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Saturday and Sunday, July 16 & 17 at The Shipyards (foot of Lonsdale)

The City and Pinnacle International are working to complete soil remediation work beneath the parking lot at the foot of Lonsdale and at Lot 3, located on the western boundary of the Shipyards Site.

The Lower Lonsdale Business Association is hosting the 5th Annual Party at the Pier. This maritime celebration includes family-friendly entertainment and activities throughout the weekend.

Work began earlier this week and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete. The parking lot will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians during this time, as well as access to the pedestrian bridge, located at the southeast corner of the parking lot. All other access points to the Pier will remain open. Please watch for pedestrian detour signs. The two crosswalks at Lonsdale and Carrie Cates Court will remain open and vehicular traffic will not be disrupted during the work.

The festival kicks off with a free outdoor concert on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30pm. Join us for a unique collaboration of classical and celtic styles featuring Lions Gate Sinfonia and the North Shore Celtic Ensemble. Bring your lawn chair as seating is limited. On Sunday, July 17 enjoy a day of entertainment from 11am - 4pm, with a variety of award-winning musical guests, strolling performers, face painters, games, a climbing wall, interpretive tours, and more! Several Canadian Navy Vessels will be moored at the Pier and open to visitors on Sunday, July 17 from 11am - 4pm. Join us for an exceptional weekend of entertainment and activity! Details at

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North Shore homeless stats show some positive signs, but youth homelessness on the rise SEAN KOLENKO S TA F F R E P O RT E R


he overall numbers are promising, says Vancouver Coast Health’s Sandra Edelman, but the recent count of homeless people provides only a 24-hour snapshot. The are a lot of hidden homeless people couch surfing or “living rough” in outdoor camps, she warns, and with summer weather finally having reached a more consistent level, there are likely more homeless people heading out to the woods and forested areas across the North Shore. In late May, the preliminary figures of the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count, completed every three years, were released. Across the region, the number of homeless remained virtually unchanged, dropping from 2,660 in 2008 to 2,623 this year. On the North Shore, 117 people were identified as homeless, compared with 123 in 2008. “Our numbers aren’t big, but in the past they have been increasing,” says Edelman, VCH’s interim director for community health and chair of the North Shore Homelessness Task Force. “So this levelling off is definitely good.” The number of unsheltered homeless also declined from 63 in 2008 to 52 this year. This is another positive sign, adds Edelman, because those using shelters have a better chance of accessing outreach services such as nurses, foot specialists and optometrists. Of greater concern, however, is the number of homeless youth. Metro Vancouver saw a 29-per-cent increase in “unaccompanied youth,” while North Van recorded a 38-per-cent jump. This year was the first time the homeless sur-

vey attempted a youth-speciifc count, although Edleman says the task force asked schools and councillors to count homeless students in 2008. They reported 40 such youth. Paul Butler, youth services coordinator for Hollyburn Family Services, commended the homeless count for including youth this year. He feels this will help illustrate the “changing face of homeless.” The stereotypical homeless picture, that of an addict in their 30s, 40s or 50s, isn’t reflective of the entire homeless community. The problem in reaching a concrete number for North Shore homeless youth is overcoming the stigma many youth may feel when finding themselves in such a situation. Couch surfing, says Butler, is a form of homelessness but isn’t nearly as difficult to admit as not having any place to stay. “Youth don’t always identify as themselves homeless, but they are,” says Butler. “There are lots of challenges in the youth count. People perceive this as a family area, a place of big money. But there is this homelessness piece because of many factors. It can be hard to find them on count day. I think this is eye-opening for people.” The lack of North Shore panhandling, adds Butler, is another challenging factor when attempting to quantify homeless. Many people choose to head downtown to work but return home to the North Shore to sleep. The next hurdle, adds Butler, is providing housing. The North Shore youth safe house, which sleeps six, is full every night, he says. A two-bedroom transitional apartment, designed for longer stays, is available and eight more beds for those between the ages of 18 and 24 is

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expected to open in August. Judy Yurkowsky and David Newberry, of North Van’s Lookout shelter, echoed Butler’s call for housing. Last year, the Lookout operated at 104-per-cent capacity. The Lookout doesn’t allow youth to access its services, but as the homeless count revealed, many are coming in off the street and filling up all available beds. “It’s great to provide linkages for people who wouldn’t get it out in the camps, which could be anything from looking at jobs to getting IDs,” said Yurkowsky. “And word travels fast on the street about places that treat people with dignity and support.” But shelters aren’t housing, adds Newberry. “There is only so much affordable housing. Someone has to move out for someone to move in. Moving indoors is an excellent first step. But if you can’t afford to live, how do you move out of the shelter system? Political will needs to exist on the North Shore to find a solution on the North Shore.”

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he beauty pageant reputation, at least the one the knee-jerk summons up, isn’t always the most positive. Scenes of over-lipsticked, super-permed youngsters practising dance routines — not in the heartbreakingly lovable fashion of Olive, the beauty queen hopeful of Little Miss Sunshine — while over-zealous mothers critique their every step have become fodder for documentaries and talk shows. And that tough-to-swallow COFFEE stereotype isn’t lost on North WITH Vancouver’s Cheryl Dietrich, the Sean Kolenko newly-crowned Miss BC. In fact, skolenko@northshore she didn’t even enter herself into the contest; her name landed on pageant director Darren Storsley’s desk via an anonymous fan. “Once I met with the people involved in the pageant I was sold,” says Dietrich. “The passion was awesome. I just wanted in.” After she committed, the hard work began. Throwing herself into the pageant made her feel “completely uncomfortable.” Having wrestled with self-esteem issues, says Dietrich, made being part of such an endeavour quite the undertaking. Sometimes you just don’t feel good enough. You don’t look the way you want to look, feel the way you want to feel or work the way you want to work. But it’s when you wade into unknown territory that you learn a thing or two about yourself, she says. And that’s what Miss BC looks to promote. Instead of the offering the pageant-staple swimsuit competition, Miss BC has a sportswear category. Each contestant also participates in six professional training workshops, ranging in theme from self-defence to interview skills to public speaking. “About 15 of the 41 contestants told me they

are there for the classes, for the self-esteem workshops,” says Darren Storsley, pageant director. “They were there to get out of their shell. And when they leave after the weekend, the shyness is no more. It really isn’t about impressing the judges. It’s about having something inside to share, and learning to share it.” The pageant’s 2010 winner, Storlsey notes, focused on educating people on the horrors of the international sex trade. Prime Minster Stephen Harper was so impressed he flew her to 24 Sussex Dr. to discuss her concerns before she went to Thailand to work with victims of the sex trade. The platform Dietrich hopes to champion during her tenure as Miss BC is one of empowerment. She says she wants to use her position to talk to young girls about the importance of being confident. She plans to approach camps, community groups and schools to spread her message, connecting with girls and women at all points along the way. She’ll also be a part of this month’s Vancouver Pride festivities and the second annual Outgames later this month. It isn’t an opportunity to offer sermons, she stresses, because preaching doesn’t reach people. Her title gives her the chance to help and to continue evolving alongside those she’ll be working with. “Anyone can struggle; it doesn’t matter who you are,” says Dietrich. “But I think we have to get them early.” Dietrich plans to participate in the Miss Canada pageant in February. It’ll be another head-first dive into the land of the uncomfortable but, she says, it’ll be another learning experience. A larger platform with more eyes focused on her, to be sure, but with that much more potential to help.

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to change the zoning of this property to allow for the subdivision of this 60 ft. wide lot to create two 30 ft. lots. The proposal includes the construction of a new single family dwelling with secondary suite on each lot and a detached two car garage at the rear. Access to the garage would be from the open lane at the rear of the property APPLICANT: MARIO DRUFOVKA This Public Hearing is held under the provisions of the Local Government Act. All persons who believe they may be affected by the above proposal will be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person and/or by written submission. Written or electronic (email) submissions should be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at or by mail to City Clerk, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9. Electronic submissions must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Once the Public Hearing has concluded, no further information or submissions can be considered by Council. 7KHSURSRVHG%\ODZDQGUHOHYDQWEDFNJURXQGPDWHULDOPD\EHLQVSHFWHGDWWKHRIÂżFHRIWKH&LW\&OHUNEHWZHHQDPDQGSP0RQGD\WR)ULGD\H[FHSW Statutory Holidays, from July 8, 2011 to July 18, 2011. If you wish to view the material online please go to Please direct inquiries to Barbara Westmacott, Planning Technician II, at 604-990-4216 or

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NOTICE is hereby given, under the provisions of the Local Government Act, that a Public Meeting will be held on MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, B.C. DEVELOPMENT VARIANCE PERMIT NO. 2011-00003 J. RALPH has applied for a Development Variance Permit with respect to the property legally described as Amended Lot 10 (Explanatory Plan 4387), Block 13 District Lot 616, Plan 3804, located at 633 East 22nd Street, as indicated on the sketch, to permit the provisions of the “Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700� to be varied, to permit a Level-B Accessory Coach House at the rear of this property. The Coach House will be 985 square feet, 1.6 storeys and within a 20 ft. height envelope


As part of the same application, J. RALPH has applied for a Development Permit with respect to the property legally described above, located at 633 East 22nd Street. This Development Permit ensures the Level-B Accessory Coach House, described above, is constructed in compliance with the Level-B Accessory Coach House Development Permit Guidelines and all other applicable bylaws and guidelines of the City. Buildings and Structures will be developed in accordance with the plans stamped received June, 2011. APPLICANT: J. RALPH 7KHSURSRVHG'HYHORSPHQW9DULDQFH3HUPLWDQG'HYHORSPHQW3HUPLWDQGDQ\UHOHYDQWEDFNJURXQGPDWHULDOPD\EHLQVSHFWHGDWWKHRIÂżFH of the City Clerk between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays, from July 8, 2011 to July 18, 2011. If you wish to view the material online please go to Please direct inquiries to Courtney Miller, Community Development, at 604-990-4219 or Written or electronic (email) submissions should be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at or by mail to City Clerk, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9. Electronic submissions must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011.

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NOTICE is hereby given, under the provisions of the Local Government Act, that a Public Meeting will be held on MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, B.C. DEVELOPMENT VARIANCE PERMIT NO. DVP-2011-00002 David Atkinson, Pattison Sign Group has applied for a Development Variance Permit with respect to properties legally described as Lot 1, Block 136, District Lot 271, Plan 13998, located at 351 West 3rd Street, as indicated on the sketch. The intent of this variance is to permit the replacement of the existing freestanding Husky sign and relocate it to the northwest corner of the site. The following variances to Sign Bylaw, 1992, No. 6363, are required – - to permit one freestanding sign to be located within 30 metres of a residential zone. - to permit one freestanding sign to be installed within the Special Setback area. APPLICANT: DAVID ATKINSON, PATTISON SIGN GROUP 7KHSURSRVHG'HYHORSPHQW9DULDQFH3HUPLWDQGDQ\UHOHYDQWEDFNJURXQGPDWHULDOPD\EHLQVSHFWHGDWWKHRI¿FHRI the City Clerk between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays, from July 8, 2011 to July 18, 2011. If you wish to view the material online please go to Please direct inquiries to Jocelyne Piercey , Planner, Community Development, at 604-990-4236 or Written or electronic (email) submissions should be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at or by mail to City Clerk, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9. Electronic submissions must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011. 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver BC V7M 1H9 | Tel: 604-985-7761 | Fax: 604-985-9417

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he 42nd Annual Heart Awards Dinner by Variety – the Children’s Charity was a glamorous night full of familiar faces from all across the North Shore. It was a tribute night filled with music, entertainment and accolades for people who give their time and dedication to an organization that we all know and love. Many of those who were honoured work behind the scenes at the annual Show of Hearts Telethon, while others were recognized for their corporate contributions CAT’S and EYE fundraising efforts. Cat Barr Congrats to all involved.


B Philanthropist and former provincial political leader Grace McCarthy, left, attends the event with husband Ray and friend Gail Honey, wife of former radio star Rick Honey. C Among the evening’s award recipients is the always dashing Howard Blank, who is a vice president of both the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and of the Variety board of directors. D North Vancouver’s Brett Manlove, seen here with wife Brenda, knows all about the Variety Children’s Charity. As former Global TV VP, he has spent many hours tuned in with the cause. E Helping out with MC duties this night are media publisher/personality Peter

3 Legge, left, and Doug Rogers. F Looking elegant for the night’s festivities are West Vancouver’s Joanne Griffiths, left, and Variety Heart Awards volunteer Arlene McDonald. G North Vancouver’s Keri Nelson, left, is the 2011 Heart Award recipient. She is recognized for her 10 year dedication to many of Variety’s programs, including the Show of Hearts Telethon. Here she poses with young singing sensation Shylo Sharity who helped entertain the gala crowd.




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City of North Vancouver Coun. Bob Fearnley wants to see a light rail system on Marine Drive, connecting all three North Shore municipalities geoning bus services. By the spring of 1947, streetcar services in North Vancouver were no more.


Marine Drive n 1905, North Vancouver was, as it is today, a “’Wouldn’t it be nice to hop on a streetcar at the noticeably different place than the city across the Burrard Inlet. Since 1887, Vancouver had bottom of Lonsdale and go to Ambleside?’” asks been the end of the line for the Canadian Pacific Coun Bob Fearnley. “Obviously the city would benefit from the Railway. With such a distinction came business interests and Vancouver quickly emerged as a cross-town transit, but I believe this benefits all the municipalities on the North Shore. It bustling port. North Vancouver, while having experienced could help revitalize Marine Drive, support the some significant change in the Lower Lonsdale Squamish Nation in their moves to revitalize the neighbourhood since the turn of the century, area around Park Royal. This could really tie comremained much more quiet. About 1,000 people munities together.” Fearnley’s interest in re-establishing a streetand 250 homes dotted the North Van landscape. car system has been discussed, off and on, in A ferry service had long connected the two towns — the ferry terminal served, even then, as the city’s North Vancouver for years. Barb Sharpe prohub — but North Van didn’t yet have electricty, a posed a return of a Lonsdale line when she was mayor, while Dragana Mitic, boon Vancouver was already the city’s transportation planbenefitting from. ner, wrote a report last sumElectricity offered obvimer outlining the possibility ous advantages such as street of a free shuttle system on lighting, but it also brought Lonsdale, owned and operwith it the potential for ated by the city. streetcar service. By 1906, But the service Fearnley power arrived and so did the is discussing is more akin to streetcars. Within a year, lines the light rail systems used ran along Lonsdale Avenue in Seattle and Portland. The to 19th Street, from First City of North Vancouver immediate reaction to any Street to 19th Street via Third discussion about streetcars Street and Grand Boulevard, often paints a nostalgic picand west from First Street to Keith Road, ending at what is now Mackay Road. ture of the cars of yesteryear. But the reality of In 1911, a new Grand Boulevard route to Lynn modern transit, and the never-ending interest in Valley was added, as was a new westerly line that rapid transit for the North Shore, means highspeed light rail, Fearnley says. ended in the area of the current Capilano Road. In 2006, the IBI Group, a international consult“The investment in transit versus the number of people was substantial,” says Gary Penway, the ing firm specializing in urban issues, completed an city’s deputy director of community development. extensive report on the feasibility of a downtown “People absolutely rode it. It was fundamental light rail system in Vancouver. A light rail car, priced between $3 and $3.5 milto the city’s growth.” lion, is more expensive than both a 40-foot bus The pivotal transportation system would, howat $400,000 to $500,000 and an articulated bus, ever, suffer a quick demise. In 1937, the Lions Gate which ranges between $600,000 and $900,000. bridge was built. In spring 1943, the Mackay Creek Light rail cars, however, carry more passengers trestle was abandoned and 1946 marked the end than buses and on busy transit corridors, that of the Lonsdale line. The extensive track system greater capacity can help offset the more expenwas quickly ripped up, helping make room for bur- sive capital costs.


City of North Vancouver Coun. Bob Fearnley wants to see light rail on the North Shore. This historic streetcar, currently housed at Fen Burdett Stadium, once travelled along Lonsdale Avenue. Rob Newell photo

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right away I just fell in love with the melodies. I wanted to hear more and see more,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing led to another and I ended up playing guitar in a local Punjabi band. I quickly picked up the language and continued to learn more and more about the culture.â&#x20AC;? In the early 90s, Singh and his brothers formed Dal Dil Vog, a grunge-era Vancouver rock band that mixed hard rock with dance-oriented Bhangra music. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique fusion of sounds was a hit, and for several years they enjoyed moderate fame, landing videos on Much Music and MTV Asia, touring North America and India, headlining the Vancouver Folk Festival, and even performing for Prince Charles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lived the rock star lifestyle,â&#x20AC;? says Singh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But eventually, it became too much. In 1999 or 2000 I quit the whole band scene. It was taking too much of a toll on my family life, so I put my guitar away and started working full-time.â&#x20AC;? Years would pass before Singh finally picked up his guitar again and, when he did, he found things had changed. He was no longer interested in playing rock tunes. Instead, he started strumming his guitar in a more mellow way, while penning intimate lyrics. The result, he says, was the birth of Indo folk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just seems like the right mix. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always envisioned in my head,â&#x20AC;? says the self-taught guitarist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of what I play now are old songs that I had in my back pocket and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do with. Some of them are 25 years old, others were written just recently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to think my music is genuine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always about experiences or people in my life,â&#x20AC;? he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you were there first-hand, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to write about. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in love with somebody, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to write a song for them.â&#x20AC;? Backed by his band The Discriminators, Singh released his first album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simple Man,â&#x20AC;? a few years ago. On June 25, the band followedup with its sophomore release â&#x20AC;&#x153;Found a Way Home,â&#x20AC;? including the single â&#x20AC;&#x153;East West Masala.â&#x20AC;? This summer, the group is taking its act on the road across the Lower Mainland, beginning with a stop at North Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Party at the Pier celebration Sunday, July 17, at 11 a.m. For more on the band or to hear samples from the new album visit For more info on Party at the Pier check out www.

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The stewardship part of the initiative involves residents becoming aware of locally protected marine areas and reporting and recording any violations in those zones. And the final component is the “no take” pledge. Simply put, the plan is to encourage the community to feel ownership of its marine habitat. “I think it is the only way we will be successful at saving it,” Mulder says. Twelve years ago the society’s members used to help conduct an annual fish count. The surveys stopped when the counts got so small; it wasn’t worth the divers’ time, Mulder says. He’s excited for the day when the fish numbers are up again. “I am passionate about this because of what I have seen in a very short period of time,” Mulder says. “We can make a change.” For more information on the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society of B.C. and its programs, visit or check it out on Facebook.

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moving to North Van and then back to Toronto. But Sean and Steve kept in close contact and, amazingly, have had very similar lives. Steve earned a full-ride golf scholarship to Jackson State University in Mississippi after graduating from Windsor in 1989, while Sean took a scholarship to Tennessee State after finishing high school in Ontario. Both became teaching pros. Steve was at several courses including Eaglecrest Coyote Creek in Surrey before managing Perfect Lies, a golf retail store. (Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now a sales rep for Chubb Edwards, the security company.) Sean taught at famed Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont. They even got married within months of each other in 2004 (Sean and wife Kate in July right at Glen Abbey where they met when she showed up for golf lessons; and Steve and Amy in October). And they were groomsmen in each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding party. Steve has

two sons, Noah, almost five, and Matteo, two. Sean has Quinn, three and a half, with Kate expecting their second son in August. Sean hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been back to Vancouver since Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding. That will all change when Sean arrives for the Canadian Open next week at Shaughnessy. Texting and talking on the phone as they do is one thing, but meeting up at Shaughnessy will be so much better, bringing back memories of when they were carefree kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steve had this Oldsmobile Classic,â&#x20AC;? Sean recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was such a lemon, such a beater. It was so big. He would pick me up early and my golf spikes would already be on. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go play Point Grey or Shaughnessy or Seymour. We walked a thousand miles together. He remembers sitting in the car with me telling him about angles in a downswing that could lead to more speed. He must have thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where is this kid coming from?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?


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Dale Schienbein, who became head pro at Seymour when Mel White retired, was at Shaughnessy then and coached Sean. Jack McLaughlin worked with Steve. Over at Seymour, there are memories too. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where they sometimes played gratis by hopping the fence in Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard at 951 Fairway Drive, an appropriately named street for sure. That put them on the 13th hole. Steve and Sean would play at Seymour in a threesome with someone else whose name you might know, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d poke fun when this other kid had to leave before their round was even over. Despite being summertime, it seems this other boy always had to go to hockey camp or power skating. When Paul Kariya made it to the NHL, they realized why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left early so often. Sean, with his sports psychologistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat on, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always trying to look at cause and effect, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a golf swing or human emotions or whatever. If someone is not typically happy and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not good to other people, rather than judge or condemn them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the effect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to understand what is the cause. Typically, when people like that tell you about their life, there are so many red lights as to why they would be that way. I was always the kid pointing to things saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What? Why?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are 50 guys on the PGA Tour not playing well because their mom or dad passed away or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having issues with their wife. As much as it affects anyone else, it affects them, too. And golf is the beautiful test because you get to go out on the course for five hours, where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really quiet, and think about it the whole time. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting them to understand self-apathy and shame and guilt and all that stuff which is conflicting the clarity thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed to perform. Anything outside your control might as well be dead to you.â&#x20AC;? As you can see, Sean understands more than just the golf swing. When Sean was here, he lived at 2150 Hill Drive in Blueridge which, he points out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;was about as high up as you could go on Mount Seymour.â&#x20AC;? That street name and location, much like Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fairway Drive, is uncannily fitting for Sean because coaching Tiger Woods is about as high up as you can go in the world as a teaching pro. But it will also be an uphill struggle to get Woods back to where he once was. You can be sure, however, that Sean has the drive to do it. This is episode 425 from Len Corbenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasure chest of stories â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the great events and the quirky â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that bring to life the North Shoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich sports history.


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ean Foleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job is to straighten out Tiger Woods. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say his job is to get Woods to be on the straight and narrow. No â&#x20AC;&#x201C; yet, while Foleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s task as Tigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach is strictly to get the best golfer in the world to actually be the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best golfer out there on the golf course, if you talk with the former North Vancouverite who went to Windsor Secondary in Grades 8 and 9, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon find that Foley believes in working with the complete person. So how does the smallest guy on Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team in 1988 and 1989, under coaches Jay Prepchuk and Phil Langley (as well as the shortest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and, therefore, the hooker â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on Norm Vipondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugby team and a member of Jim Bestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ski team), get INSTANT to be Tiger REPLAY Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach? Len Corben Steve Roberts, who became lifelong friends with Sean at Windsor, provides a glimpse of Seanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early obsession with golf. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sean always had a passion for teaching golf, even when he was in Grade 8. He always wanted to copy the best playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; swings. He was very technical.â&#x20AC;? Sean and Steve, three years older, met when the two played golf for Windsor and as junior members at Seymour Golf and Country Club, and while trekking to Shaughnessy for lessons. You get to know someone really well during four hours walking and talking on the golf course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even back then,â&#x20AC;? notes Steve, â&#x20AC;&#x153;he was very intelligent. He was always trying to figure out how things worked; why people swung a certain way and what caused a certain shot to happen.â&#x20AC;? I caught up with Steve last week, getting the lowdown on his and Seanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shared experiences during youthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s halcyon days. That led to an engaging 65-minute phone conversation with Sean that began when he called at precisely our agreed-upon time, just hours before he was heading to this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s British Open. Our talk touched on everything from his growingup days in North Van, to his family, psychology, philosophy, Isaac Newton, the media, the career of younger brother Kevin (a former Sportsnet producer who founded Project 10 Productions which produced Seanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructional DVD called The Next Generation), a burglary at his Orlando home and Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stanley Cup riot. A thought-provoking chat indeed. Sean was born in Scarborough, Ont. Because his dad moved a lot while working for DuPont, the chemical company, the family lived in Delaware, San Francisco and Los Angeles before

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s fast-tempo circus music echoes off the concrete walls at the Harry Jerome centre’s gymnasium, a group of barefooted children dashes toward the centre of the room. Most of the kids are clad in bright blues, florescent pinks, or neon purples, making the single-file line look more like a colourful blur. Some don scarves, bows, or face paint. A few girls have their hair in pigtails. At least one boy has a red feather in his cap like Peter Pan. Today is the final day of circus camp and the kids are preparing to perform for a group of excited parents and caregivers. For the past week, the camp’s 33 participants have learned the ropes — both literally and figuratively — from a group of professional performers from Vancouver Circus School. The popular day camp, hosted by

the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, is now in its fifth year on the North Shore. Nigel Wakita, Vancouver Circus School’s director of recreational education, says the program gives youth a unique opportunity to learn skills such as acrobatics, tightrope walking and trapeze under the supervision of professionals. “It’s athletic yet everyone can participate,” he says, noting the camp also teaches less physical acts, such as juggling, trampoline and unicycling. “You don’t have to be a top athlete to succeed at circus,” he notes. “It’s also about performance, which helps students improve their confidence levels.” Parent Julia Balkwill signed her daughters up because she thought it would be a fun and creative way for them to stay active. “They both really love it. They’re orangutans at home anyways, always jumping around, so this camp was a great fit for them,” says Balkwill. “I like the freedom of doing things

and experimenting without boundaries,” says Balkwill’s 12-year-old daughter Ryhlie. Ryhlie says her favourite was the trapeze because “you feel amazing when you’re up there.” Younger sister Kellye, however, says she prefers climbing the aerial silks. “You feel like you’re flying when you’re on them,” says the 10-year-old. “Like nothing can hold you back.” The camp, which runs every other week until Aug. 15, is just one of more than 100 camps offered by the North Vancouver Rec Commission this summer. Other unique offerings include Bollywood dance camp, cartooning and claymation, and flash video game design. For more information visit www. or call 604-987-PLAY.

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North Van priest shares his insights into life and love MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


here are times when it seems like men and women speak a different language. Meanings get misinterpreted, words don’t have the same connotation and disagreements ensue because of simple misunderstandings. In his role as an Anglican priest who does a lot of work with couples whose marriage is in trouble, Ed Hird sometimes acts as their translator. For him, what’s key in any relationship is that we feel understood. To be understood, and to be accepted, go deep into the core of our humanity. Several years ago, he wrote in an online column that “Inside the heart of each and every one of us, there is a longing to be understood by someone who really cares. When a person is understood, he or she can put up with almost anything in the world.” Little did he know how much these words would resonate with people, especially with those who like to think a lot about love. He did a Google search of the column and was amazed to dis-

cover that there were nearly 19,000 links. Those two sentences have been posted on thousands of blogs, social networking pages and romance-oriented websites. He writes about the impact those words have had in an essay in a new anthology called A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider: Words to stimulate the mind and delight the spirit. The book is a bit like Chicken Soup for the Religious Soul. Published by That’s Life! Communications, the book explores different perspective of the role faith plays in our everyday lives. In his essay, Rev. Hird touches on what he’s learned in his own marriage to Janice, a professional musician with whom he has three children. He talks about what works in his marriage, and what differences they’ve had to overcome. “A healthy marriage,” he writes, “celebrates the ordinary, not just the extraordinary. Janice and I are learning afresh the joy of ordinary pleasures: taking regular time together for peaceful walks, chatting over a cup of tea, listening to each other’s daily experiences... and even reading together. When I’m excited about the insights I’m learning from a new book, I love to interrupt my

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orth Vancouver is home to hundreds of talented craftspeople, as visitors to the summer artisan craft sales will discover. There are between 15 and 30 artisans at each craft fair, so there is a wide variety of items to choose from. Craft fairs are an excellent way to meet the people who make each item, so you can learn about the process and the materials they use. Items for sale include hand-crafted jewellery and metal work, wood carvings, home-made fudge, prints of original artwork and photographs, home décor, and more. The next craft sales are • July 23-24: Lynn Valley Library Square • August 13-14: Civic Plaza (14th & Lonsdale) • August 27-28: Lynn Valley Library Square For a full list of participating artisans visit

wife and tell her about my new discoveries. Because she’s very kind, she puts up with this, before going back to her own mystery novel.” Rev. Hird says that although many North Shore residents have had tremendous financial success, sometimes the cost of that wealth is personal happiness. “In the midst of that busyness, marriages stumble.” His essay explores what can be done to try to put a marriage back on firm footing. The stories in the anthology do not all have happy endings. There are people who write about devastating losses in their lives, or occasions that do not turn out as planned. Sometimes there are people of faith who make stunning breakthroughs; sometimes people of faith die. But through the grief, hope survives. This year marks Rev. Hird’s 35th anniversary as an Anglican priest, his 24th on the North Shore, where he is now the priest at St. Simon’s Anglican Church. His first book was Battle for the Soul of Canada: Raising Up the Emerging Generation of Leaders. This new anthology, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, is available at Indigo/Chapters.


JUNE 13 - AUGUST 5, 2011 To vote in the referendum, you should know the following: Two key dates of the 2011 HST Referendum have been extended, ■ the deadline to request a voting package is extended to midnight (local time) July 22, 2011. Call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free). ■ and, the close of voting is extended to 4:30 p.m. August 5, 2011. ■ an HST Referendum Voting Package will be mailed to each registered voter through July 7, 2011.

■ voting packages will include a ballot and instructions on how to vote and return your ballot package. Caralyn Clark and Greg Laviolette are thrilled to announce the arrival of their beautiful baby daughter

Lauren Avery Clark Laviolette on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at BC Women’s Hospital. Proud grandparents are Bob and Mel Clark and Larry and Sharon Laviolette.

The key to a successful marriage, says Rev. Ed Hird, is to “celebrate the ordinary, not just the extraordinary.” Hird shares this and other insights in a recently published essay. Martha Perkins photo

■ you can vote if you are: ■ a Canadian citizen ■ 18 years of age or older on July 22, 2011 ■ registered as a voter in British Columbia ■ a resident of B.C. for at least six months before July 22, 2011 ■ not disqualified by law from voting

ballot packages must be received by Elections BC, a Service BC Centre or an Elections BC Collection Centre before 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2011. Locations are listed on the Elections BC website at or call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free).

■ HST Referendum Voting Packages are provided in English. Translations of the materials are available on the Elections BC website at Ballot

For more information, contact: 1-800-661-8683 TTY 1-888-456-5448

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