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West Van senior cop moves on Embattled police force losing another of its top brass JANE SEYD jseyd@nsnews.com

Another senior officer at the West Vancouver Police Department has announced he will be leaving the department. Insp. Mike Rattray

will retire from the West Vancouver Police Department March 31. The announcement of Rattray’s retirement comes just two weeks after Chief Constable Peter Lepine announced he will be stepping away from the top

job at the department. Both departures come in the wake of a damning internal report that pointed to serious dissatisfaction by police officers and civilian employees with senior management in the police department. It also comes after some police officers went public with allegations of harassment and a culture that tolerates harassment at

the department. Lepine has said his own departure is not related to either the internal report or the harassment allegations. He also said he investigates all harassment allegations that come to his attention. Neither Lepine nor West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith, chairman of the police board, had any direct comment on Rattray’s retirement.

Const. Jeff Palmer, spokesman for the department, read a statement from Lepine that said “employees of the West Vancouver police make their own career decisions on an ongoing basis” adding Lepine considers it “inappropriate” to comment on “any individual’s personal career See Mayor page 8

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The six-year-old boy who drowned inTaylor Creek Thursday afternoon has been identified as Vondrae Martin, a boy who nearly drowned in his grandparents’ pool a year ago and was revived by neighbours. Emergency services headed to Garibaldi Park Thursday afternoon after receiving a 9-1-1 call reporting a missing child, possibly in need of water rescue. A neighbour found him face up in the swollen and fast-flowing creek roughly 30 minutes later. B.C. Ambulance Service airlifted Vondrae to B.C. Children’s Hospital but the boy could not be revived. The news is devastating for Chris Farrell, one of the neighbours who did intense CPR for more than 10 minutes, waiting for paramedics to arrive after the

lifeless boy was found at the bottom of his grandparents’ pool on East 11th Street in North Vancouver last March 31. Saving Vondrae’s life was an especially poignant moment for Farrell. “I lost my son when he was 14 to a skateboard accident, three days after his birthday. It puts a whole life perspective on it,” Farrell said. “I was so grateful that I did save (Vondrae’s) life and on Easter Sunday, which was a miracle.” Farrell struggled to put his emotions to words. “It was sadness but also a bit of anger as well, if that makes any sense — that it happened a second time. I just felt so sad and a bit angry. It’s just a tragedy and it shocks tremendously,” he said. On Nov. 22, the B.C. Ambulance Service bestowed the service’s Vital Link award to Farrell, his See Community page 5


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Police ticket hundreds in month-long distracted driving blitz

Mass distraction ANNE WATSON AND BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

Four years after B.C. banned drivers from using electronic devices behind the wheel, people are apparently still not getting the message. Police agencies around the province just wrapped a month-long distracted driving enforcement campaign that saw the North Shore’s two forces net almost three times as many offenders as last year’s effort. Officers issued 110 tickets in February compared to 40 during distracted driving month last year. “Those numbers indicate to us that there’s no shortage of people out there and if officers are looking, they’re finding them,” said Const. Jeff Palmer, West Vancouver police spokesman. West Vancouver police

and the North Vancouver RCMP made one final push on Feb. 27 to catch distracted drivers at Capilano Road and Marine Drive in North Vancouver. Four North Vancouver RCMP officers issued a total of 15 violation tickets for distracted driving, including an impaired driver, according to spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong. “They observed an individual male talking on the phone, pulled him over and observed symptoms of impairment and alcohol,” said De Jong. The driver failed a breathalyzer test and received a 90-day driving prohibition. The departments were out from 10 a.m. to noon, using a number of strategies to catch people in the act, including plainclothes officers and a high-powered scope that allows the viewer to see a

distance of up to three city blocks. De Jong said cellphones are still the number one distraction, whether taking a call or texting, but drivers have also been caught video conferencing. “Anything that your electronic device can do is a distraction and is illegal,” said De Jong. “So whether you’re playing games to speaking on the phone to texting, doing your bank book, whatever, it’s all illegal.” West Vancouver Cpl. Jag Johal said they would do whatever it takes to get people off the phone and ensure the public is safe. “When you’re driving, it might seem silly to you that the police are out there standing on the corner, behind telephone poles, at bus stops, looking for distracted drivers; however, there is a big cost associated to it when you do get into an accident,” he said.

Twice during the month, Johal and his partner ticketed people who had been busted for the same thing just a week or two earlier. One of them reportedly responded with “Oh, not you again!” Palmer said. In another case, the driver admitted he had been given a warning for distracted driving just 45 minutes earlier. “Not only is all the education and awareness not working, but in some cases, people are getting a violation ticket and it isn’t stopping them the next week,” Palmer said. And you aren’t fooling anyone with the phone-inthe-lap technique, Palmer said, which isn’t any safer. The same goes for eating, having a dog in your lap or “personal grooming,” which are all ticketable offences. “It’s just one more way your eyes are being taken off the road,” he said. Only speeding and

impaired driving result in more fatalities on the road but it would take a sociologist to explain why talking on a cellphone doesn’t induce the same moral indignation as seeing someone behind the wheel drunk. “The statistics around injuries and fatalities where distracted driving is linked as a causal factor just continue to be startling and jarring,” said Palmer. “People really need to think carefully about it for their own safety and for the safety of everybody else on the road.” In December last year, a head-on crash on the Lions Gate Bridge led to all three lanes being closed and total gridlock on the North Shore for hours. The driver who caused the crash has since been ticketed for distracted driving. He remains at home recovering from a broken pelvis, heel, arm

and nose. “It seems like an innocuous thing if people are just on their own, (they) think it’s just a phone call or it’s just a text it’s not that serious of an issue and yet it can just go so quickly into an injury or a fatality collision,” he said. The collaboration between the two departments for the distracted driving campaign has been in effect for several years and will continue, said De Jong. However, officers are always on watch throughout the year, De Jong added. “They are constantly monitoring drivers as they are out on patrol and you just never know where or when we will show up,” he said. “Accidents are very costly and sometimes life costing consequence can happen in seconds and it just isn’t worth it.”


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Community coping with loss From page 1 sister-in-law Margaret and Vondrae’s grandmother Jene Johnson at a ceremony at North Vancouver’s ambulance station. There is no word from North Vancouver RCMP or the B.C. Coroners Service on how Vondrae wound up in the water Thursday. “All we can say at this point is this case was reported to us and all those sorts of issues in terms of preventability issues and contributing factors, we look at but it’s way too early to go into any of that yet,” said Barb McLintock, coroner spokeswoman. The province’s Child Protection Services unit is

automatically tasked in cases like this, McLintock added. “They always have that extra layer of oversight for kids,” she said. Meanwhile, the North Vancouver school district is reaching out to the students and staff at Dorothy Lynas elementary where Vondrae was in kindergarten. “It’s individual counselling, small group counselling, classroom counselling around the issue of grief and loss. A lot of it is open communication with the students,” said Brad Baker, the district’s head of the Safe and Caring Schools program. “A lot of it is to help them understand their own emotions.That’s the biggest thing.”

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uebec Premier Pauline Marois is hoping to lead the Parti Québécois to a majority government on April 7, and she’s planning to do it the old-fashioned way: by appealing to the fearful and those stuck in the past. She has targeted “overt religious symbols” in her much ballyhooed charter of values, a transparent attempt to court the hearts and minds of the xenophobic. The great writer Anatole France once commented that the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread. By the same token, Marois’ charter of values forbids Christians, Muslims and Sikhs alike from wearing hijabs, niqabs, and turbans in the public service. If Marois is successful next month, it will be because of her focus on symbols.

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Parking violations a safety concern for disabled Dear Editor: On an almost daily basis, I experience parking violations on my street — Duchess Avenue,West Vancouver (between 15th and 16th). Firstly, and I am not sure that many of the general public are aware, but the loading zone immediately in front of my building (which has a sign posted) has a limit of 10 minutes. There are no exceptions

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Safety Building shortly to commence construction in this area, these parking issues will unfortunately get worse before they get better. Willow Hayden West Vancouver

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Mayor’s tweets during council debate disappoint Dear Editor: Anyone who has been to the City of North Vancouver council meetings has heard the mayor’s admonition that, “A council meeting is like a court of law, so there will be no clapping, booing,

cheering allowed from the gallery.” It now appears that the mayor’s “court of law” simile does not apply to himself and his team on council. On Monday night, the mayor and Coun. Keating were

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electronic communicating devices are to be used while court was in session — not by observers, jurors or court staff. It seems our mayor’s philosophy is do as I say, not do as I do.

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A little parent-child bonding over barf I’ve discovered a powerful weapon in the fight against the everyday annoyance of childraising, but I fear it may be one too devastating to yield. Last weekend my perpetually rambunctious three-and-a-half-year-old son woke us up in the middle of the night to tell us that there was pizza on his bed. Upon further inspection I realized that it was not actually pizza on his bed but rather ex-pizza, cheesy goodness that had seen the inside of my child but decided to go back the way it came in rather than experience the great slipand-slide out the back side. You will not believe how many layers of blankets, sheets, teddy bears and mattress one pile of pizza puke can soak through in just a few minutes. If I had left it overnight I fear it would have kept on going down and by morning a greasy film would have popped up off the coast of Madagascar. By the way, search the Internet for “Map Tunneling Tool” if you want to kill a fun few minutes finding out exactly where you would end up

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Laugh All YouWant if you dug a hole straight through to the opposite side of the Earth. My son spent the next 12 hours barfing his wholewheat crust guts out, and it was during this time that I made the realization I’m sure many other parents before me have made: The best way to keep a kid from driving you crazy is to keep him sick at all times. Sure, it was a bit sad to watch the little guy suffer like that, but those parenting moments where your child really needs you are the most fulfilling moments in life. “Daddy, can you feel me better?” Aw, come here little buddy. I’ve got a huge hug for you. And no, I

can’t really make you feel better, but I can sure hold you tight while you fight through this. And please try not to barf on my feet. The really great moments came a little later when the puking stopped and the recovery phase began. Now the kid was just happy to be alive and unconvulsed. There was no screaming, no kicking, no opening up daddy’s laptop to email his boss kdhcielbcyqgxb blbxw];l’;\. Instead, there were just lots of snuggles, stories and sleep. Beautiful, quiet sleep. The problem, I suppose, is that it’s a little too effective. When you have a little zombie at the breakfast table quietly moaning while poking at his oatmeal, you begin to long for those days when he was not a zombie but a werewolf devouring his food, howling at his brother and frightening his mother. There were other problems too. Like the problem I felt rumbling in my own stomach two days later as I sat happily at my desk at work. Not long after that I was sitting somewhere else entirely. And not long after that I was kneeling in that same

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spot. And then 12 hours later I was still in that horrible, horrible spot. For me, getting sick is different now that I have kids. In my own recovery phase I can’t just lie on the couch for two days re-watching all five seasons of TheWire. There are too many curious little eyes and ears around. “Daddy, why did Bodie have to blast Wallace? I thought they were fwiends?” Sorry, by the way, if you are still waiting to see The Wire and I just ruined a plot point for you. I guess I could have given you a Spoilew Alewt. It was not just me who got cut down by the

flu shrapnel my son was blasting out. Literally one minute after I finished my first prayer to the porcelain gods, my wife burst into the bathroom holding our one-year-old son who was painting the walls like a can of spray paint filled with chicken stew. Nothing makes a little baby look more grown up than seeing him perched above the bowl, tiny hands grasping at the slippery porcelain, getting rid of everything in his belly. “Rough night, buddy? I hear ya. Hit the milk pretty hard, eh? Never again.” Two days later it was all just a memory that will live on only in our minds and in that big greasy

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Teachers vote in favour of strike action

No immediate school closures, talks to continue next week JANE SEYD jseyd@nsnews.com

Teachers across the province voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action this week, with 89 per cent of teachers voting yes to a possible strike. B.C. Teachers Federation President Jim Iker and other union representatives said there will be no immediate action taken. “Nobody’s going to

show up for school and see pickets,” said Daniel Storms, president of the North Vancouver Teachers Association, which represents 1,200 members. Teachers have 90 days from the strike vote to start some kind job action. Storms said if progress isn’t made at the bargaining table, initial moves are likely to involve teachers refusing to do administrative work like taking part in staff meetings.

“The average parent or student isn’t even going to notice that,” he said. But teachers also raised the possibility of rotating district-by-district strikes later on. “It’s predicated on what’s going on at the table,” said Storms. “We’re hoping we have an agreement and we don’t have to do anything.” Franci Stratton, chairwoman of the North Vancouver Board of Education, said the district remains hopeful that a negotiated settlement will be reached without a strike. So far Education

53-R*W E13-118R' a831X B-R*80/\3 ;8-3) 8[ 7)0*-1W8R Minister Peter Fassbender has said the province is still seeking a 10-year deal — something teachers have rejected. The province has

offered teachers a wage deal that includes a 6.5 per cent increase over the first six years. Teachers have said they are asking for a costof-living increase, plus additional increases to put them on a similar pay scale to what teachers make in other provinces. Starting teachers on the North Shore make about $45,000, while teachers with 10 years’ experience and a master’s degree make anywhere from $74,000 in West Vancouver to $82,000 in North Vancouver. Storms said teachers in Ontario make about $10,000 more than that

and teachers in Alberta make $20,000 more. Rob Millard, president of the West Vancouver Teachers Association, which represents about 550 teachers, said teachers gave up salary increases a decade ago in order to get better working conditions including agreements about class size and composition. But the government later ripped up that part of the agreement, prompting a decade-long court battle. Teachers recently won that case, but the province has appealed. Meanwhile, talks continued at the bargaining table on Friday.

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STRESS-BUSTING A local counsellor offers tips to help break negative patterns. page 14 HEALTH NOTES page 20

Office workers have long known what modern exercise science has only recently proved conclusively: sitting all day is hard work! In fact, sitting for most of an eight-hour shift, especially if your seated time is then extended by hours on the couch, can literally take years off your life. It is nearly as dangerous as better-known health risks like poor diet, obesity or even smoking. In our modern world, frequent prolonged sitting is often difficult to avoid, but some of the related health risks are easier to combat than others. One of these is the tendency to develop shortened muscles, poor posture, chronic back pain and constant soreness. The way to avoid these issues, which also often lead to avoidance of daily exercise due to generalized discomfort, is to perform frequent stretches throughout your workday. In addition to intermittent walking breaks, those with sedentary jobs are

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The North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the North Shore Business Tradeshow at the Pinnacle Hotel on March 12th. We invite you to come out and visit our exhibitors in this unique format where a variety of businesses and community groups will be in one location, for one day only. Also, join us for three free one hour business seminars with our industry experts. The Chamber is a local memberbased business association that provides a wide range of services and benefits to help

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North Vancouver is fortunate to have such a diverse and abundant mix of small, medium and large enterprises. Our waterfront industry ships Canada’s commodities to countries worldwide. Shipbuilding is back and bringing with it a need for specialized marine trades and services. These companies spend millions of dollars every year with North Vancouver companies contributing greatly to our local economy and creating jobs that provide opportunities for employees to live and work in our community. A strong economy also helps to support our

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LIVE Health Notes 2014 WALK IN HER SHOES CAMPAIGN RUN4ACAUSE’s Sarah Jamieson, in partnership with CARE Canada, invites residents to join her in celebrating International Women’s Day by participating in a 103kilometre relay, divided into eight legs, ranging from 10 to 12 kilometres, March 9. Participants are encouraged to fundraise for CARE. Registration: 604-789-0203, sarah@fittotrain.com. NORTH SHORE SPORT AWARDS CEREMONY A celebration of sport achievement at all levels will take place Tuesday, March

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From page 21 the top of his form in all disciplines,” she continues. “Each of them opened and illustrated a different part of British Columbia culture and history.” Claudia interviewed Lang’s family and his fellow participants in this vibrant period of Vancouver’s history, including North Vancouver poet Jamie Reid, writer Peter Trower, artist Fred Douglas and Don MacLeod, who established Vancouver landmark MacLeod’s Books at 350 West Pender St., on the site of a bookstore owned by Lang, which he called The Radiant Tree. In 2001, due to a resounding lack of interest among publishers, the Lang manuscript was consigned to a desk drawer and Claudia

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Cornwall, high school sweethearts, married in 1971 and achieved post-graduate degrees in philosophy. Gordon went into computers, eventually partnering with Curt Lang, and Claudia worked in the family’s fashion business. In 1985, after the Cornwalls moved to Canyon Heights in North Vancouver, Claudia became a writer, one who finds her subjects close to home. An article on North Vancouver’s Bill Cameron, developer of a communications device for disabled people, which ultimately led to the Neil Squire Society, was the first of many medically themed pieces by Claudia published by Reader’s Digest magazine. Her parents’ story inspired Claudia’s first book. Letter fromVienna: A Daughter Uncovers Her Family’s Jewish Past, received the 1996 B.C. Book Prize for Non-Fiction. In 2013, Claudia returned to the medical field with Catching Cancer, expanding the intriguing premise of microbial causes of cancer she had explored in an article for Reader’s Digest. West Vancouver Historical Society presents Claudia Cornwall on Curt Lang and his city at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19 at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre. Laura Anderson works with and for seniors on the North Shore. 778-279-2275 lander1@shaw.ca

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Tim Pawsey

Notable Potables A funny thing happened on the way to Vintners Brunch. The Hired Belly found himself sequestered in the back with three others, far away from the crowd enjoying the party. They were drinking and dining, and we were tasting and spitting. That was fine by me. Vintner’s Brunch (the near-final highlight of the Vancouver International Wine Festival) has evolved into one of the more interesting food and wine pairing competitions around. I’ve been lucky to be on the judging panel for a few years now, and it’s rewarding to see the ever increasing sophistication of the plates presented. And presented they are, arriving at the borderline

indigestible rate of one every eight minutes, for almost two hours. We don’t know which chef created the dish, only its principal ingredients and name of the wine with which it’s served. We sip, spit, taste and score, with most points allocated for the food and wine match itself. And sip, spit, taste, and score again. At the end of the day the dishes fall into three groups. The slam dunks: where the marriage or contrast of the overall dish with the wine is truly apparent and sometimes ethereal (the tastes on the plate take the wine to the next level). The good matches: These are plates that are often delicious and wines that work well, though are not exceptional pairings, perhaps with an ingredient that throws things off a bit. And last, and somewhat least, tastes and wines that for whatever reason just don’t work (although these are increasingly rare). This year’s winners were (First) Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, executive chef Wayne Sych; (Second) Bella Gelateria, maestro James Coleridge; (Third) Vancouver Convention Centre, executive chef Blair

Rasmussen and chef Marc Massicotte. My hunch is that Joe Fortes executive chef Wayne Synch has plenty of experience working with value-driven drops, such as Nautilus Estate Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($17, 89 points). It was the perfect, clean and crisp match for his subtly, jalapeno-heated and citrus-toned scallop ceviche that’s not far removed from the prawn ceviche on the regular menu. Gelato master James Coleridge scored with a superb porty trio of Port Gelato, Port cassis mousse, and Stilton cheesecake with raspberry cassis sauce, matched with the affordable non-vintage, cassis and plum-packed Fonseca Bin 27 Reserve Port (BCLS $24.99, 90 points). Marc Massicotte’s (wine) poached egg meurette, braised lamb leg and hedgehog mushroom saute, with VCC honey, smoked Sakura pork belly crostini nicely showed off the value priced, easydrinking, smoky-spicy Jaja de Jau, Chatea de Jau Syrah 2012 ($14-$16, 89 points). I liked that none of these wines were particularly fancy (or pricey), yet the

chefs made each one of them look great. And that, in the end, is what it’s all about. An unheralded reality of the Vancouver International Wine Festival is the huge impact it has had on our dining scene. As the annual extravaganza has moved to embrace food, as well as wine, so too have our chefs and the dining public at large. Belly’s Best of the Fest Recommending top tastes from the wine festival can be a challenge, as some wines tend to disappear almost as fast as they arrive. However, you shouldn’t have a problem finding: Romain Duvernay Vacqueyras 2011. It is a serious southern Rhone blend of Grenache (65 per cent) with Syrah (20 per cent) and Mouvedre (15 per cent)that yields loads of smokey black fruit with earthy undertones and plush, smooth tannins, and great length.You get the picture. Think something red and roasted or barbecued (BCLS $28.99, 91 points).

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as cathedral and castle, and all within a few minutes’ walk. One of the best of these more domestic and approachable pleasures is a visit to the sturdy black cone of Ellis Mill. Unexpectedly tucked away amidst terraced housing behind the castle, the windmill once stood with eight others in open countryside along the edge of an escarpment in order to catch the best of the moving air. Built in 1798 and recently refurbished with parts scavenged from other, partly dismantled windmills across the county, it’s once again fully functional.When there’s enough wind the creaking sails mounted on its onion-shaped white cap turn eagerly into it and rotate ponderously, but majestically. “We don’t really want the sails to spin any faster than around about 12 revolutions a minute,” says Ellis Mill volunteer miller Barry Brook, “because everything is geared to that speed.Twelve revs a minute is 120 at the stone, and it’s an abrasive process, so the flours get warm. If you go too fast they get hot and spoilt.” Climbing the conical interior hand-over-hand up ladder-like stairs, Brook points out the different loading chutes for the grain on the top floor, which feed it by gravity to a choice of

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of the grooves on the lower, stationary millstone. “Grain in, dust out. It’s an instant process,” says Brook with some satisfaction, standing amidst the rumble and creak of the ancient machinery, whose wooden and metal cogs exude mixed odours of metallic oil and earthy wheat. The windmills were victims of the same 19thcentury industrialization that eventually built Britain’s metropolises, funnelled trade elsewhere and turned Lincoln into a backwater. Giant, steamdriven mills with sequences of steel rollers produced a pure-white flour that the windmills, even by introducing a harder, more finely grooved millstone from France and a sieving process to remove the bran, could not match. But bags of Ellis Mill’s tiny production of far more nutritious whole-wheat flour are now back on sale to visitors, weather permitting, and it’s hard to think of a more satisfying souvenir. If you go: For more information on Ellis Mill visit the Lincolnshire County Council webpage about it at lincolnshire.gov.uk/section. asp?docId=46233. For information on travel in England go to the Visit Britain website at visitbritain.com.


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See the world through the eyes of your dog When it comes to canine senses, most of the attention goes to the nose. Dogs’ incredible ability to detect the most minute amount of odour is absolutely incomprehensible to us humans. A dog can detect a teaspoon of sugar diluted in a million gallons of water — that is the size of two Olympic swimming pools! They are sniffing machines, which is probably why their eyesight gets so little attention and they are mislabeled as either colour-blind or only able to see in black and white. Well, both labels are dead wrong. Dogs do see in colour, but their vision is different than ours. An eye is able to detect colour due to the number of cones. Cones are the photoreceptors responsible for the perception of details and colour. Humans have three kinds of cones which are sensitive to red, blue or green wavelengths. Dogs have only two kinds, which are sensitive to the colours blue and greenish-yellow. This means that dogs see a colour most vividly when it is in the range of blue or green. To get a better understanding of this and how this relates to human vision, anything that we perceive as yellow, red or orange doesn’t look the same to dogs. Those colours are more pastel, less vivid than they are to

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Canine Connection us. The red is not viewed as another colour — as is the case with colour blindness — but rather as a weird pastel shade of red. The reason dogs perceive colour as they do has to do with their wolf cousins and their ancestors. Being carnivores, they did not need to perceive bright colours like herbivores or omnivores need to. Animals, including humans, that ate a plantbased diet needed to be able to find food and most plants are brightly coloured. Hence our ability to detect bright colours and shapes. Dogs or wolves ate meat. Most of their prey had a coat that offered natural camouflage, or blended into their environment easily. So it was redundant for a wolf to be able to see the bright red of a pepper when it ate the meat of an earthcoloured deer. What was important was for them to be able to see the camouflaged deer moving. The ability to

detect movement is due to photoreceptors called rods. This is where dogs excel in eyesight over humans. Dogs have as many as three times more rods than humans, some breeds even more. In humans these rods are clustered in our peripheral vision, giving us the ability to detect movement best from the corners of our eyes. Dogs’ rods are much more dense than those of humans, which gives them the ability to see a fly whizzing by and snap at it with astounding acuity. But what is even more amazing is what is called “flicker-fusion” rate. This is the number of snapshots the eye takes of the world per second. We assume we see the world as a seamless stream of information, but what is actually happening is our eyes are taking a series of still pictures — 60 per second — of our surroundings, creating a moving picture within our heads. Dogs have a higher flicker-fusion rate. Their eyes take 70 or 80 snapshots per second. They literally see the world faster than we do! This is also the reason why most dogs pay no interest in (non-digital) TV. TV shows are really a sequence of still pictures sent rapidly to trick our eyes into seeing a continuous stream of information. But that’s not fast enough for dogs. When they watch non-digital

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FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NorthVancouver’s Rachel Jones and Team Canada open against Germany March 15 and then play North Korea March 18 and Ghana March 27.The championship finals are scheduled for April 4 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Young North Vancouver soccer star Rachel Jones learned a lot from her mom, Karen, her first coach in the sport. Strangely, how to play soccer well was not one of those things. “When she was six years old they needed a coach for the peewee team,” says Karen. “I just volunteered, I didn’t know how to play soccer. I started reading all these books and I just became a motivational coach. I kept her involved and she fell in love with it.” She wasn’t learning soccer from a superstar but Rachel says she loved it nonetheless. In fact, as the coach’s talented daughter, she became somewhat of an assistant coach. “She read, like, Soccer for Dummies and was coaching the team and I was like her demo person,” says Rachel, now a 17-year-old Grade

11 student at Sutherland secondary. “She knew I was a good player but she made me work for it. It was awesome having her there beside me.” Rachel eventually moved on — “When she got to be about Grade 6, people who knew how to play soccer took over,” says Karen — and now everyone who sees her knows she’s a good player. On Saturday, March 15, Jones will hit the field as one of the star players for Team Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. They’ll be in tough right off the bat against Germany, the fourth-place team from the last tournament held in 2012. The match will be one more high point in a soccer career that is really taking off. Jones, born and raised in North Vancouver, first fell in love with the game when she was four years old and her mother let her tag along with her six-year-old brother who was taking part in a

soccer program. “He had a camp and my mom just dropped me off at his camp,” says Rachel. “I just joined in.” A couple of years later mom and daughter were teaming up for a North Shore Girls squad and, by age 10 or 11, Rachel’s natural athleticism had earned her spots on local gold and metro teams. Rachel, in fact, could have been a track and field star — she set a few North Shore records in the middle distances before opting to focus her attention on soccer. In 2012 the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite team added her on as an underage player and her game continued to blossom under the guidance of North Vancouver-based coach Jesse Symons. “That’s been huge,” says Rachel. “(Jesse) has had such an impact on my life.The way he coaches, it makes me want to work hard.This program has

been huge, it’s stepped up my game so much.” Her play stood out so much that the national team came calling, bringing her in for several youth camps. Last summer she made her debut in a national team jersey, again playing above her age group for the national U-20 team in a friendly against Norway. “It was so cool,” Rachel says of pulling on a jersey with the Maple Leaf on it. “It was crazy. I always imagined playing for Canada but it never really hit me that I was playing. It was an amazing experience.” Things got even more serious last October in Jamaica when Rachel joined the national U-17 team at the CONCACAF championships looking for one of two World Cup berths available at the tournament.The girls knew they were in tough with only two spots available and elite teams like the United States and Mexico to contend with. Canada, in fact, lost to the U.S. in round robin play but still made the playoffs and earned their ticket to the World Cup with a 5-0

semifinal thrashing of the host Jamaicans. “It was amazing,” says Rachel. “The first goal we were so pumped and then they just kept coming.We were like, we got this. It was awesome.” The U.S. team, meanwhile, lost a shootout against Mexico in the other semifinal and failed to qualify for the World Cup. Mexico then went on to beat Canada in another shootout in the final, but both teams walked away with the big tickets. Rachel, playing a speedy attacking and defending style from her outside fullback position, was named to the tournament’s all-star team. Now she’s in Costa Rica and ready to take on the world. “It’s crazy. I never thought it would actually be happening,” she says. “I remember going to CONCACAF thinking, ‘Oh yeah, this is CONCACAF, this is big.’” This, she knows, is so much bigger. “Just thinking about it — we’re going to the World Cup — it’s huge.”


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North Shore stars shine at B.C. Winter Games Several North Shore athletes claimed medals at the 2014 B.C. Winter Games held in February in Mission, helping the Vancouver-Squamish zone to second spot in the medal standings. The North Shore medal winners, according to results listed at bcgames. org, were as follows: Gold ■ Basketball – Special Olympic, mixed team: Joshua Moon, Nick Richardson, Zachary Klein, Sangeon Yoo, Erol Gunenc, Tyrone Liebenberg, Pierce Burns, John Paydar, Emma Clark, all from North Vancouver. ■ Cross-country skiing, individual start juvenile girls: Anna Goodwin, North Vancouver ■ Cross-country skiing, individual sprint midget girls: Maxine Forder, West Vancouver ■ Archery, 2-day aggregate girls recurve: Emma Hughes, North Vancouver ■ Archery, match play girls recurve: Shaelin Bishop, North Vancouver ■ Freestyle skiing, slopestyle youth male: Lucas Pelletier, North Vancouver ■ Diving, 1-m boys B group: Nicholas Nepomuceno, North

Vancouver ■ Diving, 3-m boys B group: Nicholas Nepomuceno, North Vancouver ■ Diving, 1-m girls C group: Alison Komlos, West Vancouver ■ Diving, 3-m girls C group: Alison Komlos, West Vancouver ■ Badminton, mixed team: Boris Zhu and Jun Wang, West Vancouver ■ Karate, team kata girls: Alexandra Chan and Sarah Gillies, West Vancouver ■ Judo, under 66 kg men: Daniel Pyk, West Vancouver ■ Alpine skiing, giant slalom female: Ella Renzoni, West Vancouver ■ Alpine skiing, slalom female: Ella Renzoni, West Vancouver Silver ■ Curling, men’s team: Cullen Quek, Max Langlais and coach Liz Goldenberg, all from North Vancouver. ■ Gymnastics, female team: Charlotte Power, Bailee Nadin,Yoanna Nikolova and Melissa Mann, all from North Vancouver. ■ Cross-country skiing, mixed 4x2-km relay: Anna Goodwin and Jenna Sim, North Vancouver. ■ Cross-country skiing,

individual sprint juvenile girls: Jenna Sim, North Vancouver ■ Cross-country skiing, interval start sit-ski male LW 10-12: Sam Piercey, North Vancouver ■ Alpine skiing, slalompara male, silver: Mark Robertson, North Vancouver ■ Archery, match play girls recurve: Emma Hughes, North Vancouver ■ Diving, 1-m girls B group: Kaelyn Burgess, North Vancouver ■ Badminton, mixed doubles: Boris Zhu, West Vancouver Bronze ■ Judo, under 66 kg men: Ari Stan, North Vancouver. Cross-country skiing, individual start juvenile girls: Jenna Sim, North Vancouver ■ Cross-country skiing, individual start midget girls: Maxine Forder, West Vancouver ■ Speed skating, 400-m Race 2 Boys U14: Boston Mah, North Vancouver ■ Diving, 1-m girls C group: Maggie Osieja, North Vancouver ■ Diving, 3-m girls C group: Maggie Osieja, North Vancouver ■ Karate, kata girls advanced: Alexandra Chan, West Vancouver

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West Van boys, Windsor girls win basketball provincial titles The West Vancouver secondary junior boys and Windsor juvenile girls showed that the future of North Shore hoops is bright after taking home provincial titles in their respective divisions last weekend. The West Vancouver Highlanders claimed the trophy at the Telus Junior Boys Basketball Championships held Feb. 25-March 1 at the Langley Events Centre, cementing the title with a 53-50 win over Surrey’s Panorama Ridge in the final.

The Highlanders went a perfect 5-0 in the tournament, including a 49-44 win over Tamanawis, another Surrey school, in the semifinals.West Vancouver’s Ryan Fonseca was named the tournament MVP while teammate Nick Broady earned a first team all-star spot. At the Basketball BC Grade 9 (juvenile) Girls Provincial Championships the third-ranked Windsor Dukes claimed the title with a 32-27 upset over top-ranked KLO middle school from Kelowna in the

championship final played March 1 at Richmond’s H.J. Cambie secondary. Madison Legault earned MVP honours while her Windsor teammates Paige Lehto and Devon Wood earned tournament all-star honours. North Vancouver’s Seycove finished in seventh place at the tournament while Argyle was ninth, with Seycove’s Ashley Bradshaw earning an all-star spot and Argyle’s MaxineYee getting the nod as an honourable mention all-star. — Andy Prest

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SEASPAN’S NEW CRANE NEEDS A NAME One of the biggest cranes in Canada has arrived at Seaspan in North Vancouver and we need YOUR HELP naming it! Our new crane will move giant, heavy pieces around the yard, and help Seaspan build future ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard.

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CONTEST DETAILS: Entries must be no longer than two words AND accompanied by a brief description or explanation of the name. Each student is allowed one entry. WHO CAN ENTER: All North Vancouver School District students from Grades 4 - 7. TIMING: Contest begins March 3, 2014 at 8 am and ends Friday, March 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm. GRAND PRIZE: The winner will receive an iPad Air, presented at an official naming ceremony at Seaspan, in front of classmates and family members. The winning name will be permanently displayed on the crane.

HOW TO ENTER: Email your form to: communications@seaspan.com OR mail directly to “Communications” at 10 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R1. Deadline for contest submissions is March 14, 2014. You can also download the official entry form by going to our website at: www.seaspan.com, located under the News & Media tab. ENTRY FORM - Please Print PICTURED BELOW: Once built, Vancouver Shipyard’s new 300-tonne Gantry Crane will be the largest permanent operating crane in Canada.

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