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Lunar New Year happened Monday Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

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The Year of the Dragon has already proved auspicious for Vivian Wong. The 12year-old enjoyed one of the starring roles in her school’s Lunar New Year celebration Friday as the head of the dragon. The Grade 7 St. Francis Xavier student marked the special occasion with her classmates in a bilingual English-Mandarin production featuring traditional songs and dances. Lunar New Year, more typically called Chinese New Year in Vancouver, takes place in January or February—this year Jan. 23—and signifies the coming of spring and new beginnings.

“We had kind of a professional trainer come in and teach us the dance. It was the best experience because it’s also my last year [at St. Francis Xavier],” Wong said, adding, the celebration is “very important because we’re almost all Asian at the school.” Wong’s father was born in Canada and her mother is from Hong Kong. Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures are among those who take part in Lunar New Year’s celebrations. On New Year’s Day, adults give children gifts of money in red envelopes and hang lucky messages or wishes in and around their homes and offices, hoping for good fortune throughout the year. See ABOUT on page 4

City spent $1,545 for hotel room during Occupy Vancouver Room vacated after court turfed protesters from art gallery grounds Bob Mackin Contributing writer Vancouver city hall bent its own rules in November to occupy a room for almost $200 a night in a luxury hotel across the street from the Occupy Vancouver tent village. Records obtained via Freedom

of Information show taxpayers were billed $1,545.26 for room 505 at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia from Nov. 14 to 21. The room was vacated the same day that a B.C. Supreme Court order forced protesters at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza to pack up and move. The Occupy Wall

Street-inspired, anti-corporate greed camp reappeared outside Robson Square provincial court for a day before relocating to Grandview Park and disbanding late Nov. 22 while riot police were on standby. City of Vancouver’s corporate travel policy states “no accommo-

dation or per diems will be paid” within Greater Vancouver, but exceptions should be approved by the city manager. The Hotel Georgia, built in 1927, was renovated and rebranded under new management last summer and received a 2011 American Automobile Association four-diamond rating.

City manager Penny Ballem’s Dec. 19 staff memo estimated the city spent $981,902 related to Occupy Vancouver through Dec. 15. Of that, $394,000 was spent by Oct. 20, mostly for policing the peaceful Oct. 15 protest during which tents were erected. See CITY on page 4

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City manager twice visited ‘Command Control Center’

Continued from page 1 Attached to the hotel receipt is a list titled “Command Control Center for Occupy Vancouver Nov. 8th-21st” showing a roster of five battalion chiefs who were rotated through two daily shifts. Fire Chief John McKearney was there during eight days, including the morning shift on Nov. 10 with Deputy Chief Wade Pierlot and two assistant

chiefs. Ballem attended the evening of Nov. 9 and morning of Nov. 12. Vancouver firefighters parked a mobile command vehicle on Hornby Street during the protest. Ballem’s memo said the fire department was used “on the ground as the key interface group with the protesters at the VAG” instead of Vancouver Police for cost reasons. She did not mention the hotel expenses in

Penny Ballem her memo, which claimed unnamed hoteliers allowed city personnel access to

business centres to use computers and printers. “They also provided intermittently through the situation access to a hotel room to allow us to monitor events and deploy staff when required,” Ballem wrote. “Both VPD and VFRS used these facilities intermittently for their 24/7 oversight of the situation.” A note accompanying the documents from the city’s

FOI office claimed the room was initially provided free of charge. Occupy Vancouver member Eric Hamilton-Smith called it “very alarming” that city hall would, according to him, break its own rules to book a hotel room to spy on protesters. “It occurs to me that that $1 million spent by paying people overtime just to watch the protesters was, from the get go, unnecessary

from a practical standpoint, completely necessary from a [public relations] standpoint,” Hamilton-Smith said. “How this room that they had at the hotel factors into that is kind of confusing. It wasn’t for the PR aspect of it.” Requests to interview Ballem or deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston were not fulfilled by deadline. 2010goldrush@gmail.com

About 90 per cent of Xavier students are of Chinese origin

Continued from page 1 About 90 per cent of students at St. Francis Xavier, a kindergarten to Grade 7 independent Catholic school at 428 Great Northern Way, are of Chinese origin so celebrating the culture and language is regarded as particularly important. At one point the school offered after-school Chinese language classes, but this year it started providing half-hour Mandarin lessons to students during the school day. Camil Chan’s two children graduated from the school, but he still volunteers. He watched Friday’s celebration and said it served an

educational purpose. “The most important thing is to let the children and the parents learn something about the Chinese culture,” he said. Principal Brian Fader agrees. “We’re at least 90 per cent ethnically Chinese—some recent immigrants, some second or third generation. [Lunar New Year is] such an integral part of the Chinese culture that we feel it’s important. Plus we have a Mandarin program so it’s just a natural,” he said. Teachers spent weeks organizing the performances, which included Grade 2 students singing a popu-

lar children’s song, “Where is the spring,” which describes spring scenery from children’s eyes and expresses their love for the season, and Grade 5 students pulling up a giant turnip—a staple food for Chinese New Year. Students also performed the traditional Lion Dance, a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations, and acted out the story of the Chinese Zodiac—2012 is the Year of the Dragon. The first record of the performance of an early form of the Lion Dance dates to the early Ch’in and Han dynasties in the third century B.C. “[The event] was

quite an undertaking,” Fader said, adding that the school has always been associated with the Chinese community and its origins are in Chinatown. The Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception from Pembroke, Ont. founded St. Francis Xavier in 1933. The school was located in several locations around Chinatown before it moved, in 2001, to Great Northern Way, following a 20-year fundraising effort. Its 16 classrooms house about 370 students, who travel to St. Francis Xavier from around the Lower Mainland. “We get them from all over—Co-

quitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, the West Side, the West End, North Van,” Fader said. “A lot of the parents work downtown or have businesses in Chinatown. They’re drawn here because of the Chinese cultural aspect.” Fader noted about 65 per cent of students aren’t Catholic, which is unusual for a Catholic school. “We see ourselves as doing missionary work,” he added. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh See photo gallery at

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Polling website helps reap Strathcona Harvest Cheryl Rossi

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Corralling community input on a new business might seem like a cunning marketing plan. But one of the men behind a project that polled Vancouverites about a property on Union Street says it hasn’t been easy. “It’s not ingenious because there are a lot of issues,” said Michael Leung, who owns the building at 243 Union St. “Just because someone votes for something doesn’t mean they’re going to be patrons of the business. And [it] doesn’t mean they’re going to vote for something that’s necessarily profitable because lots of people have voted for community space, for example, which we would have tried to make work, and same thing with a small grocery store in a very quiet area.” Leung and Josh Michnik, who is a coowner of the adjacent fashion boutique Charlie and Lee, launched their This Space polling website in September. They asked Vancouverites to vote on what type of business they wanted. When they got that answer, they asked in turn for the type of local service the public preferred, the name for the business and which of six graphic designers should be chosen to brand it. Leung and Josh Michnik hope to open Harvest, a local products grocery store and

Josh Michnik (left) and Michael Leung asked Vancouverites to vote on what type photo Jason Lang of business they wanted to see at 243 Union St. healthy meals eatery, March 1. The business is meant to feature local producers and prepared salads, snacks and juices with seasonal menus and dine-in seating. Leung’s planning to keep Harvest

open until 9 p.m. since most of the other area markets close by 6 p.m. He hopes to attract commuters rolling by on the adjacent bike route. Leung’s chef friend Trevor Bird, formerly

of Market by Jean-Georges, is developing a menu and determining food costs so that the business at the base of B.C. Housing’s Solheim Place can be profitable and affordable. Foodtree, a company based in Chinatown that uses technology such as QR codes so customers can learn more about growers, is working with Leung on promoting local producers. Graffiti on the outside walls and windows at 243 Union St. and comments on the website thisspace.ca have levelled charges of gentrification at the project. Leung said he wants to create a small business that will be profitable “and at the same time will have a positive impact on the neighbourhood in terms of providing a service that it values.” Leung and Michnik had planned to progress from one poll to the next only after they’d received 1,000 responses to each question. But the poll received just over 400 online votes about which type of business and then 200 on the type of local service. They’re not sure how many voters live in the immediate area. The 38-year-old Leung does not regret consulting the public on the focus of his future business. “Any kind of business is pretty risky,” he said. “I can’t really have an opinion until it opens. If it opens and people support it, then it would be a good thing.” crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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Reminder: An End Child Poverty Now! forum takes place between 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Langara College. Panelists include Dr. Clyde Hertzman, director of Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC, Seth Klein, B.C. director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Vancouver elementary school teachers Carrie Gelson (Seymour) and Janey Lee (Thunderbird). Other panelists include Adrienne Montani, provincial coordinator for the First Call B.C. Child and Youth Coalition, who is also a former COPE school trustee. The event is in lecture hall A130 and is sponsored by Langara’s Social Service Worker Program. Panelists will address why B.C. doesn’t have a poverty reduction plan and other problems affecting poor children. The event was precipitated by an open letter to the public from Gelson last year, which outlined the problems facing her impoverished students, as well a subsequent child poverty forum at the central library. Gelson’s letter generated an enormous response from Vancouverites who donated thousands of dollars in cash and goods to Seymour elementary school. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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news in city parks. The same goes for dogs, which have been known to fall through thin ice. Recent cold weather has led to ice forming on lakes and ponds, but it’s not thick enough to permit skating or walking. The park board has posted warning signs at Trout Lake at John Hendry Park, Lost Lagoon and Beaver Lake in Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Jericho Beach Park, Vanier Park and Sutcliffe Park near the entrance to Granville Island.

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Almost all of the park board’s commissioners, including Vision Vancouver chair Constance Barnes, attended an event this past weekend marking the successful conclusion of a collaborative street tree project. The project began last year when the park board proposed culling 20 per cent of the elm trees that line East Sixth Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Nanaimo. Nearby residents were incensed and organized to save the trees. In response, the park board held a community meeting to discuss the elms and came up with a plan to remove only the five most damaged trees. The other positive to this story is that a long-term management plan was developed for the popular canopy of trees. Fifty-two new elm trees will be planted to fill in the gaps along the canopy. That planting launched this past Saturday with a ceremony and community celebration.

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Fifty-two new elm trees will be planted along East Sixth Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Nanaimo. photo Jason Lang with another reminder to residents to have their say on the city’s 2012 operating budget. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, so any residents with concerns about their community centre, parks programs, sports fields or anything park board related should plan to attend tonight’s (Jan. 25) budget informa-

tion meeting at city hall, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The city is also offering opportunities to residents to act as a city councillor for the day. The city will be conducting a phone survey about the budget, so if you get a call, don’t hang up and instead take a moment and speak your mind.

Thin ice

This warning might be moot by the time this column is published, but I received a news release from the park board Monday and will pass it along in case we receive more freezing weather in the near future. The park board is asking wouldbe skaters (more-likely swimmers) to stay off frozen lakes and ponds

I was walking through Mountain View Cemetery this past Sunday and was dismayed to find it littered with bags of dog poo. It seems some dog owners are taking the trouble to carry bags to the cemetery and pick up their pet’s poop, but are not following through and finding a garbage can. They must assume a valet sweeps in after them to clean up. I also saw an off-leash, mostly white pit bull/American Staffordshire terrier frolicking among the graves while its owner jogged ahead almost out of sight. I thought it was pretty cute, until I saw it stop at a grave, take a bouquet of fresh flowers in its mouth and give it a good shake. I believe allowing a dog to ruin someone else’s belongings is disrespectful, but hey that’s just me. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Should bodychecking in kids hockey leagues be banned? Last week’s poll question: How high should B.C.’s hourly minimum wage go? A) $9.50—12 per cent B) $10.25—20 per cent C) $12—38 per cent D) $15—30 percent This is not a scientific poll.

According to the good folks at Vancouver Biennale, one of the characteristics of worthy public art is its ability to prompt discussion. At least that’s what I was told in 2009 while writing about a particularly unpopular sculpture installation, which included sets of stop signs erected at Vanier and Charleson parks. At the time, I heard from many Courier readers unhappy about the signs that made up Michael Zheng’s installation entitled, fittingly enough, “The Stop.” I also heard from a reader who loved the piece and sent me a picture of himself with one of the stop signs. If discussion is the mark of a good piece of public art, it seems Vancouver Biennale has done it again with “A-maze-ing Laughter,” the installation at English Bay made up of 14 huge, bronze statues, each frozen in mid-laugh. I recently wrote about “A-maze-ing Laughter” because Vancouver Biennale is attempting to purchase the piece due to its popularity. Vancouver Biennale wants Vancouver residents/ taxpayers to each contribute $5 towards the $1.5 million price tag. Vancouver Biennale says the piece is so popular it should remain in the city, despite the fact most sculptures included in the biennial public art festival are sold after being displayed for two years. Chinese artist Yue Min-jun is even on board and has offered to drop his asking price from $5 million to $1.5 million. In return for the money raised to purchase “A-maze-ing Laughter,” Vancouver Biennale says it will loan the sculpture back to the city for decades. When I wrote about Vancouver Biennale’s

sandrathomas efforts two weeks ago, I mentioned how much I not only enjoy “A-maze-ing Laughter,” but also the reactions of passersby. That was all it took. I then heard from a reader who signed an anonymous note, “NOT A FAN.” I soon discovered via email there are many residents who also aren’t fans of the piece, including a longtime psychotherapist who uses humour to help clients move through catastrophic events or painful life challenges. Lou Evans wrote to say, “Writing to add my name to the list of NOT FANS. I would contribute to a fund to have them removed. As you see by my email address, I am a believer in the healing power of humour, and have devoted considerable time in my professional life as a psychotherapist to the role of laughter in health and healing. My experience of these grotesque figures is to run quickly in the opposite direction! A prominent public space for me invites art that is subtle, evoca-

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tive and inspiring.” I also heard from a reader who wrote, “I second the letter Not A Fan. I think we should pay to have these sculptures removed. Vancouver deserves much better. I find those figures grotesque, imposing and supercilious.” (I wonder what he really thinks.) Another reader compared the figures from “A-maze-ing Laughter” as “horrible oversized garden gnomes,” and suggested the statues were created to purposely mock the good citizens of Vancouver, but we just haven’t figured that out yet. “This city has great natural and man-made assets, why defile them with such insults,” the reader added. And finally, I heard from a reader writing in defence of the sculptures. Lyn Guy likens the significance of the sculpture to the beloved Hollow Tree in Stanley Park. Guy lives in the West End and often stops to observe the interaction of passersby with the giant, laughing men. She notes that until the laughing statues were installed, a photograph showing that stretch of beach could be mistaken for any similar landscape in the world. “A-maze-ing Laughter” will now make those photos instantly recognizable as being from Vancouver, she says. “There is a simple, wholesome pleasure in these giants that is similar to the joy we felt during the Winter Games,” Guy added. Watching the reactions I’ve seen from residents and tourists alike, I have to agree. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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“Appetite for soccer has empty feeling.” After eyeballing that headline on the front page of Saturday’s Vancouver Sun sports section, I turned to my U7-soccer playing daughter and asked if she wanted to see Team Canada take on Cuba at B.C. Place Stadium. “Yes, yes,” she said jumping up and down, almost knocking over my morning coffee. “What’s Cuba?” she then asked. (Apparently that large world map she looks at everyday on the kitchen wall is meaningless to my daughter. Oh, I’m so harsh I know.) In his article, which I was thrilled to see on the front page of the section, sports scribe Cam Cole lamented the lack of fans at a recent match featuring Team Canada and its star Christine Sinclair during the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament at B.C. Place. I felt the need to prove Cole wrong—and teach my daughter about Cuba—so off we went to the stadium Saturday night. And I’m happy to report it was a superb evening, although initially I thought we weren’t even going to get in. Arriving 20 minutes before game time, I reached the ticket window at 7:30 as players were being announced inside and was told there were only single seat tickets left. Oh dear. I can’t be separated from my young daughter. And aren’t there 50,000 seats in the stadium? As the ticket person worked diligently to find seats one in front of the other, which took about 10 minutes while the lines grew even longer, the B.C. Place brain trust finally opened up another section. Boom, two seats together—15 minutes into the game and long after the playing of both national anthems, which is a highlight for my daughter. Note to stadium officials: Open up more sections when queues start forming outside to buy tickets. It was a dry Saturday night, the Canucks had played that afternoon, Cam Cole had practically exhorted us to get off our duffs and support these women and—more importantly—CONCACAF tickets start at only $10 ($15 when you factor in tax and those infernal service charges). Another note to B.C. Place, please post the full amount of the ticket. I don’t know how many times I heard, “I thought the tickets were $10.” Rumour has it, only 10,000 people were expected to attend, but 12,417 did and it was this crowd that played a huge role in the evening’s success for my daughter and me. Canada defeating Cuba 2-0

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fionahughes also helped of course, especially with superstar Christine Sinclair scoring on a penalty kick, which was followed up by Sinclair assisting with a cross to Melissa Tancredi who scored the second goal. I was hoping for more goals—as were all the fans, some of whom yelled out “Just shoot” (as if it were a hockey game) when Team Canada dominated in the Cuban end for most of the game. But no more goals were scored. Those Cubans dug in deep. That’s OK. I was mesmerized by the stellar footwork of defender Robyn Gale (No. 5) on the outside. The 26-year-old Mississauga, Ont. native appears to have magical feet. She effortlessly manoeuvred the ball through her opponents legs as if they didn’t exist or around them likely leaving the Cuban players as mystified by her prowess as I was impressed. Seriously, how does she do it? Call me a big fan. Now, where do I get my Gale jersey? Although we were 12,000 strong, the crowd felt more like a large community group that captured a good crosssection of the local populace. Filling the seats were seniors, families with kids in strollers, families with teenagers, young couples, older couples with adult children, Spanish speakers (Cubans?), tween girls (presumably soccer players like my daughter), and then way over at the other end was a large and boisterous group typically associated with the Whitecaps. It warmed my heart to see and hear the mostly male Southsiders come out to support women’s soccer. “Support for soccer in Vancouver, regardless of who’s playing, is important for us,” said Southsider Brenton Walters on the phone Monday. He noted the group sold 100 packages of tickets for CONCACAF to its members. Team Canada was obviously appreciative. After waving a thank you to the crowd after the game, the women walked over to offer a special thanks to the Southsiders. Sweet—like the whole night. fhughes@vancourier.com Twitter: @HughesFiona

Does it matter whether it’s a local buyer or a foreign investor who purchases a house or condo in B.C.? Readers weigh in on foreign ownership. photo Jason Lang To the editor: Re: “Foreign ownership helps drive dysfunctional housing market,” Jan. 18. Mark Hasiuk neglected to mention another downside to foreign ownership. Most of these buyers are really purchasing a lot. They typically engage in the unneighbourly and ungreen practice of demolishing the original house and razing the trees and gardens. As these original homes dating from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s go down, the character of our older neighbourhoods is effectively erased. This is an irretrievable loss to our city’s heritage. Caroline Adderson, Vancouver

••• To the editor: I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was to read this article, which I’ve forwarded to dozens of my friends. Vancouver is being destroyed socially and economically and the Australian solution would be welcome here. How the hell does the federal government expect any support from British Columbians on the Enbridge/China Gateway while we are being pushed out of our cities by Beijing? I would not be surprised if this becomes the hot button topic of the next federal election. I think the Harper government has shown some good leadership, but if foreign ownership is not addressed, the Conservatives can kiss most of their seats in B.C. good bye. Greg Miller, Vancouver

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I’m an American who frequently visits Vancouver. Allow me to applaud Mark Hasiuk for his excellent column, “Foreign ownership helps drive dysfunctional housing market.” Although I consider Mark’s described Australian solution extreme in parts, at least their ideas should be considered as some means to bring down the housing bubble in Vancouver and make life more affordable for people who actually live and work here (but don’t use their properties for business purposes). One must salute Sandy Garossino for raising the issue. I wonder why Premier Christy Clark and Mayor Gregor Robertson remain silent on this issue? Allow me to suggest another solution from the U.S., which would consist of a Homestead Exemption. This method would allow Canadians actually living in Vancouver a lower property tax rate (thus lower taxes) based on considering the property their Homestead (or permanent residence) whereas anyone (whether foreigner or not) not actually living in the property (but renting it or holding onto it for

business purposes) would pay a much higher property tax rate. Allan Schultz, Houston, Texas

••• To the editor: Just to preface my letter, I was priced out of Vancouver 20 years ago and moved to a suburb. Mr. Hasiuk makes two critical errors (or assumptions) in his column. First, he couldn’t provide any data to back his claim in terms of the level of foreign ownership in Vancouver. Without hard evidence, his conclusion doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Second, he’s assuming the Chinese buyers are foreign buyers, which is far from the truth. The vast majority of Chinese buyers are landed immigrants who’ve gone through a lengthy process set out by Canadian government. Although they may look very “foreign” to Mr. Hasiuk, they are no less local than Mr. Hasiuk once they landed in Vancouver. If Mr. Hasiuk did some research, he might find property speculation has long been a favourite sport by Vancouverites. In 2005/2006, Kelowna became the second most expensive place to buy a home in Canada, just behind Vancouver. He also might find there was no huge infusion of so called “foreigners” to Kelowna during the period. Without a doubt, wealthy Chinese buyers have made a huge impact on certain Vancouver neighbourhoods, but there are a variety of other factors that play a role, such as government policy, bank lending policy, CMHC, property speculation, etc. When things get tough, it’s easier to pick a group that looks very “foreign” as scapegoat without looking hard for the root cause. Mr. Hasiuk made it abundantly clear who that “foreigner” group is. I know a Chinese lady who is fourth-generation Canadian and has been living in the same West Side house for 25 plus years. She has noticed more racist remarks tossed at her than ever during last three years. She has been called “chink” and was told to “go back to where you came from” by a Caucasian neighbour. The unfortunate consequence of Mr. Hasiuk’s column is inflaming the “us versus them” mentality, which does a great disservice to the community. You can either view your new neighbour as new blood to the community, or treat them as if they are the unwelcome “foreign invasion.” The choice will determine the future of Vancouver. Affordability is an intensely emotional issue here. We need a rational approach to finding a solution that is applied equally and fairly. Peter Xie, Richmond

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Prominent landlords and the B.C. Apartment Owners and Property Managers Association support the online rental database city hall may set up. “It’s a good idea,” said Jason Gordon of Gordon Nelson Inc., the company that made headlines for rental increases and evictions at the Seafield apartment building in the West End. “There’re some bad buildings in this city.” Christine Ackermann, president of the West End Residents Association, or WERA, told the city Jan. 17 that a rental database should allow tenants to search the names of the individuals who own their buildings, which are often registered to holding companies. Gordon supports the notion. “The reason you’re calling me is because my partner and I put ourselves front and centre in our building,” he said. Ackermann also argued renters should be able to see groupings of buildings owned by one landlord. But Marg Gordon (no relation to Jason), CEO of the BCAOMA, disagreed. “It could be at a disadvantage in the real estate business if somebody knows [which] all the buildings are that you’ve

sold and bought,” she said. In her appearance at city hall Jan. 17, Gordon said the association supports the city posting public information about outstanding fire safety or maintenance orders on apartment buildings in one place, as long as landlords who have complied with an order are marked as having fulfilled their obligations or removed from the list. She wondered whether a work order would be considered outstanding from the date issued or once the deadline for the ordered work had passed. Gordon told the Courier that city staff have agreed to consult her as they compose a report for council about a potential database within the next two months. “My biggest disappointment, though, is that it leaves out such a large sector of rental housing and that’s SROs [singleroom occupancy low income hotels] and rented houses, basement suites, co-ops, rooming houses, row houses, investor-owned condos,” she said. “My case in point was, unfortunately, those [three] men that died in that fire in 2010, there still would have not have been an outstanding work order listed against that because it was a house.” She disagreed with former COPE councillor Ellen Woodsworth’s asser-

tion that a rental database should include space for comments. “Vancouver, I doubt, would even consider that because of the fact that how can you police comments,” she said. WERA says landlords including Gordon Nelson and Hollyburn Properties have tried to evict tenants to carry out minor upgrades so they could raise rents, so Ackermann argued the online database should allow visitors to see if landlords have applied for development or work permits. But the BCAOMA’s Gordon wasn’t sure this information was difficult for tenants to get. She added only a small percentage of owners clear buildings for minor upgrades and she didn’t count Gordon Nelson and Hollyburn Properties among that group, although Residential Tenancy Branch adjudicators have ruled otherwise. She said the provincial government allowed landlords beginning in 2004 to evict tenants to carry out important safety and energy efficiency upgrades, and subsequently charge higher rents, so that decadesold rental stock could be maintained. Hollyburn Properties also supports a renters’ database that focuses on fire safety and maintenance orders. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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COPE members mull alliance with Vision Vancouver Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

COPE’s election alliance with Vision Vancouver was one of the controversial issues debated at the party’s special consultation meeting Sunday. The gathering attracted about 100 party faithful who broke into small groups to discuss the municipal race and how the party should move forward after only one candidate, school trustee Allan Wong, was elected in the November civic vote. “I haven’t seen all the notes from all the groups yet, but in the

group I was in there was a lot of discussion on whether strategically it was good to enter a cooperative agreement with Vision,” explained Brent Granby, a failed park board candidate and member of the party’s executive. “That seems to be a very contentious thing that people wanted to discuss.” Group discussion results will be posted on COPE’s website prior to its annual general meeting in February. Self-described political geek Christopher Porter, who is a software developer by day, presented an election analysis, including charts and graphs, at the meeting. The same information is posted on

his Canadian Veggie blog. Porter said former COPE councillor David Cadman likely would have won a seat on council if he’d been a candidate. Porter noted every COPE incumbent gained votes and Cadman could have lost more than 8,000 votes and still won a council seat. Cadman lost COPE’s nomination race in September when Ellen Woodsworth, Tim Louis and R.J. Aquino were selected as the party’s council candidates. “I don’t think he could have lost… there was grumbling about how absent he was but I don’t think he would have lost 8,000 votes—none of [COPE’s] candidates dropped by

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anything close to that,” Porter told the Courier Tuesday. “Every COPE candidate was up in terms of absolute votes.” Porter, who’s not a COPE member but supports the party, also noted that vote splitting with the Greens, and to a lesser degree with Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver, likely hurt and that there appeared to be a split between social progressives on the East Side and environmentalists on the West Side. Both supported Vision, but the environmentalists supported the Greens and social progressives voted for COPE. Porter also pointed out that COPE’s only candidate of

Chinese origin—Allan Wong— won. “There are definitely parts of the city, especially in the southeast corner of Vancouver where if you look at who does well, it’s Chinese candidates no matter what party they’re from. The top vote getter was Raymond Louie, followed by Kerry Jang and then Bill Yuen from the NPA. People go in there and there’s ethnic voting going on. The flip side happens too,” he said. “There are parts of the city where candidates with Chinese last names or even East Indian last names especially don’t do well at all.” noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh


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with Fred Lee He bombs his way through the West End with his recycled baby stroller scouring the alleys for bottles and pop cans and salvaging what many of us have discarded. A binner with a huge grin and even bigger personality, Murray, a native of Oakville, Ont., prefers to be called an urban recycler rather than a dumpster diver or binner. Once a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, Murray saw his life spiral downward after his father died, he lost his job and he discovered he was HIV-positive—all in a six-month period. Murray then became addicted to crack cocaine. The addiction eventually ended a career in sales and marketing. Murray was soon jobless and living in a Downtown Eastside single room occupancy hotel. In 2006, he was diagnosed with HIV, a disease that affects 17 per cent of the neighbourhood’s population. Doctors told him the best way to fight the disease was a healthier lifestyle—so Murray started walking, a kilometre a day at first. Murray then walked right up the steps to the Dr. Peter Centre, a health care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS in the West End. I sat down with Murray over breakfast on World AIDS Day Dec. 1. He spoke fondly of Shirley Young, Dr. Peter’s mother, a tireless volunteer and mother to many at the centre. Murray, a client of the day health program, tries to get to the centre every day. It’s a warm refuge

Murray walks 10 kilometres a day for health photo Joshua McVeity and work purposes. from the cold streets for a healthy meal, medical treatment and support. He now walks 10 kilometres a day and includes the Dr. Peter Centre and binning in his routine. The centre has been a source of strength and pride for Murray—and so has his work. Murray’s binning prowess got him a job working three days a week at an East Side recycling depot during the 2010 Winter Games. He’s still there today. What’s the best thing about your job?

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UBC presents “75 Years of Controversy: Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards 1936–2010,” until Jan. 31 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). Since their establishment in 1936, the Governor General’s Literary Awards have served as Canada’s premier literary honour. Yet over the years, the awards have often been noted as much for their controversy as for the writing they’ve sought to recognize. This art exhibition highlights some of the more contentious episodes from the awards’ first 75 years.


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The New Year signifies “the welcoming of the gods of the heavens and earth,” and this is how it plays out:

On the eighth day the Fujian people have another family reunion dinner, and at midnight they pray to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven. The ninth day is to make offerings to the Jade Emperor. The 10th through the 12th are days that friends and relatives should be invited for dinner.

Many people abstain from meat on the first day of the New Year because it is believed that this will ensure long and happy lives for them. On the second day, the Chinese pray to their ancestors as well as to all the gods. They are extra kind to dogs and feed them well as it is believed that the second day is the birthday of all dogs.

After so much rich food, on the 13th day you should have simple rice congee and mustard greens (choi sum) to cleanse the system. The 14th day should be for preparations to celebrate the Lantern Festival which is to be held on the 15th night.

THE DRAGON’S DEN What do they say about those born in 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916, or 1904? According to the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is one animal on a 12-year cycle, and while you could be a metal dragon, or a fire dragon, an earth dragon or more, you are viewed by others as the mightiest sign of all.

The third and fourth days are for the sons-in-laws to pay respect to their parents-in-law. The fifth day is called Po Woo. On that day people stay home to welcome the God of Wealth. No one visits families and friends on the fifth day because it will bring both parties bad luck.

Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, they are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate about life, frequently help others, are often exhausted, and their tempers can flair.

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1. The latest installment of Incite, the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s ongoing series of free readings, interviews and on-stage conversations with established and emerging writers from across the country, features best-selling speculative fiction writer William Gibson chewing the fat with snowy-haired Writers Fest artistic director Hal Wake. They’ll be discussing Gibson’s new collection of non-fiction Distrust That Particular Flavor and perhaps why he took the “u” out of “flavour.” It all goes down Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. at the downtown public library’s Alice McKay Room, 350 West Georgia. Admission is free, but registration is recommended. Go to writersfest.bc.ca. 2. Eisenstein. Just saying the name out loud gives you instant film nerd cred. Pacific Cinematheque screens the 1924 silent film Strike and 1925’s Battleship Potemkin by Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, a seminal figure in the development of cinema as a distinct art form, Jan. 25 and 26. For more info and show times, go to cinematheque.bc.ca.

3. Cast your mind back to the late 1980s and early ’90s, when you were more susceptible to wearing paisley shirts, Fluevog creepers and ankh medallions—maybe that’s just us—and chances are at some point, brooding Los Angeles band Concrete Blonde was playing on the tape deck or MuchMusic, with singer Johnette Napolitano belting out songs such as “Still in Hollywood,” “God is a Bullet,” “Happy Birthday” and “Joey.” Relive those slimmer, golden years when a reformed Concrete Blonde plays the Rickshaw Jan. 26 with guest Jody Glenham. Tickets at Highlife, Red Cat and Zulu or online at liveatrickshaw.com.

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4. Despite what their name suggests, Fujiya & Miyagi is not a Japanese duo that sings childlike pop songs about Pocky. In fact, the Brighton, England quartet is more aligned with Krautrock acts such as Can, Kraftwerk and Neu! while veering into the electronic pop realm of Stereolab and Broadcast. Hear for yourself when the band plays the Electric Owl Jan. 26. Tickets at Red Cat, Zulu and all Ticketmaster locations. More info at electricowl.ca.

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We read the Georgia Straight’s recent cover story over the weekend—who are we kidding, that kind of thing takes way too long. Anyway, we “perused” its lengthy exposé about how “a generation of Canadian-born leaders of Chinese heritage are transforming the city.” The cover photo featured two of said “transformers”: news anchor Sophie Lui and longtime city councillor Raymond Louie. Now, we don’t want to diminish the hard work of the Straight’s headline writers, but it is beyond us why they decided to go with the humdrum headline “Power Surge” instead of the more obvious and, frankly, snappy “Lui Louie.” It seems like a no brainer: two people on the cover with the last names Lui and Louie, you go with “Lui Louie.” That’s one of the first things you learn in J-school. Just kidding, we didn’t go to J-school. Sure, “Lui Louie” might mislead readers into thinking they’re going to read a glowing profile of Vancouver’s new “it” couple, but when the headline gods shine on you, you accept their offering. Anything else and you’re just asking for trouble. It would be like having a story about a knitting group for empty nesters and not calling

it “Knit without my daughter.” It would be like profiling a tugboat operator who also sells imported Persian rugs and not using “Rug and Tug.” It would be like having a news item on Mike Reno’s liver transplant and never even uttering the phrase “Liverboy” or writing about a controversial penalty assessed to Canucks forward David Booth and squelching the chance to use “Boothy call.” Better luck next time, Georgia Straight, when a potential cover story on female Tex-Mex food cart operators provides you with a wealth of options. May we be so bold as to suggest any of the following: “Taco belles,” “Taco to the hand,” “Taco-ing heads,” “Taco care of business” or, wait for it, “Whatchu taco-ing about, Willis?”

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“What do you see?” barks painter Mark Rothko, directing his newly hired, (fictional) assistant Ken to one of his canvases. Ken’s reply— “Red”—drives the artist into a fury because Rothko himself sees arterial blood, a Dresden firestorm at night, death and tragedy. Ken, a young, aspiring artist, sees apples, tomatoes, tulips and sunrise in the colour red. At first, all we see on stage are two, floor-to-ceiling grey/ white walls meeting like the prow of a ship bearing down on the audience. When drawn back, a cavernous, white, brick-walled studio is revealed; buckets of paint, brushes, rags, a garden chair, a record player and a lamp fill the room. But our eye is immediately drawn to several six by eight-foot reproductions of Rothko paintings in various shades of red. In 1958, Rothko accepted what was thought to be the biggest commission since the Sistine Chapel to provide paintings for the upscale Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City’s new Seagram’s Building. To some, Rothko appeared to be selling out to commercialism; Rothko defended himself by saying, “I

Jim Mezon is painter Mark Rothko and David Coomber his protege in the Playhouse production Red. hope to ruin the appetite of every son of a bitch who ever eats in that room.” It would be, according to him, “a place where the richest bastards in New York will come to feed and show off.” But Rothko’s ego was at least six by eight feet. Moreover, paintings by the recently deceased Jackson Pollock—whose work Rothko dismissed—were selling for small fortunes. Andy Warhol was nipping at his heels. For Rothko, the commission was a way of establishing his reputation. Directed by Siminovitch Award-winning director Kim Collier, Red is nothing short of splendid in every respect. Veteran Canadian actor Jim Mezon is burly, opinionated Rothko who, although denying the possibility, does become “shrink, friend, teacher, rabbi and father” to

his young assistant. Mezon is a larger-than-life presence on stage; bearlike, he prowls the space. And yet, despite Rothko’s self-centredness and arrogance, Mezon draws us sympathetically to his character’s all-consuming passion for his art and the inevitable decline from the cutting edge. Red is not just about art; it’s about whether art can change anything or whether it’s only decoration after all. It’s also about fading into irrelevance. David Coomber, a 2010 graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, makes his Playhouse debut in John Logan’s play. It’s a challenging role because the character begins as keen, naïve and more than a little overwhelmed by Rothko. By the end, of the play he goes toe-to-toe with Rothko and must hold his own for the play to work. Coomber does this with élan.

Coomber and Mezon are sublimely paired and by the falling curtain, the relationship between Rothko and Ken is extremely moving. It’s more than mentor and protégé or even father and son. It’s something like love. This is a star-studded show. David Boechler sets the scene in Rothko’s studio and Alan Brodie lights it beautifully; Rothko hated natural light so Brodie’s lighting is all interior. The white/grey panels that come and go throughout the play become canvasses for Brian Johnson’s abstract projections that stream like waterfalls of red and black. Composer Andy Creeggan and sound coordinator Eric Meadows flood the theatre with the opera music that inspired Rothko as he painted. Collier’s direction is deft, sensitive, creative, respectful— and enlarging—on Logan’s thought-provoking script. One highlight of this production—that received spontaneous applause on opening night—is the scene in which Rothko and Ken paint the base colour on a huge canvas. Exuberantly, the pair paint and leap, wielding huge brushes until the stretched canvas is filled with the colour of old blood. Breathing hard, they—for the first time—look like equals. What do I think of when I see red? After this superb Playhouse production, I will see Rothko. joled@telus.net

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with Cheryl Rossi Chop Theatre surveyed the masses on what makes the best and worst plays, and the local company plans to illustrate the results in a full stage production next spring. For now, the curious can learn the results of the survey, which was conducted via a mailout and online, by taking in a wry monologue delivered by actor, writer and Chop Theatre co-artistic director Emelia Symington Fedy. “I learned that the survey takers’ opinions and ideas were way more interesting than what I could have imagined and come up with myself,” said Symington Fedy. “We’re hearing hundreds and hundreds of people’s voices rather than it be one singular voice.” The first phase of Best Play/Worst Play premieres Feb. 2 at Club Push, the more informal arm of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, which runs until Feb. 4. Best Play/Worst Play will see Symington Fedy perform as the “mouthpiece of the survey” alongside Christie Watson on electronic

drums in a 30-minute production directed by Chop’s other co-artistic director, Anita Rochon. “It’s also possible that there will be a dog and child on stage as those are two theatre rules that [aren’t recommended to be broken],” she said. The project started with a conversation between Symington Fedy and Rochon about whether it’s possible to give audiences what they want without sacrificing personal integrity. “And also the interesting conversation of the commodification of theatre,” Symington Fedy said. “Can you turn theatre into numbers and pie charts and find the best and the worst and make people happy in that?” With a nod to artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid who in the mid-1990s used market research to create the America’s Most Wanted and America’s Least Wanted paintings, Symington Fedy and Rochon surveyed respondents about set, lighting and sound design, the fatal flaw of the protagonist, the worst possible closing line and a threat the protagonist could make. “I’m going to cut your butt off,” was one silly scrap of input. The survey went international with half of the respondents hailing from the performing arts. Most respondents were people who see

Best Play/Worst Play compiles respondents’ likes and dislikes from a theatre survey. more than two plays a year, a few who’ve never attended a play and a few who see live theatre more than once a month. Chop Theatre asked each participant to share his or her most burning question in life and discovered most people worry about similar things. “The main question is what’s going to happen to me,” Symington Fedy said. “Basically, questioning mortality and will I make it, will I be OK.” Chop Theatre learned the worst production respondents could imagine was a post-apocalypse story in which the protagonist was questioning his or her spirituality.

Respondents also weren’t fond of meta theatre, where actors comment on their process, Symington Fedy said. “And the funny thing is that’s what this play is a little bit.” On a positive note, survey participants wanted to see productions with singing and dancing that made them laugh, feel intensely sad, scared and uncomfortable at times. “They wanted to feel changed rather than have something that tells them what they already know,” she said. The company that created and toured the Jessie-nominated KISMET One to One Hundred isn’t worried other theatre companies will

use their results to inform their own productions. In fact, Chop Theatre hopes to offer its survey template and tips to theatre companies in other countries, similar to the way Komar and Melamid have a website that shows the most and least wanted paintings as determined by people from different nations. Armed with statistics, Chop had originally envisioned a two-act play with the first act being “the best” play and the second “the worst.” But Symington Fedy said Chop will see how the resulting work shapes up at the Enbridge playRites Festival in Alberta next month. “Fifty per cent of people want to see a play with a protagonist that starts off with a lot and ends up with a little. And then 50 per cent of people want to see a play where the protagonist starts off with a little and ends up with a lot. So that’s a very interesting thing to try to do, to try to do both,” she said. But that’s a worry for next month. She needn’t worry about her monologue at Performance Works. “Audiences really like when actors make mistakes on stage,” she said, pointing to the survey results. More info at pushfestival.ca. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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Bodychecking will remain in the game for Vancouver’s rep peewee hockey players but will be debated again this summer and potentially eliminated following B.C. Hockey’s annual general meeting. Bodychecking will be eliminated from all house hockey games in the Lower Mainland. It is already banned in most B.C. regional recreational leagues. On Sunday, the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association voted 123 in favour and 39 opposed to eliminating bodychecking in house leagues. The ban does not extend to peewee rep hockey. The new rules take effect at the start of the 2012-13 season. The minor hockey association represents 42 leagues and nearly 20,000 youth players from Hope to the Sunshine Coast to Seattle, including the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association and Vancouver Thunderbirds. The unprecedented, mid-season meeting was called in October in an attempt to prevent serious injury and concussion. A November report cited evidence that indicates introducing hitting at peewee comes with a higher risk of injury than when the skill is introduced at bantam. Vancouver Minor president Lily Williams said she was surprised and pleased by the overwhelming support to ban bodychecking from house hockey. “The vote was especially swayed that way,” she said. “Our membership was going that way and that’s how we voted.” Vancouver Minor was allocated three ballots. Before the vote, Williams canvassed her league’s 617 member families. Roughly one third of the surveys were returned and many came from parents of the youngest players. Making hockey safe and enjoyable is the priority, she said. “I’m glad everyone is doing that first. How many kids are really going to make it to the big show?” The Presidents League is a “C” hockey division for recreational players from peewee to juvenile that allows them the choice of bodychecking or non-bodychecking teams. That choice will be eliminated when the bodychecking ban takes effect. Williams suggested more rep teams can be introduced for players who want the added physicality. “Not everyone will make it to playoffs or provincials, but every association can work something out. That is a possibility but based on ice availability […] in Vancouver we have a big challenge ahead of us because we don’t have that ability unless you build more rinks.”

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When Shannon Woeller is at the top of her game—and that’s almost all the time—she never seems to run at full speed. She doesn’t have to. Her instinct, vision and smart positional play as a left centre back with the national women’s soccer team means she’s habitually on the move, surveying the offense and putting herself where she needs to be to stop an attack. “She has a sixth sense about her, a natural gift about understanding where to play in the field and she has the ability to support the ball, too,” said Jesse Symons, newly appointed head coach of the women’s Whitecaps who directed the girls prospects team for four years. He met Woeller as a 16-year-old as she advanced through the developmental program. She then played three seasons with the Whitecaps. Symons quickly noticed her versatility, consistency and power to influence every game. “Once she gets on the field, it’s really difficult to take her off because she does so many things well,” he said. The only born-and-raised Vancouverite playing for Canada at the regional Olympic qualifying tournament this week at B.C. Place, Woeller, who turns 22 on Jan. 31, has started all three opening-round matches and played a full 90 minutes each night. Get used to it. In Monday’s 5-1 win against Costa Rica in the last game of the opening round, Woeller notched her ninth national appearance with the women’s team, and Canadians can expect to see a lot more of her. If Canada triumphs on Friday, she’ll play at the London Summer Games. Praised as a “quiet achiever” and an “unsung hero” who is mature beyond her years, Woeller on Monday was also acclaimed as a potential future captain of the women’s national soccer team. “I’m hoping one day she’ll pick the captain’s armband up and lead the team. She is that good,” said national team coach John Herdman. Woeller, modestly, hadn’t thought about it. “I do feel like I’m growing

Shannon Woeller, the only born-and-raised Vancouverite on Team Canada, photo Jason Lang is praised for her sixth sense and positional play. up with this team. Maybe at some time in the future that would be a great honour but I’m just working my way.” Her composure can set a calming tone. “I’m calm on the ball and I think, defensively, I go with my instincts and cover the spaces that are the most dangerous,” she said. Woeller fits into the back line beside Candace Chapman, a 28-yearold veteran with appearances at the 2007 and 2011 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2008 Beijing Games. “I think we’ve got a lovely little balance there,” said Herdman. “We’ve got a little bit of edge and a bit of youth. There’s something about the chemistry of that partnership.” Woeller knows it’s special to play at home in front of a Vancouver audience and she’s drawing a crowd. Dozens of friends and family have been scattered through the stands during the Olympic qualifying tournament, peppering the air with shouts of, “Go Shannon!” Alex Buckley was among them this week. She went to Prince of

Wales high school with Woeller and remembers her as athletic, studious and friendly. School sports teams pined for her. “We kind of missed her a lot. You always knew you could look to Shannon because she was very focused on the goal and the task at hand. She played everything but stopped and began concentrating on soccer,” said Buckley, noting the Olympics went synonymous with Woeller. “Everyone is so excited and proud of her.” Woeller, who studies and plays at Rutgers University in New Jersey, started playing soccer at Douglas Park and played on a boys team until she was 12 and entered the Whitecaps youth program. An all-around athlete who skied and played basketball, the running joke among her friends and family is that Woeller declared as young child she would compete at the Olympics. The question was which sport. Now, the London 2012 Games are calling with the answer. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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It’s the season to be snowshoeing in Metro Vancouver. In a region known for its mountainous and forested trails, ski slopes and back country terrain, snowshoeing is the fastest growing outdoor winter sport in North America, according to Kathryn Stanton, the race director for 5 Peaks Adventures and Yeti Snowshoe Series. “More and more runners are participating every year,” said Stanton. Seymour, Grouse and Cypress mountains all offer snowshoe rentals and nearby trails. According to Tubbs Snowshoes, a U.S. snowshoe manufacturer since 1906, 5.5 million Americans made 22 million snowshoeing outings last year. The frosty, fresh-air sport is excellent cross-training for runners and walkers. Snowshoes, Stanton explains, can be specified for running or hiking. “Both will feel like walking [or] running in the sand,” she said. “If

Snowshoeing uses 50 per cent more energy than walking or runfile photo Rebecca Blissett ning on trails or roads. you can walk, then you can snowshoe and if you run, then you can run on snowshoes. It is a ton of fun and anyone can do it.” Snowshoeing can be a challenging cardiovascular activity that demands more energy needed to walk or run on pavement or trails. “One can adjust their speed and terrain to meet personal comfort levels, but compared to walking or running, a ruleof-thumb is: snowshoe activities use 50 per cent more energy,” said Phil-

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and the bows of trees covered with white, while the quiet is overwhelmingly silent. Answers to questions you may never have thought of come to fruition in these settings,” he said. “The physical benefits of snowshoeing are truly remarkable, however the mental gains one makes with peace of mind and the sense of calm on trails exceeds the physical gains. Add the two together and one begins to experience the ecstasy of being. That is the true reward and benefit of snowshoeing.” Indeed, snowshoeing brings a unique serenity to your cardio workout. Registered physical therapist Eric Hoppe told UrbanActive.ca that snowshoeing replicates the benefits of walking and running. “Snowshoeing is a good crosstraining activity for runners as it involves a similar movement and uses many of the same muscles as running on a road or trail. Snowshoeing is also good for aerobic training as the weight of the snowshoes and the relative softness of the snow result in a higher level of aerobic workout in a shorter period of time,” he said. Hoppe said running on snow lessens the impact of each step and can help prevent or recover from injury. He noted one technical distinction

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between the activities. “One important difference is the amount of hip flexion required—the legs have to be lifted higher [on snow] than a regular running style on the road.” Today’s snowshoes are lighter and more technical their wood prototypes. They come in three general types: large, heavy-duty snowshoes for back country treks, medium snowshoes for moderate distances on back country trails and small, lightweight snowshoes for running and aerobic workouts. Regular runners or hiking shoes are appropriate. An important aspect of the sport is clothing. Stanton of The Yeti Series recommends wearing layers and the waterproof gear that many runners are familiar with. “Don’t overdress by wearing a heavy jacket or one that can’t breathe fast enough,” she said. “A running jacket and shoes are a must if you’re running but bring something to change into right after like a big down jacket and some warm boots.” Christine Blanchette is a competitive runner with a passion for fitness, health and putting one foot in front of the other. Contact her at blanchec1@ yahoo.ca.

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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 1-604-815-7190

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604.630.3300

Money to Loan

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Business Services

Letter size, Full colour, Double sided

GOLDEN Retriever P/B Pups 9 wks 1st shots dewormed $550 males only Chwk(604) 825-9210

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

www.claytoncarroll.com

ACCOUNTING & TAXATION for small business, financial statements and personal taxes. SYLVIA SY, CGA 604-732-5511

5017

BLUENOSE PITBULL pups, 8 wks old, vet ✔, 1st shots, dewormed. $600. 604-930-0091

6020

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

5005

Difficulty Making Payments?

Re/max Crest Realty Westside

6008-26

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Susan & Peter Clayton-Carroll

6008

uSELLaHOME.com

5070

Dogs

BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies Available Feb 1st. Vet checked with first shots. $1,200 Call: (778) 241-5504

REAL ESTATE Real Estate Services

3508

Dogs

Fila/Mastiff Guard Dog Pups owners closest friend. Thieves worst nightmare. All shots. Ready now! 604-817-5957

Brochure -1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

Real Estate Services

Cats

5505

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF BEATRICE ELIZABETH FLORA BARRETTLENNARD, ALSO KNOWN AS BEATRICE ELIZABETH BARRETT-LENNARD AND BETTY BARRETT-LENNARD late of Windermere Lodge, 900 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1N3 (the “Estate”) NOTICE is given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate are required to send them to the executors, James Thomas Barrett-Lennard and The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, at P.O. Box 11130, #3000 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3R3, on or before March 2, 2012, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have been received. EXECUTORS: JAMES THOMAS BARRETTLENNARD and THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA TRUST COMPANY SOLICITOR: Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Annie Margaret Jenkins also known as Annie M. Jenkins, Annie Jenkins, Anne Margaret Jenkins, Anne M. Jenkins, Anne Jenkins and A. M. Jenkins, Deceased, late of #405 1645 West 14th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on October 23, 2011 at Vancouver, British Columbia, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned at 510 - 1040 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H1, on or before February 17, 2012, after which the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. Carolyn M. Coleclough, solicitor for Royal Trust Corporation of Canada, Executor for the Estate

6510

Co-ops

Eburne Landing Co-op Spacious 1 BR, rent 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/

6565

RENT

Legal/Public Notices

Office/Retail Rent

WEST PT GREY retail space for lease, 750sf, $1350 mth. 4300 blk W 10th location. 604-266-2529 or gjernes@shaw.ca

6595

Shared Accommodation

6595-20 PLACE YOUR RENTAL ADS 24/7 Go to vancourier.com and Click on classifieds

Coq./Poco/ Port Moody

ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 1800 sqft Townhouse in Port Moody, w/d, laminate floors, $550 incls utils, cable & internet, parking, indoor pool, nr SFU & Lougheed Mall. Suits professional working person or student. Refs Req. Avail Now. 778-846-5275

Legal/Public Notices

5505

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Mary Sharon MacLean also known as Mary S. MacLean and Mary MacLean, Deceased, late of 7837 Marchwood Place, Vancouver, BC V5S 4A6, who died on December 6, 2011, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned at 510 - 1040 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H1, on or before February 17, 2012, after which the Executors will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. Carolyn M. Coleclough, solicitor for Wendy Alice Cowley and Royal Trust Corporation of Canada, Executors for the Estate

7005

Body Work

ESCAPE SPA New Arrival!

Large Selection $50/hour

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604-739-3998

Try the Best 604-872-1702

7010

Personals

DATING SERVICE. Long-Term/ Short-Term Relationships, FREE TO TRY!!! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call: #7878 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1. Call: 1-866-311-9640 or #5015. Meet Local Single Ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+).

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! From the City to the Valley Call Today

604-630-3300

6600

Storage

North Shore Public Mini Storage

Mon-Fri , 8:30am-6pm Sat/Sun/Holidays 10am-6pm Heated, 24 hours Survelliance From: $32 per month ★no admin or setup fees★

604-929-1507

www.northshoreministorage.ca

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR above grnd ste, Heritage home, 61st & Main, bright, clean, shr’d ldry, incl heat hyrdo, $875/mth, np, ns, 604-323-9400 2 BDRM main foor, Killarney, by 49th bus, $1200/mo & 1/2 utils & damage deposit, n/s, no pets, older couple pref. 604-433-1206 2 BDRM ste, priv, quiet, clean, conv loc., near Fraser/Knight, suits cpl, n/s n/p, $1000 incl utils, Avail Immed. Call 604-327-2073 2 BR g/l ste, large, suits 2 pers, 49th/Doman, Champlain Mall, utils incl, no laundry, n/p, n/s, Avail Mar.1, $980. 604-435-5023 2 BR large, Victoria / Marine Dr, new house, close to bus & shops, $1100 incl utils, ns np avail now 604-677-6207


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

HOME SERVICES 8090

Cleaning

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR Experienced, Meticulous, Reliable Cleaning, res/com. 604-537-8796

8060

Concrete

A RETAINING WALLS, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks, brick, blocks. All concrete work. Free Estimates. Basile 604-617-5813 Concrete Specialist. Garages, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551 CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726

8073

Drainage

Fencing/Gates

8105

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

Gutters

Alliance Windows &

• Professional Power Washing • Gutter Cleaning • Window Cleaning done by hand • Contract Pricing • Will Beat Any Reputable Estimate Work Done by Professionals

Fully Insured

604-723-2526

Hydro Flushing Field/Yard Drainage Sumps/Catch Basins Foundation Crack Repairs * Compact Excavator Services * Perimeter Drainage replacement Vancouver 604-879-1415

Richmond 604-224-0220 Email request to:

info@ hillcrestplumbing.com DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER video inspections & jack hammer Call Tobias 604.782.4322

8075

Drywall

8080

Electrical

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

Contact us today for a free estimate.

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

8087

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

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

AFFORDABLE MOVING

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

8130

Handyperson

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

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

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 604-562-5711 HOME RENO painting, flooring, plumbing, electrical & more. Peter 604 812 8900

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

8155

Landscaping

Lawn & Garden

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

Complete Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services 7 Days A Week Seniors Discounts Small Repairs to Renovations Also Furnaces & Hot Water Tanks Water Service, Drain Tiles, Sewers Very Reasonable Rates Licensed Plumber and Gas Fitter Call Jim

731-8875

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

45

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

FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount

604-537-4140 www.affordablemoversbc.com

• • • •

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

604-312-6311

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

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

604-708-8850

EAST WEST MOVERS- Local long distance deliveries up to Alberta. Call Jim 604-786-7977 TwoGuysWithATruck.ca Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK

8193

Oil Tank Removal

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

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

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

604-731-2443

PLUMBERS

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

DRAIN PROBLEMS? Complete Plumbing Services & Renos. Sewer Camera Available Licensed. Dave 604-618-0451

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

WE CAN FIX IT

For Free Estimates Call

Serving West Side since 1987

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS

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

8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

A-1 PAINT CO. Winter 15% OFF Special Interior Repainting Free Est. - 15 Years Exp. Insured /WCB

604-723-8434 KURDO PAINTING ● Quality painting ● Int/Ext ● Pressure Washing ● Work Guaranteed ● Tito 604-802-2571

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

HOME ADVANTAGE

Contracting Ltd

Residential & Commercial Renovations licensed - Insured - WCB

For Free Estimates Call Ryan 778.809.6677 homeadvantagecontracting@gmail.com

Tried & True Since 1902

Call for a free estimate:

1.877.602.7346

Visit us online to receive a special discount:

www.crownroofgutters.ca

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

EXP’D CONTRACTOR, renos, bath, kitchen, stairs, tiling, trimwork. WCB. Tore 604-868-0232

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

8250

Roofing

RUBBISH REMOVAL Reasonable Rates, Free Est. Call Gary 604-897-3614

8295

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

SNOW REMOVAL 310-JIMS Book a job at:

www.jimsmowing.ca

8300

POINT GREY ROOFING

LTD.

SAVE on ROOFING - specialize in New/Reroof ★ Fully Ins. WCB. Senior Disc, Ref’s, Work Gtd, 24/7, Free Est. 778-892-1266

Established 1946

Snow Removal

AMBLESIDE ROOFING

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

8255

Rubbish Removal

All Types of Roofing, Re-Roofing & Repairs

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

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

8315

FREE ESTIMATES

Tree Services

MAGNOLIA TREE Service & Landscape, fence install, yard reno’s, excavating, irrigation 604-214-0661

604-379-2641 FRASERVIEW COAST TO COAST ROOFING LTD. ROOFING 15 Years Experience RE-ROOF & REPAIR SPECIALIST ~ No Job Too Small ~

Gary, 604-897-3614

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

Wildwood Tree Services, Exp Hedge Trimming and Removal & Tree Pruning. Free Est. 604-893-5745

8335

Window Cleaning

WHITE ROSE Window Cleaning. Inside and out. Gutters cleared and cleaned too! 604-274-0285

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

AUTOMOTIVE 9105

Auto Miscellaneous

9129 Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

9129

Luxury Cars

Luxury Cars

2010 BMW 323 Automatic w/ manual mode 40,000 kms $25,900. Call Gerry: (604) 341-5281 or email: gerrygcs@hotmail.com

MUST Go! 2008 BMW 750i very low mileage! 20" alloy wheels, full-load, AGSport pkg, exec pkg, GPS, leather seats, garage kept, immaculate,1owner, full service records, no accidents,new winter tires incld, last year of body style. 21,400 kms, $56,000. 778-990-1933

9145

Scrap Car Removal

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

604-341-2512 • Small Jobs Ok! Finishing carpentry. lauriescustomfinishing @gmail.com

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

2005FORD F150 Lariat. Burgundy, tan leather interior &matching Leer canopy. Never off-road 4X4, new tires and brakes, hitch, back-up camera, spray on bed-liner. $15,500 OBO. Call 604-943-2626

9160

Sports & Imports

2009 Nissan Versa Automatic, A/C, pwr windows/locks, remote 4 dr hatchbk. 43,505 kms, $11,995. Call: (604) 987-5243

9522

RV’s/Trailers

THE SCRAPPER SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

CASH FOR ALL VEHICLES RIGHTWAY Home Services Renos, Kitchen, Bath, Painting, etc. Call Alan: (604) 782-0992

9155

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

INT. Painting! Free Estimates From $100 p/rm (including paint) Lic, Insured, WCB (604) 562−1169

www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

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

Complete Bathroom Reno’s Suites, Kitchens,Tiling, Skylights, Windows, Doors. 604-521-1567

NEW AIR CUSTOM DESIGN All renos. Int/Ext. 20 years exp. Call 604-671-9901

Rubbish Removal

RUBBISH REMOVAL

★ 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

8255

''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

Jean-Guy 604-626-1975

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

Roofing

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

CONFIDENT PAINTING LTD Int/Ext Specialist 20 yr exp. Reas rates, quality. Licensed, Ins, WCB

Patios/Decks/ Railings

Complete Renovations Plumbing, Electrical Master Carpenter, Painting Wallpapering Kitchen/ Bathroom designer & installer. floors Ceramic Tiles Drywall, 25 yrs. exp. $30/hr Mark Local Cell: 778-889-9918

8250

To advertise call 604-630-3300

AAA Professional int/ext painter & wall paperer. Guar work. Free est. John 604-318-2059 (Kits)

8200

Renovations & Home Improvement ACE OF TRADES:

8240

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

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

TREE SPECIALIST 25 yrs exp.Oriental Landscaper. Tree Removal & Pruning. Hedge Trimming. Landscaping and Garden Maintenance . Call Tim: (604) 328-9487

8160

Plumbing

1 to 3 Men

ABBA MOVERS bsmt clean 1-4 ton Lic, ins’d from $35/hr, 2 men $45 hr honest 26 yrs est 506-7576.

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

8220

Moving & Storage

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

Max: 604-341-6059 Licensed & Bonded

8185

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

J.A. CONSTRUCTION

604-916-7729 JEFF

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

windowmansteve @gmail.com

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

Masonry

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

Power Washing

* * * *

8175

604

8055

A31

PLACE YOUR AUTOMOTIVE ADS 24/7 Go to vancourier.com and Click on classifieds

604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC 2H

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2006 WILDWOOD Trailer 25’ 10' w/ hitch, sleeps 6, 2 dr, full bath, kitchen, and walk about queen size bed. Plenty of storage.Asking $12,500. Call 604-322-3207


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THE VANCOUVER COURIER WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012

Your Original

Food Store

Pork Butt Roaelessst

1

/lb. $4.98/kg

Non-Medicated Fresh Whole

3

2

$

99 /lb. $8.80kg

72 /lb. $5.99kg

From the Deli

Certified Organic

May Family Farms

Ruby Red

Lime & Herb Chicken Breast

Natural Ingredients • Gluten Free

1

$ 09 100g

U.S.

Cauliflower

99

¢

Grapefruit Product of Mexico

79

¢

each

Imagine Organic

/lb. $4.39/kg

Canadian Beef

Rib Roast Boneless

6

$

79 /lb. $14.98kg

1

Plum-M-Good Organic

2

$ 99 1L

2

Spring Naturally Raised NewCreek Zealand Beef

Family Pack

Meat Balls

26 $ /lb. $4.98kg

Imported

Lemons & Limes

Product of California

/lb. $4.17kg

Canadian

2

$

Broccoli

$ 89

3 for

9

99

Celestial Seasonings

Teas

Selected varieties only

2

700g pkg

Imported

Latin Pineapples

99 2 ¢$

99 each

Blue Diamond

Almond Breeze Product of USA • 3 flavours

3

$ 99 $ 49 $ 49 185g

20 bags

Certified Organic

White Quinoa

8

$ 99 BULK FOOD &

/lb. $4.39/kg

Lean Ground Beef Angus Beef

Certified Organic

SoupsAssorted & Broths Rice Cakes Assorted

/lb. $2.18kg

1

$ 99

$ 99

Pork Chicken Thighs Family Pack Side Ribs

$

Whole Pork Picnics

Product of California

$ 26 Non-Medicated

d

Meyer Lemons

Bon

2

Non-Medicate

Certified Organic

1kg

1.89L

Certified Organic

Popping Corn

3

$ 49 1kg

2 0 1 1

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8 am-9 pm

Sale Dates: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 – Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Vancouver Courier January 25 2012