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A load of garbage is hoisted at the Burnaby wasteto-energy plant. Planning work gets underway soon for a possible new Metro Vancouver garbage incinerator.

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etro Vancouver politicians soon face critical choices on how they pursue waste-toenergy incineration now that the province has approved the region’s solid waste plan. A key issue – to be tackled this fall – is whether any new incinerator should be publicly owned and operated or outsourced to a private partner. A Metro-built facility would mean taxpayers pay directly for it – a price tag that could easily top $500 million – but the region would be able to sell the energy generated, offsetting much of the ongoing costs and maybe even turn a small profit. If a private partner instead finances, builds and runs the plant, Metro would avoid up-front costs and the risks of ownership but sign a long-term garbage-supply contract. The region would pay per-tonne garbage disposal fees, which would cover not just the construction and operating costs but also the partner’s profit margin and its potentially higher borrowing costs. Directors will likely debate whether Metro should keep the energy revenue for itself, how much that power might be worth in the future and whether Metro could scale down incineration if residents recycle and compost more than expected. “The business model is one thing we have to determine out of the gate,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, who chairs the Metro waste management committee. A hybrid option might be for Metro to finance the plant but contract out construction and operation, with an agreement on sharing both risks and revenues. Metro’s waste committee and board is expected to soon begin to frame its request for proposals, although it won’t be finalized until early next year, after civic elections in November bring a new set of directors. Moore said that call will leave the plant’s location wide open, allowing open competition between out-of-region bidders like Covanta Energy, which proposes an incinerator at Gold River on Vancouver Island, and other proponents with in-region sites, such as a possible bid by Aquilini Renewable Energy on Tsawwassen First Nation land. That may bring a tussle at the board over how to rate the bids. Should more weight be given to avoiding local air emissions by barging trash to Gold River? Or should efficiently located in-region sites with better potential to sell energy into a district heating network win out on dollar value because of lower transport costs and higher revenues? Would locating the incinerator in Surrey help transform its emerging downtown with new development? Or would it be less risky to place the plant in North Vancouver, where it could simply plug in to Lower

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Lonsdale’s existing district heat system, now fired by natural gas? Metro estimates an in-region burner will cost taxpayers at least $1 billion less over the long term than out-ofregion options – although critics hotly dispute the underlying assumptions. Another tough choice is whether to give some preference to emerging waste conversion technologies, such as gasification or pyrolysis, which promise ultra-low emissions but don’t have the track record of conventional mass-burn incineration. “There was a lot of desire around the board to look at new and emerging waste-to-energy technology,” Moore said. Some directors warn those alternatives won’t stand a chance if the bidding is wide open to a mass-burn incinerator, which they expect to wield a big cost advantage. Vancouver councillors, who tried a year ago to ban mass-burn combustion from the waste plan, are expected to mount a similar push again. Moore said the board might opt to carve out part of the 500,000 tonnes of waste per year for proponents of alternative technologies, who wouldn’t have to bid against a conventional incinerator. That may lead to another choice – whether to go with a single plant or multiple ones. Metro is also expected to hire a third-party independent expert for advice in the coming decisions. A final decision on what will be built and where could be 18 months away, Metro officials say. While the politicians decide the framework for what might be built, Metro will also start consulting the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) to address concerns that toxic emissions will worsen air quality in the already polluted airshed. Environment Minister Terry Lake ordered the consultations and establishment of a joint working group of the two regions, directing Metro to take steps to address “reasonable” concerns of the FVRD. The two regions, at odds over the public health risks, have one year to agree on emission standards and environmental monitoring for any new incinerator. If they can’t agree, the dispute goes to arbitration. What counts as a “reasonable” objection? No one knows. But the hammer of arbitration and subsequent provin-

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cial approvals necessary for any plant could still allow Victoria to block in-region incineration, in response to the demands of valley residents. Moore said he’s hopeful staff of both regional districts can look objectively at the issues. “Frankly, I’d like to try to take some of the politics out of it.” He said Metro is committed to using the best emissions control systems available. Burnaby incinerator may wind down as recycling gains momentum. One concern of recycling advocates – that building an incinerator will lock Metro into using it rather than continuing to improve recycling rates – is inaccurate, according to Metro waste committee chair Greg Moore. If Metro gets beyond its new 2020 target of 80 per cent diversion and doesn’t require as much disposal capacity, he said, the Burnaby waste-to-energy plant would be gradually decommissioned. It has three burners and streams feeding them that each process about 90,000 tonnes of waste per year. “We would slowly take those offline,” Moore said. He cautioned Metro’s estimates of 1.3 million tonnes still requiring disposal in the future is based on the region hitting all its diversion targets, including the short-term commitment of recycling 70 per cent by 2015, up from 55 per cent now. That will depend on aggressive new recycling efforts, tightened disposal bans and region-wide composting of food waste. The new waste-to-energy plant would take the 500,000 tonnes per year Metro now sends to the Cache Creek landfill. Another 500,000 tonnes goes to the Vancouver landfill in Delta, while close to 280,000 tonnes goes to the Burnaby incinerator. Metro previously committed to stop trucking its garbage to Cache Creek, although continued landfilling remains a backup option in the new plan. Moore said there are plans to decrease use of the Vancouver landfill over the long term, but noted some landfill capacity is needed as a contingency and to take ash from incinerated garbage.

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s a group of residents watched in near horror as City of North Vancouver council gave Port Metro Vancouver $1 million to help pay for design work on the troubled Low Level Road project last month, the message from Mayor Darrell Mussatto to port staff was clear: engage with the community. And last Friday, with a series of meetings held in the gallery space in Lower Lonsdale’s Café for Contemporary Art, that’s what the port attempted to do. Residents were invited to sit down, in hour-long sessions, and discuss how the design process for the recently-reborn, large-scale project is best handled. Tony Barber, the city’s manager of engineering, planning and design, and PMV representatives Laura Strand and Cindy McCarthy were present at the meetings. The three major ideas discussed were the potential opening of a PMV-staffed Low Level Road office, the creation of an online forum devoted to project-related discussions and a committee comprised of residents as well as port and city staff. The office, if it gets the green light, would not be open throughout the week. McCarthy, the port’s communications advisor for project development, discussed a one-day-aweek scenario, likely Fridays, when such an office would be open to the public. The possible committee, loosely dubbed a “community liaison group” at the meetings, would be comprised of 14-16 members from the aforementioned camps. Strand, the port’s manager of community and aboriginal affairs, said the difficulty with establishing such groups is the “high level of commitment” members must have because of the potentially large number of meetings scheduled in a “relatively short period of time.” PMV will return to council chambers with detailed designs of the Low Level Road in the spring, so resident input will be required soon. The decision on which community members sit on the committee, added Strand, may also prove a difficult arrangement as not everyone interested will be able to join. Amanda Nichol, a resident of the 400-block of East First Street and an attendee of one of last week’s ses-

sions, told The Outlook she remains skeptical of the port’s interest in community engagement regardless of the recent sit-downs. Nichol said she received an email from PMV about the scheduled meetings on July 5 at 3:47 p.m., one week before the discussions were to take place. Because of the time of year, and the long weekend that followed the email, Nichol said she doubts many residents may have seen the invitation because of holiday plans. For those who did, attendance may have been difficult because of work or family commitments. A series of afternoon meetings, even with the last hour-long appointment scheduled for 6 p.m., can be a challenge to make. At the meeting Nichol attended at 2 p.m., two other residents showed up. At 3 p.m., two other people arrived. “I think they’re only doing this because they [PMV] have to. That’s why you send out an email with three days notice,” said Nichol. “But regardless of intention, I don’t want to be the one to close the door on this. That’s why I attended.” Julie Anderson, a resident of the 100-block of St. David’s Avenue, said she felt cautiously optimistic about the process because it no longer feels “like things are being thrown at us” but, like Nichol, questioned the port’s ability to reach out to the entire community in a truly effective way. “The attendance at these meetings shows once again the lack of engagement,” said Anderson. “No one’s here. I’m on vacation, that’s why I could come. But my neighbours work and have small children.” Preliminary concepts for the Low Level Road project were to elevate the road, construct overpasses at St. Patrick’s Avenue and the Neptune/ Cargill terminals, just north of the intersection at Third Street and Cotton Road. Due to a lack of information and community engagement, council approved only the Neptune/ Cargill overpass in June. In July, PMV returned to council and received $1 million from the city to help pay for a stability analysis on the South Slope, an area that would be affected by a raised road. In addition to the slope report, PMV will also provide council with detailed design work for the other elements of the potential Low Level Road redesign.

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he dude looked like Lemmy, the badass frontman of the heavy-metal band Motörhead, and he was flaunting a cobra tattoo on his bare chest, its scaly tail disappearing under his belt. Adam Sky, maybe six at the time, stood mesmerized as the swashbuckling outlaw ambled past him on a city sidewalk. It was an indelible encounter. “I always knew I wanted to [be a tattooist],” says Sky, now 41. Today, if you want to get inked by Sky, there’s a wait-list of up to eight months — that is, if he decides to tattoo you. To get an appointment with the acclaimed Vancouver tattooist (from Lynn Valley) you must first submit your concept through his website, Sky’s not trying to be difficult — he’s flattered by the interest in his needlework — but, as he explains on his site, “It is impossible to accommodate all of the tattoo requests I receive, so instead I choose to only accept pieces that I feel best suited for and that inspire COFFEE me. I am only one person and WITH quality is my main concern, not quantity.” Justin Bedall editor@northshore On this day, Sky is finishing a detailed, vibrantly coloured shoulder-to-elbow phoenix that is 20-plus hours in the making. “I think we’ll do one last session to tighten it up,” he tells his customer as he bandages up the fresh ink. Sky works out of a private studio at an undisclosed location. The modern space, which has a Zen-like vibe (Buddha figures and bonsai plants) and also pays homage to the more traditional tattoo parlor esthetic with plenty of skulls and framed flash art, allows Sky to focus on his craft. A tattooist for more than two decades, he’s paid his dues in busy street shops from Miami Beach to New Orleans to LA, where he did his share of “pork chops” — little tatties that take 15 minutes and “mean you get to eat pork chops that night,” he grins — while honing his skills. It’s all been part of his tattoo apprenticeship, which began at a young age. Sky’s parents — his mother is a documentary film maker and his father a landscape photographer — recognized their son had artistic ability early on and enrolled him in a prestigious art school when he was nine. Soon, he was drawing nude figure models but his real fixation was always tattoos — which kept him up late under the covers with a flashlight doodling skulls and daggers. Sky dropped out of school at 17 and got his first tattoo in the 1980s (a punk rock skull) in the back of a head shop. He remembers the tattooist, a guy named Patty, had a hand-poked bluish prison-style tatty on his arm that read ‘F*** the Warden.’ Sky later moved to Vancouver where he would play an instrumental part in the tattoo renaissance that took place in the city in the early

1990s. At 23, he opened up Sacred Heart on W. 10th Avenue. That was the first time a new tattoo shop had opened up in the city in 15 years, he figures. He started his business with $5,000 and bartered tattoos for the rest. The new shop focused on custom tattooing and regularly displayed paintings by local artists. It was a rogue’s gallery of young tattooists, many of whom had fine arts backgrounds and also brought with them a punk rock ethos that helped redefine tattoo culture which had, in the 1970s and ‘80s, been heavily influenced by the biker scene. Sky is quick to pay respect to Vancouver’s rich tattoo history, which began in the early 1930s with Doc Foster and even included a stint by the legendary Ed Hardy in Gastown in the late 1960s. As a port city, Vancouver, like LA and San Fran, was a hub for ink-collecting sailors back in the day, he says. And that tradition has continued. Sky rattles off the names of contemporary tattoo luminaries working here: John The Dutchman, Dave Shore and Steve Moore, who has done most of the “big work” on Sky’s heavily tattooed body to name a few. “A lot of the original guys are still with us. That makes the city full of high-quality tattoos and customers get turned on, which perpetuates the art.” When Sky opened his first shop he never imagined tattoos becoming part of pop culture — something he traces back to the birth of grunge music and its tribe of heavily tattooed musicians who showed off their inked skin in music videos. The next seminal moment: the launch of taboobusting reality TV shows like Miami Ink and LA Ink that brought tattoo culture into North American living rooms. All along, the artistry has been evolving. “These days artists are pushing the boundaries artistically,” he says. “Tattooing is extremely technical. It’s as much a technical craft as art. [There are] limiting boundaries [of] what you can do successfully. It takes years of experience.” Sky isn’t satisfied to flip through the pages of his book and admire his work, though. “You have to push yourself to get better or you just languish — and you should not be tattooing.” To stay sharp, Sky regularly participates in an online tattoo discussion forum on Tattoodles. com (a site he started) that allows artists to post work and have it deconstructed by their peers. “It removes ego from your work. The tattooists tell each other what they could have done better. I never pay attention [to compliments]. My drive [is to] get better.” And that explains why Sky’s work is so coveted. “There are great collectors in the city who appreciate the art [of tattooing],” he says. And for now, they will need to be patient.

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“You won’t run into a live actor. You’ll run into ordinary citizens but that’s one of the fun things about this project. The listener is very much in control.” The rules of traditional theatre don’t apply. There are no set dates, assigned seating or a dark room. Someone enjoying a PodPlay can stop halfway through if they want, take a break and dive right back in without a missing a beat. “A lot of audience members want more freedom when they engage with things. I wanted these plays to take them to where they’ve never been before or take them to where they are familiar and to just have time to walk around and really look at what’s there, really engage with their urban environment and hopefully see it from a different perspective because of this story that’s being told at the same time.” But PodPlays are not just about experiencing a play in “real time”. They’re also about using the outdoor environment to pull people back in time. The very first PodPlay for Neworld Theatre was in Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside. It brought listeners to a time when the area was called Japantown before the Second World War. Another PodPlay called Ashes on the Water has its audience looking right at the North Shore from East Vancouver’s Crab Park. Ashes on the Water takes listeners back to the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886, when Squamish First Nation women contributed to helping people escape the historic disaster. This story and others are part of the theatre’s PodPlay season subscriptions. For more, visit

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here’s a brief moment each morning, just before the city rises and begrudgingly rolls out of bed, that this corner of the world sits in near peace. Whether it’s the greatest place on earth, as licence plates and enthusiastic provincial ad campaigns like to proclaim, is up for discussion. But somehow those moments don’t get old. The mountains, the water and the always-out-of-reach horizon stand as daily reminders of why many, whether transplants or lifelong Lower Mainlanders, live here. It’s where many go afterwards, to face the onslaught of nightmarish quotas, targets and never-ending meetings, that has a way of erasing those more serene times. “I had that white-collar corporate job in a Toronto bank, you know, caught up in the rat race like everyone else. But I realized I was not meant to contribute to that world,” says Shenpenn Khymsar, clad in a black t-shirt and black leather vest, mohawk standing proudly. “It was an awakening. So I gave the finger to the corporate world and went to play music.”

The refugee Khymsar was the first son in his family to be born in exile. His parents, native Tibetans with a strong Buddhist lineage, fled their home after the Tibetan uprising 52 years ago. For nearly a decade prior to their escape, Tibet had been under the control of the Communist Party of China. By 1959, tensions between the Tibetans and their occupiers erupted in a short, but violent battle. A reported 100,000 Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, fled shortly thereafter. Khymsar’s parents landed on the outskirts of Darjeeling, India, a popular area for transplanted Tibetans. The family left behind a more-than-comfortable life, forced to trade in their estate — complete with a courtyard, horses and yaks — for a tiny, rural shack that as many as 15 members of his family, both immediate and extended, called home. A rebellious kid, Khymsar took to music quickly. Since the 1960s, Darjeeling has boasted a lively do-it-yourself rock and roll scene. Never a stop on anyone’s tour itinerary, locals depended on homegrown bands to play the popular Western tunes of the day. And the scene flourished.




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made do with so little. And yes, he gets plenty of screen time jamming with local musicians upon his return. But he also meets with Tibetan student associations, scholars and politicians to discuss the views, initiatives and perspectives of those working for change. Khymsar says he is but the “common denominator” in a project that shines a spotlight on the power of heavy metal, the Darjeeling music scene and the plight of all exiled Tibetans. “This took three years to make, and I did it all myself. I directed, narrated, produced and I was the publicist. But, to be honest, finishing this project isn’t about monetary success. Breaking even would be great,” Khymsar says, with a smile. “This is really another way of getting the big Tibetan issue out there. I would love to see younger Tibetans follow their hearts as well. Take some risks.” And if attention to the cause is what Khymsar desires, it appears he’s on the right track. Last month, he was in Washington D.C. attending teachings of the Dalai Lama at a Buddhist ceremony, the Kalachakra. In the evenings, he met with high-profile Buddhists Richard Gere and Jessica Biel. The five-star hotel scene is a bit of a rush, admits Khymsar, but it isn’t the barometer by which anyone should judge achievement. You can get pats on the back until your shoulders turn blue, but having influence and telling the stories that need to be told is what amounts to success in his book. And, he says, he’s got more to tell. “I’d love to make another documentary and maybe a dark, twisted type of film. You need to have a good sense of imagination and I can imagine forever,” he says. “But now imagine if all the famous, rich, successful people in society spent even five per cent of their time helping the world. To me, that’s what it’s all about. Life is not a vertical thing, it’s horizontal. It’s about touching people.” The Vancouver premiere of Journey of a Dream is scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17 at the Denman Cinemas. Showtime is 7 p.m. There will be live music, a wine bar and a Q&A with Khymsar at the event. The Denman Cinemas are located at 1779 Comox St. in Vancouver’s West End. For more information on Journey of a Dream, visit

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enhance South-of-Fraser service: more frequent SeaBus runs would appeal to the North Shore. A general lift in bus service, more road and cycling infrastructure and upgrades to several transit stations are also promised. McConnell said the improvements would deliver an extra 20 million transit trips per year, equivalent to removing 70,000 cars a day from traffic. “That would have significant benefits in reducing congestion,” she said, seeking to soothe angry motorists who feel they will pay for transit service they don’t use. Area mayors, meanwhile, are divided on whether they can accept a plan that leaves a big controversial funding source to be determined with a property tax hike as fallback mechanism. “I don’t see how property taxes relate to transportation,” said Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, one of several mayors who oppose any scenario that could result in higher property taxes. She noted TransLink already has a built-in ability to collect three per cent more from property taxes each year without mayors’ council approval. Development charges to extract money from businesses near SkyTrain stations would be a better choice for a new source, she said, adding she could also conceivably support a regional carbon tax or an annual levy on vehicles, provided it’s for a small amount. Jackson also wants TransLink to reconsider a previously discarded idea — taxing shipping containers that pass through the port. “They take up a tremendous volume of road capacity and add to the burden of maintaining roads and highways,” she said. A $20 charge per container would generate $50 million based on the 2.5 million containers a year that go through Metro Vancouver. In comparison, TransLink’s proposed gas tax hike would generate $45 million, while a total of $75 million annually is needed to pay for the entire proposed package. TransLink has agreed to extend its public consultations to the end of September in response to a request from Metro mayors at Moore’s urging. Mayors are expected to vote on the finalized supplement in early October. Crilly said a move towards user-pay road fees or tolls is inevitable and would make the entire transportation system more efficient. A ring of tolled bridges around the region could be a first “easy step” toward road pricing, he said, although he acknowledged it would require the province to revise its policy of only tolling new or upgraded infrastructure. A haphazard set of bridge tolls is coming anyway, Crilly noted, referring to the Golden Ears Bridge and the tolling of the new Port Mann Bridge when it opens in 16 months.


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Mount Seymour team shows resilience at tourney MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTING WRITER


fter a shaky start, Mount Seymour is creeping up the rankings after back-to-back wins at the Canadian Little League Championship at Chris Zuehlke Park this week. In the host team’s game against Elites de Valleyfield from Quebec on Monday night, Mount Seymour’s Desi Burgart created a memory to last a lifetime: he hit his first home run. That shot drove home two players and helped secure the team’s 6-1 win. Mount Seymour chucker Cameron Filippone can also take some credit for the victory. No runs

were scored during his four-inning post on the mound. Filippone currently holds the title of most strikeouts in the tournament - as of yesterday (Aug. 10) morning. In Tuesday (Aug. 9) evening’s play, Mount Seymour faced the Prairies-Rocky Mountain team who came out of the gate early, scoring three runs in the first two innings. Mount Seymour managed to shut them down and secured some late runs for a 5-3 win. As of Wed. Aug. 10, Ontario is undefeated in the tournament with 4 wins; meanwhile the B.C. representative, Langley, is a close second with only one loss. For instant updates visit www.

Mt. Seymour’s Desi Burgart slides into third base under the watchful eye of Langley’s Cole Cantelon. As of Wed. Aug. 10, Ontario is undefeated in the tournament with 4 wins; meanwhile the B.C. representative, Langley, is a close second with only one loss. Peter Taylor photo

North Van umpire Chris Zuehlke Park gets nod for world series showcases elite little leaguers MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTING WRITER


ynn Valley’s Roger Shaw has been called up to the big leagues of baseball. The long-serving District Five umpire is going to don his mask at the coveted Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., in one week. “My big experience is coming up,” says a giddy Shaw. “Just the idea of walking out in front of 10,000 people.” The long road to the World Series has not been without some bumps and bruises. “You get hit quite often,” says Shaw, of the hazards of the umpiring gig. “I took a line drive off the forearm.” Then there is the verbal abuse, which Shaw takes in stride. “You need an umpire to have a game,” he explains. “If you keep abusing them,

they ain’t coming back.” Some 20 years ago, Shaw started out umpiring at the league level on the North Shore. His two sons were going through the District Five program at the time. These days, Shaw holds the prestigious title of provincial umpire-inchief. “I guess the nice thing is watching these kids start young with very little knowledge of what they are doing,” he says. When asked to describe the decibel level of his calls at the plate, Shaw says he’s middle of the road amongst other umpires. “The closer the call, the louder you have to call it — but you don’t want to scare some poor little nineyear-old,” he explains. Shaw will join 15 other umpires — some from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Mexico — at the Little League World Series from August 18 to 28.

Zuehlke’s family fondly remembers the late North Vancouver baseball player during the opening ceremonies. MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTING WRITER


orth Vancouver is welcoming the country’s up and coming baseball talent this week. The Canadian Little League Championship officially kicked off on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the newly renovated Chris Zuehlke Park. North Vancouver City Mayor Darrell Mussatto thanked financial sponsors, District Five little league administration, city staff and volunteers for their contributions to the tournament. “This has been a project for the past couple of years and I’m very proud of what we have been able to achieve here because it’s a result of teamwork,” said Mussatto. The namesake of the park – late Jaycee (now North Van Central) ball player Chris Zuehlke – was remembered on Saturday by his parents and siblings who were also acknowledged during the opening ceremonies. Fred Zuehlke, Chris’ dad, recalled the summer of broken windows at the Zuehlke home. “I got home one night and there was a window broken in the heating room, and I put it

in and it was broken again the next night,” says Fred. “And by the time the summer was over there was one window left, the rest was all plywood.” Chris’ brother Buzz smiles mischievously and nods his head in agreement. He talks about how Sunday afternoons were family affairs at the then-Jaycee Park in the ‘60s. “If you didn’t get here early you didn’t get a seat,” he recalls. Members of the Mt. Seymour Little League team huddle together on the bleachers behind the outfield fence and watch the first game of the tournament: Prairies vs. Ontario. Mt. Seymour coach Peter Matthews explains how the 11 and 12-year-olds didn’t understand the magnitude of their big win two years ago that secured them a spot in this year’s national championship. After District Five won the hosting rights, Mt. Seymour Little League clinched the regional championship that year. “They are kids - they live in the moment. They don’t think two years in advance,” says Matthews. The national championship runs all week until August 13. For more information visit

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The world’s best geography students compete at the National Geographic World Championship. Last week, Canada won a medal for the eighth time since the country began competing in 1995. A North Vancouver student helped make this year’s event a success for the three Canadian teens (pictured left). Submitted photo.

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On top of the world NV teen helps Canadian squad earn a silver medal at the National Geographic World Championships GREG HOEKSTRA S TA F F R E P O RT E R


North Vancouver teen took his love of geography to the world stage last week, winning a silver medal at the National Geographic World Championships in San Francisco. Alejandro Torres-Lopez, 16, was one of three teens asked to represent Team Canada at the prestigious biannual competition, held July 23 to 28 at Google Headquarters and moderated by Jeopardy game show host Alex Trebek. The West Vancouver Secondary student earned a spot on the team after finishing first in the Canadian competition in 2010. The geography whiz kid has been competing for five years for a chance to head to the world finals. In an email to The Outlook, Torres-Lopez said the mood was “intense” at last week’s questionand-answer tourney. “It was crazy because everyone there was the top in their country, and representing their own country. They were the top in the world and there was a really competitive and nerve-wracking atmosphere,” he said. “Although once we settled into the hotel and began to get to know each other, everyone was really friendly and we got along great because we all had a common interest [geography].” Joining Torres-Lopez at the competition were Alexander Cohen, 15, of Ottawa and Aoife O’Leary, 15, of Surrey. The team finished second, behind their Russian counterparts, but above the third-place finalists from Taiwan and 14 other teams from around the world.

“When they announced the finalists, we definitely thought the U.S. team was ahead of us as they were quite confident and had historically been the top country in the competition,” he said. But when the announcer read the name “Canada” over the loud speaker, the team was “ecstatic” that they had made it to the final three. “The questions were so hard, but we managed to get silver and were very proud,” he said. Torres-Lopez said what he loves about studying geography is that he gets to broaden his understanding of the world around him. “I think it’s really interesting learning about the world we all live in and it’s fascinating to find out about all the different people, how and where they live and all their differences,” he said. “And it’s really cool to know about all the variations in physical geography this planet has.” Although he doesn’t plan to continue studying geography in university, Torres-Lopez said he thinks his knowledge of different cultures, arts, and landscapes will come in handy as he pursues a degree in design and architecture. “I definitely will incorporate cultural and geographical elements I have experienced or learned into my works,” he said. Last week’s win marks the eighth time Canada has won a medal at the world championships since the country began competing in 1995. The team was chosen from the top three winners of the 2010 and 2011 Great Canadian Geography Challenge. For more information on the tourney, visit

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16 Thursday, August 11, 2011 The recent death of a black bear in North Vancouver’s Blueridge neighbourhood marked the fourth bear death on the North Shore this year. Christine Miller, the North Shore’s Bear Aware community coordinator, warned of more bear interactions to come, as bears begin to eat more in preparation for hibernation. To prevent potentially dangerous situations, Miller said North Shore residents must manage bear attractants such as garbage, pet food and bird seed, as the animals have grown comfortable looking for such sources of food. Outlook file photo

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n “abundance of accessible garbage� is being blamed for the Aug. 7 death of a black bear in North Vancouver’s Blueridge neighbourhood, the fourth bear death on the North Shore this year. Christine Miller, the North Shore’s Bear Aware community coordinator, said some bears in the area have become “highly habituated� and “food conditioned� — meaning the bears feel entirely comfortable around people. “There have been a huge number of bear sightings this year,� said Miller. “And I think people have had food out constantly for them, primarily garbage, so the same bears keep coming back. Even year after year.� Miller said bears have yet to enter their hyperphagia period, in which bears begin to eat up to 20 hours per day until they hibernate.

It is during that stage, which typically lasts from mid-August until November, that people can expect to experience the greatest number of bear sightings. To prevent unwanted bear interactions, Miller said North Shore residents must manage attractants such as garbage, bird seed and the contents of any outdoor fridges and freezers, dirty barbecues and pet food. For more information, visit www.bearaware. or To report bear sightings, call the conservation officer service at 1-877-952-7277. To request information about bear attractants, call Christine Miller at 604-317-4911.

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Walking for family health Healthy families issues challenge MARCUS HONDRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER


he B.C. Ministry of Health is sponsoring a six week program designed to get you and your family up and moving about to enjoy your community’s outdoors. An extra incentive is that you might win prizes while you improve you and your family’s health. The Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge started August 8 and will be going until September 19. It’s an online experience with a website — www. — where families are encouraged to share their walking experiences and map walks for others. A recent press release from healthy families says the more often you share your stories and maps, the better your chances are to win prizes such as pedometers and family packs. The big prize is a family trip within British Columbia — there are six such prizes — and when families share stories, photos and videos of walks, they also help their community win prizes. Healthy families has delineated five categories of B.C. communities based on size. The community in each size range that has the most submissions from families will win $10,000 to support the development of local walking trails. In addition, one of those five communities will win a random draw and receive an extra $50,000 in funding. Some of the North Shore’s more adventuresome walking expeditions include mountain walks up the likes of Black, Fromme, Grouse, Hollyburn, Seymour and Strachan mountains. There are dozens of less-challenging trails in West and North Vancouver. The program has the involvement of some special outdoor enthusiasts, including West Vancouver’s Maëlle Ricker, snowboard cross gold medal winner at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. “I love being outside with my family and friends, hiking in Garibaldi Park or cruising with my dog along the ocean,” Ricker said, in commenting about the challenge. “There are so many great places to walk in B.C. and I look forward to hearing about them all during this Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge.”

The popular walking trail on Bowen Island leads to Dorman Point, a view point overlooking Howe Sound. Marcus Hondro photo

Soccer programs from the Moscow Lokomotiv vs B.C. Allstars game in 1956 (left) and Manchester City vs Vancouver Whitecaps last month (right) provide the backdrop for our columnist’s tale this week. Len Corben photo

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Manchester City’s visit brings back memories of a game 55 years ago today


his special soccer story is just in from The News of the World. I kid you not. And here you thought that scandal-riddled newspaper had disappeared forever. I even wrote the story in its original form, a story that never got published. Until now... with a twist added. It’s a tale involving soccer teams from three cities: Moscow, Manchester and Vancouver. And it all started exactly 55 years ago on August 11, 1956, when the Moscow Lokomotiv from Russia came to play the B.C. All-stars at old Empire Stadium. “This was the first Soviet Union sports team to play in Canada,” notes soccer historian Dave Fryatt in his informative jottings about Canadian soccer history on the Pacific INSTANT Coast Soccer League’s website, “and like REPLAY most things Russian at that time, there Len Corben was an air of mystery about the team and its players.” Moscow won the game 5-2, but that’s not the story at all. In attendance were 20,054+ fans (with the emphasis on the + as you’ll see). The real story happened right before the game. I was 14 when my friend Stu Gibbs – son of the thenNorth Vancouver city clerk Ron Gibbs – and I decided to take in the game. We got there early and stood in the lineup at the cheap-seat ($1.50) ticket window ready to make our purchase for end zone seats. The line was long. We waited and waited. But no one was in the booth selling tickets, though similar booths selling higher-priced tickets were open. Eventually, with game time approaching, those at the front of our line grew restless and began chanting, in Old Country accents, “We want in for a dollah-fifty and we won’t pay a penny more... We want in for a dollah-fifty and we won’t pay a penny more... We want...” From where Stu and I were standing on the grassy slope at the southeast corner of the stadium near the HastingsCassiar intersection, we could see that the $1.50 seats in the south end zone were completely empty. The chanting got louder and louder. It seems laughable now that these fans were so adamant that they would only pay the $1.50 cheap-seat price when the top tickets were just $3.00. But, then, that would be like today being able to afford only upper bowl seats for Canucks tickets instead of much more expensive ones. Suddenly, with the ticket booth still shut and the game about to begin, those in line ahead of us began marching quickly toward the turnstile gates at the southeast corner. Stu and I ran after them to see what was going to happen. The mob of 100 or more pushed the ticket takers away, knocked over at least three turnstiles and ran into the stadium. Stu and I followed them right in. The $1.50 seats had now been instantly reduced to $0.00. In a story in The Province the next day the stadium manager claimed – despite the empty end zone sections – that

all the $1.50 seats had been sold and only the $3.00 tickets remained. Some years later, while penning the Corben’s Corner sports column in the now-long-gone North Shore Citizen, I wrote my recollections of that incident and how the soccer promoters of the day had tried to force people to buy the higher-priced tickets. The column was never published – the only time this happened in the nine years (1962-71) of writing Corben’s Corner – and I think I know why. Hal Straight was the newspaper’s publisher. He was a big soccer fan and was in with the big poohbahs of the game locally. I think editor Ralph Hall thought I’d be in trouble with Straight, maybe even fired, if the story was printed, though Hall never said as much. Straight and Hall have passed away, so we’ll never know. Touring soccer teams have a mystique about them. This summer’s visit from Manchester City on July 18 to play the Vancouver Whitecaps at revitalized Empire Field was no exception, so I arranged for press credentials and off I went. I’d been told by the Whitecaps media department that due to the number of media wishing to attend and the limited size of the press box, I would be seated elsewhere, which was fine. However, when I arrived at the media gate, my name was not on the list. A phone call from the media assistant to the head of the department inside the grounds got things straightened away and I climbed the stairs to the media section to find out where I was supposed to sit. No one knew. Bob Mackin (who lives on the North Shore, writes for 24 Hours and appears regularly on Tom Mayenknecht’s The Sports Market radio program Saturday mornings on The Team 1040) and I scoured the media box’s seating chart for my name, though I knew it wouldn’t be there since I had already been told my seat would be somewhere else. Then Bob came up with a brilliant idea. He noticed that The News of the World had been assigned seat 8B, the middle seat in the second of three rows in the media section in amongst a group of sportswriting blokes from England. “The News of the World has just gone kaput,” Bob offered, or words to that effect. “Why don’t you just sit in 8B?” So I did. Manchester City won 2-1 with a sun-soaked 24,074 enjoying the treat of seeing an overseas soccer side. Most importantly, I noticed the end zones were completely full of spectators. No one to my knowledge had been outside shouting, “We want in for twenty dollars and we won’t pay a penny more.” Mind you, I still hadn’t paid to get in, though I’m not sure posing as a News of the World journalist – due to a bizarre twist of fate – ranks any higher than a gate crasher. This is episode 428 from Len Corben’s treasure chest of stories - the great events and the quirky - that bring to life the North Shore’s rich sports history.

24 Thursday, August 11, 2011

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NV Outlook August 11, 2011  

Complete August 11, 2011 issue of The North Shore Outlook newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.northsho...

NV Outlook August 11, 2011  

Complete August 11, 2011 issue of The North Shore Outlook newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.northsho...


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