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t’s inevitable in his line of work. Sooner rather than later, Sgt. Rob Faoro will receive a call—likely in the middle of the night—that someone has been murdered in the city. The 16-year veteran homicide cop will respond with his team of eight investigators to determine how the person died, who was responsible and what motivated the violent death. Sometimes, they will nab a suspect immediately. Other times, as in Sunday’s homicide at Seventh Avenue and Ash Street, the case may go cold for a while or never be solved. But as years go on the homicide beat, this year is shaping up to be one of the most successful for Faoro and the two other homicide teams that comprise the Vancouver Police Department. Of the 13 homicides in 2011, police have successfully recommended charges in nine of the murders for a 69 per cent “solve rate,” according to Faoro, who said Monday he is optimistic about solving at least two of the remaining deaths. All nine cases with charges are before the courts. “This is, right now, the best we’ve seen it in my 16 years,” said Faoro, noting the rate reached 75 per cent before Sunday’s killing of Axel Curtis, who is believed to have had

Harpreet Singh Sandhu’s uncle Lak Chahal addresses the media at Arlington Street and Whithorn Court, where Sandhu was killed in July. photo Mike Howell ties to gangs. Last year’s solve rate was 56 per cent and 39 per cent in 2009. Faoro, however, is realistic about this year’s rate holding at 69 per cent, knowing that a spate of gang violence or a random killing before the end of the year could knock the numbers back to previous levels.

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the past decade, with the VPD recording an all-time low of 10 homicides in 2010. The downward trend is evident across Canada, with police reporting 56 fewer homicides in 2010 than in 2009, according to a Statistics Canada report released last month. The report said the overall homicide rate was driven largely by fewer incidents in the western provinces, with the rate in B.C. falling to its lowest point since the mid-1960s. Faoro pointed to police cracking down on gang violence and running sophisticated operations targeting high-profile gangsters as likely reasons for the decrease in homicides in the city. He’s also noticed a decline in the number of husband-wife, boyfriend-girlfriend homicides. “I remember in the ’90s, there were more of those,” Faoro said. “Now it’s rare that we have that type of violence anymore.” But even with fewer homicides, the VPD continues to wrack up huge overtime bills in murder investigations. As of Oct. 19, homicide units spent $833,000 on overtime and that number could reach more than $1 million as investigators continue to search for suspects in four killings. Faoro revealed the overtime costs to the Vancouver Police Board last month to give board members a sense of how quickly the tab can add up for a homicide investigation. Continued on page 5

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VPD has spent several millions of dollars targeting gangsters Continued from page 4 “Sounds like a lot of money but that was a relatively great deal,” said Faoro, who averaged out the cost of investigating the first 11 homicides of the year to $75,000 each in overtime; the tab doesn’t include the regular work hours of investigators, which can be a complicated calculation when factoring officers’ pay grids. Despite the “great deal,” Faoro is worried the department’s $2.8 million criminal investigation fund used to cover overtime is quickly being drained. The fund is also relied upon by the department’s robbery/assault teams, the drug squad and sex crimes unit to investigate major crimes, including kidnappings. So far, it hasn’t reached the point where the VPD’s executive has had to shuffle its operating budget or go to council begging for more money to increase the criminal investigation fund. And, Faoro said, he wanted to be clear that homicide investigations haven’t been curtailed because of budget constraints. “We don’t say no because it costs a lot of money,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we may have to say no because we can’t go find more money if there isn’t any more there. But, for the victims’ families, they’ve got to understand that for now we do spend the money.”

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he police department’s cheapest overtime tab for a murder investigation this year was related to the death of 47-year-old Neil Andrew Barnett. He became the city’s third homicide victim of the year when on the night of March 30 he was allegedly involved in an altercation in the 400-block of Carrall Street and fatally stabbed. Police were led almost immediately to a suspect, keeping the overtime costs to $10,643. Jullian Reddock, 25, was charged with manslaughter. Depending on the homicide case, overtime costs can increase for the investigators themselves and for forensic teams called out for several hours, days or weeks. So-called canvas teams can be required to knock on doors and search for evidence. Undercover work can play a part, as can

The above chart outlines overtime costs of the city’s first 11 homicide investigations. The costs were compiled Oct. 19 and continue to grow. image courtesy the VPD wiretaps and DNA analysis. Police will also monitor murder suspects if they are granted bail. The most expensive overtime tab to date involved the slaying of 36-year-old Jessica Eguia-Cornejo, who was found dead June 10 in her apartment in the 7400-block of Fraser Street. It took police two months before announcing Aug. 8 that Anthony Blake Cruz of Richmond was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Overtime costs, which included a forensic team spending five days at the victim’s apartment, totalled $173,343. What continues to keep overtime costs mounting are the ongoing probes into Sunday’s gang-related homicide and the killings of Milad Nournia, Harpreet “Happy” Sandhu and Melanie O’Neill, whose body was discovered July 26 in her apartment on West 13th Avenue. The investigation into her death has reached $70,000 in overtime in October and continues to climb. Nournia was the city’s first homicide victim of the year, having been gunned down

Feb. 17 in the 1000-block of Hornby Street in what police said was a targeted shooting. Nournia, 26, was carrying a loaded handgun when he was shot. The overtime tab, as of Oct. 19: $163,472. Sandhu was killed July 25 after a gunman fired several shots into the 21-yearold’s back and left him lying in the 6900block of Whithorn in Champlain Heights. The overtime tab, as of Oct. 19: $101,987. Sandhu’s uncle, Lak Chahal, pleaded Nov. 4 at a press conference for the killer to turn himself in to police. Police say Sandhu was not involved in gang activity. “This is a total senseless killing and the whole family is totally devastated,” Chahal said at the intersection where Sandhu was shot. “Happy was a good kid. I just want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with drugs or gangs.” Often, the gang-related slayings, such as the Nournia and Curtis hits, are the most difficult to solve because of the code of silence among gangsters. It’s why the VPD has focused on targeting gangsters before

the gunfire erupts. Over the past couple of years, the VPD has led several investigations that resulted in the arrest of some of the city’s most notorious alleged gangsters, including Manny Buttar and Bobby Gill. When police announced the results of Project Torrent in February 2010, Insp. Brad Desmarais of the VPD’s gangs and drugs section said police had “crippled” the Buttar and Gill organization. Fourteen people were charged with 125 offences, including a woman who allegedly tried to hire members of the group to kill her ex-husband. The total cost of Project Torrent was $2.3 million. Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke, who oversees the VPD’s investigations division, acknowledged that Project Torrent and similar projects such as Rebellion ($1.6 million) and Rescue ($785,000) were expensive but crucial to public safety. Lemcke believes the decrease in homicides in the city over the past two years is related to the VPD’s work on stemming gang crime and that of integrated gang squads cracking down on gangsters in the Lower Mainland. “Gangsters are shooting gangsters, but what if somebody’s in the background?” he said during Faoro’s presentation to the police board. “If we can prevent these shootings from happening in this city, we keep everybody safe. So it’s important to do these proactive investigations because these moron gangsters don’t care where they do their crime.” Sunday’s homicide occurred at 9:30 a.m. at a busy intersection, a couple of blocks from the VPD’s Cambie Street station. Bullets reportedly hit an optical store on the boulevard where Curtis was shot to death.

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Continued from page 5 To date, IHIT has investigated 26 murders compared to 38 in 2010 and 56 in 2009. IHIT is the largest homicide unit in Canada and responsible for 26 RCMP detachments and both the New Westminster and Abbotsford municipal police departments. The unit’s jurisdiction extends from Pemberton to Boston Bar and the Sunshine Coast to the Coquihalla Highway, covering an area of about 2.5 million people. Sgt. Jennifer Pound, the media relations officer for IHIT, said combatting gang violence that results in homicides is a focus in detachments and departments across the country. “It’s a policing priority, no matter where you are,” Pound said. “It’s not just in the city but police departments everywhere are looking at gang-related issues and organized crime.” Even so, Pound said she couldn’t speculate exactly why homicides have decreased in Vancouver, in B.C. and across the country, although Edmonton’s gang problem has seen more than 40 murders this year. Despite the downward trend in homicides, Pound said IHIT could always use more money and officers for the unit, which was created in 2003. “At the end of the day, it’s not about the money—it’s about the families that you’re working with,” she said. “But it’s tough to balance that. You have these obligations to solve this, but yeah it costs and

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money does come into play.” Robert Gordon, the director of Simon Fraser University’s criminology department, said the $833,000 in overtime costs for the VPD’s homicide investigations suggests to him the department needs more officers. “If they’re having to pour that amount of extra money into investigations, it means that police officers working on these cases are working long hours,” Gordon said. But, Gordon added, it’s difficult to put a price on capturing a killer for the sake of the victim’s family. As well, spending millions of dollars on special projects that target known gangsters is understood when gunplay in the streets puts innocent bystanders at risk, he added. “Where a community has that kind of activity taking place, obviously robust police action is more than warranted,” said Gordon, referring to the 14 gang-related homicides that occurred in late 2007 and throughout 2008 in Vancouver.

ne of the most costly homicide investigations to date for the VPD was finding the killer of 18-year-old Poonam Randhawa, who was shot dead Jan. 26, 1999 in an alley near Granville and West 47th Avenue. It took 12 years for investigators to find suspect Ninderjit Singh, who was arrested Aug. 19 in San Jacinto, Calif. Police said Singh attempted to conceal his identity by gaining weight, growing a beard and wearing a turban. The cost of the investigation just over the past two years totalled $550,000, said Faoro, who wouldn’t speculate on the total cost of the 12-year probe. But it is a case, Faoro said, that demonstrates how determined investigators are to bring some peace to a family, no matter what the cost. “There are certain cases that every investigator has that are dear to you—that you can’t leave the [homicide] section until you solve those,” he said. “I have a couple and I deal with the parents on a regular basis. I have one person who phones me weekly, and it kills me. My family knows about it. My friends know about it, my team knows about it.” Added Faoro: “That Randhawa one was dear to everybody here. She was an innocent young woman.” The Randhawa family released a statement after the arrest, saying “we are forever grateful to the Vancouver Police Department for never giving up on us over the past 12 years.” mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Residents ramp up opposition to skateboard park Residents neighbouring Mount Pleasant Park are accusing the park board of deceiving the community regarding the skateboard park near completion there. “The park board chose to spend the time and money for a public consultation to pretend to be interested in the opinion of the community,” said Doug Leung, who’s lived across from the park since 2005. “We’re very disappointed in this use of the park.” The public consultation, part of the ongoing redevelopment of the park, included a survey asking residents to rank a list of amenities they wanted in the park. Leung noted the survey results ranked a skateboard park last on a list of 15 items, but there was no option to decline the idea altogether. He said one of the amenities most wanted by residents was a splash park to ease the disappointment of the loss of the popular outdoor pool, which was demolished last year. “But now the park has become a destination for skaters from across the city,” Leung said.

four and five feet high that young kids can’t go down. That’s why these guys in their 30s and 40s are using it and that’s disturbing because the skate park is right beside the toddler area.” Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Sarah Blyth, who helped found the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition, is confident the skate park will become a popular amenity for Mount Pleasant. “Wherever we’ve put in a skate park there’s been concern from residents, like at Kensington Park,” said Blyth. “But in the end, those same community members are coming out to watch the skaters.” Blyth said when she was elected three years ago, she promised to encourage more youth to get involved in park board business. She believes skate parks engage youth in politics. Blyth argued that the use of the park by skaters before its completion highlights the need for more skate parks in the city. She said residents worried about the skate park can contact her about their concerns. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

“THE PARK HAS BECOME A DESTINATION FOR SKATERS FROM ACROSS THE CITY.” Doug Leung

The splash pool is not part of the redevelopment. The Courier heard from several residents who live near the park concerned about the skate park, but only Leung would speak on the record. Other residents say they’re afraid of retaliation from the men who started using the skate park which is still under construction. The park board recently piled sand on the skateboard ramp to stop skaters from entering the fenced area. Residents told the Courier the skaters are noisy, leave garbage and let their dogs, including what the residents say is an aggressive pit bull, run off leash. Graffiti is also a problem at the park. One young mother told the Courier she was offended by graffiti including

The park board dumped sand on the skateboard park at Ontario and 16th Avenue to discourage use until construction is complete. photo Dan Toulgoet the word “Boobs,” which was stylized to look like a woman’s breasts. Leung said the park board initially placated residents with the promise the skate park would be small and dedicated to beginners. The park board refers to

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote Will you be attending a Remembrance Day ceremony? Last week’s poll question: Should the city shut down the Occupy Vancouver encampment at the Vancouver Art Gallery?

Yes 60 per cent No 40 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” That famous quote from scientist and brainiac Albert Einstein is included in a new report called Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A Community in Need of Balance, compiled by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Association and the community-based Inner City Safety Society. Joji Kumagai with the Strathcona BIA told me the groups were inspired to compile the study out of frustration in watching millions of dollars spent on the Downtown Eastside annually with little improvement to show for it. Kumagai says while the majority of groups dedicating time and money to the Downtown Eastside are well-meaning, they’re not showing the results needed to make the community a safe, healthy place to live for everyone. Then there’s what’s commonly known as the “poverty pimps,” my words not Kumagai’s, who aren’t so well intentioned and make a living off the backs of the poor and downtrodden. The paper details how the neighbourhood has become the recipient community of numerous failed social experiments by governments, bureaucrats, academics, researchers, social agencies and those well-meaning volunteers. Experiments designed to improve the community’s social problems but with no real results. Part of the problem, says the report, is the mixed messages offered by these varying groups—legalize drugs, crack down on drugs,

sandrathomas raise welfare rates, put people to work instead of offering welfare, legalize the sex trade, crack down on the sex trade. The problem, says the study, is each scenario deals with a specific problem aimed at dealing with a specific problem group. The authors of the report, based on earlier work completed by the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Downtown Eastside Task Force, argue the neighbourhood is not a social experiment to be run on a grand scale, but is instead a community and should be treated as such. The group is not denying the area has problems, but for the first time that I’ve seen, someone is asking how much of the current situation is the result of the system itself. The paper includes a historical review, which details how even arguably successful programs have too often failed to make a difference.

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The 37-page report addresses and offers suggestions on ways to deal with the myriad problems common to the neighbourhood, including drug abuse and mental illness. One section I found heartbreaking focuses on the Downtown Eastside’s children and youth—dubbed the Next Generation—who every day face poor nutrition, parental illness, life with a single parent, obstacles as new immigrants, and a hostile environment with daily exposure to criminal activity, homelessness, drug abuse, domestic violence and social disorder. A lot of money is poured into the neighbourhood for street-involved, homeless, drug and alcohol addicted adults, but kids are left to fend for themselves. Kumagai told me a story he’d heard about a toddler not quite three years old, bringing a hypodermic needle to the Ray-Cam Community Centre. The paper says that for far too long the Downtown Eastside has been viewed as “Vancouver’s Emergency Ward,” rather than as a community. “As a result,” the paper reads in part, “virtually all government, bureaucratic, service and media attention has concentrated on ‘fixing’ those at highest risk.” What this study wants is for those in power to build on the community’s strengths and successes. I highly recommend the report as required reading for the winner of the mayoral race following the November municipal election. It truly is time to stop the insanity. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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Mayor Robertson bungles mean-spirited OV protest It came at the worst moment. But the end is nigh. The Occupy movement, spawned in New York and copied across the globe, landed Oct. 15 outside the Vancouver Art Gallery and into Vancouver’s civic election campaign. Before the protest, despite the Stanley Cup riot and his party’s low public approval numbers, Mayor Gregor Robertson was cruising to reelection Nov. 19. Then a tale of two cities— Vancouver, home to 640,000 Vancouverites, and the tent city, a lawless zone of blue tarps, bongo drums and several dozen squatters—took centre stage. In the beginning, Robertson blessed Occupy, saying protesters could remain camped outside the gallery forever. After all, Robertson’s a global dude and former director of Tides Canada, an eco-activist war chest with international ties. If not for his current job title, Robertson would likely have frequented tent city during its opening days, making impromptu Al Gore-style appearances among the proletariat. But as Occupy’s UBC students lost interest, and the weather grew cool, the protest grew dark. Shouting protesters interrupted Sunday mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral where society’s true villains, grandmothers in plastic pearls and Filipino immigrant families, came to pray. The protesters stormed a TD branch, scaring bank tellers whose only crime was sharing an industry with Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs. They flouted city bylaws and ignored fire marshals. And the mayor watched from the sidelines like a six-year-old. Robertson’s bungling of Occupy Vancouver reinforced his image as a man-child. At first, he was reckless. Then, as public sentiment turned and election day loomed, he sent mixed-messages before tragedy—the suspected fatal overdose Saturday of a 23year-old women—provided the cover Robertson required. Past proclamations notwithstanding, he’s now anti-tent city, albeit in a dithering way. “I have directed the city manager to expedite the appropriate steps to end the encampment as soon as possible,” Robertson said Saturday, “with a safe resolution being absolutely critical to that.” Meanwhile, whatever its genesis, the Occupy Vancouver protest has lost all credibility. An angry “leadership,” mainly young and white, spews venom daily while prohibiting rank-and-file protesters from talking to media. Despite Saturday’s tragedy, most tent city inhabitants remain on site for selfish reasons. To be validated. To be the centre of at-

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markhasiuk tention. To eat. To sleep. To push dope or get high. I visited the tent city several times over the past two weeks. Protester complaints mirrored a “list of demands” released by Occupy Vancouver online. Banks are evil. The minimum wage is too low, tuition too high. The media is corrupt. Criminals run the country. Some of what they say is true. Capitalism is unfair. There are winners and losers. But capitalism, with its inherent flaws, offers opportunity to anyone willing to educate themselves and work hard. And because of that fact, it remains the best economic system within a democracy. Ironically, capitalist innovation created the social media and hand-held devices vital to Occupy protests. Moreover, protesters embrace the same hypocrisy they decry. While railing against inequality and double standards, they elevate their right to protest over the rights of others to work, worship and enjoy public space without fear of harassment. Yet during my visits to tent city, I was most struck by the lack of spirituality within the movement. It’s mainly about money, or more accurately, the money they lack and others grub. Last Friday morning at tent city, a 20-something man in a half-beard and red poncho complained about banks and bailouts. “They buy the politicians and get paid. Where’s my bailout?” When I asked why he, a young man in good health, needed government assistance, he told me to f--k off. Vancouver’s iteration of the global Occupy movement is mean-spirited, narrow-minded, self-righteous and utterly devoid of humility. And that, more than any politically motivated mayor or overdose tragedy, seals its fate. So, if you’re young, healthy and want to change the world, get off your ass, tear down your tent and go forth. The world is rife with injustice that requires immediate attention, from African villages to First Nations reserves. Don’t listen to the haters. Give, work and fundraise. Lobby, build bridges and volunteer. And do so with a glad heart. It may not get your face on the evening news, but the things worth doing rarely do. mhasiuk@vancourier.com Twitter: @MarkHasiuk

According to one reader, Occupy Vancouver protesters should leave the Vancouver Art Gallery site at the end of every day. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Occupy Vancouver declares itself autonomous,” Nov. 4. Please investigate what real sacrifice these protesters are making. What have they given up for their cause? The obvious answer is nothing. Let them protest—but with no tents, just come and go each day as if they had

a job or were actually responsible political activists. The larger problem here is that this tent city is protesting against no one who can do anything about their discontent. It is similar to yelling at the raindrops and protesting for sunny days in November. Rick Angus, Vancouver

Church shelter helps keep women safe

To the editor: Re: “Parties call for women’s shelter funding,” Oct. 21. First United Church has been the subject of much controversy over the last several months, mostly related to the safety of people using our refuge in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Most recently, a piece in the Courier pointed to First United Church’s “failure to address problems that would make the shelter safer.” We at First United Church whole-heartedly support for the call for funding for women’s shelters—the need is real and immediate. First United Church has taken many steps to ensure the safety of our community members. Since open-

ing overnight, we have provided a women’s only area. This area is always staffed by women. We have a full bank of security cameras monitoring the health and safety of everyone in the building. We ensure critical incident reports are filed for every incident of violence or abuse. Our staff is trained in non-violent crisis intervention and first aid, and are able to deal with the most challenging behaviours. There is no question women face the threat of assault in the Downtown Eastside, where issues of mental health and addictions create additional hazards for vulnerable women. We know the Downtown Eastside’s most vulnerable women are safer inside our church walls than they are

in Vancouver’s streets and back alleys. Some of the women in our building have been barred from the very organizations that have publicly criticized us. While many of our members are women who refuse to use women-only shelters. Ultimately, we are judged by those who use our facilities. Many people find safety here and are nourished here. They can take a shower, store their belongings and perhaps find some acceptance and community here. We continue to offer our support, guidance and church as a refuge for the most vulnerable members of our society. Sandra Severs, deputy executive minister, First United Church, Vancouver

Mayor Robertson’s tax increase ramps up rent

To the editor: Re: “12th and Cambie: Smile for the camera,” Nov. 2. Gregor Robertson, our dear mayor in the heart of the milking cow, and [NPA mayoral candidate] Suzanne Anton who is probably not any better, now talking about spending love money for the streetcars (for sure a lot more than $100 million).

Where did Mr. Robertson come up with the two per cent tax increase in the last two years? Here is an example: 2009—10 per cent, 2010—12 per cent, 2011—five per cent. What about 2012? And you wonder why it’s so expensive to rent in Vancouver. Alain Letargua, Vancouver

Dr. Wong’s a heart-shaker and true life-changer

To the editor: I just want to express my heartfelt gratefulness to Dr. Davidicus Wong, whose writing not only inspired

and helped me, but my family as well. After I read each column, I cut them out and send them to my daughter and son-in-law in Vermont.

Some articles in your paper have a life-changing effect and his are among them. Alice Tong, Vancouver

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The Stanley Park Ecology Society is frustrated to report its wagon, bought especially for restoring the Beaver Lake bog, was recently stolen. This is a $300 loss for the small non-profit society. If seen, please return it to the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion—no questions asked. The inconvenient disappearance of this essential work tool makes SPES’s conservation efforts all the more challenging.

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Six civic parties including COPE and the NPA participated in WERA’s photo Dan Toulgoet online Voter Compass. WERA’s Voter Compass will be posted on WERA’s website, wera. bc.ca, by Nov. 13. Visitors select their level of agreement for 30 statements. Each of the included civic parties—Vision Vancouver, the NPA, COPE, the Green Party of Vancouver, De-Growth Vancouver and Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver—has indicated its level of agreement for each statement. After all the statements are answered, the Voter Compass tells participants their percentage of affinity for each party. They can also review the parties’ answers and learn how and where to vote. “Single and dual family homes should include water meters to reduce Vancouver’s water consumptions,” reads the first statement in a prototype of the Compass.

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the Law Courts at Robson Square, two blocks from the protest site at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza. Parkin filed papers Monday after a letter from city manager Penny Ballem was posted on the site asking protesters to immediately remove their tents and belongings “so that safety concerns are addressed.” Ballem cited fire safety, injection drug use and pests, plus Saturday’s death of 23year-old Ashlie Gough and Thursday’s near-fatal heroin overdose of an Arizona man. The letter was ignored by protesters who vowed to resist any attempt to shut down the protest camp inspired by New York’s Occupy Wall Street anti-corporate greed protest. The camp was erected Oct. 15. The court application lists Sean O’Flynn-Magee, “Jane Doe, John Doe and other persons” as the defendants and describes Occupy Vancouver as “an unincorporated group which advocates economic and political goals.” It said the defendants did not comply with orders issued Nov. 4 by Fire Chief John McKearney. The city wants to enforce the City Land Regulation Bylaw’s bans on tents and structures, setting fires and removal of soil. The city leases the land from the provincial government and, under the Vancouver Charter, claims authority to regulate use of all land it leases or owns. The city filings include affidavits by McKearney, Ballem, chief building official Will Johnston and six other senior staffers. Ultimately, the city wants a court order authorizing city employees to remove tents and other objects if the protesters fail to comply with an injunction. The city also wants an order permitting police to arrest those who disobey. Within the application, the city wants “a declaration that this order does not prohibit or limit the right of the defendants, or any other persons, to lawfully assemble on the Art Gallery Lands.” Occupy Vancouver Monday night marched to the St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and disrupted a debate on housing issues between Mayor Gregor Robertson and challenger Coun. Suzanne Anton. Late Monday, a skirmish erupted when Vancouver firefighters attempted to douse a fire in a barrel on the VAG north plaza. Protesters formed a circle around what they called a sacred flame for aboriginal elders. —Bob Mackin 2010goldrush@gmail.com


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Rev. Gary Paterson called Occupy Vancouver protesters “friends.” He waded into the audience to calm the most disruptive ones. He even sang, “We are gentle angry people,” to cool the tense atmosphere. But Monday night the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church minister couldn’t completely quiet disgruntled Occupy Vancouver protesters’ jeers and disruptions at the most raucous mayoral debate so far of the civic election. Top mayoral contenders Mayor Gregor Robertson and Coun. Suzanne Anton debated affordable housing and homelessness at the forum organized by the group End Homelessness Now, but the focus often turned to crowd control. Many in the packed church were frustrated they couldn’t talk or hear about the issues after protesters hijacked the event. The protesters marched to the church waving placards hours after the city served notice to them to remove tents and structures at the Occupy Vancouver encampment at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Monday’s notice followed the sudden death of 23-year-old camper Ashlie Gough on the weekend. A hearing on an injunction to remove the structures was set for Tuesday after the Courier’s deadline. Paterson, whose partner is Vision Coun. Tim Stevenson, was patient with the protesters while trying to maintain order. Disruptions included periodic “mic checks” where a protester would yell a question or comment that was repeated by other protesters, as well as taunts such as “Why should we believe you?” “Lies” and “Tell the truth,” directed at Robertson and Anton. “It’s really important we hear people and wrestle with issues of homeless and affordable housing and if a church isn’t involved

in that it’s missed the message of Jesus,” Paterson told a handful of reporters after the debate. “So people came with passion and concern and we try and hold the space open and together. I was concerned about people being considerate of one another... I sympathize with, I identify with, and I agree with many of the concerns and questions people of Occupy Vancouver come with. I may disagree with the style in which they try to lift these questions up, but I also respect that there is anger and hurt.” Paterson said the debate went “OK,” although he was troubled when shouts drowned out questions and answers. “That makes me sad because the issues were really important that they brought up… my one sad moment was when at the very back of the church at the beginning there was one of the big [protest] signs and a [protester] was on one side. He said we’re on opposite sides. I thought that’s a false dichotomy. I want to see us on the same side and to figure out a way we can talk, dialogue, push each other.” During the debate, Anton said her campaign is about leadership and argued previous NPA-dominated councils did much of the “heavy lifting” on homelessness and affordable housing. If elected, she promised to focus on creating permanent homes for more people. “A [homeless] shelter is not a home… For Gregor Robertson, shelters are mission accomplished. For me it’s not. For the NPA it’s not,” she said. Anton also said she’d cut red tape at city hall and work with provincial and federal governments to move affordable and social housing projects forward. Robertson said he’d leverage city property to create more housing and added that affordable housing for seniors and aboriginal people is critical. He said he backs a “24/7” women’s shelter in the Downtown Eastside, and cited the need for a rent bank. “There are 670 fewer people on the streets than six years ago,” he added. “Our job is not finished until no person is forced to sleep outside.” noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh7

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Last week the NPA released what it calls a “common sense” platform which promises to “restore independence” to the park board, generate new revenue opportunities and ensure parks, gardens and recreation facilities are maintained. Park maintenance has been a hot-button topic this past year with residents across the city complaining about long grass in city parks and on sports fields making their use difficult, if not impossible. I’d also like maintenance increased in city parks and at community centres, but with the city increasingly taking charge of the park board’s purse strings, I might as well be asking for a pony. (There’s a thought: perhaps much like the goat at city hall, ponies could be

brought in to keep grass at a reasonable length in city parks.) The NPA team running for park board includes John Coupar, probably best known for helping save the Bloedel Floral Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park; Casey Crawford, a “customer relationship professional” and community volunteer; Melissa De Genova, daughter of former longtime park board commissioner Allan De Genova; Gabby Kalaw, a technology sales professional and “recreation advocate;” Dave Pasin, president of InTech Environmental Canada Corp, makers of “green” solvents and an advocate of amateur sports and community centres; as well as Jason Upton, a life-long Vancouverite and “supporter of Vancouver’s parks.” Some of the highlights of the NPA’s park board platform include restoring funding to community centres, developing an educational working farm, establishing a bike rental service in some Vancouver parks, supporting the long-awaited seniors centre in southeast Vancouver and reviewing the decision to close the Mount Pleasant outdoor

pool. By the way, the community group Friends of Mount Pleasant Pool is so far endorsing Upton along with the Green Party’s Stuart Mackinnon and Jamie Lee Hamilton from the recently formed IDEA Party. I’ll highlight other political party’s park board platforms in this space leading up to the Nov. 19 municipal election.

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3. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Part parody, part homage, Dirty Dancing Burlesque features the tassel-propelled talents of 12 burlesque performers, including April O’Peel (as “Baby”) and Lola Frost (as Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle), bumping and grinding to hit songs from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack courtesy of a live band. It all goes down Nov. 10, 8 p.m. at the ANZA Club. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com. More info at bluemorris.com.

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We’re a week into “Movember”—the month-long, moustache-growing initiative to raise funds and awareness for men’s health (specifically prostate cancer)—but the results have been less pretty, according to one of K&K’s female colleagues. She reported back to us this week after attending a show at Main Street’s Electric Owl on Saturday featuring Swedish techno artist and year-long moustache-proponent The Field. Given the show’s locale, the artist in question and the demographic of his Pabst Blue Ribbonswilling followers, you’d think such an event would already sport a high moustache content rivalling that of “Quinoa Tuesdays” at the Foundation. But seeing that the concert was held in the early, most fruitful days of “Movember,” both the quantity and quality of lip warmers was troubling. The problem, according to our folliclefocused friend, was that the majority of infant moustaches made growers look like pervy old men with personal hygiene issues. Not only that, but the increasing number of nose caterpillars only reinforces the recent trend that has made it acceptable and fashionable to sport the once maligned and rightfully shunned flavour-saver once associated with 1970s porn stars, 1980s

television stars and 1990s child molesters. If there is a bright side to all this fair-weather facial hair experimentation, it’s this: unlike tattoos, nipple rings and other fads, moustaches are quick and easy to remove; “mulletvember” would have been far worse; and it’s only one month—unless the growers decide to keep on growing their budding upper lip gardens into ridiculous looking handlebar, horseshoe, toothbrush or walrus moustaches. God help us then.

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We’re a tolerant bunch here at K&K— notwithstanding our aversion to moustaches, mayonnaise and the music of Peru. But we’re growing increasingly intolerant of the morons who’ve taken over the once noble Occupy Vancouver movement. What was once a relevant discussion of ideas and a grassroots protest against society’s growing economic inequalities has turned into a depressingly comical spectacle bent on disruption for the sake of disruption and a perpetual airing of grievances rather than working towards solutions. The mayoral debate at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church Monday night saw a vocal contingent of so-called Occupy Vancouver protesters hijack

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the event, booing and heckling candidates, interrupting speakers with their sheep-like “mic checks” led by a wannabe beat poet, and generally acting like inconsiderate asses—all the while spouting the unintentionally ironic refrain “this is what democracy looks like.” One has to wonder what the protesters hope to accomplish by their increasingly rude, self-serving behaviour that demands free speech for themselves but not for others. How is it democratic to disrupt public events and drown out political candidates who’ve dedicated their lives to serving the community? A thankless job if there ever was one Simply put, the Occupy Vancouver movement has eviscerated much of the public’s goodwill as it moves away from the empathetic, thoughtful and impassioned side of the spectrum and veers towards the flakey and the petulant, further alienating themselves and their disjointed message. However, what’s particularly sad and telling is that Monday’s mayoral debate wouldn’t have received nearly as much media coverage if it weren’t for the disruptive behaviour of the protesters. But instead of bringing attention to the issues at hand, the spectacle becomes the story and pretty soon no one has the patience or stamina to listen.


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Some years ago, we had Shopping and F***ing; now Vancouver playwright C. E. Gatchalian brings us what might be called Teaching ESL and F***ing. There’s not much falling—as in “falling in love” in Falling in Time, but there’s sure a lot of pants down, simulated anal and oral sex. Be prepared to take your liberal attitude with you. Sean Cummings directs Falling In Time alley-style: the play takes between two long banks of seats. Set and light designer Itai Erdal places one large white elevated circle at one end of the performance area and an elevated white square at the other. Three floor-to-ceiling illuminated panels flank the set. It’s very clean, cool and elegant. But the action is raw: young Korean ESL student Chang Hyun (Nelson Wong) meets regularly for lessons with his condescending teacher Jamie (Kevin Kraussler). By way of retribution—or so it seems—Chang Hyun takes advantage of Jamie’s loneliness and homosexuality by engaging in loveless sex with him. Jamie is looking for love; Chang Hyun is, too, but he doesn’t know it yet. Chang Hyun is also having sex with American redneck Steve (Allan Morgan), a Korean War veteran. Wong literally pulls up his pants after mounting Kraussler, crosses the floor and bends Morgan over. Pull-no-punches, graphic sex is what Screaming Weenie Productions does, but it’s more than that. Falling in Time is, eventually, an unlikely love story. And there are some very poignant moments in the play. It’s a long wait to the end (two-and-a-half hours, but there’s a nice payoff when Steve, who has a son out there somewhere, provides loving support to unhappy, confused Chang Hyun on the eve of his return to Korea and—surprise, surprise—to his girlfriend. Well, maybe he’ll be thinking twice about that arrangement.

Allan Morgan and Nelson Wong star in C.E. Gatchalian’s raw, randy and surprisingly touching Falling in Time. Gatchalian structures the play with a lot of short scenes—some as short as a couple of lines. Wong plays both Chang Hyun and a wise-cracking Korean soldier under the command of Steve back in the ’50s. As well as Jamie, Kraussler plays Brenda (Chang Hyun’s girlfriend) and a couple of other roles. Manami Hara is Chang Hyun’s grandmother Eun Ha and several others. In spite of battle jackets on and off and different T-shirts on and off, I confess to losing track sometimes of who was who and when was when. Are we in the 1950s in Korea now or are we back in Vancouver in the ’90s? Is that a young Eun Ha being assaulted by a young Steve? Is it, therefore, coincidence that years later, her grandson (Chang Hyun) is having sex with the guy who assaulted her? With such short scenes it’s hard to invest a lot in any character despite very committed work. Wong expertly threads his way through Chang Hyun’s stumbling English and what seems to be his character’s transfor-

mation from passivity to dominance. Kraussler delivers a fragile, vulnerable Jamie while Hara is a spiritual, quiet grandmother. Surprisingly, it’s Morgan’s Steve that finally is the most affecting as the character’s ugly arrogance melts into something approaching paternal love. Falling In Time is too long. While the three scenes in which each of the male characters sings in a gay bar serves to showcase the considerable singing talent of Wong, Kraussler and Morgan, I don’t know why these scenes are in this play. Many years in the making, this production is a world premiere and, as such, is a work in progress. But it’s an interesting blend of the political (American imperialism), the religious (Christianity’s shortcomings) and the sexual (homosexuality, especially in the Asian community) that’s finding an audience in Vancouver. A full house—even on a rare, sunny Sunday afternoon in November—attests to its relevance. joled@telus.net

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Poppies are blooming on lapels and again our thoughts turn to wars past and present. Many historians claim that Canada “came of age” during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9 to 12, 1917, which saw, for the first time, four Canadian divisions working in concert. Acknowledging that officers who led what many saw as a suicide mission were likely to be killed or wounded, soldiers learned the tasks of those beside and ahead of them; each man was given a map and a timeline of the objective. Snow, sleet, mud and poison gas added to the misery of being under steady bombardment. Ninety-seven thousand Canadians were involved, 3,600 died, 7,000 wounded—in three days. Vimy Ridge was taken. The nearby village of Vimy, population 1,000, was ruined. While the event was—and still is—a source of Canadian national pride and unity, outside Canada the battle is, apparently, viewed as somewhat insignificant. Governor General’s award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen doesn’t attempt to document the strategy of the offensive

but rather to look at the lives of six Canadians who took part. The setting is a field hospital behind the front but within earshot of heavy shelling. Clare (Sasa Brown) is a nurse from Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. In her care are Sid (Sebastian Kroon), a prairie boy from Manitoba who dreams of living in Bora Bora where it’s “80 degrees all the time”; Mike (Ryan Cunningham), a Blood from Alberta; Jean-Paul (Sean Harris Oliver), a francophone from Quebec; and Will (Mack Gordon), a lover of the outdoors. Somewhat underdeveloped as a character is Laurie (Daryl King), a tunnelling engineer and Clare’s fiancé. Sensitively directed by Donna Spencer, VIMY takes place on Craig Alfredson’s multi-platformed set that stands symbolically for the ridge itself. Four wooden “cots”—looking frighteningly like coffins—are ranged stage front in the reconfigured Firehall theatre with seating on two sides. James Proudfoot’s lighting is sepia-toned with flashes of artillery fire occasionally piercing the shadows. Sabrina Evertt dresses the soldiers in authentic-looking First World War uniforms. The characters represent a microcosm of Canadian culture: anglo, francophone and aboriginal—each with different reasons for being part of the war. While conflict rages outside the sheltering hospital, small battles are fought inside: anglo against franco, aboriginal against

both. Riding herd on the soldiers is Clare who, just like the men, has sacrificed her personal life for the war. Thiessen’s language is poetic, but it is the structure that fascinates as past and present interconnect. Time is fluid but flows seamlessly. Bandages come off Sid’s eyes as he revisits his youth; Will’s sling is put aside as he recounts paddling adventures. Clare appears and re-appears to change their dressings, restore the sling, and give comfort to those whose lungs have been destroyed by gas. Act 1 ends with Sid, Mike, Jean-Paul and Will going over the top in a blaze of glory and utter disbelief written on their faces. Act 2 repeats this moment again and again as the aftermath is explored. There’s fine ensemble work here, sparked up with poignant individual stories: Jean-Paul’s hands smelling of meat as he works with his butcher father, Sid joining up because “it couldn’t be worse than Winnipeg,” Will’s memories of canoeing alone on Alberta lakes, Mike’s vision quest with his brother Bert. War is hell, but it doesn’t get any worse than three soldiers assigned to execute one of their own for cowardice. Don’t expect a documentary from VIMY and don’t expect either a condemnation or justification for war. On the eve of Canadian withdrawal from Afghanistan, VIMY encourages sober reflection. joled@telus.net

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Skins and Steel bangs the drum for Caribbean culture in Vancouver State of the Arts

with Cheryl Rossi Vanessa Richards recalls a childhood filled with the sights and sounds of Caribbean culture, with cricket matches and steel pan drumming in Stanley Park. Apart from the Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver, which was spawned by those picnics in Stanley Park, Richards rarely sees the presence of Caribbean culture in Vancouver acknowledged and celebrated. “When we talk about black history in Vancouver... sometimes people will acknowledge Hogan’s Alley, but I never hear about this seminal group of Caribbean people that came in the ’50s and ’60s during the whole Commonwealth explosion for education that made a really big difference,” Richards said. So when Jane Heyman, co-founder of the Performing Arts Lodge, asked her to produce the third Pioneers of Performance cabaret at the PAL Studio Theatre, the interdisciplinary

artist decided to showcase the pioneering, mainly Caribbean, dancers, drummers and singers in the city. “Because of the nature of integration in our city, there’s not so many places you can walk into and see black culture reflected, but it’s here and it’s real,” Richards said. Those who attend Skins and Steel, Nov. 10 and 11, will hear eminent pan player Kenrick Headley drum with The Afro Caribs, a small band of musicians who came to Vancouver from Trinidad in the mid 1950s to attend the University of B.C. and brought an explosion of calypso to the West Coast. They’ll see Thelma Gibson sing calypso with The Afro Caribs, as well as footage from 1954 of Gibson dancing on the musical variety show Bamboula, which aired on CBC Vancouver and featured a multiracial cast in an era when it was uncommon, and in some places, illegal. They’ll see archival photos of dancers and drumming and a short CBC documentary called They Too Shall Be One, which includes Richards’s family (her mother was from Austria, her father, Trinidad). “It really speaks to the times,”

Richards said. “They were interviewing scientists looking through microscopes to talk about gene pools and what does it mean to be mixed race and who has the dominant gene and some pretty curious and old-fashioned and weird things, and a lot of manon-the street feedback ...[about] whether or not people who have mixed marriages should have children.” And they’ll hear Richards sing a duet with her 76-year-old father, Rudy Richards, a dancer with the Afro Caribs who worked with African master drummer Olatunji, the man whose influential 1960s album Drums of Passion brought African and world music to western audiences in the 1960s. Richards wants to honour the boldness of artists who came to Vancouver at a time when world music was just starting to be respected. She dubbed the celebration Skins and Steel, in part, to reference the bongo, congo and steel drums. “It’s just playing with the construct of race and also the steely nerve it takes to be an artist who shares their work,” she added. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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Volleyball city championship title on the line Megan Stewart Staff writer

Killarney Cougar Asha Pilat angles the ball past a Prince of Wales blocker while teammate Pretty Phung looks on. The Cougars beat the Walesmen 30 in the quarter-finals of the high school girls volleyball city championship Nov. 7 at Kitsilano. photo Dan Toulgoet

Senior boys and girls public high school volleyball playoffs run this week at Eric Hamber and Kitsilano schools with the final games set for 6 p.m. Thursday. The championship title is on the line. Vancouver Technical will defend their senior boys win from 2010 while last year’s victors for the girls draw, Gladstone, didn’t advance to the playoffs. Senior girls Vancouver’s two undefeated high school girls volleyball teams rolled through the quarter-finals of the city championships Monday night at Kitsilano. Point Grey, which topped all West Side schools, defeated Templeton 3-0. David Thompson, the leading team on the East Side, overcame a delayed surge from Eric Hamber to win 3-1. “They pulled it out,” said Hamber’s assistant coach Johnson Yu. “We played strong early. We let up a little bit but we came back strong. We were a little shaky in the middle, but Lisa [Cheung] really pulled it our for us in the end.” Outside power hitter Cheung ended the night with 15 kills, including five in the fourth game, to push her team to a 25-17 win and prevent a fifth game against the determined Hamber side. In the losing effort, middle hitter Acacia Cresswell led her team with nine spikes. Hamber’s head coach Graham Dunne said his team will have to play stronger earlier if they’re going

to advance to the zone tournament. “I’m happy with the way they played the third and fourth games, it was fantastic,” he said, but likened the low-energy start to the city’s NHL hockey team. “We’ve got to be ready from the get-go, from start to finish. It was one of those Canucks kind of things—they weren’t ready to go in the first period and then they had to climb over a wall.” Killarney iced Prince of Wales 3-0 and Kitsilano dropped one game to Vancouver Technical but pulled out a 3-1 win. In Tuesday’s two semi-final games, Kitsilano hosted David Thompson at 4 p.m. Point Grey met Killarney at 6 p.m. All games are played at Kitsilano secondary. Results weren’t known by the Courier’s print deadline. For yesterday’s results, visit vancourier. com/sports Senior boys In the senior boys volleyball championship quarter-finals Monday night at Eric Hamber secondary, David Thompson (7-3) pushed Magee (8-2) to five games to claim the 3-2 win. Killarney beat Charles Tupper in straight games. Eric Hamber also rolled Britannia 3-0 as did Vancouver Technical, which defeated Windermere 3-0. Quarter-finals continued Tuesday with Van Tech meeting Killarney at 4 p.m. and David Thompson challenging Eric Hamber at 6 p.m. All senior boys games are at Eric Hamber secondary. For results, visit vancourier.com/sports. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Two Richmond teams will vie for top spot in the regional Tier I high school boys tournament, leaving four Vancouver teams to battle Tuesday afternoon for a third berth to provincials. Yesterday St. George’s hosted Van Tech and Kitsilano visited Magee. (Results weren’t known in time for the Courier’s print deadline. Visit vancourier.com/sports for scores and commentary.) The winners play Thursday for the third and final regional berth to the provincial tournament Nov. 24 to 26 in Burnaby. Both Vancouver schools—St. George’s and Magee—were shut out of Thursday’s semi-finals against visiting teams from Richmond. The Magee Lions lost 1-0 to McMath in a rainy but sun-drenched game at the turf field in Memorial South Park. McMath was incessant on the attack through the first half but none of their shots hit the target. The lone goal in the game came from Marc Andre Hervieux, who scored for McMath in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Magee also lost Alessandro Cau to an aggressive tackle. His ankle

was broken and he underwent surgery on Friday. Across town at St. George’s, the Saints lost 3-0 to McNair. “Our opposition was a very skillful team,” said head coach Shawn Lawrence. “They have very fast and clever strikers and the team is balanced. They control and distribute well.” St. George’s missed a penalty shot but remained competitive thanks to a high level of skill in net. As the clock struck down, McNair buried two more goals. “Our boys are fierce competitors and fine athletes and we were by no means unable to win that game,” said Lawrence. “Pressing in the latter stages of the second half made us vulnerable to their counter attack. Our goalie made some outstanding saves but their skillful strikers were not denied on two attacks in the final minutes. “We respect our opponents. They deserved the win on this occasion.” On the other side of the draw, Kitsilano beat Point Grey 2-0 to advance to the semi-final against Magee and Vancouver Technical defeated Churchill 2-1 to stay alive and face St. George’s. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Magee fell to Richmond’s McMath secondary 1-0 in dramatic weather conditions Nov. 4 at Memorial South Park. photo Dan Toulgoet


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A narrow chute, frozen terrain, a crowd of 280 people and cow pies. This was the start gate of the Subway B.C. high school crosscountry provincial championships held on a forested, steep telemark ski course in Kelowna on Saturday. Killarney’s Tanya Humeniuk, defending her No. 1 finish as a Grade 10 runner last year, finished fifth. Her time of 16 minutes, 58.76 seconds was 18 seconds behind the winner from Walnut Grove who finished in 16:40.51. “I was pretty disappointed on Saturday,” Humeniuk said. “But it’s only one race and there’s always another race.” She hadn’t lost all season, but couldn’t break ahead of the pack at the start, a narrow chute that bordered a cow paddock, and estimated she fell 100 metres behind the lead runners on the 4.65-kilometre course. “Right at the beginning, where we were lined up, the ground was really uneven so it was hard for me to get outside. I ended up getting out too slow. I needed to get out right in front, right away. “In the beginning, I was probably in 30th place.” She lost sight of the leaders but pushed to make up ground. Watching at the end of the course, her father Andrew Humeniuk was alarmed when

she didn’t appear out of the woods among the race leaders. “When I saw the first girls come around the corner—just being her dad—I just got so nervous I thought maybe she fell and wiped out,” he said. “It was a pretty gruelling course, it was minus five [degrees]. The Lower Mainland girls and the Island girls, they’re not used to those conditions.” Race director and Kelowna high school teacher Tom Carlson said the course was challenging but was in an ideal state. “Conditions on Saturday were perfect: cold and clear.” The 2013 provincials will be held at the same location. A description on the course map warning runners about muddy sections was unheeded. “The ground was frozen,” Carlson wrote in an email. This was the first provincial championship he’s seen in 21 years of coaching that was entirely without mud. “The course itself was undoubtedly the most challenging of the Provincial Championship courses, as well, with quite a number of hills and a nice variety of terrain throughout.” Humeniuk expected a better finish than fifth. But the Grade 11 student qualified for nationals, which will be held in her backyard at Jericho Beach Park later this month. “I’ve run that course a million times,” she said. “It should be good. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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Dogs

ADORABLE PUREBRED Presa Canario pups, family raised indoors, 4 F, 3 M, ready to go to loving homes Dec 1. $600 incl 1st shots/deworming. 778-688-2487

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LOST BENGAL CAT Please help me find my brown marble Bengal cat. Desperate. Any information please Call: (604) 842-4474

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Fall Bazaar & Bake Sale

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BLACK Cat with bent tail missing Beloved black cat with bent tail, stomach pooch missing in West Vancouver. 17LBS, 12 YRS, and incredibly missed. He has a microchip, please take him to the SPCA or contact me at ANY time. Generous reward offered. Thank you! He is a gentle soul who needs his family. Call: (604) 7209793 email: girl_friday@shaw.ca

Boarding

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Dogs

LOST - Calico Cat. West Abbotsford. Micro chipped. Goes by Dior. REWARD. Call: (604) 556-6513

HORSE self board 2 acre pasture, secure fencing, barn with 2 stalls complete w/water electricity. Storage for hay/tack. $50 per horse per mth. Agassiz area. Avail now. Gord 604-796-9623

You Want It We’ve Got It

3508

GERMAN Shepard 5 y/o Looking for a new home, pure bred, well trained, full of joy and energy. $500 Call: (604) 771-8503

Childcare Wanted

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Art & Collectibles

Cats

YORKIE PUPS healthy home raised $875. 604-700-9469 N Van www.mysweetiepaws.com

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Pet Services

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $399+. 604-590-3727, 604-514-3474 www.puppiesfishcritters.com BLUE NOSE Razor Edge pit bulls puppies $400F, $500M, vet checked & 1st shots. 604-392-6085

LAB X Retriever M $500/ F $550 First shots. Call:(604) 794-3295 or email....cutepups100@hotmail.ca

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GOLDEN DOODLE pup, male, born May 10, all shots $500. owner incapacitated 604-824-8449

IF YOU like the Bernese but not the up keep these pups are for you. Call for more info on these Entlebuchers. Ph 604-795-7662

PLAY FUR PAWS DOG DAYCARE...NOW OPEN!!! Play Fur Paws dog daycare facility is a brand new, spacious, funfilled indoor and outdoor play area for your beloved canine companions. With its seperate small dog areas, this 11,000 square foot property offers the socialisation, exercise and fun that your dog deserves and needs... Asking $27 per day (discount packages available) Call: 778-960-7529 email: fun@playfurpaws.ca or come see us at 18875 94th Ave, Surrey.

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

LABRADOODLE PUPPIES Family Based Hobby Breeder. Born Sept 20, Available Nov 20. Call 604 595-5840. $750. Visit our website for full details: redbarnlabradoodles.blogspot.com

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Career Services/ Job Search

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ACCOUNTING & Payroll Trainees needed. Large & small firms seeking certified A&P staff now. No experience? Need training? Career training & job placement available. 1-888-424-9417.

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011

REAL ESTATE 6002

6020

Agents

Houses - Sale

6020-01 3BDRM/2BTH 5031Reese Hill Rd Sumas WA 2 plus acres of privacy $299,000 Call: (360) 296-0988 or email: jim@jimsands.net.

3BDRM/2BTH Condo, Kauai Best time to buy dream properties on Kauai. Buyers market. $249,000 email: yelena.okhman@remax.net

6008

Any Price, Any Location Any Condition. No Fees! No Risk!

6020-40

GORGEOUS S/S DUPLEX HOME(S)! 416 + 420 W 15th Ave. Over 4500 sq. ft. 50’ x 125’ lot. 3 bdrms + fam rm. + den + more each side. All the bells & whistles! Superb landscaping & attn. to detail. Featured in Canadian House & Home - need I say more! Asking $2.998M! Call Sheryl 604 209-3118 or Alice 604 617-6821 Appt. only. Royal Pacific Realty

For Sale by Owner

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6035

Houses - Sale

GOLF COURSE lot—rare,1/3 acre, Fairwinds, Schooner Cove, Vancouver Island. Custom home plans will build to suit, or sell lot. Courtesy to Realtors 250 714-2001

6060 BY OWNER Vcr lot & old time house, approx 37x103, nr bus/ shops $838,000, 43rd nr Earles Rd. 604-916-5104 * 604-298-4335

6020-01

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www.bcforeclosures.com 5 BR home from $20,500 down $2,025/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-26

Real Estate Wanted

Real Estate Investor looking for, Houses, Townhomes, Condos, Fixer uppers. Call Calum (604) 532−1923 or email: calums@shaw.ca.

6065

Real Estate

★ ALERT: WE BUY HOUSES ★ Older House! Damaged House! Difficulty Selling! No Fees! No Risk! Quick Cash! Call Us First! 604-657-9422

6008

Out Of Town Property

5 PRESTINE Acres, zoned for 10 unit Bed & Breakfast, suitable for year round activity, 35 miles North of Pemberton. $175,000. Phone Al 604-847-3133

Vancouver East Side

Recreation Property

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3BDRM Cottage Point Roberts Family cottage in sought after west facing Freeman Beach. Large lot with beach rights. Many improvements incl new roof, furniture incl, move-in condition. Priced to sell - $275,000 Call: (604) 943-8722

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6008

4020

Health Products & Services

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Metaphysical

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Clean Sweep?

Condos/ Townhouses

Port Moody

PRICE REDUCED! NOW $319,900 College Park, Port Moody

Best Value in Pt. Moody 301B Evergreen Drive

Large, 3 bdrm., 3 bath townhome. Three levels, approx. 1800 sq. ft. Features include: Lge. L/R with wood-burning fireplace & view of greenbelt; den area with sep. laundry and storage. Top floor has 3 lge. bdrms, 4-pce. bath & 2-pce.ensuite.Closetoelementary school, beaches and parks.

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Financial Services

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5040

Business Opps/ Franchises

A Great Janitorial Franchise Opportunity

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Mobile Homes

MURRAYVILLE 2 BR mobile completely remodelled air cond, storage, large decks, nr amens, pkng $39,900. 604-534-2997

6050

6020-38

Vancouver West Side

Burnaby

Sell your home, only $99. 604-574-5243 Chilliwack, $70K below cost, 677sf 1br+den condo $125K 715-9180 id5449 Hope like new, updated 930sf 3 bedroom mobile home $79,900 414-0589 id5446 Maple Ridge blow-out price 4.9ac vu lot, development nr. $349K 722-3996 id4694 Tsawwassen huge 4700sf 7br 6ba w/mortgage helper $895,888 948-5441 id5448

6020

❏WE BUY HOMES❏

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1 BDRM #1605-3737 Bartlett N. Burnaby Great views, bright 734sf corner suite. updated & re− designed kitchen & bath, plenty of storage. Building boasts several amenities. 5min walk to Skytrain & Mall. Call Judy @ Sutton West Coast Realty 604−970−3088. $229,900

6015

SAVE MONEY Foreclosures Condos, T/homes & Detached Shirley 604-551-2112 Macdonald Realty Olympic

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Condos/ Townhouses

6008-04

Real Estate

5070

5070

Sell it in the Classifieds!

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RENTALS 6508

Apt/Condos

BBY MODERN Apartment Rentals at Collingwood Village. Steps to Joyce skytrain. Low-rise/Highrise buildings. 1-888-811-7538 BEAUTIFUL SUITES Marpole area. Bach, 1 & 2 BRs. Newer kitchens & baths, H/W flrs balcony/patio. $800 & up. Incl heat, h/water, 2 appl. Or 604-327-9419 or 778-558-3410

6522

Furnished Accommodation

HOMAWAY INNS Specializing in furn accom in the Westend Vancouver at reas rates. call 604-684-7811 or visit www.homawayinns.com

6540

Houses - Rent

3 BR + den part furn, 4400blk, West 9th ave, Point Grey, n/s np, $3200 + utils. Avail now. Call Mike 604-649-3028 SHELL/WILLIAMS, 3 BR, Upper, 1300sf, 5 appls, f/p, lrg storage, sundeck, lrg fenced b/yard, lots of prkg. Avail Dec 1, $1400 + 2/3 utls. Close to school, transit, mall. CALL 778-862-5697

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Shared Accommodation

6595-20

Coq./Poco/ Port Moody

ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 1800 sqft Townhouse in Port Moody, w/d, laminate floors, $595 incls utils, cable & internet, parking, indoor pool, nr SFU & Lougheed Mall. Suits professional working person or student. References Required. Avail Now. Call 778-846-5275

6600

Storage

E. VAN: Van HEIGHTS, 1 BR, own laundry, view. Close to transit. SUITS 1. $775 incls hydro. Avail Dec 1. N/S. 604-671-9532

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2BDRM BSMT, Nr Rupert/19th, own w/d, no pets, N/S, avail Dec 15. $950 incl utils, 604-436-2265 3BDRM BSMT ste, on Fraser btwn 30th & 31st. Rent $1,275/mth incl heat/hydro, coin ldry,ns np Dec 1st. 604-879-4325 4 BR, 2 baths, nr Kingsway & Rupert, nr schools & bus, $1600, share w/d, ns, small pet ok, avail immed. 604-837-6151

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Money to Loan

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Mortgages

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Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1-888-685-6181 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca

HOME SERVICES 8055

8080

Cleaning

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR: Exp, friendly, reliable. Specializing in replacing old nob & tube wiring. Lic.#50084. 604-725-4535

CLEANING SERVICE avail, reliable person, 28 yrs exp, refs, $20/hour. 604-685-1847 aft 6pm

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

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

8060

Concrete

A RETAINING WALLS, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks, ponds, All concrete work. Free Estimates. Call Basile 604-617-5813

7005

Body Work

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7010

Personals

DATING SERVICE. Long-Term/ Short-Term Relationships, Free to Try!!! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call: #4011 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call: 1-866-311-9640 or #4010. Meet Local Single Ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+). GET AN INSTANT CASH LOAN Any Time You Need! Pawn or Sell your Watch or Jewelry at Online Pawn Shop Securely from Home. Call Toll-Free 1-888-435-7870, www.PawnUp.com.

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8073

Drainage

DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER Call Tobias 604 782-4322

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7015

Escort Services

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Mia Casa − Drain Tile/Sewer Line Water Line Repairs / Replacement & Cleaning. Vince 604-941-6060, Al 604-783-3142

8075

Drywall

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

8080

Electrical

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Max: 604-341-6059

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public lien sale of the discribed personal property will be held at 11:00am on November 17th, 2011. The property is stored at Storage-Mart Self Storage, 1311 E. Kent Ave. N. Vancouver, BC The items to be sold are generally described as follows: Units were found to contain misc. bags, Boxes, furniture, beddings, tools, T.V, golf clubs & collectibles. NAME UNIT Edmond Lim 2118 Bestway Movers 3150

Lic. 22308

#1 A-CERTIFIED Lic. Electrician. New or old wiring. Reasonable rates. Lic #11967. 604-879-9394 A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319 A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/ Plumbing. Rotor Rooter and Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 778-998-9026 or 604-255-9026 Free Est / 24/7

LEGALS 5505

8087

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

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

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

8125

Gutters

ALLIANCE GUTTER cleaning, windows by hand/power washing 15 yrs exp. Steven 604-723-2526

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Electrical

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5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

Re: The Estate of Giovanni Taddei, also known as John Taddei, Deceased, formerly of 2502 West 36th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on the 14th day of August, 2011. Creditors and others having claims against the Estate are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to Singleton Urquhart LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, 1200-925 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 3L2, Attention: M. Nagelbach, before December 1, 2011, after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which the executors then have notice.

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5505

Legal/Public Notices

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of HAZEL MAY SOUTHARD, otherwise known as HAZEL SOUTHARD and HAZEL M. SOUTHARD, Deceased, late of 7051 Moffatt Road, in the City of Richmond, in the Province of British Columbia, V6Y 3W2, who died on the 8th day of May, 2011, in Richmond, BC, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, at 183 Terminal Avenue, P.O. Box 2120, Station Terminal, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 5R8, on or before the 5th day of December, 2011, after which date the estate assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received. VANCOUVER CITY SAVINGS CREDIT UNION Executor 183 Terminal Avenue P.O. Box 2120, Station Terminal Vancouver, BC, V6B 5R8 Tel: 604-877-4576 • Fax 604-708-7852

For information call

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HOME SERVICES 8130

Handyperson

AaronR CONST Repairs & Renos, small repairs welcome. Insured, WCB, Licensed. 604-318-4390 aaronrconstruction.com

8160

Lawn & Garden

8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

Andrew’s Painting & Wallpaper 25yrs exp. WCB/Ins. Refs Free est Off season rates! 604-785-5651

Fall Yard Clean-up lawn care, weeding, raking, pruning - Greg the Gardener 604 440 9502

★ STAFFORD & SON ★ WINTER RATES! Interior/Ext. Top quality work. 604-221-4900 YARD CLEAN-UP, gardening, hedges pruned, gutters cleaned, lawns cut, rubbish. 604-773-0075

8175

8200

Patios/Decks/ Railings

Masonry

Since 1989

732-8453

MASONRY and REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys •Slate Patio/Sidewalk •Fireplaces All Concrete Work + more. Senior discount. George • 604-365-7672

DUSTTIN’S HANDYMAN Service All jobs Large and Small. Competitive Rates 604-873-5990

8185

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

AFFORDABLE MOVING

8140

Heating

Lorenzo & Son Plumbing & Heating (604) 312-6311 Local , lice’d plumbers & gas fitters.

8150

Kitchens/Baths

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

Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets

#3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby

8160

Lawn & Garden

Fall Services

SAME DAY SERVICE “More than just mowing!”

Yard Clean-ups • Hedges Pruning • Gutters • Aeration Lawn Mowing Christmas Lights Rubbish Removal Free Estimates

310-JIMS (5467)

www.jimsmowing.ca Book a job at: www.jimsmowing.ca

LAWNS • GARDENS • TREES • SHRUBS EST.1994

Residential, Strata, Commercial Gardens Designed, Installed, Maintained Trees/Hedges Installed, Removed, Fall Garden Clean-Ups Retaining Walls, Patios, Pathways

604-737-0170

Certified • Insured • WCB

rakesandladders.com

WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Tree & Hedge Pruning & Removal. Fall Cleanup. 604-893-5745 AVANTI GARDEN SERVICES Fall cleanup, new design, planting, pruning. Laura 604-264-0775 EXPERT PRUNING Cert Arb Ornamental & fruit trees, shrubs,etc Colin Malcolm. 604-618-9741

www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

1 to 3 Men

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

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

8205

PLUMBERS

Water Lines (without digging) Sewer Lines (without digging) Install. Drain tiles. 604-739-2000

Seniors Discount

604-537-4140 www.affordablemoversbc.com

drains, foundations, walls, membranes 604-618-2304/ 820-2187

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

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

Plumbing

Complete Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services

ATLAS The Reliable Plumber

AFFORDABLE MOVING 1 to 3 Men

24/7 Days A Week R Seniors Discounts EA TY All Work Guaranteed 8 YRRAN A W Also Furnaces, Gas Very Reasonable Rates

731-8875

FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount

Interior / Exterior • New construction/Renovations/ Additions • Drywall hanging/ taping • Foundations/ Framing • Flooring: laminates/ tiles •Licensed & Insured • Free Estimates Call 604-220-7422 or 778-960-4004

B&Y MOVING Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $55 ~

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

604-708-8850

Oil Tank Removal

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

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

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

#1 Roofing Company in BC All types of Roofing Over 35 Years in Business Call now for Free Estimates

604-588-0833

SALES@ PATTARGROUP.COM

WWW.PATTARGROUP.COM

• • • •

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

1.877.602.7346

Visit us online to receive a special discount:

www.crownroofgutters.ca

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

drytech.ca

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS

ROOFING/ RE-ROOFING Leak Repairs & Chimney Repairs

Additions ★ Renovations Concrete Forming ★ Decks Garages ★ Bathrooms Ceramic Tile ★ Drywall Hardwood Flooring NORM, 604-466-9733 Cell: 604-841-1855

www.jasonsmithbuild.com

Since 1989

732-8453

604-889-6409 Certified Plumber & Gas Fitter

★ BATHROOM SPECIALIST★ Tiles, tub, vanity, plumbing, paint framing. From start to finish. Over 20 yrs exp. Peter 604-715-0030 KITCHEN & BATHS Home renovations, 30+ years experience. Call 604-731-7709 MIKESHOMEWORK.CA Reno: Bath, kitchen, paint, decks, tiles, carpentry, $35/hr. 604.688.2306 Mozaik Handyman Services Ltd Reno painting, electrical, plumb tiling, 604-739-8786..716-8687

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

NORTH WEST ROOFING Re-Roofing & Repair. WCB & liability insur. Jag, 778-892-1530 ROOF LEAKS? Have your roof checked. Free est. 604-738-6606

8255

ALL JUNK?

Rubbish Removal

$

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15 OFF with this ad

604-537-8523

A Vancouver Leak Specialist Repairs & Leaks start from $150 Licensed & WCB. 604-779-4339

All types - Reroofs & Repairs 778-288-8357

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

Semi Retired Gardener, 35 years exp. Garden cleanups, pruning, free est. 604-277-6075

Tiling

Quality Home Improvements Install tiles, marble, granite, mosiac & stone. Guar. 604-725-8925

8315

Tree Services

MAGNOLIA TREE Service & Landscape, fence install, yard reno’s, excavating, irrigation 604-214-0661 Wildwood Tree Services, Exp Hedge Trimming and Removal & Tree Pruning. Free Est. 604-893-5745

Window Cleaning

White Rose Window Cleaning Windows Cleaned Inside & Outside Gutters Cleared & Cleaned FREE ESTIMATES

604-274-0285

HOMEX HAULING & Deliveries. Please call Luigi at 778-994-5403 JACK’S RUBBISH Removal Friendly, Fast & Cheap 604-266-4444

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

At Save on Roofing - specialize reroof/repair★ Fully Ins. WCB. 24/7, Free est. 778-892-1266 saveon.roofing@yahoo.com

RUBBISH REMOVAL STARTING @ $50 Free Est . 604-214-0661

AUTOMOTIVE 9105

Auto Miscellaneous

FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309. Free Delivery. INSTANT AUTO CREDIT We can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now or we deliver to BC & Alberta www.DriveHomeNow.com

9110

Collectibles & Classics

9125

Domestic

1990 ROLLS-ROYCE, 1-owner, only 31,000 km, all original, like new. $32,500 604-987-3876 D24627

9125

Domestic

9155

2005 RED MUSTANG CONVERT 87kms New brakes frt-rear, auto, $14,900 604 997-0554

1998 Dodge Neon 128,000 kms Coupe Sport. auto, well maintained, $2,750 (604) 943-8722

9145

Scrap Car Removal

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

2007 GMC CANYON SLE Ext Cab 4X4 BCAA inspected $15,960, 87,000 km’s www.autofleet.biz 604-304-7653 Carproof report & warranty incl’d

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

SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

CASH FOR ALL VEHICLES

604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC 2H

9155

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2008 F-150 XLT SUPERCREW 4X4 BCAA inspected $23,980 44,900 km’s www.autofleet.biz 604-304-7653 Carproof report & warranty included

9160

Sports & Imports

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

To advertise call 604-630-3300

2007 PT Cruiser convertible, white, auto, only 39,000km, Immaculate $13,800 ‘‘open to offers’’ 604-971-3179

2001 NISSAN Pathfinder LE full load, 270,000 kms, $3,700. Pls call 604-671-5981

GARDENER: Fall clean-ups. Gardens, leaves, light pruning Gail 604-251-8012 Ny Ton Gardening clean up trimming, shrubs, hedging, pruning & topping, 604-782-5288

Telephone Services

A to Z CERAMIC TILES Installation, Repairs, Fair Prices Free Est. 444-4715 cel 805-4319

8335

THE SCRAPPER RIGHTWAY Home Services Renovations/Bsmt/Kitchen/Bathroom/Painting/Flooring/etc. Call: Alan (604)782-0992 email: ason@sfu.ca

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

**HOME PHONE RECONNECT** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid Long Distance Specials! Feature Package Specials! Referral Program! Don’t be without a home phone! Call to Connect! 1-866-287-1348

8309

Rubbish Removal

Large or small jobs Nobody beats our prices

8307

DISPOSAL BINS: All bins are $149 + dump fees. 604-306-8599 www.disposalking.com

604-731-2443 ★ 3 Licensed Plumbers ★ 66 years of exp. 604-830-6617 www.oceansidemechanical.com

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

A27

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

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

''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

NO OVERTIME BEST RATES Call Today for Your Free Quote

AT YOUR HOME ROOFING Van division. New roofs & repairs. WCB Insured 604-340-7189

RENOVATIONS

604-312-6311

PLUMBING & HEATING NO JOB TOO SMALL

8300

Roofing

Residential & Commercial Free Estimates 7 Days a Week

Tried & True Since 1902

drytech.ca

8250

Roofing

604.662.8150

10x10 STORAGE LOCKER $135 MOVING EVERYWHERE BEST PRICES ANYWHERE 604-710-2008 MOVERS.CA TwoGuysWithATruck.ca Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK

WWW.RENORITE.COM Bath, Kitchen, Suites & More Save Your Dollars 778-317-1256

Call for a free estimate:

Additions. Kitchens Bathrooms. Landscape Const. Design & Build Renovations

www.affordablemoversbc.com

Serving West Side since 1987

WE CAN FIX IT

Renovations & Home Improvement

AMBLESIDE ROOFING

604-537-4140

8193

Renovations & Home Improvement

ALLEN ASPHALT concrete, brick,

8220

FREE ESTIMATES

Paving/Seal Coating

8240

8250

604

RENO’S AND REPAIRS Int/Ext, Woodwork Bsmt/Baths/Siding Multiskilled, Team of 2. www.carpenterzinc.com 778-895-3150

Moving & Storage

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

Plumbing

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

8240

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van. BEST PRICE! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127

8220

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

2008 MERCEDES C-CLASS C300 SEDAN (NAV) BCAA inspected $27,980, 60,000 km’s www.autofleet.biz 604-304-7653 Carproof report & warranty incl’d

9515

Boats

Looking to Buy Small Boat Motors. 15hp and smaller. Will pay Cash. 604-319-5720 2008 CHRYSLER SEBRING LX SEDAN, BCAA inspected $9,980, 99,950 km’s www.autofleet.biz 604-304-7653 Carproof report & warranty incl’d

2004 DODGE RAM 1500 Laramie quad cab 4X4, BCAA inspected $13,980, 147,500 km’s www.autofleet.biz 604-304-7653 Carproof report & warranty incl’d

9522

RV’s/Trailers

1979 Dodge 30’ MH 166,000K runs good needs tlc $1,500 (604) 897-6944


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THE VANCOUVER COURIER WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011

Your Original

Food Store

Non-Medicated

Certified Organic

Whole Frozen

Wild Sockeye Chicken California k c a P o b m Salmon o Pomegranates C reast & Thighs) (B

4

1

3 5 $ Canadian

Beef Short Ribs

2

$

99

/lb. $9.98/kg

From the Deli

Gypsy Spice Salami

2

$

Canadian Beef

19 100g

2

$

Seedless Red Grapes

1

$ 28 /lb. $2.82kg

$

/lb. $5.49kg

Certified Organic

5

/lb. $10.98kg

1

500g pkg

California Celery

Christmas Stollens

Franco’s

Mozzarella Cheese

69 $ 99

200g - 1000g

454g

Certified Organic

Flame Raisins

$699 1kg

BULK FOOD &

Boneless

Pork Loin Chops

2 B.C. Spartan $

99

/lb. $6.59kg

Apples

58 88 ¢

3 10 3

$ 99 $ 19-$

/lb. $8.80/kg

Extra Fancy

/lb. $1.28kg

/lb. $3.06kg

Assorted • While Supplies Last

150ml

99

BUY 1 GET 1 FREE

$ 39

/lb. $3.73kg

Cough Syrup

5

$

98

B.C. German Butter Potatoes

$ 69 Linkus

4

Thick Sliced Bacon

Certified Organic

B.C. Bartlett Pears

California

Fletcher’s

Striploin Steaks

49

1

/each

New Zealand Beef

Boneless Cross Rib Roast

/lb. $6.59kg

3

$ 99

$ 19

BAKING SUPPLIES

¢

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Ritter Sport • Assorted

Chocolate Bars

1

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8 am-9 pm

Sale Dates: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Vancouver Courier November 9 2011