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to fill; the matron and her assistant had to keep shooing away curious children who hoped to catch Santa in the act. “Every child had three gifts, besides the usual supplement of candy and fruit,” the Province reported. “Every girl had a doll, and two other gifts; every boy got a mechanical toy.” At the Alexandra Orphanage, an outbreak of measles resulted in eight children being quarantined over Christmas. As a result, a separate Christmas tree was put up in the isolation ward. Each of the 72 children in the orphanage received a gift in his or her stocking, and “to prolong the delightful anticipation,” another gift on their plate at breakfast. The gifts included “dolls, books, games and toys of every sort.”

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“Fourteen turkeys and one goose had been sent in by friends of the orphanage, so there was no stint of anything,” the newspaper added. At the city’s Central Mission, volunteers served Christmas dinner to between 600 and 700 “hungry men,” who were seated in shifts of 75 at tables throughout the afternoon. Those who waited were entertained with “piano solos, singing, recitations, brief addresses and hymn singing... and there was plenty for everybody who came of roast beef, ham, pies, cakes and pudding, generous donations having been received from the wholesale and retail firms of the city, the bakeries, and many private individuals,” the newspaper reported. As she had done for the past 20 years, Mrs. Machin hosted a Christmas dinner for the “homeless men” of the city, held at the Carnegie Library at Hastings and Main streets. About 600 men were fed, in shifts, by Machin and the seven women who assisted her. At St. Paul’s Hospital, the men of the Eighteenth Field Ambulance sergeants’ mess, directed by Sergeant-Major Hynes, gave a Christmas concert for patients. On Saturday, the last shopping day before Christmas, last-minute shoppers tired of trudging through the “inch or two” of snow that fell boosted traffic on the city’s streetcar lines to record levels. Approximately 140,000 passengers took the streetcar that day—some 4,000 to 5,000 more than the day before. On Christmas morning, however, B.C. Electric Railway reduced service on its streetcar lines, “so as to allow motormen and conductors as much time as possible to spend with their families on the holiday.”

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Continued from page 4 Bennett Typewriter Agency on Richards Street urged shoppers to “Make it a sensible Christmas this year” by giving a typewriter. Advertised at $25, the Bennett typewriter was “strong, durable, handsome, simple in construction... a child can operate it.” A.F. McMillan, a store that specialized in diamonds, told shoppers, “You are sure to find something here suitable for father, mother, sweetheart, wife, husband, sister, brother or any particular friend you may have... whether it be a diamond, watch, clock, a piece of gold or silver jewelry, a piece of cut glass or silverware.” Grassie & Co., on Cambie Street, reminded Christmas shoppers that “The heart of a girl is naturally set upon jewelry... We have an endless variety of lockets, plain and set with diamonds and other handsome gems.” McLauchlan Bros. Ltd., also on Granville Street, advertised the Bissell carpet sweeper as “an ideal gift for mother, wife, sister or friend... the greatest labor-saving article of the home.” Gift ideas for men included HBB London-made briar pipes “The most seasonable gift for a man, made in 100 different styles” and available at tobacco shops throughout Vancouver. Clubb & Stewart, on Hastings Street West, offered a number of Christmas suggestions: “dressing robes, house coats, fancy vests, kid and mocha gloves [either] wool or silk lined, poplin or silk neckwear, linen and silk handkerchiefs some with initials, silk squares and knitted mufflers, fancy armlets and garters, fancy suspenders, ladies’ and men’s umbrellas plain or fancy handles, ladies’ dressing cases, ladies handkerchiefs, collar and cuff cases, purses and pocketbooks, fitted suit cases and club bags, [automobile] motor rugs.” One of the more unusual products advertised in the Province that December was the Electro-Vigor Dry Cell Body Battery, purported to cure “rheumatism, nervous debility, weak stomach, kidney and liver troubles, lame back, sciatica, varicocele, and every evidence of weakness in men

and women.” The ad solicited men “who want to regain their youth, who want to feel like they did when they were budding into manhood...” Truly extravagant Christmas shoppers might consider buying a 1912 Inter State line automobile, made in Hamilton, Ontario. The 50-horsepower, seven-passenger demi-tonneau and roadster models came fully equipped with electric self-starters and lighting, and cost $4,500. Forty-horsepower roadsters capable of carrying five passengers started at $2,200. Singing Christmas carols around the piano was a popular form of entertainment in 1911. Fletcher Bros. Ltd. on Hastings Street West advertised Gerhard Heintzman pianos, the same type as were used in 11 local theatres. “Musical people prefer it,” the ad assured. Cunningham’s Ltd., on Granville Street, advertised “We can supply any skater or hockey player with the particular skate that suits their fancy... all the latest styles, and a full range of sizes.” In those days, the Vancouver Arena stood on the corner of Denman and Georgia streets. It offered three sessions of ice skating daily, with live band music at the adult-only (ages 17 and up) Saturday afternoon and evening sessions. Vancouver real estate was booming in 1911, with December setting new records for sales, especially in the “thriving suburban sections.” Provincial Land & Financial Corp. Ltd. on Granville Street capitalized on the boom. “Can you think of a finer Christmas gift than a home?” it asked. “Can you think of any finer Christmas feeling than that of changing from tenant to owner?” The realtor advertised a two-bedroom home with electric fixtures and a furnace for $3,800. Terms were $200 cash down, another $100 at six months and 12 months, and monthly payments thereafter of $40. The front page of the Province of Dec. 23 played up the real estate boom, showing a cartoon of a child representing the city of Vancouver getting all sorts of Christmas presents. Continued on page 6

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Christmas decorations festooned living rooms and dining rooms around photo Philip Timms, Vancouver Public Library VPL 7151 the city. cies as caviar or oysters or clams on the half shell, clear green turtle soup, and a choice of entrees: chicken, lobster, pork tenderloin, roast turkey with chestnut dressing or lamb with mint sauce. Desserts included traditional English plum pudding with brandy sauce, as well as lemon meringue, peach dumping with rum sauce, or ice cream. And what Christmas dinner would be complete without a toast? Ads in the local paper featured everything from Pommery Champagne, import-

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Few tears will be shed over the resignation of Rev. Ric Matthews, the senior minister at the Downtown Eastside’s First United Church. City hall bureaucrats and politicians have been in an escalating war with Matthews for years over how he was running the church’s controversial homeless shelter. Matthews came to his work in Vancouver in 2007. Conflict with the city began from the moment, in 2008, that Matthews opened the shelter at Hastings and Gore. It was one of the four HEAT projects started early on in Mayor Gregor Robertson’s administration intended to reduce the numbers of street homeless. They were funded by the provincial government and designed as lowbarrier shelters which, unlike exiting shelters, allowed folks in with their pets and their shopping carts and didn’t insist their clients had to be clean of drugs and sober. Matthews’ idea of how to run a shelter, however, was at odds with all the agencies involved in overseeing their administration. Basically, what they saw as a regulated facility, Matthews and his staff saw as a “refuge” that refused no one. Playing a seasonally appropriate Christ card, Matthews is now saying that under the conditions demanded by the city and the rest “could any faith institution house Mary and Joseph.” But conditions in that long-ago Bethlehem stable seemed idyllic compared with Matthews’ shelter. There was no attempt to register those who used the facility and the 240 occupancy limit was frequently exceeded, at times by as many as 100.

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None of this was lost on the United Church board. In December, an internal board email surfaced from one board member—David Ewart—to his colleagues, expressing frustration at failure of Matthews and his assistant to comply: they “have both known for two months—since early September—that the city was not going to allow them to continue to operate in violation of the fire safety code. The city stressed the importance of putting a plan in place BEFORE the first cold weather started and offered suggestions as to how to bring First’s occupancy within safe limits.” It was clear to the board they were at risk of losing their insurance. As well, their lawyers informed them could be held personally liable as board members for what was going on. Then earlier this month the city’s fire department moved to enforce the occupancy limits and on that first night 27 people were excluded from the shelter. Matthews took aim at the city and Robertson used the occasion to again demand the minister responsible, Rich Coleman, fund more shelter spaces. While Coleman finally did come up with more dough and announced a women-only shelter, he expressed an ongoing determination to shut down Matthews’ shelter. That will happen next spring. By then, the city says, many of the shelter occupants will be housed elsewhere. And now that Matthews is gone and some order is being restored, many folks are breathing a sigh of relief. agarr@vancourier.com

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Grieving mother’s gain captures Christmas spirit Most have us have heard the tale from the First World War, in outline if not in detail. On Dec. 24, 1914, German troops in the area of Ypres, Belgium went seriously off-message in the trenches. They mounted Christmas trees on their parapets and decorated them with candles. Throughout the day they sang Christmas carols to their enemies across the muddy no-man’s land. The British troops responded by singing carols in English. By nightfall soldiers on both sides had left the trenches to mingle and exchange gifts of whisky, jam, cigars, chocolate and the like. According to military historian Gwynne Dyer, the Christmas truce spread down both the European trenches “at the speed of candlelight.” There are variations in this often-told tale, but most historians agree that the Germans initiated the truce. The horrified high command of both nations sent out immediate orders against fraternization. It took days before all the men had returned to the trenches, back to the vital business of killing each other. The majority of human beings vastly prefer Christmaslike camaraderie to mud-caked combat. We’re not so much natural born killers as natural born kibbitzers. U.S. after-action reports conducted in the Second World War suggested combat trainees were greatly reluctant to fire directly on other human beings, even in combat situations. The whole purpose of boot camp is to reverse the process of normal childhood socialization. We’re social animals by nature, and there is enormous plasticity in our behaviour. In his 2001 book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, psychologist Jack Kornfield describes a conversation he had on a train with an African-American man who ran a rehabilitation program for juvenile offenders in Washington, D.C. The man tells the author of a 14-year-old boy in the program, who shot and killed an innocent teenager to prove himself to his gang. At the trial, the victim’s mother sat and said nothing, until the very end, when the youth was convicted of the killing. After the verdict was announced, according to Kornfield’s account, she stood up slowly and staring directly at him, said, “I’m going to kill you.” The youth was then led off to serve several years in the juvenile facility. Kornfield describes how after the first six months the mother of the slain teenager

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geoffolson went to visit the killer. He had been homeless before the killing, and she was his only visitor. They talked, and when she left she gave him money to buy cigarettes. She started to visit him on a regular basis, each time bringing food and small items. The author writes, “Near the end of his three-year sentence, she asked him what he would be doing when he got out. He was confused and very uncertain, so she offered to help set him up with a job at a friend’s company. Then she inquired about where he would live, and since he had no family to return to, she offered him temporary use of the spare room in her home. For eight months he lived there, ate her food, and worked at the job. Then one evening she called him into the living room to talk. She sat down opposite him and waited. Then she started, ‘Do you remember in the courtroom when I said I was going to kill you?’ ‘I sure do,’ he replied. ‘I’ll never forget that moment.’ “‘Well, I did,” she went on. ‘I did not want the boy who could kill my son for no reason to remain alive on this earth. I wanted him to die. That’s why I started to visit you and bring you things. That’s why I got you the job and let you live here in my house. That’s how I set about changing you. And that old boy, he’s gone. So now I want to ask you, since my son is gone, and that killer is gone, if you’ll stay here. I’ve got room, and I’d like to adopt you if you let me.’ And she became the mother he never had.” There are no explicit Christmas elements in Kornfield’s unsourced anecdote. Yet for me, this story of a nameless woman’s choice to occupy compassion rather than bitterness hits all the archetypal high points of the holidays. Against all expectations she cast her light into the darkness—not unlike the men of the First World War trenches, whose candlelit Christmas trees commenced a short-lived Peace on Earth. www.olscribbler.wordpress.com

According to one reader, “low-income” families should probably shovel their own file photo Dan Toulgoet snow. To the editor: Re: “‘Angels’ will shovel snow around Vancouver,” Dec. 16. I was astounded to read that “Angels” will shovel snow around city and that the goal of this program also includes shoveling snow for low-income families. Most houses in Vancouver now are worth at least $1 million, some of which are certainly owned by low-income people. I can understand that the program makes sense for the elderly, residents with dis-

abilities and seniors living alone, but how come being a “low-income family” means they can’t shovel their own snow? Are all low-income families automatically handicapped or disabled? I am all for helping low-income people, but free snow removal is going probably a little too far. Socialists have their own perspective on this world, I suppose. Ulf Topf, Vancouver

Don’t poke fun at serious head injuries

To the editor: Re: “Kudos and Kvetches,” Dec. 7. This is what constitutes an ‘“opinion” piece at the Courier now? Yes, Ms. Ball is a politician, and her political views and actions are fodder for the press. But the recent piece on Ms. Ball’s unfortunate injuries was not in the least funny or necessary or newsworthy—it was a pathetic and ableist attempt at mockery of a woman who has made remarkable strides in recovering from

two serious head injuries, both of which resulted from the negligence of others. Why is it that the writer felt that head injuries were remotely amusing? Is there something funny about severe concussions and traumatic injury that I missed out on? Surely the recent news from the hockey world has been saying the opposite. The fact that Ms. Ball has made the recovery that she has from two debilitating head injuries should be something we hold up

to praise, not something we mock with childish glee, waiting for the next accident. If Ms. Ball makes political hay out of her accidents and recovery, fine, they’re fair game to mention... but to dredge this up from the 1990s, and then chortle about it? What, are you hoping Bill O’Reilly needs a new writer? Sign me disgusted. A former reader. Julie Klassen, Richmond. B.C.

Mayor and friends cut deal for developers

To the editor: Re: “Ex-MLA Ilich on city’s affordability team,” Dec. 16. It is heartening to see Gregor and Olga working hard to make housing more affordable in Vancouver. So the developers get an increased supply of land, less demanding building standards and an expedited application process. And

in return the city gets more affordable housing. Hahaha-bonk! That was the sound of me laughing my head off. What the city will actually get is even more substandard housing (leaky condo anyone?) and an even higher profit margin for the developers. Andrew Walker, Vancouver

Courier whitewashes Zimbabwean war criminal To the editor: Re: “Refugee finds health and hope in Canada,” Dec. 14. The Holy Sandra Thomas is very forgiving of her namesake. Mr. Holy Moyo is a war criminal plain and simple. If he was

a Nazi, and in the name of Hitler committed the same crimes against the Jews, he would be facing a war crimes tribunal. Why should he be exempt from prosecution? Don MacKay, Vancouver

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Most ambivalent political party on gambling: Vision Vancouver, which launched its election campaign by saying it won’t expand gambling in the city. But, yes, it will accept donations from casino companies to fund its campaign. And, yes, some Vision councillors did allow slots in the city way back when. Civic political party with amnesia: Hands down, COPE. The party blamed lack of media coverage for its loss at the polls. It also said it couldn’t compete financially with the NPA or Vision, even though the party ran a coordinated campaign with Vision. Didn’t hear any of this complaining in 2008 vote when the party rode the Vision train to victory. Most ubiquitous developer during the civic election campaign: Concord Pacific head Terry Hui, who I saw at two fundraisers for Vision Vancouver and one for the NPA. Also saw him at the Board of Trade’s mayoral debate and at Vision’s victory party. Maybe one day he’ll actually agree to an interview and we can talk. People tell me he’s a nice guy. Some people— my kids, actually—tell me I’m a nice guy. Here’s hoping two nice guys can chat in 2012. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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This is news to me, but apparently not everyone spends Christmas Day in a turkey/stuffing/mashed potato haze. In fact, some Vancouverites actually exercise on Christmas Day, so the park board is accommodating them by offering hours at select community centres for swimming, working out and skating. For a complete list of holiday hours and to find out where you can get your exercise on Christmas Day,

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The Courier heard from a reader who recently published a book called Beer Barons of B.C. You might be wondering just what does this have to do with the park board or community, but it turns out a section of the book is dedicated to the former Stanley Park Brewery, which was once near Lost Lagoon. The book, written by Bill Wilson, is an in-depth look at B.C. breweries from 18582011 and includes a chapter featuring the secrets of the Stanley Park Brewery. For more information, contact Wilson at Bcbeerbarons@ hotmail.ca. Merry Christmas to all of our Courier readers and a special thanks to everyone who emailed and called throughout the year with your thoughts, information and opinions. I appreciate the great amount of information held by Courier readers and their willingness to share it. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10 See related photo gallery at

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Lions Clubs will chip Christmas trees at four locations in the city, Jan. 7 and 8. You can bring your tree to parking lots at: Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink at East Boulevard north of West 41st Avenue; Kitsilano Beach (Cornwall Avenue and Arbutus Street); Sunset Beach (Beach Avenue

and Broughton Street), and RONA Home and Garden, 2727 East 12th Ave. The Lions Clubs will also distribute donations of cash and non-perishable food items to local charities. Chipping runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who receive city yard trimming collection service can include their tree on regular collection day until Jan. 31. Trees should be left one metre clear of trimming carts and laid on their sides. They should be free of decorations, including tinsel, and should not be bagged or bundled. Residents can also drop off Christmas trees at the Vancouver South Transfer Station of the Vancouver Landfill at no charge until and including Jan. 31.

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The city officially opened its eighth public dock in Southeast False Creek, Dec. 19, near the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in the former Olympic Village. The $1-million dock is intended to increase public access across False Creek. Paddlers can launch and temporarily tie up nonmotorized vessels, including kayaks and canoes, at the dock. Visiting boaters anchored in False Creek are permitted to tie their dinghies there at no charge while visiting the area. Passenger ferry service, provided by Aquabus and False Creek Ferries, will carry travellers to other ferry landings around False Creek

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Key city panels and committees will require new members in 2012. Applications for groups including the Active Transportation Advisory Committee, the Publish Art Committee and the Development Permit Board Advisory Panel will be open Jan. 3 to 22. For more information, see vancouver. ca and click “Vancouver’s Civic Agencies: Volunteers Needed” under “What’s New.”

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Registration has opened for the sixth annual Moonlight Snowshoe fundraiser for the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation, Feb. 23. Registrants commit to raising more than $150 each this winter to fund two multi-day expeditions and adventure-based learning for 40 at-risk youth in Vancouver in the Take a Hike program. After successfully achieving their fundraising goals, participants will gather at Mt. Seymour for an intimate hike through snowcapped trees, stopping in the woods for chocolate dessert. Each participant will have the opportunity to meet some of the youth they’re helping to sup-

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December 26th is Boxing Day, when everything imaginable goes on sale, making it the most notorious shopping day of the year, according to vancouver.about.com. For downtown Vancouver shopping, both Robson Street and Pacific Centre will be packed with deals--and other shoppers. Luxury retailer Holt Renfrew is a great place to shop for designer apparel: it’s always pricey, but sales there lead to fabulous finds! For mall shopping, you can’t beat the behemoth Metropolis at Metrotown. With 450 stores, Metrotown is BC’s largest mall, with a handy Skytrain stop for getting there car-free. Brentwood Mall is a haven for Boxing Day, too.

Expectant Boxing Day shoppers have been known to form lines early in the morning or late into the night (even though most sales will continue through the week), so wherever you go, be prepared for the crowds. Boxing Day’s biggest deals will be found at the larger, name-brand stores, making it a good day to shop for electronics, appliances, furniture, designer clothes and accessories and toys.

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annemarrison One day I asked my husband how come he knew so much. “Because I’ve made more mistakes than other people,” he replied. Over the years that remark has stuck with me especially at times when I am pondering my contribution to some disaster and find myself muttering “I’ll never do that again!” With that in mind, I’d like to offer a few suggestions that might make gardening a little easier for some of us in the year ahead. • Although propane flaming torches are a wonderfully organic way of weeding gravel, it’s useful to remember that they will burn holes in any landscape fabric underneath. • Since plant labels out in the garden tend to break, fade, snap or simply vanish, it’s smart to keep the original plant label elsewhere—preferably in the same spot where all the others are. • It’s tempting fate to buy seed to plant in a garden bed which hasn’t yet been constructed. • When working with slopes, it’s good to remember that seeds, pests and diseases almost always migrate downwind and downhill.

• Sometimes gardeners on slopes do also if they’re not armed with a longhandled fork or spade for stability in emergencies. • Metal wheelbarrows, drain spades, posthole diggers and chainsaws are not a good gift for gardening grannies no matter how tough they think they are. • Peering close and closer to examine any staked plant, shrub or thorny rose is quite unwise unless you’re wearing glasses. Otherwise you may get to participate in the human interest dramas of your local emergency department. • Anyone who has ever raided their clothes closet (or a partner’s) to wrap a precious containerized plant against brutal winter cold, may already have decided never to do that again. Storing a little stash of ripped sheets and ancient towels for emergencies causes less trouble. • Some well-organized rural gardeners with bush trails learn to bring loppers with them on walks through the woods. Most of the others no longer have bush trails. Seed catalogues lead lots of us into a fantasy world where we have all the time in the world, perfect gardening conditions and the energy we had as teens. It’s a great way to spend January! So as we move closer to Jan. 1, may I wish you many blessings in the New Year ahead—and happy gardening! Anne Marrison enjoys answering garden questions. Send them to her via amarrison@shaw.ca.

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DIAL IT BACK Don’t let the holidays throw you off your budget. Follow these easy tips to satisfy everyone on your list, and keep your bank account happy, too. 1. Go back to basics – get baking. Who doesn’t love home-made treats? They’re delicious and personal. Pick up some inexpensive jars of various sizes at your local supermarket to hold all your

goodies. Then go on line and order personalized labels for everyone on your list, add a ribbon and voila - even Martha Stewart would be proud. 2. Buy holiday labels instead of cards. When ordering labels online (try www.stickeryou.com) you pay about $0.25 per label. Compare that to a pricey holiday card and the choice is easy. And the best part – you can personalize them with your own greeting, logo or theme. 3. Give a memory. Frame a special photo. Make a scrap-book of a trip you took together. Re-discover

guide an old favourite with the latest craze – Iron-Ons. This oldie but goodie is back on the market and hotter than ever. Just pick up an inexpensive t-shirt and you’re on your way. Tips courtesy www.newscanada.com.

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Greenery from our west coast forests brings a sight and scent to your home and decor. Pictured: The boughs and wreaths at Southlands Nursery in Vancouver.

A TIME FOR THANKS And for everyone who did volunteer work or contributed to charities to help the less fortunate or ill this year, take a bow – you deserve our appreciation. And hopefully your actions will be a legacy that others can follow. From everyone at the Vancouver Courier, we wish you and yours a safe, happy and prosperous holiday season!

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

All over the city, brightly coloured lights bring a radiance to the dark nights. Pictured: the elaborate lights on St. Paul’s Hospital, Burrard Street.

Pick a card from the Tree of Giving and help make a needy child’s wish come true this Christmas! Without your help, so many dreams will go unanswered. 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. Our elves will ensure it is delivered in time to create Christmas memories.

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Co-chair Kevin McKeown and society scribe Joy Metcalfe noted celebs in attendance and cash dropped at the 17th Crabtree Corner charity lunch.

RBC’s Christopher Hunt once again donned his gay apparel as the colourful Mother Ginger in Chan Hon Goh’s presentation of The Nutcracker.

Fred Shore 104.3 and Fairmont Pacific Rim “banded” together to raise $95,000 for the Food Bank during its 12 Bands of Christmas Food Drive.

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Goh Goh dancer: Next best role after the Sugar Plum Fairy, yours truly played “guest partygoer” in my debut in the Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker. Executive producer and director Chan Hon Goh reprised the holiday classic filled with glittering costumes, dramatic sets, symphonic music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, principal dancers from the American Ballet Company and some 200 performers. Power lunch: Years ago, the YWCA Crabtree Corner provided Diane Forsythe-Abbott with a telephone and a warm place to sit on a stormy night. Touched by the stories of families struggling to find shelter and provide basic needs, she vowed to help. She brought her friends together for a fundraising luncheon and asked them to bring gift certificates, clothing and toys for the women and children at the Downtown Eastside family resource centre. Seventeen years later, the annual power lunch attracts 150 guests to Hy’s Encore. Deck the halls: CBC hosted its annual Open House and Food Bank Drive as several thousand fans filed through the Hamilton Street studios kibitzing with television and radio personalities including Gloria Macarenko, George Stroumboulopoulos and Rick Cluff. Richard Brodeur, Wally Buono and Mayor Gregor Robertson were among the celebs who participated in the broadcast, which saw nearly $450,000 raised. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 a.m. on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition; email Fred at yvrflee@hotmail.com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown or fredabouttown.blogspot.com.

Four years after a fire decimated Bimini’s, Donnelly Group’s Wendy Derzai and beverage director Trevor Kallies toasted its reopening.

CBC’s Renee Filippone, Rick Cluff and Shiral Tobin saw nearly $450,000 raised for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Diane Forsythe-Abbott’s annual lunch has generated over $1 million for YWCA CEO Janet Austin’s Crabtree Corner.

Thankfully there was no dancing required when yours truly played “guest partygoer” in the Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker.


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1. Bust out the Murray’s Pomade, Big John Bates is set to deliver a flameadorned, tattoo-friendly bundle of western, blues and garage rock treats to the beer-swilling boys and girls at the Biltmore Dec. 23. D.B. Buxton opens. Tickets at Champion Jack’s, the Biltmore, Red Cat, Zulu or online at ticketweb.ca. 2. Who’s crazy enough to play a show on Christmas Eve? Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, that’s who. The former Stray Cats frontman and Gretsch guitar-playing dynamo will have the joint swinging when he drops by the Commodore Dec. 24 for some milk and cookies. Cousin Harley opens. Tickets at Zulu, Red Cat Records, Highlife and all Ticketmaster outlets. 3. Cure your Christmas hangover with Queer improv comedy troupe The Bobbers at the second annual Christmas Bites edition of their weekly Tops & Bottoms show. It all, ahem, goes down Dec. 26 at the Oasis Ultra Lounge (1240 Thurlow St.). Audience members are encouraged to bring a re-wrapped gift for a special re-gifting game. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 604-685-1724 to reserve.

4. Pacific Cinémathèque screens a new 35mm print of Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 film The Last Picture Show Dec. 26 to 29. Set in small town Texas in the early 1950s and shot in stark black and white, the sad and nostalgic coming of age film stars a young Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms and Cybill Shepard and garnered Oscars for Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman in supporting roles. For more info, go to cinematheque.bc.ca.

kudos & kvetches Beg our pardon: K&K atones, part 5

We continue our holiday atonement series by begging forgiveness for past sins, egregious errors in judgment and despicable acts. Once again, we’re sorry. • In Grade 10 French class, we had a student teacher who was older than most student teachers and dressed like an 80-yearold woman in polyester pants and beige floral blouses. At the end of her term, she handed out evaluation forms so she could get useful feedback from her students, which we took as an opportunity to anonymously criticize her clothing and fashion sense. “Get a new wardrobe,” was the first suggestion we wrote, followed by “What are you, a cast member of The Mary Tyler Moore Show?” We had friends in the class after ours, and they later told us how the student teacher gave them the same evaluation forms, but before handing them out said, “And please don’t suggest I get a new wardrobe. If I could afford to buy new clothes, I would.” Sorry, student French teacher, for criticizing your wardrobe when that’s all you could afford.

Political spin

Christmas came early to K&K this week when a colleague sent us a link to the list of songs Mayor Gregor Robertson spun during his DJ set at the Biltmore Cabaret Dec. 17 as part of the third anniversary party for the bar’s Glory Days dance club night. Although we’re not sure what Robertson’s DJ handle was—may we humbly suggest DJ G N’ R or perhaps Gregorsaurus— we do know what rocked his and the Biltmore’s world last Saturday. And, to be honest, it’s not too bad. Although a little suspicious. G-Man kicked things off with Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.” A nice, if not safe, choice. We all know the dude likes Rush, but if he really wanted to show his Rush street cred, he should have blown people’s minds by laying down “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” or give a shout-out to his eco-density initiatives with “Subdivisions.” Word. In addition to the Black Keys’ “Dead and Gone” (a thinly veiled nod to COPE?) and James Brown’s “Sex Machine” (a thinly veiled nod to former NPA councillor George Puil?), there was a lot of hip hop in the set list, which

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we assume was the influence of Robotron’s coDJ Rico Uno. Or maybe G-Spot really is a huge fan of Talib Kweli, Dr. Dre, Dizzee Rascal and the Beastie Boys. Rumour has it, the mayor was seen back stage pouring a 40 of Olde E. on the ground in honour of Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, saying “R.I.P., my homies.” Robertson also spun tracks by the Talking Heads, Earth Wind and Fire and Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu Fighting,” which Vision Coun. Tim Stevenson reportedly works out to in order to get pumped up (read: stay awake) at city council meetings. Conspicuously absent from the set list were “The Chicken Dance,” Kermit the Frog’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Green,” Queen’s “Bicycle Race” and Sisqó’s “Thong Song.” But that would have been too easy, wouldn’t it. So mad props to the mayor for keeping things light and showing Vancouver he and his message team know how to have a good time. To quote the poetic words of Rush: “…what you say about his company/ Is what you say about society./ Catch the mist, catch the myth/ Catch the mystery, catch the drift.”


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Assault victim prefers calmer, courteous path in life

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

Raging cyclist mystifies pedestrian Megan Stewart Staff writer

His mind trained on personal matters, Daryl Richardson crossed Pacific Street, entered the bike lane on the Burrard Bridge and set out to climb the paved path. He didn’t realize he was walking on a dedicated bike route and, as a pedestrian, was required to use the other side of the bridge. “Every cyclist who went by me, I made sure to go farther toward the right where the cars are so they had more room, but none of them said anything.” That is until one irate cyclist struck Richardson, he believes deliberately. “I saw this lady coming towards me and I went, ‘Uh-oh,’” he said. “I saw her and she veered into my lane and was going right for me. She was coming for me like she was trying to make a point. Then just before she was about to hit me head on, she swerved a little bit to hit me in the shoulder. Then she yelled something to the effect of, ‘This is a bike lane.’” (The collision on Dec. 6 was witnessed by Courier cycling columnist Kay Cahill.) Richardson’s left shoulder was struck by the fast-moving cyclist who was on the downhill slope headed downtown. He was unharmed but was knocked into the barrier between himself and northbound bridge traffic.

Daryl Richardson says he was assaulted by a cyclist when he mistakenly walked on the Burrard Bridge’s dedicated bike lane. photo Jason Lang “I felt stunned, in shock that someone would be so angry that they’d want to run someone over.” City reports claim more than 80,000 bike trips are made each month across the Burrard Bridge since separated bike lanes were installed in July 2009. City council and Mayor Gregor Robertson urged city engineers to find ways pedestrians could access both sides of the bridge but no solution was put forward. The Motor Vehicle Act prevents pedestrians from walking in the road where a sidewalk is available. Vancouver’s director of transportation Jerry Dobrovolny said the east

bike lane of the Burrard Bridge is considered a roadway and is no longer a sidewalk, meaning “pedestrians are required to walk on the west-side sidewalk only.” Richardson said he was concerned he may be at fault if the cyclist was hurt, but said of her brazen hit-and-run assault, “I’m not going to let something small bother me.” Richardson, 42, has lived in Vancouver since 1990, and can’t remember the woman’s face but believes she was wearing a white jacket. If he did cross her path again, he’d suggest she adopt a more courteous attitude and a

calmer, broader perspective. “I would say, ‘Don’t be so angry about something so small.’” Richardson’s outlook has come at a cost. His partner travelled to Toronto five months ago but has since disappeared and he presumes she is dead. He was evicted from their shared apartment and on Boxing Day he will no longer be able to stay at the temporary shelter where he has been living. He spent two nights in Stanley Park and three months ago was on another bridge, the Lions Gate, intending to take his own life. “I’d say to [the cyclist], ‘Don’t be angry on something so small.’ I don’t know how to elaborate on that. Life is more important than someone walking in your bike lane.” He has scant possessions but says he does have a large collection of stuffed animals he intends to donate to a children’s charity or family shelter. Richardson says he lives day by day. “I can’t live week by week.” “Every day is a different day. I try to be positive. I know it sounds corny, but I try to see beauty in everything. Your eyes are opened to many things you may not have seen before, both good and bad. I try to be positive. That’s why I didn’t yell at the lady when she hit me.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

Response to assault story illustrates polarizing issue Wheel Life with Kay Cahill

Thanks to all readers who took the time to write in about my last column. The story of the cyclist who assaulted pedestrian Daryl Richardson for walking in the bike lane of the Burrard Bridge clearly touched a nerve for many people. I received a number of very interesting suggestions around what, to me, remains the core issue: how cyclists, pedestrians and the drivers of motorized vehicles of a variety of sizes and types can better share a single road infrastructure. It’s a knotty problem, not least because most of the roads in our city weren’t built with these three differ-

ent groups in mind. Roads were generally built for cars with accommodations for pedestrians, and cycling infrastructure came along later. It’s no wonder bike routes are such a polarizing issue. Additional space for bikes often equates to the removal of space for one of the other two groups. (Or both in the case of the Burrard Bridge, where one car lane has been removed and bike and pedestrian traffic segregated to different sides of the bridge.) Readers are also polarized when it comes to resolving the issue of shared space. One letter writer proposed amending the city’s bylaws to allow for legal use of sidewalks by bikes under certain circumstances: for example, where the road is dangerous for bikes and the sidewalk wide enough to permit safe travel by both bikes and pedestrians, with pedestrians always retain-

ing the right of way. Another letter from a pedestrian spoke eloquently of the growing frustration and even fear caused by bikes racing along sidewalks where they have no legal right, and questioned why bike bylaws aren’t more rigorously enforced by the city. There’s a definite perception both in the media and popular opinion that the City of Vancouver is firmly focused on bikes as a transportation priority. Is this really the case, though? The city’s director of transportation Jerry Dobrovolny said this week, “Pedestrians are the highest priority in our transportation system.” (A trawl through online news comment sections suggests pedestrians and drivers would both beg to differ.) Looking at the hard facts over the past 15 years, there’s no question

which group has benefited most: between 1994 and 2004, trips on foot were up 44 per cent; transit rides were up 20 per cent; and single vehicle trips were down 10 per cent, unsurprisingly given the city’s currently policy goal to “prioritize transportation options other than car use.” Finally, cycle trips were up an impressive 180 per cent. When it comes to sharing the road, sometimes it’s hard to see beyond our own immediate individual needs and the desire for convenience. But in a world where we all need to be conscious of our environmental footprint and the sustainability of the means we choose to get ourselves from A to B, I support this as a move in the right direction. Kay Cahill is a cyclist and librarian who believes bikes are for life, not just for commuting. Contact her at kay@sidecut.ca.

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Punishment for administrative error strips UBC of all wins

T-birds football season marred by ‘asterisk’ Megan Stewart Staff writer

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Vehicle to Vehicle Communication Now in Testing In August 2011, the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began testing vehicle to vehicle (V2V) technology. The trial involves 3,000 vehicles based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Data will be gathered until Cedric Hughes August 2012. The current focus is to ascertain the type of currently exchangeable information that may be most useful for safety purposes. V2V technology is not just a car to car technology, but is equally applicable to motorcycles and trucks. Current safety technology, such as automatic braking upon detection of a collision risk, is referred to as reactive. V2V, on the other hand, is proactive. Vehicles communicate in order to cooperate. In situations where the drivers cannot see each other’s vehicles, the vehicles are aware of each other and agree to rights of way and mutual avoidance. Once V2V comes into its own, numerous efficiencies will be achieved. Red lights that are stopping traffic that could otherwise proceed safely will be eliminated. Traffic will flow smoothly with vehicle speed optimized for safety and efficiency of traffic movement, without a driver’s lagging responses to the movements in front. So called volume delays will be greatly reduced. Traffic delays on account of “side of the road” disasters, such as truck rollovers and vehicle wrecks moved aside, will be moderated or eliminated. All this points to the telematics scenario of the convoy - a line of vehicles moving in concert, by means of joint communication. Importantly, brake lights will be displayed when the convoy data pool suggests an impending slowdown, long before individual drivers detect the need for speed reduction.

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The current testing involves drivers being given a good deal of information about how best to drive. The time when the machine takes over is still well into the future. The NHTSA tests are still very focused on driver Barrister & Solicitor response and interaction with V2V. At this stage, some aspects of the available technology are still relatively expensive, pending mass production, so the tests are looking at the potential immediate introduction of the most cost effective systems now available. Reportedly, the NHTSA expects that about three quarters of motor vehicle accidents will eventually be eliminated by V2V technology. To the extent that fossil fuels continues to be in use, V2V technology regulating braking and acceleration will provide substantial reduction in fuel consumption, which in turn provides more disposable income for the individual and greater profitability for business. There are also predictable savings with respect to infrastructure such as roads, bridges and tunnels. With vehicles cooperating with precision, the amount of road space required per vehicle during peak traffic periods is likely to be considerably less that the roadway required to ensure the flow of vehicles entirely controlled by drivers who, for the most part, need a fair amount of room to keep them out of trouble. V2V technology will safely compress the traffic flow, and the infrastructure will be useable to an optimum efficiency currently undreamed of.

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The 6-2 record of the University of B.C. Tbirds football program under sophomore coach Shawn Olson has been wiped blank because of an administrative error made three years ago, meaning the history books will instead record 0-8 for the 2011 season. “There will be an asterisk there for a reason and that will signify the difference between what happened and what’s on the record books,” said head coach Olson. The Canada West conference of Canadian Interuniveristy Sport stripped the T-birds of its six wins for using an illegible player, a former junior player from the Vancouver Trojans who had surpassed the number of years he was eligible to compete in varsity sport. The athletics department declared the violation and is fined $1,000 plus $250 for the cost of investigating the error. UBC is on probation next season. “My first reaction when I heard it from one of my colleagues was shock, followed slowly by panic as I started to figure out that it was actually true,” said Olson. The revelation has tainted a breakout season that saw UBC advance to the conference final Hardy Cup against the University of Calgary, for which Olson was named Canada West coach of the year, an honour he will retain. Fourth-year pivot Billy Greene hangs onto the Hec Crighton Trophy for a phenomenal season in which he led the country in passing with 2,558 yards and shared the lead

in touchdown passes with 20. He also rushed for 482 yards, more than any other Canadian college quarterback. The CIS rules governing junior football players have been much debated and rewritten in recent years, and Olson said it “has always been one of those [rules] that’s been a little bit grey” although he said current regulations are clear. A player’s years in junior football did not formerly count against his five years of college eligibility. Years playing junior football were then capped at two before eroding the number of years a player could compete in the CIS. The ineligible player in UBC’s case, Connor Flynn, was wrongly informed he could play three years of varsity football when in fact he cold only play two when he joined the T-birds in 2009. Olson attributes the inadvertent mistake to human error and said Flynn is blameless. “He’s kind of caught in the middle of this. I know he feels terribly,” said Olson. “It’s really unfortunate for our players because they’re left holding the bag for something that happened a couple of years ago. “We know what we accomplished. In dealing with adverse situations, if our players do it properly, I think they’ll be able to apply this to things that are going to happen to them once they’re out of football and the heart of what we do here, that’s what it’s about: preparing these people for bigger and better things once they’re done with the game.” mstewart@vancourier.com


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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The weeks ahead are “down home” – security, family, property, nutrition, gardening, all the basics. You might make changes in these (e.g., move or renovate your residence). You might also change who you associate with – gently abandon stale projects and hangers-on. You can benefit deeply from changes now – lifestyle, health. This is a splendid time to invest in property. The only glitch is your own slowness and caution. Rest deeply Sunday. Romance, creative urges brighten your life Monday to Wednesday.Tackle chores Thursday/Friday. Be careful with relationship words Saturday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Communications, travel, errands, paperwork, casual friends and siblings – these dominate over the few weeks ahead. Be curious, especially about the matters and situations that are holding you back. (E.g., if you’re in jail, read books about the world’s jails.) This is a good time to take a communications course. Partnership in love or business is a great opportunity mid-2011 to mid2012. Something along this line might have stalled since August – but the delays are over. Step ahead, open your arms! Romance calls Wednesday eve to Friday. Take care with machines, driving, Saturday. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Chase money, buy/ sell, ask for a pay raise, apply for scholarships or student loans, and seek new clients – now through the four weeks ahead. Your work and employment luck is huge this winter/spring (perhaps I should say expansive rather than lucky). This dovetails splendidly with the present accent on money. Even those temperamental, impatient higher-ups might throw more money at you. Only one thing can foul this up – your social life and/or your fond wishes. For the moment (to June 2012) be practical. Love and opportunities will come – hugely – from June 2012 onward.

Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Your energy, charisma, effectiveness and clout rise high now to late January. Start important projects, display your talents, seek an audience with higher-ups, and/or tackle jobs that once intimidated you. You’re going to make an impression! Love should thrive now also (to June, but especially this month ahead and May). Love delays end – so might someone’s apparent lack of interest. Approach the one who attracts you. Creative, speculative, and sports ventures can also shoot forward luckily now to June. Chase money and buy/sell Monday to Wednesday. Avoid a “hot head” Saturday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Lie low, rest and contemplate. Form plans for the future. Seek therapy, advice. Be charitable and spiritual. Deal with government or head office, and catch up with neglected chores. All this Sunday, and for the entire four weeks ahead. This is a splendid period to purchase a home (or other property). Rest Sunday. Your energy returns Monday to Wednesday, and your charisma glimmers here and there, but no more than sunlight through trees. Get things done – you’ll accomplish easily. Money’s important Wednesday eve to Friday: shop Wednesday. Guard your speech, driving Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: A wish could come true this week (perhaps Sunday) or during the three weeks following. A month of optimism, socializing, popularity and entertainment has just begun! You’re going to say, “I know what happiness is – just a bit.” But that bit will expand to huge proportions from next February onward for a whole decade and a half. No more will you ever say, “I’m not fulfilled.” Sunday promises, but Monday to Wednesday pulls you back to quietude, solitude and rest. Plan, contemplate and help others.Your energy and charisma rocket upwards Wednesday eve to Friday – see and be seen! timstephens@shaw.ca


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