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No end in sight to Winter Club lockout Brent Richter

NORTH Shore Winter Club maintenance employees have now been locked out of their workplace for more than 90 days and there’s no end in sight for the labour dispute.

“(Management) flatly refused to return to the bargaining table so there’s not any progress at this point so we’re going to continue to escalate our activity at the club here,” said John Strohmaier, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 398 representative. That means soliciting the help of the B.C. Federation of Labour and other groups to support the locked out workers, including Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association. See Fehr page 3

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MORE than 90 days since contract negotiations failed and they were locked out of work, North Shore Winter Club maintenance workers picket outside the club. Scan this photo with the Layar app to see video from the scene.

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So far, it does not appear any of the information was logged or copied elsewhere, according to acting director of communications Donna Powers. “We want to get this out into the public even though we have no reason to believe that anybody’s personal information has been compromised. We want to be as transparent as possible,” Powers said. The breach appears to have come from a weak spot in the security of the Cold Fusion software the district licenses from Adobe through Surrey-based provider Tempest Development. District staff shut down their server on July 22 after learning that a similar problem had arisen with the District of Maple

Ridge and the City of Abbotsford, both of which use Cold Fusion for similar services. Adobe provided a software patch to fix the security hole, but vendors should have been made aware, said Donna Crestwell, the district’s manager of information technology services, similar to how auto manufacturers would be expected to issue a recall notice when a widespread problem is found in a production run of vehicles. Now the district has hired a software security expert at $2,000 a day to audit the server and determine exactly what happened in the breach, but an early review doesn’t indicate personal data has been stolen. “They did an audit of the server and they found there had been access to the server but they couldn’t find any evidence that the personal information stored on that server had been


THOUSANDS of West Vancouver residents who use the district’s website service to pay bills, apply for licences or do other municipal business may have had their personal information compromised.

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Safety action needed on planes: TSB

NV pilot killed by fire after impact, not crash Jane Seyd

PASSENGERS on a plane that crashed in Richmond killing both the North Vancouver pilot and the co-pilot on Oct. 27, 2011 are hoping the federal government takes action on recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board to prevent similar tragedies.

“They really embrace the Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations for safety action,” said lawyer Joe Fiorante, who represents six of the seven passengers who survived the crash, including West Vancouver businessman Jeffery McCord.

In particular, Fiorante said the passengers want the Transportation Minister to act on recommendations that would reduce the risk of fire following a plane crash — which killed both of the pilots. “For them it’s very important that something positive come out of the accident,” he said. Since 2006, the safety board has recommended that Transport Canada adopt new standards for smaller planes that would cut power to electrical systems and reduce sources of ignition following crashes. So far, however, the government has not acted on those recommendations. In releasing its report into the Richmond crash of the Northern Thunderbird airplane on Wednesday, the Transportation Safety Board again emphasized those recommendations. The report concluded both pilots of the plane could have survived their injuries from the crash, but were killed by the fire that engulfed the wreckage after impact. That fire was concentrated in areas where the

aircraft’s electrical wiring was routed, the report noted. That result is consistent with a previous safety board study that found people were more likely to be killed by smoke inhalation from post-crash fires than by plane crashes themselves. The safety board has urged authorities to demand a switch be added to cut power on planes following a crash, as well as better containment systems for fuel and better insulation to prevent sparks from friction starting a fire. Currently however, those measures haven’t been put in place. “More needs to be done to reduce the risks associated with post-crash fires,” the report’s authors stated. “The board is concerned that if no action is taken by Transport Canada to address the recommendations made in (the 2006 safety study) ignition sources will remain and the risk of postcrash fire will persist.” Wednesday’s report pointed to a series of

problems that caused the crash. An oil leak from one of the plane’s engines happened after a cap was not properly secured. The problem was not discovered because “a complete pre-flight inspection of the aircraft was not conducted,” according to the report. The airline company had also not adopted an optional modification offered by the engine manufacturer that would have dealt with the possibility of an unsecured oil cap, according to the report. Pilots also did not take action after the oil leak was pointed out to them prior to take off. When the plane returned to Vancouver International Airport to deal with the leak, in its final approach it was flying at an airspeed too low for the pilot to maintain control, according to the report. Earlier this year, the passengers represented by Fiorante filed a civil lawsuit against Northern Thunderbird Air, blaming the negligence of the company and flight crew for injuries suffered in the crash. The airline denies the claims.

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N. Van parkade fire threatens apt. block Brent Richter

FIREFIGHTERS and North Vancouver RCMP are investigating after an early morning fire torched several vehicles and put an entire Lower Lonsdale apartment block at risk.

The first 9-1-1 call came in around 2:45 a.m. as flames enveloped a brand new Mazda parked in the carport of Cheryl Manor at 210 East Second St. North Vancouver City Fire Department members were on the scene and had the fire doused within 15 minutes but the blaze spread to two surrounding cars and a motorcycle. Firefighters evacuated tenants from the building, all of whom have since been allowed to return, except for the residents of one unit, which was damaged by smoke, according to Cpl. Doug Trousdell, North Vancouver RCMP spokesman. There were no injuries in the blaze. The fire apparently started among some items being stored on the ground in front of the burned Mazda. “For that time of night and what it was, it’s definitely suspicious,” said fire Chief Dan Pistilli. While it’s too soon to say if it was arson, the North Vancouver RCMP are asking anyone who might have witnessed anything around the time the fire broke out to contact the detachment at 604-985-1311. In the meantime, officers have been interviewing residents of the building and nearby witnesses.

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RESIDENTS sneak a peek at the damage as a North Vancouver RCMP officer investigates the scene of a suspicious fire at 210 East Second St. Four vehicles were badly burned in the blaze early Thursday morning.

Fehr urges hockey pros to avoid NSWC ‘I’d rather stay lost than pay NSR’

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“He’s urging the NHL players and others not to use this facility until the labour dispute is over,” Strohmaier said. The union is also “compiling evidence” for another complaint to the Labour Relations Board, which has already once warned club management not to use replacement workers. In the meantime the workers are getting by on strike pay and club members are getting annoyed with the dispute, Strohmaier said. “I think they’re probably of the view that this isn’t what the signed up for when they got a membership,” Strohmaier said.

At issue in the lockout are scheduling and unspecified changes to employee benefits, but Strohmaier has other suspicions. “I think the underlying issue is that the general manager seems to be of the view that he can break the union. I think that’s more what it’s about than a collective agreement because there’s no big money issues here that are standing in the way of a resolution,” Strohmaier said. “There’s 600,000 CUPE members in this country and we’ll go on for as long as it takes. I can assure you we’ll be here one day longer than the general manager.” Winter Club general manager David Long did not respond to a request for comment.

Change your password if registered online with DWV From page 1 touched,” Crestwell said. The audit should take two days, and will be followed up with a report by the consultant. About 5,000 people are signed up for the MyDistrict service and another 3,200 are set up for pre-authorized tax payments and 3,200 for utility payments though those groups overlap heavily, Powers said. Anyone who has signed up for the services has been notified via email, and others, for whom the district does not have an email address, will be notified by mail shortly. In the meantime,

anyone who has registered with any of the district’s online services should log in and change their passwords and keep an eye on their bank accounts for any suspicious activity, which is good practice today, regardless of the West Vancouver breach, Powers said. Mayor Michael Smith stressed that it was an outside company’s software that failed, and that so far there appears to be no damage done. “It’s unfortunate, and we obviously take it very seriously. When people trust the municipality with their information, we take every step we can to make sure that it’s kept confidential,” said Mayor Michael Smith.

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FOR the second time in a week, a hiker lost in the North Shore backcountry has avoided calling for help for fear it will lead to fines or charges.

North Shore Rescue volunteers were combing the side of Grouse Mountain until late Monday night looking for a Burnaby man who had wandered off the BCMC Trail and gone bushwhacking for more than three hours before he called the RCMP. “He wasn’t asking for help. In fact, he said he didn’t want to be rescued. He just wanted to talk to us about how to get out the next morning,” said Tim Jones, North Shore Rescue team leader. But it wasn’t because the wayward hiker wanted to sleep under the stars. “He said, quote-unquote, ‘I can’t pay for this rescue. I don’t have any money,’” Jones said. “I said, ‘We’re not charging you a cent’ and he said, ‘OK. Are you going to come and get me now?” NSR team members used the Grouse Mountain tram to cover the area and locate the man using loudhailers. Once they found him and walked him out, North Vancouver RCMP gave the man a ride home. See North page 5

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Walton promises report on Lynn Valley feedback Brent Richter

THE plan through which Lynn Valley will densify and grow in the coming decades will be front and centre for the District of North Vancouver in September. District Mayor Richard Walton delivered an update at council on Monday night, promising a thorough report on the consultation meetings held in June that were aimed at getting feedback on the Lynn Valley implementation plan. Depending on what council decides, that plan could bring a series of eight-storey mid-rise condos or a single 22-storey skyscraper, . “On behalf of district council, I’d like to thank the significant number of people who participated in the recent community discussions held, mostly, in June. Over 1,200 participants attended four open houses,” said Walton. The district received roughly 1,400 pieces of feedback on paper, online and in comments sent directly to members of council. All of the feedback will be collated and assessed by consultants for a report, which will contain “close directions for implementation,” Walton said.

“I assure you that council is listening closely to the community and values the very high level of engagement in planning for Lynn Valley Centre,” he said. “The work is for the community to develop a 20-year plan that meets the needs of current residents and considers future generations in Lynn Valley, while protecting the natural environment and mountain village character and surrounding residential area.” But if Monday’s meeting was a prelude to September’s report, the skyscraper height will remain controversial. “An outcome of the community consultation is that the issue of height limits is clearly framed: the status quo of two-storeys or something up to eight storeys,” said Hazen Colbert, an East 22nd Street resident who approached the mic at the start of the meeting. “Please do not create a conduit through which an application for anything more than four storeys arrives at people’s homes. If such an application arrives, the community consultation process will have been a waste of time and our foundation cracked.” Another resident urged council to give more thought to the comments offered by existing Lynn Valley residents than comments coming from people looking to sell their homes to developers.

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“We want to get a message out to everybody. This is why we have a policy . . . to not charge people. A lot of people are reluctant to phone us because they think they’re going to get charged,” Jones said. That fear is compounded when it is an immigrant or tourist whose home country is a police state where “charged” means a lot more than paying a fine, Jones said.

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Safety second


T is past time for the federal government to clarify why some recommendations made by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are acted upon while others are not. The TSB investigates transportation accidents to determine causes and safety issues and makes recommendations to eliminate or reduce such safety deficiencies. It does not determine liability. The TSB was created in 1990 as an agency completely independent from other arms of government and enforcement in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest. To do so, it reports to Parliament and the public directly, not to Transport Canada. So it’s pretty hard to swallow when the TSB says “Transport Canada” has failed to act on previous recommendations made in 2006 and

several times since on safety measures for small aircraft. Transport Canada is a creature of the government. If it is not acting, we should be asking the government why not. Either the TSB’s 220 employees are Canada’s experts in the safety field or they are not. If they are, why are we paying them to make hollow recommendations that have no followthrough? Is it just about cost? Surely it’s not to make government look better when scenes of horror and destruction are aired in the wake of major accidents like the rail tragedy at Lac Mégantic. We would not presume to prejudge the TSB’s investigation into the causes of that fatal fire, but there, just as in the Richmond airplane crash that killed two men, there are unaddressed issues of safety previously flagged by the TSB, such as the rules on train hand brakes.

Heads up: Park Royal has WV over its barrel

I haven’t seen the term for a long time, and it may be out of fashion. So tell me, dude: Is the term “over a barrel” still widely understood? Like, cool?

If it’s still in use: With West Vancouver’s Grosvenor development slogging its way to fruition, here is an early alert to the next big controversy: Park Royal’s proposed twin towers at Marine Drive and Taylor Way. West Van council will be over a barrel on this one. Flatly, if council should strongly oppose such a development smack on the North Shore’s most trafficsnarled intersection and just a country boy’s apple toss from an artery clogged with the traffic equivalent of cholesterol, Park Royal, meaning the owning Lalji family, can politely pick up its marbles and play elsewhere on its site. Which would mean a large hit in foregone taxes to West Van, thus hurting property

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Trevor Lautens owners and community services. Why so? Because the towers as planned sit on municipal land and thus under West Van council control. If council stonily rejects adding hundreds of condos in an area where Lions Gate Bridge traffic already moves glacially at peak times — meaning, increasingly, almost any time of day — Park Royal can say thank you for your consideration and build the towers on a part of its South Mall domain leased from the


Squamish, where council has no jurisdiction and of course no taxation power whatever. I believe that dilemma defines the phrase “over a barrel.” Mayor Mike Smith says council’s refusal of the application for the Marine Drive-Taylor Way site would therefore deny West Van taxes running into six figures a year. (Note that two councillors, Craig Cameron and Nora Gambioli, opposed the Grosvenor application to build its Official Community Plan-trumping development a short distance to the west, though that may not have set their personal precedents at all.) The Park Royal situation is inherently and permanently quirky. The boundary between West Van municipally controlled land, where the White Spot restaurant currently sits, and the long-lease Squamish land cuts eccentrically through the area, not along streets or natural boundaries. Late councillor Alan Williams once explained it to me in

numbing detail, though anyone who grasps the Schleswig-Holstein question, which ate up 20 years of 19th-century European diplomacy and was said by one participant to have been understood by only three men — one was dead, one was mad, and he himself had forgotten the answer — would have little difficulty with it. Just a little heads-up — a phrase I dislike much more than “over a barrel” — to the political fun and games that may lie ahead.

••• Catching up: A West Vancouver couple were startled some time ago when a bylaw officer appeared at their door — and on a Sunday at that — to inquire about a licence for their dog. This coincided with a town hall initiative to promote “responsible pet ownership” by issuing written warnings rather than fines to owners violating the animal bylaws. The couple were surprised.

First, about the unheralded visit. Second, that it was on a Sunday, raising speculation about overtime pay. Finally, their dog had died two years earlier. Well, never let it be said that town hall doesn’t stand on guard for thee and me. This visit was not an aberration. Steve Simmonds, manager of bylaw and licensing services, explained: First, personal visits are a last resort, when letters and calls go unanswered. Second, there is no Sunday overtime pay for officers. (No kidding? What kind of union contract is that?) Finally, town hall wants to be notified about change of address or a dog’s death, needed so that a lost dog when found can be reunited with the owner “as part of our ‘Free Ride Home’ program.” To recapitulate: A West Van bylaw officer can appear without prior notice at your door on a Sunday to inquire about a licence for your late dog, whose demise you have an obligation and self-interest

to have informed town hall staff about. Who knew? Not I. And is this municipal bureaucracy at something very near to perfection?

••• Eyeball bicycle statistics: Sunday before last, mid-day, in ideal summer weather like nothing in my memory anywhere, I earnestly counted the number of cyclists crossing Burrard Bridge in each direction in the length of time my shamefully fuelthirsty sedan took to cross it. An even dozen. Then on Dunbar Street in the long sloping stretch between 16th and 41st, which I travel occasionally, where there is a bike lane and one lane for motor vehicles on each side, I counted (I have an interest in counting them carefully) the number of bicycles. The figure equalled the top number I’ve seen on at least 20 occasions. One. In not-Amsterdam Vancouver, less than a hill of beans.





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Who will build LNG plants?

THE cornerstone of the B.C. Liberal government’s longterm economic strategy is an expanded liquefied natural gas industry, but a new study underscores how shaky some of the assumptions embedded in that strategy are.

The study, commissioned by the B.C. Natural Gas Workforce Strategy Committee, estimates that an eye-popping 75,000 skilled workers will be needed once five LNG plants are operational. As well, a further 60,000 workers will be needed in the construction phase. This represents an enormous amount of skilled workers. Of course, the study is optimistic that all five LNG plants will come in line within a few years, which is by no means guaranteed. But if even two or three plants become reality, a large number of skilled workers will be needed. This underscores the urgency of the need for government action and funding to address the looming skills shortage that will soon confront British Columbia. I’ve written before how our changing demographics are working against us when it comes to skilled trade workers. Recent Statistics Canada data shows about two-thirds of those workers in B.C. are over the age of 45, which means many of them will soon be approaching retirement. Compounding the problem is that those retirees will take with them their years of experience. This means foremen and other managers will start leaving the trades at a disproportionately higher rate than those trained but inexperienced workers who enter the profession. The government, in its recent Throne Speech, promised a “comprehensive 10-year skills-training plan” that presumably will deal with

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this looming crisis. So far, however, we have yet to see any details of that plan. And the government doesn’t seem to have a lot of room to move on this front any time soon. It is desperately trying to balance its budget, and the three-year fiscal plan shows that funding for advanced education — which funds skills training — is actually set to decline by more than $40 million over the next two years. The fact the government appears locked in a fiscal box for a few years suggests it may want more say in how universities, colleges and institutes spend the dollars it allocates to them. For example, given that there is a surplus of teachers in B.C., is it wise to continue to fund as many people to become teachers? Or should some of that money

be redirected into training people for professions that will provide well-paying jobs for years to come? Post-secondary institutions jealously guard their independence, but I have to wonder whether the government that funds them will start providing that funding with some strings attached. If a strong liquefied natural gas industry is indeed the key to B.C.’s economic future (and many, such as Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver, are very skeptical about that claim), and if it does require thousands of newly trained workers, the B.C. Liberals better get moving fast on that file. Hopefully, we’ll have some idea what that 10 year plan for improving skills training will look like in the fall. If I was a university president, I might be a bit nervous about some of the things that may be part of it. ••• The old debate over where B.C. Ferries should build its ships has resumed with news the company will need three more vessels. Some, such as the NDP and the B.C. Federation of Labour, are demanding they be built in B.C. shipyards. Others, like Transportation Minister Todd Stone, say it’s up to B.C. Ferries to decide. Understandably, B.C.

Ferries wants competitive bidding on the projects, which means shipyards in Europe can bid — a German shipyard built the three “C Class” ferries a few years ago. The NDP’s argument about the economic spinoffs that would come from building them in B.C. mean nothing to B.C. Ferries, since those spinoffs have nothing to do with their bottom line. In fact, allowing only B.C. shipyards to bid on the vessels’ construction would dampen the competition, since the B.C. yards would have less motivation to submit lower bids, given that rivals in Germany were being shut out. It’s likely the B.C. shipyards will bid on the vessels, and I suspect they’ll have a better chance of landing the contracts this time around. The vessels are smaller than the C Class ones, and the shipyards’ own infrastructure has expanded and improved since landing those big federal government shipbuilding contracts a couple of years ago. In other words, they are probably more competitive now — which means they may not need the inside deal the NDP and labour are demanding. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

Mailbox Seniors facility comes expensive Dear Editor: The statement by Mayor Richard Walton in regards to his parents spending their remaining years in Edgemont Village is interesting in its supposed simplicity (In Split Vote, Council Approves Edgemont Seniors Housing, North Shore News, July 17). I fail to see how this project can help seniors. At a price of between $36,000 and $66,000 dollars a year this facility is beyond most seniors. I predict that the eventual occupants will be mostly very rich people from everywhere but Edgemont. Even if Edgemont seniors sell their million dollar homes to move, a project such as this is not economical. Leonard Seward North Vancouver


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INQUIRING REPORTER A month ago, an initiative was started to make Vancouver Island into the next Canadian province. Petitions were taken to the streets and according to a media release, two-thirds of people approached were “willing to consider” separating the island from the rest of British Columbia. Should we really give the idea some thought? The petitions were introduced to the legislature and a separate one will be presented to the House of Commons this fall. The hope is to make Vancouver Island a province by May 2021. — Anne Watson

Rae Armour North Vancouver “I don’t think so. Any time you go through autonomy it’s a moneymaker for somebody. It’s just another distraction.”

Should Vancouver Island be its own province?

Peter Kennedy North Vancouver “No way. I just don’t see how they can survive on their own.”

Hormoz Ahmadi North Vancouver “No because it belongs to the B.C. province.”

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HOW much is parking worth in Ambleside? That’s one of the questions being deliberated by West Vancouver council in its consideration of an application that would add 14,145 square feet of office space to a Bellevue Avenue building. If approved, the office space addition would raise the building’s floor area ratio from 1.44 to 2.14. FAR measures a building’s total floor space against the size of its lot. The site currently allows for a maximum FAR of 1.75. If approved, the building would go from three to four storeys, with both the second and third storeys getting bulkier. In order to earn that boost in height and density, the developer is offering up 15 laneway spaces previously used as employee parking for public parking. The project also includes 57 underground parking spaces which would be available for public use after 5 p.m. on weekdays. As many as 40 of those spots would also become public on weekends. Trading parking for extra density did not sit well with councilwatcher George Pajari at Monday night’s council meeting, who suggested the extra office space is worth $700,000. That figure is based on the sum of $50 per square foot typically paid when dense buildings have a commercial component. “If you’re up to 99.99 per cent commercial you pay $50 a square foot,” Pajari said. “So why would anyone think that it should drop to zero as soon as you hit 100 per cent commercial?” While the parking spots have value, the project is still a bad proposition for the district, according to Pajari. “I urge you to reject the gift of $500,000 for office space for a paltry few parking spots.” Both Heather Mersey and Ambleside Dundarave Ratepayers Association director Keith Pople suggested the development should include a cash contribution. When accounting for the cost of creating underground parking and the value of surface parking, the spots are worth approximately $720,000, according to district planner Geri Boyle. She stipulated that a precise methodology was not used in her calculations, which were based on a value of $10,000 for each spot. Council voted unanimously to move the project forward, calling on staff to draft a rezoning bylaw to be considered when council reconvenes in September. Because residential developments can be as much as triple the value of office space projects as far as developers are concerned, the district has a scarcity of office space, according to Mayor Michael Smith. “We are short of what I would call high quality office space in West Van, desperately short, and this really is a prime building for See More page 9

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WV green lights new BPP development

Jeremy Shepherd

RODGERS Creek will be home to a new community, following a unanimous decision by West Vancouver council Monday. Approximately two years after winning approval for a neighbouring development, British Pacific Properties got the go-ahead to begin work on an 88-unit development at 2900 and 3000 Cypress Bowl Road opposite Dear Ridge Estates. District staff touted the creation of a strong and diverse addition to the Mulgrave neighbourhood in recommending the 23-acre project, which includes 50 strata apartments, 21 single family houses, 14 duplexes and three townhomes. The project also includes nearly 10 acres slated to become a public green space. Because the rezoning has made the land considerably more valuable, the developer is scheduled to pay the district $7.94 million in community amenity contributions. The project includes three new trails as well as the construction of a wetland at the south end of the site. Council’s decision represents BPP’s fourth substantial development in Rodgers Creek.

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DISTRICT of North Vancouver firefighters clean up after a collision between a van and a scooter Monday afternoon at the intersection of Mount Seymour Parkway and Riverside Drive. The scooter’s rider was admitted to Lions Gate Hospital’s intensive care unit and subsequently transferred to Vancouver General Hospital according to police. The accident remains under investigation by the RCMP.

office space,” he said. The extra office space will bring in extra workers who will add to the local economy, according to Coun. Michael Lewis. “A benefit that we haven’t spoken of tonight . . . is the potential for bringing into Ambleside that many more workers on a day-to-day basis who are actually going to use the shops and the restaurants in Ambleside, and probably make a much larger contribution to our economy each year than we are going to collect from additional taxes.” “We get a revitalized building in the heart of our Ambleside core,” agreed Coun. Mary-Ann Booth. The project also received support from Coun. Craig Cameron. “Parking is worth more than gold in West Vancouver,” he said. Coun. Nora Gambioli did not attend the meeting.

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Doreen Marbry and Diane Sekora The Lynn Valley Garden Club, 125 members strong, celebrated its 70th anniversary at its monthly meeting on the evening of June 20 at St. Clement’s Anglican Church in North Vancouver with a celebratory cake cutting by one of the original club members, Lillian Speers. The club features guest speakers, sells plants, gardening books and magazines, organizes field trips and also presents a members garden tour every summer. For more information, visit

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Harmony Arts Festival Aug. 2-11 West Vancouver’s waterfront celebration of music, performance, cinema, visual and culinary arts. For complete details visit For online festival guide go to docs/harmonyarts0728.

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THE Boom Booms’ high energy shows make people dance wherever they play. Earlier this year they were named Shore 104’s Best Band in B.C. Don’t miss their appearance at the Harmony Arts Festival on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 8:45 p.m.


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■ The Boom Booms perform in Millennium Park at Harmony Arts Festival, Aug. 8 at 8:45 p.m.

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ON the banks of the Xingu River in Brazil, Gordon Lightfoot came to their rescue. The chiefs from nine of Brazil’s indigenous tribes looked over The Boom Booms, a Vancouver sextet with a great affinity for Brazilian music. The band wanted to go down the river, but it would only happen if the chiefs agreed to take them. They had met at a house that served as a way station for tribesmen paddling in search of supplies or medical care. After a few greetings were exchanged, the band played “Steel Rail Blues,” a Gordon Lightfoot tune about loneliness and trains. “Big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love,” cavaquinho player Sean Ross sings over the phone, reliving the moment before launching into the song’s distinct falsetto: “Woo hoo, woo-hoo-oo.” It was the falsetto that won the chiefs over, he reports. “They loved it, they thought that was the funniest thing and it totally broke the ice,” Ross recalls. “After that one of the chiefs came and he was like, ‘Hey, I’d love to take you guys and show you where we live.’”



Farther down the river, construction had already begun on the Belo Monte Dam. Slated to be the third biggest hydroelectric dam in the world, the controversial project would divert approximately 80 per cent of the river’s flow; flooding more than 500 square kilometres of forest in the Amazon basin. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to be displaced by the project. “We were actually busking in Spain when we decided to make the trip and we had met some Brazilian girls who had gotten involved with the protest against the Belo Monte Dam,” Ross explains. “A big problem with the protest is that they’ve banned all photographers and journalists from the actual protest.” Once the band decided to go to Brazil, they elected to wade into the Belo Monte controversy. “We had done a fundraiser for the protest,” he said. “Through that, a few connections got made.” That connection got them an introduction to the chiefs, but it was Gordon Lightfoot that got them down the river. “Another example of music being the icebreaker,” Ross says. The Booms Booms are an eclectic mix of funk and pop that uses congas to complement electric guitars. Formed in 2007, the band has released three albums including the 2012 EP Make Dat Do Dat. For Ross, whose brother Aaron handles lead vocals, the band truly began with a Wes Anderson movie. While watching The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Ross was struck by the soundtrack, which featured


Brazilian singer Seu Jorge performing David Bowie songs in Portuguese. “I actually saw that movie when I was pretty young and then started learning a couple of those renditions,” Ross says. He eventually became fluent in Portuguese, largely as the result of reading Brazilian song lyrics. Ross also became fascinated with the cavaquinho. Unable to find one of the small guitars at home, Ross played his brother’s re-strung ukulele until he was able to pick up the genuine article in Brazil. Despite owing so much of their sound to Brazil, four of the band’s members grew up within a few blocks of Nanaimo and Hastings in Vancouver. “Our conga player has played for 15 years in a Zimbabwean marimba band. Our guitar player came from a strictly rock background. Our bass player went to school for jazz,” Ross explains. “We’ve played so many shows together and tried so many different things and been so scattered that eventually it kind of synthesized into what we’re doing now.” The band is currently working with Chin Injeti, the Vancouver producer best known for collaborations with hip hop acts like Eminem and Drake. Following the trip to Brazil, the band returned to the rain of Vancouver with a slightly broader perspective. “They kind of had to drag me out of Brazil,” Ross explains. “It’s nice to know you can feel at home in two different countries.”


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Respectable showing for Despicable Me

NEWS photo Cindy Goodman

A large crowd made themselves comfortable in lawn chairs and blankets in the plaza outside North Vancouver City Library last Friday night for a free screening of the animated feature film Despicable Me. The Lions Club donated their popcorn machine for the Fresh Air Cinema event hosted by the North Vancouver City Library Teen Advisory Council. Two more plaza screenings are planned for this month: E.T. on Thursday, Aug. 8 and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs on Friday, Aug. 30. Showtime is 8:45 p.m. on both evenings. For more information visit

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AS part of his exhibit at the Seymour Art Gallery Luke Parnell will give an artist’s talk on Aug. 11 and a carving demonstration on Aug. 18.


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ARTIST Luke Parnell laughs when he says one of the difficult things about raising questions in his work is that people always want to know his opinion on the matter.

In light of his Nisga’a and Haida heritage, Parnell commonly addresses issues facing First Nations people, both as a whole, as well as from an artist’s perspective as he continues to explore and come to terms with his contribution to and role in the past, present and future of Northwest Coast art. “A lot of my artwork mirrors my own

struggles at the time,” says Parnell, 42, a Vancouver resident. North Shore residents have an opportunity to experience Parnell’s unique approach at an exhibition, Transformation and Renewal, currently on display at Deep Cove’s Seymour Art Gallery. The show marks Parnell’s Seymour debut and features three of his works, exploring a variety of themes, including education, repatriation and cultural identity. “The issues . . . that he deals with in his work should be a concern to all of us as we think about Western culture and Aboriginal culture,” says guest curator Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, current director of the Richmond Art Gallery. “They’re beautifully made pieces as well, so that’s part of the appeal.” From Prince Rupert, Parnell has studied art at a number of institutions, having received a bachelor of fine arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design and last year, received a master of applied arts degree from Emily Carr University

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ALL Dallas Smith wanted to do was just have a few drinks and get over his fear of singing. The next thing he knew he was the lead singer in the alternative rock band Default. “I sort of stumbled into this. I always enjoyed singing behind closed doors,” he says. “The guys in Default were there with the band and the singer left. I just wanted to have a few drinks on a Friday night, hang out and sing a couple cover tunes. Next thing you know we’re writing songs and we got a U.S. record deal and went out and toured the world,” he adds. After a very successful career with Default, Smith decided it was time for a change of scenery and left the band to pursue a solo career as a

country artist. “I just felt it was the right time,” he says. “If you don’t love what you’re doing you gotta get out. With this the excitement is back.” “I get to be in the driver’s seat for this one. It is a different animal. Before it was four guys coming up with a consensus of what we should do. With this I get to do what feels right for me and my situation and my family,” he adds. Smith will be performing Saturday night at the Abbotsford Agrifair alongside Maple Ridge band The Johnson Brothers. The Civic Holiday weekend event will also feature Grammy award winners Jars of Clay. “It’s in my backyard so I’m excited to play a show and see some familiar faces,” Smith says. In 2012, the Langley native released his first solo album, Jumped Right In on 604 Records. The album has since received positive reviews including a four-star rave from the Regina LeaderPost. “I didn’t know how the record would be received and how radio would receive the singles, but it has all worked out. Everyone has really supported this record,” Smith says. There is no shortage of writing talent on Jumped Right In. The album features writing contributions from Craig Wiseman, Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson, Zac Maloy,

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IN 2011, Kayla Nettles made it to Hollywood Week on American Idol Season 11. Her debut EP, Drive, is available this week on iTunes.



Nashville teen builds on her early success Nicholas M. Pescod Contributing Writer

WHEN Kayla Nettles was only nineyears-old she performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. From that moment on she knew exactly what wanted to do with the rest of her life. “That was the turning point,” the 17-year-old Nashville country artist says. Earlier this week Nettles released her debut, Drive, with a CD launch party at the Wild Wing Café in Franklin, Tennessee. She’s proud of the amount of time and effort she spent working on the album. “I wanted my EP to stand out from the crowd. I really took the time to pick the original songs that I believe people can relate to and have a better understanding of who I am and where I want to go as an artist.” In addition to singing, Nettles also plays guitar, piano, viola, and violin. Her influences include Taylor Swift, Georgia Strait, The Band Perry and Whitney Layne. She says she tries to write music that people can relate to. “The songs on the EP are personal. I hope that they can relate to my songs and get the vibe that I’m putting down.” According to Nettles, the biggest challenge with the album was coming up with funding. “It’s a long process,” she says. “The funds were kind of the biggest issue. If we placed an order for a thousand CD’s then it gets quite pricey.” Originally, from Titusville, Fl., Nettles moved

to Waterford, Mich., when she was in the sixth grade. She got into music at an early age thanks in large part to her father’s own musical career. “Music was always a part of my life,” she says. “When I was three my father shared his love for music with me and would often bring me up on stage with his band.” In 2006, Nettles became the lead singer in Ripchord, a rock band that toured the U.S. “We were brought together through a music recital and really hit it off. We were all very young. The oldest member at the time was 14 years old and we were already travelling from state to state,” Nettles says. “In just a couple of months of becoming a band we were touring professionally and had a radio tour set up.” In 2009, she left Ripchord and moved from Michigan to Nashville in order to further pursue her music career. “Now that I’ve been here for four years, I feel like I’ve accomplished so much,” she says. Shortly after arriving in Music City, Nettles landed a job as a television host for Nashville Spotlight, a local program that helps promotes artists from across North America. “That was kind of my first job when I moved here and didn’t really know anyone,” she says. “One of the producers that works on the show heard me sing at some bar here in Nashville and he invited me by the studio. It was a really cool experience to meet friends and get some exposure.” Nettles received her vocal training from vocal coach Brett Manning who has previously See Nettles page 32

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Jessica Speziale sings from the heart

Singer/songwriter adds her voice to One Fire Movement collective Nicholas M. Pescod Contributing Writer

AS a little girl singer/ songwriter Jessica Speziale used to sit at the kitchen table and write and record music with her father and his acoustic guitar. “When I was about five or six my dad got a four-track recorder,” she says. “I had learned a song in music class called ‘Kumbaya,’ so we got the four-track out on the kitchen table and we made a recording of ‘Kumbaya’ and that was my first experience with recording music.” It was during one of those kitchen sessions, when Speziale was 10 years old, that she began experimenting with songwriting. “My dad suggested that we should write a song together,” she says. “So we wrote this song called ‘Beneath the Banyon Tree.’ It was a country tune and I was just so inspired. After we finished writing it we recorded a demo and afterwards I immediately went to my room and wrote my first pop song.” In June, Speziale performed at One Fire Movement’s Song’s From the Heart CD release party at the Mod Club in Toronto as part of NXNE. “The performance was unbelievable,” she says. “It was such a magical evening.” One Fire Movement was founded by Tony Roost in 2009 and is an artist collective that encourages and promotes positivity and fundraises for charities through arts and music. Songs from the Heart, features songs from Speziale, Ania Soul, J.P. Saxe, Brendan Albert, Christian Bridges, Rory O’Hearn, Julian Fuego and Alissa Vox Raw with proceeds from the album donated to the Nellie’s Women’s Shelter and Amnesty International. “Lots of people came out and we had a huge party,” Speziale says. “The other artists on the album were also at the performance so we have this really great lineup of incredible artists.” In addition to lending her voice for a charitable

cause, Speziale has a personal connection to one of the charities involved with the One Fire Movement. Her great aunt is June Callwood, former journalist, social activist and founder of the Nellie’s Women’s Shelter. “It really meant a lot to me to be a part of this and to lend my voice to such an incredible cause,” Speziale says. “Being a woman myself I also feel strongly about helping other people who are in situations that they may feel vulnerable in.” “I had an incredible opportunity to play a mother’s day show for Nellie’s Women’s Shelter. I met some of the ladies and hung out with them afterwards and it was really cool to see who we were helping and who the organization is currently working with,” she adds. Speziale’s career began professionally about three years ago after she realized that marketing wasn’t what she really wanted to be doing. “I took a whole bunch of time off to go to University and I stopped playing music. I had this crazy idea that I wanted to be a marketer or something,” she says. “One day it snapped. I took the guitar out from under the bed and wrote two songs.” It was then that Speziale realized she wanted to pursue music seriously as a career. “Music is something that I love so passionately and deeply that I can’t stop doing it. That’s when I started getting into performing full sets and getting the band together.” Speziale’s parents are both musicians. As an infant she went on tour with her father’s band, Backstreet, in Las Vegas. Her father now lends his talents to several music projects including Chicago and James Taylor tribute bands. She says her dad has been a major influence throughout her career. “It’s a very quiet influence. One of the ones you don’t realize until it hits you in the face. I always thought the other influences were so much greater but really there is nothing quite like meeting your dad’s friends when you’re out in the music scene,” Speziale says. “That feeling of ‘I really want to do

Smith touring States in the fall From page 14

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IN June, Jessica Speziale performed at One Fire Movement’s Song’s From the Heart CD release party at the Mod Club in Toronto as part of NXNE. my dad proud so I am going to practise my butt off.’ It’s very inspiring to me.” “My dad is such a rock star to me. Getting to grow up with that caliber of musicianship in my life has been very influential. Because it is so close to me and has always been there it definitely is one of those influences that you don’t realize until you step back,” she adds. Alanis Morissette, Hanson, Silverchair, and Amanda Marshall influenced Speziale when she was growing up. Speziale explains that Morissette’s music helped her better understand


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songwriting. “When she came out with ‘Ironic’ and Jagged Little Pill that was the first time I realized that the artist writes the music and it comes from somewhere. That’s when I realized I could do that too. I started songwriting because of that album,” Speziale says. “I learned to harmonize by singing along with Hanson records,” she adds. The University of Guelph graduate released her first EP titled Dear Reverie in November of 2011. The disc was recorded in four days at Epik Productions in Toronto It was the first time she had

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ever recorded an album professionally. “It was an excellent learning experience and I am really pleased with the way it turned out,” she says. “It was supposed to be a three-day schedule and we ended up adding a fourth day because I didn’t realize certain things. There is all this stuff in the editing that take more time than I imagined. I even forgot to schedule time to play my acoustic guitar, I am used to singing and playing at the time and they are two separate pieces. We also did the recording backwards, we did the drums last.” Speziale’s music currently receives airplay on CIUT 89.5 and on Internet Radio Stations, INtune Radio, Butterflies Radio, Radio Humber, Radio Nation, The Haze FM and Radio Humber. Her song “Weak in the Knees” was voted second place in INtune Magazine’s Song of the Year Countdown. In 2012 Speziale embarked See Latin page 31

Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, producer Joey Moi and Smith himself. Smith and his producer spent time in Nashville learning the art of writing country songs. He says it was a big adjustment to go from alternative rock to writing country tunes. “With Default it was more just me hanging out and having a few drinks,” he says. “There it was more methodical.” Tompkins has previously worked with Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line. He co-wrote Underwood’s Grammy Award-winning song “Before He Cheats,” while Wiseman has previously spent time working with Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes. “We were pretty lucky, we got to get in a room with some pretty talented guys down there,” Smith says. Taking on country meant a conceptual shift for Smith and company. “Its more storytelling and lyric based,” Smith says. “It’s a different approach and it worked for me. I think the songs worked well together,” he adds. Beginning in October, Smith will join American country artists Florida Georgia Line on two portions of their Here’s To The Good Times Tour and he says he’s excited to perform in the United States again. “Its a great platform for me to get a release down there and get in front of some people,” Smith says. “It is a pretty big opportunity.” The Juno award winner will be opening for Florida Georgia Line in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State. The tour will end on Dec. 14., in Kent, Wash. “I’ve played in most of those cities that we’re hitting up on that tour. I’m really excited to get back in New York. That’s going to be an absolute blast. We get a couple of days off there as well,” Smith says. Smith is no stranger to opening for bigger acts, as a member of Default he previously opened for Nickelback on one of their United States tours. “I’ve been in that situation opening up in arenas and bigger rooms,” he says. “I’ve been through it all. I’m not too nervous about it, I’m just going to go out and enjoy the opportunity.” For more information visit or follow @DallasSmith on Twitter.

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Fruitvale Station rides wave of heartbreak

■ Fruitvale Station. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler. Starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. Rating: 8 (out of 10)

Julie Crawford Contributing Writer

I started writing my review of Fruitvale Station around the same time that news broke about 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, the sole occupant of a Toronto streetcar, who was tasered then shot nine times by police.

If you don’t already know the outcome of the events in Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, stop reading now. But San Francisco residents certainly haven’t forgotten how a few hours into 2009, unarmed Oscar Grant III was pulled from a railcar and then gunned down by Bay Area Rapid Transit police as he was handcuffed, facedown, on the station platform. Cellphones captured both of these shootings, bearing witness to excessive force (at the very least). Fruitvale Station won the grand jury prize and the audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but the photo supplied recent verdict in the shooting of Trayvon Martin is sure to RYAN Coogler’s critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize generate additional interest. and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. Use Layar app to view trailer and showtimes. Oscar (Michael B. Jordan) features actual cellphone video footage of the shooting. And later, is trying to make things right with his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie SHOWTIMES officers won’t let Sophina ride in the ambulance, nor will doctors Diaz), and to stay out of trouble for the sake of their daughter allow mom into the room with Oscar’s body, his death having been (Ariana Neal). It’s New Year’s Eve, rent is due, and Oscar’s sister ruled a homicide. needs money, too. But instead of peddling his last bag of weed, he From page 17 It’s a confident debut from Ryan Coogler, who uses jerky dumps it in the ocean, vowing never to go back to prison. A flashback to his days in lockup shows a visit between Oscar and camerawork to keep viewers slightly off balance. Oscar’s mundane renowned anime studio founded in Tokyo in 1985 by animation day is fraught with anticipation because we know the end from his mom (Octavia Spencer). She gives him an ultimatum. It’s her directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer the start. The ominous lack of soundtrack just underscores the last visit. It’s the film’s best and most genuinely affecting scene. Toshio Suzuki, was first presented in December. By popular dread. Elsewhere we are told how to feel, because other than playing demand its back with two additional features. Until Aug, 5. Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights) gives his music a little loudly Oscar is ideal: he calls and texts his mom, a compelling performance, taking the real Oscar Grant from idolizes his daughter, he helps strangers and strays alike. He even VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM CENTRE national symbol of victimhood, violence and race, and giving him calls his grandma to help a total stranger out with a fish-fry recipe. 1181 Seymour St. (at Davie), his due. Melonie Diaz is very good as Oscar’s girlfriend. But it is The Grant family’s ties are evident at New Year’s Eve dinner, Blackfish Octavia Spencer’s name that will be passed around at awards time, Directed By: Gabriela Cowperthwaite which also happens to be mom’s birthday. Dinner starts with for her grounded and touching performance. prayer before granny’s famous gumbo, and ends with Oscar’s mom (USA, 2013). Watch the film to find out how it all ends, and decide for suggesting that he take the train into town instead of the car. It’s a The Ghosts in Our Machine yourself whether justice was served. On this side of the border, for Directed By: Liz Marshall fatal mistake. the Yatim family, the search for answers is just beginning. The film is heartbreak from beginning to end. The opening (Canada, 2013).

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Celebrate BC

FUN IN THE SUN We recently visited Ambleside beach on a particularly sunny, hot afternoon to find out what people like about B.C.

Jennifer Sanders, who grew up on the North Shore, says she loves playing at the beach with her kids and visiting parks. Her favourite things about the province: “Just the beauty of it and the people.”

Nicola Diaz (with sons Parker and Harrison) was visiting from New Westminster. She says her family loves enjoying the outdoors. They particularly love parks, waterparks and biking together.

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North Vancouver’s John Bulick was at the beach with his daughter Nicole and says he loves the outdoor lifestyle on the North Shore. He enjoys hiking with his family and spends a lot of time at Lynn Canyon (they particularly enjoy visiting the suspension bridge). “We’re so blessed,” he says.

Rosie and Edward Tokatlian were at the beach with their grandkids, who were visiting from Calgary.The North Vancouver couple says they enjoy spending time at the beach and walking. Edward walks an hour a day. “We like everything about this province,” says Rosie.

Rudy Braun (left) and Suzanne Digby were spending time with grandsons Bram (left) and Ethan, and say they love being in the Lower Mainland so close to mountains and ocean. They enjoy camping, hiking and being at the beach. “B.C. is very diverse,” says Digby, adding there are lots of different things to do and you don’t have to travel far to do them.


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Celebrate BC


Blueberries will be harvested until late September, and are widely available at stores, fruit stands and farmers markets. In addition, the British Columbia Blueberry Council has a list of blueberry farms with gate sales and “u-pick” options on its website (


The following are a couple of blueberry recipes from the council.




PORK: 1 cup B.C. blueberries, fresh or frozen

PORK: In a sauce pan, on a medium-low heat, cook the blueberries, onion, garlic, chipotle, salt, pepper, paprika and thyme until reduced, breaking down the mixture with a spoon.

1/2 cup onion, diced 2 tbsp fresh garlic, chopped 1 tbsp chipotle pepper (canned in adobe sauce), chopped 1 tbsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp sweet paprika 1/2 tsp thyme, fresh or dry 3-4 lb pork shoulder BLUEBERRY PINEAPPLE JICAMA SALSA: 1 cup B.C blueberries, fresh or frozen 3/4 cup pineapple, fresh or canned, diced 1/2 cup jicama, diced 1 tbsp jalapeño pepper, de-seeded and finely diced 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 1 tbsp lime juice 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper TO SERVE: 12 four- to six-inch corn tortillas

Cool completely and spread over the pork to marinade in the refrigerator for one to five hours. Cook marinated pork in an uncovered roasting pan on low heat (275 F) for four to five hours. Allow to rest and cool. Separate and shred into small pieces. SALSA: Mix together the blueberries, pineapple, jicama, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, salt and pepper and set aside. TO SERVE: Warm tortillas in oven or microwave for 15-30 seconds. Line the tortilla with shredded pork then top with salsa.


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1 cup B.C. blueberries, fresh or frozen

In a medium pan, fry the diced bacon over medium heat until light brown but not crispy. Strain the bacon and reserve two tablespoons of the bacon fat.

1 cup thick sliced bacon, diced 1/2 cup shallots, finely diced 1/2 cup Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 tsp orange zest, finely grated 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp ground clove

Using the same skillet, add the bacon fat, blueberries, shallots, apple, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, black pepper and clove. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer on a medium-low heat for 45-60 minutes until thick and reduced. Add the cooked bacon and orange zest. Serve at room temperature.

A22 - North Shore News - Friday, August 2, 2013

SQUAMISH DAYS LOGGERS SPORTS FESTIVAL AUG. 1-5: This is an event featuring music and art events, children’s activities, a parade, wacky bed races, a 10-kilometre run, a pancake breakfast and two Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world. WHISTLER AUG. 1-4: Special events and entertainment in Whistler Village, and the Bull’s Eye National BBQ Championships, at Creekside, Aug. 2-4, with a mechanical bull, barbecue samples, and entertainment. VICTORIA SYMPHONY SPLASH AUG. 4: This is an annual outdoor symphony event attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents

and visitors. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with bells, cannons, and fireworks. The concert takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Many people arrive early to ensure they have a good view of the barge for the orchestra performance at 7:30 p.m. The Family Zone is open 1 p.m.-4 p.m., and the opening act begins at 4 p.m. BRIGADE DAYS AUG. 3-AUG. 5: Visit with a large encampment of historic re-enactors as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as musket firing and open fire cooking. The weekend features the Arrival of the Fur Brigades canoe re-enactment at 1 p.m. on Monday. Regular admission, free for annual pass holders.

Complete the weekend with a free concert featuring Tiller’s Folly at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 inside the fort.

What is B.C.’s provincial mammal? A Sasquatch B Spirit Bear (also known as the Kermode bear) C River otter

POINT ROBERTS ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL AUG. 3 & 4: This festival features two days of activities, concerts, entertainers, dancers and regional artists’ work at Lighthouse Marine Park (in Point Roberts), with family friendly music, art, children’s activities, and festival food on the beach area and boardwalk.

What is B.C.’s provincial bird? A Purple Martin B Rufous hummingbird C Steller’s jay


What is the provincial gemstone? A Jade B Jennifer C Jebidiah

WHITE ROCK SPIRIT OF THE SEA FESTIVAL AUG 3-4: This festival features events at various locations, and includes activities for kids, entertainment, a torchlight parade, paddleboard races, and more.


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B.C. is the third largest generator in Canada of what resource? A Artisan bread B Gold C Hydro electricity

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What is the provincial motto? A No budding in the Lions Gate bridge lineup B I’ll have a short, non-fat, extra hot, decaf latte C Splendor without diminishment What is the provincial capital? A Victoria B Scranton C Abbotsford


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When did B.C. enter Canadian confederation? A 1871 B 1973 C 2011

What is B.C.’s provincial flower? A Daffodil B Pacific dogwood C Ragweed

VANCOUVER’S HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT CONCLUDES ON AUG. 3: This annual fireworks show can be viewed from points at English Bay and Kitsilano Beach.

What is the provincial tree? A Oak B Palm C Western red cedar

What was B.C.’s population as of December 2012? A 2.2 million B 4.62 million C 10.2 million What is B.C.’s total land and freshwater area? A 96 million hectares B 95 million hectares C 94 million hectares FACT SOURCE: PROVINCE OF B.C. WEBSITE


WEST VANCOUVER HARMONY ARTS FESTIVAL AUG. 2-11: Entertainment, art and food along the West Vancouver waterfront starting at John Lawson Park, 750 17th St., West Vancouver.

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Get Outside


Hitting the Streets

On a warm, summer evening, don’t be surprised if you see Jim McDuffie in Lower Lonsdale doing crunches in small grassy areas, and using low walls for leg lifts and stair railings for resistance training. McDuffie is one of the instructors of a new Street Fit class from the North Vancouver Recreation Commission. The drop-in classes incorporate outside areas of the neighbourhood into hour-long fitness sessions. It is part of the recreation commission’s summer outdoor fitness programs, a new initiative developed in response to recreation centre users who said they wanted more outside options. Outside boot camp classes, new outdoor volleyball courts and trail running programs are all part of the new initiative. This is the first year of the Street Fit class. “This one is really unique because of the location; it’s just such a really beautiful spot,” says McDuffie of the neighbourhood. Instead of staring at a mirror full of other sweaty participants indoors, Street Fit participants look out across the water, over to the Vancouver skyline, and glance up at green trees while working out. “At this time of year it’s just so beautiful out there, and the fresh air and the scenery just

makes it a little more inspiring,” says McDuffie. “It’s just very invigorating out there.”

So far the class has hosted up to about 10 participants, but as the word gets out that number is expected to grow.

Each class starts with a five-minute warmup at John Braithwaite Community Centre, then a short jog takes the class to areas where they can use stairs, benches, low walls, rails, and grassy areas for cardio, interval training, resistance training and core work.

“It gives people a different experience than what they’re used to,” says McDuffie of the class. Street Fit is on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. It is free to members of the North Vancouver Recreation Commission. Non-members are $6.20 and seniors are $4.85. The class is open to people of all fitness levels. Those interested in trying the class are asked to check in at John Braithwaite Community Centre on the evening of the class just before heading out to the centre’s plaza for a warm-up.

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Ron den Daas has always loved swimming in the ocean. Growing up on the North Shore, and now living near Mackay Creek, den Daas says he also developed an interest in habitat preservation, particularly for salmon. Three years ago, den Daas was able to combine his interests into the creation of the Coho Festival Open Water Swim. The event features an open water swim race at Ambleside with an optional 1.5- or three-kilometre course. The first year of the event there were 40 participants, the second year there were 60, and this year organizers are aiming to attract 100 swimmers. “It’s a growing event,” says den Daas. Last year there had been little rain leading up to the event, and salmon were waiting to

go up the Capilano River. When the swimmers hit the water, salmon started jumping around them, recounts den Daas. There is a video clip of the jumping salmon on the race website, which also features a video called Facing the Challenge with information about the purpose of the swim, which includes promoting awareness of water quality and habitat. “It’s an amazing experience to swim in the ocean and connect to the environment and the history of the water in a way,” says den Daas. Open ocean swimming can be more challenging than swimming in a pool, he explains. Currents can create more of a challenge for swimmers. The water can also be cold, and that is why wet suits are mandatory at the coho swim event. Although den Daas likes to swim on his own, he also often

swims with a group and says it is safer to swim in open water with someone else rather than alone. He recently participated in a three-kilometre swim in Bachelor’s Bay near Horseshoe Bay with a group of swimmers and saw seals and eagles along he way. He has even been touched by a seal while swimming. “It’s very different to swim on a big body of water,” says den Daas. He has participated in various events organized by the Vancouver Open Water Swim Association, and also swims with groups on the North Shore. “It’s very fun, basically,” den Daas says of open water swimming. The coho swim is scheduled for Sept. 8. Visit to register. ROSALIND DUANE

Friday, August 2, 2013 - North Shore News - A25

Summer safety Simple steps help prevent disaster

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For nearly 50 years North Shore Rescue has been pulling wayward weekend warriors out of the wilderness, but many hikers, climbers and adventurers continue to disregard potentially life-saving safety tips.


A missed step, a dead cellphone, a little bad luck or a lot of inexperience are all it takes to turn a walk in the North Shore’s back country into a dangerous situation.

North Shore Rescue team members take part in a scripted drill with ground-based and airborne teams performing long-line helicopter lift techniques in April 2012.

In June, an experienced climber was in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park when he lost his grip and fell 20 metres, sustaining cuts and bruises.



After calling for help on his cellphone, the climber was located by North Shore Rescue members, who performed a long-line helicopter rescue and transported him to an ambulance. The situation could have been a lot worse, says team leader Tim Jones.

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WEST Vancouver designer and artist Kolton Babych poses with some of his latest jewelry creations during a July 31 opening reception at Tartooful in Edgemont Village. Scan page with Layar to see more photos of Babych’s work.

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MOST artists might have a studio space to craft their work, but for Kolton Babych, his parents’ dining room table will do just fine. Currently on summer break from school, Babych is showing his newest collection of jewelry under his line, Kolton Designs, at Tartooful in Edgemont Village. The North Vancouver design store and gallery held an opening celebration July 31. Jewelry making has fascinated Babych since he was quite young. “This year it will be 11 years I’ve been making jewelry,” says Babych, a West Vancouver resident

Kolton Babych designs on display at Tartooful

and son of former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dave Babych. “I started when I was about nine years old.” He says his aunt makes jewelry and on one of the occasions when he went to visit her, he decided to give it a try. “It kind of turned into something that I never really expected it to.” Babych, who just turned 21, is heading into his last year at the State University of New York where he is studying graphic design and printmaking. “I’m going to school for something totally

different than jewelry,” says Babych. “I guess it’s kind of been a sort of separate thing at this point, just to give me a break from working on a collection and then going to school and working on artwork. But I’m not ever really stopping thoughts on new jewelry and new kinds of things like that.” Tartooful owner Cathy Church has nothing but praise for Babych. “He’s a bit of a prodigy when it comes to silver smithing,” says Church. “He has a really meticulous approach to his work.” Church has carried Babych’s previous work and it was the popularity of his jewelry that led to this current exhibit. The display also includes some of his photographic prints. See Newest page 28



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Newest work draws on gothic inspiration From page 27 “The pieces that he creates are beautiful and original and substantial, so you know you’re going to be able to wear them for a long time,” Church says. “It’s the sort of thing that a lot of different ages could wear and really enjoy.” Babych says he got into jewelry making because he could see things in jewelry that could be improved. “I tried to incorporate my own desires to kind of fill those spots or voids that were left,” he says. He started putting his artwork in shops around three years ago, but it wasn’t until last summer that he contacted Church about carrying his jewelry. “Apparently all of her clients had really enjoyed the stuff that I put in, and then once I got back in the winter I gave her some more things,” he says. “It’s just been this snowball that we’ve kind of turned into this show.” The newest line of Kolton Design jewelry has some of the icons from previous collections, such as the Buddha, says Babych, but he has also incorporated some new materials. “This newer collection, it’s

definitely a little more detail oriented,” he says. “I think I’ve kind of put a different twist on it with adding sort of gothic-looking spikes and blackening the silver. Making it older looking and a lot heavier and some natural kind of feel.” Babych takes his inspiration from everything from images he comes across to books and incorporates them into his jewelry or artwork. “I’ve actually started using deer antler that I found,” he says. “I thought incorporating that would kind of bring this new take on jewelry and sort of add a dangerous feel to it but making it wearable and this piece of art that somebody would be able to love and would be able to put on with whatever they want.” As for what’s next, Babych says he’s not sure right now. “I’ve been making stuff that I feel like I really enjoy making this summer and kind of taking a break from mass producing certain things,” says Babych. “Right now I’m not really worried about the future of it, I’m going to let it evolve organically and see what happens. And this show will definitely be a stepping-stone into that sort of new era.”

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Artisan showcase LALEH Javaheri displays her handmade creations at a recent Civic Plaza Craft Fair. Javaheri creates felted shawls out of nuno felt and cotton or silk. Organized by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, the fair featured a variety of hand-crafted goods, jewelry, soaps, paintings and live music. More craft fairs are scheduled for Aug. 10 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of North Vancouver Civic Plaza.

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CALENDAR From page 12 Coastal Patterns Gallery: 582 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon5 p.m. or by appointment. Info: 604-762-4623, 778-997-9408 or The Community Room at Lynn Valley Village: Mountain Highway and Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver. 2013 Prints Show: A gallery night featuring 100 photographs by 100 photographers in a silent auction Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5-8 p.m. All funds raised will go to InspireHealth: Integrative Cancer Care. Cove Creek Gallery: 4349 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. Ferry Building Gallery: 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Admission to all shows is free. Info: 604-925-7290 or Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Painters’ Landing: Local artists will work, exhibit and sell art outdoors at Ambleside Landing and Millenium Park Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. until Oct. 27. Harmony Arts Festival — Showcase Exhibition: Works of ArtSpeaks artists and invited alumni artists will be on display from Aug. 2 to 11. There will special gallery hours of 11 a.m.-8 p.m. during the festival. Opening reception: Friday, Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. Info: Harmony Arts Festival — ArtSpeaks and ArtDemos:Talks, demonstrations, workshops, hands-on classes and slide presentations from Aug. 3 to 11 in the gallery and art tent. There is a $10 fee for hands-on workshops which also require registration in the Ferry Building Gallery office. Info: Harmony Arts Festival — Plein Air Challenge: The sixth annual three-hour painting competition Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Artists must pre-register. Info: 604-925-7290 or Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: 2121 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and

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VICTORIA indie rockers Current Swell perform live in Shipbuilders Square tomorrow night on a bill with Headwater, Carmanah and Ailsa Rose & The Show as part of the opening night of North Vancouver City’s Concerts in the Square. This year the summer series will present free all-ages concerts (as well as a 19+ beer garden) on Saturdays throughout August. For more information visit Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Adult admission by donation/children free. Info: 604-903-3798. Tours will be offered on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Registration required: North Vancouver Community History See more page 31

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of Art and Design. He’s currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr. Rosenfield Lafo came to be familiar with Parnell’s work through his various exhibitions at Emily Carr. “My interest is in contemporary art and I see what Luke is doing as part of the contemporary art spectrum, whatever his origin might be,” she says. “The issues that he deals with in the pieces in the show, I mean you look at a totem pole and you say, ‘Oh that’s a traditional totem pole,’ but he’s dealing with his own feelings about educational systems and the Aboriginal system contrasted with the Western tradition, since he’s experienced both. Is one better than the other? What’s the relationship? I think the issues that his work addresses to me are very contemporary.” Parnell explains he’s gone through a number of phases in terms of his artistic approach, which is continuing to evolve. Long interested in art, as a young child he learned some Northwest Coast art practices, though as a teenager, was drawn to comic book styles, before later moving into conceptual artwork. Eventually, he started looking back on his roots. Aiding him in his journey was a three-year apprenticeship with master Tsimshian carver Henry Green in Prince Rupert. “It was just natural to come back,” says Parnell. “I guess eventually, after a while, you sort of look back on who you are and this is who I am.” Ten years later, Parnell is continuing to work in the Northwest Coast art genre. “I feel like it’s a continuation of what people have been doing for a long time, telling stories about themselves, about where they’re from and that sort of thing,” he says. The Seymour show speaks to Parnell’s interest in transformation, a common theme in his work. “I feel like as I’ve been exploring Northwest Coast art and Northwest Coast art history I feel like things have transformed quite a bit in the sense that what the art was created for in the old days and what it’s created for now,” says Parnell. In the case of totem poles for instance, how

they’re carved, who carves them and for what purpose, has changed dramatically from the old days to now. The first piece Parnell is exhibiting at the Seymour gallery is a pole entitled Epistemological Conundrum, which will eventually be installed as a permanent fixture at the new Emily Carr campus. “I wanted to put forth the idea that there’s a complicated history with education and native people in this country and native students are trying to find a balance and trying to reconcile the horrible history with education with whether or not we’re still a part of the continuation of that or if it’s different. Or if we’re using the education for our own benefit. The question basically asks: education has been used as a tool of assimilation, is it still?” says Parnell. The second piece Parnell is exhibiting, Phantom Limbs, features 48 carved basswood figures in Plexiglas boxes, a reference to the repatriation of Haida remains from the Museum of Natural History in New York City to their ancestral grounds on Haida Gwaii. The museum’s were among the 460 remains that were recently returned to the area from museums and private collections around the world. The piece’s name comes from a comment Parnell heard made by someone who said that, for a long time, the Haida people didn’t know the remains were missing as it just never occurred to anyone that people would do such a thing. “Somebody had said . . . ‘Even though we didn’t know the remains were gone, we felt better once they were back,’” recalls Parnell. “And I sort of thought of the idea of a phantom limb, where if you lose your hand, your hand will still get itchy even though it’s gone. That’s where the idea of calling it Phantom Limbs came from, the idea that even though they were gone, we were aware of their presence.” The third piece, The Violence of Words, is Parnell’s newest work and mimics the front of a Haida mortuary totem pole. It speaks to modern times in which Northwest Coast art is filtered through the English language, transforming its meaning and leading to the potential for harmful generalizations, he says.

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CALENDAR Centre: 3203 Institute Rd., North Vancouver. Hours: TuesdaySaturday, noon-5 p.m. Info: 604-990-3700, ext. 8016 or Imagining North Vancouver: Learn about the beginnings of North Vancouver and how it came to be with an exhibit about dreamer Edward Mahon. Runs until Sept. 30. Park & Tilford Gardens: 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. Art in the Garden — Show and Sale: In order to get the public to rediscover the gardens, over 30 artists’ work will be displayed amongst the foliage Aug. 17 and 18 from noon to 5 p.m. Ron Andrews Community Space: 931 Lytton St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-987-8873 or 604-347-8922. Wabi Sabi and Impressions of Stillness: Eco-art sculptural objects by Heather Fowler and paintings of animals and people in their environment by Graham Coulthard will be on display until Sept. 8. Seymour Art Gallery: 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Info: 604-924-1378 or Transformation and Renewal: An exhibition of three of Luke Parnell’s carving works will run until Sept. 7. Artist talk: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2 p.m. Reception: Sunday, Aug. 11, 3-5 p.m. Carving demonstration: Sunday. Aug. 18, 2 p.m. Shipbuilders’ Square: 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver. Art on the Pier: Original art will be displayed in conjunction with Concerts in the Square Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Themes: Aug. 3, Facing North — local artists; Aug. 10, Showdown in the Square — painting contest; Aug. 17, Into the Wild. Silk Purse Arts Centre: 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Info: 604-9257292 or Rites of Passage — A Journey of Desert Landscapes and Spirit Masks: Paintings by Lorn Curry and masks by Meghan Carich will be on display until Aug. 11. Opening reception: Friday, Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. Beautiful Canada: Husband and wife artists Bob and Masako Araki will exhibit their artistic interpretations of our country, from coast to coast from Aug. 13 to Sept. 1. Opening reception: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m. West Vancouver Memorial Library: 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 604-925-7400 or A Responsive Landscape: As part of the Harmony Arts Festival a group show examining how humans respond to the landscape

Latin America heavy influence on Speziale From page 16 on an 11-day Southern Ontario tour, which saw her perform in a handful of cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Hamilton, London, Guelph, and Newmarket. “It was one of my favourite experiences so far with music,” Speziale says. “Having three weeks of music and meeting people and getting really immersed in performance. I did book it myself independently and it was a huge learning experience in terms of contacting venues and promoters.” It isn’t always easy finding the right musicians, even in Canada’s largest city. Speziale’s four-piece band has seen a fair share of members come and go over the years. Speziale says that since October she’s finally had a stable group of people. “It’s incredibly tough,” she says. “You’re in a relationship with each of one your band members, but then each one of your band members is also in a relationship with each other. Then musically the relationship has to work.” On her off time Speziale has found herself traveling, mainly to countries in Latin America. She’s previously travelled to Ecuador, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Peru. “I have a love affair with Latin America,” she says. “I love going to Spanish speaking countries. I love the people, I love the food, and I love the culture.” Her travels to Latin America have had an influence on her music, although she has yet to release anything with noticeably Latin sounds. “I love various percussion instruments but it hasn’t come out in any of my music except ‘Babyface,’” Speziale says. “‘Babyface’ is loosely based on an experience I had in Dominican Republic when I was on vacation there with my girlfriends. It is about the people that you meet and the lies that you find out afterwards that you were told, because when people are on vacation they don’t necessarily tell you the truth.” Speziale has plans to release another album but says she’s learned from her past recording experience and doesn’t want to rush any new material. “The next one will be done over a long period,” she says. “It is a big piece of the art. It is creating that snapshot in time that others are going to enjoy over and over again, so it should be perfect.” For more information on One Fire Movement visit and more for information of Jessica Speziale visit or follow her on Twitter @Spezzie.

and how the landscape responds back will run until Aug. 10 Info: West Vancouver Art Instructors Exhibit: A show that demonstrates the wide variety of media, styles and approaches employed by District of West Vancouver art instructors in the creation of their own work will run from Aug. 12 to Oct. 2. West Vancouver Municipal Hall: 750 17th St., West Vancouver. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 p.m. Info: 604-925-7290. Art in the Hall: Mario Traina’s images created using digital infrared techniques will be on display until Sept. 11. West Vancouver Museum: 680 17th St., West Vancouver. Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 604-9257295 or West Coast Points East — Ron Thom and the Allied Arts: A multifaceted exhibition of Ron Thom’s architecture will run until Sept. 21. CONCERTS Capilano River Regional Park: Cleveland Dam, Capilano Road, North Vancouver. Music in the Park: Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of music and art. Musical performances from 2 to 4 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 11, Andrew Coombes; Aug. 18, TBA; Aug. 25, Jillian Christmas; Sept. 2, David Blair,12 p.m.; Rose Ranger, 1 p.m.; Justin O’Donahue

Trio, 2 p.m.; Patrick Ernst Trio, 3 p.m.; Blackberry Wood, 4 p.m.; High Society Band, 5 p.m. Info: or 604-988-6844. Cates Park: 200-block Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver. Cates Park Concert Series: A free summer concert series Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 3, Old Mare, Melissa Endean, Oh Village; Aug. 10, Corey Abell, The Oh Wells, The Archers; Aug. 17, Hooves, Little Wild, Beekeeper and Aug. 24, Tessa Mouourakis, Joel Willoughby, Barry Ross, Ben Rogers, Connor Roff, Brett Wilderman, Alea Rae, Steel Audrey, Jeremy Allingham. Civic Plaza: 14th Street and Lonsdale Avenue. Artisan Fair: Crafts along with free musical performances from noon to 4 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 10, Claude Champagne; Aug. 24, The Pat Ernst Trio. Info: or 604-988-6844. Edgemont Village: Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver. Evenings in Edgemont: A free weekly summer concert series Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 2, Jake & Elwood’s Blues; Aug. 9, Smith & Jones; Aug. 16, Three Row Barley and Aug. 23, House Party. Garden Stage: Argyle Avenue and 15th Street, West Vancouver. Harmony Arts Festival — Daytime Concerts: Aug. 2: Melanie Dekker, 4 p.m. Aug. 3 schedule: Cassandra Bangel, 1 p.m.; Beverley

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CALENDAR From page 31 Elliot, 2 p.m.; Reid Jamieson, 3 p.m.; Blake Havard. Aug. 4 schedule: John Pippus & Aynsley Leonard, 1 p.m.; Leora Cashe, 2 p.m.; Nat Jay, 3 p.m.; Marlin Ramazzini, 4 p.m. Aug. 5 schedule: Lindsay May, 1 p.m.; The River and The Road, 2 p.m.; Mike Weterings, 3 p.m.; Kow Kanda, 4 p.m. Aug. 6 schedule: Amanda Wood & Malcolm Aiken, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 8 schedule: The K Sisters, 12:30 p.m. Aug. 9 schedule: The Cumberland Brothers, 12:30 p.m.; Kate Reid, 4 p.m. Aug. 10 schedule: Watasun, 1 p.m.; Ginger 66, 2 p.m.; Colin Bullock, 3 p.m.; Mimosa, 4 p.m. Aug. 11 schedule: Mark James Fortin, 1 p.m.; Soultrax, 2 p.m.; Russell Marsland & Nathen Aswell, 3 p.m.; Van Django, 4 p.m. Harmony Arts Festival — Dinner Concerts: Pack a picnic or visit a variety of food vendors while listening to concert performances at 5:45 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 2, Geoff Gibbons Band; Aug. 3, AJ Woodworth; Aug. 4, The Jardines; Aug. 5, Terminal Station; Aug. 6, Blackberry Wood; Aug. 7, Sarah K and The Soul Collective; Aug. 8, Scott Perrie; Aug. 9, Joans Shandel; Aug. 10, Ali Milner; Aug. 11, Vagabonds. Harmony Arts Festival — Evening Concerts: Sip beverages from the waterfront lounge while viewing concert performances at 8:45pm. Schedule: Aug. 2, Fear of Drinking; Aug. 3, Tommy Alto; Aug. 4, Barney Bentall; Aug. 5, Redeye Empire; Aug. 6, SideOne; Aug. 7, Dear Rouge; Aug. 8, The Boom Booms; Aug. 9, Giraffe Aftermath; Aug. 10, The Twisters; Aug. 11, She Stole My Beer. John Lawson Park: 750 17th Street, West Vancouver. Harmony Arts Festival — Senior Concert Series: Enjoy a musical afternoon from 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 4, The Brothers Arntzen Brass Band; Aug. 5, Musical Occasions String Octet; Aug. 11, Dal Richards’ Orchestra. Harmony Arts Festival — Sunset Concert Series: Free Nightly performances at 7:30 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 2, Spirit of the West; Aug. 3, Gary Comeau & The Voodoo All Stars; Aug.

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KAY Meek Amplifier Talent Contest winner Harrison Ivaz, 14, takes the stage with his band Universal Sibling at the Harmony Arts Festival Saturday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. as part of the Youth Rock show at John Lawson Park. 4, Cousin Harley; Aug. 5, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra; Aug. 6, Champagne Republic; Aug. 7, Tiller’s Folly; Aug. 8, Liam Titcomb; Aug. 9, Soulstream; Aug. 10, Rumba Calzada; Aug. 11, The Paperboys. Harmony Arts Festival — Youth Rock: Four up-and-coming bands with perform, Aug. 3, 1-5 p.m. Info: Lonsdale Quay: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver. Info: Concert Series Sundays: A free summer concert series Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 4, Oh Wells; Aug. 5 (Monday), Ben Sigston and Steel Toe Boots (3:30-5:30 p.m.); Aug. 11,

Kutapira; Aug. 18, Charlotte Diamond; Aug. 25, Mostly Marley and Sept. 1, Studio Cloud 30 Showcase. Vertical Orchestra 2013 — Transpondings: Redshift Music Society will present a free programme of 10 new works by B.C. composers Saturday, Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. Lynn Valley Library: 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Info: 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 or Lynn Valley Village: Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway, North Vancouver. Live in Lynn Valley Village: A free weekly summer concert series Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 2, Clive’s Timing; Aug. 9, The Twisters; Aug. 16, Sweat Pea Swing Band and Aug. 23, The Bobcats. Mount Seymour United Church: 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver. Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival: A series of concerts from Aug. 12 to 24 at 7 p.m. (with the exception of Aug. 24 which is at 2 p.m.) Schedule: Aug. 14, A Sunny Start; Aug. 16, Mallet Madness; Aug. 21, Wherever I Wander; Aug. 24, The Archduke and Friends. Tickets: $20/$10. Festival pass: $50/$30. Reservations: Panorama Park: Deep Cove, North Vancouver. Concerts in the Cove: A free weekly summer concert series Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 2, Mostly Marley; Aug. 9, The Dynamics and Aug. 16, The Adam Woodall Band. Park & Tilford Shopping Centre: 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. Saturday Sessions: The Adam Woodall Band and Rosco will perform Aug. 3, 17 and 31 from noon to 3 p.m. Shipbuilders’ Square: 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver. Concerts in the Square: A free summer concert series Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 3, Current Swell, Headwater, Carmanah and Alisa Rose & The Show; Aug. 10, Bend Sister, Nightbox, Kim Churchill and Jet Tangerine and Aug. 17, Five Alarm Funk, Redeye Empire, Good for Grapes and Stef Lang. Silk Purse Arts Centre: 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Info and reservations: 604-925-7292 or The Jazz Waves Festival will run through August See more page 36

Nettles trained in building stages From page 15 worked with high profile artists such as Taylor Swift, Hayley Williams, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. “I always learn something new every lesson,” she says. “He is definitely an inspiration. Brett and the other vocal coaches have taken me under their wing and have given me support throughout my career.” “I believe in his technique and can look back at past recordings of my voice and hear the difference in my tone, control and knowing how to put emotion in my voice,” she adds. In 2011, Nettles made it to Hollywood Week on American Idol Season 11 and says the experience was extremely beneficial for her as an artist. “Being on American Idol I’ve learned to appreciate my talent and how to connect with my audience on a more personal level when I am singing,” she says. “It’s a life changing experience. Words really can’t describe the sights, the sounds and the feelings that you experience.” She’s also spent time behind the scenes learning stage construction and worked under Jonathan Smeeton, who has set up stages for artists such as Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, KISS and Def Leppard. “Working with Mr. Smeeton was a great experience,” Nettles says. “I learned about all the hard work and responsibility that goes on behind the scenes to make the artists’ tour run smoothly.” As a child, Nettles acted in plays and that landed her appearances as an extra in music videos by Kid Rock, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Gretchen Wilson and Jasmine Sagginario. “I really got to connect and to hang out with them on a more personal level,” she says. “It’s always fun to see yourself on Country Music Television. Even if it is just as an extra.” For more information on Kayla Nettles visit and follow her on twitter @KaylaNettles.

Book reviews

Punk lifestyle shook things up

■ The Art of Punk by Russ Bestley & Alex Ogg, Voyeur Press, 224 pages, $61.

Terry Peters The arrival of punk was not like a train that could be seen from a long way off slowly building up speed. It was more like rock’n’roll’s bastard son leaping out of a speeding car to tear into town with its own anarchy-fueled vision of what was coming next. With the laid back pop music of the late Seventies and the surge of disco it is no wonder that something was going to come along and shake things up. This collection of art encompasses all of what punk meant in that era. It was more than just loud, aggressive music. It was bold, jarring artwork that demanded your attention, it was do it yourself fashion, it was political, it was a lifestyle. From cover to cover there is a fantastic representation of the art of that time. Viewing this retrospective offers some appreciation the influences that came out of this movement both immediately afterward and still today.


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■ Grumpy Cat, Chronicle Books, 96 pages, $14.95. From online sensation to author, Grumpy Cat is moving from the digital world to print

in order to better spread her messages of grumpiness. The celebrity cat has taken a break from her appearances on Good Morning America, Anderson Live and YouTube to regale the world with snubs and put downs. Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, shows of her non-smiling face in photos throughout the book. The photos are mostly accompanied by appropriately grumpy comments like “I got you a present … check the litter box” or “I’d have the last laugh … but my face doesn’t make that shape”. As well as the photographs and sayings there are Grumpy Cat games, like word search, connect the dots, and crosswords that all lead to various sourpuss messages. Grumpy Cat wants to make the world a grumpier place and teach you how to turn your smile upside down.

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photos Monika MacNeill/Caroline Helbig

WYA Point Resort is the brainchild of the Ucluelet First Nation, who own and operate the property. The yurts are the first of their kind in the Tofino-Ucluelet region. The yurts are available year-round with access to the private beaches within the Wya Point Resort.


Beachside ‘glamping’ Caroline Helbig Contributing Writer

I’M crazy about Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim, and I love staying right on the beach. But until recently, I had a dilemma . . .

photos Monika MacNeill

WYA Beach Surf Shop Café.

photo Caroline Helbig

THE 20 ft.-diameter round design, and domed roof with skylight, makes the yurt spacious and bright.

I’m a reluctant camper, especially in the B.C. rainforest, and I cringe at paying beachside hotel prices. Finally, I found the perfect solution: glamping — short for glamorous camping — at the Wya Point Resort yurts in Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island’s fabulous west coast. The cedar forest is dense and dark. My friend Monika and I are giddy as we negotiate the winding access road to Wya Point Resort. We’re excited about spending a few days on the glorious wild beaches between Tofino and Ucluelet, and curious about staying in a yurt. The modern adaptation of the circular tents used by nomads in the Mongolian steppe is a brilliant concept. Placed on the edge of a pristine Pacific Coast forest, overlooking a stunning crescent of beach, the yurts at Wya Point Resort look like they were created for this spot. Wya Point Resort is the brainchild of the Ucluelet First Nation, who own and operate the property. The yurts are the first of their kind in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor and address an overlooked market niche. With the exception of camping, the Wya Point yurts are one of the few affordable options with a much-coveted beachfront location. But unlike camping, yurts keep you warm and comfy, and there’s no need to schlepp loads of gear. Francis, the resort’s congenial property manager, shows us to our yurt. He leads us to a pretty A-frame covered deck and unlocks a sturdy wooden door that belies you’re about to enter a tent. “Wow” Monika exclaims, “this doesn’t look like a tent and it sure doesn’t feel like a tent!” The 20 ft.-diameter round design, and domed roof with skylight makes the yurt spacious and bright. Add a beautiful wooden floor, comfortable furnishings, a gas fireplace, and cabinets stocked with kitchen supplies and cozy duvets—voilà, you’ve got glamping! The interior of the yurt is nice, but the view from the back deck just about knocks our socks off. Monika and I gasp in

unison at the beach and rugged headlands. We’re mere steps from the sandy beach. Like enthusiastic youngsters, we race to the beach and let our feet sink into the smooth, tiny pebbles. “Our people have been here for over 6,000 years. Their longhouses were over there, at Wya Point, the high spot, as it is known among the Ucluelet people,” explains Tyson Touchie with obvious pride in his voice. Touchie is the manager of economic development for the Ucluth Development Corporation, and a surfer dude when he‘s able to sneak away from resort business. “ It was a strategic location for our village, and it is a very special place.” Later that day, Monika and I clamber up the craggy promontory and take in the sweeping view of Wya Beach and the coastal wilderness. From our high spot, we witness the environmental sensitivity that went into planning the resort. “We set the yurts back from the beach on purpose,” Tyson had mentioned earlier “so that when you look at the coastline from the water it looks wild . . . untouched. ” The resort has 15 yurts that share the long expanse of Wya Beach with 32 campsites nestled gracefully in the forest. The sites are so pretty, some with outstanding views of the beach; I’m almost tempted to give camping another go. Wya Point Resort borders the southern reaches of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and only the headland separates Wya Beach from the park’s Half Moon Bay. Monika and I set out to explore. We scramble over rocks, and where the route gets too precipitous we duck into the forest, bushwhacking through long abandoned trails. We come across an open expanse of high grass. The ground is thickly strewn with empty shells. Francis tells us later that this is a midden — a discarded shell depository for an old, First Nation’s village site. Eventually, with just a few cuts and scrapes, we make it to the other side. We’re happy to learn that the resort plans to carve out a proper trail. Half Moon Bay, with its double crescent beach, is gorgeous and deserted. From there, the forest trails and beaches of Pacific Rim Park provide endless hours of magnificent coastal hiking. A well-deserved lunch of fresh halibut wraps at the Wya Point Surf Shop Café hits the spot. It’s a funky little place with a great vibe, where menus are printed on surfboards, and tourists See Wya Point Resort page 34

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ALONG AMBLESIDE’S SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT For complete schedule of events, see our online Festival Guide Opening Receptions take place from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, August 2 Opening Night: ONNI Group Sunset Concerts featuring Spirit of the West at 7:30 p.m.

PERFORMING ARTS SENIORS’ SERIES Filling the park with jazz, blues and swing music to get your hands clapping and your feet tapping are the sounds of the Seniors’ Series presented by Hollyburn House. This year’s performances bring a new sound to some favourite classics that’ll definitely have you singing along. The Brothers Arntzen Brass Band DATE: Sunday, August 4 from 2-4 p.m. LOCATION: John Lawson Park

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WYA Point Resort borders the southern reaches of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and only the headland separates Wya Beach from the park’s Half Moon Bay.

Musical Occasions String Octet DATE: Monday, August 5 from 2-4 p.m. LOCATION: John Lawson Park Afternoon Dance featuring Dal Richards’ Orchestra DATE: Sunday, August 11 from 2-4 p.m. LOCATION: John Lawson Park

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YOUTH ROCK Join us for an afternoon of up-beat music in John Lawson Park as local youth bands take the stage Saturday, August 3 from 1-5 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m.

Madeleine King Run From The Hornet Tasha Fischer Universal Sibling with Harrison Ivaz

And much more music all day and night! For full schedule visit

VISUAL ARTS ARTSPEAKS Visit the ArtSpeaks tent, sponsored by the Ferry Building Gallery Friends Society, for an exciting line-up of artist’s talks, art demonstrations, workshops, hands-on classes and more. ArtSpeaks takes place daily and classes are free unless otherwise noted. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: • Painting demonstration by Alfonso Tejada (Sunday, August 4 from 1-2 p.m.)

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• Fashion Show featuring Wearable Art Vancouver (Tuesday, August 5 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.)

• Wood Carving: Xwalacktun & Friends (August 3-5 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. & August 10-11 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) ARTSY KIDS OUTDOOR STUDIO

Wya Point Resort has big plans for location From page 33

and locals hang out and swap surfing stories. We chicken out of surf lessons but rent a couple of stand-up paddleboards instead. Monika is an old pro. I on the other hand, a newbie, look like a baby attempting her first solo stand. Once I get the hang of it, it’s fun paddling over the blue-green water and checking out the massive kelp beds. But all to soon, boom . . . I’m in the water. Sitting on our yurt deck, glass of wine in hand, we warm ourselves in the late day sun and enjoy the tranquility of the property. The resort is just minutes from the amenities in Ucluelet in one direction, and popular Pacific Rim Park in the other direction, but it feels wonderfully isolated. The First Nation has plans for further development of Wya Point Resort, but they, more than anyone, understand the balance between economic growth and respect for their ancestral land. I had a pleasant chat with Joe, one of the maintenance guys who keep the property in tip-top shape. “Development is a good thing for our children, it brings work and security. We’ve done a nice job here,

I’m proud to share it with people from all over the world.” One bay south, at Ucluth Beach, finishing touches are being made to four, one- and two-bedroom luxury lodges, each unique in design. The post and beam architecture is striking, and each lodge is adorned with a spectacular house post carved by local artist Clifford George. Like the yurts, the lodges are steps from a heavenly beach and have been harmoniously integrated with the natural setting. “Great place for a special occasion,” Monika comments. I know that twinkle in her eye; she’s already scheming about a next getaway. Sounds like a plan, but for now I’m deliriously content glamping on Wya Beach. I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so refreshed. Lulled to sleep by the rhythmic waves crashing on the beach, I’ve just had the most luxurious slumber in our cozy yurt. Monika makes coffee, while I mix a hearty batch of oatmeal. We eat outside, on our favourite driftwood perch, and watch an eagle catch his breakfast on the mist-shrouded beach. We couldn’t agree more with Touchie, Wya Point is a very special place.

The Artsy Kids Outdoor Studio, sponsored by the North Shore News, offers artist-run workshops, drop-in classes & artful happenings for children, youth, and their families. Great way for kids, tweens and teens to have fun at Harmony! Full course listing at Drop-ins for all workshops welcome.

FOOD & DRINK GROSVENOR WATERFRONT LOUNGE Located at the water’s edge, enjoy the sounds of the RE/MAX Garden Concerts on the Pacific Arbour Garden Stage. Enjoy delicious food served by Mangia E Bevi with beverages selected by house wine. LOCATION: Millennium Park (foot of 15th Street, West Vancouver) ADMISSION: Free, open to the public. Families welcome. HOURS: August 2 2-10:30 p.m. August 3-11 12-10:30 p.m.

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THE resort has 15 yurts that share the long expanse of Wya Beach with 32 campsites in the forest.

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Popular musical returns for an encore

Fringe favourite Riverview High updates classic love triangle ■ Riverview High: The Musical, Aug. 7-24 at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St., Vancouver. Tickets: $18/$20 available at or by calling 604-689-0926.

Christine Lyon

AS any good girl will tell you, sometimes it sure is fun to be bad. Over the years, selfdescribed “girl-next-door” Ranae Miller has accumulated a collection of Archie comic books numbering in the hundreds and, while she has always considered herself a true Betty at heart, she is nonetheless intrigued by Betty’s saucy rival Veronica. “When I was little I used to act out the Veronica parts with myself,” says Miller, 23. “She was always the fun one to play because she’s a mean girl.” Now, the graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program has a chance photo Angela Wong to assume the rich-bitch attitude in front of a real live CAPILANO University Musical Theatre grads Ranae Miller and Alex Gullason are featured performers in Riverview High: The Musical audience. She’s not playing at the Firehall Arts Centre Aug, 7 to 24. Use Layar app to view video. Riverdale High student Veronica Lodge, though, but The Deep Cove resident discovered her love for the stage has problems of own as his not-so-secret admirer Esther just instead is taking on the role of Riverview High student Erica as a member of the choir and drama programs at Seycove can’t seem to take a hint. Snodge — who bears an uncanny likeness to the former with secondary. She too played a supporting role during the Fringe Miller, a Richmond resident, caught the acting bug at age her long brunette hair and fondness for miniskirts. run of Riverview High and aspired to one day land the part 11 when she enrolled at Gateway Theatre’s Academy for the Set in 1996, Riverview High: The Musical is loosely based of nice-gal Cathy. As a “cabin fan” of Archie comics, Gullason Performing Arts. She participated in high school plays and on the antics of Archie and the gang, though Miller says the would spend childhood summer vacations devouring double was a member of the ensemble during the Fringe showing of show is also inspired by a mix of ’90s teen pop culture such as digests, silently rooting for her favourite Riverdale resident, Riverview High. Stepping into Erica’s high-heeled pumps will TV’s Saved by the Bell and the Clueless movie. Betty. With music and lyrics by Stewart Yu, book by Angela Wong, give her the long-awaited chance to demonstrate her acting Riverview High is a bit zany, yes, and there’s no shortage of range. and lyrics by Mike Mackenzie Riverview High was voted Pick upbeat singing and dancing, but Gullason says the show also “I’m usually typecast as the girl-next-door ingénue kind of of the Fringe after its initial run at the 2012 Vancouver Fringe has heart. character, so I’m really excited this time around to actually get Festival and won the 2013 Ovation Award for Outstanding “It’s more than just a big campy musical. It’s got a lot of to play the mean girl,” she says. “Stewart Yu has written some Production (Small Theatre). It’s set to make another run at deeper moments in it as well,” she says. great stuff for Erica and it’s just so much fun to sing, and just Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre Aug. 7 to 24. So, why was the Fringe run of Riverview High a soldso fun to be a little bit mean.” The story revolves around redheaded Alex, who has out success, and why has the gang returned for an encore In Riverview High, Miller joins a cast and crew featuring accidentally invited both sexy, stylish Erica and sweet-natured performance? Perhaps for the same reason Archie comics are more than a dozen recent Capilano University graduates, Cathy to the prom. still on the newsstand after 70 years. including fellow Musical Theatre Program alumnus Alex “Trouble ensues and he has to make a decision by “No matter what age, everyone has grown up with the Gullason, who plays Cathy, Erica’s former best friend and graduation day,” Miller says, explaining both Erica and Cathy classic love triangle story,” Miller says. “There’s something for competitor for Alex’s affection. have suitors of their own, which puts the pressure on Alex to everyone, whether you’re the guy who doesn’t know which girl “It’s just fun to play the girl next door that everybody choose. to pick, or you’re the guy who’s trying to vie for someone’s loves,” says Gullason, 21, who sports a perky blonde ponytail So, he enlists the help of his hot-dog-loving best friend attention. Everyone can connect to something in this story.” and sugar-sweet sundresses for the part. Parker to help him weigh his options. But girl-hating Parker

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CALENDAR From page 32 at 7:30 p.m. with a variety of styles including jazz, blues, boggiewoogie, Latin jazz, free form and more. Schedule: Aug. 15, Trilogy; Aug. 17, Blackstick; Aug. 22, Don Hardy’s Guilty Pleasures and Aug. 24, Locarno. Tickets: $25/$20. The Village at Park Royal: West Vancouver. Celebrate Summer: Live music Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m. and Fridays, 4-7 p.m. until Aug. 16 (between Urban Barn and Cactus Club). CLUBS AND PUBS Electric Owl: 928 Main St., Vancouver. Info: 604-558-0928. A Concert Series that brings together Steve Dawson’s Black Hen House Band with special guest artists each month. Tickets: or at the door. Jack Lonsdale’s Pub: 1433 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: 604-986-7333. Live music every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Larson Station Restaurant: Glenegales Clubhouse, 6190 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 778-279-8874. Summer Music Series: Mario Ho, accompanied by Dave Sikula, guitar and Dave Guiney, bass will perform songs from her newly released singles and recent album Friday, Aug. 23, 7-9 p.m. La Zuppa: 1544 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. 604-986-6556.

Narrows Pub: 1979 Spicer Rd., North Vancouver. Mist Ultra Bar: 105-100 Park Royal, West Vancouver. Info: 604926-2326. DJs spin classic dance music from the 80s, 90s and today. Queens Cross Pub: 2989 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: The Raven Pub: 1052 Deep Cove Rd., North Vancouver. Info: Red Lion Bar & Grill: 2427 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. Info: 604-926-8838. Jazz Pianist Randy Doherty will perform every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Rusty Gull: 175 East First St., North Vancouver. Live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Mostly Marley performs every Sunday, 7 p.m. Sailor Hagar’s Brew Pub: 235 West First St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-984-3087. Live music every Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.1 a.m. The Village Taphouse: Park Royal Village, West Vancouver. Info: 604-922-8882. OTHER EVENTS Delbrook Park: West Queens Road and Delbrook Avenue, North Vancouver.

Outdoor Movie Night: Shrek will be screened Thursday, Aug. 15 at 8:30 p.m. Free admission, but donations of non-perishable food items or cash will be gladly received for the Harvest Project. John Lawson Park: 750 17th St., West Vancouver. Harmony Arts Festival — Cinema in the Park: An outdoor movie experience at 9 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 2, Life of Pi; Aug. 3, Funny Girl; Aug. 4, Local Hero; Aug. 9, Grease; Aug. 10, Canadian Anmination. Info: Silk Purse Arts Centre: 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Info: 604-925-7292 or Songs and Stories: Composer Michael Conway Baker will share show biz, film and concert music stories past and present the third Wednesday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Admission by donation. North Shore Cric Crac Storytelling Evenings presented by the Vancouver Society of Storytelling take place the first Sunday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Admission: $7/$5. West Vancouver Memorial Library: 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 604-925-7407 or Monday Movie Nights: The library will screen movies on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 12, Silver Linings Playbook; Aug. 19, Hope Springs; Aug. 26, Quartet. — compiled by Debbie Caldwell. Email information for your North Shore event to


restaurant guide $ Bargain Fare ($5-8) $ $ Inexpensive ($9-12) $ $ $ Moderate ($13-15) $ $ $ $ Fine Dining ($15-25) LIVE MUSIC

AUSTRIAN Jagerhof Restaurant


Best Little Schnitzel House in Town

71 Lonsdale Ave, N. Van. 604-980-4316

BISTRO Cindy’s Café


Local favourite Cindy’s Café is now open for diner every Friday and Saturday night.Come for the good food,stay for the friendly atmosphere and enjoy our free BYOWine policy. Corkage is for strangers! Cindy’s is for neighbours.Visit for details and reserve with Patrick at 604-925-2880.

1850 Marine Dr., W. Van. 604-925-2880

Larson Station West Coast Bistro & Banquets $$$ For 2 or 200! Enjoy sweeping views through the 6th fairway,to the ocean at Gleneagles Clubhouse.Larson Station West Coast Bistro,a fabulous little restaurant and banquet facility, tucked away on the Gleneagles Golf Course.LIVE MUSIC Fridays & Saturdays BRUNCH on weekends. Family friendly & casual,with flavours of the West Coast.

6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver 778-279-8874

Truffle House & Café


The Truffle House & Café is truly a warm place to eat European cuisine with friendly service and reasonable price. Philippe & Fabienne Chaber have created a cozy and comfortable atmosphere and offer a delicious combination of French, Italian and West Coast specialties that your taste buds will love.Already well known for their brunch & lunch, the Truffle House is pleased to offer you DINNER! Join us Friday & Saturday evenings from 5-10 pm for delicious seasonal menus.

2452 Marine Drive, W. Van. 604-922-4222


The Salmon House

The Cheshire Cheese Restaurant & Bar


Excellent seafood and British dishes on the Waterfront. Friday and Saturday, Prime Rib Dinner. Sunday, Turkey Dinner.Weekends and Holidays, our acclaimed Eggs Benny. Open for lunch or dinner, 7 days a week.

2nd Floor Lonsdale Quay Market, N. Van. 604-987-3322

CHINESE Neighbourhood Noodles House


North Shore’s best variety & quality Chinese food.Serving Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week.Eat in,10% off takeout. Free delivery min.$20.00 order within 3 kms.

1352 Lonsdale Ave., N. Van. 604-988-9885

Chef Hung Taiwanese Noodle


Critically acclaimed worldwide for its delectable beef noodle, Chef Hung has won numerous Championships in Taiwan and now crowned the Best Noodle House in Vancouver! Come see what all the excitement is about.

1560 Marine Dr., W. Van. 778-279-8822 UBC Wesbrook Village: 102 - 3313 Shrum Lane, Vancouver 604-228-8765 Aberdeen Centre: 2800 - 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond • 604-295-9357

FINE DINING The Observatory



An epicurean experience 3700’ above the twinkling lights of Vancouver.

Grouse Mtn, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, N. Van. 604-998-4403


Serving spectacular views and fine, indigenous west coast cuisine for over 30 years. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Live entertainment in Coho Lounge on weekend evenings.

2229 Folkestone Way, W. Van. Reservations: or call 604-926-3212

FRENCH Chez Michel


Classic French cuisine served in an elegant and graceful setting. For over 34 years, Chez Michel has treated guests to only the best. Traditional seafood and meat entrees, dressed in rich, tempting sauces, are specially featured alongside a superb selection of wines and a decadent dessert list. Superior service with a waterfront view helps complete your lunch or dinner experience.

1373 Marine Dr. (2nd flr) W. Van. 604-926-4913

GREEK Kypriaki Taverna


For the BEST quality and the BEST prices, come visit or call for delivery today. Open everyday @ Noon for lunch.Voted one of the top 5 Greek restaurants in the Lower Mainland.With our outstanding food, reasonable prices, friendly service and candle-lit charm you will see why so many people call it their favourite restaurant. Call for delivery/ take out tonight or come in for a relaxing Mediterranean experience.

1356 Marine Dr, N. Van. 604-985-7955


INDIAN Handi Cuisine of India


Reader’s Choice 2006 Winner offering Authentic Indian Cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner,7 days a week.Weekend buffet,ocean view, free delivery.

1340 Marine Dr., W. Van. 604-925-5262 Where one spicy sauce does not fit all.Readers’Choice award winning restaurant for 5 years! Open for Lunch & Dinner.Lunch Buffet $10.95.

116 East 15th St, N. Van. 604-986-7555

PUB $$

Voted the North Shore’s favourite pub 16 years running by you. The Bear is your local, friendly, comfortable pub that is 100% smoke free.We have ample free parking, Take-Out menu, Daily drink and food specials, full sports coverage, and a large, heated veranda. Come in for a bite and a drink.


A Lower Lonsdale legend for 23 years. Home to the best in live music Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun nights. Great food selection that surpasses the norm. The best weekend breakfasts ‘til 2pm. Great selection of import draft. All Canucks PPV games on the big screens.

175 East 1st St., N. Van. 604-988-5585


Offers an excellent menu, the best craft brewed ales & lagers in Vancouver, live music, satellite sports, pool table, dart boards & heated patio with a spectacular city view.

86 Semisch Ave., N. Van. 604-984-3087


Damn good pub! We try to take everything that’s good about a pub, and leave out what’s not, then add lots more good… Start with a comfortable room around a giant fireplace, add 20 ice cold brews on tap, really damn good food, some awesome events, and pretty much the most personable group of folks you’ll ever meet… and welcome to the Village Tap House! Come in for dinner, to catch the game on our dozens of high-def flat screens, or check the events page to see what’s happening this week.

1C - 900 Main Street, Village at Park Royal, West Vancouver 604-922-8882

SEAFOOD C-Lovers Fish & Chips


The best fish & chips on the North Shore!

1177 Lynn Valley Road, N. Van 604.990.8880

The Rusty Gull

Sailor Hagar’s Neighbourhood Pub

Village Tap House

Palki Best Indian Cuisine $ $

The Black Bear Neighbhourhood Pub


Marine Dr. @ Pemberton, N. Van. 604-980-9993 & OUR NEW LOCATION: 6640 Royal Ave., Horseshoe Bay, W. Van. 604-913-0994

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Datsun to rise again in far-off lands Brendan McAleer Contributing Writer

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THE new Prius Plug-in is slowed by the weight of a larger lithium battery pack, but the hybrid can be fully charged from a regular outlet in just three hours. It is available at Jim Pattison Toyota in the Northshore Auto Mall.

it to people, and that’s not very exciting. Thanks to some clever advertising, everybody knows what a Nissan Leaf looks like — and that it gets you hugs from polar bears — but this car is just another Prius. On the good side, the Prius’ ergonomic-mouse design now has a bit of flair, with sharp-looking headlights and a modicum of styling lines. It’s also immediately recognizable as a hybrid, something that gives it status, in a way. Mind you, Prius styling is all about a low coefficient of friction, and the PHEV is certainly slippery. Other than that, you’ve probably ridden in a taxicab that looks just like it. Environment More good news on the inside, as the fitment of a larger lithium ion battery pack to boost the Prius’ maximum

Maki’s difficult task is made somewhat more complicated by the fact that his front teeth keep falling out. Eventually the chairman asks just what the heck is going on and Maki explains in embarrassment — during testing in California, there was a rather severe accident, and he put his head through the windshield of one of the test vehicles. But the team did win an uphill highway drag race with a Volkswagen Beetle! He is convinced that Datsun in America will do well. And now 65 years later Nissan sells an all-electric car and a monster that’s capable of going from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in two and a half seconds. Thank goodness they eventually learned how to do seatbelts. Datsun has been in the news of late as the brand is coming back to overseas markets as a way for Nissan to hawk super-cheap cars without tarnishing the Nissan nameplate. Of course, in North America the Datsun brand has its own history, and even though it’s a Japanese company, the story of the corporation’s success is a pan-Pacific one. The very first American Dat-

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2013 Prius Plug-in

Prius goes to the wall

ONE of the major problems with the electric car is that they haven’t really designed it for idiots like me. Let me explain.


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I quite like electric cars for short-distance travel. They’re smooth, they’re quiet, they cost just pennies a kilometre (once you’ve paid for the initial cost), and there’s something to be said for the scavenger-hunt feel of tracking down a free charging station. Actually, if you drive your electric car to Granville Island on a weekend, you get VIP parking right out front, courtesy of BC Hydro. But for all of this to work, for all this excellence to actually be there in your driveway, humming and ready to go, you have to remember to plug the darn thing in. And, unfortunately, remembering to plug things in is not my forte.

Grinding Gears

Brendan McAleer In fact, I’ve got to stop typing this right now and go find the cord for my laptop as it’s about to die. I’m not the only one either — there are thousands of people out there right now with the 10 per cent battery life warning flashing on their iPhones and still an entire day to be got through.

Here’s Toyota’s solution, and it’s a simple one. It’s a Prius with a cord, an electric car with a short range that can be fully charged in just three hours from a regular outlet, but that turns into a regular hybrid when the battery runs out. In many ways, it’s an electric car for dummies — but is it really worth the premium over a regular hybrid? Design There’s much to like about what Toyota’s done with their eco-friendly Prius, now that they’ve sold three million of the things and expanded a single model into a brand. However, from the outside, there’s almost nothing to differentiate this plug-in variant from its cordless brethren. Yes, the PHEV Prius (for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) does say “Plug-In Vehicle” right there on the front flanks, but you’d be forever explaining


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carry charge hasn’t really impacted interior space. Thus, and again just like a regular Prius, you get a spacious, airy cabin along with a usefully sized lift-back trunk. Rear seat room is good, the seats are all comfortable, and a jogging stroller fits in the back without any hassle. Unfortunately, Toyota’s obsession with making sure the Prius is as environmentally sensitive as possible has resulted in an interior that’s a bit recycled-looking, and not in a good way. The plastics are all lined up well, but they’re all also very thin and flimsy feeling. High-trim PHEVs come with a pseudo leather that looks OK, but has the feel of a wetsuit, and the unrelenting

grey of everything is a bit depressing. It feels like you’re about to take Eeyore for a ride. The ordinary Prius has been in service for some time now, and likewise the PHEV model has a dated interface and old-fashioned navigation system that’s more flip-phone than iPod. Everything’s all green and black, like an early 1990s desktop computer, and it certainly doesn’t feel cutting edge. Happily though, the ergonomics are mostly quite good — apart from the switches for the heated seats, which are located so far away they might as well be in another car. I especially liked the way touching the steering wheel controls caused a diagram to flash on the high-mounted screen so you could see what

button you were about to press without actually looking down. Performance By law, every single motoring writer is required to spend a minimum of four column inches complaining about how dull and soulless a Prius is to drive. But we’ll take that as read. The fact is, driving the PHEV requires a certain recalibration of the old gearhead meter — it’s a car in that it has wheels and goes places, but you really need to rethink the definition of “performance.” Yes, it’s very slow. The added weight of the larger lithium battery pack is compounded by the fact that it delivers its electricity in an entirely different way than the old nickel hydride cell. The

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suns, the sort that Maki-san was head-butting, were modelled on the Austin A50 Cambridge, and were therefore slightly terrible. They started selling them in California in 1958 and their only real redeeming quality was cheapness. In Japan, the Datsun badge emerged in the 1930s on an actual car: the Datson Type 10. This tiny machine came by its name in a quite literal fashion, being a small displacement vehicle built by the DAT company (this a three letter acronym of the partners’ surnames), it was the son of DAT. A DAT-son! Of course, “son” isn’t a Japanese word, and in some dialects actually sounds like the word for “loss.” Not to be overly superstitious or anything, a hurricane destroyed the factory where the first Datsons were built, and the company immediately changed their name to Datsun, hoping that a reference to rising sun would have better luck. In the Byzantine mess of company takeovers and acquisitions that accompanied and followed the Second World War, truck-maker Nissan got the rights to the Datsun nameplate and started building cars under it. When they started to bring both the tiny first sedans and pickups to the U.S. market, parent company Nissan elected to just sell them all as Datsuns. Most of the brass wasn’t even convinced America was a viable market. Indeed, it might not have been given the lacklustre product that was getting shipped across the water. Early U.S. Datsun dealers often sold other brands of cars, or lawnmowers, or were attached to service stations — a real hodgepodge. Nobody really wanted the Datsun 1000 sedan, and the reviews from the motoring press were fairly terrible. However, around the same time as the first cars were arriving on U.S. soil, a black sheep named Yutaka Katayama won Datsun its first endurance rally, a circumnavigation of Australia. For this feat, he was shipped off to America as it was considered highly embarrassing for a Japanese executive to be interested in motor racing. Mr. K, as he would come to be known, might not have fit into Japanese corporate culture, but he fell in love with car-crazy California. It was a perfect match, and the gregarious, personable vice president started drumming up business, hand-delivering cars, going door-to-door, doing all he could to get the Datsun brand established. On the East Coast, Mr. K’s compatriot was a young engineer more in the traditional Japanese mold. However, Soichi Kawazoe had been educated in the U.S., and he had a unique insight into what would make these rinky-dink little cars work in America. He was also not above getting his hands dirty, and would occasionally drop by dealerships to do repairs himself. The first Datsun sedans may not have been big sellers, but their pickup truck was a hit, especially with gardeners and handymen. It was small but it was tough, with a decent payload

capacity and very good fuel economy. As many U.S. servicemen on-station in Japan had seen and driven Datsun trucks before, something of a small following began to grow. Datsun’s big break in the passenger car market would come with the Bluebird series of sedans, with respectable sales numbers finally coming by the mid-’60s. Datsun Canada opened its doors in 1964, and northern buyers on the hunt for a small, fuel-efficient car or truck started looking at Japanese cars in a new way. The Datsuns weren’t just cheap anymore, they were actually reliable, and decently peppy. Then, after a great deal of behind-the-scenes cajoling by Mr. K, the iconic Datsun 510 arrived, powered by a 1,600 cubic centimetre engine that made it a performance rival to the much more expensive BMW 1600. The 510 proved to be one of Datsun’s greatest success stories, and is one of its best-remembered cars, but it’s worth pointing out that most of the Datsuns sold were still the slightly more efficient Datsun 1200s, the “Sunny.” Despite being more pragmatic than the great-handling 510 (which was winning races at the hands of Peter Brock), the 1200 of the ’70s would have been the Datsun most folks were familiar with. Except, of course, for the one everybody wanted. This was the 240Z. Emerging from the ashes of a scrapped partnership between Yamaha and Nissan, the gorgeous 240Z arrived in the U.S. in 1970 and was an instant hit. Called the Fairlady in overseas markets, U.S.-spec 240Zs came with a 151 horsepower inline six engine, balanced handling and a great ride. The cars also did very well in road racing, and legend has it Sports Car Club of America racer Bob Sharp got his hands on the first road-racing Z after a model at the Canadian International AutoShow accidentally sat on the roof and put an enormous dent in it. The car was pulled from the publicity circuit, and Sharp soon had it out on the track. Sadly, by the mid-’70s both Katayama and Kawazoe would be retired or shuffled off, and the leadership of Nissan U.S.A. would return to a Japan-centric style, with executives visiting America only occasionally. The cars suffered, culminating in the final folding of Datsun entirely: first there were cars badged “Datsun by Nissan,” and by the mid-’80s, all were Nissans. The public seemed confused by the shift, and sales waned. Now, of course, Nissan is a global powerhouse, having recovered from its slump with excellent products like the Altima. The Versa Note looks like it’s going to sell well, and the GT-R is undoubtedly still a feared machine on the racetrack. Even so, I wish you could still walk into one of the company’s pristine red and silver dealerships and see a homely little Datsun 510 sitting there. Not saying I’d give my eyeteeth for it, but still.

latter worked quite well in a hybrid application, charging quickly and then releasing power in a burst, but the PHEV’s setup just lets the charge trickle out slowly. Add in a very small electric traction motor and the shortrange pack (electric car owners scoffed at the three kilowatt hour rating), and highway on-ramps become a bit of an ordeal. Theoretically, it should be possible to eke 25 kilometres of electric-only range out of the PHEV, but it requires a very gentle foot on the accelerator. This Prius loves to turn its gasoline engine on at the slightest provocation. Instead of acting like a proper electric car, it doles out the stored electricity to supplement its natural hybrid car tendencies — which actually works quite well. There are few occasions where you can drive just on electricity, but a quick plug into the wall means short-range trips consume in the neighbourhood of 2.2 litres/100 kilometres. Best of all, drive a little farther and it becomes a regular, if slightly slower, Prius hybrid. Apart from the

up-front cost, there are hardly any disadvantages, and quick grocery store trips can be accomplished at almost no cost: it takes just 25 cents to fully charge the battery pack. Features Aside from the standard hybrid vehicle displays, the PHEV is very well equipped, with navigation and a smart-key system that work seamlessly. The add-on options package costs more than $5,000 and seems hardly worth it, for a bigger stereo and those notvery-nice faux leather seats. However, it does come with radar-guided cruise control, ordinarily a luxury car feature. Observed fuel economy ranged from zero l/100 km (can’t beat that) on short, low-speed drives to 5.2 l/100 km when the battery ran flat and the air-conditioning was on full blast. Most of the time, the PHEV consumed somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2.0 l/100 km, which is even slightly better than its rating. Program in all the free charging points in the Lower Mainland, and costs go down even further. Green light Simply excellent fuel economy; smooth ride; useful space; quick charging. Stop sign

Slow; gasoline engine kicks in under even light loads; cheap feeling interior; lots of road noise. The checkered flag Inching the Prius slightly closer towards a proper electric vehicle offering. Competitors Ford C-Max Energi The C-Max is essentially just an embiggened Ford Focus, and as such, it drives great. This plug-in version takes longer to charge than the Prius, but has a longer range (around 31 km in real-world testing), and stays in EV mode longer. More importantly, it goes like the clappers, with huge off-the-line torque and plenty of power. You can drive the C-Max just like a regular car, and the handling and power delivery won’t make you wish you hadn’t gone green. If there’s an issue, it’s with the C-Max’s very small cargo space (the battery pack eats up most of the trunk) and the fact that the Prius will likely have better resale due to its established presence and long track record. Though the Ford is more dynamic, the Prius might still be the smarter buy where running costs are concerned.


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