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Four vehicles seized for excessive speeding In the span of just eight hours, four vehicles were impounded and their drivers fined for travelling at least 40 km/h over the posted speed limit on West Van highways MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTOR
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nother telephone scam targeting seniors has bilked a North Vancouver grandfather out of thousands of dollars, in what has become an increasingly common refrain on the North Shore. And once again police are left with little or nothing to go on by way catching the thief or recouping the stolen money. In the most recent case, what sounded like a heartfelt cry for help from the â€œnieceâ€? of an elderly North Vancouver man ended up netting an unknown fraudster $6,000. And all it took were three phone calls. On Jan. 29, the victim called police to say that during the previous week he received a phone call from a â€œnieceâ€? saying she was at a friendâ€™s wedding in Montreal. She told her â€œuncleâ€? that she had been in a car accident and was arrested for impaired driving. The female fraudster convinced the man that criminal charges against her would be dropped if he sent her $2,500 to cover the cost of the damage to the other vehicle. The man complied, sending the money via a Western Union money transfer. The next day, the man got another call from the â€˜phonyâ€™ niece asking for an additional $2,000 to pay for lawyer fees. Again, the North Van senior complied. The woman called a third time on the day after to ask for $1,500 to cover return airfare to Vancouver for her and her friend as said they had missed their original flight home and were stranded. Once again, the
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February 2012 â€“ Information Displays: Since Summer 2011, Port Metro Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver have been working together to redeďŹ ne the proposed project scope and develop options for public input. Please visit us in February to ďŹ nd out about where weâ€™re making changes so that you can decide how you may want to participate in the March consultation program: DATE/TIME
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Visas and violence take toll on Canada-Mexico tourism Local member of parliament and Canada-Mexico Friendship Group chair John Weston met with the tourism industry and the Mexican Consul General at the West Vancouver Public Library to talk about fixing a once-booming travel partnership TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R
s the head of the federal government’s interparliamentary group to Mexico, John Weston has a rapt audience in the tourism industry these days. The local MP for West VancouverSunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country met with travel companies and the Mexican Consul General to Vancouver last Thursday to discuss how tourism between our two countries has been ravaged not only by violence down south but by visa requirements here at home. Those visa requirements — described by one discussion participant as “a bomb dropped on the Canadian tourism industry” — were imposed without warning by the federal government in July 2009 for all tourists from Mexico and the Czech Republic. At that time, Mexico and the Czech Republic were the largest and second largest sources, respectively, of fraudulent refugee claims to Canada since 2005, Weston told the Jan. 26 meeting at the West Vancouver Public Library. Mexicans were responsible for more than 9,400 refugee claims in those four years — 90 per cent of which were rejected as fraudulent, Weston added. But while the new visa requirement
A WORKING VACATION - West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country MP John Weston (middle) addresses the media in Mexico City on Jan. 18 during the business half of a business-pleasure trip. With him are Mexican members of the Canada-Mexico interparliamentary group, which Weston chairs. Submitted photo
effectively slammed the door on false refugee claims from Mexico, it also cut off Canada to Mexican tourists who opt to go to the United States instead because
most Mexicans who travel already have American visas. Alain Paquette, director of the Ottawabased Amerigo Tours and a “prime mover
in bringing Mexicans to Canada,” said Weston, told the meeting that since the 2009 visa imposition, he has had to move his offices to Upstate New York and focus on the American travel market. “By July 2009, an estimated 250,000 Mexicans visited Canada annually and this represented approximately $269 million to the Canadian tourism industry,” Paquette said, noting that most of that money went to the most frequently visited provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, respectively. “But in 2009, Canada lost 70 per cent of that income and today the deficit is much higher,” he continued. “I had a group last year, they wanted to come to Vancouver,” Paquette said, pointing to a photo of about 20 tourists in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. “It was too complicated, some of them were refused, so what did I do? I sent them to San Francisco. So instead of taking a picture of the Lions Gate Bridge, they took a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge.” Weston stressed that in the two and a half years since the travel visa was introduced, the application and approval processes have been simplified in an effort to bring back some of those Mexican tourism dollars. But the numbers are still far from where they once were, according to local
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e’s not able to leap tall buildings and he’s usually sporting a few days worth of stubble, but in the eyes of many, Big Pete is a real-life comic book hero. His secret super power? The ability to constantly regenerate his comic collection. DC, Marvel, you name it. Big Pete’s collectibles on Lonsdale, boasts one of the largest selections of comics in the Lower Mainland — 75,000-plus, and growing each Wednesday. That’s when Pete, with help from trusty sidekick Sylvia, his mom and business partner, restocks the racks with new shipments from comic book mega publishers as well as the independents. In collector parlance, it’s COFFEE known as “Comic Book WITH Wednesday,” one of the most Justin Beddall anticipated days of the week. editor@northshore And it’s always one of the outlook.com busiest days at Pete’s shop. In all, Pete’s got between 300-400 unique titles, as well as shelves of trade paperbacks. Comic book collecting has undergone somewhat of a renaissance the past couple of years. “I think the writing is better,” he says when asked about the spike in popularity. “That whole rack is the new DC 52,” points out Pete, referring to DC’s recent renumbering of its 52-title line of Universe Comics starting with issue #1. Of course, Pete doesn’t just stock freshly-printed releases. Near the front of the store, in a glass display case, he’s got several neat stacks of Silver Age
comic books. “That’s Spider Man #5,” he says, bending down and unlocking the case to retrieve the plasticsheathed treasure. It’s the Doctor Doom vs. Spidey edition and it’s priced at $1,000. “If you don’t have comics, you don’t have a comic book store,” he says, grinning. “You’ve got to have neat stuff.” And Pete does. Lots of it. Every week you can check out the latest merchandise by going to bigpetescollectibles.blogspot.com and clicking under “new stuffs.” Recently added items have included, among other things: Doctor Who mini figures, a Green Lantern pendant, USS Enterprise bottle opener, GI Joe Real American Hero 12-inch figures Series 2 and a Star Wars Darth Maul doublebladed lightsaber. Of course, that’s in addition to his already vast inventory of games, action figures and other toys, collectable card games and T-shirts that cram the iconic Lower Lonsdale store. “I’ll go grab that Superman,” he says, excitedly. “It’s truly unbelievable.” “This is the Christopher Reeve’s one.” It’s an eerily authentic 12-inch action figure of the late actor from his classic role in the 1978 Superman film, right down to tiny wrinkles and continued, PAGE 18
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The longboard debate It was a brutal reminder of the inherent danger of street longboarding. On July 6, 2010, Glenna Evans, 27, died after crashing into a vehicle on Mount Seymour Road. A veteran longboarder who’d raced internationally, Evans was wearing a helmet and full racing gear on the day she took her final ride. The tragic incident highlighted the vulnerability of road-bombing longboarders — even those with experience and the proper equipment. For the uninitiated, longboarding is similar to skateboarding, only riders use much longer boards. Longboarders tend to favour hilly terrain, which has made the District of North Vancouver a hotbed for the growing sport. That’s prompted the municipality to embark on a series of workshops with stakeholders — from police and bylaw enforcement officers to longboard riders and concerned residents — to determine how to best regulate the sport on DNV streets. Longboarding is legal in the district provided that boarders obey street and traffic bylaws. As it now stands, riders can be fined for riding without a helmet, riding on a sidewalk, riding other than on the right side of the roadway, riding on roads with a speed limit exceeding 50 km/h, riding when it poses a hazard or riding other than in the standing position. Most fines are $45. Still, the district wants to try and make it even safer for boarders and motorists to coexist. To do that, it’s considering three initiatives to help mitigate the danger, including: helping to educate riders to better understand the roadway rules; facilitating closed-road sanctioned events; and revamping existing bylaws to dissuade dangerous riding. The district deserves credit for engaging the community, both riders and nonriders, through a series of workshops and dedicated webpage to keep the dialogue going, rather than making a rash decision on the future of the sport. As some have noted, banning longboarding or trying to over-regulate it may have the unintended consequence of driving it underground and making it more dangerous. Most agree that education is critical. After Monday’s longboarding workshop, Coun. Roger Bassam was impressed by the longboarding community’s sincere commitment to working with the district around safety and education. “And that’s probably the best way forward,” he said. “It really comes down to safety.” As the councillor noted, many younger boarders don’t have experience driving cars, so they lack the proper road sense. Conversely, many drivers don’t understand longboarding and panic when approaching riders. Educating both sides is a key starting point for making safer streets. The idea of the district also closing off streets or paved paths occasionally for longboarders to practice or for sanctioned races and community demos, also makes good sense to encourage safety and promote awareness about the sport. Ultimately, as the DNV has noted, a solution that satisfies drivers and boarders will likely be about finding a compromise. That may mean banning longboarding on certain streets, the creation of a dedicated practice facility for boarders or new bylaws. The debate has just started. Fortunately, the district is prepared to take the time to go down that road in order to come up with the safest solution. —North Shore Outlook
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Seeking cost efficiencies between CNV and DNV Editor, I strongly support looking at assessing options for reducing costs for taxpayers. As a resident of the City of North Vancouver, I would hope that my mayor and council would aggressively seek a wide range of opportunities to manage costs efficiently on behalf of residents. Amalgamation is one option
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t’s time to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Said to be the mightiest of the Chinese Zodiac symbols, anyone born under this sign is likely to be ambitious, successful and hard-working in nature. Helping to welcome the year in style last week were the good folks at Park Royal’s Osaka food market. A special VIP guest reception was held that featured food tours, arts and crafts displays and traditional lion dancing. Those in attendance were also treated to a wide selection of delicious treats and special gift bags.
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Does the North Shore need its own detox and treatment centre? Terry, a recovering crack addict born and raised in North Van, thinks so. 'Why would I want to be anywhere else?'
beginning, it wasn’t anything in particular, just the worries and insecurities that come with life. But as he grew older, he grew less and less able to handle the obstacles he faced. Eventually, instead of working to resolve them, he opted to numb them. As he plunged deeper into his addiction, his relationship with his family fell apart. By then he was married and a father but soon his wife had no interest in the day-to-day duties of living with an addict. She called the police and Terry was arrested. That’s when he was told by the government not to go home. At its worst, Terry says his addiction was costing him about $200 per day. With no source of income, he says, “you can imagine what I did for my habit.” His weight dropped to a dangerous 90 pounds and his face bore the scars of constant scratching. He tried a few times to clean himself up — four of five times in the last couple of years, he says — but nothing stuck. He’d moved to New Westminster and travelled to Mission for treatment but each time he found himself back on the streets of North Vancouver grinding, hunting for his next fix. If you don’t go to treatment for PIECES yourself, Terry says, it won’t work. A five-part series And that’s what he was doing. His exploring housing wife, his kid and his father — all were needs on the North reasons he sought help. But it wasn’t Shore. until Terry became the reason Terry
erry figured life on the streets was the penalty for all the horrible things he’d done. Sleeping under bridges and in dumpsters didn’t make him happy, of course, but he’d hurt everyone he’d ever known. Fair’s fair, right? Nothing’s sacred when you’re addicted to crack, he says. If he could get his hands on it, he'd steal it. He had to get more drugs, after all. Terry did, at one point, have a home. And he was a father. But the province’s Ministry of Children and Families told him he had to leave or they’d take his child. So, he left. And he never went back. “I became homeless on Aug. 27, 2007. You know, I believe I deserved it. I thought it was punishment,” says Terry, nervously fixing his white sweater. “So I kept myself out there with my addiction.” *** As so many of these stories go, Terry wasn’t born into a life of addiction. He took to working out as a teenager and he liked dirt biking. He came from a wellto-do local family. They weren’t rich, he’s quick to say, but definitely upper middle class. But, like so many others, Terry harboured pain. He lived with anger. At the
wanted to be sober that it clicked. “I wasn’t ready until I did it for me. And I remember the day clearly. I was walking along Keith Road. And I looked up and it was sunny. Addicts don’t look up. We look down because we’re ashamed. That day, I couldn’t get my kid's voice out of my head. He was saying ‘Dad, I love you,’” recounts Terry, rocking back and forth. “My feet hurt and I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was going to die. So I went straight to the shelter where I was heading anyway and where I’m staying now and a guy there looked at me and said ‘You done?’ And I said, ‘Yep, I’m done.’” *** North Shore Salvation Army director Peter Defehr sees need in the community every day. The need for food, the need for housing — North Vancouver’s got it all, he says. And for many reasons. Three times a week, the Salvation Army on 12th Street has a line of about 150 people, all waiting to access the facility’s food bank. And it’s like that all day long. The Salvation Army, on a hoped-for $300,000 annual budget gleaned from its kettle drives at Christmas, funds a myriad of services from the food bank to kids camps and holiday hampers for families. It’s a shoestring budget but the stretched-thin organization is considering — albeit in a preliminary fashion — expanding its North Shore services to include a detox and treatment facility. The need for that, Defehr says, is here as well.
“I can’t count the number of people at our door who ask for rehab. And that moment in time is so precious. When people hit that place you need instant response,” says Defehr. “And it takes so much to come for help. But we throw something into the mix like saying they have to go elsewhere or see something new. People like familiarity, it provides solace.” Currently, there is no detox or treatment facility on the North Shore. The two options of care, while intimately related, are not the same thing. A detox centre refers to a place where an individual can overcome the physical and psychological dependences of a particular substance. Where that withdrawal happens can be a residential setting — such as the Salvation Army’s Harbour Light facility in the Downtown Eastside, where people stay to kick their habits — or an outpatient system where people access support groups at a medical facility but live at home. Some outpatient models, however, may require a stay in detox. A treatment centre, on the other hand, is a more rigid scenario, where residents live in a substance-free environment and work toward returning to society sober. To access a spot in treatment, one has to endure a stint in detox. Vancouver boasts both types of facilities. The problem, says Defehr, is detox beds are often full and without achieving that placement first, a move to the more structured world of treatment will not happen. That’s why he tells those who ask him for help that they may have to move away for a while, as detox beds can sometimes be found in the province's remote communities. Unfortunately, relocating to an unfamiliar place can be too much for some to handle and that halts the pursuit of sobriety in its tracks. “A few weeks ago a guy came to us and he was desperate. I’ve been waiting seven years for him to come around and finally he does,” says Defehr. “I’d told him I would get him help. I got him into a treatment facility in 59 Mile House. But he told me he couldn’t go that far, there was just too much stress in his life. He went away and I haven’t seen him since.” *** What a North Shore detox facility might look like,
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HEED THE NEED - North Shore Salvation Army director Peter Defehr believes there's a vital need for a local recovery facility. Rob Newell photos
Salvation Army staff don’t yet know. Glynden Cross, captain of the North Shore Salvation Army, says location, staffing and funding are all major details that would have to be explored but “if the right facility was available, the Salvation Army would be there with bells on.” Because of the Salvation Army’s experience in the field, Cross adds, they know who the right allies are for such work. Vancouver Coastal Health, to name one, is a source of funding for the Harbour Light. A “re-inventing of the wheel” wouldn’t have to happen for this work to get done on the North Shore, he says. A critical component for a local detox facility, agree
both Defehr and Cross, is to ensure both withdrawal and longer-term treatment services are housed within the same building, unlike the Harbour Light which only houses 25 detox beds. Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesperson for the North Vancouver Mounties and former drug enforcement officer, agrees with that collective approach. Detox beds on their own, says De Jong, are but a temporary solution. It will get you out of a rut but transferring from there into a more complete system of care is essential. “If someone enters detox who is totally on the streets, the first day is probably miserable. But then you might come out of that with some clarity and now want help. So, can we get you into an environment with counselling? Can we get you back home? Do you need or have any job skills? Do you want treatment? Are physical ailments an issue?” asks De Jong. “There has to be a continuum of care. Detox is not treatment and there must be treatment.” The decision on whether or not the North Shore houses a detox and treatment facility will likely come down to a perfect storm of funding and community and political will. In the interim, people will continue to line up at the Salvation Army and apply to live at the shelter. Need, and its many faces, will not disappear. Nor will the range of services. But if Cross and Defehr continue their fight, those options may grow. And, according to someone who knows the addiction part of need intimately, the potential for such help locally is paramount. “These centres need to be where people live. After three months somewhere else, you get dropped off and you’re screwed. You don’t know what to do and you don’t know what to think, so you revert back to what you know,” says Terry. “People want to live here. I grew up here. Why would I want to be anywhere else? Nothing is as good as the North Shore.” firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/seankolenko
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Mexico interparliamentary group was met with the same demands down south as he would be back here: Drop the visa. “My message was that the visa is getting easier and easier to get,” Weston told the library gathering. “It’s not for me, it’s for Jason Kenney some day to decide if that requirement would be removed again once we take care of our refugee problem. But I’m not promising that.” Taking questions after the discussion, Weston downplayed the recent rise in violent crime targeting Canadians in Mexico, saying most Canadian travellers to Mexico “know where not to go,” meaning those towns on the U.S. border where violence associated with the ongoing drug war is most prevalent, he explained. However, West Vancouver travel operator and frequent traveller to Mexico, John Cave, told The Outlook after the meetWeston ing that it’s not the violence that frightens away most of his wouldbe customers these days but the “almost lawless” state of affairs around many of the most popular resorts. “It’s not that people are worried about getting killed down there, it’s that people are getting tired of being hassled by the police, by the army,” Cave said. He estimated that over the last 15 years of travelling to resorts in Cancun, Sonata and Puerto Vallarta, he’s been ordered to pay bribes to officials and arrested for refusing to do so about eight or nine times. “Every time I’ve been in a car down there it’s happened,” he said. “I tell my people do not rent a car in Mexico.” email@example.com twitter.com/toddcoyne
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Famed North Van studio rises again Crew Studios, formerly Bakerstreet, will open to musicians in February TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R
THE NEW CREW - Studio manager and recording engineer Mike Cashin outside Crew Studios, formerly known as Bakerstreet Studios. Todd Coyne photo
ou could be forgiven for not noticing the musical landmark undergoing restoration on a quiet corner of Lower Lonsdale. But not for much longer. Those in the know will recognize the low, grey, windowless exterior at the corner of East 1st Street and St. Georges Avenue as the former home of Bakerstreet Studios, a 20-year institution in the North Shore music scene. Outside, the decor hasn’t changed much from what could be a disused bomb shelter on a small industrial lot at 181 East 1st Street. But once inside the heavy doors of the soon-to-be re-christened Crew Studios, the feeling is more
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akin to walking into rock and roll heaven. Much of the studio is still under construction; with rack-mounted amplifiers and computer software still stacked against the control room walls and the delivery of a much-anticipated vintage analog mixing console still very much anticipated. Beyond the thick glass of the control room window is the cavernous live room where the likes of Elvis Costello and Chris Isaak put tracks to tape back in the studio’s Bakerstreet days. But it’s on this side of the glass that studio manager and head engineer Mike Cashin feels most comfortable. “I always loved music,” the Newfoundlandborn Cashin told The Outlook. “But never had the wherewithal to play.” Graduating from audio engineering in 2000, Cashin worked at Vancouver’s famed Warehouse Studio, mixing Michael Bublé, Mötley Crüe and most recently recording and mixing the debut album by CFOX Vancouver Seeds contest winners, Louder Than Love. It was while at the Warehouse that Cashin got a call to man the faders at a new studio being built at Bakerstreet, the famed former haunt of North Shore music producer Paul Baker who died of cancer in October 2010. Baker apparently had a silent partner in the studio who decided to give it a new lease on life after his partner died. “Then he got in touch with me to make it a commercial studio,” said Cashin, who already has big plans to take the studio beyond the typical confines of a record factory. “When we first start I think it’ll be a lot of the old Bakerstreet people, but we’re going to go multimedia as well,” he said. In fact, the studio is already fitted with video cameras which Cashin foresees being used to make podcasts, video promos and possibly even TV shows capturing artists as they record. But music will always be the focus, he added. All that’s still a long way down the road though. For now, Cashin’s just worried about getting the console in and uncrossing any wires before his expected opening in late February. “Already we’ve had producers and musicians knocking around,” Cashin said. And he may soon have a lot more of that once the early buzz around Crew Studios is joined by the sounds coming out of it. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/toddcoyne
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ith the 2012 BC Winter Games set to start in Vernon later this month, spirit is building in every community across B.C. The brainchild of Premier W.R. Bennett, the Games began in 1978 in Penticton. Since then, 38 communities across the province have hosted the Games, some of them more than once. More than 200,000 people have volunteered and more than 150,000 athletes have competed since it began. “One of the most important benefits of hosting a BC Games is how it brings a community together,” says Henry Pejril, president of the 2006 BC Summer Games in Kamloops. “There aren’t many opportunities like a Games that can capture the full cross-section of a community. The feeling of pride and accomplishment lasts in a host city for many years to come.” Many well-known athletes had their start at the BC Games, including snowboarding cross gold medallist Maëlle Ricker of West Van, are among the alumni who say their dreams of international competition began at the BC Games. “My Olympic success can be traced to the provincial Games in my native Manitoba and I see the BC Winter Games providing the same opportunity for young athletes today,” says BC Games Society chair and 1976 Olympic speedskating silver medalist, Cathy Priestner-Allinger. “The BC Winter Games provide rising stars an opportunity to benefit from excellent coaching, while testing their skills against B.C.’s best. Our next generation of Canada Games athletes and Olympians are getting ready for the 2012 BC Winter Games in Vernon.” Participants are generally under the age of 18 (depending on the sport), and have the potential
GOLDEN GIRL - Maëlle Ricker is among the long list of well-known athletes who got their start at the BC Winter Games. File photo to move beyond local and regional competition to the national stage and beyond. “The BC Games are an important stepping stone towards the Canada Games and ultimately the Olympic Games,” says Kelly Stefanyshyn, a former Olympic swimmer and BC Games Society board member. “Learning to (compete) for a team beyond just your sport and focus while so many events are occurring is imperative to an athlete’s success.” According to the official website, the aim of the Games is “to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development.” The Winter Games feature 15 sports, including curling, figure skating, skiing and women’s hockey. It is expected that more than1,500 athletes and over 300 coaches will participate in the Games in February. “I believe in the BC Games as it provides an opportunity to share the spirit with other British Columbians while celebrating your community in the most fantastic and rewarding way,” says Diana Johnstone, operations manager for the 2002 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo. “I can’t wait until 2014 when Nanaimo will once again be privileged to host this amazing event.” Surrey will host the 2012 BC Summer Games in July.
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Aces, deuces and plus-fours #2 in a series profiling West Van sports notables from yesteryear, leading to the municipality’s 100th birthday March 15, 2012.
ohn Croft McKinnon was a real jock because, first, he loved golf; and, second, his name actually was Jock… Jock McKinnon. As the club pro at Capilano Golf & Country Club from its very beginning in 1937 until 1979, McKinnon held sway over the famed private West Van club while setting a unique record that is unmatched anywhere in the golf world. McKinnon was born in Forfar, a market town surrounded by farms in Scotland’s Central Lowlands between Dundee and Aberdeen. He joined the Forfar Golf Club – founded in 1871 – as a junior member, winning the Angus County boys’ championship at 15; and became an apprentice club maker in the golf shop. While working at nearby Monifieth Golf Club, he won Scotland’s assistant pros tourney in 1935 at 20. On spec, he arrived in Vancouver on Feb. 28, 1937, hoping – along with 112 other applicants – to land Capilano’s club pro job. He was hired on April 1 (no joke!). It was then his job to sell golfers on joining Capilano, no small task since the Depression was still in evidence, the Lions Gate Bridge had not been built yet (it opened Nov. 12, 1938) and the clubhouse wasn’t ready until 1939. Membership by the end of the 1939 season numbered just 50. A charter membership cost $75 with only $25 down. Monthly dues were $5. It seems like a pittance now. Less than two years later, there were close to 400 members, and almost 40% of
them were women. Now I’m not saying Jock was a ladies’ man, just that he had an Old Country charm and high standards which appealed to both men and women. In the superb book, Capilano Golf & Country Club: The Making of a Legend, author Andrew McCredie (The North Shore Outlook’s first editor) declares, “When McKinnon’s long and impressive career at Capilano came to an end in 1979, the Scotsman was the single most responsible person for setting a tone and tenor unique to Capilano that continues to this day.” McCredie retells how Jock’s fouryear, World War II stint in the Canadian army came to an abrupt end when “just two weeks before the signing of the Armistice, McKinnon’s jeep was blown up by a landmine and he was sent hurtling into a canal [unconscious]… with one wrist fractured and the other sprained… the wrist injuries would forever affect his golf game.” To find that McKinnon’s injuries hurt his golf is amazing, considering Jock went on to generate what could be considered the most impressive career record of any West Vancouver player in any sport over the entire 100-year history of the municipality. continued, Next Page
GOLF LEGEND - Jock McKinnon, McKinnon pictured above along with logos from Scotland’s Forfar Golf Club and the original and current ones from Capilano Golf & Country Club, has a golf record that is unmatched. Len Norris cartoon / Capilano Golf & Country Club photo collection
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“detailed hair sculpture.” Pete describes these 12-inch figures, which cost $200-plus, as “ultra posable, ultra detailed toys for big boys.” “They’re all kind of a limited run. The quality is amazing.” He adds: “Superman’s pretty classic. Everyone likes to see Superman. That’s one of my favourite items in the past year.” Growing up in Nova Scotia, Big Pete (real name Peter Turcotte) collected toy soldiers, but his real passion was baseball. A tryout with the minor league Vancouver Canadians brought him to the West Coast in the early 1990s. But Pete, a burly 6’4” pitcher, was forced to give up his bigleague dreams after a rotator cuff injury. For his new career, he chose sports cards. With 10 grand and a bunch of cards he’d “picked” from garage sales and flea markets, as well as some from his own personal collection, he opened a kiosk on Granville Island where he quickly earned the moniker Big Pete. Not long after, he moved to North Van, where he’s been for over two decades. “It was good timing,” he says of launching his sports card business. At around that time, sports cards suddenly became a whitehot collecting commodity for hobbyists as well as investors.
BEHIND THE MASK - North Van dentist Dr. Romeo Grossi’s office doubles as a sports shrine. Todd Coyne photo
And whether or not he started coming to Dr. Grossi strictly for the sporting experience, North Van Dental boasts at least one almost-famous icon of hockey lore on its patient roster. “One of the Green Men is a patient of ours,” Dr. Grossi said, referring to Ryan “Sully” Sullivan, one half of the Canucks’ spandex-clad super-fan duo. “I saw his father and his father’s a big hockey fan and he told us about Ryan and then Ryan decided to come see us.” Among Dr. Grossi’s most prized pieces are a team photo signed by the entire Canadian men’s 2010 Olympic gold medal hockey team and an interesting promo shot of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in the boxing ring with the Beatles, signed by Ali. Dr. Grossi couldn’t put an exact figure on his souvenir spending over the years, but he said that because of space constraints at the office, he has to be a bit choosier in the pieces he picks now. “I have to be a little bit more particular with it,” he said. “There’s so much out there, it’s easy to just go overboard.” As for what the future holds for his collection once he inevitably retires his practice, Dr. Grossi said he’ll likely keep some at home, sell a few things and maybe donate the rest. Perhaps a sports memorabilia museum on the North Shore is in the cards after all. email@example.com twitter.com/toddcoyne
After getting his Lonsdale storefront Pete began to diversifiy — comic books, toys and other collectibles like GI Joes, Star Wars, Transformers figures that he’d mined from garage sales, flea markets and other stores. Soon he’d stockpiled an enviable inventory. “Once people knew, we had a lot of collectors come through.” So, a few years later, when the sports card market crashed just as spectacularly as it had taken off and the slew of recently opened card shops were shuttering, Pete remained open because he wasn’t caught holding just decks of cards in his hands. Still, he’d have to adapt to further changes in the niche industry. The introduction of eBay in 1995, meant he had to stray from the vintage collectables because suddenly sellers demanded full retail price for, say, their childhood Star Wars collection or still-boxed Transformer figures. But a new trend was just around the corner. Todd McFarlane, the cartoonillustrating prodigy and creator of Spawn, launched McFarlane Toys that produced intricatelydetailed action figures. It was an industry changer. Soon McFarlane’s figures included athletes, musicians and movie characters and the whole concept of action figures shifted from small toys kids played with to items that could be displayed on your desk.
“That brings the adult collector to the market.” Collectible card games — or CCG’s as they’re known — also became widely popular around that time. Magic the Gathering, a.k.a MTG or Magic, quickly became a staple at Big Pete’s and continues to be a top-seller. “It’s kind of hard to describe,” says Pete about the game. “I’ve been playing for as long as we’ve been selling it. It’s a mathematical game based on phantasy. It’s very complex.” And on Friday nights, players gather at a large table in the middle of his shop to duel it out. But playing cards at work isn’t the only perk that comes with owning a collectibles shop. Collectors are a rare, interesting breed. “You meet all kinds of people. Lots of neat people,” he says, adding many of his original customers are now bringing their kids to the store. “I like to talk — as do a lot of my customers. It’s a good relationship that way.” And whether customers are looking for the latest set of MTG cards or a lost treasure from their childhood, Pete can usually help. “I get pleasure from bringing [in items] and [having] happy customers,” he says. “If you come in here and can’t find something you’re just not looking hard enough.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Like music and a team environment? No experience nec, no telemarketing, 10 openings available. Call Erica at 604-777-2195
AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783
An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051
NU-WEST Construction Products seeks a key individual to fill the role of Customer Service Representative in our Richmond Branch. The successful candidate will be responsible for preparing quotes, orders and ensuring customer satisfaction. We offer a competitive salary to be negotiated, group benefits,and bonus program. Apply by Fax 888.853.5795 or email email@example.com PORT HARDY-Available immediately, working Bodyshop Manager. Painter/Bodyman. Competitive pay, benefits and bonuses. Also looking for a Journeyman GM Technician. Send resumes to Attention Cory, firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 250949-7440.
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HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES
FT SUSHI COOK, min 3 yr exp, develop menu, supervise sushi bar, train staff, $16-18/hr, Sushi Mori (NV). Fax, 604-929-3444.
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AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing Inc. requires a Spray Foam & Paint Applicator. Must have minimum 2 years experience, and must be in good physical health. Great wages, benefits, full insurance package 100% paid by company, savings plan for retirement, profit sharing bonus, long term employment. Wages $33. - $35./hour. Join a winning team. Call 780-846-2231 for appointment or send resume to: Fax 780-846-2241 or email Blaine Ross at email@example.com or Basil Inder at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Call 604-802-6722 Visit our website:
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YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 320
MOVING & STORAGE
1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555. ABBA MOVERS & DEL. Res/com 1-4 ton truck, 1 man $35/hr, 2 men from $45. Honest, bsmt clean up. 25 yrs of experience.604-506-7576
Local & Long Distance
• Yard Clean Ups • Aeration Packages • Cut & Edge • Garden Services • Residential Snow Removal & De-icing
From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos
604.986.0003 Ofﬁce 604.561.9100 Colin 604.218.7644 Al Greenclipper@shaw.ca WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $180 or Well Rotted 10 yds - $200. 604-856-8877
CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977
SIGN UP TODAY FOR Spring services & receive 10% off initial bill FREE QUOTES
LAB X PUPPIES, black, 1st shots, dewormed, ready now $300. 604807-9255
604-537-4140 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240
NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com
329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-1 PAINTING CO. 604.723.8434 Floors & Finishing. Insured, WCB, Est. 20 Years Exp.
Cairn Terriers: shots/dewormed. Ready to go to good homes. over 20 yrs of referrals. 604-807-5204 or 604-592-5442/604-854-1978 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866
AFFORDABLE MOVING AL ISAAC (Former owner of West Van Shell) & son Colin
BLUETICK COON HOUND PUPS, born Dec 1st, females only, $350. Call: (604)856-7316
Quality Painting. Guarantee. Free
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REAL ESTATE 603
LANGLEY, BC, 31.24 acres In ALR, flat land, good drainage, creek. 10 acres in cottonwood trees balance in mixture of pasture and bush. Qualifies for farm taxes. Older barn. Lovely building site for dream home. Drilled well, plentiful excellent water, designated septic field. 5 Minutes to hospital, shopping complex & indoor pool. $1,800,000. Call: (604)534-2748
REAL ESTATE 636
HIGH CALIBER CONSTRUCTION • Kit. • Bath • Remodels • Finishing Reno King Since 1972 778-837-0771
Steel Buildings STEEL OF A DEAL - BUILDING SALE! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.
HOUSES FOR SALE
www.caliberwest contracting.com 604.764.9594 FLEETWOOD WASTE Bin Rentals 10-30 Yards. Call Ken at 604-294-1393
847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
HAWAII ON THE MAINLAND, where healthy low-cost living can be yours. Modern Arenal Maleku Condominiums, 24/7 secured Community, Costa Rica “the most friendly country on earth”! 1-780952-0709; www.CanTico.ca.
CENTURY APT 250 East 15th Ave. AFFORDABLE INT/EXT painting. 30 yrs exp. Refs. Free est. Keith 604-433-2279 or 604-777-1223
Spacious 1 & 2 bdrooms avail. 2 Blocks from Lonsdale Quay. Balcony parking at back. Laundry fac. avail. Swim pool & sauna.
A-TECH Services 604-230-3539
ACKER’S RUBBISH REMOVAL. Quick. 7 days. Fast/reliable. Call Spencer 604-924-1511.
Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!! 604.
Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988
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On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!
BEAGLE PUPS, tri colored, good looking, healthy, vet check $600. (604)796-3026. No Sunday calls BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies. Vet checked with first shots and ready for new homes. $1,200. 778241-5504. Langley
LEIGHTON APT 130 East 11th Ave.
1993 Jeep Cherokee lots of work done on it, standard trans, power steering and locks. Asking 1650.00 OBO
Call 604-830-7587 www.aptrentals.com
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
CARS - DOMESTIC
2003 Ford Focus stn wagon SE loaded. 107K. Winter tires. spotless aircared $3900: 778-565-4230
Recently renovated 1 & 2 bdrooms avail. 1 Block from Lonsdale Quay. Dishwasher, fridge, stove, laundry facility, u/g parking, balcony. Includes heat & water. Elevator.
$36/HOUR. Local lic’d plumber. Big & small jobs. Plumbing, heating, plugged drains, call 604-755-1577
Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW Details and APPLY online autocreditwithbarrie.com OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743
(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com
Re-roofing, Repair & New Roof Specialists. Work Guar. WCB.10% Senior’s. Disc. Jag 778-892-1530
FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309. Free Delivery. WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in February, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888593-6095.
AT NORTHWEST ROOFING
DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals
STEEL BUILDINGS FOR ALL USES! Beat the 2012 steel increase. Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands NOW! Call for FREE Brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170.
GREENHOUSE FOR LEASE for flowering & bedding plants. Retail and wholesale. Fully computerized and automated system. 2.5 acres incl. greenhouse. Approx. 43,000 covered area. 1.5 acres set up for outside use. City water. High traffic area. 5498 Gladwin Rd., Abbts. Call 604-807-3910 for more info.
2003 21’ WILDWOOD 5th wheel, light weight, a/c, awning, slide-out beaut cond. $16,500/obo. Free storage till May/2012. 604-287-1127
MATTRESSES staring at $99
MISC. FOR SALE
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WE BUY HOMES BC The OLDER. The DIRTIER. The BETTER. Flexible Terms. Quick Closing. Call us First! 604.657.9422
633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS 1996 NORTEC mobile home, 14x70. Clean and bright, sunken liv. rm., lam. floors, attached room and deck. Must be moved. $42,000. (604)626-4294
Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022
small to LARGE ads get results in
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SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
HOMES FOR RENT
S. Surrey: Upper 3bed, 2bath, $1200. Lower 3bed, 2bath, $800. Utilities not incl. 604-616-2331
• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331 Queen Pillow Top Mattress & Box • 720 Coil 2.5’’ Pillowtop • Brand New • 10 yr. warranty • Your Price $490 604.807.5864 The Mattress Guy
TRUCKS & VANS
2006 FORD F350 FX4 Diesel Lariat, full load. Leather etc. Over $10,000 in recent repairs- with receipts - Tires, brakes, shocks etc. No acc. $15,900/obo. (778)3224593 or 778-893-4866
1 BED suite w/view. Incl. 2 TV’s, w/d, s/s, built-in office. $1095. 778945-4507
353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS
Registered Belgian Shepherd Tervuren. Import lines. 1-250-392-5531 firstname.lastname@example.org
3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour
Free Estimates * BBB * WCB * Insured
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200
2002 Santa Fe, 122,000kms, 4 cyl standard, exc cond. Air, FWD. $6200 obo. (604)710-8053 2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $8800 firm. Call 604-538-4883
Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley
615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS
Kitchens - Bathrooms New Additions - Flooring Painting - Decks Windows / Doors Stonework - Siding & More
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GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
AUTO FINANCING Loan. Apply Now, 1.877.680.1231 www.
SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288 The Scrapper
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The estate of MUIENG TAN, also known as MUI ENG TAN, deceased, formerly of 1323 Cammeray Road, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7S 2N2 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of MUIENG TAN, also known as MUI ENG TAN, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the executor at c/o LOH & COMPANY, Lawyers & Notaries, 802-1788 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1Y1 on or before February 23, 2012, after which date the executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executor then has notice.
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I FOUND IT.
THAT PERFECT PLACE
TO CALL HOME.
MORNING WALKS ON THE PIER, BRUNCH AT THE
HOTEL, SWIMMING IN
THE 5-LANE POOL & SOAKING
IN THE HOT TUB. I TAKE THE SEABUS DOWNTOWN TO CATCH A
GAME OR CONCERT, BUY FRESH PRODUCE AT THE QUAY & ENTERTAIN
IN MY BEAUTIFUL HOME.
I LOOKED AROUND & NOWHERE ELSE GIVES ME
BETTER VALUE THAN MY HOME AT
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