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Temporary workers paid $1.25-million Latin American workers paid for work on Canada Line after long legal battle
Landlines aren’t extinct yet but cellphones – and especially smarphones – have surged in popularity
By BRENNA BROOKS
By KAYLA ISOMURa
orty years ago yesterday, the first cellphone call was made.
Before 1973, people lived without wireless access to friends and family and only had access to landlines. Landlines have not yet gone extinct but “overall landline use has been moderately declining over time,” said Telus media coordinator Shawn Hall. Despite the use of wireless phones skyrocketing, Hall said landline access “really gives customers more choice in how they use telecommunication services.” Telus currently has 7.7 million customers using cellphones nationally compared to 3.4 million landlines being used, according to Hall. Use of the company’s phone lines went down 5 per cent in 2012 and wireless subscriptions increased by 4.5 per cent since 2011. Students living on their own typically only use a wireless service, he said, although later in life are likely to use both services. “They might just have a wireless phone [for] a few years,” he said. “They buy a house, they get married, they have kids and often times pick up a wired phone at that point because they want to have the ability to have everyone on the phone at once.” Hall said smartphones are reigning in popularity over basic cellphones, which Langara College students seem to depend on as well. Photography student Ben Prokapetz frequently depends on his iPhone for email and “mostly for school.” For him a landline is out of the question. “My apartment doesn’t even have a phone jack,” he said, “But I wouldn’t pay for a landline. I’m never home,” he said. Krista Marshall, another Langara student said she isn’t too dependent on her cellphone. Despite using it often, “I leave it at home sometimes,” she said. Like Prokapetz, Marshall opts for one phone due to cost and her living situation. “I live in an apartment and I don’t want to pay for two phones,” she said. Hall said the cost of a landline typically runs from $25 a month to Printed on recycled paper
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Sgt. Jennifer Pound speaks about Wendy Ladner-Beaudry’s case at a press conference April 3.
Ladner-Beaudry’s killer still a mystery
Four years ago 53-year-old was murdered while trail-running, investigators still empty-handed By GARIN FAHLMAN
fter four years of investigation, there have still been no arrests made regarding the murder of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry.
In 2009, Ladner-Beaudry was attacked while jogging through Pacific Spirit Park, and was left to die on the trail. The 53-year-old left behind her two children and husband Michel Beaudry. Jennifer Pound, a spokeswoman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) told reporters at a press conference held near the site of Ladner-Beaudry’s death yesterday that they are still looking for the killer. “We still don’t know a motive,” Pound said. “It’s extremely frustrating. Four years is a long time.” Pound confirmed that over 200
people have been identified as suspects, but no arrests have yet been made. “In some cases when a person of interest has been identified, it can take months to figure out whether they are a suspect.” Pound said adding to the difficulties is that Ladner-Beaudry’s murder is not similar to any other crime, which makes finding a lead difficult. Also at the conference was Ladner-Beaudry’s brother Peter Ladner, a former Vancouver city councillor, and sister Nancy Edmonds. Her husband Michel was not present. Ladner spoke about his concern that until his sister’s killer is found, women will feel unsafe walking the parks in a city he doesn’t think anyone should be afraid of. See MYSTERY KILLER, page 3
HOW TO jog smart 1 2 3 4
Be familiar with the area and tell someone where you are. Wear bright clothes and reflective gear. Don’t run alone at night. It’s always safer in numbers. Bring identification with you and trust your instincts. If a location or person makes you uncomfortable, run the other way.
he battle between temporary foreign workers from Latin America and SNC Lavalin along with SELI Canada is now over. Five years after winning a multi-million dollar B.C. Human Rights Tribunal award, the 40 temporary foreign workers from Costa Rica have finally been paid $1.25 million owed for their work on the Canada Line rapid transit link between Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport. Videos of the workers receiving their cheques in Costa Rica as well as details of the settlement were discussed yesterday at a conference at the BC Teachers Federation Building. The amount awarded was significantly lower than originally dictated by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Charles Gordon, legal council for the Labourers’ Union Local 1611 on the tribunal case said that, “The negotiation process takes into account what the risks of the continued litigation are, the delay . . . we were into two or three years of continued litigation at least, and taking account all of those things and then of course conditional upon the acceptance by the workers, we thought given all those parameters that the offer was a reasonable offer and clearly the workers agreed, they voted unanimously.” The Latin American workers were brought on temporary visas because they had just finished working on the same job in Costa Rica. The Latin American workers were being paid significantly less than their European colleagues. The biggest issue addressed, in terms of their wages was not the difference between Canadian and Costa Rican wage rates but the fact that it was illegal to pay them that little regardless of standard rates. Mark Olsen, business manager for the Construction & Specialized Workers’ Union said: “Fairly quickly, a few weeks into the job, when the workers get a day off and try and spend what they make, they realize ‘hold on a second here, I’m being exploited,’ and they [were], it was illegal to pay them that little amount of money.” Ignacio Sanchez, one of the workers still living in Canada, said that he didn’t notice that he was being treated differently than other workers. “When we worked in Costa Rica for the same company before, once the contract was finished, they offered us to come to Canada and we didn’t even have an idea of how the line would work. But they offer us $1200 US a month, for us in Costa Rica, that’s a lot. So for us it was a big opportunity,” said Sanchez.
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Sex workers seek audience with judge The Pivot Legal Society wants local prostitutes to be heard at Supreme Court hearing
By JES CUNNINGHAM
law firm that serves the Downtown Eastside wants to get the stories of sex workers in their community heard. The Pivot Legal Society announced Wednesday that they are requesting that the Supreme Court grant audience to sex-trade workers from the DTES during its hearing of the Terri-Jean Bedford case. The firm says that because prostitution is so prevalent in that community, people from the area deserve to be part of the hearing The Bedford case is a legal challenge
to Canada’s prostitution laws that ban sex workers from soliciting clients in public and operating brothels among other restrictions. Several rules — but not all — were deemed a deemed as violations of the Chart of Rights by the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The case is now before the Supreme Court of Canada, which will begin hearings on June 12. Among the most contended laws is 213, the solicitation and communication law, which forces sex-workers to hastily choose their clients, instead of safely evaluating the situation, according to critics. “[213 forces] sex workers into the
margins of society,” said Kerry Porth, Pivot Board Member and former executive director of PACE Society. “It causes them to make hasty decisions, such as jumping into their clients’ cars before ground rules are established, thus sacrificing their safety along with their control over the situation.” “Sex work doesn’t have to be dangerous,” said Megan Lewis, night outreach worker at PEERS, Victoria. “Selling sex is perfectly legal. It’s the laws that prohibit it to be done safely,” Porth said. Pivot’s message is that criminalizing sex workers creates a poor relationship with the police because sex workers are then too afraid to approach them in
fear of being penalized if something bad, such as physical abuse, occurs. “As police officers we have the ability to enforce those laws and in many cases have the ability to use discretion when enforcing the law, but have no control over the law itself,” said Const. Brian Montague, VPD media liaison. “We will also wait for the outcome of the June 12 court case on the constitutionality of Canada’s current prostitution laws.” Porth hopes by changing of the sextrade laws, Vancouver will become a role model for surrounding communities such as Burnaby and Surrey. “Prioritize human life over property value and nuisance issues,” said Porth.
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The Bedford case challenged lawes that place restrictions on sex workers.
several laws but not all were considered violations of the Charter of Rights
Supreme court will be hearing the case in June
Surrey Langara’s local MLA marks job centre anniversary needs to “ T connect: Mayor
Moira Stilwell paid a visit to the WorkBC centre on Hastings Street as it celebrated a year of operation By JES CUNNINGHAM
The employment service centres are a fairly new vision.
“Connecting” the rhetorical phrase of the day in State of the City address
he MLA for Vancouver-Langara was at the WorkBC centre on West Hastings Street to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the facility’s opening. “Your success and what you’re celebrating today speaks to everyone [at this celebration],” Moira Stilwell said as she cut a cake laden with icing and slices of fruit. The Hastings facility is one of 73 WorkBC centres scattered throughout
the province that offer work placement services to people seeking jobs. Each building is operated by a different contractor. WorkBC on Hastings is run by the Open Door Group. The non-profit organization serves as an employment placement organization for jobseekers. When Stilwell wasn’t carving up pastries, the BC Liberal party member was examining the array of cake pops that lined the tables beside. During the course of her 15-minute visit to the establishment, she made ev-
ery attempt to gather attention to the province’s job initiatives. “In the past year, employment B.C. centres . . . have seen a total of 83,000 British Columbians, who are looking to improve their life [and] find work,” said Stilwell to the crowd of 40 gathered at the occasion. “Over 50 per cent found jobs.” Tom Burnell, the CEO of Open Door Group also had a few words on how the progress of the facility. “The employment service centres are a fairly new vision,” Burnell said.
By HAILEY McDONALD
onnectivity was the theme at the annual State of the City address yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel where Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts spoke to a packed room. Slogans reading “connecting communities, connecting people,” were plastered on signs scattered throughout the building while Watts explained that Surrey is the fastest-growing city in the Lower Mainland and needs innovative solutions to address issues caused by its increasing population. “We know that our economy is growing, jobs are being created and our city is evolving, but we can’t stop there,” she said. “We have to continue to evolve. We have to plan for the future and we have to create opportunities for our residents,” she said. She said that the city is developing strategies in four sectors for economic growth: the aerospace industry, arts and culture, sport tourism and health technology. She said that these areas are also crucial to connecting to the rest of the Lower Mainland. Watts also mentioned some of the changes that Surrey residents should soon expect including Innovation Boulevard that runs from Surrey Memorial Hospital to the city’s Simon Fraser University campus and include 180 healthbusinesses. “Innovation Boulevard will connect the dots and build a world-class centre that will enhance patient care and propel economic growth in our city,” Watts said in a press-release handed out at the event. Watts mentioned that Surrey may be struggling to keep up with its growing population because of its lack of a significant transit system, compared to others like Vancouver’s. “The consequences of not having a rapid transit infrastructure are significant,” she said. “We must plan for future economic growth and if not we will see the repercussions.” She said that 50 per cent of the Lower Mainland’s post-secondary students live in Surrey.
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Langara MLA Moira Stilwell paid the WorkBC centre in Hastings Street a visit on Wednesday to comemorate its first year of operation.
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Schools may get millions
New program in works for Inuit youth Nunavut territorial government brings Langara instructors north to train 20 community counsellors
Feds set aside $10 million to recruit foreign students, help Canadians study abroad
By BRIAN HORSTEAD
By KRISTEN HARPULA
he federal government plans to spend $10 million in the next two years to promote international education, but while local colleges welcome the money, they say they have been doing a great job on their own. Canada’s Education Strategy will spend the money to give Canadian students more opportunities to study abroad and to bring more students from other countries to study at Canadian institutions. According to Ajay Patel, Langara’s dean of international education, “this college has always valued international students and has had a long standing history of having students, particularly from Asian regions, coming here to Langara.” But he also said, “It’s nice to see both the federal and provincial government taking that extra step and recognizing their importance.” Patel doesn’t know how much of the money will be coming to Langara, which means he doesn’t know how the money will be spent. “What we need to do is get more details about the budget, as we don’t know at this time what recommendations will be adopted,” he said. There are currently about 1,100 international students enrolled at Langara. Last year, Patel said all post-secondary institutions saw an increase in international student enrollment, but he couldn’t say why. “I am not sure we can point to one single factor, but one of the key factors in speaking with students who choose Langara is that Vancouver is a preferred education destination because of our moderate climate, lifestyle and multicultural society,” he said then. On Tuesday, Patel said in an interview, “With international student recruitment, a lot of the provincial governments are using that as a method of bridging the gap with some of the skill shortages we’re going to see with our aging population.” According to a study by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2010, international students spent over $7.7 billion on tuition, accommodation and discretionary spending.
Mystery killer, continued from page 1 When questioned about any possible leads, both Ladner and Edmonds said that the most obvious suspects have already been ruled out. IHIT asks that anyone with information should contact them anonymously. Four years later, with no arrests and few answers, some at the conference wondered whether there is any hope of justice. Ladner and Edmonds shared a smile at the mention of hope. “Of course there’s hope,” said Ladner. “We owe it to Wendy to be here today. We can’t rest until this case is solved.”
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Andrew Mazzone flips burgers Wednesday at the Kinesiology Club barbeque.
he Nunavut government is contracting Langara College to create a pilot program that will train 20 school counsellors to help Inuit youth succeed. Seven instructors will be making periodic trips to Nunavut until the course is complete in 2015, at which time the counselors who graduate will get a certificate in school counseling. “[The program] was born because [the Nunavut department of education] has had two other training programs and the last one was 17 years ago,” said Leslie Kemp, program co-ordinator of the Nunavut school community counsellor training program. “There were people working in the schools who needed to be trained, and they needed another training program so they called [Larry Railton, Langara’s manager of services to aboriginal students].” Railton was one of the instructors originally contacted by Nunavut along with the then dean of studies Doug Soo. They developed the program together over two years. According to Railton, not everyone interested was able to apply for the instruction position. “You have to apply to go. People have to be qualified to teach the courses,” Railton said. Kemp said that she was pleased with the progress of the program so far, but that a renewal of the contract in 2015 is unlikely. “It is my sense that it will not continue,” Kemp said. “Dealing with an institution and having the training with people from the south is a bit difficult politically.” “They have a legislature that meets by consensus and they are very strong about protecting the north. They have very strong northern educational values and they’re very sensitive to anyone coming from the south to impose values.”
Nursing didn’t cause cancer, instructor Nurses don’t need to be overly concerned after B.C. Supreme Court case: Langara nursing instructor By PUNEET DHAMI
urses don’t need to be concerned about getting breast cancer on the job, says a Langara College nursing instructor. On Tuesday a B.C. Supreme Court judge rejected a decision by the Workers Compensation Tribunal, which found that three nurses got cancer from work they did at the Mission Memorial Hospital laboratory. Justice John Savage ruled the tribunal’s decision was “patently unreasonable” because there is no definite evidence to support it. “Maybe they believed they were exposed to a toxic substance,” said Deb Filleul, nursing placement co-ordinator at Langara College. She’s unsure what they might have been exposed to. It is unknown what kind of lab environment the nurses were in but since three nurses reported the cancer, it has
raised some concerns. “If three of them are reporting it, it is understandable to believe it could be work-related,” said Filleul. “They need to do more exposure research.” Although Filleul feels for the nurses who are dealing with the cancer and a trial, she doesn’t think nursing students need to be concerned about their occupational health. Further, she doesn’t think the case will discourage people from enrolling in nursing. “It’s the same as someone becoming a police officer or firefighter, they all have risks,” said Filleul. “Firefighters get stomach or lung cancer [due to smoke] and they get compensated because there is a proven high risk.” She advises nurses to wear proper work gear like gloves and masks to reduce injuries. There are many factors that could lead to breast cancer: age, family history, being obese and even menopause according to medicinenet.com. Savage ruled the cases to be referred back to the tribunal because new evidence has been raised that may lead to different decisions.
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Nurses should take precautions to avoid occupational hazzards, but shouldn’t be too worried, instructor said.
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entertainment Young Elvis spotted in West Van French teacher turned award-winning impersonatorstarted tour last night, will play in Penticton on Friday By HAILEY McDONALD
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Asher Isbrucker and Jess Borthwick performs in a scene from Video, one of the short plays on at the Brave New festival this week.
UBC’s Brave New surprises Festival of short plays lives up to its name by challenging status quo
BRAVE schedule plays Program 1 Friday April 5–7:30 p.m. Sunday April 7–2 p.m.
Program 2 Today –7:30 p.m. Saturday April 6–7:30 p.m. Sunday April 7–7:30 p.m.
By JAMES McLAUGHLIN
he annual collaboration between UBC’s creative writing program and theatre department is underway, offering the public a motley of 12 short plays and a reading series. In its 27 year, the Brave New Play Rites Festival, running from April 3 to April 7, continues to be a training ground for amateur playwrights and aspiring actors. This year differs, however, as actors are focused on participating in more than one production. The change adds more feeling to the festival, says producer Briana Brown, because audience members can see the same actor play a variety of roles in the same night.
On top of being the sole organizer of the festival, Brown, who will soon receive her master’s degree in creative writing at UBC, has written a onewoman show and handed over her familiar directing role to debut-director Caitlin Docking. Giving your work up for adoption is “one of the things you have to learn how to do as a writer of drama,” Brown said. “There’s going to be other people taking over your words at some point. That’s part of the excitement and joy of it, but it can be frightening too,” she said. Brown’s play, Wait, focuses on one woman’s experience waiting for a letter to arrive from her lover. “I like to call it a celebration of anticipation,” said Brown.
“It’s about her trying to find some stillness ... to allow whatever will happen to happen, but to enjoy that moment of not knowing,” she said. Another anticipated play is Dig Crew, creative writing student Curtis LeBlanc’s premiere effort. It explores the dynamic characters of three construction workers passing time as they fix a broken watermain. Leblanc hopes “that it ends up being a little unsettling [for the audience].” For theater enthusiasts, the festival’s reading series is a one-day event on April 6. The reading’s purpose is to highlight shortfalls in the script that need rewriting or reworking. “It can be painful and frightening but when it’s over there’s just no feeling like it,” said Bown.
lvis Presley impersonator Pete Paquette, 27, began impersonating the King of rock ’n’ roll when he was seven years old. “It’s always been about the music, the performance,” he said. “I’ve always loved the stage.” He played his first show of his Elvis The Moments tour Wednesday night at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. Paquette, inspired by his musician father, said it started as a fun hobby and turned into a project. “My performance has obviously gotten better,” Paquette said. He’s been impersonating the King professionally for nearly five years. In 2010, he formed his own production company, Paquette Productions Ltd. “I formed the company so I could start doing what I wanted to and planning all of my own shows,” he said. He said his Elvis shows are only the first step in what he plans to do with his company. “Eventually I want to have a Jerry Lewis inspired band and more tribute bands as it grows.” Paquette performs in Rudy and the Angels, a Toronto-based Elvis tribute band. Since 2003, Paquette has competed in the Collingwood Elvis Festival, an Ontario-based Elvis-extravaganza for the title of top impersonator. In 2006 and 2008 he won the title of Canadian Grand Champion. Paquette has a bachelor’s degree in music and noted that the musical quality of his performances is what makes him unique as an impersonator. Although Paquette plans to honour Elvis’ music for as long as he can, he said that it’s only a side job because he works as a French teacher during the day. “I want people to know that you can do this and still be educated and professional,” said Paquette. The next stop on the Elvis – The Moments tour is in Penticton on April 5.
Cherry blossom fun Annual festival begins today at Burrard SkyTrain By Jacqueline Langen
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Dancers practice for the upcoming umbrella dance. Events start today and continue until April 30.
he Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today around the Lower Mainland and organizers are encouraging people of all ages to come out, enjoy the festivities and stop to smell the flowers. The event begins at the Burrard SkyTrain station at 11 a.m. and runs daily until April 30. It kicks off with culinary demonstrations and a “Cherry Jam” concert showcasing local talent. “There is no stranger under the cherry tree,” said Linda Poole, founder and executive director of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. On Saturday, April 13, one of the biggest events will take place when hundreds of dancers perform the 2013 World Umbrella Dance at the Vancouver Art Gallery, choreographed by Bollywood superstar Shiamak Davar.
For $25, participants will receive an umbrella designed by Vancouver based artist Anthony Redpath and spend an hour learning the dance routine from Davar’s Vancouver Performance Team. The next rehearsal is out front of the Yaletown Roundhouse Station on April 10 at 6:45 p.m. The dance is performed to Davars’ new song titled, “Shabop” which means to dance without worry and celebrate life. The festival also includes haiku writing, fabric art demonstrations and photography contests. “People can come out, have a picnic, think about their lives and appreciate the moment in realization that it is as fleeting as these beautiful blossoms,” said Poole. “Unplug, stop and appreciate your city,” said Poole. Check www.vcbf.ca for scheduling.
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Presley impersonator Pete Paquette on stage as the King.
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Comfort is in but platform heels are out Spring shoe trends include subtle embellishes such as cap toes, studs and chains By DEANNA CHENG
eet all over the city will cry a sigh of relief because they will get a chance to stretch and relax this spring as they strut in bright colours with a hint of gold. The trend this season is all about comfort. According to Aldo’s sales lead Amber Harkousha, sandals, cap-toe shoes and cutout wedges are in. “Gems and studs just cover the front and adds a bit of shininess to it,” she said. Details such as studs and gold chains jazz up simple, basic designs, but amber harkousha they don’t comSales lead for mand and overAldo, Oakridge. take the style of the shoe. “Cap-toes peep out from underneath the pants and it adds some subtle shine.” Platform heels are going out, but customers are upset because the extra padding in the platform adds to comfort, said Harkousha. Pointy-toe leather heels are still selling, especially in basics colours such as black and beige. Popular spring colours are watermelon and turquoise. Sneakers are more minimalist in design but they follow the trend for comfort. Pearl Benam, a Browns sales associate, said the hottest items now are sneaker wedges. “People don’t want to break anything in. It must be comcomfortable immediately,” she said. “They want comfort but they also want to look good.” In the athletic world, the Nike Free line is selling well. They mimic the feel of running barefoot, said regional Nike manager Justin Dusanj. “They’re like slippers with cushioning and support,” he said. “People get the full range of motion from the shoes and it’s the most comfortable.”
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(Left) Women show off their fetish wear at Sin City fetish night. (Right) A woman in dominatrix cos
Kink no longer a taboo in Vancouver The growing kink scene holds events almost weekly in the city By PATRICK COLVIN
f the idea of getting tied up or even lit on fire peaks your curiosity, Vancouver’s growing and inclusive kink scene has many social, playful and educational avenues to explore.
“I think we have one of best [kink communities] in North America,” said Brandon Beatch, a board member for the non-profit organization Metro Vancouver Kink. “There are quite a few events locally, there are club events, dungeon parties and munches.” “Munches,” explained Beatch, are a casual dinner out with people interested in learning about kink. According to Isaac Terpstra, founder and organizer of Vancou-
ver’s largest and longest running bimonthly kink event Sin City, Vancouver’s kink community has seen steady growth in the last 15 years “Ten to 15 years ago, there used to be enough attendance and interest to hold a [kink] event once a month, now there is enough interest for once a week,” said Terpstra. “It’s still considered edgy, but the taboo is gone from it being scary and weird, most people now are like holy shit that’s hot.” Social media is helping Vancouver’s kink scene in becoming more mainstream and less taboo. Fetlife.com is a Facebook style networking site that caters to the fetish community. On Fetlife, one can engage in com-
munity discussion. That’s an important part in putting on events such as fetish nights and club scenes, according to Terpstra. Kink play can be a daunting endeavor for those new to the scene. Rope, suspension and fire play are all aspects of kink that can be dangerous for those who don’t know what they’re doing. “There is some requisite knowledge to do that,” said Beatch, who educates people on rope work and suspension as part of his work with Metro Vancouver Kink. Getting involved with Vancouver’s kink community is quite simple, according to Terpstra. “As far as a first step goes, you just have to go to one of the fetish nights,” he said.
Biggest kink events in Vancouver Sin City Bi-weekly Commonly hosted at the Eletric Owl and The Red Room.
Noir Monthly Every third Saturday of the month at the Cobalt. Sources: sexlifecanada.ca, sincityfetishnight.com
Vancouver hosts many good places to run Best spots for beginners include Langara golf course for the slight inclines By BEN BULMER
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(From top) Sneaker wedges and cap-toe flats from Aldo, Nike Free running shoes.
ith summer around the corner and the fresh start of spring firmly in the air, many people are shaking off the laziness and isolation of winter and heading outside for a run. Vancouver’s natural landscape makes it a great place to run outdoors. Victoria Gilbert, who runs four or five times a week manages a triathlon store in Point Grey called West Point Multi Sport and is a seasoned triathlete and runner. She recommends Stanley Park, Jericho Beach and Pacific Spirit Park as her favourite places to run in Vancouver “The beach past Jericho in the summer, they have a paved trail there and the sun’s always shining,” she said. There’s lots of water fountain stops in the summer that are open.” Gilbert’s advice to people who want
to start running is not to be d i s c o u r aged straight away. “It’s totally fine to start out doing shorter things or even doing walk runs, where you run for five minutes and walk for one, run for five, walk for one.” Gilbert recommends those who are starting off to run about three times a week. “Maybe start with two half-hour runs and then try to push yourself to a 40 – 45 minute run,”she said. Gilbert also recommends running in proper running shoes and to remember to have fun. One of the best places to run in South Vancouver is the Langara golf course, according to Langara running club member Laura Pascall. There’s a little bit of an incline and you go up and down a little, it’s really nice,” said Pascall. “I like that it’s a really good work out and it’s a nice stress reliever and time to just hang out by yourself.” Pascall said that starting out is the hardest thing about running. “At the beginning [it’s] hard to wake up and go for a run, but if you stick with it, you will become obsessed with running.”
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The seawall is one of the top places to run in Vancouver.
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Cellphones the way to go, landlines ought to go I
t’s no longer good enough to tell a friend that you will call them once you get home, or when your sibling finally gets off the phone. Cellphones, texting and wireless access give us both instant and constant connections to the rest of the world. Mobile communications today are an acceptable, and in some cases, encouraged, aide in the workforce and at school. If your personal and professional needs are being met by a cellphone, then a landline really isn’t necessary. Being part of a family that uses a cellphone almost every minute of every day, our landline is barely even Brenna brooks used at my house, yet we still continue to pay for it. Why? There really is no reason why. It is just one of those useless household staples that we haven’t gotten rid of. Similar to my household, many still maintain both a landline and a cellphone. For the most part though, having two different phones is too expensive for what it is worth. Cellphones do everything a landline does, but they are far more efficient and they have far more capabilities. Although cellphones are helpful, they do have their downfalls. For example, cellphones have a tendency to get lost easily, in places like purses, backpacks and couches, and their batteries wear out eventually. Having a landline is also a reliable fallback when your cellphone is not available. However, the major downside of landlines is that because they are stationary, they are virtually useless when people are not actually home to use them. You’re better off ditching the secondary landline and buying yourself extra minutes or some additional services on your cellphone.
State of the city address much ado about nothing Y
esterday’s state of the city address by Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts had little substance save for a few head-turning remarks. Watts discussed transit, economic growth, education and crime, but nothing said was indicative of any new direction or change. The city knows much about the council’s struggle for increased transit, in particular its light rail dreams. In addition, economic development was another familiar talking point that again, sounds good, but action speaks louder. Earlier in the year, many south of the Fraser remember Surrey’s casino debacle that ended with Watts’ deciding vote, which put an end to an exhaustive process. However, interesting points were made with regard to education and crime. Watts asked for additional space for
graduating high school students. The issue: 75 per cent grade-point averages are not accepted at the city’s SFU campus. While this gatekeeping is nothing novel, the call for additional space to accommodate lower averages is. Does SFU agree with Watts’ logic? Lower standards currently in place to accommodate Surrey students just to fill seats seems backward. Many before Michael letendre these lower standards practice faced the same rigors and standards current students in secondary school face, and still managed to do well in post-secondary schools.
With regard to crime, again, the onus seemed backwards with Watts throwing criticism at community efforts in relation to stopping the violence in the streets. Family is important, structure and guidance play a pivotal role in shaping a youth’s life. But the crime and death – gangland slayings – occurring in Surrey is a matter that requires immediate attention. The 29-year-olds being murdered in the streets and the consequent retaliation endanger civilians now. There needs to be a plan or strategy to deal with the current situation. It’s clear: good parenting helps prevent immoral and unethical behaviour. But the current context is not of young teens playing cops and robbers, these are men dying in the streets and the city needs a plan, not praise through law enforcement.
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Don’t be shy, embrace your kink D
on’t be a vanilla cone. Get weird. Sex is more than physical and most people who are past the teen awakening rabbit stage know this. So why do we get skittish about kink? The fetish scene addresses some pretty deep psychological desires head on, and this freaks people out. It’s not the latex and the riding crops. Not to say that we all have Oedipus complexes, but there’s a reason that certain people are turned on by certain things and it has a lot to do with what we’ve experienced in the past. Shame and all of its dreary side effects like low self-esteem and self worth is probably humanity’s worst, most debilitating trait. I think too many people think they know what kink is, and don’t like the image that comes to mind. So, they write it off as something
weird and icky. We don’t like to admit that our formative years — when we were young and innocent — are what shaped us into the people we are today. Even, I daresay, the sexual beings we are today. If you’re a little Anne ellison freaked out, it probably means you’re going to learn something. People are turned on when they’re being challenged, when there’s tension. Kink is subjective. It doesn’t necessarily conjure up the image of a whipcracking, shit-kicking dominatrix for
everyone. And it can be scary. But for some people, scary is hot, even spiritual. People who partake in suspensions (inserting hooks into the flesh and literally being suspended from the ceiling by said hooks) have described it to me as a totally euphoric, out-of-body spiritual experience. A kink relationship is a more consensual, trusting, well-run relationship than most day-to-day relationships. There are rules; the rules are followed; it works. Do I want to strap on a dog collar, bark and be paraded around by a snarling dominatrix in red latex? No. But someone out there does, and that is totally cool — in fact it’s great. As long as you’re not negatively impacting anyone, go to town, and do it safely.
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Editor ANNIE ELLISON
The DAILY Voice, THURSDAY APRIL 4, 2013
BC Ferries trial drifts on Queen of the North crew included casual workers, according to testimony of recruiting officer Valerie Oakes
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The Queen of the North ran into an island off of B.C.’s central coast in 2006. Bottom right: map of the location of the crash.
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Sank on March 22, 2006 off the coast of Gil Island, 135 km from Prince Rupert Two people died 101 people were on board It was the first BC ferry to sink in 50 years
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he B.C. Ferries trial continued Wednesday as recruiting officer Valerie Oakes went through questioning at B.C. Supreme Court. Oakes was in charge of crewing ships and scheduling and said there were dozens of casuals working during the time the Queen of the North crashed into an island and sunk in March 2006. Temporary employees filled in for the people that normally worked a specific position and many people switched positions regularly. The majority of full- time employees were away on a 14day period and had been replaced by roughly 45-50 casual employees. The jury found that there were some inconsistencies between the roles on the report and the roles on the paper. Crew sheets for the Queen of the
North made March 29, 2006 were presented in court. Oakes said that changes were not made on these sheets after the Queen of the North sank. “We were told not to alter anything after that time,” Oakes said. Oakes told the jury that B.C. Ferries had the ability to choose casuals as long as there was no extra cost to the company. Oakes said she considered first and second officers to be seniors in the department and third and fourth officers as juniors, even though the officers’ skills varied by ranking. Former B.C. Ferries navigation officer Karl Lilgert, who is accused of criminal negligence causing the deaths of two passengers, was found to be a fourth officer the night the ship sank. Lilgert’s position normally is a third officer. Oakes did not know much about Lilgert’s position aboard the vessel.
Free Trade with EU?
Get into LinkedIn Professionals say jobhunting grads should put their resumes online by Marie Del Cid
ou better not pout, you better not lie, you better not flout, I’m telling you why — your resume will be thrown in the garbage. Learning how to write a good resume takes a lot of good practice and a lot of effort because it is a prospective employee’s calling card for a job position. Stand out or stand aside. “The things that I look for in a resume are attention to detail, secondly the length — you don’t want a resume that is a hundred pages long, no one wants to read a novel— and thirdly, really highlighting your skills,” said Langara employment office shortlisting specialist Jessica Humbler. Humbler said that it’s very important for students to be able to stand out in their resume and to really make sure they are giving out information that is specific to the position they’re applying for.
“You need to be honest and upfront with your job experiences that you write down on your resume and defiantly highlighting specific skills that you have and making sure they relate to the position you are going for,” said Humbler. She added that doing these things would attract employers and make them notice that you are versatile and are able to work. Humbler also said using LinkedIn is a very good tool for students to use because it’s a site that allows you to post your resume online, to be able to network and find specific jobs. “I would suggest using LinkedIn because it is the corporate Facebook for the business world. There is a huge range of job positions on there. If you set up a profile on their site they will send you job postings on a weekly basis to let you know what jobs are available. They send information to you based on the job skills you have set for yourself,” said Humbler. Langara’s Chairman for the student services counseling Tim Charters said that students should go to the co-op office and take the resume building and job skills course.
Agreement between Canada and EU on the horizon By Warren JanÉ Ed Fast International Trade Minister and Langara grad
“We believe that trade barriers are toxic to the world’s economic recovery.”
egotiations for the European Union Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s largest ever trade agreement, are coming to a close. “This is by far the largest negotiation Canada has undertaken since the North American Free Trade Agreement,” said international trade minister and Langara grad Ed Fast at a meeting with industry representatives Wednesday afternoon. Industry officials included representatives from the engineering, architecture, wood products, agriculture, mining and fishing industries. Everyone in attendance was in support. “For me as trade minister, it’s absolutely critical that I continue to hear from business stakeholders from across the country to hear what they’re thinking about the role that trade plays in driving economic growth and job creation in our country,” said Fast. The EU is the largest trading block in the world with over 500 million consumers. It’s also the largest fish market in the world.
“Why wouldn’t Canada want to improve opportunities for Canadian businesses in that huge market?” said Fast. The EU trade agreement is not the only step Canada is taking in promoting global trade. Canada is currently in free trade negotiations with Japan, India and South Korea. Fast estimates that as much as 90 per cent of the South Korea free trade agreement has been satisfactorily negotiated, with 10 per cent left to go. “[There are some] very difficult issues, but again, I think we can find ways of bridging those gaps,” said Fast in regards to the agreement. “Canadians generally support an aggressive trade agenda, provided it’s done responsibly,” said Fast. “That’s why the standard we’ve set as a government is that we will not sign a trade agreement unless it’s in Canada’s best interests.” Fast said the federal NDP, Canada’s official opposition, has not been supportive of Canada’s trade agenda. Trade agreement negotiations have been a high priority for the Conservative government since Stephen Harper’s 2006 election. “We believe that trade barriers are toxic to the world’s economic recovery,” said Fast.
sports What do the Nucks have in Derek Roy?
Editor Ryan Banagan
The DAILY Voice, THURSDAY, APRIL, 4, 2013
Vancouver hopes newly acquired centre will spark powerplay and help with third line consistency By Richard Hodges & Niall Shannon
ith Derek Roy moving from the Dallas Stars to the Vancouver Canucks, can he kickstart the Canucks offense and vault the team back into contention in the West? The 29-year-old Ottawa native stands just five foot nine and weighs only 188 pounds but the expectations on the former Kitchener Ranger are huge. With Manny Malhotra on IR and Ryan Kesler out, the Canucks have been struggling to find someone who can centre a scoring line. “He’s a real savvy player with the puck and he makes some really smart passes out there,” said Chris Higgins of the centre who put up a career high 81 points back in 2007-08 with the Buffalo Sabres. He was traded to Dallas last year for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy. Cyrus Mazdine, a banker with Envision Credit and a self-described diehard Canucks fan, is excited about the trade but wonders if the Canucks can keep the unrestricted free agent before he walks in the summer. “We gave up [Kevin Connauton], a player that would never play on our team anyway and a second round draft pick,” said Mazdine. “But Roy will want six million, which the Canucks can’t afford.” Another concern is Roy’s health, as the player has been battling injuries over the past couple of years that hampered his production. In 2010, he tore his quad tendon, missing 55 games. The problem flared up again earlier this year when he sat out with a groin injury. All indications in Dallas just prior to the trade, however, are that his health problems are behind him and Roy has said he hasn’t felt this good in years. Roy skated on a line between Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen in practice yesterday ahead of tonight’s game. against the Edmonton Oilers.
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Roberto Luongo stops and signs some autographs for Canucks fans. After a long wait, he has learned he will remain with Vancouver.
My contract sucks — Luongo Despite speculation he would be traded, veteran remains a Canuck By KELCI NICODEMUS
ne day before his birthday, Roberto Luongo didn’t receive the trade he was looking for. After year long talks he will remain with the Canucks for the rest of the season. The clock ran out at noon yesterday, ending speculation whether the Canucks goaltender would be traded to another team. When asked at a press conference following practice yesterday morning why he thought he didn’t get traded, he laughed, smiled and said “because my contract sucks.” Students at Langara had mixed feelings about the decision. Josh Manuel, a math student, said he has been a fan of Luongo for ap-
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“Before last year he’s always been a top ten goalie,” he added. Scott Bae, fellow Canucks fan, doesn’t agree that Luongo should stay with the team because he isn’t needed and his salary cap is too high. “Having two star goalies on one team is a waste,” Bae said. The only Canucks trade he was hoping for was the Luongo trade but he doesn’t care where the goaltender would have been traded. Sarah Lillemo, an arts student, isn’t a fan of Luongo, but she doesn’t care that he’s staying. Luongo sucks but he’s a good guy, so I’m OK that he’s still here,” Lillemo said. Lillemo said she doesn’t like Luongo as a player because “we love every time he’s in the net.”
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Quaterfinal of Davis Cup returns to Vancouver Canadian star Milos Raonic and Team Canada will take on Italy this weekend at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Derek Roy hits the ice yesterday for the first time with the Canucks.
proximately four years and he’s glad he’s still with the Canucks. “He’s a really strong hold for the team,” he said. Manuel thinks that the reason Luongo didn’t get traded is because he’s “stepped it up” and “fans are starting to like him again.” Even though Luongo hasn’t been traded this season, Manuel believes that he will be put on the trading block again because the Canucks salary cap doesn’t leave room for both Luongo and current starting goaltender Cory Schneider. “We can’t have both goalies for as long as we want,” he said. Jared Plowman, a science student, is also happy that Luongo wasn’t traded, although he thinks the goaltender is having a rough year.
By JESSE ADAMSON
ith the Davis Cup quarterfinals at UBC this weekend and the emergence of Canadian star Milos Raonic, the popularity of tennis seems to be growing in Vancouver. Raonic, a 22 year-old from Thornhill, Ont., is currently ranked number 16 in the world ATP tour rankings and will join his fellow Canadians this weekend as they take on Italy in the Davis Cup, an international tennis competition. “To have a focal point, someone who’s in the top 20 in the world now, and hopefully moving into the top 10 soon, is a huge motivating factor for people in Canada,” said Ross Hartley the tennis director and head professional at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club. Hartley also acknowledged the game’s popularity is in part due to the fact that it’s the third time in the past year Vancouverites have seen the tour-
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Milos Raonic celebrates after winning a big point at the Australian
nament. “We’ve been really blessed here on the West Coast to be able to host the last three of them,” Hartley said. “It really ignites tennis out here.”
As a result, organizations like Tennis Canada and Tennis BC are working hard on building an even larger base. “They’re concentrating on bringing kids into the sport and keeping them… so they don’t get plucked by sports like soccer or hockey,” Hartley added. One way these organizations are trying to lure kids into tennis is by adopting methods that have been successful for other countries and applying it to Canada’s own players. “Starting with smaller courts and slower balls, Canada has caught up with how the rest of the world teaches tennis,” said Lois Ker, director of events for Tennis BC. “The whole world is producing better players because of the improved techniques in introducing tennis to kids,” Ker added. There are now about 5.5 million people who claim to play tennis in Canada and a good chunk of them are from B.C., according to Ker.