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1,900 Arctic kilometres by rowboat Adventurers home after exhausting trek

Brent Richter

IF you’re still wavering on whether the climate is warming the planet and changing the environment, talk to North Vancouver adventurer Kevin Vallely. Vallely, along with fellow North Vancouver filmmaker Frank Wolf and crew Paul Gleeson and Denis Barnett, spent weeks in close quarters aboard a custom-built rowboat traversing 1,900 kilometres of the fabled Northwest Passage — a trip previously only possible aboard hulking icebreaker ships. After making it almost twothirds of the way from Inuvik to Pond Inlet, the expedition dubbed Mainstream Last First came to an end before Labour Day weekend when rough weather put the crew a risk. “The original intent was to travel 3,000 km to Pond Inlet and boy, I’m amazed we photos Mainstream Last First made it 1,900 to be honest. It was really, really challenging CREW members on the Arctic Joule struggle to anchor the rowboat to the ice. Scan this photo with the Layar app to see more conditions with high winds and photos and video from the expedition. really erratic weather,” Vallely people up there, there’s no debate. It’s happening. It’s happening said. Had they made it, it would have been the first time humans did quick,” he said With blisters, bruises and exhaustion, the rowers’ physical the trip entirely under their own power in a single season. The goal of the voyage, which was financed by Mainstream experience was harrowing, Vallely said. “It’s demanding, of course. You’re rowing 24 hours a day, Renewable Power, was to draw the world’s attention to the reality of open waters where there used to be ice. Critics and climate taking breaks. You’re sleep deprived. Your hands are sore. Your butt change deniers who followed their journey online posted dispiriting is sore. You’re not eating the food you want to,” Vallely said. But Mainstream Last First wasn’t as “ferocious” physically as comments and twisted it as a win for their ideology. But, while treacherous conditions meant they could not complete some other feats the adventurer has achieved, like sprinting to the South Pole or hiking across a frozen Siberian lake. Where this most the full length of the trip, Vallely said the message is no less valid. “You can’t point to anomalies. You have to point to hard, cold recent expedition set itself apart from others for the 48-year-old facts over a period of time, and the reality is the Arctic is changing Vallely was the mental and emotional strain it brought. “What this had and had a lot more of was real uncertainty and profoundly and even this year, on a bad year, they’ll have far less ice frankly in some ways, danger. The level of anxiety and uncertainty than they did 30 years ago,” he said. It’s the elders in the north that have the clearest perspective of related to big water — ocean, ice water — and not being fully how radical the change has been. Species of animals they used to in control,” he said. “You’re in an environment that’s incredibly subside on have moved on and Inuit villages have had to adapt and hostile and incredibly unforgiving with very little chance of rescue if learn to hunt new species coming farther north. EXPEDITION members from left: Paul Gleeson, Frank “You get this back and forth debate but if you speak to the See Things page 3 Wolf, Kevin Vallely and Denis Barnett.

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Things ‘change on a dime’ From page 1 things go wrong — and things change on a dime there.” There were, however, moments of serene beauty. “Those moments when the sea subsides and it’s absolutely gorgeous and warm and you’re sitting on the boat and rowing in this magic land of perfection, of mirror glass water and it doesn’t feel like the Arctic at all,” he said. Vallely and his crew, fresh from their first shaves and rests in normal beds, are now focused on sharing their story by making a documentary and giving public presentations, including one scheduled for North Vancouver’s Centennial Theater in November. “We want to share with the community and say, ‘Hey, this is what’s really happening up there.’ Sure, we got stymied for various reasons, but it doesn’t change the fact we were there seeing it first-hand and speaking to people first-hand and hearing what they have to say.”

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A retired West Vancouver firefighter found his regular morning walk took a turn for the unexpected Friday when he ended up in police custody.

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DENIS Barnett winches the Arctic Joule out of the frigid water for the night. The four-man crew spent almost two months rowing 1,900 kilometres through the Arctic to raise awareness about climate change.

ARCTIC Joule crew member Paul Gleeson watches the bow as the Mainstream Last First team manoeuvres around massive chunks of ice.

A curious but territorial grizzly bear fishes in the waters of the Arctic Ocean, one of many forms of wildlife encountered by the Mainstream Last First expedition.

Marcus Fisher, a West Vancouver resident, was walking over the Lions Gate Bridge shortly before 9 a.m. on Aug. 30 when Vancouver police put him in handcuffs and escorted him off the bridge. “I go over the bridge every morning for a walk, and it was raining and blowing a little bit out of the east,” said Fisher. “I was coming back from the south shore over to the North Shore and I stopped at the north tower to get out of the wind and rain for a minute and then I noticed all the traffic on the bridge behind me had stopped.” Fisher said he turned to look around the pillar at the traffic when the next thing he knew, two plain-clothed Vancouver police officers approached him. “Before I knew what was going on, they had me in handcuffs,” he said. According to Fisher the police told him an ambulance headingsouthboundhadspotted him on the bridge. “One of the See Police page 5

Rats migrating says LoLo resident

Anne Watson

A North Vancouver man is fighting a losing battle with pesky rodents that have invaded his yard.

NEWS photo Cindy Goodman

GEORGE Schwanke inspects his garbage cans that have been damaged by rats. Schwanke says the rodents can be seen in broad daylight since the Low Level Road construction started.

George Schwanke said he has lived in his fourplex in the 100block of St. Patricks Ave. since 2011, but for the first time this summer he and the other residents in the fourplex have noticed rats in their backyard. “We noticed in broad daylight rats coming around, out in the yard,” said Schwanke. “They go into our garbage, in fact one or two of them chewed up our plastic garbage cans to get in.” He said the rats have been spotted about six to eight times amongst the residents throughout the day, usually when they are sitting on the elevated back porch of their house. “We see them run down below us,” said Schwanke. “They run right by us to our driveway.” Schwanke blames the construction on the Low Level Road, which he thinks has forced the rats to immigrate into the neighbourhood. “When they ripped that big bank apart, that had to be infested with rats which were feeding across the road and tracks down there at the train storage,” said Schwanke. “It’s a perfect place for them.” Brad McRae, manager of bylaw services for the City of North Vancouver, said his department has not received any complaints to date of rats in the area. “Traditionally we do get complaints from time to time about rats in the community. We do live near the ocean, we do live near a few things that contribute to a rat habitat,” said McRae. See Maintain page 5

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ith municipalities across the Lower Mainland – including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and New Westminster, among others – participating in city-run food waste programs, one Canadian company has come up with a way to ease the composting process for residents. “The issue that crops up time and time again when you ask people to compost their kitchen waste in order to keep [organic material] out of the landfill is that it can, quite frankly, be a bit of a messy endeavour,” says Carson O’Neill, CEO of Bag To Earth Inc. “But the fact remains that these municipal food waste programs are a good idea. They really do work from an environmental perspective, so our aim is to make it easy and convenient – as hassle-free a process as possible – in order to encourage more participation.” He points to his firm’s Food Waste Bags, made from all-natural materials designed to disappear fully into the earth along with any

approved food scraps you toss into them. The bags, which come in two sizes, are comprised of a paper exterior lined with a patented natural fibre made from cellulose – a kind of “clear paper” that’s been in use for at least a century. “We’ve actually had consumers contact us after looking inside our bags and mistaking the lining for plastic, which, of course, it isn’t,” O’Neill states. “Cellulose is a 100% compostable material that will fully disappear back into the earth, just like the coffee grounds, eggshells, spaghetti sauce and banana peels you put into our bags. In other words, it helps to complete the organic loop.” Plastic bags, even those labelled biodegradable or compostable, he continues, have no place in an organic food waste program, as they actually “back up” the process. “Say you line the green bin that’s in your kitchen or the larger one on your curb with plastic and then you put your organics directly into that plastic for pickup,” he says. “What you end up with is a plastic bag sitting in the city’s compost site and backing it up because it’s a non-compostable material. It totally negates the purpose.” By lining your kitchen and/or outdoor bin with a Bag To Earth Food Waste Bag, however, all of the material – food waste and bag – that’s taken from your home by your municipality will return to the earth in its entirety. The question remains: why would any well-meaning resident put plastic inside a bin, when the contents of that bin are meant for compost? O’Neill says it often comes down to cleanliness. “Leftover food scraps can be slimy and stinky, and even those of us with the best intentions when it comes to the environment may be deterred from participating in a composting program due to the mess,”

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Bag To Earth Food Waste Bags are made from all-natural materials designed to disappear fully into the earth along with any approved food scraps you toss into them, thus helping to complete the organic loop. he says. “Our Food Waste Bags, however, solve this problem by keeping your bins clean and odour free.” Not only is the cellulose liner in every Bag To Earth Food Waste Bag totally leak-proof, keeping unpleasant smells from escaping is as simple as rolling down the top of the bag and sealing it with a clip or clothespin. Additionally, each Food Waste Bag’s flat bottom means it can either be placed in your green bin or set as a standalone right on your kitchen counter. “When the bag’s full, just run it out and put it in your curbside bin,” says O’Neill. “No need to dump it out; the bag goes right in and returns to the earth completely, from the lining to the tie … right down to the print on the exterior. And, if you wish, line your outdoor bin with one of our larger-sized bags. You won’t need to hose down the interior due to food scraps getting stuck on the sides and making a mess.” Each small Bag To Earth Food Waste Bag, one of which will last a family of four about a week (just enough time to fill and place curbside for pickup), costs approximately $0.50 – that’s just $26 a year. Again, O’Neill emphasizes the fact that “nothing about our Food Waste Bags compromises the composting aspect.” In fact, Bag To Earth relies on the success of municipally run food waste programs. “We follow these programs very closely and regularly update our website with the latest information from across the country,” he says. “Consumers are more than welcome to visit to find details about their local food waste program, as well as a list of retailers in their area that carry our products.”

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From page 3 ambulance attendants decided I looked like I was going to jump off the bridge so they called the cops,” said Fisher. Const. Brian Montague, spokesman for the Vancouver Police Department, said officers most likely would have handcuffed Fisher for safety reasons. “They spoke to him at length and determined that there was no evidence that the individual was trying to harm himself,” said Montague. “It was a misunderstanding.” Montague said the primary concern for police in this type of situation is to make sure individuals do not harm themselves. “Our officers made the determination that that wasn’t the case here,” said Montague. “They released him from custody. They do have powers under the mental health act to arrest someone who they believe might be a harm to themselves or others, and as soon as that’s determined not to be the case, they release them.” West Vancouver police spokesman Const. Jeff Palmer said they did assist the Vancouver police and even offered Fisher a ride home. Fisher said he’s been walking over the bridge for the past five years. “I’ve never been in handcuffs before, so I thought it was a novel experience and I just went along with it. I just figured ‘you guys will figure it out sooner or later because I really haven’t done anything wrong,’ and I guess they did figure out that I was who I said I was.”

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Maintain property says City From page 3 He said the bylaws currently in place put the onus on the resident to keep their property at a certain standard to avoid creating a nesting environment. “The resident who had an issue with it, if where these rats are nesting is getting disturbed, if it’s a park setting or what have you, if it’s getting disturbed then yes he’s probably going to see those things,” said McRae. “But as long as he keeps his property maintained and as long as he does not create an environment to attract them to be there, they won’t stay.” Schwanke said he had never seen a rat prior to the latest incident. He called the health department and has set traps baited with peanut butter to capture the critters. “It hasn’t worked so far,” he said. “They also say these beggars are pretty clever, they somehow evolve.” For residents that do observe rats on their property, McRae said they could always call bylaw services that can help them determine if there is anything luring the rats in the first place. “Things like trimming hedges, removing garbage from the side of the house, woodpiles, those types of things, which are a natural attractant to rats and other rodents, ” said McRae.

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A story in the Sunday Sept. 1 North Shore News, B.C.’s Oil Spill Readiness Challenged, stated “there was lack of local interest in their product,” which was inaccurate.

There was local interest from companies such as Vancouver-based Western Canada Marine Spill Response Corp, but no representatives from Environment Canada or the Canadian Coast Guard. The story also wrongly attributed a BP Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico to Enbridge.

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NFORTUNATELY many local government attempts to do the right thing often devolve into a “license and control it” approach. The result: the nanny state gets ever bigger and bylaw officers have another chapter of authority to study and implement. The town council of Sidney on Vancouver Island undoubtedly felt it was acting on behalf of its citizens when it forwarded a motion on the licensing and control of motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters to the Union of B.C. Municipalities for debate at its annual conference beginning Sept. 16. At the very least, council could be seen to be “doing something.” But really, what is envisaged? Will sidewalk strollers really be any safer from careless scooter drivers if the devices are licensed? Should we license

their riders too? At what cost to the user? Will scofflaw scooter riders “lose” their licence for making unsignalled turns or backing into the canned food display at the supermarket? Will impound lots need to grow in size? As the use of these mobility devices increases, would it not be simpler to limit their speed to say 4 km/h and to require them to have a working bell or horn? Education on their use to limit accident potential is also key. But do we really want to make our bylaw officers and police forces into scooter cops? There is a slightly better argument to be made for licensing cyclists if we are going down this road. Perhaps “licensing” and a number of costly pitfalls could be avoided if scooter riders were just required to carry valid identification and produce it on request.


NSR critic retracts statement

Dear Editor: Re: My letter regarding North Shore Rescue (NSR) published Friday, August 23, 2013. I deeply regret writing my earlier letter to the North Shore News as I made several factual mistakes and wrongly accused Tim Jones of improper conduct. My information on the Sébastien Boucher rescue was incorrect. I now appreciate that and apologize for any harm caused by my false allegations. I reviewed Jones’ reply to my letter as published in the Aug. 28 edition of the North Shore News and agree that his version of the events is correct. In addition, I wish to retract and apologize for any and all allegations that Jones was inaccurate or misleading with the public, or that he played fast and loose with the truth. I agree that there was full collaboration between the NSR and 442 Squadron. The two teams worked collaboratively on the rescue and successfully completed a very difficult assignment. It was inaccurate to suggest that NSR did not reach Boucher or required a rescue from Squadron 442. I commend both Squadron 442 and NSR for their tremendous skill and determination in this rescue. In summary, my previous letter was inaccurate; I retract it fully and apologize to Mr. Jones and the other team members of NSR. Paul Daniell North Vancouver

Who owns your life?

Dear Editor: Kudos to the North Shore News for supporting the Bentley family in their brave fight with the Fraser Health Authority to uphold Margaret’s wish to die with dignity. One can understand a


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MEMBERS of North Shore Rescue find missing snowboarder Sébastien Boucher and await extraction. hospital or care facility making an effort to extend life where there is a reasonable chance of recovery, but a line should be drawn when there is a clearly stated written wish that one’s life is not to be extended in certain cases. As Sue Rodriguez stated so succinctly some 20 years ago: “Who owns my life?” Nigel Barker North Vancouver

An unknown hero lifted me out of harm’s way

Dear Editor: On the Friday afternoon of Aug. 23, I was walking up St. Georges from 14th Street and when I came to the alleyway there was this very large truck coming out of the alley to make a turn onto St. Georges. There was a person on the street with a stop sign to stop the traffic and let this very large truck through. I watched the truck make the turn and I thought it would be safe for me to cross the alley behind the truck. But I didn’t see or hear what happened next. All of a sudden the truck started to back up. I was already walking behind the truck to get to the other side of the alley as I thought it would be clear. As I started walking I heard several people yelling, but I didn’t know what was going on. Apparently they were yelling at the truck driver to stop because I was behind the truck. Out of nowhere this big strong young fellow came along and literally picked me up and got me to the side of the alley where it was safe. He said the truck just about got me. People who witnessed this came to me after and said this young fellow saved my life because I was within a couple of inches of possibly being run over. I was so shaken I never even got this man’s name. I am a senior who has difficulty walking and I use a cane. I really need to thank this man for what he did. The people who witnessed this said that the man is a hero, no doubt about it. And I believe that. He probably saved my life. God bless you, my friend. I would like to speak with you personally. Lorne Dennis North Vancouver (Editor’s note: If the Good Samaritan reads this and would like to contact Mr. Dennis, we can put him in touch.)





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Beware media convergence and technology

“Really, what Rupert Murdoch managed to do was break the civil compact of this country through achieving a degree of control over the essential institutions of a free society: the press, the police and the politicians.” Carl Bernstein, 29 Sept., 2011

ARE Canadian privacy laws keeping pace with the risks posed by intrusion-style technology? If not, what can be done to remedy that and how fast can we do it? In his foreword to Dial M for Murdoch, Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein encapsulated what authors Tom Watson and Martin Hickman called the “corruption of Britain” by an Anglo-Australian media baron. In painful detail, the authors described how a man — loyal to no country — co-opted his son James and other enablers and ended up achieving what two world wars had not. Together, the pair used the power of Rupert Murdoch’s vast News Corporation — the tabloid News of the World, News Corp International, the Sun, News Corp Asia and

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Elizabeth James others — to systematically destroy Britons’ trust in the institutions that underpin their democracy. The Watson-Hickman book is not an easy read. Peppered with British terminology and enough names and quotes to require frequent checks of the opening dramatis personae, the reader imagines the Murdochs had a wall-size white-board to keep track of the wrong-doers in their networks. They used reporters and editors who had few scruples about hacking into mobile phones, land lines and computers. By their action, inaction or “willful blindness,” no institution was immune to infiltration, conscription and/or outright corruption. The list is long: England’s famed Scotland Yard;

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commissioners to protect our personal information. Similarly, we defend our right to walk down the street at will, yet go gaga over every move — on or off the stage — made by the Biebers, Lohans and Douglas-ZetaJoneses of the world. Strict legal boundaries must be met before police officers can photograph us, or photo-radar evidence is allowed in court. Yet, as Christine Lyon told North Shore News readers Aug. 4, “users can use Google Glass to film people without their knowledge” whenever, wherever and doing whatever. How long will the eagersnooper line-ups be when that technology is released? What then of the rights of hermit-crabs like me who detest having their photograph taken, even by the friendliest of cameras? The Murdochs were able to carry out their ruthless plans because complacency has become the hallmark of Western democracies. And so it was that those members of the British public not already hooked on knowing every salacious detail about their favourite celebrities, nevertheless found it hard to believe the depths to which some of Murdoch’s

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A group of Norgate community members were irked last week to see some treasured trees in their neighbourhood getting the chainsaw treatment. The District of North Vancouver’s parks department removed the 30-year-old Cypress trees along the Spirit Trail after they became diseased with a root rot infection, “The trees had been identified as hazardous and posed a safety risk. Crews had to wait for the end of the bird nesting season before they could remove them,” said Stephanie Smiley, district spokeswoman, in an email.

“The district parks department is currently finalizing a restoration program for that section and they will begin restoration work in the coming weeks.” The dead trees were “tinder dry” and at risk of fire if exposed to a spark. Smiley said district staff received the blessing of the Norgate Community Association before carrying out the work. But the trees will be missed as they insulated the residential neighbourhood from the lightindustrial properties south of Welch. “The issue now is they’ve completely opened up Welch Street from our side of the neighbourhood, which has really created a lot of noise, a lot of light in the evening time,” said Martin Scoles, a Beechwood Crescent resident. “That they’ve gone in there to take it down, that’s a good thing. What they’re going to put back is really the main question. Am I going to have to wait five years before I get my buffer back?”

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LT. Sergio Calado and the officers and senior sea cadets of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Lonsdale (105) invite youth ages 12-18 to participate in the Sea Cadet program in North Vancouver. Those interested are welcome at 1555 Forbes Ave., North Vancouver on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

When the ends justify the means From page 7 and the stories were the ends that justified any means, including bullying, bribery and pay-offs, right up to what any reasonable person would call blackmail. A complacent population allowed convergence of media control in Britain. The machine that Murdoch built milked that power for all it was worth. With cross-pollination growing between telecom, television and radio and the rumoured

merger between the Vancouver Sun and Province, it’s up to us to decide whether the same infection will be allowed to ooze across Canada, or whether new laws can be enshrined to vaccinate Canadian society against it. We are indebted to people like British MP Tom Watson, investigative journalist Martin Hickman, Britain’s Guardian newspaper and many other courageous citizens who risked reputations, careers, even their safety, to make sure the story saw the light of day.

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Down Syndrome Research Foundation’s Maria Marano, Glen Hoos, Dawn McKenna and Hina Mahmood

Nimet Tejpar and Jennifer Blaine The 13th annual Benefits of Bocce fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation took place at the bocce pits at North Vancouver’s Boulevard Park on Aug. 17. Hosted by the foundation, and presented by Manulife Financial, the event featured a 50/50 draw, a silent auction, music, lunch, raffle prizes, and 32 teams battling for the coveted Benefits of Bocce championship trophy. For more information on the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, visit

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Wild About Birds Al Grass

Birds get ready for migration EVERYWHERE on the North Shore, nature is showing signs that the seasons are changing.

rhododendrons growing in West Vancouver’s Memorial Park were donated by the club. The club also previously funded an annual scholarship for the now closed Capilano College horticulture program and still regularly contributes funds to West Vancouver, Rockridge and Sentinel secondary schools. Peterson also told me that the club has helped with building Christmas wreaths for Ambleside’s festive beautification, worked to help seniors garden at local eldercare homes and helped with growing in the greenhouse at Lions Gate Hospital. The club also runs an annual plant sale at St. David’s United Church where members contribute plants from their gardens to sell to the public with proceeds going to fund the club’s various community programs. The club ( holds meetings on the first

Wild asters and goldenrods are two of summer’s late flowers — a hint that fall is just around the corner. Birds, too, are getting prepared for fall. All summer long we’ve enjoyed songs of warblers, vireos, the western tanager, and black-headed grosbeak. Now these species are collecting and getting ready for their long journey south. Some, like the purple martin, our largest swallow, fly from the North Shore all the way to Brazil for the winter. Others, depending on the species, winter from Mexico through Central and South America. The tiny rufous hummingbird, for example, winters in Mexico. The hummingbirds we see now and through the winter are Annas’ hummingbirds. Sometimes, when weather conditions are right, you can encounter mixed flocks of migrating birds — warblers, vireos, flycatchers and more. Birders are always thrilled when “fallout” happens at Maplewood Conservation Area. Black-throated gray, orange-crowned, Townsend’s and MacGillivray’s are typical North Shore warblers to be watched for. And there’s always a good possibility in fall migration of spotting a local rarity like the Nashville

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WEST Vancouver Garden Club president Louis Peterson (second from left) joins club members Virginia Munro, and Hedy and Adrian Hartmann in the Hartmann’s garden. The club is celebrating its golden jubilee this month.

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Todd Major IN a world of constant change it’s reassuring to know that some things are able to survive the test of time and flourish for decades. Take, for example, the West Vancouver Garden Club, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this month. It’s no small accomplishment for any organization to continue to grow for 50 years; it’s

a testament to the vitality, enthusiasm and commitment of the club’s members. Founded in 1964, the WVGC has continued a tradition of educating and engaging its members in all things horticultural. The club has had many supporters such as Frank Dorsey who regularly contributed plants and educational seminars to the club. Or the enthusiastic and outgoing Jim Hemphill who was club president in the 1960s. And the late North Shore News gardening columnist Roy Jonsson, who was a club member and educator for many years. Those members and others too numerous to mention herein have helped shaped the nature of gardening in West Vancouver for the past five decades. In most gardening clubs, women often comprise the majority of club membership and I wondered why men do not participate as much as

women do. So I asked Wendi Kottmeier, a longtime club member who told me, “We are more nurturing than most men so we get involved and work at developing things, like the garden club. Our club contains many vital women from the community. Men are often singularly focused in only one aspect of gardening and are therefore less likely to join.” Most gardening clubs exist solely for the benefit of their members, but the WVGC has made some notable contributions to the community. According to the club’s president, Louis Peterson, “We have run plant rescue programs to save old plants from demolition when houses go up for sale in West Vancouver. Some of those rescued plants are sold at our annual plant sale and the larger specimens are donated to various organizations including the West Vancouver parks department.” Several of the

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ONE of the great benefits of consumer tech is that no piece of data is too small to be recorded. One of the big annoyances of consumer tech is that no piece of data is too small to be recorded.

So it is with exercise and nutrition-related devices and apps. They can help you pursue a healthy lifestyle. But they also might make you feel like a robot. They come in two forms: devices that you wear to track your activity, and apps that take data recorded from those devices and information you enter manually to record and analyze your exercise and diet. The Fitbit is one of the best known examples of an activity tracking device and one that I use personally. It comes in several models, including basic and high-end pinkysized trackers, clipped to your belt or tucked in a pocket, to a wristband model you wear all the time. I find wristbands dorky and opted for the Fitbit One tracker. At $99, it records each day how many steps I take, how many flights of stairs I climb and by attaching to a special sleep wristband at night, how much and the quality of sleep I’m getting. Is it accurate? Comparing what it tells me to my anecdotal experience of each day, I’d say yes. Its sensors give me a running count on its small digital screen and when in

range sync wirelessly with my iPhone and laptop to send data to Fitbit’s servers to give me a comprehensive tally, including past history, on a personalized website. So for example on Aug. 16, I walked 8,062 steps (or four miles!), climbed the equivalent of 29 floors, and slept for six hours and 33 minutes. The following day, Saturday, I was a slug, with 2,096 steps and a lazy three floors ascended. I was paying for a fun Friday night. The idea, and not a bad one, is that by having an ongoing count of your activity during the day, you’ll be inspired to move around more, eschew elevators instead of stairs and get to bed on time. The Fitbit website gives you a daily goal, which you can modify, of steps, and will award you virtual badges for various milestones, like your first day achieving 5,000 steps. It works pretty well. By about midafternoon, if I feel I’m behind on my daily goal, I get off my ass and move around. You’d be surprised what even a walk around the block accomplishes. The Fitbit can be nag but it’s nagging those of us confined in offices need. It has weaknesses. It only works if you remember to wear it. It will not record cycling, swimming or workouts at the gym. And while small is beautiful it’s easily lost, which is what happened to my One less than a month after I bought it. Where it went, I have no idea, but Fitbit graciously sent me a replacement under a generous, and customer savvy, warranty. (The Fitbit wristband model, known as the Flex, is less likely to be lost, as long as you don’t mind announcing to the world that you’re a data-hungry jock.) There are other activity trackers on the market and some smartphones, notably Samsung’s steroidal Galaxy S4, include built-in pedometers that take advantage of the fact that many people have their phones with them around the clock. With apps like the excellent Runtastic, smartphones will also


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an instant readout of what you’re consuming. If you try it, you’ll be fanatical and empowered and know what you’re eating down to the gram. But one day, after about a month of rigorous scanning, entering data and analyzing readouts, you’ll realize my Lord, this is a lot of work for basically eating the way Mom told you to. My Fitness Pal and apps like it will give you a powerful amount of information to eat healthier meals. But if you go too far it can threaten to make meals feel like mechanical exercises. My suggestion: no one will die if you skip a day or even a week. Moderation in all things, said the Greeks and moms everywhere, and that truism applies to health and fitness apps, too.



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7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Council Chamber of District Hall, 355 West Queens Road

435 - 475 Seymour River Place Rezoning Bylaw 1297

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What is it?

The proposed bylaw is required to enable the redevelopment of the seven single family lots located at 2135-2167 Heritage Park Lane (formerly called the Mount Seymour Parkway “Frontage Road”) for a thirty unit townhouse project.

What is it?

The proposed bylaw is required to enable the redevelopment of the seven single family lots between 435 and 475 Seymour River Place for a sixty-one unit townhouse project.

What changes?

Bylaw 8000 proposes the establishment of a new Comprehensive Development Zone 74 (CD74) to regulate the proposed development. The current properties are zoned Residential Single Family 6000 Zone (RS4).

What changes?

Bylaw 7999 proposes the establishment of a new Comprehensive Development Zone 73 (CD73) to regulate the proposed development. The current properties are zoned Residential Single Family 6000 Zone (RS4).

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* Provided by applicants for illustrative purposes only. The actual developments, if approved, may differ.

When can I speak?

Please join us on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 when Council will be receiving input from the public on these proposals. You can speak in person by signing up at the Hearings or by providing a written submission to the Municipal Clerk at the address below or before the conclusion of the respective Hearing.

Need more info?

The bylaws, Council resolutions, staff reports, and other relevant background materials are available for review by the public at the Municipal Clerk’s Office or online at Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Catch sight of terns plunge-diving at Ambleside pier From page 13 warbler, or possibly a kingbird. Raptors are on the move too. Peregrine falcons follow migrating shorebirds from their breeding areas in the North. Turkey vultures pass through the North Shore from breeding areas in British Columbia’s Interior in fairly good numbers in fall, although it’s not unusual to see vultures throughout the summer. Southwestern B.C. is a major wintering area for raptors in Canada. Local red-tailed hawk numbers are boosted by migrating wintering birds. Red-tail plumage is highly variable, sometimes leading to identification challenges, because not all red tails have a red tail (like Harlan’s type). Our local common “accipiter” or bird hunting hawk is the Cooper’s hawk, but watch, too, for sharp shinned, and later in fallwinter, for the Northern goshawk. Bald Eagles will be heading

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THE Caspian tern, here in flight in Mitlenatch in the Northern Georgia Strait, is one of the birds that naturalists would like to attract to Maplewood Conservation Area to breed. for salmon streams in areas like Squamish and Harrison Lake and beyond, but there are always eagles to be seen locally.

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vultures and gulls. Speaking of gulls and their kin the terns, they’re always fun to identify but interestingly, there’s no such bird as a “seagull.” Recently, at Maplewood Conservation Area for example, ring-billed, California, glaucous-winged and mew gulls were spotted. When winged termites take flight you can sometimes see dainty mew gulls snapping them up in mid-air. Related to gulls are terns — “swallows of the seas.” Locally, both Caspian and common terns should be watched for. Terns dive headlong into the water from high above — it’s wonderful to see them do their plunge diving. If you see a large dark bird pursuing terns it could be a jaeger. Jaegers chase terns in order to get them to give up the fish they’ve caught. A good place to watch for this action is at the pier at Ambleside Park. It is always a thrill to see flocks

of high-flying geese winging their way south, possibly coming from Alaska. These are not our local Canada geese – but the wild ones. It is interesting to note that the Canada goose has been split into two species — the Canada goose and the smaller, darker cackling goose. Two other geese that winter locally are the white-fronted goose and the Brant. Neither one is common on the North Shore, but we have seen them from time to time. (Boundary Bay is where to see brant.) In the summer, duck species are restricted to a few like the mallard and common merganser. Maplewood Conservation Area is an important sanctuary for waterfowl, and gradually through fall and into the winter waterfowl numbers will guild up. You can expect to see American wigeon, green-winged teal, northern pintail, See Enjoy page 20


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Barb Lunter ONE of the things that Vancouver is known for is its fabulous weather during the month of September. It’s the perfect time of year to host company from out of town. The leaves are changing colours and the sun is (usually) out . . . fingers crossed. So what better time to get your guest room up and running for family and friends to visit? If you are planning to host company over the next month or two you may want to take some time to prepare your guest room so that they feel completely welcome upon their arrival. A few little, extra touches can mean the world of difference to your guests and all it takes is a little planning. The guest room should

be a place for your guests to retire to at the end of the day to get some space of their own. Whether it’s reading, catching a quick nap or perhaps just some down time, this room should be set up in a way that makes them feel completely at home. Bedding and the bed are probably the two most important elements in the room. Be sure to assemble a bed with a few extra pillows and blankets that may be stored in a nearby closet for easy retrieval during the night. A nice added touch is a feather bed on top of the mattress. You may be able to locate one on sale at this time of year. Good lighting is always essential in a bedroom. There should be at least one reading lamp on each side of the bed. A bedside table is important as well. Guests like to leave their reading materials and other personal belongings where they can be easily accessed. A clock with an alarm is a great idea as well as a few current magazines for your guests to peruse. I always like to have a freshly laundered bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth in the guest bathroom as well as a fresh toothbrush and toothpaste in case it was forgotten.

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CallforVolunteers:Volunteers are required to help plant trees for an upcoming Tree Days event Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. in Greenwood Park, North Vancouver. Sign up at Capilano Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the year Monday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Canyon Heights Christian Assembly, 4840 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver. Guest speaker Sharon Hanna will talk about her best selling The Book of Kale. New members welcome: $25. Guests: $5. Info: 604-9262304. NEWS photo Cindy Goodman

GOOD lighting is essential in a guest room. The easier you make the transition from your guest’s home to yours, the more enjoyable their stay will be. Extra touches are always appreciated.

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GardenSmart Workshop — Backyard Composting: Learn simple steps to compost successfully in your own backyard Saturday, Sept. 14, 10-11:30 a.m. at Charros Community Garden, corner of St. Georges and 1st St., North Vancouver. Fee: $8.25. Registration required: 604-990-3755. Info: northshorerecycling. ca/programs/gardensmartworkshops. Lynnmouth Park Rehabilitation Project: Help remove invasive plants, plant native plants and learn about thelocalecologywhilerestoring the native plant population in the park Sunday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 212 Brooksbank Dr., North Vancouver. Info: dmcdonald@ GardenSmart Workshop — Preserving the Harvest: Basic: Learn basic canning techniques to help you preserve food for winter Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Salvation Army Community Kitchen, 105 W. 12th St., North Vancouver. Bring paring knife and apron. Fee: $8.25. Registration required: 604-990-3755. Info: northshorerecycling. ca/programs/gardensmartworkshops. — compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email event info to listings@

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Treetop Tales: Children ages two and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to drop in for seasonal songs and stories with a fall and winter nature theme on Friday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Rd, North Vancouver. Suggested donation $2. Info: 604-990-3755. Summer Reading Club: will hold a medal presentation to celebrate the accomplishments of their young readers on Friday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. at West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr. Info: 604925-7408.

Parkgate Days Puppet Show: Two 20-minute puppet shows will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. at Parkgate Branch Library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration is not required. Info: 604-929-3727. Parent and Tot Gym: Drop-in gym for kids ages one monthfive years, Saturdays, 9:1511:15 a.m. at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: $1. Info: 604982-8300 or Youth Drop-In: High school aged kids are invited to hang out and play music, video games and air hockey the first and third Saturday

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Katyin Wloskowicz, 6, Westview elementary Art teacher: Barb Smallridge Favourite art: drawing Favourite artist: Joe Fafard Her teacher writes: Katyin is a talented artist with a great imagination. She expresses herself through her use of detail when creating her artwork. Young Artists of the Week are selected from North Shore schools by Artists for Kids for displaying exceptional ability in their classroom artwork. For details, visit the website of the month, 7-9 p.m. at Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. Drop-in by a suggested donation of $2-$5.

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with games and toys, create art or run in the gym Sundays, 1-4 p.m. at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: $3/$1. Info: 604-982-8300 or — compiled by Debbie Caldwell

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A spotting scope is almost essential to really appreciate the wonderful world of shorebirds, as well as a good field guide. There are many wonderful discoveries to be made in the time between late summer and early fall — migrating birds, beautiful butterflies, colourful dragonflies, and dew covered spiderwebs. Enjoy the North Shore’s parks and natural areas — keep safe. Al Grass is a naturalist with Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia, which sponsors free walks at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area on the second Saturday of every month. The next walk will be Saturday, Sept. 14 starting at 10 a.m. – to seek out the first signs of fall. Meet at Maplewood Flats, 2645 Dollarton Hwy. (two kilometres east of the Iron Workers Second Narrows Memorial Crossing). Walks go rain or shine.

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ASK any parent today if they have ever kept their child away from a park or beach because they were worried that she would get polio and they’ll look at you as if you are crazy. But talk to your grandparents and they will remember not just polio scares, but children catching and all too often dying from whooping cough, diphtheria or tetanus. The introduction of regular vaccines has made those diseases preventable and is saving the lives of our children. Smallpox has been eradicated globally and polio no longer exists in Canada. We no longer see massive outbreaks of measles, mumps or whooping cough. Vaccines save lives and are eradicating diseases that can kill children. We need to know what vaccinations our children need. It’s our job to do our best to keep our children healthy and safe. To that end, it’s key for parents to inform themselves with credible and accurate data and have honest conversations with their doctor or nurse about ways to protect their children. “As kids head back to school, it is a perfect time

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THE province’s publicly funded immunization program for children and adults protects against 16 diseases. for parents to think about ensuring their children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake. “Here in B.C., we have a comprehensive publicly funded immunization program for children and adults that protects against 16 diseases.” While serious childhood diseases such as polio and diphtheria are becoming rare

due to routine childhood vaccination programs, according to Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Meena Dawar, there’s still cause for concern. “As we saw with the recent measles outbreaks in the Fraser Valley, and on the North Shore and Bowen Island, these diseases are highly infectious and can spread quickly among those who aren’t vaccinated.”

VCH medical health officers advise that all children starting at age four get their booster shots to protect against polio, tetanus, diphtheria, chicken pox and whooping cough before kindergarten starts in September. Dawar emphasizes that vaccines, including combined doses, are safe and can pose minor, if any, side effects. “It’s much safer to get the vaccine than to get the disease,” she says. “If parents have any concerns, they should always speak with their doctor or a public health nurse.” During kindergarten registration parents are asked to submit their child’s immunization record to their school. If someone at school contracts a vaccinepreventable infectious disease, children who are unprotected may be asked to stay home until it is safe to return. Vaccines can be obtained for free from family doctors or from public health nurses at VCH community health centres. For VCH’s kindergarten immunization clinic times, visit vch. ca. To learn more about immunizations download the booklet “Immunization: An important choice you make for your child.” It’s not just a question of keeping our children free from preventable diseases; we are also protecting the community. When all the kids are immunized, all children are free from the risk of these potentially serious diseases. Kathy Lynn is a professional speaker and author of Who’s In Charge Anyway? and But Nobody Told Me I’d Ever Have to Leave Home. To read more, sign up for her newsletter at

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NICOLE Tancredi (left) and Arnold Shives show off two of Shives’ watercolour paintings. Shives is among 27 Lower Mainland artists whose work will be on display at Holy Trinity Catholic Women’s League’s Art in the Atrium exhibit. The two-day fundraising event takes place at Holy Trinity Elementary School, 128 W. 27th St., North Vancouver, on Sept. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will also feature food, live music and a harvest marketplace. Proceeds go to Domestic Abuse Services (Our Lady of Good Counsel Society).

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Wednesday of every month for its 102 members to socialize, network and learn about gardening. During each meeting an educational seminar is delivered to teach members how to grow specific plants like rhodos, or provide more general information on topics such as veggies, tree care, perennials and annuals, growing plants from seed and many other horticultural topics. The club uses its own members who have specific areas of expertise to teach members as well as bringing in outside experts to lecture on specific topics. During my conversation with some of the members of the club I found out that club membership is not all about education. It is much more, according to Hedy Hartmann, who said, “Gardeners are physically active, which keeps us healthy well into old age.” Peterson told me, “Gardening helps people to relate to their environment.” And Virginia Munro added that “Participation has broadened my awareness of what is possible in gardening.” Munro has taken “what is possible” to heart by creating her own lovely garden that she carved out of a steep hillside in West Vancouver

by terracing the space into manageable levels to create her own backyard sanctuary. I started this story by talking about things that survive the test of time, which the West Vancouver Garden Club has done successfully for the past 50 years. In an unrelated story in this newspaper, Kate Zimmerman recently wrote in her column, “What possible societal use can there be for people like me if we can’t be sold gadgets and related gear that must be constantly updated and replaced?” Well, Kate, your valuable wisdom may be lost on all those “tech junkies” but maturity is virtue realized, a fact exemplified by the club, which continues to make contributions to society. And where gardening is concerned, without using the Internet, most young people can’t even grow a tomato or head of lettuce to feed themselves. Maybe all those tech junkies should join the West Vancouver Garden Club and learn a few things about the natural world. Todd Major is a journeyman horticulturist, garden designer and builder, teacher, skills trainer and organic advocate. For advice contact him at









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Famous Salmon BBQ, live music, Coho Swim, Coho Walk, Coho Run, Kids’ Park, Squamish Nation Village, Coho Beach Bar and Stewardship Zone – with hands-on activities, and so much more!


Journey into a world of salmon, forests, rivers and human communities. Sustaining healthy rivers in urban settings requires commitment. The Coho Festival is a celebration of community effort and support to keep this ecosystem flourishing.

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Coho Festival at Ambleside Park

Coho Beach Bar

The Coho Festival will go back to a one day event this year and will feature our famous Coho Salmon Barbeque, the Coho Beach Bar, Stewardship Zone, Kids Park, Main Stage, the Squamish Nation Village, the Coho Walk, Coho Run, Coho Swim and much more. The Coho Salmon Barbeque has been the cornerstone of the Coho festival since it’s inception 34 years ago. This year we will again be featuring wild Coho Salmon provided by Albion Fisheries. The salmon is endorsed sustainably harvested by Ocean Wise, SeaChoice and Ecotrust. Wonderful organic wild greens and cherry tomato salad, organic BC corn on the cob dressed with spiced butter and beef smokies are being provided by Whole Foods Market. The Coho Beach Bar is celebrating its 10th year as part of the Coho Festival this year. Located right on Ambleside Beach will be offering fresh craft beers from Russell Brewing Company, premium wine and cider from our friends at Liberty Wine Merchants. The Village Taphouse will be on deck providing great burgers, smokies and hand cut fries. Adam Woodall will get the day rolling with great music in the Beach Bar. As we are a family event children 9 and under may accompany their parents into the Beach Bar.

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The Coho Kids Park is filled with fun activities for children of all ages. The Kids Park is a bonus for kids who come to the festival. Kids as young as 3 will have fun on bouncey castles & tossing games. Older kids can take selfies in our photo booth or try out the climbing wall. Treats include scoop icecream! The Squamish Nation will again be participating in the festival welcoming all to Swá?wi (Ambleside Park). The Squamish Nation Village will have displays and materials to share and educate all on Squamish Nation traditions and culture with a focus on their interconnections and relationship to the salmon. This year the village will offer more artisans including weavers and carvers who will be offering their precious crafts for sale to the public. The Coho Festival became a Zero Waste Event last year and with great success. Again this year the Coho Festival will have only organic, compostable and recyclable materials on site. For many years the Coho Society which governs the Coho Festival has been working towards a “Zero Waste” event and last year we made it happen. With help from WCS Recycling we sent over 5000 pounds of organic and compostable material to be composted and 600 pound of recyclables to be recycled a 99% diversion rate. The Coho Festival did not generate any material destined for a landfill. The continued focus of the Coho Festival is the environment. The festival is now primarily a fundraising event to assist North Shore stewardship groups’ efforts to rebuild, repair and maintain salmon and other aquatic species habitats. It is also an educational event where we can all learn how to be better stewards of our communities and our planet.

The Stewardship Zone has over 20 exhibitors who are all involved in rejuvenating, maintaining and improving our streams, rivers, oceans, parks and forests for now and generations to come. Guests of all ages will learn more about the environment and how to be better stewards of what we have. A must see at the festival.

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Coho Swim 1.5km or 3km

Choose from 1.5 km or 3 km options starting and finishing close to the iconic welcoming pole that marks the entrance to the Capilano watershed. Swimmers can register on site but are encouraged to pre-register with an entry form from


7:45 - 8:30 AM at the Beach Bar (on Ambleside Beach)


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Under 19 to 70+ in five year age groupings 4.5k Walk 8.5k Walk Start

Coho Run 14km

This incredible 14 km journey starts from Kitsilano Beach, takes you through Vanier Park along the seawall, then over the Burrard Street Bridge along the English Bay seawall to Second Beach in Stanley Park, and finally, over the Lion’s Gate Bridge and into Ambleside Beach Park to the birthplace of the North Shore Coho salmon. The 14K distance provides a great challenge for the 10K runner and a fabulous training run for the ½ marathon trainer. Please visit


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From Ambleside to Kitsilano before event. Bus leaves at 7:45 AM. The buses depart from the intersection of Bellevue Ave and 13th Street across from the West Vancouver Police station. Shuttle service will also be available back to the start line at about noon. You may purchase your ticket for the shuttle at the time of registration. Cost $5.

Coho Run registration is SOLD OUT

Capilano Suspension Bridge

1.5/3km Swim

Coho Walk 4.5km or 8.5km

Follow the journey of salmon from hatchery to ocean with this walk/hike. Enjoy performers and discovery stations along the 4.5 km walk from Cleveland Dam to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, or hike the entire 8.5 km trail to Ambleside Park. Participate in the Geocaching treasure hunt. Get your passport stamped to win prizes! Free buses to Cleveland Dam run 9:30 am to 2 pm. Park your car at the Park Royal North/East parkade located at corner of Taylor Way and Marine Drive. Board the bus on Clyde Avenue at Taylor Way, across from the gravel parking lot. Dogs are permitted along the trail but not permitted on buses. The last bus returns from the Capilano Suspension Bridge at 2:45 pm. We suggest you start your walk no later than 12 Noon to catch the last bus. No registration required. Admission by donation. For more info, visit


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11:40 - 12:05pm

The Stewardship Zone will be full of exciting and interactive displays from community groups involved with conservation, protection and enhancement of our water and forests and the animals within. Displays will be during one or both days from these participants:

Brothers Arntzen

12:10 - 12:55pm

Mike Battie – juggler/clown children’s’ entertainer

1:05 - 1:45pm

Opening Ceremonies Opening address from emcee, John Friezsen WORDS FROM: Mayor Michael Smith and other dignitaries Recognition of Coho Festival Sponsors Squamish Nation Welcoming Speech by Chief Ian Campbell and the traditional Squamish Nation “Blessing of the Salmon” ceremony.

2:00 - 2:45pm

Dogwood and Dahlia

3:00 - 3:45pm

Andrea Superstien and the Get Hot

4:00 - 4:45pm

Deep Cove Big Band – that traditional big band sound

5:00 - 5:45pm

Amanda Wood – contemporary, soulful pop/jazz singer

5:45 - 6:00pm

Closing Remarks by Emcee


Adam Woodall Band – Vancouver’s legendary rock and folk band with solid pop roots.

1:30 - 3:45pm

Beach Party – fun beach party music and surf and skate videos

4:00 - 6:00pm

Damn Fools – Vancouver’s infamous blues infused rock n’ roll band

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COHO KIDS PARK Bouncy Rides (ages 1-12) Toss Games Glitter Tattoos (lasts for 7 days!) Climbing Wall Photo Booth Balloon Creatures by Michael Ouchi Clown Juggler (Mike Battie)

SQUAMISH NATION VILLAGE Welcome all to Swá7wi (Ambleside Park)! • Wood carving, cedar bark weaving and wool weaving will be demonstrated and interpreted by Squamish Nation artists • Ambassadors of the Squamish Nation will also participate to share Squamish stories and interactive art showcasing our sacred connection to the salmon • The Squamish Nation K’xwu7lh (Seagoing) Canoe Family will be part of the Blessing of the Salmon along with displaying their 45 foot sea-going canoe

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WHY IS SALMON SERVED AT THE BBQ? We serve salmon because it is a delicious and important food source for people and animals, and by serving in our BBQ we raise funds to help North Shore stewardship groups to rebuild, repair and maintain wild salmon habitats to keep salmon numbers high. This year the Coho Barbeque will offer Coho salmon from Haida Gwaii off the northern coast of BC. This salmon has been endorsed by “Ocean Wise” and “Sea Choice” as being sustainably harvested from abundant and resilient salmon populations. The salmon is provided by Albion Fisheries, a Vancouver seafood company dedicated to good stewardship practises and community involvement. “Thisfish” is an exciting new program available at this year¹s Coho Barbeque. Go to: to learn more.

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Coho Society continues to support projects in our community KEITH FENTON

The Coho Society of the North Shore is in its 34th year of continuous operation raising funds and educating the public in connection with the protection and rehabilitation of salmon streams on the North Shore. To meet its objectives, the Coho Society works closely with business, government, education and environmental groups in promoting public awareness and understanding of fisheries as an important and vital natural resource. Over the years, with a dedicated group of volunteers, and through the generous

donations of sponsors, over $500,000 has been raised for that purpose for a variety of projects. Partner environmental groups on the North Shore that have been the recipient of these funds include: West Vancouver Streamkeepers, North Vancouver Stream Keepers, Seymour Salmonid Society, North Shore and Bowen Island Fish and Game Clubs, North Shore Outdoor School, University of BC Zoology Centre and many others.

Some of the projects to which the Coho Society has contributed funding include the new salmon rearing pond in McDonald Creek, fish ladder in Cypress Creek to facilitate migration of adult salmon to upstream spawning habitat, research into the effects of water temperature upon salmon spawning, MacKay Creek With the help of volunteers, children release hatchery their newly-adopted fish into McDonald Creek.

improvements as well as providing fish tanks for the DFO “Salmonids in the Classroom” program. This program entails providing chillers to schools to maintain the classroom incubation tanks for salmon fry at a cool seven degrees. This is a great opportunity for them to learn about the life-cycle of salmon and why it is important to protect and enhance their habitat. Another event is the ever popular annual AdoptA-Fish program, which is held annually in collaboration with West Vancouver Streamkeepers. For this event, children are provided with an adoption certificate that then permits them to release a juvenile salmon into MacDonald Creek near the West Vancouver library. This event was conceived a decade ago with objective of creating a greater public awareness of the importance of salmon streams.

society. “It not only adds more fish to the streams, but it gets kids thinking about what’s going on, and helps them care about what’s happening to the fish.” The annual festival he adds, is similarly dual purposed. It’s

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‘Mama’ makes meals from scratch

Chris Dagenais Contributing writer

COMMON wisdom has it that you can never really go home again once you have left. As time passes, memories become idealized and our perspectives of the world change, making even home, once a place of instant comfort and intimate familiarity, seem strangely alien upon revisiting. When I look back on my childhood it is not the exhilarating “wow” moments (the trip to Disneyland, the first BMX bicycle, the arrival of a kitten) that stir me and make me long for a simpler time. It is the comparatively pedestrian, everyday routine of early life that plucks a nostalgic chord now. I remember meals at the kitchen table with my mother, for example, with tremendous fondness. She always took time to prepare something hot and nutritious for dinner, and took pride in introducing me to new spices and flavours as my palate grew more adventurous. When I cook for my children now, an enthusiastic “yum” or a request for seconds from them satisfies me more profoundly than a 20 per cent gratuity ever did when I worked in restaurants. I understand now, as an adult living on the other side of the country from my mother, that every meal we take the time to cook for our children, no matter how simple or seemingly commonplace, is prepared with a view to making them happy. I blame these wistful meditations on a recent visit to Mama’s Italian Café, a bright and tiny diner situated in the heart of the industrial centre along Riverside Drive in North Vancouver. As I sat and ate a dense, hearty, and all around comforting bowl of curried lentil soup with spinach, Enza Ungarini, the café’s eponymous Mama, owner and lead chef, described to me her philosophy of cooking. “I don’t like to just open some can or package and there is your soup,” she said, with a disdainful, dismissive gesture. “No, I make all of my soups from scratch, all with fresh vegetables.” Making soup stock from the ground up is a lot of work, particularly in the confines of a roughly 70-square-foot kitchen. Achieving a vegetarian stock

NEWS photos Cindy Goodman

ENZA Ungarini is the lead chef at Mama’s Italian Café, a North Vancouver diner she co-owns with her husband Giancarlo. Lasagna and salad, seen in the photo below, are on the menu that features homemade pasta and more. that exhibits great depth of flavour and balanced seasoning, all while simultaneously preparing homemade pasta, great vats of fresh tomato sauce, housemade bread and pastries, roasts for sandwich fillings, and daily entrée specials, is nothing short of amazing. Enza’s warm hospitality made me feel like I was a guest in the kitchen of a good friend’s mother. She was more than happy to describe the ingredients and techniques for the numerous dishes about which I enquired, while never taking her eye off the long list of tasks at hand to make her small, inviting diner tick. Enza and her husband Giancarlo, co-owner and instrumental member of the kitchen team, bantered in Italian as they divided and conquered both the service of guests and preparations for the next day’s meal rush. Mama’s location makes it a prime destination for workers of the surrounding industrial neighbourhood. Regular lunch guests can pick up a stainless steel tiffin of hot food and return it the next day in exchange for another. This personalized approach to dining also extends to an offering that Enza describes as “family catering.” Two days in advance of their desired meal service, guests can bring in their own casserole dishes and Enza will prepare either cannelloni or lasagna (both daily staples of Mama’s menu) directly in the dish, saving on wasteful disposable containers. In addition to the lentil soup, modestly priced at $3.45 See Meatballs page 34

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BLACKBERRIES act as a topping on their own or as an ingredient in recipes. slices over medium high heat for about four minutes until golden on both sides but still crisp; remove to a warm plate. Put the vinegar and honey in the pan and allow to bubble for about 30 seconds; add the blackberries, stir and remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk together the tablespoon of vinegar, tablespoon of olive oil and the mustard until completely blended. Toss the spinach leaves with this mixture and divide them equally onto four salad plates. Crumble the bacon into large pieces and place equal portions of bacon,

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a blender; process until smooth. Press the blackberry puree through a sieve into a large pitcher; discard seeds. Add the remaining five cups of water, the sugar and the lime juice; stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Place a lime slice and a few blackberries into each of eight tall glasses along with several ice cubes; pour about one cup of limeade into each glass. Makes eight servings. Angela Shellard is a selfdescribed foodie. She has done informal catering for sports and business functions. Contact: ashellard@hotmail. ca.

Meatballs feature basil and Parmesan flavours From page 33 for a large bowl, my lunch consisted of two massive, wonderfully spiced, lean beef meatballs and two mild Italian sausages, topped with fresh tomato sauce and accompanied by rice and salad. The meatballs were moist and delicious, exhibiting subtle flavours of basil and Parmesan, while the sausages were plump and juicy, bursting with vibrant and herbaceous fennel notes. The tomato sauce was perfect in its simplicity; clearly the fruits of our hot summer growing season have been harnessed here. The small accompanying salad, which can so often be an afterthought in restaurants, was carefully assembled with lovely crisp radicchio, cucumber, tomato, olives, feta and balsamic vinaigrette. This tasty, generously portioned entrée was $7.95. Mama’s menu also features a host of large sandwiches, all priced at an even $5, with several containing roast meats that are prepared on the premises. Specials change almost daily and typically feature dishes such as chicken parmigiano, meatloaf, and roast chicken. Oh, and if you visit and wonder about all the posters and scale models of high performance Italian motorcycles that adorn the restaurant, apparently the entire Ungarini family rides. The unassuming and jovial Enza can be seen tearing through town on her scarlet red Ducati 748. Mama’s Italian Café is located at 151 Riverside Dr., North Vancouver. Phone: 604-924-1111. Chris Dagenais served as a manager for several restaurants downtown and on the North Shore. A self-described wine fanatic, he earned his sommelier diploma in 2001. Contact:


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through a sieve into a bowl, mashing berries with a spoon to extract as much juice as possible; discard seeds and solids left in sieve. Pour syrup back into a saucepan and keep warm. Preheat waffle iron and spray with non-stick spray. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir in eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla until well combined; fold in the remaining cup of blackberries. Cook waffles according to waffle maker’s instructions; serve with butter and the blackberry maple syrup. Makes four servings.

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GIANCARLO and Enza Ungarini are the co-owners of Mama’s Italian Café in North Vancouver.



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A mature student’s story ANNE WATSON

Going back to school was an important decision for Michael Victor and one that involved his daughter. “It’s something for my daughter to look forward to,” says Victor. “It will be easier to be a role model for her and also the rest of the family back home and my wife’s family as well.” At 37, Victor is a mature student in the Capilano University bachelor of business administration degree program. The North Vancouver resident is also a member of the Sto:lo Nation, and says his decision to go back to school pulled from various directions. “There were different variables,” says Victor. “I didn’t like my current work at the time, I was expecting a child. I just wanted more options.” He had been working in the food service industry for around 15 years as a manager and supervisor, and that played a role in determining which program he would go into. “I had quite a bit of experience,” says Victor. “I already had knowledge of it and I liked the business aspect of it, so I thought that was a better, more

comfortable way to go.” His decision to go back to school was greeted with a positive reaction from his family. “Everyone was pretty excited and supportive. They liked the idea,” says Victor. “Education is pretty big.” Victor is one of four recipients of the Ch’nook scholarship, an initiative created in 2002 by UBC’s Sauder School of Business to promote business education in Aboriginal and First Nations communities. “It’s good, they give you opportunities to meet other business students across B.C.,” he says. “You get to meet with those students twice a year and then they help you so you can organize events to mentor high school students for their education after they graduate.” Juggling the time around being a parent and studying at the same time has been the biggest challenge for Victor returning to school. “Trying to get all the work done just in the time frame, because then after school I take care of my daughter while my wife’s at work. It’s kind of hard to balance stuff out.” His daughter, who turns two years old in October, attends the Capilano University Children’s Centre.

Michael Victor is a North Vancouver resident who returned to school as a mature student after 15 years working in the food service industry. NEWS photo CINDY GOODMAN

“The daycare’s really great, all the employees there are great with children and it’s convenient,” says Victor. “When I go in, she goes in and when I leave, she leaves.” The size of Capilano University as well as its campus was a definite draw for Victor.

“There’s a lot of younger students, but I’m not the only mature student,” says Victor. “There’s a few of us. I don’t stand out too, too much.” Victor is expected to graduate in the summer of 2017. He is already thinking about what he hopes to accomplish afterwards.

“I wanted something smaller,” he says. “I liked the feel of it, it was a nice area.”

“Maybe something where I could have a position where I can contribute back to the community,” he says.

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Considering the cost of school MIKE GRENBY Contributing writer

Mature students should do their homework before they make the decision to return to school, especially if it involves quitting or reducing outside work, and especially if they have a family.


If you have already taken the plunge (perhaps you are heading back to school in September) it’s still not too late to take steps to ease the financial burden of lost income, new expenses, and so on.

But let’s examine the key question: does it make sense to go back to school? Be sure to look at both your personal and financial reasons for considering this move. Personally, you might feel you will be more fulfilled, or perhaps be able to move into a job you will enjoy more. Just make sure you can answer these key questions: Even if you expect to increase your future income this way, how much of an effect will going back to school have on you (and your family) financially while you are studying? How long will it take for the benefits to outweigh the costs? And can you count on those benefits? People often rely on their previous education experiences, but typically this was during their late teens or possibly early 20s. They probably had parental support, and few if any financial obligations. Little if any of that applies to adults, especially if they have a family. So you need to look carefully at your present situation and also project future figures. How will your returning to school affect your (family) income and outgo, and for how long? Consider

engulf you. Be prepared to make drastic changes to minimize any financial stress, but also allow yourself (and your family) a break now and again. You (and they) need rewards, even small ones, along the way. And realize this whole life experience is for only a limited period.

extra expenses like childcare, tuition, and books, possibly even tutoring if you struggle getting back into the study mode. If you will have to stop work or reduce your working hours, how will you manage on the lower income? Of course, you can make adjustments, even major ones like selling a second car and using a bike to get around. The key is to anticipate these changes, and make sure you (and your family) can cope.

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Ideally, if you are planning a return to school in the future, take a dry run of your new life. Before my late wife Mandy went back to university to complete an advanced nursing degree, we started living on just my income a whole year before her UBC courses started. This approach paid off in two ways: 1. We learned what expenses we had to eliminate or at least reduce to match our lower income. 2. We saved most of Mandy’s income during that year to make the transition easier, to supplement what I earned. The key is to be proactive, and not let circumstances control and perhaps

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Online studies flexible




The digital age has made it possible to learn everything you need to know about gerberas, grains and George Bush with just a few clicks of a mouse.


For those yearning to earn some academic credit for their effort, the North Vancouver school board offers various online courses through its North Vancouver Distributed Learning School.

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The distance learning program offers online grades 10, 11 and 12 courses for students and adults who have either not graduated and want to graduate or who have graduated and want to upgrade certain courses to get into a postsecondary institution.

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Maureen Stanger is the district principal for the program and explains that distance education has been around for about 20 years. Before computers, students received paper packages as part of a correspondence course. That same idea has been applied to the new format and all the material is now available online. In B.C., all of the online schools put their roster on the website, and students can cross enroll and take courses anywhere in the province online, as well as attend a mainstream high school.

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ongoing, so participants can start when they want and finish when they want. Some courses are offered as a cohort model in which students start together and the course has a specific end date. Those courses may also include online lessons with an instructor, as well as a virtual classroom students can log in to and communicate with the instructor and other students. Stanger says the cohort model is a good option for those adults and students who prefer a more structured timetable. The main distance learning centre is located at Mountainside secondary on Mahon Avenue in North Vancouver. Seven teachers are available through the centre to assist students and adults who need face-to-face support with course material or need help navigating through the online course technology. There are also distance learning centres in each of the North Vancouver secondary schools. Instructors in the program are all qualified B.C. teachers. Currently, the distributed learning centre has about 1,600 students enrolled. Of those, about 250 are adults, 100 of which are working toward a high school graduation. The other 100 are adults who have graduated but are upgrading. There is no upper age limit for adults who want to enroll, and Stanger says the program has had students up to 80 years old. “The online piece really gives them flexibility,” says Stanger, noting most of the enrolled adults are working and/or have kids, and distance learning allows them to work around their schedule. Most of the courses that lead to graduation or are upgrades to get into a post-secondary program are free, but some of the courses that are considered electives are not free. Anyone who is interested in taking courses but doesn’t know where to start can contact Stanger or her colleague Lee Miller at 604-903-3333 to schedule an appointment. Stanger says an academic advisor at the centre can help adults develop a study plan.



Maureen Stranger is the district principal with the North Vancouver Distributed Learning School. NEWS photo MIKE WAKEFIELD



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Expert Dental Care For Kids Your child’s health is one of your most important priorities.From diet and exercise to medical and dental care, it’s important that they have access to the best materials and expertise. For ten years,Dr.Gerry Pochynok (known as Dr.Gerry) and the team at North Vancouver’s Pacific Pediatric Dental Centre have been working with North Shore families to make sure their youngsters get the best dental care available in a relaxed and nurturing environment. The centre’s patient-oriented atmosphere and level of expert treatment are the result of the best training available and a lot of hard work. “After completing a four year dentistry degree program,an additional 2 or 3 years of training are required to become a pediatric dentist,”says Dr.Gerry.“The specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants,children and adolescents, including persons with special health needs.I worked in general dentistry for 6 years and realized that working with children was a very rewarding part of dentistry.” For Dr.Gerry,the extra training was a big commitment. “I completed a one year residency at the BC Children’s Hospital. Following the residency I moved to Rochester,New York to start a two year pediatric dentistry specialization at the Eastman School of Medicine & Dentistry.I returned to British

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Tech tips for adult learners ANNE WATSON

THE ever changing world of computers and technology could put even the most computer savvy person to the test but for mature students heading back to school, the challenge of hitting the key board again can be intimidating.


Jacqui Jones-Cox teaches computer classes at the Lynn Valley Main library and much of her time is spent putting students at ease. “A lot of my students are seniors and new immigrants and for the most part they are afraid of touching a computer,” says Jones-Cox. “It’s just getting them comfortable. They can’t mess up and if they do then it’s easily fixable. The best way to learn is to practise, play and experiment.” She says some basic tips for those getting reacquainted with computers are to save documents regularly, write down passwords and altogether not be afraid of breaking the machine. For going back to school, JonesCox advises that certain devices are more convenient than others. “A laptop is much more useful than an iPad because of the simple thing that you can’t print anything,” she says, unless you go to Cloud or Dropbox. “A laptop is that much more simpler and probably more user friendly for people going back to school that need word processingtype tools–Excel, Powerpoint–that sort of thing, whereas a tablet is much more useful for social stuff, so watching a movie or downloading a magazine.” Smartphones may not be necessary for those returning to the classroom either. “If they have other forms, like an iPad or a tablet of


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School bus safety When September rolls around, school buses will be back on the streets.

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Travel by school bus is 16 times safer than travelling in a family car per passenger per kilometre of travel, according to a study by Transport Canada, noted the Canada Safety Council in a recent press release.

The Highway Traffic Act in each province and territory states that every driver approaching from both directions toward a school bus with overhead red signal lights flashing, must stop and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal lights have stopped flashing (except on highways separated by a median strip, whereby oncoming traffic is not required to stop). Also, school buses are required by law to stop at all railway crossings; motorists should likewise be prepared to stop behind school buses.

In addition, each school bus made and imported into Canada has approximately 40 standard safety features built into the design and construction. These include specialized brake systems, lighting, emergency exits, escape hatches in the roof, and high padded seatbacks that cushion the impact of a crash. It is most common for injuries to be sustained once children are outside the bus, stated the release. Children may be hit by their own school bus or other vehicles, underlining the need

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CELEBRATIONS Craig and Louise Stewart Craig and Louise Stewart were married in Vancouver on Aug. 30, 1963. Their family, including their children and grandchildren, congratulate them on their 50th wedding anniversary. To submit a photo for Celebrations, email a goodquality photo of your wedding announcement, milestone anniversary (first, fifth and every subsequent five years), or birthday (80 years and every fifth year thereafter) to rduane@, or bring a hard copy to the News building.

Frank and Phyllis Richardson Frank and Phyllis Richardson, of North Vancouver, were married in East London, South Africa, on Sept. 5, 1953. They moved to Canada in 2007. Their three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild wish them a happy anniversary and congratulate them on 60 years of marriage.


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Lynn Valley’s Got Talent: Submit an application and video to lynnvalleysgottalent by Sept. 15 for a chance to participate in an upcoming talent show on Oct. 5 at Lynn Valley Village, North Vancouver. The Pacific Spirit Choir is looking for new members. This year’s season will include the Faure Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and the St. John Passion by J.S. Bach, all accompanied by a professional orchestra. Rehearsals take place Wednesdays, 7:45-9:45 p.m. starting Sept. 11 at the West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave. Info: Gerald van Wyck, gvanwyck@, 604-808-5231 or NEWS photo Kevin Hill

Life’s a beach JOANNE Waters and Cheryl Painter are both exhibiting work in the Life’s a Beach exhibit at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. The show runs until Sept. 8 and also features the artwork of Leslie McGuffin and Mary Touhey. For more information visit



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Gate Hospital. Parkgate’s Family Day: Celebrate the end of summer and the birthday of the Parkgate Community Centre Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Parkgate Plaza, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver. There will be demonstrations of extreme mountain biking tricks, entertainment by children’s musician Will Stroet, cupcakes, face painting, a balloon artist and Mount Seymour Lions Housing Society charity barbecue. Harvest Marketplace: In conjunction with its Art in the Atrium exhibition, Holy Trinity Catholic Women’s League will host a small sale with baked goods, garden produce, flowers, jams, jellies and more Sunday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity elementary, 128 West 27th St., North Vancouver. Polish Cultural Festival: Enjoy an afternoon of music, dance, traditional Polish food and a special performance by Polonez Polish Folk Arts Ensemble from Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 8, 1:306:30 p.m., Lynn Valley Village, 1255 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver. Lifelong Learning for Adults and Seniors: Discover the secrets to lifelong learning Monday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr. Info: 604-925-7400 or — compiled by Debbie Caldwell


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Sandpiper has serene setting ‘Pastoral enclave’ is enticing Mark Hood Contributing writer

THERE is something to be said for stepping outside of our social-media-bounded, technologically structured worlds and letting life reveal its magic to us on its own terms from time to time.

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PUTTING out the par-3 12th at Sandpiper Golf Resort leaves you a stone’s throw from the water, and soon hundreds of bald eagles will gather there as the salmon migration moves upstream.

Late last summer I was sitting in the sun at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park watching people strolling on the sea wall. I saw a man walk by at a brisk pace in total sensory isolation, sunglasses on, earphones in, completely oblivious to the exquisite vistas around him in every direction, immune to the magic. We also do it when we travel, trading experiential quality for quantity and sacrificing moments we can never recapture for mere speed. Somehow, if we cram more in, faster, it’s better. Perhaps, but a recent trip up the Fraser Valley to the Sandpiper Golf Resort led me to consider a different possibility. I was joined on a Sunday morning by friends Dan Rees, Kim Muir and David Hanley. A brilliant summer had yielded to uncertain weather in later August, but that morning the sun was master of the sky and we had a 10 a.m. tee time. Sandpiper is about 90 minutes from Vancouver. You can take the Trans-Canada Highway to Abbotsford and cross at Mission, stay on the highway and cross at Rosedale to Agassiz, or take the Lougheed Highway, Highway 7, through Maple Ridge and Mission. No matter which way you go, it’s 90 minutes, about the time it takes to get to Whistler. Yet what you’ll find when you get there is really unlike See Relaxing page 46


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anything else I know of in the Lower Mainland. The Sandpiper Golf Resort, with Rowena’s Inn on the River and the River’s Edge Restaurant, is a world unto itself, a pastoral enclave of serenity on the wide banks of the Harrison River at Harrison Mills. Once the vacation home of one of B.C.’s pioneer lumber dynasties (the Pretty family), the property has evolved into a superb destination for golf, relaxing, fishing and gathering. Since relaxing is an essential element of a good round of golf, we opted to take Highway 7. Using the bypasses at Mary Hill and Maple Ridge allowed us to steer clear of suburban traffic and still see the countryside. Highway 7 winds its way along the north arm of the Fraser River, and once you pass Mission you are into a lush world of fields, farms and cottages. On a sunny day in August you can practically hear the corn growing as you pass Hayward and Silvermere Lakes. Small unincorporated settlements at Ruskin, Hatzic, Dewdney and Deroche are a part of the historic fabric of the Fraser Valley and are experiencing something of a renaissance as people tired of the digital universe seek actual experiences instead of

virtual ones. Opened for play as an 18-hole course in 1998, the Sandpiper course fits in seamlessly with the setting. The charm of the old inn and the ancient woods that line the fairways are of a piece with the river and mountains beyond. It’s impossible to imagine it not having always been there. We arrived with half an hour to spare and took advantage of the putting and chipping practice areas to get a feel for the turf conditions. It had rained heavily the night before and the greens were soft. Length at Sandpiper ranges from 6,500 yards from the back tees to 4,751 from the front, so there’s plenty of challenge for golfers of all ability. Coffee was had in the River’s Edge Restaurant and it was off to the first tee. Number 1 at Sandpiper, at 567 yards from the black tees, is a great introduction to what lies ahead. The fairway snakes between giant evergreens drawing left then fading right as you approach the green. Left centre off the tee gives recreational golfers a chance at hitting the green in regulation, but the best we could manage was a bogey from Muir and three “others” from the rest of us. Holes 2-7 tack back and forth across the sloping benchland on your way to the eight and ninth holes on the other side of Morris Valley Road, accessed via a small underpass. Of special note on the front are the par-3 third hole and the par-4 sixth.

At 222 yards from the back tees, number 3 was a challenge. Teeing off from a narrow,denselywoodedchute, you head toward a green out in the open, and taking any wind into account can be a ticklish business. The putting surfaces were in excellent condition but the recent rain made judging speed a very difficult proposition. At only 395 yards from the tips, number 6 is ranked the hardest hole on the course. From the tee it all looked innocent enough, but it was an uphill dogleg left with massive bunkers left and right of the primary landing areas. Again, a bogey from Muir was the best of a sorry lot. The ninth tee adds another of Sandpiper’s elements to the equation. Set back on the other side of a small river in a thicket of evergreens and maples, it’s visually intimidating. Bunkers to the left of the fairway and just around the corner of the dogleg, out of sight, suggest a conservative approach for all but the most supremely confident. On the back nine, the stretch of holes 11 and 12 leads you down the slope and provide spectacular views of the river and surrounding country. Putting out the par-3 12th leaves you a stone’s throw from the water and in the next few weeks hundreds of bald eagles will begin to gather there as the salmon migration moves upstream. It’s worth checking with the resort to see when the eagles are around as it’s an See Birdie page 47





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astounding sight. Holes 13-15 include a pair of par-5s and a longish par-4. At 486 yards from the back, number 15 is a wide open prospect from the tee box, again set back across a stream, but the fairway is crossed at mid-length by another stream and then again just in front of the green by a third. You have to be right on your distances or it can all go wrong quickly. A grouping of four bunkers at the left front of the putting surface creates Sandpiper’s distinctive Sasquatch Footprint hazard. It’s a nice whimsical touch on this singular course. Shot of the day belonged, again, to Muir. At 440 yards from the back tees, number 17 is rated second hardest on the course and has the added hazard of a private air strip running the length of the playing surface down the left side. We all had decent tee shots but Muir followed his up with an epic blast that came to a stop about 18 inches from the cup. Birdie. Afterward in the River’s


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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: 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 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 food court, Park Royal, south mall, West Vancouver. Meet new people and keep up your Dutch language or improve it. The club welcomes Flemish and South African people also. Used Dutch magazines and books will be available. Info: Henk, 604-987-4978 or Nel, 604-987-6879. ESL Book Club: A free club to read and talk about Canadian novels Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr. Registration required: 604-925-7403. Gleneagles Scottish Country Dance Club: Experienced

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NORTH Vancouver’s John Charles Cain scored some huge results at the World Dwarf Games held in East Lansing, Mich., last month, winning three gold medals in track and field and a fourth medal in floor hockey.

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Cain, a 17-year-old entering his Grade 12 year at Sutherland secondary, won the open men’s Upper Class 3 discus, javelin and shot put while also helping the floor hockey team to a second-place finish behind the host United States team. “It was really fun, it was awesome,” Cain told the North Shore News after returning home, adding that it made him feel very proud to be wrapped in the Maple Leaf flag as he took his place on the top step of the podium. The track and field competition was divided into classes 1, 2 and 3 based on arm and leg length with one being the shortest and three the longest. Cain, who has a form of dwarfism known as hypochondroplasia, is a three in both measurements, and at four-foot10 he is right at the top of the standard height definition for dwarfism. “He was actually one of the tallest dwarfs there, which sometimes is an advantage and sometimes is a disadvantage,” said his mom Dawn who made the trip to Michigan to cheer on her son. Cain scored a javelin throw of 20.94 metres, a six-kilogram shot put of 6.34 m and a discus throw, his favourite event, of 19.29 m. The young athlete was turned on to the Dwarf Games through connections with the Little People of America organization. After picking track and field as his preferred sport, Cain spent the past year training on his own or with his Little People mentor, practising his throws every week at nearby Ridgeway elementary. When he joined the team of 25 Canadians heading to the Games he realized he could add another event to his schedule by joining the floor hockey team. “I used to play hockey when I was younger,” he said. “My mom was like, ‘hey, you wanna sign up for floor hockey?’ I was like, ‘OK, sure.’” Mom says the team was happy to have him. “He was invited to play on the men’s floor hockey team because of his size. The

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THE gridiron rivalry continues this weekend as the Handsworth Royals and Carson Graham Eagles are set to square off the in the 27th annual Buchanan Bowl.

The Royals, recently bumped up to the AAA league, will be looking for a little redemption after a tough letdown against the AA Eagles in last year’s game. Handsworth raced out to an early 19-0 lead but coughed it all up, getting outscored 22-0 in a stirring second half comeback by Carson. That loss ended up costing the Royals a playoff berth. There won’t be any playoff implications in this year’s contest as the two teams are once again in different leagues but that never seems to matter in a game that always brings out the best in the teams and the fans. Game time is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Carson Graham. The day will kick off with a matchup between the schools’ junior teams. In other football action West Van will travel to Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox secondary for a AAA matchup Friday at 3:30 p.m. A pair of North Shore AA teams will also hit the field Friday with Windsor hosting Earl Marriot at 3:45 p.m. and Argyle taking on Frank Hurt starting at 2:30 p.m. at William Griffin Park. — Andy Prest

Cain hoping to defend titles at next World Dwarf Games in 2017 From page 49 team knew that John Charles has experience with hockey.” The best part of the event, however, was meeting other short stature people from around the world, said Cain. More than 400 athletes from 24 countries took part in the games. “It was really different (to see people) from other countries, the cultures,” he said. “It was fascinating to see teams from India and Great Britain and Norway and France and Ireland,” added Dawn. “Australia brought a

huge contingency.” The Games themselves will move to Australia for the next edition in 2017 and Cain is keen to make an appearance and defend his medals. “I’m already doing some stuff,” he said. Dawn is hoping her son’s story and the Games in general will help other dwarfs feel positive about their stature and their ability to play sports. “It was wonderful to see so many ages competing and so many disabilities. The level of competition was incredible. Everybody came to win and compete, it was an amazing thing to watch and be a part of.”

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A pair of long jumpers led the way as four athletes from the North Shore’s NorWesters Track and Field Club took home medals at the Legion National Youth Championships held last month in Langley.

Emma Rastad won gold in the girls U16 long jump with a leap of 5.61 metres while

Diana Voloshin claimed the girls U18 long jump with a 5.56 m attempt. James Elson won a pair of medals, finishing second in boys U18 high jump after clearing 2.01 m and earning bronze in triple jump with a leap of 13.42 m. Nima Parsakish rounded out the medal haul with a silver medal showing in the girls U16 1,500-m racewalk, clocking a time of 9:41.47. Kate Weaver placed fourth in girls U18 heptathlon. — Andy Prest

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JENNA Bartholomew bats for Calgary in the final of the Western Canadian Women’s Cricket Championships held earlier this summer at West Vancouver’s Hugo Ray Park. Bartholomew was named Batwoman of the Tournament but it was the Victoria Wicket Maidens who ended up winning the title. The host West Vancouver Fine Legs finished third.

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