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Laneway homes now at 500 in city CITY HALL HAS ISSUED 800 PERMITS SINCE 2009 NAOIBH O’CONNOR Staff writer

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he city has issued 800 permits for laneway houses since the program started in 2009 with 500 of the homes having been built. Now efforts are underway to tweak the regulations governing their construction. The city is hosting information sessions next week about the proposed changes, which are aimed at improving “the fit of these homes in neighbourhoods,” according to the city notice. Laneway homes are detached homes on single family lots that are geared toward seniors, renters or small families who want to live in an established residential neighbourhood. “We’re expanding the program to include all of the single-family zones within the city, which was one of council’s directions,” explained Jane Pickering, the deputy director of planning. “Currently we allow them in two zones, which actually cover about 94 per cent of the single-family areas in the city, so the update is to close that gap.” Other proposed amendments are designed to make it easier to build single-storey laneway houses. “We already allow for one-storey, but the way the regulations were constructed it’s just a little bit more difficult to build one, so as a result a lot of our laneway houses have been two-storey,” Pickering said. “Some of the neighbours reaction is that they claim it has affected their livability, so we had a look at that and are making some suggestions that would be a lot more amenable to build a single-storey.” Seniors are one of the groups envisioned to move into laneway homes and some may have difficulty with stairs, she added. A single-storey home is also slightly less expensive to build. See LANEWAY on page 4

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CROCK EXCHANGE BY BOB MACKIN Howe Street was once home to the Vancouver Stock Exchange and its swindlers, scam artists and larger than life wheeler dealers.

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ouncil approved a rezoning application Tuesday that adds new buildings to the Beach Towers complex. The existing complex features four highrises built in the 1960s, which reach heights of between 19 and 21 storeys. Located at 1600 Beach Ave. and 1651 Hardwood St., the buildings overlook English Bay and house 607 rental units. IBI/HB Architects submitted a rezoning application on behalf of Beach Towers Investments Inc. The approved development includes a fourstorey residential building with two-storey townhouses along Beach Avenue, as well as a nine-storey residential building at the corner of Hardwood and Cardero streets. The development creates 133 new rental units, with a studio renting for $1,195 a month, a one-bedroom going for $1,495 and a two-bedroom for $2,155, according to the proposal. Council’s approval includes a provision prohibiting starting rents outlined in the application from being changed for the first 12 months after the units are built, after which the rates would be subject to regulations in the provincial residential tenancy act. Council’s decision comes after three nights of public hearings earlier this month, during which 36 people spoke — 31 against the project. Mayor Gregor Robertson supported the rezoning. “None of these decisions are easy and certainly we don’t see any perfect applications in terms of achieving all of our goals in one fell swoop,” he said before the vote. “But I think this proposal here does speak primarily for the need for creating more secured market rental housing. In fact, it achieves that in the most dense neighbourhood for rental housing in the city.” Robertson said the development creates an opportunity for people in the West End to move into the new units and free up other apartments in the community. “For hundreds of people this creates new homes in the West End at more affordable rates certainly than owning and, in all likelihood, frees up affordable housing in the rest of the West End,” he said. Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr voted against

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City council approved a rezoning application that adds new buildings to the Beach Towers complex at 1600 Beach Ave. in the West End. the rezoning, explaining her decision was based on basic principals of democracy and serving the public good. The public, she said, is opposed judging by feedback to city hall. Correspondence related to the proposal was five to one opposed, according to Carr, while speakers at the public hearing were seven to one opposed. “I believe our duty is not to just listen to the public but to reflect the public in our decisions. Because the will of the public is against this project, I will be voting no,” she said. Carr also noted the development will result in a loss of ground-level public oceans views, which “are rare and globally renowned of our waterfront, especially in English Bay.” She added: “I cannot support a development

proposal that would reduce this key public amenity.” Affordability was a key concern raised during the hearing. Christine Ackermann, president of theWestEndResidents’Association,hadargued for starting rents of $950, pointing out that’s 30 per cent of the median income in the community. She told councillors that the development was an opportunity to encourage affordability through the third-third-third model — one third affordablehousing,onethirdmarketrentalsand one third luxury rentals. Ackermann told the Courier she wasn’t surprised by council’s decision, but called it a lost opportunity. “I think the development of new rentals is a good thing for Vancouver, but WERA is very

disappointed at the lack of affordable rentals to be included in this project,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “We think this is a lost opportunity to build affordability for the people in the community.” Ackermann said affordability is needed now, not 10 years from now. “I understand that they want to have all three levels of government in play, but I don’t think they’ve used up all the tools in their toolbox yet. I think this was still achievable by city hall. That’s why I’m disappointed. Having said that, the inclusion and addition of market rents is desperately needed and we will welcome these new neighbours to our community.” noconnor@vancourier.com twitter.com/naoibh

Laneway complaints declining

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The city received 14 complaints about laneway housing in 2012.

CONTINUED from page 1 The city has received more applications for laneway homes than originally anticipated, but Pickering doesn’t expect amendments to rules will spark a surge in interest except for a potential increase in applications from areas where they haven’t been permitted before. Complaints to city hall about laneway homes have dropped since the program’s inception. In 2010, the city received 39 complaints, which fell to 24 in 2011. In 2012, the city received 14. Reasons for complaints included size, massing, parking and construction-related concerns about issues ranging from noise to blocking laneways.

“I do think as they have rolled out across the city, that the declining complaint level leads me to believe they are becoming accepted in the city as a legitimate form of housing,” Pickering said. Feedback forms will be available at the laneway housing information sessions and staff anticipate a report will go before city council later in the spring. The first information session is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Polish Community Centre, 4015 Fraser St. in the main hall and the second runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus St., small hall. noconnor@vancourier.com twitter.com/naoibh


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o you talk or text while driving? I’m going to guess that not everybody reading this can say they don’t. In fact, Insp. Les Yeo of the Vancouver Police Department’s traffic section knows that many drivers continue to use their cellphones while behind the wheel. Earlier this month, Yeo said police spent less than two hours near the intersection of Main and Terminal and handed out 49 tickets to what he calls “distracted drivers.” “A lot of people are still not getting the message,” Yeo told the Vancouver Police Board at its meeting this month. In fact, since Jan. 1, police have written 1,048 tickets to motorists for using an electronic device while driving. An “electronic device” includes a cellphone, a personal digital assistant and, believe it or not, a handheld game. Police will also write you a ticket if you’re scrolling through your list of songs on your iPod while cruising along the street. As any driver knows, or should know, the provincial law says you can’t talk on a cellphone while driving unless it can be operated hands-free. If you’ve been caught doing this, you know it comes with a fine of $167. In addition, drivers caught texting or emailing are subject to three penalty points. New drivers in the so-called graduating licensing program are not even allowed to use a hands-free cellphone. Those are the drivers with the big N on the back of the car, or big Z for the cool kids who flip the N on its side. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics who may need to make calls while on

the job and motorists who need to call 911 are exempt from the legislation. The use of two-way radios for commercial or industrial vehicles is still permitted. It’s OK to pull over to the side of the road and talk on your phone. But, as Yeo clarified, you can’t use your phone while stopped at a red light. He urged motorists to search out phone company AT&T’s YouTube videos/ documentaries on what can happen to you behind the wheel while distracted. In one of the videos, a Missouri state trooper tells a story of a teenaged girl who died in a crash after texting while driving. (You can see an AT&T video here through Layar.) Yeo noted when seatbelt laws were introduced in the province many years ago, it took a while for motorists to get the message to buckle up. He hopes the same trend will occur with the cellphone driving ban. Yeo noted there are technology and apps available that allow, for example, a parent to disable their son or daughter’s cellphone while driving. There is also a movement in the United States to have cellphone carriers install technology in a phone that would make it impossible to use a phone while driving. Police board member Mary Collins also wondered if there is technology being developed for a third party to slow down cars to prevent accidents. Police Chief Jim Chu took the question and noted Google has built and operated a driverless car. So, he said, that type of technology is coming in response to what Collins phrased as an “off-the-wall” question. Alas, a quick Google search revealed a human-controlled Google driverless car was involved in a crash near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Turns out, however, the car was being driven at the time by a real person. No word on whether the driver was using a cellphone. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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ou’ve probably heard of Adrian Dix. He’s the provincial leader of the NDP and MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway. You probably haven’t heard of Gurjit Dhillon. But the 34-year-old mother of two young kids and a recruiting coordinator for the RCMP wants to not only have you get to know her, but pick her over Dix in the May 14 election. A very confident Dhillon is the B.C. Liberals candidate for the riding of VancouverKingsway and has arguably the biggest challenge of any of the party’s candidates in facing a man who could be the next premier of the province. Dix, 48, has a long history in the provincial government, having first been elected in 2005 and winning the party’s leadership race in 2011. He was also chief of staff to former premier Glen Clark in the late 1990s. So does Dhillon, who is taking her first run at politics, think she has a chance of beating Dix? “That’s where my challenge is — in convincing people that I am the person for them,” said Dhillon, who was acclaimed Feb. 19 as the Liberals’ candidate at a meeting held at the Renfrew Community Centre. “I will try my hardest to reach out to all of the people of Vancouver-Kingsway. You can’t help anything if you don’t get involved. Don’t you feel that? How can you complain about something if you’re not willing to step up.” Although the Liberals haven’t released their cam-

paign platform, Dhillon said her priorities for the riding are a strong economy and quality education. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation has repeatedly criticized the Liberals on educa-

tion. But Dhillon said that criticism is coming from one group and not reflective of all voters. Dhillon, born and raised in Terrace, moved to Vancouver in 1998.

She lives with her family in the riding of VancouverKensington, which is next to Vancouver-Kingsway. Dhillon said she will take a leave from her job March 13 as a recruiting coordina-

Gurjit Dhillon, 34, is the B.C. Liberal candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway.

nurses. Though Dix has held the riding since 2005, Vancouver-Kingsway was once held by Rob Nijjar of the Liberals. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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hat I noticed most about the rezoning of the Beach Towers in the West End was not the fact that density will be increased with relatively lower infill rental housing units — although that in itself is controversial if for no other reason than some folks will have their view of the water blocked for the first time since the original four towers were built in the ’60s. There is also the point that the 133 new units being built will not be condos for sale; they will be rentals, which considering the needs of neighbourhood, is good. Although they won’t exactly be “affordable housing” either, they will be market rentals or what critics are calling “luxury.” But then, depending on how thick your wallet is, that may be just fine. It is, after all a waterfront location. And council did add one wrinkle before the rezoning plan was approved. Proposed rents will be “locked in” between the time the project is finally approved and the final construction. What did catch my attention, though, is what you would have to call the New Normal; just how far along we are in the greening of developments in this city. Most of what is being demanded for the new construction, including the upgrades to the existing buildings, would not even have occurred to architects, developers and councils when the original towers went up. And I was reminded that when this project was originally built it was such an eye-catcher that it received Central Mortgage and Housing’s Canadian Housing Design Council award. Back in the day there was little consideration given to energy conservation. Yet with this, aside from the fact that the developer has to “consider passive design shading elements on the south and west side facades to address solar heat gain,” the whole of the heating system will have to meet new reduced energy consumption standards. Greenhouse gas emissions associated with space and domestic hot water heating in both the old and new part of the development “shall be reduced by a minimum of 40 per cent.” That means the original towers will have to be retrofitted with new technology which includes “a central energy plant serving all new and existing buildings.” As with all rezoned property in the city now, the new construction will have to be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards. There will be features that will mean “crime prevention through environmental design,” which will somehow cut down on “theft in the underground parking, residential break and enter, mail theft and mischief in the alcove and vandalism such as graffiti.” I can’t even imagine. There will be particular attention paid to the “expansion and detailing of the urban agriculture program.” Until a couple of years ago, the term “urban agriculture” seemed more of an oxymoron than a popular activity. During construction all the driveways that now cross the boulevards will be removed. At the same time, there has to be “provision of a Green Mobility and Clean Vehicles Strategy” that includes the infrastructure to “prioritize sustainable transportation modes including walking, cycling, public transit and provision for low carbon vehicles (e.g. electric vehicles).” Even the existing buildings will be redesigned so there are parking spots for bike and electrical outlets for recharging cars. There will be “provision of a sustainable rainwater management plan” and a “solid waste diversion strategy.” That strategy has to “identify/ provide space, infrastructure and an operational approach to divert organics and recyclables from the waste stream and minimize the vehicle trips required for collection.” All of which gives the notion of taking out the trash a new meaning. And it also raises the question of just how much more all this stuff will drive up the rents. ••• Speaking of going green: Have you noticed how the north face of city hall is turning green around the upper edges? The building was scrubbed clean for the Winter Olympics then decked out with lights. But now it looks like moss or mould is forming. Or maybe what is growing there is edible; it is one of those vertical gardens and part of the city’s Greenest City Action Plan. agarr@vancourier.com.

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friend’s father once said that it takes only two items to solve a lot of problems. When something moves that shouldn’t, use duct tape. When something doesn’t move that should, use WD-40 spray. This amusing piece of folk wisdom, about repairing items that become too sticky or too slippery, sounds closer to Red Green than Ram Dass. Although my friend’s father didn’t intend the line as a philosophical principle, many problems in life come down to the tension between friction and play. Or if you prefer, between control and freedom. With that in mind, here’s my list of a few items that call for either a stretch of duct tape or a dash of WD-40 (there is a third option, but we’ll leave that for the end, with the reminder these are metaphors). Duct Tape: The provincial government’s economic model. The working parts of this mess are looser than the clutch on a Motorhead tribute band tour bus. The projection of liquefied natural gas revenues decades into the future, along with Premier Christy Clark’s vaporous “prosperity fund,” is magical thinking worthy of Hogwarts. Voters have taken notice of the government’s failure to affix common sense to fiscal projections. So it may be too late for adhesives — figurative or otherwise — to save the Libs from an electoral freefall in May. WD-40: Theatre fraudster Garth Drabinsky. The former Livent executive is going to court to fight a recommendation he be stripped of the Order of Canada. A little lubrication may be called for here. After the courts loosen Drabinsky’s nimble fingers, perhaps the Advisory Committee of the Order of Canada can move on to addressing Brian Mulroney’s death grip on the prize. Duct tape: Payday lenders. The business practice is outlawed in 15 U.S. states, yet it is legal in nine out of 10 provinces, with outlets multiplying across Canada like E. coli. Payday lenders prey on the most vulnerable, with over half of the Canadian users of these services earning an annual income of under $35,000. The claimed rates of 21 per cent interest actually translate into 546 per cent annualized interest, analysts say. Are any more numbers required to justify taping these vulture capitalists to regulatory frameworks — or better yet, sticking eviction notices on doors of their outlets? WD-40: Dog leash laws in Metro Vancouver. In the interests of full disclosure, I am a dog owner. Close to my neighbourhood, hikers regularly get lost on wilderness trails worthy of the Brothers Grimm. Yet these trails are designated as on-leash only. It is an abiding principle in municipal politics that a vocal minority can wreck things for the majority. So when it comes to demanding grease, you need to out-squeak the squeaky wheels. Duct tape: The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington State. Last week, Washington governor Jay Inslee announced that 177 underground tanks are leaking 150 to 300 gallons of radioactive waste a year into the ground, at one of the most contaminated areas on the planet. Between the time of Chernobyl and Fukushima, this decommissioned nuclear site became the radioactive plaything of entropy. It contains two-thirds of all of America’s high-level radioactive waste by volume, and cleanup funds are now threatened by federal budget cuts. For decades, Hanford was exempt from U.S. environmental controls as the premier maker of weaponsgrade plutonium, an extremely carcinogenic element with a half-life of 80 million years. FUBAR doesn’t even begin to describe the current situation at this atomic Eye of Mordor, just south of the B.C. border. Duct tape AND WD-40: NDP leader Adrian Dix. Opposition parties have a long tradition of pre-election slipperiness. They condemn the budgetary decisions of incumbents while keeping mum about their own economic plans. It’s understandable realpolitik but also underhanded representation, and the provincial NDP leader has been evading direct press questions with the skill of a semantic ninja. A little something is required to tie him down, and a little something to loosen his lips. Sledgehammer: the locked gate at the former Coast Guard station in Kitsilano. When adhesives or lubrication won’t do the trick, this is the third option. In spite of over 300 emergency calls to the Coast Guard a year in the area, the federal enablers of disaster capitalism have sent a clear message that the lives of West Coast boaters are as expendable as copper pennies. geoffolson.com

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PIDGIN OWNERS COURAGEOUS

To the editor: Re: “Mayor supports PiDGiN,” Feb. 27. What kind of a society do we live in? Besides the rich who complain about the “have-nots” or vice versa, we also have “NIMBY” people who complain about everything they don’t like or cannot accept around them. They don’t like the laneway buildings, tall condos, halfway houses, social/low income abodes, hospices etc. in their neighbourhood. Their causes are often labelled as selfish, insensitive, unsympathetic and usually from a small vocal minority. Now, some aspiring entrepreneurs opened an “upscale” eatery in the Downtown Eastside, often labelled as one of the poorest area in Canada, and some of the locals are objecting to it. Can this also be called NIMBYism? I applaud the owners of PiDGiN’s for their courage and foresight and can’t agree more with the mayor that Vancouver is all about inclusion. Vancouver is a welcoming city. We welcome newcomers, be they from other parts of Canada or the world, and make them feel at home and help them get along with those who are born and raised here. Let’s accept one another and continue to make Vancouver the best city to live

and work no matter who we are, where we come from and what social status we have.

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VANCOUVER LACKS HUMAN KINDNESS

To the editor: It seems as if the “milk of human kindness” has not streamed through to the citizens of our “world-class” city. It appears it is alright to make donations to charity thereby creating a feeling of goodwill, but when it comes to direct human contact, helping others on a one-to-one basis is a different story. I say this as I have recently had an experience where my plight was completely ignored by passers-by. I was walking down West Cordova between Waterfront Station and the Woodward’s building on my way to a meeting when I tripped and fell on a very uneven sidewalk. Two young women approaching saw me and did nothing. I did not expect a hand up, just a question, “Are you alright?” I was able to get up by myself but nonetheless expected some expression of concern. There are three conclusions I can draw from this: 1) Given the area, they thought I was drunk or stoned. 2) They were afraid of being

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held liable if they tried to help 3) They were totally oblivious to the whole incident The damage to my knees is minimal; to my psyche is huge. Barbara Bawlf, Vancouver

DON’T DARE CALL SOLDER & SONS TWEE

To the editor: Re: “Sweet Spot: Cadeaux,” Feb. 20. In the introduction to her piece on Cadeaux Bakery, writer Eagranie Yuh mentions the bookstore/cafe Solder & Sons, calling it “twee.” “Twee”?!? What kind of a remark is that? Solder & Sons is not some over-priced, frou-frou Gastown see-and-be-seen vanity shack. It serves a diverse range of folk who live or work in the Downtown Eastside. How? Great coffee or juice at an affordable price. And a clear lack of snobbery. Now, I admit that Cadeaux Bakery makes a mean almond croissant. But, as with most things in the Downtown Eastside, it is the “artisanal” establishments that threaten true neighbourhood shops like Solder and Sons. Which, as the regulars know, is not twee at all. Kevin Frazer, Vancouver

SOCIAL MEDIA COURIER STORY: Heart of Vancouver: Recent study indicates relationship longevity increases when partners wait longer to have sex, Amy Yew, Feb. 26 Sara Bynoe @sarabynoe: Slut shaming? Amanda Hutchison @atlantictiger: A little bit! Do what you feel! Kelly Marion @kellyjean247: Booo COURIER STORY: Olympians once bullied for their passion to swim — Now the fastest Canadian sprinter in the pool, as a teenager Brent Hayden was mocked for wearing a Speedo, Jim Morris, Feb. 27 Richard Loat (Facebook): We got bullied for wearing a speedo, and for having to shave for the sport (as guys). It was pretty brutal at times. Honestly, I feel lucky that I was strong enough to not let it get to me. I know I found it hard when I was the subject of bullying because of shaving. I never understood why it was always such a big issue. I think at the end of the day it comes down to having a good set of friends around you that support you and don’t judge you and that have your back. It’s something that you can grow out of those because kids find other things to rag on you for. It helped once I started travelling for swimming that I was more than just the kid that swam in a speedo and shaved his legs. Follow us on Facebook: The VancouverCourierNewspaper and Twitter: @VanCourierNews

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ave Weston is used to people assuming he works in the wrong building. The 32-year-old supervisor of the Vancouver Harbour Air Control Tower says people often think the much larger Harbour Centre tower a few blocks away is where air traffic controllers keep a watchful eye on the skies directly above the city. “It does look like an air control tower, but it is way too big,” said Weston. “You need to be able to see in all directions, and obviously there is part of the building in the middle of that one.” While the tower may be smaller and off the radar, it is actually the world’s tallest air control facility, perched 142 metres above the ground on top of the 28-storey Granville Square building. The tiny, 12-sided glass tower overlooking Burrard Inlet offers 360degree views of airspace above Vancouver, which is crucial because — unlike with most of the Lower Mainland’s air traffic — its controllers rely heavily on visual information to make decisions. “When we can see everything, it is very easy

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Dave Weston controls the air traffic at Nav Canada’s Vancouver Harbour Air Control Tower high above Granville Square at 200 Granville St. Scan page with Layar to see more photos. to do your job. When we have lower clouds and visibility is more reduced, it becomes more of a challenge because when we can’t see, when the pilots can’t see, we have to put a lot more effort into keeping them apart and more pre-planning is required to make sure you don’t have too many people in the air at

the same time,” Weston said. “We basically take over when the pilots can’t see.” The centre, which is privately owned and operated by Nav Canada, is also one of the busiest control towers in the province, responsible on average for more than 50,000 individual flights per year in air space below

760 metres (2,500 feet) ranging between the North Shore to Point Grey and Burnaby. The majority of traffic comes from Harbour Air, which offers more than a dozen seaplane flights a day from Coal Harbour to Victoria and Nanaimo. “For everything above that, right now there is somebody in Surrey in a very dark room controlling it,” Weston said. Andrew Worthington, a 42-year-old former golf pro, spent six years at CZVR, the Lower Mainland’s busy air traffic control centre in Surrey, before jumping ship to the waterfront facility that only operates daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. “They paid quite a bit more but this lifestyle is unbeatable,” said Worthington, who now has a much shorter commute from his home in Kits. He said he and the other seven air traffic controllers (there are always two working at the same time) see a side of the city nobody else does. “It was great when they did the fireworks on the barge, which is right below and we would just walk out on the roof,” said Worthington. Seeing whales, eagles, rescue operations, boating mishaps, helicopter film shoots and the odd wedding banner proposal are among the reasons he traded a windowless bunker in the ‘burbs for a bird’s eye view. “You pick your poison. Do you want to make more or do you want to be happy?” afleming@vancourier.com twitter.com/flematic

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s someone in a profession who works with lawyers, judges, cops, celebrities and professional athletes, Blair Shapera has stories to tell. He’s even got a good one about a recently deceased gangster. Unfortunately, Shapera’s best yarns — or should that be his best high-thread-count wools — are off the record. Shapera, 54, is a tailor. He’s also an engaging storyteller who can get carried away with details about this customer or that customer before realizing he is talking to a reporter. Still, he agreed to share a few. First, his story: Winnipeg boy goes from working at the Bay at 15 to running a high-end clothing store in his hometown and owning Roots stores in Winnipeg and Edmonton. He moves to Vancouver in 1990, sets up a tailoring business out of his home and then, one day, meets the owner of the Vancouver Grizzlies basketball team and makes him a suit. That was Arthur Griffiths, who introduced Shapera to Grizzlies’ general manager Stu Jackson, who introduced Shapera to the team and — like an arcing threepoint shot that finds the hoop — Shapera scored in a big way. “It was just like a tailor’s dream because you’ve got these sevenfoot-tall Adonises who can’t buy ready-to-wear [suits], love clothing, are peacocks and are making a ton of money,” he recalled from his small store tucked in to an office building in the 800-block

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Sports enthusiast Blair Shapera has made suits for the Grizzlies, NHL players and Michael Buble. Hornby Street. The added bonus in landing the gig was that Shapera happens to be a sports nut. The other bonus was that players got traded and they’d tell a teammate about their tailor. Over the years, customers from NBA teams included Gerald and Dominique Wilkins, Antonio McDyess, Nick Van Exel and some guy named Steve Nash, who happened to win two MVP honours. Shapera recalled Nash showing up at a press conference dressed in

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dressing room full of professional athletes. But this time around, his presence wasn’t as welcomed when “Iron” Mike Keenan was the coach. As the story goes, Keenan had just ripped into his team in the locker room and went seething into the players’ lounge. Shapera happened to be there with his material. “He was already fully charged and saw me there and said, ‘What is this like a suit shop or something?’ and hurled a couple of ba-

gels around the room.” These days, Shapera spends more time with lawyers and judges than he does with athletes, although Canuck David Booth is a recent customer. Five years ago, he bought the legendary Matz and Wozny clothing store on Hornby Street from tailor Tony Zeilinger. The store, which originated on Howe Street in 1955, is the main supplier for court apparel in the province. Lawyers, judges and court clerks, many of whom who work across the street at the courthouses, go to Shapera to get fitted for robes, shirts and jackets and skirts for women. “If these walls could talk,” he said, referring to the hundreds, if not thousands of customers, who have visited the store. He’s always getting new customers, many of whom have just been called to the bar. “It’s great to be working with people like that to mark that special occasion.” The court work accounts for about 50 per cent of Shapera’s business and the other half is making suits, which range from $695 to $1,895. “I love what I do,” he said, noting he recently made a rose-coloured vinyl suit for someone to wear to the Grammy Awards. Who was that? Again, off the record. But next time you see a photo or television footage of singer Michael Buble or former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, there’s a good chance Shapera will be smiling at what he sees. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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LOVERS HAVE A BALL: The city’s movers and shakers including Bob Lee, Frank Guistra and Francesco Aquilini, turned up for the 23rd annual Symphony’s Lovers Ball. Four-time chair Liz Gordon fronted the sparkling soiree produced by Shelley Johnson and Colin Upright. Nearly 500 lovebirds packed the Vancouver Convention Centre for the exquisite black-tie dinner and auction hosted by the Bard on the Beach’s Christopher Gaze. TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY: Society darling Kasondra Cohen held her fourth annual Face of Today Gala. Three hundred guests turned up at the Sinclair Centre for the Millionaires Club-themed benefit presented by MacQuarie Group. Vanhattan’s next generation of business leaders, entrepreneurs and leading philanthropists gathered for the $300-a-pop, 1920s-themed evening of decadence and philanthropy. Helping youth and underprivileged kids achieve their goals, party highlights included an over-the-top auction, $1,500 balloon raffle and performances by Jarvis Church and Burgandy Brixx. ONE MORE JEWEL: “The King of Gastown” Sean Heather opened Rainier Provisions, his 11th establishment on the ground floor of the Rainier Hotel. The 100-seat coffee shop at the corner of Carrall and Cordova is a stone’s throw from Brandon Grossutti’s Pidgin Eatery, the subject of recent protests. Eighteen years in the area, Heather offers up a deli and retail store while continuing to provide free meals to occupants of the hotel, an SRO for vulnerable women.

Sean Heather’s newest venture is Rainier Provisions, a coffee shop and deli at the corner of Carrall and Cordova in the Downtown Eastside.

Keaton and Eleu Kruse partied at the 1920s-themed Face of Today foundation fundraiser held at the Sinclair Centre.

Kasondra Cohen and John James Wilson fronted Face of Today foundation’s fourth annual gala helping local youth and underprivileged kids achieve their goals.

Liberal MLA Colin Hansen and his wife, Lauren, attended Vancouver Symphony gala in support of its music education program.

CBC Dragon Arlene Dickinson discussed the power of persuasion at a UBC Alumni and Sauder School breakfast event sponsored by David Poole’s Scotiabank.

U.S. Consul General Anne Callaghan and Bob and Lily Lee were among the notables at the Vancouver Symphony benefit.

Lovers’ Ball chair Liz Gordon and Vancouver Symphony maestro Bramwell Tovey help raise $750,000 at their recent fundraiser.

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have been a doctor for almost all of my adult life, but long before that, I was a patient. In grade 6, I missed three weeks of school when I was hospitalized with rheumatoid arthritis, and during my childhood, I had more medical appointments than most of my patients and more blood tests than any of them. I learned never to take my health for granted, I learned not to define myself by a diagnosis or illness, and from the nurses and doctors of Burnaby Hospital who looked after me as a whole person and not just the disease, I discovered my vocation. It’s human nature to grumble about appearances at different stages in our lives — a blemish in our teens, wrinkles and grey hair as we age, our height or our weight. These concerns fade into insignificance in contrast to the seriously ill or those who would be happy just to feel normal and not in pain.

How we think about health informs how we approach our lives. How do you define health? Is it youth? Is it the absence of illness? Is it when everything in your body, your emotions and your mind are in perfect order? If that were the case, few of us would be healthy and none of us would stay that way. When I gave public talks for the Canadian Diabetes Association, I learned of the organization’s preference never to refer to people with diabetes as diabetics. It is too easy it for health care providers and patients themselves to label them with a medical condition that they may have. For some, that labeling is limiting. It can bring a negative focus to their healthcare and how they see themselves. This negative approach to health is endemic. Almost all medical visits are problem-based. Most people only see the doctor because of infections, distress or other symptoms of illness. The minority comes for preventive care. Even fewer are proactive. As a family physician, when patients have made appointments to address their problems, I’m usually the one to remind them of things they should be checking — for example, an annual blood pressure measurement for most adults, diabetes testing over age 40, stool tests for hidden blood over 50,

prostate exams for men over 50, and pap smears and mammograms for women. Although accidents can happen and we cannot avoid every illness, we can all live longer, healthier lives with a positive approach to health. Preventive care includes healthy and safe living, with attention to a good, balanced diet, a variety of regular physical activity and eliminating unnecessary risks (such as smoking, unsafe driving, using recreational drugs and abusing alcohol). Secondary preventive practices include the early detection of potentially life-limiting conditions while they are treatable. Screening tests can detect early signs of cervical, prostate, breast and colon cancer long before a person has any symptoms. In the next few weeks, I will be reviewing the preventive and proactive practices you need to know in order to take control of your health. You may come to think of your personal health — and your life — in a more active and positive way. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a family physician at the PrimeCare Medical Centre. His Healthwise column appears regularly in this paper. You can read more about achieving your positive potential for health at davidicuswong.wordpress.com. Twitter: @DrDavidicusWong

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Spotlight on: UrbanPromise

CREATING A SAFE PLACE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

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rbanPromise Vancouver (urbanpromise.ca) was launched in 1997. It’s an organization which helps builds communities through the nurturing and developing of children, teenagers, and young adults. Its programs serve underresourced neighbourhoods in the Greater Vancouver area.

Its after-school programs and summer day camps provide a safe place for children in grades one through six, and create opportunities for youth and young adults to give back to the community. UrbanPromise’s main mission is to empower children, youth and young adults to experience belonging and success. It provides a safe and affordable environment where impressionable youth are encouraged and supported in their long-term academic, social, spiritual, leadership and personal development. As its main goals, UrbanPromise models healthy relationships, offers diverse opportunities, provides a variety of creative programs, and shares the basic principles of the Christian faith through its three locations in the city.

SPRING BREAK VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP by Laura Lafortune

THE DEDICATED STAFF AT URBANPROMISE WORK HARD TO MAKE LIFE-AFFIRMING CHANGE IN THE LIVES OF VANCOUVER CHILDREN, TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS.

Looking for something to do for Spring Break? Love working with kids? Consider being a leader for one of UrbanPromise’s Spring Break Camps. We are looking for youth leaders in grades seven to 12 who

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will volunteer in one of our three camps - located in East Vancouver, South Vancouver and North Surrey. We run Mar. 18 to 28, from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. You can work a few days or all of the days, helping lead games and activities, be a role model for kids from your neighbourhood, meet new friends and get great work experience! Please contact me by Mar. 18 at 778-8715533; laura@urbanpromise.ca.

COMMODORE 64’S NEED NOT APPLY by Dennis Li Do you have an old laptop or desktop computer collecting dust in the basement? We are looking for your used but modern computers or computer parts to help us with upgrading our current technology. Unused computers or parts will be recycled and reused to supplement what we have right now. Working or not, we’ll take your old rig off your hands for you! Tech donations can be dropped off at the UP office at 11th and Victoria, or – if necessary – arrangements can be made for pickups in the Vancouver area. Contact dennis@urbanpromise.ca for more details.

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he month of March is a great time to escape the Canadian winter and travel with your family, but travelling with babies and kids can be challenging. The last thing you want is to be held up at airport security. Getting through screening quickly and easily will help get your family vacation off to a great start. Here are the Canadian Air Transport Security’s top five tips to make your next family get-away as smooth as possible: • Bring snacks to keep your baby happy. For parents travelling with kids under two, baby food, formula, medications, milk, water and juice are exempt from the 100 ml (3.4 oz) liquid restriction for carry-on baggage. The amounts must be

reasonable for the length of your vacation and these items must be presented to the screening officer. There are no restrictions on solid food products.

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walk through the metal detector if they can do it on their own. • Remove infants from their stroller or carrier and hold them while proceeding through the metal detector. The stroller or carrier will have to be x-rayed. Never leave your baby in a carrier on the x-ray belt.

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• Pack toys in your child’s carry-on baggage to keep them entertained on your flight. Batteries for toys, cameras, gaming devices and other personal items are allowed in carryon baggage, but some restrictions apply. Additional tips are available online at catsa. gc.ca or on the mobile site m.catsa.gc.ca.

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DOWNTOWN a journey through our city’s neighbourhoods Vancouver Special is a year-long journey through each of Vancouver’s unique neighbourhoods. Join us every two weeks in our weekend issue for another look at a different community in our city.

Technology takes a bite out of bike courier numbers

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AT A GLANCE Hewn over 120 years ago from forest, rock and swampland, downtown Vancouver and its shoreline have been dredged, back-filled, paved over and built up to become the glass metropolis it is today. Seen from a distance, the skyscrapers and towers of the downtown peninsula glisten on postcards, their constructed beauty still contained within the majesty of B.C.’s wilderness. What tourist’s photo leaves out the North Shore mountains, Stanley Park and the three bodies of water that border downtown’s city of glass? Seen up close, the downtown stretches north to south from False Creek to the Burrard Inlet, begins in the west at Burrard Street, includes Coal Harbour (a sliver of highrises north of Georgia), and to the west even counts Science World. A renovated B.C. Place changed the skyline and three professional sport franchises (hockey, football and soccer) remain an entertainment draw along with the neighbourhood’s concentration of clubs, theatres, restaurants and galleries. The Vancouver Business Improvement Area claims more than 8,000 businesses, half of which employ less than five people (one third employ five to 20 people), as well as the central offices that drive B.C.’s resource and energy sectors. Each work day, 57,000 trips are made through Waterfront Station. Over the decades, the commercial centre has moved from a townsite called Granville closer to actual Granville Street and with each generation, neighbourhoods distinguished themselves economically and culturally. Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside are not strictly part of the downtown. They are their own places. Named the world’s most livable city for five years until 2011, Vancouver slipped to third behind Melbourne and Vienna. Affordability (or a lack thereof) can make the lifestyle and attractiveness inhospitable, which the Royal Bank of Canada described in 2012 as “extremely poor” and the least affordable in the country. In 30 years, the neighbourhood became the most populated and the most dense in the city. Only two per cent, roughly 6,600 people, called the downtown home in 1971. In 2011, about 54,000 people lived downtown.

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Vince Forssman (middle), a bike courier for three years, and Sam Honeyman (r), on her ninth day of filling in for a friend, take a break outside the HSBC building across from the Vancouver Art Gallery. MEGAN STEWART Staff writer

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hen the fax machine became a common business tool in the ’80s, the future-is-now advantage of “telecopying” spelled the demise of the bike messenger. The future of bike couriers was put in greater jeopardy when email pushed out envelopes, letters, stationary and cards. Indeed, the number of men and women licensed to dash through Vancouver traffic on two wheels with cargo strapped to their bodies and bikes is falling. Only one in five couriers who worked in 1998 is still working today. From a peak of 412 couriers 15 years ago, last year the city issued only 86 bike messenger licenses. So far in 2013, Vancouver counts 32 licensed bike messengers.

“It keeps declining so you have to find new ways to reinvent yourself,” said Harry Bangel, the co-owner of Vancouver’s Flash Couriers. Depending on the time of year, Flash employs 10 to 13 bike couriers and a fleet of vehicles although revenue has dipped since they opened shop in 1989. “We’re keeping our head above water,” said Bangel. In an age of mass and minimal electronic communication, memos of 140 characters or less, the snap-second chat, the online bill collector, drop-box and tax man, you still can’t use Facebook to deliver diamonds to a girl’s doorstep. Just ask Teyan Adams. On a frosty January day, he delivered sparkling ice eight blocks from a downtown jeweler to a 20-something in yoga pants. “I went to a diamond shop for a diamond delivery,” he said. Continued on next page

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Valuable goods now make up large part of bike courier deliveries

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Teyan Adams has been a bike courier for 10 years.

He doesn’t know what was inside the package or how much it cost and he won’t say which store it came from. The cargo was precious, however, and likely pricey. Adams, a 43-year-old independent messenger who operates as Action Man Couriers and has a daughter in the midst of university applications, says valuable goods are making up more of his deliveries although he’s most regularly called to carry documents and seek out signatures. “With most of the companies, they’re going to save a few bucks by emailing it, faxing it. Now what’s left is the really, really important stuff, so you have to be really on the ball.” The average bike messenger in Canada earns between $11,000 and $30,000 a year, according to the most recent figures from StatsCan. Adams is paid by delivery and says this about the salary he’s earned in the 10 years he’s dashed through traffic: “My mantra: high-risk, low-pay and no future. We don’t make a fortune. There may be two guys in Vancouver who make 50 grand a year and the rest are all below.” Alex Walls, 28, known as AK, makes $12 an hour, plus commission and is one of the few who draws benefits for himself and his wife and son while working for a Lower Mainland courier service that ships internationally. Scott Fraser, 38, has seen his income decline by half over nearly two decades. “It’s disheartening. I used to make $200 a day 15 years ago and now I struggle to make $100.” He met his girlfriend on regular trips to the bank. She was a teller. He was discrete when he invited her for beer two years ago and slipped her a card that read, “You look really great today.” The job isn’t one he wants to leave. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to ride my bike until I’m about 80.”

Ian Bowels, 26, understands this although he’s been a courier for only one year. He met a tight-knit group of cyclists when he moved to Vancouver a year ago and now plays bike polo on tennis courts, rides the velodrome in Burnaby and spends his workdays outside, rain and shine, frost and sleet. “I love bikes and cycling,” said Bowels, who earns $150 on a good day and is paid more for high-priority delivery, which he must see through in 30 minutes. Bike messengers handle goods (from legal briefs and boxes, to baby cribs, coffee, flag poles, eyeballs and dolphin blood) that others are unable to transport with the same speed and consistency through the traffic-choked drudge of one-way streets, pedestrians and clogged parking. Adams gives an example about a cheque, which he had to pick up, get certified and then delivered by 4 p.m. The call came in at 3:52 and he had three addresses to hit, “which is basically impossible,” he said, “but that’s the courier’s life. We do the impossible all the time. You get paid more to go fast, so you go fast.” The concentration of bike messenger companies is an indication of a robust urban economy, according to a 2011 study from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. The number of couriers doesn’t cause the marketplace to hum, but a high number indicates it’s humming. Adams says his is an essential service in a city like Vancouver. “I’ve had people say, ‘You saved my job. You know, you did this quicker than anyone else can do it.’ We know what we’re doing. We’re an essential part of business.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter.com/MHStewart

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SENIORS NEEDED FOR EXERCISE STUDY What is the HealthySteps study about? We re studying the effect of different forms of exercise on physical function and wellbeing in seniors who have difficulty walking. Why should I participate? You can help researchers learn how to prevent mobility limitations!

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Vancouver gets a whole lot more limber when the VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL leaps across town March 2 to 23. At various venues, see international, national and local contemporary dance artists perform, including BLACK GRACE from New Zealand, Canadian dance icon Margie Gillis, Vancouver’s Joe Ink, Co.ERASGA, battery opera and Kokoro Dance, among others. For tickets and more info, call 604-662-4966 or go to vidf.ca. Dust, tumbleweeds and bullets fly as Pacific Cinematheque celebrates the many splendours of the spaghetti western with its SPAGHETTI UNCHAINED! film series beginning March 1 and staggering well into April. Highlights include Sergio Leone’s A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, Sergio Corbucci’s tale of Navajo revenge Navajo Joe, Django, Death Rides a Horse, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. For show times and more info, go to thecinematheque.ca. Toronto’s John O’Regan, a.k.a. DIAMOND RINGS, brings his glammed-up, ’80s-infused synth pop stylings to the Commodore Ballroom, March 1, 8:15 p.m., as part of his Runaway Love Tour. The concert, which happens to be a launch party for the Squamish Valley Music Festival, also features local act Yukon Blonde. For tickets, go to livenation.com. Winner of last year’s Rio Tinto Alcan award, Theatre Conspiracy’s EXTRACTION is described as a “bilingual documentary theatre show” that explores China’s rise as an economic power and oil extraction in Alberta. Get your tar sands on March 5 to 9 at the Cultch. For tickets and info, go to thecultch.com or call 604-251-1363.


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KUDOS& KVETCHES GRANVILLE STRIPPED In the previous installment of the Courier’s Vancouver Special neighbourhood series, we offered sage advice for rebranding Shaughnessy. Suggestions ranged from converting Hycroft manor into a pumping nightclub, food trucks serving scones and Devonshire clotted cream and giving the stuffy, mansion-filled ’hood a cool nickname like Downton Shabby or The Shaun, which, rumour has it, is under serious consideration by condo king Bob Rennie. This week it’s Downtown’s turn, specifically the Granville strip. The bustling stretch of night clubs, bars, fast food joints, tattoo parlours, sex shops and clothing stores is a veritable sea of humanity — filled with shoppers during the day and booze-fueled hooligans most Friday and Saturday nights. So why not give it a more catchy and fitting name. May we suggest: • The Axe Body Spray Zone • The Douchebag District • Hormone Town • Short Skirt Central • Quebecois Busker-ville • Police Officer Purgatory • That Stretch of Wasteland We Have to Navigate on the Way to Winner’s

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In those days, Hornby Street was the entertainment capital of British Columbia,” smiles Mel Warner who fondly thinks back to when Vancouver’s “Entertainment District” wasn’t corralled to the Granville strip. Back then, long gone nightspots like the Cave, Sugar Daddy’s and the Devonshire Hotel all stood on a short stretch of Hornby, and clubs big and small were dotted along the avenues throughout downtown. And it was with his own humble beginning at a Thurlow street nightclub, that Warner found his start in the entertainment industry and would go on to make an indelible impression in Vancouver’s nightlife that’s still active today. “Around 1973, in my final year of high school at Eric Hamber, I started working as a busboy at the nightclub Oil Can Harry’s. I’d go to school in the daytime and work there at night, and watch it all happen,” says Warner who immigrated to Vancouver with his parents from the

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Caribbean island of St. Kitts in 1964 and very much retains his Caribbean accent. Occupying a space at 752 Thurlow, the club had once been a restaurant and a gay bar before legendary nightclub owner and fast-talker Danny Baceda and business partner Frank Hook put $40,000 into renovations and opened it as Oil Can Harry’s in 1966. Forthenext10years,withits bandstand, mini—make that, micro — skirted go-go dancers and signature black-hat cartoon villain branding the walls, Oil Can Harry’s would become a smoky playboy’s den to some of the best Hammond B3 garage, R&B, psychedelic soul and jazz music west of Detroit. Artists such as Ike and Tina Turner and Edwin Starr made regular stops, as did local R&B acts such as the Night Train Revue, and Kentish Steele and the Shantelles. “Those were the days that everyone used to dress up in suit and ties to go to nightclubs,” Warner laughs. “On Fridays people in town used to go to Murray Goldman’s clothing store to get a brand new tie — whatever the latest style was — and then come down looking sharp to Oil Can Harry’s. By 8 p.m., the place was packed!” By the mid ’70s, Oil Can Harry’s sounds turned to more sophisticatedjazzwithCharles Mingus, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Pharoh Sanders, McCoy Tyner and Gil-Scott Heron performing on its stage.

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Music promoter Mel Warner got his start at defunct downtown hotspot Oil Can Harry’s. In 1976, Warner had not only graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science from UBC, he had also graduated at Oil Can’s from busboy to doorman, and eventually become one of the club’s bookers. “It was great working with Danny Baceda. I remember music industry people like Bruce Allen and Sam Feldman would come in and I’d overhear them wheeling and dealing, and listening to them talk about how they went about brokering deals, I learned some of that business language.” Oil Can Harry’s closed in 1977 with the changing times, but Warner would already be ahead of them. With his St. Kitts roots, and knowledge of the local music scene, he formed Melo Productions, booking and promoting the some of the first notable reggae, Latin and African musicians concerts in Vancouver. “I met the people who’d put on the Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh concert in 1981 at

the Kerrisdale Arena, and I helped promote it. They were very encouraging of me to start doing reggae shows. It was like they put something in my drink — the entertainment bug — and it’s been in my system ever since then.” Warner’s successful reggae shows in Vancouver in the ’80s, would catch the attention of Commodore Ballroom impresario Drew Burns who then offered the Ballroom as a venue for Melo Productions. Throughoutthe’80sand’90s the Commodore was home to regular world music acts, with local reggae bands such as the Soul Survivors, Small Axe, Fire Temple and Tropical Breeze, as well as Warner promoting concerts by touring acts like Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear and Byron Lee & The Dragonaires. That might have been no mean feat in another Canadian city like Toronto that possessed a larger Caribbean communityasafanbase,butin Vancouver with a much small-

er scene, Warner is perhaps an unsung hero for the amount of not only reggae but also African and Latin world music he’s had a hand in introducing to Vancouver audiences. Last Saturday at Warner’s

sold-out show for Bob Marley’s former backing band The Wailers, Warner stood at the back of the Commodore taking it all in. There are few currently in the business who can trace their resume back to the glory days of Vancouver’s downtown nightclub past, and he’s come a long way from his days as a busboy on Thurlow Street. But while the audience smiled and danced to the Wailers on stage, Warner was smiling too, looking at the crowd — and one coudn’t help but think he was smiling in the same way he had done, looking out into the audience at Oil Can Harry’s. For more photos, scan page with

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he co-owner and manager of Vancouver FanClub on Granville Street says he gained invaluable experience in running a nightclub while working at an unexpected venue. Joe Luciak remembers the day in 2008 he learned he’d be taking over management of the Cecil strip club, which closed in 2010. Prior to that, Luciak helped his dad Waide manage the famous blues bar the Yale, which the family purchased in 1987. “I was walking from my car to the Yale and my dad was walking to his car,” recalls Luciak.“Andhesaidtome,‘Doyouwantto be involved with the Cecil? We take it over at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning and here’s a list of things to do.’ Then him and my mom took off for Hawaii for three weeks.” Luciak had only been to the strip club once prior to becoming the manager of the Cecil, also owned by his father. The previous owner of the Cecil still managed the club, but his lease was up in anticipation of a redevelopment project. When the recession hit in 2008, that project was put on hold and the Luciaks were left with a strip club and no one to manage it. Despite some initial misgivings, Luciak’s years at the Cecil taught him important and somewhat unusual life lessons. “I learned how to fix a stiletto heel and bad boob jobs on the fly,” said Luciak. “But I also learned about the human element and relationships and how to produce mixed media and performing arts.” Luciak said those skills proved vital when the strip club closed and he launched Vancouver FanClub last Au-

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of iconic Vancouverites, including one of deceased city councillor Jim Green posed in front of his beloved Woodward’s building. Keeping it in the family, the acrylic-on-glass paintings are the work of Luciak’s uncle, artist Marcus Lundell. Luciak said the Yale blues bar will re-open once the development is complete, likely in 2014. The Luciaks will still own the bar but not the rest of the building. Luciak said it’s his personal mission to ensure the Yale re-opens. “I grew up at a private boarding school and in the basement of the Yale,” said Luciak. “It’s always been a cultural hub and a piece of Canadian heritage. I am a product of the Yale and it will open again.” So for now Luciak is concentrating on Vancouver FanClub. “The walls are not painted black, it’s community drive and it celebrates the melting pot that Vancouver has become,” said Luciak. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10 For video and web content, scan page with

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SPORT SHORTS BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR SAINTS The St. George’s Saints and Tupper Tigers met Tuesday at Kitsilano in a do-or-die contest to keep their season alive. The Saints won 94-55 and advanced to beat Byrne Creek 88-68 on Wednesday to keep their season in forward motion. St. George’s played Churchill Thursday night at Kits for a guaranteed seat at the AAA B.C. boys basketball championships March 1216 in Langley. The loser plays Friday for the fifth and final seat at the Big Dance. Before Tuesday’s match-up against St. George’s, Tupper coach Jeff Gourley sent out a cheeky indication of their underdog status. The volunteer coach and community organizer contrasted what he imagines is the private school tuition at St. George’s plus the estimated travel cost for each player against the costs of dressing as a Tiger for one seaphoto Dan Toulgoet son. A “conservative estimate,” he wrote, to The Saints’ Deklan Chung play for St. George’s is (10) and Bulldog David Majstorovic. $55,000. At Tupper, public school tuition is free, travel was limited to gas for a road trip to Pitt Meadows and the team fee was $100. Keeping with the playful tone (and purposeful message), Gourley described the total $180 as an “exaggerated estimate.” Although the Tigers season ended with the loss Tuesday, Gourley said the ultimate cost to play basketball at Tupper is “priceless.”

FIGHTING IRISH LOSE APPEAL The B.C. Boys Basketball Association rejected an appeal from Vancouver College to compete in the AAA Lower Mainland senior boys tournament. The two AAA private schools, St. George’s and Vancouver College, qualify for a single berth at the regional tournament because B.C. School Sports emphasizes proportional representation. Vancouver’s 18 public high schools get six berths to the same regional tournament. The two schools play a best-of-three tournament and this year, Vancouver College lost to St. George’s in three games. Last year, after St. George’s lost the series to Vancouver College, the B.C. Boys Basketball Association Board of Governors accepted a St. George’s appeal under the threat of legal action. — Megan Stewart

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Luka Zaharijevic goes for a shot over Churchill’s Jesse Mushiana. points. Zaharijevic and Sze both had 12 and Noah Derappard-Yuswack had nine. Team defence made the key difference for Kitsilano as the Demons put a crimp on Churchill’s shooting. The Bulldogs went 21 for 71 from the field and five for 19 from three-point range. Churchill played St. George’s Thursday night at Kitsilano. (Results weren’t known before the Courier’s print deadline.) The winner qualified for provin-

cials and the loser faces a must-win game for fifth place. The do-or-die match begins Friday 3:30 p.m. at Vancouver College. The Lower Mainland final between Kitsilano and Burnaby South tips off 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 at Kitsilano. mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart To see photo gallery , scan page with

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MARCH IS COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES AWARENESS MONTH. EVERY DAY, Community Social Service workers across B.C. help people deal with life’s challenges. They make our communities stronger. But over the last ten years, the sector has suffered from cuts to services, program closures, growing wait lists and chronic underfunding. Agencies are finding it harder to maintain a stable, professional workforce – the key to quality support and continuity of care.

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ur reality is based solely on how we interpret our external and internal environment. We have very little control over what happens around us but we have complete control on how we think, feel and act on these experiences. I believe that if we can expand our interpretation of pain, we could also change how we react to it and use it to help us excel in any sport. Pain has a bad reputation. In the dictionary the definition of pain is a physical suffering or agony due to an injury or illness. It’s a distressing sensation in the body. It’s a mental or emotional suffering, even a torment. No one wishes this kind of pain for themselves or others. But let’s step out of our comfort zone for a few minutes and explore the idea that pain can sometimes be a good thing. I would like to add to your dictionary a fourth definition of pain: Pain is a healthy response experienced when pushing the body and mind to new levels of physical fitness and mental stamina. To help solidify this new definition, I invite you to try an experiment on learning what healthy pain feels like. I guarantee that you will not be hurt and can stop at any point in the experiment without injury. The experiment is simple. Stand against the wall. Walk your feet forward, away from the wall about one foot. With your head, shoulders and low back touching the wall, slide down the wall until your knees are bent at a right angle in a type of squat. Now sit and wait for the pain to come. Try to stay in this wall sit position for at least one minute. Within a few seconds you will feel discomfort in your legs. The muscles are isometrically contracting and fatiguing, telling your body to stop because pain usually means injury. But there is no reason to stop. Even though it hurts, you will not injure yourself. Once you can discover what healthy pain feels like and can feel confident it will not injure you, you can train your mind to allow your body to continue training, pushing into a new pain threshold. If you knew that the longer you stayed sitting against the wall, the stronger

your legs will be, would that entice you to sit for longer? Consider the long-term results of having strong muscles to carry you towards your next finish line. Think of how much of a benefit strong legs can be in your everyday life. Are those results enough to endure a bit of good pain? Once you learn how to accept good pain and tell your brain that you are safe and not in any danger, you will have mastered the art of mind over muscles. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean you will be able to sit against the wall indefinitely because eventually the muscles will give up but until that point, it’s only your mind controlling when you stop.

Pain is a healthy response when pushing the body and mind to new levels of physical fitness and mental stamina.

Are you wondering why this is so important? In sport, it is everything. As an athlete, your mental strength is just as important as your physical strength. It is vital in helping us overcome physical barriers to getting stronger. Before you decide to explore your pain threshold, I would like to add some fine print before I get numerous emails of pulled groins, hamstrings and other muscles. Learning the difference between good and bad pain should be done with care. Only allow yourself to tolerate a little bit of pain at a time and only for a short period of time during each training session. If you push yourself too hard too soon or too often without the proper progression, you will tear the muscles and will need to take too much time off from training to recover, delaying your progression to a faster, stronger you. Practising the art of pushing yourself beyond the pain barrier is only recommended for experienced athletes who have been training in their sport for at least two years and have developed a strong fitness base necessary to attempt this form of training. Kristina Bangma is a coach, personal trainer and writer with a love of riding and racing. Email questions or feedback to Kristina@kitsenergy.com.


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Today’s homes Gardener keeps small spaces green

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NAOIBH O’CONNOR Staff writer

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f you live downtown, you likely face one fact — limited exterior space. But a small balcony or patio doesn’t mean you should sacrifice on greenery, says master gardener Mark Hiltz, who co-owns Coal Harbour Green Design with husband Tim Hiltz. The business, which is on the seawall facing Coal Harbour marina near Harbour Green Park, opened over a year ago and caters to urban dwellers whose outdoor areas range from a Juliet balcony that’s not usually more than one-foot deep to a large terrace of more than 2,500 square feet. It’s a growing market as an increasing number of people choose to live in apartments, condos or townhouses downtown rather than in larger properties in residential neighbourhoods with spacious yards. Tim Hiltz, a realtor and

self-described greenspace enthusiast, said downtown exterior spaces are often not as landscaped as they could be. “Their potential isn’t realized. We want to mentor people or coach people on the ways they can improve their exterior space in a green way,” he said. Mark Hiltz agreed, pointing out some customers feel they can only fit one pot. “They say, I’ve got this little space, what can I fit in there? We get talking about it and I say, well you can go up [vertical gardening] — you can stack things, use

trellising and get plants on top of plants on top of plants. There are a lot of options that people don’t realize are possible for them,” he said. Hiltz has brought in European products, which feature light-weight, self-watering plant containers that are recyclable. The planters are appropriate in highrises, which have weight restrictions for balconies and use water reservoirs to prevent water from dripping on balconies below and which allow plants to sustain themselves for periods of time.

“So you have that on your balcony planted up with annuals and you can leave it for two or three weeks in the heat of summer and not worry about them,” explained Mark Hiltz. “They’re a brilliant solution for those people who don’t want to have to worry about watering their box out on the terrace in the summertime every day. You water it once

every two weeks and you’re good to go.” Another popular item the business carries is from a Vancouver-based company called Wallflower. Wallflower has designed a vertical wall planter described as a “living frame,” which can be hung on an interior wall. Plants are grown within the frames, which range in size and colour, and a water

reservoir means water only needs to be added two or three times a month. Coal Harbour Green Design is itself in a relatively small space of just over 600 square feet and tries, within that space, to show what’s possible through vertical gardening and easy-to-carefor plants. noconnor@vancourier.com twitter.com/naoibh

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Mark Hiltz sits on a client’s balcony downtown.

Make Your Home Safe for Independent Living Are you a low-income senior or a person with a disability who wants to live safely and independently in the comfort of your home? Do you have difficulty performing day-to-day activities? Does your home need to be adapted to meet your changing needs? If so, you may be eligible for financial assistance under the Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program. Find out today if you are eligible and if you meet all of the requirements as a low-income homeowner or as a landlord applying on behalf of an eligible tenant.

To apply or learn more, visit www.bchousing.org/HAFI You can also contact BC Housing: Phone: 604-646-7055 Toll-free: 1-800-407-7757 (ext. 7055)

BY APPOINTMENT: SHERYL 604.209.3118 or ALICE 604.617.6821 sdawson@pacificcoast.net • alin99@shaw.ca

HAFI adapts homes for B.C. seniors and people with disabilities Brenda has always been an active woman. However, recent health issues including osteoarthritis in her left knee and losing kidney function have slowed her down. Her mobility is limited and she is now on dialysis three days a week. To adjust to her changed circumstances, Brenda sought help with her daily living activities. Part of that help came from the Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program offered through BC Housing. Launched in January 2012, the HAFI program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities adapt their homes so they can continue to live independently. Brenda applied for a new walk-in bathtub because she couldn’t safely get out of the tub on her own. Walk-in tubs include additional safety measures such as anti-slip floors, grab bars, and a very low step in. Home adaptations may also include handrails in halls or stairs, ramps for

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easier access, easy-to-reach work and storage areas in the kitchen, lever handles on doors or faucets, walk-in showers, and bathtub grab bars and seats. Brenda is a strong advocate for the program and has even shared HAFI brochures with nurses in the renal unit where she undergoes dialysis. If you or someone you know is having difficulty performing day-to-day activities safely and independently – the HAFI program may be able to help. In 2012, HAFI provided financial assistance to more than 550 seniors and people with disabilities, making it possible for them to continue living in the safety and comfort of their home.


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Jim Bosa’s model community spares no expense, starting with Stratus’ grand lobby entrance that soars 3 storeys high. Designer details of the highest standard in every home — 9 foot ceilings, imported Italian Armony Cucine kitchens, and central air conditioning — are only to be found at SOLO District. This is a truly outstanding place to call home.

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INDEX Community Notices ....................................1000 Announcements ...............................................1119 Employment..........................................................1200 Education .................................................................1400 Special Occasions...........................................1600 Marketplace ..........................................................2000 Children ......................................................................3000 Pets & Livestock ...............................................3500 Health............................................................................4000 Travel & Recreation ......................................4500 Business & Finance .......................................5000 Legals ............................................................................5500 Real Estate ..............................................................6000 Rentals .........................................................................6500 Personals ...................................................................7000 Service Directory .............................................8000 Transportation ....................................................9000

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Because working here is about more than helping customers choose the right product. It’s about making a difference in their lives. We call it “unleashing your inner orange” and it’s my ability to tap into my inner potential to help customers create a space worth calling home.

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FOUND ENGAGEMENT ring, Feb 22nd on West 29th. Contact me ONLY if you can describe it EXACTLY... otherwise don’t waste my time! 604-263-3379

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The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is currently hiring quick learners who are customer service focused to work in our stores across Canada. Many positions available including:

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Art & Collectibles

LARGE MOVING SALE

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General Employment

CONCRETE RESTORATION workers needed. Exp’d in polyurethane injection & membranes, waterproofing and swingstage. Valid D.L. Call 604-876-6561

has BAGGAGE FUEL RAMPHAS and INTO-PLANE HANDLER POSITIONSPOSITIONS AVAILABLE at Vancouver Airport AVAILABLE Shift work, 24-hour operation. Operate ground support equipment

MUST HOLD A VALID CLASS 5 DRIVERS LICENSE

EXCELLENT BENEFITS PACKAGE MEDICAL/DENTAL / HEALTH BENEFITS PAID TRAINING / UNIFORM / PARKING Wage $10.25/hr

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant To apply please forward your resume to:

3020 ROUND OAK table 46in diameter w/ 4 matching chairs $200, must sell 604-737-1313

9am on Sat March 2nd Furniture, kitchen items, linens etc... 3041 West 35th Ave (back lane) in the basement

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Social Services

Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca caregiving@plea.bc.ca

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Teachers/ Instructors

HEREND Porcelain Dish $100. Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Shop 128 West 15th St. North Van. Open: Mon. to Sat. 10:00 to 4:00 Phone: (604) 987-5938

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Burial Plots

Above Ground plot in a mausoleum $29,000. Located in prestigious Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby. Above ground, plot in a garden mausoleum setting. Permits burial for family of four. Incls two exterior decorative vases. Priced at market value. 604-272-7250 or 604-874-2423

FOREST LAWN SideXside plots, WHISPERING PINE, LOT #114, GRAVES #7 & 8. $30,000 or best offer. Call: 604-298-0459 FOREST LAWN, sxs plots, 'Remembrance'. Lot#322, graves #5 & 6. $30,000 obo. 604-434-2815 OCEANVIEW, Single unused inground cremation plot in Evergreen Gardens. $3000. 604-737-0297

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For Sale Miscellaneous

THIRD EYE Martial Arts (Van) seeks F/T MMA/ Muay Thai instructor. Must have black belt and sev yrs of exp. $19.50/hr - apply: 3rdeyevan@gmail.com

yvr.hr@am.servisair.com No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, however only successful applicants will be contacted.

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JOB OPTIONS BC – OLDER WORKERS

Job Options Older Workers is a 12-week employment program for jobseekers ages 55+

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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Tools & Equipment

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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Musical Instruments

Needed in Kitimat

Kitimat is located in the northwest corner of British Columbia, which hosts a population of over 8,000 people. It is located at the head of the Douglas Channel and provides amazing fishing opportunities in both fresh water and salt water. The Kitimat Valley is a scenic valley with all kinds of wildlife and is a playground for outdoors enthusiasts. The community of Kitimat has every type of recreational facility possible. As a Commercial Transport Mechanic you will be performing preventative maintenance and repairs on a fleet of coaches, transit and school buses in a well-equipped three bay union shop. The position offers $38.00 per hour base rate with additional premiums depending on certifications. We also provide a generous benefit package which includes Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, Eyecare, Tool and Boot Allowance and a Pension.

Childcare Wanted

LIVE IN CAREGIVER REQUIRED in Point Grey. Email: nlhunter@shaw.ca

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Dogs

ALL SMALL BREED PUPS Local and non-shedding. 604-590-3727 or 604-514-3474 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

Children’s Activities

UBC RESEARCH Vision Laboratory at Children’s Hospital needs volunteers (4-6yrs) with good vision and hearing for a study on visual perception. Study involves computer games. Honorarium paid. Email opthalrl@cw.bc.ca or call 875-2345x7853.

YAMAHA C2 Grand Piano Beautiful, like new condition with brilliant action and warm tone. New in 2002, hardly used. Asking $16,900. 604-721-0315.

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ARGENTINE DOGO pups 2 girls left! All shots, dewormed. Grt family dog. $600. 604-997-7911

BEAGLE, 12 inch, tri color, 8 weeks. $650 email: tobyscardetail@hotmail.com

Cats

RESCUES FROM Overseas need home. Offers/Fosters 778-297-4470 glauris@yahoo.ca

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EDUCATION FOODSAFE

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

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TEDDY BEAR Mini Goldendoodle puppies. Vet check, worming, shots, and health guarantee. Ready after April 4th. Females $1500, Male $1200. Delivery available. Call 250-365-6780

For information:

Education

LUXURY PET HOTEL @ YVR New customer special $27/ night restriction apply www.jetpetresort.com

TRUE PSYCHICS 4 Answers CALL NOW 24/7 Toll FREE 1-877-342-3032

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Pet Services

BERNESE MOUNTAIN Dog Puppies Vet checked with first shots. Ready for loving homes. $975. 778-241-5504. Langley.

Wanted to Buy

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

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Cares!

STND POODLE Pups, great fam pets, non-shed, hypo-allergenic, pics avail, $900, 250-819-4876

604-272-7213

Commercial Transport Mechanics

Please e-mail: phil.malnis@firstgroup.com or fax 250-632-2154

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LIVING ROOM & Dining Room Furniture, $1,200 obo. Flexsteel 84" sofa/ chair & ottmn. Tub chair, coffee table, 2 end tbls & 2 lamps. Deilcraft 72" oak dining rm tbl, 96" w/ leaves, 8 chairs, buffet/hutch. Will sell separately. 604-943-1060.

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Furniture

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Education

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

REAL ESTATE 5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

THE ESTATE OF HENRI ALKO, DECEASED

All persons having claims in respect of Henri Alko deceased, formerly of 1100 - 2288 Pine Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executors, care of Suite 1200 666 – Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2X8, Canada, on or before the 31st day of March, 2013, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Mark Allan Zlotnik also known as Mark Zlotnik and Wei Jung, Executors CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitor CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let your past limit your career plans! Since 1989 Confidential, Fast Affordable - A+ BBB Rating EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM Call for FREE INFO BOOKLET 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366) www.RemoveYourRecord.com NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: THE ESTATE OF DAVID HOY TUNG LEUNG, ALSO KNOWN AS DAVID LEUNG, HOY TUNG LEUNG AND HOI TUNG LEUNG, DECEASED NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of David Hoy Tung Leung, late of 3135 Waverley Avenue, Vancouver, who died on July 14, 2012, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor c/o 700 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5A1, on or before April 6, 2013 after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which she has notice. Susie Wai Yin Leung, Executor By: Richards Buell Sutton LLP Attention: Patrick (Rick) Montens

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

Notice is hereby given to Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Mary Louise Legiest, also known as Mary Legiest, formerly of 900 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1N3, Deceased, that full particulars of their claims should be sent to the undersigned executor, Hubert Gabrielse, at 693 Alpine Court, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 2L7 on or before April 15th, 2013, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Hubert Gabrielse, Executor.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF KATIE TOWNSEND late of 731 West 60th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6P 2A1 (the “Estate”) NOTICE is given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate are required to send them to the executors, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company and Louise Diana McKay, also known as Dianna Louise McKay, at P.O. Box 11130, #3000 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3R3, on or before April 10, 2013, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have been received. EXECUTORS: THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA TRUST COMPANY and LOUISE DIANA MCKAY, also known as DIANNA LOUISE MCKAY SOLICITOR: Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

NOTICE to Creditors & Others Re: Estate of Lloyd Leonard Plishka, deceased, formerly of 1595 West 68th Ave, Vancouver, BC. Creditors and others having claims against this Estate are hereby notified under Trustee Act s.38 that full particulars of their claims should be sent to Executors Christine and Miriam Plishka, c/o Lowe & Company at 900-777 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4J7 on or before March 25, 2013, after which date the Estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that the Executors then have notice.

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Condos/ Townhouses

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Richmond

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BUSINESSES FOR SALE

BARBER SHOP, E Van. Retiring! 3 chairs, long lease, low rent, good loc. $16,000 604-566-9788 PIZZA FRANCHISE QUICK SALE Due to medical reasons. New equip + lease hold improvements. $93,000 interested parties to meet in person. 604-729-4089

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-02

Abbotsford

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

TOP FLR 762sf 1br condo, in-ste laundry, 45+ building Mt. Baker view $85,000. 778-822-7387 see uSELLaHOME.com id5553

6008-04

Burnaby

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

6008-30

Surrey

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

For Sale by Owner

6015

THOM CREEK Ranch. 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 $419,000 negotiable. No HST. 604-377-1068

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Houses - Sale

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Houses - Sale

6020-24

North Delta

MULTI-FAMILY Development land on 7700 blk Kingsway. $160. per sq ft land. Call 604-324-0655

6008-06

Chilliwack

6008-12

Langley/ Aldergrove

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

6008-14

Maple Ridge/ Pitt Mead.

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

6008-26

6020-34

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

Real Estate

GUILDFORD MAGNIFICENT 4952sf 10br 6.5ba back on creek, main floor master br, $729K 604-581-5541 see: uSELLaHOME.com id5506

FLEETWOOD RENO’D 2140sf 4br 3ba, large 7100sf lot, bsmt suite $545,000 604-727-9240 see uSELLaHOME.com id5617

PRICE REDUCED 1200sf 2br 2ba upr lvl twnhse +55 complx w/chairlift $197,500 604-951-7738 see uSELLaHOME.com id5547

6008-34

Vancouver East Side

6020-06

Chilliwack

CULTUS LK gardener’s dream 1160 sf 2 br 1.5 ba rancher, a/c 55+ complex $63K 604-858-9301 see uSELLaHOME.com id5400

6020-08

Coquitlam

OFFERED BELOW assessed value 1000sf 3br 2ba home huge 10,000sf lot $375K 778-859-0717 see uSELLaHOME.com id4272 ★NEW PRICE $289,900★, 2 bdrm, 845sf. Great location, near transit/shops. #104-2600 E 49th. OPEN HOUSE Mar 3 2-4. Pat @ Sutton WestCoast 604-220-9188.

6008-42

S. Surrey/ White Rock

PARTIAL OCEAN view, 920sf 2br+den 2ba quiet condo, kids, pets ok. $310,000 778-294-2275 see uSELLaHOME.com id5575

6015

For Sale by Owner

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

7BDRM/3BTH 5187 Marine Dr, Burnaby. For Sale by Owner uSELLaHOME.com, ID# 5669. Tel: 604-722-7977. Mortgage Helper. $722,000.

Surrey

GUILDFORD 1900SF 3br 2ba w/basement suite on huge 8640 sf lot, $479,000 604-613-1553 see uSELLaHOME.com id5608

www.bcforeclosures.com 3 BR home from $10,250 down $915/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

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

Houses - Sale

6020-34

Surrey

UPDATED 4541SF 7br 5½ba on large 8264sf lot, basement suite, $749,000 604-805-6614 see uSELLaHOME.com id5604

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

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cont. on next page

AUCTION CALENDAR

2020

Auctions

PUBLIC AUCTION:

March 23rd - 9 AM 6780 Glover Rd., Langley B.C. 80-100 CARS, LIGHT TRUCKS & RV’s Industrial, Construction, Forklifts, Farm & Turf Equip., Fleet Trucks & Trailers, Lumber, Boats, Tools

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ANTIQUE AUCTION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6TH

Please Note: AUCTION STARTING EARLY@ 1:00 PM

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

6020-14 IMMACULATE 984SF 2br condo insuite laundry, mountain view 40+ bldg $76,500 604-703-3839 see uSELLaHOME.com id5543

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Houses - Sale

2 BR + bsmnt house on 1/2 acre lot, rented, 13690 Bentley Road, S. Surrey. Quick sale $695,000. Call 604-324-0655

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HIGHGATE RIDGE 1 level ground fl tnhse, 845sf 2br 2ba w/lge backyd $375K 604- 376-7652 see uSELLaHOME.com id5550

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Langley/ Aldergrove

Antiques, Collectibles, Estates & Jewellery Viewing Times: Tuesday, March 5th; 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 6th; 9:00 am ’Til Auction Time

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

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

FORT LANGLEY 2300sf 5br w/suite above 3 additional rental units $965K 604-882-6788 see uSELLaHOME.com id5533

6020-20

• Antiques & Collectibles • Gold & Sterling Silver Jewellery • Victorian & Edwardian Furnishings • Oriental Jade & Ivory Carvings • Oriental Porcelain • Sterling Silver Flatware & More • Several Dinner Sets • Royal Doulton & Dresden Figurines • Several Persian Carpets • Bronzed Figures & Statues • Wall & Mantle Clocks • Argillite Totem & Native Carvings • Soapstone Carvings • Oil Paintings & Watercolours Signed William Hemsley, John Wright Oakes, Onley ’55, Louis Justin Maurice Perrey, W.F. Witherington & Others • Contents Of Several Estates & Much, Much More…

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Mission

Port Moody

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INLET & Mtn views, reno’d 928sf 2 br condo, insuite laundry rentals ok $219,500 604-936-7547 see uSELLaHOME.com id4642

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

MULTI FAMILY, 10 RENTAL HOMES in Mission with $91,000 net income, on 6.5 acres, $1,050,000. 604 838-8692

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REAL ESTATE cont. from previous page

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Real Estate Investment

Vancouver East Side

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

6035 OPEN HOUSE Every Sunday from 2-4pm. Well priced 3 bedrooms up and 3 bedrooms downstairs family home in Fraser Street area. Great layout with option of a mortgage helper or nanny suite with separate entrance, double car garage and large patio. Close to shopping, cafes, restaurants, parks and schools. Melanie Chow. 604-839-3231 mchow@macrealty.com Website: www.melaniechow.ca OPEN HOUSE Sat/Sun May 12 & 13th, 10am - 2pm, 2396 East 39th Ave. 50x140 lot, 1,050 sqft bungalow, asking $1.2 mllion.

Lots & Acreage

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

Mobile Homes

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

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Recreation Property

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Carpentry

CHILLIWACK REDUCED must be moved 1130sf 2br 2bath mobile $5,500obo 604-795-7570 see uSELLaHOME.com id5612

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Carpentry

CARPENTER, 30yrs exp. Renos, basements, suites, fencing, patios, etc. No job is too small. Call Tony 604-255-4877

8055

Cleaning

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732-8453

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

PRIVATE CLEANER Mon - Sat Westside/Downtown• Houses • Apartments • Offices • 21 yrs experience. 604-669-9255 RELIABLE, RESPONSIBLE & Respectful. Refs avail. Non-Toxic products. Yolanda 778-228-8228

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6040

Okanagan/ Interior

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

RENTALS 6505

Apartments & Condos

6505-12 MERRITT HERITAGE style 3070 sf 4br 5ba on 9.9ac lot detached shop, view $895K 250-378-8857 see uSELLaHOME.com id5592

6050

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

Out Of Town Property

LANGLEY NR town fully reno’d 2474sf home on 5ac ppty, bsmt suite $1,150,000 604-825-3966 see uSELLaHOME.com id5582 CRANBROOK 2060SF 4br 3ba reno’d home w/side suite on 2 lots $239,900 778-887-4530 see uSELLaHOME.com id5304

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

Appliance Repairs

8015

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

Houses - Sale

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6030

Lots & Acreage

HOME SERVICES

Need help with your Home Renovation? Find it in the Classifieds!

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

Apt/Condos

West Van Apt. Rentals

6508

Apt/Condos

AMBER LODGE

Oak & West 14th 1 BR’s (Avail now & Mar. 1) Studios (Avail Mar. 1)

604-731-2714

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Cancer June 21-July 22: Your intellectual side blossoms this month. Cultural venues, higher education, far travel, love and understanding flow over you. As with any March, November or January of any year now to 2024, you might fall in love. (If this week, Wednesday/Thursday. The person is stubborn, inscrutable and sexy.) However, you should not start any new venture nor relationship before March 17. If love comes before then, it is probably with an old flame or someone you already know. Similarly, in far travel, it’s best to aim for countries you’ve already visited, etc. Finances, intimacy Friday on. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Start nothing new before March 17. An alluring, sexy person or a financial situation (or both) might return from the past – either can be good news, or bad – you decide. Research goes well, but a health diagnosis lacks conviction – a hint it can be wrong. (You’re protected in health right now, though blood sugar could be wonky.) Rest early Sunday: the p.m., to Tuesday, features creative and romantic lures – be skeptical rather than disillusioned later. Tackle chores midweek – success is certain! (If an old employer phones, listen.) Relationships are mixed, Thursday eve onward. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: The world is full of challenges and opportunities this week and next. Note that both tend to be “repeats” of past challenges and opportunities – if any are new, your best action is to turn away, for new starts undertaken before March 17 are likely to spin in circles until they fail. You might fall in love, in a “realistic” way. Conquer the opposition Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning. Otherwise, use these few days to rest, nurture family. Romance, creative urges and a winning streak visit you Tuesday eve to Thursday noon. Tackle chores, health late week. (Patience, Friday.)

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★ COMPLETE DRYWALL ★ By certified tradesman. Small jobs pref. 604-762-4024

Concrete Specialist. Garages, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 778-892-5559

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Drainage

*Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925 VINCE’S MAGIC Drywalling & textured ceiling repairs. Bonded 604-307-2295 / 778-340-5208

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OIL TANK Restoration & Removal, Drainage & Sump Services, Call 604-230-1472

Quality Drywall Finishing. Textured Ceilings & Repair. Renov Specialist. No job too small. 837-1785

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Apt/Condos

UBC, 805-5868 Agronomy Rd, 2B, 2BA, bal, 1008sf, lease, no pet, no smoking, rent $2700, now, Eric 604-723-7368

6508

Apt/Condos

YORKSHIRE APARTMENTS

1 BR’s (avail now) & Studio (avail Mar. 1)

Quiet & well maintained building w/ Resident Manager. Parking available & laundry onsite. 1 block to Kits Beach. Pet friendly. 604-736-3395

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1BR NEW E. 45th &Victoria $700 incl util, & 2 br Magill & Penticton $950incl util + ldry both grnd lvl suites, n/p, ns.778-987-6152 VANCOUVER. Modern 1 & 2 BR. Collingwood Village. Steps to Joyce Skytrain. 1-888-830-4232

Call 604-327-1178

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Drywall

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

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

8075

CONCRETE SPECIALIST

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

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Lie low, Aries. Don’t be the bump that gets flattened. Rest, nap, mull over your life. Ponder God, spirituality, charity, karma. Deal with government agencies and institutions. Handle administrative chores. But don’t start any new project nor seek new contacts. Ongoing ventures/people, and returnees from the past, are your only successful venues until March 17. Sunday-Tuesday brings sweet, mellow understanding – “stand down” in legal and far travel matters. Be ambitious midweek: show bosses what you can do (but nothing new!). Happiness, optimism bless you Friday/Saturday. Taurus April 20-May 20: Hope and happiness flood in! You have a superb future – the two decades ahead will tend to bring your deepest wishes true. (If single, you might wed before September 2015.) Keep these thoughts as armour during all 2013, when self-pity might attack. This week, expect social delights, entertainment, friends and flirts. A former friend or lover returns. Don’t start any brand new relationships or projects before March 17. Mysteries, intimacy, sexual bonds, lifestyle changes, commitment and consequences rule Sunday-Tuesday. Love, understanding midweek. Be ambitious Thursday night. Gemini May 21-June 20: Start nothing before March 17. Protect ongoing ventures and relationships, especially in career and ambition zones. You might be asked to assume a former role/duty, or a former boss returns, or you need to face an authority who isn’t finished with you. Realize that a huge new career prospect is spreading out before you, stretching to 2025. Present bumps or delays in your plans might be merely the big ship of fate turning into this new career sea. Links meet friction Sunday to Tuesday. Sexy urges and financial changes are lucky midweek. Understanding, love, culture, Friday/Saturday.

Concrete

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

1 BDRM

Recently reno’d 800sf, available in quiet waterfront building, exceptional ocean view, No pets, non-smoking. 2180 Argyle Ave. West Vanc. 604-913-1849 for viewing appointment

Well maintained building close to all amenities and VGH. Some pets ok. OCEAN FRONT boat access only 2 yr old 1600sf 3br 2.5ba 30min from W Van $799K 778-998-9141 see uSELLaHOME.com id5424

6508

8060

Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Tackle old, neglected tasks – drag them from the attic, barn or filing cabinet and clear them away. Your “post chore” life (March 20 onward) will be lighter, freer, more energetic and effective as a result. (Chores left hanging are a “psychic weight” that saps us of energy and drive.) But remember: don’t start big, brand new jobs. Travel, curiosity, restlessness wind through Sundayto-Tuesday. Double-check paperwork, facts. Your family, diet and retirement plans get a lucky boost midweek: job/income security is confirmed. Beauty, romantic notions Friday/Saturday: go slow. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Ah, sweet romance. An old flame might return, or nostalgia haunts your love dreams, or your present squeeze grows more alluring. The only thing to avoid is a brand new link, as relationships and projects started before March 17 are likely to spin in futile circles. Give honor where it’s due. Protect your money Sunday p.m. to Tuesday morning – a thorny, pothole-strewn path awaits. Buy NOTHING. Trips, errands, communications, light friends, paperwork – all succeed midweek, can spark romance, intimate talk. Thursday night to Saturday bring domestic concerns – act Friday morning. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The accent remains on domestic matters, kids, garden, nutrition, “hibernation,” naps, security, retirement planning, real estate. Start nothing new before March 17, especially in these domestic arenas. A home you once hankered after might become available early next week (the 10/11th). Rest Sunday morning. Your energy and magnetism increase Sunday p.m. to Tuesday – but you’ll spend more time quelling old fires/conflicts than in productive accomplishment – this can be a good thing, as it clears away old problems while new starts remain unproductive. Money’s lucky midweek!

4 BR Upper ste, 1.5 bath, inste w/d, d/w, 49th/Doman, $1600/mo + utils, ns/np, nr amens, avail Now, call 604-657-7390 Brand New 2 BR bsmt 1 bath, inste w/d, d/w, Kilarney/49th, $1200/mo + utils, ns/np, nr amens, avail Now, 604-657-7390 Marpole, 2 BR, 1 bath, upr ste in Duplex, 62Ave/Cambie, ns/np, Now, nr transit, $1300 + util, shr w/d, quiet area, 604-325-9274

March 3 - 9, 2013 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: It’s a busy but not important week, Cap. You’re hungry for movement, information and conversation. Don’t start brand new projects, and remain alert for mistakes, misunderstood directions, delays and equipment shortages. Sunday starts sociably, but by the p.m. (to Tuesday) retreat, rest and contemplation become a good idea. Be careful when dealing with institutions or government agencies. Your energy and charisma surge upward Tuesday eve to Thursday eve – DON’T start important projects, but do apply your increased moxie to solve ongoing situations. Late week, money’s mixed. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: The main focus lies on money, possessions, memory, rote learning, and sensual contacts. It’s a lucky, confusing, and “swift spending” influence. Double check figures, transactions, know where your keys are, etc. Don’t start any new projects (especially in money) before March 17 –buy NOTHING major, as you’ll unfailing pick the lemons.You could have a hot but brief physical affair. Sunday gets interesting after supper, to Tuesday – friends, popularity, optimism, social joys and flirtations spark a happy mood. Retreat, rest midweek. Your energy, charm return Thursday night onward. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Your energy and magnetism remain high – you’re attracting admiration from more than one source! An Aries, Taurus and Virgo seem to be focused on you. If one of these is an ex spouse, expect sparks. Despite this, avoid starting new projects and new relationships before March 17. Show your ambition, skills and “best smile” to bosses and VIPs Sunday eve to Tuesday. Frustrations and good luck mingle. Tuesday eve to Thursday suppertime bring happiness, optimism, popularity, flirtation, and entertainment. Someone could reveal their attraction: welcome it! Money’s mixed Friday/Saturday. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 604-886-4808


FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

HOME SERVICES 8080

Electrical

8120

Glass Mirrors

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

Commercial/Residential

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

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

ALL YOUR electrical & reno needs. Lic’d electrician #37940. Insured, bonded & WCB. Free est Reasonable rates 604-842-5276

8125

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

BOBCAT, EXCAVATOR, DUMPTRUCK

Small Jobs a Speciality! Sand - Gravel - Topsoil Deliveries... Call Ron 604-377-1345

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

2837 Kingsway, Vancouver

8090

Free Estimates

20% OFF til Mar.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 20% off ACCREDITED BUSINESS

FENCES & DECKS front steps, retaining walls, repair or renew, John 778-998-5591 tarasoffconstruction.com West Coast Cedar Installations New, repaired or rebuilt ★ Fences & Decks ★ 604-270-2358 or 604-788-6458

8105

WEST SIDE GUTTERS 15% OFF 604-722-1105 Professional Powerwash Gutters cleaned & repaired Since 1984, 604-339-0949 Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

Handyperson

Flooring/ Refinishing

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944 CELTIC HARDWOOD FLOORS Installations & refinishing. Quality work. Reas Rates. 604-293-0057

Installation • Refinishing • Repairs ART of HARDWOOD FLOORS 604-240-3344 INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

HANDYMAN, reno, kitchen, bath, plumbing, countertop, flooring, painting, etc. Mic, 604-725-3127

EST. 41 YEARS

LAWNS • GARDENS • TREES • SHRUBS EST.1994

Residential, Strata, Commercial Gardens Designed, Installed, Maintained Trees/Hedges Installed, Removed, Power Rake, Aerate, Moss Control AVG $170 Retaining Walls, Patios, Pathways

8193

Oil Tank Removal

8195

Bath Kitchen Suites & More

8155

Landscaping

Many Years Experience Fully Insured Top Quality, Quick Work Free Estimate

HEDGE SHRUB TREE & STUMP REMOVAL

224-3669 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

* MUSHROOM MANURE *

8175

Masonry

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

8185

604.254.1760

RENOVATIONS

★ STAFFORD & SON ★ Interior/Exterior. Top quality work. Reas. rates. BBB, 604-221-4900

8200

THE LONE GARDENER

• Monthly contracts• hedge trimming•tree pruning •lawn cutting • new gardens weeding • garden patios • Spring Clean Up • junk removal • free est.

778-996-8065

.com

❑ Bathrooms ❑ Kitchens ❑ Basements

15% off labour 'til March 31st! "Start Those Spring Projects"

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www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

8205

Paving/Seal Coating

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

8220

Plumbing

HOME SERVICES 8220

Plumbing

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

www.affordablemoversbc.com

• $69/hr • 24/7 • Insured

604.721.6075 10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005

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

604-318-4390

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

WE CAN FIX IT

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

8240

Interior / Exterior • New construction/Renovations/ Additions • Drywall hanging/ taping • Foundations/ Framing • Flooring: laminates/ tiles •Licensed & Insured • Free Estimates Call 604-220-7422

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

HOME ADVANTAGE Contracting Ltd

Residential & Commercial Renovations licensed - Insured - WCB

For Free Estimates Call Ryan 778.809.6677 homeadvantagecontracting@gmail.com OLMANI ‘‘Good to the Last Nail' Bath & Kitchen Renovations, Additions Interior & Exterior Home Repair, Sundecks 604-376-3192 www.olmani.ca

Power Washing

PRESSURE WASHING Windows/Gutters /Pigeon Control Com/Res Lic/Ins Free Est. Call Dean 604-839-8856

Licenced Plumber & Gas Fitter

Renovations & Home Improvement

aaronrconstruction.com

8225

GLOBAL PLUMBING

8240

604-731-2443

SAVE ON PLUMBING Licensed Plumber/Gas fitter, $68/HR. Same day service. Insured, BBB member 604-987-7473, 604-721-6075 Samy

Seniors Discount

BROTHERS MOVING & Delivery Local & Long Distance 604-720-0931 Best rate. bc.moving@gmail.com

❑ All Renovations ❑ All Home Repairs ❑ All Painting

Patios/Decks/ Railings

45 We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac

Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal $35/HR per Person • 24/7 604-999-6020

App to see video

604-732-8453

PROFESSIONAL PAINTER more than 10 yrs. Small jobs ok. Call Serj 604-377-2417

1 to 3 Men

FREE ESTIMATES

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DJ PAINTING, Int/Ext. Com/Res. Drywall repair. Free ests. Cell: 604-417-5917, 604-258-7300

AFFORDABLE MOVING

604-537-4140

Lawn & Garden

www.rjrrenovator.com www.rjrconstruction.ca

604-724-3832

Moving & Storage

604-220-5296

8160

Renovations & Custom Homes

rakesandladders.com

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

www.englishlawns.com

RENOVATIONS & CUSTOM HOMES

Interior/Exterior Specialist

604-737-0170

New Lawn Installation Turf • Seed • Artificial Excavation Drainage • Pavers Call for a Free Estimate

Screened Topsoil ❖ Sand, Gravel & Drain Rock Garden Mix ❖ Deliveries Monday – Saturday Mushroom Manure ❖ Bobcat Loader/Mini Excavator Avail. Bark Mulch – Free Estimates –

CALL GLEN: 604-250-5169

D&M PAINTING

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

Need a Great New Lawn?

❖ ❖ ❖ ❖

Certified • Insured • WCB

Kitchens/Baths

604 451 0225

WESTCOAST

Painting/ Wallpaper

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

Save Your Dollars

LANDSCAPING

STORMWORKS OIL Tank Removal. Certified, Insured, Reasonable Rates. A+ BBB. 604-724-3670

ENGLISH LAWNS, new lawn installs, replace old, drainage, landscaping, pavers, etc. Any size job. Nick, 604-929-7732

www.RenoRite.com

www.actualplumbing.ca

Serving West Side since 1987

P/U or delivery. Covered storage. (604) 644-1878

8150

Actual Plumbing & Heating, Ltd., Suite #302-1489 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

For Free Estimates Call

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

Actual Plumbing & Heating, Boilers, Furances, Tankless, Hotwater tanks, 24/7, Seniors/Military Disc, Lic., BBB, 604-874-4808

RICHARD SAUNDERS West Vancouver: 604.908.1469 Vancouver: 604.874.4808 richard@actualplumbing.ca

Off: 604-266-2120 Cell: 604-290-8592

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

8140

PLUMBING & HEATING

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

EXP. RELIABLE Gardener, yard clean up, new turf, pruning, planting, new soil, 604-783-2627

Heating

Call ThE Experts

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

Home Improvement- No job too small. Carpentry, painting, fencing, drywall, baseboards, lam flooring, deck repairs, p/washing, gutters. Refs Brian Evans 604-266-2547/785-4184

✓ MOVING? RenoRite

Call 604-630-3300 to place your ad

604-266-1681

WCB • FULLY INSURED

FREE ESTIMATE INSURED

Fencing/Gates

★ Beautiful Cedar Fence ★ Best Price, European Craftmanship, ERWIN 778-835-5015

DUNBAR LAWN & GARDENS

Gutters

AT YOUR HOME GUTTER SERVICES

8130

Lawn & Garden

HEDGING GARDENING CLEAN-UPS PRUNING

Tel: 604-603-9655

atyourhomeservicesgroup.ca

# 1 YARD DRAINAGE, STONE WORK & HOUSE DEMOLITION

8160

A41

Renovations & Home Improvement

TOTAL HOME A RENOVATIONS Since 1983

FROM DESIGN TO FINISH Complete Renos & Additions, incl.: Kitchen & Bath Improvements • Roofing • Sundecks • Door & Window Replacements

Bill 604-298-1222 www.chrisdalehomes.com

drytech.ca RENOVATIONS 22-BUILD (222-8453) Showroom: 1230 West 75th Ave.

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS Additions ★ Renovations Concrete Forming ★ Decks Garages ★ Bathrooms Ceramic Tile ★ Drywall Hardwood Flooring ''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

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

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

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

A1 CONTRACTING. Bsmt, bath, kitchen cabinets, tiling, painting & decks. Dhillon, 604-782-1936 ★ COMPLETE RENOS ★ If you need a helping hand call Frank the Handyman! 604-327-8070 C 604-802-3109 D & M RENOVATIONS, Flooring, tiling, finishing. Fully Insured. Top quality, quick work 604-724-3832

Renovations

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HOME SERVICES AUTOMOTIVE cont. from previous page

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

High United Construction New build, renos, drywall, tile, stucco, plumbing, repairs. Big or small jobs. Randy 604-250-1385 ★HOME RENOVATIONS★ − Reasonable Rates − 604-506-4519 MR. BUILD - Renos and Repairs. Est 1989. 9129 Shaughnessy St. Please call 604-732-8453

8255

Rubbish Removal

Collectibles & Classics

bradsjunkremoval.com • 95% Recycle Rate • No Landfills EVER

20 YARD BINS AVAILABLE NOW ! WE LOAD OR YOU LOAD

“Haul Anything ... but Dead Bodies”

604.220.JUNK (5865)

1928 FORD 1/4 ton Roadster P/U, older restoration, recent updates, drives nice, $16,000. No trades. 1926 Ford Model T, 2 dr, 4 pass, 70% restored, All parts to complete, $7000. 604-308-9976

Serving the Lower Mainland since 1988

EUROPE RENOVATION Complete home renovation, new construction and repair. Customer satisfaction. Visit: europerenovation.com Call: 778-233-5726

9125

Domestic

Disposal & Recycling Trips start at

$49

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

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

1969 MERCEDES Benz 280S, collector plates, excellent condition, $3900. 604-723-3654

Roofing

bradsjunkremoval.com 20 YARD BINS Avail Now ! We Load or You Load

20% OFF til Mar.15 (max. 400*) $

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

WCB – Fully Insured 100% Money Back Guarantee

604-340-7189

*Must be mentioned at time of booking estimate to receive 20% off ACCREDITED BUSINESS

atyourhomeservicesgroup.ca

drytech.ca ROOFING/ RE-ROOFING Leak Repairs & Chimney Repairs

SAVE $ 604-222-8453 Showroom: 1230 West 75th Ave.

WEST SIDE ROOFING

604-722-1105 FF 15% O TODAY!

604-722-1105

Roofing

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

8255

JACK’S RUBBISH Removal. Household Junk Specialist! Fast, Friendly & Cheap. 604-266-4444

RUBBISH REMOVAL

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited Affordable Luxury 35,600 kms 2.4LGDI DOHC- $22,600 email: sjscot@shaw.ca 604-794-3428

8300

AMG ROOFING & SIDING

10% Discount. WCB. Re-Roofing, New Roof, Gutters. 604-812-9721

AMBLESIDE ROOFING

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

Canam Roofing 778-881-1417 Residential roofing, new, reroofing & repairs. Peace of mind warranty. www.canamroofing.ca MCR Mastercraft Roofing Right the 1st time! Repairs, reroofing, garage, decks. Hart 322-5517

9129

Luxury Cars

1987 PONTIAC FIERO auto, collectors plates, 4 cyl, new brakes, garage kept 169km $3100 604-987-0926

2001 JAGUAR XJR, fully serviced, new tires/brakes, exc cond, $13,500, low kms local car. 604-644-4440

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

PTV TILE INSTALLATIONS Ceramic Tile, Porcelain, Slate, 20 Yrs Exp. Santo 778-235-1772

8315

8335

FREE

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

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

THE SCRAPPER

SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

CASH FOR ALL VEHICLES 2H

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

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

Window Cleaning

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

Advertise in 12 community newspapers with one phone call.

604.630.3300

2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SuperCharged, automatic, 420hp, Canadian car, fully serviced at MCL Motorcars, records available. In very good condition, smells and looks like new. This truck has been babied, 130,000 Kms so it has averaged 20K a year. Rear DVD entertainment package factory all original. Please call Fred at 604-779-9233. $28,999. 2007 BMW 525I, black, loaded, leather, sunroof, very clean, 130K, $23,900. 604-999-4097

604-630-3300

Vans

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

2005 MAZDA 3 GS auto 88,500km, well maintained,1 owner, aircared, no accidents $7,500obo 604-970-0401

9515

Boats

9155

2006 ACURA 3.2 TL custom fully loaded, 300 HP, 6 spd. 125,000 km on body, only 44,000 km on engine $9500. 604-241-0357 2006 HONDA Accord, 106,000 kms, 4 dr, auto, leather, very good cond $12,000. 604-889-4961

24' SEARAY Turn Key & go, gd shape $6500. 604 552 3961 or Email samishlake@shaw.ca

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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

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

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

Sports & Imports

9522

RV’s/Trailers

1979 FORD M/H, 23 ft, cozy, bunk beds, fully equipped, low k, hi way usage, $6,000. 778-737-3890

2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T 111,121kms Economical original $39,830. 778-837-1900, $9,695 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

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

9160

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

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

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.

Colour A Ask fo vailable r detail s

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to advertise call

9173

LEASE OR BUY PRE-OWNED Vans or Trucks - Huge Selection. Roger Coombes 604-257-3131 roger@ensignpacific.com

Tree Services

One call does it all!

2012 AUDI A4 Quattro, Premium, 29,000km, $43,900, panorama sunroof, auto, monsoon grey, black leather interior, all season tires. Snow tires optional. 604-764-8044

#1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200

604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC

Tiling

2009 Nissan Versa SL $9995 1.8L 6 spd low kms, fuel efficient mint condition. Fully loaded with sports package 778-881-3471.

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

NO WHEELS, NO PROBLEM

JORDANI’S FREE SCRAP CAR REMOVAL. Top $$ for complete cars. 7 days/wk, 604-720-0067

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

Sports & Imports

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

MIKE: 604-872-0109 1987 JAGUAR XJS Cabriolet, 1 owner, lady driven, V12, ps, pb, pw, rebuilt ac, new tires, $8900 obo, Don 604-826-7012

9160

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

No Wheels, No Problem

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

8309

1995 VOLVO 850 turbo, 155,000 km, leather seats, mag wheels with low profile tires, wife’s car, well maintained $3700. 604-922-5986

CASH FOR ALL COMPLETE CARS OPEN 24 HRS. INCLUDING HOLIDAYS

WESTSIDE RUBBISH Removal. Household Junk Specialist! Friendly & Cheap. 604-266-4444

CLEARWEST Window & Gutter Cleaning & Repair, Painting, Pwrwashing Services, 604-710-3581 A-1 Contracting & Roofing ReRoofing & Repair. WCB. 25% Discount. Jag, 778-892-1530

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

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

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

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

(604) 209-2026

1976 MGB Roadster. British racing green colour. 4 speed. New top and carpet. Engine work done. $5,850. 604-591-8566

Rubbish Removal

Wildwood Tree Services, Exp Hedge Trimming and Removal & Tree Pruning. Free Est. 604-893-5745 A Eastcan Roofing & Reno’s Re-Roof, Repair. Ins. WCB. BBB. 604-562-0957 or 604-961-0324

Removal FREEScrap/Car

Sports & Imports

HOUR 2Service From Call

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

8250

Scrap Car Removal

9160

Family Owned & Operated

EASTSIDE RUBBISH Removal. Best Rate, 12 Years Straight! Friendly & Cheap. 604-266-4444

AT YOUR HOME ROOFING SERVICES

9145

John 778-288-8009

604-220•JUNK(5865)

Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes

No Wheels No Problem

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

8250

9130

1998 HONDA Goldwing SE + Champion Daytona 2+2 conv. sidecar, loaded, 36K, new cond, classic, $13,500. 604 945-0376

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

Luxury Cars

2006 MERCEDES BENZ, 230C Sport. like new, 27km, peuter silver, $17,000, 604-734-3944

2006 PONTIAC Wave, 4 door hatchback, automatic. 121,000+ kms. 1 owner, no accidents. Winter tires included. Excellent condition! $5000. 778-668-7854

Student Works

SN TOTAL HOME RENO Bathrooms, kitchens, bsmts, decks, etc Free est 604-318-4054 sntotalhomereno@gmail.com

9129

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

1967 Jaguar E-TYPE 39,000 Km, Mint coupe, Stunning. $65,000. 604-926-5262

★RENOVATIONS - Over 25 yrs exp. Drywall, Painting, Kitchen, Bath, Tenant Improvement that meets code. Call 604-722-4411

STRUCTURAL REPAIRS! Renos, New Constr. WCB & Ins 604.925.0661 or 604.861.8145

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BRENDAN MCALEER Contributing writer

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s anyone who has any experience of social media knows, automotive manufacturers love to make the most of any big reveal. And so it was recently that my Facebook, Twitter, email and whatever else one uses in these days of interwebby communication exploded with wave after wave of pictures and information on the new Corvette. Personally, I’m a little on the fence. Sure it’s very aggressive and angular and has a quad-exhaust setup that looks like a converted church organ but it’s not exactly pretty, is it? Of course, there are those who would say that the Corvette isn’t about beauty; it’s about speed above all else — raw, unbridled, powerful, kind of a handful. And, so the stereotype goes, a little rough around the edges. Looks the business at a race track but doesn’t know which fork to use at the fancy restaurant, so to speak.

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The 2014 Corvette has a more aggressive and angular look. This new one does seem more polished than the previous generation and its plastic-fantastic trim. The old interior is also much improved upon. Even so, with 450hp coming from a 6.2L small-block V-8, you just know it’s going to be a sledgehammer in many ways. Expect to see the automotive magazines put this C7 put up against all manner of sacred cows and expect bigdollar front-runners to get taken down a peg or two.

It wasn’t always like this. Six decades ago, a very different Corvette debuted. First of breed, the ‘53-’62 C1 is still an American icon without peer. Check the specs though, and it’d be hard to see where the lineage comes from. With a medium displacement straightsix and a two-speed automatic transmission, the original ‘Vette was a chrome-laden aristocrat in white — and a slug on the road. But the crowds loved it. GM

Vice-President Harley J. Earl had created an American sports car to rival the Europeans. Unique touches like a hideaway folding convertible roof gave the first ‘Vette a sleek shape, befitting its name. (Earl reportedly rejected 300 potential appellations before settling on “Corvette,” the term for a small, fast warship.) Then, in ‘55, a small V-8 became an available option, giving the ‘Vette a little go to match the show. Experts will endlessly debate when the ‘Vette actually became “good”, but I’d mark the point at late 1957, when fuel-injection and a four-speed manual became available. Currently, the sixth-generation Corvette is best represented by the insanely powerful ZR-1 model, which makes a feature film appearance in an upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger flick. Chevy also released a 60th anniversary package for most of its ‘Vettes this year and brought back the iconic 427 badge on a manual convertible, which I was fortunate enough to test in the summer-

time. It was a little bit like driving around in a controlled explosion that someone had fitted with a steering wheel. All indications are that performance cars like these are dinosaurs, that the future will be autonomous transport, electric propulsion, networked vehicles with automatic accident avoidance. Even so, there’s a place out there in the desert where the blacktop shimmers in the heat, where the twisting two-lane snakes up into hills marked only by spotty scrubbrush. It’s empty, barren — not a destination, but merely the blank space on the map between where you’re going and where you’re coming from. Now, and always, it’ll be the best place to find yourself behind the wheel of a Corvette — the V-8 roaring, the rear dancing around like a skittish horse, the sound and the fury echoing down 60 years of legend. mcaleeronwheels@gmail. com twitter.com/brendan_mcaleer

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