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NPA mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton has promised to “cut the budget” for the mayor and city councillors attending international meetings and require politicians to disclose their lunch dates. In her first campaign speech since the current councillor announced her candidacy in May, Anton said Tuesday the measures will be part of a so-called “accountability accord” she will introduce at city hall, if she is elected mayor in November. “Vision and their COPE pals have been racking up the air miles at an alarming rate, visiting every

continent except Antarctica, all the while taxes have been going up,” said Anton, although she didn’t provide specifics on the trips or how she will cut spending. “This will not happen under our NPA administration.” Anton also promised to freeze the mayor’s office budget for three years, lift the media “gag order” on city staffers and have politicians disclose the names of people whom they dined with while on the job. “If you’re having lunch on public expense, your name will be out there,” she said from the NPA’s campaign office near the Granville Street SkyTrain entrance. See BOTH on page 4

Residents pooh-pooh extended liquor service hours at PNE PNE hopes to extend booze service from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Coliseum Bob Mackin Contributing writer A Hastings Park neighbours group is giving thumbs down to the Pacific National Exhibition’s bid to allow Pacific Coliseum patrons to go “bottoms up” earlier and later.

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It takes a village... or a farm

BY SANDRA THOMAS The park board is recommending the Klahowya Village First Nations display in Stanley Park become permanent but the NPA thinks a working urban farm is a better idea for the land.

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NAOIBH O’CONNOR Elementary school playgrounds in Vancouver were noticeably absent from an initial list for government funding despite a dire need. BY

Mayor out

BY MIKE HOWELL Citing a conflict of interest, Gregor Robertson renews call to remove the mayor as chair of the Vancouver Police Board.

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BY ALLEN GARR The NPA may have lots of money to run its election campaign, but it will likely lose against Vision Vancouver because of its policies.

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PNE says Coliseum must compete with downtown venues

Continued from page 1 PNE spokeswoman Laura Ballance said the change is sought to make the Coliseum more competitive with the later serving hours at downtown venues. The 2011 facility services guide says the Vancouver Convention Centre liquor service hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre’s hours have been 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday since a November 2009 LCLB decision that also banned

liquor service at concerts. Ballance said even if the amendment passed, neighbouring Hastings Racecourse would still serve liquor later until 2 a.m. Though an amendment would allow the Coliseum to serve booze earlier, Ballance said the PNE doesn’t plan to turn on taps or open caps before 11 a.m. “It’s a standard thing, effective 9 a.m, it doesn’t matter when you’re starting to pour,” Ballance said. “We’re never anticipating using a 9 a.m. license, we’re just going to stick to the 11 a.m. Re-

ally our interest is bringing us back onto parity with the other venues.” Ballance said the application is not in reaction to the needs and wants of a single promoter. “It’s not specific to a specific event,” Ballance said. “If it was we would apply for a temporary license around an event, which is not uncommon.” Provincial regulations governing the sale of booze at stadiums and convention centres were amended in July 1995 to allow sales from 9 a.m. and 2 a.m.

It’s not the first time the PNE has sought the change of hours. In November 2007 it applied for 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. service and to amend the liquor primary licence to cover all 17,903 Coliseum seats, including the skybox suites. PNE sent 500 notices in the survey area and received one letter, three emails and two telephone calls in opposition. “Respondents opposing the application are most concerned with the hours of liquor service, consumption of alcohol, drunkenness, rowdiness, increased noise pollution, park-

ing issues and vandalism,” said the 2007 report. Tyler said operational and land use decisions at Hastings Park, including service of alcohol, ultimately need to be conducted openly with the participation of area residents. She said a governance review was promised when city council passed the master plan, but there has been no action. “It speaks to the totally inadequate governing model at the PNE—the PNE board meets in secret,” Tyler said. 2010goldrush@blogspot.com

Both Robertson and Anton flew to China on taxpayer dime

Continued from page 1 The promises fit in with Anton’s support of the provincial government’s proposal to establish an auditor general for B.C. municipalities. The mayor and council file bills for various expenses, including meals, events, training and travel and are offered a vehicle allowance. That information is available to the public, although detailed expenses of a lunch date are not.

Mayor Gregor Robertson has travelled widely since he was elected mayor in 2008, visiting China, Greece, London, Toronto, San Francisco and New York City on city business. Robertson’s training and travel expenses for 2010 totalled $12,025, according to a city financial report released in April. Vision Vancouver Coun. Raymond Louie, who joined the mayor in China during a trade mis-

sion trip, spent $13,069. Anton, who is the NPA’s lone city councillor, spent $3,122 on training and travel, including trips to Toronto and Harrison Hot Springs, according to the document. When Anton was a member of then-mayor Sam Sullivan’s administration, which ruled city hall from 2005 and 2008, she travelled to China on city business, had a paid dinner in Hong Kong with the head

of Concord Pacific Developments and attended a Bruce Springsteen concert at Rogers Arena in the same developer’s private box. As the Courier reported in 2008, Anton and several councillors of the previous administration, including members of Vision and COPE, took freebies from Concord to attend concerts, hockey games, Cirque du Soleil and private dinners aboard a yacht to watch fire-

works in English Bay. Concord donated to Vision, the NPA and COPE and is expected to do the same in this year’s campaign, although COPE has said it will refuse money from developers. Seven of the 10 councillors didn’t disclose the information in 2008 to the city clerk’s office until the Courier requested to view the city’s so-called gift disclosure documents. The mayor and council are required under

the city’s Charter to disclose any gifts or personal benefits exceeding $50. That includes cash, gift cards, tickets to events, clothing, jewelry, pens, food or beverages, discounts on personal purchases, free or subsidized drinks or meals, entertainment and invitations to social functions organized by groups or community organizations. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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So we now know a lot more about the city’s planning for the Stanley Cup playoffs and some of the back-and-forth between officials before and after the riot. We even know where the parade route would have been had the Vancouver Canucks managed to put more biscuits in the basket than the Boston Bruins. That’s because the city posted hundreds of pages of documents related to the playoffs and the riot on its website. It was done conveniently on a late Friday afternoon, which limited its news value. I found out about the documents in an email from a city staffer, who sent the same dispatch to everyone who filed Freedom of Information requests for information related to the riot. Instead of answering each request, this was the city’s response. “As an FOI applicant for 2011 Stanley Cup records, you are hereby notified that all City of Vancouver records related to this topic will be made public, with extremely limited severing, beginning Friday, September 9,

Fans agonize over the Canucks 5-2 loss to Boston, forcing a game seven in the Stanley Cup Fnals at home. Thanks to FOI requests, we now know where the parade route would have been if the Canucks had won. photo Dan Toulgoet 2011 at 3 p.m.,” wrote Barbara Van Fraassen, the city’s manager of corporate information and privacy. “Today’s public record release is phase one of the Stanley Cup public record release. There will be further follow-up record releases as the FOI record reviews

are completed. All phases of the public record release are expected to be completed prior to or on September 16, 2011, with the exception of [third party] records that must complete the third party notification process.” Which is very transparent of the

city but, to quote full-time world saver and part-time Irish vocalist Paul David Hewson, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. How about the email exchanges between the mayor and the police chief? Email exchanges between city councillors? Email exchanges

between the city and the Canucks owners? As many other journos did, I also made FOI requests to the Vancouver Police Department for information related to police plans for the playoffs and its response to the riot. The VPD is working on it, according to an email I received from Darrin Hurwitz, the department’s administrative legal advisor. And, Hurwitz added, it may cost me. “As a result of your broad request and our search for responsive records, new avenues and sources of potentially responsive records may arise—we may consider it appropriate to levy a fee estimate in that regard,” he wrote. “If you are in a position to potentially narrow the scope of your request, it would likely assist us with our search.” Not sure that I will narrow my search and hoping the VPD will simply follow the city’s lead on releasing the information I requested. Meanwhile, I continue to flip through riot reviews conducted by the VPD, the city and the B.C. government-ordered report that reveals a lot of what the public already knew—too many people, lots of drunks and an overwhelmed police force. Eight months until playoffs. Go Canucks? mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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COPE members gather at John Oliver secondary this Sunday to nominate candidates for November’s civic race and draft policy for its election platform. School board nomination candidates include all three incumbents—Jane Bouey, Allen Blakey and Allan Wong, along with two new faces—Gwen Giesbrecht and Ian Bushfield. COPE is fielding four candidates as part of a deal with Vision Vancouver, which is putting forward five candidates who’ll vie for seats on the nine-member board. Bouey is co-manager of the People’s Co-op Bookstore, while Blakey is a retired teacher who’s held senior union positions. Wong was a teacher-oncall before taking a job with Telus. All three are

longtime trustees and well known in Vancouver’s education world. Giesbrecht, meanwhile, has served on the District Parent Advisory Council, including two terms as chairperson. Lesser-known nomination candidate Ian Bushfield moved to Vancouver a few years ago, holds a bachelor of science, and is president of the B.C. Humanists. Candidates can also be nominated from the floor, although they must have been COPE members for 45 days before the vote. COPE executive director Alvin Singh told the Courier the party’s membership sits at between 1,400 and 1,500. “That’s very high. That’s probably the highest we’ve had in the last few years so there’s obviously a lot of excitement around this nomination meeting,” he said. COPE’s campaign office will be at the same location as last election on Broadway near Carolina. Campaign staff have been hired, including two campaign managers, who’ll be moving into the office in the next few days. Singh said the party operates un-

Gwen Giesbrecht der a tight budget and its campaigns are typically “grassroots and volunteerbased.” COPE’s policy conference runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, while the nomination meeting gets underway at 2 p.m. and is expected to last three hours. Singh said the party’s campaign managers will also be introduced Sunday. The existing Vancouver School Board includes four Vision Vancouver trustees—Patti Bacchus, Mike Lombardi, Ken Clement and Sharon Gregson, the three COPE trustees running for re-election and two NPAers— Ken Denike and Carol Gibson. Bacchus, Clement and Lombardi are seeking another term, and Vision has named two more can-

didates: Cherie Payne and Rob Wynen. The NPA’s Denike—another long-serving trustee, is seeking another term and is running for office with Sophia Woo, Fraser Ballantyne, Stacy Robertson and Sandy Sharma. Louise Boutin is running under the Green Party banner for school board. The election is Nov. 19. Details about the municipal race are on the city website.

Back to school

With students back at school for almost two weeks, I’d like to hear what readers, including students, want to see in print in coming months whether it’s about the state of education, the teacher job action or election-related stories. Send in questions you’d like staff or trustees to address and what you think are critical issues facing the district this school year. Less political ideas for articles about interesting people or activities going on in schools are also welcome. Unique pitches are most appreciated. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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In Wednesday’s column I wrote about a motion Vision Vancouver park board chair Aaron Jasper is bringing to the board Monday night that recommends making a permanent First Nations education and cultural centre where the Children’s Farmyard was once located in Stanley Park. Jasper says the success of the seasonal Klahowya Village First Nations display demonstrates a centre dedicated to aboriginal culture would be a hit and, with the right partner, might mean little cost to taxpayers. The Children’s Farmyard in Stanley Park closed in January after the Vision Vancouver-dominated park board decided it was in the city’s best interest to take the $160,000 annual subsidy for the popular attraction and

The Children’s Farmyard in Stanley Park closed in January. visitors could watch video presentations and practical demonstrations of milk production and fruit and veg-

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payer money, Pasin adds. “This way children can learn about where their food comes from and you

don’t have to give out any grants to do it,” says Pasin, taking a shot at the Vision Vancouver-dominated city council, which recently approved thousands of dollars in Greenest City Neighbourhood Grants and Community Urban Agriculture funds, for projects dedicated to educating children about food. Ironically, the NPA launched an attack ad this week mocking Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson for his enthusiasm for backyard chickens and front yard wheat fields. Meanwhile, former NPA councillor and mayoral candidate Peter Ladner wrote in his column this week in Business in Vancouver: “Politicians and candidates be warned. Ridiculing urban farming is a no-win strategy. Food security is marching up the priority list in cities around the world, and Vancouver should be leading, not resisting, this movement.” I’d be interested to hear from readers if they’d prefer a First Nations cultural centre, a working farm or something entirely different on that property. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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If—or more likely at this point when—the NPA fails to win a majority in the upcoming municipal election, it won’t be for lack of money. The party will lose because of its policies. But I’ll get to that in a moment. At this week’s annual general meeting, NPA party president John Moonen reminded the 100 or so upbeat folks in attendance their fundraising dinner last October was “very profitable.” That was followed by NPA election campaign chair Peter Armstrong’s report pointing out that, with conservative developer Rob Macdonald as the campaign’s finance chair, they are well ahead of their targets for fundraising. In fact, he said, money is rolling in “a lot earlier” than it ever has before. And how much money will the NPA spend on the campaign? Campaign manager Norman Stowe says “a lot.” And that would mean millions. Money can’t buy you love, but in an election, particularly with Vancouver’s at-large contest, it’s essential. The centre-left, which was COPE and is now a coalition of COPE and Vision Vancouver, never stood a chance at a majority while they primarily relied on union donations. Then they ran (Liberal) Larry Campbell for mayor and accessed pools of money mostly controlled by developers. That has been increased by the green business money Mayor Gregor Robertson and his crowd have brought to the party thanks to his connections with Joel Solomon. COPE knows full well it will be cut off from its main source of funds—union donations— unless it shares the ballot with Vision. That’s a major motivation for a coalition deal.

allengarr (That deal, incidentally, could still be in jeopardy if on Sunday Tim Louis manages to snag one of the three COPE nomination slots for council.) As for the Green Party, well, every time since 1996 they have formed a coalition with a party that has deeper pockets they have managed to elect a candidate. They got zilch when they refused a deal. This time, when they refused a deal and instead supported Adriane Carr’s decision to run for council, the party fell apart and their chair, Ben West, quit. It was noted, by the way, that a couple of NPA candidates were sniffing around whatever phone booth the Greens were meeting in this week hoping to throw their support behind Green park board candidate Stuart Mackinnon. (NPA mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton’s response to that fishing expedition was this: “I’m not actually aware of that.”)

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Having said that, it isn’t just the money— it’s how you spend it and what your message is. And the first thing we see the NPA spending money on is a radio ad attacking Vision’s green agenda. It comes with the shorthand of “chickens in the back yard and wheat fields in the front yard.” If you’re puzzled by this strategy you’re not alone. While former NPA mayoral candidate Peter Ladner was in the room during the NPA AGM Wednesday night to show his support, Thursday morning he sent an email to the NPA campaign committee telling them “you have got to be careful here.” In his column this week in Business in Vancouver he wrote: “Politicians and candidates be warned: Ridiculing urban farming is a nowin strategy.” And he added: “Food security is marching up the priority list in cities around the world, and Vancouver should be leading, not resisting, this movement.” In her speech to the folks at the AGM, Anton also said she has no particular interest in “green jobs.” Any jobs will do. Another shot at Vision and Robertson. If you’re wondering where this strategy found its birth, check out the blog created by former Sam Sullivan staffers Daniel Fontaine and Mike Klassen. Add that to the venomous attacks on bike lanes by developer Macdonald to complete the picture of where we’ll see the NPA spend its money. It’s already dividing the NPA base. It may also drive disenchanted Vision supporters back to the fold. agarr@vancourier.com.

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Corporate hands molest innocence of childhood The late comic Bill Hicks had little patience with people who go on about “saving the children” and “doing it for the kids.” “You either love all people of all ages or you shut the f**k up,” he snarled. Well, that’s one point of view. Yet it’s safe to say how we treat kids on an institutional level is a fairly good measure of where we’re heading as a culture–upward, downward or completely sideways. The other day a friend dropped by with two items in hand. One was a newspaper review of Joel Bakan’s book, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children. The other was a glossy insert for children’s clothing, which featured page after page of three to six year-old models in hip, adult-styled garb. The tykes in the pics posed haughtily, wearing cynical, inward expressions– the defiant look of anorexic runway models. I felt like I should have been handling the insert with tongs. Neil Postman was right on the money. Back in 1982, the gravelvoiced media studies professor prophesied “the disappearance of childhood” in a book of the same name. Two decades later, it almost seems the window for playful, pre-juvenile innocence is closing. University of B.C. law professor Joel Bakan’s new book acts as an appendix and update to Postman’s work, and crystallizes what many parents already know: their influence on their kids is being overwhelmed by a 24-hour corporate assault that extends into the classroom, home and beyond. Doctors are coerced and seduced by big pharmaceutical companies to hook kids on psychoactive drugs, teachers have to compete with Facebook and Twitter for students’ attention, legislators sign off on lowered ages for child labour and fashion editors merrily erase any sartorial line between infancy and adulthood. Over the last 30 years, “deregulation, privatization, weak enforcement of existing regulations and legal and political resistance to new regulations have eroded our ability, as a society, to protect children,” Bakan recently wrote in an article for the New York Times. That goes in spades for children from afar, who are less likely to garner media attention after encountering First World profiteers masquerading as saviours in suits. In 1996, the world’s biggest research-based pharmaceutical company conducted an illegal drug trial on 200 Nigerian children. Eleven children died from a meningitis drug called Trovan, and many were left disabled. Recently released embassy cables from WikiLe-

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geoffolson aks revealed how the company planned to defuse this public relations bomb by hiring investigators to find evidence of corruption against a Pfizer-probing attorney general in Nigeria. (Last month, Pfizer announced it was making hefty payments to parents of four of the children who died in the experiments.) Bear in mind, this incident wasn’t dreamed up by the Taliban or al-Qaida. It was cooked up somewhere along the corporate chain of command. We’d all prefer to think of this sort of thing as an anomaly, but it’s just a more pungent flavour of business-as-usual. Bakan says 156 countries, including Afghanistan and Haiti, have signed an international treaty that bans the employment of children under 15, yet Canada and the United States have refused. “Brutish Columbia” is on the cutting edge in this department, with the most regressive child labour laws in North America. Bill 37 allows children as young as 12 to work in any employment area except mining and serving liquor. All thanks to Gordon Campbell, the man identified as a “visionary” in his Order of British Columbia award. Certainly Campbell’s “vision” for provincial workers tested 20/20 with his big-money supporters, who could also see the clear outline of a pliant, uncomprehending labour force under five feet tall. Hopefully the current focus on corporate manipulation of children will widen into bigger questions about labour, capital, people and planet. Adult blights and oversights tend to be passed down the generations, along with the character-deforming traits attached to the monomaniacal pursuit of the almighty dollar. It’s a pattern with a long pedigree. “Our civilized world is nothing but a great masquerade,” wrote the 19th century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. “You encounter knights, parsons, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, priests, philosophers and a thousand more: but they are not what they appear– they are merely masks... Usually, as I say, there is nothing but industrialists, businessmen and speculators concealed behind all these masks.” www.geoffolson.com

According to the developer, a proposed condo complex on the old Pantages Theatre site (above) will help improve the Downtown Eastside. photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Sequel 138 saga continues with boycott campaign,” Sept. 12 (online). A few more facts might be in order. Sequel 138 project is a mix of rental and ownership options. It is entirely within existent height and density guidelines. It asks no special consideration, no waivers, no variances. It conforms exactly to current zoning. We are not required to provide 2,500 square feet of arts space. We are doing it because we believe in it. The arts are an avenue to a healthy community. Ours will be the third largest art space in the Downtown Eastside. Renowned artist Vincent Dumoulin has already signed up. More will follow. Britta [Fluevog] will be welcome, shoes and all. There are some who prefer the ghetto

model of social development. We believe that model is a proven failure. We need a mix of incomes and housing options here—and in every neighbourhood. It is the Canadian way. No decent person wants the Downtown Eastside to continue as it is, overrun by drug dealers and disease. Many good people want to lead safer lives here. It is time for new options, and new choices. And by the way, “hundreds” of people did not attend the demonstration at my offices last week. We counted 29. Even our visitors claimed only 50. Either way, we had a lot of milk and cookies left over. We’ve since given them out at Pigeon Park. Marc Williams, owner, Sequel 138

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To the editor: Re: “Residents rally against Greenway project,” Sept. 7. A bicycle greenway running past an elementary school! What a brilliant idea! I sure do wish my municipality would run a greenway past my front door, funding courtesy of GVRD taxpayers. It would be a huge improvement over the rat runners’ raceway that’s there now. Neighbours of the local school that is about to become graced with a greenway will start to enjoy some of the benefits

immediately, in the form of a few less motor car operators smoking through their neighbourhood, dropping off their darling children at the front door of the school each and every morning of the school year. And the very same wheelchair users that our protesting neighbour is so concerned about will also enjoy the immediate benefit of the greenway as a quieter, more peaceful route as compared to trying to navigate the existing sidewalks adjacent to our noisy, stinky motor roads.

In the medium term, I’m sure our protesting homeowner will realize the benefits of a nearby greenway when he starts to see his property value increasing out of proportion to other properties that are farther from the green, closer to the asphalt. And in the longer term, all of us will benefit from reduced health care system costs as the cycling and walking children of that school grow up just a little bit healthier. And happier. C. Van Ihinger, Burnaby

Why riot over Juice, Kes and Bobby Lou?

To the editor: Re: “Could it happen again?” Sept. 9. All this post-Stanley Cup riot coverage is taking the focus away form the real issue here: the most disappointing playoff performance by any NHL team in recent memory. Yes, I am talking about the Canuckleheads. Here was a team that went into the playoffs on top of the league, with a great roster of players and a goalie that had seemingly put his “demons” behind him. They forged

through the first few rounds powerfully, showing no signs of fatigue and were well on their way to taking home the Cup. Then what? They simply capitulated. Personally, I do not think that even merits the reaction of a full blown riot—such a dismal effort warrants nothing more than loathing and rejection. The Canucks are not worthy of Vancouver. Charles Leduc, Vancouver

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In Canada, in 1991, there were 3,690 road fatalities and 3,593 reported suicides. Since 1992, however, annual reported suicides have exceeded annual road fatalities. By 2003 there were 26 per cent more reported suicides than road fatalities. The 2007 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics released by Transport Canada on March 24, 2010 (the most current complete annual statistics) show a decrease in road fatalities of 4.4 per cent from 2,889 in 2006 to 2,767 in 2007. The outlook is positive for this downward trend in road fatalities —a 32.5 per cent decline since 1987— continuing in 2008. The 2,767 road fatalities in 2007, however, compare to (as noted above) 3,611 suicides in Canada in the same year, which amounts to 30 per cent more reported suicides than road fatalities. Out of the total of 3,611 reported suicides, the National Post reported 24 as having been caused by “crashing a motor vehicle.” About the number of annual suicides, The Canada Safety Council notes that, alarming as it is, it may, however, be low because “it is impossible to know exactly how many deaths in singlevehicle crashes, railway trespassing incidents

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On the subject of recording fatal crashes in which deliberate intent can be definitively identified, Dr. Evans points out what he calls a deficiency, “for no good” reason in the US Fatality Reporting System (FARS) in its excluding such cases from the total count. He criticizes this exclusion, small as it may be, for making “the file less useful for investigating traffic suicides.” In calling for correction he notes that “indirect methods applied to Finnish data indicate that as many as 5.9% of traffic deaths may be suicides.” Comparing annual suicides and annual road fatalities and noting the ‘fuzzy’ overlap between them raise another important consideration. For each completed suicide there are 100 attempts, for each road fatality an estimated 120 injuries. We really don’t know the extent of intentionally caused road fatality and injury, which means there is an unquantified risk against which few, if any, road safety measures have been directed. September 10th every year is World Suicide Prevention Day. One thing you can do to acknowledge this day, this “silent tragedy” is take a few minutes to review the ‘About Suicide’ pages on www.suicideprevention.ca.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson, seen here at a recent police board meeting, believes the mayor shouldn’t be chair of the board. photo Dan Toulgoet Wednesday’s police board meeting. “I don’t think it’s best practices for governance of a board and of the city council,” the mayor said. “It’s an oddity as far as good governance goes and it puts the mayor in a position of both advocating for a police board budget and making a decision on a city council budget that includes the VPD.” Earlier this month, a B.C. government-ordered independent review into the Stanley Cup riot included a recommendation that the solicitor general review the requirement that a sitting mayor must serve as chair of the city’s police board. “The office of mayor is the leading position in municipal government and has influence beyond its legal authority,” said the report by Douglas Keefe and John Furlong. “Given the careful distribution of power that goes on

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The tour Spindor is about to embark upon will help raise funds for pediatric cancer research and support programs like the internationally acclaimed Camp Goodtimes, so that children affected by cancer can feel like ordinary kids and have the time of their lives.“So many people are affected by cancer, even children. These kids need people to stand up and fight for them! I want to make a difference, one dollar or one kilometer at a time,”says Spindor. Spindor’s first ride is dedicated to courageous children who are affected by cancer, as well as his aunt and fiancee’s best friend who

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The construction fences at Connaught Park have been moved west by only 10 metres but the positive impact of such a shift could be immeasurable for the many users of the West Side park at Larch and 10th Avenue. Portions of the playing fields to the east of the large Kitsilano park, including the cricket oval, rugby pitch and fastpitch diamond, will be closed only once—not twice—and completely upgraded and reopened in 12 to 18 months. Drew Sagar, president of the Meraloma Athletic Club that counts 700 members who regularly use the park, credited the park board for listening to citizens’ concerns and searching for a solution. He also singled out park board chair Aaron Jasper. “Aaron took the time to come down to the park and communicated with me frequently during the process. The Parks Board staff were also very helpful and instrumental. I cannot imagine it was easy tracking down the additional funding it took to complete the project in such a short time frame and Aaron deserves acknowledgement and accolades for leading the process through to its successful conclusion,” Sagar wrote to the Courier. Jasper said an additional $250,000 was sourced from unused surplus funds allocated for synthetic fields in the previous year’s 2010 budget. The money was approved with the three-year capital plan but was not drawn upon. Construction for the second phase began in August at a cost of $760,000. The field at the western edge of Connaught Park was upgraded three years ago. Instead of closing portions of the park for up to 18 months this year and then for another 18 months at an undetermined future date, users from the adjacent Kitsilano secondary and the community centre, as well as sports teams from across the Lower Mainland, will have access to a fully upgraded park by next fall. Building and tearing down the worksite alone costs an estimated $30,000, Jasper said. “The cost savings are minimal, but it’s the convenience factor that was the most significant,” he said. Sagar said he’s heard a “tremendous response” from his members and the general community. “While the total redevelopment will have huge impact to the park in the short run, it will produce great natural fields for years to come for the community and amateur sports users.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart


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Gaming grants tour

B.C.’s community gaming grant review will wrap up its tour Sept. 16 with a public forum at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1133 West Hastings St. Skip Triplett, appointed in July by Premier Christy Clark to lead the independent review, is examining the role of government in allocating gaming revenue with input from charities, non-profits, community members, local government and others who would like to participate. The forum will be split into two sessions, one running from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the other beginning at 1 p.m. and finishing at 5 p.m. Triplett’s final report is due to government Oct. 31. Register online at communitygamingrantreview.gov. bc.ca, or make a submission at communitygaminggrantreview@gov.bc.ca.

Laneway tours

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is preparing for back-to-back weekends of uniquely Vancouver House Tours organized to highlight sustainable, affordable and innovative housing re-use in the city. First is the Vancouver Special House Tour Sept. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. The weekend after, the Laneway House Tour takes place Oct. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. Tour seven newly constructed laneway houses and one infill house built to complement existing

main homes. To purchase tickets, visit vancouverheritagefoundation.org or call 604-264-9264.

Colon cancer talk

A “Let’s Talk About Colon Cancer” event takes place Sept. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lecture theatre in the Providence Building at St. Paul’s Hospital on Burrard Street. The talk is part of a series of community forums offered by St. Paul’s. The forums are free and take place the third Wednesday of each month.

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A history of the city’s drag scene re-enacted on stage is the second in the three-part Pioneers of Performance series produced by PAL Studio Theatre Society. Vancouver actor and drag queen Cameron Mackenzie, aka Isolde N. Barron, said Tucked and Plucked pays homage to the drag scene in Vancouver prior to the creation of the Canadian Court System founded in the 1960s by Ted Northe. The Imperial Empire of Vancouver and the former Imperial Empire of Canada, now known as the Dogwood Monarchy Society, recognizes drag queens and kings not just for their performances, but even more so for their volunteer work. “Ted Northe was a wealth of knowledge and kindness and has a passion for history and tradition,” said Mackenzie, during a phone interview from Texas this week. “That’s important because often in the world we’re just a bunch of people thrown together. It’s not like we can learn our history from our ancestors. That’s why we have what’s called ‘gay grandparents.’ We need them to guide us and give us context in regards to where we are in history.” Mackenzie said Tucked and Plucked pays homage to an era in the 1960s and ’70s when huge drag productions were common. It was also a time when police still raided gay bars. “Drag queens were the foot soldiers of the gay rights movement and in smaller towns they’re still crucial in creating acceptance,” said Mackenzie. “Even today, drag queens are still the cheerleaders of the community.” Mackenzie also acknowledged long-established drag queens such as Joan-E as inspiration. He noted for years Joan-E staged the longest running drag show in the city, Feather Boa, which took place each Sunday at the Odyssey nightclub that closed one year ago this month. The same night Feather Boa closed, Mackenzie launched the Apocalypstick drag show at The Cobalt on Main Street. “Now Apocalypstick is the longest running drag show in the city,” said Mackenzie. Tucked and Plucked unfolds like an interactive daytime TV talk show along the lines of former Oprah fame, but with a lot more hair and makeup, he said. “And some really great outfits,” said Mackenzie, who refused to divulge how many costume changes he undergoes during the show. Mackenzie is joined on stage by Peach Cobblah, the alter ego of his real life husband Dave Deveau. Together the pair launched Zee Zee Theatre several years ago and collectively write, perform, direct and produce for the stage. The first Pioneers of Performance production, Speeding & Rolling, took place in July and was a celebration of the city’s film and TV history, while the third and final installment of the series is scheduled for November. That still untitled cabaret will explore the history of multicultural performances in Vancouver. Tucked and Plucked runs Sept. 23 and 24 at PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St. Tickets are $10 and available through the box office by calling 604-684-8028 or at brownpapertickets.com. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Last week I mentioned in this space that clowns and stilt walkers freak me out, a comment I predicted might provoke some readers to label me a “hater.” But instead, I heard from a couple of readers who are also afraid of stilt walkers. One wrote to say he went so far as to design a beaver costume he wears to public events so he can gnaw on the wooden legs of stilt walkers. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.

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Local historian James Johnstone is hosting walking tours to highlight the book Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona, which was first published in 1979 and republished this year through the support of a Vancouver 125 Grant. The book includes 50 oral histories from East End pioneers and an updated introduction written by Johnstone. The walks depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from 696 East Hastings, loop north along Cordova and Powell streets then south along Gore Avenue to Hogan’s Alley, south as far as Prior, east as far as Campbell, then back to the Heatley Block.

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this style comes off, so chat with your colour specialist about the best tone for your skin as well as what your expectations are.

Best Face Shape: Oval, slightly round, subtle square, heart, maybe long depending on where The long and short of it is Vancouver stylists are considered some of the best in North America; the bangs and fringe over the ears are cut. many celebrities make a special pit-stop here to have their tresses done. So ramp your look up – the Vancouver film festival is coming up Sept. 29; producers and directors will be all over town – you’ll want to look like a star!

Best Hair Type: The optimal hair type is when it’s thick and full with a bit of natural texture to help it along.

Where to turn for inspiration? Well www.latesthairstyles.com has lots of fall trends to look at. Here’s a sassy one: “Water Nymph on Land.” PHOTO:THINKSTOCK

animé! Colour makes a huge difference in the way

Shadow Boxer! Two trends that naturally enhance the eye.

for the fall, from beautyandstyle.com: First off, avoid garish bright neons and punk-rocker glam eyes. Sophistication through minimizing is key for this trend. Neutral tones, champagne colours, pale browns and ambers create soft shadows

The second option for eye shadow is to paint the lid a bright, vivacious colour (shimmery metallics work, too). Sometimes the colour is pulled out to the sides like little wings. Some other fall colours that work well are teal, cedar green and icy blue.

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Styling Tip: Product build-up is a great way to really beef up this style when you have lessthan-amazing density. If you think your hair This haircut (shown) is really versatile and can looks greasy, use a dry shampoo to get that shiny look tame, but when played up, can look almost look away and add more texture to it.

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Tony Calaminos Destination: Pangasinan, Philippines

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joyed a bit of history while visiting the Lingayen Gulf where American forces liberated the Philippines from Japanese forces during the Second World War.

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1. The Rio Theatre serves up a Spaghetti Western feast Sept. 18 with three Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone classics: A Fist Full of Dollars (3 p.m.), For a Few More Dollars (5 p.m.) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (7:30 p.m.) More info at riotheatre.ca. 2. Has time been kind to the energy-domed minds behind Devo? Find out for yourself when the New Wave icons, ahem, whip it good at the Vogue Theatre Sept. 18, 9 p.m. Vancouver’s Pointed Sticks opens. Tickets at Red Cat, Scratch and Highlife Records, online at voguetheatre.com or by calling 604-569-1144.

3. One-man band Bob Log III brings his boob-obsessed, blues stomping, slide guitar, telephone receiver-adorned motorcycle helmet shtick to the Biltmore Sept. 19. Mr. Free and Satellite Freakouts open. Tickets at Scratch, Red Cat, Zulu and The Biltmore or online at ticketweb.ca.

4. Local writer, horse racing enthusiast and Courier contributor Kevin Chong has new book out, Beauty Plus Pity, his first novel in 10 years, and he’s celebrating with a launch party Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at the Penthouse Night Club. The soiree will be hosted by comedian Charles Demers and there will be a “pity pageant” and “beauty party” over the course of the fun-filled evening. For more info, call 604-687-4233.

kudos & kvetches Kleeberger time

The other night as we watched Canada beat Tonga in their opening game of the Rugby World Cup, we found ourselves utterly lost… lost in Adam Kleeberger’s beard. Named “man-of-the-match,” which coincidentally rhymes with “man-of-thethatch,” Kleeberger is a beast, and not just because he weighs 100 kg and measures 183 cm tall (truth be told, we have no idea what those numbers mean since, like any sane person, we still use Imperial in cases of height and weight). Kleeberger, who resembles a young Grizzly Adams, calls White Rock home and used to play for the fittingly named B.C. Bears, possesses one of the best beards in all of sports. Better than New York Islander Clark “Jethro” Gillies during the height of his bristly powers, better than the freaky black beard worn by San Francisco Giant chucker Brian Wilson, better than the face lichen that once clung to basketball caveman Bill Walton. Kleeberger’s Sampson-like beardage makes the Canadian rugby team 10 times more

powerful and the Rugby World Cup infinitely more enjoyable to watch. Canada might not have cool war chants like the New Zealand All Blacks and other Pacific Island teams or a rich history of winning on rugby’s world stage, but we have Kleeberger’s beard, which can absorb a six-pack of spilled beer. Not that beer ever spills around Kleeberger since the gravitational pull of his chin carpet keeps objects around it upright. We’ve been told that a family of raccoons lives in Kleeberger’s cozy jaw warmer, nipping at his face during games, making him run faster. If we found ourselves on the ice planet Hoth like Han Solo did in The Empire Strikes Back and we came across Luke Skywalker freezing to death in the snow, we would stuff our frozen buddy in Kleeberger’s hot, life-preserving beard instead of the sliced-open steaming belly of a Tauntaun. Born March 2, 1984, Kleeberger is a Pisces, which is a water sign, which means his beard is probably made of kelp and strands of seaweed and could feed a pod of lost orcas for an entire week. He first began playing rugby at Semiahmoo high

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school, which we’re pretty sure is First Nations for People of the Enchanted Beard Forest. His position on Team Canada is listed as “flanker” but we have it on good authority that he also plays “scrubber,” “chafer,” “wind keeper” and “Viking Whisperer,” and when there’s a dangerous divot on the playing field, he lies down on the patch of missing grass and lets his team run over his face. Kleeberger is German for “cascading beard,” and there are dozens of small villages in the Black Forest where the men folk all wear Kleebergers. The natural enemies of Adam Kleeberger are barbers, employees of Gillette and the Keebler Elves. In short, Kleeberger’s beard reminds us of all that is dependable in the world, like the rotation of the earth around the sun, like the seasons, like a mother bear nurturing her cubs and teaching them to forage for grubs and berries and swat spawning salmon from frothing rivers so they can one day survive in the wilds on their own. And for that we are eternally grateful. Kleeberger!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all.


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While the Four Seasons flagship room Yew hasn’t been exactly floundering, last week, newly landed executive chef Ned Bell and team pulled the wraps off their all seafood, all the time “New Yew” Restaurant and Bar (604-692-4939). Determined to keep the focus firmly “fresh, local and social,” the revamped lineup abounds in edgy marine cuisine highlighted by a dazzling new raw bar where freshness rules. Offerings include a succulent, black truffle anointed Ahi tuna tartare adorned with thinly shaved root vegetables ($14), Albacore tuna with Aggasiz hazelnut granola and lime-miso aioli ($12) and simple but striking scallop “crudo” with preserved lemon and olive oil ($13). With sights boldly set on becoming the city’s premier seafood restaurant, Four Seasons GM and regional VP Robert Cima says the move to seafood makes sense because 70 per cent of their clientele were already ordering shellfish and seafood in abundance. Although there are nods to “turf and fish” (pork and octopus) and a respectable offering of “Not Fish” items (organic chicken, rib-eye or open lasagna), we suspect most will be lured by the likes of roasted steelhead with bourbon maple squash purée ($26), fresh halibut with crispy polenta and chanterelles ($29) or the all encompassing “Yew share” seafood platter. ••• With fall around the corner and harvest in full swing, what better place to celebrate the wealth of B.C. grown ingredients than at Bishop’s. The city’s

Four Seasons executive chef Ned Bell poses with pink salmon on ice—part of Yew restaurant’s new focus on sustainable seafood. photo Tim Pawsey longest running regional-sustainable champion, John Bishop and chef Andrea Carlson’s Harvest Table dinners (through Oct. 20) yield a chance to experience one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed rooms for $48 (before tax and tip) Sunday through Thursday nights. The current menu (until Sept. 22) is based on ingredients from several local producers who’ve worked with Bishop for years and roams from an amuse bouche of Dungeness crab custard with pine mushroom and Glen Valley artichoke to bacon-wrapped Maple Hill chicken breast medallions with Stoney Paradise Cascade tomato glaze. The meal’s a deal, but if you’re wine inclined, the four optional wine pairings (add $25) are more than worthwhile and well chosen, with noteworthy matches from Blue Mountain, Summerhill, Hillside Estate and Quails Gate—whose Late Harvest Optima ’08 is a sensual, apricot-toned slam dunk with pastry chef Katie Huitson’s Corn Pot de Crème with corn ice cream— made with Hazelmere Farm sweetcorn.

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Gerry Boyle comes across as a racist. On occasion, he hires prostitutes. He curses like a dock worker, back when women didn’t curse but dock workers did. And somehow, Brendan Gleeson makes Gerry lovable: just the kind of guy we want to see make a clean getaway. Sgt. Gerry Boyle, as he’s better known, is the self-proclaimed “last of the independents” in Galway, Ireland. He has a deep mistrust of his fellow policemen from Dublin, with their fancy cell phones and computers. So he gets a real shock when he hears that an American—an African-American, no less—is heading to his patch of Ireland to investigate a $500 million drug deal that’s about to go down in tiny Connemara. “Did you grow up in the projects?” Gerry asks FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), who’s actually from Wisconsin, was a Rhodes scholar and spent winters skiing in Aspen. Wendell’s outrage softens as Gerry’s other qualities come to the fore: he’s a crack investigator, despite the sloppy work ethic; and he has a surprising history, if it’s true. The men team up to solve one murder, which soon becomes two, and to intercept the drug vessel. They’re up against three high-minded criminals (Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot) who quote Ni-

etzsche and argue the merits of Dylan Thomas, bemoaning the fact that being sociopaths (or is it psychopaths?) doesn’t allow them to mix with a better class of people. When Wendell enlists the help of the bigcity cops, Gerry quietly gathers information and does his own thing: he gives a cache of guns back to the local IRA guy and receives tips from two friendly prostitutes. To solve the case and do the right thing puts a great big target on Gerry’s back. He’s in a sea of crooked cops, and survival means knowing how to swim, figuratively and literally. We get glimpses of Gerry’s softer side as he deals with his terminally ill mother (Fionnula Flanagan), scenes that could have reeked of melodrama. But writer-director John Michael McDonagh doesn’t dish out sentimentality; he also doesn’t condescend to North American audiences, so you’d do well to brush up on your brogue before seeing the film. Every character is a scene-stealer; each actor shares in the great—if playfully profane— script. This is no frivolous white guy/black guy pairing. The rapport between Gleeson and Cheadle feels genuine, and the fish-outof-water device is comically laid bare by one character towards the film’s end. He does the big flicks (Harry Potter, Gangs of New York), but Gleeson picks some gems to fill in the gaps between blockbusters. The Guard reminds us of Gleeson’s rumpled natural talent, and pairing him with Cheadle as the incredulous straight-man results in dark comedy at its finest. She pointed to the clouds and said. “It looks like you.” She pointed to the clouds and said. “It looks like you.” She pointed to the clouds and said. “It looks like you.” She

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The Anna Jacyszyn Jazz Trio performed ditties from their latest Lush Life CD at the Decoster celebration.

Premier Christy Clark enjoyed Tojo’s sushi offering at the eighth annual Passions benefit for the Dr. Peter Centre.

Fred Proprietor Anthony von Mandl feted renowned Parisian sculptress Nathalie Decoster at his Mission Hill Family Estate.

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Actor Jacques Lalonde participates in his 25th consecutive Vancouver Fringe Festival. Executive director David Jordan fronts the 11-day event.

Edge Fest: It was all you can eat (and stomach) at this year’s Vancouver International Fringe Festival with more than 700 performances brought to you by 80 theatre groups. If your artistic appetite runs toward the offbeat, no doubt you found the ticket at this year’s smorgasbord. Drama queens received a sampling at the Fringe’s opening night showcase and fundraiser at Performance Works. Art and Wine: In honour of celebrated Parisian sculptress Nathalie Decoster’s first Canadian exhibition, Mission Hill Family Estate proprietor Anthony von Mandl hosted an exclusive art and wine wingding at his Kelowna vineyard. Community and business leaders, society and art enthusiasts intersected at the extraordinary evening of fine wine, food and art, following recent installations in Paris and San Paulo. Some 50 sculptures are on display on the grounds of the Okanagan vineyard until the end of September. Palette Pleaser: Nearly a decade ago, I deemed Passions the city’s best small gala. Today, the gastronomic gala at the Dr. Peter Centre is bursting at the seams with 250 guests and two dozen of the city’s finest restaurants and executive chefs squeezed into the 24-hour HIV/AIDS care facility for the Vancouver Courier-sponsored fundraiser. Global TV’s Sophie Lui and Jay Janower hosted and yours truly played auctioneer. 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 orfredabouttown.blogspot.com.

Le Mans racecar driver Butch Leitzinger drove Bugatti president Asgar Virgi’s $2.4-million Gran Sport to the Mission Hill shindig.

Stephanie Johannesen, Brittany Scott, Chelsea Powrie and Michelle Baynton performed excerpts of their puppet musical Smile at the Fringe Fest opener.

Sea of change, YEW executive chef Ned Bell and manager Jeff Hanson aspire to be the city’s premier seafood restaurant with a new seafood-inspired menu.

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Eclectic festival continues until Sept. 18

Dancing cancer, masked Grim Reaper, geeky cabaret singer visit Fringe The Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs until Sept. 18. For more information, go to vancouverfringe.com.

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In oversize, full-face masks, Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix weave a wondrous tale about old-but-feisty Mrs. Fischer facing off against Grim (a.k.a. The Grim Reaper). It’s wordless, but with a slight tilt of the head or flicker of the hand, we all know what the old gal or Grim would be saying. We’re all rooting for Granny Fischer as she outwits death (by hiding in the bathroom) or hitting him with a frying pan. Like Rocky, she works out and pre-

Clockwise from top left: This is Cancer, Grim and Fischer, Cabaret Terrarium. pares for a high noon showdown, which comes with a sweet twist and one last, motor-revving fling. But death and taxes do catch up with all of us; Braidwood and Phoenix make this moment poignant, not tragic, and we just know that Mrs. Fischer is looking forward to meeting up again with dear departed Mr. Fischer in whose jacket she wraps herself. Poetry without words; simple and simply beautiful. —JL

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gists. Chris Kauffman is his imaginary friend Nhar. Gustave is a geeky cabaret singer doing a show for us but, get this, he thinks someone is out to murder him for some crime he might have committed in his unremembered past. He needs us to be very, very quiet. No clapping. No laughing. Instead, he gives each of us a stick and a ridge-backed wooden frog to stroke when we’re happy or sad or entertained. It’s “auditory camouflage,” he tells us. Moon-faced Nhar is, Gustave tells us in his French accent, a pantomime (pant-oh-meem). Performance Works becomes an Amazon jungle of ribbits as geeky Gustave tries to regain his pre-ice block memory. Is he Belgian? He likes Belgian chocolate and Belgian waffles, after all. The impulse to laugh is overwhelming; the show is bizarre, completely offbeat. And, because it’s cabaret, there’s music in the style of Brecht: “The Song of the Happy Archaeologists,” “Dance of the Migration of the Goose of Colombia” and other weird and wonderful songs. I loved it. But, hey, I like raw octopus, too. —JL

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Asahi baseball club recognized for skill, status, sacrifice Megan Stewart Staff writer

The Japanese-Canadian boys and men of the Asahi baseball club were worshiped as gods. Like the Yankees, theirs was a winning dynasty with its own signature style and strategy. Any athlete skilled enough to wear the emblematic “A” of the red and white jersey earned himself a coveted position that came with respect, admiration and a history of athletic prestige dating to 1914. The only ethnic, non-Caucasian team to play in many different leagues, immigrant issei and naturalized, Canadian-born nisei JapaneseCanadians built a forward-thinking program that developed farm teams based at mill sites along the B.C. coast and also formed a boys development program that could have competed in Little League if they’d been welcome. The senior Asahi team wasn’t initially invited to join the men’s city league when it formed after the First World War. And the Terminal League folded in 1937 after the Asahi withdrew and took their hundreds of 10cent-paying spectators with them. The Asahi, which translates to “rising sun,” played a precise game called “brain ball” that emphasized bunting, stealing and speed as well as sound defense. (A former player said one batter was so exact, “He could bunt with a chopstick wherever he wanted to.”) Jari Osborne’s documentary Sleeping Tigers observed that the Asahi’s cohesive effort and emphasis on teamwork resonated with an important Japanese concept of cooperation and group philosophy. “You couldn’t hit the ball through the infield past them, they were just like cats onto it,” Al Moser, an opposing pitcher with the Downtown Patricia’s, said in the film. Moser, six-foottwo, towered over the Asahi, who averaged closer to five-foot-two. “If they did bunt, they were fast as heck. They were thieves,” he said, admiringly. “They’d win a game 3-1 and never have one hit.” In the years between the wars, those young men couldn’t have known that such an esteemed lineage didn’t include a future—not, at least, the continuation of the active ball team that won the Terminal League three years running and topped the Pacific Northwest League five years

Seventy years after their last game, the Asahi will be honoured with a commemorative plaque at Powell Grounds, now Oppenheimer Park. photos submitted in a row from 1937 to 1941. The Asahi played their last game in Vancouver 70 years ago on Sept. 18, 1941. Their triumph turned to tragedy later that year in December when Japan began its Pacific military offensive, and the U.S. along with Canada and the entire Commonwealth responded by declaring war against the country. Many of B.C.’s roughly 20,000 Japanese-Canadians, most of whom lived in Vancouver and the city’s Little Tokyo, were immediately herded to the Hastings Park exhibition grounds where men, women and children awaited their fate amid the odour of barnyard animals. Their property, businesses and homes were confiscated and eventually sold. These Canadians, who could not vote until 1948, were sent to abandoned mining sites, ghost towns, work camps and other villages in B.C.’s interior where they lived for the next four years. Although teammates were separated, the Asahi spirit persisted and ball diamonds were built so skilled and unskilled played together. At the end of the Second World War, these fami-

lies were prohibited from returning to Vancouver. They could move east of the Rockies or repatriate to Japan, an unknown foreign country for many of these Canadians. The Asahi story is increasingly well known across Canada. In 2003, the amateur baseball franchise was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Two years later, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame bestowed them the same honour and the Japanese Canadian National Museum, located in Burnaby, opened its excellent and definitive exhibit on the Asahi, Levelling the Playing Field. Grace Eiko Thomson, who curated the Asahi exhibit, said this Canadian baseball story cannot be told without recognizing the racism the players and many Japanese-Canadians endured. By way of an inelegant but tame example, English-language newspapers heralded the “nimble little men of the Rising Sun,” who showed “Japan is not only famous for its rice and cherry blossoms.” In this atmosphere of couched xenophobia and cultural segrega-

tion, Thomson said players chose as a response sportsmanship and fair play—even when they felt umpires more than once threw a game by deliberately making the wrong call to favour the white opposition. “These are young men and they are going home exhilarated they won the championship,” said Thomson, “but coming home to read the paper, while they feel great that they are being praised for their sport and skill and performance, in the same article they are reading that they’re not Canadian.” Kaye Kaminishi, 89, one of three surviving members of the Asahi, said, “Those days, there was a quiet antiAsian influence. Not only on Japanese but all Asian people. We suffered quite a bit, you see,” he said. Speaking to the Courier from Kamloops, where he settled after his family was relocated from Vancouver to Lilooet, Kaminishi said with a laugh, “But we always just played fair. We didn’t argue too much. We were told not to argue with the umpire. Sometimes, we just kept quiet. It was difficult for awhile but we had to do that.” On Sunday, seven decades after the Asahi played their final game, one they lost 7-3, their skill, status and, most poignantly, their sacrifice will be formally recognized by the placement of a commemorative plaque at Powell Grounds, now Oppenheimer Park, the site of the ball diamond at the heart of Little Tokyo. The Asahi are recognized for their immeasurable contributions to the enjoyment, excitement and hope for Japanese-Canadian living on the Pacific Coast. Significantly, their athletic achievements are highlighted. “[Their] signature offensive strategy, ‘brain ball,’ emphasized bunting and speed on the bases, reflected the values of discipline and team work, and, coupled with a sparkling defense, levelled the playing field with more powerful opponents.” For the last five years, the Japanese Canadian National Museum has organized a tribute game of non-competitive softball in honour of the Asahi. They play Sept. 18, 11 a.m. at Oppenheimer Park following the plaque presentation by the Minister of International Cooperation, Bev Oda, at 9:30 a.m. Kaminishi will throw the opening pitch. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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AMERICAN COCKER SPANIEL blonde, p/b pups with papers vet. shots, dewormed ready now, Vanc. $500 obo. 604-708-1752

place ads online @ VanCourier.com

#1 in Sales • 28 yrs in business Full & half cords 7days/week

604-805-6694

PURCHASE Watkins Products through an Independent Distributor. Earn free products by hosting a Watkins party. Contact Alison Platt and request a free catalogue. 604312-6679 watkinswithali@gmail.com www.househunting.ca

EDUCATION From here. To career. The Shortest Path To Your Business Career Train today for: 7 Accounting & Payroll Administrator 7 Business Administration 7 Paralegal 7 Hospitality Mgt 7 International Trade 7 TESL 7 Human Resources Professional

FRIENDLY FURNITURE FELLOWS Cheapvancouverfurniture.com ****ALL 100% BRAND NEW***** **Flat top mattress & box $ 275** **Eurotop Mattress & box $350** *Sectional Sofa & Ottoman $675* *Complete bedroom suite $875* We have everything, beds, sofas, dining room tables, etc. You won’t believe our prices. Tax & delivery always included in all our prices. Fast & Friendly service with same day usual delivery. Order online, or by phone or visit our showroom. Order and pay at time of delivery.Call (778) 882-3132

GORGEOUS Set Of Contemporary Dining Chairs! Great deal, like new, barely used, eight solid wood, curved ladderback, large chairs in ebony finish. Taupe chenille fabric. $200.00 per chair OBO.Cash only. Kerrisdale. Call: (604) 736-2774

2135

to place your ad!

3010-03

Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530 WANTED: One piece STEEL GARAGE DOOR 6'10'' high x 8’11'' wide. Call 604-476-1990

3507

Cats

BENGAL KITTENS vet checked 1st shots dewormed house raised $500, Mission 1-604-814-1235 KITTENS, 6 weeks old, for information contact 604-819-4062

Heather Chapel Preschool 2 - 5 days only. Sept. Registration 777 W.68th Ave 604-321-7446

Music/Dance Instruction

Maureen Clare EXPERIENCED PIANO TEACHER

WOLF x Shepherd black/tan father/mother here to meet $450 (604)869 2772chrisjo@telus.net

Now accepting adults, children, students & children with special needs. Dunbar area. References available.

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Maureen Clare 604-228-8388

GARAGE SALES

21ST CENTURY FLEA MARKET 175 tables of Bargains on Deluxe 20th Century Junque! SUN SEP 18 10-3 Croatian Cultural Center 3250 Commercial Drive, 604-980-3159 Adm: $4

VAN -

DOWNSIZING SALE Sat, Sept 17th, 10am - 2pm 2850 West 13th Ave Kitchen, office, art/craft supplies, bedding, books

DUNBAR Garage Sale

Sat Sept 17th 9am - 1pm 3037 West King Edward Antiques, collectibles, afghans, walnut & vilas headboard, etc.

VAN

Wanted to Buy

Preschools/ Kindergarten

Call

604-630-3300

VANCOUVER FLEA MARKET

Alder • Birch • Maple Dry, Clean Hardwoods

A33

FAIRHAVEN THRIFT SALE 2700 E. 49th Ave. (at Vivian St) Sat, Sept 17 9am - 11:30am 4133 Tytahun Crescent. Vancouver. V6N 3N1 Moving Sale Sunday September 18, 8 AM - 3 PM, Furniture, Household items, Garden equipment, Home Electronics, Clothing, Jewellery, Pictures and Artwork etc. All must GO! Rain or Shine.

VAN - UBC

ESTATE SALE Sat, Sept 17th, 10am-2pm 1689 Allison Rd 3 generations of stuff! Furniture, art, crystal, china, housewares, books, games& toys

WEST PT GREY MOVING SALE Sun Sept 18th 9am-5pm 4680 West 4th Ave. Household items, Childrens toys & books, clothing men & womens, sports equipment, tools, and misc.

GARAGE SALE

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

AUCTION CALENDAR NEXT AUCTION:

Oct. 22nd, 9am Start!!!

80-100 CARS, LIGHT TRUCKS & RV’s

Industrial, Construction, Forklifts, Farm & Turf Equip., Fleet Trucks & Trailers, Lumber, Boats, Tools

Located in Langley just minutes for Vancouver We Welcome Industrial Smalls 6780 Glover Rd., Langley, BC • Phone: 604-534-0901 www.canamauctions.com

2-DAY GIANT FOOD/RESTAURANT & INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT AUCTION SATURDAY, SEPT. 24TH • 10AM SUNDAY, SEPT. 25TH • 11AM Viewing Times: Friday-Saturday & Sunday

TSAWWASSEN ANIMAL Hospital has 4 medium haired kittens for adoption. Two black, 2 brown tabbies. 604-943-9385

We’re taking your education to the next level!

Starting Sept 2011, you will receive an iPad when you begin classes at Vancouver Career College. All iPads will come with e-books and educational apps, providing you with a more interactive learning experience!

Step into the career you’ve been dreaming of. Call today!

van.vccollege.ca

N 1.800.993.4086

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION ! 604-724-7652

3508

Dogs

LAB PUPPIES 7 weeks Purebred Lab puppies, Golden, Black, both parents on site, 1st shots, vet checked, Call: 604-308-4401 or 604-850-9690 $400 email: barbboon@gmail.com

OUR LARGEST AUCTION THIS YEAR!! • 1700+ LOTS NEW & USED EQUIPMENT

• New & Used Equipment • 5 Complete Bailiff & Court Bailiff-Seized Restaurants • Complete Late Model Pizza Shop • 15+ Hobart/Globe/Berkel Mixers (Various Sizes) • Walk-In Coolers/Freezers & Combos • 20+ Pcs. Quest Equip. • Middleby Marshall (Model PS200-G) Chain Drive Ovens • Approx. 1500+ Chairs & Tables • Huge Asst. Bar Stools & Pub Tables • Booth Seating • 10+ Pass-Thru/Under-Counter & Rotary Glass or Bar Washers • 1, 2 & 3 Door Coolers • Freezers • Back Bars • Several Canopies • Approx. (40) 1, 2 & 3 Well S/S Sinks • Approx. (30+) S/S Work Tables (Various Sizes) • Vcm. Chopper • Robot Coupes • Bakers/Metro & Al. Racks • Work Counters • Chicken Rotisseries • C/T Hot Food Disp. Cases • Doyon Unused Rack Gas Oven • Elec. Single Rack Oven • (20+) Elec. Meat Slicers • Meat Grinders • Meat Band Saw • Tilting Kettle • (15+) Ice Machines • Several S/S Refrig. Prep Tables (Various Sizes) • S/S Deep Fryers • Char Broilers • Salamanders • Wok Stoves • (2) Complete Beer Systems • Keg Cabinets • Soft Serve Machines • Gelato Maker • Barker 12’ Refrig. Bow Front Display Case • New & Used Display Cases (Several in Various Sizes) • Several True 3-Dr. Reach-In Display Coolers & Freezers • Neon & Pub Signs • Pos & Sound Systems • Registers • (3) Portable Vending Carts • Security Door • Electrolux Blast 60-Lb. Chiller • Sushi Display Cases • Portion & Digital Scales • Portable Bar • Produce Display Stands • Wooden Wagon-Style Display Hut • Roll-Out Awning • Chest Freezers • Baking Trays & Bun Pans • Pots & Pans • Open Topped & Front Loading Refrig. Merchandisers • Soup Kettles • Butcher Blocks • Flat Screen TVs • Coffee Systems • Capp Machines • Espresso Grinders • Cookie Depositor • Scale-O-Matic Dough Sheeter • Hanging Menu Boards • Large Decorative Figures (Betty Boop • Blues Brothers & Others) plus Large Amount of Small Wares • plus Much, Much More • Too Much to List . . .

PERSON(S) AND BUSINESS(ES) AFFECTED:

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JACK RUSSELL terrier 1 1/2 years old Adorable pure bred that needs a loving home with an attentive older person/couple Call: (604) 315-3911 email: jo-langley@shaw.ca

CANADA REVENUE AGENCY–vs–684235 B.C. Ltd. (scuba Azia Restaurant) CANADA REVENUE AGENCY–vs–5458539 B.C. Ltd. (scuba Shanghai Chinese Bistro)

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3508

Dogs

GOLDEN Retriever/Border Collie 8 weeks. There are 3 males and 2 females left. First shots and dewormed. Very friendly and playful...$250 Call: (604) 7986856 or email: m_stuyt10@hotmail.com

4060

Metaphysical

TRUE ADVICE! TRUE Clarity! TRUE PSYCHICS! 1-877-478-4410 (18+) 3.19/min. 1-900-528-6256 truepsychics.ca NOW HIRING. (No calls, email only)

info@mystical-connections.com TRUE ADVICE! TRUE Clarity! TRUE PSYCHICS! 1-877-478-4410 (18+) 3.19/min. 1-900-528-6256 truepsychics.ca NOW HIRING. (No calls, email only)

Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds. www. abetterlifedogrescue.com

info@mystical-connections.com

4067

Reg’d Health Professionals

HYPNOTHERAPY, Quick/Effective Treatment • West Broadway Louise Evans CHt/RCC 604-773-5595 louiserevans.com GOLDEN DOODLE pups, great family pets, $750, email pics avail 1-250-674-0091

POMERANIAN PUPPIES. Males, 7 weeks old. Ready to go! 1st shots. $700/ea. 604-588-9011 SHELTIE CKC Reg, champion sired pet/performance puppies/ adults. Ph 604-793-6768

3540

Pet Services

DOES YOUR DOG HAVE STAR POTENTIAL? Renowned Movie Animal Trainer, Bonnie Judd will be offering Movie Dog Training/Basic Obedience in Fort Langley. For more info call (604) 888-2235 or visit: k9costarstraining.com

4070

Seminars/ Education

GRAND Opening Seminar in Maum Meditation Center Changing Human mind to infinite Universe mind Maum Meditation allows you to become free from stress, anxiety, worry, depression imposed by your past pictures. Through Maum Meditation, you can reach the world of joy and happiness. Time :Sept. 17th Saturday 4PM Place :1231 W64th Ave Vancouver Call: (604) 267-9088

5020

Computer/ Internet

COMPUTER SOLUTIONS 604-721-8434.. 15 yrs experience Cert. Professional, Sales/Service

5035

Financial Services

Cut Your Debt by up to 70% DEBT Forgiveness Program

4051

Registered Massage Services

Try the Best 604-872-1702

Avoid Bankruptcy, Stops Creditor Calls. Much lower Payments at 0% Interest. We work for You, not Your Creditors.

Call 1-866-690-3328 www.4pillars.ca

LEGALS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The Estate of Sheila Miller, Deceased, formerly of #604 5555 Balsam Street, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4B5. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Sheila Miller, deceased, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the undersigned Executors c/o Anne Louise Miller, Executor, at 12 - 9151 Forest Grove Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A 3Z5, on or before October 14, 2011, after which date the Executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard only to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. Anne Louise Miller, Kevin Michael Eamon Miller, Maureen Anne Zuyderduyn, Executors. vancourier.com

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: THE ESTATE OF ERIC PATRICK NICOL OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ERIC P. NICOL, ERIC NICOL AND E. NICOL, DECEASED

NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of ERIC PATRICK NICOL, late of 1055 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, who died on February 2, 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 October 22nd, 2011 after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which it has notice. Royal Trust Corporation of Canada Executor By: Richards Buell Sutton LLP Attention: Patrick (Rick) Montens

5040

Business Opps/ Franchises

#1 JANITORIAL FRANCHISE Customers, (Office Cleaning), Training and support. Financing. www.coverall.com 604-434-7744 info@coverallbc.com

Your future is here

Due to Extraordinary Demand, We are looking for entrepreneurs who want to build equity and become franchise owners. $1500/week GUARANTEED* www.jimsmowing.ca

310-JIMS (5467) *Conditions Apply

TAXI BUSINESS Prestigious, Well Established, Growing Community in the Thriving Province of Saskatchewan, Prosperous Business Venture, Great Opportunity. Century 21 Prestige Real Estate, Al McMillan, 306-961-2000

5050

Investment

*10.5% TARGETED ROI PAID MONTHLY

• Federally Regulated – Audited Annually • RRSP, RIFF, RESP, LIRA, etc. Eligible • Backed by the hard asset of Real Estate

5070

6508

Money to Loan

BEAUTIFUL SUITES Marpole area. Bach, 1 & 2 BRs. Newer kitchens & baths. H/W flrs, balcony/patio. $800 & up. Incl heat, h/water, 2 appl. 604-327-9419 or 778-855-8666

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604.777.5046

5075

Mortgages

2BR,2BA W6th.Ave F.Furn,Loft &LGRoofDeck.VIEWS.HW.flrs, St.Stl.Appl.2u/gPrk.$2,600 No Ut Alex 604-999-3479

Bank On Us!

Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1-888-685-6181 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca

*Historical performance does not guarantee future returns.

5070

Money to Loan

NEED A LOAN URGENTLY?

Consolidate or get a personal/ business loan for up to $1 MILLION. With interest rates starting at 1.9%. Bad credit no problem. Apply at www.easytrustgroup.com or call 1-855-222-1228

vancourier.com

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Estate of Rose Georgia Stepa, deceased, formerly of 3516 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Creditors and others having claims against this estate are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the undersigned executor c/o 595 Burrard St, 9th Floor, PO Box 49500, Vancouver BC, V7X 1L7 (Attn: Lisa Finden) on or before October 14, 2011 after which date the executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard only to the claims of which they then have notice. Sydney Wilson, executor by Kay M. Vinall, solicitor

6508

Apt/Condos

1 BDRM spacious Kitsilano apt, steps to beach, nr transit, shops, all ammens 6 mth lease, avail now $1750. 604-987-2691

VAN EAST 1 BR ground floor apt, at Hastings & Lakewood $975. Call Quay Pacific at 604-570-2786 for appt to view

6522

Furnished Accommodation

HOMAWAY INNS Specializing in furn accom in the Westend Vancouver at reas rates. call 604-684-7811 or visit www.homawayinns.com

6540

LANGARA GARDENS #101 - 621 W. 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments & Townhouses. Heat, hot water & lrg storage locker included. Many units have in-suite laundry and lrg patios/balconies with gorgeous views. Tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry, gated parking, plus shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School & more. Sorry no pets. www.langaragardens.com Call 604-327-1178 info@langaragardens.com

VANC. EAST Killarney, near central Park, 3 br, 2 level, w/wd, avail now, carport, $2500, ns, np, call Maggie 604 764-6618

6615

Wanted To Rent

SEEKING FURN 1 br or shared Vanc. area, mature prof. writer. ns w/cat, by Oct 1, 1-604-740-2411

Managed by Dodwell Strata Management Ltd.

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM basement, KITS, n/s, n/p, near shops & bus, ref’s req’d, looking for long term, avail now. $850. incl util. Call 604-737-7921

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-02

6008

6008-38

Abbotsford

2BDRM/1BTH Abbotsford brand new roof, fire sys, paint, encl patio, insuite laundry. $99,900 (604) 8250846 walkker_88@hotmail.com

6008-34

Condos/ Townhouses

West Vancouver

2BDRM/1BTH #704 - 555 13th St $525,000 Heart of Ambleside with Mtn & Water views. Bright 975 Sq. ft corner. Enc balc. Indoor pool, hobby rms, exercise rm, Pthse Party Room. Spacious and affordable. Sutton Centre. Bevan Wilson 604-318-9939

Vancouver East Side

6015

For Sale by Owner

7005

Body Work

**RELIEVE ROAD RAGE**

604-739-3998

7015

Escort Services

GENTLEMEN! Attractive discreet European lady is available for company. 604 451-0175

★ HOTT PARTY GIRLS ★ ★ Amber & Amy 604-727-8450

Get LUCKY everytime 24hrs

HOMESERVICES Appliance Repairs

8015

VAN APPLIANCE SERVICES Repair home appl. Low rate guar. Permit/Lic. Tom 604-323-8063

8055 7005

Body Work

RELAXING MASSAGE very clean/private. 9am-11pm, 7days, D/town & Kits. Anie 604-684-8773

ESCAPE SPA

#1 Gentlemen’s Choice! Relaxed & Amazing Massage by Sweet, Sensual Dolls. Classic Service! International Collection! 411- 1200 Burrard St., Van. 604-569-1858 • Open 7 days HOTEL SERVICE AVAIL. • HIRING

MASSAGE Treat, train couple sex problems & more.

Houses - Sale

6020-01

EXPERIENCED HOUSECLEANER with over 15 years work experience. Basic Residential Cleaning Only. 3 hrs minimum. Eva 604-451-3322 LIDIA’S EUROPEAN Cleaning. Res/Com. Specializing in detail cleaning. Bonded. 604-541-9255

8060

Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

253-0049

webiste: www.tips.2b-4u.com

6020

A.S.B.A. ENTERPRISE. Comm/ Res. Free Est. $25/hour includes supplies. Insured. 604-723-0162

Reasonable rates. 35 yrs. exp. For free estimates call Mario

Cell: 604603-3638

In/Out

Cleaning

A QUALITY CLEANING 7 days/wk Res/Comm. Low rates! Senior’s’discount. Experienced. 778-998-9127 or 778-239-9609

$38 Relaxation Massage 604-709-6168 410 East Broadway

REAL ESTATE

Real Estate

★ ALERT: WE BUY HOUSES ★ Older House! Damaged House! Difficulty Selling! No Fees! No Risk! Quick Cash! Call Us First! 604-657-9422

●DIFFICULTY SELLING?●

A. FOUNDATIONS, Retaining walls, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. Free ests. Call Basile 604-617-5813

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-22

New Westminster

New West 3rd Ave, Developers/ investors alert 2 heritage single homes move in or build to suit. Call Mala, Sutton 778-859-4458

High Payments? Penalty? No Equity? Facing Bankruptcy or Pre Foreclosure? We Take Over Your Payment! No Fees!!

www.GVCPS.ca / (604) 812-3718

❏WE BUY HOMES❏

6020-38

Vancouver East Side

Any Price, Any Location Any Condition. No Fees! No Risk!

uSELLaHOME.com

REVISED NOTICE OF INTENT RE: LIQUOR CONTROL & LICENSING ACT

PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your letter must be received on or before October 14th, 2011. Your name(s) and address must be included. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

2BDRM/1BTH 2874 Eton Street, Vancouver 2 bedroom basement suite located close to the PNE fronting UBC/Powell 4 Bus Stop and a block away from Lynn Valley/ Downtown #210 Bus Stop. Partially furnished. Free utility except phone. One bedroom is currently occupied by a Mom and an 18yr old daughter. Cats OK $550 Monthly Call: (604) 916-7870

Houses - Rent

3BDRM/2BTH 7th and Blenheim 2 flrsKits house. Big deck. Close shop/beach. $2,500+$300utls/mo email: william@ecoplan.ca

604-630-3300

An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, BC, from the Pacific National Exhibition, operating the PNE-Pacific Coliseum at 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, to change the hours of sale Monday through Sunday from the currently approved hours between 11 a.m. and Midnight to 11 a.m. and 1 a.m. Residents and owners of businesses located within a .8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH P.O. Box 9292 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9J8

Shared Accommodation

GINGER Crosstown, Science World! Deluxe 1 BR + balcony, 6 appls, strge, bike locker, sec’d prkg, Media/Amenties rm & more. NS/No pet. $1275. 604-861-6303

To advertise call

REVISED HOURS OF SALE FOR LIQUOR PRIMARY LICENSE

6595

1BDRM Suite on 56th Ave, between Main & Fraser, frm Oct 1st, new Hse, near Market, Transport, no laundry, N/P, N/S, $675 incl utilities, (604) 612-0267

To find out more contact:

Jarome Lochkrin at 778-388-9820 or info@thealternative.ca

Apt/Condos

Vancouver’s River District 2bd 1bath, huge patio, fenced yard, steps to trails Mike Oxley 604-992-1772 Prudential Sussex

6008-26

Sell your home, only $99. 604-574-5243 Chilliwack fully reno’d 3400sf 3br 3ba character home $458,900 795-2997 id5402 Sry Open House Sat/Sun 2-4 18556-64B Ave, Clayton 2400sf 4br 3.5ba 2 sun decks suite potential $489,900 576-6404 id5416 Vanc Fraserview immaculate 1754sf 3br 2.5ba tnhouse $719K 327-4597 id5422

604-435-5555 / 604-786-4663 www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

* WE BUY HOUSES * Est 1999 Older Home! Home needs repairs! Need to Sell Quickly! Call us First! ( 604 ) 626-9647

6050 www.bcforeclosures.com 5 BR home from $21,500 down $2,100/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

Port Moody

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! College Park, Port Moody

324,900

$

301B Evergreen Drive

Large, 3 bdrm., 3 bath townhome. Three levels, approx. 1800 sq. ft. Features include: Lge. L/R with wood-burning fireplace & view of greenbelt; den area with sep. laundry and storage. Top floor has 3 lge. bdrms, 4-pce. bath & 2-pce.ensuite.Closetoelementary school, beaches and parks.

Jess LaFramboise 604-815-7190

VAN 6427 BEATRICE ST. Killarney, 6 yrs, 1/2 duplex, 1900sf, 6 BR w/2suites. Seller motivated. Mala, Sutton 778-859-4458

www.househunting.ca

6020-34

Out Of Town Property

ALBERTA, Spruce Grove, 3.19 Acres, gas/pwr, corner lot, paved bus rte.12 mins W of Edm. BUILD now! $390,000. 1-780-960-9757

Surrey

Clayton/Cloverdale 2400sf 3br home

4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bathrooms, Large Master Bedroom, Media/Rec Room, Gym/Office/Bedroom in basement, Separate basement entrance (suite potential), 1 1/2 Car Garage, 670 square feet on 2 large decks in back (1 over garage). 5 houses away from elementary school and playground 10 minute walk to high school, Short walk to shopping, restaurants, pub, and walk-in clinic. Great family neighbourhood.

OPEN HOUSE Sat. Sept. 17 / Sun. Sept. 18 2pm – 4pm Address –18556-64B Ave Tel: 604-576-6404 Price Reduced $489,000. For Sale by Owner, For more details see uSELLaHOME.com ID# 5416


HOME SERVICES 8060

Concrete

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

Concrete Specialist. Garages, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551

Golden Hardwood & Laminate Prof install, refinishing, sanding, and repairs. 778-858-7263

L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

8075

8120

Drywall

Glass Mirrors

J.A. CONSTRUCTION

604-916-7729 JEFF

*Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925

Commercial/Residential

Store Fronts • Windows & Doors Broken Glass • Foggy Glass Patio Doors • Mirrors • Etc. 2837 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-603-9655

8125

Gutters

VINCE’S MAGIC Drywalling & textured ceiling repairs. Bonded 604-307-2295 / 778-340-5208

Wayne The Drywaller

Quality Drywall Finishing. Textured Ceilings & Repair. Renov Specialist. No job too small. 837-1785

8080

Electrical

The current choice serving the Lower Mainland for more than 15 years. All Kinds of Work and Reasonable Rates.

YOUR HOME GUTTERS

NO HST! til Sept. 30 • Gutter Installation, Cleaning & Repairs • Roofing & Roof Repairs • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention 25 year Warranteed Leaf & Needle Guard

WCB – Fully Insured 100% Money Back Guarantee

604-340-7189 atyourhomeservicesgroup.ca

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Max: 604-341-6059 Licensed & Bonded

A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/ Plumbing. Rotor Rooter and Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 778-998-9026 or 604-255-9026 Free Est / 24/7 LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934. YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

8087

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865 BACKHOE, drainage, excavation, concrete driveway, sidewalk, pavers, retaining walls, bob cat, landscape trucking 604-833-2103

8090

Fencing/Gates

S&S LANDSCAPING & FENCING

Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation 8291 No.5 Rd Richmond Call 604-275-3158 KB METAL PRODUCTS LTD. FENCE & GATES : CHAIN LINK & ALUMINUM ORNAMENTAL. ✫Free Estimates: 604-619-8434 West Coast Cedar Installations New or repaired outdoor cedar ★ specialists since 1991 ★ 604-270-2358 or 604-788-6458

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

Century Hardwood Floors 604-376-7224 www.centuryhardwood.com

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944

Vancouver 778-552-1268

FALL CLEAN-UP • Gutter Cleaning & Repairs • Exterior Window Cleaning • Steam Washing

Call Now!

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

DUSTTIN’S HANDYMAN Service All jobs Large and Small. Competitive Rates 604-873-5990 HANDYMAN - framing, decks, tiles, hardwood, drywall. Total additions & basements. Ken 778-773-6251 or 604-455-0740 Westside HANDYMAN Group Since 1989. 25% OFF Now. Free estimates. Mark (604) 780-2087

8140

Heating

Lorenzo & Son Plumbing & Heating (604) 312-6311 Local , lice’d plumbers & gas fitters.

8150

Kitchens/Baths

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(rather than, say, at home) (if you stay at home all the time, that IS your career). These weeks, higher-ups and authorities can be impatient, temperamental, so be diplomatic, goodnatured. (Thursday to Saturday, your career luck soars!) Friday begins four weeks of quietude, contemplation, management and administrative dealings. Be charitable, kind. Sunday/Monday are sexy, but chase no one Sunday. Wisdom, love midweek. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Remain ambitious for five more days. Friday starts a month of popularity, flirtations, social joys, entertainment, group affairs (from parties to conventions to politics), optimism and wish fulfillment. Sunday also begins a six-week period of “blessed love.” You might formalize a partnership (e.g., wed or sign business papers) fall in love, travel to a foreign country, attend school, start a publishing enterprise, etc. One caution: avoid legal hassles. Relationships come front and centre Sunday/ Monday, but someone new can be a “sex trap,” or harm your finances – say “no.” Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: A gentle, understanding mood continues to flow over you. But Friday brings a new injection of ambition that will have you striving upward ceaselessly for a few weeks. Even before Friday, you spend this week curling into deeper thoughts about money and how to increase it, about the structures underlying appearances and how to use them. (Great ideas here late week!) The six weeks

ahead will increase your impetuousness in investing, and will heighten your sexual urges, so be careful (but not afraid!). Tackle chores Sunday (avoid struggles with a “gracious” higher-up) and Monday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Mystery begins to dissipate – you enter a month of understanding and wider vision Friday. Until then, deal with research, detective work, finances, health and intimate urges. Sunday/Monday are romantic, but a legal matter or a love wish will not benefit you Sunday – proceed cautiously. Tackle chores midweek. Thursday night to Saturday brings exciting meetings, good friends and launches a month of wisdom, gentle love, far travel, legal and intellectual affairs, religion and higher learning. Sunday starts six weeks of intense relations: friendship could become love – or enmity. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Relationships and opportunities continue – so does the need for diplomacy. Spend most of Sunday/Monday at home, or in nature. Relax, sleep, deal with children, garden. Sunday might bring a secret liaison into the open, or put a temptation in your path that would prevent one of your fondest wishes from coming true – proceed cautiously. Romance, beauty and pleasure call midweek. Thursday night to Saturday brings chores and mild health concerns/duties – a great money idea/opportunity exists – chase employment. Friday begins a month of secrets, urges, finances, lifestyle changes.


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Audi A7 a hatchback in a coupe’s body davidchao Leave it to Audi to take a good idea and make it better. When everyone else jumped on the SUV bandwagon a decade ago, Audi responded by making the wagon better with the A6 Allroad. When it came time to release a no-compromise sports car, there was Audi with the spectacular R8. And as luxury sports coupes have come back into fashion, Audi brought us the impressive A5. Once an afterthought in the luxury ranks, Germany’s “other” automaker has been nothing short of brilliant over the past decade. It started with the interior, with a top-notch design work that made Audis some of the most comfortable and inviting vehicles on the road. Quality was already on the rise, and the quattro all-wheeldrive system had long been a standard for excellence in the industry. When Audi designers ramped up the exterior styling, the package was complete. So, what does Audi have in store for us next? How about a car that combines the sensibilities of a sedan, the practicality of a wagon, and the excitement of a coupe? That would be the brand-new A7. There are no shortages of “fourdoor” coupes (sedans with coupelike rear proportions) these days, led by the Mercedes-Benz CLSClass and the Porsche Panamera, but the Audi A7 trumps them all. Compared to the CLS, the A7 of-

On the road, the A7 is smooth and predictable, with nimble handling that makes it a joy to drive. fers more flexibility thanks to its sportback hatch. Compared to the Panamera, the Audi is just a better-looking car. Add in a base price that’s over $15,000 less, and the A7 has what can only be considered an unfair advantage over its rivals. Even the new BMW 5Series Gran Turismo—a five-door hatch with similar fundamentals—comes up short against the A7’s impressive blend of performance, style, and practicality. Where price is concerned, the $68,800 A7 sits a little above the A6 sedan and a lot below the ultra-luxury A8. Interestingly enough, that’s also how it feels in terms of driveability, functionality and refinement—but when you add all of those things up, the overall experience is much greater than the sum of its parts. If there’s anything working against the newest Audi, it’s demand. There are undoubtedly many consumers who would ap-

preciate the sensibilities of a fourdoor coupe, but it’s debatable whether any of the current entries offer enough value to justify their higher costs. Until that happens, the A7 will remain a fashion statement in a niche market. And if you must make a statement, it’s absolutely the one to own. Design The A7’s exterior design is characterized by a long wheelbase with short fender overhangs, but the detail that makes it special is the smooth flow of the roofline into a sharp-edged rear spoiler that carries right down through the rear fenders. Up front, the A7 has a long, sculpted hood leading up to a blacked-out trapezoidal grille with seven horizontal spines. It very much feels like a sports coupe’s skin has been stretched over a sedan frame. There’s almost no hint that the A7 is a hatchback until you open the lid.

In addition to the standard Xenon headlights, which are designed such that the car doesn’t need fog lamps, the A7 has the option of LED headlights to go with the LED taillights and running lamps. It’s a very interesting option that sets the Audi apart while also reducing energy consumption. Inside, the A7 boasts high-end finishes and a simple, sensible aesthetic, with an upright dash and wide console. There’s just the right amount of wood and chrome accenting, balanced against an excellent LCD display between the gauges and a larger LCD screen that disappears smoothly into the dashboard. Where quality is concerned, the A7’s materials, construction, and overall attention to detail are superb. We’ve come to expect great things from Audi in this regard, and the A7 doesn’t disappoint. Performance The A7’s supercharged 3.0L V6

is tuned for 310-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, and comes with a stateof-the-art eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, as well as standard quattro all-wheel drive. A V8 would be a nice option, but the V6 provides plenty of power on demand. The eight-speed Tiptronic is impressively fluid, with responsive paddle shifters that almost make up for the lack of an optional manual gearbox. Perhaps that will show up on a future S7 variant? On the road, the A7 is smooth and predictable, with nimble handling that makes it a joy to drive. It’s not as refined as an A8 sedan, but offers a sportier feel and more feedback than the A6 sedan on which it’s based. Ride quality is exceptional—the A7 is quiet and smooth, providing a comfortable ride when you want it, and reasonable body roll when you press hard into the corners. Environment A well-designed rear hatch with a height-adjustable power liftgate is one of the A7’s key strengths, offering the streamlined look of a coupe trunk lid and the practicality of a flat, open cargo space wit 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The rear storage is supplemented by generous map pockets and a big glove box up front. Front seats are comfortable and supportive, without proving too stiff, and the rear seats benefit from surprisingly good leg room and head room. It’s not as good as a traditional sedan with a higher roofline, but more than adequate. The A7 employs the latest iteration of Audi’s MMI interface, which works with the popup LCD to control the audio, navigation, and telephone system. MMI includes a touchpad for entering keystrokes with less distraction, but drivers are still better off leaving the complex tasks for the side of the road. Continued on next page

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