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North Shore real estate agent, brother, brokered massive sale BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

There’s luxury. There’s opulence and then there’s this.

A North Shore real estate agent and his brother are celebrating after closing the largest residential real estate sale in Canadian history.

Sasan Fazli, an agent with Re/Max Crest Realty, and Cameron Fazli, owner of North Shore-based Fazli Group, worked with a foreign buyer to broker the sale of the north facing penthouse of the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Coal Harbour — plus three sub-penthouses — for a

whopping $55 million. “On the public record. . . this is the ultimate, most expensive combined sale in Canadian history by a huge margin,” Sasan Fazli said. The previous record was speculated to be about $30 million. Fazli wouldn’t reveal

the identity of the buyer but confirmed he was from a “very, very prominent Middle Eastern family.” The Fazli brothers came into the deal through Cameron Fazli’s property management firm, and then went to work negotiating with the four previous owners and their

listing agents. Fazli credited his younger brother’s relationship-building skills for the deal. “. . . It’s the reason why this fell into our hands,” he said. “Only and solely because of Cameron maintaining See If page 5

CUPE wage hike to cost over $1M ANNE WATSON awatson@nsnews.com

CUPE wage increases for school support staff could see the North Vancouver school district shelling out more than $1 million in the next two years. According to a report presented to the Board of Education, the tentative deal recently negotiated by the union and the province is expected to cost the North Vancouver school district approximately $600,000 for the 2013/14 fiscal year. “We had anticipated that the cost of the two per cent settlement would be around $600,000, so we have to look for two per cent in the 2013/14 fiscal (year), plus an additional two percent for future years,” Georgia Allison, secretary treasurer for the North Vancouver school district, told trustees Monday night. “So we’re looking for at least $1.2 million.” See Savings page 7

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Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson and North Shore News reporter Brent Richter wrangle a fire hose as part of Fire Ops 101 training. At right, volunteers make their way

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I can’t see. I can’t breathe. I’m weighed down by 30 kilograms of gear and it’s 500 degrees Celsius in here.This is apparently what I signed up for in Fire Ops 101. Taking advantage of the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver Sept. 16 to 20, the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association invited 35 municipal and provincial politicians and staff — and a few reporters — to take part in Fire Ops 101. It’s an intense day of training in some of the same exercises professionals do when they’re not being tasked with the real thing. The intent is to give the policy makers and people who vote on budgets some first-hand experience in what firefighters face, though until we’ve started, all I hear the politicians talking about is the awful recycling administration the province is about to foist on them. We are hosted by

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services at their training facility in Strathcona. My team is made up of Selina Robinson, CoquitlamMaillardville’s newly-elected NDP MLA, City of Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt, and the province’s only independent MLA,Vicki Huntington. District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton had signed up to attend but, at the last minute, called to cancel. “You’re going to put that in the story, right?” says one of the district’s crew members volunteering to help run the event. “Oh, yeah.” Walton’s alibi is solid though.The only time he could meet with Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone was in the middle of the day.The UBCM convention is after all a political event. Robinson is clearly the popular kid in the class as an entourage of firefighters forms to watch how someone who stands less than five feet is going to

handle the hoses and heavy gear. She has to be duct taped into her turnout pants, which are the smallest ones the union could find.

The first task of the day is one of the most strenuous, physically and mentally. In full turnout gear, we are expected to follow a hose on our hands and knees through an obstacle course, find a “victim” in a simulated collapsed building and retrieve him. Oh yes, and we are all blindfolded for this as well. The hose winds and loops around before passing through a narrow box with ropes slung across it. It’s meant to replicate the challenge of getting through a tight spot where exposed wires are dangling down and catching on your gear.The hardest spot is fitting through a gap just 16 inches wide, which feels even smaller when you’re wearing a helmet and oxygen tank.The reason the course includes a 16-inch gap: that’s the space between studs in

the B.C. Building Code. Sometimes the only way out of a room is through the wall. I know that it’s just a test and I’m perfectly safe, but the feelings of claustrophobia and panic that come when you’re blind and stuck in a small space are real. I’m much relieved when we’re onto the next section of finding the victim (a 150-pound mannequin), but unfortunately this is where my team drops the ball. All three of my teammates pass right by him. I happen to land right on the dummy but keep going. In my defence, I could see a little bit through my blindfold and the mannequin clearly had no head so I thought ‘Well, there’s nothing we can do for this poor bastard now. Better move on and find that survivor.’ Perhaps the instructions weren’t clear, but I thought this was a rescue, not a recovery. When our amused handlers point out the mistake, Isitt, who is the real go-hard on our team,

leaps into action and singlehandedly brings the headless man to safety. Next on the agenda is extricating a victim from an auto wreck, which means we get to handle the Jaws of Life and I get to cross off an item off my bucket list. Our victim — this time a live person with his head very much intact — has to be patient though because even with some tools that I’d love to take home with me, some parts of the car take a while to get through. Offered the opportunity to use a spring-loaded centre punch to shatter the window, I jump at the chance.With just a tiny amount of pressure, it pops and the window is in a thousand pieces. Robinson prefers the more Spartan method — whaling on the window with a sledgehammer. Having moonlighted as a glass installer during my leaner days as a freelancer, I’m amused to see the hammer method fail even after five direct hits.Tempered

glass is extremely strong at the centre of the pane. Eventually, she switches to the punch and the glass explodes.There’s nothing like having the right tool for the job. But glass is only one of the barriers between us and our victim.To get the doors open, we get to use the jaws. Since the jaws weigh about 30 kilograms, it is seriously difficult for my scrawny journalist arms to gingerly fit the spreaders into a narrow crevice and then hold on as they peel back metal. As Isitt uses the tool to sheer through the steering column, the car hotwires and the engine revs up before quitting. Oh yeah, you’re supposed to disconnect the battery before doing this, we all acknowledge. Isitt keeps the steering wheel and proclaims he will display it as a souvenir in his office. When it comes to biohazards, chemical See Fire page 11


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‘If you love it, own it’ From page 1

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AWestVancouver police officer was honoured with a military funeral procession in New Westminster Friday, after dying suddenly on the job. Const. Louis Beglaw, 50, died Sept. 16, after suffering a medical emergency while on duty atWestVancouver Police Department headquarters. Const. Jeff Palmer, spokesman for the WestVancouver Police Department, said Beglaw’s death is being felt around the police department. “We’re a small group here. Everybody knows and works with everybody,” said Palmer. “He was a really great guy to work with

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Fat cat city H ard on the heels of a leaked report stating B.C. Hydro customers can look forward to a rate hike of up to 26 per cent in the near future, comes unfortunately timed information about the bloated salaries paid to many at the Crown corporation. According to a recent report, almost half of those working for the utility make more than $100,000, while over 10 per cent make more than $150,000.Top executives made far more. It’s all extremely bad optics for a corporation pleading poverty and sending earnest messages about how the piper will soon have to be paid. Speaking of the piper, it’s certainly true that many of B.C. Hydro’s large, structural issues that have led to a financial crunch can be laid at the feet of the province. It was the province that decided B.C. Hydro must buy power from

independent power producers at higher than market rates. It’s the province that has also repeatedly dipped into the Hydro piggy bank to prop up its own dubious budgeting practices. In terms of the over-the-top salaries, however, the corporation itself stands to squarely to blame.The latest revelation comes two years after a public report criticized B.C. Hydro for its high salaries. It also comes at a time when the province is supposedly cracking down on exorbitant packages paid in the public sector. But the province continues to be compromised when it comes to B.C. Hydro. It’s hard to demand cuts while simultaneously bleeding the corporation for revenue. When it comes to tightening belts at B.C. Hydro, or even an appreciation of reality, it seems the lights are on, but nobody’s ever home.

Showing up not on the agenda “Success is dependent on effort.” — Sophocles With the first week of autumn in the rear-view mirror, we’d normally expect an active political season around the next bend. But with Premier Christy Clark cancelling the entire fall legislative session in B.C., and Prime Minister Stephen Harper fending off more parliamentary trouble in Ottawa until October, the only game in town currently is in municipal politics. There’s choppy water ahead there, notably in Lynn Valley. By year’s end B.C.’s legislature will have sat for a whopping 36 days in 2013. Can you tell your boss that you’ll show up that many days and spend the other 210 or so working

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assume those handsomely paid MLAs do. But the new “Clark doctrine” claims that conducting sessions in Victoria’s colonial legislature is only “optional.” Who needs the hassle of having to face the Opposition or of answering questions on behalf of voters on a daily basis anyway? Pity Premier Clark didn’t tell us this before the May election. But fibbing and fudging is part of the political racket, and the NDP would likely have invented another way to shoot themselves while unholstering their waterpistol, right? What can you say about a party that has the same guy, Brian Topp, write an analysis of their still shocking defeat, when he was in charge of orchestrating it in the first place?

The usual suspects will whine that Clark’s cancellation smacks of total self-interest, but it’s critical to understand why so many Liberals will be at home with their feet up while we pay them for it.They’ll be resting.That’s because they’ve got a job to do, I mean apart from not sitting in the legislature.They’ve got constituency work and photo opps in their neighbourhood. And according to Liberal House leader Mike de Jong they’ve got consultations to conduct — about the best way to make tons of money from the Liquefied Natural Gas boom ahead that will make B.C. richer than the Beverly Hillbillies and Rod Stewart put together. A normal citizen might expect they’d have had this critical element figured out during the election when

they promised LNG would be the new manna in the desert. Elections are also a great time for travelling, talking to voters, listening to what people think. Couldn’t they have done this in May? Besides, elections are great opportunities for copping free advice — everybody’s got an idea for you. The North Shore alone is bursting with financial and administrative talent. Did you see the stats last week on how many top Canadian one percenter types live here? They’re the ones that Statistics Canada says earn between $191,000 and $381,000 apiece. Throw in the other top ten-percenters making more than $80,000 annually and it’s an Occupy Wall Street protester’s dream. See B.C. page 9

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Festival combines art, conservation BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

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It’s not really an art show. Not exactly a science lecture. And can’t really be pegged an activist meeting, either. But the Artists for Conservation’s annual festival combines all three themes, along with a host of activities at the top of Grouse Mountain this week and next week. Now in its third year, the festival is bringing in more than 80 pieces of art depicting the natural world, according

Savings from outdoor school From page 1 In West Vancouver, school district officials have estimated the wage increase will mean finding $200,000 in this year’s budget and about $350,000 next year. The province has told school districts they must find ways to pay for the wage increase, and submit savings plans to the ministry by next month. The North Vancouver School District plans to

pay for at least part of the increase with money saved when it privatized management of its outdoor school in Squamish this year and laid off eight regular CUPE workers plus 13 casual staff. Officials are predicting that will provide $150,000 this year, plus $500,000 in future years. The school district also hopes to save $150,000 by delaying hiring for positions when they become vacant. The district also plans to

save $30,000 by cutting back on overtime pay. Trustees voted on the savings plan for this year at Monday’s board meeting. Trustee Barry Forward voiced concern at the cuts the board will have to make, saying they can’t help but impact the classroom. Franci Stratton, chairwoman of the board, said trustees from various school boards are planning to send letters of concern to the ministry.

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to organizer and North Vancouver sculptor Jeff Whiting. But what sets 2013’s event apart is a day-long symposium of keynote speakers representing six leading conservation groups, scheduled for Oct. 3. Among groups to present at the event: the Pacific Wildlife Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife & Education, the

Nature Trust of B.C and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Not surprisingly, oil, and its transport through the province and off our coasts, will be top of mind for several of the speakers. “(They’ll) be giving visitors a perspective on ‘What are the most pressing concerns generally and in B.C.?’ as well as ‘What are some of the victories on the positive side?”’ Whiting said. Artists have a tendency to become ambassadors for the content they draw inspiration from,

so it makes sense that conservationists and artists would become natural allies, Whiting said. “We’re trained to see and observe and look and express but most importantly we’re trained to see what others don’t. We’re trained to see where others gloss over and to express that through our artwork,” he said. “We’re passionate about saving that which we depict.” The festival is on now to Oct. 6 at Grouse Mountain. Tickets are still available for the Oct. 3 symposium.

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B.C. Liberals continue to hide out From page 6

These folks weren’t electing anything to the left of Attila the Hun, so it would have been easy for the Liberals to schmooze free advice. If it’s the LNG Taxation Master Plan they’re working on in Vancouver backrooms, doesn’t this suggest the Liberals didn’t exactly have all the numbers handy before making their “When we’re re-elected” promises? You know, the numbers to prove how all the toxic fracking, diagonal drilling, and blowing things up underground in the north to get that darned sour gas will hold up financially? That’s the kind of election promise-making that got the Liberals under former Premier and Hawaiian party guy Gordon Campbell in deep doo-doo over the HST. You remember where that led. Déjà vu all over again? Legislative sessions compel governments to answer questions raised by the people. Now that they’ve been re-elected, maybe the Liberals simply reckon you don’t need an answer. Or like Prime Minister Harper in Ottawa, they may simply be hiding. The Conservatives have that Senate scandal that’s still smellier than natural gas, plus a fast-rising Justin Trudeau to contend with;

he’s making Harper look tired and embarrassingly unsexy. How long will the other 90 per cent of hot-blooded Canadians stand for that? Without even mentioning B.C.’s ongoing hot-button oil pipeline fiasco, the real hot-potato here is how the Liberals can talk their way out of B.C. Hydro’s colossal financial mess. How does that 26 per cent rate hike on your bills sound? It was the Liberals’ previous unwillingness to deal with this issue, compounded by their moronic policy of compelling B.C. Hydro to buy energy from private power operators at unsustainable prices, and the one billion dollar smart meter program they forced down peoples’ throats, which led to this situation. Answers please, Premier Clark! While the Liberals hide out, there’s the further cost of spending $70 million per year to run the legislature building, where the government sits for its 36 days, and where an army of Victoria bureaucrats now lacks something to do. What would our grandparents who served and suffered without option through two world wars to defend our system think of the Liberals’ “optional” sitting policy?

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Lions Gate Hospital’s Dr. Philip Cohen, division head of nuclear medicine, addresses those in attendance at the official launch event of the hospital foundation’s new $1.5 Million Nuclear Medicine Campaign. Funds raised will support the purchase of two state-of-the-art gamma cameras that are designed to help doctors make faster and more accurate diagnoses. Cohen has committed to matching all funds raised until the goal is reached. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN

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Gitane. Not even an Apollo. Anyway, mine was green and my sister’s was purple. They had Suntour gears, not Shimano. At least the purple one looked cool. I called her bike the Purple Panther. I never really settled on a name for mine. Frog? Fern? Hmm. At least I could go to school on it.Well, downhill anyway. As a young adult, my boyfriend bought me an early mountain bike. An awesome gift, it was a Nishiki Cariboo. It was black and fit me perfectly. I called it Boo. One night though, Boo and my really expensive skis were stolen off my second floor balcony apartment on Second Street at St. Davids. I was on

three-speed Banana seat bikes were the bomb. My parents bought me a yellow and black striped bike with a STICK shifter — three speeds. Oh my God I loved that bike. I was hot. It was super hot.That bike was so hot I called it Banana. I was still young. We moved back to the mountain just around the same time that 10 speeds were becoming accessible to the non-racing crowd. So, my sister and I received noname 10 speeds from Sears of all places. My parents were frugal if not suburban in their thinking. Of course we didn’t get a Peugot or a

unemployment insurance at the time so did the only responsible thing and bought a huge bottle of Tequila with my last dollars and said goodbye to Boo. I took a bike hiatus from that time until I turned 30. Then I bought another mountain bike, which was too big for me, but took me up and down the mountain many times. As well, it became a killer touring bike since it had a long top tube and awesome geometry for long rides not on mountain trails.That bike was a grey Bridgestone 3 (that was the girl version). I called it Smoke. Smoke was stolen from the old Woodward’s store in the Downtown Eastside while I attended

an art happening called Artropolis.While cool, it wasn’t worth the loss of my friend Smoke. An insurance claim later (my first one), I bought a Specialized Rockhopper Comp.The Comp was important. It wasn’t just a sport bike — it was a competition model.That was in the early ’90s. She was forest green, had 24 gears and was rock solid on tour and on trail. I had that bike for eons. Because she was a mountain bike, she had knobby tires, which was dumb because I used her mostly for touring and commuting. Even so, the noise the tires made on the pavement — so inefficient — was like a bee humming,

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LGH doc commits to matching campaign funds From page 13 diabetes complications, osteoporosis, neurological disorders and thyroid abnormalities. Dr. Philip Cohen, division head of nuclear medicine at Lions Gate, has been working at the North Vancouver hospital for 30 years. Believing strongly in the need for new equipment, Cohen has committed to matching, one-to-one, all funds raised through the campaign until the goal is reached through his Pacific Nuclear Charitable Foundation, a private foundation he set up 20 years ago that primarily supports his department. “It’s hard for me to ask the community to support me if I’m not willing to put funds in as well,” says Cohen, a Lower Lonsdale resident. He believes the campaign will have wide appeal. “Almost everybody who has heart disease, certain types of cancer, thyroid disease and any sort of dementia would very possibly wind up coming to our department for a diagnostic study,” he says.

“Almost all of us are going to use the hospital. I’ve been sick here and if you’re going to have to come in or have a family member that’s really quite seriously ill, I think the name of the game is we support the community,” he adds. Cohen’s department was last the focus of a foundation campaign approximately 10 years ago, which was also the last time they received any significant funding for their department, he says. According to guidelines issued by the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the diagnostic equipment they’re using should be replaced every 10 years or so. “None of our equipment is less than 10 years old. In fact, quite a bit of it is much older than that.We’ve reached a point where it needs to be replaced,” says Cohen. A common analogy he uses is, it’s no different with their equipment than trying to use a cell phone or computer that’s more than 10 years old. “But we’re expected to try to treat patients with equipment that’s that same

vintage. So unfortunately it’s time to replace it and we need to go to where the state-of-the-art is,” he says. Lions Gate is one of two Lower Mainland hospitals that aren’t yet using the new technology. The SPECT/CT technology used by the new cameras is a hybrid. “We’re going to be combining our existing cameras with CT scanners, that’s been probably the biggest change in our standard equipment in the last decade,” says Cohen. According to the foundation, a CT scan will capture the body’s anatomical structures and a SPECT gamma camera will show how the body is functioning.The two scans will be merged and will produce a 3D image. “We’ll be able to see exactly where the abnormality is,” says Cohen. “It will be faster, it will be more accurate and we’ll be able to just basically give much more detailed information to the referring doctors,” he adds, particularly for surgeons. Approximately 9,000

This photo of a foot shows a CT image and a SPECT image with the image on the right being a 3D merging of the two. PHOTO SUPPLIED people were scanned in 2012, and the new equipment should allow for an additional 600 patients to be scanned annually. As well, the new cameras will hopefully reduce the amount of radioactive tracer

given to a patient to get a good quality scan. The campaign will also support a research component as Cohen is involved in the Medical Imaging Research Group based at the University of

British Columbia, headed by fellow North Shore resident Dr. Anna Celler. “Without having the state-of-the-art equipment, we haven’t been able to See Funds page 18

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total income for seniors in 2010. Pensions were received by almost 60 per cent of seniors with the median amount being $11,700. If you have a private pension, and not everyone does, was the income received over or under the median amount? Government transfers accounted for approximately 40 per cent of seniors’ total income. About 90 per cent of those transfers come from the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security Pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.The median benefits received were $6,800 for CPP and $6,200 for OAS/GIS. The number of seniors who miss out here is staggering. According to a report by the Task Force on Financial Literacy, roughly 160,000 eligible seniors are not receiving the Old Age Security benefit.This figure represents almost $1 billion in pre-tax benefits. Almost 150,000 eligible seniors are not receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement and

BECOMING YOUNGER Barrie Chapman speaks about regaining and maintaining strength and flexibility at the Sixth Annual Seniors Health Forum, presented by the West Vancouver Community Foundation, at Kay Meek Centre Sept. 17. PHOTO KEVIN HILL approximately 55,000 eligible Canadians are not receiving Canada Pension benefits. Most seniors have multiple sources of income to draw upon in retirement. Make sure you have maximized your benefits and use them strategically. We have some of the best government-sponsored savings programs in the world but expect less help

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Community Bulletin Board GET INSPIRED ABOUT SINGING and join North Shore Chorus. The group has openings for all voice types for the 2013-14 season and performs a wide range of music with regular concerts. They rehearse Wednesdays, 7:15-9:45 p.m. at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver. audreyowen@ shaw.ca nschorus.com

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BOOK IT West Vancouver Memorial Library manager of operations Lauren Hunderson (left) and WVML Friends of the Library’s Sue Herd invite the public to the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library’s Welsh Hall. A Friends-only presale will take place Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Memberships are available for $10 at the door. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD

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BlueShore board of directors chairman Dave Davenport and president and CEO Chris Catliff Representatives of the North Shore Credit Union hosted a Circle of Friends reception at their Corporate Learning Centre at 1133 Lonsdale Ave., Sept. 19 to celebrate the financial institution’s name change. Members of the North Shore business community, individuals and representatives of a host of community organizations were invited to hear the official announcement of the institution’s new name: BlueShore Financial. Interested in transforming the community credit union into a sophisticated financial boutique, the name change also reflects its interest in serving a broader market and provides an opportunity for expansion and growth. blueshorefinancial.com

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Children enjoy a magic show by Tricky Ricky at the North Vancouver City Library’s fifth birthday celebration on Sept. 21. The event featured a book sale, cake cutting, scavenger hunts, storytimes, behind-the-scenes tours and, of course, face painting. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN — WEST VANCOUVER BRANCH The CFUW is an organization committed to promoting education, improving women’s status and human rights as well as offering fellowship and professional contacts. Meetings are every third Monday, 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 885 22nd St.,

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It’s valley harvest time

Tim Pawsey

Notable Potables There’s nothing quite like being in the Okanagan during harvest (or any wine region for that matter), although the valley is particularly beautiful at this time of the year. After a promising start, due to some localized hail and unusually torrential rains, the vintage has turned out to be more challenging than expected as growers keep a wary eye on the weather for the next few weeks. Okanagan Wine Festivals (thewinefestivals.com) this week prefaced the upcoming signature fall festival with a bit of a fanfare. We’ve known all along that B.C.’s burgeoning wine industry does a fair bit for the economy, but a new report suggests that festivals and wine tourism contribute some $139 million in economic impact annually to the Okanagan, and that the average visiting Okanagan wine tourist drops a significant $475 per day on lodging, wine and cuisine. Part of the reason for that surge is thanks to the arrival of quality accommodation, which for the most part particularly in the south Okanagan was lacking a decade ago. Now the south has spread its wings thanks to a number of premier properties such as Osoyoos Watermark Beach Resort, which epitomizes the levels of comfort and convenience now available. Recently the lakeside Watermark has upped its game, in part thanks to the arrival of well-travelled chef Jonas Stadtlander, who brings a welcome, local twist

to the resort’s buzzing wine bar and patio. You may recognize the name: Jonas is the son of Michael Stadtlander, founding father of Canada’s early farm-to-table movement. His tapas-styled offerings roam from superb panseared local beef with shallot jus to seared spiced Albacore tuna with local greens, and include an excellent tasting plate with house-made chicken liver mousse, artisan cheeses and more. The wine list yields no shortage of good local drops and the hotel now partners with respected Orofino winemaker John Weber to make its own label, including a well-structured “Really, Really, Red” blend of Similkameen Syrah, Cab. Sauv and Merlot. Among the most polished in the valley,Watermark’s very well appointed, fully self-catering suites, pool and spa (not to mention a range of well-priced packages, including electric bicycle tours) make it more than a good reason to head “down south.” Plus, this time next year, you’ll be able to hop a twice daily shuttle direct from Kelowna (watermarkbeachresort. com). Aside from must-sees, such as Tinhorn Creek (Miradoro continues to shine) and Stoneboat (who holds the distinction of making the world’s only and excellent Pinotage icewine), there’s a clutch of very worthy newcomers to visit. Call ahead for Culmina, the Triggs family’s stunning estate, which has raised the bar yet again both in the bottle and out. Go by to taste their

superb, mineral-streaked, Burgundian-inclined Chardonnay (91 points, $26) and floral, juicy, acidwrapped Saignée 50/50 Cab. rosé. Not to mention the 2011 Hypotheses (91 points) already reviewed here. Or just go buy them online if you can’t get there (culmina. ca). The south valley’s other rising star, though early days, also merits attention. Although co-owner and winemaker Bertus Albertyn is most known for his recent sojourn at Burrowing Owl (he also helped out at Culmina), his experience spans the globe, with stops in Hermitage, Italy, and elsewhere, as well as in his native Stellenbosch. There’s a distinct house style at work at his Maverick Estate, which manifests itself in wines that are immensely well balanced and textured, yet still subtle in approach. Phone ahead to taste his textbook tropical-toned, far from grassy Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ($17.99, 90 points); brightly toned, rose petal and citrus-tinged Origin 2012 (Gewurz. Sauv. Blanc) $16, 90 points; red-andblack fruit, meaty-topped, well-rounded Maverick 2011 (60/40 Syrah/Cab. Sauv) with juicy spicy, smoky and berry notes wrapped in elegant tannins. Another deal at $24 (90 points). Next year there’ll be a Pinot Noir, a méthode traditionelle sparkler, and the following year: Syrah. No surprise:These (for now) small-production wines are going fast. Coming soon: a tasting room, and, later, a cellar. Unquestionably, one to watch. info@hiredbelly.com

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FIRST SNOWFALL Whistler reported its first snowfall of the season on Sunday, Sept. 22.Tahoe, Utah, Montana and Wyoming also got their first taste of snow last week.The freezing level drops to 1,800 metres on Sept. 29 with more snow in the forecast. For the latest information visit whistlerblackcomb.com.

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Cougar Mountain, just north of Whistler, is home to Canada’s longest, fastest, highest ziplines, where speeds of more than 100 kilometres per hour are made possible by runs well over a kilometre long, 200 metres off the ground. Use Layar app to view video. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Soaring throughWhistler’s rainforest on Superfly Ziplines

Hanging by a thread NEVILLE JUDD ContributingWriter

It’s the screaming I notice first. Not horrormovie-type screaming, just random shrieks of exhilaration coming from the forest. “Are you nervous?” inquires one of the guides. “A little,” I admit. “Don’t worry, these ziplines can support 9,000 pounds and they’re designed by the best engineers,” she says. “I once spent an hour stuck on my roof, too scared to climb down a ladder,” I think about telling her, but we’ve only just met so I don’t. The people who run Superfly Ziplines at Cougar Mountain just north of Whistler are probably used to nervous grownups. After all, this is home to Canada’s

longest, fastest, highest ziplines, where speeds of more than 100 kilometres per hour are made possible by runs well over a kilometre long, 200 metres off the ground. On the base camp stereo, Bobby McFerrin is singing “Don’t worry, be happy” and I wonder if Superfly’s engineers are the same engineers who suspended aVolkswagen Beetle from the Lion’s Gate Bridge. I wouldn’t mind.That feat always impressed me. My wife Leah and I are instructed on how to suit up in our helmets and paragliding-style harnesses. We’re each handed trolley rigs, which will eventually mount half an inch of galvanized steel with us hanging underneath, secured by straps and carabiners. Moments later we’re

on a bus to the first of six ziplines, this one just a few hundred metres in length to get our feet wet. Anticipation replaces nerves and Leah and I are first in line when our attendant asks, “who’s next?” We edge our way to the front of the wooden platform and are clipped into our trolleys, which are attached to the parallel zipline cables. Leaning back, our harnesses feel more like La-Z-Boy chairs and our arms and legs dangle. I make a conscious effort to appreciate the view and I notice the clouds are parting over MountWedge where there’s still a little snow.Then our attendant releases a lever, gravity kicks in and treetops are rushing towards us. Midscream I catch a bug in my mouth so I stop. Seconds later we jolt to a halt via an automatic braking system

atop another platform. Ziplining is actually pretty easy, I decide. Aside from assuming a braking position called the starfish (arms out, knees up and apart) towards the end of the line, there are no other judgment calls to be made. Just sit back and enjoy the fast-moving view. The next run is a little longer and features ziplines close enough together for Leah and I to hold hands. How romantic, I think. “I don’t want you slowing me down,” says Leah. So we race. I follow the attendant’s advice to “be a pencil,” keeping feet together and arms in. He counts down from three and releases us simultaneously.The extra slice of cheesecake last night ensures I win a photo finish. (Heavier means faster.)The torpedo style is well suited for blustery days like today.

The winds gusting through the valley separating Cougar and Rainbow mountains can occasionally be strong enough to halt the progress of younger, lighter zipliners. Attendants are well practiced at retrieving the occasional rider who stops a few feet short of the platform. Another shuttle bus takes us higher to the first of two new ziplines added this summer. At 1.2 kilometres and 1.3 kilometres long, the lines are the longest in Canada and come closest to fulfilling Superfly’s invitation to be a bird for the day.Yes, the speed makes both runs feel like a bungee jump with a destination, but what really thrills is the length of time in flight. Unlike an amusement park ride, there’s time to appreciate the trees, cliffs and See Godzilla page 28


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Godzilla steepest descent From page 27 mountains while shouting at your wife and adjusting your sunglasses. I even considered calling the office mid-flight so they could hear me scream. The penultimate zipline, nicknamed Godzilla, is shorter but just as fast because it features the steepest descent. By now I’ve refined my torpedo style, braking only into the starfish position at the last moment before a loud but cushioned landing.Two and a half hours after we began, we cruise into a solid landing on the sixth and final zipline. I’ve forgotten my initial doubts about trusting carabiners, thin steel threads and the effectiveness of a helmet in such conditions. “Whoa, that’s some serious speed,” says the attendant while unhooking me from the final zipline. He may say that to everyone, but it beats “are you nervous?” If you fly: The Superfly ZiplineTour is open year-round, lasts about three hours and runs every 30 minutes all day. It costs $129. Minimum age is seven; minimum weight 60 pounds, maximum weight is 250 pounds. Superfly also runsTreetop Adventures at the same location. Suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, monkey bars and tightropes make up more than 70 challenges set up in the forest canopy. Price $59. For more information, visit superflyziplines.com/. TheWestin Resort and Spa inWhistler offers a Superfly package, including overnight accommodation and one zipline ticket per person, from $266. Call 866-716-8101 or visit westin. com/Whistler.

Winnipeg’s Union Station, built in 1911, was officially designated a heritage building by the Historical Monument Board of Canada in 1989. Use Layar app to view a Via Rail video of NFB archival documentation of the city’s historic train station. PHOTO SUPPLED STAN MILOSEVIC

Making tracks beyond the frontier Winnipeg still gateway to theWest DAVID WISHART ContributingWriter

WINNIPEG: Back in the 1880s, whenWinnipeg was the fastest growing place in North America, immigrants from Europe came by ship to Halifax then train to this frontier city put on the map by fur trappers and traders at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. At Union Station, beside rail yards bigger than anything at Chicago or New York, the immigrant trains made their first stop and weary travelers were allowed to disembark, other than

Italians and Spaniards, who in a process not unlike Ellis Island, were deemed too emotional (in the words of a local historian) for the hard life on the Prairies, and shunted back to Toronto. Beyond the frontier was the Canadian West including the faraway Vancouver, then very much the village on the edge of the rainforest. It took Vancouver three generations after the arrival of the first trans-continental rail train, in 1886, to catch up with Winnipeg, but until then the head office of the Canadian West was Winnipeg’s skyscrapers at Portage and Main. In this golden era, the Siftons, Eatons, Aspers and Richardsons would build mansions on Wellington Crescent, and one of their ilk would perish on the Titanic, in first class of course. Only

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in harsh conditions and becoming an admirable part of the Canadian story. It’s an easy drive from Winnipeg, for the beach at Gimli, good golf at Hecla and don’t miss the pickerel (walleye) fish.The old runway, famous for the Gimli Glider of 1983 when Air Canada dropped in, now sees lots of amateur pilots flying in for the fishing. Back in Winnipeg, and prior to boarding my train, the Canadian, I joined a city tour for passengers en route from Toronto, the highlight of which was Assiniboine Park and Leo Mol’s statues. If you never go anywhere else in Canada, don’t miss Winnipeg and this man’s breathtaking bronze of bush pilot Tom Lamb. Spare time too to find a wonderful statue of First World War soldier Lt. Harry Colebourn and a little bear he rescued en route to the U.K. and called Winnie after his home town.When Colebourn, a vet with the Fort Garry Horse, was sent to France,Winnie was placed in London Zoo where he enchanted Christopher Robin and A.A. Milne, and was the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh. Colebourn survived the war, returned to Winnipeg, and died in 1947. As for the train, every real Canadian should do this, for its building is another key part of the Canadian fabric, something clearly

not lost on the broad ethnic makeup of the passengers, many foreign tourists, a honeymoon couple and the very well behaved Scouts on their way from Peterborough to a jamboree in Edmonton. Jasper was a good stop with an hour in the town centre, although for many the priority was the free Wi-Fi Via Rail provides in stations. Hotels please note. Then the best bit. We skirted Moose Lake, headwater of the mighty Fraser River, glimmering in the afternoon sun, and headed toYellowhead Pass, the continental divide.The scenery was spectacular on one side, then the other.The panorama car echoed with gasps of wonder at soaring, snow-capped mountains and the rushing Fraser. “This is the trip of a lifetime,” said a man in a Tilley hat. Even the honeymoon couple, till now just eyes for each other, were visibly impressed. “Mount Robson, highest point in the Rockies, on the right,” said the conductor, whose comments were sparing but spot on, such as sports commentators should be but rarely are. And so we followed the mighty Fraser all the way to Vancouver with dreamy sunset views, very good food and service, comfy beds -- and no airport security. Can’t think why I never did it before. For more info: viarail.ca.


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What’s On From page 23 language skills Mondays, 7:30-8:45 p.m. 604-9840286, x8144 604-6449621 nvdpl.ca ESPIRITUVOCAL ENSEMBLE This high profile community choir that performs a wide variety of music is looking for motivated singers. Rehearsals take place Mondays, 7-9 p.m. atWestVancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave. Singers should have basic music reading skills. Call 604-9222513 for an audition. FRIENDSHIP TOASTMASTERS CLUB meets to improve communication and leadership skills every Monday, 7:15-9:15 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. friendshiptoastmasters.com GLENEAGLES SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB Beginner and intermediate classes every Monday, 7:309:30 p.m. at Hollyburn elementary, 1329 Duchess Ave., West Vancouver. 604987-3792 ISRAELI DANCE Every Monday, beginners 6-7:15 p.m., intermediates and open dancing, 7:15-9:30 p.m. at

Congregation Har El, 1305 Taylor Way,West Vancouver. $6. 604-568-4771 LOGOS TOASTMASTERS CLUB Hone your public speaking skills in a fun learning and social environment.The club meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. at 659 Clyde Ave.,West Vancouver. 604-929-7957 logostoastmasters.org MEALS ON WHEELS needs volunteers on Monday,Wednesday or Friday mornings. 604-922-3414 northshoremealsonwheels.org MOUNT SEYMOUR LIONS’ CLUB meets on the first and third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at 936 Bowron Court, North Vancouver. New members are welcome. 604-929-4135 NORTH SHORE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY Improve your photography with a focus on skill development the first and third Mondays of the month, 7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 2347 Inglewood Ave.,West Vancouver.The club has field trips and workshops. All levels welcome. nsps.ca NORTH SHORE STAMP CLUB meets every other Monday, 7-9 p.m. at The Summerhill, 135 West 15th St., North

SHIP SHAPE The seventh annual Boat Show at the Creek was held Sept. 19-22 at Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver. The four-day event featured marine vendors and suppliers, as well as boating seminars, sea trials and demonstrations. Scan with Layar to see more photos. PHOTO LISA KING

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NORTH SHORE TOASTMASTERS Learn through fun and friendship to get over your fear of public speaking or improve your leadership skills. Meetings are held Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West Vancouver United Church Community Centre, 2062 Esquimalt Ave. 604-6571371 mikelduff@yahoo.com toastmastersnorthshore.org

NORTH SHORE WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION meets on the third Monday of every month (except during December and summer months) 7-9 p.m. at Capilano library, 3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver.Visitors and new members welcome. Free for members, non-members $5. nswriters.bc.ca

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Vancouver. Lunch is served. 604-985-1122 x28 singlemomsopendoor.com POLYNESIAN DANCE CLASSES Beginner classes for adults and children, Sundays and Mondays at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver. 604-982-8311 Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email information for your non-profit, by donation or nominal fee event to listings@ nsnews.com. For our online listings, go to nsnews.com, scroll to Community Events and click on AddYour Event.


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Support the WVCAC’s new STUDENT AWARDS FUND which will reward young artists graduating from North Shore secondary schools TICKETS $35 General $25 WVCAC Members Available at www.silkpurse.ca VENUE St. Stephen’s Church 885 22nd St. West Van Doors open 7pm

ART BOX LAUNCH Curious onlookers check out The Art Box at the official opening of the new mobile gallery space designed and created by 12 North Vancouver youth. The Art Box is a converted shipping container that runs quarterly exhibitions of youth art on electronic screens. The gallery was launched at Shipbuilders’ Square and can be moved to different locations. It marks the sixth Studio in the City project, a program that provides youth with opportunities to apprentice in the arts on various canvases and landscapes throughout the City of North Vancouver. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH

Options for Volunteers The following is a selection of volunteer opportunities from various community organizations, made available through Volunteer North Shore, a North Shore Community Resources Society service.

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Books offer useful DIY training tips From page 32 The next valuable and cost-saving thing you can do is learn about leadership and how to apply it to your life with your dog. As a trainer, the number one thing I get called out for is to help a dog owner deal with a dog that is “out of control.” What this means is the owner waited far too long to teach their dog proper boundaries and limitations and use their obedience commands to instill confidence, tolerance and peacefulness. A once small

investment of a puppy class where this would have been taught, but the owner never participated in, is now going to cost the owner at least three times the amount of a puppy class to fix the out-ofcontrol dog. And what I will be doing is teaching the owner, not the dog, how to be a proper leader for their dog, while altering the unwanted behaviour of the dog. There are some really good training books and websites, both of which are inexpensive, that give excellent advice and tools

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Peter Joudaki (left) and Marc Burrows of ProgressiveVancouver.com real estate drop off a $5,000 cheque at BC Children’s Hospital. The money was raised at the Mid Summer Nights Green charity lawn bowling tournament in West Vancouver.

Dana Craighead and Dave Mair of Mount Seymour Lions Club, present a cheque to Michelle Tice and Julia Staub-French, Family Services of the North Shore. Funds will be directed to the North Shore Christmas Bureau and Children and Youth Counselling and Prevention programs.

More than 164 volunteers visited some 5,531 homes and collected more than 9,400 pounds of nonperishable food for the Harvest Project during the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive on the North Shore.

Sentinel secondary student Jack Karp, 15, presents Huda Al-Saedy of the Canadian Cancer Society with a cheque for $1,600. Karp raised the money by playing tennis for 12 hours straight at his second annual Jack Karp Tennis-a-Thon entitled “Do You Have the Balls to Beat Cancer?” which took place Aug. 6 at the West Vancouver Tennis Club.

Members of the Canada West Region of the Porsche Club of America present a cheque for $7,500 to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, BC/ Yukon Region. The money was raised at the Dundarave Porsche Show and Ride for Cystic Fibrosis Good Works fundraiser, which takes place every year on Father’s Day. This year, there were more than 100 Porsches on display.

Louise Campbell, of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, accepts a $4,000 cheque from Justin Grant, store leader at West Vancouver’s Fresh Street Market, to put towards nuclear medicine. PHOTO KEVIN HILL

Members of the Deep Cove Lions Club present a $2,500 cheque to the Harvest Project. For the past year, the Lions have been collecting pennies from family, friends and community members. A grand total of $1,286 was raised through this penny drive, with additional funds coming from other activities.

Whole Foods, Park Royal presents North Shore Volunteers for Seniors directors with a cheque for $4,191. The money was raised through the Saving the Environment bag promotion .

Sharon Warner (left) and Alan Stewart (right) of Prudential Sussex Realty North Vancouver present a cheque for $15,000 to Judy Savage (centre), president of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, to go towards the construction of the The HOpe Centre for mental health and addictions.

North Vancouver FC’s John Booth (left) accepts a cheque from Gonzalo Benitez, vice-president and CFO of Neptune Terminals. Neptune and their community liaison, Tony Nardi, have been supporters of the club since the beginning of the NVFC U5 program. This year, Neptune contributed more than $20,000 to the club program, allowing NVFC to partner with North Shore Neighbourhood House. Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and Rocky Mountaineer recently treated 15 seriously ill children and their families to a “Starlight Escape” onboard the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb rail journey. North Vancouver grandmother Gwen Dann, Starlight youth Jonathan Myskiw, sister Sarah Myskiw and mom Brenda Harvey were onboard.

Kudos to those who volunteer their time, money and effort to benefit the many service and charitable organizations on the North Rick Ryan (right), president of The Kiwanis Club of West Vancouver, presents Lauren McLaughlin with a $1,000 scholarship from the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada and Kiwanis Club of West Vancouver.

Shore. In this space we celebrate the generosity of North Shore residents. If you have a cheque presentation photo or information for Kudos, please contact Neetu Shokar at nshokar@nsnews.com.


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YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE to THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

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With a couple of results up on the board there’s an interesting early leader in the North Shore senior boys AAA soccer league. The Sutherland Sabres posted wins over traditional powerhouse teams Argyle and Handsworth last week, jumping up to the top of the standings with a perfect 2-0 record. Those wins came after the Sabres took apart the Carson Graham Eagles 7-0 in an exhibition game before the season started. So is it too soon to call Sutherland the favourites to take the North Shore title and earn a berth in the provincial championships? Yes, yes it is, according to Sutherland head coach Bill Mahon. “I’m definitely not going to say that,” Mahon said with a laugh. “That would be the kiss of death. We’ll just see how each game plays out.” The results, however, have been impressive. Sutherland opened with a 2-0 shutout win over Argyle on Tuesday. “They had a couple of players who were hurt, they didn’t have their full See Sabres page 36

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Sabres score wins over Pipers, Royals From page 35

squad there,” said Mahon of the Pipers. “We deserved the 2-0 win, but they were missing a few key players. Next time we play them, if they’re back, it’s going to be a tougher game.” Handsworth, last year’s North Shore rep at the provincial AAA championships, was next. “We won 2-1 but we didn’t play that well in the second half,” said Mahon, adding that the Sabres were up 2-0 in their Thursday evening matchup but let the Royals back in. Handsworth had a chance to tie it with a late breakaway but Sutherland’s goalie made the save. “Handsworth outplayed us in the second half, I thought we were a bit fortunate to win that one.” Mahon did admit that his team looks good so far, but added that it should be a tight race at the top of the standings all season long. “I think on any given day any of those teams can

beat each other,” he said. “It’s very early, two games. I’m not going to make any predictions where teams are going to end up. I’ll just say it’s very competitive.” Handsworth opened their season Tuesday with a 2-1 win over West Van in a rematch of last year’s final playoff game that saw the Royals earn the provincial berth while eliminating the Highlanders. West Van joined Handsworth with a 1-1 record this week after scoring a 4-1 win over Carson Graham Thursday. The action continues this week with AAA games Tuesday and Thursday. There are a pair of 4 p.m. games on Tuesday with Carson Graham hosting Handsworth at Kinsman Field (Carson turf is the rainout backup field) and West Van and Argyle meeting at Lynn Valley Park (Kilmer gravel if rainout). On Thursday Argyle and Handsworth will meet at 3:30 p.m. at Ambleside D while Sutherland will host Carson Graham at 4 p.m.

THE JUKE’S ON YOU Running back A.J. Blackwell freezes his defender in Carson Graham’s big 42-0 win over Nanaimo Sept. 20. Blackwell churned out 201 yards on the ground in just 16 carries, scoring three touchdowns along the way. The win moved Carson to 1-0 in AA league play, 4-0 overall. The Eagles will host North Shore rivals Sentinel in a 3:45 p.m. kickoff Oct. 4. Scan with the Layar app to see more photos. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH

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Jim Belsheim Neptune Terminals

Annwen Loverin Silver Harbour Seniors’ Centre

Ben Themens Lonsdale Energy Corporation

Nicole Robins Sprout Organic Market

Kris English Xanatos Marine

Service Excellence sponsored by Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Reisa Pollard Beyond Beige Interior Design

Paige Larson Jill Cherrier In the Raw - Food for North Shore Sports Medicine Dogs & Cats Inc.

Young Entrepreneur sponsored by Lonsdale Quay Market

Salma Atigh Eternal Skincare

Erik Smith S’wich Cafe

Anthony Beyrouti Venue Kings

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT & AWARD SPONSORS

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North Shore News September 29 2013