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WCB sues aircraft manufacturer for NV pilot’s death Transport Canada also named in negligence suit JANE SEYD jseyd@nsnews.com

The Workers’ Compensation Board is suing the aircraft company that manufactured the King Air 100 plane that crashed just short of the runway at Vancouver International Airport two years ago, killing the North Vancouver pilot and his co-pilot. The WCB filed the lawsuit Oct. 22 in B.C. Supreme Court against

manufacturer Beechcraft Corporation. Also named in the suit are Pratt & Whitney Canada, which makes aircraft engines, and Raisbeck Engineering, which makes aircraft modifications. The WCB is suing the companies for negligence causing the deaths of pilot Luc Fortin and co-pilot Matthew Robic. The lawsuit also names the federal government, saying Transport Canada was negligent for failing to address known problems of electrical systems causing fires after airplane crashes despite recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board. The suit also claims Transport Canada was negligent in failing to force companies to deal

with potential oil leaks from loose oil caps on the plane’s engines. None of the allegations have been proven in court. The lawsuit comes two years after the fatal crash that killed the two pilots and injured seven passengers as the Kelownabound plane was returning to Vancouver International Airport to deal with an oil leak in one of the engines. The pilot lost control of the plane in the final moments of the flight and slammed into Russ Baker Way in Richmond, catching fire. Passersby rushed to help injured passengers out of the wreckage, saving their lives. But the pilots were trapped in the burning plane for longer. They both See TSB page 3

North Van dry cleaner faces environmental charges

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A North Vancouver drycleaning business is in hot water with Environment Canada after allegedly mishandling a toxic chemical. Lester Cleaners at 124 East 14th Street and company owner Alhamid Dharshi have been charged with three counts

under the Environmental Protection Act for not properly storing, disposing or reporting the chemical tetrachloroethylene, also known as PERC. PERC is a chemical used in the dry-cleaning process and has been federally regulated for the past 10 years. According to Environment Canada’s website, atmospheric concentrations of PERC

could have adverse effects on some plants, particularly trees, and contamination of groundwater is a concern with improper disposal of the chemical. Dry-cleaning companies are required to submit an annual report to Environment Canada of receipts, books and records of the purchase, use and See Chemical page 3

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TSB recommended switches From page 1 died of injuries caused by the fire. In July, the Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings into the causes of the crash. 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. Since 2006, the safety board has recommended that Transport Canada adopt new standards including special switches 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. If Transport Canada had required the switches be installed, the pilots would have survived the accident, the lawsuit states. Passengers who survived the crash have also called on the government to take action on the issue. The Transportation Safety Board 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 airline company had

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MEMBERS of North Vancouver’s pilot Luc Fortin’s family, including his wife Dagne Fortin and daughter Katelyn Fortin, at a press conference after the crash in October 2011. The WCB is seeking damages on behalf of the pilots‘ families. PHOTO SUPPLIED also not adopted an optional modification offered by the engine manufacturer that would have dealt with the possibility of an unsecured oil cap. Pilots also did not take action after the oil leak was pointed out to them prior to take off. The lawsuit launched this week blames Beechcraft for failing to adequately warn pilots of proper procedures they should follow when dealing with a loss of engine

oil pressure. The lawsuit alleges modifications to the aircraft done by Raisbeck “significantly increased the drag caused by an engine operating at reduced power” and “significantly increased” the minimum speed needed to maintain control when the plane was flying with only one engine working at full power. The lawsuit is seeking damages on behalf of the

pilots’ families. A spokeswoman from Beechcraft declined to comment on the lawsuit. Spokespersons for the federal justice department and Transport Canada also declined comment. A West Vancouver woman who was a passenger on the plane also filed a suit recently against Northern Thunderbird Air Inc., the airline company. Carolyn Cross had her

seat come unbolted from the floor of the airplane from the force of the crash, according to the lawsuit. Cross suffered multiple fractures and soft tissue injuries, mild brain injury and psychological injuries from the crash, according to her statement of claim. Six other passengers, including a West Vancouver businessman, previously launched a similar suit against the airline.

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disposal of PERC in their facilities. Companies are also required to properly dispose of any PERC residue, including sludge, lint and used filters. Residues, as well as wastewater, are to be stored in a secondary containment system. Lester’s, along with 47 other Lower Mainland dry-cleaning businesses, was inspected last year by Environment Canada Enforcement Officers. Almost half of the businesses inspected were found to have at least one container of PERC, wastewater or residue without a secondary containment system. Lester’s is the only company that has been charged so far. According to information contained in a search warrant application,

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Lester’s Dry Cleaning was among 47 companies inspected by Environment Canada officers last year. The North Van company now faces environmental charges. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH Dharshi allegedly told officers during the initial June 2012 inspection that his business used PERC and that two containers in the facility held wastewater containing the toxic chemical. According to the application, officers also noted a container of sludge, which is dirt that

is left over from cooking PERC. Dharshi allegedly told officers the container of sludge had been at the facility for three or four months without secondary containment. Dharshi did not return calls to the North Shore News by press time. A spokesman for

Environment Canada also declined further comment on the case. Environment Canada officers conduct inspections of dry-cleaning businesses to ensure they are following government regulations regarding the use of PERC, including storage, use and disposal.

PERC is included in the Priority Substances List, a list of 44 substances that are assessed by the Department of the Environment and Health as to whether they are “toxic or capable of becoming toxic,” and pose a risk to health or the environment. PERC was found to be toxic. Newer dry-cleaning machines are more efficient in minimizing any spills of the chemical and better manage the disposal of the residue and wastewater. Prairie Distributors, the company that supplied PERC to the 21 businesses that were inspected, was sent a notice by Environment Canada in 2008 prohibiting them from selling PERC to any owner or operator of a dry-cleaning machine that did not have a secondary containment system. Investigators searched the distributing company in August 2012.

North Shore MLAs spent more than $40,000 in expenses within a sixmonth period, according to a report released Oct. 29. The report lists MLAs’ pay and expenses between April 1 and Sept. 30 of this year. Ralph Sultan, MLA for WestVancouver-Capilano, claimed the highest total expenses in the six-month period, at just over $18,000. Sultan’s expenses included $6,000 for a living allowance while inVictoria and general travel costs at just over $8,700. NaomiYamamoto, North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA, had the second highest expense total at a little over $10,300, while North Vancouver-Seymour MLA JaneThornthwaite’s expenses amounted to just over $9,550. Yamamoto’s expenses included $3,200 forVictoria accommodations and general travel costs of about $4,000. Thornthwaite’s expenses included just over $4,600 in general travel expenses and just under $2,000 in a capital living allowance. Joan McIntyre, MLA for WestVancouver-Sea to Sky, who retired from politics in May, claimed the lowest total at just under $2,400. Total expenses for MLAs include a capital city allowance to offset the costs of accommodation while they are inVictoria, in-constituency travel and general travel expenses. The report also included MLA salaries, as well extra money earned for additional duties during the same time period. Sultan andYamamoto — who both held cabinet positions during that time period — were paid just under $59,000 and just over $65,000 respectively for the six months.Thornthwaite earned about $56,400.

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Got something to say about West Vancouver council matters but don’t want to make the trip to district hall? The district’s now got you covered with the launch of westvancouverITE, an online platform designed to boost community engagement in ways typically only possible by attending meetings. “West Vancouver has many important decisions to make for which we need input and direction from residents, but we recognize that people have busy lives and can’t make it to a stream of open houses and council meetings,” said Mayor Michael Smith in a press release. “This service

lets those people inform themselves about issues and reach us with their thoughts and opinions without always having to come to meetings.” The district launched the service this week to coincide with Park Royal’s application to build condo towers at the corner of Marine Drive and Taylor Way. Members of the public have always been able to fire off an email to council members and have their comments included in the public record, but the new online engagement tool aims to take that to another level. Along with a convenient form for submitting comments, the service includes easily accessible video presentations by staff, developers and project

consultants — similar to what residents would get if they were sitting in municipal hall. “It has more interactive properties and we’re able to share more information,” said Jeff McDonald, district spokesman. The district is seeking a legal opinion on whether online comments can be considered as part of a public hearing. Comments appear, with the submitter’s name (if they choose to use one) online almost immediately. Information is also presented to council to inform the decision making process.The next item up for public consultation and discussion on the site is the district’s 2014 budget.Visit the site at westvancouver. ca/westvancouverITE/

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Dear Editor: It was with a lot of trepidation that I read the Friday, Oct. 18 front page story, “Colliers Unveils NV Waterfront Plan.”This plan is an assault on the residents of North Vancouver’s recreational property. Lot 5 of the old BurrardYarrows site was for the public’s use. We were supposed to have

a marine museum. Our government screwed us on that. Now council want to sell this site to the Pinnacle Hotel group to extend the massive white wall on the south side of East Esplanade another couple of hundred feet or so. BurrardYarrows was a large reason the North Shore is as prosperous as

it is today.The high wages and the large groups of employees over the 90-year history of this shipyard are what helped make us the city we all want to live in.This property should retain this history. If we let Colliers’ plan take fruition this site will be lost to all the residents of North Vancouver. Our

council seem to think large corporations offering sacks of money is the way to steam ahead. If we let this happen we lose this marvellous piece of the North Shore forever. We need to let council know we are not going to let this happen. Lot 5 is definitely not for sale. Bill Donaldson North Vancouver

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Dear Editor: Re: “Slow: Bike Routes Ahead — City may cut speed limits to 30 km/h” Oct. 11. As someone who lives on the North Shore, and has friends and family who use the bikeways in the City of North Vancouver, I feel the decision to slow

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emphasize making alternate modes of transportation more convenient.This city movement to slow speed limits on streets with bikeways is a great step in promoting cycling and cutting down the city’s carbon emissions. Mitchell Mills North Vancouver

Change to liquor laws would help Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to respond to your editorial cartoon in the Friday, Oct. 25 edition of the North Shore News. As an active member of the Lynn Valley Legion, Branch 114, I feel there needs to be some clarification to the message you have sent out to the general public regarding “families participating in their local legion.” Members of any branch spend hundreds of hours dedicating themselves to the community in which they live.This includes raising money for donations, bursaries, looking after our vets, the elderly and, of course, our young people through sports, entrepreneurial programs

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Mixing booze, politics a potent cocktail Other than its approach to creating a liquefied natural gas industry and talking about growing the economy, the B.C. Liberal government is not particularly active when it comes to other initiatives. It is not a government bent on fixing all kinds of things or sticking its nose in a lot of people’s business. When the legislature resumes sitting next February, don’t expect a heavy legislative package to be put before the house (except for bills relating directly to economic measures). But there is a big exception to this light touch of lawmaking that will affect many people, and that is the looming overhaul of the province’s liquor laws. Changing the rules when it comes to alcohol use is always tinged with controversy, which is why major changes rarely occur. The last significant overhaul was done for the province’s Expo 86, although there has been the occasional tweak since then. B.C. Liberal MLA JohnYap is heading up the review. The public consultation phase ended

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View from the Ledge this week and so farYap has received a blizzard of feedback. The website set up for the review has had more than 50,000 hits (average stay: 10 minutes) while there have been more than 100 email submissions and almost 60 meetings with stakeholders. It’s not surprising there is enormous public interest in the subject, given the evolution of B.C.’s laws governing alcohol. Framed against modern attitudes, some of the old laws seem downright bizarre and would surprise most people today that they even exist. For example, how many people know that vodka (today’s most popular

distilled spirit) was banned in B.C. until 1960? Or that music was only permitted in drinking establishments in 1954? Sunday openings only became legal as a pilot project for Expo 86, and that was the year that import draft beer was first available.Women were prevented from working in government liquor stores until 1962. But some odd laws still remain on the books, and I suspect many will disappear afterYap’s review becomes legislation. Licensees currently can’t change their prices during the day, which means no “happy hour” specials, a common attraction in most U.S. establishments. I’m betting that rule will be relaxed. As well, licenced clubs (such as a Legion) have to prepare their own food on site and are not allowed to contract that service out, which seems unreasonable if not archaic. Did you know liquor tastings can only be done using plastic cups instead of glasses? Or that you can’t take a drink from a bar into a restaurant, even if the two establishments are

adjoining? Most of these rules and regulations fall into the red tape category and may be more easily dealt with than other, more complex issues that have come up in the review. The various stakeholders in the liquor industry — pubs, restaurants, private liquor stores, breweries, wineries, etc. — all have positions on a number of reforms they’d like to see implemented, or perhaps blocked. A number of them are contradictory as well. There seems to be a general consensus that B.C. has enough outlets — public and private — that dispense alcohol, although B.C.’s wine and craft brewer industries would like more access and visibility in the marketplace. But there is one huge exception:Yap’s review has found the number-one hot button issue is that people want the convenience of buying wine or beer in their local grocery story. The idea is viewed with considerable alarm by pubs and private store owners, who have invested huge amounts of capital in their operations and don’t want

to be threatened by a mom and pop grocery on the corner. This is just one of the more controversial issues Yap will have to address when he hands in his recommendations to Attorney General Suzanne Anton next month. Another is that pub owners argue the pendulum has swung too far in favour of restaurants, and want the playing field levelled (one idea they are pushing is allowing minors on the premises during the day, to join a parent for lunch, perhaps). Then there are

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Friday, November 1, 2013 - North Shore News - A9

Council questions sewage plant costs

Ballooning estimates worrying JEREMY SHEPHERD jshepherd@nsnews.com

The design of the new Lions Gate sewage treatment plant came into focus but the payment plan remained blurry at a West Vancouver council meeting Monday. The facility — estimated to cost about $700 million — would be sandwiched between McKeen Avenue and West First Street, approximately two kilometres east of the existing plant. The plant, scheduled for completion by the end of the decade, would use a biological process to remove about 90 per cent of dissolved material from liquid waste. North Shore councils have appealed to the federal government to share the cost of building the plant, but a deal has yet

to be struck. The plant’s projected price was 40 per cent lower in 2007. Coun. Craig Cameron questioned Fred Nenninger, Metro Vancouver’s point man on the project, about ballooning costs. “The question that troubles me and keeps me up at night is the financial aspect. It doesn’t help when the budget goes from an estimated $400 or $500 million to $700 million to more,” Cameron said. “At what point can we have confidence that the budget target will stop moving?” The plant’s hard costs for design and construction total $450 million, said Nenninger. The $700 million figure includes a contingency allowance and accounts for the escalation of construction costs. Metro Vancouver will settle on a budget number by the end of the year, said Nenninger. Coun. Michael Lewis called on West Vancouverites to be cognizant of the magnitude of the project, given the

hefty costs that may land on North Shore doorsteps. “The real issue is that there is not an agreed to funding model yet between the three levels of government,” Lewis said. “What’s the timing of when there’s going to be a decision by the federal government . . . whether to fund and to what extent?” Cameron asked. “The cart is getting ahead of the horse.” Nenninger said no contracts will be signed for design or construction until the funding is in place. The plant’s design calls for zero odour. However, as waste is broken down, the plant may emit biogas exhaust which can affect air quality. Metro Vancouver plans to monitor air quality surrounding the plant. The current wastewater treatment plant, located just west of the Lions Gate Bridge, is on leased land that is scheduled to revert back to the Squamish Nation. That plant is scheduled to be decommissioned by 2021.


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INQUIRING REPORTER It takes a NASA probe to see time bend, but we can all watch time jump Nov. 3 when watches swing 60 minutes counterclockwise to mark the end of daylight time. Approximately 15 per cent of Canadians plan to sleep through their extra hour, according to a recent survey. Another 13 per cent said they would exercise, and a few Vancouverites admitted plans to pointlessly obsess about Roberto Luongo. How will you spend the gift of found time? Have your say in our online poll at nsnews.com. — Jeremy Shepherd

Armin Hatam North Vancouver “Probably sleeping.”

Rod Craig North Vancouver “I’m going to work out in the morning before I go to work.”

How will you spend your extra hour?

Dave Norona North Vancouver “I’m going to be in Saskatoon, so I’m probably going to drink.”

Norm Reichelt North Vancouver “Sleep.”

Alec McLeod North Vancouver “I’m fairly busy as a student so I’ll probably spend it studying.”

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ICBC is warning drivers to take extra care on the roads next week after the change back to standard time, this weekend. Clocks turn back an hour, marking the end of daylight time, at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. ICBC statistics have shown in the two weeks following the change, the average number of crashes during the late afternoon commutes increased by 16 per cent, compared to the two weeks prior to the change. “Safety is our top priority, which is why we’re asking drivers to recognize that the effect of the time change combined with increasingly challenging road conditions can increase your chances of being in a crash,” said Todd Stone, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a press statement.

According to an ICBC survey, 30 per cent of drivers overcompensate for the extra hour of sleep by staying up later, losing any potential benefit of the extra rest. Concentration, alertness and reaction time to potential hazards can all be affected. “We rationalize that extra hour of sleep — many of us think that we can stay awake longer, but we actually end up feeling more tired and less alert,” said Dr. John Vavrik, a psychologist with ICBC. “The time change is an opportunity to get some extra rest and it’s also a good time to think about how we can adjust our driving to the fall and winter road conditions.” ICBC recommends that drivers allow extra time for their commute, adjust their speed to varying conditions, and prepare for the change in weather, with tasks like topping off windshield wiper fluid and cleaning vehicle headlights.


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Friday, November 1, 2013 - North Shore News - A11

YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE

to ARTS & CULTURE

AFRICAN NEW WAVE

Pacific Cinémathèque hosts a week-long look atThe NewWave in African Cinema beginning tonight in a joint co-production with UBC African Studies. For an interview with Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla, whose film Microphone is screening on Nov. 6 as part of the series, visit nsnews.com/ entertainment. See page 18 for more information and showtimes. More online at nsnews.com/ entertainment

The grand dame of gothic horror, Anne Rice, makes a rare speaking appearance Nov. 7 at Kay Meek Centre to introduce her latest work, The Wolves of Midwinter. Use Layar app to view video of the author discussing her writing process. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Anne Rice lays out her lycanthropic strategies

Gothic logic at the right moment,” says Rice. “I was sitting at the machine at my home in Palm Desert, (Calif.), and I thought, ‘What if I take a crack at this, what if I do something entirely new, what if I try werewolves?’ And so I did and it worked out. I try a lot of things and they don’t work out. But this was something that did. The novel started to roll and Reuben was born, my hero, and suddenly he was being bitten by a mysterious werewolf and there he was changing and the whole thing was working.” Rice published the

■ Anne Rice:The Wolves of Midwinter, co-presented by the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre. $35 (includes a copy of her new book)/$10 (general admission). For more information visit kaymeekcentre.com or capilanou.ca/blueshorefinancialcentre.

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The first book in Anne Rice’s latest series, The Wolf Gift Chronicles, got started the way many of her novels do, “on a whim, kind of a what if,” she says. The celebrated best-

12 YEARS A SLAVE PAGE 15

selling writer of gothic fiction explains she was inspired to turn her pen to lycanthropy following a comment from a friend (TV producer Jeff Eastin) who, in an email told her if she ever wrote about werewolves he would most certainly buy the book. “That email just came

DANIEL EVAN WHITE PAGE 25

first book in her new series, TheWolf Gift, in February 2012. Set in Northern California, the novel focuses on a young newspaper reporter named Reuben Golding who’s on assignment in a secluded mansion when he’s bitten by a mysterious creature in the night. The action follows Reuben as he comes to terms with his new reality as a “Man Wolf” and is forced to lead a double life. Reuben is compelled to act as a violent vigilante to protect the innocent, raising questions about his true nature — good or evil —

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and searching for the truth of what he has become. Rice’s second book in the series, TheWolves of Midwinter, was released Oct. 15 and continues Reuben’s story. Set during the Christmas season, Reuben is invited to experience the Yuletide rituals with his own kind, the Morphenkinder, and comes to face a ghost, a spectre, from his past, raising further questions about the world he thought he knew. The North Shore News caught up with Rice, 72, See Rice page 34

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A12 - North Shore News - Friday, November 1, 2013

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ARTEMIS GALLERY 104C-4390 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver.TuesdaySunday, noon to 5 p.m. 778233-9805 artemisgallery.ca BELLEVUE GALLERY 2475 Bellevue Ave.,West Vancouver. Gallery TuesdayFriday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. bellevuegallery.ca BUCKLAND SOUTHERST GALLERY 2460 Marine Dr.,West Vancouver. 604-922-1915 bucklandsoutherst.com CAFÉ FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 138-140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver. MondayFriday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 778-340-3379 cafeforcontemporaryart@ gmail.com CAROUN ART GALLERY 1403 Bewicke Ave., North Vancouver.Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.778372-0765 caroun.net Painful Eyes Behind the Colours: Paintings See more page 13

VOICE OF FADO Portuguese fado superstar Mariza performs at UBC’s Chan Shun Concert Hall with her band (Jose Manuel Neto — Portuguese guitar, Pedro Joia — guitar and Vicky Marquez — drums) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. For more information visit chancentre.com. PHOTO SUPPLIED

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Friday, November 1, 2013 - North Shore News - A13

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12 Years a Slave traffics in brutal truth ■ 12Years A Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o. Rating: 9 (out of 10) JULIE CRAWFORD ContributingWriter

Those of us who have had to type out Chiwetel Ejiofor’s name several times (for films such as Children of Men, 2012, Kinky Boots) have committed it to memory; the rest of the cinema-going public will learn it by Oscar time, with Ejiofor a certain candidate in the Best Actor race. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is a grueling film, slavery from the somewhat novel perspective of a free man kidnapped and sold into servitude in 1841. Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a man of some renown in his community of Saratoga, NewYork.While his wife and children are away, Solomon accepts an offer to earn extra money

playing his violin in a sort of highbrow travelling circus. Instead his new friends take him to Washington, where Solomon is tricked, drugged and wakes up in shackles. The true story follows Solomon as his old identity is beaten out of him and a new one given (“You are Platt, a slave from Georgia,” he is told over and over, while being paddled so hard that the wood splinters). He is shuttled between various vendors and purveyors of the slave trade, each dangerous and complicit in his own way. One is a man by the name of Freeman (Paul Giamatti) who runs a macabre upscale market, where black men and women stand naked for inspection while buyers sip drinks. Here a woman is separated from her children, and brother divided from sister. “My sentimentality extends the length of a coin,” he explains. Solomon’s first master is the deceptively kindly Ford See McQueen page 17

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PACIFIC CINEMATHEQUE 1131 Howe St. cinematheque.bc.ca. The NewWave in African Cinema Director Alain Gomis will be in attendance tonight for a screening of his film Today (Tey, aka Aujourd’hui) at 8 p.m.Winner of the 2013 Best Film Award at FESPACO (Africa’s largest and most prestigious film festival, held biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) Gomis explores the streets of an unnamed Senegalese city through the eyes of a doomed young man — played with muted intensity by American hip-hop artist and spoken-word poet Saul Williams (Slam).

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In the event of hazardous road condi!ons due to snow or ice, it may be necessary to suspend garbage, green can and recycling collec!on. Garbage/Green Can Collec!on (North Van District): If your garbage and green can collec!on is missed, collec!on will not occur un!l your next scheduled collec!on day and the container limit will be increased to accommodate the missed pick-up. Please remove your garbage containers from the curb and store un!l your next scheduled collec!on day. Garbage/Green Can Collec!on (North Van City and West Van): If your garbage and green can collec!on is missed, then crews will a#empt to make the collec!on the following day. Please ensure that your containers are not buried in snow. If crews do not collect your material the next day, then it will be collected on your next scheduled collec!on day and the container limit will be increased to accommodate the missed pickup. Recycling Collec!on (North Shore): If recycling collec!on is missed, crews will a#empt service the following day. If crews do not collect your material the next day, please remove it from the curb un!l your next scheduled collec!on day. Visit northshorerecycling.ca for up-to-date informa!on on recycling collec!on. If your garbage/recycling is normally collected from the street: Do not place your garbage cans and recycling containers on the road. Keep them on the sidewalk or boulevard and remove them as soon as possible a"er they have been emp!ed.

Clear snow away from fire hydrants to help the fire department in the event of a fire. Clear snow and ice from the catch basins in front of your home or business. This will allow for proper drainage and will reduce the chance of flooding on the street and on property. Never use charcoal or gas barbecues, camp stoves or generators indoors. They emit carbon monoxide. Invisible and odourless, carbon monoxide can cause life-threatening health problems. Check on neighbours and family members who may need some extra assistance. Stay away from rivers and creeks. With heavy rainfall or melting snowpack comes increased risk, due to elevated water levels, swift moving currents, and bank erosion. Report downed power lines. Stay clear and contact BC Hydro at 1-888-POWERON. Visit bchydro.com/outages for more information.

District of West Vancouver Public Works Dispatch (snow removal and flooding issues): 604-925-7100 Municipal Hall (non-emergency issues): 604-925-7000 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday For more information visit: westvancouver.ca/snow

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District of North Vancouver Main Reception: 604-990-2311 | snowcommand@dnv.org 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Monday–Friday After-hours public works emergency: 604-990-3666 For more info: 604-990-2255 for recorded message follow on Twitter @ DNV_Snow | dnv.org/snow

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ANNE MACDONALD STUDIO 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver. North Shore Folk and Blues Club: Acoustic musical entertainment the third Sunday of each month, 7-10 p.m. Admission: $5 at the door. 604986-3078

CENTENNIAL THEATRE 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. 604-984-4484 centennialtheatre.com Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: A performance by Lions Gate Sinfonia Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.Tickets: $39/$35/$12.

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HIGHLANDS UNITED CHURCH 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. TheVancouver Fiddle Orchestra will perform Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Admission: $15.Tickets

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weekly series with improv actors AddLibretto playing hosts to musical guests Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Schedule: Nov. 1, Ruel Morsles; Nov. 8,The Sharp Jazz Five; Nov. 22, Tattoo Show ‘n’Tell; Nov. 29, We 3 Fashionistas; Dec. 6, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen.Admission by suggested donation of $10.

KAY MEEK CENTRE 1700 Mathers Ave.,West Vancouver.Tickets: 604981-6335 kaymeekcentre.com An Evening of Santana and Steely Dan: Tribute acts Supernatural and Steelin’ in theYears will perform Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $47/$37/$27. The Pro Nova Ensemble will perform chamber music featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven and E.J Moeran Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Admission by donation. 604921-9444 pronova.ca Edith: Jil Aigrot will interpret the most successful selections by French chanteuse Edith Piaf Nov. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.Tickets: $42/$36/$25. Headwater, an acoustic roots group, will perform Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.Tickets: $30/$25.

MICHAEL J. FOX THEATRE 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby. An Evening of Broadway Music: Friends of Footlight will hold a benefit concert Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Admission: $75/$35/$29/$19. Tickets: ticketstonight.ca.

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Charlene Gavel

North Vancouver school district superintendent John Lewis and Artists for Kids director Yolande Martinello Representatives of the North Vancouver School District’s Education Services Centre and Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art hosted A Taste of Art, an open house Oct. 5. The family friendly event celebrated the Artists For Kids program, the Gordon Smith gallery, the Cheakamus Centre in Squamish and The View on Lonsdale. Festivities included hands-on art activities, food tastings, student entertainment, site tours and the launch of the print release Summer Solstice by Jamie Evrard.

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LA VIE EN ROSE Jil Aigrot, the singing voice for the great Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan’s award-winning film, La Vie en Rose, performs Edith Piaf The Show at Kay Meek Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets $25/$36/$42 can be reserved by calling 604-981-6335. For more information visit kaymeekcentre.com. PHOTO SUPPLIED

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last Saturday of every month at 10:30 p.m.Tickets: $12.

1570 Argyle Ave.,West Vancouver. 604-925-7292 silkpurse.ca Remembrance Day Concert: Pianist Karen LeeMorlang will share a concert in honour or Remembrance Day featuring popular songs from the 1940s Thursday, Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m.Tickets: $15/$12. Bach to Beethoven: Cellist Lee Duckles and pianist Monica Pfau will present a wide range of classical music Thursday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m.Tickets: $15/$12.

CAFÉ FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 138-140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver. MondayFriday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 778-340-3379 cafeforcontemporaryart@ gmail.com

WEST VANCOUVER UNITED CHURCH 2062 Esquimalt Ave.,West Vancouver. Memory Eternal: Chor Leoni Men’s Choir will perform a concert in honour of Remembrance Day Monday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Admission: $30/$25/$15. Tickets: 1-877-840-0457.

Theatre

ANNE MACDONALD STUDIO 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver. Grand Theft Impro: An improv sketch show that uses audiences suggestions to create 90 minutes of stories, scenes, songs and comedic chaos, the

CAPILANO UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. 604-9907810 capilanou.ca/ blueshorefinancialcentre/ Pride and Prejudice: CapU Students will perform this classic love story Nov. 14-16, 20-23 at 8 p.m. with matinees Nov. 17 and 23 at 2 p.m.There will be a talk-back with the cast and playwright after the 2 p.m. show on Nov. 23.Tickets: $22/$15/$10. DEEP COVE SHAW THEATRE 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. 604-929-9456 firstimpressionstheatre.com In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should be Shot): A holiday comedyWednesdays-Saturdays, Nov. 14-30 at 8 p.m.Tickets: $18/$16.

KAY MEEK CENTRE 1700 Mathers Ave.,West Vancouver. 604-981-6335 kaymeekcentre.com The Mousetrap: An Agatha Christie mystery Nov. 1 (preview), 2, 6-9, 13-16 at 8 p.m. with a matinee Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.Tickets: $22/$20/$15. THEATRE AT HENDRY HALL 815 East 11th St., North Vancouver. 604-983-2633 northvanplayers.ca Zombies from the Beyond: A musical comedy celebration of American ideals and foibles in the Eisenhower era until Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $18/$16. Sunday Salons: The North Vancouver Community Players will present a staged reading of Heroes by Tom Stoppard Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 at the door.

Dance

CENTENNIAL THEATRE 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. 604-984-4484 centennialtheatre.com Frankenstein: Ballet Victoria will perform Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $33.50/$28/$23/$15. Les Sylphides and Mixed Repertoire: Coastal City Ballet will perform Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $30/$22.

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BEANS ON LONSDALE 1804 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Live music every Thursday, 8 p.m. 604-985-2326 CASA NOVA CAFÉ 116 East 14th St., North Vancouver. 604-983-2223 info@casanovacafe.ca ELECTRIC OWL 928 Main St.,Vancouver. 604-558-0928 Cap Global Roots: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will perform Monday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.Admission: $30/$27.Tickets: 604998-7810, capilanou. ca/blueshorefinancialcentre/ or at the door. FINCH AND BARLEY 250 East First St., North Vancouver. finchandbarley. com Dino DiNicolo will perform Thursday, Nov. 7 from 8:45 p.m. to midnight. JACK LONSDALE’S PUB 1433 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Live music every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. 604-986-7333 LARSON STATION RESTAURANT Gleneagles See more page 29


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ARCHITECTURE

Show focuses on forgotten Modernist

Daniel Evan White built off the grid for most of his career

■ Play House:The Architecture of Daniel Evan White, Museum ofVancouver, until March 23, 2014. For more information visit museumofvancouver.ca. JEREMY SHEPHERD jshepherd@nsnews.com

For more than 50 years, unorthodox yet geometrically perfect houses and cabins sprouted up around British Columbia. Replete with skylights overtop an architectural design that sometimes resembled a game of Jenga, the homes are striking and functional, sleek and surprising. They are the life’s work of Westcoast Modernism’s forgotten modernist, Daniel Evan White. “He was not that well known. He didn’t promote his work very much and it was often hidden away in rather inaccessible sites,” says B.C. architect Greg Johnson. The architecture professor recalls first spotting White’s work at the foot of Tolmie Street in Spanish Banks. Despite being under construction, Johnson noted the architect’s attention to detail and the strongly geometric design. “I saw it and I could tell there was something special going up there,” he recalls. Johnson researched White and eventually landed a job working for the soft-spoken, unassuming architect. White’s way of working proved to be as unique as his designs, Johnson said. “He didn’t do any hard line drawings. He did mostly sketches and then projects were developed through models and through the rest of us gradually fleshing the drawings out.” White was Arthur Erickson and Geoff Massey’s first employee, and throughout the years he seemed to trade ideas with the more celebrated

Daniel Evan White designed more than 100 custom homes (such as the Maté residence, West Vancouver, 1979, above) over his 55-year-long career and 36 of those designs are featured in Play House: The Architecture of Daniel Evan White, a retrospective currently on view at the Museum of Vancouver. PHOTO SUPPLIED Erickson. “He seemed to go down a slightly different path than many of the other architects of that period,” Johnson says. “He wasn’t impacted — I would say at all — by other architects’ work. He wasn’t one who read through architectural magazines all the time. He seemed to just like to start with a blank slate.” White died in 2012, and while he had been in demand as a residential architect, he never achieved the notoriety of peers like Ron Thom and Barry Downs. For Museum of Vancouver curator Viviane Gosselin, that relative anonymity only made White more intriguing. ”It’s more exciting when you’re the first to investigate,” she says. “The public and the museum were uncovering who this architect was and what his contribution was.” The centrepiece of the museum’s exhibit is a one-quarter model of West Vancouver’s Mate house. White studied to be an artist but went into architecture after deciding he couldn’t paint like those he admired, according to a

release from the Museum of Vancouver. “I’m sure that had some influence on his architecture,” Johnson says. White’s love of sculpture is evident in many of his signature designs, according to Gosselin. White had an incredible ability to visualize what could be done with a challenging site and to

think in three dimensions, according to Johnson. “I don’t think I’ve met anyone who’s had quite that skill,” he says. Some sites that eventually became home to White’s signature designs had been rejected by buyers who classified them as unbuildable, Johnson recalls. The Taylor Residence in West Vancouver spans a

gorge. In another portfolio the design would be startling, but it seems to exemplify White’s love of a geographical challenge. The sites also provided creative inspiration for White, Johnson says. “His buildings themselves were real geometrical puzzles.” Light pours into most of White’s homes, whether

through a wall of windows or a series of skylights. In the case of the Taylor Residence, the unique location between the forest and the ocean means curtains are not required. “You’re very exposed on both sides but you don’t feel lack of privacy.You feel more like you’re just sitting in the woods,” Johnson says. For Gosselin, the home carries the symmetry of a solved puzzle. Situated on the edge of a 10-metre cliff, the site includes a staircase that stretches from the home to the ocean. “It took months and months and months to figure out how they would create that staircase,” Gosselin says, describing the ordeal faced by construction workers who spent months hauling supplies up ladders. White’s mind was continually churning away on design plans.When asked if his former boss was a workaholic, Johnson replies: “I’d definitely say he was. Not that he’d be down in his office all the time but I think his designs preoccupied him much of the time he was doing other things.” The museum’s exhibit is meant to grant White a measure of the recognition he deserves. “It’s not just his houses, it’s how he inspired cohorts of young architects,” Gosselin says. “He didn’t want easy.This was not the kind of person who wanted an easy solution. He was looking for something that would push him.”

Daniel Evan White (right) built a hexagon cabin out of vertically-oriented logs for his friends Gavin and Lynne Connell on Galiano Island, 1973 (left), featuring three identical entrance ways with floating cedar log stairwells. PHOTOS SUPPLIED


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MUSIC

Katie DuTemple brings it all together Debut album features mix of jazz, pop and electronica

recording at the CBC studio in Toronto and then to have the album mixed and mastered immediately after.

NICHOLAS M. PESCOD ContributingWriter

When Katie DuTemple first sang publicly she took everyone by surprise. “I randomly decided to sing at a school fundraising concert in the tenth grade,” DuTemple says. “I sang, and it was just me and a piano.” Her friends and family were left stunned. “I still cannot tell you to this day what compelled me to do it,” she says. “I think maybe I wanted to be cool, but I am not even sure. My parents and everybody were so dumbfounded.” It was after that performance that DuTemple realized she wanted to make a living as musician. “Afterwards I realized that this is pretty much what I want to do,” DuTemple says. “I just loved it and it took off from there.” Earlier this month, after years of developing her talent and a stint living overseas, DuTemple released her debut album Give and Grow. “It’s all original compositions by me,” she says. “It sits somewhere between jazz, pop and electronica. It’s kind of a mix of all those with a little bit soul and folk influences as well.There are a wide range of emotions that are portrayed and it’s very honest work.” Give and Grow was partly funded by a $4,000 project grant that DuTemple received from the Ontario

Katie DuTemple’s debut album Give and Grow is out now and available at itunes.apple.com/ca/album/give-grow/id713029055. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Arts Council (OAC).The Toronto-based artist applied five times before being approved. “It’s an intense process,” DuTemple says. “There is something like 500 to 600 applicants and only about 70 people get funding.” The OAC, which is similar to the British Columbia Arts Council, offers a wide range of grants and opportunities for musicians and artists alike. There are various types of grants that musicians can apply for such as a project or operating grant.

In order to be considered for a project grant from the OAC, artists must meet a handful of requirements and demonstrate to the council that they are working on a project. “You need to have a project that you’re working on or working towards.You can’t just simply say ‘I’m a musician give me money,’” DuTemple says. “You need to have a proposed project that you’re working on.You also have to be a professional musician, which means you have to be active in the industry and you have to

have some sort basic training to show that you have spent time on your craft.” DuTemple, who was born in Montreal but calls Toronto home, explains that the OAC does not ask musicians for a project budget beforehand, but rather requires applicants to fill out a form if they are approved. “The expectation is that the project will likely be halfway completed or almost completed by the time that you do get the funds,” DuTemple explains. “I paid for studio time late in the

year pretty close to after I applied. I had to pay for that studio time but I was able to use the grant money to pay for mixing and mastering.” While DuTemple didn’t experience any challenges in creating content for Give and Grow she did run into delays during the production stage. “It was longer than I expected,” she says. “I had to change my timeline of when I was going to release things and how much time I had to do stuff.” DuTemple had originally planned for five days of

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“I did the first two days of instruments then I did a day for vocals,” she says. “Then I was going to do two days for mixing right after and when I was talking to someone in the studio they said it was more beneficial to do it outside of the CBC.” She elected to have the mixing and mastering done by someone outside of the CBC studio because it saved her the cost of having to pay for additional studio time. While the idea was great, it resulted in Give and Grow being completed six months later. DuTemple’s musical beginnings date back to when she learned to play the French horn in grade 5. “I didn’t really like it but I was good at it,” DuTemple says. She was also involved with theatre performances and school choirs and in Grade 8 she began to learn to play the piano. In 1999, DuTemple and her family moved to the Czech Republic. She spent her high school years in Prague and says the music she listened to impacted her own musical style. “My musical influences stem from a lot of different places,” she says. “Mainly the stuff I write is deeply influenced by a lot of stuff that I would hear on this radio station in Prague that played a lot of electronica, drum and bass and hip hop.” As a teenager DuTemple loved exploring new music. “I find that when you’re a teenager that’s when you’re See DuTemple page 29


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YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE

to FASHION & STYLE

Petite, but not short on style

Specialty boutique opens in Ambleside

ANNE WATSON awatson@nsnews.com

FASHION FILE Our weekly roundup of fashion and beauty events and activities. page 28

A mother and daughter have partnered together to open a women’s fashion store for a specialized market. Shannon Smith, 38, and her mother Maxine Holden, 70, are the owners of Miss S Petites, located at 1345 Marine Dr. in West Vancouver.The store carries clothing for women five foot five and under in sizes two to 18. “I opened this store because there was a void in the market,” says Smith. Originally the pair were looking to purchase another petites store in West Vancouver, but the owner decided to close it, as well as five of her other locations. Life then quickly took hold but five years later the idea came up again when Smith was visiting her mother. “I worked in a law firm at the time and one day I was at her house for a glass of wine and she said ‘so about that store, do you think we could do it on our own,’ and I said ‘yes why didn’t I think of this sooner,’” she says. The single mom of two set about researching her new venture in secrecy while she worked full time at the law firm, and Holden continued working through retirement for various boutiques in West Vancouver.

Shannon Smith and mother Maxine Holden stock a selection of clothing and accessories from jeans to party wear at their new Ambleside boutique, Miss S Petites. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD “I kept it a secret because I didn’t want anyone to know until I actually was about to do it,” says Smith. “I didn’t tell even my closest friends. So it got a little stressful

because there was no one to talk to about it except my mom.” She spent the past year and a half creating a business plan, doing webinars and “everything

you have to do to open a store,” and though she had some money saved, more was needed. “I just took a risk and I started it anyways,” says Smith. “I quit my job the

end of June, and we opened Sept. 6.” Smith says the store opened by word of mouth, pulling in some of Holden’s previous clientele. “The feedback has been really great because we wanted to have a place where these women could find clothes that fit properly and my target market is about 45 to 90,” she says. “Many of them tell me there’s just no where for them, never mind them being petite but just being older, that there’s nowhere that caters to their styles. And they still want to look good and they want to be unique but they have to have certain things in their clothing like higher rise pants and jeans, and more classic tailored looking jackets.” Smith says the store carries everything from jeans and dress pants, to jackets, shirts and sweaters. “I like to have a few unique pieces because even though these ladies are older, they like to have print on their pants and they like to have velvet pants and a sparkly sweater for the holiday season,” says Smith. “Just because they’re older doesn’t mean they don’t feel young, they do and they want to express that.” The store also carries some accessories, including scarves, necklaces and bangles. Smith says her fall collection is still coming in and she plans on having a holiday collection as well. But adding the personal touch to every transaction is one of Smith’s priorities. “Another aspect that I want to offer is really, really personalized service.

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Lush to open a W. Van emporium ANNE WATSON awatson@nsnews.com

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A locally owned international bath and body care company is set to open its doors on the North Shore. Lush Cosmetics is under construction in The Village at Park Royal retail expansion in West Vancouver with a planned opening on Nov. 7. “We are excited to open our first location on the North Shore and thrilled to be a part of the new Park Royal expansion,” said Mark Wolverton, West Vancouver resident and president and CEO of Lush Cosmetics North America. “We’re looking forward to bringing our unique in-store experience to our local customers just in time for the holiday season.” The Vancouver-based company’s stores are similar to a deli concept where customers can personally choose from any number of bath and skin care products with

Fashion File FASHION IN FICTION Vancouver fashion historian Ivan Sayers will present glamorous clothes and shoes worn by famous literary characters of the 20th century, informed by

Handmade Bath Bombs and Bubble Bars are displayed like fresh produce at Lush Cosmetics. Scan with Layar for video of the hand-making process. PHOTO SUPPLIED the ability to touch and smell them. The products are all handmade with natural ingredients and use reduced packaging. Lush currently has 12 other locations across the province and 900 locations worldwide. The store will hold a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 23. A Lush “compounder” will be on site to handmake some products. (“Compounder” is the

term Lush uses for its employees who hand-make the cosmetics.) There will be sparking cider on tap and vegan cupcakes on offer. A DJ will spin tunes and there will be gifts with purchase. The Village expansion will also see the opening of seven other retailers in November, including Sephora, Aritzia, J.Crew and Zara. Visit shopparkroyal.com for construction updates.

historical commentary and context this Saturday, Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m. at the Atrium at City Hall, 141 W. 14th St., North Van.Tickets, $25, include light refreshments and prize draws and can be purchased online at nvcl. ca or in-person at the City library’s welcome desk.

Proceeds to the Family Literacy Centre. Compiled by Layne Christensen Fashion File is a weekly column. Priority is given to North Shore events and organizations. Send event info to lchristensen@nsnews.com.

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I know their name, right away I have a book and I ask their size,” says Smith. “Then I just put a little note about them so that when they come in I get to know them. My mom knows a lot of them because of her past being in West Van and we’ve lived here for a long time but it was important for me to get to know these customers.” Smith admits she has never worked in retail before and the process has been a learning curve. “I’ve never done windows until now so I had a friend that helped me, and I’ve never had to buy clothes for a store,” she says.

Holden has also played a pivotal role in getting the store up and running. Drawing from her previous experience in retail, Holden tracked down petites designers. “She basically went on a goose hunt with names of designers,” says Smith. “She went out and collected business cards for me and she had to make the connections because I was at work from 8:30 to 4:30. She set up the initial meetings and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have known.” The petites store is located under Tasos restaurant where a fire broke out last fall, affecting some of the surrounding businesses. Smith says her

storefront, along with a few others, has been completely renovated and businesses in the area have already been referring customers to her store. “Being here on this block has been good; it’s been a little bit challenging, though, because I’m the last store before the burnt stores,” she says. Though Smith says she still has some work to do, she’s excited about her new business. “I wanted to start an empire for my children too and I think it’s great I get to work with my mom,” says Smith. “I get to work in my community and I get to help women feel and look great in my community, so it’s like a win-win.”


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CALENDAR From page 24 Clubhouse, 6190 Marine Dr.,West Vancouver. 778279-8874 The Mario Ho Trio will perform a musical breeze of standards, bossas, sambas and her new singles Friday, Nov. 1, 7-9 p.m. Ron Johnston will be on piano and Dave Guiney on bass.

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LA ZUPPA 1544 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. 604-986-6556 SFU Philosopher’s Café: Martin Hunt will moderate a discussion,Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. on the topic:“Is consciousness so mysterious because we have the wrong concept?” 778-782-8000 philosopherscafe.net. LEGION #118 123 West 15th St., North Vancouver. 604-985-1115 info@legion118.com NARROWS PUB1979 Spicer Rd., North Vancouver. MIST ULTRA BAR 105-100 Park Royal,West Vancouver. DJs spin classic dance music from the ’80s, ’90s and today. 604-9262326 QUEENS CROSS PUB 2989 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. queenscross.com AdamWoodall performs acoustic music every Sunday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. THE RAVEN PUB 1052 Deep Cove Rd., North Vancouver. theravenpub.com AdamWoodall performs acoustic music every Thursday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. RED LION BAR & GRILL 2427 Marine Drive,West Vancouver. 604-926-8838 Jazz Pianist Randy Doherty will perform

MURDER MYSTERY Natalie Tape (left), Roger Watts and Michael Ward are featured performers in Theatre West Van’s production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Kay Meek Studio Theatre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. Show times are 8 p.m. on Nov. 1-2, 6-9 and 13-16. Go to kaymeekcentre.com for more information and tickets. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. RUSTY GULL 175 East First St., North Vancouver. Live music Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Mostly Marley performs every Sunday, 7 p.m. SAILOR HAGAR’S BREW PUB 235 West First St., North Vancouver. Live music every Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.1 a.m. 604-984-3087 THE VILLAGE TAPHOUSE The Village at Park Royal, West Vancouver. 604-9228882. WAVES COFFEE HOUSE 3050 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. The Celtic Medley Song

and String Player’s Showcase comes toWaves the first Saturday of every month 7: 30-9:30 p.m. Interested performers are asked to phone Doug Medley at 604-9855646.

Other events

CAFÉ FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 138-140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver. MondayFriday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 778-340-3379 or cafeforcontemporaryart@ gmail.com Open Mic: Actors, musicians, poets and spoken word artists are invited to take the microphone every second and last Friday of the month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. NewWorks: Readings of new work by local playwrights the third Thursday of the month, 7-9:30 p.m.

CENTENNIAL THEATRE 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. 604-984-4484 centennialtheatre.com This is Not Debatable: Stand-up comedian Steve Patterson will perform his one man show Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $45. Vancouver International Film Festival: A series of extreme adventure films and presentations will run from Nov. 14 to 16.Tickets: $17/$15. Schedule: vimff.org

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EXECUTIVE INN 405 North Rd., Coquitlam. Magic Shows: The Ring of Fire Magic will be performed Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. and Stars Magic Show Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.Tickets: $15. vancouvermagiccircle.com KAY MEEK CENTRE See more page 35

DuTemple studied at York University From page 26 an emotional and a very passionate person,” she says. “Every free weekend I was at the record store digging through CD’s and listening to new artists and buying new albums.” After six years of living in Europe, DuTemple returned to Canada in 2004 and experienced culture shock. “I didn’t know who Avril Lavigne was when I came back. Somebody had to tell me,” she says. “I had to learn a lot about Canadian

culture. I had never heard of Family Guy.There were a whole bunch of references to Canadiana stuff during a six-year period where I had no idea what anyone was talking about.” That same year she enrolled in Jazz studies atYork University and graduated in 2008.While at York, she was mentored by Sacha Williamson and Bob Fenton. DuTemple remembers being at a music workshop when she met Fenton for the first time.

“Bob was 78 when I met him and he had this old Detroit Pistons trucker hat on and this old shirt and high waisted pants and one of those nasal strips you wear at night when you go to bed. I remember thinking am I in the right place?” she says. However, the moment Fenton began playing the piano DuTemple knew she was in the right the place. “Rumour had it he had played with Billie Holiday, but he never talked about it,” she says. “He had crazy

stories and he changed my perspective on how I think of singing. He made sure we made it a story.” To see a cover of PJ Harvey and John Parish’s “That Was My Veil” performed by DuTemple with Robb Cappelletto at Hugh’s Room in Toronto on Oct. 15 go to youtube. com/watch?v=yg6EaKMfN Sc&feature=youtu.be&a. For more information on DuTemple and her new album visit katiedutemple. com or follow @ KatieDuTemple on Twitter.

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Pratt is a master of the empty space and within it provides the viewer the chance for their own subconscious to bring forth an emotional response to the well-ordered image. The clean lines and subtle tones that are Pratt’s trademark are presented in large scale in the stunning collection of 140 paintings, many that have not been seen in public before now. — Terry Peters ■ AYear at Stonehenge by James O. Davies, Frances Lincoln Publishers, 128 pages, $29.99. Impartial to the passing of time the rocks at Stonehenge have stood for thousands of years on England’s Salisbury Plain. The purpose of the site has long been forgotten and can only be speculated on but there is no doubt about

their magnificence. Photographer James O. Davies began taking pictures of the famed stone circle fifteen years ago but it was mostly over the past five years that he made this collection of images. In an earlier time tourists could freely roam among the massive stones but things have changed and today visitors are kept well back from the site. The access that Davies had makes his images that much more remarkable. Photographs from every season show a wide variety of views but underscore the permanence of the stones against the passing of time. Archaeologist and writer, Mike Pitts, provides the introduction and offers a brief overview of the history of Stonehenge and the work that has been done at the site. — Terry Peters

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A32 - North Shore News - Friday, November 1, 2013

CULTURE

Frida Kahlo’s “Allá cuelga mi vestido (My Dress Hangs There),” 1933 and Carlos Amorales’ “Sin título (Untitled),” 2004, are included in The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011 a new exhibit now on view at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. PHOTOS SUPPLIED FEMSA COLLECTION

The Marvellous Real at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology

Mexican baroque ■ The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 - 2011. Museum Of Anthropology at UBC, The Audain Gallery, until March 30, 2014. JOHN GOODMAN jgoodman@nsnews.com

Frida Kahlo’s art work was like “a ribbon wrapped around a bomb,” according to the surrealist poet André Breton, when it was first displayed in Europe in March 1938 at the Pierre Colle Gallery in Paris as part of the Mexique show. Two years later when the fourth International Surrealism Exhibition opened at the Galeria de Arte Mexicano in Mexico City, Breton included two large-form paintings by Kahlo in what was otherwise a mainly European collection. Despite this tacit approval of her work Kahlo never felt like she was one of them. “People thought I was a Surrealist.That’s not right,” her biographer Hayden Herrera quotes her as saying in Frida Kahlo:A Life of Passion. “I have never painted dreams.What I represented was my own reality.”

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Kahlo’s painting “My Dress is Hanging There or NewYork, 1933” is part of a new exhibition at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology which explores what writer Alejo Carpentier called the Marvellous Real. Department of Anthropology assistant professor Nicola Levell, curator of the exhibition, talked to the North Shore News about the new show and how it was put together. North Shore News: How did the Marvellous Real come about? Nicola Levell: It really started as an idea six or seven years ago to put together an exhibition that was going to focus on surrealism in Mexico

from about the 1920s to the 1950s and then it really lay dormant and was never taken any further until I came across the work of Alejo Carpentier, the Cuban novelist, who coined the term “Marvellous Real.” I was completely captivated by his writing and what he was saying about the Marvellous Real. It was a way of breaking out of the restraints of surrealism and away from this idea that art can be captured and positioned within a historical time frame. It re-ignited an idea of looking at Latin American art in particular that eventually returned as the exhibition progressed to focusing on Mexico through the Marvellous Real. It morphed into something else with different ideas coming into play along the way. North Shore News: Carpentier’s Marvellous Real seems to be a response to and rejection of the European framework of surrealism. Nicola Levell: Absolutely. He introduced his idea of the Marvellous Real in 1949 initially in one

of his novels as sort of an introduction or a preface and then he refined the idea and gave a number of papers. In 1975 he wrote this manifesto, or second manifesto actually, on the Marvellous Real called The Baroque and the Marvellous Real. I think it’s important to mention that as the exhibition itself is not only focusing on the Marvellous Real but also on the relationship between the Marvellous Real and what Carpentier called the Baroque Spirit. We have addressed that in terms of the design and the drama as you enter the gallery and the way it’s been reconfigured. To get back to your question, as he was writing, it really was in part a rejection and critique of surrealism, but not just surrealism. At that time across Latin America there was still this embrace by the elites of European culture and it was the beginning of a post-colonial critique with Carpentier saying, “surrealism is a Western construct and this is not true when we actually look at the richness of our culture and our heritage — the idea of the surreal

or the Marvellous Real has been with us from time immemorial. It’s just part of the way we are, it’s part of our reality.” In rejecting surrealism he also argued that the Marvellous Real is something that is suffused through everyday life. It’s not restricted to the arts and this is why it is not the equivalent of magical realism because it is not restricted to literature but rather it’s an aspect, a dimension of the everyday — as an individual person you exist within this marvellous reality. North Shore News: What was Carpentier’s role in the history of Mexican art? Nicola Levell: Mexico was really formative according to Carpentier in his rethinking of Latin American cultures and histories. When he was 21 years old he went to Mexico and he’s written this had a great influence on his thinking. He stayed with Diego Rivera and he enountered not only artists but intellectuals who exposed him to their post-revolutionary thinking about what is the strength of Mexican culture. At that time he was really

impressed by Rivera’s murals and the way they incorporated myths and histories. They covered this broad, broad history and interwoven into that was the politics of the present with mythological figures from the past as well as everyday people. He was really captivated by this idea. He felt that they spoke so much more to what was happening in Latin America than more abstract forms. Carpentier came to Mexico for the first time in 1926 and our exhibition takes that as a point of departure to look at the Marvellous Real. The first art work dates from 1926 and then we’ve brought it up to the present. Mexico, he said, was the beginning of his intellectual engagement of rethinking Latin American culture in general. North Shore News: For a lot of people Rivera and Kahlo represent Mexican contemporary art but the exhibit introduces to a wide range of artistic practice in Mexico over the past eight decades. See Art page 33


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CULTURE

Art breaks down artificial barriers From page 32

Nicola Levell: There are 55 art works in total that were created over this 85-year period by artists living in Mexico — not necessarily Mexican artists but artists living in Mexico and they come from an incredibly broad range of media — not only paintings and photography but prints and film, there are installations with objet trouvé, bronze casting, sculpture and folk art as well. Incorporating folk art from the museum’s collection again with the idea of breaking down these artificial barriers that we tend to impose on cultural expression. And also contemporary music. There is a wonderful piece that will hopefully lure you into the gallery by the contemporary Mexican composer Federico Alvarez del Toro. As I mentioned earlier they are all enveloped in this incredibly baroque exhibition setting which includes black fabric walls and wonderful architectural mouldings. I should mention also it’s a bilingual exhibition so we have the text in Spanish and English. Most of the work is drawn from the Femsa Collection and this is the first time that any substantial portion of the collection has ever been seen in Canada. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the creative energies that are at work in Mexico both past and present.

■ Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration takes places tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology featuring music by Mariachi del Sol, with storytellers and stilt walkers contributing to the festivities. Chef Rossana Ascencio will speak about the importance of food in Day of the Dead celebrations, and Mexican hot chocolate and the traditional pan de muerto will be available for sampling. North Shore News: What was involved in researching the exhibit? Nicola Levell: Often we think of exhibits from a museological perspective being either object or concept-driven — you either start with the objects or you start from the concepts and actually exhibitions are usually a complicated mixture of both of those strains, which is very true in this case, but it was really the idea that sort of sparked everything. I was so inspired by this way of thinking with his notion of the Marvellous Real and really intrigued by how it intersected with the baroque. One of the things that Carpentier really forced home was wherever you find the Marvellous Real it is always accompanied by the baroque. And the baroque isn’t what most of us understand as the baroque which is sort of a 17th, 18th century European style which usually involves excessive convolutions and scrolls and it’s usually quite ostentatious. He said the baroque is a spirit and it cuts across the ages, you can see it at any time, at any

moment and so this was also very central to his thinking. I was really interested in this relationship between the two and how the baroque canon is expressed through the Marvellous Real. He used many examples: music, architecture, art, right across everyday life. The Marvellous Real also incorporates the ugly, the beastly, the deformed so you know it has this ability to encompass everything. I had to narrow that down and my thinking was what if you take this idea and reapply it to the arts of Mexico. What does the Marvellous Real look like? It was really an exploration of how the Marvellous Real would find expression and be articulated through art. Art being such a fundamental aspect of human expression that is not purely about the subjective but it also indexes this external reality. It’s part of a much broader way of thinking about human nature which is why you would see this kind of exhibition in an anthropology museum. It’s a much broader exploration of being human and being in the world.

Frida Kahlo never thought of her work in Eurocentric surrealist terms — she painted from her own reality. PHOTO SUPPLIED MANUEL ALVAREZ BRAVO/FEMSA COLLECTION

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Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium. One cup of milk has 300 mg of calcium. Fifty grams of firm cheese has 390 mg of calcium, and ¾ cup of plain yogurt has 320 mg of calcium. Fortified milk alternative beverages, such as almond, soy, hemp, oat, flax, provide 300 mg of calcium per cup. Come see the large variety of options we have at City Market!

Claudia Fernández’s, “El alimento,” 1996, is featured in The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011. PHOTO SUPPLIED FEMSA COLLECTION

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As we approach colder months, it becomes less appealing to have cold yogurt or milk. Experiment with using dairy in cooking. On a cold morning, cook oatmeal in milk instead of water. On weekends, try whole wheat pancakes made with milk, or a crustless broccoli cheddar quiche. For a comforting bowl of warm soup, try hearty root vegetable soup made with milk and yogurt, or green vegetables chowder made with milk, kale, broccoli and cheddar cheese. For lunch, have a grilled Panini with

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A34 - North Shore News - Friday, November 1, 2013

BOOKS

Rice enjoying foray into werewolf lore

From page 11

Monday, reaching her at a Dallas, Texas hotel. Touring in support of her new release, she was scheduled to speak at an area Barnes and Noble Tuesday

evening. Rice will take the stage in West Vancouver next week, Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Kay Meek Centre. A Pacific Arbour Speaker Series — Live on the Mainstage event, the talk is being co-presented

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by Capilano University’s BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, part of the Cap Speakers series. Rice is pleased TheWolf Gift Chronicles has been garnering positive reviews and, known for her vampire fiction (particularly The Vampire Chronicles, a series she started in 1976 with the release of her debut Interview with theVampire), has been enjoying her first foray into werewolf lore. “I really love working with new characters and a new cosmology and my man wolves, my new heroes,” she says. She also enjoyed the opportunity to write a “Christmas ghost story,” she says, a nod to the long history in England of Christmas being associated with ghosts (Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as one example), and the belief that they walked at Christmas, as well as primal customs related to the feast of midwinter. “I thought it would be wonderful to play with all of those traditions along with werewolf mythology and to do it in a contemporary novel set in the Northern California woods,” she says. Rice has tackled the holiday season in previous books, TheWitching Hour and Lasher included, so had a base of knowledge to draw upon. “I can’t get finished with Christmas. I’ll be writing about it in other books. There’s just so much that fascinates me about Christmas and the way the English in particular celebrated it for many, many centuries, the kind of wild festival that it was,” she says. Rice says she’s drawn to the festive season from a personal perspective as well. She based her new novel’s communitywide Christmas party, hosted by the werewolves — their shape shifting reality unbeknownst to their human neighbours — on parties she used to present while living in New Orleans. Rice would invite huge numbers of people, sometimes thousands, to St. Elizabeth’s orphanage, a big building she owned, modelling the festivities after a Christmas banquet she saw at Louisiana plantation Madewood. “I tried to imitate

Rice includes a “Christmas ghost story” as she plays with traditions in her new novel The Wolves of Midwinter. Madewood for the whole 15 years that I was there, trying to give parties with a lot of beautiful music and operatic singers and violinists, and beautiful decorations, and to feed the whole neighbourhood, all of that. So I had a lot of fun putting that in the novel,” says Rice who dedicated TheWolves of Midwinter to Millie Ball, one of the owners of Madewood. For Reuben’s character, Rice found herself in similar territory, once again interested in writing about “outsiders” and “exceptional people.” “For some reason it seems every character I get into is some sort of an outcast and Reuben’s no different,” she says. Just as she is compelled to write about outsiders Rice is compelled to tackle tough themes and raise hard questions about human nature, morality and our beliefs. Interview with theVampire was all about good and evil, questions of the meaning of life and whether there’s life after death. Rice raises similar themes in TheWolf Gift Chronicles, something she felt was important. “It gives me the hope that the novel will transcend the genre, that it will be something really meaningful to people. That it will be adventurous and

fun and a good werewolf novel, but that it will also have a great deal more to it and they’ll want to go back to it,” she says. Desire is another aspect of the new series, consistent again with Rice’s previous works. “I have a great belief in our erotic nature and a great belief that we redeem ourselves through our erotic love for others and that all love is to some extent erotic,” she says. She finds it natural to write erotica (which she continues to do under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure) as well as the love scenes found throughout her books. With two Wolf Gift Chronicles books under her belt, Rice plans to keep the number of novels in the series open ended, though is already dreaming up the third. As TheWolves of Midwinter was so centred on Christmas, she didn’t get to some of the other characters she would have liked to. “There’s a lot there. I want to do a really big third novel,” she says. Having just sold Angel Time, her novel about Toby O’Dare, a young man who helps angels answer prayers, to CBS for a series, she is similarly receiving a lot of interest in a television adaptation of TheWolf Gift. “When I wrote Interview

with the Vampire, people didn’t know what to make of anybody writing a book about vampires. Nobody thought such a book would ever be on the New York Times bestseller list. Vampires were just late late show stuff or comic book stuff and now supernatural novels have gone mainstream and there are all kinds of writers, as we know. We’re being flooded with novels about vampires, werewolves, all kinds of stuff,” she says. That said, the increased popularity of supernatural stories in pop culture doesn’t impact her in any way. “I am aware that it’s a very crowded field for other people. I just don’t worry. I feel like I was here in 1976 and I’m still here you know and I’m going to go right on. But when people say things like, ‘Well, maybe you shouldn’t write a werewolf novel because it’s so crowded,’ and I just think, ‘Are you kidding? I’m not going to stop what I’m doing because other people have done it.’ I always do what I want to do, whether nobody’s doing it or whether everybody’s doing it,” she says. When asked where her motivation for her craft comes from, Rice says it’s always been as natural to her as walking. “There have been a few times in my life when I’ve known writer’s block and I know how abysmal that is, but that’s rare and most of the time I’ve got stories inside of me that are just dying to come out. So I keep doing it. As long as my health holds out I’ll keep doing it. I don’t think of it as work, I think of it as a great kind of joy and I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to do what I love for a living and to do it all my life,” she says.


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CALENDAR From page 29 1700 Mathers Ave.,West Vancouver. 604-981-6335 kaymeekcentre.com Pacific Arbour Speaker Series: Author Anne Rice will make a speaking appearance in support of her upcoming release TheWolves of Midwinter Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35, which includes a copy of the book or $10 for admission only. Movies at the Meek: The documentary StoriesWe Tell will be screened Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $12. LYNN CANYON ECOLOGY CENTRE

3663 Park Rd., North Vancouver. dnv.org/ecology/ Book Launch: Aliette Frank will launch her latest publication Dreams, Guns & Gorillas Saturday, Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.As well as a reading, the event will integrate a presentation of Frank’s artwork. LYNNVALLEY LIBRARY 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. 604-984-0286 x8144 nvdpl.ca Author Talk: Hugh Brewster, author of books for young people about Canada’s military history will give an interactive presentation in lead up to Remembrance Day Tuesday,

Playing Card Saturday, Nov. 16, 3-4 p.m.

Nov. 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. NORTH VANCOUVER CITY LIBRARY 120 West 14th St., North Vancouver. 604-998-3450 nvcl.ca PARKGATE LIBRARY 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. 604-929-3727 Songs and Stories: Composer Michael Conway Baker will share show biz, film and concert music stories past and present Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Author Talk: Join North Vancouver author Michael Hetherington for a discussion about his first novel The

PARK & TILFORD CINEPLEX ODEON THEATRE 200-333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. The North Shore International Film Series: The North Shore Community Arts Council will screen Canadian, independent and foreign films throughout the fall, winter and spring. Hannah Arendt will play Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.Tickets: $11. Info: 604988-6844 or nvartscouncil. ca/events/north-shoreinternational-film-series.

SILK PURSE ARTS CENTRE 1570 Argyle Ave.,West Vancouver silkpurse.ca. Book Launch: AuthorVera Gibson will be signing her book Diary of an Intuitive, Saturday, Nov. 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 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 theVancouver 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. 604-925-7400 westvanlibrary.ca Monday Movie Nights: A free screening of movies Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Schedule: Nov. 4, Unfinished Song. Opera with Nicolas Krusek: Discussions about the late operas of RichardWagner Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec. 4, 12:30-2:30 p.m. — compiled by Debbie Caldwell.

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Dodge getting ready to unleash Hellcat The cabin design and handling of the Ford F-150 may be behind the competition but it is still the king of the pickups because it is the best at doing “truck things.” It is available at Cam Clark Ford in the Northshore Auto Mall. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD

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2013 Ford F-150

Dodge readies the Hellcat Every other week it seems like there’s a bit of news from the pony-car wars, with specialized versions of the Camaro blitzing some far-flung racetrack, or yet another leak of the Ford Mustang’s upcoming 2015 redesign.You’d think they were the only two cars in the segment. Meanwhile, Dodge’s Challenger languishes in the doldrums, a wallflower with a 470 horsepower Hemi V-8. That ain’t right. After all, the Chally is probably the best representation of a proper modern-day muscle car. While the Camaro and Mustang boast of their handling prowess, the Dodge is all about straightline speed and menacing

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Ford’s 2013 F-150 truck is a “true” truck in every way and Ford pays tribute to the faithful by making sure that when drivers say “it feels like a Ford” they mean it in only a good way. Consistently a bestseller, the F-series has been at the top of the pickup game for nearly 50 years in Canada. The reason? Dependability, strength, and consistency. Mix in all the necessary tweaks and improvements along the way and you have one highly respected truck that never seems to age. The F-150 has so many possible trim variations that

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Behind the Wheel it’s easy to lose count. In fact there are 10 different trim levels, from the base XL all the way up to the deluxe Limited and Platinum versions. Our test vehicle

was a Lariat series supercrew with EcoBoost 3.5-litre V-6 engine. We’ll talk more about the Ecoboost in a moment, because this time around what is under the hood of the F-150 is one of the biggest talking points. Ford proudly calls the F-150 “North America’s pickup” and they can back that claim up with a fullsized dimension and interior space with none of the compromises sometime seen in smaller trucks or SUVs. The F-150 is rugged enough for hauling and towing big loads and spacious and comfortable enough to provide enjoyable driving

outside of work time. Handling for the F-150 was predictable — safe and with a good road feel.The amazing thing is that even when you are driving the crew cab version, it feels surprisingly nimble and quick. It drives more like a mid-size — until we had to manoeuvre the vehicle in city streets and you quickly realize that there is still a lot of metal to deal with.The agility is there but the truck is still a bit too big to fit around some tight corners and you’ve got to be pretty good at parking if you want

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selling cars on the market, the Tribeca is simply overshadowed by the competition despite perfectly ordinary road manners, and Subaru fans seem to prefer the Forester or Outback. As Subaru is a company that has always built alternatives to big SUVs, small wonder that their own SUV hasn’t done all that well. However, if you’re looking for a family hauler with a flat-six engine, you’ve got until January to get your order in. Come the beginning of next year, Tribeca production will cease. Nissan exec sneers at Subaru’s sportscar Calling the BRZ a car “for a mid-life crisis,” Nissan executive Andy Palmer fired verbal shots in a discussion with Motor Trend as to his own company’s plans for a small two-seater car. “It was a car designed for a 50-year-old,” he said of the BRZ. “That’s not what we do.” Presumably he didn’t climb into a Nissan Maxima right after making this statement.That would

have been embarrassing. Your humble author hasn’t been able to conduct an informal poll to find out if Nissan’s ageist comments are accurate, but can only report having seen mostly 30-somethings behind the wheel of the lightweight two seater, including an attractive young woman driving a stick-shift version who was loading the week’s groceries into the trunk. Your humble author is already married, otherwise your humble author might have asked for her phone number. Nissan stands ready to put its money where its VP’s mouth is — so to speak — with a reveal at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show of a new sportscar to slide under the current Z in terms of price and performance. Seeing as Nissan’s current two-door offerings are priced a little out of reach of many would-be buyers, competition in this segment is great for enthusiasts. No matter their age. Find more auto oddities online at nsnews.com. Email Brendan at brakingnews@gmail.com.

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to take it to tighter spaces in downtown and underground parking lots. Get the F-150 out on the open road and it is a different story.The F-150 still remains unapologetically a truck — it may be easy to drive but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it wants to drive like a car.This is a truck for truck-lovers. Ford also has made sure that North America’s truck comes with a host of standard features and appointments. Our Lariat had automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power adjustable heated front seats with driver-seat memory, the MyFord Touch electronics interface, dual USB ports, power-adjustable pedals and power-sliding rear window, to name some of the features. Exterior design Ford has made some cosmetic changes to the appearance of the F-150 as well, with a new front end that balances well with chrome accents and a simplistic design that is appealing even when sitting still. In addition to some other exterior changes and the aforementioned Ecoboost engine technology for the luxury trim levels, Ford has also introduced a trademarked voice activated

driver control system called MyFord Touch.While it provides a potentially useful way to manage controls, the MyFord Touch in general is a bit cumbersome to use. Topping off the list of changes is the introduction of HID headlamp technology as an available option. Interior design The F-150 is relatively no-nonsense when it comes to interior design — functional but not flashy, which befits a true truck interior. Ford has done this intentionally to keep things well-grounded and “non-offensive.”With the available eight-inch LCD screen smack dab in the middle, controls are fairly well-spaced and intuitive, if somewhat plastic and uninspiring in appearance.

Performance This brings us back to the little things Ford has made sure to get right in order to stay on top. Performancewise, the F-150 has plenty of choice, with four different engines matched to a sixspeed transmission for each choice. The 3.5-litre V-6 Ecoboost represents a real step forward for Ford as it proves to be fast, smooth and efficient . . . as well as powerful. In fact, the turbocharged V-6 is very comparable to the biggest V-

8 in the lineup, boasting the same maximum trailer tow capability as the 6.2-litre V-8. Our Supercrew Lariat was equipped with the V-6 Ecoboost engine and it performed well — the six-speed shifted smoothly and the engine had power to spare. The F-150 handles well and the electric power steering enables the big truck to feel a lot smaller and nimbler — though it does lack feedback. Suspension-wise, the F-150 provided significant road comfort and didn’t wallow about too much around corners despite its large size and hefty weight.

and improved a winning combination, a real pickup for real truck lovers. Ecoboost is a standout feature. Many variations are possible.

Features On the safety front, the F-150 features four wheel ABS, stability control, trailer sway control, front seat, side and full-length side curtain airbags. The starting price for the F-150 base model is $18,014.The Lariat starts at $28,128 with our crew cab model topping out at nearly $60,000, but that includes a lot of extras. Fuel economy numbers are 12.9 litres/100 kilometres city, 9.0 l/100 km highway for the 3.5-litre Ti-VCT EcoBoost engine version.

Competitors Dodge Ram 1500 Already the second bestselling truck in Canada, the Dodge Ram has made great strides with its 1500 series vehicle and consumers are taking a careful look. Dodge has especially done great work on the interior of the 1500, which is refined and ultra-comfortable.The Ram has an available eight-speed transmission that Ford does not have.The 1500 starts at a price of $19,995 and can go as high as $42,595 at the top end.

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Thumbs down The electric steering makes the F-150 easy to drive but it felt a bit numb and artificial.The interior is less refined than the Dodge Ram 1500 which has taken the notion of cabin comfort to a whole different level. The bottom line The F-150 does “truck things” better than most competitors while retaining its classic look and feel.

Chevrolet Silverado The Silverado ranks in the top five of best-selling trucks in Canada, but unit

sales are a far cry from the top two, the Dodge Ram and the F-150. One of the reasons for this may be that the Silverado has become the most dated from both inside and outside. Still, the Silverado does score highly in the performance category and claims to beat the F-150 in fuel efficiency ratings for its V-8 engine.The Silverado starts at $27,205.

market.The 2014 Tundra marks a more aggressive exterior design and further refinement inside the cab. The Tundra can come equipped with a 5.7-litre V-8 engine that brings power to spare.These improvements aside, fuel economy may be less attractive for potential buyers. Base price for a Tundra is from $26,210 with double cab options starting from around $37,000. editor@automotivepress.com

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