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BY SANDRA THOMAS Free Portrait Vancouver aims to provide free portrait shots to low-income residents and families such as single mother Krista and her daughter Sequoia.

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BY SANDRA THOMAS Vision Vancouver’s Constance Barnes is chosen as the newly elected board’s next chair.

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Dining: Wine match of the week

BY TIM PAWSEY Granville Island’s Artisan Sake Maker gives wine weenies something to chew on with SakeKasu-infused mini bonbons.

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BY JULIE CRAWFORD Director David Gordon Green talks about his new film The Sitter, working with child actors and mixing raunchiness with heart.

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Yes Virginia, there is a moustache-shaped baking mold Michael Kissinger Staff writer

Seven years is a long time to scour the lonely recesses of the Internet and Vancouver’s retail landscape for strange and sometimes disturbing Christmas gift ideas. But just when I think this will be my last “Dreck the Halls” for the Courier, I find myself rejuvenated by a rock and roll-inspired cheese grater, a Canucks-themed “slanket,” and a bacon-flavoured sexual aid. I guess I’m old fashioned that way. In addition to the aforementioned items of joy, this year’s edition contains an illustrated bong-building manual, a turntable-shaped scratch pad for cats and too many moustache-related paraphernalia to mention. The latter confirms my suspicion that my father was 30 years ahead of his time, and next year’s big trend will be frying venison while standing over the stove shirtless and swearing whenever grease spatters one’s surprisingly perky, pellet-shaped nipples. Merry Christmas.

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Whether covering your clothes with a meaty come-hither scent, sprucing up a maple-glazed doughnut, or clogging a valve in your overtaxed aorta, is there anything bacon can’t do? Straight outta Seattle, the gourmands behind Skillet Bacon Spread have taken nature’s treat to the next fetishized level—condiments. Spread it on your toast, put in on a cracker, dab it behind your ear. Just try not to think of all those innocent, yet delicious, porcine squeals echoing off the abattoir floor. $19.95 at Les Amis du Fromage, 843 East Hastings, online at skilletstreetfood.com.

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Like blogs about the backto-the-land movement and the dulcet tones of Enya, celebrating the past with new technology is very postmodern, or “po mo” as the postmodern kids like to say, or, more accurately, tweet. Actually, they probably just text “#pm-dawn LOL.” Anyways, this nostalgic, borderline infantile iPad case combines the technology that once threatened to make drawing-by-hand extinct with the technology that now threatens to make the printed

Handyman Randy Stratton guides glassyeyed readers through this wicked illustrated Popular Mechanics-style guide to making more than 40 bongs, pipes and hookahs out of common household items such as melons, coconuts, snow-globes, teapots and jogging pants. Actually, I made that last one up, but it would sure be sweet if you could make a bong out of jogging pants wouldn’t it? Dude…. $16.98 at Urban Empire, 1108 Commercial Drive, urbanempire.ca

Pac-Man Wall Decals

Whether you’re reliving your acne-speckled adolescence or creating an electronic maze to your bedroom that no one will follow except Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, this colourful wall decal set celebrates the classic Pac-Man arcade game with 21st century style. Forty dots, two power pellets, seven ghosts, 16 ghost eyes, four fruits and one Pac-Man spell f-u-n. You know what else they spell? C-e-l-i-b-a-c-y. $44.99 at perpetualkid.com

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Who knew making nachos could be so rock ‘n’ roll? But before you shred that cheddar, how about shredding a few bitchin’ notes on that guitar-shaped cheese grater. Seriously, how has the world economy not recovered yet with these types of technological innovations? $14 at Front and Co. Continued next page

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Who doesn’t want to be reminded of greasy strands of facial hair or the cast of Barney Miller when chowing down on a plate of homemade baked goods? Moustaches continue their ascent to the top of the kitsch pyramid, overtaking bacon, with the Moustache Baking Mold. But let’s be honest: No matter how you cut it, eating a piece of moustache cake just sounds dirty. $16.98 at Urban Empire and Front and Co.

Usually when I want facial hair to come in contact with my eggs I go to Denny’s and take my chances. Thankfully there’s an easier way with the Moustache Egg Fryer, which transforms your fried egg into a delicious looking moustache-shaped egg. A great companion to the very real Sperm Egg Fryer, which, if my limited knowledge of biology is correct, should make a baby. $10 at Front and Co.

Canucks Garden Gnome

To quote former Canuck and grumpy sage Todd Bertuzzi, “It is what it is.” And what the Canucks Garden Gnome “is” is 14-inches of fun that’s way cheaper than a ticket to a Canucks game, smoother than Ryan Kesler’s washboard abs and nearly as fragile as defenseman Sami Salo. $54.99 at shop.canada. nhl.com

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Add some creepiness to your personal hygiene routine beyond your daily bubble bath with these pudgy appendages. Not creepy enough? The twolimb soap set is scented with baby powder. But hey, at least it’s vegan. $4.99 at perpetualkid.com

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Apart from refusing to join the U.S. invasion of Iraq, one of the cooler things former prime minister Jean Chretien did over the course of his lengthy political

career was put a chokehold on a protester who got all up in his business at a public ceremony in Hull, Quebec. Dubbed the “Shawinigan Handshake” after Chretien’s birthplace, the incident has been immortalized on YouTube and now on a 100 per cent cotton T-shirt by Vancouver design company Evokativ whose mandate is to celebrate unique moments in Canadian history. I can hardly wait for a shirt depicting Quebec separatist Lucien Bouchard losing his leg to flesh-eating disease. $29 at Walrus

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On the surface, combining ancient sexual positions with the raw tools of a Dungeons and Dragons game seems like they would cancel each other out. And you’d be right. But at least it’s less intrusive and time consuming than filling out a bingo card. $6.98 at Urban Empire

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Decline in Traffic Fatalities In April 2011, the United States Department of Highways (US DOT) announced its latest report concerning deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, or “traffic fatalities”. The report is good news in terms of improvement. However, for the relatives of the 33,808 people who Cedric Hughes became traffic fatalities in 2009, it is cold comfort. The American Transportation Secretary noted that: “many of our friends and neighbors are killed in preventable roadway tragedies every day.” The projected figure for 2010 (not yet finalized) is thought to be just over 32,000. This is the lowest number since 1949, when about 30,000 people died in road accidents. In 1949, statistics indicate that about 7 people died for every 100 million motoring mile travelled, but by 2009 the journey became considerably safer with about one person dying on the same “distance travelled” analysis. Traffic fatalities reached a peak in the early 1970’s, with over 50,000 deaths per year, and started a bumpy decline from the mid 1970’s to the early 1990’s, leveling off to around 40,000 per year in the early 1990s, a level maintained through to 2005, at which point the number was 43,000, followed by a steady decline since then to about 30,000 deaths annually . For reasons either unexplained or open to debate, the decline in traffic deaths has been most noticeable in the Pacific Northwest, with an apparent drop of 12% in the 2010 figures, for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Hawaii, California, and Arizona are also much safer places to drive, with an apparent 11% improvement. The explanations for the improvement, as identified or implied by the US DOT, are: • Replacement of outdated vehicles • Increase in well-engineered passenger crash protection • Use of Seatbelts • Child safety seats • Airbags • ABS brakes

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Wednesday’s news conference to announce Richard Rosenthal as B.C.’s first chief civilian director of a new organization to investigate deaths and serious injuries involving the police started with a bit of a stumble. David Eby, the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, was blocked from entering the room where the Premier and her Attorney General were holding forth. Consider it just another bit of clumsiness by a government that has made it a regular feature of the way it does business. Eby and his association have done more than any other to advocate for the proposition that police should not be investigating themselves. An organization such as this one is just what was needed. In fact, Eby welcomed the announcement. He’s not alone. The announcement came 13 years almost to the day that an aboriginal man named Frank Paul was dumped soaking wet in a back alley by a Vancouver police constable where he would soon perish from hypothermia. The subsequent police investigation led to the constable losing a day’s pay. It took the B.C. government another decade to set up the Davies Commission into Paul’s death. As a result, among other things, former B.C. Supreme Court Judge William Davies called for the civilian investigation of police. But whatever shoddy reputation the VPD had in these matters, it paled in comparison to what the RCMP was up to. After a string of in-custody deaths, the event that finally blew the public’s cork was the death of Polish im-

allengarr migrant Robert Dziekanski. He died at Vancouver International Airport after repeatedly being tasered and taken into custody by four RCMP officers. Fortunately, the egregious act was caught by a citizen on video that doubtless caused the government to move with more alacrity than they displayed in the Frank Paul case in calling a public inquiry after an internal police investigation found no particular fault. During the course of the Braidwood inquiry, the four RCMP officers repeatedly lied on the stand, refuting what was as plain as the video anyone could see. In the end, they were charged with perjury—nothing more. In his recommendations, former B.C. Appeal Court Justice Thomas Braidwood repeated the call for an end to police investigating themselves and the creation of a civilian body to investigate deaths and serious injuries that oc-

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curred while people were in their custody. These incidents—Paul’s and Dziekanski’s —and the reports they prompted didn’t just move the public; both the VPD and the RCMP finally realized the only way to regain the confidence of the public was to call for civilian investigators themselves. So for Richard Rosenthal, rather than thinking he is meeting a hostile force in our police as he found in his previous appointments as a civilian investigator south of the border, he should realize he is being welcomed here with open arms. At least for now. The folks he will have the most time convincing of his worth may well be the general public. In that regard, he is handicapped. His office will only deal with criminal matters, which are no small thing. But issues of policy violations, which form the greatest portion of complaints against the police, will still be handled first by the cops and then by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner. As well, there is the matter of his budget, which stands at $10 million per year. If police under investigation become litigious as they have been here and elsewhere in the past, that sum could quickly evaporate. We are left to wonder if the government will replenish it. And we should watch with interest to see if Rosenthal can live with another major objective. At the end of five years, he is expected to no longer have any former cops working as investigators on his staff. All that aside, this is a good first step. agarr@vancourier.com

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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Smart meters an uncontrolled experiment on public health This week, The City of North Vancouver called on the provincial government to halt plans to install smart meters or allow the program’s inspection by the B.C. Utilities Commission. In California, 43 cities, towns or counties have publicly opposed the devices, with 11 jurisdictions banning them outright. Are civic leaders bowing to pressure from paranoid Luddites, or are they wising up to a multibillion-dollar boondoggle that’s outfitting homes with fry-and-spy devices? Or is the answer huddling somewhere in between the contending claims? The public debate about electromagnetic emissions has never moved me that much, for one simple reason: the inverse square law. Move a few feet away from a power source and the emission strength drops off greatly. It comes down to cumulative exposure over time. There might be problem in the making if you hold a cellphone a few inches from your brain for hours every day—or there might not be. It all depends on which expert you ask. Both cell phones and smart meters employ radio frequency electromagnetic radiation, and there is no scientific consensus on the health effects of radio frequency (RF) fields. At Olson manor, our old analogue meter is positioned on the wall outside my wife’s office, just inches away from her desk. It is also only a few feet away from our sleeping heads in the main bedroom downstairs. B.C. Hydro insists on replacing it with a smart meter, and the inverse square law has come back to haunt me: emission strength scales up exponentially as you move closer to a radiation source. B.C. Hydro claims that exposure to radio frequency during a 20-year lifespan of a smart meter is equivalent to the exposure from a single 30-minute cellphone call. Not so, according to social scientist Daniel Hirsch, a senior lecturer on nuclear policy at the University of Santa Cruz. At a 10-foot distance, the whole body exposure to radio frequency from a smart meter may be up to 80 times higher than the whole body radio frequency exposure from a cellphone. In an interview on the news site indybay.org, Hirsch was asked what health risks these devices present to the public. “We don’t know,” he replied. “At the moment it’s uncertain what the health effect is from RF radiation. It could turn out to be significant. It could turn out to be insignificant. It’s a large experiment on a very large population and a big chunk of that experiment is involuntary.”

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geoffolson The lecturer draws a parallel between the current smart meter debate and the past debate on nuclear energy safety, with respect to the sluggishness of health officials to understand and acknowledge the risks of latent illnesses from cumulative doses of atomic radiation. Dr. David Carpenter is a Harvard Medical School-trained physician who headed up the New York State Dept. of Public Health for 18 years, before becoming dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany. In an interview with Maine’s Smart Meter Safety Coalition, Carpenter calls the safety assurances from the energy industry “absolutely false.” “While no one has actually done human health studies in relation to people living in homes with smart meters, we have evidence from a whole variety of other sources that demonstrates convincingly and consistently that exposure to radio frequency radiation at elevated levels for long periods of time increases the risk of cancer, increases damage to the nervous system, causes electrosensitivity, has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems,” says Carpenter. Carpenter insists it should be up to each individual if he or she “wants to be continually exposed, 24-7, to elevated levels of RF radiation. So an informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analogue meter.” In February, Olle Johansson, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, issued a press release stating that “the combined effect of cell phones, cordless phones, cell towers, WiFi and wireless Internet place billions of people around the world at risk for cancer, neurological disease and reproductive and developmental impairments.” Claims like this about the safety of RF fields should concern us, if it means a massive, long-term, uncontrolled experiment on public health. No wonder some of the lab rats in B.C. are calling for a referendum on smart meters. olscribbler.wordpress.com

A failed council candidate agrees that good ballot placement can tip the balance photo Dan Toulgoet in favour of getting elected in civic elections. To the editor: Re: “Alphabetic voting at play in Vancouver civic election,” Nov. 22. On the subject of ABC surnames raised by editor Barry Link, I think good ballot placement can definitely tip the balance. (I was surely tempted to run under my middle name Aaron.) However, I’ll give credit to voters for picking George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball and Adriane Carr for the new council as they are all excellent choices. I’m convinced that Coun. Ball succeeded thanks to a reputation built through years of community service and innovation in Vancouver’s arts scene. Note that Woodsworth, Yuen and even myself came only a few hundred votes short of getting elected despite less favorable ballot placement. There are many things that can be done to ballots themselves without throwing out a system of governance that has helped to create a

highly successful city like Vancouver. For example, today’s printing technology can easily produce ballots with names placed in random order. Or candidates could be provided with a number beside their name, which could aid thousands of voters with limited comprehension of English. As for predictions about a Vision dynasty, I wouldn’t make that bet yet. Vancouver politics—as the 2011 civic election demonstrated—is anything but predictable. On a final note, I’d like to thank the Courier for its thorough and balanced coverage of Election 2011. I’m appreciative that your reporters acknowledged my city council campaign in a variety of stories, as name recognition is what breathes life into any first crack at elected office.

To the editor: Re: “VSB chair explains Kitchener decision,” Letters, Nov. 25.

classrooms, extensive use of portable classrooms and the continuing east-west differential in school equipment and student performance, to name a few impediments to an educational system of which we can be proud, surely calls for a funding priority where “heritage preservation” should be way down the list of where educational dollars should be spent. While seismic upgrading is vitally important and should be a high priority, I do not see that a costly rebuilding of a 1914 wood-frame school house is at all related to this necessity.

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What seemed like a long time ago—Oct. 19 to be exact—Police Chief Jim Chu issued a dire warning at a Vancouver Police Board meeting saying his police force could run a deficit for the first time in seven years. Chu pointed to the Occupy Vancouver protest on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which began Oct. 15, as the reason for driving up policing costs. “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 me after the board meeting. But he 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

The public won’t know until January if policing Occupy Vancouver put the VPD into the red. file photo Dan Toulgoet budget number on it.” Now that the protest has fizzled and there are only three weeks left in the year, the question remains whether the VPD will run a deficit this year. The answer? I thought I would get one at the Nov. 16 police board meeting. But this is as close as I got when Deputy Chief Adam Palmer addressed the board. “We probably won’t know until early 2012, when the final calculations are done,” said Palmer, who oversees the VPD’s financial picture. “So it’s going to be that late until we can tell you definitively. The first few weeks into January we’re still finalizing the 2011 budget and

what the final costs are.” Police board member Glenn Wong suggested at the meeting that a letter be written to city council, warning them about a possible deficit. “Personally, I’d feel more comfortable if at least they had some formal warning so there’s not a major surprise to council from the board,” said Wong, who made the comment without Mayor Gregor Robertson, the board’s chairperson, in the room. He was absent that day, on the campaign trail. But Wong’s suggestion was shot down by police board members Patti Marfleet and Mary Collins, who suggested the board wait for an update at the Dec. 14 meeting. “I think we want to be

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Photographer Chris Kennedy has heard a lot of compelling stories as a volunteer with Help-Portrait Vancouver the past two years. “One story that really touched me was of a young mother and her little girl who had never had their picture taken together before,” said Kennedy. “And now they have a beautiful portrait together they can keep.” This year, Kennedy and a small army of volunteer photographers, makeup artists and hairstylists broke away from Help-Portrait to launch a similar movement, called Free-Portrait Vancouver. “This way we have more control over what happens to the pictures after we take them,” said Kennedy. “We’ll own the images so in the future if we want to put them together for a fundraising project we can. We don’t want to exploit anyone.” Help-Portrait was founded by American celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart in 2009 when he put out a call to photographers around the world to pick up a camera and use their skills to give back to their communities. Cowart’s idea allows participants with little or no financial means an oppor-

tunity to have a professional portrait taken, complete with hair and makeup, should they choose. Kennedy said while he was happy to be part of that initiative, he and photographer Jonathan Cruz of Gastown Photo wanted a more local approach this year. Cruz is the lead photographer for Free-Portrait Vancouver, which takes place at the Carnegie Centre this Saturday (Dec. 10). Kennedy and Cruz hope participants, including homeless people, will feel more comfortable having their picture taken once they know their portrait will remain and be used locally. “Free-Portrait is an extension of a core idea shared around the world, but our vision is to have the event benefit the Downtown Eastside community,” said Cruz. “We believe this single day is a beginning.” The debut Free-Portrait event has support from Carnegie Centre staff, Aveda Institute for hair and makeup, Future Shop, Canon Canada and Homewerx. Lighting for the event is being supplied by William F. White Vancouver, which provides equipment to the film industry. The goals behind Free-Portrait Vancouver are simple: Invite people in need, provide them with a safe venue where they can have their portrait

taken, print their portrait in less than 24 hours and give participants their picture without charge. “It’s great to be able to give a beautiful picture to someone who doesn’t have the access or opportunity, to show their family,” Kennedy said. “They can have their hair and makeup done to be as beautiful as they want to be or just walk in off the street and have their portrait taken as is.” The Help-Portrait project also takes place globally this year Dec. 10, but the Vancouver version of the event was held last weekend at Union Gospel Mission. To accommodate the event, Union Gospel built five temporary studios at its Downtown Eastside mission. More than 40 photographers and 12 makeup artists and hairstylists volunteered their time to get their subjects ready for their close-up. Once their portrait was taken, participants were given two copies, a Christmas card and enough postage to mail a copy to a friend or family. Free-Portrait Vancouver organizers are looking for volunteers to help with their event which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Community Centre, located at the corner of Main and Hastings streets. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Just in time for Christmas is a new book dedicated to the British Columbia Regiment, an armoured reconnaissance reserve unit with an armoury at 620 Beatty St. Swift & Strong is a pictorial history dedicated to the highly awarded regiment, which since its formation in 1883 served in two world wars and later world-wide peace keeping missions. The regiment’s history also includes serving during the Nanaimo Coal Riots of 1913, the tragedy of the Komagata Maru in 1914, fire fighting in Kelowna and at home during the 2010 Olympic Games. Today, the Duke

Dec. 9

For the fifth consecutive year, the annual Tree Lighting event takes place at Jack Poole Plaza at the Convention Centre. This year the festivities run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Dec. 9. The lighting of the 50-foot tree takes place at 6:55 p.m. That honour goes to Rick Hansen. Besides the Vancouver Children’s Choir and Christmas soloists, there’ll be a special appearance by the B.C. Lions and Felions. The MC for the event is Bro Jake from Rock 101.

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The third annual South Hill Christmas event takes place this Saturday Along Fraser Street near East 47th Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m. South Hill Christmas brings together residents and businesses for a celebration that includes music, free gifts for children and a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. (It’s about time Mrs. C got the recognition she deserves.) For more information visit southhillbia.ca.

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Rev. Grant Zweigle, senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, recently returned from a small village in Kenya where he was accompanied by his 11-year-old son. The father and son team was accompanied by Domenic Peluso, who heads up Heal the Kids Project, an organization dedicated to helping children in developing countries. Before leaving Vancouver, the

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The B.C. government has hired Denver’s former police watchdog to lead the province’s new agency responsible for investigating police incidents resulting in serious harm and death. Richard Rosenthal will earn about $200,000 a year as chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office. The agency is expected to be operational in six months with an estimated annual budget of $10 million. “My first priority is going to be making sure that the investigations that are done are complete, thorough, have integrity and will withstand public scrutiny,” Rosenthal said Wednesday at a press conference in which he was introduced by Premier Christy Clark. “The goal is to be part of a solution that reduces the risk to officers for the need to use lethal force or use of force at all.” Rosenthal will lead a team that will have the power to recommend criminal charges against municipal and RCMP officers in B.C. involved in shootings and serious use-of-force incidents. Currently, that responsibility falls to police departments, which the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and other advocacy groups have criticized for perceived bias in police investigating police. Rosenthal acknowledged that “people likely with police experience” will be involved in the start-up of the office and teach civilians about investigations. “This agency is going to follow my expectations and

it’s going to be a civilian-led agency and, over time, we’re going to work on the goal of making sure that it is purely civilian,” he said. Rosenthal was most recently head of an independent agency in Denver, Colo. that monitored all officerinvolved shootings and incustody deaths. He was also a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles for 15 years and created Portland’s first professional police oversight agency. Members of the RCMP and Vancouver Police Department flanked Rosenthal at the press conference in the B.C. government’s offices at Canada Place. VPD Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke said after the press conference the VPD supported the new agency and hoped it will give the public confidence. Lemcke added that the VPD still wants the new agency to handle all police complaints. The BCCLA welcomed the creation of the new agency but the association’s executive director David Eby said he wished Rosenthal and his new team would review previous serious cases involving police. Rosenthal made it clear at the press conference his agency won’t be investigating historical police-involved shootings or serious incidents. “I hope that Mr. Rosenthal does keep an open mind about the possibility of reviewing some historical files,” said Eby, referring to the police shooting deaths of Kevin St. Arnaud in 2004 in Vanderhoof and of Ian Bush in 2005 in Prince George. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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It Never Rains in Mexico

By Meg Todd

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y dad was not one to plan for the worst, and my mom knew not to bother planning at all. So when we went on our big road trip to Alaska, the one that we’d been talking about for a year, everything was thrown helter-skelter into the Wagoneer. And once the hibachi, the tents, sleeping bags, canned food, dog food, bread and peanut butter, cooler, tarps, foamies, rain gear, and dogs were in, Jules and I clambered aboard and made ourselves a nest. We both loved this part—travelling into the dark of night, our parents quiet, and us hunkered down under a makeshift tent of blankets, tarps and sleeping bags. Carly the Heinz 57 and Simon the lab-cross panted or snored beside us and we held a flashlight and played Crazy 8’s, Snap, and War until one of us got cranky and threw down her cards, crossed her hands over her chest and pouted. That was when we’d lie down in the mess of bedding and fall asleep. After the second day of steady rain, my dad pulled into a rest stop. “This is crap,” he said. We crouched under a tree to eat peanut butter sandwiches and cold spaghetti from a can. Rain dripped off the branches and the dogs whined to get back in the Wagoneer. My mom chucked the trash and we had a pee, and not ten minutes after we were driving again, my dad did a halting U-turn, right in the middle of the highway. My sister and I watched the headlights behind grow closer until they went by in a streak of light and rain and left us in the echo of a horn blast. My mom was slumped down in a kind of resignation that I recognized and didn’t like. “You can’t just do that, Eddie. I don’t think it’s right,” she said shaking her head. “Too much rain, Karin. And I’m not spending this holiday driving through rain. The wipers don’t even work.” “I mean turning on the highway. We could’ve been killed.” “But we weren’t, were we?” My dad turned to look at us. He winked. “Girls. What about Mexico? It never rains there.” We shouted like cheerleaders, like we had a clue what driving from Canada to Mexico meant. “Yeah,” said Jules, “Mexico! I wanna get a bracelet. And can we go in the ocean? A girl in my class went swimming with dolphins in Mexico. Can we Dad?” My mom reached back and cuffed the side of Jules’ head. That was when we lay down and closed our eyes. “It’s gonna takes us weeks to get there, Ed. You can’t be serious.” They whispered back and forth and I lay there and felt the drone of the car and heard the uneven swish of the wipers in the steamy dampness of dog breath and body heat. I hoped Mexico was far away and I felt, at that moment, as though we could go anywhere. My dad was serious. He drove eight or ten hours at a time never letting my mom take the wheel. We slept when it got dark after we’d eaten pepperoni and crackers or apples and cheese, and when we woke up we’d be at a new lake or a creek or a slough. There was always water and there was never a campground. My dad would dig a hole for a toilet and throw sticks in the water for the dogs. He challenged Jules and me to get there first and he’d stand on the shore and cheer like we were Olympians. Our skin turned brown from the sun and the lack of soap. No

one complained; this was how we camped. My dad made treasure hunts, breaking twigs and bending grass so that only the cleverest tracker could find his way. We did our best and he guided us to the end with broad hints, then he praised us as though we were terribly clever. Or he called us idiots and walked off until dinner when my mom would look at him from the corners of her eyes. One of the things he was keen to see was Crater Lake. “It’s on the way,” he said. “I think it’s the deepest lake in the world. A volcano. Could erupt right when we’re standing there looking at it. Would you be ready for that? Hey?” He nudged my mom. “Where is it, Ed? Is this a real lake or are you making this up because if you are it’s not funny.” Jules and I climbed a slippery rain forest tree in Oregon and my dad stood at the bottom. “Come on girls,” he cried, “Higher!” I was behind Jules, reaching and pulling, and looking down. Mossy growth on the branches under me, soft and thick as wet leaves so that I caught myself against the trunk and cried out. Jules looked at me like I’d slipped on purpose. “You’re gonna be chicken at the volcano,” she said. I became convinced the lake would erupt and I kept my eyes on my mom. She had her knitting and thick torn paperbacks like Hawaii and Airport. She didn’t even see us

when she was reading. “But what about Carly and Simon?” I asked, “When the volcano erupts?” My dad picked me up and swung me by the wrists, round and round so that I was tottery and a little sick when he put me down. “First stop Crater Lake,” he shouted, “Next stop Mexico!” And then he chased Jules and me down to the water, the dogs wound up and barking at his heels. He tossed us in one by one, clothes and all so that we dripped back up to the car where my mom threw up her hands. “Oh my God, Eddie! Do you always have to be so damned juvenile? Can’t you for once just sit down and read a book? For once?” “Books talk about it, baby, but I do it.” Jules held my dad’s hand when we walked. And I did too, usually. We got to Crater Lake at the end of a full day of driving. We were cranky and the dogs stank of car sweats. It was hot and we’d gone too long without a swim or a stop. My dad clenched the wheel with buggy tired eyes. ‘Closed’ the sign read, but my dad veered around the barrier so that the car leaned right and we almost went into the ditch. Jules and I perked up and shouted, “Whoa!” clutching at the cooler, and my mom hissed, “Shhh!” At the little hut beside the second barrier stretching across the road, a man in brown pants and a brown shirt stepped in front of the Wagoneer

with his hand up like a stop sign. “The lake’s closed,” he said. “Whadyamean the lake’s closed,” my dad said, leaning out of the window. “A lake can’t be closed.” “Sewage leak,” the man said. My dad was silent for a second, “How long?” “We’re not sure just yet. Shouldn’t be too long, a day or two.” “A day or two? A day or two? We’re on a tight schedule.” “Yeah,” Jules said, “We’re going to Mexico!” The man didn’t look at Jules. He shifted his gaze to the empty gravel road behind us. With his hand in the air he made a circling motion that meant that we had to turn around. My dad spun the tires making gravel fly so that Jules shrieked and my mom pursed her lips. She was the number one lip-purser. I hit Jules to make her quiet. In her calm voice my mom said, “Come on Ed. I know what you’re thinking and it’s not going to happen.” “What? What am I thinking?” “All right. You’re going to come up with a way. Am I right?” “You girls want to see Crater Lake? You want to see a volcano erupt kaboom! right up into the lake so there’s a humongous spouting fountain and we’re on it like a water slide?”


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fiction contest “Did you notice that the guard had a gun, Ed? This is not Canada. These people mean business.” She tightened up against the passenger door with her hands pressed under her legs. “Come on Karin, a sewage leak? P-lease! How can a goddamned lake have a sewage leak? It’s a frigging conspiracy. Don’t think I can’t see that and don’t think I’m going to be stopped by some little wanker gun-toting boy scout.” My mom closed her eyes. And then I didn’t even want to see the lake. I held onto Simon and banged my body against the cooler, quiet, rhythmic bangs, one, two; one, two. “It’s not the lake, Ed. Obviously. It must be the outbuildings or whatever they call them. They must know. Must know if it’s a health risk or something. They run the place.” “That’s the trouble with you, always ready to cave, always caving to so-called authority. How would some idiot carrying a gun and wearing a ranger suit know the first thing about health risks?” “Somebody’s got to know,” she said. Jules glanced at me and then she bounced onto her knees, “A gun! A real gun! That shoots! You better behave Simon, you better behave Carly,” she wagged her finger in front of the dogs, “’Cause we’re not in Canada and that man had a gun.” I pinched the soft flesh under her arm and tried to clap my hand over

her mouth because I knew what my dad was doing. I knew he was crossing the little line. That’s what my mom called it, “There’s a little line,” she’d said to me in my room, “An imaginary line. Everybody knows where it is. It’s like how you know that you can’t go to school in your underwear. That kind of line.” She told me that after my dad took me to work and let me drive the forklift when I was six. I could’ve died, she said. My dad followed the signs for Shady Grove. I thought it sounded like a town in a comic book. Maybe we would stay there and it would be nice and then we’d just keep going on to Mexico. It took a long time and when we got there we’d missed dinner so my mom bought donuts and we sat at a picnic table by the river and watched the sun set. It was nice and I made myself forget about Crater Lake. Jules and I looked at the wall of clouds that were heavy and dark in front of the sun. She pointed to the clouds and said, “It looks like you.” “What?” “Kind of sad,” she said. While we were eating, my dad walked around the town. He came back whistling, swinging a stick at the bushes and drinking beer. He tossed the empty cans one by one into the river. Jules and I went in the water in the leftover light until our feet were numb and we were shaking all over. “Glacial fed,” my dad said.

“Maybe they were in too long,” my mom said and she hustled us into the Wagoneer with the dogs so that we could get warm and fall asleep. I sat up when the car slowed into the turnoff and the tires crunched on the gravel. At the hut, my dad stopped and turned off the engine. He took off one shoe and held it in his hand. He leaned his head back and slapped the shoe down onto his open palm. Letting out a long airy whistle, he opened the door and got out. I held my breath. The man with the gun stood there like he’d been waiting for us. My dad held up his shoe and shouted, “What are you going to do, ranger boy, shoot me? Hey? Shoot me? In front of my wife and my daughters?” I didn’t like that. I didn’t want to be included. “We’re going to that goddamned lake. You can shoot us with your friggin’ BB gun, you little faggot, but we’re going. ” I shoved my head under the sleeping bag and hummed and hummed not wanting to hear the shot, not wanting to see my dad fight with the man with the gun. I didn’t want to see dumb old Crater Lake. Beside me Jules sat up and I lifted my head to watch her. “Are we there yet?” she said, “Did I miss it?” She was stupid. The way she peered out the steamy window. The way she tried to see what was going on. Like she didn’t know

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our dad would get shot out there. I hissed, “Shhh.” My mom’s hands were tight fists and she kept her lips stiff, her jaw working while she waited, like she’d forgotten us. Jules ignored me and leaned over to open the door, just like we were at a gas station and she had to get water or put something in the garbage or stretch her legs. She climbed out, blankets and junk trailing behind her. Simon whined. Carly lifted her head, sniffed, and hopped over the bedding after Jules. “Oh Jesus,” my mom said and she took hold of the dashboard and sat sideways, looking out at Jules and Carly, and the two men. I sort of couldn’t breathe. My dad held the shoe above his head and the man held the gun in front of his belt with both hands. “Turn your vehicle around, mister,” he said. “What the hell you gonna do? Hey? Forest ranger fairy. Shoot? Ya gonna shoot us? Come on, boy. Shoot me.” My dad was hopping around in his sock and his shoe,

banging his hand against his chest, “Shoot me. Come on, shoot me!” Carly barked. He ran around like a maniac, jumping and snapping at the man then turning and running at my dad. He went back and forth, back and forth, and then he trotted off towards the lake, with his tail turning in circles. My dad stopped. He and the man watched Carly run off into the dark and then they turned to look at Jules who was standing beside the Wagoneer in her bare feet, watching them and saying nothing. “To hell with you,” the man said and he walked back to the hut with his gun hanging by his side. He banged the door hard. When we got to the lake my dad left the car running. The headlights shone onto black water. That was all we saw—a beam of light on thick darkness and nothing else. Jules and I stood there side by side. I wanted to cry. My dad sat in the car with his hands on the wheel, staring straight ahead and my mom sat beside him with her hand on his.

Born in Calgary, Meg lives in Vancouver with her husband and four children. She enjoys working in the garden and spends a fair amount of time contemplating recipes for kale and Swiss chard. Meg teaches fitness classes, and writing fiction is a relatively new and sporadic part of her life. She can attest that though beef jerky may not inspire one to put pen to paper, the clouds can be anyone’s muse.


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Piles of old Vancouver Aquarium fleece jackets and vests, 20,000 metres of thread and sewing students from Eric Hamber secondary—that’s all it took to transform discarded uniforms into blankets and hats, which the high schoolers donated to the Salvation Army’s Harbour Light centre on East Cordova, Wednesday. Scott Finestone, Vancouver Aquarium’s outreach coordinator, said the aquarium was looking at reducing waste when its sustainability coordinator suggested turning the old staff uniforms into blankets instead of throwing them away. The aquarium considered using volunteers at its Stanley Park location but realized it was too big a job. “We thought what a great project it would be to get high school students involved from a home economics class,” he said, adding that about 150 jackets and vests were turned into dozens of blankets and toques. “[Uniforms] wear out— the zipper busts or the elastic around the wrists busts. Something goes wrong. They just have a big tear in them so we can’t continue to use them or staff moves on and we take the uniforms back. If they’re not in good condition, we hold on to them, until we finally discovered this good use for them.” Finestone hopes to continue the tradition of recycling uniforms when possible. “We are going to attempt to do this every year, but it depends. The amount of uniforms we brought to the school were things that had piled up over a couple of years, so we might not have enough to do this every year, but certainly this is an initiative we want to do again in the future.” Eric Hamber sewing teacher Nina Ho said students spent roughly 250 volunteer hours on the project, which produced 24 large blankets, 28 smaller

ones and 45 hats. The school created a sewing club several years ago. A student came up with its name last year—Seams of Love. “[The school’s] always been doing various things for charities… [The sewing work] was done all piecemeal depending on who had time. First we cut everything up, and then we started serging everything. In terms of thread, I think we used at least 20,000 metres,” Ho said. “The blankets will keep somebody warm and we haven’t wasted very much material. Considering everything, there’s very little wastage from the jackets.”

“IT WAS JUST A REALLY FUN THING THAT WE COULD ALL GET TOGETHER AND DO. IT WAS A GOOD CHALLENGE. THERE WAS A LOT OF FLEECE AND THERE WERE A LOT OF US WORKING.” Nicole Wong, 17

Nicole Wong, 17, put in 12 hours of sewing. “We all did it in our free time. There’s one girl who spent over 30 hours doing it,” explained the Grade 12 student. “As textile students we’re here a lot after school anyway working on projects. It was just a really fun thing that we could all get together and do. It was a good challenge. There was a lot of fleece and there were a lot of us working. It was a lot of work with the ripping and tearing and the cutting, but it was enjoyable. In the end it’s a really good feeling—the sense of accomplishment that we turned all these piles of jackets that would have gone to waste. Now it’s in all these piles of blankets and hats.” noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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In Wednesday’s Class Notes, I mentioned Britannia secondary’s Homework Club made the semi-finals to potentially win between $100,000 and $150,000 through an Aviva Insurance contest. The latest round of voting to qualify for the finals started Dec. 5 and ends Dec. 16. But I omitted two other Vancouver schools that are also in the semi-finals—Sir James Douglas elementary hopes to win between $50,000 and $100,000 in the medium budget category for new playgrounds, while Admiral Seymour elementary (under the name Every Child Deserves Support) hopes to secure between $50,000 to $100,000, also in the medium budget category, to set up a therapeutic art room where an Expressive Art Therapist (EXAT) can counsel emotionally fragile students. (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association’s Feline Trap, Neuter, Return Program made the semifinals in the up to $50,000 category.) Submissions from across Canada—30 in each of the budget categories—small, medium and large, made the semi-finals. Ten from each category will make the finals, after which an independent panel will select winners. A total of $1 million is up for grabs this year. Eleven entries won last year. For information about voting and complete details about all the submissions, see avivacommunityfund.org. Douglas elementary, at 7550 Victoria Dr., is a century-old school that’s slated to be torn down. In January 2013, students hope to move into a replacement school located

adjacent to the old school. But the old playground is too decrepit to be moved. Its contest submission reads in part: “Our school is the heart of our community and the playground is a key component of our new school (the kids would argue the most important feature). The parents are working to raise the funds to ensure that the new school will have a playground for the children to enjoy but we need some extra help. The landscape plan for the new school includes spaces for three playground areas: a primary playground, an intermediate playground and an all-age sloped playground.” The three playgrounds are expected to a cost just over $100,000. Installation is extra. Seymour elementary, at 1130 Keefer St., explains that Expressive Art Therapists are trained in child-centred therapy through the use of drawing, painting, music, dance/ movement, storytelling, journaling, sculpting, play and drama. Its submission states in part: “We would use the funding to successfully create an inviting, resource filled therapeutic art room. Any remaining money would be used to top up our art therapist’s time so that we would have a full-time therapist from January 2012 until June 2013. “This support blitz would hugely impact our students and help them to learn how to deal with their emotions in positive ways. Our students’ need for more support is urgent and extreme. They will be deeply impacted by receiving this support in a safe, caring environment so much so that it could alter the course of their futures and impact them for the rest of their lives.” noconnor@vancourier.com

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Two-year-old Carter Bryant Thomas checks out the Festival of Trees at the Fairmont Empress Victoria. photo Sandra Thomas lighted to discover it was accompanied by a tiny scone, which pays homage to the hotel’s famously traditional high tea. While relaxing in the Bengal Room, manager Martin Leclerc told us that while the Empress is still a grand dame of hotels, it now has some modern twists. “The Empress can be sexy,” he said. He’s right. The hotel is a mix of old-world charm and modern amenities, including the ones at Willow Stream Spa, a stand-alone operation within the Fairmont. I indulged in the Seasonings Scrub and Massage package, which was much appreciated after spending the previous month packing, moving and unpacking. A pastry making-challenge was also on the day’s agenda. I and five other women received a hands-on lesson from Empress pastry chef D’Oyen Christie. Our task: build and decorate a classic yule log. Thankfully, Chef D’Oyen and his staff had pre-made the sponge cake and butter icing needed for our creations. By the end of our class, most of us had icing somewhere it

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We often think of spiritual awakening as the culmination of many years of ascetic practice—a state of enlightenment or nirvana achieved after a long life journey. It may be thought of as a point of no return. After experiencing the insights of this awakened state, we are forever transformed. But in our everyday usage of the word, we awaken each day, and we pass through countless cycles of sleeping and reawakening day after day throughout our lives, and many—even after decades of these cycles—seem none the wiser. In between mundane awakening from our nightly slumber and ultimate spiritual awakening is the awakening to the present day. Enjoy the sensations of being fully alive. Feel the warm comfort of soft sheets before you roll out of bed, and the refreshing splash of water on your face. Savour all that you eat. Appreciate the appearance and texture of your food, and consider its source. How did it come to your table? What have others done to bring it there? Be thankful.

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When you give someone a BCAA Membership, you’ll enjoy peace-of-mind knowing they’ll have best-in-class roadside assistance whenever they need it. And you’ll even wrap up a $20 Husky and Mohawk™ gas certificate for yourself. To learn more, call 1-888-873-0611, click on bcaa.com/gift or visit your nearest BCAA location. Offer expires December 31, 2011 and is valid on all new Primary and Associate driving Memberships. Not available with Join-on-Arrival Memberships or Membership renewals. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for gift certificate delivery. While supplies last.

Preparation: 1. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows at High for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. 2. Stir in vanilla. Stir in Rice Krispies cereal until well coated. Using lightly buttered spatula, press into buttered 3.5 L (13 x 9”) pan. 3. Allow mixture to cool slightly. Using a round cookie cutter, cut cereal mixture into circles. Decorate with icing and candy as desired. Use a dot of frosting to secure the marshmallows and cinnamon candies. Recipe courtesy www.newscanada.com.


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It’s in the bag… It’s never passé to give a gift that was thought up and tailored specifically for an individual or family. Here are some ideas for home-made gifts for your “special someone’s” this year.

Go Hand-made: Beautiful but simple beaded jewelry,

knits scarves that are bright and cheery – why not support a local crafter for your gift-giving needs? You can also check out the craft fairs around town for special one-of-a-kind items.

All Sewn Up: For those of you that are handy with the sewing machine, find some

beautiful, textured fabric in a colour that suits your giftee and sew up a lovely shawl; perhaps add some fringe - it’ll be a treasure they’ll fawn over.

Baskets of Beauty: Collect different and interesting baskets / holders, buy

clear cellophane and some thicker, fancy ribbon. Create a theme – cookies, coffee beans and a set of mugs; cool kitchen gadgets; golf themed items, etc.

Tree of Giving Sponsored by Kingsgate Mall, Vancouver Courier, Children’s Corner, Kimount & Kivan Boys & Girls Club, Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Florence Nightingale, Mt. Pleasant, Seymour & Strathcona Elementary Schools.

Take a card from the tree located near Mark’s Work Warehouse. It tells you the age/sex of the child and special interests. Find a suitable gift and place it (unwrapped) in our Tree of Giving House with the tag attached.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, over 1200 gifts were collected last year.

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Christmas Worship

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4405 W. 8th Avenue (Corner of Trimble)

604-224-0212

Website: http:sthelensanglican.org

Christmas Worship Services Rector: The Rev. Scott Gould

Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve 4 pm Family Christmas Service - Pageant 7 pm A Quiet Christmas Eve - Carols & Prayers 11 pm Midnight Mass Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day 11 am Christmas Communion Sunday, January 1 – Epiphany 8 am Holy Eucharist 11 am Holy Eucharist “ALL ARE WELCOME”

MARTIN LUTHER CHURCH 505 East 46th Avenue, Vancouver (one block West of Fraser St) Pastor Nicholas Hopman

604-325-0550

"We Welcome You"

604-732-1835

December 24 Christmas Eve Worship 5:00 pm German Service 7:00 pm English Candlelight Service December 25 10:00 am Combined English/German Service Regular Sunday Worship 9:00 am German Service 11:00 am English Service

Sunday, December 11 10:00 am Baptism and worship 7:00 pm Vivaldi’s Gloria and Contemporary Choral Works Tuesday, December 13 7:30 pm When Christmas is Tough, a gentle service


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Worship in Vancouver St. Augustine’s Anglican Church 8680 Hudson Street, Vancouver, BC

604-263-9212

Christmas Services SUNDAY, DEC. 18 • 7:30 PM Lessons and Carols Celebration

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off Victoria between Powell & Hastings

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Sunday Celebrations at11:00 am Meditation 10:15 am

Holiday Candle-Lighting: Friday, Dec 23rd, 6:30-8:00 pm Celebrating Winter Solsice, Hanukkah & Christmas

Dunbar Evangelical Lutheran Church Join us this Christmas! Christmas Carol Sing Along: Sunday, Dec 18: 7:00pm

SATURDAY, DEC. 24 • 7:30 PM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service:

SUNDAY, DEC. 25 • 10:00 AM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Holy Communion:

10:00pm

Christmas Day with Holy Communion:

10:30am

Christmas Eve Communion

1440 West 12th Avenue (at Hemlock) 604-731-3221

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Christmas Day Communion

Saturday, Dec 24: 5:00pm

www.holytrinityvancouver.org

CHRISTMAS SEASON SERVICES Carol Service 9 lessons and Carols Blue Christmas "A service of hope when Christmas hurts" Christmas Eve Services Contemporary Family Candlelight Traditional Candlelight

7:00 pm December 24 7:00 pm 11:00 pm

Christmas Day Holy Communion

December 25 10:30 am

3491 West 31st Ave., Vancouver 604-266-6818 • www.dunbarlutheran.ca Pastor: Thomas Keeley

December 18 10:30 am December 20

“ALL ARE WELCOME”

HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Rector: Rev. Dr. John Oakes

christmas at St. Anselm’s

St. Anselm’s invites you to celebrate Christmas with us. We are inclusive, handicapped accessible & friendly. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

7:30PM CHRISTMAS LESSONS & CAROLS – Traditional service of scripture reading, prayers and music.

CHRISTMAS EVE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24

4:30PM FAMILY SERVICE & PAGEANT– All ages are welcome to watch or participate in the Christmas story. Simple costumes available before the service. 9:30PM CANDLELIGHT & COMMUNION – Beautiful meditative service full of candlelight and music.

CHRISTMAS DAY EUCHARIST, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 10:30AM Joyful celebration of Christ’s birth.

St. Anselm’s Anglican Church

5210 University Blvd, Vancouver (across from UBC Golf Course) 604.224.1410 | www.stanselms.ca

You are warmly invited to our Christmas Eve Service, for all ages

Carols by Candlelight Saturday, December 24th 7:30 p.m.

CHOWN MEMORIAL & CHINESE UNITED CHURCH 3519 Cambie Street at 19th Avenue 604-876-7104

Sunday Worship Services, English 10:00 a.m. - Cantonese 11:30 a.m.

St. Philip’s Anglican Church 3737 West 27th Ave., Vancouver 604.224.3238

www.stphilipsdunbar.com Rector: The Ven. John Stephens Honorary Assistant: The Rev’d Dr. Marilyn Hames

Christmas Services

Trinity United Church 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver

~ In the heart of Kitsilano ~

Children’s Christmas

December 19, 20, 21 - 10am to noon Stories, Carols and Crafts for children of all ages.

Christmas Eve Family Service December 24th - 7:00 pm

Christmas Day Service December 25th - 10:00 am

Everyone is welcome! Phone: 604-732-3075 www.trinityunitedchurch.ca

Christmas 2011 at Wilson Heights United Church CHRISTMAS EVE • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 7:00 pm The Christmas Story 9:30 pm Candlelight Communion CHRISTMAS DAY • SUNDAY • DECEMBER 25 10:30 am Carol Service All are Welcome!

Christmas Eve 5:00pm Children’s Service (very young children) 7:30pm Holy Eucharist 11:00pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 9.00am Holy Eucharist

1634 41st Ave. E. (41st & Argyle) Vancouver

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St. Mary’s Anglican Church, South Hill 808 Est 50th Avene, Vancouver

Sunday, Dec.11 7:00 pm Celebration of Lessons & Carols Christmas Eve Service 7:00 pm Christmas Day Regular Sunday Service 10:30am Warm and welcoming community.

KERRISDALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2733 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver, BC Tel: 604-261-1434 • E-mail: kpc@telus.net www.kerrisdalechurch.ca Minister Rev. Steve Filyk

All Sunday Services at 10:00 Children’s program and care available. Visitors are welcome at all events. Dec. 11 10 am Dec. 14 6 pm

10:00 am Christmas Day Service

Carolling through the neighbourhood followed by hot chocolate and cookies. All ages welcome – meet at the Memorial Centre.

Dec. 15 11:15 am

305 W. 41st Ave. 604-324-7444

www.oakridgeunited.org

A Warm Welcome to All

December 18: 10:00 am Morning Worship Service 7:30 pm Lessons & Carols December 20: 7:00 pm Blue Christmas Service December 24: 7:30 pm Christmas Eve Service

Advent Three – A Time of Joy

OAKRIDGE UNITED CHURCH

Sunday Services at 9:30 am Traditional Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols 7:00 pm Saturday, December 24th Candlelight Communion at 8 pm

Christmas Day Service 9:30 am Sunday, December 25th

December 25:

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Christmas for a Cause Fundraiser for Charities 8:00 pm Tues. Dec. 20th

Ryerson Lunch with the Magee Secondary School Chamber Choir, Greg Quan, Conductor (Memorial Centre)

Dec. 18 10 am

Advent 4 – A Time of Love

CELEBRATION and WONDER KNOX UNITED CHURCH CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Dec. 19 8 pm

Music and Carols for Christmas – The Choir of Ryerson, string quartet, organist John Mitchell, Bryn Nixon, Conductor. Admission by donation

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Dec. 24 5 pm

Family Christmas Eve Service including a spontaneous pageant – Your chance to be an angel, lamb or shepherd

Dec. 24 9 pm

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Celebrating a New Year

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Epiphany Sunday: Procession of the Kings

FAMILY WORSHIP CELEBRATION 7PM “JUST JOYFUL”

WORSHIP BY CANDLE LIGHT 10PM SATURDAY DECEMBER 24th “THOUGHTFULLY JOYFUL”

Discover us at: 5600 BALACLAVA STREET 45th & Yew, Vancouver • 604.266.5377 • www.ryersonunited.ca

( 1/2 a block North of 41st Avenue on Balaclava) www.knoxunitedvancouver.org


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KIDS LOVE TO LEARN Oxford Learning offers these tips to help students stay sharp when school is out:

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Keep busy. School breaks can cause a drop in momentum, so it’s important that students keep working during school breaks. There is always schoolwork or review that students can work on, even if they don’t have assigned homework. Read a book together. Parents can help young children develop better reading comprehension skills by reading and discussing books together. Play board games. Board games can help children learn to be organized, to plan, to be persistent, and to improve memory. Games that use money can teach essential mathematical skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and even concepts like estimation. Set a work schedule. Children are used to following a routine during the school day, so sticking to a routine during vacation time is natural and keeps kids on track.

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Hit the Books. Get ahead! Upcoming projects, essays, assignments, and readings can be easily chipped away at during the break.

For more information about any of Oxford Learning Kerrisdale’s programs, contact Kim at: 604-266-6000; website: kerrisdale@oxfordlearning.com. For 32 years, Arts Umbrella has been inspiring kids with high-quality programs in visual, media and performing arts. Arts Umbrella encourages creative thought in our community’s young citizens, and strives to remove financial and geographical barriers to participation.

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Just because the holidays are approaching it doesn’t mean fulfilling activities and academic brainpower get put on hold! These local schools have some timely advice for Vancouver families…

One for the Kids and sponsors to continue to positively impact children’s lives through high-quality arts education experiences. For more information, visit www.artsumbrella.com. Fast Foot Speed is a Vancouver-based youth futsal club. Futsal is a sport similar to indoor soccer. For South Americans, futsal is “The Sport” that produced all of the great soccer legends. At Fast Foot Speed they focus on developing a young player’s technical ability.

Registration is on now for children and youth arts classes starting January 9! Inspiring visual, digital and performing arts classes are available for kids ages 2-19, from beginner to advanced. A non-profit organization, Arts Umbrella relies on volunteers, community partners

For youth living on the streets, there is no home for the

holidays...

Vancouver’s problem with homelessness is at an all time high, with many of those with no home of their own being under the age of 24. At the Courier, we decided to provide an opportunity to our readers to give a little cheer and kindness to the youth on our streets this holiday season.

Here’s how you can help: When out shopping for those stocking stuffers this holiday season, see what’s on special and grab an extra something on top of your usual purchase. Please note that we ask all items we collecting to be NEW (please, no used goods at this time)!

Suggested gifts include:

Socks, underwear, mittens, gloves, scarfs, toques, boots, jackets, blankets or sleeping bags, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, soap etc... Transit tickets, grocery vouchers or restaurant/fast-food/coffee shop gift certificates

Vancouver is our partner in this endeavour, and will distribute the goods to youth who are homeless or living in atrisk situations. Anything you can give will help make the holidays a little easier for the youth on our streets.

Thank you for your support!

Happy Holidays!

Simply drop your items off in the big box situated in the Courier lobby at 1574 West 6th Ave., near Fir St. by Friday, December 16th. Hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30pm.

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Directions to Youth Services centre, operated by Family Services of Greater

“The sessions are very low in cost, the environment is warm and dry, we have an emphasis on fun,” says Manager Don McKay. “With a dedicated group of very skilled youth players, our message is simple - play futsal, and experience the Friday Night Speed Sessions.” Email: fastfootspeed@rocketmail.com for further info.

Currently to Dec. 11, the One of a Kind Show at Vancouver Convention Centre has lots of fun exhibits that welcome the wee ones. Dress Me Up Organics (dressmeuporganics.com) is a small, independent toy company, located in Victoria, BC, specializing in handmade, natural, and organic cotton soft toys, ecoteethers, and baby linens for young children. There’s also My Favourite Blanket (myfavouriteblanket.com) who offers The Treasure Map blanket -perhaps the softest, coziest, most comforting way to gift sweet dreams and warm nights ahead. Bubbly Shnooks (bubblyshnooks.etsy.com) proprietor Michelle Alynn Clement has scrapbooking, paper-crafting, painting, sewing and drawing materials that combine the cute and playful with functional tools and décor for the home. Go to www.oneofakindvancouver.com for all details.

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IMPROVE YOUR SOCCER SKILLS For boys aged 9-13

STAY DRY • TRAIN INDOORS!

HAPPY KIDS? JUST PICTURE THAT... compiled by Helen Peterson

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ue hot chocolate, chunky sweaters, winter skating and candid family photos. There’s no posing here… just honest family interaction. Claudette Carracedo’s “Holiday Portrait Sessions” are in full swing – select either on location, at her Fairview Slopes studio or at your home. Sessions are one hour, and you can see up to 50 viewing slides and select your images; there’s an option for every budget.

FastFootSpeed, a low cost not-for-profit

Vancouver soccer training school has room for new students this winter. This drop-in, pay as you go program uses South American Futsal training to improve your technical soccer skills and have fun.

Carracedo is a professional lifestyle photographer and has extensive experience in photographing children for magazines and municipal publications. She also gives back by offering her services to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Drop her a line at claudette@claudettecarracedophoto.com or call 604-782-0409.

Photo by Kyoko Fierro

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Plus, her “Shoot Your Kids” workshops are taking place beginning mid-January. Are you an aspiring parent photographer who is ready to unleash his/her artistic vision? Do you own a DSLR manual mode camera? This mini-workshop (three hours/$110 + HST) will focus on understanding the basic principles of photography and applying these principles to incamera use. Your photos of your kids will never be the same!

PHOTO: CLAUDETTE CARRACEDO

Register for Winter!

Oriental Party Pak Look for our flyer in today’s paper! (Selected areas only)

Inspiring, high quality visual, media and performing arts classes, for children and youth ages 2-19, all skill levels.

New location opening in South Surrey! Register today for classes starting early January.

www.artsumbrella.com Arts Umbrella Supporters: The Beedie Group, Ledcor Industries Ltd., Robert M. Ledingham, Claudio & Cristina Palitti, West Coast Reduction/Diamond Foundation

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HOLIDAY HELPERS FOR THE KIDS

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The 17th annual Dunbar Christmas Food Bank Drive is in full swing. Last year, Dunbar realtor Michael Andruff and his team collected more than 757 pounds of food and $1,545.55 in cash donations to help feed the hungry. This year, between Dec. 3 and Dec. 15, help support our local food bank by donating non-perishable food items on your next visit to participating Dunbar merchants displaying the Food Bank poster. Donations or food pick-ups can be arranged by calling 604264-7444. Thank you, from Andruff and his team!

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hether you’re helping out your local Christmas / holiday fundraising drive, or giving to any of the benevolent charities around town that support families and children, it’s heart-warming to know that citizens are chipping in to make the season and beyond a little easier for those in need. Readers of The Courier are a generous bunch. Here are some happenings that need your support this year:

MIKE ANDRUFF, RIGHT, WITH HIS TEAM OF ELVES. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Banking on a big load of goodies this year with the Give a Gift campaign are two BMO branches in town. First, BMO Bank of Montreal in Oakridge Centre’s Terry Tan is asking customers to consider dropping off a new unwrapped toy by Dec. 16 at that branch. They’ll receive a ballot for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to Oakridge Centre. Gifts will be donated to Marpole-Oakridge Family Place. As well, at the West 4th and Balsam location to Dec. 19, branch manager

Gary Kang welcomes both non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys. Generous customers can enter to win a $50 Earl’s gift card, and will be helping the Vancouver Christmas Bureau. Way to go, BMO!

Stop by our office! The Vancouver Courier is still seeking (new) socks, gloves, underwear, coats, clothes, toiletries, etc. for our holiday donation supporting Directions Youth. See June at 1574 West 6th Ave., 8:30 to 4:30 weekdays, ‘til Dec. 16.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all these DECEMBER Kids! December 2 Madeline Lomas 1 December 5 Ttyler Pham 6

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December 8 Andrew Wong 14 Adam Greenall 6 December 16 Leandra Arizola 7

December 18 Keefer Lau 10 December 19 Sakura Kubota 10

December 21 Jonathan Chua 3 December 24 Riane NG 11 Nazanin Khabazan 9

December 25 Katelyn Yip 4 December 30 Angelina Porras 8

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Picks of the week

1. Who likes free stuff? The refurbished Denman Cinemas celebrates its first anniversary of newness with free noontime screenings of Christmas movies on weekends throughout the month. Best of all, on Dec. 10 and 11, it’s screening A Christmas Story. The 1983 holiday classic about a young boy in the 1940s who desperately wants Santa to bring him a Red Ryder BB gun is a favourite around these parts and not just because it stars a young Mark Hasiuk before he became a columnist for the Courier. For more info, go to denmancinemas.com. 2. Mint Records recording artists Vancougar rocks out at Pat’s Pub Dec. 10 for A Very Vancougar Christmas in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Here’s hoping they’ll play their seasonal hit “Dysfunctional Family Christmas.” Yung Mums, Love Cuts and What’s Hot! open.

3. Having grown up on the mean streets of Nanaimo, singer-songwriter Allison Crowe has been enjoying a cleaner, calmer, Bathtub Race-less pace of life in Newfoundland for the past few years. Just in time for the holidays, Crowe returns to the West Coast to dish out a few Christmas carols and holiday favourites with her “organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, gospel and soul” for a sweater-friendly show at St. James Hall, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. with local act Juniper Watters. Tickets at Highlife Records, Rufus’ Guitar Shop and Zulu Records. More info at allisoncrowe.com. 4. Last year Denver-based band Tennis released its debut Cape Dory, a stellar batch of old-school pop songs inspired by guitarist Patrick Riley and singer Aliana Moore’s year-long sailing trip. We’re not sure what inspired the group’s upcoming album Young and Old, but Riley describes their new direction as “Stevie Nicks going through a Motown phase.” Hear for yourself when Tennis drops by the Biltmore Dec. 13 with guest Devon Williams. Tickets at Red Cat and Zulu or online at ticketweb.ca.

kudos & kvetches Beg our pardon: K&K Atones, Part I

For some reason, K&K missed its annual Yom Kippur atonement series—either because unbeknownst to us Yom Kippur occurred in October this year or we subconsciously forgot on purpose, thus giving us something else to atone for. Regardless, we’re making up for it. Starting now until Christmas, K&K’s guilt-ridden souls will confess our most shame-filled, despicable acts and egregious errors in judgment for your reading pleasure. We’re also asking readers to send in their mea culpas to k&k@vancourier.com, which we’ll post anonymously, thus making your atonement more meaningful. You’re welcome. • In the summer of Grade 10 we stole a bottle of our dad’s homemade wine and drank half of it at a friend’s party. Although we didn’t feel drunk, we pretended to be by balancing a pillow on our head and claiming to hallucinate because that’s how we thought drunk people behaved. Sorry, Dad, for stealing your wine. Sorry, high school friends, who had to witness us acting like an ass. • Shortly after our parents separated, our mother got a perm with “frosted” highlights. Because we were still angry and confused

about her leaving our father, when she asked us what we thought of her new hairdo we told her she looked like a hooker. She’s never gotten a perm or frosted highlights since. Sorry, Mom, for saying you looked like a hooker. Sorry, sex trade workers, for using the word “hooker” in such a derogatory way.

Border buddies

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our many trips to the United States—besides the ongoing awesomeness of Nordstrom Rack and happy hours—is that crossing the border can be a pain in our Canadian behinds. When we consider all the hours spent in line, the grumpy border guards, the scrutinizing, the unwarranted feelings of guilt and the $75 we had to pay in duty on two $16 bottles of booze, driving across the U.S.-Canadian border feels as enjoyable as sitting through Weekend at Bernie’s II. (One party-filled weekend with a dead body is believable… but two?) Anyway, we were stoked to learn that Canada and the U.S. unveiled plans Wednesday to coordinate border protection by developing common practices and measures to better

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guard against terrorism and speed up crossborder traffic. Although we were a little tipsy from drinking our smuggled American booze, we think we managed to glean the key points of this new arrangement. They are as follows: • In addition to asking travellers where they are headed and for how long, border guards will now ask more probing, esoteric questions, such as “Do these pants make my ass look fat?” “Can I get a what what?” and “Who let the dogs out?” • Certain American and Canadian companies who frequently ship goods across the border will be given “trusted” status, making travel easier. A selected few will be given “homie” status. But only one from each country will be considered “BFF.” • Prime Minister Stephen Harper will no longer be charged duty on his subscription to Massacring the Beatles on Piano Monthly. • Border guards will now be permitted to smile for 2.5 seconds per vehicle. • Canadians travelling south just to obtain inexpensive blocks of cheese will be able to do so via a designated “Cheese Lane,” which will inevitably be nicknamed the “Havarti Highway.”


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Look out! Some Broadway producer is going to see Greg Armstrong-Morris in this Playhouse production directed by Max Reimer and lure him off to the Great White Way. Not only can Armstrong-Morris sing but he can also act and, ho-ly, what he does for a skintight gown, elbow-length gloves and bushels of feathers. Costume designer Phillip Clarkson must have bought up all the red satin and red feather boas in town and put them together in a firestorm of sizzling outfits. Based on the original 1973 play by Jean Poiret, La Cage Aux Folles was re-invented as a musical in 1983 by Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) and Harvey Fierstein (book). La Cage is the St. Tropez nightclub owned by Georges (always-excellent David Marr) whose lover and star performer is Albin (Armstrong-Morris), a female impersonator. Together they have raised Georges’ son Jean-Michel (Scott Perrie), born after a brief coupling when Georges got it on with Sybil, just to see if all the fuss about heterosexuality was warranted. Apparently it wasn’t. When all-grown-up Jean-Michel falls for Anne (winsome Tracy Power), daughter of

Local drag queens strut their stuff in the fun and funny musical La Cage Aux Folles. a very uptight papa (Andrew Wheeler) and repressed mama (Annabel Kershaw), he’s suddenly embarrassed about his “parents.” It’s fun and funny, the music is big (six piece band under the direction of Bill Sample), and the lights are bright (thanks to designers Gerald King and Julie Martens) on Pam Johnson’s set. It’s also a great story that’s more about who loves you than about the sexual orientation of who loves you. Reimer and associate director Cameron MacKenzie were really onto something when they hired local drag queens who not only know how to strut their stuff but who have almost certainly suffered for their gift. There’s a lot of joy onstage. Loads of talent, including David M. Adams and Vincent Tong in support of the leads. And finally, you’ve got to love a com-

ment in Armstrong-Morris’s bio: “You were right Mom, it’s better to be typecast than NOT cast.” He’s perfectly cast here and fantastic in this role.

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On a scale of one to 10, my savvy eight-yearold guest Avril gave this Carousel Theatre production a 10-and-a-half. And judging by the hush in the theatre, I think all the kids there would agree. Oh, there was a whispered-out, “No!” (from my other guest—five-year-old Sophia) and a “Look out!” emanating from some other little person sitting in the dark. That’s how enraptured these kids were. Director Carole Higgins says the show is

for four-year-olds and older. The twister, which is magically realized by Jeff Harrison’s lighting and costume designer Barbara Clayden’s silver-clad dancers, is pretty spooky; Meghan Anderssen’s green-faced Wicked Witch is nasty; and the green-eyed Wizard is enough to send you hightailing it back over the yellow brick road. So it’s a bit scary and the show is 95 minutes long plus a 15-minute intermission. (Adult accompaniment is required for all those under 14.) For grownups who already know “There’s no place like home,” the pleasure here is in performance and production values—both of which are excellent. Clayden outdoes herself with whimsical, colourful costumes; her Munchkins, performed on knees with tiny shoes peeping out, is absolutely hilarious. Heidi Wilkinson’s set is a Technicolor delight and lighting designer Harrison lets his imagination run wild with swirling lights, strobes and puffs of smoke. Providing all the music is Steven Greenfield on keyboard. This is an excellent, enthusiastic cast including sweet-voiced Robyn Wallis as Dorothy, Josue Laboucane (Cowardly Lion), Mike Stack (Tinman), Darren Burkett (Scarecrow), Janet Gigliotti (Glinda) and Damon Calderwood (the Wizard). The Wizard of Oz is not Christmassy but taking kids to the theatre at Christmas—or any time of year—is a treat they never forget. —JL joled@telus.net


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Academy Award supporting actor nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), with his wife Kate, was feted at Whistler Film Festival’s Tribute Gala.

Whistler Film Festival executive director Shawna Hardy Mishaw and filmmaker Yang Zi welcomed the creation of a new China Canada filmmaking initiative.

Fred Bachelorette Aubrey Arneson of Shaw TV’s Wedding Belles donned a wedding dress to the Professional BC Wedding Awards Gala.

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Reel highlights: The Whistler Film Festival concluded its 11th edition with a blockbuster announcement of a new China Canada co-production initiative—the first of its kind. The Whistler Film Festival Society and Telefilm will work with China Film Group, China’s largest and most influential state-run film company, to create a program that will see Canadian scriptwriters work with Chinese studios on funded productions that will cross over both China’s domestic film market and the international film market. The news came on the heels of Keyhole, directed by Guy Maddin, earning the $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. Also feted at white carpet romps were actor/writer Jay Baruchel and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon. The five-day, 80-film celluloid celebration attracted a reported 10,000 attendees and 500 industry insiders. Wedding crashers: Sarah Groundwater and Aubrey Arneson, hosts of Shaw TV’s Wedding Belles, emceed the second annual Professional BC Wedding Awards where 22 trophies were handed out to the industry’s best creative talents. Local winners included Elsa Corsi (Jewelry Accessories); Felicia Bromba (Make-up); Ganache Pâtisserie (Wedding Cake) and Flower Factory (Florist). Crooner Michael Buble’s wedding planner Art of the Party earned Best Décor accolades. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 a.m. on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition; email Fred at yvrflee@hotmail.com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown orfredabouttown.blogspot.com.

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Buttercream Couture’s Melissa Goulet and Frock’s Amanda Jane flanked Professional BC Wedding Awards founder and producer Justin Eckersall.

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Uganda little leaguers

The Canada Uganda Baseball Challenge is counting on your support. They are close to hitting a $155,000 target to support the growth and sustainability of little league in Uganda. A portion of that money will also send 10 Langley little leaguers to Kampala and rural Uganda to play baseball, participate in clinics and, in all likelihood, make friends they will remember for their lifetime. Ruth Hoffman is accepting donations on behalf of the fundraising drive, which is administered by Right to Play. She is also shipping equipment to Uganda and encourages all of us to donate shoes and gloves, which are especially scarce, as well as other baseball and sports equipment. The Vancouver Giants hockey club is also stepping in. Equipment donations and financial contributions can be made at home games this month. Sportsnet donated $10,000 and MLB players have also made substantial contributions. Uganda Little League Baseball was founded in August 2002 and, as detailed on their website, “Is a story of overcoming obstacles and doing things that people said could not be done.” When the Ugandan all-stars qualified for the Little League World Series this summer, they could not unstick themselves from the red tape of paperwork, passports and visas. They write that it cost $40,000 US to travel to Poland for the regional qualifier tournament, but the Ugandans are asking why that competition can’t be hosted in Africa. The organizers believe Saudia Arabia, a team of mostly American players, thwarts a trip outside Europe. “Little League has made $40,000 the cost to enter the … regional tournaments for each African Little League team, and then wonders why no African teams come to play.” Uganda has paid to travel and play. When they won, they weren’t able to play at the higher level. mstewart@vancourier.com

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Baseball fan fights for Ugandans right to play Megan Stewart

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For years, Vancouver sports fans have cheered little league baseball teams such as Hastings and Little Mountain as they chased the dream of competing at the World Series in Williamsport, PA. Ugandan little leaguers have the same ambition. Last year, an all-star team travelled to Poland and won the regional tournament to represent the Middle-East and Africa at the Little League World Series. Because the majority of the Ugandan players didn’t have passports, birth certificates or even know their date of birth, securing visas for the trip became an insurmountable challenge. Their trip was funded by Little League Baseball but the team could not secure a letter from the regional Polish hosts that they qualified for the World Series and were not allowed into the U.S. Vancouverite Ruth Hoffman didn’t just ruffle upon reading about this inequality of opportunity in the New York Times, she responded with direct action in a way perhaps only she could. “Through no fault of their own, these kids are denied a trip,” Hoffman told the Courier last week. “If they had come to Williamsport, people would have had a totally different perception of what is possible from Africa. These kids play good ball. Until you see them in person, it’s mind-blowing.” She set the goal of raising $155,000. Fundraising hit a $115,000 target this week to purchase 23 plane tickets to send the Langley Little League team, Canada’s representative in Williamsport this summer and the first team the Ugandans would have met at the World Series had they been there, to East Africa. Through the Canada Uganda Challenge and the Pearl of Africa Series, 10 players, 10 parents, one coach, a doctor and Hoffman—as well as a handful of volunteers paying their own way—will travel in January to the capital Kampala and rural areas as well as a sprawling slum to play at least five games with Ugandan little league teams. Right to Play, an international organization seeking to break the cycle of poverty through sport, is on board. Nearly $100,000 will go directly to the Ugandan Little League Baseball. The money will support three projects. The first is tuition for 22 students to attend a reputable school

Ruth Hoffman is part of a fundraising effort to raise money for Ugandan little leaguers and to send a Langley team to the African country. photo Dan Toulgoet for two years; tuition and costs come to $600 a year. The second is transportation. The league spends an estimated $6,000 each year so the league’s half dozen teams can meet to play. The third is a ball diamond, which Hoffman said, “Is like a beacon.” When it’s built, the baseball park will be set beside the Sharing Youth Centre, an indispensable provision for kids living in Nsambya, a monstrous slum adjacent to Kampala. Committed to micro-finance programs in Africa—Hoffman learned from Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus—she is also the mother to three baseball-loving children. While living in Belgium for 13 years, her family travelled to Poland to represent Europe at the Little League World Series. She describes her sons, including twins “one’s a catcher, one’s a pitcher,” as baseball addicts like herself. “Most [Westerners] give money to Africa as a charitable thing. That’s not

what people want. They want the opportunity to compete on a level playing field,” she said. Sports can be one way to level that field. Through Right to Play and the Canada Uganda Challenge, young athletes will have sport infrastructure and a better-funded league to help them pursue their dreams. Most importantly, said Hoffman, the players stand to learn much more. “Sport teaches a million different life skills about teamwork and respect and discipline and hardwork and leadership and humility,” she said. Sports allows everyone to be on a level playing field and share those kinds of experiences that we share with kids down the street. It allows us to see that they’re not any different from us.” The Langley Little League players and supporters will be in Uganda Jan. 15 to 21. To learn more, visit righttoplay. akaraisin.com/youthbaseball. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Vancouver marks its final events to celebrate its 125th year with a range of cultural events this month. They include Thunderbird Then and Now, a digital storytelling project to be screened at the Thunderbird Centre Dec. 12 and Bold 125 Celebration, which honours the city’s older lesbian women, at the Rhizome Café Dec. 15. Ongoing exhibits include South Hill’s Inside Stories website and series of photo murals on Fraser Street between 44th and 47 avenues, and Access Gallery’s Paragraph of Responsibility featuring the work of Ross House, Urban Native Youth Association and Bombast Furniture. For information on these and other similar events, see celebratevancouver125.ca.

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American Silver Coins

Coins from 1964 or ealier

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INDEX Community Notices ....................................1000 Announcements ...............................................1119 Employment..........................................................1200 Education .................................................................1400 Special Occasions...........................................1600 Marketplace ..........................................................2000 Children ......................................................................3000 Pets & Livestock ...............................................3500 Health............................................................................4000 Travel & Recreation ......................................4500 Business & Finance .......................................5000 Legals ............................................................................5500 Real Estate ..............................................................6000 Rentals .........................................................................6500 Personals ...................................................................7000 Service Directory .............................................8000 Transportation ....................................................9000

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Announcements

CRIMINAL RECORD? Canadian pardon seals record. American waiver allows legal entry. Why risk employment, business, travel, licensing, deportation? All CANADIAN / AMERICAN Work & Travel Visa’s. 604-282-6668 or 1-800-347-2540 www.accesslegalresearch.com SENIOR’S TRANSPORT Mature Lady full size car will drive you to doctor, shops, errands. 328-1711

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Churches

EXPECTING EMMANUEL

Comfort and hope for those feeling weary or burdened this Christmas Season.

St John’s Vancouver Anglican Church

Monday, December 12th

7:30pm 5350 Baillie Street

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General Employment

Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca

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Health Care

HOME Support Workers (North & West Vancouver) RCAs & HSWs req'd to work with clients on the North Shore; hourly & live-in positions avail. Fluent English & exp with seniors req'd; BCDL & Vehicle an asset. Send resume to: Info@ShyloNursing.ca or Fax to 604-987-4027

Coming Events

1666 West 10th Ave.

All Welcome - No collections Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

1085

Lost & Found

FOUND Prescription Glasses, nr Cypress/Broadway, Van on Nov 29th, call to identify 604 724-3741

1105

Personal Messages

Healthy Working W/M needs more adult play. Ladies 20-50, Gamed, Page (604) 645-5070

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Legal

FT PATISSIER

Cafe De l’ Orangerie (Takahashi Syouten Cafe Ltd.) req’s FT Patissier. $2300/mth 40hrs/wk. Compl of college cooking/baking course & Japanese sweets knowledge req. Japanese language skill asset. CV: hr.orangerie@gmail.com or 8636 Granville St. Vancouver, V6P 5A1

For Employment ads:

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Trades/Technical

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL Locations in Alberta & BC. Hands on real world training. Full sized equipment. Job placement assistance. Funding Available 1-866-399-3853 www.iheschool.com

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KAL TIRE SUNSHINE COAST Tire service Repair/Sales/ Service. Must have knowledge/ experience installing/repairing all tires. (Passenger to O.T.R.) Call Joe at 604-885-7927 to discuss your experience and expected wages. Email: rjatkal@telus.net

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Office Personnel

BCRC HEATING

HIRING NOW FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS IN VANCOUVER: TELEMARKETERS $10 per hour plus bonuses and commission. OFFICE ASSISTANT Applicants need to be proficient in Quick Books. Send resumes to bcrcessi@yahoo.ca

Trades/Technical

BCRC HEATING

Hotel Restaurant

jobs careers advice

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GOSPEL MEETING Sunday 7:30 P.M.

Fairview Gospel Hall

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HIRING NOW FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS IN VANCOUVER: GAS FITTERS Applicants need to have a B or C ticket for the job. Gas fitters must have residential heating experience. CHIMNEY SERVICE PERSON Applicants must have their own vehicle for the job. Send resumes to bcrcessi@yahoo.ca EAST FRASER FIBER, Looking for mill experienced MILLWRIGHTS. Mackenzie, BC offers affordable housing and a multitude of outdoor activities. Fax or email resumes 250-997-6310, jeversfield@parallel55.com

TRUTH IN ''EMPLOYMENT'' ADVERTISING Postmedia Community Publishing makes every effort to ensure you are responding to a reputable and legitimate job opportunity. If you suspect that an ad to which you have responded is misleading, here are some hints to remember. Legitimate employers do not ask for money as part of the application process; do not send money; do not give any credit card information; or call a 900 number in order to respond to an employment ad. Job opportunity ads are salary based and do not require an investment. If you have responded to an ad which you believe to be misleading please call the Better Business Bureau at 604-682-2711, Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm or email inquiries@bbbvan.org and they will investigate.

Classified Display Ad Deadlines

Classified Line Ad Deadlines

Wed. Newspaper - Fri. 3:50pm Fri. Newspaper - Tues. 3:50pm

Wed. Newspaper - Mon. 4:20pm Fri. Newspaper - Wed. 4:20pm

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From advertising executive or Job Listings, zookeeper, banker to x-ray technician or find it in the Section. From A-Z Employmentyou'll

To advertise in Employment call 604-630-3300

househunting.ca

remembering.ca

3507 2005

Antiques

ANTIQUE SOLID oak dining room suite made by Victoriaville Furniture - over 100 years old. All carved and shaped pedestals and fronts. 52' round table with 3 leaves; 6 chairs; buffet with mirror and side table. Pictures available by email. $5500 Call 604-855-7033 or 604-807-8441.

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For Sale Miscellaneous

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best Price, Best Quality. All Shapes & Colors Available. Call 1-866-652-6837

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3503

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

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Furniture

ESTATE Sale December 10th and 11th 11am-4pm Suite 901 - 2180 38th Ave West, Kerrisdale Paintings, dining room, living room and bedroom furniture. Kitchen items as well. All in excellent condition - priced to sell CASH ONLY PLEASE email: avsafe@shaw.ca

2080

Garage Sale

WILSON HEIGHTS THRIFT SALE - 1634 E41 Ave, (at Argyle

St) Saturday, Dec 10th, 10am-2pm

2135

Wanted to Buy

Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530

Cats

Birds THE TSAWWASSEN Animal Hospital currently has three female cats for adoption. They are a black medium hair, a black and white short hair and a brown tabby and are all young adults. Two of them need to be homed together as they are inseparable. They are all spayed and up to date on their vaccines. Please contact us for more information. 604-943-9385

CANARIES YOUNG SINGING, $45 each firm. Finches $15 each firm. Call 604 939-5666

604-630-3300

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Fairs/Bazaars

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Fairs/Bazaars

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Cats

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Cats

3508

Dogs

ADORABLE PUPS, small breeds great family pets, non shed, credit card ok $400 & up. 604-542-8892

3508

GOLDEN DOODLE pups, vet checked, ready to go, $650. Ph 604-997-5504

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION ! RAGDOLL KITTENS, females, 1st shotS, worming, raised underfoot, $450. 604-581-2772

RENTALS 6508

Apt/Condos

★SUNNY 1 BR Marpole. Van. westside, 2nd flr reno’d, quiet, balcony. heat & h/w incl’d $795. no dogs, NOW. 604-269-6689 VANCOUVER MODERN 1 BR & 2 BR Apartment Rentals at Collingwood Village. Steps to Joyce skytrain. Low-rise/Highrise buildings. 1-888-830-4232

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Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments & Townhouses. Heat, hot water & lrg storage locker included. Many units have in-suite laundry and lrg patios/balconies with gorgeous views. Tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry, gated parking, plus shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School & more. Sorry no pets. www.langaragardens.com

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YORKIE PUPS PB reg. microchip family raised shots RTG Dec 20 $1,200.00 (604) 857-0722

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD (Aussies) puppies. Little Teddy Bears full of love & devotion. Vet ✔ & shots. 778-549-4037

Eburne Landing Co-op

6540

Houses - Rent

LAB X Retriever-14 Weeks 2 black males $250 Call: (604) 794-3295. No Sunday calls please

CHOC LAB puppies, vet checked, reg parents, ready to go. $550. 1-604-701-1587

3 BR + den part furn, 4400blk, West 9th ave, Point Grey, n/s np, $3200 + utils, with bsmt $3600. Avail now. Mike 604-649-3028

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Suites/Partial Houses

E 41ST & Inverness, 1 Br, $750 incl utils, share w/d, np ns, grd lvl, newer home. avail immed 604-261-1386 lv msg

E. VAN: Van HEIGHTS, 1 BR, own laundry, view. Close to transit. SUITS 1. $750 incls hydro. Avail Now. N/S. 604-671-9532

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Metaphysical

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GOLDEN RETRIEVER Pups Wonderful family pets. Email pics avail. $650. 250-674-0091.

YORKIE/BICHON Will hold for Xmas. Vet checked, non shedding. 3 males, 1 female. $500.00 Call: (604) 466-2833.

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Spacious 1 BR for January 1st, 2012 includes: heat, hot water and electricity. Share purchase deposit is $1000. Pets upon approval. Participation is MANDATORY Application must be completed in full and a $25 CASH ONLY credit check processing fee will apply at time of interview. Please download application from www.vcn.bc.ca/eburne/

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of

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Deceased, late of 4505 Valley Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on the 8th day of October, 2011, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executors on or before the 31st day of December, 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received.

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SUSAN M. GRATHWOL THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA TRUST COMPANY Executors

650 West Georgia St, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 11538, Vancouver, BC, V6B 4N7 Tel: 604-718-7128 Fax: 604-718-7151

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF JESSIE MARGARET STANDERWICK, also known as MARGARET STANDERWICK AND MARG STANDERWICK, formerly of 913-900 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1N3. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Jessie Margaret Standerwick are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the Executors, c/o Campbell Froh May & Rice LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, 200-5611 Cooney Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X 3J6 on or before the 31st day of December 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received. Robert David Standerwick and Mark Edward Standerwick, Executors.

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Condos/ Townhouses

6008-36

Vancouver West Side

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CENTRAL LOCATION ABBOTFORD 4 level split, 3 BR., 2 ½ baths, double att. garage, large dble. lot fully landscaped with large work/garden shed. Updated throughout incl. oak floor and pot lights in the kitchen, new en suite, new window coverings, new paint inside and out, new roof and completed basement with wet bar plus intercom/ radio system up and down. Great for medium to large family – lots of room to install pool or play area in the backyard. Good neighbors who have lived on this street for years – well looked after properties. $479,000 (this price includes all appliances) and some furniture negotiable. Call for appointment to view 604-855-7033 or cell. 604-807-8441. For sale by owner. No realtors

6020-22

6020-26

North Vancouver

OPEN Sat & Sun 1-3pm 1515 Dempsey Rd, Lynn Valley

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6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-26

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8060

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253-0049

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8075

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Dec. 11 - 17, 2011 Capricorn Dec.22-Jan.19: Lie low,rest,contemplate and plan. Deal with government agencies, charities, institutions and “head office.” Reconnect with your soul. Small delays end in these zones Tuesday, but the big, important release, healing, or spiritual quest won’t really occur until January onward. Take care of the details now to then. (E.g., you won’t get a tax ruling or a blessing from the guru until next year, but you can hand in the forms, make the contacts, now.) Midweek is mysterious, potent, and frees you “through commitment.” Love, understanding Friday/Saturday – don’t step into legal fires. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Wishes come true, your popularity remains high, and optimism prevails. By Tuesday, recent delays and indecisions end. But your biggest wish still faces delay until late December onward – maintain hope, faith in it, and you could walk away with the prize in 2012. Work and drudgery face you Sunday/Monday – be calm, thoughtful, and don’t compete with or trash another worker. Exciting meetings arise Tuesday p.m. to Thursday eve – be diplomatic, patient, but eager to join. A partnership might be brewing. Friday/Saturday bring secrets, power plays, big finances, and sexual urges. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Remain ambitious. Recent delays, especially in career and status zones, end Tuesday night. So you can (and should) charge ahead with ambitious plans, projects. Realize the biggest forward advance in these will occur after Dec. 24 (into mid-2012) not before. Still, dive into the details and communications side of your ambitions midweek onward. Sunday/Monday bring romantic notions, but subtle push-back, too. Midweek’s for chores, employment, career – and health matters. You might meet your equal Thursday night to Saturday. Exciting meetings, challenges, and sensual sparks! timstephens@shaw.ca


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The Veloster is a lightweight four-seater with nimble handling and a small, peppy four-cylinder engine. hatchback does. As good as the Sonata and Genesis are, they aren’t game-changers. The Veloster, on the other hand, is different from anything else on the road and it has the potential to be the defining iconic vehicle for Hyundai. On paper, the Veloster hopes to bring back a market that was once defined by affordable, efficient and fun-to-drive cars such as the Honda CR-X and Prelude, Toyota Celica, and Nissan SX coupes. These cars once dominated the streets, but disappeared as consumers turned to SUVs and sedans. The Veloster is a lightweight fourseater with nimble handling and a

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Continued from previous page Environment—Practicality starts with the extra passenger-side door, which makes it easy to toss gear into the back seat. You could argue that the door would have been more useful on the driver’s side (or to have on both sides), but having a third door is better than not having one at all. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, especially if you get the Tech Package, which includes seats with bigger bolsters for more lateral support. Rear passengers will find that it’s a tight fit, same as in any other 2+2 coupe or hatchback. They’ll just have an easier time getting in and out. From a standard seveninch touchscreen and pushbutton start to heated front seats and rear-view camera, the Veloster offers a ton of notable features for its sub$20k base price. That being said, it’s a bit odd that the list doesn’t include automatic air conditioning, an increasingly common feature these days. There’s lots of cargo space, thanks to the rear hatch, and the Veloster’s low stance makes it easy to get luggage in and out without having to reach too far over the bumper.

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2004 PT Cruiser 70,100 km ................. $6965 2005 Smart Cabriolet 24,400 km......... $9938 2007 Chrysler 300 ............................... $9866

2007 Caliber SXT 66,000 km................ $9945

2007 Caravan 54,400 km..................... $9989 2008 Chev Canyon Ext Cab ............. $10,877 2008 Chev Uplander 57,000 km......... $9,999

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2007 Wrangler Unlimited 54,000 km $19999

2010 Compass 4x4 ........................... $19975

2010 Liberty Limited 14,300 km....... $26675

2011 Wrangler Sahara 300 km ......... $28575

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2011 Liberty Limited. 15,500 km.......... $29967

2012 Wrangler Unl. Rubicon, 2,100 km $39883

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Features—Ranging in price from $18,999 to $23,899, the Veloster comes in a single trim with the optional Tech Package. The six-speed manual is standard, while the EcoShift dual-clutch transmission adds $1,400 to the price. Standard equipment includes ABS, traction control, cruise control, air conditioning, heated front seats, keyless entry with push-button start, tilt/telescope steering, sixspeaker multimedia system, seven-inch touchscreen LCD, Bluetooth, rear-view camera, fog lamps, and front/side/ side-curtain airbags. The Tech Package adds a navigation system, eight-

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