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Mutilated bear dumped in park
Conservation ofﬁce investigates after skull and claws removed BRENT RICTHER firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation ofﬁcers are investigating after a dead and mutilated bear was
apparently dumped in Capilano River Regional Park. Park users ﬁrst found the carcass on Monday at the edge of a parking lot
in Camp Capilano and contacted the Ministry of Environment and North Shore Black Bear Society. “We don’t know how it died, whether it was from natural causes or actually from human interaction. What we do know is that the claws were
removed and the skull was removed,” said Ashley Page, conservation ofﬁcer. There was also a large gash down the bear’s abdomen, but because of the state of decomposition, Page said she didn’t know if it was made by a human with a tool or done by an
animal scavenging on the carcass. It’s also unknown if any organs were removed. Page said the bear, a young male, had been dead for as long as a week when she ﬁrst saw it. While bear pelts, heads and paws are often used
as hunting trophies and bear organs are sometimes harvested for traditional Chinese medicine, there’s no obvious reason someone would cut off the bear’s skull and claws, Page said. Page would not See No page 5
Woman shocked by dog abduction JANE SEYD email@example.com
A North Vancouver dog owner is heartbroken and RCMP are recommending charges after the woman’s former boyfriend allegedly dognapped her two French bulldog/pug crosses and spirited them out of the country to Mexico. Katharine Woods said she’s spent the last week on the phone, contacting authorities, and her life has been “on hold” since her ex-boyfriend Brandon Lane Douglas, 47, took off with her dogs Toby and Emma. Woods said the brother and sister pair often attracted attention in North Vancouver. “They’re awesome sweet little dogs,” she said. “They’re part of the family.” Woods said she and her former boyfriend Douglas adopted the pug/French See Pair page 5
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Broken parts, strong machine WestVan amputee, blind man team up to race past old traumas ANDY PREST firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning the blind man and his one-legged partner, tethered to each other by a length of rope, will brace themselves for a breath-stealing plunge into the frigid water surrounding the island dungeon. All around them body after body will drop into the sea beside them, struggling to ﬁnd their bearings so that they can begin the long swim through choppy open water to the mainland. The two men will be in more peril than all their co-conspirators, their tether uniting their fates. If one goes down into the depths, the other will follow. This is Escape from Alcatraz. It isn’t, however, a jail break. In fact, the two men about to take the plunge — Burnaby’s Brian Cowie and West Vancouver’s Meyrick Jones — aren’t hardened criminals at all. They are two great friends with a story as inspirational as it is unique. Both have felt suffering that pushed them to the edge of death, and both are now beacons of life, pushing each other to the limits of human achievement. They won’t be thinking about that today though. They’ll be thinking about those jagged rocks around Alcatraz, and how to get the hell away from them so that they can crawl out of San Francisco Bay and begin the next leg of their incredible journey. ••• For the ﬁrst few minutes, it was just screaming. “It was excruciating,” Jones remembers. “It was the worst pain you can imagine.” It was August of 1995 and Jones, a Vancouver native who was about to enter his fourth year of studies at the University of British Columbia, had taken a quick trip down the coast with his then girlfriend to visit San Francisco. An unfortunate set of coincidences led him directly into harm’s way.The pair wanted to take a trip to Alcatraz but all the boats
were full. As a substitute, they opted for a ride on one of the city’s iconic cable cars, cheering their luck as they avoided a long wait by getting the last two spots at the back of a car crammed full of tourists. “We were right at the back corner, which we thought was a great place to be because we could see things better than if we were in the middle,” says Jones. Nearby a pair of workers were doing maintenance on another cable car.They stepped away without properly securing it and, after a few minutes, the big hunk of steel slipped out of its barn and started rolling down San Francisco’s famous Nob Hill.The cars don’t have engines — the underground cable supplies the power — so as it dropped towards Jones it was virtually silent. The runaway car didn’t travel far — only about 10 feet — but it was space enough to gain plenty of momentum on the steep hill.When it slammed into the trolley that Jones was riding on, everyone on board scrambled off, stunned by the force of the impact. Everyone, that is, except for Meyrick Jones.The empty car’s front bumper jumped up upon contact, hitting the exact spot where Jones was standing in a stairwell. He was stuck.While everyone else scrambled, he could only scream. And scream and scream. Eyewitnesses quoted in later media reports all mentioned the terriﬁed screaming. Jones’s right leg and foot were broken in multiple places. His left leg was worse. As an army of ﬁreﬁghters raced towards the scene, Jones began to regain rational thought.Was he about to bleed to death? Did he need a tourniquet? He asked his girlfriend to crouch down and look below the wreckage.Was there a huge pool of blood? She looked, and reported back that there wasn’t blood rushing from his legs. In a series of horrible events, Jones had his ﬁrst lucky break: the cars were melded
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still perched on that hill. Fireﬁghters didn’t want to separate the two cars only to have another runaway careening down the slope to wage more destruction.The clock kept ticking.Thirty minutes. Sixty minutes. Jones was given some pain medication but was conscious the entire time. One ﬁreﬁghter was assigned the job of focusing solely on Jones, talking to him throughout the entire ordeal. At one point Jones got into a panic about health insurance.Would he be stuck with a huge hospital bill when this was all over? The response almost dragged a laugh out of the ﬁery pain. “Don’t you worry, I think
you’re going to be OK,” the man said. Finally, 90 minutes after impact, Jones was freed from the wreckage, loaded into an ambulance bound for San Francisco General and knocked out by pain medication. He now credits the ﬁreﬁghter in his face for helping him get to that point. “In retrospect he wasn’t entirely truthful,” says Jones. “But I think that was a good call on his part.” When Jones awoke he opened his eyes to a room full of doctors and hospital administrators staring back at him. You’ve been in an accident, they said.Your left leg has been badly damaged.
There’s no circulation in the lower leg, parts of which are already gone.The best thing to do would be to amputate it, they said. Do you consent to this? Jones signed his consent and almost immediately was put back to sleep. Before he went under, however, he watched as a doctor approached his bed with a marker and drew a big X on his leg. “It was a bit shocking,” says Jones. “They do it right then and there, right in front of you. It was an odd thing.” He later found out that doctors do that so that they don’t remove the wrong leg. Both his legs looked terrible. When he woke up again, the left one was gone below the knee. “You’re famous,” the woman sharing a recovery room with him said.With his family arriving to comfort him, Jones was shown the local newspapers. He was front-page news. ••• Brian Cowie’s loss was more subtle, but just as shocking.When he was 22, almost the same age as Jones was when his accident occurred, Cowie was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a condition that causes progressive vision loss usually to the point of legal blindness. Cowie could still see quite well at the time of the diagnosis but he felt his whole future being shrouded in darkness.Though doctors were not speciﬁc about how much of his eyesight he would lose and how quickly it would go, Cowie convinced himself he’d be blind, and maybe even dead, within 10 years. “For some reason I didn’t think I would make it past 33,” he says.With an expiration date already stamped on his mind, Cowie started to think of himself as spoiled goods. If I can’t see, what’s the point, the voice in his head said. I don’t care if I die. Life’s not worth living if you can’t drive a car, do all the things that your friends do. How am I going to ﬁnd a girlfriend? Who wants to hang around with a blind guy? He started living like worthless meat as well, partying all the time and hanging around the scary corners of Vancouver. In the ﬁrst few years after the See Two page 8
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Pair of pups likely in Mexico From page 1 bulldog puppies six years ago.When she and Douglas split up three years later, Douglas moved to Mexico, where he’s been full-time for the past two years, she said.Woods kept and cared for the dogs. But recently, while visiting family in North Vancouver, Douglas learned that Woods was planning to move to England.Woods said she was contacted by Douglas’s mother, who said her son wanted to “say goodbye” to the dogs for a last time. “I didn’t particularly like the idea,” said Woods, but agreed to let Douglas take the dogs out for a walk. “He was polite. Everything was cordial,” she said. “We had no suspicion of what was to come.” Then last Friday — the
day before she was to leave the country — Woods said Douglas asked if he could have “one ﬁnal night with the dogs. “I was so busy packing, I said OK,” she said. It wasn’t until she got up the next morning that she received an email from Douglas. “Please don’t hate me for life,” it started. “I was shaking with anger and rage,” she said. “I knew he’d done something terrible.” In the email, Douglas told Woods, “This is not an easy decision to make,” but that he had decided he “wouldn’t forgive myself” if he let the two dogs go to England and was taking them away. He added he planned to go into hiding with the dogs. “I truly think this is the best for Toby and Emma,”
he concluded, adding he hoped Woods would forgive him one day. Instead,Woods cancelled her ﬂight and got on the phone with consular ofﬁcials, border authorities and the police. So far, ofﬁcials have conﬁrmed Douglas crossed the border into the United States in a friend’s car with the dogs earlier that morning and has since returned to Mexico. Woods said she suspects her ex has taken the dogs to either the Puerto Vallarta area where he had been living or to Guadalajara, where his girlfriend lives. Richard De Jong, spokesman for the North Vancouver RCMP, said technically the dogs are considered property. Ofﬁcers investigating the case have forwarded a report to Crown
counsel, recommending that Douglas be charged with theft. If a charge is approved, it means a warrant could be put out for Douglas and he could be arrested if he comes back to Canada. De Jong said it’s not unheard of for couples to ﬁght over pets when relationships end, but “it’s quite uncommon for a criminal charge to be laid.” He added when someone is crossing borders in a car, usually customs ofﬁcials “do not question who owns the dogs in the back seat.” So far police have been unable to reach Douglas on his phone, he added. Meanwhile,Woods said her own plans are “completely on hold” while she tries to ﬁnd the dogs and get them back. She said the ordeal
No obvious use for bear’s body parts From page 1 speculate what use the skull and claws would have but said it is the ﬁrst time she has seen them harvested from a dead bear. “It suggests that somebody was interested in the bear and was likely not an ethical hunter,” she said. The incident has been
disturbing and equally bafﬂing for Christine Miller, education coordinator for the Black Bear Society. “It’s right by a kids’ camp. That’s really thoughtless and irresponsible,” Miller said. “I can’t say for sure that it’s poaching but it does happen in B.C., deﬁnitely.
I didn’t expect to see it in our backyard.” Bear hunting season in B.C. runs from April 1 to June 15, though hunting is not allowed on the North Shore. It’s possible that the bear was killed somewhere where hunting is allowed and then dumped here after its parts were harvested, Page said.
Miller and Page are both hopeful someone will come forward with information about the bear. So far there are no leads and no witnesses. “If anybody does have any information, please give us a call,” said Page. The hotline to report poaching is 1-877-9527277.
Two injured on West Van construction site BRENT RICHTER firstname.lastname@example.org
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use building on Clyde Avenue. Soprovich’s vow came scant weeks after he backed Grosvenor’s seven-storey Ambleside project — a development he’d unsuccessfully tried to shorten by 15 feet. Regardless, Soprovich’s harangue was drowned out in applause. In this election year, we ask voters to consider the community they want to build — as well as the particular development they don’t want built — and a plausible vision for the future. As politicians begin knocking on doors in the coming months, some may ﬁnd religion late and decide opposing development is a good way to get elected. Others may advocate positions at odds with their own voting record. But actions always speak louder than words in political chambers. It will pay to remember that come November.
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Motorists: give us cyclists some space Dear Editor: I drive a seven-seat SUV. I also ride a 20-pound bicycle. Here are two perspectives from two very different vehicles on the road. When I am driving, cyclists are often a hazard. They block trafﬁc, they often don’t obey street signs and they typically act as though the rules of the road don’t apply to them.Worst of all they have an entitled attitude
because they are the ones saving the planet.The other day I was approaching a four-way stop and a cyclist approached and sailed right through as though the stop sign didn’t apply to him. When I drove up and confronted him about this I got self-righteous babble in return. So to all of you cyclists, I will have more tolerance for you when you exercise some caution
and offer courtesy to other vehicles on the road. As a cyclist, when I am on the road I am aware that I am on 20 lbs. of carbon ﬁbre and that I am vulnerable; I will never win against a car and if I get into an accident in trafﬁc it will be serious (if not fatal). At intersections I move to the front in order to be seen and so I don’t get caught in among cars as they start
to accelerate. My brakes are not nearly as precise as they are in my truck and if I apply them too hard and I lock a wheel I will either lose control or go over my handlebars. So if I go through an intersection at the bottom of a steep hill where there is a four-way stop, I am doing it because it is safer than having to come to a full stop quickly. Please, motorists.While
I am a vehicle on the road, I am not the same as you so give me space and latitude to stay safe. And if you want to discuss rules of the road, don’t do it through your window while you are driving. Getting borne down on by a vehicle while being on a bike feels like getting picked on by a bully. Stephen Smith North Vancouver
Brown bag tips for green bins — no smell, no problem Dear Editor: Re: “It’s Not Easy Being Green When it Comes to Using Compost Bins”, May 21 Mailbox: (Letter-writer) Eva Lyman mentions the cost of kitchen compost bags, as well as the smell of decaying
waste.Well, this is what I do to keep my little “green” bin clean and smell-free. Once a month I wash it out with a couple of drops of liquid Tide and a few drops of bleach.When dry, I put two brown paper grocery bags inside and place a layer
of newspaper on the bottom of the bags. Easy, right? All kitchen waste is wrapped in several layers of newspaper each evening and placed into the bin. At the end of the week my green bin is ﬁlled with little packages. All the garbage man has to do is
pick up the brown bag. No smell, no ﬂies, no liquid, no problem. We are a household of two. Every day we have a coffee ﬁlter with coffee grounds and assorted vegetable waste, along with any “leftovers” not eaten
by the end of the third day. We also put into the bin any compostable food wrappers and used paper towels. Our weekly “garbage” has gone from ﬁve bags a week to one, and nothing smells. Terry Platt West Vancouver
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“I’d rather be teaching.” Social studies teacher Norm Nichols discusses teachers’ anger over the decision to cut 10 per cent of their wages as part of a partial lockout (from a May 30 news story). “If you want to take on the trust obligation, bring your chequebook.” John Shields, manager of the indebted The Land Conservancy, is reticent to endorseWestVancouver’s $1 offer to buy the B.C. Binning House (from a May 28 news story). “Current prohibition laws in Canada are a failure.” FormerWestVancouver police chief Kash Heed talks about marijuana policy reform as he begins consulting to commercial medicinal marijuana growers (from a May 25 news story).
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One easy step to ruining a wedding How does that old saying go for young families going to a wedding? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue that you can strangle yourself with for forgetting to never, ever bring your kids to a wedding? A classic blue noose perhaps? An elegant, but strong, silk blue tie? Maybe, if all else fails, a nearby bit of blue extension cord? Wedding season is here again. My little family has already taken one in this year and we forgot the one fundamental lesson we learned during last year’s wedding season: don’t bring the family! As a guest at many weddings both before and after I had kids, I’ve learned the rhythms of the day in each situation. To let you know how I arrived at the conclusion that you should never bring kids to a wedding, here’s a sampling of what those blessed days are like when experienced with and without the kids. Arrival, without kids:
Laugh All YouWant Weddings are often held at beautiful places like beaches, galleries, golf courses or fancy churches. Those quiet, exciting few moments before a ceremony begins are a perfect time to drink in all the exquisite scenery and cleavage on display (for brevity’s sake, let’s call it cleavery). Arrival, with kids: Weddings are usually held in death traps like beaches, galleries, golf courses or churches. As other guests are enjoying the cleavery, parents of young children are soaked with sweat,
chasing the kids around trying to keep them from jumping in the ocean, getting run over by a golf cart, playing Frisbee with a Renoir or ﬁlling their sippy cup with holy water. Ceremony, without kids: If it’s a couple that you really like, you watch with a sincere smile and misty eyes as they make the ultimate commitment to each other. If it’s your wife’s old college roommate that you’ve only met twice and couldn’t care less about, you continue to enjoy the cleavery while silently critiquing the couple’s choice of priest, hairstyles, psalm, dress, and, most likely, spouse. Ceremony, with kids: Silently play with trains. Say “shhh” 1,225 times. Apologize to everyone around you every 30 seconds. Try not to laugh too much when, as the groom is about to place the ring on the bride’s ﬁnger, your kid very loudly asks you “what smells like fart?” Pre-meal, without kids: Begin drinking. Catch
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diagnosis he could still see just ﬁne, and he took advantage of that ability by getting a sports car and driving it as fast as he could. He would race all the way from Vancouver to Penticton on the Crowsnest Highway — a stomach-churning stretch of road full of switchbacks and sheer cliffs — trying to beat his record time. Cowie counts himself lucky that he didn’t kill himself. He cared little about his own welfare, and acted as if others felt the same way. “You forget about your parents and brothers and sisters. They might be a little bit concerned if I drive off a cliff on the way to Penticton at 100 miles an hour.You don’t think about that kind of stuff when you’re that age.” The years passed and the lights stayed on, although dimming a little each year. Cowie matured and learned more about his situation. “And then there was somebody else,” he says.Wife Marlene came along, followed by sons Sean and Aaron.The drinking, the partying, the death races stopped. As his vision slowly failed, the rest of his life ﬂourished. Meanwhile Cowie’s condition took away the ﬁne details in the centre of his vision, leaving behind a big blurry middle with sharp peripherals. “When I meet people they don’t even know that I have a vision problem,” he says. “I don’t walk into things, in general.” Cowie has learned to manage social situations despite not having an ability to see faces. He relies upon clothing to keep up with swirling crowds. If someone at a party is wearing blue pants and a white shirt, that combination will, in essence, become that person’s face. “For the rest of that time, I’ll recognize the blue shirt and white pants,” he says. “But if I saw that person half an hour later with a red shirt and black pants, I would not recognize them.”
The former devoted athlete — he gave it all up during the troubled years — got back into ﬁtness, eventually joining Canada’s national paracycling team and riding all the way to the Paralympic Games. Cowie competed in 2000, 2004 and 2008, winning a bronze medal in Sydney. After Beijing he was hit with hometown fever — the 2010 Winter Games were coming to Vancouver. Maybe he could make the Paralympic cross-country ski team and compete on home soil. Cowie signed up for a training camp aimed at ﬁnding ski stars for the 2010 Paralympics.You can perhaps guess which one-legged ﬁtness freak he met there. ••• In the month after his accident Meyrick Jones experienced the disconcerting phenomenon known as phantom pain, sensations that seemed to originate in the limb that was no longer there. He’d wake up from nightmares of riding a motorcycle with his leg pressed against the searing hot tailpipe. “It felt like somebody had a blowtorch or was stabbing me with a knife,” he says. “It just felt horrible all the time. Like torture. I tried everything. I tried hypnosis, I tried all sorts of pain killers, acupuncture. None of it worked.” When the phantom pain became unbearable Jones would start punching himself in the leg above the amputation until the sensation moved to a spot on his body that actually still existed. Soon, though, he was ﬁtted with his ﬁrst prosthetic leg, and the pain stopped. It never returned. Back in Vancouver Jones threw himself into rehab immediately upon receiving his new leg. He ﬁnished his degree, got a job renovating homes, got bored of his job renovating homes and then got sick. “I started having some health problems from compensating all the time,” he says. “It’s a common thing for amputees.” The solution to both the boredom and the health problems was the same: ﬁtness. Jones upped his exercise
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Fungi harvesters may damage trees Resident raises concerns after watching group chopping conks CHRISTINE LYON firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone caught damaging trees on public property in the District of North Vancouver could face a $500 ﬁne under the tree protection bylaw. That’s a reminder from district parks staff, who recently received a troubling report from a Deep Cove resident who witnessed a trio of people harvesting bagfuls of tree fungi. Linda Del Rosario says she was walking her dog in Cove Forest last month when she crossed paths with a man carrying a heavy bundle on his shoulder. An unusual sight on the local trails, she says she followed him until he approached a nearby tree. “I saw him take a hatchet with these two other women and start hacking away at one of the pieces of fungi,” Del Rosario says. At that point, she noticed his sack was full of the mushroom-like material, she says. “I was just so appalled that someone was in the
forest harvesting in a public park and especially these things that I walk by and admire on a daily basis practically.” Del Rosario snapped some photos with her phone and sent the evidence to the district. According to district staff, the substances in question are known as conks — also called shelf fungi or bracket fungi — and are found growing on tree trunks and limbs, stumps, fallen logs, and even on structural lumber. Shelf fungi are recyclers in forest ecosystems. In the process of decomposing woody material, they recycle nutrients, build soil and create habitats for birds, mammals and insects. Most conks are inedible because they are tough and corky or woody, but some are collected for their medicinal value or for smoking mixtures, while others are collected for decorative and artistic uses. Susan Rogers, section manager of district parks planning, construction and
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British Columbians wedged in the bureaucratic quagmire between government ministries may have a champion in the District of North Vancouver. District council voted unanimously Monday to support a new social policy framework designed to bring about greater co-ordination between provincial ministries and community agencies. “We are reminded again and again — often by the very civil servants who work with them — of the jurisdictional silos that exist in the provincial and federal governments,” said Bill McMichael, vice-president of Paciﬁc Community Resources Society, a nonproﬁt that works to identify social service gaps. In his presentation to council, McMichael said he wanted ministries to
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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - North Shore News - A15
LIVE Health Notes COMFORTING TOUCH Learn simple ways to connect with the person you care for using hand and facial massage Monday, June 2, 1-3 p.m. in Room 203, Capilano Mall, 935 Marine Dr., North Vancouver. In this interactive session explore the value of touch for comfort, stress relief, communication without words and as a means to promote overall well-being. 604-982-3320 FITNESS CLASSES for weight loss for people who want to start a program alongside others who are in a similar situation Mondays and Fridays starting June 2 at 10 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1110 Gladwin Dr., North Vancouver. Different dance styles are incorporated into a one-hour class for a fun way to get a cardio, core and full body workout. $30 per month for unlimited use. 604-971-3578 AMBLESIDE MILE The annual one mile running race, Saturday, June 7, 9:45 a.m. at Marine Drive and 17th Street in West
Vancouver. Open to all levels of runners/walkers. $26/$13. Registration required. amblesidemile.com
The Pro Nova Ensemble featuring music from Duke Ellington, Joseph Haydn, and Antonin Dvorak with guest artist Rosemary O’Connor, piano Sunday, June 1, 7:30 pm Mt. Seymour United Church 1200 Parkgate, North Vancouver Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 pm Kay Meek Studio Theatre 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
NORTH SHORE RELAY FOR LIFE Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Mahon Park, North Vancouver. Start a team with family, friends and co-workers. Registration fee $20. Register at relayforlife. ca/NorthShoreBC
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Pain Relief! Do you suffer chronic pain? Headaches, pain in your neck, or your back, tendinitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, burning sensations? At QR clinic Dr. Bertrand uses safe, simple treatments to relieve pain.
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CYPRESS MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB The fourth annual Rotary Ride for Rescue, 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7. Funds raised will support North Shore Rescue and other Rotary projects. Registration: $50. Participants are asked to raise a suggested minimum of $100 in pledges. rotaryrideforrescue.org
THE CYCLE OF EMOTIONAL EATING Learn about this common response to stress and tips for managing emotional eating Monday, June 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Dr. Registration required. 604-904-6200 x4150 email@example.com Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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A16 - North Shore News - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Mutual fund costs can lower returns Do you know how much your mutual fund is costing you? “The costs of actively managed funds are higher than most investors realize,” says an article in the respected newsmagazine The Economist. “Everyone knows that if you go to a casino, the odds are rigged in favour of the house. But people still dream of making a killing. “The same psychology seems to apply to fund management, where
Money Matters investors ﬂock to high-cost mutual funds even though
the odds are against them.” Example: Invest $3,000 every six months in two funds. One fund produces an average annual return of seven per cent — compared with the other fund’s sixper-cent net return because of a variety of extra costs. At the end of 30 years, you would have $589,551 in the cheaper fund compared with only $489,159 in the more expensive fund. Interestingly, that 20per-cent difference is the same ﬁgure calculated
by Bill Sharpe, a Nobel laureate in economics, when he compared the effects of investment management fees on an investor’s standard of living in retirement. Top fund managers or the best asset allocation could certainly outperform passive funds invested in the stock index — but almost nobody can consistently choose those outperforming funds. The Economist cites the various costs that eat into
the investor’s net return: n Investment management fees — you have to pay the higher costs of an actively managed fund, compared with a passive index-linked fund. n Trading costs — active management means buying and selling securities. n The cost of holding cash while waiting for buying opportunities — indexlinked funds are usually fully invested. n Sales costs — although front-end loads are less common these days, the advisor or broker still collects a fee in one form or another. n Tax costs — you must
pay the tax on capital gains realized each year rather than allowing the full gains to compound over the long term. “Add these costs together and the net return to investors may be reduced by 2.66 percentage points a year — a huge differential considering long-term real returns from equities have been 6.45 per cent,” said The Economist. Mike Grenby is a columnist and independent personal ﬁnancial advisor; he’ll answer questions in this column as space allows but cannot reply personally. Email mike@ grenby.com.
North Shore students earn CA designations Twenty North Vancouver chartered accountant students graduated from the CA qualiﬁcation program at a ceremony held May 17 in Vancouver. They are Arnel Benavides, Meghan Best, Christopher Cairns, Katy Chiu, Janene Ferzandi, Jennifer Hope, Mitra Kazemi, Qaisara Khan, Evan Mallory, James
Manning, Holly Osborne, Amish Patel, Irina Sear, Brett Terrillon, Agatha Tymke, Liam Gordon, Keelyn Bergstrom, Erin Hood, Katherine Jewell, and Jordan Williams. Students recognized at the convocation are eligible for membership in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC this year.
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GAME & GALA JUNE 7TH, 2014 FACE OFF FOR THE GAME 2:00pm North Shore Winter Club, North Vancouver GALA AUCTION, DINNER & DANCE 6:00pm Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver
Celebrating 30 years of support for families and research for a cure! PLAY IN THE GAME + ATTEND THE GALA > $600 *
Returning players with own MPS CUP jersey $525* – collect pledges to take part. Register to play before April 30th and get 2 gala tickets (after April 30th, each player receives 1 gala ticket)
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EVER DREAMED OF PLAYING IN THE NHL? THE MPS CUP FANTASY HOCKEY GAME GIVES PLAYERS LIKE YOU THE CHANCE TO PLAY ALONGSIDE HOCKEY GREATS LIKE DAVE BABYCH, KIRK MCLEAN AND GARRY VALK AS THEY “STICK IT” TO MPS, A RARE GENETIC DISEASE.
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Big ideas meet big fun at Capilano University’s summer camps for kids, youth and teens Brilliant fun and meaningful learning. That’s what our summer camps are all about. We offer camps in history, math, writing, art, design, music, computers and more. All-day and half-day camps available.
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BLUES SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS-2014
Basketball Camps: Instructed by Capilano U Varsity Basketball Coaches and Athletes BB1: BB2: BB3: BB4: BBS1: BBS2:
August 11-15 August 18-22 August 18-22 July 14-18 *ST. PIUS ELEMENTARY (SEYMOUR) August 25-29 *DON ROSS SECONDARY (SQUAMISH) August 25-29 *DON ROSS SECONDARY (SQUAMISH)
9:00-12:00 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 9:00-12:00 9:30-12:30 1:00-4:00
Boys/Girls entering grade 5-7 Boys entering grade 8-10 Girls entering grade 8-10 Boys/Girls entering grade 5-7 Boys/Girls entering grade 5-7 Boys/Girls entering grade 8-10
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Volleyball Camps: Instructed by Capilano U Varsity Volleyball Coaches and Athletes VB1: VB2: VB3: VB4: VB5: VB6: VB7: VBS1: VBS2:
July 21-25 July 21-25 August 25-29 August 25-29 August 18-22 Beach: August 11-15 *SHIPYARD COURTS (LONDSDALE) Beach: August 11-15 *SHIPYARD COURTS (LONDSDALE) July 28-August 1 *DON ROSS SECONDARY (SQUAMISH) July 28-August 1 *DON ROSS SECONDARY (SQUAMISH)
9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 1:00-4:00 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 9:30-12:30 1:00-4:00
Girls/Boys entering grade 6-7 Girls/Boys entering grade 9-10 Girls/Boys entering grade 8 Girls/Boys entering grade 9-10 Girls/Boys entering grade 11-12 Girls/Boys entering grade 6-7 Girls/Boys entering grade 8-9 Girls/Boys entering grade 5-7 Girls/Boys entering grade 8-10
$150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150
9:00-12:00 Boys/Girls entering grade 5-7 1:00-4:00 Boys/Girls entering grade 8-10
Badminton Camps: Instructed by Clear One Badminton BA1: BA2:
July 7-11 July 7-11
Ultimate Frisbee Camps: Instructed by Vancouverâ€™s Pro Ultimate Team The Vancouver Nighthawks UL1: UL2:
July 21-25 July 21-25
9:00-12:00 Boys/Girls entering grade 5-7 1:00-4:00 Boys/Girls entering grade 8-10
Soccer Camps: Instructed by Capilano U Varsity Soccer Coaches and Athletes SC1:
9:00-11:30 Boys/Girls ages 5-8 years (Team reg for 10 or more $115/player) 9:00-11:30 Boys/Girls ages 9-12 years (Team reg for 10 or more $115/player) 9:00-11:30 Boys/Girls ages 5-8 years (Team reg for 10 or more $115/player) 9:00-11:30 Boys/Girls ages 9-12 years (Team reg for 10 or more $115/player)
$130 $130 $130 $130
All campers receive a FREE T-Shirt
Daily healthy snacks for all campers courtesy of IGA-North Vancouver Scan for more details
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Geneskool Summer Summer Camp Geneskool Camp offers offers aa unique unique opportunity opportunityfor forhigh school students to learn the molecular biology techniques high school students to learn the molecular biology techthat scientists use every Students will explore aspects of niques that scientists useday. every day. Students will explore biotechnology, pathology, forensics, genomics aspects of biotechnology, pathology,genetics, forensics, genetics,and microbiology and use their new knowledge to stop an evil to genomics and microbiology and use their new knowledge bio-terrorist from wreaking havoc on the world! stop an evil bio-terrorist from wreaking havoc on the world! Details: Details: > Completion Completion of or higher > of Science Grade 9 9science or higher > Program fee is $275 > Program fee is $275 > Space Space is is limited > limited to to 20 20 participants participants > Program Dates: August > Program Dates: August 18 18 -- 22 22 Download an application from our website: Download an application from our website: Presented by:
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CANADIAN ENJOY THE BEST OFSUAMM ER! T AS CO WEST-
SUMMER CAMPS FOR ALL AGES!
LIFE LIKE NO OTHER!
NORTH SHORE GIRLS SOCCER CLUB SUMMER 2014
Register on-line at northshoresocceracademy.com
Please read registration tips on our News Blog before signing up!
Sessions run Monday - Friday July 7-11 July 14-18 July 21-25 July 28 - August 1
August 11-15 August 18-22 August 25-29
Summer Camps Jun 30th – Aug 29th For Kids 2yrs – 17yrs
4-6 years, 9:30-11:30 -- $125 7-14 years, 9:30-12:30 -- $150
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
SOCCER & SWIM
8-14 years only, 9:30-3:30 - $220
SOCCER & TENNIS
July 28-August 1 and August 18-22 7-14 years, 9:30-3:30 - $220
**Participants to provide own lunch & drink for Soccer & Swim, and Soccer & Tennis. All sessions will be held at the North Shore Girls Soccer Bubble at Windsor Secondary and Ron Andrews Pool. Our coaches will accompany the girls at the pool.
August 25-29 10-18 years, 1:00-3:00 -- $120
**All sessions will be held at the North Shore Girls Indoor Bubble (below Windsor Secondary School)
This summer come out and join the fun. Learn foot skills, improve your speed and agility, and work on passing and shooting. All of our camps are run by your favourite professional coaches.
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THEATRE K SUMMER CONSERVATORY
DISCOVER MUSICAL THEATRE THIS SUMMER AT KAY MEEK CENTRE
A HORUS LINE
YOUTH SKILLS CAMPS Presented by
ALADDIN THE MUSICAL
A CHORUS LINE
July 7-11: Class Week Acting, singing, dancing, improv & stage ďŹ ghting
July 4-6: Master Class Weekend Including dancing, auditioning & headshot photo session
July 14-Aug 1: Rehearsals & performances of the musical
July 18-Aug 2 Rehearsals & performances of the musical
Hone your skills as a triple threat performer under the guidance of our professional instructors, and participate in a fully realized musical production on the Kay Meek Centre main stage!
More information /registration online at www.kaymeekcentre.com/theatrek or call (604) 981-6335
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MULGRAVE SCHOOL Summer Programs
Engage, Enrich, Enjoy! LOOKING FOR SOME SUMMER FUN? Mulgrave offers a range of programs for children in Grades 1–11:
• Provincial Credit Courses –
Physics 11, Socials 11, Planning 10
• IBDP Extended Essay
• Math and English Enrichment Classes
• Fun and Learn Camps, including Arts, Sports, Environmental and Computer Literacy
Visit our website for more information and to register online.
2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver B.C. V7S 3H9
ACTION ADVENTURES Want a mix of action and adventure all packed into a week-long camp? Look no further! Trips may include pitch & putt, hiking, skimboarding, skateboarding, rock climbing, swimming and more! Cost includes transportation, supervision, instruction, admissions and rental. SKIMBOARD, SKATEBOARD, SCOOTER: JAM CAMP Why not skimboard, skateboard, or scooter all in one week? Explore the best of Vancouver’s skateboard parks and the West Coast’s premier skimboarding beach—Spanish Banks! Choose from Skateboard Jam, Skim and Skate Jam, or our new camp—Scooter & Skate Jam! BIKE SKILLS JAM CAMP The perfect perfect camp for for biking enthusiasts! if you you hav have basic bikebikehandling skills and are comfortable riding on the street—this camp is for you! Riders will also gain some off-pavement experience. Locations will include: Stanley Park, Inter River Bike Park, and Seymour Conservation Reserve. Cost includes transportation, instructors and entrance fees if necessary. Bikes and helmets are not provided. AMBLESIDE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND Adventure Playground is back! Be prepared for non-stop action as we build forts, play our favourite games (sticks, camouﬂage and survivor!), slip ‘n slide the dirt off, and take trips to the beach. Dress appropriately—no open-toed shoes permitted. Drop-off and pick-up is at the Ambleside Adventure Playground near the Ambleside Par 3 Golf Course. Sleepovers available and must be registered for separately. LIGHTHOUSE PARK If you like to play games in the forest, run, climb, jump, and swim—we have the perfect camp experience for you! Explore a vast network of trails, playing big-boundary games in this suburban escape, and ﬁnish off the week splashing and swimming at the beach. This is no ordinary camp—it’s an adventure! Sleepovers available and must be registered for separately.
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EXPERIENCED GUITAR TEACHER Classical • Jazz & Rock Guitar Acoustic or Electric
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TONY CHOTEM 604-980-4336 email:firstname.lastname@example.org www.tonychotem.com
RNB DANCE SUMMER PROGRAMS - Princess Camp (4-6yrs) - Junior Camp (for beginners ages 6-12yrs) - Summer Intensive (9-15yrs)
Lynn Valley Centre and the North Shore News present
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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - North Shore News - A25
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Uke player moves up the band ranks
Newcomer to music ﬁnds passion for the pursuit Art Guthrie, a skier and hiker since boyhood, wanted to try something different. He found the Dundarave Players band. Guthrie didn’t intend to join a band. He started with ukulele lessons at West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre. “I didn’t know anything about music. I saw the ad for beginner’s ukulele lessons in the newsletter and thought it would be a simple instrument to learn,” he said. That was six or seven years ago. Rehearsing and performing with the band is a great way for Guthrie to explore the musical mysteries of the ukulele. “And it’s pronounced ‘ook-a-lay-lay’,” Guthrie explains. “There is no ‘y’ in ‘ukulele.’” There are ﬁve ukulelists among the Players as well as piano and guitar, recorder, harmonica and mandolin. Singers, too. Musicianship is valued but it’s the camaraderie and the pleasure of performing for others that counts. The band gives concerts at the centre and at seniors’ residences. In November, the Players perform at the library
following West Vancouver’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony. For the past few years, the Players have operated independently from their homebase at the centre, rotating band duties among members. Guthrie has been treasurer and equipment manager. This year, he’s the record keeper, keeping the numbers in order. An accountant by profession, Guthrie worked with numbers in business and as a teacher, writer and international consultant. He grew up in East Vancouver, married his childhood sweetheart and studied at the University of British Columbia. Five years to get his commerce degree and another three to qualify as an accountant. Fortunately, there was plenty of work to ﬁnance Guthrie’s education and support his family. “During the war, we picked up jobs at the shipyards or wherever we could. We learned how to work and how to ﬁnd jobs,” he says. Guthrie moved on to summer jobs in construction at lumber mills and one stint as a rigger in a logging camp.
“We went by Union Steamship to the north end of Vancouver Island, then by the narrow-gauge railway to the camp at Englewood on Nimpkish Lake. It was all hand falling in those days, no chainsaws. They’d boom the logs in the lake, tug them across to the railcars, then to the salt chuck where they’d boom them again to go south to the mills,” he says. Guthrie’s working life had started much earlier. Paper routes paid for skiing and membership in Grouse Mountain’s Junior Tyee Ski Club. “We joined so we could sleep in the club cabin,” he says. Guthrie and his friends, Frank and Monty Mosher, would head over to the cabin Friday nights, though the boys weren’t permitted to light the cabin stove until Saturday morning. When you’re 12 or 13, such comforts don’t
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were too large to go after the key.Young Monty, however, was just the right size. With Frank holding one ankle and Guthrie the other, Monty was lowered down to collect it. The temptation to drop him was quickly quelled. “We would never sleep a wink for the rest of our lives,” says Guthrie. Guthrie and his family are outdoors people, camping and hiking in summer and skiing in winter. A move to West Vancouver 30 years ago brought the Guthries closer to the mountains and closer still when “a group of us, retired and in our 60s and 70s, rented cabins at Whistler for the skiing,” he says. At 86, Guthrie is no longer hiking. “We walk on sidewalks now. It’s easy to ﬁnd a hill, all you have to do is step outside.” He still skis at Whistler and at Cypress and his quest to master the ukulele continues. If you’ve been wanting to try something different, ukulele lessons or joining the Dundarave Players band might be it. Learn more at West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, phone 604-925-7280. Laura Anderson works with and for seniors on the North Shore. 778-279-2275 firstname.lastname@example.org KEEP WELL Exercise to music followed by blood pressure checks, massages, nutrition counselling and medication awareness, Wednesdays, 9:30-11:15 a.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Free or by donation. 604-980-2474 silverharbourcentre.com LAUGHTER YOGA A combination of breathing exercises with the practise of laughing for no reason resulting in lowered stress levels Fridays, 1-2 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: $1. 604-980-2474 silverharbourcentre.com LYNN VALLEY SENIORS WALKING GROUP Join this advanced group that walks the network of trails on the North Shore rain or shine Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. Contact Mollie Nye House for details. 604-987-5820 Compiled by Debbie Caldwell
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couple and raising children, many empty-nesters ﬁnd they are somewhat disconnected from each other when it comes to intimacy. “And it truly takes a lot of courage to be the one that’s vulnerable and to say how are we going to get this back again because it’s really worth it,” she says. Langton has led similar conversations with adults of all ages, and says when talking to seniors the discussion often focuses more on intimacy, and intimacy will mean different things to different people. It just might mean someone to hold hands with, notes Langton. Intimacy is not just about sex. It could also just mean someone to have a conversation with.
“For many it’s just touch. As we get older we don’t have access to touch and it’s amazing, we know that as babies and infants touch is so valuable.Why do we think it becomes less important as we get older?” says Langton, adding that intimacy is “good for our hearts, it’s good for our overall well-being, it’s good for anxiety, depression. It affects every aspect of our life.” She continues: “The people who are seeking this information they will have a long and healthy intimate life and it will lengthen their life ultimately I believe.” The Chat Room is currently on a short break for a couple of weeks. For more information contact the seniors centre or Langton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Portuguese wines back in the game
Notable Potables Judging by the excitement in the room the other day you could have sworn it was a Burgundy tasting, except it wasn’t. The occasion was the ﬁrst major Vancouver offering of wines from Portugal for probably over a decade. As a result, hundreds of industry types and wine lovers were circling the tables in a somewhat cosy space on top of the Vancouver Art Gallery. I’ve known for some time that Portuguese wines are undervalued, too often dismissed merely
as affordable entrylevel wines and are long overdue for a return to an always-curious market. Wine Align’s Treve Ring led a session through a preview that easily demonstrated the variety and quality to be found in Portugal. The country’s wines have improved by leaps and bounds since all anyone knew was Mateus Rosé, and even that’s improved. These days I don’t think anybody has any doubt concerning what’s in the bottle. Although, especially given the consumer’s preoccupation with knowing every grape used, there’s a bit of a learning curve to understand the varieties. They can be challenging to read and pronounce, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent to enjoying the wines. From what I was tasting, I would be thrilled if even 10 per cent of these were able to make it into the Vancouver market. Based on this tasting my
guess is there’ll be a whole lot more wines coming, especially from regions such as Tejo and Alantejo. Here’s four well worth your attention: Quinta do Ameal- Vinho Verde Branco 2011 (Ponte de Lima) The perfect summer drop: Aromas of green apple and pear with juicy acidity, good length and lingering zesty notes with a touch of mineral. Think oysters or crispy fried smelts. (BCLS $17.49, 90 points). Domingos Soares Franco Private Collection (Setubal) Moscatel Roxo Rosé 2013 Portugal can be so exciting! This wine sports ﬂoral and rose petal aromas, with distinct Turkish delight before a dry, fruity palate with a clean, acidity-driven end (BCLS $20.99, 90 points). Vale do Bomﬁm Tinto 2009 (Douro) Great table wine from legendary port producers, Symington. Five more common Portuguese varieties make up this
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New homes bringing life back to Lower Ninth Ward JOANNE SASVARI MeridianWriters’ Group
NEW ORLEANS: The Lower Ninth Ward is a long way from touristy Bourbon Street. Not, perhaps, in terms of distance — it’s only a 15-minute drive — but by almost every other measurement. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, the levee that protects the Lower Ninth Ward from the Mississippi River broke, unleashing a giant surge of water. Thousands of homes were swept away, along with the culture and history of what had been one of New Orleans’ oldest AfricanAmerican neighbourhoods. Even now, the devastation Katrina brought remains obvious. But when tour buses pull up in one particular corner of the Lower NinthWard, just above Claiborne Avenue along the Industrial Canal, what visitors see is much more positive: a living work of art in progress, a moving reminder of the best we can be amid the worst that can happen. Here, the Make It Right Foundation is building homes and trying to resurrect a community. The foundation was started in 2007 by the actor Brad Pitt, who owns a home in the French Quarter. He is famously passionate about modern architecture and, in the wake of Katrina, saw an opportunity not only to
indulge that passion, but to do some good with it. And so he decided to build 150 avant-garde homes in the neighbourhood, and to hire 20 of the world’s greatest architects, including Canada’s Frank Gehry, to design them. The houses had to do more than just look good. They had to be affordable, functional, qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certiﬁcation and able to withstand the worst any future storm could throw at them. So far, the team has built more than 90 houses and moved over 300 people back home.True, it’s just a tiny portion of the once heavily populated area: in the entire Lower NinthWard only about 3,000 of the original 10,000 residents have returned. The project has earned its share of kudos — and complaints. For one thing, critics point out that the part of the Lower Ninth chosen by the foundation has little of the infrastructure — such as schools, shops and restaurants — that would make it appealing to wouldbe residents. This will change, says CraigTurner, Make It Right’s construction director. “There’s a lot of plans for commercial development. There’s a lot of work to be done beyond the housing.We were meant to be a catalyst for redevelopment.” Other criticism has been aimed at the designs
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A32 - North Shore News - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Little oversight of dog care industry
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In light of the tragic events over the last couple of weeks, there have been some very valid questions about qualiﬁcations and regulations regarding the individuals we entrust to care for our canines — speciﬁcally dog walkers. The B.C. SPCA this week recommended a dogwalker be charged with animal cruelty after six dogs apparently died in the back of her hot vehicle. It is true that the entire canine industry is unregulated, except for veterinarians. Trainers, boarding facilities, dog walkers, pet sitters and dog daycares are all self-regulated and selfscrutinized. Outside of following proper business protocols, the “business” of dog caregiving is monitored by no one. Certiﬁcations and qualiﬁcations are all achieved at will by the individuals but are not required to start or run a canine caregiving business. As dog owners, we blindly trust that the person we are relying on to care for our beloved four-legged companion is being honest with regards to their experience and qualiﬁcations. And this is where the door is left wide open to those whose integrity is compromised, leaving our dogs in the hands of caregivers whose intentions are not necessarily to care, but to make money. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make money or having money. We all need money in order to live a healthy and balanced life within our civilized society. The bartering system went out long ago as the primary means of currency. So money is what makes this world go ’round. The problem lies in the intentions behind the acquisition of money. If someone wishes to start up a dog training or dog
Canine Connection walking business with the intention of making money (good luck!) then the service that is provided tends to be compromised. Quality of care and service takes a backseat to the bottom line. Yet someone who wishes to provide a quality service — recognizing that there is a niche that needs to be ﬁlled for dog owners who want the companionship of a dog, but can’t ﬁnd time in the day to walk them on their own — will take the time to become a true professional in their trade, like any business. Professionals might take courses on canine behaviour, ﬁrst aid, general canine care and management, and the basics of training and responsible ownership. They may also become versed in local bylaws regarding the care of dogs in the community. Because, as a dog professional, when you tend to another person’s dog, you are now responsible for that dog’s well-being while it is in your care. Knowing that the business is unregulated, dog owners should demand more from their canine caregivers. Sometimes dog owners are too quick to respond to discounts or “good deals” from a potential canine caregiver. They overlook or ignore their intuition to save a few bucks. Saving a bit of money may feel good in the short term, but the long-term
consequences can be costly in more ways than money. When seeking a canine caregiver, demand proof of experience and qualiﬁcations. Remember that someone who is truly serious about caring for your dog will have taken the time to educate themselves on being able to provide the best service for you. They will also be proud to show you their experience to ease your worries. Experience is a tricky thing too. There may be a young, keen individual wanting to begin an entrepreneurial career in the canine industry. They may have certiﬁcations and qualiﬁcations and eagerness, but lack handson experience. This may result in inattentiveness due to lack of experience. Then there may be someone who has been in the business for years. They are highly experienced, have the qualiﬁcations and certiﬁcations, but lack the eagerness due to simply being burned out. This may also show up as a lack of concern or inattentiveness. As a dog owner, it boils down to taking your time when making your decision, doing your homework and, most importantly, not letting money cloud your intuition. Don’t let your emotions dictate your feelings! Being a responsible dog owner, the quality of care your dog receives depends on you. If you want your dog to be cared for by the safest and most caring of hands, be 100 per cent sure that the hands you are giving your dog to are worthy of your dog! Joan Klucha has been working with dogs for more than 15 years in obedience, tracking and behavioural rehabilitation. Contact her through her website k9kinship.com.
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - North Shore News - A33
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Seniors getting on track WestVan program aimed at older aspiring athletes
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The West Vancouver Track & Field Club is offering a new eight-week Intro to Track & Field program for seniors and adults 35+. “We were looking at the population of West Vancouver speciﬁcally and the North Shore overall and there’s a pretty high number of seniors, folks that are getting into their twilight years, and so we were looking for a way to provide a program that could give them an opportunity to do track and ﬁeld,” says Marcus Wong, a member of the club’s board of directors. A further motivation was continued comments from community members who expressed interest in doing track and ﬁeld, though no program to serve their needs existed. “That’s where this program came about,” he says. Launching Wednesday, June 4, sessions will be held weekly from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Vancouver
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will be club members and accomplished local masters track and ﬁeld athletes, including multiple world record holder Christa Bortignon, who took up the sport in 2009. Bortignon now competes internationally in sprints, jumps, hurdles and multi events in the women’s 7579 age category and hopes to earn her 300th medal
this year. “The program is going to take place in a very safe and technical environment in the sense that there will be a coach giving very good instruction. It’s all about participation, inclusiveness and really maintaining healthy living. Certainly with an aging population on the North Shore, track and ﬁeld is a great way to
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maintain and improve your physical health in terms of mobility, ﬂexibility and just overall well-being,” says Wong. The free program was made possible with support from the West Vancouver Community Foundation. Interested participants are asked to register by phone at 604-358-4550 or by visiting westvantrack.com.
A34 - North Shore News - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Jones returns to site of his nightmare
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Seattle to Portland bike race when he had another crazy idea.They both loved bikes, after all.Why not do it together? Jones gave his new friend Brian Cowie a call. “OK, let’s do that,” was Cowie’s answer, for reasons he still can’t really understand. “I don’t know why.” First, though, came a tandem bike tutorial. Jones had never ridden one before. And Cowie was cautious about getting on that thing with someone new. “When you give up complete control, it’s a little bit scary,” he says. “And when you’re going down a hill at about 100 kilometres per hour, it’s a little bit scary. You have realizations like I’m on two tiny little tires, going 100 km/h on a bike — you have two people on a bike that has a braking system for one person.You can’t stop that bike like you can stop a normal bike. . . . If you hit the pavement at 100 km/h you know it’s going to be a mess at the end of that.” Before heading to Seattle the two took the tandem bike for a 15-minute spin. “Basically I think he was interviewing me to see if I was someone he would trust his life to,” says Jones. “I guess I passed.”They headed south. The 330-km ride lasted the better part of a day — 14 hours total — but the pair made it to Portland safely. Comic relief was supplied
by the constant chatter that Jones kept up. “Wow, look at that pool,” he said. “Wouldn’t you love to jump in that.” Other landmarks came into view, with Jones directing Cowie’s attention to one cool sight after another. Finally Cowie had to offer a reminder. “Meyrick,” he said, “There’s a reason why I’m on the back and you’re on the front.” Tandem triathlons came later. Jones was ostensibly Cowie’s guide, known as a pilot, for the races, but in fact both athletes needed each other to complete the gruelling events without other assistance. Tethered together at the waists by a length of stretchy rope, Jones leads the way in the swim with Cowie behind, following the white cord as if it were the lane marking on the bottom of a pool. Roles reverse when they hit the beach — the guided becomes the guide. “I don’t have my leg on,” says Jones. “I put my hand on his shoulder. I tell him where to go but I also sort of lean on him to get to where I’m able to put my leg on.” The tandem bike is next, followed by the run. Cowie is once again attached by a tether and following behind. “We’re a true team,” says Jones. “While Meyrick helps me with my vision problem, I help him with his amputee problem,” adds Cowie. “I don’t need any outside help except him, and he doesn’t
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Cowie, 61, and 39-yearold Jones have each done numerous triathlons individually and together, including three Ironman races done as a team. Paratriathlon makes its Paralympic debut in 2016 and both could potentially compete there, although not as a team. The iconic Escape From Alcatraz race that they will be competing in today is a bucket list race, one that every serious triathlete wants to tackle at least once. The swim is longer than most and, of course, there’s a unique start.The athletes don’t actually jump off The Rock — “The island is super rocky, you can’t put 1,000 triathletes clambouring over these rocks,” says Jones. Instead everyone is loaded into a paddle wheeler that chugs across the bay and anchors right beside the
island.The triathletes then jump off the second deck into the ocean. It’s a little less harrowing than what an old gangster would have attempted during a prison break but it’s still no easy feat for a guy with one leg who is tied to his visually impaired partner. Jones and Cowie seem unconcerned. “We’re just going to jump off like everybody else,” says Jones. “Three, two, one, go.” The pair, in fact, often forget that they are different from other racers or teams when they compete in triathlons, even though everyone else is keenly aware of that fact. “We’re just doing it because we have fun and enjoy doing it together,” says Cowie. “We didn’t do it thinking, ‘Oh, he’s an amputee and I’m a visually impaired guy, won’t this be different.’” Even so, when they both step back and look at the whole situation, they acknowledge the uniqueness of it all. “There’s no missing the fact that you’re different,” says Jones. “But that’s OK, we’re both used to being different. One of the nice things about doing the types of things that we both do now is that it does have that power to inspire people. I don’t know how I ever would have been able to inspire anybody without losing my leg, but I feel very lucky that I can now. It’s a bit of a gift out of a bad scenario.”
“You’re never going to hear this story anywhere else,” adds Cowie, who has played games of ‘Can you top this?’ with various race organizers before. We’ve got a guy with one leg, they’ll say. “Yeah, but does he ride with a guy who can’t see?” Well no, we don’t have that. “And is he going to San Francisco where he lost his leg in a trolley car accident?” No, we don’t have that. Alcatraz, of course, isn’t just another race for Jones. “There is that sort of little extra something about going back to San Francisco,” he says. “There are a few iconic things about that city, Alcatraz being one and the cable cars being another. I just kind of feel intricately connected with that stuff. I hope it will be rewarding for me to go back and do this.” With the accident now a distant memory, Jones says he isn’t looking for closure by heading back to San Francisco now. It’s more like he’s looking to conquer. “I like the story,” he says with a laugh. “I like it that this thing happened to me down there, we go back and hopefully we kick some butt. . . . I don’t know if you want to call it closure.This thing is closed, and I’ve been doing races for a long time. But it will be satisfying.” For more information on the Paraproject or to donate, visit paraproject.com.
A40 - North Shore News - Sunday, June 1, 2014
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