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Violations 101 A damning audit conducted by the Ministry of Finance highlights several safety violations—including potential fire hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning and natural gas leaks—at Vancouver Community College —story by Stanley Tromp

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Plugged in

BY MIKE HOWELL Jay Giraud, CEO of Rapid Electric, attaches the recharging cable to his vehicle at a new charging terminal on West 10th Avenue unveiled by the city this week.

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MIKE HOWELL After dissecting the 1994 Stanley Cup riot, recommendations then included “overestimating” the need for police at a hockey final. BY

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JENNIFER MOREAU As a way to heal after last week’s riot, a New West woman travelled downtown to create flags for what’s been dubbed Kindness Flag Project. BY

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BY GEOFF OLSON Stanley Cup rioters prove beautifully that inane acts and stillborn thoughts now travel at the speed of light thanks to technology.

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Findings include inoperable emergency generator, potential carbon monoxide poisoning

Ministry audit notes several safety violations at VCC Stanley Tromp Contributing writer

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iffany Kalanj sits in the old childcare centre of the East Broadway Street campus of Vancouver Community College, a trades, music and languages school that bills itself as “B.C.’s Number One College.” The executive director of the VCC student union is completely engrossed in her reading. The subject is a 46-page audit by the B.C. Ministry of Finance about VCC’s oversight of its building management contractor, whose job it was to operate and maintain the buildings’ heating, ventilation, electrical and plumbing systems. The audit was obtained by the Courier using the freedom of information law, and it reveals topics she knew nothing about. She reads that if a fire had started, VCC students (including the disabled and new immigrants struggling to learn English) might have learned the hard way that “contrary to the law, emergency lighting was not monthly tested and maintained at city centre campus. The batteries for such were frequently defective.” The fire pumps at each campus were not tested monthly to ensure they were working. The emergency generator, which serves as back-up electrical supply for the fire pumps, was not operable.

Using freedom of information legislation, the Courier obtained a 46-page audit about the VCC’s oversight of its building management contractor. photo Dan Toulgoet Regarding the air that students must breathe, a lack of inspections of the King Edward diesel shop exhaust system “contributed to potential carbon monoxide poisoning.” Contrary to law, kitchen gas appliances were not tested. Rooftop air handling

units were not regularly inspected, “such that natural gas leaks potentially occurred within the campus air circulation system.” Incorrect chemical treatment of water caused corrosion in cooling towers, leading to “potentially dangerous biological

growth” that could pass through the vents. A significant refrigerant gas leak from a chiller compressor was not detected by sensors, nor reported to the government. Pressure vessels were not in compliance or inspected. And on it goes, for many more pages. The college is subject to city fire bylaws, the B.C. Fire Code, Worksafe B.C. regulations, and B.C. and federal environmental regulations. At times, most of these were violated. (The Courier also obtained copies of all Worksafe inspection reports of VCC over the past decade and have posted them at vancourier. com, along with the entire audit.) “No effective oversight of this contractor’s performance, leading to significant non-compliance with life-safety laws,” the audit concludes. Moreover, an independent review commissioned by the college in June 2007 noted that “much of the maintenance and upkeep of electrical facilities and mechanical equipment at both campuses reflected general neglect over a long period of time.” In sum, the health and safety of 25,000 students (and children in the KEC daycare) may have been placed at risk for years, with potentially tragic consequences. And the true scope of the problem is still unknown, the auditors wrote, because they had been partially stonewalled. Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 VCC did not supply the records requested for their investigation, even though “there were legal requirements for the College to have kept such records... Where we could not reach a conclusion in regard to some of the complainants’ concerns regarding life safety, this was because of a lack of adequate documentation being made available to us.” As Kalanj reads through these lines, she seems a little dazed. Finally she looks up, and wonders aloud, “This is crazy. How could this happen?” The Courier tried to find out, and found more new questions than answers.

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eyond the many safety violations, the finance ministry unearthed another serious problem. In several years before VCC ended its relationship with the management company KD Engineering Ltd. in 2006, the college had paid it more than $1 million a year. Further, after reviewing all the available VCC financial statements, the Courier found that the college had paid KD more than $22 million from fiscal year 1978/79 to 2005/06. (That number would be higher if several missing VCC annual reports could be located.) And yet, the auditors wrote, “the College had no competitive procurement process for 31 years of facility services awarded to the contractor. This direct awarding of contracted services was contrary to B.C. public-sector procurement policy.” In fact, VCC had no written agreement with the company on file since 1990, and that one was only a draft. As well, Langara College paid KD more than $13.5 million

Gregory Thomas, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, has never seen anything like the VCC case. photo Dan Toulgoet from 1994/95 to 2010/11, and the combined total of the two colleges’ spending on KD adds up to more than $35 million over the years. The auditors noted other management failings, and “partially confirmed” a complaint that “the contractor charged for regular service services PPM [planned preventative maintenance] work not fully performed.” Moreover, “An important control instituted by the College in 1995 to help prevent and detect any double-charges of the contractor’s staff time between regular

and extra services was allowed to lapse.” The news had come to light slowly. In December 2006 (as the audit relates), two former VCC facility managers wrote a complaint to an unidentified MLA, and that letter was forwarded to the Ministry of Advanced Education. A month later, VCC administrators replied to the ministry. It denied the complaints, and offered assurances. Then more serious complaints were sent to the ministry. In May 2007, the assistant deputy minister met with VCC’s then-president Dale Dorn (1999-2010), and also asked

the Ministry of Finance’s comptroller general branch to perform an audit of VCC, which it did. In their final report, the auditors made specific recommendations on VCC. For instance, that “the Ministry ensures the College Board fully discharges its duties to ensure the College complies with all applicable life-safety laws and otherwise provides a safe environment for onsite staff and students.” A follow-up “detailed action plan” said some corrections have been made at VCC. It is the college’s vice-president of finance who hires the facilities manager. After three years as VCC finance director, Peter Legg took over as finance VP in January 2006, and VCC’s relationship with KD was terminated in late September of that year. (His predecessors in that role could not be reached for comment.) In an interview in a boardroom above a coffee shop at the King Edward Campus, I ask Legg: were the audit findings expected, or a surprise? He won’t answer, and after a very long uneasy pause replies, “By now, the problems are fully dealt with.” Later, when repeatedly asked why VCC separated from KD, Legg will only say “It was a mutual decision,” and he won’t answer why VCC ever employed KD without a tendering process, a practice that began decades before he began work at the college. Yet Legg assures us that such problems are all history: “We started working on the problems when we got the draft audit report. The B.C. finance ministry gave us a letter of direction, and we shared that with the VCC board of governors.” Continued on page 6

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Former VCC facilities manager disputes safety concerns Continued from page 5 As soon as VCC learned of the problems, he says, VCC promptly called in an external expert to review the safety systems and, although the expert found them to be in a “reasonable” state, he advised some improvements, which VCC followed. The college completely replaced the fire alarm systems at both of the older campus buildings with current technology. It also held many fire and earthquake drills, consistent with the B.C.’s government emergency preparedness standards. Kalanj, of the VCC student union, agrees that matters have improved lately. She sits on VCC’s emergency preparedness committee, and says Kathy Kinloch, who took over as president in March 2010, is “a radical change” from her predecessor Dorn, and “I can’t believe those problems would happen on her watch. She’s far more open and consultative.” VCC’s former presidents, such as Dorn and others, could not be reached for comment. Larry Waddell, who worked at VCC from 1994 to 2007 and was facilities manager for several years, refused to talk to the Courier other than to say, “I don’t agree with the audit, and I don’t think that student safety was put at risk. It wouldn’t be right for me to talk about this.” Industry Canada’s website notes that Alex Brent Douglas is the longtime manager of KD Engineering Company of Burnaby, established in 1967

“I DON’T AGREE WITH THE AUDIT.” Larry Waddell

and now has 40 employees. “Douglas was our contact at KD Engineering throughout the contract period,” wrote Legg. “The KD on-site employees would have reported up to him.” Douglas has a Chemistry B.Sc. from UBC (1991), and is a member in good standing with the B.C. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists. He did not reply to the Courier’s many emails, faxes and phone messages requesting an interview. In its 2006 publicity, KD Engineering states that “Within the past ten years alone we have commissioned in excess of 200 different projects and balanced over 3,000 buildings and renovations.” Its completed and ongoing projects included the YVR New International Airport Terminal, Tower Control, and Expansions, hospitals such as Surrey Memorial, Langley Memorial, Vancouver General, St. Paul’s, Royal Columbian, and many more, UBC, SFU, BCIT, General Motors Place Arena, Canada Place Trade and Convention Center & Expansion, Concord Pacific Place (residential towers), and the Annacis Island Waste Water Treatment Plant. Despite losing VCC, KD is still servicing another college. In 1994, the Langara Campus separated from

VCC to form Langara College, yet it retained KD as its building manager. To this day, KD provides the day-today operation of Langara’s physical plant, which involves all the mechanical heating and cooling systems plus plumbing and electrical. Langara put its building maintenance contract out to tender (most recently in 2009), KD won the process, and its Langara contract expires in 2015. The college paid the company $804,782 in 2010/11. “We were aware of the VCC audit but no details had been given to Langara,” said Langara spokesman Ian Humphreys. “We are not aware of any of these complaints happening at Langara and we have confidence in the engineers working on this site for KD Engineering.”

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he VCC audit still has value as a cautionary tale. Could such a situation as described in it happen again? Perhaps, says Gregory Thomas, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, who adds he has never seen anything like the VCC case before, but he is ultimately not surprised by it. “There is not the level of oversight in these public institutions that we see in the private sector,” he said. “It’s incumbent on all the public, and not just the students who are harmed by this, to insist on more accountability.” See related story on page 10. To see the audit and other reports, visit vancourier.com. stromp@telus.net


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The projected 2011 $650,000 policing tab was based on each playoff series going seven games

1994 riot report recommended ‘overestimating’ future cop numbers Mike Howell

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A report on the 1994 Stanley Cup riot urged the Vancouver Police Department to “err on the side of prevention” when considering cost implications for policing the National Hockey League playoffs. “We also note the crowd control literature suggests that police are better served by overestimating the number of officers they will require, rather than underestimating,” said the B.C. Police Commission’s report on the 1994 riot. “Cost implications make this a difficult decision, but the department should be encouraged by its budget managers to err on the side of prevention.” It is the very topic the Vancouver Police Board discussed the afternoon of the June 15, 2011 riot, with Deputy Chief Adam Palmer said he was concerned the estimated $650,000 tab for policing the Vancouver Canucks playoff run could affect the department’s ability to hire new officers. The $650,000 was based on each playoff series going seven games. Even though only two series—against the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins—went seven games, Palmer said the tab would likely be $650,000 once all the bills were tallied. That was before the riot broke out and police are still tabulat-

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ing the cost of deploying several hundred officers in downtown the night of June 15. The department has refused to release the number of officers working that night. As Police Chief Jim Chu told reporters last week, the financial report that concluded his department needed $650,000 to police the playoffs went before city council April 19 for information, not recommendation. The report also pointed out the department’s concern of running a deficit. “Both in 2009 and 2010, the VPD was able to cover costs of the playoffs within its approved operating budget and the VPD intends to do the same in 2011,” said the report authored by acting-inspector Mike Purdy that went before the police board in April. “However, if the nature of the celebrations requires a significant police presence and/or the Vancouver Canucks’ playoff performance

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Thousands rioted downtown after Game 7. extends deeply into the playoffs, then these circumstances may increase the VPD’s risk of incurring a budget deficit at year-end.” Board member Glenn Wong, who was wearing a Canucks jersey during the June 15 meeting, urged Mayor Gregor Robertson, also wearing a Canucks jersey, to

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lobby the provincial government to pick up some of the VPD’s policing costs. Robertson, who is chairperson of the police board, said he had already approached Premier Christy Clark about sharing the costs but she responded that it was a municipal responsibility.

Also at the meeting, it was revealed that 100 RCMP officers would work the night of the riot and their costs would be picked up by either the provincial or federal government. It’s still not clear who will pay for the costs of municipal police officers from departments such as Delta and New Westminster who worked Game 7. Despite the spike in gang violence and high-profile investigations such as the Graham McMynn kidnapping in previous years, the VPD has managed to balance its budget for six consecutive years. Board members often bring up the streak in meetings. Former chief Jamie Graham was taken to task by city council in the past for not balancing the department’s budget. But Chu and the department emphasized last week there was no interference from city council or bureaucrats on the VPD’s operational plan for the playoffs. Chu, however, recognized the balance of providing safe streets and keeping his budget in check. “Many times in policing you wrestle with what is realistic in terms of resources given financial constraints,” the chief told reporters. “We don’t have an infinite budget, the hospitals don’t, the fire department doesn’t.” mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings.


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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote If you could afford it, would you buy an electric car? Last week’s poll question: Who bears the most responsibility for the Stanley Cup riot? A) Mayor Gregor Robertson—29 per cent B) VPD Chief Jim Chu—7 per cent C) A small group of criminals and anarchists—24 per cent D) Youth gone wild—29 per cent E) Roberto Luongo—11 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

More than a week after the Stanley Cup riot and the dust refuses to settle. Online vigilantes zealously outing alleged looters and rioters exhibit the same mentality as those they accuse. And no allegations are more bizarre than those depicting the role Mayor Gregor Robertson or his city manager Penny Ballem played in police deployment decisions that night. Some have Robertson in his office wresting with Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu over how many police should be on the street. Others have Ballem barking orders at cops from the Emergency Operations Centre as the riot built. Spin whatever paranoid theories you want, but in our democracy police alone are responsible for the operational deployment of police. Full stop. This is not to say that Robertson and Vision will not end up wearing some of this. And Chu won’t get off easily either. Because two questions persist: Who knew or even suspected this riot would happen; and who were the folks creating the mayhem? Talk to Vancouver Police Union President Tom Stamatakis and he’ll tell you he was “surprised” at the number of people who claimed they “were shocked” by the riot. Among those who claim to have been caught off guard was the mayor, one of the principal promoters of that massive gathering in the so-called fan zones or live sites. (Interestingly, his most venomous NPA critic now was also fan zone boosters then. Mike Klassen was tweeting his requests for even more garbage cans, food carts and “potties”. On June 10, he tweeted, “We believe, baby!!! Look at those gorgeous crowds 100k downtown.”)

allengarr But if Robertson was indeed caught off guard, he either wasn’t paying attention or was in denial. The cops told him there was fighting and public drunkenness every night leading up to the final explosion. If those in that alcohol-fuelled crowd didn’t bring their own supplies with them, they were being served by one of the biggest booze outlets in the province—the Granville Entertainment District. Young folks were lining up there to get loaded as early as noon on the day of the final game. As Stamatakis points out, you invite 100,000 people down to party, add lots of alcohol and there will be problems. In fact, there has been a fairly consistent history of sports and booze-related riots all across the country. This one may be the first one where social media played such a big role. But why would we expect anything different here? Cops also knew that on this occasion a few folks

coming to the party were packing hammers and fire accelerant with them. This brings us to the second question. Who were those guys in that riot? Well, those presumably were the “hoodlums and anarchists” both Robertson and Chu initially tried to lay all the mayhem off on. This comment drew one of the city’s best known anarchists, Garth Mullins, into the debate. He told The Tyee online newspaper it was booze, testosterone and a game, hockey, fraught with its own kind of violence that was to blame: “You don’t need a cockamamie anarchist conspiracy.” Good point. In reality, the rioters that Robertson referred to as “a bunch of losers” were most often kids just starting out in life. On Tuesday, the United Way of the Lower Mainland placed a full-page ad in the Vancouver Sun reflecting on the riot and asking for an end to recriminations: “We saw images of burning cars, looting and brawling. We witnessed people volunteering to clean up the city on the day after. Undeniable: the mob and the heroes are us. They are our children, our brothers, our sisters, our neighbours.” I would say more of us are coming to this view and realize there is a fundamental problem in our culture. There was that initial breast beating from Robertson: “We’re not going to back down.” And there were the “Make them pay” headlines in the media. None of that is productive in finding a solution. There will be an inquiry. There should also be some soul searching. After all, they are our children, all of them. agarr@vancourier.com

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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Rioters, onlookers and city hall practised disorganized stupidity The morning after last week’s hockey riot, an interesting news item appeared in the Vancouver Sun under the heading, “Stupidity appears to be contagious: study.” Apparently, when “people don’t think critically about their media consumption, they’re in danger of assimilating some of the mental characteristics on display.” An Austrian professor gave 81 people a screenplay featuring imbecile protagonists “in which the star was an alcoholic, aggressive and intellectually feeble soccer hooligan.” Immediately after reading the screenplay, the subjects were given questions on general knowledge, and performed significantly worse than another group reading a story with an “intellectually undetermined protagonist.” Could stupidity be the next interdisciplinary Eldorado? Surely there is a master thesis or three studying the media diet of sporting event rioters, and/or their ADD relationship to their gadgets. (Tellingly, the books at Chapters went untouched, in neat display stacks behind the smashed storefront.) Technology amplifies every dimension of human experience. Inane acts and stillborn thoughts now travel at the speed of light. That’s as true for a married New York congressmen Tweeting his wiener to romantic targets as it is for a Newton teenager posting a subliterate message on Facebook about her looted Coach purse. In the digital fairground there is no intellectual equivalent to height restriction. Everyone gets a seat on the “cloud,” and would we really want it otherwise? Gadgets or no gadgets, stupidity and folly have always coexisted with sense and sensibility. Consider the recent deep thoughts of Texas congressman Joe Barton, the former chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Republican pol doesn’t like wind power, and recently said it could accelerate climate change. “Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? ...I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up.” Marvel, if you will, at the Chuck Jones physics of this Looney Tune worldview. Barton is a top political operative, yet it seems like he’s straight out of

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geoffolson the film Idiocracy. A rioter with a brick does far less damage than this guy can with a single press release. But bricks and faxes are old-school communication forms; thanks to social networking sites anyone proficient in textspeak is now a publisher. Anyone with opposable thumbs and a camera is a photographer. (As my dad used to say, “You can’t stop progress.”) Middleclass cretins can stupidly snap pictures of each other stupidly rioting in the streets and stupidly post them on Facebook, and then stupidly apologize online, in effect making legal declarations of guilt. But ironically, many of the name-and-shame pics were from people on the sidelines looking for documentary excitement, who found it with rioters performing for their cameras. Some passive picture takers refused to comply with police orders to disperse. They helped identify some rioters, but weren’t they part of the ecosystem of acting up? The rioters’ portraitists are one element, but the biggest enablers were at city hall. Every teenager half as smart as their own phone knows you don’t send out an open message on Facebook inviting strangers to a grad boozefest at someone’s house— unless you want to trash the place. But that’s exactly what the city did in its addle-headed party math. A bad possible outcome for a Stanley Cup loss wasn’t rocket science, and there is more than one solution to the civic equation: alcohol plus sports fans to the nth power, times social media minus police presence. The ones most representative of this corner of the province were the brave sorts who attempted to intervene during the property damage, and those who partook in the cleanup crews afterward. As for the rioters, the Internet never forgets. The young brain-donors who whooped it up in front of burning cars and smashed storefronts achieved more than 15 minutes of fame. A virtual dog team of tagged images will hound them indefinitely, in an Iditarod of shame. Disorganized morons, meet distributed intelligence. www.geoffolson.com

According to at least one reader, Mayor Gregor Robertson, seen here signing the “Healing Wall,” is largely responsible for the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. photo Ian Smith/PNG To the editor: Re: “Aftermath,” June 22. In this house, we fault the mayor and city hall for what went on Wednesday, June 15. Yes, some people went there with the sole intent of causing mayhem. However, it was an ill-conceived idea to crowd 100,000 people into a narrow confined area like that. No emergency vehicles would ever have been able to get through. It was not secure, with people carrying liquor and weapons. The report from 1994 was ignored, cars

were left on the streets, mailboxes and metal barriers were left on the streets, etc. And the police presence was too small for such a mean-spirited crowd. Why do you think Boston didn’t have a live-viewing site, or any other city for that matter? Because they know these things will happen. The mayor and his staff were naive and ill-prepared and look what’s happened to our city. I am ashamed, disgusted and heartbroken. The responsibility lays with the mayor. Bruni K. Goodson, Vancouver

Punish the thugs and stop making excuses To the editor: Re: “Cocktail of booze, machismo and sport fuelled Stanley Cup riot,” June 17. Normally I ignore Tom Sandborn’s columns as they usually have little relevance to the real world. But last Friday’s commentary is as far off the wall as Tom has ever been. Once again burying his head in the sand and finding excuses to blame the actions of a bunch of thugs, criminals, drunks and misfits on sport—and to boot—offering the usual platitude that punishment is not the answer. There were also lots of women involved as well. Sorry Tom, punishment is the answer to this problem. Your claptrap thinking that the fault is professional sport, intoxication, or machismo is straight passing

the buck and simply not related. Many came looking for action and much of this was pre-planned. The fault rests with a society and a justice system that these thugs know will not punish them. There must be financial restitution for damages they are seen to have caused. For those who are minors, payment from parents should be demanded. Criminal charges laid for theft for those who stole. Sentencing, not to jail but to monitored community service such as parks cleanup, grounds work, city cleanup and yes even to “work” camps. Those who already have a record: jail time, preferably in camps/ forest service. These thugs are criminals. Every act was a criminal act and they should be

punished and not have a bleeding heart try to find excuses for there acts. Finally to the idiots who stood and watched, cheered and urged them on: it is a pity that we can not take this type of riot to your neighbourhood, or home or place of work and then see your reaction. A pity that you will not be charged as well. Tom, blaming sports marketing, community building and “advanced capitalism” is the typical socialist copout and a large reason why we have these problems. It’s always someone else’s fault and never the scumbags who think that they have a right to cause havoc and know that any punishment will be a joke. Dave Pym, Vancouver

Video stores decline as technology advances To the editor: Re: “Fade to black,” June 10. Lamenting the loss of video/DVD stores around aside, we should recognize that technology never stands still. If the mass production of DVDs is in decline or at least the rental thereof due to online downloading legit or otherwise, then so be it; people are lazy and would rather not head out to the store. Look at the status of the movie theatre in the prevideo rental age compared to during. Video rental was supposed to render the movie

theatre mute, it certainly changed it, but the movie theatre is still around in one form or another. Remember there used to be a time where you could only see movies in theatres. That day is gone; throwing a disk into a machine to do the same has had its day, we are moving on. The on-demand video/DVD rental biz has had a pretty good run from the early ’80s until now, at least they didn’t invest in Beta only, Laserdisc or audio CD rentals. Ian Gregson, Vancouver

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contained version of the project. There’s also talk of securing funding and organizing a forum so people can discuss their experiences. “There’s like a crisis and grief that’s setting in, that if you don’t talk about it, it can turn into anger, which can then turn into resentment. People naturally want to be acknowledged for their feelings of fear and anger. If they don’t have a place to talk about it, it will get stuck at that anger and resentment place,” Tamboline said. “For every aggressive act, there’s a kind act. We just need to see it sometimes takes a really harsh experience to bring people together, united in something that’s positive and progressive.” The city has expressed interest in keeping the flags, but because they are on private property, businesses have first dibs. When Tamboline heard there was interest in preserving them, she almost burst into tears. “I’m really happy I had an idea that was so helpful to people. It gives me a really good sense of hope.” jmoreau@burnabynow.com

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Riot responsibility must be shared: mayor Mayor Gregor Robertson says he accepts some responsibility for allowing the Stanley Cup riot to occur June 15 downtown but “ultimate responsibility” lies with lawbreakers. Robertson said responsibility should be shared with the Vancouver Police Department and the provincial government—“key partners in the celebration and in keeping our streets safe.” “But ultimate responsibility lies with those who broke the law here and who trashed our city,” the mayor told reporters Tuesday. “That is where justice must be served. We need to focus our attention on making sure all of those people are brought to justice.” Police Chief Jim Chu told reporters after the riot that he would have done things differently had he known a riot was inevitable. Adding more police in the so-called fan zones or live sites set up around the CBC building and Vancouver Public Library was one of the chief’s recommendations. Robertson, who is chairperson of the Vancouver Police Board, wasn’t clear whether he would have done anything different. He emphasized the operational plan was the responsibility of the chief. “It is easy to look back and say, well we should

Gregor Robertson have seen this coming, or we should have prepared better through the course of the day,” said the mayor, adding that he believed the city and other officials will “learn lessons” after an independent review of the riot is completed at the end of the summer. The VPD issued a statement Tuesday dispelling rumours that there was interference by bureaucrats and politicians with the police’s operational plan for Game 7 between the Canucks and Bruins. “The VPD would like to make it absolutely clear there is no shred of truth to these rumours,” the statement said. Robertson said he wouldn’t be surprised if downtown businesses “looked at the legal side of this” but added he didn’t anticipate the city being “sued or anything like that” for damages. The mayor acknowledged the downtown live sites were city-sanctioned events. But, he added, the majority of people downtown that night were not in the live sites. “It’s premature for any pursuit

around damages and liability,” he said, noting the city is working with businesses to ensure the downtown streetscape is fully restored and is in regular contact with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. On Monday, the city, provincial government and police board simultaneously announced details of the scope of the independent review of the riot. The review will focus on: • The findings from the 1994 Stanley Cup Riot and how were they integrated into the planning for the Game 7 celebrations. • The “foundational elements” of the VPD and city’s plans for the event and the relationship of those plans to what transpired in the leadup to and during the riot. • The availability of liquor at public events and the contribution this made to the mayhem that unfolded after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup 4-0. • Creating “a framework” for how the city and the VPD work with the appropriate partners to “optimize the safe, inclusive and enjoyable participation of the public in celebrations in the public spaces for which Vancouver is world-renowned.” The deadline for the report to be completed is Aug. 31. It will be made public. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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The city is spending $112,000 to showcase the former Olympic Village this summer. Ernst and Young Inc., the receiver for the development, has dedicated more than $100,000 from the proceeds of condo sales, market rentals and commercial leases at The

Village on False Creek to event programming, with the hope that a vibrant atmosphere will translate into condo sales. “By promoting the village this summer and introducing more people to this incredible neighbourhood, we’re also supporting the real estate marketing campaign,” said Craig Munro, senior vicepresident with Ernst and

Young. “That means selling more condominiums and getting more money back into the hands of the lender and the taxpayers of Vancouver.” Munro said business improvement associations typically organize such special events. But only a liquor store and bank operate in the ghost town-like development. The receiver is working with community organizations, non-profits and the Creekside Community Centre to draw visitors. Munro said festivities are being programmed over four months with 23 individual affairs and 26 days of events, as highlighted on vancouvervillage.ca. Just over half of the 737 strata units developed in time for the 2010 Winter Games had sold as of May 17, and 22 of the strata units were rented. Munro said the firm estimated that about 60 per cent of the strata and rental units were occupied as of May 17. All of the 119 purposebuilt rental units have tenants. (These figures don’t include the 252 units built to be affordable and social housing.) Munro, who responded to questions from the Courier via email as per Ernst and Young’s policy, said about 139 units are available for purchase while another 189 have yet to be relaunched onto the market. Condo marketer Bob Rennie said in February

that he’d urge Ernst and Young not to rent further strata units as sales were going well. But Munro said the firm is considering renting additional strata units to generate revenue and accelerate occupancy, depending on how sales progress over the next few months. Ernst and Young hired brand.LIVE, the events company that produces the Celebration of Light, Canada Day at Canada Place and the Live at Squamish music festival, in May. Catherine Runnals, president of brand.LIVE, says the recent Carnivale, with its 65-foot-tall ferris wheel and performances by Public Dreams, attracted 1,000 visitors to the fledgling neighbourhood. Outdoor yoga classes also run there every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Munro said Terra Breads operates a coffee kiosk in the development’s plaza and its café is slated to open in the neighbourhood in July. Upcoming events include an MEC Bikefest June 25, the Portobello West fashion and art market June 26, jazz festival performances July 2, and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic July 16. Thursday night outdoor movies start in August. The Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival moved to the area this year and reportedly attracted more than 100,000 visitors. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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The Save Your Skin Foundation invites those living with skin cancer to a symposium, June 25. The event will offer information on melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, available treatments and support options. Included will be short presentations and question-and-answer sessions with top skin cancer specialists. Speakers include Dr. Michael Smylie, medical oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, and Dr. Sasha Smiljanic, medical oncologist at Lions Gate Hospital. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St. Admission is free. To register, see saveyourskinpatientsymposium.eventbrite.com.

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The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can be too intense or severe for many children and their parents. To encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for kids, the Canadian-based Sportball emphasizes non-competitive sports instruction for children as young as 16 months

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Join three historians for a walking tour of Vancouver’s gravesites to discover what a Titanic survivor, a murdered nurse and an adventurous Gastown school teacher have in common. Herstory Café presents Crinolines, Crimes and Courage, a two-hour tour of pioneering women now buried at Mountain View Cemetery from 1 to 3 p.m. June 26. Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives. Lorraine Irving, the president of the B.C. Genealogical Society, is joined by Diane Rogers of the Women’s History Network of B.C. and the founder of the Herstory Café, Jolene Cumming. For more information, visit herstorycafe.ca.

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Hastings elementary school marked the end of the school year with a massive environmental art project Wednesday. More than 700 students, staff and parents gathered outside wearing coloured T-shirts to morph into the image of an alevin—a newly hatched salmon—to create a “living painting.” American artist Daniel Dancer created and directed the project known as Art in the Sky. Fraser Riverkeeper, an organization aimed at protecting, conserving, and improving water quality and fish habitat of the Fraser River and its watershed, landed a $5,000 grant from RBC’s Blue Water Project to cover the cost. Volunteer Diana Bennett, who has two sons at the school, located at 2625 Franklin St., helped organize the event. “It’s really about getting kids to see the big picture and to see when working together and collaborating they can create something really beautiful,” she said, adding it was also meant to be an environmental initiative—students raised salmon and released them in April. “So the image they created of a [juvenile] salmon was the completion of the whole project.” The goal was to make every aspect as earth-friendly as possible, including avoiding plastic-wrapped snacks at the end of the day and using recyclable material. The yellow, red and green T-Shirts worn by participants were made from organic cotton with soy-based dyes. Bark mulch and grass clippings used to create the outline for the image were put on the school garden afterwards. The artist arrived at Hastings a day before the event to mark out the image, which was

then traced with bark mulch. “The next morning, [helpers] added the grass detail and the colour and the eye, which was some donated material from Value Village,” explained Bennett. Dancer, the artist behind the project’s design, also talked to students about the concept before it went ahead. “Then the children filled [the image] in. They became all the paint drops. The red and yellow made the yolk sac on the alevin and the green and yellow also blended together to make the body and tail of the alevin,” Bennett said. On Thursday, Dancer played a video about the day at a school assembly. The elementary school has never organized such a large event with the entire school population, according to Bennett. Lauren Hornor, a director on the Fraser Riverkeeper’s board, noted there are 200 waterkeeper organizations around the world. One in Florida staged a similar project a few years ago and suggested other branches of the organization consider doing so too. Hornor started writing grant proposals in early 2008. “I thought it was an amazing opportunity to work with kids and do something a bit different to really impact the community,” she said. “It was a special opportunity. The project demonstrated the power of collaboration and to be part of something bigger than just themselves. They hopefully were inspired to become stewards of their water and to become guardians of their watershed.” She noted the number 350 was traced beside the alevin. “That’s the amount of parts per million that a consensus of scientists say will sustain us on this planet without the planet overheating,” she said. “Right now we’re at 390 and climbing so we’re trying to promote the idea of getting back to 350.” See related photo gallery at

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Advocates pan school demolition plan Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

A Vancouver School Board staff recommendation to bulldoze General Gordon elementary to make way for a new school is drawing fire from the Kitsilano community. Gordon was built in 1911 and opened in 1912, with subsequent additions and alterations in 1922 to 25, 1957 and 1961. Located at 2896 West Sixth Ave., the school celebrated its centennial last week and has been trying to determine how best to implement a seismic upgrade. Several options, ranging from full retention to partial retention to full replacement, were debated. Possibilities were narrowed to five, but VSB staff identified the preferred concept as a new school on the southern portion of the site—option four. Staff concluded the site is so small it would be difficult to house portables with enough outdoor play area during a phased construction, that the poor quality of the existing structure, together with a substandard lower floor level, creates design problems and noted a high cost to retain and renovate the existing building. The cost of saving the building is also significantly higher than the cost

of a replacement school and the cost has been weighed against the quality of the existing building and its heritage character, according to staff. An open house was held Tuesday to collect community input. The school board hasn’t made a final decision. Bill Uhrich, chair of the General Gordon School Advisory Committee, established to ensure parents, staff and local residents’ opinions were heard, said the preferred option doesn’t reflect existing input. While there was a range of opinions, including those favouring full retention, the committee settled on option one, which retained the iconic West Sixth Avenue and Bayswater façades and preserved Gordon’s prominent street presence. The option has a compact footprint that also retains the most outdoor space on a site only half the Ministry of Education standard and provides the most inside area for learning. It also moves students out of the old, unsafe school sooner than the preferred option. “We expressed very clearly in the last meeting that we felt option one was the best option, not just for heritage, but for a number of reasons… We were very surprised when option four, which is the new school, was selected,” Uhrich said. “What

was particularly difficult for us to fathom was the way in which it was announced. We invested incredible amounts of time and good faith in trying to trust a process and then to find out at 5:25 [p.m.] on the Friday, before the 100th year birthday, that the preferred option is actually to knock the school down against the wishes of the parent group and the community groups—it was really difficult for us to take.” Uhrich said the committee had also been working on false assumptions. He said it had been told Laura Secord elementary’s seismic upgrade, which involves full retention, was a complete disaster and way over budget, then more recently told it was a success and not as expensive as originally thought. Uhrich is nonetheless optimistic open house feedback will nix the staff recommendation. “Option one is still a new school but it does at least have some acceptance that heritage is an important value for Kitsilano,” he said. “I’m actually quite hopeful they’re going to start to understand this is a process that does need to have proper consultation, not just a managed consultation.” noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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out her lifelong dream of visiting the “enchanting” Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, which provided her an unforgettable experience to learn and respect nature. She found the people welcoming and eager to share their culture and history. Another bonus of her trip was visiting Quito and touring parts of the Andes.

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Where: Street Festival at Canada Place; Parade starts at the corner of Georgia Street & Broughton Street. www.canadaplace.ca/canadaday/.

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Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show The two-barge show begins at 10:30 p.m. The fireworks can be viewed from Harbour Green Park; Stanley Park Seawall, East Side; Harbour View Park, North Vancouver; and Lonsdale Quay at no charge.

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THERE ARE SEVERAL EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE VANCOUVER AREA ON CANADA DAY, WEDNESDAY, JULY 1. ALSO CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTRE OR SHOPPING MALL FOR INFORMATION ON OTHER HAPPENINGS.

Canada Day at Canada Place Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The 2011 Canada Day festivities will include nonstop entertainment on three stages and throughout. Canada Place hosts Downtown Vancouver’s biggest Canada Day celebration with a street festival, live music concerts on four stages, and an annual Canada Day Parade. When: Street Festival: 10am - 6pm; Parade starts at 7pm

Time: 8 a.m. to midnight. The annual parade is at 1:30 p.m., with The Carnival Band and stilt walkers leading a cast of characters around the island. It’s followed by Canada Day ceremonies / cake cutting at 2 p.m. at Ron Basford Park. There will be plenty of food, Canadian flag temp-tattoos, face painting, talented buskers and more, so check it out! Located at Johnston St., Granville Island; go to www.granvilleisland.com or call 604-666-5784.

Canada Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate #144 by visiting the museum to enjoy a day of arts and crafts and activities, plus the Heritage Harbour exhibit with vessels of all shapes and sizes. Kids are free on this day with a paid adult. Sail on down to 1905 Ogden Ave., at Vanier Park. Go to www.vancouvermaritimemuseum. com or call 604-257-8300.

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WISHING YOU & YOUR FAMILY A HAPPY CANADA DAY. —Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver Quadra

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coverage. The easiest way of applying the moss would be hand-watering with a cheap plastic can because these roses have fairly large holes. If they plug, you could try thinning the mossy liquid even more. Because moss loves shady, acidic moist conditions, watering that area in long, summer droughts might be necessary, though if it did get brown, I’m sure

it would green up with fall rain just as grass does. Since the moss is growing well anyway, shade and acidity are already present and I don’t think you’ll need to enhance them.

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It’s funny what you remember about your elementary school teachers and what mattered most to you as a child. Twenty-nine-year-old Tristan Scott sounds slightly embarrassed to admit that the prettiness of her first grade teacher, Donna Heselton, impressed her. “She always had beautiful lipstick on and I always remember her pulling up in her white jeep when we were younger,” Scott said. “I thought she was just the coolest lady, basically.” Heselton, an elementary school teacher for 41 years, 24 of them at Kerrisdale Annex where Scott attended, is poised to retire. Teachers and parents are organizing a June 27 party, open to former students. Mackenzie Jagger, Scott’s niece, completed Grade 2 with Heselton last year. “She’s always so happy and nice when I come in the door,” the nineyear-old said. “We had a lollipop tree. We drew little lollipops and stuck them on a tree. Every morning we had to sing to them and then they sprouted into [real] lollipops.” Sarah Harrison, 19, dropped by Heselton’s classroom during the Courier’s visit Wednesday. The lollipop tree

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also stuck with her. “I can still sing the song from that, which astounds me,” she said. Heselton dealt with Harrison’s anxiety about the possibility of there being a real fire during fire drills with understanding and compassion, Harrison said. The University of B.C. student also listed specific lessons she recalled from 14 years ago. “They were catchy and they were engaging,” Harrison said. “Learning became a game.” Margot Jagger, Mackenzie’s mother, said Heselton’s reputation preceded her. But Jagger heard that Heselton could retire before her three children enrolled at the annex that accommodates kindergarten to Grade 3 students. “I do feel lucky that we got that one year that Mackenzie was in here,” Jagger said. “Her ability to manage a large number of kids, rowdy boys, quiet girls, she figures out a way to give everyone what they need and get from them what she needs.”

Scott hopes to attend the retirement party as do many area mothers, Jagger said. “[Sending your child off to school for the first time] is a big deal,” Jagger said. “And knowing that you’ve got someone that you know is going to take care of them and nurture them and make them feel comfortable is important.” Jagger said she and her husband continually wonder whether private or public school is the best route. “Teachers like Ms. Heselton confirm for me that the public school system is a great place for my kids, filled with amazing educators,” she wrote in an email to the Courier. Heselton, who looks younger than her 61 years, sees travel on her horizon. She calls her long tenure in Kerrisdale a testament to her colleagues, administrators, the children and their families, and she wants to thank families for their support and appreciation. “And sharing their children with me, because that was really the joy of the job.” Partygoers can call 604-713-5488 to register their attendance. Tickets are $25 at the door and include refreshments and a contribution toward a retirement gift. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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1. Dust off your berets and comb that goatee, daddy-o. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival fills the streets, clubs and juke joints—we still have those, don’t we?—of Vancouver for its 26th year. Highlights include Blonde Redhead, Brad Turner Quartet, Colin Stetson, Digable Planets, Fond of Tigers, Wynton Marsalis, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, The Bad Plus and Portuguese singer Ana Moura among dozens of others. For info and full listings, go to coastaljazz.ca.

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2. Vancity Theatre screens the Best of Hot Docs, five films cherrypicked from North America’s largest documentary festival, June 24 to 26. Films include Love Etc., Project Nim, Senna, The Pirate Tapes and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, which follows the rigorous cross-continent tour undertaken by the late night talk show ginger after getting unceremoniously dumped from The Tonight Show. More info at viff.org.

3. Aspiring art collectors with Warhol tastes on a Bob Ross budget get their freak on June 25, 6 p.m. to midnight, for the 10th annual Cheaper Show featuring 200 local and international artists, including Quebec’s Paul Brunet, and 400 pieces of art for sale at a wallet-friendly 200 bucks a pop. This year’s festivities have a new home at 188 Kingsway near Broadway. More info at thecheapershow.com. 4. Legendary songwriter and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson performs his new album Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin in its entirety, along with a selection of Beach Boys classics to keep the peeps from rioting—to soon?— June 28, 7:30 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets at ticketmaster.ca.

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Jabba the Hut impersonator turned Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been getting some flack for his decision to skip the city’s annual Pride parade next week and spend the holiday weekend in cottage country with his family. Ford, who’s gained notoriety for his loutish opposition to bikes, transit and anything that doesn’t have a muffler or remind him of his favourite movie of all time Cannonball Run, will be breaking a tradition of Toronto mayors marching in the Pride parade that spans more than a decade, according to the Globe and Mail. The mayor and his city councillor brother Doug, who may or may not have been eating a plate of delicious smokies at the time, claim they are just keeping up with another tradition—spending the Canada Day long weekend with their redneck family. But leaders of the Toronto gay community say Ford’s absence sends the wrong message, especially in light of the fact that as a councillor for Etobicoke, Ford made comments considered by many as homophobic, suggesting that “if you’re not doing needles and you’re not gay, you won’t get AIDS, probably,” and as mayor, he voted against restoring provincial funds for syphilis and

HIV screening programs. So although Rob Ford will not be attending Pride festivities in Toronto, there is a bright side, which is Rob Ford will not be attending Pride festivities in Toronto.

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Last week’s Stanley Cup riot confirmed K&K’s long held-belief that we are nothing more than noble savages, some less noble than others and only a few whiskey-howls away from falling under the primal sway of the pack. But it also reminded us of the true nature of the political beast and its unquenchable desire to score political points against one’s opponents at the first taste of blood. To that end, we’ve started to hear grumblings from the catchphrase wizards at the NPA and their online loudspeaker citycaucus.com. That smoke you smelled downtown after the riots? Some of it was from the cogs and wheels starting to churn in the NPA PR machine as they came up with their latest bon mot “Robertson’s Riot.” A take off on “Sam’s Strike,” from years ago, Robertson’s Riot rolls off the tongue, is easy

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The decor isn’t the only thing spicy about Pink photo Tim Pawsey Elephant Thai. and then follow through with the chef to make sure the plates were actually delivered as promised. Kudos to them for taking our experience up a notch. Also, all plates can be spiced to suit. This latest entry from the Thai House Group is charted in a different direction from its siblings. Beyond the obvious pink patina is a thorough execution of plates that shine through with vibrant spicing and flavour. A couple of highlights included prawn pumpkin curry ($12), tender slices of barbecued squid with chili dipping sauce ($9), and deepfried tofu ($5). Good dessert tastes yield an intense black sesame ice cream ($3) and a “Three Princesses” trio of sweet sticky rice with egg custard, mango and addictive sweet coconut strips ($6). The servers here will be in

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Merchant filled with sweet sorrow At Bard on the Beach until Sept. 23 Tickets: 604.739.0559 bardonthebeach.org Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

Under Rachel Ditor’s direction this is a fresh, new take on what remains a problematic play in the Shakespeare canon. And she suggests an answer to a 400-year-old question: Why does the titular merchant Antonio risk all his wealth (“My purse all unlocked”) as well as his life for young Bassanio? Having wasted all his own resources and therefore desirous of wooing the wealthy heiress Portia, Bassanio goes to Antonio for the loan of 3,000 ducats. Antonio has tied up all his money in his shipping business but, swallowing his pride, he goes to the Jewish moneylender Shylock whom he has in the past reviled as a “cut throat dog.” Shylock, stung by Antonio’s insults, draws up a contract: he will loan him the money but a pound of Antonio’s “fair Christian flesh” will be exacted on forfeiture of the loan. Antonio gets the loan, gives the money to Bassanio who then woos and wins fair Portia. Antonio’s ships founder and Shylock demands what the law says is rightly his. The play is difficult on several levels not the least of which is the vicious anti-Semitism on the part of all the so-called Christians. But director Ditor strikes a fine balance: Antonio is not “the good guy” and Shylock is not the “bad.” They are equally intolerant. And, eventually, they are equally to be pitied. But Merchant has other problems as well. It’s hard to see Bassanio as anything but opportunistic, and if Portia, who has the wisdom to speak those famous lines, “The quality of mercy is not strain’d/It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven,” why doesn’t she see through Bassanio? Ah, in the theatre, love transforms all, I suppose. And then there’s Shylock’s daughter Jessica (Luisa Jojic) who steals her father’s

money and jewels, runs off with Lorenzo (Sebastian Kroon) and converts to Christianity. What are we to make of her? This production is set in Italy circa 1870. Mara Gottler’s gowns—nipped-in waists, bouffant bustles, lavish finishing details— are breathtaking. And there are many sweet moments between Salanio (David Marr) and Salarino (Shawn Macdonald), looking like a pair of gents straight out of Tuscany as they sip their espressos and read their papers on a sunlit patio. Lindsey Angell is a beautiful Portia although her early girlish giddiness seems somewhat incongruent with the wise Portia (disguised as a lawyer) later on. (And how wise is she, in fact? She’s as anti-Semitic as the rest of them.) Charlie Gallant’s Bassanio is handsome and charming, and John Murphy, as the lisping Prince of Aragon (one of Portia’s suitors) is hilarious. But the play really belongs to Antonio (Duncan Fraser) and Shylock (Richard Newman), and these two veteran actors are superb in their roles. Newman shows great restraint and is not at all the grasping, money-grubbing stereotype often seen in other productions. He states his character’s case calmly—a man asking only for what the law allows. So much does he draw the audience’s empathy, a gasp went up on opening night when the Duke of Venice demands that Shylock become a Christian. Antonio is a wonderful, meaty role for Fraser. The play opens with Antonio, a rich but sad and lonely man. Ditor suggests Antonio has a homoerotic attachment for Bassanio that is not reciprocal; Antonio is the “Silver Fox,” Bassanio, the charming boy toy. At curtain, Antonio is alone again, Bassanio having given only a fleeting glance back at his benefactor as he rushes off to the marriage bed with Portia. Fraser brings so much depth and range to the character, that as the lights fade on Antonio, loneliness and loss hang over the play in spite of all the happy weddings. Such sweet sorrow. joled@telus.net

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Creator of Lily and Oliver wants you to ‘like’ it

Queer web series reaches out with social media tools State of the Arts

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They have good hair and they hang out in apartments and a coffee shop quipping about each other’s lives. It’s not TV’s Friends, but a locally made queer web series called Lily and Oliver that debuts June 27. Vancouver Film School student Jamie Chapman created the series, which will be augmented by a social media component. The 23-year-old native of Calgary produced the show for his Entertainment Business Management program grad project. “I had this idea of two gay best friends for life who would be perfect for each other in every way if they weren’t both gay, and it just related to me because I’m gay,” he said. In addition to appearing in the comedy/drama, the characters of Lily and Oliver, 20-something college students who express themselves with social media, will interact with audiences on web blogs, video blogs on YouTube and with their tweets to one another. Chapman says there’s no particular web series/social media model he’s following, but he referenced an American gay-themed web series called Anyone But Me and another called lonelygirl15 that faced backlash af-

Vancouver Film School student Jamie Chapman (left) created the queer web series Lily and Oliver for his Entertainment Business Management program grad project. ter YouTube viewers learned the teenage girl they watched via her video blog was a fictional character rather than a real person. Building an audience with social media is emphasized in Vancouver Film School’s Entertainment Business Management courses because doing so is par for the course these days, according to Chapman. “It’s not as simple as it once was in terms of film and television because now you have your YouTubes and your Twitters and every-

thing,” he said. “They give us a lot of classes on how to make super high-quality productions out of very little money. You learn how to go to investors and pitch it. We do a ton of pitches in the program, how to get sponsors for various projects. We have to put on an award show for the whole school just on a budget of $1,000.” Chapman produced Lily and Oliver with mentorship from Nicholas Humphries, producer and director of the acclaimed Syfy series

Riese: Kingdom Falling. That series started online then secured distribution on television. Bob Woolsey, creator, writer and star of the Leo-nominated queer-themed web series Bob and Andrew, directed Lily and Oliver, which was written by Lindsay Jackson. Lily is an Ellen Page-like Jori Phillips, while Oliver is played by Kyle McMurray. Five additional actors play parents, a love interest and friends. The cast and crew worked for free. Chapman aspires to produce 10 episodes of 10 minutes each that could be packaged for distribution as a made-for-TV-movie to appear, perhaps, on OUTtv. Sixty-three people “liked” the Lily and Oliver Facebook page as of June 22. “I’d like a thousand or more by the time I graduate [in two months], and then hopefully a thousand YouTube views for the actual episodes and some hits on the blog,” Chapman said. The first episode is aptly named “Coming Out is Hard to Do.” Future episodes, if they’re funded, could touch on crushes, questioning one’s sexuality and marital woes. Before subsequent episodes can be produced, Lily and Oliver needs a following, then funding. “I want money,” the aspiring TV producer said. For more information, see lilyandoliverblog.com. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

Worship in Vancouver JULY 2011

St. Helen's Please note temporary locations during renovations until further notice 11:15 am English Service at St. James 9:30 am Cantonese Service at St. James 9:30 am Mandarin Service at Kitsilano Community Centre St. James Community Square - 3214 West 10th Ave. Kitsilano Community Centre - 2690 Larch Street Church office - #407 - 2150 W. Broadway 604.732.1835 I www.lordsgrace.ca I info@lordsgrace.ca

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Road not taken for happy trail runner Trail running is the rebel’s answer to a 10-kilometre road race. Forested wilderness, open grassland, and mountain passes have one thing in common for the athletes who blaze their trails: no pavement, no asphalt, no cement. The cityscape left behind, the terrain of a trail spurs runners to kick it up a notch, race through the bush like they’re in pursuit or being pursued. It can feel primal. It can be playful, too. For Dave Campanella, a 43-yearold who travels the continent for business, trail running harks back to youth. “You run like you did as a child,” he said. Your legs take a wide gait, your head stays high and you find yourself smiling. “On the road you take the posture of an adult. Your rate contracts, you have a hither leg-turnover.” A graduate of Vancouver College now based in Ontario, Campanella competes in five- and 10-km road races and completes half-marathons. He says he has jogged in most of the continent’s urban centres (Chicago’s waterfront is his favourite) but nothing compares to Vancouver’s urban parks. “You don’t appreciate this when you’re here,” he said before taking off down a trail of Pacific Spirit Park near his childhood home. “You don’t find wilderness forest in the cities like this.”

Urban trail running in Vancouver is bolstered by a busy competitive race circuit with events taking place throughout the summer around the Lower Mainland. Some races are appropriate for novices while others are dedicated to the seasoned pros. Here’s a run-down of races scheduled for this summer: • Knee Knacker: Set for July 9, this demanding, mountain-scaling course along the North Shore’s Baden-Powell Centennial Trail spans 30 challenging kilometres from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. The race started 22 years ago and grew to become one of the biggest ultra-marathon races in the country. A lottery is used to select a field of 262 runners. The event has raised more than $40,000 for charity and this year proceeds will benefit North Shore Search and Rescue. For more information, visit kneeknacker.com. • 5 Peaks: The five-race B.C. coastal trail running series includes single-track cross-country courses at Simon Fraser University and Golden Ears Provincial Park. Five years ago, 3,000 raced these trails and in 2010, numbers grew enormously with more than 11,000 racers participating in the sold-out five-race series. Registration is open for the July 23 Mount Seymour event, which includes a children’s one-km challenger course, a sport course (6.2-km trail; 251-metre elevation gain) and an endurance course (11.7-km trail; 642-metre elevation gain). The series picks up Aug. 20 at Whis-

Dave Campanella channels his inner child while enjoying a trail run photo Dan Toulgoet through Pacific Spirit Park. tler/Blackcomb and Sept. 24 at Buntzen Lake Reservoir in Port Moody. Visit 5peaks.com for more details. • B.C. Athletics: Elite runners and novice participants compete in this multi-race circuit organized by the provincial athletics association that over-

sees track and field events. The circuit is scored and age groups include Junior (19 and under), open and masters for men and women. For more information, visit bcathletics.org. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

‘Queen of the Grind’ aims for 13 climbs in one day

Megan Stewart Staff writer

Amy Tso, the self-described Queen of the Grind, is taking steep, uphill strides to place herself amid the royalty of Vancouver hikers. The 29-yearold believes she has scaled the Grouse Grind more times than any other woman and each of her 416 gruelling climbs in only three years was motivated by her mother, who died of cancer nearly 20 years ago. To emulate and honour her mother, on Sunday Tso aims to ascend the Grouse Grind 13 times in one day, matching the record currently held by a female climber. She is also aiming to raise $20,000 for the Canadian Cancer

Society and has surpassed the halfway mark. She’s focused on the total, both in terms of fundraising and elevation. “I’m all about the number of climbs not speed,” she said. Her efforts are titled the Grind for Cure and the exertion “will push my physical limits beyond anything I have ever done before.” Angel Chung Tso was 38 years old when she died. “Dedication, courage, strength, determination and love were only some of the qualities my mother possessed during her five-year battle with cancer,” said Tso, who was nine when her mom died after cancer spread to her uterus. Her personal record is eight ascents in a single day. The women’s record, a baker’s dozen, is held by Vicki Mann.

Last summer, Simon Albrecht of Vancouver broke his own record and reached the summit 14 times in one day. Tso first grinded the 2.9 kilometers up the 30-degree slope five years ago. She smoked at the time and after the trek quit “cold turkey.” “I was huffing and puffing. It took me one hour and 20 minutes to get up,” she said. Tso, who attended Templeton secondary, started training in earnest in 2009 but without the experience of a competitive athlete, she didn’t know how to feed herself properly, recover after exercise or maintain a healthy body weight. “I put my body into shock. I didn’t prepare, I didn’t know how to refuel,” she said. In three months, she dropped

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20 pounds and disrupted her body’s natural cycle and overall health. “For females, it’s tougher on us.” Tso stayed motivated, trained smarter and will aim to put her name in the record books. Her average time is down to 50 minutes, her personal best 46 minutes and 51 seconds, and she scaled the total 2,830 stairs 13 times in only four days between Sunday and Wednesday earlier this week. But this weekend, she’ll attempt to repeat all those ascents in a single day. “You’re climbing a mountain. It really is ‘nature’s Stairmaster,’” she said. “When you get to the top, you enjoy that amazing view.” For more information, search Amy Tso at cancerevents.kintera.ca.


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A Granfondo is to road cyclists what a marathon is to runners. A few short years ago, a Granfondo meant nothing to your average Canadian cyclist. Today, Granfondos are the benchmark challenge for the swelling ranks of weekend warriors. A Granfondo is a mass participation cycling event, and the fuss surrounding them is demonstrated by the thousands of riders who participate. These cycling events are so much more than a bike ride—the pre and postride festivities and on-route support make the greater event just as memorable as the time in the saddle. The organizations behind these events, the buy-in from various levels of government to underwrite their success, and pent up demand for an organized venue for recreational cyclists to get together and challenge themselves have combined to create a thriving industry. You can find mass participation cycling events in Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, and Penticton and in every

region east to the Atlantic Ocean. In cycling circles rumours are swirling that a large Granfondo will be planting a flag in the Fraser Valley next summer. The surge in popularity of cycling is in part due to these events. The concept was transplanted from Europe to satisfy those who already called cycling their sport. The electricity of the events and the challenge it presented sent commoners to bike shops in droves. It was not long after the purchase of their first road bike that these new riders were joining bike clubs and transitioning themselves from a bike owner and casual rider to full-patch cyclist. Year after year, participation figures for these events clearly demonstrate that many cyclists participate in more than one event, if not all, on the ad-hoc Granfondo circuit. To give purpose to your training efforts and to commit to a summer of challenge and conquest, you could schedule yourself to ride in Granfondos from May through to September. Granfondos are not short bike rides. The shortest Granfondo will be approximately 120 kilometres and event organizers are notorious for making them less than easy. A structured approach to training for these events is critical if you are new to cycling, but don’t be wary of tossing yourself to the wolves. If your goal is to ride your first Granfondo, then cycling needs to be your sport

IF YOUR GOAL IS TO RIDE YOUR FIRST GRANFONDO, THEN CYCLING NEEDS TO BE YOUR SPORT AND THIS MEANS YOU NEED TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. and this means you need to take it seriously. You would not show up to run a marathon with a passive attitude toward running. Many bike clubs and provincial cycling organizations, such as Cycling B.C., offer training programs for new riders, the primary objective being getting them ready for their first Granfondo. The only way to develop the skills and fitness necessary to feel invigorated at the finish line rather than on the brink of death is to train with those who do in fact know and ride better. I can’t think of a more satisfying way to cycle any region’s prime cycling territory than in an organized setting surrounded by thousands of people with whom I share an implicit bond—a bike. The next Granfondo is in Penticton July 10 and people can still sign up. I’ve cycled the route and it’s amazing. Go to granfondoaxelmerckx.com for details. Jeffrey@theroadiescholar.com


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F/T Accounting Assistant Vancouver based international publishing company seeks a F/T Accounting Assistant to join our team. The company offers an excellent working environment with full benefits, 3 weeks holiday per year on joining (4 weeks after 3 years) and a four day work week of 38 hours (with a four day weekend on Monday holidays). Responsibilities include: full cycle of AR & AP, GL entry, bank reconciliation, filing and assisting senior accountants. Previous experience using accounting software, spreadsheets, etc is critical. Must be well organized and detail oriented and able to work independently. Good written and oral communication skills. Please send your resume, along with a handwritten letter of introduction and a general range of salary expectations. Enclosure of HAND written letter of introduction is essential. Fax: 604 648 9073 or Email: jkang@hartleyandmarks.com Closing date for applications: July 05/2011. Call 604 739 1771 ext 115 to confirm receipt of your resume.

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Governess / Housekeeper Requested for a permanent job position within an affluent private household in Vancouver. $35 to $60K. Prior experience needed. Job description at www.elitedomo.com Contact Nicolas at nmarion@elitedomo.com

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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

Become a Registered Personal Trainer. See our ad under Education. Hilltop 604-930-8377

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MARPOLE Apartment building in Marpole needs a live-in manager couple to oversee its day to day operations. Duties include suite rentals, basic building maintenance and a little bookkeeping. No experience necessary. Training provided. Please fax resume to 604-980-3839. EARN UP TO $28.00/HOUR. Undercover Shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience Not Required. If You Can Shop - You Are Qualified! www.MyShopperJobs.com

F/T, P/T RECEPTIONIST / VET ASSISTANT required for busy animal hospital in Central Vancouver. Will train. Fax your resume to 604-988-7284 or email:

sunshineplazaanimalhospital@yahoo.ca

GARLANDS FLORIST req’s F/T Artistic Floral Arranger. $14.71/hr, 40hrs/wk, design & create floral arrangements at shop/customers venues. Advise customers. Receive payments. Min. 3 yr exp & Compl of HS. Knowledge of proper handling of flower & Japanese language asset. CV with photos of floral arrangements to hr.garlandsflorist@gmail.com or fax 604-739-6622 Location: 2950 W. Broadway, Van

FOOD & OTHER PRODUCTS IN-STORE SAMPLERS Need To Get Out Of The House, Talk To People & Create Extra Income? Try part-time work as a Freelance Contractor 4-8 days a month as a Product Demonstrator! Great for Seniors, Retirees & Mature Adults! Do you enjoy talking to people & know how to do basic cooking? This job is for you and is perfect for men & women. Availability: both Fri & Sat from 11am to 5 or 6pm (& some Sun). We are gearing up for a busy fall season with summer training and occasional summer work. Requirements: you must be a gogetter able to work on your own, be able to carry medium weight equipment into stores & own a car. Must be well groomed, bondable & fully fluent in English. Pay starts at $10/hr. Training provided in N. Burnaby. Call JMP Marketing at 1-800-991-1989, local 30. JMP Marketing Services, BC’s most reliable demo company since 1979.

VANCOUVER’S LARGEST Lawn and Property Maintenance Company pays $120-$360 DAILY for outdoor Spring/Summer work. Hiring honest, competitive, and energetic individuals to fill our various 2011 positions. Apply online @ www.propertystarsjobs.com

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SOUND ENGINEER

Rock Shop requires a Sound Engineer with at least 3 years of experience, $ 24.27/hour for 35 hr/week Spanish is an asset. Email your resume to lostneck@shaw.ca

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Sat June 25th 10am-2pm 4311 Pine Crescent @ Nanton NO EARLY BIRDS!

HUGE HUGE SALE! Sat ★ June 25th 10 am - 3 pm 2260 West 10th Ave. Electronics, household items, sports equip, furn, kids stuff etc. All proceeds donated to Brazilian Children’s Society

GARAGE Sale 3092 West 37th Avenue BACK LANE, Saturday June 25, 10:00am-2:00pm, Family Garage Sale ...lots of items ...trampoline, Foosball table, patio furniture and much more! Rain or Shine.

Point Grey Vancouver Moving Sale - downsizing! Sat. June 25th, 9:30am - 2:00pm 3992 West 13th Ave. (back Yard) Furn. lots of great items, household, books, bikes. tools, etc.

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DINING ROOM table, 6 chairs, buffet & hutch, solid wood $550 leather love seat double recliner near new $500. 604-796-2513 VILAS MAPLE bdrm furn, 4 matching pcs exc cond $1200. 604-626-0441 call after 4pm

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Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530

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SIBERIAN HUSKY Timberwolf pups, $1100. 604-798-7698 dalenterry@gmail.com

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

Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds. www. abetterlifedogrescue.com

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Chilliwack

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Vancouver East Side

UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL home on acre in White Rock. Quiet & privacy in select tree lined neighbourhood. $1,838,000. Hugh McKinnon Daphne 604-531-1909

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Okanagan

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Lots & Acreage

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Accounting/ Bookkeeping

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Cats

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Dogs

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MARY ELIZABETH MARRIOTT late of Vancouver, British Columbia. All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executors at 18th Floor, 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5A1 on or before the 29th day of July, 2011 after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have then been received. James David Marriott and Dennis Blair Peterson, Executors BY: Messrs. Lindsay Kenney LLP,Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: LEA MARIA CHU, otherwise known as LEA CHU, YAU CHUEN MARIA HO and LEA YAU CHUEN MARIA CHU HO, Deceased, formerly of 2471 Triumph Street, Vancouver, B.C. Creditors and others having claims against the Deceased, who died on December 14, 2010, at Vancouver, B.C. are required to send such claims to the Executor at #2700 - 700 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC, V7Y 1B8, on or before July 25, 2011, after which the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Linda Jean Warren, Executor. Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Solicitors. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The estate of Charlotte Jane DeVitt, also known as C. Jane DeVitt and Jane DeVitt, deceased, formerly of 3350 West 40th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6N 3B6 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Charlotte Jane DeVitt, also known as C. Jane DeVitt and Jane DeVitt, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor c/o Adrian & Co., Barristers and Solicitors, attn: Lara A. Percy, at 5660 Yew Street, Vancouver, BC V6M 3Y3 on or before July 22, 2011, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

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Personals

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Appliance Repairs

VAN APPLIANCE SERVICES Repair home appl. Low rate guar. Permit/Lic. Tom 604-323-8063

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Cleaning

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Drywall

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Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

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Drywall

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Quality Drywall Finishing. Textured Ceilings & Repair. Renov Specialist. No job too small. 837-1785

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Cancer June 21-July 22: Your energy, effectiveness, magnetism, and optimism rise for the weeks ahead.You’re on a winning track! That is, if you don’t get knocked off it Sunday/Monday by insisting too strongly on your own way. Be flexible, discern others’ desires. Your popularity rises the rest of this year, and this Monday it could bring you love! Wish, hope, see opportunities, not oppositions. Retreat for a rest and some deep thinking Tuesday/Wednesday – good plans can hatch, and civil servants favour you. Your energy, clout rise Thursday-Saturday: but a domestic or realty problem needs solving. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Take life easy, roll with the punches this week and the next few.Lie low,rest,plan, meditate, deal with shut-ins, fulfill old obligations, be charitable and spiritual, especially Thursday to Saturday. Study career, employment, government and head-office situations Sunday/Monday – think about the changes these areas face now to 2023. Your health faces changes too: a chronic condition disappears. The decade ahead brings digestive concerns, so eat sensibly. Vegetables cure ills. Your hopes rise Tuesday/Wednesday: enjoy a pleasant interval. Saturday night brings “potent glances.” Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Hopes and wishes come true over the weeks ahead. Your optimism grows, your popularity rises. Expect flirtation, light romance, entertainment, social delights! Issue and accept invitations. Wisdom, understanding visit Sunday/Monday. You could see friends struggle, or gravitate toward one another. Be ambitious Tuesday/ Wednesday – you can make headway, all is smooth, especially in money areas related to career. Your hopes and happiness rise Thursday to Saturday, but impediments arise to money, earnings, sensuality and romance – practical impediments. Smile, bide your time.

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Apt/Condos

1 BACH $495 Immed, Cambie & SW Marine Dr. hardwood, incl hw, 1 yr lease. np, ns, 604-988-4692 1 BDRM, $800. Newly reno’d. view, hardwood, Victoria Drive & 33rd. no pets, no smoking, Avail June 15th. 604-765-8561. 1 BR balc. $750. 2 BR, skylights, wd, $1400, Fraser & 51st. NS, NP 1 yr lease, now, 604-576-3868 gchiang@paragonrealty.ca

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Aries March 21 - April 19: The weeks ahead feature property, family, security, gardening, retirement, and the establishment or strengthening of foundations (concrete and emotional/spiritual). You’ll say goodbye to some people or situations, and greet new ones. Snip off wilted vines. Chase money Monday/ Tuesday, but pay attention to major developments: 1) the change in your life and goals causes a change in your home and foundations; 2) this “home change” must face and deal with a change in status or career. Both are long-term, fill the decade ahead – many heartfelt wishes will come true before 2018! Taurus April 20-May 20: Short trips, paperwork, errands, calls, news and casual acquaintances fill the weeks ahead. It’s a busy but not important time. A new project could arise in these areas Thursday onward. Your energy and charisma hit a beautiful peak Sunday/Monday – both days feature a critical development, one which will mold your character going forward. Not in a “war” or conflict way, but in a wisdom way. Chase money Tuesday/Wednesday – but reasonably. Information comes Thursday to Saturday – avoid taking risks in property, legal, and employment zones. Avoid gossip all week; think first. Gemini May 21-June 20: Chase money, seek new clients, buy/sell, and deal with all money matters for the few weeks ahead. Your overall financial, investment, net worth situation is changing – has been changing since 2008, and will continue to do so until 2023. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. Hints of this (and perhaps of tension between your social needs and your money desires) appear Sunday/Monday. Now through August 2012, don’t make the wrong financial decision based on anger, selfishness, over-independence, or a “fed up” feeling. Your energy, charisma surge mid-week – start good things!

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LANGARA GARDENS 601 West 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments & Townhouses. Heat, hot water & lrg storage locker included. Many units have spacious 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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Apt/Condos

BEAUTIFUL SUITES Marpole area. Bach, 1 & 2 BRs. Newer kitchens & baths. H/W flrs, balcony/patio. $800 & up. Incl heat, h/water, 2 appl. 604-327-9419 or 778-855-8666

EBURNE LANDING Housing Co-operative. Available for July 1, 2011, Lrg.1 Bdr. 4th Floor $857.00/ mo. Housing charge incl: heat, hot water, electricity. Share purchase deposit is $1000.00. Pets upon approval. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Dogs must not be over 20lbs. Parking spot available. Participation is MANDATORY and consists of committee meetings, chores and tasks. You must participate a min. of 6 hrs/ person/ unit/ month. You must want to be part of a Community. Applic. found on our website must be completed in full. $25.00 CASH ONLY credit check fee at time of interview. Please provide contact information. Call: (604) 261-0063 or email: grotaru@baywest.ca POCO, 3 BR condo, Shaughnessy/Aktins, 2 full baths, approx 900sf, NS/NP, avail July 15th, $1475/mo, min 1 yr lease, ref’s, call 604-931-4860 ★SUNNY 1 BR Marpole. Van. westside, 3rd flr reno’d, quiet, balcony. heat & h/w incl’d $800. no dogs, July 1. 604-269-6689

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Electrical

CHARLIE’S ELECTRIC Co. #94835 all electric needs, reas rates bonded WCB 778-888-4528 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR: Exp, friendly, reliable. Specializing in replacing old nob & tube wiring. Lic.#50084. 604-725-4535 LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934. YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

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Furnished Accommodation

BACH, NR 41st/Cambie, own entry, wd, ns, np. $600 incl utils, net, TV & cable. 604-327-2909 HOMAWAY INNS Specializing in furn accom in the Westend Vancouver at reas rates. call 604-684-7811 or visit www.homawayinns.com

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Houses - Rent

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Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM bsmt ste in Kerrisdale home July 1st very bright, n/s, n/p, For info please call 604-738-9258 or 604-230-5522 1 br ground level suite, July 1. Newly reno, new appls, own entry, $800 incld utils no wd, ns, np, 59/Windsor 604-779-3712 2 BDRM bsmt ste in new home, 41st & Argyle, nr transit, ammens. $950/mth. no pets, ns, July 1st. 604-720-0798

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June 26 - July 2, 2011

Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The cosmos nudges you toward career, business, ambition and prestige situations for the next few weeks (especially late this week). Simultaneously, a deeper, perhaps unconscious force pulls you toward domesticity, security, foundations. You could experience this as a try-versus-quit tug-o-war. It’s there strongly Sunday/ Monday. Best approach: make changes to your career (etc.) goals in order to conform to new realities. The year ahead favours major life changes, and these could also touch a lucky wand to your investments and/or intimate life. For success: talk, be curious! Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: This is a gentle, sweet time of understanding and wisdom. You might meet a love who could become a life mate – though this is more favoured after July 2, as practical impediments lurk all this week (e.g., that handsome guy is a single father with 10 loud kids.) But in the big picture, you’re finally on true love’s road – though your destination could appear in any one of the fifteen years ahead. The 12 months ahead bring lucky relationships and splendid money opportunities. Love’s choice arises Tuesday. Finances, sexual urges are easy midweek, but might be subtle traps. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Mysteries, secrets, changes and commitments fill the weeks ahead, especially this Thursday-Saturday – though so many practical barriers and traps arise this week that you should wait until next week to act. (Especially to invest, change lifestyle, seek a health diagnosis, undergo surgery, seek sexual intimacy, or make any kind of important commitment or new start.) Sunday/Monday are for chores – practice safety, and eat/dress sensibly. Relationships are smooth and benign Tuesday/Wednesday – still, be wary of committing yourself (and of offered advice). Joy, Saturday late!

Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Relationships are paramount during this irritating week. Be diplomatic. Bosses and VIPs seem un-amused, and practical matters run into soft, subtle but strong impediments. Opportunities will come, but the good ones arrive after July 2, not before. Sunday/Monday are romantic – you could meet someone who finds you mysteriously attractive. This could grow to “deep heights.” Tackle chores Tuesday/Wednesday, but don’t take on so much it will interfere with other activities. You’re meant to find love and pleasure this year: to deny it would be a loss. Go slow Thursday to Saturday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: The month ahead holds chores, health and nutrition concerns, and nudges you to attend to kids and pets. It’s a good time to seek employment – after this week. Though Sunday/ Monday might contain stress (Sunday) and a feeling of alienation (Monday) these days also highlight home, recuperation, Gaia, property – all imbued with good/ great fortune over the months ahead. A nice romantic breeze is wafting its way through your life June/July, and you should feel its light touch Tuesday/Wednesday. Handle chores, but avoid romance, machinery purchases, dull people, Thursday-Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: The accent lies on romance, pleasure, beauty, creative surges, speculation, risks and self-expression, now through late July (and especially this Thursday-Saturday). This week’s a little dicey, though, filled with practical barriers, so a bit of waiting or hesitation isn’t unwise. Sunday/Monday indelibly link your romantic and social sides, or cause a tug-o-war between the two. A friend might become a lover (or hints thereof) – or you might have to choose between the two. Domestic matters flow smoothly Tuesday/Wednesday, but might not be beneficial long-term. Talk aids career. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865 Aussie Excavations. Same day quote, Retaining walls, drainage, all types jobs Tim 778-322-3002 BACKHOE, drainage, excavation, concrete driveway, sidewalk, pavers, retaining walls, bob cat, landscape trucking 604-833-2103

Fencing/Gates

CEDAR FENCES - best price 604-862-5545

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

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GUTTER CLEANING, repairs installation; powerwashing and window cleaning. Call Dynamic Gutters & Exteriors 604-439-9417

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Flooring/ Refinishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

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Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944 CARPET, VINYL & HARDWOOD Repair & Replace. Material sales Dwight, 778-322-6048 I’ll show you the inexpensive route www.fccarpets.shawwebspace.ca Golden Hardwood & Laminate Prof install, refinishing, sanding, and repairs. 778-858-7263 INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

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Lawn & Garden

Gutters

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732-8453

BEST PRICE! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127

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Heating

Lorenzo & Son Plumbing & Heating (604) 312-6311 Local Licens312-6311 ed Plumbers & Gas Fitters

8150

Kitchens/Baths

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

Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets

#3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby

8155

Landscaping

Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. Old Pools Filled in. 604 782-4322

RETAINING WALL OR FOUNDATION BLOCKS. Save up to 50% off. Call 604-294-5342

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Lawn & Garden

HEDGING GARDENING CLEAN-UPS PRUNING

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Professional Powerwash Gutters cleaned & repaired Since 1984, 604-339-0949 Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

Moving & Storage

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Roofing

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Tiling

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Truck owners have choice in two-door hauler or four-door luxury

Ford balances power with fuel efficiency in latest F-150 davidchao

In 2009, Ford stated that it would make its fantastic new EcoBoost technology available in 90 per cent of its vehicles by 2013, systematically replacing its outdated engines with turbocharged inlinefours and V6s that are smaller, lighter, and vastly more efficient. Since then, a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 has shown up in vehicles such as the Flex and Taurus, producing awesome power and dramatically reducing fuel consumption. Ford has also made great strides with non-turbocharged engines, developing a new 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 for the Mustang coupe while following the industry trend toward six-speed automatic transmissions. And in 2011, the F-150 pickup benefits from all of these things. Two years after the introduction of the 12th-generation F-150, Ford has completely revamped the truck’s engine lineup, subjecting it to the most extensive powertrain overhaul in the iconic vehicle’s long history. As a result, the 2011 F-150 can be had with the 3.7L V6 or 5.0L V8 borrowed from the Mustang, along with a 6.2L V8 and, of course the EcoBoost V6. For many truck owners, the very idea of a turbocharged V6 under the hood of their next truck is ridiculous; they want the traditional V8 that they know and trust. For others, that big, gas-

The F-150 benefits from Ford’s EcoBoost technology with a revamped engine that has had the most extensive powertrain overhaul in the iconic vehicle’s long history. guzzling V8 engine is a necessity more than a desire, and anything that produces comparable power while improving fuel efficiency is a welcome addition. Balancing the desire to innovate and lead the way against the need to satisfy its extremely loyal customer base, Ford has done the smart thing and catered to both groups. As a result, every F-150 buyer can get the vehicle they really want, whether it’s a twodoor hauler or a four-door luxury truck. And even if they don’t opt for EcoBoost, owners will benefit from a 20 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency across the entire engine lineup. Put all of this together, and it’s reasonable to expect that the F150 will maintain its position at the top of the leaderboard, which includes 46 years as Canada’s

best-selling truck. At this rate, 50 years doesn’t seem so far away. Design Like all full-size trucks these days, the F-150 is simply massive, with squared-off corners, harder edges, and a tough, no-nonsense exterior design highlighted by a powerful front grille. It’s available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and SuperCrew body styles. Some consumers might prefer the sportier and friendlier look of the previous F-150, but most will appreciate the sculpted tailgate, which reduces turbulence for better fuel efficiency, and the choice of 19 different wheel options. The 2004 F-150’s interior was a revelation, adopting a more passenger-friendly look and feel that made the truck more accessible. The 2011 version maintains that feeling, but doesn’t go any further

to innovate or set trends. In that sense, it’s perfectly fine, but a bit disappointing. Build quality—already a strong point of the F-150—has gotten even better. The fit and finish are exceptional, and the truck feels unbelievably solid. Performance The F-150’s naturally aspirated engines include a 3.7L V6 with 302hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, a 5.0L V8 with 360-hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.2L V8 tuned for 411-hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 employs twin turbochargers to produce 365-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, and is, quite simply, an amazing engine with just a hint of turbo lag and excellent response. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available in the F-150, which also has a towing/ hauling mode that enables the

truck to compensate for road conditions and grades when moving heavy loads. It’s no surprise that the F-150’s turning radius is big, making the truck cumbersome in tight city streets and parking lots. Putting that aside, the handling is surprisingly good for such a large vehicle, and the truck feels stable and well-planted even when the bed is empty. One of the most impressive aspects of the previous-generation F-150 was how amazingly quiet it was on the road, and the current model may be even better, thanks to a stiffer frame, improved body mounts, and a host of other improvements designed to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. Environment Controls are placed logically on the F-150’s flat and vertical dashboard, employing a similar layout to many recent Ford vehicles. Regular Cabs come with a three-person bench seat, which can be replaced by a full console with a giant storage box in four-door cabins. The front-bucket seats in fourdoor models are very comfortable, and rear passengers will find lots of room in both the Super Cab and SuperCrew configurations. However, despite the designers’ best efforts, the rear seatbacks are still very upright and potentially uncomfortable over long distances. In addition to offering the most space, the SuperCrew benefits from a lift-up rear bench that provides a completely flat load floor for tall objects. There are also bins and compartments all over the truck, ensuring that you’ll have lots of places to stow your gear. Notable features that contribute significantly to the F-150’s overall convenience and utility include a folding bed extender, box-side steps that can be quickly deployed and retracted, and a classexclusive tailgate step that flips out from the tailgate. Continued next page

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Regular cab starts at $20k

ND BRAEW N The interior of the 2011 F-150 hasn’t changed since 2004, which is fine if not a bit disappointing. keyless entry, tilt/telescope steering, adjustable pedals, GPS navigation, moonroof, reverse-sensing system, power-deployable running boards, and power-adjustable everything.

Equipped with the standard V6 and rear-wheel drive, the F-150’s fuel efficiency is rated at 12.9L/100km in the city and 8.9L/100km on the highway. Continued next page

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Continued from previous page Features The F-150 sells for $19,999 with the Regular Cab, $31,499 with the SuperCab, and $35,199 with the SuperCrew. Depending on the body style, it’s available in XL, STX, XLT, FX4, and Lariat trims, and can be augmented with a variety of upgrade packages that potentially push the price above $65,000. Standard equipment on the spartan Regular Cab XL includes ABS, stability control, traction control, air conditioning, tilt steering, four-speaker CD stereo, and front/side/overhead airbags. Numerous configurations and options augment the truck with features such as cruise control,

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Competitors include Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra

Continued from previous page Thumbs up Impressive powertrain options; exceptionally quiet interior; numerous options. Thumbs down Massive size; lacklustre interior design. The bottom line A good thing keeps getting better.

Competitors: • Chevrolet Silverado Although the Silverado retails for $26,395, Chevrolet’s current pricing adjustments bring it down to $17,386. It’s powered by a 4.3L V6 with 195-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, a 4.8L V8 with 302-hp and 305 lbft of torque, a 5.3L V8 with 326-hp and 348 lb-ft of torque, or a 6.2L V8

with 403-hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. GM’s fuel-efficient alternative to EcoBoost is the Silverado Hybrid, which augments a 6.0L V8 producing 332-hp and 367 lb-ft of torque with two electric motors. • Dodge Ram The Ram 1500 ranges from $20,495 on the low end to $47,965 for the Laramie Longhorn, equipped

Starting at $26,195, the Tundra comes with two engine choices: a 4.6L V8 generating 310-hp and 327 lb-ft of torque, or a 5.7L V8 with 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Toyota’s full-size truck gets better with every generation. At this point the only thing it lacks is the intensely loyal customer bases of its rivals. editor@automotivepress.com

with a 3.7L V6 with 215-hp and 235 lb-ft of torque, a 4.7L V8 with 310-hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, or a 5.7L V8 with 390-hp and 407 lb-ft of torque. Chrysler isn’t quite as far along as GM in its post-bankruptcy reinvention, but the excellent Ram continues to be a bright spot in the automaker’s vehicle line-up. • Toyota Tundra

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WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective Thursday, June 23 to Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department Salt Spring Organic Fair Trade Coffee

Meat Department

Produce Department

Organic Extra Lean Ground Beef

White Nugget Potatoes from Fraserland Farms

Kettle Baked Potato Chips

2/4.00

10.99

113g • product of USA

400g • product of B.C.

Guiltless Gourmet Organic Tortilla Chips

Mighty Leaf Tea assorted varieties

198g • product of USA

Olympic Organic Yogurt

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

from 2/7.00 + dep. + eco fee

398ml • product of USA

Agropur Signature Series Champfleury Cheese

2/4.00

assorted varieties

6.99

Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Burgers select varieties

4.29

300g • product of Canada

3.49

Dairyland Fresh Milk assorted varieties

from

Roasted Salted or Unsalted Cashews Bins Only

10% off

Health Care Department Natural Factors Vitamin D3 1000iu/ui

Buy one at regular price and get the second for a penny

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

5.99

Natural Factors Maximum Triple Strength RXOmega-3

9.99

2 L • product of Canada

Simply Pure Cheeses

500g

8" Blackberry Peach Pie

1.89L • product of B.C.

So Delicious Frozen Coconut Desserts

Maximum Triple Strength RxOmega-3 900mg with vitamin D3 provides 900mg omega-3 EFAs, as well as 1,000 iu vitamin D3, in a convenient one-a-day softgel.

Rice Bakery

340g • product of Canada

Margaret’s Artisan Baked Crisps

Silver Hills Bread

assorted varieties

Squirrelly, Mack’s Flax, Big 16 and Steady Eddie

3.99

2/6.00

regular retail price

regular price 3.99 • 90 caps

2.99

4.99

each

Bulk Department

white only

assorted varieties

150g • product of Canada

1.98

Organic Country French Bread

1 dz • product of B.C.

500ml • product of USA

reg 9.99

Bakery Department

3.99

Mountain Pride Ice Cream

3.99

California Grown

reg 3.29

assorted varieties

1.89L • product of B.C.

Personal Size Red Seedless Watermelon

2.39/100g

Wolfgang Puck Organic Soup

Happy Planet Organic Juice

1.98lb/ 4.37kg

Oven Roasted, Classic Spiced or Sun-dried Tomato with Basil

454g • product of USA

650g • product of B.C.

Certified Organic, California Grown

Cuddy Chicken Roasts

2/7.00

2/7.00

Black Seedless Grapes

Deli Department

Bandito’s Organic Salsa

assorted varieties

1.98lb/4.37kg

8.99lb/ 19.82kg

Valucke s Pa

3/4.98

15 count • product of USA

B.C. Grown, Certified Organic

Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets

assorted varieties

7.99

Vitala Omega-3 Free Run Large Eggs

6.99lb/ 15.41kg

assorted varieties

select varieties

600-615g • product of Canada

35.99

Canada Day Rice Cupcakes Dairy and Non-Dairy

3.99

package of 3

150 caps

Echoclean 2X Liquid Laundry Detergent two varieties

6.99

1.5L • product of Canada

Choices Yaletown 11th Anniversary 1202 Richards St., Vancouver. Saturday, June 25th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Come and join us for cake and refreshments and see our many in-store Anniversary specials.

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Kerrisdale

Yaletown

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

Choices in the Park 6855 Station Hill Dr. Burnaby 604.522.6441

Rice Bakery

South Surrey

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864


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