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Weekend, February 17-19, 2012 News worth sharing.

Rioter gets 17 months With time served, man faces 13 and a half months in jail plus two years of probation JENNIFER GAUTHIER/METRO FILE


Ryan Dickinson was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in jail for his part in the Stanley Cup riot. The 20-year-old Coquitlam resident, who was the first person to plead guilty following the June 15 melee, got 16 months for participating in a riot, minus three and a half months for time served. B.C. provincial court Judge Malcolm MacLean added one more month for a breach of bail conditions from a previous charge. In outlining his reasons for the sentence, MacLean said Dickinson’s behaviour did not show he was just caught up in a momentary lapse of judgment and his actions were “persistent and deliberate.� “There are times when he could have walked away but did not,� MacLean said, adding Dickinson’s behaviour had no doubt encouraged others to participate in the destruction that night. Crown prosecutors had asked for 15 to 18 months of jail time, while Dickinson’s lawyer recommended a one-year sentence. On Tuesday, the court was shown photos and videos of Dick-

VPD cops accused of viewing porn on the job 15 men under investigation Some discipline has already been meted out {page 2}

Caps bolster roster Scottish midfielder Robson slated to join team {page 33} A car burns during the June 15 Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver.

inson taking part as a mob trashed two unmarked police cars on Nelson Street before throwing a mannequin and a newspaper box into the Black & Lee store window. Dickinson will also serve two years of probation, during which

he must attend counselling, abstain from possessing or consuming drugs or alcohol and seek and maintain employment. Spokesperson Neil MacKenzie said the Crown was satisfied with the outcome since it was within

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Jail term ‘bittersweet’ for business owners Charles Gauthier won’t be celebrating the fact Ryan Dickinson will spend the next 13 months in jail for taking part in the Stanley Cup riot last June. Instead, the executive director of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association says Dickinson’s sentence — the first handed down to an accused rioter — is part of the “healing process” for the businesses that were ransacked, looted and destroyed. “It’s a good start,” he said. “I’m not going to celebrate that someone is going to jail, but I think for some of our members it’s bittersweet.” Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu praised Judge Malcolm MacLean for taking the case seriously. “We’re very happy with the sentence handed down in court,” he said. “The sentence … is a victory for the victims and the citizens of Vancouver. The whole city was victimized by the carnage and mayhem inflicted by those rioters. The courts have clearly held this person accountable.” Chu isn’t sure the sentence — 16 months for participating in a riot, with two years probation, plus another month for breaching bail conditions — will set a baseline for future penalties. He says jail terms will vary depending on the circumstances of the case. To date, charges have been approved against 52 people. Charges against 125 suspected rioters have been recommended by police so far. MATT KIELTYKA

Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu talks to reporters on Thursday about an internal investigation against 15 employees accused of sharing pornography on work computers.

Police accused of viewing porn at work VPD in the middle of an internal investigation involving 15 employees Officers and staff allegedly exchanged lewd images on work email MATT KIELTYKA


The “boys club” tag that has been dogging police in British Columbia is being thrown around once again. Fifteen male employees of the Vancouver Police Department are under investigation for allegedly emailing each other pornography over work computers and email accounts. Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu confirmed the investigation on Thursday,

adding that the employees range from a civilian staff member all the way up to a high-ranking inspector within the force. While none of the images downloaded onto VPD computers are illegal, Chu says the behaviour will not be tolerated and is a clear breach of department policies. “I want all the Vancouver Police Department employees and officers to focus on fighting crime. I don’t want them distracted by sending inappropriate emails out,” Chu said.

Avatar Grove gets full protection A unique stand of oldgrowth cedars on Vancouver Island will be entirely protected from development or logging, but oldgrowth trees in other regions will be sacrificed. Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the province will extend the old-growth management area around the Avatar Grove, 110 kilometres northwest of Victoria. He

says the protected area covers just under 60 hectares surrounding the entire grove, which has become an eco-tourism attraction due to its fantastically shaped Western red cedars. The grove falls within the tree-farm licence of B.C. forestry company TealJones Group, and the forests ministry says the company must be

compensated for losing its cutting rights there. The ministry says the boundaries of other old-growth management areas have been adjusted by removing 57 hectares. Protection of Avatar Grove follows public consultations last fall that received 236 comments, only four of them against saving the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS

“They know better. Our policies are clear and when this happens, we’ll hold them accountable.” David Eby, director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, says the news was “disappointing” — especially after a wave of high-profile sexism and abuse accusations against the RCMP in recent months. “This couldn’t come at a worse time for the VPD. It certainly won’t solve the issue of the ‘boys club’ within policing,” Eby said. The alleged emails were

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Judge permits evidence in Mountie case OBSTRUCTION TRIAL. There

was a victory for the Crown Thursday in the court case against a B.C. Mountie charged in a fatal accident in Delta in 2008. RCMP Cpl. Monty Robinson is accused of

sent from January to September last year. The internal inquiry began in August, after the force stumbled on the email group while investigating an unrelated incident. Chu says some discipline has already been dished out in the form of written reprimands, assignment transfers and suspensions for some of the employees. Others will likely also be disciplined, and officers could face demotions or delays of any promotions for up to two years. obstruction of justice in the collision, which left a motorcyclist dead. The defence wanted the court to strike the evidence of Delta police officer Sarah Swallow, who said Robinson told her that after the accident he went home and drank two vodka shots to calm his nerves. The defence argued Robinson wasn’t notified of his right to a lawyer before he made the claim, but the judge disagreed. THE CANADIAN PRESS


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In pursuit of happiness UBC economist helping United Nations measure global happiness levels with World Happiness Report He says data can help nations deliver policies that can improve citizens’ well-being and life satisfaction



John Helliwell is in pursuit of happiness. Helliwell, a University of B.C. economist and one of the leading minds in the field of happiness research, has been given the big task of measuring the current state of happiness around the world. He was recently asked to help the United Nations on a World Happiness Report that will be presented at a special UN meeting on April 2 in New York City. The meeting was a result of a resolution introduced by Bhutan and adopted by the UN in July of last year, which proposed happiness as a goal for all nations. Helliwell says he, along with colleagues, had been made responsible for making the report and they will be drawing together various sources that measure global happiness.

Smile sources University of B.C.’s John Helliwell and Dr. Joti Samra, host and psychologist on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood, talk about some of the most important discoveries in the field of happiness research and key indicators of life satisfaction. It’s not all about the money, money, money


“It’s not huge amounts of wealth that makes us happy,” Samra says. “We know that we need enough money to meet our basic needs and basic comforts in life. Beyond that, the amount of income that we have is not that strongly correlated with happiness.” Trust or bust


“As human beings, we are social creatures,” Samra says. “The amount of good-

“It’s the first one since nobody has tried to do it … and this will explain what science has to say about it,” Helliwell says, adding the data will help with the UN’s efforts to improve life satisfaction with public policies and strategies. “The primary objective is to get the countries themselves collecting this data in a systematic and large-scale way so they know not just what a national average is, but how happy people (in various demographic groups) are in various parts of the country,” he adds. “When they start rethinking and redesigning the way they deliver health care, education and so on, they think about well-being and they measure it before and after changes. That then helps them to find ways of doing more with making people happy, which is the purpose of these services in the first place.”

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What makes you happy? quality social support we have makes us resilient to other stressors in life. Having a sense of trust, community and engagement in those that we work with is really key, (since) we spend more time at work and those that we work with than we may even with our family and friends. When those relationships are healthy and intact, that’s really good for our overall quality of life and happiness.” The need to belong


Having a sense of belonging is another key indicator of happiness, Helliwell says. “(People) really like to feel at home,” he says, adding that feelings of belonging in the neighbourhood or locally have much more impact than that at the national or provincial levels. “It’s tightly tied up with how much you trust your neighbourhoods,” he says. “If it’s a place where everybody looks out for each other, then of course

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It’s better to give than to receive


Studies show that people who give money away rather than use it on themselves often receive greater personal satisfaction, Helliwell says. Those who volunteer or engage in philanthropic efforts gain more than the recipients. He says that a recent study shows that cancer patients who counselled their peers received more benefits.

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What makes me happy is having good friends, doing a job that I like and having money. If someone has a good job that pays well, has good friends and family, they probably will be very happy.

Family is most important to me, specifically as an immigrant when you’re coming from another country. You’re trying to set your beliefs and values into a new culture and having family support helps.

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“We know that from a mental-health perspective, when we’re in situations that we have control over, including our (life choices), and when there’s some element of predictability in our life, that we are much more at ease and psychologically and emotionally in a better place,” Samra says. PHYLICIA TORREVILLAS

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Being satisfied with what you do in life is the basis of happiness — that includes school, occupation and relationships.

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No face recognition to identify rioters JENNIFER GAUTHIER/METRO FILE

Ruling states police may not use software to identify suspected Stanley Cup rioters without a warrant ICBC can’t allow the police to use its facial-recognition software to catch Stanley Cup rioters — or any other suspect — without a court order, the province’s privacy watchdog ruled Thursday. While the Vancouver police declined the Insurance Corp. of B.C.’s offer to help with the riot investigation, Elizabeth Denham released a report that says the agency has allowed police to access its database in the past — a practice she concluded violates provincial privacy laws and raises important questions about the use of sensitive biometric data. Soon after the riot, ICBC offered to help Vancouver police by using its facialrecognition software to match photographs of riot-

“It’s not just somebody’s name and their address. It’s their image — it’s themselves.” WATCHDOG ELIZABETH DENHAM

ers with names in its database. The corporation offered to run a photo of a rioter through its system and let police know whether there was a match. If there was, ICBC proposed police would then require a court order to see the results. But Denham says even that violates privacy laws, which say public bodies can only use information about citizens for the purpose it was originally collected for. In this case, Denham says ICBC collected photos

for detecting and preventing driver’s-licence fraud, which means it is prohibited from using them for any other purpose, including aiding law enforcement. Denham says her office identified 15 instances in which ICBC received requests to use its facialrecognition software to identify a suspect. In at least one of those cases, Denham’s report says, ICBC handed over the possible identity of a suspect. “They ran the information and disclosed it to the police without a subpoena or a court order,” Denham said. Denham also says ICBC hadn’t adequately informed the public that it was using facial-recognition software internally and rec-


A man poses for a photo during last June’s Stanley Cup riot.

ommended the agency better communicate that to its customers. ICBC spokesman Adam Grossman noted the agency had yet to provide any information to riot investigators, and he says all of Denham’s recommenda-

tions will be adopted. Denham says the use of what she described as biometric information should be treated with special care. “The (biometric) information is our most sensitive type of information,” she said.

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Teacher charged with luring child CHILLIWACK. A teacher has

been arrested for allegedly luring a child, RCMP in the Fraser Valley said Thursday. The teacher was arrested without incident, charged and released on conditions, including that he not use a computer with Internet access. There is no indication any children came to harm, said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth in a release. METRO

Grits panned over forest file AUDIT. The NDP is

accusing the Liberals of mismanaging B.C.’s forests after a highly critical report. The report by auditor

general John Doyle says the government has lost track of the timber supply and has failed to define its objectives, meaning it can’t be sure its management practices are effective. However, Forests Minister Steve Thomson says he disagrees with Doyle’s assessment his ministry is falling behind on timber management. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Teachers to make case to MLAs JOB ACTION. B.C. teachers will make an effort next week to head off any legislation that would impose a new contract on them to end their lingering strike action. Langley Teachers’ Association president Gail Chaddock-Costello says the heads of about 66 associations will be in Victoria to talk to MLAs before a labour ministry official delivers his report on the dispute next Thursday. METRO


Man in Motion’s inspiration Canadian icon Rick Hansen urges others to explore new possibilities 25th Anniversary relay will reach B.C. mid-March JENNIFER KWOK/FOR METRO



Canadians should look to people in their community — not celebrities — for inspiration, Rick Hansen said on Thursday. The Canadian icon spoke at the Vancouver Board of Trade event Thursday, sharing his stories of inspiration and success. One of the stories was about Terry Fox. Hansen recalled basketball training in wheelchairs at Simon Fraser University and said Terry was not an extraordinary person but, rather, a Canadian with extraordinary determination. “One time, the defence collapsed near Terry and accidentally knocked his wig off, shooting it into a

Rick Hansen speaks to the Vancouver Board of Trade at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver on Thursday.

corner,” Hansen said. “He hopped over chairs, grabbed it and put on the wig.” The referee refused to

let Fox wear his wig, because it was a “hazard.” Fox threw it onto the side and never looked back. Hansen said what he takes

from Fox is his spirit. “It’s a funny moment for us, an embarrassing moment for him,” Hansen said. “Terry was a regular guy that I watched struggle, live life and stand strong.” Hansen said his definition of success is selfawareness and living a life based on your own values. He says that some of the biggest dreams in life can never happen unless you have the courage to try. Hansen wheeled through 34 countries in 26 months to raise awareness for people with disabilities a quarter-century ago. The 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen relay that retraces Hansen’s original route will reach B.C. on March 19 and will end its journey in Vancouver on May 22.

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Family dog kills baby near Calgary A family dog has killed a newborn baby boy in a community just north of Calgary. RCMP said the infant was attacked Wednesday morning inside the family’s home in Airdrie. The boy was taken to Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary with traumatic injuries and died

12 hours later. “It is a sad case all around,” said RCMP Sgt. Patricia Neely. “The investigation has been conducted by the RCMP and there is absolutely no indication of negligence on behalf of the family.... The pet has no previous history of aggression or violence and this was completely unexpected.” The dog, a husky, is being quarantined until the family and bylaw officers decide whether it should be destroyed. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ex-Degrassi actor mourned Degrassi creator Linda Schuyler expressed condolences Thursday as word emerged that actor Neil Hope, who played Derek “Wheels” Wheeler on the long-running youth series, apparently died five years ago without any public announcement. It wasn’t clear why his death had not been report-


ed previously, but a spokeswoman for Epitome Pictures, Neil Hope which produced the award-winning series, said castmates had lost track of the former star. THE CANADIAN PRESS


Feds target ‘bogus’ refugees New bill includes biometric ID, limits to appeals SEAN KILPATRICK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Conservative government is using its majority to once again overhaul the refugee system to reduce what it considers to be bogus claims. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney tabled legislation in the House of Commons on Thursday that reverses some key concessions the Tories made to the opposition two years ago in order to pass the Balanced Refugee Reform Act through a minority Parliament. This new legislation, called the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, more closely resembles the original refugee bill as tabled by the Tories, before any concessions. But Kenney says a glut of refugee claims from the European Union has forced the government to adopt even tougher measures. “We worked with the op-

Refugees from safe countries whose claims are rejected will no longer be permitted to appeal the decision to the Immigration and Refugee Board. They are allowed to appeal to the board under the current legislation. All rejected claimants can still appeal to the Federal Court, but they can be kicked out of the country while they wait for a ruling.

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position in good faith and we ended up with a bill that was a huge improvement over the status quo,” he said Thursday. “But we have a serious problem. We’re facing a large wave of unfounded asylum claims coming from the European Union in particular. The only tool we have to address that now is the imposition of a visa. That hurts Canada’s commercial, diplomat-

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ic interests. It hurts the tourism industry. We need other tools to address it.” Canada is close to inking a free-trade agreement with the European Union. The Czech Republic has threatened to hold up the deal if Canada does not get rid of a visa requirement it slapped on Czech citizens in 2009. The new legislation would give the federal immigration minister final say

over which countries are considered safe and which are not. “Our generous asylum system has been abused by people making bogus refugee claims,” Kenney said. “Our government is very concerned about the recent increase in refugee claims from democratic countries that respect human rights.” THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres granted would-be lung transplant patient Hélène Campbell’s wish Thursday morning by talking about organ donation, but went a step further with a surprise interview via Skype from her set in Los Angeles. Campbell was so surprised she had to ask her mom to increase her oxygen tank’s flow to help her breathe. The 20-year-old left her Barrhaven home in January to wait for a double lung transplant. She has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and only has 24 per cent lung capacity.

She started an organ donation awareness campaign last month through social media, and singer Justin Bieber was one of the first celebrities to support her by tweeting to his 16.5 million Twitter followers. DeGeneres, an organ donor herself, saw Campbell’s YouTube video in which she asks the host to talk about organ donation on the show. DeGeneres did just that — and a bit more. Campbell thought she was waiting to speak to a show producer when DeGeneres appeared on her computer screen.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres surprises Hélène Campbell, who is waiting for a double lung transplant, with an interview from her L.A. set.

‘Vikileaks’ may have Commons link The Twitter stunt that revealed sleazy details about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ acrimonious divorce proceedings appears to have emanated from the House of Commons. In an investigation, the Ottawa Citizen traced the Internet Protocol address

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“I was in shock, I was completely dumbfounded,” she said after the broadcast. “We did it.” Campbell said her mom knew about the surprise, but kept it a secret. “She said it was the hardest thing in her life not to tell me,” said Campbell. Although Campbell couldn’t appear on the show, DeGeneres gave her tickets to the premiere of The Hunger Games film in Toronto. She also invited Campbell and mother to appear on the show after she receives a transplant.

ployee who edits Wikipedia articles “often giving them what appears to be a pro-NDP bias.” Vikileaks30’s Twitter postings began in earnest Tuesday night, an uber-

public response to the Internet surveillance legislation — Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act — tabled by Toews. Tweets divulged Toews’ alleged infidelities while married to Lorraine Fehr, whom he divorced in 2010. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE


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Economic downturn has left ghost towns in its wake across the country Towering apartment blocks, complete with swimming pools and playgrounds, loom over empty streets, weed-filled lots and gaping excavation pits. The lone bank in this mega-development, nicknamed “Manhattan,” closed two years ago and most storefronts are bricked up. Apartments galore are for sale here and prices are plunging. More than 13,000 apartments were supposed to go up to create a mini-city for 30,000 people just 45 minutes outside of Madrid. But only 5,100 were built, many are uninhabited and regular Spaniards who bought them as investments are now competing to offload them for huge losses. Spain’s real estate crash and economic implosion have turned what was sup-

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A thistle grows in front of apartment blocks in Sesena, Spain. What was supposed to be a vibrant mini-city has since turned into a ghost development due to Spain’s struggling economy.

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‘Underwear bomber’ given life sentence

Thai immigration officers escort detained Iranian Mohammad Kharzei, centre, at the immigration headquarters in Bangkok on Thursday.

Thai plot linked to other bombings: Police In wake of incidents, Israel’s foreign ministry says security has been stepped up for diplomatic staff abroad Three Iranians detained after accidentally setting off explosives in Bangkok were planning to attack Israeli diplomats, Thailand’s top policeman said Thursday in the first confirmation by local officials that the group was plotting attacks in Thailand. Israel has strongly accused Iran of being behind the botched plot, a bombing in India and an attempted bombing in the former Soviet republic of Georgia this week, which Iran has denied. Citing the similarity of bombs used in New Delhi and Tbilisi, national police chief Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong said that Thai authorities now “know for certain that

“Israel expects (the Security Council) to issue a clear condemnation today, without any further delay or equivocation.” RON PROSOR, ISRAEL’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS

(the target) was Israeli diplomats.” “This issue was about individuals and the targets were specific,” he said. “This was something personal.” Israel has accused Iran of waging a covert campaign of state terror and has threatened military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities. Iran has blamed the Jewish state for the recent killings of Iranian atomic scientists and has denied responsibility for all three bomb plots.

The explosion Monday in New Delhi tore through an Israeli diplomatic vehicle, wounding the driver and a diplomat’s wife, and an attempt was foiled the same day in Georgia. The plot in Bangkok was discovered when explosives in the men's rented house blew up by mistake Tuesday. Surveillance video showed the three men leaving their destroyed house just after the first blast. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Defiantly declaring “a day of victory,” a Nigerian man was given a mandatory life sentence Thursday for trying to blow up a packed jetliner with a bomb sewn into his underwear. People aboard the flight testified that the failed attack had disturbed their sleep and travels for more than two years. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was the same remorseless man who four months ago pleaded guilty to all charges related to Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The 25-year-old, European-educated son of a wealthy banker, Abdulmutallab tried to set off the bomb minutes before the


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Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight landed. Had the bomb not fizzled, nearly 300 people aboard the flight would probably have been killed. Before Thursday’s sentencing, four passengers and a crew member from

the flight told U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds that they have struggled to live and travel normally since the incident on Christmas Day 2009. During their remarks, Abdulmutallab appeared disinterested, rarely looking up from his seat just a few metres away. Abdulmutallab “has never expressed doubt or regret or remorse about his mission,” Edmunds said. Life in prison is a “just punishment for what he has done,” the judge said. “The defendant poses a significant ongoing threat to the safety of American citizens everywhere.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gunmen storm Nigerian prison Armed gunmen from a radical Islamist sect stormed a federal prison in Nigeria amid heavy gunfire and explosions, killing one guard and freeing 119 inmates in an assault marking its growing national ambitions, officials said Thursday. The sect known as Boko Haram claimed it freed seven followers in the attack that happened just after 7 p.m. Wednesday in the town of Koton-Karifi, just south of Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Though authorities declined to say the attack was the work of the group, it mirrored another massive prison break orchestrated by the sect in

2010. The gunmen blasted through the prison’s gate with a bomb and killed one guard in a firefight, officials said. Those inside the prison escaped in the fighting, though authorities had recaptured about 25 of them by late Thursday afternoon, local prison official Hadiza Aminu said. The government said an investigation had begun into the attack. “One does not really know why” the gunmen attacked, Nigeria Prisons Service spokesman Kayode Odeyemi said. “It might be that some of the armed robbers are trying to free the armed robbers there

awaiting trial.” However, a spokesman using the nom de guerre Abul-Qaqa claimed the attack Thursday night in a conference call with journalists in Maiduguri, the sect’s spiritual home in Nigeria’s arid and dusty northeast. Wednesday night’s attack matched one Boko Haram launched in Bauchi state in September 2010 that freed about 700 inmates there. The sect spokesman said Thursday night attacks would continue until Nigeria’s weak federal government releases all its detained members. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Iraqi-Syrian gun trade alive and well Weapons smuggling on the rise during Syrian uprising: Mosul police LOCAL COORDINATION COMMITTEES IN SYRIA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In this Wednesday citizen-journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, anti-Syrian-regime activist Khaled Abu-Salah stands in front of flames and black smoke from a bombed oil pipeline in the Baba Amr neighbourhood in central Syria, which had supplied gasoline to the capital and southern regions.


Iraqi smuggler Younis al-Lehaibi hides AK-47 parts.

would cross from aid fellow Sunnis Until a month Lehaibi said, it


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An AK-47 usually sells for $200, but their newfound demand has encouraged dealers to raise the price to $700. Smuggler Younis alLehaibi makes a profit by charging $1,000. worth the effort. There wasn’t much profit in smuggling Kalashnikov rifles, known as AK-47s. The

Syrian rebels had all the weapons they needed. The spike in demand likely reflects how Syria’s uprising, as it approaches its first complete year, has transformed into an outright clash of forces as the opposition turns more to armed action. In another dangerous turn, more foreign fighters, possibly linked to alQaida, are believed to be crossing from Iraq to join the uprising against Assad. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused the Syrian regime of committing “almost certain” crimes against humanity Thursday as activists reported fresh violence and the arrest of several prominent dissidents. Speaking to reporters in Vienna, Ban demanded the Syrian regime stop using indiscriminate force against civilians caught up in fighting between government troops and President Bashar Assad’s opponents. “We see neighbourhoods shelled indiscriminately,” Ban said. Syrian activists said government forces attacked Daraa on Thursday, carrying out arrests and shooting randomly in the city where the uprising against Assad erupted 11 months ago. They also reported intense clashes between

Iranian ministry in U.S.’s bad book The United States is slapping sanctions on Iran’s ministry of intelligence and security, asserting that it supports global terrorism, commits humanrights abuses against Iranians and participates in ongoing repression in Syria. The Treasury Department announced Thursday that it added the ministry

“Hospitals used as torture centres. Children as young as 10 years old jailed and abused. We see almost certain crimes against humanity.” UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

army defectors and government troops in the central province of Hama. The push into Daraa followed sieges on the rebellious cities of Homs and Hama and appears to be part of an effort by the regime to extinguish major pockets of dissent. The Local Coordination Committees, a group of activists, said dozens of people were killed throughout the country Thursday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

to its list of specially designated global terrorists. The step freezes any assets the group may have in U.S. jurisdictions, bars Americans from doing business with it and bans ministry employees from travel to the United States. The effect of the sanctions will be largely symbolic as it is not known to have holdings in the U.S. The announcement said the ministry had provided al-Qaida agents in Iran with identity cards and passports, and had given money and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS




The rifles are first taken apart and hidden in cigarette cartons and kerosene tanks. Younis al-Lehaibi and his sons then divide them into their trucks and head out to Iraq’s vast, dusty border with Syria. Their objective: to smuggle weapons to Syrian rebels who seek the overthrow of President Bashar Assad. It’s a turnaround from the height of the Iraqi war six years ago, when weapons and fighters

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No guarantee GM’s 2012 will match historic 2011 Record profits could mean expansion in Canada if sales keep growing PAUL SAKUMA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is featured at a car dealership in San Jose, Calif. General Motors Co. said Thursday it made more money in 2011 than any year in its history.

General Motors earned its biggest profit ever in 2011, but signs are emerging that its momentum could slow. Strong sales in the U.S. and China helped the car-

maker turn a profit of $7.6 billion US, beating its old record of $6.7 billion in 1997 during the pickuptruck and SUV boom. Yet the company lost

Plan for Greece not good enough: EU diplomat investors and a 130-billion-euro bailout, fail to reduce the country’s debt sufficiently. He says several options were being discussed to bring the debt closer to the 2020 target. These include help from the European Central Bank, lower interest rates on bailout loans, and helping Greece with an upcoming 5.5-billion-euro interest payment to bondholders. The diplomat was speaking on condition of anonymity because the figures are confidential. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



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the president was expected to collect more than $8 million US from fundraising events that took him from Los Angeles and San Francisco on Thursday to the Seattle area on Friday. Obama took in more than $220 million in campaign contributions last year and is bolstering that funding base as the Republican presidential contest remains unsettled. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS




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A NATION IS SWEPT AWAY BY LINSANITY THE 1 METRO LIST It’s the next Facebook or Twitter. Quietly but suddenly, this invite-only virtual pinboard where you “organize NEIL MORTON and share things you love” has METRO exploded in popularity. It’s still technically in beta, but is already one of the Top 10 social networks. Before you know it “pin” and “repin” will become as common terms as “tweet” and “retweet.” You can “Like” it if you like. Purple squirrel: Since a Pennsylvania couple discovered a purple squirrel in their backyard, the story has gone nuts on the Internet and a @purplsqurl Twitter account and Purple Squirrel Facebook page were started. A purple squirrel? For real? In related news, I think I saw a green chipmunk in my backyard. And a red bear. And a sasquatch. Dare to wear red: Giving more meaning to the colour red this month, the Stephen Lewis Foundation dares Canadians to wear red and raise money to turn the tide of HIV-AIDS in Africa. The three top fundraisers by Feb. 29th will get to walk the runway at Toronto Fashion Week in March. Get more info at Tweet on Whitney Houston: A teenager on Twitter broke the news of Whitney’s death a full 45 minutes before the mainstream media. The tweet, from @AjaDiorNavy, read thusly: “omgg , my aunt tiffany who work for whitney houston just found whitney houston dead in the tub . such ashame & sad :-(” Further proof social media really has changed everything. Linsanity: LeBron who? New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has come out of nowhere to become one of the most exciting players in the NBA — and one of its biggest new brands. He has led the must-watch Knicks to seven straight wins, including a buzzer-beater in Toronto against the Raps this week. On Twitter, he’s gained 200,000 followers in one week @jlin7. A sure sign he’s made it. What Makes You Happy: A magazine with one of the longest titles ever — What Makes You Happy — launched this month with comedian Rick Mercer on the cover. It will tackle “happy, inspiring, silly, important, useful and/or frivolous” articles addressing different aspects of happiness. If you don’t read it, just listen to Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Works like a charm. Will & Kate Barbie dolls: To commemorate their one-year anniversary April 29th, Mattel announced this week it’s releasing Will and Kate royal-wedding Barbie dolls. You can preorder the Barbie Collector Royal Wedding William and Catherine Doll Set on Amazon. I’m holding out for my Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush dolls. Justin Bieber: The Biebs made world headlines this week when he made a dying girl’s wish come true. Six-year-old Avalanna Routh has a rare form of brain cancer and her dream was to meet Bieber, so he flew her and her parents to N.Y.C. on Monday for a private meeting where they hung out and played board games. Never say never.


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... make a festival Workers made a French castle with lemons and oranges during the 79th Lemon Festival in Menton, southern France, on Thursday. The theme for the festival, which involves over 300 workers and uses 145 tonnes of citrus fruit, is “Menton welcomes the Regions of France.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Everyone loves ‘em Parades are a regular part of the festival, which runs until March 7. Golden Citrus Parade: Floats and live marching band music Moonlit Parade: Drumbeats, fireworks and dancing Citrus exhibition: The Biovès Gardens exhibit giant sculptures

Celebrate citrus To celebrate different regions of France, citrus displays depict different aspects of the country, such as the Eiffel Tower for Paris, pictured right. Menton grows several varieties of lemons. The Palais Carnolès, a two-hectare public garden in Menton, grows over 100 kinds of fruit. METRO

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The Artist



With just a few more sleeps until the biggest night in Hollywood, this week the Reel Guys breakdown the show; from the host to who should win and who will win best picture.

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Oscars ‘crystallized’ Richard Crouse and Mark Breslin share their thoughts on Billy Crystal reprising his role as Oscar host And they place their bets on best picture

Richard: We talked about the Oscars a few weeks ago, but we didn’t touch on Billy Crystal coming back as host. I loved the old Crystal shows, but really hope he finds a new fresh approach for this year. I’m not interested in seeing him do another opening montage where he inserts himself into the nominated footage. What do you, oh comedy guru, hope he does with the show? Mark: Oh, Richard, you know he’s gonna do it; this time in black and white, in flip-flops and silent. Those montage sequences are like a drug to him — his name is Crystal, after all. It’ll be

old and hoary, but at least there will be some laughs. Of course, Billy’s getting so old he’ll have to turn his hearing aid up extremely loud and the teleprompter will have to be incredibly close. Your prediction on Best Picture, Richard? RC: The Artist was the most fun I had at the movies last year but I’m not sure that means it deserves a best picture win. I think it will take it because it has won all the guild awards, but in my heart it’s between Moneyball and Tree of Life. What’s your choice? MB: My choice is The Descendants, a movie of great

maturity and mid-tone emotion. I had considered it a shoo-in until recently, because I thought The Artist was original to the point of gimmickry. But now I think The Artist is going to take it. It’s a movie I liked a lot, but it’s not very subtle. As far as Tree of Life goes, I thought it was pretentious hooey. And I heard they used non-union dinosaurs. RC: Pretentious hooey! I accept that the birth of the universe sequence separates the men from the film snobs, but I loved how evocative of childhood it was. It captured something deeply emotional, even

spiritual, whereas The Artist simply entertained the eye. The Descendants, for me, was a so-so movie with nice performances. Perhaps if Clooney had been working opposite a dinosaur I might have enjoyed it more. MB: Yeah, I know, Tree of Life certainly has its fans. The divisive film I loved was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I guess the childhood depicted in that picture — melancholic, guilt-ridden, borderline Aspergers — was evocative of my own. But it doesn’t stand a chance to win the Oscar, and I’ve made my inner peace with that.

Once again Nicholas Cage turns up the heat as Johnny Blaze, the stunt biker who sacrifices his soul and becomes a fiery vigilante. This time he’s hiding out in eastern Europe and joins a group of rebel monks to save a boy from the devil. Johnny Whitworth (of Empire Records fame) takes on the role of bad guy Ray Carrigan, who becomes Blackout. METRO

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This Means War The Secret World of Arrietty Genre: Animation Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett 8111⁄2

Already a hit in Asia, The Secret World of Arietty makes its North American debut with a new voice cast — including Carol Burnett — but the gorgeous animation intact. The story of a young ailing boy who discovers tiny

people living beneath the floorboards of his house is gently-paced kid’s entertainment. The story unfurls slowly, scenes take their time to develop and the animation is classic, not frenetic. Kung Fu Panda Part 2 this isn’t. The Secret World of Arietty may be a tad on the slow side for kids over the age of 10, but for the younger ones it’s a wildly imaginative introduction to anime and fantasy storytelling.

Genre: Comedy/Action Director: McG Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy 8

Sure to be one of the most contrived films of the year, This Means War features two buddy CIA operatives (Chris Pine, Tom Hardy) competing for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). In short, the romantic-actioner is Bridget Jones’ Diary meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith — only its miles from


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being as watchable as either. And as phony as the romance plays, the action doesn’t add much lift to ease the pain. Full of lame set-ups and unbelievable situations (a government agent with a condo that would make Donald Trump jealous? Really?), this groaner doesn’t hold an ounce of plausibility and concludes as disappointing as a box of rancid Valentines Day candy. STEVE GOW

In Darkness Genre: Animation Director: Agnieszka Holland Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann 8111

An Oscar-nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, great performances aid In Darkness to construct the factual tale of a thieving opportunist who risked lives to hide Jews in the filthy sewers of occupied-

Poland during the Second World War. Although the structure of Holocaust survival stories have become, dare I say it, almost familiar on-screen by now, Agnieszka Holland still boils down the essence of humanity and shapes the horror to be palatable, suspenseful and deeply affecting long after the film’s conclusion. STEVE GOW




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Seann William Scott is known for his lug-head characters But he has some high-brow tastes — with a frat boy twist, of course RICHARD CROUSE


Seann William Scott is best known for playing Steve ‘Stifmeister’ Stifler in the American Pie series of movies. The character was a hard partying lug-head, who, according to the direct-to-DVD sequel Band Camp, became a porno director. His specialty in films like Road Trip, Dude, Where’s My Car? and The Dukes of Hazzard is playing hapless stoners and lug-heads so it may surprise you that his DVD player is currently hosting La Vie en Rose. That’s right, the life story of singer Édith Piaf. “That may be my favourite movie of all time,” he says. I tell him I once inter-

viewed the movie’s star Marion Cotillard. “Is she hot?” he asks. “I have such a huge crush on her. She’s got a boyfriend though. I went on the computer and looked up who she’s dating. A serious boyfriend for a long time. Sucks.” That’s the Seann William Scott audiences know and love. As an actor he usually finds the unexpected angle on a joke, and knows how to reel the viewer in. We have a laugh before moving on to talk about his new film Goon. He plays a hockey enforcer even though he didn’t grow up with the sport. “I’m more of a fan now,” he says. “When I grew up in Minnesota I played baseball, football and basketball. So in the


“All my friends played hockey and I was always envious because all the girls liked the hockey players.” SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT

wintertime that’s what I played, which is odd, because it’s Minnesota. All my friends played hockey and I was always envious because all the girls liked the hockey players. “Nobody came to the basketball games. “Since the movie I have a greater appreciation of it now because it is so intense. I love hockey now. I think the relationship between the players is way cool. “The guys are just closer

On shooting in Winnipeg How did Seann William Scott like filming just north of home? “I expected it to be like Minnesota, but the girls were hotter in Winnipeg,” he says. “They dress better and they’re a little more hip. I was confused. Minnesota is just below. How’d they get so hip? I think they just eat better. They’re not stuffing cheese curds down their throats.”

and there is a sense of humour about it. Maybe it’s a more manly sport than basketball … I’m sure a lot of basketball players won’t appreciate that.”

Seann William Scott stars in Goon.












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CN IMAX THEATRE 201-999 Canada Place, 604-682-4629

Thu 5:35-8:15 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (18A) Fri 6:20-9:10 Sun 4-8:15 Mon-Thu 5:258:20 Haywire (PG) Fri 6:55-9:05 Sat-Sun 4:256:35-9:20 Mon-Thu 5:50-8:05 Underworld: Awakening (18A) Fri 6:50-9:15 Sat-Sun 4:30-6:30-9:10 Mon-Thu 5:55-8 W.E. (PG) Fri 6:35-9:20 Sat-Sun 4:15-6:459:15 Mon-Wed 5:40-8:10 War Horse (PG) Fri 6:30-9:25 Sat-Sun 4:058 Mon-Thu 5:30-8:25

DENMAN CINEMAS 1779 Comox, 604-558-3456

HOLLYWOOD THEATRE 3123 W. Broadway, 604-738-3211

VANCOUVER OMNIMAX THEATRE SCIENCE WORLD 1455 Quebec St., 604-443-7443 Arabia (STC) Fri 11-1 Sat-Sun 1-3 Mon-Thu 11-1 Dinosaurs Alive! (STC) Fri 12-2 Sat-Sun 12-2-4 Mon-Thu 12-2

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (STC) Fri-Sun 12:15 My Week With Marilyn (PG) Fri-Sun 2:15 Mon-Thu 12:20-2:15 Pink Ribbons, Inc. (STC) Sat 4:30 MonThu 4:30 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG) Fri 4 Sat 6:45 Sun-Wed 6:45-9:10

DUNBAR THEATRE 4555 Dunbar Street, 604-222-2991 Safe House (PG) Fri 7-9:30 Sat-Sun 1:30-47-9:30 Mon-Thu 7-9:30

FIFTH AVENUE CINEMAS 2110 Burrard Street, 604-734-7469 The Artist (G) Fri-Thu 2-4:45-7:05-9:15 The Descendants (PG) Fri-Thu 1:30-4:207:15-9:40 Hugo 3D (G) Fri-Thu 1-6:50 A Separation (G) Fri-Wed 1:15-4:10-7-9:30 Thu 1:15-4:10-9:30 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (14A) Fri-Thu 4-9:25 We Need to Talk About Kevin (14A) Fri-Thu 1:45-4:30-7:25-9:45

GRANVILLE 855 Granville St., 604-684-4000 Big Miracle (G) Fri 6:45-9:35 Sat-Sun 4:206:40-9:25 Mon-Thu 5:45-8:30 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (G) Fri 6:25-9:30 Sat-Sun 4:10-6:50-9:30 Mon-

OAKRIDGE 650 West 41st Ave., 604-263-1944 PACIFIC CINÉMATHÈQUE 1131 Howe Street, 604-688-3456 The Best of the 2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival (STC) Wed-Thu 7 Film Diary: John Price (STC) Mon-Tue 7:30 Sita Sings the Blues (STC) Sun 1 WedThu 8:30 Solaris (STC) Sat-Sun 6:30 Solaris (PG) Sat 9:30 Sun 4:30 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (STC) Fri

PARK THEATRE 3440 Cambie Street, 604-876-2747 Pina 3D (G) Fri 4-7-9:15 Sat-Sun 1:30-4-79:15 Mon-Thu 4-7-9:15

RIDGE THEATRE 3131 Arbutus Street, 604-738-6311 The Iron Lady (PG) Fri 4-7-9:15 Sat-Sun 1:45-4-7-9:15 Mon-Thu 4-7-9:15

RIO ON BROADWAY 1660 E. Broadway, 604-878-Film

My Week With Marilyn (PG) Mon-Wed 7-9:15 No Films Showing Today (STC) Fri-Sun Thu

SCOTIABANK THEATRE VANCOUVER 900 Burrard St., 604-630-1407 Chronicle (14A) Fri-Sat 1:25-3:35-5:45-8:0510:25 Sun 1:25-3:50-6-8:10-10:25 Mon-Wed 1:35-3:45-5:55-8:10-10:25 Thu 1:35-3:45-7:2510:25 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (14A) No Passes Fri-Sun 1:20 No Passes MonThu 1:45 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D (STC) No Passes Fri-Sat 12:45-3:10-5:408:10-10:40 No Passes Sun 12:40-3:05-5:358:05-10:30 No Passes Mon-Thu 1:15-3:30-5:45-8:05-10:30 The Grey (18A) Fri-Sat 1-4-7:20-10:10 Sun 47:20-10:10 Mon-Thu 1:50-4:30-7:10-10:10 Hugo 3D (G) Fri-Sat 1:10-4:10-7-9:55 Sun 1:10-4:10-7-9:50 Mon-Wed 1:15-4:05-6:559:45 Thu 1:15-4:05-9:45 Safe House (PG) Fri-Sat 1:15-4:05-7:1010:15 Sun 1:15-4:05-7-10 Mon-Thu 1:30-4:257:15-10:05 Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D (G) Fri-Sat 1:15-4:207:30-10:35 Sun 1:10-4:15-7:25-10:30 Mon-Thu 1:20-4:20-7:20-10:30 To Kill a Mockingbird (G) Sun 1 The Vow (PG) Fri-Sat 12:30-3-4:15-5:357:15-8:10-10-10:45 Sun 12:30-2:55-4:20-5:257:10-7:55-9:55-10:30 Mon-Thu 2:10-4:10-4:50-7-7:40-9:40-10:20 The Woman in Black (14A) Fri-Sun 12:30-2:55-5:20-7:50-10:20 Mon-Thu 2-4:407:30-10:15

VANCITY THEATRE Vancouver International Film Centre 1181 Seymour Street, 604-683-Film Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (STC) Tue 7 The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Animated (STC) Fri 6:30 Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 6:30 Wed 6:30 The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action (STC) Fri 8:30 Sat 8 Sun 5 Mon 8:30 Wed 8:30 Skins and Steel (STC) Thu 7

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PARK & TILFORD 333 Brooksbank Ave., 604-985-3911 The Descendants (PG) Fri 6:30-9:10 SatSun 1:10-3:50-6:30-9:10 Mon-Tue 6:40-9:20 Wed 9:20 Thu 6:40-9:20 Star & Strollers Screening Thu 1 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D (STC) No Passes Fri 7:20-10 No Passes SatSun 1:40-4-7:20-10 No Passes Mon-Thu 7:109:45 Safe House (PG) Fri 7:10-9:50 Sat-Sun 1:30-4:10-7:10-9:50 Mon-Thu 7-9:40 The Secret World of Arrietty (STC) No Passes Fri 7-9:20 No Passes Sat-Sun 1:20-3:407-9:20 No Passes Mon-Thu 6:45-9 Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D (G) Fri 6:50-9:45 Sat-Sun 1-3:55-6:50-9:45 Mon-Thu 6:30-9:30 This Means War (STC) No Passes Fri 6:409:30 No Passes Sat-Sun 1:50-4:20-6:40-9:30 No Passes Mon-Thu 6:50-9:10 Star & Strollers Screening, No Passes Thu 1

RICHMOND RICHMOND CENTRE 6 6551 #3 Road, 604-273-7173 SILVERCITY RIVERPORT 14211 Entertainment Way, 604-272-7280 Big Miracle (G) Fri-Sun 12:25-3:20-6:409:35 Mon-Thu 12:55-3:40-6:40-9:35 Chronicle (14A) Fri-Thu 1:15-4:05-7:10-9:45 Contraband (18A) Fri-Sat 12:40-3:25-6:559:50 Sun 3:25-6:55-9:50 Mon-Thu 12:40-3:256:55-9:50 The Descendants (PG) Fri-Thu 12:45-3:557:05-10:15 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D (STC) No Passes Fri-Thu 1:30-4:25-7:4010:30 The Grey (18A) Fri-Sun 1:40-4:35-7:45-10:40 Mon-Thu 1:40-4:35-7:45-10:30 Hugo (G) Fri-Sat 12:35-3:35-6:50-9:55 Sun 12:35-6:50-9:55 Mon-Thu 12:35-3:35 The Iron Lady (PG) Fri-Sat 12:20-3:406:35-9:30 Sun 12:20-3:40-9:30 Mon-Thu 6:359:30 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (G) Fri-Thu 1:05-3:50-6:45 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island — An IMAX 3D Experience (G) Fri-Thu 12:30-2:50-5:10-7:30-9:50 Love (STC) Fri-Thu 1-4-7:15-10:15 Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (PG) Fri-Thu 12:50-4-7-10 The Muppet Movie (STC) Sat 11 Safe House (PG) Fri-Sun 12:30-3:45-7:1510:35 Mon-Thu 12:40-3:45-7:15-10:25 The Secret World of Arrietty (STC) No Passes Fri-Thu 1-4:15-6:55-10:05 Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D (G) Fri-Sun 12:15-3:306:30-9:40 Mon-Thu 12:30-3:30-6:30-9:40 This Means War (STC) No Passes Fri-Wed 1:20-4:10-7:10-10:10 No Passes Thu 4:10-7:1010:10 Star & Strollers Screening, No Passes Thu 1 To Kill a Mockingbird (G) Sun 1 Underworld: Awakening (18A) MonThu 1:35-4:40-7:35-10:05 Underworld: Awakening 3D (18A) FriSun 1:35-4:40-7:35-10:05 The Viral Factor (14A) Fri-Thu 9:45 The Vow (PG) Fri-Wed 1:10-4:20-7:20-10:25 Thu 4:20-7:20-10:25 Star & Strollers Screening Thu 1 The Woman in Black (14A) Fri-Thu 1:25-

BURNABY DOLPHIN CINEMAS 4555 E. Hastings St., 604-293-0332 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (G) No Passes Fri 5-7-9 No Passes Sat-Sun 1:153:05-5-7-9 No Passes Mon-Thu 5-7-9 The Vow (PG) No Passes Fri 4:45-7:15-9:15 No Passes Sat-Sun 2-4:45-7:15-9:15 No Passes Mon-Thu 4:45-7:15-9:15

SILVERCITY METROPOLIS 4700 Kingsway Ave., 604-435-7474 Chronicle (14A) Fri-Thu 1:30-3:50-6:108:30-10:45 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D (STC) No Passes Fri-Sun 12:50-3:20-5:508:20-10:50 No Passes Mon-Thu 2:15-4:55-810:20 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D (G) Fri-Sun 12:30-2:50-5:15-7:40-10:05 Mon-Thu 1:45-4:20-7:30-10:05 Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (PG) Fri-Sat 1-4:05-7:20-10:25 Sun 17:40-10:40 The Muppet Movie (STC) Sat 11 Safe House (PG) Fri-Sun 2-5:10-8:05-10:50 Mon-Thu 1:35-4:45-7:50-10:30 Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D (G) Fri-Sun 1:20-4:257:30-10:35 Mon-Thu 1:30-4:25-7:30-10:30 This Means War (STC) No Passes Fri-Sun 12:40-3:05-5:30-8:15-10:30 No Passes MonThu 1:55-4:30-8-10:25 Underworld: Awakening 3D (18A) FriSun 1:10-3:20-5:40-8:10-10:40 Mon-Thu 2:204:50-7:40-10:30 The Vow (PG) Fri-Sun 12:35-3-5:30-7:5510:25 Mon-Thu 2:05-5-7:45-10:30 The Woman in Black (14A) Fri-Sat 2:305:20-7:50-10:35 Sun 2:30-5:20-8:20-10:35 Mon 2:20-4:40-7:40-10:15 Tue 2:20-4:40-7:4010:25 Wed 2:20-4:40-7:40-10:15 Thu 2:204:35-10:15 WWE Elimination Chamber - 2012 (STC) Sun 5

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3D (STC) No Passes Fri-Sat 12:50-3:20-5:458:10-10:45 No Passes Sun 12:50-3:20-5:458:05-10:30 No Passes Mon 2:20-4:50-7:50-10:20 No Passes Tue 12:503:20-5:45-8:10-10:45 No Passes Wed-Thu 2:20-4:50-7:50-10:20 The Grey (18A) Fri-Sat 4:45-10:45 Sun 4:4510:10 Mon 4:45-10:20 Tue 4:45-10:45 WedThu 4:45-10:20 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D (G) Fri-Sun 12:30-2:55-5:20-7:50-10:15 Mon 1:35-4:25-7:15-9:45 Tue 12:30-2:55-5:207:50-10:15 Wed-Thu 1:35-4:25-7:15-9:45 The Muppet Movie (STC) Sat 11 Pata Nahi Rabb Kehdeyan Rangan Ch Raazi (PG) Fri-Sun 12:30-3:50-7:10-10:30 Mon 2:15-6:50-10:10 Tue 12:30-3:50-7:1010:30 Wed-Thu 2:15-6:50-10:10 Safe House (PG) Fri-Sat 2-4:40-7:40-10:40 Sun 2-4:40-7:30-10:15 Mon 2-4:40-7:40-10:25

Tue 2-4:40-7:40-10:40 Wed-Thu 2-4:40-7:4010:25 Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D (G) Fri-Sat 1:20-4:207:20-10:35 Sun 1:20-4:20-7:20-10:25 Mon 1:30-4:30-7:30-10:30 Tue 1:20-4:20-7:20-10:35 Wed-Thu 1:30-4:30-7:30-10:30 This Means War (STC) No Passes Fri-Sat 12:45-3:10-5:35-8-10:35 No Passes Sun 12:453:10-5:35-8-10:25 No Passes Mon 1:30-4:357:25-9:50 No Passes Tue 12:45-3:10-5:35-8-10:35 No Passes Wed 4:357:25-9:50 No Passes Thu 1:30-4:35-7:25-9:50 Star & Strollers Screening, No Passes Wed 1 The Vow (PG) Fri-Sat 12:30-3-5:30-8:0510:40 Sun 12:30-3-5:30-8-10:30 Mon 1:404:40-7:25-10:15 Tue 12:30-3-5:30-8:05-10:40 Wed 4:40-7:25-10:15 Thu 1:40-4:40-7:2510:15 Star & Strollers Screening Wed 1 The Woman in Black (14A) Fri-Sat

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tell,” Lincoln said of the sheriff. What was said has only been heard by a handful of people, and the mystery has become the object of intense scrutiny by fans. Lincoln said he realized just how curious people were when a show editor revealed he had scrolled through hours of show footage and listened in on radio traffic to find the only two takes where the brief remarks were audible. The cast says the contents of the conversation will be revealed this season. Lincoln, who says the comments are “pivotal” for Rick, hints that the message was not good news. “This is a scientist who seemingly held all the cards to what this epidemic is about and I do think, you know, you Andrew Lincoln plays police officer would imagine Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln, who stars as Sheriff Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, says he loves a secret. That’s partly why Lincoln has told no one the answer to what’s become the biggest mystery of the AMC zombie drama: What scientist Dr. Jenner whispered to Rick in the season one finale. “Not even my wife knows what he whispered to me,” Lincoln said in an interview Wednesday. Lincoln said that in keeping the secret he feels he is being true to his character in the show. “He chooses not to tell people so why would I

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the mood for a movie Saturday night, there’s no good reason to get off your couch. For those seeking blockbuster thrills, try the slick rebooted version of Star Trek, airing on Showcase, or the Academy Award-winning 2008 Batman flick The Dark Knight, on Peachtree TV. If it’s Oscar-certified prestige pictures you’re after, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button airs on Bravo while 1995’s Braveheart is on AMC. Finally, those in search of lighter fare might enjoy The School of

“This is a scientist who seemingly held all the cards to what this epidemic is about... you would imagine he would have something of value to say on that matter. Well, he chose to kill himself.” ANDREW LINCOLN, ON WHAT HIS CHARACTER LEARNED FROM DR. JENNER ON THE WALKING DEAD

he would have something of value to say on that matter,” Lincoln said. “Well, he chose to kill himself.” The actor also said that Rick and his ragged group of survivors will likely leave the farm where they’ve taken refuge this season. “Something happens and they realize very quickly that the farm is not as secure as they may think,” he said. The series continues Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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According to Us Weekly, Brown has a totally romantic new pick-up line. A woman tells the magazine

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“Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you,” the woman said Brown told her. “He and his friends laughed, then one yelled, ‘That’s his new line!’” she said. “I wanted to throw up.” There are many ways I would like to respond to this stupid, hurtful and awful running joke of Brown’s but I don’t have the space. I’ll just say: It is my sincere hope that one day Chris Brown has a daughter and maybe, just maybe, he will feel sick at the thought of any man laying a hand on her. And then he will finally realize just what a terrible thing he did in his past and will finally know that making flippant asides about beating women is not OK. But somehow, even then, I don’t think he’ll get it.

Just what was Whitney on? In the investigation into what exactly caused Whitney Houston’s death, investigators are reportedly interviewing the late singer’s doctors about what

sort of medications had been prescribed, according to the Associated Press. “We’ve already contacted a number of doctors with requests for records,” a

coroner’s official confirms, adding that such a move is common in investigations such as this one. The move brings to mind the investigation into

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You have to love a celebration that can combine beads, boobs and beverages, and still stay classy. OK, while Mardi Gras may not be the textbook example of class, it certainly is a world-renowned party. Many revellers wandering the streets of New Orleans during the festivities will be enjoying a Hurricane — the city’s hallmark cocktail. Invented in the 1940s by French Quarter bar owner Pat O’Brien, it’s a mix of rum and fruit juices served in a glass resembling a hurricane lamp. The recipe is simple to make: • 1 oz white rum • 1 oz dark rum • 2 oz passion fruit juice • 1 oz orange juice • ½ oz fresh lime juice • 1 tbsp simple syrup • 1 tbsp grenadine • 1 orange slice & cherry Shake all the ingredients together with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with the cherry and orange slice.

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New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations take place on Tuesday If you can’t get there, enjoy a taste from home with this Southern favourite U.S. FARM-RAISED CATFISH

This bowl full of colour and flavour is made even better with the addition of catfish. The jambalaya should be thick. If it’s too thin, simmer it uncovered until some liquid evaporates.

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Ingredients: • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil • ½ lb (250 g) mild or hot Italian sausage, cut into 1/2inch (1-cm) pieces • ½ lb (250 g) smoked ham or kielbasa, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces • 1 onion, chopped • 1 celery stalk, chopped • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 4 cups (1L) low-sodium chicken broth • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes • 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) thyme • ½ tsp (2 mL) basil leaves • 1 tsp (5 mL) each dried oregano leaves and hot pepper sauce • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) uncooked long-grain rice • 2 lbs (1 kg) Catfish fillets, cut into pieces about 1 ½ inches (3.5-cm) • Salt to taste

After Carnival season wraps, many New Orleans locals give up their favourite foods for Lent. That makes Mardi Gras a great time to consume everything from gumbo and fired chicken to crawfish and pork chops, topped with King Cake and washed down with beer. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The recipe serves six to eight people.

medium heat. Add sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add ham, onion, celery, green pepper and garlic, cook, stirring for about 8 to 10 minutes.


Stir in broth, tomatoes, herbs and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boil. Add rice. Cover and simmer, 15 minutes or until rice is partially cooked. Stir in catfish pieces and bring back to simmer. Cover

and cook 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and rice is tender. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste before serving.

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