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Judge backs forced sale of complex Some owners say they’ll be squeezed out of NV market JANE SEYD

A recent B.C. Supreme Court decision has paved the way for owners of an apartment and townhouse complex in NorthVancouver to sell to a developer — despite the wishes of some owners to stay put. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon recently sided with the majority of owners of Seymour Estates on Lytton Street, who asked the court to approve the sale of the entire property. That decision satisfied the vast majority of owners, who argued in court they’ll get more money by selling as a group than they could individually and avoid potentially costly repair bills as the 40-year-old complex ages. For a small group of owners, however, the decision could force them to move off the North Shore, where they have community ties, if they can’t find similar affordable housing — or out of the housing market entirely. For those people, “This is a huge deal,” said lawyer JohnWhyte, who represented six of those opposed to the sale. “This is their home. It’s a major investment.” The court case highlights dilemmas faced when one group of owners in an aging housing complex wants to sell, but others don’t. In the case of Seymour Estates, that is complicated

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Campaign on for Tim Jones Peak BRENT RICHTER

When the call came in that someone was in trouble in the North Shore backcountry, North Shore Rescue’s team leader Tim Jones moved mountains to see that person was brought out

safely. Now, two weeks after Jones’ sudden death on Mount Seymour, a campaign is underway to see a mountain peak named after him. In the days following Jones’ death Jan. 19, someone in the outdoor community pitched the idea

of renaming the second peak of Mount Seymour — known colloquially now only as the “second pump” — Tim Jones Peak — an idea which is now rapidly spreading online. “I think Tim would like it.Tim spent a lot of time up there. He walked his dog up there.The team

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— a type of ownership popular in the 1970s that has since been banned by the province. Unlike a strata complex, where each owner individually owns their unit, in a common law condominium, each owner has a “fractional interest” in the whole complex. “On the ground it’s the same,” said Peter Roberts, a lawyer who acted for the majority of owners in favour of the sale. “Legally, it’s quite different.” One advantage to the units is they were generally cheaper than a similar condominium when the owners bought them.The downside is that if enough of their neighbours wanted it, they could be forced to sell. At Seymour Estates, that prospect was first raised about two years ago when Darwin Construction approached the owners council, interested in redeveloping the site with a denser housing project. Some of the owners were interested from the outset, others weren’t, said Rene Cravioto, president of the owners council. Among those who wanted to sell, the prospect of facing hefty repair bills from plumbing and roofing repairs in the future was a factor in their decision. “Water leaks are a common thing in Seymour Estates,” said Cravioto. Owners were told Darwin would give them

30 per cent more than they could get selling their units individually.When more than 90 per cent of the owners had signed on to the deal, they hit an impasse. “As owners we were at a deadlock,” said Cravioto. The problem for those opposed to the sale is they will likely not be able to buy back into the same neighbourhood for the cash they’ll get from selling their units, said Whyte. Most of his clients will instead be faced with having to substantially downgrade where they’re living — or moving out of the community. “We’re looking at people who don’t have a lot of money to throw around,” said Whyte. Most families are deeply rooted in Seymour, he added. “They didn’t want to have their lives disrupted by being forced to move.” Whyte said not all owners were persuaded that the management’s estimate of future repair bills between $15,000 and $30,000 per unit is realistic or that the estimated sale prices of units in Darwin’s new development are accurate. Yolanda Hamilton has lived at Seymour Estates with her adult son for the past eight years, and doubts she’d find a similar apartment for what Darwin is prepared to offer her. “I’m living here now because it’s convenient for See Judge page 5

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feature after a person mandates that they have been dead at least two years, but the name already appears to be sticking among North Shore adventurers. A Facebook page called “Name the second peak of Mt Seymour Tim Jones Peak” has more than 2,200 members and websites frequented by backcountry hikers are already changing the name of the peak on their online maps. Blown expects supporters

of the plan will see it through in 2016. Meanwhile, friends and strangers alike have been lining up to donate to Jones’ last major fundraising project — a legacy fund that would gather interest and fund North Shore Rescue’s operations and training. “He had spent a lot of time building the team’s infrastructure.We have search and rescue stations. We have equipment and vehicles and a rescue base that are geared towards both keeping our members

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my life,” she said. Some people forced into selling don’t work and might not even be able to get mortgages to buy new homes, she said. While the court approved the sale of the complex, the judge must approve a final offer.Whyte said he hopes

that will ensure owners forced to sell will get a reasonable return. Cravioto says the pro-sale owners don’t want to see anybody harmed. “We’re conscious of the needs of the minority that did not want to sell,” he said. Said Hamilton, “I don’t think anybody wants to have a war with their neighbours.”

safe when we’re rescuing people and efficiently and quickly rescuing people,” said search manager Doug Pope. “Over the last year, Tim’s focus came to keeping this legacy he had built operational.” By Friday, the fund set up on the online donation website Fundrazr had received more than $105,000, much of it in smaller donations from members of the community, which was heartening to see, Pope said. The Justice Institute of B.C. has also set up a fund

that will accept donations for a student bursary. But the North Shore Rescue team itself would prefer to see donations directed to their own legacy fund. “It’s the team’s desire and Tim’s family’s desire as well as Tim’s main focus — this North Shore Rescue legacy fund.That’s our priority. If people would like to donate, we would ask that they donate to this North Shore Legacy fund,” Pope said. The fund can be found by visiting and searching “In memory of Tim Jones.”

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Liberated liberals T he Liberal Senate caucus is dead. Long live the caucus of liberal senators. Justin Trudeau stripped the capital L from 32 senators this week, tossing them into independence in a bid to aid bipartisanship, and possibly his election chances. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair shared a rare moment of solidarity in mocking Trudeau’s move, albeit for different reasons. Mulcair has given up on the Canadian government’s chamber of sober second thought. There are compelling arguments for terminating the upper chamber, including the essays inadvertently authored by Brazeau, Wallin and Duffy. However, even amidst a scandal that stretches from fraudulent addresses to


the Prime Minister’s doorstep, making substantive changes to the senate requires opening up the constitution. In Canada’s history, that has been like opening up a surgical incision with a spoon. Trudeau’s decision leaves many unanswered questions about the future of the Senate — how it will operate, what roles an “independent” senator can play and where it fits within the overall topic of senate reform. These are all questions the now liberated senators must also be asking themselves. Whether this is just another move in a game of political chess or an earnest attempt to make changes to the Red Chamber, which Canadians widely agree are needed, there is one certain thing. In one day, Trudeau has done to more to reform the senate than Harper has done in almost eight years as Prime Minister.


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Boulevard not for development Crash driver’s fine ‘measly’ Dear Editor: Many thanks to the lady who attended the early public input meeting on the proposed 17-storey development at 161 East Keith Rd., North Vancouver. Her letter was published in your Jan. 22 issue.The writer

makes many valid points. I have a couple more. A density transfer from what is essentially a boulevard is ridiculous.Was there ever density potential in a boulevard, even if it is slightly triangular? The inside curve city land involved is not a piece of

land that can be developed, thus I argue there is no density to transfer. It is time North Van folk voted for amalgamation if the city council has nothing more to occupy themselves with than density transfers

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Dear Editor: I was surprised to read that such measly fines were given to the driver who was responsible for closing down the Lions Gate Bridge. These were for being distracted and using his smartphone while driving.

Has anyone ever thought of giving him a punishment that adequately reflects causing a head-on collision? Not to mention the inconvenience to thousands of other people too. John Clench Vancouver

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Dear Editor: Thank you for your article on the inspiring work of volunteers with our policing partners in North Vancouver. Dedicated volunteers are a true community asset and contribute enormously to our North Shore quality of life. West Vancouver Police have appreciated your excellent coverage of our own volunteer

programs, including Brent Richter’s report on our Victim Services program. (North Shore News, June 16, 2013). We share a concern raised by many of our volunteers over the impression possibly left through a statement in your article, “West Vancouver does not have an RCMP detachment, and so is not involved in these particular programs.”


As we prepare to mark 102 years of service by West Vancouver Police, we’d like to take the opportunity to point out our volunteers are very involved with a wide range of programs, including Victim Services, Speed Watch, Graffiti Watch, Theft from Auto Watch, and our Student Work & Advisory Team (SWAT). West Vancouver Police

Business Watch has enjoyed support of approximately 200 local businesses for over a decade, and like North Vancouver, we are well served by thousands of residents who support and participate in Block Watch. Thousands of hours of excellent work is provided each year by our more than 85 direct community volunteers, who range from Grade

8 students to devoted citizens energetically serving well into their 80s. Their community service is inspiring and deeply appreciated. We invite anyone considering volunteer opportunities to visit our website at http://wvpd. ca/become-involved. Cst. Jeff Palmer Communications Officer West Vancouver Police

“I didn’t spend a lot of time planting and nurturing the trees to have some damned idiots from the parks branch slaughter them.” Former homeowner Godfrey Lynum comments onWest Vancouver’s decision to level a waterfront garden (from a Jan. 26 news story). “To be honest, it was not our finest hour.” City of NorthVancouver Coun. Pam Bookham regrets the in-camera decision to scrap the HMS Flamborough Head stern from the city’s waterfront (from a Jan. 29 news story.) “When people have no more respect for an institution, it’s hard to be part of that institution.” Senator Mobina Jaffer reflects on the need for senate reform (from a Jan. 31 news story).



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Taxes to rise 2.9 % in West Van budget

Services on chopping block as belt-tightening to continue JEREMY SHEPHERD

If West Vancouver district staff has been working overtime on the five-year financial plan, they’d better stop. The 2014 budget is lean and mean, projecting no surplus and allowing employee overtime only when absolutely necessary. Council voted unanimously to give the budget third reading Monday, but at least one councillor may not offer his approval when the plan returns for debate Feb. 3.

“I can’t support this. There’s no meat,” said Coun. Michael Lewis. The budget calls for a 2.92 per cent property tax increase.That increase could jump to nearly five per cent by 2015, according to chief financial officer Michael Koke. The rate is a departure from district norms, where the last four budgets have called for a zero per cent property tax increase. “Reality’s come home to roost,” Lewis said. The property tax spike is attributable to the stagnancy in property

assessments, according to Lewis. “If the assessment roll had grown as it has traditionally, no tax increase would have been almost a no-brainer,” he said. The district may need to take a harder look at its services, according to Lewis.West Vancouver’s recent core service review met “minimal expectations,” he said. Depending on the voices of the community and the votes of council, programs and services may have to be cut, according to chief administrative officer Nina Leemhuis. “We’ll be bringing forward a long-term financial plan recognizing that currently the bucket

is only so big and certain things are going to have to fall off the plate,” she said. The budget is too vague, according to Lewis. “There’s no goals, there’s no objectives, there’s no start date, there’s no end date,” he said. “I need to have some deliverables. Something other than saying a 2.9 per cent tax increase.” The 2014 budget defers approximately $6.7 million in funds for capital expenses to 2015, which puzzled Coun. Craig Cameron. “I don’t know what’s happening in 2015 but unless we’re winning the lottery I can’t see how we’re going to be able to do that,” he said, asking if “accounting magic” was

involved. “I wish there was some sort of accounting magic,” Koke said. “We’ve had to make some tough decisions.” The 2014 budget for capital funding is approximately $9.8 million. The district keeps a close eye on its purse strings when it comes to new hires, according to Leemhuis. Whenever there’s a vacancy, the district undertakes “an extremely rigorous process” to review the feasibility of eliminating the position or assigning duties to another department, according to Leemhuis. The district has also cut costs online. “We have just spent $125,000 updating our

Ferry delivers wanted man to WV police BRENT RICHTER

A man wanted on five outstanding arrest warrants was arrested upon arriving at the BC Ferries Horseshoe Bay terminal Sunday night. West Vancouver police

received a call from Sunshine Coast RCMP members warning that a woman aboard the ferry may be in danger because she was seen with a man who was under a court order to have no contact with her. Officers halted the

unloading process at the terminal and found the woman safe in her vehicle. They then found the suspect waiting to exit among the foot passengers and arrested him. Though they later determined the two were not together against the

woman’s will, officers did search the man and found a small amount of cocaine and a small knife. In addition to the charges of assault, mischief and three charges of violating court orders for incidents related to Chilliwack RCMP

investigations, West Vancouver constables are recommending charges of drug possession and breaking a court order. The 30-year-old Chilliwack man was held in police custody pending his first court appearance Jan. 27.

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Seniors care home proposal raises ire Sentinel Hill neighbours oppose proposed 103-bed facility


A cadre of outraged citizens stayed in West Vancouver council chambers until 11:30 p.m. Monday in a failed attempt to kibosh a proposed seniors centre. Maison Senior Living has submitted a design for a three-storey, 103bed facility which would include a floor for seniors with memory problems such as dementia.

The centre would be located on five lots currently zoned for singlefamily housing on Keith Road and Taylor Way. Council voted 6-1 to push the project forward, which will likely result in public hearings followed by council consideration. Rezoning those lots would irreparably damage the fabric of the community while bringing more traffic to a gridlockprone neighbourhood, according to the vast

majority of speakers at Monday’s council meeting. According to a survey conducted by members of the Sentinel Hill Neighbourhood Committee, 329 neighbours oppose the project while only three support the centre. Property values are bound to take a tumble, according to George Deng, who estimated his house would lose $200,000 in value. “All the neighbours are losing money. It’s almost the same as everyone close to it writing a cheque to subsidize this project,” he said.

Deng said he fled from China and its one-child policy. “I made a decision: no one can kill my girl,” he said. Deng promised his family that moving to a free country would be the best decision he made in his life, but the prospect of the seniors centre has complicated his choice. “If I fail, if my neighbours fail, I don’t know how to tell my girl in the future ‘I made the right decision,’” he said, receiving applause from many in attendance. After looking over assessments of homes

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near other care centres, Gambioli said housing prices are unlikely to dip. “There is absolutely no discernible difference in the assessment of the homes which are either adjacent to the care centre . . . and homes that are half a block away or across the street,” she said. Her position was challenged by Andrew Franks, who interrupted council’s debate to make his case. “I have the proof. Are you denying the proof?” he asked. “I’m denying your right to speak,” Mayor Michael Smith replied. Seniors facilities are good neighbours, according to Smith, who lives by the West Vancouver Care Centre. “I would say to the residents: you should be careful what you wish for because if five single-family lots go in there, you’re going to have every tree taken down and you’re going to have five monster houses.” Many speakers said they supported care facilities for seniors, but not there. However, there may be no place to move the facility that won’t result in similar objections in the name of neighbourhood character, according to Smith. “We have no more land,” Smith said. “All of these necessary facilities that we need . . . they’re going to have to go somewhere on an existing piece of property. There is no other alternative.” Council should discuss seniors housing with representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health to gauge community need, according to Smith. The centre is very much needed, according to Trudy Hubbard, chairwoman of

A\10 B,P)7/.\2 97/P$ D2U1W ],P^$ ]g_D_ EC]]cf68 North Vancouver Kiwanis Housing. While trying to find housing for North Shore seniors, Hubbard said she frequently sees a dearth of options in West Vancouver. “Two years ago there was a study, and four per cent of West Vancouver residents are seniors over 85. Where are they to go?” she asked. Many speakers said Maison’s prices are far too high. “Not all individuals will be able to afford this facility,” Hubbard said. “That leaves the space for the ones of us who can’t afford that to go into another facility.” The design includes setbacks ranging from 8.9 to 14.5 metres. However, the setback on the building’s east side is 4.5 metres, directly affecting neighbour Andrew Franks. “That’s 20 feet less than the length between a pitcher’s mound and home plate. How could that not be intrusive?” he asked. Approving the project in the midst of single-family neighbourhoods would be a “monumental error in judgment,” according to Franks. Other speakers, some who had been on the

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Care facility has merit: Panz From page 8 losing end of the debate over the Grosvenor development in Ambleside, discussed waning faith in council and a growing belief the district’s planning department operates on behalf of developers. Suggesting the process has been unfair is “patently absurd,” according to Coun. Craig Cameron. Cameron took issue with insults alleging impropriety lobbied at

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Tall towers would put Victoria Park in the dark From page 6 from postage stamp-sized pieces of land. A council representing the whole of North Vancouver would have a broader perspective — the whole of North Vancouver.The issue of traffic flow would perhaps be more easily addressed. I intend to vote for an amalgamation candidate in the fall 2014 municipal elections. I also agree with the writer of the previous letter that this proposal sets a precedent. Next there will be density transfers from Victoria Park itself!

Victoria Park is city land, as is the boulevard in front of 161 East Keith Rd.Tall towers around Victoria Park especially on the south side, as this is, will put the Victoria Park into day-long shade. Some park. Some green necklace.The land belongs to the people; it is not council’s to give away piece by little piece without consultation. Official Community Plans should have some legal force, not be a point of departure. Many thanks to the North Shore News for their coverage. Susan Christou North Vancouver

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a precious place for many people. I just think the project is too big for the particular site.” Council should consider district-wide ramifications, according to Mark Coleman. “The neighbourhood may be, in this case, secondary to the needs of the greater community,” he said. Coun. Trish Panz supported moving the project forward, citing a need for broader input. “I do actually represent

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“It’s a horrible, horrible disorder and if I can help prevent eating disorders I will. It was complete hell for me. It took away eight good years of my life. It’s a dark, self-loathing hole to be in. If I can prevent at least one person from going into that hole then that’s fine. I’ve done my job,” says Amy Pezzente. Having firsthand experience with an eating disorder during high school and university, Pezzente, now 29, has dedicated herself to supporting others in their recovery journey. For the last four years she has been working to disseminate information to help those currently struggling get help, as well as prevent eating disorders altogether. Pezzente, a Burnaby resident, wears a number of professional hats. She works as an eating disorder peer support worker at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at B.C. Children’s Hospital ( and co-ordinates online support groups with the North Vancouver-based Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders (lookingglassbc.

com). Pezzente also works with the Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore. In addition, Pezzente serves as the co-ordinator of the year-round Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign (PEDAW), focused on raising awareness related to prevention, early intervention and treatment of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem. PEDAW is led by Jessie’s Legacy and is offered in collaboration with a number of organizations, including Kelty Mental Health and the Looking Glass. This month, PEDAW is launching for 2014, timed with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Feb. 2-8, and there are a number of ways B.C. residents are encouraged to get involved. “Our aim is prevention and awareness and to make people realize that you can be healthy, beautiful and happy at any size,” says Pezzente. “It’s to encourage positive body image across B.C. and hopefully to end all eating disorders.” Guest blogs on the topic will be posted by people from across North

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contract for provincial work in eating disorders prevention education, resources and support since January 2010, continuing the work of the Jessie’s Hope Society, renaming it Jessie’s Legacy.The society was named after a young North Shore woman, Jessie Alexander, who took her life due to complications related to an eating disorder. A major concern of Jessie’s Legacy is to shift the public’s focus away from weight, says Shelley Hine, a child and family therapist at Family Services, coordinator of Jessie’s Legacy, and co-ordinator of the Safer Places for Children andYouth program. “We want the focus to be on health at any size,” she says. “When we talk weight and shape bias, that’s really the focus.We’ve medicalized weight in a big way and it’s taken the focus off of health and it’s taken the focus off of the fact that people have different body shapes, different body sizes, in a big part it’s genetics. Because of a lot of media stigma, we’ve gone from the notion

of health to the notion that there is only one body size and that’s a very thin, fit body, especially for women. “We try to combat that stigma.We try to raise awareness that people come in all sorts of weights and shapes, and genetics plays a big part in that,” she says. Jessie’s Legacy maintains an online presence, offering a host of resources and fact sheets available to people throughout the province, says Mimi Hudson, director of community and provincial programs for Family Services. Another Jessie’s Legacy program is Family Fundamentals, which introduces parents to the concept of working to prevent eating disorders during their children’s early years. “Things start very early,” says Hudson. “People talk about weight and it’s how parents talk about their weight and shape and how that might influence their children, and (talk about) other people’s weight and shape.” General parenting issues are addressed, as well as the importance of being active. A session of the six-

week program is currently underway in North Vancouver with the next to be offered later this year, in either the spring or fall. Jessie’s Legacy also trains representatives of interested early childhood development-focused organizations so they are able to offer the program themselves in their own centres.The next two-day training session will be offered in May. Speakers Bureau is a popular Jessie’s Legacy program and is a presentation (both elementary and high school versions are available) that gets taken out to schools and to groups on the North Shore and Lower Mainland. It’s available as a PowerPoint presentation for interested schools located elsewhere in the province. Following the presentation, students are encouraged to submit entries to a related annual Jessie’s Legacy multimedia contest. Jessie’s Legacy also leads the North Shore Education Committee for the Prevention of Disordered Eating, a monthly gathering

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GROWTH AND CHANGE North Shore Caregiver Support will present ways to pursue growth and resiliency through times of change, how the mind responds to stress, how to connect with one’s own needs and ways to cope when feeling overwhelmed Monday, Feb. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 203 at Capilano Mall, 935 Marine Dr., North Vancouver. 604-982-3320

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SOUL POWER GROUP Learn to self-heal and heal others through simple but powerful techniques Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 25, 7 p.m. at the Silk Purse, 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver and Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave. Heal the soul first, and the mind and body will follow. Admission by donation. 604-928-7781 WHITE CANE WEEK The Canadian Council of the Blind North Shore White Cane Club will hold an Open House Tuesday,

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NV residents praised for volunteering Two North Shore residents have been recognized by the Governor General for their volunteer work. Shala Chandani and ZoAnn Morten, both of North Vancouver, have received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, which recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community — in Canada or abroad. For 20 years, Chandani has helped new immigrants integrate into Canadian society. She volunteers within the Ismaili community and the community at large. Recently, she was appointed to the National Ismaili Council, where she now co-

ordinates the work of volunteers across Canada. Morten is executive director of the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation. She is dedicated to incorporating stream protection into new policy and projects throughout B.C. She is also a founding volunteer member of the North Shore Streamkeepers and Morten Creek Salmon Enhancement Project. Morten has trained many other volunteer stewards to protect habitat and wildlife. On behalf of Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon presented the awards to 24 volunteers on Jan. 24 at Government House in Victoria. If you know someone who deserves this award, complete a nomination form at — Christine Lyon

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4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at North Shore Kia, 725 Marine Dr., North Vancouver. 604-9904206 PHOTOGRAPHY 101 Join NVDPL staff member and professional photographer Scott Robarts for the basics in photography Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. at Capilano library, 3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver. Learn the basics of exposure, equipment and composition.There will also be a short introduction to post-processing. Registration required. 604-987-4471 x8175 AUTHOR READING JJ Lee and Karen Dodd

will host a night of reading Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at North Vancouver City Library, 120 West 14th St. Registration required. 604998-3450 DESIGNING TODAY’S SCHOOLS FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD A panel discussion with architects, designers and educational technology experts to hear the latest research influencing innovation in architecture and design in K-12 educational facilities Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7-9 p.m. at Mulgrave School, located at 2330 Cypress Bowl Lane,

West Vancouver. RSVP. mulgrave-presents/index.aspx EDGEMONT VILLAGE REFRESH Join council to take part in the draft plan and design guidelines discussion Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Rd. Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email information for your non-profit, by donation or nominal fee event to listings@ post online, go to, scroll to Community Events and click on AddYour Event.

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To save or spend, that is the question

Poll suggests many retirees are scared of outliving their money What causes you to lose sleep? The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) recently polled their members and found that their biggest fear was outliving their money. I’m not surprised. The message from the financial service industry is that if we don’t save and invest a lot more we’ll all be homeless and hungry when we’re 95. How long we will live and how much we will need to save for retirement is a bit of a moving target. The good news is that

most of us are going to live longer, but just how much longer is anybody’s guess. Thirty years ago we thought that once we retired, we would live for another 15 or 20 years. Now that number has inched up to 25 or 30 years, and even that may not be long enough. A television spot from an American financial firm tells the fictional story of the fastidious librarian Emily Skinner who, at the age of 187, still enjoys life to the fullest thanks to her careful planning with her financial adviser. What about the rest of

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SENIORS GATHERING A free drop-in program for an informal get-together and chat from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the North Vancouver City Library, 120 West 14th St. Guest speaker Gary Penway, director of community development for the City of North Vancouver, will talk about the history of Moodyville at the Feb. 11 meeting. 604-998-3460

Notices ATTENTION RETIRED OR NEARLY RETIRED MEN Seniors Acting Up, a volunteer group of cabaret performers doing song, dance and/or comedy at various venues is looking for additional men. Rehearsals are held at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Shows are twice a month from October to June. 604-325-1857

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four women and one in six men will live until age 95. Now, the actuaries are a lot better at math than I am, but I think their projections about lifespan statistics are optimistic. Mortality estimates are useful but they are not perfect. The last United Kingdom census found far fewer people in their 90s than expected and the same thing happened in the United States with people over 100. Although the number of centenarians (100 plus) in Canada is increasing, there aren’t a great many more centenarians per capita of older people now than in previous eras. I think it is possible that gains in life expectancy

made in recent decades will not be repeated in the future. And really, I’m much more interested in statistics around how long people live in good health than I am about how many candles are on their birthday cake. But let’s not quibble, we are living longer and mortality rates are declining even faster than the actuaries had previously projected. Still, the mortality tables let us down just when we need them the most. Those tables can tell us how long we might live but they can’t tell us how long each of us is going to live. Fred Vettesse, an actuary with a Canadian money management

BUS A free bus for seniors east of the Seymour River who have limited access to transportation or limited mobility, runs every Friday, 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Pick up/drop off from participants’ homes to Lynn Valley Shopping Centre in North Vancouver and back home. Jennifer Dibnah, 604-983-6354

SPANISH SOCIAL CONVERSATION Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon at West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St. $2. 604-925-7280

BINGO Open to the public Mondays, 1-3:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. 604-980-2474

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A SHUTTLE BUS is available to take seniors from the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St., to Park Royal and Dundarave. 604-925-7280

BINGO Fridays, 6:309:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Lynn Manor, 2555 Whiteley Court, North Vancouver. Enter by side door. Three cards for $1. 604-971-1327

BRIDGE Four groups to choose from plus lessons for those wanting to improve their skills at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Social bridge, Mondays, 12:404 p.m. Drop-in fee: $3. Low-key bridge,Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Drop-in fee: $2. Supervised bridge, Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Drop-in fee: $2. Duplicate bridge, Fridays, 12:30-4 p.m. Dropin fee: $3. 604-980-2474

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us? The latest mortality tables published by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries tell us that for every 10 women who are now 60, five of them will live until age 90. For men, the comparable figure is approximately four in 10. It gets better. The tables suggest that about one in

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firm, puts it best: “Life span statistics give the perception we will live until a fixed age and then die when, in fact, the vast majority of us will die earlier or later and we don’t know which it will be.” Given that, my advice is to relax. Enjoy your life. Be prudent with your finances, take care of your health and stop worrying about outliving your money. After all, except for Emily Skinner, we only go around once.

Tom Carney is the former executive director of the Lionsview Seniors’ Planning Society. Ideas for future columns are welcome. 7280 CANASTA CLUB Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. at West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St. Dropin fee: $2. 604-925-7280 CHAIR EXERCISE Mondays 10-11 a.m. at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, 275 21st St., West Vancouver. 604-922-1575 CHAIR YOGA Fridays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. at North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, 275 21st St., West Vancouver. Registration required. 604922-1575 Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email information for your non-profit, by donation or nominal fee event to listings@

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Notable Potables

To wine geeks, the Import Vintners & Spirits Association (IVSA) tasting is like being a kid in the proverbial candy store. The monthly spitathon showcases the best of recent arrivals on these shores, as approved by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch. Aside from being a highly efficient way to catch up on all that’s new, the selection can also deliver a hint of things to come. What’s changed in the past few years is that more products poured here are likely to show up on private wine store shelves, as the industry continues to mature and store owners seek out points of difference (both in price and style) to competing government stores. The tasting also offers a good opportunity to discover some more esoteric items, which might range (as in this case) from a hard-to-find Lirac (southern Rhone), Albarino (Galicia) or Mencia. The variation in styles and origins is matched only by the range of prices, which encompass all tiers but also yield fertile ground for those in search of value driven drops that frequently over-deliver. It also got me thinking about how set in our ways we can become, especially

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edge. (BCLS, $27.99). Think serious seafood like cracked crab or lobster, or seared scallops (90 points). Primitivo Puglia IGT Miopasso 2012 It just might remind you of Zinfandel: forward cassis and black fruit, with a rounded spicy and plush palate before a lengthy finish (89 points, BCLS 18.95). Think charbroiled anything. Jean-Maurice Raffault 2012 Chinon Rouge A relative red rarity from Loire, surprisingly approachable, with fruity but focused cherry and raspberry notes, easy tannins and good acidity (BCLS $19.99, 89 points). Paddy Borthwick Paper Road Pinot Noir 2010 (Wairarapa) Good value Pinot from one of all-too-often overshadowed Wairarap’s leading producers. Cherry and plum notes on a medium-bodied, well-balanced palate with integrated tannins


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and some savoury notes (private stores $28-$30, 90 points). ••• Belly’s Budget Best Las Moras Tannat (Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina) 2012 New vintage of an old fave and perennial budget pick. Over-delivers for its plushness of ripe black fruit wrapped in easy tannins. Think pasta and tomato sauces. Still great value at BCLS $14.99 (89 points). ••• Coming up: House Wine presents Spain 101. Great tastes from virtually every region, from up and coming Bierzo, Rias Baixas and Toro to Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Priorat; Feb. 19, Legacy Liquor Store, Millennium Village, Tix $75. Check housewine. ca for more info. Tim Pawsey covers food and wine for numerous publications and online as the Hired Belly at Contact:

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REDEFINING THE EXPERIENCE “In the process of its development Whistler Blackcomb Resort redefined the boundaries of the North American ski resort . . . . Other ski resorts were quick to grasp that the comprehensively planned, year-round resort centred on retail, entertainment and recreation appealed to a multigenerational audience . . . . Whistler Blackcomb redefined expectations of mountain resort living for a new generation for whom skiing was one sport among many. The attractions were seemingly infinite.” — American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience by Margaret Supplee Smith (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013).

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Learning on the fly JOHN GOODMAN

During its first year in operation Superfly Ziplines has been working hard to establish its presence as part the Whistler Blackcomb experience. Getting to this point required a Herculean effort from The Adventure Group (TAG) and its construction partners. “We collected a consortium of the very best people in the world to build this with us and they’re incredible at building complicated, weird structures in remote locations,” says TAG’s CEO Kirby Brown. Four tandem lines straddling 16,000 acres of land on Cougar and

Rainbow mountains allow Superfly riders to soar sideby-side at speeds reaching over 100 kilometres per hour high above the valley floor in Whistler’s backcountry. “Ziplines have existed on that site for several years now through various ownership but the Adventure Group decided last year that it would strike a new brand and really invest heavily in taking zipline to the next generation,” says Brown. Through the course of last winter TAG developed the concept while they were constructing the ziplines at the same time. New lines were added to the existing infrastructure giving the option of four or six line tours. “Our intent with Superfly was fairly simple,” says Brown. “It was about finding

a way as closely as possible to simulate the sensation of flight.We weren’t designing the the ziplines to be the biggest, the longest, the highest or the fastest. Our intent was really, and still is, to evolve the product closer to the sensation and freedom you get from flying, so that really drove the design around line length and height and angulation.” Superfly uses a hanggliding harness with a triangle control frame modified for ziplining. Riders are suspended under the line in the harness with the option to hold on to a bar or zip hands-free. “A traditional zipline would have you in more of a climber’s harness which has a single point of connection and that means you don’t have a lot of control,” says

Brown. “You get blown by the wind and you spin. We wanted people to have an element of control and participate in the experience without having this additional factor of having the sense of loss of control which really frightens people. I equate our harnesses to sitting in a comfortable fold-out lawnchair.We want people to see where they’re going — there’s not a lot of birds that look over their shoulder or behind them.” It took two years for TAG to construct the lines and set up the new company with the grand opening taking place last Canada Day long weekend.The lines are running year round from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily starting from the base camp on Rainbow Mountain. Through the winter

months Superfly is offering nighttime dinner tours starting at 5 p.m., featuring a three-course gourmet meal catered by Bearfoot Bistro, and served in a yurt on Rainbow prior to zipping back down the mountain. Guests make the journey up the mountain in style in heated Snowcats. After dinner riders are fitted and equipped, with lighted helmets, goggles and harnesses, for the first launch from the Z1 line on Rainbow Mountain. “The first zipline was really designed to give people the sensation of flight and to overcome people’s initial fear,” says Brown. “Our trolleys are the most overbuilt highspeed trolleys on the planet right now See Riders page 20

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Riders fly through big ‘infinite space’ From pag 19 — that being said, when you leave Z1 you get high very quickly.You’re 640 feet (185 metres) off the ground at the belly of that line which for most people would be terrifying.When you describe the dimensions of the line they get pretty frightened — 1.2 kilometres, 640 feet above the ground, speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour — it becomes a bit daunting. But when you experience that it’s almost peaceful. When you get out there it’s so big you really feel like you are flying through this infinite space.” The Z1 line is an immediate and spectacular introduction to the sensation of flight while a state-ofthe-art spring-loaded coil braking system introduces riders to the sensation of stopping. Considering you are hitting speeds of up to 100 km/h you must be prepared for some impact, but the lines are designed for very soft landings. “When you land from your first line, Z1, you are inaccessible other than by Sherpa backpack on that far side of the hill,” says Brown. “The consortium flew in all the timbers and constructed them under the belly of the helicopter like Jenga crossed with Lego with incredible efficiency. Our construction crew also Sherpa’d up literally tons of material on their backs on a goat path up the flank of Cougar Mountain.There was a tremendous amount of manpower put into building the landing deck for Z1 and the launch for Z2.” Riders get a chance to calm down from Z1 using

the walkway built through old-growth trees as a path to the Z2 launching platform. “You’ve got enough time to get your heart rate down and appreciate the natural environment around you before you embark on number two,” says Brown. “The Z2 line is intended to give you more of a sensation of the speed of flight.Your passing very close to some rock outcroppings and some old-growth trees and you really get that sensation of tearing along — you’re easily going to be doing over 100 kilometres an hour.” The four Superfly lines zigzag back and forth between Rainbow and Cougar Mountains with Z1 flying across to Cougar Mountain and Z2 returning riders back to the flank of Rainbow. The third stage, Godzilla, takes riders back over to Cougar Mountain with Base Jumper returning to Rainbow basin in the final leg. “There is a very clear line of thinking of how we want people to experience the lines,” says Brown. “Line 1 gets people used to the sensation of flying, Line 2 gets them experiencing more of the speed of flight, Line 3 (Godzilla) has that thrill of that rapid acceleration of flight and then 4 (Base Jumper) is a bit of a cool down ride to the basecamp — you can hold hands, race each other and really get into the social nature of what Superfly is meant to be.” If you go: — Superfly Ziplines is offering special Valentine’s Day weekend dinner tours catered by Bearfoot Bistro

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Whistler Blackcomb raised the bar for ski resort design ■ American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience by Margaret Supplee Smith (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Rating: 10 (out of 10) Margaret Supplee Smith’s in-depth look at the architecture of ski resort design over the past century in North America gives a lot of space to what Whistler Blackcomb brought to the mix. Smith, professor of Art Emerita at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, spent a decade researching ski resorts for her study. The result is a treat to read.

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rustic camps on the East Coast to meet a growing interest in downhill skiing. Sun Valley, “built almost overnight” in the remote Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, became the first American destination ski resort in 1936, with movie stars like Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert adding some Hollywood buzz to the nascent PR machine. Decades later Whistler Blackcomb introduced the concept of mult-purpose destination resorts where skiing was just a part of the action. Getting to that point is what Smith’s book is all about. — John Goodman



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Gandalf & Lola

2 year old grey tabby spayed female, great with humans but not great with other animals.

1 and 2 years old. Very clean and friendly rabbits, litter box trained, bonded pair to be adopted together.





5 year old spayed female DSH brown tabby. Lovely affectionate girl. Very shy and likes quiet places to hide.

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Activism rife with irony

I have been loosely following the horses of Central Park animal rights controversy in the news as of late. If you haven’t heard about it, the basic gist of it is that some animal rights activists are trying to put an end to the horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park in NewYork City. Individuals, including the mayor, claim that having to pull carriages and people through a massive park in one of the largest cities in North America is abusive to the horses. Now, you are probably wondering what this has to do with dogs. Well it’s not so much dogs or horses up for discussion, but rather the issue of animal rights and activists. To be clear I am not discussing animal abuse or the definition thereof, but the interpretation of “what is in the animal’s best interest.” Having grown up on a farm and having returned to the rural life, my view of animal welfare is, and always has been, arguably different than that of the average urbanite. I have a difficult time listening to people whose children have no idea where milk comes from remark on how dairy cows are treated. I shake my head at people who keep chickens in a cage on their condo balcony so they can get a fresh egg every day complain about how chickens are kept in large facilities. And I also have a hard time hearing about a potential dog owner’s application being rejected

Joan Klucha

Canine Connection because they live on five acres while the rescue organization is housing 10 dogs in an urban home pending adoptions. The irony is overshadowed only by contradiction. At what point does activism become selfish, based on views that come from judgment rather than true knowledge of an animal’s needs? Is it really better that a dog is walked with a group of other dogs on the same trails for an hour every day then left inside the home alone until a family member returns? Or is it better that a dog is allowed to explore — unrestricted yet supervised — its environment all day long while the owner tends to daily tasks outside? I suspect there are many opinions of this situation. And if you are truly honest with yourself you would realize that the side you took was selfishly constructed from your personal opinion of what’s best for your dog based on your current situation. It would not be based on what is truly best for the dog. We make this selfish judgment regarding animal

welfare based on what we want for the dog. If we were truly acting in the best interest of dogs we would not keep them in apartments, or alone all day only to be walked for 30 minutes when the owner gets home. We would not pay for dog daycare, dog training and dog walkers because dogs should be free of behavioural restrictions and boundaries — like their wolf cousins. This would mean that only people in rural areas, where life is less restrictive, could have dogs. But if we do that, if we set that as the bar for animal welfare, we would deprive urban dwellers of the innate human desire to connect with nature. We would deprive people of the tranquil feeling of companionship that comes with having a dog rest its

head on its owner’s lap. We would deprive humans of the joy they receive from living vicariously though their dog’s joie de vivre. If activists were really acting in the best interest of animals, they would realize that there is no right or wrong way. They would recognize that all animals, including horses, chickens, cows and dogs, are able to live comfortably within their chosen living arrangements because they adapt and they have been adapting for tens of thousands of years. That is what domestication is.

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He loves a lot of attention and playing. He is a bit nervous around new people but soon makes himself right at home. No dogs, kids or other cats.

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Bojangles Is a gorgeous 3 year old German Shepherd mix. He is high energy, loves his ball & needs an active home.


Baxter A lovely rabbit, a little shy. 6 years old, neutered. February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month.

Emma & Spirit

Emma (L), 3 years old, in need of a breed-savvy home as she suffers from separation anxiety. 11 m.o. Spirit (R) would love a home with a confident dog as he thrives following their lead. Can be adopted separately.



April is a beautiful, young Maremma. She is not suitable to be a flock guardian dog & should be a family pet indoors.



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Quick switch for ski racer

Simmerling a Sochi threat after moving from alpine to ski cross ANDY PREST

Georgia Simmerling’s debut World Cup ski cross race happened less than three years ago, so you’d expect the 24year-old West Vancouver native to remember it well. Alas, for the Grouse Tyee Ski Club alumna, it’s all kind of a blur. “There were too many thoughts, there was too much going on in my mind for me to even remember one particular thing,” Simmerling told the North Shore News last week. “I was just a deer in the headlights.” Simmerling didn’t stay stunned for long, however. This week she was named to the team that will represent Canada in Olympic ski cross at the Sochi Games, recognition for her rapid run up the national team ranks following her switch from alpine racing to ski

cross in 2011. She’ll join Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa and Whistler’s Marielle Thompson on a women’s ski cross team that is expected to be a major medal contender. Simmerling, however, is the least experienced of the bunch. She started as an alpine racer and even earned a berth in the 2010 Olympic Games, finishing 27th in Super G at Whistler Creekside as a 20-year-old. During those same Games ski cross made its Olympic debut with Ashleigh McIvor becoming a national star after winning gold for Canada. Simmerling liked what she saw and made the switch at the start of the 2011 season. She was fast right away but lacked the experience needed to pass people and stay out of trouble in the heats. Midway through her first year she was racing in a U.S. Grand Prix event in Utah when she crashed

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back into the race before realizing something was seriously wrong. She was carted down the slope on a stiff wooden board and ended up in a Salt Lake City hospital and told she would need to stay in a brace for the next two to three months. By the next morning she was gingerly walking around and soon travelled back to Canada to recuperate. It didn’t take long for Simmerling to heal up her bones and her

psyche — she returned to competition the following winter and scored her first and only World Cup podium result less than a year after the accident, finishing second in a race in San Candido, Italy. Though she hasn’t hit the podium again, her results have been strong — in her three seasons on the World Cup circuit she’s placed in the top 10 in 11 of her 18 races. Her last race See Simmerling page 23

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Ricker still shooting for Sochi despite broken arm ANDY PREST

Maëlle Ricker is hopeful that she will be ready to defend her 2010 Olympic snowboard cross gold medal this month in Sochi, Russia, despite a serious arm injury she suffered last week during a training session. The West Vancouver native underwent surgery on a compound fracture of her left forearm Wednesday after suffering the injury while training in Aspen, Colo., on Tuesday. Despite the setback, Ricker appeared to be upbeat following the injury, joking about the pain she’ll likely feel when she is forced to use her injured arm to propel herself out of the starting gates in Sochi. “My goal is to be ready for the start gate in Sochi but I’ll definitely hate pulling out of it!” she said in a Snowboard Canada release. “I’ve had a lot of injuries in my career and it’s important to stay positive and focus on the privilege of competing for Canada at the Olympics.” A statement from Snowboard Canada released Friday indicated that Ricker’s arm was in a half cast and she was recuperating in Vail, Colo. She’ll soon return to her home in Squamish to rest

and rehabilitate before heading to Russia. “The surgery couldn’t have gone any better and we’re extremely pleased with the outcome,” said Canada Snowboard medical director Dr. Jim Bovard, a North Vancouver-based sports doctor. Ricker is expected to travel to Russia with the rest of the team as scheduled on Feb. 8. “Our coaches and medical team will continue to work with the Canadian Olympic Committee to do everything we can to support Maëlle and make sure that she goes to the start gate on February 16 with competition confidence,” Canada Snowboard executive director Steven Hills said in the release. “We know that Canada will be cheering her on.” Ricker famously won on Cypress Mountain in 2010, becoming the first Canadian woman ever to earn an Olympic gold medal on home soil. Sochi would be her fourth Olympic Games following appearances in halfpipe in 1998 — the first ever Olympic snowboard event — and snowboard cross in 2006 and 2010. The 35-year-old boarder grew up in West Vancouver, a short drive away from the venue that saw her claim Olympic gold.

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Simmerling wants a medal From page 22

before Sochi, a World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria, ended in a sixth-place finish. Simmerling said she’s improved immensely since her first season in ski cross, a sport that sees four racers at a time blasting down a single track that contains bumps, jumps and curves. “I’m giving my coaches a lot less grey hairs,” she said with a laugh. “I’m a lot more consistent, I’m way more confident going into races now. I know I can be the best and it’s skiing with chicks like

Marielle and Kelsey that has really progressed my learning curve quickly.” Simmerling said she has always been OK with the traffic generated by a ski cross pack but she had to learn how to make her way to the front of the pack and stay there. “You have to be comfortable with (traffic) because you’re around it every day doing ski cross,” she said. “It’s things like passing zones and protecting your line, drafting that I am getting more comfortable with. Have less people pass me and making more passes myself.”


Her success has brought pride to the little ski club run out of Grouse Mountain. A month ago Simmerling spent a day on the slopes with some Tyee kids and got a taste of the celebrity treatment. “They were pretty cute,” she said. “I went up the chairlift with these two little girls and there were two other girls in the chair ahead of us and they screamed back, ‘Oh my God, you’re so lucky that you’re going up the chair with Georgia.’ It was pretty adorable.” Simmerling could be a lot more famous following the Olympic ski cross

competition scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Though she is a relative rookie in the sport, the results say Simmerling could be a contender to hit the podium. She’s betting at least one of the Canadians will claim some hardware. “We’re a strong team and we’re out to hunt down some medals for sure,” she said, adding that the experience she gained at the 2010 Games will be invaluable for her this time around. “I’m going to Sochi to get a medal, and not just experience the Games.”

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