 cell: 604-417-5917

JB’s PAINTING • 99/room – Int/Exterior


Water Lines (without Digging) Sewer Lines (without Diggging) Install. Draintiles. 604-985-4000

PLUMBING BY BILL Installation, repairs Honest & reliable 604-980-0993 SAVE ON PLUMBING! Licenced Plumber/Gas fitter, $65/HR. Same

day service. 604-987-7473 Samy


Power Washing

604-773-4549 Winter Cleanups Driveways, walkways, etc. Get rid of that moss & mess around your home or work.

To advertise in the North Shore News Classified

REAL ESTATE section, call

To place your ad in “Call the Experts" call 604-630-3300

#145 - 4631 Shell Road Richmond, B.C. V6X 3M4

R.C.K. CONSTRUCTION 604-970-8110


from concept to occupancy

– Renovator Member of the Year

Winner of the National SAM Award

– Best Renovated Kitchen in Canada

When your house is great except…

We Fix The “EXCEPTS…” Since 1978

Call today 604-328-5554

• General Contracting • Project Management • Consulting & Design • New Construction • Large or small Residential Renovations & Repairs

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


AGRIOS HOME IMPROVEMENT Renovations, carpentry, painting & home repairs. IKEA KITCHEN INSTALLS. Michael 604.619.1126 NEW REPLACEMENT WINDOWS • Eliminate cold drafts • Slash your Heating cost • Enhance your home Call Bedford Glass for a Free Estimate 604-984-6208 10% off till Feb 10, 2011

All Angles – Contracting –

Serving the North Shore Since 1995 • New Construction • Additions • Reno’s • Decks • Interiors • Siding Specialist • Hardy Plank™ Local Refs Avail., Licensed & Insured

Call Marinko 1-855-929-9929


H 604-986-3986 C 604-537-9452


Renovations & Home Improvement


All Renovations & Additions, Ins. Quality Work


30 yrs exp.



QUALITY PLUS, Kitchen, bath, sm / large renos, carpentry, tiles, electrical. Victor.. 604-889-2508

ROOFING REPAIRS 604-988-0279 All types, Guaranteed. 34 yrs exp. Call John (cell 604-375-0979)




Rubbish Removal

(if booked before Feb. 15/10)

Dirt Fill, Concrete, Asphalt Brush, Demo, Const. Waste


604-929-7133 • Flat Roofing • Flat Roofing • Cedar Shakes • Cedar Shingles Shakes • Asphalt • Asphalt Shingles • Roof Maintenance • Roof Maintenance

604-929-7133 604-973-0290

WINTER SPECIAL SAVE THE HST Have Your Roof Done Between Now & Jan. 31 A+


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




All Season Roofing

Re-Roofing & Repairs Specialists

Phone Bill 604-785-8787 or Geoff 778-838-4367

New Roofs ★ Roofing Repairs Quality Work at an Affordable Price 30 years experience North & West Van

604-591-3500 STEPHEN’S ROOFING


Cell 604-250-1178

BAMFORD CONSTRUCTION Ltd. Quality Renos & Repairs. 604-986-2871 BEARING WALLS removed, floors leveled, cathedral ceilings, garage leveled, door and window openings. 604-787-7484

Advantage Building Maintenance: •Roof •Chimney •Skylight Repairs •FREE Estimate 604-802-1918

Complete Bathroom Reno’s Suites, Kitchens,Tiling, Skylights, Windows, Doors, 604 521-1567

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

DARCY GERHARD FINISHING New homes; Renovations; Kitchen & baths; Tiling and flooring. 604-815-7008

CURTIS JOHN ROOFING (since 1978) Roof tune-up from $149. 24 hr repair. 604-985-1913


SINGLE AXLE DELIVERIES Top Soil, Sand, Gravel, Dumpsites and more.



We haul everything, no load too big or small, we do it all. Free est. 604-317-2500/ 929-7195

Snow Removal

K & E’S 24 HOUR SNOW PLOWING & SALTING Commercial & Residential Fully Insured

604-937-6633 604-349-5533



15% OFF 15% OFF



Don’t Miss Miss This Don’t This One! One!

20 year Labour Warranty available

ABBA RENOVATION carpentry, plumbing, wiring, painting, tiling. Work guar, Refs. (604)986-4026/805-8463


First Choice Roofing We specialize in flat roofs, fully insured. WCB, Miguel 778-231-7973


General contracting Insured. References. 25yrs serving North Shore.


INTERIOR RENOVATIONS Bathrooms, Kitchen, Basement, & More. Tim Gleason 604-926-5440

#1 Roofing Company in BC


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FORTIF CONSTRUCTION INC Custom Renovations North Shore Company BBB, Reno Stefan@604-202-1264 free estimates

❏ The kitchen’s too

small ❏ You need another bedroom ❏ The carport could be a two-car garage ❏ One bathroom just isn’t enough anymore


Winner of Gold & Silver Georgie Awards

- Home Inspection - Repair Estimates - Full-scale Remediation


Renovations & Home Improvement COMPLETE


•Professional, Reliable • Licensed & Insured • North Shore co. est. 2001


RENOVATIONS + REPAIRS Basement Suites Bathrooms • Sundecks Fencing • Carpentry 35+ Years Experience Licensed, Insured, References



A CLEAN PAINT JOB. Quality 1 room from $127. Int-ext, WCB 22 yrs exp. Cell: 604-727-2700

Renovations & Home Improvement

LOCAL PLUMBER - Licensed, insured,GASFITTING, renos, Repairs. VISA 604-929-6956

20% OFF All Moving


604-987-7473 604-721-6075

COMPLETE PLUMBING, heating and gas services, new & old, hot water tanks, lic’d, ins. Quick response; friendly. 604-720-8805


Tel: 604.278.3838 Fax: 604.278.3086 Email:

QUICK RESPONSE Painting & Pressure Washing. 25 yrs exp. 604-551-4267 or 604-987-8159

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



We Care

Interior painting, wallpaper Quality service, with a smile! Call Arlene...604-910-3270


We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac

604.839.0636 •

Excellent Pro Painting Service 20 yrs exp, refs, warranty. Reas, res/comm Richard 604-618-0205

BUDGET PLUMBING, No travel charge, No hidden fees. Guaranteed. Reasonable. 604-726-0474

1 to 3 Men

Window and Door Specialists • Sales and Installations Owned and Operated on the North Shore



Inspection, cleaning & repair: - Roofs, gutters, windows, decks, patios, and more


A LADY PAINTER, professional & color consult, 20 yrs on North Shore. exc refs. 604-961-3451

Lawn Treatment • Maint. • Power Raking Pruning • Trimming • General Clean-Up Topping Trees • Free Estimates



Call ThE Experts

Award-Winning Renovations ■ Rendering to Reality ■

604-518-3036 604-202-3601

BASELINE PAINTING. Owner/ operator. Quality & competitive rates. Int/ext. 604-928-7284


Renovations & Home Improvement


A.All Area Gardening Service 604-926-1526 604-726-9153



Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

J. PEARCE STUCCO CONTRACTING. Residential / Commercial. 604-761-6079 Quality Home Improvement ★ Stucco ★ All Kinds. No Job Too Big or Small. 604-725-8925



TILE-RIFIC TILING & PAINTING Slate, Glass, Ceramic Specialist. Quality Work. 604-831-4013

ACKER’S Rubbish Removal pick-up & deliveries. Quick. 7 day Fast / reliable. Spencer 924-1511


BELL MINI BINS 604-922-5101 Small or large household jobs & Mini bin service. 7 days a week Fast ★ inexpensive ★ reliable.


How to write a classified ad that works. Writing an effective classified ad is easy when you know how. What follows is a step-by-step guide focusing on the time-tested principles of a successful ad. • Use a keyword. Start your ad with the item for sale, service offered or the job title. • Be descriptive. Give customers a reason to respond. Advertisers have found that the more information you provide, the better the response. • Limit abbreviations. Use only standard abbreviations to avoid confusion and misinterpretations. • Include price. Always include price of the item for sale. • How to respond. Always include a phone number (with area code) and/or street and email address.

To place your ad call:


Top Soil


Garden Blend – Turf Blend – Lawn Top Dressing. Variety of Mulches. Picked up or delivered Mon.-Fri. 8-5; Sat./Sun. 8-6

Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre Ltd. 20 Riverside Dr., North Van

Beside Transfer Stn. 604-924-0261

Dalton Trucking Ltd. Top soil, Garden soil, Aggregates, Deliveries Trucking Dumpsites. Bins Services etc. 604-986-6944


Tree Services


Dangerous tree removal, pruning, topping, hedge trimming & stump grinding. Fully insured & WCB

Jerry 604-618-8585 Andrew 604-618-8585



15 Years Experience Tree & Stump Removal Prunning & Trimming View Work Call 604 291-7778 or 604 787-5915

★AAA★ TREE SERVICE. Tree & stump removal, pruning/trimming. Ins & cert. arborist 604-987-8500 A.ALL AREA TREE SERVICE Topping, pruning & stump grinding. 604-926-1526 & 604-726-9153


Window Cleaning


•Window Cleaning • Power Washing • Gutter Cleaning


Serving the North Shore since 1963

A48 - North Shore News - Sunday, January 16, 2011

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