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Italian men interned after Italy entered war in 1940 Cheryl Rossi

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uigi “Lou” Moro’s soccer and lacrosse abilities were so impressive, he was inducted into five sports halls of fame, including the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. But few know about his service in the Canadian navy during the Second World War. Lou talked little about this part of his past, even with his immediate family. His military service was connected to his “enemy alien” designation by the Canadian government 12 years after he’d arrived in Canada as a pre-teen. To avoid being interned like 44 of his brethren living in Vancouver and other parts of B.C., the Trail resident enlisted in the army and then the Royal Canadian Navy. A new exhibit and book, which will be launched at the Italian Cultural Centre March 6, include Lou’s war memorabilia and the recollections of his son, Greg Moro. Lou died in 2009 at age 91. Il Museo, the cultural centre’s museum, will exhibit Beyond the Barbed Wire: Experiences of Italian Canadians in World War Two. Italian-Canadian author Ray Culos will also launch INJUSTICE SERVED: the Story of B.C.’s Italian Enemy Aliens during WWII. Both are part of an umbrella project called A Question of Loyalty, which also includes a play called FRESCO, written by Lucia Frangione with BellaLuna Productions. A Question of Loyalty highlights this dark time in Vancouver and Canada’s history for the first time. It’s not well known that 44 Ital-

Luigi Moro was a decorated Canadian naval veteran from the Second World War. ian men who resided in Vancouver—up to 700 men across the country—were interned without charge after Fascist Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini joined forces with Nazi Germany on June 10, 1940. Another 1,800 men from the community of 4,500 Italians in Vancouver were designated enemy aliens and had to report to police once a month. Actions taken against Italian immigrants left financial and emotional scars that have long been swathed in silence. “When people came back after

being interned or after the war was over and they were no longer classified as enemy aliens, most people probably wanted to just get back to normal life and not really talk about these upsetting events and all the stigma that was around them,” says A Question of Loyalty program manager and museum curator Julia Murray. “People seem to be pleased that we’re talking about this and saying that’s an important chapter in the history of the community.”

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Second World War for decades. It took his teenaged grandson Blair being chosen to represent English-speaking Canadian youth at the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day at Juno Beach in France, in 2009, for the floodgates to open. Lou immigrated from Italy to the Kootenay town of Trail when he was 11 in 1929. The family had to leave one of Lou’s brothers behind because he’d had polio and Canada refused him entry. It wasn’t an easy time to be Italian in Canada despite the multiplying Italian population in Trail,

but Lou rapidly became a sports hero in the small smelter town. “He really talked a lot about the fact that he couldn’t speak English and that he found that people weren’t very nice, other than the Italians,” Greg Moro says. “I believe that’s why he turned to sports.” Lou boxed and excelled as a lacrosse goalie. But the Parliament of Canada had invoked a War Measures Act in 1939. In 1940, when Lou was 22, police told him he was considered an enemy alien and he’d have to report to them every month. The label enemy alien applied to three categories of people, says Culos, who’s written four books about the history of Italians in Vancouver: Italian nationals, Italian immigrants who arrived during Mussolini’s leadership, and the alleged members of an Italian club in Vancouver called Circolo Giulio Giordani. Lou not only arrived during Mussolini’s tenure, but his parents had also failed to apply for his naturalization papers, which meant he remained an Italian national. Moro believes Lou visited police for six months or longer until they told him he would be interned or he could join the Canadian military. Lou joined the army in Vernon. “His biggest fear was that as a soldier he could very well be sent to Italy and, at some point, he could be pointing a rifle at his brother,” 58-year-old Moro says. Lou made his way to Victoria where he joined the navy. Continued on page 5

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Despite father’s history, son was unaware of Italian intern experience Continued from page 4 His superiors swiftly recognized his sports finesse, so Lou remained in Canada until 1944. He cooked on a boat that sailed between Victoria and Prince Rupert, tended goal for the navy’s lacrosse team and trained its morale-boosting hockey team. After D-Day, he sailed with the navy to England on the HMCS Cowichan minesweeping ship. He was discharged from service in 1945 and lived in Vancouver, then Burnaby. Lou trained lacrosse and soccer teams, including the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Vancouver 86ers. When he was 13, Moro asked his father where he’d put his war memorabilia. Lou told him he’d thrown everything out. But when 16-year-old Blair was preparing to travel with a delegation of 46 Canadians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to the spot where Canadian soldiers entered Nazi-occupied France, Moro learned war medals rested among the sports medals, plaques and trophies that crowded Lou’s mantel. Moro contributed photos of his father in uniform, three war medals, a lighter inscribed with his father’s name, military number and the HMCS Cowichan, and a tiny jug meant for rum rations to the Beyond the Barbed Wire exhibit. He’s also shared his story with Culos, who interviewed Lou in 1992. Moro says his father was so proud of his grandson that he never saw the irony of him representing the country that treated him with suspicion. “He was so proud, he was just beyond himself,” Moro says. Lou

story, even though his dad didn’t talk much about this time. “We tend to forget too quickly,” Moro says.

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Italians were interned in Kananaskis, Alta. before the prison camp was used exclusively for Germans. photo courtesy Glenbow Archive NA-5474-3 woke up at 5 a.m. to watch the D-Day ceremony on TV. He died three months later. Moro, a retired high school teacher from Surrey, never knew Italians were interned during the Second World War. (Japanese families, German nationals, Ukrainian Communists and others the Canadian government deemed a potential threat were also interned.) “We’ve always heard of the Japanese and what they went through,” he says. In fact, Moro discovered that a Japa-

nese family that was interned had owned his family’s former Grandview-Woodland home. A neighbour, who Moro says his father described as a “mafia-type guy,” paid the Japanese owners of six area houses “a couple hundred dollars” for their homes before they were interned. When Lou was discharged from the military, he bought one. “That’s how that area went from being Japanese to Italian,” Moro says. He believes it’s important to share the Second World War portion of his father’s

elatives of the 44 now deceased Italian men residing in Vancouver who were interned aren’t keen to discuss whether their departed grandfathers and greatgrandfathers, or nonnos, supported Mussolini’s fascist regime. Culos, who interviewed relatives of two interned men and relatives of about 10 enemy aliens for INJUSTICE SERVED, says it’s a sensitive topic. “If you lived in that time and your neighbour’s son was out there in Europe fighting against Germany and Italy and you had a relative that had been interned, there would have been a lot of questions, so they hid, they generally did not speak of it,” he says. “[Internees] were never given an opportunity to have legal representation, they were never charged with anything, and as a result, they were incarcerated for an average of 15-and-a-half months, but nothing ever was resolved.” Members of Vancouver’s Italian community were forced to choose allegiances once Mussolini joined the Nazis. The Italian consulate in Vancouver encouraged local Italians to declare their allegiance to Mussolini and penetrated the local Circolo Giulio Giordani club. Murray from the Italian Cultural Centre museum says it’s debatable how overt fascism was in the club. “Some people were perhaps a bit naïve... and got mixed up in something that they didn’t really understand the significance of,” she says. Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 But 75-year-old Culos says those who joined the Circolo, or club, signed an application membership card that stated they supported the fascist revolution. Culos’s father Marino, who at the time of the war was president of the Sons of Italy Society, refused to join the Circolo. As Mussolini strengthened his ties to Nazi Germany, other members of Vancouver’s Italian community, led by the first Italian lawyer and first Italian judge in the city, Angelo Branca, established the anti-fascist group the Italian-Canadian War Vigilance Association. Three hundred members of the association pledged allegiance to Canada, by chance on the same day that Mussolini joined forces with Adolf Hitler. But when their 44 brethren from the Circolo Giulio Giordani, nearly 10 per cent of Vancouver’s Italian population, were interned, association members advocated on their behalf. Circolo member Santo Pasqualini was initially interned in Kananaskis, Alta., then Petawawa, Ont. for a total of two years. (Once Kananaskis became an exclusively German camp, Italians were transferred to Petawawa.) In the meantime, his wife Alice, the mother of a three- and a six-year-old lost the family’s bakery at 200 Hawkes Ave. in Strathcona to bankruptcy. Alice suffered a nervous breakdown and friends took in the children for the duration of her husband’s internment. Culos reports Pasqualini insisted under interrogation that he joined Circolo because he thought he and others would receive a free trip to Italy. But the trip was called off because of the war. Bruno Girardi owned the L’Eco ItaloCanadese newspaper, which included pro-fascist rhetoric. He was interned in Kananaskis and Petawawa as a potential threat to the state. His wife Emma and their three-year-old son had to move in with her parents. “This incident took place 72 years

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ago this coming June,” notes Culos. “There are two and three generations of relatives born to these families since the end of World War II. It’s not a popular topic of conversation. Moreover, the internees, with the odd exception, did not share detailed information about the internment to their children. To many, the subject is closed.” The first two letters of the title of Culos’s new book, INJUSTICE SERVED, are italicized because Culos wants readers to consider whether justice or injustice was served in Canada’s dealings with those labelled enemy aliens. “In my judgment, the jury is still out,” he says. “If indeed there were guilty parties among the internees, it was never proven in a court of law.”

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laywright and actor Lucia Frangione researched Mussolini’s rise to power, various countries’ practices of interning Italian immigrants and how wives and children who were left behind got by, before she conceived FRESCO with the BellaLuna Productions ensemble of Italian-Canadian actors. She wanted to understand why Mussolini had been so beloved. “My grandfather was in the Mussolini army and was in Albania, so that’s just a couple generations away,” Frangione says. “When I did more reading about how he economically revitalized Italy, especially during the time where the rest

of the world was suffering the Great Depression, I started to understand. When you’re starving and somebody solves something enough so that your family can eat, you actually have a job, it’s pretty appealing.” She found that 41 men from Vancouver, eight from Trail and two from elsewhere in B.C. were interned for periods of between two weeks and two years. While thousands of Italians were interned in Australia and a couple hundred in the United States, Frangione says she learned Canada “was one of the worst.” “The extent to which Italians were persecuted at the turn of the century astonished me,” Frangione says. “[They were] called dirty degos and kept from work and not given tenancy in boarding houses.” Police shut down Italian language schools and the savings accounts of those interned were frozen. “When you’re a woman and you have six kids what are you going to do if you have no money?” Frangione says. “Some people really don’t want to talk about that. There’s a seedy element to this story, too, of what you do when your government and society makes it so that you can’t survive. There’s a side to the Italian society, too, that this brings up, the prostitution, the bootlegging, the gambling.” FRESCO tells the story of Rosina, a struggling performance artist who inherits her grandparents’ crumbling Strathcona home. Her father counsels her to forget the past and sell the house, while the spirit of her grandmother, or nonna, urges her to save this chunk of her family’s heritage. It’s a journey into her family’s often-painful past that’s set in the present and during the Second World War. It runs at the Cultch March 28 to 31. For more information, see italianculturalcentre.ca. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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I dropped by the Kitsilano ice rink Wednesday morning to check in with the members of the Older Adult Skate who get together twice a week at the arena for exercise, and more importantly, to socialize. Wednesday was special, not only because it was Feb. 29, a day that comes around once every four years, but also because it was the birthday of longtime skater John Kriss, who depending on the math turned either 21 or 84. Both dates were marked on the birthday cake presented to him prior to the skate. Kriss was also given a gag gift of a walker modified to sit on two skates, which he took for a spin on the ice. More than 40 skaters showed up Wednesday and many are in their 60s and 70s. Kriss told me it’s not just the exercise that keeps him coming back, but also the friendships he’s made at the rink. He’s concerned because the Older Adult Skate program typically continues on at Kits arena through to June, but he’s heard that due to park board budget

cuts the spring portion of the program will be shifted to the new Hillcrest ice rink near Main Street and West 33rd. That’s a distance the 84-year-old isn’t willing to travel. “It’s just too far,” Kriss told me. “You know, we regularly get 40 skaters out. It would be too bad if they couldn’t skate because the program moved.” NPA commissioner John Coupar showed up to wish Kriss a happy birthday while I was at the rink so I asked if he knew anything about the change in skating venue, but he didn’t have enough information to comment. Park board general manager Malcolm Bromley arrived to congratulate Kriss after I left, so I didn’t have the opportunity to ask him. Park board media spokesperson Joyce Courtney did respond to my inquiries. She confirmed that to save money the ice will be removed from Kits, Killarney and Trout Lake rinks by the end of March. She noted the much newer Hillcrest rink is more central and also highly energy efficient, particularly in the spring and summer months, which tax the ice refrigeration systems at older arenas. Courtney said the Older Adult Skate program will be given the same time slots it has now, with an extra 15 minutes added on. Posters are being created to inform all skaters of the changes.

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Constance Barnes Barnes also pointed out the operating budget was passed unanimously by all of the park board commissioners, including NPAer John Coupar who was sharply critical of some of the recommendations, in particular the proposed cuts to lifeguard positions. To make up the $2.4 million shortfall in its $104 million operating budget, the park board will cut another $431,000 from “non-essential maintenance,” and another $766,000 by consolidating clerk work, combining programming at rinks and fitness centres, and optimizing recreation facility use during low periods, among other changes. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10


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I always enjoy the municipal budget show. It reminds me of when I was a kid and went to the movies; they always started out with cartoons before we got down to the good guys and the bad guys shooting it out. In Vancouver, the cartoons come courtesy of the park board. That Looney Tunes crowd brings up the most hilariously nutty proposals to balance their budget. A couple of years ago they got laughed out of the room when they threatened to shut down the Bloedel Conservatory. Last year, I just about split a gut—or was it a bladder?—when they announced that they were going to close washrooms in public parks. And this year—yuk, yuk, yuk—they were going to remove lifeguards from some of our public beaches. While you and I may enjoy this comic interlude it usually causes grief for the park board’s political masters over at city hall. They get blamed for the stranglehold they maintain on the park board’s budget. Why in the world, the editorial board at the Province gasped, would Vision risk human lives to save a “paltry” $270,000 when at the same time they are jacking up property taxes while putting $800,000 into a “green cause”— a recharging stations for electric vehicles? Good question. If only it were true. Actually, the city is only putting $70,000 into the project. And that is over two years. The rest comes from other levels of government. Besides, none of the city’s share comes from your property taxes. It is a grant from the province’s Carbon Tax Fund targeted specifi-

allengarr cally at green projects. But never mind. The life guards will stay, the washrooms never closed and the Bloedel Conservatory is up and running. This year’s budget, however, continues to play as the main feature. And yes, there will be a tax increase. It will be 2.5 per cent. And there will be one last shift in the tax burden from commercial property to residential, which rookie NPA Coun. George Affleck says means the residential tax increase will be “way more” than three per cent. Actually it will be 3.1 per cent. Incidentally, according to a survey done for the city, 80 per cent of residents and 65 per cent of businesses are willing to take a three per cent increase rather than see services reduced. More than half of the tax increase goes to the police budget. In total, about 22 cents out of every dollar in the budget goes to the cops.

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In part it will help them fill 35 vacancies. And the 1,327 Vancouver police officers just signed a 33 month contract for an 8.45 per cent wage hike. People on the provincial payroll are getting “net zero” contracts. But the other workers toiling for Vancouver who are now at the bargaining table should expect to get something close to the police deal. You can bet there is an allowance in the budget for just that. There will, however, be a reduction in city staff. Numbers, which hit their peak in early 2009, have been declining aside from the bump up for the police. This is thanks to the Service Review driven by city manager Penny Ballem. It has cut costs by $10 million each of the past two years and will lighten the work force by another 89 bodies over the next year while peeling away another $10 million. The tax increase from the city may be the least of your problems, though. About 58 percent of the tax bill relates to money going to Vancouver. There are, however, other people with their hands in your pockets that turn up on that bill. There are taxes for schools, TransLink, Metro Vancouver, the B.C. Assessment Authority and the Metro Financing Authority. You’ll also be soaked more for water, sewage and solid waste. All of those, according to Vancouver’s finance committee chair Coun. Raymond Louie will be above the rate of inflation and will continue to rise significantly over the next couple of years. None of which you will find worth laughing at. agarr@vancourier.com

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BBC drama offers escapism and nostalgia for social order When times are uncertain and unstable, escapist entertainment supposedly increases in popularity, along with narratives of increased social order. The 1939 film The Wizard of Oz was a benchmark film for a nation that narrowly avoided a rightwing military coup six years earlier. The fascist bug had greater success in Depression-wracked Europe, courtesy of a failed painter who managed to wreck the brush mustache for every guy thereafter. The massively popular BBC costume drama Downton Abbey combines straight-up escapism with nostalgia for a compartmentalized social order. Set among the fictional Crawley clan in Edwardian England, the series explores the Upstairs/Downstairs dynamic of bluebloods and their servants. When it first came to PBS, I tuned in—and was hooked. I stuck it out to the end of the second season in February, even as the series devolved into a high-budget soap opera (it’s now replaying in its entirety on the Vision network). Downton Abbey didn’t just jump the shark; it hurdled the entire aquarium. The second season featured tropes better suited to Carol Burnett’s old soap parody, “As the Stomach Turns.” Was the wounded soldier bandaged up like the Elephant Man really a long-lost Crawley cousin, in recovery from an extended bout of amnesia? Could the warcrippled Downton heir Matthew pin his hopes on the twinge in his paralyzed legs? Weirdly, the series made you care even as you hated yourself for it. Downton Abbey’s hereditary aristocracy gets along famously with their anthill minions labouring in the kitchens and stables, with only a few notable exceptions. Honour and respect inform the master/servant dynamic. But according to British historian A.N. Wilson, most of the servants of the era worked in drudgery worthy of Asian sweatshops. Wilson set off a tempest in a Twitter feed a few weeks back when he branded the series “bullshit” and a “sanitized version of the past” on Radio 4. He observed that the life expectancy of the British working class, including servants, was lower in Edwardian Britain than the poorest Third World countries today. “No, these programmes, which supposedly depict life for the upper classes and their good-humoured servants, bear as much relationship to reality as Pirates Of The Caribbean does to the real world of rum, sodomy and the lash of 18th century life at sea,” Wilson fulminated in an article in The Daily Mail. A typical hellish day in the life of a scul-

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geoffolson lery maid made Daisy’s Downton workload seem like a slacker’s paradise. To which the average Downton viewer might reply, “And your point? It’s escapism, dude.” Yet a bit more spine in the script would have gone a long way. The antiseptic depiction of war in the trenches, and the romanticism of the human aftermath, seemed somewhere between a Boy Scout jamboree and an ABC Afterschool Special. More than 350,000 British soldiers became casualties at the Battle of the Somme alone— 60,000 on the first day. The killing fields of the First World War were the result of mixing 20th-century technology with 19th-century battlefield techniques. In his 1989 masterpiece Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age, historian Modris Eksteins writes: “Conformity, complacency, and even smugness were far more firmly established in Britain than in France, let alone Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, or Russia. In values and judgments on issues of decency, the family, social and political order, and religion, the Edwardians were extension of the Victorians.” The Great War put a big dent in Britain’s castelike social arrangement—mostly by killing off the servant class in huge numbers—but it didn’t overturn it. There’s no need for Canadians to feel nostalgic about a time when class divisions and income disparities were lifelong and deep, considering the direction we’re going in the AngloAmerican world. In some areas of the U.S. and Britain, real unemployment among the young is approaching Depression-era levels, while income gaps have reached indices not seen since the Gilded Age. Canada’s future is hardly assured under our program-slashing Tory overlords. Where will some of the surplus labour end up, if not as domestic help in the estates and McMansions of superstar CEOs, athletes and app makers? Oh never mind; the BBC controller has reportedly ordered up six new episodes of the retooled servant/master series, Upstairs Downstairs. Prepare the popcorn, Jeeves. olscribbler.wordpress.com

A former PAC member believes the school board and teachers’ union are poisoning the ongoing teachers’ battle with the provincial government. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor:

Re: “School board bureaucracy bloated and unnecessary,” Feb. 29.

Before I put the Courier in the recycling and go on with my day, I just want to say I never thought I’d see such an opinion in print, thought through, and substantiated. Years and years ago when my daughters were in elementary school and I was on the local Parents Advisory Committee executive (with Patti Bacchus, I might add but that’s another story), I attended a meeting where Vancouver School Board reps were answering questions about their internal budget. I asked, “So how many $85,000-ayear accounting positions are there?”

The finance guy from the school board said “What?” Then I asked, “Well, you’re cutting one $85,000 a year accounting position. I just wondered if that was one of two or one of six or?” He refused to answer and moved on to the next question. I personally think the two most poisonous elements in all this are the VSB and the teachers’ union executive. I hope that the new guy Rick Guenther gets elected to lead the B.C.Teachers’ Federation and bring a less shrill tone to the proceedings. Cate Atkinson, Vancouver

Pot legalization will reduce drug deaths To the editor: Re: “Insite sees Narcan spike while city overdose deaths climb,” Feb. 22. Cannabis prohibition and those who support it are partly responsible for higher hard drug addiction rates and heroin overdose deaths. One significant thing concerned citizens can do to help lower heroin addiction rates and save lives is re-legalize cannabis. Cannabis prohibition increases hard drug addiction rates. How many people, including youth, try cannabis and realize it’s not nearly as harmful as government (including DARE) claims and then believe other substances must not be so bad either only

to become addicted to hard drugs? In the U.S., government even classifies cannabis a Schedule I substance alongside heroin while meth and cocaine are only Schedule II substances. Cannabis is purchased from people who often sell hard drugs and legalizing it would separate that extremely popular, relatively safe God-given plant (see the first page of the Bible) from hard drugs, further lowering hard drug addiction rates which would save more lives. A sane reason to continue cannabis prohibition simply doesn’t exist. Stan White, Dillon, Colorado

Name more schools after women To the editor: Re: “Class Notes: What’s in a name?” Feb. 15. Sadly, there are few names of females used for schools in Canada. We all know that when you educate girls and women that they in turn make certain that their children (boys and girls) are educated. One would think that for that reason alone, we would honour women by naming schools after them.

There are a number of aboriginal names, past and present, that could be used. The school does not have to be one only for aboriginal people to use such a name. There are numbers of successful aboriginal role models whose names can be used and if some research is done, many from the past. For example, Mildred Valley Thornton a talented and well-known artist at the turn of the century not only

painted dozens of aboriginal portraits, but also wrote details about their lives. I am reading a library book now about her and it has many choices that would be suitable. There are also political women in B.C., past and present, who should be honoured by naming a school after them. I will be surprised, however if a female’s name is chosen. Maggie Burtinshaw, Vancouver

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Education Minister George Abbott told reporters in a brief conference call Thursday morning that he’s “disappointed” by teachers’ decision to strike. He said schools will be open, but he doesn’t encourage parents to drop children off if they have alternatives. The government doesn’t intend to rush passage of the legislation. Abbott said he planned to move second reading Thursday afternoon. Debate will continue Monday afternoon and go on as long “as members of the House believe is appropriate,” he said. “How long that discussion goes on is going to be a product of the 85 members of the Legislature and how long the opposition, in particular, wishes to take with respect to this complex and important bill.” Chris Harris, president of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’

Association, calls the legislation “reprehensible.” He said he sympathized with parents struggling to find childcare next week, but teachers are taking a longterm view of the situation. “The [difficulty] in trying to find childcare for a few days next week is nothing compared to the experiences of children in oversized classrooms over the last 10 years.” Pawluk agreed. “We’re advocating for ourselves, but more importantly it’s the learning conditions of our children that we’re concerned about,” she said. The Vancouver School Board is also advising parents to make alternate childcare arrangements during the strike, although schools will be open with administrators on hand. Students who show up won’t be turned away. noconnor@vancourier.com

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Teachers start a three-day strike Monday after voting 87 per cent in favour of escalating their job action. The vote was in response to provincial government legislation introduced Tuesday to deal with the ongoing labour dispute. The legislation known as Bill 22—the Education Improvement Act—addresses the teachers’ job action and deals with collective bargaining on class size and composition. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation strike vote on Feb. 28 and 29 saw 27,946 of 32,209 who cast ballots vote yes. About 75 per cent of teachers voted. “[The strike is] needed to send a clear message that Bill 22 is not acceptable and that we want to see a negotiated settlement,” Debbie Pawluk, Vancou-

ver Secondary Teachers’ Association president, said Thursday. The Labour Relations Board approved the BCTF’s strike request under limited conditions. Pickets aren’t allowed, according to Tuesday’s ruling. After the initial three-day withdrawal of services, teachers can withdraw services for one day a week. Vancouver school district’s two-week spring break starts March 12. Bill 22 calls for a six-month coolingoff period on job action and a mediator to negotiate under the government’s net-zero mandate. It prohibits job action during the cooling-off period with stiff fines slapped on teachers for an illegal walkout. The mediation period runs to June 30. If there’s no agreement by that date, the mediator will issue a report with non-binding recommendations.

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Above this information, ‘The President’s Corner’ section of the newsletter notes that despite the record low crash fatality number for 2010 (32,885), the need to “create a new conversation about changing the traffic safety culture in this country” remains ongoing. The good news, adds the AAA President, is that “Pretty much everywhere I go “safety culture” is a hot topic.” And he reiterates the AAA Foundation’s commitment to keeping the momentum going “towards zero deaths” listing upcoming new research projects on teen drivers, licensing policies, in-vehicle technologies, enforcement, and the driving habits of motorists. Alas, there is also the ‘not so good’ news about safety culture. The AAA Foundation’s fourth annual Traffic Safety Culture Index finds 70% of Americans saying they value safe travel and desire a greater level of safety than they now experience, but the summary of major findings indicates a strong “do as I say, not as I do” dichotomy: • Drinking and driving: 14% admit to it at least once in the past year; 1 in 5 of these (21%; 3% of all drivers) admitting to the past month. • Cell phone usage while driving: more than 2 in 3 admit to it in the past month, and nearly 1 in 3

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Jim Green was all smiles at the opening of the affordable housing section of the Woodward’s building photo Dan Toulgoet in May 2010. looking in a rearview mirror.” • On his style of leadership, if elected mayor: “I’m going to be the kinder and gentler Larry Campbell.” • On his mixed-race lineage: “After my dad died, my mother lived with a black man for the

last 15 years of her life in South Carolina. I saw my granddad on her side once when he was dying of skin cancer from working in the fields. And I saw my granddad on my dad’s side only once before he died. As far as I know, he came from New York

and was probably Jewish.” • On public safety: “Jane Jacobs is one of my heroes and I’ve had the opportunity to meet her in Toronto many times. She wrote that the bedrock of a successful city is that a person must feel personally safe and secure on the 03022883

The condolences, the stories and the remembrances continue to pour in for Jim Green, whose battle with cancer ended peacefully at his home Tuesday morning. As a reporter, I interviewed Green many times since I first met him more than a decade ago. This morning, I dug up some quotes— published and unpublished—that I recorded over the years. Here are just a few. • On the pace of running for mayor in 2005: “I sleep really well, actually. I’m kind of different than other people. I kind of like pressure and stress. I kind of get off on it. I’m always really busy, so this isn’t much different. It’s a different busy but it’s not much different than my normal life.” • On the NPA’s mayoral candidate Sam Sullivan in 2005: “I don’t dislike Sam, at all. As a person and his personal accomplishments—overcoming the things that he has and his contribution to the disabled community—I respect him for that. But I think politically he is

street, and if you don’t do that, you’re looking for a multiplicity of problems.” • On why he was never portrayed on the CBC television drama Da Vinci’s Inquest: “They couldn’t get Robert Redford to play me. I know he’s not as tall as me but he’s pretty good looking.” • On his time as a taxi driver and how the experience helped him in life: “If I do get to be mayor, I’m going to pass a bylaw that says you can only run for mayor if you drive a taxi for a year at night. Then you’ll know the city.” • On referring to former police chief Jamie Graham on several occasions as Jamie Brown: “One thing that I’ve had all my life is a problem with names. I know one year I was introducing my daughter-in-law in front of about 500 people and I forgot her name and that was pretty embarrassing. I also said one time, cops on parole instead of cops on patrol.” • On coming to Vancouver from the United States: “I was welcomed with open arms in this city. I was given opportunities like I could have never had anywhere else. And where else would you want to live but in Vancouver, British Columbia.” • On Vancouver: “I really and truly love this city, and I love the people here.” mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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community briefs Helmets mandatory

Effective as of February, anyone in skating lessons at one of the park board’s eight rinks must wear a Canadian Standards Association-certified hockey helmet or a snowboarding helmet. In accordance with these new safety measures, which reflect a recent change in Skate Canada policy, cycling helmets are no longer permitted. A limited number of hockey helmets are available free of charge to borrow for those taking lessons at a park board rink. There are approximately 18,000 skate lesson registrants annually in Vancouver. CSAcertified helmets are also recommended for public skate participants.

Competitive Scrabble

Watch breathlessly for the triple-word score this weekend at the Vancouver Scrabble Tournament. The city’s Scrabble club hosts its 11th annual tournament March 2 to 4 at the Hilton Vancouver Airport (5911 Minoru Blvd., Richmond).

Three days of competitive board game drama culminate in a championship final. Tickets $35 to $90. For more information, visit vancouverscrabble.org.

Clear your snow, people

It snowed Wednesday. Traffic was ugly. People’s feet got wet. It could snow again and the City of Vancouver wants to remind property owners and tenants to clear snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround their property by 10 a.m. on the morning following a snowfall. Those who don’t get on the business end of a shovel could be fined. The city has the option to issue a $250 ticket or initiate a prosecution for a fine up to $2,000. Those who are physically incapable of clearing a sidewalk should request help from a neighbour or community associations. “Snow angels” can also be contacted through community centres, seniors’ centres, neighbourhood school, and religious or spiritual centres. Call the city’s 3-1-1 line for more information.

Family FUSE

Artists, musicians, dancers and performers will show visitors to the Vancouver Art Gallery creative ways to see the world through others’ eyes, March 3 and 4, in a program called Through the Lens. Inspired by the exhibition Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, the spring Family FUSE Weekend includes: live aerosol art demonstrations by native artists near the Robson Street doors of the gallery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a contemporary interpretation of traditional pow wow dance as Nyla Carpentier dances to music by aboriginal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Red at 11 a.m. and then offers a dance workshop that starts at 11:30 a.m.; rap and hip-hop performances and a hip-hop song workshop, and hands-on activities for families. The Family FUSE Weekend runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery members and children aged 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, see vanartgallery.bc.ca or phone 604-662-4700.

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Stepping Ahead The Inverglen Scottish Dancers hold classes at the Scottish Cultural Centre - 8666 Hudson Street. Classes are offered in Highland and Scottish Country Dancing in a fun non-competitive atmosphere. All dancers ages three years and up have opportunities to perform at charity events, senior citizens homes and local festivals. The senior dancers ages 13 and over have performed worldwide at festivals in England, Scotland, Singapore, Australia, the USA and most recently the Beltaine Festival in Aviles, Spain. Teacher Sandra Crosby has been teaching for 35 years and is a member of the SDTA, RSCDS & TAC. www.inverglenscottishdancers.com

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At Camp Qwanoes there is an excellent opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones. The Junior Retreat geared for ages eight to 11 is Mar. 30 to Apr. 1. Kids will enjoy: Challenge Course (Screamer, Sky-Scraper, Breathtaker, Power Pole, Climbing Tower, etc.), Sand Volleyball, Basketball, Skatepark, Street Hockey, Trampoline, Foosball, Ping Pong, Archery, Guitar Instruction, Field Sports, Movie, Ice Cream Island, carpetball and more. “We maintain a low five to one camper/staff ratio, and... we love to welcome first-timers,” says camp manager Scott Bayley. The Spring Family Retreat is coming up May 18 to 21. “It’s the perfect blend of recreation and friendship, relaxation and discovery,” says Bayley. www.qwanoes.ca.

Great Outdoors Sasamat Outdoor Centre in beautiful Belcarra offers Spring Day Camp during the Spring Break week. Check on the website under Other Programs for the April Day Camp sessions held on a weekend. Spring Day Camps are a great way to introduce children ages six - 12 to the outdoor recreation activities available at Sasamat Outdoor Centre such as canoeing, hiking, nature games, outdoor cooking and crafts. Campers are divided into groups of five to eight children, each under the supervision of a trained leader. Children should dress for the weather and bring a bagged lunch, extra sweater and rain jacket, a knap-

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Three get up and go kid-friendly activities BY EMMA LEE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Try these free or almost-free day activities, located just around the town. Let your kids bring a camera or sketchpad to capture the fun.

Chinatown This area is a day destination that children love to explore with all their senses. Start your day walking through the majestic Millennium Gate (East Pender between Abbott and Taylor Streets), then wind your way up through the streets. Find all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac at the Chinese Zodiac Mosaic (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park courtyard), and then for a bydonation admission, spend an hour at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives (555 Columbia Street) to peruse the art gallery and learn about the history of Chinese Canadians. www.vancouver-chinatown.com.

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Explore this spectacularly treed 90-hectare park in the middle of the city (Kingsway and Boundary). Enjoy the Variety Park playground, and visit the ducks in the two ponds nearby. Central Park offers many walking trails to explore too – try the Terry Fox trail for a relaxing walk.

Remember to look up, at the towering trees (some as high 60 metres), and down at the forest floor to discover the life among your feet. Bring your racquets to hit a few balls at the park’s Public Tennis Courts. burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/ExploreOutdoors/Parks/Central-Park.html.

Steveston Village The gem of Richmond, Steveston Village is a charming community that offers historical charm along the waterfront. Start out with a walk (or bike) along the dyke and on the trails. Then stroll through the Steveston Fish Market where your kids can see the source of local seafood. Then take a step back in time at the Steveston Museum and Post Office, where you can see how people lived in the beginning of the 20th century. Cap off the day with a play break at the large and fun-filled Steveston Park. www.steveston.bc.ca.


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community briefs Home buyers seminar

The 18th annual free seminar for first-time home buyers, presented by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, runs from 7 to 9 p.m., April 3 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 St., Surrey. What home type is best matched to wants, needs and financial resources? What location is preferable? What are the mortgage options? How does the provincial property transfer tax exemption for first-time home buyers work? What are the rules associated with B.C.’s newly announced $10,000 first-time new home buyers bonus? How much can be withdrawn tax-free from RRSPs? How about legal considerations, closing costs and home warranties? What’s involved with condo pre-sales? Those and other key questions will be covered by a panel of experts. Speakers include Robyn Adamache, a senior market analyst with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Wendy Acheson, vice president and registrar of the Homeowner Protection Office branch of B.C. Housing; Narrinder Dhanoya-Bhangu, vice-president of the pacific region for Genworth Financial Canada; Inde Sumal, vice-president of residential mortgages of the B.C. region for RBC Royal Bank; Eugen Klein, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver; Tom Reeves, assistant vice-president for National Home Warranty; and Aaron Lightman, associate, Farris and Company LLP. Shayne Ramsay, chief executive officer of B.C. Housing will moderate the event. About 750 people attended last year’s event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there will be builder displays

and other home-related products and services. Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.gvhba.org or call 778-5654288 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Registrations will also be accepted via voicemail during evenings and weekends. There is free onsite parking, and public transit is right at the corner. Attendees are asked to bring a food item for the Surrey Food Bank, but admission is free.

Cabs nearer the curb

The city has launched a year-long pilot project that allows taxis to travel, but not stop, pick up or drop off passengers, in six of the city’s seven bus lanes. The streets with bus lanes included in the pilot are: Pender, Hastings, Burrard, Broadway, Georgia and Granville streets. The project will help city staff determine whether the change will help taxis reduce travel times, particularly in congested areas, without significantly delaying buses. City staff will work with the Taxi Roundtable, TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company and police on this project.

Spring break camps

Marpole Place Neighbourhood House is running spring break camps for kids March 12 to 16 and March 19 to 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s also running Super Saturday programs for families, with a variety of clubs and classes. The Saturday programs run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1305 West 70th Avenue. For more information, phone 604-266-5301 or email marpoleplace@ shaw.ca.

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1. Straight outta Oakland, Justin Champlin dons his sweaty rabbit mask and strips down to his gaunch as part of the ultra-catchy bubblegum punk party known as Nobunny. On March 2, they’ll unleash the spazzy goodness along with Indian Wars and DJs Bryce Dunn and Dale Davies, when the band, wait for it, hops by the Waldorf. More info at waldorfhotel.com. 2. Nardwuar the Human Serviette and his band The Evaporators will be sweating up a storm in their carefully coordinated jumpsuits this weekend, playing not one but two shows in support of their latest album Busy Doing Nothing, which features Franz Ferdinand, Andrew W.K., Kate Nash, The Cribs and The Evaporators covering classic Vancouver punk songs. Things kick off March 3, 3 p.m. with a free all ages show at Neptoon Records (3561 Main). Then in the evening, the band opens for Andrew W.K., who’ll be playing his album I Get Wet from start to finish in honour of its 10th anniversary. Tickets at Zulu, Red Cat Records, Highlife and all Ticketmaster outlets.

3. Before he was directing episodes of Eastbound and Down and stoner comedies such as Pineapple Express and Your Highness, David Gordon Green was making small, intimate films steeped in the eccentricities of small town North Carolina, invoking comparisons to William Faulkner, François Truffaut and Terrence Malick. Pacific Cinematheque digs into its vaults to screen the filmmaker’s moving 2000 debut, George Washington, about a group of kids in a depressed southern town who cover up the death of a fellow teen, March 4, 7 and 12. For show times and more info, call 604-688-FILM (3456) or go to cinematheque.bc.ca. 4. In Michael Redhill’s play Goodness, a messy divorce leads a JewishCanadian writer to search out his family’s Holocaust history. Performed to a haunting a cappella score of folk music from around the world, the Chutzpah! Festival, Touchstone Theatre and Firehall Arts Centre copresentation runs March 6 to 11 at the Firehall Arts Centre. For tickets and info, call 604-689-0926 or go to firehallartscentre.ca.

kudos & kvetches Taxonomy

There are few things K&K enjoys more than watching videos of cats doing cute things and the palpable sexual tension between CBC newscasters Tony Parsons and Gloria “the Gossamer of Loveliness” Macarenko”—and listening to the people beak off about paying taxes is one of them. So you can understand why we were stoked to see a half page ad in Wednesday’s Vancouver Sun from the grumbling folks at the Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition. The ad, complete with rhetorical headline “WHY IS MUNICIPAL SPENDING GOING UP?” voiced the group’s displeasure with the city’s property tax hike, which depending on whom you talk to is either 2.5 or 3.1 per cent once you factor in the tax shift from commercial to residential properties. Oh taxes, is there anything you can’t make sound sexy? The rest of the text-heavy call to arms attempts to rouse the tax-weary citizens of Vancouver with embattled rallying cries such as “City hall must become more efficient and the savings must be used to lower property taxes” and “It’s time [for the city] to cut back like the rest of us. Tell them you do not want a tax increase.” Inspirational stuff.

But a few lines down, something in the ad copy caught our equally over-taxed eyes: “It is time to send a message to Mayor Robinson and city councillors. No property tax increases.” Once again, compelling words. But you know what would have made their pleas more convincing? If they had taken the time to spell the mayor’s name correctly. We get it, Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition, taxes are so high so can’t even afford a proofreader who would have realized that it’s Mayor ROBERTSON not Robinson. While further down, the ad correctly spells the mayor’s last name. All we’re saying is if you’re going to bemoan excessive spending in a half-page ad that probably cost several thousand dollars, at least make sure you misspell the mayor’s name throughout.

Old housewives tales

We understand that Vancouver might not be as glamorous as Los Angeles, sophisticated as New York or trashy and sweat-stained as Nanaimo, but we can’t for the life of us understand how the new reality TV series Real Housewives of Vancouver has turned our city’s media into a bunch of brain dead, gossipy teenagers.

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Modelled after the societal ebbs of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New Jersey and Atlanta, the show presents cartoonish depictions of ladies of leisure, whose obsession with physical appearances is only matched by their materialistic pursuits. In short, it’s kind of like watching the broads on Dynasty say vapid things and scratch each other’s eyes out, only with worse acting. That said, it promises to be mildly entertaining, mostly ridiculous, heavily orchestrated reality TV like any other, except for the fact we used to be able to avoid said shows by changing the channel. With Real Housewives of Vancouver, however, it’s everywhere: the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, the (sigh) front page of the Province, the website of the once hallowed Georgia Straight, radio stations, TV stations, blogs et al. All of which makes us wonder if the show even needs to advertise when it has Vancouver media doing it for them. However, the most depressing thing is the series doesn’t even air until April. So we have another month of this overblown, promotional hype to endure. It almost makes us want to pour another mimosa as we look out over our palatial Shaughnessy estate and book a second hot stone massage.


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server doesn’t either. If Mike Macquisten and Steve Thorp get their way, we’ll be drinking more wine from kegs in the near future. The young entrepreneurs figured if beer could be sold on tap, why not wine? The two went looking for clues in Europe where wine’s been sold on tap for years, and south of the border where it’s beginning to catch on in cities such as San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas and New York. The result is Vancouver Urban Winery. Located on the edge of Gastown, the company manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands, via its FreshTap stainless steel keg system. Right now you can get FreshTap wine in a few local spots—Edible at the Market

also has Nichol 9 Mile Red. Waiting in the wings is Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which will soon have Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse, and Mill Marine Bistro, which will have a full complement of wine taps within a month. Aside from keeping the wine fresher than in the bottle, there are other advantages to serving wine on tap, ranging from lower costs to less freight, breakage and spoilage. What will be interesting to see is who passes the savings onto the customer and who doesn’t. In the meantime, Vancouver Urban Winery also has its own brand of imported regional wines named Nice Catch. First out of the gate is a Kiwi Sauv Blanc, with a Mendoza Malbec (Ar-

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Last week, I dropped into Edible Canada at the Market for an excellent roast pork sandwich, with a glass of Nichol Vineyard Gewurztraminer. It was a slam dunk match. Nothing unusual about that, except this particular glass was poured not from a bottle but tapped from a keg tucked under the counter. And it tasted exactly the way it did when the winemaker last set eyes on it. Vancouver has long been on the cutting edge when it comes to offering wines by the glass. Few cities boast the selection available here, which has turned us into a choosy bunch. Put it down to tougher drinking and driving laws or maybe our über discerning palates, but most of us are more likely to order a glass of wine to go with a specific dish rather a bottle for the entire meal. However, sometimes ordering by the glass can be a crapshoot. After all, who knows how long that bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been left open? One night? Two? The fact is you don’t know, and in some cases your

gentina) expected soon. Macquisten and Thorp are also planning a retail store soon—and the character building where Vancouver Urban Winery is located (55 Dunlevy Ave.) is already in demand as a function room. While FreshTap’s a nobrainer for casual fine dining chains, for whom high volume, keg budget wines are an obvious choice, the business partners are also setting their sights higher and are in negotiation with at least one premium producer. However, with our thirst for affordable wines, there’s no question that most of the keg product will be at the lower end. The likely arrival of well-made, economical bulk regional wines also has broad implications for highly contentious Cellared in Canada products, which may get some much-needed competition. So the next time you’re dining out, if someone asks if you’d like a glass of keg wine, don’t be a snob, give it a try. You might be surprised—and you’ll be drinking a far more sustainable product than its bottled cousin.


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Fireflies, thieves, rebounds on DVD

Hitchcock gets the Blu-ray treatment Julie Crawford Contributing writer New on DVD this week: • Fireflies in the Garden is a dysfunctional family drama rooted in reality, and for that reason many will find the ending insincere. But the fact of the matter is, in real life, people don’t really change that much, grand sweeping gestures are rare, and a-ha moments are most frequently found in the movies. Ryan Reynolds turns in a very nice performance as Michael, an emotionally damaged writer who has made his living writing fluff, and is now poised to spill all the family secrets in a serious novel. “Because of that book, everyone is going to know.” We see, in flashbacks, where he gets his material: dad (Willem Dafoe) is an verbally abusive tyrant, mom (Julia Roberts) is left to pick up the pieces. Michael’s very young aunt Jane moves in with the family (Hayden Panettiere, then grown as Emily Watson), providing friendship and respite from the gloom. The stage is set for all sorts of family drama, and while it may all be a little excessive, the pacing, look and feel of the movie is not. Written and directed by Dennis Lee (with a nod to Robert Frost, who wrote the title’s poem) the film is a true reflection of how our childhood haunts into adulthood. No special features on the standard disc. • New on Blu-ray is Hitchcock’s To Catch

A Thief, the 1955 film starring Cary Grant as former cat burglar John Robie, and Grace Kelly as the lovely heiress who falls for him. Robie claims to have been clean for 15 years and sets out to catch his imposter; Francie is merely enjoying the excitement of palling around with a felon. The lively, lush thriller comes to life on Blu-ray, especially the famous smooching-fireworks scene. Blu-ray features will delight fans, and include an extra on the costumes by Edith Head, commentary by a Hitchcock film historian, an interactive travelogue, a making-of featurette, A Night With the Hitchcocks at the University of Southern California, bits on the writing and casting of the film and of censorship in Hollywood, and much more. • In The Rebound, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a 40-year-old who leaves her tony life and her philandering husband back in Connecticut and heads to the scary big city with her two children. Sandy promptly starts dating again, but prefers to spend her time hanging out with the nanny, Aram (Justin Bartha). A few ridiculous scenes later, and Aram and Sandy are an item, with all the ageist problems that accompany such an arrangement. A promising rom-com premise watered down by unlikely scenarios, dull dialogue and a daft ending. Interviews with stars and director Bart Freundlich accompany the Blu-ray disc. jcrawfordfilm@gmail.com

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What: Doubt, at Pacific Theatre March 2 to 31 Poster designer: Emily Cooper A longtime photographer, Emily Cooper discovered the joys of turning men into women, squishing people’s faces and awkwardly elongating limbs through photo illustration. In only her first year creating artwork for Pacific Theatre, Cooper’s creations are some of the more distinct and evocative posters dotting the city. The surreal collages often combine text, cutout figures and animal heads. “Using animals was a fun way to add another layer to each character’s personality,” Cooper says. “Scrooge as a squabbling, ugly turkey. The dying, wise Morrie as a wrinkly elephant. Danny, the aggressive muscle-head as a pit bull. Animals have their own stereotypes and I used them to tell more of the story.” For the upcoming production of John Patrick Shanely’s Doubt, Cooper decided to use an owl and a vulture to depict the warring characters of Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius, while a red-tailed hawk represents Sister James. “They are both fierce animals and I felt they were well matched,” Cooper says. “The scratchy, black and white style of the drawings also reinforce their battling relationship and drain it of colour. Sister James, however, has youthful hints of red, and is fleeing the page to avoid the conflict.” Cooper has a library of scanned and photographed images, which she uses for her posters, taking bits and pieces of images to create an illustration. “In one poster there could be anywhere from five to 50 layers depending on how complicated the idea is. I like taking different mediums and mash-

ing them together to see what comes out. They are all cut out and pasted together within Photoshop to have maximum control over each element.” While she says she had a “hoot” putting the nun and the owl together and making the priest “charmingly awkward,” Cooper confesses she’s never been too fond of having her own feathery friends. “I haven’t [had a pet bird], but my friends did and that was enough for me. The flying, flapping, pooping, and squawking wasn’t too alluring. I had fish instead.” Do you want your gig poster considered for poster of the week? Email a high-res version to mkissinger@vancourier.com. —Michael Kissinger

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Latest in long line of house-wrecker flicks promises ruined dreams, records blemished, legends born

Project X takes house party movie to next debauched level Julie Crawford Contributing writer

Project X, the new film about a teen party that turns a suburban block into a war zone, is a parent’s worst nightmare. It’s rated R by the MPAA “for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem—all involving teens.” Still, it’s better than your teen having the actual party at your house, right? Writer Thomas Bacall says that the goal from the start was “to create the gnarliest high school party of all time,” and in the press notes, Warner Bros. promises that “dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born.” First-time feature director Nima Nourizadeh previously cashed in on the party culture for Adidas commercials, and producer Todd Phillips is certainly no stranger to legendary keggers. Phillips is the man behind several films that appear on your standard top 10 movie-party list, among them The Hangover (about a legendary bachelor party’s aftermath), Road Trip (wherein a bunch of skinny white dudes crash a black fraternity party) and Old School, a back-to-school frat fantasy for those of us well out of college. In Project X, Thomas, Costa and J.B. (Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown) try to shake their anonymous status at school by having a small house party in Pasadena while JB’s parents are away. The trio is not unlike those three dweebs from

The creators of Project X say they’ve set out “to create the gnarliest high school party of all time”—a far cry from the simpler, more innocent days of Animal House and Old School. Sixteen Candles (John Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall and Darren Harris). The only difference? Molly Ringwald was mortified when she learned that a bathroom full of freshmen got to see her undies; the girls in Project X have no such modest qualms. Thanks to tweeting and texting, word of the party spreads like wildfire, and the 100 people expected turns into a horde of thousands. Thanks also to those ever-present cellphones, Nourizadeh felt that several different types of cameras were required to capture the party antics the way partygoers would capture them: from a

zillion different angles at once. So in addition to the primary cameras (12 different types in all), flip-cameras were given to some of the extras to help capture atmospheric footage. The official cameramen wore party garb and tried to mingle in with the crowd as much as possible, occasionally hiding in bushes to get “authentic” footage and go undetected by extras. Sound creepy yet? John Belushi and his toga party is quaint by comparison. Molly Ringwald (again) mixing it up with Blaine’s drunk preppy friends at a house party in Pretty in Pink ranks as downright tame.

Julia Stiles dirty dancing on a table in 10 Things I Hate About You (before being rescued by Heath Ledger)? Meh. You’re getting closer with Can’t Hardly Wait, where house-party karaoke to “Paradise City” turns a nerd into a sex god, or Get Him to the Greek, where Jonah Hill smokes a spliff packed with everything from angel dust to Zantac, before tussling with P. Diddy. So you were impressed when Stillwater’s frontman jumped from the roof into the pool in Almost Famous? In Project X they drive the family car into the pool. A turntable (remember those?) playing a pepperoni pizza

was the worst damage in Sixteen Candles; Project X features a drug dealer who lights half the neighbourhood on fire with a flame thrower. And you can’t get rid of the evidence by bagging up all the empties and vacuuming the rug: it’ll be on Youtube before you finish cleaning. So parents, be warned: If you have kids who you think might just glean inspiration from Project X, you might want to ground them ahead of time. Or just don’t go out of town, ever. Project X opens Friday at Scotiabank. jcrawfordfilm@gmail.com

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Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia celebrated his Provence Marinaside restaurant’s 10th anniversary with friends, family and much champagne.

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VSO chair Art Willms and interior designer Mary Ann Clark’s first date was at the Symphony Lover’s Ball nine years ago.

Fred VCC Aboriginal Culinary Team member Jessica Knox served bison on bannock at the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

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Boys and Girls Club president Carolyn Tuckwell and CKNW Orphan’s Fund executive director Jen Schaeffers hosted a Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon.

Big notes: For the first time in 22 years, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Lover’s Ball moved to bigger digs for one of Vanhattan’s preeminent galas. With her co-chair Nancy Margitan vacationing in Hawaii, Liz Gordon was left to greet 540 guests at the Convention Centre for an exquisite evening of entertainment, dining and philanthropy. Thanks to the efforts of Colin Upright and Shelley Johnson, the ballroom was magically transformed. Attendees danced the night away to music by the 65-member band. They also produced big notes—to the tune of nearly $800,000. The NAAA’s: Actor Adam Beach, Grand Chief Edward John and author Richard Wagamese were among 15 First Nation, Inuit and Métis Canadians feted at the 19th National Aboriginal Achievement Awards presented by CIBC and held at the QE Theatre. Actress Carmen Moore and former hockey player and advocate for victims of sexual abuse Theoren Fleury hosted the star-studded evening. Much SUCCESS: Held at the Westin Hotel, the Bridge to SUCCESS Gala raised over $500,000 for the immigration agency’s various community services and programs. Chaired by Winnie Leung and Douglas Chiu, festivities included a VIP reception, silent and live auction, and a sumptuous banquet followed by performances from Goh Ballet and Canto pop star Keeva Mak. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 a.m. on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email: yvrflee@hotmail.com; Twitter: @FredAboutTown or fredabouttown.blogspot.com.

Hockey legend Theoren Fleury and National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation president Roberta Jamieson paid tribute to 15 award recipients.

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Three-time SUCCESS Gala co-chair Winnie Leung welcomed Premier Christy Clark and 800 guests to the charity dinner and concert.

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Winning teams will travel to Langley for B.C. tourney

Six city teams vie for five AAA spots Megan Stewart Staff writer

Burnaby is out, New West is out, Richmond is out and all six Vancouver teams are vying for one of five spots to the Telus senior boys AAA basketball championships March 11 to 17 at the Langley Events Centre. The game of high school hoops takes centre court again for the next two weeks as the political, personal and near litigious game that played out before the zone tournament is momentarily pushed aside. The tournament’s unusual 13-team draw is a temporary “compromise,” and the B.C. boys basketball association must address the Lower Mainland berthing conflict at the AGM later this month. Basketball was the point Wednesday at Vancouver College, one of two host schools for the AAA Lower Mainland championship. In two semifinal match-ups, Kitsilano and St. George’s downed their opponents and claimed decisive, double-digit wins. They meet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. George’s for the championship final. The Kitsilano Blue Demons, Vancouver’s public school city champions this year after falling twice to the Tupper Tigers in 2011 and ’10, beat their East Side rival 85-59. The St. George’s Saints cracked the case that is the Vancouver College Fighting Irish to win 85-59. The Irish were missing key contributing player Erickson Evangelista. The Churchill Bulldogs and Point Grey Greyhounds both lost in the first round of action and both kept their hopes alive with a win Wednesday. The Bulldogs pulled out a gutwrenching overtime win thanks to a clutch three-point bucket from the corner by Nick Atwal and eliminated Burnaby’s Byrne Creek 64-63. The Bulldogs play Vancouver College 6 p.m. Friday at St. George’s.

Kits beats Tupper 85-59 in repeat of city championship Megan Stewart Staff writer

Kitsilano’s Justin Sze handles the ball in traffic. The Kits Blue Demons defeated the Tupper Tigers 85-59 in a Lower Mainland boys photo Dan Toulgoet AAA semifinal Feb. 29 at Vancouver College. The winner is guaranteed a spot at provincials, and the loser must win its next game to claim the fifth and final seed. Point Grey beat Steveston-London 73-55. The Greyhounds meet Tupper 4:30 p.m. Friday at St. George’s. The winner moves on and

the loser faces a must-win meeting against the loser of the BulldogsCollege game, which is set for Saturday 4:30 at St. George’s. mstewart@vancourier.com See photo gallery at

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The Tupper Tigers brought their characteristic roar and filled the stands Wednesday at Vancouver College’s Alumni Gym with screaming red T-shirted fans, but on the court they were no match for the Kitsilano Blue Demons. The Demons—with more breadth, depth and width—rolled to the Lower Mainland senior boys AAA basketball championship with an 85-59 win over the Tigers. In the first quarter, Tupper’s Gavriel Corpuz slipped a sweet inside pass to Cameron Smythe as the slick sevenfoot high schooler cut through the key for a lay-in. Smyth led all players with 21 points. “Tupper is a very good team,” said Kitilano head coach Randy Coutts. “We never underestimate their abilities.” Still, it would have been a different night for the Tigers if they’d played like that through four quarters but their depth doesn’t compare to Kitsilano’s. Tupper turned over the ball 14 times in the second quarter and scored only 11 points as Kitsilano bucketed 25 to end the half with a 16point advantage. Luka Zaharijevic, the Demon’s 250pound, six-foot-six 16-year-old centre, had 18 points before he fouled out in the fourth quarter. Tupper kept pace in the third quarter and outscored the Demons 21-20 to pull within 15 points. With their brawny post player on the bench, Kitsilano was still strong in the key and also increased their margin from the outside. In the second half, David Burton chimed in with four buckets from deep and ended the night with 20 points. Tupper: Yashu Sharma 1, Gavriel Corpuz 5, James Caraang, Rajb Belleza 6, Daniel Kim 15, Cam Smythe 21. Kitsilano: Justin Sze, Stefan Sokic 8, Noah De Rappard, 9, Alex Vidic, 10, Dawson Perron 14, Luka Zaharijevic 18, David Burton 20.

St. George’s Saints beat Vancouver College Fighting Irish 65-49 in clash of B.C.’s No. 3 and 4 teams Visiting the Alumni Gym at Vancouver College Wednesday night, the Saints defeated the Fighting Irish in front of their own faithful, winning 65-49 to take the Lower Mainland boys AAA semifinal. Dozens of fans wearing Irish purple and Saints red stood in the frigid night air outside the gym and waited for a seat in the stands. As the seconds ticked down to tip-off, the game’s animated announcer called the Saints-Irish meet-

ing the tournament “final.” It wasn’t. But it felt like it. Saints ended the regular season ranked No. 3 in B.C. The Fighting Irish were No. 4. The Saints won a hardfought defensive game that saw both teams push the ball and their intensity. “We held them under 50,” said Saints head coach Guy da Silva. “That’s probably, if not the best scoring team province in the province, one of the top three.”

VC’s Isiah Solomon and Saint Bradyn Smith kept each other in check. “They’re both great athletes,” said da Silva. “I thought neither of them had great games tonight, probably because they’re playing so hard against each other and they know each other so well. Both of them played an average game but we neutralized them and that was the most important thing.” Solomon swished a cool-as-ice basket from deep to end the second quarter

but the Irish trailed by five at the half. The Saints outscored the Irish 37-26 in the second half to win by 16 points. Vancouver College: JC Horton 2, Ben Kaardal 2, Justin Sanvido 3, Abu Khan 4, Christian Mair 6, Isiah Solomon 10, Gogi Kumanan 10, Cole Penman 12. St. George’s: Sajen Gill 2, Chad Payne 2, Lucas MacFayden 4, Bradyn Smith 8, Tylon Barker 8, Adam Hildebrand 8, Milan Mitrovic 19, Deklan Chung 12. mstewart@vancourier.com

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with Kay Cahill Cyclists bond with their bikes. left me facing almost a year of rehabilitation. When my physiotherapist cleared me to get back on the bike six weeks later, it felt like learning to ride all over again. I wobbled slowly along the Spanish Banks bike path with the seat cranked two inches higher than normal to accommodate the fact that my leg still wouldn’t bend properly. After weeks of tedious and extremely restricted leg exercises in the gym, it felt like I got my freedom back. Initially I was only allowed to ride on flat terrain and in easy gears. But it was enough for me to meet one of the biggest goals that I’d set for myself in the aftermath of surgery. By the time I went back to work, I was able to make my regular commute over the Burrard Street Bridge. Very slowly and creakily—it took me almost twice as long as normal—but it was a huge milestone in the road back to the healthy life I’d known before. Two months later, the bike disappeared from outside our front door. It was stolen during the night, and it didn’t feel like I was exaggerating all that much when

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I told people someone had stolen my soul. As I’d gradually expanded my wobbly rides from Jericho up to UBC and eventually all the way out along Marine Drive to Iona Beach, the bike was the one outlet I had to make up for all the activities I couldn’t do. I replaced my bike—I had to—with a much older Rocky Mountain that was a lower theft risk, but in this case even the shiniest, newest replacement wouldn’t have compensated for the loss. I’m sure thieves never stop to consider how much they are taking away when they steal a bike for a quick cash fix, but sometimes it’s more than they could ever know. Kay Cahill is a cyclist, librarian and outdoor enthusiast. Read more at sidecut. ca or email kay@sidecut.ca. Was your beloved 10-speed stolen? Did a thief make off with your custom fixie? Email kay@sidecut. ca and tell Kay what made your bike special and what you did to get even or get another set of wheels.

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Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Metro Chaban, also known as M. Chaban, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the executor at c/o Stewart, Aulinger & Company, Barristers and Solicitors, 1200 - 805 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1K1, on or before April 2, 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. VANCOUVER CITY SAVINGS CREDIT UNION, Executor STEWART, AULINGER & COMPANY, Solicitors

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Continue to rest, lie low. Contemplate: how have you come here, and where are you going? It’s a little too early to make plans, as many factors, and your own certainty, will “show up missing” over the next few weeks – significant revisions will arise in April. Complete projects and duties now, rather than starting anything new. What seems a dull Sunday might transform, this night or Tuesday, into romance or a pleasure foray. Your money luck improves over the next four weeks. Tackle growing chores midweek. Relationships have a strong message for you Thursday night onward. Taurus April 20-May 20: You’ve felt a bit put-upon, that luck wasn’t on your side, these last few weeks. That changes, Monday onward. Your gracefulness and subtle magnetism return; your popularity surges upward, puzzlement will dissolve. Still, don’t start new projects or new romances before April. You often judge yourself by your possessions. That will cause you much wondering and bemusement in May/June – but these months of indecision will be only part of a longer phase of good money/possessions luck, from April to July, which in turn kicks off a hugely lucky year of money, lasting to mid-2013.) Gemini May 21-June 20: The accent continues on ambition, reputation, mingling with “big shots” – considering your poor luck of the last few years, take a defensive rather than daring stance here. Strictly avoid starting ambitious new projects before April 4. (A slowdown starts soon, technically March 12. This will bring back a former hope, or “light lover” – but that’s next week onward.) You’ve been more gregarious the last few weeks: now, through March, socializing mingles with “quiet joys.” BTW, those years of bad luck end in June; bad karma ends in late August. Then a year of splendid fortune begins.

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Cancer June21-July22:Yourmellow,understanding mood continues. Relationships are changing (20082023). This month is an excellent time to figure out why – why they’ve changed, what you can do, the meaning of it all. Your vision and thoughts are broader and more acute than usual. You’ll be surprised/ gratified by the nuggets of affection and optimism you uncover. (That’s partly because, now to April 3, your popularity rises.) Chase money – carefully – Sunday eve to Tuesday. Travel, talk, messages fill midweek: say heartfelt, loving things. Settle into home Friday/ Saturday. Finish, don’t start, projects. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: The mysteries continue. But you’ll solve a lot of them Sunday eve to Tuesday, when your energy and alertness return. (Passivity promotes mystery; action solves it.) And Tuesday night to Thursday, when money luck (combined with action) can reveal the forces and currents underlying many aspects of your life, and reveal a profitable, satisfying road ahead. Take action! But stop Thursday; sit back, relax, have a coffee and communicate Friday/ Saturday. All week, start nothing that will demand further (supportive) efforts after this week. E.g., buy stocks, don’t start a business. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Relationships dominate all month, but this week the aces fall in your lap. Take advantage of your position, luck and strength, especially Wednesday – but keep in mind the need to please another, to co-operate and work as a team. Strictly avoid starting any new projects before April 4; finish instead. (A period of slowdowns, mistakes and indecision technically begin March 12.) You’re hopeful Sunday morning, but to little avail. Retreat this p.m. through Tuesday eve: meditate, finish chores, rest. Your energy and charisma surge midweek. Examine money (buy nothing) Friday/Saturday.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Sophia Isabel Ghini also known as Sophia I. Ghini, Sophia Ghini and Sophia Isabella Ghini, Deceased, late of 374 East 57th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C V5X 1S7, who died on December 19, 2011 at Vancouver, British Columbia, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned at 510 - 1040 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H1, on or before March 23, 2012, after which the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. Carolyn M. Coleclough solicitor for Gerald Ghini, Executor for the Estate NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others, having claims against the estate of David Paul Reiter, otherwise known as David Reiter and David P. Reiter, deceased, formerly of 3033 Kent Ave N, Unit 612, Vancouver BC V5S 4P7, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Administratrix c/o #10 – 9820 Haddon Drive, Richmond BC V7E 6K2, 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 been received. Administratrix Elizabeth Reiter NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF MILTON KWONG WONG, ALSO KNOWN AS MILTON K. WONG late of 5010 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 2Z5 (the “Estate”) NOTICE is given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate are required to send them to the executors, Fei Wendy Wong and George David Burke, at P.O. Box 11130, #3000 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3R3, on or before April 11, 2012, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have been received. EXECUTORS: FEI WENDY WONG and GEORGE DAVID BURKE SOLICITOR: Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

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March 4 - 10, 2012 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Travel, communicate, perform errands, do paperwork – do these quickly, now, as a major slow-down hits this area next week, which will leave you “out of the loop,” planning-wise and data-wise, to April 4. (Speaking of planning, make none now; wait until April, after the situation has changed.) Life’s depths, sexual urges and financial actions fill Sunday eve to Tuesday. A mellow, wise mood flows Tuesday night to Thursday: dive into culture, international affairs, intellectual pursuits, and love. Luck accompanies you Sunday eve to Thursday, so act. A romantic mood creeps in. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Chase money – but don’t start any large projects (especially in monetary, friendship or communication zones) before April 4. Your home becomes a more affectionate place in March. You’ll be talking, mailing, travelling all month, too, but make your major contacts now, not later. Schedule meetings for April, not March. Relationships bless you Sunday eve to Tuesday: a property question might arise. Delve into intimacy, big finance, research or health problems Tuesday night to Thursday – you might make a major, lucky investment. Wisdom, but not much luck, Friday/Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Your energy, charisma and clout ride a peak wave – but the results of your actions might not be what you want, if you begin projects now (or anytime before April 4). Finish things, instead. You might meet a splendid friend soon (around March 13, but it could occur anytime March 5 onward). Tackle chores, protect your health, Sunday eve to Tuesday. Tuesday night to Thursday brings great relationships, exciting meetings and new opportunities (but remember my advice about new projects). (You’ll see these people again mid-next week.) Take care with money, intimacy Friday/Saturday. timstephens@shaw.ca


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THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORS Installations Refinishing & Repairs Dust Free • Free Estimates Affordable Rates!

Call: 604-240-3344

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8150

Kitchens/Baths

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

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Gutters

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8130

Handyperson

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CABINETRY, countertops, bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127

8150

Kitchens/Baths

Reno’s & Home Improvements Kitchen & Baths, Tiling, Electrical, Carpentry +. WCB. 604-518-2948

BATHROOM PRO Free ests. 604-618-3244

1 to 3 Men

45

FREE ESTIMATES

8155

Landscaping

Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. Old Pools Filled in, irrigation. 604.782.4322

8160

Lawn & Garden

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance Seniors Discount

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• Oil Tank Removal • Work complies with city bylaws • Always fair & BC Mainland reasonable rates • Excellent references For Free Estimates Call

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Painting/ Wallpaper

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Masonry

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Moving & Storage

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Over 10 yrs. Exp. • Licenced & Insured • Professional Piano Movers

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Plumbing

Complete Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services 7 Days A Week Seniors Discounts Small Repairs to Renovations Also Furnaces & Hot Water Tanks Water Service, Drain Tiles, Sewers Very Reasonable Rates Licensed Plumber and Gas Fitter Call Jim

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Repairs & Renos, general contracting. Insured, WCB, Licensed

Paving/Seal Coating

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Renovations & Home Improvement

• • • •

Licensed, Insured & Bonded Lic. Plumbers & Gas Fitters Over 20 years Experience Custom Renovations to Small Repairs

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For Free Estimates Call Ryan 778.809.6677 homeadvantagecontracting@gmail.com

Kitchen & Bath RENOVATIONS

Free Est Lic - Ins - Bonded

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Roofing

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• Roofing & Roof Repairs • Duroid, Cedar, Torch-on • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention • Gutter Installation, Cleaning & Repairs

RUBBISH REMOVAL Reasonable rates - Free Est. Pat 604-224-2112, anytime

Call for a free estimate:

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ROLL PAINT SERVICES Winter Special. Satisfaction Gtd. Int/ext. Dave, 604-587-5844

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604-732-8453

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8300

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

J. PEARCE STUCCO CONTRACTING. 604-761-6079 www.stuccocontracting.com

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Quality Home Improvement ★ Stucco ★ All Kinds. No Job Too Big or Small. 604-725-8925

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8309

Tiling

8315

Tree Services

A Vancouver Leak Specialist Repairs & Leaks start from $200 Licensed & WCB. 604-779-4339

Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 1-877-602-7346

❑ All Renovations ❑ All Home Repairs ❑ All Painting

RUBBISH REMOVAL Reasonable Rates, Free Est. Call Gary 604-897-3614

drytech.ca

A1 CONTRACTING. Bsmt, bath, kitchen cabinets, tiling, painting & decks. Dhillon, 604-782-1936

KURDO PAINTING ● Quality painting ● Int/Ext ● Pressure Washing ● Work Guaranteed ● Tito 604-802-2571

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Renovations & Home Improvement

Trips start at

JACK’S RUBBISH Removal Friendly, Fast & Cheap 604-266-4444

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HIGH QUALITY custom painting Best prices. Excellent refs. Free ests. Gregory 778-892-0165

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8240

HAMZA DEMOLITION LTD • Hand demolition • Concrete & soil removal • Drywall removal • Stucco & plywood removal • Disposal bin delivery • Paving stone installation

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Painting & Decorating Ltd.

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Plumbing, Heating & Gas contractor, 30 years exp, Res/Commercial

WELicensed GUARANTEE ALL COSTS & Insured

209-6663 We Do Demolition

CLASSIC FINISHES - Get the Classic touch to your painting, trim work & tile projects. Over 20 yrs of quality exp. For professional service call 604-685-5621

FENCES • STAIRS

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★ BATHROOM SPECIALIST★ Tiles, tub, vanity, plumbing, paint framing. From start to finish. Over 20 yrs exp. Peter 604-715-0030

HANDYMAN - framing, decks, tiles, hardwood, drywall, re-roof. Total additions & basements. Ken 604-500-2426 or 604-455-0740

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS

AMF Contracting Ltd.

ANGEL WEST VENTURES LTD. Kitchens, baths, renos. City lic’d plumbers, electricians & builders. Free ests. Angelo 604-618-3244

EURO RENO’S & DESIGN Kitchens, Baths, Secondary Suites, Santino 604-897-5071

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10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005

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www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

Serving West Side since 1987

LAWNS CUT, power raking, yard clean, aerate, fertilize, gardening, hedges, pruning, gutters, rubbish. Seniors’ 25% disc. 604-773-0075

Ny Ton Gardening yard & lawn maint. trimming, shrubs, hedging, power raking etc. 604-782-5288

• Sunrooms • Aluminum patio/deck covers • Aluminum roof • Glass railings • Aluminum fencing • Auto gates Free Estimates 604-521-2688

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FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

8240

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PRP RENOVATIONS. Kitchen & Bath Renos. Water damage 24/7. Insured, WCB 604-764-0399 REVISION CUSTOM Home Renos. Kitchens, Baths, Bsmts Award Winner. 604-835-4033

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8200

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Wildwood Tree Services, Exp Hedge Trimming and Removal & Tree Pruning. Free Est. 604-893-5745

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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Toyota Camry stays one step ahead davidchao Name three midsize family sedans. If you’re like most people, one of the cars on your list is the Toyota Camry. The Camry has been a bestseller since the ’90s, fending off competition from every corner of the world. Owners point to the sedan’s reliability, predictability, comfort, packaging, and value as deciding factors in the purchasing decision, and Toyota works hard to back up the car’s reputation in every possible way. Each generation and every model year is an improvement over the last, ensuring that the Camry is always at its best. But as great as the Camry’s reputation is, there’s one common complaint: it’s not much fun, whether you’re driving it or looking at it. The Camry is the ultimate in conservative transportation, and that makes it a choice dictated by logic, not emotion. Over the past decade, auto-

makers such as Ford, Mazda, and Nissan have done their best to exploit this perceived weakness, offering up sporty alternatives such as the Fusion, Mazda6, Altima, and Maxima. More recently, Toyota has faced challenges from Buick, Hyundai, and Kia— brands that were afterthoughts just a few years ago—with the attractive Verano, Sonata, and Optima sedans. And yet, Toyota continues to steer clear of the emotional appeal, favouring a middleof-the-road approach to the Camry’s design while leaving the wit and whimsy to the Yaris, FJ Cruiser, and all of the Scion cars. The message is clear: owners are perfectly fine with the Camry the way it is, and Toyota isnít about to mess with success. This being the case, it’s no surprise to learn that the redesigned, eighth-generation Camry follows in the footsteps of its predecessor. Like the seventh-generation Camry that debuted in 2007, the 2012 version is better than before, but not so different as to represent a radical departure from the past. Toyota understands that it doesn’t have to compete with niche offerings from other automakers; better to let others compete for attention while the Camry continues to satisfy its large and loyal own-

ership base. That’s what the Camry does better than any other midsize sedan on the market, and that’s what will keep it on the best-selling list for the foreseeable future. Design—You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Camry has received a simple facelift, because the styling doesnít seem much different from before. In fact, the 2012 model represents an almost complete redesign from the ground up, sharing the previous version’s profile and proportions, but gaining more angular and aerodynamic lines. Those sharper edges are both a blessing and a curse. From some angles the Camry looks sportier than ever before, while from others it seems even more conservative. Regardless of the viewpoint, the Camry’s design isnít on the level of the new Kia Optima or upcoming Ford Fusion. The cabin is more modern than before, with a clean, business-like feel that puts sensibility and practicality fully on display. Attention to detail and workmanship is obvious throughout. As good as last year’s Camry was, this new model is even better and may even approach Lexus levels of quality. Everything just feels right to the touch, from the materials to the solid door and

trunk hinges. Pe r f o r m a n c e — Powe r comes from a 2.5L inline-four with 178-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.5L V6 with 268hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have been refined for more power and improved fuel efficiency, and come with an excellent sixspeed automatic. However, Toyota has dropped the option of a manual transmission due to low sales figures. The best part of the Camry’s performance is its wonderful ride quality. The car is amaz-

ingly quiet and smooth, offering relaxed comfort in nearly any road conditions. Predictable handling also works in the Toyota’s favour, but the steering remains light and numb, preventing drivers from feeling the road. Combine that with the cushy ride, and the Camry has a tendency to feel soft. However, the Camry is kind of “luxurious” in some ways, because of its highly refined feel that makes the car almost Lexus-like. So for those people who wish their Camrys were a bit more

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective Thursday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 7, 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department Popchips Snacks assorted varieties

2/5.00

Meat Department

Happy Planet Fresh Fruit Smoothies

Enter to win Whitecaps fc tickets from popchips in-store.

value pack

Stash Premium Teas

WOW!

3/4.98

PRICING

325ml • product of B.C. + dep. + eco fee

3/6.99

3/4.98

100g • product of Germany

Belsoy Non-Dairy Puddings and Desserts

ProBar Whole Food Meal Replacement Bars

assorted varieties

3/8.49

3/6.99

4x125g • product of Canada

assorted varieties

3/7.47

3/6.99

650 - 750g • product of Canada

Imagine Foods Organic Soups

Wasa Crispbreads assorted varieties

3/5.97

3/9.99

200-310g product of Germany

3/2.49

3/5.49

Efruiti Fruit Juice Gummies assorted varieties

3/3.99

100g • product of Germany

assorted varieties

3/9.99

Old Dutch Crunch Potato Chips

original or caesar flavour

assorted varieties

3/6.99

3/6.00

675g

package of 6

! New

Rice Pita Triangles

WOW!

PRICING

200g • product of Alberta

regular retail price

The natural choice for kids ‘n colds! Provides multi-symptom cold relief, safety and effectively.

8.99

118ml

Avalon Organics Shampoo and Conditioners Beautifully made organic aromatherapy hair care.

5.99

Rice Bakery

740ml • product of Canada

Calbee Snack Salad Snapea Crisps 95g • product of USA

5.99

Marinelli’s Pasta Sauce

bins or bags

Hyland’s Cold n’ Cough

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

500g • product of Italy

Organic Red and Green Lentils

Health Care Department

Prairie Multigrain WOW! Bread PRICING

3.99

each

Bulk Department 10% off

reg 1.29 • save .46

Pastifico di Martino Silver Hills Organic or Whole Wheat Pasta 20 Grain Train or assorted varieties Ali’s Alpine Grain Bread 600g • product of Canada

.98

Kans Tandori Vegetable Mini Samosas in a Whole Wheat Wrap

500ml- 1 L • product of USA

3.29

Large Hass Avocados

Bakery Department

assorted varieties

.98lb/2.16kg

PRICING

1.49/100g

156-170g • product of USA

2.99

250g

325ml

Bach Rescue Sleep Alleviates stress safely and effectively, with no side effects.

12.99

To our Committed Customers:

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WOW!

PRICING

Choices Market 6855 Station Hill Drive, Burnaby Closing March 31, 2012

It is with much regret that after 10 years of serving you in the South Burnaby Edmonds area we will be closing our doors March 31,2012.

Look for our

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We value our relationship with you and hope to continue your patronage at our sister store – 8683 10th Ave., Burnaby.

PRICING

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Cambie

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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

Choices in the Park 6855 Station Hill Dr. Burnaby 604.522.6441

4lb bag

Certified Organic, California Grown

WOW!

Choices’ Own Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Amy’s Kitchen Frozen Burritos

2.98

Broccoli

2.19/100g

assorted varieties

Certified Organic, California Grown

PRICING

Deli Department

85g • product of USA

Liberté Organic Yogurt

WOW!

6.99lb/ 15.41kg

assorted varieties

18-20 bags • product of USA

3.99lb/ 8.80kg

Tule Specialty Sweet Navel Oranges from Homegrown Organic Farms

Spring Creek Top Sirloin Steaks

Ritter Sport Chocolate Bars

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

assorted varieties 85g

Produce Department

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 March 2 2012  

Vancouver Courier March 2 2012

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