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West Van home to highest property value increases North Vancouver home values post more modest gains TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R
omeowners across the province receive their property value assessments in the mail this week and the news will come as a bittersweet surprise to some, particularly on the North Shore. The annual valuations from BC Assessment declare what the market deems the property to be worth and how much property tax the owner will be charged for it. The 2012 assessments are based on values taken on July 1, 2011. Single family homeowners in West Vancouver’s British Properties neighbourhood are in for the biggest shock as the value of a typical home there rose more than 45 per cent, from $1.53 million in 2011 to $2.22 million in 2012. “We follow the market sales and reflect the values of July 1st, so I can’t say specifically what drove that,” said Paul Borgo, BC Assessment’s deputy assessor for Vancouver and Sea to Sky, in a phone interview with The Outlook Tuesday. “What we’re saying is there was significant movement between July 1st, 2010 and July 1st, 2011 in that area of West Vancouver.” Shirley Clarke is the director of sales for the British Properties and she told The Outlook in an email Tuesday that the majority of homes in the tony neighbourhood are bought up by offshore buyers. “Most of the buyers are Asian that have bought our real estate,” Clarke wrote. “One reason is we are close to two highly regarded private schools [and] the ‘British Properties’ has become a brand name representing high-end quality and a prestigious area to live.” Overall, West Vancouver posted some of the highest property value gains in the province with the typical detached home’s value increasing about 15 to 30 per cent over last year. Vancouver posted similar gains in the 15- to 25-per-cent range, as did Richmond. For West Vancouver condo owners the gain is less pronounced, with a typical increase of less than five per cent, according to numbers provided by North Shore area assessor Jason Grant. North Vancouver posted more modest gains than its westerly neighbour, with the average home in both the city and district worth between five and 10 per cent more than it was last year. For condo owners there, the increase was the same as West Van — an average gain of less than five per cent. Some areas of North Van saw property values decrease, however, including singlefamily dwellings in Dollarton which fell from a typical assessed value of $995,000 in 2011 to $992,000 in 2012. Similar drops were seen among two-bedroom apartments in Lower Lonsdale which fell from $557,000 in 2011 to $555,000 in 2012. Likewise, one-bedroom apartments in the Norgate-Pemberton area fell slightly from $330,000 to $329,000 this past year. The North Vancouver neighbourhood with the biggest value gain over last year is
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aron Butterfield is always exercising both sides of his brain. The 37-year-old North Vancouver native holds a degree from Simon Fraser University in molecular biology and a liberal arts certificate. Medical school was his intention after graduating from Sutherland secondary school — until he crossed paths with cultural anthropology and “fell in love.” He took a computer programming job on the side to earn money for tuition. He applied that knowledge to a genomics course that combined bio chemistry and computers. Post grad, Butterfield worked in the first genome sequencing centre in Canada at the BC Cancer Agency studying the DNA of frogs, trees, viruses and bacteria, among other organisms. In April 2003 he was part of a young scientific team that received international accolades for sequencing the SARS virus genome. “In the middle of the night I saw [the genome sequence] come across the computer screen,” said Butterfield. “At 2 a.m. I emailed my mom and said we did it.” That information was forwarded to other researchers so they could develop drugs to deal with the SARS virus. Butterfield exhaled a sigh of relief after that arduous road to discovery that included many sleepless nights. Less than a year later his life would change forever. It was his brother who mentioned that Butterfield had been getting a lot of headaches. Butterfield chalked it up to the long days and nights in the lab doing SARS research. Then one afternoon in February 2004 he suffered a seizure at his parents’ house. “They thought I was dying,” he recalled. He woke up at Vancouver General Hospital days later to the news that he had an aggressive, fast-growing form of brain cancer called grade 4 astrocytoma. His prognosis was not good. BC Cancer Agency brain surgeon Dr. Brian Toyota encouraged the young scientist and cancer patient to think of himself as an individual, not a statistic. “I was empowered,” said Butterfield. “I would say it was a key thing in my recovery.” Radiation compounded with chemotherapy was the course of action. It proved ineffective as Butterfield’s cancer returned a year later. He then enrolled in a clinical trial. The cancer cells responded by doubling in size. “My white blood cells dropped to a fatal level,”
Butterfield explained. He was forced to resort back to the original chemotherapy drug that rarely works a second time. Luckily for Butterfield, it did. The tumour shrunk. It was a surreal experience for Butterfield being back at the BC Cancer Agency, this time as a patient. In the same building, two floors below, was where he made that SARS discovery in the middle of the night. Genome sequencing technology was changing at the Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) while Butterfield was off work for three years recovering from brain cancer. He likened it to learning a whole new job. There was lot of note taking. Since returning to work, Butterfield has shifted gears and is now part of a research team that is poised to change brain cancer diagnosis and treatment. His hope for the future is that brain cancer patients’ biopsies can be sent to the GSC for DNA sequencing to help determine a personalized course of treatment that will be most effective — and boost survival rates at the same time. For Butterfield, it was the right side of his brain — the whole-picture oriented, holistic approach — that helped him through his recovery. There were doses of art, meditation and prayer. He also remained physically active. A couple days prior to the seizure Butterfield had played the best hockey game of his life: five goals scored. He still plays with the Sasquatch, a recreational hockey team based of out Canlan Ice Sports in the Seymour area. But his game hasn’t been quite the same since the cancer. The treatment affected his balance. Some days he pushed himself too hard. Butterfield recalled “stupidly” trying to do the Grouse Grind in his weakened condition. “I went as fast as I could and I hit the wall half way through,” he said. Butterfield won’t say he’s in remission, adding that it’s hard with this type of cancer. He has never asked what the prognosis is. The scientific side of him says there can still be a dormant cell that is cancerous that is just waiting to be triggered. “The other side almost thinks the same thing,” he said. “My gut feeling is that it isn’t gone.” He is, however, optimistic for breakthroughs in brain cancer research. There might even be a cure someday. Butterfield might help find it.
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Beating cancer with a paddle A trio of North Van breast cancer survivors participate in dragon boat competitions around the world with Abreast in a Boat MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTOR
addling through the waters of False Creek in a long canoe adorned with a dragon head, Esther Matsubuchi remained brave. But in the back of her mind, lymphedema was lurking. Matsubuchi, a breast cancer survivor, was told by her doctor that she could potentially develop this debilitating condition that causes permanent swelling of the arms. Donâ€™t knit. Donâ€™t garden. Donâ€™t play the piano. Basically, donâ€™t move your upper body too much she was told. But the Lynn Valley resident didnâ€™t heed that advice. Instead, she paddled through the oft-choppy waters of False Creek under the careful watch of Dr. Don McKenzie, a University of British Columbia sports-medicine expert. The contrarian doctor believed there was no strong correlation between lymphedema and upper body movements in breast cancer patients. In 1996 he tested that theory by rounding up two dozen breast cancer survivors between the ages of 30 and 60, including Matsubuchi, and placing them two across in a close-quarters dragon boat that doubled as a lab. They called themselves Abreast in a Boat. They started cautiously. â€œWe paddled a total of four minutes in one hour,â€? said Matsubuchi. It was wet and cold outside during practices in early April. But the conditions didnâ€™t dampen spirits inside the boat â€” nor did the blisters, bruises and aches and a few misfiring paddles that accidentally struck other occupants. The ladies celebrated the end of three months of lymphedema testing by entering the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival. Up against younger and stronger mixed-gender teams, the result Abreast in a Boat recorded was best filed under personal accomplishment. And Dr. McKenzieâ€™s theory prevailed: not a single woman on the team developed lymphedema. His findings prompted some breast cancer oncologists to change they way they counsel patients about lymphedema. The same year Abreast in a Boat was formed, Francoise Doe found a lump in her breast during a self exam. She was working as a special education aid in the North Vancouver School District at the time. Her first chemotherapy session fell on her daughterâ€™s 16th birthday. â€œIt was low-key event,â€? recalled Doe. During her recovery period in 1997, she learned of Abreast in Boat through a breast cancer support group. A self-described â€œnon-amphibious person,â€? Doe needed a change of scenery. â€œI just wanted to put cancer aside,â€? she said. â€œI needed a break from that.â€? In the midst of recuperating from her battle with breast cancer, Doe was also going through a separation and in search of support. She found solace with the paddle-boating cancer survivors from False Creek. Just as Doe was stepping into a dragon boat, another North Vancouver resident, Rosemary Shandler, was reeling from her own breast cancer diagnosis. She cheered weakly from the sidelines as a sea of pinkclad ladies furiously paddled their dragon boat through False Creek to the rhythm of the drum beat.
HEAVY METTLE - North Van Abreast in a Boat members (left to right) Francoise Doe, Esther Matsubuchi and Rosemary Shandler recently earned a silver and two bronze medals at a dragon boat regatta in Southeast Asia. Submitted photos
â€œI cried like a baby,â€? she said. â€œIt was just so inspiring to me. They had gotten back in touch with their bodies, their health and their strength.â€? Shandler vowed to seek them out â€” when she was well enough. In 2000, now fragile only from emotional scars she made good on her promise to join Abreast in a Boat False Creek, which by this time had teams throughout the Lower Mainland. Shandler had plenty to offer, bringing marathon running endurance to the team. But that doesnâ€™t mean she wasnâ€™t happily exhausted after her first time out on the water. â€œI found that during the first season I would be sitting out at the end of the [dragon] boat and I had a feeling of such joy,â€? said Shandler, who paddles with Abreast in Barnet in the Burrard Inlet. The Barnet Marine Park setting is quite tranquil. Eagles, herons and harbour seals share the water with these teakhulled canoes â€” rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails â€” that majestically glide across the waters of the Burrard Inlet. Abreast in a Boat is a support group of sorts, but participants try to not talk about the â€˜c-wordâ€™. â€œWe donâ€™t have a chance,â€? said Matsubuchi. â€œWe are not allowed to talk in the boat.â€? Still, thereâ€™s no elephant onboard. Personal stories are shared. It took Matsubuchi a bit longer to open up about her cancer. â€œPeople donâ€™t talk about [cancer], in places like Japan and China,â€? said Matsubuchi, who is of Japanese heritage. â€œMy parents used to go to funerals and come home not knowing how the person died. They presumed it was cancer
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because the person had looked pale lately.â€? Quashing that cancer stigma is a mission undertaken by the women of Abreast in a Boat. They courageously tell their tales all over the world, from the Pacific Northwest to the Eastern United States, Europe and Asia. This past October, all three North Vancouver women took part in an international dragon boating regatta for female cancer survivors, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The hybrid team â€” comprised of members from the six Lower Mainland Abreast in a Boat groups â€” earned a silver and two bronze medals. Another North Vancouver woman was on the wait list for this trip, an 86-year-old who had paddled alongside Matsubuchi for many years. They were carpooling companions. But in October, her friendâ€™s health took a turn for the worse. â€œAt the funeral today everyone said we were twins,â€? said Matsubuchi. Doe said Malaysia was never on her bucket list. However, when the opportunity to paddle in the tropical waters of Southeast Asia came up, she jumped. Doe enjoyed the people and weather in Malaysia. She also learned that talking about cancer in that region of the world is considered taboo. â€œThatâ€™s why we travel â€” to show other women there is life after breast cancer,â€? said Doe. The North Shore Dragon Busters â€” a local Abreast in a Boat affiliate â€” have been paddling out of Deep Cove for the past decade. If you are a breast cancer survivor and interested in joining them, email email@example.com.
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Be a quitter this year Two Carson Graham grads create the ‘Smoke Eater’ — a vending machine of sorts that eats cigarettes and spits out rewards — to encourage young smokers to quit MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTOR
t’s five days into the New Year. Have you already broken your resolution to quit smoking? Nearly half of BC smokers will have attempted and failed to rid themselves of the vice, according to recent statistics, by year’s end. Carson Graham Secondary graduates Connor Galway and Tyler Janzen are here to help. Their job is to reach young smokers before the real addiction sets in. The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in partnership with the BC Lung Association, hired Janzen’s communications firm Context Research to develop an anti-smoking campaign targeting young adults. Galway, a social media expert from Junction Marketing, was brought onto the campaign by Janzen to assist with online marketing. “I wanted a fun and visually appealing way to demonstrate that quitting smoking can be a rewarding experience,” said Janzen. Galway echoed his friend’s sentiments, saying young people in particular don’t like the parental finger-wagging approach . “People are so tired of the bad news story — you are going to get cancer, you are going to die,” said Galway. Enter the Smoke Eater: a seven-foot vending machine-like, cigarette eating mouthpiece for the Quitters Unite campaign, fashioned from plywood and two-by-fours. One day in October it was set up at various locations around downtown Vancouver for two hours at a time. A small-framed female inside the Smoke Eater would play prerecorded
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The more one gets to know a community, the more one’s opinion of it changes, either positively or negatively. Stereotypes don’t last long when you meet the folks who work in the restaurants, municipal halls and schools of a particular town. This rule couldn’t ring more true when talking about the North Shore. Each week, I’m sure I could write some sentence through which I attempt to illustrate the dichotomy TWO between the popular perception of the area and CENTS the reality of life for many within it. I try to keep this in the back of my mind each Sean Kolenko time I leave the office on an assignment. It helps skolenko@northshore outlook.com remind me of how important the human element of any story is. When you lose sight of the people involved, you lose the story. Making sure every article includes those voices is a tricky proposition from time to time because a reporter’s go-to contacts are more easily accessible and deadlines have a way of pushing stories into publication. Sometimes, however, that pursuit isn’t hard at all. Sometimes the person is the only angle. Last month, I attended a meeting of the North Shore Homelessness Task Force — a group consisting of emergency responders, health-care workers and municipal staff, amongst others — at district hall in North Vancouver. The group meets regularly to brainstorm future homelessness initiatives and discuss the needs and successes of programs already running. On that day’s agenda: Updates on various task force member’s work, a quick look at the most popular responses from a recent task force survey and some results from October’s Homelessness Action Week. From that discussion, the latter two items struck me immediately. According to the survey results, the majority of those on the task force voted in favour of working to increase the number of transitional beds on the North Shore and to establish a local detox and rehabilitation facility. Expanding employment and employment training programs also scored well. After the meeting, I caught up with David Newberry, community liaison at the North Shore Shelter, to talk about those results and, in particular, how to turn such ideas into reality. In my experience, albeit limited, the creation of transitional beds and detox and treatment facilities comes as a result of political will and persistent lobbying on the part of bodies like the task force. So far, this North Shore group has achieved significant goals in its tenure, the creation of the shelter on West 2nd Street chief among them, but they don’t seem a particularly vocal contingent. Will they learn to become so? Is a more vocal form of advocacy on the horizon? “I cannot speak on behalf of the task force because it’s open to all but the reality is no one on the task force can solve homelessness. All three levels of government and the community have to be onboard,” said Newberry. “But that is a role the task force can play.” As for the Homelessness Action Week results, the demographic information collected by the task force at its North Shore Connect event — a day-long, one-stopshop of services including foot care, haircuts, eye exams and diabetes testing — on Oct. 12 at the John Braithwaite Community Centre paints a changing picture of homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. This year, 66 per cent of surveyed participants identified themselves as renters. Last year, 60 per cent were sheltered and unsheltered homeless. “Renters feel vulnerable,” said Leya Eguchi, a case worker with Hollyburn Family Services and coordinator with the task force. “The need is there but the demographic is changing.” To be fair, only those who work with the homeless and other vulnerable populations were present at that meeting, no one who spent the previous night on the streets or in a shelter took part. So, some may question just how personal the meeting was. But as I headed to my car, I watched Eguchi wipe tears from her eyes as she recounted her difficult experience trying to find a local senior affordable housing. And before that I listened to people speak for two hours about the jigsaw puzzle of services needed on the North Shore to help support a changing, at-risk population. And starting this week, I’ll be telling the stories of those people. Turn to page 10 for Puzzle Pieces, a five-part series exploring housing needs on the North Shore
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BUILDING BLOCKS - Chris Wilson (top) and the North Shore participants in a recent Bricks 4 Kidz camp at St. Andrew’s United Church. The camp, which ran from Dec. 19-23, taught kids the basics of engineering and design through various activities involving Lego. Pictured here is the group’s final project, an amusement park. For more information, visit bricks4kidz.com/vancouver. Sean Kolenko photo
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— LET TERS TO T HE EDITOR — Murder by numbers Editor, I refer to the article in the Dec. 15 Outlook in which District of North Vancouver Coun. Doug MacKayDunn questions the need for the municipality to pay approximately $500K annually towards the Lower Mainland IHIT homicide investigation team, when the District only had two such incidents in 2011. As an experienced former police officer, Mr. MacKay-Dunn should be well aware that the investigation costs for just one homicide can easily exceed $1 million, or several million in the case of a protracted investigation. I would suggest the District is getting a bargain in having a full-time
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B Who could forget our own BC Lions bringing home the Grey Cup last November. Well, mark your calendars for November 25th and book your flight to Toronto because BC Lions CEO Dennis Skulsky, left, quarterback Travis Lulay and coach/GM Wally Buono are hoping to make a return trip in 2012 to the historic 100th Grey Cup celebration. C I remember being there for the very first one, and this year, on March 30, Hollyburn Country Club will play host to the 10th anniversary A4K Boxing Gala which attracts notables like Canucks “O Canada” man Mark Donnelly, left, and Canucks hockey hero Dave Babych. D Keep the first week of August open for the return of the Odlum Brown Van Open 2012 tennis tournament up at Hollyburn Country CAT’S Club in West Vancouver. Sponsor / Odlum Brown’s Floyd Hill, who EYE was also last year’s tournament chair, teamed up with PR gals Sasha Cat Barr Evans, left, and Che Winters to make it all happen. E Wine lovers email@example.com will want to book time off between February 28 – March 4 for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Whether its tickets to the tasting room or a private winemaker’s dinner, there’s lots to choose from. Last year, North Vancouver’s Jill Killeen and world-famous chef Jean George Vongerichten were part of the action at the Shangri-La hotel. F It’s Vancouver’s Oscar night out, and walking the red carpet at the Leo Awards is always a thrill, especially with celebrities and stars like the amazing Amanda Tapping, who lives in West Vancouver, and her dynamic Sanctuary co-star Ryan Robbins. Keep your eyes open for a late May / early June final date. G The Turning Point Recovery Society’s “Making Recovery a Reality” Gala will be back May 3. Last year’s event featured former Married with Children actress / singer Katey Sagal, right, seen here with Turning Point Recovery Society’s executive director Brenda Plant. H Last year, The BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions inducted famous athletes like Roberto Luongo, Trevor Linden, Tom Larscheid and Maëlle Ricker. If you want to attend in 2012, make sure you have September 20th free on your schedule.
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A roof over his head Part of the housing dilemma is finding secure accommodation for those who havenâ€™t had any in years. Jonâ€™s is one such story. By Sean Kolenko
ife started out pretty good, says Jon quietly, volleying between glances at the window and eye contact, dark sunglasses perched on his forehead. Hockey in the winters, travelling, church on Sundays â€” experiences seemingly ripped from the pages of a growing-up-Canadian manual. Things changed rather quickly for the youngster, however, after he and his sister moved from Calgary to Vancouver to live with his grandmother. His parents had already relocated here, seeking out a life in the Downtown Eastside to support their drug addictions. At 14, Jon says he began experimenting with pot, as many teenagers do, but not much else. Itâ€™s what happened later that year that would propel the teenager into a life of drug dependence and crime that would dictate the next 16 years of his life. â€œMy mom overdosed in my arms in the Downtown Eastside. After my mom died, everything went downhill,â€? says Jon, now 30, with a sigh. â€œI miss my mom a lot. She was a very caring, loving figure. She was always there for me when I needed her. She didnâ€™t like me doing drugs but she said if I was going to do them I should do them with her.â€? Without a mother, absentee or not, Jon was left with few people from whom to seek guidance. His father was an addict. His sister, now recovering and a source of essential support, was an addict. Jon was left to find his own way on the streets of the countryâ€™s most troubled neighbourhood. Heâ€™s spent time in jail, watched others in the community critically injured over as little as $40 and, in a disagreement with his father, was stabbed 15 times for refusing to sell him drugs. His thick, blue-plaid sweatshirt and turtleneck cover the scars of the attack, but Jonâ€™s face helps fill in the blanks. With slightly sunken cheeks and almost non-existent eyebrows, his features depict someone much older. Only his blue eyes act as a reminder of his age. Jonâ€™s also got HIV and hepatitis C and hasnâ€™t seen his daughter for two years. But he maintains heâ€™s in a good place these days, both mentally and physically. For nearly a month, Jonâ€™s been staying at the North Shore Shelter. He says heâ€™s been clean for more than three months and his focus is simply â€œsecure living.â€? If he can attain that goal and count himself among the lucky who land a transitional housing space, Jon says heâ€™d like to get his high school diploma and continue indulging
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in his two creative passions: writing and drawing. But it isnâ€™t always easy to stay focused, Jon admits. Heâ€™s been in a similar situation before. A few years ago, he lost the daily battle to stay clean and left the Lookout Shelter on Yukon Street in Vancouver, bound for the DTES. And now that heâ€™s back living in a safe place, that battle continues. Only this time he knows if he walks away, it might be the last time heâ€™s ever presented with such a choice. â€œYou have to think positive. I ask myself â€˜do I really want to go back down there?â€™ Itâ€™s hard, it really is. Some days I think Iâ€™m just going to go but I think about the consequences and I know Iâ€™ll be dead,â€? he says. â€œThere are good people here trying to help me, put a roof on my head. Iâ€™m just praying to God I get into one of the suites.â€? ***** The North Shore Shelter opened in 2004, built with money from the federal government on land purchased and donated by the City of North Vancouver. Its operational funding comes from BC Housing and private donors, while the city provides ongoing tax benefits. The driving force behind the creation of the shelter was the North Shore Homelessness Task Force, which started
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in 1998 in response to â€œvisible, outdoor homelessâ€? in the area. The task force is comprised of a myriad of people working with the homeless or those at risk of homelessness, including representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health, the Canadian Mental Heath Association and the North Vancouver RCMP detachment, to name but three. The shelter offers 25 transitional housing beds and 45 short-term beds. An extra 20 beds are made available in extreme weather conditions. Jonâ€™s currently staying in one of the short-term spots. Upon admittance, those staying in the shelter are assigned a case worker whoâ€™s in charge of learning about each personâ€™s long-term plans and then helping create a housing strategy based on the information discussed. That strategy plays an integral role in determining how long someone stays at the shelter. According to Masami Tomioka, manager at the North Shore Shelter, the average short-term stay at the facility is 28 days but that number can fluctuate depending on whether or not someone has made housing arrangements for when they leave. The national shelter-stay average, in comparison, is
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Others leaving transitional housing can move into a BC Housing facility, or housing geared towards those in recovery or with various types of mental illness, like a group home. Both of those options, as well, hinge on availability. “For us, the short-term goal is getting people some form of housing. But the long game is difficult, too. The goal is to make sure for every shelter bed there is another supportive bed to move to. It’s all part of the same process. You need to focus on the immediate connection, with the long-term goal in mind. We’re always trying to do that,” says Newberry. “The bottom line is affordable housing. There needs to be more of it now, or very soon and everywhere. We need it all levels.” So, what is the current housing picture on the North Shore? Does someone like Jon have a place to go if he wants to call the area home after he leaves the shelter system? What about the teenager, still in high school, whose home life wasn’t what it should have been? Or, for that matter, the senior or the stretched-thin parent, both trying to stay in the place where they’ve spent their entire lives? Can each of these people feel at all certain they have a place in this community?
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slightly more than 18 days. Persistence is key to getting into one of the shelter beds on the North Shore as the facility operates at capacity, year-round. David Newberry, community liaison at the North Shore Shelter, told The Outlook there are people “moving out most days” but any vacant spots fill up right away. A phone call in the morning and another in the afternoon is needed to stay on top of availability. Those in need, however, may still be turned away, he says. From the short-term spaces, transferring into a transitional bed is a potential next move. The transitional beds at the shelter, where one can stay for a maximum of two years, are also full year-round. When a spot does open up, it is the tenancy selection committee, a board made up of community members, that chooses who moves in. “The theory is they decide who best represents the goals of the community,” says Newberry. “There is no favourite-playing.” The objective of transitional housing, adds Newberry, is to offer someone a place to stay as they prepare for independent living. But when one’s transitional time is up, what services are in place to help realize that move? Where does one in that situation turn? The move from transitional housing, unfortunately, can often prove as difficult a negotiation as finding the aforementioned two-year residences. The Lookout Society does operate two permanent housing buildings, one in New Westminster and in one in Vancouver. Places there are an option, if they’re available.
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ome of the best discoveries in science, medicine and technology have come by chance. While looking for one thing, the scientist/ doctor/geek found something else of great significance. I’m not a scientist, doctor or geek, but I found something while researching a recent Instant Replay story on long-ago local football players Greig Bjarnason and Audber French which sheds light on one of the great moments in Canadian sports history: the precise moment the Grey Cup exploded into one of our country’s most important national celebrations. Bjarnason and French were North Van High and North Shore Lions junior gridiron standouts who took their game to Calgary in 1949 to play for the defending JJUST HORSING Grey Cup-champion Stampeders who AROUND? A had beaten Ottawa 12-7 in the 36th Grey FFootball and movie Cup in Toronto on Nov. 27, 1948, the sstar Woody Strode first time a team from west of Winnipeg ((above as Sergeant had hoisted the grand old mug. Rutledge and #42 R To research the story on Bjarnason with the Calgary w (now 82 and still living here after a SStampeders) may be 31-year career with the North Van City tthe answer to a great fire department) and French (who died Grey Cup mystery. G at 54 in 1982), I read everything I could Warner Bros. Pictures W about the 1949 season. Bjarnason and photo / Calgary p French were part of that team which also SStampeders photo made it to the Grey Cup final in Toronto before losing to Montreal. Two of the biggest stars of the 1949 “I walked that horse right Stampeders were Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson and Woody through the crowd. I was wearing a white linen cowboyStrode. Anderson – who turns 92 next month and still lives type suit, reddish lizard-skin boots, and a navy blue silk in Calgary working part time as an ambassador for the scarf around my neck… I walked to the center of the lobby Stampeders – and Strode were the only black athletes on the and pulled back on the reins. I kicked that horse hard and team. In fact Strode broke the colour barrier in the National he reared up and spun around. I leaned way back in the Football League with his UCLA teammate Kenny Washington saddle, looked up towards the ceiling and let out a war cry. when they suited up with the Los Angeles Rams in 1946, the The place erupted in applause and shouting. And when the same year Jackie Robinson, another UCLA teammate, signed police showed up, I sliced through them like cutting cake with baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers to play for their Montreal as I charged out of there.” farm team. So there you have it. Or not. Strode moved on to play with Calgary in 1948 and was Strode’s claim that he scored the winning touchdown instrumental in getting Anderson to Cowtown for the follow(when in fact his lickety-split sprint — though a huge play ing season. — was stopped well short of the goal line and the TD came By chance, my research resulted in the discovery of Strode’s on the following 10-yard run by Pete Thodos) leads one to 1990 autobiography Goal Dust: The Warm and Candid question Strode’s memory (or his ghostwriter). Memoirs of a Pioneer Black Athlete and Actor found tucked Yet the detailed description of his riding the horse into away in the Vancouver public library. the lobby certainly seems to lend credence to the story. The book revealed a long-lost piece of history. Or was it all horsefeathers from Strode who went on to a No doubt you’ve heard the tale of how someone rode a lengthy acting career, working alongside the greatest stars horse into the lobby of Toronto’s posh Royal York Hotel of the time in more than 90 movies and TV series? after Calgary won the Grey Cup in 1948. It was the iconic Indeed, both Strode and Sugarfoot Anderson acted in moment in Grey Cup history that turned the previously some very well-known 1950s and 1960s movies. Anderson rather lame celebrations that surrounded the game into an played in The Story of Seabiscuit (1949), Samson and annual raucous party. Delilah (1950), I was a Communist for the FBI (1951) and But did it actually happen? Some scoff that it’s just legThe Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952). He and Strode were in end, an exaggeration brought on by that year’s pre-game two together: African Treasure (1952) and City Beneath the parade organized by Calgary fans which featured chuck Sea (1953). wagons and horses. Strode appeared in The Ten Commandments (1956), Daryl Slade, a news reporter with The Calgary Herald, Spartacus (1960), in which he fought Kirk Douglas has written the definitive history of the Stampeders titled (Spartacus) in a memorable Colosseum gladiator fight that STAMPEDERS… The Years of the Horse and has a second resulted in a Golden Globe nomination as best supportbook, Grey Cup or Bust, detailing all of Calgary’s playoff ing actor; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and games, coming out soon. Genghis Khan (1965). Strode did ride a horse in some movHe’s talked to players and others who were in Toronto ies, most notably as the star in Sergeant Rutledge (1960) for the 1948 Grey Cup but has never found anyone who when he became one of the first to witnessed a horse in the lobby or has a photo portray a black man in a strong, posiof it. tive light. INSTANT But there it is on page 161 of Strode’s book. His last movie (with Sharon Stone, After explaining how he scooped up a fumREPLAY Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and ble and “ran the ball 45 yards for the winning Leonardo DiCaprio) was released just Len Corben touchdown,” he goes on to say, “That night we days after he died of lung cancer at firstname.lastname@example.org partied at the Royal York Hotel, the best hotel 80 on Dec. 31, 1994. The movie was in the city. I met an Indian friend out front, then dedicated to him. and he let me borrow his horse, a pure white Ironically, the title of the movie – multi-breed. I saddled up and walked that a western – was The Quick and the horse right up to the front entrance. The doorDead (1995). Just as ironic, he played Charlie Moonlight, a man watched me coming, frozen in his boots. My Indian coffin maker for the town of Redemption. friend held the door for me as I moved inside. For sure, Strode wasn’t horsing around this time. “The lobby floor was marble cut into big squares with black matrix. There were round marble columns that This is episode 447 from Len Corben’s treasure chest of stostretched fifty feet to a vaulted, cathedral-like ceiling. The ries – the great events and the quirky – that bring to life the night crowd was milling in tuxedos, dinner jackets and North Shore’s rich sports history. long, flowing gowns…
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Just add water Seymour Art Gallery asks B.C. artists to interpret life’s essential element through the medium of their choice in the new exhibit ‘Water’ MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTOR
ater is ubiquitous in B.C., whether it’s falling from the sky nine months of the year or tranquilly lapping in a cove. Therein lies the inspiration for the Seymour Art Gallery’s annual ‘Discovery’ juried exhibition set in the heart of Deep Cove. “Certainly in this community and B.C. in general, people are surrounded by water,” said SAG curator Sarah Cavanaugh. “People tend to have a relationship with water.” The various mediums presented by the 20 artists in the Discovery exhibition leave plenty of room for interpretation. Painter Katherine Nielsen, for instance, uses water as a metaphor for life and death. In her acrylic on canvas ‘Hush’ she illustrates a young boy in brilliant red swim trunks descending head first into the abyss of increasingly darker water. Nielsen describes the piece as exploring the contradicting feelings experienced by the human body when it is immersed in water.
The 20 exhibitors — who selfidentify as new or emerging artists — were selected from a field of 60 candidates. Cavanaugh said it was difficult to pare down the entries, noting there was some “really great work” presented. You also can’t paint these new artists with the same brush: some have no formal art background and one is a recent graduate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. But it is safe to say that the vast majority of these emerging artists are from the North Shore. Acclaimed West Van artist Ross Penhall was selected as one of the jurors for the Water exhibition. “He’s a real advocate for the arts,” said Cavanaugh. On Tuesday Jan. 10, one artist will be presented with the Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award and a cash prize of $300, while some honourable mentions will receive donated art supplies. The Water exhibition runs Jan. 10-Feb. 5 at the Seymour Art Gallery, 4360 Gallant Ave. For more information, visit seymourartgallery.com
Burnco Aggregate Mine Project Public Comments Invited and Federal Funding Available The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a comprehensive study type of environmental assessment for the proposed Burnco Aggregate Mine Project (formerly known as the McNab Valley Aggregate Project) located in British Columbia. The Agency invites the public to comment on this project and the conduct of the comprehensive study. A background document is available to assist the public in identifying environmental issues that should be considered in the environmental assessment. This document and more information on this project are available on the Agency’s website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, (registry reference number 10-03-54754). The document is also available for viewing at the following locations: Sechelt Public Library 5797 Cowrie Street Squamish Public Library 37907 2nd Ave North Vancouver City Library 120 14th Street West West Vancouver Memorial Library 1950 Marine Drive Written comments in either official language must be sent by February 3, 2012 to: Burnco Aggregate Mine Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Bryan Nelson, Project Manager 410 - 701 West Georgia Street Vancouver BC V7Y 1C6 Tel.: 604-666-2431 Fax: 604-666-6990 BurncoAggregateMine@ceaa-acee.gc.ca All comments received will be considered public and will become part of the project file. This is the first of several public comment periods that will occur during the environmental assessment of this project.
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WATER WORKS - Artists Katherine Nielsen (left) with ‘Hush’ and Jennifer Skillen with ‘Solitude’ are among the 20 exhibitors in Seymour Art Gallery’s new show ‘Water’. Rob Newell photo
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329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-230-3539
HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 372
Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!! 604.
3 rooms for $269, 2 coats any colour
821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2004 PORSCHE 911 C2 One owner, NCL serviced, beautiful cond! $48,000. Call 604-309-4599.
Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley
JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses
Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402
On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!
CENTURY APT 250 East 15th Ave.
www.recycleitcanada.ca ACKER’S RUBBISH REMOVAL. Quick. 7 days. Fast/reliable. Call Spencer 604-924-1511.
Spacious 1 & 2 bdrooms avail. 2 Blocks from Lonsdale Quay. Balcony parking at back. Laundry fac. avail. Swim pool & sauna.
WE’RE ON THE WEB Browse Classified Listings On-line
353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS
AT NORTHWEST ROOFING
BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies. Available February 1. Vet checked with first shots. Reserve yours now. $1,200. Langley area. 778-2415504.
Residential Snow Removal Services
• Sidewalks • Driveways • De-icing 604.986.0003 Ofﬁce 604.561.9100 Colin 604.218.7644 Al email@example.com
LAB cross puppies, vet checked, 1st shots, eager and social $350, 604-823-6739 afternoons/evenings. 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 YELLOW LAB puppies 10 wks old $399. 5 males (1 black), 1 female. Strong & healthy (604)466-0562 YORKIE ckc reg.male 9 wk old micro chip,1st shots $1000.00 604857-0722 or 604-308-6893
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 548
MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331
MISC. FOR SALE
Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991
AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in January, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888593-6095.
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.
GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES $550: Born Sept. 26th. 1 Male, 1 Female. 604-836-6861 JACK RUSSELL pups 1 Female 1 male. Short legs, smooth coat. Dew claws done. $500. 778-883-6049
FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022
NORTH VAN- Exc. location. Beautiful apt. 2 bdrms, office, lrg l/rm & d/rm. Jan. 15th. (604)971-2723
BLOOD HOUND PUPS, CKC reg’d health chk, 2nd vac, micro chipped, 1 male, 5 fem’s. Liver & Tan. Ready to go. $750. 604-574-5788 Cairn Terriers: shots/dewormed. Ready to go to good homes. over 20 yrs of referrals. 604-807-5204 or 604-592-5442
Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal
CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866
Al Isaac (Former owner of West Van Shell) & son Colin
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200
HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS
(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
Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988
Running this ad for 7yrs
WE BUY HOMES Damaged House! Older House! Difficulty Selling! Behind on Payments! Need to Sell Now? NO FEES! NO RISK! QUICK CASH! Call us First! 604.657.9422
Local & Long Distance
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1966 CHEV SURBURBAN 2 door, 283 auto, p/s, p/b, disc brakes on front mag whls, black interior. $11,900 obo. Phone 604-626-4799
DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals
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
847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, red, 160K, $8500 firm. Call 604-538-9257
821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1994 Saab 900-S. 6cyl, 2.5 l engine. 4dr, sunroof, 5spd, green, like new. $1950. 604-541-0344 1997 MAZDA PROTEGE, 5 spd, very good cond, 170K, AirCared til 10/12. Good tires, MP3, cheap on gas. $1900. Call: 778-240-8075 2004 MERCEDES C230 SEDAN auto, sunroof, 47k, Gold Mist Mica over blk. leather, exc. cond. local, no accid. $13,230 (604)328-1883
Ferguson Moving and Storage will be holding a public auction on January 14, 2012 at 11 am. The following accounts are in delinquency and will be sold to recover monies owing under the `Warehouse Lien Act’: Lisa Godfrey, Ms. Sentoso, Kerry Morris, Green Power, Hamza Zaniaymokil, Gordon Kennedy
20 Thursday, January 5, 2012
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
MOVE-IN READY 1 BDRM SUITES FROM $419,900, 2 BDRM SUITES FROM $679,900
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