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Accused in 2015 extortion-killing enters guilty plea Tian Yi Zhang to be sentenced next week for manslaughter, extortion JANE SEYD jseyd@nsnews.com

A West Vancouver man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a high-profile abduction and killing that ended in a quiet North Vancouver street in September 2015.

Tian Yi Zhang, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court to the manslaughter and unlawful confinement of Peng Sun, a 22-year-old Chinese citizen, whose body was discovered in the 900 block of Wellington Drive on Sept. 29, 2015. Zhang also pleaded guilty to extortion of Peng’s

parents on Sept. 27 and 28, 2015. On Friday, Zhang’s coaccused, 22-year-old Casey James Hiscoe, of Richmond, also entered pleas in connection with the killing. Hiscoe pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court to conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact to murder. Details of the case are expected to be outlined in a sentencing hearing for Zhang in court Feb. 21. Hiscoe is expected to be sentenced at a later date. Zhang had originally been facing a charge of

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Sunroof selfie nets ticket, smashed smartphone BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

An ill-advised attempt at a high-speed photo from the sunroof of a moving vehicle wound up in two expensive tickets and a smashed smartphone on the Sea to Sky Highway Monday.

A West Vancouver police officer in an unmarked vehicle was following behind and preparing to pull over a driver doing more than 40 kilometres per hour over the 60 km/h speed limit around

1 p.m. when the passenger of the rented sedan stood up through the sunroof and held out his phone to take photos. The officer gave them a “blip” on the siren to let them know their fun was over and it was time to pull off the road. “The guy who was standing up was startled and loses his grip on his smartphone, which goes skittering to the ground and smashes into many, many pieces,” said

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West Van youth tapped to advise PM Sentinel grad joins Trudeau’s youth council

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A young man from the North Shore has got the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – and not just because they both share the same first name.

Fourth-year UBC computer engineering student and West Vancouver resident Justin Wong is among the newly minted members to join the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, a select group of diverse individuals from across the country that will advise the prime minister on issues that are important to young Canadians. Wong, who is 21 years old and a graduate of Sentinel secondary, recently returned from a January youth council meeting in Calgary where the 26-member council got to know each other, discussed and debated issues and, of course, met Prime Minister Trudeau and a number of cabinet ministers. “It was a very good experience just to have access to ministers as well as the prime minister to discuss issues that we are concerned about,” Wong said. “That kind of accessibility is pretty unique.”

Justin Wong, a UBC computer engineering student recently named to the Prime Minister Youth Council, sees youth mental health awareness and bullying prevention as important causes to be addressed at the federal level. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN The current cohort of youth council members is a varied group of people from all parts the country and range in age from 16 to 24 years old. Wong said the council is scheduled to hold three or four in-person meetings with the prime minister each year. When meeting with the prime minister and senior members of the government, Wong said the youth council is not afraid to bring up

questions and hard-hitting issues that affect Canadians and young people alike. “A lot of people did hit the prime minister and the ministers with some pretty tough questions regarding the oil sands or the pipelines or the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). Or even electoral reform,” Wong said. But a large part of the position compels youth council members to use

their newfound leadership positions to serve their own communities back home, bringing local concerns and ideas forward to the federal level. For Wong, who is passionate about youth mental health issues, this means wanting to hear from schools, students and concerned individuals from Vancouver and the North Shore. “I really want to see

more improvement in even elementary school or high school – safe spaces to kind of discuss any situation that you’re having trouble with,” Wong said. While North and West Vancouver, like many municipalities in the Lower Mainland, have been making concerted efforts in recent years to prioritize youth mental health awareness, Wong wants to ensure that the prime minister

and federal government is aware of its importance. “Even to be from a fairly affluent city in West Vancouver, I know that there are definitely struggles in every society,” he said. Wong faced bullying as a child and these terrible experiences have informed his passion for bullying prevention and youth mental health. He said bullying affected his confidence and self-worth, and made him extremely shy and quiet for many years. But now that Wong has been selected from more than 16,000 applicants to join the Prime Minister’s Youth Council due to his civic engagement and passion for community, he’s not letting shyness get in the way of anything. “I think I’m just a fairly normal person, but I think everybody on the council is very passionate and very wellrounded and engaged with their community,” Wong said. When Wong recounted first meeting Prime Minister Trudeau last month at a youth council event, he said it was intimidating but also humbling and rewarding. “He actually knew my name,” Wong said. “The first time I met him he was like ‘Hey, Justin.’ I was like, oh – that’s super cool.” North Shore residents, specifically other youth, who are looking to connect with Justin Wong can message him on Twitter at @JustinPMYC.

West Van white collar criminal sentenced in New York DARRYL GREER/BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER Contributing writer

Securities swindler Gregg Mulholland has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in May 2016 to money laundering conspiracy charges in New York.

Mulholland has languished in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center since his arrest in June 2015, when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents converged on his private jet while it was on a stopover in Phoenix, Ariz. Mulholland and his alleged co-conspirators were accused of perpetrating pump-anddump schemes on dozens of publicly traded penny stocks, eventually netting $300 million

in illicit profits funnelled through a network of offshore shell companies in Belize and Panama. Mulholland and his coaccused, Robert Bandfield, were sentenced Feb. 6 in U.S. district court in Brooklyn. Bandfield was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in the scheme, which enabled corrupt clients to “evade reporting requirements to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) by concealing the proceeds generated by the manipulated stock transactions through the shell companies and their nominees,” according to a release from the United States Department of Justice office in Brooklyn. By the time Mulholland was caught in an undercover sting that had begun in 2012,

the dual U.S.-Canadian citizen was no stranger to dodging regulators. In July 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Mulholland and Vision Crest Consulting Group Ltd., claiming a nearly $5-million West Vancouver mansion had been bought with the ill-gotten gains from an earlier pump-and-dump scheme. The lawsuit was later amended to include a property in Whistler, at which point Mulholland’s wife, Delia Mulholland, laid claim to Vision Crest and the properties. But the B.C. Supreme Court on July 26 denied her bid to keep the proceeds if the properties sold. Despite her claiming “hardship and inconvenience” over the SEC’s lawsuit, Justice Gordon Funt

denied Delia Mulholland’s claim, finding it “particularly troubling” that she failed to disclose her ownership in two properties in California. Justice Funt’s ruling, however, didn’t consider the SEC’s latest evidence submitted in the case, which includes a lengthy transcript of an interview conducted by Alberta Securities Commission investigators with David Schindler. Schindler, a Calgary businessman, paints himself as a patsy used by Gregg Mulholland to set up 14 shell companies, including being listed as Vision Crest’s “attorney” at a fake West Vancouver address. “I’m the guy under the bus,” Schindler told ASC investigators Alessandro Tocco and Myles MacPherson in November 2015. (Tocco is

no longer with the ASC, and MacPherson declined to comment for this story.) Schindler, who also declined to comment when reached by Business in Vancouver, told investigators how he set up the firms through Canada’s federal registry, which doesn’t require public listing of corporate share structures – only names of directors. Mulholland, Schindler told investigators, had claimed that the U.S. wasn’t a “favourable” place to incorporate, and that he needed someone to deal with the incorporations for entities that would deal with specialized Standard Industrial Classification codes, assigned by the U.S. government help identify and classify businesses. Later in the interview,

Schindler said he set up the companies in his name because Mulholland wanted to keep a low profile, especially in California, where “gold diggers” would search out rich men to date. Schindler detailed how he struck up a friendship with Mulholland, keeping in contact with him and hoping to one day cash in on his involvement with what he thought were legitimate endeavours. Throughout the interview, Schindler denied any knowledge of how certain payments were moved through the many companies. He expressed frustration with his U.S. counterpart, a Utah lawyer named Terry Turner, who eventually gave evidence against

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Group wants same bargaining rights as firefighters, police officers BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsnews.com

A group of paramedics are lobbying the province for a change in labour laws that would halt the possibility of future strikes and lockouts of ambulance drivers and dispatchers.

The group Your Paramedics, representing roughly 2,500 ambulance staff provincewide, is petitioning to have their work declared an essential service. The group has been canvassing on the North Shore and has set up petition booths at various public locations on the North Shore since January. If they can get signatures from 10 per cent of the registered voters in every riding in B.C., by April 9, the province must respond either by holding a referendum or by introducing a bill in the legislature. It’s the same tactic successfully used by the Stop HST group to force

a referendum in 2011 and unsuccessfully by Sensible B.C. to amend the Police Act to decriminalize marijuana possession in 2013. “When you call 911 and they say ‘Police, fire or ambulance,’ only two of those organizations are deemed an emergency service. We are not,” said Troy Gienger, a paramedic who grew up on the North Shore and one of the leaders of the Your Paramedics petition. “By being put under the protection of the Fire and Police Act, this will prevent any strike, any lockouts or any labour disputes from occurring.” In return, paramedics would have access to binding arbitration during contract negotiations, the same as police and firefighters do. The assumption is, if talks break down and an arbitrator is brought in, paramedics will fare better than they would if it comes to a protracted labour dispute, Gienger said. “If you give up your strike option, you’re giving up a tool. But that’s a terrible tool to have. Nobody, as paramedics and dispatchers go, want to have a strike,” he said. “We certainly don’t want to withhold lifesaving medical treatment from people, and if that means giving up our legal right to

strike, we will gladly give it up. “You can have it. We’re not interested in it,” Gienger said. The B.C. Labour Relations Board sets minimum staffing levels for paramedics but strikes and lockouts are still possible. The last job action happened in 2010 and lasted more than six months. Paramedics are represented by CUPE 873. Their current contract is in place until 2019. Asked how he likes his group’s chances of success, given the challenge of getting so many signatures, Gienger was optimistic. “I think they’re good. I would say that 99 per cent of the people that we’ve approached when we’re canvassing for signatures … are on board with this,” he said. “The vast majority of the public, when they find out the provincial ambulance service is not an essential service and that strikes and lockouts are a real potential issue, they can’t sign up fast enough. No question there.” Gienger said his group only launched the initiative petition after years of lobbying the province for the change in bargaining rights failed. The province did not respond to a request for comment.

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Mulholland as a confidential witness for U.S. investigators. After Gregg Mulholland’s arrest, Delia Mulholland told Schindler not to talk to police or go to the United States, Schindler said. In addition, Schindler told the ASC investigators that Delia Mulholland’s lawyer, Robert Millar with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, had phoned him and asked him to step down as a Vision Crest director and nominate Delia as a company director in a last-ditch effort to facilitate her keeping the Mathers Avenue mansion. Millar declined to comment when reached by BIV.

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ith the B.C. election less than three months away, government announcements and media events are happening pretty much daily around the province. On Saturday morning, we suggest they crossed a line, putting on a press conference at North Shore Rescue’s home base to announce a token tax break of $151 for the volunteer firefighters and search and rescue members who put in more than 200 hours in a year. True, $151 is better than nothing. But it’s a far, far cry from the sustainable funding rescue groups have, for years, been asking for. NSR volunteers are seen as heroes by their communities, and rightly so. Our MLAs have become shameless in their desire to exploit the goodwill the volunteers have earned, glomming on to them for their own political gain.

If the province is so threadbare that $151 is truly the absolute best they can offer our most committed volunteers, that’s one thing (and it’s pathetic). But there was absolutely no reason to call these people out on a Saturday morning, trot out all four local MLAs and invite the media for such a paltry amount – as if SAR members’ volunteer work saving lives doesn’t already swallow up enough of their weekends. A simple press release would have done. That they chose to go to the expense and trouble of a press conference shows where their priorities are. We suggest, if government wants to announce something on the North Shore, they might try showing up with sustainable rescue funding, or their long overdue one-third share of funding of the $700-million Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant. Without it, the impact on local taxpayers will be anything but token.

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ext week, Finance Minister Mike de Jong will table the new provincial budget and with it there will undoubtedly be some spending and revenue “adjustments” to woo voters just in time for the provincial election, which is less than three months away. Like Scrooge McDuck, de Jong is sitting on a pile of cash, but don’t expect him to take a miserly approach to things like the Disney cartoon character. The minister is ending the current fiscal year with a whopping budget surplus of more than $2 billion. While next year’s budget is not expected to produce as robust a set of revenues (economic growth is expected to slow a bit, and the riches reaped from a red hot housing market will subside as well) things are still looking a tad rosy.

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View from The Ledge Keith Baldrey So what changes might we expect compared with what is the government’s current three-year fiscal plan (every budget contains a three-year projection, which provides a fairly good glimpse of what to expect from year to year)? One area to keep an eye on is the budget for the Children and Family Development Ministry. The fiscal plan suggests it will

get an additional $21 million added to this year’s budget of $5.6 billion, which is a tiny increase of less than one per cent. But given the scathing and tragic report from the Children’s Representative on the life and death of Alex Gervais, who committed suicide after years in government care, one has to wonder how much renewed pressure there is to fund more resources to enable that ministry not to repeat its failures when it came to that young man. Among other outrages, the ministry was paying someone $8,000 a month to look after Gervais, with no evidence this person ever did anything remotely good for him (quite the opposite, in fact). This kind of contract arrangement is likely not unique. On top of that, Global TV discovered a man with a

long criminal record and no training who was hired to look after two foster homes. He cheerfully admitted on camera that there was no way in the world that he should have been handed that kind of responsibility. The cabinet minister responsible, Stephanie Cadieux, says she will press for more funding to decrease the amount of contracting out of children in care services, and we’ll see how de Jong responds to her calls. Another area to keep an eye on is financial assistance rates for the disabled. Last year’s budget made a mess of things on this front, as changes to the bus pass system within the assistance program earned the government a major black eye. I expect de Jong to try to make amends this year. Health care will, as usual, get a huge funding

lift in the neighbourhood of a half-billion dollars. This almost-routine funding increase now occurs without much fanfare, as everyone becomes used to the fact that health care continues to gobble up tax dollars at a voracious rate. But I’m interested if there is new money for seniors care, particularly home care. Seniors vote in greater numbers than most, and more money may be coming their way. As the baby boomer generation ages, the problems created will become bigger and bigger and the government will eventually have to respond in a meaningful and efficient way. Finally, the public education system is in line for a major funding lift after a high court decision will require the hiring of thousands of more teaching positions (the government

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Transportation planning lags 20 years behind Dear Editor: The 2016 Census data released last week should put an end to the dithering about population growth on the North Shore. Factoring in the Bowen Island, Lions Bay and Squamish populations, which rely on the North Shore’s transportation, commercial and social infrastructure, population growth in the region is up nearly five per cent since 2011, virtually equivalent to Canada’s population growth rate. West Vancouver had a population decline of about 0.005 per cent while Squamish saw a whopping nearly 15 per cent increase in population, three times the national rate. North Shore mayors and some councillors have opined that population growth in their municipalities is modest and not a contributor to the

stresses on transportation and social infrastructure, such claims made as recently as two weeks ago at a North Shore Chamber of Commerce lunch as reported in this paper. In fact, they claimed the population on the North Shore had declined. Not so, says the census. When filling a bottle with a funnel, there is no spillage until the rim of the funnel is reached and then all hell breaks loose. Our transportation funnel reached that spillage point sometime over the past five years. It is very difficult to replace or enlarge the funnel while the spillage is occurring since it is impossible to predict actual need at that time. The expansion should be done before capacity is reached. The same expansion concept applies

Hold our local councils to account Dear Editor: I encourage everyone everywhere to pay attention to what is happening at their municipal council meetings. They affect our daily lives so directly. My understanding of all that underlies decisions of our local councils should be that whilst they move their communities forward, they should always work to maintain the quality of life of the people who elected them. In this North Vancouver councils have abysmally failed! I have lived on the North Shore for many years and I am increasingly feeling like a prisoner in my own home, unable to venture out after two o’clock. As the traffic congestion becomes intolerable the councils continue to approve every application for development with

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minimal upgrade to infrastructure. Hundreds more units have been approved for this year. At a District of North Vancouver council meeting recently a councillor suggested that if residents think this is congestion, we should visit Vietnam. Three councillors pleaded for a three-month development approval pause but were voted down by four who suggested we should be concerned about where our grandchildren will live. I conclude that they are quite unconcerned about the lives of their current constituents. We must pay close attention to what transpires at our local councils and we must vote accordingly next time. Lesley Brooks North Vancouver

to transportation infrastructure. That concept explains why new roads immediately become clogged with vehicles when opened. The new roads were built based on need 20 years back, not the substantively higher need today. It is now clear that a regional view of infrastructure is required. Someone transiting from Squamish to Burnaby is not doing so by air or rail, they are using Highway 1 either on a bus or in a car. It is also time for new municipal leadership from those with experience and education dealing with contemporary urban and transportation planning issues. The apologists for the existing administrations need not apply.

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‘Canadian values,’ eh? Dear Editor: One can only pity (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau’s hapless refugees if (Conservative leadership contender Kellie) Leitch ever finds herself in charge of the country. She intends to (ask if they ascribe to) “Canadian values.” If she asked me, I would have to agree at once, then pray she did not ask me to say what these might be. Canadian values? Sixty-plus years ago in school we never studied such a thing, and I’m stumped to come up with any. So, everyone: Canadian values, please; 20 words or less. (We might draw from Lincoln’s inaugural speech: “with malice toward none; with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right”? Oops, better leave out God. Don’t want to offend. James Derham-Reid West Vancouver

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The conclusion of two City of North Vancouver council items that could add up to more than $1.36 million is set for Monday.

Debates on funding the West Keith Road bike path and revising the city’s density bonus policy were both put on hold at the Feb. 6 meeting due to the absence of Couns. Craig Keating and Holly Back. The city should refrain – at least for now – from spending $230,000 on a bike lane between running east alongside a multi-use path between Bewicke to Mahon avenues, according to Coun. Pam Bookham. “We’re getting ahead of ourselves,” she said. “I do

not believe that the demand for a path up this part of the city is a huge priority at this point.” The project – which would also arch uphill along West 13th Street between Eighth Street and Chesterfield Avenue – was defended by Coun. Linda Buchanan. “I think this is a project that we need to move forward in order to really get the people who are living – sort of Marine Drive and beyond – to be able to get up that hill and connect

scheduled for early summer. More than $1 million may hinge on council’s density bonus policy debate scheduled for Monday. A five-storey strataprimary project on the 100 block of West 23rd Street would ordinarily cost the developer $2.07 million under the city’s density bonus and community benefits policy. However, the “developer believes that their site requires special consideration since the city’s rental loss concerns … would not

with our other greenways into the central core of the city,” she said. Before debate proceeded, Mayor Darrell Mussatto suggested the item be deferred until the full council was present. Council voted unanimously to defer the item. The city previously appropriated $80,000 for the planning and design of the bike path. The project has been buttressed by a $342,500 grant from the BikeBC program. If approved, construction on the bike path would be

apply,” according to a city staff report. In a letter to the city, owner Mike Rakis noted no rental apartments would be demolished to make way for the 40-unit building. The three lots are currently occupied by duplexes. Rakis also pointed out that the city’s density bonus policy was enacted after the proposal was first floated in 2014, and that the project is in line with the city’s official

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community plan. The developer is proposing 32 strata units and eight rental apartments along with a $942,133 community amenity contribution. Staff recommended the developer pay the full amenity fund of $2,076,553. While the project does include eight rental units, those apartments would: “address the higher end of the rental market demand,” noted a city staff report. However, that the void of high-end rental housing has been filled by other projects, according to city staff, referring to 239 new market rental units that have been created since the adoption of the community benefits policy in May 2015. The West 23rd Street site is “one among many development properties in the

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BRIGHTLIGHTS! by Paul McGrath VIMFF 20th anniversary kickoff The 20th Annual Vancouver International Mount Film Festival kicked off its nine-day run on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, featuring live music by the North Shore Junior Celtic Ensemble, craft beer from Howe Sound Brewing and booths from local outdoor groups and businesses in the lobby. Inside the theatre, awards were handed out to the winners of the festival’s outdoor photography contest, along with the presentation of the Tim Jones Community Achievement Award to Deep Cove resident and Fresh Air Life founder Jennifer Hewlett. The festival includes a photography exhibition, workshops, seminars and live multimedia presentations all celebrating the outdoors and those who dedicate their lives to adventuring. Go to vimmf.org for a full schedule of festival events and locations.

VIMFF opening night MC Eileen Bistrisky, Jan Altmann and festival volunteer Sylvia Hoefer

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North Shore News’s Tannis Hendriks and VIMFF director Alan Formanek

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B.C. Mountaineering Club’s Dean Perez and Mike Knudson with daughter Christina

VIMFF volunteers Eliza Mowle, Sherry Gu, Hedieh Bagheri and Oriana Graber

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Finding a job in a chosen career is difficult for many people and maybe more so for those new to Canada.

The North Shore Multicultural Society is used to providing a variety of services for immigrants, and the newest one is somewhat unique. Jointly funded by the province of B.C. and the government of Canada, the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program is designed specifically for professionals who are highly educated and trained in their fields. “This program gives them the opportunity to leverage their pre-arrival qualifications and experience,” explains program coordinator Lori Akiyama. The multi-faceted approach offers a series of workshops geared towards professionals with topics such as how to get foreign credentials, how to conduct informational interviews and how to establish a professional network, all important skills to finding a job in B.C., notes Akiyama. There will also be opportunities for mentorship. Career Paths hosts two streams of clients: those from regulated professions, which are professions that require a licence to practice (such as doctors and lawyers), and those from unregulated professions, which are professions that don’t need a licence to practice (such as a lab technician). Most employment programs for immigrants may not be geared toward highly educated immigrants, which is another reason this one is somewhat unique, says Akiyama. Intake for the program is ongoing, and participants may be involved for up to a year depending on their situation. Akiyama explains that finding a career can be a long process for newcomers, many of whom have to have their credentials assessed and recognized by their career associations. There are many stepping stones along the way to their final career destination. “The ultimate goal of the program is to help newcomers apply their expertise to positions aligned with their profession so that takes time,” says Akiyama. For example, someone who was a professor in another country is likely not going to be able to find a position teaching in a post-secondary institution in Canada, so will work towards a career that may not be exactly the same but is in line with their experience and expertise. Career Paths is free, and is open to permanent residents and refugees ages 19 and older, who have intermediate-level English

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Design In Nature Heather Schamehorn seeds very close to, or on the surface this time of year. I either add soil to cover the tiny bulblets or move and plant them slightly deeper. With so much demolition of older homes and gardens, these are good candidates for rescue if permission from the owner can be obtained. Galanthophiles beware when purchasing bulbs, all snowdrops are included in CITES Appendix II, which

lists plants that should be monitored and regulated to prevent endangering wild populations from extinction. Millions of bulbs are exported annually (both from the wild and industry propagated) from Turkey and Georgia with no numbers available as to origin of bulbs. Know the source of bulbs you buy and refrain from purchasing wildsourced bulbs. I was lucky to find one of the large, greyleafed varieties growing on a railway right-of-way, probably discarded by some careless gardener. I was happy to find these very large snowdrops and a free rescue is always a bonus. There are numerous varieties, and lots of internet sites listing the top 10 varieties. The following have gained awards of merit from the Royal Horticultural Society: Galanthus nivalis,

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The Nomad Cook creates meal for family, friends My first restaurant review for this newspaper featured Finch & Barley, the stylish and fun late-night eatery down on East First Street near St. Andrews in Lower Lonsdale.

That was in June of 2013. Finch & Barley has become a popular North Shore bastion of innovative casual dining since then, and the neighbourhood it occupies has found a unique voice of its Chris Dagenais own on the culinary front, now boasting The Juicery Co., Well Fed, Coconama, Il Castello, and Maru, among others. I returned to Finch & Barley for this column last week, more than three years later, this time not to review the restaurant itself but rather to learn more about the chef it was hosting as a guest on a snowy Monday evening, a night of the week the venue is usually closed. The chef in question, Travis Petersen, will become intimately acquainted with the feeling of being a guest in restaurants over the next four months as he embarks on a cross-country tour during which he will host “pop-up dinners” to gain industry credibility for his burgeoning catering business. Petersen’s is a story of finding one’s way through the world. Operating under the handle “The Nomad Cook,” I get the sense that Petersen’s Canadian trek is a process of self-actualization. Here is a chef who about 16 months ago was working in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. After watching Masterchef Canada for years, he threw his own hat into the ring as a contestant and secured a spot on the show. Though he was ultimately eliminated in the Round of 18, he picked up some essential skills from the experience and was thoroughly bitten by the cooking bug. After a short stint back in Alberta, Petersen shifted gears permanently, moving to B.C. to start The Nomadcook private chef and catering business. Nomad refers to his business model in which rather than operate out of a classic bricks and mortar space, the chef will work out of a client’s home directly to put on a meal. The philosophical goal of the Nomad Chef is to revitalize the dinner party, a social phenomenon that has waned in popularity over the last few decades as our culture has become more time-pressed and has access to myriad quick and easy, ready-made meal options. Petersen’s business model has struck a chord, if his

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Chefs Travis Petersen and Derrick Peltz plate the first of five courses of a $100-a-plate pop-up dinner presented by catering business Nomadcook at Finch & Barley restaurant in Lower Lonsdale on Dec. 12, 2016. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN Finch & Barley pop-up meal was any indication. I was flanked on both sides of my table by Nomadcook catering clients, in attendance to show their support, which they did vociferously, issuing applause and caterwauls with each course that arrived at the table. Also in attendance were Petersen’s mother, grandmother and brother. Additionally, Petersen grew up on the North Shore, attending Sentinel and Sutherland high schools, so at this event he was clearly able to tap into overt local pride. I’d be curious to see how the Big Industry defector is received as he heads east, into regions similarly noted for their pride of place and regional sensibilities. Peterson will have to rely solely on the strength of his cooking to illicit the automatic adulation he enjoys in his hometown. The first course of our set menu, which sought to showcase the ingredients available in this dark, cold, nearly barren produce season, was a Smoked Eggplant Salad with Roasted Almonds, Goat Cheese Parsley and Lemon Zest. The eggplant achieved a good depth of flavour that was nicely

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Wine fest features cross-country flavours happening this week. The big challenge for anyone heading to the big International Tasting room this week is deciding how to spend the time most productively. One check of the substantial list of wineries attending, especially including those from B.C., Ontario, and Nova Scotia, and your eyes might well glaze over. But never fear. Here’s a few ideas to help you successfully navigate the room. It pays to have a plan The best way to start any tasting is with a glass of bubble. Also it’s here that you can really kick things off with a cross-Canada sampling. Start on the east coast Because Nova Scotia has figured out what it can do best: sparkling wine. A couple of trendsetters not to be missed: L’Acadie (where ex-B.C.-er Bruce Ewart will pour his Prestige Brut 2010 and other sparklers), and Benjamin Bridge for their very convincing methode classique wines. Then head over to Ontario for some Trius Brut, and Pelee Island Secco, before winding up in B.C., where the choices range from

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Yes, it’s that time of year when the whole city puts on its wine-lover hat and heads down to the convention centre. But this year there are even more reasons to celebrate than usual, as Canada is the theme region. Even 10 years ago it would have been unthinkable to be putting Canada’s wines beside the leaders from Italy, France, Australia and elsewhere. But that is the reality of what’s

Bruce Ewart brings his L’Acadie sparkling wines to this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival, a Canada-wide celebration. PHOTO SUPPLIED Haywire Pink Bub to Maverick Ella, Sperling Brut Rosé and Summerhill Cipes Brut. Palate primed, you’re ready to go While it can be hard to stay focused, it really does pay to, first and foremost, always spit. But also restrict yourself

to two or three varieties. My suggestion is to focus on what people do well. In Ontario you should focus on Pinot Noir (don’t miss Domaine Queylus) and Riesling (Hidden Bench, Trius). But don’t overlook Chardonnay while you’re there. In B.C. you’ll find plenty

to tempt, from Pinot Noir stars like 50th Parallel, Averill Creek, Cedar Creek, Foxtrot, Haywire, Quails Gate, Spierhead and Howling Bluff (plus many others). For Riesling be sure to catch Tantalus, Culmina, Harpers Trail, Wild Goose and many more.

The final red focus has to be Syrah, which has emerged as the B.C. trendsetter, and arguably the wine that (perhaps along with Cabernet Franc) best defines B.C. The choices here are wide-ranging and excellent. Not to be missed: Black Hills, CC Jentsch, Painted Rock, Laughing Stock, Moraine and more. Finally, save some time for the rest of the world, which also has plenty to offer. Plus, to keep things interesting, focus on the same varieties, so you can really get a sense of how B.C. and Canada at large is making waves in the wine world. Last of all, the six rules of survival: 1. Eat before you go. 2. Take cabs or free transit. 3. Dress comfortably. 4. Make room for others to taste. 5. Don’t wear aftershave or perfume. 6. Spit. Spit. Spit. Tim Pawsey writes about wine for numerous publications and online as the Hired Belly at hiredbelly.com. Contact: info@ hiredbelly.com.

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The first half of the entrée duo was Braised Beef Shortrib with Port Reduction on Root Vegetable Puree, topped with crispy shallots, the second a Duck Ballontine on Lentil Ragout with Cherry Gastrique. The shortrib dish played it safe, employing very familiar flavours, textures and techniques to yield a conventional iteration of a classic comfort food; it paired nicely with a glass of rustic Chianti. Ballontine is a traditional French preparation of boned poultry stuffed with forcemeat and then typically roasted, sometimes poached. Petersen’s version was light and spongy, with delicate flavours elevated by the gastrique; duck and cherry is a classic flavour pairing and here the two old friends worked together nicely atop the expertly prepared lentil ragout, in which the pulses retained their shape and had an enjoyable al dente texture. A Dulche de Leche Napoleon cake was the proverbial nail in the coffin, a hefty serving of layered puff pastry interspersed with pastry cream and topped with a sticky golden

pond of deeply caramelized, sweetened milk confection. Perhaps the most remarkable feat of the meal was the revelation that the entire five-course dinner for 40 was prepped and plated by just Petersen and one additional person, a frequent Nomad collaborator and cool-headed workhorse of a chef named Evan Elman. The accomplishment bodes well for those looking to efficiently and cost-effectively cater an event of their own via The Nomadcook. Petersen will be on the road for the next four months and will return to the North Shore for catering gigs in the summer. You can reach out to him via email at thenomadcook@ outlook.com. Chris Dagenais served as a manager for several restaurants downtown and on the North Shore. A self-described wine fanatic, he earned his sommelier diploma in 2001. He can be reached via email at hungryontheshore@gmail.com. North Shore News dining reviews are conducted anonymously and all meals are paid for by the newspaper.

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He showed me how the game worked and then announced that because it was his game, it would be his rules. About every 10 or 15 minutes he would adjust the rules. The rules were just as important as the actual game. I actually appreciated this because I knew what he needed from me to make it a good play experience. And isn’t that what Grandmothers like to do? Kids like rules. They like to know what is expected, what is going to happen, what the other players (in this case, me) are supposed to do and how it all fits together. We know that and yet

at home we often find that setting limits, making family rules is challenging. And it can be even more difficult to stick to the rules or have a reasonable discussion about why it’s time to change a standing rule. Kids thrive when they know the adults are in charge and that they can anticipate what the expectations are as they go through their day. I like to use the analogy of a house. First there is a sound foundation. This is composed of our unconditional love for our kids. The relationship we have with our children is immutable and the basis for all our interactions with them. Then there are the outside walls and these are the non-negotiable rules like respect for each other, good manners and, as they get older, things like never getting into a car if the driver has been drinking. The walls between the rooms, however, can be moved. These represent the changes we make as our children grow and mature. A one year old is limited to playing in a childproofed and safe space, a four year old has run of the house but can’t jump on the couch, while a 14 year old has a key to the front door and can

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“Kids who do not know what the rules are cannot relax.” Letting our kids engage in behavior that is dangerous or unhealthy is not responsible parenting. We need to know that our kids will not always be happy. That is a fact of life but we must set rules and limits that will make them healthy and secure. In the long run those limits will lead to happiness. Kids who do not know what the rules are cannot relax. If the rules change according to the mood of the parent, they are always on edge. Every time they try something new they need to wonder whether this time they will be hugged or yelled at. But if the rules are clear they will try new things but will have a pretty good idea what to expect

based on past experience. Children do push at the limits; that is typical behaviour. It can be tiresome to remind them about the rules. It can be tough to stick to our principles. The good news is that the clearer we are about our expectations, the less likely they are to try to see what they can get away with. When we are consistent they realize it’s a waste of time to aggravate us. It is also important that we be prepared to expand the rules when our children get older. Our baby or toddler has no say in her bedtime, but a school-age child will want to have some input and a teenager may be ready to set her own bedtime. When there are family rules they should only adjust according to the situation and the age of the child. When those rules are consistently respected the kids feel more secure. Things also become easier for parents because you know how you’re going to react and your child is less likely to argue because you behaved exactly how he expected you would.

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The teachers really care. They know all the students and go to extraordinary lengths to support us. One teacher came to baseball games to cheer me on. Another teacher arranged time with an expert in a topic I love. Walking into Alcuin, it feels like a community, not just a school.

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The personalised approach. Alcuin teachers take great care to understand our son’s interests and needs. Creativity and independent thought are encouraged and his education is not only rich and diverse, it is wonderfully unique to him. In his words, “You get to make your own choices, have your own ideas”

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Building a strong parent-teacher relationship Developing a strong relationship with a child’s teacher can help parents ensure their kids are doing their best in the classroom. Once a school year begins, many students spend more time in the classroom with their teachers than they do at home with their parents. Therefore, it’s important for parents to work toward building a strong parent-teacher relationship. Such a relationship fosters communication, which can help a young student do his or her best in and out of the classroom, something that’s a goal for parents and teachers alike. Parents interested in developing a strong relationship with their kids’ teachers can take several steps to make that happen. Meet your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year. Introduce yourself at the onset of the school year, and let the teacher know you’re available for discussion any time during the school year and that you look forward to the coming school year and working with the teacher as the year progresses. Attend “Back to School Night” or other such events. School events like an open house or a “Back to School Night” are a great way to help kids grow acclimated to their school. But such events also make great opportunities for parents to learn more about their kids’ teachers than they might have learned during their introductory meeting. Prioritize parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity for parents to speak to their children’s teacher one-on-one. Teachers may

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provide insight into how a child is performing and behaving in the classroom, offering advice as to how to improve that performance or suggestions as to how to encourage kids to keep up the good work. Keep the channels of communication open. If it’s been awhile since you’ve spoken to your child’s teacher, don’t be afraid to e-mail the teacher to check in or see if you can lend a helping hand. In addition, if your child really enjoys a teacher’s class, don’t be hesitant to share that with the teacher. Teachers appreciate compliments just like other professionals, and parents should express their gratitude to those teachers who are working hard to make learning fun for their youngsters. METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION

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beer, according to city staff. “The potential impact … would not be sufficient to warrant further public input,” stated the report penned by city business services manager Larry Orr. The city’s decision puts the onus on Green Leaf to consult with the public before the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch review their request. The nearest watering holes are Sailor Hagar’s and the Rusty Gull. The neighbourhood pubs tend to cater “to the immediate neighbourhoods and city residents,” while Green Leaf packs in tourists and commuters, “followed by local residents,” according to Orr’s report. While later hours might “create some competition,” city staff contend that competition “will be minimal.” Green Leaf’s capacity is set to remain at 46. Coun. Rod Clark cast the only vote of opposition.

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Caleb Holonko of the North Van Wolf Pack heads towards the net during the team’s regular season finale against the Grandview Steelers Monday at Harry Jerome Arena. The Pack finished in fourth place in the PJHL’s Tom Shaw Conference and will face the top-seeded Delta Ice Hawks in an opening round seven-game playoff series. PHOTO LISA KING

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In a Bizarro World rematch of the 2016 playoffs, the North Van Wolf Pack will be facing off against the Delta Ice

Hawks in an opening round PJHL series this week.

Last year the Pack rolled into the playoffs as the league’s regular season champs and were promptly dispatched in six games by

the Ice Hawks, who scored the upset as the fourthranked team in the Tom Shaw Conference. This year the roles are reversed as the Ice Hawks are the top dogs in the conference while the rebuilding Wolf Pack straggled into

the playoffs in fourth place. With this year’s rematch, North Van has a chance to return the favour, although revenge is not the emotion that will be driving his team, said Wolf Pack head coach Bayne Koen.

“That’s what happens when you have a 10-team league,” he said about the repeated playoff matchup. “We’re not looking at the situation like, ‘we’ve got to beat these guys just because they beat us last year.’ We want to win hockey games. … It doesn’t matter if it’s Delta or Richmond or whoever. Last

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BLOCK PARTY Kira Sutcliffe and Kolby Richter of the Capilano Blues women’s volleyball team throw up a big block during a 3-0 win over Camosun Saturday at the Capilano Sportsplex. The win moved the Blues into a first-place tie with Vancouver Island University with 16-5 records in PacWest play. The red-hot Blues have not lost in 2017, a nine-match winning streak that includes a victory over VIU in Nanaimo last Thursday. Playoff positions will be decided this week as the Blues wrap up regular season play by hosting the third-place Douglas College Royals Saturday – women at 5 p.m., men at 7 p.m. Visit nsnews.com to see more photos. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH

out Grandview in the battle for first place in the conference this season. While none of the Hawks soared to the top of the league’s leaderboard this year, four of the team’s players landed in the top-20 in scoring. “They have a lot of depth, it’s a pretty balanced attack,” said Koen. “We expect them to come out flying and play a very physical, run-and-gun style which is kind of the way they play right now.” The numbers favour the Ice Hawks heading into the series – North Van defeated Delta 5-2 on opening night back in September but the Pack has lost all five matchups since then. Delta is also coming in hot with a 7-2-0-1 record in their last 10 games, while North Van has just one regulation win in their last 10. Koen, however, is stressing to his players that none of those numbers mean anything when the puck drops to open a new playoff series. “It’s a new season – we’re not even worried about what happened yesterday,” he said.

“Anything can happen. I’ve been around a long time in this league and have seen it all. I told the guys let’s be prepared, let’s be excited, let’s have some fun and be ready to rock and roll here.” The Pack will need to stick to their system and play as a team if they hope to bring down the Hawks, said Koen. “We’ve got to pick up our intensity and excitement level a little bit more because obviously it gets heightened as each shift goes on in the playoffs. We’ve got to come in and be a duck, let the water roll off our backs, don’t get down when things don’t go our way. It’s a process that we have to stay to, and hopefully the hockey gods help us stick to our guns and the guys perform. I know they’ll be ready to go tonight.” !!! The series began at the Ladner Leisure Centre last night following North Shore News press deadline with Game 2 scheduled for Friday in Ladner. Game 3 will be played Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. at Harry Jerome Arena. For updated schedules and results visit pjhl.net.

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By Elizabeth Model 2017 is shaping up to be a significant year for Surrey, fuelled by rapid population growth and multi-million dollar developments that continue to transform one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. There are now more than 500,000 people living in Surrey and with an estimated 1,000 people moving to our community each month, we project to add another 300,000 people over the next three decades. Surrey City Centre and Newton are expected to be the fastest growing neighbourhoods. This coming year will be significant for Surrey as we plan and begin large-scale infrastructure investments necessary to support the future size of our city. Past and projected growth of Surrey has resulted in a number of significant developments announced or underway in 2016 that will start to take form in 2017, thus reshaping the community’s expanding skyline. One of the most beloved sites in all of Surrey was the Stardust Roller Rink. In 2017, expect to see this space begin an exciting transformation with the 50-story GEC Education Mega Center. The new development will be home to educational institutions and include classroom space, a computer centre, an electronic library, student lounge and residential suites designed for international students. For decades to come, this development will help meet growing demand for educational and housing infrastructure in Surrey.

Both the SFU and GEC Education Mega Center will ensure Surrey has strong and long-term education economies that will necessitate and generate future business opportunities. Such growth also requires expanded recreation amenities to serve an expanding and diversified population. Surrey will also see a new YMCA built for the community, and the Downtown Surrey BIA will assist with the capital campaign for this important facility – the project is now underway, and will see completion in 2020 or 2021. The City of Surrey has made recreational development a priority in 2017 and has already designated $140 million to important recreational projects such as the North Surrey Arena, Clayton Heights’ recreational arts and library centre and a new arena for the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The City is also planning to partner with the YMCA to build a new facility in City Centre to be open by 2021. It is projected to be over 60,000 square feet with two swimming pools as well as a gym, fitness centre, family development centre and multipurpose rooms. We’re lucky in many ways that there is tremendous interest and potential in Surrey. Our future growth projections allow us to plan today for what will be needed tomorrow, thus allowing businesses to plan to either move to or expand in Surrey. 2017 will no doubt be a year where Surrey lays a strong foundation for future prosperity. The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is excited and ready. Elizabeth Model is the CEO of the Downtown Surrey BIA.

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TIME TO RISE Carlo Saccardi of the Seycove Seyhawks tries to squeeze past a pair of St. Thomas Aquinas defenders during a 101-88 win for STA Feb. 7. The North Shore will be abuzz with Howe Sound senior boys playoffs running at the AA, AAA, and AAAA levels beginning today. STA will host the AA tournament, with the top-ranked Fighting Saints and second-place Seyhawks both getting in on the action Thursday in a double-header starting at 6 p.m. Visit nsnews.com to see more photos. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN


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