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Saturday, March 12 from 10am - Noon North Vancouver City Library, 3rd Floor 120 West 14th Street North Vancouver City Library is offering a free genealogy workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn about various research tools plus Library Edition – the largest online family history resource available at the library. All welcome, no registration required. More information at

- A conceptual layout of an off-leash area in Kings Mill Walk - Potential locations for an additional off-leash area - Dog Waste Management Pilot Projects - Other issues raised during the first Open House For more information, contact Lisa Parker at or 604-983-7334. Further details at

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Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm North Vancouver City Library, 3rd Floor, 120 West 14th Street The City and District of North Vancouver are undertaking a joint update to the North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan. The City is hosting an Open House on March 9, 2011 to receive feedback on bike project priorities in North Vancouver. All interested cyclists from North Vancouver are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit

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Waiting for a writ North Vancouver NDP candidate Michael Charrois says he’ll hit the ground running if a spring election is called this month From cynic to candidate




ichael Charrois has been a doctor, a detective, and, most recently, a knife-weilding demon

hunter. Being a professional actor, you see, means being able to wear a number of different hats. “I spent yesterday stabbing some guy in the neck,” quips Charrois, of his work as a hand double for the TV series Supernatural. “Show business. It’s good work, if you can get it.” But if the name Micheal Charrois rings a bell, it might also be for another reason. Even if you haven’t seen him on television, you may have spotted his name on your 2008 federal election ballot. Representing the NDP, Charrois ran against four other candidates in North Vancouver, including former Liberal MP Don Bell and current Conservative MP Andrew Saxton. And although he garnered just less than 10 per cent of the vote, Charrois says he’s looking forward to another kick at the can if a spring election is called later this month. Last time, he says, the North Van riding association was admittedly a bit “slow out of the gate.” But this time, things will be different, he vows. “The moment the writ is dropped we’ll be ready.”

Originally from Edmonton, Charrois grew up attending a tough inner-city high school with one of the better drama programs in the province. In the mid-1980s he studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the University of Alberta before landing an apprenticeship with Edmonton’s renowned Stage Polaris. In the early 90s Charrois became a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and, a short time later, wound up the the president of the union’s Edmonton branch. Such was his introduction to political life. “Before I became involved with my union I shared the same cynicism about politics that everyone else has,” he says. But in 2001, when a friend asked Charrois if he’d consider running for Alberta’s provincial New Democrats, he jumped at the opportunity. “As an actor, you’re trained to say yes. It’s life, it’s improv,” he says. As a cultural worker, Charrois says the New Democratic Party was a natural fit for him. “The NDP was the only party that even mentioned the word culture in their platform,” says Charrois. “I did it because I agree with the party’s aims and objectives. Peace, equality and social justice.”

A FAMILIAR FACE - Michael Charrois, who ran in the 2008 federal election, has been reacclaimed as the NDP’s North Vancouver candidate. Greg Hoekstra photo Taking the next step Shortly after fighting his first election, Charrois relocated to B.C. in search of more acting roles, but he never quite shook the political bug. In the past decade he’s starred in dozens of plays — a number of which have taken him on tour across the province — and regularly teaches drama to aspiring performers, but when an election was called in 2008, he found himself back in a familiar place: the campaign trail. Although his fourth-place finish in that election wasn’t quite what he was hoping for, Charrois says it hasn’t discouraged him from taking another run at things. “If I got discouraged at all, I wouldn’t be a professional actor,” he says. “I know

rejection all too well.” Sitting in the Lower Lonsdale home he and his wife share, Charrois says he’s hopeful North Van voters will give him a chance this time around. He’s also hopes he doesn’t lose too many votes to the Liberals in strategic voting initiatives. “I really think I would do a good job in Ottawa. All the skills I have — writing, communication, public speaking — are transferrable. It’s not that much of a leap from one pursuit to the other,” he says. “All I can do is my best. I have to get out there and fly the flag. Someone has to.” For more on Michael Charrois visit his website at

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Recently I had the pleasure of speaking about governance to students at Lynn Valley, Dorothy Lynas, and Ross Road Elementary Schools. I always make time to engage students in their classrooms, and invite all school teachers to call me to arrange a visit to speak to their students on government, politics, issue advocacy, and similar topics.

Addressing traffic problems at the north end of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge is a priority for me. I have had many meetings with potential partners involved in this project, including Councillors and Mayors, our MP, First Nations representatives, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ministry officials. Education and transportation are two of my top priorities for the coming years. I also need to hear from you. Tell me your concerns and suggest your solutions so I can speak on your behalf in Victoria. This is an excellent time to share your ideas as we head into a new session with a new Premier and Cabinet. Contact me by email, at my office, or at my next “Join Jane” coffee meeting at Parkgate Community Centre, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 5.

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Drunken mishap leads to severe frostbite for North Van man Victim credits police and rescuers with saving his life after bone-chilling fall on Mount Seymour GREG HOEKSTRA S TA F F R E P O RT E R


North Vancouver man is crediting police with saving his life after a drunken fall in the Mount Seymour wilderness late Sunday night. “I know that if it hadn’t been for the officers finding me, I would have died,” said 29-year-old Micheal Conway from his bed at Lions Gate Hospital Monday morning (Feb. 28). “I don’t think this will even sink in for a few days.” According to reports Conway was walking home from Seymour’s Pub around 11:30 p.m on Feb. 27 when he decided to enter the Baden-Powell trail system. While hiking along the trail Conway lost his footing and tumbled 200 metres down a steep, snowy embankment into the icy waters of Lynn Creek. Using his cellphone, Conway was able to call for help, but was unable to describe where he was given his pitch-black surroundings. By this time hypothermia was already setting in and one of Conway’s feet was becoming severely frostbitten. “I hadn’t even noticed my shoe came off. My feet were so numb I couldn’t even feel them,” said Conway. Working with the telephone company, RCMP dispatchers were able to determine the cellphone tower that was used to transmit Conway’s distress call. Officers were dispatched to the area, near Ross Rd. and Duval Rd., where they “immediately called for a police dog, made their best guess about where to head into the forest, and began the search,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Peter DeVries. Police searched for more than an hour in the dark, hiking treacherous terrain and yelling Conway’s name. Searchers finally located him at the bottom of the rocky canyon and called in North Shore Rescue to retrieve the frostbitten man. The incident, said DeVries, highlights the dangers present when hiking on the North Shore. “Even though North Vancouver is well developed with residential neighbourhoods, they surround some very wild, rough and mountainous terrain. It’s not that hard to get into serious trouble, especially at night, and especially in winter,” said DeVries, in a statement to the press. “The North Vancouver RCMP knows this, and knew that Mr. Conway could have died if he wasn’t found. That’s why the officers risked their own safety to find him,” he added. “We’re very relieved he’s going to be alright.”

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ith her first full-length book set to be published this month, North Vancouver biologist Leslie Beckmann is already catching the eye of the literary world. In the past, Beckmann has won awards for her essays and short fictions, but recently has become a finalist in CBC Literary Awards. Beckmann’s up against four other nominees in the creative nonfiction category for her story Tortfeasor. Approximately 5,000 submissions were received from across the country. The literary awards have recognized now famous authors, such as Carol Shields and Shauna Singh Baldwin. The winners will be announced on Thursday, March 24, on CBC Radio One’s Q. The Canada Council will hand out $6,000 to first place prize winner and $4,000 for second place in each category – short story, poetry and creative nonfiction. The works will also be

Leslie Beckham is in contention for the creative nonfiction award. published in enRoute magazine. Beckmann’s first full-length work is a thriller entitled The Sum of All Evils.

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Fed gov’t announces $1M investment in the future of Capiano U’s film school

BUILDING A FUTURE A government grant for nearly $1M means Cap U’s Bosa Centre will be equipped with the latest technology. Rob Newell photo



he North Shore’s film industry got a huge boost last week when the federal government announced it will chip in nearly $1 million for state-of-the-art equipment at Capilano University. On Thursday (Feb. 24), Lynne Yelich, minister of state for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced the funding for the purchase of three-dimensional (S3D) equipment for the school’s new Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. “This equipment will ensure that students and those currently employed in the British Columbia film industry learn the skills and techniques required to operate the latest in 3D technology,” Yelich told a room full of dignitaries and university officials. The government will also give $510,00 to the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C. (MPPIA), for a three-year marketing strategy aimed at luring new film projects north, Yelich added. The cash infusion is an investment by the government in the future of B.C.’s film industry, which employs roughly 20,000 workers in Metro Vancouver alone. “As Canada emerges from the global economic recession it is important that our government supports the industries that will continue to grow and provide jobs well into the future. Film and television production is one of those key industries,” said Yelich. “Canada’s prosperity depends on not just meeting the challenges of today, but on building a dynamic economy.” In addition to creating work, the film industry also leads to infrastructure upgrades and increased economic activity in smaller communities, she added. Capilano University president Kris Bulcroft said the $969,000 investment ensures the Bosa Centre — scheduled to open this summer — will be one of the leading facilities of its kind in Canada. “For many years Capilano has been a major player in providing the education and training necessary to build B.C.’s thriving film industry,” Bulcroft said. “[The federal government’s] continued work and support is, quite frankly, making us one of the best film schools in the country... in North America.” Krista McMillan, a third-year film student at Cap U, told reporters the announcement meant


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her education would be top of the line. “The film industry is now moving into 3D filmmaking. As a student I am excited to learn the equipment and techniques alongside industry professionals,” said McMillan. The purchase of 3D equipment, she added, means Cap U will become a training ground for industry professionals. “This will help strengthen our ties within the Vancouver film community,” added McMillan. Reeling in big fish On the North Shore, it’s estimated as many as 5,000 people make their living in the film industry. In addition, area businesses — from caterers to retail shops to set builders — see huge spinoff dollars when blockbuster film and television projects come to town. Peter Leitch, president of North Shore Studios and chairman of the MPPIA, says the B.C. industry has been doing extremely well in recent months, even in the face of challenges such as a rising Canadian dollar. “I think we’ve realized that we have a great product here. Our U.S. customers keep coming despite the high dollar,” Leitch told The Outlook following last week’s announcement. The North Shore’s success in luring projects, he said, is due to a number of factors, including established infrastructure such as studios and post-production facilities, well-trained crew and cast members, and some of the best shooting locations in the world. Recently, North Shore Studios welcomed a

huge television pilot project called Alcatraz. The show, which is being produced by the same production company as TV behemoths “Lost” and “Fringe,” could mean jobs and new revenue for both city and district governments if it’s successful. “It’s an exciting new potential television series. It’s the type of project that could have been done in other municipalities, but we were certainly happy to have it here,” said Leitch. In the neighbouring municipality of West Vancouver, meanwhile, the blockbuster film series Twilight is expected to film once again in the British Properties. Recently, a film permit was issued by the District of West Vancouver for a major production under the name TSDB Canada. “We have unconfirmed reports that it’s Twilight-related,” said the district’s director of communications, Jessica Delaney. Low permit rates and the ongoing cooperation of local governments, said Leitch, will continue to ensure the North Shore is one of B.C.’s prime shooting locations. “We’re very pleased we’re able to have an open dialogue with the government. We see the current councils as being very supportive, and that’s extremely important,” said Leitch. “[The film industry] is certainly a business where they look at the bottom line. If we’re not competitive anymore, it will quickly turn around,” he added. “I’d much rather see the 20,000 people that are employed directly in the industry provincewide continue to be able to work.”

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ive them skills, violenceprevention worker Anita Roberts says. Roberts has been teaching assault prevention for more than 20 years. Tonight, at the Kay Meek Centre, the program director of SafeTeen will teach parents and educators on the body language and verbal skills youth can use to deal with peer pressure, de-escalate violence and build self-esteem. “Most parents are unaware of the extent of what their kids are facing very single day,” Roberts said.

Roberts was a recipient of, and witness to, violence at the hands of her father. SafeTeen, which is now incorporated into school curriculums throughout B.C., was created from Roberts’ own need to learn how to be strong and safe. “I wanted my work to be about prevention, so I wanted to work with children,” she said. The Thursday night talk will cover hot topics such as cyberbullying and the role of bystanders. The discussion also delves into the realities of abuse, such as the fact that the majority of assaults happen in one’s own home by someone they know.

“We believe information is power,” Roberts said. Roberts’ program reaches approximately 25,000 students per year, but she hopes to get the message out to people. North Shore schools are currently considering piloting SafeTeen’s elementary school program. “The questions that I get asked from parents and youth are the same. ‘What am I doing wrong?’ and ‘What can I do right?’” Roberts said. West Van mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones will join Roberts for a question and answer portion during the presentation.

SafeTeen director Anita Roberts. “Help Kids Make Wise Choices” will be held at the Kay Meek Centre Mar. 3, at 7 p.m. The presentation is being brought in partnership with North Shore Family Services.

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wners of the most soot-spewing diesel machines will be hit with hefty fees starting next year to push them to upgrade their engines. Metro Vancouver’s board voted Friday (Feb. 25) to pass the new bylaw regulating off-road engines, despite objections from some heavy equipment users. It will charge the most polluting machines hundreds and eventually thousands of dollars a year depending on the horsepower rating, although there’s a provision for owners to recoup 80 per cent of the fees by retrofitting or replacing the engine. Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, who chairs Metro’s environment committee, called the new system of fees the most significant measure the region can take to reduce the risk of cancer from air toxins. “The benefits far outweigh the cost of implementation and the cost to the industry,� he said. Langley City Coun. Gayle Martin, who voted against the bylaw, said she would have preferred to put more money into ensuring AirCare stations crack down on heavy diesel trucks. North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton and City Mayor Darrell Mussatto also voted against the bylaw after hearing a delegation from North Vancouver-based Dynamic Equipment Rentals, which opposed the fees. Metro district director of air quality Ray Robb said the region will work with small business and advocate for federal funding to help subsidize engine upgrades. He defended the measures as critical to reducing airborne diesel particulate – one of the most significant threats to human health among air


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completely new, wider suspended structure for the Lions Gate Bridge, which included a new deck, sidewalks, stiffening trusses and suspension hangers. Also finished over a series of late-night closures, the company ensured the bridge was open to traffic each morning. Upon completion, the only remaining pieces from the original 1938 structure were the towers, main cables, foundation and anchorages. More recently, the firm was the recipient of an award at the seventh annual Deputy Minister Awards for Consulting Engineers, commendations presented through the Ministry of Transportation. Buckland and Taylor took top prize in the “structures” category for their work on the Capilano Bridge. Matson said the award holds a special place amongst other commendations because consultants don’t apply to any specific category – ministry staff nominates them. Buckland and Taylor has been involved since the early days of the Cap Bridge project. While the job is on a slightly smaller scale than the Lions Gate Bridge, Murray Johnson, the company’s executive engineer, said the work has come with strict guidelines. Traffic was not to be disrupted. The surroundings are environmentally sensitive. No work during the Olympics. The list goes on. But, with some slick planning, and a few overnight shifts around Christmas, the team devised a plan to slide the bridge on to a new support before going to work on the old one. And, like other Buckland and Taylor concepts, it’s inspired other work. In late September Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced the replacement to the Madison-Milton Bridge, which connects Madison, Indiana with Milton, Kentucky. It will “be completed years ahead of schedule, at 20 per cent less cost and with significantly less disruption” because it too will be slid onto steel rails and plates before construction on a new one is executed. It’ll mean a bridge closure of only 10 days, when plans for a year-long shutdown were originally forecasted. A win for drivers heading in and out of the mid-west, and a win for North Van’s Buckland and Taylor. One of many, it seems.

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Mulgrave students Spencer Gair, Adam Chandani and Nicholas Durrans are among a string of students exhibiting work in the Big Ideas art show.

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Tong was with Chandani’s Mulgrave class when it toured the public art displays. She watched the youths’ expressions change as they learnt that Chinese artist Minjun’s bronze men in Morton Park are about freedom of expression and censorship. She saw the same ellphone covers link like vertebrae up the back of a mannequin. expression again when the students stood around We, a sculpture that deals with immiRed and yellow wires stretch across its back. The limb-less torso sits on a stool gration and settlement. that’s skirted with photographs of the galaxy. “You can see all of a sudden they had a deeper reflection,” she says. “We call it The Meeting of Two Worlds,” Adam Chandani says, looking at the sculpture This week, when Tong visited the schools to look at the students’ creations, she was placed on a table in the middle of Mulgrave School’s art class. impressed. The pupils had a variety of work, everything from 3-D pieces like Chandani’s “The idea came from the We sculpture,” he says. The Meeting of Two Worlds, to paintings and multimeWe is Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s sculpture that dia displays. More than that, there was thought behind we all drive past when head along Sunset Beach Park each item, Tong notes. toward Burrard Bridge. It’s also the white figure cre“Usually in art classes students will just draw or ated out of the world’s alphabets that sits overlooking paint, but you could see the research in their work [for English Bay. the show],” she says. “[We is] about interaction between different people,” Standing around their sculpture, Chandani and his Chandani says. classmates Nicholas Durrans and Spencer Gair point This Grade 10 student knows that because he’s out its features. The We art piece downtown represents among a string of North Shore students taking part in interaction between different people and cultures; their a program that’s creating art from art. The initiative is North Shore students put together a piece explores the interaction of two worlds — humanled by Vancouver Biennale, the non-profit arts orgakind and technology. nization that is responsible for placing 33 art pieces major art show inspired by public art “It’s about how technology affects the whole world,” — such as A-maze-ing Laughter, Yue Minjun’s now Durrans says, pointing to the SIM card placed at the famous little bronze men making silly faces besides base of the mannequin’s neck. English Bay — in the city’s public spaces. Guided by the organization’s members, the students visited these public art exhibits and The BIG show learnt about each work’s history and meaning. Stocked with that knowledge, they were asked to create their own work, which will be displayed in the Big Ideas Student Exhibit The artwork from students from six West Vancouver schools will be on display at the across the North Shore. Ferry Building Gallery, at 1414 Argyle Avenue, and West Vancouver Museum, at 680 The program not only teaches students about art within their community, but requires 17th Street. The exhibit runs from March 8 to the 27, with the opening reception on them to delve into subjects such as social studies, history and politics. It’s about learning Friday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. through art, says Katherine Tong, Biennale’s education program manager. Work from students from four North Vancouver schools will go on display at “It uses art as an entry point to cross-curriculum education,” she says. CityScape Community Arts Space, at 335 Lonsdale Avenue, starting April 7. REBECCA ALDOUS S TA F F R E P O RT E R


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Metro sparks up arts listings website Taxpayers pay to start online calendar JEFF NAGEL BLACK PRESS


etro Vancouver has launched a website for arts and culture event listings from across the region, despite previous qualms over whether it’s a good expenditure of tax dollars. It’s at – short for Metro Arts Xperience. The site accepts contributed listings from approved organizations, individuals and businesses. It’s searchable and includes a map view

to find listings by neighbourhood, along “There wasn’t a central place for people with videos, reviews, to go to one spot and links to buy tickets and find out all the informasocial media tie-ins. “There wasn’t a central tion they wanted,” she The calendar site cost said. place for people to go “This is going to link Metro $57,000 to create but it expects to all the arts and cultural to one spot and find events in the entire spend another $32,000 on adjustments, mainMetro Vancouver area out all the information into one central site.” tenance and improvements. Besides debate at the they wanted.” board Surrey Coun. Judy about whethVilleneuve, who chairs Judy Villeneuve er Metro should be Metro’s regional cultural cultural committee chair involved, she said some committee, said the site media outlets were condoesn’t compete with cerned the competition existing media outlets. would cost them advertising revenue.

The Georgia Straight had petitioned Metro to open up the concept to private bids. But Villeneuve said those fears seem to have subsided, adding the site should help drive traffic to reviews on other media websites. The concept was recommended by Max Wyman, the previous chair of the Metro regional cultural committee, who said arts and culture must be fostered as an important factor in ensuring the sustainability of communities. The site doesn’t charge for listings but Metro hopes to raise corporate sponsorship for the site to cover ongoing maintenance costs.

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he Annual Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) Gala was held last week in honour of British Columbia’s female winery owners and experts. The ballroom at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel looked beautiful as outgoing Premier Gordon Campbell took to the stage to congratulate all of the evening’s honourees at “Once Upon a Grapewine.” There was also a live taping of “The Tasting Room” with host Terry David Mulligan during the reception and a lavish silent auction full of fabulous libations. Also last week, it was time for the second annual Face of Tomorrow Gala. Hosted by Kasondra Cohen, daughter of Vancouver socialite and Army and Navy heiress Jacqui Cohen, the invite-only party at Gotham’s CAT’S restaurant featured an exclusive EYE vodka ice lounge, auction items and live performances by Chin Cat Barr Injeti and Kreesha Turner. B La Stella winery owner and West Vancouverite Saeedeh Salem, left, joins Premier Gordon Campbell and FWE president/chair Christina Anthony at FWE wine Gala. C House Wine Girls Michelle Bouffard, left, and Michaela Morris look fabulous in their matching monikered red dresses at FWE wine Gala. DWine blogger Daenna Van Mulligen sits next to media personality and The Tasting Room host Terry David Mulligan at FWE wine Gala. E Countdown Events’ organizers Soha Lavin and Sahba Hesabi make sure things run smoothly at the FWE wine Gala. FWE membership and communications manager Angel Mok, left, greets guests alongside executive director Jill Earthy at the wine gala GAmong the invited guests at the Face of Tomorrow gala are Sophie Mas, left, of the Stand Foundation and Stephanie Summers.H Three generations of fundraising beauties – daughter Kasondra Cohen, left, grandmother Marlene Cohen and mother Jacqui Cohen look stunning at the second annual Face of Tomorrow gala.

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Murray Bulger wants to play an active role in his son Liam’s life. Sean Kolenko photos

Fathers’day A North Shore program gives dads a chance to swap child-rearing stories



s a teacher at Argyle secondary school, Murray Bulger thought he’d learned a thing or two about kids. After all, he’s in charge of classrooms full of young adults Monday through Friday. But, he admits with a laugh, nothing really prepares you for your own kid like having one. The diapers, the crying, the sleepless nights; there’s no substitute for it. It’s, for the most part, a learning-on-the-job type of gig — victories, missteps and all. “There are real challenges and an obvious balance when raising kids. And so many fathers are really into child-rearing these days,” says Bulger. “Dads want to be involved in the story of their child.” While traditional roles of the father within the family — the breadwinner, the disciplinarian, the repairman — have changed over the years, the image of the parent, or primary caregiver, remains largely centred on the mother. So where does the father turn for advice on being a dad? Where do the fellas look to swap war stories, tips and techniques from their parenting experiences? In North Vancouver, it’s at the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s “Daddy and Me” drop-in program at the John Braithwaite Community Centre. “There aren’t many places for guys to deal with kids outside of the home,” says Bulger. “But it’s nice to talk to men, hear their perspectives and chat about parenting. It’s important to have a place like that.”


ach Friday from September to June, fathers and their children come to the community centre to eat dinner, make a craft or two, read stories and hang

out. Children can play and dads have the opportunity to talk shop. Carol Lundrigan, program facilitator, says fathers enjoy the mother-free environment because they often feel uneasy or isolated in classes with moms. By surrounding themselves with others in similar situations, frank discussions about fatherhood tend to happen much more organically. Bulger agrees. He remembers his first trip to the program, back when his two-and-a-half-year old son Liam wasn’t yet able to walk, and feeling instantly comfortable. It was a valuable reminder, he says, that dads aren’t alone and reinforced the idea that others are also looking for some guidance outside of the home. But it isn’t just father-to-father conversations that come out of the program, adds Lundrigan. “Daddy and Me” also provides the opportunity for fathers to watch their children interact with others. Lundrigan, who’s been an early childhood educator for 20 years, says fathers enjoy having the chance to watch their kids socialize because hectic schedules limit how often they see their kids play with others of a similar age. “Watching that interaction is huge because still so many dads are at work,” she says. “And they’re telling me they find that observation very important, along with the crafts and such. It’s still new for them.”


rom an administrative perspective, a key to the success of father-centred programs remains price point. “Daddy and Me” is free, but other popular classes have seen drops in attendance after nominal fees have been instituted. Megan McDonnell, the family resource centre coordinator for the Neighbourhood House, says they’re always

exploring creative ways to fund their parenting programs because the interest in the service grows each year. McDonnell says they have, in particular, noticed a recent surge of immigrant families, particularly Farsi-speaking fathers, attending parenting classes. There has been a province-wide increase of male singleparent families over the last decade. The 2006 Census says there were 35,390 B.C. families in which the father was the only parent, nearly an 11-per-cent jump from 2001. Lone-father families also grew more than four times the rate of female-headed families, which jumped 2.4 per cent. McDonnell says it’s been fathers of all stripes coming through their doors. Those in stable relationships, or going through separations and divorces — one father even attends classes during his court-mandated visitation time — all want to be active in their child’s lives. “It always comes down to learning to nurture and to bond,” says McDonnell. “And I hear it said a lot in the classes – dads tell us they never would have pictured coming on either their own or with a partner to something like this. It’s empowering for them. And I think it’s very cool to be able to do that.” This free drop-in is an opportunity for fathers and their children to get together. Fathers with children up to six years old are invited to come to the John Braithwaite Community Centre’s family centre and take part in the program. Enjoy crafts, stories, music and the opportunity to meet other fathers in your neighbourhood. A free dinner will be provided. Call 604-982-8315.

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Museum eyes new Lonsdale location North Van’s Museum and Archives staff have been looking to move out of Presentation House for nearly two decades; a new Central Lonsdale development may be their ticket




he way Nancy Kirkpatrick sees it, the future of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives rests in its ability to engage residents. It isn’t enough to present static artifacts. She wants to create a lively space, a real “community hub,” she says. But, creating that kind of environment takes space and the current 3,500 square feet the museum enjoys on the second floor of Presentation House simply isn’t enough. “It’s antiquated and doesn’t meet the needs of a community museum. Entwined Histories [the museum’s current exhibit] is a great example. The only reason we can show this is because we own it. No one would lend it to us because we don’t have the proper systems and humidity and airflow,” says Kirkpatrick, director of the museum. “We need a central location that’s welcoming and inclusive. We need a place where people can come and discover something meaningful.” An interest in a new museum plot isn’t a new development. Kirkpatrick says staff has been investigating various locations for nearly 20 years. Her predecessor, Robin Inglis, wanted it to be on the waterfront and participated in a number of planning studies in support of such a move. Once the interest in a Maritime Centre arose in 2005, council directed museum staff to consider other areas as potential sites for relocation. After a host of consultations, the Central Lonsdale neighbourhood was earmarked as a preferred site. When the Onni Group purchased the Safeway property last summer with plans to redevelop the site into a large, master-planned community, the company began looking at various options for an amenity contribution because designs idea for the area required more density than the city’s Official Community Plan allowed. In a presentation to council in January, Onni representative Beau Jarvis discussed the company’s interest in providing a 20,000-sqaure foot museum in exchange for building a new 493-unit mixed-use community. Various members of council expressed their concerns at the meeting over the size of the development and the long-term operational costs of the larger museum. To ease

North Vancouver Museum and Archives Director, Nancy Kirkpatrick, and chairman, Bob Heywood, look forward to displaying treasures of the museum’s warehouse — like this telephone operators station and tugboat engine — in a new central location. Rob Newell photo concerns, Kirkpatrick says Onni has agreed to fund a study on the operating costs of the proposed larger space, as well exploring fundraising options. “There will certainly be nervousness over the density. But we need to think a little broader. Central Lonsdale is a designated town centre and needs a core of density,” says Bob Heywood, chairman of the North Van Museum and Archives Commission and former city councillor. “When I was on council I was reluctant to encroach on single-family neighbourhoods. But there are a lot of good reasons for density and Central Lonsdale is a prime area. It has the room.” In addition to the more interactive and experimental exhibits touted by both Kirkpatrick and Heywood – film and computer technology exhibit options have been dis-

cussed, as well as classroom areas for community discussion and debate – the museum owns about 20,000 artifacts currently being stored off site that could find more permanent homes in a larger space. Tugboat engines, items from Dr. McNair’s old drugstore, skis from the Saxton family, furniture and trophies are to name but a few examples. It’s the story of North Vancouver, all sitting under a thin layer of dust. And those stories, Kirkpatrick says, deserve to be told. And regardless of whether old or new tales end up on display, it will take more space to tell them.

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North Vancouver Community Arts Council puts out a call for submissions for popular garden tour

he North Vancouver Community Arts Council is seeking visual artists and artisans to participate in the 2011 Art in the Garden Tour, taking place on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 12 to 5 p.m., rain or shine. This is a great opportunity for visual artists to market their artwork in a unique setting. The Art in the Garden Tour is a two-day event that brings together musicians, gardeners and visual artists for a collaborative feast of the senses. This selfdirected tour takes place during the last weekend in May and features up to 16

award winning gardens from the North Shore and over 30 artists from throughout the province. Over 1,500 patrons took in the event in 2010. To apply please include in your submission: • A completed application form (available at the arts council office and online at ) • 10 printed photos, or JPEG, or PDF images on a disk of your artwork • A current CV or bio, and an artist statement • Submissions must also be accompa-

nied by a $15 jury fee. Artists who are accepted must become a member of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. Artists retain 100 per cent of any sales and commissions obtained through the event. The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 26 at 4 p.m. For more information please contact the NVCAC at 604-988-6844.

Michelle Dumond shares her music during last spring’s Art in the Garden. Paintings by Joel Mara. Submitted photo

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rade 12: a time of growing up and goodbyes. A big part of that growing up is the transition students make from being financially dependent on their parents to being expected to cover certain expenses on their own. For the majority, this includes paying for postsecondary school either in its entirety or at least in part. For those whose biggest financial burden used to be buying a movie ticket, the thousands of dollars involved in getting a degree can look downright scary. Loans will only pay for so much, and the money does have to be paid back, so they are not necessarily the best option. Scholarships are ideal but they are difficult to come by, or that seems to be the attitude among most of the grad year of 2011. So how does a student go about earning them? Brittany Palmer believes she has the answer. She graduated from Windsor secondary school with an impressive $56,000 in scholarships. Four years later she graduated from SFU with a degree in communications and absolutely no debt. She now runs a scholarship aid program called Unlocking Your Future that even offers its own scholarships. Success when hunting for scholarships, she says, is all about finding what sets one student apart from everyone else. Scholarships today are awarded for so many different disciplines other than grades. These include music, dance, art, drama, and sports, among others. More and more, those offering scholarships are also looking at a student’s involvement in community and want examples of volunteering. At the same time, schools are widening scholarship types and requirements. Clearly it’s no longer just about the grades, and Brittany is adamant that “there is a scholarship for everyone.” Her program, she says, is all about “building a foundation” that will help confident, dedicated students get a head start in the right direction. Before Brittany had such incredible success, though, she says she felt the same way as many students today. She truly believed that “scholarships were not possible” or “never going to happen.” She, in part, has her mother to thank for her success “She nagged me to death,” Brittany says with a laugh.




Windsor Secondary grad Brittany Palmer is the founder of the scholarship aid program ‘Unlocking Your Future.’ Submitted photo Her journey towards the creation of Unlocking Your Future “kind of just evolved naturally.” The year after her graduation from Windsor, the school wisely invited her back to reveal the secrets to her success. The talk was a huge hit and it wasn’t long before other schools started to ask her to present as well. After that, what had started as a personal favour for her old high school quickly turned into something entirely different, something much bigger. Brittany plans to continue expanding her program, encouraging students to take advantage of her experience by offering free essay-writing workshops among other things. Her ultimate goal is to “help students see post-secondary as an attainable opportunity rather than a financial burden.” Want to learn more about Brittany’s program? Check out her website at www.keytoscholarships. com. Handsworth Secondary student Alison Burns is connected to her North Vancouver community; she has participated in various clubs and, over the next few months, will be contributing to the North Shore Outlook. Though writing is her hobby, Burns’ placed third in the Lisa Rector Young Writer’s Scholarship. Alison wishes to pursue a career in criminology.




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North Van resident starts scholarship fund for children of police officers who have been killed. REBECCA ALDOUS S TA F F R E P O RT E R


At the event, 150 senators, members of parliament, including North Vancouver MP Andrew Saxton, and police raised $20,000. Prime Minister Stephen Harper not only attended the event in a show of support, but also wrote a letter to the society. In it he stated there is no better way to honour the legacy of police who died while on duty than by aiding the aspirations of their sons and daughters. Two universities — Dalhousie and Royal Roads — are taking part in the program. The scholarship fund will send one student to university each year. Gulkison hopes Adams’ children will benefit from the fund when they are older. Policing is a dangerous job, but it is always a shock for an entire community when an officer dies, he says. “One of our jobs is to keep the families of fallen officers part of our family, show them that we won’t forget,” says Gulkison. Anyone can donate to the scholarship by visiting or calling 604-944-9753.

t’s every police chief’s worst nightmare. And Ross Gulkison happened to be with the officer’s wife when the call came in. “Losing an officer you never forget,” the retired police chief and North Vancouver resident says. He pauses, looks away, and then regains his focus. “At the time you have got to be strong for the other officers; you are still the leader.” It was September of 1993. Officer James Adams, along with a biologist and a fellow peace officer, volunteered to travel up the Fraser Cannon after receiving reports of people dynamite fishing. Adams was a young guy. He was married to Shannon, who also served as a peace officer for the Sto:lo Nation. The couple had two children. Past Yale, Adams’ patrol vessel hit a stationary wave. The boat flipped and Adams was lost. The search for his body became one of the longest in Canadian history. He was never found. “When an officer dies we all, especially the chief, feel accountable,” Gulkison says, adding that one replays the steps and procedure taken. Last month, when Gulkison went to Stay Connected. Ottawa, Adams was on Anywhere. Anytime. his mind. Gulkison visited Parliament Hill as Do you like to know what’s happening in your community, but don’t always have time to sit and read your community newspaper? Now you can easily vice president of Police keep up with the news and events that matter most to you. and Peace Officers Sign up today for the North Shore Outlook online Memorial Ribbon newsletter, arriving every Thursday morning in your inbox. Society to raise money Visit and click on the for a scholarship fund link found under “Community Links.” for children of fallen police officers.


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sports A Great 2010. In addition to Lauren Woolstencroft’s victory in Sport BC’s 2011 Athlete of the Year Awards announced last week, Olympic gold medalist Maëlle Ricker has also been awarded senior female athlete of the year by the organization. Competing in the snowboard cross event in the 2010 Games, Ricker became the first Canadian woman to win gold on home snow. Ricker finished off her amazing season by winning the 2010 Crystal Globe in snowboard cross.

Working it out North Van’s Michael Bulva has been on a decades-long pursuit to fulfil a fitness vision he had as a teenager groups. By using one’s own body weight as resistance while working out, users engage their core, arms and legs in one exercise. ven as a teenager, Michael After a few design starts and Bulva had a keen sense of stops, Bulva teamed up with a the importance of a balmanufacturer and started sellanced life. That isn’t to say the ing his product. And almost a then 13-year-old was searching for year ago, he’d sold every one. It respite from slugging it out in the was a promising start to any new rat race like so many older than business, but to get the company him were doing. However, he was producing the amount of equipnoticing how much time people ment he needed to supply the large were spending in the gym. home fitness market, he needed And, he says, it didn’t make more money. sense. Friends suggested he take the “I got into weight training at a SoloStrength on the CBC televiyoung age simply because it felt sion show “Dragon’s Den.” Bulva great. But then I had this idea,” admits he was skeptical at first, but says Bulva, with a smile. figured the exposure and feedback “There were all these gym rats — positive or negative — couldn’t spending all these hours workhurt. After a round ing out. But, it of Vancouver audiisn’t necessary. “But on the tions, Bulva found Getting fit isn’t on a televientrepreneurial road himself about the length sion set in Toronto of time you spend you never leave any staring at some of exercising. It’s most sucstone unturned.” Canada’s about consistencessful investors. cy. So I though Michael Bulva “I had no idea ‘why not make what to expect. It SoleStrength Inventor felt a bit adversarigetting fit simple and reduce all al,” he says. that time?’” “But on the A reasonable, entrepreneurial road you never seemingly simple conclusion, or so leave any stone unturned.” he thought. But it’s been that allAnd while Bulva left Dragon’s too-plausible deduction that’s led Den without the financial backing Bulva down a decades-long path of anyone on the panel, he says of designing a piece of home exerthe experience was a valuable one. cise equipment that will solve not He has a few new partnerships in only the hard-to-lose love handles, the works and hopes to have more but preserve the fleeting hours of SoloStrengths available in two or one’s day. three months. And, even a couple The end result? The Dragons have reached out with SoloStrength home gym — a siminterest, albeit more personal than ple, aluminum upright frame with monetary. an adjustable bar that, Bulva says, “It was interesting to get a call allows for hundreds of different from two Dragons asking if they exercises. The basic concept of the could buy the demo unit,” says SoloStrength is getting users to Bulva, with a laugh. engage their body weight in resis“That was all the validation I tance-based training. needed.” It’s a more holistic approach to exercise, he says, than weight training or cardio workouts that tend to focus on specific muscle SEAN KOLENKO



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Other interests besides hockey? “1. I go to Balance Gymnastics in West Vancouver three times a week.” 2. “I like drawing and painting. One I did for the Olympics was a woman hockey player, the flag and the North Shore mountains.” 3. “I like to act. I’ve been an extra in Ramona and Beezus, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Big Year, a comedy about birdwatching [out in October]. My favourite actor Jack Black is in it. He’s really funny. I got to meet him and he’s really nice.” What’s on your birthday wish list? “Some things for my American Girl whic I got in 2006. It’s a really expensive doll, like $130. You can get things for it... clothes, furniture, pets, roller blades.” Favourite colour? “I like green. It seems like a happy colour.” What do you do in your free time? “Play with our dog Scout and play on the computer. I know I shouldn’t be doing that but it’s kind of fun.”

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art in eyewear Germany’s world heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling (left) autographed the Second World War POW logbook (centre) belonging to North Van athlete and RCAF fighter pilot Art Coles (right) during a 1945 tour of prison camps. Schmeling: New York World-Telegram photo. Logbook and Coles: Judy (Coles) Mordy collection.

Fraternizing with the enemy Max Schmeling was a German, but Art Coles still prized his autograph.


hen North Vancouver fighter pilot Art Coles came face to face with one of the enemy near the end of the Second World War, he did something that at first notion seems rather bizarre. He asked for an autograph. Just as hard to fathom, it would seem, the autograph was cheerfully given. It is now exactly 66 years ago to the day – March 3, 1945 – that Coles, who was confined at the time as a prisoner of war in Germany, met former world heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling, who was conducting “good will” tours around various POW camps. Coles, the 1940 Dominion ski champion, had enlisted in the air force and by 1943 was flying Spitfires in combat duty over Europe. He shot down one Nazi aircraft on Aug. 19, 1943, and two more on Oct. 3. However, after downing another plane on Nov. 29, he was captured in Belgium and held in POW camps in Germany until the war ended in May 1945 which enabled him to marry his fiancée, Jean Crandall, on July 21, 1945. Art’s short life – he died at 37 in a 1955 helicopter crash in Ontario and his older brother George, a pilot officer, died overseas in 1943 – was recounted in detail in a two-part Instant Replay Remembrance Day series last November. Judy (Coles) Mordy, one of Art’s three daughters, two of whom still live in North Van, has both her father’s POW logbook and his War Claims statement in which he penned for posterity the events of the 18 months he was incarcerated. His description of the famous forced march from Sagan and train ride to Luckenwalde, related in the November stories, is fascinating. No less so is Art’s portrayal of the frenzy surrounding the appearance of Maximilian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling at the Stalag III-A overflow compound where Coles and hundreds of his fellow prisoners were being housed. Growing up in North Van, Art was not only an expert skier, but also the captain of soccer and cricket teams at North Shore College, a now-longdefunct Upper Lonsdale private boys’ school from which he graduated in 1933. Coles was also a boxing champion at the school during the very time the 6’1” Schmeling was heavyweight champ of the world (1930-32), the first German to hold the honour. He won the bout for the title when Jack Sharkey was dis-

qualified for a low blow, then lost it to Sharkey on a controversial split decision two years later. Fast forward to 1945 and we find Coles coming face to face with both a hero and an enemy who was one and the same person. There had been a persistent rumour that Schmeling, part of the German parachute troops who invaded Crete in 1941, was killed in battle there. Coles now knew better. “Well that settles it! He is definitely still alive,” Coles writes – or, rather, prints in upper case lettering in his diary – on a page titled “Max Schmeling


– Mar. 3 / 45” and found below Schmeling’s boldly scrawled autograph. “Much to our surprise he appeared in the compound today – dressed in flashy civy clothes – with a type who is, we presume, his manager. [In reality, this may have been Field Marshall Albert Kesselring, commander of German forces in Italy, who sometimes accompanied Schmeling.] “They were promptly swamped by bods wanting a look and an autograph. Schmeling must have signed his name a thousand times – while the manager? handed out pictures. A lot of people – including most of the big wheels – took a very dim view of the whole matter – especially the schoolboy antics of the autograph hunters. They look on him first and foremost as a German – and claim that his unit in Crete were a pretty bloody lot. “Yours truly joined the schoolboys – looking on him as a boxer, German or not, and remembering that he fought the best fight I have ever heard.” This is presumably in reference to Schmeling’s first fight with Joe Louis in Yankee Stadium on June 19, 1936, coming up 75 years ago. Odds-makers had Louis at 10-1 to win, 4-1 to score a knockout and 2-1 that Schmeling would not last seven rounds. The match was delayed a day by rain and then Tom O’Rourke, a noted boxing manager, died of a heart attack in Schmeling’s dressing room just before the start. But

nothing distracted Schmeling’s focus and he knocked Louis down twice – the first times Louis had been floored in his career – and the German won on a 12th-round KO. They met again two years later with Louis winning on a TKO in the very first round. The two fights held the world spellbound due to the enormous symbolic political overtones. Continuing his assessment of Schmeling, Coles reported, “He is certainly a well-preserved man – considering he must be forty or over [he was actually 39 at the time]. He is not especially tall, but his shoulders and chest are enormous. Very big hands and very small feet. A good looking man.” Coles then copied into his logbook “a ditty pinned up on the wall after he left” by someone not as enamoured with Schmeling as Coles was. It said: To a discerning nasal organ A smell, a stink is bouren Upon some more perceptive smelling We find our dearest friend Max Schmeling. With shouts of “Max old boy” they greet him And joyful eager faces meet him. There is a reason for this visit But I’m afraid that some must miss it. He stands amidst this happy throng His belly full, his body strong As once he stood on conquered Crete To make our friends and brothers meat. Alas, we lose their epitaph While fighting for his autograph. To me it causes some distress Such stupid, mad forgetfulness. Clever as this poem is, Schmeling – who died at 99 in 2005 – was never a member of the Nazi party. And, long after the war, it became known that he’d sheltered two Jewish teenagers during the 1938 Kristallnacht atrocities when the Nazi regime ordered Jewish synagogues and businesses destroyed and male Jews taken to concentration camps. Which makes him a hero in a way that Coles, the boxing fan, was not even aware. This is episode 412 from Len Corben’s treasure chest of stories – the great events and the quirky – that bring to life the North Shore’s rich sports history.

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omewhere in North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre lies a time capsule, locked up tight and hidden from the curious eyes of the public. Because inside the capsule is something so magical — so utterly mystifying — that staff at the theatre can’t possibly risk having it fall into the wrong hands. It’s a list. To be precise, it’s a list of items that North Shore residents would choose to put in a time capsule, if they were asked. The catch? They haven’t been asked yet. This Sunday, renowned illusionist Ted Outerbridge will perform at Centennial Theatre as part of his new “Time Capsule Tour.” As the tour’s name suggests, Outerbridge will quiz the audience for suggestions of items that should be inside the capsule. He will then open the sealed tomb on stage to reveal the predictions he made weeks ago. The trick has only been performed a handful of times, but so far his predictions have been bang on, Outerbridge says. “It’s all about inspiring wonder... a fantastic emotion that we don’t experience enough in our day-to-day lives,” says Outerbridge via telephone, on a tour stopover in Salmon Arm. “Bringing people together to experience wonder is the ultimate buzz for me.” Outerbridge has been performing illusions since he was just a young child growing up in Montreal. He still remembers learning his first rope trick, at the age of seven, and the sense of accomplishment he felt when he tricked his own father. “I remember it felt really good. I could do something that grown-ups couldn’t,” he says.

A few years later, Outerbridge performed his first magic show — a 15-minute birthday party gig for $3.50. By his second show, he upped the price to $5. Immediately he knew he was hooked. In the past few decades, Outerbridge has been fortunate enough to bring his show to communities across Canada and the U.S. He’s had some big gigs — including the Just for Laughs comedy festival, pre-game shows for the NHL, and a performance at Toronto’s SkyDome — but he and his wife, Marion, say they still really enjoy the intimacy of smaller performances because it allows them to interact more with the audience. “The show is all about the audience. It’s very interactive,” he says. “It’s exciting for us, because it means that every show is different.” And their enthusiasm shows. In 2010 the couple was named Touring Artist of the Year by the BC Touring Council. In addition to the time capsule trick, Outerbridge says North Vancouver residents can expect a mixed bag of illusions at this weekend’s show — everything from time travel to comedy to sawing his wife in half. “My show is a combination of illusions and day-to-day life,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to it. My whole life is dedicated to 90 minutes on stage with a new audience.” Ted and Marion Outerbridge take the stage at Centennial Theatre on Sunday (Mar. 6) at 2 p.m. Tickets ($22) are still available through the box office at 604-984-4484 or online at For more information on the show visit www.

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Steeped in tradition The North Shore’s oldest Catholic school celebrates a century of community




n a quiet stretch of Mahon Ave., tucked between the busy North Vancouver thoroughfares of Keith Road and West 3rd Street, sits the modest blue schoolhouse of St. Edmund’s elementary. Nestled behind an iron gate, the old timbreframe building seems almost out of place in its increasingly modern surroundings, which is a sure sign, says principal Mike Field, that the school is doing something right. For the past century, St. Edmund’s has prided itself on being a “tight-knit, family-based” institution, says Field. While other North Shore schools have focused their efforts on “external criteria” such as test scores or extra-curricular activities, St. Edmund’s has made community building its top priority. “We’re a bit of a throwback in that sense,” says Field with a smile. “Parents choose our school because of that family feeling. This is a place where not only the kids are friends, but the parents are friends too.” This weekend, the school is celebrating its 100th anniversary, which Field says has given teachers, parents, and students a chance to reflect on both where St. Edmund’s has been, and where the school is headed. One hundred years ago, when the school was first born, the rugged North Shore was still very much the “frontier area” of Vancouver. In its early days, the institution was run by the Sisters of the Child Jesus, with 57 students between Grades 1 to 12. It was the North Shore’s first Catholic school and was funded entirely by the parishioners at the neighbouring

St. Edmund’s Church. These days, the school operates as a member of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese. The school follows curriculum prescribed by the B.C. Ministry of Education. The ministry also covers the school’s operating costs, while church parishioners fund capital costs and subsidies. Currently, St. Edmund’s has around 200 students – a magic number, says Field, that allows teachers to know every child in the school and the principal to know every family personally. Keeping enrollment up, however, is an ongoing struggle in a community where faith and religion sometimes fall by the wayside. “We’re proud we’ve made it this far. Not many schools make it to 100 years. But what we’re really proud of is the fact that we’ve kept the original mission alive,” says Field, as the hallways outside his office fill with the sounds of students playing recorders. “The challenges that the Sisters faced were establishing the school and getting it running. The challenge we face today is continuing to stay a tight-knit community in a modern environment that doesn’t always lend itself that way.” The centennial events begin on Friday (Mar. 4) with a 9 a.m. mass celebrated by Father James Comey, who grew up in the parish and attended St. Edmund’s School. The mass will be followed by a tour and reception. A second round of tours is planned for Sunday (Mar. 6) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for those who can’t attend Friday’s festivities. All are welcome. For more information visit or call 604-988-7364.


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hristy Clark’s three rivals put aside the disagreements of the leadership campaign Saturday evening and vowed to work together to carry on the B.C. Liberal government’s work. The North Shore’s Kevin Falcon finished a close second to Clark on the third and final ballot, but enough of Shuswap MLA George Abbott’s support went to Clark to give her the win. One of the disagreements Falcon had with Clark was whether to dispense with the scheduled election date of May 2013 and have an early vote to give the new leader a fresh mandate. “I’m sure that Christy will talk to all of us in the caucus before she makes any final decisions around that,” Falcon said after the vote. “I’m sure she’ll ask for advice and counsel from other MLAs like myself. And I’ll be there providing it, and I’ll be supporting her.” Clark echoed those comments when speaking to reporters after the vote, saying a quick election was not her top pri-

Liberal leadership hopefuls Mike de Jong, George Abbott and the North Shore’s Kevin Falcon join in congratulating Premier-elect Christy Clark. ority and she needs to discuss options with the caucus first. Abbott was asked why more of his supporters didn’t go to Falcon. “B.C. Liberals are very independent minded people, and all I ever said was, you know, on a balance between Kevin and Christy, I was going to vote for Kevin,” Abbott said. “But I know for example, my wife had a different view, and I’m sure that many of my other sup-

porters had a different view.” Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong finished fourth, but he was philosophical. “Winning’s always your objective, but look at what happened here tonight,” de Jong said. “We’ve got a great new leader, a talented woman who’s going to lead us to the next election, and I believe lead us united and lead us successfully.”


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allway medicine is hitting new highs in congested Lower Mainland hospitals, as was demonstrated Monday night when Royal Columbian Hospital was forced to use its Tim Hortons outlet as an overflow ward. Fraser Health officials say a combination of multiple trauma case airlifts earlier in the day and heavy pressure on the emergency department led staff to put patients in the hospital coffee shop. It’s an unusual example of what has become a routine problem across the region: too many patients and not enough beds. “It’s like playing musical chairs,” said Dr. Sheldon Glazer, an emergency physician at Royal Columbian, the region’s trauma centre. “When the music stops, somebody gets left out.” The persistent crowding region-wide suggests the region needs to build at least one or two new hospitals, he said. One measure of hospital congestion – the number of patients admitted through ERs who don’t yet have a bed – has climbed in Fraser Health from a daily average of 136 in 2008 to 148 in 2009 and reached 175 for the first six months of 2010. In recent weeks, Fraser Health has averaged 220 admitted patients who are stuck waiting for beds at any given time, although officials note that coincides with the traditional winter surge when ERs are at their busiest. “We do have a noticeable trend upward,” Fraser Health public affairs director David Plug said. Emergency department visits are up, he said, because of population growth, aging, and the rise of chronic disease. Another yardstick of hallway medicine is the percentage of patients who get a hospital bed within 10 hours of the decision to admit them. Eleven Lower Mainland hospitals – includ-

ing busy Surrey Memorial, Abbotsford Regional, Richmond and Lions Gate – are averaging less than 55 per cent of patients admitted within that 10-hour standard, far below a provincial target of 80 per cent that was set back in 2005. Mission Memorial at 72 per cent, Royal Columbian at 69 per cent, Burnaby at 68 per cent and Vancouver General at 64 per cent are closest to reaching the goal. Lions Gate is at 52 per cent. It was at 68 per cent in early 2009. Worst are the smaller hospitals – Delta (23 per cent), Peace Arch (29 per cent), Eagle Ridge (32 per cent) and Ridge Meadows (37 per cent). At those facilities, Plug said the problem isn’t so much ER demand as the large numbers of elderly and chronically ill patients who often end up in hospital, occupying beds that can then slow admissions through the ER. The growing traffic jam in hospitals comes despite construction of some new facilities and various tactics to improve patient flow. The $450-million Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre opened two years ago, replacing its predecessor and adding a significant number of beds. Hospitals have also tried everything from improved triage procedures to opening separate minor treatment units to pull less severe cases out of crowded ERs. “We need to [expand hospitals] but we also need to be operating as efficiently and effectively as possible and we all need to live a healthier lifestyle,” he said. Back at RCH, Plug said, congestion was well down by Tuesday and Tim Hortons was again serving coffee drinkers instead of patients. Plug said the coffee shop is not a formally designated overflow area, but staff are empowered to use various non-clinical areas when conditions warrant. He calls it a short-term temporary solution and not what the health region prefers to see. In many ways, Glazer said, the coffee shop is preferable to hallways because there’s a bit more privacy.

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142 OFFICE SUPPORT/CLERKS FULL TIME receptionist needed for busy automobile dealership. Greet clients, direct calls and perform light clerical work.Polished appearance and professional demeanor a must. Excellent pay plus benefits. Send to resume




ACR Group, Western Canada’s leader in Rubber and Urethane manufacturing is looking for an outside sales professional for the BC area. The ideal candidate will be familiar with Rubber and Urethane Products for a mining, wood processing and other heavy industries. Extensive travel is required. Good computer skills are essential.





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PAINT SPECIAL 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. BEST PAINTING. Int/Ext. Re-paint specialist. Repair/drywall. FREE ESTIMATES. 604-724-9953 INT/EXT Painting. Papering & pressure wash. Reasonable 30yrs exp Refs, free est. Keith 604-777-1223 MILANO PAINTING. Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Written Guar. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510 PROFESSIONAL PAINTERS & RENOVATIONS. Interior, Exterior. Free estimates. 604-928-0025



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FLAGGERS NEEDED If not certified, training available for a fee. Call 604-575-3944 FORD PARTS MANAGER Ford and after market parts experience mandatory. Great wage and benefits package to the successful candidate. Email resumes to or visit 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


CERTIFIED Head Marine Mechanic Shuswap Lake. Great work environment! Start $25/hr+ Accommodation avail. Pls contact 250.675.2250 EXCLUSIVE FINNING/Caterpillar Mechanic training. GPRC Fairview Campus. $1000. entrance scholarship. Paid practicum with Finning. High school diploma, grade 12 Math, Science, English, mechanical aptitude required. Write apprenticeship exams. 1-888-999-7882; September 2011. PHOENIX FENCE HIRING Chain Link Fence Installers for Edmonton & Calgary, Alberta. Full-time, premium wages, overtime, benefits, bonus, relocation program. Call Dale 1-800-661-9847. Fax resume: 780-447-2512. Email:

AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783 TOBEI COLLEGE: Scholarships: $1000-$4890: Tel 604-284-5030. ; Apply


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108 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 80% COMMISSION TRAVELONLY has 500 agents across Canada. Business opportunities with low investment, unlimited income potential, generous tax/travel benefits. Run your travel company, full-time, part-time from home. Register for FREE seminar,, 1-800-608-1117, Ext. 2020. DENIED CANADA PENSION PLAN DISABILITY BENEFITS? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1877-793-3222. FAMILIES EARNING MORE. Work from home part or full-time. No selling. No inventory. No parties. No large investment or risk. Visit

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BANNISTER GM in Edson, Alberta requires Journeyman Automotive and Collision/Painter Technicians. We offer Veteran Managers and Supervisors in a family owned operation. Signing bonuses, moving allowances, and top pay come with the right applicant. Apply in confidence to:




CHEAP LOADS Fast Reliable Service. All loads recycled. Minibins service avail. 604-922-5101

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612 BUSINESSES FOR SALE Alaska Goldmine w/camp/equipment Known resource, large block, over 40 claims! $1.5M Firm. Serious/capable only! By owner FPS,p.o. Box 73087,Fai.AK. 99707



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✓ Tree & Stump Removal ✓ Certified Arborists ✓ 20 yrs exp. 60’ bucket truck ✓ Crown reduction ✓ Spiral pruning ✓ Fully insured. Best Rates

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BUILDING SALE... “Rock Bottom Prices!” $3.49 to $11/sq.ft. Immediate orders only - FREE shipping, some exclusions. Up to 90 days to pay. Deposit required. Pioneer Manufacturers since 1980. 1-800668-5422. See current specials 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







KELOWNA, 2 homes, 5 acres orchard, 5 minutes from shopping, $1,150,000. Seniors condo 1300 ft $194,900 Mel @ 250-215-5185 more


821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2009 TOYOTA MATRIX 4/dr auto p/w, p/l, AC, cd player, 88K, silver. $9800. Call 604-825-9477. 2011 TOYOTA Camry LE, 7000 kms. auto, factory warranty. No accidents. $22,400. 778-869-3265.

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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







WANT THE BEST BUSINESS ACCOMMODATION KICK BACK & RELAX IN SOUTH SURREY - Short term accommodation. Seeking professional business visitors to rent weekly throughout the year. Deluxe, fully furnished & equipped 2 bdrm. + rec. rm. + 2 bath T/House. Crown Mouldings, H/W laminate flooring and slate. Gas F/P, Alarm, Netflix, Cable & WiFi. 1 car garage parking. No Smoking inside, covered patio & outdoor seating. Amenities rm. incls. full gym, outdoor hot tub & pool. Call for more info.

FOR SALE 2009 FOREST RIVER ULTRALITE 5th Wheel 28.5 living space, 2 slides, 1/2 ton capability $29,750. Call Alan 604-796-9602


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FURRY CREEK, Olivers Landing, West Van. Exec 3 bdrm $2500. Avail April 1. furry29. For appt to view email: or ph 778-8962934



LANGLEY, 2/bdrm large bsmt suite. Private, quiet, gated farm setting. Close to town. Too many good things to list. N/S. Incl util. $980/mo. (604)230-2808



#1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200 AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 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


633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS 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

BANK ON US! Mortgages for purchases, renos, debt consolidation, foreclosure. Bank rates. Many alternative lending programs.Let Dave Fitzpatrick, your Mortgage Warrior, simplify the process!1-888-711-8818

$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. DLN 30309.

U-Haul Moving Center North Vancouver Claims a Landlords Contractual Lien against the following persons goods in storage at:

1410 Main St., North Vancouver, BC, Tel: 604-986-5656 117







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FANTASTIC INDOOR ESTATE SALE! SAT/SUN Mar 5 & 6 from 8 a.m. 9440 214 Street Langley V1M 1T3. Furniture, Sm appl, LPs, Kitchen & Hsehld items. Hummels & other German memorabilia.






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AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS (2). Neutered. Brothers. Prefer to keep together & to large property. Free to good home. Christine (604)8501735 or BEAGLE PUPS, tri colored, good looking, healthy, males $500. (604)796-3026. No Sunday calls BERNESE MOUNTAIN pup 7 mos old from reputable breeder, healthy family dog. Sell due to allergies. Call 1 604 750 0412. $400 Ono. BERNESE Mtn Dog Puppy. Female. Vet checked & ready for good homes. $800. Lngly. 778-241-5504 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 ENGLISH MASTIFF P/B PUPS Fawn & Bridle. CKC reg. Ready to go. $1800. 604-726-3934 GERMAN Shepherd pups & young adults. Quality German & Czech bloodlines Reg/Guar. 604-856-8161 LAB, PUPS pure bred, no papers. Family raised, vet chk, dewormed. Ready to go $350 (604)793-3307 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or PUGS, fawn, 3 male, 2 females. family raised, vet chk’d, shots. $550. (604)799-1611 Agassiz 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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REAL ESTATE Best rates, Free delivery BC/AB, cars/trucks/vans/suvs trades welcome. Good, Bad, Ugly Credit, You’re approved! Call 1-888-635-9911 or apply online


A sale will take place at the storage location on Friday, March 18, 2011. Viewing 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sealed bids will be opened at 12:30PM. Room contents are personal / household goods unless noted otherwise. Bids will be for entire contents of each locker unit.


WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Last week 15 out of 17 applications approved! We fund your future not your past. Any Credit. Receive a $500 Gift Card. or 1-888-252-8235.


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1999 BUICK REGAL G.S. S. roof, leather + heat seats, low K. V6, $4900 obo. private. 604-593-5072 2004 BUICK LASABRE. Loaded, estate sale, new tires/brakes. Private, $8900 obo. 778-565-1097.

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2006 HONDA CIVIC 2 door, 5 spd manual, 80K, red, $6450 firm. Call: 604-538-9257.

WAREHOUSEMAN’S LIEN Whereas Robert Frank Smolcic is indebted to Mitchell Towing Ltd. for storage & towing on a 2006 NISSAN XTrail Vin: JN8BT08V46W202477 A lien is claimed under the Act. There is presently an amount due and owing of $5,240.98 plus any additional costs of storage, seizure and sale. Notice is hereby given that on the 31st day of March, 2011 or thereafter, the said vehicle will be sold. The Vehicle is currently stored at Mitchell’s Towing Ltd. 997 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1A4. The Vehicle was placed in storage on November 5th, 2010. For more info. call Elite Bailiff Services at 604-539-9900

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Condo owners invited to do online survey


wners of condominiums, townhouses and bare-land strata corporations in B.C., plus strata stakeholders, are encouraged to complete the online strata survey launched by the provincial government. The survey specifically addresses questions relating to depreciation reports, audits and changes to the Strata Property Act. The outcome of this survey will affect the administration and operations of all types of strata corporations, including mixed-use strata corporations plus residential stratas such as townhouses, condominiums and bare-land stratas and commercial strata corporations such as businesses, hotels, storage units and parking facilities. A depreciation report is a comprehensive initial report and a physical inspection of the strata property and is also known as a reserve fund study in other jurisdictions. The survey ends March 7. The Housing Policy Branch is also accepting comments via email or regular mail. Visit strata.htm for details.

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Watch artists at work North Shore Artists’ Guild opens exciting new gallery at arts space at Lonsdale Quay


he North Shore Artists’ Guild opens the Brush Strokes Gallery on the second level of Lonsdale Quay Market Mar. 3. Members of the Guild and Lonsdale Quay Market invite you to an opening reception, Thursday, (Mar. 3) at 5:30 p.m. Lonsdale Quay Market supports

local and youth artists through a number of programs and public art installations, and will be providing the gallery space free of charge. Brush Strokes Gallery will feature the works of 50 members of the North Shore Artists’ Guild, and will represent a diverse range of styles, including realistic, impres-

sionistic, and abstract. The gallery will also be used as a studio for guild members. Visitors to Lonsdale Quay Market can observe professional painters at work. The NSAG has served artists from Howe Sound to Deep Cove since 1947, when the original organization, the West Vancouver

Sketch Club, was formed. Today, the Guild has more than 200 members, and works to foster the interest and appreciation of visual art through demonstrations, courses, workshops, and galleries. Brush Strokes Gallery will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 p.m.




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Terasen Gas and FortisBC now share a vision and an identity — FortisBC When you look into the future, what do you see? We see an opportunity. So our shared future starts March 1st. We’re ready to continue delivering the natural gas and electricity services you expect, safely and reliably. We’re ready with new energy solutions like biomethane and geoexchange. We’re ready to build even stronger relationships in the communities we serve. Above all, we’re ready to deliver on all that you expect from each of us — the employees of FortisBC. For more information visit us at

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