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MIKE HOWELL Vancouver’s police chief says the cost of monitoring the Occupy Vancouver protest may put the police department over budget this year. BY

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BY TOM SANDBORN As the Occupy Vancouver protest continues, will the interest generated among young voters spill into the civic election?

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Mayor faces critics over three-year record Mike Howell Staff writer

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ayor Gregor Robertson ambles into his office, leaves a cup of what’s left of his green tea on a desk and eases himself into a chair at a boardroom-sized table. He apologizes for being late. Robertson has just come from a meeting with Police Chief Jim Chu to discuss the city’s strategy for monitoring the large crowd expected at the “Occupy Vancouver” protest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. “It’s been a lot of work this week and it’s proving to be challenging because this job doesn’t stop for an election,” Robertson says the day before the peaceful gathering began. The preparation for the protest came during “homelessness action week,” which saw the mayor make several public appearances and talk about his three-year-old promise to end “street homelessness” by 2015. Lots of camera time, lots of interviews. The exposure was fortuitous for an incumbent mayor seeking re-election in November’s civic vote. The fact more homeless people are off the streets

Mayor Gregor Robertson’s goal is to end “street homelessness” by 2015. photo Dan Toulgoet

than when Robertson took office in 2008 played well in the media’s coverage. But on the day he spoke to the Courier, the news on the homelessness front took a disappointing turn for Robertson as he learned only a small percentage of homeless people were offered suites in four new social housing buildings. Not exactly good timing for a mayor who assumed the four buildings and 10

others to be built on city-owned sites would first open their doors to homeless people. The NPA’s Suzanne Anton, who is Robertson’s main challenger in the Nov. 19 election, immediately pounced on the city staff report that revealed only 37 per cent of tenants in four of the first 14 buildings were previously homeless. How, Anton asked, could this have hap-

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pened on Robertson’s watch? The mayor offered a long explanation, using the words surprised and concerned to convey his disappointment—and, more pointedly, that he is constrained by what is a fact in the business of constructing and managing social housing in B.C. “The province is ultimately calling these shots,” he says. “You just have to keep pushing harder, that’s what it comes down to.” And no, he adds, the timing of the news so close to an election is not worrisome. “Just because it’s an election doesn’t mean we don’t back off on being transparent with the numbers and the truth. We want to know what the situation is regardless of the political landscape and we want to take action to remedy it if it’s a big problem.” Transparency has been a go-to word for Robertson during his three years in office but it’s one critics of separated bike lanes, shelters and proposed rental towers say they haven’t seen from the mayor and his ruling Vision Vancouver council. Prominent business associations, including the Vancouver Board of Trade, criticized council’s lack of consultation before implementing the Hornby and Dunsmuir bike lanes. Residents living near shelters at the north end of the Granville Street Bridge launched the same criticism at the mayor and complained of drug activity and public disorder outside their high-priced condos. Continued on page 5


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Political scientist says voter turnout will be key to Vision victory Continued from page 4 Then a group in the West End collected almost 10,000 signatures opposing Vision’s proposal to have developers build highrise rental towers without first establishing a comprehensive plan for the neighbourhood. The mayor nods, acknowledging the criticism. “Well, certainly we could have done better in some of our actions in consulting citizens but in other cases I think we’ve done an exceptional job,” he says, referring to the city’s “Talk green to us campaign” that attracted 35,000 people. And here’s the other point, the mayor says: Much of what Vision implemented over the past three years was either promised or laid out in the party’s 2008 platform, from opening shelters to separated bike lanes and a so-called green grant program. Still, nearly 50,000 people who live mostly on the West Side of the city chose to vote in 2008 for then-NPA mayoral candidate Peter Ladner. And many of those voters are likely behind Anton as she continues to attack what she calls Robertson’s “goofy agenda” of allowing backyard chickens and doling out grants for people to grow wheat in their front yards. For Robertson, he says Anton’s campaign is not providing context to a bold agenda that he still believes resonates with citizens and will carry him and his council to another victory next month. “We’ve had a decade of chaos at city hall before we were elected in 2008,” he says. “I’m the first mayor to run for reelection in 12 years and we finally have a very stable and experienced council that

Robertson (left) helped open the Dunsmuir and Hornby street bike lanes, which were criticized by business associations. photo Dan Toulgoet are focused on what people care about. So I think we’re on the right track. We’ve just got to get the word out and make sure people come out to vote.”

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etting the vote out could be Robertson’s biggest challenge, according to Terri Evans, a Simon Fraser University political science instructor who manages the urban studies program. Unlike Vision’s 2008 campaign, which saw more than 15,000 new members join

the party and Robertson challenge Raymond Louie to lead Vision, there is little buzz in the city for an overhaul of the current administration. With various polls released this year showing respondents generally support Robertson and Vision, the worry for Vision has to be a content and apathetic electorate that may not show up on voting day, Evans says. “That may be where their election challenge is,” she says. “It will be important for them to get their vote out,

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especially because their vote is split across variations of the left. They’ll need to put the same kind of attention into those recruitment efforts that proved to be so fruitful last campaign.” Historically, the NPA has gotten its vote out and is working to raise $2.5 million in what could be one of the party’s most expensive campaigns this decade. But will Anton’s continued attacks on bike lanes, chickens, wheat fields and blaming the Stanley Cup riot on Robertson sway voters to her camp? How about the Olympic Village saga, where there is still uncertainty whether taxpayers will be on the hook for up to $100 million? Will the tag that Robertson is a bike-loving green radical who only appeases special interest groups stick? Evans believes voters will zero in on Robertson’s promise to decrease homelessness. His number one campaign priority in 2008 was ending homelessness by 2015. It’s a phrase he uttered many times early on in his term but now uses “street homelessness,” as he did at the official opening of Karis Place social housing complex last week. His advisors explain Robertson was always focused on ending street homelessness, as is printed in the party’s 2008 campaign platform. It’s just that sometimes the mayor inadvertently forgets to use street as an adjective. It may seem a subtle difference but not when campaigning for re-election and overall homelessness increased in the city from 1,580 in 2008 to 1,605 this year, according to Metro Vancouver homeless counts. Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 The information Robertson chose to pull from the Metro Vancouver statistics is that 670 people found shelter between 2008 and 2011 for a decrease in street homelessness of 82 per cent. While the mayor can take credit for driving the agenda to get temporary and year-round shelters operating in the city, he knows their openings hinged on several million dollars from the provincial government. That, and a good relationship with Housing Minister Rich Coleman—a relationship the NPA predicted would sour at city hall once Robertson and his centre-left Vision team took office. That hasn’t been the case. Coleman announced funding for Robertson’s so-called HEAT shelters soon after the mayor’s inauguration in December 2008. The provincial government also announced more than $300 million to build the 14 social housing buildings on city properties. But has it all been Robertson’s cajoling of Coleman that did this? The facts are Larry Campbell as mayor between 2002 and 2005 laid the groundwork for a homeless action plan. Sam Sullivan’s government followed up from 2005 to 2008 and identified at least 12 of the 14 city sites for social housing. Robertson argues it was his government that negotiated the funding for the 14 sites, although Anton believes the money was coming anyway. But, according to Coleman, it really

Housing Minister Rich Coleman (left) says Mayor Gregor Robertson’s photo Dan Toulgoet commitment to housing helps foster cooperation. does matter who is in the mayor’s chair—that the provincial government doesn’t dole out cash to municipalities regardless of who is leading city hall. “It matters if somebody were to decide that they weren’t going to do the relationship where they’ll put up land and forgive development cost charges in the future because that would affect future investments by governments,” he said, referring to the city contributing $120 million worth of land for the 14 social housing buildings. “I think everybody can take credit but

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I’d like to say the biggest piece is us. But would it have been successful if we didn’t have a cooperative government? Probably not.” Since Robertson took office, a total of 1,056 new units of social/affordable housing opened in Vancouver, according to the city’s communications department. They include 252 units at the Olympic Village, 200 at Woodward’s and more than 300 units spread over the first four of 14 buildings built on city sites. Continued on page 7


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Continued from page 6 Others are the 92-unit Lux on East Hastings, the 87-unit Kindred Place on Richards Street and 37 units at the Union Gospel Mission in the Downtown Eastside. The provincial government funded all but the Olympic Village units, which are cityowned. Though Robertson understands housing is a provincial responsibility, his council has tried to get rental housing built without relying on funding from Victoria. Under the Short Term Incentives for Rental Program, or STIR, the city has convinced some developers to build affordable rental housing in return for incentives such as waiving development cost charges and allowing for increased density. So far, nothing has been built but three projects, for a total of 347 units, are under construction at 1142 Granville St., 3522 Porter St. and 1215 Bidwell St. Another 661 units are in the pipeline at city hall. The projected rents, which some housing critics argue are not affordable, will range from $780 at the Granville building to $1,800 per month at the Porter complex. The Bidwell tower is expected to fetch rents of $975 per month. Tom Durning, a spokesperson for Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre, says his recent research shows an average one-bedroom apartment in the West End goes for more than $1,100 per month. So, he says, $975 per month sounds reasonable. “The thing about rental housing is that it’s almost impossible to do in Vancouver because of the cost of land,” says Durning, noting it wasn’t until Larry Campbell

was elected mayor in 2002 when secondary suites were legalized. “I’m not saying I’m for or against the STIR program but how else are we going to get rental housing built if we don’t give the developer some incentive?” Adds Durning: “I realize some communities have some concerns, but I think the concerns are more that they don’t want big towers in their neighbourhoods. I don’t want to start a fight with anybody, but we need rental housing.”

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ollowing close behind Robertson’s housing agenda is his drive to make the city more environmentally friendly via separated bike lanes, the creation of socalled green jobs and providing local food options for residents. This is where he collides head-on with Anton. Some background: Anton, an avid cyclist, voted for the most controversial link of the separated bike lane network on Hornby Street, only to attempt to rescind her vote the next day after concluding the council meeting was a mere formality—political theatre, she called it. City statistics show bicycle trips have increased significantly along Hornby Street and the rest of the separated lane network, which runs over the Burrard Bridge, along Hornby to Dunsmuir and across the Dunsmuir viaduct to Chinatown. While Robertson agrees some businesses are upset with the lanes—but he knows none that have gone bankrupt as Anton suggested—he makes no apologies for implementing a change to the city’s road system that he believes is crucial to the city’s

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NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton future. “Many of the debates in Vancouver end up very inwardly focused and we don’t look outward at the world and see what other cities have done,” he says. “The bike lanes are an example of that, where people don’t know this is happening in all the world’s greatest cities. It’s the only way that you can intensify the activity in a downtown without more congestion and pollution.” To the chickens: As of June 2010, residents have been allowed to keep backyard hens. So far, 55 households are registered with the program. And according to the city, there have been no costs associated to the initiative; the $20,000 allocated for a so-called shelter for abandoned chickens hasn’t been spent because the city has successfully relocated chickens to hobby farms. As for the “lawns to loaves” project that

Anton has criticized, Robertson sees merit in giving $5,000 to the Environmental Youth Alliance to promote growing wheat on 30 lawns. “All of us are conscious of how are tax dollars are being spent, particularly with a recession and people feeling the pinch on affordability,” he says. “So it is easy to raise a stink about an issue of spending that might sound ‘goofy’ to some. But I think food is an important issue in our city.” Food options are central in the 162-page Greenest Action Plan that had Anton asking why no costs were associated to an ambitious agenda applauded by various environmental groups when the plan was approved in July. “It’s a long term plan that will have many actions that will come back to council for approval,” the mayor says. “The cost of any individual action will be clear when those decisions are made. The plan is setting a course and goals and metrics to achieve that. It’s not a detailed to-do list with a budget attached.” So, do you believe him—do you believe in him? Or is Robertson really a bicycle-riding radical bent on a green agenda, no matter what the cost to budgets, neighbourhoods and the city’s economy? “We’re elected at large in this city and we work hard to represent the whole city and its long-term interests,” Robertson says. “Sometimes there’s short-term pain for long-term gain and our decisions are tough. That’s the reality of governing.” The election is Nov. 19. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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If you’re confused about all the churn in the media about who is being housed in the new social housing sites in Vancouver, I can help. The Courier broke the story last week about this issue when a city staff report entitled “Tenanting Update on the 14 Social/Supportive Housing Sites” was posted on the city’s website. Vision Coun. Kerry Jang requested the report. He received reports that the new buildings, built on land donated by the city using provincial dollars for construction and operating funds, were not only housing the homeless. In fact, it was far from it. Essentially, the report noted that of the 388 newly completed supportive housing units built on four of the 14 sites, only slightly more than one third has been allocated to the homeless. But before the council committee could meet to discuss the report Thursday, stories appeared first in the Courier and elsewhere recording reactions. The bluntest of headlines appeared in The Vancouver Sun Monday: “Homeless get short straw in housing allocation: Unit meant for street people go to convicts, addicts.” Mayor Gregor Robertson told Courier reporter Mike Howell he was “surprised” by the revelations in the report. He told the Globe and Mail: “I am very concerned if we are not housing 100 per cent of the units with people who are homeless.” Then he said the decision about who goes into those units is made by B.C. Housing, not the city. His opponent in next month’s municipal election, the NPA’s Suzanne Anton, first raised

allengarr the same concern: “Why are people coming out of correctional facilities being placed ahead of Vancouver’s vulnerable homeless population?” Then, not surprisingly, Anton used the opportunity to attack Robertson calling his plans to reduce street homelessness a “sham.” On Tuesday she said: “This is Gregor’s pattern, point to other people and say it is their fault.” And she added: “The buck stops at his desk, and if he can’t take responsibility for his number one issue, then it is time to step aside pal.” And what did the province have to say? Well, Housing Minister Rich Coleman stepped up to tell us that the way those buildings were being populated was in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by B.C. and the city regarding all 14 sites back in 2007 when, incidentally, Anton was on coun-

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cil and her NPA party held the majority. So, who is right? Well, as it turns out, Robertson was right and Anton was wrong about where the “buck stops” on the issue of who gets to live in those units. That decision is not made by the city. B.C. Housing and contractors they hire to run the buildings make it. But both Robertson and Anton were wrong on the question of who gets to live in those units. Robertson shouldn’t have been “surprised” and Anton shouldn’t have questioned why people coming out of correctional institutions are being placed “ahead of Vancouver’s vulnerable homeless population.” As she should know from her time as a prosecutor, homeless people often end up in the slammer and have nowhere to go when they get out. Both Robertson and Anton should have read the MOU before sounding off. They would have seen, as we were reminded this week by the city’s former director of housing and an architect of that MOU, Cameron Gray, the buildings’ tenants would include “low income singles living in the City’s SROs, homeless individuals and those at risk of homelessness, many of whom are mentally ill and /or suffering from addiction and need supports.” The province isn’t entirely without fault. In spite of the MOU, B.C. Housing confuses matters when it cites Coleman, as it did in a December 2009 press release, announcing the latest supportive housing project’s 129 units would be “for people who are homeless.” agarr@vancourier.com.

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Non-violence the power and point of OWS protests It would have been an interesting view of Earth from orbit last Saturday. As the line between light and darkness crept across the globe, city squares and plazas began to fill with people waving signs and banners. As the light’s boundary crossed the Pacific, the residents of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul and Johannesburg filtered into the streets. The light crossed Europe, setting off breakfasts like a line of firecrackers, with Zurich, Frankfurt and London joining in. By the afternoon, an estimated 20,000 occupiers were in the streets in Lisbon and 100,000 in Rome. In the Americas, more folks rose and stretched in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, Santiago and dozens of other major cities, with plans to hit the streets. In hundreds of cities in dozens of nations, people were rising up in both senses of the word, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The “We Are the 99 Percent” meme captured the global imagination, resulting in the most widely distributed mass demonstration in history. On Saturday, more than 5,000 people packed the Vancouver Art Gallery grounds. The mood was festive, the speakers articulate and impassioned. Seniors, boomers, Gen-Xers and kids marched through the downtown core, some in masks and costumes, waving signs. The decentralized occupy movement isn’t communicating through PR firms or PowerPoint presentations. Non-violent occupation is the power and the point. Not that Occupy Vancouver is without a manifesto. There’s one at its website, which begins, “We, the Ninety-Nine Percent, come together with our diverse experiences to transform the unequal, unfair, and growing disparity in the distribution of power and wealth in our city and around the globe…” Opposition to institutionalized greed and corruption makes for a pretty big tent, policy-wise. I returned to Occupy Vancouver on Sunday evening. Beyond the tents staked at the Art Gallery grounds there was a rickety media centre, a “People’s library,” a medical station, and a kitchen operated by Food Not Bombs. A discussion board listed upcoming teach-ins on monetary policy and other issues. Three cheery women, bundled up against the cold, were handing out slices of “Occu-pie.” Like their contemporaries in New York’s Zucotti Park, the occupiers of the Art Gallery grounds have no interest in leaders. They’re not looking for a Moses figure to lead them to the Promised Land. They’ve seen that movie before and they

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geoffolson know how it ends. Hence their protocols for transparency, consensus, and rotating facilitation. We’ve taught our children well. Many have learned that past the civic level, electoral politics only tinkers around the edges of a fundamentally flawed system. So a new generation is drawing on new media and street-level connecting in search of a better model. In the process, they are building real-world community and social capital. The occupy movement has little in common with gardenvariety street protest, or the Flat Earth plane of party politics. It’s added a third dimension of public dialogue. Jessie Rockley, 28, has been camping out at the art gallery since Friday night. “The general assembly meetings every day at noon and seven are so interesting. It’s definitely worth coming down and giving it a listen… all the conversations that have been building are conversations that are going on all around the world. And we’re really feeling that sense of community and sense of unity.” On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, the participation at Occupy Vancouver appeared low, with a small group of about 75 people sitting for a general assembly. The Oct. 15 day of action had far bigger numbers than the present scene, at least in this city. No “Arab Spring” here. I never expected the Occupy movement would take off on Canada’s West Coast as it has in the U.S. The pain hasn’t hit us hard enough yet. The numbers of campers on the art gallery grounds may decline further with the winter cold, but the Occupy template has now been beta-tested on a global scale. No one knows what comes next, but people around the world who participated in the Oct. 15 day of action have connected the dots and broken the spell. The vast majority of them are not camped out, having returned to their jobs and families, but they support the cause. The potential energy of democratic dissent is still largely untapped among the 99 per cent, like household current. www.geoffolson.com

One reader cites statistics to prove that declining enrolment in Vancouver schools is not due to families fleeing to the ’burbs, but to kids going to private school. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Class Notes,” Oct. 14. It is demonstrably untrue that declining enrolment in the Vancouver school district is caused by “families fleeing to the suburbs due to high housing costs” as is speculated every time the VSB reports a further drop in enrolment. A quick search of the Statistics B.C. website shows that the number of school-aged children living in Vancouver actually increased by 5,375 to a total of 71,412 during the period from 2000 to 2010. During this same time period, the number of children enrolled with the VSB steadily decreased by 4,291 students to a total of 51,901. VSB enrolment decreased even in years such as 2009 and 2010 when the number of children in the city increased markedly. As these data show, the real reason VSB enrolment is declining is because a diminish-

ing percentage of Vancouver’s school children are enrolled in VSB schools—from 88 per cent in 2000 to just 73 per cent in 2010. The other 27 per cent of Vancouver’s children must be attending private schools (with a minority being home-schooled). In spite of our infamous high-housing costs, more Vancouver parents each year are concluding that they must pay for a private school education for their children. Clearly something is seen to be wrong with public education. The enrolment numbers indicate a crisis of faith in public schools that should be of concern to all right-thinking British Columbians. We are slipping into a two-tier education system. Is this the way we want education to be? Is this acceptable to us? Public debate on the issue seems to be entirely missing.

We Occupiers deliver absurd messages want

To the editor: Re: “Occupy Vancouver demonstration gains momentum online,” Oct. 14. Martin Luther King Jr. clearly articulated the Civil Rights protest: that America’s promise to its citizens, rooted in the U.S. Constitution, was not being fulfilled for blacks. King articulated that laws needed to be enforced to ensure equality and new laws needed to be created to that same end. King never advocated violence. Violence would have obscured his message. In addition, violence could have then been seen as the real purpose of the protest. Now to the Oc-

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cupiers. Their messages, muddled and confused, are borne out of envy. One message, “End Corporate Greed” is absurd. First off, are Occupiers implying that all corporations are greedy? How can a logical person ever say that? It’s also absurd because it demands that a corporation from the mom and pop shop to the biggest businesses ceases to do what it is intended to do: make money. What’s really behind the “End Corporate Greed” cry is this: “I’m too lazy to do what you did to be successful so I want what you have and want you to give it to

me.” Since when in history has it been promised that all will have the same amount of everything? As good stewards of their message, will the Occupiers be the first to give away what they have to those with less? I assume that with the Occupiers, it will be more of the same dull message with the usual cast of clowns who just must belong to the newest thing. Unless the message is as clear as King’s was and the behaviour as focused as King’s followers, it’s just another train wreck that will keep getting bigger. Tony Alcantar, Vancouver

Anton’s PPP streetcar idea a dud

To the editor: Re: “Anton’s mission,” Oct. 12. Suzanne Anton’s advocacy of a Public-Private Partnership to finance a streetcar needs a reality check. In his foreword to the Transport for London 2011 budget, Peter Hendy, Transport for London Commissioner, wrote: “Now that we have freed London from the scandalously costly, disruptive and wasteful Tube Public Private Partnership (PPP), we will move forward with the programme more effectively and at reduced cost and

disruption to passengers. In particular, we will complete the Jubilee line upgrade, having quickly got to grips with the mess left by the PPP arrangements.” PPP schemes in transportation haven’t exactly been a roaring success in the UK and other parts of the world, including Vancouver’s Canada Line, especially for the public partner that ends up paying more than if it had financed and built the whole project itself. Jean-Louis Brussac, Coquitlam

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The Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association endorsed the Vision/COPE trustee slate Tuesday. Patti Bacchus, Mike Lombardi, Ken Clement, Cherie Payne and Rob Wynen are running for Vision, while Jane Bouey, Allan Wong, Al Blakey and Gwen Giesbrecht are running for COPE. VESTA asked school board candidates to respond to an eight-point questionnaire before the association decided which candidates to back. Questions included: How will you, as a school trustee, engage in public advocacy for public education? How do you feel about the current structures used by the VSB to seek input from its stakeholder groups? What are your thoughts about large scale standardized tests such as the Foundation Skills Assessment? What is your commitment to helping keep neigh-

bourhood schools open?; and What would you identify as the biggest issues facing education in Vancouver? Answers are posted on VESTA’s website. VESTA president Chris Harris told the Courier the decisions about endorsement were made at a general meeting and he believes teachers opted to support the COPE/ Vision slate because of their record in Vancouver. In a press release, Harris stated: “It is important that school trustees are strong advocates for the public education system. COPE and Vision trustees have spoken together with one voice on the need for adequate funding. Every student deserves the supports and resources required to be successful. Teachers see the best chance for a progressive school board in electing COPE and Vision candidates.” NPA candidates didn’t respond to the union’s questionnaire. VESTA hasn’t endorsed NPA candidates in the past. Louise Boutin, a Green Party of Vancouver trustee candidate, answered the association’s questions, but didn’t get an endorsement. Andrea Reimer, now a Vision Vancouver city councillor, is the only Green candidate ever elected

to the school board. Boutin said she’d hoped to get an endorsement from the teachers, but didn’t expect to. “We’re working towards getting more recognition with them. At this time I’m obviously a new candidate and I expect to win some of them over during the campaign. Their allegiance has been there for a good while so it’s always a challenge to get some changes made,” she said. “But that’s what the Green Party wants to do. It’s our first run at it in a while. We were joined with COPE and Vision before, so we have to be patient I guess. Like I said, on the campaign trail I will definitely work at winning some of them over because they don’t all vote as one.” Twenty candidates are vying for the school board’s nine seats in the municipal election. Along with the Vision, COPE and Green candidates, Ken Denike, Sophia Woo, Fraser Ballantyne, Stacy Robertson and Sandy Sharma are running for the NPA. Independent candidates include Lily Harvey, Peter Raymond Haskell, Misha Lauenstein, Bang Nguyen and Robert Allan Stark. The vote is Nov. 19. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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Only 37 per cent of project tenants were previously homeless

Former housing director says projects not just for homeless Mike Howell

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The city’s former housing director has written a letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson to “correct a major misunderstanding” in a report that went to council Thursday, which revealed only 37 per cent of tenants living in four social housing buildings were previously homeless. Cameron Gray said the city’s report has taken a narrow focus on what was a much broader agreement between the city and provincial government related to the construction of 14 social housing buildings on city property. Gray authored the memorandum of understanding between the city and the province in 2007 and pointed out the 14 buildings were built to accommodate people from the street, single-room occupancy hotels, hospitals and those at risk of homelessness. “And any renter paying more than 50 per cent of their gross income on rent is considered to be at risk of homelessness which is why core-need singles are eligible tenants of the 14 projects and occupancy is not limited to those with no or very low incomes, such as the homeless,” wrote Gray, whose letter was circulated Tuesday by B.C. Housing, the housing arm of the provincial government. Four of the 14 buildings have opened and the city’s report said only 144 of 388 tenants were homeless before being offered a place to live at 1005 Station St., 337 West Pender St., 525 Abbott St. and 1338 Seymour St. The majority of tenants—167—were living in single-room occupancy hotels prior to their moves. Another 47 were in hospital, jail or a treatment facility and 29 came from a long-term care facility or other housing. Robertson told the Courier last Friday that he was “surprised” and “concerned” by the

low number of homeless living in the four buildings. The mayor said he planned speak to Housing Minister Rich Coleman and “ensure the taxpayer investment in those sites is respected by homeless people getting housed.” The city report acknowledged the memorandum of understanding between the city and the province but said the focus of the city’s efforts “has been to ensure as many of Vancouver’s homeless get housed in the 14 sites and have access to supports,” wrote Brenda Prosken, the city’s deputy general manager of community services. But Gray said the city’s report should applaud the success of the partnership in achieving the memorandum of understanding’s aspirations instead of lamenting that only 37 per cent of tenants in the four buildings were previously homeless. “It is understandable that the current council with its focus on ending street homelessness might prefer that the 14 projects accommodate more actual homeless than they probably will,” he said. “However, that does not mean that B.C. Housing broke any promises, reneged on any commitments made in the [memorandum of understanding], need explain or apologize.” Added Gray: “The partnership with B.C. Housing is achieving exactly what was intended. This council may seek to reopen the [memorandum of understanding] to narrow its focus from housing those at risk of homelessness and those living in [single-room occupancy hotels], as well as those who are homeless, to only housing the homeless, which is its right, but it should be done explicitly, with B.C. Housing’s agreement, and council needs to realize it is late in the process and there could be design, program and financial consequences.” mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Cheryl Rossi Staff writer In advance of a forecasted freezing winter and the November municipal election, Vision Vancouver and COPE vow to make funding for a women’s shelter in the Downtown Eastside a top priority. The move echoes COPE Coun. Ellen Woodsworth’s motion, passed unanimously by council in March, to create an additional 24-hour women’s-only shelter and to make sure mixed-gender shelters are made safer for women. Woodsworth had called for the creation of such a shelter to be the city’s highest priority in the spring. But an amendment, opposed by COPE Coun. David Cadman and Woodsworth, made the creation of such a shelter “a continued high priority.” Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton were absent for the vote. Woodsworth hopes the attention being paid to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry will secure a firm commitment for a shelter from the provincial government. “I hope

that by raising it now, that people would understand the link between the missing women—women continue to go missing—and the need for 24/7 shelter,” Woodsworth said. An Oct. 16 Vision Vancouver news release states a 24-hour a day, seven-days-a-week women’s shelter is recommended in the city’s affordable housing and homelessness plan, which was supported by every councillor except Anton. The release says Anton was the only member of council to vote against the city providing ongoing support for homeless shelters. “Of course if there’s a need for the shelter I support it,” Anton said Oct. 19. She opposed the larger homelessness plan for other reasons. B.C. Housing recently gave the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre more than $230,000 to extend the hours of the shelter it runs in its life skills centre. Women’s centre coordinator Alice Kendall said the money was granted as a response to seven reported sexual assaults of women at the First United Church shelter between October 2010 and January 2011, and what she said was the church’s failure to address problems that would make its shelter safer. The women’s centre now offers 50 cots, and mats, to women from 6

p.m. to 9 a.m. five days a week and all weekend. “During the time that we became aware of these sexual assaults, there was very little response, actually none. It took a lot of time to get a meeting with the city, and it is opportunistic that now it’s used during this election,” Kendall said. She says a low-barrier shelter for women that’s open around the clock is needed in the Downtown Eastside in addition to the 52-bed Powell Place, which is run by the St. James Community Services Society, and the 12-bed Bridge shelter run by Atira Women’s Resource Society. Both places are usually full. “We know with situations of violence against women in the community that a safe place to go is very needed and one where you’re not asked too many questions about why you’re there or what you’re there for, and that’s open 24 hours because violence happens all the time,” she said. A spokesperson for the Ministry Responsible for Housing told the Courier in an email Oct. 19 that the ministry is working towards establishing a women-only, 24/7 low-barrier shelter and drop-in centre in the Downtown Eastside and that “a number” of sites are being considered. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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For the first time in seven years, the Vancouver Police Department is in danger of running a deficit because of its continued monitoring of the “Occupy Vancouver” protest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Police Chief Jim Chu warned the Vancouver Police Board Wednesday that deploying officers to the protest since it began Saturday has been expensive and “threatens our ability to meet our budget this year.” “The cost of the policing is not trivial but we’re going to deploy what we need to keep the protesters as well as the public safe,” Chu told reporters after the board meeting but wouldn’t reveal costs or number of officers working the protest. “For any event where there’s an extended period of time that it’s going to occur, and when we don’t know for certainty what kind of event it’s going to be, it is very difficult to put a final budget number on it.” The VPD’s operating budget hovers around $200 million but it has no contingency fund other than a $2.4 million criminal investigation budget that goes toward overtime costs related to homicides, kidnappings and major crimes. Until the protest began Saturday, the

chief said, the department was on course to balance its budget for the seventh consecutive year—even with policing costs associated to the Stanley Cup playoffs and the June 15 riot which erupted downtown after the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7. “When we’re near the end of the year, and an unexpected event occurs like ‘Occupy Vancouver’, then it doesn’t give us an opportunity through other months to try to make up for the shortfall that this may cause us,” the chief said. The department is also not allowed to use any surpluses from previous years. But Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is chairperson of the police board, wouldn’t commit to changing the arrangement when questioned after the meeting. “The police have had a stellar record the last six years, and so it’s an extraordinary year like this that provokes the question around having a contingency in the VPD budget,” Robertson told the Courier. “I’m certainly open-minded to new approaches.” If the VPD runs a deficit, the mayor said it would likely be covered by a city contingency fund. But what’s the consequence to the VPD of going over budget? “That’s a good question,” Robertson said. “It hasn’t happened under my watch and for several years before, so it’s

obviously something we’ll look closely at what next steps and proactive approaches we can take so the police can address an extraordinary year like this.” So far, the mayor has no plans to order the dozens of people in tents to leave the grounds of the art gallery. “The best thing is to let the protest continue, as is, and make sure that it stays peaceful and non-violent and clean—and doesn’t disrupt the activity downtown,” he said, noting the city-funded fire department and street engineering crews are monitoring the protest but he didn’t know the cost when questioned Wednesday. Police board member Glenn Wong said it was important the public knows the VPD balanced its budget for six consecutive years and has had surpluses. Wong said he’ll continue to “hold the department’s feet to the fire” on day-today spending but added that he will be “non-apologetic” to city hall if the VPD does run a deficit this year. “I appreciate the sensitivity and the strong financial management that the department has, and if we go over budget with explanation, I’m OK with that,” said Wong, noting the city should be reminded the VPD doesn’t have a contingency fund “for these huge variable costs that come our way.” mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Vancouver’s city manager continues to insist the Olympic Village loss is under $50 million, but Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs concedes that it looks much bigger. Last April, the city disclosed a $48 million write down on the $1.1 billion project originally developed by Millennium, whose Southeast False Creek division went into receivership last November over $740 million owing to the city. Millennium paid a $29 million deposit, but not the remaining $170 million for the land. “We can debate that whether it’s a loss or not, but our accountants tell us no, and the common sense view is that it is,” Meggs said Tuesday. “That was money that we didn’t know if we would get.” City manager Penny Ballem told council that the debt has been reduced to $446 million, in part from the sale of 170 condominiums for $122.5 million since February’s rebranding as the Village on False Creek under receiver Ernst and Young. “The sales are ticking along, they are steady,” Ballem told council. “They happened in all price ranges and every day there’s a change.” Marketer Bob Rennie told the Courier that three more deals worth $6.82 million were completed Monday, meaning 436 of the 737 condominiums are sold. Another seven deals are pending for $6.78 million. “We’re dealing with homeowners, we’re get-

In Olympic Village news, Coun. Geoff Meggs (top) acknowledges perception problems while city manager Penny Ballem refuses to disclose monthly sales figures. photo Jason Lang ting the target audience out there, we’re getting the West Side buyers, we’re getting the golf course membership buyers that are selling their West Side homes and buying in,” Rennie said. “It’s phenomenal, I am ecstatic.” Pent-up demand resulted in 118 sales within the first 45 days of the relaunch, but the pace has slowed and 55 have sold in the last six months. Rennie said he expects to sell out in 2013, a year longer than what he told the Urban Development Institute in a May 2010 speech. Ballem refused to disclose monthly sales figures. Rennie said to do so would “disturb the asset.” Ballem said the city still expects to net $45.3 million from the sale of 32 properties transferred by Millennium to help pay its debt.

The city sold four Burnaby condominiums and one in Toronto worth a combined net $1.1 million since April. A dozen retail strata units are on the block and the old Province building at 198 West Hastings, appraised at $10 million, will soon be offered by tender. HSBC now holds a $49.55 million mortgage on the Millennium and Concord Pacific joint development of the 21-storey Alexandra English Bay tower at Davie and Bidwell streets. Concord has an option to buy the city’s $5 million fourth mortgage. Concord, coincidentally, was one of the two losing bidders in April 2006 to develop the Olympic Village. Last February, Ballem signed a Land Title Office form that discharged Millennium from a mortgage originally worth $1 billion.

The mortgage stemmed from a September 2008 floating debenture granted by Millennium to the city in exchange for a $100 million bailout when Olympic Village lender Fortress Credit Corporation stopped paying amid the global credit crunch. Ballem denied the city went soft on Millennium because Alexandra is to contain 49 rental apartments under the city’s Short Term Incentives for Rental program. “The difference between a billion and what we got? That’s a question that I can understand why people would ask that, but we got our hands on anything and everything,” Ballem said. “There were some properties where the mortgaging was bigger than the equity and value in them, so we let them go.” 2010goldrush@gmail.com

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Vision Vancouver made its first campaign announcement Wednesday. And it wasn’t exactly a gamble, so to speak. Mayor Gregor Robertson announced a moratorium on gambling expansion in Vancouver and reaffirmed the ruling party’s opposition to a downtown mega casino. So what’s new here? Not sure. As faithful readers will recall, Robertson and his council—including NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton, who is running for mayor—voted unanimously in April not to allow Paragon Gaming to expand its Edgewater Casino to a site adjacent to B.C. Place Stadium. In April, council also agreed to a moratorium on applications to expand gambling until the provincial government and the B.C. Lottery Corporation under-

take a “comprehensive public consultation” on expanded gambling in Vancouver. Paragon’s proposal called for doubling the 75 tables at Edgewater to 150 at the new casino, and tripling its 520 slots to 1,500. If built, it would have been the largest casino in Western Canada. I missed what Robertson said outside the Telus World of Science, the Edgewater Casino a convenient backdrop for the television cameras. So I spoke to Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs. “The mayor emphasized that the moratorium is very, very firm—that he’s not interested and we’re not interested in referendums or big reviews or other attempts to create expansion in the city,” Meggs said. “He also wanted to make it clear that our position has been consistent and Suzanne Anton’s has been completely incomprehensible.” So Vision’s taking a hard line on gambling expansion. But it’s a fact that in January 2004, city council approved slot machines for the Edgewater, making it the first gambling facility in the city to have the machines. Then-Vision mayor Larry Campbell and Vision councillors Jim Green, Raymond Louie, Tim Stevenson and

COPE Coun. David Cadman voted for slots. Vision has also accepted money from Edgewater ($2,500 in 2008, $3,080 in 2005) and Great Canadian Casino ($10,500 in 2008, $30,750 in 2005), which operates Hastings Racecourse—where there are slots—to fund its election campaigns. And, according to Meggs, Vision has no plans to refuse money this campaign from casino companies. But what’s the public to make of a political party that says no to expanded gambling, but yes to donations from casino companies? “Vision’s proposition for a long time has been there should be a rule for all parties not to take money from developers or unions and just make it individuals,” Meggs said. “In the absence of that, we’ve been accepting money from unions and from corporations and we will continue to do so. And I don’t think we’ve singled out one group that we won’t take it from. So if they want to come to our fundraising dinner, for example, I personally have no problem with that.” More on this on my blog. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Book about misfits lands literary award Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

Michael Christie was “thrilled and surprised” that his collection of short stories The Beggar’s Garden was awarded the city’s book award Oct. 18. “There’re so many great books on the list, I certainly didn’t expect it,” said the 35-yearold who received a $2,000 prize. The other finalists were Lynne Bowen’s Whoever Gives Us Bread, library writer in residence Wayde Compton’s After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing and Region, and former Courier fiction contest winter Lesley McKnight’s Vancouver Kids. Christie’s book includes nine linked stories of misfit characters in the Downtown Eastside. The former professional skateboarder, who received his master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the University of B.C. in 2009, served as an outreach worker for a shelter in the area and then for the Vancouver courthouse for six years. Christie said they were difficult jobs that led to burnout from witnessing so much suffering. “I’m not trying to show people how bad it is down there and then after I do that maybe everyone will care,” Christie said. “It’s a very complex situation and there are a lot of paradoxes, so it’s a great fictional setting in that there are all these worlds colliding in this one neighbourhood and within the individuals in that neighbourhood.” Lee Henderson, 2009 winner of the Vancou-

ver Book Award for his novel The Man Game, said he and the other independent jurors that included bookseller Emilie Dierking and poet Jim Wong-Chu, chose the four shortlisted books for their quality and style of writing, research, sense of personal connection and how they revealed different facets of Vancouver. Publishers submitted more than 50 books to be judged. Of The Beggar’s Garden, Henderson said: “It wasn’t a book in a sense about a place with an acronym. It’s not a DTES book.” Instead, the jurors appreciated its sensitive renderings and playful, contemporary style. The jurors favoured the innovative way Vancouver Kids tells the city’s history through the eyes of children. Henderson was impressed by the rigour of Compton’s “brilliant” collection of essays. He said Bowen’s non-fiction book that recounts the history of Italian immigrant settlement in B.C. and the Italian-Canadian contribution to Vancouver was a beautifully researched page-turner. “We all appreciated one thing in common, which was the stories of the people whose stories don’t make it into TV shows and movies,” Henderson said. “These are people who need books for their lives to be shed some light upon.” The Beggar’s Garden was long-listed for the Giller Prize and is a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize that will be announced in two weeks. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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Whitecaps will end season without B.C. Place strike Bob Mackin Contributing writer

Injuries and suspensions, a coaching change and player waivers, a postponement, no-shows by superstars Thierry Henry and David Beckham and not a single win on the road. The list of things that have gone wrong for the last-place Vancouver Whitecaps in their difficult first Major League Soccer season will not, however, include a workers’ strike at B.C. Place Stadium. The 6-17-10 club’s season finale will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday at 4 p.m. against the defending league-champion Colorado Rapids. Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union’s local 1703 will be in a legal

strike position on Saturday morning, but they have decided not to disrupt the game. “We made the decision not to,” said BCGEU spokeswoman Karen Tankard. “It’s a gesture of goodwill. Let’s get back to the table.” The ushers, maintenance and tradespeople, first aid attendants and security guards voted 89 per cent last month in favour of a strike against B.C. Pavilion Corporation. Their contract expired May 31. Renewed talks broke down Tuesday and 72-hour strike notice was issued. “In a season that’s been as difficult as it has been for us, the way fans have stuck with us, [we want] to say thank you to them,” said Whitecaps’ chief executive Paul Barber.

The Vancouver Whitecaps and B.C. Lions play at B.C. Place photo Dan Toulgoet Stadium. No suitable alternative exists locally for the Whitecaps. Swangard Stadium is too small and temporary Empire Field, which the club vacated on Sept. 24, is rapidly being dismantled by contractor Nussli. BCGEU picket lines would not have kept White-

caps or Rapids players out of B.C. Place. MLS Players’ Union general counsel Jon Newman said their contract includes a no strike/no lockout clause. “While we may support the efforts of Local 1703 and the stadium workers, our players cannot refuse

to enter the stadium,” Newman told the Courier. Tankard said what happens Sunday and beyond is unknown. She said the union would rather return to negotiations than strike. The B.C. Lions host the Edmonton Eskimos in the next scheduled B.C. Place event on Oct. 29. A prepared statement issued Tuesday by PavCo’s public relations company, Pace Group, said management was “disappointed” because it had agreed to “a number of significant union demands” before the BCGEU asked mediator Mark Brown to book out. “Should the BCGEU commence strike action and withdraw their members, B.C. Place will be unable to operate for upcoming scheduled events,” said the

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1700s,” Pleban says. “There have been a lot of battles and a lot of death here.” Pleban notes that it is generally accepted that energy, which can be picked up by the dowsing rod, leaves the body when someone dies. “A lot of people believe ghosts are tied to a tragic death or unfinished business, but I don’t believe that. Anytime someone dies, they leave energy behind.” The first stop on the tour is outside the famously haunted Menger Hotel,

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appear to emerge in the brick work and plaster on external building walls behind tombs. The 13th and final stop is at the historic Spanish Governors Palace, where Pleban stops in front of a window to point to where a young girl was once entombed in a wall and is said to haunt the home. Notably, while the tour was very educational about the history of San Antonio and many of its haunted spots, we did not encounter any ghosts, nor did our ghost hunting equipment detect any paranormal activity. In fact, a test Pleban performed with the dowsing rods, using tour participants as volunteers failed on two occasions. It involved a volunteer holding the L-shaped dowsing rod in a neutral position and asking it to point to a specific person. However, my test of the dowsing rod, whereby I said, “Mr. Dowsing Rod point to Krystal,” worked not just once, but twice, which sold me on the power of the dowsing rod. After an evening of fun and adventure, it was with some reluctance that we bid good-bye to our eccentric tour guide, but it wasn’t without the promise of possibly meeting again. In fact, one day, Pleban might be one of the ghosts lurking the streets of San Antonio: “I’m not looking forward to dying. If I have a choice, I’d want to be left behind.” What to know if booking a Ghost Hunt: You’re unlikely to see any ghosts, and if you do, it will probably be in a photograph, such as a person on the branch of a 300year-old tree that was used for hangings. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk two kilometres. The tour visits 13 haunted sites in the downtown core. Alamo City Ghost Hunts are $15 for adults and $10 for minors. Visit alamocityghosttours.com for more details. Where to eat and stay: The elegant Hotel Contessa is located along the scenic Riverwalk and is an easy 10-minute walk from where the ghost hunt begins. While this all-suite hotel does not offer ghostly encounters, the service is out of this world. We started out our evening at the hotel’s restaurant, Las Rambas, enjoying dinner on the river-side outdoor patio. For more information, visit thehotelcontessa.com.


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The B.C. SPCA reminds pet owners to think about their animals’ safety Halloween night. Loud noises and visits from costumed children trick or treating can be upsetting to pets or lead to accidents. When dogs and cats are frightened, they’re more likely to run away, jump out of open windows or dart into traffic. Stressed pets can also behave out of character by scratching or biting people. Pets should be kept inside. Some do well in a separate room with the radio or television on to mask the sound of fireworks or trick-or-treaters. Leave toys in the room so the animal doesn’t perceive being left in the room as a punishment. Consider disconnecting the doorbell if your pet is disturbed by the noise. Make sure your animal is wearing identification. Keep treats away from animals as they can cause health problems. Don’t bring pets trick-ortreating and don’t put costumes on them.

Pavilion turns 100

You are invited to join the Heritage Vancouver Society, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in a celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Park Pavilion and Rock Garden. It begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 23. The first Heritage Foundation’s “Places that Matter” plaque will be unveiled. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments supplied by Daniel Group, historical displays and photographs and tours of the Rock Garden. Then end your morning with a Heritage Vancouver walking tour at 11:30 a.m. It includes visits to the Dining Pavilion, the Rock Garden, Malkin Bowl, the Rose Gar-

den and Park Memorials. Donald Luxton will be your guide. Tour is by donation on a first-come basis.

Hastings wetlands

Attention Hastings Park sanctuary visitors: Please be advised that wetland water levels may fluctuate at the sanctuary due to nearby sewer upgrade work. The storm sewer system that feeds the sanctuary wetland will be drained, which could result in a drop in water levels. The sewer work is part of the city’s ongoing sewer separation program which sees the replacement of older shared storm and sanitary sewers with separated sewers, eliminating combined sewer overflow (CSO) during heavy rainfalls. The work began Oct. 11 and will take approximately six weeks to complete. The work is necessary for the eventual “day-lighting” of a stream connection between the sanctuary wetland and Burrard Inlet, part of the Hastings Park Master Plan.

Members of the collective will be available to share their experience of this year’s seed harvest. Light refreshments and cookies will be available. Cost is $10 or by donation—no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The workshop is suitable for all levels. For those who haven’t attended a workshop before, the booklet The Five Levels of Seed Saving is included with your

donation. Register by Oct.23 at ccseedsavingcollective@ gmail.com For more information, see ccseedsavers. wordpress.com

Rooftop gardens

The park board is considering installing a communal garden on the rooftop of the West End Community Centre. Residents are invited to share their visions of a garden at an ideas fair, Oct. 26.

The session runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St. For more information after the meeting, see Vancouver.ca/ parks. Comments and queries can be sent to pbcomment@vancouver.ca.

Nelson Park potties

The park board is installing an accessible automated public toilet in Nelson

Park in the coming months. Residents are invited to an information session to view the design and location and ask questions of park board staff, Oct. 27. The session runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lord Roberts Annex, 1150 Nelson St. For more information after the meeting, see Vancouver.ca/parks. Comments and queries can be sent to pbcomment@ vancouver.ca.

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Fright Nights at Playland is a Halloween experience for the lovers of freak, horror and terror. Currently to Oct. 31 you’ll find disturbing haunted houses, freaky twilight rides, escapee axe murderers and a handful of monsters that fill all of Playland, making for a deathly night out! You never know what creepy creatures are waiting for you in the shadows For ticket reservation info, go to www.pne.ca, then Fright Nights.

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It’s the seventh annual Mount Pleasant Pumpkin Carving Challenge, hosted by the Vancouver City Police. The location is Kingsgate Mall (corner of Kingsway and E. Broadway) and it takes place on Oct. 27 from 11 am to 1 pm. The judging will commence at 1:30 pm. Participants will bring their own pumpkins and carving tools and are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes. Cheer on your favourite opponent, it should be an arresting event! From 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 29, it’s the first annual Little Spooks & Friendly Ghosts event at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Brought to life by Public Dreams Society, it will include some gently scary fun sure to delight the little ones. Iconic stilt characters, appropriately attired in spooky costume, will be wandering the site that is decorated with Jack O’Lanterns, activities for the kids, and much more. Affordable tickets are available in advance at the Garden Shop or at the entrance. Go to www.vandusengarden.org.

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Coconut oil’s benefits almost entirely anecdotal

lindawatts Last week I was enjoying lunch with friends when the topic of conversation turned to coconut oil. One of my diet-conscious mates was describing a dish she recently prepared using the tropical fat. Everyone at the table was terribly impressed; what a healthy alternative to canola oil or olive oil. To say that I didn’t share my friends’ enthusiasm is putting it mildly. For some time now, the subject of coconut oil has been setting off my crap detector: an intuitive device that’s been honed from years of observing the worthy-of-consideration to downright ludicrous trends in food and nutrition. When I began my undergraduate nutrition degree in the early 1980s, coconut oil and the other tropical fat, palm oil, were well established as the beloved fats of food manufacturers. Their creamy texture, long self-life and low cost made them ideal for producing highly processed foods. But by the end of that decade, about the time I started practising as a dietitian, tropical oils experienced a major fall from grace. Nutrition research revealed that these fats were linked to elevated blood cholesterol levels and, as a consequence, could increase our risk of developing heart disease.

Now, more than 20 years later, coconut oil can be found in many natural and health food stores where shop owners ask a pretty penny for products that claim to cure a plethora of health ailments. Most of the positive health effects associated with coconut oil are based on anecdotal evidence; there isn’t a lot of published research. But we do know that the once-held belief that saturated fat—whether from animals or tropical oils—raised blood cholesterol levels and increased our risk of heart disease, isn’t entirely true. Today it’s clear that the effects of saturated fat on blood cholesterol levels vary from person to person. Genetics, body weight, gender and lifestyle (such as diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and tobacco use) need to be taken into consideration. According to Dietitians of Canada, there is some scientific evidence that consuming coconut oil doesn’t raise our total and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels to the same extent as butter. However, coconut oil may increase our blood cholesterol levels to a greater extent than vegetable oils. All fats and oils, whether we’re talking about olive oil, butter, walnut oil or coconut oil, are comprised of a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. While coconut oil is a highly saturated fat, it doesn’t appear to worsen or improve cholesterol levels in most people. This finding is supported by epidemiological studies that show people who consume high coconut fat diets—such as Polynesians—tend to have low choles-

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side. It looks like you’ll have to spend the night in the old Monastery where three women mysteriously died last year. Will you make it our alive?” For the first time, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is being transformed into a terrifying haunted house. Featuring almost 30 actors, dancers and musicians, this scary experience is inspired by Robert van Gulik’s classic Judge Dee murder mysteries. Brave the garden’s haunted pathways, uncover clues and then warm your bones at the old Tea House as you piece the crime together. But watch out. You never know what may be lurking around the next corner. Seven Tyrants Theatre presents Judge Dee & the Haunted Garden from Oct. 26 to 31 every 10 minutes between 7 and 10 p.m. at the garden, 578 Carrall St. at Pender. For ticket information, call 604662-3207.

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2. Vancouver Opera kicks off its new season by easing up on the opera and going Broadway with its production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The high-energy show, which premiered on Broadway in 1957 and was adapted for film in 1961, transplants the tale of Romeo and Juliet to 1950s New York City, where the Sharks and the Jets are rival gangs who, conveniently enough, are also great singers and dancers. It all goes down Oct. 22 to 29 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For tickets, call 604-683-0222 or go to vancouveropera.ca. 3. Considering the current occupation of Wall Street, not to mention the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Sean Devine’s new play Re:Union seems particularly timely. Presented by Pacific Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Re:Union tells the story of Emily Morrison who returns to where her father set fire to himself in opposition of the Vietnam War and wonders if she can continue his legacy of protest 36 years later. It runs Oct. 21 to Nov. 12 at Pacific Theatre. For tickets and info, call 604-731-5518 or go to pacifictheatre.org.

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Canada’s most entertaining reality TV competition since Battle of the Blades and Who Wants to Sleep with Rex Murphy? has come to a climactic end. On Wednesday, after much fanfare, the federal government awarded $33-billion in government shipbuilding contracts to two shipyards, one in Halifax and one in North Vancouver. It’s good news for North Vancouver’s Seaspan Marine Corp., where an estimated $8-billion contract is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs in B.C. and with any luck a higher concentration on our streets of grizzled scallywags, sea dogs and men who talk in the pirate vernacular. Not one to let a coattail go un-ridden or pass up a photo-op, Premier Christy Clark beamed in front of the cameras following the announcement. “Eight billion dollars is huge,” said Clark. “At a time like this, when the world is experiencing all this economic uncertainty, it is going to be big.” She then added, “And even though this is a federal initiative that I had absolutely nothing to do with, it’s important that it appears to voters that I was somehow involved by posing in front of cameras at announcements like this—and it’s also why you will never see me within a 100 miles of a train track, train or train conductor

4. Headlines Theatre’s 30th year anniversary production Us and Them is apparently inspired by the recent Stanley Cup riots, the London riots and the Occupy Wall Street protests, and tackles a whole whack of social issues from homophobia and immigration to poverty, religion and Roberto Luongo’s inconsistent goaltending. We may have made that last one up. The “edgy, multilayered” play runs Oct. 21 to Nov. 12 at the Cultch. Tickets at thecultch.com.

once employed by the now defunct B.C. Rail… Families first! F-A-M-I-LY! Gooooo families!”

of dead dictators, graphic photos of busty redheads and a healthy breakfast.

Dead, fed and red

Juiced up

While perusing the attention-deficit-disorderfriendly website of one of Vancouver’s daily newspapers over breakfast, we lost our appetite. Splayed across the website’s homepage was a grainy photo of a bloody, zombie-like, possibly dead Moammar Gadhafi who was killed Thursday. As someone who has eaten cold pizza and leftover Thai curry for breakfast on occasion, we can honestly say that staring at photos of a dead Libyan dictator is the least appetizing start to our day we’ve experienced in some time. Thankfully, the webpage was surrounded by a beige coloured ad for McDonald’s new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. Not only that, but conveniently to the right of the dead dictator porn was a sensitive photo gallery of “Top 10 celebrity redheads,” with a picture of an extremely busty Christina Hendricks from the TV show Mad Men, who apparently “brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘red-hot ginger.’” We didn’t even know “red-hot ginger” was a phrase in the first place. We guess that’s what’s called in the news biz “balanced coverage.” Graphic photos

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A group of local artists, comedians, filmmakers, writers and graphic artists have joined forces to support Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver team as they ride their bikes and human-sized transport chickens confidently towards the municipal election on Nov. 19. The group, who were also behind the Sh** Harper Did website during the federal election, recently launched WeBackTheJuiceMan.com—a reference to the mayor’s Happy Planet juice business, not his brief dalliance with anabolic steroids while playing professional baseball in the mid-’90s. The website also showcases new T-shirts produced by the Cause+Affect and Welcome to Eastvan peeps that list the last names of Vision candidates in Helvetica font. There’s even a picture of Robertson’s head photoshopped onto Canuck Ryan Kesler’s naked body from his recent ESPN Magazine photo shoot, with the caption: “Gregor— He’s like the Kesler of Mayors.” Personally, we always thought he was more the Henrik Sedin of mayors—cute, quiet, difficult to understand and protected by an inner sanctum of thugs. Oh snap.


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Aché Brasil

Here’s a thought. If we can learn to correctly pronounce “Gewurztraminer,” “Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Riesling,” then it shouldn’t take much to wrap our tongues around “Kretikos,” “Nemea” and the slightly more challenging “Moschofilero”—pronounced like the Russian capital. It’s only a matter of practise. And our hunch is that with bargains to spare and improving quality, there’s untapped interest in Greek wines. If you’re thinking Retsina, don’t even go there. Today’s Greek wines are a far cry from the “acquired taste” of those long ago, pine-resin-fuelled nights at Orestes, when it was the hottest ticket in town. When Christina Boutari, whose forebears founded the Boutari Winery in Naoussa in 1879, whipped through Vancouver last week, we caught up with her at waterside Nu Aegean, for a brief but rewarding tasting that served as a worthy reminder in these wallet-weary times. But there’s more to it than that. While these wines are unique, they’re far from esoteric. There’s also a romantic, historic connection, in that they come from the cradle of winemaking, from where vines made their way around the world. Dig around the eastern Mediterranean section of B.C. Liquor Stores (somewhat ignominiously between Italy and Bulgaria) and you will find at least a couple of these value drops. • 2009 Boutari Kretikos sports floral and stonefruit aromas with a crisp

(Left) Dig around the eastern Mediterranean section of B.C. liquor stores and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. (Right) The unsung kitchen at photos Tim Pawsey the Railway Club has a deal of a lunch. but surprisingly generous palate with vibrant acidity, clove and citrus notes. The name refers to Crete, where it comes from there, and it can also mean a table wine—and it’s made with indigenous grapes that you don’t need to know how to pronounce. A great food wine. Think oysters, calamari or grilled chicken. $12.99. • 2009 Boutari Moschofilero. You’ll have to look hard to find a more interesting wine for this price. Slightly aromatic and floral, look for stonefruit, crisp acidity and citrus notes with gentle spice and earthy undertones before a lengthy close. Appealingly low alcohol—and highly awarded. Try it with Dungeness crab and lemon butter. $15.95. • 2008 Boutari Naoussa. From the original winery. Like many valuepriced wines, stick it in a big glass and you’ll be surprised. It might even have you thinking about Gamay or Tempra-

nillo. Cherry and floral on top, medium bodied, cherry and chocolate notes with easy tannins and good structure and spicy earthy tones that could have you turning to barbecued chicken or, ideally, grilled lamb chops. $15.99. ••• Faster than you can say “Souvlaki,” Harry Kambolis has opened another Nu Greek bare bones eatery, this time at 1513 West Broadway and Granville. Grab any one of the above and head home with some excellent Greek take-out. ••• Lunch deal of the week: Upstairs and unsung, the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir St., 604-681-1525) offers a lunchtime haven from noon to 2 p.m. with decent pints in one of Vancouver’s rare remaining true pub settings. Go for the salmon burger with the works ($10) and a pint of Driftwood Fat Tug IPA—or any one from a raft of worthy taps. info@hiredbelly.com

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Vancouver's acclaimed Aché Brasil performs a thrilling program of Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira.

Thursday October 27 at 12 noon

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theatre

Steely southern belles demonstrate power of friendship

Southern comfort on tap in Steel Magnolias Steel Magnolias

At Gateway Theatre until Oct. 22 Tickets: 604.270.1812 gatewaytheatre.com Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

“Steel” and “magnolias” aptly describe the southern belles who come together in Truvy’s House of Beauty, the best place in smalltown Chinquapin, Louisiana to get your hair done. They’re as southern as big ol’ magnolias and mint juleps. When they call someone “Honey,” it’s as warm and sticky as the real thing on a hot day. But when the going gets tough, their resolve is as steely as Scarlett O’Hara’s. And things do get tough in Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, which was adapted into 1989 movie starring Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts, among others. What begins as a lightweight look at women gossiping about their lives while Truvy applies the curlers becomes a group of strong women supporting another when disaster strikes.

“There’s no such thing as natural beauty,” claims eternally optimistic Truvy (Dolores Drake), and that keeps Clairee (Norma Bowen), Ouiser (Anna Hagan) and M’Lynn (Erin Ormond) coming back on a regular basis. M’Lynn’s daughter Shelby (Susan Coodin) probably isn’t a regular but she’s getting married today and wants her hair done up for the occasion. You get the feeling these women have known each other all their lives. As the play starts, Truvy has just hired Annelle ((Sarah Carle) to help out in the beauty parlour. Carle’s Annelle is clumsy and awkward, squinting through her big glasses and scrunching up her face when she’s bewildered—which seems to be most of the time. Bowen’s Clairee is a matron of strong opinions who provides, late in the play and hilariously—exactly what is needed to lift everyone’s spirits. Anna Hagan’s Ouiser is rich and scratchy, a classy dresser with flaming orange, out-of-the-bottle hair. Clairee and Ouiser’s tell-it-like-it-is abrasiveness is in counterpoint to M’Lynn’s cool reserve

Dolores Drake, Sarah Carle and Susan Coodin appear in Steel Magnolias. and Shelby’s excited girlishness. Ormond and Coodin show a mother/daughter relationship that’s almost too sweet to be true—but Shelby’s diabetes and single child status has, no doubt, forged a bond stronger than most. Ormond carries her cool to the breaking point and that’s when those southern belles get to work. Production values are good with a late’80s salon complete with styling chairs

and a shampoo station. Harling’s snappy dialogue encourages us to like and admire these women. And Shelby’s struggle with diabetes elicits our sympathy. The play’s weak point is that Harling goes on a bit; while it’s entertaining, there’s a lot of filler. Director Nicola Cavendish keeps things moving along but can’t conceal the fact that there is not enough dialogue—albeit funny and charming—to advance the plot. I can only imagine how much fun rehearsals were for Cavendish and cast. Seven funny, articulate, talented women in one room. There would have been side-splitting laughter and maybe tears. For Cavendish, who, like Shelby, is a diabetic, it must have been particularly poignant. This Chemainus Theatre Festival production entertained audiences on Vancouver Island all summer long before moving to Richmond’s Gateway Theatre where it continues to please audiences. Served up with a shot of southern comfort, it’s all about the power of friendship. joled@telus.net

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Low budget, ‘found footage’ horror formula shows no sign of dying

Successful Paranormal Activity franchise continues its terrifying ways Julie Crawford Contributing writer

Paranormal Activity 3 stands all on its own in the pre-Halloween horror lineup, other studios apparently having decided that they might as well wave the white sheet now rather than compete with the wildly successful phenomenon. We all know the story of how Oren Peli’s film, made for an enviously low $15,000, went on to make more than $193 million worldwide. The sequel, thanks to pre-release buzz, eventually earned $177 million, though the production budget was upped to $3 million. (Presumably, this was due to the high cost of renting a baby and future therapy for the toddler, who was dragged across and out of his crib by unseen forces.) Paranormal Activity 3 is poised to make an equally big dent in the pre-holiday box office, thanks to studio hype: Vancouver was one of the select cities chosen to preview the film earlier in the week, after a tweet-fest orchestrated by Paramount. The third film comes out almost a year to the day of the second, which came out only 13 months after the first. (If it ain’t broke, keep churning them out as fast as you can.) Filmmakers cleverly intertwine all three films to make the audience curious about what happens next (or in this case, what happened first). New fans will certainly pick up Paranormal 1 and 2 to get the

thread of the story, though the films stand well on their own. This film may give parents greater nightmares than teen viewers, as it all stems from an imaginary friend who turns out to be frighteningly real. The film goes back to 1988, during Katie and Kristi’s childhood, early days in the haunting that would prove to be their ruin years later. After un-

long, sleep-deprived, caffeine-fuelled, gore-splattered weekend of do-it-yourself movie making in which contestants write, shoot, edit and complete a seven-minute short horror film in 48 hours. Each team will receive a random horror subgenre and weapon, as well as a line of dialogue and prop common to all teams. The completed films must be

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explained thumps and knocking in their suburban home, and claims of a ghostly presence by the girls, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith) tries to investigate the source by installing video cameras around his home (he’s a wedding videographer, which explains all the fancy equipment). The found footage technique is a good one, though we no longer worry about the

handed in by 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The finished results will then be posted online and shown at a public screening presented by the Celluloid Social Club, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Theatre, where the films will be voted on by both the audience and an inperson jury. This year’s Grand Prize judge is Larry Fessenden

(Habit, Wendigo, House of the Devil, I Sell the Dead). Prizes will also be awarded for Best Script, Best Acting, Best Death, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costumes, Best Makeup/Effects, Best Use of Prop or Dialogue and Most Subversive Use of Genre. Last year’s Bloodshots winner, The Provider, directed by Brianne

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This weekend, the streets of Vancouver will be filled with blood, mayhem and, with any luck, a few possessed children as the eighth annual Bloodshots 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Challenge gets underway. Tonight (Oct. 21) at 7 p.m., 25 brave teams will convene at the ANZA Club for what will be one

Paranormal Activity 3 creeps into theatres this week.

characters the same way we wondered about those poor people in The Blair Witch Project, back in 1999. Since then, Cloverfield, the Paranormal films, The Last Exorcism, George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead, Quarantine (and its Spanish parent [rec]) have all employed the technique successfully. Anticipation is a rare thing these days: there’s something about not quite seeing what’s going on just beyond the frame that’s terrifying. And it requires us to use our imagination, a tool we should all air out every once in a while. Filmmakers utilize the power of suggestion to full effect, aided by the feel of low-def ’80s film footage. This time around, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman direct, replacing Tod Williams, who took over from creator Peli (producer on this third instalment). Joost and Schulman are a good choice, having created a stir with their pseudo-documentary Catfish, about the perils of Facebook. So the guys in charge have toed the line of reality and fakery before. Plus, now that we’re (pretty) sure the Paranormal footage wasn’t actually found, the formula could get stagnant: new blood is vital. If you’ve seen the other films, you know the source of the haunting. By rationing the family history, per film, filmmakers have left room for both prequels and sequels: Don’t be surprised if a Paranormal 4 appears this time next year. jcrawfordfilm@gmail.com


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Since 1994, Nite of Hope founder Judi Miller, with North Shore fireman Rod Boniface, has seen $2million raised for breast cancer research.

President Karimah Es Sabar and president and executive director Eyob G. Naizghi hosted a showcase of cultures at Festival MOSAIC.

Fred MuchMusic and We Day host Jesse Giddings attended the Toy Watch for Haiti event at the Shangri-la’s Xi Shi Lounge.

UNLEESHED

At Arts Umbrella’s Splash shindig, auctioneer Barry Scott fetched the night’s top bid of $38,000 for a Gordon Smith painting.

Swish splash: Arts Umbrella’s Splash soiree once again boasted an impressive collection of art and attendees for the annual art auction gala chaired by former city councilor Kim Capri. Auctioneer Barry Scott got $300,000 from 50 pieces in the live auction. A painting by West Vancouver artist Gordon Smith fetched the night’s top bid of $38,000. Wild West: Yours truly along with Ian Hanomansing took a Walk on the Wild Side, hosting and playing auctioneers at Westside Family Place’s African Safari-themed shindig. A Gotham Steakhouse dinner for 12 went for $5,300 contributing to the $30,000 raised for the Kitsilano family resource centre. Naughty and Nite: CTV’s Rebecca Hall, Jason Pires and gala chair Pamela Buck fronted the Moulin Rouge-themed Nite of Hope benefitting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Founder Judi Miller welcomed a capacity crowd to the Parisian party held at the Pinnacle Hotel. We children: While headliners Mikhail Gorbachev and Shaquille O’Neal headed to the Segals home for a late night nosh, MusicMusic and We Day host Jesse Giddings made a cameo at the Toy Watch for Haiti event at Shangri-la’s newly launched Xi Shi Lounge. Grammy producer Chin Injeti, Sophia Danai and Omar Khan performed at the Italian watchmaker’s Free the Children benefit. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 a.m. on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition; email Fred at yvrflee@hotmail.com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown or fredabouttown.blogspot.com.

CEO Lucille Pacey and Splash gala producer Jennifer Petersen were all smiles as they witnessed $300,000 generated for Arts Umbrella.

CTV’s Rebecca Hall, Jason Pires and gala chair Pamela Buck fronted the Moulin Rouge-themed Nite of Hope benefitting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Executive director Diane Ash and director of development Kelly Ryan saw $30,000 raised at their Walk on the Wild Side soiree.

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Runner has yoga on her mind

Jock and Jill

with Megan Stewart

Women-less footie

Vancouver street soccer players—the unrestricted athletes who bring their panache and personalized style to unlined parks, gymnasiums and backyard laneways—will recognize Vancouver in the upcoming FIFA Street, created by Electronic Arts and available for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. But women won’t see themselves on-screen as avatars. The game, due out in March, will not include female players because the added cost to shape their bodies and model movement and clothing didn’t provide enough return on investment. The time-consuming animation involved in modelling the female form—breasts, hips, and a smaller frame in motion—was considered too pricey. The game’s creative director said female avatars were on the wish list and will be considered in the future. In September, EA added a female avatar to its hugely popular NHL 12, drawing on the likeness of the 14-year-old girl who asked the company why a team couldn’t include her female hockey heroes. I can’t help but see the missed opportunity, not just in FIFA Street but any sport-based video game that displays exceptional life-like details and has the ability to elevate the status of sports stars and national role models while still affirming women’s athletic abilities and potentially drawing more girls to sport. The MLS may not have a women’s league, but many teams, including the Vancouver Whitecaps, support and fund a women’s roster that competes in a semi-professional league. Canada will host the Women’s World Cup in 2015. And, although the street game that inspired FIFA Street is distinct from the homeless soccer movement, the World Cup of Homeless Soccer opened to national women’s teams three years ago. The Canadian women are competitive. Read more online at vancourier.com.

Megan Stewart

Staff writer

Nearing the 30-kilometre mark of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last Sunday, Katherine Moore repeated the phrase, “I am tough as nails.” As the fastest Canadian woman in the 2010 race, Moore was aiming to defend her title and run a personal best. Her speed put her on pace to better her 2010 time of two hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds. This year, she reached 30 km in 1:57.59, nearly one minute faster than the previous year. “I felt really good,” she said this week from her Yaletown home. She finished 63rd out of a field of thousands, was the eighth woman to cross the finish line and repeated as the fastest Canadian woman. But Moore didn’t run a personal best and finished a minute slower than her 2010 time, clocking in at 2:48.47. The Toronto weather slowed her down. “It was extremely windy and cold,” she said, noting the marathon date shifted from September to midOctober and the start time was moved back two hours to 9 a.m. “It was so windy the last seven kilometres, I was actually feeling as if I was being pushed backward. When you’re tired like that, it was extremely painful. I pretty much just held on and just wanted to get to the finish line.” Moore, 33, who picked up long-distance running six years ago, tapped into a resolve and inner calm she’d developed through years of yoga. The practice is also one she teaches in her Running into Yoga workshops and hot yoga classes through Y Yoga, which are popular with athletes. With 12 km until the end of the marathon, Moore pushed on. “I changed my mind and any pain that I felt, I just started to think very positively, [saying] very positive mantras and affirmations to myself.” She reminded herself that a competitive 42-km road race is something she enjoys, and said she had to “just know that I wanted to be there and try to enjoy the atmosphere, the energy when you’re really hurt and struggling.” Moore’s self-talk became specific. “When I start to hurt, I just focus on ‘relax,’ or I’ll repeat the word ‘breathe’ just to take deep breaths.” Runners have much to learn from yoga, said Moore, although the two pursuits are at odds from one another. “Running is completely the opposite of yoga. Running, you’re contracting the muscle, it’s a strenuous activity, it’s a demand on the body. Yoga counter-balances that, it’s more relaxing, lengthening the muscles, quieting the mind,” she said.

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Katherine Moore was the fastest Canadian woman at last Sunday’s photo Jason Lang Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. “I find the focus you get in yoga, learning just to focus your attention and try to clear out a lot of the chatter in the in mind, helps when things get really tough in a race or in training.” Moore’s Colorado-based coach, Olympic marathoner Kathy Butler, said each runner is different but all can benefit from yoga. In Moore’s case, she was already practising yoga when she returned to competitive running. “If someone has been running for 20 years but never done yoga, it would make more sense to take a more cautious approach to yoga and running,” Butler wrote in an email. “I still think it can be very beneficial, especially if it is somewhat targeted to athletes or runners or at least approached with those weaknesses and strengths in mind.” Stretching is good for the body and is calming for the mind, said Butler, who credited Moore’s professionalism and dedication.

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“The training leading up to a marathon is the best way to prepare yourself physically, but I think it also gave Katherine the confidence to know she was in good shape and could push through the rough patches of the race,” she said. “With a little less wind, she was in shape to take a decent chunk off her previous best marathon.” Moore is sponsored by Saucony and believes the marathon has shifted, in part, from an extreme sport for a small number of athletes into a mass-participation event out of the desire for a personal sense of accomplishment. “Running in itself has become much more popular. People love the challenge […] to get out there and participate.” Moore will race shorter distance races next season, including the James Cunningham Seawall Race in February, the Vancouver Sun Run and possibly the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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There is no sugar coating it. Cold, wet and muddy is what you can expect from winter rides. That’s the reality. Yes, it will be dark when you wake up and it’s bound to be so cold and nasty that the weatherman is telling you it’s a good day to watch movies on the couch. There isn’t anything fun about preparing for a winter ride. But, once you make the effort to buy the right clothes and get yourself out the door, you will be glad you did. Group riding in the winter not only has great training benefits, it provides a feeling of camaraderie that you don’t get from a summer ride. Maybe it’s the misery-lovescompany phenomena or maybe it’s because those of us who decide to ride together in the pouring rain must really love riding. Whatever it is, once you invest in the proper clothing and force your bike out the door, the feeling you get when you roll back home is a huge sense of accomplishment. Riding in harsh weather can also provide a mental edge, which will help you later in the racing season. You can’t choose the weather on race day, so if you can brave the elements on a training day, you can always look back and say, “At least it wasn’t as bad as that day!”

Here’s a list of the must-haves to enjoy winter riding: • Fenders with back extensions • Booties for your shoes and/or plastic bags on your feet, inside your shoes • Full-finger gloves • Light toque, head band or cap for under your helmet • Clear or transition sunglasses • Water resistant (not waterproof unless excellent quality) rain jacket • Tights and bike shorts • Breathable, rain-resistant light layers The key to the right clothing is not to stay dry, but to stay warm. After taking all this time to plug winter riding, there’s always an exception when it might be best to stay home. Since Vancouver is one of the few cities in Canada where you can ride almost all year round, it means that some die-hard cyclists will miss out on the off-season, which I spoke about in a column last month. Missing your recovery phase means your body doesn’t get a chance to heal. Over training, adrenal fatigue, frequent illness and poor performance is sure to follow. So if you are still in the recovery phase of training and reading this with jealousy or guilt—stop worrying. Enjoy your rest time, sleep in and watch movies on the couch. The rain will still be here in January when you are ready to start training again. See you on the road. Kristina Bangma is a coach, personal trainer and writer with a love of riding and racing. Email questions to kris@getfitwithkris.com.

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Olympic curling rink sees spike in membership Eight sheets of ice and a new home in the former Olympic curling venue at Hillcrest Centre have brought a surge of interest and hundreds of new members to the Vancouver Curling Club. Club president Scott Allen said the move from the six-decade old rink with five sheets of ice at the Riley Park Community Centre meant a majority of leagues have expanded. Club members first

toured the rink in September and pre-season clinics started later that month. “Membership has increased. Almost all of our evening leagues have grown—some a little bit and some substantially,” he said. Exact membership numbers will be tallied next month but, said Allen, “As of right now, our estimate is that we will be over 1,000. Last year we were just under 850.” The competitive teams curling during the Thursday Open include new players to junior, provincial and world cham-

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Cancer June 21-July 22: Sunday starts a month of Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The weeks ahead raise the money pleasure, beauty, creativity, romance, self-expression and stakes. As is usual for late October and November, you’re love for children. You’ll ride a winning streak – a bigger one favoured to chase money, seek a pay raise, enhance your than usual, as social delights, popularity and wish fulfilment earnings, buy and sell items, and deal with possessions. But are added to the brew. Major stuff could happen! A co-worker this year an added, deeper – and very lucky – level enters, so romance is highlighted. Sunday’s for communications, travel that possessions become investments, the search for added and casual acquaintances. Rest Monday/Tuesday, make income could lead to a lucrative business, the attempt to gain sure your home/business are secure/grounded, and get your new clients could produce a partnership, etc. One flaw: until beauty sleep. Wednesday/Thursday spark that romance, Nov. 10, a partner or someone you really like socially could pleasure, creativity, et al. Tackle chores – and social/romantic interfere with, even fight this, causing you to make a hard joys – Friday onward. choice. Tuesday to Saturday highlights all this. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: The weeks ahead feature domestic Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Your hopes, sociability and concerns, real estate, security, business territory, and the popularity rise Sunday – the very day that kicks off a month foundations or “what you stand on” in any area. (E.g., your of increased energy, charisma, clout and effectiveness. education is – usually – the foundation of your career.) Use this month to the fullest, start important projects, seek You might decide to abandon stale, useless projects or favours – seize the day. A slowdown will begin November relationships, and to “found” new ones. (This will lead 23, so don’t waste these intervening weeks. Use Monday/ to success, especially in ambitious areas.) Chase money Tuesday to rest, plan, to finish up chores so they don’t Sunday. News, details, errands, travel and casual friends interfere with the future. Then charge forth Wednesday fill Monday/Tuesday. Midweek brings th ose domestic, to Saturday. Some days bosses will be critical; other foundational concerns. Don’t be overbearing (applies to middays (Saturday) co-operative. Sense their mood, then act November). Romance winks Friday/Saturday! accordingly. Big opportunities await! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Sunday kicks off a month of Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Slow down. Sunday starts a communications, details, paperwork, travel and errands, month of quietude, rest, sweet solitude and contemplation. news, casual acquaintances and siblings. This year these Use these weeks to plan your future, to handle overdue things (emails, calls, trips, news, etc.) can trigger, or entwine tasks, to fulfill outstanding obligations, to interact with with, some major projects in the same zones, but on a “larger government and solve tax issues, to deal with charities, stage.” E.g., communication becomes publishing, details to be spiritual and reconnect with the living centre of become profound ideas or higher learning, trips expand into this world. If you do some of these things, you’ll emerge international travel, casual friendship grows to love, etc. refreshed and rejuvenated by late November. This influence Wednesday to Friday brings clues – and opportunities. You begins in earnest Wednesday/Thursday. A wish is denied might give up one life philosophy, and embrace another, Monday, but might come true, quietly, Tuesday. Your energy, Adsthiscontinued week to next June. luck rise Friday/Saturday. on next page

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October 23 - 29, 2011 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Sunday begins a month of happiness.popularity,social delights,flirtations,entertainment and wish fulfilment. You are undergoing the deepest change of your life, from 2008 to 2023. The month ahead brings you many clues about this change, its purpose and intended result. Biggest clue: the change will bring about a revolution and grand renewal in everything listed in the first sentence. These clues will be “lit up” by events, joy Wednesday/Thursday; by “quiet knowing” Friday/Saturday. Until Nov. 10, avoid working secretly toward your goals: it undercuts this fine process. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Sunday brings a month of career and status ambitions, prestige relations, dealings with bosses, parents and authorities. You’ll be under pressure, but you’ll also have excellent opportunities to impress higherups, especially this Wednesday to Friday. You might be pulled between two extremes: ambition and security, even between ambition and the desire to quit. Truth is, the desire to quit is luckier than ambition this year (to June 2012). Trying to reconcile these opposites can make you quick-tempered until Nov. 10. Step softly – luck is high. Joy, hope, Friday/ Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: The weeks ahead bring relief in the form of gentle understanding, a mellow mood, wisdom and a gentle, compassionate love. You might travel afar, deal with foreign-born people, attend college, publish, meet a “teacher,” or otherwise expand your views. Cultural rituals arise – e.g., weddings, bat mitzvahs. Some of you will decide to wed. These themes are highlighted Wednesday/Thursday, and an event connected to them can come Friday – with an exhilarating “uplift!” (Be ambitious Friday/Saturday; this will cause the best to happen.) Earlier, embrace a challenging person Sunday. timstephens@shaw.ca


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Heating

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Kitchens/Baths

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2008 TOYOTA Limited Highlander Immaculate, black with tan leather interior, fully loaded except navigation, heated seats, moon roof, new brakes front and back, new tires, hitch, roof racks, backup camera, automatic tailgate, 6 disc CD changer. 71,000 kms, local. One owner $29,500. ★ 778-833-2294

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Going green in the lap of luxury davidchao The new MKZ Hybrid is not just the first hybrid produced by Lincoln, it’s the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan you can buy in Canada. The MKZ Hybrid advances technology to a

higher level in many, many ways, but I still have some suggested improvements (more on that later). My fuel economy calculations also didn’t quite match the official figures put out by Natural Resources Canada, yet overall the MKZ Hybrid turned out to be a very frugal fuel-user. Certainly not your oldfashioned big, heavy, chrome-decked Lincoln, the MKZ is a new and more dynamic, direction for Lincoln, while still appealing to traditional buyers. The gas engine version of the Lincoln MKZ received a complete update last year, with the hybrid added this year. Based on the same

platform as Ford’s midsided family sedan, the Fusion, the MKZ is available in both front-drive and allwheel-drive gas versions, as well as the hybrid. In its pure electric mode, without the gas engine, the MKZ Hybrid can reach speeds of up to 75 km/h. Yet, it’s the fluid and flawless way that this hybrid system operates, as it dances between power sources and power recovery, that’s most impressive. The gasoline engine is an Atkinson cycle version of the 2.5-litre four-cylinder and it’s paired with a permanent-magnet AC electric motor and an electronically-controlled continuously

variable (e-CVT) transmission. While more fuel efficient than a conventional fourstroke engine, at low engine speeds an Atkinson cycle engine produces less torque. That, however, is not a problem in a hybrid system as the torque-rich electric motor fills in as a perfect power partner. Taking full advantage of the best qualities of each power source is key to optimal hybrid performance, as is the smooth transfer between them. Lincoln has done a masterful job in both areas in the MKZ Hybrid. The MKZ Hybrid recovers almost 94 per cent of

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SAFETY In addition to the standard six airbags in the gas engine MKZ, the hybrid edition comes with an extra airbag for the driver’s knees. Another unique safety feature is a crash alert system that activates the hazard warning lights and sounds the horn if an airbag is deployed or a seatbelt pretensioner is activated. Split-view side mirrors that provide additional “blind spot” viewing coverage are a new standard feature. My test car came with the optional electronic “blind spot” warning system. THE DRIVE The white and chrome Lincoln looked completely at home in the Okanagan. Getting there from the coast involves scaling the formidable high-altitude (1244m/4,147ft.) Coquihalla Highway. Not a problem for this hybrid, the MKZ handled the seemingly endless climb to the summit with surprising verve. While fuel economy took a beating getting to the summit, slipping the shift lever into “L” uncovered another hybrid virtue: regenerative brake.

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The equally steep descent can chew up and overheat brakes, as many have discovered. The “L” position’s full regenerative brake (i.e. full battery charge/no fuel use) was enough to maintain a controlled downhill speed with only occasional brake pedal applications. Lower maintenance cost is another benefit to hybrid ownership. I drove at my usual level of gusto, without making a conscious effort to conserve fuel. Impressively, fuel economy still averaged just under 7.0 L/100 km (about 41 mpg). While touring around the Kelowna district, its instant fuel usage readout was significantly better, typically well under 6.0L/100 km (close to 50 mpg). I had travelled almost 750 km Continued next page


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Competition includes Buick LaCrosse and Lexus HS THE SCORE A state-of-the-art drive system gives the MKZ outstanding fuel economy, but it’s also fun to drive and an excellent touring sedan. THE SPECS—2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Trim levels: FWD, Hybrid & AWD Base Price (Hybrid): $42,200 Power: 2.5 litre I4+AC motor, 191 hp Transmission: e-CVT (continuously variable transmission) Fuel consumption: 4.6/5.4 L/100km (city/highway) Basic Warranty: Four years/80,000 km Powertrain Warranty: Six years/110,000 km Rust Warranty: Five years/unlimited km The Competition: Buick LaCrosse eAssist: $34,419 Lexus HS 250h: $40,850 - $44,900 With files from Bob McHugh.

A state-of-the-art drive system gives the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid outstanding fuel economy, but it’s also fun to drive and an excellent touring sedan.

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Continued from page 48 before my first stop for fuel and reckon there was still another 200 km (of driving) in the tank to completely empty. Hybrid fuel savings are far more dramatic in an urban setting, where it uses the electric motor more. The MKZ Hybrid takes it a step further and will startup, which can be completely silent, and run for an extended distance, purely on electrical power. The gas engine only kicks in if you need extra power. Visuals on the instrument panel also try to coax you into driving in an ecofriendly fashion. According to Lincoln, by the time a typical driver earns all five of those (digital) flowers, he or she has saved almost 1,900 litres of gasoline and two tons of CO2.

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