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early one month after Rogers Communications closed public input on its proposed cellphone tower sites at the top of Taylor Way, the company said it’s no closer to selecting a location. In June, the communications company held an open house to highlight six possible locations for a new cellphone tower. Originally, Rogers wanted to build a 29.5-metre tower on provincial land on the grassy median between Highway 1 and its westbound Taylor Way off-ramp. The proposal, which is also backed by Telus, quickly met with opposition from the community and Rogers promised to work with the municipality to come up with alternatives. Approximately 35 people attended the June meeting at Hollyburn Country Club, Rogers spokesperson Marina Guy told The Outlook. Of those individuals, 26 completed questionnaires. The company also distributed approximately 250 consultation packages to households in the areas around the five proposed alternative sites. Additional packages were sent out electronically to the presidents of the Cedardale and British Properties Home Owners associations, Guy said. “We completed feedback and we met with West Vancouver staff,” she noted. Rogers plans to meet with the district again because the municipality has requested further information, Guy said. After the upcoming meet-

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ing, Rogers will assess what direction to go in, she said. Councillor Bill Soprovich warns the company needs to look to areas away from people’s homes if they want the backing of the community. “Most people at that meeting just wanted it to go away,” Soprovich said. If Rogers, for example, places the tower in the treed area adjacent to Highway 1, north of Capilano River, Soprovich believes few would protest. It may cost the company more money, but it would win them good favour, he notes. The tower is needed to address holes in coverage, Rogers says.

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Welcome to CityShaping Let's Talk About Our Future The City of North Vancouver is pleased to introduce CityShaping, an opportunity for all members of the community to play an important role in updating the City's Official Community Plan. Join us at an upcoming community event: Growing a More Sustainable Community Friday, July 22 from 5pm - 9pm at Shipbuilders' Square Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity Tuesday, July 26 from 4pm - 8pm at John Braithwaite Community Centre Tell us what matters to you most. Visit www.cnv.org/CityShaping today and join the conversation online.

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It may seem easy to “recycle” garden debris in your neighbourhood park, but it actually introduces plants that can have a tremendous impact by choking out our native vegetation. Common garden plants such as English Ivy, Lamium, and Periwinkle spread quickly and can overtake the natural vegetation in our parks that we all enjoy. Here are a few easy ways to properly dispose of your garden waste:

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t’s kind of like buying a dream — a $39.9 million dream. Canada’s most expensive residential real estate property, located in West Vancouver, isn’t built yet. The 5.44 acre hillside property at 2190 Camelot Avenue currently boasts a tennis court, 5,000 square foot house, horse barn and doll house. As is, it costs $25 million. But if you are going for the $40 million dream, that price assumes the new owners will go ahead with a total redevelopment of the property. Featured on its own website — www. camelotestate.com — the design depicts a 21,091 square foot

main ranch-style house to replace the old house, a guest house of 6,768 square feet and an office or maids quarters at 2,580 square feet. It’s not different than buying a custom home from plans from a developer or builder on a lot already purchased, says Charles Bilash, the Century 21 In Town realtor holding the listing. “You see buildings downtown sold all the time on paper,” he says. Plans for the main building include a pool, hot tub, ponds, three waterfalls, six bedrooms, a billiards and bar room, movie theatre, wine cellar, gym, massage room and a 15-car garage. The design has seamless glass windows that open up to an outdoor living room with a fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and

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These are two options the arts advisory group is drafting for the development of arts and cultural services on Ambleside’s waterfront.

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est Vancouver’s arts community wants to transform the Ambleside Pier and the adjacent green lawns into the “community’s living room.” Contracted by the district in February, Urban Arts and Architecture has led a civic-based advisory group to lay the groundwork on how arts programs and facilities will fit into the municipality’s plan to revitalize Ambleside. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the arts in the district, says Sara Baker, executive director of the West Vancouver

Community Arts Council. After nearly a for one of two location options — either quarter of a century of talks, reports and on the grassy bank south of the current studies on the subject, plans are finally Ferry Building Gallery or running along starting to firm up. the south side of Ambleside Pier. In an interim report compiled by an Beside John Lawson Park, the perforarts advisory group, the mance programming of bottom on 14th Street the Silk Purse and Music “We will go as fast Box are expanded with — home to the Ferry Building Gallery and the creation of an outas the community and door stage. The visual Ambleside Pier — has been highlighted as arts programming in the district allows.” Silk Purse gallery, which an arts plaza. The cultural hub proposes to Jennifer Marshall is run by the arts counmove the Ferry Building will likely move into Urban Arts cil, Gallery out over the the proposed exhibit water at the end of space, Baker says. The Ambleside Pier, openplan works with and ing the area up for a new art centre, which respects the art resources already estabwill be used for art exhibitions and colleclished in Ambleside, she says, adding tions. music has long been the heart and soul of The concept also includes a building the Silk Purse and Music Box. which would be a mix of spaces for activi“People love to come down and look ties, such as art classes and a café or resout on the ocean and listen to music,” taurant. This facility has been penciled in Baker says.

The intention is to raise funds privately, through donations, to pay for the project, says Jennifer Marshall, Urban Arts and Architecture partner. This is common practice in the United States, she notes. The arts advisory group is working to create a citizen-led Arts Society Board, a group which will ultimately become responsible for the direction of the project. After years of waiting, the arts community is ready for this plan to unfold, Marshall says. “We will go as fast as the community and district allows,” she says of the project. In a year or so, Marshall expects to have architectural plans drawn up and fundraising underway. The advisory group is seeking the public’s thoughts on the project. There will be information on display at the Harmony Art’s Festival’s Artists’ Circle. The advisory group will present its final report to council in October. For more information visit www.amblesidenow.ca.

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uly 21 and July 22, 1976. Those were huge days in the life of Olympian Stephen Pickell. In fact, they were the absolute best of times and the worst of times for the then-18-year-old West Van swimmer. It was the Montreal Olympics – home surf so to speak – exactly 31 years ago. Two years before, in January 1974 as a 16-yearold Grade 11 student at Sentinel Secondary, Steve copped gold in the 4x100m medley relay and silver in the 100m backstroke at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. INSTANT That was even before his final REPLAY B.C. high school meet on Nov. Len Corben 30, 1974, when he set meet lencorben@yahoo.ca records in three events: 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle, the latter mark lasting 20 years. But now it was 1976, and the biggest swimming stage of all: The Olympics. While it was disappointing to miss the final in his best event, the 100m backstroke (by a mere seven-hundredths of a second), it was nothing compared to his faux pas on July 21 which became fodder for The Vancouver Province’s headline writer who wrote: Canada loses medal chance with ‘unpardonable error.’ Pickell – swimming third for the all-teenager Canadian team in the 4x200m freestyle relay semifinals – left his blocks just slightly before his teammate touched the pool’s end. Canada finished second to the U.S. who set a world record and would go on to win the final. The Canadian time was eight seconds back but a whopping 14+ seconds better than Canada had ever swum before. Of course it was all for naught. It’s highly doubtful they’d have been able to chop off another six and a half seconds, which they’d have had to do in the final to get even a bronze medal, but the disqualification stung nevertheless. Some athletes can put aside such errors and rise to great heights. Others can’t. And remember, in Steve’s case we’re talking about someone just 18. It took Pickell just one day to redeem himself big time. Eric Whitehead explained it best in The Province’s top sports story the next day under the headline “Pickell atones in his Naberly way.” “After... the humiliation of his premature leap off the block that led to the disqualification of the Canadian team in the freestyle relay heats, the West Vancouver youth came back to spark the 4x100 medley relay team to a second-place finish and Canada’s first silver medal of these fiercely contested games.... “Canada last night had to get under the existing world record by nearly two seconds as the winning U.S. team smashed it by nearly five.... Pickell and his mates produced a super performance under pressure, and they now own the second fastest medley time in history. “It was a two-horse race with [third-place]

West Germany never in it after Pickell went headon against America’s super John Naber in that first leg, and stayed right on Naber’s shoulder... Pickell clocked a 57.58, the fastest time of his life, and that’s what set up the great run to second.” A few months ago, I visited Steve and his family at their home in Tustin, in suburban Los Angeles, where he settled after graduating from the University of Southern California. He was swim captain two years and an All-American for three. He now works in insurance for the firm his father-in-law started in 1975. And he’s been coaching his four athletic sons, the swimming and water polo teams for 13 years at Foothill High located just 500 yards from their home, and more recently the now-thriving SoCal Aquatics Club. Last week I caught up with Steve again by phone. “That would be the highlight of my career,” he acknowledges regarding the Olympic silver medal. “I’ve always been a team kind of guy and because that was with four teammates [Graham Smith, Clay Evans, Gary MacDonald and alternate Bruce Robertson], that probably was the highlight, without question. “Individually, I did break two world records [in the short course backstroke and butterfly in 1977] and that was pretty cool too. “The disqualification is definitely the lowlight. I don’t think I’ve ever been so down as when I disqualified that relay. I really felt badly because there are three gentlemen [Stephen Badger, Bill Sawchuk and Jim Hett] who will never be able to say they swam in an Olympic final because I disqualified the relay. Then I got a chance – but none of those three did – to redeem myself and was fortunate enough to do it. But I still feel for the other three. I think about it all the time.” Pickell was voted Canadian junior male athlete of the year in 1974, earned 39 senior national titles, picked up silver (4x100m medley relay) and bronze (100m backstroke) medals at the 1979 Pan-Am Games in Puerto Rico, and was elected to the BC Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003. Bob Pickell, his dad, played basketball for Canada in the 1952 and ’56 Olympics and football in the CFL, won Vancouver handball crowns and the 1973 Canadian doubles racquetball title with Herb Capozzi, and drove in the Shell 4000 trans-Canada car rally. The Pickell boys are accomplished athletes too. Blake was water polo captain and Academic All-American at Air Force Academy. Nic played lacrosse at Essex Jr. College in Maryland and Dominican University in San Rafael. He’s at Oregon State in September. Paul plays water polo at UCLA. Cooper just graduated from Foothill, starring in basketball and lacrosse. He’ll play lacrosse at Arizona State. So there have been many, many best of times for the Pickells down through the years. This is #426 from Len Corben’s treasure chest of stories of the North Shore’s rich sports history.

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ast weekend, Cayne McKenzie was on stage for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary celebration, and then drove eight and a half hours to Crawford Bay on the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake to play another show. As soon as the last song was sung, he was on the road again, heading back to the rainy city for a former band member’s wedding. When The Outlook reached him by phone in his hometown of Kelowna, sleep was in his voice. “It’s been a rollercoaster ride,” McKenzie says. Two years ago, his band We Are The City won $150,000 in The PEAK’s radio station’s inaugural

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West Van’s Harmony Arts Festival books 55 live performance for a weeks worth of concerts, shows and evening galas stage at Millennium Park. The Garden Stage, located at the bottom of 15th Street, is combined with a wine garden. Unlike last year, this year organizers secured a restaurant licence for the venue, which will allow children into the area, Smith says. West Vancouver Italian restaurant Mangi E Bevi will be serving up tasty dishes, while wine experts — house wine — have selected the accompanying bottles. Beside the changes in the Millennium site, the overall festival schedule has grown, Smith says. “There is more programming than ever,” she says. Back again by popular demand is the multi-cultural, multi-instrumental band The Paperboys. The North Shore’s very own Headwater will also be hitting the main stage. It’s not just the big kids who get to have fun. The festival features kinder tunes on August 2, 3 and 4 in Lawson

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at the early age of eight, and it’s one he hopes to keep working on for years to come — so long as local governments don’t try to give the sport the cold shoulder. “I guess what I really love is that it’s just me and my board. I was never that into team sports. I like being in control of all aspects,” says the freckle-faced champion, sitting in his family’s living room, doodling on his hand with a ballpoint pen. “And I like the speed,” he adds with a grin. “It gives you a bit of a rush.” Wheels in motion The first thing that struck Erian Baxter was how welcoming longboarders were to her son. At the time, Quinn was just a pint-sized eightyear-old with shaggy hair and a button nose, but his age and small stature didn’t faze some of the older instructors and race organizers. “I think they were pretty surprised to see someone his age and size, but they didn’t dismiss him,” Baxter recalls. “It was still a really new sport, so they were so welcoming.” In 2007 Quinn competed in his first race, The King of the Forest, a 20-kilometre “push” event, up and down through the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve’s Demonstration Forest. The next spring, he registered for his first downhill race in Vernon, followed by an appearance at the Maryhill Festival of Speed in Washington State, where he became the youngest rider to ever race in a World Cup sanctioned event. Watching her youngest child hurtle down such steep hills wasn’t easy at first, admits Baxter. But by embracing the sport, rather than prohibiting it, she says her family was able to ensure that Quinn learned in the safest possible environment from some of the world’s best. “There was a real learning curve for us as parents, trying to sort out how to do it safely,” says Baxter. “From our point of view, it’s way safer and way better to do it at an organized event.”

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Safety first Baxter agrees that closing a road for a few hours once or twice a week might go a long way in making the sport safer, particularly for those first learning to ride. “Longboarding is tricky, because you can’t longboard without pavement,” she says. “Banning it from our roads won’t work. They’ll just keep doing it, and they’ll do it more unsafely. We need to find a way to incorporate it onto our roads, much like we did with cycling.” A good example, STYLISH SLEEPWEAR, says Baxter, is the small village of LOUNGEWEAR, LINGERIE Argonay, France, AND MORE. where authorities close one road every Chakra balanced Sunday for longboarding sessions. c o l o u r, s e n s u a l Organizers even put style, comfort, mattresses alongorganic fabrics: side tight corners, in case new riders lose control and veer off the road. Baxter says she’d like to see similar initiatives undertaken on the North Shore. She also all at K Kaia i thinks local municipalities should do more to encourWho doesn’t like a deal? We’ve got ‘em and even better, age and entice we bring you great savings on items you really want. It’s so races and events, simple. Sign up to receive your daily email alert. You can use such as the ones the voucher right away, or save it for another day. Purchase this deal online only, July 22 -24. held in Whistler, Vernon and Pender Go to www.bcdailydeals.com Harbour. and create an account — In the past, local click on “Buy Now” youth have also organized learning sessions, during Facebook.com/BCDailyDeals which they’ve used Twitter.com/BCDailyDeals spotters, two-way Register Online at www.BCDailyDeals.com radios, and safety vests, says Baxter. Under the right cirIn print. Online. Connected. cumstances, teens

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hours do parents volunteer to coach our teams? How many thousands of SPECIAL TO THE OUTLOOK hours do parents volunteer to chaufour North Shore soccer teams feur our youth to their practices and recently participated in the games? What about the time parents elite B.C. provincial soccer spend on the sidelines to share our championships. roles in this community, as parents, The event demonas volunteers, as role strated more than soccer models? prowess; it was a testiOur soccer program is mony to the benefits of a about more than athletics. community which works The Duke of Wellington together, plays together, said that “the Battle of volunteers together, and Waterloo was won on the succeeds together. playing-fields of Eton” To reach the finals, because sport develops the four West Vancouver character. Young people John Weston teams prevailed over learn cooperation, perse40 to 50 competing verance, respect. teams and they requited themOutcomes like these justify the selves magnificently. The U13 Girls federal government’s investment in a “Lightning” placed 6th; the U14 new artificial turf field at Ambleside Boys “Spuraways” placed 5th; the and the community’s commitU15 Girls “Spuraways” came secment to improve field sports faciliond; and the U17 Boys “Spuraways” ties at Ambleside Park, under Bill won in their division. Sparling’s leadership as president of The skills of our youth were highthe West Vancouver Soccer Club. lighted by the results and the tournaAs a “Soccer Dad” and M.P. for ment underlined something further. West Van and part of North Van, Our soccer program brings out my hat goes off to all those who some of the best aspects of a comcontribute to good character traits munity. How many hundreds of of our youth on the North Shore.

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Angel Restoration takes the wheel on new environmental initiative, unveils the North Shore’s first electric car charging station

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Cam McLeod of Angel Restoration shows off the electric car charging station (above) installed at his family’s business last month. Rob Newell photo for companies to outfit their fleets [with electric vehicles], but there’s going to be a tipping point,” he says. District of North Vancouver council members, including Mayor Richard Walton and Coun. Roger Bassam, have lauded the company’s efforts publicly, including their commitment to pay for the charge station’s installation, ongoing maintenance and electricity use out of pocket. In the coming months, the municipality may also look into adding electric vehicles to its own fleet. Angel Restoration has already invited the district to use its charging station at any time. Cam’s father, David, says when he first started the business in the early 1990s, he made a pact with himself to give back to those around him if the business became successful. After working for years in the oil industry, David was been laid off during a time of economic downturn. He went from earning a healthy salary, to having “no money in my jars

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• Oil change • Starters • Tires (install • Tune-ups & repairs) • Batteries ... and more! • Brakes • Exhaust System • Alternators Open Mon-Sat. Pick-up service available and complimentary exterior and interior car wash with every job!

“The affordable solution”® 322 E. Esplanade | North Van | 604.988.8689 TOYOTA MERCEDES CHEVROLET DODGE PONTIAC AUDI ACURA

C H R Y S L E R

2505 Marine Dr. West Vancouver

604.922.4919

Andrew Murphy Owner

KRANGLE AUTOMOTIVE & TRANSMISSION

Car problems? We've got the solution. • Complete Mechanical Service • Computer Alignments • Tires & Balancing

“We’ll fix it right.”

obscene gestures, wave arms or fists, flash lights or steal your parking spot. Two per cent reported another driver got out of their vehicle to confront them. Nobody admitted to doing that but 30 per cent admitted to honking in anger over the past three months and between 10 and 20 per cent said they’ve yelled, blocked a merging car, tailgated or failed to correctly signal in recent months. Ninety-four per cent say they acknowledge with a wave when another driver is courteous. Most of those surveyed said they believe their wave in turn encourages others to be more courteous. Two-thirds said it’s important to them that other drivers acknowledge their courtesy, but the rest said it’s not that important. The online survey polled 899 adult B.C. drivers.

• Coolingstem • Exhaust Work • AirCare ® Cert. #50759

Door to Door Transportation for Seniors

604-986-7200

• Government Inspection S4501 • New Vehicle Maintenance

Open Mon. to Sat.

346 E. Esplanade, North Vancouver

S U B A R U

FUEL SAVING OIL CHANGE

17.75

$

Only

N I S S A N V O L K S W A G E N

$ A V E

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110 Fell Ave., N. Van

604-988-2239

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www.derosaauto.ca

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OFFER APPLIES TO MOST VEHICLES. SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY. CALL FOR DETAILS.

(604) 984-0371 890 WEST 15TH STREET NORTH VANCOUVER

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