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Watch supplies and helped cover some of the WVPD’s 100th anniversary celebrations later this year. Ten thousand dollars from the West Vancouver Foundation also went to 100th anniversary expenses. A $4,487.18 gift from traveling amusement park company West Coast Amusements funded the department’s Social Media Safety & Awareness Program. And, finally, a $500 gift from the British Properties Homeowners Association was given to the Block Watch program. Eight separate donations of Purdy’s Chocolates were given to the department last year, evidently the favourite chocolate of the West Vancouver police and the only brand of candy donated in 2011. Three of these gifts were given by the West Vancouver School District and one was from a local printing company as a “thanks for business,” according to the report. The rest of the chocolate donations were thankyou’s from local residents for things like quick response, returning a lost wallet and general assistance. Wine was the next most popular gift to police in 2011, with three single-bottle donations made — two from the US Sheriff Service and one from a resident for apparently “assisting with a SOL,” or special occasion license to serve liquor. The latter gift was returned to the donor because it was deemed “inappropriate.” Tim Horton’s gift cards, a Whole Foods gift basket, pies and a vase of tulips rounded out the remainder of gifts declared in the report. Except for the Purdy’s Chocolates which the officers were allowed to keep for themselves, most of the non-monetary gifts like wine and gift cards were donated to the department’s Victim Services unit for raffles or volunteer use.

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avid Barker, a bearded and bespectacled amateur historian, peers down at a sepiatoned panoramic shot of West Vancouver’s Lawson Avenue (now 17th Street) taken in 1911. “This is the old general store,” says the retired teacher, pointing down at the framed photograph. “This is 17th Street, the dirt road.” He spies a small white clapboard building that housed the John Lawson real estate office and adds: “That’s the site of the first telephone in West Van.” A member of the West Vancouver Historical Society, Barker has an encyclopedic knowledge of dates and factoids about the seaside municipality. It probably helps that he’s a third-generation West Vancouverite whose grandparents settled in the area in 1911, living in a tent in the area now inhabited by the pink apartment towers at 21st Street and Argyle Avenue. “How they lived there, I have no idea,” he shrugs. He describes his grandmother, who lived to be 99, as a “tough old bird” and notes that his grandfather was one of the first to ascend the The Lions, the majestic twin peaks that brood above the North Shore. On this morning, Barker is with the society’s president Anne Brousson inside a cramped office on the top floor of the historic stone house built by Gertrude Lawson — who, he notes later, was the first woman in B.C. to get a mortgage when the home was built in 1939 — that’s now home to the West Vancouver Museum and Archives. It’s just days before the municipality officially turns 100 on March 15th and the society has a lot on the go, including the Journey Through Time photo and artifact exhibit celebrating the centenary which runs from March 21 to April 28. “This is a busy week because it’s the birthday,” says Brousson, also a third-generation West Van resident. Fortunately, the society’s ambitious project to commemorate the centennial is already in print — so there’s one less deadline to worry about. Cottages to Community: The Story of West Vancouver’s Neighbourhoods, a 172-page coffeetable book, was released six months ago. “I think if people knew how much work it would be, there might not be a book,” says Brousson with a grin. The book was masterminded by Jim Carter, past president of the West Van Historical Society and a former principal at West Vancouver secondary. Four years ago, the society asked the question: What’s the best way to mark West Van’s 100th? The answer: A historical narrative documenting the municipality’s colourful start as a series of distinct seaside communities and transformation into

an urban residential district. The book, they decided, should also include a comprehensive appendix of West Van place names and lots of photographs, both past and present. Originally, Carter, along with Barker and Barry Lindahl, a retired history teacher who taught at WVSS, planned to do the book on their own. “We realized it would be a good project for the society,” says Barker. But the crew of “dedicated amateurs” soon realized they needed reinforcements. With the centennial deadline ticking, Carter worried the book wouldn’t be completed until 2112 because the group had become so ardently immersed in their research. So, the society hired author/archivist Francis Mansbridge who’d previously penned books about the North Shore and John Moir, a photographer/writer and longtime West Van resident. Later, they added Bruce Young, an inveterate fact-checker. Next came weekly book committee meetings in the archives room of the West Van Museum. Researching, writing, rewriting, editing, debating, fact-checking and photo-hunting ensued. “I think I knew every word in the book,” Barker says of the arduous process. During the research phase there were some satisfying surprises, like when Barker got to read a transcript of an interview that Rupert Harrison, West Van’s first archivist, conducted with his grandmother. “I found out some things about her life I didn’t already know. A lot of interesting people lived here.” As well as conceiving of the vision for the book, Carter also ensured the society could pay for it. Concerned printing costs could bankrupt the small society, he set out on a tireless fundraising campaign, enlisting both individuals and companies in West Van to help bankroll the project through donations. The community bought in. The original print run was 3,000 books and there are only about 600 left. Any profit from the book, adds Carter, goes to a trust fund to help preserve West Van heritage. “To see it all together was a really wonderful feeling,” says Carter about flipping through the pages of the book for the first time. For Brousson, the book offered a chance to time-travel back to the days when her family rented a cottage at 11th and Mathers while they built a place on Esquimalt Avenue after her father returned from the war. “It was all farms up there then,” she recalls. And even for a longtime resident like her, the centenary book offers some interesting, littleknown facts, like the origins of the name of the street where she currently resides: Nelson Avenue. “[Nelson] was the first reeve of West Vancouver, I never knew that until I read the book.” Today (March 15) there will be a family-friendly 100th birthday celebration from 2-4 p.m. at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. For further info on West Van’s centennial celebrations, go to To find out where to purchase Cottages to Community, visit

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Oughton made sure to get both their names and addresses and threatened to kill their families if either girl ever said anything. "We thought we wouldn't tell," says Glover, plainly. "But I came home white as a ghost and my mom knew. I said there was a man and she asked me 'Did he touch you?' That opened it." In 1987, about eight years after she crossed his destructive path, Oughton would be convicted of 14 sex-related crimes. Glover and her friend were counts one and two. It was the end of Oughton as a free man, the death knell on a reign of terror many believe involved more than a hundred attacks. And it was the curtain call for the drawn-out nightmare lived by his victims. The man that had preyed upon them would never again indulge himself at the expense of an innocent girl. It was over. So why wasn't Glover satisfied? *** "After we went through the court process the first time, I saw he was up for parole about 15 or so years after his incarceration. I was shocked," says Glover, sitting back in her seat inside a South Granville restaurant. "I went to the hearings and realized it wasn't over for me. I needed answers. People have this notion that justice via the court system brings a notion of closure. There is closure in the sense of safety, but it didn't transform the harm he'd already caused." Glover knew then she'd have to find some other method of healing. She even thought of meeting Oughton. But as she attended his subsequent hearings — Oughton is considered a dangerous offender and as such has an indefinite prison term, but he is up for parole every two years — Glover realized she'd never be able to connect with him. His behaviour at the strictlyregulated hearings has been erratic over the years, culminating in a 2003 appearance when it took three officers to subdue him after it appeared he was going to make a break for the exit. Glover chose instead to contact Oughton's brother. They'd shared a quick elevator ride once, back when the trial was happening. It was the longest four floors she'd ever travelled, recalls Glover. And it was a silent ride, as one would expect. But just before they parted ways Oughton's brother turned to Glover's family, looked her mother in the eyes and said "I'm sorry."

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staff, which frees up officers to pursue other issues. And by diverting cases from the courts, the restorative justice society can be a cost-saving measure as well. According to WVPD calculations, every case they re-assign to restorative justice saves the department about $8,000. Every file presented, however, isn't one the society ends up pursuing. There is a thorough screening process involved, including separate meetings with police, victims and offenders, before any decision is made. If a case is deemed appropriate, only then are both parties brought together. "It takes something from both parties, both *** have to want to be there," says Abramson. "It takes empathy on the part of the offender And therein lies the power of restorative justice, Glover says. She's been a champion of the and questions from the victims. Offenders often method for years and involved with the North don't get what they've done at first but if they Shore Restorative Justice Society since 2007, after have an openness to it then we'll do it — we'll go the society reached out to her about sitting on ahead with it." A routine question from the public, admits its board. The group wanted, she notes, a person Abramson, is the likelihood of an offender prethat's been a participant in a restorative process. The cases handled on the North Shore aren't tending to accept restorative justice only to avoid typically of the severity of Glover's. According to the traditional system. After all, the resolutions Alana Abramson, the society's executive director, a restorative process often levies — financial restitution, community the lion's share work or a written of the files that land on her desk “Restorative justice allows the victim's apology, amongst — could be are of the breakvoice to be heard. It re-balances others seen as getting off and-enter, theft or assault variety. But the power in the victim-offender easy. But, she stresses, the ethic remains relationship.” that hasn't been her the same — vicexperience. These tims and offendLaura Glover meetings are emoers are brought NS Restorative Justice Society tional. Everyone's together to give nervous and there's those who've been wronged the forum to ask the questions they've often shame on the part of the offender. And that's the point. People need to know why never had the chance to. The system has proven popular with both they were harmed. They need to know why they North Shore police departments. Last year, the became a target. For some, it means everything. "We're always asking the wrong things — 'Who restorative justice society handled 95 cases, 61 of which came from North Vancouver RCMP, did it?' or 'How do we punish them?' But restor28 from West Van police, three directly from the ative justice asks others. 'Who's been hurt? What community and three from Vancouver Coastal are their needs?'" says Abramson. "And 'How do we heal?'" Health. The cops, she says, have really come around to the program, its values and its efficiency. All of the paperwork related to each case the society oversees, adds Abramson, is handled by their

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he Roadshow has been travelling the country in search of hidden treasures and is coming to the North Vancouver to see what surprises comes through the door! They will be appraising and buying everything from gold and silver jewellery and coins to antiques and collectibles. Now is the time to search through those old boxes containing the silverware you no longer want to polish, the jewellery you do not wear and the coin collections you would like to learn more about. The experts at the Roadshow will be more than happy to look through your old treasures, heirlooms and curiosities, free of charge. They will even make you an offer to buy anything their network of collectors are looking for. You could be in possession of something rare and sought after that could earn you a lot of money!!! At an event in Belleville, Ontario, a man named Larry Wilkes brought in an old jewellery box full of items he had inherited from family members, over the years. It contained gold and silver jewellery and even some costume jewellery that is desirable to collectors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very pleased to see that there was this much value in that old box!â&#x20AC;? Larry commented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never been much for jewellery so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what was in there all these years.â&#x20AC;? Larry traded in his jewellery box for $3,700! Expert appraiser Luc Bergevin explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has never been a better time to sell gold or silver jewellery, flatware or coins. Many people are coming to realize that since the stock market prices of precious metals are now so high there is a lot of money to be made from things that are just collecting dust!â&#x20AC;? At an event, a woman named Lise Archambault arrived with a lot of silverware. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t polish itâ&#x20AC;?, Lise said. It turned out that among her unpolished silverware was a rare and beautiful Victorian coffee and tea service made in Lon-

don, England, in 1852 by Charles and George Fox. This set is highly desirable to collectors! Lise also had an assortment of newer sterling silverware. She decided to sell it all and received $5,000 for her items! â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very happy that someone else could enjoy my silverware... but even happier that I can now take an overdue vacation!â&#x20AC;? Lisa joked. At another Roadshow event in Calgary, Alberta, a man named Carlos Miller brought in a sizeable coin collection, which included a rare 1966 Small Bead Canadian silver dollar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were really pleased to see that coin, as it is very rare. We purchased it for $6,000. We also purchased an assortment of other coins from him for their silver content,â&#x20AC;? expert appraiser Lawrence Tyee explained. He went on to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;more and more people are cashing in their coins for their silver content, which is wise because of how much silver is worth these days!â&#x20AC;? Canadian coins from 1968 or older and American coins from 1964 or older contain silver. Many older foreign coins contain silver too. If you are not sure, the experts at the Roadshow can quickly let you know which ones contain silver and which ones are rare! The Roadshow buys and appraises all kinds of antiques and collectibles. Appraiser Sandy Johnstone recounts one of her more memorable experiences: â&#x20AC;&#x153;While working in White Rock, B.C. a gentleman came to my table with two boxes full of things. In the second box he had a large collection of cast-iron banks that our collectors love and several tin wind-up toys which are also collectible...especially his tin wind-up Popeye on a tricycle made by Linemar in the 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. It was still in its original box and in perfect condition. What a find! We wound up giving him over $2,000 for these gems! Everyone was super happy!â&#x20AC;?

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Complete March 15, 2012 issue of The North Shore Outlook newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.northshor...

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