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SALE OF THEATRE NULLIFIES CONTRACT FOR ANNUAL DECEMBER SHOW MIKE HOWELL Staff writer

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After convincing Fortune Gardens restaurant to remove shark fin soup from its menu, protesters took their fight to Main Street’s Sun Sui Wah restaurant eight months ago and continue to protest every Friday night. Scan page with Layar to see a video of the protest.

Shark fin protests continue at Sun SuiWah ACTIVISTS WON VICTORY AT FORTUNE GARDEN DREW MCLACHLAN Contributing writer

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hough Parliament recently decided against a shark meat ban, the Vancouver Animal Defence League still wants to see the controversial dish taken off Vancouver’s menu. Protesters continue to gather outside Sun Sui Wah restaurant at 3888 Main St. every Friday evening, wielding signs and pleading with patrons to not support the restaurant, which offers shark fin soup on several of its

banquet menus. The group moved to Sun Sui Wah in March, after ending their protest outside of Fortune Gardens restaurant in South Granville. The eight-month long protest ended in a victory for the activists, with Fortune Garden agreeing to remove shark fin soup from its menu. “The federal government won’t do anything, the provincial government won’t do anything and the municipal government won’t do anything, so we need to target restaurants,” protester Marley Daviduk said. See SUN on page 4

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prominent ballet company is scrambling to find a location for its annual production of The Nutcracker after its contract was cancelled with the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. Chan Hon Goh, the director of the Goh Ballet, said she was told by owners of the Centre that it was cancelling the contract because Westside Church was in negotiations to buy the theatre at 777 Homer St. “My stomach is in knots,” said Goh, noting she already hired dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet and cast more than 200 local performers for The Nutcracker, scheduled to run over 10 days in December. “We’re very, very proud and passionate about our show. It’s a part of the city, it’s a part of Christmas, it’s billed to be a tradition.” Goh said she first learned the Centre was being sold to the church after reading a May 7 article posted on the Courier’s website announcing details of the sale. Since then, Goh said, she received an email from Centre owners Global Pacific Properties informing her of a clause in the company’s agreement that allows for cancellation of the contract. That was confirmed in a phone call she received from Michael Law of Global Pacific who directed Goh’s questions to the church, which has yet to return her calls. “He said it’s really out of my hands,” said Goh, who is hoping to speak to church leaders. “I would like to tell them what is involved and to hope for their understanding and compassion to our situation.” See THEATRE on page 4


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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DEVELOPING STORY BY NAOIBH O’CONNOR

photo Dan Toulgoet

An arson of a Grandview-Woodland house under construction is contrary to the area’s tradition of dialogue, says a community organizer.

FOR THE CHILDREN BY CHERYL ROSSI The Vancouver School Board hopes a new funding arrangement with the city will produce more childcare spaces in schools.

FAIRE EFFORT BY DREW MCLACHLAN The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire comes to the PNE to showcase a mechanical snake, a wearable walking machine and 3D printing.

OPINION PULL THE POLLS BY MATTHEW CLAXTON Now that political polling has been discredited, both politicians and the media can get back to dealing with real issues.

ENTERTAINMENT NATURE AND NURTURE BY SUMBUL VALLANI Bobs and LoLo combine education and entertainment in their new show Nature Rocks! at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

SPORTS ALL GONE PING PONG BY REBECCA BLISSETT

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At the Biltmore Hotel, a monthly table tennis club emphasizes fun play, prizes and meeting new people.

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SEE MORE WITH LAYAR Additional content in this issue available through the Layar app includes: P01: SOUP’S NOT ON What do activists protesting shark fin soup outside a Vancouver restaurant sound like? See the video to find out.

P31: ENTERTAINMENT PICKS Videos of insane clown posse Mump & Smoot, Japan shoegazer outfit Kinoko Teikoku and a clip from the 1944 film noir classic Double Indemnity.

P35: SPIN CITY A gallery of photos of the monthly Biltmore Cabaret ping pong club night at play.

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013

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Theatreowners,churchnotcommentingonsale Global Pacific is affiliated with Coloradobased Four Brothers Entertainment, which purchased the theatre in 2001 for $7.5 million. For more than two weeks, the Courier has left phone and email messages for Law and the church pastors but has not received any calls from either the company or the church. Pastor Norm Funk wrote in a March blog post on the church’s website that a “purchase sales agreement” was secured with the Centre’s owners. Funk said the agreement allows for a “75-day due diligence period” which he likened to buying a new car but having to test drive it first. Goh described the 1,800-seat venue as unique, with its orchestra pit and unobstructed sightlines in a building designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. The 2,800-seat Queen Elizabeth Theatre is Goh’s only other option to host the production of The Nutcracker, although she believes the theatre is booked for weekends in December. It costs up to $300,000 to produce The Nutcracker, said Goh, noting that bill climbed to $400,000 in 2011 to refurbish stage material. The ballet company has performed The Nutcracker for four consecutive years at the Centre and hosted various other productions there over the decade. Goh, a former principal dancer with Canada’s national ballet, performed in Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet at the Centre. She said she’s also worried the loss of the venue will be a blow to the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Unique Lives series and various other series and arts and culture acts that have been drawn to the Centre. Despite the cancellation of the contract, Goh said her ballet company will still be entitled to hold its 35th anniversary perfor-

The Goh Ballet has performed The Nutcracker for the past four years at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. The Centre’s owners have told the ballet company that it is cancelling its contract because a church is negotiating to buy the theatre on Homer Street. Scan page with Layar to see a Goh Ballet video. Photo courtesy Goh Ballet mance June 1 at the Centre. Westside Church, which has an office on West Broadway, holds it services at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage theatre and at the Park and Tilford Cineplex Odeon The-

atre on the North Shore. A Courier feature story on the church in May 2012 described its casual, entertaining atmosphere, hip culture and heavy use of electronic and social media. It also exam-

ined the church’s teachings against abortion, pre-marital sex, divorce and the ordination of women. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

Sun Sui Wah employee calls protest unfair CONTINUED from page 1 “We’ll be outside [Sun Sui Wah] until they take shark off the menu, even if it takes a year. Then we can move on to another restaurant.” The shark meat industry has been criticized for being inhumane and wasteful, as well as for putting several species of shark on the endangered species list. But the trade remains legal in Canada with the exception of cities that include New Westminster, Coquitlam, and Port Moody that have employed bans on a municipal level. New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody NDP MP and fisheries and oceans critic Fin Donnelly introduced a private member’s bill to Parliament in December 2011 requesting a ban. It was struck down by a House of Commons vote in March. If passed, the bill would have banned the import of detached shark fins at the federal level. Public support for a

We’ll be outside [Sun Sui Wah] until they take shark off the menu, even if it takes a year. — Marley Daviduk

ban remains high, and groups like the Vancouver Animal Defence League have picked up the torch in Calgary, Toronto and other cities. Donnelly was hesitant to grant approval to any protests targeting restaurants, and instead stated that “giving information to consumers can be effective, but it’s all in delivery.”

An employee at Sun Sui Wah, who wished to remain anonymous, said targeting the restaurant is unfair, as it is far from the only business in Vancouver serving shark fin. “We’re not doing anything illegal,” he said. “If the city changes the laws we’ll stop selling it. If everybody else stopped selling it we would too, but as a business we need to stay competitive.” Critics of a potential shark ban have argued that no similar laws exist for ivory products and that a shark fin ban could not be enforced in a cost-effective manner. However, protester Errol Povah described public support for the group’s protests as “overwhelming.” At the May 17 protest, almost one-third of passing cars honked to show their support. “We’ve even had bus drivers and VPD cars honk,” Povah said. “People will cross the street just to chat with us or pick up a sign and join us.” Drew_mclachlan@hotmail.com


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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news Fire sparks more debate about development

DEVELOPING STORY

with Naoibh O’Connor

We’ll be back,” is the ominous message spray painted on a portable toilet at the site of a fire on East First near Victoria Drive. An arsonist set a house under construction ablaze early May 15 (see news story page 6), and someone claimed responsibility on the Anarchist News website calling the home a “yuppie development.” “We are tired of seeing our lives and memories being torn down one development at a time,” the statement said. “We wish and will create fear for developers in East Vancouver. The class war is heating up. We have no intention on stopping. If we, if you, allow this to continue you will be pushed out of East Vancouver due to rising rent and gentrification. If you are the cause of gentrification, you should never feel safe.” Police are investigating and haven’t confirmed the legitimacy of the post, but it’s raised concern in the community and called even more attention to much-debated subjects of development and gentrification in Vancouver. Daniel Boffo of Boffo Properties is working on a 29-unit development at 555 Cordova St. that’s proposed to include five non-market units. He’s also planning a redevelopment of the Kettle and Astorinos

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An anarchrist group claimed responsibility for a recent fire on East First Avenue near Victoria Drive. Grandview-Woodland resident Eileen Mosca said neighbourhood opinion about development and gentrification is mixed, but the vast majority “wouldn’t dream of taking violent action to stop it or to make a protest.” site just north of Venables, including a new and larger Kettle dropin centre for people with mental health issues, as well as supported and market housing. Rezoning

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Venables, called the arson “disappointing” especially since it put neighbours’ lives in danger. “It’s not the right way to engage in a discussion,” he said. “There are better ways. If there’s a concern about a development in your community, there are ways of engaging in a more productive way. And frankly, the city has been a key proponent of that [by] running four community plans in Grandview-Woodland, the Downtown Eastside, Marpole and the West End. It seems like [the arson is] an attempt to engage in a discussion and I think it ends up just driving us further apart as opposed to focusing on the similarities of our issues and engaging in the conversation on those points.” Eileen Mosca, a GrandviewWoodland resident for 33 years and well-known community organizer, has been to a presentation on Boffo’s Grandview-Woodland project and was “very impressed.” “He thinks about people in the neighbourhood and they’re neighbourhood based… these are people who have a stake in the neighbourhood after the development goes up and that, to me, is the best kind of developer — the kind that sticks around and doesn’t come in and make their money and go,” she said. Mosca, who isn’t yet convinced about the anarchist website claim, said there are more spec builders than big developers in the neighbourhood. She said opinions about development are mixed. “I think it depends on where you’re at on the socio-economic scale and what’s happening around you,” she said, pointing out a moderately priced rental on her block that housed a family, as well as young people in the basement, was torn down to

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Arsonists target East Side house MIKE HOWELL Staff writer

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Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood group says it is appalled that a deliberately set fire to a house under construction on East First Avenue could be the work of anarchists battling gentrification. “This was a reckless and dangerous act that could so easily have led to tragedy and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” said Jak King, president of the Grandview-Woodland Area Council, in an email to the Courier. Vancouver police determined arson was the cause of the blaze on the early morning of May 15 that heavily damaged a house being built in the 1900-block of East First Avenue, near Victoria Drive. Const. Brian Montague, a VPD media liaison officer, said police are investigating whether the fire was set by an antigentrification anarchist group that claimed responsibility on the Anarchist News website. Montague said investigators are trying to determine who the author is and whether the claims posted on the website are legitimate. “It’s too early to confirm what the motive is and whether it’s linked to any individual person or group or cause,” Montague told the Courier. The Anarchist News website’s post reads: “Last night we burned down a yuppie development on 1st Avenue near Victoria. We are tired of seeing our lives and memories being torn down one development at a time. We wish and will create fear for developers in East Vancouver. The class war is heating up. We have no intention on stopping. If we, if you, allow this to continue you will be pushed out of East Vancouver due to rising rent and gentrification. If you are the cause of gentrification, you should never feel safe.” A portable toilet on the property was spraypainted in black with an anarchist symbol and graffiti that said: “We’ll be back.” CTV News identified the property owner as Paul Dhaliwal, who told the television station that he didn’t know of anyone in the neighbourhood unhappy with his development. The Courier was at the scene around 2 a.m., shortly after the fire broke out early Wednesday. Residents of nearby homes, which are built very close to each other, scrambled on to East First as firefighters battled the blaze. An older home, which was boarded up for some time, once sat on the property. It was recently demolished to make way for the new home that went up in flames. “There had been reports and concerns that people had been squatting there in the past,” Montague said. There are areas in the neighbourhood where other new homes are being constructed. But police are being cautious to say those construction sites could also be targeted. “Until we know why the fire was set for sure, it would be tough for us to start saying to individuals building homes in the neighbourhood that they should be concerned,” Montague said. The fire comes as the city is in talks with residents over a new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. King acknowledged there are development and densification “challenges on the horizon that require our attention.” But, he said, the people concerned with these violent protests “do not speak or represent the vast majority or residents in the neighbourhood who understand that a worthwhile future can be achieved only through dialogue.” The anti-gentrification movement in the city appears to be growing, with protests outside the Pidgin restaurant in the Downtown Eastside, theft of a sandwich board from Save-On-Meat and a Commercial Drive pizzeria having its windows smashed out several times. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

news Cop cleared in 2012 shooting death

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VANCOUVER POLICE CHIEF EARNED $313K LAST YEAR Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal said an officer shot Ray twice after the 52-yearold man advanced on him “in what seemed to be a sprint.” After Ray fell to the ground outside a McDonald’s restaurant, the officer observed a “Leatherman style multi-tool with the folding knife open” on the ground next to Ray. Several witness accounts revealed the officer repeatedly told Ray to stay back and keep away. One witness told investigators Ray was running “with his hand stretched out… like the guy was going to go and try to stab the cop.” One witness, who was interviewed 18 days after the shooting, said she observed the incident from across the street. “She appeared to suggest that she did not see a reason for Mr. Ray to have been shot,” Rosenthal wrote. “She also made comments,

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however, which suggested that she was not certain of her own observations.” The officer acknowledged he had a beanbag shogun in a police van when he arrived at the scene. But, he explained, the incident escalated too fast for him to grab the shotgun, a less lethal weapon than a handgun. “Under the circumstances, the officer was in harm’s way and lawfully used deadly force to defend himself,” Rosenthal concluded.

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013

news City putting money into childcare spaces $270K SET ASIDE FOR SCHOOL/CITY/PARK BOARD JOINT INITIATIVE CHERYL ROSSI Staff writer

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ore childcare spaces will be provided in Vancouver schools with money from the city. The Vancouver School Board’s planning and facilities committee decided Wednesday to recommend the board sign a funding agreement with the city. Vision Vancouver trustee Cherie Payne represents the school board on the city’s Joint Childcare Council, which also includes Vision representation from the park board. “One of the advantages of having the party system in Vancouver is that we’re able to cooperate at all three levels of municipal government and it makes it easier for us to multiply the impact of our efforts,” she said. Payne says the city set aside $270,000 for the school board to accommodate childcare spaces that would be operated by non-profit

organizations with a focus on school-age children. Proposals for renovations to schools could come from the board, the city or nonprofit organizations. The city would provide capital funding to the board when a school is being built, renovated or seismically upgraded. The city would contribute a maximum of $50,000 per project for at least 20 licensed childcare spaces. The Joint Childcare Council aims to provide at least 500 new licensed childcare spaces, ideally before the next civic election in 2014, or within the next three years, said Payne. Last month, the city reserved its 2012 budget surplus of $5 million for childcare. “The shortage of childcare spaces in Vancouver is real. Only 19 per cent of kids have access to [licensed] space in city,” she said. “On the West Side, we know that there are as many as 2,400 school-age children who are looking for [licensed] childcare spaces, and as trustees, we get calls from parents all

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the time, particularly parents of elementary school kids who might have toddlers, as well, who are looking for opportunities to be able to drop both children or all the children off at one location.” Payne says the Vancouver School Board hosts nearly 50 per cent of the licensed childcare spaces in the city. It provides space on a cost-recovery basis. Payne forwarded a motion that passed at

the school board’s April 29 budget meeting that instructed staff to develop recommendations for a plan, including potential capital and operating funds, for increasing the number of childcare and daycare spaces in elementary schools in 2013-14 and beyond. Vision Vancouver trustee Rob Wynen noted at the April 29 budget meeting that all of the new schools can host childcare spaces. School board chair Patti Bacchus said at that meeting that elementary school administrators have told her one of the first questions parents ask is whether schools offer before and after school care. “I’ve been told repeatedly that if we have childcare spaces, we will have the enrolment,” Bacchus said. Most of the childcare offered at Vancouver schools is before and after school care. Fewer schools offer preschool. The Vancouver school district has six full-day daycare programs. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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Vancouver students take home poetry prizes Poetry Prize. “I had a really great time,” Kane said. “Hopefully another person from Vancouver can bring it home next year.”

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POETRY CHAMPS Three Vancouver students won top prizes for poetry recitation in Toronto last week, the first year that the Poetry in Voice competition was open to students outside Ontario and Quebec. Kyla Kane, a Grade 12 student from Vancouver Technical secondary, won first place in the English stream, Dede Akolo from Little Flower Academy won second place in the English stream and Natasha Jadavji from Crofton House School won second place in the French stream. Kane won $5,000 plus $1,000 for her school library, half of which must be used to buy poetry books. Akolo and Jadavji won $1,000 each and $500 for poetry books for their school libraries. “I am going to put [my winnings] in the bank ASAP and [am] going to save most of it, just to use it to pursue acting and whatnot,” Kane said. Poetry in Voice was founded by the same trust that awards the Griffin

A teenaged trustee could sit on the Vancouver School Board next year. Vision Vancouver trustee Mike Lombardi expects to meet with school board staff and representatives of the Vancouver District Student Council to develop a plan and policy proposal to establish a student trustee position on a pilot basis. That plan is to be presented to the board’s management coordinating committee next month. “We may have to call it another name, we may have to call it a student adviser,” Lombardi said. The B.C. School Trustees Association narrowly voted at its annual general meeting last month against lobbying the provincial government to change the B.C. School Act to allow student trustees participation in board activities. “For a lot of other school boards it was the first time they’d ever heard of the idea,” Lombardi said, whereas Vancouver District Students’ Council representatives pitched the idea to the board in 2012. Now Lombardi wants to proceed with a made-in Vancouver policy. The working group will need to consider how the student trustee would be elected, whether the trustee would be

compensated and rules about conflict of interest. The government of Ontario mandated that each school must have one to three student trustees in 1998. New Brunswick has had student trustees since 2009. In Ontario, student trustee votes are recorded but not counted and student trustees can attend in-camera meetings except those related to personnel. Student trustee

votes are counted in New Brunswickbutstudenttrustees can’t attend in-camera meetings, according to Lombardi. He expects a student trustee in Vancouver wouldn’t be permitted to attend in-camera meetings and that his or her vote wouldn’t count. “The students tell us [having votes that count] that’s not the big issue,” Lombardi said. “The big issue is, as it is in New Brunswick

and Ontario, they can debate anything and they can ask any motion to be debated and voted upon by the board.” Ontario student trustees have helped develop policy about the use of technology in classrooms, cyber bullying and appropriate curriculum and promoted studies on better teaching and learning strategies, according to Lombardi. “Regular and student trust-

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talked to a few people post-election who had been utterly dismissive of Premier Christy Clark for the last two years. A lightweight, they felt. Not up to the job and never will be. So were they dismayed at the voters’ choice? Were they fearful of the future? No. They were laughing their heads off at the enormity of the upset, and her audacity in pulling it off. They still might have reservations about her. But those faded into the background as they revelled in one of the most unexpected election outcomes ever in B.C. Everybody loves a winner. Particularly a scrappy underdog who has just upset all the conventional wisdom. Clark is solid gold for the next while. When she’s sworn in as premier next month, she’ll be queen of all she surveys. The lustre will fade when the next scandal develops, but one of the lessons from the election is that they simply don’t matter much. British Columbians sputter and fume about political atrocities, and at the same time they love them. To the extent they follow them, it’s for the entertainment value, analyzing the implications and charting the moves and counter-moves. But they don’t seem to have much to do with how people vote. We elect governments knowing they’re going to run off the rails at some point. So when it happens, the impact isn’t as great. It has all been accounted for beforehand. B.C. Liberal campaign boss Mike McDonald alluded to that view in a Times Colonist interview last week. In the run-up to the campaign, B.C. Liberals blew millions of tax dollars on a self-serving ad campaign, got into a huge fight with the auditor general, fired some key staff over an ethnic-outreach scandal and faced questions about how their key climatechange policy — the Pacific Carbon Trust — worked. McDonald said: “We were getting hammered in March. It influences perceptions on the spot, but when it comes to going to the voting booth, it’s different. “Regular people don’t follow politics that closely in between elections, because they’re busy and there’s a lot going on in their lives. When the time comes, there’s much more focus on choice.” So elections seem to be much more about the future than the past. Clark’s immediate future revolves around fiscal matters. Once her government is sworn in — some time in early June — they’ll have to tackle the job of getting the budget re-introduced and passed, within 90 days of the swearing-in, likely in early September. Her government will also compile the public accounts for release in July, the full and final report on the fiscal year that ended March 31. That report has been characterized in the past by serious reservations by the auditor general on how the books are being kept. But indications are that since John Doyle left the post, the process is going more smoothly. Then it’s on to the job of ensuring the current budget stays balanced. When the New Democrats analyzed the budget and decided to give up on committing to keeping it balanced, they did so on the basis of some expert advice. The conclusion was that any government that tried to fulfil the pledge would have to curtail programs and services to a degree much larger than anyone had discussed publicly. The NDP were wrong about many things, so they might have been wrong about that, as well. But it’s safe to say that holding to the current budget is going to be a gruelling job. Nobody likes cutting services and everybody complains about it. But McDonald had some thoughts on the net impact. For all the emphasis on growth and jobs, controlling spending was a whole other side to the platform, and it was a winning campaign message, he said. “That was a real weakness in the NDP that they didn’t have an answer for. We have a good record on controlling spending.” In the face of all the doubts, McDonald said they still believe they can balance the budget. Doing so is going to start a lot of arguments. But there are fewer people today under-estimating Clark’s ability to win them. lleyne@timescolonist.com

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he poll that came closest to calling the result right in Tuesday’s provincial election was still wildly wrong. A Forum Research poll done six days before the vote showed a mere two-point gap between the Liberals and the NDP. Of course, it still had the NDP out in front, not losing by almost five per cent in the popular vote and 17 seats in the Legislature. Political polling has been around for about 180 years, and it’s been a major part of political campaigns for almost a century. It started with straw polls and postcards, then moved on to direct interviews and phone surveys. It’s now completely broken. In Quebec, Alberta, and now B.C., we’ve seen dramatic failures of the polls to predict the final results. Why? I really don’t know. Neither does anyone else. There are explanations that may very well be correct. Some say that a reliance on online polling picked up results from too many young, potential NDP voters, just as phone polling in Alberta picked up too many older, Wild Rose supporters. Others say it was a last-minute shift in undecided voters. Maybe it was the humidity. Maybe it was the high CO2 in the atmosphere. Maybe Christy Clark promised to give young Hamish to Rumpelstiltskin in exchange for victory. Maybe Adrian Dix angered Zeus, and was smacked down for it. All of these are post facto rationalizations. The practical result is that using a variety of different polling techniques, a number of firms have failed utterly across multiple provinces. Good. Maybe we can be done with polls forever. It would be good, first of all, to wean reporters off polls. We love horse-race coverage of elections. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has momentum? Heck, I’m addicted to this stuff, too. But covering the race takes time away from covering the issues. Remember all those extensive discussions about health care and education during this last provincial campaign? (Sound of crickets.) Second, for decades it’s been a cynical joke that parties don’t make policies, they poll and then fit themselves around what voters think. Are attitudes changing about gay marriage? Wait till it gets over 50 per cent, and then the parties will consider changing their platform. A majority of Canadians favour legalization of pot? Maybe now’s the time to switch up that party platform. On social issues, the public is leading the politicians, while on economics, the parties have become all too similar. If the polls are meaningless, parties will have to do the unthinkable. They’ll have to advocate for what they believe and hope they can win over the voters. We haven’t seen this kind of politics in Canada since W.A.C. Bennett was still managing a hardware store. I would love to see parties take positions based on what they absolutely think is the right thing to do. Is it right to decriminalize pot? How much should we raise or lower taxes? How much of a voice should unions or businesses have in Victoria? More foreign workers? Scrap MSP payments? Allow people to pay for faster surgeries? Without polling on major issues, parties will, without a doubt, crash and burn in spectacular and unexpected ways. They’ll have to change how they campaign, how they raise funds. There will probably be a lot more money spent on getting warm bodies to rallies and to the polls on election day. But hopefully, there will mostly be more talk and debate, and honest attempts to change the minds of voters, not to parrot back what the pollsters say people want. mclaxton@langleyadvance.com

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Maybe we can be done with polls forever. It would be good, first of all, to wean reporters off polls.

HUGHES NEEDS TO DISCOVER GOD’S INCLUSIVE NATURE

To the editor: Re: “Going to church at a community centre,” May 15. [Columnist Fiona] Hughes asks the question of readers, “Where do you draw the line?” Apparently the concept of inclusion she claims to be lacking in some churches applies only to those who share similar values and beliefs to those she holds. Perhaps Ms. Hughes might find the gospel of grace demonstrated in the person and work of Jesus Christ taught at such evangelical churches — to which she pays “little or no attention” — to actually be more inclusive than she thought possible. For instance, a reading of John’s Gospel (8:1-12) will reveal that Jesus himself draws a line that includes more people than his religious contemporaries thought possible. I certainly hope others, Ms Hughes included, discover the surpris-

ingly inclusive nature of God’s mercy, compassion and justice found in Jesus Christ. Rev. Andrew Cheung, Harvest City Church

PARK BOARD NEEDS TO RETHINK RENTAL GUIDELINES

To the editor: Re: “Going to church at a community centre,” May 15. Congrats to Fiona Hughes with her column on “Going to church at a community centre.” I totally agree with her feelings of uneasiness with evangelical churches preaching their fundamentalist views from any one of our local community centres. After watching the documentary God Loves Uganda at the recent DOXA film festival, I think the Vancouver Park Board needs to rethink its practice of renting out any of its facilities to generate revenue without any restrictions or guidelines to those preaching their interpretation of the bible.

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••• To the editor: I just completed reading your article in the Courier “Going to church at a community centre.” I was surprised at your viewpoint towards the noninclusive church group meeting at a space in the community centre, which offers space in Yaletown, regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation. I support your viewpoint that including or accepting rental agreements for groups that exclude specific citizens is ironic at best! I know as a gay woman, it will not make me feel welcome knowing this group is present at the Roundhouse. I do not support this decision, which seems to be made either out of naivety or faulty logic. Some might argue that to not rent to them might be discriminatory. Of course landlords can choose among potential renters, and finding a good fit is conducive to a long, harmonious arrangement. This does not at all seem like a good fit to me! Lynn Arychuk, Vancouver

SOCIAL MEDIA COURIER STORY: Notebook 2013: Analyzing the results Robert Werner: I vehemently disagree that Christy Clark “won” this election for her party. Every single person I’ve spoken with who voted for the Liberals but who is not a fan-boy/fan-girl of them did so holding their nose. And to a “T” every single one of them views Clark as grossly incompetent as a manager of our province. But Dix, with all of his anti-business talk, would be even worse. What a sorry state for BC voters. COURIER OPINION: “B.C. Liberals debt plan may impact social housing,” May 16 Jacob @political_k: As a #bcliberal supporter pls make sure we have social housing plans in place #socialhousing #bcpoli COURIER STORY: “NDP’s loss not Greens’ fault, says candidate,” May 16 Erwin Wodarczak @leftcoastracing: Anybody who blames Greens for NDP loss needs to give their head a shake #bcelxn COURIER LIVE ELECTION SITE: “Vancouver Votes: 2013 provincial election,” May 14 @HootZo @HootZo: Lots of people talking about the recent BC Elections - great feed of live social coverage COURIER STORY: “Meaty issue prompts Vancouver mayor’s decree,” May 14 Tableau Bar Bistro @TableauBistro: Vancouver to become first Canadian city to adopt Meatless Monday — Something we’ve done for years. COURIER STORY: “Arson caused East Vancouver blaze,” May 16 Recanted @recanted: Thugs that put innocents at risk are pushing public support away. COURIER POLL QUESTION: Which area of civic life is least inclusive for #LGBT people: politics, arts & culture or sports? David @loogandave: I would think the word “poll” would not be used by any media outlet for a while Follow us on Facebook: The VancouverCourierNewspaper and Twitter: @VanCourierNews

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news DIY faire celebrates inventive creations GOT CRAFT? JOINS ANNUAL MINI MAKER FAIRE AT THE PNE JUNE 1 AND 2 DREW MCLACHLAN Contributing writer

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o-it-yourself enthusiasts from Vancouver and beyond will soon be gathering for the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire (VMFF) at the PNE. The June 1 and 2 fair celebrates and showcases both homemade crafts and large-scale group projects in various workshops, showcases, and vendors. The annual fair is in its third year and for the first time will feature a craft fair organized by Got Craft?. The husband and wife team behind Got Craft? has done promotion for VMMF in previous years, but this year they will be contributing more. The craft fair will be similar to the events Got Craft? has been organizing twice a year since 2007. Thirty vendors will be present, selling homemade

goods that range from clothing to ceramics, and laptop cases to artisan chocolates. “We saw a disconnect at other craft fairs between masculinestufflikeprintscreening and robots, and feminine stuff like jewelry,” Robert Tucker, co-founder of Got Craft?, said. “When we started our own [craft fairs] we wanted to bring everyone together: men, women and kids.” Local art and engineering group eatART will also be showcasing several of its projects, including: Titanoboa, a 50-foot mechanical replica of a 60-million-year extinct snake; Prosthesis, a fourlegged wearable walking machine; and the Black Ghost Electric Bike Car, an electric bike that can generate its own electric energy. According to eatART’s website, the group members “use art to educate people about the role energy plays

in our lives and to raise questions about the social and environmental impact of energy use.” Other areas of VMMF will include 3D printer village, a discussion with author Wendy Tremayne on her upcoming memoir and DIY manual The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living, and a “robot petting zoo.” “There are things to buy,” Emily Smith, event organizer for VMMF, said, “but the real focus of the fair is to interact and engage.” The DIY ethos took hold in the mid-1970s. It was based on the idea that those living in first world countries needed to be more self-reliant and able to produce the necessities of life, including clothing, furniture, and food. The original movement had strong tones of both individualism and anti-consumerism. The movement made a re-

surgence in the early 2000s with the advent of online communities and “how-to” websites like Instructables and online markets like Etsy. As a result it lost its local focus, but events like the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire could bring about a return to form for DIY culture. “[DIY] is about taking ownership of the things around us,” Smith said. “It’s based on altering things in ways that weren’t intended by the manufacturer… A lot of people get excited about the diversity. There are groups form all over the city that get together at the fair and really benefit from being able to cross-pollinate and share ideas from different disciplines.” Tucker feels that Vancouver is an ideal place for a DIY culture to flourish. “There’s a lot of support in Vancouver for people who make and sell their own things, but also people who are doing their own compost and gardening and stuff like that. [DIY ethos] is very strong here compared to other cities where people may just go

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SOUTH CAMBIE AND METRO VANCOUVER Bike to School Week rolls out May 27 to 31 and Eric Hamber secondary, the winner of the annual Bike to School Week competition for three years running, is preparing to defend its title by hosting a Biker Bootcamp, Wednesday, May 22. Instructors from HUB: Your Cycling Connection hope to inspire confidence with cycling skills and games for a chance to win cycling accessories. A bike mechanic will assist with minor bike repairs. Students who participate in Bike to School Week and recruit new participants will receive daily giveaways and a chance to win bigger prizes, which include a new Norco bike. HUB and HASTe B.C. organize Bike to School Week. HUB promotes cycling through education, action and events. HASTe B.C. serves as a hub for groups taking action on reducing school transportation emissions in the province. For more information about Bike to School Week, visit biketoschoolmetrovan.ca.

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You can watch women cycle and then you can eat the bonbons they make in the former Olympic Village Friday, May 24. Dora Ho and Jennifer May will ride stationary training bikes and make and serve gluten-free energy treats stuffed with dried fruits, nuts and chocolate as a fundraiser in advance of the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer. Each of the women needs to raise a minimum of

$2,500. The two members from Team Bodin will join thousands of cyclists who will ride the more than 250 kilometres from Vancouver to Seattle, June 15 and 16, to raise money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Ho, a culinary instructor in Richmond, will participate for her fifth year. Her mother died of cancer when Ho was 13 years old and she’s lost other loved ones to the disease, including her good friend and former colleague vice-principal Lorne Bodin with whom she rode to Seattle in 2009. May is riding for the first time and her dog Marley Blue will be by her side May 24. May and Marley Blue visit cancer patients and hospital visitors through the B.C. Cancer Agency’s pet visitation program. The cycling fundraiser will run from 6 to 9 p.m. near the bird sculptures in the former Olympic Village if it’s sunny or nearer the liquor store if it’s rainy. Those unable to attend can enter their names and donate at conquercancer.ca.

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The sixth annual West End Cleanup and barbecue happens Saturday, May 25. Founded in 2007 as part of the city’s annual Keep Vancouver Spectacular event, the West End Cleanup is a grassroots group of volunteers who are dedicated to keeping their scenic neighbourhood clean. The cleanup runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a barbecue for volunteers starting at 1 p.m. Volunteers meet in front of Gordon Neighbourhood House on Broughton Street between Nelson and Comox streets. The group typically meets on the second Saturday of the month for a two-hour cleanup. For more information, see westendcleanup.com.

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Grade 11 Eric Hamber students Oscar Haley (left), Kevin Wu and Brittany Chung gear up for Bike to School Week, starting next Monday. The high school is preparing to defend its Bike to School championship title by hosting a Biker Bootcamp May 22. the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association running a fishing booth. The event will include food and entertainment

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any of us in the West End use public washrooms and community centres every day without ever thinking twice about which door to use or what other people might think. Because for many of us, we have never questioned the sex we were assigned at birth. For many of us, our gender identities have been straightforward and our communities have been easy to navigate. For trans and gender variant people, it can be much more complicated. Stop for a moment to think about how many tiny little interactions in your daily neighbourhood routine are informed by a binary gender system that separates men

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Exploring gender neutral washrooms is an obvious step towards making our neighbourhood a safer and more inclusive space, says Dara Parker. Currently, city washrooms are either for men or women. from women. In the West End when I head to the Aquatic Centre to go for a swim, the first thing I have to do is fill out an intake form to receive my swim pass. This supposedly simple and “unassuming” task, immediately asks me to check whether I am a male or a female. Easy for some, but not for others.

If I am a trans person who is in the process of transitioning, then I may be concerned about being asked to prove my gender identity. If I am gender variant, I may simply not fit into one of two categories. Either way, this form does not work. I then walk down the stairs only to be forced to make what is often an agonizing decision for trans

folk — which change room do I use when in a gender segregated space? What kind of bathing suit am I going to wear? And while the pool is usually open to all sexes, many recreational facilities offer gender specific programs, which might further complicates the choice that I have to make. I am fortunate that for me, these processes have been easy. As a cisgendered female (meaning that I identify with the same gender as the one that was assigned at birth), the experience of going to the Aquatic Centre is significantly simpler. As is going to the library to use the washroom, signing up for fitness classes and changing in front of other people. Finding safe and inclusive spaces in my neighbourhood where I can work out and feel included has been something I have largely taken for granted. Unfortunately for trans identified or gender variant folk, the world is not nearly as welcoming or safe. And for this reason, on Monday May 13, the Vancouver Park Board made history when it unanimously adopted a motion to strike a working group to consult on how to make their facilities and

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EÓN Nicaragua—How the largest cathedral in Central America came to be built in this sun-scorched corner of Nicaragua is open to debate. Some believe that the local clergy presented the ruling Spaniards with more modest plans and that these, once approved, were secretly altered to produce something much more magnificent. Others, including my guide, Jose Antonio Andino, think the cathedral’s construction, which began in 1747, was the result of a Spanish screw-up. “The Spaniards were sailing to the New World with two sets of plans, for cathedrals in León and Lima,” says Jose Antonio. “There was a mix-up and the plans that were meant for Peru were used here instead.” Whatever its origins, the cathedral, with its baroque and neoclassical façade stretching a full city block, is one of the reasons curious travellers step off the typical tourist path in Nicaragua (centred in Granada) and on to the narrow streets of this colonial city. León is in the lowlands of northwest Nicaragua, an area dotted with volcanoes that rumble and spew with surprising regularity (a fact that does not deter visitors from hiking up and sand-boarding down their active slopes). But more than these geologi-

photo Ann Britton Campbell

No one is certain why León’s cathedral, begun in 1747, is the largest in Central America. One story says that the plans for the baroque and neoclassic building were actually meant for Lima, Peru and were shipped to León by mistake. cal upheavals, León is known for its political drama. The city has been a hotbed of liberal thought in Central America since colonial times. It played a major role in the fall of the American-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979 and the rise of the leftist Sandinistas who replaced him. With Jose Antonio as my guide, I explore León on foot, poking around the bustling

public market, visiting the university, the country’s first, founded in 1812, and passing colonial homes designed in the old Spanish style, with white adobe walls and red-tiled roofs. Of the many churches we see, the two that impress me most are the mustard-coloured Iglesia de la Recolección, dating from 1786 and built of carved stone in striking baroque style, and the Iglesia de la Merced, also

baroque, constructed by monks in 1762. The small park in front of it is now where skateboarders practice their tricks. But it is the cathedral that proves to be the highlight of my time in León. There is much to see inside this massive structure, including a statue of a black Christ with hack wounds from a pirate’s sword, paintings of the 14 stations of the cross by Nicaraguan artist Antonio Sarria that are among the masterpieces of Spanish colonial religious art, and a weeping marble lion that guards the tomb of Rubén Darío, a 19th-century poet esteemed in Latin America and a native of León. From the poet’s sanctuary a set of narrow stairs leads to the cathedral’s domed roof. The lichen-stained cupolas and buttresses present a peaceful scene today, but during a siege of the city in 1824, cannons were placed here and, during the 1979 overthrow of Somoza, guerrilla fighters hunkered down here, high above the street fighting. Now tranquility reigns and the views from this vantage point, of the surrounding city and the volcanoes that stretch to the horizon, are exquisite. For more information, visit the Instituto Nicaragüense de Turismo website at visitanicaragua.com. Ann Britton Campbell is a member of the Meridian Writers’ Group. Go to culturelocker. com for more stories.

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UALICUM BEACH, B.C.—“Get me a beer.” Surprised at the outburst, I turned to my partner to confirm I’d heard what I thought I’d just heard, but before he could respond, there it was again. “Get me a beer.” The fact the demand was coming from the snow-white parrot perched atop my partner’s shoulder made the request not only hilarious, but also astounding. We were standing in the free-flying room of the World Parrot Refuge, home to more than 800 abandoned or former breeding-stock parrots from more than 50 species, located on Alberni Highway in Coombs. We were given a few pointers in how to shake off an unwelcome parrot if necessary, so armed with this advice we stood nervously waiting for the onslaught. We weren’t disappointed. Soon, I had one parrot perched on my shoulder while my partner had two partners in crime that soon had us laughing at their antics, including the request for a beer. For the less adventurous, there are also several rooms

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You’ll meet friendly parrots at the World Parrot Refuge, home to more than 800 abandoned parrots, in Coombs. from where parrots of every colour and species can be observed — minus the hands-on experience. Coombs is also where we stopped to stock up on goodies on our way to the Shorewater Resort in Qualicum Beach. It was our first time to the Shorewater, where the self-contained condos offer breathtaking views of the Strait of Georgia and are ideal units for everyone from honeymooners to

families. The white sand and pebble beach is steps from each condo, but because it wasn’t swimming weather we settled for early morning strolls with steaming cups of coffee. The resort is centrally located betweenQualicumBeach,Parksvilleand Coombs. I had only been to Coombs once before and was disappointed because the goats that stroll the roof of the famous Coombs Country Market were nowhere to be found. But on this

glorious day the goats were ready for their close-ups much to the delight of the camera-happy tourists gathered below, myself included. While in Coombs, we also stopped at Butterfly World and Garden, a tropical indoor garden featuring exotic birds, the “Big Bug Jungle” and so many butterflies of every colour and species, we actually had to watch where we stepped. The day we visited there were several childreninattendance,lovingnotonly the colourful spectacle the butterflies made but also the many turtles, frogs, snakes and other creatures, including a large, hairy tarantula. Another attraction we visited was Little Qualicum Cheeseworks at Morningstar Farm, also home to Mooberry Winery, where we purchased more types of local, artisanmade cheese than two people could eat in a lifetime. The cheese is made from milk from LQC’s own herd of Holstein, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Canadienne dairy cows. And of course, once we purchased our cheese, it only made sense to pair it with appropriate wines from Mooberry Winery. Morningstar Farm is fun for both adults and families with a self-guided tour that allows kids to pet farm animals and featuring a lovely picnic area. It doesn’t hurt

that wine and cheese tastings are part of any visit. We were lucky in that the weekend we visited, a Parksville church was holding its annual Pie and Perogie Festival so we stocked up on both and were able to keep them frozen at our Shorewater condo until our departure. On the last day of our weekend we visited Milner Gardens and Woodland, a stunningly beautiful seaside garden in Qualicum Beach. To begin a tour of the woodlands, garden and Milner House, visitors wait amongst old-growth Douglas firs and cedars for a golf-cart to deliver them to the heart of the property. The gabled home, reminiscent of a Ceylonese tea plantation, was built by philanthropists Ray and Rita Milner and completed in 1931. Each bedroom boasts a bathroom with a screened-door that opens on to the garden, where the lawn slopes to meet the bluff overlooking the beach below and offers expansive views of the Gulf Islands, including Denman and Texada. For more information and coupons for the Parksville and Qualicum Beach areas, go to visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com. sthomas@vancourier.com

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or those who live with overactive bladder (OAB), the symptoms can be more than simply the constant urge to go pee. OAB is a chronic, debilitating condition that can have a deep and negative impact on a person’s quality of life. Symptoms such as depression, sleep disruption, and decreased self-esteem are often present, and may lead sufferers to habits such as limiting social activity, and feelings of losing control. OAB is a symptomatic condition marked by the sudden, compelling desire to urinate that is difficult to defer or suppress and can sometimes lead to the involuntary loss of urine, known as incontinence. An estimated 2.9 million Canadian men and women suffer from this ailment and it is more widespread in older patients of both genders. According to Impacts of Incontinence in Canada (a report from the Canadian Continence Foundation),

urinary incontinence is cited as the “tipping point” in the decision by caregivers to institutionalize elderly family members. However, medical professionals say that while common, incontinence is not an inevitable consequence of aging and therefore can, and should, be treated. OAB can be treated in a variety of ways ranging from behavioural techniques, such as bladder training and liquid management, to medication. All patients respond to medications differently — some experience symptom relief quickly, while others require several weeks to notice a change. With the introduction of Myrbetriq (mirabegron), the first in a new class of medications for the treatment of OAB in over 30 years, people living with the condition now have more choice. “OAB is a challenging

It’s just better with friends. condition,” explains Dr. Luc Valiquette, a urologic surgery specialist at the University of Montreal. “It can erode a person’s emotional, social and even economic wellbeing. It is important, then, to have access to new medications that can help manage symptoms and minimize the negative impact OAB can have on a patient’s quality of life.”

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e hear that Canadians are known worldwide to be tolerant, friendly and kind people. For an example, the other day as I was darting (ha) down the street, a kind passing transit driver said to himself: “that old girl wants a bus ride!”

Accordingly, he paused at the next stop and waited for me to catch up, mounting the steps with a breathless “thank you.” Inside the crowded bus a young man gave me his seat, and I noticed that all the elderly were seated and the young people standing. I’ve never done

without a seat - whether going downtown or on the Canada Line to see my sister in Richmond, where the young Chinese surrender their places as readily as we Caucasians. I’ve seen kind pedestrians on the sidewalk picking up stalled earthworms

to deposit each one in a patch of dirt. I do this, always. Maybe we’re part Buddhist? And we all exclaim and stop to kindly pat passing dogs. I always ask which breed they are and after being informed, I promptly forget. Another way Canadians

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Michael Kennard and John Turner a.k.a. MUMP & SMOOT bring their zany and macabre brand of clowning to the Cultch May 22 to June 2. Their latest show, SOMETHING, finds the intrepid duo who inhabit the parallel universe of Ummo, “prancing through the etiquette of a fine cafe, the sorrow and despair of a wake, and the pandemonium of the doctor’s office” in their made up gibberish language of Ummonian. “Not for children!” warns the press release. For tickets and more info, call 604-251-1363 or go to thecultch.com. What’s black and white and cool all over? STRANGE MAGIC, The Cinematheque’s 10-film retrospective celebrating the films of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, one of Hollywood’s most successful artistic partnerships. Beginning May 23, catch such cinematic gems as The Lost Weekend (1945), the 1944 film noir classic DOUBLE INDEMNITY and the duo’s final collaboration Sunset Boulevard (1950). More details at thecinematheque.ca. Take a trip to Japan without the cost of airfare when the Rickshaw Theatre hosts NEXT MUSIC FROM TOKYO VOL. 5, May 22. This one-of-a-kind showcase features the best of Japan’s underground live house scene, flown out on promoter Steven Tanaka’s dime, and rocking out for your listening pleasure. This year’s lineup include Mouse on the Keys, shoegazers KINOKO TEIKOKU, indie pop band Chi-na, and pop punk act Harafromhell. Tickets at Redcat, Neptoon, Zulu and Highlife Records. For more info, go to nextmusicfromtokyo.com. Playwright Shaul Ezer’s new play, THE MATCHMAKER OF MONTREAL, follows Elise Fortin as she leaves her middle-class life and hires a renowned Montreal matchmaker to help her become the richest woman in the world. The gold digging begins May 23 to June 2 at the Firehall Arts Centre. For tickets and more details, call 604-689-0926 or go to firehallartscentre.ca.


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A colleague of ours recently took public transit to work and left feeling totally repulsed. Tell us something we don’t know, we wanted to say. Had she ever ridden the bus before? Of course she had, but this time it was different. Besides the typical mush of damp bodies, foggy windows and bumpy ride, she noticed a woman attending to the important business of flossing her teeth. Presumably this woman was running late and felt that a crowded bus was the best place to catch up on her morning routine. Either that or she’s a compulsive flosser and has impeccable oral hygiene. Regardless, the sight of someone flossing their teeth troubled our co-worker to the extent that she couldn’t take her eyes off this woman and she missed her stop. We’ve witnessed a lot of unenjoyable things while riding the bus in Vancouver — drunk people fighting, people lifting up their shirts to show someone their surgery scars, people off their meds, people chowing down on Subway sandwiches, people with garlic breath, runny noses, phlegmy coughs, bandaged wounds, scabby arms, wet clothes, dirty clothes, clothes that smell like mothballs. In fact, whenever we feel discomfort or annoyance in our relatively fortunate lives, we immediately ask ourselves, “Is it worse than anything we’ve put up with while riding public transit?” And the answer is usually no. It’s our litmus test for personal inconvenience. But like our co-worker, we have to draw the line at flossing your teeth on the bus.

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MAC ATTACK This weekend our brother and his wife came to town to see Fleetwood Mac perform at Rogers Arena. Afterwards, our bro reported that the sound was good, the band members who are all retirement age moved ably enough and they played plenty of songs from their classic album Rumours. But the thing that struck him the most was just how wasted everyone was at the concert. And not young folks getting plastered, but feather-haired baby boomers, grandparents… people who looked like our mom and dad, sneaking in contraband booze, lighting up chongers and under the influence of unknown substances. Granted, Fleetwood Mac’s cocainefuelled exploits in the 1970s are the stuff of legend, but that was four decades ago. And the sight of a grey-haired Mick Fleetwood or stiff-jointed Stevie Nicks being escorted on and off the stage doesn’t exactly inspire party animals. Except that it does. A few years ago, when Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham performed a solo show in town, a co-worker who attended told us about a nasty fight that broke out in the theatre. A fistfight during a Lindsay Buckingham concert. Clearly we’ve underestimated the thirst for debauchery and mayhem of older generations. They are animals. And if they can get annihilated for Fleetwood Mac and brawl over Lindsey Buckingham, we’re going to barricade ourselves in our house the next time Bruce Hornsby, Carly Simon or Zamfir come to town to unleash their reign of terror.

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e’re all in the same boat. And it’s rocking. What to do? What to do? Kayak really got me where I live: I recycle, drive a small fuel-efficient car, carry my own mug and shopping bags, buy local produce. I support Ecojustice, Greenpeace, Wilderness Committee and the Suzuki Foundation. I don’t eat farmed salmon. Or veal. But have I gone to Peace Summit conferences to stand on the line? To China to protest the damning of the Three Gorges? To Kitimat to stop the Northern Gateway Project? No. Doing our best might no longer be enough. In Jordan Hall’s Kayak, winner of the 2010 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Award, BMW-driving Annie Iverson (Susan Hogan) is trying to do all the right things, too. OK, she might want to think about driving a SmartCar or a Fit, but she’s trying. The whole thing reaches the breaking point when her son Peter (Sebastian Kroon), a third-year Sauder School of Business student, hooks up with Julie (Marisa Smith), a young activist bent on saving the world. When Peter falls for Julie and it looks like he will follow her to places where they shoot activists, Annie is prepared to do anything to keep Peter out of harm’s way. I know that feeling. Like some activists, Julie can be a self-righteous pain in the butt. Socrates said the unexamined life was not worth living; but the constantly examined life is exhausting: wherewereyourrunners/cellphone/T-shirt/bicycle/jeans/ sunscreen/yoga pants/kayak/ every little thing made?

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Winner of the 2010 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Award, Jordan Hall’s Kayak is at the Cultch until May 26 as part of the rEvolver Festival. Playwright Hall so carefully crafts the dynamics that it’s almost impossible to take sides. And she forces you constantly to consider where you are on the continuum of the economy and the environment. Susan Hogan looks made for the role: she’s the right age, maybe even the right demographic. Seated in the centre-stage kayak up on supports, her hair is wet and she appears weather-beaten as she sips water from an almost empty plastic bottle and takes tiny bites from a smore (graham wafers, chocolate and marshmallows). Annie has been lost at sea for six days. Over the hour Hogan has us alternately sympathizing with Annie who has been constantly criticized by Julie, and being irritated by her character’s insensitivity to the younger woman’s deeply felt fear for the planet. But Hogan is completely compelling when, as Annie, she talks about her love for Peter. He is her life. And she will do anything to keep him safe even it means breaking his

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heart. Hogan breaks ours. Smith’s Julie can be smugly self-righteous; there’s no denying it. It’s one thing to make choices for yourself but it’s another to lay those choices on others. Unless, of course, you think the world is in its endgame and there is no time to be nice about it. And that’s where Julie is. Smith holds a very fine line with this character: in-your-face enough for Annie — and us — to be irritated by her yet committed enough to command our respect. Kroon, as Peter, is the middle ground. Raised in middle class comfort, Peter has expectations of a life of affluence until Julie comes into the picture. Without the conviction of Julie or his mother’s belief in her — and his — entitlement to financial security, Peter shifts back and forth desperately seeking a compromise that

will keep both women happy. Getting an MBA with a minor in Biology won’t cut it. This is a terrific, even terrifying, play that delivers some surprises. The intimacy of the Cultch’s Culture Lab cranks up audience engagement. The conclusion goes a bit sideways but you will — or ought to — talk about this play for ages. Directed by Rachel Peake, produced by Alley Theatre as part of the rEvolver Festival, Kayak reminds us that whether we’re in a rowboat or a yacht, ultimately we’re all in the same boat. And it’s probably sinking. —reviewed by Jo Ledingham For more reviews, including Dreamgirls, go to joledingham.ca. For additional video and web content, scan page with

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Bobs and LoLo. all interactive. We focus on music, movement and storytelling… It’s all basically storytelling through dance.” Pond says growing up on Vancouver Island influenced the duo’s attraction to the natural world. “We met at a Girl Guide camp… we’ve been friends for over 25 years,” Pond said. Before forming Bobs and LoLo, the two went their separate ways during university. Hardy has a background in teaching and linguistics, and Pond is an environmental educator and kinesiol-

ogy major. After completing their studies, they discussed the idea of becoming educators and entertainers and the value of using music as a teaching tool for kids. Since then, the kids fest veterans have made four CDs, a DVD and regularly appear on TreeHouse TV. “Any touring artist that attends or shares in the Children’s Festival... will tell you that you really need to be passionate about why you are doing it,” said Pond. Other highlights at this year’s festival include Nova Scotia ukulele master James Hill, Acadian ensemble Grand Dérangement, Charlotte Diamond and the Hug Bug Band, African circus troupe Cirque Zuma Zuma and Ferry Tale Theatre’s Pirate Petunia on the Sea. More details at childrensfestival.ca. For photos and web content, scan page with

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asements and ping pong go together like dance floors and disco balls. Mix the four together, and you have the monthly Biltmore Ping Pong Club night. On the last Saturday in April, dozens of players descended into the basement of the old Howard Johnson hotel at Kingsway and East 12th Avenue, grabbed a paddle from the milk crate near the DJ tables and headed to one of the club’s three Tiger tennis tables — two on the main dance floor and the third on the stage under coloured spotlights, prepped for play. Most of the 40 or so competitors in their 20s and 30s were at the Biltmore with the aim of making the ping pong championship round at the end of the evening and having fun along the way. “There’s prizes, beer, tunes and a game that’ll get your blood pumping,” said Michael John Unger, the host of the regular tournaments, which are randomly scheduled around the Biltmore’s busy concert schedule. “Everybody wins,” he said.

READY TO RUMBLE Tall and topped with slick combed hair, Unger was easy to spot in a white dress shirt and black bow-tie, a look he described as “old-timey boxing referee.” Justin Bromley, co-host, spent the evening behind the decks to leave the organizing, coaching and encouraging up to Unger, a natural entertainer who works with the public as an astronomy educator at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. The Biltmore Ping Pong Club runs games based on Around-the-World rules, also called “Berlin-style” or, more straight-forward for sports fans, a round-robin elimination tournament. At the April showdown, multiple players crowded the dance floor and encircled one table where each person took a turn to hit the ball. The same player was active as long as he or she returned the ball. Miss the return, and a player is out until a new round starts. The challenge didn’t seem to be the deft ability to balance a can of beer on the table while simultaneously hitting the ball; it was when four or fewer players scrambled around the table, each striving to reach the

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Justin Bromley and Michael John Unger’s monthly Ping Pong Club turns the tables on the Biltmore, transforming the East Van nightclub into a heated table tennis tournament. ball and return it on time. Unger awarded each round-robin winner entry to the final round. Ten winners compete for the championship round where two finalists got at it on the main stage in a proper — and intense — game of 21.

SUDDEN DEATH “The strategy is to survive,” Unger said above the clack-clack-clacking din as players warmed up at all three tables. “But you don’t have to be a total pro to play,” added Bromley. This proves true as the night began. Trick shots and booming serves were far and few in between. Most shots were of the Hail Mary variation, a desperate return to avoid elimination but still, few were viciously smashed to maintain the spirit of competitive fun. One-time Biltmore champion Laura Heit and childhood friend Russell Clarke have been to all but one Ping Pong Club Night since its beginning a year ago. “We missed one because we were in Portland,” said

Clarke, 25. “It was heartbreaking.” The pair started playing during a trip to Mexico where they spotted a table at the resort. “We came back and we’re all hopped up on ping pong,” said Clarke. They practise three to four times a week at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, where they hone their skills with numerous regulars. (Or, as Clarke puts it, “A lot of really old, awesome people.”)

SPIN CYCLE Even though table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988, it has experienced a resurgence in recreational popularity. The Biltmore Ping Pong Club is one of many to start in watering holes around the world as an amusing and effective strategy to attract travelling 20-somethings interested in meeting new people in different cities. Ping Pong Clubs are listed in Moscow, Manchester and in the Macedonian city of Gevgelija. On our continent, clubs like that at the Biltmore are sprouting up in more and more

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Unger and Bromley will introduce their Biltmore Ping Pong Club to the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market beginning June 7, when they’ll serve up eight outdoor tables and launch the Chinatown Night Market Ping Pong Club. They expect a mix of club players and, they hope, more competitors like Tom Au. Au is over 60 years old — “but I look 45,” he said the ladies tell him — and trains at the Vancouver Table Tennis Club. He has played since he was a young boy in China and since retiring, he said he started taking lessons again. “My teacher said I was doing everything wrong,” he said. “Standing, the way I held the paddle, the way I hit the ball — all wrong. It’s very hard to change bad habits.” But, like Heit and Clarke, Au said the sport is addictive. “If I don’t play every day, my body starts itching to do it.” Back at the Biltmore on the last Saturday in April, Sean King was up against Maria Balbontin. With her pen-hold grip on the paddle, she didn’t look at all new to the sport. Both players were oblivious of the crowd around them. King waved off the flashing lights and belching smoke effects to nail the winning shot. He claimed his prize: gift certificates to Zulu Records and Space Lab plus two concert tickets for Shotgun Jimmie. King was elated. “These nights are the best.” info@rebeccablissett.com To see more photos, go to vancourier.com/sports or scan page with

DATE July 8-12

TIME 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

LOCATION Point Grey

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Trillium

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Trafalgar Park

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EMPLOYMENT 1205

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ACCOUNTING CLERK St. John’s School has an opening for a full-time Accounting Clerk. Duties will include accounts payable, bank deposits & payment application, invoicing & other administrative duties as required. Experience preferred. Fluency in a second language, especially Mandarin, is an asset. Please reply by May 27. Email with cover letter and resume to: jchan@stjohns.bc.ca (preferred) or mail to: 2215 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6K 2J1. No phone calls please.

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Drivers

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General Employment

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Social Services

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Health Care

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

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Cats

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Dogs

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Condos/ Townhouses

6008-02

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

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6020-01 IMMACULATE 2446SF 4br 4ba t/h. Incredible view, huge master br $405,000, 604-466-3175 see uSELLaHOME.com id5226

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For Sale by Owner

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

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Recreation Property

Out Of Town Property HATZIC LAKE 1 hr drive from Vanc, 2 vacant lots 1 is lakefront $65K is for both 604-302-3527 see uSELLaHOME.com id5588

CRANBROOK 2060SF 4br 3ba reno’d home w/side suite on 2 lots $239,900 778-887-4530 see uSELLaHOME.com id5304

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Sunshine Coast

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Vol. 104 No. 41 • Established 1908

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Futureof GohBallet’s Nutcracker uncertain

SALE OF THEATRE NULLIFIES CONTRACT FOR ANNUAL DECEMBER SHOW MIKE HOWELL Staff writer

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After convincing Fortune Gardens restaurant to remove shark fin soup from its menu, protesters took their fight to Main Street’s Sun Sui Wah restaurant eight months ago and continue to protest every Friday night. Scan page with Layar to see a video of the protest.

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banquet menus. The group moved to Sun Sui Wah in March, after ending their protest outside of Fortune Gardens restaurant in South Granville. The eight-month long protest ended in a victory for the activists, with Fortune Garden agreeing to remove shark fin soup from its menu. “The federal government won’t do anything, the provincial government won’t do anything and the municipal government won’t do anything, so we need to target restaurants,” protester Marley Daviduk said. See SUN on page 4

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prominent ballet company is scrambling to find a location for its annual production of The Nutcracker after its contract was cancelled with the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. Chan Hon Goh, the director of the Goh Ballet, said she was told by owners of the Centre that it was cancelling the contract because Westside Church was in negotiations to buy the theatre at 777 Homer St. “My stomach is in knots,” said Goh, noting she already hired dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet and cast more than 200 local performers for The Nutcracker, scheduled to run over 10 days in December. “We’re very, very proud and passionate about our show. It’s a part of the city, it’s a part of Christmas, it’s billed to be a tradition.” Goh said she first learned the Centre was being sold to the church after reading a May 7 article posted on the Courier’s website announcing details of the sale. Since then, Goh said, she received an email from Centre owners Global Pacific Properties informing her of a clause in the company’s agreement that allows for cancellation of the contract. That was confirmed in a phone call she received from Michael Law of Global Pacific who directed Goh’s questions to the church, which has yet to return her calls. “He said it’s really out of my hands,” said Goh, who is hoping to speak to church leaders. “I would like to tell them what is involved and to hope for their understanding and compassion to our situation.” See THEATRE on page 4


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DEVELOPING STORY BY NAOIBH O’CONNOR

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An arson of a Grandview-Woodland house under construction is contrary to the area’s tradition of dialogue, says a community organizer.

FOR THE CHILDREN BY CHERYL ROSSI The Vancouver School Board hopes a new funding arrangement with the city will produce more childcare spaces in schools.

FAIRE EFFORT BY DREW MCLACHLAN The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire comes to the PNE to showcase a mechanical snake, a wearable walking machine and 3D printing.

OPINION PULL THE POLLS BY MATTHEW CLAXTON Now that political polling has been discredited, both politicians and the media can get back to dealing with real issues.

ENTERTAINMENT NATURE AND NURTURE BY SUMBUL VALLANI Bobs and LoLo combine education and entertainment in their new show Nature Rocks! at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

SPORTS ALL GONE PING PONG BY REBECCA BLISSETT

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P23: ENTERTAINMENT PICKS Videos of insane clown posse Mump & Smoot, Japan shoegazer outfit Kinoko Teikoku and a clip from the 1944 film noir classic Double Indemnity.

P27: SPIN CITY A gallery of photos of the monthly Biltmore Cabaret ping pong club night at play.

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Theatreowners,churchnotcommentingonsale Global Pacific is affiliated with Coloradobased Four Brothers Entertainment, which purchased the theatre in 2001 for $7.5 million. For more than two weeks, the Courier has left phone and email messages for Law and the church pastors but has not received any calls from either the company or the church. Pastor Norm Funk wrote in a March blog post on the church’s website that a “purchase sales agreement” was secured with the Centre’s owners. Funk said the agreement allows for a “75-day due diligence period” which he likened to buying a new car but having to test drive it first. Goh described the 1,800-seat venue as unique, with its orchestra pit and unobstructed sightlines in a building designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. The 2,800-seat Queen Elizabeth Theatre is Goh’s only other option to host the production of The Nutcracker, although she believes the theatre is booked for weekends in December. It costs up to $300,000 to produce The Nutcracker, said Goh, noting that bill climbed to $400,000 in 2011 to refurbish stage material. The ballet company has performed The Nutcracker for four consecutive years at the Centre and hosted various other productions there over the decade. Goh, a former principal dancer with Canada’s national ballet, performed in Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet at the Centre. She said she’s also worried the loss of the venue will be a blow to the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Unique Lives series and various other series and arts and culture acts that have been drawn to the Centre. Despite the cancellation of the contract, Goh said her ballet company will still be entitled to hold its 35th anniversary perfor-

The Goh Ballet has performed The Nutcracker for the past four years at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. The Centre’s owners have told the ballet company that it is cancelling its contract because a church is negotiating to buy the theatre on Homer Street. Scan page with Layar to see a Goh Ballet video. Photo courtesy Goh Ballet mance June 1 at the Centre. Westside Church, which has an office on West Broadway, holds it services at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage theatre and at the Park and Tilford Cineplex Odeon The-

atre on the North Shore. A Courier feature story on the church in May 2012 described its casual, entertaining atmosphere, hip culture and heavy use of electronic and social media. It also exam-

ined the church’s teachings against abortion, pre-marital sex, divorce and the ordination of women. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

Sun Sui Wah employee calls protest unfair CONTINUED from page 1 “We’ll be outside [Sun Sui Wah] until they take shark off the menu, even if it takes a year. Then we can move on to another restaurant.” The shark meat industry has been criticized for being inhumane and wasteful, as well as for putting several species of shark on the endangered species list. But the trade remains legal in Canada with the exception of cities that include New Westminster, Coquitlam, and Port Moody that have employed bans on a municipal level. New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody NDP MP and fisheries and oceans critic Fin Donnelly introduced a private member’s bill to Parliament in December 2011 requesting a ban. It was struck down by a House of Commons vote in March. If passed, the bill would have banned the import of detached shark fins at the federal level. Public support for a

We’ll be outside [Sun Sui Wah] until they take shark off the menu, even if it takes a year. — Marley Daviduk

ban remains high, and groups like the Vancouver Animal Defence League have picked up the torch in Calgary, Toronto and other cities. Donnelly was hesitant to grant approval to any protests targeting restaurants, and instead stated that “giving information to consumers can be effective, but it’s all in delivery.”

An employee at Sun Sui Wah, who wished to remain anonymous, said targeting the restaurant is unfair, as it is far from the only business in Vancouver serving shark fin. “We’re not doing anything illegal,” he said. “If the city changes the laws we’ll stop selling it. If everybody else stopped selling it we would too, but as a business we need to stay competitive.” Critics of a potential shark ban have argued that no similar laws exist for ivory products and that a shark fin ban could not be enforced in a cost-effective manner. However, protester Errol Povah described public support for the group’s protests as “overwhelming.” At the May 17 protest, almost one-third of passing cars honked to show their support. “We’ve even had bus drivers and VPD cars honk,” Povah said. “People will cross the street just to chat with us or pick up a sign and join us.” Drew_mclachlan@hotmail.com


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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news Fire sparks more debate about development DEVELOPING STORY with Naoibh O’Connor

We’ll be back,” is the ominous message spray painted on a portable toilet at the site of a fire on East First near Victoria Drive. An arsonist set a house under construction ablaze early May 15 (see news story page 6), and someone claimed responsibility on the Anarchist News website calling the home a “yuppie development.” “We are tired of seeing our lives and memories being torn down one development at a time,” the statement said. “We wish and will create fear for developers in East Vancouver. The class war is heating up. We have no intention on stopping. If we, if you, allow this to continue you will be pushed out of East Vancouver due to rising rent and gentrification. If you are the cause of gentrification, you should never feel safe.” Police are investigating and haven’t confirmed the legitimacy of the post, but it’s raised concern in the community and called even more attention to much-debated subjects of development and gentrification in Vancouver. Daniel Boffo of Boffo Properties is working on a 29-unit development at 555 Cordova St. that’s proposed to include five non-market units. He’s also planning a redevelopment of the Kettle and Astorinos site just north of Venables, including a new and larger Kettle drop-in centre for people with mental health issues, as well as supported and market housing. Rezoning is being delayed while the new GrandviewWoodland Community Plan is developed. It’s one of four plans underway in the city. Boffo, whose offices are on Venables, called the arson “disappointing” especially since it put neighbours’ lives in danger. “It’s not the right way to engage in a discussion,” he said. “There are better ways. If there’s a concern about a development in your community, there are ways of engaging in a more productive way. And frankly, the city has been a key proponent of that [by] running four community plans in

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An anarchrist group claimed responsibility for a recent fire on East First Avenue near Victoria Drive. Grandview-Woodland resident Eileen Mosca said neighbourhood opinion about development and gentrification is mixed, but the vast majority “wouldn’t dream of taking violent action to stop it or to make a protest.” Grandview-Woodland, the Downtown Eastside, Marpole and the West End. It seems like [the arson is] an attempt to engage in a discussion and I think it ends up just driving us further apart as opposed to focusing on the similarities of our issues and engaging in the conversation on those points.” Eileen Mosca, a Grandview-Woodland

resident for 33 years and well-known community organizer, has been to a presentation on Boffo’s Grandview-Woodland project and was “very impressed.” “He thinks about people in the neighbourhood and they’re neighbourhood based… these are people who have a stake in the neighbourhood after the develop-

ment goes up and that, to me, is the best kind of developer — the kind that sticks around and doesn’t come in and make their money and go,” she said. Mosca, who isn’t yet convinced about the anarchist website claim, said there are more spec builders than big developers in the neighbourhood. She said opinions about development are mixed. “I think it depends on where you’re at on the socio-economic scale and what’s happening around you,” she said, pointing out a moderately priced rental on her block that housed a family, as well as young people in the basement, was torn down to build two side-by-side duplexes. The garden was ripped up, trees were cut down and neighbours were heartbroken. “But I think we also realize that it’s the way the city’s going. It’s not just our neighbourhood, it’s how they are densifying the city. And, it’s inevitable,” she said. “I think some people resent this, some people are resigned to it and some people actually like it because they’re going to downsize for the new laneway house or they’re going to move up. But I think 99.9 per cent of everyone with an opinion anywhere on that spectrum wouldn’t dream of taking a violent action to stop it or to make a protest. That’s the difference.” One of Mosca’s sons has been priced out of the neighbourhood in which he grew up and another is facing the same situation. She’s been involved in Grandview-Woodland Community Plan workshops and open houses, which have been held over the past few months, including a recent one on housing. The city is a few weeks away from revealing its first draft of emerging directions for the plan and three more open houses are planned for early June. Mosca maintains being involved is one way residents can have input on neighbourhood changes. She has this further thought: “From my perspective of three decades, gentrification is just another word for change and I’ve seen a lot of change in the 30 years I’ve been here. We’ve be able to accept it so far and my hope is that along with what we’re calling gentrification we can also be cognizant of what we’re going to do with the people who are displaced by it.” noconnor@vancourier.com twitter.com/naoibh

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Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood group says it is appalled that a deliberately set fire to a house under construction on East First Avenue could be the work of anarchists battling gentrification. “This was a reckless and dangerous act that could so easily have led to tragedy and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” said Jak King, president of the Grandview-Woodland Area Council, in an email to the Courier. Vancouver police determined arson was the cause of the blaze on the early morning of May 15 that heavily damaged a house being built in the 1900-block of East First Avenue, near Victoria Drive. Const. Brian Montague, a VPD media liaison officer, said police are investigating whether the fire was set by an antigentrification anarchist group that claimed responsibility on the Anarchist News website. Montague said investigators are trying to determine who the author is and whether the claims posted on the website are legitimate. “It’s too early to confirm what the motive is and whether it’s linked to any individual person or group or cause,” Montague told the Courier. The Anarchist News website’s post reads: “Last night we burned down a yuppie development on 1st Avenue near Victoria. We are tired of seeing our lives and memories being torn down one development at a time. We wish and will create fear for developers in East Vancouver. The class war is heating up. We have no intention on stopping. If we, if you, allow this to continue you will be pushed out of East Vancouver due to rising rent and gentrification. If you are the cause of gentrification, you should never feel safe.” A portable toilet on the property was spraypainted in black with an anarchist symbol and graffiti that said: “We’ll be back.” CTV News identified the property owner as Paul Dhaliwal, who told the television station that he didn’t know of anyone in the neighbourhood unhappy with his development. The Courier was at the scene around 2 a.m., shortly after the fire broke out early Wednesday. Residents of nearby homes, which are built very close to each other, scrambled on to East First as firefighters battled the blaze. An older home, which was boarded up for some time, once sat on the property. It was recently demolished to make way for the new home that went up in flames. “There had been reports and concerns that people had been squatting there in the past,” Montague said. There are areas in the neighbourhood where other new homes are being constructed. But police are being cautious to say those construction sites could also be targeted. “Until we know why the fire was set for sure, it would be tough for us to start saying to individuals building homes in the neighbourhood that they should be concerned,” Montague said. The fire comes as the city is in talks with residents over a new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. King acknowledged there are development and densification “challenges on the horizon that require our attention.” But, he said, the people concerned with these violent protests “do not speak or represent the vast majority or residents in the neighbourhood who understand that a worthwhile future can be achieved only through dialogue.” The anti-gentrification movement in the city appears to be growing, with protests outside the Pidgin restaurant in the Downtown Eastside, theft of a sandwich board from Save-On-Meat and a Commercial Drive pizzeria having its windows smashed out several times. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings


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news Cop cleared in 2012 shooting death

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he Independent Investigations Office announced May 17 that it has cleared a VPD officer of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Christopher Ray on Oct. 29, 2012. Back on that date, at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers responded to a report in the 400 block of Skeena Street where a man was behaving erratically and cracked the window in the lobby of a condominium complex. The report from Chief

Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal said an officer shot Ray twice after the 52-yearold man advanced on him “in what seemed to be a sprint.” After Ray fell to the ground outside a McDonald’s restaurant, the officer observed a “Leatherman style multi-tool with the folding knife open” on the ground next to Ray. Several witness accounts revealed the officer repeatedly told Ray to stay back and keep away. One witness told investigators Ray was running “with his hand stretched out… like the guy was going to go and try to stab the cop.” One witness, who was interviewed 18 days after the shooting, said she observed the incident from across the street. “She appeared to suggest that she did not see a reason for Mr. Ray to have been shot,” Rosenthal wrote. “She also made comments,

however, which suggested that she was not certain of her own observations.” The officer acknowledged he had a beanbag shogun in a police van when he arrived at the scene. But, he explained, the incident escalated too fast for him to grab the shotgun, a less lethal weapon than a handgun. “Under the circumstances, the officer was in harm’s way and lawfully used deadly force to defend himself,” Rosenthal concluded.

CHIEFLY SALARY

In my previous entry in this space, I told you how much city manager Penny Ballem earned in 2012. If you missed it, Ballem pulled in $366,009 and spent $11,475 on expenses, according to the city’s Statement of Financial Information. Now I’m happy to report I finally got hold of financial statements from the Vancouver Police Depart-

ment. And, like every year, the top earner was Police Chief Jim Chu. The chief was paid $313,653 and spent $12,276 on expenses, according to information now posted on the VPD’s website. In fact, there are 40 pages of financial statements posted on the website but only a handful of names are associated to the expenses.

That’s because several years ago the West Vancouver police union mounted a successful court challenge to avoid officers’ names being published in public financial material. So the other top earners I can tell you about are Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke ($203,833), Deputy Chief Adam Palmer ($215,753) and Deputy Chief Doug LeP-

ard ($240,610). So how does that much money earned by the VPD brass compare to, say, what Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair pulls in? According to the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s public sector salary disclosure statement for 2011, Blair earned $328,557. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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ore childcare spaces will be provided in Vancouver schools with money from the city. The Vancouver School Board’s planning and facilities committee decided Wednesday to recommend the board sign a funding agreement with the city. Vision Vancouver trustee Cherie Payne represents the school board on the city’s Joint Childcare Council, which also includes Vision representation from the park board. “One of the advantages of having the party system in Vancouver is that we’re able to cooperate at all three levels of municipal government and it makes it easier for us to multiply the impact of our efforts,” she said. Payne says the city set aside $270,000 for the school board to accommodate childcare spaces that would be operated by non-profit

organizations with a focus on school-age children. Proposals for renovations to schools could come from the board, the city or nonprofit organizations. The city would provide capital funding to the board when a school is being built, renovated or seismically upgraded. The city would contribute a maximum of $50,000 per project for at least 20 licensed childcare spaces. The Joint Childcare Council aims to provide at least 500 new licensed childcare spaces, ideally before the next civic election in 2014, or within the next three years, said Payne. Last month, the city reserved its 2012 budget surplus of $5 million for childcare. “The shortage of childcare spaces in Vancouver is real. Only 19 per cent of kids have access to [licensed] space in city,” she said. “On the West Side, we know that there are as many as 2,400 school-age children who are looking for [licensed] childcare spaces, and as trustees, we get calls from parents all

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the time, particularly parents of elementary school kids who might have toddlers, as well, who are looking for opportunities to be able to drop both children or all the children off at one location.” Payne says the Vancouver School Board hosts nearly 50 per cent of the licensed childcare spaces in the city. It provides space on a cost-recovery basis. Payne forwarded a motion that passed at

the school board’s April 29 budget meeting that instructed staff to develop recommendations for a plan, including potential capital and operating funds, for increasing the number of childcare and daycare spaces in elementary schools in 2013-14 and beyond. Vision Vancouver trustee Rob Wynen noted at the April 29 budget meeting that all of the new schools can host childcare spaces. School board chair Patti Bacchus said at that meeting that elementary school administrators have told her one of the first questions parents ask is whether schools offer before and after school care. “I’ve been told repeatedly that if we have childcare spaces, we will have the enrolment,” Bacchus said. Most of the childcare offered at Vancouver schools is before and after school care. Fewer schools offer preschool. The Vancouver school district has six full-day daycare programs. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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Vancouver students take home poetry prizes CLASS NOTES

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POETRY CHAMPS

Three Vancouver students won top prizes for poetry recitation in Toronto last week, the first year that the Poetry in Voice competition was open to students outside Ontario and Quebec. Kyla Kane, a Grade 12 student from Vancouver Technical secondary, won first place in the English stream, Dede Akolo from Little Flower Academy won second place in the English stream and Natasha Jadavji from Crofton House School won second place in the French stream. Kane won $5,000 plus $1,000 for her school library, half of which must be used to buy poetry books. Akolo and Jadavji won $1,000 each and $500 for poetry books for their school libraries. “I am going to put [my winnings] in the bank ASAP and [am] going to save most of it, just to use it to pursue acting and whatnot,” Kane said. Poetry in Voice was founded by the same trust that awards the Griffin Poetry Prize. “I had a really great time,” Kane said. “Hope-

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Grade 12 Van Tech student Kyla Kane won a top prize at the nationals in Toronto for the Poetry in Voice recitation contest.

fully another person from Vancouver can bring it home next year.”

STUDENT TRUSTEES

A teenaged trustee could sit on the Vancouver

School Board next year. Vision Vancouver trustee Mike Lombardi expects to meet with school board staff and representatives of the Vancouver District Student Council to develop a plan and policy proposal to establish a student trustee position on a pilot basis. That plan is to be presented to the board’s management coordinating committee next month. “We may have to call it another name, we may have to call it a student adviser,” Lombardi said. The B.C. School Trustees Association narrowly voted at its annual general meeting last month against lobbying the provincial government to change the B.C. School Act to allow student trustees participation in board activities. “For a lot of other school boards it was the first time they’d ever heard of the idea,” Lombardi said, whereas Vancouver District Students’ Council representatives pitched the idea to the board in 2012. Now Lombardi wants to proceed with a made-in -Vancouver policy. The working group will need to consider how the student trustee would be elected, whether the trustee would be compensated and rules about conflict of interest. The government of Ontario mandated that each school must have one to three student trustees in 1998. New Brunswick has had student trustees since 2009. In Ontario,

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student trustee votes are recorded but not counted and student trustees can attend in-camera meetings except those related to personnel. Student trustee votes are counted in New Brunswick but student trustees can’t attend in-camera meetings, according to Lombardi. He expects a student trustee in Vancouver wouldn’t be permitted to attend in-camera meetings and that his or her vote wouldn’t count. “The students tell us [having votes that count] that’s not the big issue,” Lombardi said. “The big issue is, as it is in New Brunswick and Ontario, they can debate anything and they can ask any motion to be debated and voted upon by the board.” Ontario student trustees have helped develop policy about the use of technology in classrooms, cyber bullying and appropriate curriculum and promoted studies on better teaching and learning strategies, according to Lombardi. “Regular and student trustees in Ontario… can’t believe they ever functioned without student trustees,” Lombardi said. “The act of having a student sitting across from you as part of your board changes your whole mindset.” Student representatives participate on the Vancouver School Board’s standing and advisory committees. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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talked to a few people post-election who had been utterly dismissive of Premier Christy Clark for the last two years. A lightweight, they felt. Not up to the job and never will be. So were they dismayed at the voters’ choice? Were they fearful of the future? No. They were laughing their heads off at the enormity of the upset, and her audacity in pulling it off. They still might have reservations about her. But those faded into the background as they revelled in one of the most unexpected election outcomes ever in B.C. Everybody loves a winner. Particularly a scrappy underdog who has just upset all the conventional wisdom. Clark is solid gold for the next while. When she’s sworn in as premier next month, she’ll be queen of all she surveys. The lustre will fade when the next scandal develops, but one of the lessons from the election is that they simply don’t matter much. British Columbians sputter and fume about political atrocities, and at the same time they love them. To the extent they follow them, it’s for the entertainment value, analyzing the implications and charting the moves and counter-moves. But they don’t seem to have much to do with how people vote. We elect governments knowing they’re going to run off the rails at some point. So when it happens, the impact isn’t as great. It has all been accounted for beforehand. B.C. Liberal campaign boss Mike McDonald alluded to that view in a Times Colonist interview last week. In the run-up to the campaign, B.C. Liberals blew millions of tax dollars on a self-serving ad campaign, got into a huge fight with the auditor general, fired some key staff over an ethnic-outreach scandal and faced questions about how their key climatechange policy — the Pacific Carbon Trust — worked. McDonald said: “We were getting hammered in March. It influences perceptions on the spot, but when it comes to going to the voting booth, it’s different. “Regular people don’t follow politics that closely in between elections, because they’re busy and there’s a lot going on in their lives. When the time comes, there’s much more focus on choice.” So elections seem to be much more about the future than the past. Clark’s immediate future revolves around fiscal matters. Once her government is sworn in — some time in early June — they’ll have to tackle the job of getting the budget re-introduced and passed, within 90 days of the swearing-in, likely in early September. Her government will also compile the public accounts for release in July, the full and final report on the fiscal year that ended March 31. That report has been characterized in the past by serious reservations by the auditor general on how the books are being kept. But indications are that since John Doyle left the post, the process is going more smoothly. Then it’s on to the job of ensuring the current budget stays balanced. When the New Democrats analyzed the budget and decided to give up on committing to keeping it balanced, they did so on the basis of some expert advice. The conclusion was that any government that tried to fulfil the pledge would have to curtail programs and services to a degree much larger than anyone had discussed publicly. The NDP were wrong about many things, so they might have been wrong about that, as well. But it’s safe to say that holding to the current budget is going to be a gruelling job. Nobody likes cutting services and everybody complains about it. But McDonald had some thoughts on the net impact. For all the emphasis on growth and jobs, controlling spending was a whole other side to the platform, and it was a winning campaign message, he said. “That was a real weakness in the NDP that they didn’t have an answer for. We have a good record on controlling spending.” In the face of all the doubts, McDonald said they still believe they can balance the budget. Doing so is going to start a lot of arguments. But there are fewer people today under-estimating Clark’s ability to win them. lleyne@timescolonist.com

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Why it’s good the polls failed

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he poll that came closest to calling the result right in Tuesday’s provincial election was still wildly wrong. A Forum Research poll done six days before the vote showed a mere two-point gap between the Liberals and the NDP. Of course, it still had the NDP out in front, not losing by almost five per cent in the popular vote and 17 seats in the Legislature. Political polling has been around for about 180 years, and it’s been a major part of political campaigns for almost a century. It started with straw polls and postcards, then moved on to direct interviews and phone surveys. It’s now completely broken. In Quebec, Alberta, and now B.C., we’ve seen dramatic failures of the polls to predict the final results. Why? I really don’t know. Neither does anyone else. There are explanations that may very well be correct. Some say that a reliance on online polling picked up results from too many young, potential NDP voters, just as phone polling in Alberta picked up too many older, Wild Rose supporters. Others say it was a last-minute shift in undecided voters. Maybe it was the humidity. Maybe it was the high CO2 in the atmosphere. Maybe Christy Clark promised to give young Hamish to Rumpelstiltskin in exchange for victory. Maybe Adrian Dix angered Zeus, and was smacked down for it. All of these are post facto rationalizations. The practical result is that using a variety of different polling techniques, a number of firms have failed utterly across multiple provinces. Good. Maybe we can be done with polls forever. It would be good, first of all, to wean reporters off polls. We love horse-race coverage of elections. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has momentum? Heck, I’m addicted to this stuff, too. But covering the race takes time away from covering the issues. Remember all those extensive discussions about health care and education during this last provincial campaign? (Sound of crickets.) Second, for decades it’s been a cynical joke that parties don’t make policies, they poll and then fit themselves around what voters think. Are attitudes changing about gay marriage? Wait till it gets over 50 per cent, and then the parties will consider changing their platform. A majority of Canadians favour legalization of pot? Maybe now’s the time to switch up that party platform. On social issues, the public is leading the politicians, while on economics, the parties have become all too similar. If the polls are meaningless, parties will have to do the unthinkable. They’ll have to advocate for what they believe and hope they can win over the voters. We haven’t seen this kind of politics in Canada since W.A.C. Bennett was still managing a hardware store. I would love to see parties take positions based on what they absolutely think is the right thing to do. Is it right to decriminalize pot? How much should we raise or lower taxes? How much of a voice should unions or businesses have in Victoria? More foreign workers? Scrap MSP payments? Allow people to pay for faster surgeries? Without polling on major issues, parties will, without a doubt, crash and burn in spectacular and unexpected ways. They’ll have to change how they campaign, how they raise funds. There will probably be a lot more money spent on getting warm bodies to rallies and to the polls on election day. But hopefully, there will mostly be more talk and debate, and honest attempts to change the minds of voters, not to parrot back what the pollsters say people want. mclaxton@langleyadvance.com

MATTHEW CLAXTON

Maybe we can be done with polls forever. It would be good, first of all, to wean reporters off polls.

HUGHES NEEDS TO DISCOVER GOD’S INCLUSIVE NATURE

To the editor: Re: “Going to church at a community centre,” May 15. [Columnist Fiona] Hughes asks the question of readers, “Where do you draw the line?” Apparently the concept of inclusion she claims to be lacking in some churches applies only to those who share similar values and beliefs to those she holds. Perhaps Ms. Hughes might find the gospel of grace demonstrated in the person and work of Jesus Christ taught at such evangelical churches — to which she pays “little or no attention” — to actually be more inclusive than she thought possible. For instance, a reading of John’s Gospel (8:1-12) will reveal that Jesus himself draws a line that includes more people than his religious contemporaries thought possible. I certainly hope others, Ms Hughes included, discover the surpris-

ingly inclusive nature of God’s mercy, compassion and justice found in Jesus Christ. Rev. Andrew Cheung, Harvest City Church

PARK BOARD NEEDS TO RETHINK RENTAL GUIDELINES

To the editor: Re: “Going to church at a community centre,” May 15. Congrats to Fiona Hughes with her column on “Going to church at a community centre.” I totally agree with her feelings of uneasiness with evangelical churches preaching their fundamentalist views from any one of our local community centres. After watching the documentary God Loves Uganda at the recent DOXA film festival, I think the Vancouver Park Board needs to rethink its practice of renting out any of its facilities to generate revenue without any restrictions or guidelines to those preaching their interpretation of the bible.

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••• To the editor: I just completed reading your article in the Courier “Going to church at a community centre.” I was surprised at your viewpoint towards the noninclusive church group meeting at a space in the community centre, which offers space in Yaletown, regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation. I support your viewpoint that including or accepting rental agreements for groups that exclude specific citizens is ironic at best! I know as a gay woman, it will not make me feel welcome knowing this group is present at the Roundhouse. I do not support this decision, which seems to be made either out of naivety or faulty logic. Some might argue that to not rent to them might be discriminatory. Of course landlords can choose among potential renters, and finding a good fit is conducive to a long, harmonious arrangement. This does not at all seem like a good fit to me! Lynn Arychuk, Vancouver

SOCIAL MEDIA COURIER STORY: Notebook 2013: Analyzing the results Robert Werner: I vehemently disagree that Christy Clark “won” this election for her party. Every single person I’ve spoken with who voted for the Liberals but who is not a fan-boy/fan-girl of them did so holding their nose. And to a “T” every single one of them views Clark as grossly incompetent as a manager of our province. But Dix, with all of his anti-business talk, would be even worse. What a sorry state for BC voters. COURIER OPINION: “B.C. Liberals debt plan may impact social housing,” May 16 Jacob @political_k: As a #bcliberal supporter pls make sure we have social housing plans in place #socialhousing #bcpoli COURIER STORY: “NDP’s loss not Greens’ fault, says candidate,” May 16 Erwin Wodarczak @leftcoastracing: Anybody who blames Greens for NDP loss needs to give their head a shake #bcelxn COURIER LIVE ELECTION SITE: “Vancouver Votes: 2013 provincial election,” May 14 @HootZo @HootZo: Lots of people talking about the recent BC Elections - great feed of live social coverage COURIER STORY: “Meaty issue prompts Vancouver mayor’s decree,” May 14 Tableau Bar Bistro @TableauBistro: Vancouver to become first Canadian city to adopt Meatless Monday — Something we’ve done for years. COURIER STORY: “Arson caused East Vancouver blaze,” May 16 Recanted @recanted: Thugs that put innocents at risk are pushing public support away. COURIER POLL QUESTION: Which area of civic life is least inclusive for #LGBT people: politics, arts & culture or sports? David @loogandave: I would think the word “poll” would not be used by any media outlet for a while Follow us on Facebook: The VancouverCourierNewspaper and Twitter: @VanCourierNews

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news DIY faire celebrates inventive creations DREW MCLACHLAN Contributing writer

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o-it-yourself enthusiasts from Vancouver and beyond will soon be gathering for the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire (VMFF) at the PNE. The June 1 and 2 fair celebrates and showcases both homemade crafts and large-scale group projects in various workshops, showcases, and vendors. The annual fair is in its third year and for the first time will feature a craft fair organized by Got Craft?. The husband and wife team behind Got Craft? has done promotion for VMMF in previous years, but this year they will be contributing more. The craft fair will be similar to the events Got Craft? has been organizing twice a year since 2007. Thirty vendors will be present, selling homemade goods that range from clothing to ceramics, and laptop cases to artisan chocolates. “We saw a disconnect at other craft fairs between masculine stuff like print screening and robots, and feminine stuff like jewelry,” Robert Tucker, co-founder of Got Craft?, said. “When we started our own [craft fairs] we wanted to bring everyone together: men, women and kids.” Local art and engineering group eatART will also be showcasing several of its projects, including: Titanoboa, a 50-foot mechanical replica of a 60-million-year extinct snake; Prosthesis, a four-legged wearable walking machine; and the Black Ghost Electric Bike Car, an electric bike that can generate its own electric energy. According to eatART’s website, the group members “use art to educate people about the role energy plays in our lives and to raise questions about the social and environmental impact of energy use.”

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eatART’s Charlie Brinson poses with the Titanoboa, a 50-ft mechanical snake, which will be at the Maker Faire.

Other areas of VMMF will include 3D printer village, a discussion with author Wendy Tremayne on her upcoming memoir and DIY manual The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living, and a “robot petting zoo.”

“There are things to buy,” Emily Smith, event organizer for VMMF, said, “but the real focus of the fair is to interact and engage.” The DIY ethos took hold in the mid-1970s. It was based on the idea that those living in first world countries needed to be more self-reliant and able to produce the necessities of life, including clothing, furniture, and food. The original movement had strong tones of both individualism and anti-consumerism. The movement made a resurgence in the early 2000s with the advent of online communities and “how-to” websites like Instructables and online markets like Etsy. As a result it lost its local focus, but events like the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire could bring about a return to form for DIY culture. “[DIY] is about taking ownership of the things around us,” Smith said. “It’s based on altering things in ways that weren’t intended by the manufacturer… A lot of people get excited about the diversity. There are groups form all over the city that get together at the fair and really benefit from being able to cross-pollinate and share ideas from different disciplines.” Tucker feels that Vancouver is an ideal place for a DIY culture to flourish. “There’s a lot of support in Vancouver for people who make and sell their own things, but also people who are doing their own compost and gardening and stuff like that. [DIY ethos] is very strong here compared to other cities where people may just go out and buy everything they need.” The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is at the PNE Forum building on June 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $9 to $15. drew_mclachlan@hotmail.com


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SOUTH CAMBIE AND METRO VANCOUVER Bike to School Week rolls out May 27 to 31 and Eric Hamber secondary, the winner of the annual Bike to School Week competition for three years running, is preparing to defend its title by hosting a Biker Bootcamp, Wednesday, May 22. Instructors from HUB: Your Cycling Connection hope to inspire confidence with cycling skills and games for a chance to win cycling accessories. A bike mechanic will assist with minor bike repairs. Students who participate in Bike to School Week and recruit new participants will receive daily giveaways and a chance to win bigger prizes, which include a new Norco bike. HUB and HASTe B.C. organize Bike to School Week. HUB promotes cycling through education, action and events. HASTe B.C. serves as a hub for groups taking action on reducing school transportation emissions in the province. For more information about Bike to School Week, visit biketoschoolmetrovan.ca.

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You can watch women cycle and then you can eat the bonbons they make in the former Olympic Village Friday, May 24. Dora Ho and Jennifer May will ride stationary training bikes and make and serve gluten-free energy treats stuffed with dried fruits, nuts and chocolate as a fundraiser in advance of the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer. Each of the women needs to raise a minimum of

$2,500. The two members from Team Bodin will join thousands of cyclists who will ride the more than 250 kilometres from Vancouver to Seattle, June 15 and 16, to raise money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Ho, a culinary instructor in Richmond, will participate for her fifth year. Her mother died of cancer when Ho was 13 years old and she’s lost other loved ones to the disease, including her good friend and former colleague vice-principal Lorne Bodin with whom she rode to Seattle in 2009. May is riding for the first time and her dog Marley Blue will be by her side May 24. May and Marley Blue visit cancer patients and hospital visitors through the B.C. Cancer Agency’s pet visitation program. The cycling fundraiser will run from 6 to 9 p.m. near the bird sculptures in the former Olympic Village if it’s sunny or nearer the liquor store if it’s rainy. Those unable to attend can enter their names and donate at conquercancer.ca.

WEST END

The sixth annual West End Cleanup and barbecue happens Saturday, May 25. Founded in 2007 as part of the city’s annual Keep Vancouver Spectacular event, the West End Cleanup is a grassroots group of volunteers who are dedicated to keeping their scenic neighbourhood clean. The cleanup runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a barbecue for volunteers starting at 1 p.m. Volunteers meet in front of Gordon Neighbourhood House on Broughton Street between Nelson and Comox streets. The group typically meets on the second Saturday of the month for a two-hour cleanup. For more information, see westendcleanup.com.

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Mount Pleasant Day happens at Mount Pleasant elementary school Saturday, June 1. The event will focus on outdoor fun, with

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Grade 11 Eric Hamber students Oscar Haley (left), Kevin Wu and Brittany Chung gear up for Bike to School Week, starting next Monday. The high school is preparing to defend its Bike to School championship title by hosting a Biker Bootcamp May 22. the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association running a fishing booth. The event will include food and entertainment

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any of us in the West End use public washrooms and community centres every day without ever thinking twice about which door to use or what other people might think. Because for many of us, we have never questioned the sex we were assigned at birth. For many of us, our gender identities have been straightforward and our communities have been easy to navigate. For trans and gender variant people, it can be much more complicated. Stop for a moment to think about how many tiny little interactions in your daily neighbourhood routine are informed by a binary gender system that separates men

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Exploring gender neutral washrooms is an obvious step towards making our neighbourhood a safer and more inclusive space, says Dara Parker. Currently, city washrooms are either for men or women. from women. In the West End when I head to the Aquatic Centre to go for a swim, the first thing I have to do is fill out an intake form to receive my swim pass. This supposedly simple and “unassuming” task, immediately asks me to check whether I am a male or a female. Easy for some, but not for others.

If I am a trans person who is in the process of transitioning, then I may be concerned about being asked to prove my gender identity. If I am gender variant, I may simply not fit into one of two categories. Either way, this form does not work. I then walk down the stairs only to be forced to make what is often an agonizing decision for trans

folk — which change room do I use when in a gender segregated space? What kind of bathing suit am I going to wear? And while the pool is usually open to all sexes, many recreational facilities offer gender specific programs, which might further complicates the choice that I have to make. I am fortunate that for me, these processes have been easy. As a cisgendered female (meaning that I identify with the same gender as the one that was assigned at birth), the experience of going to the Aquatic Centre is significantly simpler. As is going to the library to use the washroom, signing up for fitness classes and changing in front of other people. Finding safe and inclusive spaces in my neighbourhood where I can work out and feel included has been something I have largely taken for granted. Unfortunately for trans identified or gender variant folk, the world is not nearly as welcoming or safe. And for this reason, on Monday May 13, the Vancouver Park Board made history when it unanimously adopted a motion to strike a working group to consult on how to make their facilities and

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Choose low-salt options and prepare meals at home so you can control the amount of salt you consume. • Choose healthy fats. Eating too much of the wrong fats can raise unhealthy LDL cholesterol and lower healthy HDL cholesterol. Choose fats and oils that are made from healthy olive, soybean, canola or peanut oils. Choose lean meat, fish and poultry (without skin) and enjoy meat alternatives often, such as beans, lentils and tofu. • Reach for whole foods. Processed foods are often high in fat and salt. Make your own meals using fresh ingredients as often as possible, so you can control the salt and fat. • Focus on smaller portion sizes. Fill half your plate with vegetables. One quarter of your plate should contain beans or lean meats no larger than a deck of cards and the remaining quarter with whole grains (about ½ cup) such as brown rice or quinoa. Dessert shouldn’t be an everyday occurrence and when you do indulge, make it a small treat. Heart-healthy recipes can be found online at heartandstroke.ca/recipes.

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or those who live with overactive bladder (OAB), the symptoms can be more than simply the constant urge to go pee. OAB is a chronic, debilitating condition that can have a deep and negative impact on a person’s quality of life. Symptoms such as depression, sleep disruption, and decreased self-esteem are often present, and may lead sufferers to habits such as limiting social activity, and feelings of losing control. OAB is a symptomatic condition marked by the sudden, compelling desire to urinate that is difficult to defer or suppress and can sometimes lead to the involuntary loss of urine, known as incontinence. An estimated 2.9 million Canadian men and women suffer from this ailment and it is more widespread in older patients of both genders. According to Impacts of Incontinence in Canada (a report from the Canadian Continence Foundation),

urinary incontinence is cited as the “tipping point” in the decision by caregivers to institutionalize elderly family members. However, medical professionals say that while common, incontinence is not an inevitable consequence of aging and therefore can, and should, be treated. OAB can be treated in a variety of ways ranging from behavioural techniques, such as bladder training and liquid management, to medication. All patients respond to medications differently — some experience symptom relief quickly, while others require several weeks to notice a change. With the introduction of Myrbetriq (mirabegron), the first in a new class of medications for the treatment of OAB in over 30 years, people living with the condition now have more choice. “OAB is a challenging

It’s just better with friends. condition,” explains Dr. Luc Valiquette, a urologic surgery specialist at the University of Montreal. “It can erode a person’s emotional, social and even economic wellbeing. It is important, then, to have access to new medications that can help manage symptoms and minimize the negative impact OAB can have on a patient’s quality of life.”

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Accordingly, he paused at the next stop and waited for me to catch up, mounting the steps with a breathless “thank you.” Inside the crowded bus a young man gave me his seat, and I noticed that all the elderly were seated and the young people standing. I’ve never done

without a seat - whether going downtown or on the Canada Line to see my sister in Richmond, where the young Chinese surrender their places as readily as we Caucasians. I’ve seen kind pedestrians on the sidewalk picking up stalled earthworms

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Michael Kennard and John Turner a.k.a. MUMP & SMOOT bring their zany and macabre brand of clowning to the Cultch May 22 to June 2. Their latest show, SOMETHING, finds the intrepid duo who inhabit the parallel universe of Ummo, “prancing through the etiquette of a fine cafe, the sorrow and despair of a wake, and the pandemonium of the doctor’s office” in their made up gibberish language of Ummonian. “Not for children!” warns the press release. For tickets and more info, call 604-251-1363 or go to thecultch.com. What’s black and white and cool all over? STRANGE MAGIC, The Cinematheque’s 10-film retrospective celebrating the films of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, one of Hollywood’s most successful artistic partnerships. Beginning May 23, catch such cinematic gems as The Lost Weekend (1945), the 1944 film noir classic DOUBLE INDEMNITY and the duo’s final collaboration Sunset Boulevard (1950). More details at thecinematheque.ca. Take a trip to Japan without the cost of airfare when the Rickshaw Theatre hosts NEXT MUSIC FROM TOKYO VOL. 5, May 22. This one-of-a-kind showcase features the best of Japan’s underground live house scene, flown out on promoter Steven Tanaka’s dime, and rocking out for your listening pleasure. This year’s lineup include Mouse on the Keys, shoegazers KINOKO TEIKOKU, indie pop band Chi-na, and pop punk act Harafromhell. Tickets at Redcat, Neptoon, Zulu and Highlife Records. For more info, go to nextmusicfromtokyo.com. Playwright Shaul Ezer’s new play, THE MATCHMAKER OF MONTREAL, follows Elise Fortin as she leaves her middle-class life and hires a renowned Montreal matchmaker to help her become the richest woman in the world. The gold digging begins May 23 to June 2 at the Firehall Arts Centre. For tickets and more details, call 604-689-0926 or go to firehallartscentre.ca.


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A colleague of ours recently took public transit to work and left feeling totally repulsed. Tell us something we don’t know, we wanted to say. Had she ever ridden the bus before? Of course she had, but this time it was different. Besides the typical mush of damp bodies, foggy windows and bumpy ride, she noticed a woman attending to the important business of flossing her teeth. Presumably this woman was running late and felt that a crowded bus was the best place to catch up on her morning routine. Either that or she’s a compulsive flosser and has impeccable oral hygiene. Regardless, the sight of someone flossing their teeth troubled our co-worker to the extent that she couldn’t take her eyes off this woman and she missed her stop. We’ve witnessed a lot of unenjoyable things while riding the bus in Vancouver — drunk people fighting, people lifting up their shirts to show someone their surgery scars, people off their meds, people chowing down on Subway sandwiches, people with garlic breath, runny noses, phlegmy coughs, bandaged wounds, scabby arms, wet clothes, dirty clothes, clothes that smell like mothballs. In fact, whenever we feel discomfort or annoyance in our relatively fortunate lives, we immediately ask ourselves, “Is it worse than anything we’ve put up with while riding public transit?” And the answer is usually no. It’s our litmus test for personal inconvenience. But like our co-worker, we have to draw the line at flossing your teeth on the bus.

Rub up against us, sneeze, cough, stink and mumble all you want, but let’s keep the flossing private. And do we have to say anything about clipping your nails? We hope not.

MAC ATTACK This weekend our brother and his wife came to town to see Fleetwood Mac perform at Rogers Arena. Afterwards, our bro reported that the sound was good, the band members who are all retirement age moved ably enough and they played plenty of songs from their classic album Rumours. But the thing that struck him the most was just how wasted everyone was at the concert. And not young folks getting plastered, but feather-haired baby boomers, grandparents… people who looked like our mom and dad, sneaking in contraband booze, lighting up chongers and under the influence of unknown substances. Granted, Fleetwood Mac’s cocainefuelled exploits in the 1970s are the stuff of legend, but that was four decades ago. And the sight of a grey-haired Mick Fleetwood or stiff-jointed Stevie Nicks being escorted on and off the stage doesn’t exactly inspire party animals. Except that it does. A few years ago, when Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham performed a solo show in town, a co-worker who attended told us about a nasty fight that broke out in the theatre. A fistfight during a Lindsay Buckingham concert. Clearly we’ve underestimated the thirst for debauchery and mayhem of older generations. They are animals. And if they can get annihilated for Fleetwood Mac and brawl over Lindsey Buckingham, we’re going to barricade ourselves in our house the next time Bruce Hornsby, Carly Simon or Zamfir come to town to unleash their reign of terror.

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e’re all in the same boat. And it’s rocking. What to do? What to do? Kayak really got me where I live: I recycle, drive a small fuel-efficient car, carry my own mug and shopping bags, buy local produce. I support Ecojustice, Greenpeace, Wilderness Committee and the Suzuki Foundation. I don’t eat farmed salmon. Or veal. But have I gone to Peace Summit conferences to stand on the line? To China to protest the damning of the Three Gorges? To Kitimat to stop the Northern Gateway Project? No. Doing our best might no longer be enough. In Jordan Hall’s Kayak, winner of the 2010 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Award, BMW-driving Annie Iverson (Susan Hogan) is trying to do all the right things, too. OK, she might want to think about driving a SmartCar or a Fit, but she’s trying. The whole thing reaches the breaking point when her son Peter (Sebastian Kroon), a third-year Sauder School of Business student, hooks up with Julie (Marisa Smith), a young activist bent on saving the world. When Peter falls for Julie and it looks like he will follow her to places where they shoot activists, Annie is prepared to do anything to keep Peter out of harm’s way. I know that feeling. Like some activists, Julie can be a self-righteous pain in the butt. Socrates said the unexamined life was not worth living; but the constantly examined life is exhausting: wherewereyourrunners/cellphone/T-shirt/bicycle/jeans/ sunscreen/yoga pants/kayak/ every little thing made?

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Winner of the 2010 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Award, Jordan Hall’s Kayak is at the Cultch until May 26 as part of the rEvolver Festival. Playwright Hall so carefully crafts the dynamics that it’s almost impossible to take sides. And she forces you constantly to consider where you are on the continuum of the economy and the environment. Susan Hogan looks made for the role: she’s the right age, maybe even the right demographic. Seated in the centre-stage kayak up on supports, her hair is wet and she appears weather-beaten as she sips water from an almost empty plastic bottle and takes tiny bites from a smore (graham wafers, chocolate and marshmallows). Annie has been lost at sea for six days. Over the hour Hogan has us alternately sympathizing with Annie who has been constantly criticized by Julie, and being irritated by her character’s insensitivity to the younger woman’s deeply felt fear for the planet. But Hogan is completely compelling when, as Annie, she talks about her love for Peter. He is her life. And she will do anything to keep him safe even it means breaking his

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heart. Hogan breaks ours. Smith’s Julie can be smugly self-righteous; there’s no denying it. It’s one thing to make choices for yourself but it’s another to lay those choices on others. Unless, of course, you think the world is in its endgame and there is no time to be nice about it. And that’s where Julie is. Smith holds a very fine line with this character: in-your-face enough for Annie — and us — to be irritated by her yet committed enough to command our respect. Kroon, as Peter, is the middle ground. Raised in middle class comfort, Peter has expectations of a life of affluence until Julie comes into the picture. Without the conviction of Julie or his mother’s belief in her — and his — entitlement to financial security, Peter shifts back and forth desperately seeking a compromise that

will keep both women happy. Getting an MBA with a minor in Biology won’t cut it. This is a terrific, even terrifying, play that delivers some surprises. The intimacy of the Cultch’s Culture Lab cranks up audience engagement. The conclusion goes a bit sideways but you will — or ought to — talk about this play for ages. Directed by Rachel Peake, produced by Alley Theatre as part of the rEvolver Festival, Kayak reminds us that whether we’re in a rowboat or a yacht, ultimately we’re all in the same boat. And it’s probably sinking. —reviewed by Jo Ledingham For more reviews, including Dreamgirls, go to joledingham.ca. For additional video and web content, scan page with

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ocal children’s entertainers Bobs and LoLo go au naturel for the 36th annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival on Granville Island, May 27 to June 2. The Juno-nominated duo’s new show Nature Rocks! is billed as “a high-energy, musical experience… [that gets] kids on their feet while teaching them to care about active living, each other and the planet.” Childhood friends Robyn Hardy (Bobs) and Lorraine Pond (LoLo) joined musical forces in 2003 and have become a hit with young audiences and parents alike with their interactive live shows and original lyrics promoting teamwork, the environment and healthy living and eating. “[Nature Rocks!] is geared towards connecting children and families towards the outdoors,” Pond said. “It’s

Bobs and LoLo. all interactive. We focus on music, movement and storytelling… It’s all basically storytelling through dance.” Pond says growing up on Vancouver Island influenced the duo’s attraction to the natural world. “We met at a Girl Guide camp… we’ve been friends for over 25 years,” Pond said. Before forming Bobs and LoLo, the two went their separate ways during university. Hardy has a background in teaching and linguistics, and Pond is an environmental educator and kinesiol-

ogy major. After completing their studies, they discussed the idea of becoming educators and entertainers and the value of using music as a teaching tool for kids. Since then, the kids fest veterans have made four CDs, a DVD and regularly appear on TreeHouse TV. “Any touring artist that attends or shares in the Children’s Festival... will tell you that you really need to be passionate about why you are doing it,” said Pond. Other highlights at this year’s festival include Nova Scotia ukulele master James Hill, Acadian ensemble Grand Dérangement, Charlotte Diamond and the Hug Bug Band, African circus troupe Cirque Zuma Zuma and Ferry Tale Theatre’s Pirate Petunia on the Sea. More details at childrensfestival.ca. For photos and web content, scan page with

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BiltmorePingPongClubasmashhit MONTHLY TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENTS REWARD WINNERS WITH CONCERT TICKETS cities. Even ping pong-obsessed actress Susan Sarandon opened bars that feature ping pong. Her clubs, called SPiN, are located in New York, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Toronto. Similar to darts or billiards, the game originated in England during the 1880s as an after-dinner activity amongst the upper class. Modern aficionados debate the sport’s rightful name. Recreational players use ping pong and table tennis interchangeably although the former is almost always used to describe the around-the-world format. Serious players almost always call it table tennis, relegating ping pong to the basement game of amateurs (even though those early English adopters called the game ping pong in addition to a range of other names such as whif whaf).

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asements and ping pong go together like dance floors and disco balls. Mix the four together, and you have the monthly Biltmore Ping Pong Club night. On the last Saturday in April, dozens of players descended into the basement of the old Howard Johnson hotel at Kingsway and East 12th Avenue, grabbed a paddle from the milk crate near the DJ tables and headed to one of the club’s three Tiger tennis tables — two on the main dance floor and the third on the stage under coloured spotlights, prepped for play. Most of the 40 or so competitors in their 20s and 30s were at the Biltmore with the aim of making the ping pong championship round at the end of the evening and having fun along the way. “There’s prizes, beer, tunes and a game that’ll get your blood pumping,” said Michael John Unger, the host of the regular tournaments, which are randomly scheduled around the Biltmore’s busy concert schedule. “Everybody wins,” he said.

READY TO RUMBLE Tall and topped with slick combed hair, Unger was easy to spot in a white dress shirt and black bow-tie, a look he described as “old-timey boxing referee.” Justin Bromley, co-host, spent the evening behind the decks to leave the organizing, coaching and encouraging up to Unger, a natural entertainer who works with the public as an astronomy educator at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. The Biltmore Ping Pong Club runs games based on Around-the-World rules, also called “Berlin-style” or, more straight-forward for sports fans, a round-robin elimination tournament. At the April showdown, multiple players crowded the dance floor and encircled one table where each person took a turn to hit the ball. The same player was active as long as he or she returned the ball. Miss the return, and a player is out until a new round starts. The challenge didn’t seem to be the deft ability to balance a can of beer on the table while simultaneously hitting the ball; it was when four or fewer players scrambled around the table, each striving to reach the

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Justin Bromley and Michael John Unger’s monthly Ping Pong Club turns the tables on the Biltmore, transforming the East Van nightclub into a heated table tennis tournament. ball and return it on time. Unger awarded each round-robin winner entry to the final round. Ten winners compete for the championship round where two finalists got at it on the main stage in a proper — and intense — game of 21.

SUDDEN DEATH “The strategy is to survive,” Unger said above the clack-clack-clacking din as players warmed up at all three tables. “But you don’t have to be a total pro to play,” added Bromley. This proves true as the night began. Trick shots and booming serves were far and few in between. Most shots were of the Hail Mary variation, a desperate return to avoid elimination but still, few were viciously smashed to maintain the spirit of competitive fun. One-time Biltmore champion Laura Heit and childhood friend Russell Clarke have been to all but one Ping Pong Club Night since its beginning a year ago. “We missed one because we were in Portland,” said

Clarke, 25. “It was heartbreaking.” The pair started playing during a trip to Mexico where they spotted a table at the resort. “We came back and we’re all hopped up on ping pong,” said Clarke. They practise three to four times a week at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, where they hone their skills with numerous regulars. (Or, as Clarke puts it, “A lot of really old, awesome people.”)

SPIN CYCLE Even though table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988, it has experienced a resurgence in recreational popularity. The Biltmore Ping Pong Club is one of many to start in watering holes around the world as an amusing and effective strategy to attract travelling 20-somethings interested in meeting new people in different cities. Ping Pong Clubs are listed in Moscow, Manchester and in the Macedonian city of Gevgelija. On our continent, clubs like that at the Biltmore are sprouting up in more and more

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Unger and Bromley will introduce their Biltmore Ping Pong Club to the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market beginning June 7, when they’ll serve up eight outdoor tables and launch the Chinatown Night Market Ping Pong Club. They expect a mix of club players and, they hope, more competitors like Tom Au. Au is over 60 years old — “but I look 45,” he said the ladies tell him — and trains at the Vancouver Table Tennis Club. He has played since he was a young boy in China and since retiring, he said he started taking lessons again. “My teacher said I was doing everything wrong,” he said. “Standing, the way I held the paddle, the way I hit the ball — all wrong. It’s very hard to change bad habits.” But, like Heit and Clarke, Au said the sport is addictive. “If I don’t play every day, my body starts itching to do it.” Back at the Biltmore on the last Saturday in April, Sean King was up against Maria Balbontin. With her pen-hold grip on the paddle, she didn’t look at all new to the sport. Both players were oblivious of the crowd around them. King waved off the flashing lights and belching smoke effects to nail the winning shot. He claimed his prize: gift certificates to Zulu Records and Space Lab plus two concert tickets for Shotgun Jimmie. King was elated. “These nights are the best.” info@rebeccablissett.com To see more photos, go to vancourier.com/sports or scan page with

DATE July 8-12

TIME 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

LOCATION Point Grey

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Trillium

July 22-26

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Trafalgar Park

August 19-23

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Trafalgar Park

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Kensington Park

August 26-30

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Clinton Park

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

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Coming Events

~ SALE ~

Jewelry, Watch & Designer Collections

Saturday, May 25th 9:30am - 4:00pm Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe 1521 - 56 St., Tsawwassen

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Lost & Found

FOUND SET OF KEYS, on CP tracks, 2 weeks ago, no tag, 604-732-5044

Education

FOODSAFE 1 DAY COURSES BEST VALUE GUARANTEED Downtown & Broadway locations Every Saturday, Sunday & Monday Public Health Inspector Instructors ADVANCE Continuing Education BC’s #1 FoodSafe Choice since 2003!

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Upgrade your skills. Find education training in the Classifieds.

EMPLOYMENT 1205

Accounting

ACCOUNTING CLERK St. John’s School has an opening for a full-time Accounting Clerk. Duties will include accounts payable, bank deposits & payment application, invoicing & other administrative duties as required. Experience preferred. Fluency in a second language, especially Mandarin, is an asset. Please reply by May 27. Email with cover letter and resume to: jchan@stjohns.bc.ca (preferred) or mail to: 2215 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6K 2J1. No phone calls please.

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Beauticians/ Barbers

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa Inc. Whistler spa is seeking four F/T permanent placements for Javanese spa massage & esthetician treatments (salary$15.50/hour, 30 hr/wk). Secondary school education. Min. 6 months training in accredited massage programs, including Javanese massage. Min. 1 year of professional appropriate massage spa experience, preferably with Javanese style treatments. Resumes to: jully_tamansarispa@yahoo.ca CHAIR RENTAL Available Kerrisdale Hair Salon , low rates, Call 604-558-3334

Job Listings, From A-Z

From advertising executive or banker to x-ray technician or zookeeper,you'll find it in the Employment Section.

To advertise in Employment call 604-630-3300

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Drivers

DRIVERS WANTED AZ, DZ, 3 or 1 with airbrakes: Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects using nondestructive testing. Plus extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation and benefits pkg. Skills Needed Ability to travel 6 months at a time. Apply online at www.sperryrail.com under careers. Click here to apply, keyword: Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE. EOE DRIVERS WANTED AZ, DZ, 3 or 1 with airbrakes: Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects using nondestructive testing. Plus extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation and benefits pkg. Skills Needed Ability to travel 6 months at a time, Apply online at www.sperryrail.com under careers. Click here to apply, keyword: Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE. EOE

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General Employment

CUSTODIANS WANTED Arc’teryx is looking for two Custodians to work full-time at our North Vancouver head office, near the Second Narrows Bridge and transit. Must be able to work well under minimal supervision. Previous custodial experience an asset. Email resume to hr@arcteryx.com

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Burial Plots

OCEANVIEW, Single unused inground cremation plot in Evergreen Gardens. $3000. 604-737-0297

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For Sale Miscellaneous

BLOND WOOD CABINET (48 x 24 x 24), 2 dr w/ frosted glass & 2 shelves $35obo 604-737-1313 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best Price, Best Quality. All Shapes & Colors Available. Call 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper

Flightserve has

CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENTS POSITIONS AVAILABLE at Vancouver Airport

This is a permanent, part-time position effective June 2013. Hourly rate of $10.25/hr.

Essential Duties: • Provide Personalized Customer Service • Assistance Boarding • Assistance to Customers with Special Needs • Assistance with Flight Delays

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Legal

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Office Personnel

OVER 90% EMPLOYMENT rate for CanScribe graduates! Medical Transcriptionists are in demand and CanScribe graduates get jobs. Payments under $100 per month. 1-800-466-1535. www.canscribe.com. admissions@canscribe.com.

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Social Services

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

olgai@flightserve.com y No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, however only successful applicants will be contacted.

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Health Care

SHARED Living Provider to adults with developmental disabilities. Please send an email to: sharedliving@milieu.ca or call (604) 582-1811 ext. 106/105

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Classified Line Ad Deadlines

Wednesday Newspaper FRIDAY – 2:50pm Friday Newspaper TUESDAY – 2:50pm

Wednesday Newspaper MONDAY – 4:20pm Friday Newspaper WEDNESDAY – 4:20pm

Lumber/Building Supplies

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD:

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Wanted to Buy

SPORTS CARDS Serious buyer will pay $$ for pre 1970 sports cards in good condition. Paul 604-514-3844

www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT

STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Tools & Equipment

WOODWORKING TOOLS for sale Craftsman: 10in. Table Saw $135, 15 amp 1/2in Plunge Router $180, 14 amp 7 1/4in. Circular Saw w/ laser $45, LaserTrac 2/3hp Drill Press $90, Mitre Saw w/ laser $90, Router & R. Table $135. Rex-Cut grinder $55, 7 1/4in. Skil circular saw $35. Call 604-731-7928.

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Hotel Restaurant

Seeking a Food Service Supervisor for Ap Gu Jung Restaurant in Vancouver. Completion of Secondary School/ Proficient in English, Korean is an asset, 2-3yrs of exp required, $13-14/hr, 37.5 hours/week. Fax Resume:604-681-8141 or Email: apgujung@gmail.com

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

Catch your next job in our employment section.

3508

Dogs

JACK RUSSELL X Border Collie 7yrs, 20lb, friendly to good home. NVan $negotiable 604-839-6113 PURE BRED PRESA Canario Dewormed twice. 2nd shot complete, CCC Reg. 604-807-2813

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SAVE A LIFE. Wonderful rescue dogs from Foreclosed Upon Pets. Spay/neutered, regular vaccinations & rabies, microchipped. $499 adoption fee, avail at your local Petcetera stores.

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3505

Boarding

HORSE BOARDING available in Port Coquitlam. Westside Stables. Full/Semi/Self Board. For more information call Sandy 604-941-5434 cel 778-388-5434

General Employment

SPROTTSHAW.COM

Sales Centre Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 5:00pm Email: classifieds@van.net Fax: 604-985-3227

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ACCOUNTING & PAYROLL

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Trades/Technical

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANS. Licensed, 4th year & 3rd year Technicians required. Signing/ moving allowance, full company benefits, very aggressive bonus/ pay plan. Ford experience preferred, but not required. Denham Ford, Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Email resume: Attention: Dean Brackenbury; dbrackenbury@denhamford.com

3507

Cats

BENGAL KITTENS, vet ✔ 1st shots dewormed, sweet natured, $600. Mission 1-604-814-1235

HARTLEY’S AUTOBODY in Sechelt, BC has a vacancy for a Journeyman Automotive Painter. Please fax resume with references and contact information to: 604-885-7454

TRUTH IN ''EMPLOYMENT'' ADVERTISING Glacier Media Group makes every effort to ensure you are responding to a reputable and legitimate job opportunity. If you suspect that an ad to which you have responded is misleading, here are some hints to remember. Legitimate employers do not ask for money as part of the application process; do not send money; do not give any credit card information; or call a 900 number in order to respond to an employment ad. Job opportunity ads are salary based and do not require an investment. If you have responded to an ad which you believe to be misleading please call the Better Business Bureau at 604-682-2711, Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm or email inquiries@bbbvan.org and they will investigate.

PB RAG DOLL kittens, vet ✔ 1st shots, dewormed, health guar., $450 & up Cel # 604-477-9961

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION ! 604-724-7652

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Dogs

Chocolate Lab Pincher Pups, bottle fed, 9wks,dewormed & all shots $400 ea, 604-287-5298

STANDARD Wirehaired Dachshunds Puppies Born April 3 - ready to go in 4 weeks. $800. Call now! 604-8086740. stormygsd@live.ca

MALTESE X Puppies Jan 26. Brown Tri Color, White 2M 3F First Shots Dewormed Hypo Allergenic $600. Call: (604) 582-9911

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Pet Services

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

PET’S STAIN, ODOUR, SCRATCH on THE FLOORS? Call FIN 778-889-7106, member BBB A+. WoodStoneTile.ca One Stop Floors Care Solutions

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


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REAL ESTATE Metaphysical

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

Mobile: #4486 www.truepsychics.ca

5017

Business Services

HAVE YOU BEEN DENIED Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Contact Allison Schmidt at: 1-877-793-3222 www.dcac.ca

5035

Financial Services

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Business Opps/ Franchises

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*Annual starting revenue of $12,000-$120,000 *Guaranteed cleaning contracts *Professional training provided *Financing available *Ongoing support *Low down payment required Contact Coverall of BC A Respected Worldwide Leader in Franchised Office Cleaning!

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Condos/ Townhouses

6008-02

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

Maple Ridge/ Pitt Mead.

SMALL PEACEFUL farm set up for horses right beside South Langley riding trail. Bright & comfortable older 2 bd home, f/p, barn, riding rings, pastures. $849,900. Call 604-323-4788 See Propertyguys.com ID: 76788

1339 E.41st Ave 1670sf, 33 x 97 lot, Updated windows, floor, baths & Kitch/appls. Open Sat. 2 -4. Phil Heng, Royal Pacific $609,000 Call: (604) 808-3339

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New Westminster

Real Estate

At WE BUY HOMES We CASH YOU OUT FAST! We Also Take Over Your Payments Until Your Home is Sold. No Fees! No Risk! Call us First! (604)- 626-9647 www.webuyhomesbc.com

6020-06

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Garage Sale

21ST CENTURY FLEA MARKET 175 tables of Bargains on Deluxe 20th Century Junque! SUN MAY 26 10-3 Croatian Cultural Center 3250 Commercial Drive, 604-980-3159 Adm: $5

Surrey

classifieds.vancourier.com FLEETWOOD RENO’D 2140sf 4br 3ba, large 7100sf lot, bsmt suite $539,000. 604-727-9240 see uSELLaHOME.com id5617

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Garage Sale

Vancouver 10TH ANNUAL BLENHEIM ST BAZAAR Worlds Longest Yard Sale Sat. May 25th, 10am - 2pm 30 plus households on Blenheim St from West 16th to SW Marine Drive. Look for the yellow balloons!

SUDOKU

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

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

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Lots & Acreage Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a Sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes.

Chilliwack

★★ Spectacular ★★ Waterview Units

PUZZLE ANSWERS ON SEPARATE PAGE

LANGLEY NR town fully reno’d 2474sf home on 5ac ppty, bsmt suite $1,150,000 604-825-3966 see uSELLaHOME.com id5582

on 15th, 14th & 12th floor in Brand New Building

Asking $275K to $375K 2 are Sub-Penthouses ★ Bring Offers! ★ Call Shaku 604-442-9815, Sutton Group Realty

Houses - Sale

GARAGE SALES

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Houses - Sale

6020-01 IMMACULATE 2446SF 4br 4ba t/h. Incredible view, huge master br $405,000, 604-466-3175 see uSELLaHOME.com id5226

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6020-34

Abbotsford

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

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For Sale by Owner

6015

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

AGASSIZ NEW 2350sf 3br 2.5 Bath, high end finishing, huge master $349,000 604-729-0186 see uSELLaHOME.com id5603

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Mobile Homes

604.434.7744 • info@coverallbc.com

www.coverallbc.com

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5505

Legal/Public Notices

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.

7005

Body Work

Authentic Chinese bodywork, gentle or deep tissue 15 yr exp’d 10a-9p 604-329-8218. S.E. BBY

**RELIEVE ROAD RAGE**

TOP FLOOR quiet side of bldg 650sf 1br+den condo nr Hosp, & Sky train $244K 778-241-4101 see uSELLaHOME.com id5580

6008-28

STEVESTON VERY large 1284 sf 2br 2ba top fl condo amazing mtn views, $455K 604-275-7986 see uSELLaHOME.com id5376

6008-30

6008-42

Advertise in 12 community newspapers with one phone call.

604.630.3300

6020-14

Langley/ Aldergrove

ALDERGROVE SXS DUPLEX 80K below assessment. $3K/mo rent $529,900 firm 604-807-6565 see uSELLaHOME.com id3428

OWN THE land, Chilliwack, 1092sf, 2bdrm rancher style mobile home, kids OK, $179,900 604-824-7803 see uSELLaHOME.com id5541

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Okanagan/ Interior

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

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Surrey

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

604-739-3998

One call does it all!

Richmond

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

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

classifieds. vancourier.com cont. on next page

S. Surrey/ White Rock

PARTIAL OCEAN view, 920sf 2br+den 2ba quiet condo, kids, pets ok. $309,000 778-294-2275 see uSELLaHOME.com id5575

6015

1. Minute amount (Scott) 5. Insolent talk 9. Unable to 11. Scoundrels 13. Wizard of __ 14. Murres 16. Malmsey wine 17. Sunday prior to Easter 20. Passage with only 1 access 21. Large woody perennial 22. Paddles 23. A small demon 24. Dakar airport (abbr.)

DOWN

For Sale by Owner

7BDRM/3BTH 5187 Marine Dr, Burnaby. For Sale by Owner uSELLaHOME.com, ID# 5669. Tel: 604-722-7977. Mortgage Helper. $695,000.

ACROSS

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May 21/13

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41. Young woman coming out 42. Belgian River 43. Society to foster technological innovation 45. Linen liturgical vestment 46. Failed presidential candidate 49. “Long Shot” author Mike 52. Mind/body exercise discipline 53. Santa __, NM 54. Cotton fabric w/satiny finish 55. Packed groceries 57. N’Djamena is the capital 58. Fermented honey and water 37. Gluten intolerance disease 38. NYC triangle park for Jacob 40. Groused 41. Bounces over water 42. Arabian sultanate 44. Having vision organs 47. Steal 48. Old Irish alphabet (var.) 50. Corn genus 51. British letter Z 56. Peachtree state


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REAL ESTATE HOME SERVICES cont. from previous page

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Recreation Property

Out Of Town Property HATZIC LAKE 1 hr drive from Vanc, 2 vacant lots 1 is lakefront $65K is for both 604-302-3527 see uSELLaHOME.com id5588

CRANBROOK 2060SF 4br 3ba reno’d home w/side suite on 2 lots $239,900 778-887-4530 see uSELLaHOME.com id5304

Real Estate Investment

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LANGLEY RENOD sxs duplex +1/2ac lot, rental income $2,200 /month $489,900 604-807-6565 see uSELLaHOME.com id3186

Recreation Property

6065

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GALIANO EXECUTIVE Home & Cabin on priv beach, completely furn’d, many extras, ready to move in. Reduced to $849,000! Global Force Rlty. 604-802-8711 www.yourlinktorealestate.ca

Apartments & Condos

2BDRM/1BTH 15TH AVE & Glen Drive Main floor suite. Character house. Large deck & back yard. No alley. Shared laundry, internet and cable included. Avail. June 1. N/P. $1,650 monthly + utilities. Email: hugh@house.org

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North Van Apt. Rentals

HATZIC LAKE Swans Point, 1 hr from Vanc incl lot & 5th wheel ski, fish, $134,500. 604-209-8650 see uSELLaHOME.com id5491

6508

Apt/Condos

OCEAN FRONT boat access only 2 yr old 1600sf 3br 2.5ba 30min from W Van $799K 778-998-9141 see uSELLaHOME.com id5424

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Sunshine Coast

GORGEOUS VIEW LOT, Gibsons BC. Centrally located, view lot in Lower Gibsons. Walking distance to everything! www.shaunagold.com $190,000 Call: (604) 218-2077

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6508

Apt/Condos

1 BR’s - Kerrisdale, great location! Close to shops, transit & schools. $1010-$1165 Available Now. 604-677-3205 www.lougheedproperties.com

AMBER LODGE

Oak & West 14th Studios (Avail. Now) 1 BR’s (Avail Now & June 1) 2 BR’s (Avail. Now) Well maintained building close to all amenities and VGH. Some pets ok.

604-731-2714

Houses - Rent

1BDRM/1BTH 3296 Turner St., Vancouver, B.C. No smoking. Women only. $650 monthly. Call: (778) 999-1601 or email: francolucia@shaw.ca

2645 MCBAIN Ave, reno’d kitchen, 4 bdrm, 1.5 bath 1840sf, lease, n/pet, n/s, $3,400, NOW. Call Eric (604)723-7368 (Royal Pacific Realty)

604-723-7368 (Royal Pacific Realty)

Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments & Townhouses. Heat, hot water & lrg storage locker included. Many units have in-suite laundry and lrg patios/balconies with gorgeous views. Tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry, gated parking, plus shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School & more. Sorry no pets. www.langaragardens.com

Call 604-327-1178

info@langaragardens.com Managed by Dodwell Strata Management Ltd.

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Cleaning

A QUALITY CLEANING exp res /comm. low rate’s senior’s disc 778.239.9609 or 778.998.9127

EUROPEAN DETAILED Service cleaning. www.puma-cleaning.ca Sophia 604-805-3376

8060

Concrete

A 1 Retaining Walls, Foundation, Stairs, Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. Free Est. Since 1977. Basile 604-617-5813

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

Concrete Specialist. Garages, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 778-892-5559 CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas. rate. Call Mario @ 604-764-2726

8073

Drainage

RNC DRAINAGE

−Augering −Water & Sewer line repair & replacement −Sumps −Drain Tile −Concrete Work −Foundation, −Excavation −Retaing Walls −Site restored Call Ron 778-227-7316 or 604-568-3791

TROY TEATHER DRAINAGE & SEWER 15% OFF - 604-722-1105

8080

Electrical

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

Max: 604-341-6059 Licensed & Bonded

Lic. 22308

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

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S&S LANDSCAPING & FENCING

Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation

Call 604-275-3158 West Coast Cedar Installations New, repaired or rebuilt ★ Fences & Decks ★ 604-435-5755 or 604-788-6458

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

ANYTHING IN WOOD Hardwood flrs, install, refinishing. Non-toxic finishes. 604-782-8275 INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

8120

Glass Mirrors

ANGEL GLASS, Comm/Res, windows & doors, store fronts,patio doors, mirrors etc. 2837 Kingsway, Van 604-603-9655

8125

Gutters

A1 Steve’s Gutter Cleaning & Repair from $98. Gutters vacuumed/hand clean. 604-524-0667 AT YOUR HOME GUTTER SERVICES. Installs, cleaning, repairs. WCB Insured 604-340-7189 DIRTY WINDOWS? DIRTY GUTTERS? Black Bear Window Cleaning does windows, gutters & siding. Insured & Guaranteed. Commercial & Residential. Call: 778 892-2327

TROY TEATHER GUTTERS 15% OFF - 604-722-1105

8130

Handyperson

Need a Landscaper?

FREE ESTIMATES

• Lawn Maintenance • Fertilizing • Yard Clean-ups • Aeration • Pruning/Hedges • Power Raking • Rubbish Removal • Odd jobs •Yearly Maintenance Programs •

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www.jimsmowing.ca WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Hedge Trimmimg & Tree Pruning & Hedge Removal Spring Clean Up Lawn Restoration. Planter Box, Garden Installation. Comm/Strata/Res Free Estimates. 604-893-5745 604-723-2468; Tran the Gardener. Lawns, aeration, power raking, cutting, trimming, cleanups. 604-723-2468 DUNBAR LAWN and GardenHedging, Gardening, cleanups, pruning. WCB. Est 41 yrs 604-266-1681 Gardening Services 21 yrs exp. Tree topping, West & Eastside & Rmd. Michael 604-240-2881 LAWNS CUT - Mowing, trimming & small pruning jobs. Free ests. Call Andrew 604-708-1152 Rakes & Ladders.. Lawns, trees, gardens, shrubs. Certified, Ins. & WCB, 604-737-0170 ★ SD ENTERPRISES ★ Lawncare, power raking, landscaping, pruning, clean-up, cedar fencing. Terry, 604-726-1931

8175

8155

Need a Great New Lawn?

New Lawn Installation Turf • Seed • Artificial Excavation Drainage • Pavers

Driveway, Walkway & Parking Lot

Garage Apron / Speed Bump / Pot Hole Commercial & Residential

604-618-2949

ALLEN ASPHALT concrete, brick, drains, foundations, walls, membranes 604-618-2304/ 820-2187

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

8195

8220

Plumbing

Painting/ Wallpaper

AAA

PRECISION PAINTING • Exterior/Interior Projects • Written Warranty • Years of Experience • Fully Insured • WCB Covered Residential Specialists

QUALITY WORK. DONE RIGHT.

778.881.6096

10% Off with this Ad! For all your plumbing, heating & reno needs. Lic Gas Fitter, Aman. 778-895-2005 Actual Plumbing & Heating, Boilers, Furnaces, Tankless, Hotwater tanks, 24/7, Seniors Disc. Lic. BBB, 604-874-4808 Heating, Plumbing & Drainage. Insured, WCB. All types of heating & plumbing. 604-839-3537

THE REAL DEAL 3 Rooms $250

Exterior Special on NOW

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8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

WE CAN FIX IT •Interior / Exterior •New Construction/ Renovations/ Additions Drywall • Plumbing Electrical • Foundations/ Framing • Flooring • Lic. & Insured • Free Estimates Call 604-220-7422

ALLQUEST PAINTING

''Satisfaction Guaranteed''

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

Quality Work You Can Trust!

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

778-997-9582

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45 We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac www.affordablemoversbc.com

604-681-0222

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

Low Budget Moving.com

★ 604-652-1660 ★

TLL MOVING Local & Long Distance. Good Rates. Licensed & Insured. Call 778-389-6357

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

Insured/WCB

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

8200

Patios/Decks/ Railings

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

732-8453

ALLQUEST PAINTING Quality Work You Can Trust! 778 997-9582 A-MAX & SONS General Contracting/Renovations Lic. & Insured. Call 604-341-6059

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

604-708-8850

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

Interior & Exterior ★ UNBEATABLE PRICES ★ Free Est. / Written Guarantee

Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $55 ~

Heating

Landscaping

ASPHALT PAVING

AFFORDABLE MOVING

8185

Moving & Storage

ABBA MOVERS bsmt clean 1-4 ton Lic, ins’d from $35/hr, 2 men $45/hr, 24/7, 26 yrs 604-506-7576

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

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

Paving/Seal Coating

FERREIRA HOME IMPROVEMENTS

732-8453

8140

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

8205

Exterior • Interior Residential • Comm. • Strata WCB Insured • BBB

B&Y MOVING

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

Oil Tank Removal

Masonry

NORTHLAND MASONRY. Rock, slate, brick, granite, pavers. 20 yrs exp. No job to small.. Please Call Will 604-805-1582

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

8193

For Free Estimates Call

Seniors Discount

Gary’s Reno’s & Repairs Electrical, Plumbing, Flrs, Tiles, Paint, etc Free Est. 604-813-2930

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

Spring Services

Same Day Service, Fully Insured

604-537-4140

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

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

Lawn & Garden

FREE ESTIMATES

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

All Types of Wiring & Re-wiring Data etc. Reas. Rates, Free Est. Lic #9039, 604-315-1950

8160

Fencing/Gates

DUSTTIN’S HANDYMAN Service All jobs Large and Small. Competitive Rates 604-562-5711

FURN ROOM, Character House, City Hall/Canada line/B-Line, n/s, n/p, shr bath, fem, balcony, ref’s. $525 incl util.879-6072 evenings

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Excavating

# 1 YARD DRAINAGE, STONE WORK & HOUSE DEMOLITION

Contact us today for a free estimate.

2 BR DUNBAR Garden lvl. ste, 5 appl, nr bus rte, UBC, shops. N/S N/P $1275. Immed 604 671-1664

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8087

By hand, Paving, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank & dirt removal, paver stones, Jackhammer, Water / sewer line / sumps. Slinger avail. 24 hrs Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

CONCRETE Removal / Replace Small jobs okay ● Fence repair Free est. Mario, 604-254-0148

33090 E43AVE, 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, h/w flr, two garage, 2175sf, lease, n/pet, n/s, $2800, NOW. Eric

LANGARA GARDENS #101 - 621 W. 57th Ave, Van

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

TWO LITTLE LADIES. For all your cleaning needs. Lic’d & Insured. Call 778-395-6671

6540 1BDRM/ 1BTH 15th & Lonsdale 635 sq. ft. newly reno’d, 1 bed apt. on 4th floor in Seniors (55+) building. Hook ups for insuite laundry. Incls heat/underground parklng, storage avail. No Pets Rent $960. email: tenantplacement@ newchelsea.ca

Carpentry

*HOUSE & HOME Cleaning* We are Licensed, Bonded & Insured. Call 604- 700- 9218

RENTALS 6505

8030

CONCRETE FORMING & framing crew specialist available 604-218-3064

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

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GARAGE SALE

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

GET OUT YOUR LIST! We do all the fussy little jobs no one else wants to do. Workmanship & Satisfaction Guaranteed. Est 1983. Ralph 682-8256 High United Construction New build, renos, drywall, tile, stucco, plumbing, patio cover. Big/small. Randy 604-250-1385

www.RenoRite.com Bath, Kitchens, Suites & More Save Your Dollars! 604-451-0225

Renovations • Repairs

BATHROOM• KITCHEN • BASEMENT Structural ★ Water Ingress Kelly Construction 604-738-7280

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HEDGES, SHRUBS, TREE REMOVAL

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Roofing

8255

Rubbish Removal

9102

Auto Finance

9125

Domestic

Bros. Roofing Ltd. Over 40 Years in Business SPECIALIZING IN CEDAR, FIBERGLASS LAMINATES AND TORCH ON.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited Affordable Luxury 35,600 kms. 2.4L GDI DOHC. $19,999. Email: sjscot@shaw.ca (604) 794-3428.

Liability Insurance, WCB, BBB, Free Estimates

604-946-4333

10% DISCOUNT. MG Roofing & Siding. WCB. Re-Roofing, New Roof, Gutters. 604-812-9721

$ BEST PRICE $ 604-754-8559 Res & Comm Rubbish Removal. Senior’s discount. Free metal p/u.

9129

Luxury Cars

604-220•JUNK(5865)

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

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

★ MCNABB ROOFING ★ ALL TYPES OF ROOFING 40 years exp. Call 604-839-7881 BCROOFER.CA ROOF |GUTTER |SUNDECK TEL: 604-240-1850

20 YARD BINS Avail Now ! We Load or You Load

EASTSIDE RUBBISH Removal. Best Rate, 12 Years Straight! Friendly & Cheap. 604-266-4444 JACK’S RUBBISH Removal. Household Junk Specialist! Fast, Friendly & Cheap. 604-266-4444

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9110

Collectibles & Classics

1963 FORD FALCON Futura, auto, 2 door hardtop, all original, collector plates, $7500 obo. Call 604-874-4397

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

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9125

Domestic

Which SUV sips gas like a subcompact?

Tiling

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

A to Z CERAMIC TILES Installation, Repairs, Free Est. 604 444-4715 cel 604 805-4319

8315

THE SCRAPPER

9173

Vans

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

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

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer ES No accident, Factory Warranty, 101 K, Exc condition, CD, automatic, $5,450. 604-875-6052 marco@provisa.ca Great Deal!

9515

Boats

604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC 2H

9155

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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

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

9173

Vans

1989 19’ Bayliner Capri Blue, 2.3 litre IO Fresh water cooled, new windshield/canvas/swim grid, trailer. $8,375. 604-837-7564

9522

2008 FORD FOCUS SES, fully loaded, a/c, 28K, white, auto, 4 door, owner, exc condition, $12,500 obo, call 604-435-7265

RV’s/Trailers

1997 LANDROVER Defender(s) 90, 5 spd diesel, mint, 160,000km, from desert $23,900 1-780-945-7945 604-926-7087 lancebright@hotmail.com 2005 CHEV Astro Cargo Van, Ladder rails, 68k, a/c, $13,900 Downtown.nissan.ca 604-257-8900

1979 FORD M/H, 23 ft, cozy, bunk beds, fully equipped, low k, hi way usage, $5,500. 778-737-3890

TODAY'S PUZZLE ANSWERS

Research vehicles on driving.ca Black with leather interior. Fully loaded, aircared, excellent condition.

Tree Services

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

Sports & Imports

SCRAP CAR PICK UP $$$ 604-700-8241

95 CHEV BLAZER LT

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

8309

9160

CASH FOR ALL VEHICLES

bradsjunkremoval.com

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

Canam Roofing 778-881-1417 Residential roofing, new, reroofing & repairs. Peace of mind warranty. www.canamroofing.ca

Scrap Car Removal

SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

A EASTWEST Roofing & Siding Reroofing, Gutter, BBB Member, 10% disc, Seniors Disc, 604-783-6437

AMBLESIDE ROOFING

9145

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