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care home in Lynn Valley and end up dead of hypothermia. Authorities are looking into what happened at the privately-run Sunrise Senior Living facility after an exhaustive ground search for 76-year-old Joan Warren ended with a hiker

discovering her body near Lynn Canyon’s Twin Falls on Sunday. RCMP, North Shore Rescue and hundreds of volunteers spent the weekend combing the forest around Lynn Canyon in temperatures that dipped well below freezing after

Warren went missing from her seniors’ home. Her body was found off a trail south of Twin Falls in Lynn Canyon Park. Preliminary indications are that she died of hypothermia. In a televised interview, Warren’s North Vancouver

family thanked searchers for their efforts and for bringing closure to he disappearance, but questioned how she was able to get out of the care home to begin with. “We felt we had done

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There’s been a changing of the guard at Squamish Nation band council. Band members voted for their new 16-member council on Sunday, putting five new faces at the council table while voting out several long-term members. That is enough to shift the balance of power, according to two new council members voted in on Sunday. “It’s a huge change,” said Deborah Baker, now starting her third term. “This one is going to be positive in transparency,” added Richard Baker, back on council after failing to get on in the last election. “It needs to be more membership involvement — more stuff going to membership before it’s passed at the table.” Top priorities for the new council are likely going See Finances page 5


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Among those travelling to South Africa to mourn for Nelson Mandela on his home soil this weekend is a North Vancouver man who once pledged to take a bullet for him. Etienne van Eck, a Capilano University instructor and North Vancouver resident, was the co-head of Mandela’s security detail upon his election in 1994. Van Eck grew up in a small, white, sheepfarming community where black South Africans had to be out of town by late afternoon. “As a kid, I just thought that’s the way it was,” he said. In retrospect, “it sounds incredible, really. How can that be?” After high school, van Eck joined the South African police academy in 1985 and was later recruited to protection services after graduation. Van Eck has asked himself many times why we went from being a “bobby on the beat” guarding

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together what had been separated by Apartheid law, security from the African National Congress was joined with van Eck’s protective services for the tense transition. “(It was) pretty tricky. Everyone comes from different backgrounds. Our training is totally different from the people we were

amalgamated with. There was a fair measure of distrust,” he said. “But at the same time, there was this massive, important job to fulfill.” As part of the team responsible for the president’s safety, van Eck was present not just for the history-making speeches and appearances but also

the smaller moments such as Mandela teaching children to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” everywhere he went. “Seeing Nelson Mandela in love was very special to me,” said van Eck, referring to the courtship between Mandela and his wife Graca Machel. “They’d walk in the middle

of the street and we’d sort of melt away into the shadows and just give him space and he’d reach over and take her hand and they’d hold hands. I was some distance behind, just watching Nelson Mandela walking with the love of his life,” van Eck said. Living up to his manof-the-people reputation, Mandela could be a bit of a handful to watch, frequently opting to hop out of his presidential motorcade to mix with locals or taking off for his morning walk before the security team arrived. Mandela was every bit as warm and genuine in a small room as he appeared in the media, van Eck said, taking time to get to know everyone on his staff. When van Eck’s wife died in an accident shortly after moving to Canada in 2000, Mandela called to offer support. “One of the things he said was ‘You have courage to turn this tragedy into triumph,’” van Eck recalled. Van Eck was at his office when the news broke Friday that Mandela had died. “We all knew this day would come, but I (was) stunned. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to feel,” he said. “I remember feeling lonely, like something was gone See Something page 5

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everything we could to keep her safe,” Warren’s daughter Celia Dino told the CBC. The authorities are now also asking questions about security and monitoring of Alzheimer’s patients at the facility. Neurological changes in many people with the disease make them prone to wandering. Vancouver Coastal Health inspectors charged with making sure private care homes meet provincial standards have spent the past two days at Sunrise, talking to staff there, said Greg Ritchey, regional manager of licensing for Vancouver Coastal Health. Ritchey said both public and private care facilities are routinely inspected to ensure they meet standards set by the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. Sunrise was considered a low risk for problems, based on recent

inspections, said Ritchey. It’s not the first time the care home has been investigated in a death of a dementia patient, however. In 2011, an investigation was launched into the choking death of Edward Mooney, another elderly man at Sunrise Lynn Valley. The investigation confirmed complaints by Mooney’s family that he was fed by staff who were not adequately trained, was not monitored as required, and that staff lied about how Mooney died. After that, a plan was put in place and the facility made significant changes, said Anna Marie D’Angelo, spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health. Nobody at Sunrise Lynn Valley — part of a U.S.-based chain —was prepared to speak about Warren. Instead, the facility sent out an emailed statement expressing “heartfelt sympathies” to Warren’s family and

confirming that an internal investigation is underway. According to the North Vancouver RCMP, Warren was first discovered missing from her seniors care home in the 900block of Lynn Valley Road around 11 a.m. Friday morning. Staff alerted the RCMP, who launched a search in conjunction with North Shore Rescue that afternoon. A credible report was received early on that a woman matching Warren’s description had been spotted near Lynn Canyon Park so searchers concentrated their efforts in that area. Searchers also used social media, and a special emergency alert system of the North Shore Emergency Management Office to send emails and automatic phone calls to area residents, asking them to search their properties for signs of the missing woman.

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When an emergency strikes the North Shore, who ya gonna call? More than 50,000 people in North and West Vancouver found the answer to that question is . . . them, after the North Shore Emergency Management Office used its “rapid alert” system in a widespread manner for the first time this weekend. With temperatures plummeting below freezing and darkness falling, the North Vancouver RCMP called on the emergency database to send out automated phone calls — and in some cases, text messages and emails — to alert the public to a missing elderly woman with dementia. About 38,000 calls went out to numbers in North

Vancouver Friday night, urging residents to check for signs of Joan Warren. Another batch of about 25,000 calls — some of them repeats — went out to a wider area, including West Vancouver, on Saturday. The alert system, which uses a database maintained by the North Shore Emergency Management Office, has been in place for about 18 years. It was primarily set up to deal with disasters like earthquakes, but most people don’t know about it, said Dorit Mason, North Shore emergency coordinator. The system is paid for by Cannexus, at a cost of about $21,000 a year. The system uses listed phone numbers and associated addresses from the public white pages to send out alerts within particular geographic areas. Residents can also sign up

to register their cellphones and email addresses. The actual “robocalling” is done by a contracted third party with phone systems based elsewhere. Mason said emergency responders had a good response from the public following the alerts although some people were annoyed they had been called. Jack Chivo, a West Vancouver resident, said he has no problem with the phone call, but is still wondering how the system got his recent email address. “That’s known only to a close number of friends,” he said. Neither the emergency management office nor the RCMP was able to give specific criteria under which the system will — or won’t — be used in future. Public safety officials were to meet and discuss the issue Tuesday afternoon.


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From page 3 from the world.” While it was difficult, van Eck said he found some solace in seeing his old boss’s face beaming on TV newscasts, and took heart when he saw black South Africans not just mourning but dancing in the streets and celebrating Mandela’s life. “I think everybody in their most pleasant dreams wished this is the way Nelson Mandela would go — as an old man, out of office, out of public life,” he said.

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Sensible B.C.’s campaign to decriminalize cannabis has failed to get enough petition signatures to advance the initiative to the next level. While three of the four were close, none of the North Shore’s ridings met the 10-per cent threshold required from every riding to force a referendum. Volunteers were able to collect signatures from

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - North Shore News - A7

Ford’s antics highlight toothless rules

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare None of today’s stories smell as sweet as summer roses. Nor, unfortunately, are they as enticing as the scent of Christmas spices. For that, you’ll need to wait until Christmas Eve or thereabouts for this year’s Christmas story from me. Rob Ford: Like most of you, I kept hoping never to hear of the man again. Instead, in a modern-day water torture, those who possess what they say is evidence of shady behaviour on the part of Ford and some of his acquaintances insist on leaking it out drop by painful drop. The most regrettable aspect of the saga is that the whole sorry mess could have been avoided had Toronto voters heeded the red flags thrown up in April 2010 by Toronto Star writer Bob Hepburn. Predicting that “Ford as mayor would be the worst thing that could happen to (Toronto),” Hepburn cited several occasions between

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2002 and 2008 when, as councillor, Ford had let fly with “screaming tirades,” attacked public employees and called a fellow councillor “a scammer” and “Gino boy.” Remembering Ford’s 2013 rants, hindsight was particularly revolting when I read that, in 2005, he had said a fellow female councillor was a “waste of skin.” Drunk, verbally abusive, racist, or repenting liar — this is a man the Toronto electorate voted to be their leader? Recent futile efforts by Toronto council to have Ford ousted were revealing. It seems neither the Ontario municipal legislation nor B.C.’s Community Charter allow a council to demand the

resignation of a member for Ford-style behaviour. In fact, the 2008 Municipal Councillors’ Handbook states that under B.C.’s Community Charter, “council cannot declare a member’s seat vacant by resolution.” Instead, a two-thirds majority of council must “apply to the court for a declaration of disqualification.” You may well think this lack of teeth is ridiculous. So if this situation is replicated throughout the country, perhaps the Federation of Canadian Municipalities should urge provinces to toughen up the legislation and, by extension, the penalties that can be levied? Peace River North MLA, Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm: Pimm shares a few characteristics with Ford. He first burst into the headlines when he resigned his Liberal seat in June, 2011 after spending a night in a Fort St. John hoosegow following a 9-1-1 domestic dispute call. Why was the Liberal Caucus “shocked” and “surprised.” Was this not the man who had asked his

colleagues, “Why do we need a Charter of Rights anyway?” Never mind, at least he didn’t need caucus to tell him to work on his self-described “family and personal issues.” Fast forward to 2013 when Pimm rode roughshod over the quasi-judicial authority of the Agricultural Land Commission: He justified the interference by saying he was merely querying the ALC procedural timelines on behalf of a constituent who had applied for nonfarming use of ALR land — for a rodeo. Good thing there wasn’t a fall sitting of the legislature, eh, Mr. Pimm? Had there been one, what’s the betting you’d have queried your colleagues, ‘Why do we need the inconvenience of ALC rules anyway?’ Nothing daunted, voters re-elected Pimm on May 14, 2013. British Columbians are likely to hear more than they’d bargained for about ALR encroachments by the Liberals and their oil and gas supporters. Judging by information on the websites of the two

commissions, the Liberals were laying the foundation for an eventual takeover of the Agricultural Land Reserve back in 2002. The first major milestone came in 2004 when a delegation agreement transferred some of the authority for ALR land-use to the Oil and Gas Commission. On Aug. 6, 2013, while many of us were on

vacation or enjoying the barbecue, Industry Bulletin 2013-11 quietly announced the agreement had been “updated” — to encroach a little more. When Pimm’s clumsyfooted machinations drew unwelcome public attention to the ALR situation in the Peace River District, did he mess up

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City to ask for port health study What’s the impact of coal, grain exports?

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Premier Christy Clark’s own hidden timelines for the much-denied takeover of the ALC by her oil and gas confreres? Time will tell. Pipelines: In a Dec. 1 letter to the editor, engineer John Hunter noted I was in error when I referred to “the B.C. portion of Kinder Morgan’s Cochin pipeline” instead of calling it the Trans Mountain pipeline (expansion). Hunter is right — for now anyway. Take a look at kindermorgan.com/asset_ map/KM_System_Map.pdf and see what you think. I had already covered Hunter’s points about batching and pipeline corrosion on Nov. 27 and stand by my concerns about the need for strict adherence to National Energy Board regulations on pipeline inspections and maintenance. As for approaching oil companies for their input, they already spend millions on websites, television pictorials, advertisements and consultants to promote their side of the story — much of which hopes to persuade us not to worry because they know what they’re doing. As a columnist with a different opinion, I felt it was timely to approach the discussion from a different perspective. Thus, one of the most important points I tried to make on Nov. 27 was that, even though I think pipelines are better than rail for transporting oil, the lack of mainstream media coverage of the Sinopec pipeline explosion in Qingdao, China is disturbing. What it means is that we must be our own advocates when it comes to ferreting out the information we need to put into the hopper — even if our research causes a few mistakes along the way. Meanwhile, in the interest of balancing out my environmental slant: Hunter is a consultant to the energy sector, public private partnership and international business. “Always happy to talk,” he wrote in an email. “Been in the energy business over 45 years.” rimco@shaw.ca


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Speak up or face BIA levy

City allows LLBA to use counter-petition to set up a BIA BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

Businesses in the Lower Lonsdale area that don’t want to be forced to join and pay for a new business improvement area need to speak now or forever hold their peace. After failing to gather enough support from businesses individually, the Lower Lonsdale Business Association was successful in their Dec. 2 bid to

persuade City of North Vancouver council to allow a counter-petition. Under provincial legislation, BIAs can use their local government to collect a mandatory levy from all businesses in their area if more than 50 per cent of business owners sign a petition. But the LLBA has been having a hard time connecting with the more than 600 business operators plus 150 commercial property owners in order to meet

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Friend’s loan ends in court

Judge orders repayment of $70K loan for stock trades ANNE WATSON awatson@nsnews.com

A North Vancouver man was ordered to repay a lump sum of money to his friend after the two went to court in a bitter dispute over a loan. Jamshid Tahmasbi was ordered by a judge to repay $70,000 he had borrowed from his friend Hossein Zandi Nia. Nia is the owner and operator of a fast food outlet in Park Royal in which Tahmasbi had been a regular customer and eventually the two became friends. Nia made a verbal agreement with Tahmasbi

that he would loan him money on occasion and be repaid on demand with 20 per cent annual interest. But after a series of loans were not repaid, Nia took Tahmasbi to court. Nia loaned approximately $70,000 in seven separate advances between Dec. 30, 2011, and March 1, 2012, ranging from $5,000 to $23,000. The money was transferred from Nia’s bank account into Tahmasbi’s and, in one instance, Tahmasbi’s daughter’s account. Tahmasbi said he had agreed the money would be used to invest in the

According to court documents, Tahmasbi claimed that more than $3,500 was paid for “expenses and services,” but the rest of the money was unaccounted for. Tahmasbi said the money had been invested in stocks that lost value and he was willing to pay for half of Nia’s loss but did not have the money at the time. Questrade monthly statements from January 2012 to July 2013, with six months worth of statements missing from the period, show money being deposited into the account but there was no record of any purchases or sales of stock. Tahmasbi was ordered to pay back the $70,000 plus court-ordered interest and costs.

stock market through Questrade, an online brokerage firm. An email sent to Tahmasbi from the broker confirmed that he had opened a margin account on Jan. 3, 2012, and as of Oct. 15, 2013, a total of $65,535 had been deposited into the account and no withdrawals had been made. But an additional email from Questrade said that as of Oct. 22, 2013, the account had a cash balance of only $1,483.20. Tahmasbi was an undischarged bankrupt, meaning he could not borrow money from a financial institution without declaring that he was bankrupt. Tahmasbi claims that he told Nia that he was bankrupt, which Nia denied.

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To begin, you will need to make 10-14 circles 7.6- to 10-centimetres in diameter. Trace the bottom of a drinking glass and cut out the circles. Fold each circle in half. Repeat two more times. You should have eight segments. Using a nickel, make a circle in the centre of each round. Cut each segment just until the drawn nickel circle. Using a sharp pencil, carefully roll up from one edge to the other and apply a dab of glue to form a small cone. Repeat this for all eight wedges. When you are done, you should have a small star. Repeat this step for the remaining nine circles. Snip a piece of decorative string approximately 30 cm long. Using your yarn needle, make a hole in the centre of each star. Thread a sequin on the decorative string into the middle.

Thread both ends of the decorative string through the large needle and insert the needle through the hole in the star. Repeat with the other stars to stack them on top of each other. Add another sequin to the last star and push in. Take the needle off and take both ends of the string to pull all the stars together to make a ball shape. This is your finished star. Tie with a knot to secure all the stars together and use the remaining string to tie for hanging. If you would like to view a tutorial for this craft go to YouTube.com and search for “Polish Star Christmas Ornament.” Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home décor, entertaining and floral design. Contact Barb at barb@lunter.ca or follow her on her blog at lunter.ca.

With family and friends dropping in for December visits, work in the garden sometimes has to be done on an emergency basis only. With those thoughts in mind here’s my December garden staging list. Before any bed or lawn work can begin there’s the need for perennial plant care in winter. With perennials, it’s all about the seed heads for winter display. The seed head must be personally interesting for you to be able to share your interest with family and friends. Choose those perennial stalks you are interested in and leave them standing; cut all other perennial stalks to the ground. A quick way to do this is to use a weed eater. Regardless of how you cut the stalk down, cut as low as possible without damaging the buds or new shoots at ground level, but leave grasses standing until March. The best organic advice I can give you about leaves is to leave them laying on the ground and cover them with a “show cover” of mulch. There are too many benefits for me to talk about herein related to leaving leaves to lie but the practice saves time, it’s good for earth and feeds the soil and plants, the show cover mulch hides everything. And no, it’s not a lazy thing to do. When it comes to pruning, remember we are staging the home and garden for Christmas, not necessarily doing primary horticultural work. Beyond knowing when to prune which plant for any purpose, there’s the issue of managing pruning See Apply page 14


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timing around sub-zero temperatures. Of particular concern is shade-leaf burn, which occurs when plants such as yew, boxwood, laurel and other plants are pruned to expose leaves growing on the interior of the plant to light, air and frost, which burns the leaves. The pruning of

coniferous and broadleaved evergreens during winter should occur during above-zero temperatures if possible and not be done in advance of a hard freeze to avoid shade leaf burn. Not including safety issues, pruning for Christmas staging should mainly consist of cutting dead, diseased, damaged or detracting branching — cosmetic work, in

other words. Save the real pruning work for January and February. After the other work in the beds is done, look at the visual presentation of the beds, veggie garden and lawn to set the tone for the feel of the garden. To make your garden look its best, work by first clarifying bed and turf outlines. Sharp edges define space and

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pots. And if you have a garden that yields any form of cut plant material then choose some interesting seed heads, fruits or interesting stems to make dried displays in pots by the front door. Fresh cuts right from the garden make personalized gifts for friends. Power washing the walks and driveway will put the final touches on our garden staging work. Freezing temperature concerns aside, when power washing any semiporous surface like paving stone, it should be done to clean the surface only while avoiding blasting out sand from between the joints. For natural stone, leave it unwashed to develop patina and accumulate some measure of dust. The dust accumulation fills in small crevices while highlighting ridges, revealing the stone’s lines of force and contours.

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SEARCHING FOR SHAPES AND SILHOUETTES A program for families with children ages five to 11 Sunday, Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1:30-3 p.m. at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. $25 per non-member family or $15 per member family. Registration required. 604718-5898 familyprograms@ vandusen.org 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 Van.They have demonstrations, guest speakers and workshops. New members/guests welcome. Donna, 604-9869360 or Heather, 604-9875382 CAPILANO GARDEN

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DEEP COVE GARDEN CLUB meets the fourth Thursday of each month (except July, August and December) from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Multicultural Seniors’ Room at Parkgate Community Centre, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Meetings include speakers, workshops and field trips. Elaine, 604-929-2928 or Chris, 604-924-1628 GUIDED WALKING TOURS VanDusen Botanical Garden at 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, offers tours daily at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 See more page 19

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Practical Geek One of my earliest Practical Geek columns predicted your next computer would be a tablet. I can’t take credit for it, but that suggestion is coming true: next year, according to a recent estimate, at least half of all “computers” sold in 2014 will be tablets like the iPad and Surface. Fortunately, for those of you who are considering getting a tablet (or a second or even third one), the choices and prices are

the best they’ve ever been. As before, your choices break down to size and operating system. The two main sizes are mini tablets at 7 to 8 inches and “standard” tablets at 10 to 11 inches. (There are a few outliers, with Samsung trying to create a tablet for every conceivable hand size and some manufacturers offering Windows behemoths of 20 inches or more.) Mini tablets include the iPad mini, the Google Nexus 7 (made by Asus) and a new breed of Windows 8.1 tablets such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro. Mini tablets are less expensive than their larger cousins and are considered “consumption devices,” best used for surfing, email, social media, ebooks, games and video. They are light and portable and the perfect travel and coffee shop companion. Thanks to their cheaper

prices, they are also the most popular segment of the tablet market. The best value tablet is still widely considered to be the Nexus 7, which starts at $249 at retail. It’s fast, has a beautiful screen and features the latest pure version of Android, including the powerful Google Now feature that makes Siri look like a circus monkey. The most expensive by far is the iPad mini with Retina display at a bracing $419. By all accounts it’s gorgeous (“Retina” simply means nice looking screen) and speedy and offers the widest selection of apps available for tablets. Apple still sells the firstgeneration iPad mini for $319. It has a “lesser” screen and is technically slower, but I use one at work and think it remains a fine choice. The interesting entries this year are Windows 8.1 tablets from Dell, Lenovo,

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are commonly seen on the North Shore: the blackcapped and the chestnutbacked. A third species, the mountain chickadee, is rare but a few are seen each winter.The “teatime” song of the blackcapped is sometimes given on winter days — or is it “cheeseburger”? Because chickadees are good at spotting danger like a northern pygmy-owl, other species tag along in winger flocks.These raving bands can include the golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglet, redbreasted nuthatch, downy woodpecker, bushtit, brown creeper and even a rare wintering warbler. Listening for scolding chickadees is an excellent way to locate birds of prey like owls and hawks. Coming across a winter flock of songbirds on a sparkling winter day is something magical.You may be strolling along a trail, not seeing many birds, asking yourself, “Where are the birds?” And then, there they are. It’s a good feeling as they greet you with their cheery voices.

A good spot to look for winter flocks of mixed birds is the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats trail to Otter Point, on the sanctuary’s West side.While there, check out the West Pond for ducks like the ring-necked, bufflehead, and hooded merganser. (If the pond is frozen, look for water birds just offshore.) Watch the skies for the migrating waterfowl like snow geese and trumpeter swans. I once saw a flock of swans fly over Mount Seymour Provincial Park’s Mystery Peak. And there is always a chance of spotting a soaring bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or raven. Nature speaks to us in

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Green Guide From page 14 a.m. Meet at the info desk. Free for members or with garden admission.

vandusengarden.org THE UPPER LONSDALE GARDEN CLUB meets every second Thursday of the month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Martin’s

Anglican Church, 195 East Windsor Rd., North Van. New members welcome. Dianne at 604-980-3025 dkkennedy@shaw.ca Compiled by Debbie Caldwell listings@nsnews.com

Pacific Spirit Choir and Orchestra

with GERALD VAN WYCK, Conductor

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 7:30 PM St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, 1058 Ridgewood Dr., North Vancouver Tickets: $30/$25 www.pacificspiritchoir.com 604 922-9171 SUNDAY, DECEMBER T15, 2:00 PM U West Vancouver United Church DO L 2062 Esquimalt SO Ave., West Vancouver

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Mini tablet replaces laptop From page 15 So much of the tablet action is now in the mini category that standard sized tablets can be covered in one sentence: there are really expensive iPads, very expensive Windows tablets like the Surface and often equally expensive Android devices. With a few exceptions, such as the Asus Transformer 10.1 tablet which comes with a keyboard for $399, you won’t find many bargains at this size, which is why you should never give one to your kid to play with. Standard sized tablets are mostly used at home and are great for entertainment and media consumption. They also have a much better shot than the mini tablets at replacing a conventional laptop or desktop PC. The iPad remains the king of the ecosystems race with the broadest selection of apps, the industryleading iTunes store and excellent hardware. Windows tablets, or hybrids like the Surface, are still catching up with

Capilano Mall presents the 2.R'"Sa)' [<ga T.%' ._ 8[.Y8a' YR SYRY %<:Ta%' %[Y' Ca<) YR8T"6YR] %[a 1aTT #aR"a X D).@ %[a *<S'"R] H.%a X <R6 %[a .)Y]YR<T YD<6 SYRY> DNF(F DAN TOULGOET apps, and might never really match the iPad’s depth, but they cover the majors (Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Netflix, Audible, Kobo) and retain an edge in productivity thanks to features like USB and HDMI ports and the nifty ability to run apps side by side on the screen. Many come with free versions of Office, a significant value, and Microsoft’s Surface lineup offers beautiful hardware and very good tablet-based keyboards. Standard sized Android

tablets continue to make me shrug. Some, like the 10-inch tabs by Samsung, are nice pieces of kit and have useful multitasking and stylus support, but Android still seems to struggle on a larger screen thanks to a reported lack of tablet-based apps. Unless you like to experiment, hold off on larger Android screens and see what comes next year. There’s no doubt they will improve. blink@vancourier.com Twitter.com/trueblinkit

Thank You Family Services of the North Shore would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Beach House Restaurant management and staff and its owners, Stan, Jeff, Clay and Stewart Fuller and their families, for their incredible generosity in hosting Christmas on the Shore in support of Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau.

Jingle Off

Caroling Competition Saturday December, 1 4th 1pm - 6 pm

Come sing your favourite holiday carols in 1 of 3 categories. Over $2500 in prizes to be awarded. Grand Prizes include a shopping spree to Capilano Mall and choral program grants (awarded in the school choir category). All proceeds from registration support the North Shore Community Resources.

Vi s i t w w w. c a p i l a n o m a l l . c o m t o re g i s t e r a n d f o r m o re i n f o .

This intimate evening in late November brought our community together to raise over $90,000 for the Christmas Bureau and will assist us in ensuring close to 2,000 North Shore individuals, families and children will be able to celebrate the holiday season this year. From everyone at Family Services of the North Shore and our Christmas on the Shore Committee, Karen Bruk, Charlene Dalton, Marie Genest, Susan Green, Coryn Hemsley, Carlota Lee, Susan MacDonald, Janice O’Sullivan, Cindy Pasco, Monica Soprovich, Lisa Stout, Coleen Weir and Christy Young, thank you for your outstanding community support!

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BRIGHT LIGHTS

Dundarave Festival of Lights

by Cindy Goodman

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Michaela Hacker <R6 Gail Wilson 6a8.)<%a %[a !a'%a)TaY][ %)aa The Dundarave Festival of Lights, the annual display of trees decorated by community partners at Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver in support of the Lookout Emergency Aid Society’s North Shore Shelter, is a North Shore holiday tradition. This year’s edition kicked off with a Christmas Fair Nov. 30, seeing tree decorators (representative of local businesses, organizations, as well as individual families), out in full force despite the day’s rainfall. Live music and refreshments, in addition to the official lighting ceremony capped off the day’s affair. The trees will remain on display until Jan. 4, 2014. Community members are invited to special programming offered throughout the display’s run, including World Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to dusk featuring a variety of performers like the West Vancouver Adult Pops Band and The Tourist Company among others. The festival’s Christmas Wassail and Bonfire Night is being held Dec. 21 from 2 to 9:30 p.m. dundaravefestival.com

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - North Shore News - A23

Third-grader inspires generosity

ANNE WATSON awatson@nsnews.com

A North Vancouver boy has helped to raise thousands of dollars for cancer and a local children’s hospice. Logan Mortensen, 8, decided to raise money for cancer after his grandfather was diagnosed. The Grade 3 Highlands elementary student told his family he wanted to shave his head to help raise money for cancer, much to the dismay of his parents, Sheida and Randy. “I just said ‘where did you get that idea from?’” says Sheida. “I didn’t want to discourage him. I started thinking what a big thing this could be but I still didn’t know how much.” Sheida, a cosmetics manager at Shoppers Drug Mart, pitched the idea to her co-workers during a meeting at head office for the store’s own fundraising campaign. Sheida asked if they could combine Logan’s efforts with the store’s campaign. “It started from that,” she says, adding that it got bigger and bigger as they went along. Logan went from door to door in his Edgemont neighbourhood with a collection box, asking people to donate to the cause. “He came home, the box was full. He was so excited, he put it all on the kitchen floor and started counting,” says Sheida. “Every day that

he had play dates, he came (home) with a little change,” which he kept separate. The combined money that Logan and the store raised totalled more than

$3,100 and will go to Look Good Feel Better, a national charitable program that presents workshops to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-

related side effects of cancer treatment. Money that Logan received after the store campaign’s completion, totalling around $600, will be donated to Canuck Place.

“I was in tears, we were so proud,” says Sheida of the funds raised. “When we talked about it, I knew it was so innocent and it came from him, but I didn’t expect this at all.”

Logan was presented with a plaque from Shoppers Drug Mart on Dec. 7. The youngster plans to present a cheque to Canuck Place within the next few weeks.

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Christmas Cantata

NOW PLAYING

“the very first Christmas Day”

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas™ & © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

@ St. Andrew’s & St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church

HASHTAG YOUR CHRISTMAS PHOTOS for a chance to win a weekly prize of a $50 gift certificate to the Teahouse in Stanley Park or Seasons in the Park!

Dec 15, 2013 9:15am & 11:00am Everyone Welcome sasspc.bc.ca 604.987.6800

What’s On E-READERS AND TABLETS Find out more about the types of tablets and devices that are coming out this holiday season Thursday, Dec. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr. Registration required. 604925-7405 westvanlibrary.ca JOIN JANE Drop by Lynn Valley library’s fireplace area for an informal oneon-one chat with North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite Thursday, Dec. 12, 10-11 a.m. at 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver.

Wednesdays 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. David, 604-922-1035. CHESS CLUB All levels are welcome to play chess Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. at Parkgate Community Centre, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver. 604-983-6350 myparkgate.com

Living here just got more appetizing Independent retirement living is nothing short of tasteful at Cedar Springs. As if the chef-prepared dining here isn’t incentive enough, we’ve just introduced the most irresistible offer of its kind on the North Shore. Now for as little as $2,995 per month, you can enjoy all these benefits: • spacious private suite + kitchenette • exceptional views • personalized transportation • recreational, social & wellness programs Live at one of the most enviable locales on the North Shore. Simply make your NO-OBLIGATION deposit by December 31st to secure your rate. Then sit back and savour the anticipation.

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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. Sally Scott, 604-924-1923. MEALS ON WHEELS needs volunteers on Monday,Wednesday or Friday mornings. 604-922-3414 northshoremealsonwheels.org NORTH SHORE TOASTMASTERS ADVANCED LEADERS meet every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Second Floor, 145 Chadwick Court, North Vancouver. quayspeakers.com SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF NORTH AND WEST VANCOUVER A global women’s organization that meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. from September to June. Members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. New members and guests welcome. 604-922-8342 soroptimist@shaw.ca See more page 25


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What’s On From page 24 SPEAKERHUB TOASTMASTERS meets every Wednesday, 6-7:45 p.m. in the Silver Harbour Seniors Centre, 144 E. 22nd St., North Vancouver. The organization is dedicated to help others improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly supportive environment. Guests are welcome. speakerhub.ca

Thursdays BETWEEN THE SHEETS This Deep Cove book club meets the first Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. Each member recommends a book and they take turns hosting discussions in their homes. New members welcome. Adele, 604-9295621 billadele@shaw.ca BINGO: Every Thursday, 6-10 p.m. at the North

Shore Alano Club, 176 East Second St., North Vancouver. 604-987-4141 BOOK LOVERS’ ROUNDTABLE Come share your favourite books the last Thursday of every month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr. westvanlibrary.ca BYOV (BRING YOUR OWN VOICE) COMMUNITY CHOIR rehearses Thursdays, 7:309:30 p.m. at Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver.The choir sings a broad range of music with a focus on fun and the love of singing. $40 per term. 604-987-2114 lynnvalleychurch.com CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN The North Vancouver chapter of this national organization committed to improving women’s status and human rights meets on the second Thursday of every month, September

to May, 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 123 West 15th St., North Vancouver. 604-980-9076 cfuwnvwv.vcn.bc.ca CHANCEL CHOIR New members are invited to join the choir, which practises on Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Van. No experience necessary. 604-985-0408 st-andrews-united.ca COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM Make a newcomer feel more welcome in the community. North Shore Multicultural Society (207-123 East 15th St., North Vancouver) is looking for volunteers to participate in a variety of community events with newcomers. Recruitment is ongoing. 604-988-2931 or sochellr@nsms.ca

Centre, 600 West Queens Rd., North Van. Drop-in fee: $1. 604-987-7529

Association at St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Vancouver. Free, but donations are gratefully accepted. 604-985-0709 st-andrews-united.ca

Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email information for your non-profit, by donation or nominal fee event to listings@ nsnews.com.To post online, go to nsnews.com, scroll to Community Events and click on AddYour Event.

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2013 Holiday Events Calendar Breakfast and Swim with Santa! Saturday, Dec 14th • 9:30am-12:00pm @ Ron Andrews Community Centre, 931 LYTTON STREET Don’t miss this great community event! Enjoy a delicious breakfast, a visit with Santa Claus, festive crafts, and entertainment. Join us for our Family Swim after breakfast. Pre-Registration is required. Please book early as this event sells out every year! Bar Code 313210 $6.50 Children/Seniors $9.50 Adults

Skate with Santa Saturday, Dec 21 • 1:00-2:30pm @ Harry Jerome, Arena 123 EAST 23RD STREET Grab your friends and join us for a festive skate with Santa. He knows if you’ve been naughty or nice so enjoy a yummy candy cane… but only if you’ve been nice!! Regular public admission.

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Come to one of North Vancouver’s ice arenas for some holiday skating fun! KM = Karen Magnussen, 2300 Kirkstone Road

HJ = Harry Jerome, 123 East 23rd Street

$2 = $2 Skate

F = Family Skate

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10:30am-12:00pm F (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm P (HJ) 3:00-4:30pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

Dec

10:30am-12:00pm F (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm P (HJ) 3:00-4:30pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

4

5

Jan

9:30-11:00am F (HJ) 11:30am-1:00pm P (HJ) 1:15-2:45pm F (HJ) 3:00-4:30pm P (HJ)

Jan

1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

2013 Fees*

Enjoy this final special holiday themed swim. Lots of fun activities, crafts and treats!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Come to one of North Vancouver’s pools for some holiday swimming fun!

23

Dec

30

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm P (KM) 11:30-3:30pm (RA) 12:00-3:00pm(HJ) 1:30-5:00pm (WG) 6:30-8:30pm (WG) 7:30-8:30pmshallow tank only $2 (RA) 7:30-9:00pm (HJ)

HJ = Harry Jerome, 123 East 23rd Street WG = William Griffin, 851 West Queens Road F = Family Swim P = Public Swim

24

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-3:00pm $2 P (KM) 9:00am-1:00pm $2 (RA) 9:00-3:00pm (WG) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ)

31

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm $2 P (KM) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ) 9:00am-1:00pm $2 (RA) 9:00am-3:00pm (WG)

25

Dec

26

Dec

12:30-4:30pm P (KM) 12:00pm-3:00pm (HJ)

Closed for Christmas

1

Jan

12:30-4:30pm P (KM) 12:00 - 3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-3:30pm (RA) 6:00-7:30pm (RA)

20

Dec

Holiday Swim Schedule

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm P (KM) 11:30-3:30pm (RA) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-5:00pm (WG) 6:30-8:30pm (WG) 7:30-8:30pm- shallow tank only $2 (RA)

Friday

Regular schedule to Friday, December 20

27

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm P (KM) 11:30am-1pm (RA) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-5:30pm (WG) 7:00-8:30pm Family Fun (RA) 7:30-9:00pm (HJ) 8:30-10pm Youth Swim (RA)

Saturday

21

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 11:00-3:00pm(WG) 1:30-3:30pm $2 (RA) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 6:30-8:30pm (RA)

28

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 11:00-1:00pm(WG) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-3:30pm $2 (RA) 6:30-8:30pm (RA)

2

Jan

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-8:00pm P (KM) 11:30am-3:30pm (RA) 12:00-1:30pm $2 Adult (HJ) 6:30-7:30pm- shallow tank only $2(RA) 7:30-9:00pm $2 (HJ) 9:00-10:30pm $2 Adult lenghts (HJ)

2013 Fees*

CHILDREN under 3: FREE 3 - 18 YRS: $2.72 19 -24 YRS with student ID: $3.53 65+ YRS: $3.53 ADULT: $5.45 FAMILY RATE: $2.72 each (minimum $5.45)

CHILDREN under 3: FREE 3 - 18 YRS: $2.72 19 -24 YRS with student ID: $3.53 65+ YRS: $3.53 ADULT: $5.45 • FAMILY RATE: $2.72 each (minimum $5.45)

$2 = $2 Skate *New prices in effect January 1, 2014

$2 = $2 Swim *New prices in effect January 1, 2014

Check out our holiday facility, fitness centers, fitness classes and sport schedules at northvanrec.com or call 604-987-Play(7529) NOTE:

Winter Wonderland Saturday, December 28th 1:30-3:30pm William Griffin Community Recreation Centre 851 WEST QUEENS ROAD

KM = Karen Magnussen, 2300 Kirkstone Road RA = Ron Andrews, 931 Lytton Street $2 = $2 Swim

P = Public Skate

10:00am-11:30am F (HJ) 12:00-1:30pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

Come and celebrate the winter season with Santa’s elves. There will be special holiday crafts, a festive movie to watch while you enjoy some snacks and lots of fun activities or all ages. Regular public admission.

Carol Ship Festival – a North Vancouver Tradition Saturday, Dec 21st • 8:00pm @ Panorama Park, 2200 BLOCK PANORAMA DRIVE The Carol Ships, with their holiday themed decorations and festive lights, will sail past the shores of Panorama Park. Sing and dance to musical entertainment by The Bobcats! Enjoy warm refreshments, roving performers, free craft workshops, face painting, and a blazing bonfire. Santa himself may even stop by! Donations of food in support of the Harvest Project gratefully accepted. Park at Myrtle Park (Banbury Road).

Friday

Penguin Plunge Wednesday, Jan 1 • 12:30-3:00pm, Plunge at 2:00pm SHARP! @ Panorama Park, 2200 BLOCK PANORAMA DRIVE Come join us for the Deep Cove Penguin Plunge. Music, refreshments, and prizes for best costume! (Judging will be at 1:30pm).

Santa’s Pool Party Saturday, Dec 22 • 1:00-3:00pm @ Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre 2300 KIRKSTONE ROAD

Christmas Lunch Wednesday, Dec 18th • 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ Mary Hunter Hall, Parkgate Community Centre 3625 Banff Court Join us for a traditional meal of turkey and all the trimmings, coffee/tea and platters of delightful desserts! Live music!

Visit www.northvanrec.com for more information.

New Years Eve Skate (all ages) Tuesday, Dec 31 • 1:00-2:30 & 3:00-4:30pm @ Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre, 2300 KIRKSTONE ROAD Welcome the New Year with a futuristic skate! There will be awesome special effects, lighting and crazy activities to ring in2014. Regular public admission.

Schedules subject to change. All facilities will be closed Wednesday, December 25th

Sunday

22

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 11:00-3:00pm(WG) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 1:30-3:30pm (RA) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 6:00-7:30pm (RA) 6:00-8:00pm (WG)

29

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 11:00-1:00pm(WG) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-3:30pm (RA) 6:00-7:30pm (RA) 6:00-8:00pm (WG)


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2013 Holiday Events Calendar Breakfast and Swim with Santa! Saturday, Dec 14th • 9:30am-12:00pm @ Ron Andrews Community Centre, 931 LYTTON STREET Don’t miss this great community event! Enjoy a delicious breakfast, a visit with Santa Claus, festive crafts, and entertainment. Join us for our Family Swim after breakfast. Pre-Registration is required. Please book early as this event sells out every year! Bar Code 313210 $6.50 Children/Seniors $9.50 Adults

Skate with Santa Saturday, Dec 21 • 1:00-2:30pm @ Harry Jerome, Arena 123 EAST 23RD STREET Grab your friends and join us for a festive skate with Santa. He knows if you’ve been naughty or nice so enjoy a yummy candy cane… but only if you’ve been nice!! Regular public admission.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Regular schedule to Friday, December 20

Come to one of North Vancouver’s ice arenas for some holiday skating fun! KM = Karen Magnussen, 2300 Kirkstone Road

HJ = Harry Jerome, 123 East 23rd Street

$2 = $2 Skate

F = Family Skate

23

Dec

11:30am-1:00pm F (HJ) 1:30-3:00pm P (HJ) 3:30-5:00pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

30

Dec

11:30am-1:00pm F (HJ) 1:30-3:00pm P (HJ) 3:30-5:00pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

24

25

Dec

Dec

11:30am-1:00pm $2 F (HJ) 1:30-3:00pm $2 P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM)

Closed for Christmas

31

Dec

1

Jan

11:30am-1:00pm $2 F (HJ) 1:30-3:00pm $2 P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

10:30am-12:00pm F (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F $2 (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P $2 (KM)

20

Dec

Holiday Skate Schedule

Saturday

21

Sunday

22

Dec

Dec

10:30am-12:00pm P (HJ) Skate with Santa 1:00-2:30pm F (HJ) 3:00-4:30pm P (HJ)

1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

26

Dec

2

Jan

1:30-3:00pm $2 F (HJ) 3:30-5:00pm $2 P (HJ) 5:30-7:00pm F (HJ) 7:30-9:00pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

27

Dec

11:30am-1:00pm F (HJ) 1:30-3:00pm P (HJ) 3:30-5:00pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

3

Jan

1:30-3:00pm P (HJ) 3:30-5:00pm P (HJ) 5:30-7:00pm F (HJ) 7:30-9:00pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

28

29

Dec

10:30am-12:00pm F (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm P (HJ) 3:00-4:30pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

Dec

10:30am-12:00pm F (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm P (HJ) 3:00-4:30pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

4

5

Jan

9:30-11:00am F (HJ) 11:30am-1:00pm P (HJ) 1:15-2:45pm F (HJ) 3:00-4:30pm P (HJ)

Jan

1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

2013 Fees*

Enjoy this final special holiday themed swim. Lots of fun activities, crafts and treats!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Come to one of North Vancouver’s pools for some holiday swimming fun!

23

Dec

30

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm P (KM) 11:30-3:30pm (RA) 12:00-3:00pm(HJ) 1:30-5:00pm (WG) 6:30-8:30pm (WG) 7:30-8:30pmshallow tank only $2 (RA) 7:30-9:00pm (HJ)

HJ = Harry Jerome, 123 East 23rd Street WG = William Griffin, 851 West Queens Road F = Family Swim P = Public Swim

24

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-3:00pm $2 P (KM) 9:00am-1:00pm $2 (RA) 9:00-3:00pm (WG) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ)

31

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm $2 P (KM) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ) 9:00am-1:00pm $2 (RA) 9:00am-3:00pm (WG)

25

Dec

26

Dec

12:30-4:30pm P (KM) 12:00pm-3:00pm (HJ)

Closed for Christmas

1

Jan

12:30-4:30pm P (KM) 12:00 - 3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-3:30pm (RA) 6:00-7:30pm (RA)

20

Dec

Holiday Swim Schedule

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm P (KM) 11:30-3:30pm (RA) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-5:00pm (WG) 6:30-8:30pm (WG) 7:30-8:30pm- shallow tank only $2 (RA)

Friday

Regular schedule to Friday, December 20

27

Dec

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-6:00pm P (KM) 11:30am-1pm (RA) 12:00-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-5:30pm (WG) 7:00-8:30pm Family Fun (RA) 7:30-9:00pm (HJ) 8:30-10pm Youth Swim (RA)

Saturday

21

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 11:00-3:00pm(WG) 1:30-3:30pm $2 (RA) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 6:30-8:30pm (RA)

28

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 11:00-1:00pm(WG) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-3:30pm $2 (RA) 6:30-8:30pm (RA)

2

Jan

9:00-11:30am A/Pre (KM) 11:30am-8:00pm P (KM) 11:30am-3:30pm (RA) 12:00-1:30pm $2 Adult (HJ) 6:30-7:30pm- shallow tank only $2(RA) 7:30-9:00pm $2 (HJ) 9:00-10:30pm $2 Adult lenghts (HJ)

2013 Fees*

CHILDREN under 3: FREE 3 - 18 YRS: $2.72 19 -24 YRS with student ID: $3.53 65+ YRS: $3.53 ADULT: $5.45 FAMILY RATE: $2.72 each (minimum $5.45)

CHILDREN under 3: FREE 3 - 18 YRS: $2.72 19 -24 YRS with student ID: $3.53 65+ YRS: $3.53 ADULT: $5.45 • FAMILY RATE: $2.72 each (minimum $5.45)

$2 = $2 Skate *New prices in effect January 1, 2014

$2 = $2 Swim *New prices in effect January 1, 2014

Check out our holiday facility, fitness centers, fitness classes and sport schedules at northvanrec.com or call 604-987-Play(7529) NOTE:

Winter Wonderland Saturday, December 28th 1:30-3:30pm William Griffin Community Recreation Centre 851 WEST QUEENS ROAD

KM = Karen Magnussen, 2300 Kirkstone Road RA = Ron Andrews, 931 Lytton Street $2 = $2 Swim

P = Public Skate

10:00am-11:30am F (HJ) 12:00-1:30pm P (HJ) 1:00-2:30pm F (KM) 3:00-4:30pm P (KM)

Come and celebrate the winter season with Santa’s elves. There will be special holiday crafts, a festive movie to watch while you enjoy some snacks and lots of fun activities or all ages. Regular public admission.

Carol Ship Festival – a North Vancouver Tradition Saturday, Dec 21st • 8:00pm @ Panorama Park, 2200 BLOCK PANORAMA DRIVE The Carol Ships, with their holiday themed decorations and festive lights, will sail past the shores of Panorama Park. Sing and dance to musical entertainment by The Bobcats! Enjoy warm refreshments, roving performers, free craft workshops, face painting, and a blazing bonfire. Santa himself may even stop by! Donations of food in support of the Harvest Project gratefully accepted. Park at Myrtle Park (Banbury Road).

Friday

Penguin Plunge Wednesday, Jan 1 • 12:30-3:00pm, Plunge at 2:00pm SHARP! @ Panorama Park, 2200 BLOCK PANORAMA DRIVE Come join us for the Deep Cove Penguin Plunge. Music, refreshments, and prizes for best costume! (Judging will be at 1:30pm).

Santa’s Pool Party Saturday, Dec 22 • 1:00-3:00pm @ Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre 2300 KIRKSTONE ROAD

Christmas Lunch Wednesday, Dec 18th • 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ Mary Hunter Hall, Parkgate Community Centre 3625 Banff Court Join us for a traditional meal of turkey and all the trimmings, coffee/tea and platters of delightful desserts! Live music!

Visit www.northvanrec.com for more information.

New Years Eve Skate (all ages) Tuesday, Dec 31 • 1:00-2:30 & 3:00-4:30pm @ Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre, 2300 KIRKSTONE ROAD Welcome the New Year with a futuristic skate! There will be awesome special effects, lighting and crazy activities to ring in2014. Regular public admission.

Schedules subject to change. All facilities will be closed Wednesday, December 25th

Sunday

22

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 11:00-3:00pm(WG) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 1:30-3:30pm (RA) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 6:00-7:30pm (RA) 6:00-8:00pm (WG)

29

Dec

9:00am-12:30pm A/Pre (KM) 11:00-1:00pm(WG) 12:30-6:00pm P (KM) 1:30-3:00pm (HJ) 1:30-3:30pm (RA) 6:00-7:30pm (RA) 6:00-8:00pm (WG)


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FAMILY DROP-IN Children ages three and four accompanied by a parent/guardian are invited for a morning filled with craft projects, play time with equipment, storytime and sing alongs Tuesdays and Thursdays, until mid December, 9:15-11:30 a.m. at Grand Boulevard preschool, 520 East 20th St., North Vancouver. $5/ family. 604-987-2294 TAG MEETING Make a difference and have your say in teen collections and programming. Meetings are held on a drop-in basis. Refreshments provided Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr. 604-925-7408 westvanlibrary.ca RAPUNZEL North Vancouver Community Players present a delightful tale for children in the best pantomime tradition Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13, 7 p.m.; Saturday

and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Hendry Hall, 815 E. 11th St, North Vancouver. $10/$5. 604-9832633 northvanplayers.ca RED RIDING HOOD Deep Cove Stage Society presents a pantomime with all the usual jokes, pranks and belly-laughs for the whole family (suitable for children ages six and up) Dec. 18-20, 23, 27, 28, 30, Jan. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, Jan. 4, 3:30 p.m. at 4360 Gallant Ave., NorthVan. $14. 604-929-3200 deepcovestage.com SHOUT IT OUT A choir for kids ages five-12 meets Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver. The group welcomes any child who has an interest in having fun through music. mtseymourunited.com IMAGINATION STORYTIME A free dropin program for children ages one-five every Wednesday, 10-10:30 a.m. at Active Baby, Capilano Mall, North Vancouver. 604-986-8977

NORTH SHORE CELTIC ENSEMBLE Children ages nine to 17 with at least two years experience of violin and an interest in Celtic music are invited to play in a lively ensemble. Rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings at Handsworth school, 1044 Edgewood Rd., North Vancouver. cgiguere@telus.net nsce.ca PARENT AND TOT GYM Open gym time for children ages one-five, Wednesdays, 1-2:15 p.m. at Ron Andrews Community Centre, 931 Lytton St., North Vancouver. Parent participation and supervision is required. $1. YOUNG MOTHERS PROGRAM For mothers 24 years old and younger, Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver. Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email event information to listings@nsnews.com.

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Get there in the Nick of time – go to translink.ca/servicechanges for information 604.953.3333

Register now for Winter art classes! We are excited to offer some new programs: Teen Portfolio Preparation (Grades 10-12) Masterful Mixed Media (Grades 3-5) as well as many others! Registration is open.

Please register online at gordonsmithgallery.ca and click Artists for Kids Programs


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This year’s recipient of the Champion for Change award, NorthVancouver resident Michelle Pockey, admits she didn’t start out with a plan to found a national organization. She simply wanted to put a structure in place so working women could support and transform each other and their work, and improve the opportunities for advancement for future generations, according to a press release. Twenty years later, this “lawyer-cum-socialpreneur,”

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business law. Pockey’s achievements were recently honoured with the annual Champion for Change award at a presentation by the Vancouver chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization and Abbotsford-based GroYourBiz, Dec. 3 at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club. The award recognizes B.C.-based women leaders who champion for change through innovation to benefit the greater community.

Pockey is the second Champion for Change award recipient. Last year’s was Dr. Elizabeth Bryce, director of infection control at VGH and Health Sciences Centre, recognized for championing MRSAid, a technology intended to reduce the risk of surgical infections. The inaugural award selection criteria challenged the selection committee to look at what women were doing to instigate change, said West Vancouver resident Carolyn Cross, CEO of

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PARENTING

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Parenting Today We are two weeks away from Christmas and even people who never make lists are now making them. We have gift lists, social calendar list, the company’s coming list, the baking and cooking list, the decorating list and the general to-do list. Goodness gracious, how will we ever cope? I know that some of you are lying awake, night after night, with the lists dancing in front of your eyes. Put away the lists for a minute and allow yourself to dream.What would the perfect holiday season look like? Would you see yourself having the time to play with the kids, relaxing and having

some real chats with your siblings or parents or going out for a splendid romantic meal with your spouse or partner? What is your dream? And that goes to the very top of the list, in capital letters, in boldface. It comes first! Now, I recommend you invoke the rule of thirds. Take a look at your list and put all the items in order of priority. And by that I don’t mean the things you believe you must do, but the things that make the holiday special for you and your family. As a matter of fact, include the family in the discussion. You may find that the gingerbread house that you make and lovingly decorate is nice but doesn’t really matter much to anyone, including you. So it goes to the bottom of the list. Now, your list is in order of priority. Fold it into thirds.Take the bottom third and throw it in the recycle can.Take the middle third and put in a drawer. What you have left is the stuff that really matters. You can do this with all the

lists.You do not need to go to all the parties unless you want to.You do not need to entertain constantly unless you love to. The middle section, the list in the drawer, can come out if you have extra time and energy. A challenging list is the kid’s wish list. It makes sense to have them mark down a few ideas of things they would like. It’s a lovely wish list. But then suddenly it’s no longer a wish list; it becomes a list of expectations. And as holiday advertising becomes more prevalent, the list grows. While there are a number of things you can do to reduce your children’s acquisitive nature, the simplest (but for many, most difficult) way to handle the problem is to learn to use just one little word. No. He doesn’t need all that stuff. His life won’t be ruined if he doesn’t always have the latest, newest and greatest thing. In fact, his life is more likely to be ruined in the long run if he gets everything he wants exactly when he wants it.

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In Germany, baking is a serious business. If you have aspirations to open a bakery there, by law you must hold the designation of “backermeister” or master baker.The process to acquire this designation rivals the most rigorous trade training programs here in North America. In addition to formal academic instruction, German would-be bakers must apprentice for three years and then pursue their journeyman certification for the next five, earning the right to register for the final master course and exam. Marcus and Ursula Jaeger, the husband and wife owners of the successful Artisan Bake Shoppe here in North Vancouver, met while pursuing their backermeister certification. “Ursula had just won a major German baking competition when I first met her,” recalls Marcus. “I thought to myself, wow, and immediately said to her ‘Hi, my name is Marcus, let’s get married and open a bakery together.’” Marcus’s spontaneous plan wasn’t far off the mark. Fresh out of school, the two newly certified artisans came to British Columbia together with the goal of working and exploring for a few months, but, like so many of us, they quickly succumbed to the charms of this province

and never left.The Jaegers opened the Artisan Bake Shoppe in 1999 and have been in steady business growth mode ever since. Artisan Bake Shoppe produces more than a dozen holiday specific baked goods. It was with a view to understanding what it takes to bring these popular treats to the market that I paid a recent visit to Artisan’s highvolume bakery in North Vancouver, the facility that provides their retail shop on Lonsdale Avenue with its wares. Marcus was there to guide me through his seasonal operation. One of the first things I noticed about Artisan’s production bakery was the seemingly limited inventory of machinery.While it contained the expected industrial ovens, mixers and a proofing room, missing was the usual clutter of blinking and whirring gizmos that I have seen in most other commercial bakeries. This omission, it turns out, is intentional and is a subject of some pride for Marcus, who explains that avoiding the use of additional machinery to weigh, portion and handle bread dough forces his bakers to work more with their hands and senses, relying on informed intuition and experience, rather than rigidly prescribed mechanical pre-sets. Marcus began my tour with a sampling of the dough that will eventually become stollen, the bakery’s signature holiday offering and easily the most laborious.The dough was chewy, rich and surprisingly delicious raw, brimming with flavours of butter, rummacerated fruits, almonds, and aromatic brown spices. My visit happily coincided with the extraction of the evening’s batch of freshly baked stollen from the ovens.The stollen

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of some of Artisan’s other popular holiday treats, which include Christmas bread (a fully vegan, almost rye-like bread containing marinated fruits and nuts, a far cry from the much maligned North American fruitcake), amaretto and ginger cookies, pfeffernuesse (gingerbread cookies with pepper) and elisenlebkuchen, small, flourless biscuits made of crushed hazelnuts. The Christmas bread, which leverages the natural sweetness of dates and prunes and achieves a stunning balance of sweet and savoury notes, is as equally suited to a morning coffee as it is to a post-dinner treat. Broadly speaking, Artisan’s baked goods offer a welcome antidote to the shockingly sweet confections that have found favour in more mass market bakeries. The use of fruit as a sweetening agent and spice as a method of imparting flavour complexity hark back to a time when high fructose

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Here’s the good news for the North Vancouver Wolf Pack: they’ve improved each year since they moved from Squamish in the summer of 2011 and so far this season they’re on pace to yet again set a franchise record for wins. Head coach and general manager Matt Samson, with the club since its creation in 2008, quickly confirmed that, top-to-bottom, this is the best Wolf Pack team he’s put on the ice. “We’ve got a good group of guys,” Samson said last week following the team’s 8-0 thrashing of the North Delta Devils. “I’m pretty excited about our team right now.” So what’s the bad news? The Wolf Pack are still in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Tom Shaw Conference, a fiveteam group that routinely outperforms the league’s eastern-based Harold Brittain Conference.The Richmond Sockeyes and Delta Ice Hawks have

carved out seemingly permanent perches atop the standings, finishing 1-2 in the conference each year since the 2010-11 season and combining to win the last three league championships. If the Pack are ever going to make some real noise in the playoffs — they’ve been eliminated in the first round in each of the last two seasons — they’re going to have to knock off at least one of those teams.We’re now past the midway point of this season and, based on the results so far, the Wolf Pack may finally be ready for their breakthrough. Following a 3-2 overtime win against Abbotsford Friday and a 6-1 drubbing of Port Moody on Saturday, the Pack sat in second place, three points up on the Sockeyes — although having played four more games than Richmond — and only three points behind Delta for top spot. Securing at least second place and hosting a first-round playoff series would go a long way in helping the team achieve their goal of getting into the

second round, said Samson. “At the end of the day we’re going to have to beat both of those teams,” he said. “We’re confident playing either of those teams, it’s just it’d be nice if you’re playing a seven game series and you know in game 7 you’re coming home, you’re comfortable in your own building.” North Vancouver is being paced by a couple of familiar faces up front in Spencer Quon and Marcus Houck, both of whom finished top-six in the league in scoring last season and are on pace to do the same this year. Quon is once again leading the league in assists and has 39 points in 27 games, while Houck has put up 18 goals and 33 points in 24 games. The team is backstopped by another dynamic duo in goaltenders Anders Ten Vaanholt and Braden Krogfoss who split the duties almost equally and both sit top-four in the league in goals-againstaverage so far this season. “They’re a good 1-2, pushing each other,” said

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North Van runner paces SFU x-country NorthVancouver’s Lindsey Butterworth helped Simon Fraser University’s cross country running team to a seventh place finish in their first ever appearance at the NCAA Division II championships held last month in Spokane,Wash. Butterworth was the top SFU finisher, placing 12th overall in a field of 244 runners.The Handsworth grad clocked a time of 21:23.7 on the six-kilometre course. “My goal was a top 25 finish so I was just trying to go out with the people that I knew from our conference and our region,” said Butterworth in an SFU release. “It worked out even better than expected and I’m happy with the results.” Clan head coach Brit Townsend was also thrilled with the results from the senior. “Lindsey was awesome,” she said, adding that Butterworth set a personal best time in the race. It was the first appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship race for the Clan cross country program in just their second year of eligibility after transferring from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics where the SFU women won more NAIA championships than any other school in history.

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The biggest question mark for the team coming into this year was on defence with only one key member of the squad, Spencer’s twin brother Dyllan Quon, back from last season. Samson is happy to report that Dyllan has really stepped up in his new leadership role. “He’s been really good — it’s been night and day compared to last year,” he said, adding that Dyllan has moved from being a fifth or sixth defenceman to now being on the top pair and logging heavy minutes. “I remember having a conversation with him about a year ago, he was asking how he could get top-four minutes. . . . He’s gone from a guy we didn’t like to put

out there at the end of tight games to now he’s out there in every situation. He’s embracing it. He’s our most improved player.” The team shored up their back line by picking up Shane Kumar from North Delta, a defenceman who has jumped right into the top two alongside Quon. They’re also getting good minutes from 16-year-old rookie Troy Ring, a graduate of the North Van Minor Hockey Association. Samson is counting on the rest of his inexperienced blue line to be up to speed by playoff time. In the meantime North Van has five more combined headto-head meetings against Richmond and Delta and will need to make the most of them if they hope to stay

in the top two heading into the playoffs in February. The team’s goal, at the very least, is to finally break the first-round barrier, said Samson. “This group, we’re thinking bigger this year, like provincials,” he said. “But I think as a franchise it would be a complete disappointment if we didn’t get through a round of playoffs. I think we’re just too good this year.” ••• The Pack are back in action this Saturday with the Mission City Outlaws in town for a 7 p.m. start at Harry Jerome Arena.Their final home game before the holiday break will be Dec. 21 against the Grandview Steelers, also a 7 p.m. start at Harry Jerome.


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Prices effective at all British Columbia Safeway stores Wednesday, December 11 through Thursday, December 19, 2013 only. We reserve the right to limit sales to retail quantities. Some items may not be available at all stores. All items while stocks last. Actual items may vary slightly from illustrations. Some illustrations are serving suggestions only. Advertised prices do not include GST. ®™ Trademarks of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under license by LoyaltyOne, Co. and Safeway. Extreme Specials are prices that are so low they are limited to a one time purchase to Safeway Club Card Members within a household. Each household can purchase the limited items one time during the effective dates. A household is defined by all Safeway Club Cards that are linked by the same address and phone number. Each household can purchase the EXTREME SPECIALS during the specified advertisement dates. For purchases over the household limits, regular pricing applies to overlimit purchases. On BUY ONE GET ONE FREE items, both items must be purchased. Lowest priced item is then free. Online and in-store prices, discounts, and offers may differ.

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North Shore News December 11 2013