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Thief also makes off with Order of Canada BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

A West Vancouver veteran and Order of Canada recipient is reeling after thief broke into his home and made off with some of his most cherished merit and military medals. Murray Newman, 89, who served in the U.S. Navy’s hospital corps and the U.S. Marine Corps during the Second World War and was a founding director of the Vancouver Aquarium, came home from lunch Monday to find his home on the 4900-block of Beacon Lane had been broken into. “I guess they were looking for money.They didn’t find any money but they found my various medals that I’ve been given over the years,” Newman said. “I was relieved that (the thief) hadn’t done more damage and taken more things but losing all these medals was very sad for me. I’m very old.These things have been accumulated over a very long period of time and so they represent different periods of my life and I hate losing them.” Among the lost treasures: all his U.S. Navy ribbons, two Second World War medals, the Canadian Centennial Medal, a Queen’s Jubilee medal and the Order of Canada, the second highest award for merit in the country. Newman received the medal title of officer of the order

Murray Newman stands holding his one remaining medal, the Order of B.C., which was overlooked by a thief who took both military and civilian merit medals after breaking into his West Vancouver home on Monday . PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD for his role in getting the aquarium started. “It was a tremendous honour to get the Order of Canada for this.The aquarium really is an extraordinary institution,” he said. Spared in the ransacking was Newman’s Order of B.C. medal. It is a SeeWV police page 3

Doctors alarmed over mental health cuts

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Deep cuts to the North Shore’s community mental health budget being considered by Vancouver Coastal Health would have a significant impact both on the

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mentally ill and the wider community, a group of doctors has warned. In a letter to the North Shore News, nine psychiatric doctors said they were shocked to learn recently about a possible cut of about $500,000 from the North Shore’s

community mental health budget. “This is a significant portion of our budget and will result in staff layoffs and fewer services to (patients),” the doctors wrote in their letter. They also warned that cuts to community

mental health could result in patients staying longer in Lions Gate Hospital or clogging the hospital’s emergency department. Dr. Paul Termansen, clinical director of adult community mental health See Budget page 3

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Daycare expansion rejected Neighbours’ concerns put end to child care plans JEREMY SHEPHERD jshepherd@nsnews.com

Dr. Paul Termansen ponders the possibility of cuts to community mental health services on the North Shore from a room in the community mental health clinic as the multi-million dollar HOpe Centre goes up across the street. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD

Budget decisions not final

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services on the North Shore, and one of the signatories of the letter, said although doctors haven’t been given specifics, they are very concerned about the amount that could be chopped from the budget and what the focus of the cuts would be. “If we have to cut, it really needs to be done in very close consultation with us and not have some upstairs bureaucrat make the decision about who should go and who shouldn’t,” said Termansen. Termansen said a cut of $500,000 could mean layoffs for staff like community psychiatric nurses. “I’m opposed to anybody going at this stage,” he said. Termansen said doctors were told around four

months ago about the possible funding cuts when next year’s fiscal budget was discussed. Dr. Lance Patrick, head of the department of psychiatry at Lions Gate Hospital, said funding cuts are being reviewed in every health department, not just community mental health. “The speculation of the $500,000 was an estimate on my part on how much the budget might well be affected given the pressures that we’re facing and how they are continuing into the next year,” said Patrick. Patrick added health authorities are required to balance their budgets, and that affects all areas of care. Anna Marie D’Angelo, spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health, said mental health and addiction services is an important priority on the North Shore.

She said the health authority has no current plans to reduce services. “Any discussion about next year’s budget allocations is premature and pure speculation at this point,” said D’Angelo. “We are continuing to review how we are investing available resources, to ensure the finite dollars we have invested in health services are producing the maximum benefits to the communities and patients we serve, including on the North Shore.” Patrick said the current budget for all mental health and addiction services on the North Shore, including in-patient and outpatient, is around $18 million annually. Any potential cuts may not necessarily come from the community mental health budget, he said. Next year, mental health

services on the North Shore are moving to the HOpe Centre, a new $62 million dollar psychiatric facility supported largely by private donations. The HOpe Centre will replace the aging 80-yearold psychiatric unit at Lions Gate Hospital that has been the subject of intense criticism. While welcoming the move, Termansen said doctors are concerned that it could also spell extra pressure not to cut the inpatient funding for mental health — leaving the cuts to fall on the outpatient programs. Doctors who signed the letter are urging the health authority not to cut any of the mental health funding. “I’m suggesting that they shouldn’t be cutting back on mental health services period, particularly at this time,” said Termansen.

WV police investigating break-in From page 1

sad coincidence that the military ribbons and medals should disappear on the eve of Remembrance Day, Newman said. West Vancouver police are now investigating the break-and-enter and have called in their forensics team in hopes of finding a suspect. Police responded to the call around 1:40 p.m.

Monday when the burglar triggered the home’s alarm. It appears the suspect got in by removing a sliding glass door with a crowbar. “It’s consistent with somebody getting in, realizing the alarm was sounding and grabbing something of any perceived value quickly and getting out,” said Jeff Palmer, West Vancouver police spokesman. The medals likely do

not have much monetary value, especially on the black market, Palmer said, but the sentimental value is immeasurable. “To have him lose these significant personal artifacts one week ahead of Remembrance Day, it’s very difficult to capture in words how significant they are to him and how significant they should be to anyone with any kind of appreciation of these

accomplishments,” he said. Anyone with information about the theft or that could assist in return of the stolen medals is asked to contact West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300. “We would obviously want to be able to investigate and hold somebody accountable, but above everything, we would want this gentleman to have his medals back,” Palmer said.

Little Bunnies hopped into a brick wall Monday night, as District of North Vancouver council voted to deny the daycare’s expansion. The West Kings Road child care facility was hoping to double its enrolment from 10 to 20 children, but council kiboshed the application after hearing from neighbours who feel deluged by daycares. “I believe that our neighbourhood has done more than its share accommodating already 36 daycare spaces,” said James Gill, who lives adjacent to Little Bunnies Learning Centre. Citing invasive noise as well as traffic and parking issues on Jones Avenue, six neighbours spoke against the expansion at a recent meeting. Eight parents took the side of the daycare. “Myself and the many neighbours that appeared at public hearing don’t dislike children, don’t dislike the facility but do realize that increasingly the quality of life in our neighbourhood is continually being eroded,” Gill said. “Cars arriving, doors slamming, children screaming during the day, parents talking across the street . . . this is day after day, week after week, and it never ends.” The daycare currently accepts children up to age three. Approval of the application would have allowed children up to age five at Little Bunnies. While there are advantages to allowing children to stay in the same daycare, that is not the responsibility of the neighbours, Gill said. “If there is a problem, that problem is on them. It is not on the neighbours who oppose this,” he said. While Gill was the lone speaker to oppose the

expansion at Monday’s meeting, he represents a large contingent, according to Coun. Lisa Muri. “I do not think I have seen this level of opposition from a neighbourhood about an expansion,” she said. The decision was agonizing, according to Muri. “It’s a challenge for us to find a balance and not feel horrible,” she said. Most of the daycare centres in the Norwood Queens neighbourhood are at or near capacity, with nearby Little Rascals carrying a one-year waitlist. The laws of supply and demand suggest council should allow the expansion, according to Ryan Sword, a parent with a child enrolled at Little Bunnies. “There is currently an imbalance in both the City and District of North Vancouver where there’s not enough supply,” he said. There is a daycare demand across the North Shore, but the supply should not be concentrated in one neighbourhood, according to Coun. Roger Bassam. Approving the expansion would be denying homeowners of reasonable enjoyment of their properties, Bassam said. Some praised Little Bunnies for its good quality care and low price. “This seems like a beauty if you ask me,” said neighbor Don Peters, who robustly called on council to allow the expansion. Many parents need to cover a lot of distance to find a daycare, Peters said. “I was struck by what I thought was a disconnect between the quality of this application and the recommendation to you to deny the application,” Peters said. District staff recommended council reject the proposal. “I’m curious why the staff recommendation is to deny. That’s not normal,” Coun. Mike Little noted. Council’s responsibility is to “an absolutely hostage group of neighbours,” Little said, sympathizing See Sounds page 5


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The North Vancouver School District could be on the hook for up to $600,000 after a class action lawsuit over summer school fees was recently settled. The lawsuit was launched by parents in 2010 against 25 school

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with the homeowners who would hear the sounds of babies and toddlers for years to come if the expansion were approved. “That’s 20 kids that aren’t going to grow up. That’s 20 kids that are going to be the same age, just turning over,” Little said. The expansion has support from a dozen neighbours, according to Little Bunnies founder Laya Shakery. “If the district truly believes in its own policy and values the importance of quality of childcare and supports the far-reaching, positive impacts childcare can have in a community, why has it denied our request for expansion?” Council voted 4-2 to deny the application. Couns. Alan Nixon and Robin Hicks both discussed deferring the vote to facilitate greater discussion between the daycare and its neighbours. Coun. Doug MacKayDunn did not attend the meeting.

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Cracked up T he political circus that is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford delivered another spectacle Tuesday with Ford’s admission that, yes, he smoked crack cocaine and no, he doesn’t see that as a reason to quit. I’ve admitted my mistakes, Ford said. I’ve apologized. Now time for him to get back to work.The operatic level of denial that has characterized the Ford spiral downwards over the past six months continued unabated. Ford’s revelation this week that he’s smoked crack and carried on in “drunken stupors” is a surprise to nobody. That he believes it would be possible to continue to carry out his duties as head of Canada’s largest city indicates how out of touch he’s become. Sure, Rob Ford needs help. But so does the city ofToronto, where the business of the people has been side-

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Dear Editor: Re: Disabled woman stuck in care home, Oct. 27. I read the abovementioned article with interest after a friend who has a disability and lives independently in the community brought it to my attention. In 2009, I completed a research study during which I interviewed eight adults between the ages of 22

and 59 who had a physical disability and lived in a geriatric care facility. Each stated that their primary goal was to move back into the community and that their family physician had suggested they move into a geriatric residential care home due to lack of other options. There are few supports for young people in this setting as the facilities are designed to meet the needs of

an elderly population. It is also worth noting that residents who are too young to receive a pension are left with only $95/month from their disability benefit after paying for their care. You may ask yourself, “Why should I care about this?” and I would challenge you to consider that most Canadians will experience disability and a need for support at

some point in their lives. Persons with disabilities have the right to live in the community with the same choices as everyone else. Every participant in my study was previously able-bodied and had been living independently prior to finding themselves living in a nursing home. Someday this could be you. Sarah Chapple Vancouver

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No suggestion of West Van leasing Dear Editor: I would like to address some misinformation in your Oct. 23 article on the proposed Grosvenor development for 1300 Marine Drive in West Vancouver. At no time did I suggest that council should lease rather than sell the property. My concerns related to trading such a valuable asset for a development proposal that has needlessly divided our community. The district’s own questionnaire showed that 72 per cent of respondents favoured a lower height than that proposed by the developer. Unfortunately, as stated quite clearly by

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Bears relocated . . . again Sow and cubs taken to Squamish after returning BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

A mother bear and two cubs known for dining on apples and garbage in WestVancouver backyards have been tranquilized and relocated for the second time in three weeks. Conservation officers had already tranquilized the trio and dropped them off in a remote area of Hollyburn Mountain in late October. But they were back in Sentinel Hill and Ambleside less than a week later. West Vancouver police and conservation officers met “Mama and the kids” in the 2400-block of Palmerston Ave. on Monday afternoon, according to Const. Jeff Palmer,

West Vancouver police spokesman. Conservation officers “managed to get them treed and darted and helped carry them off to the traps,” Palmer said. From there, the bears were taken up to Squamish where they were handed off to another conservation officer who took them to a “very undeveloped” area in the Squamish Valley. “The hope is that they’re going to go into hibernation this time of year and they’ll stay there for the next few months,” said conservation officer Ashley Page. But Page said, it is highly likely the bears will be back. “Short distance relocation and longdistances relocations . . .

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This mother bear and two cubs were tranquilized and relocated for a second time after returning to West Vancouver. PHOTO GABE MULLER do not generally work for a sow and cubs,” she said. “Generally, we see them coming back to developed areas.” Conservation officers must evaluate, every time they pick up a bear for relocation, whether it is worth the risk of keeping them alive. “There’s no policy in

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By stepping outside its jurisdiction and taking on affordable housing units, the city risks creating a spike in taxes for its citizens, Heywood argued. “Maybe we have tipped now into a trend towards long-term fiscal unsustainability if we continue to try and act like a mini-Vancouver in our jurisdiction that doesn’t have a West Side to pay its bills.” Heywood added the “boom that we have been using to fund the renewal of our infrastructure won’t last forever and I think we need to re-focus on our priorities.” Coun. Craig Keating, one of council’s most vocal advocates for affordable housing, shot back that if the city was behaving like a miniVancouver, it was complete with a mini-Non-Partisan Association in Heywood. Keating added that Heywood’s motion was predicated on the “baseless” assumption that the city was putting affordable housing ahead other projects. “There is no evidence for that whatsoever,” he said before launching into a list of 25 cultural and recreational projects the city had invested in, either with tax dollars or development deals in recent years. “The argument becomes, somehow, we’re doing too much for social housing. It does not bear scrutiny.” Keating said council can probably have a new North Shore Neighbourhood House built by a developer in exchange for allowing more density in a new condo tower, the same way the council got the city’s new library and renovated city hall. “We can achieve a brand new facility that will cost the taxpayers precisely nothing,” he said. Couns. Pam Bookham and Don Bell joined Heywood in voting for the motion, both of them noting that council has a range of needs it must respond to beyond affordable housing. But, while they couldn’t agree on what local priorities should be for affordable housing, council was unanimous at the following week’s meeting that the federal government and provinces need to take a more active role in ensuring stable access to housing. Council passed a motion from Coun. Linda Buchanan calling on the city to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ campaign to lobby the feds for a national housing strategy. Buchanan’s motion cited increasing difficulty for working people to obtain housing.


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The sometimes controversial practice of granting developers extra density in exchange for cash towards community amenities was back for discussion at the City of North Vancouver Oct. 28. City staff presented changes in the new draft density bonusing policy, which will be incorporated into the city’s new Official Community Plan due out next year. Council has faced increasing criticism in recent years for its policy of trading more density for amenities like affordable housing, childcare space, greener building standards, heritage preservation, market rental

housing, commercial space or other community perks. The system lacked accountability and predictability while encouraging the perception that any development’s approval could be “bought” if the developer offered the right price in community amenities, both critics and the city’s hired planning consultants concluded. Under the new density regime presented to council, the city would require that developers pay a contribution of $135 to $145 per square foot of extra density when rezoning a property up to a yet-to-be-defined cap. Anything beyond that cap would require an OCP amendment. Those amendments would require developers to pay 70 per cent of the increased land value to city amenities. While generally regarded as an improvement, speakers still had mixed reviews of the policy. Without specifying how high the base density is, how high the density cap will be

set and a map plotting the density and zoning of the entire city, the information presented was incomplete argued Keith Road resident Linda Heese. Heese added that policy doesn’t address the strain on traffic, infrastructure or the North Shore’s only hospital that comes with densification. Speaking for the Urban Development Institute, which represents developers across the province, Anne McMullin praised the changes for bringing greater clarity and reduced speculation for developers, land sellers and the public. But, McMullin added, the new policy could dampen the incentive for landowners to sell to developers. And without an understanding of what height limits will be placed in the new OCP, density increases could be a moot point if there is no legal way to configure the density, she added. City staff will continue to develop the policy before it goes back to the public for more feedback.

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Fall colours are everywhere, adorning our gardens and parks and as the leaves slowly fall to mulch the soil now is the time to plant to keep the colour show going through winter. Fall is not the end of the season it’s the beginning of a calmer and more refined state of gardening where colour is found on frost covered leaves, stems and fruit. In gardens with mature plants, colour virtue abounds on the leaves of burning bush, on the winged seeds of maple and the waiting buds of rhododendron. Every garden whether mature or young, big or small, can use a splash of colour here or there to brighten our lives. The garden centres are full of plants that will add colour to garden in winter and even those people on a budget can find a few pansies for the windowsill or front door. The most colourful plants I saw while visiting the local big three garden centres were definitely fall blooming chrysanthemums.The sheer volume of yellow, white and orange was inspiring. Fall blooming chrysanthemums are best suited for planting in a location that is out of the rain which helps prevent foliar diseases from occurring. Choose locations with a roof overhang such

Green Guide LYNNMOUTH PARK REHABILITATION PROJECT Help remove invasive plants, plant native plants and learn about the local ecology while restoring the native plant population in the park Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 212 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver. dmcdonald@evergreen.ca CAPILANO FLOWER ARRANGING CLUB meets the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August), 7:30 p.m. at Delbrook Community Centre, 600 West Queens Rd., North Vancouver.They have demonstrations, guest speakers and workshops. New members and guests welcome. Donna, 604-9869360 or Heather, 604-9875382

Ornamental cabbage adds colour to a winter garden. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD as the front door, back patio or balcony and grow chrysanthemums in pots. The protection of the roof will extend the bloom season well into frost. Hardy asters also provide great colour. “Good doers,” as they say, are hard to find when looking for hardy asters, especially hardy ones that can survive the coastal moisture without succumbing to mildew or rust. But they are out there, you just have to search, which is part of the fun. The show of pansies at the garden centres was also good this year. Single colour pansies are not as popular as they used to be and have somewhat been replaced by the modern breeding of

bicolour pansies. In some instances, I prefer a single colour pansy for design purposes, especially if the other plants in the bed or container don’t assimilate well with bicolour pansies. Pansies are well suited to our regional climate.They can droop and curl during frosty times for protection but tolerate some rain and like the cool yet mild winter weather. However, on the North Shore the volume of rainfall can decimate even the best pansies, whose flowers are damaged by heavy rainfall when followed by frost.This is why humans created roof overhangs and beautiful containers. Pansies are generally easy to grow but they resent over-

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freshwater). All are very beautiful. Everybody loves owls, like the great horned spotted on our October nature walk. It is not every day that you spot an owl; they’re simply wonderful birds in legend, lore and lifestyles. We had some help finding this owl and a good lesson for discovering other owls and other birds of prey — a mob of crows was making a big fuss. And when crows get excited it’s always worth checking out to see what they’ve discovered — an owl, hawk raccoon and sometimes a cat. There was a recent report of a Barred Owl at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats, also discovered by scolding birds. If you find a flock of birds like chickadee’s scolding (harsh chicka-dee–dee) and maybe joined by other birds like kinglets and nuthatches, there is a good chance they’ve discovered something like a saw-whet owl or a northern pygmyowl. Late fall is a fine time to watch for other birds of prey like the red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon or merlin. On our October nature walk we had an excellent look at a merlin. The merlin is a small, fat-flying falcon, and that always a treat to see. Berries still linger on trees like hawthorns and pacific crabapple, lasting well into early winter (excellent trees to plant for fruit-eating birds). Recently, at Maplewood Flats, visitors were thrilled to watch a flock of cedar waxwings dining on nutritious hawthorn fruits. Speaking of fruit, dried out (mummified) blackberries attract seedeating birds like the purple finch, while the tangles

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It was a beautiful spring day and we were heading off to the zoo with three of my son’s friends. We were going to be celebrating his fifth birthday, which was going to take place in a few days. At the ticket window the cashier asked each of the kids how old they were because kids under five were free.Three of the kids were still four but one was five and proud of it. We paid for his admission price. In telling the story, I was amazed at the number of my friends who figured we would have had our little five-year-old friend lie and say he was four. I also realized that the cashier expected us to lie so she asked the kids, whom she knew from experience would be honest.What an indictment on parents.

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If we want our kids to be honest and learn right from wrong we need to model the behaviour.When they see and hear us lie, that’s what they learn.The phone rings and we madly nod “no” to indicate we want the caller to believe we are not available. We phone in sick when we are simply busy with personal activities. And our kids learn that lying, when it’s more convenient, is the rule. Modelling is one way to teach our kids right from wrong but we also need to talk to them about our beliefs.This can be an ongoing conversation whenever an opportunity arises.You might be watching a TV program in which a character lies, manipulates a situation or blatantly breaks a rule.Talk about it. “Why do you think the character acted that way?” “What else could he have done?” There also may be situations in your neighbourhood, on the news or at school that can lead to fruitful conversations. If you want your kids to follow your example and care about what you think, you want to develop a strong and respectful relationship with them.They are looking to you to understand how relationships work and how

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Remembrance Day reading for all ages

Fran Ashdown

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In preparing this review I read many excellent books dealing with the devastation caused by war. Here are some books by Canadian authors for middle-grade readers that will help kids to understand why we have a holiday called Remembrance Day. For an approachable overview of the Second World War, Canada atWar is a great choice. Subtitled “A Graphic History of World War II,” its colourful format will appeal to a wide audience. I did not know what fu-go balloons were until I read about

them here! Interestingly, the list of further reading includes online as well as print resources. Exiles from theWar by Jean Little is a new title in the highly regarded Dear Canada series produced by Scholastic Canada. Little is one of Canada’s most beloved authors with more than 50 books to her credit. Each Dear Canada book is written in diary format and is centred around a fictional child living through significant events in Canadian history. In Exiles from theWar, Charlotte Twiss is looking forward to the arrival of a war guest. These “guests” were English children who were sent to various Commonwealth countries to keep them safe from the bombing in Britain. Often, their stay lasted for several years and they suffered from loneliness and alienation. Luckily, Charlotte’s war guest had a relatively good experience with a loving family. Through the year that Charlotte keeps the diary it is clear that she is forming

a bond with Jane and the other children who arrived in Canada in the same group. Offer this book to readers who enjoyed Kit Pearson’s wonderful War Guest trilogy. Another new title is The Road to Afghanistan by Linda Granfield. Beautifully illustrated by Brian Deines, this is a picture book for all ages. The narrator (a young soldier whose gender is only revealed at the end of the book) describes a family that has served its country through several generations. The text is poetic and moving. The author says she watched the caskets of Canadian soldiers being brought to Toronto along the Highway of Heroes and was inspired to write about the Canadian families that suffered such terrible losses. Granfield also deals with the topic of war in Where Poppies Grow and In Flanders Fields, two books that have had enduring popularity with Canadian educators. Jean Booker’s novel,

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Still atWar, is a gripping sequel to Keeping Secrets. It describes life in a post-war small British town where anti-German feelings run high and a British girl is dealing with the fact that she helped a German POW to escape during the war. The author drives home the fact that war has lingering and unpleasant consequences for both the victor and the loser. In the book In My Enemy’s House, Carol Matas tells the story of a Jewish girl who masquerades as a Polish citizen and survives the war by working as a servant for a Nazi family. This is a paperback reissue of a title first published in 1999. Matas is a brilliant writer of historical fiction and this book is a chilling and realistic account of the way some people survived the Second World War. Marsha Skrypuch chronicles the tale of Nadia, a young Ukrainian girl stolen from her parents by the Nazis as part of their Lebensborn programme.

This programme was established in 1936 by the SS to increase the number of Aryan children and help proliferate the German so-called master race. Nadia is brainwashed into thinking the German family who take her in are her real parents and it is only post-war when she has settled in Canada with a refugee couple that she begins to have troubling dreams of a different past. Her older sister’s story is told in the newer title, Making Bombs for Hitler. Wendy Halperin, an American author, offers a soothing antidote to grim wartime tales with a paean for world peace simply titled Peace. In a lovely picture book she echoes the question asked in the Tao Te Ching — how can we bring peace to the world? A series of pictorial storylines are accompanied by quotes regarding peace and Halperin explains that world peace must begin with peace in our hearts. Upbeat and positive and full of hope. The titles recommended here are:

– Canada atWar: a Graphic History ofWorldWar II by Paul Keery ( Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver) $24.95 – Exiles from theWar: theWar Guest Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss (Scholastic Canada, Toronto) $14.99 – In My Enemy’s House by Carol Matas (Scholastic Canada, Toronto) $8.99 – Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin (Atheneum, New York) $19.99 – The Road to Afghanistan by Linda Granfield (North Winds Press, Toronto) $19.99 – Still atWar by Jean Booker (Scholastic Canada, Toronto) $6.99 – Stolen Child by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic Canada, Toronto) $8.99

Fran Ashdown was the head of the children’s department at the Capilano branch of the NorthVancouver District Public Library. She will be thinking of her father, an RAF radio officer, on Remembrance Day. For more information, check your local libraries.

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YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE to EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE

Menu selections suit seasons

Chris Dagenais

The Dish

ROMANCING THE STOVE Angela Shellard offers up some olive recipes. page 24

Burgoo, the Lower Lonsdale eatery named after a traditional American stew, has always appealed to me on the basis of its unpretentious perspective on dining that puts an emphasis on comfort and accessibility. The room is large and inviting, with rustic, heavy furniture and an earthy colour palette that makes it feel warm and honest. I must confess, however, that despite these positive attributes, I have not been a particularly regular patron of Burgoo over the years. This is principally because I so strongly identified the restaurant with stickto-your-ribs, hearty fare that somehow seemed suited only to cold and rainy winter evenings. As I discovered on a recent visit, however, Burgoo has embraced a new, fluid approach to its menu that allows it to celebrate light and playful flavours right alongside the heavier mainstays with which I have come to associate the restaurant. Historically served in the American South and Midwest, a burgoo is a straightforward stew that makes use of whatever ingredients are available and is often prepared in large quantities in order to facilitate communal meals.

In other words, burgoo is, by definition, a seasonally influenced, social dish. It is fitting, then, that the eponymous restaurant has developed a new program of frequent menu updates that are based on seasonally available ingredients, served in a space that is highly conducive to group seating and plate sharing. On my visit, the appetizers page of the menu had launched with new fare just two days earlier, while the entrées portion of the menu, I learned, was to undergo an update within the following two weeks. These frequent, cyclical updates are never wholesale menu changes, but rather small shifts in either the selection or preparation of dishes that allow for long-standing favourites to remain on the menu while new items, designed with a view to harnessing the best ingredients available at the time, keep the menu dynamic and interesting. I began my meal with Mussels a la Espanol, a thoroughly delicious dish of plump local mussels steamed in white wine with garlic, tomatoes, saffron and chorizo. Despite being billed as an appetizer, the portion of mussels was very generous and contained heaps of succulent, carefully diced chorizo. I was grateful for the accompanying basket of crusty bread, which I used to mop up as much of the rich steaming broth as I could before shamelessly turning to my spoon to finish the job. Next up was a plate of Thai shrimp cakes, four densely packed spheres of shrimp meat flavoured with fragrant cilantro, basil, and curry paste, all bound together with sweet potato. This was a decidedly bright and scrumptious

Manager Aletta Clark displays a dish of butternut squash soup and a vegetarian sandwich with roasted peppers, artichokes and hummus at Burgoo in Lower Lonsdale. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH dish, miles away from heavy winter fare. A glass of Kung Fu Girl Riesling paired nicely with the Thai flavours, the bracing acidity and signature citrus notes of the wine providing a perfect counterpart to the heady curry in the shrimp cakes. Pausing to consider what to order for my next dish, I surveyed the bar that spans nearly an entire wall of the restaurant. Reviewing the products that lined the shelves I noted with interest that an effort has clearly been made here to focus on wines, beers, and spirits that complement chef Teresa Meilleur’s deftly crafted, expertly realized menu. The wine list, though small, is refreshingly considered and reveals a commendable skill at food and wine pairing. For my next course I decided on a chicken salad. Tender cubes of white chicken meat, morsels of

crumbled blue cheese and a generous handful of crispy bacon bits were piled high atop a bed of mixed greens and red grapes. The entire dish was topped with a rich, buttermilk-based dressing; this was not a sparse, appetizer-sized salad, but a full-sized meal, reasonably priced at $14. Overcome with an inexplicably voracious appetite, I decided to persevere with my meal and ordered a final dish: a soup and sandwich combination called the Afterschool Special, which permits the diner to select a cup of any of the seven soups available and pair it with one of six sandwich options, all for $16. Succumbing at last to the undeniable comforts of hearty fare, I chose the Gooey Cheese Grillers with a cup of butternut squash soup. The sandwich was decadently satisfying, its stringy gobs of emmental, gruyere, mozzarella and

white cheddar barely contained by golden, toasted and buttery slices of baguette. The soup elevated the natural richness of butternut squash with the addition of maple syrup and toasted hazelnuts, a combination that worked much better in practice than it read on paper. I admire the direction in which Meilleur and her team have taken the Burgoo menu and I will happily make it a habit to check in more often for seasonal updates. Burgoo is located at 3 Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver. Phone: 604904-0933. burgoo.ca 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: hungryontheshore@gmail. com.


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Romancing the Stove Olives are popular around the world and are also healthy. Whether green or black, olives are said to contain many beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and the dozens of varieties available offer a wealth of different tastes and textures.The recipes below are best made with olives from one of the olive bars now in many specialty food stores, rather than canned or bottled versions. Select an assortment from one of these bars and find out which varieties you like best. Olive, Sundried Tomato & Cheese Bread 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper (preferably freshly ground) 3 eggs ½ cup milk 5 Tbsp olive oil ½ cup chopped pitted black olives 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2 Tbsp finely chopped green onions or chives 10 oil-packed sundried tomatoes, blotted dry and chopped Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter and flour a 9X5-inch loaf pan (or two smaller loaf pans, which is my preference; you’ll have to reduce the cooking time if

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2 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 heaping teaspoon drained capers 1 tsp olive oil Process the above ingredients in a food processor until a chunky paste forms, stopping machine occasionally to scrape down sides. 1+ 1⁄3 cups chopped fresh tomato 2 Tbsp finely chopped green onion 1 Tbsp shredded fresh basil 1 Tbsp olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Combine above ingredients in a small bowl. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. One French baguette, approximately 12 inches long, cut into half-inch slices 2 Tbsp olive oil ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or a mixture of Parmesan and

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mozzarella or Fontina) To make toast, lightly brush both sides of the baguette slices with the olive oil. Place slices on a baking sheet and bake for about five minutes or until golden brown, turning slices over halfway through cooking time. To assemble bruschetta: Spread about one teaspoon of the olive mixture on each toasted bread slice; top with about one tablespoon of the tomato mixture, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for three to four minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately. Makes about 20 pieces. Visit the Taste section on the North Shore News website (nsnews.com) to see Angela’s recipe for Chicken Marbella. Angela Shellard is a selfdescribed foodie. She has done informal catering for various functions. Contact: ashellard@ hotmail.ca.


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YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE to THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

West Van hosts B.C.’s best AA field hockey finals on Friday at Ambleside

ANDY PREST aprest@nsnews.com

Scan this page with the Layar app to see more photos of Collingwood’s 3-2 overtime win over Sentinel in the North Shore AA field hockey championship final.

One of the spiritual homes for field hockey in British Columbia will become the literal home for B.C. field hockey for the next three days as West Vancouver plays host to the senior girls AA provincial championships at Ambleside Park. Collingwood School is hosting the event with their own Cavaliers looking to win their second consecutive championship. The tournament will provide a great opportunity to showcase a sport that’s uniquely popular in West Vancouver at a great new venue, Rutledge Field, that is situated in a uniquely beautiful location, said Sara Bruner, Collingwood’s co-head coach along with Ashleigh Gold and Catherine Underwood. “It’s not a bad place to spend some time,” Bruner said with a laugh about the tournament’s Ambleside location. “It’s a chance to showcase a sport that is very popular in the West Vancouver area and a chance to kind of highlight that and bring the community together. It’s a small community in which field hockey is so

Collingwood’s Isabelle Gouin (right) duels with Sentinel’s Katie Muller in the North Shore AA final Oct. 28. Collingwood, the host team for the provincial championships starting today, won the North Shore title in overtime. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN important, for some reason or another.” The Cavaliers are riding high coming into provincials after claiming their sixth straight North

Shore title — five at the AA level and one at AAA — with an exciting overtime win over Sentinel last week. With several Collingwood players battling a flu bug

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goal deficits to send it into overtime tied 2-2. Collingwood’s Rachel Spouge scored two minutes into the 10-minute overtime frame, picking out a nifty drop pass in a crowded crease and firing in an accurate shot. “She just had a good shot to where the goalie was not,” said Bruner. “It was a play you work on during practice and to actually implement it during the game was exciting to see for us.” From there the Cavs hung on, holding off wave after wave of Sentinel attacks while also feeling the effects of the flu. “After 70 minutes they were exhausted — and then you have 10 more minutes to play,” said Bruner. “For us as coaches it was good to see their mental strength and it was good preparation for provincials because by the time you play the final game that’s your sixth

game in three days — and you’re tired.” This season the Cavaliers returned seven players from last year’s championship team while adding nine newcomers. This Collingwood team doesn’t have the star power of last year’s squad but work as a group, said Bruner, adding that leadership comes from Grade 12 captains Isabelle Gouin and Carley De Pyffer along with fellow seniors Jasmine Keller, Samantha McCord, Nicole Darc and Samantha Steiner. “It’s a very different team from last year,” said Bruner. “We still have regional players and some provincial players but they all play really well as a team.” The Cavaliers likely won’t, however, be the favourites coming into this year’s tournament, said Bruner. St. Michael’s University comes in as the No. 1 seed after toppling always tough Shawnigan Lake in the Vancouver

Island championship. Vancouver’s Crofton House is another top seed, with Collingwood and Sentinel rounding out the main contender list. North Vancouver’s Windsor secondary will also hit the field in the 12-team tournament. This is a year with no dominant powerhouse team, said Bruner. “I think there are about four or five teams that, anything could happen on any given day,” she said. “I wouldn’t put money on any one team. It’s kind of fun.” The action starts today with pool games running on three fields at Ambleside until 4 p.m. and again Thursday morning. The playoffs begin Thursday afternoon with semifinals scheduled for Friday at 9:30 a.m. The gold medal game will be played at 3 p.m. Friday at Rutledge Field. For updated tournament information, schedules and results visit collingwood. org/page.cfm?p=2680.

WHAT A SCOOP Tony Rowe of the Capilano University men’s basketball team glides in for two of his 30 points in the season opener Friday night at the Sportsplex. Rowe’s big game helped the Blues earn an 85-76 win over Quest to start the PacWest season off in style. The Blues host Langara on Friday and Douglas on Saturday with start times of 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men each night. Scan with the Layar app to see more photos. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH

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Eagles and Dukes in action while Royals take a break

Two North Shore teams will be in action while a third will be home resting as the B.C. high school football playoffs get underway this weekend. The Handsworth Royals earned a surprise second-place showing in the Western Conference in their first season in AAA after many years at the lower AA level. The strong regular season showing earned the Royals a bye in opening round play, putting them through to next weekend’s quarterfinals. In AA play the Carson Graham Eagles come into the playoffs ranked No. 4

in the province and will host a playoff game this Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman secondary. The Eagles finished off a strong regular season with a 60-46 win over Ballenas Nov. 2, clinching second place in the AA Western Conference with a 5-1 record. Their only loss was a 21-0 defeat on the road in Nanaimo against No. 1-ranked John Barsby secondary. The senior-heavy Eagles are led on offence by star running back A.J. Blackwell who averaged 202 yards per game while scoring 19 rushing touchdowns in six regular season games.

Windsor secondary also made the AA playoffs after posting a 4-2 record in regular season play. They’ll be in tough Friday when they travel to Abbotsford to take on No. 5-ranked Rick Hansen secondary. Game time is 1:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Collegiate. The Dukes are led by Grade 12 quarterback Ty Marshall, a third-year starter who threw for more than 200 yards per game while adding nearly 60 yards per game on the ground and totaling 19 touchdowns — 14 passing and five rushing — in six regular season games. — Andy Prest


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