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Challenging welfare Accepting a challenge from an activist group, Jagrup Brar, NDP MLA for SurreyFleetwood is living on the $610 B.C. welfare rate for a month. He’s spending part of his money living in an 11-foot by 11-foot room in the Downtown Eastside —story by Mike Howell


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ife, as Jagrup Brar knows it, will return to its familiar pace next Tuesday when he packs up his belongings and heads back to his Surrey home. His wife Rajwant, daughter Noor, 11, and son Fateh, 4, will be waiting. “I miss them very much,” says Brar, the 52-year-old NDP MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood from his room Monday in a Downtown Eastside rooming house. “But it was my daughter who said to me, ‘Do it and make a difference.’” What Brar has been doing is attempting to live on $610 this month as part of a campaign organized by poverty activist group Raise The Rates. The $610 is what the provincial government doles out in welfare money to a single employable person to live on while searching for work. Brar spent the first half of January living in shelters and rooming houses in Surrey before moving to an 11-foot by 11-foot room on Jackson Street. He is the only MLA in the province to accept the challenge issued by Raise The Rates, whose members include local activists Jean Swanson, Bill Hopwood and Wendy Pedersen. Their goal is simple: Have a politician shine the light on what they say are deplorably low welfare rates to convince the pro-

Jagrup Brar speaks at the Carnegie Community Centre. vincial government to—as the group’s name demands—raise the rates. If the campaign sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Swanson helped organize a campaign in 1986 to have then-NDP MLA for Vancouver Centre Emery Barnes live on welfare for two months in the Downtown Eastside. His rate at the time was $350 a month. Coincidentally, Barnes, who died in 1998, also resided on Jackson Street. “It raised

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awareness but I can’t remember if anything happened to the rates afterwards,” Swanson says. “If it did, it wasn’t much. But we’re hoping this will be different.” So far, the campaign has garnered plenty of media attention from newspaper, radio and television reporters. The coverage has shown Brar at meetings listening to people’s stories about living on welfare, touring squalid single-room occupancy hotels and opening up his room to cameras.

A political publicity stunt, maybe? Brar and Swanson call it a “public awareness campaign.” And Brar, who earns $100,000 a year as an MLA, acknowledges he is not experiencing the full effect of what a person on welfare struggles with each day. “Having to live on $610 for the month is real,” he says, sitting on his single bed inside his room that overlooks Oppenheimer Park. “What is not real is I don’t have the fear, the humiliation, the embarrassment of living on welfare. I don’t have the fear of being caught in this cycle, or worrying about my kids going to school hungry.” But Brar is careful to answer when asked if the welfare rates for a single employable person should be more than doubled from $610 to $1,300, as Raise The Rates suggests. “It would be irresponsible for me to announce policy,” he says. “My plan is to bring information back to my caucus and make the case for a poverty reduction plan in this province.”

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According to province, welfare cases dropped 50 per cent since mid-1990s Continued from page 4 Another $42 was spent on bus passes, $20 for a security deposit on accommodations, $25 for phone costs and a further $15 was deducted because Brar didn’t actually receive “a cheque” until Jan. 3; the holidays kept the welfare office closed until that date. That left Brar with $108 to spend on food, toiletries and other costs for the month. As of Monday, he had $8 left and planned to buy eggs and bread. His fridge doesn’t work, so buying milk for his cereal would be wasteful. His tofu has gone bad and he has survived on oatmeal, instant noodles, carrots, peanut butter and tea. He brought a kettle, a fry pan, a plate, a bowl, a cup, a knife, fork and spoon (which he lost) from his Surrey home. By chance, as he returned to his room from Pigeon Park over the weekend, he stopped outside the Carnegie Community Centre, where volunteers from a Sikh Temple in New Westminster were handing out free food. “This is what I’ll have to do now because I won’t have enough food to survive until the end of the month,” he says. “You eat to survive when you’re like this, not to lead a healthy life.” Brar is six-foot-four and a former member of the Indian National Basketball team. He had shed nine pounds off his 238-pound frame when he last weighed himself Jan. 16. His room is small for any person, let alone a man of his size. He has a sink, a few cupboards, a small closet, a rickety desk (which is too small for him), a shelf and an old chair. Only one burner on his hotplate works, his bed cover is stained with blood spots (which he covered in tape) and he shares a bathroom—filthy with mold, peeling paint and brown drip stains on the walls from leaky ceiling pipes—with 11 other tenants on his floor. “It’s tough physically, mentally and emotionally to be here,” he says. “So what can you expect from a person in this situation to find work and be a productive citizen of society?”

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“So you figure out the math on that,” she says. “I can’t go and make any money because I’m on regular welfare. So, if I borrow $20 from a friend because I need milk, or I try and make some money, they take every penny back.” Bonenfant says she worked last year as a coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House. She earned $20 an hour until she stopped working because of a disability, the details of which she didn’t want to discuss. “It’s just really hard for a lot of people,” she says, adding that she has applied for a disability welfare rate that could translate to another $1,100 per month.

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During his time in the Downtown Eastside, Jagrup Brar says he shed nine pounds off his 238-pound frame. photo Jason Lang nity centres, he used statistics to make his point about poverty. The first set of stats: The number of children living below the poverty line in B.C. in 2009 was 137,000. That statistic was revealed in a report issued last fall by First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. That report also revealed the number of children living in poverty soared by 16,000 over the previous year. The coalition’s calculations led its authors to conclude that B.C.—for the eighth consecutive year—had the highest child poverty rate of any province. The second set of stats: More than 90,000 people per month (32 per cent of whom are children) need the assistance of a food bank in B.C. each month. That statistic was revealed in Food Banks Canada’s annual survey, which was released in March 2011. At the Carnegie, Brar heard a myriad of complaints from people about the province’s welfare system, including not getting enough money to properly raise children and having money docked from their cheques if they made a few bucks that month.

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tatistics from the Ministry of Social Development indicate 178,128 people receive welfare in B.C., which is a 50 per cent drop from the mid-1990s. Of that number, 24,723 receive the single employable rate of $610, the same amount Brar has attempted to live on this month. The majority of people receive the disability assistance rate of $906 a month. The government last raised rates in April 2007, including a $100 increase from $510 to $610 for people who fit into Brar’s category. Rates for singles with “persistent multiple barriers” went from $608 to $658 per month and rates for people with disabilities jumped from $856 to $906. Rates for an employable single parent with one child increased from $846 to $946. The total budget for welfare in 2011-2012 is more than $1.5 billion. The government estimates a 10 per cent increase for all clients would cost $120 million per year. A 10 per cent hike to the $610 rate alone would cost $24 million. Stephanie Cadieux, the minister responsible for the province’s welfare system, says the government has no plans to raise welfare rates. “It’s a careful balance we always have to find between what we are able to provide from a financial perspective and what taxpayers feel comfortable with, as well,” she says by telephone. While acknowledging “making it on income assistance would be a struggle for anyone,” Cadieux says B.C. has some of the most comprehensive supports in the country for people on welfare. Continued on page 6

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rar has a different take. He uses the words “shocking” and “painful” to describe the stories he’s heard and the squalor he’s viewed in Surrey and Vancouver. “This is the most powerful, impactful, heartbreaking experience I’ve had as an MLA,” says Brar, who was elected to the legislature seven years ago. “We are a wealthy society and we can do better. And I think people of British Columbia want to do better, and that’s the challenge.” Twenty six years ago, Barnes was speaking the same language after living on $350 a month. In an interview he gave a year later to the Canadian Parliamentary Review, he concluded, “It would take at least $700 a month to live even at a subsistence level.” And when asked about poverty, Barnes shied away from pointing fingers at any one political party for standing idly by as the population of impoverished people continues to grow. “It is a national and international problem. Its elimination is not the property of one party. So I have not condemned the government or anyone in society. There is a lack of will by all.” (Note: Raise The Rates says it gives free meal tickets to people in food lineups when Brar joins the line. The goal is to not keep a needy person from a meal. The rooming house in which Brar lives also had vacancies when he moved in, they say.) mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Continued from page 5 She rattles of a list that includes subsidized housing, childcare subsidies, rental assistance, reducing or eliminating health premiums and employment programs. As for the $610 category that Brar chose to live within this month, Cadieux points out the money is for temporary assistance while a person searches for a job. “It is not meant to be a forever income,” she says, adding the rate is the third highest for that category in the country. The government’s focus, she adds, is job creation and getting people back to work who are unemployed, including those on welfare. “We know that that’s the better way to support people, so we’re putting our emphasis there,” she says, noting the average wage for a person who got off welfare and got a job through a government program is $14.38 an hour. But what about the underground economy that people at the Carnegie talked about—isn’t the government concerned about that? “We don’t want to encourage people to go into the underground economy and we need people to be honest and we also need people to report it when people are doing things that aren’t legal.” Even so, she doesn’t believe many people “cheat the system,” although she admits there are flaws in the welfare program and it can always be improved. When asked how it could be


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New police building stores bloody evidence Sandra Thomas Staff writer

“THIS IS A QUANTUM LEAP FROM WHERE WE WERE BEFORE.”

In the blood drying room, you’ll find a special fridge for insects, including maggots and flies, standing against one wall. It’s one feature of the Vancouver Police Department’s new Property and Forensic Storage facility which officially opened Tuesday. And according to building manager Ian Wightman, the new 87,000-square-foot building at 2010 Glen Dr. is “500 times better” for storing evidence compared to the old storage locker at 312 Main St. “This is a quantum leap from where we were before,” Wightman told reporters and dignitaries gathered for a one-time, guided tour of the $30 million building. Among those present were federal Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore, VPD Chief Jim Chu and Mayor Gregor Robertson. Wightman led the tour, which included the blood drying room used to allow bloody or wet evidence to stabilize before being stored as evidence. Wightman said staff needed 28 days to move 420,000 pieces of evidence from Main Street. He noted the new storage facility will safely hold more than two million pieces of evidence. The oldest piece of evidence is from a 1926 homicide. That evidence will be destroyed by Wightman himself once it’s been in storage for 99 years, the maximum length of time evidence is kept from un-

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solved crimes. Wightman is also in charge of destroying confiscated weapons to ensure they don’t get back onto the street. During the tour, Wightman pointed out large containers dubbed “burn buckets,” filled to the brim with nunchucks, ninja stars, knives, whips and chains. Other evidence stored in that section of the building included samurai swords, a baseball bat and a hammer and crowbar combination tied together. The building is home to Canada’s largest rotating bike rack, which runs on a conveyor system that looks similar to what’s used by dry cleaners. The majority of the 465 stolen bikes on the conveyor are stored at ceiling height, freeing up valuable floor space for other uses A nearby storage room was heaped with 62 stolen bikes and bike frames recovered during a Jan. 20 sting operation at the Arco Hotel located at 83 West Pender St. Police officers responding to another call discovered the stash and speculate a chop shop was working out of the building. A large vehicle storage area is large enough to house passenger vehicles and commercial trucks and buses. During the tour, mem-

The VPD’s new 87,000-square-foot building on Glen Drive includes a large vehicle storage area for photo Jason Lang forensic investigation. bers of the VPD’s Forensic Investigation Unit demonstrated how to dust a car for fingerprints. Two VPD offices used tape to lift fingerprints from the window of a car. The same day the VPD also opened a new building for administrative and investigative services at 3585 Gravely St., on land purchased by the City of Vancouver in 2005. The 245,000-square-foot building will house the Major Crime Section, including homicide, robbery and arson, as well as a bal-

listics range, forensic laboratory, Sex Crimes, General Investigation, Property Crime Units and Integrated Riot Investigation Team. The public service counter is now housed at Gravely Street. “These new facilities will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Vancouver police officers,” Chu told the crowd prior to the tour. “It is very reassuring to see all three levels of government recognize that public safety is a priority.” The $45-million price tag for the buildings was covered by the

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Mayor Gregor Robertson sipped on his green tea latte as we settled in to discuss his major commitment to affordable housing Wednesday morning. He admitted the issue, which is plaguing every major city in the country, makes his task of reducing street homelessness a relative walk in the park. As politicians look to take on the problem, he says, we are in growing danger of having our cities “hollowed out” as those working people seeking housing flee to less expensive climes. That is nowhere more the case than in Vancouver. The day before we met, there was more bad news. Buried in the business pages of the Globe and Mail was a report on the eighth annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. It covers 325 global metropolitan markets. And it looks at housing prices in relationship to household income. It concluded that Vancouver is the second least affordable city in the world following Hong Kong. Toronto, by the way, sits in the 18th spot while Montreal is 23rd on the list. It’s simple enough to figure out why Vancouver has the high rating it does: Land costs. But understanding the problem doesn’t make finding a solution any simpler. It does explain why one old formula we have used for decades no longer works in dealing with affordability. For years, developers have been encouraged to include social housing as 20 per cent of their projects in exchange for concessions on density. The remainder of the project was expected to be “market housing.”

allengarr But land costs dictated that market housing was soon out of reach of anyone seeking anything vaguely affordable. Also, as Robertson points out, we have failed in using that formula to keep up with our need for social housing, which is another problem. But more to the point in seeking a solution for affordable housing is this observation by the mayor: “If the cost of the housing carries the full value of the land, it is unaffordable.” Even his council’s attempt to create affordable rental housing with the STIR program has not worked that well. He now says that STIR, which offered developers incentives to keep costs down and annoyed West End residents who objected to what they saw as spot zoning, “has not produced drastically lower rents.” So land costs. As you may know the city has a considerable land bank: the Property Endowment Fund where land is recorded at

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Politicians wrong to take pride in their ignorance Brave New World author Aldous Huxley used to amuse himself by reading up on water treatment systems, among others things. He had an astoundingly comprehensive grasp of science and the arts, and may well have been the world’s last living generalist. Since his death in 1963, infoglut has outpaced us all, and today’s experts preside over deep, but narrowing, fiefdoms of expertise. There’s an old joke that says a specialist is someone who knows more and more about less and less, until he knows everything about nothing. But when did full-on ignorance become a badge of pride among political leaders? During the recent debate in the U.S. congress over the Internet bill SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act), North Carolina Democratic representative Mel Watt professed his ignorance on copyright issues, saying that he was “just as an old country boy” who didn’t fully grab this “complex stuff.” The fact that Watts was the “Ranking Member of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee” might make you wonder who’s actually in charge in the U.S. legislative branch. (If the word “lobbyists” just sprang to mind, bingo.) “Maybe we oughta ask some nerds what this really does,” said Utah Republican representative Jason Chaffetz of the SOPA bill. “... Let’s have a hearing, bring in the nerds.” As Daily Show host Jon Stewart observed, “nerd” is just another word for “expert.” It’s the pejorative term of choice by the uninformed to describe the informed. Before his flameout in the Republican race, Herman Cain tried his own I’m-no-expert approach with limited success. He took a preemptive strike against what he called “gotcha questions” by saying he didn’t know the name of the president of “Ubeki-bekibeki-beki-stan-stan.” In the U.S., “elite” is often a code word for educated. Commentators have remarked how Republican candidate Jon Huntsman’s command of a second language worked against him when he spoke a few lines of Mandarin during the debates. Left-leaning progressives are often kneecapped by the arrogant conviction of their own wisdom. But the right often positions a fundamental lack of knowledge as kinship with the common man; hence the unapologetic presidential tenure of the marble-mouthed George W. Bush. There is no shortage of intelligence in the United States. It’s just not distributed that well. That said, the proudly worn dunce cap is not limited to one

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geoffolson side of the border. Serious crime rates in Canada have been dropping for years, but Justice Minister Rob Nicholson isn’t about to let the facts get in the way of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s omnibus crime bill, which threatens marijuana growers with longer mandatory sentences than child molesters. “We don’t govern on the basis of statistics. If we see a need to better protect children or send a message to drug dealers, that’s the basis upon which we’re proceeding,” Nicholson told Parliament. In other words, when it comes to crime, the Tories govern by feelings rather than facts. When facts are regarded as nuisances, books become a bother. During a debate on proposals to close some Toronto city libraries, Doug Ford, the Toronto councillor and brother of mayor Rob Ford, proudly confessed his ignorance of writer Margaret Atwood. “I don’t even know her,” he said. “If she walked by me I wouldn’t have a clue who she is.” He added that if she wanted to be heard she should run for office, according to The Toronto Star. Such intentional lack of awareness isn’t limited to leaders, of course. The less people know about complex issues involving the economy, energy and the environment, the more they desire to stay uninformed, according to a study from the American Psychological Association. The more critical the issue, the more people prefer to avoid thinking about it. Actually, there’s an entire TV network for that. A poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University determined that Fox News viewers are less informed about domestic and foreign affairs than those who don’t watch any news at all. And a 2010 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently determined that atheists and agnostics are more knowledgeable about religion than believers. Little of this may have surprised Huxley, who knew a thing or two about human nature and just about everything else. “Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.” olscribbler.wordpress.com

Increasing property assessments and prices will likely lead to more protests file photo Jason Lang such as Occupy Vancouver, says a reader. To the editor: Re: “West Side property values soar 20 to 40 per cent,” Jan. 4. Who really benefits from exorbitant housing costs? Sellers only benefit if they move from an area of high housing costs to an area of lower housing costs, since any replacement housing will also be just as expensive. Buyers pay high mortgages. City Hall receives more in taxes with high housing assessments, but

is then on the hook to supply more affordable housing to residents from a variety of income levels. Business property values also rise, causing closures and lay-offs of employees. Rents rise dramatically. I guess the only people who really benefit are realtors and bankers, and this knowledge will only fuel more protests like Occupy Vancouver. Esther Wiens, Vancouver

Foreign ownership a globalization flaw To the editor:

Re: “Foreign ownership helps drive dysfunctional housing market,” Jan. 18. It’s high time there was an open public dialogue about the many facets of globalization, which are deleterious to the interests and prospects of many working Canadians; about the resulting economic and demographic effects of the “quota system in disguise” that is Canada’s immigration system; about the issues surrounding unfettered foreign ownership of Canadian real estate. As a working Canadian consumer, I am dismayed by a system that not only allows but effectively encourages the wealthy to “buy their way” into Canada (and I suspect with monies which are often “dirty”); by profiteering corporations that dismiss Canadian employees and move their production to foreign countries where their products are produced more inex-

pensively, yet import these products and sell them for the same prices they charged when the products were manufactured here; by significant shifts in Canada’s demography over which there is much unspoken concern; by the difficulties created for young Canadians who are hindered in putting down roots and starting families because they have been priced out of home ownership; by the seeming lack of principle in doing open business with and supplying raw materials to the economies of totalitarian regimes, thereby supporting their continuing tyrannies. Many realtors, if they had the courage to speak out, could tell many stories about distasteful or cleverly improper dealings with the realities and practices associated with various aspects of the real estate market. Dan Huzyk, Vancouver

What about the good of the people already?

To the editor: Re: “Wage war,” Jan. 13. Business tends to look at wages only as expenses but a wage increase is added purchasing power in the economy that would eventually find its way back to business as increased consumer spending. We can’t run a consumer economy without purchasing power. In return for paying ourselves more, the government should help business by ensuring that we spend most of our money on Canadianmade goods and services. Specifically, we should import less and manufacture more. That would eliminate unemployment, increase growth and wages, and provide for a

larger tax base. Before the World Trade Organization (WTO) cries “protectionism,” it should note that “no free trade” would not mean “no trade.” All through history, people and countries traded despite trade barriers. However, importing should be governed by the importer’s needs and wants, and not by the ability of low-cost exporters to dump cheap goods onto the open markets of richer countries—cutting home production, employment and living standards there. Joe Bako, Vancouver

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To the editor: I understand why the Fra-

ser Institute believes an increase to the minimum wage is bad for business. I understand why the Canadian Federation of Independent Business claims an additional statutory holiday is bad for business. I understand why financial markets consider regulatory oversight as bad for business. I understand why the fiscal right regards taxation, regulations, wages and benefits as bad for business. I get it. I truly do. What I don’t understand is why we’re discussing what’s bad for business when we should be concentrating on what’s good for people. Rob Nelson, Vancouver

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Mayor Gregor Robertson’s invitees to the Dec. 5 city council swearing-in included Vision Vancouver’s bagman, two union bosses, two ex-mayors and his foster son who was later charged in a Richmond diala-dope case. City hall’s Freedom of Information office kept most of the guest list for the 334-seat, Creekside Community Recreation Centre ceremony secret, claiming identification of politicians’ friends, family and associates would be an invasion of privacy. Names of staff and board appointees, civic, provincial, federal and aboriginal politicians and visiting Guangzhou, China government officials were provided. Among the few names not censored were Marilee Welch (daughter of NPA Coun. Elizabeth Ball), Robert McDowell (NPA Coun. George Affleck’s campaign manager), Jordan Bober (a supporter of Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr), Concord Pacific president Terry Hui and CUPE local 1004 president Mike Jackson, both invited by Robertson. The Courier sought comment Wednesday morning from the mayor’s office on why so many names were censored. The mayor’s own guest list was emailed later in the day, but Robertson’s assistant Kevin Quinlan said “the city does not keep records of who attended.” Robertson invited his wife Amy, daughters Hanna and Terra, son Satchel and foster son Jinagh Navas-Rivas. Navas-Rivas, 21, was charged in late December for allegedly transferring a gun and trafficking cocaine, but Quinlan denied he was present. Robertson’s list of 112 people also shows Vision Vancouver executive director Ian Baillie, fundraisers Joel Solomon and Carol Newell and strategists Bob Penner and Marcella Munro, along with ex-mayors Larry

Campbell and Mike Harcourt and B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair and CUPE B.C. president Barry O’Neill. B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association executive director Vince Gogolek told the Courier that city hall was wrong to withhold names of people granted special access to a taxpayer-funded and catered event. “This is stuff that should be out there, it’s for the public scrutiny,” Gogolek said. “Who is hobnobbing with the nobs?” Premier Christy Clark was invited, though her name was misspelled “Christie.” By comparison, the guest list for her March 14, 2011 swearing-in at Government House in Victoria was disclosed almost entirely. It included senators, members of parliament, judges, deputy ministers and consular officials. Seven ex-premiers got invites, but only Glen Clark showed up. B.C.’s first female premier, Rita Johnston, was not on the list. Robertson and chief of staff Mike Magee were, but only Magee attended. The list included Liberal party donors Francesco Aquilini, Peter Brown, Jason and Sacha McLean and Peter Wall; campaign advisers and organizers Patrick Kinsella, Gwyn Morgan, Doug Eastwood and Don Millar; and top aides Athana Mentzelopoulos and Ken Boessenkool. This is not the first time city hall withheld a guest list. The Vancouver House guest list was finally published a year after the 2010 Winter Olympics because CityCaucus.com appealed to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. The swearing-in budget was $14,422.57, almost half of which was for Rocky Mountain Production Services ($4,606.22) and HAVE Culinary Training Institute and Templeton secondary catering ($3,750.51) combined. Security by the Vancouver Police Traffic Authority and Concord Security cost $1,436.96. 2010goldrush@gmail.com


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A veteran Non-Partisan Association city councillor says she was not in a conflict of interest at a Jan. 17 council meeting. Coun. Elizabeth Ball unsuccessfully proposed an amendment to Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs’ motion against B.C. Place Stadium’s controversial external advertising screens. Ball suggested the intensity of light bothering area neighbours be measured to help convince B.C. Pavilion Corporation to comply with civic sign bylaws. Ball’s Jan. 10 statement of financial disclosure shows her stakes in Eos Lightmedia Corp., Ball/Welch Holdings and Lightscene Ventures, the holding company for CD/M2 Lightworks Corp. Lightworks supplied the new LED lighting system for B.C. Place’s roof and facade while Eos and Virginiabased partner C.M. Kling programmed the effects.

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Ball’s husband Douglas Welch is managing director and principal designer of Eos and principal of business development for Lightworks, but Ball said she has no say in management. “Had I anything to do with the lighting that was being discussed, I would have had to declare that interest,” Ball told the Courier. The Vancouver Charter says: “A council member must not use his or her office to attempt to influence in any way a decision or action to be made or taken… if the member has a direct or indirect pecuniary inter-

est in the matter to which the decision, recommendation or other action relates.” During debate on the motion, Ball did not mention her interest in the lighting companies or their dealings with PavCo. “The companies that I have those interests in have nothing whatsoever to do with the lights that have been supplied as the signs at B.C. Place,” she said in an interview. Ball told council that artificial light is a “wonderful gift to the community, but it is also a double-edged sword.” “It is important that we

make an attempt to work with both PavCo and the province so we can actually get a solution rather than just an adversarial situation,” she said Jan. 17. “If we do this kind of preparatory work, we’re also looking at the future of lighting in the city. Rather than wasting time having time to do work again and again, we can look at the sign bylaw and bring it up to speed with the new lighting that is out there.” Lightworks’ credits include lighting the Southeast False Creek Energy Centre stacks, Olympic Village plaza and Telus World of Science dome. The city’s 2010 financial report showed $130,200 of payments to Eos. Ball, who has a background as a theatrical producer and director, originally sat on council 2005 to 2008. Her business holdings are not mentioned in her profiles on the civic or NPA campaign websites. 2010goldrush@gmail.com

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the redevelopment. Following these open house events, developer Holborn Properties will seek city council’s approval of the policy framework before applying for rezoning. I’ve said it before about many issues and I’ll say it again, if you have an opinion, share it before it’s too late.

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nor what kinds of databases (such as personal) that Metro handles. The Metro Vancouver board chairperson, Port Coquitlam mayor Greg Moore, told the Courier he hadn’t seen either audit, but believes they are still in draft stages, and expects they would need to go to committees first before going to full Metro board. “We have the best tap water around and we’re constantly making improvements. To say any more would be speculative.” Every day, more than one billion litres of water flows from taps in Metro Vancouver. The umbrella organization provides drinking water to its 24 member local entities at cost by acquiring and maintaining the water, treating it to ensure its quality, and delivering it to the members, who in turn convey it to their residences and businesses. Metro is planning to meet the water needs of 800,000 more people by 2025. stromp@telus.net

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His grandfather, the last full-time farmer in his family, gave up the daily task of toiling in the soil for a city job. But Anthony Nicalo spent his youth in Pennsylvania working on his grandfather’s acre-sized plot and cooking with his grandmother. It’s that interest in the roots of food that convinced the entrepreneur and former chef in 2009 to cofound Foodtree, a company based in Chinatown that uses technology to make it simple for businesses and individuals to share information about food. “We need to make it easy to understand where what we’re putting in our body is coming from,” said Nicalo. “It’s a very intimate, important thing.” Foodtree, which is seeking more financing, has five full-time employees and one part-timer working out of an office on East Pender Street. Nicalo believes a sense of connection to the natural world can be cultivated through food. “Oftentimes it is the people who are most closely producing food, farmers and fisherman, who maintain a connection to the planet in

“WE NEED TO MAKE IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE WHAT WE’RE PUTTING IN OUR BODY IS COMING FROM.” Anthony Nicalo

a way that most of us who live in cities do not,” he said. Vancouver restaurants Nicli Antica Pizzeria, Bishop’s and Campagnolo have used smart-phone readable QR codes created by Foodtree linking menu items to farms that provide ingredients such as wild boar. Foodtree is planning to do the same at Harvest, the local food store proposed for Union Street near Main. Customers would be able to see, for example, that the arugula they’re perusing was grown by the urban SOLEfood farm, what other produce the farm grows and its farming practices. In addition to creating applications for mobile phones, Foodtree is also working with data from the Portland-based Food Alliance,

a third-party agency that provides certification for social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry, to generate a map that pinpoints the locations of certified partners. Foodtree has also created a smartphone application that allows users to shoot and post photos of food to eventually help “map the food web.” “It really is one of our early efforts at trying to make the food system more democratic and participatory,” Nicalo said. “We often rely—less so these days, given the number of food safety recalls—on the government to keep us safe, or we look to third parties. The reality is that if we’re going to eat well, we need to participate in the system.” The concept sees foodies and conscientious consumers forging a path with images of dishes and ingredients to which information would be added so others can see where they can buy items such as free-range pastured pork in Vancouver. Foodtree wants to offer data to food businesses about the type of information individuals search for on the web. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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The Bloedel Conservatory plays backdrop to the Rare and Exotic Orchid Show now through Feb. 6. Volunteers from the Vancouver Orchid Society will offer free orchid tours three times a day, 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and will also be on hand until 3 p.m. to answer questions about growing, potting and identifying these jewels of the flower world. With admission rates of $5 for adults and $2.50 for children, an afternoon at the conservatory remains one of the best deals in town.

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The Community Arts Council of Vancouver is once again offering a number of workshops as part of its Community Arts Networking Series, beginning Jan. 30 with Social Media—Let’s Support Each Other. Other workshops include Incorporating your Community Group, Grant Writing I, Grant Writing II, and Women in the Arts. For more information and dates, visit cacv.ca.

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The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is looking for dancers to take part in a community flash mob

event. Aspiring dancers can learn the “funky” choreography online at home before auditioning or learn the Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance routine beginning Feb. 20 at local community centres. Sign up at vcbf.ca. My goal is to convince a certain Courier Kudos and Kvetches writer to hold a flash mob right here in the office.

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In 2010, the proportion of Canadians who were financially vulnerable to interest rates increases, job loss or other economic shocks, based on their debt-service ratio was 6.5 percent, up from 6.14 per cent in 2009. The numbers are relatively low compared with 2000 and 2001 when they averaged around 7.5 per cent. But those statistics don’t tell the whole story. The main concern expressed by Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty and others who don’t want to see a made-in-Canada mortgage crisis is that the amount of household debt hit more than 150 per cent of disposable income in the second quarter of 2011. A record high for Canada. How will household debt affect the housing market? In B.C., we have big mortgages with high levels of credit card and credit-line debt piled on top. The appreciation in real estate prices has given homeowners a sense of invincibility based on their property assessments. But all that can come tumbling down, as it does from time to time. We were lucky in Canada. Our housing sector didn’t participate in the subprime mortgage debacle that crippled the U.S. economy. As a result, our housing sector was able to play a key role in lifting our economy out of

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An expectant Shannon Heth could only watch as Playhouse Wine Fest director Harry Hertscheg poured a $180 bottle of Robert Mondavi’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine guys Rhys Pender and Kurtis Kolt are hot for Chilean Wines, this year’s regional focus at the Playhouse International Wine Festival.

Fred Vancouver Canuck Daniel Sedin and director of community partnerships Alex Mitchell helped raise funds for various Canucks charities.

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Local designer Reid Stewart and Judith Feller’s Lifetime collection of clothes is inspired by the communities they live in.

Icebreaker: Our high-flying Canucks took a break from their schedule to front their annual off-ice gala. Nearly 1,000 fans filed into the Convention Centre for the boys’ 13th annual Dice and Ice Gala. Each player was let loose on games table at the Canucks Casino prior to the dinner and auction. The super important sat down with goalie Roberto Luongo in the VIP poker room. No pucks flew but rest assured the bucks did—all in support of the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and B.C. Children’s Hospital. Festival uncorked: As far as A-list global wine events go, the Playhouse Festival is regarded by most producers, importers, journalists and wine-loving consumers as the best show in Canada and among the best in North America. Festival director Harry Hertscheg kicked off the 34th edition (Feb. 27 to March 4) with a pre-toast and VIP tasting at the Shore Club. Tickets for this year’s events are on sale now. In the know: Next Lululemon? Rest assured you will be hearing and seeing a lot more of Vancouver brands Native, Lifetime and Herschel Supply Co. as they make a name for themselves on the world stage. The fledgling companies revealed their fall lines to retailers who converged at the Convention Centre for the KNOWSHOW, Canada’s premier trade show of lifestyle fashion and action sports retailers. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 am on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition; email: yvrflee@hotmail.com; Twitter: @FredAboutTown or fredabouttown.blogspot.com.

Many ladies were hoping for some lady luck with Canuck winger and fan fave Mason Raymond at the team’s Dice and Ice Gala.

SFU’s Michael Boucher and PuSh Festival director Norman Armour sang the praises of philanthropist and arts advocate Milton Wong, who passed away recently.

The cast of Amarillo celebrated at The Waldorf Hotel following their PuSh Festival opening night performance.

Sisters Christine and Dorothy Le ponied up to Vancouver Canuck Alex Burrows’ Blackjack table for some gaming fun.


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1. A topic that’s near and dear to our overworked, underpaid hearts is the newspaper industry, or what’s left of it. So we’re pretty stoked about Vancity Theatre’s upcoming film series Stop the Presses! Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. Presented by the Globe and Mail, the program features 10 films concerning the world of newspapers, from investigative journalism and tabloid fodder to scandal and perky secretaries, with special introductions from local journalists and editors. Highlights include Citizen Kane, All the President’s Men, His Girl Friday, Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times, Shattered Glass and Errol Morris’s latest rollicking documentary Tabloid. Although it’s not included in the program, may we also suggest checking out another NY Times-related flick, the thoroughly touching doc Bill Cunningham New York, which should be available on DVD. For more info and show times, go to viff.org. 2. Besides envelope-pushing plays and cantatas about Craigslist ads, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival also offers an impressive array of live concerts as part of its Club PuSh, which holds court at Performance

Works on Granville Island. This weekend’s offerings are a doozy, with Canadian cult legend Mary Margaret O’Hara making her Vancouver debut with cellist Peggy Lee Jan. 27 and 28, 8 p.m. If there are any tickets left, you’ll find them at Zulu, Red Cat Records or ticketstonight.ca. Later in the evening, one of our favourite local bands Apollo Ghosts rock late into the night Jan. 27, 10 p.m. The next night, same time, it’s accordion slayer Geoff Berner. For more info, go to pushfestival.ca.

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3. Mint Recording artists and seasoned road warriors, the Pack A.D. bring their primitive blues stomp back home for a gig at the Rickshaw Theatre Jan. 28 in support of their latest album Unpersons. Pierced Arrows and Black Wizard open. Tickets a Zulu, Red Cat, Neptoon and rickshawtheatre.com. 4. Hailing from Athens, Alabama, the Alabama Shakes have been compared to everyone from Janis Joplin and Sharon Jones to Led Zeppelin and Otis Redding. Hear what all the sweaty, blues-fuelled fuss is about when the band gets down and dirty at the Media Club Jan. 29. Tickets at Red Cat and Zulu Records, or online at northerntickets.com.

kudos & kvetches Warm feelings

Last night, after a chilled but productive evening spent in K&K’s home recording studio putting the finishing touches on our upcoming dubstep album, we went out with our significant other for sushi. What can we say, wobble bass really puts us in the mood for sashimi. Anyway, half way through our meal, the waitress came by to refill our cups of tea and accidentally knocked our cup of warm liquid onto our crotch. Naturally, she apologized profusely and awkwardly tried to help us dry our nether regions with a towel. But what surprised us most about the entire episode wasn’t having lukewarm green tea soaking through our pants to our underwear or a Japanese woman we’ve never met before pawing at our crotch—both were typical occurrences at Courier Christmas parties during the 1990s—it was the feeling of complete calm and serenity. Sure, we were a little surprised at first, but even as our beverage crashed against our denimcloaked genitalia like “Waves off the Coast of Kanagawa,” we remember thinking to ourselves, “Everything is going to be alright, this isn’t so bad, far worse things have happened to people,

we’re just thankful we’re alive and experiencing life in such a visceral way.” After our meal, we walked home, the cold wind chilling our dampened mid-section. Our breath smelling vaguely of tuna, soy sauce and Pocky. For a moment we thought about joining a tai chi or yoga group to continue our journey of the soul. We were at peace with the world and all of the gentle creatures that inhabit it… even the ugly ones like mole rats and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. And we had a clumsy waitress at a sushi restaurant to thank for it. Arigatou gozaimasu.

Encapsulating

According to CBC, a time capsule buried underneath Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931 has been opened. Its contents are shedding light on what life was like back when more bands featured clarinet, moustaches weren’t ironic and anyone who felt the need to constantly update people on their status, mood, what they were eating, who they were hanging out with and random, funny things that just popped into their heads was considered crazy and annoying. The capsule includes a number of newspapers

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of the day, various hockey-related paraphernalia, a Red Ensign flag and a small ivory elephant whose origins and significance remain unknown. However, the decorative pachyderm wasn’t the only baffling item found in the musty capsule, whose essence, we’re told, has been bottled by a hip mixologist and featured in a signature bourbon, pinecone bitters and granulated boot leather cocktail called Charlie Chaplin’s Bowler Hat. K&K has it on good authority that historians have unearthed the following mysterious objects from the bowels of Maple Leaf Gardens: • An early prototype of Borje Salming’s y-front under wear line. • A corn whiskey flavoured Timbit. • Harold Ballard’s bloodied handkerchief after he killed a hobo with his bare hands. • A hemp jockstrap. • Mary Pickford’s yoga mat—also hemp. • Harold Ballard’s bloodied pocketwatch after he killed a newspaper boy with his bare hands. • Lyrics from an unreleased Rush song called “Gentle Madrigal, Lay Down Your Flaxen Cod Piece.” • The Maple Leafs will to succeed.


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Those reticent to shell out big bucks for a contemporary dance performance they may not “get” may be more inclined to check out brief numbers and get their drink on in a more laid back locale. At least that’s what the woman who started Dances for a Small Stage has found over the last 10 years. “A lot of the audiences don’t really know dance, so this is a good entry point to them… There’s a wide range of things going on, so they’re bound to like something,” said Julie-Anne Saroyan, artistic producer of the charitable, non-profit dance society MovEnt. “The environment doesn’t scare people. They’re not going into a theatre. They’re going into a Legion.” Dances for a Small Stage celebrates its 10th year and 25th installment Feb. 1 to 3 as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Two of the contemporary dancers and choreographers who appeared at the first Small Stage event, Noam Gagnon and Cori Caulfield, are participating in the anniversary event. “That’s really exciting for me that they’re still going strong and came back to the Small Stage,” Saroyan said. Their pieces will grace the teensy 10by-13-foot stage in the upstairs hall at the Legion on Commercial Drive alongside a sure-to-be passionate performance by Karen (Flamenco) Pitkelthly, sisters Yeva and Thoenn Glover, who will experiment with light, and hip hop artist Kim Sato, among others. The dancers and choreographers have been charged with creating their five- to seven-minute-long works around the theme of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which include

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One of the best high school city hoops match ups goes down Friday between the best in the west. The Blue Demons host the King George Dragons Jan. 27 at Kitsilano secondary school. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. In their first meeting this season, the teams will put their unblemished 4-0 city league records to the test. The Demons have an edge over the Dragons in average points per game—88 tops 76—and the No. 8 AAA West Side school has allowed fewer points per game than the No. 5 AA West End team—only 40, the lowest in the city, compared to 55. (Tupper outscores everyone with an average 92 points per game.) Whatever the scoresheet hints at, this contest will be anything but tepid. Expect fireworks. Kits’ benchman Randy Coutts praised the competition as “a very good basketball team that plays with a passion. “They have a very explosive team that can hurt you from many different aspects,” he said adding the team is very well prepared. “They have a dedicated coach and this has spilled over to the players on his team. They live and breathe basketball.” The Dragons are even closer to perfect than their 4-0 record suggests: they’ve lost only once in 28 games. Darko Kulic, the Dragon’s coach, considers Kits a “measuring stick in regards to Vancouver basketball.” “This is the first time we play them this season, but we have played them in spring leagues and last four years in season and in playoffs so we both know each other very well.” To be the best, Kulic said, you’ve got to beat the best. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

The ebullient Southsiders have been regular attendees at Team Canada matches during the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament at B.C. Place where they immortalize players in song. One song is titled “Dreaming photo Jason Lang of Kaylyn Kyle,” about the versatile Saskatoonian mid-fielder.

Singing Southsiders sweet on women’s soccer Megan Stewart Staff writer

The soccer-loving Southsiders are turning in their white and blue to dress in the national flag of the Reds. The sometimes potty-mouthed, always standing-room-only showstoppers who entertain and enliven the 20,000-strong at Whitecaps games, the Southsiders for 10 days have been sharing their love of the beautiful game with the eight national teams competing for two tickets to the 2012 London Games at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament at B.C. Place. Canada, naturally, gets most of that love. The Reds, who must beat Mexico Friday to book their trip to the Summer Olympics, love them right back. “They’ve been brilliant,” said national team coach John Herdman. “They never stop, that’s the exciting thing. I’m hoping they’re all going to turn out in force. In September Herdman said he aspired to raise the women’s program to “capture the imagination of the home fans.” After taking the reins from Carolina Morace who tendered her resignation this summer following a disappointing winless World Cup, Herdman said, “We want a team [Canadian fans] can be proud of. We want a team [that] can entertain them as well as a team that’s

got that physical presence and spirit that people can really engage with.” The Southsiders could be a kindred spirit. Congregating in the southeast corner of B.C. Place Stadium, they bought a block of 110 tickets to claim their seats in section 251. “We think it’s very important to show our support,” said the past president of the fan club, John Knox, during a pause in play Monday night as Canada led Costa Rica four goals to none. No blind boosters, the Southsiders are loyal and their allegiance lets them demand accountability. (“We give a lot of support and stick to both sides,” said Knox.) Underperforming players get guff just as star performances are celebrated—loudly and creatively. Herdman even has a favourite. “They make us laugh with some of their songs,” said the coach. “We like the ‘Dream of Kaylyn Kyle.’ Sung to the tune of The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” the soccer song praises the blond Saskatoonian midfielder, specifically her versatility to play almost anywhere on the pitch. “We all dream of a team of Kaylyn Kyles,” go the lyrics, which were first derived for Whitecaps fan favourite David Morris. “No. 1 is Kaylyn Kyle. No. 2 is Kaylyn Kyle. No. 3 is Kaylyn Kyle…”

A roster with Kyle at every position. “She likes that one,” said Herdman, laughing. The Southsiders practice equal opportunity ribbing and don’t shy away from voicing—or rather, chanting like the rowdy chorus they are—dislike for the opposition. They’ve piled on the disdain for Surrey native and U.S. national team striker Sydney Leroux as a turncoat who developed and prospered in part because of the resources of the B.C. youth system but instead wears the colours of a competing nation. By supporting Canadian soccer success, the Southsiders are doing much more than boozing and hollering at a live sports event. They’re fostering hometown pride and homegrown talent. “We need to keep the best players here,” said Knox. “We believe in Canada 100 per cent and we don’t know why somebody who has been born and raised in Canada wouldn’t want to represent Canada. A Canadian player will want to play for their country if they know they have fan support behind them.” Knox noted the particular importance of supporting women’s sport. “Young girls are watching,” he said. And one day they could be listening to their name immortalized in soccer song. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Winners of six straight, including their last four on the road, the University of B.C. men’s basketball team is ranked third in the nation and Tommy Nixon is a large part of the success. Named MVP at the Vancouver city championships in 2009 when his Kitsilano Blue Demons won the title, Nixon is meeting expectations and having a breakout season with the Tbirds. The second-year starter (he red-shirted for one year before earning a roster spot) is averaging 12 points a game and 26 minutes of court time. It’s a dramatic step up from the previous year when he banked about two baskets a night. “I’m always trying to make sure I get better as time goes on,” he said. Nixon, who has muscled up to a lean 215 pounds, is a versatile shooting guard who can go shoulder-to-shoulder at the post and whose athleticism and six-foot-six frame cause match-up problems for the opposition. “It’s an advantage for us as a team when we can go big or small and attack another team’s weaknesses,” he said. Nixon, who turned 20 in December, hit a varsity career high two weeks ago and led UBC with 22 points and 13 rebounds over Thompson Rivers. Head coach Kevin Hanson said afterwards that Nixon’s range makes him a threatening forward who can defend all positions and rebound, shoot and score in transition.

“When you have a guy of that height being able to guard perimeter guys and the post, he is a natural Canada 3-4 position combo player,” said Hanson. Randy Coutts could see it coming. Kitsilano’s head coach when Nixon was named the city’s best basketball player, Coutts said, “Tommy is a natural athlete with good instincts and a great feel for the game. Tommy is a true competitor and plays with heart and passion. His sportsmanship and demeanour are second to none.” Nixon, who is close to his mother Sue and lives at home in Kitsilano, approached this season like a professional, by getting mentally prepared as well as ball handling, shooting drills and making sure he was fit by September. “You don’t want to waste time by trying to get back into shape,” he said. Nixon is all about the score—and not just on the court. The kinesiology student is an accomplished violinist. Although he doesn’t perform anymore, he will still “pick it up and play whenever I feel like it.” Lately he’s drawn to Massenet’s “The Meditation from Thais.” “It’s a very slow piece, a very beautiful piece and one of my mom’s favourites, too.” “There are a few scores I’ll just pick up and play to see if my fingers can still work that fast.” As the Province’s sports reporter Howard Tsumura once so rightly wrote when Nixon was a high schooler, he plays string music like nobody else. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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The Road Racing Spring Series starts in six weeks. The first triathlon is in three months and the first Gran Fondo is in five months. Are you nervous? You should be. Training for any endurance event requires a lot of time. And the time to be nervous is now because what you do today determines what happens on race day. Endurance training requires enough lead-time to gradually build a solid base. It’s only after you’ve established a base that you can add strength, speed and finally peak for your big event. Whether your goal is to race or to finish, proper training will make the difference between a great experience and a sufferfest. No matter what level of cyclist you are, everyone should go through the same training phases to get to the finish line, albeit in varying levels of intensity. The first phase of any training program begins with building a base. This phase is the most important but is often overlooked or done incorrectly. This is the time where you’re teaching your muscles to become efficient at exchanging oxygen and using fat as fuel. You’ll know when this phase is coming to an end when you’re able to ride at a comfortably fast pace for a long period of time in a low heart rate zone.

These are the four most common mistakes cyclists make during their base training phase. This year, try to set your ego aside for two months and avoid these blunders. Mistake No. 1: Riding above your own individual zone-one heart rate. Training in a low heart-rate zone can be just as challenging as any speed workout and you’ll need a monitor device. If you don’t know your heart rate zones and don’t own a heart rate monitor or power meter, you might want to start shopping. Mistake No. 2: Riding in a group that’s too fast for you. This error goes with mistake No. 1, but I have separated them because I can’t stress this enough. Group riding is a great way to log riding miles, but if you can’t find a group that allows you to ride in a low heart rate zone, it will destroy your whole riding season. Mistake No. 3: Riding too far too soon Building an endurance base takes time. Not only do you have to complete the distance, but you have to allow your body to recover before you increase this distance. The work and recovery phases are equally important. If you try to fast-track one or the other, you’re sure to bonk on race day. Mistake No. 4: Building speed and strength before efficiency. Being efficient on the bike is your main goal. If you can ride efficiently, you will automatically be stronger and faster. If the pros still spend countless hours researching and practising how to be more efficient, we should too. Kristina Bangma is a coach, personal trainer and writer with a love of riding and racing. Email questions to kris@getfitwithkris.com.

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Cleaning

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Electrical

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Drywall

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Life’s good, friends are gathering, hopes are rising! You’re not quite as sure of yourself as you were a month ago, but that’s probably a good thing. Work lightens a little; what work there is tends to go in subtle circles now to April, so keep an eye on progress and helpers/coworkers who wander off. Chase money Monday/ Tuesday – there’s lots of it. Travel, details, errands, paperwork, calls and visits fill Wednesday to Friday – one of these, Wednesday, might bring a romantic meeting or notion, though it’s “off to the side,” not direct. Be home, contemplate career, Saturday. Taurus April 20-May 20: Be ambitious for the next several weeks. Seek a relationship with higherups, VIPs, even parents. Now is the time to prove yourself. Rest and recuperate, plan and contemplate, Sunday. Your energy surges Monday/Tuesday – start important projects, see and be seen, approach powerful people, make your mark! You might have an exciting Tuesday night when an attraction occurs. Remember: it’s might not be a lasting thing, and it might interfere with (or change) your future. Chase money, buy/sell, during a lucky Wednesday to Friday. Your sensual side emerges. Travel – carefully – Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: A mellow, wise, compassionate mood has drifted over you. This isn’t your peak period for romance (that comes after May) but romance and love flow well now. You might gently love someone without demanding possession. Home and property matters, a bit tense or hectic lately, slow now to April, affording you a chance to catch your breath. But the same few months increase your indecision about a home-based project. DON’T begin major renovations before April 14. Retreat, rest and plan Monday/Tuesday. Your energy and charisma surge Wednesday to Friday – start something!

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

Cancer June 21-July 22: Focus on depths, changes, finances (investments/debt) power plays, mysteries, research, commitment, intimacy and sexual urges, now to late February. You’ll hear or suspect a secret, perhaps involving the government, a management situation, or about those who would bind you. Now to mid-April, guard against wild words, and be cautious in making promises, especially to bosses or other higher-ups. You might revisit a past haunt. Your mood remains mellow. Optimism, happiness arrive Monday/Tuesday. Rest, retreat, succeed Wednesday to Friday. You shine Saturday: patience needed! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: You’ll face some opposition and some opportunity, some love and some enmity. Overall, this is a good week, in which diplomacy and eagerness will net you solid gains. Don’t take the sober assessment of Sunday as your guideline. Instead, be hopeful, happy. Be ambitious Monday/ Tuesday – higher-ups are willing to bend things your way. You’re seen as a valuable asset. (Take advantage, now to June.) Optimism, popularity, wish fulfillment come Wednesday to Friday – enjoy prospects, flirtations. Retreat, rest Saturday. Be careful with money, spending to April. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your sexual magnetism remains intense all winter/spring, but now to mid-April it doesn’t really help you to make a new relationship. (Indecision or an “intimate impediment” slows you down.) You might, however, “re-circle” to pursue someone you met before – this could succeed. You can substitute “invest” for “relationship” or “intimacy,” for this trend affects your finances as well. The few weeks ahead focus on work, duties, machinery and health. Wisdom, education, ideas and gentle love visit Monday/Tuesday. Be ambitious Wednesday to Friday: success slated! Saturday’s happy.

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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: You might be tempted to invest Monday/Tuesday. Go ahead, even be a little speculative. A sexual temptation might arise these two days: this, too, seems beneficial, not harmful. (If someone’s married, though, consider the karma.) A sweet, mellow, understanding mood flows over you Wednesday to Friday – a mood that fits perfectly with the romantic, creative spell you’re under this week and the next two. If a love affair exists, it grows. However, in the bigger picture, now to June is not a good time to wed, nor to seek a permanent mate. So just have fun. Home caution, Saturday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: The accent lies on home, domestic concerns, security, retirement, property, garden, stomach and soul. Tackle chores Sunday, but be willing to knock off early. Relationships confront you Monday/Tuesday, and mostly for good. A romantic undercurrent runs through the first half of this week. Wednesday through Friday bring secrets, sexual urges, investment and financial opportunities (even the opportunity to reduce debt) – and the possible need for a health diagnosis. You can make very beneficial changes and commitments these three days, especially Wednesday (before 2 p.m. PST). Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Travel, run errands, return messages, call, chat, read the media, handle paperwork – life’s busy but easy. Romance or creative or pleasure urges beckon Sunday, but don’t expect major stuff. Tackle chores or health concerns Monday/Tuesday – all’s well. Relationships confront you Wednesday to Friday. Be diplomatic yet eager to join – you could make a new friend. Flexibility opens the door to opportunity; fighting closes doors. (Best day: Thursday.) Saturday’s filled with secrets, but not good ones: be cautious with finances, intimacy. Until April, career projects eddy: rest up.

Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: A legal, educational, publishing, cultural or far travel project might eddy in circles until mid-April, so relax and let it ebb. There is a romantic undercurrent to this week, but the main emphasis is on earnings, buying/selling, sensual episodes and memory. Seek new clients, or angle for a more important (or, mainly, lucrative) job role, especially Wednesday to Friday. Earlier, Monday/ Tuesday are romantic, creative, pleasurable – and reward risk. Both Sunday and Saturday (29th and 4th) need caution, as subtle tug-o-wars occur between you and others. An easy, rewarding week. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Your energy, magnetism, effectiveness and sense of timing are tops! Get out, make contacts, start important projects, call in favours – though you might not want to bother much Sunday, when everyone’s a bit reluctant. Your major luck, now to June, is in real estate, family and security zones – these are favoured Monday/Tuesday, so charge ahead. A romantic, creative, pleasure-oriented, speculative or risk-taking urge fills you Wednesday to Friday – charge ahead here, too, but remember that real romantic motives/goals seem a bit hidden, subconscious. Lust succeeds, though! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Rest, lie low, contemplate and plan. Despite your lowered energy, people still treat you affectionately. Hook up with a charity, or give in other ways – help someone. This puts pennies in the karmic account. Your lover or spouse might descend into indecisive circles now to mid-April. That’s OK; be patient. A big thing happens Friday: you enter 15 years of increased intuition, smoothness, personality strength and magnetism. (Love won’t be far behind – probably 2013/14.) Talk, travel, message Monday/Tuesday. Then to Friday, relax, sink into home, peace. Beauty, love, Saturday. timstephens@shaw.ca


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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—On the block, ladies and gentleman, a 1948 Chevrolet Cab-Over Dump-Truck, its burnished burgundy paint gleaming under the spotlights. It’s big, but it’s a thing of beauty: bluntnosed and two-tone, with a tongue and groove oaklined bed. Despite the big Chev’s imposing presence and immaculate workmanship, bidding seems to have petered out around the high-$30,000 mark, and the auctioneer’s rapid-fire patter is slowing. “Thirtyfiveseven, thirtyfiveseven, thirtysix, thirty-six. Thirty. Six?” Gavel out-flung like the duelling wand of Harry Potter, the auctioneer hangs his last appeal out in the air above the murmuring crowd. No takers. It looks like somebody’s about to get a good deal as a second voice chimes in, smooth and liquid, outlining the appeal of this twoyear, frame-off restoration with street-rod amenities like power disc brakes and the ubiquitous Chevy 350ci. California-sourced, rust-free body. Custom tweed-interior. “Thirty-six?” A shout from a portly, white-haired gentleman in a navy blazer, arm out-thrust, his right hand clutching a bright yellow cloth. “Down on the right, we’ve got thirty-six!” And that’s all it takes. I’m up on the stage at the 41st annual Barrett-Jackson auction, watching this unusual truck gather

The 1947-built Bentley Mark IV was one of the many rare, classic and collectible vehicles for sale at the photo Brendan McAleer 41st annual Barrett-Jackson auction. steam as it roars towards fetching the highest selling price of any vehicle sold today. Barrett-Jackson bills itself as operating “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” and none is perhaps as big as its flagship event in Scottsdale, Ariz. The number of classic and rare cars on display exceeds that of any automotive museum I can think of: six football fields of acreage under the white tents.

Thirty-seven thousand dollars comes, and then we’re back to jumping upwards in $2,000 increments. A bid from online gets us past the mid-40s, and one from the side gallery crests the $50,000 mark. The auctioneer and his partner are working in perfect rhythm to match the ebb and flow of the bids coming in. The auctioneer is demanding, querying, hectoring, “who’ll-give-me-

sixty;” his blazer-wearing compatriots fanned out across the floor cajole and coax and wheedle and leap up with deafening bellows when they get a nod. When the bids flag, even for a moment, that oiledsilk voice starts up again, chumming the waters with tasty tidbits. The rarity of the truck. The care taken in its restoration. The great value. The high price a similar vehicle fetched last year. The main stage at Bar-

rett-Jackson will see $92 million worth of rare, classic and collectible vehicles cross its platform. But it’s not just a place where people come to buy, it’s a full-on spectator sport. As the bidding enters the low-70s mark, it’s this third factor that becomes more and more a part of the rising action. People are applauding and cheering as if at a high-level tennis match as the auctioneer serves and returns, back and forth, still with

three bidders remaining. Mind you, Barrett-Jackson isn’t just about the centre-stage. There’s a midway with “gourmet” hotdogs, clothes-shopping, side-auctions of signed celebrity guitars, and an enormous amount of automobile collectibles such as vintage fuel pumps or (if your garage is really huge) even a seven-foot-high Bob’s Big Boy statue, the checkered-overall-wearing imp hoisting an enormous burger aloft. People come here to bid and buy, but more than half are just here to experience the event. As the price climbs ever higher on the restored Chevy, people start flowing into the main tent. There’s an electricity building in the air, an excitement that we might be witnessing something special. There’s a brief hiccup at 75, but then 78,000 is out there, and it looks like we might have a winner as the auctioneer slows again. There’s nothing more for the colour-commentary to point out: everything down to the colour-matched lugnuts has been described in perfect detail. “Seventyeight-niiiiiiiiine?” This is Wednesday, so it’s early days yet in the auction calendar, and the big toys are sitting out in the showcase tent. Each one of these cars is expected to—and, in the end, will—fetch six-figure sums. There’s a 1948 Tucker Torpedo, an incredibly low-mileage gull-wing Mercedes-Benz 300SL, and a jet-age stretched-out ’54 DeSoto Adventurer II. Continued on page 36

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Continued from previous page And then there is a 1947 Bentley Mark IV, coach-built by Franay. The Bentley is an exceptionally beautiful car, its curving flanks and enclosed mudguards giving it a whiff of Cruella DeVille. Surrounding these crown jewels is row upon row of hot-rods and muscle-cars, Barrett-Jackson’s more typical Americana. This year is Shelby’s golden anniversary, so Shelby Ford Mustangs and Cobras are everywhere. “Eighty!” There’s a gasp and cheer from the crowd and a sense that we’re entering the final furlong. It’s late in the evening and the Cab-Over Chevy is already out in-front as the most expensive

car sold today—a mark that won’t be surpassed. “Eighty-eighty-two?” Grins and applause from everyone on the stage as the final two bidders go back and forth. “Eightytwo-eighty-three?” In one-thousand-dollar increments we climb higher until... “Eighty-nine! Eighty-nine-ninety?” And for a while, it looks like we might see the Chevy crack the ninety thousand mark. Finally, there’s a shake of the head from one of the two remaining contestants, and as long as the auctioneer drags out the pause, nothing more to be done. Bang! Sold for $89,000, handshakes and back-slaps all around. Continued on page 37

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TM The Hyundai names, logos, product names, feature names, images and slogans are trademarks owned by Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. †Finance offers available O.A.C. from Hyundai Financial Services based on a new 2012 Santa Fe GL 2.4 6-Speed/2012 Elantra L 6-Speed/2012 Sonata GL 6-Speed/2012 Tucson L 5-speed with an annual finance rate of 0%/2.65%/1.29%/1.29% for 84/72/84/84 months. Bi-weekly payment is $142/$121/$140/$126. No down payment is required. Cost of Borrowing is $0/$1,424/$1,118/$1,003. Finance offers include Delivery and Destination of $1,760/$1,495/$1,565/$1,760. Registration, insurance, PPSA, fees, levies, charges, license fees and all applicable taxes are excluded. Delivery and destination charge includes freight, P.D.E., dealer admin fees and a full tank of gas. Financing example: 2012 Elantra L 6-speed for $17,344 at 2.65% per annum equals $121 bi-weekly for 72 months for a total obligation of $18,768. Cash price is $17,344. Cost of Borrowing is $1,424. Example price includes Delivery and Destination of $1,495. Registration, insurance, PPSA, fees, levies, charges, license fees and all applicable taxes are excluded. Ω0 payments for up to 90 days (payment deferral) is available on all new in-stock 2011 or 2012 Hyundai models except Equus and Veloster and only applies to purchase finance offers on approved credit. If payment deferral is selected the original term of the contract will be extended by 2-months/56-days for monthly/bi-weekly finance contracts. Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. will pay the interest of the deferral for the first 2-months/56-days of the monthly/bi-weekly finance contract. After this period interest will start to accrue and the purchaser will pay the principal and interest monthly/bi-weekly over the remaining term of the contract. !Fuel consumption for 2012 Santa Fe GL 2.4L 6-Speed Manual FWD (HWY 7.7L/100KM, City 11.0L/100KM)/2012 Elantra L 6-Speed (HWY 4.9L/100KM; City 6.8L/100KM)/2012 Sonata GL 6-Speed (HWY 5.7L/100KM; City 8.7L/100KM)/ 2012 Tucson L (HWY 7.4L/100KM; City 10.1L/100KM) are based on Manufacturer’s testing. Actual fuel efficiency may vary based on driving conditions and the addition of certain vehicle accessories. Fuel economy figures are used for comparison purposes only. †ΩOffers available for a limited time, and subject to change or cancellation without notice. See dealer for complete details. Dealer may sell for less. Inventory is limited, dealer order may be required. πBased on the December 2011 AIAMC report. "Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). ††Hyundai’s Comprehensive Limited Warranty coverage covers most vehicle components against defects in workmanship under normal use and maintenance conditions.

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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, down payment and dealer administration fees. Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and financing options also available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Prices subject to change without notice. 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. !“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. †Purchase Price for 2012 Soul (SO551C) is $17,245 and includes a cash savings of $1,000. Delivery and destination fees of $1,650 included. Other taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, PPSA ($79) and dealer fees are excluded. Available at participating dealers. ††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); (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, 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. If you exercise your Return Value Option, a return fee of $199 must be paid by you (not applicable in the province of Quebec) and you will be responsible for excess kilometre charges, excess wear and tear, and any other amounts as specified in your Certificate. The remaining loan balance will be subject to then-applicable TD Financing Services rates and fees. Retailers may sell for less. See participating retailers for complete details. Representative example based on 2012 Forte (FO540C)/2012 Rio5 (RO551C) with a purchase price of $17,450/$15,550 financed at 0%/2.9% APR over 60/48 months with $0 down, bi-weekly payments of $93/$108 for a cost of borrowing of $0/$1,179 and a total obligation of $17,450/$16,229, including delivery and destination fees ($1,455). Certain restrictions apply. Taxes, licence, insurance, registration, excess mileage, wear and tear charges, any administration or other applicable fees or charges are not included. Dealer may sell for less. See dealer for details.^2012 Kia Forte Sedan/Soul awarded the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Visit www.iihs.org for full 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 and $750 Kia Mobility 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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WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective Thursday, January 26 to Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

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

Grocery Department Nature’s Path Organic Boxed Cereal

Meat Department

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PRICING

assorted varieties

3/4.98

2.99

3.99

Leclerc (Celebration, Praeventia or Vital) Cookies and Bars

175-350g • product of Canada

2/6.00

2L • product of Canada

skim, 1, 2 or 3.25%

bags and bins

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Annie’s Homegrown Classic and Organic Pasta & Sauce assorted varieties

2/3.00

2.99

3/5.97

PRICING

assorted varieties

4/5.00

45-51g • product of USA

package of 12

assorted varieties

2/5.98

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

2/5.00

Rice Bakery

213-227g • product of USA

Stash Premium Organic Tea

340g • product of Canada

4.49

PRICING

Amy’s Kitchen Frozen Pot Pies

Simply Pure Cheese

5.99

560g

Cranberry Raisin Cookies

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739ml • product of USA

150g • product of Canada

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4.29

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

LaraBar Energy Bars

reg 3.29

Organic Multigrain Bread

Seventh Generation Liquid Dish Detergents

Hardbite Potato Chips

15% off

2.29/100g

Bakery Department

170g • product of USA

1 dozen

1.98lb/4.37kg

Raw Almonds

398ml • product of USA

Vitala Omega-3 Free Run Large Eggs

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18 count • product of USA

Dr. Bronners’ Baby Pure-Castile Soap Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild contains no fragrance. Great for people who have allergies or sensitive skin. All oils and essential oils are certified organic.

8.99

4.99

350g

472ml

Natural Factors RX Omega-3 Bonus Size An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids to help improve skin, reduce inflammation and keep cholesterol levels in check.

21.47

Rice Spinach and Onion Quiche

regular retail price

Health Care Department

150 caps

Nature Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent

9.99

3L • product of Canada

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Choices Markets West 57th Anniversary

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Come and help us celebrate our 12th Anniversary.

Join us for coffee, cake and a barbecue on Saturday, February 4th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at 1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver.

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choicesmarkets.com 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

10lb bag

Bulk Department

3/6.99

2L product of Canada

7.98

Chilean Grown

assorted varieties

2.99

Certified Organic, California Grown

Seedless Green Sugarone Grapes

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Soups

Dairyland Fresh Milk

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Kans Spinach and Kale Bhajias, or Squash Fritters with Flax Seeds

3.99

package of 3

Sweet Navel Oranges from Johanssen Ranch

Newly improved for you!

assorted varieties

600-615g product of Canada

2.98

Deli Department

Chapman's Premium Ice Cream

assorted varieties

Certified Organic, California Grown

2.99lb/ 6.59kg

4.99lb/ 11.00kg

2.99

500g

Romaine Hearts

Spring Creek Inside Round Stewing Beef

assorted varieties

Silver Hills Sprouted Grains Bread

4.29

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100g • product of Germany

smooth or crunchy

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283-400g product of Canada

Nuts To You Organic Peanut Butter

PRICING

Whole Specialty Frying Chickens

Ritter Sport Chocolate Bars

assorted varieties

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

Vancouver Courier January 27 2012  

Vancouver Courier January 27 2012

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