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The City of North Vancouver extends holiday greetings to its residents, businesses and visitors. Please note, City Hall will be closed from noon on December 23 - January 2, 2012. If you have an emergency regarding sewer, water drainage, snow or roads during this time, contact the Operations Emergency Line at 604-988-2212. Visit for information about winter safety, green holidays and festivities around the City. Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!

Snow season is here. Significant snowfall and cold temperatures are anticipated. The City monitors conditions throughout the winter months and dispatches crews when snow and icy conditions are forecast.

2012 Recycling and Garbage Schedule The 2012 Recycling and Garbage Calendars are being delivered to all single-family homes between December 8 and December 23. This year, the collection schedule has a new, shorter format that makes it easier to find the information you need. Copies and maps are available online at or by contacting the North Shore Recycling Program at 604-984-9730.

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SEAN BALDAZZI – Enjoying some Christmas tea in the Sabai Lounge at Sabai Thai Spa at 1867 Marine Drive in West Vancouver. Photo by Nisita.

A little piece of Thailand in our own backyard After a long day of work, most of the time I want to head home or out to the bar to relax. But every once in a while, I indulge myself and enjoy a massage to relax my tired muscles. One evening, I decided to try a little something different — I went to a small spa on 19th and Marine Drive that I had noticed called Sabai Thai Spa. As soon as I walked through the door I knew that I had chosen well – the decorative front room instantly transported me to another world. The subtle herbs in the air and the traditional Thai music washed over me, removing my stress and leaving me with the feeling that I really was on vacation in Thailand.

back. Muscles that I didn’t even know existed were systematically stretched and pressed and relaxed in a way that left me believing that the techniques truly must have taken hundreds of years to perfect. Both my arms and all my fingers were given due attention and care. My hands released the stress of the week and the tension that I had thought was normal was amazingly erased — it felt almost as though I had spent the week on vacation.

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Bus stop scenery Former West Vancouver mayor wants to replace some bus shelter ads with local art MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTOR

Once I picked from the long list of services, my therapist brought me some herbal tea. Unlike many other places, I never felt hurried or rushed — it was as if I had entered an old friend’s house for an afternoon tea. Once I had finished my tea, they showed me to my well-decorated room and they gave me plenty of time to settle in and begin to relax.

Then, the entire process began in reverse as she began to slowly work her way back towards my feet. Although the techniques were the same in reverse, each one, on my now relaxed muscles, felt entirely new and different. Instead of simply relaxing my muscles, she now coerced them into maintaining their newfound relaxed state. Within just ninety minutes, my masseuse had managed to release so much of my pent-up tension and stress. The session ended with my choice of water or more tea, and a quick information session on what to do over the next twenty four hours to help maintain my new relaxed state.

The traditional Thai massage that I had chosen was unlike anything that I had experienced before. Starting at my feet, the therapist slowly worked her way up my legs, stretching each muscle before applying pressure to make sure that every ounce of tension was released. I really enjoyed the upper body massage that included both the front and the

After years of searching for and trying different places I had finally been shown what a massage was supposed to feel like. I now go to Sabai Thai Spa regularly and would recommend it to anyone looking for something not offered by the run-of-the-mill day spas. Sabai Thai Spa really is like a little piece of Thailand in our own backyard.


est Vancouver lawyer and the district’s one-time mayor Mark Sager has brokered a deal with billboard magnate Jim Pattison that would see some bus shelter ads in the municipality replaced with local art. In May the District of West Vancouver announced a 20-year deal with Pattison Outdoor that would see the advertising company build and maintain 30 new bus shelters along the Marine Drive corridor in exchange for advertising space from the DWV. As well, a percentage of ad revenues would wind up in the city’s coffers. The approximate value of the agreement to the district was $2 million. The arrangement sparked outrage from some community residents who felt the advertisements — which popped up when the new bus shelters were installed this summer — were obtrusive and did not reflect West Vancouver’s small-town values. Sager echoed those sentiments at his birthday celebration turned local arts fundraiser at the Kay Meek Centre last Saturday night. “I know things this year that I didn’t know last year,” he told the crowd of mostly family and friends. “I know that Gold Seal tuna cans are already drained.” Sager continued to rattle off a partial list of what currently graces West

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good deal as long as I raise enough money.” Pattison Outdoor declined to comment on the deal. Curbside will make its pilot run during the 2012 Harmony Arts Festival held every summer in West Vancouver. Sager said it’s the perfect time to launch because the whole focus behind Harmony Arts is to showcase local artists to the community. “The more support we get — and if it starts at the Harmony Arts Festival — maybe the community will support it so much that this will be a permanent art installation in our community,” said Sager. Jim Carter, past chairman of the West Vancouver Historical Society, applauded Sager for setting a precedent when it comes to outdoor advertising in the community. “I think the bus shelters are important but I would much rather see them reflecting the community art, people like Ross Penhall and Gordon Smith and so on,” said Carter. “There are some huge things to overcome like who is going to pay for it.” West Vancouver councillor Craig Cameron was on hand Saturday to lend his support to Sager. His wife Cori Creed, an acclaimed artist known for her landscape paintings, is donating some of her pieces to the Curbside project. He also weighed in on the previous council’s decision to approve the advertising contract with Pattison Outdoor. “I don’t want to come across as criticizing the previous council,” said Cameron. “[Council] wanted to have the bus shelters paid for and they wanted to have some revenue stream for the district.” Calling the bus shelter ads “visually polluting,” Cameron said it would be a decision he would try to avoid. “My basic principal is that [West Vancouver] should limit commercial advertising to the extent possible,” said Cameron. For more information on Curbside, visit the Mark Sager Foundation for the Arts webpage at

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inter snowfall hasn’t coaxed all North Shore black bears into hibernation. There are still some restless bears roaming neighbourhoods in search of food. And in some cases, it isn’t hard to find. Outdoor freezers, bird feeders and mismanaged garbage are the main bear attractants this time of the year, according to Tony Webb, chair of the North Shore Black Bear Network. Weekly black bear sightings have been reported by local residents since midNovember. In one incident, a distressed 19-lb. cub was spotted in the Upper Lonsdale area. The cub was captured but succumbed to over-sedation, hypothermia and injuries suffered from a fall out of a tree, Webb said. Another local bear made North American headlines after hitching a ride on a garbage truck from North Vancouver to downtown Vancouver. That bear was tranquilized by conservation officers in front of Queen Elizabeth Theatre and relocated to the Squamish Valley. “A black bear will not go into hibernation if there is food available — it’s as simple as that,” said Webb. “We still have people who don’t know how to make their home non-attractive to bears.” He estimated there is an 80 per cent compliance rate to wildlife bylaws in the District of North Vancouver, but added it

only takes a few instances of non-compliance to attract a bear. Under West Vancouver’s solid waste bylaw, inadvertently attracting wildlife to a property by, for example, putting garbage bins on the curb prior to 5 a.m. on pickup day could result in a $300 fine. The DNV’s solid waste bylaw is slightly more relaxed: 5:30 a.m. is the earliest residents can put out their garbage and non-compliance may result in a $100 fine. Paul Reece, West Van’s bylaw officer specializing in animal control and compliance, said the department’s main focus is educating the public about cohabiting with bears. No wildlife-related fines have been handed out this year in the DWV. “[Fining] is not something we like to do,” said Reece, adding the education doesn’t just cover conflicts with bears. “It’s all wildlife. Nobody wants a whole bunch of skunks in their backyard.” Bylaw officers were called Tony Webb out three times this year to West Vancouver neighbourhoods where wildlife attractants were reported. Another 11 bylaw calls pertained to garbage containers being put out early or brought in too late. A couple of these cases involved new residents who are accustomed to living in more urban areas where wildlife does not exist, he said. In another instance, it turned out to be an elderly person who was not aware of the bylaw. But there is hope on the horizon, added Webb. Tougher amendments made to the BC Wildlife Act in late November state: “A person must not leave or place an attractant in, on or about any land or

premises where there are or where they are likely to be people, in a manner in which the attractant could a) attract dangerous wildlife to the land or premises, and b) be accessible to dangerous wildlife.” Reece said the DWV solid waste bylaw mirrors those amendments. In the Seato-Sky corridor, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the District of Squamish have taken further steps to prevent human conflicts with bears and now each municipality has attained ‘Bear Smart’ status from the province. Squamish bylaws now require all residents to use bear-resistant garbage containers for curbside pickup. This year the municipality’s bear deaths were much lower compared to previous years, said Webb. Whistler has a different system in operation. They no longer offer a curbside garbage pickup and instead offer bear-proof dumpsters placed at various locations. “The lack of adequate bylaws is the main holdback for [the North Shore] from Bear Smart status,” said Webb. “We in the DNV appear to have more bears that had to be killed this year when compared to other municipalities in the Lower Mainland.” The Black Bear Network is reporting 12 bears killed in DNV in 2011 and none in West Vancouver. Reece said the numbers are not a representation of one municipality working harder to avoid conflicts with wildlife. “There are so many different factors at play,” said Reece. “There are berry crops in different areas. It might be [the DNV’s] year to have bear conflicts.”

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ive days a week, he tells stories for a living. His short vignettes about everyday life — often quirky, sometimes inspirational and heartfelt, occasionally just cute — appear on Global TV’s six o’clock news hour. Tales about the tow truck-driving “Junkyard Granny” or “Parking Lot Santa,” an immigrant parking lot attendant who decorates his booth with a pile of Christmas decorations every season. Now 67, Mike McCardell, an ex-NYC crime reporter, has been telling these 2-minute tales for more than three decades. He does, on average, 221 stories a year. But he’s never worried about running out of material. Everybody has a story. And if they don’t, McCardell blames himself for not being able to coax it out. None of his stories are pre-planned. Every morning he hops into a TV van with his brownSTORIED CAREER - North Van’s Mike bag lunch, often a ham sandwich and hardMcCardell has been a fixture on the TV newsboiled egg, and drives around with a cameraman hour for the past three decades. Nick Didlick photo trolling for interesting stories. “Hey, look at the kids in the park,” the camera case. guy might say to him. “I see something that’s interesting and it’s got a “I did cute kids last night.” human in it — but not always.” So they keep driving. Sometimes there are stories about worms or His story-hunting mantra is simple: If you slugs. believe it will happen, it will happen. “The good stuff is people like the stories,” he That simple belief doesn’t come courtesy of says. some self-help, new age lit. McCardell’s storytelling apprenticeship started He started believing in the power of positive early on, in part thanks to his delinquent childthinking a decade ago when he met an autishood. tic boy fishing with a tree-branch pole at Trout Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., he spent a lot Lake. of time in school detention, which gave him After getting permission from the boy’s foster plenty of time to read. But he wasn’t turning the parent, he asked the young fisherman: pages of the classics. He preferred the local tabCatch anything? loid papers and sat captivated as he read about Not yet. the exploits of colourful criminals like “Three Any nibbles? Finger Louie.” Nope. After graduating from high school he told his Then the boy told him: You can have anything mother he was going to become a journalists; you want if you really believe it — but you have she gave him a subway token to go downtown to to really believe it. apply. He landed a job at the Daily News, where McCardell has been a believer ever since. he started in the mailroom and worked his way “Just say it,” says McCardell, sipping a black to reporter. His first byline was a feature piece: coffee at the mall. about a 100-year-old man who still had a pen“Today’s good and I’m going to find story. It’s chant for booze and chasing ladies. “I still have easy; you can’t lose. that clipping.” “I believe.” Later he moved to the crime beat. In the early The power of positivity has worked in all 1970s, as the streets of New York increasingly aspects of his life, he says: health, marriage, fambecame strewn with shell casings and crimeily — everything. And ever since meeting the scene tape, he decided to move his family to young fisherman, McCardell has never failed to B.C. After a stint at the Vancouver Sun, he began land a story for his six o’clock slot. telling short stories durThat’s nearly 1,500 stories and ing the news-hour in the counting. COFFEE mid-1970s, something he’s And while McCardell believes done ever since. in believing, his camera operators WITH He’s also become a proare more superstitious, carrying Justin Beddall lific author. His seventh around things like “good luck” editor@northshore book, entitled Here’s Mike, rocks in the van just in case. And was published earlier this occasionally they need a buzzermonth. beater to make the news hour. In the book’s foreword, A few weeks back, after investMcCardell writes that he ing most of the day on a hot-dog hadn’t planned on writing another book. truck story that tanked, it was starting to get Then he met the store cashier who told him dark and McCardell looked over at his camerathat her mother, who was battling breast cancer man. So where do we go? As they drove across at the time, loved reading his books. He asked the the wooden bridge at the entrance to Granville woman her mom’s name. Her name was June. Island, the cameraman said “look at that.” McCardell, told the cashier he’d dedicate a All McCardell saw was a group of vagrants. book to her. And he did. “No, the kids feeding the pigeons.” There are plenty of good tales in his new book Turns out a group of schools kids from from his TV work and others collected off-camChamplain Heights had seen a play at Granville Island and were supposed to go holiday shopping era — all about ordinary people and things. “Every moment is plain old fun,” he says about afterwards but the class agreed that was a “boring” idea and instead wanted to feed the pigeons, telling stories, “looking around at kids, old folks and flowers.” the teacher told him. Say that again, McCardell said to the teacher, —Partial proceeds from the sale of Here’s Mike a grin forming on his face. He knew he’d found will be donated to Variety — The Children’s another good six o’clock story. Charity. For more book info, visit harbourpubMcCardell’s pieces are often described as “human interest” stories but it’s not always the

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— LET TER OF T HE W EEK— Post secondary students need more help Editor, The Occupy Movement at SFU, and presumably at the other campuses, has touched upon an important issue regarding the state of our post-secondary education system. While Canadian post-secondary education is far cheaper than in many other jurisdictions, including the United States, there continues to be a cost barrier preventing otherwise qualified stu-

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average or below. Asking students to pay back more than they received when they’re least able to pay is cruel, and forces new graduates to take out other forms of debt to accomplish their repayment schedules. This would save hundreds of dollars per student. Second, create a system of student grants similar in style to the American Pell Grants. These grants provide eligible students with thousands of dollars that can be used towards their education that does not need to be paid back.


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or some it’s a matter of time constraints, for others it’s distance and for still more it’s the demands of a job. For emergency workers like North Vancouver city firefighters, whether or not they get to be home for the holidays is all luck of the draw. Fire Capt. Bruce Allen can’t count how many Christmas Days he’s put in at the city fire hall but he does know one thing for sure: This will be his last. A six week series on Capt. Allen will retire from the the Spirit of Giving fire service in January. But first he’s got an 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift on Christmas Day. “You hope for it to be quiet but you never know,” Allen said, recalling a massive deliberately-set house fire he attended on Christmas Day in the mid1990s. “But for the most part it’s usually pretty quiet.” Because his teenage daughters are nearly grown up, Capt. Allen said working Christmas Day isn’t as difficult as it once was. “We will open presents at night instead of that morning,” he said. “The kids will probably be doing something with their boyfriends and that kind of thing for Christmas anyway.” Oftentimes veterans like Capt. Allen will try to trade for Christmas Day shifts so firefighters with young kids can be at home. Firefighters like sevenyear veteran Tyler Lentsch. “A lot of the guys with no kids or the guys whose kids are 15, 16, 17 — a lot of those guys will work for guys if they can to let those guys go home that


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if only in my dreams have the younger kids,” said Lentsch, 30. “Especially the single guys, they’re always asking guys if anyone’s looking for it off.” Lentsch has worked the Christmas Day shift before. But this year, with an 18-month-old son at home, he’ll work the Christmas Eve graveyard shift from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. and should make it home in time to see his son reap Santa’s spoils. Christmas Day is a shift like any other, Lentsch said, although occasionally with a more relaxed training routine. Sometimes with a little ball hockey. “It depends on the captain. It depends on who’s in charge as an officer that day. Some guys like to do it, some guys don’t,” Lentsch said. When Capt. Allen’s in charge, it’s game on. “We’ll move the trucks around and make some room on the apparatus floor and play floor hockey. We’ve done that in the past to kill a few hours here and there. Anything for our cardio exercise.” And since the 10 to 12 city firefighters staffing the hall at all hours can’t be home for Christmas, their families are allowed to visit and bring Christmas to them. “The captain’s actually allowing our families to come on the 24th night to

the fire hall and visit,” Lentsch said, “He’s allowing everyone to come down and say hi and sit for a bit, but obviously if we get a call we have to go.” Last year, the chef from the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier brought a whole turkey dinner to the station, replete with gravy, seasonal vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, cheesecake and enough mayo and sliced bread for turkey sandwich leftovers.


ertainly firefighters aren’t the only one’s keeping watch over the community for the holidays. First responders of all stripes have duties to fulfill that don’t stop when the calendar winds down to year’s end. But unlike full-time first responders, the all-volunteer North Shore Rescue squad doesn’t know their schedule in advance. In fact, they only work on days off from their 9-to-5s and for their selfless dedication and hard work, they are not compensated. North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones has been on “many, many” dangerous rescues out in the mountains above the North Shore on Christmas continued, PAGE 12

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ally came across another stranded skier, who Jones said would not have survived much longer in the elements. “No one knew he was out and he didn’t know what he was doing, just flailing away in chestdeep snow,” Jones said. “It was just by luck that we even came across him in the middle of nowhere because he would have been a popsicle stick soon. Believe me, this was his Christmas present.” For young North Shore Rescue newcomers like Mike Sample and Simon Jackson, who’ve both been volunteering with the team for just over two years, it’s tough to leave their young families at home whenever they go out on a call, but especially around the holidays. Both men will be on call this Christmas, as will any NSR member who’s not traveling for the holidays, and both said that the most important thing when leaving their families for a call is making up the time with them later. “We both did a lot of outdoor stuff before,” said Jackson, who has a wife and a one-year-old son. “But the difference is this is not planned and you obviously can’t take your family with you.” “It has a big social cost too,” Sample said, adding that it’s not just family but friends who suffer around the holidays too. “Our families have been extremely forgiving,” Jones said, getting the last word. “Essentially for a lot of us, we’re treated like the big kid of the family. The big kid that’s sometimes there and sometimes not.”

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he Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles are only out for a few weeks each year, and they fund 80 per cent of the mission’s year-round programs. But this year donations are falling about 30 per cent short of the North Shore Salvation Army’s $300,000 goal, Capt. Glyndon Cross told The Outlook. “The community always comes through in the clutch and what we strive to do is always be creative,” said Cross. “We will make due with what we get, however, if we receive our budget we will fulfill the need for what we see out there.” Feeling the donation pinch during the holiday season isn’t new to the Salvation Army. In 2010, the North Shore chapter came up $70,000 short. Each year, however, they see about a 30 per cent increase in need for their wide-ranging services. Those interested in donating to the Salvation Army this Christmas can do so in person at kettle locations and the Salvation Army building at 105 W. 12th St., at the till in both Wal-Mart and London Drugs, as well as online at Cross said the online donations will continue to be available for a few weeks after Christmas. Some of the programs supported by the annual kettle drive are kids’ camps, back-to-school programs and the food bank. A complete list is available at the aforementioned website.

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he only shop in North Vancouver with an entire shelf dedicated to critically-acclaimed, yet controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier is going out of busi-

ness. And with the extinction of the von Trier catalogue goes the only rentable foreign, classic and western film collections in North Vancouver. These are the final days for Lower Lonsdale’s Schlockbuster Alternative Flicks, located at 228 Lonsdale Ave. As of Jan 1., North Shore cinephiles will have to cross a bridge if they want to rent something off the beaten, mainstream-Hollywood path. The Vancouver area has seen its share of independent movie stores close this year — Kitsilano landmark Videomatica included — but the end of Schlockbuster Video illustrates a different story than the typical declining-customer-basebecause-of-cheaper-digital-alternatives tale so common amongst disappearing video shops. According to Schlockbuster owner Randy Tarangul, his customer base was growing. The reason he’s closing is because of a looming condo redevelopment of the entire 200-block of Lonsdale. Tarangul said his store was on a month-to-month lease for years so when he received an eviction notice from building owners Intracorp Development on Dec. 1 that said he had to be out in a month’s time, he began hunting for a new spot. Unfortunately for Tarangul, he ran out of time. “We searched frantically with realtors, family and friends. We were trying desperately. But in the time frame we needed, places were asking double what we could afford for smaller units,” said Tarangul, noting he needed 1,000-1,500 square feet of space to hold his stock and could afford to pay $2,800-$3,000 per month. “It was horrible. We just ran out of time. As the mid-month mark hit we had to pull the plug.” David Jacobsen, development manager with Intracorp, said

Schlockbuster Alternative Flicks owner Randy Tarangul. File photo

he was sympathetic to Tarangul’s plight but said his company must move ahead with a demolition of the current building by mid-January. Crews, added Jacobsen, have prep work to do before the building is demolished and need time to do so. “Wiring has to be disconnected and things like dry wall have to be taken out in a sequential way,” said Jacobsen. “And this is the site of a project that went through public process last year. There was a public hearing last February, final adoption from city council in March and pre-sales in May. In June tenants got a demolition notice clause as per their lease agreements and this particular owner was given notice within their lease agreement which was 30 days prior to eviction.” Until Jan. 1, Tarangul and his staff are selling everything in the shop, from the videos to the assorted movie props that adorn the walls. Tarangul told The Outlook the shop be open from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. until Jan.1. All movies will be $5 per copy. Those interested can bid on movie props and pictures. “Come out and support us one last time or else I’m going to have the world’s biggest personal collection,” he said. “We had 12,000 titles and I think we’ve got about 10,000 left. Please come out and buy what you can.”



he BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is warning North Shore residents after a pair of scam artists were found fraudulently soliciting donations for the hospital. The two men have allegedly been selling Stabucks coffee door-to-door at the reduced cost of a donation. The men allegedly encouraged North Vancouver residents to pay by debit card and then, in at least one case, later withdrew money from the victim’s account. The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation said in a release Tuesday that they are not currently fundraising and any door-to-door solicitors the hospital does employ are easily identifiable by their foundation badges. The hospital does not accept cash at the door and does not take debit or credit card donations. Anyone who receives a suspicious hospital solicitor can call the hospital to confirm their identity at 604-875-2444.



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The Black Powder Toys were discovered by a local Polish-language radio show after a date at Centennial Theatre this past spring TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R


hey’re not the first rock-and-roll band to find an audience overseas before finding one at home. Nor are they the first plotters of world domination to pick Poland as their launch pad. But they might be the first to do both. The Black Powder Toys came together in North Vancouver in 2006, but band cofounder and keyboard player Pete Ryznar has been playing in North Van bands with singer Clayton Blancard ever since, well, he can’t remember. But none of those bands ever played for 80,000 fans in the centre of Warsaw. That’s about to change when the Toys embark next month on a seven-date Polish tour, kicking off with a Jan. 8 gig in the capital as part of the 20th anniversary concert for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. “Between rehearsals, coordinating hotels, passports, flights, van and equipment rentals and our day jobs, we really haven’t had time to think about being nervous,” Ryznar told The Outlook. “I’m sure the nerves will set in as we’re sitting on our 13-hour flight.” Long as that flight will feel, the band’s long, strange trip to Warsaw was already underway last spring with the release of their debut disc Made in China. As Ryznar tells it, the Toys were playing a Harvest Project benefit show at Centennial Theatre on April 1, when the director of a Polish-language radio program on 93.1 Red FM approached the band. “After the show he said, ‘Can you guys give us five signed copies [of Made in China]?’ and we said, ‘Yeah sure,’” Ryznar said. “He was going to Poland in the weeks after the show

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Gdansk — where the band also has dates — Ryznar is at a loss. “I guess just because the songs are catchy,” he said, touting pop music’s universal appeal. “It’s radio-friendly music. It’s catchy hooks, edgy guitars, yet it’s very melodic.” Taking their moniker from a 1914 federal government document outlawing “black powder toys” such as firecrackers and toy cannons, the band’s name, album title and current popularity conjures an international riddle: What’s Made in China, banned in Canada and big in Poland? This band in Canada: Black Powder Toys.

Terry David Mulligan in West Vancouver Celebrated Canadian actor and radio personality Terry David Mulligan will tell an inspiring tale on Christmas Eve at West Vancouver Presbyterian Church. Mulligan, a onetime next door neighbour to the church, will share a winsome account of a child living in a Japanese internment camp in the BC Interior in the ‘40s. The event begins at 10 p.m. The WVPC located at 2893 Marine Drive. Visit www. for more.

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THANKS RALPH - Ralph Hall wrote Hallerings, the North Shore’s longest-running sports column. Len Corben photo


t’s that time of year to give a big Merry Christmas and huge Thank You to those who helped significantly or even in a small way with one or more Instant Replay stories during 2011. Research is one of the hallmarks of this column and – while this entails hours on the Internet and in libraries and archives on the North Shore, in Vancouver, Victoria and sometimes as far away as places like Calgary as I search through old city directories and microfilm of long-ago newspapers – a critical component to the research is the assistance of many individuals. This ranges from the people featured in the stories (or their relatives, neighbours, classmates and teammates if they are no longer living), to librarians, archivists, teachers, coach-

es, media relations people and other researchers; actually anyone who has a connection or a memory that can lead to the key pieces of information.


Thanks to research, we find that Ralph Hall (the North Shore’s longest-serving sports columnist) began his weekly Hallerings column in the North Shore Review on April 18, 1947, following earlier columns under the short-lived banners of From the Sidelines (January 1946) and The Lowdown (1946-47). When the Review was

bought by Hal Straight in 1958 and became The North Shore Citizen, Hallerings continued there until Nov. 5, 1969. In his Hallerings at either Christmas or New Year’s, Ralph would wish the best of the season to his sports connections. Last year, I took up the idea as a way of saying Thank You to those who helped with my Instant Replay stories and the little Captain’s Corner features that ran for 30 weeks between Oct. 14, 2010, and May 19, 2011. But it’s also a way of giving a tribute to Ralph Hall who gave me my first sportswriting job. So – pretty much in random order (a neat trick of Ralph’s so you have to read all the names and can’t just look for someone alphabetically) – here are the ‘Hall’ of Fame thank yous to almost 300 people, those who continued, PAGE 25

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Magic Carpet life opens on Mount Seymour North Vancouver ski resort home to one of only two covered ski escalators in Western Canada MARIA SPITALE-LEISK CONTRIBUTOR


rossing ski tips, losing your balance and tumbling to the snow is part of the learning-to-ski experience. When you eventually reach the bottom of the bunny hill and collect yourself, then comes the next daunting challenge: grasping the bouncing rope tow that hastily propels you back up the slope. For novices, this means expending a lot of extra energy just trying stay balanced in the track as the rope sways and lurches. Now imagine a realm where bumbling skiers and snowboarders can simply shuffle up to a “covered snow escalator,” hop on and enjoy the smooth ride to the top. Mount Seymour Resort is one of only two mountains in Western Canada to offer such an experience for its novice snow revellers. Mount Seymour ski and snowboard school manager Jonathan Mosley recently gave The Outlook a tour of the Goldie Magic Carpet — which opened to the public on Nov. 26 — and explained the work that went into bringing the innovative lift to the ski hill. “We did quite a lot of research because it was a pretty large purchase, a significant investment for [Mount Seymour],” said Mosley.

Mount Seymour made the purchase from a company called Magic Carpet Lifts based in Denver, Co., earlier this year. Preparations began in April to accommodate the 134-metre tunnel. “We recontoured some of the [Goldie] slope to make it a more consistent pitch,” said Mosley. In removing the old double rope tow, the beginners run has been opened up and allows skiers and snowboards more space to navigate turns, he added. Mount Seymour millwrights worked on the project throughout the summer and into the fall. Installation of the Goldie Magic Carpet was completed just in time for Seymour’s opening day. “We think it’s a huge improvement to the service we can provide as far as comfort level and getting into the sport that much easier, especially for smaller children,” said Mosley. “It just makes a world of difference.” If you can stand up, you can ride the magic carpet, added Mosley. At the end of the twoand-a-half-minute journey the large conveyor belt gently slides users towards the snow. There is also a lot of space on the inside of the magic carpet to maneuver around. “It’s a 100 per cent success rate getting to the top unlike the rope tow we had before,” said Mosley. Now, what about that soft, fresh powder that makes falling almost enjoyable? Mosley is hoping weather conditions this season will mirror last year’s bountiful snowfall. “The Farmers’ Almanac said it will be similar,” he said.

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have to pay Ottawa back the $1.6 billion HST transition payment. That hasn’t been your position. Isn’t this a mixed message for the public? AD: No. In the federal election campaign, the NDP advocated for that position, and they said that if they were elected, and of course it was the late Jack Layton who put forward the argument that B.C. would not have to return the money, would we have voted at that time to get rid of the HST. Obviously, while the NDP did extremely well in that election, we didn’t win. Mr. Harper won. He says we have to pay the $1.6 billion back and the Liberal Party of B.C., Ms. Clark and Mr. Campbell’s party, signed a very bad deal for B.C. that we’re stuck with. TF: You replaced Carole James this year. At the root of that situation was a complaint about a policy vacuum in the B.C. NDP. I put it to you that that vacuum still exists … AD: [laughs] I guess I can’t count on your support. TF: I’m making a list here. Increase corporate taxes to 2008 levels. Bring back a corporate capital tax and use

that to fund student grants. Have I missed anything? AD: In January and February, many people criticized those proposals, especially the one returning corporate taxes to 2008 levels. And then the government adopted, briefly, those proposals in May. So I’m delighted that I’m moving the political debate in a positive direction. I defy you to name any opposition leader in any jurisdiction in Canada who has been as specific on taxation as I have 18 months before an election. You’re going to see our detailed program in advance of the election. At the NDP convention I spoke at length about the key issues of our time, about the things that I’m campaigning for right now, including improving skills training in our province, addressing issues of inequality, addressing the fact that raw log exports are out of control in the province. I get criticized on some days for being too specific and too policy-oriented, so I’m delighted to hear your criticism that I’m not specific


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A political year in review: Part 2 Black Press legislative reporter Tom Fletcher sits down with Premier Christy Clark to talk about the past year in politics, here are exceprts from that discussion TOM FLETCHER BLACK PRESS

TF: People in general are a bit cynical about the treaty process. You could say that about Sophie Pierre [former Ktunaxa chief and chair of the independent B.C. Treaty Commission]. In her report this year she talked about the mounting debt from 20 years of negotiations and basically gave an ultimatum to fix it or shut it down. Do you see the commission continuing as it is, or do you see some changes ahead? PCC: We’re not planning any significant changes to it. We are starting to see, just now, the fruits of all the work from the ministry and from the government and from the treaty commission. And that’s all starting to move pretty quickly. The Taku River Tlinglit economic agreement [mining development and protected areas in the Atlin area], there are a number of these agreements that are starting to flow out, and it’s been a long, slow, frustrating process. So now is the wrong time to walk away from the process, because there’s been 20 years of work invested in this, and we’re finally starting to see the fruits of it. TF: A related subject is the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline. There’s a lot of aboriginal opposition to that. The federal Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, not too long ago called this a “nation building project.” It certainly fits with your jobs strategy. Do you support the concept of the pipeline? PCC: First of all, we are foursquare behind the concept and soon to be reality of the liquefied

natural gas pipelines, which would take B.C. gas and get it to the port at Kitimat. There is pretty much unanimous First Nations support along the way, community support, through the environmental approval process, it’s all working. The Enbridge proposal is far from that. Being able to get triple the price for Canadian oil would be a big benefit for Canada overall. But the project is one where we have to examine both the costs and benefits. That’s why it’s in the environmental approval process. This is the first of its kind, so I think we have to get a good look at it, and once we have the facts before us, we can have a debate about whether it should go ahead. TF: The carbon tax. Do you think it’s working, and will we see changes in the years to come? PCC: I think that it’s probably affecting peoples’ and businesses’ decisions about their reliance on carbon as a source of energy. I don’t want to overstate that, though. The thing about the carbon tax is that it’s hard to know how much difference it’s made. But I think anecdotally we see that it has made some difference. We are in the process now of consulting with both the job creator community and citizens about where they’d like us to go next with the carbon tax. We have to keep in mind that the economy is fragile. But we want to remain a leader on the environment, which is where we are right now in North America.

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LESS FROM THE PUMPS - Estimates forecast a $26-million shortfall in gas tax revenue for TransLink in 2011. File photo

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big drop in TransLink’s gas tax revenue may be because of the difficult economy, more efficient cars or more motorists driving out of town for cheaper fill-ups. The latest estimates suggest the transportation authority will end 2011 earning almost $26 million less than it expected from the current 15-cent-per-litre fuel tax it charges within Metro Vancouver. The eight per cent differential – $298.5 million for the full year compared to the $324.3 million budgeted – casts doubt on the future reliability of the gas tax, according to a TransLink third-quarter financial report. The shortfall is particularly troubling because TransLink has just won approval from Metro Vancouver mayors and the provincial government to raise the gas tax another two cents next April to generate an estimated $44 million needed to help fund the Evergreen Line and other transit upgrades. At the current rate, more than half the new money would be eaten up making up for the shortfall – assuming the two-cent increase generates as much as it’s supposed to. Spokesman Ken Hardie said fuel sales are down generally in B.C., but added work is underway to “drill further into the phenomenon.” TransLink has asked federal agencies to look at the revenue capture and reporting systems. One aim, Hardie said, is to determine whether large numbers of drivers are heading to areas free of the TransLink gas tax, like the Fraser Valley or Washington State, where gas is even cheaper. “If we saw lower sales here but remarkably higher sales in the Fraser Valley, that would speak to the issue of leakage as people go out of their way to get cheaper gas,” he said. “We’re also working with Washington State to check on gas sales near the border.” Vehicles have become steadily more efficient – both by manufacturer design and consumer

choice. “If electric vehicles take off, that is very clearly also going to be a factor,” Hardie said. “All of the indications are pointing to people using less fuel. Which is a good thing.” Another factor in the drop in gas sales, Hardie said, appears to be that more motorists are switching to transit. Transit ridership for the first nine months of 2011 is on a record pace, running five per cent ahead of the same period in 2010, when a huge number of visitors rode the system during the Olympics. Although new riders mean more fare revenue, TransLink also normally has to pay for more service, which means a net loss once the lost gas tax is factored in. There was no significant service boost this year, although TransLink did succeed in reconfiguring routes to more efficiently carry riders and generate two per cent more from the farebox with the existing bus fleet. Hardie said the gas tax problem underscores the need to find new and more diversified revenue sources for TransLink – the subject of negotiations next year between mayors and the province. Possible options include an annual vehicle levy or road pricing. TransLink statistics also show complaints from riders are up sharply. Bus passengers are most frequently complaining about overcrowded buses, full buses that pass them without stopping as well as buses that arrive earlier or later than scheduled. “There is more crowding, there are more pass-ups – certainly more than we want to see,” Hardie said. He said TransLink’s increased use of social media like Twitter has also opened more avenues for the public to lodge complaints. Tweeted complaints are welcomed, Hardie added, because they give transit managers realtime insight into trouble spots, where they may be able to react quickly and throw on more service.



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first realized the brilliance of Christopher Hitchens two-anda-half years ago thanks to my Outlook colleague Todd Coyne and a piece written by Hitchens from the mid-90s called “It Happened on Sunset.” Coyne and I were in journalism school then and, as part of our feature writing class, everyone in the program was tasked with dissecting a lengthy magazine feature each Friday. Coyne chose Hitchens. I remember reading the story the night before and having my embryonic understanding of this craft ripped to pieces. Up to that point, I figCOFFEE ured the job of WITH a reporter was restricted to Sean Kolenko objectively writskolenko@northshore ing about the goings-on of a country, city or community. I wasn’t wrong in my thinking; the pages of this very newspaper are filled with examples of such reporting. But could a dreamy, almost surreal story about one man’s trip to Los Angeles and its most infamous street, Sunset Boulevard, also be considered journalism? Were we as writers allowed to discuss what we felt, saw and believed about a topic, even if it was, to quote the man himself, about the street “where the United States came to stop”? As it turns out, we are and it was Hitchens that set the modernday benchmark for that kind of focused, personal and pointed writing. When not at his keyboard, he passionately debated anyone willing to oppose his views. Hitchens’ numerous appearances on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, where he battled the likes of hip hop artist Mos Def on the intentions of al-Qaida and the audience over the potential for war with Iran (that exchange ended with Hitchens extending the middle finger to all in attendance), have become YouTube favourites of mine.

Not everything he said and wrote fell in line with my beliefs. There are issues he supported — namely the fruitless, expensive war in Iraq and the stature of icons such as Mother Teresa, whom he dubbed “a fraud” — that I simply could not agree with. But it was that contrarian stance, vehement in ethic and steadfast in predictability, that made him great. In the final year of his life, as esophageal cancer ate away at his body, Hitchens produced lengthy pieces for Vanity Fair ranging from the political future of Egypt, to a study of journalist Joan Didion to essays on the blindingly painful affects his cancer inflicted on his body. Renowned for his smoking and drinking, the roots of the disease that would eventually take his life, Hitchens remarked that he had “more than once in my time woken up feeling like death” but that nothing could prepare him for the morning “when I came to consciousness feeling as if I were actually shackled to my own corpse.” Many, to be sure, have endured such pain. Hitchens, however, wrote about it. Minutes after the news of his death broke, writers from around the world took to Twitter, offering their thoughts on the legacy he left behind. For a brief period, Hitchens was one of the top trending topics in Canada. Of all the thoughts, grievings and memories shared that night, it was Andrew Coyne, National Post columnist, that got it right when he wrote: “Can we all just vow to write with less indirection, less throat-clearing, less of the exquisite, and more blood, meat, wine, astringents?” Because that’s what Hitchens did. He was devoted to capturing the truth as he saw it, in as blunt a fashion as can be penned. And that is a lesson we all, writer or not, should learn. continued from, PAGE 18 contributed in 2011 along with a few whose help for upcoming stories is also acknowledged. To begin, here are some who not only helped several times in the past 12 months but also have been great resources for a number of years: Fred Hume, Daien Ide, Janet Turner, Dick Lazenby, Larry Reda, Gerry Karvelis, Ralph Bower, Jason Beck, Jay Prepchuk, Ian McDonald, Larry Donohoe, Neil Salkus, Blair Shier and Julie Clements. There’s also editor Justin Beddall who does a superb job with the Instant Replay page layout. I’m listing him up front because he’s a busy guy and last year he had to read the whole column to find his name at the very end. Of course there’s Mayvis Corben. I can’t miss naming my wife, especially since she’s just brought me a cup of hot chocolate as I’m typing this. I’m not going to mention John Crowley this year because I discovered that last year’s thank-you column listed him twice. Okay, let’s get to Valerie Jerome, Paul Winn, Konrad Tittler, Phil Maloney, Norm Fitzsimmons, Aaron Van Pykstra, Greg Laviolette, Doug Alysworth, Brad Thornhill, Matt Hilder, Christie Geiss, Geoff Russell, Nikki Downie, Dan Dempsey, Vern Porter, Angela Aydon, Joe Galat, Tom Scott, Cath Dimmock and Ashley Kristen. Also Tom Larscheid, Jane Kozniuk, Margi Spooner, Casey Guerin, Paul Winstanley, Julie Bauman, Kristyn Harrington, Kristen Shier, Emily Kozniuk, Hash Kanjee, Richard Lam, John Quackenbos, Jo-Ann Harrington, Lisa Evans and Ashleigh Gold. Plus Carman Overholt, Diane Beck, Willem Thoma, Carolyn Weekes, Lynne Beecroft, Autumn Scraper, Sabrina Trotter, Dustin Semonavick, Jennifer Taylor, Leonie Plunkett, Diana Mattia, Jenny John, Ralf Shaw, Cam Kerr, Pete Ewens, Olive Gilmour, Allison Ross, Deretta Bowles, Noralie Hooper, Ali McGillvray, Catherine Newlands, Bridgitte Anderson, Carey Summerfelt, Jessica Doherty, Andree Janyk, Joe Iacobellis, Milt Williams, Janice Duncan, Mo Williams, Brandon Hesketh, Wade Bartok, Jane Richards, Chloe

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Randy Storey, Rusty Corben, Jason Farris, Bob Lenarduzzi, Jim Taylor, Jesse Hills, Greg Douglas, Will Trythall, Jim Hemphill, Josh Evans and Dan Elliott. There’s more: Martha Perkins, Louise Biggar, Joe Tan, Julie Backer, Jan Keeton, Barry Callaghan, Barry Pegg, Elaine Miller, Maurice Jones, Sandi Huff, Andrew Martin, Lynn Johnston, Jennifer Devine, Daryl Slade and the SOB (Some Old Boys) Club members, not already mentioned, who meet at Cheers for lunch on the last Friday of the month, all of whom have great stories Now, to those who enjoy reading Instant Replay, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This is episode 445 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.

Vegetation management work in North Vancouver, West Vancouver and on Bowen Island will continue until March 31, 2012.

Open Mon. to Sat.

This transition for independent school certificate holders is being managed by the BC College of Teachers before its transition into the Teacher Regulation Branch. Your revised info can be emailed to or at 1-800-555-3684 x11.

Cathy Pearce, Dave Pearce, Tom Kirk, Lori Zuk, John Rutherford, Tim Bannister, Laura Ellwood, Nick Trenkel, Jenny Madill, Mark Rowan, Cam Hair, Susan Stone, Rob Straight, Chris Atkinson, Brenda Craven, Dave Morin, Grant Harris and Liam Robinson. Must not forget Norm Fieldgate, Lefty Hendrickson, Nicole Miller, Jacqueline Blackwell, Barrie McWha, Jim Rutledge, Bruce Bourdon, Jon Lee or Lea, Rick Harrison, Sharon Proctor, John Coleman, Janet MacQuarrie-Kent, Marie Allouche, George Smith, George Lea Sr. and Jr., Court Brousson, Ann Brousson, Ernie Kershaw, Audrey Kershaw, Jim Carabetta, Dick Acaster, Anna Tickell, Sean Kelso, Janette Ahrens, Jennifer Tieche and Dariya Bagnall. In addition there’s Greig Bjarnason, Jack Keast, Joanne Gauthier, Vickie Petronio, Ingrid Torrance, Scott Bennett, John Bennett,

To assure continued safety and system reliability, BC Hydro is removing vegetation around all BC Hydro padmounted transformers to clearance standards.

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With the passage of the Teachers’ Act, all teacher certification in BC will be handled by the new Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education. If you have changed your contact information since the certificate renewal process in 2008, it is essential that you update your contact information before January 6, 2012 in order to ensure you’re included in the electoral process for the new BC Teachers Council as well as other important communications regarding your certification.

THE HISTORIANS - Columnist Len Corben (left) meets up regularly with UBC sports historian Fred Hume (centre) and BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum curator Jason Beck to swap stories. Kathryn Hume photo


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For 50 years, BC Hydro has been providing clean, reliable electricity to you. Today we are planning for the next 50 years by investing in new projects, upgrading existing facilities and working with you to conserve energy through Power Smart.

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Happy Holidays

Photo by Martin Hendriks

Back row, l to r: Todd Coyne, Nick Bellamy, Doug Aylsworth, Justin Beddall, Len Corben. Middle row, l to r: Tannis Hendriks, Sean Kolenko, Tania Nesterenko, Hollee Brown, Jeanette Duey, Greg Laviolette. Front row, l to r: Maria Spitale-Leisk, Tracey Wait, Shelby Lewis, Maryann Erlam, Dianne Hathaway. Missing from photo: Emeric Detraversay, Janice McCormack, Oksana Sidorenko, Rob Newell and Catherine Barr.

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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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PH Restaurants Ltd. dba Pizza Hut requires Food Service Supervisors for their locations in Chilliwack & North Vancouver. Wages $13.21/hr + benefits 40 hrs/week. Fax resume: 888-4137782.


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