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Earth Hour power savings nearly double this year across B.C.


North Van fares well, but West Van sees lowest reduction rate in the region JEFF NAGEL BLACK PRESS





est Vancouverites seem to be afraid of the dark. On Saturday night, people across Canada were asked to turn out their lights for Earth Hour. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. people were supposed to show solidarity with the World Wildlife Federation’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases by using less electricity. B.C. cut electricity consumption by 1.8 per cent but West Vancouver was the region’s worst performer at just a 0.51 per cent reduction in their consumption of electricity. Burnaby followed close behind at 0.89 per cent while Langley City sat at 0.99 per cent. Across the Capilano Bridge, the City of North Vancouver and District of North Vancouver cut power by 2.85 and 2.25 per cent respectively. B.C. Hydro officials said they were pleased by the response to the hour of conservation for climate change awareness, now in its fourth year here. Province-wide, 117 megawatt hours of electricity were saved as many residents switched off lights, TVs and other appliances and instead lit candles or went for a walk. The reduction was nearly twice as much as in 2010, when a 1.04 per cent cut was measured, and equivalent to turning off 7.8 million 15-watt compact fluorescent bulbs. Maple Ridge was the second-best Metro Vancouver city in the Earth Hour rankings, with a 3.9 per cent power saving. It was followed by Port Coquitlam at three per cent, North Vancouver City at 2.85 per cent

and Coquitlam, Mission and North Vancouver District all at 2.25 per cent. (Last year, North Vancouver District reduced its energy consumption by 2.7 per cent while the City of North Vancouver cut it by 2.3 per cent.) Vancouver and Surrey were tied at 1.5 per cent, while Richmond and Abbotsford were slightly better at 1.65 per cent. The lights barely dimmed at all during Earth Hour in West Kelowna and Williams Lake, where the saving was just 0.11 per cent. “We encourage our customers to think about how to live a little bit of Earth Hour every day,� said Lisa Coltart, B.C. Hydro’s executive director of Power Smart and customer care. Not everyone was impressed. Residents in various Metro Vancouver cities took to Twitter to complain of “dismal� Earth Hour participation in their neighbourhoods. Others argued the exercise is misguided, particularly in B.C., because burning candles releases more carbon that hydroelectric power. Power conservation is important for the province, as it’s a key plank in B.C. Hydro’s plan to keep pace with rising demand. Even so, the Crown corporation has applied for rate increases of as much as 50 per cent over the three years to fund $6 billion worth of infrastructure upgrades and expand its green energy supply. Sixty minutes of Earth Hour-style conservation every day would save enough electricity to power 4,000 homes for an entire year, Coltart said.


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Terry Platt, NDP

What are the main election issues facing the residents of North Vancouver? Local employment, affordable housing and seniors’ healthcare. How will you ensure that these issues will be addressed by the federal government? If I am elected to Parliament, the needs and concerns of the people in the riding will be my priority. It will be what I am elected to do, my job. Right now, my main duty is to be the face of the NDP to the voters of West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky. If elected, I will be the face of the people of West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky in the House.. How would you explain politics to your eightyear-old niece or nephew? Running for office should not be a popularity contest. It is a matter of the people deciding who would be the best person to do the job of looking out for the best interests of everyone. Sometimes leaders do not make popular decisions when it comes to tough issues, but the leaders do their best and take full responsibility for the choices they make. A good leader thinks about others before themselves and will often do without so that his/her people can benefit. Good leaders work hard and discipline themselves to be good example to others.

John Weston, Conservative

What are the main election issues facing the residents of North Vancouver? The main issue we face is why we’re having an election at a time when Canada is leading the developed world in emerging from the recession. You and I who (unlike two of the candidates) live in the riding, have witnessed six straight quarters of economic growth; 480,000 new jobs nationally arising from 26,000 timely, targeted investments in projects that reflected local priorities and updated our infrastructure. Stephen Harper and I have the plan for Phase II of the economic recovery - it’s called the 2011 budget - but Michael Ignatieff committed to oppose it even before it had been written! How will you ensure that these issues will be addressed by the federal government? If you give me your precious vote, I will commit to continue to be part of the successful response to global economic uncertainty. Our Conservative Government has modeled “listening” as a theme in the way we have served the Canadian people. Here on the North Shore, I have worked diligently to collaborate with local, provincial, and Aboriginal leaders to ensure that what Ottawa heard was what the people here deemed to be important. The results have been an unprecedented amount of federal investment in our community. How would you explain politics to your eightyear-old niece or nephew? My young children are a big part of what I do and why I do it. They understand increasingly the virtue of seeking common ground and pursuing goals in accordance with key values. They’ve seen me work closely with opposition party members, firstly to create a Parliamentary Fitness Initiative to promote health for all Canadians, then, building on that teamwork, to push through the House my recently enacted bill to tackle crystal meth and “ecstasy” drugs. They are learning how to disagree agreeably, and to get things done they could never do on their own.

Dan Veniez, Liberal

What are the main election issues facing the residents of North Vancouver? Accountability and trust must be the bedrock of all good government, and that is why I am running. No matter what promises or decisions a government makes, if our current elected officials hide the facts from the public, deny information that citizens need to make informed decisions, and act in contempt of Parliament and our democratic values, then all else falls by the wayside. I am running to reclaim democracy and restore trust in elected government How will you ensure that these issues will be addressed by the federal government? The quality of government is a reflection of the people we elect, and I am passionate about my role being a spokesperson and advocate of my constituents, not merely a mouthpiece of Ottawa telling citizens to like what they get. I am here to put the public back in public policy, and ensure that Ottawa is accountable to our needs. How would you explain politics to your eightyear-old niece or nephew? Politics is how people come together to make decisions that are fair to all. If you don’t take part in politics, then your needs aren’t known, and if you are lucky enough to live in a country where your voice is heard, I believe you have the responsibility to speak for those who need you to be helped. Politics is not just about ensuring you get what you want, but ensuring that all your neighbors get what they need, and that everyone is treated fairly, with compassion, and honesty.

Grim warning sinking in for rogue hikers After three dramatic rescues on the Grouse Grind last week and a plea from North Shore Rescue, the number of people hiking the closed trail seems to be tapering off GREG HOEKSTRA S TA F F R E P O RT E R


embers of North Shore Rescue are finally catching their breath after three dramatic rescues on the Grouse Grind last week. Between March 19 and 23, the volunteer organization was called to save five people stranded on the popular hiking trail, despite clear signage at the base of the trail warning people the Grind is closed for the season. Tim Jones, search manager with NSR, said the three rescues set of warning bells with members of his team. “We saw it going in a direction that was not good,” Jones told The Outlook. “It was a serious problem. Someone was going to get killed.” In an effort to get the word out, NSR launched a media blitz. The dire prediction that someone was going to die on The Grind made top headlines across the board and, Jones said Monday, it seems to have worked. “The media probably saved someone’s life this

past weekend,” Jones said. “Over the weekend we had no further calls to the Grind.” Part of that, he noted, is also due to increased efforts by Metro Vancouver to keep wayward hikers off the trail. Over the weekend Metro Vancouver sent a staff member to the base of The Grind to remind people it was not safe to climb. “That person isn’t there to be an enforcer – we certainly don’t have those powers – but they were there to remind people the trail is closed,” said Metro Vancouver spokesman Bill Morrell. The move, he said, is unusual for the organization. “It’s certainly not something that’s appropriate all the time,” he said. “We’re asking the taxpayers to pay the costs of someone to stand there and tell people something they already know.” Morrell said every year there is a small group of climbers that defy the rules and hike the trail. He declined to speculate whether the problem has grown this year, but said the number of rescues is certainly unusual. “Some people take the health benefits of

climbing the Grind very seriously... but that being said, it doesn’t justify breaking the rules and putting other people’s lives at risk. Jones said NSR is pleased the regional body stepped in to help with the problem. He added there are likely 30 to 50 people hiking the Grind each hour. Many of those hikers are prepared for winter conditions (equipped with ski poles and hiking gear) but a small minority — including all five who had to be rescued last week — are leaving the parking lot in running shoes. “We fully support what Metro Van is doing. We think it’s very proactive,” said Jones. “You have people coming up in running shoes, potentially falling to their deaths down the front of Grouse Mountain,” he added. “On Saturday [Mar. 19] we had a 16-year-old who fell and hit a tree. He’s very lucky he didn’t die. We don’t want to have a 16-year-old being brought out of there in a body bag.”


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John Weston’s bill squeaks through After nearly two years since its conception, John Weston’s private member’s bill that “tackles crystal meth and ecstasy” became the last piece of legislation to become law before the parliament was suspended for the election. Weston’s bill, officially titled Bill C-475, criminalizes the possession of precursors to the production of crystal meth and ecstasy. “It was a very exciting culmination to the 40th Parliament. I’m humbled it made it through,” Weston told The Outlook. “As a father of three kids, to hear reports of kids on these drugs I think it chills the blood of any parent. This was very much a personal mission as a parent to prevent kids from becoming addicted.” When passed through the House of Commons in June, Bill C-475 became the first private members bill to receive unanimous support. Upon its third reading in the Senate, the bill one again received no dissent. Squamish Nation chief Gibby Jacob, West Vancouver police chief Peter Lepine and Kash Heed — during his stint as B.C.’s solicitor general — all supported the bill. Weston also worked with the justice critics from all three opposition parties in drafting the bill. skolenko@ northshoreoutlook. com seankolenko

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Canada on their 24th birthday, for example — and began to advocate on their behalf. On April 19, 2009, after years of pounding on the doors of both Liberal and Conservative governments, Chapman succeeded in helping a large majority of Lost Canadians when the Conservative government passed into law Bill C-37, which retroactively grated citizenship to those who lost their status after Jan. 1, 1947. For those who had issues from a time before that date, the file remains unresolved. “It’s ridiculous that this is an issue we have to take a stance on. We are a country that values all the Charter, citizenship and the people who have paid taxes,” Justin Trudeau, Liberal immigration critic, told The Outlook. “What remains about this issue doesn’t touch a whole lot of people, but this Conservative government won’t touch something unless there’s a swath of votes in it for them. That type of shortterm strategy is not what Canada and the Liberal government stands for.” The remaining five per cent of Lost Canadians generally fall into three groups: second-generation Canadians born abroad who were not in Canada on the day of their 28th birthday, those born before 1947 in wedlock to a Canadian mother and a non-Canadian father — children in these cases are considered the property of the father — and children born to Canadian citizen out of wedlock, who grew up outside of Canada. Since the passing of Bill C-37, Chapman has lobbied to have all remaining cases in this file resolved but to no avail, he said. Chapman said he has repeatedly reached out to John Weston, MP for the West Vancouver-Sea-to-


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West Van-born Don Chapman is founder of the advocacy group ‘Lost Canadians.’ Rob Newell photo Sky riding, for help in this issue but has been ignored. Weston said he has met with Chapman on a number of occasions. When Stockwell Day visited the riding, Weston said he arranged for the two to meet. He’s spoken to Chapman both in his office and in Ottawa, and has helped a family on Bowen Island, the Segals, with their children’s immigration issues. “The changes that are being called for would abolish the second-generation limit, changes that would allow people to claim citizenship even if they haven’t paid taxes,” said Weston. “It’s not something most Canadians would support, but people in this riding will be served. Citizenship is something I take very seriously.” Chapman, however, isn’t convinced. He cites the case of Guy Valliere, a former WWII soldier, who lived in Canada his entire life but

died stateless in February. Valliere was born in Montreal in 1926 to a Canadian mother and American father, in wedlock — and considered the property of the father. The government retroactively awarded his father citizenship, but Valleire was not included. He discovered in hospital he wasn’t a Canadian and died without citizenship. “What public good is there in denying the last remaining five per cent their citizenship?” wondered Chapman, in an interview with The Outlook. “Why doesn’t my MP [Chapman own a house in Gibsons, B.C] return my phone calls for help?” Prior to the fall of the last Parliament, remaining citizenship inquiries in this area were handled on a case-bycase basis by immigration minister Jason Kenney.


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t’s one image of one block on one street, the west side of the 100-block of West Hastings. It’s a composite picture, comprised of 17 individual photos shot by Stan Douglas of each building on the block sutured together. The final product is a historical image of a particular block at a particular time – the photos were all shot at night, looking west — but the story it tells is a complicated one. It’s a snapshot of development, the effects of the drug trade and the question of permissibility from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, to name a few of the potential discussions the photos might COFFEE elicit. WITH And that, says Presentation Sean Kolenko House Gallery director Reid skolenko@northshore Shier, is what it is supposed to do. It’s a portal to discussion, an avenue to speak and uncover how and why images are made. “In 1983, shortly after adapting our mandate of a photo gallery, our first show was the works of Richard Avedon. He was a photojournalist, but was producing some of the most iconic pictures ever created,” says Shier, who also edited a book on the Hasting Street image. “For a little gallery in the City of North Vancouver, that was huge.” Since that landmark initial show, the Presentation House Gallery has asserted itself as a regional attraction, hosting shows from around the world and drawing interest from people from across the Lower Mainland. Its aging building at Third Street and Chesterfield Avenue, however, has been the root of relocation-related discussion for years. In 1902, the structure was a school. In 1915, it served as a stopgap city hall. The North Vancouver Museum and Archives, tenants of the building along with the theatre, have been looking for a new location for nearly two decades. Before zeroing in on a potential Central Lonsdale plot, museum staff had their eyes on a waterfront address. But it’s now Shier’s organization that may be part of the upcoming Foot of Lonsdale redevelopment. Of the three scenarios presented to

the public at a city-hosted open house in late January, each include a media arts gallery on the waterfront, albeit in different configurations. The Cates Tugs property, adjacent to Lonsdale Quay, is slated as the potential home for the gallery in two options, with a standalone facility penciled in on the other. Shier welcomes the possible relocation and, subsequently, the chance to expand the gallery’s offerings. Regardless of the final physical arrangement of the gallery, if it moves to the water it will enjoy a newer, larger space. “A move would allow us to showcase the exhibitions we’re already doing, but in a more accessible fashion,” says Shier. “The whole way we could form an exhibition could be different. We’d have an expanded role, and the educational opportunities are huge. I think it will really invite people in.” In addition to the international talent consistently showcased in the gallery, Shier says he’s becoming increasingly “excited with local images.” His organization is currently working with the museum on an iPhone app that will display images of what the city looked like 100 years ago. Once completed, Shier feels it will help foster an added connection for residents with their locales. “We can make images of right here that have significance to the world,” he says. “There is a way we can look at our surroundings as a source of image making. We have every possibility to the see the local in an international context.” And whether that scope is found in a gallery setting on the waterfront or a handheld touchscreen, the chance for North Vancouverites to unpack, debate and discuss images will be there. Afterall, it’s what Shier does, and what the gallery’s shows encourage.

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esearchers from Simon Fraser University have found radiation in seaweed near North Vancouver’s Seabus Terminal, but say the discovery doesn’t pose any health risks to the public. On Monday the team announced it had detected increased levels of the radioisotope iodine-131 in the seaweed. It was also found in rainwater samples collected last week in Burnaby and Vancouver. The radiation, said SFU nuclear scientist Kris Starosta, is almost certainly a result of recent earthquake damage to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor in Japan.

“The only possible source of iodine-131 in the atmosphere is a release from a nuclear fission,” said Starosta in a press release Monday. “Iodine-131 has a half life of eight days, thus we conclude the only possible release which could happen is from the Fukushima incident.” Starosta said the radiation has travelled across the ocean by way of a highspeed, high-altitude air current known as a jet stream. Most of the radiation likely dispersed over the Pacific Ocean, but some has reached the west coast and is now falling with rain and mixing with seawater. “As of now, the levels we’re seeing are not harmful to humans. We’re basing this on Japanese studies following the Chernobyl incident in 1986 where lev-

els of iodine-131 were four times higher than what we’ve detected in our rainwater so far,” said Starosta. “Studies of nuclear incidents and exposures are used to define radiation levels at which the increase in cancer risk is statistically significant. When compared to the information we have today, we have not reached levels of elevated risk.” Starosta said his team will continue monitoring iodine-131 levels in the coming weeks, and noted they have expanded their sampling to the west coast of Vancouver Island as well. He predicts iodine-131 will be detectable in B.C. for up to four weeks after the Japanese reactor stops releasing radioactivity.

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ny move to split up the stream of funding to TransLink from its share of the federal gas tax could threaten the integrity of Metro Vancouver’s transit system, warns the chair of the region’s mayors council. North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton was responding to suggestions from Delta council that it might want to break from TransLink and use Delta’s share of the gas tax to run its own transit service. “It wouldn’t be very easily workable,” he said. “That’s something we’d have to talk about as a group. It would have significant implications for TransLink.” The federal budget handed down March 22 included a pledge the Conservative government will enshrine the gas tax transfer in law. It’s worth $123 million a year to TransLink – half of what Ottawa collects from the extra 10 cents in federal gasoline tax added to every litre of fuel sold in the Lower Mainland. The arrangement whereby the money returned to this region is used by TransLink for regional transportation needs was agreed to years ago by the Metro Vancouver board and the Union of B.C. Municipalities. “I think those funds should come directly to us,” Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said. “If we took the gas tax that’s generated south of the river and put those funds into the things we need south of the river, would that give us a better opportunity to advance our options?” Surrey council has also mulled the idea of striking off on its own to try to bring rapid transit expansion faster than TransLink. “We know those kinds of challenges,” Walton said. “The mayors at the most remote parts of Metro Vancouver question whether they’re getting fair value from TransLink.” He said it makes more sense for those cities to pursue solutions directly with TransLink than to try to split up the mutually agreed pot of money that’s a major part of the authority’s budget. The federal commitment to legislate the gas tax transfer had been requested by the council. The federal government in 2008 agreed to make the gas tax transfer permanent, but the pledge now to legislate the transfers is seen as a further strengthening of that commitment. “We’re all pleased about it,” Walton said. The change doesn’t increase the amount of money TransLink can borrow for future transit expansion projects as it had already been counted as an assured revenue source.

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f Twitter is the new way of sharing information, then a “Twestival” may be the new way of raising money. Started in London in 2008, this nouveau idea is now much more than a fad. With more than 200 cities participating, it has become an annual social night out event that proves you really can think globally and act locally. So big congratulations go out to Vancouver’s elite tweeters who helped raise more than $8,000 at last week’s YVR Twestival on behalf of local charity Beauty Night Society – an organization that helps give self-esteem to women living in CAT’S poverty. And speaking of annual events, North EYE Vancouver’s Waldorf School held their spring Festival of the Arts last week at Centennial Cat Barr Theatre. Showcasing students from Grades 2 to 12, it was a night of music, drama and handicrafts on display for friends and family to enjoy. B Checking in guests at the bottom of the Vancouver Lookout are Twestival volunteers Baily Molotsky (@bailycara), left, and Cadi Jordan (@cadijordan) of Jordon Consulting. C Head Twestival organizer Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss604) chats with Beauty Night Society founder Caroline MacGillivray (@BeautyNight) as they raise money for this worthwhile cause. D Pouring the wine at the Twestival fundraiser is Leanne Froese (@lfroese) alongside organizer Marc Smith (@amuse_events) of Amuse Events Consulting. E Complete with hot pink tights, her colourful outfit matches her famous colourful tweets. Twestival volunteer Lorraine Murphy (@raincoaster) helps out at the check-in desk. F The girls from the Grade 7 and 8 strings ensemble tune up backstage before the Waldorf Festival of the Arts show. G Waldorf School Grade 7 teacher Mary-Anne Taylor preps for the show alongside students Taylor Norris, left, and Michelle Kang. H Teacher Ute Grimm gives last-minute instructions to Grade 3 students Michaela Norris, left, and Nissa Kachina as parents arrive for the Festival of the Arts show. I Lights, camera, action! It’s all smiles before the show for the class of Waldorf School as they arrive for the annual Festival of the Arts show.



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even spectacular Canadian authors, including John Furlong, Grant Lawrence and Timothy Taylor, are set to present at the 12th annual North Shore Writers’ Festival from April 11 to 16 at the North Shore’s three public libraries: North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial Library. This year’s festival will kick off on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Lynn Valley branch with a presentation from former VANOC CEO John Furlong. Furlong will talk about his new book, Patriot Hearts, which tells the story of how he and his organizing team overcame seemingly insurmountable setbacks to deliver the remarkable

Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. North Vancouver City Library will host popular CBC personality Grant Lawrence, who will share his recently published book, Adventures in Solitude, an entertaining memoir of Grant’s summers growing up in Desolation Sound. Ryan Knighton will present on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Lynn Valley main library. Knighton will read from his newest work, C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark, a memoir in which Knighton tells the story of becoming a parent – and a blind one at that – in his characteristic funny and mov-

ing style. Award-winning author Timothy Taylor will read from his new book, The Blue Light Project, at West Vancouver Library on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Caroline Adderson will read from her new novel, The Sky is Falling, on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at North Vancouver City Library. Recently shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s prize, The Sky is Falling is a profoundly witty and insightful work set in Vancouver and UBC in the early 1980s. On Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. author Dianne Warren will read from her first novel, Cool Water. Winner of the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for

Fiction, Cool Water tells the story of the inhabitants of the fictional prairie town of Juliet, Saskatchewan. Finally, on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at West Vancouver Memorial Library, author and restaurant owner Meeru Dhalwala will discuss her latest cookbook, Vij’s at Home: Relax Honey. Attend this event to learn about healthy Indian cooking the easy way. All events are free, and seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details and a complete schedule of events, please visit

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s the muted sunlight of an overcast day spills into the kitchen of his North Vancouver home, Afshin Javid quietly flips through a weathered manila notebook. Scrawled on its yellowed pages are journal entries, written what seems like a lifetime ago in a dank concrete prison cell in the tropical city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The journal, says Javid, tells the story of more than just his incarceration in the infamous Pudu Jail after he was caught with 30 illegal passports on his way to North America two decades ago. It recounts the story, he says, of his dramatic transformation of faith. The story of a young devout Muslim and Hezbollah soldier whose world was turned upside down when he came face-to-face with a life force he believes was Jesus Christ.

Raised in a revolution Born in southwestern Iran in 1972, Afshin Javid grew up during a period of intense civil unrest. His first memories, he says, begin around the age of five or six, when citizens of his country began lashing out at the Iranian monarchy and its leader, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. The revolution, he says, was a move to overthrow the ruling “puppet regime” and install a hardline Islamic theocracy, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Javid says he remembers ordinary people, including members of his family, being arrested and beaten in the late 1970s by the government’s secret service. The army imposed curfews, but families defiantly broke them each night, gathering with their children in streets and roundabouts as a form of protest. One evening, Javid remembers a soldier from the Shah’s army pointing a gun in his father’s face, demanding he take his family back inside. “Go ahead,” his father said. “Shoot me, in the cause of Allah.” That, says Javid in hindsight, was a turning point in his young life. “It’s one of those things... you mess with my father, and it becomes war,” he says. “That’s when I really started getting deeper and deeper into Islam.”

An allegiance to Allah About five years later, around the age of 12, Javid began volunteering with the militant group known as Hezbollah. Iran’s Islamic Revolution had been successful in ousting the Shah and his regime, but a year later the country was thrust into full-on war when the

Pastor Afshin Javid prepares a meal in his North Vancouver home. Top right, one of the few photos of Javid as a teenager in Iran. Peter Taylor portrait / submitted photo

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neighbouring nation of Iraq began dropping bombs in a struggle for power. In an effort to defend their way of life, Iranians from all walks of life were volunteering to fight on the front lines, Javid says. And, although he was still a bit too young to fight alongside his cousins and uncles, Javid wanted to be a part of it, too. Feeling he needed to show his love to Allah, Javid volunteered with the Hezbollah, patrolling the streets to enforce strict Muslim law. This included making sure boys weren’t wearing jeans, men had their shirts buttoned all the way up, and people weren’t listening to “western music.” As a young teenager, Javid volunteered to do crowd control at state-sponsored executions, which would sometimes draw thousands of people into the streets. Looking back on it now, Javid says he’s ashamed of the person he was becoming. “The first time I watched a man die, something inside me died,” he says. “I became cold. I became numb. The last hanging I watched, I remember leaning over and whispering in the man’s ear, ‘Bye bye.’ He fainted and went limp... it took 13 minutes for him to die.”

A crisis of faith It was nearing the late-1980s when members of Javid’s family finally decided to leave their war-torn homeland. On the advice of his family, Javid set his sights on moving to the United States, where he planned to spread the word of Allah to misguided westerners. After fleeing Iran on foot, the 15-year-old trekked across the desert of Pakistan. With the help of a human smuggler, he eventually wound up in the Southeast country of Malaysia, where he was caught in possession of fake passports and thrown into jail. For six months, Javid spent 21 hours a day locked in a tiny concrete room with four other men. “It was so very hot,” he recalls. “There was only one little window and it was covered by a metal plate. Some days, you wanted to kill the person sitting next to you because you thought they were taking up too much oxygen.” To cope with prison, Javid delved deeper into his faith. He prayed five times a day, began teaching other prisoners, and made a habit of reading through the Koran every 10 days. One night while meditating on verses, however, a strange sensation of fear overcame him. Javid says it was as though a powerful being entered the room and began to strangle the life out of him. Desperately, he called out for God to save him, and a voice answered, he says, asking him to breathe the name of Jesus Christ. “I said, ‘Jesus, if you are true, show me yourself.’ And before I could finish, everything was back to normal,” he says.

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“That was not my conversion, but it was the beginning of my confusion.”

A visit from Christ Javid tried to forget the bizarre incident, but for weeks afterward he couldn’t help but question everything he’d been raised to believe. “I couldn’t understand it. Why would Jesus come to help a Muslim?” he asks. “So I decided to fast and pray. I wanted God to show me the path.” For two weeks, Javid says he sat in one place from morning to night, fasting and praying for every waking hour. When that didn’t bring any answers, Javid grew resentful. He began questioning the power of God — the greatest sin a Muslim can commit, he says — when suddenly a blinding light filled the dark jail cell. “I was convinced I was about to be wiped off the face of the Earth,” he recalls. “I believed I deserved to die. So I ran to the corner of the room, held my head in my arms and begged for forgiveness, crying. “Then I felt a touch on my shoulder, and I asked, ‘Who are you?’ “’I am the way, the truth, and the life,’ he responded.”

Foundation for a new life More than two decades after his release from prison, Javid sits at his family’s kitchen table in North Vancouver, sharing a meal with his wife and the youngest of his three children. Above the table hangs a cross, while on another wall hangs a copy of the Ten Commandments. The family’s fridge is covered with photographs of friends and family — many of them members of their church — and a hand-drawn picture of a sheep. “Your flock loves you,” reads the drawing. These days, Javid is the pastor of a small congregation known as the Vancouver Christian Fellowship. He is also a founding member of the I Am Thirsty ministries — a group that challenges its members to commit to serving one person in their life for an entire year, in the name of Jesus Christ. Javid says he knows some are skeptical of his story, but says they shouldn’t be, because he has no reason to lie. “I don’t worry about that. My whole life is documented. It was all Islam, Islam, Islam, and then one day, literally, everything changed,” he says. “What else could consume a man so much?” In the days after he declared his newfound faith, 40 Islamic prisoners at Pudu Jail nearly killed him in a vicious beating. And in the years since, others have continued to threaten his life, insisting he was not visited by Jesus Christ, but instead, possessed by a demon hell-bent on deceiving him. But despite the threats, Javid says he is intent to push on with his mission, which he feels is to plant the seed that is at the heart of Christianity — love. “This world really needs someone to remind people that loving is better than hating,” he says. A few years ago, Javid penned an autobiography, As Easy as Drinking Water, which he also hopes will help Christians in North America gain a better understanding of Muslims and where they’re coming from. “The West tends to see all Muslims as terrorists. It’s so easy to make Islam seem evil, and Muslims with it,” he says. “Communication is the most important part of the success in any relationship, and we’ve failed miserably at that. Even here on the North Shore, there is a sense of disconnectedness between cultures. I want to change that. I want to bring people back together.”

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ive North Shore residents are being recognized by the province for outstanding levels of dedication to their communities. On Monday, Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, announced the winners as part of the eighth annual BC Community Achievement Awards. Among the 36 winners were four North Vancouver residents, including Sheila Gilmour of the North Shore Community Foundation, Squamish Nation leader Tewanee Joseph, soccer coach and educator Sam Lenarduzzi, and Fire Fighters Without Borders Canada founder Brian Hutchinson. John Jennings, a West Vancouver resident and chair of the BC Cancer Foundation, was also recognized. Winners were chosen by an independent advisory council, made up primarily of politicians and past winners. All 36 winners will be honoured during a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on April 20. “Each of these people has a remarkable record of enhancing the quality of life of residents throughout the province,” said Premier Christy Clark, in a press release. “And each truly deserves to be singled out and recognized by all British Columbians for their contributions.” “These individuals work diligently all year round and their contributions yield concrete and lasting benefits for all of us,” said Mitchell. “Their work stands as a beacon to selfless community service, and our lives are richer for it.” For more information on the awards, including a full list of winners, visit www.bcachievement. com. More information on the individual North Shore winners is included below. Tewanee Joseph, North Vancouver A member of the Squamish First Nation, Tewanee Joseph is an extraordinary leader. His work as a councillor supported positive development and change in his community. As CEO of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat, he cast a tremendous spotlight on B.C.’s and Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Sheila Gilmour, North Vancouver For more than 50 years, Sheila Gilmour has significantly contributed to her North Vancouver community. She was a founding member of the North Shore Community Foundation and the Lionsview Seniors’ Planning Society. Sheila was also instrumental in the establishment of the forerunner to the North Shore Disability Resource Centre and volunteered with the Capilano Community Services Society where she was the society’s first co-ordinator.

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APRIL 6 • 2nd Annual Team Finn Wine Festival: Seymour’s Pub. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. Benefiting BC Cancer Foundation and Ride to Conquer Cancer. Doors open 6 p.m., tickets $35. Off Exit 22 at the Holiday Inn 720 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. Contact 604-307-3038 for more information. • North Shore Business Tradeshow: Variety of display booths will showcase everything from sporting organizations to educational institutions and retirement

facilities. 1 to 7 p.m. at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier. Sponsored by North Shore Chamber of Commerce, 604987-4488. APRIL 8 AND 9 • Book Sale: The Friends of the West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive semi-annual book sale, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A “members only” pre-sale is April 7, 6 8:30 p.m. APRIL 9 Collectible and Antique Sale: 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Mount Seymour United Church. Cameras, books, music, jewelry and more.

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The initial phase of the block’s redevelopment will focus on the long-vacant former Imperial Oil site. Michael Mortensen, senior development manager for Grosvenor, told The Outlook his organization does not yet have formal plans for the derelict property, but said at a conceptual level the company does envision street-level retail units with residences above. “We want ideas on uses, character, everything, for the area,” said Mortensen. “The key for us is to come to the public before doing any planning. We really want everyone to contribute.” Grosvenor has entered into an agreement with the district to purchase the land where the police station currently

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or many people in their 70s, it’s a time of relaxation, of putting their feet up and smelling a proverbial flower or two. But not West Vancouver’s Christa Bortignon. The 74-year-old is busy winning gold medals at track and field meets across the continent, and setting a few Canadian records along the way. Bortignon just returned from the Canadian Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships in Kamloops, held on March 19 and 20, where she won gold medals in the 60, 200 and 400 metre races, the 4x200 relay and the long jump, triple jump and the shot put. Her only silver medal at the event came in the high jump. She repeated her Canadian records in the triple jump, long jump and 60 metre sprint. An impressive haul for any length of time — let alone a weekend stretch — but March has been a particularly busy period for the athlete. From March 4 to 6, Bortignon was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she competed in the American Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships. Bortignon came home with seven medals and six Canadian records in the pentathlon, 60 and 200 metre races, 60 metre hurdles and the long and triple jumps. She was the only competitor from B.C. and one five Canadian women and five Canuck men. “Albuquerque was the international level; it was really big for me,” Bortignon told The Outlook. “When I first arrived I said ‘what am I doing here?’ But I amazed myself.” Bortignon has enjoyed a rather meteoric rise in

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the world of Masters athletics, a sports arena open to those older than 35. Athletic since her childhood days growing up in Germany, Bortignon began competing in track and field events in 2009 after finding out she had arthritis and could no longer play tennis, a longtime favourite. Not wanting to sit around, Bortignon was encouraged by the story of 92-year-old Canadian Masters Hall-of-Fame inductee Olga Kotelko. Also of West Vancouver, Kotelko met Bortignon at the track at West Vancouver secondary school and within two weeks, she was competing at her first Canadian championship meet. It was also at Kotelko’s recommendation that Bortignon sought out a club to receive some formal training. Prior to their meeting at WVSS two years ago, Bortignon had never received any official track and field coaching. She settled on the Greyhounds track club, one of only three organizations in Canada devoted to masters athletes. She also recently began volunteering with the B.C. Masters committee and is the provincial representative to the Canadian Masters Athletics Association. It’s a busy schedule, she added, but Bortignon plans to do as much as she can, for as long as she can. “I hope to inspire. I hope to be an Olga to others, as she was to me,” said Bortignon. “There’s no harm in trying this. There are many things to do. Join us at the club and give it a spin.” For more information on the Greyhounds track club, visit

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his weekend in Irvine, Calif., the team from North Vancouver, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, won an incredible eight medals at the Pan American Jiu Jitsu championships. Winning gold in their divisions were North Vancouver residents Alex Boldizar, who won first place in the senior-1 white belt super heavyweight division and Brodie Dabb. A 15-year-old green belt in jiu jitsu, Brodie won a gold medal in the juvenile blue belt division after going up both an age and a belt class to face 16- and 17-yearolds. Incredibly, he submitted all three of his opponents en route to winning first place. The other gold medalists on the team were Hector Wong and Milo Hilario. North Vancouver Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach Marc Marins also competed and won a bronze medal in the black belt masters middleweight division, defeating two opponents to make it into the semifinals. Also winning a bronze were North Vancouver residents Roey Kestelman, who fought in the blue belt senior-2 heavyweight class and Bill Jones, who won bronze in the purple belt, senior-1 lightweight class. Marci Hilario, who runs Apex Martial Arts in Richmond along with her husband Milo, won a bronze medal in the women’s blue belt category. Known as “the gentle art”, Brazilian jiu jitsu is a sport that utilizes throws and submission holds where the ultimate goal is to win a fight without injuring your opponent and without allowing your opponent to cause injury to you. Brazilian jiu jitsu black belts Marc Marins and Jeff Meszaros have been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the North Vancouver area for three years. In that time their club has won medals at the Pan American Championships, U.S. Open, American Nationals, B.C. Championships and the World Cup as well as at many local tournaments. For more information visit www. - submitted

Favourite subjects in school? “Biology and chemistry. I want to be a nurse. My boyfriend broke his leg last August and was in the hospital. I saw the nurses working and it made me think I’d like to do that.” Best thing about soccer? “I love scoring. That’s what I look forward to. Striker is my favourite position by far.” Favourite thing to do in your spare time? “Shopping and walking Chloe, my miniature pinscher. Our family also has a chocolate Lab, Chelsea.” What did you do during Spring Break? “I just got back from a grad trip to Cuba. We went to Havana, swam with dolphins and went on a catarmaran. About 15 or 20 of us from Sutherland went for a week.” If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? “I really, really want to go to New York. I’ve kind of wanted to live there but I’ve never been there so I should probably go there [to visit] first.”

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hen Fred Hume was hired to organize a UBC Sports Hall of Fame 22 years ago, he had no inkling that one day he would be in it himself. That day comes next Wednesday evening when he will be inducted as a builder during the annual UBC Big Block and Hall of Fame banquet at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Hume, who grew up on the North Shore, never played any varsity sports at UBC or represented the university and Canada in any international competitions like many of those among the 99 individuals who are already safely ensconced in the Thunderbirds’ hall of fame. But without Fred, no one would be in a hall of fame honouring Blue and Gold greats because there wouldn’t even be a UBC Sports Hall of Fame. At least certainly not one of the quality that UBC now has. Hume did curl and play field lacrosse in the intramural program at UBC while pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce degree, conferred in 1968. He had attended North Star Elementary, old Inglewood Junior High and West Van High (1961 grad) while growing up at 150 Sandringham Crescent in Upper Lonsdale and then from age 13 at 840 Pyrford Road, a little two-block-long street squished in between Eyremount Drive and Fairmile Road in the British Properties. That’s when he curled at the now-long-gone Capilano Winter Club and played football in the Gordon Sturtridge League. Following high school, he played one season with Larry Reda’s North Shore Wildcats juvenile grid squad. After working in his grandfather’s Hume & Rumble electrical business for three years and then contracting with several other engineering and construction firms, he took a little side job in 1982 as the official statistician for UBC football games. That was a fortuitous opportunity for Hume – and for UBC athletics – because it led, in 1989, to an offer from Director of Athletics Bob Hindmarch to take on the task of putting together a UBC Sports Hall of Fame. Soon Hume was eagerly setting about researching the history of Thunderbird sports all the way back to 1915 through old issues of Ubyssey newspapers, Totem yearbooks and Vancouver’s daily papers. A diligent researcher, he wrote up bios on dozens of UBC greats of the past and formed a selection committee that he chaired in a non-voting capacity. The inaugural induction ceremonies took place in 1993 with a grand banquet. That year five teams were inducted (1929-30 and 1969-70 women’s basketball, 1969-70 men’s basketball, 1956 fours rowing crew and 1970-71 rugby); along with 18 individuals, the majority of whom were multi-sports stars: Herb Capozzi, Thelma Fynn Wright, Bobby Gaul, Sandra Hartley Cousins (1966 Delbrook High grad), Bob Hindmarch, Ted Hunt, Art Lord, Doug McIntyre, Howie McPhee, Bob Osborne, Bus Phillips, Sandy Robertson, Cokie Shields, Geh Ternan, Ron Thorsen, Maury Van Vliet, Harry Warren and Ruth Wilson. You probably recognize some of

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those names but others not so much. And that’s the beauty of Hume’s work. Without his research, many outstanding individuals would have been lost in time and gone unrecognized. While Hume did all the legwork to produce the bios and recruited a rotating group of selection committee members, he always left it up to the committee to decide who should get in the hall. Over the years, the selection committee – an all-star lineup itself – has been made up of people such as UBC Sports Hall-of-Famers Hindmarch, May Brown, Marilyn (Russell) Pomfret, Charlotte Warren and Ken Winslade; BC Sports Hall of Fame curator Jason Beck; professors Thelma Sharpe Cook, Ken Craig, Bonnie Gordon and Gary Sinclair; sportswriters/authors Jim Coleman, Mike Harling, Don Harrison, Wendy Long, Bob Mackin, Megan Stewart, Marc Weber, Don Wells and, yes, even me, among others from a variety of fields. Most are UBC grads themselves. Hume’s work expanded into compiling all-time lists of players in various sports, writing historical pieces for UBC publications, doing research for Flight of the Thunderbirds, the Don Wells-written history of UBC athletics; and even nominating UBC athletes for other halls of fame. So he earned the title of UBC Sports Historian many times over. His submissions have resulted in Hindmarch and Quene Yip (UBC’s first Chinese-Canadian sports star) entering the BC Sports Hall of Fame while Jim Bardsley, J.D. Jackson, Carol TurneyLoos, Peter Mullins, Jack Pomfret and the 1969-70 women’s basketball team and the 1947-48 men’s team are among his successful nominations to the Basketball BC Hall of Fame. The latter team is being inducted when Basketball

BC holds its own annual Hall of Fame dinner April 30 at the Langley Events Centre. Reid Mitchell, who played at West Van High in the 1940s and taught and coached at West Van High through the ’50s, is one of only a few surviving members of that ’47-48 UBC hoop team. Hume can pinpoint the very moment his interest in sports began. It was 1952. He was 9. That’s when he happened to buy some packs of Topps baseball cards at Burdett’s corner store at the intersection of Lonsdale and Windsor. (But don’t go looking for it, it’s no longer there... the store, not the intersection.) What’s really impressive is that Fred still remembers the cards he got: Erv Palica, Sid Gordon, Lou Brissie and Mike Garcia. Then he got to go to hockey and lacrosse games with his grandfather, Fred J. Hume, after whom he was named. The elder Hume, the mayor of New Westminster from 1933-42, owned pro hockey’s New Westminster Royals, lacrosse’s New Westminster Salmonbellies and soccer’s New Westminster Royals. The lacrosse and soccer teams were Canadian champions during that era. He later became Vancouver mayor from 1951-58 and the owner of the Western Hockey League’s old Vancouver Canucks. And he was instrumental in securing the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games for Vancouver, bringing worldwide attention to the city thanks to the Roger Bannister-John Landy Miracle Mile. Grandfather Hume is one of only a very few who have been inducted into both Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Of course he’s also in the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Now his grandson has a hall of fame of his own. Check out all the UBC Sports Hall of Fame biographies at www. This is episode 415 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.

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APRIL 1-2, 6-9, 13-16 Biloxi Blues: Popular Neil Simon comedy. A young WW II army recruit goes through basic training and learns about Life and Love with a capital ‘L’ along with some harsher lessons. Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver. 8 p.m. Tickets: $16/$14 (seniors and students) available at www., Deep Cove Pharmacy, or 604-929-3200. April 2 • Introduction to SoulCollage with Heather Conn: 5 to 9:30 pm, The Silk Purse Centre, West Van. Call 1-800-601-5611 to pre-register. • Raul Midon: Equal parts earthy soul, latin heart and percussive guitar style. A blend of old-school soul, Latin, jazz and classic folk-pop. 8 p.m., Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, North Vancouver. $30/$27. APRIL 3 Komatsumeihou High School Brass Band Concert: Centennial Theatre, 2 p.m. Admission is free for this toprated Japanese high school brass band. Includes works by Michael Conway Baker, who will accompany the band, Pro Arte dancers and local pianist Lucy Gou. This is the 15th consecutive year in which Japan’s most accomplished bands have dazzled North Shore audiences. Sutherland Secondary music department. APRIL 4-15 Music festival: NS Registered Music Teachers presents the 40th North Shore Music Festival & Workshops at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,

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Sensational open Àoor plan characterizes this 5 bedroom 4 bathroom completely updated home. Extensive renovations include newer $24,000 - 40 year warranty roof, kitchen with new Stainless Steel Appliances, Corian counter tops and granite Àooring, 4 fully renovated bathrooms with Grohe and ToTo ¿xtures. New solid walnut hardwood Àoors and oak railing. New and top quality Shearweave and Cellular blinds, state-of-the-art Media Room, European oak designer doors, light ¿xtures, internal and external paint job, advanced security system/video display. Also double garage with new garage door/opener. There are also 2 massive south facing patios with glass walls to maximize the mountain and city view!

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5709 Owl Court $875,000

498 Montroyal Place $849,900


Great value & potential in this bright & spacious home located on a quiet cul-de-sac in upper Delbrook. 3 bdrms up on the main Àoor. Gorgeous hardwood Àoors on main level. All bathrooms & foyer recently tiled. A one bedroom nanny suite with separate kitchen, laundry & entrance is located on the ground level (not below ground.) Attached double garage plus lots of usable driveway space. Newer blinds, hot water tank, furnace & plenty of storage throughout. Back patio perfect for family with children.



Hardly ever available Spyglass Hill, one of the best on the North Shore, superbly maintained in the Handsworth catchment area sits on a beautiful, quiet cul-desac, nestled in a natural forest setting. The picturesque views of the magni¿cent mountains can be views with Grouse Mountain gondola making its way up to the summit. The freehold strata, duplex style town home of Molnar design, features over 3,000 sq ft of ¿nished Àoor area w/4+ bdrms and 5 baths. Covered in glamorous H/W À oors, this recently painted home is very private and bright overlooking south with fabulous ocean, city, and mountain views. Close to ski resort, Edgemont Village, Handsworth, and Montroyal schools.

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5716 Owl Court $789,000

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168 E Braemar Road $829,000


Gorgeous & fully renovated home with spectacular southern view (from master) with 3 bedrooms up. All bathrooms tastefully reno’d with new tile À oors/walls & newer bathingfacilities. Kitchen updated with newer maple cabinets, counter tops & appliances (2008) double oven in kitchen. Kitchen opens brilliantly to family room. Upstairs & all staircases have new carpet matching new paint job around the home. Nothing to do but move in!

#34-884 Premier Street $269,000



Beautiful view home in Upper Lonsdale. This 3(4) bedroom home offers 3 beds up with a large open media room style area perfect for a big screen or children’s play area. Come and see the spectacular city view at night!

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Complete new renovation in this bright 2 bedroom, 952 sq/ft home. Everything new: stainless steel fridge, stove & microwave, counter tops, cupboards, complimenting back splash, new thermo windows & sliding door, quality laminate À oors, new bathrooms, carpets in bedrooms, fresh paint. Pets and rentals are allowed! Perfect location! Maintenance fee includes heat, hot water and taxes.

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Beautifully remodelled from bottom to top that beats a new house in one of the most demanding area, in Delbrook, almost 3000 sqft of high quality which fits 2 families, 2 brand new open kitchens with S/S appliances, new dark H/W floors for the entire house ,new windows with high-end coverings ,new plumbing & wiring, new roof and hot water heating system. Sitting on a newly Land Escaped lot, finally enjoy an out-door swimming pool on newly fenced and private backyard.

Enjoy unobstructed view of ocean, island, and mountain from this specious two bedroom and Family room in Stonecliff next to Cypress Provincial Park, high end finishing, hardwood flooring, granite counters, S/S high end appliances, over sized washer and drying, designer window covering, A/C system. Club house with two guest suites, fitness center, spa, fireside lounge with full kitchen and conference room. Comes with two secured parking stall.


#1001-3335 Cypress Pl, W.V.




Urban Fare







Coal Harbour Community Centre

Cardero’s Restaurant

Sutton West Coast


The ultimate in luxury. This gorgeous Penthouse is being offered for the first time on the market. The private elevator will lead you into the foyer and into the lap of 3300+ square feet of luxury. You wont believe your eyes as you gaze upon the best view in West Vancouver from every room. Step onto a 1500 square foot veranda to breath in the fresh mountain air. It almost goes without saying that only the best quality finishes and fittings are featured in this home as every upgrade imaginable was ordered.

$1,398,000 301-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V.

480 Evergreen Pl., N.V.



Amir Abadian


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Luxurious town home in “the properties” with sweeping City & Ocean views, developed by reputable Quigg. This beautiful 2 bedroom + den home features your dream kitchen and impeccable quality finishes throughout. Step into your very own private entrance. The grand living area and spacious layout lead to a large deck where you can enjoy the world class views this property has to offer. private tour available by appointment only.

102-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V. $1,648,000 101-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V.

$1,619,000 $1,419,000

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3636 and 3648 Fromme Rd - Asking $769,900

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 $769,900 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

“EXCITING OPPORTUNITY” 100+ Seat restaurant in popular SOMA neighborhood on a busy street. Established over 25 Years. Fully licensed. Low rent, newer equipment and more….. Exclusively listed by Nora Valdez


RogerJung Roger Jung 604.657.0645

109-2142 Carolina St. $231,388 (5th & Carolina)

Mount Pleasant

Fresh as a Daisy, new privacy fence for about 20x12 private patio. Total reno inside 1 BR apt. Pets allowed to 22 lbs. Call Vera or Nora to view

Heather Kim

778-847-1452 Royal LePage Northshore

OAC lender/broker fees may apply

Beside North Shore Winter Club “Carlton at the Club” Call Heather Kim 778-846-1452 or Vera 604-318-0024


Vera Holman

2 BR 302 - 1327 Keith $388,000

3307 - 193 Aquarius

Yaletown, False Creek at your doorstep! $674,900 for 2 BR South and West Facing walls of window. Open by appointment. Call Vera 604-318-0024 or Nora Valdez 604-351-0625

Nora Valdez







Don’t Miss Your Chance! Renovated family home is in the very desirable PEM- appliances including a “steam oven”. Hardwood floors BERTON HEIGHTS area located on a quiet beautiful have been refinished, new roof and windows. Convecorner lot. It has 3 bedrooms up and 1 bedroom down niently located close to Capilano Elementary School. in an “in-law” suite, the gourmet kitchen is great with 2318 Philip Ave., N.V. granite counters and all top of the line stainless steel

South facing sun drenched property in Eagle Harbour. Park like setting backing onto Seaview Trail. Outlook to West Van Yacht Club & Eagle Island. Mature gardens, extensively & professionally landscaped yard with large entertainment decks. Main Åoor - 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, kitchen with eating area, living room and dining room with lots of windows & gas Äreplace. Lower Åoor - large family room/rec room with big windows & gas Äreplace, newer bathroom has steam shower! Flat level 12,302 sq ft lot. New windows throughout. ReÄnished oak Åooring double garage & workshop. Call Judy for private viewing. Virtual Tour at

Priced $975,000

5760 Cranley Drive, West Vancouver

Call Roger at 604-657-0645 now to arrange for showings. 206 Lonsdale Avenue | North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G1 | 604-960-1100

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Marianne Povey

604-218-1108 VIVHARVEY.COM








Fabulous Canyon Point Home! NEW LISTING - OPEN SUNDAY 2-4 OFFERED AT $898,000 With almost 1700 sq ft of one level living close to Edgemont Village, this home has it all! The spacious rooms, including two bedrooms and a den, offer plenty of room for your house sized furniture allowing you to downsize with ease. Situated on the top floor, this suite boasts vaulted ceilings and skylights, crown moulding throughout and a fabulous wet bar. An unbelievable bonus to this outstanding home is an over 980 sq ft private sundeck to host summer barbeques for all your friends and family or to simply lounge in solitude soaking in the beautiful mountain views.


This home is in ready to move in condition, MANY UPDATES, spacious and bright, located in most desirable PEMBERTON HEIGHTS Large living, dining room with original oak Åooring, updated windows, and cozy gas heatilator Äreplace. Roomy kitchen, eating area. Master Bedroom upstairs with its own private wing with bath and deck. Downstairs has an above ground recreation room, bedroom and 1/2 bath. Ideal home ofÄce/ large den on main, (private entrance) great loft area for media/guest bedroom. EASY TO VIEW BY APPOINTMENT OR COME TO THE OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, 2-4. Photo tour and Floor Plan:






TOP FLOOR, south facing spacious and bright one bedroom unit with balcony. JUST RENOVATED! This beautiful apartment comes with a brand new kitchen and new flooring; one storage locker and secure underground parking. Strata fees only $201.13 includes heat, hot water and the use of free laundry facilities. Great central location, just off Lonsdale Ave shopping, rec centre, public transit.




662 WEST KEITH RD. N.V. $649,000

#303-3200 Capilano Crescent Viv Harvey knows that buying or selling a home can be like sailing through rough seas. That's why she uses her business acumen, marketing expertise and extensive area knowledge as a navigational aid for her clients.

Notary Public

Lorraine E. John t: 604.985.4150

f: 604.985.4145

• Real Estate Conveyancing • Mortgages • Notarization of Documents • Last Will and Testaments

LP: $279,000 #101-123 E19TH. N.V. LP: $265,000

Shakun Jhangiani 604.725.9179

• Representation Agreements • Power of Attorney Documents • Affidavits and Statutory Declarations • All other Notarial Services

Sincere, Prompt and Knowledgeable Service NORTHSHORE

• 15 years experience as conveyancer for various law firms throughout BC. • Received outstanding achievement awards during successful 10-year career as a Realtor. • Received award from UBC for top mark in conveyancing section of Notary exams.

#204-1401 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 2H9


“Opening New Doors For You”



Sussex Realty West Vancouver •



This Unique 4 bedroom Lewis post and beam family home with full headroom basement shows with pride of ownership. It is a well maintained home that offers large sunny decks, newly paved level driveway, a large and very bright kitchen with skylights, cozy gas Àreplace in the living room, newly painted exterior, and even a hot tub. This gem is in a great location, close to Eagle Harbour School, beaches, tennis, and the community center. Open Sat/Sun 2pm to 4pm., or call for your private showing today.

49 so Ho far m thi es S s y old ea r!

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“We bought a 2-bedroom home at District Crossing.” Pam, Kevin & Daugther Maddie

District Crossing. Buy the numbers. When you come in to view District Crossing, you will see real display homes in the actual building. They’re not mock-ups in a sales centre with artificial views. What you see is literally what you will get, and with construction well along, you won’t have to wait for years to move into your new home. And now, owning at home at District Crossing is even easier with only a 5% deposit due at signing and an additional 5% due two months later. Shop and compare. Our purchasers did and they came back to buy at District Crossing. Unbeatable prices and quality. Below is an example of just how easy and affordable it can be to buy a new home and move in this year.

Sample 2 Suite 203 - 1673

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including net HST Based on 25% down payment, 3.5% interest rate and 30 year amortization.

Prices and rates are correct at time of press and subject to change without notice. E.&O.E Presentation Centre: 802-1150 Marine Drive, North Vancouver Open noon - 5pm daily except Fridays


Mark Rosenberg 604-998-3214

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BUY & SELL WITH CONFIDENCE / Over 21 Years Experience

West Coast Realty

OP S AT / SE N U 3-4 N




Leslie Miletich



$989,000 701 E. Keith Road, North Vancouver This 2,400 SF character home enjoys a fantastic central location with 180 degree views of the water, city and mountains that stretch from the Lions Gate Bridge to beyond Burnaby mountain! With over $200,000 dollars spent on upgrades within the last year, this residence has been restored to her original grandeur. A few of the improvements include a new roof, decking, wiring, soft & hard landscaping, garden irrigation systems, flagstone paver’s, fencing, blinds, appliances and window coverings. You will also enjoy gorgeous hardwood flooring and leaded glass windows. There is also a basement that is above ground with walk out access. This home has been reported to be built by former Councillor & Reeve of North Van in the early 1900’s.



312 East 17th St, North Vancouver

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JUST LISTED!! Charming Character home on a large, level 50’x147’ lot with lane access in Prime Central Lonsdale. Features approx. 1,000 sq. ft of living space up with 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths plus 960 sq. ft. of separate accomodation down (3 bedrooms and 1 bath). Just a short walk to shops, recreation and transportation.

Bedo• Kaviani 604.725.5705





Royal Lepage - North Shore 2407 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC


1221 West 16th Street, North Van


Pemberton area, exclusive self managed bright duplex w/over 2300 SF living space, award winning interior designer home. Spacious living room and formal dining room. Granite countertop island kitchen. Stainless steal appliances. Upper floor offers 3 generous bdrms w/two full showers. Master with insuite and walk-in closet. Downstairs is fully finished unit with full shower for your in-law. powder room in mainfloor. Fenced private yard. Saturday and Sunday open 2-4pm

6 Bdrm, 5 Bathroom Family Home With City View.

260 Kelvin Grove Way, Lions Bay $1,489,000

565 Upper Bayview, Lions Bay $1,055,000




#303-1111 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver $326,500

40 Panorama, Lions Bay $890,000

Build your dream home on this .6 acre oceanview lot. Court ordered sale.

265 Bayview Rd, Lions Bay $649,900


WATERFRONT AT BRUNSWICK BEACH Lions Bay’s ecclectic beachside neighbourhood. This home exudes the special charms of a westcoast retreat;expansive decks, custom wood windows and detailing,3 bdrms,3 full baths, great room with stone Äreplace, seperate Coach house for guests or private ofÄce, an irreplacable package. Easy to show!

20 Brunswick Beach, Lions Bay $2,250,000




SPECTACULAR VIEWS Spectacular views from this one owner custom home in lower Kelvin Grove. 4400 sq feet, 4 bedrms+ofÄce, 3 baths, incl in-law suite. 5 min walk to the beach...awesome! 15 Sweetwater, Lions Bay $1,095,000




W W W. T H Y R A M C K I L L I G A N . C O M

RE/MAX Masters


VA N C O U V E R ’ S P R O P E R T I E S



Panoramic oceanviews from this beautifully 1 bedroom top Åoor suite. Vaulted ceilings, updated 4bed, 3 bath home. hardwood gas Äreplace, custom paint, new carpets. Åoors, new custom kitchen, spa like Just move in and enjoy! ensuite. Bonus mtge helper. V833662


OP S AT 2E N -4




2554 Westhill Close, West Vancouver


Warm , inviting 5, bedroom family home on a large 1/2 acre property with oceanviews. Vaulted ceilings,custom windows, hardwood Åoors, new cedar decks, great yardspace. Easy driveway with tons of parking including double garage.Bonus in-law accomodation too! Located on the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in beautiful Lions Bay...10 mins on the scenic Sea to Sky from West Vancouver. See you at the open house.

O P E NU N S S AT / - 4 2

Amazing views from this custom 4 bdrm 4 bath Kelvin Grove home. custom kitchen, granite and stainless, hardwood Åoors, Huge decks for entertaining. Gorgeous master with custom shower, large walk in closet and view deck. Rare lawn and gardens. All with an easy entrance double garage. A must see!

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42. Central Lonsdale

★ 1,489,000 260 Kelvin Grove Way ................... Sun.2-4

★ 868,000 ★ 279,000





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312 East 17th Street........................ Sun.2-4 323-123 East 19th Street ................ Sun.2-4

06. Eagle Harbour ★ 949,000

5497 Greenleaf ..................... Sat&Sun2-4

43. Lower Lonsdale

8988 Royal St. Fort Langley

★ 349,000 217-332 Lonsdale Ave .................... Sat. 3-5 ★ Atrium at the Pier-172 Victory Ship Way ....Daily 12-5

23. Westhill

Gorgeous Renovations in 2009!

★ 1,430,000 2554 Westhill Close ........................ Sat. 2-4

44. Braemar 31. Capilano

★ 829,000

★ 898,000 303-3200 Capilano Cres ................. Sun.2-4 ★ District Crossing, 802-1150 Marine Drive ...........Daily 12-5 except Friday

46. Lynn Valley

168 East Braemar Road ........ Sat&Sun2-4

★ 1,149,500 1231 Coleman ............................. Sat. 2-4 ★ 326,500 303-1111 Lynn Valley Road ............ Sun.2-4

32. Grousewoods ★ 875,000

5709 Owl Court ............................. Sun.2-4


52. Queensbury / Calverhall ★ 989,000


701 East Keith Road............... Sat&Sun 3-4

36. Upper Delbrook ★ 849,900

498 Montroyal Place ...................... Sat. 2-4

59. Indian River ★ 599,000

Rebecca McDiarmid

305-3980 Inlet Crescent ......... Sat&Sun2-4

37. Delbrook ★ 1,398,000 480 Evergreen Placce .................... Sat. 2-4

62. Other

38. Pemberton / Pemberton Heights

★ Pinnacle Living On Broadway .................... Daily 12-5 ★ Pinnacle Living False Creek ........................ Daily 12-5

★ 729,000

Homelife Benchmark Realty Walnut Grove

2032 Cortell Street .......................... Sat. 2-4

#201 - 20999 88 Avenue,

39. Norgate ★ 799,000

1805 sq. ft. home, quiet area in Fort Langley, 8,090 sq. ft. fenced lot, circular driveway, massive renovations included creating open floor plan, new solid Chinese teak hardwood floors, new kitchen cabinets, island with 2nd sink, Corian counters, and stainless appliances, heated slate floor in the kitchen. 2 gas fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and 2 large unique bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Master suite boasts deluxe dressing room with custom cabinets, rather than a closet. Sliders off kitchen to large patio with gas outlet for BBQ, & hot tub. Enjoy a walk to the town and river trails. View virtual tour at

Langley, BC V1M 2C9

1221 West 16th Street ............ Sat&Sun2-4

Office: 604-888-7424 Toll free: 1-877-623-6986



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Reduced $599,000


Family friendly “Parkside Townhome” with plenty of room for that growing family. Excellent location close to schools, shopping and transportation. This 3 bedroom 3 bathroom has it all. Sunny SW patio off family room, second deck off living room and a private rooftop sundeck. Built-in vacuum, 2 fireplaces, full ensuite off master, walk-in closet, island kitchen with eating area, tons of storage and an attached double garage. Pets O.K., rental restriction but 2 available. New carpet & paint, tile and counters.

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To many updates to mention in this extremely nice 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 level Blueridge home. Was a licensed daycare down but great declared above ground, 1 bedroom suite. Open kitchen with concrete counters, stainless steel appliances and eating bar. Master has French doors leading out to back deck and large, fully fenced yard with lane access and more parking. Nice workshop in heated garage. Any technophile would love this home. Nothing to do but move in. Awesome value!

Excellent location within walking distance to West Vans beautiful beaches, parks, stores and all the other amenities Ambleside has to offer. Super clean and nicely updated this character home has a large Living/Dining room with gas fireplace, family room and a country kitchen leading to a large glass covered veranda out back perfect for those BBQ’s. Upstairs are four bedrooms, two with water views. Fully fenced backyard, single garage with lane access and lots of flower plants and trees front and back. Great value.



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Owner Operators: $1.74/mile*

F/T Pastor. Vancouver Yedalm Evangelical Church. 3-5 yrs exp. Eng/Kor. $20/hr for 37.5 hrs/week Tel: 604-842-9989

*includes base rate, fuel subsidy, safety bonus and elog bonus We offer; • Paid Fuel subsidy • Tridem Sunsidy • Safety Incentives • Paid Waiting Time • Paid Drops, excluding first drop • Steady Miles w/ Home Time • Same Rate Load or Empty • Comprehensive Benefit Package • Company Supplied Fuel Cards • Highest Fleet Insurance Discounts

Line Haul Company Drivers also wanted for the same lane. “Bringing agility to the supply chain” Call Today: 604.214.3161 or 1.800.667.1271 TRANSX HIRING CLASS 1 Drivers B.C-AB. Exciting NEW RATES PH: 1-877-914-0001


MEDICAL OFFICE Trainees Needed! Hospitals & Dr’s Need Medical Office & Medical Admin staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Career Training & Job Placement also Available! 1-888-778-0459 OUR COMPANY seeks a customer service representative. We provide an excellent salary and benefits. Email resume to: TIMBER! LEMARE is accepting resumes of certified coastal contract fallers. Minimum 5 years coastal experience. Must be able to assess and control hazards while maintaining production. Please email resume to or fax 250-956-4888.





Optician Training *6-month course starts April 4th, 2011


BC College Of Optics


Food Counter Attendant Take customers’ orders, assemble sandwiches & salads, portion/wrap food, package take-out food, serve customers at counters, stock refrigerators & salad bars, keep records of quantities of food used, operate cash register. Must be able to work Night Closing Shift 7:30pm to 3:30am daily. Wage; $10.31 per hour. Apply in person or mail resumes to: Subway, 1034 Marine Dr. North Vancouver, B.C. V7P 1S5 OSAKA Japanese Rest. (N. Van) F/T Kitchen Chef 2-3 yrs exp. HighSchool grad.$17.25/hr.Prepare/ cook meals. Fax. 604-929-0768


109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Cisco Certification (CCNA/CCNP/ CCIE) training by a CCIE-flexible schedule, 1:1, low cost. 604-4680551/ LOVE ANIMALS? Love a career as an Animal Health Technologist. GPRC Fairview Campus. Accredited program well known to veterinarians. On-campus farm and residences. Work with large and small animals. 1-888-999-7882;

LOG TRUCK drivers for Kurt Leroy Trucking LTD. F/T, benefits included, to start immediately. Campbell River. Fax resume to 250-287-9914.


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FARM WORKERS required at Heppell’s Potato Corp. Surrey, BC for approx. 30 weeks starting June 2011. Main duties are planting, weeding and harvesting field crops, heavy lifting, packaging & general cleanup. Skills required are ability to work among others, no experience needed. Hourly rate of $9.28. 48-55 hrs/week, 6 days a week, 1 day off. Fax resume to: 604-5740553 or email: info@heppells. ca



HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC F/T position available for heavy duty mechanic to maintain fleet of street sweepers. Hydraulic and welding experience preferred. Must have valid drivers license and own tools. Please email resume to: or fax to 604-294-5988.


NEW PAY RATES Expanding BC/Alberta Lane Immediate Positions Available


Looking for Agricultural or Heavy Duty Mechanics. Fax resume to: 604-826-0705 or email to: or drop off to office: 34856 Harris Rd. Abbotsford.

FLAGGERS NEEDED If not certified, training available for a fee. Call 604-575-3944


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DELIVER RV Trailers for Pay! Successful RV transport company seeking pickup owners to deliver RV’s from US to Canada. Paying top rates! DRIVER - Fraser Valley based heavy haul trucking company has opening for one qualified class 1 driver. Must have min 2yrs exp., be bondable and able to cross the border. Fax resume & abstract to 604-852-4112 . No phone calls PLS


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Brammy Bros. Painting & Restoration Ltd. 1332 Franklin Street, Vancouver, Exterior Plasterer (Noc. 7284), Permanent, F/T, 40hrs p/wk, 3 to 5 yrs exp. Must be fluent in English, exp. in Lathers. Main Duties: Apply level & smooth coast of plaster using trowels, floats, brushes & spray equipment. Lather Perform. prepare wall, install the metal stud framing and furning to interior drywall or plaster walls and ceilings. Resume: Busy truck body manufacturer/equip. installer requires exp. fabricator/truck equipment rig-out specialists. Competitive wages & benefits. PTO, hydraulic, & electrical exp. necessary. Dayshift. Email:

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The patio is opening on April 4!

Larson Station,

the public restaurant at Gleneagles Golf Course, is the perfect choice for you, your friends & family, to come relax, enjoy the view and savour the tastes we have to offer. From brunch (think Belgian

Waffles with pralines and Chantilly cream), to lunch (Pepper Crusted Beef Dip with gorgonzola butter and au jus perhaps?), and dinner (try our pan seared white fish with Yukon gold mash and salsa fresca), the choices are excep-

tional. We invite you to experience upscale dining, at a casual price, in an idyllic setting. Stop by Larson Station anytime (for a cool one after the ninth?), or you can check out our menu, at www.

a fresh view on dining

LARSON TATION S 778.279.8874

6190 Marine Drive West Vancouver at Gleneagles Golf Course

Looking to host a special event? If you’re planning a wedding, anniversary, special

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party, reception, business meeting, or golf tournament, call us today to discover our stunning conference and banquet facilities ~ including the Great Hall and dance oor.

WV Outlook March 31, 2011  

Complete March 31, 2011 issue of The North Shore Outlook newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.northshor...

WV Outlook March 31, 2011  

Complete March 31, 2011 issue of The North Shore Outlook newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.northshor...