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HOMELESS MAN MOURNED BY MIKE HOWELL A homeless man beloved by many in Marpole was found dead over the holidays in a back alley.

STABLE ASSESSMENT BY SAMANTHA WRIGHT ALLEN In a surprise development, the value of homes in Vancouver has remained stable compared to the year before.

OPINION A PROVINCIAL YEAR BY ALLEN GARR The provincial election will blot out all other news this spring and have a profound influence on city housing and transportation efforts.

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ick Hofs probably didn’t want his life to end this way: alone and curled up in his sleeping gear outside the back door of a Marpole dollar store. He was only 49 — only, in the same way Mayor Gregor Robertson and Premier Christy Clark are only 48 and 47, respectively. Can you imagine their lives cut short before 50? Hofs, a tall, thin bearded man missing his top teeth, wasn’t a politician. He was homeless and he drank a lot. Vodka, preferably Silent Sam, was his drink of choice. He had been in and out of hospital, was prone to seizures and looked to be in deteriorating health in recent months, his friends say. So when Regina Luk showed up to her dollar store on the morning of Dec. 27 to see Hofs sacked out in his familiar place in the loading bay, she checked on his condition. There was no response. She called 911. When paramedics rolled up to the back of Amy’s Loonie-Toonie Town on the northeast corner of 70th and Granville, Luk said they didn’t spend much time with Hofs.

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Marpole residents have set up a makeshift memorial for Rick Hofs, who was found dead behind a dollar store on the morning of Dec. 27. “He must have already been dead,” she said Wednesday from inside her store, where her husband John manned the till. Police attended and determined Hofs’ death wasn’t suspicious. The B.C. Coroners Service continues to investigate and it could take several months before they conclude how Hofs died. A few days before his death, on Christmas Eve, Hofs visited the Luks in the store to thank them for allowing him to sleep in their loading bay. It was Hofs’ refuge for several years, the

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exact number of which was unclear to the Luks, who have operated their store for almost 13 years. “He was a very good guy,” said Regina, noting she and her husband were in tears when Hofs’ body was taken away by the coroner. “He was very friendly and always reading. My son said he must be in heaven now because he was always reading the Bible.” News of his death spread quickly in the neighbourhood, where he was watched over and helped by many who bought him clothes, books, blankets and food.

“He was like part of Marpole,” recalled Kevin Hayer, who would lend Hofs 10 bucks here and there, always to be paid back from what he believes was Hofs’ disability cheque. Hayer operates Mr. Pickwick’s Fish and Chips in a strip mall across the street from the Luks’ store. Hayer and Hofs watched Vancouver Canucks games on television in the restaurant, sometimes past closing. Their friendship led to Hofs sharing that he once was married and had a child. Hayer also learned Hofs had carpentry skills. He planned to put him to work this spring to help build a small patio deck in front of the restaurant. “As in as bad of shape that he was, I was shocked,”Hayersaidwhenlearnedofhisfriend’s death. “I expected to still see him here because, you know, it’s Rick —Rick’s always here.” Friend Sally Bennett, who lives in the neighbourhood, said Hofs refused to seek refuge in a shelter or consider housing elsewhere in the city. Marpole Place Neighbourhood House operates a shelter three blocks from the intersection of 70th and Granville. Over the years, she said, many people tried to convince Hofs he could lead a healthier life, if he had a place to call home. “There were people here in Marpole who really gave a damn about him and really wanted to help and we couldn’t,” she said, going on to name the owners of the now-defunct Characters bookstore and the head cashier at the former Safeway. “It’s kind of crushing.” mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings


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t’s January, right? January 2013? OK, good. Thought I’d missed a whole year there and was suddenly plunked into 2014 and writing speculative stories about which candidates would line up to run for mayor in the civic election. I got to thinking this way after coming across a website featuring Scott Yee. Who is Scott Yee? The name rang a bell. A quick search of my vast election files revealed that Yee ran as an independent mayoral candidate in the 2008 election. Depending on your definition of success, Yee’s fifth place finish with 942 votes could either be described as encouraging or just plain awful. Ahem, the guy who won — Gregor Robertson — collected more than 66,000 votes. Environmentalist Betty Krawczyk and the self-described Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, even fared better than Yee. I know, I know, no independent candidates can get elected in this city unless they decide to join a deep-pocketed civic party such as Vision Vancouver or the NPA. Heck, even COPE gets a good chunk of money from its union brothers to run respectable campaigns. So maybe Yee is listening. Check out what he’s saying on his website. “If I win the NPA nomination and defeat Gregor Robertson….” Yes, you heard that right — the NPA nomination. In fact, Yee says more clearly in the de-

scription on his Twitter page that he “will be seeking” an NPA nomination, which means his candidacy has to first be approved by the NPA’s candidate selection committee before entering the party’s race. At the writing of this, I left a phone message for NPA prez Peter Armstrong to get a better handle on whether the party had spoken to Yee and were serious about entertaining this political aspirant. Didn’t hear back before deadline. Anyway, the NPA might want to think hard about considering Yee since he isn’t fully committed to the civic scene. The guy has bigger ambitions than serving as mayor. Back to that sentence he started on his website: “If I win the NPA nomination and defeat Gregor Robertson, I plan on only serving one term as mayor of Vancouver, as I wish to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations in January 2017…” Move over Ban Ki-moon. “… and if was to become the next secretary-general, it means I either step down before the end of my term, try to do both jobs, or the deputy secretary-general would have to run the day-to-day operations at the UN until October.” Not only could that be a problem for the NPA — having their mayor desert them after one term — but Yee is calling for the NPA to run a coordinated campaign with the Vancouver Greens in the 2014 election. He believes running seven NPA candidates for council along with three Greens would do the trick. He, of course, would be the mayoral candidate. Yee says “not only will the NPA not be able to sweep city hall, but a coalition with the Green Party will help rebuild the NPA’s perception as an old, angry white political party.” Wonder what he thinks about the UN. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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ack in December, I asked readers if they had any comments or concerns regarding the way their community centres are being operated in light of the ongoing conflict between some community centre associations and the park board regarding the proposed joint-operating agreement. I heard from several readers, including Kerrisdale resident Sandra Clarke who offered her “two cents.” The feisty senior has been enjoying programs, such as chair yoga, at the Kerrisdale Community Centre for the past five years. She’s concerned about possible changes to the way programs are offered at the centre because the courses she’s taking are unique to Kerrisdale. That centre’s community centre association has come under fire by the park board for refusing to accept Flexipasses at its fitness centre. The association argues it paid for the fitness centre, so it should be available for members first. Some associations also argue that because they act as non-profits, they’re

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: The accent continues on ambition, status, prestige relationships and your dealings with authorities. From 2008 to 2024, higher-ups are serious, implacable, heavy-handed. Yet, from 2011 to 2018, rebellious urges visit you strongly; you have seldom been so unwilling to compromise. The result could be a battle royal: but before you enter it, contemplate their motives and your options. To succeed, fulfill higher-ups’ dreams and social wishes, which are the same as your own financial, research and/or sexual goals. Sorry this is puzzling: no other way to express it. Clues Sunday. Taurus April 20-May 20: Soon love questions will be resolved – the mysterious, the lustful, will dissolve to become understanding, gentle affection. (That’s not a decrease in love, but a transformation to a stronger base.) Continue, all month, to avoid friction with higher-ups: smile, tackle chores promptly. You might be “kicked upstairs” – into a management role. The nicest thing: these weeks are filled with a mellow wisdom: useless fears melt away. Relationships (to autumn 2015) are slow, demand loyalty and “repeated effort” – but this trend also brings the right mate to singles – clues Sunday. Gemini May 21-June 20: As I predicted, your friendship circle has begun to grow over the last few months (compared to 1996-2011). This month, you might fear that the old barrier has returned, as a solitary mood steals over you. But this is temporary – by late January, and especially February to June (and doubly especially in April) your optimism will return, and friendships will increase again! Meanwhile, use the solitude, depths, mysteries and urges of the present to invest, or to make good changes in your life: bold changes! (Best Thursday/ Friday.) Protect health Sunday/Monday. New vistas midweek. Cancer June 21-July 22: This week starts with romance and/or passion – and/or, because the passion can be creative, or about a risky venture, or passion for a child’s future. Be careful in these – a secret, a too-lustful approach, or a money or health factor (e.g., herpes) could lead love into disappointment or anger. Be moderate. Tackle chores midweek. Thursday/ Friday bring opportunity and opposition. True love is a potential all week, but if true love is born now, it’s likely to be a fiery, perhaps rocky one! The weekend is for mulling, figuring it all out. All month, invest or research in career.

able to apply for government grants and loans. The new proposed joint-operating agreement would funnel profits from programs to the park board, eliminating the association’s ability to raise charitable funds. Clarke is worried the Vision Vancouver-dominated park board will “fix something that ain’t broke,” and her vital fitness programs will be eliminated. “To go to another centre would be extremely inconvenient and require that I rely on HandyDart, which is extremely unreliable if available at all,” wrote Clarke. “I am independent and enjoy the company of like-minded ‘friends’ who would be in the same situation as I if the courses changed.” Clarke adds, while the city continues to pour money into bike lanes, there’s little being done to assist seniors. “Sorry, if I sound so negative, which I usually am not,” wrote Clarke. “But I try to be self-sufficient, doing as much as I can myself, laughing a lot, but I really get bugged when somebody can’t budget properly and overspends.” I also received a letter from someone who signed their anonymous email, “Average Joe.” Mr. Joe, who claims to have no affiliation with the park board, says community centre associations have an advantage over other non-profits in the city in that they have dedicated city staff

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Leo July 23-Aug. 22: A pile of work faces you. (With more chores than you might suspect on the home front, as Sunday/ Monday hint.) Might as well plunge in and get it done. A relationship heats up now into February – this can be love or enmity, but a definite societal, intellectual, travel, cultural or legal theme accompanies it. “Dynamic” couples might agree to wed – or travel. Tuesday/Wednesday emphasize romance, pleasure, sports, creative surges and speculative ventures, but only Tuesday “come through.” There’s that work – in spades – Thursday/Friday. Careful Saturday eve: wrong relationship! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: The accent lies on romance, creativity, sports, games, charming kids, beauty and pleasure – you’re riding a winning streak, especially Thursday/Friday, when a new love affair or a new creative project could start. But work demands your attention, too. This week, a schedule keeps you from careening all over the place. (Ignore schedules next week, when opportunities need flexibility.) Sunday (better) and Monday (a dud) feature short trips, communications, curiosity and variety. Attend to your foundations, home and family (and your need for rest) midweek – start projects Tuesday. Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The focus lies on home, children, nutrition, land, security, retirement. These basic matters are undergoing deep, significant change in the 2008-2024 period. Many Librans “made their nest” in the last three years: but now you might be spending on that nest, or on your children. You don’t mind, because you see the lasting value involved. Still, keep expenses in line with a conservative income picture, now to late 2015 (clues Sunday/Monday). A romantic thread winds through January, could lead you to a true mate, especially from the 21st into February. Security and amour don’t mix. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: The accent lies on communications and travel, especially Thursday/Friday, when a new project might emerge. Be curious – what you find now might form the basis for future projects/actions. E.g., you might wander into a neighbourhood where your next home will be. Act slowly, wisely and gently on the home front all month. Your energy and charisma soar Sunday/Monday (though little might get done Monday – stick to routine jobs). Chase money, buy/sell Tuesday. Settle into home comforts Saturday – a.m. lucky, p.m. not. Soon – not yet – a major, beneficial lifestyle change will arrive.

working for them. He adds these centres are fortunate in that the park board pays for the heat, light and maintenance for rentals facilities, so should in fact be entitled to the profits from them as it’s proposing. Traditionally, the associations have kept these profits to use for programs, which is why Clarke is so concerned about any changes. “The central issue for me,” Average Joe writes, “is that the boards have de facto control over city resources without having been elected by citizens. Also, so isn’t it self perpetuating ... richer areas can pay for more programs, more funds are raised, then bigger and better facilities built, then more revenue ... etc.” It’s too bad Average Joe didn’t sign his real name to his email because he appears to have a significant working knowledge of community centre associations and the park board. He finished his email with this comment, “Now the grab for power from the city is just that ... but then aren’t they the elected ones? Not saying it would be better but the current set up is flawed, so something has to be worked out so that neighbourhoods are involved, but public interests must be maintained. Yes volunteers are hard working … but is this the best way of doing things?” sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sandrathomas10

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or the first time in several years, properties in Vancouver are remaining relatively stable in value, according to the 2013 assessment roll released by B.C. Assessment on Wednesday. “The thing which is really in contrast to last year is really how stable the roll is,” said Grant McDonald, deputy assessor for the Vancouver Sea to Sky region. “Last year … saw some fairly hefty increases.” This trend is a surprising shift considering the 2012 assessment numbers saw the value of Vancouver homes jump by between 10 to 25 per cent. “I think the majority of people when they open their assessment notice this week, they’re going to look at it and go ‘Hmm, I’m within five per cent of where I was last year,’” said McDonald, adding that values can vary greatly but the Vancouver region saw an overall two per cent increase in the value of residential homes. Last year’s assessment also saw the West Side outperform the East Side. Although the gap between the two remained large, this year neither saw a big jump. A West Side single family home on a 33-foot lot went down from $1,329,600 last year to $1,256,200 this year, while an East Side home of the same size increased from $1,031,300 to $1,081,700. In contrast, a West Side two-bedroom apartment rose in value from $589,000 to $599,000, and an East Side twobedroom fell slightly from $386,000 to $383,000. McDonald noted B.C. is on top in determining accurate valuations as one of the few provinces to employ an annual assessment approach. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba do assessments every four years, while Quebec’s cycle is every three years. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta rolls are all determined annually too, though some assessments — like Alberta — are coordinated on the municipal level unlike B.C. Assessment, which is a Crown corporation. Of the 194,800 properties in Vancouver, approximately 690 received “extreme letters” as part of its “no surprises campaign” to notify owners of any major changes. Market values are determined by a team of professional appraisers that consider the physical condition of a home as of July 1, 2012, home sales, new construction, as well as specific characteristics like location, size, age, quality, renovations and view. Homeowners have until Jan. 31 to appeal any valuations and can use a feature on the website called e-valueBC to compare assessments with the selling price of properties with similar features in similar neighbourhoods. “Historically we’ve always had less than two per cent of the entire roll [appeal] so it tends to suggest to me that there’s broad acceptance of the numbers,” McDonald said. McDonald said B.C. Assessment can’t predict whether stability will remain next year and that “talking about averages ... becomes pretty meaningless.” samanthawrightallen@gmail.com twitter.com/samanthawrights

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Victoria Drive resident says a lack of garbage cans along that street and in neighbouring Jones Park is creating a constant pile of trash. Sarah Albertson has worked with the Victoria Drive Business Improvement Association to pressure the city into installing more cans. She says the problem increased significantly with the recent opening of a Starbucks at Victoria and East 41st Avenue. “It was bad enough with the garbage from McDonald’s, but when the Starbucks opened it got worse,” said Albertson. “I called the city and they said they’d get one out right away, but that never happened.” She noted McDonald’s supplies its own garbage cans outside the restaurant, but their availability doesn’t stop diners from wandering down the street with their fast food while dropping wrappers along the way. She added Starbucks employees also at-

tempt to keep the area in front of the shop clean, but coffee drinkers often take their beverages to go and there’s nowhere for them to dump their trash once they’re done. “I couldn’t even get excited about getting a coffee shop because the garbage has just been so bad,” said Albertson. She said not only has the city refused to install trash cans on Victoria Drive, it also removed one from a key location at Jones Park, which was recently “beautified.” Albertson sent the Courier a photograph showing garbage strewn on a pathway in the park in the exact location where the garbage can once stood. “Our BIA ordered garbage cans and was told they’d get them, but then the city said the order was cancelled because they don’t have the budget to pick the garbage up,” said Albertson. “So I have my litter picker-upper and I go up and down my street until I reach Victoria where it’s just a swell of garbage.” Albertson noted she grew up in False Creek and never experienced problems with garbage like she has since moving to the Victoria Drive neighbourhood four years ago. “I appreciate that this [Vision Vancouver] government has started some

good programs, like the homeless action plan, but it’s frustrating when they say they don’t have enough money for basic necessities like garbage cans,” Albertson said. “This has been an ongoing battle.” Victoria Drive BIA coordinator Monique Koningstein confirmed the city cancelled an order for garbage cans, which were to be installed on the street. “We’ve had a good relationship with the city overall and they did beautify Jones Park and install 45 bike racks,” said Koningstein. “But there used to be a garbage can there and it’s gone.” To combat the garbage problem, the BIA has hired the Coast Mental Health Foundation’s Clean Team. “But that takes a big chunk from our budget,” she said. City of Vancouver media spokesperson Christie Smith told the Courier in an email that city staff planned to visit Jones Park Thursday to assess the situation. She added the city’s sanitation department has worked with the Victoria Drive BIA about their current level of service and continues to look into individual resident concerns as they’re reported. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10

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mong the many things Vancouverites can look forward to in the year ahead will be gifts from the city’s Great Green Machine. This includes fruit tree orchards thanks to the parks board’s tree planting practices. There will be another greenway — after first making the city’s to-do list 17 years ago, the Comox-Helmcken Greenway will connect Stanley Park with False Creek. And none too soon because, at long last, this summer we will see a “bike share” program negotiated by the city with a private operator much like those operating in 300 cities around the globe. Except for one difference: Vancouver’s velo version will require riders to wear helmets, which apparently will be scrubbed clean of cooties after each time they are used. Less certain will be progress on the proposed multi-billion dollar rapid transit line — a subway — down Broadway and out to UBC. Success there relies on money from the province and possibly Ottawa, too. A looming provincial election, which will bury any municipal news this spring, and the government down in the polls make it all the more possible the taps will be turned on in Victoria. There is also, faint hope I know, the possibility Victoria will be moved to pass legislation to allow TransLink options for a sustainable revenue source besides increasing property taxes. The region’s mayors are pressing the province for movement on that front by some time next month. Proposals for taxes on road use seem to be most popular. Pressure to garner support should also see the province throw money at affordable housing in aid of the mayor’s task force. The city has offered up half a dozen properties for which it has asked all comers to propose affordable housing projects. Staff is now going through those responses. Expect progress this year. And by this spring we should see a city staff report dealing with the removal of those remnants of freeway interruptus, the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. I have not been able to source rumours saying that, much like with the Berlin Wall, entrepreneurs will be able to profit by selling off small chunks of the concrete as souvenirs of a misguided political past. If the provincial Liberals don’t move this spring on Wally Oppal’s recommendation for regional police forces, the New Democrats will — should they continue to maintain their lead and actually win the next election. Oppal’s missing women’s task force report roundly condemned the cops for their “colossal failure” in dealing with serial killer Willie Pickton and the women he selected as his victims. Oppal pointed to a fragmented effort along with their discriminatory attitudes as central to that failure. Oppal first highlighted the problem of turf wars among police in his government-sponsored inquiry and report on community policing in 1994. Attempts to broach the subject then were vehemently opposed by cops and mayors. Now the public mood has swung clearly in favour of amalgamation, and chiefs of police like Vancouver’s Jim Chu are standing back, saying the decision should be made by politicians. We’ll see. We will also see, come February, if we are any further ahead on a solution to the great Vancouver Art Gallery Debate. That’s city council’s deadline for the gallery to come up with a proposal. Gallery director Kathleen Bartels continues to whip up support from some of the city’s most celebrated artists in favour of a new building at Larwill Park, the old bus terminal at Cambie and Georgia. Those efforts continue to be opposed by respected philanthropist and art collector Bob Rennie. The man who made his money marketing condos says instead of the “Big Box” option Bartels is promoting, we would be better off using much of the $300 million in construction for art, not architecture. He’s proposing a multi-site art gallery much like that in Seattle or Honolulu. Here the scheme would include the present gallery at the courthouse renovated back in 1983 by Arthur Erickson. The gallery debate, added to the rest of what we can expect, will make this a busy year indeed. agarr@vancourier.com

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Idle No More could be watershed moment

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hen I was in my teens, I sometimes dropped by a friend’s place in my neighbourhood. I recall his police officer father making wisecracks from a leather recliner. On multiple occasions, he remarked how he loved to whack native people on the head with his big service flashlight while on duty up north. Literal aboriginal bashing. At the time, I took it to be an authoritarian personality’s failed attempt at humour. Yet with the passage of time, his routine about personal race relations seemed more like reportage than rhetoric. Racist remarks, casual or caustic, about this nation’s indigenous people are as Canadian as street hockey, toques and red serge. For the most part, such comments have been driven by ignorance rather than malice. The most persistent shibboleth has been how good two per cent of the population have it with their status card benefits. Ah, if only we overworked whites could trade places with those First Nations freeloaders! Considering the remarks I’ve heard for decades, from locker rooms to dinner parties, many Canadians are on a par with the white Afrikaners of preapartheid South Africa, who interpreted the subordinate state of blacks to be the logical result of ethnic inferiority, if not God’s will. Like many of us today, the beneficiaries of the Botha regime were lily-white folks who projected their shadows on the cultural remnants of the indigenous Other. In the past few weeks, drum circles, flash mobs and aboriginal events have cropped up in malls, city streets and public squares across Canada, driven by the grassroots “Idle No More” movement. According to the IDM website, the movement “calls on all people to join in a revolution which honours and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.” The chief of Attawapiskat, Theresa Spence, is camped on an island near Parliament Hill grounds in the fourth week of a hunger strike. As the most visible representative of Idle No More, she is attempting to draw attention to the Conservative omnibus budget Bill C-45, which eliminates federal oversight of waterways and abrogates treaty rights by streamlining the sale of reserve land without consultation. Spence’s town drew media attention last year for its miserable conditions, and the Attawapiskat chief is demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. So far, the PM has been a silent as a church mouse on the matter, but on Dec. 21 his official Twitter account featured a food-related clip from The Simpsons. Harper included the comment: “Mmm, bacon.” You cannot make this stuff up. Spence’s activism has encouraged some media gatekeepers to release their hounds. One of the most rabid representatives of the status quo is Canadian media fixture Christie Blatchford. She recently penned a screed headlined, “Holding Ottawa hostage: Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike reduces complex issues and breeds stupidity.” Blatchford excoriated Spence’s “hunger strike and… the inevitable cycle of hideous puffery and horse manure that usually accompanies native protests swirls.” After some paint-by-numbers remarks about aboriginal suffering, Blatchford returned to maul the chief. “It is tempting to see the action as one of intimidation, if not terrorism: She is, after all, holding the state hostage to vaguely articulated demands.” Actually, Idle No More’s demands are much more specific than last year’s Occupy movement, although no thinking person should expect journalistic precision, or even a quantum of solace, from the likes of Blatchford. The online comments below her National Post story offer a sad recitation of homebred attitudes toward all things aboriginal. Writes one reader of Spence’s hunger strike, “Stand firm, Stephen, she looks like she could go for months without eating.” Of course, there are plenty of Canadians who recognize the heart of darkness in our dealings with the land’s first inhabitants. Former prime minister Paul Martin is one of them. “The amount of indifference that’s out there to aboriginal tragedies is beyond belief,” he told a meeting of The Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists last year in Montreal. “Canadians are not bad people, they’re just complacent,” he added. This country is still waiting on its Mandela moment — and some are panicking it may have arrived in the person of Theresa Spence. geoffolson.com

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COUN. AFFLECK NEEDS LABOUR RELATIONS TRAINING

To the editor: Re: “City’s web woes,” Dec. 21. After Coun. George Affleck gets some assistance navigating the city’s new website, I would suggest he also seek some training in labour relations — especially given his comments about outsourcing city jobs. I find it troubling that a city councillor would suggest contracting out highly specialized jobs responsible for significant civic information. I would be pleased to share with him studies showing that contracting out public services usually results in inferior service and rarely saves taxpayers money. It would be refreshing, for once, to hear Coun. Affleck express his appreciation for the dedicated city employees who deliver public services and programs to residents and businesses. These public services and the people who provide them are part of the reason Vancouver is consistently recognized as one of the best and most livable cities in the world. Paul Faoro, President CUPE Local 15

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The president of CUPE Local 15 says Coun. George Affleck’s comments about the city’s website are misguided. .

PROPS TO GARR SLAMMING OPPAL

To the editor: Re: “Oppal should be ashamed,” Dec. 21. One of the best columns of the last year was Allen Garr’s last week regarding Wally Oppal’s references to Cameron Ward, on top of Oppal’s former reluctance to have any inquiry, and his arbitrariness in the number of potential witnesses. Rather than sentimentally averring that he wanted to hug victims’ families

and change places with them, it is too bad that Mr. Oppal did not have those sympathetic feelings when he had the power to call witnesses that Cameron Ward wanted — very reasonably — to summon. Cameron Ward, considered by many appreciative B.C.ers, to be one who seeks justice for the least among us and represents what a member of the bar is supposed to be, would be an interesting alternative to Mr. Oppal if the tables were turned.

Shirley Bradley, Vancouver

SOCIAL MEDIA COURIER STORY: “Dissent grows as Vision fiddles,” Allen Garr, Dec. 27 Sandy Garossino @Garossino: In which Allen Garr of @VanCourierNews notices the bloom is off Vision’s rose #vanpoli DunbarReVision @DunbarReVision: “So shut up and be grateful.” That about sums it up. Gregor’s Green Book @GregorsGreenBK: Vision politicians don’t realize their civic arrogance has impacted their provincial aspirations. COURIER STORY: “Politicians — not police — must decide on regional force, says VPD chief,” Mike Howell, Dec. 31. Mathew Kagis @OccupyMedic: Because police and politicians have done a GREAT job so far... #Fail #FTP #Bcpoli #Occupy #IdleNoMore COURIER STORY: “Sweet Spot: Gluten-free at last,” Eagranie Yuh, Dec. 31. The Last Crumb @lastcrumbcafe: what a beautiful article in the @VanCourierNews. Thank you for thinking about us for #GlutenFree items! Hope to see you soon! COURIER STORY: “Acclaimed Fat Dragon slayed by lack of customers,” Cheryl Rossi, Dec. 31. Fenner Rumble: Attitude could have been a factor? Aaron Chapman: There’s not much up that area of Powell street. It’s a no mans land of any other businesses at night. Too bad though, I’d just been there for the first time and the food and drink was quite nice. Wayne Kennett: Never heard of it. Maybe more advertising would’ve helped. Follow us on Facebook: The VancouverCourierNewspaper and Twitter: @VanCourierNews

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and no yard trimmings will be accepted as they may contain invasive plants that could harm the botanical garden. The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area is holding its fourth-annual tree chipping event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 6 at Kingsgate Mall at 370 East Broadway. Chipping is by donation. Proceeds are earmarked for Mount Pleasant elementary for its school field trips. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. The mall allows the use of its lower east side parking lot. Arbutus Tree Service chips the trees. Last year, the event enjoyed its most successful year. Almost 200 trees were dropped off to raise $1,677 for the school. The City of Vancouver and Lions Club annual tree-chipping events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 5 and 6 at four sites — Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot (East Boulevard north of 41st Avenue), Kitsilano Beach parking lot (Cornwall Avenue and Arbutus Street), Sunset Beach upper parking lot (Beach Avenue and Broughton Street) and Rona Home and Garden Grandview Store (2727 East 12th Ave. in the overflow parking lot north of Grandview Hwy, south of 12th Avenue). Cash and non-perishable food donations collected at the events will be distributed to local charities. If your house receives city yard trimmings/ food scraps collection, you can put your tree out for collection until Jan. 31. Lay the tree on its side — don’t bag or bundle it. Place it one metre away from carts. Residents can also drop trees off at the Vancouver South Transfer Station at 377 West Kent Ave. North or the Vancouver Landfill on the 5400 block of 72nd Street in Delta until Jan. 31. noconnor@vancourier.com

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General David Johnson earlier this week. Julie Cruikshank (Social Sciences), Clyde Hertzman (Health Care), Bonnie Sher Klein (Arts) and Ian Hugh Wallace (Arts) were also given the honour, while fellow Vancouverites Michael Brown (Industry), James

Keng (Architecture), Jane Coop (Arts), Harold Kalman (Heritage) and Toyoshi Yoshihara (Arts) were all named Members of the Order of Canada.

RECYCLE OLD VCRS If you still have an unused and unloved videocassette record-

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conomically, we’ve groped through a dark and stormy night since 2007; but in mid2012 the first cool, shy sunlight bathed us. The U.S. recovery predicted last year has begun — and should last into mid2015, when worldwide inflation or deflation brings the storm clouds again. The “fiscal cliff” won’t be steep. As the U.S. goes, so goes Canada — to a point. Oil prices remain soft for the first six months, impacting the West. The real estate market, boosted since 2009 by Ottawa’s low interest rates, now holds these as a soft-landing parachute — until 2015. Though relative stability rules, August might bring an “early warning jolt.” Generally, investors remain luckier than wage earners. Many advances will be made in transportation and communications. Governments, institutions, hospitals, factories — all swell like sponges in water. Technologies will fight each other — e.g., Apple vs. Samsung. We’ll see more severe clashes of army vs. citizens or hierarchy vs. rebels. The U.S. might enter/start a small, brief war in June/July. Dreamers and mystics square off against logical pragmatists. Expect marijuana wars. Hospital wars. Naval expansions and confrontations. Spirituality will flourish, as will research in ocean sciences, optics and astrophysics. Everyday business will go well; large matters such as international trade will meet (legal) barriers. On cultural fronts, the dark, sexy, grisly crime shows (Bones, CSI, etc.) will lose audience. Brighter, lighter fare will catch the ratings train. We’ll see more “Mom knows best” family value shows. Homelessness as dark comedy. We should delay starting new projects or relationships from Feb. 23 to March 17, June 26 to July 20, and Oct. 21 to Nov. 10. Don’t start a new love or cultural affair Dec. 21 to Jan. 31, 2014.

ARIES MARCH 21-APRIL 19 Through June, life’s fun, fast, filled with new acquaintances, short trips, talks and visits. Enjoy life without worry. Explore and learn. The second half of 2013 grows more serious — and rewarding. You face the best real estate luck in a decade. Buy, sell or renovate, or seek a better rental. Affection, optimism and cheer fill the home. Visitors from afar might arrive. You’ll benefit from a home office. This is a splendid interval to put down roots, build foundations, to birth or adopt a child, even to expand sales territory. You will face a consequential choice, especially in early August, between home/quietude and ambition/career. Choose home. Your career continues to change — this spring and autumn, you might rebel against the powers that be; your future plans are involved. Friends arrive in January/February. Your magnetism and determination impress others March/April. A friendly, light romance could start June/July.

Contain your impatience, your rough side, in July/August and December. Romance flares September/October. All year, intimacy — and finances — are slow, weighty, but rewarding. Earnings might ebb, but they’ll rebound in 2014.

TAURUS APRIL 20-MAY 20 The money vault remains open until late June, Taurus. Buy and sell, chase new clients, ask for a pay raise or promotion. What you achieve now (even non-monetarily) can boost you to an earnings plateau that will last for decades. Money could swell from research, investigation, investments, networking, international contacts or higher education. July begins 12 months of travel, variety, communication, paperwork and friendship. Your curiosity can lead to new research projects and investment opportunities and/or to a fine sensual bond. All year, others respond slowly in love and business; yet behind that reluctance affection and respect are growing, so don’t give up after your first approach — try, try again. All year, you’ll gain from interaction, lose from being overly-independent. Someone whispers sweet things in January. Light romantic prospects fill February — what seems over will gain a second life, right into April. Your sexual magnetism glows in May — beware entering a verboten bond. Avoid temper in September/October, just when romance surges. Two love candidates fill November with decisions: your choice could start a major love affair.

GEMINI MAY 21-JUNE 20 Your luck soars February to June! You’re in charge: you can relocate (or not) pick your lover/mate (or freedom) and choose between many opportunities in business and friendship. Travel abroad, attend higher education, work in publishing or other idea-oriented fields, seek fame, advertise your business, or simply shake a lot more hands. All bring more luck than you expect! Despite this luck, you might remain wounded from the relationship upheavals of the last 15 years. But that’s over. Spread your emotional arms wide now: someone will fill the space. From July onward, a money boat docks in your harbour. Do everything to boost your income in a permanent way. A partnership or new vista plays a key role. Hands-on work is recommended, though it will be hard. Avoid delegating. Avoid government offices. Pay taxes promptly. Love is better the first six months; sex increases the last six. Someone’s attracted January/February. A friendly romance fills April. Your courage and magnetism soar in June. A marriageable attraction lights the autumn, but don’t change homes or start co-habiting in October/November.

CANCER JUNE 21-JULY 22 Until late June, your luck hides in quiet places: home, government offices, institutions, warehouses. Delegate chores, rest and recuperate. This is a great time to study, plan, reconnect with your spirit, and perform charitable deeds. In the second half of 2013 your fortunes do a 180 turn — success, cheerfulness and optimism radiate from you. Employment prospects brighten. You might cross international borders. You can gain from import/export, publishing, higher learning and legal affairs. Don’t build castles on shaky, imagined foundations in January/February. (This illusion might be rooted in the summer of 2012.) Someone who makes promises might break them. All year, chase deep romance; let the light stuff go. True, life-long love might arrive (anytime now to 2024). An exciting person draws you in January. An old flame enlivens March. A confidant flirts in June. Your sexual magnetism soars all summer. October to December brings a complicated but fascinating heart thrill. Work grows intense in January, affectionate in February. Management likes you. Your ambition soars March/April and mid-summer. DON’T let a lawsuit start, February/March. Nutrition improves health.

LEO JULY 23-AUG. 22 Wishes come true before July, Leo. Your popularity soars. If you’re single, a light, friendly romance seems almost inevitable. It could turn sweetly serious, as you sense a growing depth of communion. You and others are in a marrying mood, especially January through April. Downplay arguments in January. July (to mid-2014) brings a quieter mood. Rest, recuperate. Meditate, contemplate where you’ve been and where you want to go. Make plans for next year. Deal with civil servants, be charitable and spiritual, clear up neglected chores and obligations. You might be promoted to a more managerial role, or move up the administrative ladder this summer. Don’t argue with the boss in May. Meet impatience with a smile. All year, avoid changing careers/jobs: you’d likely jump to something worse. Don’t try to get ahead by skirting boundaries. Your magnetism surges September into midOctober. December fills your heart with romantic notions. If you’re attached, shower your love with little gifts. Take a deep rest in November. All year, your home and children demand — and repay — additional care and expense.


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Your career and reputation surge to a June peak. You could be promoted, gain renown, or grab a business opportunity. Bosses and parents-in-law love you. You might have to quit one job/ career in order to grab the bigger benefits of another. July onward (to mid-2014) brings celebration. Your popularity rises, flirtations and light romance spring up everywhere. Your life fills with group activities, entertainment, wish fulfillment and many plans for the future. Your investments and assets face more changes. Be safe, not risk-prone. Ignore “persuaders.” Seductive, mystical Neptune recently entered your marriage sign for a long, long stay. A very different, puzzling, fascinating “type” attracts you. Reject substance abusers, accept dreamers. If you are already married, you will either feel your mate has grown more puzzling (but you love it) or you’ll feel unfulfilled, your mate seems to be “old stuff.” Old flames and old friends waltz into your life in March, July and this autumn. All year, avoid legal hassles. This isn’t the best year for international travel or for beginning a higher education program.

February to June invites you to a banquet of opportunities in finances, sexual intimacy, and lifestyle changes. Delve beneath the surface — this leads to profitable insights, even to treasure. Choose investments that yield earnings. Your progress in physical or emotional therapy will please you. An inheritance or settlement (e.g., from divorce) is very possible. July onward (to mid-2014) opens lucky doors to international travel, school, legal affairs, publishing, and love. If you’re unattached, this second half can bring one of the sweetest, most uplifting affairs of your life. However, you would be wise not to marry or co-habit before March 2014. January and September/October might bring a promotion. Be gentle with family members in January. Avoid lawsuits July/ August. You have just entered a huge creative and child-oriented phase, lasting to 2025. Love just gets better! Old flames appear in March or July. Relations are fiery April/May. June is sexy; a co-worker sings your song. (You might also make a huge June machinery purchase.) You attract others September/October, but your heart grows indecisive — right into early 2014.

LIBRA SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 Through June, you’ll gain from higher education, far travel, and cultural involvements. If you face a lawsuit, you’re likely to win. If single, you might wed. The best kind of love awaits you. From July onward your ambitions sprout — this month begins one of the luckiest career or business years of your life. Higherups want to back you. Love, travel and/or culture could be involved in a successful venture. (For example, you might marry — up.) Charge forth! All year, you continue to be bothered by domestic pressures or changes. You might make money from or spend it on, real estate. Be frugal; your income is mildly restricted all year. Avoid big investments, and commitments based solely on sexual desire. Protect your digestive tract. Eccentric, fascinating people enter. Your romantic courage could capture a future life mate in January. Someone impresses you in early spring — but is it love or competition? Be careful April/May: a clandestine love is a doorway to sorrow. A wedding, or a long-distance love, could arrive in June. Friends bring romantic wishes true this autumn.

SAGITTARIUS NOV. 22-DEC. 21 A whole new world, packed with opportunity, awaits you. February to June, you can luckily relocate, marry, negotiate a contract, and profitably deal with strangers or the public at large. Fame is possible! Your luck emerges from relationships, so be willing to befriend, co-operate and cultivate others. July (into 2014) brings splendid luck in sexual bonding, pregnancy, finances, investments and debt, lifestyle changes, research and health diagnoses. This period will steer the fortunate links of 2013’s first half into intimacy and bonding; business links veer into funding. This is an excellent time to set up an investment program — but avoid speculation, especially in August. Sidestep legal hassles September/ October. Unattached singles find potential mates, happy couples find adventure and travel, and unhappy couples are likely to separate/divorce this year. March/April light your romantic fires — and determination. The summer intensifies relationships, turns them steamy.

Though your progress might seem snaillike in management zones, keep at this area: it creates deep future benefits. Avoid expanding hands-on work. Be diplomatic with impatient bosses and parents this autumn — smile!

CAPRICORN DEC. 22-JAN. 19 The first half of 2013 is pure slogging — work, health, watching the kids, repairing machinery, etc. Eat and dress sensibly. Overtime fattens your bank account, especially in February and June. You might be promoted laterally to a bigger task. By July the drudgery ends — this month into mid-2014, you’ll face lucky chances to relocate, gain new clients, move to a better job, to marry, negotiate lucrative contracts, even to touch fame. But all your luck emerges from goodwill, so treat others kindly and eagerly. You’re immersed in a decade of “self-reconstruction” — 2013/14 forms the “interaction” phase of this. Quality time will diminish stress on the home front. January offers a sensual link. The spring brings friends. All year, be with light, happy people rather than seek heart-pounding amour. A light, fun link could become a major affair, even marriage. This summer, you move swiftly from attraction to intimacy. You could wed by September, while unhappy couples might separate. In November, you become unforgettably charming to someone — this could lead to powerful love developments in 2014.

AQUARIUS JAN. 20-FEB. 18 A powerful romantic trend, delayed since last autumn, grows rockets from February to July. If you aren’t yet in love, you likely will be! Attend functions in February — someone will be attracted. Travel and romance mix in March/April. May brings sweet feelings and home strife — be gentle with kids and spouse. By June, love potentials soar. Someone you considered a friend might become more. July brings work — a ton of it, stretching into mid-2014. Computers or electrical systems need attention. This work period will fatten your bank account, and it sets you in place for a promotion. Don’t quit a job. Be extra ambitious from November into March 2014 — a management role hangs in the balance. Take care of your daily health: eat and dress sensibly.

Relationships grow fiery August to October: this could bring love or enmity — or both in one package. Love’s light and friendly in October — yet can grow intimate quickly. All year, avoid retreating into “security mode,” becoming entwined in domestic responsibilities, or investing in food/shelter areas. Do not buy real estate.

PISCES FEB. 19-MARCH 20 Use the first half of 2013 to secure your base, Pisces. Rest, get your beauty sleep, firm up foundations in business, and — hugely lucky now — buy/sell or renovate property. If you’re a parent, put the children on a stable course: apply for future schools, start savings programs, give them extra hugs. Adoption succeeds. This strengthening of your base will give you the strength and freedom to grasp the splendid offerings of July 2013 to July/14. Good fortune will touch your career, your creative efforts, and your romantic activities. Expect adventure, games, far-flung travels. You’re on a winning streak! All year, choose far travel over short, legal documents over casual promises, the profound over the casual. You might fall madly in love after June. An old flame might appear in February/March, when you simmer with sensual magnetism — but many changes of heart can occur. Old flames haunt July (passion’s high) and October/November (tempers and gentle love mix). Your social life brings a parade of sweet prospects from November to March 2014. Rashes, cuts or burns might need attention September/October. timstephens@shaw.ca.


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The collected works of Scottish bard Robbie Burns, seen here in a commemorative statue in Stanley Park, will be read in their entirety at Harbour Centre on Jan. 25.

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“Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?” This refrain from Scotland’s favourite son Robbie Burns has become a tradition when ringing in the New Year and saying goodbye to the past. And it will quite likely be heard again Friday, Jan. 25 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre during a marathon recitation of Burns’ poetry and song. Fittingly, Jan. 25 is considered Robbie Burns Day worldwide. SFU’s Scottish Studies is once again organizing the marathon, which is expected to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harbour Centre campus, 515 West Hastings St. The goal is to break the 2012 record of four hours, nine minutes and 24 seconds. The organizers are encouraging dignitaries, media personal, SFU students, faculty and staff, as well as numerous members of the vast Scottish community throughout the Lower Mainland to show up and read or sing their favourite works by Burns. If you don’t have a favourite, the organizers will be pleased to supply you with one. The readings will be supplemented with bagpipes and even some haggis eating, as well as other entertainment. Burns fans from across the globe are ready to help reach that goal with readers and singers joining the party via Skype. Some of the Burns’ fans who’ve already committed to taking part include Christopher Gaze from Bard on the Beach, astrologer Georgia Nicols, United

Kingdom singer Andrew Mockler, and Burns relative Teresa Margaret King. Email Tricia Barker at tbarker@sfu.ca to take part.

GRANDVIEW WOODLAND The Grandview Woodland Area Council presents historian Jak King, who will speak on the disappearing heritage of that neighbourhood. Grandview: Heritage at Risk takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Learning Resources Centre (under the Library) at Britannia Centre, off Commercial Drive. All are welcome. For more information, visitvcn.bc.ca/gwac.

DOWNTOWN The Vancouver Writer’s Fest, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, is offering free readings at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month beginning Jan. 16 through to April 17. In Cite includes readings from awardwinning authors such as Tim Bowling, journalists Sandra Martin and Zac Unger, humourists such as Arthur Black and Jackson Davies, and poets including John Barton. The readings take place in the Alice MacKay Room at the Central Library, 350 West Georgia St. For a schedule and complete list of participating writers, check out the events page at writersfest.bc.ca.

OAKRIDGE The Marine Biology Section of Nature Vancouver is presenting a free public forum Jan. 10, entitled Whale Shark Eco-tourism in the Philippines. Project coordinator Josh Silberg from Simon Fraser University will lead the forum, which takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Unity Church, 5840 Oak St. at West 42nd Avenue (rear entrance). For more information visit naturevancouver.ca/ MarineBiology. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10


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YEAR END BENDERS: While, sadly, there was no major public celebration to ring in 2013, some of the city’s hottest rooms ushered the new year in fine style. Always party central, OPUS Hotel hosted a sparkling blowout that began with an Italian feast at its newly opened La Pentola Restaurant. Across town, the lux Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel was also a hub of activity. Their lavish marble-clad Lobby Lounge was party headquarters for many of the city’s movers and shakers. Chambar’s Civilized Debauchery and the Keefer Bar’s New Year’s in Narnia rounded out this year’s most happening hot spots.

MEDAL WORTHY: Having made significant contribution to their communities, 60,000 Canadians will receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Vancouverites are part of that fine company. Among the community leaders feted at ceremonies held throughout the city were Lorne Segal, Saeedeh Salem, Maxine Davis, Wally Oppal and financier David Sidoo, who along with his family fundraised to provide Lord Selkirk Annex school kids a new playground. GLOWBAL TABLE: Restaurateurs Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa fronted The Glowbal Collections’s fourth annual “Table for 2,000” holiday meal. Chefs and staff from the company’s seven restaurants, along with an army of volunteers, were on-hand at the Union Gospel Mission to serve a festive dinner with all the trimmings to residents from the Downtown Eastside.

Gez McAlpine was one of many handsome Mermen serving up cocktails at the Keefer Bar’s sold-out New Year’s in Narnia-themed party.

Helping New Year’s Eve revellers ring in the new year in fine style was Moet brand’s bubbly ambassador Kellan Thomsen.

Glowbal Group’s Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa set up dinner service at the Union Gospel for 3,000 Downtown Eastside residents.

Sugar Cookies principal Angela Rodenburgh and Aldergrove Wellness Centre’s Cindy Matsuda ushered in the New Year at Chambar.

Financier David Sidoo and Wally Oppal received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals for their contributions to community service.

Vaneet Johal, La Pentola GM Nathalie Meyer and Seema Dhillon uncorked 2013 with some fine champagne at the OPUS Hotel.

Lorne Segal, Maxine Davis and John Evans received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals for their contributions to the community.

The Sidoo family (Jordan, Dylan and Manjy) fundraised to ensure elementary school children at Lord Selkirk in East Vancouver will get a new $8,000 playground.


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oung children are fascinated by money. What can I get with this nickel? What’s a loonie? Teaching your children the value of money is part of your job as a parent, but knowing where to start can be intimidating. “Financial literacy is an essential life skill that children need to learn to be successful adults,” says Raymond

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Chun, a senior vice president at TD Canada Trust. “It is never too early for your kids to start learning the value of a dollar. “Once your child starts to understand the basic value of coins and dollars and is able to count, add and subtract, they are ready to explore the world of saving,” says Chun. “Instilling financial principles and good saving habits in your children from a young age is important, but don’t forget they will learn even more by watching what you do when it comes to managing your money.” Chun offers his advice on how to teach young children the value of a loonie: • What is it? Start by introducing your children to all the coins, including their names, colours and values. Once they master the basics, you can help your child understand the monetary system and practice their math by counting out how many pennies or dimes are in a loonie. • What can you buy for it? Set up a play grocery store with their toys or take your child to the store to show them what they can buy with one, five and 10 loonies to give them a visual understanding of its value. Depending on their age, you could also use this as an opportunity to explain how a bag of rice can feed a small family for a week, yet it costs the same as a bag of candy. • How do you get more Loonies? It’s important children learn from a young

age that money comes from hard work and saving. Consider linking their allowance to age-appropriate chores, like making their bed or putting away their toys, and help them choose a treat that they can start saving for. Tips courtesy www.newscanada.com.

Vancouver College Open House < Jan. 15, 2013 Vancouver College, the only all boys KN12 independent Catholic school in BC, offers a unique educational experience that fosters the development of the whole person ~ academically, physically, and spiritually. Established in 1922 by the Christian Brothers, Vancouver College serves over 1,000 boys. There are openings in Sept. 2013 for K, Gr. 4, 7, and 8, and at other grade levels as they occur. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:30 N 8:30 pm 5400 Cartier Street, Vancouver For more information call 604@261@4285 or visit www.vc.bc.ca (Application forms are available online or from the Main Office)

Watch for the new and improved YOUR FAMILY FAMILY, coming twice a month in the Vancouver Courier. Next edition is Friday, Jan. 18. We’ll cover fun activities for kids and parents this winter, plus tips on coping with frustrated (but sweet) toddlers. To advertise in these features, call 604-738-1411

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Increased Tuition Support for Unemployed British Columbians If you live in Vancouver and are looking for work, we have great news. Skills development and training to help you get and keep a job is now more realistic than ever. The provincial government recently announced that the Employment Program of BC has increased tuition support for skills-training programs to a maximum of $7,500 from $4,000, which will help unemployed British Columbians to develop skill sets that meet the needs of the local labour market. Tuition supports through the Employment Program of BC include occupational skills training, academic pre-requisites for skills training or employment, and language skills training. The recent change in the tuition cap provides eligible job seekers in the community more access skills development. Eligibility requirements for the tuition funding include being unemployed or under employed, currently receiving or eligible to receive EI, started maternity or paternity within the last five years, and receiving services through a WorkBC Employment Services Centre.

Skills Training to Get the Job

Meeting the needs of our local labour market includes having access to skilled workers. The recent increase in the tuition cap is a commitment from the government to make sure this is possible. Metro Vancouver’s industry profile is diverse and includes strong sectors in service, professional/technical fields, construction, health & social service, tourism, and transportation. Numerous local training programs are available to support skills-development for each of these sectors. For example, the construction industry in Metro Vancouver is especially strong. It is forecasting significant growth, combined with the predicted retirement of thousands of employees in the next couple of years. This means there will be many

new employment opportunities, specifically in the construction sector. Many colleges offer programs in construction and the environment. These certificates and diplomas can lead to careers, such as technicians, professional engineers, and/or managers, and can help prepare job seekers for exciting opportunities in the construction sector.

About the Employment Program of BC

Skills-training is one of a full suite of services available to unemployed British Columbians through the Employment Program of B.C. The program, launched in April 2012, provides unemployed British Columbians with the supports they need to get back to work as quickly as possible. Services through the program are geared to meet the needs of all British Columbians including persons with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal persons, Immigrants, Francophone persons and survivors of violence/abuse.

Get Connected at a local WorkBC Employment Services Centre

There are 85 WorkBC Centres located throughout the province. In Metro Vancouver, there are five Employment Service Centres including: Vancouver City Centre (Family Services of Greater Vancouver), Vancouver Downtown Eastside (Open Door Group), Vancouver Westside (YWCA), Vancouver Midtown (Pacific Community Resources), Vancouver Northeast (Mosaic), and Vancouver South (YWCA.) * See advertisements on same page. For a complete listing of WorkBC Employment Services Centres, visit WorkBCCentres.ca. For more information on Canada Starts Here – The BC Jobs Plan visit bcjobsplan.ca

Increased tuition funding for unemployed British Columbians Eligible persons must be: Interested in accessing skills training through the Employment Program of BC? You could be eligible for up to $7,500 in tuition funding!

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With a mandate of bringing great Canadian films to Vancouver audiences, the First Weekend Club has teamed up with the Vancouver International Film Festival Society to present the opening night of LIVERPOOL Jan. 4. at Vancity Theatre. Described as “part Hitchcockian mystery thriller, part quirky new-wave comedy,” LIVERPOOL comes courtesy of Quebecois filmmaker Manon Briand, who will take part in a Q&A following the screening of the film, which runs until Jan. 12. For show times and more info, go to viff.org or call 604-683-FILM (3456). Hard to believe it’s been a quarter of a century since Toronto’s BLUE RODEO formed after principal songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor placed their infamous classified ad in NOW Magazine saying, “If you have dropped acid at least 20 times, lost two good years to drugs and another three to five to booze, play a bass or drums and can still manage to keep time like a metronome, call Jim or Greg.” The venerable roots rockers come out west as part of their 25th anniversary tour to play the Orpheum Jan. 5. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets.

It’s been a slow and hazy week as Vancouver wakes up from its holiday stupor and prepares for 2013, so why not ease your way into and take in a movie. We particularly like the looks of A LATE QUARTET. A sleeper hit at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, the film stars Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir and Catherine Keener as members of a world-renowned string quartet who have performed together for 25 years but struggle to adjust when their seasoned cellist, played by Walken, learns he has Parkinson’s disease and plans to retire. Yaron Zilberman’s moving drama screens at Fifth Avenue Cinemas. For show times and info, go to festivalcinemas.ca.


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tional ways to change his life, which to the average person seems quite enjoyable. • A freak snowstorm sends the city reeling, not to mention headline writers at the Province newspaper who are faced with an embarrassment of pun-filled riches. Overwhelmed with so many headline possibilities — Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, Winter Blunderland, Snow Pack A.D., Freezer Burnt, Flake Orgasm and White Snow… Red Blood — they implode under the pressure and end up running a story about Police Chief Jim Chu’s return from an international policing conference and resort to using the uninspired headline “Chu-Back-ahhh,” which narrowly beat out “Nice to meet Chu.”

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hile there are those who prefer to reflect upon the year that was, the forward thinkers at K&K have their eyes focused on what will be. Prepare to have your mind blown as K&K delivers its annual “look back at the year ahead… a year early.” • Getting in on the charcuterie and farm-totabletrend,formerCanuckGarthButcheropens up an artisanal meat shop on a grotty but hip corner of Strathcona — is there any other kind? Lacking imagination but possessing a wickedly appropriatename,hecallshisendeavour“Garth Butcher.” Locavores come from far and wide to sample the handmade trotters and farm-raised elk medallions shipped from David Booth’s Venison Emporium, but as always, chronic health code violations and poor customer relations prove to be Butcher’s undoing, not to mention the popularity of next door neighbour Darcy Rota-isserie Shawarma and Kebobs. • Unbeknownst to one another, three male porn stars and four indie-rock bands name themselves Fiscal Cliff. • In what is perhaps an homage to the travelling garden gnome storyline from the French film Amelie, the sporran from Mayor Gregor Robertson’s kilt goes missing and begins sending Robertson pictures of itself standing in front of famous monuments around the world. Similar to the garden gnome, the jetsetting sporran eventually sparks a sense of wanderlust in Robertson until he learns, in a cruel twist, the sporran is in fact sending the postcards… from the basement of city hall! • In another cruel twist, it’s discovered that the missing sporran from Robertson’s kilt that had been sending the mayor postcards from the basement of city hall is, in fact, former NPA councillor George Puil. • Paul Rudd stars in another vaguely funny comedy playing a good-natured emasculated husband who seeks out unconven-

AWKWARD AWKWARDNESS The other day we began our morning as always — drinking coffee in front of our computer while perusing trashy celebrity gossip sites to awaken us from our nightly “sleep of ages.” Not surprisingly we clicked on a link for a NSFW video compilation of awkward sex scenes taken from television programs over the past year. A “greatest humps,” if you will. And all our favourites were there — a scene from Mad Men, a couple of really uncomfortable breathy moments from Homeland, one from the HBO series Girls and few we actually hadn’t seen before. But do you know what was the most awkward part about watching this compilation of awkward televised sex scenes at our kitchen table? The 45-second commercial we had to watch before hand, advertising vacations to Disneyland and Disney World, featuring little kids frolicking with animated Disney characters. We understand that the ads that come before YouTube videos are generated at random, but how about some built-in content detection that would prevent these types of mood killers from taking places. We’d even settle for one of those White Spot ads showcasing the thespian skills of Chef Chuck Currie and his staff. Talk about awkward. k&k@vancourier.com Twitter.com/KudosKvetches

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arlier this year, my family hosted a 17-year-old student from France. Wanting to make her feel at home, we bought a large amount of baguettes and cheese, which she roundly dismissed as tasting “not right.” After some searching, we were able to find baguettes and cheese that were satisfactory to her. However, by the fifth day of her stay she started to get a hankering for sausage. And not just any sausage but “saucisson sec,” a dry sausage from France that apparently drives addicts into fits of withdrawal after less than a week. We scoured the city for saucisson sec. Sausage after sausage was rejected as “not right,” until the day when our student proudly laid a sausage in front of me and proclaimed that “there is decent sausage in Vancouver, after all.” The producer of this sausage? Oyama Sausage from Granville Island. Christine and John vanderLieck are a husband-and-wife team who own and run Oyama Sausage. John is a fifth generation charcutier . Originally from Germany, he has made sausage all over Europe, becoming a master in the production of artisanal charcuterie. The Oyama Company originally belonged to John’s uncle, who built the business in the Okanagan. In 2001, after producing meat products in Oyama for 10 years, Christine and John decided to make

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the move to Vancouver, seeking more diverse urban palates. “Making smokies just doesn’t cut it after a while, we wanted to make more,” Christine recalled. John currently oversees Oyama sausages from a kitchen in South Vancouver, while their retail outlet at Granville Island is run by Christine. They now make in excess of 400 different products, many of them seasonal. Some of their meats and sausages can take up to a year to cure, so there’s a constant turnover of available products. Oyama tries its best to source their meat locally. Most of their meat comes from British Columbian farms, with a smaller number of Albertan vendors. The meat selected is always free range and devoid of hormones. Wherever possible, certified organic meat is used. Oyama uses a number of different meats: bison, farmed venison and elk, duck, chicken, pork, wild boar and beef. They make pates and terrines, cold cuts, fresh and smoked sausages, and dry cured

products including a “slew of salami.” They have a cold smoker and a ham room in their kitchen, which are full with an evolving combination of curing meats. John and Christine delight in bringing old recipes back to life. Many of their recipes were customer requests that “made the cut” and became company favourites. They also have enjoyed learning different taste combinations from customers. They are currently featuring chicken with lemongrass and teriyaki varieties — both from customer suggestions. Their most popular product? The saucisson sec that my French student brought home. Don’t be afraid of that white casing, a mould that acts as a preservative (think brie cheese) and also tastes divine. I tried a version with lavender and another with bits of orange confit: heavenly. I’m also mad for their rillette, a delicious chicken-based spread for baguettes that reminds me of something my grandmother used to make, a sort of delicate jam of succulent meat. And my family won’t stop harassing me until we get more of the smoked Mennonite sausage, the most toothsome and delicious smoked sausage I’ve had the pleasure of ingesting. Every month Oyama sells specialty products that reflect a concurrent European festival. January will be “Sauerkraut Festival” with homemade sauerkraut and Alsatian style smoked sausage. February will see Oyama focus on the tastes of the Charlemagne region of Europe. “We love food, and this is how we expressit,”Christinesays.“It’slocal,it’smade here by hand, and we take care of it from the beginning to the end, with pride.” willow72@telus.net twitter.com/willow72

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Vancouver College students Liam Mahara (left) and Andrew Pauls represent B.C. and Canada at the FBU International Football Games in San Antonio, Texas.

B.C. FOOTBALLERS TAKE ON ALLAMERICANS IN TEXAS TOURNEY In the heart of Texas for an international football tournament, six-foot-three, 215-pound linebacker Andrew Pauls was stopped by a cluster of American girls as he entered a practice stadium in San Antonio. “So you’re playing, like, soccer,” one girl teased. “You have football in Canada?” Selected to Team B.C., Pauls and fellow Vancouver College running back Liam Mahara are in the U.S. this week for the inaugural Football University Games, an international tournament added to the elite U.S. Armysponsored All-American Bowl that draws nearly 40,000 fans to watch the 90 best American high school football players at the Alamodome. Teams from Mexico, Europe, B.C. and the U.S. play for pride and the eyes of college recruiters. “It’s one of the coolest things I’ve done so far,” said Pauls. “The intensity isn’t something I’ve experienced in Canada,” said Mahara, “but I really like it. I want to play the best football that I can because I know that a lot of people are watching. I and my teammates want to show that football in Canada is really something to watch out for.” Team B.C. plays Team Europe at 3 p.m. Thursday and Team USA at 5:15 p.m. Saturday night at San Antonio’s 65,000-seat Alamodome. (The games will be streamed online at playfootball.bc.ca.) As a running back with Vancouver College, Mahara broke seven school rushing records and with 35 touchdowns, set a new benchmark with 35 touchdowns in a single season. Team B.C. head coach Tom Kudaba took a pareddown roster of 36 athletes to San Antonio, selecting the Fighting Irish starters for their athleticism. “They have the versatility to play on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Both of them are easy to coach, smart kids and their football IQ is high.” Pauls, who started with the Westside Warriors and graduated to play for Vancouver College and is now considering offers from university programs, said competing against Americans on their own turf will be an important test. “We are playing very tough competition,” he said. “The biggest thing is seeing how good these All-American players are and what I can do myself to reach that higher level.” mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart

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othing in sports is as decisive as a zero. For U18 Team Canada goaltender Kimberly Newell, a zero — a shutout victory against Finland Dec. 30 at the U18 women’s hockey world championship — marked her first test on the international stage. In her case, a zero means excellence. She stopped 10 shots in the 4-0 win over the host Finns in a preliminary round match-up at the Arena Heinola in Finland. Canada had already beaten Hungary 4-1 and on New Year’s Day shut out Germany 7-0. Jessica Dodds of London, Ont. was in net for both games and Canada registered an astounding 67 shots against the Germans while allowing only five. Canada finished first in the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record and advances to the semifinal against Sweden on Friday, Jan. 4 at 4:30 a.m. Vancouver time. Newell is the starting goaltender for the Princeton Tigers as an Ivy League freshman and was selected for the Canadian roster in August after she was

cut her first time out in 2011. She graduated one year early from Holy Cross secondary in Burnaby but was living in the Kootenays at the time. Granted a size advantage in net by her five-foot-nine frame, the 18-yearold returned a year later showing a tougher mindset and more maturity. “She was terrific,” said Joe Johnston, a Halifax-based goaltending specialistwho consults for Hockey Canada and who scouted Newell when she played for Team B.C. “She had shown a great deal of improvement in the way that she read the play. Her patience had improved. She had spent more time developing that mental aspect of the game and was stronger because of that.” “When I was cut, it was very frustrating,” Newell said in early December after the Canadian roster was announced. “This year, when I made the team, it was definitely an exhilarating moment. All the hard work that year paid off. I got better and they recognized that. Making the team and the realization that this is Team Canada… I’m one of the best goalies in Canada.” Newell, who got her start skating for the Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association 14 years ago, is a

driven athlete who doesn’t crumble or even confess to feeling pressure but instead rises to meet the opportunity in front of her. She competed against boys her entire life and after leaving the Thunderbirds at a young age to join the more competitive Burnaby Winter Club, she went on to become the first female goaltender in the B.C. Major Midget League and played 24 games for the Kootenay Ice in 2011-12. “Because of the atmosphere playing with the boys, the thing is that you always, always have to be proving yourself over and over,” she said. “Every single time you have to prove, again, that you deserve to be there. That mindset of consistency is just habit.” How does she handle the pressure of representing Canada at the game we so obsessively call our own? “I wouldn’t call it pressure,” she said. “Pressure is something that you feel like you have to do it. But being competitive and having to always do well every single time is not pressure, it’s just your way of playing hockey.” She is expected to start in net for Canada in the semifinal against the Swedes. mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart

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(Clockwise from above): Award-winning naturalist Roseanne Van Ee leads snowshoe tours of the forest. Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes are visible from the Attridge face of Silver Star. Over a fire at the side of Brewer’s Pond, a display of Silver Star’s colours.

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et outside and play in the snow. This is the single best mantra you can repeat to yourself the next time you visit Silver Star Mountain Resort. I grew up in Vernon, just 20 minutes away in the valley below the snowy peak and learned to ski and snowboard on the 115 runs and 1,240 hectares of vastly varied terrain of the North Okanagan mountain. (Today’s newer, faster lifts reach more expansive territory since the time I was a kid.) I’m biased but I still want you to know how much I love these slopes. Silver Star is one of Canada’s best winter playgrounds. I’m not the only one who believes this. In the November-December issue of Okanagan Life magazine, readers voted Silver Star the best ski hill and the best family resort, favouring it over Big White and Apex. The magazine’s cover shows a candy-coloured village in front of a robin’segg blue sky and the region’s unique snowcapped ghost trees. A child’s beaming face

fills one corner. The image does the resort justice. Owners of family homes, hundred-room hotels, restaurants and shops embrace a local bylaw and are each slathered in at least five riotous hues. The buildings are turquoise, amber, scarlet, violet and more. (Some newer condos, to my disappointment, have dulled the landscape with shades of beige, brown, khaki, eggshell and off-white. Some fuchsia trim would go a long way, just saying.) Silver Star positions itself as a family friendly resort. It is very much so, but the resort’s appeal isn’t limited to mom and pop on a weekend getaway with 2.4 kids. When I was four I started skiing with my parents, who left me in the hands of ski instructors until I was good enough to join them. Today the school is renowned internationally and its skilled instructors draw elite skiers and boarders of all ages from around the globe. Putnam Creek, the north-facing backside called the Dark Side, draws advanced skiers and boarders hungry for deep powder and steep drops on narrow chutes on runs like

“Gowabunga,” “Gong Show,” “Three Wise Men,” and the always alluring “Free Fall.” On the other side of the hill (where you can see the northern end of Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes below near the town of Vernon), the Attridge face has the yawning “Christmas Bowl” and the kinds of treetight terrain custom-made for first tracks in Champagne powder. This is where I came as a teenager in my oversized man’s Concept jacket (remember them?). I’d drive up with friends on a school day and return to class in the afternoon wearing my flannel underclothes. My favourite run, however, isn’t black diamond or mogulled. It’s a free and easy ride down Far Out. This is a green run, one of the easiest and also longest, at Silver Star. I like to coast down the hill like it’s a breaking wave and meander the roller-coaster of this wonderful, laid-back ride at the fastest speed possible. Playtime isn’t limited to vertical slopes, which I’m reminded of every time I visit. You’d do yourself a disservice to visit Silver Star and miss out on cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating or tubing. Oh, and

there’s bowling, too. With four lanes, Pinheads Bowling Alley is the only 10-pin game operating at a mountain resort in Canada. Nordic skiers have access to more than 105 kilometres of tracks, which are groomed daily and suited to both classic and skate skiers. These wide-ranging trails can lead athletes all over the mountain and draw elite competitors training for world championships and winter Olympics. Step off the opened tracks of the crosscountry skiers and disappear into the woods where, on snowshoes, you can explore forest that is virtually unreachable in summer. You can follow packed trails or take a guided tour from passionate naturalist Roseanne Van Ee. When you go tubing, take my advice and hit these chutes on a clear night. This is when they’re at their icy fastest. In the video posted online at vancourier.com/sports, don’t mind my squealing. I’ve grown up playing in the snow at Silver Star and won’t soon be stopping. mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart


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Social Services

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Tutoring Services

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5505

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7005

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1107

3508

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4060

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1085

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REAL ESTATE Real Estate Services

6005

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-02

Abbotsford

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

FOR SALE AUTOMOTIVE Repair Shop

6008-04

Burnaby

■ all equipment included ■ Ready to operate ■ Established business

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-02

Abbotsford

LARGE 2200SF 3br 2.5ba reno’d 3 lvl tnhse w/unique loft on 3rd floor, $269,900 604-799-0213 see uSELLaHOME.com id5578

Apartments & Condos

6508

Apt/Condos

VANCOUVER. Modern 1 & 2 BR. Collingwood Village. Steps to Joyce Skytrain. 1-888-830-4232

LANGARA GARDENS #101 - 621 W. 57th Ave, Van

Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments & Townhouses. Heat, hot water & lrg storage locker included. Many units have in-suite laundry and lrg patios/balconies with gorgeous views. Tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry, gated parking, plus shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School & more. Sorry no pets. www.langaragardens.com

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Richmond

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-34

6008-30

Surrey

6008-06

Chilliwack

Vancouver East Side

6008-42

S. Surrey/ White Rock

HUGE 1200SF 2br 2ba condo Kids, pets ok, 2nd fl with own side yard $285K 604-818-6080 see uSELLaHOME.com id5471

PARTIAL OCEAN view, 920sf 2br+den 2ba quiet condo, kids, pets ok. $310,000 778-294-2275 see uSELLaHOME.com id5575 GUILDFORD 650SF 1br 3rd fl condo, pool, exercise rm, party rm etc, $213,900 778-834-8224 see uSELLaHOME.com id5576

6015

For Sale by Owner

GUILDFORD QUIET 905sf top fl 2br condo, recent flooring paint etc $179,500 604-496-3397 see uSELLaHOME.com id5593

1 BD top floor in Chilliwack granite counters, 9’ ceilings, stack w/d. elec f/p. Secure underground parking. $149,000. 604-795-7367

Apt/Condos

Move-in Bonus – Call for details 1 BR apartments available immediately & Jan 1st. Close to UBC, shopping, transit, & beach. Small pets ok.

WALNUT GROVE $435,000. TOWNHOME, End Unit Private Greenbelt Lot 2000 Sq.Ft. 3Bed 3.5 Bath To View 604-838-5958

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Chilliwack

Coquitlam

OFFERED AT assessed value 1000sf 3br 2ba home on huge 10,000sf lot $414K 778-859-0717 see uSELLaHOME.com id4272

NEWTON 723SF 1br ground level w/private entry, insuite laundry $139,900 604-984-8891 see uSELLaHOME.com id5546

2BDRM+DEN/2BTH CONDO for Sale Owner must SELL. Helen 604-762-7412 $269,500.See on http://propertyguys.com/propert y/index/id/69236

REDUCED 3136SF 7br 3.5ba fabulous vu, below assessment CDS lot $688,888 778-898-7731 see uSELLaHOME.com id5595

6020-12

Ladner/ South Delta

Real Estate

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NICOMECKL RIVER hiking trails nr this1279sf 2br 1.5ba tnhouse w/pool, $224,900 778-240-3699 see uSELLaHOME.com id5512

6020-06

6020-08

No Equity? Expired Listing? Penalty? We Take Over Payments! No Fees!

REDUCED TO sell 1536sf 3br 2.5ba 1 owner end unit 6 yr old townhome $319K 604-833-4246 see uSELLaHOME.com id5549

Houses - Sale

PRICE REDUCED, 1280sf 3br 1.5ba ½ duplex, large 4480sf lot $229,900 604-792-9287 see uSELLaHOME.com id5511

West Van DUNDARAVE HOUSE 2 stories, 4 BR, 4bath, office, lrg kitchen/fam rm, 3 car heated garage, nr shops/schls, beach, 4100sf, lot 8119sf, great value, $2,388,000. 604-730-9912

IMMACULATE 984SF 2br condo insuite laundry, mountain view 40+ bldg $95,300 604-703-3839 see uSELLaHOME.com id5543

6508

THOM CREEK Ranch - House for Sale By Owner. In Chilliwack’s premier retirement complex. 2090 sq ft finished plus 294 unfinished ready to model. In the top row with superb, unspoilable views of the City, mountains and way beyond. Excellent Clubhouse. Friendly neighbours $399,000 negotiable. No HST. 604-824-1892

6020

EXECUTIVE LIVING gated 1864sf 4bedroom 2.5bath, main floor master bedroom, 19+ adult complex $568,900 604-575-7636 see uSELLaHOME.com id5552 CLOVERDALE UPDATED 696sf 1br condo, rents for $650 insuite laundry $99,500 604-341-9257 see uSELLaHOME.com id5500

Langley/ Aldergrove

For Sale by Owner

6015

ASKING $293K, 2 bdrm, 845sf. Great location, near transit/shops. #104-2600 E 49th. Open House Sat. Jan. 5 2-4pm Call Pat @ Sutton WestCoast 604 220-9188.

$10K BELOW assessment, 2br+ Den or 3br, 2ba 1083sf condo, Nr SFU $339,900 604-866-7326 see uSELLaHOME.com id5557

NR EDMONDS sk/train stn. 788sf 2br 2ba condo across from Taylor pk $388,900 604-764-8384 see uSELLaHOME.com id5571

HIGHBURY APARTMENTS

2 BDRM, 2 BATH + DEN Spacious, Loft-style Condo 25 mins to Downtown 1250 sq ft 10’ ceilings, reclaimed brick wall. Very cental, located in Queensborough. Stainless steel appliances, in-suite laundry, large storage room, walk-in closet / ensuite in master bedroom, hardwood floors, granite countertops. Lots of shopping, transit, other amenities nearby. Pets OK. $1,900 per month. 604 377-2016 cathyserraglio@gmail.com

6008-28

$6K BELOW assessment 850sf 2br 2ba top fl condo Westwood Plateau $279,900 604-968-4717 see uSELLaHOME.com id5633

RENTALS 6505

Condos/ Townhouses

Coquitlam

HIGHGATE RIDGE 1 level ground fl tnhse, 845sf 2br 2ba w/lge backyd $420K 604- 376-7652 see uSELLaHOME.com id5550

6008-12 IMMACULATE TOP fl 963sf 2 br condo, insuite laundry, +55 building, $124,900 604-309-3947 see uSELLaHOME.com id5565

Chilliwack

6008

STEVESTON VERY large 1284 sf 2br 2ba top fl condo amazing mtn views, $455K 604-618-8362 see uSELLaHOME.com id5376

6008-08

PIZZA FRANCHISE QUICK SALE Due to medical reasons. New equip + lease hold improvements. $93,000 interested parties to meet in person. 604-729-4089

6008

6008-06

TOP FLR 762sf 1br condo, in-ste laundry, 45+ building Mt. Baker view $89,000. 778-822-7387 see uSELLaHOME.com id5553

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Serious Inquiries only Call OWNER 604-612-5536 for further information.

Condos/ Townhouses

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS Penthouse, 1400sf, 2bdrm, 2 decks, new appl, $239,900. Call 604-768-8879

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6007

6008

6020-02

Abbotsford

AT ASSESSED value 2200sf 5 br 2.5ba backing onto greenbelt suite pot $379,900 604-557-2205 seeuSELLaHOME.com id5618

6020-04

W. LADNER ½ block from the Fraser Riv,1600sf 3br character home, $545,000 604-617-3748 see uSELLaHOME.com id5599

6020-14

Langley/ Aldergrove

211/80B AV 3034sf 6br 5ba with legal 2br basement suite, quiet crescent $589,900 604-649-6030 see uSELLaHOME.com id5607

Burnaby

Phone 604-228-1417

VANCOUVER - Modern suites at Fraser Pointe- Marine Drive. Great Views of Fraser River & Mtns. Studio, 1 & 2 BR in concrete high-rise. Pet Friendly (some conditions apply). 1-888-894-9452

6510

RENO’D 770SF 2nd fl with new appliances insuite laundry, pets kids ok $177,777 604-530-6247 see uSELLaHOME.com id5584

6008-14

Maple Ridge/ Pitt Mead.

5 ACRE South Langley horse property right on South Langley Regional trail. Clean, bright & updated, older 2368 sq ft, 2 bd home – Barn, stalls, x-fenced, pasture. 604-323-4788 PropertyGuys.com ID: 76788

6020-06

(1592 S.W. Marine Dr, Vanc.) Marpole Area. Now accepting applications for a 2 BR Handicapped Unit in a family oriented complex. • Close to bus and all amenities. • Rent $966 • Shares $1900 • Sorry no dogs allowed (unless registered working dogs). • Min 2 indoor cats allowed. To apply please email: witsendcoop@shawbiz.ca Or mail: Box 409 - 1592 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver V6P 6M1

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR suite, 6 yr old house, 61st & Argyle & Knight, ns, np, new renos, avail Now, $850 incl utils, 778-837-6094, 604-676-7730

IMMACULATE 2446SF 4br 4ba t/h. Incredible view, huge master br $399,900, 604-466-3175 see uSELLaHOME.com id5226

6008-18

New Westminster

NEWTON UPDATED 1007sf 2br ground lvl, private entry, insuite laundry, $196,900 604-592-2991 see uSELLaHOME.com id5598

PRICE REDUCED 1200sf 2br 2ba upr lvl tnhouse +55 complx w/chairlift $199K 604-951-7738 see uSELLaHOME.com id5547

TOP FLOOR quiet side of bldg 650sf 1br+den condo nr Hosp, & Sky train $249K 778-241-4101 see uSELLaHOME.com id5580

6008-26

Port Moody

604-630-3300

INLET & Mtn views, reno’d 928sf 2 br condo, insuite laundry rentals ok $228,500 604-936-7547 see uSELLaHOME.com id4642

5BDRM/3BTH HOUSE Steveston, Richmond Ideally near Westwind & Homer elementary & McMath High schools. Dbl. glzd, lrg deck, hard -wood, reno’d bathroom & kitchen $787,000. 604-762-6921

UPPER LEVEL end unit 1200sf 2br 2ba townhome +55 complex updates $209,900 604-574-3987 see uSELLaHOME.com id5616

11 ACRE lot w/1296sf 3br 2ba Updated modular home Ryder Lake area $475K 604-316-7775 see uSELLaHOME.com id5640

AGASSIZ NEW 2350sf 3br 2.5 Bath, high end finishing, huge master $369,900 604-729-0186 see uSELLaHOME.com id5603

FORT LANGLEY 2300sf 5br w/suite above 3 additional rental units $985K 604-882-6788 see uSELLaHOME.com id5533

6020-22

New Westminster

528 E. Columbia St., New West Custom built 3 BR home, 4 baths, superb view. A must see. $789,000. Rick 604-727-0043

6020-24

North Delta

CHILLIWACK LK 1250sf rancher w/guest cabin, .5 ac lot, 2km to lake, pool $360K 604-824-5687 see uSELLaHOME.com id5561

SURREY CENTRE ½ block to mall, skytrain, SFU, 668sf 1br+ den $227,900 604-572-9095 see uSELLaHOME.com id5609

KITSILANO BEACH, Newly reno’d - like new 2 BR ground flr ste with fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer & dryer. Avail now. 9am-9pm daily ★ 604-539-2533

To advertise call

2BDRM/1.5BTH INVESTMENT Property in Lower Lonsdale. 862sq ft w/ 800sq ft patio. $289,000. Call: (604) 961-4349

ALDERGROVE SXS DUPLEX 80K below assessment. $3K/mo rent $527,900 firm 604-807-6565 see uSELLaHOME.com id3428

Chilliwack

Co-ops

WIT’S END HOUSING CO-OP

6602

NEWTON HUGE 2017sf 3 or 4 br 2.5ba tnhouse w/double sxs garage $393,000 778-218-0389 see uSELLaHOME.com id5320

BURNABY South; CORNER 8810sq ft lot 3 BR 1200sf home. $999,000. No agents. 604-439-7554

REAL DEPARTURE Bay-No steep stairs on cliff front. Just 2 blks to sandy, usable beach. 8 min to ferry, shopping closer. 2,600 sq ft, 2 bdrm suite, active views, 3 full baths, sep. laundries. Oversize corner lot w/ access to RV pad behind house. $439,000. Drive by 2895 Fairbanks (cnr Bay St.) Nanaimo. View by appointment. 250-585-1111, 250-729-7420

UPDATED 4541SF 7br 5½ba on large 8264sf lot, basement suite, $819,000 604-805-6614 see uSELLaHOME.com id5604 CULTUS LK gardener’s dream 1160 sf 2 br 1.5 ba rancher, a/c 50+ complex $68K 604-858-9301 see uSELLaHOME.com id5400

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REAL ESTATE 6020

Houses - Sale

6020-30

Port Moody

OCEANFRONT 4700SF 5br 3½ bath main fl br, 6286sf lot, suite potenl $1,949,000 604-469-1813 see uSELLaHOME.com id5606

6020-34

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-34

Lots & Acreage

CLAYTON IMMACULATE 3523 sf 5br 3.5ba w/bsmt suite across from park $648K 604-575-7636 see uSELLaHOME.com id5551

GUILDFORD 1900SF 3br 2ba w/basement suite on huge 8640 sf lot, $489,000 604-613-1553 see uSELLaHOME.com id5608

LANGLEY BUILD your dream home, secluded 5 ac view ppty, well inst $630,000 604-825-3966 see uSELLaHOME.com id4513

LANGLEY NR town fully reno’d 2474sf home on 5ac ppty, bsmt suite $1,150,000 604-825-3966 see uSELLaHOME.com id5582

TYNEHEAD 3800SF 5br 4.5ba executive home 12,077sf lot, with side suite, $850K 604-575-7311 see uSELLaHOME.com id5350

E. NEWTON 4000sf 8br 5.5ba 2 yr old 3 level home w/3 br bsmt suite $699K 778-895-8620 see uSELLaHOME.com id5628

FLEETWOOD ACROSS from School, reno’d 2600sf 6br 5ba w/suites $579K 604-434-3482 see uSELLaHOME.com id5577

Tsawwas.

CUSTOM BUILT, 2200sf, 3BR+ den, 2.5 bath, new fixtures, 7300sf lot, $659K, 604-943-9600

Vancouver East Side

OPEN HOUSE Sat/Sun May 12 & 13th, 10am - 2pm, 2396 East 39th Ave. 50x140 lot, 1,050 sqft bungalow, asking $1.2 mllion.

6020-52

PRINCETON, BC 15.78 acres Panoramic views, hydro, well, pumphouse, & septic installed. $384,900. 1-250-295-1811 p15.78@hotmail.com

6035

GREEN TIMBERS beautifully updated 3100sf 5br 3.5ba, suite 8400sf lot $575K 604-340-1551 see uSELLaHOME.com id5631

Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

604-253-0049

A 1 Retaining Walls, Foundation, Stairs, Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. Free Est. Bill 604-617-5813

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

PORT ALBERNI reno’d 2000 sf 5br 2 ba with 2 br basement suite 2 laundries $210K 604-542-1995 see uSELLaHOME.com id5537

HATZIC LAKE 1 hr drive from Vanc, 2 vacant lots 1 is lakefront $70K is for both 604-302-3527 see uSELLaHOME.com id5588

Drainage

WEST SIDE DRAINAGE & SEWER 15% OFF - 604-722-1105

8075

SPECTACULAR ISLAND VIEWS (10) San Juan Islands, Anacortes - Biz Pt. $830,000 USD 4,100 sq.ft. on .5 acres, 5 br with in-suite bath, oversized 4 car garage 38’ long x 16’ High RV garage. Custom home ICF exterior walls, geothermal heat system. MLS# 313575 Alan Weeks 3688 Birch Way, Anacortes, ZIP 98221-8440 (425)691-9515 alanweeks@comcast.net

Drywall

LOT & Trailer. This little gem is located 120 miles from Van, pool - C.H, hiking, fishing, history of Caretaker, maint $775/yr, reduced winter price $30,000. Lot 33 - 30860 Trans Canada Hwy Yale BC. Ph 1-604-792-6764

OWN THE land, 1092sf 2br rancher style mobile home, kids OK, $179,900 604-824-7803 see uSELLaHOME.com id5541

Okanagan/ Interior

90FT WATERFRONT, Sointula Guest Beach House Malcolm Is. N. Vanc Is. 2 BR, water, sewer, hydro. $229K. 604-628-4592 www.sointulabeachhouse.com

MERRITT HERITAGE style 3070 sf 4br 5ba on 9.9ac lot detached shop, view $949K 250-378-8857 see uSELLaHOME.com id5592

MOVING?

LANGLEY RENOD sxs duplex +1/2ac lot, rental income $2,200 /month $479,900 604-807-6565 see uSELLaHOME.com id3186

Out Of Town Property

BAJA, MEXICO Custom built seaside homes starting at $79,000. 800-409-6320 thecovecommunity.com

6065

Recreation Property

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Exclusive & Private Lake Shore Cottage, for all info: www.cottageonlake.ca $329,000 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

8125

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Complete Drywall Services! Textured Ceiling Specialist Quality Work Guaranteed! No Job To Small! Call Steve 604-613-4861

Electrical

A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/ Plumbing. Rotor Rooter and Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 778-998-9026 or 604-255-9026 Free Est / 24/7 ALL YOUR electrical & reno needs. Lic’d electrician #37940. Insured, bonded & WCB. Free est Reasonable rates 604-842-5276

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604-868-1373

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Call Ken 604-716-7468

Electrician Lic#95323, Bonded, Affordable Com/Res. No Job too small. 25 yrs exp. 604-727-2306

CITYWIDE GUTTERS Continuous gutter installs, leaf protection, new & renos. BBB, Ins.WCB. 604-868-1373 citywidegutters.com

LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934.

WEST SIDE GUTTERS 15% OFF 604-722-1105

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

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Excavating

# 1 DRAINAGE, STONE WORK & DEMOLITION

one mini, paving, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank & dirt removal, paver stones. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

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2837 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-603-9655

604-723-2526

8087 TRIPLEX- SOINTULA B&B Guest House, Malcolm Island, N.Vancouver Island. New reno, on view half acre. cost $900,000, sell $525,000. 5pm 604-628-4592

Commercial/Residential

Store Fronts • Windows & Doors Broken Glass • Foggy Glass Patio Doors • Mirrors • Etc.

732-8453

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

RV LOT at CULTUS LAKE HOLIDAY PARK with year round camping access; finished in paving stones, low fees. All ament Grt loc. Moving must sell $107,500. 1-604-795-9785

Glass Mirrors

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

8080

Real Estate Investment

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944

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

ALWAYS DONE RIGHT WITH INTEGRITY

OCEAN FRONT boat access only 2 yr old 1600sf 3br 2.5ba 30min from W Van $799K 778-998-9141 see uSELLaHOME.com id5424

CHILLIWACK BUILD 5000sf Home, 10,742sf serviced flat bldg lot $279K 604-798-5050 see uSELLaHOME.com id5536

INVESTOR ALERT Clayton 1.27 acre ppty w/1944sf 3br 2.5ba home $1,299,000 778-574-2519 see uSELLaHOME.com id5613

Flooring/ Refinishing

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

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

CWK 2 BR, 1 bath. 1 car garage crn lot, fenced yrd, new reno, free hold $149,900. 1-360-637-8442

6052

1.6 ACRE OCEAN VIEW PROPERTY, in Town, Sointula, Malcolm Island, N.Vanc Island. Assessed $132,000, Sell $129,500. 5 pm 604-628-4592 GREEN TIMBERS reno’d 2400 sf 4br 3ba, lg 7800sf lot, bsmt suite $559,000 604-727-9240 see uSELLaHOME.com id5617

8105

8120

Mobile Homes

BLOW OUT 1100SF 2br 2ba dbl wide, must be moved off Abbotsford site SOLD!!! SOLD!!! see uSELLaHOME.com id5315

6050

Carpentry

MR. BUILD - Renos and Repairs. Est 1989. 9129 Shaughnessy St. Please call 604-732-8453

HATZIC LAKE Swans Point, 1 hr from Vanc incl lot & 5th wheel ski, fish, $148,500 604-209-8650 see uSELLaHOME.com id5491

6040

Lots & Acreage

Appliance Repairs

732-8453

Ocean Front Lux Contemp. private home on 2.73 AcresQuadra Island. 250-884-0000 www.bcoceanfronthomes.com

SURREY TYNEHEAD 1ac dev. ppty into 5.5 lots starting Jan 2013, $1,399,000 604-951-8777 see uSELLaHOME.com id5566

HOPE, COUNTRY living 1850sf 4br 2ba rancher on lg ½ ac lot mtn vu $272,500 604-869-3119 see uSELLaHOME.com id5611

6030

1 BR Time Share Membership, 1 week per year in Hawaii, Royal Aloha Vacation Club incls 3 wks banked & transfer fee. $2500. 604-261-5488, www.ravc.com

8073

Other Areas BC

Industrial/ Commercial

8015 8030

NANAIMO, OCEAN View 1283sf 3br 2ba 4yr old home on .11 ac lot $319,900 604-308-8266 see uSELLaHOME.com id5556

VANC DNTOWN medical office 672sf+188sf common area near St Pauls hp $375K 604-572-2785 see uSELLaHOME.com id5509 FLEETWOOD RENO’D 2140sf 4br 3ba, large 7100sf lot, bsmt suite $549,000 604-727-9240 see uSELLaHOME.com id5617

Recreation Property

3 BR, lrg kitchen/lving room, 1300sf seasonal, Gambier Isl. Sea Ranch $325K 604-266-6191

CHILLIWACK REDUCED must be moved 1130sf 2br 2bath mobile $7,500obo 604-795-7570 see uSELLaHOME.com id5612

6025

6065

8060

NEWTON NEW 2200sf 5br 3.5ba ½ duplex with 2br bsment suite $475K incl. HST 604-728-1419 see uSELLaHOME.com id5591

6020-38 CLOVERDALE 3850SF 6br 5ba 3lvl 2/suite potential on 1/2ac GD lot, $789,800 778-549-2056 see uSELLaHOME.com id5564

CRANBROOK 2060SF 4br 3ba reno’d home w/side suite on 2 lots $239,900 778-887-4530 see uSELLaHOME.com id5304

GUILDFORD MAGNIFICENT 4952sf 10br 6.5ba back on creek, main floor master br, $765K 604-581-5541 see: uSELLaHOME.com id5506

6020-36 CLOVERDALE 3765SF 4br 3.5ba, on quiet CDS, suite potential in basement, $575K 604-619-0603. See: uSELLaHOME.com id5559

Out Of Town Property

HOME SERVICES

VAN APPLIANCE SERVICES Repair home appl. Low rate guar. Permit/Lic. Tom 604-323-8063

PENDER ISLAND, level building lot (3819 Pirates Rd) 0.36 ac/ 15,681 sq ft with water sewer, hydro, cable at lot line. By owner only $109,900. 604-988-2653

CHIMNEY HTS 3600sf 7br+den 6ba w/2 suites quiet cul-de-sac 4600sf lot $669K 604-866-3515 see uSELLaHOME.com id5597

6050

Surrey

Surrey

132ST, 92AVE 2140sf 5br 2ba w/bsmt suite, huge 7200sf lot, updates, $529K 778-320-7506 see uSELLaHOME.com id5568

6030

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CONCRETE driveway, drainage, excavation, sidewalk, pavers, retaining walls landscape, backhoe & bobcat services 604-833-2103

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

ONE CALL DOES IT ALL!

From the City to the Valley

604-630-3300 cont. on next page


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AUTOMOTIVE

Call ThE Experts RENOVATIONS & CUSTOM HOMES

9102

Since 1989

Renovations & Custom Homes ❑ All Renovations ❑ All Home Repairs ❑ All Painting

604.254.1760

Over 500 Cars Available Through our 9 Dealerships!

❑ Bathrooms ❑ Kitchens ❑ Basements

Bad, None, or NEW CREDIT?

604-732-8453

cont. from previous page

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FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

Handyperson

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

HANDYMAN, reno, kitchen, bath, plumbing, countertop, flooring, painting, etc. Mic, 604-725-3127 MR. BUILD - Renos and Repairs. Est 1989. 9129 Shaughnessy St. Please call 604-732-8453

Heating

Actual Plumbing & Heating, 24/7, Seniors/Military Disc. Lic. & Insured BBB, 604-874-4808

8160

Lawn & Garden

WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Hedge Trimmimg & Tree Pruning & Hedge Removal Fall Clean Up Chaffer Control & Lawn Restoration. Comm/Strata/Res Aerating & Power Raking. Free Estimates. 604-893-5745

8175

Moving & Storage

AFFORDABLE MOVING 1 to 3 Men

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

45 We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount

604-537-4140 www.affordablemoversbc.com

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Plumbing

ACTUAL PLUMBING HEATING & GAS

★ 24 / 7 ★ ❑ Senior’s Discount ❑ Military Discount ❑ Same Day Hot Water Tank ❑ No Job Too Small ❑ Licensed & Insured actualplumbing.ca

604-874-4808

For Free Estimates Call

We accept Visa, MC, Amex

Serving West Side since 1987

Certified Plumber & Gas Fitter

Off: 604-266-2120 Cell: 604-290-8592 STORMWORKS OIL Tank Removal. Certified, Insured, Reasonable Rates. A+ BBB. 604-724-3670 TANKTECH Certified Oil Tank Removal & Remediation Specialists. res/com. Free est. 604-328-1234

Painting/ Wallpaper

8195

D&M PAINTING

Interior/Exterior Specialist Many Years Experience Fully Insured Top Quality, Quick Work Free Estimate

604-724-3832

* Reno’s & Repairs 24 hrs/day * Furnaces * Boilers * Hot Water Heating * Reasonable Rates * Hot Water Tanks

604-731-2443 YOUR WAY

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

Full Kitchen & Bath Reno’s • Plumbing Service - all types • H/W tanks • Plugged drains No job too small!

‘Old Home Specialist’

Steve ✔

604-324-3351

WESTMOR

Plumbing Ltd Res - Com Professional Service FLAT RATE 7 DAYS/WK Honest Service Lic - Ins - Bonded

bradsjunkremoval.com

D & M RENOVATIONS, Flooring, tiling, finishing. Fully Insured. Top quality, quick work 604-724-3832

“Haul Anything ...

MR. BUILD - Renos and Repairs. Est 1989. 9129 Shaughnessy St. Please call 604-732-8453

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

Plumbing

Complete Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services 7 Days A Week Seniors Discounts Small Repairs to Renovations Hot Water Tanks, Garburators Sinks, Faucets, Toilets, Bath Tubs Very Reasonable Rates Licensed Plumber and Gas Fitter Call Jim

731-8875

★ 3 Licensed Plumbers ★ 66 years of exp. 604-830-6617 www.oceansidemechanical.com

New Year, New Look Refer to the Home Services section for all your home improvement, decorating, and design needs.

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

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

604-318-4390 aaronrconstruction.com FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS Additions ★ Renovations Concrete Forming ★ Decks Garages ★ Bathrooms Ceramic Tile ★ Drywall Hardwood Flooring ''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

NORM, 604-466-9733 Cell: 604-841-1855

• 95% Recycle Rate • No Landfills EVER

8250

but

Dead Bodies” 604.220.JUNK (5865) Serving the Lower Mainland since 1988

For Free Estimates Call Ryan 778.809.6677 homeadvantagecontracting@gmail.com

Student Works

$

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

WCB – Fully Insured 100% Money Back Guarantee

604-340-7189

*Must be mentioned at time of booking estimate to receive no HST offer

Trips start at

ROOFING/ RE-ROOFING Leak Repairs & Chimney Repairs

SAVE $ 604-228-ROOF (7663) Showroom: 1230 West 75th Ave.

WEST SIDE ROOFING

604-722-1105 FF 15% O TODAY!

604-722-1105 AMBLESIDE ROOFING

All types - Reroofs & Repairs Insured/WCB 778-288-8357

Canam Roofing 778-881-1417 Residential roofing, new, reroofing & repairs. Peace of mind warranty. www.canamroofing.ca

$49

John 778-288-8009

10% OFF with this ad w w w.student worksdisposal.com

1981 LINCOLN Town car, signature series, stock, collector plates, $3500 obo 604-792-6367

220-JUNK (5865)

RUBBISH REMOVAL

1986 PONTIAC FIREBIRD, red, v6, 2 dr, 50k, a/c, auto, exc int, 1 owner, $6500. 604-533-3191

Additions, renos & new const. Concrete forming & framing specialist. Patrick 604-218-3064

STORMRIDER ROOF REPAIRS Concrete Tiles, Skylights & Rain Gutters. Malcolm 604-803-2808

1989 BENTLEY Eight, Immac, 68,000 kms, gorgeous charcoal/ tan, no accidents, show winner $19,900 obo 604-889-2525

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

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

8309

PTV TILE INSTALLATIONS Ceramic Tile, Porcelain, Slate, Bath Reno’s. Santo 778-235-1772

8315

1989 JAGUAR XJS coupe, V12 159 K, pristine cond $6950 obo. Priv sale, call Bob 604-986-8516

Tiling

A & Wes Tile top European quality Tile install custom bath-kitch 604-657-0343 AandWesTile.com

1989 PORSCHE 944 Turbo, white on burgundy, all rcrds, new exhaust, 5 spd, a/c, Ltd slip, great cond! $15,900 Call 604-943-0945

1993 Mazda MX-6 LS Mint condition. Automatic 171,000 kms. V6, Auto, AirCrd, Lady owned. $3,900 firm. Call: (778) 689-6094

1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature 268K. $5,000 Call: (604) 316-2527 Great Car

Tree Services

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

Clean Sweep?

1991 Pontiac Grand Prix 4 DR Fully loaded,kept inside,in family from new $2495. 604-899-6119

9125

2001 CORVETTE Z06 black on black, absolute mint cond, 55k. Must sell! $32,000. 604-574-7629

Domestic

1993 PLYMOUTH Sundance 126 K, 4 dr, w/hatch, 2.2L, $2000 obo. Great 1st car 604-809-6353

2004 Jaguar X-Type Automatic 93,500 kms Excellent condition. $10,500 Call: (604) 786-0941 email: juliekemble@hotmail.com

Since 1989

ROOF LEAKS? ★ Waters Home Maintenance ★ Free Est. 604-738-6606

1987 JAGUAR XJS Cabriolet, 1 owner, lady driven, V12, ps, pb, pw, rebuilt ac, new tires, $8900 obo, Don 604-826-7012

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

2005 FORD Focus Z $7,888, 96K, EH135959 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

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

Luxury Cars

604-

'Haul anything...but dead bodies!!'

MASTERCRAFT ROOFING Ltd. Right the 1st time! Repairs, reroofing, garage, decks. Hart 322-5517

North West Roofing & Renovations Re-Roofing & Repair. WCB & liability insur. Jag, 778-892-1530

9129

bradsjunkremoval.com

8300 drytech.ca

1976 MGB Roadster. British racing green colour. 4 speed. New top and carpet. Engine work done. $6,995. 604-591-8566

B i n s f ro m 5 - 3 0 y a rd s a v a i l .

atyourhomeservicesgroup.ca

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

1969 MERCEDES Benz 280S, collector plates, excellent condition, $6500. 604-723-3654

Disposal & Recycling

AT YOUR HOME ROOFING SERVICES

Contracting Ltd

licensed - Insured - WCB

2011 Dodge Charger SE 1,700 kms. Very cool,mint,smells new! $24,600obo. Gord 778-300-2538

www.BurrellAuto.com 3094 Westwood St, Port Coq 604 945-4999. 2925 Murray St, Port Moody 604 461-7995.

Roofing

NO HST! til Jan.15 (max. 400*)

2008 Pontiac G5 28,244 kms, Automatic SE 4Dr Blue Sedan, 2.2 litre DOHC engine, cruise control, AC, remote side mirrors, power door locks, keyless entry, theft system, CD MP3 Player $9,900 Call: (604) 873-9579 email: pmgw@shaw.ca

1967 AUSTIN Healey BJ8 Mk 3, completely restored. 75K mi, all org. Red Ribbon at All Brit. Field meet. $45,000. 604-987-3993

RJR CONSTRUCTION Small Projects Division. www.rjrrenovator.com Call 604-254-1760

HOME ADVANTAGE Residential & Commercial Renovations

Collectibles & Classics

Rubbish Removal

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

ACCREDITED BUSINESS

8220

8255

2007 FORD Focus SE, 4 dr, AC, auto, pwr grp, 68k kms, $4900 604-439-9840 or 604-612-5122

Guaranteed Auto Loans Call Bryan 1-888-815-1314 www.kiarichmond.com

9110

Plumbing & Renovations

604-551-8531

Masonry

MASONRY and REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys •Slate •Fireplaces •Pavers •Landscaping •Concrete. 10% Senior discount. George • 778-998-3689

8185

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

604

8140

Oil Tank Removal

Domestic

We Loan Our Own $$$$

9129 Shaughnessy St., Vancouver

HOME SERVICES

9125

YOU WORK? YOU DRIVE?

.com

www.rjrrenovator.com www.rjrconstruction.ca

Auto Finance

Sell it in the Classifieds!

604

630.3300

2006 CHEV Cobalt LT, White, 69k, alloys, pwr grp $6,495. Downtown.nissan.ca 604-257-8900

2007 BMW 525I, black, loaded, leather, sunroof, very clean, 130K, $24,900. 604-999-4097

2009 Audi Q7 3.6 Automatic 80,000 kms, silver ext, black leather int, sunroof, tow hitch, nav, bluetooth. $40,000. Call: (604) 913-9221


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Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes

9155

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

9160

Sports & Imports

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

9160

Sports & Imports

9160

Sports & Imports

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Vans

9522

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RV’s/Trailers

1994 PONTIAC Trans Am GT red with grey int., well maint., lady driven $4800. Serious inquires only. Ph 604-997-2583

2005 KAWASAKI EX500R Ninja, 16K, stored 2 yrs, 1 lady owner, $3000 obo, 778-788-8136 2010 TRIUMPH American Motorcycle, 900 cc, never driven, $8500 obo. 604-533-4962 morn/ eve

9145

Scrap Car Removal

2008 HYUNDAI Santa Fe LTD, White, Stk# K13215A $17,995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2005 Acura MDX 122,700 kms Excellent Condition, many nice luxury features. 3rd row seating makes this a very reliable and safe family vehicle $16,000 email: jthomson0621@gmail.com

2005 GMC Sierra Stock# KK1373B $9995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

1997 TOYOTA Camry LE. 4 drs, 4 cyl, auto, a/c. Well maintained. Aircared. $3700. 604-936-1270

1997 VOLVO 850 Stationwagon, loaded, well maint, new tires, $3900 obo, 604-984-0596

2006 DODGE Caravan Cargo, 70k, shelves, ladder rack, $9,900 Downtown.nissan.ca 604-257-8900

2005 FOUR WINDS Class C 30’ sleeps 7, like new cond, 132,000 km, $24,888 778-748-6874 rgprojectmanager@yahoo.com

2008 DODGE GRAND Caravan, 54K, like new, Michelan tires, $13,900. 604-922-7367

1997 JAGUAR XK8 cpe, black, blk lther int, 84,000 ks, full load, all records, DB7 rims, sport pckg $9900 firm. 778-889-6557

NO WHEELS, NO PROBLEM

FREE

2004 MAZDA 626, black, leather, auto, ht seats, gd cond, 110k km, aircared. $8000. 604-440-4322

2004 GMC Yukon XL, auto, 244Kms, 2WD, p/s, p/w, cruise. $6950. Jim 604-377-5751

2004 NISSAN Maxima SE $13,888,91k, EH64446 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2005 KIA Amante, $7995. Stock# Y11239B. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2009 Volkswagen GTI Golf. DSG/18" rims/leather/power S/R. New tires. 65,000 kms. Factory warranty. $21,600. (604) 731-9739

2010 MAZDA 6 GS, $15,888, 65K, EH30195 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2009 HONDA Odyssey EXL, $28,888 5 sp/Auto, FWD, M625501A, Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

9515

2006 ALFA Luxury Mtr Home 330 CAT Diesel Pusher, 6 new tires, 35,500mi. Equiped with everything, too much to list! Exc cond. $117,000. 604-767-3894

Boats 2008 NASH 25’ 5th whl, q bed, rear kitchen, 1 slide $19,000. Ph 604-792-2201 Chilliwack

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL No Wheels, No Problem

MIKE: 604-872-0109

2005 HONDA CR-V LX $14,888, 159K, EH07986 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2000 BMW 328i, Stk# V11993B, Black, low K’s, $7995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

THE SCRAPPER

2006 Ford F150 XL, 4X4, 5.4L, extended cab, seats 6, long box, canopy, A/C, 107K. $12,950. must sell! (604) 773-4235.

CASH FOR ALL VEHICLES 2H

9155

E

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

2001 Toyota Celica GT Auto 138,000 kms -many extras $8,950. Call: (604) 690-6235

2006 MINI Cooper, Grey, 58k, loaded, $16,988. Downtown.nissan.ca 604-257-8900

SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC

2007 GMC Yukon Denali, $34,888 61K, 6 sp/auto, AWD, EH371775, Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2006 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT. 46,000 km. Grey. 4 drs, auto, p/w, p/l, leather heated seats, sunroof, mag wheels. Good condition! $16,000 obo. 604-240-9912

2009 ACURA RDX Tech Pkg74K, $26,888, EH01133, auto/5 speed, fully loaded Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

Sports & Imports

2003 MAZDA Prote´ge´ 5, 5 spd, 140K km, new water pump, timing belt & front wheel bearings, sunroof, pwr windows, locks, cruise, aircared, nice cond. $7,000. 778-227-2010

2001 DODGE Ram 1500, Stock# V12349B $7995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331 1991 MERCEDES BENZ 300C. Auto, new tires. 111,000 km. Exc condition. $6,500. 604-786-6495

2012 AUDI A4 Quattro, Premium, 29,000km, $46,500, panorama sunroof, auto, monsoon grey, black leather interior, all season tires. Snow tires optional. 604-764-8044

2003 MAZDA Prote´ge´ 5, Stk# K12555B, 5 spd, yellow, $4995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2007 BMW 525i 88,400km Premium Pkg, loaded $21,900 obo. 604-532-9292

2007 KIA Rio 5, 5 dr, blk, 5sp, 1 owner, 72K, exc cond, incls winter tires, $7500 obo, 604-603-2548

2007 TOYOTA Camry LE, 4 dr, special leather, auto, 89K, f/load, $14,800 obo, 604-808-9518

NEED CHEAP AUTOBODY ? www.cheapautobody.ca 604-341-7738

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Vans

2000 MAZDA MPV LX, gold, 4 cyl, 195000km, auto, airbags, pw, ps, Scratches on exterior, $2,100 604-986-7533

2000 MAZDA MPV LX, gold, 4 cyl, 195000km, auto, airbags, pw, ps, Scratches on exterior, $2,100 604-986-7533

2007 VOLVO XC 90, leather, loaded, Stk# BB3125A. $17,995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2003 CHEVY Venture, 7pass, red, good cond, 128K, incls snow tires, $3500 obo, 604-946-4725

1992 SUBARU Loyal S/W, 4 cyl, auto, aircared, pwr grp, exc cond, all rec. $1950 obo. 604-433-3039 2004 DODGE Durango, 4 dr SUV, 128,104 $11,995 Stk# K121193B. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2002 FORD Explorer, Stk# V13081A, auto low K’s $6995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2004 FORD F350, Diesel, pristine cond Stk# AB10252A. $15,995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa Manual 109,000 kms Amazon blue/tan interior. Second owner, lovingly maintained, all service records/ 11 years. Excellent mechanics and body. Offers considered. $19,900 email: jasonbarton@shaw.ca

2004 HYUNDAI Elantra 79 K km, 5 spd, 2.0L, 4 cyl, new clutch, a/c, loaded, $5999. 604-980-0051

RV’s/Trailers

TOYOTA HIACE CAMPERVAN 90 2.8l deisel,auto, camp in comfort $15,400. 604-275-3443

2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 129,000km Single owner. Fully loaded, sunroof, heated seats, 5speed $10,500 604-329-6735

2008 FORD Escape Hybrid, Grey, Stk# Y12073B, $14,995 Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2009 BIGFOOT 30MH28TE Top of line, immaculate, loaded, low kms, $88,650. 604-230-7546

You Want It We’ve Got It Find What You’re Looking for in the Classifieds.

2012 MAZDA 5 GS $18,888, 33,166 km, EH32680 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2002 WINDSTAR (Ford) 145 kms, good cond., $2975. 604-392-3909 after 4pm or all day wkends

1992 BMW 325i Auto 87,000 km, one lady owner, exc cond, no accid. $6,800. 778-8298663 2004 BMW 530i, 92K, MS89364A, Auto, 6 speed $16,888 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

9522

1998 NOMAD 5th Wheel 25 ft. 1 slide; Standup/walk around Bdrm $12,000 604-796-2866 2006 SATURN Ion, $5995. Stock# K12438A, Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2008 FORD Pickup Lariat, 49,000km, loaded + +, $37,500 Must Sell! 604-313-2763

9160

2002 BUICK RENDEZVOUS CXL AWD 7 Pass. 1 Owner! Sale by owner. Blue ext/grey leather interior. 3.4 Liter V6 185HP 4-speed auto, AM FM stereo, CD player, full power; heated seats, lumbar support, power windows, doors, seats, and sunroof, fog lamps, alarm keyless, backup sensor. Good cond. $4995.00 Email: Kevin@gdm-ca.com Call: Kevin @ 604-765-5840

2011 NISSAN Versa S $12,888, 38,750 km EH98482 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2002 MERCEDES C320, quick Sale $9900 1 lady owner no accidents, f/load, 604-649-4542

2002 NISSAN Maxima SE, only 151,000 km, leather heated seats, sunroof, 4 drs, $7,500 OBO, Call 778-279-1490 1997 LANDROVER Defender(s) 90, 5 spd diesel, mint, 160,000km, from desert $23,900 1-780-945-7945 604-926-7087 lancebright@hotmail.com

24’ SEA RAY 240 turn key & go, eng i/o, GM V8, surveyed, good shape. $6500. 604-552-3961

2006 HONDA Accord, 106,000 kms, 4 dr, auto, leather, very good cond $12,500. 604-889-4961

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2006 ACURA 3.2 TL custom fully loaded, 300 HP 6 spd. 125,000 km on body, only 44,000 km on engine $15,500. 604-241-0357

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013

WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective January 3 to January 9, 2013.

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

Grocery Department

Nature’s Path Organic Hot Cereals

2/6.00

Extra Lean Ground Turkey

Ryvita Crisbread or Crackers

assorted varieties

Produce Department

Meat Department from 1.69

8 pack

product of Canada

Organic California Grown Bunch Broccoli

5.49lb/ 12.10kg

assorted varieties

WOW!

PRICING

125-250g • product of UK

1.58lb/ 3.48kg product of USA

Whole Organic Chickens Van’s Frozen Waffles

assorted varieties

2/5.00

2/4.00

225g

assorted varieties

from 4.99

3.69

PRICING

1.89L product of USA

PureBlue or PureBlack Juice Blends

regular retail price

A smart start to your day! Umpqua Oats

assorted varieties

2/10.00

3.99

1 dozen • product of Canada

assorted varieties 1.36L

2.99

+deposit +eco fee • product of Canada

assorted varieties

3.99

Bulk Department All Organic Beans

20% off regular retail price

reg 3.69

Health Care Department

assorted varieties

Avalon Bath and Shower Gel

Bakery Department

7.99

225ml product of France

370-430g product of Canada

7.99

Organic Multigrain Bread

3/4.98

2/8.00

170 - 216g

Vitasoy Quinoa Beverages

Gardein Frozen Meatless Entrees

original or vanilla

assorted varieties

200-340g • product of Canada

Olympic Organic Yogurt

Mama Mary’s Pizza Crusts

assorted varieties

3/9.99

650g

! New

from 2/6.00

product of Canada

WOW!

PRICING reg 4.99

assorted varieties

from 2/7.00

26.99

regular retail price package of 3 or 6

Andalou Hair Care

Rice Bakery Brown Rice Bread

WOW!

select varieties

6.99

2.00 off

regular retail price 454g

PRICING

2 piece kit

Optimizes detoxification, cleansing and elimination in two parts to improve digestion, intestinal function and overall health and vitality.

1.00 off

2 or 3 pack • product of USA

product of Canada

Genesis Today Cleanse

Spelt Coconut or Pumpkin Muffins

product of Canada

600g • product of Canada

946ml

retail price 260-560g

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

3/5.49

1.00 off regular

Life Choices Organic Macaroni & Cheese

355ml

Avalon’s bath and shower gel provides a more gentle way to cleanse the skin while awakening the senses.

whole or half loaf

Pearl’s Organic Perogies

each

bags or bins

Rocky Mountain Frozen Pizzas

St. Dalfour Jams

.98

WOW!

PRICING

2.00 off

WOW!

5.98

5lb box

Long English Cucumbers Mexican Grown

Aiming for a healthy New Year? Allégro 4% Cheese

PRICING

Maple Hill Farms Organic Large Free Range Eggs

WOW!

Deli Department

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Beverages

assorted varieties

500g • product of Canada

85g

product of USA

product of USA

Elias Honey Creamed or Liquid

Jeju Satsuma Mandarin Oranges from Korea

4.99lb/ 11.00kg

Popchips Potato Chips

assorted varieties

340ml

Advanced fruit stem cell Science improves hair follicle longevity and vitality for healthy hair from root to tip.

WOW!

Gear up for Gluten Free Sunday, January 13, Vancouver Convention Centre.

PRICING

Choices Markets is proud to be the title sponsor of the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo, Canada’s premier gluten-free event. Join us at the Choices booth to speak with our Nutrition Team, sample goodies from the Rice Bakery and purchase a copy of our Gluten-Free Food Guide on Sale for the month of January for $9.95 plus taxes.

Look for our

WOW! PRICING

2011, 2012 Awards. Your Loyalty has helped Choices achieve these awards. Thank you!

www.choicesmarkets.com Kitsilano

Cambie

Kerrisdale

Yaletown

Rice Bakery

South Surrey

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

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest

8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

Vancouver Courier January 4 2013  

Vancouver Courier January 4 2013