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ANGRY bus riders and privacy advocates want to put the brakes on a new TransLink program that would leave some users paying two fares where they used to pay one. The Compass card, scheduled to be released later this year, would allow transit users to tap their way past the new SkyTrain and SeaBus fare gates throughout Metro Vancouver. However, those new gates will not recognize bus tickets, potentially leaving two million bus riders paying a second fare when they jump on the SkyTrain next year. “I think it’s unfair because, by TransLink’s own admission, at least 6,000 people every single day will be forced to pay twice,” said transit user Glyn Lewis. Lewis marked his displeasure by spearheading an online petition that characterizes the system as absurd. After two days, 3,567 disgruntled riders had added their John Hancock to the petition at change.org. The initiative is intended to put pressure on TransLink, partially on behalf of riders who don’t have much money. “It’s going to make transit less accessible, especially for lower-income earners,” Lewis said. Putting new fare boxes on each bus to complement the Compass system would cost $25 million, according to TransLink. However, there should be some method to trade your bus ticket for a rail pass at SkyTrain and SeaBus stations, argued Lewis. “I can’t imagine that’s going to cost $25 million,” Lewis said. “We looked at that as well, too, and that had a cost of about $9 million,” explained TransLink spokesman Derek Zabel. Most riders don’t want TransLink to spend money on a new system for redeeming bus tickets, Zabel said, explaining the corporation had worked with numerous focus groups to reach that conclusion. “We’re trying to be as fiscally responsible as possible and our customers told us they preferred that we didn’t spend that type of money on replacing fare boxes,” he said. “Instead, focus on rider education.” No personal information will be encoded on the card, according to TransLink, who stated the Compass card would contain only a unique number and the current monetary value loaded on the card by its user. But that may soon change, according to Vincent Gogolek, executive director of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association. There is an effort afoot to link the Compass cards with the province’s ID cards, Gogolek said, describing the transit pass as “convenient and creepy.” A Ministry of Transportation report states the ID cards “could replace or augment bus passes.” The report also describes the critical struggle for many businesses to access reliable identity information. “They’re saying, ‘Oh, we had a few conversations with them about this.’ Well here it is in the Ministry of Transportation’s plans done presumably in 2011,” Gogolek See Compass page 5

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UBC students and friends swarm the Grouse Grind Aug. 15 as part of World Vision’s Just 1 Child event. Sponsored Grind hikes are often used to raise funds for charity. Right: The basics for a hike in local woods including the Grouse Grind should include proper footwear, flashlight, first aid kit, water, snack and a fully charged cellphone.

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IN a recent issue of Outside magazine, the Grouse Grind ranked No. 5 on a list of the 10 most dangerous hikes around the world.

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RESCUE personnel are often called to the Grind, although this boy fell on the intersecting Baden Powell Trail.

The Grind, a gruelling almost threekilometre trek up the face of Grouse Mountainincludes2,830stairs,earningitthe nickname “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” It was developed in 1981 by a group of mountaineers, but when the group decided

they wanted a greater challenge, they began following animal paths and completed the full trail in 1983. The Grind was then rebuilt for safety reasons and erosion prevention in 1996. AccordingtoMetroVancouver’swebsite, the trail begins at approximately the 300metre elevation mark and climbs to more than 1,000 metres. Metro encourages those setting out to complete the trail before dark, bring a buddy, and be prepared with food, proper clothing and a cellphone. The trail closes in November for the winter months and reopens in late spring after the snowmelt. According to the

website, there are also short-term closures throughout the season as heavy rain can cause debris flows along the lower parts of the trail. The Grind attracts around 100,000 hikers a year, some of which take part in the Grind for Kids program, a fundraising campaign for B.C. Children’s Hospital. For regular Grind users, or even those taking their first jaunt, a $1 pledge or more is collected for every ascent they do between the opening and closing of the season.

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UNLESS TransLink changes its plan, a bus transfer will not be valid on the SeaBus and those without a Compass card will have to buy a second ticket.

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bus ticket has always been a valid fare aboard the SeaBus. Until now. TransLink, the top-heavy money pit that has been the bane of nearly every mayor unlucky enough to sit on its impotent second board, now plans to introduce the Compass card. The card may be a good idea. TransLink’s execution has been woeful. It would cost far too much, TransLink argues, to implement a system at the SeaBus terminals and SkyTrain stations so that bus riders without a Compass card don’t have to pay twice. What’s more, TransLink’s tireless canvassing of focus groups has revealed that customers don’t want $9 million spent on new fare boxes. It’s good TransLink listens to its

customers at least some of the time. Listening to its employees may be another issue. Demonstrating the caution we’d expect from a major corporation, TransLink commissioned its own study on the cost of fare gates several years ago. The study concluded fare gates were a bad idea. If nothing else, going ahead with a project repudiated by your own staff illustrates the pitfalls of political interference. TransLink services one of the largest transit areas in Canada, and much of the service is quite good. Still, the notion of requiring some 6,000 riders a day, not to mention tourists, pay twice for one product is unconscionable. A compass can show you where you’re going. The Compass card is showing us what we should get away from.

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“There is an emotional attachment that an old building has to the past. If you go up to a front door which was there almost 100 years ago and touch it, you can feel that people have been going in and out of that door for 100 years.” North Shore Heritage Preservation Society president Peter Miller beseeches North Shore municipalities to treat heritage homes like family heirlooms (from an Aug. 11 news story). ••• “You’re at risk of losing a year of work and all of your money.” Filmmaker Kirk Caouette talks about the risks of making an independent movie in Vancouver (from an Aug. 11 Sunday Focus story). ••• “I actually had one comment on the CBC website saying, ‘Dr. Wu, I can’t believe you’ve become a shadow of a man.’” Dentist David Wu discusses his frustrations at being confused with David (Tung Sheng) Wu, who allegedly ran an illegal dentistry practice in Burnaby (from an Aug. 16 news story).

Dear Editor: I write regarding the loss of resident-exempt parking for south end of the 1500-block of Eastern Avenue. As residents, we have seen our street parking decreased by a few spots because the City of North Vancouver reconfigured the sidewalks to accommodate the new Local building. So we have seen a decrease in available street parking coinciding with a dramatic increase in upcoming residential units. The street has already become jammed by people looking to avoid the newly opened Loblaws City Market underground pay parking. We are happy to share our street with our soon to be neighbours of the Local building, but as soon as the Local building becomes occupied, I fear there will be no parking for anyone, and the problem will spill over into adjacent neighborhoods.

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Dear Editor: After a long vacation in London, I read the district happenings in your paper for an update. There was the usual items on the many new condo towers, but what I didn’t find was the news of a new hospital to take care of the tens of thousands of newcomers this will bring to the North Shore. Would one of your readers kindly send news of this needed hospital to the North Shore News to bring me up to date. David Avery North Vancouver

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I understand the ground level businesses need to have parking available for their customers. These businesses are mostly dental offices with weekday business hours and average closing times around 4:30 p.m. Are we open to a compromise? Can we not have resident-exempt parking during the weekends when our vehicles are home and when the dental offices are closed? Could we have the 90 minute parking until 6 p.m. changed to 5 p.m. between Monday and Friday? It seems poorly timed and thought out, and punishes the Eastern Avenue residents by trying to accommodate businesses that may not even be open. I’m open to a logical discussion. Michael Montgomery North Vancouver

Tennis story proves it’s a small world Dear Editor: Stories of past tennis stars are never very far from any tennis event, like the Odlum Brown VanOpen at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver, which ran from July 27 to Aug. 4. I was sitting on the deck of the club enjoying the sunshine and the view of Vancouver and the sea. Next to my table sat a tennis player and her coach. I wished her good luck for her upcoming match and told her my favourite tennis story. I called it “The Princess and the Prince of Wimbledon.” Once upon a time there was a famous tennis star called Steffi Graf. She was the darling of the people at Wimbledon. So much so that, during the quietness of the stadium, a voice could be heard, “Steffi will you marry me?”

Before she hit the ball she stopped with her arm in midair and replied: “How much money do you have?” She met her prince, called Andre Agassi, later on and married him. Like most Brothers Grimm fairy-tale endings, “they lived happily ever after.” To my amazement I heard a voice next to me saying “I heard her say it, I was there.” I turned to my neighbour in surprise and she explained: “She was playing against me and she won.” My neighbour was Kimiko Date-Krumm, expected to win in this year’s Vancouver Open. Gudrun Honig West Vancouver (Editor: Kimiko Date-Krumm lost in the quarter finals.)

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Collingwood truck-stop angers residents

Neighbours say gravel trucks transfer loads on quiet residential street Anne Watson awatson@nsnews.com

THE ongoing construction at Collingwood School has left some Glenmore neighbours in the dust. Residents along Glengarry Crescent in West Vancouver are unhappy with the noise, dust and commotion created on their quiet street by large trucks delivering gravel and sand to the work site. Resident Andy Lepiarczyk said the neighbourhood was assured that during construction there would be no trucks stopping on the street, but that was not the case. “At the front of my house is a no-stop zone. They regularly park there and basically the district has been doing nothing,” said Lepiarczyk. “Recently when the dispute escalated, they started to ticket, but it brought very little resolution.”

Construction of a new 7,000-square-metre wing to the school with 150 underground parking spaces started in June 2012 on the Morven Drive campus. The construction has been a contentious issue between the neighbourhood and the District of West Vancouver. District spokeswoman Donna Powers said this is a large project and there have been a number of trades on site since it started. “Some of them are unfamiliar with regulations on the North Shore, which are tighter than other areas of the Lower Mainland,” said Powers. “As a result there have been a number of tickets issued over the course of the project.” But Lepiarczyk said the tickets have done little to deter the trucks from continually stopping on the street. “They are using this as a transfer of cargo. It is treated, this stretch of street, like a construction zone,” he said. “[The] truck with gravel or with sand is arriving but it’s not proceeding to the site, it’s stopping at the front of my house.” He said the driver disconnects the trailer, which then stays parked on the street, and the truck goes to unload the cargo at the site. The truck then comes back, moves the bucket from the trailer to the truck, unloads that at the site,

comes back to hook up the trailer again and drives away. “Next truck is arriving and it goes and goes and goes,” said Lepiarczyk. According to Powers, a resident contacted the bylaw department this week with a complaint about vehicles outside his home. The department investigated and issued tickets accordingly. “The new drivers were instructed as to where they were permitted to stage vehicles, and bylaw officers continue to monitor the site,” said Powers. She said the bylaw department has had a strong presence on the site and issues tickets whenever there has been a violation.

“They have worked with the trades to ensure their compliance and understanding of the regulations, and the last three months have been complaint-free,” said Powers. Lepiarczyk said the district underestimated the amount of traffic. “They assumed the trucks would travel on Stevens Drive and come back on Southborough,” he said. “They didn’t take into account here on Morven Drive and Glengarry Crescent, one truck is going two times, in and out. They assumed it was only one trip. Impact on the neighbourhood was not considered at all.” Construction is expected to finish by November 2014.

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TRAFFIC problems? There’s a map for that. Metro Vancouver drivers now have the ability to see gridlock before they’re in it, thanks to a $1.2 million online map at drivebc.ca and translink.ca. The diagram follows Highway 1 from Whistler to Chilliwack and Highway 99 from the Peace Arch border to Whistler. The map works on the same basic principle as a mood ring: green means smooth sailing, orange means traffic is slow, and red means you might get lapped by a snail. With a click on a 500metre road segment, the website provides the average speed on the road as well as the relative reliability of the information. The map will give options to commuters and help businesses move goods more efficiently, according to a release from the Ministry of Transport. “While drivers get the latest details on driving conditions, we’ve also got a great new tool to study and improve traffic flows in our region,” stated TransLink’s chief operating officer Doug Kelsey in a release. The map works by using global positioning system technology to track cellphone signals. The movement of the cellphone signals is used to rate traffic flow. Any personal data from the cellphones is removed before being used in the map, according to a release from the province. Transport Canada contributed $490,000 for the project, the B.C. government came up with $335,000, and TransLInk added $375,000. Drivers can also sign up to get traffic update text messages from DriveBC.

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WEST Vancouver seniors may need to look elsewhere for activities during the last weeks of August.

The Seniors Activity Centre just off 21st Street in West Vancouver is scheduled to be closed from Aug. 17 to Sept. 2 for a variety of upgrades and repairs, most of them related to accessibility. “Just trying to make the centre more age-friendly,” said Jill Lawlor, community recreation manager at the centre. The seniors hub is slated to get an automated, sliding front door to replace SAC’s outward swinging door. “For some of our seniors, when they walk in, pushing that button is a bit much to ask,” Lawlor said. “They have to push the button and then they have to back up to get out of the space of the door that’s opening towards them.” The ceramic tile floor is also set to be replaced with a new tile designed to feel a little firmer under the feet with less space between the grooves. Several rooms are scheduled to be painted and the bathrooms will also become more accessible, according to Lawlor. The centre is set to re-open Sept. 3. — Jeremy Shepherd

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Busy weekend for rescue team Brent Richter brichter@nsnews.com

ANOTHER summer weekend, another set of rescues in the backcountry by North Shore Rescue. NSR volunteers were called in to airlift injured hikers off North Shore trails on Saturday and Sunday evening. A group of hikers who met online were headed to Coliseum Mountain Saturday when one of the group members cramped up. Most of the group continued on, while the hobbled man and one of his cohorts tried to make it back together. The two however made a wrong turn and wound up lost in the Seymour Valley and called 9-1-1. NSR members intercepted them on the ridge

between Mount Fromme and Seymour. “It’s not for us to pass judgment on people for going and doing these hikes, but really, group dynamics are such an important thing, especially if you’re the group leader,” said team leader Tim Jones. “We really advocate that everybody try to stay together until they get out to an area where they know everybody can get out.” NSR team members were summoned again Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when a Lions Bay Search and Rescue called for help airlifting an injured woman in their territory. The woman was descending the Binkert Trail, which leads from Lions Bay to the Lions when she fell and badly fractured her ankle at the 850-metre mark. The incident highlights that even experienced hikers who are well equipped can run into trouble, Jones said.

W. Van police nab 2 alleged bike thieves

A pair of would-be bicycle thieves likely thought they’d made a good haul Friday morning, but West Vancouver police were there to let the air out of their tires.

Two men from Surrey and Vancouver were arrested Friday morning while transporting a trailer full of bicycles reported stolen in Whistler. Among the eight bikes was a “bait bike” — a bicycle with a hidden GPS transponder, deliberately placed by Whistler RCMP with the intent of using it to track a thief.

Whistler Mounties then worked with their colleagues down the Sea to Sky Highway to bring the suspects in. “Upon Whistler (RCMP)’s request, we assisted. We set up a road block and we were in contact with Whistler the whole time,” said Sgt. Tim Kravjanski. “We stopped the vehicle and took two into custody. . . . GPS indicated it was that vehicle.” Police are recommending several charges for the suspects. West Vancouver police frequently work with RCMP detachments on the North Shore and up Highway 99 when investigations spill over municipal borders. — Brent Richter

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BRIGHT LIGHTS

by Mike Wakefield

SWAN golf and dinner fundraiser

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Anne and Lara Hildebrandt Members of SWAN (Successful Women Always Network) gathered at Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver on July 11 for the SWAN Golf and Dinner Wrap-up and Fundraiser. The event featured a round of nine holes of golf followed by a buffet dinner. Door prizes, hole prizes and other draw prizes were also part of the day. Proceeds from the event will go to the North Shore Women’s Centre. The women’s centre features a drop-in resource centre and a broad range of programs and services for women free of charge. SWAN is a networking organization for professional women to share resources and build relationships.

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Nighttime runners ready to shine

Charity run gives new meaning to healthy glow Anne Watson awatson@nsnews.com

A brand new summer event, The Radiant Run, will be hitting the University of British Columbia campus at the end of the month.

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NORTH Vancouver mom Justine Simmons hits the road with daughters Sabrina (left) and Juliette in preparation for the five kilometre Radiant Run scheduled for Aug. 24 at UBC.

The run, scheduled for Aug. 24, is the brainchild of North Vancouver resident Justine Simmons and Vancouver resident Bryan Tasaka. The idea for the run came to Simmons in the most unusual way. “I was looking for a music video online with my daughter and I kept coming across this strange video of that song of all these people running in the dark dressed in neon,” says Simmons. “I then discovered it was an actual event in the U.S. that had just used the song. So I flew down to San Diego with my business partner Brian just to check this thing out because we love running. And there was this amazing light run in the States and then we thought ‘we have to bring one to Canada, this is awesome.’” The five kilometre nighttime glow run is an event, not a race, says Simmons, similar to Tough Mudder and the Colour Run, but will be almost like running in a nightclub. Proceeds from the event will help raise money for both the Make-aWish Foundation of BC/Yukon and Cystic Fibrosis Canada, a charity close to Simmons’s heart. “My nephew has cystic fibrosis and my sister’s very active on the board, so for me that was a no-brainer,” says Simmons. “I really wanted to do something a little more than my usual few hundred dollar contribution.” The organizers partnered with UBC Rec and the course route zigzags along the main mall on campus through 10 different “light zones,” beginning and ending at the Doug Mitchell Sports Complex near Thunderbird Park. Simmons says they chose five kilometres for the race length because it’s an achievable distance for even the newest runners. See Electric page 13

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RUNNERS and hikers can attest that tendon pain is no laughing matter, but a team of physiotherapists is attempting to enhance current treatments with a new study. Lyndal Solomons, a North Vancouver physiotherapist, and Alex Scott, a physiotherapist and assistant professor with the UBC faculty of medicine, are recruiting patients for a new study on Achilles tendon pain management. “The goal of the trial is to examine whether or not adding different forms of acupuncture therapy to the rehabilitation in patients with Achilles tendinopathy is effective,” says Scott. The 12-week study will be run out of both the Canopy Integrated Health clinic and Kinetic Rehabilitation Centre where Solomons works, says Scott. They are hoping to have 42 participants, aged 19 to 60, to complete the initial 12 weeks and the subsequent follow-up questionnaires at the six- and 12-month marks. Participants must have experienced Achilles pain for at least three months. “What we’re really looking for is the effect of

IMS,intramuscularstimulation,”saysSolomons. “It’s when you use acupuncture needles and mainly it’s to release tight muscles.” Study participants will be randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups and won’t know which type of acupuncture treatment they are receiving, says Scott. “There will be two different acupuncture groups getting slightly different treatments and there will be one group which doesn’t receive any acupuncture,” he says. “But all three groups will get personalized, gold standard rehabilitation which involves a full biomechanical assessment, hands-on techniques as appropriate and an individualized exercise program.” Scott says an assessor will evaluate the success of the treatments but will not know which treatment the patient received, creating an “unbiased way of comparing the treatments.” The IMS technique, says Solomons, was developed by Vancouver-based Dr. Chan Gunn, taking a tool from Eastern medicine, the acupuncture needle, but applying a Western framework to it. “We’re using needles on a basis of what we know now in terms of modern anatomy and See Researchers page 14


Sunday, August 18, 2013 - North Shore News - A13

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“It’s a very reasonable, reachable, realistic goal for anyone who is embarking on fitness, so it’s a really great first time running event,” she says. Simmons says events like these are gaining in popularity because they are enjoyable and appeal to a broader crowd. “I think the other races are just so serious, there’s so much training required,” she says. “I think some people think ‘oh let’s just make it really fun, let’s remind ourselves why we exercise, it’s to be healthy and to enjoy your life.’ Another key driver is Facebook, people like cool photos of them and their friends.” Participants are invited to dress up in their brightest, most outrageous neon running attire to traverse the relatively flat course. The run starts at 8:30 p.m. at UBC Thunderbird Stadium, but the event itself kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. There is entertainment for participants along the route, including electronic dance music, light installations and performers, such as “glow-glow” dancers. The race will finish off with The AfterGlow party that features a concert with The Freshest, a collection of four Vancouver DJs. Fees start at $55 for adults and $30 for children aged 12 and younger, and participants can also walk the course. Registration and course information is available online at radiantrun.com/register. Participants can pick up their race packages, including a T-shirt and entry into the finish line party, on Aug. 22 and 23 between 4 and 8 p.m.

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A14 - North Shore News - Sunday, August 18, 2013

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modern nerve physiology. Acupuncture needles are an amazing tool because in terms of what we now understand, what they do is they create a wound in the tissue which is clearly obvious,” says Solomons. “What’s important about that is your body protects it and it wants to heal it, and when it does that it forms an electrical current, we call that the current of injury, and it’s the current of injury that seems to have these effects on people’s tissues.” With this technique, says Solomons, you can introduce an electrical current wherever you want. “You can use an electrical current to have effects on people’s bodies in really quite amazing ways, considering you are just using this tiny little needle,” she says. “Its really about using this current of injury and introducing it, as far as IMS goes, introducing that current into tight muscles and when you

introduce that current into tight muscles the muscle relaxes.” There is only a small amount of evidence that acupuncture is helpful for Achilles tendon pain, says Scott, but not a good randomized control trial and that’s what they are hoping to accomplish with this study. “That’s really the next level of evidence that’s needed to find out whether in fact it’s helpful,” he says. “A lot of therapists are using it and a lot of patients swear by it, but we really need a stronger level of evidence than just clinical anecdotes or testimony.” Achilles tendon pain can have multiple causes, he says. “Aging is certainly one of the main risk factors because as we get older our tendons get stiffer which makes them more prone to be injured,” says Scott, adding that injuries tend to occur in people heading into their late 30s and 40s but can also occur in young people. “The other main risk factor is engaging

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because I finally had a bike light too. Life was great on my bike. Then one evening, Bruce E. and his friend arrived on their bikes for the usual evening of fun and we were all put to shame. Bruce had the best bike light in the world. He had ‘borrowed’ his Dad’s car battery and both headlights and rigged them up on his bike. Bright did not describe this light. We all clustered around like moths to the flame, making disparaging comments about how heavy the system was, asking whether or not his dad knew the car was dead, and trying to be cool by asking how come he didn’t have a low beam/high beam switch. But we all knew that his light was the coolest bike accessory ever. The Pedal Pushers are Dan Campbell, Antje Wahl, Anita Leonhard and Heather Drugge, four North Shore residents who use their bikes for transportation. They can be reached at bike@ northshore-pedalpushers.com.

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Coho Run: A 14 kilometre journey from Kitsilano Beach over to Ambleside Park Sunday, Sept. 8. Walkers start at 8 a.m. and runners at 9 a.m. Registration required: cohosociety.com.

Chelsea’s Challenge: A five-kilometre walk/run in memory of Chelsea Steyns, a North Shore mother of two sets of twins who lost her hard fought battle to a rare form of brain cancer will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Funds raised will go to the family trust fund.

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Tole Painting: Various days and times for beginners and advanced levels at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Fee: $18 per season, plus the cost of materials. Info: 604-9802474 or silverharbourcentre. com.

MARNY Peirson (left) and organizer Carolanne Reynolds toast the Queen with a cup of tea in front of Peirson’s 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud at the Royal Tea-by-the-Sea event on Aug. 10 at Dundarave Park in West Vancouver. The 14th annual salute to the Royal Family featured memorabilia, fancy hats, prizes, and tea. Participants also celebrated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their new arrival Prince George.

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The time is right for a talk about euthanasia THERE are few subjects that are more controversial and complex than euthanasia.

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Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in all provinces and territories in Canada under the criminal code, at least for now. After two government reports and extensive public consultation, Quebec is considering the legalization of euthanasia (not assisted suicide). Quebec is proposing to make it legal for doctors to help the terminally ill die, if they want to, under exceptional circumstances. Recent polls show that 70 per cent of Quebecers and a majority of the province’s doctors support the decriminalization of euthanasia. Others aren’t so sure. In 1994 the annual convention of the Canadian Medical Association voted to “specifically exclude” its members from participation in euthanasia or assisted suicide. And the criminal code of Canada makes it an indictable offence to counsel, aid or abet anyone to commit suicide. British Columbia has had guidelines in place for the last decade around not prosecuting doctors, in most circumstances, who medically assist people to end their own life. Since 1972 attempted suicide has not in itself been a criminal offence in Canada. There is widespread confusion as to what

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euthanasia signifies. Does it mean patients having the right to unplug the respirators, unhook the tubes and halt the medication? To the surprise of many, there are no legal barriers to such steps being taken right now and very little opposition to it from within the medical profession. There is a huge difference between that and active euthanasia, which is an action or omission that directly and intentionally causes the death of another person, or assisted suicide whereby a person must take deliberate steps to bring about his or her own death. There is very little support for the practice of deciding on behalf of a patient who is unable to give consent that further medical treatment is useless and ought to be withdrawn. Much of the opposition to legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide flows from a concern that abuses will almost surely arise. Every jurisdiction in America and

Europe that has brought in rules around euthanasia insists that the rights of the most vulnerable people in society are protected under their end of life legislation. Whether that’s true or not is the subject of a raging debate and fodder for another column. Another key issue has to do with pain control. Many people are fearful of being kept alive in a state of intolerable pain and support the legalization of euthanasia for this reason alone. Doctors and nurses in palliative care have observed that pain can be controlled in almost all patients. In my experience that belief is not shared by most people in the community. Finally the great majority of those caring for the dying believe that progress in palliative care and pain management would slacken if euthanasia became accepted legal practice. Whether you agree with the direction Quebec has taken here or not — and we are still waiting for the federal government to weigh in here — one thing is clear: the genie is now out of the bottle and all of the other provinces and territories in Canada are now overdue to hold a debate on the issue. Tom Carney is the executive director of the Lionsview Seniors’ Planning Society. Ideas for future columns are welcome. Contact him at 604-985-3852 or send an email to lions_view@ telus.net.

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SOME years ago, I visited an upstart little winery in Australia by the name of Yellow Tail along with an enthusiastic group of Aussie and Kiwi wholesalers.

We shared a casual lunch at makeshift tables in the warehouse (they’d expanded so fast there was no reception room), along with several local growers, who had been asked to bring along their

own wines. Many were of Italian descent and brought what they liked to drink at home: big, dark, robust and very barbie-friendly Tannat, which, believe me, goes very well indeed with anything slightly charred, especially kangaroo. Even though the variety has its origins in southwestern France, it’s popular in many other parts of the world, including in Italy, and particularly in Puglia, as a blending grape. Argentina is also making some impressive Tannat, especially “up north,” from high-elevation plantings in Cafayate. And the variety is the (much softer) backbone of Uruguay’s production. Apparently, Yellow Tail also makes Tannat but we don’t see it here in Canada. I guess we’re just too wimpy, obviously, although it does wind up in the U.K. in some Tesco blends. It should come as no surprise that the one place in B.C. that you can find

Tannat is on the slopes of the Osoyoos East Bench, at Moon Curser about as far removed from the Aussie juggernaut imaginable. This winery has a wellearned rep for thinking outside the box. All you need to do to understand why is to check out their label, which rocketed them from being quietly sedate Twisted Tree to cheeky-naughty Moon Curser, with its fantasy-filled, crossborder smuggling theme. It’s now two years since they made the switch and the method in their madness (at the time, when the goofyfoxy-donkey gold runners first appeared, many thought they were totally cracked) is now quite apparent. When the South Okanagan eventually emerges from its sub-appellation skirmishes, you can be sure that the Osoyoos East Bench will have its own claim to fame. At least it should. And given my experience of tasting their new releases over the last couple of weeks, Moon Curser’s

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MOON Curser, on the slopes of the Osoyoos East Bench, has a reputation for thinking outside the box. “border vines” will be a big part of it. Here’s a few highlights worth lying in wait for: ■ Dead of Night 2010

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INNER courtyard of the Séminaire de Québec— founded in 1663 the educational institution is the oldest centre of learning in Canada.

Québec City: Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. While many of the major cities in Mexico date from the sixteenth century, among cities in Canada and the U.S.A., few were created earlier and Québec’s Old Town (Vieux-Québec) is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico. — Wikipedia More online at nsnews.com/ entertainment twitter.com/ @NSNTravel twitter.com/ @NSNPulse

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QUÉBEC CITY — The older my children get, the more discerning they become about holiday activities. My teenagers Ryan and Emma are not big on cycling, history or museums. And like most people they don’t like rain much either. So there we were with our bikes in the rain, standing outside The Museum of Civilization in old Québec City. “Well at least it’s dry in the museum,” I reasoned. “Can’t we just find somewhere to eat?” asked Ryan. It wasn’t the first time Québec had witnessed a clash of wills — what military historians might call an impasse. After a three-month siege in 1759, it took General Wolfe and the British about 15 minutes to beat Montcalm and the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. It took the Judds about the same time to finish arguing, lock their bikes and enter the museum. Then something remarkable happened. “Game Story, the exhibition you play,” read the sign in the lobby. Yes, besides first-rate exhibitions about Québec history and a showcase of Paris between 1889 and 1914, The Museum of Civilization was hosting a video game exhibition, featuring 450 artifacts and 88 video games to play. Everything from World of Warcraft to Pong was available. We were still in the museum long after the rain had stopped and the sun had returned. It was just the first of several surprising events during our two-night stay in Québec City. That night we cycled our bikes to the Port of Québec Agora, an amphitheatre hosting Cirque du Soleil’s Les Chemins Invisibles. Québec City might just be the only place where Cirque du Soleil is free! Had they been charging, our floor tickets would have cost a fortune because most of the show unfolded just a few yards from where we stood. The Harbour of Lost Souls is the fifth chapter of Les Chemins Invisibles. The employees of an old customs officer decide to put on a show for his birthday in See Québec page 23

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bistros and frescoes. A funicular railway connects the area to Dufferin Terrace, a beautifully landscaped boardwalk with the best view of the St. Lawrence River. It seemed like a fitting place to stop for an ice cream and consider the view Champlain enjoyed in 1608. People had told me that photo Luc-Antoine Couturier Québec would remind me of an old European city. Aside from AERIAL view of the Plains of Abraham — the historic 18th century battlefield is medieval Bruges in Belgium, I now an urban park within Québec City. don’t know of another place as beautiful as Québec City. Even Ryan and Emma liked it! If you go: TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES In the heart of old Québec City since 1995, Cyclo Services offers bike rentals and a variety of guided bike tours. Visit cycloservices.net or call 1=877=692-4050. TravelGal 3000 Sharon has assisted clients plan The Hotel Royal William is in the heart of New St. Roch, vacations for over 25 years. a neighbourhood full of great bars, coffee shops, restaurants Everything from cruises, safaris, and independent stores. It’s a few minutes bike ride from the motor coach tours, all inclusives and more! old city and the train station. Packages start at $99 per person. Visithotelroyalwilliam.com/en/. Here is what a few of Sharon’s Free shows by Cirque du Soleil and the Image Mill are known clients have to say: collectively as Rendezvous sous les Etoiles and run Tuesday to “I’ve had the good fortune of Sharon’s travel Saturday, concluding with a Sunday performance Sept. 1. advice for over 20 years. She’s extremely knowledgeable and goes out of her way to For more on Quebec’s Museum of Civilization, visit mcq. find good value for ones dollar.” org/en/mcq. LAWRENCE, W. VAN. “It would be my For all other travel information about Quebec City, visit “You showed invaluable expertise in putting pleasure to be quebecregion.com/en. together our three holiday destinations,

the hopes of helping him to find purpose in his life. The show is spectacular in its conception with performers suspended from cranes just a few feet above the audience and on moving stages that spring up in the crowd. Cirque du Soleil is a tough act to follow, but the Image Mill is timed to follow it and succeeds if only for its epic setting. A legacy of Québec City’s 400th birthday in 2008, the Image Mill is a sound and image show projected onto massive grain silos in Québec’s harbour. We joined the hordes lining the harbour to watch this summer’s show, a tribute to Scottish-born Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren. A pioneer in synchronizing animation with music, McLaren, who died in 1987, would surely have approved of his work being presented on the biggest big screen ever conceived. Back at the Hotel Royal William in Québec City’s trendy New St. Roch neighbourhood, we locked up our bikes and I ventured out for a nightcap on Boulevard Charest Est. The Mo Resto Bar had one more surprise in store for me; beer pumps at the table! The beer is metered of course (it’s not heaven) at 35 cents an ounce. But for my wife, I might still be there pouring modest amounts of Belle Gueule Blonde or Red ale. Thanks to the success of Day 1, we sold the kids on a guided bike tour the following day. At first glance, Québec City doesn’t appear built for bicycles. Narrow lanes, cobblestones and hills usually look good in postcards, not from a saddle. But first impressions can be deceiving. A few bumps and the occasional grind are a small price to pay for a two-wheeled tour of North America’s only walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site. For visitors with more time, there are several hundred kilometres of bike trails to ride beyond the fortress walls. Our guide, Marc Lupien of Cyclo Services, has been riding the same Nishiki road bike for 35 years (“I changed the brake cable once or twice — and the seat!”) and has seen the growth of bike culture here. “It’s not uncommon to see people buying $10,000 bikes in Québec City,” said Marc. “It’s a relatively short season, but cycling is growing faster than golf here.” While bike lanes line the edge of the St. Lawrence River and part of the escarpment above, cycling through Vieux Québec itself takes some improvisation. In summer the streets are busy with pedestrians preoccupied with their centuries-old surroundings. Fortunately, it’s legal to ride the sidewalk and we were soon slaloming on either side of the curb. Marc’s tour skirted Laval University, formerly the Séminaire de Québec and the oldest centre of education in Canada; the Citadelle atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham; Québec’s National Assembly and Chateau Frontenac, said to be the most photographed hotel in the world. (I’d swear it was the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.) Just across from the National Assembly we stopped at the Fontaine de Tourny, built for the city’s 400th birthday and a popular spot for wedding photos. It was hard not to notice the monolithic Hilton and Delta hotels, whose desperately unimaginative architecture is in dramatic contrast to most buildings in Vieux Québec. We lingered in Place Royale, site of Samuel de Champlain’s first permanent settlement in New France. Grey stones mark the footings of where Champlain’s home once stood, right outside Notre Dame des Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, dating back to 1687. There are similar grey stone markers all over Old Québec, said Marc, signalling other historic sites that would be impossible to excavate now. We rode the waterfront and part of the old port of Québec before an adventurous photo Neville Judd ride through crowds of shoppers in the narrow, cobblestoned lanes of Quartier A few bumps and the occasional grind on Québec City’s ancient Petit Champlain. Once a fur-trading cobblestone streets are a small price to pay for a two-wheeled tour of portside village, it’s now full of boutiques, the historic New France capital and UNESCO World Heritage site.

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LEADERSHIP is a term that comes up in my columns often. I doubt there is a week that goes by that I don’t somehow include the concept, how important it is to you and your dog’s relationship, or give actual steps to achieve a leadership role with your dog. Yet it is clear that there are some people who still do not apply this to their lives with their dogs. It might be because they have adopted a negative view as to what leadership is or they simply do not understand what it means. The best way to address this would be to discuss, first of all, what leadership is not. Leadership is not dictatorship, it is not

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And this, my friends, is the leadership that I speak of so incessantly in my columns. Leadership means learning to communicate with your dog, to understand its needs and desires, to learn why it does what it does and, if its actions do not result in positive wanted behaviour, then to take the necessary actions to teach the dog a new way of behaving. It makes no difference if you use a bag of treats, a clicker or simply praise and verbal encouragement, as long as the dog understands what is being asked of it and it learns. In essence, the word leadership is simply another term for offering guidance and direction so a dog learns to trust in its person. Through that trust, built on consistent guidance, a dog will willingly follow direction with joy and peacefulness, allowing the dog and owner to become one, in kinship. In reality there is no such thing as one party being “higher” since one yields to the other’s knowledge and guidance in trust. This is what I strive for when working with dogs and their people. I teach the human counterpart of the duo how to be consistent, patient, fair, benevolent and reliable and to trust in themself so

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WITH two recent severe injuries to his leg — one of them cut his 2012 season short — and the emergence of excellent rookie guard Kirby Fabien this year, it seemed like North Vancouver native and the BC Lions’ very own Dean Valli was destined to be a back-up player in 2013. But on July 30 Fabien suffered a horrendous knee injury, forcing the team to cut him out of the line-up, and the team didn’t know who could fill the void. With the staff looking for answers Valli was determined to step up and not let his team falter, especially in their moment of need. But did he feel up to the task? “It’s like riding a bike — you never forget how to play,” Valli said. And play he did. Valli’s first game back on Aug. 5 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was his time to shine. The close game saw Valli help push the team to a 27-20 victory. Even the Lions’ staff were impressed, offensive line coach Dan Dorazio telling the Vancouver Sun he thought Valli was looking and playing better than before he was injured. When asked if he felt that was fair to say, Valli stayed humble. “Definitely last year it was tough,” he said. “The knee was kind of pooped from the get-go and I struggled at the time, but I persevered. I feel better now, the body feels photo courtesy BC Lions better.” For the first time since NORTH Vancouver’s Dean Valli clears the way for his running back in a recent game against the Edmonton he underwent major knee Eskimos. Valli is back in the starting lineup for the BC Lions after recovering from a pair of leg injuries. surgery in the off-season Valli has been put back in as the starting right guard, which BClions.com staff their next home game Saturday, Aug. 17 against Calgary. In fact, he’s looking forward to the chance to come at the team that trumped them last year. heralded as a “chance to reclaim his career.” “Calgary is a historic rivalry to say the least,” he said. “Obviously they beat But to Valli it’s just another day at the job. “I don’t think it’s that dramatic,” he said laughing. “The media is always us (to get to) last year’s Grey Cup and we had a game that was not pretty against them at the beginning of the season. going to say what they’re going to say.” “Any game against them is always huge, so there’ll be something we have to It’s also nothing new to Valli, as he broke his leg in 2010 and came back in 2011 as starting right guard helping the Lions win the Grey Cup against the prove there too,” he said. Winnipeg Blue Bombers that year. Now with one win already under his belt since his return, he feels ready for See Windsor page 28


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Ironman Canada Triathlon Sunday, August 25, 2013

Traffic Pattern Changes: Sea-to-Sky Highway 99, Whistler-Pemberton The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure notifies the public of the Ironman Canada Whistler/Pemberton Triathlon.

While the coaches might be impressed with Valli’s performance, he always kept himself busy and working, making sure he was ready to play at the CFL’s level if they needed him to. “I’m a professional you know, and I knew coming out of the surgery I wasn’t going to be ready at the beginning of the season,” he said. “I just wanted to be a good teammate and help (Fabien) out any way I could. Now this is a job I know I can do.” Valli says he’s not the most naturally blessed athlete, but his strong work ethic and the ability — and yes, it’s an ability — to listen and take direction has him feeling in top shape. “I’m not the fastest or the strongest guy, but I take coaching pretty well,” he said. “Football is a technical game and I’m a technical guy. Coaches tell me what they want, where they want me, and I do it.” Valli is happy to have returned to the line-up as he always thought he would. The Lions were scheduled to host the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, Aug. 17 at BC Place starting at 6 p.m. They’ll be right back at it this week for a Thursday game in Montreal starting at 4:30 p.m.

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Whistler: • Highway 99 Southbound Closure, between Alpine Way/Whistler to Callaghan Valley Road, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Callaghan Valley Road closure, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Highway 99 Open to Northbound traffic up to Alpine Way/Whistler, all day

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Whistler/Pemberton: • Highway 99 Northbound Closure, from Alpine Way/Whistler to Portage Road/Pemberton, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH

Pemberton: • Highway 99 Southbound Closure, between Portage Road/Pemberton to Alpine Way/Whistler, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m • Pemberton Meadows Road: • Northbound Road Closure, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. • Southbound Road Closure, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the DriveBC web site at www.drivebc.ca or www.IRONMAN.ca.

WILLIAM Smallwood (right) of the NVFC U16 Fury team makes a hard tackle during the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup (formerly the B Cup) played last month in Prince George. Smallwood scored the winning goal as North Van knocked off Kelowna United 3-2 in the championship final. Scan this photo with the Layar app to see more images of the Fury.

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To ensure safety, this event will result in traffic pattern changes, delays and some closures on Sunday, August 25, 2013:

Your patience during the event is appreciated.

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Event cyclists will travel along the Sea-to-Sky Highway 99 between Whistler and Pemberton, on Callaghan Valley Road and Pemberton Meadows Road.

Motorists are asked to travel before or after closure times, allow extra travel time or plan alternate travel routes. Please exercise caution, watch for traffic control personnel and follow all signs.

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WEST Vancouver’s 76-year-old Christa Bortignon sails her way to gold in long jump in the 75-79 age group at the World Masters Games in Turin, Italy.

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WE’RE halfway into the year and West Vancouverite Christa Bortignon is already striking gold, and no, she’s not panning for it. This 76-year-old is already well on her way to accomplishing her goals for this year for breaking world records in long jump, 100metre and 200-metre dash events. From Aug. 2 to 11 Bortignon competed at the World Masters Games in Turin, Italy in various different track and field events as part of the heptathlon 75- to 79-year-old age division, including the 200-metre dash and long jump. She took home five gold medals and set two world records in the women’s 75-79 division while there. “It is a great honour to compete for Canada in another country with so many experienced athletes,” she said in an email interview. She scored 6,519 points overall in the heptathlon, smashing the previous world record of 5,416 points.

She ran the 200-metre dash twice, in both the heptathlon at 34.23 seconds and individually at 34.20 seconds. Both those times bested the previous record of 34.40 seconds. She won the 100-metre dash in 16.06 seconds, coming close to breaking the current world record of 15.91 seconds. Bortignon also won the long jump with a 3.69-metre leap. The world record in that event is listed at 3.77-metres. Bortignon now holds world records in 12 different track and field events, and 28 Canadian records. From Aug. 20 to 24 she will be competing in the B.C. Senior Games in Kamloops, and in October she will be travelling to Porto Alegre in Brazil to take part in the World Masters Athletic Championships. And she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. “Yes, it is a challenge to see how far I can go,” she said. “As long as I am healthy I would like to compete and break records.” West Vancouver’s John Hawkins also made the trip to Turin for the Games, winning silver in the men’s 60+ high jump with a leap of 1.54 metres.


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