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NS Rescue wants updated funding model Tim Jones says rescue numbers climb as backcountry recreation increases

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AFTER successfully making their 54th and 55th rescues of the year and seeing other search and rescue groups struggling with high call volume, the head of the North Shore Rescue is calling for the province to offer more support. “What I want to do is open up a very, very meaningful dialogue within the SAR community and government saying ‘Listen, the model we have right now is from the 1970s, 1980s and early 90s,’” said Tim Jones, NSR team leader. “It’s not reflective of today where we have exponentially increasing recreation taking place throughout the province.” Specifically, Jones would like to see the province offer some money for: ■ standby pay for members of the busiest teams, ■ ensuring there is always a helicopter available when needed, and ■ setting up a communications network that will link up SAR teams. As the current cadre of SAR responders gets older, it’s getting hard to attract new members who can respond at a moment’s notice, Jones said, adding that offering on-call pay similar to what paramedics get might do the trick. “There’s a myriad of reasons why that guy might not be available, but if you can entice that individual with pager pay and he can make a stipend to stay there See Ottawa page 3

North Shore remains one of the safest places to live

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CITIZENS of the North Shore can rest easy knowing their communities are still among the safest in the province. Crime statistics recently released by Statistics Canada show the crime rates in both North Vancouver and West Vancouver remain below the provincial average, and are continuing to fall. Crime rates in the District of North Vancouver — measured at 4,185 incidents per 100,000 people in 2012 — and in West Vancouver — where the crime rate was 4,110 per 100,000 — were at less than half the provincial average, which was 8,872 incidents per 100,000 people last year. In the City of North Vancouver, crime was higher, with the rate measured at 7,545 per 100,000. See North page 5

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Most WV residents get satisfaction Municipal services get thumbs up but garbage, transit approval declines

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WEST Vancouver residents are happy with their library, their rec centres, their parks, their police and their arts programs. But when it comes to garbage collection, transit and traffic calming, service could stand improvement. Those are a few of the results from a West Vancouver survey conducted to determine satisfaction levels with municipal services. The district conducts the surveys every three years. This year the Mustel Group conducted the

survey of more than 700 residents in June. Residents who completed the survey were asked for their opinions on topics ranging from how the district should pay for services to whether they are in favour of coach houses. The conclusion: West Vancouver residents are for the most part a contented group, according to the survey results, with 80 per cent rating life in their bucolic berg as “good” and more than 90 per cent reporting they are either “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with the municipal services they receive. The highest approval ratings went to police, firefighters, the library, parks and trails, recreational services and arts programs. Residents were less than thrilled with their garbage collection. Satisfaction with that dropped from 95 per cent in 2010 to 79 per cent in 2013 — likely the result of a recent change limiting garbage pickup to every other week, according to the district. Numbers satisfied with bus service also dropped from 88 per cent to 82 per cent.

Other areas receiving a somewhat tepid response included the district’s efforts at engaging the community on various projects. Residents were also more critical than they have been in the past on the general value they receive for property taxes paid. Residents aged 65 and older were more likely to be happy with the value they received for taxes paid than younger residents. In 2012, the district collected about $54 million in property taxes towards its $123 million operating budget. Of that, almost $50 million was collected from residential taxpayers. Despite that, 40 per cent of those who responded would favour a tax increase to maintain services, if necessary. But another quarter of those responding said they’d only support a tax increase if it would lead to more services or infrastructure renewal. If they had to find other ways to pay for services, residents surveyed said they’d favour contracting out services, partnering with other North Shore municipalities or creating new

revenue sources (by renting out park space for events, for instance) if those measures made economic sense. In terms of specific initiatives asked about in the survey, residents also supported allowing coach houses in West Vancouver by a margin of two to one. Opinions were divided, however, on whether coach houses should be permitted throughout the municipality or permitted only in certain neighbourhoods. West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith described the survey as a snapshot that gives the district an idea of where the municipality is succeeding and where it needs improvement. Chief Const. Peter Lepine’s penned an open letter to the community in response to the survey. Read it at wvpd.ca/breaking-stories/6new/912-template. He said the results will help council and staff when it comes to making budget decisions. The survey cost the district approximately $12,000 to conduct.

Counselling ordered for video voyeur Jane Seyd jseyd@nsnews.com

A North Vancouver man who surreptitiously took photographs up women’s dresses with a camera hidden in a grocery store basket has been ordered to get counselling but will not have a criminal record.

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Ottawa should help too: Thornthwaite From page 1 on page and you get a good response, to me, that’s the goal of what we’re talking about,” Jones said. But rather than offer the pay to all of the province’s 2,500 SAR volunteers, Jones said the money should go to units with high call volumes and specific skills sets, and only at peak times. As for the helicopters, SAR teams currently run the risk that all available choppers will be in use by other agencies, especially during peak wildfire season. The satellite communications volunteers rely on are no match for radio communications, which would require serious infrastructure investment. Jones isn’t coy about the type of money he’s talking about but, he said, the conversation needs to start somewhere. “To get the communications up and running, a dedicated SAR helicopter, and standby wages, you’re looking at tens of millions of dollars to implement this,” he said. “Somebody has to step forward and say ‘We have to start thinking (about) a different model’ — because the current model is not going

to last.” Jane Thornthwaite, B.C. Liberal MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour, where many of NSR’s distress calls come from, said she would welcome Jones’ proposal and make the pitch for it with the appropriate ministry. “I would very much like to work with Tim with what the province could do. He’s got some really good suggestions.” Thornthwaite said. Though the federal government has recently been defunding the Canadian Coast Guard and relying more on the volunteer Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Thornthwaite said any discussions about funding improvements to SAR, would have to include the feds. “Everybody is in a crunch. That’s why we’d have to work together as far as priorities to find out what they need first, and perhaps there are opportunities for other levels of government, like the federal government, that we could work with,” she said. “We rely a lot on volunteers for many, many situations and we really respect them, but if the volume of cases is getting too high, I think that all levels of government should sit down and see what we can do.” The province provides $7 million in funding to B.C.’s 80 SAR groups. NSR is typically the busiest group in the province, though Squamish has surpassed them in calls responded to so far this year.

Kee Toy Joseph, 35, was handed a conditional discharge Friday and put on 18 months probation after pleading guilty to surreptitiously shooting video footage of women without their knowledge. The candid camera action happened on two occasions — Aug. 25 and Sept. 7, 2012 — at the North Vancouver Superstore, when Joseph’s activities were spotted by a security guard. Crown counsel Frances Gordon said on the first day, a store security guard watched Joseph looking at various women in the grocery store who were wearing dresses. In several cases, Joseph put his grocery basket down on the floor near the women’s legs, in a seemingly deliberate placement, as the security guard watched. Joseph repeated the same pattern in several departments, including the bakery, seafood counter, meat department and grocery aisles. The security guard was suspicious but wasn’t able to stop Joseph before he left the parking lot. But the same security guard spotted Joseph up to the same tricks in the store again on Sept. 7. This time, the guard could clearly see a camera lens had been hidden in the grocery basket. Police were called and Joseph immediately confessed to his activities, saying he didn’t know why he had done it. Gordon asked for a suspended sentence, noting the “invasion of privacy” involved for strangers who were minding their own business in the store. Joseph’s defence lawyer Matthew Nathanson argued for leniency, noting Joseph has no criminal record and has suffered several traumatic events in recent years — including the murders of both his father and uncle — which a psychiatrist said had likely caused him to act out of character. Nathanson said Joseph has expressed “shame and surprise” at his own behaviour. Judge Joanne Challenger agreed to give Joseph a discharge, saying his background was See Judge page 5


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North Vancouver crime declines by 8% From page 1 All North Shore communities saw a decrease in crime, according to the statistics, with the crime rate in the City of North Vancouver down more than 12 per cent from the previous year. Crime was also down eight per cent in the District of North Vancouver and about one per cent in West Vancouver. The trend in North Shore communities reflects falling crime rates across the country. According to Statistics Canada, the policereported crime rate across Canada fell three per cent between 2011 and 2012. Crime rates have been consistently dropping since a peak in 1991. In 2012, the crime rate was at its lowest level since 1972, according to statisticians. The crime severity index, which measures the severity of crimes — weighing violent crimes more heavily, for instance — was also down three per cent in the last year. Both West Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver were among the B.C. communities with the lowest crime severity indices — with the severity of crime there measured at about half that of the province on average, putting suburban North Shore communities in the company of other apparently law-abiding boroughs like Comox, Qualicum Beach and Saanich. In the City of North Vancouver, the crime severity index was about three-quarters of the provincial average. According to Statistics Canada, the overall decline in the crime rate was driven by decreases in some of the most common offences, including break and enters, mischief, motor vehicle thefts and possession of stolen property.

In West Vancouver, statistics showed crimes like assaults, sexual offences and impaired driving were down last year while property crimes were up slightly. Both violent crime and property crime were down in the District of North Vancouver, along with impaired driving and drug offences, while fraud was up. Property crime and impaired driving were also down in the city. Graham Farrell, a professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University, said there are many competing explanations for the decline in crime — which has also been noted in the United States, United Kingdom and much of Europe. Some people have pointed to demographics and an aging population as the reason behind falling crime rates. Others have pointed to changes in policing techniques. Farrell said that accounts for some of the change. Farrell said one of the theories he favours is the increase in car security systems. In the past, car theft “was a volume crime and it has gone down dramatically,” he said. Farrell said there’s also often a link between car theft and other crimes. “You need a car to commit many types of crime,” he said. Farrell said crime tends to concentrate in certain areas — like urban corridors — because they have population density and transportation links. Farrell said a decline in crime hasn’t resulted in a reduction in police resources for several reasons. Forensic work is more complicated than it used to be, and paperwork like search warrants is much more time-intensive, he said. Farrell added many police calls aren’t in response to crimes — but are for other social issues like mental illness.

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SKING Victoria to consider spending tens of millions of dollars for something that wasn’t on the radar during the recent election seems like a long shot in a time when Premier Christy Clark is asking her cabinet to tighten ministry belts. But we’re not betting against North Shore Rescue’s Tim Jones achieving at least some of his goals with regard to a better communications system, dedicated rescue helicopters and oncall pay in certain circumstances. Jones makes a persuasive case: Outdoor recreation is increasing exponentially in our beautiful province, driven by an expanding population, tourism and an increasing awareness of the need for fitness. But as the backcountry attracts growing numbers of hikers, bikers and casual

walkers, the number of accidents increase and with it the demand for help from the province’s 80 volunteer search and rescue teams. While communications and transportation efficiency are topics that senior governments will doubtless be willing to discuss, on-call pay may be a tougher sell. But Jones is only suggesting that the busiest teams at peak times be eligible. He sees it as the difference between keeping younger members and losing them to job or family pressures. Jones and other senior members of North Shore Rescue have lengthy and invaluable experience of local geography and rescue techniques. But they are not getting any younger. Attracting and keeping younger members is key to the valuable, lifesaving service SAR teams provide.

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Pool levy neither effective nor fair

Should the municipality proceed with this levy, I will act to get full value from the water rate, and will cease to feel any compunction about using any amount of water within legal limits. For a service such as water supply to be successful, the municipality needs the goodwill of the citizens. If this highly discriminatory charge is levied, the district will certainly lose my goodwill. Far from saving water, I think you see water use increase. I hesitate to refer to a pool levy as a money-grab. After all, how many swimming pools can there be in North Vancouver? I certainly can see it as a move to take advantage of a group of citizens with little hope of public sympathy. William A. Paull, North Vancouver

Dear Editor: I am writing with respect to the potential levy of an additional water rate charge for owners of swimming pools in the District of North Vancouver. I think this is a very bad idea that will result in an increased use of water, not the savings expected. During about nine months of the year, I regularly pump rain water out of the pool. From January to April of this year, I pumped out 22 inches of water. I take care to use this rainwater, as needed, to vacuum clean the pool. In order to condition the water for swimming, I spend about $500 per year on the necessary chemicals. The main use of the pool is during the time water is fairly

scarce, but with the chemical additives, there is a strong motive to conserve treated pool water. All swimming pool owners are faced with the same issue. By the end of August, I will have vacuum-cleaned the pool twice. I need an inch of pool water to do this, or the equivalent of about three periods of lawn watering. This is about 20 per cent of the water I would be allowed to use if the area was planted as a lawn. I would contend that we use less water than most of our neighbours. Major cleaning procedures have always been done deliberately during months when the reservoirs are full to make best use of available water. For our pool this has been done three times in 20 years, never in summer.

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Capilano Pet Hospital’s closure saddens

Dear Editor: As a West Vancouver resident affected by the recent security breach in the District of West Vancouver’s computer system, I am appalled at the response by the District of West Vancouver leadership in informing those affected by this breach wherein direct debit bank account information was potentially compromised. They say they shut down the server on July 22, but they only informed me nine days later by email. Nine days. That is outrageous and gross negligence in my opinion. I immediately asked for a response by return email. I am still waiting for the courtesy of a response! Don French, West Vancouver

Dear Editor: I write regarding the Friday, July 19 story in the North Shore News, Pet Clinic Closure Shocks Owners, regarding the closure of Capilano Pet Hospital. I have been bringing my cats to Capilano Pet Hospital for more than 20 years. Years ago, I was introduced to these veterinarians by my mother-inlaw, who brought her cat there. Capilano Pet Hospital is an important part of this community. Eight thousand households in North Vancouver bring their pets to this friendly, skilled group of professionals. My present two cats had a difficult start in life, and the patience and persistence

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of the veterinarians and staff led to them being happy and healthy at 15 years old. I depend on the service offered at CPH, and am rather stunned by the closure of this facility. I won’t go to another veterinary service owned by Associate Veterinary Clinics; this company has made decisions that negatively impact my life, and that of my cats, as well as those of many citizens in this community. It’s also a sad day regarding fair treatment of workers if this veterinary clinic is being closed because of very recent unionization of staff. We will never know for sure. Laurie Parkinson North Vancouver

Try this amenity math Dear Editor: It seems so simple. The taxpayers, through their municipal council, create the value-added by upzoning a particular property. So 100 per cent of this added value should be captured by the municipality. The developer makes profits by adding value to the structure on the property. If the municipality wants the developer to create some public amenity, then the municipality needs to pay for that amenity. No fancy multi-factor equations. No focus on risk. No hiding the rationale for the value of the upzoning. If councillors believe that it is in the public interest to upzone a piece of property, they should do it, take the profit and use those funds to the benefit of the taxpayers. Robert G. Wyckham, former alderman West Vancouver

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Bring back photo radar on Lions Gate Bridge Bill Jeffries Contributing writer

THE Lions Gate Bridge is a wonderful antique. It serves its purpose admirably, given its limitations, and the upgrade carried out by the provincial government some 12 years ago should see the bridge through for at least another 40 years. There is a slight problem, however, and when that problem enters your life, many irritating things happen: you miss your flight, miss your boat, your concert, your wedding, your job interview — you name it. Or you end up in hospital. The removal of photo radar by the province in 2001 was a popular change, mainly because we all hated getting speeding tickets in the mail. Voters bought into it, drivers approved, and the Liberal landslide was proof that “you support photo radar at your peril.” These days, the NDP won’t even discuss supporting its return. Is there any chance that cancelling it was a “one size fits all” solution? Maybe there are certain places in the province where photo radar is actually a good idea, in fact, a very good idea. Dinner table chat commonly noted that the photo radar era bred much saner drivers and how quickly that sanity deteriorated once the radar was removed. I feel photo radar should be installed on the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley

Park Causeway road system. If you were trying to get somewhere on the evening of June 14, when there were three separate accidents on the bridge/causeway system in two hours, maybe you too will want to consider this modest proposal. On some days I see as many as five bridge/causeway accidents that go unreported: solo cars spinning out, crashing into a median, and driving off because they were able to. If they did not hit other cars who would know? The bridge/causeway averages one accident tying up traffic every day. The causes are the usual, including speeding or texting, but also rubber-necking from the bridge itself. None of the cameras currently on the bridge/causeway system can record accidents — they are “live-feed only.” The traffic jams are a mess for the Burrard Inlet Region; downtown and the North Shore come to a stop as cars back up and try to head for the other bridge. The closures can be as long as an opera. When an accident resulted in the death of a

cyclist in June, the entire bridge/causeway system was closed for four hours. Here’s a solution that requires two things: photo radar on each of the 27 green signal/light bridges on that road, and clear, very LARGE signage explaining to people what the speed limit is, and that they will be ticketed each and every time they pass one of the cameras when speeding — at $100 a pop that might be 27 tickets if you just kept speeding along. Not only would the provincial government get your $2,700 donation, but the savings to the City of Vancouver and the North Shore municipalities would be in the millions. It must

cost a minimum of $10,000 every time the bridge has to be closed, mainly in the time for paperwork, investigations, courts, tow trucks and who knows what else. I’ve been told by Vancouver police that during those long closures there is almost no policing capacity left in the entire downtown region. It takes six units out of the eight police units in the area to effect a closure of the bridge/causeway system. The overall math would probably be like this: savings of more than one million dollars per city annually, and a contribution to government of perhaps another million from people like me from fines. I drive above the

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Ron Thom exhibition West Coast Points East

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Kerry McPhedran, show curator Adele Weder and Max Weder West Vancouver Museum was the host site for a garden reception held on the evening of Wednesday, July 4 for the opening of its latest exhibition, West Coast Points East: Ron Thom and the Allied Arts. The show, guest-curated by Adele Weder and organized in partnership with Massey College at the University of Toronto and Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., celebrates Ron Thom’s contributions to West Coast architecture and his design work at Massey College and Trent University in Ontario. The exhibition runs until Sept. 21 at the museum located at 680 17th St. in West Vancouver.

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YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE to HOME & GARDEN

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Lawn Sprinkling Schedule: Mornings only (4-9 a.m.) wateringregulationsareineffect until Sept. 30. Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday or Saturday mornings. Oddnumbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday. Info: metrovancouver.org.

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Todd Major EACH year at this time the summer drought hits its stride and parches our gardens.

Fortunately there are several philosophies that promote water conservation and simultaneously promote plant health that everyone can practice. It is important to promote the word “philosophy” and not “product.” Most sound horticultural philosophies take advantage of nature’s rhythms to provide crop growing benefits. Soil protection is one such horticultural philosophy that facilitates the natural growth of soil life which is capable of improving and building soil structure and fertility. There is a direct correlation between soil structure and the amount of water a soil can hold. And thriving populations of soil bacteria and fungi help plants access far more water than plant roots alone. Soil protection practices must be in use all year to provide peak season benefits. It’s a permaculturist’s view for sure, one that is uncommon in the garden or landscape maintenance industry where soil protection is often disregarded in favour of cultivation, weeding the same weeds endlessly, herbicide spraying or the installation of useless landscape cloth. Close cropping is another soil protection technique that grows plants on a tighterthan-normal spacing to allow various plants to grow together. The resulting effect is a gorgeous rolling mosaic of foliage and flower beauty that

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GOOD watering practices will help gardeners conserve their water usage during the dry summer. Scan with Layar for Metro Vancouver regulations. covers the garden and soil. The benefit beyond beauty is the conservation of soil moisture by lessening evapotranspiration from the soil. Close cropping is not the same as overplanting. Overplanting is the unplanned ugly cousin to close cropping. Real close cropping anticipates and integrates plant growth rates and plant habits to provide foliage cover of the soil. For people who do not like their plants touching, this

idea is not for you. Mulching is another soil protection technique that also conserves water. If you haven’t mulched the garden recently, there’s no better time than during the annual summer drought. Summer mulching will provide immediate water conservation benefits. Any summer installed mulch should be thoroughly watered and soaked to help future rainfall penetrate the mulch.

Always mulch up close to the base of plants and apply the mulch uniformly. Most commercial mulches like bark or composted bark can be safely applied to ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials at three- to four-inch thickness. Wood chips from arboriculture cutting operations make the best mulch but supply is variable and limited. And no

The Fascinating World of Bears: Biologist David Cook is back by popular demand to speak about the American Black Bear, highlighting aspects of their management on the North Shore Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-8:45 p.m. at Parkgate library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration required: 604-929-3727. Art in the Garden — Show and Sale: In order to get the publictorediscoverthegardens, over 30 artists’ work will be displayed amongst the foliage

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HOME green guide From page 11 Aug. 17 and 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Park & Tilford Gardens, 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. GardenSmart Workshop — Fantastic Food Forests: Learn about what a food forest is, along with tips and pointers on perennial and edible landscapes Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at Queen Mary Community Garden, 230 W. Keith Road, North Vancouver. Fee: $8.25. Registration

required: 604-990-3755. Info:nor thshorerecycling. ca/programs/gardensmartworkshops. Walks in the Tropics — Birds of Bloedel: Learn about the variety of bird species that live in the Bloedel Conservatory dome in Queen Elizabeth Park, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $15/$10. Registration required: v a n c o u v e r. c a / v a n d u s e n / adulteducation/adult.htm. Beginner Herbalism Classes: All ages are welcome to start herbal learning in a medicine garden and kitchen Saturdays,

Aug. 24 and Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m. in the Hamilton Heights area, North Vancouver. Free, space is limited. Registration: Heidi, miss_dandelion@hotmail.com. All in the Family: A program for families with children ages five to 11 Sunday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1:30-3 p.m. at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. Fee: $25 per non-member family or $15 per member family. Registration required: 604-718-5898 or familyprograms@vandusen. org. See more page 18

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RIITTA Peirone (left), Danyne Johnston and Tilly Watson of the North Shore Artists’ Guild invite the public to attend the Park and Tilford Gardens Art Sale and Exhibition Aug. 17 and 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. Join 24 artists in celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Park and Tilford Gardens. Visitors can view paintings and listen to live music as they wander through the park’s three acres. Free admission.

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Water conservation is in the public interest From page 11 one has started a commercial wood chip mulch business yet. If you practise the philosophy of soil protection and want to use natural rhythms, then an example would be to mulch with fall’s leaves to provide drought protection during summer. Even with soil protection practices in use, watering is usually needed in most gardens at some point during summer’s drought which has been unusually long this year. Good watering practices are not complicated but they do require disciplined application. The simple techniques like timing, days of the week and proper sprinkler type for the garden are generally known. But volume control still remains elusive for many residential and commercial landscapes. I visited apartment complexes on the UBC campus this year that had sprinklers running during April’s rains which resulted in flooded gardens, drowned plants and compacted soil. Then there’s the common but ineffective practice of sprinkler systems running 15 minutes each cycle applied three or four times a week. Best watering practices apply water when the air is going into a cooling phase i.e. during the evening, while applying sufficient water volume to penetrate to a reasonable root depth. The deeper the water penetrates into the soil, the more particles of soil there are to absorb

water and hence more water for plants. Regardless of the watering system in use, proper calibration should be done to control the volume to suit the soil and plant types. Calibration is as simple as running the sprinkler(s) once for a specified time period. Afterward, dig test holes throughout the watered area and see how deep the water has penetrated the soil. Make time adjustments according to the results of the test holes and you’ll know how much water you are applying. It is likely that widespread water metering will eventually be in use throughout British Columbia. Many municipalities have been installing water metres in new construction for several years now but not billing the metered quantities, at least not yet. Water conservation should be top of mind for all members of a civil society. Our region currently has a good water supply but that will not always be the case in the future because population growth is a water hungry beast. It is important to remember that conservation is in the public’s interest and cheaper than building expensive new infrastructure. So water carefully and accurately it will benefit your plants and the rest of us. Todd Major is a journeyman horticulturist, garden designer and builder, teacher, skills trainer and organic advocate. For advice, contact him at stmajor@shaw.ca.


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HOME BUILDING BY DESIGN

Proper insurance crucial when building new home Dalit Holzman Contributing Writer

WITHIN new home construction one of the most misunderstood matters of business is the area of insurance.

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HOMEOWNERS are ultimately financially responsible for anything that happens on their property.

For many of us, conversations centred around liability, deductibles and indemnification are invitations to the sweet Land of Nod; however, insurance is an undeniably crucial component of building a new home. Regardless of personal bent, it is vital for all the members of the project team (homeowner, contractor, subcontractor, architect, engineer) to educate themselves on the layers of responsibility (and resulting myriad policy types) involved in their specific build. Above all, it is essential for the homeowner to remember that he is ultimately financially responsible for anything that happens on his property, warns Gord Thompson of gtinsurance.ca. This isn’t to say that the homeowner is on the hook for the quality of the contractor’s workmanship, but it does mean that he has a highly

vested interest to understand how to protect himself. During the initial stage of pre-construction (when the land waits patiently for design and permitting), the property owner holds site liability insurance. Once site preparation begins (see my stages of construction checklist from two weeks ago), the owner continues with her site liability insurance and the contractor and subcontractors hold general liability insurance. The general liability insurance covers for bodily injury, property damage or personal injury occurring during the contractor’s operations and on completed operations. This creates overlap with WorkSafeBC coverage (that must be held by every contractor and subcontractor working on a project) onto which the homeowner must be added as an additional insured party. At the point that the site is fully prepped and footing/ foundation framing is about to begin, course of construction insurance must start. This policy will run throughout the project, past lockup until full completion, and protects against any direct physical loss to the building

under construction. It covers construction materials stored on and offsite, as well as those in transit. The limit of insurance must be 100 per cent of the cost to rebuild the finished structure, and it’s important to note their common clause invalidating the policy if no work is done for 30 days. A course of construction policy can be initiated by either the property owner or the builder; however, the cost of the policy, as well as the ultimate financial responsibility should inadequate coverage exist, are borne by the property owner. Upon completion of the project, the course of construction converts to standard home insurance held by the owner. From Gord Thompson’s years of experience, he warns of what he sees to be the most common mistakes that property owners building their own homes make: n Not notifying the insurer about plans to build a new home: many home insurance policies can be extended to new construction n Not starting the insurance until after the home is framed: insurers will charge back to the date

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Barb Lunter IT’S always fun to put a contemporary twist on outdoor serving ideas. Incorporating elements of nature is a great way to add a little pizazz to your dining table. Everything from adding edible flowers to your salads to using leaves and twigs for serving purposes is at your fingertips during these warm months. This summer, try a fresh and modern approach to your table’s presentation. Instead of using a traditional salad bowl for your salad, integrate few floral vases to hold the additional vegetables.

The look is very chic and it takes just minutes to assemble. Four or five clear, short flower vases are all you need for this idea. It’s best to mix and match square and round vases if you can. Plan out ahead of time which vegetables you wish to serve and place one single variety in one vase. Keep the types of vegetable separate from each other in individual vases. Add your lettuce in a large bowl at the end of the table with an assortment of dressings. Another cute idea is to use twigs from your trees as barbecue skewers. It’s best to use the ones that have fallen on the ground rather than clipping live branches if possible. Clean the branch of any small twigs and remove the outside bark with a small paring knife or vegetable peeler. Wash the twig thoroughly before use. Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. Contact Barb at barb@ lunter.ca or follow her on her blog at lunter.ca.

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MEMBERS of the North Shore Ultimate League lost some sleep but gained some donations for charity during a nationwide ultimate Frisbee game earlier this summer. The Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game moved from coast to coast and city to city, starting in Yellowknife, to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Christie Lake Kids in support of ultimate development programs. The 29-hour event, now in its fourth year, started on Friday June 14 at around 10 p.m. and ended at 3 a.m. on Sunday June 16 in Nanaimo. There were 26 teams involved and each one was then split into a red team and a white team. Scores were carried from game to game and one team to another. The North Shore team, which played at Windsor secondary, picked up the game from Kamloops at around 1 a.m. on June 15, with the red team leading 35-32. The North Shore squads played for an hour and the white team quickly recovered, finishing the game with a 47-46 lead. The game was then paused and the St. John’s, N.L. team took over and play continued from there back across the country. The final score, 275-258, saw white winning the overall game. The NSUL is a co-ed group of players of all ages and skill levels that help to promote ultimate Frisbee, as well as contribute to the North Shore communities. ••• A North Vancouver resident and Simon Fraser University grad has not only earned his degree but received distinction for his hard work. Jimmy Peterson, who graduated from Simon Fraser University in June, was presented with the Governor General’s Silver Medal for having one of the highest grade-point averages among all SFU undergraduates. When Peterson started school, he was originally set on earning a business degree and then continuing on to become

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Walking to school teaches responsibility I love the summer. I love it for a lot of reasons, but one is the reduced traffic around schools. During the school year, perfectly healthy kids are being driven to and from school causing major traffic jams. It can be a nightmare. But worse is that it’s not the best thing for the kids. Parents have many reasons for driving their kids. It fits their schedule; they feel the kids will be safer, they stay warm and dry. But, we are not doing them a favour and need to seriously consider opening the front door and letting our child out to make the walk to school on his own. There are a number of

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reasons why this is a good parenting decision. The first is easy to understand. Kids who are walking to school are getting fresh air and exercise twice every day. They are likely not just walking, the average child

will be skipping, running and jumping. They will be flexing their muscles. And after spending the night in bed or the day at a desk nothing could be healthier for a growing youngster. Our parenting job is to raise our children to become capable young adults. Children who do not know how to get themselves from one place to another have a challenge becoming capable. If they have learned that their parents will take them everywhere they will have problems going downtown for job interviews, getting on a plane to head to the postsecondary institution of their choice or simply going out to a movie with friends. It’s a process. First they walk to school, then they

may need to take a city bus to middle or high school, then they go to the mall on the bus with their friends. Being able to get themselves from one place to another is their responsibility. When we make sure they have all the information they need to go where they need to go, they take on the responsibility to make it happen. When we do it for them, they do not need to be at all responsible for their activities. If we want our kids to grow to be responsible adults, it’s important that we start with the small things when they are school age. Then when they need to take responsibility for larger

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have good drainage, says Van Helden, and plants should be chosen that fit the space and work well together.

Container gardening is helping produce tiny garden havens for those with limited space and resources. They are easy to create and can give smallspace gardeners enjoyment season after season.

“I love using perennials mainly because (they’re) very sustainable, they keep coming back over and over again,” she says, adding evergreens can act as anchors throughout the season. Annuals can be swapped out seasonally for continuous colour.

Giorgia Van Helden, a former North Shore resident and owner of GardenUp, a Vancouver-based company specializing in small-space gardening, says whether it’s full sun or partial shade, there are plants for every type of sunlight.

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Once a retaining system and stairs have been established, it’s time to create an outdoor living space that will act as an extension of the home.

To make a property more usable and functional, the first step is to level out the ground, says Holland. Retaining walls, which can be constructed out of a variety of stackable stones or landscape blocks, restrain soil between two different elevations. Holland says the pressure-bearing walls will not only make a property seem larger and more entertaining,

“Property prices are so expensive, so it’s nice sometimes to add a little bit more square footage, or living square footage, in an outdoor atmosphere,” says Holland.

along pathways, adding a water feature to drown out traffic noise, or installing an outdoor fireplace for an extra cosy feeling. Meanwhile, wooden pergola structures (archways providing shaded walkways or sitting areas) can offer shade and added privacy from neighbours. When it comes to overall landscape design, Holland

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PARENTING

Accompany your child for the first few trips on her own. Okay, you will likely want to go all the way with her on the first day, but then let her go. If there are other kids in your neighbourhood, talk to their parents and arrange for the kids to walk together. It’s important and will benefit your kids. Let them walk to school.

So, now is the time to take the bull by the horns and determine what you need to do to ensure that your child has the skills and knowledge to get herself safely to and from school. Step outside with her and start walking and while you walk, talk. Tell her why you chose this route and point out the homes of friends. Teach her to stay on the sidewalk and to look both ways before crossing the street. Go into any local stores so that the storeowners know and recognize your child. Then after a few trips, have her take the lead and you follow. It’s a process and by the first day of school she will be ready to make the trip

From page 25 decisions, they will be ready. All of this combines to be part of the picture of helping children develop high self-esteem. When our child can look at himself in the mirror and know that today he got himself to and from school, that he arrived on time and that he had a good time doing so, he feels good about himself. When she’s getting regular exercise she will feel better physically and this leads to her feeling good about herself. Being healthy and successful go a long way to a child’s positive selfimage.

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Finding the right balance MARGARET-ANNE SPEAK Contributing writer

For many years children were marginalized in society and encouraged to speak only when spoken to.Things have changed.The pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and children are now at the epicentre of both parental and societal concern. The burgeoning field of extracurricular activities for children is one small example. With the best of intentions, and with the encouragement of many benefiting organizations, parents seem convinced that busy is better and often over-schedule their children and, in the process, themselves. As September and the

new school year approaches, here are a few things to consider before signing up the kids. First and foremost, your child will likely benefit more from a calm and consistent parent than from a season of soccer. Ask yourself this: How many hours in a week can I devote to my child’s activities and still maintain my sanity? There are a number of considerations that should go into this assessment.

1 What is your reason for putting your child in any particular activity? Have you felt pressured by the trend in this direction or is this a decision that you have made independent of influence and with a clear belief that this commitment will benefit your child’s development? 2 Is your partner (if you have one) on board with your decision and aware of the commitment involved? If not and you decide to go ahead, do not count on his/ her assistance or co-operation. This will be something you will need to be up for carrying on your own.

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Why do kids need sleep? The body repairs itself while we sleep. Our immune system is most active during the night, allowing the body to repair. Growth hormone is also secreted at this time. What’s a good amount of sleep for kids? A good amount of sleep is from nine-12 hours per night. The average is about 10. How does lack of sleep affect schoolage children? A poor night’s sleep affects brain function. Children and adults can make poor choices if they do not sleep properly including reaching for energy drinks, caffeine and sugar as a means of instant energy. Poor sleep can lead to poor confidence, difficulty focusing, irritability and lack of motivation to engage in sports and after-school activities. Schoolwork and homework can both be difficult if a child is not rested and mistakes are more easily made. Hyperactivity and irritability can also be seen in the classroom with an inability to focus and follow instruction. How could lack of sleep affect the morning routine? Children will resist waking up in the

morning if they are not rested. Our body produces cortisol in the morning to serve as our natural alarm clock. Chronic poor sleep puts stress on the body and normal hormone production is thrown off. If a child has not had adequate rest they may avoid breakfast, have an upset stomach or anxiety, or they may want a sugary breakfast, which will worsen the fatigue. What would be some signs that parents could watch for that would indicate a child is not getting enough sleep? Irritability in the morning, dark circles under the eyes, difficulty focusing at school, resistance going to bed (fears or bad dreams may be keeping them from sleeping properly), trouble staying awake during the day, frequent colds and flus. How can parents know if they are not getting enough sleep? Adults will under-perform at work, and may get frequent colds and flus. Can lack of sleep also affect your physical health? If so, how? Lack of sleep can be especially harmful for one’s health leading to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, poor motor skills (driving without paying attention), and it can also accelerate the aging process. – ROSALIND DUANE

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We asked nine-yearold Derek Ohlhauser and his seven-year-old brother Trace what they like best about school and what they are looking forward to in the new school year.

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Ambleside Orchestra rehearses Wednesdays, 3:15-5:30 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. Intermediate level of musicianship required. Bring a music stand. Info: David, 604-922-1035. Caroun Photo Club: Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. at the Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Visitors are welcome. Info: carounphotoclub.com. Circle Dance: Learn easy dances with music and steps from many traditions the second Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m. (arrive 6:45 p.m.). Admission by donation. Registration and location: Wendy Anne, 604-988-3522. Dare to be Heard, presented by the North Shore Writers Association, meets the first Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North

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ANITA Amini and John Nia get ready for the first annual Zombie Dance on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. on the west sidewalk of Lonsdale Avenue between 19th and 20th streets. Presented by mid-Lonsdale business groups, the event features zombie music, a zombie fashion show and other undead attractions. Money raised will go to the North Shore Harvest Project. Call 604-985-7197 for info. Vancouver. The association invites writers of all genres, fiction and non-fiction, to read their work in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere and to listen to other writers share their work and talk about the writing process. Readers are invited to attend to get to know established and new local writers. Free for members and non-members by donation.

Deep Cove Ladies’ Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and last Wednesday of each month at Lions Garey Ham Court, 936 Bowron Court, North Vancouver. New members are welcome. Info: Sally Scott, 604-924-1923. The Dutch Koffieclub meets the third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon at the

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YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE to EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE

N. India meets W. Van Romancing the Stove Angela Shellard

Cobbling together a peach treat

Chris Dagenais Contributing writer

IN 2007 I spent a month in India. I travelled alone mostly though the north of the country, traversing a 1,500 kilometre span from Delhi to Kolkata. During that time I pursued a program of unreserved consumption of regional food specialties, from humble street fare to celebrated restaurant cuisine; if a dish looked or smelled good, or if it had been identified as a signature recipe of the region, I ate it. The result was that I experienced some of the most memorable meals of my life on that trip. Remarkably, despite my voracious appetite, I returned to Canada nearly eight kilograms lighter. Also of note was my newfound appreciation for vegetarian food. During my entire trip to India I ate meat on just five occasions, but at no point did I feel like any meal was deficient. I think that Indian cuisine more than any other does a phenomenal job of transforming vegetables and pulses into dishes that sing. There is a complex interplay of spices and seasonings at work and subtle differences in the blended proportions of the exact same ingredients can radically differentiate the culinary style of one region of India from the next, or even the traditional recipes of one family from another. It is this unrivalled proficiency in the art of blending flavours that keeps me coming back for

I can’t think of any food that symbolizes summer more perfectly than a ripe juicy peach. The fuzzy little orbs with their sun-kissed blush of pink are so fragrant and have such sweet nectar. While eating a perfect peach with the juice running down your wrist is nothing short of heaven, peaches are wonderful to cook with too, and they make delicious preserves and chutneys. To peel peaches easily, cut a shallow “X” in the base with a small sharp knife. Submerge the peach in boiling water for 30 seconds. With a slotted spoon, transfer it to a bowl of ice water for about 10 seconds, then peel off the skin. If you’re not going to use the peeled peaches right away place them in a mixture of four cups of water and one-quarter cup of lemon juice to prevent them from going brown. You can substitute nectarines for the peaches in any of the following recipes.

Peach Melba Jam NEWS photo Cindy Goodman

MAURYA Bistro offers a menu brimming with fare from northern India, including a dense and silky palak paneer and rich lamb shahi korma. Indian food time after time and that recently prompted me to try the cuisine at Maurya Bistro in West Vancouver with my frequent companion taster, DJ. Maurya has been open for about nine months now.

The interior of the restaurant is elegant and inviting, with hardwood flooring and tasteful décor. On my visit the service staff told me that the restaurant has begun to develop a steady following for its northern Indian dishes.

I am glad to learn that they have carved out a niche audience for themselves as I think West Vancouver must surely be a challenging market for a new Indian restaurant. See Maurya page 40

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Maurya serves generous portions From page 39 Anyone who has spent any time on the North Shore can confirm that the area enjoys some truly exceptional Indian food, with well-established favourites like Palki Indian Restaurant, Handi Cuisine of India, and Mumbai Masala offering up consistently delicious fare. Our meal at Maurya consisted of two vegetarian and two meat-based dishes. When assessing the quality of northern Indian food I tend to use one commonly prepared dish as a yardstick: palak paneer. This ubiquitous dish consists of spinach (palak) and paneer, a firm, traditional Indian fresh cheese that lends itself exceptionally well to cooking as it doesn’t melt. The spinach is typically transformed, with the addition of a handful of spices and seasonings, into a thick curry with a surprisingly

robust flavor; morsels of seared paneer add texture and richness. In my opinion, palak paneer is a reliable measure of a restaurant’s culinary prowess as it is an easy dish to mess up. Poor examples of the dish abound, typically marked by a thin, watery texture or a bland and forgettable flavor profile. Maurya’s palak paneer was excellent, with a dense, silken texture and a notably generous amount of golden seared paneer. The second vegetarian dish was chana masala, or chickpeas in spicy tomato sauce. The chickpeas retained a pleasant al dente texture and the masala, which we requested to be prepared “hot,” delivered just enough chili bite to warrant the steady flow of nicely sweetened chai. On the non-vegetarian side we sampled Shrimp Vindaloo, a hot and tangy curry made with plump, juicy prawns and

potatoes in a coconut-based gravy. The final dish was an extraordinarily rich lamb shahi korma, tender morsels of lean and tender lamb cooked in a cashew sauce. The sauce on the lamb featured dominant, but not overwhelming, flavors of black cardamom and garlic, which provided a nice contrast to the other, principally tomato-based sauces. Lovely strips of hot, buttered naan bread helped mop up the spicy sauces, while a tart and chilly raita, yogurt prepared with cucumber and spices, helped temper the heat. I learned while eating in India that raita is an integral part of almost every meal because the active ingredients in the yogurt apparently help to preserve the stomach’s natural flora and can temper the adverse reactions to fiery and fragrant spices that some eaters of Indian cuisine experience.

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CHEF Nihal Rawat, manager Surendra Kumar Lama, owner Dharam Pal Sharma, and chef Ravindra Raturi bring Maurya’s eclectic flavours to Marine Drive diners. It must be said that Maurya’s portions are exceedingly generous; our dinner of four curries and naan fed us on two more occasions after our initial meal. Maurya’s biodegradable take-home containers make

re-heating meals a snap. Our bill, before taxes and gratuities, was $65. Maurya is located at 1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. Phone: 604-9228007. mauryabistrorestaurant. com

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Ginger gives upside-down cake hint of zest From page 39

masher to make three cups. In a separate bowl, mash the raspberries to make two cups, then add them to the peaches along with the lemon juice. Mix pectin with one-quarter cup of the sugar, then stir into peach mixture. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining sugar and return to a full rolling boil; boil hard, stirring, for one minute. Remove from heat and skim off foam. Using a funnel, pour jam into sterilized one-cup canning jars, leaving one-quarter inch headspace. Cover with sterilized lids. Screw on bands just until you meet resistance, then increase to fingertip tight (i.e. don’t tighten lids as hard as you can). Process jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. Makes about eight jars.

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is smooth, scraping bowl occasionally. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and stir until just combined. Transfer the peaches to a greased, eight-inch square baking pan; drop rounded tablespoons of dough evenly over the fruit, leaving spaces for the dough to expand. Bake until fruit is bubbling and crust is golden, about 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Makes six servings. Angela Shellard is a selfdescribed foodie. She has done informal catering for sports and business functions. Contact: ashellard@hotmail.ca.

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what’s going on From page 37 Gleneagles Scottish Country Dance Club: Experienced classes every Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Hollyburn Elementary, 1329 Duchess Ave., West Vancouver. Info: Simon, 604-925-9333. Meals on Wheels needs volunteers on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings. Info: 604-922-3414 or northshoremealsonwheels.org. North Shore Chamber Orchestra meets Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Sutherland Secondary, 1860 Sutherland Ave., North Vancouver and is looking for new string players (especially bass players). Info: jeanaireland1@hotmail.com or 604-980-3132. North Shore Chorus meets Wednesdays, 7:15-9:45 p.m., at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver. New members are welcome. Info: 604985-2559, nschorus.com or audreyowen@shaw.ca. North Shore Toastmasters Advanced Leaders meet every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Second Floor, 145 Chadwick Court, North Vancouver. Info: quayspeakers. com. Sing Along Wednesdays: “Mr. Music” Peter Vanderhorst will play the piano to lead a sing along of favourite songs the first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon at the Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Song books will be provided. Drop-in fee: $5 at the door. Info 604-925-7292 or silkpurse.ca. SpeakerHub Toastmasters meets every Wednesday, 5:457:15 p.m. in the Education Centre at St. Andrews United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Vancouver. The organization is dedicated to help others improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly supportive environment. Guests are welcome. Info: justin.dyer@ shaw.ca.

Between the Sheets: This Deep Cove book club meets the first Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. Each member recommends a book and they take turns hosting discussions in their homes. New members welcome. Location and info: Adele, 604-929-5621 or billadele@shaw.ca Bingo: Every Thursday, 6-10 p.m. at the North Shore Alano Club, 176 East Second St., North Vancouver. Info: 604987-4141. byoV (bring your own voice) Community Choir is now accepting registrations for the 2013/2014 year. The year is divided into three terms that cost $40 each, with rehearsals on Thursday nights

from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. The choir sings all kinds of music and emphasizes singing for the joy and love of singing. Info: lynnvalleychurch. com or 604-987-2114.

Westcoast Family Resources Society North Shore offers a free group on Thursday mornings. Call Nancy at 604417-3406 for information, time and venue. — compiled by Debbie Caldwell

Chancel Choir: New members are invited to join the choir which practises on Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Vancouver. No experience necessary. Info: st-andrewsunited.ca or 604-985-0408.

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Community Connections Program: Make a newcomer feel more welcome in the community. North Shore Multicultural Society, 207123 East 15th St., North Vancouver is looking for volunteers to participate in a variety of community events with newcomers. Recruitment is ongoing. For more information contact Sochell at 604-988-2931 or sochellr@ nsms.ca.

FROM left, musicians Martin Karlicek, Dorothea Hayley, Alejandro Ochoa, Manuel Laufer and Mana Shiraishi are participating in the 2013 Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver. Concerts will take place Aug. 14, 16 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20. Visit blueridgechamber. org for more information.

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Community Lunch: Come and enjoy lunch with other people in the neighbourhood, Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m. Hosted by the Sharing Abundance Association at St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Vancouver. Free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Info: st-andrews-united.ca or 604985-0709. Contract Bridge: Every Monday and Thursday, 12:303 p.m. in the Cedarview Room at Delbrook Community Centre, 600 West Queens Rd., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: $1. Info: 604-987-7529. Dads’ Parenting: Westcoast Family Resources Society offers a free group on Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Call Stephen at 604417-3407 for information and venue. Duplicate Bridge: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:454 p.m. in the Cedarview Room at Delbrook Community Centre, 600 West Queens Rd., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: $2. Info: 604-987-7529. Drop-in Fun Darts: Play darts every Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion #118, 123 West 15th St., North Vancouver. Free. Info: 604985-1115. Employment Mentoring Program: Learn how you can encourage and inspire someone in your profession to fulfill their potential. North Shore Multicultural Society, 207-123 East 15th St. North Vancouver is looking for volunteers to share your passion for your career. Recruitment is ongoing. For more information contact Homa 604-988-2931 or homas@nsms.ca. English Classes: Free English as a second language (ESL) classes are held Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 941 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Info: 604657-0908. Family of Origin Parenting:

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NORTH Shore rugby players are putting on quite a show this summer, from youth squads winning national titles all the way up to senior stars gunning for World Cup spots. Close to home, the B.C. U16 provincial team scored a national title last weekend at Rugby Canada’s National Championship Festival held at the University of British Columbia. The North Shore’s Andrew Jones, Jackson Claridge, Nick Frost, Elias Ergas, Jake Musgrove, Liam Doll and Liam Mahon all suited up for Team B.C. 1 (Yellow) as they stormed their way to the championship final where they blasted team Ontario 50-0. The win was made that much sweeter because it came in front of home fans, said Doll, a 16-year-old heading into his Grade 11 year at Carson Graham secondary. “Not a lot of kids get the chance to have their families come see them in a provincial uniform, see them playing for that crest on their heart,” he said, adding that winning gold made all the work the players put in this summer worthwhile. “It’s a sport that I love to play. All the guys there, they love to play rugby. That’s why they chose to try to make that team and hopefully win a medal for our province. It’s a rewarding way to spend your summer when you get that result with all of the friends you’ve fought with, all the coaches.” The squad’s biggest scare came in the first game in the tournament when a tough Alberta team came at them hard. “They really surprised us — they stuck to the fight, they really showed us what it was like to play in that tournament and what we needed to bring our level to,” said Doll. The locals eventually took the lead and held on for a 12-0 win. From there B.C. cranked it up, winning all of their remaining matches by no fewer than 22 points, including a 25-3 win over that same Alberta team in the semifinals.

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The Twins blasted the hometown Langley Junior Blaze 7-2 in the championship final Sunday evening with Will McAffer pitching a complete game, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out nine in seven innings. Manny Restrepo led the way at the plate in the win, going three-for-three with a walk, a run and four RBIs. The win was the third in one day for the Twins as they scored must-win

playoff victories over the Abbotsford Junior Cardinals Sunday morning and the Vancouver Junior Cannons Sunday afternoon. “Winning three games in a day can be intimidating,” said Junior Twins head coach Parker Kynoch in a release. “The guys did a good job of staying in the moment pitch to pitch and really supported one another.” Restrepo led all hitters with seven RBIs during the playoffs while pitcher Braeden Toikka, who earlier this season threw a no-hitter, was near perfect again in the playoffs, scoring two wins without giving up an earned run. Toikka allowed just nine hits and one walk while striking out 14 in 12 innings.

The team is the junior complement to the North Shore Twins of the B.C. Premier Baseball League. The Junior Twins finished first in the regular season with a 35-9 record in a season that was also highlighted by a 21-game winning streak. Matthew Reyes and Noah Ritchie were the top two hitters in the BCJPBL regular season with .414 and .392 batting averages, respectively, while Toikka finished second in the league in wins and strikeouts. “We could not be more proud of this group of players,” said Kynoch. “From day one we knew we had a quality group of guys and they stuck with the plan (throughout) the season and were rewarded for their hard work.” — Andy Prest

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NORTH Shore Junior Twins pitcher Taylor Wright lets fly during a recent BCJPBL game at North Vancouver’s Parkgate Park. The Junior Twins won their first league title Sunday in Langley.

to get the points in. We were really confident by the end of the game and able to run everything we wanted to do from the beginning of training camp. It was a great result.” The squad was dominant because it was a team full of leaders hand-picked from schools and clubs across the country, said Doll, himself the captain of the regional U16 team that took home provincial gold earlier this summer. “Everybody could lead,” he said. “We had a great captain in Josh (Thiel) but everybody, if it was the time and point, we could all step up and make a play. We really believed in each other, we were able to do things that we wouldn’t have with our club teams or our school teams because we knew that guy had our back. We knew he’d catch us or make that tackle beside us if we failed. We weren’t afraid to make mistakes, we trained like that and the coaches instilled that in us. We had a great group of coaches.” This is the second national win for Doll as he helped the U14 provincial team win gold a couple of years ago. This group of players has something special, he said. “I think we can be a special team for the future if we keep playing,” he said. “The coaches really instilled a mindset in us that everybody was coming out to beat us and we just had to play rugby, not to worry about that. . . . Everybody wants to beat B.C. after what we do to them in our games. You could see it — those teams would come on and they’d give us a really hard fight all the time, no matter what the score was. They’d never lie down.” In other action at the festival Isabel Schlyecher of Carson Graham helped the

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