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North Vancouver law professor made history earlier this month when she became the first-ever Canadian to win a prestigious award from the American Bar Association. Wanda Cassidy, director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Education, Law and Society, was named the recipient of the ABA’s Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education at conference in Chicago Mar. 5, in honour of her work promoting “legal literacy” in B.C.’s elementary and secondary schools. The award, which is named after the “father of law-related education,” is handed out to an individual who has made significant contributions in promoting law-related education. Cassidy, who has spent more than 25 years working to demystify the legal system for both teachers and students, says she was deeply honoured to receive the recognition. “I was really touched,” Cassidy told The Outlook. “I didn’t think they would ever give it out to a non-American.” Cassidy added the award gave a sense of validation to her countless hours of research and field work as an educator. “Typically university professors are rewarded in terms of their peerreviewed journal articles... but I’ve always tried to apply my research and knowledge in the real world, to

practitioners, to teachers, to people who are out there in the trenches working away,” said Cassidy. “For me this award means a lot because it acknowledges that kind of work I’ve done over my career.” The SFU centre, which Cassidy helped create in 1984, is considered the only one of its kind in universities across Canada. Each year, it offers credit courses and professional development opportunities to more than 500 teacher and students. The centre’s goal, said Cassidy, is largely to explain how law applies to the everyday lives of young students. “It’s not about the law of lawyers,” Cassidy said. Winning the award has earned Cassidy a new moniker as the “mother of law-related education in Canada,” for her role as one of the early leaders promoting legal studies in schools. “I think it’s quite hilarious,” said Cassidy of the nickname, noting Isidore Starr is now 99 years old. “I’m not quite there yet. But, if I’ve encouraged other people to do similar things and get involved in this work and be committed to it, then maybe I have some offsprings out there,” she added. For more information on Cassidy’s work and SFU’s Centre for Education, Law and Society visit

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Minister Jason Kenney passes through North Shore, lauds West Vancouver riding as a model of ‘integration’ SEAN KOLENKO S TA F F R E P O RT E R


o the ardent Parliament Hill observer and the apathetic vote-when-called-upon Canadian, the realization that political parties enact campaign strategies is likely no surprise. But, when the game plan appears to target specific ridings considered to be “very ethnic” in their makeup, some say such Xs and Os are only exploiting the differences that make up this country, not seeking a common ground for all who call Canada home. “I think the idea to speak to immigrants is good but I believe lumping people together is both disrespectful and, frankly, ineffectual because there is no way one would craft a message that will work,” said North Vancouver resident Aslam Nathoo. “With my skin colour and name, I certainly identify as being ethnic. But I’ve been here for 33 years. The fellow, for example, that just got off the plane, he may be trying to get a job. He may be trying to use his experience to gain work. Those are not my needs.” Nathoo’s comments come in the wake of criticism, in particular from the federal Liberal party, of a letter from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office seeking $200,000 in donations to fund a Conservative “ethnic” voting strategy. Kenney has also come under fire because the letter appeared on parliamentary letterhead, a violation of election rules. Taleeb Noormohamed, the newlychosen Liberal party candidate in North Vancouver, said he found the letter “deeply insulting” and contradictory to the reputation Canada has earned internationally. Other countries, he added, have been focusing on their differences for many years, often resulting in bloodshed. Canada, however, has always purported itself as inclusionary and should remain that way.

“We tout this to the world. We sell it abroad, but inside we tear it apart,” said Noormohamed, a Canadian of Indian descent whose parents were born in East Africa. “I’m fiercely proud of my background in the context of being Canadian. Government, above anything else, needs to say what unites us. What currency do we have to tell other countries to do that when we’re not?” Kenney issued an apology for the mistake last week and the ministerial aide responsible for circulating the letter, Kasra Nejatian, was fired from his job. In an interview with The Outlook at West Van’s Salmon House on the Hill restaurant, Kenney said the content of the letter was not intended to drive a wedge between ethnic communities but to highlight the work the Conservative government has done for immigrant populations. Any political backlash, he added, is the Liberals pouncing on issues because they’re down in the polls. “Quite frankly, what happened was not appropriate. We do not and should not use parliamentary resources for partisan fundraising purposes. But, this is a bit more of a reflection that Ottawa is in silly season right now,” said Kenney. “The opposition is focused on anything and everything that could possibly create a basis to criticize the government. We do not put much stock in the polls but they do show there is a fair bit of confidence in the government and its direction and the opposition is just frustrated with that.” To put things in perspective, Kenney added, the previous Liberal government was ousted from office because of its participation in a program “where apparently as much as $40 million ended up in the hands of friends of the Liberal party.” The mistake his office made cost the price of a small stack of paper, 26 pieces, he said, which Kenney claims he personally replaced for $10.

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Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney (left) was on the North Shore Friday, Mar. 11, supporting West Vancouver MP John Weston. Sean Kolenko photo

While in town, Kenney, who was accompanied by MP John Weston, said he planned on attending a host of events and meetings with immigrant communities to hear their concerns. The West Vancouver Sea-to-Sky riding in particular, said Kenney, reflects the growing diversity of the country. Home to one of the largest Iranian and Ismaili populations in Canada, Kenney said the area is a model for the country’s success in immigration. “This is one of the only countries in the western developed world where there’s a negative debate

about immigration. Yes, there are problems we need to solve and there are challenges we need to address but it’s not like in Europe where politicians from left to right say their immigration experience has been a complete failure,” he said. “There is no better example of the success of immigration and integration than West Van and the North Shore.”

North Van MLA nets new cabinet position New premier Christy Clark appoints Naomi Yamamoto to oversee post-secondary education GREG HOEKSTRA S TA F F R E P O RT E R


orth Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto has been named B.C.’s new minister of advanced education. Yamamoto was chosen for the cabinet position by new Premier Christy Clark, who was sworn into office during a ceremony Mar. 14. In her new role, Yamamoto will be responsible for overseeing the province’s colleges and universities, which fell under two separate ministries in former Premier Gordon Campbell’s government. The ministry is also responsible for postsecondary financing, post-secondary policy and accountability, and student financial assistance. In an interview with The Outlook following the announcement, Yamamoto said she’s looking forward to her new ministerial role. “I, like most people, believe one of our most valuable asset in British Columbia is human


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potential,” said Yamamoto. “In order to succeed most people have to complete some form of postsecondary education after high school.” Yamamoto added she will be learning more about the key issues and challenges that lie ahead in her first briefing as minister Tuesday morning. “I think there are more opportunities than challenges,” she said, noting the government has invested more than $20 billion in post-secondary education since 2001. First elected in 2009, Yamamoto previously held the roles of minister of state for intergovernmental relations and minister of state for building code renewal. In addition to her new cabinet post, Yamamoto will join fellow North Shore MLAs Joan McIntyre and Jane Thornthwaite on the cabinet committee on “families first” — something the new premier vowed would be a priority of hers if elected.

Yamamoto will also sit on the cabinet committee on open government and engagement. West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan, meanwhile, will sit on both the committee on jobs and economic growth and the legislative review committee. In a statement issued Monday afternoon Clark vowed her new team of 17 ministers will “reflect the priorities of British Columbians and put families at the centre of all our decision-making.” She added, “together, we will focus on creating jobs and building a strong economy because that is the single most important thing we can do to support families and ensure we can invest in critical services like health and education. “This is a team that will work hard to ensure that prosperity and opportunity extend to every region of our province,” Clark said.

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Along the way, Ainscough is raising money for Hope’s Place, a program of North Shore Crisis Services Society. Hope’s Place supports women and their children fleeing abuse. The program receives no permanent funding. Ainscough has had a strong interest in hiking since he was a teen and has never looked back. Studying books about climbing, he always was figuring out what he would do next. It takes a lot of practice, passion and determination to do what Darrell Ainscough has done, and is still doing. For more information on the Society and how to support Ainscough’s Pacific Coast Trail walk, please call 604-987-0366 or visit

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few days before launching into space, the team of astronauts departs the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, where they have been training for hundreds of hours learning how to, amongst other things, achieve the feeling of weightlessness. The destination – Kennedy Space Centre in Merritt Island, Florida. Upon arrival, officials ask what the team wants to eat “for their last meal.� But, no one’s hungry. The excitement is far too strong. In 72 hours, the shuttle, with the help of 7,000 pounds COFFEE of thrust, will be hurtling into WITH orbit. It starts off at about 5,000 Sean Kolenko km/h, and reaches the intended skolenko@northshore speed of 28,300 km/h, or Mach 25. At that rate, it takes about 90 minutes to travel around the world. “You have to go that fast just to stay up there,� says Marc Garneau, with a learned smile. “If you don’t, you’ll be coming back.� And while it’s not the type of gig that lands on the average resume, Garneau’s foray into space travel began in typical job-response fashion for the time — he responded to an ad in a newspaper. In 1983, Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) was looking for six people to form Canada’s first space team. Streams of applicants poured in from across the country. Doctors, engineers, scientists, even a poet or two, wanted in. After a six-month selection process, Garneau, along with Bjarni Tryggvason, Robert Thirsk, Roberta Bondar, Steve MacLean and Ken Money, got the nod. Training was set to begin in 1984 but quickly accelerated when NASA asked the NRC if a Canadian wanted to be part of a mission scheduled ahead of the planned program. Garneau, again, was chosen. On Oct. 5, 1984, aboard the Challenger shuttle, Garneau blasted off and become the first Canadian in space. In his 15 years as an astronaut, Garneau took part in three space missions, the only Canuck to do so, and spent nearly 700

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Union questions N. Shore fire service study REBECCA ALDOUS S TA F F R E P O RT E R


istrict of North Vancouver’s firefighters’ union has some burning questions regarding a study on North Shore services. In early 2009, North Shore fire chiefs and municipalities hired outside consultant Dugal Smith and Associates to take a closer look at what firefighting services could be consolidated. Through greater cooperation, the study reported, more than half a million dollars a year could be saved. While that sounds nice, there are big holes in the report, said Brian Leavold, vice-president of the District of North Vancouver’s firefighters union, IAFF Local 1183. “We don’t think it is a thorough enough report; it kind of skims the sur-

face,” he said. Some of the study’s suggestions threaten to leave areas uncovered, Leavold said. Although not against working together, the model could mean district firefighters would be in the City of North Vancouver more than the city’s department would be in the district, he said. “We are not even sure of the legality of us going in and doing their work,” Leavold added. The study also suggests the North Shore implement a “closest-truck-goes policy,” a system the fire engines are not currently equipped for. But North Shore fire departments are rolling out a “closest fire hall” system. This policy presents problems, Leavold said. “[District fire halls] surround the city,” he said, noting the district itself has a large area to cover.

North Shore politicians need to understand the current dispatch system before moving forward, Leavold said, noting the union is still unclear on what the “closest truck” policy entails. “This extends far and above emergency mutual aid agreements,” he noted. The union is calling for an audit of current service levels across the North Shore and an analysis on service gaps. Ultimately, North Shore firefighters just want to make sure the citizens they serve get the best possible service they are paying for, Leavold said. City of North Vancouver’s British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association president, Brandon Moberg, said his union has not reviewed the study, but plans to in the near future. West Van president, Gord Howard, was contacted for comment, but was unable to respond before press deadline.

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etro Vancouver directors will vote next month on whether to limit themselves to being paid for no more than two meetings a day, even if they manage to squeeze in three or more. Metro directors are paid $322 for each meeting they attend, or $644 if a meeting runs longer than four hours. That’s over and above their pay from local municipalities for serving as elected mayors and councillors. Under the current no-limit policy, some directors have occasionally attended three different Metro meetings in the same day and collected $966. But a proposed change would cap the maximum daily pay for meeting attendance at $644, equivalent to two regular-length meetings. Metro’s finance committee narrowly voted in favour of the change Tuesday, but it still requires the approval of the full board in late April. North Vancouver City Mayor Darrell Mussatto supported the change. “I’ve never had three meetings in a day myself,” he said. “A two-meetings-a-day cap is, I think, appropriate.” Langley City Coun. Gayle Martin, however, opposed the new limit and said it’s rare that a politician is paid for attending more than two meetings. “I think it happened three times last year,” she said. “But I think if you attend three meetings in a day, you should get paid for three meetings.” The cap would also limit a director to just $644 in pay if they attend two meetings in a day but one is over four hours, a scenario that until now was worth $966. That could happen when a Metro board meeting runs over time, from say 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and directors later attend an evening public hearing. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who chairs the finance committee, supports the change, saying it also aligns with the $644 limit on how much directors can be paid for meetings in a full day while travelling out of town on Metro business. “It keeps it consistent with the travel policy,” Brodie said. “We just wanted to be reasonable.” The Metro board is also revising its travel policy for attending conferences and meetings outside the region. It indicates directors will now be expected to minimize expenses and travel time such as overnight stays wherever possible. It will also ban directors from claiming meal costs when they are at events where meals are provided. The policy calls for directors to fly economy class while travelling. But on flights over nine hours, directors are allowed to upgrade to business class or else stay in economy but arrive a day ahead of schedule, with an extra day’s travel pay.




B Women United in Philanthropy co-founder Christie King, left, cuddles up to West Vancouver supporters Alberto Leone (owner of Leone Fashions), Carey Smith, Janelle Washington. C Socialite Kasondra Cohen, left, celebrates International Women’s Day with West Vancouver’s Sofia Somani at Leone’s fashion show. DLooking divine in Dolce, Women United in Philanthropy co-founder Saeedeh Salem, left, joins committee member Carmen Ruiz y Laza, and Breakfast Television host Dawn Chubai before the show. E Freedom Marine’s David Campbell, left, and Platinum Marine’s Tim Charles welcome famed yacht designer Ron Holland to North American soil as he sets up shop here in Coal Harbour. F A special concert night saw Darren Entwistle, left, and Telus recognized by Maetro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for over 60 years of support. Congrats! G Community supporters Jess and Ramona Ketcham, left, join businessman Peter Kains, of Kains & Strongman, at a special reception for MP John Weston. H Talk about the hostess with the mostess! Event veteran Leah Costello doesn’t let moving house stop her from holding a fabulous same-day reception for MP John Weston. Well done. I West Van businessman Chuck Walker, left, of Walker Group, chats with West Vancouver MP John Weston and Jason Kenney, minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism.

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nternational Women’s Day made headlines across the world last week as the global community stood up to celebrate the achievements of lovely ladies everywhere. Here in Metro Vancouver, Women United in Philanthropy (benefitting the United Way and Success by Six) managed to raise about $40,000 for their programs by holding an elegant fashion show luncheon at Leone Fashions in Vancouver. Also last week, West Vancouver busineswoman and CAT’S political dynamo Leah Costello had EYE barely finished hanging the art on the walls of her new home when she held Cat Barr an exclusive welcome reception for MP John Weston and visiting Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Patrons of the arts were also given a treat earlier this month at a special Vancouver Symphony Orchestra night as Maestro Bramwell Tovey presented Telus head honcho Darren Entwistle with a special signed photograph thanking the company for more than 60 years of support. And lastly, it was a salute to the seven seas as world-famous yacht designer Ron Holland was recognized at a private reception in False Creek. Holland recently opened his first-ever North American office in Vancouver.

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After the While people in Japan piece together their lives, The Outlook talks to North Shore residents rattled by the earthquake

By Greg Hoekstra Alison Burns Rebecca Aldous

Sister city shaken


orth Vancouver’s sister city — Chiba City, Japan — appears to have skirted any catastrophic damage in last week’s massive earthquake. On Monday, CNV Mayor Darrell Mussatto told The Outlook that city staff had been in touch with Chiba officials via email and had learned the port city — located roughly 40 km east of Tokyo — hadn’t been as hard hit by the quake and resulting tsunami as other nearby locations. “Even though they are on the coast their damage wasn’t as severe, in part because they are protected by a bay,” said Mussatto. “They had an oil refinery fire, but most of the damage was to buildings from the quake.” Fortunately, Mussatto added, “there’s no loss of life that we know of.” Nevertheless, the incident put quite a scare into the mayor and others at city hall who have developed relationships over the years with their Japanese counterparts. “My first thought was that people I know might have been killed in the earthquake,” he said. “It brings a real personal

Getting linked

connection to it. We’re feeling very fortunate that no one we know was hurt.” Chiba City officials have made no requests for help from the City of North Van, he added, but several North Vancouver residents — including firefighters, paramedics, and members of North Shore Rescue — are on B.C.’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team, which could be called in to help. “It’s my understanding they’re on standby, but so far Japan has not requested them,” Mussatto said. Mussatto said he thinks North Shore residents can learn a lot from the situation in Japan. Perhaps most important, he said, is the need for residents to be personally prepared for a large-scale quake. “As a city we need to make sure building codes are at a standard to sustain a strong earthquake, but we also need to be personally prepared,” Mussatto said. “We’re due for a major earthquake. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. People need to have up to three days' worth on their own food, water, Chiba medical supplies.”

City Benefit concert Despite ongoing turmoil in their home country, a group of students from Chiba City is still planning to visit the North Shore at the end of this month. The students, from Komatsu Meihou High School, will arrive on Sunday, Mar. 27 and be greeted at a reception at 3:30 p.m. at Sutherland secondary school. Throughout the following week they will attend a number of events on the North Shore, culminating with a Japanese band concert at Centennial Theatre on Apr. 3. The concert, which begins at 2 p.m., is free of charge, but the group will be collecting donations for the Red Cross.


t took Sarah Marr an hour to reach her father on the phone. By then stories of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean, near northeastern Japan, started streaming on television. It was 11 a.m. “The phone lines were too busy,” Marr says. “ I was really scared, because I wasn’t sure if Tokyo was okay.” For 12 years, the 15-yearold North Vancouver resident grew up with her father and younger sister in Tokyo. She has family and friends around the country and was anxious to find out what had happened to them. “My dad said he was okay,” Marr says. “He and my sister were at home when it happened.” While Marr talked to her father, aftershocks hit. Marr’s five-year-old sister was wearing her white governmentissued helmet and the apartment’s book shelves had fallen, scattering items everywhere. “It was kind of hard getting information. It seemed to take a long time to come over,” Marr says. Phone networks were congested and many Tokyo residents were unable to text. Marr, like thousands of other people around the world, turned to social network sites,

Social networks

such as Twitter. People in Japan frantically started tweeting to let others know what was going on in their neighbourhoods, while government organizations, such as the U.S. State Department, used the website to publish emergency numbers and information. Within an hour of the earthquake, Twitter published more than 1,200 tweets a minute posted by people in Tokyo. By the end of Friday, Pacific time, 246,075 posts included the term “earthquake.” The Japanese government television broadcaster streamed 24/7 coverage of the disaster to iPhone applications allowing anyone without a working television to access news. Google was also quick to get in the technical mix, launching Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake only a couple of hours after the quake. The website links people in search of family and friends. Before press deadline, the site was tracking approximately 195,600 requests. Marr is still busy checking her emails. Her father is coming to Vancouver on a scheduled visit next Thursday. Marr hopes to meet him at the airport gates. “I want to give him the hugest hug ever,” Marr says.

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ven as a fourth-generation Canadian, North VancouverLonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto couldn’t help but be shaken up by last week’s devastating earthquake in Japan. As B.C.’s first provincial representative of Japanese ancestry, Yamamoto says news of the quake meant the realization that the lives of friends and distant relatives overseas had been turned upside down. “I couldn’t help but wonder how they must be feeling,” Yamamoto told The Outlook. “I could barely get out of bed Friday morning after watching the news on TV. I’m devastated by the images and by the incredible destruction of the tsunami.” Later that day, Yamamoto said her father was speaking to some friends in Tokyo when there was yet another

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scare. “As he was talking to them on the phone they had to hang up because another strong aftershock hit,” she said. “So even the people who are able to sleep in their own homes aren’t getting enough sleep.” Yamamoto said she’s urging constituents to donate whatever they can to the Red Cross’s relief efforts. More information is available through either the Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver or online at www.redcross. ca. “What’s really heart-wrenching is the people who are looking for their loved ones who are missing,” said Yamamoto. “I don’t think it matters whether you’re of Japanese descent or ancestry, it’s very emotional.”

Lessons to learn


he recent geotechnical to say but in a complex web of event in Japan highjurisdictions and agencies and lights the need for all levels of government we need levels of government to work clear lines of communication together and develop a and command and control. response. We need to overcome the We need to train harder than restrictive approach taken by we fight. Given that British various federal and provincial Columbia is exposed to a varidepartments who have a speety of risks, some of which are cific focus. The Government of low probability but can be of Canada needs to assume its catastrophic when they occur, natural and important we need to be prepared. leadership role. This can takes a conWhen it comes to Ready for incidents of this certed effort in funding and involves all levels magnitude we the big of government and our have to create community. an overarching one Every resident of the authority that can North Shore has a role to mobilize both the play in the response to a major public and private sector. incident. We have seen that In major incidents, the priwhen the event is large there vate sector will play a critical may be no assistance coming and important role. They need for a while, maybe days. Given to be brought into the picture the limited transportation early and often. access points to the far shore it More importantly, as was is safe to assume that this comsent out earlier in last week’s munity would be on its own for article, we need to exercise to a while especially when places highlight where further attenlike Richmond are below sea tion and work is needed in level and Vancouver internaemergency response. We have tional airport could be seriously many potential threats in and affected. around the North Shore. There Using the motto of Scouts is no possible way to protect Canada we need to be preourselves from all possible pared. These words are easy types of incidents. What is

more important is the response. Whether it’s an earthquake, landslide, terrorist attack or chemical leak, having the mindset and confidence is what our leaders need. We also need the confidence in our leaders. This is done through action. These systems and processes also need to be clearly communicated to the public and to our schools, hospitals and seniors homes. It is not the job of any one agency; it is the job of everyone in our community. We need to take from Japan the need for dialogue and action in our community. We need to take this and learn from what happened in Japan to make this a reality on the North Shore. We already have a solid foundation and we need to build on that. If we have the systems in place we will be able to have a robust and resilient response. Canadians have never shied away from a problem. We need to give everyone the tools in the practice to put this into reality. We will be a safer and stronger country for this.

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Vacation interrupted


lison Burns is a Handsworth Secondary student who’s been working at the Outlook as part of the work experience program. Last week, she got an early start to the March break by flying to Hawaii with her family. She writes of her experiences with the tsunami threat: Last Thursday night there came a knock at the door of my rental house in Oahu. Their message? “You need to pack up and get out.” Sirens were already blaring. The tsunami was scheduled to hit Oahu at 3:21 in the morning; we were out of our house by 11:30. Their news team gave radio updates on our situation and Japan’s. Their phone books have maps with inundation lines for those who aren’t sure if their house is high enough. Those who were high enough were told repeatedly to keep off the roads. Schools were opened giving evacuees access to basic necessities. Officials flew over remote areas telling those they found to get to higher ground. Roads were blocked at two o’clock and by three nobody was near the water. Their readiness was impressive. They gave evacuees time, kept people calm, and saved lives. Thanks to all Hawaii’s officials. Tsunamis are tricksters, much more than just a large wave. In fact often the first sign a tsunami

is coming is, ironically, a receding of the sea. Now that may seem paradoxical but every wave has an ebb and flow to it. This is what occurred in areas of Hawaii such as Diamondhead. Water levels rose and then the sea pulled back so far that those in a position to see (mainly tourists evacuated to higher floors of hotels) were amazed. Hawaiians had not seen such a magnificent reversal of the sea before, not even with the massive tsunami that hit in 1960. The heights of tsunami waves are deceptive as well. Hawaii receives waves larger than six feet on a regular basis; no problem right? Until you consider the fact that all of the energy behind that 8.9 earthquake in Japan was trapped in the waves of the tsunami, which can travel 500 MPH in deep water. This is what makes tsunamis so dangerous and difficult to gauge. It’s impossible to tell how much power will be idling behind it when it finally reaches land. Thailand, with all its devastation, saw a tsunami of only six feet tall. Hawaii was prepared but it also got lucky; 8.9 is a huge earthquake and things might In the have gone very differPacific ently.

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outet Farm, the City of North Vancouver’s first urban farm, isn’t much at first glance. At least, not yet it isn’t. But, says Edible Garden Project coordinator Heather Johnstone, it has potential. It isn’t the ultimate answer to today’s seemingly everincreasing food prices and mounting food security issues, but it can be an educational piece to show both children and adults how food is grown, and the possibilities of where it can come from. “We can’t, and we’re not trying to, produce all the food people can eat,” says Johnstone. “But we need a shift in thinking. Some kids think their food comes from the grocery store and not the farm. We need to change that.” The farm, a half-acre plot of land in Loutet Park at 14th Street and Rufus Avenue beside Brooksbank Elementary school, is a partnership between the city, the Edible Garden Project and the University of British Columbia’s Greenskins Lab — part of the school architecture and landscape architecture. Farm staff officially broke ground on Feb. 26, with about 80 residents trudging out in the snow to take part. Johnstone says staff hopes to be planting in mid-March and welcomes requests from the community for of-interest crops on a survey available on the Edible Garden Project’s website. Some of the initial offerings the farm may produce are cucumbers, carrots, peas, tomatoes, green beans and kale, to name but a few. Jo White, one of the two farmers in charge of the Loutet Farm, says they’ll also dabble in herbs, flowers and, they hope, keep some honeybees to do some of the much-needed farm work. Requests for specific crops from restaurants will also be factors in what’s available since farm staff hope to be able to supply local eateries. White says once the seeds are planted and growing, they plan to rotate the crops to ensure

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apilano University had a million reasons to say thank you last week after a whopping donation was announced on International Women’s Day. At a celebration last Tuesday (Mar. 8), Cap U officials revealed the school had received a $1-million gift from North Shore residents George and Lee Grills, intended to help promote greater awareness of women’s issues. The money will be set aside for a visiting professorship — a fund that will be used by Cap U’s women’s studies department to attract prominent female guest speakers to the university. Additional funds have also been earmarked for the university’s global stewardship program. “We are absolutely delighted with this generous gift, which will go a long way towards advancing learning and teaching opportunities for students in our Women’s Studies and Global Stewardship programs,” said Capilano president and vicechancellor Dr. Kris Bulcroft in a press release. “The professorship will also ensure that the Grills’ legacy and dedication to social justice will live on and continue to make a difference in the world.”

This is not the first time the Grills have pledged their support to Capilano University. In 2001, the couple established the Una Graham and Lee Grills bursary to support female student and, more recently, George Grills has shared his knowledge as a guest speaker in the global stewardship program. “We wanted to find a way to express our gratitude to a community that has been so good to us over the years,” the couple said in a joint statement. “We both have had a longterm relationship with Capilano University that has exceeded our expectations, so we chose to acknowledge through this gift the university’s commitment to teaching excellence, student mentoring, equality, and diversity.” Cap U released the news during a celebration in honour of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, held at North Vancouver’s Holiday Inn. For more information visit www.

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sports Coach Charles MacGregor (left) and spokesman and former goalie Jeff Pyke of the North Shore Shields homeless soccer league team. The Shields will be hosting a tournament, called “Go for Gold,” in North Vancouver on May 14 at 13th Street and Grand Boulevard. Rob Newell photo

A reason to have some fun North Shore Shields soccer team gives those down on their luck an outlet for physical exercise and solidarity

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That’s why, through a serendipitous meeting with Charles MacGregor at the library, Pyke decided to start playing soccer for the North Shore Shields, a club in the Vancouver Street t’s easy to stereotype the homeless, says Soccer League. MacGregor, the coach of the North Vancouver’s Jeff Pyke. Everyone Shields, needed a goalie and Pyke signed himself thinks the worst. Drugs, alcohol, the proverup. It was the first time the two had met. bial list goes on. And for the past year and a But, he warns, such labels half, Pyke’s been an active memshouldn’t always be so easily “It’s such a great ber of the squad. Participating in arrived at. Pyke found himself tournaments and practicfeeling. There’s games, on the streets a couple years es, Pyke has embraced the sport ago and it wasn’t because of no reason to feel and, more importantly, the camaaddiction. He was laid off. the team offers. Lately, uncomfortable.” raderie “I’ve met a lot of homeless Pyke’s been sidelined with a back people and they always tell me Jeff Pyke injury but he’s decided to take the stuff people think about on a new role with the Shields – North Shore Shields spokesman. them,” says Pyke. “And it’s just not true. There “We’ve got to get the word are good people, so many good out and show people that, even people, that just need some help.” if you’re homeless, you can still have fun,” says Beyond the varied reasons for ending up on Pyke. the streets, Pyke says there is one undeniable, “It’s such a great feeling. There’s no reason to unifying feeling for all who experience time be uncomfortable and there’s no reason to feel without a place to lay one’s head – loneliness. ashamed. I’ve been through it and the feeling SEAN KOLENKO

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I’ve got now is great.” On May 14, the Shields will host a Vancouver Street Soccer League tournament at the field at 13th Street and Grand Boulevard. Teams from Kelowna and Victoria will be making the trip, along with a handful of squads from Vancouver, including an all-female roster representing the Portland Hotel Society. MacGregor, who’s organizing the tourney, says it’s a chance for North Van residents to come out and support the team and see what the league has to offer. “These [players] really make this team, and this league,” says MacGregor. “The tournament will be a big day. We hope folks make it out and see what this thing is all about.” For more information on the Vancouver Street Soccer League or to contact Charles MacGregor, visit www.vancouverstreetsoccer. com. For a global perspective on homeless soccer, visit The North Vancouver tournament is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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Best basketball memories? “I had a game-tying 3 at the buzzer this year at Handsworth and we won in overtime. And last year in the B.C.s Jesse Jeffers scored 50 and won the game at the end. I got the assist.” Do you have any special autographs? “Steve Nash. He was signing in Vancouver at his fitness centre last summer. My sister [Chelsea who is on Argyle’s senior girls’ basketball team] and I got him to sign shirts.” What’s on your birthday wish list? [Smiling] “I probably shouldn’t say a car. My dream would be a Ford GT. It would be cool to have the only one in Lynn Valley. Maybe new basketball shoes. Mine are getting pretty worn out.” What’s your nickname? “Westjet, because I jump pretty high.”


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What’s on your bedroom wall? “Basketball posters. It’s plastered with them. You can’t see much bedroom wall anymore.”

The Capilano Hearts in Motion Walking Club take a rest from their thrice-weekly walk at Capilano Mall. Back row (l-r): Bob Anslow, Kam Srikameswaran, Mayvis Corben and Janet Kemper. Middle: John Vlahac, Barbara White, Anna Franco, Lalitha Srikameswaran, Henny Bohlen, Frieda Pahlke, Lil Rodman and Lynn Spencer. Front: Mary Vlahac, Thelma Moebes, Betty Duncan, Raimonda Accili and Dolores Escudero.

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And they’ve been doing growing up in Saskatchewan and then Lynn Spencer and Thelma Moebes it... drum roll please... for over 15 years working in hospital labs in various parts display their 15-year certificates. now and have nice certificates from of B.C., joined the Capilano Walking Len Corben photo the B.C. and Yukon section of the Club in November of 1995 and has Heart & Stoke Foundation to prove it. hardly missed a beat since. Janet Kemper is the volunteer co-ordinator of the Capilano It seems a funny thing happens when you spend 30 minutes group – something she also does for a Parkgate group that or an hour hoofing it several times around Capilano Mall’s walks outdoors twice a week in various locations in the one-kilometre interior distance and eventually stop to enjoy a Seymour area. coffee or sit down for breakfast in the food court and begin to They are two of about 30 such clubs of walkers throughchat with your fellow walkers: friendships develop. out the province, under the umbrella of the Heart & Stroke Lynn says the most fun is “becoming friends with all these Foundation, which are aimed at those aged 55 and up, though people. It becomes almost like a family. We all care about Janet is careful to point out that they wouldn’t bar anyone each other. We have our coffee and we try to solve the world’s younger. problems, which we never do. And we all have different opinWhen the Capilano club took its first ions.” baby steps as a group on March 17, 1995, The group has social events as well... breakINSTANT exactly 16 years ago today, there were just fasts (sponsored by Cap Mall) with a special REPLAY four participants. speaker every couple of months (one time it One was Thelma Moebes who is still was me!), a Christmas lunch (in January!!) Len Corben going strong while approaching her 85th at Cheers Restaurant and a West Van birthday. wall stroll and picnic in the summer at John Born in Souris, Manitoba – a dot on the Lawson Park. landscape southwest of Brandon – Thelma The latest treat was an entertaining 35-minarrived in North Van at age one after her ute video on the world travels of walking parents and six of her siblings relocated here following an member Henny Bohlen produced by fellow walker Kam adventurous drive across the northern United States in 1927 Srikameswaran who has been putting together travel videos as in their large touring car. a hobby since retiring in 1997 after 25 years as a professor at With the exception of two years in London, Ontario, in the Brandon University. Henny’s video was shown at Summerhill 1950s, she’s been here ever since. Retirement Residence prior to a tour of the West 15th facility Now, in addition to walking, Thelma bowls five-pins at where Henny’s daughter, June Morris, is the general manager. North Shore Bowl on West 3rd. Bowling is something she did In the past, the walkers have also enjoyed some of Kam’s in the 1960s at the now-long-gone Inman’s Bowling Salon, other 25 or so videos. which stood at 403 Lonsdale. He’s now completed a 30-minute video on Thelma’s life She says she wasn’t a sports person growing up but points which naturally features photos of many North Van landout that she did ride her bicycle as a teenager which would marks – like North Van High and that home at Lonsdale and have taken a bit of energy considering the hills and the gravel Queens – which have played such a big part in her life. roads back in the late 1930s and early 1940s. You should also know that my wife Mayvis is the newest In fact if you pop into the Queen’s Cross Neighbourhood member of the walking club, having joined up last year. Pub on Lonsdale at Queens Road, you will discover a set of Me? I’m not a morning person. I lie in bed in the morning. four North Vancouver Archives photos on the wall just inside But I’ll be there whenever Kam’s video on Thelma is shown. the entrance. As long as it’s not at 7:30 a.m. One picture from 1942 shows the then Thelma Scott and friends Marie Miller, Betty Copeland and Doreen Keen – who This is episode 414 from Len Corben’s treasure chest of stowent to North Star and North Van High together – with their ries – the great events and the quirky – that bring to life the bikes in front of the Scott family home which stood on the North Shore’s rich sports history. very site now occupied by today’s Queen’s Cross. 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continued, PAGE 16 Lynn Valley Centre is offering an incentive to check out their stores: a $2,000 gift certificate for a vacation to a destination of your choice. Think of the possibilities: a family trip to Disneyland, a solo backpacking trip through Europe, or a week at a spa retreat. Atlynn Travel’s experienced agents will lend a hand to the winner or anyone else in need of a getaway, and help plan their dream vacation. All you have to do is shop at Lynn Valley Centre, pick up an entry form from one of the selected retailers and answer nine trivia questions. The answer in each case will be a particular store in the mall. The contest closes on March 31. A day of pampering at Capilano Mall, followed by a lavish dinner at Beachside Forno Restaurant - all valued at over $3,000 - is on the line in the “Pamper Yourself Pretty” contest.

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More than 3,000 talking on phones or using hand-held devices “The excuses won’t mean anything if you are involved in a collision that seriously injures or kills somebody because you made a phone call or sent a text message,” he said. The only valid reason for making a hand-held call is to call for emergency assistance, he said. More than 2,200 of the distracted drivers were busted and given $167 fines in the Lower Mainland and the stats don’t count drivers caught by general duty officers who weren’t part of the blitz. Despite the new law, RCMP say distracted driving was a contributing factor in 104 fatal crashes in B.C. last year and is blamed in another 5,000 injuries each year. Forty-five of the deaths linked to inattentive or distracted driving happened in the Lower Mainland, while 30 were in southeastern B.C.,



olice nabbed more than 3,000 drivers using cellphones and other hand-held electronic devices during a month-long distracted driving enforcement blitz last month. Officers heard plenty of excuses – none of them good ones. “I was just on my way to buy a Bluetooth [hands-free kit],” one driver said. Another was afraid of missing an important call and one woman told police she was “just telling my husband to call back later because I’m driving.” RCMP E Division Traffic Services Supt. Mike Diack said it’s disappointing to see such a high number of motorists violating B.C.’s year-old distracted driving law.

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verage gas prices in Metro Vancouver climbed above $1.32 per litre last week amid growing concerns about the potential disruption of crude oil supplies as a result of the Middle East crisis. By Wednesday morning, prices were hovering around $1.29 per litre on the North Shore — about 10 cents higher than they were a month ago and at the highest level since mid-2008. Crude oil prices have shot up to well over $100 a barrel in anticipation the threat of revolution or civil war may spread to more countries as protesters try to topple Arab dictators. Energy consultant Michael Ervin said retail gas prices could well climb higher this spring, typically the peak driving season when higher demand tends to lift prices. That would certainly happen if oil prices also rise further, but could happen even if they stabilize close to current levels.

The highest price Metro Vancouverites have ever paid for gas was $1.50 per litre in July of 2008. Crude oil peaked at US $147 per barrel that same month. Up to a million barrels of daily oil production is shut down in Libya. Libyan oil typically goes to Europe, but buyers there will look elsewhere, driving up demand and prices on other sources. - Jeff Nagel

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MARCH 17 • Leprechaun’s Tea Party: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Summit, 1095 Churchill Cres., North Vancouver. All seniors are invited. Bring a hat you have decorated or a classic! Tickets $5 at the door. Contact Amanda or Miho at 604-904-0842 or • St. Patrick’s Day: Entertainment including an Irish Pipe Band, starting at 4 p.m., followed by Irish Folk Dancers

at 5:30. Legion Br. 118, 123 West 15th St., North Vancouver. Membership not necessary, no admission charge. Must be 19 or older. 604-985-1115 or email info@ • St. Patrick’s Potluck Social and Dance: Gleneagles Community Centre, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dance to a mix of ballroom, latin, swing and your own musical requests. Host and Deejay: Michele Perron and Brian Bull. Call 604-925-7270.

• How can we reduce garbage: Genevieve Tokgoz will talk about how the region plans to meet its aggressive targets for waste reduction. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Road. Call 604808-1171 for details. MARCH 21 Osteoporosis: New Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment: Free talk by Gwen Ellert, RN, MEd, Health Educator and Author. 2 p.m. West Vancouver Memorial Library. Info: 604-987-9395. MARCH 23 Thai Cooking Class: Chef Panee Mesri of Thai House Restaurant will be sharing tips on how to create classic Thai recipes including noodlewrapped prawns and green curry beef. Class size limited to 14. 6:45 to 10 p.m. at Ambrosia Adventures in Cooking, 503 15th St., West Vancouver. 604218-2084,

MARCH 24 • Discussing Difficult Eldercare Decisions: Presented by Wendy Johnstone, a gerontologist and founder of Solutions for Seniors Eldercare Planning. 7 - 9 p.m. The telelearning format allows you to watch or listen to the workshop over the Internet or telephone. For more information, contact Helen at 604-982-3313 or To register, call the CareRing Voice Network at 1-866-396-2433 or visit • Made for Movies: 10:30 am. Silk Purse favourite Karen Lee-Morlang shares her longtime fascination with the big screen and Sci-Fi and Fantasy flick themes! Tickets $10/$12. MARCH 26 Earth Hour: World-wide event started by WWF in which individuals, organizations and companies are encouraged to turn their lights off for an hour to show their support for initiatives that fight climate change. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Meanwhile,

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MARCH 31 Fire, Fall Prevention: Presentation at Churchill House Retirement Community, 150 West 29th Ave, North Van. 7 to 8 p.m. Captain Bonita Noakes of the DNV Fire Rescue and Denise Kelly, Community Relationship Manager of Nurse Next Door Healthcare, will provide the free presentation and session. Contact: Nicole Shandler 604904-1199. Games, information, raffle prizes and refreshments included.

A GREAT EIGHT - Garth Philips’s team in the Norwest seniors curling league tallied a rare 8-ender at the North Shore Winter Club recently. They are (l-r) lead Rob Pellatt, second Lou Sniezek, third Dick Donnelly and skip Garth Philips. Ken Gerlach photo

Join Canadian singer/songwriter Susan Jacks on April 17, 2011, at the Red Robinson Theatre for a one-of-a-kind concert to promote organ donation and raise funds for the Kidney Foundation of BC.


MARCH 28 • Exploring Your Creative Self: Six-week program that provides caregivers with the opportunity to experience different expressive art media such as vision boarding, music, drumming, dance and theatre. Mondays from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Ferry Building Gallery (1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver). To register, contact Helen at 604-982-3313 or

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Integrity & Knowledge.Building Relationships One Property at a Time. Todd Pocklington 604.607.5888

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NEW LISTING - OPEN SUN 2-4 Van’s Hot Westside

Welcome Home!

Wonderful family home “Complete Privacy” Large 7,882 sf lot quite sunny south facing backyard nested beside Ravine Park. Appealing 3,400 sf, 6 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms + a 2 bedroom suite. Single attached garage in front & laneway access in rear (Laneway house potential). Great location close to great schools & the best of Vancouver. Don’t miss your chance call today!

Bright 3 bedroom home located on a quiet street across from a child friendly park. Features a fully updated kitchen with cork flooring, granite counters, new high end appliance, and eating bar. Great landscaping, fully fenced backyard with patio space and deck perfect for entertaining and kids. Don’t miss your chance come to the open!

1511 Avonlynn Cres, N.V.

2146 West 33rd Ave, Van.




Ultimate Family Home! Great Upper Blueridge location. 3 level home is an appealing 3,500 sf, 5 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms. Private & sunny Southside lot, located at the end of a quiet street & surrounded by green space, 800 sq ft South facing aggregate deck. Terrific neighbourhood close to trails, parks & great schools. Don’t miss your chance call today!

1919 Hyannis Dr, N.V.


NET HST INCLUDED. There’s a new Vision for Marine Dr, modeled after Vancouver’s W. 4th & W. Broadway neighbourhoods, to revitalize the area making it one of the most connected urban environments on the North Shore, with quick access to Downtown Vancouver. Get in early on this transformation with a new home at THE DRIVE, a boutique building with 64 homes. Great Layouts and Finishing.. Large walk in closets and some huge patios. . Homes at THE DRIVE incl contemporary interiors, solid stone countertops, wood cabinets, Hardwood floors + energy efficient premium 5 piece appliance package. Built by award winning ONNI Group. Call Donald for any info on this great opportunity.

Unit 407 Unit 414 Unit 320 Unit 205 Unit 206

Penthouse2 bedroom with huge outdoor patio ........................................................... $495,354 Penthouse1 bedroom with huge outdoor patio ........................................................... $388,807 Southeast corner2 bedroom unit with 2 decks ............................................................. $464,310 South Facing1 bedroom with Large patio...................................................................... $345,422 South Facing2 bedroom with Large patio...................................................................... $458,328

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Fabulous Capilano Crescent Home! NEW LISTING - OPEN SUNDAY 2-4 With over 1700 sq ft of one level living close to Edgemont Village, this home has it all! The spacious rooms, including two bedrooms and a den, offer plenty of room for your house sized furniture allowing you to downsize with ease. Situated on the top floor, this suite boasts vaulted ceilings and skylights, crown moulding throughout and a fabulous wet bar. An unbelievable bonus to this outstanding home is an over 980 sq ft private sundeck to host summer barbeques for all your friends and family or to simply lounge in solitude soaking in the beautiful mountain views.


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#303-3200 Capilano Crescent Offered at $998,000

Renovated family home is in the very desirable PEM- appliances including a “steam oven”. Hardwood floors BERTON HEIGHTS area located on a quiet beautiful have been refinished, new roof and windows. Convecorner lot. It has 3 bedrooms up and 1 bedroom down niently located close to Capilano Elementary School. in an “in-law” suite, the gourmet kitchen is great with 2318 Philip Ave., N.V. granite counters and all top of the line stainless steel

Priced $975,000

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Amir Abadian The ultimate in luxury. This gorgeous Penthouse is being offered for the first time on the market. The private elevator will lead you into the foyer and into the lap of 3300+ square feet of luxury. You wont believe your eyes as you gaze upon the best view in West Vancouver from every room. Step onto a 1500 square foot veranda to breath in the fresh mountain air. It almost goes without saying that only the best quality finishes and fittings are featured in this home as every upgrade imaginable was ordered.


301-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V.

480 Evergreen Pl., N.V.


Beautiful from bottom to top that fits 2 families in one of the most demanding area in Delbrook. Very bright and open plan, Granite Counters, S/S appliances, new roof, hot water system, windows and wall to wall dark H/W flooring is only part of the list of this newly remodelled property. Concrete IG swimming pool and a private and landscaped back-yard, is a must see.




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Luxurious town home in “the properties” with sweeping City & Ocean views, developed by reputable Quigg. This beautiful 2 bedroom + den home features your dream kitchen and impeccable quality finishes throughout. Step into your very own private entrance. The grand living area and spacious layout lead to a large deck where you can enjoy the world class views this property has to offer. private tour available by appointment only.

102-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V. 101-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V.

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02. Lions Bay ★ 1,055,000 556 Upper Bayview ............................. Sun.2-4

27. Ambleside ★ 1,098,000 1179 Keith Rd ...................................... Sun.2-4

31. Capilano ★ 998,000 303-3200 Capilano Cres ....................... Sun.2-4

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★ 887,000 717 West 20th Street ........................... Sun.2-4

★ 699,000 1511 Avonlynn Cres ............................ Sat&Sun2-4

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★ 279,000 323-123 East 19th Street...................... Sun.2-4

★ 388,000 302-1327 Keith Rd ................................. Sat&Sun2-4

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★ 419,900 205-131 West 3rd Street...................... Sat. 2-4 ★ Atrium at the Pier - 172 Victory Ship Way ...... Daily 12-5

★ 1,899,000 2146 West 33rd Ave ........................... Sun.2-4 ★ Pinnacle Living On Broadway ........................... Daily 12-5 ★ Pinnacle Living False Creek ............................... Daily 12-5

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Two homes, both built in 1964, both on 67x124 lots, side by side. Each has a bridge over a stream in the backyard. 3636 Fromme asking $769,900 has 3 BR 1 Bath up, and 3648 asking $820,000. has 2 BR up, huge balcony up, and a sep. 1 BR suite for inlaws/kids down. Showing by appointment. Call Vera 604-318-0024



SPECTACULAR VIEWS Spectacular views from this one owner custom home in lower Kelvin Grove. 4400 sq feet, 4 bedrms+ofÄce, 3 baths, incl in-law suite. 5 min walk to the beach...awesome!

Warm , inviting 5, bedroom family home on a large 1/2 acre property with oceanviews. Vaulted ceilings,custom windows, hardwood Åoors, new cedar decks, great yardspace. Easy driveway with tons of parking including double garage.Bonus in-law accomodation too! Located on the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in beautiful Lions Bay...10 mins on the scenic Sea to Sky from West Vancouver. See you at the open house.

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Yaletown, False Creek at your doorstep! $674,900 for 2 BR South and West Facing walls of window. Open by appointment. Call Vera 604-318-0024 or Nora Valdez 604-351-0625

2 BR 302 - 1327 Keith $388,000 Beside North Shore Winter Club “Carlton at the Club” Call Heather Kim 778-846-1452 or Vera 604-318-0024



#303-1111 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver $326,500

6464 Wellington, West Vancouver $998,000

Three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, custom 1 bedroom top Åoor suite. Vaulted ceilings, kitchen and a private yard – and in a great gas Äreplace, custom paint, new carpets. West Vancouver neighbourhood. Just move in and enjoy!


Lions Bay’s ecclectic beachside neighbourhood. This home exudes the special charms of a westcoast retreat;expansive decks, custom wood windows and detailing,3 bdrms,3 full baths, great room with stone Äreplace, seperate Coach house for guests or private ofÄce, an irreplacable package. Easy to show!

20 Brunswick Beach, Lions Bay $2,250,000





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40 Panorama, Lions Bay $890,000

265 Bayview Rd, Lions Bay $649,900

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Fresh as a Daisy, new privacy fence for about 20x12 private patio. Total reno inside 1 BR apt. Pets allowed to 22 lbs. Call Vera or Nora to view

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in this area of the city. A well maintained home with all the important upgrades. The wiring, plumbing, roof and windows were all updated recently. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms on two levels. Kitchen has gas cook top island, Silestone counter tops and a breakfast nook that opens onto a covered deck areal The living room with gas Àreplace is just plain comfy. The lower level also has a large study/Áex room, rec room and spacious laundry area. Great separation for teenagers! There’s a fully fenced south facing backyard with garage, carport and sport court too. Just minutes to Edgemont Village and a quick walk to Mosquito Creek Park. It’s a winner!





LOWER LONSDALE This is a tidy package. An immaculate, open plan two bedroom suite with a huge sundrenched deck and views to the city. Add laminate Áoors, in suite laundry, gas Àreplace and radiant in Áoor heating and what else do you need? How about no worries – completion of building envelope maintenance program is in the works and at no cost to you. Very pro-active council, pet friendly, maintenance includes cable and internet, quiet side of the building, huge locker etc.. All of this is minutes to Seabus, restaurants and all the amenities Lower Lonsdale has to offer. Check it out. A smart buy!



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Excellent location within walking distance to West Vans beautiful beaches, parks, stores and all the other amenities Ambleside has to offer. Super clean and nicely updated this character home has a large Living/Dining room with gas fireplace, family room and a country kitchen leading to a large glass covered veranda out back perfect for those BBQ’s. Upstairs are four bedrooms, two with water views. Fully fenced backyard, single garage with lane access and lots of flower plants and trees front and back. Great value.

Shopping, transportation, recreation and buses to Downtown. Convenient 1 bedroom + den condo in Hamilton that has been freshly painted & ready to move into. Rainscreened building that welcomes pets, seniors and Àrst-time buyers. Everything is within walking distance –Capilano Mall, Mosquito Creek Park, restaurants & shopping. $319,900. will buy you the keys to open the door to home ownership. Pets okay – quiet side of building!





To many updates to mention in this extremely nice 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 level Blueridge home. Was a licensed daycare down but great declared above ground, 1 bedroom suite. Open kitchen with concrete counters, stainless steel appliances and eating bar. Master has French doors leading out to back deck and large, fully fenced yard with lane access and more parking. Nice workshop in heated garage. Any technophile would love this home. Nothing to do but move in. Awesome value!

Family friendly “Parkside Townhome” with plenty of room for that growing family. Excellent location close to schools, shopping and transportation. This 3 bedroom 3 bathroom has it all. Sunny SW patio off family room, second deck off living room and a private rooftop sundeck. Built-in vacuum, 2 fireplaces, full ensuite off master, walk-in closet, island kitchen with eating area, tons of storage and an attached double garage. Pets O.K., rental restriction but 2 available. New carpet & paint, tile and counters.



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District Crossing. Buy the numbers. When you come in to view District Crossing, you will see real display homes in the actual building. They’re not mock-ups in a sales centre with artificial views. What you see is literally what you will get, and with construction well along, you won’t have to wait for years to move into your new home. And now, owning at home at District Crossing is even easier with only a 5% deposit due at signing and an additional 5% due two months later. Shop and compare. Our purchasers did and they came back to buy at District Crossing. Unbeatable prices and quality. Below is an example of just how easy and affordable it can be to buy a new home and move in this year.

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The successful candidates will demonstrate strong communication and presentation skills as well as have a competent ability to network and promote the institute. All candidates should be team player orientated, accept challenges, work under pressure and have a positive winning attitude. We offer a very competitive package and an excellent team work environment. Please forward all cover letters and resumes to Sam:



Van Kam Freightways’ group of companies requires Class 1 Company Drivers and Owner Operators to be based out of our Surrey Terminal. Qualified linehaul drivers with winter and mountain driving exp. Above average rates, and an excellent benefits. Send a detailed resume and current driver’s abstract. (For owner operators, provide details of your truck) to: or fax, 604-587-9889 Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.


JOURNEYMAN AUTOBODY REFINISHER required for Southern Alberta’s most progressive collision centre. Full benefits, cleanest working environment in the industry, production bonus, factory training. Fix Auto Lethbridge. Phone 403-3281020.


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ACCOUNTING & PAYROLL Trainees Needed now! Large & Small Firms Seeking Certified A&P Staff Now. No Experience? Need Training? Career Training & Job Placement Available. 1-888-424-9417 EXPERIENCED FINISH GRADER Operators required by Knelsen Sand & Gravel Ltd., a successful well established company. Send resume to: or fax 780-928-3656

HELP WANTED Nechako Northcoast Construction, Terrace, B.C. Has an opening for Road Superintendent


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Requirements: • 3 Years in Superintendent role • Thorough knowledge of the road and bridge maintenance industry • Strong communications skills • Team Management/Leadership experience • Excellent time management & planning abilities • Valid BC Drivers License (min Class 3 with air) • Ability to demonstrate good judgment Applicant will be responsible to lead and manage operations, including crew. An understanding of all aspects of the work including Work Safe and Quality Management. Coordinate and schedule projects, equipment requirements, materials, supplies and sub-contractors with the assistance of Senior Road Foreman. Manage each project to ensure contract specifications and standards are met. Ensure timely paper flow to clients, and corporate office. Please Fax or email your resume to Debbie Russell, Manager of Human Resources Fax: 250-638-8409 Only those short listed will be contacted



NOEL and Family is looking to hire a Live-in Caregiver (6474) in Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, BC, Perm. f/t, 40 hrs p/wk, $10.00 p/hr, ASAP. Exp. 1 year to 2 years, Must be fluent in English. Spanish an asset. Main Duties: Supervise & care for a 2 yr old child, dress, prepare for rest. Apply to



OSAKA Japanese Rest. (N. Van) F/T Kitchen Chef 2-3 yrs exp. HighSchool grad.$17.25/hr.Prepare/ cook meals. Fax. 604-929-0768



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DRIVERS/OWNER Operators Wanted. Truck contractors need drivers with log haul experience and clean driver’s abstract. Owner operators needed with 6, 7, 8 axle log trailers. Visit: or call 1-800-661-5210 (ext. 8173). Experienced Owner-Operators and Company Drivers needed for Super-B flat deck trucking company. Owner-Operators $30000 $40000 Gross monthly. Company Drivers $5000-$6000 Gross monthly. Call 250-398-2299 or 250-3029922 or Email POWER ENGINEER 2nd Class Certificate mandatory. West Coast Reduction Ltd. Vancouver has fulltime opening for Steam Plant Shift Engineer. Competitive wage/ benefits. Resumes or more information email:

TRUCK DRIVER WITH CLASS 1 & AIR WANTED Required to do deliveries within BC, WA & AB. Will rotate between various routes. Home every weekend regardless of routes. Must be mature and selfmotivated. Previous experience necessary. Start immediately!

$20/hr. Plus Mileage, Bonuses & Full Benefits. E-mail resume: or Fax: 604-888-1145 Fuchs Lubricants, Langley BC



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FLAGGERS NEEDED If not certified, training available for a fee. Call 604-575-3944 F/T Pastor. Vancouver Yedalm Evangelical Church. 3-5 yrs exp. Eng/Kor. $20/hr for 37.5 hrs/week Tel: 604-842-9989

FULL-TIME CERTIFIED Heavy Duty Mechanic required by Bailey Western Star & Freightliner. Experience in service & repair of trucks, trailers & equipment. Fax resume to 250-286-0753 or email:

HEAVY DUTY Mechanics required for busy Coastal Logging company on Northern Vancouver Island. Must have extensive mechanical experience, certification an asset. Above industry average (wages), plus excellent benefit program. Fax or email resume to: 250-956-4888 or

LOG TRUCK mechanic for Kurt Leroy Trucking LTD. Welding an asset. Ben. inc. To start immed. Campbell River. Fax resume to 250-287-9914. MEDICAL OFFICE Trainees Needed! Hospitals & Dr’s Need Medical Office & Medical Admin staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Career Training & Job Placement also Available! 1-888-778-0459

SHOWER DOOR INSTALLERS BC’s Leading Glass & Shower Door Company Rahul Glass Ltd. is looking for experienced FullTime Shower Door, Mirror and Shelves installers, Wood Closet Organizer Installers and Glass Cutters. Positions available in the Lower Mainland area. Very exciting packages will be offered according to previous experience. Contact 604-710-1581. Candidates can also fax their resume at 604-592-2690.




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GARDEN TOPSOIL $20 per yard. Delivery available with 5 yard dump trailer. Tractor also avail for levelling. 604-768-7571, 604-856-4255 WEED FREE MUSHROOM Manure 13 yds - $150 or Well Rotted 10 yds -$170 604-856-8877



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NEED A LOAN - BAD CREDIT? Has your credit prevented you from getting a loan? Buying a home or having your own business? We can help you get up to 1 million business or mortgage loan and up to 200K personal loan with interest rates starting at 2.9% APR. Bad credit ok. Apply now at: or call 1-877-500-4030

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POWER ENGINEER 2nd Class Certificate mandatory. West Coast Reduction Ltd. Vancouver has fulltime opening for Steam Plant Shift Engineer. Competitive wage/ benefits. Resumes or more information email:


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Sprott-Shaw Community College is looking to hire ADMISSIONS ADVISORS. The candidates should have relevant sales and marketing experience with contactable references.


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ABBA MOVERS & DEL. Res/com 1-4 ton truck, 1 man $35/hr, 2 men from $45. Honest, bsmt clean up. 25 yrs of experience-604 506-7576

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329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-230-3539 Running this ad for 7yrs


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BLUE Heeler cross, 8wks old cute, house trained $50 to good home. No shots (604)796-2706 Agassiz


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ST. BERNARD pups, 3M/3F, born jan 14/11, $1000 each, gentle temperment. 1 (604)792-4022 YELLOW LAB pups. 8 weeks old, ready to go. Vet checked, 1st. shots. Parents on site. $500. 604-852-6176 Abbts



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BIG BEAUTIFUL AZ LAND $99/mo. $0 down, $0 interest, Golf Course, Nat’l Parks. 1 hour from Tucson Int’l Airport Guaranteed Financing, No Credit Checks. Pre-recorded msg. (800) 631-8164 code 4057 Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Bring Business! Free Brochure - Website: - Email: - Toll-free: 1888-865-4647. OWN 20 ACRES Only $129/mo. ..$295/down near El Paso, Texas (safest city in America!) Money Back Guarantee, No Credit Checks, Owner Financing, Free map/pictures 1-800-343-9444 REGISTER NOW Saskatoon 55Plus Active Adult Large Ground Level Townhomes

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1990 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD, 165K, Air Cared. Very clean. Loaded. $2250 obo 604-589-5950 1993 CHEV LUMINA, 4 dr, f/w, V6, 3.1 eng., 106 km, exc cond, 1 owner, $2,500 obo. (604) 576-6376. 1999 OLDS ALERO, 4 dr auto. Loaded. 138 kms. immac. cond. Private, certified. 604-593-5072. 2002 OLDSMOBILE ALERO, only 84K, clean, auto, Air Cared, $4750 obo. 604-589-5950 2003 FORD MUSTANG GT, convert, V8, 5 L, approx. 45 Km, full load, charcole/black leather, $15,000. Phone (604)302-4989.

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1998 HONDA ACCORD, 4 dr, 158K full power options, gold exterior, beige leather interior, $5500. T.K.T. Enterprises LTD. (604)278-4555 2004 TOYOTA CAMRY XLE, auto, 4 dr, fully loaded, s.roof, $8,450 obo. Call 604-836-5931. 2006 HONDA CIVIC 2 door, 5 spd manual, 80K, red, $6000 firm. Call: 604-538-9257. 2009 HONDA CIVIC, 4 dr, auto, 20,000 Km, burgundy, loaded, warr, fin. OAC. $13,300. 604-308-9624.





2001 22’ Slumber Queen MH. Chev chassi, 90,000 kms. TV, a/c, very clean. $20,500. 604-701-1245 Abbt




AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673



Auto Loans and Vehicles delivered to your door. Free Delivery BC/AB Best rates apply with us first. Always Approved Largest dealer group Apply online or toll free 1-888-635-9911


FLEETWOOD. 3 bdrmd + den, 2.5 baths, 3 level, 1500 sq.ft. townhouse. W/D, double garage. No pets/smoking. Nr bus/shops. $1475. 778-892-3244.

2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE Laredo 4L, good cond, New tires, New radiator, Aircare for 2 years asking $5000 (604)826-6256 Bill



3 BEDROOM & 2 Bath House Com ing Soon! In House Financing, no credit checks. 604.600.5791 CLAYTON HILL: 5 Bd & den exec Clayton acrge, 3.5 bth, lrg kit, pool, & hot tub. $3200/mo. 250-474-7743



ALDERGROVE, Four Plex upper Suite Two bedrooms plus Den/Brd Adult orientated building Available April 1 $750.00 plus utilities Phone 604-377-9107



1995 PROWLER 5TH WHEEL 25.ft, slide out, fully contained, with shed, large deck and holding tank at Lakeview RV site at Nicola Lake in Merrit BC $10,000 Phone (604)826-6256 Bill 2006 FORD F250 super duty diesel, excellent cond, new tires, new brakes, tow pkg. Asking $20,000 Phone (604)826-6256 Bill





2003 JEEP LIBERTY SPORT $8800 o.b.o. Silver, sunroof, p.w. key less entry, 4x4, 604-818-6460.


WHOLESALE FACTORY DIRECT. Manufactured, Modular & Park models. Tremendous savings. Luxurious 1512 sq. ft home including delivery and installation only $ 109,950. Many other plans available. 877-976-3737 or 250814-3788


2003 HONDA CRV EX, Well maint. auto, A/C, clean, N/S., no acc, 210kms. $11,500. (604)556-7674



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STEEL BUILDING SALE... SPECIALS from $4 to $11/sq.ft. Great pricing on ABSOLUTELY every model, width & length. Example: 30x40x14 NOW $7995.00. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers 1-800668-5422. STEEL BUILDINGS PRICED TO CLEAR - Holding 2010 steel prices on many models/sizes. Ask about FREE DELIVERY! CALL FOR QUICK SALE QUOTE and FREE BROCHURE - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

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Boston Terrier pups, 4 M, 2 F, vet checked, 1st shots, dewrmd, ready Mar. 18. $1,000. Call 604-868-0446 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 Chocolate Labradoodle pups. Vet checked, dewormed. $750-$900. 250-305-4253 CKC Reg. soft coated Wheaten terrier pups, hypo-allergenic. Guarntd. Vet ✓ $1200. 604-533-8992 ENGLISH MASTIFF P/B PUPS Fawn & Bridle. CKC reg. Ready to go. $1500. 604-726-3934 LAB Yellow X Golden Retriever pups. Family/farm raised. Vet ✓, shots, short hair, parents exc temper. $595. 604-835-0305. NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or


Oceanfront Motel, 2 acres, 10 units, near park, for sale or could be included in a larger project. Site approved for condos. Plans completed, ready to go. Phone 250-753-0160

3 rooms for $269, 2 coats (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.


AUTO FINANCING Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022 SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288 The Scrapper

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ACROSS 1. North Pole worker 4. Aegean or Black 7. Substitute worker 11. Rents out 15. A ____ in one’s bonnet 16. Paving liquid 17. Pertaining to a time period 18. Canyon feedback 19. Very strange 21. Allot 22. Seed protection 23. Comfort 25. Baptize 27. Make it ____ (hurry) 30. Navy 33. Milk source 34. Scallion’s kin 35. Point total 40. Sailor’s “stop” 43. Prepare for market 45. Orchestra instrument 46. Louisiana marsh 47. Cook in oil 48. More joyous 50. Restless 52. Scattered 53. Tutankhamen, e.g. 56. Farm enclosure 57. Secluded valleys 61. White House staffer 62. Revolve 64. Theater 65. Straggly 67. Malt-drying kilns 68. “You ____ My Lucky Star” 69. Shrewd 71. Fungal growth 74. Movie theater 78. Site for rods and cones 80. ____-friendly 81. Palm drink

84. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93.

Crisp lettuce Metal refining dregs Snare or kettle Mess up Not me In-house animals Legendary Himalayan creature 94. Dash’s partner 95. Many ages

42. Food fish, often canned 44. ____ Orleans 49. Accomplish again 51. Rocky summit 52. Type of couch 53. Handle roughly 54. Speed 55. Fruit drink 56. Deli meat 58. Distance out in front 59. Bait 60. Diving duck 63. St. Anthony’s cross 66. Edible root 70. Annie’s dog 71. Extremely small 72. Not moving 73. Biology class, for short 74. Tooth point 75. Speck on a map 76. Orderly 77. Work units 79. Fastened 82. Fury 83. Shot ____ (field event) 85. Hole in a needle 86. Australian marsupial, for short 87. “Top ____” (film)

DOWN 1. “____ Tide” 2. Garland 3. Turkish hat 4. Sharpen 5. Ahead of schedule 6. Geographical belt 7. Boldness 8. Before, to a bard 9. Cushion 10. Request urgently 11. Tree outgrowth 12. Wedding-gown shade 13. “____ Old Man” 14. Dover or lemon 20. Certain snake 24. Small songbird 26. Sols preceders 27. Wound cover 28. Certain star 29. On the road ANSWER TO PUZZLE NO. 537 31. Clever remark 32. Windflowers 34. Scion 36. Ribbed, as fabric 37. Japanese belt 38. Shad eggs 39. Constantly, to a bard 41. Flew like an eagle

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