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Green Sharrow Lane in Central Lonsdale CYCLISTS AND VEHICLES SHARE THE LANE IN A SINGLE LINE The City has taken a new and innovative approach to improving the safety and continuity of one of the City's primary cycling routes. Cyclists and motorists will notice shared lane pavement markings with a new green travel lane along the 100 block of West 13th Street. Known as a green sharrow, this multi-use travel lane is a visual reminder that the curb lane should be shared by both bicycles and vehicles in a single line. Learn more at

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fter a three-day stop at an al-Qaeda safe house deep in the desert of Afghanistan — a menacing military-style compound, Rick Bennett recalls — it was time to go. It was well into the night by that point and travelling at such times went against every principle of reporting in conflict zones. Bennett, a cameraman for ABC and Lynn Valley resident, had spent his fair share of time in war-torn countries. Throughout the fall of the Soviet Union, the first Gulf War and the first battle of Mogadishu, Bennett had lugged his camera through some dangerous areas and knew the playbook well. Rule number one: don’t travel at night. But there he was, with an interpreter and his ABC colleague John Miller, climbing into a truck bound for a mountaintop camp where Osama Bin Laden, the then-new face of militant Islam, awaited them. ABC had supposedly been negotiating for two years to get the interview, but little was yet known of the man who would eventually orchestrate the largest attack on American soil a mere three years later. “I didn’t know at the time what was going to happen,” says Bennett. “But I had a better idea after the interview.” The ride was, pun intended, a rocky one. The truck had an open cab at the back and the terrain tossed the passengers around like rag dolls. Bennett’s $60,000 camera rode in a separate vehicle. Every now and then, a group of guys would pop up on the side of the road, wielding machine guns and grenades. Each time, they would open the truck’s doors and shove

flashlights in the group’s eyes. There were too many flies and he Finally, the truck reached a plawas uncomfortable. Someone went teau. Bennett could hear sprays out to get bug spray, cleared the of gunfire and he knew they were room of the pesky insects and the close. A few more minutes and interview started again. there it was — a long, skinny buildThe questions had been decided ing, with 40 or 50 guys waiting outon before the interview, at the side. Up to that point, the men who request of Bin Laden, and he refushad met Bennett’s team had been es to speak English for the durawell educated, well spoken and hos- tion of the session. Bennett and pitable. These men, however, were the interviewer Miller had no idea of a different ilk. what Bin Laden was saying. Only “Now these guys are 18 or 19 the translator understood what was years old. I just going on and they kept saying ‘I’m hadn’t yet have Canadian,’” says the chance to Bennett, halfFrom the wedding talk. smiling. “These And just like of William and guys want to that, Bennett says, shoot you on the interview was Kate to the Rolling over. He picked the spot. They’re just brainwashed up his camera and Stones to interviews darted outside to kids.” The group get shots of Bin with the world’s made its way Laden exiting the inside and began building and the most wanted to set up for wild young men, the interview. again, sending man, Rick Bennett Bennett was machine gun fire told he was not into the air. has seen it all, one getting his cam“It was bloody era back and scary. We finish shot at a time. was given only and everyone’s a small camstressed. They era with no top invite us in for light. There was no audio inputs on dinner but no one has any appetite,” the device, just a tiny microphone, says Bennett. and Bennett knew this setup wasn’t “And then they say they want the going to cut it. But before he could tape because we had filmed some say anything, Bin Laden arrived and faces that we shouldn’t have. So, “all hell’s breaking loose.” we had to put colour bars over the Weapons were again being fired, faces. We get into the vehicles afterand Bin Laden’s crew piled in the wards and our translator is screamroom. Bin Laden was wearing a ing at these kids because they’re military style jacket and carrying calling him a traitor. Heading down an AK-47. He sat down in front of the mountain we ask our transa map stuck on a wall, and Bennett lator what he [Bin Laden] said. made a final plea for his camera. And he tells us we won’t believe Surprisingly, it arrived and Bennett it. Bin Laden’s proclaimed war on Americans. Death to all Americans.” set up. But as the interview was Only a few months later, bombabout to start, Bin Laden got up.

ings of U.S. embassy buildings in Kenya and Tanzania killed 200 and al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. On Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Centers fell. More than 2,700 died in the attack. Among the dead were New York City police officers, firefighters and Port Authority staff, but the majority were civilians. It was a moment people will never forget. Televisions streamed endless footage of smoke billowing out of the towers as speechless onlookers stared at two unforgettable symbols of America crumble from the destruction. Bennett watched from England. But for a man who spent some time in the company of America’s most wanted man, the scenes weren’t quite so surprising. His first reaction, he says, was a simple one: “He’s done it.” His feelings toward Bin Laden’s oft-discussed, much televised death, however, are not nearly so straightforward. He says he’s surprised it took the U.S. so long to kill Bin Laden and agrees with President Barack Obama’s decision not to show any photos of Bin Laden’s corpse. But the all-night party in front of the White House, while an expected reaction to the news, may only serve to propel the animosity felt by those who just lost their leader. “I always thought he was alive all those years. He was born in 1957 and I could tell he was healthy, he moved well. He wasn’t living in a cave,” says Bennett, of Bin Laden’s post 9/11 existence. “And I understand the celebrations, but it fans the situation as well. This guy was brutally shot and photos just fuel the resentment and hatred.”


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He’s not against alternative housing, money and time restoring the property. but said the municipality needs to place The rezoning would allow all the it in appropriate areas. This proposal remaining 11 houses on the block is simply no more than spot rezoning, to add infill housing, Mersey noted. Ward Hall said. This would add more traffic and park“I am for alternative housing as long ing constraints to an area that already as they don’t destroy deals with spill out from single-family neighbour- “This could happen the West Vancouver hoods,” he said. Community Centre, This block is unique elsewhere.” seniors activity centre and because of its close tennis club, she said. Gordon Ward Hall The development proximity to the municiADRA president has the backing of the pality’s amenities, said Michael Geller, the Lionsview Seniors’ project’s proponent. He Planning Society. It’s a doubts whether such senior-friendly project, rezoning would be allowed in other said Viv Christison, chair of the society’s areas in West Vancouver. The same housing committee. West Vancouver conditions don’t exist elsewhere, Geller residents wanting to downsize don’t said. have a lot of options, she said, adding “There is no other block in West this project not only provides this, but is Vancouver with the same surrounding within walking distance of the seniors’ uses as this block,” he said, adding the and community centres. rezoning puts a plan in place in which The proposed duplexes are designed the block can be redone over time. to look like single-family units. This genGeller calls the development “sensitle densification is sensitive to the neightive infill.” The duplexes will be approxibourhood, Christison said. mately 1,430 square feet and 1,650 “They’ve designed it in a way that it square feet in size, while the three carfeels very consistent with the area,” she riage houses are approximately 1,150 said. square feet. The price range will run The district has heard support for this between $850,000 and $1.2 million. The type of housing and set about finding buildings will maintain a cottage feel, an appropriate area for it, said Stephen Geller said. Mikicich, the district’s senior commuHeather Mersey lives on 20th Street nity planner. across from the proposed block rezonIf the block receives the OCP amending. She says she doesn’t understand ment, property owners within the block how such as tightly-packed project will still have to apply for rezoning if could be allowed in a historic singlethey wish to add carriage houses. family area. Her house was built in A public hearing will be held on the 1928, and as with many of the cottageOCP amendment on Monday, May 16, style dwellings around her, she has spent at city hall at 7 p.m.

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t first glance, the nondescript storefront of Ace Grocery blends in perfectly with the others along North Vancouver’s Pemberton Avenue. But much like a dash of spice in a simmering pot curry, the shop, dubbed “Little India of the North Shore,” lends its taste to everything surrounding it. Without it, the quiet strip of commercial businesses and diners just wouldn’t be quite as flavourful. Of course, it’s not until one walks through the door of Ace Grocery that the shop’s full aroma kicks in. From front to back, the store’s COFFEE aisles are lined with foods and WITH household items from India, Pakistan, and exotic pockets Greg Hoekstra of Southeast Asia. ghoekstra@northshore There are cans of mango pulp and young coconut meat, “magic masala” potato chips, and aromatic soaps with the fragrances of strawberries and cream, lime, jasmine, and coconut. There are ten-pound sacks of basmati rice, boxes of mahogany henna hair dye, and a refrigerator stocked with ginger paste, paneer cheese and tamarind chutney. At the back of the shop owner Vikrim Bajaj has assembled a wall of spices, with alphabetically organized bags of bishop’s weed, cardamom, Dhana-Jeera mix and tumeric. And near the front cash register, next to the stacks of Persian and Hindi DVDs such as Om Shanti Om and Indian Cowboy: A Love Story, are Bajaj’s most popular items: hand-packaged spice mixes with step-by-step instructions for meal preparation. The mixes, the brainchild of Vikrim and his wife Jasvir, have been driving in business since the couple first started selling them nearly six years ago. In the early days, the couple mixed the packages individually for customers at the video store using a small coffee grinder in the back room. As the spice mixes grew in popularity, the Bajajs upgraded to an industrial-sized grinder and, eventually, moved the operation to a separate facility in a nearby industrial park. In 2007 the couple took their products — Ace Curries to Go — to their first trade show. That opened the doors to distribution in grocery store chains across Western Canada, such as IGA, Quality Foods, and select Safeway locations. Every year since, they have continued to travel and spread the word of their products, sometimes attending up to six farmers’ markets

a week, as well as tradeshows across Western Canada. To this day, everything is still done in-house, from the grinding and mixing of spices to the labelling of the packages, says Vick one morning, over a cup of coffee at a local diner. “I was told it’d be cheaper to have the labelling done elsewhere, but we care too much about the product to send it out,” he explains. But the business has reached the limits of how far it can expand. Although there have been inquiries from Toronto, Montreal and the Eastern U.S., the Bajajs simply can’t expand further without more capital. So, they turned to the Dragons. Over Easter weekend, Vick and Jas travelled to Toronto to film an episode for the popular CBC television show “Dragon’s Den.” In the show, the couple described their business to five multimillionaires — including Boston Pizza chairman Jim Treliving and IT mogul Rober Herjavec — with the hope that some of the Dragons will see its potential as an investment. Contractual obligations do not allow the couple to say whether they were successful in wooing the Dragons, or whether their spicy business plan had them breathing smoke, but Vick says the experience is one he learned a lot from. While other business owners were frantically rehearsing their spiels in the waiting room, Vick and Jas went in with nothing but a few talking points scrawled on a cocktail napkin at the pub the night before. “The program is more like a conversation or an interaction; it’s not a sales pitch,” says Vick. “Don’t forget, for every comment you make there are five people trying to shoot you down. You just need to know your business inside and out.” Vick describes the Dragons as being “larger than life” once the cameras are rolling. Inside the “den” they can sometimes come off as very harsh, but “they don’t speak out of harshness, they speak out of knowledge and business experience,” he says, with a smile. “Dragon’s Den is a true venture capitalist show. It’s all about the money. ‘Show me the money!’” The episode will hit the airwaves this fall. For more information visit You can also find Vic and Jas at the EPIC sustainable living expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre this weekend (May 13 to 15).

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Lighting the way towards hope Luminaries are a glowingly easy way to support Relay for Life MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


here will be a beautiful orange glow over Mahon Park on June 11 as dusk turns to darkness and the 2011 Relay for Life draws to a close. After spending the day walking along the track to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, hundreds of participants will pause. Quietly, and sometimes with tears in their eyes, they will kneel down and light a candle that sits inside a paper bag. On the bag will be printed the name of someone who has died from or survived cancer. The glow from these luminaries will light the way as the participants join together for a penultimate lap around the track. With each step they will pass by a luminary that serves as a reminder of why they are there. This year will be the fourth time that I take part in Relay for Life but the first time since the death of one of my sisters from pancreatic cancer. Mary Perkins, who was only 58, had just celebrated her retirement after more

than 30 years in healthcare. She was dreaming of winters in Mexico and being free of responsibility and worrying about others. But then she got jaundice and tests revealed that she had one of the most fatal forms of cancer. Eight months later, last October 21, she was gone. There is a history of cancer in my family but that’s not really why on three June nights, in three successive years, I joined members of my old hometown in the Relay for Life. My participation was more a celebration of what people could achieve when they pulled together. From seven at night to seven in the morning, my team took turns walking around a high school track, catching up with the news of friends and neighbours, or sometimes just caught up in our own thoughts. When it rained, we walked. When the dew was on the grass, we walked. None of us slept because, as the saying goes, “cancer never sleeps.” All of us knew virtually everyone whose name was on a luminary, which burned through the night. On one side of the track,

Natasha Thom is one of the volunteers who is helping with the June 11 Relay for Life at Mahon Park. Every time someone buys a $5 luminary in honour of or in memory of someone who has had cancer, she writes that person’s name on a special weather-resistant paper bag, into which a candle will be placed. Those candles will be lit around the track at 9:30 p.m. Rob Newell photo the luminaries were placed to form the word HOPE. You couldn’t help but be touched by their solemn beauty. The North Shore is a bigger community but, still, events like Relay for Life can pull us together. Although it sounds like it’s hard to spend 12 hours walking around a track, you don’t have to walk the entire time. The rule is that at any given time, only one member of your team has to be walking. The rest of you can stay by your camp, read a book, visit

at other camps or take part in the fun activities that have been organized throughout the day. There will be music and bellydancing, foot massages and food – dozens of activities to keep you motivated. And you don’t even have to stay up all night. The North Shore event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you don’t have a team, you can always make a donation. What I love about the luminary program is that it costs only $5 to

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ala season is upon us, so pull out those ball gowns and black ties because it’s time to dress to the nines for a number of very worthwhile causes. First, it was the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Heart of Gold gala VIP pre-reception. Held at the very elegant 20,000+ sq. ft. Casa Mia mansion in Vancouver, North Shore guests were treated to an evening of canapes, cocktails and music – all of which helps lead up to the big “Midnight in an Italian Garden” themed gala night to be held on June 10. Next, it was another invite-only VIP reception at the Hyatt hotel in honour of the Turning Point Recovery Society’s gala fundraiser. This intimate pre-dinner gathering gave VIPs a chance to meet the evening’s guest of honour, actress Katey Sagal. Best known for her portrayal of Peg Bundy on the television sitcom “Married with Children,” she was a complete delight to meet in person as she laughed and chatted with guests about her various acting roles and her own struggle with addiction.



B Tres elegant! West Vancouverites Mark and Cindi George, left, join friends Tanya and Frank Taleghan at the Heart & Stroke reception at Casa Mia. C Heart & Stroke PR gal Shelley Johnson, left, greets guests such as West Vancouver’s famous golden gal and Bon Mot Book Club founder Leah Costello. D Heart & Stroke gala girls Carey Hoogstins Smith, left, and Donna Molby are now getting CAT’S the last-minute details put together EYE for the big June 10 “Midnight in an Italian Garden” evening.E Cat Barr This year’s Heart & Stroke gala will also include honourary co-chairs Natallie and Amar Doman, so mark your calendars.F Turning Point Recovery Society volunteers Marnie Plant and Michael McCoy await the arrival of VIPs and guest speaker Katey Sagal at the Hyatt. G Global TV noon news anchor Randene Neill, left, seen here with Turning Point Recovery Society board member James B. Myers, always does a fabulous job as gala MC at this event. H You might not recognize her without the wild red hair and leopard print hot pants, but actress Katey Sagal, right, seen here with Turning Point Recovery Society’s executive director Brenda Plant, is much much more than her often outrageous on-screen personas. I Among the VIPs at the Turning Point Recovery Society’s Katey Sagal reception is former TV newsman and North Shore resident Stu McNish.



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rizzle splats on Dugal Purdie’s bright orange helmet. At 28 knots per hour (51 kilometres per hour) the rain drops have no chance to pool. Air charges past Purdie as the Coast Guard Auxiliary zodiac slices through the water off West Vancouver’s shoreline. Unit 1, which covers English Bay, waters around Bowen Island and the eastern portion of Howe Sound, is on its way to a downed Cessna. The auxiliary’s latest recruit, Boudewijn Neijens, has mapped out the coordinates of the suspected crash. Beside him under a small canopy, West Van builder Chris Simpkins stands at the helm. Whenever Unit 1 is called out it’s because of bad news. The volunteers only get tasked if there is a threat to life or possible environmental disaster. And with the water temperature less than 10 degrees Celsius, minutes count. Without protective gear, such as the thick survival suites the Unit 1 team are wearing, the survival rate in the water is between 30 minutes to an hour. Top that off with weather conditions, such as relentless waves and strong currents, and one’s chances quickly drop. On average approximately 400 Canadians will die in water-related fatalities per year, according to Canadian Safe Boating Council. All three of the men aboard the zodiac have fished lifeless bodies out of the sea. “We’ve reached the target,” Neijens yells. Simpkins throttles back the gas on the twin 200 horsepower outboards. Purdie and Neijens throw a










buoy with a flag on it over the side of the boat. It locates the initial site and allows the crew to follow the flow of currents. “What kind of search should we do now?” Purdie asks Neijens. After a few seconds and whispers from Simpkins, Neijens replies. “A sector search.” Today is a training exercise. But the scenario is not a stretch. Last year the unit attended a float plane crash by Gibsons. It’s events like that in which training is crucial. The West Van’s Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 26 members practise every week. The unit’s current 16-year-old vessel needs three people to operate it. The boat is manned 24/7, with each member on alert one night per week and one weekend every five weeks. “If you have three people that have got to be oncall, 26 members are not too many,” says Purdie, the unit’s station leader. In fact, the unit needs more volunteers. The unit will take ownership of a new boat this year, a boat that's designed for four crew members. “We’ll need at least another 10 people,” Simpkins



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Recruiting volunteers isn’t easy. Members must live within 15 minutes of the unit’s station in Fisherman’s Cove. Training a new member takes up to a year, with courses leading up to the pinnacle in marine education with the Canadian Coast Guard’s specialized Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training. The week-long program runs in fall and early spring. Six people are trained at a time on B.C.’s west coast out of Bamfield. The unit also faces the district’s aging demographic. The majority of West Van's population is between the years 45 to 64. “If you go North Vancouver and there is a bigger ring of potential recruits,” Purdie says. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has applied for moorage at the district’s Horseshoe Bay Pier, a move Purdie says will broaden the unit’s recruitment pool. The location is simply better suited for them, he says. It’s easier and faster for members to get there, with one quick exit off the highway. As well, the majority of dispatches the unit receives are for emergencies in Howe Sound. The potential move has gained attention. While the district reviews the auxiliary’s request, the municipality has also ended an agreement with the pier’s long-time watchdog Billy Lord. The auxiliary has the support of the Horseshoe Bay Business Association and the Western Residents' Association, but some of the pier’s users fear the loss of a fulltime keeper could lead to traffic problems. Unit members may not be at the pier 24/7, but likely would be on or around the dock for large chunks of time, Purdie says. It’s a great opportunity for the auxiliary and will help them gain exposure,


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(From left) Dugal Purdie throws a marker overboard. Chris Simpkins checks the vessel's lights. Simpkins steers the course at the helm. Dugal holds on tight as the boat races to it's target. Boudewijn Neijens signs in for duty. Rebecca Aldous photos

Purdie adds. The 57 auxiliary units along Pacific coast are responsible for more than 29,500 square kilometres, including some of the most rugged coastline in the world. Because units are only reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses when tasked with search and rescue missions, O t t a w a “You don't have time to receives the equivalent get nervous.” of $30 in Boudewijn Neijens service from the units for Coast Guard Auxiliary every dollar spent. Ultimately the auxiliary save Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars. Yet they need the public’s support to maintain and operate the auxiliary's combined asset value of more than $215 million. The West Van unit’s new boat costs $520,000, $400,000 of which was donated by corporations and residents. “If we didn’t have [the public’s support] we won’t be able to afford to do the training and we wouldn’t be able to afford to get the equipment,” Purdie says. “This would put people’s lives at risk.”

The recent royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton helped spotlight the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary’s work. The couple picked the volunteer organization as a beneficiary of a special charitable fund set up to celebrate the wedding. The auxiliary received $50,000. Purdie hopes a new home in a more public location will carry that momentum forward.

based activities, such as kayaking, diving and kiteboarding, Purdie says.

In the last 12 months, Unit 1 has been called out 38 times. Neijens’ first search and rescue operation was in March of this year. The unit raced to Lions Bay when residents of Sunset Beach reported a man yelling in the water just before midnight. After 30 minutes of searching, Neijens saw the tip of the man’s feet and his nose on the crest of a wave.

Purdie looks at a beam of sunlight that’s piercing through the dark, grey clouds, lighting a patch of water in the Strait of Georgia. There are some difficult moments that come with the position, he says, but also some beautiful ones.

The man wasn’t wearing a life jacket and strong winds swept him away from the shore. The crew hauled him from the water and performed CPR. The man was later pronounced dead. “You don’t have time to get nervous,” Neijens says. “I was just remembering the search patterns and how to look for small objects in the water. Only afterward does it hit you.”

Spring and fall are the busiest seasons for the auxiliary. That’s when people start to head out, but there are also fewer vessels on the sea to come to one’s rescue, Purdie says as the zodiac bobs on a lonely patch of calm ocean by Bowen Island. The ferry has just passed and a Canadian navy vessel is steadily churning up the sound.

The crew heads to Snug Cove to practise docking. As the giant motors spit up a rooster’s tail, Purdie unclips a bright yellow bag of coiled rope from the side of the boat. He throws it into the ocean with a smile. “Man overboard,” he yells to Simpkins and Neijens. Practice makes perfect.

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team of 10 nurses and doctors from Lions Gate and Vancouver General hospitals are in Haiti from May 7 to 14 to provide volunteer medical services through New Reality International of Tennessee, in partnership with Medishare in Haiti. Team leader and LGH registered nurse Christina Mavinic first contacted NRI after the Haiti earthquake in January 2010; she twice travelled to Haiti with the international aid organization last year. “We hope to provide emergency

medical services, clinics, teaching, maternal health and whatever other kinds of services they need,” Mavinic said, before the team left. In an email from Haiti, VGH nurse Allison Warren says the job is hectic but she is “loving” working on the general medical/surgery unit in a makeshift hospital in Port-auPrince, capital of Haiti. “Every night a truck comes to take those interested to the UN where you can buy cheap hot meals and watch American television which means that we watched the Canucks play last night (May 9)!” says Warren.


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coalition of business groups is pressing Metro Vancouver to redraw its regional growth strategy, saying it could stifle job creation and stunt development. The new master plan governing how the region grows, okayed by all cities except Coquitlam, is going to a nonbinding dispute resolution process to iron out the impasse with that council. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of B.C. and Urban Development Institute – calling themselves the Business Coalition for a Sustainable Region – say the plan contains critical flaws and vests too much power with the regional board. “We look at it as a no growth plan,” said Maureen Enser, executive director of the Urban Development Institute. “It takes things the way they are and freezes them for the next 30 years.” It will be too difficult, time-consuming and bureaucratic to amend the plan in the future to meet needs that can’t be anticipated today, the coalition argues. “We’re adding more layers or gatekeepers,” Enser said. She said businesses or developers wanting a development passed that might require approval at the Metro board level may have to lobby nearly every council in the region in advance to ensure the project isn’t defeated. “It’s a great vehicle for anybody who wants to oppose a project,” Enser said. She denied the coalition is against the plan’s urban containment boundary or its key goal of concentrating growth in urban areas to avoid more sprawl. But she said the plan lacks flexibility, particularly in terms of where industry

and business can locate. Enser said 70 per cent of land in the region is already protected from development by the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Green Zone, which becomes conservation and recreation areas under the new strategy. “We’re dealing with basically 30 per cent of the land that remains, much of which has been already developed,” she said. “We’ve got a very limited land supply. We’ve got to use it very carefully.” The coalition has offered few specifics on how they’d change the document but wants its concerns addressed when talks begin between Metro and Coquitlam reps. Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, chair of the regional planning committee, said the business groups had years and multiple rounds of public consultations to table their concerns. “It’s a bit late to start jumping up and complaining about the plan,” he said. Corrigan said he doesn’t understand why the business groups wouldn’t welcome the land-use certainty the growth strategy will deliver – unless they have the “nefarious” aim of swaying a “stupid council” without facing the safeguards of the regional board. “We’re talking about a bunch of business people who see an opportunity to make a quick buck by getting a council to turn agricultural land to industrial or industrial land to residential,” he said. “And that potential loss of opportunity for those windfall profits is making some of them angry.” The 60-day non-binding process to resolve Coquitlam’s objections must start by May 16. Metro politicians had wanted arbitration but were overruled by the provincial government.



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Taking it to the ground Sutherland secondary’s Brodie Dabb is making a name for himself in the competitive world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu SEAN KOLENKO S TA F F R E P O RT E R


Longboarding doc Hot on the heels of its world premiere last week at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto, Highway Gospel will make its arrival on the West Coast on May 13 as part of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre. Led by Bricin “Stryker” Lyons, creator of the Coast longboarding community, hundreds of longboarders plan to take over the street in front of the Rio to mark the event. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of The Attack of Danger Bay race in Pender Harbour, B.C., the first legal skateboard race in Canada. More info at

ven as a five-year-old, Brodie Dabb had the instincts of a fighter. He recalls the first time he was hit as being a bit of a shock, but he quickly regrouped. It was, after all, part of the training in taekwondo. The trick, he says, isn’t to dwell on it because if you don’t fight back another hit’s coming along soon after. At 11, Brodie was turned on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu by his uncle. He quickly fell in love with it. The upright, striking-focused practice of taekwondo was a valuable lesson but Brodie wanted “to take it to the ground.” “There’s no striking in jiu-jitsu. It utilizes throws and submission holds so your opponent can tap out,” explains Brodie, now 16. “It’s the human chess game.” In the five years since Brodie, a Sutherland secondary school student, donned his first kimono, he’s enjoyed a rather meteoric rise in jiu-jitsu circles. Last month, he traveled with his club, North Vancouver Brazilian jiu-jitsu, to Southern California to compete in the Pan American jiu-jitsu championships. Still a green belt at the time — Brodie hadn’t turned 16 before the tournament and a green belt is the final level one can achieve at such an age — Brodie was given a blue belt so he could compete against

16- and 17-year-olds in the tourney. All three of his opponents tapped out in their respective matches as Brodie marched to a gold-medal victory. The club won a total of four gold and four bronze medals at the event. “Brodie might have been our first student. I think we had three guys that first class. He was bite-size, I mean tiny, but he showed skill right away and took to it like a fish to water,” says Jeff Meszaros, one of Brodie’s two coaches at the club. “When we came back we let him keep the blue belt.” As a fallback plan, Brodie says he’s considering a career as a personal trainer or a physiotherapist, but, for now, he’s got his sights set on a professional fighting career. Continuing to climb the ranks of the jiu-jitsu world would be nice, says Brodie, but so would stepping inside the octagon of mixed martial arts. The popular, sometimes violent, sport has captured the imagination of fight fans worldwide and the ire of skeptics, but for Brodie it’s another arena to test his competitive spirit. “My mom doesn’t like the MMA desire. My dad understand it, but isn’t crazy about it either,” says Brodie, frankly. “But I love the competition, always have. It’s not like those team games where you have to rely on others. It’s all you.”


ighty Jerome, the National Film Board documentary about legendary North Shore athlete Harry Jerome, will soon be showing at a Vancouver cinema. The theatrical release of the movie, which premiered at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival, is May 20 at Fifth Avenue Cinemas. The film traces the rise, fall and redemption of Jerome, track and field star and one of Canada’s greatest athletes. Jerome’s life and career were riddled with triumph and tribulation, but

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friends (and reporter) Brian Pound, Violet and Konrad Tittler, Judy Strongman (who was driving the car when Harry suffered the aneurysm that claimed his life at 42), journalist Allan Fotheringham, Harry’s mom, exwife and daughter and The Outlook’s own Len Corben. Fifth Avenue Cinemas is at 2110 Burrard St. in Vancouver. The 24-hour info line is 604-734-SHOW (7469).

Best thing about badminton? “Playing in the provincials last year.”

What languages do you speak? “English, Mandarin and Cantonese. I was born in Toronto, then moved to Hong Kong with my parents and now I am in my third year. My parents still live in Hong Kong.” Best thing about Bodwell? “Making friends from other countries. There are 20-something countries at the school. Most of my friends are from China and Mexico. My doubles partner last year in the provincials was Tang Hung from Taiwan. He’s graduated now.” Favourite athlete? “Lin Dan, the Chinese national badminton player. I’ve never seen him play but I have seen him on-line. He’s very special; a very talented player. He’s ranked #1 or #2 in the world.” Favourite season of the year? “Spring. It’s not too hot, not too cold.”


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he ultimately proved himself a champion both on and off the track. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the exultant story of what Jerome’s coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman, called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.” Many people close to Jerome were interviewed for the film, including coach John Minichiello, fellow North Van athlete Paul Winn, Olympians Bruce Kidd and Dr. Doug Clement,

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North Vancouver’s Brodie Dabb shows his jiu-jistu teacher a thing or two at a recent practise at their North Van-based club. Dabb won a gold medal last month at the Pan American jiu-jitsu championships in Southern California. The club won a total of four golds at the tourney.

Favourite ice cream? “Vanilla and green tea. Separate, not together.”

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ith British royalty and its House of Windsor getting so much attention these days, it’s appropriate our local Dukes of Windsor are celebrating in a big way as well with the 50-year anniversary of the Seymourarea school taking place this weekend. The four-day festival will include several events such as its open house, alumni sports matches, a wine-and-cheese reunion, and a gala dinner. Event details can be found at www.windsorsecondary. ca. Facebook users can go to “Windsor Secondary Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence” for up-to-date information. Though its teams were first known as Saxons when the school propped its doors open in September 1961, the nickname was changed to the more flamboyant Dukes by 1966. Its teams were actually supposed to be called the Dukes of Windsor, long before the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim tried that twist of words. However, while the NHL team’s name lasted from 1993-2006 before changing to the Anaheim Ducks, the Dukes of Windsor contortion never caught on and they’ve always been the Windsor Dukes. However, what did catch on was the school’s steely-eyed, swashbuckling and sword-carrying figure in green and gold, arguably the best school mascot hereabouts. Arguably also, Windsor grads number among them some of the North Shore’s best athletes of the last half century. So let’s take a look at 36 Dukes in a dozen varied sports who have shone brightly on the sports stage beyond their Windsor years (Grad year in brackets).

BASEBALL Paul Langley (1988) - He played for Canada in the world junior championships in Australia in 1988 and with the National Baseball Institute for three seasons as a C-3B-1B. Brent Crowther (1990) - He pitched three seasons in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system plus for Canada internationally and has been owner of The Dugout training facility in Surrey and a coach with B.C. camps and select teams.

BASKETBALL David Lodgins (1984) - He played four years at the University of Wyoming, twice making it to the NCAA tournament. Tiffany Chester (1990) - She played five years at UBC, four as a starter, including 1994 when the Thunderbirds were Canada West champions. Susie Jarosch (1990) - She played at Washington State as a Pac-10 Conference all-academic in 1993, ’94 and ’95, then pro in Denmark and Portugal and is now CEO of High Five Agency representing pro women basketball players. Todd Langley (1990) - In 1995, he captained UVic’s Canada West champions, was a league all-star, UVic’s top scholar-athlete and one of eight national academic all-Canadians across all sports. Megan Magee (1990) - She played three years at the University of Arizona and was a Pac-10 all-academic in 1992 before an injury erased her final season. Jamie Oei (1994) - Captain of Langara’s B.C. and Canadian college champions in 1997 and ’98 and coach at Douglas College which won in 2008, he spent two years coaching pro teams in Sweden and is now coaching at UBC and with 3D Basketball. J.R. Payne (1995) - A West Coast Conference first all-star at St. Mary’s

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Rick Gulyas (1971) - He competed in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, finishing 48th out of 62 in the normal hill event. Tom Thompson (1977) - A member of the national ski jumping team, he later tested the Calgary jumping facilities prior to the 1988 Olympics.

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SOCCER CURLING Todd Gray and Mike Slattery (1981) After skipping Windsor to the 1981 B.C. title, Todd and Mike, his third, took the North Shore Winter Club junior men’s rink to first place in B.C. and second in Canada in 1982.

GOLF Blair and Brian Christie (1976) - After the twins spearheaded the Dukes’ 1976 B.C. team championship, Brian claimed second at the B.C. Amateur championship in 1982.

FIGURE SKATING The McKilligans: John (1966), Betty (1967), Patrick (1970) - John and Betty were Canadian senior pairs champs in 1967 and ’68 and placed 18th and 13th in the 1967 and ’68 worlds and 17th in the 1968 Olympics while Patrick was the 1968 Canadian junior winner.

FOOTBALL George Rick Anderson (1966) - After his SFU career, he played linebacker in the CFL with B.C. (1971-73) and Toronto (1974-77). Pieter Vanden Bos (1979) - An AllCanadian with UBC’s 1982 Vanier Cup champions, he played seven years in the CFL on the offensive line with Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and B.C., including the 1988 Grey Cup game with the Lions. Tom Schimmer (1983) - After a college career at Boise State, he played in the CFL as a punter with Ottawa. Mike Vilimek (1997) - Picked second overall in the CFL draft after being named SFU’s 2001 athlete of the year, he played three seasons with Ottawa and three with Montreal as a fullback, reaching the Grey Cup in 2005 and ’06. Dean Valli (2001) - A Canada West all-star at SFU in 2005, he was chosen sixth overall in the CFL draft by the B.C. Lions and is entering his sixth season as an offensive guard and centre. Spencer Watt (2006) - Another SFU grad, he had a breakout performance at wide receiver with Toronto, scoring two TDs in the final 2010 regular-season game during his rookie CFL season.

HOCKEY Doug Buhr (1967) - He played at UBC and then in the American, Western and Central pro leagues plus six games on left wing with Kansas City in 1974-75 during the team’s brief time in the NHL. George Lyle (1971) - After winning the 1975 NCAA title with Michigan Tech, he was WHA rookie-of-the-year as a left winger with Hartford and also played in the NHL four years with Detroit and Hartford after they joined the NHL.

Shelley Howieson (1974) - She played every sport imaginable during her high school years but made a career of coaching soccer at SFU (25 years and counting) where her women’s team has two NAIA titles, two seconds and qualifies for playoffs almost every year. Gregor Young (1984) - An AllCanadian five years as UBC won three Canadian championships, he played pro with Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver 86ers in the Canadian Soccer League and is now technical director for Kerrisdale and Point Grey soccer clubs. Sophie Spilborghs (1990) - A twotime Canada West all-star and a 1993 Canadian all-star for UBC, she played five years for the Vancouver Whitecaps and its predecessors, the Angels and Breakers. Justin Thompson (1999) - Captain at Fairfield (Connecticut) University, he was a defender for clubs in England plus Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps when they were in the USL.



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Kevin Humphries Kevin was approached by the West Vancouver Police Department to help lead the students at ACCESS School in a film making project to create a public service announcement against youth violence. Kevin took on this challenge and spent countless hours coordinating the production of the film. Kevin has become a leader in his school and the community. Erin Clippingdale-Dixon Erin has been an energetic and hard working young volunteer at the Ambleside Youth Centre over the past year, devoting hours of time, while working on her high school graduation requirements through online learning. Erin has overcome difficult obstacles while continuing to volunteer and mentor other young people who may be experiencing tough challenges in life. This year was Erin’s two-year celebration of sobriety. YOUTH COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT AWARD Andrew Martin Last December, Andrew went to rural Kenya on a ‘Me to We’ school building project. Once home, Andrew co-founded the school’s Salabwek Club to raise funds to send

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Alexandra Roberts-Mendel Alexandra has completed 239 volunteer hours. Leading her peers and working tirelessly to organize events, she has raised money to address local and global initiatives for Juvenile Diabetes, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Dolphins. Alexandra also volunteers monthly for the West Vancouver Teen Advisory Group for the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

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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.

301-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V. 102-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V. 101-2255 Twin Creek Pl, W.V.

SOLD 252 West 26th St., N.V. $1,195,000

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$3,359,000 $1,599,000 $1,399,000

SOLD 2567 Lawson Ave, W.V. $1,585,000

604-926-6011 NORTHSHORE



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Offered at $1,488,000

441 Newlands Place, Cedardale, West Vancouver

Main Street, Vancouver


Restaurant For Sale in busy and upcoming Main St Area in Vancouver. 100+ Seats, Fully licensed and full kitchen are some features. Add five decades of operation, low rent and stable and loyal clientele and you have a great turnkey business opportunity.

Situated on a ten acre site within a thousand acre park, this suite offers panoramic views from Stanley park to Vancouver Island. Remodelled to the highest standards this 1547 sq. ft. 2 bdrm and den apartment is a gem. Custom finishes include, walnet cabinets, limestone counters and surround sound audio/video. A truly amazing residence, in a building with only 3 suites per floor, and private double garage. More pictures at www. Call Irene Mandzuk to view this Exclusive Listing.

Chris Wong

Nora Valdez

Irene Mandzuk




Two houses in one. The ground floor is a legal secondary suite. House has a total of 5 bedrooms, 4bathrooms, 2 kitchen, a store room and a full-sized double garage. Features a newly added sun room of 277s.f., central A/C, a tankless hot water heater, and an electrical upgrade of 200 AMP along with a covered walkway and a new driveway. Located at the end of a C-D-S and is walking distance to/from Park Royal & nearby elementary school. House is well-kept and at a move-in condition.

Heather Kim 778.847.1452


Vera Holman 604.318.0024

Karin Morris 604.338.8778

Kathy Suffel 778.989.5570

Chris Westwick 604.349.2148

Chris Wong 604.789.1807

Irene Mandzuk 778.836.4648

Bedo Kaviani 604.725.5705

Nora Valdez 604.351.0625

Chloe Kopman 604.833.6932

Alphonse Quenneville 604.328.2554

Stella Chang 604.603.0223


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RogerJung Roger Jung 604.657.0645 OPEN SUN 2-4



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




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An Entertainer’s Paradise!

Open Sunday 2-4

A complete transformation has occurred in this stunning four bedroom home which enjoys absolute privacy! The attention to detail is evident throughout including the new custom designed gourmet kitchen and the exquisite bathrooms embracing fine grade Italian ceramic tile and the highest end fixtures and finishings. Soaring vaulted ceilings will greet you in the spacious open plan living/dining area while the numerous skylights welcome in natural lighting giving a bright inviting atmosphere. As you venture outdoors you will find two beautiful new decks for your entertaining pleasure and a fabulous outdoor pool amongst the lush gardens! Please note that there is no sign on this property.

5646 Westport Road, West Vancouver

Offered at $1,588,000

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.

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2BR up, extra family area down on large 67 x 124 ft. lot with a creek running thru backyard. Fresh and clean--ready to move in! 3648 Fromme Rd. Vera 604-318-0024

Update and enjoy this 1964 bi-level with oak hardwood Åoors in 3 BIG BR’s up and spacious open plan on main. 3636 Fromme Rd., $742,500. View by Appt.almost anytime! Vera 604-318-0024





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!

Charming westcoast home with dramatic oceanviews and peaceful forrest setting. 16900 sq ft lot provides incredible privacy! 1666 sq ft, 2 beds(possible 4) 2.5 baths, large decks....walk to the beach, 1/2 hr. to in the city, live the dream.

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

373 Oceanview Rd, Lions Bay $895,000

565 Upper Bayview, Lions Bay $998,000




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



This immaculate townhome has 4 BR. Three levels. New laminate Åoors throughout main areas. Private patio off kitchen and a spacious deck with views of city and inlet. Very quiet! $648,750 Heather, 778-847-1452 or Vera 604-318-0024




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Situated on a spectacular, private 1/2 acre forested setting in Lions Bay, this unique Westcoast designed architectural home features an open Åoor plan&multiple levels with outstanding SW ocean views & amazing natural light. The home features an open kitchen, vaulted ceilings, open staircases & walkways, expansive windows, skylights, & decks.

Waterfront at Brunswick, Lions Bay’s ecclectic beach community. A terriÄc weekender now, this spot would be perfect for a future custom build. The current home is meticulous and mechanically updated. The oceanfront privacy will surprise you! The main house offers open plan, 3 bedrms, and amazing views.

20 Brunswick Beach, Lions Bay $2,150,000

225 Mountain Drive, Lions Bay $1,150,000

41 Brunswick Beach Rd, Lions Bay $1,779,000





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#103-6388 Bay St, West Vancouver $432,000

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!

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40 Panorama, Lions Bay $890,000

Unique,1 bdrm condo at ‘Galleries on the Bay’. 3 years young, quality Änishes, Granite, silstone, s/s, cherry cabinets, porcelain Åoors,soaker tub, huge window areas. Pets and rentals ok.

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#303-1111 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver $320,000








RETIRE IN STYLE! Like living in a grand resort, this 2 BR apartment keeps you safe and secure, surrounded by other 50 yrs. plus empty nesters! Immediate possession possible. 1327 Keith Rd. Now asking $383,000. Heather, 778-847-1452 or Vera 604-318-0024

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.



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Just move right in and enjoy an incredibly well built family home at the end of a cul-de-sac with city views backing onto greenbelt and offering great privacy. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, master with 5 piece ensuite, walk-in closet and nice view. Main has formal living and dining area, large kitchen with adjoining family room leading out to a sundeck overlooking the backyard and forest beyond. Downstairs is storage. A self contained 1 bedroom suite with potential to add approx. 875 sq ft more. This beautiful home features granite counter tops, top of the line appliances, new hardwood and tile flooring, 3 gas fireplaces, double garage, and professionally landscaped lot with fenced backyard and hot tub. Very nice residence!



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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★ 1,588,000 5646 Westport Road ......................... Sun.2-4 ★ 949,000 5497 Greenleaf .................................... Sat&Sun2-4

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$949,000 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.

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47. Princess Park ★ 1,299,900 3232 Princess Ave ............................ Sat&Sun2-4

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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.

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life in their shoes The Hero In You® education program offers a series of FREE curriculum-linked lesson plans (grades 4-7) aimed to motivate children to find the champion within themselves. In addition, teachers can request a FREE classroom presentation delivered in-person by a Hall of Fame athlete!

Attention Teachers:

If you are a principal, teacher or parent and would like to book a presentation for your classroom, call Michael Markowsky (604) 647-7449 or visit to download lesson plans.

EVERY SUNDAY Ambleside farmers’ market: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind police station at 13th and Bellevue. Enjoy a host of traditional organic produce, coffee, silk, pies and more. Market fundraiser book sale and book exchange. Games table, kids craft and play tent. Country rock tunes by Billy Burns. For more info call 604628-8226 or visit www.

EVERY SATURDAY Lonsdale Quay farmer’s market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. east plaza at Lonsdale Quay market.

MAY 14 • Spring Fair: Games, international food fair, midway fun, toys, attic decor, bargain bling, craft sale and Art Off the Wall at Collingwood School in West Van. Fun for the whole family. Free shuttle service from Park Royal North

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Variety Lottery returns with even more choices The annual Variety – The Children’s Charity Lottery is back with even more to win! This year you have the choice between a fully-furnished 6,000 square foot mansion near Port Moody worth over y $2 million, a lake-view property in Kelowna, a luxury yacht vacation for two to the Virgin Islands, a Ferrari California and a $61,000 tax-free cash prize o package, worth over $1.8 million, or o a stunning home set in the heart of o on, Predator Ridge Resort in Vernon, 550s his and hers Mercedes Benz SL550s and a $377,000 tax-free cash prize package worth over $1.8 million. Or, you can choose $1.4 million tax-free cash! If you buy before ■ Luxury yacht vacation midnight on May 12, you will be eligible to win the Early Bird prize of a brandnew Porsche ■ Ferrari California Panamera 4, or take $114,000 tax-free cash! The Early Bird prize winner will also be eligible for the Grand Prize draw. General ticket sales will be cut off by midnight on May 20, so buy now! The winning ticket will be drawn on June 4, and winners will be notified by phone or by mail if they’ve won! Tickets are $50 each, three for $100, nine

parking garage and St. David’s United Church from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the half hour. • West Van Firefighters’ Car Wash: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parking lot at 13th Street and Bellevue Ave., behind the West Vancouver Police Station and across from Ambleside Beach. Raises money for department’s charitable society. • Fashion for a Cause: Support local student design-

for $250 or 12 for $300. You can buy tickets online at, by phone at 604-697-8946 ot toll free 1-877-WOWUWIN (1-877-969-8946) or in person at any B.C. Pharmasave, MarketPlace IGA or Best Buy, or at the Boulevard Casino (2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam), Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino (17755 60 Avenue, SSurrey), Hastings Racecourse (PNE Gate 8 or 9) Vancouver, River Ga G Rock Ro R oc Casino Resort (8811 River Road, Ro R a Richmond) or Variety – The Children’s Charity (4300 Still Creek Ch C i Dr D i Burnaby) . Tickets are also Drive, aav available at the Grand Prize SShowhome (1455 Crystal Creek D Drive, Anmore), the Woodland Hills Presentation Prese Centre (Westpoint Drive, Kelowna) and the Predator Ridge Real Estate Centre (100 Mashie Crescent, Vernon). Variety – The Children’s Charity raises funds and distributes grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children who have special needs. Since 1965, Variety has raised over $155 million for children and families across the province. Every year, Variety provides grants to over 1300 families for a range of items

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including specialized equipment, physical, speech and occupational therapy, drug prescriptions, educational support, and out-of-town travel costs associated with a medical emergency. Variety also provides funding to organizations that support children, such as child development centres and neonatal intensive care units at all hospitals in British Columbia. For more information please visit *Winner will choose 1 prize option; other prize options will not be awarded.

ers and help send an Indian child to school. Guest speaker is Suzi Livingstone of the Dalit Freedom Network. North Shore Alliance Church, 201 East 23rd Street. 7 to 8 p.m. $5 at the door. • Karaoke Night: Legion 118, 123 West 15th St., 8 p.m. to midnight. Come and have fun while having your skills broadcast live on YouTube (unless you are shy!). 604-9851115 or email info@ MAY 15 • Sunday Jam Sesson: Legion 118, North Vancouver. 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone welcome – you don’t have to be a Legion member to participate. MAY 16 •Resistance Training: Good for the Body and the Brain: Public lecture by Dr. Theresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD. PT, Dept. of Physical Therapy, UBC. 2 p.m., West Vancouver Memorial Library, sponsored by North

Shore Chapter, Osteoporosis Canada. 604-987-9395.

MAY 25 • West Van Chamber Golf Tourney: Gleneagles Golf Course. Enjoy a “networking” game of golf featuring a Texas Scramble, longest drive, closest to the hole and putting prizes. Mayor Pam Goldsmith-Jones is the special guest at the dinner. • Metaphysical Objectivism: Martin Hunt moderates SFU Philosophers’ Cafe, La Zuppa Restaurant, 1544 Lonsdale Ave, 7 p.m. $5. “Realism is the thesis that the objects, properties and relations the world contains exist independently of our thoughts about them or our perceptions of them.” 778-782-5215 or, MAY 28 • Lynn Valley Day: 100th anniversary of the Lynn Valley Community Association.


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TO MAY 15 Happiness Reigns: Paintings by Gordon Davis “I paint for leisure and enjoyment. I use lots of colour — no clouds or dull greys and my theme is always happiness and joy. Silk Purse Gallery.

TO MAY 18 • District Foyer Gallery: Carl Sean McMahon, 3D recycled steel sculptures. Andy Mons, 2D photography. North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road.

TO MAY 21 • A Classical Spirit: Artist Sylvia Tait at the West Vancouver Museum. 604-925-7295, Tues. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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• Stones in his Pockets: Deep Cove Shaw Theatre presents play about a small-town in Ireland overrun by a Hollywood movie production. Wednesday to Saturday 8 p.m. Order tix online at www.firstimpressionstheatre. com. or at 604-929-9459.

the musicians is Grade 7 Noelle Kelbert. She has been playing the piano since she was four, the harp since she was five, and the violin since she was 6. She will be playing Bach’s violin concerto in A minor. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are by donation.

MAY 14 • The Treasure Box Puppet Theatre: Puppet magic for young and old with an all new show “The Adventures of Cheetwook Black Bear.” Interactive puppet show helps audiences learn about the natural diet, habitat and characteristics of black bears. Silk Purse. 10:30 a.m. Reservations required. 604-925-7292. Tix $5/8 • Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra: Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver will fill with the music of Mozart, Holst and others legends. One of

May 14 and 15 Capilano Mall celebrates Art Month: Live performances throughout the weekend, as well as children’s art workshops.

May 17-29 Swans and Other People: Jacquie Manning multi-media explorations of unusual encounters with animals while trekking through Europe. A departure from her abstract works. Silk Purse Gallery. Opening reception Tuesday May 17, 6-8 p.m .

May 16 One Night for One Day: A celebration of young talent. Top violinists, award-winning poets, innovative dance companies, theatre sports, jazz and folk collaborations, the internationally recognized North Shore Celtic Ensemble. All proceeds for imagine1day, a Vancouver-based NFP

May 18 to July 3 George Taylor and Iza Radinsky: District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road. George Taylor creates humorous garden sculptures using wood and recycled materials. Iza Radinsky’s art is a call for peace and serenity, for the appreciation of the beauty

organization working in rural Ethiopia. 7:30 p.m. Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets $22.

of architecture that blends with power of nature in surrounding landscapes. Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Opening reception: May 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. May 19 Architecture of Sound: Join pianist Jan Rooks for a selection of masterpieces from Bach and Shostakovich’s preludes and fugues. Silk Purse. 10:30 a.m. Tix $12/$15. May 22 • Sima Bina and the Lian Ensemble: Notable Persian classical and folk musicians. Presented by the Canadian Iranian Foundation at Centennial Theatre. 8 p.m. Partial proceeds will go toward the creation of a Persian Language studies program at UBC. Tickets $60, 604984-4484.

Successful Women Always Network on track. The upcoming May SWAN Meeting is definitely on my to-do list and I can’t wait for Doug Brockway’s 21 Day Challenge. WOW! What an exciting time. Looking forward to seeing YOU there and GO CANUCKS GO! ~ Michelle Alford, President

update Message from our Executive Are you at the top of your game? There is an unmistakeable BUZZ in the city. The honking horns, white towels and blue flags surround and unite us. I am also aware there are some people out there who fall into two OTHER categories: they are a) hockey’d out OR b) just plain not interested. Either way, the sports and business analogies know no bounds and the fine line between being on top of your game and coming in second can be blurred by a screened slap shot from the point or a missed phone call from a client. Sometimes the difference is so small – at the same time, it makes all the difference in the world. It can come down to something like a few dollars on quote or even just a perceived difference in quality. We have learned a lot this year about branding and image and how those perceptions can influence the directions of our business and decisions of our customers. It serves as an interesting time for reflection. Do I have a winning team? Am I a contender for the cup? I have been thinking about how best to show my clients that I have the grit and endurance to go all-the-way! SWAN is a great way to keep

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Upcoming Speaker: Doug Brockway, Chief Engagement Officer Executive performance and organizational effectiveness studies repeatedly confirm that wellbeing is good business regardless of the state of the economy. People who are happy and fully engaged in all aspects of their lives not only play pivotal roles in the success of any organization, they are the underpinning of lasting organizational success. We take a 360º perspective because we believe that it is important to nurture all aspects of our lives – work, home and play. They are connected, as are personal and organizational sustainability. A rich, fulfilling career is as important to your personal life as a happy, fulfilling home life is to your career. In today’s hectic world, workplace deadlines and personal responsibilities can often leave you feeling tired and depleted. Yet staying positive and upbeat is essential to your happiness and success. Doug presents a 21 day challenge incorporating three powerful habits that will reenergize you and your team and help all to stay at the top of their game.

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