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Coalitiondemandspoliticiansrevealpovertyplans ANTI-POVERTY GROUPS WANT ALL PARTIES TO OUTLINE PLANS BEFORE MAY 14 ELECTION MIKE HOWELL Staff writer

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ith a provincial election looming, a broad-based coalition of advocates from sectors including health care, welfare and child care is challenging the province’s four mainstream parties to outline a “poverty reduction plan” for B.C. before voters go to the polls in May. The B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition, which says it represents more than 375 organizations in the province, issued its challenge Tuesday and requested the Liberals, NDP, Conservatives and Green Party address seven policy areas with legislated targets and timelines. The coalition wants to know whether parties will increase welfare rates and the minimum wage, build more social housing, adopt a $10 per day child care plan and increase funding for education and seniors, among other issues facing residents living in poverty. Coalition co-chair Seth Klein of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives acknowledged the ambitious challenge to parties but said such areas as welfare rates, which have been frozen since 2007, should be increased immediately. “It might take a little bit of time to actually get the plan in place but people are hurting and they’ve been waiting a long time, and there’s got to be some demonstration of good faith right out of the gate,” said Klein, standing at a lectern at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus, where he was joined by coalition members. But Klein clarified that “piecemeal measures” such as the government bowing to public pressure and purchasing single-room occupancy hotels in the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Games is not the right approach to eradicating poverty. “As long as we’re proceeding — whether it’s on housing or on poverty — in this manner, we will forever be in a game of catchup,” he said, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive plan that can be measured by the public and hold politicians accountable for not meeting targets. If all demands requested by the coalition

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The B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition issued a challenge to all political parties this week to address seven policy areas with legislated targets and timelines to reduce poverty in the province. Scan page with Layar for website information. were implemented, with child care and housing being the most expensive, the cost could reach $4 billion over several years, Klein added. The coalition says basic necessities of housing and food are out of reach for many residents, with more than half a million people living below the poverty line and 87,000 of those are children.

First Call BC, a child and youth advocacy coalition of more than 90 provincial organizations, issued a report in November 2012 showing B.C. has the second highest child poverty rate in Canada. Gudrun Langolf of the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization of B.C. accused the provincial government of replacing government-funded home care with private com-

panies and cutting services. “Everything that has been studied says people are happier and healthier when they’re able to be in their own homes,” Langolf said. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive, long-term care facilities or expensive hospital stays, which is what we do now.” See LIBERALS on page 4


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he executive director of a local cycling advocacy group says the $905,424 earmarked for greenways and bike paths in Hastings Park by the provincial government is a great start, but adds there’s lots more work to be done. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure earmarked the funds for Hastings Park through BikeBC, a cost-sharing program between the province and local governments. “It’s great that as they redevelop Hastings Park they’re thinking about bike paths and greenways within the park,” Erin O’Melinn. “But ultimately you want people to get there by bike rather than driving so it also has to connect to adjacent communities.” O’Melinn heads up Hub: Your Cycling Connection, formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, a non-profit organization established in 1998 to address cycling issues in Metro Vancouver. O’Melinn said separated bike lanes are the best option for keeping cyclists safe. To that end, she’d like to see an overpass built for cyclists and pedestrians connecting Hastings Park and New Brighton Park. O’Melinn also wants the park’s bike paths to connect to Burnaby, creating an unbroken link between that municipality, Hastings Park and Vancouver. The ministry announced last week it’s providing $7.36 million to BikeBC with a goal to reduce greenhouse gases and encourage residents to get active by expanding and building cycling lanes, trails and paths across the province. Last year, the B.C. government committed $7.25 million in BikeBC funding. Hastings Park is at the beginning of a massive redevelopment project estimated to cost about $310.5 million in total. Just some of the many projects included in the Hastings Park master plan include the expansion and greening of Playland, a new exhibition building, park upgrades and im-

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Hastings Park is at the beginning of a massive redevelopment project — estimated to cost about $310.5 million — that includes the expansion and greening of Playland, more greenways and bike paths. proved parking. A large part of the project includes creating more internal pedestrian pathways and connections to the surrounding community, including New Brighton Park. In total, the master plan includes 5.4 kilometres of pedestrian and cycling trails, including the creation of major east-west and north-south pedestrian/cycling routes through the park that link to existing and proposed city-wide greenways.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak said in a news release, “This funding will improve the quality of life for residents living in communities throughout the province. These projects will create a cleaner environment by providing alternative transportation options and will build a legacy of good health for generations to come.” The 21 projects across B.C. receiving funding this year include a new cycling track in

Maple Ridge, new bike lanes in Terrace, intersection improvements to the E Rail Trail in Esquimalt, the UBC-Okanagan Connector Phase Two Rails with Trails and new bike lanes on Ladner Trunk Road in Delta. The B.C. government has committed more than $148 million towards cycling infrastructure since 2001. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10

Liberals cite declining child poverty rate as signs of success CONTINUED from page 1 Stephanie Cadieux, the provincial minister of Children and Family Development, said the B.C. government has a plan to reduce poverty in the province but it is not referred to in name. “What we focus on is a job creation plan because we believe that the best way out of poverty for people is a good job,” Cadieux told the Courier by telephone. “Despite not having a poverty reduction plan in the way that it is described, we are seeing our child poverty rate and our overall poverty rate in British Columbia decline. It’s got a long way

to go still but it is dropping faster and at a higher rate than the national average.” Cadieux credited the decrease to a number of initiatives by the government, including raising the minimum wage, providing social housing for more than 97,000 people, increasing child care subsidies, implementing earning exemption changes for welfare recipients and ensuring more than one million residents receive MSP subsidies and that another 800,000 don’t pay any MSP premiums. In anticipation of what government would say about its record on poverty, Adrienne Montani, a former school

trustee and current member of First Call and the coalition, said: “They’ll tell you almost one million families are getting MSP premium assistance, which means almost one million families earn less than $30,000 a year. And then they’ll say, with great pride, that 800,000 of those get full premium assistance, which means they make less than $22,000 a year. So that’s like boasting about poverty.” The coalition plans to release the parties answers to their questions about poverty before the May 14 provincial election. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings


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‘Urgentresponsecentre’stilllostintransition ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF POLICE CALLS INVOLVE MENTALLY ILL 12TH & CAMBIE with Mike Howell

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ot thinking about the state of mental health in this city after I had a chat last week with Joseph Segal and why he and his wife were donating $12 million to a new mental health facility on the grounds of Vancouver General Hospital. Maybe you read my story. The big-hearted philanthropist broke down at a press conference when talking about mental health. After he collected himself and stepped from the stage, I asked Segal why he donated the money. The articulate 88-year-old was quick to respond. “I felt that mental health was something that was invisible and you have to step forward,” he told me. Standing nearby was Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, the province’s health minister, who praised the Segals for the donation. The 100-bed facility will open in 2017 and replace the aging mental health centre on 12th Avenue. That’s good news, right? Of course, it is. But when will the city see a so-called “urgent response centre” for mentally ill people, as recommended by the Vancouver Police Department in its 2008 revealing report about the men-

tal health crisis in Vancouver? I asked MacDiarmid this question. But before I get to her answers, some background on the VPD’s request and the report, which was titled “Lost in Transition.” The report suggested “a lack of capacity in the mental health system is failing the city’s mentally ill and draining police resources.” The report summarized data collected over a two-week period in September 2007. More than 30 per cent of VPD calls for that stretch involved at least one mentally ill person. The report made recommendations to address the gap in mental health services in the city, including the need for an “urgent response centre” for mentally ill people and a long-term care facility. In the year the report was released — 2008 — police were dispatched to 1,845 calls involving the mentally ill and apprehended 1,249 people under the Mental Health Act. A year later, in 2009, the VPD estimated it spent $9 million of its budget on officers responding to calls involving a mentally ill person. The VPD pushed for a 24-hour specialized response centre because they say there is no place in the middle of the night to take people suffering from mental health or addictions problems other than a hospital or a jail. The centre would allow each patient to stay up to 72 hours and have access to housing for up to seven days so a medical team could properly as-

sess them. Over to you Madame health minister… “While there may not be exactly what the VPD had envisioned, I think there’s a much better working relationship now and constant efforts to improve it between the VPD and Vancouver Coastal Health and, in fact, the [health] ministry,” MacDiarmid said. She pointed to the community Assertive Community Treatment, or ACT teams, and the ongoing work of the VPD’s Car 87 — a cop/nurse team — devoted to mental health calls. So no stand-alone response centre? “What I would say about having a stand-alone centre is I would just be worried about duplicating resources and you never want to do that. Sometimes a stand-alone [facility] is a really good idea but sometimes you’re better to take the care to where it’s needed and I think that’s what the ACT teams do. They actually go physically to where the problem is and then figure it out from there.” So I guess that means no urgent response centre. I checked with the VPD to see if, indeed, the city’s mental health crisis was on the decline because of what MacDiarmid told me. As of November 2012, approximately 24 per cent of police calls across the city — much higher in the Downtown Eastside — have involved a person with a mental health concern. A crisis? mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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A One card. Many services. The new BC Services Card is part of government’s plan to modernize BC’s health care system. It replaces your CareCard, can be combined with your driver’s licence, and also acts as your photo ID. It’s more convenient and more secure, with enhanced features to protect your personal information. And getting yours is easy. Starting February 15, 2013, and for the next five years, you can simply enrol when renewing your driver’s licence. And even if you don’t drive, you can enrol at the nearest location where driver’s licences are issued. To learn more visit: BCServicesCard.ca

new urban school is slated to open across from Andy Livingstone Park in September 2015. The Ministry of Education has hired Francl Architecture to lead the design team. The International Village elementary school will be integrated into the Firenze development, at Expo Boulevard and Abbott Street. Firenze includes two residential towers, commercial space and a childcare centre. The school will accommodate 60 full-day kindergarten and 450 students in grades 1 to 7. The school will be constructed at grade above an existing parkade. The preliminary proposal envisions a multi-storey building with the main entrance on Expo Boulevard and space for before- and after-school care. Andy Livingstone Park will serve as the school’s outdoor play area. The school will serve the downtown core and Northeast False Creek. “It opens more area for the local community to have their child educated locally,” says Kelly Isford-Saxon, the board’s facilities project manager. “That whole area appears to be growing dramatically in terms of families moving in that area and continuing to raise children. At one time they would move downtown but

once a child got to school age, it seemed to be more common practice for them to move out of the urban core to find a house… Now more families are electing to stay downtown and now we’re really looking at and dealing with those requirements of having children in a very urban population.” Even though four classrooms for 100 additional students opened at Elsie Roy elementary in Yaletown last September, 39 families were turned away for lack of space, the board’s director of facilities, Jim Meschino, told the Courier last week. Lord Strathcona elementary is serving as the “home” school for students residing within the International Village school’s attendance area until the new school opens. The future catchment area for International Village will be bound by Burrard Inlet, Main and Burrard streets, and run down Davie Street, north on Homer and down Nelson Street. The design team will focus on how to integrate a school with a largely residential development. “We’re talking about neighbours coming together,” Isford-Saxon said. “We’re a different neighbour and the requirements of our residents in the tower and their needs maintaining views, privacy and those kinds of things [will be considered], and, of course, our needs of operating a school during the day and having spaces available, hopefully for the community, in the evenings and weekends.” crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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ancouverites will find out in May whether the number of people considered homeless in the city has increased, decreased or remained steady since last year’s count. But there are signs the homeless population is on the decline this year, according to Judy Graves, the city’s homeless advocate, who participated in the two-day count last week with 300 volunteers. “My high point with the count was walking past doorways that used to be full of people and actually having to look to find people,” Graves told the Courier. “There’s a lot of places where people used to be living and they’re not there anymore.” When asked whether those people might have moved on to other areas of the city, Graves said she knows that’s not the case. They’ve moved into housing, she added. “I know those people, I know where they are,” she said. In March 2012, the City of Vancouver count recorded 1,602 homeless people, with 1,296 in some form of shelter and 306 on the street. Since that count, social housing buildings on city property opened at Seventh and Fir, 188 East First Ave. and at 16th and Dunbar. The combined total of units is 242. The 24-

unit Skwachays Healing Lodge in the Downtown Eastside also opened in June 2012. Recently, the B.C. government leased the former Howard Johnson hotel at 395 Kingsway — more commonly known as the Biltmore — to provide 100 interim housing spaces for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Also, the government announced last week that it will continue to fund three of the city’s so-called HEAT shelters for another 12 months. Despite the efforts of the city and provincial governments, Graves said she came across people living in the street who were within days of moving into a single-room occupancy hotel. “What that means is everything is so chockablock full that people have to continue to wait outside until a single room is ready,” she said. The number of homeless people in Vancouver — in shelters and on the street — has increased steadily in the past decade. A total of 628 homeless people were recorded in 2002 and reached a high of 1,715 in 2010. Dr. Michael Krausz from the University of B.C. released a report last year that found 85 per cent of homeless people studied in his survey reported moderate to severe emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their childhood. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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ternational League of Conservation Photographers, Paul Colangelo, Juno-award winner Ben Worcester of Said the Whale, and awardwinning blogger Rebecca Bollwitt. The photo contest runs April 6 through 14 and is open to professional and amateur photographers alike. Submitted images will be showcased on the society’s website and the winning entries will be published in the Courier and displayed at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon. The top 13 images will also be featured in a special edition 2014 calendar the society will sell to raise funds for its conservation and education projects in Stanley Park. For more information visit stanleyparkecology.ca.

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ccording to the Stanley Park Ecology Society in 2012, 117 great blue heron nests were counted in Stanley Park, of which 86 were occupied by breeding pairs. A sample of 30 visible nests was monitored by volunteers and staff with the Stanley Park Ecology Society from a nearby building rooftop to assess nesting success and productivity of the colony, which has been nesting behind the park board’s main administrative office on Beach Avenue for 13 consecutive years. That data was then passed onto the Canadian Wildlife Service and B.C. Ministry of Environment. Of the 30 nests, 26 successfully produced chicks for a nest success rate of 87 per cent. As a result, an estimated 169 young herons survived and fledged from the colony last summer. The bad news is, less than half of those were expected to make it to breeding age. But most of those that did survive joined the regular colony, which is back in Stanley Park. The giant birds began arriving at the trees that tower above the administrative offices and tennis courts about two weeks

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Great blue herons began arriving back at their Stanley Park colony a couple of weeks ago. ago after spending most of the winter on the Fraser delta. In 2010, barriers were applied to the nest trees to discourage predators such as raccoons from climbing the trees. Dog owners are also reminded to keep pets leashed in order to avoid disturbing the nest area. The society continues with its Adopt a Heron Nest program, which supports efforts to learn more about these amazing great blue herons and to protect their homes within Stanley Park. Visit stanleyparkecology.ca

for more information and to read the 2012 Great Blue Heron Colony Report.

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Speaking of the Stanley Park Ecology Society, earlier this week I wrote about a photo contest the group is hosting in celebration of its 25th anniversary, but at the time didn’t know who the judges are. But now I do. The contest judges are Vancouver-based wildlife photographer, National Geographic Explorer contributor and member of the In-

And while you’re snapping pictures, the park board is also hosting a photo contest, but this one involves the social media platform Instagram.Entering is easy. Take a photo of yourself working out, swimming or skating at a park board facility and post it on Twitter using Instagram with the hashtag #FlexiPhotoContest. The winners will receive a one- month Flexipass for the favourite photo demonstrating active, healthy living. The contest is open to participants 19 and older at the time of entry. The final winners will be chosen March 23 and 30. For more information, email marketing@vancouver.ca. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10

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repair bills. The people claiming responsibility for the vandalism say they are inspired by the protests outside Pidgin, a new upscale restaurant in the Downtown Eastside regularly picketed by anti-gentrification activists. “They have been giving yuppies a taste of the class war for weeks now,” they wrote, while also claiming to have broken the windows of a tractor and two City of Vancouver trucks. “We will not stop until we are free from class, the state and all others who oppress us.” The Famoso outlet is part of a restaurant franchise with five locations in B.C. and 13 more across Canada. Adrian Archambault, the spokesperson for the Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre, suggested this could be a possible reason it is being targeted over other local pizza restaurants. “It seems like misguided activism,” said Archambault, who had to install unbreakable windows at the non-profit organization’s office after being repeatedly targeted a few years ago. “Starbucks had a similar thing when they first opened on the Drive although they’ve been left alone for a while now.” Archambault noted that the restaurant’s more remote side windows on Kitchener Street were vandalized rather the front ones. “It is sort of cowardly because they’re doing it from the side or from the back and not on the street where people might witness it.’” The identity of the owner of anarchistnews.org is hidden by domain privacy protection. Email requests for an interview were not returned by the Courier’s print deadline. The blog postings are now being investigated by the Vancouver Police Department’s Technology Crimes Unit. afleming@vancourier.com twitter.com/flematic


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remier Christy Clark’s government is getting ahead of itself when it comes to David Black’s multi billion-dollar idea for an oil refinery at Kitimat. There aren’t too many development ideas that get endorsed by the premier of B.C. on the floor of the legislature before they’re even fully submitted for approval. Clark stood up last week and, with one small reservation, gave the whole audacious enterprise the green light. And Tuesday, the government released a curious study it commissioned that also endorsed the economics of the project, after selectively leaking it earlier to maximize the positive impact. Why did taxpayers pay $40,000 for a paper on the economics of a private project that is several years away from a construction start and isn’t even firmly in the approval process yet? Energy Minister Rich Coleman said it was important to determine the viability before too much staff time in the government’s major-project office is committed to the project. But you’d think the potential profitability of the project at this point is up to Black to figure out. The reason for the B.C. Liberals’ enthusiasm for the project is pretty clear. They’re using Black’s refinery concept to cement the impression their government is all about development, jobs and wealth. They want as clear a contrast as possible between that vision of prosperity and the NDP’s skepticism — to the point of outright rejection — when it comes to oil-based northern industrial development. So they hired a London-based expert with Navigant Consulting to review the idea — before Black even had the financing nailed down. The stated purpose was to estimate the economic performance of the refinery and determine if a Kitimat refinery could make money selling fuel in Asia. The expert did a 28-page report that found the idea “has economic merit and should be considered seriously.” Black’s concept, briefly, is tied to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, designed to carry bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat for export to Asia. Black wants to build a huge refinery at Kitimat and ship refined fuel, rather than crude. It would maximize the economic impact of the pipeline and mitigate some of the coastal marine risk since refined fuel isn’t considered as hazardous as unrefined. The consultant noted that refinery profitability has been low in recent years and many have been closed or gone bankrupt. But he said it happens for various complicated reasons and doesn’t mean refining is a permanently unattractive industry. Clark last week used the occasion of Black’s announcement that he has virtually secured funding for a $25-billion venture to line up firmly in favour. And that was before she’d even seen the consultant’s report. It would be the biggest private project in B.C.’s history and be a “game-changer for our children and their children,” she said. The project includes its own smaller pipeline, and Clark said her five conditions for approving Enbridge’s idea also apply to Black’s. (The conditions are: Completion of environmental review, best spill response on land and at sea, addressing First Nation treaty rights and a fair share of the benefits for B.C.) Clark said the big difference between the Enbridge and Black proposals is that a refinery near Kitimat “could form part of the economic benefits needed to satisfy our fifth condition, although I do need to be clear that although it could form a part of that, it will not go all the way.” Waxing enthusiastic, she said it would create thousands of new jobs that aren’t in the current mix. And refining before shipment would “radically reduce environmental risk” because the tankers would be smaller. Clark said the government has been working constructively with Black to identify a site for the refinery and wants to move the proposal forward “where it can be judged on its merits by a robust, rigorous and, most importantly, independent environmental process, free from political influence.” It was probably worthwhile to point out that last bit, given how ardent she and her government seem to be in promoting the idea. The New Democrats are opposed to the Enbridge line and very dubious about Black’s idea. So approval will be a long, hard haul, most of it uphill, if they win in May. But it’s getting a lot of boosting from the Liberals in the early going. lleyne@timescolonist.com

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s the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, this space works out to 7/10ths of an Instagram shot. My words won’t convey the full impact of Ian Ruhter’s trend-defying photography, but at least they can point the way to his landscapes and portraits, and his upcoming visit to Vancouver in April. Years ago, Ruhter saw the Los Angeles skyline draped in sunset, perfectly framed by his apartment window. What if he could make photographs on the scale of his view, he thought? Thought became deed, and in time Ruhter was barrelling across the U.S. with a crew of four in a powder blue truck, capturing scenes and people encountered along the way, using a process dating from the 1850s. The back of the truck is outfitted with an aperture and lens, which allows Ruhter to focus light onto huge, silver-emulsion wet plates. In effect, Ruhter turned his vehicle into a giant box camera. “If it was super easy, it wouldn’t be as fun,” he says in a call from his home base in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. “Whether you’re skiing or skateboarding, you want to keep progressing.” Wrestling with unwieldy, Daguerreotype-like plates and chemicals on a truck-sized camera — which Ruhter describes as a “time machine”— certainly sounds like a challenge fit only for only for a stubborn artist or a pre-digital madman. Although he leaves as little as possible to chance — he says he will research a location or scene weeks to months before he arrives — serendipity and accident are always looking over his shoulder. Occasionally a picture will fail to develop properly, and at $500 a plate he and his road crew have a lot invested, in every sense of the word. Ruhter is not interested in just making “big pictures for the sake of making big pictures,” or parsing the technical aspects of his work without reference to his personal journey. Suffering from severe dyslexia as a child, he discovered an avenue for communication with his first camera. Many of his recent portraits are of those on the margins of society, with struggles of their own. “I had this crazy period in my life where I went to nine funerals in six years. And I’m talking about really close family and my best friend. I felt like I lost all the people who were close to me that I loved. For a long time I walked around with this shell around me. In building this project I realized I needed help, and it attracted all these wonderful people. And it’s like ‘oh wow, I’m actually building up a family again.’” That “family” includes several people who are now part of his crew. “I think because I’ve been so open with my story, and it’s about following your dreams, people just want to help out... The Internet has been a really big key to what we’re doing and I think that’s why people gravitate toward it. It’s cool because were using an 1800s process, but using all the modern day technologies to further it.” The photographer is not the “antidigital guy” many people expect to meet. “I believe in… not forgetting your past and embracing the future at the same time,” he observes. His photography project has grown to the point where “people can help us, but now we can actually help people. I really like that idea.” The Lake Tahoe resident sees himself as an “alchemist,” which seems a pretty good description of a guy who juggles glass beakers, tricky chemicals and the fickle play of light in a truck. The medieval practice of alchemy has been dismissed as a misguided attempt to turn base metal into gold, but C.G. Jung turned that description on its head. The Swiss psychoanalyst believed it was more about spiritual transformation, with the raw material being the experimenter himself. Ruhter’s inner journey is explicit in his “silver and light” project, and when he says, “I pour my soul onto the plates,” I can believe it. As a result of his passion, the photographer’s work has attracted global attention, from the Los Angeles Times to Wired magazine UK. He will be in Vancouver April 5 to 15, giving talks and demonstrations of his impressive photography. Details at silverandlightvancouver.com. Go to http://vimeo. com/39578584 for a must-see video. www.geoffolson.com

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OAKRIDGE PLAN MORE THAN JUST ONE TOWER

To the editor: Re: “South Cambie — Neighbourhood at a Glance,” March 15. Further to the South Cambie “Vancouver Special” feature, I, along with many of the residents of The Terraces living atop the south tower at Oakridge Mall, would like to bring to attention to the massive error printed in your description of the proposed changes at Oakridge Mall. Your reporting of “a far more impactful project also looms on the horizon with a proposed 45-storey condo tower at Oakridge Mall” is completely misleading. What looms is an aggressive rezoning application by Westbank Projects Corp. and Ivanhoe Cambridge to construct 13 towers. In addition to a total of 400,000 square feet of office space and 1,400,000 square feet of retail space the developers are seeking approximately 2,700,000 square feet of residential space comprised of 2,818 residential units in 13 towers with heights of six, eight, 12, 18, 19, 19, 25, 30, 34, 36, 36, 42 and 45-storeys with the tallest being at 412 feet high. Far more impactful than a single 45storey condo tower as reported. Danny Kornfeld. Vancouver

LANEWAYS IN NEED OF URBAN TIDINESS

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Re: “When laneways were so much more,” Feb. 27. I agree with Terri Clark that “the good earth deserves more from us” but there has been progress in Vancouver since the 1960s and ’70s, thank heavens. I grew up in the West End, the Ridge District, then bought a built-in-1911 house just off Dunbar Street and now hail from tidy, if not a bit isolationist eastern Kerrisdale. Gone are the older gardeners who sprayed their plants with DDT, Malathion and Diazinon multiple times each year. The plants in their gardens were rarely indigenous to B.C. being more of the strains brought back by the Raj from India. You found more gooseberries than Labrador tea or salmonberry in those backyards. Thankfully, gone are the tangles of noxious weeds like broom, climbing rose or the blood-thirsty Himalayan blackberry that produced little fruit, any of which usually rotted on the rain-soaked cane. The same was true for unpruned and unpicked pears, peaches and apples. As to “allowing their semiwoody backyard plants the luxury of letting their ‘hair’ down in wild abandon,” I suggest Ms. Clark speak to BC Hydro first

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along with the telephone/cable companies about the trouble that causes, not to mention the abandoned compost heaps that rats love so much. What Vancouver’s back alleys and backyards need is urban tidiness, laneway housing and greenhouses to assist in the production of food. Secret Gardens must give way to raised vegetable beds. We need bylaws that encourage carefully maintained urban orchards and the banning/removal of shrubs that damage them. The height of boulevard, front and backyard trees needs to be restricted to a reasonable eight meters so that urban crops and future rooftop solar panels have a chance to receive light. While a “magnificent tumbled down and expansive garden” may please Ms. Clark and serve people who love the grunge look (and wish to argue with the BC Assessment for lower property values), I doubt this could be agreeable to most newer owners. This is a slowly maturing city, not Mother Nature unfettered. Ongoing productive change is as natural and inevitable now as the loss of complete wilderness was when Captain Vancouver and other explorers first saw this place. Paul Baumann, Vancouver

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WagnerandBachget200thbirthdaybash Vancouver’s food truck scene, and Clement Chan and Steve Kuan of Le Tigre Truck. Chan is also a competitor on Top Chef Canada’s third season. Partial proceeds from Food Talks help support Growing Chefs, a non-profit organization that educates children in public schools on their food community. For more information and tickets visit vancouverfoodster.com.

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DOWNTOWN The Orpheum Theatre presents the music of Italy’s Giuseppe Verdi and Germany’s Richard Wagner March 23, in celebration of the bicentennial of their birth in 1813. In anticipation of the concert, members of the Vancouver Bach Choir and UBC Opera Ensemble performed at Tom Lee Music on Granville Street Wednesday afternoon under the direction of conductor and music director Leslie Dala. For more information on Saturday’s concert, visit vancouverbachchoir.com.

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Members of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the UBC Opera Ensemble celebrate the 200th birthday of opera legends Verdi and Wagner March 23. Scan this page with Layar to see more photos. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The talk is just one in a series of lectures about Vancouver’s food community organized by foodie and blogger Richard Wolak, also known as Vancouver Foodster. Enjoy appetizers by the chefs at Electric Owl while listening to a lineup of speakers including Audrey Mehler of Paperny En-

tertainment, the production company that produced Eat Street on the Food Network, a show focused on food trucks. Also scheduled to speak are Jory Simkin and Jason Apple of Roaming Dragon and Gourmet Syndivate Inc., Sarb Mund of Soho Food Truck and Food Truck Incubator, city councillor Heather Deal, who helped create the

New Works celebrates the 15th anniversary of Dance Allsorts at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Yaletown with South Asian Arts. The event will showcase dances of all traditions and customs, including bhangra and bollywood. These intimate shows are followed by a beginners workshop on bhangra and bollywood dance the next Saturday at Creekside Community Recreation Centre. The dance performances take place Sunday March 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Roundhouse and the workshop is April 6 from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. at Creekside. For more information visit newworks.ca. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10

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Keep driving until you see something you can afford.” That’s how Chris Turner describes our approach to affordable market housing in North America. Young families trying to rent or buy a house in Vancouver know exactly what he means. Turner was the keynote speaker at the Canadian Home Builders’ Housing Affordability Symposium in Vancouver last week. In his most recent book, The Leap, Turner suggests that we need to take “a great leap sideways.” He breaks it down into three areas. Transportation and infrastructure, energy policy and urban design. “The Leap is propelled by disruptive techniques. New kinds of policy, new metrics, new design parameters for vehicles and homes and whole cities.” Turner is a masterful storyteller. He talked at length about the innovative urban spaces that have already transformed neighbourhoods and cities in Europe and North America. He highlighted flexible and adaptive urban spaces that have been created in neighbourhoods in cities like Copenhagen, where people can live, work and shop with minimal reliance on cars. In most cases, the spaces were “three to six storeys, a mix of townhomes, apartments and individual dwellings, dense but not crowded, public space was more important than private space and people were more important than cars.” While the symposium was focused on innovative affordable housing options, there was a heavy emphasis on providing housing and other amenities for the young “creatives” who are the engine of our economy. Dan Garrison, a senior housing planner at city hall, came at the same issue from a public planning perspective. “It’s important to have ‘creatives’ and young people in our city. It’s what makes us vibrant. We want people to be able to put down roots and raise their families in Vancouver.” He outlined the challenge facing the city as it addresses the affordable housing issue. “The median income of rental households in Vancouver is $34,900. If we define affordable housing as spending no more than 30 per cent of your wages on accommodation, that’s $875 per month. Rent for the average one bedroom in Vancouver is $1067 per month.” There are 67,000 purpose-built rental units in the city right now. The key to expanding the base is to hold on to existing housing stock while accelerating the construction of new rental units. From an affordability perspective, Garrison said that rent on the older units is 50 per cent less than on new properties. That said, many

of them are in need of significant upgrades that will ultimately require creative financing or increased rents. Garrison pointed to the community plan for Norquay Village, the area around Kingsway and Earles, as an example of the kind of planning being done in response to calls for more affordable housing and liveable neighbourhoods. The plan proposes new zones that could have stacked townhouses, rowhouses, duplexes and small houses along with pedestrian-oriented improvements such as walkways, bike-paths, street trees, lighting, planted medians, public plazas and so on. A similar plan is being articulated for the Marpole area. One of the proposals is for townhouses stacked on top of secondary suites that will make them more affordable for young families. Charan Sethi, president of Tien Sher, a Richmond development company, has a stacked townhouse project in the works for Richmond. The two-storey townhouses will be stacked on top of a 500-square-foot garden suite. And then there are the micro-condos, a 56unit project that Sethi has underway in Surrey. Five stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and a balcony are included. Sixty per cent of the suites are less than 305 square feet. With prices starting at around $110,000, they’re affordable for low income buyers. They won’t be the first teeny-tiny apartments in Greater Vancouver, though. A couple of years ago, property developer Reliance Properties refitted the Burns Block building in the Downtown Eastside with micro-lofts that rent for about $850 a month. The suites range in size from 226 to 291 square feet and come furnished with murphy beds, flat screen TVs and built-in desks. The conference focused on a range of practical, affordable and innovative housing solutions for millennials (under 30s), families and seniors. In short, those least able to afford the high cost of housing in Vancouver. But, as Vancouver architect, planner and real estate developer Michael Geller has said, “as long as Vancouver’s land supply is constrained and we continue to be an attractive place to live, homes here will never have the more affordable prices of those in other Canadian cities.” But maybe we can make some homes more affordable. Deb Abbey is a real estate agent at Royal LePage City Centre in Vancouver. She is the author of two best-selling books on sustainable investment. You can contact Abbey through her website, www.abbeypartners.ca, or email any questions or comments to deb@ abbeypartners.ca


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For the spring launch the creators associated with Enterprising Women Making Art, a program of Atira Women’s Resource Society, will showcase their work. The program is a selfemployment initiative for women who face significant barriers to traditional employment.

Another focus for this year’s four seasonal markets (Mar. 24-25, May 25-26, A CAGEY Sept. 7-8, and BEE Nov. 7-8) is the introduction of entertainment for customers (think fashion shows and live music.) For the launch, Saturday shoppers will hear the music of Patrick Bahrich and the Sidewalk Cellist performs on Sunday. Portobello West is in its seventh year of markets and despite a few setbacks, we are delighted that the market just keeps on ticking. Portobello West’s Spring Market happens Saturday, Mar. 23 and Sunday, Mar. 25 from 11am to 5pm at the Creekside Community Centre in the Athlete’s Village. It costs only $2 and remains the best way to shop for locally made art, clothing, accessories and sweets.

But among couples who divide financial responsibilities, women are more likely to handle day-to-day finances, such as budgeting and paying bills, while men manage investments and long-term retirement planning. “Couples need to work as a team to plan for their future,” says Kim Parlee, a vice president for TD Wealth Management. “Managing dayto-day

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number of years ago, I realized that times had changed and I was part of an endangered species. After boarding an airplane and learning that I was a physician, the passenger next to me asked, “Are you a family doctor... or just a specialist?” She was of course looking for a family physician and, having complex medical problems, was having great difficulty in finding one. There are now an estimated 176,000 British Columbians who are unable to find a regular family physician. They must rely on visits to walk-in clinics where they may be seen by a variety of different

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physicians. Last month, the Ministry of Health and the BCMA announced new programs with the ultimate goal of providing by 2015 a family physician for every British Columbian who has been searching for one. Here are the top five Reasons why you need a family doctor. 1. Having a regular family doctor improves health outcomes. This has been shown in the international research of Dr. Barbara Starfield and the Canadian studies by Marcus Hollander that demonstrated improved patient outcomes, reduced mortality, decreased hospitalizations and reduced health care costs. 2. Your family doctor takes the long-view: your lifetime, your history, your family history and your potential future. Primary care is longitudinal care over time with a family physician you trust and who knows you well. 3. Your family doctor provides holistic care, treating you (not just disease) in the context of your family, work and other important aspects of your life. You are more than your joints, your gastrointestinal system and your hormones. Good primary care attends to your body, mind, relationships and spirit. 4. Your family doctor treats all your health conditions — acute and chronic, including your emotional and relationship concerns. 5. The family doctor who knows you well may be the best physician to help you make personal health choices, sorting through information

you’ve read on the Internet, advice from friends and the opinions of other physicians. If you don’t have a family doctor yet, consider these tips when seeing other doctors for episodic care. 1. Know your personal medical history (past illnesses, chronic conditions, family history, operations and allergies). 2. Keep a list of all your medications (prescription and non-prescription, including dosages). 3. For any treatment, investigation or prescription, ask three things: What is it for? What are the risks or side effects? You should know the common side effects as well as the more rare but serious ones. What are the alternatives? 4. Keep a record of all test results. Without a family doctor, you have to take responsibility for your health records. 5. Ask this question, “Given my age and family history, what tests should I be doing?” (e.g. mammograms, pap smears, diabetes screening, prostate exams). On March 14, Global BC launched BC1, the province’s first 24-hour news channel. Jill Krop will host her new talk show AM B.C. weekdays at 9 am. I’m fortunate to be involved to enhance public health education. You can find a clip of my first interview with Jill on my website davidicuswong.wordpress.com. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a family physician at the PrimeCare Medical Centre. You can read more about achieving your positive potential for health at davidicuswong.wordpress.com.

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ou don’t have to be a condo or townhouse dweller to enjoy the advantages of growing some food crops in pots. Anyone who likes the accessibility of having salad plants or herbs near their back door or tomatoes by the warmth of a house wall may find containers their best choice. Among the most useful for containers in semi-shade are the leafy salad crops. Gardeners intent on making the most of their space may want to seek out the faster-growing greens in order to get a succession of crops. Some to consider are the tiny butterhead Tom Thumb, the mini romaines Ansar, Plato and the red Pomegranate Crunch. Corn salad types are also fast developing, including mustards, spinach, arugula and mizunas,whichgiveacroparound40to45daysfrom sowing. These and many other lettuces can be cut-and-come again. In the open garden, slugs are a huge problem for leafy crop, but containers can easily be protected by copper barriers. The only root vegetables that are super-fastmaturing are radishes. These are ready about 30 days from planting. French Breakfast and White Icicle both fit well into containers since both are longer than they are wide. All crops that tend to vertical growth rather

than horizontal tend to give a little more eating for the space they take up than the rounder types. This is true of green onions, and beetroots such as the Cylindra and Rodina. Carrots of all kinds are also very suitable for containers because one can blend container soil to suit the crop you’re growing. Carrots love loose, well-drained soil. In open garden beds of unimproved clay soil, they often fail. Crops which can be trellised are a superb use of space in pots. Pole beans are much more productive than dwarf beans and very decorative if varieties with purple or golden pods are chosen. For full production it is very important to keep on picking beans. Runner beans are also quite flamboyant with their scarlet flowers which, unlike other pole beans, do need bee pollination. Varieties have been developed in England with more tender stringless pods. These include Butler, Polestar and Lady Di. Small-fruited cucumbers are also easy to trellis. One of the most delicious is the heritage Lemon Cucumber, which looks like a round yellow apple. It produces masses of delicious, sweet fruit, which is long-keeping on the vine but keeps only three days when picked. Peppers grow well in relatively small containers if they’re given good nutrition, lots of water and a little lime. Early Jalapenos, cayennes and other hot peppers give a big return for the space they use— andif you waituntiltheyturn colour, they become very decorative and tastier. Where greenhouses or cloches are not available, tomatoes are often placed in pots under a roof overhang, which allows them to stay dry during rain and escape the dreaded blight. Bush tomatoes are a good choice for containers because their growth habit is fairly restrained. amarrison@shaw.ca

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SWEET SOIREE: Ten cakes went up for auction at the 13th annual Toothfairy Gala. The sweet soiree, which included the B.C. Dental Association awards ceremony honouring the accomplishments of dentists throughout the province, saw $116,000 raised from cake sales in support of BCDA’s Save a Smile (SAS) program. Since 1991, SAS has ensured kids without access to dental plan coverage receive the dental care they urgently need. Yours truly played auctioneer and toothfairy at the convention centre shindig that attracted 300 guests. Hawksworth Restaurant’s layered milk chocolate and Earl Grey mousse cake fetched the evening’s top bid of $13,000.

SWEET SUCCESS: Marking 40 years of helping new immigrants settle into the province, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has become one of the largest multicultural social service agencies in B.C. Co-founder and foundation CEO Maggie Ip and society chair Christine Brodie welcomed a thousand guests to the annual banquet and concert featuring some of Asia’s top talents. The Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. party raised $518,000 for the agency’s many programs and services. DESIGNING WOMEN: Dress for Success Vancouver’s IMPACT: An Event for Change brought together Vancouver’s most influential community supporters for an evening of philanthropy, mixing and mingling. Gala chair Kimberley MacAulay and board chair Cindy Kaczmarek fronted the annual wingding at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Yours truly played auctioneer at the girlie gala.

IMPACT gala chair Kimberley MacAulay and Dress for Success’s Liz Sperandeo welcomed guests to annual fundraiser to help women transition back into the workplace.

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Global TV’s Jill Krop will front AM/BC talk show in former colleague Jack Webster’s timeslot. The weekday program of news and current affairs will air at 9 a.m.

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FLICK THAT SWITCH The largest environmental event in history — Earth Hour — is set for March 23. All you have to do to participate is switch off your lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. In 2012, more than 6,700 cities and towns in 152 countries took part in Earth Hour, which is meant as a call to action on climate change. The World Wildlife Fund started Earth Hour in Australia in 2007. More than 2.2 million took part. In 2008, the rest of the world, including Cana-

Volunteers for this year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon now have a chance to earn some cash for their efforts. The financial giant is offering a total of $10,000 to community groups who help put on the annual 42.2-km run, taking place this year May 5. Volunteer groups are eligible to win five awards of $2,000 each under the new program open to any club, society, charity, nonprofit, school or association that is organized and operated without

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community briefs

COMMUNITY BRIEFS WEST END LANEWAYS ‘WALKSHOP’ TODAY Today (March 22) is the day you can have a say in changes for the West End. Attend a City of Vancouver “walkshop” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and think about how West End laneways could be used in the future, including surface and landscaping treatments, pedestrian facilities, benches, lighting, traffic calming, parking and infill housing possibilities. Learn about the history and character of the laneways and how the city designs these places. The walk will be followed by a two-hour facilitated workshop where you can share your ideas for laneway improve-

ments. Meet at the gazebo at Barclay Heritage Square, 1433 Barclay St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit efest.ca/index.html.

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The 17th annual E-Fest is a one-day event held during National Engineering and Geoscience Month each year. This is a community event for the entire family that will demonstrate just what it takes to become an engineer. Play with interactive displays and see first-hand how the many facets of engineering and geoscience affect everyday lives. There will be many engineering and geoscience-related companies, organizations and student teams showcasing their work during this fun day. E-Fest is organized by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. Vancouver Branch and takes place at the Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., March 23 from

He gave his life that we might live.

The B.C. Youth Poetry Slam Championships, known as Hullaballo and the only tournament of its kind in all of Canada, feature poets from 16 Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island schools from April 3 to 6 at the Roundhouse Community Centre (100 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown). Modelled after a Chicago competition, the third annual Hullaballoo lets young poets speak for themselves. Featured performers include 2009 individual world poetry slam champion Amy Everhart and a touring, multitalented artist known as Truth Is. Both featured poets speak to growing up as outsiders with a focus on queer politics, gender awareness and the desire to be a good per-

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HUB, the cycling advocacy network for Metro Vancouver, is recruiting new board members. The annual general meeting is scheduled for May and candidates must apply to run for the board by April 15. Ideal candidates are well-connected and have a combination of communications, marketing, fundraising, human resources, volunteer engagement and advocacy experience. The group is seeking to expand the diversity of the board in terms of gender, background, and geographic location within Metro Vancouver. Applications can be found online at bikehub.ca/news. For more information, contact elections@bikehub.ca.

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CarCare

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Spring 2013

Spring spruce-up

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GET YOUR CAR AND GARAGE CLEAN AND PRISTINE THIS SEASON Spring has finally arrived, and as well as getting your house in order, it’s also a great time to remove the grime and grit of winter off of your vehicle. Simply follow these tips for a smooth, professional finish, every time.

CLEAN YOUR CAR CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Create a routine and set a specific day to wash your vehicle. Washing your car at least once or twice a month is recommended to maintain a superior finish.

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Combining the polishing and waxing steps every few months are essential for your car’s care. Polishing is an important step to repair and revive your car’s shine, while waxing protects your car’s paintwork against environmental factors and weather conditions.

MAKE SURE TO CLEAN YOUR TIRES

Cleaning your wheels is a quick and easy way to improve the overall look of your car. Not only does it make them look great, but regular cleaning prevents the build-up of brake dust, which if left will become difficult to remove. Don’t neglect

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A LITTLE ELBOW GREASE IN THE UNDERCARRIAGE GOES A LONG WAY

It’s not just about the paint - clean the undercarriage of your car frequently. If you don’t, rusting won’t be your only problem, as the metal in your frame can become brittle and lead to an expensive bill on your next safety inspection.

DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM SPOTS IMMEDIATELY

Don’t leave cleaning bird droppings and dirt until later, as these problem spots will become harder to remove the longer you leave them on your car. Tree sap is particularly damaging, as it dries very hard and attaches itself to your car with a tar-like bond. Tips courtesy newscanada.com.

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CarCare Spring maintenance keeps your vehicle humming

BY MICKI COWAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

This is especially true in Vancouver, a climate well-suited to all-season tires and not cold enough to require different oil viscosity in the winter – making car maintenance less tied to the season.

The changing of the season impacts almost everything, including your car. After a long, rainy winter, there are certain parts that need attention in any vehicle.

“All seasons bring something different to each car. Spring is the time when the rain is starting to settle down and winter tires aren’t needed anymore, and the heat is starting to rise,” Tremblay said. He explained that a vehicle’s brake system is an area that’s greatly affected by winter driving conditions and should be cleaned out in the spring. Issues caused by salt and antifreeze from winter roads can get caught in the brake system and affect performance, which can be a danger as well. “Things like brakes. We tend not to drive too fast in the wintertime. As we start to loosen up on dry roads, you want to make sure your brakes are in good shape so you can handle

Regular maintenance goes far in developing a relationship with an auto body shop as well, which takes away some of the worry that those who aren’t car-savvy may have about whether they’re getting a fair deal. emergency stops when sudden things happen in front of you,” he said. And if a car is prone to overheating, warmer weather and long waits in traffic can make the issue worse. Tremblay recommends checking the cooling system before warmer weather hits, to avoid an unexpected break-down or the chance of overheating. But while seasonal check-ups can be important, general maintenance of about three or four visits a year can reduce that, seasonal dependency. “When somebody’s doing a routine like that they don’t have the seasonal conversation anymore because 12 months of the year their car is in near top condition and they’re staying ahead of it–long before a season will make it obvious,” said Tremblay.

Tremblay explained that feeling confident about what you’re being charged comes from gaining knowledge and getting to have a relationship. “Get to know some people in the industry so that when something does happen, you have confidence they’re not going to dupe you,” he said.

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ALLAS, Texas — First off, let’s dispel of a few stereotypes Canadians might have about residents of Dallas. Not every Dallasite talks with a Texas twang or incorporates “Y’all” into their everyday conversation. Every second vehicle is not a pickup truck. From a casual two-day observation, Dallas has about the same number of pick-up trucks on its streets as Vancouver and I saw none with gun racks. If Dallasites wear cowboy hats, they kept them in the closet on the weekend I visited. Didn’t see one Stetson. Vegetarian restaurants do exist and the one I wanted to try for Sunday brunch had a 30-minute wait. Opted for a food truck instead. Dallasites like their hockey. It was almost a full house at the American AirlinesCentreforaStarsvs.St.LouisBlues game on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Now that my oversimplified views of the Lone Star State have been proven wrong thanks to finally visiting the Big D, let me share what surprised me about Dallas — Texas’s third largest city after Houston and San Antonio and a four-hour flight from Vancouver. Its museums, abundance of art and big ideas. The Dallas tourism slogan is “Big Things Happen Here” and indeed they do. That Dallas is home to a high concentration of Fortune 500 companies might help make those “big things” come to fruition faster than in most cities. There is big money in the Big D. Or perhaps well-heeled Dallasites are simply more philanthropic than the rest of us. Whatever the reason, the city continues to be going full tilt on a downtown makeover. Recent large-scale additions and concentration of the arts into one area combined with an expanding rapid transit system are clear signs the city is on a mission to transform its downtown. Anyone who hasn’t visited in five years will see a marked difference. A key part of the plan is the recently opened Klyde Warren Park. Before the park officially opened in October

(TOP) The recently opened Klyde Warren Park was built over an eight-lane freeway. (BOTTOM) Dallas skyline). Scan with Layar or go to vancourier.com for more photos. photos Fiona Hughes 2012, Dallas’s downtown and uptown were separated by a recessed eight-lane freeway. Some big thinkers in and out of government and people with deep pockets pooled their resources and came up with an idea that can only be described as pure genius — they built a 5.2 acre deck over portions of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway to connect both parts of city and create what locals hope will become Dallas’s town square. When it opened in October, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told the Dallas Morning News, “I’ve said we need to dial up the fun, and this is the headquarters for it.” The streets of downtown Dallas were strangely quiet on the weekend I visited (does everyone vacate to the suburbs when 5 p.m. hits on a Friday?), but Klyde Warren Park was in full swing with couples, families, dog owners (the park has a dog zone called My Best Friend’s Park no less), impromptu dancers and food truck patrons taking over the many tables and chairs sprinkled throughout the park. The Jim Burnett-

designed park features an enclosed kids playground, a putting green, chess tables, foosball and ping pong tables, a large stage, a soon-to-open restaurant, meandering paths, free Wi-Fi and 322 trees, which hopefully will provide much-needed shade during Dallas’s scorching hot summer months when temperatures can reach 36 C. Walking around the park, you’d never guess an eight-lane freeway lay metres beneath your feet. The park, by the way, is named after the 10-year-old son of energy entrepreneur Kelcy Warren, who donated a reported $10 million to the project. Fingers must be crossed that young Klyde grows up to be a fine

young man forever worthy of having a park named after him. The topography around Dallas is flat, featureless and, at this time of year, brown, which may be another reason Dallas is so rich in art. There are no mountains or ocean to compete for people’s attention like in Vancouver, a city that many say is overly reliant on its natural surroundings. Dallas, however, makes up for its lack of grand vistas with its 19-block (68-acre) pedestrianfriendly Arts District that is home to the must-visit Dallas Museum of Art (free general admission), Nasher Sculpture Centre (admission $10 for renowned works by Henry Moore, Joan Miro and

Rodinamongothers)andtheCrowCollection of Asian Art to its architectural award-winning performance spaces. (As well as the Sculpture Centre, the Nasher family owns a mall called the NorthPark Centre, which they’ve also outfitted with major art acquisitions.) With the recently opened Perot Museum of Nature and Science, there is plenty to keep locals and visitors entertained and enlightened (OK, Dallas/Fort Worth does support four professional sports franchises so it’s not only about art, but art was the purpose of my visit.) The 180,000-square-foot, five-storey Perot Museum (admission US$15), which opened Dec. 1, 2012, is conceived as a large cube floating over a landscaped plinth (or base) and is designed to inspire awareness of science through an immersive and interactive environment that actively engages visitors. It’s chockablock full of things to see, learn and do here — for people of all ages — including learning about the origins of the universe and life, experiencing a magnitude 10 earthquake (scary), touching a tornado, racing a T-Rex, flying like a bird, programming a robot and comparing your athletic form to pro athletes. The museum is named in honour of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by the couple’s five adult children. The museum is such a hit, visitors are encouraged to get entry tickets in advance due to sell-outs most weekends. That wasn’t it for my whirlwind art and museum tour. Would you believe the Dallas Cowboys Stadium employs docents? I met one. His name is Phil Whitfield. Before the Cowboys moved into their new stadium in 2009 in Arlington (just up the freeway from Dallas), Whitfield was head of stadium security. Then Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife Gene, who both envisioned a stadium that went beyond mere sports to appeal to fans of architecture and art, asked Whitfield if he wanted to be a docent. Whitfield was more than bemused. “I thought they were punishing me when they offered me the job,” a happy Whitfield told me. “I didn’t know anything about art. They took a chance on me and I’m happy they did.” Continued on next page

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Sixth Floor Museum marks 50th anniversary of JFK assassination Continued from previous page Whitfield is an integral component to the stadium’s art program, touring visitors around to see a collection that consists of 46 contemporary works by 35 established and emerging artists. He got to know the art through the artists, specifically 14 who were commissioned for site-specific work, when they came to the stadium to install their large-scale pieces. “The art is everywhere,” Whitfield explained during our 90-minute tour. “It’s here to be seen by everybody who comes into the building.” Indeed it is. Most of the pieces are massive. Football fans fear not. There are plenty of archival photos gracing the stadium of Cowboys players going back to the early ’60s, including a hilarious publicity photo of quarterback Eddie LeBaron looking painfully uncomfortable atop a horse. And, of course, there are images of former coach Tom LandrywithassistantcoachMikeDitka and QB Roger Staubach. Oh, and did I mention the jumbotron is 160 feet by 72 feet and that there are 3,500 TVs throughout the airy stadium and twice as many restroom stalls for women as for men, Whitfield said. No visit to Dallas, however, is complete without visiting the well-patronized Sixth Floor Museum (jfk.org),

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(Top) Phil Whitfield is a docent at the Cowboys Stadium. (Top right) The Perot Museum of Nature and Science just opened in December. Bottom right: Sixth Floor Museum has year-long programming to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. which chronicles the assassination (and legacy) of John F. Kennedy almost a half century ago. I anticipated spending only 30 minutes on the sixth floor of the old school book depository where Lee Harvey Oswald aimed his rifle out a corner window and shot JFK Nov. 22, 1963, but I was instantly pulled into the event’s history thanks to the self-guided audio tours narrated by Pierce Allman, the first reporter to broadcast from the building on the day of the shooting. I stayed 90 minutes, many of those emotional moments. The museum is in the midstofyear-longspecialprogramming

leading up to the 50th anniversary, which includes a monthly living history series featuring people who were present that fateful November day, while the city is busy sprucing up the grassy knoll, which was cordoned off for repair when I was there (and much smaller than I thought ). For more information on Dallas, go to visitdallas.com. fhughes@vancourier.com twitter.com/HughesFiona Go to vancourier.com for more pictures and info or scan page with Layar.

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Crack open the Cristal, cuz things are gonna get wiggy when the VANCOUVER BACH CHOIR celebrates the 200th birthdays of homeboys GIUSEPPE VERDI and RICHARD WAGNER. Although these two musical titans never met, their artistic rivalry and subsequent works changed the world of opera forever. The party gets started March 23, 8 p.m. at the Orpheum and includes the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the UBC Opera Ensemble. For tickets and more info on the VERDI/WAGNER BICENTENNIAL concert, go to vancouverbachchoir.com or call 604-696-4290.

The annual MOTOWN MELTDOWN fundraiser in support of the Shooting Stars Foundation returns to the Commodore March 23. The popular event features a whack of vocalists backed by a 12-piece band burning their way through dozens of Motown classics. Performers include The Sojourners, Babe Gurr, Jim Byrnes, ALI MILNER, Jane Mortifee and one of the Real Housewives of Vancouver, among others. Tickets at Highlife Records or ticketmaster.ca. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from sleepy-voiced, singularly named HAYDEN. But the Toronto singer-songwriter has dusted off his acoustic guitar and come out of hibernation to play the Rio Theatre, March 23, in support of his new stripped down and folky album Us Alone. Lou Canon opens. Tickets at Red Cat Records and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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tus Club “food concept architect” Rob Feenie is a champion in the kitchen — doing things with Arctic char and a thimble of truffle oil few before him have ever dreamed of. His Double Braised Pineapple Hoison Short Ribs make gymnast Nadia Comaneci’s achievements in the 1976 Summer Olympics look like a McDonald’s Happy Meal and Carl Lewis’s 10 Olympic medals the equivalent of a dayold Quiznos chipotle sub. In fact, when we watched Sidney Crosby’s gold medal-winning overtime goal in 2010, we remember thinking to ourselves, that’s great and all, but we’d like to see what he can do with some arugula, goat cheese and pecans glazed in a balsamic reduction on a Friday night when the Canucks are playing and the kitchen is totally slammed. As with the Olympics, there are winners and losers in the restaurant world. Those who soar like a majestic bird and those who get de-boned and turned into delicious chicken tenders with honey mustard dipping sauce. But Cactus Club has somehow managed to occupy both of these podiums in life. Plus, in true Olympics fashion, Cactus Club paid the Vancouver Convention Centre, which is run by the B.C. Pavilion Corporation, more than $5,000 to relight the Olympic flame “for up to four hours, calculated from the time the cauldron is lit until it is extinguished” plus a five per cent administrative fee covering “all cauldron-related expenses.” And when it comes right down to it, isn’t that what the spirit of the Olympics is really about.


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eeding off the colossal success of that other prehistoric franchise, Ice Age, DreamWorks hopes to attract big numbers with some big Hollywood names in its latest, The Croods. Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Nicolas Cage lend their vocies to the tale of a prehistoric family on the move after their world starts crumbling around them. Crood family patriarch Grug (Cage) has seen his neighbours gobbled up by predators and decides that the best way to keep his family safe is to stick to their cave home. “New is always dangerous” is the Crood credo. If you thought being sent to your room was bad, try being confined to hole in a rock; understandably, teenaged Eep (Stone) is going more than a little stir crazy hanging out with baby Sandy, mom Ugga (Catherine Keener), her dottery Gran (Cloris Leachman) and lunkheaded brother Thunk (Hot Tub Time Machine’s Clark Duke). She longs to see the wide world beyond the cave’s mouth, danger or not. One night Eep sneaks out, follows the light and encounters Guy (Reynolds), a dude her age with perfect pecs and a theory about impending doom. Plus he can make fire: how can dad compete with that? Grug is oldschool while Guy is a Renaissance man, a few million years early. This clash between old and new forms the primary discord of


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lthough Vancouver lost one of its more vibrant cultural venues with the closure of the Waldorf Hotel two months ago, the people who used to run the place appear to be as busy as ever. Last week, three of the main players behind Waldorf Productions — Ernesto Gomez, Thomas Anselmi and Danny Fazio — announced a new partnership with Rickshaw Theatre owner David Duprey to turn the seedy Fox Cinema porn theatre on Main Street into a new live entertainment space later this year. The creative events team also recently renamed themselves Arrival, and new projects coming up include curating this year’s Khatsalano! Music and Art Festival and serving up a new version of the popular Food Cart Festival held on Sundays last summer in the Waldorf’s parking lot. “We all had so much fun at the Waldorf and it was such a big success in so many ways, I

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Danny Fazio is part of the creative team that will turn Main Street’s Fox Theatre into a new live entertainment space later this year. think the second it fell apart we still wanted to keep our team together,” said Fazio. “As we continue on as a company and take on new projects, we wanted to take on a new name that wasn’t associated with the hotel.” He said that while Khatsalano! founder and Zulu Records owner Grant McDonagh will once again take care of the music business, Arrival will be there to handle

the art displays and other cultural events for the free public event that last July saw roughly 50,000 people hit the 10-block stretch along West Fourth Avenue between MacDonald and Burrard. He added the arrangement should be an easy fit because McDonagh produced the debut album for Anselmi’s notorious punk band Slow back in the ’80s and the two have remained

friends over the years. “Basically, they saw a hole in their programming and said ‘OK, we’re great with the bands and we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing, but as far as cultural programming, the arts, we could use a bit of help.’ They loved what we did at the Waldorf and we’re going to be coming in to fill that void,” said Fazio. He said they haven’t yet secured a location for a new edition of Food Cart Fest but he hopes it will be close to the Fox in Mount Pleasant, a neighbourhood he admits is a more obvious fit for them. “Everybody was always saying about the Waldorf that it was in the middle of nowhere, so to be able to find a place right in the heart of what I think is the hippest area of the city, it is so thrilling to us.” The group takes possession of the Fox on Aug. 1, and Fazio said the approximately 400-seat, two-storey venue seems better suited to turning a profit than the cavernous Waldorf Hotel, although the dilapidated XXX theatre will need thorough scrubbing and renovating (not to mention a liquor license) before opening. “We are going to go in there with Hazmat suits and kerosene and just really clean it up,” he said with a laugh. “It is a great size, a great location and just one room to program for instead of multiple rooms.” afleming@vancourier.com twitter.com/flematic

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tepping into Chocolate Arts, I hardly know where to look. To my left, two suited men are talking serious business; next to them, a woman in cat’s-eye glasses reads a newspaper while sipping hot chocolate. Past them, the espresso bar beckons with drinking chocolate, caffeine and assorted pastries. On my right is a tasting bar of single-origin chocolates, gift boxes (some designed by First Nations artist Robert Davidson) and chocolate lollipops. I arrive at the confections counter at the back. Here, there’s something for everyone, from single-origin truffles to peanut butter bars. “Number one, it’s gotta make sense,” says Greg Hook, owner and chocolatier. “There shouldn’t be any question as to what the flavour is… you should be immediately able to identify it. Raspberry should taste like raspberry. Rhubarb, you should say ‘oh my goodness, that’s rhubarb.’” Recently transplanted to West Third Avenue near Fir, Chocolate Arts originally opened in 1992 on West Fourth. Its 700 square feet housed retail space in the front and a production kitchen in the back. “We actually lived upstairs for the first five years… it was a really short commute,” says Hook. Hook quickly gained traction with his accessible and elegant creations, from thoughtfultrufflestoFirstNations-inspired chocolate masks. By 2000, he opened a separate production kitchen, and in 2012 settled into his new 4,200-square-foot facility in the Armoury District. “In retrospect, we really should have

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Chocolate Arts owner and chocolatier Greg Hook gears up for Easter. made this move much earlier,” he says. So why didn’t he? “During that period of my life I didn’t focus as much on business as much as raising our kids… Both of my children are a little bit older now and don’t want to hang out as much. I’m working more now than I was before.” Thatworkisdefinitelypayingoff.Where the original shop was dark, cozy and almost clandestine, the new Chocolate Arts is bright, airy and begs you to linger. “On Fourth Avenue, we were only doing about one-quarter of the things we were good at. [Here], we can do events, tastings, handson classes, demonstration classes.” Hook also has plans to offer pastries in his cafe. “But we won’t be a pastry shop that does chocolate. We’ll be a chocolate shop that does pastry.” Heading into summer, he also plans to offer ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. Summer is when Hook and his team will preserve seasonal fruit, something he’s done since 1995. He loves organic Okanagan Van cherries because they have “more depth” than Bing cherries. Hook and his staff will hand-pit and dehydrate the cherries, then spike the juice

with Kirsch. Throughout the year, they rehydrate the cherries in the boozy syrup for a taste of summer — even in the dead of winter. You can taste their efforts in the “blossom,” a flower-shaped chocolate concealing the plump cherries. Choose from dark or milk; they’re both stellar. If truffles are your thing, the coffee-cardamom and rustica aren’t to be missed. For now, Hook is focused squarely on Easter. “We always do a pop rock bunny,” he says, and customers can also look forward to fanciful filled eggs, including caramel cashew, PB & J and s’mores. On my way out, I pause at the handmade wooden clock in the corner from local artist Harvey Sexsmith. Beside it, Sexsmith writes: “What is craftsmanship? Whether it is furniture or chocolate, our senses and intellect recognize the skill, dedication and vision the artisan has put into their work.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. twitter.com/eagranieyuh For more pictures of chocolatey goodness and added web content, scan page with

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SPORT SHORTS #QUOTEYOURCOACH Last week when all eyes in the boys basketball community turned to Langley for the B.C. championships, athletes around North American were quoting their coaches on Twitter. The hashtag, #QuoteYourCoach, was trending, and tweets brimmed with inspirational idioms, training tips, inside jokes and, thankfully, only the occasional cliché. I asked a handful of current and past Vancouver basketballers if they had anything to add. Here’s a sampling: Cam Smythe (@cameronsmythers), a Tupper Tiger who graduated to play prep at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, grew up in the R.O.A.R.S. system of volunteer coach Jeff Gourley. (The acronym stands for the school’s code of conduct: Respect, Ownership, Attitude, Responsibility, Safety.) Gourley is a coach with a lot to contribute, and Smythe remembers him saying this: “It’s the journey not the destination. He said it a lot and has stuck with me.” St. George’s Drew Urquhart (@Durquhart11) came to Vancouver this year from the Okanagan and trained this season under veteran coach Bill Disbrow. “He calls me Nerdavious,” tweeted Urquhart, “because his friend found two weird names and mixed them together, so he calls me that.” The respected coach, who Urquhart called “Dizzy” Disbrow, will praise the players when they’re hitting their stride. When this happens for Urquhart, he hears his coach say, “Nerdavious be going dancing.” Mindy Minhas (@mindyminhas96) chimed in on two coaches, Churchill’s Rick Lopez and Drive’s Pasha Bains, but not to quote them. On what they’ve taught him, he offered this: On Lopez: “Not only is he a great mentor, he has helped me see that I can use my basketball skills to be a leader to others. Mr. Lopez is extremely knowledgeable and has helped shape me into a player I am and has taught me to work hard and never give up.” And on Bains: “[He] is like an older brother/father to me, he has always been there for me on and off the court and has taught me numerous life skills. He is a role model for me and somebody that I’ve always looked up to.”

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The Kitsilano senior boys basketball team in China.

Ken Leung sent me the above picture earlier in the week from the Great Wall of China. On a trip he helped organize, Leung is travelling with the Kitsilano senior boys basketball team on a two-week tour of China to play multiple games at five different high schools in Nanjing, Shanghai and Beijing. — Megan Stewart

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uka Kojima St-Laurent was on the sidelines of the AAA B.C. boys basketball championship, deeply concentrating on his game. He had to move fast. Tip-off was minutes away. He needed to step into position but not before preparing his tools for the upcoming rotation. At the long media table packed with reporters, scouts and statisticians, Kojima St-Laurent grabbed his gear: a tripod, Nikon camera and charged battery. The Grade 12 student at King George secondary isn’t a basketball player. He’s a videographer and editor — an increasingly popular and respected one. This year and last, he closely followed the senior boys season, industriously filming every game he attended. When Kitsilano’s Noah de Rappard sunk a 65-foot shot from beyond the half-court line right at the buzzer, Kojima St-Laurent had the footage on YouTube in 24 hours. He chronicled the King George Dragons’ 2011-12 season, attending close to 40 games. This year he repeated the feat and in February travelled with the Dragons to Kamloops for the AA championships. Capturing the footage is only the beginning. Kojima St-Laurent, who named his young company KSTL Productions, is making a name for himself in B.C. basketball circles for what he does with the footage he captures. It started with a mixtape of George Mija. A mixtape is a series of quick clips that capture a baller’s best moments: a massive dunk or devastating crossover that freezes a defender, creative ball-handling and impressive hang time. All mixtapes are put to music, the kind of aggressive urban beats that get the head bumping and the heart pumping. Kojima St-Laurent and St. George’s Cedric Payne are two Vancouverites breaking into the business. When Kojima St-Laurent put together a mixtape for King George’s Mija, it was for fun. Now he gets requests from players, clubs and schools offering to pay for his services. He is currently working on 15 tapes for players around the Lower Mainland and about 20 more game highlights from the two senior boys championship tournaments. “I wanted to make the video personal to the player,” said Kojima StLaurent. He shoots from the sidelines, not the stands, and gets close up on a player when he’s handling the ball. He films candid shots to help tell a story about the athlete. “The best content is the close ups and the emotion that you catch

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Luka Kojima St-Laurent, 17, films the AAA B.C. boys basketball championship March 16 at the Langley Events Centre. Scan this page with Layar to see the mixtapes. amongst the team,” he said. “It gives them a cinematic feel. It’s like a short film, they find it exiting, fun to watch. The best content is the close-ups and the emotion that you catch amongst the team. I love doing this for the kids and getting them their exposure and getting everyone to see them in a different way. “Instead of coaches going to a game to see them and fans that can’t come to a game, they can watch the highlights and see what happens.” A graduating senior, Mija aspires to play basketball next year at university. He was already getting looks, but his mixtapes helped draw even more attention. Kojima St-Laurent also makes the kind of tape a recruiter wants to see: uninterrupted game footage to show the complete player, not just his “Showtime sparkle.” “So far every coach I’ve talked to has told me about how they’ve seen my mixtape so it’s really helped get my name out there,” said Mija, noting his classmate’s commitment and talent. “He gives up sleep to help others with their goals. He puts in 150 per cent into his work and he doesn’t fail to im-

press. In my opinion, the quality of his mixtapes are on top in this business.” Sunny Ahluwalia is a West Coast correspondent for North Pole Hoops, a Canadian scouting service dedicated to basketball. He said a coach’s attention will be drawn to the entertainment value of a mixtape, but he will still need to see more of a player to determine his capabilities and potential. “It’s a good baseline to have on a kid so you can see there are things you can pick out. I love them as much as anyone — you get all the loud moments in one package — but in terms of a coach or a scout making a full decision on a kid, based on a mixtape, that likely will never happen.” Ahluwalia is a dedicated basketball analyst and spends hours observing the abilities, skills and potential of upand-coming athletes. He admires talent wherever he sees it, on the court or on the sidelines with a video camera. “It’s just like the kids who play. They have a passion for basketball, they channel it in a different way.” mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart


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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Cancer June 21-July 22: Be ambitious during the weeks ahead, Cancer. It won’t be easy this week, as you might have to gain the co-operation of another whose natural is to goals, Cancer Juneinclination 21-July 22: Be dominate ambitiousyour during the weeks ahead, Cancer. It won’t be goals easy this as or demand a say in what those are.week, You can you this might have (or to gain the onside co-operation of another get person agency) by showing how whoseambitions natural inclination is to their dominate your Travel, goals, your will increase security. or demand a say in what paperwork those goalsand are.details You can errands, communications, fill get this toperson (or afternoon. agency) onside by showing Sunday Tuesday Bed realistic in legalhow or your ambitions will increase security. Careful Travel, travel matters. Home and familytheir fill midweek. errands, communications, paperwork and details fill Tuesday:toavoid fights. ThursdayBed everealistic to Saturday bring Sunday Tuesday afternoon. in legal or romance, beautyHome and pleasure. travel matters. and family fill midweek. Careful Tuesday: avoid fights.22: Thursday to Saturday bring Leo July 23-Aug. A wise,eve mellow mood flows romance, beauty pleasure. over you now andand for the weeks ahead. You’ll succeed in legal matters, highermellow education, Leofar travel, July 23-Aug. 22: A wise, moodcultural flows over youintellectual now and forprojects, the weeks ahead. You’ll venues, broadcasting andsucceed media, in travel, higher education, cultural andfarlove. You legal couldmatters, taste fame. These good things will venues, intellectual projects, media, encounter interference from broadcasting work or healthand demands and You could fame.conflict These good now love. through Marchtaste 31. This couldthings causewill an encounter interference from work or health angry reaction Tuesday: be diplomatic. Do demands the work now This hopes conflictand could cause an now, through but keepMarch the joy31. of your plans in your angry reaction Tuesday: be diplomatic. Do the work heart. Chase money Sunday to Tuesday. Midweek’s now, but keep the joy of your hopes and plans in your talkative, bright, happy! To home (and success there) heart. Chase money Sunday to Tuesday. Midweek’s Thursday bright, eve to Saturday. talkative, happy! To home (and success there) Thursday eve to23-Sept. Saturday.22: The weeks ahead hold Virgo Aug. mysteries, sexual desire, Virgo Aug.subconscious 23-Sept. 22: urges, The weeks ahead hold mysteries, urges, sexual desire, significant subconscious financial actions (investment, debt significant financiallifestyle actions (investment, debt reduction) potential changes, commitment, reduction) potential lifestyle changes, commitment, and the need for research or health diagnosis. These and the need for research These are more significant than orin health most diagnosis. March/Aprils, as are significant in most March/Aprils, as yourmore actions now canthan strongly affect the next two your actions now can strongly affect the next two years. However, the rest of March erects barriers to years. However, the rest of March erects barriers to these very very things. things. Good, Good, for for the the barriers/problems barriers/problems these highlight what what needs needs to to be be done. done. Watch Watch Tuesday Tuesday highlight for such such aa problem: problem: contain contain any any anger anger over over it. it. Your Your for energy, charisma charisma shine shine Sunday Sunday to to Tuesday. Tuesday. Chase Chase energy, money midweek.

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness hit a peak now to late April. Recent delays and “decision benders” are over, so march projects, pursue love, Aries ahead, Marchstart 21 - important April 19: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness hit a peak now to you. late Show April. tackle chores that formerly intimidated Recent delays Sunday/Monday and “decision benders” are over, so your strength! are for work, health march ahead, important projects,Relationships pursue love, concerns, andstart aiding dependents. tackle build choresto that formerly intimidated Show might a cruel peak Tuesday p.m.you. – former your strength! Sunday/Monday health resentment breaks the surface.are NOTfora work, good day to concerns, authority. and aiding dependents. Relationships challenge Feelings and loyalties are still a might build to a cruel peak Tuesday p.m. – former jumble Wednesday so step resentment breaks morning, the surface. NOTlightly. a goodSecrets, day to sex, large finances to Saturday. challenge authority.Thursday Feelings night and loyalties are still a jumble Wednesday morning, step lightly. Secrets, Taurus April 20-May 20:soYou face a month of sex, largesolitude financesand Thursday night to Saturday. relative rest, Taurus. Retreat, study options, deal 20: withYou commercial agents, Taurus form Aprilplans, 20-May face a month of relative solitude and rest, government agencies, headTaurus. office, Retreat, charitiesstudy and options, formSunday plans, deal with commercial agents, institutions. to Tuesday float a romantic government agencies, head charities and atmosphere around you, butoffice, it might not bring institutions. Sunday to Tuesday a Aromantic success. (Sunday night’s your bestfloat shot.) secret, around mental, you, butetc.) it or might not bring aatmosphere wound (emotional, a conflict with success. (Sunday your best shot.) secret, the law could rise tonight’s an uncomfortable levelATuesday. a wound (emotional, mental, etc.) or a conflict with Avoid fight.riseA tophilosophical attitude the lawacould an uncomfortable levelconquers Tuesday. violence. Tackle chores midweek. Thursday eve Avoid a fight. A philosophical attitude conquers to Saturday brings relationships, violence. Tackle chores midweek.challenges Thursday and eve opportunities. to Saturday brings relationships, challenges and opportunities. Gemini May 21-June 20: Wishes come true. Gemini May Your 21-June 20: Wishes true. Expand, seek. popularity rises. come Optimism, Expand, seek. light Yourromance popularity rises. fun Optimism, entertainment, and plain fill your entertainment, and plain funsink fill your days – better inlight Aprilromance than March. Quietly into days – better in April Quietly into domestic chores, familythan love,March. real estate, etc.,sink Sunday domestic chores, familylays love, areal estate, etc.,cloak Sunday to Tuesday. Midweek transparent of to Tuesday. Midweek lays a transparent cloak of beauty over everything. But it’s an odd interval. First, beauty over everything. But it’s an odd interval. First, sex and and friendship friendship conflict conflict Tuesday, Tuesday, might spark aa sex might spark cruel fight. fight. Then Then Wednesday Wednesday holds holds mixed mixed luck luck in in love love cruel and creativity. creativity. Then Thursday brings brings aa spectacular and Then Thursday spectacular series of of exciting exciting meetings meetings –– but they go series but they go nowhere! nowhere! (They might, later.) Work, health Friday/Saturday.

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6008

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IN THE CLASSIFIEDS

March 24 - 30, 2013 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Domestic concerns fill March 24 Cap.- You30, the next few weeks, need a 2013 sturdy launch

Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The weeks ahead feature relationships – some of the most significant of this decade, perhaps of your life. But the “easy road forward”Sept. in relating won’t until April. These last Libra 23-Oct. 22:occur The weeks ahead feature relationships someseveral of thebarriers most significant of this days of March–erect to: co-operation, decade, perhaps marriage of your vows, life. But the “easy road love, partnership, relocation, dealings forward” relating occuropportunities. until April. These last with the in public, andwon’t general You can days of March erect these severalbarriers barriersinto:March co-operation, face and challenge (a huge love, partnership, marriage vows,and relocation, one Tuesday: reject self-pride) fight fordealings a bond with public, You then can (new the or old). Or and you general can waitopportunities. until April, and face and challenge these barriers in March (a huge attempt to joinreject with another, etc.and (October-born? Wait one Tuesday: self-pride) fight for a bond for April.) LoveOr looms. (new or old). you can wait until April, and then attempt another, (October-born? Scorpioto join Oct.with 23-Nov. 21:etc.Lots of projects Wait and for April.) Love looms. initiatives arise now through April in work and health. you will talk against Scorpio However, Oct. 23-Nov. 21:tend Lots to of projects and initiatives arise this now week, throughandApril in work and these changes you’ll be partly health. you will tend to and talk mergers against justified:However, technological upgrading these changes this and you’ll be or partnerships will week, be “still-born.” Evenpartly so, justified: technological upgrading andsignificant, mergers developments on the work scene are or partnerships “still-born.” Even so, affect at least thewilltwobeyears ahead. Diplomacy developments the work will scene are tomorrow’s significant, Tuesday: beingon overbearing create affect at least the two years ahead. Diplomacy enemies. Oh, andoverbearing don’t stop working! Yourtomorrow’s popularity Tuesday: being will create rises, social joys come, Sunday to Tuesday. Retreat enemies. Oh, and don’t stop working! Your popularity midweek: energy, charismaRetreat surge rises, socialrest, joysthink. come,Your Sunday to Tuesday. Thursday night Saturday. midweek: rest, to think. Your energy, charisma surge Thursday nightNov. to Saturday. Sagittarius 22-Dec. 21: The weeks ahead Sagittarius 22-Dec. 21: The weeksbeauty, ahead bring romance,Nov. creative genius, pleasure, bring romance, creative genius, pleasure, charming kids, speculative success – you’llbeauty, ride a charming kids, –speculative success – you’ll ride winning streak and a significant one, as what youa winningorstreak – and ayou significant whatyour you create the feelings expressone, canasaffect create youallexpress can into affectstrong your life for ora the longfeelings time. But these run life for a long time. But all these run into strong barriers in March. Be patient, wait for April’s gifts. barriers in March. Be patient, wait for April’s gifts. (Otherwise, Tuesday’s Tuesday’s refusal refusal could could trigger trigger cruelty.) cruelty.) (Otherwise, Sunday to to Tuesday Tuesday feature feature career, career, ambition, ambition, Sunday relations with with higher-ups. higher-ups. Behave! Behave! Midweek Midweek brings brings relations happiness, boosts boosts your your popularity, popularity, might might spark spark love. love. happiness, Retreat, rest and contemplate Friday/Saturday.

pad for all your ambitions: a strong family, a good spouse, a “proper” neighbourhood provide such filla Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Domestic concerns the next weeks, You need some a sturdy launch pad. Thisfew entire areaCap. experiences disruption pad for all toyour ambitions: a strong from 2011 2018, so use the presentfamily, cycle a(togood late spouse,to astrengthen “proper” neighbourhood provideIn such April) this domestic zone. March,a pad. This entire area experiences some you’ll accomplish this through struggle and disruption imposing from will 2011(e.g., to 2018, so use the apresent (to late your Tuesday, when fight’s cycle possible). In April) ittowill strengthen domestic zone.During In March, April, be easier,this without opposition. this you’ll accomplish this through struggle and imposing 2011-2018 period, you’ll when very likely buy apossible). new home, your will (e.g., Tuesday, a fight’s In or invest in land. Joy, late week!opposition. During this April, it will be easier, without 2011-2018 very likely buy a new home, Aquarius period, Jan. you’ll 20-Feb. 18: Communications, or invest in casual land. Joy, late week! paperwork, details short trips, acquaintances, – these fill theJan. weeks ahead. 18: You could experience Aquarius 20-Feb. Communications, short casual acquaintances, paperwork, some trips, conflict between these and your “secret details life” in –thethese fill ahead. the weeks ahead. You couldreveals experience 8 days For instance, gossip your some conflict between thesetoand life”you in little peccadillo, or loyalty a your boss “secret prevents the days ahead. gossip reveals your from8taking that tripForto instance, Coney Island. These conflicts little or loyalty to anger a boss prevents mightpeccadillo, cause embarrassment, Tuesday. All you will from takingnext thatweek. trip to Sexual Coney Island. These financial conflicts be easier temptations, might cause embarrassment, anger Tuesday. All will urges fill Sunday to Tuesday. deep for answers be easier next week. SexualDelve temptations, financial (but don’t hit any nerves). Love, mellow come urges fill Sunday to Tuesday. Delve deep forjoy, answers midweek. FridayLove, morning. (but don’t Be hitambitious any nerves). mellow joy, come midweek. Be ambitious morning. Pisces Feb. 19-MarchFriday 20: Chase money until late April. ThisFeb. interval is unusually significant, as what Pisces 19-March 20: Chase money until late April. This interval is unusually as what you accomplish, dollars you makesignificant, or spend (careful!) you accomplish, you make or spend (careful!) employment you dollars begin, etc., can affect you for years. employment you abegin, etc., can affectwill youfight for years. You’re forming template. March your You’re forming a template. Marchis will monetary success – the “enemy” yourfight groupyour of monetary success is your group of friends, your ethics, –or the your“enemy” own wishes for the future. friends, your ethics, or your own wishes for the future. April offers easy success. This week, let money take April offers easy success. This week, let money take secondary role. role. (Especially (Especially “cruel “cruel Tuesday” Tuesday” –– be be aa secondary diplomatic.) Co-operate, Co-operate, seize seize opportunities opportunities SundaySundaydiplomatic.) Tuesday. Midweek Midweek accents accents secrets, secrets, lust, lust, finances. finances. AA Tuesday. mellow mood mood comes comes Friday/Saturday Friday/Saturday mellow timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 604-886-4808


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REAL ESTATE HOME SERVICES cont. from previous page

6020

6050

Out Of Town Property

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Appliance Repairs

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6052

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8030

Carpentry

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732-8453

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6030

6065

Recreation Property

Lots & Acreage

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8055

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8060

Concrete

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RENTALS 6508

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AMBER LODGE

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6508

Apt/Condos

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Excavating

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8090

Fencing/Gates

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8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

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8120

Glass Mirrors

8075

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8140

Heating

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8150

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Tel: 604-603-9655

8125

Gutters

8160

Lawn & Garden

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8160

Lawn & Garden

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6602

Suites/Partial Houses

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8080

Electrical

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8193

Oil Tank Removal

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Painting/ Wallpaper

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8130

Handyperson

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Moving & Storage

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8195

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Since 1989

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8185

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8130

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PERFORMANCE The long nose of the ‘6 isn’t just a styling feature; the layout of the Skyactiv-G engine below necessitates the packaging considerations. While it has a slightly-silly name, it’s worth taking a brief look at what Skyactiv means for Mazda. After splitting from Ford, Mazda found themselves with limited resources, but the engineering freedom to blaze their own trail. Things could have gone badly. Remember, these are the guys who chased the rotary engine, long after that engine technology proved itself too inefficient for commercial success. Luckily for you, me, and anyone behind the wheel of a modern Mazda, they got things right. First off, the Skyactiv engine has a very high-compression ratio, a racing-style 4-2-1 exhaust header and precisely-metered fuel injectors. These all combine to make a grunty engine that extracts the most from each gallon of gasoline and revs sweetly to redline. Secondly, the Mazda6’s chassis is stiffened and lightened,

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