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Tim Jones tribute: a hero’s send-off Thousands say farewell to N. Shore Rescue leader

ROSALIND DUANE rduane@nsnews.com

“I will see you in the mountains, Daddy, and will have lots of Turtle lights with me.You are now my angel and the angel of everyone who goes into the mountains. I will love you forever.” Taylor Jones struggled through tears to get through the words she had put to paper for her father’s memorial service, but her brother Curtis stood by her side, with one arm around her shoulders, and whispered “It’s OK, take your time.” Taylor was speaking to hundreds gathered at Centennial Theatre Saturday afternoon for a public memorial for her father, North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones, who died suddenly Jan. 19 on his way down from a cabin on Mount Seymour after a team event. Family, friends and colleagues filled the auditorium and a covered area outside. In the parking lot a large screen projected the service to hundreds more who stood for the entire three-hour long tribute to the man many called a hero. Inside the theatre, friends and colleagues of Tim Jones shared their personal experiences working with him as members of North Shore Rescue or B.C. Ambulance Service. They described Tim as a mentor and a leader. They said he was unique,

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City council buoys sinking stern BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

The HMS Flamborough Head stern has been thrown a life ring — albeit a small one. City of North Vancouver council made the rare move of revisiting a previous decision and is holding off

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on dismantling the Second World War relic pending a report from city staff that lays out the costs of keeping it around. Council voted behind closed doors last September to spend up to $250,000 for decontaminating and scrapping the stern, which has been shuffled around the

North Vancouver waterfront since 2001.When the information was revealed publicly and work began in December, history buffs and advocates for government transparency lashed back against council, prompting later protests. “The public had no way of knowing council

was contemplating such a decision,” said Coun. Pam Bookham after introducing the motion to reconsider. “To be honest, it was not our finest hour.We’ve been taken to task, and rightly so, for both the decision and, more importantly, for the lack of See Funds page 3

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Public pays respects From page 1

his father’s death seemed unbearable at this time. His dad was his best friend, he said. The two also worked together as colleagues at North Shore Rescue, and Curtis recounted a story of how he and Tim were called out to a rescue on Crown Mountain on Father’s Day two years ago.The pair ended up together on a long line hundreds of feet above the ground. As they circled the area waiting for a low cloud cover to clear, Curtis patted his father on the shoulder and said, “Happy Father’s Day.” When the cloud cleared, the two long-lined in and rescued the injured hiker. “I’ll never forget the pride I saw in his eyes,” said Curtis of when he and his father were dangling together on the line. He was proud of the work they did together. Although Curtis was visibly upset as he spoke about his father, he finished with a strong message: “Dad, when the pager goes we’ll be there.” His words were met with applause from those inside and outside the theatre. The bright sun that held its place all afternoon in the clear sky seemed out of place with the sombre event.The day began with an honour guard procession that travelled up Lonsdale Avenue and ended at Norseman Park. The procession included an ambulance shrouded in black cloth and carrying the cremated remains of Tim Jones. Members of B.C. Ambulance Service and North Shore Rescue, as well as local and visiting law enforcement, firefighters and other search and rescue teams followed. The ceremony inside began with the sounds of a single bagpipe playing Auld Lang Syne. B.C. Ambulance Service chaplain John Lowe, who presided over the memorial, led with a prayer, and many in the audience outside bowed their heads as he spoke. North Vancouver MP Andrew Saxton followed as the first speaker. “I don’t think our community has seen the likes of this ever before,” he said of the service. He talked about working with Tim on many projects over the years, and noted: “I have never met such a hardworking and dedicated volunteer.” He thanked Tim’s family for sharing him with the

Funds needed to secure stern’s future From page 1

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Those watching the service outside applauded at the end of his speech, as they did for many of the speakers, including City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto, who told the gathered guests: “I still can’t believe that he’s not with us.” He called Tim his mentor and said he inspired him to become a teacher and a paramedic just as Tim had done. Many of the speakers talked about Tim’s passion for his work and that he had a special ability to make things happen. “Has anybody here ever said ‘no’ to Tim Jones?” asked Mussatto. “I wonder how that went if you did.” The audience laughed at this and anecdotes recounted by Mussatto and many of the other speakers that showed Tim’s funnier side. North Shore Rescue spokesman Doug Pope said the team always knew Tim had their back. He led by example and showed confidence in tense situations. Pope noted that one of the things Tim taught the team was that there was “no such thing as having too many helicopters at a rescue.” He added that they all learned something that afternoon that would make Tim smile: “There’s no such thing as too many helicopters at a memorial either.” Pope was referring to two Talon helicopters and one RCMP helicopter that had landed in Norseman Park before the service and waited to escort Tim’s ashes away at the end. After the eulogies, a video montage featured photos of

Tim over the years at work and with his family. Bagpipe players on stage then performed Amazing Grace. This was followed by horn renditions of Taps and The Last Post. Then the ashes were escorted to the waiting ambulance that had carried them to the theatre. All those in uniform who had walked in the procession lined the perimeter of Norseman Park as the ambulance drove away from the theatre, along 23rd Street, turned left onto St. Georges Avenue and made its way back into the park. North Shore Rescue members lined either side of a path that led to one of the Talon helicopters, and Tim’s remains were taken onboard for his final flight. As the helicopter lifted from the ground, the large crowd of community members still gathered in the parking lot erupted into applause. One voice could be heard shouting above the noise of the rotor: “Thank you,Tim!” After the two remaining helicopters lifted off, the copter carrying Tim’s ashes looped back over the parking lot, where those assembled gave a final wave, and continued towards Mount Seymour. As the helicopters flew high above and out of sight, the words of North Shore Rescue teammate Miles Randal, spoken during the service, seemed especially poignant: “There’s someone missing in heaven and God needed his help.” Donations for the North Shore Rescue legacy fund can be made in Tim’s honour at: northshorerescue. com.

transparency in the way we made it. Many people have urged us to reconsider our decision in a public forum.” Hearing the outcry from the public persuaded Bookham to change her mind and instead support council’s spending the money “within reason – to ensure that the Flamborough Head remains on our waterfront as an active feature that is complementary to the kinds of uses we have been discussing.” Coun. Don Bell seconded the motion, noting that council made the decision quickly because council members were advised the stern presented a risk to the public. “We were acting on advice when we came back from our summer holiday that there were safety issues associated with the Flamborough Head from a community point of view and stability issues . . . . That’s part of the reason the decision was made quickly and made the way that it was.” The only reason the demolition isn’t already done, Bell said, is that the province and WorkSafeBC have raised issues with its dismantling. Coun. Rod Clark threw his support behind getting some “hard numbers” from staff and stressed that cost would be an important factor in his decision — something echoed by other members of council. “The only reason we’re here debating this is that the community, bless their soul, stood up as one and said ‘We don’t want to lose this as a piece of our heritage,’” Clark said. “However, there’s another side to the argument and that’s how much it’s going to cost. . . . I cannot commit to saving the Flamborough Head until I know what it’s going to cost. It will be significant dollars

from this moment in time. It will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to save the boat.” Clark then challenged the Flamborough Head’s proponents to get active and commit to helping raise funds to finance the stern’s future. Coun. Guy Heywood apologized for the hasty nature of the decision, especially when it was such a treasured city object but, he said, there are still plans to relocate the NorthVancouver Museum and Archives to the waterfront, which will do just as good a job honouring the shipbuilding industry’s place in time in the city. “I don’t think our original decision, although badly managed, was necessarily the wrong one.We have other buildings down there that represent that era,” he said. Mayor Darrell Mussatto agreed with reconsidering the decision and asked that the consultant hired to help the city design a new waterfront be informed of the decision and see if there is way to integrate the stern into future plans.The public presentation set for Feb. 3 has been postponed. But, Mussatto defended holding the discussion in camera due to the council’s legal responsibilities and liabilities. The city acquired the Flamborough Head from Artificial Reef Society and had hoped to make it a centrepiece in the National Maritime Centre, a museum projected abandoned in 2008 after the province would not commit to funding its portion of the cost. Monday’s vote followed a stream of heritage advocates urging council members to maintain the ship as a monument to and consider some other ideas. Among those presented: converting it to a viewing platform with a museum dedicated to the shipyards or a public art piece.

Jones’ son leads rescue BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

Not 24 hours after a public memorial for North Shore Rescue’s former team leader Tim Jones, the team was back in the mountains carrying out a rescue led by Jones’ son Curtis. North Shore Rescue volunteers got a page from NorthVancouver RCMP around 5:30 p.m., Sunday,

reporting a group of eight hikers lost on Grouse Mountain. The group, ranging from age 10 to adulthood, were planning to climb either the now-closed Grouse Grind or BCMC trail to Grouse Mountain’s skating pond, skates in hand, but they left completely unprepared. With no map, no knowledge of the trail See Rescue page 5


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Eco-activist sentenced Local fugitive gets 5 yrs in U.S. prison for role in plot JANE SEYD jseyd@nsnews.com

A former North Vancouver woman whose childhood love of animals and the natural world led to involvement with a U.S. ecoterrorist group has been sentenced to five years in jail for her role in four firebombing plots. Judge Ann Aiken of the Oregon District Court handed Rebecca Rubin, 40, the sentence Monday afternoon after she pleaded guilty to several charges in October.

The five-year prison sentence was the shortest possible under a plea deal Rubin made earlier with prosecutors, who had asked the judge to consider a seven and a half year jail sentence. Rubin’s family members, including her mother and stepfather from North Vancouver and her brother were in court for the sentencing Monday. “Everyone is greatly relieved but this is certainly not a joyous occasion,” said Rubin’s lawyer Richard

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“eco-terrorist” group in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Rubin left the group more than a decade ago and had been living in Canada. She turned herself in to authorities in 2012, after reaching a plea bargain with prosecutors. As part of the deal, Rubin agreed to tell authorities details about the plots to destroy property, including forestry buildings in Oregon, wild horse corrals in Oregon and northern California, and the Vail ski resort in Colorado when she was a member of both the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation See Rubin page 8

Rescue a proud moment during difficult week From page 3 conditions and only one light for the entire group, the hikers quickly got off trail and wound up going east on the Baden Powell before ending up in rough terrain near Mosquito Creek and calling for help.

“They were not up for what they had gotten themselves into by any means. I think it was a matter of not knowing and not doing the proper research before heading out,” said Doug Pope, search manager. “We told them to stay put and got a team together, led

by Curtis Jones, who went in and got them out safely.” Carrying out the rescue was a significant milestone for the team, still reeling from Jones’ death a week earlier. “We were proud.We all had a difficult week.We were anticipating the first call we

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After first voting in-camera to scrap it, council reversed course this week and ordered up a report on how much it will cost to save the stern. While nothing has been decided, a public discussion of the issues is a step in the right direction. Without knowing more about the safety issues that justified the in-camera discussion, we’re not persuaded it was in the public interest to keep us in the dark. But this is a small and possibly short-lived victory for the Victory ship’s advocates as no one is under the delusion saving the stern will come cheap. Convincing council it belongs on the waterfront is one thing. Convincing council to pay for it is another.

With at least $500,000 already spent on the stern that was only ever intended to be part of a now-defunct museum, and little appetite on council to spend more, it’s going to be incumbent on the heritage advocates to get out and find well-heeled sponsors who may have an interest in helping out. Unfortunately, this is the new norm when it comes to community groups coming hat-in-hand to local governments. Seaspan is enjoying boom times again thanks to billions in federal contracts, and Port Metro Vancouver may see this as an opportunity to mend fences after two rocky years with its city neighbours. This task would be easier, however, if council had opted to reach out for ideas or at least air their discussion in September, rather than waiting for word to trickle out and launch a small revolt.

Gov’ts face test in Horse year ahead The public realm is irredeemable and the only thing a sensible person can do is ignore it and live as decently as one can in spite of it. — W.H. Auden THE IMPULSIVE Chinese new year of the Horse upon us this week, so it’s timely to take stock of where we’re headed politically. Federally, with the Conservatives’ bully-boy decision a week ago to open up B.C.’s coastline to more commercial fish-farms, there’s further evidence that they’re willing to throw themselves right over the cliff on environmental issues. But as the furor over rocker Neil Young’s trashing of the Tories for their role in the tar sands eco-nightmare shows,

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Canadians don’t much like bullies, even in hockey. With their decisions on scrapping home postal delivery service, the softening of fish-farm environmental regulations, and their muzzling of federal scientists about their environmental research findings, the Conservatives look heavy-handed and clueless. Thomas Mulcair and the NDP have beaten them silly over the senate corruption scandal, and now with Justin Trudeau ready to defend issues of personal choice regarding legalization of pot and the sex trade, we’ve got an opposition that’s shaping up as a real alternative in terms of ideas. Mulcair is still the most popular politician in Quebec; with Trudeau making significant inroads in Ontario, the makings

of a tenable LiberalNDP government look interesting right now. The minority government Pierre Trudeau shared with Ed Broadbent of the NDP in the early 1970s is still remembered as a progressive period in Canadian history. Certainly more imaginative than the out of touch, total oil-slick future that the Conservatives dinosnores are wedded to. Can we hope to see a leader emerge who’ll champion right-to-die legislation that so many Canadians silently endorse in private? It’s time we sorted out these things as a society. Locally, the screams over commuter traffic woes are getting louder than the routine twohour traffic jams trying to get home across the Ironworkers Memorial

Bridge at Second Narrows. Despite the two-tier transportation system now separating motorists between those who can or can’t afford the $6 return toll on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges, there’s still no help in sight for North Shore commuters. The former south-of-Port Mann gridlock has leapfrogged across the Fraser River making the Brunette Ave. to Cassiar Tunnel section of the Trans-Canada an exercise in self-flagellation five days a week. Even weekends feature major snarls. Meanwhile, all three North Shore mayors and councils have continued to support more residential growth while traffic gridlock nightmares are the number one local civic issue. Is it any wonder that citizens give up on

bothering to vote? Have you noticed the District’s advertisements inviting citizen input on solutions for the traffic problem? Well, here’s an idea: Stop greenlighting big housing projects that bring more people and cars to the North Shore. If there’s another critical Lower Mainland issue, it’s surely the call made this past fall for the reopening of Riverview Hospital. That’s a provincial responsibility. Mayor Ernie Daykin of Maple Ridge has led the municipal charge, reiterating The Union of B.C. Municipalities AGM call on Premier Christy Clark to reopen the Coquitlam facility for mentally ill patients. The first step should be to junk any lingering plan

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - North Shore News - A7

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History disproves spill predictions

Dear Editor: Living Oceans Society’s Karen Wristen states that the 1990 federal government-commissioned oil spill study predicted a catastrophic (defined as more than 10,000 tonnes) spill in Canadian waters every 15 years, with the probability of a major spill (100-10,000 tonnes) annually. She then asks

someone to explain how the Kinder Morgan study can show far lower spill probabilities. That federal report, the Brander-Smith Report, relies on spill statistics from a 1971 Canadian Coast Guard memo — that 43 year old memo was written based on the worst pre-1971 years in history for worldwide

tanker spills. The BranderSmith Report cautioned that their predictions assumed nothing would change in tanker operations. As a result of Exxon Valdez and other accidents, operations, design, and regulation of tankers changed in Canada and across the world, resulting in world tanker spill frequency (over 700

tonnes) dropping 93 per cent from the 1970s to the years 2010-12. We now have mandatory use of doublehulled oil tankers, GPS navigation, tethered tugs, coastal pilots, and other safety measures in B.C. waters to bring tankers into Vancouver Harbour, all new since the 1970s. I am surprised that

Ms. Wristen did not check actual Canadian spill results — why not compare predictions to historical reality, not just to other forecasts? Canada has never had a spill over 10,000 tonnes. Both spill predictions mentioned by Ms. Wristen have been totally disproved by actual history. Oil tankers have sailed B.C. waters to and

from Vancouver Harbour for a century, with no significant spill other than one of canola oil. I would suggest that in future, Ms. Wristen check the historical accuracy of her quoted spill predictions before she questions Kinder Morgan’s forecast — or anybody’s! John Hunter North Vancouver

Backcountry cameras are not the answer Ship’s stern a piece of history not to be scrapped Dear Editor: Your photo of the stern of a liberty ship kept me awake with nostalgia and regret at the notion of this bit of history being scrapped. I was crew of the Liberty Ship S.S. Samshee (British registry) sitting in Eniwetok Atoll as part of the supply fleet for the eventual invasion of Japan. The atom bomb changed the plans and we were rerouted to Singapore. That bit of history you have should be restored and

buried to the waterline as a lookout point in one of our beautiful waterfront parks. Visitors could lean on the rail and contemplate the ocean after reading an information board about the magic of the liberty ship construction project in the Second World War with a picture of the fully restored vessel that the merchant marine volunteers operate in California. Can’t remember its name. Don’t scrap history. Use it! Alan May Cobble Hill, B.C.

Dear Editor: Re: Rescuers Lobby for Backcountry Cameras, Jan. 15. Every person with dementia should wear a GPS transponder bracelet at all times just in case they wander off into the woods. Ditto young children.Teenagers can be preoccupied and they can be dismissive of evident risks so they too would benefit from GPS bracelets. Actually, it would be simpler if everybody wore one at all times and they could also be made to pay for the bracelets and the

monitoring service that would go with it. On the other hand, why not set up surveillance cameras throughout the backcountry and have taxpayers fund the program? It must be frustrating for North Shore Rescue members to be unable to rescue everyone who goes missing in the local mountains, but surveillance

cameras are not the answer. Cameras on the trails would be unsupportably intrusive, would make even more people feel that they need not respect the dangers of the woods and prepare accordingly, and they certainly would not save the lives of hikers who went missing weeks or often even a day earlier. It is distressing to

read of a cohort of administrative agencies — all unelected — discussing how to circumvent privacy concerns, especially before they consider this idea in a thoughtful manner. I used to think that NSR members did the valuable work that they do because they love the outdoors. Cynthia Cushing North Vancouver

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A8 - North Shore News - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rubin ‘sorry’ for her actions

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Front, 10 to 15 years ago. Rubin did not agree to give up details of other members of the group, two of whom remain at large. In arguing for a lenient sentence, Troberman said Rubin was a last-minute recruit to the plots and only acted as a lookout while others carried out more serious actions. She was “substantially less culpable,” than others involved, said Troberman. In a letter submitted to the judge, Rubin wrote that in her early 20s she let her frustration at the pace of change overwhelm her reason.

“I let my frustration and desperation override my ability to make wellreasoned decision; to maintain the calm and patience required of slow, sustained struggle; and I failed to seriously consider the negative consequences of my actions in both the short and long term,” she wrote. Rubin said she accepts “full blame for my mistakes” adding, “I would never have forgiven myself had anyone been injured, or worse, in the fires, and I am disappointed in myself that I took such a risk.” Rubin added, “I am profoundly sorry for the negative impact my actions

had on the environmental community and its lawful efforts to affect change.” As part of her sentence, the judge ordered Rubin to read two books: Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath, which she said would help Rubin learn non-violent means of protest, and Nature’s Trust by University of Oregon environmental law professor Mary C. Wood. The court has recommended Rubin serve her sentence in a minimum-security federal facility in California. As a dual citizen, Rubin will be eligible to serve up to the last year of her sentence in a halfway house.

Mentally ill need health-care fix From page 6

to sell off Riverview’s almost 250-acre lands for residential housing. Many of the site’s imposing old buildings can be quickly revived to bring in patients from downtown streets throughout Metro Vancouver. The fateful decision to decommission Riverview was initiated by Joy MacPhail and the NDP during their tenure in the 1990s. We’ve all been

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shamed by it. Sadly, the provincial Liberals have passed on the chance to improve things: mental health care additions to local area hospitals won’t fix the larger problem. Here’s an opportunity for a historic step by Premier Clark’s government. The real issue is that the alternative resources needed to care for the mentally ill we too often see living on the streets haven’t been able to cope with the task. Instead, our public hospital emergency rooms are forced to deal with mental health and related drug addiction issues, and police officers end up being forced to serve as first-contact responders. That’s not their mandate and we’ve seen what can happen when things go sideways. Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu confirms that arrests under the Mental Health Act there have grown four-fold in the past 10 years. The return to a centralized institutional system is a no-brainer. Health professionals say we need at least 300 long-term mental health treatment beds. Will some Liberal MLA please take up the reins on this issue soon? What we could all use is more access this year to good information about pressing issues that’s unmediated by government or interest group spin. A chance to listen to well-informed speakers engaging in community debate in a safe, non-volatile way would help toward redeeming the current

state of our civic life. One prospect is the next Cool North Shore. They’re a non-profit citizens’ group covering Lions Bay to Deep Cove that organizes focused coffeehouse-style talks on sustainability and climate change action. Tonight’s event is scheduled to take place at Café for Contemporary Art on East Esplanade, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The topic is: “Oil Pipelines, Jobs, Risks and the Canadian Vision.” Speakers are Dr. Jonn Axsen of SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management; Liz McDowell, responsible economic development consultant; and feisty Robyn Allan, economist, former CEO of ICBC (and speeding ticket collector, if memory serves), who’ll offer a video presentation. Ten dollars includes appetizers, beverage and thoughtful dialogue. I’m looking forward to this one. See you there. It’s the Chinese New Year of the Horse on the 31st. Bringing in the upbeat vibes for this notoriously stubborn animal sign will be easier, though, if you look in at T&T’s Osaka Supermarket at Park Royal South. The new year’s displays are fabulous and tasty — the cheapest ticket to Asian festive fun right now. Check it out! And a collegial farewell to Tim Jones, old civic friend and sparring partner. PoeticLicense.NS@gmail.com

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expected to be complete by October 2014 and will cost about $500,000. Further work planned over the next two years is expected to extend the life of the facility by at least 12 years, until 2028 or later. The total cost of renovations is pegged at $800,000, with $600,000 of that coming from Metro Vancouver, which operates the facility, and $200,300 coming from the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. Built in 1946, Camp Capilano is a dormitorystyle accommodation with a kitchen and dining area, common room and an outdoor swimming

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - North Shore News - A11

DNV funds film fest for one more year Norm Foster play at W. Van’s Kay Meek also shares in arts grants

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A12 - North Shore News - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE to HOME & GARDEN

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Kevin Vallely

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ROCKS Columnist Todd Major offers potential uses for those found in your beds. page 14 GREEN GUIDE page 15 HOME IDEAS Writer Barb Lunter showcases a kitchen renovation project. page 16

I’m sitting here in my office punching away on my keyboard as the neighbour’s cat suns itself in my backyard. It’s a spectacular January day with the winter sun infusing a vibrancy and warmth into the air and the cat is revelling in it as much as I am. We all recognize the positive effects natural light has on our mood and our well-being, but it’s on days like today that the notion really stands out. Natural light plays a critical role in the design of our homes too and is likely the single most important factor that determines how spaces are perceived and experienced. Architect Christopher Alexander articulates it simply in his tome A Pattern Language: “If the right rooms are facing south, a house is bright and sunny and cheerful; if the wrong rooms are facing south, the house is dark and gloomy.” The principle is a simple one and if held onto will create light-filled spaces that are desirable and a joy to be in. The position of the sun in the sky is determined by the time of day, the season and your location. For us in our northern latitude,

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understanding the unique movements of the sun on a given piece of property is essential for the designer. This might translate into an ensuite bathroom that basks in the warm glow of the morning sun or a breakfast nook that nudges out into a garden with full morning light. It can mean a home office that faces directly south to maximize its daytime sun exposure or a covered porch that catches the dying light of an evening sunset. The more we anticipate how natural light affects our

layout, the more we move towards an optimal design for our homes. Technology has given us the ability to create functioning spaces even when we ignore our natural environment but, as with all such fixes, something gets lost in the process.The intensity and spectrum of colour in sunlight can’t be matched by artificial light. We innately sense daily and seasonal changes through the light of the sun.The long, cool rays of today’s winter sun can never be confused with the sharp

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Found rocks a garden blessing

Few gardeners have happily dug into earth without hitting a rock or two, and gardeners who live in mountainous regions know all too well that rocks are going to be part of the garden. One rock is no problem as it can be buried or discarded. Many rocks are either a blessing or a curse depending on the type, quantity and size of rock present. More often than not, rocks can be used in the construction of the garden. There are some really creative gardeners out there who recycle rock found onsite to build a variety of constructions. Retaining walls are the most common use for found rocks if you have enough large ones, which never seems to be the case.Then there are the bed edgers who surround their planting beds with found rock. For small-sized rocks I have seen people make drains, spill ways, catchment

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areas or loose stone pathways. On steep slopes, small-sized rock can also be used as mulch to slow down rainfall runoff along stairs or walkways.Then there’s the whole craft set of gardeners who find small quantities of rock with no purpose, so they fill up glassware with them or paint them for display. Few people are probably aware of the value of adding rocks as a component of soil. It may seem a foreign concept to some people but adding rocks to soil can be

beneficial for plants and soil micro-organisms.Whenever I am training students to build or amend planting beds I always tell them to retain any rock that is fistsized or smaller and remove any rock that is bigger than a fist.The purpose of selective stone retention during bedwork is to add mineral content to the soil. Plants are relentless rock breakers whether by direct action of root splitting or through the chemical action of their roots that break down the surface of rocks to glean off minerals. One of the most common uses for found rocks is to build a rock See Build page 15

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Build an engaging rock garden From page 14 garden. For purists, the traditional rock garden is a highly organized feature set prominently within the garden’s overall design. They are built with a custom-designed soil mix, naturalistic layout of boulders and a structured layout of only alpine plants. However, the average person is not a purist and usually does not care about such details.They just want a place to get rid of all those rocks. For the average person who wants to build a normal rock garden there are several main factors to consider during design and construction. Firstly, choose a location that makes sense within the context of the site’s topography. A rock

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Mediterranean plants will enjoy the drainage of rock gardens while benefitting from the sun’s warmth that is retained and released from the rocks. Thirdly, choose rocks or boulders that are in harmony with the design of the house and the surrounding landscape. Nothing looks more out of place than one of those desert-style rock gardens or dry river beds filled with colourful shiny rocks imported from some exotic locale. If you don’t have enough rock to build the garden try buying some of our beautiful natural basalt from Squamish, available at local landscape supply yards. Basalt is not only natural for our area, it has a beautiful texture and a colour that

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It’s not always necessary to completely gut your kitchen when you’re ready for a change. Revitalizing your kitchen can be as easy as applying a fresh coat of paint to the cupboards and switching out your appliances.There are situations, however, that require a more extensive makeover, like the following one. The kitchen in the home had served the homeowners well for more than 20 years but it was time to give the space a much-needed lift. “We knew that when the countertops were peeling back and the cupboards’ wear-and-tear had reached beyond broken hinges that it was time to redo the whole kitchen,” remarked the homeowner. It was important to them to keep the natural feel to the space.The kitchen was immediately off the living and dining room, therefore the goal for the theme and paint palette was to blend seamlessly and naturally from one room to the other. Large, oversized logs set the

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12 months) that focuses on the pleasure and power of learning rhymes, songs and stories in a group setting Wednesdays, Jan. 29-March 8 from 11 a.m. to noon at Parkgate library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration required. 604929-3727 nvdpl.ca/children RHYME TIME Sing, laugh and learn.This early literacy program is for parents or caregivers and newborns to 12 months Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Feb. 27, 10:30-11 a.m. at Lynn Valley library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. nvdpl.ca/children FAMILY PAJAMA STORYTIME Children of all ages are invited to come in their pajamas for an evening of stories, songs and fun Thursday, Jan. 30, 77:30 p.m. at Parkgate library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration not required. 604-929-3727 x8166 RED CEDAR BOOK CLUB Children in grades four to seven are invited to join twice a month to discuss the nominated fiction and non-fiction titles and then vote for their favourite in the spring Thursdays, Jan. 30-May 1, 3:45-4:30 p.m. at Parkgate library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration required. 604-929-3727 x8166 nvdpl.ca/children

RED CEDAR BOOK CLUB Children in grades four to seven are invited to join twice a month to discuss the nominated fiction and non-fiction titles and then vote for their favourite in the spring Thursdays, Jan. 30-May 1, 3:45-4:30 p.m. at Capilano library, 3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver. 604-9874471 nvdpl.ca/children CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP Children

ages eight and older will create a semi-abstracted portrait using acrylic paints and mixed media materials Saturday, Feb. 1, 1-3 p.m. at CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Free. 604-988-6844 exhibitions@ nvartscouncil.ca Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email listings@nsnews.com.

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Community Bulletin Board OPEN HOUSE The District of West Vancouver is exploring future improvements to the parking area and the washroom facilities in Lighthouse Park and would like the public’s input Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Gleneagles Community Centre, 6262 Marine Dr. 604-925-7130 parks@westvancouver. ca westvancouver.ca/ westvancouverite PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING Larco Investments Ltd. will host a meeting to discuss a rezoning development proposal for 2035 Fullerton Ave., North Vancouver Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6:30-9 p.m. at Capilano Rugby Clubhouse, 305 Klahanie Court,West Vancouver. 604990-2391 604-925-8218 DRAFT OCP AND DENSITY BONUS POLICY A brief public presentation followed by a question and answer session will take place Thursday, Jan. 30, 4-5 p.m. at North Vancouver City Hall, 141 West 14th St. 604-990-4240 cnv.org

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starting at 2:30 p.m. at 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver. 604-985-6261 lonsdalequay.com PUB NIGHT North West Vancouver Ringette will hold a fundraiser Friday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. at Seymour’s Pub, Old Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver. Celebrate 50 years of ringette in Canada and raise funds for this sport. 604-838-7544 promotions@nwvra.ca EDGEMONT VILLAGE REFRESH Interested community members are invited to Community workshops to review and discuss the plan/guidelines for the village Saturday Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. Registration required. identity@dnv.org dnv.org LYNN VALLEY PARENT PARTICIPATION PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Come by and meet the teachers and explore the school Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 3220 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. Children are also welcome and there will be refreshments and activities. 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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ROMANCING THE STOVE Angela Shellard presents recipes for preparing bananas for breakfast. page 22

This year the Chinese New Year begins on Jan. 31. This is the year of the horse, an animal noted in the ancient zodiac for its leadership, independence, strength, and elegance. The horse is also known as one of the most impulsive and spontaneous animals, subject to impromptu flights of fancy and rash decisions. Inspired by this impetuous equine character, I decided that I would go out on a limb and try a restaurant I knew nothing about save its location. With nary aYelp rating nor a word-on-the-street reputation to guide me, I recently stopped by Woon Lee Inn, a Cantonese, Szechuan, and Pekingstyle restaurant located in Delbrook Mall, the small, unassuming retail complex situated a few blocks north of Queens Road. Impulsive as my choice seemed to me at the time, subsequent research revealed that Woon Lee Inn was, in fact, a pretty safe bet. It has been in business for 17 years and is an established neighbourhood favourite, not to mention a consistent winner of the North Shore News’ own Reader’s Choice Award for Best Chinese Food. Oh well, I still have a full year to get a better

(W[ 6UMM[) Z-) -M[ 8-N:- Z[<%")[' W-M[A _<OM"% ,)<_M' <% !--M F[[ IMM +['%<")<M%@ < 0[O:)--Q?<)[< [<%[)A %W<% U' _[OO? QM-_M <N-MX O-8<O'> BJC(C PAUL MCGRATH handle on this whole zodiac business. For now, I am just happy to have discovered a few choice dishes from this out-of-the way, locals-know restaurant, including a truly spectacular prawn dish, which I will describe in due course. Nestled in a strip mall between other businesses, Woon Lee Inn is not a flamboyant or imposing establishment. Its interior is bright, clean, and functional, featuring easilyreset glass topped tables and a bar area that crossfunctions as a payment centre. During my visit, the phone in the restaurant rang steadily,Woon Lee’s

take-away business likely eclipsing the volume done on-premise with only 50 or so seats in the whole room. A deliveryman popped in and out with armfuls of orders throughout the dinner service. Despite the modesty of its design, there is still a certain charm to the place, most likely the result of the warm and hospitable service. Other diners, some of them clearly Woon Lee regulars, were treated with familial warmth as they engaged in conversation with the service staff about in-law visits over the holidays, health challenges, and, during one particularly lively exchange, the state of

Toronto’s mayorship. The Woon Lee Inn website, consisting entirely of JPEG scans of their takeout menu and a Google map of their location, perfectly reflects their confident, no-nonsense approach to dining and service; this restaurant is not about highfalutin concept or design, but rather honest, well-prepared food that speaks for itself. I visited Woon Lee with my wife DJ who, like me, is a longtime North Shore resident who had not yet tried this Delbrook institution. Our meal began with vegetable egg foo young, two large disks of nicely browned omelet fried

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with broccoli, green onion, yellow onion, and loads of bean sprouts.The dish had a light, springy texture and a surprisingly rich and toasty flavour, making for a highly satisfying appetizer. Next up was a duo of mains: ginger-fried shredded chicken and beef with green beans in spicy Szechuan black bean sauce. I think the menu has the wording of the chicken dish in the wrong order. It would be more accurate to describe it as fried chicken with shredded ginger, the spicy and aromatic notes of the latter elevating an otherwise familiar breaded See Beef page 23

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There are more ways to have bananas for breakfast than sliced on top of your cereal. Think outside the box some Sunday morning and serve up one of these delicious dishes using firmripe bananas (ones with just a few tiny brown spots on the peel). Bananas that aren’t ripe enough won’t impart much flavour to the recipe, and ones with black peels will disintegrate into mush.

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chicken preparation to a new level of complexity. While piping hot, the chicken dish was a winner, especially with a side of jasmine rice to mop up the golden, garlic and gingerinfused sauce. As the dish cooled, however, that sauce became notably stickier and revealed a touch too much sweetness for my liking. The beef, meanwhile, is a dish you will not find on the menu, but was suggested to me when I asked if there was a house specialty I ought to try. It was a satisfying and rich preparation, positively overflowing with flash-fried, still-crispy green beans in a chili, fermented soy bean and garlic-laden black sauce ladled atop tender and lean medallions of thinly sliced beef. Ask for it if it has still not made its way onto the menu when you visit. Now, about those prawns. Described simply as “salt and pepper prawns” on the menu, this dish categorically stole the show. Dozens of plump and succulent, very lightly

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The Capilano University women’s volleyball team has had a bit of an up-and-down season. Last weekend that trend looked like it was going to continue as the Blues beat Columbia Bible College at Capilano Sportsplex on Friday night but then fell behind 0-2 facing the same team the next night. “We’ve been fighting ourselves,” head coach Cal Wohlford had told the North Shore News after Friday night’s game. “We’ve been losing a couple of matches because of our side of the court, not the other side of the court, so that’s a little frustrating.” The frustration, however, turned around quickly Saturday as the Blues rallied to win the last three sets convincingly and claim a 3-2 victory. The win moved the Blues to 10-8 for the season, four points back of the Camosun Chargers in a battle for third place in the PacWest league. The comeback was nice for Capilano but Wohlford admitted he was hoping to be a little higher than fourth place with just three weeks to go before playoffs. The Blues finished fourth at provincials last year — Wohlford’s first as head coach — and brought back most of their top players to a team that now has See Defence page 27

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Defence drives Capilano attack

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only one rookie and five players who are in at least their third season of college ball. “I believed right from when we started with this team that we had a good chance of being first or second in provincials,” said Wohlford. “I still believe that. When we’re doing the right kinds of things we’re a pretty good defensive team and our blocking is starting to come along.” The heart of that Capilano defence is fifth year libero Jacqueline Caverly who is again leading the league in digs. She’s one of the rare players who can swing the momentum of a match without ever coming close to the net. “It frustrates hitters when you keep getting digs,” said Wohlford. “We’re a strong defensive team. We do a pretty good job of keeping the ball alive.” Third year left side player Sara Pettersson, a native of Sweden who first suited up in Canada for Thompson Rivers University before switching to Capilano, is another strong defender who also can get in on the offence as well — she’s 10th in the league in kills and can do a lot of damage with her back row hitting. Leading the way offensively is fourth year left side player Sydney Thorton, a Nanaimo native who is fifth in the league in kills and eighth in total offence. “She’s very athletic, she’s a pure power player,” said Wohlford, adding that he was happy to see her come through with a lot of clutch points to finish off CBC on Friday night after struggling a bit at the

start of the match. “She struggles at times, goes into the tank a little bit . . . (but) out of all three sets, she was performing at the end of the sets. That’s what you want.” Other standouts include fourth year middle blocker Alicia Catalano, fourth in the league in blocks, and second year middle Kelsi Boroevich who is playing very solid volleyball as a starter on the team, said Wohlford. Running the offence is Sarah Hughes, a second year player from Burnaby’s St. Thomas More who is playing setter this season after playing mostly power hitter previously. “Each match she’s getting more confident,” said Wohlford. “You can see she’s starting to be more aggressive with setting balls. That’ll pay well at the end of it.” The Blues are hoping to move into third place in the standings but to gain any ground this weekend they’ll have to go on the road and beat the powerful University of the Fraser Valley Cascades who are tied for first in the league with Vancouver Island University. The Blues aren’t counting on sweeping the Cascades but Wohlford is hoping his team can send a message in advance of the playoffs. “We need to show that we can play with them and get that confidence, that little chip off the shoulder, of a team walking in here thinking that they’re better than us.” It’s all building towards the provincial playoffs which will be held on Capilano’s home floor Feb. 20-22. With their playoff berth locked up — six of the seven PacWest teams qualify for provincials

Simmerling headed to Sochi

West Vancouver’s Georgia Simmerling will be heading to Sochi as part of Canada’s Olympic ski cross team. On Monday Alpine Canada announced the six skiers who will make up the Canadian team in the dashing new sport during an event held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Ski cross made its Olympic debut in 2010.

These will be the second Olympic Games for the 24-year-old who came up skiing in the Grouse Tyee Ski Club. Simmerling was a late addition to the Canadian alpine ski team for the Vancouver Games. In 2011 Simmerling switched from alpine to ski cross and has put up strong results since, including a World Cup silver medal in 2012. — Andy Prest

— the Blues are now mostly just concerned about peaking at the right time. “We just want to keep on getting a good rhythm, getting a good feel of winning games and winning some sets,” said Wohlford, adding that he hopes home court advantage will be a real advantage for the Blues. “I hope that we can get more people that love volleyball, that love watching athletic people play, to come out and

check out the games,” he said. “I think we do play well at home. . . . It’s a better routine for us. We get to get into the gym in the morning and do some passing, stuff like that. I think that gets their heads into it.” The Blues will play three more times at home before the PacWest championships come to town. They host seventhplace College of the Rockies Feb. 6 and 7 and take on sixth-place Douglas Feb. 14.

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