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Protesters shout outside ceremony Mike Howell Staff writer

Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke at the inauguration ceremony at the Creekside Community Centre. photo Dan Toulgoet

Mayor Gregor Robertson promised Monday to strike a task force on housing affordability and recommitted his promise to end street homelessness by 2015. The mayor made the promises at an inauguration ceremony at the Creekside Community Centre, where he and 10 city councillors were officially sworn into office after being elected Nov. 19. “My wife Amy and I have had many late-night conversations, just like many parents do,” Robertson said in his speech, while his wife and two of his adult children sat in the first row of the packed gymnasium. “We wonder, will this be a place our kids and their friends can afford

to live? The answer must be an emphatic yes. And over the next three years, we will focus the resources and tools of city hall on our affordable housing and homelessness plan.” The mayor, wearing a ceremonial kilt as he did at the 2008 inauguration, said the task force will include housing advocates, architects, developers, building owners and financiers. The task force’s goal will be to identify ways the city can increase Vancouver’s supply of affordable homes—in the short and long term. “Can city hall solve our affordability crisis by itself in three years? No,” Robertson said. “But we’re not powerless. And over the next term, this council will take action.” See ROBERTSON on page 4

City hall threatens non-profit organization with eviction Oxfam Canada operates office on Railway Street Sandra Thomas Staff writer

Vancouver city hall is not the Grinch that stole Christmas from Oxfam—yet. The city sent letters dated Dec. 1 to eight tenants of 343 Railway St. stating their office use contra-

venes zoning, development and building bylaws. The letter explained each tenant, including a regional office for Oxfam Canada, has until the end of December to apply to stay or face eviction. Ron Fisher, a partner in Eagle Harbour Management, which owns the building at 343 Railway,

said the property is zoned M2 or “industrial,” or “light manufacturing.” “That whole M2 zoning is outdated and antiquated,” Fisher said. “Just because a software manufacturer isn’t cranking out seven-inch floppy disks doesn’t mean they’re not an industry.”

Fisher said several of the tenants facing eviction work in information technology, while another is an animation production company. “Most of them can’t afford office space anywhere else,” he said. And then there’s Oxfam. Fisher said he’s known the non-profit or-

ganization, famous for its work in developing countries, likely contravenes the property’s zoning. But he added the zoning allows a certain percentage of space be used for service use. No one from Oxfam returned phone calls or an email from the Courier. See BUILDING on page 4

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Continued from page 1 “I know it’s office space and I know that rules are rules,” Fisher said. “But what’s the difference between someone sitting behind a computer or sitting behind a sewing machine?” Eagle Harbour Management buys heritage buildings, restores them, brings them up to code and then rents out the suites or offices. Fisher noted because many of the company’s 11 buildings, including 343 Railway, are situated in less desirable areas of the city the rents are more affordable. “But the city continues to throw obstacles at us,” said Fish-

er. “They raise our taxes, they tell us they don’t think our tenants are right and they don’t consider the issues we face. That building is like a fortress with bars on the doors and windows.” Fisher said the city is long overdue in reviewing its definition of industrial or manufacturing zones. “There aren’t a lot of sweatshops left in the city so I think it’s time they broaden those guidelines,” he said. Fisher noted tenants at another Eagle Harbour building were served similar notices at this time last year, and he won-

“THERE AREN’T A LOT OF SWEATSHOPS LEFT IN THE CITY SO I THINK IT’S TIME THEY BROADEN THOSE GUIDELINES.” Ron Fisher

ders why the city chooses to put businesses under stress weeks before Christmas. Fisher saved Christmas for the tenants last

year by paying the city $10,000 for approval to a change of use agreement. Will Johnson, director of licences and inspections for the city, agreed the city needs to review the definition of “manufacturing” as it applies to zoning. He said the city is not forcing a departure of 343 Railway tenants just yet. “We did send a letter to a number of suites telling them what they need to do,” said Johnson. “And they have to put in an application by the end of the month. But we’re not asking for them to leave.”

Johnson said once the tenants submit a change of use application for their unit, the city will decide if they can stay. He said the tenants came to the city’s attention after a company applied for a business licence for the location. Upon inspection a city worker discovered 16 tenants that either didn’t have a business licence or didn’t meet the qualifications for the zoning. As for Oxfam, Johnson said the city will have to decide whether the work done at its office qualifies under the zoning. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

Robertson notes ‘political differences’ on new city council

Continued from page 1 Over the past two months, Robertson and Housing Minister Rich Coleman have knocked heads over whether more temporary homeless shelters should open this winter. Robertson, who has pushed for more shelters, pointed to Coleman’s decision last week to announce more shelters will open Monday night. “Yes, there was disagreement about how best to proceed—but our partnership has remained strong for three very tough bud-

get years,” the mayor said. “And it doesn’t matter whose name is on the shelters, as long as the doors are open and the beds are warm and safe.” But, he added, shelters aren’t homes. Only a larger, sustainable supply of lowincome housing will keep this city on track to meet a goal “that means more to many of us than any other,” he said. “This council may have its political differences, but I trust that we are united in our conviction that in a city as prosperous as Van-

Gregor Robertson couver, nobody should ever be forced to sleep on the streets,” he said. “And we recommit to ending street homelessness in the City of

Vancouver by 2015.” Robertson also promised to keep taxes low, support small business, open 500 new childcare spaces and protect artists’ spaces. The ceremony, which included a lion dance and speeches from members of the Squamish and Musqueam First Nations, cost $15,000 to $20,000, according to city communications manager Wendy Stewart. The inauguration in 2008 cost $84,000. Outside the community centre, about a dozen protesters banged on windows

and shouted “we’re hungry, too” during the ceremony. A heavy police presence ensured no protesters got inside the building. After the ceremony, Robertson told reporters that “people are welcome to come and express their opinions” but said banging on the windows was “particularly inappropriate” during prayers from First Nations leaders. “That’s unfortunate, it’s not very respectful,” the mayor said. Four new councillors— the Green Party’s Adriane

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So Mayor Gregor Robertson and his council got sworn in Monday. Sadly, George Chow was not among those taking the oath. That’s because he decided not to seek re-election after serving two terms as a Vision Vancouver councillor. I say sadly because Chow was the one councillor I probably featured more than any other in this space. And it wasn’t done out of any allegiance to him or his party. I’ve stated my reasons before. For those rare few in the city who missed my previous musings about Chow, I’ll just tell you the guy is: a K-car lover who enjoys showing reporters photographs of himself doing roof repairs, knows an interesting urinal when he sees one (and supplied this scribe with a photograph), uses his excess water from his bath to flush his toilet, revealed he would walk on hot coals in Chinatown for a fundraiser (not sure if he did), is able to recite poetry from his childhood (“A pen and a man. A man and a pen. This is a pen.

Funnyman George Chow stepped down after two terms as a Vision Vancouver councillor. This is a man”), has a life-sized photograph of himself and claims he was named after King George. So it was with great anticipation that I came across an email from Chow in my inbox as I returned to work this week after taking a break from the civic campaign. He thanked me for all the ink and included a story. Here you go, Vancouver. “One day, staff introduced me

to a group of children visiting city hall while I tried to get to my council office. She told the children that this is Coun. Chow and they could ask me questions. One girl put up her hand and said, ‘Why was Coun. Anton always correcting you by saying it’s three orders of government—not three levels of government? And what are they?’ I said, ‘Coun. Anton was being precise as she was a

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former math teacher and Crown prosecutor. In any case, the three levels of government are the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The federal government is like your grandparents. They live in Ottawa. They would fly out to visit you on a special occasion like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and would call you long distance to wish you happy birthday. The provincial govern-

ment is like your parents. They live in Victoria. They are away most weekdays but would come home on weekends on the ferries. The municipal government is us children at city hall. We are here all the time and you can walk, bike and take transit to come to talk to us.’ ‘Wow, you guys are great!’ said the girl thanking me. A boy put up his hand and said, ‘Coun. Woodsworth often said the city gets only eight cents on the dollar on taxes and the provincial government still downloads on us. What is download?’ ‘Good question,’ I said. ‘Download is like your parents asking you to take out the garbage but won’t increase your allowance.’ The boy said, ‘These people in Victoria are not very good then… so why would you want to become an MLA and go to Victoria?’ I said, ‘Look son, there is something you ought to remember. Victoria gives you a bigger allowance and you don’t have to take out the garbage!’” That bigger allowance will have to wait. Chow recently lost a nomination bid to become the provincial NDP’s candidate in VancouverFraserview. He lost to Gabriel Yiu, who ran unsuccessfully in the previous provincial election. Whatever you choose to do, Mr. Chow, good luck. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Seth Klein and Marc Lee from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ben West and Tria Donaldson from the Wilderness Committee, transportation planner Eric Doherty, and Harjap Grewal from the Council of Canadians are presenters. “We wanted to focus on youth leadership so that’s really one of the major focuses and most of the speakers are going to talk about that a little,” Sample said, adding it’s important to capture students’ attention with topical subjects. “We want to include the Keystone Pipeline [issue] as well. Last year it was the tar sands.” Organizers have planned a Skype call on Friday with the Canadian Youth Delegation attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. “What we’d like to come out of this is learning about what’s coming out of real climate change conferences around the world,” Sample said. “We want people to be applying that in how they look at our conference as well.” The teenager is committed to environmentalism—aside from helping organize the conference, she belongs to an Eco Club where members visit elementary schools to talk about environmental subjects. “Right now I’m teaching about waste, recycling, composting—that sort of thing,” she said.

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who need support with homework, social and emotional problems, is in the semi finals for a contest from Aviva Insurance. If it gets the most votes it could win $150,000. It’s the only idea from the Lower Mainland that made it to the semi finals. Voting started Dec. 5 and ends Dec. 16. The club’s entry reads in part: “Approximately one in four students at Britannia have learning or other disabilities. Britannia’s students come from Vancouver’s poorest inner city neighbourhoods, including the notorious Downtown Eastside. Many of the parents of Britannia students are unable to provide the financial, academic, and emotional base these kids need at home. The school is populated with many youth for whom graduation is not an academic possibility or postsecondary education is not a financial option.” If the club wins funding, it wants to create a pilot program to reach students who are most at risk of falling through the educational cracks. The pilot, based on the Pathways to Education program, would involve hiring two youth and family workers to reach out to students in the school and on the street. For more information on voting and to read more details about the homework club’s plans check out avivacommunityfund.org. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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Charity looking to fill 400 Xmas packages

I started writing a Christmas “charity in need” column several years ago after some readers accused Courier editorial staff of being pagan due to a photograph of a pair of men’s underwear, emblazoned with the image of Jesus Christ, in our annual Dreck the Halls edition. Since then I’ve enjoyed highlighting the good work various non-profit groups and organizations do, particularly at this time of year. And since it’s that time again, allow me to introduce the staff and volunteers of the Greater Vancouver Community Services Society (GVCSS). The society formed 40 years ago as a sixmonth work project in Kitsilano and today has 2,500 clients registered for its home support services. Since 2008, the society has delivered Christmas care/gift packages to their clients most in need, including single parents with a disability, shut-ins and forgotten parents and grandparents. This year, the GVCSS has the lofty goal of delivering 400 packages, up from the 100 donated annually in the past. Through the society, I heard about an elderly woman living in the Downtown Eastside who last year wept after receiving Purdy’s chocolates. The woman told the volunteer who dropped off her gift that while she’d heard about Purdy’s chocolates all her life, she never had the opportunity to try one. Society executive director Ron McLeod told me such stories remind us how such a

sandrathomas small gesture can mean so much to someone in need. “When you think of the basic needs, they include food to live, but rarely are there luxury items,” says McLeod. “It makes us happy to be able to provide a few extras to our clients who can’t afford them.” Each year, the gift packages include one such luxury gift. This year that special present is a warm robe donated by several hotels, which means very soon dozens of Downtown Eastside seniors and residents living with a disability will soon be wrapped in dressing gowns embroidered with The Fairmont, Pan Pacific or Four Seasons logos. McLeod said that for many recipients their

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gift pack and Christmas card from GVCSS will be the only ones they receive during the holidays. Besides the one special gift, the packages include basic necessities, including soup, coffee, tea, mugs, socks, hats, gloves and toothpaste. This year donated items to the project include 400 bars of soap from Rocky Mountain Soap Company, 400 signature toques from The Bay and supplies from Shoppers Drug Mart. The Simon Fraser University Young Women in Business collected toothbrushes and toothpaste from students at SFU campuses, while local Girl Guide troops are running a Chunky Soup can drive. But of course cash is king and as is the case with most non-profit groups, money donated to the GVCSS can be spread a long way with the organization’s ability to buy from wholesale suppliers. A donation of $40 will fill a gift package. McLeod stresses 100 per cent of the donations to the GVCSS Christmas program are distributed to elderly clients. The society is still taking donations and the gift packages are being put together this week for distribution over the next two weeks. To make a donation of cash or goods to the society towards a Christmas care package, check out gvcss.bc.ca or call Laura Johnson at 604-7143517 to arrange for drop-off or pick-up. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Context missing from eating disorder story Last week, CBC TV aired the story of a Comox resident suffering from an eating disorder who had unwillingly been discharged from St. Paul’s Hospital about two months ago. It was a disturbing story that vilified St. Paul’s Hospital as a callous and “unethical” facility for discharging a woman who was so clearly ill. The story struck me as unfair. Whether the CBC couldn’t devote more time to the piece or St. Paul’s wasn’t willing to share more details due to patient confidentiality, the story of 30-year-old Amber Foster and others like her requires more context than what appeared on TV. It was too simplistic for such a complex illness. St. Paul’s, where Foster had been getting treatment for eight years, is the provincial resource for adults with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Foster suffers from anorexia and was 80 pounds when she was discharged. When I first heard the piece, many things went through my mind. My gut reaction was not sympathetic. “Then eat, already—if not for yourself than for your young son.” Of course it’s not as simple as that. I also wondered if Foster was doing all she needed to get well. I compare the situation to an addict at a rehab centre. If an addict uses drugs, he or she is typically kicked out. Zero-tolerance policies exist for a reason. Part of me also wondered if eating disorders only affect people in wealthy countries. My heart goes out to Foster. But I’m not convinced St. Paul’s is the bad party and simply shoved Foster out into the cold as the CBC story suggested. St. Paul’s Hospital discharged Foster after she failed to meet “stringent and evidence-based criteria,” the hospital told the CBC. No hospital is perfect, but an issue like eating disorders can put a hospital between a rock and a hard place. If a patient is unwilling to meet program criteria (and is not motivated to help themselves) and there is a waiting list for other patients, what is a hospital to do? Dr. Julia Raudzus, interim medical director with the provincial adult eating disorder program, isn’t as blunt as that. The soft-spoken psychiatrist worries the story might leave people with the impression help isn’t available for people with eating disorders outside Vancouver. Resources exist in all health regions, she said. Contrary to comments made by Foster, Raudzus said

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fionahughes the program supports chronic cases, but it refers some to other centres locally or outside B.C. (six went out of province this year) when the illness is combined with addictions and other underlying psychiatric conditions that are a barrier to dealing with their eating disorder. The St. Paul’s program receives about six referrals a week, treats another 55 to 60 patients in a residential program per year, manages a large volume of out-patients, brings together 40 out-patients a week, runs group sessions and has seven in-patient clients in hospital beds. In-patients typically stay a week to a month, though one patient was on the unit for two years, which Raudzus described as an “outlier” situation. The program has waiting lists, but Raudzus says they try to manage these patients through a menu of treatment programs until a bed becomes available, though the goal is to keep them out of a hospital bed. Better to connect them with community resources to build resiliency outside the hospital and get them home where they family and friends can offer support, she said. Raudzus estimates it takes seven years of treatment before a patient gets better. Some, however, will have chronic conditions. It’s not uncommon for Raudzus to see women in their 40s, 50s and 60s who’ve had the illness half their life. “It’s an incredibly complex illness. They can’t face weight gain, but they look at how to keep themselves stable and out of hospital.” Extended in-hospital stays also don’t benefit the patient. “It leads to treatment refusal and disengagement,” said Raudzus. It’s also costly. But what cannot be overstated is personal motivation. “Their readiness and motivation for change—that can’t be left aside as a factor that isn’t important,” Raudzus said. St. Paul’s, however, should have more detailed information about the program on its website. Information and transparency are vital, especially regarding “evidence-based criteria.” fhughes@vancourier.com

The neighbourhood of Marpole and the city’s redevelopment plans for the area photo Dan Toulgoet continue to arouse emotions in Courier readers. To the editor: Re: “Letter of the Week,” Nov. 30. Though I would concur with letter writer Adam Easton that Marpole won’t likely become another Yaletown, I could see it becoming similar to Southeast False Creek. The area, which used to be mainly industrial, has been rezoned for mixed-use and given way to more and more mid-rise towers over the past decade or so. Though Marpole per se has limited industrial land, just across Marine Drive lie hundreds of acres of land that I have no doubt will be similarly rezoned and developed over the next couple of decades. This seems to be the formula for development that has dominated Vancouver since the 1980s. I would say there is nothing wrong with that since the city’s growing population needs places to live, except for one

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Re: “The Next Yaletown?” Nov. 25. Alas, it was only a matter of time before greedy developers swivelled around to sleepy little Marpole. Well, what can you expect in Vancouver? Marpole is a pleasant, relatively stable and affordable neighbourhood with interesting and lively small businesses, restaurants and scarce peace and quiet... so let’s bulldoze it to the ground and build a bunch of towers to sell to people who don’t even live in Vancouver, let alone in Canada. Gordon Trick, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Explosion of disability ‘welfare’ crippling the Downtown Eastside,” Nov. 30. I am responding to Mark Hasiuk’s inflammatory column regarding welfare, disability and the Downtown Eastside in particular. The statistics he quotes are misleading (as statistics frequently are). It is true that the general welfare rates have fallen. However, this does not take into account the disenfranchised that are unemployed and do not qualify for benefits under the newer stringent regulations. These are the people one encounters in shelters, doorways and

the morgue. The statistical increase in disability recipients fails to account for the loss of union positions (logging, mining, construction etc) with long-term benefits. Under the collective agreement, union members facing disabilities would have been eligible for long-term disability. Secondly, health care and pharmacology have advanced, extending life, but not necessarily the ability to fully participate as a working member. Where does he get $1, 863 per month disability? He punctuated the amount with the peevish and spiteful, “the maximum rates

do include $35 bonus for each dependant.” The implication being “Have 20 children at $35 a pop and pad your cheques!” Far from “welfare keeping poor people poor, welfare keeps poor people alive.” Finally, maybe he should try living on $906 a month with a physically and emotionally debilitating illness and paying market rent. I am sure he would then thank God for social housing and benefits in general and be a little less contemptuous of his fellow travellers. Maureen McNichol, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Marble Arch Shelter,” Dec. 2 Mayor Gregor Robertson is concerned about the provincial governments withdrawal of $2.5 million in assistance to fund its winter homeless shelter program. As the program is designed to shelter 160 homeless individu-

als through four months of cold weather, the provincial share works out to $130 per person per night. Seems to me there must be others out there who stand to benefit more than the homeless in this waste of taxpayer dollars. Tim Carnegie, Vancouver

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Patti Bacchus ter Margaret MacDiarmid ordered a report on the VSB’s finances in 2010 after the board complained about its money problems. The report cost the provincial government $165,000. Ten staff were assigned fulltime to conduct the review. Bacchus said the VSB plans on spending up to $100,000 on its resource allocation review. She said trustees debated whether it was worth it. “It’s important we have the best possible professional advice to make our decisions,” she said. “If they can find savings, particularly that we can carry from year to year that we may have missed, that could be valuable. On the flip side, if they can identify revenue opportunities, they might well save us money.” Bacchus said the board is only looking for proposals at this point. This will mark Bacchus’s fourth term as board chair. The NPA’s Ken Denike,

who’s been chair in past years, was also nominated to be the chairperson Monday night, but lost in a 6-3 vote. Five Vision candidates— Bacchus, Mike Lombardi, Ken Clement, Cherie Payne, and Rob Wynen, three NPA candidates—Denike, Sophia Woo and Fraser Ballantyne, along with COPE’s Allan Wong, won school board seats in the Nov. 19 civic vote. “I feel very honoured to do the job. It’s important work and I think we’ve made some real progress in terms of adopting a strategic plan. We seem to be through the bulk of the senior management retirements and have a team in place that’s really ready to work with us on that plan,” Bacchus said. “It’s such an exciting time in education with all of the changes, but of course also a challenging time.” The inaugural meeting, which included a reception, cost the district about $2,900—the bulk for catering, but also for the First Nations blessing, photographs and flowers. The new board decides on committee appointments next week, but few other decisions will be made before the New Year when trustees must start to tackle the next budget. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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Christmas tree lots have become a powerful fundraising tool for a few Vancouver schools, particularly the one operated by Prince of Wales secondary’s 25-yearold TREK program, which earns a $50,000 profit during its three-week run. This year, student and parent volunteers have 2,100 trees from five different tree species to sell until the lot shuts down Dec. 20. “We have one of the largest [lots] with one of the best selections,” said Antony Blaikie, one of four teachers involved in the outdoor environmental education program. The most expensive is a 12-foot tree for $157, but the lot gets only a handful and they’re already sold out. “Those are the monsters. We get less than a half dozen because so few people have room in their house for them—it’s for the people who somehow have 16-foot ceilings,” Blaikie said. One 11-foot tree was still available midday Monday, but there are a wide variety of other trees of varying heights for sale. The prices range from the “Charlie Brown special” for $17 to $131. The business has grown over the years as volunteers realized they were selling out well before Christmas.

Antony Blaikie “So they started increasing and increasing the numbers of trees. We’ve reached our maximum of what we have space for and the ability to manage it,” explained Blaikie. “The last three years we’ve completely sold out down to the smallest tree, so hopefully that continues.” A sellout generates about $110,000, but after the trees, fencing and trailer rentals are paid for, the profit sits at between $50,000 and $55,000. It typically buys equipment, transportation and professional guides for the TREK program. This year, the money will pay for sleeping bag replacements and savings for a new school bus estimated to cost $100,000. The lot runs like a small business with 112 student and 224 parent volunteers. Students work six shifts for a total of 18 hours, while parents work two shifts for a total of six hours. Students are kept up to date about expenses and income.

“We have started to view the program as part of their curriculum, not just as something that allows us to do curriculum. They’re working in small teams, so they get to know each other really well. They have to talk to strangers, so they get a really good wakeup call about being able to converse with and approach a stranger. They have to work pretty hard. They’re hauling trees around non-stop,” Blaikie explained. Maya Airey-Lee, a 15-yearold Grade 10 student, said it can get cold and busy on the lot, but it’s otherwise fun. “It’s just all around a really good time,” she said. “It’s a sense of accomplishment… I never really did volunteer hours before [TREK] so in actually doing it you realize you have such a large community that you never realized you had before. And it’s like a mini business. You feel independent and really accomplished by the end of it.” Kitsilano secondary parents and students also run a Christmas tree lot, which generates about $28,000 for athletic teams. Lord Byng secondary has operated a tree lot for 38 years. Profits go to its athletic, physical education and science departments, and to scholarships. Check school websites for hours and other information. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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encourage so-called “senior singers” to continue to use their talents, sharpen their brains and “keep them off the streets on Friday mornings.”

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But seriously, for Loomer, who has been involved in the local music scene for many years, including with Chor Leoni and Elektra Women’s Choir, bringing together as many as 50 singers, who all have different talents and availability, was a challenge she relished. “Assembling this choir to meet the needs of the community was a blessing,” says Loomer. “Many of our vocalists have been in choirs before, and were close to retirement and wanting a simpler workload. We were able to accommodate that, while also giving back to the community by performing at hospices, assisted living residences and places where people can’t get out to see a performance, or can’t afford to.” EnChor (www.enchor.ca) has succeeded beyond Loomer’s dreams. “Within three years our reputation earned us an invitation to Podium 2010 (for choral conductors) and to an invitation-only international choral festival in St. John’s Newfoundland.”

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of the VSO, EnChor basks in the accompaniment of pianist Ailsa Zaenker, formerly of Vancouver Opera and the Bach Choir. They’ll often have a guest violinist or flutist to provide musical complement as well. There has even been a celebrity in their midst, as Canucks anthem singer, Richard Loney, was a member prior to experiencing a stroke. Now on the comeback trail, Loney may rejoin next year, if he’s feeling “strong and free!”

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“Last year, in addition to regular performances at retirement homes and care facilities, we performed a series with the VSO and also the Vancouver Children’s Choir,” says Loomer. “Our final show of the season was entitled Newfoundland Bound, where we showcased our repertoire.” A summer concert program

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1. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Arts Club Theatre Company dusts off and polishes up its annual holiday chestnut White Christmas: The Musical. Based on the classic 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, White Christmas unloads its Santa sack of Irving Berlin songs, tap-dancing and snow until Dec. 28 at the Stanley Theatre. For tickets and info, go to artsclub.com. 2. For someone who dropped out of Vancouver Film School decades ago and couldn’t leave town fast enough, actor/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Jersey Girl) sure visits a lot. This time, however, he’s bringing his friend and onscreen snoochie-boochies sidekick Jason Mewes for Jay and Silent Bob Get Old Dec. 7 at the Vogue Theatre. Expect a frank, funny and chatty affair as Mewes opens up about his past struggles with addiction and pretty much anything else audiences want to ask him. Tickets at Red Cat, Scratch and Zulu Records or online at voguetheatre.com. 3. Choreographer Amber Funk Barton gets nautical with her latest, Portraits and Scenes of Female Creatures. The watery work showcases the wavy moves of four dancers as they “create a world of loss and grief at sea” Dec. 7 to 10 at the Firehall Arts Centre. For tickets and info, call 604-689-0926 or go to firehallartscentre.ca.

4. Graphic design crew Combination13 dips into its archives for its Souls of Rock ’n Roll Gig Poster Art Exhibition Dec. 8 at Venue. The inky event coincides with the ninth annual Xmas in Skaville featuring the skanking powers of Redeye Empire, Los Furios, The Elixxxirs and Heads Hang Heavy. Doors open at 8 p.m., bands at 9:30 p.m.

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On Monday, we watched with bated breath as Mayor Gregor Robertson and newly elected city councillors participated in a swearing in ceremony at Creekside Community Recreation Centre. The $20,000 inauguration party included snacks, refreshments and entertainment, such as “a prancing Chinese dragon,” which we initially assumed was code for Robertson’s sporran and revealing kilt. It was not. We say with bated breath because we were legitimately concerned for the safety of anyone who had the misfortune of standing beside twotime NPA councillor Elizabeth Ball. Don’t get us wrong. Ball is a lovely and intelligent woman who enjoys wearing red blazers and has a well-sculpted, wheat-coloured head of hair that fascinates us to no end. But she has a history—namely, with objects falling on her fascinating, wheat-coloured head. It’s well documented that in 1991 Ball was knocked unconscious when a chandelier fell on her head in a lighting store. Then in 1996, while shopping at The Gap in Oakridge mall, a mannequin fell on her head and she successfully sued the store for $330,000 in damages. That’s two random

objects falling on Ball’s head in the span of five years. So considering it’s now late 2011, it would seem she’s well overdue. The question one has to ask is what will be the next thing to fall on Ball’s magnetic noggin. Here’s what we’ve come up with: • Lunch kit (odds 4 to 1). With so much highrise construction going on in this city, it’s just a matter of time before a construction worker’s lunch kit takes a tumble from the 10th floor. • Beehive (odds 7 to 1). Not to be confused with Ball’s hairstyle, there are two actual beehives on the roof of city hall—apparently Mayor Robertson is a real “honey whore.” Anyway, it can get windy up at 12th and Cambie and it wouldn’t surprise us if and when a warm Chinook wind knocks one of those hives off its sticky perch. • Vision Coun. Tim Stevenson (odds 3 to 1). Simply put, Stevenson is a clumsy dude. We’re surprised he even shows up for council meetings as infrequently as he does without a cast, splint or hand stuck in a jar of Nutella. And a scenario involving him standing atop a wobbly stool to screw in a light bulb or an ill-advised attempt to reenact the chair dance from Flashdance is not completely out of the question.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

In an attempt to expand its readership, the Vancouver Sun has launched a Chinese language website called Taiyangbao, which, if our translation is correct, means “Four Person Bylines and Photo Galleries of Busty Young Women.” According to the Sun, Taiyangbao will feature national and international content from Agence France Presse’s Chinese-language division, local and international bloggers, breaking news and all the fluffy and irrelevant coverage of celebrities, scientific studies about “sexting” and what people are saying on Twitter that you’ve come to expect from the Sun… “all delivered in simplified and traditional Chinese language characters, to better serve one of B.C.’s fastest-growing demographics.” But what about the Sun’s beloved T&A content, you’re probably asking yourself? Not to worry. We visited the Taiyangbao website and within a few clicks easily found an incomprehensible but no less titillating story about a “Slut walk” held in Hong Kong. It’s nice to know some things transcend language.


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Bushkowsky’s Jerusalem mixes war and ‘homance’ After Jerusalem

At Performance Works until Dec. 11 Tickets: 604.629.8848 vancouvertix.com Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

Actors Deb Williams and Andrew McNee are so perfect as Carol and Vladimir in After Jerusalem, it’s hard to imagine Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky writing the play without them in mind. Under Rachel Peake’s excellent direction, Williams nails middleaged, never-married, Regina schoolteacher Carol so precisely: shy, nervous, awkward, excited and funny when she’s hustled by handsome, much younger Vladimir. And McNee’s Vladimir (with a thick Russian accent and Slavic syntax) is passionate and charming when he turns those big, soulful eyes on Carol and, in one of many direct addresses to the audience, on us. What a pair of perfect liars they turn out to be. They meet when he, a security guard in one of Jerusalem’s holy sites, refuses entrance to holidaying Carol because he detects metal on her. Turns out she’s wearing a locket with a picture of her Labradoodle in it. She’s embarrassed but it’s a beginning. What could be a simple holiday romance is made theatrical by fantasy sequences in the style of old movies; Vladimir gets all macho and Carol

Andrew McNee and Deb Williams play a pair of lovestruck liars in Aaron Bushkowsky’s After Jerusalem. turns all Marlene Dietrich or he becomes Vlad, The Impaler and she, a willing blood donor. These scenes are differentiated by lighting cues by set and light designer Itai Erdal. It’s so darned charming and funny and clever as Carol digs herself deeper and deeper into her falsehood. But as Bushkowsky did in My Chernobyl a few years ago, he sets the After Jerusalem story against a seriously devastating backdrop: radioactivity and ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict, respectively. And it’s the battle zone that eventually determines whether Carol and Vlad are having a holiday romance (a “homance” as she calls it) or whether there’s a future for them. Presented by Solo Collective Theatre, the show is short (70 minutes, no intermission), very sweet and with snow falling—but only on Carol—at the end, it’s so innocently, undeniably Canadian.

True West

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No one can string humour, menace, violence and death of the American Dream along a high-tension wire like American playwright Sam Shepard can. From the very first lines, we get the picture: brothers Austin, a screenwriter of romantic Hollywood schlock, and Lee, a drifter with a penchant for B&E, square off in their mother’s immaculate L.A. kitchen. She’s off on a cruise to Alaska, trusting Austin, who lives with his wife and kids elsewhere, to look after her house and houseplants. Lee, in filthy clothes, turns up out of nowhere. In the excellent introduction to the Bantam edition of Sam Shepard: Seven Plays, Richard Gilman points out one of Shepard’s recurrent

themes: the assertion of the untaught self. This is especially true in True West. Austin has gone to college, but Lee has learned his chops by living alone in the Mojave Desert. But what Shepard most markedly mourns in this play is the perversion of the true west where men pitted themselves against the elements and each other. Directed by Stephen Malloy for Main Street Theatre, this is a muscular, sinewy, sometimes scary production. Lee, energetically portrayed by Daryl King, is an IED waiting to be triggered. King, eventually bare-chested and sweaty, hurls himself physically into the play. In the tiny Little Mountain Studio space, it’s so in your face you might get toast in your lap. Ryan Beil is conservative Austin who now and then ineffectually challenges his brother. Austin has a finely tuned sense of the absurd and Beil is an expert at delivering those lines with a loopy, lop-sided grin. Josh Drebit plays the leisure-suited movie producer and Barb Pollard portrays the unfortunate mother of Lee and Austin who, when the shit hits the fan, behave like a couple of three-yearolds caught finger-painting over an original Picasso. Terrific play. Terrific production. —JL joled@telus.net

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Mention the name “Grizzlies” in Vancouver and images of Bryant Reeves clumsily bouncing a basketball off his shoe during another blowout loss might spring to mind. But if you want to win a bet, you’ll find takers for this wager: The first Vancouver Grizzlies were a pro football team that played one lone season in 1941, 54 years before the dismal NBA team lost its first game and 13 years before the CFL’s B.C. Lions. Seventy years ago in the fall of 1941, war raged in Europe and the Vancouver Grizzlies lost 4-1 to the Regina Roughriders before 2,200 rain-soaked spectators at Vancouver’s Athletic Park in the first professional football game ever played in B.C. Some heralded the Grizzlies arrival as the biggest sports story to hit Vancouver since the departure of pro hockey in the mid-1920s. Wearing gold jerseys with red numbers, crimson satin pants with gold knee pads, and red helmets with gold trim, the Grizzlies were the pinnacle of 1941 gridiron fashion. Sort of. When handed his uniform, one Grizzly player derided the outfit, saying the last time he saw an outfit like this was at a gypsy dance. Their on-field play failed to match their flashy duds. Coach Greg “Hardrock” Kabat of Winnipeg coaxed several professional players from Calgary and Winnipeg to come west and join a hodge-podge of junior football and rugby players from the coast. Players were hard to come by with so many men serving at home and overseas during the war. One of the more interesting recruits was Chuck Millman, a hulking allround athlete from Calgary. Millman remained in Vancouver and four years later made the inaugural Canucks team in 1945, making him the only athlete in Vancouver history to play for two different pro teams in different sports during their debut seasons. The Grizzlies compiled a 1-7 record playing in the three-team Western Interprovincial Rugby Football Union that also featured Regina and the Winnipeg

Blue Bombers. To save on travel costs, Regina stayed in town for a rematch two nights after the Grizzlies first-ever game. Once again in the driving rain, the Grizzlies mucked out a 7-6 victory before 1,500 chilled fans for their first and only victory. North Vancouver’s Jack Horn scored the Grizzlies first-ever touchdown on a three-yard plunge into the end zone. A touchdown counted five points. Two days later, the Grizzlies embarked by train on their one and only road trip of the season. Over 13 days from Sept. 17to 29, the Grizzlies played four football games against Regina and Winnipeg to save on travel costs, but paid the price in fatigue and injuries. The team limped home to Vancouver after four straight losses. Because of the Second World War, the league was suspended in 1942 and the Grizzlies were no more. Pro football wouldn’t return to Vancouver until 1954 when the B.C. Lions joined the Western Interprovincial Football Union, a forerunner to the CFL’s West Division. Not a single Grizzlies jersey has survived until today. After the team folded, their jerseys and equipment were handed down to local junior teams. Vancouver’s Jon Mikl (also known as bodybuilder and heavy metal glam rocker Thor), owner and operator of Vancouver vintage jersey manufacturer Vintage Leagues, recalled the Grizzlies jersey from his childhood. “Growing up in Vancouver in the 1950s, my brother had a gold jersey with red numbers he used as a practice jersey for the junior Vancouver Blue Bombers,” Mikl recalls. “It was hanging in the basement of our family home and I would put it

Jon Mikl (a.k.a. Thor) poses with a replica 1941 Grizzlies jersey while the photo Dan Toulgoet above poster advertises a Grizzlies football game. on and throw the football around with friends in the backyard.” Lost during many moves over the years, Mikl, who has a passion for recreating forgotten sports uniforms, decided to piece together the Grizzlies jersey after researching the team’s history. Matching the gold and cerise colours by memory and relying on archival newspaper accounts proved challenging, but the end product is a magnificent tribute to a team not many remember today. “So many sports teams’ jerseys or wool sweaters don’t hold up well over the years,” he says. “They just disintegrate or get thrown away. Yet there are so many fans that want to see and wear vintage uniforms.”

Vancouver Grizzlies artifacts will be on display in the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame when it reopens in January. Mikl hopes to convince the Lions to don vintage Grizzlies uniforms for a game, just as the Vancouver Giants wore Vancouver Millionaires jerseys for a 2008 heritage game. They were recreated by Mikl’s Vintage Leagues. “The Vancouver Millionaires paved the way for the Vancouver Canucks,” he argues. “If not for the Vancouver Grizzlies, I doubt that the B.C. Lions would be here today.” Jason Beck is the curator of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Visit bcsportshalloffame.com for more Vancouver sports legends.

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Vancouver has positive results at volleyball tournament

City teams finish with school bests at AAA senior boys championships What a whirlwind of a provincial tournament for the Vancouver champion Eric Hamber Griffins senior boys volleyball team last week in Kelowna. The Lower Mainland zone’s number two ranked team started the 20-team provincial tournament on a positive note, winning two of three round robin matches, but it was discovered later that evening one of the starters had been left off the scoresheets for those matches, resulting in the forfeiture of all three matches. Undaunted, the 11th-ranked Griffins defeated the fifth-ranked Elgin Park Orcas from White Rock in a five-set thriller to advance to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year, a feat that no Vancouver team has accomplished in almost 30 years. The win was the second largest upset in tournament history, and pitted Hamber against the number two ranked and Fraser Valley champions Fraser Heights. The Griffins fought valiantly but dropped a 3-0 decision to the eventual bronze medalist Firehawks. Hamber then polished off two straight victories, against the sixth-placed and North Central champions North Peace Ooks 2-0 and the hometown number four ranked and Okanagan champions Kelowna Owls 2-0 to finish in fifth place, the second highest finish by a team from Vancouver in 30 years and the highest since David Thompson’s bronze medal finish two years ago. Setter Calvin Chang was named to the Second Team All-Stars, while leftside Shawn Yu was recognized as an honourable mention. Vancouver Technical Talismen, Vancouver’s other entry at the provincial championships and Lower Mainland zone champions, travelled a different road in Kelowna, while still achieving the school’s highest

finish in history at the tournament. The number eight ranked Talismen won one of three matches in pool play (losing the other two in three sets and by a mere two points in both matches) and were drawn against the number nine ranked Mt. Boucherie Bears of Westside. As described by zone MVP Markiel Simpson, Van Tech played its “worst match of the year,” and were easily dispatched 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 26-24). The loss was very disappointing, as this team had won the bronze medal at the junior boys provincial championships two years ago, and had high hopes in Kelowna this season. However, as their resiliency has shown all year, Van Tech was able to come back and win their next three matches, against the number 16 ranked and Kootenay champions Mt. Baker 2-1, the number 10 ranked Kelly Road Roadrunners from Prince George 2-0, and Elgin Park 2-1, avenging a loss to the Orcas in pool play and securing a ninth place and consolation round championship for the Talismen, whose previous highest finish had been 11th. The rise in positive results from Vancouver teams in the past few years can be attributed to the increased popularity in boys volleyball through the club system, which has in turn made the quality of volleyball in the city much stronger compared to the rest of the province. Vancouver schools had four teams ranked provincially at one point this year. In previous years, there was usually just one or two. Ranked number one all season, Oak Bay of Victoria won the AAA gold medal, defeating number three ranked Earl Marriott of South Surrey 3-0. Number one ranked MEI of Abbotsford defeated number three College Heights of Prince George 3-2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 15-9) to win the AA championships. kenli@shaw.ca

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BIG BUILDING SALE... “CLEARANCE SALE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!” 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca STEEL BUILDINGS END OF SEASON DEALS! Overstock must go - make an offer! FREE DELIVERY to most areas. CALL TO CHECK INVENTORY and FREE BROCHURE 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

❅ To advertise ❆

AUCTION CALENDAR

Birds

CANARIES YOUNG SINGING, $45 each firm. Finches $15 each firm. Call 604 939-5666

3507

Children’s Activities

3025

UBC RESEARCH Vision Laboratory at Children’s Hospital needs volunteers (4-12yrs) with good vision and hearing for a study on visual perception. Study involves computer games. Honorarium paid. Call Ghazaleh at (604)875-2345x7853

Auctions

PUBLIC AUCTION: Saturday, Dec. 10th, 9am

80-100 CARS, LIGHT TRUCKS & RV’s Industrial, Construction, Forklifts, Farm & Turf Equip., Fleet Trucks & Trailers, Lumber, Boats, Tools

Cats

RAGDOLL KITTENS, females, 1st shotS, worming, raised underfoot, $450. 604-581-2772

6008

6008-32

6015

6020

Houses - Sale

Cares!

6020-01

Tsawwas.

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Sell your home, only $99. 604-574-5243 Maple Ridge blow-out price 4.9ac vu lot, development nr. $349K 722-3996 id4694 Sry Cloverdale quiet 1984sf 3br 2.5ba on 1/4 ac lot $599K 778-772-7811 id5452 Sry Fraser Hts 1 ac ppty w/2200sf 3br 2.5ba home $1,188,000 951-2442 id5453

Real Estate

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6008-36

Vancouver West Side

1 BR Fairview $357,999 modern ss appl. 720sf w/deck Lrg locker, secur prkg & storage. Pets/rental maint $197. 604-806-3594

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-26

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6008

Condos/ Townhouses

Port Moody

PRICE REDUCED! NOW $309,000 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.

Jess LaFramboise 604-815-7190

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www.bcforeclosures.com 5 BR home from $20,000 down $1,950/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

6020-22

New Westminster

Why rent or buy a townhome? 2 level character home, view, 2nd suite avail with upgrading. $479K Mala, Sutton 778-859-4458

6065

Recreation Property

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5040

Pet Services

STAIN/PET URINE & ODOR Specialist in carpet, sofa, mattress, leather, wood, stone. Restore. 778-822-0346 www.fintastic.ca

4020

Health Products & Services

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4060

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5070

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Money to Loan

Mortgages

Bank On Us!

Business Services

Financial Services

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6510

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Business Opps/ Franchises

A Great Janitorial Franchise Opportunity

5017

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.

6508

3540

PITBULL, 9 & 10wks, M/F, blue/ red nose, vet chk, dontrol, shots, trained, $500+up. 778-990-7327

YORKIE PB PUPS micro chip $1,200.00 Call: (604) 857-0722 RTG DEC 21 will hold for xmas

REAL ESTATE For Sale by Owner

BLUE NOSE Razor Edge pit bulls puppies $400F, $500M, vet checked & 1st shots. 604-392-6085

GOLDEN RETRIEVER Pups Wonderful family pets. Email pics avail. $650. 250-674-0091.

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Condos/ Townhouses

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604-724-7652

in Classifieds ❅ call

604-630-3300

3503

Dogs

ADORABLE PUPS, small breeds great family pets, non shed, credit card ok $400 & up. 604-542-8892

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St) Saturday, Dec 10th, 10am-2pm

2020

Lumber/Building Supplies

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

WILSON HEIGHTS THRIFT SALE - 1634 E41 Ave, (at Argyle

3508

Furniture

Co-ops

Eburne Landing Co-op Spacious 1 BR for January 1st, 2012 includes: heat, hot water and electricity. Share purchase deposit is $1000. Pets upon approval. Participation is MANDATORY Application must be completed in full and a $25 CASH ONLY credit check processing fee will apply at time of interview. Please download application from www.vcn.bc.ca/eburne/

6515

Duplexes - Rent

BBY, METROTOWN. 3 BR, upper flr, 1½ baths, 2 sundecks, sh’d w/d, carport. Ns/np. $1,100/mo + ½ hydro. Av now. 604-437-8484

6540

Houses - Rent

3 BR + den part furn, 4400blk, West 9th ave, Point Grey, n/s np, $3200 + utils, with bsmt $3600. Avail now. Mike 604-649-3028

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BDRM Duplex, Osler & 70th, f/p, w/d, patio, clean, new paint, Avail Now, $1250 + utils, n/p, 604-266-0789 or 604-816-5562 E 41ST & Inverness, 1 Br, $750 incl utils, share w/d, np ns, grd lvl, newer home. avail immed 604-261-1386 lv msg

E. VAN: Van HEIGHTS, 1 BR, own laundry, view. Close to transit. SUITS 1. $750 incls hydro. Avail Now. N/S. 604-671-9532

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Legal/Public Notices

HOME SERVICES 8055

Cleaning

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

MARGARET JEAN FORD,

Deceased, late of 4505 Valley Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on the 8th day of October, 2011, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executors on or before the 31st day of December, 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received.

650 West Georgia St, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 11538, Vancouver, BC, V6B 4N7 Tel: 604-718-7128 Fax: 604-718-7151

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public lien sale of the discribed personal property will be held at 11:00am on December 22nd, 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 luggage, clothes, books, boxes, tools, recyclable metals and other misc items. NAME UNIT Blaire Smith 3004 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF JESSIE MARGARET STANDERWICK, also known as MARGARET STANDERWICK AND MARG STANDERWICK, formerly of 913-900 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1N3. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Jessie Margaret Standerwick are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the Executors, c/o Campbell Froh May & Rice LLP, Barristers and Solicitors, 200-5611 Cooney Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X 3J6 on or before the 31st day of December 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received. Robert David Standerwick and Mark Edward Standerwick, Executors.

8090

A QUALITY CLEANING 7 days/wk Res/Comm. Low rates! Senior’s’discount. Experienced. 778-998-9127 or 778-239-9609 QUALITY ORGANIC European cleaning, Res/Comm, incl supplies, reliable, refs, 604-353-5462 TWO LITTLE LADIES WITH BIG MOPS. Your one stop cleaning shop!!... Call 778-395-6671

8060

Concrete

ESCAPE SPA New Arrival!

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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+).

7015

Escort Services

Carman Fox and friends

The Fox Den at Metrotown out-call Escorts Vancouver

Ca armanFox.com

Flooring/ Refinishing

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

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

8125

Lawn & Garden

Gutters

• Xmas Lights • Hedges • Rubbish Removal • Odd Jobs

BOOK A JOB AT

www.jimsmowing.ca WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Tree & Hedge Pruning & Removal. Fall Cleanup. 604-893-5745

8175

Masonry

CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726

Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

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

BAJ MINI EXCAVATING: Water leak, sewer, oil tank, retain’g wall, concrete removal. 604-779-7816 DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER video inspections & jack hammer Call Tobias 604.782.4322

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

8075

Drywall

Specializing in drywall & textured ceiling repairs, drywall finishing, stucco repairs, painting. Fully insured.

604-916-7729 JEFF

PATCHING, TEXTURE / smooth ceilings, plaster walls. Small jobs. 25 years exp. Call 604-671-9901

8080

Electrical

#1 A-CERTIFIED Lic. Electrician. New or old wiring. Reasonable rates. Lic #11967. 604-879-9394

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

Since 1989

732-8453

BEST PRICE! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127 DUSTTIN’S HANDYMAN Service All jobs Large and Small. Competitive Rates 604-873-5990 HOME REPAIRS - No job too small. Carpentry, painting, fencing, drywall, baseboards, lam flooring, deck repairs, p/washing, gutters. Brian, 604-266-2547 / 785-4184

8140

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 LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934. YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

604-630-3300

Heating

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

8150 # 1167 LIC. $25 service charge. Bonded. BBB, lrg & sm jobs, expert trouble shooter. 617-1774

8185

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

8220

Plumbing

24/7 Days A Week Seniors Discounts Small Repairs to Renovations Also Furnaces & Hot Water Tanks Water Service, Drain Tiles Very Reasonable Rates Licensed Plumber and Gas Fitter

Moving & Storage

Call Jim

731-8875

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

45 We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount

604-537-4140 www.affordablemoversbc.com

$35/HOUR PER PERSON • 24/7 Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal. 604-999-6020

• • • •

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

604-312-6311

Best West Moving fast, 7 days/ week, short notice moves, great mid-month rates. 604-319-1010

8193

Oil Tank Removal

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

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

STORMWORKS

● Oil Tank Removal ● Recommended ● Insured ● Reasonable Rates

604-724-3670

8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

A-1

PAINT CO.

PLUMBING & HEATING NO JOB TOO SMALL NO OVERTIME BEST RATES Call Today for Your Free Quote

604-889-6409 Certified Plumber & Gas Fitter * Reno’s & Repairs 24 hrs/day * Furnaces * Boilers * Hot Water Heating * Reasonable Rates * Hot Water Tanks

604-731-2443

604-723-8434 DJ PAINTING, Int/Ext. Com/Res. Many years exp. Top Quality. Drywall. Free ests. 604-258-7300, cell 604-417-5917

Fall Yard Clean Ups Power Washing (Decks, Fences, Sidewalks) 604-986-0003 Office 604-561-9100 Colin 604-218-7644 Al greenclipper@shaw.ca

★ STAFFORD & SON ★ WINTER RATES! Interior/Ext. Top quality work. 604-221-4900 Introducing the

NEW

Buying or Renting, find a great place to call home.

AMBLESIDE ROOFING

AT YOUR HOME ROOFING Van division. New roofs & repairs. WCB Insured 604-340-7189 Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 1-877-602-7346

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

8255

Rubbish Removal

$35/HOUR PER PERSON • 24/7 Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal. 604-999-6020 DISPOSAL BINS: All bins are $149 + dump fees. 604-306-8599 www.disposalking.com

COUNTER TOPS Marble,Granite and Quartz Fabrication and Installation. Call:604-218-3106

JACK’S RUBBISH Removal Friendly, Fast & Cheap 604-266-4444

KITCHEN & BATHS Home renovations, 30+ years experience. Call 604-731-7709

RUBBISH REMOVAL

McLOUGHLIN Construction Structural Repairs, Concrete, Framing, WCB/INS 604-925-0661, 604-861-8145 REPAIRS & RENOVATIONS Electrical, plumbing, carpentry, all work to code. 27 yrs on West Side Call Greg 604-644-4554

Roofing

#1 Roofing Company in BC All types of Roofing Over 35 Years in Business Call now for Free Estimates SALES@ PATTARGROUP.COM

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McNabb Roofing

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

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

8300

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

Quality Home Improvement ★ Stucco ★ All Kinds. No Job Too Big or Small. 604-725-8925 STUCCO & related repairs, 35 yrs exp, all sizes all finishes. Renos, etc. Layne 604-720-1445

8309

Tiling

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

8335

Window Cleaning

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

• RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL •RE-ROOF & REPAIR SPECIALIST •HANDS ON - 39 YRS EXP •TICKETED ROOFER

604-274-0285

One call does it all... 10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005 ★ 3 Licensed Plumbers ★ 66 years of exp. 604-830-6617 www.oceansidemechanical.com

PLUMBERS

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

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

Free Est. - 15 Years Exp. Insured /WCB

Al Isaac (former owner of West Van Shell) & son Colin

Roofing

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

Cell: 604-839-7881

Christmas We do Flooring & Special Interior Finishing

GREEN CLIPPER LAWN SERVICE

732-8453

604-588-0833

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

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

8250

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

8250

A31

ROOF LEAKS? Have your roof checked. Free est. 604-738-6606

Supreme 1 Home Renovations Quality reno’s done right. Kitchens/ baths, tiles/hardwood, additions, bsmt stes. Carlo 604-818-5919

1 to 3 Men

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RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

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

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

AFFORDABLE MOVING

Handyperson

Paving/Seal Coating

8205

Complete Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services

Edgemont Gutters. Sales & Install 5’’ continuous gutter, minor repairs, cleaning. 604-420-4800

8130

''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

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

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310-JIMS (5467)

Concrete Specialist. Garages, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551

Drainage

Renovations & Home Improvement

Additions ★ Renovations Concrete Forming ★ Decks Garages ★ Bathrooms Ceramic Tile ★ Drywall Hardwood Flooring

SNOW REMOVAL

• Yard Clean-Ups • Pruning • Gutters • Landscaping

8240

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Same Day Service, Fully Insured

AT YOUR HOME GUTTERS Van division. Installs, cleaning, repairs WCB Insured 604-340-7189

8073

Patios/Decks/ Railings

8200

Winter Services

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

J.A. CONSTRUCTION

Body Work

8105

8160

Fencing/Gates

DECKS & FENCES, gates, front steps etc. John 778-998-5591 tarasoffconstruction.com

ALL WORK GUARANTEED

7005

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of

SUSAN M. GRATHWOL THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA TRUST COMPANY Executors

8087

604

5505

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

WE CAN FIX IT

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

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

604-630-3300

AUTOMOTIVE 9105

Auto Miscellaneous

9145

Scrap Car Removal

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.

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WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Treat yourself this Christmas to $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-593-6095.

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9145

SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

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Sports & Imports

Scrap Car Removal

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

1991 BMW 850I, exc body, clean, 67K, new tires & parts, Moving Must sell! $10,500, 604-728-7947


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4

34 /lb. $13.98kg

Navel Oranges Product of California

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49 4lb bag

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Calabrese Salami

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Canadian Beef

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$ 99

2

/lb. $13.21kg

3

89

59 45

142g pkg

each

Kettle Chips

Honey

Assorted Flavours excluding Organic

Assorted Flavours

2

1L

220g bag

Non-Organic

10

$

49 2kg

¢

/lb. 99¢kg

Non-Organic

Raw Whole Natural Almonds

16

99 $ 99 $ 69 $ 1L

500g pkg

Green Cabbage

¢

98

Thompson Raisins

BULK FOOD &

Prince Bacon B.C.

Hass Avocadoes

Kidd Brothers

8

99 $

Imported

Baby Salads

$

5

/lb. $9.99/kg

99 1.5kg

Certified Organic

Dried Apricots

6

$

99 455g bag

2 0 1 1

BAKING SUPPLIES

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

8 am-9 pm

Sale Dates: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 – Tuesday, December 13, 2011

www.famousfoods.ca

12070403

1595 Kingsway 604-872-3019

Vancouver Courier December 7 2011  

Vancouver Courier December 7 2011