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O N T H E C O V E R Joanna Colletis stands in the space where her fridge was stolen. The Vancouver Courier, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. respects your privacy. We collect, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Statement which is available at vancourier.com or by calling 604-589-9182. For all distribution/delivery problems, please call 604-942-3081. To contact the Courier’s main office, call 604-738-1411

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Stolen appliances net millions

Brazen thieves target construction sites Sandra Thomas Staff writer

is subdividing a heritage house into three suites. Colletis was upset to find out the new appliances Trail Appliances had delivered that day were stolen just hours later. Simpson says that’s not unusual and he suspects a number of scenarios could be at play, including employees stealing the appliances or construction materials themselves, employees tipping off friends or thieves staking out appliance and construction supply stores and following delivery trucks. “It just seems odd that as soon as these goods are delivered, they’re stolen. It just makes you wonder,” he says. “Employees really need to be screened.”

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ou wouldn’t expect stealing three fridges, three stoves, three dishwashers, three microwaves, three washing machines and three dryers from anywhere to be easy, but when you consider this theft of appliances took place earlier this month on busy West 16th Avenue within metres of neighbouring houses, it seems even more unlikely. But steal them they did. At a time when construction is at a high in the city and contractors at a premium, theft from unoccupied houses, condominiums and apartment buildings is on the rise. Between January and the end of March this year, there were 30 reported break-and-enters to homes under construction, including garages. According to the VPD, the break-ins occurred on weekends and at night when the homes were unoccupied. It’s not just appliances walking out the door. Brazen thieves are taking anything that’s not nailed down, and some that is, including hard wood, laminate flooring, paint, copper wiring, aluminum and even furnaces. Peter Simpson, president and

Provident Security owner Mike Jagger (R) monitors construction sites from the war-room in his Kerrisdale office. photo Dan Toulgoet CEO of the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association, says furnaces are being stolen, broken down and the motors stripped out for use in marijuana grow operations. “The theft and damage is in the many millions of dollars,” says Simpson. “It’s so bad in some areas police are using sting operations and leaving out piles of lumber on pallets in ar-

eas where there’s been regular thefts of lumber and then waiting for the crooks to show up.” (The Vancouver Police Department told the Courier it is not using bait houses or materials to catch construction thieves.) On Aug. 10 the Courier reported an appliance theft from the West 16th home of Joanna Colletis, who

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ames Reynolds, vice-president of the retail department for Trail Appliances, says he was contacted by the VPD eight months ago during an investigation into the attempted theft of appliances from a Vancouver construction site. Reynolds says he was told by the VPD the theft was interrupted, but the investigation was ongoing and they were contacting local retailers. Reynolds says while there may be some workers who

use their position to gather information for inside jobs, he doesn’t believe that’s the case at Trail Appliances where all warehouse and delivery applicants must get criminal record checks before being considered for employment. “We also have a very low turnover and many of our trusted employees have been with us for years,” says Reynolds, who works from the company’s Richmond offices. Reynolds says all of Trail’s delivery trucks are equipped with GPS systems to trace an employee’s trip, should the need arise. Reynolds notes the company looked into the possibility of installing GPS systems directly into high-end appliances six years ago during a similar rash of thefts. “We want to be part of the solution,” says Reynolds. “At the time the technology wasn’t quite there, but it could be quite useful and we’d be happy to use it if it was practical.”

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impson says the worst type of construction crime is the theft of workers’ tools. He’s heard stories of thieves donning hard hats and carrying clip boards, which allows them access to large construction sites. Continued on page 5


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‘Night Owl’ alarm system catches construction site crooks in the act

Continued from page 4 Once there, a thief can wander freely observing equipment and making notes of what’s available to steal. Some enterprising thieves will even help themselves to tools as they wander the site. “No one questions them,” says Simpson. “The worst type of crook in the world is one who robs a worker of his or her ability to make a living. That’s a low life. It’s a sad commentary, but if there’s a market for it, someone will steal it.” Simpson says some security companies now offer GPS systems for high-end appliances, as well as for expensive tools and even heavy equipment. He notes during a recent case someone stole a backhoe from a construction site in North Vancouver with no idea the machinery had been fitted with a GPS system. The owner was notified immediately when the backhoe was on the move and was able to contact police. The thief was arrested with the stolen backhoe as he pulled into his South Langley driveway. Simpson says construction companies and homeowners must use every tool available to ensure their property isn’t stolen, or if it is, that it can be identified and returned through the use of surveillance cameras, alarms, engraving, GPS systems and security guards. “And by bringing it to light so the public knows what’s going on and notifies police when they see something out of the ordinary at a construction site or an unoccupied home,” he says.

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Genesis Security’s David Sukic advises homeowners check references before hiring contractors and workers. photo Kevin Hill the computer screen clearly shows two men illegally entering a construction site and tripping a motion detector installed within a hidden camera. What the video footage, taken June 20, also shows is that unbeknownst to the thieves, officers from the Abbotsford Police Department have gathered at the site’s entrance. As the thieves wander about inside likely looking for copper tubing or other scrap metals to steal and sell, an APD officer releases a large German Shepard police dog, which launches after the men. Within minutes of their arrival,

the officers arrest the two men without incident and take them into custody. Mike Jagger, owner and president of Provident Security Corp., says what the men also didn’t know was that members of his security team were watching the thieves in real time from Provident’s Kerrisdale-based office and relaying their location within the unfinished structure to the officers directly, after being patched into their radios. “We were able to tell police there was a verified burglary in progress so they gave it a priority response,” says Jagger. “This

system gives police the opportunity to wait outside for the dog to come and you know once the dog is there it never ends well.” Jagger says the low-tech, wireless, videocamera alarm system dubbed Night Owl is an effective and affordable tool in the battle against construction theft. The camera is small and unassuming and could easily be mistaken for a room deodorizer. The selfcontained Night Owl requires no power, phone lines or Internet connection and is capable of transmitting information quickly due to its low-tech data, making it ideal for unfinished structures with no electricity. The visual information is monitored from the Kerrisdale office where trained security officers can immediately determine what exactly tripped the Night Owl’s motion detector. In Provident’s war room, located on the second floor of the Kerrisdale office, Jagger demonstrates Night Owl by showing past examples of footage, one of which shows a crow strutting past the motion detector/ camera and a second where a cat can be seen strolling past a similar unit. A third scene clearly shows a man wearing a cycling helmet scavenging through piles of wood and other materials at a construction site. Jagger says being able to immediately identify the source of an alarm as an accident or a break-in is key before notifying police. Confirming an alarm was triggered by a bird or cat saves police time and resources. “But if we see a live video clip of two guys on the site who aren’t supposed to be there, then we can say, ‘Now we can call the police and verify a crime is in progress,’” says Jagger. Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 Jagger says that unlike a single human security guard, Night Owl cameras can be in several locations within large construction sites at the same time. A two-camera Night Owl system starts at $160 a week, which includes installation and monitoring. Provident has Night Owl systems installed in residences and vacations homes in Vancouver, throughout the Fraser Valley, Kelowna, Whistler and Seattle. Jagger says internal theft from construction sites is gradually forcing a change to the culture of many work places, which is welcome news to honest workers losing tools to theft. It’s also where Night Owl comes into play during the work day. “Once the stories get out that the system is in place, it quickly becomes known this is not the place to steal from,” says Jagger. He adds anyone with authority on the job site can be given a key fob to disarm the alarm. Jagger notes construction theft has become so rampant, his company is now being hired at some sites to check workers in and out of jobs. The unexpected bonus of that measure, Jagger says, is it also cuts down on the theft of time. “Contractors already have more than enough going on,” says Jagger. “Now they can also use those time sheets to verify that 176 hours of landscaping they’ve been billed for. That’s a whole other kind of construction theft.”

ccording to VPD spokesperson Const. Jana McGuinness, theft from construction sites is often just a matter of thieves on the hunt rather than an inside job. As for Vancouver cases, the VPD has no information to suggest they’re inside jobs and investigators continue to look for any commonalities. McGuinness told the Courier that thieves will often simply drive around looking for homes under construction. “Both security companies and residents in these neighbourhoods should be aware and call police if they see any suspicious persons or vehicles that appear to be loitering around a particular property,” McGuinness said.

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avid Sukic, senior account manager with Kitsilano-based Genesis Security Group, agrees construction theft in Vancouver is a huge problem. Genesis offers alarm monitoring, security guards and patrol services in the fight against the theft of appliances, materials, tools and metal. A full-time guard working weekdays and weekends will cost about $2,200 weekly. Sukic says theft from construction sites has been a problem for several years, but adds it’s definitely on the rise. “Copper and aluminum are like gold to thieves,” says Sukic. “When you see them getting electrocuted stealing wire from B.C. Hydro lines, it shows the extremes they’re willing to go to. So to kick down a door to steal copper tubing from a construction site is nothing

compared to that.” Sukic agrees it’s easy to walk onto large construction sites unnoticed due to the large number of separate trades involved and by simply accessorizing with a hard hat, reflective vest and tool belt. The key is education. “You have to teach employees that if someone doesn’t look right, to challenge them,” he says. “But it’s hard unless you lock down the site and the foreman is aware of who everyone is. They also have to consider the bottom line and look at the cost of being efficient or decide if some theft is the just cost of doing business.” He notes construction theft has risen so dramatically that where once hiring security or installing alarms was often done strictly as an insurance requirement, today it’s almost a necessity. Sukic advises checking references to ensure the contractor you hire is reputable. He adds in some cases workers are hired off the street. While some temporary labour employment agencies that pay by the day or week require identification, others don’t. “People want to know, ‘Who’s coming into my home or work site?’” says Sukic. “And it could be a convicted felon, they have no idea. You have to think about who you’d allow into your home when hiring a contractor. And when it’s a large-scale construction job there are so many bodies and so many different contractors.” sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Heritage advocate eyes boarded-up bakery sign Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

This photo, taken on Tuesday, shows a 1920s sign on a building at Victoria Drive and William Street advertisphoto Kevin Hill ing Shelly’s 4X Bakery Products. The exposure of such historical painted signs is rare—Gunn has come across fewer than 10 in the past decade. Most were painted using lead paint, which explains their long survival. Lead paint is fairly resilient to weather. “It really [creates] an interesting buzz. I was there maybe for a half an hour and three people came

by—one of them almost drove off the side of the road from shock, I think. They got out and looked at it. So it really creates a buzz around the neighbourhood,” said Gunn, who noted Shelly’s was only around for a short time before it was bought out by Canadian Bakeries Ltd. He said by 1929 the city directory reveals Shelly’s bakery

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was part of Canadian Bakeries with various locations around Vancouver. The 1940 city directory lists “Shelly, Wm C” at 1563 Matthews. Domenic and Giorgio Morra now own the building at 1190 Victoria Dr. and are gearing up to open a Neapolitan pizzeria—Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana—this fall. “We had no prior knowledge of

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The painted advertising sign on the boarded-up building under renovation at the corner of Victoria Drive and William Street is faded and peeling, but it’s unusual enough to capture one’s attention. It promotes Shelly’s 4X Bakery Products. The Vancouver business is history, but the 1920s-era sign was recently, and unexpectedly, exposed when stucco was removed. The image caught Patrick Gunn’s eye after he heard about it via Flickr. Gunn is on the Heritage Vancouver Society’s board of directors. “I heard mention of it. Usually, when these things turn up they only turn up for a short time, so I raced out there [Monday] and saw it. It’s usually word of mouth— that’s how I’ve found most of them in the past,” Gunn said. William Curtis Shelly (1878-1951) was born in Ontario and moved to Vancouver in 1910 to expand his bakery business and made his fortune from his famous “4X bread.” It earned its moniker because Shelly had a little more than $40 to his name when he started his business, according to Gunn.

the vintage ad that was found on the old siding. We are looking into preserving the ad as it dates back to 1926-ish,” Domenic Morra wrote in an email to the Courier. “If any of your readers know how to do this, we would appreciate any feedback. For the time being, construction will continue as we work around the sign.” Often old signs are revealed after an adjoining building is demolished, but typically they’re covered back up by new construction. In other cases, buildings may be demolished quickly and there’s no indication a historical sign might exist, covered by stucco or other material. “In Gastown, on some of the older warehouses you can still see a lot of ghost signs facing out to the railway tracks and those are 80, 90 to 100 years plus. They’re labelled ghost signs because they’ve faded so much you can just barely see the sign,” Gunn said. While Gunn believes they add character to neighbourhoods, maintenance can be difficult, but not unheard of. Some original painted advertising signs on the old Woodward’s building were preserved. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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Brace yourself. Here come the fall city election slogans. It’s already clear that the city’s traditional voice of the business class, the NPA, will be campaigning hard against hockey hooligans. The party’s mayoral candidate, Suzanne Anton, has made it clear that one of the centerpieces of her campaign, when she’s not going on about bike lanes and backyard chickens, is going to be an attempt to make the current mayor take the blame for the post-Stanley Cup street violence she has dubbed “Robertson’s Riot.” Alternative explanations for the riot include the mass marketing of sports violence, too much alcohol, a pro-business attempt to bring crowds and dollars onto downtown streets and the incessant public celebration of hockey violence by that notorious anarchist agitator Don Cherry. Nevertheless, the NPA has clearly decided that the mayor should carry the can for all those Stanley Cup broken windows and burning cop cars. “Robertson’s Riot” has a nice alliterative ring to it, and the slogan may well help Anton and her colleagues re-take the commanding heights of the city government for the Board of Trade crowd. Will we see photo-shopped images of the mayor in a black hoodie, brandishing a Molotov cocktail? Not that Robertson and his Vision team have done so badly by the city’s natural rulers. Despite the NPA’s preferred version of Vision as a terrifyingly radical blend of socialists and green fanatics, the city’s current government has been, on balance, like most others

tomsandborn in civic history, cheerfully co-operative with property developers and gambling interests. It makes more sense to think of Vision as NPA Lite than as Leninism on a bike. Nevertheless, the interests that drive the NPA are restless and want back into power, so we’ll be hearing a lot about Robertson’s Riot. Fair enough. Politics is a proverbially dirty business and no one is on oath in developing campaign slogans. But if Vision is going to have to contend with the slogan about the riot, perhaps Anton will have to deal with questions about Suzanne’s Scabs, and I’m not talking about a bike rider’s skinned knees. I refer to Anton’s refusal to sign a letter endorsed by the rest of city council to Peter Armstrong, the politically well connected owner of the luxury tourist attraction the Rocky Mountaineer train, a letter that read in part: “Your firm has not

only locked out these loyal employees but immediately replaced them with strike-breakers, an act that would be illegal under provincial law. We do not believe we can build the tourism industry with a strategy that treats customer service reps as little more than disposable people, to be used and discarded.” Typically, pro-business writers call folks brought in to replace unionized workers on strike or lockout “replacement workers.” Others prefer the more pungent and censorious term “scabs.” Anton’s refusal to sign the anti-scabbing letter is no surprise. Armstrong, after all, heads up the NPA’s campaign committee. Robertson’s name was also missing from the letter, and his media spokesman could not tell me whether the mayor had been invited to sign or, if invited, why he didn’t, saying the mayor was on vacation and unable to comment. A cynic might speculate that the mayor, currently polling ahead of Vision, took a pass on the pro-labour letter in order to position himself to the right of his party. Would an Anton administration widen the use of scabs to break other strikes in Vancouver, or was her refusal to sign on to the antiscabbing protest letter a one-off favour for a political backer? In either case, her move will worry Vancouver voters who value a level playing field in labour disputes, and we may well be hearing as much about Suzanne’s Scabs as Robertson’s Riot in the run up to the fall election. tos@infinet.net

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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Mac world problems put heat on company In Ridley Scott’s famous 1984 Superbowl commercial for the computer company Apple, proles in dusty uniforms march toward an auditorium to watch a screen lecture from a spooky-looking bureaucrat. A runner in red shorts appears in the distance, with stormtroopers in hot pursuit. Running into the auditorium, she winds up a Thor-like mallet and smashes the screen to pieces. The ad closes with these words: “On January 24th, Apple will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984.” Contrast Ridley Scott’s ad from the PC Jurassic era with photographs last year from Shenzhen, China, of back alleys behind a factory said to belong to Apple’s Taiwanese subcontractor, Foxconn. After a rash of worker suicides, “anti-jumping nets” were strung under employee dorm windows at a number of its inland factories, according to an article in the Xinhua International Herald Leader. The heavily guarded Foxconn plants operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, filling orders for Apple’s iPhones and Ipads, with overworked labourers earning a basic salary equivalent to $4.50 Canadian a day. One of the three suicides that occurred at the plant in 2009 came after guards beat an employee who lost a prototype of the fourth generation iPhone. “Bloggers have nicknamed the factories in the city of Shenzhen the Foxconn Suicide Express, while managers have set up a suicide hotline and even hired monks to exorcise evil spirits,” according to a 2010 report in The Daily Mail. With a market capitalization of $353 billion, Apple is now the second most valuable firm in the world—greater than Oracle, Microsoft, or even Google. The blonde amazon with the prole-liberating hammer has turned into a dominatrix in a power suit, standing astride the music and mobility market like a colossus. Has Big Brother turned out to be Big Sister? For three decades, the firm has created and marketed stylish devices that seamlessly unite form and function, thanks to twinned competencies in hardware and software. Apple-addled artists and designers sold on the creative dimensions of Macintosh computers ended up pestering friends, family, and coworkers, as unpaid techno-evangelists for the firm. It’s been the kind of street cred (and snob appeal) money can’t buy. And unlike Microsoft, Apple has been unblemished— until recently, at least—by accusations of monopoly capitalism and aggressive tactics to reign in competitors. Yet critics are now saying

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geoffolson that the company is turning into the very thing it was out to destroy in its foundational myth: a monolithic technology that exploits its manufacturing base, corrals its users and intimidates its competitors. The Foxconn troubles are only one side of the company’s multifaceted PR problems. Apple is aiding police departments with an identification tool called MORIS. The Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System employs a retinal scanner and camera for scanning suspects and detecting criminals. And if that isn’t Big Brother enough, Apple is reportedly developing software that can detect when iPhone owners are using their cameras and disable the function. “The technology would trigger an infrared sensor, like the kind that is often installed at concert venues, which would instruct the iPhone to shut off its camera,” observes Nadia Prupis in a June report on Truthout.org. A “kill switch” technology in the hands of police or government would have massive implications for free speech and assembly, critics say. The sensors could be installed anywhere from concert venues to police helmets, crippling the video and photograph capability of iPhone users. Of course, this is minor stuff compared to suicidal workers overseas—or at least, it should be. And it should be remembered that the exploitation of labour isn’t limited to Apple. Foxconn’s other clients include Intel, Nintendo, Sony, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Amazon. British journalist Johann Hari has likened the working conditions in overseas electronic sweatshops to “human battery farming.” Without human misery in the supply chain, your nifty little iPhone or Android would probably cost at least 10 times more. To Apple’s credit, a 2010 internal audit outlined offshore human rights abuses, including the violation restrictions on child labour. (Apple didn’t name the suspected suppliers.) Now thoroughly integrated into the global military-industrial-entertainment complex, the successful firm would probably be considered “too big too fail.” But it’s not too big to feel the heat. www.geoffolson.com

“Extensive” public consultation on Jericho Wharf cannot be supported by facts, says a reader, file photo Dan Toulgoet who disputes park board commissioners recent assertions. To the editor:

Re: “Beaver Lake restoration based on science,” Letters, Aug. 12. No one familiar with Loretta Woodcock’s sterling character and record could accuse her of participating in duplicity, as Mark Hasiuk has done. She has my long-standing admiration. However, any claim by the current board of “extensive public consultation over a two-year period” on Jericho Wharf cannot be supported by the facts. Despite large promises in a Visiondominated March 2009 park board meeting, consultation was never public, and was lengthy only in the sense that most of two years elapsed from the initial meeting to the final vote in Nov. 2010. In April 2009, the wharf was fenced off. In November, two closed-door meetings were held, moderated by consultants, with no commissioners present. Nine “stakeholders” were

invited. The meetings went nowhere due to the intransigence of Jericho Sailing Centre reps. For most of 2010, the park board website listed Jericho Wharf public consultation as “on hold.” That August, a letter from DFO, solicited by Aaron Jasper, cited concerns about fish habitation and migration. Commissioners Robertson and McKinnon jumped in, claiming the wharf was “an environmental disaster.” No further assessment was done. In October, a few of us met the new park board GM, Malcolm Bromley, to hear that the wharf was to be removed. In November, when the wharf finally returned to the board agenda, I was told beforehand that a decision had been made in caucus and there would be a unanimous vote for destruction of the wharf.

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To the editor: Re: “Lowering speed limit won’t stop jaywalkers,” July 26. Despite what Police Chief Jim Chu claims, speed is always a factor in pedestrian-involved collisions. The research unanimously concludes that the speed of a vehicle largely determines whether the pedestrian will be bruised, maimed or killed. According to one study, pedestrians hit by

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vehicles travelling 48 km/h die at a rate of 45 per cent. At 32 km/h, that number plummets to just five per cent. If anything, the fact that vehicles on Hastings generally travel below the old arbitrary 50 km/h limit suggests that traffic won’t be significantly disrupted by the new 30 km/h limit since the reduction needed to improve pedestrian safety isn’t that great. It’s hard to imagine the cost

of enforcing the new limit on a short stretch of Hastings will be as high as the chief implies, considering there are already more cops in the area than elsewhere in the city, who in the past have had seemingly unlimited resources for useless campaigns like ticketing the people least able to pay fines for things like spitting on the sidewalk or peeing in the alley.

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To the editor: Re: Letter of the week, Aug. 12 Downtown Eastside “do-gooders,” including government, non-profit and religious, are actually “do-harmers.” We have over 15 years of volunteer experience serving people in the area, mostly outdoors, three to four times per week, 52 weeks of the year. Independently, we have shared Scripture and prayed for people in the alleys. We love the people of the area. They know it. We want to share what they tell us. Policies like harm reduction and agencies like Insite prolong harm. Ex-addicts say they needed harm elimination. They didn’t need life to be any easier or safer to continue as slaves. Most addicts want to be set free, forever.

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Harm reduction is hateful. Swallow political pride. Stop it. The Union Gospel Mission, the Salvation Army, Catholic charities and other non-profits enable addicts to comfortably continue to be enslaved. Agencies feed an addiction to the Downtown Eastside lifestyle, with its daily “job” of souplines, meals and handouts. They provide little hope for a better life. People tell us that the Downtown Eastside is a great place to “live,” to get free food, free clothing, free shelter and free services, which frees up their government money for “free” drugs. Stop enabling Downtown Eastside addicts. Ron Hutchison and Clark Katona, Vancouver

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A blind widow’s purse was stolen on her first trip to the city’s central library Aug. 15, and she hopes others can prevent the same from happening to them. Cathy Browne is trying to rebuild her life after her husband’s untimely death in March. The 57-year-old public relations professional has her first paid writing gig since her husband of nearly 30 years died, and she wants to ace the assignment. Working at home is too distracting and her local South Hill library is small and noisy, so Browne travelled to the branch at Robson and Georgia, secured a spot on the sixth floor, fired up her laptop and hunched over her keyboard, she said, like Linus from the Peanuts comic. Three hours in, Browne reached for her small, black purse that she’d leaned against a glass wall and tucked behind her backpack. It was gone. Browne had previously occupied another table. At one point she glanced up to see a mammoth antelope staring at her as a person held up a big book shielding his or her

face. Browne thought it strange. In the panic of her missing purse, which contained $85 in cash, credit and bank cards, her monocular, house keys on her late husband’s keychain and her blind bus pass, Browne didn’t look to see if the animal portrait lover was around. It took Browne, who doesn’t see with her left eye and retains 10 per cent of her vision in her right, time to find her bearings. She visited the main information desk, lost and found and then security, where an officer eventually said she could fill out a report. “And that was it,” she said. “I mean, here I was in a puddle, not even anyone offering me a box of Kleenex, and of course I had none.” She still had her cellphone and called a friend to fetch her, having no means of getting home. She called her banks from her friend’s car, only to learn 15 transactions had quickly been made on one credit card. “Scum who stole my purse hit Best Buy, Future Shop and a lot of 7-11’s,” tweeted Browne, who’s been dubbed the Fairy Godmother of Vancouver’s social media scene. “If U C anyone with an armload of electronics and Slurpees, Tackle em.”

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Browne also contacted police. She reached her landlord to let her in at 10 p.m. She propped furniture against her doors, “slept with one eye open,” and hired a locksmith the next day. Browne believes the long strap on her purse made it easier to snatch. She plans to curl straps around her feet in the future, carry fewer cards, sit in more open areas and to ask more questions the first time she visits a new place. She didn’t realize the central library offers lockers on its seventh floor. Browne says public institutions need to improve their security to serve an aging, more vulnerable population. Diana Guinn, director, neighbourhood and youth services for the library, said the central branch has seen a recent increase in thefts. Women’s purses and wallets have vanished from study carrels in the afternoon and early evenings with seven reported incidents in the past month. Staff have been asked to circulate more in recent days and victims can report thefts to workers on each floor. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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Laura Secord elementary students won’t have to contend with a school ground full of portables when they return to classes after Labour Day weekend. Twenty-two portables were on school property to house students while the school underwent a significant seismic upgrade, which has now been completed. Last school year, parents were told it was unlikely the portables would be removed immediately because there was nowhere for them to go. That posed a problem since the school’s 634 students need a play area and the portables take up a lot of space. During the upgrade, the school was forced to hold two lunches and two recesses to accommodate students on the playground, which created problems with scheduling prep, physical education and library time. The portables were transported to a storage facility in Surrey. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh


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community briefs While summer weather is on the forecast for a couple more weeks, the 65th season of Theatre Under the Stars will be closing its curtains this Saturday. The last performance of Bye Bye Birdie will run Aug. 19 and Anything Goes will run for the last time Aug. 20. Shows begin nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19. For more information, visit tuts.ca.

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Giant inukshuk removed from lot near Olympic Village

For one week Winged Greek goddess hopes to find new home in October size matters. One Olympic monument is gone, but another is on its way. Clearbrook Iron Works of Abbotsford paid an undisclosed sum to take away the VANOC-abandoned inukshuk from an empty lot west of the Olympic Village on Aug. 9, almost six months after bidding closed. It was installed the next day at its new home beside Sumas Way, north of the Huntingdon border crossing. The 2.6-tonne, mortar, concrete and styrofoam inukshuk towers above the chainlink fence that it is behind. The company’s Olympic contracts included work on the Callaghan Valley ski jumps and bridges over Pacific Boulevard and the Whistler Sliding Centre. It also helped fabricate temporary Empire Field.

Meanwhile, a four-metre bronze statue of Nike, the Greek winged goddess of victory, is to be erected on the Cordova Viaduct in downtown Vancouver. The city issued an Aug. 5 notice of intent to hire the Ausenco Sandwell engineering firm for a $25,000 no-bid contract to “provide foundation designs and supervisions of its construction.” The notice says Ausenco Sandwell was chosen because “they are the original designers and the engineer of record for the Cordova Viaduct and have the expertise required for the addition of the Nike statue and its foundation to the pre-existing structure.” The target date for the statue’s installation was not disclosed. The bronze Nike statue was donated to Vancouver by Mayor Georgios Aidonis of Olympia, Greece to com-

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Patrick Kinsella chaired two B.C. Liberal Party election victories

Political power broker puts mansion on market Bob Mackin Contributing writer

The home of the man behind Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark’s rise to the premiership is for sale. Political power broker and lobbyist Patrick Kinsella’s Shaughnessy mansion can be yours for $7.28 million. That’s the asking price for the 99year-old heritage house, which has six bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms over 6,446 square feet, according to Rennie and Associates Realty. The website glowingly describes the 3839 Selkirk St. property as “stunningly restored” with “four levels of ultimate luxury.” “Deluxe master bedroom with beautiful living room and fireplace offering ultimate privacy and comfort,” it says. “Most bedrooms ensuited, including the nanny suite below. Extravagant chef’s kitchen with solid wood cabinetry and timeless stone countertops. Set the ambience with built-in speaker system in and out. Securely gated professionally manicured grounds where you can enjoy lounging on your deck or take a dip in your private pool and hot tub. To see is to fall in love.” Rennie real estate agent Salina Kai said the house has been on the market for a month without an offer. Viewing

is by appointment only. “For this calibre we don’t do open houses,” Kai said. Kai described Patrick Kinsella and his wife Brenda Kinsella as “really private” and said she did not know why they are selling. Phone and email messages to Patrick Kinsella’s company, Progressive Strategies, were not returned. “They don’t want to participate in this article,” Kai said. Patrick Kinsella, who turned 70 on May 26, is a former Ontario insurance agent who rose to prominence as a campaign strategist in that province’s Conservative Party during the late 1970s before Premier Bill Bennett lured him to B.C., first as a deputy minister, then as a Social Credit Party backroom strategist. He chaired the B.C. Liberal Party’s 2001 and 2005 election victories and advised Clark on her successful Liberal leadership bid in February. Campaign disclosures show Progressive Strategies donated $20,000 to Clark. Brenda Kinsella, a former schoolteacher who chairs the Fraser Academy board, gave $3,000. Both were invited to Clark’s March swearing-in ceremony. Patrick Kinsella was involved in two of the province’s most controver-

sial privatizations during the Campbell era. He helped Accenture gain the $1.45 billion deal to outsource BC Hydro’s back-office functions and provided “strategic advice” to BC Rail executives and directors over a fouryear period that included the controversial $1 billion sale to CN Rail in 2003. Progressive boasted in a 2006 business proposal to the State of Washington that it is “located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, while at the same time has a presence in the provincial capital of Victoria and a foot into (VANOC).” Kinsella registered in April 2010 as a lobbyist for Great Canadian Gaming, which operates River Rock Casino Resort and Hastings Racecourse. Kinsella and Pacific Customs Brokers owner Glen Todd have become the most successful ownership duo at Hastings, with more than $500,000 in purses this season. Sixty-nine of their 82 starts in 2011 have resulted in topthree finishes, including 31 winners. Their four-year-old gelding St. Liams Halo is expected to start in Sunday’s $200,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs near Seattle. St. Liams Halo has won three-of-four races, including the Lt. Governors’ Handicap on Canada Day at Hastings. 2010goldrush@gmail.com

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Renters comprise 81 per cent of West End residents

Report targets renter grievances Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

Michelle Fortin felt frustrated when the city installed fixed structures for a “temporary” bike lane on Hornby Street without consulting area businesses. So when she saw the mayor wanted residents of the West End to join a volunteer advisory committee, she applied and was appointed. Now Fortin is spokesperson for the West End Mayor’s Advisory Committee, which recently presented an interim report on residents’ priorities for the West End to Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. Rental stock, affordability and preventing “renovictions” were top priorities identified by 994 respondents to the committee’s survey. Renters comprise 81 per cent of residents in the West End and 65.4 per cent of survey respondents self-identified as renters. More than 44,500 people populated the West End, according to the 2006 Census. The committee recommended the city work to at least maintain the present mix of renters and owners in the West End so people can afford to live near service jobs downtown. The interim report calls for a rental protection advocate to serve residents citywide, particularly those who face eviction notices from landlords who want to make cosmetic improvements to suites and then

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Growing up in Chilliwack, I used to count the days until we received our end-of-year report cards. Not so much for the grades, but because I knew that stapled to the back page would be that coveted gate pass for the PNE. We also received a ticket to the Chilliwack Fair, which was fun, but it was the lure of that big-time exhibition and everything that went along with it that made my summer. Those passes are no longer stapled onto the report cards of children attending elementary school in B.C.. Instead, today all children 13 years and younger receive free admission to the PNE. But I still get excited about what today is called The Fair at the PNE, which this year runs Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. There is literally something for everyone at The Fair, including the new two-foot long hotdog and terrifying rides with dizzying heights. Here are highlights of this year’s fair.

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Vistitors to this year’s PNE can also take a death-defying ride on Playland’s iconic wooden roller coaster. photo Kevin Hill with jazz, rock and pop standards from the 1930s to today daily at the WestJet Concert Stage. The acts gracing the Westjet Concert Stage as part of the Summer Night Concerts series this year include Crystal Shawanda, Chris Isaak, Kenny Rogers, Donny Osmond, Delhi to Dublin, Kim Mitchell, Hall and Oates and Wilson Philips. Summer Nights Concerts are free with admission. And what would The Fair be without at least one family member upchucking their cotton candy after a ride on the iconic wooden roller coaster. This year children can also unload on the new Atmosfear ride, which along with the Hellevator is free this year with a Fair Ride Pass. The 4-H Festival is also free with admission in and around the Agrodome and Livestock Barns and includes competitions in swine, beef, dairy, dogs, llama, goats, poultry, sheep,

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Thunderbird elementary has raised $25,000 for phase one

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As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, Vancouver Airport Authority is conducting a mandatory runway lighting upgrade. This requires nightly closures of the south runway from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from July 3 to August 27. During this time, the north runway will be used for departures and arrivals as required.

Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

Thunderbird elementary kindergarten teacher Janey Lee led two workshops for colleagues this week. The workshops concerned the shift to full-day kindergarten, but the cause was to raise money to buy the East Side school a playground. The old playground was torn down in the summer of 2009 and parents and staff have struggled to collect funds to replace it. The school applied for grants, but was turned down. Playgrounds can cost $30,000 to $100,000. The district isn’t able to cover the cost, so it’s up to schools to raise the money. Lee staged similar teacher workshops in past years with proceeds going towards literacy materials and math and science. After the old playground was removed, she offered to do so again to help pay for a replacement. Other staff stepped in on their summer holiday to help out, including another kindergarten teacher, the principal, the inner city project teacher, and the school’s secretary. Lee noted the school’s principal Henry Peters has worked hard to find grants to apply for and has been a “huge support.” “I’ve been at the school for 13 years now. I was born and raised in East Vancouver, so I’ve always wanted to stay teaching in East

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BC’s summer counterattack campaign launched with the reminder that alcohol related crashes, although easily preventable, remain “one of the No. 1 criminal causes of death in Canada,” and the caution to choose a designated driver well before heading out for events that include alcohol consumption.

Of course some who consider themselves moderate social drinkers and not a threat when they drink and drive are less than sanguine about the changes. Objection is taken to the police now acting as “roadside judge and jury,” and the loss of rights otherwise afforded by criminal Barrister & Solicitor law due process. Critics of the new rules have challenged the reliability of the hand-held screening devices— 2,200 units having been recalled due to “an unreasonable margin of error”—and say appeals are limited and after the fact.

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Many may have found this patronizing. After all, the new stiffer administrative penalties for impaired driving in BC that took effect in September 2010 have been heralded with a steady bombardment of warnings. And the latest statistics have confirmed their positive effect: 30 impaired driving fatalities between October 2010 and April 2011 compared to the prior five-year average for the same period of 61 fatalities. Nevertheless, throughout this summer, drunk driving has continued newsworthy.

For one thing, Vancouver police suspensions-pervehicles-checked percentage from their mid-summer roadblock campaign was almost identical to last winter’s (post rule change) percentage. Although the absolute number of suspensions was down compared to the suspensions before the rule change, and although the numbers were much better than expected by the Solicitor-General’s ministry, the flattening suggested either that more ‘messaging’ was still needed or that, regardless, a core group is intractable. That the number of ‘fail’ suspensions is more than twice the number of ‘warn’ suspensions implicitly supports the latter analysis. In other words, one reasonable conclusion about the new rules is that moderate social drinkers have further moderated their drinking and driving behaviours but immoderate drinkers have not. This is why public interest groups—like Mothers Against Drunk Driving—while acknowledging the ‘enormous progress,’ caution that the remaining ‘work to be done’ may lead, ultimately, to zero tolerance.

Some call the new rules a ‘cash grab’ by a government, with arguments that there are failures to enforce rules against over-serving in bars, to provide a public transit option for those who stay until the bars close, and to measure levels of impairment where it could have the most effective impact, i.e., in the bars. Punishment remains much in issue: the secrecy of administrative drinking and driving penalties versus the publicity of criminal court sentences; calls for stiffer criminal sentences and an Ontario Court ruling expanding the definition of dangerous offender in a way that could apply to chronic convicted impaired drivers.

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Executive director Drew Dennis feted avant-garde filmmaker Bruce LaBruce (l) at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival Gala opener.

Painting the town pink, comedian David C. Jones started with Out in Schools director of education Ross Johnstone.

Fred Debbie Etsell, executive director of the B.C. Blueberry Council, shows off fresh blueberries picked from Krause Berry Farms in Langley.

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Van Mag restaurant award recipient (best sushi and wine list), Zest sous chef and sommelier Tatsuya Katagiri hosted a sell-out Orofino winemaker dinner.

Queerwood: Movie buffs got their gay on and literally got hot and buttered at the 23rd annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival—the city’s second largest movie festival. The temperature inside Empire Theatres was beyond Toronto-like when a capacity crowd of 700 attended the gala screening of the German “chick” flick To Faro. Prior to the opener, students from Guildford Park secondary in Surrey were feted winners of the festival’s annual Anti-Homophobia PSA Competition. The 11-day run (until Aug. 23) will feature 108 films, forums, workshops and requisite red carpet parties. Tackling hunger: B.C. Lions QB Travis Lulay, along with his teammates and fans, tackled hunger at their home game versus the Winnipeg Bluebombers last weekend. Fans brought 28,000 pounds of non-perishable items to the game, which saw the Lions record their sixth loss of the season. Summertime blues: Ripe for the picking, foodies got a hands-on tour of B.C.’s blueberry crop ready to hit markets, grocery stores and roadside stands. B.C. Blueberry Council executive director Debbie Etsell fronted the show and tell of “nature’s candy.” With a wet spring, the season got off to a slow start but the pay-off for blueberry lovers is a longer harvest. With the help of 700 B.C. farmers, Canada is the third largest producer of blueberries in the world. 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.

(Clockwise from top left) Deepika Bombhi, Andrea Davila, Irene Amancio, Mary Grace, Bea Venzon and Korene Pascual won Queer film fest’s PSA competition.

B.C. Lions QB Travis Lulay (l), Purolator’s Brian Collins and Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s Cheryl Carline tackled hunger at Lions-Bluebombers clash.

Organizer Kevin Luther flanked by Rohanna Roddick and Lila Popa welcomed those attending Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club’s Hawaii Five-O hootenanny.

Lucas Adriaco and Janis R. Ostling got lei’d at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club’s 22nd annual Hawaiian-themed pool party.


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1. Not since a reggae band last played Café Deux Soleils will Commercial Drive see so many people walking the streets with a glazed, half-dead look in their eyes. The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway at Commercial) screens Thomas Newman’s micro-budget stoner zombie flick Bong of the Dead Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. followed by the top 10 finalists and eventual winner of the second annual Dead on Film Zombie Short Film and Video Competition at 9 p.m. More info at riotheatre.ca. 2. Although 2011 Sundance hit Terri feels a little like quirky-indie-moviemaking-by-numbers, Azazel Jacobs’s heartfelt comedy starring newcomer Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly has its charms. The film, which follows a large, troubled teen who gets taken under the wing of his high school principal, opens Aug. 19 at Fifth Avenue. Info at festivalcinemas.ca.

3. A takeoff on the TED Talks, the KEN Talks is a live comedy lecture series featuring Vancouver funny people riffing about ordinary life. The inaugural event, Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Vancouver, features Charlie Demers, Craig Anderson, Kaitlin Fontana, El Garzita and Emmett Hall discussing such heady topics as anxiety, immigration, weird kids and afternoon naps. More info at kentalks.tumblr.com.

4. Those hyper-literate folk rockers The Decemberists have eased off the fishmonger and pantaloon references, and this year delivered a fine stripped-down, country-tinged album, The King is Dead, with nods to early R.E.M. and the jangly heyday of mid-’80s college rock. It should sound real perty when the Portland band plays under the stars of Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl Aug. 23, 6 p.m. Okkervil River and Fruit Bats open. Tickets at Zulu, Highlife, Red Cat Records and Ticketmaster outlets.

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It’s been a while since we stopped kvetching and started kudoing, so K&K would like to take this opportunity to give “mad props,” as the kids used to say, to all the things that touched our blackened hearts this week. • Warren E. Buffett Big ups to the Omaha multi-billionaire for his recent op-ed piece in the New York Times called “Stop Coddling the Super Rich.” Buffett struck a nerve when he suggested America’s multi-millionaires and billionaires aren’t taxed nearly enough and should carry more of the tax burden. The 80-year-old investor and chairman of the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway noted that although his federal tax bill last year was $6,938,744, it was only 17.4 per cent of his taxable income, compared to lower paid employees at his office who were taxed at a rate of 36 per cent on average. “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress,” he wrote. “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” Nice work, Mr. Buffett. Not only did your column bring some much-needed sanity to the lopsided debate over taxation and the role of government

in your increasingly freaky country, but it made our nipples perky and gave us a funny sensation that reminded us of climbing a rope in gym class. • Sean Orr’s “Tea & Two Slices” column on the online Scout Magazine. In the aftermath of former Canuck Rick Rypien’s recent death, which news outlets have been reluctant to call a suicide, Orr offers his usual succinct, snarky and bang-on commentary on the sports world’s failure to address mental illness openly. “Speaking as someone who has battled addiction and mental health issues, I feel a deep regret, mostly that [Rypien’s] “personal battles” were kept such a secret and not openly discussed by the sports world. Not to worry. The Vancouver Sun publishes a handy list of other dead hockey players. Thanks guys!” We’d like to add that euphemisms such as “personal issues” and “personal battles” and “non-suspicious sudden death” as the police referred to Rypien’s suicide, and the fact many in the media still refuse to use the “s” word, only further stigmatizes mental illness by implying there’s something shameful about it and should thus be addressed with vagueness or code words. If Rypien had died from cancer or had been

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battling leukemia, no one would hesitate calling it what it was. And that’s the real the shame. • Pot smoker who took offense to K&K’s “bigoted” depiction of pot smokers but didn’t want his letter to the editor published. Good or bad, K&K loves it when a column generates a written response. And this was no exception. “I just wanted to bring to your attention the discriminatory nature towards cannabis users in your K&K column,” a reader wrote. “If you were to replace ‘stoner’ with ‘Blacks’ you would be arrested. So why is it alright to make fun of another group. I understand that this is to be ‘in good fun,’ but so were all of the racist cartoons in 1930s.” While we’ll agree we’ve been ribbing “stoners” a little too much lately, we’re not so sure they’re the oppressed group the writer makes them out to be. Unless of course we’ve missed that ugly bit of history where pot smokers were enslaved, not allowed to vote or own land, barred from sitting at lunch counters, had separate washrooms and water fountains, and lynched… just for smoking the whacky tobacky. Still, we appreciate the feedback. Keep it coming. k&k@vancourier.com Twitter: @KudosKvetches


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Eric Pateman’s Edible Canada is already attracting crowds to its Granville Island patio thanks to its “Canadian” duck fat fries and seafood soup. photos Tim Pawsey fries served with aioli and ketchup ($4.50) and a rich seafood bisque of spot prawns, mussels, clams and fish in coconut broth ($7, $10). The bar is well-stocked with wines, ciders and beer primarily from B.C. but also includes the likes of Toronto’s Steam Whistle and Halifax’s Propeller, not to mention the obligatory Screech. Uniquely, two Nichol Vineyard wines (dry-finished Gewurz ’09 and well-structured Nine Mile ’09) are served on tap. Treve Ring (who has the enviable title of “Director of Liquid Assets” is working hard to expand the crosscountry selection to include sips as diverse as L’Acadie Vineyards sparkling wine (Wofville, NS) and Phrog Gin (Hornby Island), although it can be a challenge to get smaller producers to

ship from coast to coast, says Ring. Not surprisingly, Edible B.C.’s role (and now Edible Canada’s) as culinary ambassador has not gone un-noticed. Next month, Pateman and crew travel to New York with the Canadian Tourism Commission, where they’ll represent our culinary scene at the Travel and Leisure Global Bazaar—and cook for 5,000 delegates over two days. Pateman says last year’s Canadian Chefs Congress held in Duncan also reinforced the notion that it was time to come up with a venue to celebrate all things Canadian on a daily basis. “And, besides, this is federal land,” he notes. Edible Canada, 1596 Johnston St., 604-662-6675, ediblecanada.com. info@hiredbelly.com Twitter: @hiredbelly

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Mamma Mia! Here we go again Mamma Mia!

At Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Aug. 21 ticketmaster.ca Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

You don’t have to be a dancing queen or only 17 to get your jive on at this Broadway Across Canada touring production of Mamma Mia! The opening night audience—ranging in age from youngsters with their grandparents right through to boomers who grew up on ABBA— was so pumped right from the start that it didn’t take much to get them clapping, woo-hooing and doing “the wave.” At least one young couple was dancing in the aisle. Sweet. Mamma Mia! (later a film) was the brainchild of British producer Judy Craymer who commissioned Catherine Johnson in 1997 to write the book for a romantic musical based on ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’s music and lyrics. It’s an ingenious concoction that threads almost two dozen ABBA hits along a storyline that is so ’70s it’s bound to take you back—if you were around and still have sufficient brain cells left to remember those high times. When you do the math, character Donna Sheridan is 37 when her 20-year-old daughter Sophie is about to get married. Young and sweet at 17 and having the time of her life, Donna found herself pregnant and uncertain as to whom the father might be. Upon finding her mother’s old diary, Sophie discovers her father is one of three guys Donna was hanging out with and which led, as the diary reads, to “...” Without telling her mother, Sophie invites all three men to the wedding thinking she will recognize her real father who can then lead her down the aisle. Predictably, it doesn’t work out that way.

This is a big show with 30 energetic singers and dancers. The sound is big—at rock concert decibels—and the dancing is crisp, sharp and delivered with everything the performers have, and more. You could lose five pounds just watching them. Lights swirl and flash. The star of this show is undoubtedly Kaye Tuckerman as Donna. Tuckerman is lean, tomboyish, looks like she could have a black belt in karate and has a huge voice that threatens the QE rafters in songs like “The Winner Takes It All” and “Money, Money, Money.” But she’s given a run for her money by Alison Ewing who, as cougar Tanya, absolutely sizzles when teaching Eddie (Ethan Le Phong) a thing or three about sex. Was it hot in there or what? Mary Callanan, as Rosie, is a bit of a sleeper as a character until “Take A Chance On Me” where she gets to flex her musical and comedic chops. Chloe Tucker’s Sophie is sweet and Happy Mahaney’s Sky is cute and buff, but the story is really Donna’s. In spite of good performances by Tony Clements (as Sam), Paul DeBoy (Harry) and John-Michael Zuerlein (Bill)—Sophie’s possible dads—Mamma Mia! is really more about the gals than the guys. The show is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the 1998 premiere) and the orchestra is conducted by a woman, too. For a show that, at its centre, has a strong-willed, determined but passionate woman, it seems fitting. You’ll need some “Money, Money, Money” to see Mamma Mia! but this production gives plenty of bang for your buck. You will come out singing ABBA and, once home, digging through old CDs. I picked up an ABBA Gold in a junk store in Enderby and almost broke into “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” as I handed over one whole loonie. What a bargain. joled@telus.net

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Outdoor singing station attracts all ages, languages, abilities

Everyone’s a singer at Karaoke Kiosk State of the Arts

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Peeroj Thakre felt dread when her partner’s boss announced after the office Christmas party dinner that it was time to sing. The group tramped reluctantly from a nice French restaurant to a subterranean karaoke room. But no one was forced into the spotlight. Everyone sang together campfire style. “I swear it was the best Christmas office party I’ve ever been to,” said Thakre. “It’s normally so pleasantly awkward.” The rediscovered joy of singing inspired Thakre and her partner, Henning Knoetzele, co-founders of Urban Republic, a registered non-profit composed of architects, artists and writers focussed on fun projects that play on a sense of place and social engagement. How could they apply the joy of karaoke in a public project for Vancouver, they wondered. The answer: a karaoke kiosk. But first they wanted to ensure it not only reflected but also appealed to Vancouver’s multicultural landscape. After attending a workshop highlighting the importance of intercultural communication, Thakre and her partner sought out karaoke tracks in eight languages prevalent in Vancouver, where more than 50 per cent of residents identify a language other than English as their mother tongue. Now Urban Republic’s Sing! at The Karaoke Kiosk is getting residents and tourists, young and old to gather for good times and songs sung in Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi and more on Granville Street. Before the kiosk was erected for the first time outside Sears Aug. 13, a queue of singers had already formed. Urban Republic had hired artist and performer Vanessa Richards to emcee the ki-

osk, thinking she’d introduce singers and croon during lulls, but Richards only sang the first song. A glittering curtain of CDs fluttered in the breeze behind one man who cast aside his cane to sing Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” replete with emotive gestures while onlookers cheered and snapped photos. A younger guy who augmented lesser singing chops with skilful butt-wiggling entertained with Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” and a bespectacled woman performed a sober ballad from the Filipino list. Thakre said The Karaoke Kiosk has done much to enliven the street that’s closed to motor vehicles on weekends during the summer. “I’m eager to see if we’ll have more singers in other languages,” added Thakre, whose group hosted the Gastown Drive-in atop an area parkade in 2008. “We obviously live in a very multicultural city and sometimes I feel that we’re all very tolerant and used to a variety of cultures but there’re very few points at which they intersect,” Thakre said. The kiosk’s multilingual online songbook offers a selection of 90,000 pop, rock, show tune and country songs—80,000 of them in English. Karaoke stars can bring their own tracks or email suggestions. Urban Republic plans to transport the kiosk from neighbourhood to neighbourhood next summer and Thakre is curious to see how performances and reactions shift at each locale. “If we were off in Marpole, or our neighbour suggested that we put it up at Pride, I think those would be two very different events,” she said. Sing! at The Karaoke Kiosk is free of charge. Its touch screens light up on the 700-block of Granville Street Aug. 20 and 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more info, see urbanrepublic.ca. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

This man cast aside his cane to bring the crowd to its knees with a moving rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” at The Karaoke Kiosk on the Granville Mall.

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Connaught Park is getting the renovation it needs to be among the city’s premier, Grade A playing fields. The sports fields draw athletes and recreators (no, that’s not really a word but it could be a pseudonym for many Vancouverites) from three high schools, a community school and a residential neighbourhood in Kitsilano as well as the Meraloma Athletic Club. To the frustration of club president Drew Sagar, however, the essential upgrades will be rolled out over two phases, meaning fields will be closed twice for as long as 18 months each time as grass takes root. The cricket field, fastpitch diamond and soccer pitch will close from now until the fall of 2012 and grading, a new sprinkler system and improved drainage will cost $760,000. Because of budget restraints, the upgrades are not scheduled simultaneously as everyone, including Sagar and park board chairperson Aaron Jasper, agree is ideal. Jasper is sympathetic to concerns over the staggered closures and said this week he is cautiously hopeful the money can be sourced in order to complete all upgrades at once. He said he’ll know more today. “We are looking at some possibilities but we won’t know definitively until the end of this week,” he called to tell me. “Friday we will know for sure. It looks promising. But we will know either way—good news or bad news—Friday.” The grassy expanse on West 12th Avenue between Larch and Vine streets is enjoyed by dog walkers, joggers, kite flyers, tai chi practitioners, bootcampers and more (see: recreators) as well as thousands of athletes in dozens of Vancouver sports leagues. Let’s hope he’s able to bring them good news. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Vancouver-based wushu grand master Bin Sheng Xiao, here demonstrating a block sword movement, will judge the Canadian National Wushu Championships in Toronto this weekend. photo Megan Stewart

Wushu by any other name is kung fu Kimiya Shokoohi

Contributing writer

For Vancouver martial arts grand master Bin Sheng Xiao, the sport wushu always just made sense. Xiao began training in wushu at age five and this weekend he will judge the Canadian National Wushu Championships in Toronto. He graduated from Beijing Physical Education University, completing a major in the martial art. He then became the Chinese and Canadian national team wushu coach. “It is a Chinese way of health, self-defence and fitness,” he said, noting practitioners of all ages are drawn to the sport for its cultural and physical characteristics. Xiao first visited Vancouver in 1987 when he was invited by Overseas Chinese Voice, one of the city’s only Chineselanguage radio stations at the time. In 1990, he opened his martial arts studio on Southwest Marine Drive in the shadow of the Arthur Laing Bridge. Sitting in the middle of his wushu studio, Xiao explained the sport through a translator. The school’s instructors, who’ve worked and trained with Xiao for years, sat mesmerized by the man as if hearing his stories for the first time. Undoubtedly, Xiao, who went through school with actor Jet Li’s coach, knows wushu. Many other North Americans don’t.

The International Olympic Committee in July announced wushu was one of eight sports—along with baseball, softball, karate, roller sports, sports climbing, squash and wakeboard—vying for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games. While the other seven sports pushing for Olympic induction sound familiar to many North Americans, for the most part wushu remains foreign. Nonetheless, the sport is well known by another name. Wushu is the formal title for what has come to be known as kung fu. The term “kung fu” has been embedded in North American pop culture in large part because of Hollywood movies, Xiao said. “The term kung fu came about when Westerners started watching wushu films,” Xiao said, listing the works of Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan as examples. “They were trying to figure out a term for it, so they termed it kung fu. What you’re actually watching is wushu.” The Chinese term kung fu translates to “expertise” and stems from the Cantonese-speaking populations of China that use it in context with the martial arts, said Alan Tan, director of management and operations of Wushu Canada. “Kung fu is the Western-adopted word that is used to describe wushu,” Tan said, noting the latter as the sport’s formal title at tournaments and championships. Competitive wushu, divided into per-

formance and combative categories, is judged on a point system that ranks level of difficulty, speed and presentation based on a foundation of striking, kicking, stance work, balance coordination and elements of physicality. In 2008, wushu made an informal Olympic appearance with an event at the Beijing Summer Games. The athletes, Tan said, received Olympic medals, stayed in the Olympic Village and had the privileges of athletes participating in official sports. Xiao attended the 2008 tournament not as an athlete but as a judge. He was North America’s only officially appointed judge. About 60 athletes qualified for the tournament, including three Canadians. The highest-ranked Canadian competitor finished fourth. Xiao said while most of the Beijing tournament’s gold medals were won by China, wushu’s official induction into the Olympics Games would boost developmental programs for athletes in Canada. “It’s gonna be big,” he said. Tan agrees, but the end goal, said the representative of the sport’s national organization in Canada, isn’t to get to the Olympics. He hopes to formally introduce wushu to North America and the world and turn it into a mainstream sport. “It’s a stepping stone,” Tan said of the 2020 Games. “It’s a goal, but it’s not the goal.” kimiyasho@gmail.com Twitter: @kimiyasho

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Former Canuck’s unexpected death hits hockey supporters hard

Young Rypien fans quick to set up memorial Kimiya Shokoohi Contributing writer

Forty-eight hours after the death of former Vancouver Canuck Rick Rypien, 200 fans pulled their jerseys out of off-season retirement and gathered to pay tribute to the 27-year-old newly signed Winnipeg Jets player.

The fan-initiated Celebration of Life vigil held on the Rogers Arena plaza Wednesday afternoon sprouted online almost immediately following news Rypien had died in his Alberta home Monday. “I just went into shock, and then disbelief,” said Canucks fan Alexandra Ransford, 17, who spearheaded the gather-

ing. “This [memorial] is for the fans, and for him. It’s for how much he gave.” Fans laid flowers, candles, posters and personal messages at the memorial site. They lined up to sign a memorial book set up by Ransford, which will be sent to Rypien’s family. “Every word I see makes

me want to cry,” said fan Folake Adesugba, 19, overseeing the memorial signing. For longtime Rypien fan Tyler Stychyshyni, 22, who came to the shrine wearing a Rypien Manitoba Moose jersey, the news of Rypien’s death came especially hard. “He’s always reminded me of myself when I played hock-

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ey,” Stychyshyni said. “He was just one of those players that gave you confidence that you could go far in hockey even if you were a smaller guy.” Rypien, known for taking on much bigger players on the ice, had recently signed a $700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Friends and hockey officials, who say Rypien seemed happy and excited for the new season, were caught off-guard by the death, deemed by police as “sudden, but not suspicious.” A local radio station reported it was a suicide, which hasn’t been confirmed. Rypien, who played as a Canuck for six seasons, had previously taken two leaves of absence for personal issues. “People think [depression] is not as serious as it really is,” said Lisa Scigliano, 27. “Even winning the Stanley Cup, if you have depression, it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters.” With the death of Rypien being the second for the NHL in recent months following the drug overdose of New York Ranger Derek Boogard in May, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told the Canadian Press the league will review behavioural health and substance abuse programs. Lisa Vanthof, 21, an avid Canucks fan who met Rypien in the pre-season, said she

would have never guessed anything was wrong. “He was walking away from [Rogers Arena], already far off,” Vanthof recalls of their meeting. “He came all the way back—he was so chill.” Vanthof and friends came to the memorial sporting Rypien’s No. 37 jersey number on their wrists. “I’m trying not to cry,” she said. “It now just hitting us.” Dave Morgan, 30, who had been following Rypien’s career since his days with the Manitoba Moose, brought his Rypien-worn Moose jersey. He’s putting out an offer to the Rypien family if they’d like to have the item. Calvin Ng, 22, who stood silently on the plaza holding a large Canucks flag, said he’d visited every day since Monday evening. A Canucks follower, Ng hopes the death will at least be added fuel for the Canucks, who’ve now suffered two major blows in the 2010-11 season. Ng said he hopes the players will try to regroup and come out stronger. “It’s become a bit of a cliche in Vancouver,” Ng said. “But there’s always next year.” Kimiyasho@gmail.com Twitter: @kimiyasho See photogallery at

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Beauty, romance and “sports luck” don’t end now, but they do fade in big eno ugh chunks to let work, health concerns and duties reassert their hold on your life – tackle these. A co-worker will attract you. Remember, start nothing new and important before Friday. Sunday’s deceptive. Talk, travel, casual friends fill Monday/Tuesday. Your home, security, property, children draw your attention Wednesday (barriers) and Thursday (success). This whole area intensifies now to Sept. 19 – don’t move into a new home before then. Romance, creativity lure and please you Friday/Saturday. Taurus April 20-May 20: A period of restriction ends Tuesday. The weeks ahead feature romance, sports, beauty, charming kids, creativity and self expression. You’ll be lucky – perhaps luckier than in the last 12 years! Yes, do take a chance. However, don’t start anything major before Friday, especially in monetary, domestic, property or romantic zones. If you’re single and looking, next week (Aug. 28/29) will bring a superb chance to start a new relationship. Wait until then. Deal with money Monday/Tuesday. Friends, travel irk Wednesday, please Thursday. Quiet satisfaction fills you Friday/Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: Tuesday starts a month of domestic, property, security concerns, gardening, nutrition and physical recuperation – a lucky smoothness aids these, especially if a legal, international, or seclusion factor is involved. E.g., buying property in another country, or suing over a lease, or seeking a vacation retreat. But don’t start anything big in these (or any) areas before Friday. (Aug. 28/29 will be a good time to pursue these domestic concerns and to end a bad link.) Rest Sunday. Your energy, charisma rise Monday/Tuesday. Thursday solves a sexual dilemma. Travel at week’s end.

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Cancer June 21-July 22: The weeks ahead bring a busy but not terribly important time. Communications, errands, travel, paperwork and casual acquaintances will fill your days. You’re ambitious, determined, social, and lucky – a wish could come true, especially about employment or health. (Still, don’t start anything big until Friday onward.) The money emphasis fades, but collect some Friday/Saturday. You finally get a green light for shopping. Sunday’s social. Retreat early, and rest through Tuesday. Your energy and charisma soar Wednesday (step lightly) and Thursday. Money’s lucky Friday/Saturday. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: You’ve been centre stage over the last month, but now turn your focus to money, earning it, paying, buying/selling, possessions, memory and sensual relationships. (To Sept. 18, avoid legal fights. Wednesday/Thursday might give you a definite clue about this.) Live up to your parental or career “role” Sunday. Popularity, social delights, entertainment, optimism and light romance visit Sunday night to Tuesday. Lie low, rest, contemplate Wednesday/Thursday. Your energy, charisma and effectiveness soar Friday/Saturday. In the eight years ahead, you’ll find “true” marriage. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness will surge upward Tuesday onward. Don’t start anything important before Friday – but after that, pursue big, important things. Ask favours, seek co-operation and aid, be brave, go after what you most deeply want, especially in sexual, intimate, lifestyle, financial and health zones – AFTER Wednesday. A wish comes true in these areas over the next four weeks. You’ll attract the opposite sex for four weeks. Live up to parenting or career roles Monday/Tuesday. Popularity, social joys arrive midweek. Retreat briefly Friday/Saturday.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of MARY ANN McEWEN, Deceased, who died on May 8, 2011, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Administrator c/o #200, 8120 - 128th Street, Surrey, BC V3W 1R1 before Septemeber 15, 2011, after which date the Administrator will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which she had notice. COLLEEN ELIZABETH FRENCH Administrator By BUCKLEY HOGAN Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The Estate Of EDWARD PONACK, Deceased NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Edward Ponack, late of 2415 Pandora Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on April 8, 2011 are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor c/o 700 - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5A1, on or before September 17, 2011 after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which she has notice. Bonita Gail Palmer, Executor By: Richards Buell Sutton LLP Attention: Patrick (Rick) Montens

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The estate of ANDREA LISE GRAY, deceased, formerly of 811 – 1333 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2C1, Creditors and others having claims against the estate of ANDREA LISE GRAY are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Administrator at 950 – 1111 Melville St., Vancouver, BC V6E 3V6 on or before September 9, 2011, after which date the Administrator will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Administrator then has notice.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is Hereby Given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of TUAN DINH TONG otherwise known as DINH TUAN TONG and TUAN TONG, Deceased, formerly of 691 East 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5V 2S1, are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Executor, c/o Mimi Weaver, 691 East 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5V 2S1, on or before February 19, 2012, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Mimi Weaver, Executor.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Start nothing before Friday. Sunday contains mysteries – and asks you questions which have no answers. (The questions are false.) Gentle understanding, love, compassion, travel and intellectual themes come Monday/ Tuesday. Higher-ups treat you badly Wednesday, nicely Thursday, but with little result this day – well, that’s not entirely true. You might receive a big “quitting fee” or a great retirement or housing deal. Your hopes and social happiness rise Friday/ Saturday. But generally you face a quiet, secluded month ahead: rest, plan future actions, and deal with governments. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Start nothing before Friday. A month of happiness, popularity, optimism and light flirtation begins Tuesday (especially next week, Aug. 28/29). Relationships need care Sunday. Investments, sexual urges, secrets (and detective/ research work) lifestyle and serious health affairs – these are highlighted Monday/Tuesday. (In these, a “gamble” from the past could be a winner Tuesday!) Wisdom, gentle love, travel and learning approach you Wednesday (take care) and Thursday (good results). Your career, ambitions and community/ parent roles meet success Friday/Saturday. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The month ahead features ambition, career and prestige, and relations with bosses, VIPs, authorities and parents. Luck will walk with you. Bosses will favour you. They’ll be willing to “alter” your power or your assets upward – though risk exists: will the alteration, over time, bless you or not? IF this, or a talk about it, etc., occurs this week before Friday (or did occur since Aug. 2) the outlook is bad; if after (to Sept. 13) good. E.g., you’re offered equity in the company, or you receive notification you’ll be placed in a new career vector. Happiness, late week!

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August 21 - 27, 2011 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Someone might reveal their attraction for you in the month ahead. If you’re already involved, love grows, and a wedding is possible. (It doesn’t have to happen now into late September, but the wheels start rolling.) Whether you’re married or single, far travel, religion, higher education, cultural events or legal affairs expand over the month ahead, and will strike a note that can thrum luckily for you right into next June. Whatever happens, don’t start anything before Friday. (If one of these “projects” – wedding, far travel, etc. – comes to you before Thursday, beware it. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Rest, recuperate Sunday. Your romantic antennae vibrate Sunday night into early Wednesday. Enjoy what you have, but don’t start anything, relationship nor project, before Friday. Delay and indecision would affect it, but worse, real ill could brew here, into Thursday. So wait until Friday/Saturday, when relationship excitement rises again. The whole month ahead features sexual urges, the need for intimacy, finances, investments, debts, secrets, lifestyle choices and health diagnosis. These will generally yield lucky, gratifying results – but not if they arise before Friday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: A month of drudgery ends; a month of excitement begins. Opportunities, new horizons,agreements,partnerships,negotiations, relocation – these await you, but don’t act on them (especially if they’re new) before Friday, or you could incur their flip side: opposition, enmity, obstacles and competition. (This wouldn’t be direct: first you’d incur bad luck, then frustration would make you belligerent instead of diplomatic: and the result’s obvious.) But that’s unlikely, as you’re treated with affection by others for four weeks! Keep at a minor task. Romance, Wednesday/Thursday. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Real Estate Wanted

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6065

Recreation Property

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Excavating

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Flooring/ Refinishing

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8130

Handyperson

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Heating

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Glass Mirrors

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Masonry

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Painting/ Wallpaper

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Plumbing

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8090

Gutters

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TSX a high-end family sedan, a value-priced luxury sedan and sports sedan

Acura TSX rolls three vehicles into one davidchao The biggest challenge with the TSX has always been determining its competition. Sold in North America as an Acura, it’s known elsewhere as the Honda Accord (while our Accord is called the Honda Inspire in Japan). Adding further to the confusion, the TSX serves as Acura’s entry-level vehicle in the U.S., but cedes that role to the CSX sedan in Canada Then there’s the price— starting just under $32K, the TSX has few luxury counterparts beyond the Lexus IS and Volkswagen CC (both hovering around $33K). However, that same $32K can get you a wellequipped Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, or Toyota Camry. As a result, the TSX finds itself squarely in a market that perhaps allows it to have a unique position. So, the best thing you can do with the TSX is, quite simply, to not worry about the comparisons. That’s a challenge in the auto industry—where success is often a relative measure—but when you put such concerns aside the TSX makes a lot of sense. It’s a high-end family se-

The only area in which the TSX lacks is one where its higher-end siblings excel: technology. Acura’s SuperHandling All-Wheel Drive is considered one of the best drivetrains you can get, and six-speed automatics are now the standard in many new cars these days. Neither of these things can be found in the TSX. dan, a value-priced luxury sedan, and a sports sedan, all in one. It’s not an obvious choice in any defined market segment, because it crosses over so many of them. And in doing so, it sets itself up as a sedan capable of appealing to a very wide audience. In this way, the TSX embodies Acura’s desire to make luxury vehicles more accessible to a larger consumer base. You could say the same thing about the flagship RL sedan—in both cases, you’re getting a lot of

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ger TL’s sales. Having said that, the TSX is one of the best valued sports luxury sedan in the market. Design—The TSX has a lean and athletic profile, with hard creases and a balanced, purposeful stance. It’s not a striking car, edging more toward the conservative side of the design spectrum, but has a pleasing shape that gives it a broad appeal. Styling changes for 2011 include a simpler front grille, updated fog-lamp

enclosures, and revised taillights. The changes are minimal, tweaking an exterior that already looks pretty good. When it comes to interiors, Acura and Audi lead the pack. The TSX’s cabin is easily one of the best on the market, with sweeping curves and a nicely integrated LCD screen. The lip at the top of the dashboard is a particularly nice touch, shading the LCD and providing an elegant finish. Materials and build quality are well above average,

serving as a constant reminder that the inexpensive TSX is more of a luxury sedan than a family sedan. Notable is the slightly rough-textured plastic of the dashboard, which feels good to the touch and gives great tactile feedback. Performance—A 2.4L inline-four producing 201hp and 172 lb-ft of torque is the base engine, upgradeable with a 3.5L V6 generating 280-hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have been refined for 2011, reducing friction to improve fuel efficiency. The fourcylinder is a fantastic engine, responding instantly and with authority, while the powerful V6 turns the Acura into a credible sports sedan. The downside of the V6 is that it’s only available with a five-speed automatic. It’s a solid and quickshifting transmission, but is short on gears next to the six, seven, and eight speeds found in other manufacturers’ automatics. An optional six-speed manual brings more excitement to the inline-four, but gives up some fuel efficiency. While many drivers believe that a sports sedan has to come with rear- or all-wheel drive, Acura continues to challenge the doubters with the TSX. It’s no longer a surprise that the TSX’s handling is excellent, and even still the car remains a joy every time you get behind the wheel. While the TSX is clearly balanced more toward performance than comfort, it has an excellent balance of both luxury comfort and sportiness. Continued on next page

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2010 Compass North 4x4 ........................................... $19,988 2010 Grand Caravan Full Stow n’Go .............................. $19,488 2010 Town & Country DVD, My GIG..................................$27,988 2008 Grand Cherokee Diesel ................................... $30,988 2008 Ram 2500 Laramie Quad Cab 4x4 Hemi Loaded .... $26,988 2008 Wrangler Unlimited Auto.......................................$25,988

2008 Mazda 3 Sport GS ............................................... $16,988 2007 Caravan DVD ............................................................................... $12,988 2007 Liberty Chrome Wheels.................................................. $15,988 2007 Wrangler Dual Top ........................................................$17,988 2005 300C Hemi ....................................................................................... $15,988 1997 Grand Cherokee only 97000 kms ................................. $6,868

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450 SE Marine Dr. Vancouver

1.866.308.4595

08123780

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NO CHARGE UPGRADE. NOW THAT’S LUXURY. NO CHARGE UPGRADE

4.6L w/ Technology Package model shown

NO CHARGE

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FOR 36 MONTHS

DELIVERY, DESTINATION & FEES INCLUDED. PLUS HST.

THE NO-CHARGE PREMIUM PACKAGE VALUED AT $4000 INCLUDES:

The Genesis is engineered to perform, equipped with a powerful 3.8L 290 hp Lamda V6 DOHC engine or an available 385 hp 4.6L Tau V8. If that's not remarkable enough, the 2011 Genesis 3.8 V6 is now available with a no charge Premium Package which

Power up the exclusive 528-watt Lexicon Surround Sound System with DVD player and 14 speakers

18" 9-spoke alloy wheels.

Navigation with 6.5" touch screen and rear view camera.

Xenon High Intensity Discharge headlights with auto leveling.

5-year/100,000 km Comprehensive Limited Warranty 5-year/100,000 km Powertrain Warranty 5-year/100,000 km Emission Warranty

includes a touch screen navigation system, 14 speaker Lexicon sound system, HID Xenon headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels all valued at $4,000.

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The Hyundai names, logos, product names, feature names, images and slogans are trademarks owned by Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. ◊Finance offers available O.A.C. from Hyundai Financial Services based on new 2011 Genesis 3.8L models with an annual finance rate of 0% for 36 months. Financing example: 2011 Genesis Sedan 3.8L with premium package for $40,895 at 0% per annum equals $1,135.97 per month for 36 months for a total obligation of $40,895. Cash price is $40,895. Example price includes Delivery and Destination of $1,760, fees, levies, charges and all applicable taxes (excluding HST). Registration, insurance, PPSA and license fees are excluded. "Starting price for 2011 Genesis 3.8L with premium package is $40,895. Price for model shown: 2011 Genesis 4.6L with Technology Package is $47,895. Delivery and Destination charge of $1,760, fees, levies, charges and all applicable taxes (excluding HST) are included. Registration, insurance, license fees, PPSA and HST are excluded. ◊"Offers available for a limited time and subject to change or cancellation without notice. See dealer for complete details. Dealer may sell for less. Inventory is limited, dealer order may be required. †† Hyundai’s Comprehensive Limited Warranty coverage covers most vehicle components against defects in workmanship under normal use and maintenance conditions.

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WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective Thursday, August 18 to Wednesday, August 24, 2011. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department Kicking Horse Organic Fair Trade Coffee

Meat Department

Sockeye Salmon Fillets

Que Pasa Tortilla Chips

value pack

made with organic corn

8.99lb/ 19.82kg

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

11.99

from

2.69

454g • product of Canada

454g • product of Canada

Que Pasa Salsa

Greek Gods Organic Greek Yogurt

Black Creek Ranch Grass Fed Lean Ground Beef

Mexicana or Chipotle

2/7.00

Regular or Honey

3.99

650g • product of Canada

Hardbite Potato Chips assorted varieties

1.99

3.49

Deli Department

Zorbas Spanakopitas

2/4.98

275g • product of Canada

235ml • product of Canada

Treehugger Organic Orange Juices and Blends

Raincoast Solid White Albacore Tuna

assorted varieties

from

regular or no salt

4.49

3.99

1.89 L • product of Canada + dep. + eco fee

reg 3.99 each

Bakery Department

150g • product of Canada

3.49

2.39

5.49

assorted varieties

2.29

Happy Planet Fresh Fruit Smoothies assorted varieties

3/4.98

5.99

Rico ‘n Lalo Frozen Fruit Bars assorted varieties

185g • product of Canada

325ml • product of B.C. + dep. + eco fee

3/4.98

Bulk Department Crunchy Salad Mix bins only

10% off

Sequel Shake & Go Smoothie Whole food goodness with a great blended smoothie taste-instantly! Packed full of protein, fibre, omega-3, probiotics, and greens. Just add water, shake, and go!

18.99

300g

Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Kit Uniquely designed to support cleansing and elimination while enhancing all aspects of metabolism.

29.99

Rice Sourdough Bread

5.99

30 tabs • product of B.C.

regular retail price

Health Care Department

package of 6

Rice Bakery

80ml • product of B.C.

EchoClean Automatic Dishwasher Packs

6.99

1.98lb/ 4.37kg

600g

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

454g • product of Canada

1.89L • product of B.C.

Earth’s Choice Organic Rice Cakes

2.48lb/ 5.47kg

Sourdough Multiseed Bread

Rizopia Brown Rice Pasta Mountain Pride Ice Cream New Look assorted varieties

assorted varieties

B.C. Grown, Certified Organic

B.C. Grown, Certified Organic

3.49/100g

2/5.00

2.79

Nectarines Nature’s First Fruits Label

On-The-Vine Tomato From Origin-O

reg 4.49

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

1.98lb/ 4.37kg

Smokehouse Cheddar, Maple Cheddar or Raw Milk Cheddar

Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Dogs

Crofter’s Organic Jam

B.C. Grown, Certified Organic

Village Cheese Cheddars

150g • product of B.C.

600g • product of Canada

Santa Rosa Plums From Heartachers Organic Farm

4.99lb/ 11.00kg

500g • product of Canada

Silver Hills Steady Eddie Bread

Produce Department

540g

Mountain Sky Shea Butter Soaps Handcrafted vegetable-based soap made with pure essential oils. River friendly, made in BC

2.99

135g

Community Barbecue and Yard Sale

Join us on Saturday, August 20th, 11 am to 3 pm at Choices in the Park – 6855 Station Hill Drive, Burnaby for a Community Barbecue and Yard Sale. Donations from the BBQ will go to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

choicesmarkets.com/locations Kitsilano

Cambie

Kerrisdale

Yaletown

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

Choices in the Park 6855 Station Hill Dr. Burnaby 604.522.6441

Rice Bakery

South Surrey

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

1 kit

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

Vancouver Courier August 19 2011  

Vancouver Courier August 19 2011