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Decade-long dedication North Vancouver School District unveils 10-year strategic plan SEAN KOLENKO S TA F F R E P O RT E R
t’s a report that will set the roadmap for the next decade at the North Vancouver School District, according to trustee Barry Forward. But it will take some time before North Shore residents will see any changes from the recently released 10-year strategic plan. “We recognize there is a time piece to this,” said Forward. “It takes time to live it.” In a year-long collaborative process, NVSD partnered with parent advisory councils, representatives from the North Vancouver Teacher’s Association, union officials and student-led organizations to help piece together the sweeping document revealed at a school board meeting Sept. 27. In part, the decade-long vision is a reaffirmation of the school district’s values — trust, responsibility, respect and collaboration — and a declaration of what it hopes to achieve over the 10 years, namely an expansion and enrichment of the curriculum and a personalized learning environment. The school district’s adoption of the 21st Century Learning model, an educational philosophy that values tailored curriculums and a focus on
the individual learner, is in ments such as the forthline with the strategic plan. coming operating plan. Specifics regarding the From a survey conimplementation of ideas, ducted by NVPAC, of however, will wait until which 1,100 responses late October when NVSD were gathered and given presents its three-year to NVSD for inclusion in operating plan. According the strategic plan, Gerlach to Franci Stratton, chair said trust, or lack thereof, of the North Vancouver was a recurring issue with Franci Stratton Board of Education, the respondents. Closures at continued revitalization Plymouth and Fromme of the outdoor school in elementary schools, she Squamish, now called the added, formed the root of North Shore Credit Union the trust issues. Environmental Learning “When you close a Centre, will be a priority as school, you’re cutting the will an examination of how heart out of a community. to best use technology in There was a fair amount the classroom. of hostility around that Specifics notwithstanding, and how the process Stratton lauded the plan as went,” she said. Barry Forward a unifying document, one “Parents didn’t have the that “means a commitment opportunity to provide to families and students” feedback on that. When after a couple difficult years for I think of trust, it’s something you NVSD. have to earn. And I think that’s “We did walk on to the board with what parents are going to say. The a budget challenge. We had to hack strategic plan is a nice document but $10 million out of the budget in two we want to see the meat and potayears,” said Stratton. toes.” “That is not the time for a plan NVSD’s 10-year strategic plan can like this. But now that we’re back on be read online at www.nvsd44.bc.ca solid ground again a strategic plan is under the “About Us” menu. A schedimportant to guide decision making.” ule of the school board’s meetings is Still for others, a broad strategy also available online for those interisn’t a nearly as impressive. Cyndi ested in attending the late October Gerlach, chair of North Vancouver meeting when the operating plan will Parent Advisory Council, called the be discussed. strategic plan “a step in the right direction” but said she’s more email@example.com ested in seeing supporting docutwitter.com/seankolenko
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achelor’s degrees are ubiquitous. They offer no return on investment in terms of pay scale unless they are followed by a master’s or PhD. That sobering suggestion was taken from a study conducted and reported on by the Globe & Mail last week. Now, meet Yuri Fulmer, a 37-year-old university dropout. He doesn’t have to go into the office today, yet he owns a home in West Vancouver, a Lexus — oh, and three successful companies: a private equity firm, real estate and development holdings and restaurant franchising. He is also the current chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s board of directors. Seated inside Delany’s Coffee House in Dundarave, Fulmer casually screens the 300 or so new emails on his smartphone. He offers a genuine smile and warm handshake. The weight of the world is clearly not resting on his shoulders, not these days at least. Fulmer is the accidental entrepreneur. His road to success, which started at the A & W drivethrough on Marine Drive in North Van, sends the earnest message that you can go against the grain in life and still get ahead. To celebrate his high school graduation the Australian-born Fulmer embarked on a round-theworld trip; he journeyed from east to west in the early ‘90s and after a year and a half he landed in Vancouver where his parents had met in the ‘60s. Fulmer’s dad is a Canuck; his mom an Aussie. He opted for an extended stop-over because “rent in Vancouver was cheaper than the flight home.” “Oh, I loved it here,” he adds. In Australia, from the get-go “mates” size you up with a list of questions about your career or personal life out of idle curiosity, says Fulmer. He discovered the friendship criteria in Vancouver to be less discerning. “You could be anyone you wanted to be,” explains Fulmer, with a twinkle in his eye. Higher education beckoned him. For two years at the University of British Columbia, he studied the political economy of the Eastern Bloc. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, so did his education. COFFEE Now at a crossroads, he WITH took the first job he was offered: drive-through attenMaria Spitale dant at the aforementioned newsroom@northshore A & W. He didn’t enjoy his outlook.com first sip of root beer — “it was absolutely awful. It tasted like medicine” — but he soon
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t appreciate i t the th unique taste, and the combegan to pany. He worked his way up to manager, overseeing a number of the burger chain’s restaurants in Surrey. That is where he met his future fiancée. She would marry someone else first and have a child before reconnecting with Fulmer years later. In the late ‘90s, A & W headed in a different direction, franchising 120 of its 180 locations, leaving Fulmer in the lurch with no job security. Then came an interesting and risky offer from the A & W corporate office to the 22-year-old: The chance to own a restaurant. Fulmer bit, putting up everything he had — an estimated $20,000 at the time. He even convinced his mom to re-mortgage her condo and invest in a 20-something with no business experience. “Yikes, it was a tough year that first year,” he recalls. “I think the first thing I learned was that if something goes wrong it is 100 per cent my fault. When you work for yourself, there is simply no one else to blame.” Fulmer Development Corporation(FDC) was born in 2005 when he acquired other companies including 27 Pizza Huts in B.C. and Alberta and the entire Mr. Mikes Steakhouse and Bar chain. Soon, he managed to revive the tired restaurant chain,once popular with families in the ‘70s and ‘80s, which had whittled down to four locations from 100. Mr. Mikes was transformed from a cafeteria-style restaurant into a full-service casual dining experience, and added new locations. The man who still didn’t consider himself an entrepreneur at that point was watching his equity snowball. But there were still risks to be taken. Fulmer’s FDC Real Estate division was started on his Visa. He bought one condo, paying the deposit with credit. From there, he kept rolling it forward. “You didn’t have to be smart to make money in real estate in the ‘90s,” says a modest Fulmer. Today, he has real estate holdings all across B.C., northern Alberta and into the U.S., ranging from single-unit residential and condos to commercial properties and mobile home parks.
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Casting your e-vote The lineups weren’t very long at polling stations in the District of North Vancouver during the last municipal election. Only 16 per cent of eligible voters (9,973) came out to vote for mayor, council and school board trustees in 2008. In the City of North Vancouver, the 2008 vote-casting numbers were equally dismal: just a 17 per cent turnout. Of course, it didn’t help that both municipalities lacked the voting night drama of a nail-biting race for mayor, with incumbents Richard Walton and Darrell Mussatto both running unopposed. There was also a dearth of any hot-button issues that had residents seething and lining up for the opportunity to exercise their democratic right. “There needs to be one or more controversial issues in the community or a mayor’s race as well,” concedes Walton, the two-term district mayor, when asked about low voter turnout. Still, historically, even with closely contested races for mayor or council and a controversial tower project or two, the numbers for municipal votes have been anemic. That’s a bit surprising given that no other level of government impacts voters more directly: taxes, potholes, rec centres, playing fields — to name a few. That low turnout , the average is around 35 per cent for municipal votes in the province, is why at last week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities annual summit members voted in favour of introducing online voting in municipal elections, a move that would require provincial legislative change. “Surprised and frustrated” with low voter turnout, CNV Mayor Darrell Mussatto says he backs the idea of e-voting, not to replace traditional polling booths but to supplement in-person voting. “Anything we can do to increase turnout at election time is a good thing.” With voter turnout declining in her municipality, Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones agreed. “[Online voting] is a way to engage people and get people to pay attention.” While there was some concern raised at the UBCM about the potential for voter fraud if an electronic system was adopted, e-voting has actually been used at a municipal level in Canada since 2003 with positive success and no cases of vote tampering. The reality is we live in a fast-evolving electronic age and we’ve come to rely on the convenience of banking, shopping and communicating online. So why not voting too? Especially if it encourages more people to exercise their democratic right. As well as engaging younger voters, e-voting would also make it easier for the elderly and shut-ins to cast their ballots. At the UBCM conference, the B.C. government committed to investigating the possibility of adopting online voting, possibly as soon as 2014. Until then we’ll have to hope for a good old-fashioned race for mayor to get the voters out on Nov. 19. —The Outlook
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— LET TER OF T HE W EEK— people who are overweight. I suggest higher Smokers unfairly targeted premiums to people who have bad drivEditor, Health Minister Mike de Jong has it ridiculously incorrect. Smokers obviously are not looking after their health, however perhaps they might be in other ways. Less stress, more exercise, etc. To tar smokers with this brush is anti-democratic and hypocritical as the B.C. government makes much money off of tobacco taxes. I suggest a higher MSP premium to the parents of the kids who are on wheels without helmets. I suggest higher premiums to
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B With the game-winning, Game 7 overtime goal against Chicago still ringing in his ears, Vancouver Canucks’ Alex Burrows, left, and teammate Maxim Lapierre are ready to lace ‘em up and spring back into action. CPretty Genevieve Calamo scores one for the girls as she gets an autograph from one of her favourite Canucks, Mason Raymond. D The gang from Fan Zoo Memorabilia are ready to root for the home team again in 2011-2012 as they send their best for another great Canucks season. EWe’re
counting on ginger-haired goaltender Cory Schneider to generate even more excitement between the pipes this year as he again backstops with teammate Roberto Luongo. F Luke Emri and his dad Bob are among the lucky few who now have an authentic autographed Vancouver Canucks jersey. G It’s a boys’ night out for sure as dad Jason Soprovich waits for Canuck player autographs with sons Cole, right, Chase, centre, and friend Cole Shepard. H I’m hoping these Hollyburn hockey players will save me
7 an autograph when they make it to the NHL. From left: Michael Spouge, Jack Spouge, Jack Hemsley and Trevor Smith.
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Nations governments are working with municipalities to wrestle with the problem of providing fair and financially solvent government under a two-tiered system of taxation and representation. “In Pemberton’s SLRD [Squamish-Lillooet Regional District], you have a population of 3,800 in the electoral area who vote on all sorts of issues,” Nixon says. “Three thousand of those people are First Nations — they don’t pay any fees or taxes at this time to the electoral area and yet they have the voting majority.” More than just a problem for non-band members and municipal governments, it’s a problem for band members and their councils too, says LMTAC. “The fact that all of the 80 First Nations across Canada (54 of them in British Columbia) that have assumed taxing powers have exempted their own members from these taxes further compounds the situation,” LMTAC wrote in a 2003 paper subtitled Considering Rights of Representation for NonMember Residents in First Nation Jurisdictions. “In addition to the issue of taxation without representation [for non-members], the choice to exempt band members invokes representation without taxation. These conditions combine to reduce the accountability of First Nations governments both to their taxpayers and to their nonmembers.” From the district’s perspective, Coun. Bassam says the municipality simply can’t afford to keep the terms of the old service agreement with the TsleilWaututh Nation, especially since the growth of the band’s new Raven Woods housing development in the Deep Cove-Seymour area. “Because they’ve built up the Raven Woods and they have these people living there and we’re providing them with water, sewers and basic services, that obviously increases dramatically as you build out these condos and put all these people there,” Bassam says. “We have to fix that relationship. We simply can’t afford to keep providing services for 75 cents on the dollar. We can’t do it. Right now we’re at the point of telling our residents, ‘We’re increasing your taxes or we’re cutting your services.’ So how can we then justify subsidizing somebody else — some other government?” And with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation now in the final stages of pursuing treaty status on the Raven Woods land, Nixon worries that with only 400 Tsleil-Waututh band members at Raven Woods compared with 1,200 non-member residents, the balance of voters versus taxpayers could become too skewed for either the band or district governments to sustain in good faith or good finance. continued, PAGE 13
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from PAGE 11 “This is one of the big issues that faced Tsawwassen [when they attained treaty status in 2009] because they have a big non-member population too on First Nations land now,” says Nixon. “They have no vote so those non-members have effectively been disenfranchised now through the creation of the Tsawwassen First Nation and there is good concern about it.” Similarly, in the City of North Vancouver and West Vancouver where the Squamish Nation has reserve lands, the picture is the same. Recent development proposals have included high-rise waterfront housing in Ambleside for as many as 12,000 new residents, as well as new residential developments around the Lions Gate Bridge, the Capilano River and Park Royal Shopping Centre. A New Deal? Like North Vancouver district, West Vancouver and North Vancouver city have agreements with the Squamish Nation to pay back about 75 per cent of the municipalities’ costs for services used by the reserves. But both North Vancouver city mayor Darrell Mussatto and West Vancouver chief administrative officer Brent Leigh say the terms of those agreements will likely have to change when major residential developments are pursued. “Proportional representation is a key issue that needs to be understood here,” Leigh says. “If some time in the next decade there’s going to be new development under the new legislation and should those [newcomers] want to have the right to influence the direction on those lands, there will have to be some kind of new governance mechanism to answer that.” Luckily, the issue is still in the pre-problem phase for the North Shore, but some possible solutions are already being floated by B.C. municipalities and First Nations governments. At the extremes, those solutions involve the outright privatization of band lands, making them “members only” communities, or the abandonment
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ity of North Vancouver residents will see an increase in utility rates next year after council approved boosts to water and sewage fees at Monday night’s meeting. Beginning in January, residential customers will pay a flat rate of $331 per year for water, up from $283 last year. Duplexes will pay $277, up from $260, and multi-unit dwellings will pay $193, up from $187. Sewer flat rates for single unit homes will jump to $270 from $258, two-unit homes to $250 from $248, and multi-unit dwelling will pay $169, an increase from $166. A 10-per-cent discount will apply to those who pay early. An increase in drainage, solid waste and recycling fees will be considered in the spring. City staff are recommending a jump from $68.50 - $72 for drainage and a $4 increase in garbage collection per single-unit home, from $132 - $136. Proposed recycling fees will be $124, up from $120, and $69.50 for yard trimmings, up from $66. The city’s eco levy initiative, which funds onstreet garbage and recycling programs, will jump to $36 from $32 for single unit homes, while multi-unit residences will pay $19, $2 more than in 2011. In total, a single-unit residence will pay an increase of $73 for garbage, recycling, water, sanitary and storm sewer services in 2012. For more, visit cnv.org. A complete list of factors involved in utility cost is available in the Oct. 3 council agenda. —Sean Kolenko
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Remembering Hal Straight He was an icon in the newspaper business and on the ball field too
f you know the name Hal Straight, it’s probably because he was the larger-than-life owner and publisher of The North Shore Citizen from its beginnings in 1958 and through its heyday until he sold the paper in 1974. Or maybe you remember him as the managing editor of The Vancouver Sun in the 1940s and again in the 1950s after a short time away as publisher of The Edmonton Bulletin from 1948-51. When he returned in 1951, he bought a home at 4072 Marine Drive in West Vancouver and for many years lived at 810 Highland Drive and later on in the 2200-block of Folkestone Way. He died at 79 in 1989. Possibly your memory – or at least your knowledge of his newspaper career — goes back much furI N S TA N T R E P L AY ther to the days when he was The online Sun’s Sports Rays columnist and the northshoreoutlook.com paper’s sports editor in the 1930s. But did you know he was the Carl Hubbell of Vancouver baseball in STORY ORY OF O O A SOUTHP SO SOUTHPAW - Hal Straight (above) the 1930s? pitched and hit against a touring team of major leaguers Hubbell was the New York Giants’ Hall-of-Fame hurler whose left-hand- in a memorable game 75 years ago. Rob Straight collection ed deliveries earned him his “Meal graduating from Kitsilano High in 1927 and Ticket” nickname along with more than 20 wins attending U.B.C. every year between 1932 and 1937. For the first four innings, he shut down the During the same period, Straight’s southpaw major leaguers with nary a run. slants at Vancouver’s Athletic Park were earnThe News Herald, one of three daily papers ing him acclaim as one of the top pitchers in serving Vancouver at the time, noted, “Hal the Vancouver Senior City League. Straight took a little kidding from the big It was there at old Athletic Park — situated leaguers’ dugout… ‘Hi between 5th and 6th avenues, Hubbell,’ one of them called the current site of Hemlock out. ‘I thought you were in Street’s north-bound on-ramp INSTANT New York this week.’” to the Granville Bridge — that REPLAY Yes, actually the real Straight faced a team of touring Hubbell certainly was Len Corben major leaguers exactly 75 years firstname.lastname@example.org in New York where he’d ago on October 5, 1936. pitched a complete game Eight days after the 1936 6-1 victory over the New major league regular season York Yankees in the openended, and with the World ing game of the World Series Series underway, a barnstormfive days previously, then allowed four runs ing lineup of American Leaguers arrived via (three earned) in seven innings of a 5-2 loss in Seattle to play a double-header versus the allGame 4 the day before. stars of the Senior City League. Straight’s mound opponent on this occasion e then-27-year-old Straight was selected as was Monte Weaver of the Washington Senators the starting pitcher for the afternoon game. who had recorded a 6-4 won-lost mark that year He’d grown up in a still-standing heritage during a major league career in which he had an home at 2650 West 5th Avenue in Vancouver, outstanding 71-50 record over six full seasons the son of Vancouver elementary school prinand parts of three others. cipal and later assistant superintendent Bob Straight, and was a multi-sport athlete while continued, Page 21
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Oddly enough, Weaver and Hubbell had The News Herald had the best pitched against each other in Game 4 overall coverage. It praised Straightâ€™s of the 1933 World Series, the first extrapitching under the sub-head â€œStraight inning game in the Fall Classic in nine Standout, Tosses Nicely, Also Socks years. Hubbell and the Giants won 2-1 Homerâ€? and reported, â€œHal Straight when Weaver gave up the winning run made quite a smart job of elbowing in the 11th after both pitched magnifi[i.e. pitching]. With better fielding he cently. might have held the score down someNow it was Straight â€“ apparently what. And he topped off his perfordisguised as Hubbell â€“ facing Weaver. mance by lofting a home run. Vancouver led 2-0 after four innings â€œHalâ€™s performance was the standwith Straight accounting for one of the out of the two games. He served up runs with the gameâ€™s only home run, change of pace, crossfire and really a drive over the high right field fence had the major men swinging frantically onto 6th Avenue. for several innings before they got on In the fifth inning, two infield errors to his slants. Then a brace of errors by the home side opened the door for sent the score booming up and the four runs. Straight set the visitors down American aces were away to an easy in the sixth again before victory.â€? allowing two runs in In describing Straightâ€™s the seventh and giving four-bagger, The News way to reliever Tommy Herald reported, â€œAs the cusI N S TA N T R E P L AY Musgrave for the final tomers yelled the odd shout online two innings. In his seven of approval, the â€˜Great Oneâ€™ northshoreoutlook.com innings of what became [that was Straight; Gretzky a 10-2 loss, Straight gave wasnâ€™t born yet] with his cap up six runs (an unknown perched cockily on his head, number of which were stepped up to the plate and unearned), 10 hits, two walks and a smashed one of Weaverâ€™s tosses over hit batter while striking out two. the right field wall for a canter around Wally Moses, who hit a career high the bases.â€? .345 with Philadelphia Athletics that So maybe Straight wasnâ€™t the season, and Hall-of-Famer Heinie Vancouver version of Carl Hubbell Manush, whose .330 lifetime averafter all. Maybe â€“ given his dual prowage ranks as one of the best in major ess as both a portside pitcher and a league history, combined for nine hits left-handed slugger â€“ Straight was realoff Straight and Musgrave. ly more like the local reincarnation of The Sunâ€™s game report summed the recently retired Babe Ruth. up the performance of their star columnist by noting he â€œpitched good This is episode 436 from Len ball for seven innings besides helping Corbenâ€™s treasure chest of stories â€” himself to a circuit clout over the right the great events and the quirky â€” that field wall.â€? The Province called Straightâ€™s homer bring to life the North Shoreâ€™s rich sports history. the â€œhighlight of the afternoon game.â€?
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In 2007, Fulmer was named one of Canadaâ€™s Top Forty Under 40. He also has a strong presence on a number of civic and corporate boards, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the North Shore Credit Union. Mr. Mikes was sold to two private equity firms last December. Fulmerâ€™s focus will remain in real estate, small and mid-cap private equity â€” and A & W, because â€œthat is where it all started.â€? An Internet and transportation business are also on the horizon. On Monday, Fulmer caught the ferry to Victoria. He is
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