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Get Involved! Port Metro Vancouver, together with the City of North Vancouver, is seeking applications for the North Shore Waterfront Liaison Committee (NSWLC). The NSWLC brings together North Shore municipal, First Nations, industry, Port Metro Vancouver, and community interests to discuss developments, identify concerns and provide suggestions for port transportation and operational issues on the North Shore.
Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm North Vancouver City Library, 3rd Floor, 120 West 14th Street The City and District of North Vancouver are undertaking a joint update to the North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan. The City is hosting an Open House on March 9, 2011 to receive feedback on bike project priorities in North Vancouver. All interested cyclists from North Vancouver are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.cnv.org/cycling.
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hey have been checking out dozens of public washrooms and more than 100 West Vancouver parks. It’s a busy time for the district’s Parks Master Plan Working Group, co-chair Lori Williams said. The group, comprised of West Van residents with various expertise in parks and planning, has been meeting since last summer. Its goal is to create a district policy that will set the direction for management, protection, enhancement and community engagement in the municipality’s parks. “The task set for the working group is vast in scope,” Williams said, noting the plan must also address the reality of decaying and insufficient infrastructure. In January, the group met with 15
parks and environment stewardship groups as part of the public consultation process. The meeting demonstrated the diversity of issues facing West Van’s green space, co-chair Rebecca Buchanan said. The meeting brought attention to everything from trail maintenance and park staffing to dogs and park uses. The working group is also examining revenue opportunities for parks, such as hosting events and weddings, said Andrew Banks, the senior manager of parks. A less popular way of generating income is paid parking, he noted, something the group will also study. The working group will be aided by third-party expertise to host public consultation forums. The group will update the district on its progress again prior to council’s summer break.
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t’s time to close the loopholes in one of West Vancouver’s largest funds, says Coun. Michael Smith. His comments were made as the district examines its Endowment Fund. Earnings from things such as municipal leases, property sales and windfalls are placed in the fund and money above the fund’s approximate $21 million threshold can be used for capital projects. Questions surrounding the fund’s spending and its threshold arose last year, when its bylaws were brought in line with the 2003 provincially legislated community charter. The charter allows council to take money from the fund without making a request at city hall and opens the fund up to more uses. It also permits the district to ignore the fund’s threshold. “We have to recognize the fact this is like a piece of Swiss cheese – there are so many holes in it,” Smith said.
The council that implemented the fund was wise to put money aside for the next generation, he said. Once interest rates go back up, the fund’s current balance of approximately $23.5 million could generate significant money, Smith said. Smith also called for a more transparent documentation of spending from the fund. “The challenge now is that we clearly need a policy that says ‘here is the amount of the fund’ and ‘here is the threshold,’” he said. Nina Leemhuis, West Van’s director of finance, asked council to evaluate the impact the community charter has had on the fund’s spending and determine what the threshold figure should be. Coun. Michael Evison said he is looking forward to the debate regarding the limits. “The community charter is the overriding legislation for the Endowment Fund, it almost seems to defeat the purpose of having a threshold,” he noted. firstname.lastname@example.org
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r. Sara Kinnon’s dedication and commitment have earned her the chance to be the best small business employer in British Columbia. The West Vancouver naturopathic physician, who owns and has a practice at Bellevue Natural Health Clinic, is a top-five finalist in the Successful You Awards sponsored by Small Business BC. She was nominated in the Best Employer category by office manager Kami Fasan. Selecting the Successful You winners is a three-step process. First, businesses applied online and then used their social network to help them secure the most votes (proportional to the size of the region) and a place in the top 10. Once the top 10 were selected in December, each business submitted an extended application that was the basis for selecting the top five nominees. Now that the top five have been selected, each business will create a pitch that they present to judges. The judges will select the winner of each category based on the pitches. Then, the winner is announced at a business networking event and ceremony on March 29. Dr. Kinnon received her degree in naturopathic
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hen Chris Kennedy received his interview question for West Vancouver School Districtâ€™s superintendent position, he posted it to Twitter. A dozen people from around the world committed on the query. Armed with that COFFEE information, the 37-year-old WITH created his reply for the meeting the next day. Rebecca Aldous raldous@northshore â€œIt is not what you know, outlook.com itâ€™s can you get the best information and present it,â€? Kennedy said. Kennedy has been incorporating that fundamental idea into the school district since he became superintendent earlier this year. The Internet and multitude of social media outlets have shifted learning, he said. Students no longer come to school simply to receive information. Itâ€™s a huge change. Itâ€™s also an exciting and challenging time, Kennedy said. â€œAs a teacher, now you get [to teach] the good stuff,â€? he said, noting the educational system must focus on skills like innovation and collaboration. One initiative to help develop these talents is inquiry-based learning. Students may be given fewer assignments but asked to investigate their project more deeply, Kennedy said. A recent example is a Grade 5 class in Gleneagles elementary school. Students had to assess their work and pass it through a peer review. â€œIt is risky for teacher because you do have less control,â€? Kennedy noted. As for technology, Kennedy has embraced its power. He not only tweets regularly but leads an
education blog that is followed by parents, staff and scholars, all of whom take part in the online conversations. The social medium breaks barriers and lets good ideas shine through, he said. â€œPart of what I want to do with the blog is share and spread ideas,â€? Kennedy said. Computers and technology should be integrated into learning rather than introduced to students, Kennedy said. In the coming months, the district is going to implement a program that pairs kindergarten and Grade 7 students to create projects on iPads. But Kennedy cautioned just handing out gadgets isnâ€™t going to instantly improve all studentsâ€™ marks. â€œLaptop initiatives seem to have a stronger with boys,â€? he noted. The Ministry of Education has given school districts permission to pursue such personalized learning. In the end, Kennedy hopes the ministry will get its direction from school districts, rather than the other way around. â€œLetâ€™s do this and find these really powerful practices and [the ministry] will adapt,â€? he said. Kennedy has four young children. Being a parent and having taught gives him many perspectives in his role as superintendent, Kennedy said. During his stint in the top seat, Kennedy said he wants to continue exploring ideas. Kennedy hopes to listen to others and adopt new ways to keep the West Van school district as one of the provinceâ€™s highest achievers. â€œI think there are lots of ways to be superintendent,â€? Kennedy said. â€œI am going to be the learning superintendent.â€? raldous@northshoreoutlook twitter.com/rebeccaaldous
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ondering where your next bus actually is, rather than where it’s supposed to be? Well, now there’s an app for that. TransLink is preparing to roll out a new mobile phone website that will allow bus riders to see their buses’ precise distance and arrival time to their stop using real-time GPS technology. TransLink fitted all of its buses with GPS tracking devices in 2006, both to quickly locate buses in the event of an emergency and to keep the buses from unnecessarily bunching up along their routes. But now, TransLink plans to allow the public to tap into its Transit Management and Communications, or TMAC, system via a soonto-be launched mobile website by the end of the year. TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider says that the real-time tracking feature could be rolled out by October, first as a text message relay system where riders can text the posted Next Bus numbers already displayed at bus stops and immediately get a reply saying where their bus is and when it’s due at their stop according its current location, rather than its regularly scheduled stop time, which is given now. After a trial phase, which could be limited at first to the city of Vancouver, the text message service could be rolled into a mobile website for smart phones or the two could operate in tandem to service the needs of more riders. Cam Telford, TransLink’s expert on the Next Bus “2.0” system, said the real-time program has been approved by the TransLink board and gone through all of the necessary channels. All that’s left is to work out a few of the program’s remaining kinks. One such kink, he said, is how to tell the system not to broadcast a bus’ location when that bus has been redirected back to the beginning of a route to meet higher demand there. “People would see their bus getting farther
Thanks to GPS technology, riders will soon be able to know exactly where their bus is – and how long they’ll have to wait until it gets to their stop. TransLink photo away from them and so that’s obviously something we’re trying to figure out right now,” Telford said. The service would likely be of greatest benefit to areas such as the Tri-Cities and other suburban Metro Vancouver communities where bus service is less frequent than in downtown Vancouver and passengers rely more on connections with other buses and SkyTrain. Telford said TransLink looked at the possibility of having a graphic map-based mobile site where riders
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est Vancouver police were forced to evacuate homes and divert traffic on Highway 1 Saturday morning (Feb. 19) after a man found a homespun bomb in neighbourhood park. Shortly after 10 a.m., a passerby called police suspecting he had stumbled on a pipe bomb in Burley Drive Park. After arriving on scene a short time after the phone call, West Van police
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ots of great events help wrap up the month of February. First, it was time for Olympic memories again, this time with CAT’S the Special Olympic athletes as the Tenth Annual MotionBall EYE was held in Vancouver. Sponsored by the young and bright minds behind Six Degrees, the event included a celebrity auction, live Cat Barr music and entertainment and silent auction items to help raise cbarr@westvancouver. com funds. Next, it was time for the Kronenbourg 1664 Brasserie Mystere dinner where guests were treated to a night of special brews and a gourmet meal by renown chef David Hawksworth. And lastly, it was a clear but chilly night in North Vancouver for the first ever Campfires – A Circle of Community event where families came out to enjoy live music, food, crafts and a big bonfire down at the new Ship Builders’ Square at the foot of Lonsdale.B John Hibbard, left, and Dave Rae, both founders of sponsoring organization Six Degrees, join MotionBall co-founder Paul Etherington who flew out from Toronto to celebrate. C Former FCV exec, now with Nike tech, Mark Starkey, left, and Kuba Lopuch, right, get Shaw TV and Urban Rush star Michael Eckford all warmed up for the celebrity auction at MotionBall..D A night of food, fashion and fun are in store for the lucky bidder of a date with local model/businesswoman Mashiah Vaughn, left, and blogger/foodie Erin Ireland at MotionBall. ECongratulations go to the gang at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council for putting together such a great night at Campfires – A Circle of Community. From left: stage manager Jo Dunlop, John Rice, stage MC Ian Forsyth and Linda Feil.F West Vancouver’s Declan McKenna gets a chance to meet the famous Bob Baker (Squamish Ancestral name S7aplek), co-founder and spokesperson for Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song) Dance Group right before he takes the stage at the Campfires community event. G Nevada Yates Rebart, of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, helps show the kids how to make their own bug lanterns at the Campfires community event. H Granville Entertainment and West Vancouver’s own Ron Orr, left, joins chef David Hawksworth, Kronenbourg 1664 beer man Nick Relph and dinner host / North Vancouverite Tim Turner at the Brasserie Mystere dinner.
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Glassing the ridge The Regional Growth Strategy has sparked a semantic debate — some residents say new designations will allow development up West Van’s mountains, while the district says it gives the municipality more flexibility of its own land-use policies. REBECCA ALDOUS S TA F F R E P O RT E R
hat does Metro Vancouver’s new Regional Growth Strategy mean to West Vancouver? To some citizens, the answer is the future of West Van’s mountainous forests and the city’s famous backdrop. As municipalities get ready to sign onto the new plan, residents are raising the flag on wording it says will open up 4,500 acres above Hollyburn Mountain’s 1,200 foot mark to development. The district disagrees. If anything, the acreage’s new titles put control of the property’s future in the municipality’s hands, rather than Metro Vancouver, said Bob Sokol, West Van’s director of planning, lands and permits. The new designations also enable the municipality to protect environmentally sensitive lands, he said. There is a thin line between the old and new language used to govern West Van’s hillside, but it’s created a large divide in opinions.
Looking back The RGS provides guidance for coordinated regional decision-making; one could say it’s the area’s highest level of management plan. The plan focuses on five key goals - creating a compact urban area, supporting a sustainable economy, protecting natural assets, developing resilient communities and supporting sustainable transportation choices. When adopted, the RGS will replace the Lower Mainland’s 15-year-old Livable Region Strategic Plan. At that point, Metro Vancouver member municipalities will have two years to prepare regional context statements. These statements lay out the relationship between a municipality’s Official Community Plan and the RGS, and how the OCP will be made generally consistent with the regional plan — a kind of trickle down effect. What’s caught the eye of concerned citizens is the new RGS’s land-use designation for West Van’s Upper Lands. In the Livable Region Strategy Plan, all lands south of
Cypress Provincial Park, but above a 1,200 foot urban containment contour are designated “Under Municipal Consideration.” In 2001, the district completed an Upper Lands study, the results of which were integrated into West Van’s 2004 OCP. This information was then applied to the district’s regional context statement, of which two statements directly address the Upper Lands. Approximately 2,800 acres of municipal land above the 1,200 foot elevation mark was placed under consideration for green zone title, while 1,700 acres of privately-owned undeveloped land was deemed limited use and recreation. The new RGS re-titles the green zone to conservation/recreation and the limited use and recreation to general urban.
A fundamental change Those title changes are fundamentally different, West Vancouver lawyer Paul Hundal said. Not only does it not align with the district’s OCP, but it could potentially allow development 2,000 feet up the mountain, including the entire visible face of Hollyburn, he said. This goes far beyond the district’s 1,200 foot urban containment contour, Hundal noted. “I think this flies in the face of what West Van residents want,” he said. What was once green zone is now open to recreational development, which includes hotels or facilities to support outdoor activities, Hundal noted, while the RGS’s general urban stamp is intended for residential neighbourhoods and centres, supported by shopping, services, institutions, recreational facilities and parks. “We could end up looking like Mary Hill [in Port Coquitlam],” warned Hundal. While West Van is arguing the general urban designation does not compel a municipality to develop land, Hundal doesn’t buy it. The RGS is a 30-year plan. This council may claim its desire to protect its green areas, but that doesn’t mean the next council will do the same, he said, adding the move opens the door to developers by creating a mandate to move toward residential growth in that area.
West Van could have followed the lead of its neighbour. The District of North Vancouver labelled all its undeveloped land on its mountainside as conservation/ recreation, Hundal noted. “This is a 30-year plan and if people are committed to protecting it [the forests], protect it now,” he said.
Leaving options open West Van mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones believes the Upper Lands are still protected in the new RGS plan. The 1,200 foot urban containment boundary’s name is the culprit for much of the confusion, she said. “I see our job very much as preserving the conservation/recreation aspects of our mountainside,” Goldsmith-Jones said. The district needs to reserve some easily developable sections above the 1,200 foot line for the opportunity of density transfer in exchange for protecting environmentally sensitive areas, Goldsmith-Jones said. Even before the current regional plan, the district committed to forming green zones in the municipallyowned lands above the 1,200 foot contour and also provided greater protection below that mark. An example of this is the Rogers Creek development, in which green strips bordering creeks have been preserved. “What is going to happen, I think, is we are going to become increasingly more refined,” Goldsmith-Jones said. The general urban title doesn’t mean the whole 1,700 acres is game to construction, Sokol said. “We have a letter from Metro staff that states that just because this area is designated in the regional plan as urban, that does not mean that that area has to develop as urban lands,” Sokol said. If anything, the designation gives the district the authority to determine the appropriate use of these lands based on local policy, Sokol noted. If the property were pegged for less intensive uses within the RGS and down the road the district wanted to use it differently, the RGS amendment would require a regional public hearing and a two-thirds vote on the Metro Vancouver Board.
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“The guiding principle that council and staff have worked on in order to get these designations is to ensure that we can maintain long-term use of these areas,” he said. One amendment Goldsmith-Jones wants to see in the draft is the removal of the old growth conservancy from the urban designation. The entire area should be included in conservation/recreation title, she said. “There is just absolutely no question about that,” Goldsmith-Jones said.
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Looking forward The district has until March 22 to consider accepting the RGS, at which time no response will be acknowledged as compliance. Staff will bring a report to council on March 7 regarding designating the Upper Lands as a special study area and dropping the old growth conservancy into the conservation/recreation title. The municipality plans to undertake its own study of the future use of the Upper Lands in 2012. If the RGS is passed, this study will aid the district in creating its regional context statements, which must be submitted to Metro in early 2013. Ultimately, the district and concerned citizens are fighting for the same thing, Goldsmith-Jones said, adding the district will incorporate the views of West Van residents in future planning. “We have all dedicated ourselves to the protection of that mountainside for multiple reasons and we will continue to,” she said.
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Making music Sound art show at the CafĂŠ for Contemporary Art features inventive instruments and live music. SEAN KOLENKO S TA F F R E P O RT E R
rederick Brummer doesnâ€™t listen to much music these days. Sure, he touts the influence of the Beatles, Beck and BjĂśrk when asked about his inspirations, but heâ€™d much rather be working on his own compositions. Music, he says, isnâ€™t a spectator sport; itâ€™s something he does. â€œThe better a song is, the more I want to turn it off,â€? he says, with a laugh, â€œand go do something of my own.â€? But what Brummer does when he makes music isnâ€™t often of the three-chord, radio-friendly pop song variety. Brummer does things a bit differently. Growing up in an artistic home, Brummer, 35, says he was inspired at a young age to pick up an instrument after watching his father play the guitar. His mom, he adds, frequented second-hand clothing stores and was a master at piecing together new outfits. And, so far, it would appear the apple hasnâ€™t fallen too far from either tree. Brummerâ€™s current art show at the CafĂŠ for Contemporary Art highlights his interest in both music and experimentation. Sound/Proof, which runs on Saturdays until Mar. 5, showcases Brummerâ€™s homemade instruments and features handpicked experimental bands performing live in the cafeâ€™s gallery space. Throughout the recently sound-proofed room â€“ cafĂŠ owner Tyler Russell said he had to fortify the gallery especially for this show â€“ the objects of Brummerâ€™s imagination hold court. An old turntable attached to two 45-inch records, the neck of a bass guitar and a wooden piano hammer behaves like a modern drum machine. A horn with a speaker attached to either end, wired through an amp, creates feedback when notes are struck. It isnâ€™t a viable instrument, Brummer admits, but what heâ€™s hoping to show â€“ or prove, he says â€“ is that thereâ€™s more out there than just the run of the mill drums, bass or piano. Instruments are part of a continuum and he wants to explore whatâ€™s next. â€œThereâ€™s this whole untapped potential out there,â€? he says. â€œLes Paul, at some point, invented the first electric guitar. But it seems that things just stopped there.â€? Russell, on the other hand, feels the show also signals one manâ€™s attempt to reclaim technology and return to understanding the objects that surround us. â€œIf you looked at a car engine in the 1960s youâ€™d figure out how it worked. But you wouldnâ€™t today,â€? he says. â€œThis show allows a conversation with technology and demystifies the electronic nature of things.â€? Sound/Proof opens at 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is by donation. For more information on the show, visit www.cafeforcontemporaryart.com. To view Brummerâ€™s other musical endeavours, see www. thirtystone.com
As part of the provincial governmentâ€™s 2010 Sport and Arts Legacy fund, North Shore arts and culture organizations received $260,849 in grants Feb 21. The fund was established to build on the success of the Olympics and will provide $30 million over the next three years to arts organizations across B.C. â€œThe lasting legacy of the 2010 olympic and Paralympic Games is about more than sports and athletics alone, but arts and cultural festivals as well,â€? said Jane Thornthwaite, MLA for North VancouverSeymour, in a press release. North Shore organizations and individuals receiving funds are: B.C. Photography and Media Arts Society Presentation House Gallery $75,000 (core annual support to established visual arts organizations) $10,000 (co-op assistance, support for clients to hire co-op students) Dancers of Damelahamid $6,000 (project assistance, one time only grant for a creative festival project) North Vancouver Community Arts Council $21,679 (core annual support to established community arts arts councils) North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission $23,500 (core annual support to established public museums) West Vancouver Community Arts Council $8,754 (core annual support to established community arts councils) West Vancouver Museum $12,500 (core annual support to establish public museums) - Sean Kolenko
ll my life I have wanted to be a rock star or the chance to pretend. The only music I remember in our house growing up was opera, Christmas and the Bee Gees. Dad’s record player sat on a shelf behind the den door where he would stack 10 albums that would play one after the other all Sunday. After the arrival of our two kids, one ZOOM with a solid ear for music and the other a ZOOM solid leg to sports, the music really began. Denise Kelly We had music playing in the background firstname.lastname@example.org and not just the likes of Raffi but a solid variety of rock and roll, country and mainstream. To this day the kids laugh at the fact that when we have parties the music is so loud they can hear it over at their friends’ house a block away. In fact for my 40th birthday my husband crowned me Edgemont Idol and everyone was encouraged to come in costume to sing or act out their favourite song - best gift ever. My husband also loves “good music” and he has taught our family to respect the album. Two hundred albums hide alphabetically on the top shelf of our coat cupboard in our little tiny rancher and when we have parties the guests get to choose which album to hear this is referred to as the “record game”. Thanks to a friend we found the local School of Rock where our son began piano lessons but quickly got the bug for electric then acoustic guitar and vocals and is now part of a performance band. The founder’s name is ironically S. Melody! She and her passionate teachers teach way more than just musical notes for they encourage and inspire these musicians to live their dreams among like minded friends. Like a family, they are safe to move out of their comfort zone to reach their potential. Watching our son on stage playing in his band, singing vocals to songs from artists he loves is as good for me as being that rock star. He has gained the love of music and treasures his collection of concert tickets from some of those favourite artists that he and his dad have enjoyed from the likes of Neil Young, The Who, AC/DC, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton with many more planned. Living vicariously through my son, I am that rock star. Denise Kelly is a North Vancouver Boomer proudly living with her two children, husband and dog Mel. She looks forward to sharing stories to motivate others. She can be reached at email@example.com
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However, her face is showing the effects of someone who hasn’t slept in two days. She can’t afford shut-eye. A comfy pillow can come after the job is done. Brown, who runs a design company in North Vancouver, is leading a group of residents in a home-makeover project for a Kamloops family who could really use the help. The recipients of the transformation are the Lust family - Len, Leanne and Desiree. The catch - the family had no idea that, while they were away on a visit to Vancouver last week, the small army of friends and volunteers were busy making over their modest trailer in Kamloops. The big reveal took place on live television on Sunday, Feb. 13, as part of the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon on Global TV. (The telethon raised more than $7 million.) Mom Leanne and three-year-old Desiree both have cerebral palsy - a condition that can cause physical disability - and the family has had a recent run of bad luck. So, when a friend contacted Brown and asked if she could help in any way, she was moved to act. “I’m lucky,” she said, with tears in her eyes. “I’m so fortunate to have healthy kids.” Though Brown had never met the Lust family, she did see a video of little Desiree - who she now calls her “princess”- and was heartbroken. “That was enough for us to say, ‘We’re going to help you,’” she said. And help is what this group has done. With Brown’s expertise in design, thousands of donated dollars and supplies was spent overhauling the trailer in just three short days. A group of 15 volunteers worked tirelessly around the clock to complete the renovation. The interior got a new paint job, kitchen floors
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Pruning persistance can bear fruit three different pruning categories: • the open centre; • the central leader; ou really don’t have to be an expert • and the espalier form. to prune fruit trees — all it takes is a Apples, pears and plums should have little common sense and a few helptheir centres opened up to allow more ful hints. sun and air to penetrate. This technique As a rule of thumb, I place fruit trees in is called ‘open-vase’ pruning, and it allows fruit to develop on the inside of the tree, on the tips and on the outward growing branches. For this type of pruning, simply choose to retain three to five dominate branches radiating out from the main stem. These branches should be five or six feet off the ground, allowing you to comfortably walk or work under the tree without hitting your head. Once Call Randy now you have determined which branches for your window you are going to keep, cut out any other branches left in the centre, as dressing solution well as any inward growing ones. Next, cut out all the upward grow• Slipcovers ing branches, leaving the tree looking • Headboards like a ‘Y’. The remaining branches • Duvets & Bedding should be pruned back each year at two foot intervals, keeping this ‘Y’ Celebrating 17 years in home design! formation intact. A heavy pruning each year, unfortunately, results in a mass of water t/f: 604.988.1403 c: 604.290.1201 sprouts shooting out in all directions.
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be a tree which is fairly open and easy to maintain, and one which will stay within reach of your ladder. Probably one of the best root stocks for cherry trees in a smaller home garden is the new dwarf, selffertile varieties of Giesla root stock from Europe. Espalier pruning is primarily done on trees such as peaches, nectarines and apricots. To minimizes disease problems such as ‘peach leaf curl’, these trees should be grown against the south or west side of a building. Very compact apple and pear varieties are usually grown in the same manner, except out in the open against a fence or other support device. All that is necessary here is the removal of frontward and backward growing branches which don’t conform to an espalier formation. The most common problem is leaving too many branches on the tree, which causes over-production and simply clutters up the tree. Choose three to five sets of the strongest sideward-growing branches and remove the rest. If these branches have a tendency to grow upward, use a long bamboo pole as a T-bar to hold the branches in place. You will have to be quite ruthless in your pruning to maintain this very strict form. Most branches radiating off this framework will have to be removed, leaving many spurs and fruit buds along each stem. You will probably run into a hundred questions once you start pruning. Good pruning books will have excellent diagrams showing how your tree should look after each progressive season, and as you know, pictures are worth a thousand words.
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Prudential Sussex Realty Welcomes... 3636 and 3648 Fromme Rd Two homes, both built in 1964, both on 67x124 lots, side by side. Each has a bridge over a stream in the backyard. 3636 Fromme asking $778,000 has 3 BR 1 Bath up, and 3648 asking $820,000. has 2 BR up, huge balcony up, and a sep. 1 BR suite for inlaws/kids down. Showing by appointment. Call Vera 604-318-0024
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This is one of the examples of the then-and-now photos in a new book about West Vancouverâ€™s past. John Moir is taking the photos for the book which juxtaposes how the city is today with how it used to look.
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The West Vancouver Historical Society combs through districtâ€™s 100-year history in a new book. REBECCA ALDOUS S TA F F R E P O RT E R
n October 6, 1934, Point Atkinson lost its lighthouse keeper when he was killed dynamite fishing. The unfortunate death of Thomas Grafton is one of many stories to be published in the West Vancouver Historical Societyâ€™s book â€” Cottages to Community: the neighbourhoods of West Vancouver. For the past three years, the societyâ€™s board members have spent thousands of hours pouring through West
Vancouver Archives in search of local tales. As a part of the districtâ€™s centennial celebration, the book follows the municipalityâ€™s first 100 years from its growth as a cottage community to the suburb it is today, the societyâ€™s president Jim Carter said. â€œIâ€™ve been busy,â€? he admits. The book is set to come out in September. Well-known historian and author Francis Mansbridge joined local photographer John Moir to fill its pages with old and new photos and personal stories. The society is currently fundraising to cover half the cost of publishing the book. So far itâ€™s raised $22,000 of
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Buckles, studs and fur trim â€“ oh my. Boots are back in a big way this winter. And you will notice material creeping higher up the leg this season, as over-the-knee boots have become must-haves. But rather than going with the usual black hue, make a statement with a pair of Sam Edlemanâ€™s kneehigh boots in a beautiful cognac colour. â€œItâ€™s comfortable because it has a low heel, yet the buttons up the side give it a sophisticated look,â€? says Jennifer Sharp, with So Blu
This winter, recreate memories of being outdoors with home accents molded directly from nature: vases cast from foliage found deep in the forest or replicas of fallen fruit in the vineyards of the Napa Valley. A polished aluminum or copper Ă€nish adds a touch of elegance to these otherwise rustic-inspired pieces. Da Vinciâ€™s Home in West Van carries many creations by Michael Aram, a New York-based artist whose handcrafted designs evoke natural beauty while simultaneously providing functionality. Aramâ€™s replica bark vase - cast from metal and detailed with the natural grooves and hollows of wood - can create an eccentric accent in any room. The gingko leaf has a delicate presentation and is versatile enough to use as a dish for cracked pepper or to display rings on a vanity. Meanwhile, Aramâ€™s signature home scents give off a warm ambience and the delicious aroma of sweet summer fruits or the earthy scent of the forest. Atop each candle lid sits an ornate, sculpted design that hints at the fragrance within â€“ such as a Ă€g or an orchid. You could spend anywhere from $34 to $650 to incorporate some of Aramâ€™s pieces into your home decor.
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