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Study says peewee bodychecking triples risk of concussion and injury

Association may ban bodychecking under 20 Megan Stewart Staff writer

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t what age do we tell kids they’re not allowed to hit each other? At what age do we train and encourage those same kids to hit each other? At 11 or 13 years of age, or never, not even as adults? The Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association and its 42 minor hockey leagues are asking these questions and will decide Sunday if they will ban bodychecking from all house leagues for players up to 20 years old. In a separate vote, they will also decide whether to eliminate bodychecking from rep peewee hockey and introduce it instead in rep bantam hockey. Hitting gives us a fast, entertaining, aggressive and competitive contact sport that many Canadians consider an integral and even traditional part of the game. But we watch horrified when superstar hockey players are sidelined by a concussion, and we hold our breath as science reveals the cerebral deterioration and long-term consequences of a sports career sustained by incidental and direct shots to the head. For these reasons, Lily Williams took her son out of hockey. The president of Vancouver Minor Hockey said concussions and their unknown, long-term damage were too great a risk. Her son, now 15, was a promising all-star who played peewee and midget rep hockey. He has since turned his focus to baseball. “We decided as a family he wasn’t going to play hockey anymore,” she says.

Minor hockey coach Jeremy Poirer says bodychecking is essential to the game because it elevates hockey’s competitive nature. photo Dan Toulgoet Three years ago as a first-year A1 peewee player, her son Keenan was targeted by an opponent and brutally checked in open ice. Williams remembers a “jarring” hit that sent her son’s head snapping back and his mouthguard flying, causing him to bite his tongue. “My son’s tough, he doesn’t go down easy. But he did. You could see he was wobbly, you could see he was dizzy and it was hard for him to stay up. He would have kept going but his coaches called him back and he sat.” Keenan went to the hospital and was off his skates for two weeks

before returning to the ice. Williams acknowledges injuries happen in all sports and are even a hazard of daily life but she was adamant her son, who had been singled out by college scouts, would no longer play hockey. A big, fast centre, Keenan was being groomed for one of hockey’s most demanding physical roles and he was laying a lot of hits on his opponents as well as taking them. “Hockey is very physical and it is competitive, it’s very emotional and things happen,” says Williams last week.

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ntroducing bodychecking to 11and 12-year-old peewee hockey players, the age when Keenan was concussed, more than triples the risk of concussion and injury according to a study released this summer from the University of Calgary. The researchers—led by sport epidemiologist, physiotherapist and hockey mom, Carolyn Emery who is a professor at the university’s faculties of kinesiology and medicine—compared injury rates between more than 2,000 peewee players on 74 Alberta and 76 Quebec teams.

Bodychecking is allowed in peewee in Alberta but was eliminated in Quebec at the pewee level and is introduced to 13and 14-year-old bantam players. In Alberta, peewee players suffered 209 game-time injuries compared to 70 injuries for Quebec peewee players. Similarly, Alberta players suffered 73 concussions, including 14 severe concussions while Quebec players had 20 concussions, four of which considered severe. When researchers replicated the study in bantam, they found no difference in injury rates between Alberta and Quebec teams although incidents of severe injury and concussion were higher in players brand new to bodychecking. Emery supports a ban on bodychecking in peewee hockey and urges leagues across Canada to delay hitting until bantam. USA Hockey doesn’t allow its youngest players to hit and the same restrictions apply in house leagues in Ontario and on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan. But peewee coaches with Vancouver’s minor hockey associations believe there is a better solution than an outright ban until bantam. “I don’t like it. I think long term it will cause more injuries,” says Mischa Polzin. As the director of hockey operations and an A1 peewee coach for Vancouver Minor Hockey, Polzin is responsible for athlete development, which includes mandatory bodychecking clinics for prepubescent players. He wants to see bodychecking taught progressively. Continued on page 5

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Survey seeks input from families of more than 600 Vancouver players Continued from page 4 Instead of eliminating hitting from the game for peewee players, he urges leagues to introduce the most basic bodychecking skills at atom, for example, learning to angle and rub out a player along the boards but not yet being taught to step into that opponent. That training would be advanced and expanded through peewee and then in bantam, although open-ice hitting would not be allowed until bantam, suggested Polzin. Such a progression allows children to develop skills in line with their physical and cognitive ability and complements the longterm athlete development model common in sport today. “Kids will learn to skate with their heads up,” he says, underscoring the difficulty but significance of such a skill. “Most fundamentally, you need to create the awareness around the rink. You need to walk through and say, ‘Here’s where most contact is going to occur, usually in the corners because that’s the offensive and defensive side of the game.’” To learn more about bodychecking in hockey, go to page 38.

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December editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, titled “Stop the violence and play hockey,” urged an outright stop to all on-ice thuggery, particularly gratuitous fighting in the NHL and asked, “Should we not stop the violence now and get on with the main objective of playing hockey, which is scoring goals?” Now that the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association is asking the same question, Bill Veenstra, the president of Vancouver Thunderbird minor hockey, helped write a nine-page report on body-

George Valente, seen here with son Grayson, believes banning bodychecking in peewee rep “would be a huge mistake.” photo Dan Toulgoet checking for the association in November to weigh the pros and cons. He says, “Why do we want our recreational players to bodycheck and take all that extra risk? It’s hard to justify that. It’s hard to come up with a good reason.” As a mother, Williams has her son’s wellbeing to consider. As the president of East Side-based Vancouver Minor Hockey, she must consider the wishes from the families of more than 600 players. Last week, the association sent out a survey to the households of its skaters, seeking input on whether parents wanted bodychecking to remain part of their child’s sport. Williams says she will respect the

feedback she gets from families and vote accordingly when she meets with administrators from more than 40 hockey leagues representing nearly 20,000 athletes playing from Hope to the Sunshine Coast. However, the feedback she’s received so far doesn’t support rock ’em sock ’em hockey. “I will vote appropriately for what members are saying, but right now I … do not believe many families will want to support hitting. A lot of parents are coming back saying they want to introduce hitting at a later age,” she says.

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team, the speed and skill of minor hockey players marvels John Valk. He considered the proposed bodychecking ban in peewee and says, “They’re doing things we didn’t think was possible at this age. They skate faster, hit harder. But their bodies aren’t growing faster. If their brain is rocked inside their head, you can’t train for that.” Valk, whose son was concussed this year playing basketball at recess, said the NHL will continue to curtail gratuitous violence for entertainment’s sake if a team’s most valuable commodities pay too big a price by sitting out. Amateur players take notice, he says. “It’s all moving in the right

direction.” A new penalty this season has curtailed head shots in minor hockey, and sportsmanlike points—awarded to a team each game they rack up fewer than 12 minutes in penalties—has an impact on standings. “Not all coaches put enough work into teaching kids to keep their heads up,” says Edward Epstein, whose 12-year-old son is the biggest kid on his team at five-foot-eight but came to hockey only three years ago and takes specialized instruction from a private skills coach. “If they’re playing competitive hockey, they have to face hitting,” he says, making the point that bodychecking is a skill and young players should have as much instruction and experience possible. He echoes Polzin when he reasons bodychecking should be introduced at an early age so young players learn how to protect themselves on the ice when they give and receive a bodycheck. “Training should start at five or six so it’s automatic and kids develop vision. As soon as a kid puts his head down, he’s a target. He doesn’t see it coming. I feel hitting is an important part of the game and if you don’t hit, you get hit.” Judith Bird, the team’s manager and mother to one of the smallest players on the team who was concussed after he was crosschecked earlier in the season, recognizes a ban on bodychecking won’t eliminate the on-ice aggression that can preview a heated illegal play. “At the end of the day, it’s our job as parents to make sure our kids are safe and that means taking them out of harm’s way. If that means taking out checking, then that’s what it means,” she says. Continued on page 6

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Coach notes strategic elements of bodychecking Continued from page 5 Both Vancouver minor hockey associations require their peewee players take mandatory bodychecking clinics when they begin hitting. “Across the board, too many kids are missing the skill,” says Jimmy Ghuman, who coaches the sons of Epstein, Valk and Bird. “Instead of banning bodychecking, are [leagues] doing enough to teach the skill properly? They get to peewee, they’re told to go hit but how many kids have been taught how to hit? Delaying it a year doesn’t solve it at all. I think what’s going to solve it is you’ve got to bring in the proper coaches who can break down the skill,” says Ghuman. “It’s as simple as breaking it down, stride for stride in your skating. If they’re trained properly, one, they’re not doing the dumb things like putting their hands up or hitting a guy from behind or in a vulnerable position, two, they’re not putting themselves in a vulnerable position and, three, they can take a hit and give a hit safely.”

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cross town early the next morning at Sunset Ice Rink, George Valente watches his son’s A1 peewee rep team at practice. Banning bodychecking in peewee rep “would be a huge mistake.” He reasons that bantam is too late for rep players to learn the challenging contact skill so important to separating an opponent from the puck to gain an advantage. “The

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discrepancy in size and speed may be vast but it gets more vast. Introducing it earlier is probably a smarter thing to do,” he says. “If they’re not developing awareness of the game, they won’t finesse those habits and their ability to change won’t be as quick.” Valente’s son Grayson as a first-year peewee player, is learning to bodycheck. He said he’ll feel cheated if bodychecking is banned once he reaches secondyear peewee. A year after that, he’ll be hitting again in bantam. Jeremy Poirer coaches Grayson Valente. “Hitting is a skill and an attribute,” Poirer says, and bodychecking is essential to the game of hockey because it elevates the competitive nature of every game and affords teams an advantage, or in his words, “intimidation and fear.” “Those are a part of the game, as long as it’s done the right way. Hitting is not the focal point in our pregame talk to the team, but it’s in the game plan. Depending on what type of team you’re playing—if they have

a weaker defence, you might be planning to make them turn, chip pucks by them and then allow them to the puck first and then hit them.” As a defenceman himself, Poirer knows the effect of this strategy. “There is nothing dirty about it. But it’s like, ‘Oh man this team has been pounding me every time I go back to get the puck.’ Then I get hit. Now I don’t want to go back and get the puck as much. Now when I’m going to get the puck, I’m going to get rid of it quicker, make a different decision. “It doesn’t mean I’m scared—‘Oh, I’m going to go out there and get a concussion.’ It’s just like—‘Oh, my God, I’m getting worn down. Every time I go on the ice, these guys are hitting me.’” The emotion, pressure, decisionmaking and physical skill are essential to the sport. “That’s all part of hockey. That’s what makes it so great,” Poirer says. Injury will always be a concern for parents like Valente and he says kids whose skills lag behind will either catch up or be forced out of elite hockey. “Once they get their bell rung, they’ll learn,” Valente says. “Injury is an inherent risk of playing sports and hockey does have a reputation as a tough sport. But it doesn’t have to be about violence.” Go to vancourier.com/sports Monday for results on the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association’s decision to eliminate or keep bodychecking. mstewart@vancourier.com

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Matthew Huszar “He said his goodbyes, wished his colleagues a Merry Christmas and headed east on Water Street at around midnight,” Danny said. “He has not been seen or heard from since. According to friends, he was not intoxicated and was in a good frame of mind.” Danny said she spoke to her son earlier that afternoon and he told her he was excited to return to Vancouver Island to be spend Christmas with his family. His girlfriend was flying in after Christmas and they planned to go skiing during the holidays before returning to work at Pretium Resources, where he worked in mining exploration.

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Should bodychecking in kids hockey leagues be banned? Last week’s poll question: How high should B.C.’s hourly minimum wage go? A) $9.50—12 per cent B) $10.25—20 per cent C) $12—38 per cent D) $15—30 percent This is not a scientific poll.

It’s easy enough to understand the confusion in the minds of some members of the public. We woke Wednesday morning to read about the brazen killing of a gangster at an upscale restaurant at Vancouver’s Sheraton Wall Centre early the night before. It was one of a string of revenge killings that have been taking place between rival gangs in B.C. for months now. At the regular monthly meeting of the Vancouver Police Board later on Wednesday, a report was presented boasting that crimes of all sorts are actually down in Vancouver, including violent crime. And while crime is down across the country, it’s apparently dropping here at twice the national rate. We could debate why this has been happening over the past few years or accept that it’s a combination of reasons: demographics are changing so the number of men of the age most likely to be involved in criminal activities is declining; we have more cops on the street; and there are more effective programs steering people away from crime, including taking more homeless people off the streets and providing them with shelters. Regardless, the numbers are going down. That presentation by the police, however, was followed by another to the board. This one was by Bruce Owen of the NRG research group reporting on, among other things, “people’s perceptions” of crime. And, don’t you know, Owen and his team have discovered that people’s perception of violent crime in this neck of the woods is that it’s increasing. It’s this perception, one that flies in the face

allengarr of the facts, upon which Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is peddling his omnibus crime bill. It is actually a series of bills, a “hodgepodge” as it has been called, that is seeking harsher penalties, mandatory minimum sentences and an increased likelihood that more people will spend time in already overcrowded prisons; it’s practically guaranteeing more prisons will be built. Incidentally, if you want to know how far the Tories have drifted, you can do what I did. In the break following the public portion of the police board meeting and before they went in camera, I asked board member and former Tory MP Mary Collins how she reconciled what Harper, a fellow Tory, was up to given the statistical evidence. She smiled then said three things: “I am a red Tory” a species that is practically extinct and was exemplified by the likes of former prime minister Joe Clark noted

for his social liberalism. Then she said, “I’d rather not comment.” And finally, she added, Harper “does have a constituency” for what he’s up to. And that is precisely the point. Even though most of the nine justice bills in his Safe Streets and Communities Act were defeated by previous Parliaments and were widely criticized to the point of ridicule when the Conservatives were in a minority, Harper has persisted in a strategy designed to build his political base. There are, in fact, portions of the bill where there is agreement; those areas that deal with support for victims and penalties for child sexual assault. What has drawn the most heat is the issue of mandatory minimum sentences for growing pot (six plants get six months in the bucket) and tougher approaches for young offenders, folks seeking pardons and Canadians serving terms abroad who want to complete their sentences here. This is not the only example, of course, of Harper’s stubborn refusal to deal with facts in building his political base. It’s precisely the route Harper’s government pursued in its failed attempt to shut down Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site. Nonetheless, it’s unlikely with his majority in the House of Commons and the Senate where the bill is now being debated that he will fail in this. Regardless of the plunging crime rate, the bill is expected to become law in March. agarr@vancourier.com

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opinion REAL ‘DEBT SLAVERY’ HAS ITS ORIGINS IN WAR

Bowing to golden calf wasn’t always the human way Money talks, and these days it’s just about screaming at us. If the rise and fall of stock exchanges aren’t front and centre on the evening news, then it’s our overheated housing market. It seems like almost every other discussion in our daily lives involves some riff on money or debt. Filthy lucre is both a conversational strange attractor and our social policy yardstick. Economists tell us human social organization is ultimately based on “exchange relations.” In other words, the market came prior to everything else. The golden calf—or bronze bull if you prefer—demands constant sacrifice. University of London anthropologist David Graeber’s book Debt: The First 5000 Years, turns this received wisdom on its head. For centuries, there were institutions that put social controls on debt, in recognition of its potential harm to society. Whether it was Mesopotamian sacred kingship, Mosaic jubilees, Canon Law or Islamic Sharia, the leaders of society reigned in the debtors. No longer, observes the author. We are now witnessing the rise of the first planetary administrative system designed to protect the interests of creditors over the social contract. The banksters and beancounters rule the world. The standard story on the beginnings of money goes something like this: way back in prehistory, someone had one goat too many. A neighbour had a flock of chickens. The two met and decided to exchange a goat for an agreed upon number of chickens. Later, barter gave way to coinage. Currency could stand in as a quantifiable measure for goats or chickens, or anything else. After that came credit—promissory notes, bills of exchange etc. Wrong, says anthropologist Graeber, who argues that “the earliest forms of money were the kind that one finds in stateless societies (Solomon Island feather money, Iroquois wampum) that were mostly used to arrange marriages, resolve blood feuds, and fiddle with other sorts of relations between people, rather than to buy and sell commodities.” The first economic exchanges, in a tribal setting, were based on networks of mutual support and reciprocity. Early tribal societies were more about giving away than hoarding, because the gift economy strengthened the network of mutual obligations. Graeber’s anthropological point of view supports the ideas of University of Bologna professor of eco-

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geoffolson nomics Stefano Zamagni, who has long argued that reciprocity runs prior to market relations. (A family governed entirely by market relations would be a nightmare, Zamagni observes.) Graeber, who approaches money from the discipline of anthropology, insists that currency—gold and silver in particular—emerged in the markets that often followed armies or royal entourages “or formed near palaces or at the fringes of military posts.” Commodity money has long gone hand-inhand with violence, he contends. In fact, one of the principle uses of money by warring states involved slavery. War fuelled debt, which demanded taxation, and debt was payable in slaves. No one was safe from this dynamic. If a farmer could not pay his debts, he could lose his property, his wife, his children and his own freedom, which became a commodity to be bought and sold. The debtor could only return to his or her homebase after working for a term set by the creditor. Wisely, Biblical patriarchs instituted the custom of jubilee, where all social debts were cancelled after seven years. (Graeber observes that the first word for “freedom” known in any human language, the Sumerian amarga, literally means, “return to mother.”) “Debt slavery” is no arbitrary term, either for indentured servants of the past or grad students in the present. To use a Seussian analogy for a complex historical process, social conflict and debt enslavement have been like those agents of chaos, Thing One and Thing Two—and money has been like the Cat in the Hat. Graeber notes that the value of gold and silver rises in times of war, when the social contract crumbles and credit can no longer be relied on. From the coffee shop to the faculty lounge, we can’t shut up about money and debt. Perhaps with the wide-angle view of Graeber, Zamagni and other intellectual gadflies, we’ll get a better fix on the commodification of our lives—and be less eager to bow down before the golden calf. olscribbler.wordpress.com

One reader believes the Fraser Institute may have it right regarding a higher minimum wage leading to a loss of jobs. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor Re: “Wage war,” Jan. 13. I read this article with keen interest, though I was saddened that someone wrote to Premier Christy Clark saying, “You are restoring the faith of a whole generation!” (re: the minimum wage increase). This young person’s faith is misplaced, and I feel sorry for them. The increase is one of a long list of well-intended misadventures by government that hurt the very people who need help most. So what’s so wrong with a higher minimum wage? At first glance it seems like a boon, but then the least skilled are thrown out of work. Bruce Ralston says the minimum wage is an “affirmation that your work has value,” but the other side of the coin is that it’s a legal affirmation that unless your labour is worth $10.25/hr, then it is without value, indeed, illegal.

Next, employers take measures to avoid hiring people such as using temp agencies, under-the-table work, use of machines, doubling of employee responsibility, anything to remain competitive. The most obvious solution, now that consumers think they have more money, is to raise prices. The cost of living goes up. Same difference, you say? Actually we’re worse off since the same amount of money is shared between fewer people. Finally, with the rise in prices and costly adjustment period for business, there’s less capital for investment than before. The economy slows. The people cry out for government to help raise their standard of living, and history repeats. Perhaps the Fraser Institute economists have a point after all. Mike Maxwell, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Foreign ownership helps drive dysfunctional housing market,” Jan. 18. I completely agree with Mark Hasiuk and the steps that Australia has taken. Singapore has also recently taken steps to curb foreign housing purchases. I am a Canadian in Hong Kong and prices have tripled in the past eight years here due partly to “mainland” money. Vancouver is so expensive now for housing that I would not consider moving there when I return home. Incomes

are simply not high enough to allow me to buy into the house/neighbourhood I want. Sky high house prices also have to be a significant drag on the B.C. economy. One, it must be getting difficult for companies to attract and keep talented staff in Vancouver, and two, Vancouver is likely to become uncompetitive with other cities for company location and expansion. Why site your operations in Vancouver when costs in Calgary or Washington State are much lower?

Housing bubbles kill businesses, particularly SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) that cannot afford high wages and high rents. If you are selling to the rest of Canada and the U.S., Vancouver may simply be too costly now. So, as the housing bubble continues, everyone should expect to see inflation in B.C., lower economic growth and fewer jobs (other than for real estate agents, lawyers and developers). Craig Calkins, Hong Kong

Taste testing food cart applications a plum city job To the editor: Re: Street food carts, Jan. 11. You reported that the City of Vancouver is going to judge street food cart applicants based on menu, sustainability, and a taste test.... ooh what fun! So now we are paying city officials to pretend they work for the Food Network. Last time I checked it wasn’t the city’s job to de-

cide the type or quality of merchandise businesses sold. What’s next? City workers judging a fashion show to decide who can open a clothing store? What a colossal waste of money. If business owners meet the criteria (e.g. have the right plan, food handling expertise) then after that it should be a lottery. Rima Wilkes, Vancouver

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In case you’re not up on the significance of what certain days of the week mean at certain times of the year, let me inform you that Monday Jan. 16 was considered “Blue Monday.” Somebody, somewhere dubbed the third Monday in January as the most depressing day of the year. Wow, and I thought that fell on tax return day. But I digress. I bring up Monday, which also happened to be Martin Luther King Day south of the border, for another reason— one that may bore you, enlighten you or lead you to ask more questions. So here goes… Monday was the deadline for Mayor Gregor Robertson and his 10 councillors to file a statement of disclosure under B.C.’s Financial Disclosure Act. No, this is not the same Act where you can discover how much money wealthy businessmen and their companies donated to politicians to get them elected in November. That comes in March. For now, you’ll have to be satisfied with knowing what shares Robertson and his councillors have in companies.

Let’s begin with Mr. Mayor. Under the section titled “assets,” Robertson lists Happy Planet Ventures, Treedom Ventures Ltd., Ohana Partners Ltd. and Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op. I wanted to speak to the mayor about this on Blue Monday but I was told by his media guy that he was too depressed to spend five minutes explaining his assets. Actually that’s not true, he was too busy.

Gregor Robertson Anyway, what I did get is an email on Tuesday from his media guy saying that Robertson owns minority shares in Happy Planet (the juice company he cofounded), Ohana Partners, Treedom Ventures and the farm co-op, which he belonged to when he and his wife owned a farm in the valley. Ohana, by the way, is listed as the holding company that owns Robertson’s house in Vancouver. But in case you’re wondering, he pays a residential tax on the property, not a business tax. Treedom is a company that holds a piece of property on Cortes Island, home to the Hollyhock retreat overseen by Robertson’s pal and

moneyman, Joel Solomon. Now to councillors. After reviewing all but one of the 10 councillors’ disclosure documents— Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr still hadn’t filed hers when I checked Tuesday morning—those who listed multiple shares were Vision councillors Raymond Louie, Tony Tang and NPA councillors Elizabeth Ball and George Affleck. Louie holds one or more shares in the Bank of Montreal, Crescent Point Energy Corp., CGI Group, Manitoba Telecom, Marret, Nortel Networks, Rainmaker Mining, Royal Bank, Nokia and Warrior Energy. Tang holds one or more shares in his own company, Annex Management Ltd., and lists himself as a director and shareholder of K Tang Enterprises Inc. Ball holds one or more shares in Ball Welch Holdings Ltd., Lightscene Ventures Inc. and is a shareholder and part-owner of Eos Lightmedia Corp. Affleck owns more than a 30 per cent share in Curve Communications Group Ltd. and holds one or more shares in Pakit Inc., Optima Minerals Inc., Realm Energy Inc., Citigroup, Finavera Wind Energy Inc., Yaletown Capital Corp., Bombardier Inc. and—wait for it— Build-A-Bear Workshops. Yep, the teddy bear place, which according to children across the Lower Mainland never leaves them feeling blue on any day of the week. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings


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Water works

Students at Churchill secondary school, who call themselves Youth4Tap, are replacing some of the school’s old water fountains with new state-of-the-art refillable water stations. The new stations, which are hooked into the school’s water line, are designed to make it easier to refill reusable water bottles, which don’t fit under most traditional water fountains. Due to the difficulty, some students prefer to buy water out of the school’s vending machine. Churchill’s vending contract recently expired and under the new contract Churchill won’t be selling bottled water. “It’s the whole notion of water is free. Vancouver has world-quality water and why are we charging our kids for something that is a basic human right,” explained Churchill vice principal Leann Buteau. Each water station, which features a spout to drink from and a spout with which to refill bottles, costs $3,710, including labour for installation. The teenagers raised $1,100 through a youth funding grant from the Vancouver Foundation to help pay for two new water stations and received some money from their school’s parent group. In total, they collected about $4,000, which will be matched by the school. Youth4Tap, which is led by students Tesicca Truong and Alan Chen, is selling reusable water bottles to the student body as a

School work

I earlier wrote about the construction of the Sexsmith elementary replacement school, and the school district’s plans to find a group or organization to seismically upgrade and lease the 1913 heritage school building and original schoolhouse from 1912. But Sexsmith isn’t the only city school undergoing work. Kitchener elementary, at 4055 Blenheim St., is getting a replacement school. The new building will be a hybrid of old and new—the 1914 heritage school building is being retained and relocated to the corner of King Edward and Collingwood, according to the VSB. Most of the concrete structure is completed on the new school. Construction is on schedule, with a projected opening date in the fall of 2012. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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The city’s bylaw officers are going to crack down on dog owners who leave their pets tied up outside public areas, such as on sidewalks adjacent to stores. But don’t expect a ticketing blitz—yet, says Tom Hammel, the city’s assistant director and deputy chief licence inspector. “We’re going to begin by educating the public,” Hammel said. “It’s evident the public isn’t aware of the bylaw.” I called Hammel after hearing a woman on CBC Radio speaking about a recent incident during which she went to a store, tied her dog up outside and while shopping spotted a bylaw officer attempting to put her pet in the back of a city truck. The woman was not happy with the $250 fine she received under Section 4.2 of the animal control bylaw that reads, “A person who keeps a dog must not permit, suffer, or allow the dog to be on a street or public

place unless the dog is under the immediate charge and control of a competent person by means of a leash that is not more than 2.5 metres long or another bylaw allows the dog to be off-leash under certain circumstances.” Hammel says the violation falls under the same section that deals with off-leash dogs so it’s difficult to track how many of the 300 tickets written last year involved pets tied up outside. Hammel notes there were three bite incidents reported last year involving dogs tied outside to a pole or fence. Two of those incidents involved humans, while the third was an attack on another dog. Hammel says while the violation might seem innocent enough, a dog left without an owner can be a danger to small children or other dogs and is at risk of being stolen. “According to the bylaw a dog must be controlled by its owner,” Hammel said. “It’s not good enough to tie it to a pole or a fence.

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Last week I wrote about the A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture installation at English Bay and the efforts by the non-profit Vancouver Biennale to raise enough money to pur-

A-maze-ing Laughter guy chase it and loan it back to the city for 30 years. In that column I wrote how much I not only like the sculpture, but also enjoy watching the reaction from everyone who passes by. But to my surprise Amaze-ing Laughter is not a hit with everyone. I received an anonymous letter this week from a reader who took the time to cut out the top half of my Central Park column, write a note across it and then mail it to me via Canada Post. The note reads in its entirety, “Sandra, there are many of us who would pay to get rid of these monstrosities. NOT A FAN.” I appreciate hearing all opinions, so thanks for taking the time to write. To see a copy of the note, check out the online version of this Central Park column at vancourier.com. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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A development proposed for Broadway and Kingsway no longer includes space for artists or rental suites. City rezoning planner Yardley McNeill told a Jan. 17 public meeting on the development that 9,200 square feet of artists’ studios and 15 rental apartments included in the original development were too small a contribution to the community compared to the cost to the developer for providing them. She said the city believes a larger cash contribution from the developer to the city would provide more bang for the buck. But Rize Alliance Properties Ltd. would need to contribute more than a previously agreed upon $4.5 million cash contribution. The application for the property includes a two-storey commercial podium, 241 condos, building heights of five, nine and 19 storeys—down from an initially proposed 26 storeys, 320 underground parking spots and widened sidewalks on Kingsway and 10th Avenue. McNeill told those who filled Heritage Hall the cash from Rize would be spent on a public benefit within Mount Pleasant and that the rezoning could go to a public hearing for council’s de-

cision by the end of February. McNeill said if the rezoning is approved, public consultation would follow on how to spend the money, which could go toward a park, daycare space, affordable housing or a cultural amenity. Council would make the ultimate decision. She estimated it could take two to five years before the public saw concrete results from the developer’s money. City director of planning Brent Toderian said Jan. 18 that city staff will recommend the money be spent on a cultural space, and perhaps help provide affordable housing. The city’s change to the proposed development at the southwest corner of Broadway and Kingsway was not welcomed by all at the open house. Some residents wondered whether the city takes seriously the Mount Pleasant Community Plan, approved in November 2010. The plan called for support for the creative community and rental housing. The Residents Association of Mount Pleasant, or RAMP, ran an unauthorized information table at the meeting to note the revised proposal doesn’t address requests from the community for the development to include rental units geared to income, an inner courtyard that serves as a public space, the guarantee of artist live/work space

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with affordable rent and subsidized housing. Most of the questions at the open house concerned the development’s height and size and how the proposal fit with the community plan. City planner Peter Burch said residents involved with the creation of the plan considered the public benefits that could stem from largescale developments. He said they pinpointed the Broadway and Kingsway, Kingsgate Mall and Main Street IGA sites as suitable for large developments. “During the course of the Mount Pleasant plan there was a sense of trying to balance off where significant development might go to achieve these other things,” he said. McNeill said the city had received more than 1,700 responses to the proposed rezoning, 40 per cent in favour and 60 per cent opposed. A quick tally of comments from the Jan. 17 open house showed 60 per cent opposed, 35 per cent in favour and five per cent neutral. Planning staff will support the rezoning in their report to council. The city continues to accept public comment. For more information, see Vancouver. ca/rezapps. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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“We’ve been working for how many years now to try to get SRO [single room occupancy low income hotel] landlords to comply with basic guidelines and, working with people in the Downtown Eastside, we’ve exposed extreme violations of tenants’ rights so I just don’t understand why they’d exclude it in the first round,” she said. COPE, which lacks a representative on council, and the West End Residents Association want the database to include licensed secondary suites so tenants know whether their suites are legal and fire safe. Christine Ackermann, president of WERA, noted the B.C. Apartment Owners and Managers Association support a database that includes secondary suites. WERA wants tenants to be able to see if their landlords have applied for any development or work permits. “Because those are the tools that landlords use to evict tenants,” Ackermann said. The residents’ association would parse the data to see “which companies and which landlords are really using ‘renovictions’ as a business model,” she said. WERA also wants the database to include an inquiry tool for landlords’

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A Port Metro Vancouver pilot project designed to ensure container trucks travel along Clark Drive and east along Hastings Street to Highway 1 as their route into the port ends Jan. 25, but the city is imposing new traffic regulations to ensure trucks stick to the new route. Port-destined container trucks won’t be able to make right turns from Knight Street onto 41st Avenue or from Clark Drive onto Broadway, and they won’t be able to make left turns off of Broadway onto Nanaimo or Renfrew streets. A truck speed limit of 30 km/hr is also being imposed on Nanaimo and Renfrew streets between Broadway and McGill streets. Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation, said the turn restrictions are aimed at port-bound trucks, while many types of trucks, such as cube trucks, dump trucks and cement trucks, use Nanaimo and Renfrew, which creates the need for the speed reduction. “The speed limit is one that’s changed for all trucks… there are a number of schools along that corridor, there’s a lot of residential on that

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corridor, and speed was brought to us as a concern from the residents in the neighbourhood,” he said. The port’s pilot project for container trucks started Aug. 25 after residents complained about safety concerns that arose after the port closed the Clark Drive entrance into the port in June of last year. Trucks started using Nanaimo Street as part of their new route into the port to shave time off their trips, which created traffic concerns from residents. “The [pilot project] route stays the same, it’s just the enforcement mechanism has changed from the port licensing agreement [with truckers] to using city traffic signs,” Dobrovolny said. “The port had some concerns about the appropriateness of using that licensing agreement for this so they were willing to step in quickly and use it initially, but right from the beginning they communicated with the truckers and with the city that it

was a temporary measure on their part.” Dobrovolny noted even the turn restrictions could be a temporary measure once 2014 arrives and the port completes major road construction projects on its land. “Once they complete those projects, they’ve indicated the Clark Drive gate would re-open and at that time the trucks would just stay on Clark Drive and drive straight onto port property. That’s the best solution. It reduces the amount of travel time on city streets,” he said. Eileen Mosca, a spokesperson from the group Advocating for Container Trucks Off Residential Streets (ACTORS), is pleased with the latest developments. “The goal of all of us is to have that Clark gate open, then there’s no problem,” she said, adding, “We’re particularly happy with what the city’s doing because the pilot project was just a temporary Band-Aid and the city has figured out a way to permanently solve this problem for the neighbourhood. It’s very good news for us. We feel this has been a very good experience working with the city. We kept at it and it’s very rare that it works so well.” noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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The City of Vancouver wants public input on priorities and other initiatives to manage the budget pressures in the city’s $1 billion budget. You can have your say on how to cut $52 million by attending an open house session at city hall Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main floor media centre. The city decided to cancel what it said were poorly attended information meetings of past years. People can find general and detailed information about the draft budget, participate in moderated discussion forums and take an online survey at vancouver.ca. City council will hold a public hearing on the budget prior to its final consideration and approval of the plan in March. That date will be announced shortly.

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Got a minivan and six soccer fans? The Vancouver Whitecaps are encouraging youth soccer clubs and families to attend professional games by cutting the cost of season tickets in half for boys and girls registered with B.C. Soccer. On Tuesday, the Major League Soccer club and the provincial amateur soccer association launched Youth Soccer Season Ticket, which will reduce a season ticket to $249 when an adult ticket is also bought at the regular price of $499. As many as six youth tickets can be purchased at this price with every one adult ticket. Both adult and youth tickets are transferable. Youth players must be registered with B.C. Soccer. All families and teams that buy tickets through this initiative will be seated in the aqua section 230. The 2012 season begins at B.C. Place March 10 against the expansion Montreal Impact. For more information and to purchase, call 604-669-9283 extension 3.

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Cruise, and he probably doesn’t look quite like the polished persona depicted in Mission Impossible. No one looks like Scarlett Johannsen... maybe not even Scarlet Johannsen in the morning before make up. Abraham Lincoln said, “God must have loved the plain people: he made so many of them.” That’s not to say we shouldn’t look after our bodies. A healthy diet and regular exercise help maintain personal well-being. Bear in mind that you can be fit and healthy but still not look anything like the slim women or muscular men on magazine covers. The key is to control the aspects of our lives that we can in order to enjoy a meaningful life. We have to accept the rest. We are all human and imperfect, but we can still be beautiful in our imperfection. Love yourself just as you are; others do. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician and writer. His column appears regularly in this paper. You can find more articles at facebook.com/davidicus.wong and davidicuswong. wordpress.com and listen to his Positive Potential Medicine podcasts at wgrnradio.com.

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WHITE SPRINGS, Fla.—If songwriter Stephen Foster had had his way, an obscure river in northern Florida would have remained unknown to all but those who lived on its banks. Instead, an intervention by his brother made it world famous. That song is “Way Down Upon the Swanee River.” You learn a lot about Foster by touring the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, about 30 kilometres south of the Georgia state line. It lies on the banks of the Suwannee River. (Foster altered the spelling.) The centrepiece of the 100-hectare park is a museum devoted to the talented, but tragic, songwriter, who penned some of the most delightful ballads of the 19th century. The building is a southern plantation–style house, fronted by giant white columns—an obvious icon, it would seem, in memorializing someone whose songs frequently reflected Deep South aspirations. It’s ironic, then, that as museum markers point out, the Pittsburgh-born balladeer almost certainly never set foot in Florida. Among the items on display in the museum are dioramas portraying scenes from Foster songs and a piano that he used to play. In one room stands a drop-front writing desk with an important part in the Foster story. The desk had been in his brother Morrison’s home in Pittsburgh. One day in 1851, Stephen sat down at it to pen a ballad about happy slaves in a south-

ern plantation. It began: “Way Down Upon de Peedee Ribber,” (Foster tried to emulate the slave dialect, though later the songs were edited to avoid offence). The Peedee, which runs in North and South Carolina, was the only southern river of two syllables that he knew. But Morrison objected. “You need something more mellifluous,” he said. So the brothers spread an atlas on the desk, briefly considered the Yazoo River in Mississippi, and then found the Suwannee in Florida. It was three syllables, but Stephen’s artistic license took care of that. In 1935, Florida adopted the song (also known as “The Old Folks at Home”) as the official state song. Seven years earlier Kentucky had chosen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” as its anthem. He’s the only songwriter to have penned two state songs. (And he never visited Kentucky, either.) Foster wrote more than 200 songs, which were popular on the 19th-century minstrel circuit. Barbershop quartets still sing “Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair,” “Camptown Races” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” He was a bad businessman, however, and died penniless and an alcoholic at the age of 37, in 1864. Near the museum stands a 97-bell carillon atop a 60-metre tower, playing Foster tunes. Nearby is Craft Square, where artisans show off their skills. Then everyone walks down to the banks of the Suwannee, framed by cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss. You can almost hear the banjo strumming. Mitchell Smyth is a member of the Meridian Writers’ Group.

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Try these indulgences! Gung Hay Fat Choy comes to the BC Liquor Store location at Cambie and 39th on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 3 pm with a festive two-hour tasting of premium spirits paired with tasty authentic Chinese appetizers provided by Pong’s Chinese Restaurant. Then, celebrate The Year of the Dragon with Premium Spirits and Champagne on Monday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 6 pm. as they celebrate Chinese New Year with a performance

by the Vancouver Chinese Lion Dancers. Also sample beverages and traditional Chinese appetizers. Take a Quince demonstration style cooking class in their contemporary cooking studio at 1780 West 3rd Ave. and learn how to prepare extraordinary cuisine. Year of the Dragon - Chinese Dim Sum & Japanese Sake takes place Monday, Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. This Demo & Tasting Bar class shows the making of three Dim Sum dishes, with local artisan Sake to match. Menu: Char Siu Bau (Steamed BBQ Pork Buns); Shrimp & Pork Dumplings; Vegetable Springrolls. Cost: $40.00. Email: info@quince.ca or call 604-7314645.

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4. Kitty Nights, Vancouver’s longest running weekly New York Cityinspired burlesque and comedy show hosted by Burgundy Brixx and The Purrrfessor, celebrates four years of pasties, boas and the delicate art of the tease Jan. 22, 9 p.m. at the Biltmore Cabaret. More info at kittynights.com.

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Forgive us if we seem a little discombobulated. K&K, like the rest of the world, was forced to fumble around in total, informational darkness this week. On Wednesday, online encyclopedia Wikipedia shut down for 24 hours to protest antipiracy bills currently before the U.S. Congress and that critics argue amount to censorship. Several websites apparently took part in the “blackout,” but we couldn’t figure out their names since we were unable to look it up on Wikipedia. Instead, we were met with the ominous message: “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge. For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.” Naturally, we tried to learn more, but not having Wikipedia at our disposal made it extremely difficult to do any kind of research, fact checking or settling bets on how old certain celebrities are. We say Jessica Lange is a spry 55 or 56 max, but @Tootsie4ever swears she’s in her 60s.

In fact, going without Wikipedia for an entire 24 hours practically took us back to the Bronze Age when dinosaurs walked the planet and the only thing people did for fun was see boring Shakespeare plays like Death of a Salesman. Seriously, for a website that invented karaoke with Steve Jobs and prides itself on being “wicked,” Wikipedia has been anything but. Since the website turned off and went black as ivory, we’ve had to look things up in books, on Google, using the Facebook search engine, by creating hashtags and crowd sourcing, asking people questions and by relying on our intuition, which for a few minutes led us to believe Huey Lewis formed a band with Ted Nugent called Huey Lewis and the Nuge. But you know what, after a while we realized not having Wikipedia to look up every little thing hasn’t been the worst thing in the world. In fact, it’s made us more resourceful and selfreliant in our constant quest for knowledge… kind of like inventor Betty Crocker and her musical son Davy Crockett. After all, in the wise words of Mark Twain reading from his eBook For Whom the Bell Jar Tolls, “The medium is the message.”

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Tim Hortons—makers of coffee-like products, bakery-like goods and extra sucky commercials— has listened to the anguished, poo-breathed cries of its chubby, penny-pinching customers. Earlier this week, the company announced it was renaming its hot beverage sizes to accommodate its new 24-ounce “extra large” cup of steaming hot mediocrity. Tim Hortons will now refer to a small eight-ounce coffee, tea or chicken gravy as “extra small,” a medium becomes “small” and large “medium.” Its 20-ounce cup, which was previously extra large, has been demoted to “large.” Dave McKay, Tim Hortons’ director of brand marketing for beverages, told the once esteemed Globe and Mail: “It’s really about what our guests have been asking for.” We never noticed before how much classier “guests” sounds than “greedy, caffeine-addicted customers.” That’s why he’s director of brand marketing for beverages and not us. Still, a 24-ounce extra large Timmy’s pales in comparison to Starbucks’ gut-busting, 31ounce “Trenta” size, which is Italian for “tractor belly.” But it does give Tim Hortons customers something to strive fore. Dare to dream, Canada.


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are lowered from above; four brightly dressed women move amongst them gradually piercing each one; the stage slowly fills with sand. The backdrop is a huge wall onto which images are projected: sometimes videos of trains travelling through various landscapes, sometimes the central character on his journey north, always north. Text is mostly in Spanish with English surtitles; on opening night there was a technical glitch that left fairly lengthy bits of dialogue untranslated. It’s visually exciting, but it’s also often difficult to know where to look—so much is going on simultaneously. With an overhead videocam as well as the two onstage, the action happens on several planes. All six performers may be in motion with projections running behind them. Sound, light, images, movement and the growly intoning (reminiscent of Tibetan Buddhist monks) of an older, Stetson-hatted, pony-tailed character in sunglasses all begin to build. But, ironically, Amarillo engaged me most when, during what was a sort of hiatus in the action, the central performer addressed the packed theatre with a passionate plea. Apparently a Vancouver-based Canadian company is ripping up a “sacred mountain” in Mexico’s Wirikuta Desert in search of gold and silver. While I’m not looking to share in the American dream and I don’t live in a country where “You can’t trust nobody. Not the Virgin Mother, not the President,” I can certainly react shamefacedly to exploitation of Mexico’s pristine deserts by Canadians. They do theatre differently elsewhere. Their subjects are different; their presentation is different. I say, “Viva la diferencia!” That’s the PuSh Festival and there’s a lot more to come. joled@telus.net

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So, you think Seth Rogen can act? No disrespect to Mr. Rogen, but sometimes it takes a movie like Coriolanus to remind us that there are classically trained actors out there who can really do this thing: actors to whom reams of film canter to keep up, rather than performers who just whittle away at film stock. All the more amazing, as we watch Ralph Fiennes master one of Shakespeare’s more complex plays and spit out (sometimes literally) great tracts of difficult dialogue, is the fact that he directs the film, his freshman effort. Fiennes updates the tale of a fifth-century Roman general run afoul of the people to today’s world of TV discussion panels and a multicultural populace. The people are revolting because of a food crisis and the suspension of civil liberties in Rome. Caius Martius (Fiennes) has been away at war, fighting the Volscian people and his arch-rival Aufidius (Gerard Butler). “If ever again I meet him beard to beard, he is mine, or I am his,” vows Aufidius. While Martius’s wife (Jessica Chastain) prays for his safe return, his mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) longs for the glory of his name. Martius is a man who was

Ralph Fiennes proves a double threat as director and star of the modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. weaned on war, but his mother has grander aspirations for him: After Martius is given the honorary title of Coriolanus, she wants him to take the position of consul of Rome, and ingratiate himself with the masses. Martius is not a man of the people, which his detractors use to their advantage. “You speak of the people as if you were a god to punish, not a man of their infirmity,” says tribune Brutus (Paul Jesson), goading Mar-

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more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger,” declares Menenius (Brian Cox) after a meeting with the general. Battle sequences keep the early action moving and provide insight into Martius’s true nature. (A bald, bloody, battle-scarred Fiennes is a sight to behold, and is even scarier than his Voldemort in the Harry Potter films.) The film was shot in Serbia and Montenegro, in shelled cities and on eerily abandoned highways. Coriolanus presents a nice parallel to today’s politics, with Martius and his cronies playing the one per cent while the 99 per cent protest. “What is the city, but the people?” asks tribune Sicinius (James Nesbitt). But replace “city” with “government,” “country,” “university” and any number of entities and you see that Shakespeare’s play has always been relatable to the political and social unrest of any given year. (It was banned as late as the 1930s in France because of its fascist themes.) Fiennes’ performance is marvellous, Redgrave’s equally great. The film boasts excellent and interesting supporting performances, while real and “newsreel” footage lends a contemporary feel designed in part to lure reluctant Shakespeare fans. True, as viewers we do have to stretch ourselves and attune our ears to the Bard’s tricky language, but we are the better for it. jcrawfordfilm@gmail.com


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Two prestigious B.C. sports institutions are heaping fanfare on Vancouver athletes this month. Sport B.C. announced its finalists for athlete of the year and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame named its class of 2012 inductees on Tuesday. The Hall of Fame roster includes three athletes, two builders, one team and two pioneers—all who made their mark in Vancouver. Here are four athletes with impressive pedigrees. • Andrea Neil was selected for Canada’s national soccer team at 19. She earned 132 caps, which for a time put her ahead of every other national team member, male or female. • Howard Kelsey, before he was an influential basketball promoter, was a star basketball player. He played more than 400 national team games at a time when Canada was consistently ranked in the world’s top six and his record scoring average of 34.5 points a game as a Point Grey high school student still stands. • Bernard “Buster” Moberg could fire a 100-mileper-hour fastball when he played in the South Hill Senior A men’s league from 1958 to 1971 and he rewrote the record book by earning the most strikeouts (1,598, for an amazing average of 1.5 per inning) and most no-hitters (11), among others. He pitched for six B.C. teams at the world championships and four times led a Vancouver team to the Canadian championship title. • Barbara Howard, recognized as a pioneer, was a sprinter in the 1930s and one of the fastest women in the British Empire: as a 17year-old in 1938 she ran the 100-yards in 11.2 seconds to claim the British Empire Games record. She was also likely the first black athlete to represent Canada in international competition. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

Mischa Polzin, director of hockey operations for Vancouver Minor Hockey, goes through the steps of a bodyphoto Dan Toulgoet check with 13-year-old Jameel Bains at Killarney rink.

Bodychecking for beginners

Megan Stewart

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Bodychecking is simple to explain. The purpose of laying a check in a contact sport such as hockey is to separate an opponent from the puck. Beyond the definition, bodychecking is much more difficult to teach, practise and eventually master. Successful body contact demands balance, timing, vision and confidence on the ice, four components of hockey that hinge on strong skating skills. Players’ physical abilities increase with experience and age, but the inability to skate will not only increase a player’s risk of injury but will also make him or her a liability to the team by getting taken out of the play. Pressure to secure a role on a team by delivering punishing blows, demanded at the professional level for entertainment value as well as a violent image of hitting and fighting, contribute to hockey’s notoriety as a tough sport. At the amateur level, parents and coaches contribute considerable intensity. In spite of this, skills training can make all the difference for up-and-coming youth players, according to numerous Vancouver minor hockey coaches. As the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association and its 42 member leagues from Hope to Whistler to Seattle vote on banning bodychecking from house hockey and peewee rep hockey, coaches still must teach the skill. There is a right and a wrong way to deliver a bodycheck. Giving a hit Judge your speed and adjust if necessary. At the instance you make contact with the opposing player, your speeds should be the same or you should be going slightly faster. As

“I TEACH THEM NOT TO TARGET THE HEAD. WHERE ARE KIDS GETTING HURT? IT’S WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER.” Jeremy Poirer

players skate faster (and as they get bigger, stronger and more muscled), risk of injury increases. “It’s physics,” said Thunderbirds A1 peewee coach Jeremy Poirer. Approach at an angle to fence your opponent against the boards, trap them in the corner or close them down in open ice. Pick your place on the ice and be sure not to check or hit opponents within the “danger zone” two to four feet from the boards where they are unable to protect themselves from a head-first collision with the boards. Mischa Polzin, the director of hockey operations with Vancouver Minor Hockey, said players must develop a respect for each other and not play with an intent to injure despite whatever competitive advantage may be gained. Poirer said, “I teach them not to target the head. Where are kids getting hurt? It’s when they don’t have respect for one another.” Make shoulder-to-shoulder contact by keeping your arms at your sides. This not only prevents you from injuring yourself but also staves off a penalty for high sticking or elbowing.

A new penalty introduced this season targets hits to the head. “When you see a kid in a vulnerable position, that’s where you have to hold up,” said Poirer. “If a kid has his head down and you hit him shoulder to shoulder, he’s not going to get hurt.” At the moment of contact, drive into your opponent using your lower body strength and by bending your knees. Conserve your energy and focus on rubbing out your opponent, not crushing him through the boards. Kick the puck to your own stick or that of a teammate. Get yourself back in the play as soon as possible. Taking a hit Similar to giving a hit, there is a right and wrong way to take a hit. To protect yourself when you’re about to be checked against to boards, get as close as possible to those boards and let them absorb the hit. Pass or dump the puck in first. “Where more injuries occur is when kids are slowing down and stopping,” said Polzin. “A kid is going down the ice and he knows he’s going to get hit so what he does, he turns his body into the boards. He automatically gets scared, turns into the boards and now it’s a hit from behind.” Properly receiving a hit is an important skill that can help prevent injury, he said. “This is when you’re teaching: you’re teaching a child the psychological part of the game. You’re going to get hit. You need to get over that factor and get yourself in a safe environment […] in relation to the boards [where] the board is able to absorb the hit. I don’t see enough of that.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Break gently when winter cycling Wheel Life with Kay Cahill

As I write this, Vancouver is gripped by an uncharacteristic spell of real winter. The mercury is hanging well below zero, the weekend’s coating of fluffy white snowflakes has turned to ice beneath the wheels of cars on the side streets, and cyclists have become a rare sight. It’s not surprising that the number of cyclists drops in icy weather. Bikes and ice make notoriously poor bedmates; two slim, little wheels on a slick frozen surface is a recipe for bruised flesh and dignity at best, and broken bones at worst. But if (like me) you’re determined to keep commuting through a cold snap, here are a few tips that will help keep you upright. First of all, take a look at your wheels. Slicks and skinny tires suited to a road bike are extremely slippy on ice or hardpacked snow, although in small

amounts of soft snow, they’re sometimes able to cut through and grip the tarmac underneath. Wide, nubby mountain bike tires will give you a lot more grip in really slippery conditions; the more widely spaced the knobs, the better they will hold on. Letting a little air out of the tires will provide additional traction. If you want to err on the side of caution, invest in a pair of studded tires and throw them on your bike during winter’s harshest weather. They will provide good grip even on black ice. If you only have one studded tire, it should go on the front wheel to give extra purchase as you steer. When you’re riding, look for bare patches where you can brake and turn. If you have no choice but to turn on compact snow or ice, try to keep your movements and actions gentle. Turn slowly and keep the bike upright as you do so, rather than leaning it over as you would with a regular turn. This keeps more of the tire in contact with the surface and avoids the lateral force that can easily cause the

tire to slip out from under you. Don’t brake while you’re turning, as you will almost certainly lose the rear wheel. Wait until you’re moving straight again and then brake lightly, using the rear brake rather than the front. Keep your upper body relaxed, and your body weight over the rear wheel as you brake to increase traction. If the rear wheel does skid out, let go of the brake right away and use a foot to stabilize yourself if you can. If none of this sounds remotely fun, it might be a wise idea to invest in a bus pass or parking permit to get you through deep winter. Riding in snow and ice is not for everyone (nor every bike) and is definitely not without a few extra risks. But with a little extra caution and the right tires, it is possible to ride through the cold snaps and snow drifts safely without needing to rig your bike up like a human-powered snowmobile. Kay Cahill is a cyclist and librarian who believes bikes are for life, not just for commuting. You can contact or send a comment to kay@sidecut.ca.

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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.

Try part-time work as a Freelance Contractor 4-8 days a month as a Product Demonstrator! Job Description: You must be a go-getter able to work on your own who enjoys talking to people & doing basic cooking. Great for men & women, seniors, retirees & mature adults. Availability: both Fri & Sat from 11am to 5 or 6pm (& some Sun). Requirements: - Fully fluent in English - Own a car to carry supplies - Be well groomed & bondable - Able to carry medium weight equipment into stores. Pay starts at $10.50/hr. Training provided in N. Burnaby.

Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca

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

Call JMP Marketing, 604-294-3424, local 30 JMP Marketing Services Reliable since 1979

To advertise in Employment call 604-630-3300

1248

Home Support

WEST SIDE care/respite giver to assist gentlemen with devopmental disablities, related experience pref’d, BCDL required, flexible hrs, ability to move in full time when family travels. Email: nomo_barriers@telus.net

1260

Insurance

AUTOPLAN & Personal Lines Rep Needed You have a Level 1 Insurance License or Autoplan Essentials and a willingness to learn. Please email resume to info@kitsilanoinsurance.com

1265

Legal

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Trades/Technical

ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING INC. is looking for experienced hydraulic and down hole Drillers and also Heavy Duty Mechanics, experienced in hydraulic systems and CAT engine for work across Canada. Competitive wage and benefits. Resumes to: resume@rcmi.ca or fax: 250-828-1948.

HOTTEST JOBS 3508 2060

For Sale Miscellaneous

3020

Childcare Wanted

F/T LIVE-IN Nanny for 2 kids, 7&8 yr olds, light cleaning, meal prep, p/up to/from school, 778-288-7588

Human Resources Public Tradeshow Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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

Free admissions to the HR Public Tradeshow provides access to over 100 vendor booths, demonstrations, bookstore, Speakers Corner and more.

BOXSPRING AND mattress, doublesize, 2 years old, excellent condition, free for pick up. call 604-677-8895

2118

Recycler

The tradeshow also features a Speaker Series*:

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April 25-27, 2012

BCHRMA .ORG/CONF2012

Vancouver Convention Centre

*Speaker Series is a ticketed event. Please register online.

Preconference events Wednesday, April 25 Conference events April 26 & 27

To advertise in the Vancouver Courier Classifieds call:

604-630-3300

3507

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION !

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place ads online@ VanCourier.com

Cats

FAMILY RAISED kittens, $50 ea dewormed, advantaged, litter trained, to nice homes only. 1-604-794-5972

Wanted to Buy

Dogs

BLUENOSE PITBULL pups, 8 wks old, vet ✔, 1st shots, dewormed. $600. 604-930-0091

PUPPIES AMERICAN Bulldog/ German shepherd 7 wks, healthy, no shots $425 obo 778-862-3568

BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies Available Feb 1st. Vet checked with first shots. $1,200 Call: (778) 241-5504

604-724-7652

3508

Dogs

4010

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding, $399+. 604-590-3727 or 604-514-3474 www.puppiesfishcritters.com Fila/Mastiff Guard Dog Pups owners closest friend. Thieves worst nightmare. All shots. Ready now! 604-817-5957

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4060

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5005

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

5040

Business Opps/ Franchises

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5050

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5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF BEATRICE ELIZABETH FLORA BARRETTLENNARD, ALSO KNOWN AS BEATRICE ELIZABETH BARRETT-LENNARD AND BETTY BARRETT-LENNARD late of Windermere Lodge, 900 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1N3 (the “Estate”) NOTICE is given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate are required to send them to the executors, James Thomas Barrett-Lennard and The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, at P.O. Box 11130, #3000 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3R3, on or before March 2, 2012, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have been received. EXECUTORS: JAMES THOMAS BARRETTLENNARD and THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA TRUST COMPANY SOLICITOR: Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

Business Services

5017

5035

5505

Money to Loan

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The estate of Eivind Hage, deceased, formerly of 102-1450 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 1M9. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Eivind Hage, deceased are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executors, Leif Pedersen and The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company at Beck Robinson & Company, Barristers & Solicitors, 700 -686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1G1 on or before January 31, 2012, after which date the Executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executors then has notice.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Mary Sharon MacLean also known as Mary S. MacLean and Mary MacLean, Deceased, late of 7837 Marchwood Place, Vancouver, BC V5S 4A6, who died on December 6, 2011, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned at 510 - 1040 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H1, on or before February 17, 2012, after which the Executors will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. Carolyn M. Coleclough, solicitor for Wendy Alice Cowley and Royal Trust Corporation of Canada, Executors for the Estate

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Annie Margaret Jenkins also known as Annie M. Jenkins, Annie Jenkins, Anne Margaret Jenkins, Anne M. Jenkins, Anne Jenkins and A. M. Jenkins, Deceased, late of #405 1645 West 14th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on October 23, 2011 at Vancouver, British Columbia, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned at 510 - 1040 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H1, on or before February 17, 2012, after which the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. Carolyn M. Coleclough, solicitor for Royal Trust Corporation of Canada, Executor for the Estate

6015

For Sale by Owner

6020

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Auctions

PUBLIC AUCTION: Saturday, Feb 11th, 9am

80-100 CARS, LIGHT TRUCKS & RV’s

*Historical performance does not guarantee future returns.

Industrial Smalls Welcome / Online Bidding Available 6780 Glover Rd., Langley, BC www.canamauctions.com Phone: 604-534-0901

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

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

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6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-18

New Westminster

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EDUCATION 1403

Career Services/ Job Search

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1410

Real Estate

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Houses - Sale

6020-01

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1420

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1415

Music/Theatre/ Dance

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To find out more contact:

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Real Estate Services

6005

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2020

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604.581.0101

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY. 25, 2012 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE OF INTENT RE: LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING ACT HOURS OF SALE FOR A LIQUOR PRIMARY LICENSE An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, B.C., from Jericho Pub Ltd. on behalf of the Cove Neighbourhood Pub at 3681 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., to change the hours of sale from the currently approved hours between 10:00 am and 12:00 am, Monday through Thursday; 11:00 am and 1:00 am, Friday through Saturday; and 11:00 am to 12:00, Sunday; to 9:00 am and 1:00 am Sunday through Thursday; and 9:00 am and 2:00 am, Friday and Saturday. Residents and owners of businesses located within a .8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH P.O. BOX 9292 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9J8 PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the considerations of your views, your letter must be received on or before February 17, 2012. Your name(s) and address must be included. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

THIS LPN IS THE LAST ONE-YEAR PROGRAM* *The LPN program has undergone curriculum changes and all future programs will be 18 months long. ***** Sprott-Shaw’s LPN program is recognized by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia(CLPNBC) Additional information may be found on the CLPNBC website IN ORDER TO WIN PRIZES YOU MUST RSVP BY

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7005 7005

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RENTALS 6508

Apt/Condos

VANCOUVER MODERN 1 BR & 2 BR Apartment Rentals at Collingwood Village. Steps to Joyce skytrain. Low-rise/Highrise buildings. 1-888-811-7538 VANCOUVER - Modern suites at Fraser Pointe- Marine Drive. Great Views of Fraser River & Mountains. Studio, 1 & 2 BR in concrete high-rise. 2 & 3 BR townhomes. Pet Friendly (some conditions apply). 1-888-894-9452

6510

Co-ops

Eburne Landing Co-op Spacious 1 BR, rent 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/

6565

Office/Retail Rent

WEST PT GREY retail space for lease, 750sf, $1350 mth. 4300 blk W 10th location. 604-266-2529 or gjernes@shaw.ca

6595

Shared Accommodation

6595-20

Coq./Poco/ Port Moody

ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 1800 sqft Townhouse in Port Moody, w/d, laminate floors, $550 incls utils, cable & internet, parking, indoor pool, nr SFU & Lougheed Mall. Suits professional working person or student. Refs Req. Avail Now. 778-846-5275

6595

Richmond

ROOM FOR RENT $600 incl utils, w/d, f/p, ideal for student, nr bus, 2 blk to Kwantlen College & Landsdowne Mall, n/p, avail Feb 1. Call 778-772-7511

6600

Storage

LIDIA’S EUROPEAN Cleaning. Res/Com. Specializing in detail cleaning. Bonded. 604-541-9255

8060

Mon-Fri , 8:30am-6pm Sat/Sun/Holidays 10am-6pm Heated, 24 hours Survelliance From: $32 per month ★no admin or setup fees★

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

253-0049

A RETAINING WALLS, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks, brick, blocks. All concrete work. Free Estimates. Basile 604-617-5813 Concrete Specialist. Garages, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551 L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

604-929-1507

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Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR above grnd ste, Heritage home, 61st & Main, bright, clean, shr’d ldry, incl heat hyrdo, $875/mth, np, ns, 604-323-9400 2 BDRM main foor, Killarney, by 49th bus, $1200/mo & 1/2 utils & damage deposit, n/s, no pets, older couple pref. 604-433-1206 2 BDRM ste, priv, quiet, clean, conv loc., near Fraser/Knight, suits cpl, n/s n/p, $1000 incl utils, Avail Immed. Call 604-327-2073 2 BR large, Victoria / Marine Dr, new house, close to bus & shops, $1100 incl utils, ns np avail now 604-677-6207

Drainage

DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER video inspections & jack hammer Call Tobias 604.782.4322

8075

8080

Electrical

FCE ELECTRIC • Construction • Renovations • Maintenance 604-861-2647

Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST

8073

North Shore Public Mini Storage

6602

CLEANING SERVICE avail, reliable person, 28 years exp, $20/hour. refs, 604-685-1847

Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

Shared Accommodation

6595-55

Cleaning

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

Try the Best 604-872-1702

7015

8055

Drywall

ALL WORK GUARANTEED

J.A. CONSTRUCTION

Specializing in drywall & textured ceiling repairs, drywall finishing, stucco repairs, painting. Fully insured.

604-916-7729 JEFF

VINCE’S MAGIC Contractor. Water leak investigations & repairs. Textured ceilings / drywall repairs 604-307-2295 / 778-340-5208

Wayne The Drywaller

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

# 1167 LIC. $25 service charge. Bonded. BBB, lrg & sm jobs, expert trouble shooter. 617-1774 A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319 A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/ Plumbing. Rotor Rooter and Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 778-998-9026 or 604-255-9026 Free Est / 24/7 CERTIFIED ELECTRICIAN #90363. All electricial services, res & comm Harry 604-761-5044 LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934. YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

8087

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865 CONCRETE driveway, drainage, excavation, sidewalk, pavers, retaining walls landscape, backhoe & bobcat services 604-833-2103

8090

Fencing/Gates

DECKS & FENCES, gates, front steps etc. John 778-998-5591 tarasoffconstruction.com

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

8130

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944 Golden Hardwood & Laminate Prof install, refinishing, sanding, and repairs. 778-858-7263 INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

8125

Gutters

Alliance Windows &

Power Washing

• Professional Power Washing • Gutter Cleaning • Window Cleaning done by hand • Contract Pricing • Will Beat Any Reputable Estimate

BONDED & INSURED EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES PROFESSIONAL, SAFE AND RELIABLE

000-000-0000 604-283-2416 www.mrhandyman.com

Complete Home Maint./Repairs Certified Trained Pros. For that small job. Rates you can afford. RJR Small Projects Division Part of RJR group

604-202-6118

Fully Insured

WINTER SPECIALS

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ALLIANCE GUTTER cleaning, windows by hand/power washing 15 yrs exp. Steven 604-723-2526 Professional Powerwash Gutters cleaned & repaired Since 1984, 604-339-0949 Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

Refer to the Home Services section for all your home improvement needs

WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Tree & Hedge Pruning & Removal. Fall Cleanup. 604-893-5745

8175

Masonry

MASONRY and REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys •Slate Patio/Sidewalk •Fireplaces All Concrete Work + more. Senior discount. George • 604-365-7672

Moving & Storage

Since 1989

AFFORDABLE MOVING

732-8453

1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 Ton $ From

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

1 to 3 Men

45

BEST PRICE! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127

We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac

HOME RENO painting, flooring, plumbing, electrical & more. Peter 604 812 8900

FREE ESTIMATES

8140

Heating

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

8150

Kitchens/Baths

Plywood Kitchen Cabinets & Refacing, Counter Tops • In business 50 years 604-879-9191

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance Seniors Discount

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BEST RATE MOVING Experienced Movers with Affordable Rates! Starting $40/ hour Licensed & Insured

• Local & Long Distance • Seniors Discount

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Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets

#3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby

BROTHERS MOVING & Delivery Local & Long Distance 604-720-0931 Best rate. bc.moving@gmail.com

Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

EAST WEST MOVERS- Local long distance deliveries up to Alberta. Call Jim 604-786-7977

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Be ambitious Sunday, but don’t expect cooperation. This night through Tuesday brings joy, friends, optimism, freshness, plans for the future, and wish fulfillment – a trend that will last until late February. It’s a splendid time to make new friends, but not with a Libra, Capricorn, Gemini or Virgo before Friday (OK after that). Retreat for a wee rest Wednesday/ Thursday. Your energy surges upward Friday/Saturday – a wish could come true Saturday. All week, work gears down…a breather comes, through mid-April. Love takes a shy/private road, but will trumpet itself in February. Taurus April 20-May 20: People who have been working against you (if they have) back off now to mid-April. You get, during the same period, some relief from burdens (though an old one might return). A secret romantic attraction, or a research-heavy creative project (if they exist) also wilt. In April, though, all these will “catch fire” again. So use the interval to decide what to accept/pursue, what not to. Otherwise, use the weeks ahead for business, career, prestige and status concerns. Be ambitious, especially Sunday night to Tuesday. Success awaits! Joy, friends midweek. Rest, plan Friday/Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: The four weeks ahead bring a mellow, understanding mood. It’s a little early for big, new, splendiferous love, but the love that exists grow finer, sweeter. Discuss meaningful things with your spouse, lover, whomever. Far travel, legal matters, international concerns, higher education, religion, publishing – these succeed over the weeks ahead, especially Sunday night through Tuesday (when a new project might begin in these zones). Sunday contains one last echo of health concern, sexual urge or financial derring-do. Now to mid-April, an old property/family hope might return.

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8185

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8160

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Dodge gets back on track with Journey davidchao The Dodge Journey that debuted for the 2009 model year replaced two vehicles—the Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Caravan— with one that was far more suited to today’s young families. The disappointing Pacifica never fulfilled its promise, leaving customers wondering whether it was a luxury crossover or a family vehicle. Meanwhile, the short-wheelbase Caravan saw its sales diminish as consumers shifted to sevenpassenger SUVs and larger minivans such as the Grand Caravan. Both vehicles were discontinued in 2007, making way for the promising Journey. Combining the best attributes of both its predecessors—a crossover body with a no-nonsense interior—the Journey was neither too big nor too small, and came with a host of useful storage spaces and features. It wasn’t perfect by any means—a subpar interior being the biggest concern—but an exceptional, sub-$20k starting price made it easy to live with the flaws. If it’s true that you get what you pay for, then it’s understandable that a vehicle with such a low price would lack pol-

There’s little to criticize about the Journey’s exterior design except for the rear windows, which aren’t framed to match the panel gaps at the tops of the doors. ish. The Journey was as good as it needed be. No more, no less. Of course, “good enough” will only get you so far. With the competition heating up, Dodge has raised the bar by tweaking the exterior styling, redesigning the suspension, lowering the price, and—most importantly—dramatically improving the Journey’s cabin. The 2012 model now starts at a fantastic $19k, and finally looks great. Better yet, the Journey feels like it provides a lot of value, even when you opt for a fully loaded R/T AWD model and push the price up over $29k. Three years ago, the

Journey was a solid and thoughtful vehicle that was hurt by Dodge’s general lack of attention to detail. With a new lease on life, the Journey compares well with the smaller Chevrolet Orlando, Kia Rondo and Mazda5, while also holding its own against more expensive mid-size crossovers such as the Chevy Equinox and Ford Edge. With varying combinations of frontor all-wheel drive, five or seven seats, and inline-four or V6 engines, it’s one of the most versatile family vehicles you can get. This shouldn’t be a surprise, coming from the company that brought us the multipurpose minivan in

the ’80s, but we all know that Dodge lost its way in recent years. If you need proof that the automaker is back on the right track, you’ll get it from the Journey. Design—The mid-size Journey has great proportions that are both pleasing to the eye and functional, coupled with clean and simple styling. The wheel arches have the typical Dodge flare, but aren’t overly muscled, and the hood creases give the otherwise straightlaced exterior just the right touch of Dodge style. Perhaps the only flaw in the exterior design is that the rear windows aren’t framed to match the panel gaps at the tops of the

doors. Otherwise, there’s really nothing to criticize about the Journey’s exterior design. The vastly improved interior borrows heavily on the recent improvements in other Dodge vehicles, and the results are impressive. Hard plastic has given way to soft-touch surfaces and the boring centre stack has been replaced with an elegant, flowing console. The Journey was already a solidly built vehicle, but the fit and finish and quality of materials is so much better that it might as well be a completely different vehicle. Performance—The base engine remains the same

2.4L inline-four with 173hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, while a new 3.6L V6 with 283-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque replaces the previous 3.5L block. The new engine boosts power by 48-hp and 28 lb-ft of torque, making the V6-equipped Journey a much more responsive vehicle. Steering is well-balanced, providing decent road feedback, and has a slight tendency toward understeer. However, the Journey is no more difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces than most of its competitors, and handles well at higher speeds. Ride quality is definitely improved, though the Journey remains far from a luxury vehicle. With the new suspension, the crossover is less bouncy over rough roads and in corners, raising no major complaints. The brakes are very responsive—as should be the case in a family vehicle— providing excellent feedback and letting the driver know just how much pressure to apply. Environment—One of the Journey’s notable flaws is the heavy liftgate, which is difficult to open and close. It requires a fair amount of force to ensure that the gate latches properly. The wide-swinging doors, both in the front and rear, are both a blessing and a curse. It’s easy to get your gear in and out of the vehicle, but in tight parking lots there’s always a risk of hitting the car next to yours. It would help if the hinges had more stopping points, but the doors only settle at very narrow and very wide angles. Continued on next page

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The heated front seats are controlled via the touchscreen, which unfortunately requires an extra step or two to turn them on and off.

small children might also find the optional second-row booster seats of interest. Pull on the front of the seat and the middle section springs up and back. Features—The Journey starts at $18,995 in CVP (Canada Value Package), SE Plus, SXT, Crew, and R/T AWD trim levels, topping out at $29,095. Notable standard features on the CVP include ABS, stability control, traction control, dualzone air conditioning, push-button start, tilt/telescope steering, six-speaker stereo with Uconnect Touch media centre and USB in-

put, tire-pressure monitoring system, and front/side/side-curtain/ driver-knee airbags. Additional features, available as options or on higher trims, include leather interior, one-touch front windows, fog lamps, heated front seats, remote starter, Voice Command with Bluetooth, and a sunroof. Upgraded stereo and GPS systems will become available later in the model year. With the inline-four, fuel efficiency is rated at 10.8L/100km in the city and 7.5L/100km on the highway. Continued on next page

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012

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Competitors include Chevy Orlando, Kia Rondo, Mazda5 Continued from page 45 Thumbs up—Attractive exterior design; vastly improved interior; great price. Thumbs down—Heavy liftgate; various minor inconveniences. The bottom line—A great value and solid all-round family vehicle. Competitors: • Chevrolet Orlando Starting at $19,995, the Orlando gets 174-hp and 171 lb-ft of torque from a 2.4L inline-four. There’s no all-wheel drive, but owners do have a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Like the Journey, the Chevrolet Orlando has an affordable starting The Orlando’s best selling point

price at just under $20,000.

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• Mazda5 The redesigned Mazda5 starts at $21,795, and is powered by a 2.5L inline-four with 157-hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. Sharing its platform with the nimble Mazda3, the Mazda5 is easily the most funto-drive vehicle in its class. With sliding rear doors and three rows of two, the Mazda5 is more of a compact minivan than a compact crossover. It’s also more convenient than its competitors, as the sliding doors and walkthrough middle seats make every seat easily accessible. editor@automotive.com

is it’s standard third-row seat, which enables it to pack seven passengers into its reasonably compact body. • Kia Rondo The $19,995 Rondo is powered by a 2.4L inline-four producing 175-hp and 169 lb-ft of torque, and like the Journey has the option of a third-row bench for seven seats. Kia’s newest vehicles are some of the best-looking cars on the road, but the Rondo hasn’t kept up with its sibling. The round and ungainly crossover is in need of a wholesale redesign and reimagining.

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© 2012 smart Canada, a Division of Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. smart fortwo passion shown, National MSRP $17,500. Vehicle shown with optional equipment. Rebate listed will vary depending on purchase channel and lease or finance term. 1 Price does not include additional equipment, taxes, vehicle license, insurance, registration, or fees levied on the manufacture (if charged by the dealer). Based on 2011 fuel consumption guide, Natural Resources Canada. For comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption may vary based on driving conditions and the addition of certain vehicle accessories. *Lease offer based on a new 2011 smart fortwo pure available only through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services on approved credit for a limited time. National MSRP $13,990. Lease example based on $139 (excluding taxes) per month for 24 months. Down payment or equivalent trade of $1,295, security deposit of $200, and applicable taxes due at lease inception. smart fortwo pure, price starting at $14,880 including freight/PDI and dealer fees, less rebate of $3,000 for a total price of $11,880. Rebate listed will vary depending on purchase channel and lease or finance term. Offer is specific to BC. APR of 0.9% applies. Total obligation is $4,826. 18,000 km/year allowance ($0.20/km for excess kilometres applies). Freight/PDI, dealer admin fee, air-conditioning levy, PPSA, and EHF tires totalling $890 are now included in the down payment and final purchase price. Additional equipment, taxes, vehicle licence, insurance, and registration fees are extra. Offer may change without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers. Dealer may sell, lease, or finance for less. See your authorized smart Centre for details or call smart Vancouver Customer Relations at 604-331-2369. Offer ends January 31st, 2012.


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Offer(s) available on all new 2011 and 2012 models through participating dealers to qualified customers who take delivery by January 31, 2012. Dealers may sell for less. Some conditions apply. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Offers are subject to change and may be extended without notice. See dealer for complete details. Vehicle images shown may include optional accessories and upgrades. All offers exclude licensing, registration, insurance, other taxes and dealer administration fees. Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and finance options also available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Certain restrictions may apply. **0% purchase financing is available on all 2011 and 2012 Kia models on approved credit (OAC). Terms vary by model and trim, see dealer for details. Representative financing example based on 2012 Sorento (SR75BC) with a selling price of $29,895, financed at 0% APR for 60 months. Includes delivery and destination fees of $1,650. Monthly payments equal $498.25 with a down payment/equivalent trade of $0. Cost of borrowing is $0, for a total obligation of $29,895. Financing example includes a $1,750 loan savings (includes $1,000 loan savings and $750 loyalty bonus¥). Other taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, PPSA ($79) and dealer fees are excluded. Retailer may sell for less. See dealer for full details. !“Don’t Pay Until Spring” on select models (90-day payment deferral) applies to purchase financing offers on select 2011 and 2012 models on approved credit (OAC) (Sportage/Sorento/Sedona/Borrego excluded). No interest will accrue during the first 60 days of the finance contract. After this period, interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay the principal interest monthly over the term of the contract. ††FlexChoice Financing for 36-, 48- and 60-month terms on approved credit through TD Financing Services is available at participating dealerships to qualified retail customers on select new 2011 and 2012 Kia vehicles. Taxes on the full negotiated purchase price are payable at the beginning of the contract term, resulting in higher payments than payments taxed on a periodic basis, and are not reflected in advertised payments. The following terms apply to TD Financing Services contracts. Vehicles are financed over a 36-, 48- or 60-month term with payments amortized over a term of up to 96 months and the pre-determined residual balance payable at the end of the contract. At contract’s end, customers have the choice of: (i) returning their vehicle through a Kia dealership with no further obligations (except payment of a $199 return fee and excess wear and tear, mileage and similar charges if exceeding 24,000 km per year allowance) or; (ii) financing the remaining balance for the rest of the amortization period at then-current standard rates; or (iii) paying the residual balance indicated on the bill of sale in full. Some conditions apply. FlexChoice Financing offered by TD in Quebec is subject to different terms and conditions. All advertised FlexChoice Financing offers are TD offers. Delivery and destination fees (up to $1,650) are included. Taxes, licence, insurance, registration, excess mileage, and wear and tear charges, any retailer administration fees and other applicable fees and charges are not included. FlexChoice Financing is provided on approved credit through TD Financing Services. Your Option Date is set out on your TD Financing Services Payment Advantage Loan Certificate (the "Certificate") which contains the terms and conditions governing your Return Value Option. Retailers may sell for less. See participating retailers for complete details. Representative example based on 2012 Forte Sedan base model (FO540C) with a purchase price of $17,450, financed at 0% APR over 60 months with $0 down, bi-weekly payments of $93 for a cost of borrowing of $0 and a total obligation of $16,950, including delivery and destination fees and $500 FlexChoice credit. Taxes, licence, insurance, registration, excess mileage, and wear and tear charges, any administration or other applicable fees or charges are not included. Dealer may sell for less. See dealer for details. ! Cash purchase price for 2011 Optima (OP541B) is $21,950 and includes a cash savings of $1,500 based on an MSRP of $23,450. Delivery and destination fees ($1,455), A/C tax of $100 (where applicable), licence, insurance, applicable taxes, PPSA, dealer administration fees of up to $699 and registration fees are extra. Retailer may sell for less. See dealer for full details. Available at participating dealers. ¥ Loyalty Bonus offer available on 2011 Optima Hybrid at a value of $1,250 for any current Kia owners towards the purchase or lease of a new 2011MY Optima Hybrid. Loyalty Bonus offer applicable to cash purchase, lease and purchase financing only before January 31, 2012. Offer is transferrable within same household only (must provide proof of address). Limit of one bonus per customer or household. Certain restrictions apply. See dealer for details. ± Optima Competitive Bonus offer in the amount of $1,000 available on the purchase or lease of new 2011 Optima Hybrid models for owners of most current competitive hybrid vehicles with proof of ownership. See dealer or kia.ca for eligibility of competitive vehicles and full program details. Certain restrictions apply. Competitive Bonus amounts will be deducted from the negotiated purchase/lease price before taxes. Offers are transferrable within same household (must provide proof of address). Limit of one bonus per Kia vehicle and per eligible competitive vehicle. Offer not combinable with any other loyalty/conquest offers. Offer ends January 31, 2012. ! 2011 Optima awarded 2012 Auto123.com Midsize Car of the Year. Visit auto123.com/en/awards for more details. ^2012 Kia Forte/2011 Kia Optima/2012 Kia Sorento awarded the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Visit www.iihs.org for full details. >ECO-Credit for 2011 Optima Hybrid is $1,000 and is applicable to the purchase or lease of a new 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid. Available at participating dealers. Certain restrictions apply. See dealer for details. !Highway/city fuel consumption of these vehicles may vary. These estimates are based on the Government of Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the Government of Canada publication EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide. Some conditions apply to the $500 Grad Rebate Program. See dealer for details. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of print. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Kia Canada is the official automotive sponsor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada). KIA and FlexChoice are trademarks of Kia Motors Corporation.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective January 19 to January 25, 2012.

We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department

Meat Department

Olympic Organic Yogurt

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Kettle Baked Potato Chips

assorted varieties

2/7.00

PRICING

113g

St. Dalfour Spreads

Armstrong Cheeses

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

3/9.99

from

6.99lb/ 15.41kg

7.99

Earth’s Own Almond Fresh Beverages

Rice Dream Rice Beverages

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

3/9.99

Jordons Cereal

Casa di Mama Frozen Pizzas assorted varieties

assorted varieties

4.99

395-410g product of Germany

Leclerc Products: Celebration, Vital and Praeventia Cookies and Bars

assorted varieties

2/5.98

9.99

175-350g product of Canada

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

3/1.98

3/4.98

Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk

assorted varieties

1.79

bags and bins

10% off

regular retail price

Health Care Department Purica Fiberlicious Aids digestion and absorption of nutrients, helps to lower cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar for those who are trying to lose weight.

550g

12.99

250g

Oatmeal Carrot

4.99

package of 6

Andalou Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner Andalou Naturals Advanced Fruit Stem Cell Science improves hair follicle longevity and vitality for healthy hair from root to tip.

Rice Bakery

170g • product of USA

Popcorn Indiana Snacks: Popcorn, Chips or Decadent

Crunchy Salad Mix

WOW! Walnut Muffins

PRICING

Helen’s Kitchen Frozen Burritos

170-297g • product of USA

3.49

3L

RJ’s Licorice Logs

Bulk Department

Hearty Scandinavian Bread

Eco Max Liquid Laundry Detergents

assorted varieties

40g • product of New Zealand

Bakery Department

4.99

500g

Brown Rice Pizza Crusts

6.99

now made with Pectin

regular or light

WOW!

PRICING

398-400ml

2.99

package of 2

Seminars & Events at Choices Markets at the Crest,

WOW!

8683 10th Ave, Burnaby. To Register call 604-522-0936.

PRICING

Complimentary 15-Minute Naturopathic Consults

with Dr. Charlene Chan from Ray Clinic, Thursday, January 26, 4:00-6:00pm. Free Sessions.

Look for our

Find Your Healthy Weight – the Weight Loss Club with D’Arcy Furness RHN.

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6 Saturdays beginning January 21, 9:00-10:00am. Cost $25, includes Find Your Healthy Weight booklet.

PRICING

choicesmarkets.com/locations Kitsilano

Cambie

Kerrisdale

Yaletown

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

3lb bag

3.98 each

8/3.92

398ml • product of USA

2.98

Hawaiian Grown

Fine Choice Vegetable Gyozas

2/5.00

340g

PRICING

B.C. Grown, Certified Organic

Extra Large “Gold” Pineapples

6/4.98

assorted varieties

8.99

WOW!

Fine Choice Spring Rolls

Wolfgang Puck Organic Soups

bunch

Grannysmith Apples from Harvest Moon

Celebrating Chinese New year?

946ml • product of B.C.

assorted varieties

1.98

Deli Department

5/10.00

1.89L

Ethical Bean Organic Fair Trade Coffee

2/7.00

Spring Creek Top Sirloin Steaks

600g • product of B.C.

Certified Organic, California Grown

3.99lb/ 8.80kg

WOW!

2/3.98

225ml

Bunch Red Chard from Cal O

value pack

assorted varieties

650g • product of B.C.

Produce Department

Choices in the Park 6855 Station Hill Dr. Burnaby 604.522.6441

Rice Bakery

South Surrey

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

340ml

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Vancouver Courier January 20 2012

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