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urlesque dancers, rainbowhued leis, an inflatable palm tree and umbrella drinks all appeared at a rally in support of the Waldorf outside city hall Tuesday. But while rally participants saw council’s 120-day protection order on the hotel as a step in the right direction, the Waldorf Productions team saw no future for themselves there. Artist and musician Thomas Anselmi of Waldorf Productions said he doesn’t know what the team will do next. He said Solterra Group, which is poised to buy the Waldorf Hotel property, has refused to meet with them. “Of course we’ll go elsewhere because we care about this city,” he told reporters. Most of the approximately 80 people who gathered on the lawn of city hall lauded council’s unanimous decisiontoslapa120-dayprotectionorder on the hotel property so the heritage and cultural value of the hotel could be determined, but they also want to see Waldorf Productions continue programming the site. “It’s a lovely building and we need to protect as much of our heritage as we possibly can… [but] the building is worthless unless it’s run by a good group of people,” said musician Stephen Hamm of bands The Evaporators and Canned Hamm at the rally organized by the new group Vancouver Loves the Waldorf. “The people who’ve been running that have been doing a fantastic job. They’re friends of mine and we’ve decided to stay in this town to move ahead as opposed

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About 80 Waldorf supporters gathered on the lawn of city hall Tuesday after council voted in favour of issuing a 120-day protection order on the hotel property. to going to Toronto or Berlin or somewhere. Let’s stay here and make sure that Vancouver has some culture because we’re up against money and where there’s money, there seems to be no room for art.” Burlesque dancer “April O’Peel” echoed Hamm’s sentiments. “This is not helping the city become any funner and I’m just becoming really disillusioned seeing venue after venue where people are trying to createsomethingawesome,W2,Spectral Theatre, Red Gate, The Playhouse, all

in the last year falling to the man, or whatever it is, this greater power,” she said. “The arts are important to our city because it creates a culture and a meaning,” she added. “We’re able to express what we stand for and I would hope that it’s something more than just condos.” Leaseholder Waldorf Productions announced Jan. 9 that it would vacate the hotel Jan. 20 because the property is being sold to developer Solterra Group and the production company

couldn’t operate on the offered weekto-week lease. Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson requested a report from city manager Penny Ballem for the Jan. 15 council meeting and forwarded the motion for the temporary protection order. Former COPE Coun. Ellen Woodsworth and former COPE chair and candidate Brent Granby said they don’t want to see Solterra use potential heritage status to secure permission to build a larger

development on the site. Woodsworth noted cultural spaces that include Richard’s on Richards, the Pantages Theatre and the Ridge bowling alley and movie theatre have all been lost to condo development. She believes council should direct staff to complete a land use plan to aid the creation of affordable housing and cultural space. “Artists are leaving this city in droves because there’s no place to perform and there’s no place to live,” Woodsworth said. “The Waldorf is the tipping point for so many people in the arts community.” The potential end of independent arts and culture programming at the Waldorf Hotel has already affected one fledgling company. The 30-hour soap-a-thon fundraiser for improvised soap opera producers Sin Peaks set to start Jan. 13 had to be scaled back to two evening performances. But Sin Peaks secured a regular Monday night spot at The Cellar on Granville Street after it posted its need for a venue on Facebook. “It’s going to be a whole new kind of audience and possibilities just with the foot traffic around there. It’s easier for people to get to,” said Aimee Beaudoin, artistic director of Sin Peaks. “But I definitely will miss the Waldorf. It has a lot more character.” A public relations company associated with Solterra said the company’s purchase wouldn’t be complete until closer to the end of the year, so it wouldn’t comment on council’s decision or its plans. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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t Tuesday’s council meeting, NPA Coun. George Affleck wanted to know what made the Waldorf Hotel so different from other lost cultural spaces in Vancouver. Why, he asked, did Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson recommend slapping a 120-day protection order on the property? “What makes it different than the Ridge or Pantages or W2, or etc.?” Affleck told the Courier Wednesday. Successive Vision-dominated city councils put protection orders on the Waldorf Hotel and York Theatre, both of which are “in the heart of Vision country,” he noted. “We had people from the bowling alley walking to city hall protesting — for God’s sakes — in walkers, and the mayor didn’t even come out and speak to them,” Affleck added. Affleck ultimately voted in favour of the motion that would prevent a demolition permit from being issued on the Waldorf property and provide time for the cultural and historical significance of the hotel to be determined. He said he was assured councillors wouldn’t be placing themselves

in a precarious legal situation by introducing a protection order on a property that is the subject of a real estate deal. “It’s a unique situation for sure. Clearly there’s a desire by the community that this is something that they care about,” Affleck said. “This was new to me, to be honest, that this [protection order] process existed… It might have been something I suggested [for the Ridge], so lesson learned. Affleck added council was told the Ridge wasn’t an issue that would come before them. “There’s also that question of what’s our role in the private sector, how involved we get and at what stage.” Leaseholder Waldorf Productions announced Jan. 9 that it would vacate the hotel Jan. 20 because the property is being sold to developer Solterra Group and the production company couldn’t operate on the offered week-to-week lease. Solterra Group has said it had no plans at this time to demolish the hotel. It expects the sale to close in the fall. Brian Jackson, the city’s general manager of planning and development services, said the Waldorf property at East Hastings Street just east of Clark Drive differs from the Ridge and Pantages because it lies in an industrial area where a demolition permit could be issued without a development permit. He said a councillor could have introduced a protection

order motion on the Ridge and the Pantages before the development permit process started. In 2008 council issued a 120-day protection order to save the York Theatre on Commercial Drive near Venables Street from the wrecking ball and a proposed townhouse development. It was saved when developer Bruno Wall bought and restored the theatre in exchange for permission to build a larger building elsewhere. Kitsilano-based community activist Mel Lehan hopes city councillors can belatedly save the Ridge complex. “I’m an avid supporter of the Waldorf and I’m thrilled that they’re working to save it,” he said. “The bowling alley is a centre of incredible importance to people, socially, culturally, recreationally, and I would now hope that they would do the same thing for the Ridge bowling alley, and the theatre if possible.” The city’s development permit board approved a fourstorey commercial and condo building to replace the Ridge complex in October. Vision Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal did not return a call and email from the Courier. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi


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In their financial disclosure statements, Mayor Gregor Robertson (right) included his shares in Treedom Ventures Ltd. while Coun. George Affleck again listed shares in Building-A-Bear-Workshops.

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Spot quiz time, again. Tuesday, Jan. 15 was a significant day at city hall because: a) Vision Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang announced that he broke most of his New Year’s resolutions. b) It was the first council meeting of 2013. c) NPA Coun. George Affleck mistakenly pointed out that Mayor Gregor Robertson had been a guest DJ at the Waldorf Hotel. d) It was the first council meeting for city hall manager Penny Ballem since her skiing accident. Answer: sadly, none of the above. The significance of Jan. 15 was that it was deadline day for the mayor and his 10 councillors to file their annual financial disclosure statements. To be clear, these are not the same statements that show how much money developers/unions/ individuals gave to your elected officials to get them elected in 2011. No, these are the disclosures they must file every January, pursuant to the provincial Financial Disclosure Act, that give us a little bit more information about such things as assets and liabilities, if any. And it’s a good thing they all met the deadline because the Act states very clearly that failing to file a disclosure is an offence and liable on conviction of a fine of up to $10,000. So let’s take a look at what they disclosed. Let’s start with Robertson. Under assets, he lists shares in Treedom Ventures Ltd., Ohana Partners Ltd. and Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op. In last year’s statement, he also listed shares in Happy Planet Ventures but didn’t this year. Happy Planet, of course, is the juice company he co-founded before getting into politics. The shares in the farm co-op are related to Robertson’s days when he and his wife owned a farm in the valley. Ohana, which

he also lists under corporate assets, is the landholding company that owns Robertson’s house in Vancouver. As I mentioned last year, he pays a residential tax on the property, not a cheaper business tax. Treedom — as you’ve read here before — is a company that holds a piece of property on Cortes Island, home to the Hollyhock retreat overseen by the mayor’s pal/moneyman/adviser Joel Solomon. Now to the councillors. Vision councillors Andrea Reimer, Heather Deal, Geoff Meggs, Kerry Jang and Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr had no assets or liabilities to declare. Vision Coun. Tim Stevenson lists “Vancity rsvp’s.” Vision Coun. Tony Tang holds one or more shares in his own company, Annex Management Ltd., and lists himself as a director and shareholder of K. Tang Enterprises. He also owns property on Passage Island. Vision Coun. Raymond Louie lists shares in the Bank of Montreal, Crescent Point Energy Corp., CGI Group Inc., High Yield and Mortgage Plus Trust, Manitoba Telecom, Marret, Nortel, Rainmaker Mining, Royal Bank, Nokia and Warrior Energy. NPA Coun. Elizabeth Ball disclosed shares in Ball Welch Holdings Ltd., Lightscene Ventures Inc. and Eos Lightmedia Corp., of which she is a part owner. NPA Coun. George Affleck, owner of Curve Communications Group Ltd., lists shares in his company, Optima Minerals Inc., Yaletown Capital Corp., Citigroup, Finavera Wind Energy Inc. and the kids’ favourite, Build-A-Bear Workshops. Affleck lists no shares in research firms. Such an affiliation maybe could have saved him the embarrassment Tuesday of falsely stating the mayor spun discs at the Waldorf. For the record, Robertson actually gave the vinyl a workout at the Biltmore. He played some Rush, Talking Heads — even some Earth, Wind & Fire, which are reportedly nicknames given to three members of council. Speculating on who they might be would only get me in trouble. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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MOUNT PLEASANT

Clock erected to beautify Mt. Pleasant NAOIBH O’CONNOR Staff writer

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he heritage-designed “Welcome Mt Pleasant clock” erected on Main Street where it meets Kingsway is a physical reminder of the transformation of a once troubled community into one of Vancouver’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. The clock, designed by Raymond Saunders who also built the Gastown steam clock, was part of a beautification initiative in the late 80s and intended to complement the heritage buildings in the area. Saunders, who recently got the go-ahead from the city to replace the clock’s worn-out fluorescent lighting with LED lighting, recalled being asked to design it. “I’ve seen the whole area change over the years. And when they did the beautification and put the island in there and asked if I could put a clock there — that was a wonderful occasion. It’s probably one of the most looked-at clocks in the city besides my steam clock,” he said Thursday. “It’s almost become an icon as the Heritage Hall

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The Mount Pleasant welcome clock, designed by Ray Saunders, was erected in the late 1980s as part of a beautification project. tower clock is an icon for Mount Pleasant —it’s just a smaller icon.” Saunders noted the city crest imprinted on the clock as well as hops plant leaves in honour of the

neighbourhood’s former moniker, Brewery Creek.. The clock was part of a larger beautification project launched by the Mount Pleasant Merchants’

Association, which pushed for new sidewalks, banners, street trees and street lighting. Business owners paid about $3 a linear foot for 15 years, which was added to their taxes, to cover costs and the municipal and provincial governments also contributed. The beautification project’s completion was celebrated at a ribbon cutting at the clock site on June 17, 1988. Vacant, rundown and dilapidated buildings, concern about prostitution, drugs and other crime sparked the desire to revitalize Mount Pleasant. Frances Warner, now a Vernon resident, coordinated the beautification project when she was a community-planning consultant for Mount Pleasant in the 1980s. She says “absolutely” when asked if the beautification project was worth it, calling it a physical expression of caring and a first step in revitalizing the neighbourhood and improving its reputation. “By taking the first action, the fledging business association commenced an incremental process which later involved more marketing and community involvement

and led to the formation of the city’s first BIA,” she wrote in an email. “As a result of these initiatives, commercial vacancies were reduced and building maintenance was improved. Elements such as the clock, the streetcar sculpture [by Kingsgate Mall], flower baskets, and banners combined to enhance the area’s ambiance.” Other neighbourhood groups also formed around the same time in the late 1980s, including a Mount Pleasant block neighbour association aimed at developing “a community atmosphere of friendship, caring and concern,” according to an article in the Mid-Town/Mt. Pleasant Revue, as well as group called Mount Pleasant Residents Opposed to Street Soliciting.Warner says it’s difficult to say whether Mount Pleasant would have changed as quickly without initial efforts such as the beautification project three decades ago, since Vancouver’s pricey housing market helped pushed more people east. But it was one of the contributing factors. “Yes, change is inevitable, but who can tell in what ways it would have changed without the beautification,” she says. noconnor@vancourier.com


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here was a time when St. Patrick’s Catholic church and the elementary school it shares the grounds with at 12th and Main would be teeming with children and families of Irish descent. Same goes for the high school at 11th and Quebec. There were the McDonald, Tonner and Kelly families. The O’Tooles, the Clarkes and the Phelans were others. The Italians also had a presence. Today, the church and the schools continue to thrive in a Mount Pleasant neighbourhood that has seen a transformative change since the 1950s and 1960s. That change has been led by a Filipino community that has flourished in Mount Pleasant and effectively kept the church and schools from a population dip. The estimate from Father Vincent Hawkswell, the church’s pastor, is that 75 per cent of the 2,000 parishioners who attend Sunday services are Filipino. The majority of students at the schools are also Filipino, although it’s not as high at the secondary school, which is a regional school that allows students from as far away as Tsawwassen. “The Catholic church in Vancouver would be suffering drastically if there wasn’t the Filipino population,” said Hawkswell, when asked what the St. Patrick’s community would be without the commitment from Filipinos. “Really, it’s the equivalent to what the Irish did a little over a century ago when they came across to North America.” Like the Irish, he said, the Filipinos have learned to adapt to their new communities, work hard and enliven an already rich multicultural city. “I would say they integrate beautifully, without losing their own culture,” Hawkswell said. “They’re not exclusive, not ghettoish.” Segundo Padolina, 63, left the Philippines in 1974 for Winnipeg. That city’s snowy winters forced him to settle in Vancouver in 1980. He and his wife Clarita have been parishioners at

St. Patrick’s since they arrived. Their two children, who are now adults, went toschoolatSt.Patrick’sandattendedthechurch. Padolina, a retired welder, said the warmth of people from all backgrounds and strong communityspirithavekepthimgoingtoSt.Patrick’s. “Number one, it’s the atmosphere,” he said. “It’s like a family there. If the atmosphere wasn’t like that, I don’t think people would go. Everybody’s welcome there.” Padolina used to attend the old church, built in 1910, on the 12th Avenue side of the property. It was demolished a decade ago. A large recreation centre was built in its place while a new, larger church now occupies most of the block on Main Street between 12th and 13th. While the congregation is predominantly Filipino, Hawkswell pointed out the remaining 25 per cent are a mix of parishioners from Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, and a sprinkling of Irish and Italians and others. Despite the large Filipino population, all masses are conducted in English, although there are some events during the year where a Tagalog-speaking priest leads a service. While many Irish moved out of the city and Italians shifted east to Burnaby and other suburbs,Hawkswellbelievesthereisanotherreason for their slim presence at the church. “A number of them have let their faith slip,” he said, noting the Catholic church continues with its campaign for inactive Catholics to return to the church. Hawkswell is welcoming them back and any other Catholic that wants to join a rich community history he believes will continue to flourish for years to come. For now, though, it’s the Filipino community making that history as it continues to be committed to the church, the schools and the neighbourhood. “They really do deserve credit for making this area of town what it is today,” Hawkswell said. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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f you’re thinking about the future of the Waldorf Hotel — and who isn’t these days — I’d start with the much vilified Solterra Group and its CEO Gerry Nichele. They are the folks who bought the Waldorf and promised, so far, not to tear it down. In economic terms, they have the most at stake. Neither buyer nor seller is talking. But my sources at city hall point out that they paid $15.4 million for the property, which is almost double the 2013 assessed value of $7.9 million. Undoubtedly they did this expecting a rezoning to make that investment pay off. Of course there are at least three other players in this little drama. That includes the very creative Waldorf Productions, four young guys who proved in two short years they could establish the hippest and most popular cultural hub in the city. Unfortunately, they have proven far less successful as business types. And their political acumen on the eve of their vacating the premises is pathetic, which I will get back to in a moment. But their repeated assertion that they had a “financially viable business that was thriving” flies in the face of the fact they themselves admit they were the beneficiaries of a significant forgiveness on unpaid rent. That benefit has been estimated by the current hotel owner and the second player Marko Puharich at more than $300,000. There is no question that when the Waldorf Productions lads took over the space they found a down-at-the-heels operation well past its best before date. They invested about $1.6 million in renovations. Finally, there is the city and Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. Those hipsters who have regularly inhabited the various Waldorf venues are Vision’s people. Those tattooed tweeters not only have Robertson’s ear, they have his heart and soul. It is no wonder that he directed the city’s senior staff to move with such alacrity on the news that Waldorf Productions was calling it quits and the future of the hotel was in doubt. The 120-day cooling off period declared by council prohibits a demolition permit being issued while the city considers the buildings heritage significance and all parties consider their future. And on that point, the people with the biggest task ahead would be Waldorf Productions. For starters, according to an email I have in my possession from the production company’s Ernesto Gomez, they surprised and ticked off their most generous landlord Marko Puharich last summer by announcing that they had spent the past year “doing our due diligence in regards to the redevelopment of your property.” All of this happened in the midst of them defaulting on their original lease agreement and Puharich hoping to deal with what the production guys referred to as “our current lease situation”. They wanted a meeting that would “leave lawyers, real estate people and anyone else out.” No such meeting happened. Six months later, Puharich sold the property to a buyer of his choice — the Solterra Group — which may very well have the same plans for the hotel and the adjacent property as the “real heavyweights” Gomez and his buddies were chatting up. Solterra’s deal, however, required the property vacated by the time they take possession next September. That put Gomez et al on a very short leash. Rather than putting all their energy into making up with Puharich and quietly playing nice with Solterra, they hit the panic button and went on the attack denouncing “cookie cutter condos.” This inevitably raised the ire of thousands of their supporters including Robertson who bemoaned the potential loss of an important cultural institution. It also put Solterra’s investment at great risk in the face of a neighbourhood community plan that is in the works, which could ultimately be swayed by this dispute and insist the Waldorf property remain under its current industrial zoning. Waldorf Productions is currently poisoning any possibility of a détente with Solterra by threatening to thwart its plans for that rezoning. Not so smart. We would all be better off if, over the next 120 days, all parties could just chill and cut a deal of mutual benefit. But then that could just be my wishful thinking. agarr@vancourier.com

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‘Man-cold’ victim wonders who’s running the show

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’m lying in bed with a pounding head, plugged sinuses and a frail Wi-Fi connection. Write about what you know, they say. Well, I know for sure I have one mean “man-cold.” We all know the sources of colds and flus are viruses, which hijack cellular machinery to manufacture more viruses, which go on to infect more cells. Pretty straightforward, Watson/Crick stuff, right? Not entirely. Two scientists recently surmised that the flu virus might actually boost our impulse to socialize. The reason being is that the bug spreads through close physical contact and needs to find new hosts, fast. Colorado State University parasitologist Janice Moore and Chris Reiber, a biomedical anthropologist at Binghamton University in New York, followed up on 36 subjects who received a flu vaccine. They knew the subjects’ immune system would react as if they had been hit by the live pathogen because the vaccine contains many of the same molecular components as the live virus. The two discovered that the flu shot nearly doubled the number of people the subjects encountered during the brief period when the virus would be at its peak of contagion. “People who had very limited or simple social lives were suddenly deciding that they needed to go out to bars or parties or invite a bunch of people over,” Reiber told journalist Kathleen McAuliffe in a report for The Atlantic magazine. Not a bad trick for a brief stretch of nucleic acid in a protein jacket, the code equivalent of a floppy disk. Yet a pattern of infectious persuasion goes on all the time in nature. There are tiny organisms that increase their chances of survival by turning their hosts into actual zombies. One such case involves the giant forest ant of Malaysia — Camponotus gigas to be precise. If the insect is unlucky enough to breathe in a spore from a species of Cordyceptus fungus, its behaviour begins to change. For the first time in its life and completely against character, the ant leaves the forest floor to clamber up a tree. When it gets to the highest point, it freezes into position on a twig or leaf, sinks in its mandibles, and dies. Having altered the ant’s brain prior to death, the fungus then devours the rest of the ant’s innards and within a few weeks, a mushroom grows from the head of the insect. More caps may develop from spikes growing through its exoskeleton. They eventually burst, releasing tiny capsules into the air. According to the journal Nature Malaysiana, “these capsules in turn explode as they float downwards, spraying spores over the surrounding area and infecting unwary and unlucky insects. … The life cycle of the fungus is thus completed.” Here’s another zombie. The free-swimming larva of the Sacculina barnacle injects a few cells into the chink in a crab’s armour, which then grow into a network of filaments on the crab’s underside. The hapless host ends up being the crustacean equivalent of an Imperial Walker from Star Wars. Parasites such as Sacculina “control their hosts, becoming in effect their new brain, and turning them into new creatures,” observes science writer Carl Zimmer in his excellent study, Parasite Rex. “It is as if the host itself is simply a puppet, and the parasite is the hand inside.” Ants and crabs may seem like little Darwinian wind-up toys, and we don’t have much problem thinking of their tiny brains and simple routines being tweaked by parasites — even if the molecular mechanisms still elude scientists. But how can the influenza virus — a thing so simple it exists on the border between life and non-life — nudge the neural pathways or neurochemicals of humans in such a finely tuned way? It’s a mystery how we can be motivated to bust a move to the bar or bistro by an infectious agent that is millions of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. It calls into the question the very idea of human free will. As science writer McAuliffe notes in her article for The Atlantic, with all those infectious agents “out there that may also be playing tricks on our minds — can anyone really know who’s running the show?” Considering that scientists believe that up to eight per cent of the human genome originated from viruses, I think I can answer that. Achoo! www.geoffolson.com

GEOFF OLSON

WALDORF FOLK HAVE AMNESIA

To the editor: Re: “Gen Why aims to save the Waldorf,” Jan. 9. “When we took over it wasn’t evenonthemap”notedDavidFazio, brandmanagerfortheWaldorf.This and other similar statements I’ve read since 2010 affirm that there’s some sort of collective amnesia in the Vancouver cultural-media. From 1995 to 1999 the Waldorf’s exotic-rooms were the home of regular Blue Lizard Cocktail Club extravaganzas. MC Maxine Von Minx, cabaretperformer Cass King and other local lounge-scene luminaries even appeared on the front-page in your newspaper! I was there in 1997 when Vancouver’s burlesque scene was born with a dance by Ava Gold (all the way from Seattle’s Lusty Lady peepshow-parlour). It’s slightly ironic that people who are celebrating and trying to save Vancouver’s cultural-heritage selectively erase history that doesn’t serve their agendas.

Peter Lipskis, Vancouver

HOSPICE BEDS DEFINITELY NEEDED To the editor:

Re: “Volunteer wants Marion Hospice to remain open,” Jan. 9t We wholeheartedly agree that more hospice beds are needed in Vancouver. As our population grows and ages, there is an increasing demand for quality end-of-life care. This is the sole reason why the VancouverHospiceSocietywasfounded in 2003. Most people say they would like to die at home. We are in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health in providing support for the dying and their families in the Vancouver

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community. However, remaining at home is not always possible. Hospices provide the option of a non-institutional home away from home. With no public funding, our society purchased land in a central location and built a Hospice Home at 4615 Granville St. to support the needs of our palliative community. We are in the final phase of raising the necessary funds to open our doors to patients. Meanwhile, we train volunteers to visit the dying in their homes and provide bereavement support for children and adults. Much attention is currently being paid to the struggles our health care system is experiencing in meeting current demand. A bed in a hospice home costs a fraction of the cost in a hospital. Let’s catch up with other communities in our province and provide much needed hospice beds as a cost effective alternative to hospital care.

Sue Hurd and Sue Wong, Vancouver Hospice Society

IDLE NO MORE LOOKS FORWARD To the editor: Re : Idle No More piece elicits strong responses,” Letters, Jan. 13. Mike Tropp’s condemnation of the Idle No More movement focuses on money wasted by First Nations rather than the much larger sums wasted by the Department of Indian Affairs. First Nations are demanding better accountability from both their leaders and the government. Like many Canadians. Tropp probably knows few First Nations people and little about the deadly impact of colonial policies promoting assimilation or segregation, if not extermination. He assumes that they are conveniently blaming white treatment in the past for their present shortcomings. We are all to a large extent tributary of our past and branded by it. Howev-

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er, the most encouraging aspect of the Idle No More movement is that the new generation is more interested in discussing the future than the past. Settling issues regarding treaty and land rights to provide better living conditions for the First Nations would benefit all Canadians. The past needs to be reckoned with in order to move forward in the future. Yvon Raoul, Vancouver

POODLE ART BEST SUITED TO YALETOWN To the editor:

Re: “Poodle on a pole perplexes Main Street resident,” Jan. 9. It’s stated a white poodle sculpture on Main Street and 18th Avenue cost $62,000. Is that the true and entire cost ? Did that include the cost to bring Montreal artist Gisele Amantea to Vancouver and supply her accommodation, meals and local transportation? Karen Henry, a cultural planner with the city, says the project was sponsored by the Ministry of Transport, the city and Translink, all of which are B.C. departments. So why then would she not seek a B.C. artist? I’ve known two Vancouver artists for 40 years and suspect they would have been happy to have been offered the work. Ms. Henry also says that “art is subjective.” Of course it is, but that is not the point regarding this sculpture. The point is, once again, an unelected person at city hall decided wrongly how to spend taxpayers money. Buy local we are constantly told and here is yet another flagrant disregard for that good idea. Why not take the white poodle and stick it on a pole in Yaletown where it will be more at home? Terry Love, Vancouver

SOCIAL MEDIA VANCOUVER COURIER STORY: Community Correspondent: Taking responsibility for litter, Mike Klassen, Jan. 15 @VanCourierNews:Someone dumped a toilet & TV in @MikeKlassen’s neighbourhood. Yes. A toilet. BruceWidman @BruceWidman: sell them on craigs list Chris Gordon @ChrisGordon77: Just need a beer fridge Savage @MC_Ryder: Didn’t you see the FREE sign? FACEBOOK QUESTION: Why do you choose to live in Mount Pleasant? Leona Rothney: I am a homeowner and I love Mt. Pleasant as it is right central to everything. I can walk north, south, east and west to all the different neighbourhoods to shop and just browse around. I like the old buildings and the fact that everyone knows everyone. I don’t have to go far just to see someone I know... Follow us on Facebook: The VancouverCourierNewspaper and Twitter: @VanCourierNews


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news Investigations office looks into 4thVPD arrest injury The incident, which occurred Dec. 30 in Champlain Heights, is the fourth case the independent agency has investigated in Vancouver since it began operating in September 2012. The most recent case relates to Vancouver police attending a residence in

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tion with officers, Court said, the man suffered injuries and was admitted to hospital, where he remained as of Wednesday. Police notified the agency one hour after they responded to the call. At the time, the extent of the man’s injuries was not clear. Over the following days, investigators from the agency met with the man’s family and a medical team when it was determined the injuries met the Police Act’s definition of “serious harm.” The agency only investigates cases involving police where serious harm or death is involved. The agency took over jurisdiction of the case Jan. 10. The three other Vancouver cases investigated by the agency relate to the death of an intoxicated man named Stanley Robert Morrison, a man shot and killed by police outside an apartment building and a suicidal man who died after police responded to a call for assistance from paramedics. In December, the agency cleared the officers of any wrongdoing in the case of 51year-old Morrison who died while in police custody. The case dates back to Oct. 7 when Vancouver police received a 911 call regarding a man who was allegedly causing a disturbance in a park in the 900-block of West Seventh Avenue.

During an altercation with officers, Court said, the man suffered injuries and was admitted to hospital, where he remained as of Wednesday.

Two officers responded and initially planned to transport Morrison to the Vancouver Detox Centre. The plan was abandoned once officers learned Morrison was temporarily banned “as a consequence of his past aggressive behaviour toward centre staff,” the agency’s Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal said in his report. Instead, Morrison accepted a ride home in a police van. Neither handcuffs nor restraints were used. The threekilometre trip took just under seven minutes to complete, the report said. When the officer arrived at Morrison’s residence, he opened the van’s door and found Morrison to be “unconscious and in medical distress.” Paramedics were called and arrived within 12 minutes. They initiated resuscitation efforts and transported Morrison to Vancouver General Hospital. He didn’t regain consciousness and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at

hospital. A toxicology report indicated Morrison’s blood alcohol content was .30 per cent. A pathologist concluded he died of “acute alcohol toxicity.” Court said there were no updates to report on the two other cases from 2012. Once the investigations are concluded, the agency will make an announcement, he said. The agency has five teams of six investigators and is based in Surrey. Since it began operating in September, the agency has been involved in 13 cases in B.C. “We certainly knew that we would be busy and that’s been the case,” said Court, adding the agency has enough staff to handle the workload. So far, he said, the agency continues to have a strong working relationship with police departments. The agency signed a memorandum of understanding with B.C.’s police services in July 2012 to work cooperatively. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings


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Improving City Infrastructure: Upgrading West 4th Avenue

Information Meeting: Renovation of Kitsilano Beach Park Tennis Courts

Construction Work: January to June 2013

This spring, the Vancouver Park Board will begin renovating the popular tennis courts at Kitsilano. Join us at an information meeting to learn more about this project: Thursday, January 24, 4 - 7 pm Kitsilano Beach, Lifeguard Office 1305 Arbutus Street All 10 courts are scheduled to be closed in April and will reopen in the fall of 2013. Improvements will be made to the playing surface, nets, and fencing of the north courts and to the playing surface and practice wall of the south courts.

City of Vancouver construction crews will begin work to upgrade the 100-year-old sewage pipes that lie underneath West 4th Avenue starting Monday, January 21. Once replaced, the pipes are expected to serve the neighbourhood for another 100 years. City crews will also be upgrading the aging roadway and sidewalk.

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Wednesday, January 23, 4 - 8 pm Cunningham Elementary School 2330 East 37th Avenue, Gymnasium

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Alberta farm truck reborn in Mount Pleasant CLEM THE TRUCK TO PICK UP GREEN WASTE CHERYL ROSSI Staff writer

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upporters of an old workhorse called Clem hope the truck can make a difference for small businesses, artists, community groups and garbage in Mount Pleasant. Clem is a red 1946 Studebaker truck. It’s also the face of Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area’s recent win of a $5,000 Zero Waste Challenge grant from Metro Vancouver. “Mount Pleasant is quirky. Disregard the poodle on the podium,” said community organizer Robert Sutherland, referring to the controversial new public art piece at Main Street and 17th. “Mount Pleasant is a little bit working class, a little bit eccentric. … We’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now. People are interested in sustainability and urban gardening.” Sutherland, founder of the Mount Pleasant Artists’ Society and a member of the community plan’s implementation committee, transported Clem from a farm in Alberta to Vancouver last October. “It spent 67 years hauling grain and now it’s going to be doing kind of farm chores. It’s re-

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Robert Sutherland brought Clem, a 1946 Studebaker truck, from Alberta to help Mount Pleasant businesses go green. cycled as sort of an urban farm truck and it will be doing its rounds picking up a lot of green waste from restaurants,” he said. The idea of using the 1.5-tonne truck with the dump box on the back as a community truck evolved after Mount Pleasant artist and community builder Diane Lefroy and filmmaker Ana Mateescu featured Clem among the sto-

ries of neighbourhood individuals they’re filming and posting online. Sutherland said Clem will pick up waste from 20 to 30 businesses in Mount Pleasant during a 10-week trial starting in April. Waste will be analyzed and garbage disposal and recycling streamlined. As the founder of Liveable Laneways, Suther-

land hopes more frequent garbage pickup by Clem could further his work to animate lanes as community and art spaces. Sutherland and supporters raised nearly $2,000 towards their goal of $12,000 through an Indiegogo online crowd source funding campaign earlier this winter. The money will be used to make road-ready what they called “the truck that keeps on giving.” The campaign video includes the theme music from the movie Rocky, shots of Main Street car-free days, coffee shops, art and tattoos. Mike Wiebe, owner of Eight ½ Restaurant Lounge, appears to describe how he’d rather have one truck picking up waste on Main Street instead of the service being handled by a large company. The truck could be used to haul compost, plants and building supplies for community projects. Sutherland hopes Clem can become a self-sustaining enterprise where community members could hire its services. He would initially serve as driver. Supporters also hope to use Clem as a stage for performances. The plan is to make the sides of the dump box fold down. The Mount Pleasant community truck project is hosting a contest for artists to submit a caricature or cartoon-style portrait of Clem with a $500 prize. The image will be used on T-shirts to support fundraising. The contest is open until Jan. 25. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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VARIOUS LOCATIONS Film buffs, adrenaline junkies and overall outdoorsy types will want to mark Feb. 8 to 15 on their calendars for the return of the annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Celebrating its sweet sixteenth birthday, this year’s edition will feature a total of 50 films from 13 countries and nine guest speakers spread between the Rio Theatre, Pacific Cinematheque and the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. Featured films focus on everything from mountaineering to skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, sea kayaking and a variety of other risky/rewarding activities. Featured documentaries include The Movement (about the challenges faced by champion disabled skiers), Chasing Ice (about the vanishing ice caps from Greenland to Alaska), Crossing the Ice (antipodean adventurers make an unassisted traverse of the North Pole), Autana (documenting the first ascent of a remote tower in South America) and Wide Boys (crack climbing in the American Southwest). Canadian ski mountaineer Greg Hill will present his account of a major avalanche that killed several skiers/climbers on Mount Manaslu in Nepal, while Austrian mountain biker Harald Phillip will describe his cheerier trip through the Alps. Several filmmakers will be in attendance, including the creators of 2011’s awardwinning cult classic ski film All.I.Can. Tickets for all evening shows are $19 advance and $21 at the door, with matinees at the Rio Theatre $15 and $9 for kids 12 and under. Shows at Centennial Theatre and Pacific Cinematheque, along with matinees at Rio Theatre are for allages; while evening shows at the Rio Theatre are only for those 19 and over due to due to B.C. booze laws. Travel on over to vimff.org for more info.

MOUNT PLEASANT Former CTV anchor Pamela Martin is the host of this year’s Looking Glass Foundation’s gala fundraiser Feb. 1 at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. The non-profit

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The 16th annual Vancouver International Film Festival runs Feb. 8 to 15 at the Rio Theatre, Pacific Cinematheque and the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. group is dedicated to providing support for teens suffering with eating disorders. The guest speaker is Dr. Blake Woodside and prizes include tickets for two to anywhere Air Canada flies in North America, a round of golf with NHL legend Pat Quinn, box seats for four for any concert at Rogers Arena and more. The celebrity guest has yet to be finalized but past performers have included Jann Arden and Sarah McLaughlin. Call 250-539-2633 for more details. Tickets are $250. Take a look at lookingglass.bc.ca for more.

in Kitsilano across the Burrard Bridge to the Cactus Club in English Bay and back again a total of 8,000 times — roughly the same distance as travelling the equator. All proceeds go to CISV International (formerly Children’s International Summer Villages), a charity focused on achieving world peace through multi-cultural summer camps. Runners can enter as individuals or as teams of up to 10 people. Registration is $35. Head over to bagelchase.com for more.

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A new bread-themed fundraiser is entering Vancouver’s racing ring with an event that will see teams running in circles for an entire week starting Feb. 2. The Bagel Chase challenges participants to run the five kilometre distance to Siegel’s Bagels

The Battered Women’s Support Services offers training to women who want to volunteer helping out physically and/or sexually assaulted women in the Downtown Eastside. An information session will be held Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. and weekend train-

ing sessions from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 2-3 and Feb. 9-10. Participants will learn about crisis intervention and support, group facilitation skills, the theoretical feminist framework of violence against women, anti-oppression analysis and a whole lot more. Call Amrit at 604-6521010 or email amrit@bwss.org for more information.

KITSILANO The Museum of Vancouver is hosting an event Feb. 17 exploring the city’s heritage. The free event, titled Vancouver: Our Diverse Heritage, will feature talks given by author Donald Luxton and Vanessa Campbell, an educator in the Squamish Nation Language Program. 6 to 8 p.m. at 1100 Chestnut St. RSVP admin@thenhier.ca or call 604-822-6915 to find out more. (Sandra Thomas is on vacation.)

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STILL SWINGING: Legendary bandleader Dal Richards parties on for his 95th birthday. After marking the occasion at the Orpheum Theatre, the Vancouver icon celebrated playing for friends and family at the Hotel Vancouver where Richards, then in his twenties, got his first break. The historic hotel opened its Panorama Roof for the birthday bash and benefit supporting music programs for kids.

START YOUR RESERVATIONS: Never imagining her idea would turn into the largest restaurant festival in the country, Kate Colley, former Tourism Vancouver staffer and founder of the wildly successful Dine Out Vancouver Festival, was on hand for the launch of the 17 days of feasting at Vancouver FanClub. Humble beginnings with 57 restaurants participating in 2003, a record 241 establishments will be serving up tasty $18, $28 and $38 menus. In addition, there are 35 special events including The Grape Debate and Edible Canada speaker series. TRUE PATRIOT LOVE: It’s not easy being Canadian. Less than 3.5 per cent of the country’s total box office went to Canadian films. First Weekend Club founder and Cancon booster Anita Adams hopes to change that by getting more bums in seats, especially during the critical opening weekend. Her FWC has partnered with VIFF’s Vancity Theatre to promote select Canuck films. The new partnership kicked off with a cinema soiree to promote the Quebec thriller Liverpool.

Canada’s King of Swing Dal Richards celebrated his 95th birthday with his wife Muriel, friends and family at the historic Panorama Roof.

The wildly successful Dine Out Vancouver Festival, the brainchild of communications queen Kate Colley, has grown from 57 to 241 participating restaurants.

Forage executive chef Chris Whittaker enjoys a taste of the good food to come at the Dine Out launch, including his $28 prix fixe menu.

Screenwriter Joan Macbeth and filmmaker Michelle Muldoon were among First Weekend Club members hoping to boost the opening weekend box office for the thriller Liverpool.

Local actor Paul Duchart celebrated with his Case 39 costar Bradley Cooper, who received an Oscar nomination for best actor for Silver Lining Playbook.

Dal’s gals Jennifer Hayes, Diane Lines and Dawn Chubai partied with the King of the Swing at the Hotel Vancouver for the band leader’s 95th birthday.

First Weekend Club’s Anita Adams is flanked by Vancity Theatre programmer Tom Charity and Vancouver International Film Festival executive director Jacqueline Dupuis.

At the Dine Out kick-off, Vancouver FanClub bartender Mark Bannel served up the joint’s Southern hospitality and 14 handcrafted, made in B.C. beers on tap.


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community Tallying the cost of cord cutting in 2012 PERSONAL STATISTICS SHOW CONVENTIONAL CABLE TV STILL THE PRICIER OPTION

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everal weeks into 2013 is a good time to reassess being a cord cutter in Canada, especially since recent brochures from both Telus and Shaw have landed in my mailbox. Both are begging me to return to conventional TV, and both gave me pause. For about a moment. Because despite the extra work involved, a review of my spending on TV in 2012 shows cutting the cord was the smarter financial choice.

Here’s what it cost me in 2012 to watch TV as a personal case study. Myphysicalsetupchanged little and therefore cost little. I have an Xbox 360, a PlayStation 3 and a Netgear Push2TV adapter. The Xbox is two years old and came for “free” after switching over to Telus for my Internet. The PlayStation 3 is five years old. Both devices have more than paid for themselves with frequent usage and are in excellent condition. The Netgear, which I bought on sale from Dell for $80 early in the year, uses a technology called WiDi to mirror video and audio from WiDi-equipped laptops through to your TV. (It’s similar in function to Airplay mirroring video from iPads and the most recent Macs to the Apple TV.) It’s the only capital expense this year in my setup. My content purchases were divided between subscription

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services and purchases for individual TV shows. Note that online digital stores allow only for the purchase of TV shows — there are no rental options as there are for movies. I spent $7.99 a month for Netflix for a total of $96. It remained the core of my cord-cutting strategy in 2012 and a service I use almost every day. For individual TV shows, I bought season three of The Walking Dead ($52), season five of Breaking Bad ($26), and season two of Sherlock ($20) from what’s now known as the Xbox Video Store. I bought season five of

Mad Men from iTunes ($32). Buying a season at a time is cheaper than buying individual episodes and I had no problem buying whole seasons in advance because I am a fan of these shows. All the episodes were in high definition — cheaper standard definition versions are available. I spent another $60 getting an Xbox Live Gold membership, which is required to use apps like Netflix, Crackle and Rogers on the Xbox. That’s highway robbery and something Microsoft needs to change if it wants to remain competitive in pricing.

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It’s an expense I will rethink this year. My total TV spending for 2012 was roughly $286. Compare that to $50 to $100 a month I’d likely be spending with Telus or Shaw to receive a comparable level of choice to what I receive from online digital stores. Cable TV would give me much more content at any one time, but the vast majority of that TV I don’t want and would never watch. What devices did I use the most? In 2012, it was a wash between the Xbox and the PlayStation. I alternated between the PlayStation and Xbox for services like Netflix (and Crackle when I was curious or slumming). On the Xbox I sometimes used the Rogers app for CBC and CityTV programming and the Disney XD app to find suitable content for kids, although most of the Disney shows are terrible. Fortunately, kids care little about quality. I also used the Netgear Push2TV to watch iTunes video and streaming TV such as Canadian network sites like the Comedy Channel (for The

Daily Show and Colbert Report) and the U.S.-only Hulu service for a variety of shows like Saturday Night Live, The Office and the lamentable Terra Nova. Getting Hulu to work required a VPN service, which I’ll cover in a separate column. I also rented perhaps a dozen movies from the Xbox and PlayStation video stores. The cost for high definition versions ranged from $5.99 to $7.99, and their cost was offset by gift cards from Christmas for these two stores. Finally, I used an old-fashioned $15 antenna to watch the occasional news show and hockey on CBC, the only channel I receive reliably over the air in my part of Vancouver. This was all free. When it came to major international news events like the earthquake in Japan and the American federal election, I turned to Al Jazeera, which is one of the few news networks to offer live English-language news broadcasting online. And it’s free. blink@vancourier.com twitter.com/trueblinkit

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Spotlight: Kids’ clothing redux helps moms and children BY HELEN PETERSON

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For Students Entering Grade 8-12, September 2013 Sunday, January 27th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm The professional half-day training program is eligible to grade 8-12 students, who are looking for a highly challenging professional dance training program, while concurrently attaining their academic goals. For more details on this program and requirements please contact the Dance Co office. Students wishing to enroll in the phd program must attend the auditions for the Dance Co half-day program Sunday, January 27th, 2013 application forms are available in the dance Co office. Deadline for submitting audition applications is Monday, January 22nd.

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or parents looking to clear out children’s wear the kids have outgrown, the options are three-fold. Donate to various ‘goodwill’ charities; give away or exchange with friends; or take the items to a consignment shop. The third option is by far the most beneficial for parents, particularly moms, because it allows them to be environmental, frugal and also entrepreneurial. Vicky Murphy, co-owner, with Lara DePauli, of Little Earth on Commercial Drive, has a great system for utilizing outgrown, gently-used kids’ clothing. Their business, which relocated off East Hastings eight months ago, accepts intake on the first Monday of the month (Feb. 4 is next; no appointment needed), whereby parents can drop off up to two recycled bags worth of clothes,

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unsold items, so Little Earth donates them to the Elizabeth Fry Society, supporting moms and children in need. Little Earth accepts goods from babies up to age eight, and also is remarkable in that it sells pre-loved cloth diapers. Now that’s enviro-friendly!

All items must be in very good condition, just as you would want your own child to wear nice things. “We use a 60/40 arrangement,” says Murphy, who likes to shop smart too, being a single mom of a 4-year-old. “This means if we sell an item for $10, you will get $4, but it’s in store credit rather than cash.” Items must sell within three months, or the consignor must pick them up soon after. Many customers ask Murphy to ‘pay it forward’ with

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providing other support. “Sunera is incredibly compassionate with the kids,” says Tim McGeer, the school’s principal. “He’s as easy as a hot knife through butter to work with. He has a great demeanour and is collaborative.” Samarakoon says part of the advantage he brings to his work as an SSW at JO is his understanding of the unique challenges students like Maddhar face. While JO is remarkably accessible (a far cry from what Samarakoon faced when he attended

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Neighbours gather in a roundabout way

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AT A GLANCE Bounded by Cambie Street to the west and Clark Drive to the east, Second Avenue and Great Northern Way to the north and 16th Avenue and Kingsway to the south, Mount Pleasant is one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods and considered by some to be the city’s first suburb. Home to several breweries, creeks and fish-bearing streams in the late 1800s, hence its original nickname Brewery Creek, the area was annexed by the city in 1911 and grew into a bustling working class neighbourhood, luring first-time homeowners with more affordable real estate than on the city’s West Side. By the 1970s and ’80s, Mount Pleasant had lost much of its bloom, garnering an unwanted reputation for its dilapidated houses, seedy back alleys and street prostitution. But as is often the case, cheap rent and real estate once again gave way to an influx of young families, first-time home buyers, independent business owners and creative types. By the 1990s, gentrification was in full swing, and by the early 2000s new breeds of Mount Pleasant residents began shaping the neighbourhood and its image — developers, amateur real estate speculators, condo-flippers and that broad stereotype of the Pabst Blue Ribbon-swilling, fixed gear bike-riding Main Street hipster. Efforts to rebrand the area as SOMA (South of Main) have been met with mixed reactions, and the area is ground zero for the city’s socalled east-west divide, which occurs along Ontario Street. With its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, heritage homes, condo developments, pedestrian friendly streets and accessibility to transit including the 10th Avenue Bike Route, the 99 B-Line bus and the Canada Line, Mountain Pleasant has become one the city’s hottest real estate markets. Depending on whom you ask, the community is undergoing a “rapid and exciting transformation” or at risk of losing the very characteristics that made it attractive in the first place, as witnessed by the heated debate over the proposed RIZE condo tower and the expansion of the Kingsgate Mall proposal. Whatever the case, Mount Pleasant continues to charm. In November it was announced that social media company Hootsuite had outgrown its Railtown nest and struck a deal with the city to move its head office to a 33,000-square-foot, two-storey office building in near Main and Broadway, ushering in yet another phase of this ever-changing neighbourhood.

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t’s a crisp Sunday morning — one of those rare, bonedry, sunny winter days — and Julien Thomas has a satisfied look about him. Sitting on a kitchen chair that’s seen better days in the middle of a traffic circle at the intersection of St. George Street and the 10th Avenue bike route with a fresh pot of coffee at his feet, the 26-yearold Mount Pleasant resident holds court. A shawl-wearing cyclist breezes past and rings her bell. Cars slow down and drivers nod in approval. A three-year-old chocolate lab named Hobbs stops by with his owner to investigate the rosemary, lavender, mint, sunflowers and ferns planted during the warmer months. Neighbours wave. A musician lugs his stand-up bass down the street to get it repaired. A bearded man on a customized, yarn-bombed “tall bike” teeters towards us and asks Thomas about his breakfast plans. A year ago, this traffic circle was like hundreds of others

around Vancouver — taken for granted, strictly utilitarian and, as Thomas saw it, a blank slate open to interpretation. A lifetime resident of Vancouver who works in construction, Thomas first became involved in the neighhourhood through efforts to “daylight” sections of a creek running beneath St. George Street. That got him thinking about different ways in which residents could reclaim and transform their streets, which, in turn, led him to ponder the many wonders of traffic calming circles — not only as a means of creating urban green spaces through the city’s Green Streets Program, but nurturing hubs of community activity and interaction. “For me, the original goal was to find some sort of connection to a city that I grew up in, in which we don’t really talk about why we belong here or how we belong here,” he says. Last spring, Thomas applied to the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood small grants fund and received $800. The money went towards plants, some of which were also donated by neighbours, a stonework mosaic created by artist Krista Morrison, a website and a Chemex glass pour-over coffeemaker to keep visitors and weekend work parties caffeinated.


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MOUNT PLEASANT NEIGHBOURS GATHER IN ROUNDABOUT WAY The result is Gather Round, a three-square-metre patch of tranquility and neighbourly goodwill, which Thomas likes to think of as “Vancouver’s smallest park,” though it doesn’t have official park designation. It’s the site of weekend work parties and friendly gatherings throughout the spring and summer, and in September, he heard that a group of people had dressed up in costumes and held a Mad Hatter Tea Party in the circle one night. Even brewing the coffee has become a community effort with nearby Matchstick Coffee donating the beans while a neighbour lets Thomas access his water and electricity for his guerrilla barista activities. A few houses down the tree-lined street of heritage homes, some more pristine than others, and the occasional Vancouver Special, 24-year-old George Rahi, the bearded owner of the ridiculously tall, sweater-wearing bicycle, shows me his book collection. Last spring, he and his roommates set up a makeshift “lending library” in front of their house, fashioned out of a salvaged shelf, where passersby are encouraged to leave or take a book from the dozens on offer. What started as a smattering of free reading material has blossomed into an announcement board, an impromptu meeting place and stacks of magazines and books ranging from Harry Potter and Harlequin romances to obscure Russian novels and cookbooks. While he rents a suite in the house, Rahi says his landlord has been supportive or, at the very least, tolerant. “I think it’s valuable to see the places where you live in terms of something that’s worth putting in an effort to build more connections,” Rahi says, “because it’s pretty easy to be

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Christie Knodel checks out the books on offer at the 10th Avenue “lending library.”

a mobile renter who’s floating around the city and doesn’t really know their neighbours.” Rahi, who’s originally from Pennsylvania and currently completing a master’s degree in geography at UBC, admits to being surprised by the enthusiastic response his library has received. He particularly appreciates how something as innocuous as an outdoor bookshelf or traffic circle can inspire neighbours to get to know one another. “I love that it’s an unexpected reclaiming of a public space that people

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don’t think twice about, but draws people in and makes people think differently of how little space we need to actually make something interesting happen.” Back at the traffic circle, Thomas pours another cup of coffee. “Oh yeah... this is flowing nicely,” he says, adding that he recently bought a stainless steel filter, which he’s been gradually “dialing in.” Although he’s had to navigate his way through typical hoops and red tape from the city — no permanent structures such as tarps, kiosks or chairs, for instance — Thomas says Gather Round is a constantly evolving project and “just the tip of the iceberg” of what can be done when a neighbourhood comes together. “Creating novel or unique spaces allows people to step out of their daily routine and have a different conversation,” he says. “We walk around the city with a shell on sometimes, and when you step into a traffic circle the shell kind of breaks away and you can talk about what you want.” Then there are those who are able to talk about what they want just by slowing down and unrolling the window of their beat-up Ford Escort, as was the case with a jovial man who resembled a longtime resident of Margaritaville. “Hey,” he said with a hazy smile familiar to most people in this city, before driving away. “You guys should grow some weed in there.” Apparently you can take the traffic circle out of Vancouver but you can’t take the Vancouver out of the traffic circle.

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Property for sale: 13-280 East Sixth Ave., $549,999 Specs: one bedroom loft, 950 sq. ft. Lucky 13 is one of 14 lofts in the Brewery Creek Building, a Class ‘A’ heritage structure built in 1905, which has been everything from a packing plant to a candy factory, with the conversion to artist live-work studios completed in 1993. Actress Tristin Leffler recalls doing a photo shoot at the building and being immediately charmed. She and her boyfriend left the West End in 2008 specifically to buy into the building and have been renovating their suite ever since. Last year, the couple added another addition — a baby daughter — and are looking for something more family friendly. For more on this property, go to vancourier.com and ginarossi.com.

neighbourhood numbers

24 45 62 10 5 4.5

Population (in thousands) according to the 2006 Census.

Percentage of residents between the ages of 20 and 39

Percentage of residents who speak English as a first language

Percentage of residents who speak a Chinese language

Percentage of residents who speak Tagalog

Number (in thousands) of perogies sold at the monthly Friday night perogy dinner at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Cathedral Auditorium at 154 East 10th Ave.

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Cost (in dollars) to see three adult movies at the Fox Cinema at 2321 Main St.

Highest heel (in inches) available at Scalie Shoes at Kingsgate Mall

Height (in storeys) of Vancouver’s first skyscraper and Mount Pleasant’s tallest structure, the Lee Building Height (in storeys) of the RIZE development at Broadway and Kingsway approved by city council in April Number of times the words hip, edgy, cool, trendy, hot or chic appear on the neighbourhood page of the Mount Pleasant BIA website Number of times the words hip, edgy, cool, trendy, hot or chic appear on the Residents Association Mount Pleasant website

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City Hall drive-in: Patrons of the Aristocratic Restaurant on Cambie and 13th Avenue were encouraged to “dine in your car” in 1951. The corner overlooking City Hall is now home to a White Spot with no drive-in option.

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a Winding Road,” and then we made love on a Chablis-stained Mexican blanket by a campfire. But truth be told, when I first heard the song on the radio I thought it was by Liz Phair and that it was “just OK.” • Once, at an Olive Garden, I ordered a Linguine alla Marinara and only left a six per cent tip because the garlic bread was warm instead of piping hot. I can be a jerk about that sort of thing. But hey, I like garlic bread. You could say it’s my thing. • In 2007, I scratched the bumper of a 1989 Toyota while parking my hybrid at Whole Foods but I didn’t bother to leave a note because I felt the injured car was a piece of crap anyway. Even though it really was a piece of crap, especially compared to my bitchin’ hybrid, it was the wrong thing to do. • During the same trip to Whole Foods, I wrote down the price code for regular bulk quinoa when in fact I knowingly filled the bag with “organic” quinoa, at a savings of $2.37. I then made a mental note of those savings and threw two dollars at the feet of a hobo and made him sing Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” to me because I effin’ love that song. • While on the Tour de France, I filled my teammate Floyd Landis’s water bottle with water from the hotel’s bidet. It was wicked funny, but in retrospect kind of douchey on my part. • In Grade 4, I forced a classmate to let me copy his homework since I spent the previous night watching The A-Team. I told him the entire school would hate him if he didn’t do exactly as I say. The next day, I made him extract a vial of blood in the cloakroom, which I then injected into myself before a spelling test. I received nine out of 10 on the test, only misspelling “aardvark,” but it was a hollow, hollow victory.

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t’s outside of the club comfort zone of Granville Street and smack dab in the middle of Mount Pleasant’s newest condo development wonderland. Yet somehow, the Biltmore has been able to occupy that slightly awkward nightlife space at Kingsway and 12th since the 1960s, and more recently serve as the neighbourhood’s only mid-size music venue — in style. The not-quite-seedy space rocks a popular burlesque night and brings in local and international indie music acts. It’s a place for the neighbourhood to rock and dance their little hearts out. “There were people in the city that needed somewhere to go to have fun and see good music,” said Biltmore general manager Darius Minwalla. “That’s what we set up to do and that’s what we’re still doing.” For the young and hip, this place screams Mount Pleasant from the moment you walk through the door. If it isn’t the “band you’ve probably never heard of” or the red velvet decor, it’s the trail of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) cans you can find leading up to the front doors — an entrance you’ll only find if you know it’s there. If that’s not enough, check out the lineup of old arcade machines boasting Big Buck Hunter, Tetris and pinball. Or dare to stare at the bathroom graffiti while attempting to hover and urinate: “Feminism is for lovers” (with a heart instead of an “o”). Of course, it’s divey history helps with the Bilt’s character, too. Minwalla said before they took over the spot five years ago, it was a “pretty rough,” and cops lined up outside the door on weekends to pre-empt the inevitable tumbles. “It was not a place you really wanted to come and chill out and have a drink with your girlfriend, because a guy would probably come up to you and starting hitting on her, then you’d be in a fight before you knew it.” But knowing the hotel’s history and seeing its potential for a music venue, Minwalla and owner Zac Pashak set forth to clean it up and clean up the riff-raff. Then they got a fresh coat of red damask wallpaper and velvet cushions, plus a shiny new FROM

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f you’ve eaten the famed nachos from the Foundation restaurant on Main Street, you’ve eaten a chip of the ol’ Mount Pleasant block. The hailed nacho platter is a mess of Que Pasa corn chips sprinkled with cheddar cheese, corn, jalapenos and black beans, all baked together in the oven. They’re served on a platter the size of four faces. For a large, another layer of all the fixings is added on top and then it’s baked again. The platter’s fame stems not only from its size, but also its price — $14 (taxes in) will feed up to four people. Tasty add-ons such as sour cream and salsa are free. Truly, for vegetarian nachos, the Foundation is top of the pile. The chips get a lot of attention. Yelp reviewer Reena Mistry told the world the nachos were, “Definitely the best nachos I had in all of Vancouver.” She gave them five stars. When contacted by the Courier, Mistry said it must be some sort of special spice or sauce they add that makes her long for them. “It’s just a deliciously unique flavour haven’t found any other nacho in the city compare to.” Molly Beaton, a server and prep chef at the restaurant, says the secret is actually all about one simple thing: the cheese. “We put a lot of cheese. Nowhere else does that,” she said. Preparing to serve the hungry crowds takes up a large portion of the prep chefs’ mornings. Beaton pointed out a large bin — prep chefs like her fill 20 of them with cheddar cheese and 13 with a combination of the other ingredients to prepare for the evening avalanche of nacho orders.

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here is no list affixed to any fence post, no bullet-point memo on someone’s blog, but for 17 years the countless players who drop in for a Mount Pleasant game of ball hockey have established a set of unwritten rules. The first thing you should know, Rule No. 1, about the East 15th Avenue pick-up game is that all players are welcome but not everyone can play. Keep this in mind when you read Rule No. 19. That’s because, as Darren Gay explains, these guys are serious about a good game of hockey. This is Rule No. 2: “We’re very open to anyone who wants to come out.” Everyone gets a shot, he said, but their game is not for everyone. “We find with most hockey players, they know if they can keep up with us or not,” Gay said. “People usually know if they can handle it or not because it’s pretty intense. There’s a lot of running and there’s tight checking.” Dozens, maybe even hundreds, of players have circled through the roster and stepped into the cement arena, an urban coliseum behind Simon Fraser elementary enclosed by a 10-foot chain-link fence once used for tennis and now cluttered with four basketball nets. In September 1996, Gay organized the first pick-up game for a group of friends after he put up a sign at Black Dog Video, the business he’d just opened on Cambie Street. They played in gymnasiums, used a tennis ball and both men and women joined in. This brings us to Rule No. 3: there’s only one kind of ball for ball hockey and it’s not the green one you chase with a racquet. “Tennis balls are too bouncy,” said long-time player Erwin Schneider. “You can’t control them.” In January, when a bare minimum of 11 players came out, the game went ahead in – 1 C weather with a single sub. Rule No. 4: A frozen ball will crack in half but it smarts when it smacks skin in any temperature. “It hurts when it’s warm, too,” said Thomas Sanner. Rule No. 5: Actual rules. Teams are decided by drawing sticks and everyone packs a light and dark jersey. First team to 10 wins. “We have an unspoken rule that if it’s 50 we have the option to redraw the sticks

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Erwin Schneider (in red) keeps his eye on the ball at a recent ball hockey game in Mount Pleasant. again,” said Gay, “because sometimes it’s not fun to get clobbered, but then sometimes it’s fun to do the clobbering. Women are welcome, this is Rule No. 6, but none have come for years. “One woman was pretty good,” said Gay. “She could definitely hold her own.” Rule No. 7: “Lots of people come and go,” Gay added. When the casual dropin game became more competitive pickup ball hockey, casual players dropped out. Friends tag along and never return.

Strangers drop by, then disappear after a game. Others, like Darrell Barr, are instantly hooked. Rule No. 8 is for him: Canadians are never far from home when there’s hockey. “When I moved out here, it took me about two years to find a game,” he said. “I found one three blocks from where I lived in Mount Pleasant.” Barr started at least five leagues in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Germany where he was stationed with the Canadian Air

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Force as an aircraft technician. “There’s always a game on somewhere,” he said. Rule No. 9: It may be drop-in ball hockey, but players don’t drop-in unannounced. Attendance is organized and monitored online. On rainy days, debate persists until 11 a.m. until the game is finally called or cancelled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday. In the summer, games shift to a weekday evening. For a while, they implemented “beersterisks” and designated players brought beer. The weekly game is also decidedly 420friendly, although not all players partake. Rule No. 10: They play four per side. Instead of skaters, forwards and defenders are runners. Rule No. 11: the game will not happen if two goaltenders don’t confirm their attendance. Rule No. 12: Some runners are poor skaters but it doesn’t mean they won’t take a pass in ball hockey. Gay and Schneider regularly play on ice. Barr coaches his son’s midget house team. John Kurucz, a drummer in the metal rock band Gross Misconduct, played hockey as a teen in Nanaimo. Keith Larkin, however, has rarely skated in an ice rink. “I couldn’t afford to play hockey,” said Larkin, who grew up in Alert Bay and North Burnaby. “We weren’t the richest family. If there were ponds, we’d probably be out playing shinny all the time.” Instead, faded paint marks the back alley of his childhood home. “It’s almost gone now, but you can see where we painted all the lines. I’m a goalie — you can still see my net, my crease.” Rule No. 13: You’re never too old or too young. Gay is 47, Barr just turned 50, Schneider has been playing for “about 1,000 years.” (He’s 41.) Still a decade from making the old-timer leagues, these amateur players are athletic and grizzled. One exception is Barr’s 15-year-old son Dante who dropped in for his first ball hockey game when he was six-months old. “It was always my dream to play hockey with my son,” said Barr. Rule No. 14: Ball hockey is hard on the body. “I find I’m way more sore after this than playing on ice,” said Kurucz. “The first 10 minutes will be fast-paced and action-packed. Then as soon as the cigarettes kick in, minute 11 will be when the play deteriorates.” Story continued on page 32

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MOUNT PLEASANT Continued from page 31 Rule No. 15: Equipment is an ad-hoc and ugly assortment of make-do gear sweetened by band T-shirts and bright toques. Players improvise with soccer shin pads and gardening gloves (Schneider wears hockey pads that cover his entire leg from knee to ankle) but no one wears a helmet except the goalies, who dress in full gear. Barr has nearly 20 hockey sticks lined up near his front door because ball hockey takes a toll on his and his son’s gear. The tread wears down on sneakers and shoes fall apart where a shooter’s toe is dragged along the road every time he takes a slap shot. Schneider wears a mouth guard but seven years ago he was elbowed in the mouth. In his honour, Rule No. 16: Hannibal Lecter. He took his bloody face inside to the rec centre, which has since been knocked down at Mount Pleasant Park. “I went inside and grabbed some paper towel and I hockeytaped it on my face. I had a sort of Silence of the Lambs mask and I just kept playing.” He didn’t get stitches. “That’s why it looks like this.” Rule No. 17: Injuries aren’t funny, except when they’re very funny. Like the time the ball flew over the fence toward the playground and nailed a man where he’s most sensitive. “We yelled ‘Heads up!’ He turned around just in time for the ball to hit him squarely in the crotch,” said Gay. “After letting out some sort of guttural ‘Ooof!’ sound,

he doubled over and leaned against the fence. It was horrible for him but comedy gold for us.” Rule No. 18. There are no spectators expect for the occasional fathers on the other side of the fence. “We call them the lonely dads,” said Kurucz. “They’re with their families but want to be in here with us.” After 17 years playing and aging together through the milestones of adulthood, many dedicated players are themselves drawn away from ball hockey to spend the weekend with their families. Rule No. 19 is named in honour of F. “There is this one guy, his name was F***,” said Gay. “Nobody liked him, he was a ball hog, he never passed, he never came back [to defend] and always floated. We talked to him about this but he just never changed. One day we threw the sticks in the pile and my friend Dennis grabbed his stick and just threw it over the fence and said, ‘F*** you’re done.’ He never came back.” Rule No. 20: Lifers like Barr and Gay, who is attending few Sunday games because he’s playing more on ice, both said the same thing in separate interviews: “It makes my week better.” mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart

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DOW, Pierre Roger Apr 01, 1923 - Jan 03, 2013 B.S., D.D.S., M.Sc, F.R.C.D.(C.) Mountain climber, marine biologist, veteran, endodontist, naturalist photographer, Arctic explorer, professor of medicine and dentistry, Muscular Dystrophy researcher, orchardist. Born in Geneva Switzerland on April 1, 1923, died peacefully in his 90th year in Vancouver on January 3, 2013. He leaves to mourn his wife, Mona; children Peter (Peggy), Katie (Tony), Barbara, Bruce, Sandi, and Jane; grandchildren Madeline, Molly, Ryder, and Leigh; great granddaughter, Reese. He was a charming man who led a vibrant exciting life. A celebration of Pierre’s life will be held on Sunday, January 20, from noon to 3:00 pm at Cecil Green Park. In lieu of flowers please consider the charity of your choice.

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NSNS Coin & Stamp Show

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Antiques

JANUARY ANTIQUE SALE 20% off All antiques, stained glass, pub signs, THE SOURCE, 929 Main Street. (604)-684-9914

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Looking for something truly unique & original? Purchased overseas, solid teak, intricately hand carved, extensively detailed 5pc living rm showcase ste, suitable for rustic resort or spac. home. $12,000 or highest offer. Consider part trade for newer vehicle w/low km’s. 778-241-5477

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DANISH TEAK Table w/ 4 chairs, custom made, good condition, $150 604-732-4471 Dining table, 2 chairs, $200 obo, Single bed, box/matt brand new $300 obo, 778-233-6862

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FOREST LAWN SideXside plots, WHISPERING PINE, LOT #114, GRAVES #7 & 8. $30,000 or best offer. Call: 604-298-0459 OCEANVIEW, Single unused inground cremation plot in Evergreen Gardens. $3000. 604-737-0297

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PORTABLE SINGER sewing machine $50, Ikea blonde wood cabinate (48 x 24 x 24), 2 door w/ frosted glass & 2 shelves $70 obo 604-737-1313 CLOSED Business Miscellaneous Quality Sunbrella awning fabric (rolls&remnants),offers. 3 section storage rack (each 44’’x72’’x97’’) $300. 2 section boltless shelving (each 51’’x 25’’x110’’) $200. Metal filing cabinet $40. Blue fabric swivel office chair $40. Drawing/drafting table $200.604874-6117 weekends only.

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WOODWORKING TOOLS for sale Craftsman: 10in. Table Saw $150, 15 amp 1/2in Plunge Router $200, 14 amp 7 1/4in. Circular Saw w/ laser $50, LaserTrac 2/3hp Drill Press $100, Mitre Saw w/ laser $100, Router & R. Table $150. Rex-Cut grinder $60, 7 1/4in. Skil circular saw $40. Call 604-731-7928.

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Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530

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I AM looking for a mud marching partner who would love to march wade & mix mud in our bare feet every Sat $30/hr. The job is indoors & it will be outdoors in the Spring. If you like this job please leave your name, ph number & a detailed msg at 604-544-2544 or e-mail me at bobbyha2@gmail.com. Suitable for kids, teenagers & adults

WINDOW & DOOR MFTR F/T Days, M-F, 6:30am - 3:00pm. Wages Neg - D.O.E. Openings: Relief Painter & Prep *Assembler *Saw Op *Screen Maker. Must have wood experience! jobs@mountainviewdesigns.ca

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The Neil Squire Society’s Youth Enabled Program is a Canadian gov’t funded employment program for job seekers, 15 to 30 yrs old, who have a physical or mobility related disability. The 16 week paid program offers classroom employability training, and on-the-job experience. Contact Linda at 604.473.9363

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STEEL FABRICATION SHOP FOREMAN Fabrication shop on Vancouver Island, Duncan, BC, seeking foreman with prior experience in all aspects of steel fabricating processes & crew management. Position includes quality control, manpower supervision, production scheduling, occasional welding, competitive wage & benefit package provided. Please submit application with references and resume to: imadv@hotmail.ca

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RE: LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING ACT APPLICATION FOR A LIQUOR PRIMARY (LP) AMENDMENT

An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch regarding the Pint Public House (LP) and the Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge (LP), both located at 475 Abbott Street in Vancouver. The Pint Public House (Pint) is proposing to expand into the space currently occupied by the Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge (Vinyl. There would be no change to the overall licensed capacity. The proposal is to extend the licensed hours of the area currently occupied by the Vinyl to match the current hours of the Pint. The current licensed hours of the Vinyl are from 7PM to 2AM Sunday to Thursday and 7PM to 3AM on Friday and Saturday. The proposed licensed hours of the Pint will be from 9AM to 2AM Sunday to Thursday and 9AM to 3AM on Friday and Saturday. Residents and owners of businesses located within a 0.5 mile (0.8km) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by

1) Writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER C/O Licensing Analyst LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH PO BOX 9292 Victoria, BC V8W 9J8 Or 2) By email: lclb.lclb@gov.bc.ca PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your comments, name and address must be received on or before February 17, 2013. Please note that your comments may be available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

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RE: LIQUOR CONTROL & LICENSING ACT HOURS OF SALE FOR LIQUOR PRIMARY LICENSE An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, BC from 0918382 BC Ltd., operating Hooker’s Green, located at 1141 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC to extend the closing hours of sale in the interior only from 1:00 am Sunday through Thursday and 2:00 am Friday and Saturday to 2:00 am Sunday through Thursday and 3:00 am Friday and Saturday. There are no proposed changes to the capacity. Residents and owners of businesses located within a 1/2 mile (0.8 km) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER C/O Case Manager LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH PO BOX 9292, Victoria, BC V8W 9J8 or by e-mail: lclb.lclb@gov.bc.ca PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your comments, name and address must be received on or before February 15, 2013. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process. For your information, the opening hours of sale will be changing from 11:00 am to 9:00 am Monday through Sunday, and the hours of sale will be extended on the patio from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm Monday through Sunday. As these changes are in accordance with the City of Vancouver bylaws, no comments on these changes can be considered by the branch.

Re: The estate of KARMENDRA NATH VARMA, also known as KARMEN VARMA, deceased, formerly of Apt. 1701, 1082 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1X9 NOTICE to Creditors and Others having claims against the state of KARMENDRA NATH VARMA, also known as KARMEN VARMA are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims be sent by registered mail to the Executor, SHIVENDRA NATH VARMA, 144 Oleary Drive, Ancaster, ON, Canada L9K 0B8, on or before April 1, 2013, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

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Surrey

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

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

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

Preschools/Kindergarten

SUNFLOWER ACADEMY

Montessori & Creative Art, Preschool & Pre-K & Kindergarten Sunflower Academy offers a Full Montessori curriculum complemented by French, Music, Drama, Art & Yoga taught by highly educated professionals. Information Sessions:

Wed. Jan 23rd @ 6:30pm (Please RSVP) Open House:

Sat. Jan. 26th, 2-5pm / Wed. Jan. 30th, 5-7pm www.sunfloweracademy.com • 778-838-9705

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

Ladner/ South Delta

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

4397 W. 12th Ave, Vancouver

6020-20

UPDATED 4541SF 7br 5½ba on large 8264sf lot, basement suite, $819,000 604-805-6614 see uSELLaHOME.com id5604

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

CHILDREN 3050

Houses - Sale

Coquitlam

Burnaby

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

vancourier.com

6020

Abbotsford

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

6020-06

Houses - Sale

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

CLOVERDALE UPDATED 696sf 1br condo, rents for $650 insuite laundry $99,500 604-341-9257 see uSELLaHOME.com id5500

GUILDFORD 650SF 1br 3rd fl condo, pool, exercise rm, party rm etc, $213,900 778-834-8224 see uSELLaHOME.com id5576

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

For Sale by Owner

2BDRM+DEN/2BTH CONDO for Sale. Next to Willowbrook Mall, Langley. 961sqft $255,500. Helen 604-762-7412 Price reduced! Sale by Owner.

IMMACULATE 984SF 2br condo insuite laundry, mountain view 40+ bldg $88,500 604-703-3839 see uSELLaHOME.com id5543

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

6020

EXECUTIVE LIVING gated 1864sf 4bedroom 2.5bath, main floor master bedroom, 19+ adult complex $568,900 604-575-7636 see uSELLaHOME.com id5552

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

Chilliwack

Coquitlam

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

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

Surrey

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

6008-08

6020-01

S. Surrey/ White Rock

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

6008-06

Houses - Sale

www.GVCPS.ca / 604-786-4663

6008-30 NR EDMONDS sk/train stn. 788sf 2br 2ba condo across from Taylor pk $388,900 604-764-8384 see uSELLaHOME.com id5571

6020

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

Abbotsford

IMMACULATE TOP fl 963sf 2 br condo, insuite laundry, +55 building, $121,500 604-309-3947 see uSELLaHOME.com id5565

6008-04

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

For Sale by Owner

Surrey

90+ lenders/ save $$/ OAC Purchase/Refinance/Renewals Consolidate debts/lower pmts 604-721-6093 www.wendywou.ca

6007

6015

A39

3050

CHIMNEY HTS like new 4100sf 8br 6ba w/main floor bedroom, 2 suites, $649K 604-441-9652 see uSELLaHOME.com id5563

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

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Preschools/Kindergarten

Vancouver Montessori School ESTABLISHED 1972

Preschool: Extended Day: Elementary:

Children ages 3-5 Children age 5 Children ages 6-12

A Montessori education provides your child with an integrated, individualized and academically challenging program that meets his/her changing developmental needs from year to year. Childhood happens once. A Montessori education ensures that your child will make the best of hers/his.

(RSVP) Parent Meetings Meetings 2013 Parent 2007 (RSVP) ExtendedDay Day & & Elementary Extended ElementaryOrientation Orientation Feb. 15 7thth at Feb. at7:00 7:00 p.m. p.m.

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

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

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

th 7:00 p.m. Feb. 15 7thth atat7:00 Feb. 7:00 p.m. p.m. &&April Mar.18 15th at at 7:00 p.m.

8650Barnard BarnardStreet, Street,Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C. B.C. V6P V6P 5G5 8650 5G5

Phone: 604-261-0315

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6020

Houses - Sale

6020-34

Surrey

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

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

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

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-34

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

Tsawwas.

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

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

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.

Out Of Town Property

6020-52

Other Areas BC

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

6025

Apartments & Condos

Industrial/ Commercial

VANC DNTOWN medical office 672sf+188sf common area near St Pauls hp $375K 604-572-2785 see uSELLaHOME.com id5509

6505-12

Apt/Condos

West Van Apt. Rentals

1 BDRM/ 1BATH Dundarave Village. Large 1 bdrm apt with view balcony in central Dundarave. Laundry downstairs. No Pets Available immed. $1200/month. Call 604-922-0181 or email: info@pr-insurance.ca

6508

6508

Apt/Condos

1 BR apt, 2257 Dundas St, Immed $795/mo, suits 1, no Animals, nr dtown/PNE. Karen 778-327-9971 or Carole 604-253-0127

UBC, 204-5725 Agronomy Rd, 2B, 2BA, corner, 944sf, balcony, lease, no pet, no smoking, $2100, Feb 1, call Eric (604)723-7368.

6065

Recreation Property

6065

Recreation Property

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

6065

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

Recreation Property

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

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

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

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

Call 604-327-1178

info@langaragardens.com Managed by Dodwell Strata Management Ltd.

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

vancourier.com

Appliance Repairs

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

Carpentry

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

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

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

8055

Cleaning

EXPERIENCED HOUSECLEANER with over 15 years work experience. Basic Residential Cleaning Only. 3 hrs minimum. Eva 604-451-3322 RELIABLE, RESPONSIBLE & Respectful. Refs avail. Non-Toxic products. Yolanda 778-228-8228

Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST GET AWAY - Mayne Island Turn Key house, 2 BR + suite, all for $320,000, 250-539-5011 http://members.shaw.ca/ mayneislandhome/

Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

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

604-253-0049

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

Houses - Rent

AMBLESIDE WV,3 bdrm + den, 3 ba, quiet, view, pet ok, N/s pref. $2850+ut. immed 604-317-1553

6595

Shared Accommodation

6595-70

Vancouver East Side

Furn Rm in bsmt, shd kitchbath, $390 incl util/ph, ns/np, no drinkg or drugs, working fem/student, coin wd. Call 604-879-4325

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2BDRM/2BTH OAK & 64th Bright bsmt suite. Laminate flrs. priv laundry. 900sf. Utils/net, incl. N/p. $1,300. 604-763-7885 UNIQUE 1 BR, in Heritage home, Kits, UBC, sea, garden, trees, $1540/m, n/s n/p, 604-738-6041

Electrical

The current choice serving the Lower Mainland for more than 15 years. All Kinds of Work and Reasonable Rates. Licensed & Bonded

8060

6540

8080

Max: 604-341-6059

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

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

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

8015

732-8453

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

UBC, 805-5868 Agronomy Rd, 2B, 2BA, bal, 1008sf, lease, no pet, no smoking, rent $2900, now, Eric 604-723-7368

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

Contact us today for a free estimate.

CABIN 15 mins SE of Hope BC Surrounded by mountains rivers Tall cedars, trails, clean air. 3 BR, 1.5 ba, 6appls, sleeps 12+ $239K by owner, 604-795-3663

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

Mobile Homes

Apt/Condos

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

PALM SPRINGS Vacation Home 55+ Gated Park, $119K, 1800sf, 3 BR 2.5ba. Call 604-737-7756

8030

Real Estate Investment

6052

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

6508

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

HOME SERVICES

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

6035

RENTALS 6505

Real Estate Investment

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

LANGLEY RENOD sxs duplex +1/2ac lot, rental income $2,200 /month $479,900 604-807-6565 see uSELLaHOME.com id3186 GUILDFORD 1900SF 3br 2ba w/basement suite on huge 8640 sf lot, $479,000 604-613-1553 see uSELLaHOME.com id5608

6052

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

RENO’D Van Heights contemp., city & water views! 3 BR, 4 bths, 2819 sf, + suite. 150 Kootenay St. Re/Max Central, Ken & Linda Johnston 604-644-3293

HOPE, COUNTRY living 1850sf 4br 2ba rancher on lg ½ ac lot mtn vu $272,500 604-869-3119 see uSELLaHOME.com id5611 GREEN TIMBERS reno’d 2400 sf 4br 3ba, lg 7800sf lot, bsmt suite $559,000 604-727-9240 see uSELLaHOME.com id5617

MERRITT HERITAGE style 3070 sf 4br 5ba on 9.9ac lot detached shop, view $895K 250-378-8857 see uSELLaHOME.com id5592

6050

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 FLEETWOOD RENO’D 2140sf 4br 3ba, large 7100sf lot, bsmt suite $549,000 604-727-9240 see uSELLaHOME.com id5617

Okanagan/ Interior

6040

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

6020-38 FLEETWOOD ACROSS from School, reno’d 2600sf 6br 5ba w/suites $579K 604-434-3482 see uSELLaHOME.com id5577

Lots & Acreage

Surrey

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

6020-36

6030

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR ground level large, near Fraser & 58th. close to schools & bus. no pets, no smoking, $700 all inclusive. Feb 1st, 778-838-4691 2 BR ste, 2 full baths, Brand New home, private entry. Main/Fraser, n/s, n/p, $1100 incl utils, avail Now. 778-889-2941

8073

Drainage

GREENWORX ★ Drainage Sewer & Water, video inspecions & jack hammer 604.782.4322

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

8075

Drywall

3 BDRM + den, main flr of house, Dunbar area, nr UBC, n/s n/p, Available now. 604-736-2734 FURN ROOM, Character House, City Hall/Canada line/B-Line, n/s, n/p, shr bath, fem, balcony, ref’s. $525 incl util.879-6072 evenings

A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319 A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/ Plumbing. Rotor Rooter and Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 778-998-9026 or 604-255-9026 Free Est / 24/7 ALL YOUR electrical & reno needs. Lic’d electrician #37940. Insured, bonded & WCB. Free est Reasonable rates 604-842-5276

Electrician Lic#95323, Bonded, Affordable Com/Res. No Job too small. 25 yrs exp. 604-727-2306 LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934. YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

8087

Excavating

# 1 DRAINAGE, STONE WORK & DEMOLITION

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

8090

Fencing/Gates

West Coast Cedar Installations New or repaired outdoor cedar ★ specialists since 1991 ★ 604-270-2358 or 604-788-6458

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

*Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925 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

Lic. 22308

To advertise call

604-630-3300

Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

Century Hardwood Floors 604-376-7224 www.centuryhardwood.com

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944 INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508


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HOME SERVICES Call ThE Experts 8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

8125

Gutters

RENOVATIONS & CUSTOM HOMES

Since 1989

Renovations & Custom Homes Installation • Refinishing • Repairs ART of HARDWOOD FLOORS 604-240-3344

8120

Glass Mirrors

8130

Handyperson

2837 Kingsway, Vancouver

8125

NO HST! til Feb.15 (max. 400*) $

• Gutter Installation, Cleaning & Repairs • Roofing & Roof Repairs • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention 25 year Warranteed Leaf & Needle Guard

WCB – Fully Insured 100% Money Back Guarantee

604-340-7189

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

atyourhomeservicesgroup.ca

Alliance

Windows & Power Washing Time To Clean Your Gutters • Gutter Cleaning • Moss Removal • Contract Pricing • Will Beat Any Reputable Estimate

Work Done by Professionals

Fully Insured

604-723-2526 windowmansteve @gmail.com CITYWIDE GUTTERS Continuous gutter installs, leaf protection, new & renos. BBB, Ins.WCB. 604-868-1373 citywidegutters.com

WEST SIDE GUTTERS 15% OFF 604-722-1105 Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

HOME SERVICES Masonry

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van. CARPENTRY, PAINTING, renos, masonry, tile, decks, fences. BBB member. 604-732-0081 www.reliablehandyman.bc.ca DAVE B. Contracting. Painting, drywall, tile, door/lock repairs, etc. Free est, insured. 604-616-2150

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

8185

Moving & Storage

AFFORDABLE MOVING 1 to 3 Men

HANDYMAN, reno, kitchen, bath, plumbing, countertop, flooring, painting, etc. Mic, 604-725-3127 HOME REPAIRS - No job too small. Carpentry, painting, fencing, drywall, baseboards, lam flooring, deck repairs, p/washing, gutters. Refs Brian Evans 604-266-2547/785-4184 MR. BUILD - Renos and Repairs. Est 1989. 9129 Shaughnessy St. Please call 604-732-8453

8140

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

8155

Landscaping

TREE SPECIALIST 25 yrs exp. Oriental Landscaper. Tree Removal & Pruning, Hedge Trimming. Landscaping and Garden Maintenance. Free estimate. Tim: 604-328-9487 email: timchung35@yahoo.ca

8160

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

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

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

8200

8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

D&M PAINTING

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

604-724-3832

www.affordablemoversbc.com

EAST WEST MOVERS, Reas Rates, Apt/Hses Del. Just driver & truck $55/hr + gas. 604-786-7977

8193

Oil Tank Removal

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

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

Off: 604-266-2120 Cell: 604-290-8592 Serving West Side since 1987

8220

Plumbing

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

• Sunrooms • Aluminum patio/deck covers • Aluminum railings • Glass railings • Aluminum fencing • Auto gates Free Estimates 604-782-9108

www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

SUNDECKS & RENOS Vinyl & cedar treated decks. 604 376 3192 www.olmani.ca

8205

Paving/Seal Coating

METRO BLACKTOP CO. LTD Custom work for Driveways & new lane Aprons. Repairs/resurfacing. Call Gino 604-657-9936

604-537-4140

GET the best for your moving From $40/hr Licensed & Insured fortiermoving.ca 778-773-3737

Patios/Decks/ Railings

TANKTECH Certified Oil Tank Removal & Remediation Specialists. res/com. Free est. 604-328-1234

Seniors Discount

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: The weeks ahead bring social joys, popularity, entertainment, light romance, group activities and wish fulfillment – in an even stronger dose than most Januaries/Februaries. Life seems worthwhile again! Though the pressure is off at work, bosses still favour you, so a moment of socializing with them (say Monday, Tuesday) can’t hurt. Sunday’s for shopping – early, before ten. Travel, paperwork, casual friends, errands and variety fill Monday/Tuesday – be curious. Head for home Wednesday eve to Friday: be sluggish, recuperate, nurture family. Romance crescendos Saturday. Taurus April 20-May 20: An ambitious month begins. Your energy and magnetism are tops Sunday, but there’s little worth doing. Charge after money and possessions Monday/Tuesday – a great two days for investments, wiping out debt and sensual gratification. Your career and social reputation face a lucky opening. Trips, errands, paperwork and casual friends/siblings fill Wednesday eve to Friday: good mixes with bad, so be on your toes. Legal and governmental zones might not go well, but your career faces even more opportunity, If you have an ambitious hunch, act on it without delay. Home, family Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: The weeks ahead feature intellectual activities, far travel, love and weddings, cultural projects, higher learning, religion, philosophy, insurance and statistics. The small of these will proceed swiftly, but the big is sluggish, will grow Jan. 30 onward. Retreat and rest Sunday: DON’T handle sharp equipment. Your energy, magnetism, sense of timing and effectiveness soar Monday/Tuesday: start new projects, declare your love, see and be seen (and heard!). Chase money Wednesday eve to Friday noon: open doors and barriers mingle: buy cautiously. Errands and friends, Saturday.

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Cancer June 21-July 22: The month ahead features Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A month of romance, creativity, sex, intimacy, high finance (investments, debt, etc.) of pleasure, charming children and speculative urges starts mysteries and research, health diagnosis, lifestyle changes, now. Indulge some of those speculative urges – you’re on a commitment and consequence. This area is super-charged winning streak! There will be a bump, especially around Jan. now; testosterone is high; so is human attraction. You could 30 (next week) – one that might raise the problem of money be tempted to stray. Investing in (or researching in) your or unequal socio-economic positions. And in general, if you career can yield benefits. Sunday’s friendly, happy, but want to turn love into living (i.e., co-habitation) or marriage, avoid practical goals. Retreat to rest, plan, and fulfill old you face problems involving domesticity: where you live, or obligations Monday/Tuesday: you might receive a “gift” for step-kids, etc. Still, you could hardly pick a better time this your charitable or spiritual efforts. Your energy and charisma decade, to love and mate! Monday/Tuesday show how/why. soar Wednesday eve to Friday. Lucky! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: The weeks ahead emphasize Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Until late February, examine relationships, opportunity and opposition, negotiation, your relationships and projects – jettison the old, stale and dealings with the public, relocation possibilities and fresh unworkable, to make room for the new little green shoots new horizons. You feel ambitious Sunday, but a nice rest that you now must nurture. Err on the side of gentleness in will gain more. Your popularity rises Monday to Wednesday. this, for you are temperamental all January in domestic and Social delights, light romance, entertainment, optimism and other situations – “dumping someone” roughly can create wish fulfillment flow in. Someone you meet or woo could a long-term enemy. At home, kindness is key. In gardening, be a potential, viable life mate. Retreat Wednesday night go light on fertilizer. Sunday’s intriguing but without result. to Friday: rest, contemplate, plan, be spiritual, charitable. Sexual urges, mysteries, high finance, investments, fill Your energy, charisma and timing soar Saturday – approach Monday-Wednesday – luckily so! Mellow thoughts late someone to solve a problem. week. Be ambitious Saturday. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Sunday’s mellow, loving, but Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The weeks ahead don’t start major projects – contemplate, or read. Be fill with casual friends, siblings, errands, short trips, ambitious Monday to Wednesday – great luck accompanies communications, details, reports and paperwork. It’s a very you. A month of work and health concerns has just begun busy but not terribly important time. Send “love letters” over (Jan. 19) and this dovetails splendidly with your career, the two weeks ahead, both literally and metaphorically (e.g., prestige and status desires. Monday/Tuesday (not so much the right glance or tone of voice is a “letter” also). Tackle Wednesday) are one of the prime intervals in this trend routine chores Sunday – nothing big. Relationships excite – if you work eagerly, you gain. Approach higher-ups with and are splendidly lucky Monday/Tuesday – be eager to join, a plan or proposal those two days. Friends, popularity and diplomatic, flexible: others hold the power. Deeper themes optimism visit you Thursday/Friday. Retreat for someAds “down – sex, intimacy, financial commitments – need caution late continued time” Saturday. Contemplate love barriers. on next week. page Mellow joy Saturday.

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January 20 - 26, 2012 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: The month ahead features money and possessions. You have already experienced heightened money flows since late December: now these become more serious, as your “net worth” is affected. So it’s very important to stop useless, nervous or frivolous outflows, and to invest, if you do, carefully. The best time to invest for machinery, tools, work is Monday/Tuesday – two great days to apply for employment or begin a project, also. The best time for other types of investment (or reducing debt) is January 27. Sunday’s beautiful but useless. Relationships demand care Thursday/Friday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Your energy, effectiveness, timing and charisma reach a yearly high over the next few weeks. Start important projects, see and be seen, vie for romance (one of the bigger ones of your life seems likely to arrive, or has arrived, between June 2012 and June 2013).Ask favours, they’ll be granted. Sunday’s for rest, period. Romance, a creative surge, charming kids, speculative success, fill a splendidly lucky Monday/Tuesday (and Wednesday, but with little result). Tackle chores Thursday/Friday – keep an eye on safety. Relationships contain a hidden barrier Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Withdraw mildly now to late February. This is your recuperation time of year: rest, protect your health, contemplate where you stand now and make plans for future action. Be charitable, spiritual – it will come back to you. You feel like visiting or communicating Sunday: little result. Charge into domestic, real estate, gardening, nutrition, children, security and retirement zones Monday/ Tuesday – you’ll succeed, in major ways! Romantic notions, creative urges and pleasure drives swell Thursday/Friday, but you might be wise to let these remain notions only. Tackle chores Saturday. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 604-886-4808


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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

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Sports & Imports

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

1994 VW Golf, 4 dr, auto, sunroof, 110 K, Thule rack, 1 owner, all records $1500. 604-733-2340

1996 CHEV Cheyenne 4x4, 189,000 km, good tires, canopy new brakes $2000. 604-698-5347

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

2000 BUICK LeSabre, custom 4 door, good condition, $2100 obo. Call 604-781-2342

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

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

2004 Jaguar X-Type Automatic 93,500 kms Excellent condition. $10,500 Call: (604) 786-0941 email: juliekemble@hotmail.com 2007 BMW 525I, black, loaded, leather, sunroof, very clean, 130K, $24,900. 604-999-4097

1999 SUZUKI Grand Vitara, fully loaded, 4 door, all wheel drive, white, $7000. Call 604-518-3166

2001 DODGE Ram 1500, Stock# V12349B $7995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

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

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

1986 HARLEY Davidson SLHTC, loaded with options, 34K km original, show bike, collectors plate, $13,000, 604-946-4553

1998 HONDA Goldwing SE + Champion Daytona 2+2 conv. sidecar, loaded, 36K, new cond, classic, $14,900. 604 945-0376

2004 BMW X5, 4.4 i , 131K, $15,888 Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2004 DODGE Durango, 4 dr SUV, 128,104 $11,995 Stk# K121193B. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

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

2008 NISSAN Pathfinder S, $19,888, 76,068km Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

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

2010 JEEP Wrangler, blue, hard top, Stock# S13095A, $19,995. 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 KAWASAKI EX500R Ninja, 16K, stored 2 yrs, 1 lady owner, $3000 obo, 778-788-8136

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

1998 HONDA Accord Ex, low kms, new tmg belt, brakes, water pump, $4600 obo, 604-812-4912

2000 AUDI S4 2.7T, 6sp, 4wd. Blk with blk leather int. Upgraded exhaust, turbos & more. 219,000 km $9800 778-229-0283

2011 NISSAN Juke,white, full load leather sunroof GPS, Stock# S12332B $23,995. Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

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

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

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1992 BMW 325i Auto 87,000 km, one lady owner, exc cond, no accid. $6,800. 778-8298663

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1997 Honda Civic CX 22,000 kms, 1 owner, red, timewarp car. $6,900. 778-318-5262

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

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1991 MERCEDES BENZ 300C. Auto, new tires. 111,000 km. Exc condition. $6,500. 604-786-6495

2010 TRIUMPH American Motorcycle, 900 cc, never driven, $8500 obo. 604-533-4962 morn/ eve

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

2006 Mitsubishi Montero Limited MINT condition black 105K, $14,900. 778-989-0564 redwards_91@hotmail.com

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

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

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2006 DODGE Durango (SUV) , 4x4, Leather, Sunroof, DVD, V8, 161K, No accident, $8200 (604-888-9799)

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


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

2002 NISSAN Maxima SE, only 151,000 km, leather heated seats, sunroof, 4 drs, $6,500 OBO, Call 778-279-1490

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

2004 HYUNDAI Elantra 79 K km, 5 spd, 2.0L, 4 cyl, new clutch, a/c, loaded, $5999. 604-980-0051 2006 SATURN Ion, $5995. Stock# K12438A, Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2004 MAZDA 626, black, leather, auto, ht seats, gd cond, 110k km, aircared. $8000. 604-440-4322 2007 BMW 335i CABRIOLET, $28,888, 79,712km, Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

2005 MERCEDES Benz SLK350, $24,888, 68,922 km Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

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

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

2008 HONDA Fit, red, manual, gas mizer, Stock#BB3050A, $12,995 Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

2008 INFINITI G37, silver, manual, Stock# BB3091, $23,995 Richmond Suzuki 604-273-0331

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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

2007 MAZDA 3 GT, $12,888, 94,531km, Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108 NEED CHEAP AUTOBODY ? www.cheapautobody.ca 604-341-7738

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

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

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Boats

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

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

2009 HONDA Odyssey EXL, $28,888, 39K, 5 sp/Auto, FWD, M625501A, Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

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Vans

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RV’s/Trailers

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

2005 CHEV Astro Cargo Van, Ladder rails, 68k, a/c, $13,900 Downtown.nissan.ca 604-257-8900

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2009 TOYOTA Yaris, $12,888 Mileage: 58,352 km, Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

9173 2005 TOYOTA Camry LE, $9,888, 105,420 km, Signature Mazda D#11029 1-855-781-5108

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1989 19’ Bayliner Capri Blue, 2.3 litre IB Fresh water cooled Exc cond. Well maint. Lots of extras, c/w trailer . $4,695. 604-837-7564

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

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

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

1998 NOMAD 5th Wheel 25 ft. 1 slide; Standup/walk around Bdrm $12,000 604-796-2866

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

2005 40’ Vectra Cummings Diesel Pusher,Freightliner Evolution Chasis,air ride & independant front suspetion,tow package, 33610 mi.3 slides auto everything-awnings,levelling jacks,sunvisors,floor cover, retactable cord & hose etc. Air (Jake) brakes,King sleep # bed, Washer/Dryer, Lge slide out storage. Heated storage, $119,900, 778 835-3455.

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ENVIRONMENT Inside, fans of early Beamer 3s will think they’re looking into a 5-series — and they’d be nearly right. The new ‘3 is just as spacious as a 5 from the early part of last decade, particularly in the back seat where rear knee room is exemplary. Up front, things are a little more of a mixed bag. While my tester was a “luxury” line (Sport or Modern are the alternatives) and came fully loaded, it did have the vaguest aftermarket feel to the way the navigation screen sat in the instrument panel. Not that there was anything of an afterthought about the iDrive system itself. Critics absolutely hated the old system when it debuted, but that was nearly a decade ago. Like most modern BMWs, the 3-series control interface is very intuitive and simple to use. The rest of the cabin is typically BMW, an incremental improvement over the old 3-series, but not something to shock or amaze. Build quality is very high, as you would expect. The seats err on the side of slight firmness. Down on the centre next to the shifter is a toggle switch to flick the car between comfort, normal and sport modes — just in case you aren’t sure what the difference is through the seat of your pants, a handy screen will pop up to let you know what your button-pressing has accomplished.

PERFORMANCE First, to placate the BMW purists who will no doubt be scoffing at the idea of a four-cylinder BMW. Yes, this engine is nowhere near as sweet or smooth as the old straight-6. An inline-6 is a perfectly balanced engine, and no-one does them better than the Bavarians. On startup, the 2.0L four-pot turbo is a bit clattery, as with most direct-injected engines. You won’t notice anything inside the cabin, but do expect some funny looks. Put the car in motion, however, and things change quite a bit. While there is the teensiest bit of hesitation from the turbo-lag, this new motor is much stronger down low than the old inline-6. BMW claims 241hp. I claim that BMW is sandbagging like an old pro. My tester was white-on-tan with extra-cushy interior options and wood trim: a machine spec’d for the silver-haired. Regardless of appearance, tickle the throttle when in sport mode and it’d scoot like a scalded cat. Naturally, not everything was as sporting as it could be — the steering is not quite as knife-sharp as one would expect from a BMW — and those looking for a little added precision would do well to consider the sport line. However, mid-range acceleration of this new four-cylinder engine and 8-speed transmission is excellent and certainly BMWlike in rapidity. See page 46 for more

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Bring the 3 to a stop and a bit of an Achilles heel is exposed: the start-stop system. Yes, this does indeed save fuel, but it’s really quite rough in engagement. Nothing so bad as a Altima Hybrid, but certainly a few steps back of the system that Porsche now offers in its sports cars. As the weather was fairly poor, I had ample opportunity to try out the all-wheel-drive. BMW’s xDrive system differs in feel to competitors in its apparent rear-wheeldrive bias. It’s certainly a pleasure to carve through a corner (though the Luxury Line is a bit too wallowy to make things really pleasant) and if you’re a bit too hasty goosing the throttle, you will overwhelm the systems. Other improvements include a much better ride — some if the added comfort feels like it comes at the cost of body roll. BMW enthusiasts will again want to see if they can stretch to the Sport package.

At just $43,600 to start for a rear-wheel-drive model, the 3-Series is very competitively priced. There’s also a Classic Line which comes with xDrive for just $39,900 — not too many options available on this one. Like any other German manufacturer, start optioning out the car you actually want and the price climbs rapidly. However, the addition of a single package including navigation, parking assist and keyless go for $3,500 and kept my tester just a hair under the 50K mark. Notable available features include BMW Apps, which allows you to update your car down the road just as you would update your smartphone, and a sensor under the rear bumper that can open the trunk if you wave your foot under it when your hands are full. Clever stuff. Observed fuel economy is markedly improved over the old inline engine. Official ratings are at 8.6L/100kms in the city and 5.2L/100kms on the highway. City figures can be improved upon when the start-stop system is active

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GREEN LIGHT Strong acceleration, excellent fuel-economy, improved interior space and available all-wheel-drive grip.

THE CHECKERED FLAG Even as BMW moves into an area of broader appeal and more efficient offerings, the 3-series remains the industry benchmark.

COMPETITORS • Cadillac ATS ($35,195) At the press launch for Cadillac’s new small sedan, the BMW 3-series might have been mentioned once or twice. Or several thousand times. Caddy drew down a bead on the 3 and took their best shot. Surprisingly enough, it’s pretty good; in fact, the hat tip has to go to the ATS for the better on-road handling dynamics. Of course, this is Caddy’s first shot and there are some weak points, most notably the shoddy instrument panel and the wonky CUE control interface. Even so, the fact that a Cadillac can run toe-to-toe with Beamer’s best in the twisties says a great deal about GM’s ground-up effort. • Audi A4 ($37,800) If your commute has heavy snow, buy an Audi. If it’s got a curvy road, buy a BMW — or at least, that’s what common sense used to say. These days, Audi’s moved pretty far from its front-drive roots, and the A4 is just as capable of a backroad boogie as the Beamer. While the BMW has the engine edge on paper, the Audi’s 2.0L turbo engine has lovely grunt. It’s a closer race than you’d think. mcaleer.nsnews@gmail.com twitter.com/ brendan_mcaleer

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