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Police I.D. body on Cypress as former shooting victim Autopsy results fail to reveal cause of death, investigators treating case as ‘suspicious’ GREG HOEKSTRA S TA F F R E P O RT E R

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he body found on Cypress Mountain Tuesday has been identified as missing 35-year-old Vahid Mahanian, police confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Mahanian, a resident of North Vancouver, was last seen June 27 while having lunch with friends in Vancouver. The North Vancouver resident’s disappearance made headlines last week due to his ties to past criminal activity, including a violent home invasion in North Vancouver in 1997 and a bloody gangland shootout in Richmond in 2007. Police say Mahanian’s body was discovered July 12 by trail maintenance volunteers a short distance from Cypress Mountain Road, one kilometre northeast of the High View lookout. An autopsy completed by the BC Coroner’s Service earlier today was unable to determine a cause of death. “In light of the autopsy result, investigators are continuing to treat this matter as suspicious,” said Cst. Jeff Palmer, spokesperson for the West Vancouver Police Department, in an issued statement. Investigators from the WVPD and the Vancouver Police Department’s homicide unit are currently conducting a “detailed processing” of the area where the body was found, in search of evidence that could provide clues into how Mahanian’s body ended up there.

Vahid Mahanian’s body was discovered on Cypress Mountain on July 12. Submitted photo

Mahanian’s vehicle, a blue 1994 Pontiac Grand Am, has since been found in the Lower Mainland and has been seized by police. Anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity in the area, or anyone with information about Mahanian’s whereabouts since June 27, is asked to contact West Vancouver Police at 604925-7300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Port gets CNV cash for design work City gives $1M for detailed slope report, will evalauate new Low Level Road plans next year Clark’s comments were met with applause from residents of the potentially affected area who were in attendance at the S TA F F R E P O RT E R meeting. Amanda Nichol, a resident of 400-block of East First Street, ort Metro Vancouver is heading back to the Low Level called the process “laughable.” She’s not against improveRoad drawing board, this time with $1 million of the ments, she said, but can’t trust the port to have an honest and city’s money to help pay for detailed design work. open approach with the community after its botched attempts Council approved the financial contribution at Monday over the last few months. night’s meeting, with the caveat that councillors can vote “This allows us to move forward. What we’ve heard is the against the project when the port returns to city hall with the issue around trust and it was never the intention of the port designs next March. Council’s decision comes just one month for that to happen,” said Dennis Bickel, PMV’s senior manafter it voted down the much-maligned ager of gateway competitiveness. project for a lack of detail and engage“But I think we will absolutely find a sce“This isn’t just a ment with the communities adjacent to nario that all parties will be happy with. It the proposed work. regular development will take a fair amount of effort and contribuInstead, council approved only the from everyone but we’ll get there. We where we are at an tions construction of an overpass at the are very serious about this project.” Neptune/Cargill terminals, citing the arm’s length. We need In a phone interview Tuesday with The need for improved safety for staff heading Coun. Guy Heywood said stabilizto be a partner and not Outlook, in and out of the area. ing the slope has been on North Vancouver’s As part of the initial project, the city just a judge.” to-do list for years and the opportunity to was committed to spending $800,000 for partner with a corporation to learn the work on the slope in the area between Guy Heywood intricacies of the job is a benefit to the city. Moody and St. Patrick’s avenues, the por- North Vancouver councillor Council, he added, made no commitment to tion of the South Slope of most concern. approving the over-all project. Now that those plans have been nixed, “Having someone help pay, for their objeccouncil has agreed to channel the money into the port’s tives and ours, helps us move forward. Council has a tendency request for help in funding a detailed slope stability study of of jumping in and making decisions without accurate informathe area. tion,” said Heywood. In addition to the slope report, PMV will include concrete “But getting accurate engineering information will help us.” information on proposed heights for an elevated road, noise As for why the city should help pay for such designs, conmitigation measures and environmental assessments — all of sidering every other developer is on the hook for all costs which were missing from the port’s previous proposal. before presenting to council, Heywood said the city needs to The promise of detailed drawings, said Coun. Craig Keating, be an active member in the project because “it’s our road.” is an answer to the deluge of concerns from the community. “The Low Level Road is a city development,” added Not all councillors, however, were convinced. Heywood. Coun. Rod Clark, a vocal opponent of the project, said “This isn’t just a regular development where we are at an “Port Metro Vancouver needs a time out” and should take the arm’s length. We need to be a partner not just a judge.” summer to pay for their own designs before returning to council in the fall with a new proposal. His motion directing PMV to do so was defeated. SEAN KOLENKO


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Longboarding meeting puts wheels in motion Forum brings councillors, police, parents and teens together to discuss the sport’s future on North Shore GREG HOEKSTRA

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iscussions about the future of longboarding on the North Shore are picking up momentum after a public meeting hosted by the District of North Vancouver Monday night. More than 75 residents, councillors, parents and longboarders filled the atrium July 18 to discuss concerns around the growing sport — an offshoot of skateboarding that generally involves a longer board and downhill races — and explore how local governments should regulate it. The meeting began with Carol Walker, the district’s chief bylaw officer, explaining how longboarding is currently dealt with. When the sport takes place on provincial highways, she said, it falls under the province’s Motor Vehicle Act. But when it takes place on district streets, municipal bylaws come into play. Walker said the district’s bylaws prohibit long-


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boarders from riding on sidewalks, on roads with a speed limit exceeding 50 kilometres per hour, or riding anytime between sunrise and sunset, are due to safety concerns. Longboarders are also not permitted to ride without helmets, to ride in any position other than standing, or to ride anywhere “except as near to the right side of the roadway or lane as is practicable.” Failing to meet any of these restrictions could result in a fine of $45, Walker said. A heftier $90 fine can also be imposed if a longboarder is found to be interfering with or obstructing traffic. Similar provisions exist in both the City of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver. However, Walker said, bylaw enforcement officers often issue warnings before issuing tickets, and said their primary goals are safety and education. Monday’s meeting, she added, was meant to hear from the sport’s enthusiasts to discuss what does, and does not, make sense about the bylaws. Tom Edstrand, a North Vancouver resident and co-founder of Landyachtz Longboards, was next at the microphone. He said that in 28 years of skating on the roads of North Vancouver and West Vancouver “I’ve never had any incidents with officers or residents because I’ve always skated in a safe way.” Edstrand said both residents and the longboarding community seem to have the same goals in mind — to prevent any unnecessary accidents or injuries. Les Robertson of Rayne Longboards echoed Edstrand’s sentiments, and said the North Shore should follow suit with other boarding-friendly communities, such as Pender Harbour, by putting up

signs to alert drivers. “Educating drivers about longboarders is just as important as educating longboarders about drivers,” said Roberston. “It’s easier to do it with adults in some ways.” Robertson said longboarders want to feel “legitimized” and said the North Shore has an opportunity to embrace the growing sport and become a hotbed for events and meet-ups. He noted that this summer there will be 14 events across B.C., drawing an estimated 2,800 participants and spectators. “This isn’t just about our community, this is about sports tourism as well,” he said. Sgt. Peter DeVries, spokesman for the North Vancouver RCMP, explained the perspective of local police. DeVries said officers support longboarding as an environmentally friendly transportation method, but only when it’s done within the confines of the law. DeVries said police have very few problems with riders who use their boards to commute, or with those who practise “freestyle” riding. What troubles police, he said, is downhill riding, which by its nature leads to faster speeds and “carving” into oncoming traffic lanes. “Our opinion is that longboarding of that style, on those roads, at those speeds, is not safe,” DeVries said. “I was there, I dealt with Glenna Evans’s death,” DeVries added, referring to a tragic accident last July in which a longboarder (Evans) lost control while trying to turn onto Anne MacDonald Way near Mount Seymour. “I know that Glenna would not want her death to be used as a reason to stop people from longboarding.... That said, we can’t ignore that that incident happened.”


District Mayor Richard Walton expressed similar concerns to a small group of longboarders after the meeting. Walton said he has received a number of calls and emails from residents with safety concerns — particularly in the area of Skyline Drive. “It’s all about your safety,” Walton said. “We want to avoid any tragedies.” Blake Startup, a 27-year-old rider from Deep Cove, couldn’t agree more. In an interview with The Outlook, Startup said the North Shore’s longboarding community was shocked last year following Evans’s death. Collectively, they don’t want anything like that to happen again, which is why they’re now making the push toward teaching young riders. “As our demographic gets younger and younger, education becomes more and more crucial,” said Startup. “We want to make sure young longboarders are aware of the rules of the road, and that they understand the risks.” Like Robertson, Startup said he believes the North Shore has an opportunity to set an example with its bylaws and practices. He said conversations like the one held Monday are a positive step forward, and show that local governments are willing to consider ways to allow longboarding to flourish, so long as it’s done safely. “The North Shore is, like it or not, kind of a world hot spot right now. A lot of eyes are on North Vancouver. People are watching our decisions and will follow suit,” Startup said. “Outlawing us from the streets isn’t the right answer. We’re really keen to work with the community to find a solution.”


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A lesson in motivation North Vancouver-based journalist Terry Gould takes part in SFU writers’ panel, says his literary motives are to understand ‘why people do good’ ing subculture of suburban swingers. “As a journalist, you spend a lot of time around police,” he says, with a slight chuckle. “And I bumped into officers who were sharing their wives around the club. And then I went to a gathering and there were more.” Published in 1999, The Lifestyle: A Look at the Erotic Rites of Swingers, became an international bestseller and was profiled on CBS’s 48 Hours and ABC’s 20/20. Regardless of the topic, however, Gould says his storytelling philosophy remains a simple one — to help “keep bad people from hurting good people and understanding why other people do good.” These days, Gould admits he prefers to focus on the why-people-do-good-stuff side of the ledger because the stories are more complex. He wants to understand the motivation behind someone’s drive to do right, even when that decision is met with certain death. “Where does that motivation, that self-sacrificing nature come from?” he asks. “In some small way, by highlighting those who may have died, by explaining their motivations and the origins of their decisions, the journalism highlights the best in people.”


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NV little leaguers win big in Whistler GREG HOEKSTRA S TA F F R E P O RT E R


orth Vancouver is once again home to some of the biggest stars in little league baseball. For the second year running, the Mount Seymour Little League 11s All Stars won top honours at the 2011 Sea-to-Sky Invitational, which wrapped up in Whistler on July 10. The team, made up of 11-year-old ball players, went undefeated in five games during the tourney. The invitational drew 15 squads in different age categories from Vancouver, Langley, Squamish, Pemberton, Whistler and the North Shore.

The Mount Seymour team won the cup in style after Mason Vanbelois belted a home run in the bottom of the final inning. Vanbelois was later named the tounament’s most valuable player in the 11s age category. Congratulations to the team, including Vanbelois, Jake Bishop, Dallas Blaney, Carter Burt Lake, Tyler Writman, Jack Osieja, Dylan McCartney, Jackson Pye, Ryan Baker, Blake Reid, Kyle McCormack and Adrian Flores. The winning team was coached by Cal Pye, Doug McCartney, Howard Blaney, Chuck Osieja and Andy Baker.

Bottom left to right: Jake Bishop, Dallas Blaney, Carter Burt Lake, Mason Vanbelois, Tyler Writman, (middle left to right) Jack Osieja, Dylan McCartney, Jackson Pye, Ryan Baker, Blake Reid, Kyle McCormack, Adrian Flores, and (top left to right) Coaches Doug McCartney, Howard Blaney and Cal Pye. Absent from the photo are coaches Chuck Osieja and Andy Baker. Alberto Flores photo



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uinn Dubois stands at the top of Epps Avenue, a stone’s throw from his Deep Cove home, with the wind at his back. As the midday sun breaks through the clouds, Quinn squints his eyes, pulls his leather gloves tight, and mentally charts his course down the grey asphalt slope. A moment later he licks his lips, drops his skateboard to the ground, and begins pushing himself forward. The sound of the board’s soft rubber wheels rolling over bumpy pavement is the only noise in the otherwise quiet neighbourhood. Quinn is only 12 years old, but already he’s a world

champion in the growing sport of longboarding. In fact, a Google search of his name reveals dozens of articles, photos, and videos hailing the Cove Cliff Elementary student as the “future of speedboarding.” And after watching him maneuver on his board, it’s not hard to see why. With his knees slightly bent and a look of determination on his face, Quinn weaves his way down a steep road as smoothy and effortlessly as a professional snowboarder carving through fresh powder. It’s a skill he’s been developing since he first hopped on a longboard at the early age of eight, and it’s one he hopes to keep working on for years to come — so long as local governments don’t try to give the sport the cold shoulder. “I guess what I really love is that it’s just me and my

board. I was never that into team sports. I like being in control of all aspects,” says the freckle-faced champion, sitting in his family’s living room, doodling on his hand with a ballpoint pen. “And I like the speed,” he adds with a grin. “It gives you a bit of a rush.” Wheels in motion The first thing that struck Erian Baxter was how welcoming longboarders were to her son. At the time, Quinn was just a pint-sized eight-year-old with shaggy hair and a button nose, but his age and small stature didn’t faze some of the older instructors and race organizers.

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an you name the sexy figure with wings who only rolls with celebrities, royalty or the very, very wealthy? If you said Rolls-Royce’s “The Spirit of Ecstasy” then you’d be right. The silver hood ornament, created by sculptor Charles Sykes, has adorned every Rolls-Royce since February 1911 and this year, the company is celebrating her 100-year anniversary with some very swanky city-to-city parties. West Vancouver’s elite were invited to commemorate this CAT’S milestone recently at EYE Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver. The night Cat Barr included food from C Restaurant, libations from Belvedere Vodka, and live music from Ten Souljers. It was an evening of luxury, beauty and elegance as everyone got a chance to glimpse cars from RollsRoyce’s Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection. Me, I’ll take the convertible black one please.


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he North Shore has its first public charging station for electric vehicles, thanks to the efforts of North Vancouver-based Angel Restoration. Last month, the company unveiled the new station outside its Rupert Street location, inviting members of the community who may own electric vehicles to make use of it. Cam McLeod, the man behind the green initiative, says his family-based business wants to be at the forefront of environmental technology. Plus, it’s just in the nature of their business to give back to the community whenever they can, he adds. “The shift toward electric vehicles has to start somewhere. So we decided to take the leap,” says Cam. “It’s something we’re doing not only for ourselves, but for the community.” Cam says the company is hoping to include electric vehicles in its fleet beginning this fall or winter, but they decided to get a head start now by investing $8,000 in the charging station. He says the family is confident that, as oil supplies deplete and fuel prices continue to climb, electric vehicles will become more and more viable. “Right now it’s not really economically viable

Cam McLeod of Angel Restoration shows off the electric car charging station (above) installed at his family’s business last month. Rob Newell photo for companies to outfit their fleets [with electric vehicles], but there’s going to be a tipping point,” he says. District of North Vancouver council members, including Mayor Richard Walton and Coun. Roger Bassam, have lauded the company’s efforts publicly, including their commitment to pay for the charge station’s installation, ongoing maintenance and electricity use out of pocket. In the coming months, the municipality may also look into adding electric vehicles to its own fleet. Angel Restoration has already invited the district to use its charging station at any time. Cam’s father, David, says when he first started the business in the early 1990s, he made a pact with himself to give back to those around him if the business became successful. After working for years in the oil industry, David was been laid off during a time of economic downturn. He went from earning a healthy salary, to having “no money in my jars


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t’s getting uglier on the roads, according to an opinion survey of B.C. motorists conducted for ICBC. Fifty-five per cent of Lower Mainland residents believe drivers in their community have become less courteous over the past five years, the Ipsos Reid survey found. Forty per cent said it’s about the same while just three per cent thought drivers are more courteous. ICBC psychologist John Vavrik said rude, discourteous driving can trigger road rage incidents. “Aggressive or careless driving such as cutting off other drivers, speeding, tailgating, talking on cellphones and not using proper signals is almost always what incites road rage,” Vavrik said. “While road delays play a part in adding to driving stress, it’s the behaviour of other drivers that leads to the greatest frustration.” He said the heated emotions that

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has been fierce,” Dave Howells, race media manager, told The Outlook. “I think it’s fair to say it’s been the fastest race so far.” Kamloops-born Chris Sheppard, Canadian Cyclo Cross champion and past BC Bike Race winner, took top honours in the men’s solo division with a time of 16:34:54, followed by American Jason Stager (+10:31) and Squamish’s Neal Kindree (+19:53) in third place. Canadian Jennifer Shulz (22:33:52) won the women’s solo discipline. This year’s event was the first not to feature a North Shore stage, usually the opening leg, because the downhillfocused local trails proved difficult to connect into a manageable circuit for riders. Last year, organizers began the race in Inter River Park. In 2009, the Lower Seymour area and a portion of the trails on Fromme Mountain were used. “For a Day One, it’s tough. The North Shore is just very technical,” said Tom Skinner, a North Vancouver resident and general manger of the race. “I took a group of Belgian riders on the Bridal Path and it was really tough

for them. It’s quite technical, not flat riding.” While 2011 may have marked a new direction in race routes, former Olympic mountain biker and three-time Trans Rockies race winner Andreas Hestler, amidst a flurry of handshakes and wellwishes, told The Outlook the BC Bike Race remains “our own off-road Tour de France.” Hestler, also North Van resident, race organizer and competitor, said finishing the competition is “like climbing Mount Everest.” Fatigue, he added, is a daunting obstacle for many racers as the courses are demanding and require some steep climbing. But, he said with a smile, the pain is worth it. The world is taking note of British Columbia mountain biking and he’s happy to help spread the word. “We’re proud as a North Shore company to share our little piece of mountain biking with the world,” he said. “It’s amazing.” For a full list of results from the 2011 BC Bike Race, including the team disciplines, visit

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The best and worst of times The sporting saga of Stephen Pickell against America’s super John Naber in that first leg, and stayed right on Naber’s shoulder... Pickell clocked a 57.58, the fastest time of his life, and that’s what set up the great run to second.” A few months ago, I visited Steve and his family at their home in Tustin, in suburban Los Angeles, where he settled after graduating from the University of Southern California. He was swim captain two years and an All-American for three. He now works in insurance. And he’s been coaching his four boys, the swimming and water polo teams for 13 years at Foothill High located just 500 yards from their home, and more recently the nowthriving SoCal Aquatics Club. Last week, I caught up with Steve again by phone. “That would be the highlight of my career,” he acknowledges regarding the Olympic silver medal. “I’ve always been a team kind of guy and because that was with four teammates [Graham Smith, Clay Evans, Gary MacDonald and alternate Bruce Robertson], that probably was the highlight, without question. “Individually, I did break two world records [in the short course backstroke and butterfly in 1977] and that was pretty cool too. “The disqualification is definitely the lowlight. I don’t think I’ve ever been so down as when I disqualified that relay. I really felt badly because there are three gentlemen [Stephen Badger, Bill Sawchuk and Jim Hett] who will never be able to say they swam in an Olympic final because I disqualified the relay. Then I got a chance – but none of those three did – to redeem myself and was fortunate enough to do it. But I still feel for the other three. We weren’t supposed to win a medal in the medley relay so who knows what we could have done in the freestyle relay. It’s something I think about all the time.” Pickell was voted Canadian junior male athlete of the year in 1974, earned 39 senior national titles, picked up silver (4x100m medley relay) and bronze (100m backstroke) medals at the 1979 Pan-Am Games in Puerto Rico, and was elected to the BC Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003. If you’ve been around here since the 1950s, you’ll know of Bob Pickell, his dad. Bob played basketball at Vancouver College as a B.C. tourney first all-star in 1947, then at the University of Portland and for Canada in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. He was an end for the 1951-52 Edmonton Eskimos and 1954 BC Lions, won Vancouver City handball crowns and the 1973 Canadian doubles racquetball title with Herb Capozzi, and drove in the Shell 4000 trans-Canada car rally four times. Now Steve and wife Shelley, who met in a P.E. class at USC, have four boys, all accomplished athletes too. Blake, the eldest at 26, was on the Foothill water polo and swim

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