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House fire sends man to hospital Howe Sound home destroyed in early morning blaze JANE SEYD

West Vancouver fire investigators are still looking for clues as to why a three-storey home on Ansell Place went up in flames early Monday morning, sending one man to hospital. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze after a neighbour in the 8500-block of Ansell Place woke up just before 1 a.m. and heard noises outside. “She looked out her window and saw flames in the neighbours’ home,” said West Vancouver Fire Chief Martin Ernst. Three fire trucks raced from the Gleneagles fire station to the scene north of

Horseshoe Bay, arriving in about four minutes. When fire crews arrived, big flames were already coming through the roof and out of the windows, said Ernst. Luckily the homeowner, a man in his 60s who had been alone in the house when the fire broke out, had made it out without serious harm. He was taken to hospital suffering from possible smoke inhalation. West Vancouver crews called in three more fire trucks as backup from North Vancouver to attack the blaze, which went on for about four hours. Eventually firefighters shifted their focus to preventing damage to neighbouring homes. Ernst said the home suffered severe structural damage in the blaze. So far, investigators haven’t been able to determine whether the home See Fire’s page 5

City divided on restructure study BRENT RICHTER

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It’s not amalgamation. It’s not even a study into potential amalgamation. But City of North Vancouver council has given the OK for staff to investigate what level of detail a province-led study into restructuring the two municipalities to have more shared services might produce, should one be done.

Coun. Guy Heywood brought a motion deep behind enemy lines to the city’s council chambers Monday night, asking the city to seek the province’s help in doing a restructuring study. Joining the two municipalities, which were divided up in 1907, has long been perceived to only benefit the comparatively cash-poor District of North See City page 3

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Injured man airlifted from Hollyburn Hiker learns the hard way: butt-slides, crampons don’t mix


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An injured hiker with a badly broken ankle had to be airlifted from a popular North Shore mountain peak Saturday. B.C. Ambulance Service alerted North Shore Rescue around 2 p.m., reporting the subject about 100 metres below the summit of Hollyburn Mountain, and asked for help retrieving him. The man was wellprepared for the icy hike up to the peak with crampons on his boots, but he slid into trouble on the way back down, according to Doug Pope, NSR search manager. “In mountaineering terms, he was performing a sitting glissade. In regular terms, that’s a butt-slide down the snow. He still had his crampons on and one of the crampons caught on the ice and wrenched and broke his ankle and he wasn’t going anywhere,” Pope said.

Rental housing proposed for Phibbs JEREMY SHEPHERD

District of North Vancouver council gave first reading to a handful of motions Monday night, which could result in a six-storey development just west of the Phibbs Exchange. Slated for a March 25 public hearing, the 112-unit development would span four lots between 1561 and 1583 Oxford Street, totalling approximately 24,111 square feet. The lots would need to be rezoned from singlefamily residential to comprehensive development. The site would also require an amendment to the district’s recently adopted official community plan. The project is appropriate for the area, according to Coun. Mike Little. “If ever there was a place in the District of North Vancouver to relax some of these issues, this is the spot,” he said. “This is not, for me, precedent-setting in this area.This is more like a pilot.” Darwin Properties is stickhandling the project, which is touted to replenish the district’s rental stock,

B.C. Parks staff and Cypress Mountain ski patrol members were the first to reach the injured 44-yearold. “The team that was with him did a really good job. They splinted his ankle, stabilized his leg and then helped him up to the summit area.” With heavy snow threatening the helicopter’s ability to land safely at the top, the alternative would have been a long and painful stretcher-carry back to the Cypress Mountain parking lot, Pope said. “It would have been difficult in the icy conditions and wouldn’t have been very comfortable for the patient who was in a lot of pain with this severely broken ankle,” he said. The lesson to be learned from the call is to remove crampons if you are planning to come down a mountain on your rear end, Pope added.

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the vast majority of which is more than 35 years old. The details have yet to be ironed out, but Darwin would theoretically supply some affordable rental units in exchange for the district waiving development cost charges. Darwin is working with B.C. Housing but no agreement has been finalized regarding affordable units. Council was unanimous in their support for the project, but Little was concerned the development’s modest parking lot may end up overflowing.

“I am very concerned that we are going to underbuild the parking on this,” he said, pointing out that revisiting the issue after the project is complete would be futile. Plans call for 87 parking spots including 70 underground spaces. Because of the opportunities for building residents to use transit, the project has a lower than average parking spot to unit ratio of 0.75 to 1. According to a staff report, traffic conditions in the surrounding area

are expected to operate at an acceptable level, with the exception of Mountain Highway and Main Street. That intersection is expected to remain clogged due to the plethora of vehicles heading to the Second Narrows Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.The area would likely be congested “with or without the proposed project,” according to the report. The surrounding network will experience little, if any, impact due to the project. The project’s floor space ratio, which measures floor

space against lot size, will likely be a maximum of 3.5, according to a district report. In exchange for the boost in density, Darwin likely will pay the district a community amenity contribution of $50,000, earmarked for public art. The development will likely feature a commercial component such as a coffee shop over an underground parking garage. Mayor Richard Walton and Couns. Lisa Muri and Alan Nixon did not attend the meeting.

Vancouver. The district passed a similar motion in February. When it became clear that his original motion wouldn’t get the votes to pass, Heywood tweaked it to appeal to Coun. Rod Clark, an amalgamation opponent who had said he couldn’t support spending taxpayer dollars on a study that would only look at the issue from “35,000 feet up.” After the amended motion appeared doomed to fail and some procedural wrangling, council settled on asking staff to look into the matter. But, regardless of whether Heywood can find enough votes to make the study happen or what it may conclude, amalgamation is still a dirty word south of 29th Street. Coun. Pam Bookham showed some support for the motion but only after stating she was adamantly opposed to any future amalgamation on the grounds that the city and district had grown to have See Rational page 5

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PUBLIC HEARING Proposed Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4779, 2014 (Marine Zones) Notice is given that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the Council Chamber of the municipal hall of The Corporation of the District of West Vancouver at 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. for the purpose of allowing the public to make representations to the District of West Vancouver Council respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw as described below. Applicant: The Corporation of the District of West Vancouver Subject Lands: Marine Zones land (Marine Zones 1, 2 and 3) as shown shaded and outlined with black line on the plans below. Marine Zone 1 lands extend 1000 feet from the waterfront lot line.

Purpose: The proposal is to amend the Zoning Bylaw to include foreshore enhancement and shoreline protection works including associated landscaping, pedestrian walkways and intertidal habitat enhancement as permitted uses in the Marine Zones. Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment: If adopted, proposed Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4779, 2014 would amend the Marine Zones (Marine Zones 1, 2 and 3) to add the following permitted uses:

• shoreline protection works and structures including breakwaters, berms, reefs, tombolas and islets constructed of rock, boulders, cobbles, gravels, sand, or other soil materials, but not including steel, concrete or masonry structures, gabions, groynes or revetments; • landscaping and pedestrian walkways provided in connection with shoreline protection works and structures; and • salt marshes and similar intertidal habitat enhancements not involving structures.

Enquiries: All enquiries regarding the proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment may be directed to the West Vancouver Planning Department at municipal hall or by calling 604-925-7055. Copies of the proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment and other relevant documents that the Council may consider in deciding whether to adopt the bylaw may be inspected from February 26, 2014 to March 10, 2014 at the municipal hall at 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC on regular business days (Monday to Friday except for statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For convenience only, some of the documents may also be available for viewing on the District’s website at or at the West Vancouver Memorial Library at 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC (phone 604-925-7400 for current information on Library hours of operation). All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment will be given an opportunity to be heard and to present written submissions at the Public Hearing on the above noted date. Written submissions may, prior to the Public Hearing, be: • sent by mail to Mayor and Council, District of West Vancouver, 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC V7V 3T3; • sent by email to Mayor and Council at; or • delivered to the office of the Manager, Legislative Services/Municipal Clerk, at the District of West Vancouver Municipal Hall at 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC. Such written submissions must be received no later than 4 p.m. on March 10, 2014. Technical issues affecting receipt of electronic submissions may occur so persons relying on this means of transmittal do so at their own risk. Written submissions received for the Public Hearing regarding the proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment will be included in their entirety in the public information package for Council’s consideration and for the public record. Submissions received after the close of the Public Hearing will not be considered by Council. S. Scholes, Municipal Clerk, February 26, 2014

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Sailor charged for child porn on board JANE SEYD

A sailor who entered Canada as a crew member aboard a freighter docked at one of North Vancouver’s port terminals will be spending longer than he planned in the country after border services inspectors seized a computer containing child pornography. Huixing Liu, 38, was sent to jail for three months after pleading guilty in North Vancouver provincial court Feb. 21 to possession of child pornography. Liu was arrested Feb. 18 by North Vancouver RCMP following a routine inspection of the ship he was on by Canada Border Services. Child pornography was found on his computer. Liu was also placed on three years’ probation with conditions banning him from parks, swimming areas, playgrounds, and areas where children under 16 are likely to be present.While he is on probation, Liu is also banned from contact with anyone under 16. It isn’t the first time crewmembers from freighters docked at local port terminals have been jailed for similar offences. In 2011, a 25-year-old U.S. sailor caught with hundreds of sexual images of girls between five and 10 on an external hard drive was sent to jail for 18 months. He told officers about how he was able to access the pornography through a hidden relay system of websites that allowed him to browse the images without being detected. Last year, a 35-year-old sailor onboard a Chineseregistered freighter was also arrested for having images of child pornography on his laptop.

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Faulty electrical suspected in fire From page 1 had smoke alarms. Ernst said based on witness reports, investigators suspect the fire may have been started by electrical causes on the side of the home facing the water. “We don’t think it’s a suspicious fire,” he said. The home on Ansell Place is near the northern boundary of

the municipality. Water to fight the fire was drawn from municipal reservoirs, said Ernst. He added that when firefighters are on a call, municipal staff can monitor water use and turn on extra supplies to boost water volume or pressure if needed. That situation is in marked contrast to a garage fire that broke out farther north at Strachan Point in

January. Homeowners there are outside the municipal boundaries and rely on their own water supply, which ran dry during the most recent fire, necessitating a fireboat to come from Vancouver to help with the blaze. Ernst said homes that lie outside of regular fire protection zones generally have to pay higher insurance premiums — if they can even get insurance.

“fundamental cultural differences with respect to the kind of communities we are and aspire to be.” But given that a study may lead to more efficient ways of cost sharing, Bookham expressed support as a nod to the business community that routinely pushes for another look at amalgamation. “They seem to think amalgamation is the answer. I think it is more likely who you put on council that is the answer,” she said. Coun. Craig Keating noted the district has a host of public buildings that will one day need to be replaced, including several rec centres, libraries, fire halls and “miles and miles” more roads and underground pipes to serve the sprawling single-family home neighbourhoods. Adding to that point, Mayor Darrell Mussatto, noted that the city has more than $100-million in the bank with $80 million more stashed away in reserves for replacing infrastructure. “They want access to our

funds and I’m not on for that,” he said. “Until the district gets their financial house in order, until they’ve dealt with their liabilities like concrete asbestos pipes they have to replace, I’m not interested in talking to them.” Beyond the usual argument that previous amalgamation attempts in Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto and Calgary have resulted in higher costs, Mussatto also noted that all highdensity development that would happen in a hypothetically united North Vancouver would happen in the old city’s limits. Even with his reputation as a “developer guy” Mussatto said, “there comes a limit.” But amalgamation, or at least a detailed study into shared services, had at least one other champion on council in Coun. Don Bell, who was once the district’s mayor. “Too often in the past, when I have discussed this with other political figures on the North Shore . . . the issue has been ‘My mind’s made up. Don’t

bother confusing me with the facts.’ There’s almost an emotional response. I think what’s needed is a rational response based on facts. I think it never hurts to do an update,” he said. “Let’s get the facts and let the facts speak for themselves. Let’s do it in an unbiased way. Let’s get the information and make it available to the public and have the discussion with the public about (it).” Heywood stressed that the old assumptions about amalgamation aren’t necessarily true anymore. “We’re not talking about amalgamation. We’re talking about opening the books, taking a look at how we’re doing and looking at how we can do better,” he said. “The value of your organization is not what’s in your bank account. It’s the money you can get in the future. The city and district tax rates have been indistinguishable for years,” he said, though he conceded that district utility bills are higher because they must serve single-family neighbourhoods.


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f you were in the mood to talk about Ukraine, liquefied natural gas plants or the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, too bad. Luongo’s been traded. Try as you might to change it, it’s the conversation that’ll be happening around water coolers and social media platforms for the next few days. Now, we won’t comment on whether or not it was a good trade. Canucks fans, many of whom are ready to parlay their experience overseeing fantasy hockey squads into the team’s general manager position, will have their say. But Lu was an absolute presence in B.C. After signing a contract that would make a hedge fund manager blush, Luongo became a lightning rod for the emotions of a fan base that has a reputation for being — well, emotional.


When he was good, he was an idol, praised for bringing good fortunes to the faithful. When he was bad (and he certainly was at times), the faithful would throw him to the dogs. Fans appraised Luongo as if they were fine arts critics (“He’s a prima donna!”) or amateur psychiatrists (“Head case!”). Throughout endless analysis about his contract, playoff performance, the stripping of the captain’s C from his jersey, and possible role in instigating a riot, Luongo remained a self-deprecating, classy ambassador for the Canucks organization, Vancouver and the sport. The silver lining is that Canucks fans will probably be done hearing Don Cherry mispronounce his name on Coach’s Corner and in Florida, Luongo can play his game without carrying the hopes of a million fans into the playoffs.


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North Shore needs more athletic fields Dear Editor: As co-ordinator of athletics for 13 of the public and independent high schools on the North Shore, I see first-hand the problems our schools have in accommodating their various outdoor sports teams. During the fall and spring seasons, many of our schools field between seven and 10 teams that need to access grass (or turf) fields. Considering the vast

majority of our high schools have access to one grass or turf field, it is not possible to accommodate all these teams for practices and games at their own school. The NSSSAA is extremely fortunate to have access to some North Vancouver and West Vancouver parks in order to run our leagues. Without access to these fields, the participation rate of high school athletes and the

Proposals disconnected Dear Editor: Roger Brooks shares a vision of the shipyards and Lower Lonsdale, and fixing a first impression “about as poor as I’ve ever seen in the 1,000 cities I’ve worked in.”

Meanwhile Polygon is proposing a 17-storey shadow caster on Site 8 next to the shipyards. These two proposals could not be more disconnected. Robert Thompson North Vancouver


variety of sports available would decrease by at least one-half, if not two-thirds. And for this, we are extremely grateful. With that being said, our athletes and leagues still suffer from the fact that our current supply of fields, access to trails for mountain biking, and deteriorating/ inadequate track and field facilities cannot meet our athletes’ needs. Moreover, as a member of the North

Vancouver Sport Council, I know that the same concerns the NSSSAA faces are similar to the concerns faced by many (if not all) of the sport-user groups across the North Shore. The North Shore needs more fields.The North Shore needs more athletic facilities. Our local leaders like to jump on the “Go Green” bandwagon, but what is being done to

ensure that the residents of the North Shore have more access to enjoy active lifestyles and participate outdoors? When you look at (what is left of) the North Shore mountains from the other side of the water, you can see a lot of development; unfortunately, none of it appears to be very green. Gerry Karvelis Co-ordinator of Athletics North Vancouver

Welcome to the new Alcatraz, B.C. Dear Editor: The transportation congestion on Marine Drive, Capilano Road and Lions Gate Bridge will be greatly exacerbated by the 20-year development plan

for Lower Capilano Village. Our freedom of access and enjoyment of the North Shore and Vancouver will be greatly diminished with increasing traffic congestion; also fire,

rescue, ambulance services greatly incumbered. Welcome to the new Alcatraz of B.C. Can’t get in, can’t get out. Sally Hogg North Vancouver

Good intentions not enough to save stern Dear Editor: Re: Council Lacks Vision in Scrapping Ship Stern In his March 2 letter to the editor, all Peter Miller has to offer is to threaten the majority of council. For 10 years he knew, as did everybody else, that lack of money will decide in which direction the ship stern will sail. Did he present an alternative, an estimate or raise any funds to save it? Most likely not; all he may have had were good intentions. But good intentions not realized are the pavement of the road to hell and that’s where the Flamborough Head now will sail. Edgar Spallek North Vancouver



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Walkable green spaces fast disappearing “If planners abandoned . . . unmeasurable objectives like smart growth, livability and sustainability to focus on what really matters – mobility and affordability – we could see a rapidly improving situation in many cities.” — Alain Bertaud, Demographia Jan. 20, 2014 Acknowledging there is no silver bullet to increase the supply of affordable housing, Alain Bertaud, former Principal Urban Planner for the World Bank, introduced the 10th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Saying, “As a city develops, nothing is more important than maintaining mobility and housing affordability,” Bertaud makes his case that planning constraints cause a lack of “an elastic supply of land” and that failure to plan for transportation infrastructure is a major contributor to unaffordable housing. In his opinion, the situation could be improved if regulators maintained “a steady supply of developable land” but left “land and floor consumption per dwelling to the market.” Presumably, “market” means developer and buyer

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demand. Bertaud is an expert planner, so who am I to tilt at his windmills? But tilt I will. My problem with the “constraint” thread throughout the report is that the authors don’t show how elastic boundaries can be prevented from devouring essential green spaces, parks and agricultural lands in their path. In response to population and buyer demands, Metro Vancouver history shows that for more than eight decades, urban planners have been so unconstrained that forest stands, aboriginal and agricultural lands have lost out to ballooning residential growth and to commercial and industrial interests. In 1931, there was West

pollinating insects disappear for lack of green space? The England of today — poet William Blake’s “green and pleasant land” — is spending a fortune in its attempt to repair decades of unconstrained development since the days of its “dark, satanic mills.” Somewhat closer to home, a Feb. 3Yale University educational report by Richard Conniff describes initiatives to “restore the pollinators that are essential for world food production” – http://e360. msp?id=2735 But there’s no need to travel any farther than a landscaped pathway between two west-ofLonsdale condo complexes to be reminded of the importance of our fastdisappearing walkable green spaces.That was where I saw dozens of robins flying among the snow-clad bushes — I counted 23 and there were more. How many birds will be booted out of the greenspace abutting 161 East Keith if the City of North Vancouver sets a municipal precedent by selling the boulevard to FDG Property Management and, as Coun. Guy Heywood put it, council swaps “density for

Vancouver’s extensive British Properties development. In 1948, North Vancouver District and the National Housing Act approved Norman Hullah’s 500-home Norgate Park housing neighbourhood. In the mid-1990s, the Seymour area was under siege from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. until residents, encouraged by soon-to-be Coun. Lisa Muri, won their fight against development in Cove and Mountain forest. From the mid-1950s onward, developments that began with the BritishDutch Construction Co. and many other residential and commercial developers have eaten up most of Richmond’s Lulu Island farming and eco-sensitive areas. Just as disturbing, today’s barely constrained urban growth is doing the same throughout Delta and the Fraser Valley agricultural heartland. So my questions for Bertaud are these:What price market housing and mobility infrastructure if we cannot feed ourselves? What price have we paid if our parks are reduced to pocket spaces and birds and

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This DVP would therefore allow for a two level garage (currently limited to one level) with a combined floor area for the garage and accessory shed of 1,000 sq.ft. (current maximum is 600 sq. ft.). This Public Meeting is held pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act. All persons who believe they may be affected by the above proposal will be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person and/or by written submission. Written or electronic (email) submissions should be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at or by mail to City Clerk, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9. Electronic submissions should be received no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, March 10, 2014, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Meeting. The proposed Development Variance Permit and relevant background material may be inspected at the office of the City Clerk between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays, from February 27, 2014. If you wish to view the material online, please visit Please direct any inquiries to Karen Wong, Planning Technician, Community Development, at or 604-982-3904.

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to feed ourselves. We ignore the abundant evidence at our peril — evidence like the editorial Building better urban health in England which was published Feb. 8 in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. Citing the City Health Check of “nine most populated cities in England, including London, Manchester and Bristol” commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the editorial stated, “The report is a welcome addition to the

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market rental housing”? How many of those 90-plus units would meet the federal income to housing ratio — let alone Demographia’s affordability guidelines of less than 25 per cent of an urban household’s income? I am not suggesting we put the welfare of birds and bees ahead of the needs of renters. But surely we can find a better solution than a Hobson’s choice between soulless highrise density and ripping up the verdant lands that are so essential to our own physical and mental health — and to our ability


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East Keith development nears DNV gives third reading to townhouse complex at Orwell JEREMY SHEPHERD

A 32-unit townhouse development earmarked for East Keith Road and Orwell Street breezed through third reading at a District of North Vancouver council meeting Monday. With one more affirmative vote, developers

can put shovels in the ground and turn six singlefamily lots into four, 40foot-tall buildings arranged around a courtyard. Neighbours had expressed concerns about worsening traffic congestion in 2013, but the additional lane through the Cassiar Tunnel has since eased delays, according to community planner

likely go toward public art or park and trail improvements. The developer will also be required to donate $73,757 to the district’s dyke infrastructure fund to guard against flooding. Besides the six lots, the development also includes a small portion of road allowance on the corner of East Keith and Orwell Street, allowing for a straight line across the development. If the project is approved the area will be rezoned from single family residential to comprehensive development.

Casey Peters. The three-storey townhouses would range from 1,388 to 1,675 square feet. The development would have a floor space ratio of 0.8. FSR measures a development’s total floor area against the size of its lot. The neighbourhood calls for an FSR of 0.7. The increase in residential density means the developer will need to pay the district a community amenity contribution of $182,841.The money will

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to permit the construction of a new duplex with two accessory dwelling units (secondary suites). A total of four parking stalls are proposed, with vehicle access from the lane. This Public Hearing is held pursuant the provisions of the Local Government Act . All persons who believe they may be affected by the above proposal will be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person and/or by written submission. Written or electronic (email) submissions should be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at or by mail to City Clerk, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9. Electronic submissions must be received no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, March 10, 2014, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. The proposed bylaw and relevant background material may be inspected at the office of the City Clerk between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays, from February 27, 2014. If you wish to view the material online, please visit Please direct any inquiries to Chris Wilkinson, Planner, Community Development, at or 604-990-4206.

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Judge rejects mouthwash argument Driver says breath freshener not alcohol failed roadside test JANE SEYD

A woman who argued that she failed a roadside Breathalyzer test because she used mouthwash — not because she was drunk — has had her appeal of a 90-day driving ban rejected by a B.C. Supreme Court justice. Tina Anastasia Lanzi Ricard was stopped in a roadblock by North Vancouver RCMP on Nov. 24, 2012 at around 11:30 p.m. The police officer at the scene said he smelled a “strong odour of liquor” on Ricard’s breath, and that she had a red face and bloodshot eyes. The officer said Ricard told him she’d had “half a glass of wine . . . an hour or two hours prior,” according to court documents. Ricard failed two roadside breath tests, and was handed an immediate 90-day driving suspension. Ricard applied for a

review of the decision. At a hearing in December 2012, Ricard gave her version of events in an affidavit, saying that “her eyes were bloodshot and her face red from the combination of crying and smoking” and that the police officer must have confused that with symptoms of being drunk. She said she had also used mouthwash just prior to the first test and that the police officer “must have confused the smell of alcohol from the mouthwash with the smell of alcohol on her breath.” After the adjudicator for the province upheld the driving ban, Ricard appealed to the court. Ricard argued that she failed the first test because of the mouthwash. Because of that, she argued she hadn’t been provided with the right to two reliable tests and her driving ban should be tossed out. But the judge didn’t agree. In upholding the 90day ban, Justice Jane Dardi ruled the Motor Vehicle Act only requires that one test be reliable. She added she was not persuaded that it was unreasonable for the adjudicator to uphold the driving ban.


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Low Level Road spurs export growth

Port posts record year, hints at long-term expansion BRENT RICHTER

Port Metro Vancouver is celebrating another record-breaking year for goods movement, thanks in large part to increased output from terminals on the North Shore. Shipments of metallurgical coal, like the kind shipped from Neptune Terminals, was almost 26 million tonnes, about 14 per cent above last year’s numbers. Potash, also shipped from Neptune, was up 20 per cent in the same period. Other bulk materials, like the grain coming from Richardson International and Cargill Canada terminals on the North Shore, was up by 10 per cent. The growing numbers underscore the importance of the Low Level Road expansion project, which is now about half done, according to Robin Silvester, the port’s chief executive officer. But the real jumps in growth will be seen after expansion

projects at Richardson and Neptune are up and running. “We’re seeing some of that already with the growth in the numbers this year but I think we would expect to see the numbers grow even further when we see those two projects come into completion over the next 12 months,” he said. Neptune’s new stacker reclaimer is due to come online soon and should, along with other investments to the site, increase potash capacity by 60-70 per cent and double coal export capacity. “For Richardson, I think we’re going to start seeing the silos rise up out of the ground in the not-toodistant future,” he said. While the Neptune and Richardson expansion projects caught residents and council off guard, they shouldn’t have come as a surprise given that the point of the Low Level Road expansion project was to increase capacity, Silvester said. To that end, Silvester

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that opportunity.That’s all about making the best use of the land we have, so I think, over time, we will see something.There’s nothing definite at the moment but we would expect to see continuing densification and increasingly efficient use of land on the North Shore,” Silvester said. The Richardson and Neptune expansions have prompted requests from residents in Moodyville,

City of North Vancouver council and Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical health officer for the port to carry out a new health impact assessment. But, Silvester said, each expansion project has already been studied to look for potential health and environmental impacts that may come from operations, noise, dust and light. Silvester reiterated the port’s previous position

that no further health impact assessment would be coming. “The products that we handle on the North Shore have been handled there for decades without any evidence at all of negative impact.Whenever a project’s been brought forward, it’s been studied in detail to make sure there will be no negative impact so there isn’t a trigger for anything more to happen and no one should have any concern whatsoever,” Silvester said. Construction for the Low Level Road has been a nuisance and some people will permanently lose their inlet views when Richardson’s new silos are complete, Silvester conceded. But North Vancouver residents will have a new road, wider bike lanes, Spirit Trail connections extending to the Lynn Creek outflow and less noise from road and trains on the other side once everything is done, he added. “Construction work is always an inconvenience but I think, once this project is complete, people will look at it and say, ‘That’s actually been a big improvement,’” he said.

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Fate of ship’s stern final

The saga of the Flamborough Head has come to a definitive end. Coun. Pam Bookham made a last ditch effort to save the stern Monday night, motioning council to rescind the previous week’s 5-2 vote to dispose of the stern, and asking staff to investigate keeping it on the waterfront.

But, staff said, the cradle was only designed to last a year or two and is now seven years old and poses a “moderate” risk to the public. Extending its stay would cost roughly $400,000 and the city would still be on the hook for $250,000 in the contract with the firm hired to decontaminate and remove

it. Bookham said that cost “pales in comparison” to other proposed waterfront projects but the majority on council would not “throw good money after bad.” Bookham’s motion only found one flip-flopper in Coun. Guy Heywood and it went down 4-3, with Bookham and Coun. Don Bell in favour.

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Soccer club grad celebration

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Monique Huber .V) Sam Bryce

Darian Mulleder' Amanda Chung .V) Marielle Wall The annual North Shore Girls Soccer Club U18 Graduation Event took place at Cheers Restaurant on the night of Feb. 27. More than 100 girls, their coaches and managers, and club executives were on hand at the event which celebrated the players’ final year of play in the girls division. Each girl received a graduation gift along with a chance to win one of two grand prizes of a full makeover. A photo booth and slide show of the girls playing soccer over the years rounded out the great night.

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Grow your garden back to life Complete March chores to support summer growth

PRACTICAL GEEK Writer Barry Link wonders whether there are spies among us. page 14 HOME IDEAS Columnist Barb Lunter offers ideas for DIY cocktail garnishes. page 15

Our winter-weary eyes yearn for spring’s arrival and March is a busy month with lengthening days that afford more time in the garden, but gardening time is always scarce when days get long and routines get busier. If you’ve been growing along with me this year, by now you have completed most structural pruning, transplanting, any renovation work, mulching and most other structural work in the garden. Spring’s approach means there will be a different kind of work about to happen. For example, there’s a different kind of pruning coming as roses, sub-shrubs and ornamental grasses will need a cut. Signs of spring are everywhere, but beware: in spring there will be marauding green-washers coming out of the bushes looking to promote all kinds of things but offering few ideas.With that thought in mind, here are some ideas to grow the garden in March. Mulch all garden beds with a coarse, organic, primarily wood-based material and enjoy not having to weed in summer. I prefer three-inch minus bark mulch instead of the

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finer grades, preferably all Douglas fir, but a hemlockfir mix at the three-inch size is nice too. Use what you like, after all, you have to look at it. Just remember that highly organic mulches like compost or manure feed the soil better than any other method, but those mulches also grow weeds easily. For such mulches topdress them around plants and cover with a wood-based mulch like bark to realize all of the fertility and weed suppression benefits. Delay any fertilization of lawn or garden until mid-April to May to allow plant growth to develop and rainfall to subside, which improves the efficiency of fertilizer uptake with less leaching into the environment. Regardless of the changing climate, we still get a lot of rain in our region, and fertilizing the lawn and garden when leaves have barely developed and rainfall is heavy leads to fertilizer runoff into our oceans, creating aquatic dead zones.

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environment. Plant spring colour in the form of pansies, forced spring bulbs and spring blooming heathers planted mostly around the front entrance of the home to minimize cost and maximize value. A few choice containers will go a long way to brightening up the front door for visitors. And there are lots of interesting and colourful plants to be found at local garden centres and beyond. Aerate the heck out of the lawn, followed by

topdressing with soil, soil amender/manure or coarse angular sand. Both operations must be completed in sequence for any benefit to be realized. Aeration alone is damaging to lawn grass roots.Then, let the grass grow, to develop a longer blade, deeper roots and improved ability to outcompete weeds. A longer blade and deeper roots also grows improved drought tolerance. Overseeding with new lawn seed is sometimes See Edge page 15


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Can you trust your gaming device?

British spies tapped into millions of Yahoo webcam chats A friend of mine whose family has an Xbox One recently told me her son detached the Kinect camera almost as soon as they got the new console for Christmas. The Kinect’s camera and microphone, which are central to controlling the Xbox One by voice and gesture commands, creeped him out. That paranoia might not be so farfetched, at least in general terms. There’s no evidence that the Kinect on your Xbox is taking pictures of you and sending them to the NSA, but its location in living rooms, rec rooms and even bedrooms makes it a fine surveillance device. And the spies have noticed. News surfaced last week that a British intelligence agency had tapped into Yahoo’s webcam chat service and retrieved still images and information from millions of chats around the globe between 2008 and 2010.Whether

or not the effort caught any terrorists was not revealed, according to The Guardian which broke the story, but it did catch an awful lot of pictures of naked people in front of their PCs, which tells you more about webcam chats than you want to know. Yahoo told The Guardian it knew nothing about the intelligence operation and condemned it as a violation of its service.Yahoo’s track record on opposing government surveillance apparently suggests its reaction is sincere, even if it has been slower than competitors like Google in protecting its services against spying. TheYahoo revelation had me thinking about my friend’s family and their wariness about the Kinect. According to The Guardian, that same British snooping program considered the original version of the Kinect, then available for the Xbox

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to be part of a widespread spying program would be a public relations nightmare that would destroy the Xbox as a product. Microsoft also takes pains to point out privacy restrictions with Xbox, telling The Verge last year that it does not collect personal information about users, including images, and send it to corporate servers via Kinect.The Verge did point out, however, that Skype, owned by Microsoft, long claimed its video and audio chat communications were protected against prying eyes, especially from the government. It turns out Skype might have been

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to permit the construction of a duplex with one accessory dwelling unit (secondary suite). Two parking stalls are proposed, with vehicle access from the lane. This Public Hearing is held pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act. All persons who believe they may be affected by the above proposal will be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person and/or by written submission. Written or electronic (email) submissions should be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at or by mail to City Clerk, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9. Electronic submissions must be received no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, March 10, 2014, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. The proposed Bylaw and relevant background material may be inspected at the office of the City Clerk between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays, from February 27, 2014. If you wish to view the material online, please visit Please direct any inquiries to Chris Wilkinson, Planner, Community Development, at or 604-990-4206.

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tapped by spies after all, and according to The Verge Microsoft doesn’t deny it would allow government access to Skype based on individual requests. But as theYahoo intercepts reveal, spies don’t need Kinect to spy on you. The laptop you already own will do nicely thanks to its built-in camera and microphone. Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson wrote a disturbing piece last year revealing how hackers, including unsophisticated teenage boys who purchase the right software, routinely infect and take over the laptops of thousands of innocent victims so they can watch them through their laptop cameras. Referring to their unknowing targets as “slaves,” they take pictures and record videos of their victims and post them and boast about them in online forums. As you can guess, young women are a key target demographic. I’m not a young woman, but after reading Anderson’s story I put a piece of duct tape over my laptop camera. I confess it’s still there. The surveillance capabilities for both government spies and

private hackers of the gadgets we invite into our lives again shows the dilemma that technology presents us. The Kinect is an excellent device: the ability to control the Xbox One through voice commands, including turning on your TV and sound system, is very cool. The same goes for Skype,Yahoo chats and the cameras on our laptops. They allow us unprecedented, instant communication with colleagues, friends and loved ones. These are liberating tools that allow for surprisingly human contact (as theYahoo story shows), and we are better off for them. But be aware. Communications technology is like a window in your house. It lets the sun in. It also lets people passing by look inside your home. Go surf the Net. Play with Kinect. Chat onYahoo. No one is watching you. Yet. Barry Link is editor of the Vancouver Courier newspaper and a geek enthusiast. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @ trueblinkit.

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DIY decorative garnishes

Have you ever wondered how bartenders make those little rose garnishes or fruit rind twizzles that arrive on the edge of your cocktail? The time and effort bartenders take to make these creations for dinner plates and beverages always impresses me. Some of these little garnishes are quite easy to make at home (if you’re in the mood to impress your neighbours). But really, I have tried one or two and believe it or not, there are a few that even I can do. So next time you whip up that lemon drop martini, why not try one of these to slip on the edge of your favourite guest’s glass?

Lemon/Lime Twist This is supposedly one of the easiest cocktail garnishes to make. I tried it and my husband was even impressed. Next time you’re in your local grocery store, pick up a few large-size lemons.You will also require a lemon or lime zester that can be found in any kitchen supply or department store. Hold the lemon in your left hand and with the zester in your right hand, start at the top of the lemon and scrape the zester around in concentric circles all the way down the lemon.The best scenario is to do it all in one piece. Once you have your

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lemon zest, curl it around a bamboo skewer as tightly as possible. Gently pull it off the skewer and cut it into small pieces to use as a twist garnish on the rim of a martini glass or champagne flute. Orange Peel Rose Roses are always pretty but when they’re made especially for a garnish they are something to be admired.This is no exception. It may look difficult to make at first but after a couple of tries you’ll be an expert. First, using a small paring knife, make an orange peel approximately one-inch wide and three to four inches long. Once you have your peel, carefully roll it in your hand, skin side out, into a cylinder. Be sure to push up the centre roll so it takes on the appearance of a rose. Once you’re satisfied with the size and shape of the rose you can either secure it with a small toothpick or


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garnishes and all you have to do is simply slice them into one-quarter-inch slices and insert them on the edge of a glass. Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design.

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Fertilizing at this time is not needed.Wait until the grass grows leaf blades long enough to uptake fertilizer. Edging of all lawns should be done in March to provide a good framework for the lawn over summer while delineating and sharpening the lawn’s edge.



Prune sub-shrubs like rosemary, thyme, lavender, Russian sage, Cistus species and so forth to promote improved foliage density in summer.Those plants can get a little tattered during winter and March is the month to cut them back to buds or growths on the

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Time is now to focus on local finches

We are blessed on the North Shore with a fine diversity of finches. Finches are noted for their short, thick bills, an adaptation for seed cracking or even hard-shelled insects. There are three main bill types: large thick bills, like the evening grosbeak; sparrow or canary-like, like the goldfinch; and crossbills, mandibles crossed over at tips Finches are some of our most colourful resident birds coming in shades of red, orange and yellow, with males more colourful than females. Our finches also have beautiful distinctive voices, which are helpful in identification. For example, you can tell a house finch from a purple finch as their songs are completely different. The most recent bird checklist for the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats lists 10 species. Some, like the purple finch, are residents while others, like the blackheaded grosbeak, are an essentially summer species. For all those who maintain backyard bird

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Wild About Birds feeders, the colourful house finch is a familiar bird. It is also seen in forest edges and weedy patches. Finches love many of our weeds, like dandelions. Colour in this species is quite variable from red to orange and yellow for males. Females are brownstreaked while seeds are a mainstay of the house finch. Don’t be surprised to see them feeding on flowers or even visiting hummingbird feeders. For the past several years we’ve seen many pine siskins on the North Shore, but lately they’ve been scarce. Fluctuations like this are normal for what are called irruptive species, something thought to be driven by

natural food crops (like alder or birch).The siskin is a streaky brown finch with yellow wing bars and a voice that sounds like someone drawing their thumb across a plastic comb. Look for siskins feeding in alder trees, along with goldfinches and redpolls. The American goldfinch, cousin to the pine siskin, is sometimes called the wild canary. In summer the male is bright yellow with a black cap and wings, and a pink bill.The flight song is a lively “potato chip.” A favourite food of the goldfinch is thistle seeds. In winter/ spring, watch for goldfinches in alder or birch trees. Redpolls are relatives of siskins and goldfinches, and sometimes travel together with them. The name comes from their pinkish-coloured cap or poll.The species recorded for the conservation area is the common redpoll. A large robin-sized and very beautiful finch is the rosered male pine grosbeak, the female is grey. Both have white wing bars.While a bird of mountain trails, (like at Mount Seymour

Provincial Park), it is also seen at lower elevations. Like other finches, it is also a fruit eater — crab apples and hawthorns are two favourites. It’s a quiet bird so watch carefully in the right bushes. Speaking of grosbeaks, there are two other species on the checklist with that name: the evening grosbeak and the black-headed grosbeak (seen in spring and summer only).The evening is yellow, with bright yellow eyebrows and white wing patches and a huge greenish bill.The female is a duller yellow. They feed on fruits, insects and conifer seeds. Another irruptive species is the black-headed grosbeak.With its orange breast, black head and white-spotted black wings it’s unmistakable.Watch for it in early May when it returns from its neo-tropical wintering grounds. The crossbills are very distinctive and unique groups of finches.Their crossed bills are an adaptation for extracting seeds from conifer cones. Our common species is the red crossbill and its colour

can vary from brick red to orange and yellow. The call is an easy one to remember: “kip, kip, kip” or “chiff, chiff, chiff.” At the conservation area they are sometimes seen on the beach, possibly getting salt. Snowshoers and cross-country skiers should watch for them along mountain trails. The white-winged crossbill is a locally rare species that should be watched for, especially in spruce trees, which is a favourite seed.Two other finch species on the list are the grey-crowned rosy finch, and lazuli buntings, both of which are listed as rare. One of the best aids for

learning to identify birds by ear is A Beginners Guide to B.C. Bird Song by John Neville and Mel Coulson (Neville Recording). Check with your local wild bird store. It is excellent.

Al Grass is a naturalist with Wild Bird Trust of B.C., which offers free walks at The Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats on the second Saturday of every month.The next walk will be Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. where participants will search for finches and other winter passerines that call the area home. Meet atWBT’s site office, 2645 Dollarton Hwy. Walks go rain or shine.

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Community Bulletin Board BREAK THE SILENCE, INSPIRE CHANGE The North Shore Women’s Centre will host author readings followed by a panel discussion in honour of International Women’s Day

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Come ride our Dinosaur Train to the giant Roundhouse and search for dinosaur fossils, find their footprints, get up close to your favourite TV Dinosaur friends and other activities. ‘Have your photo taken with Buddy! West Coast Railway Heritage Park

39645 Government Rd. Squamish, BC

March 20th thru 23rd and 27th thru 29th Thursday/Fridays at 1PM Saturday/Sunday: 1PM and 10AM! For tickets and information, visit

or call (604) 898-9336 Tickets are $27 for ages 2 and up. Advance purchase is recommended. Ticket sales are final. Events are rain or shine.

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Spring Break Camps Camp 2: March 24-28 Ages: 4 to 13 Time: 9am-Noon or 9am-3pm

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Great 1/2 day riding camps for ages 8 thru adult Introductory to experienced levels Monday–Friday 9AM–Noon or 1PM–4PM Also - Sept - June Lessons.


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When kids don’t listen Many years ago I heard a story about an eight-yearold I will call Dylan. Dylan was playing in his friend’s backyard. He lived two doors down from Dylan’s home. At around 5 p.m. Dylan’s mother leaned out the back door and called him to come home. Dylan kept on playing. About 10 minutes later, she again called him and he ignored the call.When, five minutes later she again called, Dylan said goodbye to his buddy and got ready to go home. As he was leaving, his friend’s Mom asked him why he didn’t go home the first time he was called. “Because she never means it until the third time,” was his reply. Parents often complain that their kids don’t listen and heed. Often the reason is that they know you don’t mean it.They learn that when your tone of voice changes, when you use their middle name (Theresa Christine, get home right now!), or after three times calling you mean it. Kids learn from experience so we need to decide what we are teaching them. If Dylan’s mother

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THE NORTH SHORE REGISTERED MUSIC TEACHERS present the 43rd annual music festival and workshops until March 14 at Gloria Dei Lutheran

HEADS UP ON HEAD INJURIES Lions Gate Hospital specialists, Dr. Simon Bicknell and Lori Baker, R.N., share the latest research on stroke prevention and treatment, and sports and head injuries at our Spring Doc Talks. STROKE PREVENTION & RECOVERY: Are You at Risk? Monday, March 10, 2 - 3:30pm, ! Cost: $3 OUT D Reserve a spot at 604-925-7280 L , SO WV RRY Activity Centre SOSenior’s SPORTS & HEAD INJURIES: What You Need to Know

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had called him for dinner and then went ahead and served the family he would have quickly learned that when she calls him there is a reason. Mind you, if you have always called him multiple times, you need to let him know that the rules have changed.To suddenly change and say nothing to the child is unfair. So sit down and tell the kids that the game is over. You will call them once and then get on with your day. Or you can move close to them and call. If they ignore you, walk up to them, take their hand and say, “when I call you, I expect you to come.”You do this even if

Church, 1110 Gladwin Dr., North Vancouver.There will be free classes until March 9 with concerts March 1214 at 7 p.m. $10/$5. 604987-1067 604-929-1592. NAME THE CRANE Canada’s largest permanent

and they knew that meant they needed to wrap up their activity and head home. I also used the bell inside the house. Actually, I have found that a dinner bell gives a universal message. Anytime I have ever rung a bell folks of all ages show up expecting that it is mealtime. When you call the kids because it’s dinner time or time to leave the house, make sure that you are also ready. It’s not fair to call them and then have them sit and wait while you put on your makeup or check your email. Be clear with your children about your expectations when you call them. Be respectful and give them some notice when they are truly engaged in an activity. Make sure you are modeling the behaviour you want from the kids and be ready for them when you do call them.

gantry crane is now offloaded at its new North Shore location and Seaspan has partnered with the North Vancouver School District to conduct a crane naming contest. Until March 14, students in Grades 4 to 7 are invited

to come up with a name idea for a chance at a grand prize that includes a new iPad Air.The winning name will also be permanently displayed on the crane.

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Dr. Simon Bicknell LGH Head of Diagnostic Imaging

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Wednesday, March 12, 7 - 8:30pm, Free Reserve a spot at 604-984-3791 Lynn Valley Village Community Room 1233 - 1277 Lynn Valley Road

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they are busy playing with their friends. Sometimes, the problem is that they are engaged in an activity that is difficult to stop. So give a warning call. “Dylan, I am going to call you for dinner in five minutes.”That gives him time to close his video game and save it or to wrap up activities with his friends.Then call him in five minutes and proceed to serve dinner. How do the adults in your family call each other and respond? Do you call another adult for dinner and receive no response or a mumble that gives you no information about when you might see them? If it takes numerous requests to get all the adults to the dinner table or to the door and ready to leave when going out, then that is what your child is learning. Yelling down the hall is not usually very effective. Calling your kids works better if you go close to them and use a quieter voice. When my children were young and playing outside I bought a bell. At dinner time I would ring the bell

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Junior – Levels starting at age 7 and range up to the competitive level. Adults – cardio & drills – levels 1.0 to 4.5

The Spring Break Hockey program is a new development program created to allow for skill development during the transition from winter to spring hockey. Ages 6 - 12

KARATE CAMPS Taught by Karate Team BC Coach Nicole Poirier. Ages 4 – 12, May 7 - 12 only

FITNESS CAMPS Yoga & Dance themed half day classes.Ages 5 - 12

Camps are supervised in the safe environment of our club

North Shore Winter Club For more info: 604-985-4135 Ext.‘0’ 1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver Registration is now available online.

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KAREN MAGNUSSEN YOUTH EVENT Grades 5-7 are invited to participate in a night of dancing, skating, swimming and playing games Friday, March 7, 8-10:30 p.m. at Karen Magnussen Community Centre, 2300 Kirkstone Rd., North Vancouver. $8. GAME SERIES #3 Children ages five and up are invited on a library scavenger hunt. Have fun solving puzzles and looking for clues in the library Wednesday, March 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Capilano library, 3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver. Registration required. 604987-4471 x8175 TEEN MOVIE NIGHT A screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will take place Wednesday March 12, 6 p.m. at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr.


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Join us for a free info session March 5, 6:30 p.m. March 13, 6:30 p.m.

March 11, 9:30 a.m. March 17, 6:30 p.m.

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This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

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Hadfield to speak at Centennial Theatre Chris Hadfield became a social media sensation during his time aboard the International Space Station and this spring the retired Canadian astronaut will visit North Vancouver to give an inspirational talk. On April 4, Hadfield will present The Sky is not the Limit at Centennial Theatre. The public can purchase tickets to a meet-and-greet reception at 6 p.m. where Hadfield will address 200 people while they have wine and cheese and portrait photos are taken.

Chris Hadfield Tickets are also available for Hadfield’s Sky is not the Limit address at 8 p.m. to an audience of 650 people. During this talk, he will impart the lessons he’s learned throughout his career in the fields of leadership, teamwork, collaboration, science and technology. Hadfield was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station and was in orbit aboard the station for five months before returning to Earth in

May 2013. During his time in space, he shared photos via Twitter and other social media platforms, allowing the world to follow his experience, and attracting the attention of celebrities and media. The April 4 event is presented by Summit Negotiations and the University of the Fraser Valley.Tickets are available from the Centennial Theatre box office at 604-984-4484 or online at centennialtheatre. com.The cost is $100 for the meet-and-greet only ($75 if also purchasing a ticket to the main event).Tickets for the 8 p.m. address range from $65 to $100. Funds raised will go toward the launch of the non-profit Summit Negotiations Society and will be used by the University of the Fraser Valley for the establishment of a Conflict and Peace Studies program. — Christine Lyon

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Family history seeped in tea

Chris Dagenais

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ROMANCING THE STOVE Angela Shellard presents recipes that use oatmeal. page 26

Over a cup of delicate and grassy Nepalese Jun Chiyabari tea, Kanak Tanna speaks to me of her childhood on a tea plantation in Uganda. “We used to run through the fields plucking the tea leaves,” recounts Kanak. “We’d eat them there, just like that. This was before people really talked about those plants, about what benefits they have.” Kanak is now the matriarch of the Tanna family, owners and operators of the longstanding Tea Time shop on Lonsdale Avenue. Her son, Akshai Tanna, is the shop’s principal, having taken the reigns a few years back from his father, Jitendra, who still mans the fort the odd Saturday to give his son a break from the demands of a thriving retail business. The Tanna family history is steeped in tea. Akshai’s grandparents were tea agents in Western India, importing high quality black teas from Assam, a famed growing region in India’s extreme Northeast, flanked by Bangladesh and Bhutan. The entrepreneurs relocated their family first to Africa and eventually to Europe, settling in the U.K. Thirteen years ago,

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Jitendra moved his family to Canada and soon discovered that finding a good cup of tea in this country was not a simple undertaking. Leveraging familial supplier relationships from India, the Tannas began importing exceptional teas from select estates in Assam and other key growing regions. Out of this quest for a quality cup, Tea Time was born in 2001. The shop sells loose teas and a thoughtful collection of tea paraphernalia, from infusers and pots to the uniquely gourd-like vessels traditionally used to prepare and drink Yerba mate, a bitter tea hailing from South America. Absent at Tea Time is a bustling service bar with tea baristas concocting café-inspired beverages, like the nowubiquitous red tea latté or Earl Grey misto. For the Tannas, there is elegance, refinement, and, ultimately, satisfaction to be found in the simplicity of pure, high-quality tea. The bells and whistles introduced by the new wave of tea-centric retailers that can command $5 for a 12-ounce, tea-infused beverage are simply not part of the Tea Time paradigm. “We’re about keeping tea accessible, at just pennies a cup,” says Jitendra, noting that many teas of the green, red, and herbal variety can be resteeped several times over to offer exceptional value for the investment. All of the teas sold at Tea Time are responsibly produced, meaning that families working on the tea plantations that supply the shop are fairly compensated for their labour. Flavoured teas, of

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Recipes owe their flavour to oatmeal goods lending a chewy, nutty element to the finished product. Be sure to use regular (old-fashioned) or quick-cooking oats in these recipes, not the instant varieties. Steel-cut oats are also unsuitable for use in baked goods (but they make amazing hot oatmeal).

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Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins

Romancing the Stove

1 cup rolled oats 1 cup buttermilk ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 large egg ½ cup butter, melted and cooled ½ tsp vanilla

A warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal laced with brown sugar and cream is a lovely way to start a winter day. Oatmeal is a versatile ingredient to use in baked

1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda 1/ tsp salt 8 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries (if using frozen, do not thaw before adding to batter) Granulated sugar to sprinkle tops of muffins In a large bowl, stir together the oats and buttermilk and let sit at room temperature for one hour. Preheat oven to 400° C. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Add the brown sugar, egg, melted butter and vanilla to the oatmeal mixture and stir to combine

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well. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to wet ingredients and stir until just barely combined, then gently fold in berries. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle a bit of granulated sugar on top of each one. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and tops spring back when touched. Serve warm. Makes 12 muffins. Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups rolled oats 1½ cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 1½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg 1 cup butter, melted

1 cup canned pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling) 1 tsp vanilla 24 vanilla caramels, unwrapped 2Tbsp milk Preheat oven to 350° C. Mix dry ingredients together (flour through nutmeg) in a large bowl; add the butter and stir until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Reserve 2¼ cups for the topping; add the pumpkin and vanilla to the remainder in the bowl and stir to combine well. Press evenly into the bottom of a greased and parchment-lined 13x9-inch baking dish (leave a couple of inches of parchment hanging over the sides of the pan to use as handles when removing bars). Microwave the caramels and milk together in a medium microwave-safe

bowl on high for two to three minutes until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Remove from microwave and let stand for one minute, then pour over the pumpkin mixture in the pan, spreading evenly to within half an inch of the edges. Sprinkle reserved crumbs evenly over top and press down very lightly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until light brown. Cool in the pan on a wire rack, then lift out of pan with parchment paper and cut into bars. Makes about 24 bars. View a recipe for “Awesome Oatmeal Cookies” with this column online at Angela Shellard is a selfdescribed foodie. She has done informal catering for various functions. Contact: ashellard@

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family is staggering; each of them can wax lyrical about the products in their shop, about contemporary methods of production, about the traditions that accompany teas from various regions of the globe, and yet there is a notable lack of pretention in the sharing of this information. For example, at one point in my visit I asked Akshai to name the most exclusive tea for sale in the shop, expecting him to perhaps pull their rare Gyokuro green tea from the shelf and remark on its tightly regulated, shade grown pedigree and traditionally hefty pricetag. Instead, my question is met with a quizzical look and a request for

clarification. I realize later that my query must have seemed absurd to someone who has made significant efforts to provide nothing but the world’s best teas, painstakingly sourced, vetted for responsible practices, and priced in a way that respects tea’s historical accessibility. The short answer to my question is, of course, that all of these teas are exclusive, each offering a satisfying cup in its own right. Rare, storied teas are available here, to be sure; a Keemun from the Chinese province of Anhui boasts tiny, perfectly symmetrical, hand-sorted leaves that impart the subtlest notes of orchid. But Akshai introduces me instead to Tea Time’s Earl Grey Cream, one of the shop’s best sellers.

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New parade website launched In preparation for the North Shore Canada Day Parade, organizers have launched a new website which includes a registration form for participants and information for prospective volunteers.

At canadadaynorthshore. org, visitors will also find an image gallery from last year’s parade, which saw an estimated 30,000 spectators line the streets of North Vancouver to watch more than 80 parade entries.

The July 1 event is organized by the Celebrate North Shore Society, which last year started working in association with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 118 in North Vancouver. Parade committee chair

Peter Gibson says about 40 to 50 volunteers are needed and all volunteers receive a free pancake breakfast before the parade kicks off or a hamburger at the Legion on 15th Street when things wrap up. — Christine Lyon

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Wednesdays 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 CIRCLE DANCE Learn easy dances with music and steps from many traditions the second Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m. (arrive 6:45 p.m.). Admission by donation. Registration and location:Wendy Anne, 604988-3522. 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. DIGITAL BUDDIES Sign up for one-on-one appointments to learn how to use email more effectively Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 and

THE DUTCH KOFFIECLUB meets the third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon at the food court, Park Royal, south mall,West Vancouver. Meet new people and keep up your Dutch language or improve it.The club welcomes Flemish and South African people also. Used Dutch magazines and books will be available. Henk, 604-987-4978 Nel, 604-987-6879. GLENEAGLES SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB Experienced classes every Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Hollyburn elementary, 1329 Duchess Ave.,West Vancouver. 604-925-9333 NORTH SHORE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA meets Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Sutherland Secondary, 1860 Sutherland Ave., North Vancouver and is looking for new string players (especially bass

NORTH SHORE CHORUS meets Wednesdays, 7:15-9:45 p.m., at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver. New members are welcome. 604-985-2559 or audreyowen@

Thursdays 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. No experience necessary. 604-985-0408 COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM Make a newcomer feel more welcome in the community. North Shore Multicultural Society (207-123 East 15th St., North Van) is looking for volunteers to participate in community events with newcomers. Recruitment is ongoing. 604-988-2931 or

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Fighting chance

Canada’s win in the men’s Olympic gold medal hockey game didn’t just offer the members of North Van Wolf Pack inspiration as they were battling for their playoff lives last week. It also offered them distraction. Looking for their first playoff series win in franchise history, the Pack hosted the Delta Ice Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 22 for game three of their seven game series, tied 1-1 at that time. Disaster struck in the second period. “We hadn’t given up four goals in a period all year and then all of a sudden in the second, whatever happened, they got four goals just bangbang-bang-bang in 10

or 12 minutes,” recalls Wolf Pack head coach and general manager Matt Samson. The outburst gave Delta a 5-2 lead in the pivotal game, and though North Van battled back to send it into overtime, the Ice Hawks won it in the extra frame to take an important lead in the series. “It was tough,” says Samson. “That third period we were all over them, just chance after chance.” It was the kind of heartbreaking loss that could completely throw off a team like the Wolf Pack that had never before gotten out of the first round of the PJHL playoffs. But there wasn’t another game for three days so the Pack was allowed to regroup and shake off the loss, helped by the Olympic final which had them fired

back up less than six hours after their own tough loss. “The boys watched that and had some fun, had a day off,” says Samson. “We had a practice Monday and we stayed really positive.” Those good vibes stayed with them for the rest of the series as the Pack went on to win three straight, including a convincing 5-2 win in Delta in Game 4, a crucial 3-2 overtime win in front of a raucous home crowd Saturday night and another tense 4-3 road win Sunday to finish off the Ice Hawks. Jamie Creamore scored the overtime winner in Game 5 that gave the Wolf Pack control in the series. “Game 5, that overtime win, I was so happy,” says Samson. “That was probably the happiest I’ve ever been as a coach.” Marcus Houck scored a pair in Game 6, including

the winner, as the Wolf Pack finally won a playoff series in their sixth season. “(Sunday) was not necessarily elation, more like relief,” says Samson. “It’s definitely been a long time coming. It just feels like a weight off of our shoulders. . . . If we didn’t do that this year it would have been a very big disappointment.” Offensive leaders Houck, Spencer Quon, Dyllan Quon and Mitchell Crisanti all racked up big points for North Van but the team also got the secondary scoring needed to win a playoff series, says Samson. “We got an overtime winner from (Quinton) Vitek, who had one goal all year. We got a big goal from (Taylor) Tanti, we got an overtime winner from Creamore, who’s on our third line. We had scoring

from all four lines in Round 1 and we had some production from our D as well.” It wasn’t easy though, as Delta put up a strong fight in what was by far the most entertaining series of the opening round. The Ice Hawks were led by 20-year-old veteran Mak Barden and 17-year-old rookie Colton Kroeker. “Mak Barden had an incredible series,” said Samson. “That guy was the best player on the ice convincingly for either team. He was a threat every time he was on the ice. He probably played 30 minutes the last three games. We tried to get a matchup against him but when he doesn’t come off the ice, it’s hard.” Kroeker, meanwhile, a draft pick of the WHL’s See Team page 30

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Windsor and STA face off in provincials NIALL SHANNON

Today marks the beginning of a provincial basketball tournament that will see two long-time NorthVancouver rivals fighting for the coveted championship. Saint Thomas Aquinas secondary and Windsor secondary are two of the favourites for the trophy at this year’s B.C. Secondary School AA Girls Basketball Championships.The yearslong rivalry is sure to make for exciting basketball if the two meet in the fateful final game. “Whenever we meet, it’s a war,” said STA’s head coach Anthony Beyrouti. “(The girls) have been competing against each other since Grade 8, so when we play against them, we play harder against them, and they play harder against us,” he added. In the last five games, each contest has been close, with STA winning a December 2013 one-point overtime squeaker, and Windsor winning the last two rivalry games by three

points or fewer. Talking about why the games are so close, Windsor’s head coach Peter Sprogis pointed to the countering skills of both teams. “We have some big people, big posts and we both have good shooters. We’re pretty much evenly matched,” said Sprogis, adding that the deeper bench of STA has given them an edge over Windsor. The stars of both teams are their point guards. STA’s Vanessa Botteselle has an ability to create scoring chances by driving in deep past would-be defenders. On the other side of the court,Windsor’s Sherrie Errico leads the team with a good outside-inside scoring strategy that is hard to beat when it’s working, according to Sprogis. See Rivals page 31

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Regina Pats, came out of nowhere to almost steal the show as an affiliate player. He only played six regular season games with the team and barely played in Game 1 of the playoffs, but blossomed in Game 2 when paired with Barden. “After the first game we were kind of like, ‘Oh, that Kroeker kid is not bad. He got a few shifts.’ And after Game 2 when he scored a hat trick we were like, ‘Yeah, he’s pretty good,’” says Samson. In a lucky break for the Wolf Pack, Kroeker missed games 5 and 6 due to prior commitments with the Delta U18 Wild, his regular team this season. “In three games he got 10 points and six goals,” says Samson. “He’s still the leading scorer in the league for playoffs. He’s a good player. I don’t think we’ll see him in our league next year. I wish him the best of luck in his career and future but I was not unhappy to see that his name was not on the lineup sheet on Saturday.” Next up for the Wolf Pack will be a meeting with

the Richmond Sockeyes in the conference finals. Firstplace Richmond easily dispatched fourth-place Grandview in the opening round. The Sockeyes are led on offence by a pair of rookies, John Wesley and Ayden MacDonald, and rely on a strong defensive group and good goaltending to shut down opposing teams. “We know Richmond is a solid team, they don’t allow a lot of goals,” says Samson. “They’ve got two very good 20-year-old defencemen back there who are very steady. They protect the middle of the ice well, they keep the shots to the outside. We’re going to have to work for our chances. They’re a good transition team — they’ll burn you through the neutral zone if you’re caught flat-footed or you’re not responsible in terms of your forecheck or your structure in the neutral zone. . . . They’re a skilled team, they’re pretty deep. We know they can put the puck in the net. They’re pretty balanced.” All that being said, Samson thinks his team can keep up with

the Sockeyes. “Two of our top three or four games of the whole year were played in Richmond. One was an overtime loss, another was a win,” he says. “They’re a little less physical than Delta. I think we can use our size and physicality against them and wear them down a bit.” Game 1 is Thursday in Richmond while Game 2 is back at Harry Jerome Arena Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. Samson says he’s hoping for another big crowd as the Wolf Pack hit home ice for the first time ever as a conference finalist. “We had our best crowd of the year on Saturday and we fed off that. Hopefully we can get some more people to come out. Now that the Canucks are playing so bad they can see some entertaining hockey here,” he says with a laugh, adding that the team isn’t content just to have gotten out of the first round. They want more. “We’re relieved, we got this done.Yes, we’re happy and we’ll celebrate, have some fun. But there are bigger things ahead.”

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Rivals hope to meet in final From page 30 The coaches from both teams were quick to praise the skills of the other squad, with Sprogis applauding Botteselle’s court penetration and the overall tough defence of STA and Beyrouti proclaiming that Windsor’s Errico is “arguably the best player in the province.” “Errico is tough, so it’s fun to watch (Errico and Botteselle) go against each other, as every step of the way it’s back and forth and is just very entertaining,” said Beyrouti. Though there is a lot of anticipation of the final game this Saturday taking place between the two North Vancouver titans, both coaches are more hesitant to call an STA-Windsor showdown just yet. Both

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doubts, unless we get really lucky or (STA) gets unlucky.” “(The game) would be nothing less than a really close game, just like the last times we’ve played, though we’re looking to take care of business from the beginning and really just focus on getting to the end,”

said Beyrouti. The championship takes place at the Langley Event Centre, with Windsor starting off the provincial competition against Prince Rupert’s Charles Hays Secondary at 10:15 a.m., while St.Thomas Aquinas will face off against Trail’s J.L. Crowe at 3:30 p.m.

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