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AN American high school student who fell to his death at Capilano Suspension Bridge in June was on LSD, according to a coroner’s report made public Friday.
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Drag racing NORTH Vancouver’s Colin Freeland (No. 32) looks sharp at the start of the Hallow’s Eve Trail Race half marathon Sunday near Lynn Canyon Park. Racers, including many costumed competitors, tackled either a half marathon or 10-kilometre trail run in the annual Run the North Shore event. Visit www.nsnews.com for more photos of the race.
Daniel Cho, 17, was visiting the private North Vancouver tourist attraction on a field trip with California’s Aragon high school June 6 when he climbed over the safety barrier on a viewing platform and tumbled down a 30-metre cliff. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The report released Friday by B.C. coroner Mark Coleman concluded the hallucinogen was a factor in his death. Cho was on a bus with other students en route to Vancouver from an airport in Seattle when a friend offered him and another young man LSD, according to Coleman. All three took it. It was Cho’s first experience on the drug. See Coroner page 3
City aids funding-starved theatre Benjamin Alldritt email@example.com
THE City of North Vancouver has produced $25,000 to help bail out Presentation House Theatre after the provincial government doubled back on a commitment to give the arts group gaming money. The theatre will be approaching the District of North Vancouver for the same amount. In his written report to city council, Ian Forsyth, director of The Arts Office, said Presentation House was facing major cuts to the upcoming season, and might even have to close.
$25,000 gift helps Presentation House cope with gaming grant cut “In 2009, the theatre lost its annual gaming grant of $38,000,” Forsyth wrote. “The province’s cuts were sudden and the theatre had little chance to adjust its budget or eliminate production costs in an effort to accommodate this shortfall in grants revenue.” The province said its slimmed-down arts budget would be focused on youth programming, so Presentation House applied for funding to support the North Shore High School Drama Festival. “In June, the theatre received telephone confirmation that
they had been approved for a $17,000 grant,” Forsyth wrote. “In September, three months into the fiscal year, the B.C. Gaming Commission informed the theatre that their grant request had been denied.” Presentation House Theatre has now exhausted its line of credit and is $50,000 in the red. “My question isn’t how do you run a theatre that way,” said Coun. Craig Keating, “it’s how do you run a provincial government that way — in which you’re making promises of grants and then suddenly they’ve gone back. It’s a bit of joke.” Coun. Mary Trentadue asked Forsyth what would happen if the See Downloading page 5
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The adult chaperones noticed the boys were behaving strangely, including the fact they appeared unable to fill out their customs forms, but the adults didn’t realize the teens were high. One of the chaperones was reportedly planning to speak to the three about it when they reached the hotel, but chose not to do so in front of the group. By the time the students reached the park, the drug had worn off for two of them, said Coleman, but Cho still appeared to be intoxicated. Several members of the group noticed Cho was behaving out of character, bumping into people, stumbling on steps and acting angry or upset. At one point, he climbed a railing and wandered into an out-of-bounds area before making his way back to the path, at which point one of the chaperones told him to stay inbounds. The two companions who had also taken the drug, realizing Cho was still high, tried to calm him down, according to Coleman. Cho responded angrily, punching one of them in the chest. One of the boys walked away in response, and a short time later the other was turning away to do the same, when he heard a noise from the viewing platform nearby. He turned to see that Cho had vanished. The report concluded the 17-year-old had climbed the platforms 1.2-metre safety railing and fallen into the ravine. By the time firefighters reached Cho via long line, the teen was dead. Cho suffered multiple blunt force injuries in the fall, including a severe brain injury, according to Coleman. A toxicological analysis confirmed there was LSD in his system. “Intoxication was a contributing factor, as it would be expected to impair judgment and alter his perception,” wrote Coleman. “There is no evidence to suggest that Daniel went over the railing with the intent to harm himself.” The coroner deemed the death accidental.
Concert Properties has AN artist’s impression of what the City of North Vancouver’s Harbourside lands would look like if they were built staged a series of public out under current zoning. The size of potential office buildings is restricted by the need for surface parking. events to gather feedback on its plans for the industrial lands immediately south of the Northshore Auto Mall, known as Harbourside. “What we’ve heard over the course of all the meetings is that there is general support for the addition of residential use to Harbourside,” said Chuck Brook, the consultant overseeing the consultation process, at a council meeting Oct. 18. “People believe that a mixed-use community will add vibrancy and interest and also have economic benefits.” Concert first approached the city in June of 2009 BY adding 800,000 square feet of residential space, Concert Properties can put the parking underground and with the general outline for include, retailing, restaurants, a high-end hotel, a pier, seniors’ housing and other community amenities. developing the vacant lots. Councillors greeting the idea coolly, and several “In Scenario C, the buildings tend to increase in as the scenarios go along they tend to be better expressed concern that introducing residential units height as the density goes up,” Brook said. “That’s developments and better public amenities right to the area would take up space meant to generate a given. But now we have sufficient density we can in front of the shoreline development. Maybe the industrial jobs. now put the parking underground and good things amenities should go somewhere else because I think But Concert persisted and won permission to start to happen . . . All of a sudden we’re starting to they become effectively private amenities in public have their plans considered during the city’s official get substantial open spaces between buildings and space,” he said. Brook replied that upgrades to Kings Mill Walk community plan update process. you can achieve large green space areas.” Brook presented council with four scenarios: In the most intense usage scenario, “there is a and the Spirit Trail would be a benefit to the city as a whole and added council would ultimately decide what the area would look like if built out under rich package of benefits,” Brook continued. With 800,000 square feet of residential space how to share out the improvements. the current zoning, and three other options with Coun. Bob Fearnley returned to the issue of increasing density. With the existing zoning, Brook included, Concert could build a substantial amount said, much of the land would become parking lots, of offices, retailing, restaurants, seniors’ housing, inserting homes into a largely industrial area. “This is located fairly near a major industrial serving a handful of 50-foot-tall office buildings a public pier, and a range of other community and a budget hotel. The hotel site has already amenities. The buildings, which would ring a series property, Seaspan,” he said. “There is grinding, there’s banging, there’s spraying, all sorts of things been approved, but Brook said the owner has since of public plazas, could reach heights of 92 feet. According to Brook, 19 of the 44 people who going on. How does this project take that into decided its financing is too marginal without being came out to Concert’s event on Sept. 21 favoured account?” built alongside residential developments. Brook said purchasers would simply have As is, Brook said, a developer couldn’t even build this last scenario, with a further 11 backing Scenario to acknowledge that the industrial landowners C. up to the maximum allowable floor area. “I would say we were a bit surprised to find there were there first and that was the character of the “We discovered you can’t even build a full 1.0 neighbourhood they were moving into. FSR because you can’t make the surface parking was such solid support,” he said. Brook said he hoped to host a larger town hall Coun. Craig Keating said he was concerned that work and you can’t afford structured parking,” he the plan called for all of the amenities extracted from meeting in November. If council chooses to move said. In Scenario B, adding roughly 400,000 square Concert to be clustered around the Harbourside forward with rezoning and amending the official community plan, the city will also hold a public feet of housing allows for the financing of parkades buildings. “When I look at the proposed public benefits, hearing. and a higher-end hotel.
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NORTH Vancouver MLA Naomi Yamamoto has become the province’s first Minister of State for Building Code Renewal. The appointment was part of a larger cabinet shuffle announced by Premier Gordon Campbell’s office Monday. Yamamoto, who represents the North VancouverLonsdale riding, moved to the position from her post as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations, which she took up in June last year. That job has been absorbed by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Investment. As a minister of state, Yamamoto won’t be overseeing
her own ministry, but rather will report to Rich Coleman, minister of public safety and solicitor general. The building code renewal portfolio was created in response to an urgent need to bring British Columbia’s construction practices up to date, said Yamamoto. “This is an area that has needed attention . . . for a long time,” she said. “We heard that at UBCM (Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention). We’ve heard that for a few years.” One of the areas especially in need of addressing is building accessibility, said Yamamoto. Not just for people with disabilities, but for seniors as well. “We’ve got to change the building code — and this is what UBCM is suggesting — so that the existing codes will (apply to) single family houses,” she said. “Right now, it’s (only) multi-residential complexes.” Yamamoto also wants to see higher energy performance standards and other green initiatives integrated into the regulations — an issue she takes a special interest in, she said, as an occupant of a LEEDdesigned residence.
“This (portfolio) has been created to fulfill some very, very important goals that this government has laid out,” she said. “We’ll be changing the landscape of British Columbia and hopefully saving money . . . for developers, making housing more affordable for more people and on top of that reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” “I think we can do things a lot smarter,” said Yamamoto. Asked if she had any experience related to the building code, Yamamoto said: “Not really, no. Other than having lived in several buildings.” The cabinet shuffle saw changes in 17 ministerial positions, including major portfolios such as education, environment and solicitor general. Campbell billed the realignment as a streamlining of government, with the ministries of forestry and mining bundled into a single entity, and the creation of a Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, intended to be a kind of one-stop shop for anyone seeking a permit to access B.C.’s resources.
Correction AN Oct. 22 story, Teeth Smashed in Bus Attack, incorrectly stated that North Vancouver resident Ryan Killeen, 22, had been charged with assault. RCMP now say that charge recommendations are pending from investigators.
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Grandfather jailed for abusing grandchildren Two elementary-aged girls abused over 6- or 7-year period Jane Seyd firstname.lastname@example.org
AN 86-year-old grandfather who sexually abused his two young granddaughters for years while claiming he was helping them has been sent to jail for two years by a provincial court judge. The man pleaded guilty in North Vancouver provincial court to charges of sexual interference against two of his then elementaryschool aged granddaughters. The two sisters told police they had separately endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of their grandfather, who was then in his 70s. The abuse started when both granddaughters were between five and seven years old and didn’t stop until they went to high school. Under a publication ban, the man cannot be named. The grandfather — who lived near to the girls’ elementary
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the police that she had been similarly abused. The girl told police she didn’t tell anybody about the abuse before because “everybody loved the grandfather” and “nobody would believe her.” Simpkins added the girl knew the disclosure would “rip the family apart.” After he was arrested, the grandfather at first suggested to police officers “the girls simply had a vivid imagination and had made the whole thing up,” said Simpkins. He also suggested it was possible “someone else had sex with his granddaughters.” The man later admitted to police the sexual touching had happened but said it had only occurred one or two times. Simpkins said the man abused both children more than 300 times each over a six- or seven-year period. The man’s defence lawyer Michael Bolton urged the judge to consider a conditional sentence to be served at home, saying the grandfather is elderly, has multiple medical problems and presents a low risk to reoffend. Bolton said the revelations have been a disaster for the devoutly religious Catholic family, whose members all feel “betrayed by his actions.” See Prostate page 5
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district didn’t also come to the table. “They would have to look at some very significant cost-cutting,” he said. “I hope they would still be able to make it work, but you would be looking at a very different Presentation House. It’s a situation many B.C. arts groups find themselves in right now — they just have to hunker down and wait.” “Have no illusions about this,” said Coun. Bob Fearnley. “This is just another example of downloading from the provincial government to municipal government. I must tell you I had to think about this one. There’s two directions we could go with this: we could reject it and protest what’s happening to the arts community right now or we bite the bullet and fund it. That’s where I came down, but I’m really unhappy to have to do it.” Councillors considered offering the money as an advance on future funding and making it conditional on the district matching the sum, but ultimately voted 5-1 to produce an unconditional emergency grant. The lone vote against was Coun. Guy Heywood. “It is really inconvenient to try to deal with this on an emergency basis, particularly when it means an increase of 50 per cent of our current commitment,” he said. “I can’t see this as a loan I would approve.” “This situation at Presentation House Theatre is largely not of their own doing. This is a result of provincial funding cutbacks, and I want to be very clear about that,” said Mayor Darrell Mussatto. “If you remember back 10 years ago we justified all that increase in gaming in the province — casinos and slot machines — because we were going to have more money for arts and culture. “Now they’ve come back and said ‘We’re not going to give you as much.’”
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HERE are few programs in a week that deserve the label “must-see TV.” But Premier Gordon Campbell’s prime-time broadcast tonight (Global, 7 p.m.) must rank right up there for most British Columbians. Coming as it does on the heels of one of the greasiest slides down public opinion polls for a premier in Canadian history, the script will doubtless lay out some sort of “new beginning” that will build on the success of— That’s what makes this speech so fascinating. Unless Campbell plans on staying glued to his Winter Olympic laurels, there are no highlights in recent memory to point at. Instead, the low lights continue to pile up impressively. The HST debacle had been dissected to the point that even that particular
corpse of Liberal bungling was beginning to dry out. But just as the reek was receding, the miraculous end to the Basi/Virk trial reignited basic questions in the public’s mind about the possibility of back-room deals. And that back room — in any context, it seems — is Campbell’s. This is a government run out of the premier’s office like none before it. If B.C. voters had elected a president, he wouldn’t have had more control of provincial policies than Campbell. So, will he address the criticisms head on? Could he even resign as Liberal leader on live TV? Or will he just serve up the guff of cabinet change and instaministries as part of a new beginning. If Campbell just does that, it will still be fascinating TV: the last wriggling of a snake that doesn’t know it’s dead.
Frightening schools is sick Dear Editor: I had come across an article on the Internet, about a shocking death threat written on the wall of my old high school, West Vancouver secondary, the day after the incident was supposed to have taken place. Although authorities have remained rather mute about the entire situation, it was rumoured that the graffiti suggested imminent harm to 12 unspecified students on Oct. 19. My immediate reaction was fear and concern. Although I graduated from WVSS in 2009, I could only imagine what must have been going through the minds of the many innocent (and now) vulnerable students of the school. Had I still been attending school during this occurrence I would have been devastated and terrified. When an anonymous threat is written on the face of public property, it is quite clear that the message is intended to be seen by all. The scary part is not knowing whether the menace is just some punk trying to scare people, or if it’s someone who has been bullied or abused and is using grave warnings as a call for help (many stories of such instances have been circulating as of late), or whether this is just a sick prank from an obviously dark and ominous soul. No matter whom the suspect, the fact is that people have been frightened and students have been stripped of the comfort and safety of their own education. This is such a sick conception. Sleepy West Vancouver is not the quiet little community that I grew up in and call home. I fear these gradual, but drastic, changes are driven by power and a sense of grandiosity over others. The manipulation of fear against others creates immense anxiety and distress in a community that now has to choose whether or not to send a child to a school that cannot be the intended secure, safe and educational facility that all schools are meant to be. Such instances become worse and worse every year. This appears to be
an ongoing problem in schools across the nation with no proven resolution; something that just can’t be controlled no matter how hard we, as a society, try. It worries me to think what my children will potentially have to face during their school years, and how we will never be able to fully help or prevent that. Mick Parker, West Vancouver
Don’t forget the Green Party Dear Editor: Judging by news reports, both the Liberals and NDP are very unpopular as parties. The reasons are numerous, and have been reported at length. What concerns me is that the reporting, in written media and on TV, only refers to these two parties. We have other parties, admittedly with no representation in the legislature, whose views should be considered. The Green Party of B.C. is a feasible choice for many in this tumultuous world in which we live. Their policies are sound, their ideas carefully considered and viable, their leader Jane Sterk, of stellar background. Why are the Greens ignored? Has anyone asked, recently, any questions of Ms. Sterk? The Green movement is worldwide; surely there is time for some interest in their position on the contentious issues of the day. And what of the B.C. Conservatives. I’m not a conservative, however their leader no doubt would appreciate having his views heard on the important problems and his party’s solutions to them. What about adding a regular section in your paper devoted to timely quotes and different viewpoints from lesser known contributors to our democracy. Gordi Moore, West Vancouver
Media ignores fate of songbirds in cats’ claws Dear Editor: Regarding your Oct. 22 story North Van Kitten Survives Pellet Gun Attack: I am so tired of reading about cats and all the sympathy they get when something bad happens to them after their owners let them roam at will. I won’t even start on the responsibility of the owners who are too lazy to provide a good indoor life for their cat or even provide an outdoor run for them, thus keeping them out of the neighbourhood where they stalk, maim and kill any small animal that comes their way. Here is how that works. Cat X gets its belly full of domestically raised and slaughtered meat and then is let out to roam, doing what comes naturally, of course. Cat X spots a hapless robin searching for food to feed its nestlings (spring time) and does not see Cat X until it pounces and snags it with its germ-laden claws. Then the robin is batted back and forth between the cat’s paws and bitten several times until it is unconscious or dead and no longer any fun to play with. If by chance the robin gets away, it will still die from massive infection. This is not a nice way to die. This very scenario happens millions of times every year and yet it somehow escapes the notice of news purveyors who would rather focus on some poor cat who is left out and may be hurt by a kid with a pellet gun. I also noticed the use of the word “kitten” which conveys the image of a cuddly cute little animal when in fact the animal in question looks to me like a full-grown cat. Ann McDonald West Vancouver
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Metro’s tentacles playing us for suckers “The election of Gordon Campbell . . . is leading to speculation about the changes to municipal law that can be expected. . . . Various suggestions were made during the campaign regarding enhanced municipal powers. . . .” Former Toronto mayor John Sewell, June 2001
LOST amid the furore that followed the abrupt termination of the BasiVirk trial was that 24 local administrations within reach of the Greater Vancouver Regional District had their backs against the wall to approve the final draft of the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy. The 24 include the original 21 GVRD municipalities, plus three regional entities: the Fraser Valley Regional District, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink). On Oct. 18, staff recommendations regarding the 72-page, third version of the draft, were discussed around council tables of all three North Shore municipalities, where the proposal was received with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Despite earlier concerns about the risk of GVRDenforced densification, West Vancouver council voted to support the document based on amendments Metro had made to alleviate some of those concerns. Led by regional growth strategy supporter Mayor Darrell Mussatto, the City of North Vancouver voted its unanimous approval — strangely at odds with its position on regional issues a week earlier, as so ably described by Benjamin Alldritt on Oct. 20 in this paper (City Opposes TransLink Property Tax Grab). Discussion did not go smoothly in the District of
Just Asking Elizabeth James North Vancouver, however, where the vote to approve staff recommendations was 5-2, with Couns. Alan Nixon and Doug MacKay-Dunn opposed — strongly opposed. While the two joined other members of council in appreciation of the efforts of staff to have Metro take heed of district concerns, they remained worried that the strategy would have an adverse effect on the district’s yet-to-be-completed official community plan. MacKay-Dunn and Nixon also questioned whether the district would be able to control the costs of regional participation, town centre locations, and to retain autonomy over future planning decisions. MacKay-Dunn put the exclamation marks on those issues in our conversation two days later. “In 2008, the district alone sent $9.7 million to the region for TransLink,” he began. “In 2009, that rose to
$10.9 million. For every dollar of taxes, eight cents goes to TransLink — eight per cent of our tax levy. And for what? Where is the third SeaBus we were promised?” (The North Shore did get the third vessel, only to have one of the original ships taken out of service for a refit — a refit TransLink then said it couldn’t afford.) Still troubled, MacKayDunn continued, “If we look at the real numbers, the total North Shore contribution to TransLink in 2009 was $28.1 million, that’s not even close to the costs we’ll face if the Evergreen Line goes ahead. Ten years of that and we’re talking real money.” The councillor was right, of course — as he was a few moments later, when he listed two other financial challenges for North Shore residents: the federally mandated decision to replace the Lions Gate Sewage Treatment plant, and our ongoing inequitable burden to fund the water filtration plant. The complaint about receiving value for taxes paid as well as equity of representation is not confined to the North Shore, it is true of all small municipalities in the region. How much louder will those small voices be, if and when communities like Lillooet and Hope are added to the regional mix? At this point, it is important to put these concerns in historical and geographical context.
When the GVRD was incorporated on June 29, 1967, the rationale was both reasonable and simple. Reasonable because the stated intent was to co-ordinate services and reduce costs. Simple because GVRD was given a straightforward mandate: provide regional service delivery for water (GVWD), sewerage and solid waste disposal (GVSDD), manage the regional park system and facilitate affordable housing. Parental responsibility for area transportation was added to the GVRD mandate in 1996, when then premier Glen Clark severed it from BC Transit, threw in the Millennium SkyTrain expansion project and downloaded the new entity — the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) — onto the shoulders of the GVRD board. As we soon discovered, that was a critical point in regional history because it shone the spotlight on everything that was wrong with GVRD governance: ■ Financially: provincially driven gold-plated decisions and the chronic underfunding of TransLink exert a stranglehold on municipal budgets in the region. ■ Democratically: the GVRD and TransLink are not directly elected to their positions, so
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Metro’s reach grows from Lillooet to Hope From page 7 component municipalities — otherwise known as GVRD mandate-creep. I’m not sure who first coined that phrase but I’ll coin a new one — tentaclecreep. The geographic and operational boundaries of the original GVRD operation were clearly defined. With but one exception — the City of Abbotsford was a member only with respect to regional parks within its municipality — GVRD’s eastward reach ended with the two Langleys. Under the proposed new strategy — good word that — the reach of this ballooning level of government will stretch
eastward to Hope and Harrison Hot Springs, and west and northward through Britannia, Squamish and Whistler, all the way to Pemberton and Lillooet. If you’re thinking that’s one heck of a reach for what is, to all intents and purposes, an unelected Metro Vancouver bureaucracy, you’d be right. Richard Walton, mayor of the District of North Vancouver, also serves as vicechairman of the Metro board, and he bristled when several councillors expressed concern that the district lacked influence at the regional table. “We have four per cent of the population in the region, so we have four per cent of the vote,” he retorted.
Have you seen any good ghosts recently? THE North Shore News is asking its readers for help in finding the best decorated Halloween homes in North and West Vancouver. If your family is planning something spooktacular for Oct. 31, or if you have seen a ghosty garden that impressed you, please let us know. We will publish a selection of photos in our Sunday, Oct. 31 issue. Please send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. and have a safe Halloween. — Martin Millerchip
Enhanced municipal powers? No solace to Nixon, who shared MacKay-Dunn’s concerns that, if the regional growth strategy was approved, the district would be risking its autonomy over planning and density. Nevertheless, when all was said and done, the evening ended with all three councils moving the document forward to the next phase: public hearings later in the fall. When those hearings take place, in the height of preparations for the holiday season, it is to be hoped attendees will have researched the questions they intend to ask — searching questions like: ■ What happens if we decide not to sign on to the growth strategy? ■ Or sign only on condition that we get to elect the members of GVRD boards as we do school trustees? ■ Can we opt out of GVRD and TransLink and go it alone? For a hopeful John Sewell, who saw cities in Quebec and Ontario — including his own City of Toronto — regionalize and as quickly fall into disarray, the steady erosion of B.C. municipal powers can only be a frustrating, and very sad déjà vu. Stay tuned on this issue. email@example.com
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$10 an hour minimum at a certain age? Dear Editor: I read with interest your front page story on Sunday, Oct. 17, that 21 mayors are asking the provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour (Mayors Want Minimum Wage Hike). Without doubt this would help to bring British Columbia into a respectable line regarding a decent wage for “lesser” but nevertheless important jobs. The Liberals should face this head on. Alternatively, they may decide to defer and leave the issue to the NDP, who must now have every chance at the next election to deliver this province from Gordon Campbell once and for all. However, a simple shift upwards to $10 may not be the only answer. No one can argue that an adult should earn at least $10 per hour in today’s British Columbia, but there are many jobs being filled by youngsters from 15 to 20 years of age that do not appeal to adults and that require neither experience nor training. Some of these individuals risk being shut out by a $10-per-hour minimum wage. MLA Naomi Yamamoto has suggested that it could restrict job creation, although a minimum wage in the United States of $7.25 (and $4.25 for youth) per hour has not created much relief to the economy there, whilst the indication of job restriction in the other provinces which have a significantly higher minimum wage is minimal. What she does address also is what impact a new minimum could have on jobs for young people. I have a friend with a business that employs many people on the minimum wage, but still has a narrow margin of profit. He would be forced to increase his prices due to a 25 per cent increase in labour costs. So whilst the argument for the increase is morally defensible, it will come at a cost to many people: not likely a loss
of employment opportunities, but higher tariffs that inevitably will end at the consumer. So maybe we should look to other economies and their minimum wage to see what is happening. In the United Kingdom, a minimum of around $9 per hour comes with a sliding scale that allows for less to be paid to young workers. In the Netherlands, they are very creative with a sliding scale rising from 15 years to 22 years before the minimum wage becomes uniform, paying a per cent less wage to younger workers, which then rises with age, but also effectively restricting their hours as this rate reduces the more hours they work. A young worker of 18 may earn $11 hourly for a 15-hour week, but only $5 per hour if he/she works a 38-hour week. At 23, the minimum wage becomes $12 per hour for all. Despite the recession, the Netherlands has an unemployment rate hovering between 2.7 per cent and four per cent, the lowest in the European Union. But then the Dutch have always been creative — a national airport six metres below sea level is surely indicative of that. In France, the minimum wage of $13 is uniform, which coupled with payroll taxes of 50-66 per cent, means paying an introduction wage of around $20 per hour. The result is unemployment amongst young workers of more than 25 per cent, with the figures even higher for those under 20 years of age — and that does not include those in full time education. Unemployment has been stuck at 10 per cent or more for many years and small businesses do all they can to avoid employing staff. It is dangerous to compare Europe with Canada, as tax rates and payroll taxes vary considerably, but we should certainly look at other policies to see what could be most effective here in
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Worrying sign LYNN Valley residents and park volunteers have been left angry and disappointed after vandals destroyed a brand new sign at the Chaucer Road entrance to Hunter Park. Community members helped to design the sign to reflect the trees and the salmon of Hastings Creek in its design. It was installed on Oct. 6, and Mayor Richard Walton officially unveiled it on Oct. 9, talking briefly about community spirit and volunteers who care about their local areas enough to participate. That same night, around 1:30 a.m., some people were heard smashing the sign.
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VISUAL artists in the community are encouraged to contribute to the North Vancouver Community Arts Councilâ€™s art rental program.
The program allows individuals and businesses to rent paintings, photography and mixed media works by local artists for an affordable price. Meanwhile, artists gain exposure and revenue â€” royalties are paid semi-annually. New works will be considered for the program on a jury day, Sunday, Nov. 14. Selected pieces will be contracted for a minimum of one year. Those interested can drop off up to five pieces, framed and wired to the CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver on Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Artists are required to pay a $15 jury fee and must be members of the arts council. The entire art rental collection will be on display at CityScape at an exhibition in January. For more information call 604-988-6844 or email info@ nvartscouncil.ca. â€” Manisha Krishnan B.C.A.A. â€˘ ARA â€˘ ICBC APPROVED SINCE 1959
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Rules are similar in West Vancouver where fireworks can be bought and discharged by adults with a $5 permit. Permits are available this week at No. 1 fire hall on 16th Street until 4:30 p.m. As in the District of North Vancouver, fireworks can only be set off on private property. Firecrackers are illegal in all municipalities. Roman candles are also subject to greater restrictions, because of the greater danger they present. Roman candles contain their own oxygen supply and can be readily modified. Many municipalities around Metro Vancouver have moved to either ban or restrict fireworks under permit systems to crack down on property damage caused by fireworks at Halloween. In West Vancouver, stricter regulations were brought in several years ago after teens wielding fireworks caused over $650,000 in damage, including house and vehicle fires, on one particularly destructive Halloween night. Traditional has also taken a hit over shrinking budgets. Last year the long-running public fireworks display at Inter River Park was permanently cancelled after close to 40 years because of costs. The annual Halloween spectacle cost close to $25,000. secondary institution, combine lectures and assignments with cultural and sightseeing activities. Upcoming trips include a nine-day Guatemala field school next February and a three-week tour of China in May 2011. To sign up or for more information email studyabroad@ capilanou.ca. â€” Manisha Krishnan
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Classy wares ELIZABETH Robertson, Donnie Kerr and Sally Legg organize goods for the upcoming Elegant Flea Market at West Vancouver United Church, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Antiques, clothing, housewares, luggage, cooks and more will be available at the church located at 2062 Esquimalt Ave., West Vancouver. Mainland’s annual book sale will come to Capilano University, Thursday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Birch Building Cafeteria, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. Book donations are being accepted for various genres of books until the sale, which can be dropped off at one of the many bins located around the North Vancouver campus.
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