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Board meetings discuss few real issues and accomplish little says Smith

Jeremy Shepherd jshepherd@nsnews.com

METRO Vancouver’s recent meetings have been an appalling waste of time and money, according to West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith, who recently decided to skip a two-day board meeting in Chilliwack.

“The more time I spend in the public sector, the more I shake my head,” Smith said, discussing the dearth of real issues addressed at Metro Vancouver meetings. “We’ve had three meetings that I’ve attended. None of them lasted more than about an hour. Mayor Michael Smith There’s no business discussed,” Smith said. The 37-member Metro Vancouver board, made up primarily of Lower Mainland mayors and councillors, oversees the provision of drinking water and sewer service to municipalities and works with TransLink through the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. That work involves a lot of in-person meetings, but many of those get-togethers accomplish little, according to Smith. See Metro page 3

West Vancouver police target excessive speeders

James Weldon jweldon@nsnews.com

WEST Vancouver police are calling on drivers to back off the gas after they seized four cars in a single day for excessive speeding. Officers pulled over a pair of 19-year-old drivers at 1 p.m. Monday when they were spotted apparently street racing on the Upper Levels Highway near Taylor Way. Investigators say they clocked the men, one of them a new driver, doing 55 kilometres per hour over the 90 km/h speed limit. The police seized a 2011 Mercedes B200 and a 2000 Honda Civic at the scene. The vehicles will stay impounded for seven days. Just five hours later, a 65-year-old North Vancouver man lost his 2008 BMW for a week when he rocketed past an unmarked West Vancouver police cruiser on Hwy. 99 near Ansell Place. The driver was reportedly going 130 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. At 9:30 p.m. that evening, another 19-year-old from Squamish — as it turns out See more page 3

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The one call you’ll want to get Emergency management office wants residents to register cells James Weldon jweldon@nsnews.com

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WHEN the Big One finally hits, North Shore residents — whether they know it or not — will be relying heavily on the community’s emergency management office to co-ordinate everything from the search for survivors to the provision of temporary shelter.

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EMERGENCY planning officer Renata Elias says her office is unable to contact a growing number of North Shore residents who have ditched their landlines.

Seized car clocked at 160 km/h From page 1 a friend of the teens targeted earlier in the day — was stopped near the Westmount on-ramp after being clocked travelling fully 70 km/h over the limit. Police seized his car, a 2004 Acura, fined him $368 and charged him with excessive speeding. The force said it was targeting high-risk drivers in high-crash zones as part of a two-year strategic plan. “What we . . . are concerned with is the continual disregard of safe driving on our roads,” said Cpl. Grant Gottgetreu, a representative for the WVPD traffic section, in a release. “We take all such incidents seriously and will continue to pursue high-risk drivers throughout the District of West Vancouver.” Follow us on Twitter: @NorthShoreNews

But in recent years, the efforts of this low-profile nerve centre have run into an unexpected hitch: the death of the landline. In a major crisis, whether it’s an earthquake, a wildfire, a chlorine leak or other large-scale mishap, it will be up to the small staff of the North Shore Emergency Management Office to make sure the response is orderly and that the residents of North and West Vancouver know what to do. One of the office’s primary means of communication with ordinary citizens is an automated dialing system called Rapid Notify. The service can phone tens of thousands of households in rapid succession, either in a specific neighbourhood or across the entire community, and disseminate instructions that are vital to ensure safety. Until March 2011, the system drew its entire contact list from conventional phone books, but as more and more people have turned away from fixed phone lines in favour of unlisted cellphones, it has become clear the old listings are increasingly inadequate, with potentially thousands of residents falling outside their scope. Already, approximately 10 to 15 per cent of households in B.C. rely exclusively on cellphones, according to Telus. “Youth are really driving this,” said Renata Elias, NSEMO’s emergency planning officer. “I have children who are 21, 22 and I know they would never think of getting an apartment and getting a landline; they have their cellphone and that’s it. . . . I think as they get older, there’s going to be less and less requirement for landlines.” To combat the problem, NSEMO began adding cell numbers to the list last spring. But with no cellular phone book to refer to, the office has had to rely on residents to volunteer that information, and so far the North Shore’s cell users have been less than forthcoming. Of the approximately 180,000 people who call North or West Vancouver home, just 3,100 have supplied a cell contact in the 10 months since the office started collecting them. That’s slightly more than 1.5 per cent. “The public needs to be educated on what this call is and what the purpose of it is,” said Elias. “It’s hard to get that See List page 5

Not giving address =obstruction

NV man says he’s been a police target Jane Seyd jseyd@nsnews.com

A North Vancouver man who previously won a lawsuit against the West Vancouver police for being wrongfully Donald Sipes arrested has been found guilty of “obstructing a peace officer” for refusing to tell RCMP officers his residential address. Judge Bill Rodgers gave Donald Sipes, 49, a conditional discharge after a two-day court hearing that followed a jaywalking incident in Lower Lonsdale last summer. Two police officers stopped Sipes on the afternoon of July 29 when they spotted him crossing Chesterfield near the 7-Eleven without going to the crosswalk. Sipes and the police officers disagree about what happened after he gave them his name. The police said Sipes immediately became belligerent and unleashed a “verbal barrage.” Sipes said it was the officers who “flipped out” after learning who he was. Sipes was arrested for obstruction after he refused to provide Cpl. Arne Johnk with his residential address. In a court case that took place over two days in North Vancouver

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provincial court, Sipes argued since he wasn’t in the “vicinity” of a crosswalk, he shouldn’t have legally been required to use one. The officer therefore had no reason to stop him, Sipes maintained. But the judge disagreed, saying the police had “reasonable grounds” to suspect Sipes had been jaywalking. According to a Supreme Court of Canada decision, a police officer who asks for a name and address can’t be considered to be infringing on anyone’s freedom, wrote the judge. Rodgers handed Sipes a conditional discharge, meaning he will have no record for the infraction. But Sipes, who has had a number of run-ins with police, said he still plans to appeal the decision. “I’m disappointed in the decision,” he said. “I don’t believe I jaywalked.” “The officer in my view was just harassing me,” he said. “It was a cop using the Motor Vehicle Act as a club to be a bully.” In 2009, the West Vancouver Police Department was forced to pay Sipes an undisclosed sum of damages after a provincial court judge ruled he had been illegally arrested as he was walking down the street in January 2006. In her decision, the judge criticized the police, saying Sipes was arrested “without any grounds at all.” Sipes said at the time he had been repeatedly harassed by West Vancouver police because of the way he looks. Sipes said since then, he’s continued to be targeted by police. “Their treatment of me is different than anyone else,” he said. John Green, the lawyer who represented Sipes in court, said it seems questionable for the public to pay for a day of court time — including the costs of a judge and two police officers — for what essentially boils down to an argument over a jaywalking ticket, especially at a time when backlogs in the court system are resulting in delays in bringing serious offences to trial. “(Sipes) did something I’ve probably done a million times in Vancouver,” said Green.

He was particularly chagrined recently when he received an email in advance of the Chilliwack meeting that featured questions such as: “If you could be anywhere else but here, where would you be?” and “What three guests would you invite for dinner? (Living, dead, or fictional.)” “They sent out a bunch of . . . these kind of warm, fuzzy questions. I’m not going to drive out to Chilliwack, even though I get my stipend, and put in for expenses, and waste two days sitting around talking about ‘If I was a tree, what kind of a tree would I be?’” Smith said. “I’ve spent 42 years in business; I’ve never even heard of a business conducting a meeting like this.” Smith said he first thought the email was a joke sent out to rookie directors. “I said, ‘Is this a serious email? If it is, please let me know when the business part of the meeting begins, and I will attend then.’ Well, I didn’t even get a response.” But Metro Vancouver Board chairman Greg Moore rejected Smith’s claims. “There’s a lot of substance that occurs at our meetings and a lot of passionate debate, and working together to drive solutions,” Moore said. The first transportation meeting of the term involved electing a new chair and vicechair, as well as appealing to the provincial government to put TransLink under the purview of the forthcoming office of the Municipal Auditor General, according to Moore. The questions that were distributed ahead of the Chilliwack meeting were a simple getting-to-know-you exercise, and played no part in the actual meeting, according to Moore, who sent the email. “What I wanted to do, and this doesn’t take much time for anybody, is just to get everybody to know each other a little bit . . . and then just to have a little bit of fun and ask some out-of-thebox questions and learn each other’s personalities, because we’re going to work together quite closely over the next three years,” Moore said. “We didn’t spend any time on it. It was put into a booklet that people could read at their own leisure, so it wasn’t an item on an agenda.” Moore said he made several attempts to contact Smith. “I phoned him four times,” Moore said. “When we had that agenda finalized it went out to every board director, so he could completely determine what parts (of the meeting) he would like to attend.” Metro Vancouver’s place in the global economy, what the board needs to accomplish over the next three years, and methods to integrate land-use and transportation planning were a few of the topics discussed, according to Moore. By refusing to participate, See Smith page 5


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February 3, 2012

District Dialogue Council wants your opinion regarding changes to the District’s traffic calming policy What is traffic calming? Traffic calming measures, such as speed humps, traffic circles, and curb bulges, are used to slow traffic, reduce traffic volumes, and improve conditions for walking and cycling in neighbourhoods. What changes are Council considering to the traffic calming policy? Currently, resident funding of traffic calming is permitted if 50% of adjacent residents agree and if the traffic calming will occur on local roads only. With the proposed changes, resident funding of traffic calming would be permitted if two-thirds of adjacent residents agree and would be permitted on both local and collector roads. When would traffic calming be funded by residents? Resident-funded traffic calming measures allow calming initiatives to take place sooner than waiting for District funding to become available.

TransLink to host workshops for the North Shore Area Transit Plan Work is underway to update the North Shore Area Transit Plan (NSATP) to create a long-term transit vision and to identify the service and infrastructure investment needed to meet the vision. Find out more at the following TransLink-hosted workshops: Thursday, February 9 West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre 695 - 21st Street, West Vancouver 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m – Coffee Meet and Greet. 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Presentation and Workshop Wednesday, February 15 Pinnacle Hotel (Pier Two Room) 138 Victory Ship Way, NV 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m – Coffee Meet and Greet. 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Presentation and Workshop Registration to the workshops is recommended, as space is limited; however, more community workshops may be added if there is high demand. Online consultation: There will also be an online consultation period from February 6 – March 9. For more information, including registration, visit www.dnv.org

The schedule of regular Council meetings, as well as agendas for upcoming meetings and minutes of past meetings, is available online at www.dnv.org. The Council agenda is also available for viewing at all District libraries. All regular Council meetings are open to the public and held in the Council Chamber at District Hall, 355 West Queens Rd., and start at 7:00 p.m.

Interested in learning more? Residents with an opinion on the proposed policy changes, or who simply want to learn more, are invited to attend a Council meeting on February 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at District Hall (355 West Queens Road).

Maplewood Creek Park: collaboration leads to new fish habitat and an idyllic park for all to enjoy Like so many successful projects the District has undertaken, the completion of Maplewood Creek Park in the fall of 2009 was thanks to collaboration, commitment, the desire to be stewards for our local environment, and the goal to build a park with a legacy that will last for many years to come. The park was borne of a Metro Vancouver water utility project to install a water main on District property south of the Seymour River. Metro Vancouver agreed to mitigate the impacts of this project by working with District planners, designers and engineers, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks to convert the land adjacent to the water main into a naturalized fish habitat for the Pink and Coho salmon that spawn in the area each year. This was accomplished by creating two rearing ponds with log structures, rubble piles, and weirs to simulate the fishes’ natural environment. Native trees and shrubs were also planted in the area, while non-native species were removed. An interpretive trail was constructed through the park as were seating areas and a viewpoint of the spawning ponds. The majority of the funding for this project came from Metro Vancouver as compensation for the water main work performed along the Seymour River. The District also contributed manpower and funding to help see the project through to completion. Today, District staff maintain the park by ensuring that the water remains clean (which is why no dogs are allowed in the park), that the salmon habitat remains suitable for spawning, that the native bush is not being outcompeted by invasive species, and that the trail network is well maintained for all park users.

Local student designs new decorative banners in Edgemont Village Edgemont Village has received a decorative upgrade thanks to the addition of new lamppost banners designed by Helen Theilmann, a graduate of Handsworth Secondary School. Theilmann’s designs evoke the four seasons with the North Shore’s iconic mountains as a backdrop in each banner. Her designs were selected after a student competition was held at Handsworth Secondary School’s graphic arts department. Theilmann, who now studies graphic arts at Vancouver Island University, was in grade 12 when her designs were selected to replace the old banners which had become tarnished and outdated since they were erected in the early 1980s. The Edgemont and Upper Capilano Community Association, the Edgemont Village Business Association, and the District of North Vancouver participated in the project, facilitated by a contribution from Multigraphics, a local graphics company that produced the new banners. The Edgemont Village Business Association and the District also teamed up to provide upgraded LED decorative lighting to further enhance the attractiveness of Edgemont Village as a destination for residents and visitors.

Maplewood Creek Park is located just off Mount Seymour Parkway, between Riverside Drive and the Seymour River. Come and see for yourself just how successful a little collaboration can be!

Heritage Cream Tea at Mollie Nye House: Saturday, February 25 at 2:30pm Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon of heritage cream tea at the Mollie Nye House on February 25 at 2:30pm. There’ll be delicious cream tea, music from Nostalgia Mood, tea leaf readings, tea trivia, and a display of Mollie Nye memorabilia. Tickets cost $7 and are available from Mollie Nye House. To purchase tickets, please call 604-987-5820. Visit www.mollienye.com for more information. Mollie Nye House is located at 940 Lynn Valley Road. District of North Vancouver 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver, BC V7N 4N5 Main Line 604-990-2311

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Thieves take getaway bus Alleged smash and grab booze robbers bleed and drink on bus

TWO men are behind bars after smashing their way into a North Vancouver Red Robin, gathering up bottles of alcohol and then trying to get away on a public bus, according to police.

The 25-year-old suspects allegedly used a rock to break a window at the Marine Drive eatery just before 7 a.m. Thursday. Investigators say they climbed in through the opening, scooped up the bottles and then fled the scene.

North Vancouver RCMP were inspecting the site about half an hour later when they got a call from a bus driver a few blocks away saying two men had boarded the bus drunk and bleeding and were now openly drinking onboard. The investigators, deducing that there might be a connection between the incidents, caught up with the bus and arrested them. The men, both from Surrey, were charged with break and enter, theft and possession of stolen property. They have been remanded in custody until they can appear in court. Both are known to police. — James Weldon

Homeless man found dead in North Vancouver A homeless man in North Vancouver has been found dead in a bushy area where he’d gone to sleep for the night, North Vancouver RCMP have confirmed.

The body of the man, who was about 60 years old, was found by a pedestrian just before 10 a.m. Thursday morning, lying under a blanket behind some bushes close to the Low Level

Road junction with Cotton Road. Cpl. Richard De Jong said the place the man was sleeping near the railroad tracks couldn’t be easily seen from the road. An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death, but De Jong said police don’t suspect foul play. It’s estimated the man died anywhere from 12 to 36 hours before he was found. Police had not confirmed the man’s identity at press time. — Jane Seyd

Smith: No financial overview of Metro

From page 3

Smith may be shortchanging his constituents, he said. “On the North Shore, it’s extremely important that we’re working together as a board and with the senior levels of government so that we can get funding for the Lions Gate wastewater treatment plant,” Moore said. “If we can’t work together, and if we can’t get money out of the federal and provincial governments, that has a huge impact on (Smith’s) taxpayers, and it’s important he be a part of that conversation.” Smith didn’t see it that way, however. Heading to Chilliwack and collecting his stipend would have been disrespectful to West Vancouverites, he argued. Smith agreed that many of the issues Moore cited were important, but he said Metro Vancouver and TransLink are ill-equipped to

handle those challenges. “We should be able to assure our taxpayers that the money that goes to Metro Vancouver and TransLink is responsibly spent,” Smith said. “How could anybody say that when there’s no overview that I can see?” “Look at the issues facing Metro with sewer and water costs. . . with a faltering economy, with federal and provincial government debts which could impact their ability to help us with these big infrastructure projects like the Lions Gate treatment plant. This is what we should be talking about.” Smith said not attending the meeting in Chilliwack was his best option. “I’ll probably be a minority of one, but at least I’m going to stand up and be counted. So anyway, to make a long story short, I didn’t go.”

List your cell with NSEMO

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message out.” The submission of a cellphone contact is helpful even to those who have a landline, she added, as it allows the office to get information to residents when they’re out of the house. In coming months, managers will be employing every means they can — including enlisting the help of local media — to get the word out, said Elias. For more information or to list a cell number with the NSEMO, visit www.nsemo.org and click on the Rapid Notify icon. Follow us on Twitter: @NorthShoreNews

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EST Vancouver’s new mayor by acclamation, Michael Smith, saved his residents a few dollars by spurning an invitation to attend a two-day Metro board meeting in Chilliwack. In one sense, the no-nonsense Smith gave a practical response to an odd invitation that included the question “If you could be anywhere else but here, where would you be?” But will Smith’s blunt response cost his constituents — and the North Shore as a whole — more money down the road? Smith is right when he complains about the lack of direct financial oversight of Metro and TransLink affairs. But until enough Lower Mainland residents demand change to the Metro paradigm of taxation without representation, our local

council representatives are all we have to fight our corner in the rough and tumble of regional debate. With an impending expenditure that could come close to $1 billion for a new sewage treatment facility, the Metro communities must speak with one voice when it comes to persuading the federal government to share in the costs. Shunning the boardroom table to play in splendid isolation may create short-term favourable optics in West Vancouver, but not so much anywhere else. Regional politics — especially — is all about the art of compromise. The North Shore is already perceived to have unduly benefited from the Capilano-Seymour water filtration initiative. We need friends at the Metro table, not politicians who feel they have been unfairly shown up.

Sometimes you can get city hall to listen

FAMOUS saying: You can’t beat city hall. But occasionally you can persuade the folks there to see the error of their ways.

So Neil Thompson convinced West Vancouver town hall to consider expanding public skating hours at the local rink. Took him only eight years. And no final decision yet. Thompson’s proposals aren’t all that revolutionary. They seem to be the essence of good sense. He suggests skating for adults and high school students Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m. Currently there is an adultsonly skate Tuesday nights at 6:15 and Friday nights at 6:45 (“couldn’t be at a more inconvenient time,” he notes) and no public skating Saturdays and Sundays. Thompson is a fine, oldstyle West Van character, preyuppification, pre-monster houses, pre-insane real estate prices. Visibly successful, in earlier life he was an investment dealer.

This Just In

Trevor Lautens His age won’t be divulged here because he looks young enough to be a magnet for women half his calendar years. And he is. He and Kia, his tiny schipperke dog, are fixtures at Ambleside Beach. With friend and retired geologist Stan Fleischman — who has his own canine companion, gentle retriever Tessie — they can be seen on a beachside bench greeting passersby and solving the world’s problems any sunny day. But there is steel under that charming exterior.

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Thompson has opinions. Strong ones. He disseminates them freely and frequently in letters to the editor of this and lesser papers — and to West Van council and staff. Some approach the rotundity and style of the Magna Carta. It was his campaign for public skating changes that finally wore down town hall. “I was advised to ‘forget about it,’ ‘you’ll never change city hall,’ and ‘get a life, relax, why be concerned,’” he reminded mayor and council in a December letter chronicling eight years of frustration. “But, eureka! A ray of hope appeared. A call from city hall said my name was put forward to act as an advocate for the public and to attend the yearly meeting of rink users to discuss time allocations. A window of opportunity — thanks, city hall!” Thompson attended the meeting, “loaded for bear” and prepared for a fight. “Wow, guess what? These other users said one by one, “sounds reasonable to me,”

“why not?” . . . 100 per cent support, co-operation and good will.” Battle-scarred, the war not yet over, Thompson is cautious: “The new schedules are made this month for the new year. We must hope oldstyle bureaucracy does not prevail to kill this initiative.”

••• May I praise a North Shore News advertiser? Thank you. Last August, Sears’ furnace serviceman visited our house and left us $901 poorer. Fair enough. The furnace, approaching its 40th birthday, was due for serious work. In November it began to growl. Then howl. Patience exhausted, I phoned Sears, prepared for heated, you might say, debate. A good offence being better than a good defence, I launched into a belligerent complaint. I was nearing full flight before realizing the Sears furnace man was calmly agreeing with me. Fixed. Under warranty. No charge. In contrast, I recently dealt

with an urgent bathroom problem at my tenanted house. A plumber visiting on another matter offered to fix it on his own time for $2,600 — cash. Meaning no receipt, no guarantee, no tax, no thanks. When I turned to a well-established Vancouver plumbing company claiming membership in the Better Business Bureau, and a tiler of more vague credentials, they piously denounced such illegal moonlighting. They got the job — and their bill totalled $5,000-plus. Faced with five tenants and one shower, I admit barely glancing at estimates and rushing acceptance. An emergency, a west-side house, a West Vancouver landlord: Beware, that’s a recipe for creative arithmetic for slippery tradesmen. Now hear this: I pay quickly. But time passed. No receipts followed. Nothing to prove they’d done the work at all. In short, no better than that under-the-table moonlighter. When, under pressure, they produced

receipts, the plumber had stretched 4½ hours into seven — at $95 per. The lesson is: The big company, Sears, stood behind its work — and big companies, so often popularly maligned because they’re big, generally do. Reminder: The tradesman who comes in your door is not your friend. He’s there on business — his.

••• No music critic was in sight for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Jan. 26 matinee. Pity. They’d have seen a sensational seduction satire from Bizet’s Carmen between soprano Nadya Blanchette and beloved host Christopher Gaze. She lassoed him with her red scarf. She drew him unwillingly near. They rubbed backs, yes, on the dignified Orpheum stage! They ended with a torrid kiss that would have been banned in Boston, even today. The audience (our average age around 100) was convulsed with laughter, or envy. tlautens@telus.net

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Friday, February 3, 2012 - North Shore News - A7

Teachers’ federation retains its tin ear

LET’S say the B.C. government suddenly found itself with $500 million to spend on something.

Where should the money go? I suspect a good starting point would be clearing up any waiting list for services from Community Living B.C., which helps adults with developmental disabilities. The government has already increased funding here, but perhaps a few more million dollars is required. How about income assistance? NDP MLA Jagrup Brar has spent a month drawing attention to the fact that it is nearly impossible to survive on the monthly assistance rate and an argument can be made those rates should be increased. Then there’s the court system. Judges are demanding more resources, and are staying cases at an increasing rate because the system isn’t funded adequately enough to see those cases through the process in a timely fashion. More areas to spend those tax dollars: tackling homelessness, reducing health-care wait lists, lowering university tuition levels, or perhaps cutting medical service premiums. But wait! Why not just give all $500 million to the province’s teachers in the

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form of a salary increase and benefit hikes? That is precisely what the B.C. Teachers’ Federation is proposing. If the cash-strapped government has any extra money, it should go directly into teachers’ wallets, is the BCTF’s train of thought. The teachers’ union has tabled a contract proposal asking for a 16 per cent salary increase over three years. According to the BCTF, the proposal would cost taxpayers $305 million in the first year. The employer (the B.C. Public Schools Employers’ Association) pegs the true cost at $498 million. But either figure is from dreamland. Does the BCTF really think teachers’ pay packets should be the top priority for adding costs to the government’s budget, ahead of other areas of government spending that need addressing? I correspond with a lot of teachers and I’m struck by their

earnest idealism, devotion and passion to their jobs. Although they get two months off in the summer (plus another few weeks off at Christmas and spring break), many work long hours each day (often at nights at home) doing what it takes to deliver a quality education for their students. But I’m also amazed at their inability to see how they fit into a much bigger picture. To them, everything is about education and nothing else seems to count. As a result of this lofty view, the BCTF is chronically unable to articulate a realistic contract proposal. We’re teachers, we’re unassailable and we’re entitled to pretty well anything we ask for, is the mantra.

An example of the union’s tin ear when it comes to negotiations is its insistence that comparisons to teachers’ salaries in other provinces are the starting point for talks. This doesn’t happen in any other labour negotiations, unless there is a significant shortage of the profession in question. This is a lever the B.C. Nurses Union pulls with great effectiveness. There is a shortage of nurses in this country, and so provinces do whatever it takes — to a point — to retain their services. But there is no shortage of teachers (although more are needed in certain specialties, such as math, French immersion and the sciences) in this province. In fact, there are

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INQUIRING REPORTER THE District of North Vancouver is proposing a fine increase from $35 to $100 for those who are caught recklessly riding a longboard on its streets. Police may also gain the authority to confiscate longboards for a 24hour period. The district allows boarders to ride on roads. The City of North Vancouver, however, allows longboarding on city sidewalks but not roads. West Vancouver only permits boarding of any sort in skate parks. What do you think? Find us on Facebook or add your comment to Inquiring Reporter at www.nsnews.com. — Nicholas M. Pescod

Justin Keeler North Vancouver No . . . because it’s a sport. Would the government rather us spend our money on drugs and alcohol? This keeps us out of trouble.

Simon Aylsworth North Vancouver Yes it should be banned. They always get in the way of people and drivers. It’s dangerous.

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Stephen Bonney North Vancouver Not at all. Longboarding is an excellent way to get around town and is good for the environment.

Adam Barraclough North Vancouver No, it’s my only way to get around and I don’t have my licence yet.

Jay Schumacher North Vancouver Yeah they should. It’s a hazard to people walking on the street and other motorists.

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Bathroom break becomes emergency

Trapped boarder gets helicopter rescue James Weldon jweldon@nsnews.com

A 24-year-old Vancouver Island man had a close call last week when he ducked under a boundary rope on Mount Seymour for a quick bathroom break and wound up stranded on a 40-storey cliff. The man and a companion had just started a run on the northwest side of the mountain at about 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 when they took a detour into an out-of-bounds area. The two snowboarders intended to stop for just a minute before making their way back to the groomed area, but while the victim’s companion made it quickly back to the run by retracing his route, the victim chose to ride around the contour of the hill, assuming he could rejoin the run a short way down the slope. His way was blocked by impassable terrain, however, which forced him farther down the mountainside. The man soon found himself trapped in a treacherous area called Suicide Gully. He was unable to ride out and, to make things worse, had lost cell reception. The victim’s companion, unable to find his friend or make contact with him by phone, went to find a Seymour ski patroller to raise the alarm. At about 4 p.m., the call was passed on to North Shore Rescue.

While this was going on, the stranded boarder was attempting to get himself out on his own. He climbed up the mountainside on foot, but eventually found himself on the side of a 120-metre cliff. The man was trapped, but the move had at least put him back in cell range, meaning he could describe his location to rescuers. With the light fading, the volunteer team scrambled a helicopter. A short time later, they spotted the victim on a narrow strip of snow over a long dropoff. They lowered a member to the spot by long line, strapped the victim into a harness and flew him to safety. The aircraft touched down with about two minutes of daylight remaining, according to rescuers. The man was soaked and suffering from mild hypothermia, but was otherwise OK. He could easily have fared much worse, however, said North Shore Rescue team leader Tim Jones. If the helicopter had not found him before nightfall, he said, it could have been as much as eight hours before a team reached the area by foot. “We would have had a major problem getting to him before severe hypothermia set in,” said Jones. “That’s usually when they fall; they make some bad choices because their mental faculties are affected, they fall and they die.” The incident comes just seven days after four snowboarders were rescued from a similar predicament near Cypress Bowl. “This was almost a replication of what happened last week,” said Jones.

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Jan Khubyar and Christine Bleackley Members of the North Shore Group gathered for their annual general meeting at The Eagles Club in North Vancouver Jan. 22. Members of the social and activities group, which brings together singles 55+ for friendship and fun, enjoy a variety of group activities, like golf, ďŹ ne dining, house parties, cultural outings, book clubs, outdoor adventures, card and game nights, and dances. New members are always welcome. Info: www.northshoregroup.ca.

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Handsworth student Mac Faoro working at the Warehouse on new album: Page 19 Improvisers looking for common ground on new Songlines recordings: Page 27 photo ABC Television Group

Lana Del Rey’s debut racing up the charts: Page 28

THE locally-shot TV series Once Upon a Time premiered on Sunday Oct. 23, 2011, on ABC in the U.S. and CTV in Canada.

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Shannon Nering’s Reality Jane does chick-lit genre proud: Page 29 Albert Nobbs close but no cigar: Page 33 Enter to win tickets to opening night performance by 605 Collective at The Cultch: Page 35 More online at www.nsnews.com/ entertainment twitter.com/ NSNPulse

■ Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC and CTV. For more information on the series visit shows.ctv.ca/OnceUponATime.aspx.

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THE wind seemed to pick up as the Evil Queen exited her car and walked with purpose toward the sheriff’s office. Just before she reached the front door, she stopped, turned and looked directly at me. Suddenly remembering Christian Bale’s much-publicized tirade against a crew member who passed his eye line during a movie shoot, I hurriedly looked down at my notebook and over at the North Shore News photographer beside me. Unfortunately, he was trying to do the same thing: anything to avoid her gaze. Luckily, this was not Christian Bale, it was actor Lana Parrilla, who plays Regina Mills and the Evil Queen on ABC’s new hit show Once Upon a Time (CTV in Canada). Parrilla finished multiple takes of the same scene without a hint of annoyance at the reporter watching from the sidelines. When she was done, she walked off set smiling. Off-camera, there appeared to be no hint of the malicious character Parrilla plays so convincingly on the show. It wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on a recent visit to the North Vancouver set of Once Upon a Time, which is currently shooting at the old Lynn Valley library adjacent to Lynn Valley Centre. The set was infused with an unusually friendly atmosphere, with crew

members (most of whom are from the Lower Mainland) approaching unsolicited to introduce themselves and chat about the North Shore, cameras, ferry prices and more. Perhaps the good mood was due to the paycheques being handed out that afternoon, or perhaps it had something to do with the scenic surroundings. The old Lynn Valley library is nestled in a picturesque nook of the neighbourhood, and on this day, the sun made a rare visit, spotlighting nearby Mount Fromme and its partner peak to the east. Once Upon a Time has been shooting here and around the North Shore since the summer, making ample use of the nearby woodlands. As one crew member said, “If there’s a green tree in the woods, we’ve been there.” While the exterior of the old library stands in as the outside of the sheriff’s station on the show, the interior of the building has been transformed into multiple sets. Taking up various rooms on the first floor are the sheriff’s office (complete with cells), a patient’s room at an insane asylum, and a few other odds and ends. Upstairs, large wood flats separate a newspaper office, a bed-andbreakfast room, a psychiatrist’s office, a classroom, and the hospital room that fans of the show will recognize as John Doe’s room. “We’ve shot pretty much every nook and cranny in this building, including bits and pieces in the parking lot,” says executive producer Steve Pearlman during a tour of the old library space. Pearlman recently spent two years shooting the TV series V in and around Vancouver, and had scouted the old Lynn Valley library as a possible overflow See Network page 32


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CALENDAR From page 14 hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Printmaking: A diverse exhibition by members of the Art Institute of Capilano University Feb. 3March 3. Artist talk and demonstration: Saturday, Feb. 11, 1-3 p.m. Registration requested: 604988-6844 or exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca. Call for Artists: The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is seeking 2D artists for an upcoming themed exhibition titled Bold and Beautiful which will celebrate the seasonal rebirth of flowers. Deadline for submissions: Saturday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. Coastal Patterns Gallery: 582 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon5 p.m. or by appointment. Info: 604-762-4623, 778-997-9408 or www.coastalpatternsgallery. com. Delany’s Coffee House: 2424 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 604-921-4466. 5enses Exhibition: Opening reception Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m. Delany’s Coffee House: Park Royal Village, West Vancouver. Art Exhibition: Gabriele Maurus’ work will be on display until Feb. 7. Info: www.emmarts.ca. District Foyer Gallery: 355 West Queens Rd., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Info: 604-988-6844 or www.nvartscouncil.ca. The North Vancouver Community Arts Council will present an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Roksan Kohen and glass art by Larissa Blokhuis until Feb. 8. The North Vancouver Community Arts Council will present an exhibition of paintings by Bill Adams and clay art by Denise Jeffrey Feb. 8-April 3. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:308:30 p.m. District Library Gallery: 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Info: www.nvartscouncil.ca. The North Vancouver Community Arts Council will present “Creature Curiosity,” an exhibit of David Camisa’s paintings until Feb. 29. Feast in the Village: 3183 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. Info: 778-340-2223. Ferry Building Gallery: 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Admission to all shows is free. Info: 604-925-7290 or www.ferrybuildinggallery.com. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. History of European Art: On film with Professor William Kloss of the Smithsonian Mondays until May 7, 7-9 p.m. Drop-in: $8. Dialogue with Nature: An exhibition of watercolour, etching and egg tempera by artists Susan Hall, Mong Yen, Jean Redpath and Jongsook Lee will run until Feb. 19. Meet the artists: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. The Artists of British Columbia Volume 3 book is now available and sells for $20. The Gallery at Artisan Square: 587 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island. Info: 604-947-2454 or www.biac.ca. Hours: Friday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Gallery Jones: 1531 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 604-926-2233. Gallery YoYo: 312 East Esplanade, North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday,

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CALENDAR From page 15

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be on display until March 30. There will also be opportunities for purchases. Presentation House Gallery: 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Wednesday -Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Info: 604-986-1351 or www. presentationhousegall.com. C.1983: Part one of a two-part group exhibition that looks at how Vancouver artists worked with camera images around 1983 will run until March 11. Presentation House Satellite Gallery: 560 Seymour St., Vancouver. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Info: www.satellitegallery. ca. Ron Andrews Community Space: 931 Lytton St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-9807182. Loads of Colour: Painter Beatrice Watson and ceramist Liz de Beer’s work will be on display until Feb. 26. Rubble Gallery: 1879 Powell St., Vancouver. Art Heals: North Shore residents, father and daughter, Roar and Katarina Thorsen’s therapeutic works will be on display until Feb. 7. A closing reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. to fundraise for the Thorsen’s upcoming books. Seymour Art Gallery: 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Info: 604-924-1378 or www.seymourartgallery.com. Discovery — Water: An annual juried exhibition for 20 new and emerging artists that reflects the theme “water” will run until Feb. 5. Intersections: Full Circle Art Collective artists printmaking

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AUSTRALIAN surfer, snowboarder and blues rocker Ash Grunwald is back in Canada this winter for round two of his Hot Mama Vibes tour including a date tomorrow night in Vancouver at the Media Club at 9 p.m. works will be on display from Feb. 7-March 4. Opening reception: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m. Artist talk with Brigette Potter-Mael: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Silk Purse Arts Centre: 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Info: 604925-7292 or www.silkpurse.ca. A Moment of Appreciation: An exhibition to celebrate the Chinese New Year with Eileen Fong’s brush painting works will run until Feb. 5. Surface and Soul: Italian plaster artwork by Jenn Williamson and pottery by Laurie McCallum will be on display Feb. 7-19.

Opening reception: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m. North Shore Artists Guild members will hold an exhibit Feb. 21-March 4. Opening reception: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m. Starfire Studio: 6607 Royal Ave., West Vancouver. Info: 604-922-5510 or www.starfireattheferries.com. Studio Art Gallery at Capilano University: 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Studio 195 Gallery: 195 Pemberton Ave., North Vancouver. Hours: WednesdayFriday, 2-5 p.m., Sunday,

11 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment. Studio Show: An exhibition of two and three dimensional works by Gabriele Maurus will run until Feb. 8. Info: www. emmarts.ca. Tartooful: 3183 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: 604-9240122 or www.tartooful.com. West Vancouver Memorial Library: 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 604-9257407 or www.westvanlib.org. Canvas Treasures: Giclée canvases printed with images See more page 18

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CALENDAR From page 16 from UBC library’s special collections will be on display until Feb. 29. West Vancouver Municipal West Vancouver Museum: 680 17th St., West Vancouver. Museum hours: TuesdaySaturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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perform their brand of gypsy jazz with blues, classical and roots music Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30/$27. Kay Meek Centre: 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. Tickets: www.kaymeekcentre. com or 604-913-3634. The Delshodegan Ensemble will perform Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $40. Lynn Valley United Church: 3201 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. Friday Night Live: A weekly series with Improv actors AddLibretto playing hosts to musical guests Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Mount Seymour United Church: 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver. Presentation House Theatre: 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver. Jazz at Presentation House Studio: A weekly series embracing the full spectrum of jazz and improvised music Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door. Silk Purse Arts Centre: 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Info and reservations: 604-9257292 or www.silkpurse.ca. Tuesdays with Lions Gate Sinfonia: Classical music inspired by the Surface and Soul exhibition Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $15/$12. Mahalia: Dalannah Gail Bowen will perform a program of Mahalia Jackson Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $15/$12. Sing Along Wednesdays: Composer Michael Conway will lead a sing along to show tunes and other favourites the third Wednesday of every month, beginning Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Song books will be provided. Drop-in fee: $5 at the door. Pour le Plaisir — French Melodies: Soprano Heather Pawsey and pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa will perform a concert of French music Thursday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $15/$12. The Bergman Duo will perform a piano concert Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $15/$12. Red Onion Rhythm Kings Rule: A performance of Dixieland style music Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20/$18. Sing Along Wednesdays: “Mr. Piano” Peter Vanderhorst will play the piano to lead a sing along of favourite songs the first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. Song books will be provided. Drop-in fee: $5 at the door. Silver Harbour Centre: 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. St. Andrew’s United Church: 1044 St. Georges St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-985-0408 or www.st-andrews-united.ca. Cecilia Ensemble Women’s Choir of Capilano University and guests will perform a benefit concert for the Parkinson Society BC Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Suggested donation: $15 ($5 for children twelve and under). Tom Lee Music: 929 Granville St., Vancouver. Recital: West Vancouver See more page 31


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MUSIC

Handsworth student working at Warehouse Mac Faoro recording new album at studio Nicholas M. Pescod Contributing Writer

HANDSWORTH High School student Mac Faoro has become pretty popular over the past three weeks.

NEWS photo Paul McGrath

MAC Faoro has a new tune “Now or Never” out on YouTube and iTunes with an album to follow in the spring.

The 17-year-old independent musician recently released his first song “Now or Never” on YouTube (www.youtube.com/ watch?v=y4z7DmNwDyI) and iTunes and is preparing to release his debut album this spring. Within a week “Now or Never” had over 2500 views on YouTube. “It’s easy to listen to and it’s very uplifting,” Faoro says. “I want to make positive and happy music and if I can make a living doing what I love then that’s awesome.” Faoro thinks writing music is serious business and does plenty of rough drafts before the finished product. “I am very particular with my work,” he says “My main challenge was finding where I wanted my writing to be and my style.” Generally he writes to the sound of a beat but added that sometimes he finds beats to fit lyrics he’s already written. “I find that I hear beats and I hear melodies,” he says. “Whether I hear it at

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Friday, February 3, 2012 - North Shore News - A21

LOOK

YOUR NORTH SHORE GUIDE to FASHION & STYLE

Friendship sparks Heated Apparel Nicholas M. Pescod nspescod@nsnews.com

STEVEN Bailey, 21, and Jack Comer, 22, both grew up dreaming of designing unique and inspiring clothing.

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Last month, their childhood dreams became reality with the official launch of www.heatedapparel.ca. Based in North Vancouver, Heated Apparel creates T-shirts geared towards men and women between the ages of 13 and 30. Bailey said their T-shirts aim to be thought provoking. “With clothing nowadays and you see someone wearing a T-shirt and it’s just a logo of some company — you’re basically paying to advertise a company,” Bailey said. “With every single shirt we design there is a lot of meaning behind it.” Heated Apparel’s clothing line, The Original Six, offers six T-shirt designs that are available for a limited time only. Shirts are $33 each plus shipping. “These shirts that are out there right now; once they are gone they are gone,” Bailey said. “Then we will come out with more shirts with different designs. We have more than 200 different designs.” In 2009, Bailey and Comer met each other through friends of friends. Comer mentioned his goal of creating his own clothing line to Bailey and shortly afterwards they partnered up. “I approached Steve. I knew he wanted to do something similar to what I was doing,” Comer said. “I knew his taste for fashion and I knew he was into the same stuff as I am and I knew he was a good free-hand drawer.” “I’ve wanted to have a clothing company my whole life,” Bailey said. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this.” Bailey and Comer are both proud of being from North Vancouver and they show that off in their clothing designs. “Both of us are overly proud to not only be from Vancouver but from the North Shore,” Bailey said. “I feel like we have something to be really proud of and it hasn’t really been recognized,” Comer said. “We are going to try and have one shirt in every batch of six designs that recognizes either Vancouver or North Vancouver.” All of Heated Apparel’s products are locally made and the shirts are

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I’ve learned in my post-secondary career,” Bailey said. “When we are working we are having fun with it. It’s the best job I’ve ever had in my life.” Since last month’s launch, Heated Apparel has received orders from across Canada including Calgary, Montreal and Kingston, Ont. as well as from France.

Heated Apparel can only be bought online on the company’s website, but its founders one day hope to sell and distribute their clothing at retail. “Eventually we want to get into stores,” Bailey said. “Right now we are just taking baby steps.” To see all designs visit www. heatedapparel.ca.

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ultraviolet radiation,” he said. “If you can imagine you are at the top of Whistler, it’s a sunny day and you are spring skiing and you take off your jacket or shirt you can get burnt very quickly. Clothing is very important.” Unlike other cancers, melanoma can be detected at an early age in people. The survival rate is high if detected early. “Melanoma can have its appearance early in life; that’s why it’s very common relative to other cancers in the younger age groups,” Rivers said. Rivers added that snow reflects as much as 80 per cent of ultraviolet radiation, while dry sand only reflects 15 per cent. Murray has been involved with the Melanoma Network of Canada since 2010. She is also involved with the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, another melanoma foundation. “I try to let people know what I am doing with the Melanoma Network of Canada,” she said. “We need to make people care about it.” More information is available at www. melanomanetwork.ca.

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CANADIAN Olympic ski cross athlete Julia Murray speaks out on behalf of the Melanoma Network of Canada.

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CHERRY blossoms signal the arrival of spring in Vancouver.

Pure white or tinged with pink, these delicate blooms fill the air with their heady fragrance. Masses of fluffy, cloud-like blooms along tree-lined boulevards and city parks are a spectacular sight. (Did you know that Japan gifted more than 37,000 ornamental cherry trees to the City of Vancouver in the 1930s?) L’Occitane en Provence ushers in spring a little early with the introduction this month of Cherry Princess. The limited-edition collection marks the fifth

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Cutting-edge presentations on today’s most pressing health and wellness issues. Some of Canada’s top chefs and cookbook authors will host healthy cooking demonstrations.Fitness gurus will show us the latest trends on getting fit,staying well and more than 250 exhibitors will be displaying products and information related to traditional, complementary, alternative and spiritual health,fitness,nutrition, and recreation. $16.00 GENERAL ADMISSION* | $14.00 FOR SENIORS (65+) & STUDENTS* | $6.00 FOR CHILDREN 6-15* FREE FOR 5YEARS & UNDER* | $30.00 3 DAY PASS* *all prices include HST,for a reduced rate purchase your tickets online at www.thewellnessshow.com

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Show the Love, a beauty event at The Bay store in downtown Vancouver, will take place on Feb. 9, noon to 7 p.m. in the main-floor beauty department.

anniversary of the French body-care company’s Cherry Blossom range. L’Occitane’s Cherry Princess is a fruity floral scent that pays homage to French beauty Hortense de Beauhamais, the daughter of Empress Josephine, who was envied for her porcelain complexion and delicately blushed cheeks. Included in the Cherry Princess collection are an eau de toilette ($38 for 50 millilitres), body gel ($32 for 250 ml), pearlescent shower cream, $22 for 250 ml), hand cream ($12 for 30 ml) and solid perfume ($14 for 10 grams). Find Cherry Princess on the North Shore at the L’Occitane boutique in Park Royal’s south mall and online at ca.loccitane. com.

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and Cove Creek Gallery. Info: Joyce Redford at rejoyce33@ gmail.com or Ros Aylmer at rosaqed@shaw.ca.

Call for Entries: Wave (Wearable Arts Vancouver) and Fibre Essence are organizing The Art of Fashion, a fundraiser for the Seymour Art Gallery on April 1. Creators of wearable art clothing, accessories or jewelry are invited to submit an entry for jury by Feb. 16 to the Seymour Art Gallery. This will be a unique opportunity to see creations on display and for sale by North Shore artists at three Deep Cove galleries: Seymour Art Gallery, Artemis in the Cove

North Shore Needle Arts Guild meets the second Thursday of the month and offers instruction in all types of embroidery and beading at St. Martin’s Anglican Church hall in North Vancouver. New members are welcome. Membership info: 604-922-4032. — Compiled by Layne Christensen Fashion File is a weekly column. Send your information to lchristensen@nsnews.com.


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■ Thom Gossage and Other Voices — In Other Words (Songlines Recordings) Rating: 8 (out of 10) Ostensibly Thom Gossage plies his trade as a percussionist but it’s really as a composer that the Montreal musician makes his mark. In Other Words, the fifth album generated out of his Other Voices project is all about process and how different elements fit together. CD REVIEWS Gossage has worked extensively with choreographer music is an “open work” intended to be Isabelle Van Grimde and this completed by the other musicians. Braxton’s collaboration is integral to his creative process. concept of “pulse tracks” and the suggestion of Van Grimde’s use of a figure and its constant rhythmic markers within the flow of the music presence through permutations in a series of helps the percussionist to organize the sound. paintings inspired Gossage to try something It’s up to the rest of the band working with him similar with his music. in real time to make it happen. Some of the tracks on the album (such as The Other Voices (former Besnard Lakes “Counter Counter Clockwise” and “Chemins guitarist Steve Raegele, bassist Miles Perkin, II”) come directly from material written tenor saxophonist Frank Lozano and alto originally for dance pieces while others bring saxophonist Rémi Bolduc) take the music off in different sources: “Inari” builds from “the in many directions. The two horn players, chants of Shinto priests at an Inari shrine sent well established on the Montreal scene, have from an iPhone” and the title track came a real feel for what Gossage is doing and work from “a lengthy rhythm score without pitches together beautifully throughout the record. scribbled on a floor tom.” Gossage uses this Raegele and Perkin bring in different material in new contexts, pushing the creative schools of thought and practice but are no less envelope and seeing how far they can “abstract integral to the mix. The guitarist’s work is more the initial idea.” In the liner notes Gossage name-drops Anthony Braxton in explaining how his See Improvisers page 28

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prominent, or at least louder, on the second half of the recording while Perkin has a stalwart presence throughout. Gossage’s drums, electronics and percussion (the French word “batterie” says it best) are the glue that hold the whole thing together. — John Goodman ■ Benoît Delbecq and François Houle — Because She Hoped (Songlines Recordings) Rating: 8 (out of 10) Parisian-based pianist Benoît Delbecq and Vancouver clarinetist François Houle have recorded together before but distance makes their collaborations few and far between. Their first album as a duo, Nancali, came out in 1997 with a second,

Dice Thrown, following in 2002. Because She Hoped was put together while the two were on a rare French tour in January of last year. The effort required for the two to get together is always well worth it. Delbecq is known for his use of prepared piano techniques to extend the sound of the instrument and in Houle he has found a partner who is equally capable of venturing out into new territory. Both musicians provided original material for the session with two covers, Steve Lacy’s “Clichés” and Duke Ellington’s “The Mystery Song” (a tune Lacy covered as well), indicating where the two improvisers find common ground. For more information on these albums and other recordings on the Songlines label visit www.songlines.com. — John Goodman

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■ Lana Del Rey — Born to Die (Interscope Records) Rating: 7 (out of 10)

Terry Peters tpeters@nsnews.com It seems people love to pick on the new kid and as the Internet becomes the playground for cyber bullies, Lana Del Rey has had the equivalent of a “kick me” sign taped on her back. After two songs, “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans,” were loaded on to YouTube Del Rey garnered an enormous amount of attention. The visually stunning music videos were the perfect counterpoint for her smoldering vocals and suddenly it seemed a star was born. With eager anticipation her full-length album has been released but not before the hate mail started to arrive. A lot of what has been said seems to revolve around a lackluster performance on Saturday Night Live but the SNL set is notorious for providing less than stellar musical performances. Her now famous lips are further targets for attack, so she is a princess of pout, are they entirely natural? Who really cares? In today’s world what performer hasn’t done something to adjust their appearance. What really should be under discussion is her record and whether her detractors like it or not the album is racing up the charts and for good reason. While she may not have a huge vocal range she has a unique sound. It’s sultry, moody and unmistakable. When she draws out her lyrics on the opening track and title song, Born to Die, you are pulled deep into her performance. Fifteen tracks fill the album and in them she explores a variety of vocal styles to varying degrees of success. Emile Haynie’s lush production oozes late night cool and blends a retro feel with a modern beat. The songs drift into melancholy themes of lost love, unsatisfied lives and disappointed dreams. “Diet Mountain Dew” lays down a solid beat while she pleads for the love of the bad boy. “National Anthem” is all posture, starting with its orchestral introduction and background fireworks it turns dark as she decries “Money is the anthem of success.” Lyrically Del Ray doesn’t break any new ground and can frequently draw on clichés to express her themes. She occasionally slips into a cutesy girlish voice that can be grating, but fortunately it is something thrown in for effect on only a couple of songs. Overall it is a well-produced collection of songs that focus on her voice. While she may have met with some attacks from critics her fans have grown in legions and is going to be blasting out of speakers all over the world.


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moved to Calgary at age 11, living there for many years. She studied political science at the University of Calgary and then broadcasting at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, intent on pursuing a career in journalism. “That had always been my mission was to be a foreign reporter or something on the frontlines of Baghdad at the time,” she says. “I always had that in the back of my head.” She worked on a number of shows, including CBC TV’s quirky-tale-focused Rough Cutz (a separate program from the documentary series Rough Cuts). “I sort of made a name for myself as the extreme reporter,” she says. “I would cover things that people were doing that were just outrageous, like wakeboarding in October on a man-made lake.” Despite her interest in hard news, she kept getting pushed into lifestyle reporting, for example, she also did entertainment hosting for Calgary’s A-Channel. “I was like ‘Oh my God, I can’t handle this, it’s too fluffy, it’s too meaningless,’ which is ironic because look where I ended up,” she says. Nering’s big break came as the result of a documentary she opted to make on soulmates. Herself and three other women loaded into a car and in 1996-1997 travelled parts of the United States and Canada to conduct interviews, including with author John Gray of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus fame, as well as with a few from Cosmopolitan magazine’s list of bachelors. The project garnered some media attention and Inside Edition sent a producer, Jodi Roth, to put together a story. Nering and Roth, who now works at CBS as senior vice-president, specials, became fast and enduring friends. While sadly the documentary never went anywhere, as Nering, so new to the business, had neglected to get releases from subjects, it proved fruitful because of the important connection forged. “Big mistake but not, because I made the one contact that changed my life, which was Jodi, and she kept recommending me for jobs — job after job after job,” says Nering, adding she refers to Roth as her “fairy ‘job’ mother.” After the soul-mate documentary wrapped, Nering attended the New York Film Academy, then moved to Vancouver and again did some reporting for CBC, until a job that Roth had recommended her for required her to head south. In 1999, Nering packed her bags and headed to Los Angeles, where she lived and worked until she returned to Vancouver with her family in 2005. “From there, my career just took a turn,” says Nering. “I was no longer in front of the camera, I was now behind the camera. I was directing, I was producing, and it was pretty easy to make the switch from reporter to director.” “It was a very exciting time for me,” she adds. When asked why she thinks reality TV is so popular, Nering says it’s because it’s like an anthropological study of sorts, offering an

Shannon Nering writes novel based on her Hollywood experiences Erin McPhee emcphee@nsnews.com

SHANNON Nering couldn’t have disagreed more.

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SHANNON Nering’s novel Reality Jane is a fictitious and hilarious journey of a 20something Canadian girl-next-door who moves to Hollywood, set on making it in the industry that the author has long been part of. 20-something Canadian girl-next-door who moves to Hollywood, set on making it in the industry that Nering has long been part of. Relatable chick-lit heroine Jane faces ridiculous hours, egomaniacs, fame-mongers, superficiality and lipo-envy; as well, struggles to find Mr. Right in Nering’s candid take. Reality Jane offers an insider’s look into the stories behind the stories and examines the true cost of one’s rise to the top. Born in Medicine Hat, Alta., Nering

accomplished director of photography in his own right, and their two children, ages four and six. While Nering is quick to jump to reality TV’s defense, finding the work fulfilling and feeding her passion for human nature and interest in discovering the truths of her subjects, that’s not to say she doesn’t have her own criticisms. She shares some of those in her recently released debut novel, Reality Jane, a fictitious and hilarious journey of a

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then it turned into something else,” she says. “Now it’s become something where it’s all about the 15 minutes. Whereas maybe people originally in reality TV were a little more authentic and they weren’t necessarily looking

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my book really delves into, it delves into both sides.” While Nering definitely drew on her personal experiences for Reality Jane, it’s certainly not an autobiography. “I’m a little more cynical, analytical, definitely not naïve, never was, didn’t walk into L.A. as a naïve, happy go lucky, reporter-cum-producer. . . . ” she says, contrasting herself with main character Jane. “By the time I stepped into L.A., I was pretty savvy.” Apart from the development of Jane’s career, the novel also chronicles her tumultuous romantic life. “This is stuff that I’ve either witnessed, heard of or maybe experienced myself — the combination of which I won’t reveal,” laughs Nering. Reality Jane is funny and silly at times, though Nering hopes it proves eye-opening. “It’s a satire, where you take society’s vices, society’s shortcomings and I’ve held it up to a bit of ridicule,” she says. “And the point is to maybe create some change or shame us into improvement.” Nering encourages readers to take a closer look at today’s popular shows and consider who are the stars and whether they’re deserving. “I’m not saying that reality TV is not real, I’m just saying you need to question the motives of people who are on it,” she says. “You need to question the industry giants — are they the people you think they are? What is the goal of this business? What’s the goal of any business: To make money. Don’t forget that.” Nering has a busy few months ahead of her as she continues to promote Reality Jane, which she hopes one day gets made into a feature film. As well, she has an upcoming parenting column for CTV, is an active blogger, and is working on a CBC Doc Zone documentary, Mars and Venus Today, about relationships and the differences between men and women. She’s also anxiously awaiting the premiere of Lark Productions’ Real Housewives of Vancouver, set for either March or April. Unfortunately she’s unable to discuss the show and its stars until it goes to air. “I can tell you this, it’s going to be a great series,” says Nering. “The women were amazing and it was a really fun show to work on. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on TV.”

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DANCE Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre: 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. Rhythm in Motion —Dancers Helping Dancers in Need: OneDance Creative Art Centre will hold a fundraising performance to support North Shore dancers who would otherwise be unable to attend classes due to financial difficulty Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. A variety of dance styles will be performed as well as live musical performances. Admission: $25. Tickets: www.onedance.ca. Centennial Theatre: 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: www.centennialtheatre.com. Box office: 604-984-4484. Luv 2 Dance: RNB Dance and Theatre Arts with guests from Lamondance will perform a variety of dances Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $19/$11. Kay Meek Centre: 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. Tickets: www.kaymeekcentre.com or 604-913-3634. Musically Speaking: Ballet Jorgen will perform Monday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Showcase 2012: Pro Arte Centre students will perform a full range of dance genres Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25/$17. See more page 35

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NEWS photos Mike Wakefield

JENNIFER Morrison stars as Emma Swan on Once Upon a Time. See more photos at www.nsnews.com.

THE crew sets up a shot on Once Upon a Time’s North Vancouver set. Exterior scenes have been done on location in Langley, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver as well as the North Shore.

Network series settles in at old NV library site From page 13

set for that show. The site was appealing because the building was empty and it was close to other shooting locations being used around the Lower Mainland. “When we shot the pilot for Once Upon a Time last spring, we needed a sheriff’s station and we came back here kind of for the same reasons. We didn’t have sound stages on the pilot. We needed to build a sheriff’s office, and this room kind of worked,” explains Pearlman. “Then when the show got picked up for series, we just moved in and we took out a lease on the building.” He says it has been handy having a base in North Vancouver. “If we have half a day where we can work in Lynn Canyon, we can come back here and it’s a very easy move for us to make in one day; or we can keep all of our trucks here, based out of here, instead of driving our trucks all over the North Shore.” In addition to the multiple sets at the library, the production also occupies four sound stages at The Bridge Studios in Burnaby. One is a dedicated green screen stage used for all the fairy tale sequences in the show. The other stages are used for main sets, including the town’s diner. Most of the exterior scenes are shot on location in Langley, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and on the North Shore. Once Upon a Time follows a group of fairy tale characters who are cursed by an evil queen, forced out of their fantasy realm, and trapped in the fictional town of Storybrook, Maine, where none of them remembers their fairy tale lives except the Evil Queen. Her young son, Henry, has figured out the queen’s secret, and has brought in an outsider (who happens to be his biological mom and Snow White’s daughter) to save them all. The series features the characters in their “real-life” environment in Storybrook, where the queen is now mayor, and tells their fairy tale stories in flashbacks. The tricky premise has presented some shooting challenges. Each episode has offered at least one new problem to solve, including creating a cliff slide for one episode; combining computer-generated fire with

real fire for another episode; and scheduling around shorter work hours in a recent Hansel and Gretel episode featuring three child actors. “Every episode has had something to figure out,” says Pearlman, adding he thinks the show is doing a good job of creating the unique fantasy and reality environments. “It’s something that we work very hard at.” And the hard work seems to be paying off. Ratings show Once Upon a Time continues to be a popular entry in its Sunday night time slot, and Pearlman notes it has attracted a broad audience. “The thing that has surprised me the most about the viewership of the show is the anecdotal information, as well as ratings information, that shows that families are watching it together,” he says, adding parents watching TV with kids is “a thing that I thought was kind of just a lost phenomenon.” Just as audiences have fallen under Storybrook’s spell, so too did its co-executive producer. “I first read the script on Super Bowl Sunday a year ago, and it kind of blew me away. I needed to be a part of this show,” says Pearlman. “It hit me on a magical level, on an emotional level, on a fun level; just the fact that it was so different than anything else on TV.” Attention to detail is key to the show’s success, says Pearlman, and every element, from casting to computer-generated effects, being “not good, but great,” contributes to its believability. “I think that when a TV show, any TV show, is successful it’s not attributed to just one area, it’s every level,” he says. Pearlman interrupts the interview to step into the sheriff’s office set next door with the show’s director. Soon after, actors Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin), and Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), file into the office to block a scene. When the trio finishes and exits the room, Morrison smiling as she weaves through the crew, Pearlman returns and reports the blocking went well. And so it seems while their characters may be cursed in Storybrook, life at the old Lynn Valley library is somewhat charmed.

“EVIL Queen” Lana Parrilla walks through a scene on the Once Upon a Time set outside the North Vancouver libary.


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Albert Nobbs close but no cigar ■ Albert Nobbs. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer. Rating: 7 (out of 10)

Julie Crawford Contribuitng Writer Yes, it’s a woman. Can we just state the obvious and get it out of the way? At the screening I attended, every five minutes someone would announce in a loud stage whisper: “I think that’s a woman” or “No way that’s a man”. It’s not, folks. It’s actress Glenn Close, who co-wrote and co-produced the film after starring in a 1982 stage version, and rallied for decades to get the film made. She’s been rewarded with an Academy Award for her performance as Albert Nobbs, a woman who has spent some 40 years living as a man in Victorian Ireland. Such things happened more often out of economic self-preservation as they did by choice: girls and women who were orphaned in harsh circumstances, or cast aside by abusive husbands, had few options for survival. It takes some time before we learn See Disaster page 34

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Disaster looms around every corner From page 33

Albert’s story and what led him (“him” for simplicity’s sake) to a lifetime of deception and self-imposed isolation, but by then it hardly matters: we’ve accepted his predicament and are keen for him to find a solution. “Life without decency is unbearable,” he says, hinting at his past and announcing his present stoicism. Albert is a waiter, the most upright employee at an upscale hotel run by Mrs. Baker (Pauline Collins). An eclectic stew of guests passes through the hotel, among them a pair of randy lords and a tender-hearted doctor (Brendan Gleeson). The film takes on an Upstairs, Downstairs feel as we poke about everyone’s business. As for Albert, his one pleasure in life is counting up his day’s wages. He has a fortune socked away under the floorboards, almost 600 pounds’ worth. The parallel mystery of just where this sum will take him is soon discovered: Albert longs for the day when he can be his own boss and open a tobacconist’s shop. But then a stranger comes to the hotel, and Albert’s secret is discovered. Hubert (an excellent Janet McTeer, also nominated) could expose Albert, but instead opens up a whole world of possibilities to him. Hubert is also a woman; “he” managed to marry, set up house in a seaside town and continue

his work. Albert starts dreaming of a companion of his own, and sets his sights on Helen (Mia Wasikowska) a maid at the hotel who’s already had a tumble or two with Joe (Aaron Johnson). Joe is a ne’er-do-well who talks about taking her to America, but can’t put the bottle down long enough to carve out a proper plan. Disaster looms around every corner: the threat of exposure, the possibility of rejection and ridicule, or the theft of Albert’s life’s savings. The chances of a happy ending gets slimmer and slimmer, but filmmakers keep us guessing as to what will be his downfall. Hubert emerges as the most engaging character in the film, because as Albert is emotionally stunted, so too is the film, to some extent. Albert doesn’t seem to really care for Helen, he just likes the idea of a companion. The audience reasons that even a simple man would think twice about pursuing a woman involved with someone else, or consider the possibility of his business failing. Albert’s outlook is pitiably narrow, which presents a problem for filmmakers. The most touching scene comes as Albert and Hubert venture out in women’s clothing and walk, awkwardly, trying to find a feminine gait and rhythm. After a moment’s exhilaration, Albert knows it’s too late to go back.

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CALENDAR From page 31 CLUBS AND PUBS Beans on Lonsdale: 1804 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: 604-9852326. Live music every Thursday, 8 p.m. Brewster’s Coffee: 2436 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 604-925-9820. The Eagles Club Starlight Room: 170 West Third St., North Vancouver. East Side Marios: Lonsdale Quay, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver. Jack Lonsdale’s Pub: 1433 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: 604-9867333. Live music every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. La Zuppa: 1544 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: 604-986-6556. SFU Philosopher’s Cafe: Everyone is welcome to join this discussion with moderator Sean Zwagerman Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Topic: The decline of the educated Canadian man. Info: 778-782-5215 or www. philosopherscafe.net. SFU Philosopher’s Cafe: Everyone is welcome to join this discussion with moderator Martin Hunt Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Topic: Has our political process gone astray? Info: 778-7825215 or www.philosopherscafe. net. Fiesta Flamenco every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, tapas and wine, 6:30 p.m., music, 8:30 p.m. Legion #118: 123 West 15th St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-985-1115 or info@ legion118.com. The LW Club: 1515 Barrow St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-253-7141 or www. lynnwoodinn.com. Doors: 9 p.m. Open mic every Wednesday hosted by White Lies. Narrows Pub: 1979 Spicer Rd., North Vancouver. Ocean Club Restaurant and Lounge: 105-100 Park Royal, West Vancouver. Info: 604926-2326. Live jazz every Tuesday, 7 p.m.; live DJ Thursday to Sunday, 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Queens Cross Pub: 2989 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: www. queenscross.com. Adam Woodall performs acoustic music every Sunday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. The Raven Pub: 1052 Deep Cove Rd., North Vancouver. Info: www.theravenpub.com. Adam Woodall performs

acoustic music every Thursday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Red Lion Bar & Grill: 2427 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. Info: 604-926-8838. Jazz Pianist Randy Doherty will perform every Friday and Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Rusty Gull: 175 East First St., North Vancouver. Live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Mostly Marley performs every Sunday, 7 p.m. Sailor Hagar’s Brew Pub: 235 West First St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-9843087. Live music every Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Village Taphouse: Park Royal Village, West Vancouver. Info: 604-922-8882. Waves Coffee House: 3050 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. The Celtic Medley Song and String Player’s Showcase comes to Waves the first Saturday of every month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Anyone interested in performing can phone Doug Medley at 604985-5646. OTHER EVENTS Centennial Theatre: 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver. Info: www. centennialtheatre.com. Box office: 604-984-4484. Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival: A series of extreme adventure films and presentations will run from Feb. 10 to 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20/$18. Info and schedule: www.vimff.org. Kay Meek Centre: 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver. Info and tickets: www. kaymeekcentre.com or 604913-3634. Movies at the Meek — Benda Bilili: The story of a Kinshasa band of homeless handicapped artists Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Lynn Valley Library: 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Info: 604-9840286, ext. 8144 or www.nvdpl. ca. SFU Philosopher’s Cafe: Everyone is welcome to join this discussion with moderator Mark Battersby Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Topic: Charity and justice — why should we give to other members of our society or other countries? Info: 778-7825215 or www.philosopherscafe. net. Park & Tilford Cineplex Odeon Theatre: 200-333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver. The North Shore International Film Series: The North Shore Community Arts

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New Animal, a multi-media work created by choreographer Dana Gingras specifically for the 605 Collective, exploits the versatilie talents of five dancers — Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin, Dave Raymond and Amber Funk-Barton. The group is performing the piece at The Cultch Feb. 7 to 11 at 8p.m. For a chance to win two tickets to opening night tell us the name of another contemporary dance troupe Gingras cofounded in 1993. Email your entry to New Animal Contest at thisweekcontest@nsnews.com. Deadline for the contest is Feb. 5, 5 p.m. Only residents living in the Lower Mainland/Greater Vancouver area are eligible to enter. Winners will be chosen in a random draw. For more details go to www.thecultch.com. Council will screen Canadian, independent and foreign films throughout the fall, winter and spring. A Separation will play Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $11. Info: www.nvartscouncil. ca/events/north-shoreinternational-film-series or 604-988-6844. Silk Purse Arts Centre: 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Info: 604-925-7292 or www. silkpurse.ca. North Shore Cric Crac Storytelling Evenings presented by the Vancouver Society of Storytelling take place the first Sunday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 5 will feature Wong Wing-Siu, Jane Slemon and more with music by The Deaf Dogs. Fee: $7/$5. West Vancouver Memorial Library: 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Info: 604925-7407 or www.westvanlib. org. Music Talks — Masterpieces of Chamber Music: A series with Keith Lawrence that will examine chamber music Thursdays until Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — compiled by Debbie Caldwell

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school.” Like many up and coming artists, Faoro says social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are critical tools for him to grow as an artist. “So much of it comes down to social media and image,” Faoro says. “It’s incredibly important . . . no matter how good something is if no one hears it then it’s nothing.” Mosher has been in the business since 1999 and knows how important it is for artists to able to brand themselves effectively.

“It’s really important,” he says “I’ve seen a lot of artists that just record an album and sit back and wait for someone to pick them up.” Faoro gave up a roster spot on his high school soccer team so he could dedicate more time to his album and career. “I truly believe that music is an art,” he says. “You live and you learn.” Mosher believes Faoro has the right attitude and mindset. “He knows that he is up against the unexpected,” he says. “There is no secret recipe for this but he is doing all the right things.”

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Board of Directors Forum in Vancouver The Board of Vancouver Coastal Health invites you to a public presentation on the status of health service delivery in our communities and to participate in an interactive Question and Answer session. When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Where: Hellenic Community Center, Hall #2 St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Webcast For those unable to attend in person, VCH is also making the meeting available live via the internet. Questions will be welcomed during the broadcast or can be sent in advance. Visit www.vch.ca for details and the agenda. This is a valuable opportunity to connect directly with the VCH Board and Executive. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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HARRISON - Philip John March 7, 1925 - Jan. 7, 2012 Phil died suddenly on January 7th 2012, predeceased by his father John, in 1946, his mother Gertrude in 1954 and his sister Mildred in 1919. He was born in Vancouver; grew up in North Vancouver, attended North Vancouver High School, and joined the Air Cadets. He then became a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force receiving his wings in 1945. He went on to complete a course in Architectural Drafting in 1948 and started work for the District of North Vancouver, where he remained until his retirement in 1990. Phil was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 118 for 44 years and was also very involved in the Kiwanis Club of North Vancouver until his passing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to North Vancouver Kiwanis or Royal Canadian Legion Branch 118. A Memorial Service will be held to honor Phil at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 118, Saturday, February 11th at 11am, 123 W 15th. St. at Lonsdale Ave.

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DILLON - Dr. W. Wilson Dr. W. Wilson Dillon died peacefully at home on Sunday, January 29th amongst his family. Wilson is survived by his wife, Kate, children, Simone, Desmond and grandchildren Laura and Lorenzo. Wilson grew up in N. Ireland and graduated from Queens University in Belfast. He arrived in Canada in the Fifties where he met his wife. They began to raise a family in Toronto when he decided to study medicine a UWO in London, Ontario. After specialising in Psychiatry the family moved to Vancouver where he established a successful practice. Many people will remember his kind and caring treatment which stemmed from his belief in Humanism which was an important part of his life. One of his favourite sayings was by H.D. Thoreau, “If a man doesn’t keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears.” At this time the family is not prepared for a memorial service, but will consider one at a future date.

HAMILTON, Winnifred Eileen

May 11, 1925 - Jan. 20, 2012 With heavy hearts, we announce Winnie’s passing, peacefully in her sleep, on Friday. January 20, 2012. Born in the small farming community of Dundurn, Saskatchewan, her early years were spent in the Depression era prairie town doing so much with so little with a close family and good friends. In 1941 her father moved the family to Vancouver in search of employment. Mom soon found work with the telephone company where she stayed for 21 years. She met Don, the love of her life, and they were married in 1949. Together, they eventually chose Vancouver’s North Shore to be the area where they wanted to settle. They were able to scrape together enough money to buy a lot for the heavenly sum of $825. A house was built and some time later two children completed the family. Somehow, over the years, Mom was able to work part-time at the Bay, part-time with Dad at their small travel agency and full-time raising two kids and various pets. In addition to her family, Mom’s passions included travel, her glorious garden, and the Highlands Church Flea Market, an event she helped grow over a period of 30 years. After Dad passed away in 2004 Mom continued an independent and busy life. The final challenges of skin cancer and dementia took her to her new home at Evergreen House in North Vancouver where she was always able to offer a smile and a kind word to everyone she encountered. A heartfelt thank you to our special friends at Evergreen House, second floor, for their kindness and compassion. Mom will be sadly missed by son Steve, daughter Kathy (Aaron), grandchildren Travis, Santana, Amber, and Saige, great grandchild Lily-Rayne, many foster grandchildren, and by all those whose lives were touched by Winnie’s presence. A memorial service and reception will be held on February 13, 2012 at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., N.Van. at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Winnie’s name to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation or the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

SAMLER, Peter It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Peter Samler after a short battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed. Peter came to Canada from Germany at the age of 22. Shortly after his arrival he met his wife Sally, on a blind date. He worked at Vancouver Shipyards for over 30years. He could always be found in his garden or working on various home improvement projects. Peter and Sally enjoyed a love of travel and were always planning their next adventure. Tulameen, where he built the family cabin, allowed him to pursue his pastimes including skidooing, boating and family time. He was a very special man with a kind heart and a strong spirit. He is survived by his wife Sally, brother Waldemar, daughters Lee (Chris) and Shannon (Danny) and grandson Max. A celebration of life will be held on Feb, 19th 2012 at 2pm at the Holiday Inn and Suites, North Vancouver. For those wishing to share a memory of Peter, please go to www.hollyburnfunerals.com

Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221 TAYLOR - Gail (Nee Reynolds) Mar. 27, 1947 - Jan. 29, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our mother Gail on January 29, 2012 in her home in North Vancouver. Daughter of Edythe and John (Jack) Reynolds, Gail was born in Blackburn, Lanc ashi r e, E ngl and, and emigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 18. They first lived in Toronto, and soon made their way west to settle on the North Shore. Gail began her working career as a hairdresser and later moved into the banking industry. But it was as a homemaker and a mother of two where she found her greatest joy. She is survived by brother Barry, daughters Stacey and Kylie, sons-in-law Matthew and David, and grandchildren Ashley and Colton. A celebration of Gail’s life will be held on Friday, February 3rd at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation at www.cdhf.ca

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

HOME DEPOT shelving unit, unassembled, 30x60, white, Free you pick-up 604-929-2538 LOVESEAT, SINGLE bed, wood frame & mattress. Free you pickup 604-988-1942

Homecare Available

4035 BICHON FRISE, fem, 5 months old, all shots, potty trained on command, extremely smart, healthy, $800. 604 517-0155

Legal/Public Notices

5505

Dogs

MOVING custom sofa as new, silver/green, casual leaf pattern $250 obo 604-922-7077

MIRROR, 40' x 70'.. free for pick up..call 604-983-2324

2060 2005

Garage Sale

2075

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Personals

LUXURY RELAXATION SPA 778-340-2778 1053 Marine Dr, North Van

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604-985-4969 www.meridienspa.com

7015

Escort Services

★ ALLISON & Nikki ★ Naughty but Nice 604- 657-1670 TODAY'S SUDOKU ANSWERS

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

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6060

Real Estate Wanted

BUILDER LOOKING for double lot or tear down in North or West Van. 778-891-1474 Joint venture? arcconstruction@telus.net

6082

Warehouse

WHISTLER (Function Junction) 1150 sq ft., bathroom, bay door, mezzanine. 5 yrs old. Sell by owner $225k or lease $1200./mo 604-817-8140 darenmarcoux@gmail.com


RENTALS 6505

Apartments & Condos

6505-11

North Van Apt. Rentals

★ CENTRAL LONSDALE ★Mar 1 Spacious 1 BR. Featuring large kitchen, lots of storage, heat/hot water incl. N/s, no pets.$980 604-983-0634

1 BDRM, MOVE IN ALLOWANCE, Quiet/clean blding. Rent Starts $1200. Incls Ht/Hw. N/P, N/S, 1 yr lse, Cable/ Park extra. 604-985-4272 1 BR, $1000, quiet bldg, ns np, nr bus/shops, 120 E. Keith Rd. avail Feb 1, Dennis 604-980-9402 BACH, $875, quiet bldg, ns np, nr bus/shops, 120 E. Keith Rd. avail Feb 1, Dennis 604-980-9402 1 BR, 680sf, East facing, 330 E 1st, 4 blks to Lonsdale Quay, ns/ np, avail Mar 1, $1300 incls util/ net,ph/cble, ldry avail, min 1 yr lease, 604-540-2177 1 BR $990 incl heat/hw prkg, hw flrs, balc, Lonsdale & 21, quiet bldg, np, Now 604-990-4088 1 BR bright large, top flr, Central Lonsdale, hardwood, quiet well kept bldg. ns, np, avail Feb 1. $916 incl heat/hw 604-904-7545 1 BR. new kitchen/bath, 650sf, central Lonsdale, incl heat/hw 1 yr lease, np, $1030, 604-681-2521 1 BR’s $945 & $960 (city view) incls ht/hw, h/wood, drapes, balc, elevator, NP 18/Lonsdale, avail Mar 1st, 604-220-6817

6505

Apartments & Condos

6505-11

North Van Apt. Rentals

GREAT LOCATION! 145 West Keith Road.

Bachelor $895 & 1 BR $1095 Avail Now. Ocean view. Indoor pool. Concrete bldg. Heat & Hot Water incls.

Call 604-986-3356 MOVE IN ALLOWANCE!! 1 BR in Park like setting! Avail immediately! starting from $1,025 mountain or ocean view. 1 cat ok. Storage, heat & h/water included. Near all amenities. Seasonal pool.

604-985-2926

2 BR, 2 ba, mtn view, VISTA PLACE $2000/mth, 1 prkg,storage, ns Mar 1st. 604-904-0490 2 BR, 2 bath, Vista bldg, 158 W 13th, 5 appls. ocean view, ns, $2200+ utils Mar 1, 604-926-4653

2 BR Apt rent furnished or unfurinished, sauna/pool, Capilano Rd/Woodcraft, Capilano bldg, Contact 778-839-2625

2 BR beautiful view, $1215/mo, 2 BR garden level, $1200/mo, 1 BR $940 all incls heat hw/cable, ns np, Mar 1st, 604-987-8807 2 BR, corner view, top flr 6th & Lonsdale, h/wood, cat ok, avail Feb 1/15th, $1250. 604-986-4927 2 BR Lower Lonsdale, recent reno, new flooring, appls & tile, $1375 incls heat, h/w & prkg. Mar 1st / earlier. 604-929-2440 2 Br’s starting at $1075, avail March 1 and NOW Heat incl’d, quiet, gated prkg. n/p, view, upgrades, walk to seabus. 1 year lease 163 West 5th. 604-980-7501

North Vancouver 144 W. 14th St MARLBOROUGH TOWER 1 BR avail now on 9th floor for $1300, 730 sqft + balc, updated kitchen, d/w & open plan living space, mnt & harbour view, 750 sqft. 1 BR avail March 1 on 10th floor for $1,300 with south facing panoramic view, 760 sqft,2 BR avail March 1, $1900, fully reno’d with granite, South facing panoramic view. Professionally managed building close to all amenities. No pets, 1 year lease.

Call 604-983-6920

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE APTS. 2 BR Suite Avail Mar 1 604-988-3828 www.mountainvillage.ca TUCKTON PLACE 1520 Chesterfield. 2 bdrm $1350. 604 990-2971, Wkend 778 340-7406

6505-12

West Van Apt. Rentals

2025 Bellevue Ave, W Van Renovated 1BR gorgeous ocean view $1,200 . 2 BR fantastic ocean view $1,850, Cat OK, Senior discount. 604-913-0734 1 BDRM Waterfront suite avail 'The Mariner' newly reno’d, spac beautiful h/w flrs, lrg balc, with garden & ocean below in high maintained quiet bldg, $1850/mo NS/NP, Feb 1, 604-921-6652

326 WEST 1st St. 1 br $800. Nr seabus, secure prkg, no pets. Avail Feb 1st 604-983-6916 ★ A QUIET BLDG ★ 1 BR (Top) floor, north face, approx 700sf, $940, avail Feb 15/Mar 1, Carpets, drapes, heat, hotwater, gated prkg available, No Dogs. Call 604-986-7745 BACH, LARGE $770, hardwood, heat, hot water, upper Lonsdale, March 1, ns np 604-202-3458 Delbrook Gardens 777 W.Queens. 2 bedrm townhome $1595. 604-990-2971, weekends call 778.227.5042 1 BDRM, large corner, S. facing, new paint/carpet, NOW/Feb 15, cat ok, $940, n/s. 604-986-4927 HI RISE. Central Lonsdale, 1 BDRM $990. Avail Mar 1 Incl heat/hw. NP, 604-985-3650

6505-12

West Van Apt. Rentals

Park Royal Towers Completely Renovated

1 & 3 Bdrm. Suites 1 BR (700-770 sq.ft.) 3 BR (1370 sq.ft.)

Spectacular City & Ocean Views! Walk to Shops & Transit Hardwood Floors Swimming Pool Rent includes all utilities.

WHITEHALL APT’S 1640 Esquimalt 1 bdrm $1,000, 604-990-2971 or weekends 778-238-4798.

6515

1 BR, partial water view, central Ambleside, small concrete bldg, bright, balcony, top corner, ns, np, avail now 604-612-4427

AMBLESIDE TOWER

Studio avail. Excellent views, rents incl. heat & h/w. Tennis courts, indoor pool, saunas, exercise & games rooms on premises. Walk to beach & shops. No Pets. 1552 Esquimalt. 604-922-8443

1550 Duchess Ave, W. Van. Studio & 1 Br avail Move-in Bonus Fitness rm out door pool, nr shops, transit & Seawall. 1 yr lease, N/pets. Heat, hw incl’d. Member of Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. 604-922-4322 Luxury Over The Seawall! 1 BR, pool rec. rm, pet ok 2190 Bellevue Ave 604-926-6287 PARK TERRACE 1766 Duchess Ave. 2 BDRM - 1.5 bath, h/wood flrs, d/w. $1400/mth, no pets. Mar 1st. Call for appt. 604-926-3493

Duplexes - Rent

UNOBSTRUCTED GORGEOUS ocean & city views from oversize living/dining room & balcony.Top flr, 3 big bdrms, 2 full bath, great location. np, ns $1,900 avail Mar 1st. #1-520 West Keith Rd. 604-971-2723 or 604-719-8263

6522

Furnished Accommodation

1 BDRM, Ambleside, $1300/mo, short term $450/wk, ns, np. Avail Feb 15th. 604-922-5158

A SHORT STAY North Shore & Kitsilano 1 & 2 br + p/house. Renos, families, execs 604-987-2691 www.vancouvershortstay.com

BRIGHT 1 BR ground flr suite, Deep Cover, 1-5 mth rental, $1150 inclusive. 604-929-2538 Furn Rm, Avail Feb 1, short term, $850 inclus ns/np, Grand Blvd, grandmanor.net 604-988-6082 HOMAWAY INNS Specializing in furn accom at reas rates. call 604-723-7820 or visit www.homawayinns.com

6525

Garages

SECURE SINGLE car garage, avail immed, Upper Lonsdale $250/mth. Call 604-202-3458

6540

BAYVIEW APTS

2BR 2 bath ,5 appl, fp, pool/gym, heat incl, 1 prkg, ns,np,Westview Mar 1st, $1375 604-836-9980

Apartments & Condos

935 Marine Drive

WESTWIND APTS

2 br a corner suite, 2nd flr of very quiet 3 story walk up, E. 15th St. large private balcony, north west exposure, new windows, dw, new carpet, venetian blinds, free laundry fac. no smoking & np, $1200. 604-830-0857 msg.

6505

1-877-273-8716

1 br, $920, 2 br, $1250, Large & clean, 130 W 5th, heat hw, n/p, n/s, refs, lease, 604-987-2761 2 BR, $1100, avail Feb, central Lonsdale, heat/hot water incl’d, no pets, 604-986-6418

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Houses - Rent

3 BR Norgate, rec room, 4 appls fenced yard, new paint/carpet, ns np, $2200 refs 604-272-1938 4 BR, 3 ba, 2520sf, 600sf deck, nr Princess Park, all appls, n/s n/p, immed $3200. Joe 604-720-8386 CAULFEILD, LARGE modern house, 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 2 f/p, large garden dbl gar, Mar 1, long term, $3100. call 604-925-9562 CENTRAL LYNN VALLEY, very clean 4 bdrm, 2.5 baths, large fenced yard, near bus & shops. n/s, $2300/mo, Available Now 604-980-0035 or 778-772-3189 DEEP COVE 1 br, waterview, f/p, 5 appl, h/wood, lrg lot, quiet, n/s, $1450, Mar 1, Mike 604-929-5191

#402 - 133 E. Esplande St. water/dt view, 3 bdrm, 1 den , 2 bath, 1372sf, pool, gym, lease, n/s, n/p, Feb 1, $3500. Eric K., R.P. Realty Corp. 604-723-7368

6565

1 PERSON to share furn 2 BR garden suite in house nr Park Royal on bus rte. np $750 Avail now 604-922-7836

6595-45

North Vancouver

1BR IN 2 br, Mid Lonsdale, mtn view. np, $645 incl,hyrdo, cbl, wifi, ug prkg Mar 1st, 778-388-4810 MID LONS. furn br’s, priv. home, for male, wd, cable, utils incl. $500/mo, ns, np 604-980-8012

6600

★1500 sqft★

Call 604-716-2256

Warehouse/ Commercial

1800SF, 300BLK EAST Esplanade area, $1950/month. Avail immed, call 604-803-7723

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6620

Warehouse/ Commercial

FOR LEASE

2,858 sq ft. on Queensbury Suitable for Karate school or Dance studio.

Contact 604-501-4417 for information Baywest Management Corp.

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AVAIL NOW! Lower Lonsdale storage space, 600sf, electricity $350, 604-983-9493

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM & den, garden level, nr Lynn Valley Mall, f/p, deck, n/s, n/p, $730 + % ut, suits 1, Avail Mar 1 604-929-6380 after 6pm. 1 BR + den, bright garden lvl, Deep Cove area, nr beach, insuite w/d, d/w, big storage shed, backyard + deck. Immed. $1200 incl heat & hydro 604-929-9348 1 BR garden level large, suits 1, upper Capilano, furnished $900 all incls, 604-765-2279 1 BR garden ste, $1,000incl, Feb 1,own wd & priv yrd. 860 sf, clean. Ridgeway & 4th 604-710-8394 2 BDRM Blueridge, bright large, lower level, dw, fp, full bath, large yard, shed, patio for bbq, ns, np, $1340. 604-913-3109 2 BDRM large Bsmt Suite on quiet Lower Lonsdale North Van St. $1150. Available Immediately. Call 604-983-8518 for viewing. 2 BR beautiful garden level, W.Van, Eagle Harbour, 4 appl, f/p, Now, ns, $1100 + 1/2 util. 604-921-7281. 2 BR, Dundarave, W Van bsmt in new home, nr Seawall, shops, ss appls, own w/d, gas fp, alarm, ns np, $1800 incl utils. 604-551-0039 2 BR, LARGE, BRIGHT, VERY QUIET, garden level, Delbrook area close to Edgemont, private entry, french doors to patio. Living room with f/p, dining area, great kitchen with 5 appl, bath with soaker tub & shower, own laundry room with lots of storage, ns np. Avail now. $1600 incl utils. 604-773-9815 2 BR lower ste, Calverhall, 1100 sf, incl cbl, util, w/d, d/w, m/w, gas fp ns np single renter pref’d $1200, Mar 1st. 778-986-9211 3 BR upper 1,800 sf, 2 bath avail Feb/Mar 1st, Lynn Valley, ns, pet neg, quiet. $2500 604-836-0746 WWW.EASYRENT.CA North Van, 5439 Nancy Greene Way 5 br, 3bath, upr suite, 2 lvls, 8appls, hw flrs, nr schls, avail Now, $3450/mo 604-662-3279 BRAND NEW 1 BR + den bsmt ste, large patio, w/d, d/w, alrm, hydro & cable, ns np, Central Lonsdale $1400. 604-985-6607 DOGS WELCOME!! 2 BR, 1 bath, upper suite in N. Van, own entry, own w/d, d/w, f/p, large deck, fenced yard, prkg for 2 cars, nr all amen & 2nd Narrows, $2000 incl utils. Feb 15.. 778-688-8365

GIVE YOUR FAMILY THE BEST! 3 BR large & bright suite in Upper Lynn Valley sought after cul-desac. Recenty reno, insuite laundry, own entry. Huge backyard backs into greenbelt. Close to school, bus, library & world renowned trails within 4 mins. $1750 utils incl. Avail now. Call Julia 778-996-2917 or kakloros16@yahoo.com

2 BR, 1100sf, wd flrs, gas f/p, 6 appl,Grouse Skyride, n/s, cat ok, $1580inc ut, Now, 604-710-7595 1516 Marine Drive West Van, 2nd floor, 2 parking, Available Now. $2000/mo includes triple net & No HST!

6620

Storage

Office/Retail Rent

WATERFRONT LUXURY

Studio

Shared Accommodation

DEEP COVE semi waterfront 1 br, fp, garage $1875, 3 br 2 ba, fp, carport, $2575. ns 604-929-5191

The Pink Palace on the Seawall Indoor/outdoor pools. Fitness centre & billiard room, no smoking 2222 Bellevue Ave. To view: 604-926-0627

6595

1BDRM/1BTH 15th & Bewicke Character House Suite 750sqft new carpet & paint own entry & laundry, hydro incld, patio, No Pets $950 Mthly (604) 990-1656 or hughmacis@telus.net

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HOME SERVICES 8030

8080

Carpentry

Electrical

European Craftsmanship kitchen, baths, crown, mouldings, carpentry, John....778-322-8645 Hofstetter Contracting Crown Molding, Renovations, Tiling, Fence, Swiss Craftmanship, ERWIN 778-835-5015 Home & Yard Carpentry. Small djobs. Bsmt, floors, concrete form, tiles. Francisco 604-710-9837 www.chulavistalandscaping.ca

8055

Cleaning

$18/HR. Quality House cleaning. 604-983-3477 www.qualityhc.com ✫✫A CLEAN SWEEP ✫ Reliable Housecleaning service. Low rates 778 836-9970 ✫✫ 604 987-9970 HOUSES LOVINGLY cleaned by Laurie. Reliable, clean. Excellent refs. Reas. rates 604-986-9767 2 HONEST exp’d & reliable ladies will clean your house to perfection. Excellent ref’s. 604-929-7286 PROF. HOUSE cleaner, 12 yrs exp. wkly, bi-wkly, move in/out. refs avail. Patti 778-228-7576

8060

Concrete

CONCRETE FORMING All Form Work, Insured, local references. Call Dave at 604-724-4342 N.C.B. CONCRETE LTD. Specializing in residential concrete. Repair, removal and new installation. Patio specialists. 604-988-9523, 604-988-9495

8071

Drafting/Design & Decorating

8125

Gutters

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8087

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

8073

BASE EXCAVATING LTD. Small & mini excavator. Concrete braking. Mini track loader, stump grinding. etc. 15 yrs Tyler 929-7799

8090

Drainage

Fencing/Gates

CEDAR & CUSTOM FENCING 604.862.5545 SUPERSCAPES.CA DRAIN TILES & WATER LINES Without Digging a Trench 604-985-4000

8075

Drywall

ACE DRYWALL. Avail immed. Board, tape, spraytex, repairs. 16 yr exp. No job too small. Mike 604-808-2432, 604-985-4321 AFFORDABLE, Reliable, Quality Guaranteed. Boarding, Taping, Spraytex. Dave 604-984-7476 TAPING, BOARDING, texture, framing & insulation. 25 yrs exp. New Air Drywall, 604-671-9901 VINCE’S MAGIC Contractor. Water leak investigations & repairs. Textured ceilings / drywall repairs 604-307-2295 / 778-340-5208

8100

Fireplaces

PRO GAS - North Shore Gas fireplaces. Repair & safety inspection. 604-925-1341 www.progas.ca

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

Installed • Cleaned • Repaired

604-876-4604 Need a Painter?

Find one in the Home Services Section 604-630-3300

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Any project,

BIG

or small...

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8140

604-202-6118

7-Standards Ltd.

Part of RJR group

Odd Job Services - Home & Garden - Rain or Shine

- Indoor/Outdoor - Clean up, removal, etc. North Shore Do All Services. Michael 778-868-5079

HANDYMAN SERVICE - Fix those nagging problems inside & out. Call Mike - 604-925-6381 ★HUSBAND FOR HIRE★ Painting, Drywall, Laminate floors Fences, etc. Glenn 604-328-1059

Heating

Furnace, Boiler, Heat Pump Hot Water Tank & Tankless Service - Repair - Installation Certified Technicians

www.7standards.ca

604.375.4720

PRO GAS - North Shore Furnaces, boilers, gas fitting, heat pumps. Service & installation. 604-925-1341 www.progas.ca

SUNRISE PAINTING Drywall repair, textured ceiling & mouldings. Cell 604-657-6465

9110

Collectibles & Classics

1989 ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Spur, 1-owner, only 80,000 km, fully serviced, all orig like new. $25,000. 604-987-3876. D24627

9110 9125

Collectibles & Classics Domestic

1989 ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Spur, 1-owner, only 80,000 km, fully serviced, all orig like new. $25,000. 604-987-3876. D24627 2005 PONTIAC Grand Prix loaded, alloy wheels, pw seats, dingless, 95kms, 3.8 l V6, cln, spoiler, $6450. 604-563-4352

9125

Domestic

9173

8150

Kitchens/Baths

BATHROOMS PLUS. Kitchen & Bath renos. Visit our Showroom at: #103-828 Harbourside Dr, North Van 604-983-8766

8155

Landscaping

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

9175

9145

Scrap Car Removal

#1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal 2006 Chevrolet Impala LS Ask about Credit!!! 136,000 kms$500 2006 Impala, $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200 original owner, no accidents, in like new condition. All power options $5,500 (604) 581-0589

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9160

Sports & Imports

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9160

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604-726-9153 604-926-1526

HAS YOUR Mum or Dad stopped driving and their car is stitting in Vans the parkade? In good condition, low mileage? I’m interested in 1998 b u y i nPLYMOUTH g o n e l i kVOYAGER. e this. Modified for wheelchairs - side 604-929-7648. entry ramp. Removable driver & passenger seats. 97,000 km. No accidents. $9,500. 604-535-3167

9173

9522 RV’s/Trailers 1996 Terry Travel Trailer, 27 ft Wantedloaded, 9175 SPECIAL, SNOWBIRD rear bedroom, front slider, ducted HAS or Dad stopped heat YOUR & air,Mum large fridge, midriving and their car is stitting in crowave, 3 burner stove, electric the parkade? In good condition, or gas hot water, many extras. low I’m interested in New mileage? tires & batteries. Excellent b u y i n always g o n ehasl interior ike th is. shape, heat. 604-929-7648. Original owner. $7000. Located on N Shore. 604-817-4724

RV’s/Trailers

1996 Terry Travel Trailer, 27 ft SNOWBIRD SPECIAL, loaded, rear bedroom, front slider, ducted heat & air, large fridge, microwave, 3 burner electric 2007 JAYCO Travelstove, Trailer, 25 ft, or gas water,6, many extras. like new,hotsleeps walk around New tires batteries. Excellent queen bed,&slide, a/c, BBQ, spare shape, always has$15,900. interior heat. + lots of extras. Ray Original owner.eves. $7000. Located 604-576-7476 Private sale on N Shore. 604-817-4724

Looking For a New Set of Wheels?

2007 JAYCO Travel Trailer, 25 ft, like new, sleeps 6, walk around queen bed, slide, a/c, BBQ, spare + lots of extras. $15,900. Ray 604-576-7476 eves. Private sale

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Internet Sale Price $21,988

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Sports & Imports

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8175

2010 Jeep Liberty

Internet Sale Price $21,988

2008 Honda Odyssey EX-L

Leather, sunroof, rear DVD, 54,000kms, Honda2010 ext warranty, inspected Jeep BCAA Liberty Internet Saleauto, Price 4x4, 41,374kms, black,$28,988 pwr group, BCAA inspected, stk#P5696

Internet Sale Price $23,988

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ARCADIA STONEWORK bricks, blocks, natural, cultured & paving stones. Alex - 778-895-6170 NORTHLAND MASONRY. Rock, slate, brick, granite, pavers. 20 yrs exp. No job to small.. Please Call Will 604-805-1582

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Football game is the Super Bowl of car ads

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THE new Evoque takes Range Rover away from its tough, hip-to-be-square roots. Sculpted, trendy and excellent on the road, the Evoque could change the way the world views the prestigious Range Rover brand.

contested market segment. But here’s the real question: is it cool? Range Rover has always stood out from the crowd by virtue of being unapologetically different. The brand’s evolution has been glacially slow, such that today’s vehicles look almost the same as the ones built two decades ago. In a fast-paced world of high-speed Internet and 4G cell phones you wouldn’t think that strategy would lead to much success, but Range Rover has somehow managed to come across as prestigious and exclusive. It feels like a privilege to own and drive one, and that makes the boxy,

Automakers launch Super Bowl ad blitz Yes, “blitz.” That’s a clever football pun, donchaknow. Anyway, this Sunday is Super Bowl 46, and as ever, the athletic contest between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots takes something of a backseat to the crass commercialism we all know and love: it’s Super Bowl ad season. Volkswagen, ever with the clever clips, has a big fat dog going on a diet and exercise routine to slim down and get more athletic: just like the new New Beetle. Then Darth Vader shows up and chokes a guy for some reason. Honda has several entries, one with Matthew Broderick reprising a sort of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off routine with him traipsing around the city in a CR-V instead of putting in time at the office. It’s quite lame actually. Their Acura ad is much better, with Porsche-o-phile Jerry Seinfeld doing everything

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2012 Range Rover Evoque

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Columnist Brendan McAleer reviews the 2012 Porsche Cayman R in next week’s Rev.

WITH upright, bodyon-frame designs and serious off-roading capabilities, Range Rovers are recognized by many as the toughest of luxury SUVs. They aren’t super trendy, they aren’t that sporty, and they certainly aren’t socially or environmentally conscious. They aren’t any of these things, because they’re not supposed to be — and that’s what makes them cool. But not so anymore; now there’s the new Evoque, a Range Rover that’s trendy, comfortable, and yes, socially conscious. With any other nameplate, it’s an impressive

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upright SUVs very appealing and surprisingly cool. For its part, the Evoque abandons that stance, trying to fit in with the very crowd that Range Rover has typically ignored. That desire to beat the competitors at their own game is commendable, but it’s also somewhat conformist. As a result, the newest Range Rover loses out on the classic cool factor of its siblings. If the trendy Evoque is going to be cool, it’s going to have to accomplish that feat largely on its own merits. And if it succeeds, the little SUV will change how the world views Range Rover in the future. Good thing that it’s up to the task. Design Shorter and wider than its competitors, the unibody Evoque has an aggressive and powerful stance, looking like it’s ready to pounce at any second. The exceptional styling is virtually unchanged from the LRX concept first seen in 2007, right down to the availability of a unique, three-door “coupe” body style in addition to the more traditional fivedoor model. There’s a lot to like in the exterior design, but the styling cue that demands attention is the pronounced front wheel arch, which breaks up the hard crease running the length of the body. Aside from the wheels themselves, the slight cut of the fender into the engine cover is seemingly the only smooth curve in

the entire body. Inside, the Evoque balances Range Rover tradition against contemporary styling, combining a tall and flat dashboard with a floating control panel. The overall effect is upscale, inviting and business-like. Fit and finish are exceptional, as is the quality of materials. Range Rover went to great lengths to reduce weight, employing aluminum and composite panels throughout, but the Evoque still feels very solid and well-built. Performance Power is supplied by a Fordsourced Ecoboost 2.0-litre inlinefour tuned for 240 horsepower and 340 foot-pounds of torque, and connected to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The Evoque is relatively quick, but you have to step on the gas to get the revs up on the turbocharged engine. While the 2.0litre block has garnered rave reviews in the Ford Explorer for its power and efficiency, a V-6 option would be nice. On the road, the Evoque has the planted, hefty feel of a Range Rover, with great steering feedback and a well-balanced suspension that is biased to the firm side. Its unibody design contributes to a smooth ride and confident handling in all conditions, rarely feeling harsh or jarring. The Evoque isn’t as capable as its tougher Range Rover and Land Rover siblings, but its Terrain Response electronic off-road system is still pretty amazing. Drivers simply

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equipment, but the optional Surround Camera System is even better, adding five cameras that are user-selectable from the touchscreen. Features The Evoque starts at $46,995 for the five-door model and $52,595 for the three-door coupe, selling in Pure, Prestige, and Dynamic trim levels. The price quickly goes up to more than $60,000 as you add more options or go for the higher trim models. Standard equipment includes ABS, Terrain Response system, cruise control, air conditioning, poweradjustable front seats, power-folding exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, 380-watt Meridian sound system and front/ side/side-curtain airbags. Additional features, available as options or on higher trims, include a panoramic sunroof, blind-spot monitoring system, navigation system, rear-seat entertainment system, heated front seats and steering wheel, Surround Camera System, 17-speaker audio system and Xenon headlamps. Fuel efficiency is rated at 10.7 litres/100 kilometres in the city and 7.1 l/100 km on the highway. Thumbs up Stunning exterior design; balanced performance; excellent features. Thumbs down Touchy brakes; limited interior space; high price relative to competition.

The bottom line Range Rover’s bold first step into the modern world is impressive indeed. Competitors Audi Q5 The $41,200 Q5 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four with 211 h.p. and 258 foot-pounds of torque, or a 3.2-litre V-6 with 270 h.p. and 243 foot-pounds of torque, as well as all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. Audi’s compact SUV benefits from the automaker’s decades of experience with all-wheel-drive vehicles. Like many of its siblings, it’s a good-looking vehicle, but has trouble standing out. BMW X3 Starting at $41,900, the allwheel-drive X3 employs a 3.0litre inline-six with 240 h.p. and 221 foot-pounds of torque, or a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six with 300 h.p. and 295 foot-pounds of torque. Looking for the most part like a downsized X5, the tall and slim X3 lacks the Evoque’s emotional and compelling design, and would have serious trouble competing on style and personality. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class The GLK-Class starts at $41,600, equipped with a 3.5-litre V-6 producing 268 h.p. and 258 foot-pounds of torque, all-wheel drive, and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Sharing its bulky, angular design with the more-expensive M-Class and GL-Class models, the GLKClass is all sharp curves and straight lines, with a low and wide stance that serves it well.

Rolls-Royce says Gung Hay Fat Choy with $1.2-million car From page 42 in his power to convince someone to hand over the keys to the first Acura NSX. Hilarious, particularly the twist at the end. Also, I can’t wait for the new NSX. Hyundai has several spots, most notably one involving a cheetah and the Veloster Turbo — very excited to see that car in action. Audi has a bunch of vampires getting blasted by the headlights of an A7. There’s even a fun ad for the decent-butpoorly-selling Suzuki Kizashi with an Inuit gentleman trading in his dogsled for the bright-red, AWD sedan. However, the one can’t miss ad campaign has got to be for the Chevy Sonic. Not only does Chevy have indie band OK Go doing one of their crazy Rube Goldberg-contraption music videos in a Sonic, but they also plan to show the Sonic kickflipping over a giant skateboard. They’re also giving away 20 free Chevy trucks and cars via an interactive app. Dodge at work on SRT version of Dart Back when Chrysler used to be in deep financial doo-doo, it was hard to get worried about the possible disappearance of things like the Dodge Caravan. On the other hand, the thought of a wasteland of frugal econoboxes without anything with a Hemi in it was enough to have Mopar enthusiasts gnashing their teeth. Luckily, Dodge is still around and healthier than ever. Luckilyier, their high-performance SRT wing is still in action, cranking out exciting and uncompromising tributes to the muscle-cars of yore. Right now, they’re even working on a new Viper. They’re also working, so ‘tis rumoured, on an SRT version of the new Dodge Dart. The designation would be SRT-4, indicating that four-cylinder turbo power is likely. If you’ll recall, the original SRT-4 was a turbocharged Neon, and despite that car’s lowly ancestral roots, it was a barn-burning terror and annoyingly fast if you’d just plunked down big money for a Nissan Z or a Subaru STi. The current SRT-4 is nowhere near as good as the original, as it’s based on the Dodge Caliber, which is a bit too much of a pig’s ear to sew into a high-speed purse. However, the new AlfaRomeo-based Dart is going to be a very sporty platform even with less powerful engines, and it should be an absolute riot in the rumoured 300 horsepower SRT-4 form. Details of M-Sport diesels revealed Before everyone gets too excited: we won’t get these models on this side of the pond — yet. The five new cars that BMW’s M-Division just launched are European only. Shame. What are they? The M550d xDrive (sedan and touring),

the X5 M50d and the X6 M50d. That’s quite a jumble of sold out in two months flat. alphanumeric designation, so on to the details. Momo founder dies at age 71 The 5-series sedan and the two BMW SUVs will be built with Some sad news to round out the week, as Momo founder all the usual M-Sport accoutrements: sporty suspension, larger Gianpiero Moretti has passed away at his home in Milan. rims and tires and more aggressively programmed driver aids. Today the Momo brand can be found on shift-knobs, They will also feature, for the first time, diesel power. And what a lightweight alloys, fire-proof racing suits, and all manner of other power it is! motorsports paraphernalia. However, it’s as a specialty steeringWith 376 h.p. and 545 foot-pounds of torque coming wheel supplier that the company is best known. through an eight-speed automatic transmission, these tripleFrom humble roots, Momo’s first success came in the 1960s, turbocharged M-monsters are capable of coming within tenthswhen a Ferrari race driver campaigned a Momo-equipped F1 car of-a-second of their much thirstier M-badged stablemates. Try to a formula one racing title. The win was enough to kick-start a combined highway/city fuel-consumption of 6.3 litres/100 the success of Moretti’s company, and while he sold control of kilometres and a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds. Momo off in the mid-1990s, the lasting effect of his products can Why won’t Bimmer bring their stonking fast oil-burners over be seen throughout the industry right up to today. here? Just wait: diesel power is growing ever more popular in North America, so it’s only a matter of time. Follow Brendan on Twitter: @brendan_mcaleer, or submit your Rolls-Royce launches Year of the Dragon model, sells out own auto oddities to mcaleeronwheels@gmail.com. Gung Hay Fat Choy, and welcome to the year of the Dragon! I myself was born in the year of the Horse, which means that I am hard-working, enjoy the outdoors and have a fondness for sugar lumps. All true. Hurry, 4 Rolls-Royce saw fit to celebrate the Chinese new available financing year by rolling out a specialty at special model, a uniquely appointed 48 months pricing version of their half-milliondollar Phantom, dragons embossed in the leather and inlaid in the special wood trim. Then they decided to charge $1.2 million for it. Global financial crisis? Looks like that’s something Air cond, pwr locks, tilt, cruise & much more that only happens to other Carter North Shore Price people: the big-ticket roller MSRP $33,785

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