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The City will be installing underground pipes along the east side of Lonsdale Avenue from 13th Street to 17th Street. This work will accommodate expansion of the Lonsdale Energy Corporation (LEC) district energy system. LEC currently provides highly efficient, renewable and cost effective heat and hot water to 23 buildings in Lower and Central Lonsdale.

Saturday, August 20 from noon - 8pm at Shipbuilders' Square (foot of Lonsdale)

Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 22 and will take approximately 8 weeks to complete. During this time, traffic diversions, parking restrictions and road closures will occur, and every effort will be made to minimize construction impact. Sidewalks and pedestrian access to all businesses will remain open. Work is scheduled to occur from Monday to Friday, from approximately 7:00am - 4:30pm. Details at

Summer comes alive at the popular Shipbuilders' Square, located at the foot of Lonsdale on the City's waterfront. Join us for a day of great music at this free outdoor concert, and check out a variety of unique vendors and local artisans. The final Concerts in the Square event will take place on August 27. Learn more at

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Vacation season is underway and residents are advised to reduce their risk of being bitten by mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus. While the virus has not yet been detected in the Lower Mainland, the first human case in BC was confirmed in 2009 in the Okanagan. Information and helpful hints to avoid mosquito bites and reduce mosquito populations in your home and yard are available at

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Published every Thursday by Black Press Group Ltd. 104-980 West 1st Street North Vancouver, BC V7P 3N4 P 604.903.1000 F 604.903.1001 Classifieds: 604.575.5555 Publisher Aaron Van Pykstra 604.903.1022 Editor Martha Perkins 604.903.1005 Advertising Manager Greg Laviolette 604.903.1013 Circulation Manager Tania Nesterenko 604.903.1011 Staff Reporter Sean Kolenko 604.903.1021 Regular Contributors Catherine Barr, Len Corben, Rob Newell Display Advertising Nick Bellamy, Hollee Brown, Dianne Hathaway, Shelby Lewis, Beatriz Gonzales, Tracey Wait Ad Control 604.903.1000 Creative Services Doug Aylsworth, Maryann Erlam, Tannis Hendriks


Editorial submissions are welcome, however unsolicited works will not be returned. Submissions may be edited for brevity, legality and taste at the Editor's discretion. Copyright and property rights subsist in all display advertising and other material appearing in The Outlook. If, in the Publisher's opinion, an error is made that materially affects the value of the ad to the advertiser, a corrected advertisement will be inserted upon demand without further charge. Make good insertions are not granted on minor errors which do not lessen the value of the advertisement. Notice of error is required before second insertion. Opinions expressed in columns and letters to the Editor are not necessarily shared by the Publisher.

Who better to write about going back to school than a group of talented high school students? In late winter, editor Martha Perkins and former reporter Rebecca Aldous met with students in Argyle Secondary School’s Digital Media Academy. We pitched a project to them – how about they produce The Outlook’s annual Back to School edition? We were deeply impressed by not only their enthusiasm, but also their talent. Most of the pages you are about to read were written by the Argyle students. They also took the photos and Danielle Connor designed the covers. We think our readers will join all of us at The Outlook in congratulating them for a job very well done. We would particularly like to thank Annie Marcoux, who acted as our co-ordinator and pulled this whole project together. Participating students include Laura Thorne, Chantelle Krangle, Annie Marcoux, Emma O’Dea, Mckenzie Rainey, Victoria Fawkes, Zhumak Fallad and Danielle Cooper. Also participating is Deep Cove work experience student Sanna Welyk. And this week is not only a transition time for students. Justin Beddall is returning as the editor of The Outlook, switching editor’s desks at the WE with outgoing Outlook editor Martha Perkins.

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What’s in that locker? It’s your closet away from home for the year. Dress it up! MCKENZIE RAINEY ARGYLE SECONDARY


t’s the closet away from home… or just a metal container where you stash books. Either way, why not upgrade your locker and decorate it? Magnets, mirrors and stickers are standard (just make sure the stickers are removable!) But poster paper can be put to good use too – as wallpaper or even to cut out shapes. Get creative. I recently saw a locker with a dozen different faces, cut out of yellow poster paper illustrating all of the locker owner’s different moods. Cover your locker with Postit notes for friends to write little notes on, or just write them yourself. You are the one looking at it every day, after all. What do you prefer to open the door to? Whether it is a two-foot-tall poster of your favourite (shirtless) movie star, a cardboard seascape, or just all-black wallpaper, it’s up to you.

Check list Lockers aren’t only for books. They are a great place to store a “school safety kit” for moments when you are in desperate need. In the spirit of self-preservation, here are a few suggestions. • Advil (ibuprofen, aka painkillers) • Socks • Shoes (it really isn’t a bad idea) • Shelves • Spare paper • Wite-Out • Forks, napkins, spoons if you tend to forget them • Kleenex • Halls/sore throat tablets • Tide to Go • Contact lenses if you need them • A small amount of money And finally… food. One day, you will forget your lunch. If you don’t, somebody else will. Keeping the spare granola bars and packs of crackers in there can help. If you are the prepare-for-nuclear-warfare type, you can go all the way; grab a box and fill it with your favourite fruit leathers, juice boxes, chocolates, et cetera.

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igh school can be an intimidating place for those entering the halls for the first time. After all, it’s unknown territory, with lots of skyscraper-tall people who somehow seem to know where they are going, all the time. It isn’t really so daunting – and we have talked to students to prove it. We polled a selection of people so that all future Grade 8s can arm themselves with advice. • Carrying every single book around doesn’t lead to more brains – only an aching back. Fortunately, someone already thought up a solution – the locker. Save yourself the back pain and the chiropractic bill and use it! To see tips on what to put in a locker and ways to decorate it, see the locker article on page 7. • Students are often pushed into lockers – on daytime TV. Lockers nowadays are designed that the only way to get stuck in one is to step into it yourself. • You will not get lost. It is a new environment, a new building, but the school will give you a map. Or even two. And by the way, if you do get lost, it doesn’t matter much. Most teachers remember their days in high school, are not vampires, and will not bite you if you are lost. Still worried? Head to school early and find all your classes ahead of time. • Contrary to popular misconceptions, older students do not normally pick on younger ones. That story from a cousin about getting his head stuffed in a toilet? That doesn’t really happen. Nor does “widgeting” (the cruel, rumored-of practice of marking new students’s foreheads with Sharpie) or any other fish story.

• Getting involved in activities truly does help with making friends. High school sports teams aren’t just for competing; they are a great place to meet people. Or join a club that suits your interest: poster-making, debating, raising awareness for whatever it is you want to raise awareness for… High schools are teeming with clubs. • A note to quiet people: all the other new students are anxious too. It helps to try to be friendly, and break the ice imposed by nervousness. At the very least, it is a good idea to attempt conversation with others in your classes. Not only will it help you if you miss an assignment, you might meet someone you like! • The thing about high school is… homework. It comes like bad weather, when it’s least wanted. The best thing to do is learn how to manage time and deal with it in the younger grades, so when the real storms hit, they won’t seem half as bad. Get an agenda (most schools provide them) and do the hardest, most difficult things first.

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• Sleep is very important, both for growth and all-round happiness. Teenagers to tend to stay up all hours but it is an unhealthy practice. Health Canada studies suggest that the teenager needs eight or nine hours of sleep nightly, and most get less than that. Getting more hours in bed will improve grades, mood levels, energy… helping the happiness of not only the teen but also the people who live with them! • You might want to keep a journal to help document this time in your life. Whether it is writing rants, bubbling about a new friend or starting a story, verbal vomit should be saved. It will grow in value later – journals are like cheese, they improve with age.

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keeping active Even better, find a completely new and unique way to get to school or practice: bike riding is a good way to get more exercise, and parkour is becoming more and more popular for those seeking a more adventurous way to travel. Small changes at school are easy to make and will keep you engaged throughout the year. If you have a locker, try decorating it with pictures, quotes and colours. Seeing visual reminders of things that make you happy at various points throughout the day will, in turn, make you happier. Keep your books and binders organized so you can grab them and go, leaving more time to spend with your friends. Getting involved in activities will completely change your attitude and will allow you to really make this year a memorable one. Sports teams are always looking for new players – from beginner level community teams, to high level school or league teams, joining a sport will introduce you to new people, and get you active, which is proven to improve focus and motivation. If you’re not a fan of the typical sports, look for something more unique such as badminton, Quidditch (seriously, there are teams!) or mountain biking. Joining a club or Student Council is a lot more fun than it sounds, too; you’ll get the chance to do all kinds of things, like organize talent shows, meet the mayor, and travel to places such as San Diego for conferences and forums. There are lots of extracurricular events and adventures to look forward to throughout the year that can keep things exciting – you just have to keep your eyes open for fun, low-cost activities that appeal to you and your friends. In September, lots of summer stuff is still going on; just because school has started doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy beach volleyball, campfires, outdoor movie screenings, outdoor theatre, music and cultural festivals, and more. Don’t forget that student ID gets you discounted admission to local places you’ve probably forgotten about, such as Science World, the Aquarium, the Art Gallery and the Space Centre – all of which are worth rediscovering. As the weather cools off, look for more indoor

Just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean that fun activities come to an end. There are lots of ways to keep busy. And don’t forget that student passes make many activities less expensive. Chantelle Krangle photo

events to take part in. Attend a midnight movie premiere, complete with costumes and snacks. Check out your local community centre for youth dances, which bring together students from different schools. If you’re a little older, there are always all-ages events being organized in the community, from dances to concerts to movie nights. Fall is the perfect time to discover indoor physical activities, too. Try a zumba class for a fun fitness alternative, or a new type of yoga; join a boxing gym or a martial arts studio, or learn how to tap dance. Those are all ways to keep active that anyone can try, and they’ll keep you moving in a much more unique way. Winter is the easiest time of year to slip into boring school patterns. You’re only halfway done, there’s gray slush on the ground trying to pass as snow, and everything feels so sluggish. But don’t forget what makes the Lower Mainland so great! The fact is, we’re lucky – we can ride up a gondola or a chairlift, spend some quality time with winter, and then come right back down to mild weather. Make the most of it! Ski, board or skate on our beautiful mountains and then take advantage of snowless activities too. Get your holiday shopping done at a craft market, or visit the mall with a group of friends. Find different ways to give and receive gifts like Secret Santa or treasure hunts. You’ll also find lots of holidayinspired events happening around town: try riding the Christmas train in Stanley Park, skating at Robson Square, watching the Polar Express in IMAX 3D, or entering a gingerbread house contest. Sip a peppermint hot chocolate when it gets a little too chilly. In the spring, jump on the playoff bandwagon and cheer on your Vancouver Canucks, if you haven’t been following them already. Even for those not interested in hockey, the playoffs are exciting and each game turns into something to look forward to. They’re most fun to watch with a loud group…and make sure to wear your blue pride on your sleeve. Trying new food will also keep your year interesting. From dynamite rolls to wontons, from falafel to deep-fried Mars Bars, make an effort to add variety to your diet. Food is an easy way to spice up your school day, and weekends can be spent trying out new recipes with all the adventurous friends you’ve made over the course of the year. Spring is a great time for food, since everything starts to grow again. Local is always the way to go, and eating outside can change the pace of a sunny day. In short, the best way to make this year the most rewarding yet is by pushing yourself to try new things and take risks. Take on a task that you never thought you’d try, like a pastry-baking class, a robotics course, orienteering, creative writing, or model United Nations. Set higher goals and challenge yourself to achieve them. Start seeing everything as an adventure; you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll achieve, and best of all, you’ll meet new friends everywhere who have all kinds of things in common with you.

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Simply young Pipper Bramley talks about the simplicity of her elementary school career


rade 2: a time when kids enjoy eating crayons more than vegetables. Saege “Pipper” Bramley makes it clear that being seven years old means living for today instead of focusing on the future. When you are that young, there is no need to worry; it is more about enjoying the COCOA freedom you WITH have while you can. Pipper Sanna Welyk has two older siblings to look up to, so she knows that her carefree lifestyle won’t last forever. That being said, Pipper feels that her life shouldn’t revolve around chaos, but fun and games instead. Pipper sleeps in until her mom wakes her up. At seven, you don’t even need to know what time you need to leave for school. As long as your mom knows everything, life is good. When class is in session at Ecole Dorothy Lynas Elementary, Pipper is strictly focused on math. “Sometimes we have to cross out the circles, hearts, fish, or something like that and count

by 10s or 5s and you circle them,” Pipper says with enthusiasm. On the other side of the spectrum, writing isn’t as entertaining for this lively young girl. “I like math better than anything because it’s easy. If I do writing, I get really tired so I kind of feel like falling asleep.” One of Pipper’s favourite activities is playing with the “tubs,” multiple stations where you can play with different learning materials. “We make dominos with the pieces facing different ways, and if it falls we move to another tub.” On top of that, her teacher’s sister brings her loveable dog, Max, into the class. “We dress him up and it’s so fun.” Having such a calming atmosphere is crucial to young students because it makes school more enjoyable and makes them appreciate it. Pipper calls her teacher “perfect,” because she interacts with the students in an enjoyable manner.

Seven-year-old Saege “Pipper” Bramley has no hang ups when it comes to school. She loves the mixture of learning new things, especially in math, and being able to have some serious play time. In a few weeks, she starts Grade 3 at Ecole Dorothy Lynas Elementary. Sanna Welyk photo There is also the music program, sign language club, as well as lunch monitoring. Having these opportunities prepare primary students for leadership roles in high school. After school, Pipper enjoys computer games, friends, and soccer. When Pipper is with her friends, going to the playground is what they love the most; the monkey bars are Pipper’s personal favourite. “I can do almost

all the flips on the small bar and almost all the flips on the big bars but not all the flips on the huge bar.” As summer fades and school starts in September, Pipper is determined to keep her positive attitude and continue her “livingeasy” lifestyle. The difference between Grade 2 and her soonto-be Grade 3 year is that Pipper has goals she wants to accomplish; she wants to learn how to

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Buddies, making the club one big, hectic family. The group spent the year trying ARGYLE SECONDARY to overcome the divide between Life he students who participate in Skills and the general student body, proArgyle Secondary School’s Best moting nation-wide events like Spread Buddies chapter know the meanthe Word to End the Word – a caming of “unlikely friendship.” Each of the paign aiming to abolish the use of the 11 volunteer Student Buddies – all girls, derogatory term “retard.” between Grades 10 and 12 – has been Best Buddies may seem to be a simple matched with a peer in their school’s concept at surface level: a club that Life Skills program, which teaches basic encourages two people to be friends. skills to students with intellectual disHowever, the ripple effect caused by the abilities. Together, each Student Buddy students in the Argyle chapter seems to and her Life Skills “buddy” form a oneprove otherwise. What started off as a on-one friendship, solidified by lunch few students eating lunch every week hangouts and group with some of their activities. peers has become a “The moment I saw my buddy, I was the happiest symbol of growing Best Buddies is a club like none other. person in the room. He made me smile!” acceptance and equalWhile other clubs withity. Although it’s a slow in the school district Nushin Bollinger, Grade 12 student work in progress, the aim to promote things Best Buddies members such as diversity, envihope that the club is ronmental awareness, sending a positive mesand philanthropy, Best Buddies has a bond through books, games and puzzles; sage to the Argyle and North Vancouver simpler mission statement: to make new and overall just have a good time spend- community, and teaching a lesson about friendships, one by one. Students who ing time with each other.” overcoming judgment and discriminajoin the club, headed by Argyle Grade Adds Annie Marcoux, another Grade tion to form unlikely friendships. 12 student Emily Glass, are asked to 12 Buddy, “[My buddy] David is such The club still encounters setbacks, dedicate time every week to their Buddy a joy to hang out with. He is always and the students admit that some of and commit to regular group activities happy and cheerful, and sure knows their peers have disappointed them in and fundraisers. As many of the Student how to sing his Justin Bieber tunes!” terms of stereotyping and segregating Buddies will attest, though, the comAlthough the Best Buddies program is the club and the Buddy group. However, mitment soon becomes a moot point as based on individuals being matched as they remain positive. After all, the most they make the transition from “Buddy Buddies, the Argyle group has noticed important part of Best Buddies is the Pairs” to simply “friends”. the development of close friendships connection made between two people Coming into the club, most of the cur- throughout the entire chapter. The – a connection that doesn’t require anyrent students hadn’t met any of the Life group activities arranged throughout one’s approval or acceptance in order Skills buddies due to the physical and the year have made this club one of the to grow into a close relationship. What curriculum-based separation between most tightly knit of any in the district. Best Buddies has proved, without a the LS program and the general student For example, they’ve made it a group rit- doubt, is that small steps can lead to big body. At the first meetings, say club ual to attend Argyle’s Santa’s Breakfast changes, and unlikely acquaintances can members, there was some awkwardevery year; the Life Skills buddies can become lifelong friends. ness and uncertainty because they had meet new friends through their bud“I think everyone should join Best no experience spending time with inteldies, join in on the pancake breakfast Buddies,” confirms Nushin. “It’s a way lectually disabled peers. However, with and holiday karaoke. The chapter also to make new friends, open your mind to time, they found that natural bonds dressed in red and white to cheer on the new things and new people. It’s one of grew and friendships developed even in Torch Relay of the 2010 Olympics as a the best clubs I’ve ever joined.” the most unlikely situations. Summing it all up perfectly, she adds: team, and went on an end-of-year bowl“Before meeting my buddy I was “I have encountered many different peoing and swimming field trip. somewhat nervous, I didn’t know what ple in this world, but nobody as caring, Over the 2010/2011 school year, the to expect,” says Grade 12 student buddy considerate and loving as my buddy. My Best Buddies club grew substantially, Nushin Bollinger. “I didn’t know how buddy is someone I am never going to leading to the doubling up of buddy I should react. Now, though, my favouforget for the rest of my life.” pairs. Now, each Life Skills buddy has rite Best Buddies memory is meeting my been matched with two or three Student



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Sprucing up the neighbourhood Pre-teens give Neighbourhood House a fresh coat of paint and learn valuable skills


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by NSNH to pre-teens ages 10 to 13. “The focus is to build individuals as community leaders through a series of six workshops and volunteer opportunities,� says program facilitator Sam Moscipan. Youth learned how to paint like pros from General Paint staff Chris Roper and Andrew Speidel. The room painted by Y4C participants is used for programs such as the Special Needs Teen Club, seniors peer support, ESL and tutoring programs, the Food Bank and other programs supporting the community. “We want young people to have fun as well as experiences that will be meaningful for years to come. All of our programs whether for children, pre-teens or frail seniors are designed to be enjoyable and include opportunities to learn something new. We try to cultivate curiosity,� says Julie Norton, NSNH executive director. The free sessions, funded by the City of North Vancouver, begin again on September 21 and November 2. For more information about upcoming Y4C sessions, contact Sam Moscipan at 604-2588750.

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Keeping up with summer friends LAURA THORNE ARGYLE SECONDARY


Summertime brings people from across the province and aroud the world together. All it takes to remain friends is commitment from both sides. Even if you live far apart, social media makes it so much easier to stay connected. Annie Marcoux photo

t’s an old story straight out of Grease – the weather cools, the sun goes down, and suddenly you lose touch with all the people you spent your summer with. Usually, the separation occurs just because life – school, homework, sports, and everything else that September brings – gets in the way. When everything gets so busy, what seemed so important in the summer fades into memory, and it gets harder to keep friendships going, especially if there’s a long-distance factor. The first step to keeping a summer friend or fling is deciding the direction in which you want the relationship to move. Remember that all it takes to stay friends is commitment from both sides, and a little bit of effort. With Facebook and other social media becoming so popular, keeping in touch is easier than ever and is usually worth your time. Once you’ve decided to keep in touch, find ways to connect with your summer people over the course of the year.

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... but don’t forget your old friends Wall posts on Facebook are definitely the most convenient way to stay in constant communication; send each other Youtube or StumbleUpon links that you would both enjoy, or play games like Would You Rather that will help you get to know each other better. If it’s a group of people you’re trying to stay in touch with, make a Facebook page or group that everyone can post on and use to share pictures. For something a little more special, try going old-fashioned and sending snail mail to each other. Students use the postal service less and less, because the Internet is simply more convenient, but there’s something special about holding actual letters that travelled a real distance to arrive in your hands. Send traditional letters, cards, drawings, photos, or anything you can think of – the originality and pauses between communications will make keeping connected seem like less of a chore and more of a fun activity. Remember, there are ways to find common ground even if your summer friends are far away. Compare your school lives and talk about the tv shows you all watch, or make a routine out of watching a show “together” – even if you’re apart, you can text or IM while you watch to compare notes. If you’re old enough to drive, plan a roadtrip to hang out with the summer friends you don’t often get to see. Even if your summer friend or fling doesn’t live far away, the beginning of school and autumn can still make it feel like there’s distance keeping you apart. The rhythm of life changes when summer ends, and it can be tough to adjust to the new speed and keep developing a new friendship at the same time. Try to make sure that you find balance between old friends and new ones, and incorporate both into your daily routines. It’s never a good idea to turn down your old

school friends in favour of new ones, especially since friendships made in the summer are built upon a different set of circumstances and will likely change a lot throughout the year, while old friendships are more solid and dependable. If your summer friend is still close by, make a routine that you can look forward to and depend on. Your time together will be a nice break from the time spent with people you see everyday – it’s always good to talk to someone who isn’t involved in your classes or your friends’ drama. Meet each other for brunch regularly. Breakfast is easy to cook, if you like being in the kitchen, and it’s much cheaper than going out for dinner if you’re the restaurant type. Also, spending the morning together gives you the opportunity to hang out for as long as you want, instead of going to something like a movie where you would usually go straight home afterward. If you want to keep it simple, go for walks or coffee dates. The world today makes it pretty easy to stay connected. There are thousands of ways to keep a summer fling going, from occasional texts to postcards, from rituals to roadtrips. The most important thing to remember is that your summer relationships are special because they’re summer relationships – they’re meant to be developed during long, hazy beach days and starry nights around a campfire. Making the transition from temporary to long-lasting friendship will take time and effort. Be aware that changes will occur – people will change, situations will change, and sometimes losing touch is inevitable. Most of all, make sure to live in the present. Reflect on your summer memories, but don’t rely on them – the only way your friendship will grow is by continuing to make new memories, in the weeks, months, and years to come.

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here have always been road users other than cars, says Paul Hodgson, car division administrator at North Shore Driving School. But student drivers these days have to be “actively involved” in all facets of driving, constantly looking for potential hazards rather than noticing them after the fact. “Shoulder checks are really emphasized more than they ever have been,” says Hodgson. “It’s a requirement to have a good peripheral awareness moreso than in the past.” The most significant surge in road users, says Hodgson, have been cyclists. And learning to maneuver the roads with cyclists has become a fixture in classroom driving instruction. But, he adds, learning to coexist with those on their bikes is only one part of a more engaged — and lengthy — learning-to-drive period. When ICBC decided to implement a graduated licensing system in 1998, young drivers went from being able to obtain a Class 5 licence in one month, to a year’s time before they could do their “N” test. Before the graduated system, students would come to the school simply looking for the fundamentals to pass their road test, but now many

come looking for experience behind the wheel — a more well-rounded understanding of the car and the road. Having that extra year, adds Hodgson, also allows drivers to learn in “a variety of conditions,” and it forces parents to play a more central role in their children’s driving educations. “The work learners need to do is much greater and parents have become really important in that relationship,” says Hodgson. “And the driving test have become more challenging. It’s a necessity for parents to be in the car even thought it could be difficult for parents who haven’t been in that role before, like driving instructors have.” And as valuable a role as parents have come to play in their child’s driving, it is often also the parent’s job to put their teens behind the wheel of their first car. For most, that initial automobile provides more function than style. But safety, says Dave Hogg, sales manger at Park Shore BMW, should be the paramount concern when putting one’s kid in their first car. After all, he adds, it’s the young drivers who need it. An intimate knowledge of a car is another important facet in the buying experience, he stresses. Purchasing a car privately, or from the United States, can be risky because there’s no “true history” of the car.

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ICBC recommends the following five tips for parents: • Set the right example: Remember that most driving slipups result from lapses of attention. Avoid anything that might take your mind off the road, including cell phones, food, coffee or make-up. • Get in with the experts: Consider sending your teen to a professional driving school. • Remember the restrictions: Know the restrictions of the Graduated Licensing Program. The newest restriction bans GLP drivers from using cell phones and all electronic devices while driving, including handsfree. • Put it in writing: Consider writing a family contract and a set of house rules that are in line with the GLP restrictions. • Gearing up: It’s best for your teen to learn how to drive with a vehicle that is a manageable size and has good visibility. Stick to an automatic transmission until your teen has mastered the basics.

Don’t Ignore Fluid on the Floor! A misdiagnosed transmission problem could cost you money needlessly. Paul Hodgson’s specially designed car allows him to retain some control – should he need it – when young drivers are behind the wheel for the first time. Peter Taylor photo “On Craigslist, for example, do you know the quality of the tires or the brakes? How about the last time the brake fluid was flushed?” asks Hogg. “And the affordability of buying cars from the US gets blown out of proportion as well. In shipping, for instance, whose to know what can happen. What if there is some damage? Is there insurance for that?” An option available to buyers, although an opportunity not routinely chosen Hogg says, is leasing a vehicle. For a couple hundred dollars a month customers can lease a new Volkswagen or Honda. At his dealership, an entry-level 323 model can be leased for $15 per day. While pursuing such a decision may end up

costing more than, say, a one-time $3,000 used car purchase, the options available to those who lease are significant. “It’s about having one constant cost. With leasing, you get emergency servicing, warranty, maintenance fees included,” he says. “You have to look at it as a monthly expense. You put $10,000 out, for example, and it costs you $1,500 yearly to run the car. Then you have to pay for tires, and a $4,000 depreciation. Add that all up and it’s close to what you’d be paying leasing a new car.”

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l Capone was infamous for evading police but the thieves who stole a propeller from one of the rum runner’s Prohibition-era boats might not be so lucky. The propeller, salvaged from a vessel named the Texada, was being used a prop on the patio of the Horseshoe Bay offices of Joe Spears, a maritime consultant, and lawyer Jay Straith. It was reported missing on Aug. 12. West Vancouver police Cpl. Fred Harding told The Outlook that the brass propeller “had been located in Vancouver” on Aug. 15 and was dropped off at WVPD headquarters that afternoon. Harding said “information from the public” helped in locating the propeller’s whereabouts. For the sake of the ongoing investigation, no more information is available at this time. No one has yet been arrested or charged in connection with propeller’s brief disappearance, added Harding, but he expects WVPD will be releasing more details “in the next couple of days.” The Texada ran aground in the Burnaby Narrows, near Prince Rupert, in 2000 while carrying a load of diesel fuel. Spears came into possession of the propeller for his work coordinating the pollution response and salvage of the ship. The only other remaining part of the Texada is its wheel, which is being stored at the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve in Haida Gwaii. The 112-foot boat was used by infamous mobster Al Capone to smuggle alcohol during the

1930s. It later became a provincial police boat in B.C., before serving as a home for silviculture workers in the north of the province. Spears said he noticed the propeller was missing when he arrived in Horseshoe Bay at 6:30 a.m. last Friday. The propeller wasn’t fastened to the patio because it weighed about 300 pounds and, he said, would have taken “three or four guys to lift.” The patio is fenced in and surrounded by large trees, so seeing the propeller as a passerby, he added, would be difficult. “The thing is heavy, you wouldn’t believe anyone was going to steal it,” said Harding, echoing Spears’ sentiments. “It’s like concrete.” Spears’ initial plan for the artifact was to donate it to the National Maritime Centre originally planned for North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. When funding for the centre fell through in 2010, Spears held on to the propeller in the hope that he could find it a permanent home elsewhere.The propeller has an estimated value of $5,000. “This is a great example of solid police work, and an example of what makes the West Vancouver police force such an amazing group,” Spears told The Outlook. “These officers really are world class. I guess we can shut the door on the case of the missing propeller.” West Vancouver police are reminding the public of the value of precious metals. In April, North Vancouver RCMP met with a rash of copper thefts from lamp posts, prompting a similar warning.

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Defying the oddsmaker Brandon Kaye has beaten big odds on his baseball journey INSTANT REPLAY Len Corben


hat are the odds of your picture – one you didn’t even know had been taken – getting printed in the newspaper? And on your birthday, the very day you turned 13? What are the odds of a North Shore Little Leaguer, born in North Vancouver, growing up to play professional baseball? And right here with the home town Vancouver Canadians in 2011? What are the odds that both you and your older brother would get signed to play pro ball? And with the same major league organization, the Toronto Blue Jays? What are the odds of pitching your very first win as a pro ballplayer with your mom and dad, two of your three brothers and your twin sister all in attendance? And right on your dad’s birthday on July 19, 2011? What are the odds of all of these things happening to one person? Let me introduce you to Brandon Kaye and how he has defied the oddsmakers. Born in North Vancouver on Aug. 16, 1988, Brandon pitched and played shortstop on Forest Hills Little League all-star teams that won the B.C. District 5 (North Shore) 9- and 10-yearold championships in 1998 and

1999 and the majors (ages 11 and 12) title in 2000. In 2001, Forest Hills lost to Highlands in the North Shore fina1 but Brandon’s picture was taken by Rob Newell during the action at Chris Zuehlke Memorial Park and it showed up in The Outlook on Aug. 16, 2001 – exactly 10 years ago – in a little photo feature called Player of the Week. While chatting with Kaye earlier this month, Brandon noted that The Outlook had printed his photo in 2001 on his 13th birthday. That was very lucky indeed considering there were hundreds of kids playing baseball from Cypress Park to Mount Seymour who could have been pictured. Even more impressive is that 10 years later he’s playing pro ball. The percentage of former local Little Leaguers that get that opportunity is astronomically small. My research indicates Brandon is possibly only the 10th since Little League began here in 1952. Ian Dixon was the first, signing in 1961 with the New York Yankees and playing in their farm system as a P-3B for four years. However, he wasn’t born here. He moved to North Van at age 10. To be born in North Van and go on to pro baseball has equally astronomical odds. Brandon is the son of Kelly Kaye (who coached Brandon in Little League) and Linda Kaye and the younger brother (by nine years) of Scott Richmond who is in his seventh season of pro ball, mostly in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization. Scott, the eldest of Linda’s three sons by her first

husband, was also born in North Van and played in the Forest Hills Little League too. Kelly, though born in Vancouver, also played in the Forest Hills league, and – after graduating from Delbrook – went to spring training in Arizona with the Pacific Coast League’s Spokane Indians where an arm injury derailed his aspirations. Scott pitched for universities in far-flung Missouri, Louisiana and Oklahoma, then for pro teams as far north as the Edmonton Cracker-Cats, as far east as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and as far south as the Dunedin Blue Jays as well as two seasons with the parent Blue Jays in Toronto in 2008 and 2009. He’s currently in the “AAA” Pacific Coast League with Toronto’s top farm club, the Las Vegas 51s, meaning he plays in a city full of oddsmakers. (Brandon should be so lucky.) On the other hand, Brandon – who moved with his family to Langley just after that photo appeared in The Outlook in 2001 – has had all his opportunities close to home. He played for the Premier League-champion North Shore Twins in 2007, then for Douglas College and UBC. He did play for Canada in the 2008 World University Games in Czechoslovakia, but his lone venture for a team based outside of B.C. was in 2009 when he pitched in Alberta for the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Baseball League, a summer circuit for college players. As you can see by his brother’s travels

Vancouver Canadians pitcher Brandon Kaye (above) checks out the Aug. 16, 2001, issue of The Outlook that highlighted his picture in a Player of the Week photo feature (left) on the day he turned 13. Len Corben photo

– which are not too far from the norm – for Brandon to start his pro career with the Vancouver Canadians bucks all odds. Brandon was selected by Toronto in the 45th round of the 2009 major league draft. He elected not to sign in order to continue his education. However, the Blue Jays were still interested two years later and a deal was signed in Dunedin at the Blue Jays’ spring training site in June. His first win as a pro came a month ago at Nat Bailey Stadium against Eugene on July 19 (his dad’s 55th birthday) when he came in during the fifth inning to pitch three superb frames of shutout relief while his teammates scored four runs. He gave up only one hit but the Canadians caught that guy trying to steal.

Brandon also hit one batter... then picked him off first. What are the odds of pitching that well and finding your performance being overshadowed by the antics of a mascot in a chicken suit? Yes it did happen. But actually that’s normal. You see, it was the night the Famous San Diego Chicken was in town to entertain the fans by heckling the opposition and spoofing the umpires, which he does masterfully. Upstaging The Chicken is hard to do – even for Brandon Kaye who seems to defy the odds as well as just about anyone. This is episode 429 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.

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