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City may cancel 2nd Onni hearing

CITY of North Vancouver council is set to cancel a promised second public hearing on the controversial Onni development proposal for the Safeway site, and instead move to debating approval on Monday. Council voted 4-3 last week to hold a second public hearing in late January after critics decried the first one as unfair. Coun. Don Bell voted for a second public hearing — but for the separate reason that he still had major concerns about traffic, shading and visual impacts on Stella Jo-Dean plaza and placement of commercial storefronts. Those issues could be fixed without a public hearing, Bell later learned. “(Mayor Darrell Mussatto) asked me that if the item was brought back on the understanding I didn’t need a new public hearing to pursue the issues I wanted to pursue, would I support a reconsideration of the motion to go to public hearing? “I said, ‘yes,’” said Bell. — Brent Richter

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Farm boys

DISTRICT of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton and North Vancouver MP Andrew Saxton get to know the Goat Hill Gang at Maplewood Farm Friday. The impromptu petting session took place after a joint announcement of federal funding of almost $250,000 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The funds will be matched by the municipality and used to improve accessibility and increase visitor use of the popular family destination.

Metro to generate dam revenue

Brent Richter

METRO Vancouver is hoping to generate millions of dollars and hydroelectric energy for thousands of homes by installing turbines on the Cleveland and Seymour dams. The Greater Vancouver Water Board voted Friday morning to ago ahead with the plan and apply to the province for water licences by the end of December. “We’re spilling a lot of water over the damns, both Seymour and Capilano, that could be used for power generation with no

Cleveland and Seymour dams could both generate hydro power

effect at all on the environment,” said City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto. “At this point, we see a large number of potential environmental, social and operational benefits that would result from hydro power and related improvements. We also see economic benefits. Electricity sales would help pay for the costs of Metro Vancouver’s water system.” If it clears an environmental assessment, the Cleveland Dam

on Capilano Lake could generate enough electricity to power about 6,000 homes annually, The proposal comes with a sizable price tag of about $90 million, which would be paid for out of Metro Vancouver reserves and borrowing. But it is projected to turn an annual profit for regional government within 10 to 15 years, said Mussatto who is also chairman of Metro Vancouver’s utilities committee. The electricity would likely be sold back to B.C. Hydro’s grid and transmitted along buried power lines. The dams would only produce power during the seven or eight rainy months a year when water is already gushing over them. See Project page 5

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Elegy for the car thief

Technology, policing and demographics are ending a criminal art James Weldon

SEAN Powell remembers the bad old days. In the mid-1990s, the veteran RCMP corporal, a rookie in Coquitlam at the time, saw cars stolen on a continual basis. “In 1996, auto theft was off the rails,” said Powell, who now oversees North Vancouver’s property crimes unit. “We were getting — I don’t know the exact numbers — but I’m going to say a couple of cars a day.” The epidemic wasn’t limited to his jurisdiction. AcrossB.C.,autoswerevanishinginhugenumbers. By 2002, the phenomenon was becoming a central part of he Lower Mainland news cycle, with the RCMP declaring Surrey the “Car Theft Capital of North America,” beating out New York and L.A. in per-capita terms by a factor of four. The North Shore was no exception. That year 705 cars were stolen in North and West Vancouver, and the number was climbing. But about eight years ago, things started to change. Auto thefts across the province began a steep decline that continues to this day. By 2011, thefts had dropped to slightly more than 13,000 in British Columbia from a peak of almost 40,000 in 2003. The story behind this dramatic about-face underscores a shift in the social fabric of our community, and shows how technology, smarter policing and demographics have conspired to turn the tide against a century-old criminal art. The beginning of the end When B.C.’s auto theft figures are plotted on a graph, the picture that emerges is startling. Since 2003, the number of cars stolen in the province has dropped by an average of roughly 2,500 every year, creating a nearly straight, precipitous slope downwards. As of last year, the total decline had reached 67 per cent, easily outstripping the drops in other types of crime. The pattern has been repeated to one degree or another in most areas of the country, and the North Shore has been part of it: Over those eight years, thefts here fell 76 per cent, to just 193 in 2011. When the experts are asked what’s behind it,

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AFTER reaching epidemic rates 10 years ago, car theft on the North Shore and across Canada has been on the decline. The trend is the outgrowth of innovations in technology and policing, and of a wider shift in the fabric of our society. they point to a broad range of factors, but perhaps the biggest and least appreciated has been a simple change in technology. The hot wirer’s undoing In late 2007, Canada quietly passed a law forcing carmakers to fit all new passenger vehicles with immobilizers, electronic gizmos that make hotwiring nearly impossible. Before the change, all a car thief had to do to start a car was imitate the function of a key by closing a circuit in the steering column. In some models, this involved little more than jamming a screwdriver into the ignition. But modern cars, equipped with the new electronic defences, take a lot more effort and

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AUTO thefts in B.C. declined by 67 per cent from 2003 to 2011. The North Shore has seen an even steeper decline (source: B.C. Ministry of Justice).

know-how. In addition to the closed circuit, the engine also has to receive a code from a transponder embedded in the head of the key. In the absence of that signal, the immobilizer cuts power to several vital systems, preventing the engine from starting. Without the right key, a would-be car thief is going nowhere. “Immobilizers don’t make it entirely impossible to steal a car, but they make it really, really, really, really hard,” said Paul Brantingham, a professor of criminology at SFU. “You have to have a lot of technical expertise or you have to have a lot of capital equipment to do it.” The effect can be seen in the list of most commonly stolen cars published annually by insurers. Of Canadian car thieves’ top-10 picks last year, nine were 2007 or older, and six were pre2003. They’re not being targeted because they’re valuable, according to insurers, but because they’re easy to steal. “What you’re seeing is as time goes on and more vehicles have the immobilizers . . . is this long-term decline in auto theft,” said Rick Dubin, vice-president of investigative services at the Insurance Bureau of Canada, adding that the change likely started before 2007 because some 80 per cent of manufacturers had already begun installing them. But while this technology is clearly a big factor, it’s not the whole story. Murder by numbers Despite the claims of some diehard pundits, crime has been in retreat in Canada, the United States and much of the Western World for 20 years. In 2003, slightly more than 500,000 criminal offences were reported to police in B.C., according to the Ministry of Justice. By 2011, that figure had dropped to about 360,000. And no, according to the experts, this isn’t a result of victims failing to call them in. “It’s not under-reporting,” said SFU’s Brantingham, discussing the results of large-scale crime studies conducted in the United States that found similar declines. “They (did) huge victimization surveys. . . . It’s a continuously rolling sample, huge and very effective.” So what’s behind the wider trend?

“Criminologists are working hard to try and figure that out,” he said, with a laugh. “It may be that there’s a different explanation every place you go.” Popular wisdom would have it that it’s demographics: Older people don’t commit crimes, and our population is getting old. Indeed, there’s likely some truth to that assumption. “The bulk of people who are going to commit crime have got it out of their system and done the stupid thing by age 22 or so,” said Brantingham. A Stats Can report from 2008 put the number of 16-year-olds accused of auto theft in Canada at about 320 per 100,000, compared to, for instance, about 25 per 100,000 for 45-year-olds — suggesting a kid in his mid-teens is almost 13 times more likely to try taking a car. But while the dwindling proportion of youngsters in our populace has no doubt influenced crime rates, it doesn’t appear to be playing as big a role as one might expect. “There have been a bunch of people in the States who have crunched numbers big time, led by Al Bloomstein, (a well regarded criminologist at Carnegie Mellon University),” said Brantingham. “They think the demographics can only account for something like 10 per cent, or in the most optimistic scenarios 20 per cent of things.” Clearly something else is at work, he said. With respect to the recent improvement in crime in the Lower Mainland, he suggested new tactics in policing might be playing a central role. To understand this, one has to understand a little about who’s doing the stealing: The myth of the chop shop There is a perception in the public, possibly a product of pop culture, that stolen cars wind up resold or in chop shops, where gangs of skilled criminals strip them for parts. But the numbers don’t support this — not in B.C., anyway. The majority of stolen cars are recovered intact after having been abandoned by the thief — the Insurance Bureau of Canada puts the figure above 80 per cent. Generally speaking, according to police, they are stolen for transport or to help accomplish another crime. See Police page 11

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DNV to consider women’s recovery centre

Society hopes to build, run home for addicts at Murdo Fraser Park Brent Richter

A Vancouver-based non-profit is proposing to build a nine-bed women’s addiction recovery house for the North Shore. The Turning Point Recovery Society of B.C. held an information meeting for residents living near the site of the proposed house at the very north tip of Lloyd Ave, past Highway 1 on Monday night. Turning Point, which has run four other recovery houses in Richmond and Vancouver for the last 30 years, is hoping to build and finance the home on land it will lease from the District of North Vancouver, according to Coun. Doug MacKay-Dunn chairman of the North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group. About 40 members of the Edgemont and Pemberton Heights neighbourhoods came out and met the proposal with a “conflicted response,” MacKay-Dunn said. “Some people were concerned that the centre would bring drug addicts into the neighbourhood. Another group suggested there’s already drugs being sold and smoked in that immediate neigbourhood. Another fellow wanted us to go to referendum and another fellow wanted the community to decide,” he said. Those were common issues when Turning Point opened its other houses, according to Brenda Plant, executive director of the society. But experience has shown that the society comes

to be welcomed by their neighbours, once they get to know them. “We know that people have concerns when they hear about houses like ours going into their neighbouhoods. “We want to be able to assure people that we’ve been doing this for more than 30 years; we’re in four different neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland and we’ve never had problems with our facilities,” she said. “We need to allow people that process in expressing that fear.” Worried neighbours are welcome to come visit any of the Turning Point’s other houses if they want to meet the residents, see how houses operate and see how they fit into their neighbourhoods, Plant said. Residents at Turning Point houses must be medically stable, free of withdrawal symptoms and cannot have a history of violence, Plant said. They must also come voluntarily, not because of a court order. “We only work with people who want to come to Turning Point,” she said. Turning Point uses an abstinence-only policy when it comes to getting off drugs, which MacKay-Dunn, a former Vancouver police officer with experience on the drug squad, agrees with. “The best form of harm reduction: stop doing the drugs. That’s the message they have,” he said. The isolated and forested location is ideal for recovery, MacKay-Dunn added, because it keeps residents “close to nature and away from temptation.” District of North Vancouver council is expected to discuss the matter on Monday night. MacKay-Dunn said he hopes for open minds as the matter winds through the lengthy public process ahead. “Here’s the deal: It’s one thing to say we are agreed in

Project will improve conditions for fish: Mussatto From page 1 “It’s based on current and future modelling about what climate change may bring to the North Shore. These facts are very much considered,” Mussatto said. The proposal was put together by Metro Vancouver along with a long list of stakeholders representing First Nations, fisheries, biologists, the Ministry of Environment, water quality experts and community environmental groups, Mussatto said, and so far, it has met almost universal praise. “They’ve all said there’s very, very low risk. In fact, there’s an ability to enhance the environment for fish so they want us moving expeditiously,” he said. “We can better control the flow of water going over the

dam and better control the peaks of rainfall so that the water temperature is a better-maintained quality for the fish. It actually enhances that now.” As part of the project, Metro would also install some spawning infrastructure, which would boost steelhead trout and coho salmon fry’s ability to survive the trip back to the ocean. The Seymour hydroelectric project wouldn’t begin until the Cleveland model had proven itself, Mussatto said. “The economics are much better at the Capilano than they are at Seymour,” he said. Metro should hear back on its water licence application within six to eight months, Mussatto said. From there, it will still take several years to get through environmental assessments, design and construction.


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OME in the media have suggested that the entry of Martha Hall Findlay into the Liberal leadership race throws a wrench into Justin Trudeau’s plans. Given that the Liberals won’t choose a party leader until April, we doubt that Trudeau is losing any sleep just yet. But the list of contenders continues to grow. There won’t be any cakewalk here. Hall Findlay’s candidacy may not be a popular one among the rank and file of British Columbia, given her support of pipeline infrastructure to get Canadian resources to foreign markets. Perhaps her insistence on more environmental regulation, not less, and meaningful consultation with First Nations may help. Meanwhile, Vancouver MP Joyce Murray, a former B.C. cabinet minister, adds a Western interest to the leadership

race. Those that see a Liberal return to power through Green party and/or NDP alliances will support her. In terms of public profile, it’s likely Marc Garneau provides the biggest current challenge to Trudeau. But the first Canadian in space, a veteran of three shuttle missions, is more than a photo op in a space suit. He has a PhD in electrical engineering, obtained senior rank in the Royal Canadian Navy and was president of the Canadian Space Agency for four years before becoming an MP on his second attempt in Montreal. However, none of this was enough to garner caucus support as interim leader in the wake of Michael Ignatieff’s exodus. At the very least, these candidates provide credible leadership options. Should Trudeau beat them, it’s not because he is a political lightweight.

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“This first one was hijacked.” City of North Vancouver Coun. Rod Clark in support of a second public hearing on Onni’s possible redevelopment of the Lonsdale Safeway site after the first featured speaker support for the project but concerns about how the speakers’ list was handled (from a Nov. 28 news story). ••• “No one knows nothing. You’re the first one I ever told this to.” Alexander LaGlace confessing to killing Tammy Cordone while riding in a wiretapped car with an undercover cop. LaGlace later pled guilty to manslaughter (from a Nov. 30 news story). ••• “Some kids come up to me and share their life stories and ask for advice. Because they know my story, they listen.” Former gang member Dzinh Nguyen talks about reaching troubled kids through Man Up!, a gritty play that deals with the life-changing power of an after-school program, The Boys Club (from a Nov. 28 news story).

City needs density bonusing formula

Dear Editor: Under the noses of city hall a perfect little parcel of land at 450 East Fifth Street (Ridgeway Annex) is about to be swallowed up by density while council attempts to negotiate space for amenities at 13th and Lonsdale at a fraction of the return to the applicant. The negotiations have not gone well. Massing on this site has many rightly concerned, while citizens as a whole are thrown mere crumbs for such generous density bonusing. But then we’ve become accustomed to that under the current city council and administration. As we saw on Monday, three members of council would wish for this practice to continue at any cost. With more than one million square feet of density bonused since 2008 it has become obvious to many that we don’t really have a handle on what we get in return for giving developers vast increases in allowable density for their projects. Proponents of the existing, ad hoc, case-by-case density bonusing scheme will point to various buildings and features around the city in defence of their approach. The problem is that there is no way of measuring to see if what we got is worth what we gave to the developers. Who knows if 35 daycare spaces are a fair return to taxpayers for granting a developer two or three extra floors in their project? It would be much simpler and more transparent to charge developers for extra density using an agreed formula and then let council debate how to spend the cash. A simple formula that has been suggested many


times (and is in use elsewhere in Metro Vancouver) is to require that a fair percentage — say, 75 per cent — of the upswing in land value arising from the increase in density go to the City of North Vancouver for the municipality to use as it sees fit. Simple, open and honest! We could look forward to annual reports on how much extra density has been granted, how much money the city got in return and what public amenities (e.g. daycare spaces) were bought with the money. If this practice had been in effect in the city over the last few years, density and amenities would have gone hand in hand. What is 194,427 square feet of buildable space worth? Well according to a recent residential land report by Metro Vancouver, North Shore property is worth about $140 per buildable square foot. That would place a value of $27 million that three members of council were willing to give away for what seems like little in return last Monday night. How about this for a plan: 1. Develop a policy (and a formula) of cash for density. 2. Trim down the size of Onni’s 13th and Lonsdale mammoth proposal. At the prices we are giving away density, no wonder they request so much. 3. Begin negotiations with the school district to acquire Ridgeway Annex now. Use a portion of the Onni density bonus funds to buy Ridgeway Annex for community use. These uses could be to retain the soccer field and play area in one that has little

park space and to house non-profit daycare and seniors’ care. Put some funds away to set up housing partnerships in the future for those in need. Then take the rest and place it in the amenity fund for Harry Jerome and the new museum. Ron Polly North Vancouver

Carbon tax excessive Dear Editor: I believe that the carbon tax is a fair way to address the B.C. government’s Climate Action Plan. However, my latest natural gas bill shows the “cost of gas” as $2.977 per gigajoule. The “carbon tax” is shown as $1.4898 per gigajoule — almost exactly 50 per cent of the “cost of gas.” To me, this seems somewhat unfair and excessive — especially for a somewhat “clean” fuel. Corrie Kost North Vancouver

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A toast to nostalgia, especially bowing IF there’s a time of year when nostalgia reigns supreme, it’s now. Adult children expect their parents to recreate the feasts of yesteryear, with no departures from the culinary script. The same Christmas songs appear repeatedly, whether at home, on the radio, or in the mall, sung by motley choirs. The lineup of televised movies always includes the same six standards with a handful of modern interlopers. This is what we practitioners of Christmas like: extravagant familiarity. The other kind of nostalgia is for things that we haven’t actually experienced ourselves but suspect were divine, especially when we compare them with their lacklustre modern counterparts. I recently stumbled on a charming book that makes a fine art out of such unrealistic cultural foraging. Published in 2010, it’s by New York-based Huffington Post contributing style editor Lesley M.M. Blume, and is called Let’s Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-

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Kate Zimmerman Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By (Chronicle Books). “We’re absolutely drowning in Newest, Latest, Faster and Disposable,” writes Blume, who describes herself on her website as a “noted nostalgist.” She longs for a more thoughtful, less frenzied society, where privacy still exists alongside its “cousins, mystery and elegance.” With her tongue firmly lodged in her cheek, Blume describes the components of her Utopic vision from A to Z. In the “A” section

alone, she expresses her enchantment with such retrograde phenomena as aesthetes (witty dandies like playwright Oscar Wilde), aging naturally, at-home doctor visits, and attention spans. Moving on, she’s a proponent of the bustle — “A good way to hide a large derriere” — and smelling salts, “An antebellum alternative to Red Bull.” Hilariously, Blume also recommends that we bring back children bowing and curtseying to grown-ups, because in her experience, young people now “are more likely to greet adults with a sullen shrug than a polite salutation.” I’d like to get all my son’s shaggy skateboarder friends in the habit of bowing to me whenever they enter the house. It makes me laugh just to think about it. Blume’s suggestions roam the past few thousand years, including everything from chariots (“The ultimate status vehicle, especially when drawn by lions or elephants”) to Roman and Greek Gods — “They were always up to something naughty.” They include cuckoo clocks, which

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“infuse the passing of time with humour” and nightcaps, “With tassels, of course.” She claims to ache for the return of duels, “Because litigation is so cost-prohibitive” and eats up too much time. She’d also like to see a steep increase in sarcastic use of the word “swell.” Despite her interest in good manners and a certain degree of pomp and circumstance, Blume isn’t a full-on snob. She appreciates both rebellion and decay, which is why she’d like to see society get a do-over with bad boy James Dean. She’d also appreciate an increase in the number of saloons, because “Sometimes you just

need to see a good bar fight.” Unpredictably, Blume urges a reprise of the Friar Tuck hairdo, which she describes as “an inner tube of hair wrapped around a man’s head, with a shining bald crown peeking through at the top. . . . Not only is it endearingly self-deprecating, it performs a public service: providing the masses with a much-needed laugh.” One gets the sense, however, that if only real life could be lived inside a Fred Astaire movie — preferably, Top Hat (1935) — it would be truly sweet for Lesley M.M. Blume. No argument here. On the surface, at least, who doesn’t admire that glamorous world of graceful,

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WV to bump sewer, water rates by 8%

Larger rate increases coming for infrastructure Jeremy Shepherd

RISING West Vancouver water and sewer rates are projected to cost an extra $84 for the median single family household in 2013, following council approval of the new fees Monday. Water and sewer rates are each slated to increase by eight per cent in 2013. Sewer rates had been projected to increase by 10 per cent, but lower than expected fees charged by Metro Vancouver allowed for the more modest increase. A reduction in Metro Vancouver’s bulk water prices also allowed for a reduction of the anticipated 12 per cent bump in water fees. The district would be wise to stick with the higher rates planned for 2013 in order to insulate itself from the potentially high cost of future projects, according to Coun. Craig Cameron. “We have big costs coming down the pike,” Cameron said. “To me, it doesn’t make sense to keep the rates artificially low.” The water utility fees are subject to some instability, according to district engineering business manager Luke Hillan. “There is uncertainty associated with these projections and they are expected to increase in future years,” Hillan wrote in the report submitted to council. Several big projects may boost sewage rates within this decade, according to Hillan.

The district’s share of the Lions Gate secondary wastewater treatment plant and renewal costs associated with repairing and replacing aging Metro Vancouver infrastructure are not factored in the 2013 budget. Cameron said offering low 2013 rates means pushing a hefty tax burden to the near future. Cameron moved a motion to keep the increases at 12 and 10 per cent for water and sewer. Coun. Mary-Ann Booth seconded the motion. The motion was defeated and subsequent motions were passed with Cameron as the lone vote of dissent. Water fees for the median single-family household in West Vancouver are expected to be $527 in 2013, an increase of $35 from 2012. The projected water utility fees for 2013 are almost double the 2007 rate of $267. That uptick in fees is caused by investment in infrastructure, according to Hillan, who discussed the district’s $20-million Eagle Lake membrane filtration system, which now provides half the district’s water at lower rates than those offered by Metro Vancouver. The filtration system is expected to save the district approximately $1.9 million annually beginning in 2017. “As we use more Eagle Lake water, we save more,” said John McMahon, manager of roads and utilities for the district. Potable water from Eagle Lake can be sent almost as far as Capilano River, according to McMahon. The 2013 budget includes $50,000 for work at the Black Creek Diversion meant to increase water flow to Eagle Lake. Aside from the investments in water metering and other infrastructure, the water See Metering page 10

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utility generally functions on a pay-as-you-go basis, according to Hillan. Metro Vancouver fees account for 52 per cent of sewer costs faced by the district. Those costs are scheduled to rise by 3.5 per cent each year between 2014 and 2017. The median single-family household in the district faces a 2013 fee of $649, $49 more than last year. Beginning in 2013, unpaid fees for water turn-ons and turnoffs will roll to next year’s property taxes if they go unpaid. The sewer utility is anticipating a reserve of $2.1 million at the end of 2012. That reserve is stored for emergency work and allows for smooth transitions in the event of sudden rate increases. From 2006 to 2012, the average resident has reduced their water consumption by more than 150 litres a day, a drop council attributed to the 2007 introduction of water meters.

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Police use stats to hunt a dwindling breed of thieves From page 3

North Vancouver’s Powell, gave an example from earlier this year: “We had one guy coming here to the North Shore late at night. . . . He’d walk around breaking into cars and then at 3 o’clock in the morning, to get home the buses aren’t running anymore, so he’d steal a car. . . . Some cars do get chopped and sold for parts — that does happen — but I haven’t seen any major operations like that for quite some time.” The exceptions are newer cars that fall prey to criminal organizations who resell them out of province or overseas. They’re getting around immobilizers either by swiping cars that are warming up in the driveway or, less frequently, by stealing the keys from inside a home, according to ICBC. “The cars are being containerized very quickly and taken to the port with the intention of exporting them to West Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, etc.” said Dubin. But that problem is centred in Eastern Canada, and in particular Montreal, he said. If your car has vanished out here on the coast, the odds are it wasn’t the mob who took it, but rather some petty thief. What’s more, these opportunists appear to be drawn from a tiny but prolific collection of offenders. “Across North America, the worst one per cent (of criminals) account for a 10th of all the crimes,” said Brantingham. “The worst 10 per cent account for something approaching half the crimes; and the worst 20 per cent account for about 80 per cent of the crimes. It’s a small group.” Police in the Lower Mainland have started to use the pattern to their advantage. Building a smarter cop About eight years ago, police forces in Metro Vancouver started integrating crime analysis in a serious way into their approach to enforcement. West Vancouver police and North Vancouver

RCMP have been part of that and, according to Brantingham, the results have been dramatic, especially when compared to other provinces. Nowadays, when your home in North or West Vancouver is burgled, the information doesn’t just stay in a filing cabinet at the station; it gets entered into a database for use by an analyst, who can slice and dice and plot the numbers to help focus police resources. One practice that has arisen out of this is the systematic targeting of prolific offenders. Often when a pattern of crime emerges — a cluster of thefts in a given neighbourhood, say — it turns out to be the work of a single busy individual. So rather than investigate each incident in isolation, police zero in on the likely culprit in all of them. Once investigators have someone in their sights, they can then keep a bead on him or her (usually him) until they catch him red-handed. It may not result in prosecution for the whole string of crimes, but it can at least put a stop to it. Powell said he has seen the effects first hand. “We’ll have a rash of B&Es in one area — a guy coming over from Vancouver or whatever — and we’ll end up arresting that guy and B&Es will just stop,” he said. “They won’t even taper off; we just won’t get any B&Es in that area again for a long period of time.” The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the overall decline in car theft has done more than curb a common annoyance; it has saved the country both money and lives. Car thieves, who are sometimes high and may drive recklessly to evade police, were killing about 40 people a year in Canada as of 2007, according to the bureau. That number is expected to drop as the practice dwindles. And in Ontario, which has seen a similar decline to B.C.’s, the cost of claims has fallen from about $152 million in 2007 to $93 million last year. As a criminal pastime, auto theft isn’t dead yet. But if the numbers paint an accurate picture, it doesn’t have long to live.

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JANET Quenneville (left), Eleanor Campbell, Sally Jessiman and Jane Jordan invite community members to the 20th annual Honour a Life Celebration, a non-denominational event presented by the North Shore Hospice Society and North Shore Palliative and Supportive Care Program intended to honour lost loved ones, Thursday, Dec. 6 in West Vancouver.


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WHEN Eleanor Campbell walks, lit candle in hand, to West Vancouver’s Seawalk Garden Park Thursday evening, the memory of her parents and brother-in-law will be at top of mind.

Campbell, a member of the North Shore Hospice Society board, will be among the participants in Honour A Life, an annual local celebration devoted to remembering and paying tribute to lost loved ones. “I have been to this ceremony every year for 10 years since my first parent died,” says Campbell, a West Vancouver resident. “It’s rather hard to describe how important it is to me. . . . but I do find that I look forward to it and after I’ve been, I really have more of a sense of peace and feel better.” This year marks the 20th anniversary of the non-denominational event presented by the hospice society and North Shore Palliative and Supportive Care Program See Tree page 18




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CRAIG Cantlie, vice-principal of Ridgeview elementary, stands on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, proudly flying the 95 Flags of Hope that people wrote messages on for him to carry.

Local climbers reach for the top Erin McPhee

THREE community members have recently gone to great heights in support of a variety of causes close to their hearts.

Ridgeview elementary vice-principal Craig Cantlie is one of the intrepid adventurers and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, to raise funds for the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. Cantlie was a participant in Summits of Hope, which supports research, helps improve the quality of life of sick children, and educates and cares for children in need at the hospital. Cantlie has long been interested in participating in a Summits of Hope climb, having first heard of the program through a couple of his friends who helped found it in 1999. Furthering his interest was his one-year-old-son Owen, who has received care at B.C. Children’s Hospital on a few different occasions. While each issue was minor — “new parent emergencies,” says Cantlie — he was impressed by staff’s expertise and the importance of the institution to the wider community. His mother was also diagnosed with cancer last year. “It was kind of the two together,” he says. Cantlie, who lives in Vancouver, was away from Oct. 8 to 23. “It was amazing,” he says. “We were really fortunate, we lucked out with beautiful weather and so we were able to see the mountain through most of our trek and I pinched myself all the time: ‘I’m in Africa and it’s October.’ It was beautiful.” Adding to the experience was that he was joined by three of his long-term friends. “That made it a really enriching experience for all of us, just to be able to do it together,” he says. Cantlie is incredibly grateful for the support he received through the Ridgeview school community. See West Van page 17



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SHEHLA Ebrahim meets with children at a school in Pakistan that she supports through her Afterglow Medical Aesthetics Clinic in North Vancouver. She recently visited the school as part of a humanitarian fundraising climb to K2’s basecamp. done and here’s our donation,’” he says. During the climb, Cantlie made phone calls via satellite phone which were broadcast throughout Ridgeview. Some parents would stop in to hear his reports, in addition to organizing their own fundraisers. West Vancouver School District staff are also showing their

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Tree to remain into the New Year From page 13 with the support of community partners. “It brings people together in a place where it provides support and (an opportunity) to honour people at a time of the year where it might be more difficult for some people,” says Campbell. Interested community members are invited to gather at West Vancouver United Church at 6 p.m. for a reception. Attendance is open to people and families of all ages. Attendance varies from year to year, but organizers have seen up to 150 attendees in the past. “There obviously will be new families who have just recently lost someone, and then there’s the families that have been coming over the years,” says Campbell. “Some of them have been at the service for the 20 years.” Following the reception, a memorial service will get underway at 7 p.m., featuring local speakers and entertainment by performers, including the Pacific Spirit Choir. “There is a mood of celebration in the sense that you are celebrating someone’s life you lost,” says Campbell. “This can be an emotional experience, but there’s also the feeling of connection between all the people that are there because everyone is coming together in a place where people understand that we’ve all lost someone. There is a great feeling of support and togetherness at the same time.” Those in attendance will then participate in a candlelit procession to the park at the bottom of 19th Street. A Memorial Tree, made possible by the District of West Vancouver, will be lit and decorated with participants’ personalized memorial cards. “It’s a really special moment, it’s very heartfelt,” says Campbell. The tree will remain in the garden until the New Year, allowing interested community members to revisit it. During the evening, information will be available on North Shore grief and bereavement support programs. The North Shore Hospice Society supports the local hospice, operated by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, by funding the new North Shore Palliative and Supportive Care Day Program, the Bill Field Community Fund, which provides grants for patients and families in need, conducts community outreach and education and undertakes fundraising initiatives. For more information, visit

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Realtors Care Blanket Drive: Lower Mainland real estate agents will collect gently used blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing, jackets, new socks and underwear until Dec. 3. Dropoff locations can be found at Book Launch: There will be a book signing of Echoes Across Seymour Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-3 at Save-On-Foods at Park & Tilford shopping centre, North Vancouver. Info: Home and Personal Safety: Sgt. Kevin Bracewell from the North Vancouver RCMP will discuss the “things to know” and the “thing to do” in case of personal attacks and home intrusions Thursday, Dec. 6, 78:30 p.m. at North Vancouver City Library, 120 West 14th St. Info:

Parenting Lecture Series: Parenting expert Christopher Burt will give a series of lectures about issues that affect parents of preschool, elementary and teenage children. Promoting Peer Social Competence with Preschoolers will take place Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. at the North Shore Jewish Community Centre, 1305 Taylor Way, West Vancouver. Admission: $35 per couple, $20 per person. Info and registration: 604-925-6488 or Change for Change: As Canada bids farewell to the penny, you can donate your pennies and change to The North Shore Disability Resource Centre by dropping them off at 3158 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. Call 604-985-5371 for pick-up. — compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email information for your nonprofit, by donation or nominal fee event to To post online, go to, scroll to Community Events and click on Add Your Event.

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Mayor Darrell Mussatto Councillor Don Bell Councillor Pam Bookham Councillor Linda Buchanan Councillor Rod Clark Councillor Guy Heywood Councillor Craig Keating Robyn G. Anderson

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given by the City of North Vancouver that a Public Hearing will be held on MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012 AT 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC to receive representations in connection with the following proposed amendment to “Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700”. BYLAW NO. 8259 To rezone Lots 13 & 14, Block 108, District Lot 274, Plan 878, as indicated on the sketch, located at 263-269 East 8th Street. The amendment to “Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700” will have the effect of reclassifying the said property FROM: RT-1 (Two Unit Residential) TO: CD-630 (Comprehensive Development 630 Zone) To permit the construction of a two storey plus basement, 8 unit residential development. The dwelling units are in three buildings, two at the front of the site and one in the rear. A total of 10 parking stalls are provided with vehicle access from the lane. Two of the parking stalls are tandem stalls. APPLICANT: DAVID NAIRNE AND ASSOCIATES This Public Hearing is held under the provisions of the Local Government Act. All persons who believe they may be affected by the above proposal will be afforded an opportunity to be heard in person and/or by written submission. Written or electronic (email) submissions should be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at or by mail to City Clerk, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1H9. Electronic submissions must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012, to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Once the Public Hearing has concluded, no further information or submissions can be considered by Council. The proposed rezoning application and relevant background material may be inspected at the office of the City Clerk between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays, from November 30, 2012. If you wish to view the material online please go to Please direct inquiries to Ms. Barbara Westmacott, Planning Technician II, at or at 604-990-4216.


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The Finance Committee will hear a presentation on the proposed water, sewer, drainage, solid waste, eco levy and recycling utility rates for 2013. The City invites the public to review and comment on a utilities information display in the City Hall Foyer from December 4 - 7, 2012. The information will also be available on the City’s website As well, the community is invited to join us at the meeting where there will be an opportunity to comment on the plans.

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‘Plumy’ makes his mark North Shore man celebrates his 100th birthday

HAROLD Plumsteel turned 100 on Nov. 20, celebrating the occasion with friends and family at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club.

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UNTIL Canada entered the Second World War, Harold Plumsteel was responsible for maintaining the toll cash registers and training toll takers on the Lions Gate.

Go back nine decades. It’s summer of 1924. A group of boys set off from Vancouver by trolley and then by ferry across the inlet to West Vancouver. They catch the PGE train and disembark at Gleneagles, the end of the line. Loaded with pup tents, cooking gear and supplies, they tramp down the hill to Horseshoe Bay. The boys are prepared. They’re members of the Iroquois Club. They set up their tents on the rock face just above where the ferry dock would be built in the early 1950s and make for the beach. The sun is warm, the water cool and so clear an arrowhead might be spotted and collected from the sandy bottom, a great prize for an Iroquoian. As the sun sets, it’s time to head back to camp for a

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‘I’ and a small ‘c’ — on the boys’ sweaters. Club activities revolved around the acquisition of food and its consumption, and playing poker for pennies. Caddying was a good source of cash to cover dues, especially if the boys carried the clubs of a “two-bitter” who could afford to pay them 50 cents. Club funds were held in a wooden box and club minutes were recorded in a black notebook, which Arthur handed on to Harold a year or two ago. Harold lived on 12th Avenue in Vancouver with his four sisters and their parents. His father, William Plumsteel, had served in the Boer War as a fireman and joined the Vancouver Fire Department in 1902, rising to the position of assistant chief. As Harold grew older, his visits to West Vancouver continued. He and his pals were regulars on the Ambleside ferry and the blue buses. Winters, they would hike to Circle 5, the cabin they built on Hollyburn Mountain. Summers, they camped at Eagle Harbour and went dancing at Horseshoe Bay. At one of those dances, Harold met Dorothy Hooper, his wife of 55 years. Together, they had two sons, Ron and Doug. Harold graduated from King Edward high school, just across the street from his home, and got a job at The Scale Shop. “I was too skinny to be a fireman,” he laughs, “and was lucky to get any job at all.” In 1938, the company won the bid to install tolls on the new Lions Gate Bridge. Until Canada entered the Second World War, Harold was responsible for maintaining the toll cash registers and training the toll takers. During the war, Harold was a war production manager at the Boeing plant at Sea Island and after, a weights and measures inspector for the federal government, visiting canneries and marine fuel stations along the Coast. Harold moved on to finish his career at the BC Electric Company, now BC Hydro. In 1965, two years after the Lions Gate Bridge tolls were removed, Harold and Dorothy moved to West Vancouver. Forty years ago, at the age of 60, Harold retired from work but not from his social life. He sang in a barbershop quartet and Dorothy sang with the Sweet Adelines until her death in 1994. Harold was a volunteer for 25 years at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, where he continues to play bridge regularly and is active in the North Shore Stamp Club. Harold and his friend, Arthur Harper, 98, the two surviving members of the Iroquois Club, have a lunch date coming up. Will beans be on the menu? Laura Anderson works with and for seniors on the North Shore. Contact her at 778-279-2275 or email her at

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HAROLD Plumsteel (front row second from right) and lifelong friend Arthur Harper (to his right), now 100 and 98 respectively, are shown in this 1926 photo of Vancouver’s Cecil Rhodes school cadet program.

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N ORTH S HORE D ISABILITY R ESOURCE C ENTRE A sturdy tree becomes a person reaching upward in celebration, its leaves, transformed, break free and take flight.

We work to ensure that people with disabilities, along with their families and friends, can participate actively as members of the community. We are committed to working toward a community which is free of physical, financial and attitudinal barriers.

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The 15th annual North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were held on November 8, 2012. The North Shore Disability Resource Centre was nominated in the Community Contribution category. We were finalists along with Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and Capilano Community Service Society. We are thrilled to announce that we were selected as the WINNERS!!!! It is such a testament to the work the NSDRC has done over the past 36 years and to the leadership of the Boards and families and the people we support!

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sing for people with disabilities is a high priority for the NSDRC. Of the 1,000 people who called us year looking for information or support, over 180 called because they had concerns over the lack of ing they were facing or were at risk of losing their current home. The lack of accessible and affordable ing is a complex issue, but one of the biggest barriers for many of our clients is financial. maximum amount a single person can receive from the provincial Persons with Disabilities (PWD) me Assistance program is around $906. Of this, the maximum a person is supposed to use for shelter 75.

e the allowable amount a person on PWD benefits can keep from employment was recently raised to 0 a month, only about 50% of people with disabilities are employed in any capacity. As a result, very people with disabilities are in a position to earn extra money to pay for the average costs of rents on North Shore or the Lower Mainland in general. Average Rent for bachelor suite


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People often use their entire PWD cheque to pay the rent and hydro. As a result, every day in North Vancouver, there are people who have to decide between shelter costs and food. We hear stories of people with disabilities eating only one meal a day, or of people who have run out of food altogether, relying on free food programs or food banks, if they can get to them. Leaving the North Shore in search of cheaper housing often means leaving medical, social and community supports that can be difficult rebuild elsewhere. Even if you are prepared to leave your friends, family and neighbourhood, subsidized housing wait lists for a single person can be 2 to 5 years, or longer. Deciding between a roof over your head and food on your table isn’t the way to a healthier community for all.

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The NSDRC provides bursaries to North Shore families of children with disabilities during the summer to assist them in the cost of camp fees or to hire a worker of their choice to support their child at summer camp. This summer we provided bursaries to 168 families! All the money allocated to children is secured by generous donations, grants and partnerships.

Quotes from people who received a bursary in 2012: “The bursary helped keep my child engaged with other people. Summer is the loneliest time of year without school and it helps to keep busy. Staves off depression.” “Last summer, out son went to a camp and willingly… completed the activities as shown by the instructor. This summer, thanks to the support of his own support worker, he made friends, interacted with the children and instructors and came home smiling everyday. It made a huge difference in his experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” “Without the summer bursary program I would not have been able to afford the summer camps. My child enjoyed a stress free parent. He enjoyed the outings to water parks and beaches and learned how to swim in the ocean. His peer play and activity level has increased and made a positive mark in our lives. I really appreciate your support, Thank you!”

cent poll by the BC Healthy Living Alliance found that 75% of British Columbians surveyed believe we must adjust income assistance (PWD) rates to account for the real cost of a nutritious diet and market rental rates. Both Vancouver and Victoria City Councils have passed resolutions urging the incial government to raise the rates.

“Thank you so much for giving such a great opportunity for my son. He had a wonderful time at Eureka camp this summer!”

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“Thank you for your generosity and in helping make this a fun summer for our child.”

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“My child attended PedalHeads Bike Camp which helps her occupational therapy goal/skill of motor planning. Being part of a group of her peers gave my child the chance to have support with her social skills as well as learning to follow directions and practice her social communication.” “We were able to put our son in camps that provided excellent volunteers and we wouldn’t have been able to afford the camps without the bursary.”


“The bursary allowed my son to attend a climbing camp. He loved climbing, and was able to develop and practice social skills with the other kids at the camp. This would not have been possible if he didn’t have a support worker with him at camp.”


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Avoid extra pounds this season LOUISE GREEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER


hile studies show that most people put on an average of five pounds over the holidays, it can be avoided. A good approach to the holiday season is to maintain and sustain your weight, which might sound easy but it isn’t with so much temptation. Many view the holidays as fair game for indulgence. If you go this route you will find yourself in a pack of “resolutioners” fighting for a treadmill in January, and part of the “start-over club.”

Think about fitness and good nutrition as a lifestyle and try to avoid stop/start fitness routines. When you are inconsistent, starting over again can feel tremendously difficult when it doesn’t have to be that hard. Stick to your fitness plan and schedule festivities around it. Be reasonable at the buffet table. Holidays are not an open ticket to “who cares, it’s the holidays” because we know that deep down you do care. Avoid resolution thinking: “I’ll clean up my act in the New Year.” Try to avoid all-or-nothing thinking because it is very hard to reel it in. Caring about your health should be top-of-mind daily, regardless of the time of year. Have a fitness goal to complete just on the other side of New Year’s, perhaps a January fun run? This will keep you motivated to train through the season and fuel your body appropriately. Always offer to bring a dish to the party. When left to the organizers, you may find yourself surrounded by sausage rolls and cheese puffs. Like a good Girl Guide, be prepared. Hold your ground with food pushers. You know who I am talking about: Aunt Martha who loves you with food. Practise your “No, thank you.” Manage your stress. As much as we like to think the holidays are full of joy for everyone, for many people the reality is it

is very stressful. Family dynamics, finances and visit-overload can cause anxiety. Sticking to your fitness plan and other forms of stress management will be key for making it through the season. Don’t show up hungry. This is a big one. Have a healthy small meal or snack before attending any party. This will help you avoid going rogue on the sevenlayered dip. Know your facts: 3,500 extra calories within a week will result in one pound of weight gain. That is only 500 extra per day. When you are grazing at a party this isn’t a hard number to reach. If you are making the wrong choices with cocktails and food, grazing can lead to a full day’s worth of calories and may result in weight gain. Limit your alcohol intake. Most alcoholic beverages are packed with sugars, and while one drink is fine around the holidays, many of us tend to go beyond. Hangovers breed dehydration and inactivity, and leave you craving fatty foods, so take it easy. Weight management is all about maintaining a lifestyle. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, your health and feeling good should take priority. Louise Green is a North Vancouver resident and founder and CEO of Body Exchange, a fitness and adventure company exclusively for plus-size clientele.

FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS Louise Green offers tips to avoid weight gain this season.


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■ Perplexus Twist by PlaSmart Perplexus Twist requires players to twist, turn, and realign tracks to escape traps and dead ends, and cliffhangers. Ages: 6+ ■ Magformers 30-Piece Rainbow Set

by Playwell Enterprises

Explore and experiment with these two geometric shapes to create simple and complex magnetic 3D models. Ages: 5+ ■ Speed Stacks Stackpack by

Playwell Enterprises

The StackPack includes 12 speed stacks cups in one of four assorted colours. Ages: 8+ ■ Princess Fantasy Castle by


Features turrets, a gilded entrance gate, a grand staircase, and lots of rooms. For ages four to 10. Not for children under three years. ■ Pretend & Play Teaching Cash

Register With Canadian Currency by Learning Resources

Includes play money, coupon and pretend credit card. Requires three batteries, not included. Ages: 3+ ■ Snap Circuits Light by


Snap Circuits Light has 175 projects and 55 parts along with a colourful picture manual. Ages: 8+ ■ Slap Shotz by Stortz & Associates This set features two hand-held blades and a soft foam ball, eco-friendly organic dyes and 50 per cent recycled plastics made from milk sampling bottles, manufactured by an Ontario company. Ages: 3+ ■ Spot It! by Everest Five quick party games in a grab-‘n-go tin. Ages: 7+ SOURCE: NEIGHBOURHOOD TOY STORES OF CANADA

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Electronic gift ideas Y

ou’ve given to charity, shared Christmas cheer with your friends, and hand-crafted delicate, deeply meaningful gifts for your loved ones. Now it’s time for highly impractical, largely unnecessary, undeniably cool electronics. You remember when people had to read paper books? Mercifully, that dark era can finally come to an end thanks to the Kindle DX. Tough luck, Johannes Gutenberg, next time design a printing press that can receive and open PDF files. The Kindle DX has an approximately 24-centimetre screen (measured on the diagonal), and is supposed to have a crisper image than any e-reader to date. It’s as slim as a magazine and can hold more than 3,000 books. The DX can download a novel in a minute and then read it to you. For any reader wondering what to do with their creaking bookshelf, this gift might be appreciated. Cassette tapes are gone, CDs are on their way out, and eighttracks are a hilarious anachronism from the disco age, but for some reason, the vinyl record is resilient.

For those music lovers who enjoy technology but miss listening to their favourite songs at 78 revolutions per minute, the Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie may be the perfect gift. It’s not easy to find, but the modern turntable is sleek and smooth. The motor is separated from the rest of the unit to cut out any vibration, giving you the sound you want when your accountant brother-in-law makes his traditional Christmas day pitch to do your taxes. The platter is resonance optimized and made of mediumdensity fibre. I’m not sure what that means, but it sure sounds impressive. The Kindle and the turntable each retail for around $500, but maybe you need something huge, perhaps for that uncle of yours. You know the one, you thought he had moved permanently to the south of France, but then he showed up at Grandma Maude’s last year and you handed him the lock de-icer from your pocket and said “Merry Christmas!” and spent the rest of the evening on the receiving end of glares that could have peeled the paint off a barn door. For that person, there’s the Kohler K-3900 Numi elongated toilet. If you’ve been spending your cash on anything without an interactive LCD touch-screen interface, you’ve been throwing money down the toilet. A charcoal filter in the bowl removes odours and the speakers at the back of the toilet will switch on a radio station or crank up a pre-programmed song. Floor level vents also keep the bathroom floor warm on those long winter nights.

The Numi sells for around $4,000. If you don’t have the budget for that, a good gift for the electronics aficionado could actually be a book. You win again, Gutenberg. Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 28 Build-It-Yourself Projects, contains plenty of ideas whether the geek in your life wants to build an ultrasonic microphone or get in touch with the force with their own working light saber. The book sells for around $16. JEREMY SHEPHERD


The Kindle Fire is supposed to be 40 per cent faster than its predecessor. It also offers unlimited cloud storage space for content.


iPad mini: bigger than a cell phone, smaller than just about everything else. This one features 275,000 apps and is said to be twice as fast as any previous iPad.


The house that Bill Gates built has released their own tablet, the Microsoft Surface. You can watch HD video, take pictures, and just like the bicycle from your childhood, it comes with a kickstand.





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Weighing in at 345 grams, the svelte Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with Bluetooth and WiFi. This Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich system is available with a 10- or seven-inch screen. EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES: The Hitachi Touro Mobile offers 750 gigabytes of storage space for all your digital files. The drive is formatted for PCs, but designed to work with Macs as well. The WD My Passport Studio offers 500 gigabytes of storage space. It also comes with two FireWire 800 ports and a metal enclosure. Formatted for Mac. It’s got better graphics and a touchscreen controller. It’s the Wii U. But for everyone planning to throw that old Wii out the virtual window, the new system is backward compatible, meaning none of your old games are archaic just yet. If you want to stalk Nazi werewolves with a squad of international bounty hunters, all without leaving your basement, the X Box 360 is your best bet. Besides online play, the 360 also plays movies and comes with X Box Music, which offers 30 million songs for purchase. Slimmed down and less power hungry than its predecessors, Sonic the Hedgehog and the Sony PS 3 continue to attract a wide swath of gamers. Whether you want to steal a bunch of cars or see what’s next from the good folks at Final Fantasy the system remains popular.

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Bells started ringing for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle campaign Nov. 15, but the organization still needs about 100 volunteers. “Basically, all we’re looking for is a friendly face that’s able to man the kettle and wish people a merry Christmas and thank them for their donations,” said Salvation Army lieutenant Bethany Howard. After undergoing a criminal background check, volunteers tend to work in two-hour shifts, collecting donations at one of the 30 kettles in the North Shore area. “Basically, we’re reaching out to anyone in the community that’s in need of anything whether it be food or helping them find shelter,” Howard said of the Christian group. “A huge portion of what we do here is giving dignity to people and giving them dignified food so they can provide for themselves and their families, and on top of that just helping people discover who Jesus Christ is, because that’s our main focus being a church here as well as an organization.” For Good Samaritans who don’t carry cash, donations to the kettle campaign are also accepted by text. “Anyone can text HOPE1001 to 45678 and they will be billed $5 on their cell phone that will be donated directly to The Salvation Army on the North Shore,” Howard said. Speaking to the North Shore News a week after starting the campaign, Howard said volunteers were in short supply. “I’m not sure exactly compared to last year where we’re at, but I know that we’re desperately in need of volunteers,” she said. For more information go to




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KETTLE DRIVE Volunteer Bernice Noel is ready to take donations at the Westview Drive Safeway in North Vancouver. The kettles are out in various locations on the North Shore.

Letters to Santa

Canada Post is delivering an important message this year: Mrs. Claus is helping Santa with the more than one million letters he gets each year. The following letter from Mrs. Claus was recently delivered to the special postal elves at Canada Post:

girls, Dear boys and


It’s me, Mrs. Claus. As you know, this is a busy time of year up here at the North Pole and we’re very excited that Christmas is less than four weeks away. Already the letters to Santa are piling up at the North Pole post office. With all the ways to get in touch with Santa, Santa’s mailbox and inbox are filling up fast. So this year, I’ve decided to step in and take part in the fun. I’ll be helping Santa reply to the letters this year. In fact, tonight Santa and I plan to nestle in front of the fire with a warm cup of milk and cookies and reply to a batch of letters. Writing a letter is so much fun. I know you’ll like it too. We’ve been getting letters since July from kids all over the world. Santa is fluent in all languages, so whatever language you want to write to him in, he can reply.

The address to send letters to Santa is: Santa Claus. North Pole. H0H 0H0 Make sure you mail them by Dec. 17. Our special postal elves at Canada Post will make sure they get to us, and we’ll answer every single one of them (more than 20 million in the past 30 years). I’ll be sending more letters and posting them on our special website at You can also email your letter to Santa, watch videos of Santa reading letters and play fun holiday games on the site. The countdown to Christmas is on! Until next time, be happy!

Mrs. Claus

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holiday happenings

SEYMOUR SCOUTS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FUNDRAISING SALE will take place until Dec. 23 at Parkgate Village shopping centre at the corner of Mount Seymour Parkway and Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. All proceeds benefit various scout programs.

Happiness is Bringing a Smile to a Child’s Face During the Holidays.

NORTH POLE EXPERIENCE: Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and be entertained by interactive scenes and activities until Dec. 24 at Maplewood Farm, 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver. Tickets: $14.95-$19.50. Visitors must be pre-booked at or 1-855-444-4539. CHRISTMAS AT LONSDALE QUAY: The market will host a weekly craft market, centrepiece workshop, Santa photos, kids activities, live holiday music, contests and more throughout December. All events will accept donations on behalf of the Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau. Schedule: CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA — PARADE OF TREES: The North Vancouver Chamber will host a display of decorated trees until Jan. 7 at Shipbuilders’ Square, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Harvest Project and Hollyburn Family Services Youth Safe House. Info: CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME — SLEEPING BEAUTY: A pantomime version of this classic tale will run Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16 with Thursday and Friday shows at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 4 p.m. at Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 East 11th St., North Vancouver. Tickets: $10/$5. Reservations: 604-983-2633 or FESTIVE MUSICAL TEA: Those 55 and older are invited to enjoy a mince tart and a cup of tea while listening to some festive music Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Free. Registration: 604-987-5820.

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LIGHT UP THE VILLAGE: A recognition time for the Edgemont Community and Business Associations will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, 4-4:45 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. Mayor Walton will be speaking and there will be music, goodies and socializing. A LYNN VALLEY CHRISTMAS: View 70 trees decorated by local merchants and organizations at the “Christmas Tree Walk” and vote for your favourite from Dec. 2 to 23 at Lynn Valley Village, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. A lighting ceremony along with entertainment will take place Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Different choirs and bands will perform each night from Dec. 12 to 23, 6-8 p.m. On Dec. 16, 5-8 p.m. there will be a family evening with carolling, a puppet show, heritage hat making, balloon twisting and lantern making.


NATIVITY EXHIBIT: Highlands United Church will have more than 100 nativity scenes including traditional, contemporary, handmade and one of a kind sets on display Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m. at 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver. Donations at this event will be given to Spectrum, a local charity supporting young mothers.


PET PHOTO WITH SANTA: Korna Natural Pet Supplies will host this 17th annual event Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at 1174 Marine Dr., North Vancouver. The photo will be taken by donation with all proceeds going to animal protection charity organizations. your donations to

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SANTA CLAWS PHOTOS: Pet pictures with Santa will be available Dec. 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PetSmart, 1325 Main St., North Vancouver. Cost is $10.95 with $5 from each photo going to local animal welfare organizations. SILVER HARBOUR SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Enjoy a traditional menu with all the trimmings plus festive entertainment and a draw for gifts Wednesday, Dec. 5, noon at 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Admission: $22/$17. Info: 604-980-2474. CHRISTMAS POTTERY SALE: The Capilano Potters Group will hold a sale Dec. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio in the Maple Building at Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver.

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Add remaining water if needed. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pie crust 1/8-inch thick. Using a round 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour three-inch cookie cutter, cut out 16 1/2 tsp salt circles. Re-roll dough if necessary. 1/2 cup all-vegetable shortening, Press one candy stick into each of chilled and cubed the eight circles so that the end of 3-6 tbsp ice water the stick rests in the centre of the pastry. Top each round with one 8 candy sticks tablespoon of fruit spread and cover 1/2 cup wildberry fruit spread with a second round. Press fork 1 egg, lightly beaten around edges to seal. Brush with Glaze: beaten egg. 1 cup icing sugar Bake in preheated oven, 20-22 minutes or until golden. With a 2 tbsp lemon juice spatula, carefully remove from INSTRUCTIONS baking sheet and let cool completely Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking on cooling racks, 30 minutes. sheet with parchment paper. Glaze: In a small bowl, stir icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Pie Crust: In a large bowl, blend Drizzle on top of cooled pie pops. flour and salt. Using a pastry TIPS: Try making other shapes like blender or your fingers, work in flowers to create a bouquet of pops shortening until coarse crumbs using cookie cutters. Add different form. Sprinkle two tablespoons of coloured sugars on top to decorate. water over the flour. Using a fork, mix until dough is slightly moist. Makes: eight pops. INGREDIENTS Pie Crust:

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BENEFIT LUNCH Diane ForsytheAbbott (left) and Lily Lee get ready for the 15th annual Crabtree Corner luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Hy’s Encore steakhouse in Vancouver. The annual event raises money for the YMCA’s Crabtree Corner program that works with families in the Downtown Eastside. Tickets are $45 plus an unwrapped gift for a mom or child. Tickets: 604-8955825.

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Aboriginal businesses recognized by province Manisha Krishnan

A North Vancouverite who runs a niche one-man business was recognized by the province last weekend.

NEWS photo Cindy Goodman

TECH phenom Kevin Sebastian recently picked up a B.C. Aboriginal Business award for Business of the Year, one-to-two person enterprise.

Kevin Sebastian, owner of Toolcomm Technology, took home a B.C. Aboriginal Business award for Business of the Year, one-to-two person enterprise, at a gala at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver. Toolcomm is an electronics engineering firm that designs custom electronic hardware, firmware and software and electro-mechanical devices for industrial companies. A member of the Gitxsan Nation, Sebastian founded the company in 2006. He said it’s great to be acknowledged after years of hard work. “I’m pretty happy about it. I’ve got some pretty big plans for the future and I think getting the award like this will help get my company a bit of attention which will help me achieve some of my future goals,” he said. Sebastian said he is never short on work and his list of clients includes BC Hydro. He first came up with the idea for Toolcomm while he was studying business at Camosun College. He soon realized that he would also need an engineering degree. “I basically started from scratch, upgrading to get into electronics, and worked my way through tech school,” he said. For a while, he had five employees working for him, but in the end decided he would be better off on his own. “Having employees put me in more of a project management role and more of an administrative type role, and that’s not really what I like,” he explained. “I’m really good at what I do and typically the clients want me anyways.” The award, he added, is positive for the aboriginal community. “Within the engineering community there are not too many First Nations people. So I think getting this type of attention also has a social benefit. First Nations people might be able to realize that there is someone who has relative success in their community in a professional area.” Another North Vancouver company was given an honourable mention in the same category. Spirit Works is 100 per cent aboriginal owned and operated and focuses on creating authentic First Nations products including bentwood boxes and jewelry as well as furniture. The awards have taken place for the past four years, recognizing leaders in everything from trades and construction to technology and fisheries. “The British Columbia Aboriginal Business Awards showcase the continuing positive impact aboriginal business has on British Columbia’s economic development,” said Premier Christy Clark in a media release. “The young people, businesses, joint ventures and community-owned endeavours recognized today exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of the aboriginal community.” The awards are presented by the B.C. Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established and endowed in 2003 by the province to celebrate community services, the arts, humanities and enterprise.




Mayor Darrell Mussatto Councillor Don Bell Councillor Pam Bookham Councillor Linda Buchanan Councillor Rod Clark Councillor Guy Heywood Councillor Craig Keating Robyn G. Anderson


“City of North Vancouver Bylaw, 2012, No. 8277 (Closing a portion of road dedicated on Plan 1406 and lying adjacent to Lot A of Lots 1 to 10 Block 1 District Lot 265 Group 1 New Westminster District Plan 3413)” BYLAW NO. 8277 TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to Section 40 of the Community Charter, the Council of The Corporation of the City of North Vancouver at the Council meeting of December 3, 2012 intends to adopt Bylaw No. 8277 to do the following: 1) Stop up, close and remove the highway dedication on all that portion of city road dedicated by Plan 1406 and lying adjacent to Lot A of Lots 1 to 10 Block 1 District Lot 265 Group 1 New Westminster District Plan 3413 (the “Adjacent Land”) which road contains 215.6 square metres as shown within the bold outline on Reference Plan EPP26150 prepared by Hans Troelsen, a British Columbia land surveyor, and dated the 20th day of November, 2012 and as shown on the sketch below as closed road. FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to Sections 26(1) and 26(3) of the Community Charter, the Council of The Corporation of the City of North Vancouver at the Council meeting of December 3, 2012 intends to adopt Bylaw No. 8277 and: 2) Dispose of the closed road shown on the Reference Plan prepared by Hans Troelsen, a British Columbia Land Surveyor, and dated the 20th day of November, 2012, which closed road contains 215.6 square meters, to Marcon PC Urban Homes Ltd., owner of the Adjacent Land at 972 Marine Drive in exchange for 1,248.4 square meters of land to be used as park lands. All survey and registration costs to close the road and consolidate the closed road will be borne by Marcon PC Urban Homes Ltd. The City will receive consideration from the Developer in the amount of $10.00 for the purchase of the closed road. APPLICANT: THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER Bylaw No. 8277 may be inspected at the City Clerk’s Department, City Hall, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver between the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays from November 30, 2012. Those persons who consider they are affected by the bylaw will be allowed to make representations to Council at the meeting of December 3, 2012. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the above Highway Closing and Disposition please contact Ian Steward, Property Valuator-Negotiator, Community Development, at 604.983.7358 or North Vancouver City Hall | 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC | V7M 1H9 | Tel: 604.985.7761 | Fax: 604.985.9417 |


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Portuguese table wines going strong Notable Potables

Tim Pawsey

WHEN was the last time you picked up a bottle of Portuguese wine? While you may still have that bottle of Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage kicking around (that Uncle Winston brought last Christmas), chances are it’s been a while since you wrapped your chops around a good Portuguese red. But that could be about to change. While port continues in the doldrums, Portuguese table wine sales in British Columbia are growing as people are rediscovering the value from Spain’s smaller neighbour. Although Barb Philip (Canada’s first female Master of Wine and BCLS European portfolio manager) suggests it’s time we stopped lumping Portugal in with its Iberian big brother.

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“Portugal’s niche, foodfriendly wines in fact have more in common with Italy,” says Philip. As New World wine drinkers, we’ve become accustomed to identifying everything by variety. But when it comes to Portugal that can challenging, especially if you’re intent on knowing (let alone pronouncing) what’s in the bottle. With a history of viticulture that dates back to Roman times, Portugal is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world. Many wines are still made from “field blends” where varieties are grown, harvested and fermented together. Last week’s tasting presented by Philip and her husband Iain (senior instructor at The Art Institute) yielded plenty of evidence why Portugal’s on the rise, and not just for reds. Here’s a few worthy picks to help stock the holiday cellar. ■ Dao Sul Cabriz Espumante Bruto If you just remember Cabriz Bruto you’ll be doing fine. Plenty of sparkle, with soft fruity notes and a clean fresh finish. $14.99 BCLS 87 pts ■ Casa das Gaeiras Branco, Lisboa (formerly Estremadura) Citrus and grapefruit with tropical undertones, mineral hints and good length. BCLS

photo Tim Pawsey

OLD-STYLE Portuguese wine baskets have yielded to a new era of table wines. New World wine drinkers have become accustomed to identifying wines by variety, which is not easy to do with Portuguese wines. $14.99, 90 pts. ■ Quinta do Crasto Branco 2010, Douro Citrus and floral notes on top followed by a wellbalanced palate with pleasing fruitiness and clean acidity. $24.99, 89 pts ■ Quinta do Chocapalha Arinto, Lisboa. Vibrant zesty notes on top followed by clean and juicy lemon lime and mineral hints.

Taste Vancouver Food Tours: Christmas culinary tours through the Gastown neighbourhood will operate until Jan. 6, 2-4 p.m. An actor guide impersonating Gassy Jack will lead the two-hour walking tour, which will stop at nine eateries where guests will receive an array of food and beverages. Price: $39. Info and tickets: Adventures in Cooking: Ambrosia Adventures will host a Christmas appetizer class Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. at Y Franks store, 503 15th St., West Vancouver. Fee: $65. Info: or 604-218-2084. Spirited Wine Dinner: Chef Todd Bright and

Oysters please! BCLS $17.99 88 pts. ■ Parras Cavalo Bravo 2009, Tejo Fresh ‘n’ fruity, up-front red berry intro but follows through with definite grip that cries out for something hearty like pork ‘n’ clams or chorizo, maybe? BCLS $12.98, 88 pts ■ Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita Reserva 2010, Setubal

Vibrant berries plus quite perfumed top followed by fruit-forward, gently peppery palate wrapped in easy tannins and juicy acidity. 89 pts. BCLS $15.99 (on special through December) ■ Capitao Rayeo Reserva 2009, Alentejano This modern style red blend epitomizes the new face of Portuguese table wines. Juicy dark fruits such

sommelier Andrew Switzer have collaborated to create a five-course wine pairing dinner to kick-off the festive season Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Wild Rice in The River Market, 810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster. Cost: $75. Reservations required: or 778-397-0028. Info: Family Services of the North Shore Fundraiser: After having a meal at a North Vancouver location of Boston Pizza you can donate to Family Services of the North Shore by entering your bill in the sponsorship binder. Boston Pizza will donate 10 per cent of each bill collected to Family Services of the North Shore. Boston Pizza is located at 1078 Marine Dr. and 88 Chesterfield Ave.

as black cherry and mulberry with easy tannins and a plush mouthfeel. Tastes more than BCLS $14.99, 89 pts. Tim Pawsey covers food and wine for numerous publications and online as the Hired Belly at He is also a frequent judge for competitions. Follow him at hiredbelly, Twitter @hiredbelly or email

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NEWS AROUND THE WORLD Going on a trip? Take the North

RYAN and Kaitlyn Taylor, Louisa Grant, Christa Sandvoss, and Allan and Chris Grant visit the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey while on a trip through Europe.

FRANK and Emilia Scheuermeyer visit Strbske Pleso in Slovakia where they got married.

Shore News with you and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try to publish your high-resolution photo in our News Around the World feature (there is no guarantee photos will be published). Due to the amount of photos received, it may take several weeks for your photo to appear in the paper. Take a photo of yourself (keep close to the camera but with the background still in view) in a location outside the province holding a copy of the News, with a scenic background that distinguishes the location. Send it to us with the ďŹ rst and last name of everyone featured in the photo and a description of where the photo was taken. Send your submission to by email only to rduane@

PAM Best visits the Hall of Justice in Ephesus while visiting Turkey.

LARRY Wick, Ed Fisher, Kim Zapshala, Donna Pinkowski, Margaret Ward and Rudi Pinkowski visit Kruger National Park in South Africa. KORNEL and Ainslie Koopmans take a break during a two-day camel trek in the Sahara desert in Morocco.

RON and Helen Storey, Faye Cardenas and Keith Cowan visit the main square in Zagreb after an eightday cruise.

SARAH and Jamie Watson visit the beach in Bora Bora.

BRENDA Barrick and Emily, Aly and Graham Stamper visit Puerto Vallarta and the Families of the Dump Mission in Mexico.

SHIRLEY and Jim Smith take the North Shore News to the Great Wall of China near Beijing.

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EVEN though Paraguay is a major exporter of power with two massive hydro-electric dams the landlocked South American country still goes old school at home with horses used to mix clay and water for brick making.

Cultural fusion: Paraguayan culture is a fusion of two cultures and traditions: one European, the other Southern Guarani. More than 93 per cent of Paraguayans are mestizos, making Paraguay one of the most homogeneous countries in Latin America. A characteristic of this cultural fusion is the extensive bilingualism present to this day: more than 80 per cent of Paraguayans speak both Spanish and the indigenous language, Guarani. Jopara, a mixture of Guarani and Spanish, is also widely spoken. — Wikipedia


Town and country

Andrew Renton Contributing Writer

I spot the guidebook at my favourite travel store and settle into a comfortable armchair. It opens with: “Paraguay is fabulous,” and continues “Paraguay is one of the last remaining holiday paradises waiting to be discovered.” Later, I download the visa application. Hmm — I can understand $65 for a single entry, even $100 for a multi-entry, but a copy of my last bank statement? Better make sure I’m not running in the red or they’ll think I’m going after refugee status. An avowed adventure traveller, I’ve explored much of South America. But, with visions of Nazis under the bed and an evil dictator at the helm, Paraguay always gets shoved on to the back burner. The country has survived a rough history. Most males were lost to a dumb war with neighbouring Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in 1864. Nine presidential coups or assassinations followed before General Alfredo Stroessner, the most despotic of the lot, seized and held on to power for the next 34 years. He was finally ousted in 1989. I fly into Asuncion via Santiago, Chile on a hot, wet, humid Sunday. The taxi nears the centre. My heart sinks. Apart from loose dogs nosing through garbage strewn along potholed sidewalks, the streets are empty. Some paradise! The guidebook foresaw my reaction. “Asuncion is not one of Latin America’s lovelier cities though with time you will come to like it.” The campo, (countryside), is obviously where it’s at! How to get out of town? In halting Spanish, I explain my dilemma to the hotel receptionist and go to my room and wait. I watch a story about “the firing of Wayne Gretzky from the Oilers” on TV — weird. Two hours later, I am face to face with Franco, a smiling 30 year old with a good command of English. After a bit of negotiation, he agrees to collect me in the morning and show me his country. I can finally relax. We begin in Asuncion. Today, the port is busy. Paraguay is landlocked. The Rio Paraguay is a vital transportation hub to the Atlantic coast.

A bunch of black-suited thugs with crew-cuts, huge abs and walkie-talkies, straight off a James Bond set, are gathered outside the Governor’s Palace. President Lugo, a retired Bishop, must be at work. From all accounts he won the last election fair and square and optimism for the future is running high. General Stroessner is remembered by a classic monument. Two blocks of concrete with bits of “himself” sandwiched in between. The meat in a concrete Big Mac. A great way to recycle the broken statue of a loathed dictator. And perhaps a warning to future politicians that people are through with crooks at the helm? The evangelist band playing outside The Cabildo, the old senate, razzes up a thin audience with some hot harp and guitar numbers. We pass the gleaming new parliament. According to the plaque it is a gift from the Taiwanese government to its only ally in South America. An effort is being made to spruce up derelict colonial buildings. Indigenous squatters have taken over the Plaza Uruguay demanding the return of their land. At the Mercado Cuatro, the city market, a woman pumps air into beef intestines to be sold as sausage casings. Want a knock-off DVD or a pair of fake designer jeans, a Blackberry, Prada shoes or a live owl? All are for sale among the labyrinth of stalls. We leave town through the posh embassy area with street names like United States, Brasil and Peru. Children are pushed around by nannies while their mothers sip a lunchtime bottle of Chardonnay at a hip French bistro. Obviously tourist hotels are relegated to the seedy side of town. On the map, Paraguay is a sizeable country stretching some 900 kilometres north to south. However, the Chaco, an inhospitable area of saline scrub, represents 60 per cent of the land base with 2 per cent of the population. Only the 25,000 Mennonite farmers have managed to prosper there. Finally we enter a different world. Neatly kept farms. Plump cows and well-groomed horses graze contentedly in perfectly fenced fields. Most Paraguayan towns began as missions. (Remember the 1986 movie The Mission starring Jeremy Irons and Robert de Niro?). The Franciscans got here first, arriving in 1580. The Jesuits followed in 1610. The race to save the souls of the Guarani people was on. First came churches, then housing for the people. Today’s population is mostly mestizo (mixed). Spanish and Guarani are the two official languages. Most Paraguayans speak both. See Landlocked page 36

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Landlocked Paraguay stuck in a time warp

For people like Franco, life is hard. Every evening, he would leave me for a nighttime job in Asuncion. He always returned promptly at 9:30 a.m. the following morning clutching his cooler of terere, a mixture of yerba mate and ice, as if it were a newborn baby. What really makes the place tick? Ten million cows are a good start. Paraguay is a big exporter of power from two massive hydro-dams. Cuidad del Este is known for cheap electronics which somehow find their way across the border into Brazil. Paraguay is a one-off country largely stuck in a time warp. Oxcarts plod along rural roads. Pretty towns are filled with flowers, leafy squares and gentle welcoming people. Nature reserves are outstanding and popular with weekend campers. The better resorts are run as private clubs but nonmembers are welcome. For a price.

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RURAL Paraguay has spectacular campgrounds such as Cabana Ita Kua. dinner, huge breakfast and even the chance to ride a horse through the trails. Olga, the owner, recently hosted a luncheon for Latin First Ladies, including the Queen of Spain, while their husbands conferred in Asuncion, she proudly announces. Most Paraguayan towns are the size of European villages. There is an easy unhurried friendliness delivered with a smile wherever we go. The ubiquitous guards become just part of the South American landscape. Is there danger? I never experienced any. We spend five days visiting old churches, walking through leafy squares in small attractive towns. We visit a factory turning out “chipas,” Franco’s favourite snack made from cheese and manioc flour. We visit nature reserves and meet the world’s largest bulls at a farm specialising in artificial insemination. With 10 million cows to service this

business should be a winner. With no seaside resorts, San Bernardino is the “in” place to own a villa. We swim in Lake Ypacari from a private club. Later, we watch as a horse tethered to a pole walks in an endless circle to blend clay and water into just the right consistency to make bricks. In Villarica (rich town), we take a ride in a “Carumbe” — A horse cart driven by a delighted older woman. I am amazed by the number of motorbike dealers. There is even a “doggy spa.” You can’t miss the German influence. Many came from “The Fatherland” in a failed experiment to start a German colony in 1887. The country still attracts German immigrants looking for a simpler life. Better hotels and businesses are German run. While the churches are not always full, they are still the cultural heart of the country. Every Dec. 8 a million pilgrims descend on the basilica in tiny Caacupe to celebrate the feast of the immaculate conception. The church, home of the legendary Virgin of Caacupe and part of the German-based Marian movement, has been rebuilt three times in a hopeless effort to keep up with demand for space.

If you go: Getting there: Tam airlines flies into Asuncion from Buenos Aries, Sao Paolo and Santiago Chile. Safety: The number of armed guards around could make you feel you are in a war zone. I never had any problems or noticed any Western government warnings. That said, this is a poor country. Take precautions at night especially in major cities such as Asuncion and Cuidad del Este. Costs: Asuncion, rated as the world’s cheapest capital, attracts international conferences from around the globe. I generally paid around $40 for a clean 2 to 3 star hotel and less than $10 for a good meal. Decent restaurants are harder to find outside the city. Estancias, ranches, are particularly good value. Cheap motels are often Love Motels with rooms available by the hour. Note: Cash machines are generally available in towns throughout the country. US currency is always changeable. Make sure you use up your “Guaranis” before leaving. They tend to be worthless outside the country. Guide books: I found Bradt’s Paraguay to be almost over-the-top excellent. Lonely Planet includes Paraguay in South America on a Shoestring.

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In our quest to seek out historic churches, Franco spots a funeral procession moving through Yaguaron and smartly reckons that this one will be open for business. We race up the hill and catch the bell ringer climbing the steps of the belfry. The hearse pulls up. We follow the mourners inside. Built over a 60 year period and finished in 1700, this is the last Franciscan church remaining in its original form. A separate wooden belfry. Ornately gilded sanctuary. Ceilings painted by Guarani artisans using vegetable based paint. There is a family name painted on the back of each pew. We leave the main highway and head into the countryside. Oxcarts saunter down dirt roads. Meandering horses nibble away at the lush, grassy verges. Tiny houses sit in immaculate gardens. Oranges and bananas are ripening. A sign on the large gate announces the “Eco Parque Ytu.” We hammer at the door of the guard post and discover a luxurious private club with well-equipped cottages surrounding a kidneyshaped pool. An escape for wealthy weekending Asuncionites. We continue to a pretty village. Franco is unusually deep in thought. We stop at the graveyard. I follow him up a well-mown path. There is a picture along with a few words inside the small window. It is the grave of his grandmother. The words translate as: “I received love and gave it back.” “One day I will bring my family here to live in my father’s village,” he says quietly. Tonight he leaves me at La Quinta Estancia. The address is simply Piribebuy-Paraguay Route Km 82.5 — Meaning it is 82.5 kilometres down the highway from Asuncion For $60 I have a luxurious cabin overlooking rolling countryside. The price includes a superb

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from the participants. Hmm. Interesting. Makes a darn good excuse for bringing your dog to work doesn’t it? So if dogs can help alleviate stress better than a loving, supportive family member, are they also able to make you happy? Being happy and being free of stress are two different things. We have all heard that happiness comes from the inside as a result of being happy with oneself, not from exterior material possessions. Yet dogs, in theory, are our possessions. So if we were to apply the internal happiness theory it would imply that dogs cannot make us happy. I suspect if we were to rely on anecdotal evidence alone, we would all unanimously agree and shout “Yes!,” our dogs do indeed make us happier people. But we don’t really know the reason as to how this happens other than the usual unconditional non-judgmental love. So how can a dog make

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Whether you are walking in the front door of your home or walking out of your home office the gentle loving eyes of a dog seem to make the stressful day vanish in thin air, like magic! I think I speak for the masses when I say that interacting with a dog is the ultimate antidote to stress relief. But what is it exactly about dogs that releases stress from within us? It comes as no surprise that the Internet is full of studies on how dogs relieve stress. But it may come as a surprise that most of these studies are relatively recent. In a study by Heather Grimshaw titled “A FourLegged Cure,” a group of people were presented with a series of stressful tasks to be performed within four different situations. In the first situation the person was alone while the stressful task was performed. In the next situation, the person was with their spouse during the task. The third situation involved performing the stressful task while with a pet and the final one was performing the stressful task with both their spouse and their pet. People experienced the lowest stress response and the quickest recovery from stress in the situation where they were only with their pet. It was surmised that simply being in the (non-judgemental) environment of a dog helped to minimize the stress response

us happy? Well it seems that the mere act of petting a dog causes a chain of events to occur within our bodies and within an instant of stroking your dogs soft head, neurotransmitters instantly begin to do the happy dance, Gangnam-style. The really cool thing is that no matter how much we try to stop it (meaning, no matter how miserable we are or want to be) we can’t. It’s involuntary. We get happier by simply petting a dog. No need to retreat to an expensive spa for the afternoon. A plethora of studies indicate that spending quality or cuddle time with a dog elevates the beneficial hormones like oxytocin, which is linked to feelings of connection, worthiness, bliss and peacefulness. And it happens fast — in as little as five minutes there is such a high increase of endorphins and dopamines flooded into our bodies that our crabby moods do a complete 180 and we begin to feel all relaxed and happy. So dogs are good for our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. All this means is that coming home to your dog is probably the best thing you can do to improve and maintain your overall health. This magic is something that we dog lovers have known for a long time though.

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THE FOLLOWING is a selection of volunteer opportunities from various community organizations, made available through Volunteer North Shore, a service of North Shore Community Resources Society. Gift Wrapper: Volunteers are

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Meals on Wheels needs volunteers on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings. Info: Diana, 604-

Team Development CoChair: Canadian Cancer Society is looking for a volunteer to work with the Leadership Committee to provide leadership, guidance and support to the team’s subcommittee focusing on recruitment, fundraising, stewardship, retention, training and mentoring. Spanish Speaking Visitor: Cedarview Lodge seeks a Spanish speaking volunteer to do one-to-one visiting with a frail elderly lady. Volunteer should be comfortable with a senior who is physically and 922-3414. 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. at the Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver. Each month features a different theme. Fee: $7/$5. Polynesian Dance Classes: Beginner classes for adults and children, Sundays and Mondays at John Braithwaite Community Centre,

mentally frail, and be available to visit once a week for 30 minutes. Volunteer: The Christmas Bureau is currently in need of volunteers who enjoy and are proficient at using a computer for data entry and emails. Volunteers are needed once or twice a week for three or more hours on weekdays. Retail Store Volunteer: Volunteer is needed to assist customers and to tell the story of the agency; greet customers and assist in finding items for gifts; ring up sales, handle cash and credit cards; hand out promotional material, answer telephone, restock inventory and tidy and dust store. If you are interested in these or other possible volunteer opportunities, call 604-9857138. The society is a partner agency of the United Way. 145 West First St., North Vancouver. Info: 604-9828311.

Bingo: Every Monday at 6:15 p.m., North Vancouver Legion, 123 West 15th St., North Vancouver. Info: 604988-3712. Canadian Federation of University Women — West Vancouver Branch: The CFUW is an organization committed to promoting education, improving women’s status and human

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OLIVER Trent, 2, enjoys decorating a gingerbread man before eating it at Capilano Mall’s Santa’s Arrival event Nov. 24. Santa and his sugar plum fairies were welcomed back to the mall’s Candy Wonderland accompanied by face painting, music and balloon twisting. rights as well as offering fellowship and professional contacts. Meetings are every third Monday, 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 885 22nd St., West Vancouver. New members welcome. For more information call 604-

925-8445 or cfuwnvwv.vcn. Contract Bridge: Every Monday and Thursday, 12:30-3 p.m. in the Cedarview Room at Delbrook Community Centre, 600 West Queens Rd., North

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Hoop Classic clashes set

Five North Shore teams to battle in senior girls tournament Andy Prest

HOOPS junkies across the Lower Mainland get an early Christmas present every year with the Telus Basketball Classic and this season there’s a distinct North Shore flavour to the Dec. 1-8 tournament.

THREE TO SEE THIS WEEK FOOTBALL Sr. girls Div. 1 CARSON GRAHAM @ SEYCOVE Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. BASKETBALL Sr. boys preseason WINDSOR @ SUTHERLAND Dec. 6, noon HOCKEY PIJHL MISSION @ NORTH VAN WOLF PACK Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Harry Jerome arena

Five senior girls teams from the Shore will suit up in the annual event that pits many of the best teams in the province against each other in a massive tournament that also features a number of scholarship opportunities as well as unique First Nations, Night Hoops, Youth with Developmental Challenges and elementary divisions as well as a cheer and dance competition. “It’s the biggest tournament in the province,” said Anthony Beyrouti, whose St. Thomas Aquinas senior girls team is participating for the first time. “It’s huge. It’s a big deal.” Joining STA in the 16-team girls tournament will be North Shore schools Handsworth, Argyle, Collingwood and West Van. Beyrouti said he can’t recall another time when there were five North Shore teams taking part in the girls tournament in any of the past 12 editions of the Classic. “North shore hoops have been pretty strong the last couple of years,” he said. “We’ve seen some very good teams, including a couple of provincial champions coming out of Handsworth, so you NEWS photo Cindy Goodman get the top tournament in the province and they want the CARSON Graham’s Caitlin McCaulley throws a pass while Argyle’s Shalayne Scott best teams and we bring that.” defends. Argyle will be a host school with games beginning Wednesday as the Beyrouti, himself an annual Telus Basketball Classic hits the Lower Mainland. admitted hoops junkie who is a former Argyle coach and has also worked stay on the North Shore for their first Morgan Mclaughlin. “She’s trying to build a program at in the provincial team program as well game, completing the doubleheader at as with the North Shore’s 3D Basketball Argyle. They’re led by head coach Shaun Collingwood, she’s been doing a decent Academy, gave the North Shore News a McGuinness, a longtime North Shore job so far. But that’s a tall test right there,” quick breakdown of what to watch for in staple on the sidelines who has coached said Beyrouti. each of the first-round matchups involving a lot of kids, including his own talented ■ STA vs. Britannia, Dec. 5, 5 p.m. at children Erica and Andrew who both went Riverside secondary: The Fighting Saints North Shore teams: are led by their guards. Vanessa Botteselle ■ Centennial at Argyle, Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m.: on to play CIS ball. “He’s brought this group through from spent the summer as the starting point Argyle is the only North Shore school hosting any tournament games and this the younger age levels,” said Beyrouti. guard for the U16 provincial team, leading mid-afternoon matchup should come with “They’ll be pretty good.” The unranked them to a first-place showing at the Western a pumped-up Pipers home crowd. Argyle, Highlanders, however, will be in tough Canadian Basketball Championships. ranked No. 9 for AAA in the provincial against eight-ranked Fleetwood, a team Joining her in the backcourt are talented preseason coaches’ poll, will be the that also has a North Shore connection in Grade 11 twins Kate and Claire Mockler. “They used to be dancers and now they head coach Dan Nayebzadeh who spent favourite against the unranked Centaurs. The Pipers are led by a powerful several seasons leading the Sutherland focus on basketball,” said Beyrouti. “They also compete in the academics — one of inside-outside combination, said Beyrouti. Sabres. “You’ve got one of the best point guards in ■ Collingwood at Riverside, Dec. 5, them has a 94 per cent average and the the province at their school in Claire Elliott 3:30 p.m.: The Cavaliers, unranked at other one’s a 95.” The coach sees big things ahead for his and then one of the best post players in the the AA level, will be in tough against Riverside, ranked No. 6 for AAA, playing Saints, No. 9 in the preseason AA ranks. province in Robyn Aulin-Haynes.” ■ West Van vs. Fleetwood Park, Dec. on their home court. Collingwood is 5, 4:15 p.m. at Argyle: West Van will coached by former Simon Fraser player See St. Thomas page 40

Royals and Spartans finish fifth at soccer provincials Andy Prest

NORTH Shore high school football teams — both the gridiron and European kinds — wrapped up provincial play in late November with solid play but ultimately no podium placings. In the game we usually call soccer, Handsworth in AAA and Sentinel in AA both were unlucky to score fifthplace finishes despite battling through their respective tournaments with only one loss apiece. The AAA tournament stalled early for the Royals who lost their first game 1-0 to Charles Best secondary, the top-ranked team who would go on to win their third title of the past four years. Handsworth rebounded to score wins of 5-0 over Quesnel’s Correlieu secondary, 2-0 over Kitsilano and 2-1 over Vancouver College to make it into the fifth-place game where they dispatched Kelowna 1-0. Danny Yeates was named to the Commissioner’s 11 tournament all-star team for the Royals. Sentinel suffered a similar fate, losing 1-0 to Okanagan Mission who went on to win the tournament. The Spartans defeated Aldergrove 4-2, Nelson’s L.V. Rogers 5-0 and Smithers 1-0 to make it into the fifth-place game where they topped Summerland 2-0. Bruno Fiere and Josh Kumoi were two of seven players to share the tournament’s Golden Boot scoring title while Matt Kasteel was named to the Commissioner’s 11 team. In football, American style, the AAA West Vancouver Highlanders and AA Windsor Dukes were the last North Shore teams standing and both made their exits in the provincial quarterfinals. Windsor put up a valiant fight against the defending champion Mission Roadrunners but eventually fell 21-7. Mission quarterback Kevin Wiens ran for two touchdowns while Windsor QB Ty Marshall countered with a touchdown run of his own in a high scoring first quarter. Wiens then hooked up with receiver Jesse Walker for a touchdown in the second quarter and that was it for the scoring as the Dukes pushed for a comeback, making several trips into the red zone, See Windsor page 40

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Windsor and West Van make solid runs in football playoffs From page 39 but ultimately came up short. Despite the loss, Marshall, a Grade 11 player who will likely be one of the top-ranked QBs in the province heading into next season, was named the B.C. high school player of the week after rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and completing 16 passes for another 294 yards. In AAA action the Highlanders were also in tough, facing the No.1-ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks and their superstar running back Maleek Irons. Irons scored the first seven touchdowns for the Hawks, rushing for six and adding a fumble recovery TD for good measure as Mouat cruised to a 55-20 win. The high-flying duo of quarterback Johnny Franklin and receiver Blake Whiteley paced the Highlanders in the loss with Franklin rushing for a pair of touchdowns and throwing to Whiteley for another score. Despite the loss, the season was a successful one for the Highlanders as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2007, further distancing themselves from a disastrous 2010 campaign that saw the team fold halfway through the season due to lack of numbers.

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Dixon recovering after breaking leg in crash

NORTH Vancouver native Robbie Dixon suffered a broken leg and will be off his skis for an extended period of time after crashing during a race in Copper Mountain in Colorado Nov. 15.

The 27-year-old alpine racer caught an edge while landing a jump and went down, fracturing the tibia and fibula of his right leg. He

underwent successful surgery in Vail, Colo. the night of the crash. No timetable has been set for his return to the slopes. “It’s a hard one to swallow given how the last couple of years have gone,” said Dixon in an Alpine Canada release. Dixon recently regained his form after suffering a serious concussion in December of 2010. “I caught an edge and one thing led to another. I’m going to stay positive. I’m

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Sabre strike A member of the Sutherland Sabres junior boys soccer team smacks a volley in last month’s North Shore final against the Argyle Pipers. The Sabres claimed the banner with a 1-0 win over the Pipers and went on to win the Vancouver and District title with a 2-0 win over Burnaby champions Moscrop. fortunate to have some pretty amazing teammates who I can call my friends. They’re supporting me and I know they’ve got my back.”

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St. Thomas Aquinas only North Shore senior boys team in tourney From page 39

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They’ll be in tough, however, against No. 2-ranked Britannia. “It’ll be a good challenge,” said Beyrouti. ■ Handsworth vs. Rick Hansen, Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m., at York House secondary: The powerhouse Royals appear to be the North Shore’s team to beat once again. They’re led by the backcourt duo of Abby Dixon, starting point guard on the provincial U17 team, and Elisa Homer. “They’ve got two senior guards who are very, very good,” said Beyrouti. “Great leadership qualities in both of them, ability to shoot the ball, they both take care of the ball. They’re just good, quality players.” The fifth-ranked Royals will be favoured against the unranked Hurricanes. While the girls tournament is crawling with North Shore teams, there’s only one on the senior boys side and it’s a bit of a surprise. St. Thomas Aquinas will make their first appearance in the tournament when they travel to Kitsilano secondary to take on that school Dec. 5 at 1:45 p.m. “Our guys have kind of been in like a rebuilding mode for about nine years and this year we’ve actually put together a competitive squad,” said Beyrouti. The Saints are led by former high-level referee Joe Markland who traded one whistle for another to take on head coaching duties. “They’ve done a tremendous job of putting together a good, strong talented group that can compete at the top of the AA level and can compete with any of the North Shore AAA teams,” said Beyrouti. Other North Shore teams taking part in the tournament include 3D in the elementary boys and girls divisions and the North Shore Wolves in the First Nations division. For more info, schedules and results visit canadaonefoundation. com.

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Memorial Gifts


Memorial Gifts Lions Gate Hospital Foundation wishes to thank those individuals who made a donation in the month of November, 2012 in memory of the following individuals:

James Barrett Gladys Bayer Mohamad Bonakdarpour Philip Booth Jeanne Box Evelyn Brooke Bert Buxton Anita Caldwell Jack Caplan Ronald Chester Fong-Lan Chiu Sheryl Christian Juan Condori Janette Coombes Idamor Corvalan Norah Cumming Laura Dattilo Russo Irmeli De Villiers Douglas Donaldson Fred Dulley Mattia Fiorvento Helmut Fritz Jim & Wilma Gibson Murray Gordon Beverley Gowe Scott Gray Joan Green Lois Hardy William Hartwick Melville Hennecker Donald Hughes Lars & Sofie Iversen Jacob Janzen Karima Kassim-Lakha John (Don) Kelly

Constance Kennedy Harvey Klassen Robert Knowlton Joan Lamb Inessa Lapitski Beatrice Larman Jeremy Lees James Lewis Bruno Locher Roderick MacGillivray Sau Mak Irene Mari Doreen Matkovich Aileen McLellan Leona McPherson Clifford Messenheimer Barbara Montague Heino Neumann Brian Olund Eleanor Owen Bruce Partrick Soheil Roohani Max Rose Alex Rothpan Eric & Marion Rothwell Roland & Elsie Sankey Mario Scacchi Fredrick Shumas Hugh Sinclair Herbert Lee Skipp John Sullivan Helen Tiers Charles Trimble Mary Turnbull Bryan Yakashiro

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DUNCOMBE, Terence R.

Born Dec. 11th, 1941, passed away peacefully on Nov. 25th, 2012. A memorial service to celebrate Terry’s life will be held on Mon. Dec. 10th, 2012 at 7pm at Mount Seymour United Church. Please see website: to view photos, read a bio. and share your stories.

ELLIS - Susan Laraine July 26, 1948 - Nov. 20, 2012 Laraine passed away suddenly at home. She was the beloved wife of Daniel Ellis. She also leaves her sister Linda Laird (Bill), brother Roger Smith (Kathryn) and mother Dagny Smith, all of Salmon Arm, BC, and niece Samantha Laird of Toronto. No funeral at her request. ‘‘Her heart was as big as all outdoors.’’

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Donations made in honour of these individuals have been designated to the North Shore Hospice, the purchase of medical equipment, the chemotherapy clinic, pediatrics and The HOpe Centre. Donations may be made on-line at, by telephone at 604-984-5785, at the Foundation office, Lions Gate Hospital, 231 East 15th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7L 2L7.

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June 14, 1921 - Nov. 25, 2012 A LONG LIFE WELL LIVED Helen Cruickshank passed away peacefully, early on November 25th, at her home in Amica West Vancouver. Helen was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Frank, in 2004. She is survived by her brother John Hollis ( Pauline ), daughter Marilyn Arnold (Ed), son George (Lorna), and son Sandy (Linden). She was also the very proud and loving grandmother of Lauren (Michael), Ryan (Sabrina), Jamie, Keira, Trista (Dylan), and Blair, as well as dear 'granddogs' Zak, Kasey, and Ray. Throughout her long and active life, Helen participated in various jobs and activities. She was an at-home mom during her children’s early years, but worked outside the home when Frank’s mother lived with them. She was a dedicated volunteer in church and community groups in Lynn Valley as well as an early volunteer for Ronald MacDonald House. She had a long and happy association with the North Shore Winter Club, where she was an avid curler and bridge player. In addition, her interests included fitness, golf, yoga, the arts, fashion, gardening, and entertaining. Many happy summers were spent with friends and family at the 'Cruickshack', the family summer home at Green Lake. A love of travel took Helen and Frank to many places around the world, including Britain, Europe, China, Japan, South Asia, and her much-loved Hawaii. Helen was known for her friendliness, compassion, and unique social grace. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation in her memory. FORSTER, ROY March 13, 1927 - Nov. 24, 2012 Our beloved husband and father passed away peacefully at the North Shore Hospice, North Vancouver BC. Roy was born in Brookswood, Langley, BC to Bessie and James Forster. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen; his daughters Diane and Troy Forster of North Vancouver BC, also his sister, Bette (Ken) Wells of West Vancouver BC; grandchildren Mike (Maria), Rob, Nick, Christy (Jeff) and great grandchildren, Ellysia, Jack, Jonas; several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families, friends and sisters in law. Roy was predeceased by his mother and father, beloved son Rick, six brothers, one sister, five sister-in laws, aunts and uncles. Roy will be remembered for his great love for his family, positive attitude and desire to teach others whatever knowledge he acquired. Thanks to Dr. Walker, home support staff and the North Shore Hospice for their outstanding care. A memorial will be held at 2 pm Friday December 7, 2012, Boal Chapel at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the North Shore Hospice or the Salvation Army North Vancouver would be appreciated.

FORBES, Anna Dorothy Aug 02, 1914 - Nov 21, 2012 Dorothy passed away peacefully in her home on November 21, 2012 with her family by her side. She is survived by her twin daughters Elizabeth (Stuart) and Anna (Gary) and her two grandchildren Adam and Todd. Her family also includes two nieces, a nephew, and their extended family. She is predeceased by her loving husband Ray, her parents Anna and George Bartholomew, and her brother Bob (Irene). Dorothy enjoyed travelling with her friends and was a lover of music and the arts. She was an avid ice skater, tennis player and hockey fan. She had a great fondness for animals - dogs in particular. Her most cherished role in life was that of being a mother, grandmother and wife. Remembered for her kindness and accepting nature, she made everyone feel genuinely welcome, accepted and supported. Quiet and humble, Dorothy was so much more than the sum of her parts; a great lady in all respects. She will be greatly missed by all of us. She had so much love in her heart. Dorothy leaves behind the following message, "Love to all my family and friends who made my journey so wonderful - thank you." A Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver, BC. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to First United Church.

FOX, Charles Frederick (Fred) Born with cerebral palsy (CP) in 1966, Fred (Charles) fought to live life to the fullest on his own terms, inspiring many people along the way with his positive attitude, strength, sense of humour, and tenacity. His sudden, unexpected passing leaves us bereft and sad beyond words. He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret, and is survived by his father Terence, sisters Kelly & Sally, niece Julie(Hooman), nephew Ben, aunts Mavis, Carol & Ann (UK), uncles Roger (Shaheen) & John (Jenny; UK), and a host of boisterous cousins and their children. Also grieving are his many friends, among them retired West Van firefighters, West Van bus drivers, fellow CP athletes, plus the caregivers & patients he met along his life’s journey, especially in the last 18 months while recovering from a fractured femur in LGH and Evergreen. Fred was determined, loyal, could be charming, and was acerbic when he felt it was merited. In his younger days, Fred enjoyed field sports, winning several medals in CP sports events in Bruges, Ft Worth, New York & Windsor. Fred rode horses, coached sports, and taught computer & life skills. He loved fishing, hunting and Labrador retrievers. Lately it would take Fred an hour just to put on his socks, and he was constantly in pain, but he was always upbeat and kept us all laughing. We miss him so deeply that nothing can ever be the same. A memorial service will be held at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Van at 2pm Dec 4. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation or your favourite charity.

Dr. Grasset, Anthony V. BS, MB, CD, KStJ, Passed away peacefully on 28 November 2012 at 92. Survived by wife Gillian Grasset, children Antoinette, Stephen, Sarah & Richard; grandchildren Rylan, Margaux and Elizabeth. Tony resided in West Vancouver, retired from active medical practice in 1995, was Honorary Staff at University Hospital and Shaughnessy Hospital, Staff Emeritus at Lions Gate Hospital and a senior member of the Canadian Forces Reserves. He was also a member of the Corp of Commissionaires, Defence Medical Association, St John Ambulance and St Anthony’s Parish. Tony will be remembered as a loving, supportive father and husband; a dedicated, caring and conscientious doctor; loyal and dutiful soldier and charitable member of the community. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on 3 December 2012 at 14.30hrs at St Anthony’s Parish Church, 2347 Inglewood Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1Z9. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully acknowledged to the WV Seniors Centre, 695-21st St, West Vancouver, BC V7V 4A7. Condolences may be offered to the family at Kearney Funeral Services 604-736-0268

HARDY - Thomas Henry Dec 13, 1934 - Nov. 18, 2012 Tom sadly passed away from a stroke. He is survived by his love and mother of his children, Jean, son Tom (Anita), son Don, daughter Patricia (Darin), sisters Mary (Casey), Norma (Muus), Sharon, brother Ralph (deceased), brother Larry (Dawn), 6 grandchildren, Ken, Karen, Christine, Cheryl, Cheleen and Moriah. Tom was born in Ladner, B.C. and grew up in North Vancouver. Tom in earlier years loved to hunt, fish and hike up the North Shore mountains. He worked as a Marine Electrician for May Marine Electric in Vancouver for many years. He will be sadly missed by many. A graveside family service was held on Monday, November 26th. MATSELL, SIDNEY A. 1928 - 2012 Sid’s funny, enjoyable romp through life ended November 18, 2012. He leaves behind his wife, Margaret (Kim) after 56 years of true happiness. Additionally, he leaves to mourn his sister-in-law, Lena and her husband, Stanley Rublowsky; niece, Katrina and grandnephew, Henry; nephew, Alexander and wife Susanne; grandnephew, Casper; and grandniece, Maya. A celebration of Sid’s life will be held Monday, December 3, 2012 from 3:00 5:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 580-18 Street, West Vancouver, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations to Lionsgate Hospital Hospice would be appreciated.

TODD, Charles

LAZENBY, Barry November 26, 2012 Born, raised and lived in North Vancouver all his life. Departed on the wings of Pegasus in peace and love to join Mum, Dad, Billy, and many Sams. He leaves behind his best buddy Blue, brother, sister, nieces and nephews. Eight people will have improved vision thanks to the gift of his eyes. Many thanks to Angela, Linda and nurses at Lions Gate Hospital. In memory of Barry, please practice random acts of kindness and/or donate to the SPCA. Private family service will be held.

Dec. 31, 1919 - Nov. 25, 2012 Long-time businessman and retired Fire Captain (local 296) Charles Todd passed away at North Shore Hospice, North Vancouver BC, November 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm surrounded with his many family members and friends. Predeceased by his mother and father Harriet and Charles, and his wife Gertrude and granddaughter Lisa. Survived by his son Richard, daughter Linda & sonin-law Paul, grandson Matthew & his wife Linda, and his great grandson Sheldon. Also survived by his sister Peggy, niece Gloria, great nephew Shane, and great great niece paige; plus several other nieces and nephews. Thanks to Dr. Sugar and the awesome angelic caring staff at the north shore hospice. Service to be held at First Memorial Funeral Home, Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver, BC on Saturday December 8, 2012 at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or UGM greatly appreciated.

BOAL CHAPEL 604-980-3451 Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221

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Lost & Found

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LOST TABBY CAT lost 2300 block Bellevue Ave on Nov 24. Call: (604) 922-2678

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MISSING/TAKEN WHITE/ CREAM MAINE COON CAT Sasha-From 1200 bk Haywood, W.V. Not seen in neighborhood for 1 month. Suspect he has been taken by family who moved away from 1200 bk Esquimalt. Has he appeared in your area recently? Any info greatly appreciated. Contact Steve @604-922-2644,


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RING FOUND. Lighthouse Park Nov 19. Would like to return it to its owner. Please email me a description.


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BLACKBERRY FOUND. Blackberry Bold with case found Nov 27. To identify, email katherine19922003

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Christmas Open House Christmas is fast approaching and sometimes we forget this is the first year without our loved ones. With this in mind, we would like to offer you the opportunity to honour the memory of your loved one by hosting an open house in the spirit of Christmas.

Art & Collectibles


KIFF HOLLAND original 8.5x12.5, $995. John Horton 12x16 oil, ‘Fishing Boats at Sunset’ $1295. Luke Raffin ‘Wood Duck Egg Tempera/Gouache’ framed approx 32x36, price upon request. 604-908-3825 LADIES SWISS 18K watch/ braclet, art deco, appraised $6000 sell $2450. 604-908-3825

MINK & Fox Fur Coat More selection at the shop. Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Shop 128 West 15th St. North Van. Call: (604) 987-5938


Burial Plots

Above Ground plot in a mausoleum $29,000. Located in prestigious Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby. Above ground, plot in a garden mausoleum setting. Permits burial for family of four. Incls two exterior decorative vases. Priced at market value. 604-272-7250 or 604-874-2423

FOREST LAWN SideXside plots, WHISPERING PINE, LOT #114, GRAVES #7 & 8. $30,000 or best offer. Call: 604-298-0459 FOREST LAWN CEMETERY PLOT, Ascension section $7900 obo. Call 604-987-2948

For Sale Miscellaneous


collectible typewriters $100-$175, singer sewing machine $125, chairs $10-$20, mens/wom wear $5-$100 604-985-1968

ELNA XPRESSIVE software for elna sewing maching never used $900 778-788-4338 GE Washer & Dryer, good working condition, $150 for both. Silver fox fur jacket as new $225, Call 604-986-1062 SENIOR’S SCOOTER. New, electric, below retail, Shoprider Marquis 888SLN, used less than 6x, was $4500, will sell $2000. Call for info, 604-230-3086

HEALTH Homecare Available


NURSE FROM the Philippines seeking a full time caregiver position. 604-779-7857


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Job Options BC is an employment program for adult jobseekers. Gain: Work experience opportunities Paid training opportunities Career planning & job search workshops Additional support could include transport, work equipment & child care subsidy

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Earn extra cash to supplement your current income or pay off your bills. Now hiring delivery contractors for the Sun, Province & National Post in the West Vancouver area. Must have reliable vehicle and be available from 2am to 6am daily. Earn up to $900/mo. Call to find the route closest to you.


WELCOME WAGON offers parttime career opportunity in your Lonsdale neighbourhood. Must have car/computer. Call Pat at 604-596-8577

HP COLOUR laser printer $75, Illuminite speakers 3 way, 150 watt 2 sets $50, samsung printer cartridge new $20, antique safe $950, handpainted wood art + more home decor onyx & brass handcarved articles indoor/ garden items. 604-922-8141 LADIES DANIER fitted brown leather jacket, zip out lining, removal faux fur collar, size6-8, never worn. Paid $600 sell $300. 604-985-5107 Mink Coat very long small. Matching hat, Harrods London, worn 5 times, $5000 obo. Long evening dress, backless size 10/12, worn once, gold pure silk jersey, $500 obo. 604-913-2455



A CLEAN DRY SPLIT Maple, birch, alder. Guar lowest prices. David 604-926-0014 24H TOP KNOT FIREWOOD est 1981 Dry Alder, Birch & Maple. Pick up or delivered. Rod 604-985-7193



ASSORTED FURN, Desk, chest of drawers 2 Windsor chairs, 2 single box springs, bed frame, plant, and 10x8 carpet, best offers Tony 604-922-1795 MOVING, MAHOGANY drop leaf table 73’’L x 45’’W $200, 6 oak dining chairs $450, oak buffet $550, Sklar-Peppler buffet server $60, antique coffee table $130, end table $60, fire screen $40, teak stereo system $200, 2 large speakers with stereo cabinet $200, queen bed & frame $175, headboard $50, 2 chests of drawers $100 & $30, misc items. Phone 604-986-7207


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For Sale Miscellaneous


Hotel Restaurant

F/T COOK - KOREAN CUISINE Kyung Bok Palace Korean Restaurant Completion of Secondary School,Min.2yrs Korean/ Japanese Cook Exp.,Korean/ Japanese cuisine certificates Asset, $12−$15, 40hrs/wk, Send resume to:

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MOVING Assisted sit-to-stand electric chair-$700; Solid dark wood bunk/single beds-$550; Two single box spring & mattresses$300; Antique white wood 3/4 spool bed-$100; Antique wood claw arm armchair-$50; Small birch computer desk-$55; Bad Boy blue golf bag-$50; Glass patio table, 6 chairs, cushions$175; Propane patio heater$150; Round card table, 4 chairs -$30; 2 vinyl bar stools-$25 each; 2 white microwaves-$25 each. Call: (604) 987-6442 TABLE, SOLID pine picnic style, bench, 4 chairs $350. Maple Rocker $50, Antique pine hutch $900, 604-729-4043


Garage Sale

MOVING Sale, 945 Prospect Ave Highlands/Capilano: Sat. Dec. 8, 9 AM - 2 PM Twin beds, sit to stand electric chair, glass patio table/cushions/6 chairs,patio heater,aquarium,2 bar stools small computer desk, golf bag, toys, games, household items. Rain or Shine.



Appliances, chairs, tables, mattress, stereo, old chandelier, doors, windows, free must pickup. Email: BABY CHANGE table with pad, stero must pickup 604-980-8992 or 778-855-6434

CONCRETE Blocks/pieces Good for fill. Easy access. You pick up email:


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How do I obtain a permanent resident card? The permanent resident card is proof of a noncitizen’s status in Canada. When you travel outside of the country, you need to show this card to re-enter Canada. Since June 2002 new permanent residents receive a card on arrival. If you received permanent resident status before June 2002 and did not receive a card, or if you need to replace an expired, lost or stolen card you may apply for one. Information and application forms can be found at, or call 1-888-242-2100. Cards expire every five years. Apply for a new one well before you travel outside Canada.

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Art & Collectibles


NEW Teak patio furniture. Folding chair $79, Folding table $299, Ext. table $750. 604-834-1399

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Any Size Mattress $99, Headboards $50,Nite Tables $50, Furniture arriving daily!! Dressers $100,SofaWESTIN, Beds $200, BanquetPAN Chairs $15, From FAIRMONT, DELTA, PACIFIC Lamps $20, TV’s $30, Armoires $100, Drapes $30 Sofabeds $100, Mattresses $100, Bedroom Sets, Mini-bars $40 ...and much more! Desks, Art,St,Lamps & More! 250Chairs, TerminalMirrors, Ave @ Main Vancouver VisitHours: ★ Anizco Mon to Fri★9-5Liquidators +Sat 10-2 Visit ★ANIZCO ★Liquidators 604-682-2528 250 Terminal Ave, Vancouver 604-682-2528 Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-2



2 NEW POSITIONS OPEN 1. Personal Lines CSR - energetic sales oriented with a level 1 or 2 license. Min. 1 - 2 years’ exp. 2. Junior CSR - sales oriented. Level 1 license preferred but will train right person. We offer top wages and benefits. Email:



LOOKING FOR an experienced MOA for a busy North Van specialist office. Individual must be organized, able to multi task, efficient, reliable. Email resume to: MOA NEEDED for holiday relief January 14th to February 15th. Solo GP practice in Lynn Valley. Phone 604-988-0707

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Office Personnel


required for well established Appliance & Bedding Retailer on the North Shore to start toward end of December. Applicants must have previous appliance delivery experience and ideally live on the North Shore. Position requires heavy lifting, some mechanical aptitude, and a clean driver’s abstract for driving a 3 ton Hino/Fuso truck. Competitive hourly wage. Please email resume to: or drop off in person at: 1075 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver No phone calls please

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AMERICAN BULLDOG PUPS, ready for Xmas, dewormed, 1st shots, $1200ea, 604-230-1999


KITTENS 5MO; mother Rag Doll 15 mo; Father Russian Tabby 2yrs. Offers. 604-461-0033

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

YORKIE X Havanese Puppies Black & White. 15 weeks 2 Female. DOB: Aug 20. $550 604-582-9911

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RAGDOLL KITTENS, 1st shot, F & M, worming, raised underfoot to fam home, $450+. 604-581-2772


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Pottery Sale



@ Illahee Roundhouse

Sunday, Dec. 9 10am - 4pm

Nov. 30th - Dec. 21st


1588 Bowser Ave., North Van

Capilano University

North Shore Wolves Youth Basketball

December 7 & 8 10am - 5pm

Fundraiser Christmas Bazaar

Sat Dec 8th, 9-5

Family Christmas Tree Farm.COM

Chief Mathais Centre 100 Capilano Rd, N Van

Cash or Cheque only

9AM - 8PM Daily 24488 52 Ave. Langley West off 248 St.


Maple Building

Parking Available Look for signs

Baking, Crafts, Table Rentals: 604-973-0204, Cash Only.

U Cut & Fresh Cut

Family Fun, Carols, Free Candy Canes, Saws Provided

3 SHELTIE puppies family raised ready for their new homes Dec 6th 778-887-3615

AMERICAN BULLDOG PUPS, ready for Xmas, dewormed, 1st shots, $1200ea, 604-230-1999


ROTTI X Husky cute pups. Great x-mas gift. Ready Dec 20 3M-$370 tails docked. 4F-$350. Abby 604-626-9632


Travel Destinations

WHISTLER CREEKSIDE, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, townhouse, all amen, linens etc. Avail Dec 26/27 - Jan 1/2. $350/night neg. Call 604-733-2577 or 604-932-3694


ECOLE Cedardale Winter Fair Come join us for an afternoon of fun. Shop for Xmas gifts. French books, baking, nature-inspired crafts for kids, Chaine Maille jewellery or flirty scarves. We have more, come and enjoy. Friday, 7th December 595 Burley Dr, off Taylor Way West Van. 604 913-1869


Holiday Helper


A unique selection of gifts by local artists More than 50 local artists Open 7 days 10am – 5pm On now through Sat., Jan. 5th

4360 Gallant Ave, N.Van. 604-924-1378

Christmas Light Installations 604-816-6192

Promote your Craft Fairs, Christmas Events ❄ and Services ❆ ... and because we like Christmas as much as you do we are offering a

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5040 SAVE A LIFE. Wonderful rescue dogs from Foreclosed Upon Pets. Spay/neutered, regular vaccinations & rabies, microchipped. $449 adoption fee, avail at your local Petcetera stores.

Shop in a cosy home setting featuring Christmas decor, Silpada jewelry, contemporary art & much more!

SALE: Douglas Fir trees $30

3 FEMALE P/BRED European, German Shepherd puppies, CKC+shots Classic colors/lrg parents. $1000. 604-538-4883

GOLDEN Retriever puppies 9 weeks (Chuckanut bloodlines) for sale. Available now! Call: 360 527 3048


Christmas Light Installation


Accounting/ Bookkeeping

★ CATCH UP BOOKKEEPER ★ No stress, organize & maintain. No job too small 604-986-4641

Christmas Corner




Money to Loan

Borrow Up To $25,000

Trusted Vendors, Trusted Vendors, Local Local Buyers Buyers



No Credit Checks! Cash same day, local office 604-777-5046

ABSTRACT BENGAL Kittens, vet ✔ 1st shots dewormed, sweet natured, $460. 1-604-814-1235

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

One low price includes: one newspaper ad in 2 markets + one online ad on 12 websites until sold*.


Need Cash Today? Own a Vehicle?

FAMILY RAISED kittens, to nice homes only; prefer with children, $60 ea. Ph 1-604-794-5972

Preschool program offering swimming, music, French. Jane & Pam 604-985-3783



TEMPE TOTS DAYCARE Full or part-time. 2.5 yrs - 6 yrs. In Tempe Heights, off 29th, between Lonsdale/William.


Business Opps/ Franchises

GET FREE VENDING MACHINES Create Your Own Cash Income Up To $100,000.00+ Per Year Minimum Investment $1,895.00 For more details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629 Website WWW.TCVEND.COM


Body Work

The Art of Asian Bodycare 604-980-8809 101-1075 Marine Dr, North Van

7010 Personals Lily’s Relaxation Centre AmazingMassage! Open: 10am-10pm NICE ORIENTAL SERVICE


1050 Marine Dr. North Van. (by McKay) parking at rear

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For Sale by Owner




Avail in North Vancouver ★ with DEALERS LICENSE ★ ■ all equipment included ■ Ready to operate ■ Established business


North Vancouver

2 BR CONCRETE. View. Rentals & Pet OK. Nr seabus. $365,000. HIRA, Sutton. 604-318-9474



WALNUT GROVE $435,000. TOWNHOME, End Unit Private Greenbelt Lot 2000 Sq.Ft. 3Bed 3.5 Bath To View 604-838-5958

For Sale by Owner

1 BD top floor in Chilliwack granite counters, 9’ ceilings, stack w/d. elec f/p. Secure underground parking. $149,000. 604-795-7367

West Van DUNDARAVE HOUSE 2 stories, 4 BR, 4bath, office, lrg kitchen/fam rm, 3 car heated garage, nr shops/schls, beach, 4100sf, lot 8119sf, great value, $2,388,000. 604-730-9912

6020 2BDRM+DEN/2BTH CONDO for Sale Owner must SELL. Helen 604-762-7412 $269,500.See on y/index/id/69236

REAL DEPARTURE Bay-No steep stairs on cliff front. Just 2 blks to sandy, usable beach. 8 min to ferry, shopping closer. 2,600 sq ft, 2 bdrm suite, active views, 3 full baths, sep. laundries. Oversize corner lot w/ access to RV pad behind house. $439,000. Drive by 2895 Fairbanks (cnr Bay St.) Nanaimo. View by appointment. 250-585-1111, 250-729-7420

Houses - Sale




North Vancouver

2490 CALEDONIA, North Van OPEN Sat 1-4pm, Sun 1-3:30pm or by appointment. One of the Best Views in Deep Cove - $1,390,000 Beautiful 3 bedroom cedar home with stunning, pristine 240 degree views over Deep Cove and 2 marinas. 3 floors on rare, landscaped 10,000 sq ft lot with stream. 350 sq ft deck. $2,100 mth luxury suite to help pay the mortgage. Steps to the forest trail, Deep Cove and just 20 mins to Downtown. Lovingly renovated Call Deanna 778-829-6993

Real Estate

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

New Westminster


Houses - Sale




TYNEHEAD 3800SF 5br 4.5ba executive home 12,077sf lot, with side suite, $850K 604-575-7311 see id5350


Industrial/ Commercial

NORTH VAN Prime area, corner of Lonsdale/Esplanade, 2199sf, + mezzanine, zone retail/comm, 3 parking stalls, fixtured luxury office. $2.5M, 604-984-0836


Lots & Acreage

PRINCETON, BC 15.78 acres Panoramic views, hydro, well, pumphouse, & septic installed. $384,900. 1-250-295-1811




Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Wisdom and gentle love, compassion, social rituals, far travel, higher education, publishing and intellectual pursuits fill your days. (Or at least tap you on the shoulder, as you can “tune out” such good things by working too hard, being too angry, etc.) Spend Sunday at home or in nature, resting, supervising kids. This night through Tuesday bring romance, creative and speculative urges, love of children, beauty and pleasure. These three days could mark a new relationship opportunity – so could Friday/Saturday. Tackle chores midweek. You’re ambitious, but don’t test higher-ups. Taurus April 20-May 20: Mysteries confront you. Solving them could open a profit – or someone’s heart. Investment opportunities abound – the best of these might involve 1) a partner, or 2) your own earnings picture. (E.g., invest in a machine to help you work; or in your education to get you on a higher earnings plateau.) Relationships with others remain active, talkative and affectionate. A “lust affair” might begin. Beware violating social, moral or legal boundaries now to Dec. 26. Avoid lawyers and lawsuits. Home calls you Monday/Tuesday. Romance or creative urges, midweek. Tackle chores Friday on. Gemini May 21-June 20: Relationships – and opportunities – are front and centre. This is no time to retreat or stand in the background. Be forward, approach people, make friends or chase love prospects. Others will welcome you, be glad to see you – unless you demand, insist or attempt to take advantage. A prospect or opportunity from the past (perhaps one you pursued last summer, early fall – or one from 1999) hovers around you: it will be “ready to go” February onward. (Meantime, dream, plan.) Your yearning for friendship, blocked for some months, will produce results soon. Romance, sort of, late week.

Cancer June 21-July 22: Work and health themes fill the few weeks ahead. Eat and dress sensibly; avoid sudden temperature changes and driving with the window open. If a romance began last month, it remains vibrant. All relationships heat up through Dec. 25, so be diplomatic. You could form a career/ business partnership, at least for a while. Career opportunities abound, though they need a flexible, diplomatic approach. Your energy, charisma remain high Sunday.Chase money,buy/sell Monday/Tuesday. Travel, errands, communications fill midweek. Head home Friday/Saturday – strengthen family ties. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Romance, creative and speculative urges, love of children, beauty and pleasure fill the weeks ahead. Take a risk, express yourself – and your heart – to a lover, child or spouse (or world, if you’re creative). A love affair could start, perhaps with someone you met in a group setting a while ago. (This one might have difficulty reaching a wedding.) Work demands intensify – practice safety. Rest, lie low Sunday. Your charisma soars Monday/ Tuesday – impress someone! Chase money, buy/sell midweek. Errands, calls, visits, news, casual friends and paperwork fill Friday/Saturday. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your home, parent/ child relations, foundations, security, garden and nature, nutrition, stomach, soul, retirement – these are featured until late December. Be patient with career and other ambitious areas – a waiting, “gestation” period lasts all winter. Your social life continues to be interesting: friends amuse, but intensity and sexual attraction send their arrows also. Sunday’s happy, optimistic. Retreat, rest and contemplate Monday/Tuesday. Your energy surges midweek – start significant projects, especially in those “home” areas listed above. Chase money Friday/Saturday.


Out Of Town Property


Recreation Property

ARIZONA- EXCHANGE for property in Canada. As new 2 SXS duplex’s in Fountain Hills. Valued $188k per unit, or $360k for both. Call 604-926-2785 1.6 ACRE OCEAN VIEW PROPERTY, in Town, Sointula, Malcolm Island, N.Vanc Island. Assessed $132,000, Sell $129,500. 5 pm 604-628-4592

LIVE ON Mayne Island 2 lots,one Turn Key house all for $380.000, 250-539-5011 mayneislandhome/


Real Estate Investment

LOT & Trailer. This little gem is located 120 miles from Van, pool - C.H, hiking, fishing, history of Caret ak er, m ai nt $775/ y r, reduced winter price $30,000. Lot 33 - 30860 Trans Canada Hwy Yale BC. Ph 1-604-792-6764

90FT WATERFRONT, Sointula Guest Beach House Malcolm Is. N. Vanc Is. 2 BR, water, sewer, hydro. $229K. 604-628-4592

PALM SPRINGS Vacation Home 55+ Gated Park, $119K, 1800sf, BR 2.5 BA. Call 604-737-7756 TRIPLEX- SOINTULA B&B Guest House, Malcolm Island, N.Vancouver Island. New reno, on view half acre. cost $900,000, sell $525,000. 5pm 604-628-4592 Ocean Front Lux Contemp. private home on 2.73 AcresQuadra Island. 250-884-0000

PENDER ISLAND, level building lot (3819 Pirates Rd) 0.36 ac/ 15,681 sq ft with water sewer, hydro, cable at lot line. By owner only $109,900. 604-988-2653

To Advertise Call 528 E. Columbia St., New West Custom built 3 BR home, 4 baths, superb view. A must see. $789,000. Rick 604-727-0043

Out Of Town Property

Vancouver East Side

OPEN HOUSE Sat/Sun May 12 & 13th, 10am - 2pm, 2396 East 39th Ave. 50x140 lot, 1,050 sqft bungalow, asking $1.2 mllion.




CUSTOM BUILT, 2200sf, 3BR+ den, 2.5 bath, new fixtures, 7300sf lot, $659K, 604-943-9600 7610 Barrymore Dr N Delta $599,000 Fab 3000+ sq.ft. Family Home in Royal York. DAN SKALNIK 604-377-7008 Coldwell Banker

Condos/ Townhouses


North Delta

2BDRM/1.5BTH INVESTMENT Property in Lower Lonsdale. 862sq ft w/ 800sq ft patio. $289,000. Call: (604) 961-4349

Serious Inquiries only Call OWNER 604-612-5536 for further information.


Houses - Sale


Recreation Property

RV LOT at CULTUS LAKE HOLIDAY PARK with year round camping access; finished in paving stones, low fees. All ament Grt loc. Moving must sell $107,500. 1-604-795-9785


1 BR Time Share Membership, 1 week per year in Hawaii, Royal Aloha Vacation Club incls 3 wks banked & transfer fee. $2500. 604-261-5488,

SPECTACULAR ISLAND VIEWS (10) San Juan Islands, Anacortes - Biz Pt. $830,000 USD 4,100 sq.ft. on .5 acres, 5 br with in-suite bath, oversized 4 car garage 38’ long x 16’ High RV garage. Custom home ICF exterior walls, geothermal heat system. MLS# 313575 Alan Weeks 3688 Birch Way, Anacortes, ZIP 98221-8440 (425)691-9515

3 BR, lrg kitchen/lving room, 1300sf seasonal, Gambier Isl. Sea Ranch $325K 604-266-6191 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Exclusive & Private Lake Shore Cottage, for all info: $329,000 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: This is a busy but not important month. Chase money this week – buy/ sell, pursue new clients, ask for a pay raise or extra work, etc. Your home holds friction to late month. A relationship might break up. Take this in stride, remain diplomatic, gentle – toward children, too. A legal, educational or far travel project is on hold (until February) but many short excursions will soothe your wanderlust. Your hopes and popularity rise Monday/Tuesday – a light romance might begin. Retreat, rest and contemplate midweek. Your energy, charisma soar on a bumpy Friday/Saturday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Chase money for the next few weeks. Add to your possessions. Buy/sell, seek new clients, nudge the boss for a pay raise, find extra work, etc. A spouse, partner or “third party” (or investment) might be beneficially involved – especially if a deal or introduction initially began before last October. Sunday’s gentle, thoughtful. Be ambitious Monday (best) and Tuesday. Midweek raises your hopes, brings popularity and social joys, and might fulfill a wish (perhaps involving travel, communication, friendship – and your work place). Retreat Friday/Saturday: rest, contemplate. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Your energy, charisma and clout are at a yearly high – you can attract that person who attracts you. A Gemini “mirrors you.” Start significant projects, venture forth, ask favours, meet people, see and be seen. Sunday contains secrets, but it’s unlikely they’ll yield to investigation. A wise, gentle mood flows over you Monday/Tuesday. Love could begin – so could a publishing venture, international journey, higher education or cultural event. Be ambitious mid-week, show higher-ups what you can do. Social delights, popularity, optimism and wish fulfillment Friday/ Saturday!

Call 604-630-3300 to place your ad

Dec. 2 - Dec. 8, 2012 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Recuperate to late December – rest, retreat, follow spiritual or charitable paths, deal with government agencies, institutions and corporate administrations. You might be asked to join a committee – accept, gladly; it can improve your employment prospects. Invest in warehousing or assembly lines, or a vacation retreat. Protect health and reputation: eat, dress and act sensibly. Avoid sudden temperature changes. Monday (better) and Tuesday bring investment opportunities, lifestyle decisions and health concerns. Mellow wisdom midweek. Be carefully ambitious Friday/Saturday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: You’re going to love December. Popularity, social delights, wish fulfillment, new horizons and hopes, new plans and new friends – these “visit” you until Dec, 21. Live for the future this month. This week, remain ambitious: a cohort or boss has important, beneficial information or status to bestow on you. Until the 25th, guard your reputation: DO NOT gossip nor speak with unsavoury people. Tackle routine chores Sunday. Exciting meetings – or love interludes – buoy your mood Monday/Tuesday and Friday/Saturday. In-between, you touch deep regions in sex, finances or health. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Be ambitious this month – but realize your larger and longer-term fortune (through next June) lies in the opposite direction: home, real estate, retirement, “stopping,” security and humility. (E.g., you could quit a 60K job but make twice that on a piece of land.) You still feel enlightened, at peace, this week. Sunday’s for beauty, pleasure and passion: but (temporarily) there doesn’t seem to be anyone to lay that passion on. Tackle chores Monday/Tuesday. Midweek brings exciting meetings, new horizons. Sex and $ depths Friday/Saturday: be a detective. Avoid unsafe sex.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - North Shore News - A45


Apartments & Condos


North Van Apt. Rentals

2 BR, $1215, Dec 1, nr Hospital & Safeway, no pets, prkg, heat incl. 1 yr lease 150 E. 11th. 604-987-4922


Apartments & Condos


West Van Apt. Rentals

WESTWIND APTS - 2025 Bellevue Ave, W Van, 2 BR mnt view, Cat OK Senior discount. 604-913-0734

1 BDRM $975, quiet bldg, 17th/ Lonsdale, sec prkg, reno’d, incl heat h/w. Cat ok. 990-8262 / 985-1658 1 BR glvl, large, hw flrs, bright av Dec 1, $950/mo incl heat/hw, cntrl Londs, ns/np, 604-617-3602 1 BR Ocean & City View, lower Lonsdale, $935 incls heat, hot water, prkg, NP, 604-984-2148 1730 Chesterfield 1 br, faces east, dw, hw flrs, patio, prkg avail, pet neg. Dec 1. 604-987-5841

1775 Bellevue Avenue HOLLYBURN PLAZA

2 BR suites available Now. Starting at $1900. Beautifully renovated units with ocean or mountain views, 900sq.ft., hardwood floors & DW. Prestigious building steps from all amenities & Ambleside Beach. Sorry, No Pets. Call 604-922-4724 to view.

1BR W. 20th & Lonsdale, heat, hw & prkg, no pet, ns, Jan 1st refs req’d. 604-960-0452 2 bdrm $1200, 3 bdrm $1550, hardwood, incls heat/hotwater, Mile E of 2nd Narrows. n/p, refs, Jan 15 or 31st, 778-320-1554 2 BR, family complex, rec facilities, Westview, w/d, heat, avail Now. ns np. $1400 604-921-4384 2 BR, Lynn Valley, large $1195, Nov 15 or Dec 1. Parklike Setting, Outdoor Pool, Playground. drapes, heat & prkg. incld. 1 yr lease. no pets 1228 Emery Pl. 604- 987- 4922

2BR $1050, Avail Dec 15. Heat incl’d, quiet, gated prkg. n/p, view, walk to seabus. 1 year lease 163 West 5th. 604-980-7501

195 21st Street BELLEVUE TOWER 1 BR - $1600 710 sqft plus balcony with an amazing view of the mountains and ocean. Fully renovated with hardwood floors, granite countertops, mirror sliding closet doors, contemporary light fixtures and vertical blinds.

Call 604-922-8815 to view.

Large Bach upper Lonsdale, $770 incl heat/hw, hardwood, N/S adult bldg, Jan 1, 604-202-3458


Bright clean apts - Lynn Valley 1 BR carpet or laminate $970 Heat hw incld, Avail now. Coin laundry, NS, 1 cat ok, u/g prkg extra, on site Manager, Call Diana 604-980-9219 MOUNTAIN VILLAGE APTS 2 BR, avail Now/Dec 1st 3 BR, avail Dec 1st, Call 604-988-3828

MOVE-IN BONUS Vista Del Mar 145 West Keith Road.

1 BR avail immed or Dec 1 Studios & 2 BR avail Dec 1 Beautiful views. Indoor pool. Heat & Hot Water included. Small pet ok. 604-986-3356 NORTH VAN, near all amens, large 1 br apt, Mtn view, $780 incls heat & h/w, suits 1 quiet adult, ns/np, Jan 1. 604-294-4502

PARKRIDGE TERRACE 110 E. Keith Rd. Great location, park like setting, sauna, indoor pool, parking available. ★ BACHELOR $875 No pets, 604-988-7379

Duplexes - Rent

2 BDRM 1800sf, adult 4-plex, hardwood flrs, patio, nr SeaBus, Dec 1 $1690: Chad 604-328-5545


Furnished Accommodation

1 BR & den, quiet, clean, bright fully equipped kitchen, incl bedding, towels, hydro, cable, w/d, priv. entr., nr bus, delightful suite, East 4th, $1150/m. 604-644-8590

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

FURNISHED SUITES & Houses varied furnishings/lengths of stay.

EAGLES NEST. Eve 604-921-8174

HOMAWAY INNS Specializing in furn accom at reas rates. call 604-723-7820 or visit

WEST VAN furn bed sitting room, priv. entry w/deck, own bath. incl cable/net suit 1 ns, 604-921-7385


Houses - Rent

2 BDRM, on cul-de-sac, yard, quiet setting, 930 sf, cls to trans/ shops Dec 1 604-891-6180 $1490 3 BR + DEN, contemporary, 2 bath, 5 appls, gas f/p, new reno, nr schools/shops, Seymour area, np, ns, $2100. Ref’s 604-220-0595, 604-842-9922 3 BR Norgate, suits small family, refs, fenced yard, n/pets, ns, $2200. Avail now, 604-272-1938

2 BR 1 bath, Ambleside, $1535 incls heat, basic cable & prkg, avail now, no pet, 1 yr lease 604-925-8824

4 BDRM, 2 bath, 180' VIEW, quiet St, Dundarave, avail Now, $2850/mnth 604-926-9394


Caulfeild View,2000sf open plan, 2BR +den, 1.5 bath, updated, clean, quiet, Dec 1, ns, pet negot. $2575+utils, 604-926-3630

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


★ A QUIET BLDG ★ 1BR 3rd (Top) flr, South view, Immed/Jan 1, $950. Carpets, drapes, heat, hotwater, gated prkg avail, no dogs 604-986-7745


QUALITY SHORT TERM 1 - 2 BR mtn/city view suites

2 BR, 1 bath, 2150 Bellevue Ave, Stunning Views, $1900, avail Now, NS/NP, 604-921-4384

BRAND NEW LUXURY 2BDRM / 2BATH 1327 sq.ft. Insuite laundry, granite c-tops, 43’ plasma TV, high-end appls, dishwasher, natural gas range, electric fireplace. *No Pets* $2,800 Monthly. Call 604762-2044. 2832 Capliano Rd


1 BR (Avail Now & Dec 1) & 2 BR (Avail Now & Dec 1), Mnt/ Ocean views, incl. heat & h/w. Tennis courts, indoor pool, saunas, exercise & games rooms. Walk to beach & shops. Small pet ok. 604-922-8443

Park Royal Towers

Completely Renovated

1, 2 & 3 Bdrm. Suites All Utilities Included

DEEP COVE seaside cottage, 2 br, fp, hardwood, lrg deck , garage ns $2325. 604-929-5191 SEASIDE VIEW Home, 3 BED/ 3BATH, West Van, $3500/m. Patrick O’Donnell, Personal Real Estate Corporation 604-839-3863 STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● RICHMOND - 8031 Ryan Rd, 3Br Condo, Quiet, Spacious Top Flr, Cental, Convenient Area...$888/M Call 604-RTO-HOME/604-786-4663

WEST VAN, Dundarave, Exec home, 3bdrm + den, 3 bath, gas stove, sub zero freezer, h/w flrs, f/p’s, n/pets, $4600 604-922-9772


Houses - Rent

WEST VAN private estate 2 bdrm + den + suite. Kitchen stainless & granite. Close to ammenities, n/s, $3800/mo, Dec 1, 604-626-7444


Office/Retail Rent

150sf - 600sf Prime Office Space Avail for Lease. Excellent Rates! Call Jeff or Ross 604-980-3003


Collectibles & Classics



1964 FORD Falcon 289, auto, 2 door, hardtop, restored, $6,900. 'C plated'. Call 604-585-2397

1967 AUSTIN Healey BJ8 Mk 3, completely restored. 75K mi, all org. Red Ribbon at All Brit. Field meet. $45,000. 604-987-3993

North Vancouver

Suites/Partial Houses

1967 DODGE Cornet 500, beautifully restored, $25,500 obo, 604-946-2932, 604-916-9249

2 or 3 Br $1350/$1500, grd lvl, new floor & bathroom, Lonsdale/ 29th, 7 appls 604-986-0513

Townhouses Rent

STK 245121 WAS $19,900

STK 951310 WAS $38,900

1969 MERCEDES Benz 280S, collector plates, excellent condition, $6500. 604-723-3654

NOW $15,898


STK950770 WAS $20,900

WAS $33,900

AWD, nav, leather, loaded STK BV14501.

NOW $17,303


WAS $19,900

NOW $14,998

NOW $16,838



STK 950500 WAS $10,900

STK 951300 WAS $28,900

NOW $6,888

Leather, sunroof, loaded

NOW $26,480


Auto, loaded. Stk OR18301

Loaded, only 57,000kms. STK 868022

WAS $11,900

WAS $18,995

NOW $8,644

NOW $16,800

10 CHEV IMPALA LT 1981 LINCOLN Town car, signature series, stock, collector plates, $3500 obo 604-792-6367

NOW $28,888

Auto, fully loaded Stk 950660.


1979 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Auto,153,000 kms,asking $8,900 604-492-2220

NOW $35,900


4dr, auto, 4cyl, only 74,000kms

1976 MGB Roadster. British racing green colour. 4 speed. New top and carpet. Engine work done. $6,995. 604-591-8566

NOW $30,400

Leather, nav, auto

4cyl, auto, pwr group, loaded.

Legal 2 BR garden ste, Ambleside, great cond, nice big kitchen, inste ldry, South facing patio, prefer 1, $1450 incl utils, Jan 1st, NS/NP, 604-926-1430


11 BMW 328i xDRIVE


3 BR upr ste, 1.5 bath, carport inste w/d, $1950/mo. 2 BR glvl ste, inste w/d, $1450/mo, ns/np, N Van, Dec 1st, 604-339-4111 3 BR upr ste, 1.5 baths, 6 appls, $1950 incls utils, n/s, pet negot, avail Now, prkg, 1-780-667-8393


NOW $12,998

STK 950750 WAS $18,995

2 BR, Dundarave, W Van in new home, nr Seawall, shops, ss appls, own w/d, gas fp, alarm, ns np, unfurnished $1800 incl utils or furnished $2200. 604-551-0039 2 BR, ground flr, view Grand Blvd area. f/p 5 appls, ns, np, $1400inc lndry+util, now, 604-715-2084

WAS $32,900

Low, low kms, loaded. Stk VE56531

Auto, loaded.

1 BR new bsmt ste, ground level, nice patio with view, share w/d, nr bus, lower Grand Blvd area, cat ok, $850 incl utils. 604-562-2415 2 BR, 2 Bath, Dundarave West Van, large garden level, very quiet & private, wd, dw, no pets, ns, nr ammens, avail Jan1, $1600 incls 604-617-4796 or 922-8777


STK 950700 WAS $16,900

4x4, V6, 6 spd.

1 BR, in spacious home n/s female, internet, w/d, $495, ensuite bth $595 incl. 604-329-7449


08 FORD RANGER SPORT Auto, a/c, V6.

OFFICE SPACE avail Dundarave prime location, water view, south facing 195 sqft office. Please call: 604-926-1010

Shared Accommodation



V6, auto, loaded. Stk 950230.

4dr, auto, CD, only 44,000kms. Stk 878332

NOW $12,998

NOW $9,900

WAS $16,900

WAS $11,900

2 BDRM, Newly reno’d 5 appl, f/p, lam flrs, patio, $1650. Rufus Dr, ns/np. 604-925-3631 btwn 9-5 3 BR, w/d, d/w, hardwood, unfinished bsmt, near 2nd Narrows bridge, 2 prkg, $2000 + utils, avail now. 604-319-0362

08 PONTIAC MONTANA V6, auto, loaded WAS $13,995

1986 PONTIAC FIREBIRD, red, v6, 2 dr, 50k, a/c, auto, exc int, 1 owner, $6500. 604-533-3191

2 BR/3BR Avail. Move-in allowance. 5 appls., 1 bath, variable lease term. NP/NS. Rent starts at $1450/mo. Call, 604-986-0511

FURNISHED 3BDRM/2.5BTH 2 floors, townhouse, Marine Dr,NV $2300. Dec.1st. 604-764-7923

1BR (700-770 sq.ft.) 2 BR (1070 sq. ft.) 3 BR (1370 sq. ft.) Penthouse (1650 sq. ft.)

Leather, sunroof, only 6,000kms. Stk 950670

NOW $9,688

WAS $23,900



5spd, one owner, only 3,000kms.

1987 PONTIAC FIERO auto, collectors plates, 4 cyl, new brakes, garage kept 169km $3100 604-987-0926


WAS $11,900

NOW $19,900

Nav, rear DVD, mint. Stk 951380 WAS $68,900

NOW $9,900

NOW $64,800

Bad Credit • No Credit • Bankruptcy Proposal • Collections


Spectacular City & Ocean Views! Huge Balconies Walk to Shops & Transit Hardwood Floors Gym, Swimming Pool

1989 JAGUAR XJS coupe, V12 159 K, pristine cond $7,500 obo. Priv sale, call Bob 604-986-8516

Call Greg 604-987-5231 ~ Approval Canada

604-922-3246 935 Marine Drive

WATERFRONT LUXURY The Pink Palace on the Seawall

3 Bdrm


Indoor/outdoor pools. Fitness centre & billiard room, no smoking 2222 Bellevue Ave. To view: 604-926-0627

Water’s Edge Cres, West Van 3 BR Condo, 2 f/ba, 6 appls, u/g prkg, gym, $3300, wlk to PRoyal, Jan 1/Feb 1, ns/np 604-496-0517

1989 PORSCHE 944 Turbo, white on burgundy, all rcrds, new exhaust, 5 spd, a/c, Ltd slip, great cond! $15,900 Call 604-943-0945

Smarter Buyer. Better Car.



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A46 - North Shore News - Sunday, December 2, 2012

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1993 PLYMOUTH Sundance 126 K, 4 dr, w/hatch, 2.2L, $2000 obo. Great 1st car 604-809-6353


Luxury Cars

1995 JAGUAR XJR-S, 4 door, luxury sedan. Safe, solid, sensuous, reliable. 21-24mpg, $12,000 Firm. Dr. Nomm 604-924-5442

1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature 268K. $5,000 Call: (604) 316-2527 Great Car

1993 PONTIAC Sunbird LE, only 93K kms, 2nd owner, 2.0L 4 cyl. auto, air, power dr locks, new starter, red ext/gray cloth int, comes with 2 sets of tires - winter & all season, winter tires currently installed $900. 604-980-7146

1999 BENTLEY Arnage Stunning sapphire on cream interior. Quick 4.4L twin turbo. Non smoker, No accidents. Mint. Looks new! $44,900. Call 604-889-2525

2007 Saturn Aura XE 88,000 km, auto, V6, exc. cond. reliable. $8,445. 604-617-7320.

2004 Jaguar X-Type Automatic 93,500 kms Excellent condition. $10,500 Call: (604) 786-0941 email: 2011 Dodge Charger SE 1,700 kms. Very cool,mint,smells new! $24,600obo. Gord 778-300-2538




Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

1991 TOYOTA 'Diesel' Hi-Ace 4wheel Drive Travel Van; RHS; Go Anywhere! Fold-flat sofa-bed seating; 1-yr Warranty! $6,450. Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

1996 CHEVY Silverado 2500, extended cab, bed liner, cloth int, ps pb pw, incls tow kit, exc cond $2500 firm. Don 604-988-0170

1997 LANDROVER Defender(s) 90, 5 spd diesel, mint, 160,000km, from desert $23,900 1-780-945-7945 604-926-7087

1999 SUZUKI Grand Vitara, fully loaded, 4 door, all wheel drive, white, $7000. Call 604-518-3166

2003 HONDA ST1300 4-cyl ’Sport-Touring’ performance M/cycle; 1-Owner; Power Windscreen; Sale $8888. All Records! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

2005 KAWASAKI EX500R Ninja, 16K, stored 2 yrs, 1 lady owner, $3000 obo, 778-788-8136

2001 JEEP Grand Cheroke, silver 250,000 km, new engine, good cond $5000 obo. 604-971-3435

2002 FORD F-150 'XTR' SuperCab; 4x4; New Tires; Boxcover; alloys; Top-model; $8888. One Year Warranty! 6-pass! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

2009 Mercedes Benz C230 4Matic, only 51,000kms, premium & sport pkg’s, glass roof, balance of factory warranty, immaculate. $27,850 2006 Mercedes Benz ML350 4Matic, auto, only 74,000kms, local, MB serviced, nav, glass roof, alloys, Capri blue/cashmere beige leather, immaculate. $24,850 2005 Mercedes Benz ML350 4 Matic, 102,000 original kms, auto, glass roof, heated seats, alloys, new tires, well serviced, dark blue/black, immaculate. $17,850

2001 Toyota Celica GT Auto 138,000 kms -many extras $8,950. Call: (604) 690-6235


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2003 FORD F250 4x4 XL $8500 obo, 187,000 km, auto, 604-323-3662 or 604-315-9384

2005 Acura MDX 122,700 kms Excellent Condition, many nice luxury features. 3rd row seating makes this a very reliable and safe family vehicle $16,000 email: 2005 XTERRA 79,000 kms Manual, 4wd, new tires & brakes, exc cond, drk grey, all receipts, detailed, $16,500 604-761-7507



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2008 MAZDA 3 'Sport' hatch; 5sp; new tires; 2.3 litre; One Year Warranty; Alloys; p/w; Sale Priced $10,950. Best-Buy! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111 2003 VW new Beetle Cabrio; 5-sp manual; leather; alloys; new tires; $9999. Lease or Buy? All features; One Year Warranty. Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111


2000 MAZDA MPV LX, gold, 4 cyl, 195000km, auto, airbags, pw, ps, Scratches on exterior, $2,100 604-986-7533 2002 SIENNA 4DR LE gray $ 8,888 #2299506 WWW.KEYWESTFORD.COM 1-866-549-8503 301 Stewardson Way, New Westminister

2003 KIA Sedona EX 2tone silver /grey, 3.5ltr,auto, pw/ps, am/fm, cd, 5dr, 7pass, cloth seats, roof rack, 171K, $3900 604-820-0486



1980 SAN JUAN, 7.7, 5 good Sails, good motor furling, good condition, $5800, 604-568-2050 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 117,000 km auto, V6, powerful, reliable. $11,995. 604-617-7320.



2008 VW City Jetta, 89,000km, tiptronic, new tires, heated seats, aluminum tires, 1st owner. $13,800. Call 604-921-4701 2004 HYUNDAI Elantra 79 K km, 5 spd, 2.0L, 4 cyl, new clutch, a/c, loaded, $5999. 604-980-0051

2009 TOYOTA Matrix; hatch; auto; PW; P-locks; Warranty; new tires; Sale Priced $10,950. Foldflat seats; Toyota Quality! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

1974 MOPAR 24’ custom cabana, 65K org miles, 440 V8, 4 kw. genset, oak cabinets, Cadilac head lights. New $1100 furnace, CD stereo, SS microwave, inverter, 3 batteries + more. $9400 obo. 778-889-3459

1987 GEORGIA Boy 30’, sleeps 6, exc mech condition, kitchen, bath, $8,500 obo. 604-729-9767

2004 NISSAN Maxima 'SE' Top Luxury; Sale Priced $8888. One Year Warranty; leather; sunroof; 18' alloys; V6; 1-owner! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

1994 MERCEDES E320. Silver, blue leather, 269K km. Aircared, 4 snow tires. $4,500. 604-521-0691 2006 ACURA 3.2 TL custom fully loaded, 300 HP 6 spd. 125,000 km on body, only 44,000 km on engine $15,500. 604-241-0357

2009 Volkswagen GTI Golf. DSG/18" rims/leather/power S/R. New tires. 65,000 kms. Factory warranty. $21,600. (604) 731-9739

2010 BMW 328XI, AWD, loaded, metallic black sapphire with black interior colour, never smoked in, no accidents, auto steptronic $29,900. 604-821-0440, 778-242-5503 Serviced at Brian Jessel BMW

2006 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT. 46,000 km. Grey. 4 drs, auto, p/w, p/l, leather heated seats, sunroof, mag wheels. Good condition! $16,000 obo. 604-240-9912 1998 HONDA Accord Ex, 4dr, loaded, 150K, exc cond, good tires, $4600 obo, 604-812-4912

2000 MERCEDES Benz C230 ’Elegance’ luxury compact 4-cyl; leather; Sale Priced $5,888. One Year Warranty; 128KMS! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111


2008 DODGE GRAND Caravan, 54K, like new, Michelan tires, $13,900. 604-922-7367

1991 MERCEDES BENZ 300C. Auto, new tires. 111,000 km. Exc condition. $6,500. 604-786-6495

1991 Volvo 740 Turbo air cared, 180K, auto, leather seats, sun roof, some new spare parts $1,400obo msg.604- 987-6573


2002 WINDSTAR (Ford) 145 kms, good cond., $2975. 604-392-3909 after 4pm or all day wkends

2001 VW Passat 'GLX' Special car! 90kms! Every option! V6; leather; One Year Warranty; 1-owner! Special $9999. Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

2004 JAGUAR X-type 102,000km, Auto, 2.5, V6, no accident $10,500. 778-862-6891

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2007 BMW 525i 88,400km Premium Pkg, loaded $21,900 obo. 604-532-9292

2008 LEXUS AWD luxury V6 model; IS250; NAVI & Camera; 1-owner; Bal Lexus 6-yr 110,000km Warranty! Lease or Buy! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

1998 HONDA Accord Ex, 4dr, loaded, 150K, exc cond, good tires, $4600 obo, 604-812-4912

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2001 VOLVO S60 ’Sport’ 5-sp; manual; P/W; leather; One Year Warranty; Sale Priced $6,450. Power roof; Xtra set Winters! Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

2007 TOYOTA Camry LE, 4 dr, special leather, auto, 89K, f/load, $14,800 obo, 604-808-9518

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2003 BMW X5 3.0 AWD, 93,000 original kms, fully reconditioned, immaculate. $17,850 2003 BMW X5 4.4 AWD, 93,000 original kms, navigation, fully reconditioned. $17,850 2002 Acura MDX AWD, only 99,000kms, glass roof, leather, fully reconditioned, immaculate. $13,850

2006 Ford F150 XL, 4X4, 5.4L, extended cab, seats 6, long box, canopy, A/C, 107K. $12,950. must sell! (604) 773-4235. 2006 JEEP Commander, drk blue ltd edt, 90000km fully loaded, 18in alloy rims + more, mint cond $18500 778-839-9762 778-859-9937


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1994 PONTIAC Trans Am GT red with grey int., well maint., lady driven $4800. Serious inquires only. Ph 604-997-2583


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2010 TRIUMPH American Motorcycle, 900 cc, never driven, $8500 obo. 604-533-4962 morn/ eve

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Sports & Imports


1987 JAGUAR XJS Cabriolet, 1 owner, lady driven, V12, ps, pb, pw, rebuilt ac, new tires, $8900 obo, Don 604-826-7012

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1986 HARLEY Davidson SLHTC, loaded with options, 34K km original, show bike, collectors plate, $13,000, 604-946-4553

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Sports & Imports

For more information on these cars & others call Ted

Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes

Luxury Cars

1989 BENTLEY Eight, Immac, 68,000 kms, gorgeous charcoal/ tan, no accidents, show winner $19,900 obo 604-889-2525


2007 HONDA Accord ’EX-L’ coupe; Top model; leather; 4-cyl; 160 HP; 5-sp; Only 83Kms! Warranty inc; $11,888. 1-Owner Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111 2007 KIA Rio 5, 5 dr, blk, 5sp, 1 owner, 72K, exc cond, incls winter tires, $7500 obo, 604-603-2548

2012 LEXUS RX350; demo; 6kms! NAVI; Bal Lexus 6-yr or 110,000kms Warranty! Park assist; Top-model; Sale $49,950. Auto Depot, 1397 Welch NVan, 604-727-3111

TOYOTA HIACE CAMPERVAN 90 2.8l deisel,auto, camp in comfort $15,400. 604-275-3443

1998 NOMAD 5th Wheel 25 ft. 1 slide; Standup/walk around Bdrm $12,000 604-796-2866 2004 PLEASUREWAY Plateau M/H, Mercedes Benz diesel, Mi. 61,588K, Immac cond & loaded. $54,900. Ph 1-604-220-5005

2005 FOUR WINDS Class C 30’ sleeps 7, like new cond, 132,000 km, $24,888 778-748-6874

CASH FOR LATE MODEL MERCEDES, low miles, no accidents, No Dealers. 604-926-2785

2008 NASH 25’ 5th whl, q bed, rear kitchen, 1 slide $19,000. Ph 604-792-2201 Chilliwack

★MUST SELL★ REDUCED TO $15,800 OBO 2009 VW BEETLE light blue ext. black int. 38,500kms, automatic, fully loaded, sunroof mfgr. warranty. call 604-836-1014

2009 BIGFOOT 30MH28TE Top of line, immaculate, loaded, low kms, $88,650. 604-230-7546

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Buy a new Windows 8 Desktop or Laptop and we’ll set it up and transfer your data to it for $39 (a $99 value) • Download & install Windows Updates • Install Windows Live Essentials making it easier to create, Connect and share • Set up your user accounts (up to 4) • Transfer Photos, music & documents • Transfer email and internet favourites Valid for computers purchased before December 16th

@Evergreencomp • 604-990-3960 • 1914 Lonsdale •

North Shore News December 2 2012