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Sustainable City Dialogues Biomass Energy 101 Monday, November 28 from 7pm - 9pm North Vancouver City Library Join an exciting panel of experts for a discussion about this renewable energy source. Find out what biomass is, how it works and how it could potentially be applied in our community. Learn about the prospective issues around this technology, including possible barriers and benefits. Seating is limited. Pre-registration for this free event is recommended by emailing More information at

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ook at the person to your left, and now to your right, and now either in front or behind you. Chances are none of you voted. North Shore residents posted some of the province’s most dismal voter turnout numbers Saturday, with fewer than one in four registered electors bothering to show up to the polls. West Vancouver put up the best numbers of the three North Shore municipalities — despite an uncontested mayoral race — with 23.73 per cent of its 30,468 eligible voters casting ballots. The City of North Vancouver placed a dubious second of the three municipalities with 7,084 votes counted, or 21.2 per cent of its 33,415-member electorate having their say. Last and least was the District of North Vancouver with a 20.96 per cent voter turnout rate, or just 12,675 of the municipality’s 60,450 voters. Those numbers put all three

North Shore municipalities among the bottom seven per cent of B.C.’s 160 municipalities for voter apathy, according to preliminary voting numbers posted by municipal information clearing house, CivicInfo BC. Those numbers do not include the 12 rural B.C. municipalities where the mayor and council were acclaimed because no other candidates ran. Even when averaged across the North Shore, the region-wide voter turnout rate of 21.96 per cent is still well below the 2011 provincial average of 29.51 per cent. In West Vancouver, the 23.73 per cent turnout is down from 32.56 per cent in 2008. North Vancouver district trended the other way with an expansion of the electorate by 4.5 per cent this year over 2008’s 16.5 per cent turnout. North Van city also reversed a growth in voter apathy that had continued every election since 2002, this year posting a 3.5 per cent increase over 17.67 per cent in 2008.




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district government prepares to meet its units, including IHIT — far and away the election promises to evaluate its policing most expensive of the Mounties’ integratS TA F F R E P O RT E R agreement with the Mounties as the federed units — 75 per cent of the cost to the he regional heads of the RCMP’s al police force comes under growing scanmunicipality is determined by that comintegrated policing units came before dal in its operations nationally and growmunity’s general crime-rate statistics and District of North Vancouver council ing scrutiny of its costs here in the district. the other 25 per cent is determined by the Monday to make the case for their future The six top-ranking brass from intesize of the municipal population. in the district amid growing uncertainty. grated homicide, forensics, police dogs, In the district, the IHIT cost tops half-aTheir visit came as the newly re-elected collision and reconstrucmillion dollars annually despite having no tion, corporate client sermurder investigations from 2009 to 2011 vices and the emergency and only one so far this year — that of response team joined Lower Surrey resident Jennifer Ferguson whose Mainland District Assistant body was discovered dumped in Kirkstone Commissioner Norm Lipinski Park in February. and Chief Superintendent Coun. Mike Little, who spent much Janice Armstrong in a lengthy of the Mounties’ presentation crunching presentation to council. numbers on a calculator, was first to voice Foremost among the district’s frustration with council’s concerns the RCMP’s ballooning policwas the cost-benefit ing costs. breakdown of expen“We have very low crime, sive services like the we have had a decrease in Integrated Homicide the amount of violent crime Investigation Team in our community, so how (IHIT) and the emercome the costs are going up 2 gency response team so dramatically for our com(ERT), rarely called munity?” Little asked Chief into service on the Supt. Armstrong. “I’ve always 3 Doug MacKayNorth Shore. had the sneaking suspicion 4 Dunn Those integrated that in the integrated teams, a teams account for lot of the outlying areas with more than 10 per cent of the very low crime indexes end up subsidizing 6 district’s entire police budget. Surrey to some extent. For the ERT, the federal gov“And I think that’s borne out in these ernment pays 20 per cent of numbers,” Little added. “My frustration 7 the cost, the province pays 30 is that Surrey seems to be getting more 9 10 per cent and the municipality hours of service already and we’re getting pays 50 per cent, costing the a higher rate of increase than Surrey is district $129,448 in 2009-10, getting. And I don’t understand why over 13 $161,087 in 2010-11 and a time that’s not rationalized and why the projected bill of $178,675 for District of North Vancouver isn’t becomthe present year. ing responsible for a lower and lower per14 For all other integrated centage. “I don’t understand how the funding formula is producing a situaDown tion where we’re ending in up paying more,” he 2 Placed on your pillow at fancy hotels said, finally. 3 Candy coating for apples Chief Supt. Armstrong 5 If you don’t brush your teeth you could get responded by saying 7 What you leave out for Rudolph on Christmas Eve that policing costs are 9 candy is made from spun sugar rising everywhere as 10 Someone who likes candy has a sweet pensions are paid, more 11 Santa’s favourite drink members are hired and services become more 13 The opposite of sweet expensive. To that end, Coun. Doug MacKay-Dunn, a former Vancouver cop, made the case for greater “civilianization” of the Mounties’ integrated units, saying. TODD COYNE


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With participation in elections declining at every level, B.C.’s new chief elections officer wants to extend voter registration to 16-year-olds while they are in high school. We think this is an excellent idea. Young voters can be the most passionate, idealistic force for change we have in our society — but only if they cast ballots. The North Shore municipal election mirrored those across the province, where the voters were far more likely to be sporting grey hair and crow’s feet than the latest Nike sneakers or Lululemon gear. Currently, the lowest level of voter participation is in the 18-to-25 age group. By pre-registering teens, and helping them to prepare for voting through high school classes, the demographics could turn around. Many of the city council candidates talk about wanting to help young people and growing families, and yet it is difficult to engage this age group, to find out what exactly they would like to see happen in their city and then have that translate into ballots in the box. Another important component is developing alternate forms of voting, especially online ballots. Young people are living in a wired world, interacting through Facebook and iPhones. One of the best ways to reach them would be a computerized voting system. Indeed this could boost voting across the board, as the convenience factor could encourage larger participation among all ages. While democracy is hardly outdated, it is time to bring voting policies more in line with today’s realities. —Black Press

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BLANKET DRIVE - North Shore realtors are once again collecting warm items for the 17th annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive, which takes place from Nov. 28-Dec. 5. Donations collected last year helped local agencies such as the Harvest Project, Lookout Emergency Shelter and North Shore Youth Safe House. This year, items being collected include new or lightly used blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing, hats, scarves, gloves and new socks and underwear. You can drop off items at Capilano Mall on Dec. 3 and Park Royal North on Dec. 4 from noon-4 p.m. For more info visit Pictured above: L-R: Jonathan Shandler, Sarah Dennis, Elizabeth Dyer, Michele DeFehr. Rob Newell photo

— LET TERS TO THE EDITOR — Civic salute Editor, As an MP representing the most populous riding in the province, and one of the most diverse, I can’t say enough about how important local government is to the effective functioning of national government – not as a substitute for people’s direct engagement with the local Member of Parliament, but as a supplement – the two in tandem acting as pillars of healthy, ongoing representation, accountable to “us people, here at home.” Locally elected leaders and I were able to accomplish much over the last three years in office together. Importantly, the 12 local governments and three aboriginal governments have worked together to ensure good regional representation within our far-flung, diversified riding. In that way, we have together acted in some ways like the reformed Senate that I envision for the whole of Canada, one that enables effective regional representation at the centre. It’s certainly with some sadness that I say goodbye to mayors, councillors and regional district directors

who will not return to office (without expressing any political opinion on their governance). Thank you to outgoing West Van Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, and to all outgoing West Van and North Van councillors. By the same token, it’s with a great sense of anticipation that I welcome the new cohort of mayors and councillors. I appreciate the virtues of “subsidiarism” – a bulky word – means moving the responsibilities of government to the levels nearest the people, to the extent practicable, and enhancing healthy relations between electors and representatives around issues that bring them together. By active participation in our local municipal politics, voters make government accountable; and when it comes to paving local roads, zoning issues, garbage collection, and, of course, local taxes, those who took the effort to vote Nov. 19 should take pride that they participated in this worthy endeavour. Congratulations to all this term’s councillors; to returning North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton; and City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto and to incoming West Vancouver Mayor Michael

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the event. A husband and wife team have been cooking up the holiday feast since the very first dinner. On Christmas Day those same volunteers and other recruits leave their families for a few hours and help out at the dinner in whatever way they can. City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto has been a perennial helper every December 25 at NSNH, for as long as Hubbard can remember. "I put him to work," says Hubbard. "He will shovel the snow or help out in the kitchen. "Darrell comes as himself, not the mayor." After the guests have had their fill of food and merriment, volunteers then drive the seniors home.

one visiting program where a volunteer spends time with a vulnerable senior each week. Young was matched with Gibbard. The retired dental assistant had seen a blurb in the paper about the NSVS outreach program. She vowed that she would not sit around idle during her golden years. Every Wednesday, Gillard visits with Young first thing in the morning for about an hour and a half. Then she makes her way to the West Vancouver Seniors Centre where she volunteers in the cafeteria. “We generally stay in,” explains Gillard, of her time with Young. “It’s nice to sit with someone and have a chat. There’s a lot of wisdom there.” Christmas can be a lonely time of year for some seniors. As they get older, they lose loved ones and are left to reminisce about holidays past. Young's husband is immortalized through the many pictures in her living room. Talking to Gillard about his days as a foreman for CN Rail in Montreal brings a smile to Young's face. The stroke has left her hands weak. Despite this obstacle, she was determined to repay Gillard for her kindness with a special Christmas present. She fashioned a needlework Christmas decoration by painstakingly using a pair of pliers to pull the stitching through. It must have taken her weeks, figures Gillard. "I’ll treasure that forever and a day," she says. NSVS executive director Trudy Hubbard explains how there is no shortage of volunteers for the 50-year strong outreach program. “When we find out about a senior before you know it a volunteer will phone,” she says. A criminal record check and the virtue of patience are part of the criteria for being a volunteer in this program. Activities enjoyed together include Christmas shopping, walks, sipping tea and sometimes a civic obligation. Hubbard helped a senior to the polls this past weekend. “The program keeps seniors in their homes longer,” says Hubbard. “It gives them some consistency and something to look forward to.” And for many, a visit at this time of the year can be a real blessing.

**** In West Vancouver, 90-year-old Mary Young sits at her colourful, mosaic tile kitchen table in her one-bedroom Ambleside apartment. Outside the window the rain is falling in **** sheets. Kelly Gillard, a friend Young met by If you'd like to volunteer with the NSNH this chance, brings a steaming cup of hot tea over to Christmas, visit For more informathe table. tion about North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, Her hands shaking – Young has endured go to a series of strokes – she grasps the mug and offers Gillard a smile in return. After Young’s husband passed away two and a half years ago, she felt uncomfortable inviting people into her home or her life. “I was so sad,” she explains, slowly. “We had been married for 68 years and I have never lived alone.” Despite the fact that Young has a loving extended family on the North Shore — two sons, five grandchildren and seven great-children – there are still many hours of the day when Young is alone. Her family contacted North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, looking for advice. Every Wednesday, volunteer Kelly Gillard shares part of her day They learned of the one-on- with senior Mary Young who lives alone in West Vancouver.

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f all the evergreens we use to decorate our gardens and homes during the Christmas season, holly is still the most popular. Native to the British Isles and southern and central Europe, Ilex aquifolium, or English holly, is the traditional Christmas holly. While traveling in England last fall, I noticed large forests of oaks with holly growing underneath as a companion plant. The Latin name aquifolium means needle-leafed, but many new varieties are much friendlier. The use of holly dates back to Roman times when it was an emblem of goodwill and was sent from one home to another during the Festival of Saturn, celebrated from Dec. 17-19. The Christmas custom of decorating homes with holly probably dates back to this time. The pagans in the British Isles were very superstitious, and holly played an important role in their lives. Holly and ivy were used in fertility rites during the Fire Festival, which took place around the time of Christmas. When Christian missionaries attempted to convert the pagans, it was often easier to accept pagan superstitions and incorporate them into the mainstream of Christian life. Instead of being a symbol of welcome, good luck and eternal

life, holly thorns came to signify the Passion of Christ and the berries, drops of blood. Other superstitions persisted. A holly tree, growing near one’s home, was believed to protect the family from thunder and lightning. Holly was also hung before mistletoe, otherwise bad luck would come down the chimney on Christmas Eve. After Christmas, holly must be taken down before Epiphany Eve (Jan. 5), but a sprig should be retained to protect the house against lightning. You could sure get into a lot of trouble by not knowing your holly lore. Most older holly varieties were unisexual, meaning both male and female plants were needed for pollination. Newer varieties, developed over the years, have eliminated the need for two trees. This is good news for smaller landscapes that can accommodate only one tree. All variegated forms, however, need a pollinator. Selffertile varieties make good pollinators. In the case of hardy blue hollies, both male and female plants can be planted together in the same hole and thus save space. The best English varieties to plant are the self-fertile San Gabriel and the hardier San Jose Hybrid. I have seen both of these varieties produce berries even as small plants, which is so different from the older types. One of the most popular holly varieties today, however, is the Dutch variety, J.C. Van Tol.

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The Christmas season is a magical time for children. There’s the anticipation of Santa’s visit, the first snowfall, a trimmed tree bearing an assortment of wrapped presents at its roots and a house bustling with visits from friends and family. Two North Vancouver friends and moms – Jessica Metcalfe, a scientific researcher, and Anna Robertson, a jewelry designer (len & – spent one afternoon in November making some early preparations for the holidays. Tots in tow, the friends collected silver ornaments from Take Me Home Décor, in the Pemberton area.


Jessica and Henry admire the silver embellished Christmas tree at Take Me Home Décor. Beside them is a five-piece china place setting for 12: Wedgwood ‘gold Florentine’, $1595 per set.

Jessica has extra reason to celebrate this December 25th: it’s her son Henry’s first Christmas. Anna’s daughter Ava delighted the staff in the store with her adorable ballerina poses. Next came a stop around the corner at Couch Potato, the Sofa Co., where Jessica and Anna tested out comfy sofa beds and recliners; meanwhile, the kids were kept occupied, cuddling with a bushel of stuffed animals on the couch. The North Shore Pawn Shop is where busy moms can find the most unique gifts for every member of the family. What dad doesn’t deserve a Samurai sword or, more likely, a Rolex watch for Christmas? Read on to discover how Jessica and Henry, and Anna and Ava spent One Day in November.

A cream-hued leather ottoman at Couch Potato, the Sofa Co. helps Henry find his balance.

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20 Thursday, November 24, 2011 North Shore Pawn Shop owners Ron and Christine say their employees (pictured are Luisa and Drew) are an extension of their family.

Ron holds an aboriginal mask (above) and notes the North Shore Pawn Shop’s good relationship with First Nations’ artists.

Alligator purses and African spears, oh my: the North Shore Pawn Shop in Lower Lonsdale is a safari of rare finds. Owners Christine and Ron are treasure hunters with a penchant for antiques and collectables. Sometimes they nab these gems on EBay or other online auctions; other times, they turn up at the North Shore Pawn Shop because the owner needs to part with their jewelry, art or family heirloom for one reason or another. There are ornate rings in every shape, size and gemstone colour displayed in cases around the entire perimeter of the shop. All of the jewelry is examined and tested for authenticity; more expensive pieces - such as diamond rings - come with an appraisal certificate. Christine and Ron promise you will find the perfect present for every person on your Christmas list: the budding musician, a fine art collector, your gamer son, a handyman husband or a 20-something fashionista. North Shore Pawn Shop 140B Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, 604.990.8214

Ava adds a little more sparkle to one of the many glittering trees at Take Me Home Décor.

Take Me Home Décor owner Alison McDonald welcomes customers into her festive ‘living room’.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 21

Alison McDonald opened her whimsical Take Me Home Décor store almost ten years ago. Tucked away on a street dotted with automotive repair shops and light industry operations, the real home setting of Take Me Home Décor - with baubles in every nook - brings some sparkle to the neighbourhood. "I created vignettes throughout the shop to show customers how to put the blended looks together," explains Alison. "I wanted to make it feel as if you were in someone's house as opposed to being in a shop." A blend of antiques and new items obtained from close to 40 vendors provides a multitude of Christmas tree and home decorating options. Alison also has a following of customers from other parts of the Lower Mainland who are enamoured with her store. This Christmas season, she was asked to decorate a mansion on the west side of Vancouver for the Homes for the Holidays tour benefiting the Kids Help Phone. Alison said she embellished the home owner's classic decor and trimmed at least six Christmas trees with some trinkets from her store. "I think every home has to have a lot of sparkle at Christmas, whether it's crystal silverware or something else," advises Alison. "And make sure you have lots of lighting."

Jessica and Henry tickle the ivories of the antique piano at Take Me Home Décor.

Take me Home Décor 1175 West 15th Street, North Vancouver 604.990.4688

Henry and Jessica share some laughs on a Morris recliner at Couch Potato, the Sofa Co.

Anna and Ava share a mother-daughter bonding moment at the antique vanity at Take Me Home Décor.

The North Shore Pawn Sh Shop was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from North Shore Veterans’ Council Canada for their contributions to the non-profit organization.


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Christmastime is all about snuggling on the couch and watching a classic movie with loved ones. The couch may also double as sleeping arrangements for outof-town guests during the holidays. Some of the convertible, comfy sofa beds at Couch Potato feature a six-and-a-half inch high mattress, making them more relaxing than traditional hideaway beds. Couch Potato, the Sofa Co. owner Joanne Morrison prides herself on having a family-friendly store where kids are made to feel at home. Ava and Henry couldn't get enough the stuffed animals laying about the couches. Once the kids and moms were tucked in on the Stirling queen sized sofa bed, Joanne read them a story.

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Henry found a perfect fit in one of the specially-sized kids' chairs at Couch Potato, the Sofa Co.

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20 Thursday, November 24, 2011 North Shore Pawn Shop owners Ron and Christine say their employees (pictured are Luisa and Drew) are an extension of their family.

Ron holds an aboriginal mask (above) and notes the North Shore Pawn Shop’s good relationship with First Nations’ artists.

Alligator purses and African spears, oh my: the North Shore Pawn Shop in Lower Lonsdale is a safari of rare finds. Owners Christine and Ron are treasure hunters with a penchant for antiques and collectables. Sometimes they nab these gems on EBay or other online auctions; other times, they turn up at the North Shore Pawn Shop because the owner needs to part with their jewelry, art or family heirloom for one reason or another. There are ornate rings in every shape, size and gemstone colour displayed in cases around the entire perimeter of the shop. All of the jewelry is examined and tested for authenticity; more expensive pieces - such as diamond rings - come with an appraisal certificate. Christine and Ron promise you will find the perfect present for every person on your Christmas list: the budding musician, a fine art collector, your gamer son, a handyman husband or a 20-something fashionista. North Shore Pawn Shop 140B Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, 604.990.8214

Ava adds a little more sparkle to one of the many glittering trees at Take Me Home Décor.

Take Me Home Décor owner Alison McDonald welcomes customers into her festive ‘living room’.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 21

Alison McDonald opened her whimsical Take Me Home Décor store almost ten years ago. Tucked away on a street dotted with automotive repair shops and light industry operations, the real home setting of Take Me Home Décor - with baubles in every nook - brings some sparkle to the neighbourhood. "I created vignettes throughout the shop to show customers how to put the blended looks together," explains Alison. "I wanted to make it feel as if you were in someone's house as opposed to being in a shop." A blend of antiques and new items obtained from close to 40 vendors provides a multitude of Christmas tree and home decorating options. Alison also has a following of customers from other parts of the Lower Mainland who are enamoured with her store. This Christmas season, she was asked to decorate a mansion on the west side of Vancouver for the Homes for the Holidays tour benefiting the Kids Help Phone. Alison said she embellished the home owner's classic decor and trimmed at least six Christmas trees with some trinkets from her store. "I think every home has to have a lot of sparkle at Christmas, whether it's crystal silverware or something else," advises Alison. "And make sure you have lots of lighting."

Jessica and Henry tickle the ivories of the antique piano at Take Me Home Décor.

Take me Home Décor 1175 West 15th Street, North Vancouver 604.990.4688

Henry and Jessica share some laughs on a Morris recliner at Couch Potato, the Sofa Co.

Anna and Ava share a mother-daughter bonding moment at the antique vanity at Take Me Home Décor.

The North Shore Pawn Sh Shop was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from North Shore Veterans’ Council Canada for their contributions to the non-profit organization.


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s ’ y n a p m Co ng? i m o C

Come see our

You will always be ready for extra house guests with one of our beautiful sofa beds. From classic to contemporary styles, available in single, double or queen, including coil matress.

“Winter Palace” at the



Christmastime is all about snuggling on the couch and watching a classic movie with loved ones. The couch may also double as sleeping arrangements for outof-town guests during the holidays. Some of the convertible, comfy sofa beds at Couch Potato feature a six-and-a-half inch high mattress, making them more relaxing than traditional hideaway beds. Couch Potato, the Sofa Co. owner Joanne Morrison prides herself on having a family-friendly store where kids are made to feel at home. Ava and Henry couldn't get enough the stuffed animals laying about the couches. Once the kids and moms were tucked in on the Stirling queen sized sofa bed, Joanne read them a story.

The Stirling queen sofa bed provided comfort and plenty of space for story time.

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Henry found a perfect fit in one of the specially-sized kids' chairs at Couch Potato, the Sofa Co.

Couch Potato, the Sofa Co. 1405 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver 604.988.8271

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At the end

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The best finds, d best b locations l i & great ideas id to inspire you. It’s all right here on the North Shore. Take Me Home Décor brings elegant accents to your home at Christmas. Culinary goddesses can cook up a turkey in glamorous style. This Canadian made bubble apron (at left) has a rhinestone buckle detail and retails for $40.

Anna, Ava, Jessica and Henry enjoy the crisp November afternoon with a walk in the Pemberton area. Big piles of leaves provide endless entertainment this time of year.

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Ava admires herself at an antique vanity ($1295) at Take Me Home Décor. The three-piece art nouveau brush set in sterling silver is $225.

Out-of-town holiday guests will be arriving at your home in no time. Couch Potato, the Sofa. Co has an assortment of comfortable sofa beds to choose from. They can even supply the stuffed animals.

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Power tools for him, diamond rings for her, gaming systems for kids…there is something in store for everyone in your family at The North Shore Pawn Shop. The last weekend of every month is when the shop offers a store-wide 25 per cent discount. (Nov. 26 and 27 is the last month-end weekend before Christmas!) North Shore Pawn Shop 140B Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, 604.990.8214

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Christmas NUMBERS GAME - DNV Mayor Richard Walton looks on as election results stream live at district hall on Saturday. Todd Coyne photo

Three-peat Incumbent mayor and council return for three more years in DNV TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R


orth Vancouver district voters sent a strong message to the mayor and council Saturday: Three more years. Incumbent mayor Richard Walton handily defeated opponent Margie Goodman with 81.54 per cent of the electorate’s approval over Goodman’s 18.46 per cent, once the votes were counted by 9:30 p.m. His victory certain with only 21 of 23 polls reporting, Walton told The Outlook at district hall he was surprised by his strong numbers over Goodman, despite her limited name recognition and boastfully meagre campaign spending. “People will always want to vote against an incumbent because I can’t make everybody happy and they should have a way of expressing at the polls the fact that they don’t support your style and what you’re doing. But honestly, I didn’t think I’d get this high. I thought my numbers would be much lower.” Walton told The Outlook he looks forward to working with his six fellow incumbents re-elected to council. from, PAGE 6 non-police members could perform many of the same administrative and investigative duties of units like the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS), for less money than fully trained, armed officers. In addition to costs, the issue of the RCMP’s lack of direct public oversight came up during the recent municipal election campaign “often and with some fervour,” Coun. Roger Bassam told the Mounties, asking: “What is your take on the perception of the RCMP inside our community?” Commissioner Lipinski responded, saying: “I haven’t seen any survey results

Councillors Robin Hicks, Mike Little, Doug MacKay-Dunn and Lisa Muri were the clear favourites for council among voters, each pulling over 10 per cent of the ballots, with councillors Roger Bassam and Alan Nixon trailing in the nine-percent range. Coun. Hicks, with 12.28 per cent of the council ballots, led the pack in support. “I did last time and I hoped I would again,” Hicks said of his dominant ascension to the council. “I feel I can add a lot to council still and when I feel I can’t, then I’ll move on.” Coun. Bassam said he wasn’t surprised by Saturday’s results. “After the Tuesday all-candidates meeting in the valley I thought there was a very good chance that it would be the same council again just based on audience reaction in the room.” Bassam expressed regret at what appears to be another low voter turnout in the district, with only 12,138 votes cast for the mayor’s race. Official numbers were not yet available by press time. The district school board welcomes two new trustees, Cyndi Gerlach and Mike McCraw, to join incumbents Franci Stratton and Barry Forward.

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specific to North Van district, [but] I think the public trust and accountability measures is something that we will always work on improving and [we] recognize that certainly we have been in the media of late and we’re looking to overcome and improve on those issues that need to be fixed up.” Lipinski added that he has faith the recent appointment of new federal commissioner Bob Paulsen will restore the public’s trust in the Mounties as an organization. More than one councillor asked whether the district could contract out to units like IHIT on a need-determined basis to save money, or subscribe to one integrated unit like police

dogs, for instance, but not another like ICARS. They were told neither option is a possibility — it’s all or nothing. Mayor Richard Walton had the last word on the issue, saying the district would have a hard look at potential cost-savings in policing. “If these costs are of great value in increasing the safety and the protection of our community, that’s good, but what are we giving up for that?” Walton asked rhetorically. “And that’s the challenge that we as a council and senior management team have to look at [and] will be looking at over the next three or four months.”

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lesson, telling him the dugout was a Second World War reference. It was a safe haven for soldiers to take refuge from the enemy. Cervenko says all of the Canucks she canvassed for signatures had never heard of the Downtown Eastside ‘Dugout’, but they were curious, asked questions and happily signed her towel. “You consistently hear about how the Canucks are such a friendly, warm group of players and it could not be more true,” she says. When Cervenko visited the The Dugout back on Nov. 8, by 7 a.m. there was already a line of people stretching around the block — and many cups of hot chicken-vegetable soup had already been served. “It’s in a surprisingly nice area, on the outskirts of Gastown,” she says. Developers wanted to buy the building that houses The Dugout, but the City of Vancouver thwarted their redevelopment plans by buying the property themselves and charging the tenants a nominal rent, she explains. Many of the drop-in centre’s clients are either homeless or live in Single Room Occupancies on the Downtown Eastside. They share a community ‘living room’ at The Dugout where they can access social resources, emotional support or simply watch TV. Cervenko hung out in the living room with some of the clients and talked to them about their lives. “A few grew up on the North Shore and had a childhood very similar to mine,” she says. “These experiences make you realize how

STAR POWER - Cervenko collected autographs from Canucks Manny Malhotra (left) and Ryan Kesler for her class project. fortunate you are and how often people of different walks of life have more in common with you than you realize.” When Cervenko first looked into The Dugout, she discovered they had no website or branding. She had to go to three different websites to find the address, telephone number and a description of their services. Today, The Dugout has their own online presence — a website and Facebook page built by Cervenko and her dad for the class project. And anyone who makes a donation on the website ( before Dec. 1 will have a chance to win that coveted autographed Canucks towel. “Even five dollar helps,” says Cervenko. “Instead of getting a Starbucks coffee, give that money to The Dugout. That’s what I tell my friends.” The project is worth 10 per cent of her final grade in her marketing class; however, Cervenko is confident that it has already taught her an invaluable life lesson about compassion.

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Spotting the signs of child sex abuse Little Warriors, a national young victims of sexual abuse advocacy group, is offering an education program at Capilano Library this weekend MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTOR


f the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal has taught us anything, it’s that parents need to know the signs of child exploitation. Julia Staub-French oversees the Children and Adolescent Sexual Abuse counselling program at Family Services of the North Shore. The registered clinical counsellor estimates that 60 North Shore kids — victims of sexual abuse or assault — access the program throughout the year. “For us, our intake has been consistent year over year,” explained StaubFrench. “The question is, how many

kids are we not reaching?” According to Staub-French, in the majority of child sexual abuse cases the victim and the perpetrator know each other — and that’s when the grooming can happen. “Stranger danger is not the biggest worry for parents,” she added. So what are the signs of sexual abuse in children? Anxiety, bed wetting, being withdrawn and not wanting to go to school are some indicators, said Staub-French. The presenting factors are post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Through counselling, there is healing. Once the child realizes the abuse is not their fault is when breakthroughs can be made. “Kids are resilient,” said StaubFrench. “They heal. They are much more than the trauma; that doesn’t define them.” While children are often taught not to question a parent, a coach or somebody in a position of authority, StaubFrench stressed the importance of helping kids trust their gut feeling.

“When we feel like our stomach and our brain are not together we have to trust the sick and uncomfortable feeling,” said Staub-French. Anyone who interacts with children on a daily basis is being encouraged by a national young victims of sexual abuse advocacy organization — Little Warriors — to educate themselves on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the exploitation. Little Warriors is offering the Stewards of Children training program at the Capilano Library in Edgemont Village on Saturday. The Edmontonbased organization educates between 500-600 people across the country each month. For every person they train, Little Warriors say they help protect 10 kids from being a victim of sexual abuse. Their Canadian statistics reveal that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience an unwanted sexual act. Little Warriors founder Glori Meldrum says she was eight years old when she was sexually abused. She went to the police with her mom

when she was 11, but it took 28 years for charges to finally be pressed against her abuser. “Adults are better liars than children,” she says. “I think for most of my life I was scared. You think when are they coming back to harm you again?” But, after years of therapy, Meldrum was able to trust again. Today, she is a vibrant, successful businesswoman with two kids and a loving and supportive husband. As a mother, she is imploring other parents to take the Little Warriors education program. “You love your children — learn how to reduce the risk,” said Meldrum. The Little Warriors Stewards of Children training at Capilano Library is on November 26th from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $40 per person or $25 for groups. Participants receive a manual, handbook and certificate. Register online at www.littlewarriors. ca.

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New BMO Lower Capilano Branch Opens At District Crossing A BMO Bank of Montreal branch that has been at the heart of the Pemberton Heights community since the 1960s has undergone a facelift and is ready to serve its next generation of customers. The revitalized Lower Capilano BMO joins a fresh residential and business development at 1120 Marine Drive in North Vancouver called District Crossing. It was business as usual during the transition time, with BMO Lower Capilano staff opening accounts for a third generation of families and serving the business community from a temporary branch at 960 Marine Drive. Then, this past Mon. Oct. 24, the bank moved into its new home at District Crossing and extended its closing times by one hour. On Fridays, the Lower Capilano BMO is now open until 6 p.m. for lastminute banking before a weekend getaway. “It’s tougher for people to get home on Fridays because it tends to be the busiest day of the week,” said Lower Capilano BMO branch manager, James Burris.

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or the past 15 years, scheduled holidays aside, Bob Fearnley’s had plans on Monday nights. Now, he doesn’t. At least not in council chambers, that is. The five-term councillor was the only incumbent not to retain a seat — Mary Trentadue chose not to run — after Saturday night’s election. At the risk of sounding sentimental, he said with a smile, he offered his thanks to residents for their support and reminisced on what made an often difficult job worthwhile. “It was a great honour and privilege to serve the people of the City of North Vancouver and I wish the next council well,” Fearnley told The Outlook. “You know, what you enjoy the most is helping people. Folks down on Fourth Street would call me up when they were having landlord troubles and they wouldn’t know what to do or who to talk to. You could go and help them out.” And then there were the coun-

cil meetings. In more recent times, does a great job as city manager. the meetings proved a frustrating I wish I had known all the facts experience where bickering often from the beginning.” trumped productive debate, he On the other side of the ledger, said. Fearnley was present for a numBut when he startber of significant city ed his political career decisions. He counts Fearnley said the the introduction of the Monday-night sessions city’s district energy offered him a venue to system, the Lonsdale think about his comEnergy Corporation, as munity in a way the rat a highlight as he does race couldn’t. for the revitalization of “It can be a really intelthe Lonsdale Avenue lectually stimulating job. streetscape and the When I got on I was in land deal the resulted Bob Fearnley a job I couldn’t stand but in the city library being through council you serve located steps from city a useful purpose,” he said. hall. “You can do something meanHe said he would have enjoyed ingful.” seeing a new Harry Jerome With any lengthy gig, there rec centre started, new homes are good times and others where found for the tenants of the an option for a mulligan would Presentation House and work come in handy. For Fearnley, two done on a parcel of city-owned scenarios stand out as regrets: land on East First Street, but His difficult relationship with city those decisions will ultimately be mayor and councillor Barb Sharp the task of a new council. and the infamous “Tapegate” Fearnley will have other deciscandal where Fearnley secretly sions to make. Like what to do recorded a conversation between with Monday nights. himself and city manager Ken “I’m going to quote someone Tollstam. else, Rolly Dean [late husband “The situation with Barb Sharp to longtime city councillor Stella poisoned the air. I think she Jo Dean]. Rolly said to me ‘you would have been a better mayor know Monday night was the only had that not been there. I wish time I got to control the TV,’” her well, she tried to be a good said Fearnley, with a smile. leader,” said Fearnley, who ended “But I don’t know, I really up in court with Sharp. don’t know.” “And I regret what happened with Tollstam. I had been ing under a false set of ideas. He


VICTORIA – Elections BC has dismissed complaints from an opposition MLA and the candidate B.C. Liberal MLA Kash Heed defeated in the 2009 B.C. election. Heed’s former campaign manager Barinder Sall had alleged in an interview with CBC television that there was a further $40,000 in unreported spending by the B.C. Liberal campaign in Vancouver-Fraserview. Keith Archer, the new chief electoral officer for Elections BC, announced last Thursday that the allegation was examined by police and a special prosecutor investigating the disputed election. Complaints to Elections BC from NDP justice critic Leonard Krog and Gabriel Yiu, the NDP candidate defeated in Vancouver-Fraserview by 748 votes, did not contain any new information and the case is now closed, Archer said. In August, Heed, the former chief of the West Vancouver Police Department, was fined $8,000 for exceeding election spending limits and had to repay $5,000 that was overspent, but the judge did not order a new election. Heed has maintained he did not know about the undeclared spending for anonymous brochures targeting the NDP. Sall and printer Dinesh Khanna pleaded guilty in October to offences under the Elections Act for printing and distributing the Chinese-language brochures, which accused the NDP of supporting the legalization of drugs and prostitution. Krog said Thursday the election in VancouverFraserview remains tainted, and Heed should at least apologize for what his campaign team did. Premier Christy Clark has said it will be up to the B.C. Liberal caucus to decide if Heed would be allowed to remain as a party MLA.

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neeling down in council chambers, inches from a computer screen displaying Saturday night’s election results, Darrell Mussatto played the role of cheerleader. The recipient of the lion’s share of that support was Cheryl Leia, a candidate he also backed in the 2008 municipal election. As results began pouring in, longtime ally Coun. Craig Keating and former school board trustee Linda Buchanan, both members of the Mussatto team, appeared locks for council seats. Buchanan jockeyed for position atop the polls, while Keating sat firmly in third place.

But Leia remained in the seventh spot, trailing incumbent Coun. Guy Heywood for the final seat. This duel would prove to be one of the evening’s major storylines. If Leia could surpass Heywood, Monday nights would feature a Mussatto-supported majority on council. If not, the dynamics would remain much as they have for the past three years, with Buchanan replacing Mary Trentadue, who chose not to seek re-election. It took reports from all 10 polls to write the ending, but Heywood eventually inched out Leia by a mere 166 votes, to the disappointment — albeit understated — of Mussatto. “It’s mixed feelings,” Mussatto said. “But the voters have clearly spoken and there is a clear majority on council. It’s a new start and there are no regrets. Everyone worked hard and it was a talented field. It’s a tough decision choosing between so many capable candidates.” And Leia, while admittedly less-thanecstatic with the evening’s outcome, offered a positive outlook, vowing to remain an active city participant regardless of the ballot results. “I’m still going to be there for the community,” she said.

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VOTE COUNTING Darrell Mussatto watches the numbers roll in on Saturday night. Sean Kolenko photo

“During the campaign, one of the things I thought I could bring was a meditative presence,” Bell said. “I’m used to dealing with a council that is fractious, so in that regard I can hopefully use my experience at the municipal and federal level to help.” With the ascension of Bell to council, three of the six representatives — Bell, Guy Heywood and Pam Bookham — carry federal Liberal associations. But when asked whether such connections could help form an official, or unofficial, alliance between them, Bell assured he would remain a strong sovereign vote. “Past federal affiliation has nothing to do with council,” he said. “My role on council is that of an independent. I want work with the mayor and others on a per-issue basis.” Work begins for the new council once it reconvenes on Nov. 28. Bell said priorities for him will be increasing civic engagement especially in regard to drafting the new Official Community Plan, handling development opportunities in the Lonsdale Avenue corridor and the former Shipyards site, as well as revisiting the Harry Jerome rec centre debate. Bell said he believes the city should build a new recreation centre because the information he’s received thus far has shown the current one “to be beyond rea-

sonable repair” but he wants to see a better public process before council makes a decision. Where and how big a new facility would be requires significant resident input, he said, and he looks forward “to spending time” discussing that. As for the rumours that he should turn his attention to the mayor’s seat after his term as councillor — comments on local political blogs were already hypothesizing on such a move after he announced his candidacy for council — Bell said he’s content to focus on his new gig. “I have no ambitions or plans beyond the role won here tonight,” he said. “That and my family; that’s my priority now.”

To-do lists The campaign trail is littered with promises of all stripes, from ensuring affordable housing is made a city priority to a guarantee of fiscal prudence in all municipal matters. But once the votes are cast, seven of those promise makers are tasked with turning those pledges into reality. At the Royal Canadian Legion on West 15th Street, a busy post-election spot, The Outlook caught up with a couple incumbents to talk city priorities and reflect on the battle just fought. “It’s a mix of incumbents and newbies,” said Coun. Craig Keating, on the new composition AHS values the diversity of the people of council. and communities we serve, and is committed to “Don [Bell]’s experiattracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. ence speaks for itself. He brings a lot to the table. Career Opportunities Event He didn’t chart a lot of If you are a regulated Healthcare Professional or experienced Addiction Counselor, ideas during the camAlberta Health Services invites you to attend an event where you can discover the wide variety of career opportunities paign, so he is a little bit currently available in Alberta. Recruitment Advisors and Operational Managers will be available to discuss how your of an unknown in that personal career aspirations might fit with the NEW Alberta Health Services. respect but I’m looking forward to working with If you’d like to take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a personal him. He offers positivity career conversation with our professional recruitment team, plan to visit us at: and respect and I think the public is looking for Sheraton,Vancouver Airport that.” 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC In the next six ground floor, south tower (off of the main hotel lobby in Steveston B) months, Keating said he hoped to have a December 1, 2011 from 9-11am, 1-3pm and 7-9pm firm answer on the fate of the Harry Jerome This opportunity is available to all regulated Healthcare Professionals and Addiction Counselors. No appointment is necessary. facility and the forPlease bring your resume. Alberta Health Services is one of the leading healthcare systems in Canada, delivering care to more mer Shipyards site on than 3.5 million Albertans. Come and discover why so many healthcare professionals have chosen Alberta Health Services! the waterfront. A firm believer in the need to create affordable housADVANTAGES ing in the city, Keating flexible hours also acknowledged the excellent wages & benefits diverse workforce importance of a staff urban & rural opportunities full time or part time positions report, discussed before work/life balance new & established facilities council’s summer break, make a meaningful difference opportunities for growth concerning ways the municipality can For more information email: Or visit:

continued, PAGE 31 continued from, PAGE 30 offer financial support to developers in the creation of rental housing. “Affordable housing can mean rental housing. I believe the city needs to step up on rental housing,” he said. The report, titled “city financial support for market rental housing,” was presented to council on July 25 and was to be revisited in the fall although it failed to make a council agenda prior the election. Just as theories about Bell’s political aspirations in the city made the rounds on the Internet — particularly on northvanpolitics. com — so did discussions of Keating’s support of lesser-known, un-tested, first-time candidates such as Juliana Buitenhuis and Yashar Khalighi (note, Keating also mentioned Bell as a candidate that has impressed during the campaign). When asked about comments labeling him a “puppet master” intent on crafting council in his image, Keating said he had very little time for electronic statements whose authors chose not to identify themselves. “A blog that lives with ‘Anonymous’ as its number one poster, I tune right out,” said Keating. “At the end of the day, just as Rod [Clark] did with Amanda Nichol, I look for new candidates. Council needs new blood and I’m very proud to back young, new candidates such as Juliana [Buitenhuis] and Yashar [Khalighi].” Olive branches Like the other incumbents and newcomers to council, Guy Heywood anticipates discussing rec centres, the new Official Community Plan and developGuy Heywood ment opportunities when the new group sits down to do the city’s business. On election night, however, he has a decidedly more personal project on his mind — working with Coun. Rod Clark. “I think we have a few disagreements to work on,” said Heywood. “I learned a lot about the pluses and minuses of densification. And we need to deal with the density genie, if not keep it in the bottle then fence it in. Rod had fair points on that.” In addition to a more harmonious relationship with Clark, Heywood said he also looked forward to a more general feeling of unity amongst councillors this time around. “We have the makings of a great council,” he said “and the leadership of a mayor who didn’t get his slate and appreciates that fact.” A few blocks south of the gathering at the legion, the re-elected Clark sat contemplatively at the Lower Lonsdale institution Cheers. An often-vocal opponent of the mayor, and lately of outgoing five-term councillor Bob Fearnley, Clark acknowledged his part in council acrimony. “I wear my passion on my sleeve,” said Clark. “And I was a part of all that.” And while choosing not to comment on any particular relationships on council, Clark did offer this sentiment in a phone conversation Sunday afternoon: “I’m all for healing.” Other council to-do lists: Rod Clark: Low Level Road: He expects designs in January of February and stressed the importance of getting the city’s $1 million back if council proceeds with one of Port Metro Vancouver’s design options. Harry Jerome facility: He said the city is still in an “info-gathering stage” and expects to continue doing so until the early spring at which point more concrete planning will be done. New Official Community Plan: It’s the road map for the next 20 years, he said. Clark wants to see more certainty in the

document where density is concerned. Some wiggle room is okay, but being asked for large-scale density increases such as that being asked by Onni for the Safeway site is too much. Guy Heywood: Harry Jerome facility: Some progress has been made but more examination/discussion/public input is needed for the city’s busiest recreation centre. New Official Community Plan: “I want to feel that that is a document that is blessed by the best and most robust public consultation possible.” Darrell Mussatto: Harry Jerome facility: A decision on the centre’s fate. Filling out Lower Lonsdale lands – in particular the “Foot of Lonsdale,” which includes the city’s waterfront office, and a decision on the former Shipyards site, also known as Lot 5. A Newcomer The worst part about an election campaign, said first-time municipal hopeful Amanda Nichol, is making sure to always use words the media can print. Some of the negative, yet popular stereotypes of politicians are true and can lead to frustrating situations. But the support from residents, people never seen or met prior, makes the tough stuff easier to take. It makes you want to stay politically engaged and spend Monday nights watching others make decisions. “Oh, I’m not going anywhere,” said Nichol, a resident of the 400block of East First Street who caught the political bug once the city began mulling potential changes to the Low Level Road. “I will keep this council accountable. I’m still going to be there at those meetings.” Of the 7,082 voters that made it out to the polls, 1,723 chose Nichol to represent them on council. Notwithstanding Don Bell and Linda Buchanan who came first and second in the polls respectively, only Juliana Buitenhuis, of all first-time city candidates, fared better. And there will be more fresh faces three years from now hoping to usurp an incumbent and earn their chance to help chart the future of the City of North Vancouver. For those folks — both those already sizing up the competition and those who don’t know if they have a political future — Nichols has this message: “Be consistent, be honest and maintain your integrity. Don’t fall into negative campaigning.” A family affair When 19-year-old Carson Polly set out to run for City of North Vancouver council, his goal was to bring issues affecting youth to the attention of those at city hall. The youth of this town lived without a municipal voice that spoke to them for too long, he thought. But he didn’t expect his campaign would connect with seniors as well. “I had an 80-year-old woman at the Grand Boulevard meeting say she’d vote for me,” said Carson, a Capilano University student. “She said she liked that I was

doing it. That was cool.” So much of a campaign rests on one’s ability to engage with the public, articulate a message and gain the trust of voters. And while Carson’s election run was filled with all of the above, he also had the opportunity to connect with someone he sees everyday — his dad. Carson’s father Ron Polly was a candidate for mayor in this election. In the weeks leading up to the election, Carson said he and his father would discuss the positions of other candidates and major issues they believe face the city. These daily conversations, he said, “brought them a little bit closer.” “It was neat, yeah,” said father Ron, in a

Thursday, November 24, 2011 31 phone interview. “I introduced him to people, helped him out with his cards and then said ‘do what you want.’ I always told him to speak from the heart. He always had an interest in politics and it was great to see his name there. I think he’ll run in the next election.” As they say, father knows best, but Carson is taking his burgeoning political career one step at a time. He says he’s going to investigate various municipal committees first to get some insight into city bodies and projects. And from there? Carson said he’ll be back championing the views and thoughts of his generation. Because, he said, “someone needs to speak up for the youth of this city.”

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orth Vancouver investment advisor Robert Luft is hoping his stock will rise on the Food Network Canada reality show Recipes to Riches. The premise of the show sees Canadian home cooks battle to have their original recipes become a President’s Choice product, win $25,000 and become eligible for a grand prize of $250,000. Luft’s callback audition at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver was when things began to heat up. If you have ever seen American Idol auditions you get a sense of how painful the waiting process is with contestants rehearsing all around you. And when you add food into the equation, it can get messy: contestants painstakingly instructing chefs on how to reheat their dish properly and the intermixing of culinary aromas. Luft was pretty clear on how he didn’t want his succulent pulled pork reheated. “I said don’t you dare put this in the microwave,” he recalled. “It had to be piping hot on a bun.” Finally Luft’s name was called. In the pit of his stomach, he felt sick. Through blinding lights he squinted his way out to a mark in the room in front of the judges. They started peppering him with questions. There were no pleasantries. And you have what feels like 20 seconds to make a good impression, said Luft. “I think what helped me out is I’m really passionate about that style of cooking,” he added. That was in early spring. Then came more waiting. Fast forward three months later and Luft was sitting in his office when he got the call that he was one of three finalists for the entrée show of Recipes to Riches. But there was no shouting it from the rooftop or high-

fiving his co-workers: a confidentially contract had been signed. It was April and Luft would have to keep this secret to himself until October. As bad timing would have it, the taping of the show fell during an already-booked spring break trip to Maui with his family. So Luft packed his bags for Maui and covertly added some more insulated clothing for the side trip that he needed to make to Toronto. SECRET SAUCE - After A week into the learning he was a finalist trip, Luft abruptly on Recipe to Riches, Robert announced to his Luft had to keep the news family that he was to himself because of a leaving for Toronto. confidentiality agreement with He later recalibrated the show’s producers. the story slightly, telling them that he was going for another audition for the show. “It was insane,” Luft said of the taping of the show. “It was like three or four days of non-stop. I have a newfound respect for anybody who goes on a reality show. You do a million things and this is all they show.” When October arrived, so did Luft’s clearance from the producers of Recipe to Riches to reveal the secret to his family. “There were a few glares and sideways glances,” he laughed. Luft grew up on homemade

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Another great opportunity to move into Richmond’s best kept secret. This warm and inviting 4 bdrm home has had a number of great updates over the years but stayed within the charm of the old neighbourhood. Original gleaming fir floors throughout the wide open plan of the main floor. Also a good size main floor bedroom with loads of natural light. Oversized dining room for the larger sized table and chairs. 3 bdrm up and a ton of storage. Even a loft area the kids would enjoy. Around 1800sqft of comfortable living on a huge 7200sqft very private fully fenced corner lot. Convenient to all transportation and safe for the family. Come home to Burkeville today.

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This advertisement does not constitute a solicitation or an offer to purchase securities, which is being made under an Offering Memorandum available from our offices. There are risks associated with this investment and mortgage investments. Investment in our MICs is not guaranteed or secured against company assets and there is no assurance that historical yield will be representative of the yields that can or will be obtained in the future. Mortgage investments are not guaranteed and the value of land can fluctuate significantly as a result of, among other things, changing economic and real estate markets.

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INDEX IN BRIEF FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS . . . . . . . . . 1-8 COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS . . . . 9-57 TRAVEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61-76 CHILDREN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80-98 EMPLOYMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102-198 BUSINESS SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . 203-387 PETS & LIVESTOCK . . . . . . . . . . . 453-483 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE . . . . . . 503-587 REAL ESTATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 603-696 RENTALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-757 AUTOMOTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804-862 MARINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-920

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THE LEMARE GROUP is currently seeking: • Chaser • Hook Tender • Off Highway Logging Truck Driver • Boom Man • Loader Operator • Hoe Chucker • Heavy Duty Mechanic • 2nd Loader Bucker man All positions are camp-based for the Northern Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Fax resumes to : 250-956-4888 or email We are still hiring - Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-7235051.



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Barney, Frankie & the ’49 Grey Cup Greig Bjarnason and Audber French were the first locals in the Grey Cup


rey Cup fever is upon the country once more, just like it was back on Nov. 26, 1949, exactly 62 years ago this weekend. It was then – during that post-World War II era when the Grey Cup game was always played in Toronto – that exuberant Calgarians transformed the Canadian gridiron championship into a four-day party, complete with white Stetsons hats, square dancing, horses and chuckwagons. It was also when Greig “Barney” Bjarnason and Audber “Frankie” French, rookies with Calgary Stampeders, became the first North Shore players to suit up for a Grey Cup game. French and Bjarnason grew up playing football for coach George Deacon at North Van High (graduating in 1947 and 1948 respectively) and for the Vancouver Junior Big Four League’s North Shore Lions under Harry Bullock. With no pro football in B.C. then, the pair found themselves heading to Calgary in 1949 to try out for the Stampeders, coached by tough taskmaster Les Lear, a future CFL hall-of-famer who had guided the team to the 1948 Grey Cup title, the first for any team west of Winnipeg. “I was working in the shipyards and playing junior football,” Bjarnason (now 82, living in Lynn Valley and retired after 31 years as a North Van City firefighter) was telling me this week. “Les Lear gave Frankie French a call. It’s quite a story but he mentioned my name too to come out for a tryout. “You know how we got to Calgary? We hitchhiked. It took three days. The first night we stopped in Grindrod [near Enderby] and slept in a church. It was getting dark so we just opened the door and went in. The next day we stayed in Revelstoke and slept in the railway station. “There was somewhere between 120 and 130 trying out. I guess after they won the Grey Cup, a lot of people came to try out. But they cut pretty quick after the first few practices. I went there in really, really good shape and that’s how come I stayed on.” There were no interlocking league games then between the Western Inter-provincial Football Union made up of Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg and the two Eastern Leagues, the Big Four (Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto) and the Ontario Rugby Football Union (Balmy Beach, Hamilton, Sarnia and Windsor). However, Calgary scheduled an exhibition game at Montreal in 1949 as their only pre-season game and travelled by air, a rarity at a time when train travel was the norm. “That was a big thing for me and Frankie,” Bjarnason remembers. “I INSTANT had to borrow a suit to go. You had to wear a suit and tie. The first year REPLAY I never played that much, about nine Len Corben or 10 games. At that time guys would play 60 minutes both ways.” French, at 5’8” and 155 to 160 pounds, “was a tenacious little guy who played hard,” recalls Jack Keast who played at NV High and with the NS Lions at the same time as French and Bjarnason.

GREY CUP 1949 - North Van’s Greig “Barney” Bjarnason (#34) and Audber “Frankie” French (#77) were members of the Calgary Stampeders who reached the Grey Cup game in 1949. Greig Bjarnason collection / NVHS grad photos from North Van Archives collection

“Greig was a very good athlete both in Canadian football and English rugby. He was a natural. He never got upset or excited. He just played the game and he was good at it, very good.” A halfback, French scored two touchdowns that season as the Stampeders racked up a 13-1 won-lost record to capture top spot in the WIFU. In playoffs, Calgary barely held on to defeat Saskatchewan 22-21 in a thrilling twogame, total-points series (winning 18-12 and losing 9-4) to advance to the Grey Cup. French played only about half the following season before returning home to get married. He died in 1982 at just 54 years of age. Bjarnason was 5’11” and weighed 180-185. As a blocking back/flying wing and linebacker, he played four years with Calgary (1949-52), cracking the starting lineup by the second game of the 1950 season. “It was a one-year deal each year,” notes Bjarnason. “The first year was $500 and the most I ever got was about $2,000. That was a lot of money. The first year in Calgary I lived with Frankie French and then the second year I roomed with a family. The games were played at Mewata Stadium then. “The Stampeders got me a job [during the season] and I worked at the Calgary Brewery and Malting Company. During the off-season, I worked as a roughneck in the oil rigs all over northern Alberta and part of Saskatchewan. Those were two tough jobs, football and roughneck.” Getting to the Grey Cup was special. “I was amazed just to be there,” he says. “The year before, in ’48 when Calgary won the Grey Cup, I was up on Grouse Mountain skiing and listening to the Grey Cup not even thinking that the next year – even though I didn’t get into

the game – it was just an honour to be running up and down the field during warmups. “With the cleats then, we should have played in running shoes. It was very icy. Players were sliding all over.” Montreal, who beat Calgary 14-13 in their exhibition game, also won the Grey Cup 28-15. “But on the way home to Calgary, there was a reception at every town the train stopped and it stopped at quite a few places. We all got off and sang a few songs. Sugarfoot Anderson was kind of the leader.” Bjarnason and French got to play with some great players such as ends Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson and Woody Strode, the only Negroes on the team and two of the five Americans permitted on each roster at that time. Both were actors in the movies too, Anderson in six films including The Story of Seabiscuit and The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Strode (who starred in the UCLA backfield with Jackie Robinson, who broke the colour line in major league baseball, and Kenny Washington who did the same in the NFL) in 67 movies including The Ten Commandments and Spartacus. Other Americans were quarterback Keith Spaith and linemen Johnny Aguirre and Riley “Rattler” Matheson, the latter a 10-year NFL veteran prior to his Calgary days. Two CFL hall-of-famers, Normie Kwong and Paul Rowe, were also Stampeders then. For French and Bjarnason it was all quite the experience, one that few North Shore boys have had the opportunity to duplicate. This is episode 441 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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or the last few years, as has garnered more attention, some readers have raised concerns about one issue in particular — the fact we allow visitors to post anonymous comments. The policy has led to some unpleasant and mean-spirited postings. It’s also

raised an inconsistency in our North Shore Outlook brand. Our community newspapers don’t print anonymous letters, yet we’ve allowed our website to become a place where people can hide their identity while occasionally taking shots at one another. Starting Dec. 1, that policy will change. People will only be able to comment by using their Facebook account, which means their name, often even their photograph, will be linked to the statements they post. is not alone in making this shift. Several media companies, equally troubled by the vitriolic trend of anonymous comments, are turn-

ing to Facebook to power their website commenting. All of Black Press in B.C., Alberta and Washington State have made the switch. Our sister publications have continued to see spirited discourse among those who post comments, yet the discourse is at a much higher level, and commentators are generally well-mannered and on-topic. This new approach won’t be perfect. People without a Facebook account won’t be able to participate in online discussions. Still, we’re enthused to be in the vanguard of this movement. It shows we’re listening to our readers and responding. It places us more deeply into the pow-

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