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Researchers will spend $120,000 on Hornby and Dunsmuir street bike lane study
Business owners say few cyclists use bike lane Mike Howell Staff writer
s the Hornby Street separated bike lane good for business? It depends who answers the question. But as the Courier discovered on a recent sunny Friday while randomly polling 10 business operators along the 12-block stretch, the responses won’t please city council, which unanimously approved the $3.2 million lane in October 2010. The majority of operators want the lane scrapped. Some said business was down, others complained about losing parking spots outside their stores. Trafﬁc congestion has increased, they say, and point to the city eliminating right turns on Helmcken Street and installing cyclist-only signals. Middle ground was difﬁcult to ﬁnd in the Courier’s survey, which included visits to a restaurant, a café, a travel agency, a photo lab, a hotel and a high-end gift shop. All offered the same observation: Very few cyclists use the lane that runs two ways on the east side of Hornby Street, from Paciﬁc to Hastings, and is protected from trafﬁc by a series of barriers, including planters.
“Common sense will tell you that this is not necessary,” said Jack Richardson, owner of Cantour Travel on Hornby near Paciﬁc Street. “Look outside and tell me where all the bikes are.” Richardson was sitting at a desk with a view of the bike lane. The discussion turned to city council’s desire to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world and create more travelling options less dependent on the car. “Cycling as a means of mass transportation?” Richardson responds. “C’mon, we’re not China. Let’s get serious. If we’re interested in moving people, how about more buses or rapid transit?” Over the next two months, researchers will spend $120,000 of taxpayer money to determine what effect separated lanes have had on businesses along Hornby and Dunsmuir Street—the other shorter, less expensive downtown separated bike lane. Stantec Consulting, with assistance from Site Economics Ltd. and Mustel Group, is conducting the study. Stantec was chosen by the Vancouver Economic Development Commission after it consulted with city staff, two downtown business associations and the Vancouver Board of Trade. The
study will focus on the short and longterm effects of the lanes on storefront businesses such as Cantour Travel, commercial property owners and businesses located on upper ﬂoors of buildings. Similar surveys will be conducted on Howe and Georgia streets, which don’t have separated bike lanes, to compare results with ﬁndings on Hornby and Dunsmuir streets. Researchers will recommend ways to mitigate any negative economic impacts on businesses and include an analysis of what other cities with separated bike lanes have done to keep businesses thriving. The study’s ﬁndings will go before city council in July. What the Courier discovered in its survey is that operators on Hornby aren’t so much hurting ﬁnancially from the implementation of the bike lane as they are more philosophically opposed to the idea. The lane, they say, is also an inconvenience to them and their customers. Add an unstable economy, the HST and new drinking and driving laws and the answer to whether the separated lanes are good for business becomes more complex. Continued on page 5
City council approved the $3.2 million Hornby Street photo Dan Toulgoet bike lane last October.
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Hotel general manager claims ‘Cyclists are spitting on their cars’
Continued from page 4 ichardson, for example, said he hasn’t seen a decline in business at his travel agency since the separated lane opened in December. “But has it enhanced it? No. Has it made life more difﬁcult? Yes.” Though he acknowledged much of his business is done electronically by computer, couriers and some customers still have to access his agency at 1357 Hornby St. He says he’s lost at least six metered parking spots outside his store. Richardson also has to make trips to the bank in his car, drop off tickets to clients and said the congestion along Hornby—a one-way street—has noticeably increased since the bike lane was built. Richardson already mailed in his survey to the researchers. “Unfortunately, there’s no spot [in the survey] that asks if we should go back to the way it was,” he said, noting Hornby originally had a painted bike lane that didn’t require removing parking spots. Further along Hornby, the general manager of The Landis Hotel and Suites isn’t complaining about a downturn in business. In fact, Khaled Ali said business is up because of conventions and an increase in Canadians travelling to Vancouver. It’s his guests he’s worried about. At least twice a day, he said, Ali witnesses an altercation between a cyclist and a motorist or taxi driver. It occurs
when a motorist is travelling north on Hornby and turns right—across the bike lane—into the hotel’s driveway. “Cyclists are spitting on their cars,” said Ali, as he stood behind the hotel’s front desk, which has a view of Hornby Street. “The problem is some cyclists think they have the right-ofway and speed.” The area outside the hotel is the most likely spot along Hornby Street for a collision to occur. That’s because the neighbouring hotel, The Cascadia, is renovating its façade and built scaffolding over top of the bike lane, creating a small tunnel. Visibility is a problem. The hotel arranged to have plywood attached on the sides of the scaffolding and painted signs on it urging cyclists to ring their bells and for pedestrians to use caution. The Courier witnessed two narrow misses in the few minutes standing outside the hotels. Tourists coming off a bus and a toddler who stepped into the bike lane were startled by cyclists yelling “heads up, heads up” as they zipped along the lane. Management at the Cascadia declined to comment when approached by the Courier to discuss the bike lane’s effect on the hotel and its guests.
tephen Ho, owner of Stephen’s Photolab at Hornby and Davie streets, said he relies on guests from the Landis and Cascadia hotels to
keep his business aﬂoat. The rising Canadian dollar has meant fewer American customers. The loss of at least three street parking spots outside his store has also eliminated the number of customers he used to get. “For city hall to do this, it is no help to businesses,” he said from inside his store, which he’s operated for 16 years. “This is a good location but nobody can park here anymore.” Now he has drivers stopping in the street, with their emergency ﬂashers on, and running in to the store to ask where to ﬁnd a parking spot. He estimated about 30 per cent of his customers are motorists. It’s the same number he quoted when calculating how much his business has declined since the lane opened in December 2010. Ho pays $15,000 a year in property tax and said if council wants the lane to be permanent, then he expects a break on his taxes. “People riding the bikes are not helping my business, it’s the drivers,” he said, noting he has witnessed altercations between cyclists and pedestrians at the intersection. Across the street from Ho’s photo lab is the BG Urban Café, where owner Noshin Dehghani was busy serving customers. She opened the café in February 2010 in anticipation of hungry crowds arriving for the 2010 Winter Games. Continued on page 6
Khaled Ali, general manager at The Landis Hotel and Suites, notes unruly cyclist behaviour. photo Dan Toulgoet
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Continued from page 5 Business was good and then ﬂattened out when city crews began building the bike lane in the fall of 2010. More tourists are in town and business is picking up, but it could be better, Dehghani said. But is the bike lane solely to blame? “Everything altogether—the bike lane, the HST, the economy, no parking.” So should city council get rid of the lane? “Leave it. Spend the money on something else. People will get used to it.”
hough it may not look like it— with the planters, bike signals, concrete curbs and bike racks along the streets—the Hornby and Dunsmuir separated bike lanes are considered trials. It’s up to city council to decide whether they should be permanent and that decision won’t come until Mayor Gregor Robertson and his 10 councillors get a look at the business impact survey in July. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and cycling advocates continue to push for the lanes to be part of the city’s permanent transportation infrastructure. And, it appears, cyclists are using the lanes. The city’s counters recorded 1,555 bikes at Hornby and Robson over
a 24-hour period on the day of the Courier’s survey May 13, according to Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation. The Dunsmuir lane, which opened in June 2010 and links with Hornby, is also proving to be a popular route for cyclists. An average of 1,900 cyclists each weekday used the lane in July and August 2010. Other city data indicates vehicle travel times along Hornby are unchanged on weekday mornings but increased by one minute—from ﬁveand-a-half minutes to six-and-a-half minutes—on weekday afternoons when driving from Paciﬁc to Hastings. The Insurance Corporation of B.C. didn’t have any fresh data available to say if collisions between motorists and cyclists along Hornby had increased, decreased or remained the same. The mayor rolled up on his bike last Wednesday morning at Hornby and Pender, where he checked in with another BG Urban Café, which handed out free cinnamon buns to passing cyclists. Robertson’s appearance was part of a Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition event to show businesses, such as the Pender Street location of the Urban Café, support the bike lanes. The cycling coalition has posted a list of about 100 businesses on its website that support the lanes, although the majority of operators are not on Hornby Street.
So what does the mayor have to say about the business operators who want the Hornby lane scrapped? “We’ve got to assess this over the full course of a year and see what the positive and negative impacts are,” he said, standing on a sidewalk next to the bike lane. “We are seeing a signiﬁcant increase in ridership now and that’s a key piece.” The Dunsmuir lane will have been open for one year when council reviews the business impact study. The Hornby lane’s one-year anniversary is in December, two months after the civic election. The total cost to implement the city’s separated bike lanes, which includes the Burrard Bridge, Hornby, Dunsmuir and the Dunsmuir viaduct, is $5 million. That’s $120 million less than the city’s annual budget for transportation-related projects such as roads. City staff still hasn’t calculated how much money it will cost to remove the lanes, if council chooses to scrap them. For now, business operators such as Jack Richardson at Cantour Travel have to live with the lanes and wait to hear the results of a study he expects will reveal some pushback to the urban experiment. “I know I’m not the only one who has a problem with it.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Howellings (See related stories on page 10 and 11)
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In the words of its fearless leader, the NPA civic party is in “fantastic shape.” That’s what Coun. Suzanne Anton, who announced her mayoral candidacy last week, told me while taking questions from journos at her launch in Yaletown. How fantastic? Well, it turns out Anton will not face a challenger within her party and there won’t be a battle for the 10 council candidate spots; only 10 were approved by the NPA’s board of directors. So, it appears the NPA’s nomination meeting June 4 at the Croatian Cultural Centre will be nothing more than an opportunity for council candidates to make speeches. Saw that movie in the 2008 campaign. Back then, the NPA ﬁelded 10 candidates—as I recall, Kanman Wong never showed up to the meeting—and the gathering was more of a pep rally than an exciting run-off for coveted council positions. The only excitement that year was a separate mayoral candidate battle between Peter Ladner and then-mayor Sam Sullivan; Ladner was victorious, only to be crushed by Vision’s Gregor Robertson at the polls. Anton was the lone survivor of the Vision tsunami.
NPA mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton rubbed elbows with most of her party’s council nomination candidates during her campaign photo Dan Toulgoet launch at the Opus Hotel last week. Her team of council candidates for this campaign: • Bill McCreery, former park board commissioner • George Afﬂeck, prez and CEO of Curve Communications • Elizabeth Ball, former NPA city councillor (2005-2008) • Sean Bickerton, partner in Kulture Shock Media, community activist • Joe Carangi, lawyer, “community problem solver” • Ken Charko, owner of Dunbar Theatre • Jason Lamarche, small business banker, community organizer
• Francis Wong, vice-prez of Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society • Bill Yuen, engineer and former school trustee • Mike Klassen, political blogger, prez of Thinking Cap Inc. Yes, that’s a lot of men. Which is an observation that takes me back to a comment Anton made in September 2008 when I asked her about Vision’s roster for the 2008 vote, which included Vision hopefuls Andrea Reimer and Heather Deal. “They didn’t nominate very many women, I would observe,”
she told me back then. “The NPA right now, we have 16 [incumbents] between parks board, school board and council and eight of them are women.” So far, I count ﬁve female NPAers this time around. Vision, meanwhile, hasn’t ﬁnalized its list of candidates, but I understand there will be a contest. I’ve also learned the party won’t hold its June 12 nomination meeting at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Now the plan is to gather at SFU Harbour Centre. Voting will go from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and
the winners will be announced around 8 p.m. at The Waldorf Hotel on East Hastings. Mayor Gregor Robertson will face a leadership review and is expected to receive enough votes from Vision members to lead the party into the fall election. COPE, which plans to run three council candidates, will likely hold its nomination meeting in September. The party’s executive agreed last month to support Robertson for mayor. The election is Nov. 19. email@example.com Twitter: @Howellings
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Here are some thoughts on housing the homeless and how it’s shaping up as a municipal election issue. By now I suspect you’ve already read or heard this year’s preliminary numbers from the recently released Metro Vancouver homeless count and its comparison with 2008. In Vancouver alone, there were 1,605 people found to be without a home this year, which includes those who are in shelters. That number in 2008 was 1,580. So there was a slight bump up. Where there was a dramatic change was in the number of street homeless, those living and sleeping—some by choice but mostly by circumstance—outside, behind dumpsters, in parking garages or in city parks. Three years ago, those people numbered 815. There were 145 in this year’s count. That’s an 82 per cent decrease. It doesn’t take a post-graduate degree to ﬁgure out why there was this dramatic drop. It’s pretty well laid out in the report that comes along with the numbers. It was through the efforts of various levels of government, including the city of Vancouver and private sector donors, that created some affordable housing. But mostly they created emergency shelters. In this city, many were called HEAT shelters. And while shelters are not homes by any deﬁnition, they do offer safety and the prospects for a healthier existence beyond what can be found when your closet is a shopping cart, your bedroom is a doorway and your toilet is a back alley. To be totally pragmatic, shelters help the whole civic scene. While they are not the best choice,
allengarr giving people shelter reduces incidents of trespassing, and cuts policing and healthcare costs. But let’s look at how all this will play in the November municipal election. Simply looking at the numbers, you may well wonder why NPA candidates are now saying when it comes to dealing with homelessness, “The dial has not moved at all.” Let me explain. In its campaign, the NPA will insist that Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to “eliminate homelessness” by 2015, plain and simple. In the past three years, the survey shows, the total number of homeless went up slightly. No dial movement. Eliminating homelessness was one of Robertson’s major planks. The NPA claim he’s weaseling out of it by signiﬁcantly modifying his commitment. It’s now “street homelessness.” What Robertson would say and what is regularly reported in the local daily newspaper is that
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he “pledged to eliminate street homelessness by 2015.” And, as I pointed out, in the past three years “street homelessness” dropped by 82 per cent. If you are looking for speciﬁc references to what Robertson and Vision promised, I refer you to page four of the Vision platform and the paragraph heading “End street homelessness by 2015.” Or you can turn to page six of Robertson’s inaugural address dated Dec. 8, 2008: “I decided to run for the ofﬁce of mayor to end street homelessness in Vancouver.” But Robertson can be enthusiastically sloppy in his mission. More than once he has declared that he would “eliminate homelessness.” Many, including city staff, hardly bat an eye at this. The city’s homelessness coordinator Judy Graves is clear: He is talking about street homelessness. But his opponents have found enough to make an issue of it and they’ll continue to pursue it. They’re also miffed on a related matter. All of the supportive housing to house the homeless, which is coming on stream now, is the result of a provincial government commitment made back when Sam Sullivan was in the mayor’s chair. Now Robertson and his chicken-hugging, garden-growing, bicycle-lane loving, Cortes Island, American-funded crowd are going to be around for the photo ops when the buildings open. But that’s politics. Keep in mind it was Sullivan’s crowd who picked the developer and set up the oversight for the Olympic Village and Robertson who got stuck with the project. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes reveal Ayn Rand’s horrendous ‘objectivism’ Have you heard the one about Ayn Rand and the child killer? No joke. It’s a story that deserves much wider play in print. Although she’s not quite a household name, Rand was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg in 1905, she fled her war-torn homeland for the United States in 1926, taking a new name when she arrived. Although most literary critics and academics have dismissed her novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, these intellectual potboilers continue to sell in the millions, long after her death. In the books’ pages, government is the villain restricting the heroic efforts of creative, self-made individuals while rewarding what she called society’s “parasites” and “lice.” Altruism is “moral cannibalism,” she wrote in her nonfiction work, The Virtue of Selfishness. Only the individual pursuit of gratification and self-advancement is worthy of praise. These “ideas” have helped fuel the harsher strains of libertarianism, a school of thought that has turned Rand into an avenging angel and her books into intellectual truncheons. The writer’s work has been praised by Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, Republican congressman Paul Ryan, former Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, radio host Rush Limbaugh and many others on the American far right. In his book Griftopia, Rolling Stone political correspondent Matt Taibbi writes of the salons Rand held in her New York apartment in the 1950s. Among her acolytes was a social-climbing economist named Alan Greenspan, whom Rand nicknamed “The Undertaker.” His intellectual apprenticeship began on her knee and ended on the throne of the Federal Reserve. (In 1974, Rand stood beside Greenspan at his swearing-in as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.) During the great spree of financial deregulation, the stonefaced Chairman of the Fed stood by with his hands in his pockets while Wall Street’s creative titans went through the pockets of everyone else. He learned well. When the New York Times gave a negative review of Atlas Shrugged in 1957, Greenspan wrote a letter to the editor championing his mentor, ending with the sentence “parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should.” William Edward Hickman certainly had a purpose. In 1927, he kidnapped a 12-year-old girl named Marion Parker from a public school, raped her and dismembered her body. When the
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geoffolson father arrived to pay a ransom, the killer had the torso propped up in his car, the eyes pinned up in a macabre imitation of life. Hickman grabbed the cash and sped off, dumping the body at the end of the street. As a young woman, Rand had been following the newspaper stories of Hickman’s trial with great interest. According to her biographer, Anne Conover Heller, Rand’s “stunningly harsh and antisocial” unfinished novella, The Little Street, was based on the killer’s trial. In this proto-objectivist tale, the small-town jurors were portrayed as an ignorant mob out to take down a sovereign individual. Of the murdering protagonist of her tale she wrote, “thankfully he has no organ for understanding the necessity, meaning or importance of other people. Other people do not exist for him and he does not understand why they should.” (The biographer adds, “This, by the way, is practically a diagnostic description of narcissism, and also a description of Rand herself.”) While she did not condone the murder itself, the author praised the actual Hickman in her notes for Little Street, according to Heller. Rand wrote of his “disdainful countenance,” his “immense, explicit egoism” and the undeniable fact that he is “a brilliant, unusual, exceptional boy.” “A strong man can eventually trample society underneath his feet. That boy [Hickman] was not strong enough.” Many writers have questioned Rand on her morality. Now we have to question her sanity. At the very least, she is revealed as a deeply damaged human being, and most likely a psychopath. For decades, the author’s influential fans and followers found self-serving rationalizations in her writings. They helped turn her nasty dreams into hard-edged reality. The world we see around us today—of marketing-driven narcissism, corporate unaccountability, financial fraud and unfettered social Darwinism—owes more than a little to the me-first philosophy of Rand’s “objectivism.” Yet what kind of person still wants to believe in Rand’s psychopathic hell-world, after the revelations from her own journals? geoffolson.com
According to readers, Canucks anthem singer Mark Donnelly has stirred patriotism in fans far and wide. photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Anthem singer leads Canuck chorus,” May 20. Mark Donnelly’s greatest legacy is what has happened to the singing of the anthems in the rest of the league, both in Canada and the U.S. I cannot be the only one who has noticed more voices joining in and less hooting and howling in the background, and I applaud him for that. Arthur Edward (Ed) Hayward, Vancouver
To the editor: Canadians who attended games in San Jose did a very ﬁne job of singing the anthem along with whoever that was. Thank goodness for Mark Donnelly! He got Rogers Arena singing—and properly, too. That chick who butchered the anthem at the opening of games last year should have been taking lessons with him. Great article and wonderful interview. Thank you so much. Kathryn Husser, Vancouver
Drug injection centre thought it was exempt
To the editor: Re: “Insite activist threatens ‘civil disobedience,’” May 18. Megan Stewart’s article about Insite incorrectly states the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has never applied for a ministerial exemption under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The Dr. Peter Centre began providing supervised injection service in 2002, without the exemption, after the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. conﬁrmed it was within the scope of nursing practice. However, from Sept. 2003 to June 2006, the
foundation believed it had an exemption as part of its inclusion in the scientiﬁc study involving Insite. Only in 2006 when we, along with Insite, requested an extension, did we become aware Health Canada documents related to our initial application had not been signed by the federal Minister of Health. Subsequently, when Insite received its approval for extension, the minister declined to add the Dr. Peter Centre. Also, the statement attributed to me in the article, that the foundation’s West End clinic will remain open, could leave the mislead-
ing impression that we will do so regardless of the outcome of the appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. It was, and is, the foundation’s view that the activities of our registered nurses in directly observing clients inject themselves are lawful whether or not the foundation has an exemption. While the court’s ruling will be speciﬁcally about Insite, we will need to study it to determine the relevance to supervised injection service at the Dr. Peter Centre. Maxine Davis, executive director, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
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To the editor: Re: “‘Goofball’ cycling columnist peddles irrelevance,” Letters, May 20. I wanted to offer my support to Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson and his approach to cycling. Although his isn’t the only material available for cyclists to read, it’s unique. A bicycle has always been a big part of my life. Since getting the beneﬁt of Hansen-Carlson’s writings, I have a greater understanding of the dozens of roadies who pedal by every day on the streets near our Kitsilano home. I don’t believe there is any one correct use for a bicycle nor any cycling information which trumps all other news. I enjoy reading the articles and look forward to more of the same. Ian Shepherd, Vancouver
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pressed that Courier has a cycling column. It would be even better if the cycling articles are relevant to what the readers are interested in reading. I don’t think anyone cares if Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson has an ignorant best friend who has never ridden a bicycle and makes judgements before trying something. And how does his progression from less aggressive stance to more aggressive relate to the topic of comfort? Looking forward to cycling articles that encourages more people to bike, the environmental and health beneﬁts of cycling, cycling events, cycling fun, how to buy and maintain a bike, new bikes and gear on the market, new bike routes, cycling with family, etc. There are so many topics to cover, besides details on shaving legs. Vincent Law, Vancouver
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Study examines impact of bike lanes on downtown businesses
City courts public input on transportation Mike Howell Staff writer
Got a problem with bike lanes? How about the city’s roads? If ever there was a time to weigh in on the future of the city’s transportation system, it is now, says Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation. “This is the ﬁrst time in 15 years that we’re updating our transportation plan so it’s a great time to plug in and come to one of the public meetings,” he said, noting the city’s previous transportation plan was released in 1997. The plan will set goals to the year 2040 and direct the city’s transportation decisions for the years ahead, including the city’s role in regional transportation, transit, enhanced safety for walking and cycling. The review of the transportation plan comes as consultants examine the impact the downtown separated bike lanes are having on businesses. Stantec Consulting is leading the study and will have it ready to go before city council in July. The Vancouver Economic Development Commission chose Stantec after consulting with the Downtown Vancouver Association, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Board of Trade. John Tylee, director of policy and research at the eco-
Rethinking the Costs of Bad Driving Licensed drivers in British Columbia are required to know and obey all the rules that govern the operating of vehicles on our streets and highways. There are various sets of rules made by the various levels of government all with an overriding, two-fold but interlinked purpose: to minimize harm and to Cedric Hughes move traffic efficiently. Most licensed drivers are motivated to keep up to date on the rules and to follow them because doing so minimizes their risk of harm and enables them to travel in smooth flowing traffic. Of course the penalties for not obeying the rules also motivate compliance. Under the BC Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations, there are at least 127 rules the violation of which can result in a fine or a fine combined with driver penalty points. Fines for violating a rule can be disputed within 30 days on the basis either that there was no violation or that the amount of the fine is incorrect. Driver penalty points attach to a driver’s driving record. Drivers who incur enough penalty points are assessed a Driver Risk Premium (DRP) that they must pay once a year for at least three years. Drivers assessed a DRP who fail to pay it invalidate their current Autoplan insurance coverage, incur ongoing interest charges, and cannot renew their license or Autoplan insurance until they have cleared their debt. Alternatively they can reduce or eliminate the DRP by surrendering their license voluntarily or under a prohibition for a portion of or for the entire billing period. The funds collected under this program provide holders of valid BC drivers’ licenses with third party liability insurance, accident benefits, and underinsured motorist protection. Driver Risk Premiums are separate from Autoplan insurance premiums, which, while
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nomic development commission, said it is crucial business operators participate in the study so that council has a comprehensive report to consider when deciding whether the separated lanes should be permanent. “If you’ve got a story to tell, if you have some impacts—positive or negative—let the study know about it,” Tylee said. Erin O’Melinn, executive director of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, pointed out the board of trade and the business associations were opposed to council’s decision last fall to implement the separated bike lane on Hornby Street. O’Melinn said she is worried about the study’s methodology and wants to ensure the study’s authors receive feedback from business operators who support the Hornby and Dunsmuir protected bike lanes. “I’m a bit concerned that they’re getting a select sample and not a very representative one,” she said, noting a recent forum was adver-
Not surprisingly reaction to this proposal was immediate, and reportedly for the most part, negative, Days later ICBC announced it would undertake a “province-wide consultation and rethink”. A common refrain from the critics: the “extremely wide gulf ” between getting a ticket once, and exhibiting “a pattern of bad driving”. Whatever the immediate result of this discussion may be, the standard of care in driving is clearly moving higher.
tised through the board of trade and business associations. “There’s a certain conversation happening with those members, especially the more vocal ones—and usually it’s the negative ones who are more vocal. We’ve talked to a number of businesses that are actually really excited about the lanes.” Dobrovolny said the cycling coalition will not be consulted in the study because it is not a business. But, he said, “we are working with them in terms of the overall process.” If people have speciﬁc questions about the Hornby and Dunsmuir bike lanes, and they’re related to the philosophy and strategy of implementing the lanes, the city is happy to meet with individuals or groups, Dobrovolny said. “I’ve had a couple of meetings on that over the past year but not a lot of people have taken us up on that,” he added. Willing participants for the business study can email Iona.bonamis@stantec. com or call 604-696-8052. All information will be held in conﬁdence, with only aggregated data published in the study. To weigh in on the city’s transportation plan, log on to the city’s website for times of public meetings, which began Wednesday and continue until July 13 at various community centres. email@example.com Twitter: @Howellings
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When raising the number of cyclists on city streets became a priority for Vancouver, city councillors and staff failed to show all road users the big picture. This was the message delivered by Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs Wednesday morning at the Canadian Automobile Association conference on bike and car safety. “We should have asked and didn’t: why are we doing this? Why are we putting in cycling infrastructure?” The reasons were evident to decision-makers, but Meggs said they did not do an effective enough job explaining the rationale and highlighting the beneﬁts to motorists, pedestrians and transit users as well as cyclists. “It wasn’t a social experiment or a counter culture ﬁt we were having,” he said. “We wanted to increase choice, sustainability and the efﬁciency of our transportation system. This is a beneﬁt for everyone, not just those who ride bikes.” Speaking at a panel about building infrastructure to ease tensions and smooth relationships between drivers and cyclists, Meggs shared the
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stage with transportation managers and urban planners from Surrey, Portland and Toronto. Meggs pointed to data and analysis that found that precious few cyclists feel inclined to ride if they don’t feel safe, particularly in and out of downtown. By 2005, 20 per cent fewer vehicles were driving downtown but 25 per cent more people were visiting downtown for work and play, according to city data. Bicycle trips, however, were almost non-existent. “It was crystal clear that people did not like riding their bike over the Burrard Bridge. It was bloody dangerous and there were liability cases to prove it,” said Meggs. The trial bike lane spanning False Creek opened in the summer of 2009 and lanes on Dunsmuir and Hornby, which Meggs said were “a signiﬁcantly more aggressive approach for us,” followed last year. He said frustration on the part of business owners is legitimate and even a change in the number of a few parking spaces can impact the success or failure of a small business. “The reality is that independent businesses do a have independent problems that are clearly legit that can’t be brushed off as nay-
saying or Nimbyism.” According to three out of ﬁve Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) members, inappropriate or inadequate infrastructure for vehicles and too few dedicated bike lanes are reasons accidents occur between motorists and cyclists. Results from a 2010 CAA survey found 65 per cent of members attributed “trafﬁc incidents” to lack of infrastructure. Sixty-three per cent also pointed to cyclists’ lack of familiarity with road rules. The 4,000 members polled were allowed to choose all the options they thought applied. About half of respondents, 53 per cent, said increased trafﬁc volume was a factor. And the same number said incidents between cars and bikes are due to motorists’ inattention or lack of attention to cyclists. If a nearly equal number of respondents pointed to limited infrastructure and a lack of education as contributing factors to accidents, pointed out Erin O’Melinn, the executive director with the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, road safety education should be funded and developed equally. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @MHStewart
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Owning a dog can mean more exercise and time spent outdoors, and now athletic trainers are catering to the exercise buffs who expect more from their workout than a stroll in the park. A ﬁtness routine designed by Vancouver bootcamp pioneer Robert Hepper teaches exercise-conscious, timepressed dog owners the tools and tricks to complete a full-body workout in the company of their beloved animal. “This is for people who really want to get a workout in but they only have time to walk the dog,” said Hepper, noting the importance of daily exercise for both dogs and their owners. “In that 30- to 90-minute window, people can walk their dog and work out, too.” Annilou Verge-Marion of UltraFit Bootcamp plans to offer group training for dog owners and their dogs. Leashes, she says, will be mandatory. Getting ﬁt with Fido requires preparation and a little planning. Hepper doesn’t want people to use their dog as an excuse to avoid working out. The full-body routine he has designed focuses on core strength and crosstraining, which can be enhanced by using equipment like a resistance band, free weights and a mat. A leash is also essential. The self-guided routine begins with the needs of the dog. Each will have its own energy to burn and desire to socialize. Playing fetch will tire the dog so its more relaxed and docile when owners are ready to get serious about getting their own sweat on. “Take care of the dog and then you can take care of yourself and your own workout,” said Hepper. He recommends warming up with the dog on its leash while completing walk-
Trainer Robert Hepper, Annilou Verge-Marion and Quito the boxer exercise in the park. photo Dan Toulgoet ing lunges. If the dog pulls against its leash, this adds an element of resistance training and core exercise. To continue the warm-up, owners can complete cardio exercise while still playing fetch. Sending the dog to chase a long toss can allow for enough time to start or ﬁnish a set of weights or sit-ups. “For the ﬁrst week, focus on only part of the workout,” recommends Hepper. “The dog will get used to the routine.” Obedience is a signiﬁcant part of training alongside a dog. If the animal can’t relax, sit still or lay down, the owner’s workout will be interrupted and relatively fruitless. Owners should make sure their pet is comfortable. “For anyone who wants to go for a run with their dog, this isn’t really the workout for them. This is for somebody who understands the beneﬁts of crosstraining and wants to play with their dog,” he said.
Focused, concentrated cross-training can beneﬁt everyone. “It’s not just for the elite, it’s not just for athletes,” said Hepper. Muscle toning and core conditioning translate to improvements across all sports and extend to other, more sedentary daily activities. Like walking the dog. Hepper is holding a free, one-day clinic June 4 at Jericho Park. A dog is not required. For more information, contact 778-970-2908. email@example.com Twitter: @MHStewart Three reasons your dog is a great workout partner: • Your dog will never be late. • Your dog will never avoid a workout. At minimum, your dog will sit outside while you train. • Your dog’s enthusiasm can be contagious.
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Vancouver’s Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, which is known for collecting coats for distribution to needy people for nearly 20 years, is now collecting money to redevelop its property at West 28th Avenue and Oak to suit the times. Beth Israel has raised nearly $10 million from its congregation since January towards its goal of $18 million. Its community-wide capital campaign kicks off May 29. “It’s such an exciting time. You can feel the energy from members… about what we’re going to be able to achieve and how important it is,” said Shannon Etkin, executive director of the Congregation Beth Israel. “It’s not just having the new building but it’s a symbol that the building represents of the energy, the dynamism of the congregation and ability to work more in educating people, helping them learn and study and celebrate their Jewish heritage.” Beth Israel wants to better accommodate its large prayer gatherings and its childcare, yoga classes and sports programs for children. “We do those things because it’s a matter of serving the needs of our members and they’re looking more at the synagogue also being the centre of their lives,” Etkin said. “We started programming a couple of years ago towards young adults, people in university or just out of university that are looking for places to belong to ﬁnd their identity, but also wanting to meet other people [of] similar age and circumstances to be able to learn with them as well as play with them.”
Childcare space and service have become more important over the last 80 years with both parents working outside the home and with women participating in Saturday Sabbath services instead of watching their children, Etkin added. He said the congregation has grown slightly in recent years, with 670 families and more than 2,500 members. The nearly 80-year-old congregation purchased its current site from Canadian Paciﬁc Railway in 1944 and opened the synagogue in 1948. Renovations happened in 1993 but problems with leaks, heating and air conditioning necessitate reconstruction. Beth Israel plans to gut the existing long, narrow building that fronts Oak Street and reconﬁgure it to become a family life and education building. Attached to the old synagogue would be a new sanctuary in place of an existing parking lot. Underground parking will be added. A building to be leased to not-for-proﬁt organizations will also be constructed. Acton Ostry Architects has been guiding a rezoning application through the city that’s expected to pass in the fall. The synagogue has been cooperating with the adjacent Talmud Torah Jewish elementary school, which is advancing a rezoning of its own. Congregation Beth Israel’s capital campaign kick-off starts at 10 a.m. in its parking lot, complete with pancakes, crafts and, possibly, ponies. The cantor will sing and shofar horns—typically blown on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—will sound to mark the unveiling of its campaign tracker. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi
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Gardner Museum sealed with a kiss Mitchell Smyth Contributing writer SMITHFIELD, North Carolina—Many men loved Ava Gardner, but it’s doubtful if any of them adored her as much as the 12-year-old boy she kissed in a school playground one afternoon in 1939. The girl who would become the Hollywood goddess of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s was still the girl from Grabtown, just outside Smithﬁeld, in those days. She was 17 and taking a secretarial course. Tom Banks was 12. Donna Bailey-Taylor takes up the story: “Tom and his friends used to tease Ava, calling her their ‘girlfriend.’ One day she chased them and planted a big kiss on his cheek. “The next year... he saw in the newspaper that she had a Hollywood movie contract. He began collecting production stills, newspaper clippings, anything and everything to do with her.” Bailey-Taylor, executive director of the local visitors’ bureau, says that schoolboy collection turned into a lifelong obsession for Tom Banks. Throughout his college days, a stint in the U.S. Navy and during his career as a school psychologist in Florida, he collected everything he could on his idol. He got to know her and she gave him clothing and props for his collection, which was stored in a private museum here in Smithﬁeld. After Banks died in 1989, his wife donated the collection to the town, which converted a downtown building into the Ava Gardner Museum. Thousands of items— costumes, jewelry, posters, paintings—are on view in the 465 square metres of exhibit space. Visitors ﬁrst view a video, which
tells how Gardner, the daughter of a poor tobacco farmer, loved to run around barefoot. (Ironically, one of her greatest roles was the titular Barefoot Contessa.) The trip from Tobacco Road to Beverly Hills began when her brother-in-law, a professional photographer, put her picture in a display at his New York studio. Someone from Hollywood spotted it and soon she had a contract—paying $50 a week—with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After 15 forgettable movies, she hit the big time as femme fatale Kitty Collins in The Killers in 1946. Photo stills document her three marriages: to Mickey Rooney, bandleader Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra. All ended in divorce, but Sinatra still loved her. A marker tells us that after she died, in 1990, and until his death in 1998, he had a red rose placed on her grave every week. She never remarried but she didn’t lack male company. She moved to Spain where she seduced matadors and threw drinks in the paparazzis’ faces, and then to London, where she died. Other stops on an Ava Gardner trail include the Teacherage, a one-time boarding house for single schoolmarms, where her mother was cook; the Howell movie house where she ﬁrst saw Clark Gable, in 1932’s Red Dust, never thinking she’d grow up to co-star with him when it was remade, as Mogambo, in 1953; the two-storey farmhouse in Grabtown where she was born; and Sunset Memorial Park, where she is buried in the family plot. For more information, visit avagardner.org. Mitchell Smyth is a member of the Meridian Writers’ Group.
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A: Heucheras are available in many beautiful leaf colours and the foliage remains throughout winter. They’re hardy and enjoy shade. Some also have pretty ﬂowers, but for many the leaves
are the main attraction. Many ground-covers handle shade well including epimediums, bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) and violets, but ground-covers need a ﬁrm hand and a sharp spade to stop them from overrunning weaker plants. Primroses love shade and increase discreetly when happy. Alpine strawberries (the smaller runnerless type) also grow well in partial shade and even fruit well there. One of the most striking shade-dwellers is pulmonaria, which not only has bright blue ﬂowers, which open pink, but leaves that in various cultivars vary from silver-spotted to entirely silver. Medium-tall shade-lovers include columbines that, if allowed to selfseed, produce ﬂowers of many different hues. Hellebores have a long ﬂowering period in spring and so does the blue-ﬂowered brunnera. Some brunneras have stunningly beautiful leaves, such as the form Jack Frost. Bergenias also do well in
FOR BRIGHTNESS IN SPRING, THE YELLOW DAISY FLOWERS OF DORONICUMS ARE A STANDOUT. OTHER EASY SHADE-LOVERS INCLUDE VALERIAN, FOXGLOVES AND FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA. shade. These produce fat heads of pink or white ﬂowers in very early spring. Their evergreen leaves often develop reddish shades through winter. These are rugged plants that slowly spread and can cover large areas. In summer shade, astilbes produce plume-like ﬂowerheads usually in white, pink or red. Heights can vary from one metre to very dwarf depending what you choose. For brightness in spring, the yellow daisy ﬂowers of doronicums are a standout. Other easy shadelovers include valerian, foxgloves and Fuchsia magellanica. This fuchsia is the old-fash-
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ioned hardy one with small single ﬂowers in magenta and deep purple. If you live near the sea, you may be able to over-winter so-called “hardy” double-ﬂowered kinds such as Dollar Princess or Santa Claus. But it’s the species Fuchsia magellanica that comes through severe winters in southwest B.C. Typically, it dies back to ground level then shoots up in spring. Hummingbirds love it. Dogwoods and Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) can tolerate some shade. Cornus mas has a cloud of yellow ﬂowers in early spring and red berries later. Kerria is a
upright, suckering shrub that produces double (or single) yellow ﬂowers and stems that remain bright green through winter.
Q: Is this a good time to move my calla lily to a spot in the garden? N. Howden
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Directing trafﬁc at the pull for sight runway romp was ORBIS Canada director of development Daniella Bianchi.
Dr. Simon Holland and FedEx managing director of operations Cathy Kolmansberger pulled a 60-tonne plane to give the gift of sight.
Fred Founder Jay Gildenhuys raises a glass to Toﬁno and Ucluelet’s inaugural 29-day FEAST BC culinary festival now cooking until June 4.
Miku owner Seigo Nakamura and president George Katagai hosted their downtown patio opener and Japanese relief and rebuild fundraiser.
Taste Toﬁno: Known for its picturesque surﬁng beaches and landmark lodges such as the Wickaninnish Inn, Long Beach Lodge and Paciﬁc Sands Beach Resort, Toﬁno is fast getting a reputation for its outstanding culinary scene. Celebrating boatto-table cuisine, inaugural FEAST BC is a delicious 29-day celebration (until June 4) of sustainable seafood on the island. Plane pull: A unique plane pull to give children the gift of sight, the second ORBIS Pull for Sight held at the FedEx Apron at Vancouver International Airport attracted 20 teams. Yours truly emceed the extraordinary fundraiser that had each team pull a 60-tonne FedEx 757 aircraft 12 feet in the fastest time. With similar pulls in Toronto and Montreal, proceeds will beneﬁt ORBIS Canada, a non-profit global development organization preventing and treating blindness of children in developing countries. C Water: Restaurateur Harry Kambolis, chef Robert Clark and Citytv’s Dawn Chubai hosted the inaugural screening of C Blue Foundation’s Short Film Competition held at Vancity Theatre, showcasing short ﬁlms on the subjects of water, sustainability and oceans advocacy. Andrew Naysmith’s doc OceanGybe was declared the winner. Picking up $1,000, Naysmith announced the full-length version will be screened at this year’s Project Change Festival. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 a.m. on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition; email Fred at yvrﬂee@hotmail.com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown or fredabouttown.blogspot.com.
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1. Don’t forget to wind your melted clocks as the Vancouver Art Gallery hosts the most comprehensive exhibition of Surrealist art ever to be shown in Canada. Running May 28 to Sept. 25, The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art features 350 works by leading Surrealist artists, including André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray, Edith Rimmington and Wifredo Lam among others. And how’s this for surreal—the exhibition’s presenting sponsor is the Keg steakhouse. Trippy. For more info, go to vanartgallery.bc.ca. 2. Soul mama Sharon Jones and her band the Dap-Kings deliver a lesson in how to dance in high-heels while belting out vintage-sounding R&B when they perform for the masses at Malkin Bowl May 27, 7 p.m. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears open. Tickets at Zulu, Highlife and Ticketmaster.
3. The Powell Street Festival Society and Paciﬁc Cinémathèque present the third edition of its Kibatsu Cinema series, celebrating of the odd and the eccentric in Japanese pop culture and contemporary Japanese ﬁlm May 27 to 29 at Paciﬁc Cinémathèque. Highlights include Seijun Suzuki’s 1963 thriller Youth of the Beast, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 psychedelic cult horror ﬁlm House and the head-tripping anime universe of Paprika. For info and show times, call 604-688-FILM or go to cinematheque.bc.ca.
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K&K continues its annual haiku series in honour of the Vancouver Canucks playoff run These days are for rest Lou’s groin calls out in the night Its voice mufﬂed by moss.
Let’s get reasonable!
As someone who has rented in Vancouver for more than a decade, in three different neighbourhoods, in various forms of accommodation from low-ceiling basement suites to West End heritage apartments across the hall from indiscreet drug dealers to gentriﬁed main ﬂoor moneymakers, it’s comforting to read that “condo king” and marketing guru Bob Rennie thinks Vancouver real estate isn’t as unaffordable as people make it out to be. According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Rennie maintains if you disregard the skewed prices paid by a small group of mostly mainland Chinese buyers in Richmond and the West Side of Vancouver, “housing prices are comparatively reasonable.” What a relief. We’ve seen single-family homes in sketchy neighbourhoods that once sold for $250,000
4. If soul revivalists, crazy Japanese horror ﬁlms and Surrealist artists aren’t your thing, then you probably have kids. And if you have kids, then you probably should take them to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, which has a new home on Granville Island this year and runs May 30 to June 5. Highlights include Australia’s Circa performing its fun-ﬁlled 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes, the chant-happy Step Afrika!, folk ’n’ roll from Québec’s Mauvais Sort and Pirate’s Cove, which takes place on the Aquabus. For tickets and info, call 604-873-3311 or go to childrensfestival.ca.
a decade ago now selling for a cool million, but we really should stop whining, if we’re to interpret Rennie’s soothing words correctly. And despite the fact that new research shows that housing costs for the average two-storey home in Vancouver “eat up the equivalent of 80 per cent of a typical family’s annual pretax income [compared to 47.5 per cent in Toronto]… putting ownership out of reach for most,” it’s really not so bad, according to Rennie. And sure, Rennie directly beneﬁts and makes millions from people believing Vancouver real estate prices really aren’t that out of whack, which subsequently drives up demand and, naturally, prices. But in all seriousness, Vancouver is not that unaffordable, says Rennie. Amen to that, brother. In fact, just take a look at the list of the world’s most unaffordable cities, on which Vancouver is way down at number three. And sure, Vancouver might be the most unaffordable city in Canada, but before you moan about it, maybe you should open your window and take a look at those majestic mountains and sapphire blue ocean… provided there’s not a coach house shadowing your vista or another condo mere metres away blocking the view from your
$350,000, 325-square-foot “junior” suite, which really is affordable. And who better to understand the meaning of affordability and “comparatively reasonable” housing prices than a man who owns a private art gallery, which was recently ﬁtted with 2,950 pink party balloons—an installation by artist Martin Creed called Work No. 329—and who told the Globe and Mail, “My children and my bank say that it should have an impact. The trouble is that if a piece of Martin’s becomes available from 1998 that we think we should have, I have no choice. I have to acquire it.” Does that really sound like a man who is out of touch with the ﬁnancial reality of the average Vancouverite? We think not. However, if you’re one of those nabobs of negativity who still doubts Rennie’s reassuring view that Vancouver real state prices aren’t that bad or stunningly over-inﬂated and out of reach for most people, then may we suggest you read the soothing bold words that sit atop Chinatown’s oldest building, which, according to the Vancouver Sun, Rennie spent $10 million transforming into his private art gallery: “Everything is going to be alright.” At least we know of one person for whom that mantra rings true.
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When Dale MacKay announced he was going to set up his new bistro, Ensemble, in the space vacated by failed Corner Suite Bistro, I was concerned he’d join the growing list of restaurants that have vanished into the ether at this Bermuda Triangle of a spot, just off Robson on Thurlow, across from the ﬁrehall. All it took, though, was a few tastes of MacKay’s menu to realize how wrong I was. Sometimes it feels good to eat crow. MacKay is the youthful chef to whom Daniel Boulud entrusted Lumiere when he came to town to launch Vancouver’s DB Bistro with David and Manjy Sidoo. MacKay has taken the fundamentals of Lumiere, stripped of their formalities, to deliver an allcomers, casual menu based on local ingredients and served in a laid-back, lounge-like setting. If the room is a nonchalant remake of its predecessor (at least those overwrought Louis XIV-styled turquoise chairs are gone), that’s ﬁne, too. And I’m sure they’ll get around to ditching that boiler-room black wall behind the bar eventually. Besides, who cares about the room when you can eat food as good as this, at a relatively reasonable price. My ﬁrst foray yielded no end of worthy tastes that had me already plotting a return. One bite of MacKay’s warm, deconstructed spot prawn cocktail—a beautiful melding of just-cooked prawns with a tangle of citrus, avocado and romaine—delivered one of those “aha” moments. Other highlights included the sweet and sour eggplant, wrapped, paper-
Kitchen crew (l-r) Antoine Gandon, Douglas King, O-jun Qwon, owner-chef Dale photo Tim Pawsey MacKay and Rogier Yanssen cook up a storm at Ensemble. thin around baba ghanoush, topped with cherry tomato and yogurt ($7.50); Fraser Valley venison paté, rustic in texture but artfully presented with house made pickles and mustard ($13.50); a pulled pork sandwich, served burger style on a sweet bun, with deep fried pickle, apple horseradish slaw and contrasting water melon slice ($8.50); potato gnocchi with luxuriant tomato butter sauce ($10); and
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shaped beef shin with celery root purée, watercress and fries ($12). I won’t try to pigeonhole these detaildriven, inventive plates as “tapas” or “small entrées.” Sufﬁce to say they’re almost all worthy of sharing—with some vegetarian choices that are not tokens, and actually interesting and prepared to the same exacting standard. The mood is relaxed and service friendly. Overall, Ensemble is a convivial spot that has its act together in the kitchen and out front, and more than lives up to its name. Plus, here’s the real deal, on game nights you can score the pulled pork sandwich and a glass of Red Truck Pale Ale for $14. Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday and weekend brunch. Ensemble is located at 850 Thurlow St. and Smithe, ph. 604-569-1770. More info at ensemblerestaurant.com. email@example.com Twitter: @hiredbelly
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Local theatre companies and newcomers to Canada collaborate
Community Dinner event blends theatre, food and international relations State of the Arts
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The personal stories that are shared when people prepare food side by side will be the focus of an innovative new theatre piece called Community Dinner, June 1 to 4. Artists from four local theatre companies have worked with newcomers to Canada to dish up a show that’s hailed as “one part cooking show, one part biography, one part dinner theatre.” Audience members seated at communal tables will watch four stylistically different pieces then feast on four dishes from around the world. Immigrants, who collaborated with artists from Rumble Productions in association with Boca del Lupo, Electric Company Theatre and Neworld Theatre, hail from Singapore, Northwest China, the Philippines, Ecuador and Beijing, but not all of the dishes served will reﬂect these roots. “I didn’t want it to feel like international food fair. I also didn’t want it to be like ‘showcasing the immigrant,’” said Anita Rochon, who created and facilitated Community Dinner. Rochon, co-artistic director of The Chop Theatre, says the stories aren’t just immigrant stories but a blend of how the artists and newcomer related and mused on what it means to be a citizen of this city, a citizen of this country and their hopes for the future. “And moments of what is it to be new? What is it to change your life?” she said. Rochon, recipient of the 2010 Siminovitch Prize, as the protégé of award-winning director Kim Collier, says Community Dinner grew out of her desire to create highly participative theatre and performance that includes food. “Part of my practice is creating theatre that’s pretty relational, ﬁnding where the performeraudience [is], playing with that line,” she said.
Artists from four local theatre companies work with newcomers to Canada for Community Dinner, described as “one part cooking show, one part biography, one part dinner theatre.” Rochon learned about MOSAIC settlement agency’s host program that matches newcomers with natives or settled residents of Canada and sees them meet once a week. Following that model, two artists or associate artists from each of the theatre companies met with a newcomer once a week for three months. Together, they decided on a dish they would demonstrate and a story they’d present. All of the recipes will be printed in the program.
Rochon says she faced an enthusiastic response when she made her pitch for participants at MOSAIC, and all of the involved newcomers arrived with theatre experience. Leading Vancouver artists, including Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Kevin Kerr, comedian and author Charles Demers and award-winning director James Fagan Tait, collaborated to cook up the various courses of Community Dinner. The production is the ﬁrst shared project
of the four aforementioned theatre groups that have shared rehearsal space and administrative ofﬁces at the Progress Lab 1422 on William Street near Commercial Drive for nearly two years. Community Dinner seats 50 at the Progress Lab and reservations are just as hard to come by as at many local restaurants. Those keen to get on a waitlist can visit vancouvertix.com or phone 604-629-8849. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi
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INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND ART? The Vancouver Art Gallery is looking for volunteers who would like to conduct exhibition tours to students in grades 2-12. We will provide intense training on art content and touring techniques in exchange for a commitment of 8 hours/week, September to June. If you are interested, please email email@example.com or call 604 662 4700, local 2416 by June 2.
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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulﬁlling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualiﬁed applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modiﬁcations to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca
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Researchers at the University of British Columbia Need Your Help… Volunteers aged 65 plus are invited to participate in a study on physical activity. This study includes two interview sessions, short diary questionnaires over 10 days, and 1- and 2- year follow-ups. Volunteers will be compensated up to $100 for the ﬁrst study phase and $20 for each follow-up. For a better representation of healthy aging in Canada, members from all cultures are encouraged to apply. For more information, please call the Health and Adult Development Lab at (604) 822-3549. “Your experience matters… Tell us about it!”
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NOW OR NEVER! Rare Opportunity to join The Best Newspaper in Canada’s* Best Team
The North Shore News has a couple of rare full-time openings to join it’s Sales Team. These roles do not come up often and now (as with buses) there are two at the same time!
This Team is responsible for the creation and execution of marketing solutions for our valued client base including Newspaper advertising campaigns with us and our sister papers; online solutions that include Geo-targeted advertising on Canada’s best read news sites; Innovative promotional alternatives like Auctionmart and SwarmJam; and Custom targeted print and delivery options as well as products tailored speciﬁcally for our clients. To succeed on this team you need to have a Sales background; an ability to relate with a cross section of businesses and people and awesome listening skills. The ability to exercise your creativity is freely provided – you just need to bring your creativity! Having a sense of humour is a deﬁnite plus with this group and you must enjoy working in a beautiful ofﬁce with great people and playing in occasional Golf Tournaments
– attendance at fun community events is also part of the role. So – why the openings you may ask – well One is a Maternity leave (congrats Courtney!) and the other was because another Newser was offered her dream job. Good news all round – so if you think this might be part of your Good News Story – you have to brush those cobwebs off that resume and get to me quick. ATTENTION: Dee Dhaliwal (email@example.com) by May 30th – or asap – the baby’s on his/her way.
This job is not suitable for candidates that: Do not want to represent Canada’s Best paper; Have no social marketing skills; Are not passionate about the North Shore. Do not like to work and play hard. BTW – you must have wheels and a clean driving license.
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1st Annual CTV Vancouver Swimathon Yard Sale Proceeds go to support the Swimathon in our effort to raise $100,000 for KidSport Vancouver Sat, May 28, 8 am to 4 pm 2985 - West 12th Ave. Designer items, Olympic memorabilia, books, vintage items, sporting goods & more! 8TH ANNUAL BLENHEIM ST BAZAAR Worlds Longest Yard Sale Sat. May 28th, 10am - 2pm 35 plus households on Blenheim St from West 16th to SW Marine Drive. Look for the yellow balloons!
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• 1150 Alberni Street, Vancouver • 865 West Broadway, Vancouver Shift Supervisors at Wendy’s train, monitor and reinforce food safety procedures to Crew Members; monitor tasks preformed by Crew Members to ensure product Quality, Service and Cleanliness; execute established cost control systems; and, as directed, assist in new hire training and cross-training. This is a “hands-on” role that supervises operational activities during non-service hours and assists Management in supervision during service hours. Ideal candidates will have 1 or more years of related supervisory experience. Availability to work various shifts (weekends, evenings, late night and mornings) is a must. Own vehicle for transportation is required.
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Community Yard Sale 20+ Vendors May 28, 10 am to 2 pm St. Stephen’s United Church 54th & Granville
lunchroom, home baking, books, live music
Jewellery & Fashion Accessory Sale
SAT. JUNE 4TH • SUN. JUNE 5TH 11AM-5PM
45 local designers • $2 adm., kids free Heritage Hall 3102 Main St. @ 15th Ave.
MOVING SALE Saturday, May 28th, 10 am to 4 pm. No Earlies. Freezer, daybed, armoire, couch/loveseat, oak coffee table, hsehold, construction tools, Slate pool tbl 4x9, $1900 2350 West 36th Ave, in lane at rear.
MOVING FROM KERRISDALE! Sunday May 29 9am-3pm 5826 Angus Drive Prom Dresses, Costume Jewelry, Furniture, Housewares, Linens, Lamps, Light Fixtures, Bikes, Sporting Goods, Records, More More More! No Early Birds
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COMPLETE CARD making supplies with 75+ stamps, good cond in containers, $150. 17 antique porcelin dolls with boxes from Franklin Mint, must be seen $50-$75 ea. Rockwell plates $7.50 each. Call 604-940-0106
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HANDSOME Male Jack Russell 9 months Needs a yard. Great with kids, dogs and cats. Neutered/all shots, $750 Call: (778) 881-0410
PIT BULL TERRIER SHOW & WEIGHT PULL Sun, June 5th @ Harmsworth Hall, 232nd St & #1 Hwy, Langley. All pittys welcome. Details 604-227-0469
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BC REPTILE Club Show & Sale Sat June 11 • 10 am to 5 pm and Sun June 12 • 10 am to 4pm Abbotsford Exhibition Park 32470 Haida Drive, Cadet Building Abbotsford B.C Admission : Adults $4 , Kids $2 , Children under 5 Free ; Family Pass $10.00 (2 adults up to 3 kids) For more info visit us at www.bcreptileclub.com 1-604-392-5715
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is Hereby Given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of JAMES KEITH MCINTOSH (known as Keith McIntosh), formerly of Old Continental Hotel, 1390 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1M7, Deceased are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Administrator, c/o Mr. Steve McIntosh, 3940 Indian River Drive, North Vancouver, B.C., V7G 2G9, on or before June 16, 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will distrubuted, having regard only to the claimes that have been received. Steve McIntosh, Administrator
SECURED INVESTMENT PAYS EVERY 90 DAYS Generator manufacturer is looking for individual or businesses to purchase its secured invoices. Investors make 20% every 90 days. Ph: 705-575-5671 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Estate of Iona Lorene Lacey, deceased, late of Vancouver, who died April 14, 2011. Take notice that all persons having claims upon the Estate of the above named must file with the undersigned Executrix, a full statement of their claims by June 30, 2011. Darlene Zimmerman, Executrix, 1891 Galvin Place, Qualicum Beach B.C. V9K 2V3
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Tim Stephens' Astral Reﬂections Aries March 21 - April 19: Letters, emails, reports, short literature, calls, visits, short trips, errands, paperwork – these ﬁll your life, especially midweek. The week is busy but not terribly important. Money themes continue, mostly good ones. Money might really rush toward you now to June 21 – but beware, you could spend it just as swiftly, or spend even more than comes. Bank it, be tight-ﬁsted! Saturday (June 4) begins a year of grand money luck, especially in earnings and selling items. (Early hints of this Sunday/Monday, when all’s well in dollar-land.) Focus on home, children Friday/Saturday. Taurus April 20-May 20: The weeks ahead feature money, earnings and spending, possessions, memory, rote learning, and sensuality. All these, by June 4 onward will “tweak” or more deeply, give birth to, signiﬁcant and beneﬁcial “heavy money” situations. Heavy money = investments, mortgages, ﬁnancial partnerships, dealings with other people’s money, inheritance: generally any money that is big, shared and intended to grow. (E.g., a car will not grow in value, but land often does.) Your charm and magnetism soar Sunday/Monday: impress someone! Money, midweek – beware a false idea. Speak humbly Friday. Gemini May 21-June 20: Congratulate yourself – you’re on top, winning! Your energy and charisma are climbing (and will increase more next week). Impress someone, seek attention, start signiﬁcant projects, tackle formerly daunting tasks. Rest and plan and deal with government or head ofﬁce SundayTuesday.Then plunge into brave actionTuesday eve toThursday. You might need to choose between your personal drives and a career/reputation situation. Either choice is OK: base it on your stage of life. Be cautious with money Friday: spend Saturday. Saturday begins 12 months of relative quietude: be patient.
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ﬂows over you this week and the next two (especially this Cancer June 21-July 22: The weeks ahead emphasize midweek). Study abstract subjects, religion, philosophy – any quietude, contemplation, solitude, lowered energy, particularly higher learning – or to write, travel afar or handle legal matters. this Wednesday/Thursday. Despite this, however, your social You might meet love. Sunday to Tuesday contains mysteries and optimistic side remains strong – especially Sunday to – look beneath surface appearances. Your sexual and ﬁnancial Tuesday.Your psychic and spiritual side emerges – so,hopefully, instincts awaken.It’s a superb time to go for a health diagnostic, does your charitable side. This is a good time to contemplate change your lifestyle, or make a commitment. All these things your plans for the future, especially Sunday to Tuesday. June 4 (from mysteries to sex to ﬁnances) face huge luck from June 4 begins 12 months of increased socializing, especially in your to mid-2012. Your life is about to change! Caution Friday. work environment. You might not feel the full effect of this until your birthday onward. Your energy bounces back Friday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Late May and June draw you into life’s depths. Mysteries, secrets, large ﬁnancial manoeuvres, Leo July 23-Aug. 22: The emphasis lies on wish fulﬁllment, investments, sexual urges, lifestyle commitments draw you, social delights, light, friendly romance, optimism, the joy of especially mid-week. Study this area for a clue to fortunate living! Be ambitious Sunday to Tuesday. Soon (Saturday) you action, projects in the year-long phase between June 2012 and begin 12 months of super career luck.You’ll ﬁnd bosses,parents July 2013. Until then, though, play this area lightly. (Actually, and VIPs are more open to your ideas, willing to give you a boost if you’re planning that far ahead, mark July/August of 2012 up the ladder. Your creative, romantic and pleasure-loving side as “highly questionable.”) Your true luck, for the immediate can help promote you and your ambitions. Midweek’s for social 12 months ahead, begins this Saturday: you’ll ﬁnd it in joys, entertainment and romance. Issue invitations. But retreat relationships of every stripe. You might relocate, or marry! Friday/Saturday – conditions are unstable Friday. Humour a “pushy” higher-up – until late June. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The emphasis lies on relationships, relocation, agreements, contracts, negotiation, Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: The weeks ahead bring pressure to opportunities, competition, challenge, opposition, litigation, perform and opportunities to enhance your status or prestige. especially midweek. You’ll receive the positive side of these Your career,relations with higher-ups and ambitions will occupy if you’re diplomatic, eager to please and a team-player. The you. Until June 21, you might invest in a foreign country or negative needs no explanation. But one note: in general, it’s international fund, etc. For this same three weeks, avoid legal better not to vigorously pursue either side, now to August 2012. hassles. Pay attention to Sunday through Tuesday – days when A Gemini might play a key role. You’ll accomplish a lot of work your mind will naturally drift toward the “larger questions,” Sunday/Monday. Work will expand strongly now to mid-2012. toward international events, higher learning, compassion for Learn to relax! Invest or offer intimacy Saturday, NOT Friday! all, and gentle love. This entire zone will be very luckily brought into prominence this June to next (2012). Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Lots of work faces you, Ads continued especially midweek, when a new chore could begin. Better Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A mellow, understanding on mood next page
plunge in these few weeks, as a major romantic, pleasureoriented or “happy venture” phase begins very soon, and will last for 12 months.You’ll want to be relatively free of restricting duties by then. (In late June, a powerful relationship inﬂuence starts, bringing romantic urges to a tempting climax.) In fact, this romantic phase has already started, in minor ways. Sunday to Tuesday contain some tantalizing urges! Careful with relationships Friday. One affair might end, another start – soon. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: The weeks ahead feature romance, creativity, pleasure, vacation, sports and games and successful risks. Something might start in a very small way in these areas midweek – something that can grow in future. But a lot of emphasis remains in your area of home, domesticity, security and children (especially early week). You have to avoid friction or sharp words here (or anywhere near a cafe or kitchen – watch cuts and burns, too) through June 20. On June 4, a year of luck begins in these areas: home, children, real estate, retirement, new beginnings. A new home? Caution Friday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: The emphasis lies on your home, security, children, nourishment, on Mother Nature, retirement, endings and beginnings. A minor new phase or project might begin in these areas midweek. Usually this phase (late May to late June) creates a restful, sluggish mood designed to give you a mid-year rejuvenation. But this time a lot of errands, trips, visits, calls and paperwork keep you busy. June 4 starts a year in which your career will involve a lot of running around and communicating. Romance disappoints Friday, ﬂows smoothly Saturday. One met before Friday isn’t compatible. firstname.lastname@example.org • Reading: 416-686-5014
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ing only electric power. As you would expect from a Lexus, ride quality is excellent. The bigger surprise is how well the CT 200h handles. It has the solid and planted feel of a much bigger and heavier car, due in large part to the car’s low centre of gravity. Early regenerative braking systems tended to feel mushier and less responsive than normal brakes, leading drivers to feel less than certain about their stopping power. That’s changing as technologies continue to improve, and the CT 200h’s brakes provide a lot of conﬁdence. Environment—The CT 200h’s practicality begins in the cargo area, which is very tall, but not very deep. However, since the battery pack is stored in the ﬂoor, you can fold the 60/40-split rear seatbacks to create a long and ﬂat luggage space with a large and square opening. Up front, the dashboard is thoughtfully designed and easy to use, with controls falling close to the driver’s hand, but the electronic transmission might take awhile to get used to, requiring a bit more thought than a regular automatic shifter. The seats are comfortable and they kind of “hug you” so that you stay planted through curvy roads. Overall, the CT 200h feels more spacious than it actually is, and the back seat is particularly comfortable due to the reasonably generous headroom. Storage spaces are a bit disappointing, though; particularly the small glove box and centre console bin. Continued next page
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Continued from previous page Fuel efﬁciency is rated at 4.5L/100km in the city and 4.8L/100km on the highway. Thumbs up—Great interior design; surprising performance; cargo versatility. Thumbs down—Not-for-everyone exterior styling; minimal storage space. The bottom line—A sporty, luxury hybrid for people with non-luxury budgets.
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Offer(s) available on all new 2011 models through participating dealers to qualiﬁed customers who take delivery by May 31, 2011. Dealers may sell for less. Some conditions apply. Offers are subject to change without notice. See dealer for complete details. Vehicle images shown may include optional accessories and upgrades. **0% purchase ﬁnancing is available on all 2011 Kia models on approved credit (OAC). Terms vary by model and trim, see dealer for details. Representative ﬁnancing example based on 2011 Kia Forte5 with a selling price of $18,150, ﬁnanced at 0% APR for 60 months. Includes delivery and destination fees of $1,455, other fees and certain taxes (including tire levies and air conditioning tax, where applicable). Monthly payments equal $302.50 with a down payment/equivalent trade of $0. Cost of borrowing is $0, for a total obligation of $18,150. Other taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, PPSA ($79) and dealer fees are excluded. Retailer may sell for less. See dealer for full details. ◆“Don’t Pay for 90 Days” on select models (90-day payment deferral) applies to purchase ﬁnancing offers on 2011 Forte, 2011 Forte Koup, 2011 Forte5, 2011 Rio, 2011 Rio5, 2011 Rondo, 2011 Soul and 2011 Optima models on approved credit (OAC). No interest will accrue during the ﬁrst 60 days of the ﬁnance contract. After this period interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay the principal interest monthly over the term of the contract. ▼Bi-weekly ﬁnance payment for 2011 Soul (SO550B)/Forte5 (FO550B)/Forte Sedan (FO540B)/Forte Koup (FO521B) based on an MSRP of $17,645/$18,150/$17,450/$20,450 is $99/$104/$97/$116 with an APR of 1.49%/1.9%/1.49%/1.9% for 60 months, amortized over an 84-month period. Estimated remaining principal balance of $5,082/$5,285/$4,950/$5,898 plus applicable taxes due at end of 60-month period. Offer includes delivery and destination fees of $1,650/$1,455/$1,455/$1,455 and $500/$500/$750/$750 loan credit. Other taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, PPSA ($79) and dealer fees are excluded. All offers exclude licensing, registration, insurance, other taxes, down payment and dealer administration fees. Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and ﬁnancing options also available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Prices subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. ▲Highway/city fuel consumption for 2011 Forte Sedan (FO540B)/Forte5 (FO550B)/Forte Koup (FO521B) is 5.7L (50 MPG)/8.1L (35 MPG); 2011 Soul (SO550B) is 6.3L (45 MPG)/7.7L (37 MPG). The actual fuel consumption of these vehicles may vary. These estimates are based on the Government of Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the Government of Canada publication EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide. ˆ2011 Kia Forte Sedan/2011 Kia Soul awarded the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Visit www.iihs.org for full details. r2011 Kia Forte5 awarded 2011 Best Small Car Of The Year (over $20,000) and Best Hatchback by Motoring 2011. Visit www.motoringtv.com for full details. ˚The Bluetooth® word mark and logo are registered trademarks and are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Some conditions apply to the $500 Grad Rebate Program and $750 Kia Mobility Program. See dealer for details. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of print. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Offers end May 31, 2011. KIA is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation. §© 2011 Kia Canada Inc. Reproduction of the contents of this material without the expressed written approval of Kia Canada Inc. is prohibited. All information is believed to be accurate, based on information available at the time of printing. Information sourced from independent third-party research.
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