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Vancouver police lead municipal departments in dog bite incidents

Police dog bites prompt lawsuits Mike Howell Staff writer

get what they’re doing is arresting criminals who refuse to comply and submit to arrest,” LePard told the board. “They’re not biting people who are saying, ‘Yes, I surrender.’” LePard’s comments prompted police board member Mary Collins to ask: “So you are satisfied there isn’t an issue?” LePard: “I’m satisfied there isn’t.” But then what to make of statistics kept by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner that indicate 121 people in the past 22 months required medical attention at a hospital after being bitten by a Vancouver police dog?

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he video footage clearly shows how Christopher Evans behaved on the early morning of June 12 when he used his skateboard to repeatedly bash the glass door of a transit bus. There he is, at around 12:45 a.m. outside the Waldorf Hotel on Hastings Street, tossing his skateboard at the windshield of the bus to get it to stop. Then he picks up his skateboard and bashes the front glass door of the bus seven times while demanding the female driver to “open the f**king door.” “I’m not opening the door, you’re too aggressive,” the driver is heard saying on the video recorded by the bus’s camera trained on the door. Evans, 33, a construction worker, never did get on the bus. And shortly after his violent outburst, he was taken to the ground in an alley by a Vancouver police dog, which ripped into Evans’s right thigh and calf. Yes, he says, what he did to the bus was stupid. But it was out of frustration because he claims buses passed him by that summer night. He thinks maybe his tattoos had something to do with it. “Sometimes, they don’t stop, right,” he says. Despite his actions, Evans doesn’t believe he deserved to have his leg so badly bitten that doctors required more than 100 staples to close the wounds. It’s a case Pivot Legal Society got behind last Friday in launching a lawsuit against the Vancouver Police Department as part of its campaign to have the department review its police dog practices. The legal society believes too many people are unnecessarily bitten by police dogs and the VPD should only use dogs when pursuing armed or dangerous suspects, or for incidents threatening public safety. The VPD has countered with its own campaign, releasing video footage Monday of Evans bashing the bus and telling

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The VPD says its dog handlers are among the best in the business. photo Dan Toulgoet their dog handler’s version of events that night in the alley. The VPD also responded to Pivot’s call for an overhaul of the department’s dog training practices in three lengthy reports released over the past three weeks. The VPD concluded its 18 dog handler teams are among the best in the busi-

ness and the manner in which its German shepherds are deployed is appropriate and carefully monitored. Deputy Chief Doug LePard got more to the point at last month’s Vancouver Police Board meeting when he reminded board members why police dogs bite. “Don’t for-

he number of dog bites in Vancouver is by far the most recorded of any municipal police department in B.C., with Abbotsford the only other department in double digits at 29. The police complaint commissioner’s office was unable to provide the extent of injuries suffered in the Vancouver cases, although Evans’ wounds are included in the stats. The stats also include the case of Scott Philippo, a 33-year-old bartender who was bitten in the torso by a police dog Oct. 3, 2010. Pivot lawyer Douglas King highlighted the case in a written request to the police board to have the VPD review its police dog practices. King wrote that Philippo was mistakenly suspected as a thief after he was seen using bolt cutters to cut through a lock on his own bike on Salsbury Drive. A police officer with his dog approached and told Philippo to get off the bike. Philippo complied but in the process of the arrest, the officer lost control of his dog and it bit Philippo, King alleges. “We believe the bite Mr. Philippo received would have been clearly prevented with stricter limitations on the use of police dogs, as could other instances of accidental or intentional deployment of police dogs,” King wrote. Continued on page 5

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Commissioner’s office decided against launching further investigation Continued from page 4 Like Evans, Philippo sued the police department for damages suffered from the dog biting him. King says there are talks between both sides about an out-of-court settlement. The VPD is not commenting on the Philippo case. David Airey, acting deputy police complaint commissioner, acknowledged the high number of dog bites in Vancouver but noted the VPD has one of the largest dog squads in Canada. It also deploys its dog teams to more than 10,000 calls per year, although a dog is not used to apprehend a suspect at every outing. “From our perspective here, we only have one side of the picture, so it’s hard for us to really comment on whether it’s high, low or whatever,” Airey says of the statistics. The commissioner’s office began tracking dog bite cases as of March 31, 2010, as per changes to the Police Act that required municipal officers to report injuries of a dog bite where a victim is hospitalized. Since then, Victoria police recorded six dog bite injuries while West Vancouver, Saanich and Central Saanich all recorded two. New Westminster police recorded one dog bite injury. The job of investigators at the complaint commissioner’s office is to review the injury reports, determine whether using the dog was appropriate and, if warranted, order an investigation. So far, only five people, including Evans, registered complaints with the office about the VPD. And only one mandatory investigation was ordered into an incident that occurred Oct. 22, 2011. That’s when police arrested a 49-year-old

Christopher Evans, who was bitten by a police dog, accuses the VPD and the complaint commissioner’s office of a cover-up. photo Dan Toulgoet woman armed with a machete in Victoria Park on Commercial Drive. Police say they initially used a Taser, which failed to stop the woman. Officers then fired multiple rounds from a beanbag shotgun, the last round striking the woman in the hand, causing the machete to fall. A press released issued by the VPD after the incident indicated police arrested the woman with the assistance of a police dog. The Courier was unable to get a response from the police complaint commissioner’s

office on the status of the investigation. As for Evans’ complaint, investigative analyst Rick Milne at the commissioner’s office sent a letter dated Jan. 11, 2012 to Evans concluding there was no abuse of authority by Const. Richard Lee, the dog handler who arrested him. “It is unfortunate Mr. Evans sustained serious lacerations,” Milne wrote. “However the conclusions and decisions reached by [a VPD inspector] support that Mr. Evans had committed a criminal offence and was

knowingly actively resisting apprehension.” Evans was outraged by the decision, saying the police and the complaint commissioner’s office were covering up the facts. That’s why he launched the civil suit, he says. His version of events goes like this: After he stopped bashing the bus with his skateboard, he briefly boarded another bus before exiting on foot to McLean Drive. He went into an alley where—with his earphones on and listening to music—he jumped back on his skateboard. Next thing he knew, he says, a dog was clamped on to his right calf and he fell to the ground. He says he didn’t hear or see police in the alley. Evans believes he was bitten five times. “I decided to start skateboarding home and a few minutes later, without warning or anything, I’ve got this dog latched on my calf,” he told the Courier in an interview at the offices of Pivot Legal Society. “I didn’t even realize it was a police dog until halfway through the attack. I looked back and there was this police officer about 30 feet behind just watching.” Photographs released by Pivot of Evans’s wounds show deep cuts in his thigh and calf, requiring more than 100 staples to close the gashes, according to Evans, who was treated at Vancouver General Hospital. “They could have just got my attention and asked me to stop and I would have,” says Evans, who lives at the Balmoral Hotel in the Downtown Eastside. At Monday’s VPD press conference, Deputy Chief Adam Palmer says dog handler Richard Lee entered the alley with his siren and emergency lights engaged. Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 Lee then turned off the siren, left the lights on and got out of his vehicle. He ordered Evans to stop, or he would release his dog. “Mr. Evans continued to run and constable Lee deployed his dog,” Palmer says. “The dog made contact with Mr. Evans. Mr. Evans struggled and as a result the dog had to reapply his bite three times. The dog application lasted briefly before constable Lee could gain control of Mr. Evans.”

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t the centre of the police dog debate over the past three weeks is the VPD’s decision to have its dogs “bite and hold” a suspect rather than “bark and hold” a suspect. The difference in the two methods is just how they are described, although “bark and hold” leaves the decision to the dog to bite a suspect if he or she attempts to flee after being cornered. In August 2000, the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommended the “bark and hold” method be used by North American police departments. The association’s thinking was this method would reduce unwanted or unwarranted dog bites, although the association cautioned the endorsement was not to be construed as a condemnation of the “bite and hold” method.

Pivot lawyer Douglas King argued in a blog post on the legal agency’s website that when the Los Angeles Police Department used the “bite and hold” method, it sent more people to the hospital than the rest of the 8,450 officers on the force combined. “A raft of civil suits against the LAPD was part of the reason the force switched to the ‘bark and hold’ training method,” King wrote. In a three-year period before the training method changed, the canine unit sent 639 people to the hospital. In a three-year period after the switch, that number declined to 66, according to a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School. But in a recent report written by VPD dog handlers Howard Rutter and Bruce Rhode, they say Pivot failed to mention the Harvard study noted the decline in dog bites could also be attributed to the increased scrutiny of the use of force by police in the wake of the Rodney King incident and the ensuing civil unrest that occurred in Los Angeles between April 29 and May 3, 1992. The only known study that examined the two methods of use of force by police dogs occurred in 2003 in Florida. Rutter and Rhode referenced the $1 million study, which was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, in their report. The findings of the Florida

Doug LePard study concluded “bark and hold” dogs have a higher bite ratio than “bite and hold” dogs. This is largely because a “bark and hold” dog tends to bump a suspect and cause them to move, “thus fulfilling the requirements for the bite.” “Once the dog is released, the handler has now left the decision to use force to an animal that basically has, at best, the decisionmaking ability of a seven-year-old child,” Rutter and Rhode wrote in criticizing the “bark and hold” method. “That use of force decision should always be left in the hands of an experienced police officer.” The majority of police departments in Canada and the U.S. continue to use the “bite and hold” method. The VPD has used this method since the dog squad’s inception in 1959.

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t the Jan. 18 meeting of the Vancouver Police Board, its members, which include board chairperson Mayor Gregor Robertson, unanimously dismissed Pivot’s call for reforms to the VPD dog squad. The decision was based on a report that was compiled with information from Rutter and Rhode, who both attended the meeting at the Cambie Street station. But it was Deputy Chief Doug LePard who answered most of the board’s questions about whether a closer examination of the VPD’s police dog practices was warranted. “To be convinced [it’s a concern], I would need to see that there actually is an unreasonable number of cases where the dog and dog master have behaved inappropriately and that the use of force was not justified use of force,” LePard says. “I don’t see that from [The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner], I don’t see that in the court decisions, either civil or criminal. The fact is that our dog masters have an excellent reputation, conduct themselves extremely professionally and that’s borne out in the most important court, which is when they have to account for their actions in the criminal courts.” Evans, however, won’t be going to criminal court.

That’s because the Crown prosecutor stayed the mischief charge against him for the bus incident. The Crown did this after viewing the photographs of Evans’s leg injuries and learning his lawyer planned a Charter challenge for excessive force at a criminal trial. “I know it was wrong [to break the bus window] but what happened to my leg far outweighs what I did,” says Evans, who was unable to work for at least two months and continues to feel a loss of sensation or numbness in his leg. No date has been set to hear his civil suit. Pivot, meanwhile, wants the police complaint commissioner’s office to take a closer look at whether the 121 injuries suffered by victims of VPD dog bites were warranted. The commissioner’s office isn’t making any promises. “We don’t have the complaint [from Pivot] asking for that, so we’re waiting for that and then we’ll make an assessment on what action we would take,” says David Airey, acting deputy police complaint commissioner. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings See TransLink video and photos of Evans’ wounds at

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Brent Toderian says it ‘takes two to tango’ at city hall

Fired planning director knew one week before news broke Cheryl Rossi

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Brent Toderian’s biggest disappointment about being fired is that he couldn’t tell planning staff at city hall that he had been terminated before reports hit the national and morning news. The former director of planning knew for a week that he was being terminated but couldn’t say a word until city council made the final decision at an in camera meeting Jan. 31. “I loved working at the city,” Toderian said Feb. 1. “And I’m very proud of the team that I’ve rebuilt and they are extremely talented and creative people. And I’m very proud of the legacy of planning I’ve done.” Toderian spoke to the Courier during a break from work at the city, where he volunteered to help the planning department with its transition until the end of the week. He said he was gratified his termination was “without cause.” He was told he was fired because of fit and alignment, but he believes getting the boot was about management style. He wouldn’t specify whose style was involved, adding, “It takes two to tango.” Toderian says he’s always considered relationships to be important but as director he had to make tough decisions. “If you listen to developers, you’re accused of being in their pocket, and if you listen to communities, you’re accused by the devel-

Brent Toderian (left), seen here having a word with senior city staffer David McLellan during the casino hearings in 2011, spent six years as city hall’s director of planning. file photo Dan Toulgoet oper of pandering to NIMBYs.” Toderian came to the city from Calgary in 2006 when former mayor Sam Sullivan and his NPA council were pushing controversial initiatives including EcoDensity. But Toderian said he’s proud of EcoDensity, noting the city is about to approve its 500th laneway house since bylaws were changed in 2009.

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He’s happy to have contributed to “greenest city” initiatives and planning work for Northeast False Creek, worked to protect land for job creation, created new view corridors in the city while approving tall towers, encouraged denser development along Cambie Street and more varied architecture in Vancouver and for bringing an ideas competition about future

plans for the viaducts to the city. Toderian is particularly proud of the recently approved Telus development downtown, which he says maintains jobs in the city centre, includes extra density for developers who protected heritage structures elsewhere, will see the creation of a new downtown park and incorporates interesting architecture.

“I think very highly of Ian Gillespie [of developer Westbank Projects] and [architect] Greg Henriquez,” Toderian said. Larry Beasley, Former co-director of planning for the city, said Toderian, who was hired at age 36, did a “competent job” working through trying times that included budget and staffing freezes and losses of senior staff. Beasley believes the city fired Toderian because it wants to focus on housing affordability and its green agenda. “Both of those take a very subtle, diplomatic negotiator and a person who really, really, with a great experience, builds public-private partnerships and teams,” he said. The city is conducting an international search for a new director of planning. Beasley says Toderian’s successor should enjoy negotiation and public engagement. “Again, that’s going back to a tradition which was a deep one in the planning department, but became a little vague over the last few years,” he said. Toderian plans to remain in Vancouver with his new wife. He’s investigating establishing his own urbanism practice. He received a year’s salary, approximately $201,000, in severance. The city refused to comment on its decision beyond a press release and Vision Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson’s media scrum Jan. 31 crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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It’s a fairly standard political tactic. Indicate change in direction by knocking off a top bureaucrat and hope, as he heads out the door, he takes some of your baggage (as well as any he’s responsible for) with him. In a nutshell, that’s what has happened with the city’s director of planning Brent Toderian. It’s hard to pin down the exact point when it entered the minds of the folks in the mayor’s office to fire Toderian. Long before the last election, I suspect. Ironically, the official announcement that he was getting the boot came as delegates gathered in Vancouver this week for a global forum looking at the future of cities sponsored by Mayor Gregor Robertson. You could say Toderian’s entire career with Vancouver has been bookended by these types of conferences. Six years ago, just before the then 36-year-old relative stripling from Calgary was hired to replace planning department codirectors Anne McAfee and Larry Beasley, delegates were arriving here for the World Urban Forum. That, by the way, marked the beginning of the baggage build-up for Toderian. Sam Sullivan was mayor and wanted to impress those delegates, so he cooked up a proposal his chief of staff tagged “EcoDensity.” Sullivan ignored the public and his council and ran it quickly under the noses of Beasley and McAfee before announcing it to the world. By the time Toderian turned up, EcoDensity was a done deal; Sullivan even patented the term. And to make matters worse, the city’s neighbourhoods were in an uproar; for the

allengarr past several years, many had gone through a lengthy and difficult “visioning” process to develop neighbourhood plans. Now all that work was being thrown out and they were handed EcoDensity fully believing it would destroy their communities. It was Toderian’s unhappy job to convince them otherwise. His reputation with community groups would never recover. And it was only made worse when Robertson and Vision took over. Their project that put noses out of joint was called STIR (Short Term Incentives for Rental). It was and is an incentive program for developers to encourage them to build affordable rental housing. Again, there was little or no public consultation—a chronic feature of Robertson’s first term. The first opportunity West End neighbours had to voice their concerns at council led to Robertson’s notoriously unfortunate open mike

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condemnations of “those f**king hacks.” It was left mostly to Toderian on the staff side to try and massage the program. While all this was going on, Toderian was building up baggage of his own with developers. Planners know the relationship between developers and city planning is central to the power of the whole planning department. And so here was Toderian expected to fill the shoes of Beasley, a man who was either feared or revered by the development community. It wasn’t that Beasley would give in to developers, although at times he took private meetings with them and undercut decisions by his own planning staff. And it wasn’t that he would read them the riot act, although he would take time to explain why what they wanted could not be done. It was more that he was undeniably a guy they could deal with. Toderian left no such impression. He would never bend. More often he would lecture. One former staffer told reporters, “Brent has a personality that didn’t help.” When Robertson came to power, developers were already demanding Toderian’s head. The mayor and his council cut him some slack to see how things would go. But that problem didn’t go away and only added to the ones Vision’s policies created. He was a dead man walking. When Robertson thanked the audience at the Vancouver Convention Centre Wednesday morning “for taking on the challenge of city-building,” it was conveniently clear that would be happening without Toderian on the city’s staff. agarr@vancourier.com

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U.S politics beyond the reach of parody As predicted, Stephen Harper is gearing up to put his majority powers into effect. If the Prime Miser gets his way, Canadians can expect a widening spectrum of Republican-style social engineering, starting with monkeywrenched pensions. So you have to laugh—or cry, if you prefer—watching what Harper’s ideological counterparts are doing south of the border. For the past few months the Republican’s little clown car of presidential nominees has been performing donuts under the 2012 Big Top, ejecting a few greasepainted passengers along the way. Even so-called serious media are now approaching the pratfalls as straight-on entertainment. Will the handsome Mormon one-percenter beat the silver-haired fat guy with the amphibious moniker? When will the frighteningly named Rick Santorum drop out? Who cares? Barack Obama is the best Democrat the Republican party ever had. Formerly a senior lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Chicago, Obama has not only failed to reverse many of the policies of the Bush administration, he has extended and widened them, from wireless wiretapping to extraordinary renditions to bank bailouts to extending the Bush-era tax cuts. (For a real laugh riot, google NDAA). The whole depressing spectacle seems beyond parody, but one late-night comic has done a decent job. Steven Colbert educated viewers on their gamed electoral system with his short-lived “exploratory” run for “President of the United States of North Carolina.” Thanks to the Supreme Court decision that money is a form of speech, Colbert legally cooked up his own Political Action Committee, which was financed by donations from fans. The comic put his late-night colleague Jon Stewart in charge of the organization, which resulted in a series of WTF political attack ads in Colbert’s home state of North Carolina. (The best one begins with a clip of Mitt Romney remarking, “corporations are people.” The horror-film voiceover notes how Romney carved up functioning companies for profit during his tenure at Bain Capital and concludes, “Mitt Romney is a serial killer.”) Colbert—or his organization rather, since candidates are not allowed to “coordinate” with their PACs on funding decisions—offered the GOP $500,000 to change the name of the Republican North Carolina Primary to the Republican North Carolina Colbert Primary. The party almost went for it, and only a last-minute decision kept the RNCP from being

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geoffolson branded like a hog-tied steer. As The Colbert Report demonstrates, some of the most compelling political content is found on late night television. A few weeks back, talk show host Conan O’Brien promised to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show. On a later show, he aired the responses from television news broadcasters to his announcement. No fewer than 17 anchors from 17 different U.S. cities prefaced the story with exactly the same words: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late-night television.” It’s no secret that U.S. broadcast news is a processed as a ballpark frank. Right wing “talking points,” rendered and canned by the GOP, are consumed and excreted by Limbaugh, Palin, and the usual suspects. No one is surprised by a Borg-like mindset on Fox News, but the tight scripting about O’Brien involved local news teams from cities across the U.S. The verbal lockstep brings to mind the Wachowski brothers’ film The Matrix, with its the simulated world humming through the heads of human batteries—the film’s futuristic extrapolation of contemporary couch potatoes. In any case, Liberal progressives are terrified of a homobashing, immigrant-trashing Mitt/Newt option, so they are returning to Obama for yet another drink of Kool-Aid to wash down the Blue Pill. What a choice: between the Rethuglicans and the Despercrats. Name your poison, America. As I said, you have to laugh. Last December, a U.S. spy drone went down in Persian airspace. According to the Washington Post, an Iranian toymaker is now manufacturing scaled-down toy versions of the captured RQ-170 drone, and President Obomber will receive one in response to his formal request to return the top-secret craft. Iranian state radio has promised the president will get a model one-eightieth in size—in bright pink, to boot. Forget the Matrix-making Wachowski brothers—today’s headlines and news clips seem more like the work of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the cartoon series South Park. olscribbler.wordpress.com

NDP MLA Jagrup Brar’s experience of living on welfare for a month has readers questioning the Ministry of Social Development’s attitude to welfare. file photo Jason Lang To the editor: Re: “Challenging welfare,” Jan. 27. Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux has declined to participate in the welfare challenge because, as she claims, “she doesn’t believe there’s anything to be learned from it.” Kudos to Premier Christy Clark for appointing a woman with such a marked learning disability to such a high posting in government. I wonder if the widow with two kids you profiled in the article would learn anything new were they to suddenly find they were living on upwards of $100,000 per year that her ministers draw down on. Ian MacRae, Vancouver

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To the editor: Your staff writer, Mike Howell, has written a much needed exposé on our province government’s inadequate distribution of the $1.5 billion yearly welfare budget here in B.C. His article is well written but the statistics from the Ministry of Social Development as stated in his article do not add up. i.e. A 10 per cent increase to the $610 monthly rate for 24,723 recipients equals $1.5 million extra cost per month ($18 million per year) and not the $24 million a month stated. If the $610 rate was doubled to $1,220 per month, the cost would be a total of $362 million per year. This temporary cash outlay would be reduced as people found suitable employment. We all know there are administration

costs, so what is this cost of the estimated $1.5 billion budget? There are people on welfare who shouldn’t be and there is a large group who are under-supported by our current system. Perhaps as many as one quarter need supportive care in a facility designed to provide this type of care to people who shouldn’t be left to their own devices, on the streets of our cities and towns. Stephanie Cadieux, the minister responsible for our B.C. welfare system since September 2011, stated that the $610 category is a temporary assistance while a person searches for work. Just what type of work could you expect a person to get if they are not clean and presentable? They wouldn’t get a job in the food or retail industry or with any company that deals with the public. I operated a waterproofing company and could not send an unwashed person into a client’s home to make repairs. So just what type of work are these people supposed to seek? Do you have room for them in your office or home Ms. Cadieux? It would make more sense to the taxpayer to increase the monthly temporary rate and support the ability of the welfare recipients to find work and therefore reduce the welfare numbers. In my view, a larger number of welfare recipients scam the system by working underground than are honest and report their extra earnings. To believe otherwise would require wearing rose-coloured glasses. Ken Chamberlin, Vancouver

Only natives can grumble about foreign ownership To the editor: Re: “Foreign ownership helps drive dysfunctional housing market,” Jan. 18. Anyone born in a family that came from outside North America is a foreign owner of sorts. I had clients in Europe who lived in a 300-year-old house built on the foundations of their family’s previous home. Now that’s local ownership. Only the First Nations have the right to grumble about foreign owners. Jean-Louis Brussac, Coquitlam •••

To the editor: Thank you for your excellent column on

the dysfunctional housing market in Vancouver and what needs to be done about it. We should follow the lead of Australia and restrict foreign ownership. We have lost our community. Too many houses are vacant, waiting to be torn down or simply providing safe investments with no one living there. The mature landscape is sent to the landfill to provide more space for the house or decks etc. The offshore property speculators and developers have no interest in preserving the community, but only to park their money and return to their home country. Sarah McLoughlin, Vancouver

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As city hall watchers will recall, one of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s first acts after he got elected in 2008 was to dump then-city manager Judy Rogers. Penny Ballem was hired to replace Rogers, who was a friend to previous NPAdominated councils and even former COPE mayor Larry Campbell, who successfully argued that Rogers get a huge raise. Why was she axed?

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Don’t rely on people such as Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and other rich smart people of the world to make your city into a thriving, interesting, art-filled metropolis. That was the message from local writer/artist Douglas Coupland in a speech he delivered Wednesday to city mayors and business people as part of “The Cities Summit” held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. “You just can’t assume anymore that Bill Gates and corporations are going to do your innovating for you,” Coupland told the crowd, which included Mayor Gregor Robertson and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Those people, as you’ve seen, are as future blind as anyone else. In this new world of better cities and better people, the innovation is going to come from you.” Holding up his iPhone during his speech, Coupland said he was astonished that Gates and his colleagues missed out on the download and online revolution, including Facebook and Twitter. “Genius ideas seem obvious when they happen,” he said, adding that who would have predicted “30-second long clips of frolicking puppies and kittens will suck hundreds of millions of dollars

Douglas Coupland: “We’re at our worst when we ape the conventions of other places.” photo Dan Toulgoet out of the global economy yearly.” The digital revolution, he said, affects cities in a way that goes beyond attempting to compete with the city down the river with three better hotels or golf course. The world, he added, is largely addicted to novelty. So to make a city thrive and become a place in which people want to live and visit, Coupland suggested cities market their unique differences. Spending money on the arts is also a must, otherwise cities become “parking lots” or “psychic black holes.”

“People want experiences that cannot be downloaded, however you want to define that,” he said. “People want to see visible things and they want to do things with their bodies. You can’t download a Henry More sculpture and you can’t attach a ski slope to an email.” Added Coupland: “Basically my theory is take your fringe and make it into a fringe festival.” Using a visit to Columbus, Ohio as an example, Coupland said he noticed a Hostess factory on his way to the airport. That’s the same Hostess that makes the famous snack cake, the Twinkie. Coupland said if he were to return to Columbus, he would want to stay at a nice hotel, rent a bicycle in the morning and cycle to the Hostess factory. There, he would hope to see an 800-pound Twinkie inside a 50-square foot crystal coffin that would never decay. “But there would be no Twinkie cam so you couldn’t watch it at home, you would have to actually go to Columbus,” he said. In closing, he imparted advice for the locals. “My own theory about Vancouver is that we’re all at our best when we’re experimenting with new ideas, and we’re at our worst when we ape the conventions of other places.” mhowell@vancourier.com

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Templeton secondary was a good place to be if you were hungry Wednesday. The East Side high school staged Iron Chef 2012—modelled on the popular television show Iron Chef, in which participants battle for kitchen supremacy by designing meals around a particular ingredient in a timed cook-off. Templeton’s elaborate production, complete with an audience of students and staff, was set up in its cafeteria. The competition, which pit six teams of three culinary arts students apiece against each other, is in its ninth year. “It started small and it just got bigger and bigger, so we’ve also incorporated our film program now and the students go around and film it and interview as if it were the TV show to get some experience in using cameras,” explained principal Ellen Roberts. “They get fancy. It looks like restaurant fare. It’s quite astonishing, the quality.” Templeton contestants planned their three-course meals around not-so-secret ingredients of pasta or noodles and practised during two days of dress rehearsals. “They had to make [the food] all from scratch. They all had to come up with their own recipes. The teacher didn’t say this is what you’re making. They had to play with it and come up with different things. They had an hour to do it working continuously on all three [courses],” Roberts said. Wednesday’s winning team included Carla Obando, AJ Livramento and Samuel

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Wong, who christened their group Japafilackese, after the ethnic origins of each of the three members. They served carrot puree in smoked salmon dill ravioli with ginger vinaigrette salad for the appetizer, followed by seared cod with squid ink angel hair pasta in red Thai curry sauce with basil tuille and coconut foam for the main entrée. Their featured dessert was coconut riso in agar blanc mange with sweet balsamic reduction and almond spiral. Rob Feenie, Canada’s first Iron Chef, Dale MacKay, winner of Top Chef Canada, Dennis Green, former chef at Bishop’s restaurant and Dan Close, owner of Dan Close Food Concepts, judged the event. Obando captured a gold medal in cooking in the 2011 Skills Canada national competition. Roberts described her as quiet, unassuming and talented. This year marked the 17-year-old Grade 12 student’s third time in the Iron Chef competition. Coming up with a winning menu took work. “I had no idea when I first started. I was flipping through cookbooks trying to get some ideas. I decided to be more original and creative—something new a normal person wouldn’t just think of,” she said. “We were pretty much relieved after the competition because we worked hard for it.” Obando said the team worked well together, but presenting dishes to well known chefs is “scary.” “It’s really stressful. You have to be efficient and you have to know your timeline,” she added. “[But] it was fun. Team work is awesome.” noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh See related photo gallery at

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Teen helps ‘comfort’ homeless community The remainder of winter became slightly less harsh for a few dozen members of Vancouver’s homeless community thanks to a 13-year-old girl. As part of her bat mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age ceremony for girls, Aria Druker raised $3,000 to put together 36 waterproof “comfort kits” containing wool blankets, warm winter hats, personal hygiene kits and McDonald’s gift certificates to distribute to some of the city’s neediest citizens. On Wednesday morning, she joined Const. Jodyne Keller, the Vancouver Police Department’s homeless outreach coordinator, on her citywide morning rounds checking on the well-being of people who prefer sleeping outside to staying inside an emergency shelter. “[Const. Keller] is just amazing and knows all these people by name,” said the York House School student, who helped raise the money from fellow classmates at the Shaughnessy all-girls school, her Richmond soccer team and through donations from 3 Vets camping supplies store. “She tries really hard getting them in housing. She has one of these guys she’s helped get on a list for housing and she was able to finally tell him he might finally might be getting one after waiting for two years.”

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Aria said she was struck by the selflessness of many of the people she met Wednesday morning. “I was just blown away by how sharing they were,” she said. “One of the guys, he said, ‘Y’know what? I don’t need it. I know there are people out there who need it more than I do.’ Another thing that I was really impressed by, we were on Broadway and one man was sleeping outside. We left a bag right beside where he sleeps but everybody knew that it was his and nobody would touch it. It was full of brand new things but nobody was going to take it.” Aria’s mother, Rozanne Kipnes, said the desire to want to help others has always come naturally to her daughter. “When she was in Grade 3, they were raffling off a sleeping bag and she said, ‘If I win that sleeping bag, I want to give it to a homeless person.’ She didn’t win but the notion didn’t escape her. This is something she chose to do and it is something that has been very important to her for a very long time.” courier.yvr@gmail.com

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was completely crushed. The truck driver allegedly crossed the centre line and is being investigated for impaired driving issues.

At the time of writing, at least 10 people have been confirmed killed and 18 people injured. One witness described initially talking to the man in the car stopped next to him when another vehicle hit the man’s car crushing it under a semi-truck stopped in front of them. The witness said his car was then hit twice, and he and his passenger ran for cover. He said that all around them cars and trucks were exploding and burning. He said it “looked like someone was picking up cars and throwing them.” The ‘local’ story is from the stretch of the Sea-toSky Highway just south of Whistler near ‘Function Junction’ where a head on crash on late Saturday night between a northbound pick-up truck driven by a 19-year-old Calgary man and an Aerocar limousine driven by, a 54-year-old professional chauffeur and a father of two, resulted in that driver’s death. The driver’s area of the wrecked limousine

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First United Church houses homeless people. photo Dan Toulgoet who we’re really working hard with because they’re the ones who are clearly most entrenched here,” Gray said. First United started collecting personal information from shelter users Jan. 5, so Gray notes it’s only been “seriously” finding housing for shelter users in the past two weeks. Registering names of shelter users has unearthed an “astounding” figure, Gray said. In the last four weeks the church has sheltered more than 600 different people. He said the church and its partners have worked with the 40 or 50 people who slept at First United but had other homes to address safety concerns so they could return to their residences. Rev. Ric Matthews, one of the three ministers who resigned from First United in late December when the church began adhering to provincial and civic shelter,

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shelter users sleeping overnight prefer the calmer atmosphere without interruptions from drop-in visitors, but the loss of the drop-in service is being felt by others. “That’s a gap in services that we were kind of filling but it was difficult to manage that alongside with the 200-plus shelter beds,” he said. The shelter funding First United receives from B.C. Housing includes money to provide a morning and evening meal. First United worries about how to continue an adequate meal service. “Even when you house people into a SRO [single-room occupancy low-income hotel] they may not have a kitchen and still need a place to go for meals or a drop-in for socializing,” Gray said. Gordon said B.C. Housing will discuss the request for money for meals with the new management at First United. “The province and its community partners are working closely with the First United Church during this transition phase—linking people to housing and support services,” he wrote. B.C. Housing and shelter staff have housed more than 180 “more transient” shelter users since May, but the shelter has still had to turn people away. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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BRUSHING UP ON ART Families can check out an exhibition of student art at ArtStarts Gallery. The project and exhibition celebrate the rich history of the Kingsway corridor and the deep learning that takes place through an artist in residence project. Photographer and media artist Anne Marie Slater worked closely with 120 students in grades 3 to 7, and their teachers, at two historic schools in the Kingsway area, Sir Guy Carleton and Charles Dickens Elementary. Location: 808 Richards Street; www.artstarts.com


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family members and a gift balloon that reads “You’re special.” Pure, unadulterated anguish. It’s like a Smiths song distilled in newsprint. If that weren’t enough, there’s a teaser across the bottom of the picture for another story inside the paper “Twins perish in house blaze.” Bam. And just when we thought we couldn’t take it anymore, the weight of sadness pressing down on us like God’s unforgiving thumb grinding us into the cement like scared little ants, our teary eyes drifted to the top of the page and we noticed this perky little headline for another story inside the paper: “Randy goat holds Abbotsford woman hostage.” Phew! Talk about a rollercoaster of sensations. In 30 seconds, the front page of the Province took us on an emotional journey from sadness to horror to depression to light hearted chuckles because a sexually frustrated goat wanted to get it on with a woman in Abbotsford. You crazy little goat! How can we stay mad at you!? And that is when we realized we were human after all. K&K does have feelings. Our heart is not made of stone. If you cut us, we bleed. If we get hit by a car, we will break. If we’re chased

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As we write this, it is Groundhog Day and the imprisoned woodland creatures have spoken. World famous American weather-rodent Punxsutawney Phil apparently saw his shadow, thus predicting a longer winter. On the other hand, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie didn’t see his shadow indicating an early spring. While Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam sided with Wiarton Willie, Alberta’s Balzac Billy and Quebec’s Fred la Marmotte came to the same chilly conclusions of Punxsutawney Phil. Closer to home, K&K’s resident forecaster Benoit the Belligerent Badger and his life partner Tubbs (a Chinchilla he met on an Alaskan cruise in 1996) lounged about their mid-century modernadorned den, nibbling on back copies of the Courier before heading out for a walk along the seawall to meet their friend Thora the Otter for macchiatos. Spring is on its way.


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We’re always surprised by the number of people we meet who still don’t know about The Tomahawk Barbecue (1550 Philip Ave., North Vancouver, ph. 604-988-2612)—Vancouver’s most iconic diner, and likely the region’s longest-running restaurant. The other day we were headed to Vancouver Island when that wicked storm came out of nowhere and had every B.C. ferry trapped in port. Well, when the going gets tough, the tough go for breakfast. And when you’re anywhere on the North Shore, there really is only one place to go—and that’s the Tomahawk. We know there are places that have hotter home fries and toast that doesn’t look like it needs a visit to a tanning salon. And probably cheaper, too. But you won’t find bacon and eggs like this anywhere. And no other restaurant comes close to the atmosphere of the Tomahawk, which boasts a bona fide museum of native artifacts, not to mention the full-on, family-friendly diner experience. When you pull up in the parking lot, keep in mind people have been doing this for 85 years—except back then the road ended right here. Plus, it wasn’t paved. And there was no Lions Gate Bridge, so you had to cross Second Narrows—and even then it was the first Second Narrows Bridge, not the second Second Narrows. So what’s led to the Tomahawk’s longevity? First of all, it’s owned by the same family who started it. And there’s usually a lineup to get in, especially if

After 85 years, the Tomahawk remains a North Van institution thanks to its kitschy décor and bacon-friendly breakfasts such photos Tim Pawsey as the Yukon. you’re there on the weekend. But after 90 years, they know what they’re doing. The Tomahawk is efficient, although by no means a machine. It rarely takes long to get in, and besides, there’s no shortage of things to look at, starting with the rubber duckies in the foyer pond. If you go: Get there early, and don’t hold back. Forget the granola yogurt medley and go for something substantial—like the Yukon. You’ve never seen (or tasted) this much real bacon in your life. Or do the eggs Benny. Either way, go for the free-range option for an extra 50 cents. Restaurants of this ilk are becoming harder and harder to find. But we’re guessing, the Tomahawk should be around for another 90 years.

Beer fears allayed

We’ve always wondered what makes a hardcore beer lover. Not the Bud swilling kind, but the more close-to-home craft brew sleuth. You can be sure to find a few at St. Augus-

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Tales of the Cocktail on Tour rolls into Vancouver Feb. 12 to 14 to repeat last year’s highly successful inaugural show. For what adds up to a real deal if you’re an aficionado (and even if you’re not), $195 gets you access to a threeday whirl of samplings, seminars and schmoozes with the best and brightest spirits luminaries from home and abroad. For info and tickets, go to talesofthecocktail.com/vancouver-2012. info@hiredbelly.com

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Leanne Chan and John and Nina Cassils hosted Angkor Children’s Hospital benefit sponsored by Shannon Belkin and Angkor Gold Corp. and Haywood Capital Markets.

SUCCESS Foundation chair Maggie Ip hopes the Year of the Dragon will bring much prosperity to her Feb. 25 SUCCESS Gala at the Westin Bayshore.

Fred Senior sales VP Daryl Simpson launched his False Creek condo project with Asian flair, hoping to capitalize on sales historically spiking during the Lunar New Year.

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Feast of Fortune: Chairs Chris Stepien and Anita Law moved their little-gala-that-could to the Westin Bayshore Ballroom after it outgrew its humble beginnings at the Victoria Gardens Restaurant. In four short years, Scotiabank’s Feast of Fortune has raised nearly $1 million for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ). The duo along with honourary chair Sing Lim Yeo welcomed nearly 700 guests to the Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year luau. Gala-goers feasted on barbecue pork, wild salmon and lobster. Generosity uncorked: More than 300 labels were uncorked at the first major tipple fest of the year, Taste the World, The Four Seasons wine-tasting event benefitting Cambodia’s Angkor Children’s Hospital was fronted by Nina and John Cassils, Vivian Thom and medical practitioners including David Shoemaker. Canadians have helped treat more than 900,000 kids free of charge since 1999. East meets west: Tapping into China’s huge movie market, Vancouver distributor Industry Works celebrated its first Canadian Chinese partnership with the world premiere of the animated feature film Back to the Sea. Actors Christian Slater, Tim Curry and Mark Hamill provide the star power to the acclaimed $10-million children’s film of a young flying fish who lives in the New York harbour. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 a.m. on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email: yvrflee@hotmail.com; Twitter: @FredAboutTown orfredabouttown.blogspot.com.

Tapestry Foundation for Health Care CEO Ann Adams welcomed 650 guests including Scotiabank Senior VP David Poole and his wife Mary Beth.

Dr. David Shoemaker and Vivian Thom’s volunteer efforts have seen thousands raised for Narey Eum’s Angkor Children’s Hospital.

Chairs Chris Stepien and Anita Law and honourary chair Sing Lim Yeo fronted the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune fete that saw a reported $350,000 raised.

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Mr. Hockey

The hockey legend widely regarded as the greatest allround player in the history of the sport, Gordie Howe, will be honoured Friday by the Vancouver Giants in their ongoing Legends Series. Howe, who is part owner of the WHL hockey club, inspired a special game-day tribute jersey for the Giants who host the Kamloops Blazers 7 p.m. at the Pacific Coliseum. One hundred fans will have the chance to meet Mr. Hockey, who is 83 and whose sons spoke candidly to the Canadian Press this week about Howe’s advancing signs of dementia. Visit Vancouvergiants.com for tickets.

Native coaching

The Aboriginal Coaching Manual is the result of 15 years of research about best applying First Nation cultures, values and lifestyle to sports education and training for non-aboriginal and aboriginal coaches alike. The manual aims to provide culturally relevant material and to increase the accessibility of national coaching certification for aboriginal sport leaders and improve the ability of non-aboriginal coaches to apply an understanding of aboriginal values. The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (1607 East Hastings) offers the course at no charge Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all coaches 16 years and older. Lunch is provided. For registration information, contact pbaker@bcaafc.com.

Run with Stanton

The founder of the Running Room and one of the best ambassadors for the sport, John Stanton, will be downtown at the Denman Running Room (679 Denman St.) Feb. 4 and is inviting the public to join him for a 6-km run. The free event begins at 9 a.m. Free registration for the BMO halfmarathon will be raffled off and all those who make the morning run (or walk) will receive a $10 coupon from the Running Room.

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Pilates instructor Yvonne Bray works with a client at Pacific Spirit Pilates, where she assesses each person photo Dan Toulgoet individually.

Buyer ‘be aware, beware’ when pilates shopping Megan Stewart Staff writer

Beginners should not start at the hundred. Pilates instructor Yvonne Bray cautions that the pilates exercise commonly used as a warm-up in fitness classes and studios across the country is an intermediate sequence that beginners should approach with practice and supervision. Otherwise, warns Bray, the exercise benefits will be mitigated and injury risk will be elevated. “You don’t learn the hundred in the beginning. It’s not a beginner exercise. It takes huge integration in the body to be able to perform hundreds,” she said, quoting Margot McKinnon, a widely respected pilates studio owner and teacher trainer in Toronto who founded Body Harmonics where Bray recently completed an intensive training program. The hundred is comprised of 16 fundamental elements but is deceptively simple and straightforward. Although it may look like a run-of-the-mill core-strengthening sit-up, the hundred requires correct body alignment, muscle and breath co-ordination and neck support. A common mistake, says Bray, is not properly holding the head, which she says should be like a dead-weight resting in the hands. “If you took your hands away, your head would drop. Don’t pull on your head, don’t use your neck muscles whatsoever.” Lock your fingers and support your

head, not by levering it skyward but by making sling, a hand-held hammock for your head. “If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be doing hundreds. It is hard but therein lays the difference between being taught properly and not,” Bray said. Mairin Wilde agrees and added, “I wouldn’t say that’s specific just to the hundred. I would say that probably could be said about a lot of pilates that is taught.” Wilde, owner of the Vancouver Pilates Centre, said, “Any pilates exercise or any exercise for that matter should be approved for the individual and assessed for that individual’s specific level.” The hundred, which Joseph Pilates incorporated into his classical method in New York and Germany in the 1920s, is an example Bray uses to voice her concern about the unregulated escalation of yoga and pilates teacher training programs across North America and expansion of studios that hire those teachers. “It’s buyer be aware, buyer beware,” said Bray, who opened Pacific Spirit Pilates on Granville Street last year and recommends all new clients be individually assessed by any instructor they intend to practise with regardless of class size. She favours one-on-one instruction and doesn’t teach group classes large than six. She acknowledges the cost of private classes can be prohibitive but said, “You get what you pay for.” The practice of yoga was reevaluated in January when the New York Times ran an article stating, “How yoga can wreck

your body” and profiled the author of an upcoming book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards, which details injuries, including hyper-tension, neck and back damage and even stroke. Based on responses from 1,336 yoga teachers and therapists, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy found the most injuries centred on the neck, lower back, shoulders, wrist and knee and tied them to specific poses. An ambitious worldwide study by Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons that same year revealed a similar trend. The Times article cut to the chase about the egotistical element of yoga, a point Bray also makes. “What disturbs me is that people are pushing through pain. I’m not saying don’t do yoga, I think yoga is fabulous and I do yoga, […] but the training is lacking in a lot of cases,” she said. “An instructor may have a following of students who loves them but that doesn’t mean they’re not doing harm.” Said Wilde, “A weekend course is not going to do it. People really have to learn how to ask questions and become informed consumers. They’ll do extensive research on the latest tech gizmo, but when it comes to their own bodies, they will go to the closest place around the corner because it’s convenient.” Bodies are more important, said Wilde, “And not replaceable in the same way.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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The women’s varsity volleyball team at the University of B.C. is one of the most decorated teams in school history and next month they could

add two more trophies—an individual honour and recognition for the entire roster—to the growing gilded pile. Nominated as the team of the year by Sport B.C., the Tbirds six-foot outside hitter and national beach volleyball

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player Shanice Marcelle is also nominated as the university athlete of the year. Winners for the 46th annual awards sponsored by Telus will be awarded March 8 in Richmond. The T-birds are on an eight-game winning streak and host Brandon University Friday and Saturday at the War Memorial Gym. Head coach Doug Reimer, who Sport B.C. named coach of the year in 2010, said the provincial nomination provided the right kind of motivation heading into the playoffs, which begin Feb. 16 with the Western Canada quarter-finals. Last season, the T-birds won their fourth consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship, defeating host Laval in straight sets. It was the team’s 16th national appearance in 17 years. The Team of the Year Award is presented by sports talk radio TEAM1040. Five more athletes are nominated in individual categories. Tennis talents Rebecca Marino

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Coach Doug Reimer, Shanice Marcelle (l) and her teammates photo Dan Toulgoet from the UBC women’s volleyball team. and Vasek Pospisil are nominated as the senior female and male athlete of the year. Amanda Gerhart is nominated in the same category as Marino. The 27-year-old wrestler and Douglas College criminology graduate finished fifth in her 59-kilo weight class at the World Championships in Turkey this September. The nomination is confirmation she’s among the

world’s best. “I feel like I’ve improved this year and this helps me boost my confidence,” said Gerhart, a one-time gymnast who moved to Vancouver seven years ago from Ontario. “It’s realization that I can compete with other athletes at that level.” Paralympian Scott Patterson is nominated as the disabled athlete of the year in a season

that brings the competitor to a new sport. A bronze medallist in the giant slalom sit ski at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Patterson started swimming competitively a year ago and will race at the national trials in Montreal this March for a spot on the Canadian team at the London Summer Games. The double amputee’s best event is the 100-metre breaststroke and he was at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre when he heard about the nomination. “I was at the pool, training and I’d just finished a workout and got an email,” he said. “I’m excited.” Vancouver triathlete Stephanie Kieffer is nominated as the master female athlete of the year. The mother of three captured the recent world championship in the women’s 4549 age group in Beijing. She trains with the Leading Edge Triathlon Club where she is renowned and respected as a trash talker as well as a strong swimmer. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart


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Trikes perfect solution for those unable to ride two-wheelers

Trikes are not just for the kids ended up getting a single-speed trike, and I’d suggest that any new rider do the same. For someone who’s ridden a bicycle and is switching to a trike for other reasons, it probably doesn’t matter as much and gears will make hills easier. I rode the trike myself and was intrigued by how different it is to a two-wheeler. It must be steered rather than leaned into curves, but by twisting the bars around and kicking off from a standstill it will turn on a dime. It’s also a perfect cargo vehicle. My friend initially thought her great big blue trike would draw laughter, but in fact she gets complimented every time she goes out. People tell her how cool it is and want to know where she got it. And best of all, she’s been able to give test rides to other friends who have their own reasons (vision, balance, stability) for not wanting to ride a bicycle. The trike has opened doors to cycling not just for one person, but many. 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.

Wheel Life with Kay Cahill

They say you never forget how to ride a bike. But what if you never learned? It’s easy for those of us who ride regularly to forget just how daunting it is to get on a bike when you have no idea how to balance it, steer it, or even stop it. Or what it would be like to suffer an illness that affected your balance or vision, forcing you to learn to ride all over again. I have a good friend who doesn’t drive and never learned how to ride a bike. A bike would be a great transportation option for her, but learning to ride was a huge hurdle. Then through my bike club I met a rider with Parkinson’s who rode a beautiful Trykit racing trike when he didn’t feel stable enough for a two-wheeler. I thought we might just have found an answer. It turns out that trikes are readily available and not necessarily all that expensive. My friend and I went for a test ride, and she gave the

Trikes are great cargo vehicles and offer good balance, but they are heavy. trike a big thumbs up. It was stable, simple and, best of all, the shape is ideal for a large basket on the back. The big debate was whether to get a trike with or without gears. The one non-negotiable with trikes is their MMU

to riding, the sensation of being on wheels and getting used to the responses of the pedals and the brakes is a fair amount to handle. Gears add a whole extra dimension to the learning curve. My friend

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Cares! The Vancouver Courier has partnered with the BC SPCA to encourage responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals. Before purchasing a new puppy, ensure the seller has provided excellent care and treatment of the animal and the breeding parents. For a complete guide to finding a reputable breeder and other considerations when acquiring a new pet, visit spca.bc.ca.

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding, $399+. 604-590-3727 or 604-514-3474 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

BICHON FRISE, fem, 5 months old, all shots, potty trained on command, extremely smart, healthy, $800. 604 517-0155 CHIHUAHUA TINY female, 3 mths old, very cute, $400. 1-604-815-1260, 1-604-815-8886

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is hereby given that creditors and others, having claims against the estate of Lillian Helen McNabb, formerly of 4505 Valley Drive Vancouver B.C. V6L 2L1, Deceased are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Executor, C/O Brian Robilliard, 7389 Minster Drive South, Delta, BC, V4C 4M4, on or before March 2, 2012, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Brian Robilliard, Executor.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS fRe: The estate of ANTOON JOHAN MOERKES, deceased, formerly of 3743 Cypress Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 3P4. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of ANTOON JOHAN MOERKES are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the executor c/o HSBC Trust Company (Canada), 885 West Georgia Street, Suite #620, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3E9, Attention Bonney Sole, Trust Account Manager on or before March 15, 2012, after which date the executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executor then has notice. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS: RE: THE ESTATE OF CLAIRE ROBERTA SPENCER, ALSO KNOWN AS CLAIRE SPENCER AND CLAIRE R. SPENCER, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, at 183 Terminal Avenue, PO Box 2120, Station Terminal, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5R8, Canada on or before the 30th day of March, 2012, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

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Cancer June 21-July 22: Secrets surround you – if you crack them, financial reward can result. Billionaires exist (in part) because they have looked at situations, seen what’s hidden from most eyes, and bravely exploited it. This week and next, do the same. Or, you can veer into sexy (but less profitable) stuff. Your energy’s high Sunday. Chase earnings, buy/sell Monday/Tuesday. Money might reach a climax – don’t overpay. Travel, communications and friendships bring luck Wednesday/Thursday – connect! A sudden good change might affect your career or status Thursday/Friday. An end, a lucky beginning. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Lie low, rest and contemplate Sunday – this rejuvenates you for a power-packed Monday/Tuesday, when all eyes will be on you. They’re watching to see if you co-operate, or fight. Co-operate, negotiate, seek opportunity with/through another – success lies in this direction. I envy your money potential Wednesday/Thursday – DON’T spend, DO collect or seek! Thursday and Friday can trigger unexpected meetings, communications, travel, educational surprise/success, or legal affairs. There is luck, even love, here. Follow your curiosity Friday/Saturday – travel, read, talk, ask questions. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Burrow into all those chores. This is a good week to buy vitamins, supplements, dry food, etc. Sunday offers friends, optimism and a hint of love! But retreat Monday/ Tuesday: rest, plan, be charitable, seek spiritual truth/experience. How you feel these two days is a clue to the inner nature of a person to whom you will be very attracted someday, if you’re single. Your energy and pizzazz surge back Wednesday/Thursday – pounce on a lucky real estate, foreign, educational or security opportunity. A sudden, powerful attraction hides an odd series of future events: careful!

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF ALFONS MOESSNER, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, at 650 West Georgia Street, 5th Floor, PO Box 11538, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 4N7, Canada on or before the 30th day of March, 2012, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: You’re dealing with groups. This triggers entertainment, friendship and a light, optimistic heart. Love could reach a heady climax Tuesday, or could suddenly occur with someone new Thursday. Whatever happens, by Friday/Saturday you stare a relationship straight in the face, and (I hope!) realize you need to do something about it – further it, fight, love, cooperate or end it, etc. Wait until Saturday p.m. to make your final decision. (Although in some senses next week, about Feb. 15, life will make the decision for you.) Tackle chores Wednesday – they connect to money luck. Taurus April 20-May 20: Be ambitious. Show your skills, talents. Butter up bosses/VIPs, show a parent love and respect (and ask for a favour). Use words, talk, email – you’ll get a gratifying answer in the weeks ahead. (But when that answer comes, be cautious about launching a big project based on it. Accept the goodwill, build a social connection w/the VIP, etc., but not a practical venture – yet.) Now to midApril, don’t commence projects involving charities, assembly lines, government agencies, institutions or “head office.” (If you work in these sectors, you get a pleasant respite.) Romance midweek? Gemini May 21-June 20: Your mellow, understanding, loving mood continues. You start this week with money concerns, but end it with beauty, pleasure and possible romance. (Since late ‘09, and continuing until October, romance has been/is slow, careful, a bit restricted, perhaps even scary or “secretive” – but also deep, sensual and transforming – if you surrender to it.) A friendship or acquaintance grows Monday/Tuesday. Luck strikes real estate, home, family and retirement sectors midweek. A sudden, magnetic attraction might occur Thursday or Friday, and fill Saturday, too. Start ventures Saturday.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: 2010 and 2011’s grey, sober mood/outlook will last to October. Until then, appreciate your realistic view, respond to its emotional “request” – it’s asking you to increase your security, buy land, protect/nurture your kids/ family, and strengthen foundations. This will give you much more scope for happiness, October onward. During the present romantic week or two, you have a choice: go for infatuation, for more committed, binding and responsibility-engendering intimacy/ sex, or for singlehood. Choose whatever meets “sobriety’s request.” A stunning attraction, maybe, late week! Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: You understand the world Sunday. Show your love to those who mean most: family, spouse, etc. Though this is a down-home, retreat-prone, “hibernation” month, you feel the tug of ambition (or demands of higher-ups) Monday/ Tuesday. A project could climax. Midweek brings friends, optimism, entertainment – and a possible surprise development in work or health. In work, it’s lucky. In health, it depends. Seek agreement, negotiate, contact someone Wednesday afternoon – success follows. Retreat Friday/Saturday, rest, contemplate, plan, contact civil servants: all’s well. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Communicate, talk, write, read, travel, run errands, handle paperwork, tackle all those light, daily business chores – it’s a great time, for instance, to gather all your tax receipts, ask the bank for missing items, etc. Sunday’s for mysteries and research – read a “deep” newspaper/ mag. Wisdom and a mellow, loving mood flow over you Monday/Tuesday: choose between a potentially light relationship and a profound one. Break no laws. Be ambitious Wednesday/Thursday: higher-ups want you to succeed, luck’s good. Friday/Saturday fulfill a wish – maybe romantically, maybe suddenly.

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5505

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The Estate of Keith George Heriot a.k.a. Keith Heriot, deceased, formerly of 1545 East 61st Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. Creditors and others having claims against the above Estate are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to: Stephen James Eely of #509 7360 137 Street, Surrey, B.C., V3W 1A3, on or before March 14, 2012, after which date the Executor will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. Executor Stephen J. Eely.

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Feb. 5 - 11, 2012 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Chase money. Buy, sell, seek a pay raise, lucrative new clients, etc. (In the stock market, buy dividend-producers, not “growth.”) Accept things at face value, rather than “digging deeper,” especially Monday/Tuesday, when secrets, financial mysteries and sexual desire call you. Your memory is reliable and you learn quickly. A sensual relationship might develop, though that was more likely last week and prior. Sunday’s for co-operation, attraction. Splendid luck imbues legal, foreign, love and intellectual zones midweek. Welcome a work/ career/home change Thursday/Friday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Tackle chores Sunday. This frees you for meetings and opportunities Monday/ Tuesday (and even beyond). Love might reach a climax, especially if a Gemini or Virgo is involved. If you’re involved in one of those nasty legal fights, now to late June gives you a respite – use these few months to develop other strengths, prospects. Depths, mysteries, sexual urges and financial goals arise Wednesday/Thursday – beneficially, luckily, especially Wednesday – a good time to buy a place. Wisdom, mellowness and gentle love appear Friday/ Saturday – and possibly a quirky, sexy new friend! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Get lots of rest this week and next. You’re about to begin the most remarkable decade-and-a-half of your life. It probably won’t hit you over the head until 2013/14, when passion, beauty and creative success blossom, or 2015/16, when huge new opportunities, relationships and horizons open – but even before these years, even later this month, this remarkable decade shows its strength and colour. You’ll sense it! Beauty, Sunday. Chores and health concerns Monday/Tuesday. Exciting, lucky meetings Wednesday/Thursday (but conserve your energy). Mysteries, profits, late week! timstephens@shaw.ca


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Carpentry

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Concrete

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Cleaning

L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

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Drainage

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8087

Drywall

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6030

Lots & Acreage

West St. Paul WPG. Manitoba, Near West Kildona Shopping Mall. Great investment for future or immediate development. Potential 200 lots (80 Acres). Residential lots 9 acres commercial use. Selling due to old age or may consider some trade in Kelowna BC or lowermainland. Please call 1-250-764-3276 or 1-204-224-4345

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8150

Kitchens/Baths

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8155

Landscaping

Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. Old Pools Filled in. Irrigation. 604 782-4322

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6020

Heating

8160

Lawn & Garden

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8140

Gutters

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Excavating

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Fencing/Gates

8105

Electrical

8125

WINTER SPECIALS

8090

A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319

ALLY’S CLEANING 7days/wk, Bby/Van, Res/Comm, Exp, Wrk Gur, Reas Rates, 604-725-9005

Excavating

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HOME SERVICES Find the professionals you need to create the perfect renovation.

RENTALS 6522

COQ, 2 BR Condo, 'Larkin House' on Lincoln Ave, Corner Unit, lots of windows, 3rd Floor, low rise condo, 3 blocks from Coq Centre, 2.5 yrs old, 2 full baths, 6 appliances, balc, walkin closet, approx 900sf, No Smoking, No Pets, avail Feb 15th or March 1st, storage, sec gated u/g parking, 2 parking stalls, $1450/mo, min 1 yr lease, ref’s required, call 604-931-4860 leave msg www.househunting.ca

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8175

Masonry

MASONRY and REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys •Slate Patio/Sidewalk •Fireplaces All Concrete Work + more. Senior discount. George • 604-365-7672 NORTHLAND MASONRY. Rock, slate, brick, granite, pavers. 20 yrs exp. No job to small.. Please Call Will 604-805-1582

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6508

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1 BDRM Apt. Excellent, Temporary Sublet, South Granville for 6 months or less. Avail March 1st $1050 mo Call 604-738-0893

6540

Houses - Rent

163 W 45th, house 4 br, 2 den 4 bath, 3 covered parking, 3500sf, lease, n/p, n/s, $3800. Avail Now, Eric K. (Royal Pacific Realty) 604-723-7368

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

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

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Condos/ Townhouses

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Painting/ Wallpaper

8195

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

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AAA Professional int/ext painter & wall paperer. Guar work. Free est. John 604-318-2059 (Kits)

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Nissan ably combines Japanese refinement with U.S. macho-feel

Titan provides best of Japan and North America davidchao

Like the domestic rigs, the Titan Crew Cab is powered by a thirsty V8 engine. While not the most powerful crew cab pickup on the market or bestowed with the best tow-rating, the Titan drinks fuel as if it were. Nissan is offering a $4,500 factory price reduction on this vehicle.) While I would argue that the Titan’s exterior design is more appealing than anything else in the full-size pickup category, the same can’t be said for its spacious cabin. The interior real estate is vast and well constructed, but it doesn’t match the opulence found in the F150 King Ranch or the RAM Laramie. The captain’s seats up front in my tester were delightful and as comfortable as the best perches of the competition but the cabin itself was absent the upscale level of trim and high quality finishings that have found their way into the top-line F150 and RAM of late. Still, it’s a better executed

livingroom than that furnished by GM for their Sierra and Silverado siblings despite having a steering column that doesn’t telescope; it only tilts. Big truck—big power Like the domestic rigs, the Titan Crew Cab is powered by a thirsty V8 engine—and let me emphasize the thirst. While not the most powerful crew cab pickup on the market or bestowed with the best tow-rating, the Titan drinks fuel as if it were. Displacing 5.6-litres, the DOHC V8 produces 317 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, but more impressively, it churns out 385 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. Power is harnessed by a 5-speed automatic transmission featuring a

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tow/haul mode. All Titan Crew Cabs sold in Canada are fitted with four-wheeldrive (4WD). The shift-on-the-fly system includes low-range gearing and a switch-on-demand locking rear differential. Also included as standard off-road equipment are skid plates to protect the fuel tank and oil pan. Front tow hooks are provided as basic fare while a receiver hitch is included in all but the S trim level. My SL tester was towrated at 4,128 kg, which is less than the equivalent Dodge RAM’s rating of 4,740 kg. Nevertheless, that’s plenty of towing grunt for big toys. Performance Many potential customers fear

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Nissan and Toyota have struggled for years to build a truck to compete with the domestics, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make excellent products. In fact, if you are loyal Japanese product owners, you may prefer the more refined, more car-like feel of the Japanese trucks versus the domestic ones. With the Nissan Titan, you get the best of both as the Titan delivers Japanese-level refinement while offering North Americanstyle “macho” feel. The Titan is actually built in Canton, Miss., U.S.A.—go figure. Nonetheless, DNA for the Nissan Titan reaches back to the Land of the Rising Sun. Designed for North America Not only is the Titan built on U.S. soil, it was specifically designed for the North American market and intended as a direct competitor to the F150, RAM and Silverado/Sierra 4X4 pickups. I admire the exterior design of the Titan and believe it holds its own against anything else in the field, including the Toyota Tundra and Honda Ridgeline. My tester was the top-line SL Crew Cab model, which was nicely stocked with comfort and convenience items sans navigation, which is a $2,950 option. In my view, navigation should be included as standard equipment on the SL given the vehicle’s MSRP of $50,598. (It should be noted, however, that at the time of writing,

the thought of navigating such large vehicles on congested city streets. The Titan doesn’t feel as large from the driver’s seat as other full-size crew cab pickups I’ve tested. It may be the short nose of the vehicle that contributes to this or the abundance of glass surrounding the driver. The Titan’s relatively quick steering helps to impart a sense of nimbleness that’s not always present in such behemoths. Detracting from the ease of operation are massive A-pillars that significantly intrude upon otherwise expansive front and side sight-lines. Parking the big rig is made easier thanks to side mirrors that tilt downward to help see where the rear wheel is in relation to the curb. An audible warning assists drivers in knowing how close the truck is to surrounding objects. A backup camera would be a major asset in this vehicle whether the navigation system is ordered or not. Behind the wheel Nissan’s crew cab Titan is a delightful truck to drive due largely to its smooth ride and quiet cabin. There’s plenty of power underfoot but its delivery is abrupt. The gas pedal is sensitive and lightly sprung, resulting in unintended neck-snapping starts until a feathery foot develops. Trucks shouldn’t be like that. Wearing clompy boots and trying to nurse the Titan smoothly through stop and go traffic takes some time to master. Yet, if that’s the worst I can say about life behind the wheel, the truck must be darn good—and it is, except at the filling station. The tester was rated at 17.7L/100km and 12.1L/100km city and highway driving respectively. My experience around town saw average usage figures fluctuate between 18-19L/100km, which isn’t unusual for this sort of heavy 4WD vehicle—but it’s still not desirable. Continued on next page


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Titan on equal footing with Ford and Dodge rigs

Continued from page 34 The Titan wrap Nissan’s Titan SL Crew Cab 4X4 is big, bold and refined; it’s also a highly capable machine that’s a pleasure to drive. While I don’t think it can match Ford and Dodge for upscale environs, it can play equals in the sand box in many other ways while providing its owners with more distinction and exclusivity than those of the Holy Trinity. If driving a “good ole boy” truck isn’t what you’re looking for in the way of a

The Titan provides a quiet cabin and is powerful, but its speed delivery can be abrupt until a feathery foot develops. 4X4 luxury-liner pickup, give the Titan a run. It may

surprise you. editor@automotivepress.com

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

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4/5.00

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Old Dutch Potato Chips

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regular retail price

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Endangered Species Chocolate Bars

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assorted varieties

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bags or bins

French Bread

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2.49/100g

reg 3.99

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2.99

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Brie L’Extra Double Cream Brie Cheese

Kitchen Basics Soup Stock

assorted varieties

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regular retail price.

Uncle Luke’s Organic Maple Syrup

assorted varieties

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