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Google Glass unveiled in N. Van Software firm developing applications for new technology

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GONZALO Tudela describes Google Glass with an almost childlike sense of wonder. “It’s like looking at a screen floating in mid-air. It’s incredible,” he says excitedly. “You can see (the screen) crystal clear. It looks like it’s between five and six feet in front of you.” Tudela is co-founder of North Vancouver software development firm Vandrico Inc., which recently got hold of one of 8,000 Google Glass prototypes released to testers and developers. The augmented reality eyeglasses have been the talk of the tech world for the last year. Featuring an optical head-mounted display, users can view and control a tiny prism computer screen in the top right-hand corner of their field of vision. Vandrico is currently developing applications for Google Glass with a focus on industry — mining, shipping and construction, specifically. NEWS photo Mike Wakefield “We’re trying to see the applications of some of the new BRIAN Ho of Vandrico Inc., a North Vancouver software company, demonstrates Google Glass at a media demo of the new and innovative technologies technology at Zen Launchpad in Lower Lonsdale on Tuesday. Google is presently developing the wearable computer with a headsuch as the Google Glass, the mounted display and expects to release the technology in 2014. Scan with Layar for more photos and a video of the technology. MYO wristband, Oculus Rift, those types of technologies, and how we can apply them to reduce costs, improve production efficiency or improve safety,” Tudela says. Vandrico software developer Brian Ho could not disclose the details of the applications he is working on, but says the concept Brent Richter “It didn’t go so well,” Pearce said. “She collided with one of of a wearable computer integrates the user more closely with the the vehicles going by and then collided with the vehicle behind technology. “This enables the user to receive or send information where she was trying to park and the vehicle parked in front of more fluidly. It can also strengthen the connectivity between the SHOPPERS in Ambleside were witness to a where she was trying to park. It was a little bit of a pinball game, spectacular four-car collision Thursday afternoon. individual wearers,” Ho says. which I don’t think anybody appreciated.” To operate the device by voice command, users must first Three of the vehicles had to be towed from the scene and “A whole bunch of damage and, luckily, not a lot of injuries. It say “OK Glass” followed by a command (“Take a picture”) or a was probably a pretty good show for anybody there that watched damage is estimated at $5,000 to $6,000 per vehicle. question (“How long is the Lions Gate Bridge?”). Users can also it,” said Sgt. Ed Pearce, West Vancouver police patrol sergeant. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. control Google Glass via a touchpad located on the arm of the “The officers are looking at now whether charges are The driver, a woman nearly 80, was trying to park on the 1400block of Marine Drive when the pileup happened, according to See Driving page 7 police. See Elderly page 5

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KALEA Edmison gets sprayed by large surf at Ambleside Beach in June while hot weather and a breeze had sailboats out in force July 25. More pics at

Sizzling summer

Jane Seyd

IT’S official. Even in the North Shore’s normally misty forests and mountaintops, this July was the driest on record, without a trace of rain.

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SAM Palstri, 5, gets sunscreen at Panorama Park.

The result has been the same throughout the Lower Mainland, with July’s complete lack of rainfall making it the driest since record-keeping started in 1937. Normally, Metro Vancouver sees about 39.6 mm of rain in July. “That’s the first time it has ever happened,” said Louis Kohanyi, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. July was also the sunniest on record,

with 411 hours of sunshine, breaking an old record of 388 hours set in July of 1985. Summer made a dramatic entrance, with July 1 the hottest day of the month. In West Vancouver, the temperature reached a high of 30.8 degrees Celsius on Canada Day. Temperatures spiked again July 15, with a high of more than 28 degrees. For most of the month, highs have hovered in the mid-20s. The mean temperature for the month at the West Vancouver weather station hovered around 19 degrees. The balmy weather, which invited lazy days at the beach and refreshing dips in the sea, was brought about by a ridge of high pressure, which was pushed north and remained unusually strong. “It’s quite unusual that it remains so long over the

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KAYAKERS hit the water at Ambleside.

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THE beach at Ambleside was a popular spot in July.

South Coast,” said Kohanyi. While August began with showers, hot and sunny weather is expected to return this week. Statistically, the warmest, driest weather usually hits the South Coast in the last half of July and first half of August. So far, “It’s looking pretty good,” said Kohanyi. Forecasters are predicting temperatures to continue above average in August, although the month may not be as flawlessly sunny and dry as July. “We’re still expecting a nice August,” he said. For many on the North Shore, the sweet start to summer is helping erase memories of distinctly sodden and cool beginnings to the season in the previous two years. Dry weather means fire danger also remains high on the North Shore.

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ELODO Palstri, 3, takes a break in Panorama Park.

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A paddleboarder sculls lazily around Deep Cove.

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CAMPBELL Stewart, 4, plays Frisbee in Mahon Park.

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Two North Shore philanthropists are set to be recognized for their numerous charitable works with the Order of British Columbia. Sergio Cocchia and Robert Ho are among 13 British Columbians set to receive the award this year.

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But, Pearce said, it could simply have been case of the woman accidentally stepping on the wrong pedal, which could happen to anybody. Alcohol and vehicle malfunction have both been ruled out in the collision, Pearce said. While the owners of the damaged vehicles might disagree, it was lucky that they were parked where they were as they stopped the errant driver from jumping the curb and running into pedestrians or a storefront, Pearce said.

warranted and or whether this is a case of an elderly person that maybe should be retested by the motor vehicle branch and her doctor,” Pearce said. “From time to time, we ask people to be retested just to make sure their ability to drive a vehicle is good for them and everybody else on the road.”

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Cocchia, perhaps best known as a spa entrepreneur, has raised millions of dollars for charitable organization

Robert Ho’s $10 million donation to the Lion’s Gate Hospital supported a new centre for psychiatric health. He previously gave $15 million to Vancouver General Hospital.

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TED Talk has apparently inspired a District of North Vancouver clerk to change the way the government reaches out to citizens. For those not familiar with TED Talks, they are a series of brief lectures on a variety of topics, hugely popular with intellectuals of the Facebook generation. After seeing a talk that specifically criticizes municipalities for the dull, inaccessible legalese they use in public notices, resulting in apathy about the public process, Natasha Letchford sought to redesign them. They now include colour and graphics to help draw the reader in and they look great. The story is highlighted on the TED Talks blog this week. Good on Natasha and the district. But why stop there?

A look at a typical district meeting agenda leaves one baffled as to what’s going on. To quote the title of an agenda item from last week’s meeting: “Bylaw 7998: Rezoning bylaw 1296 – (PRO) ZONE Text Amendment File No. 09.3900.01/000.000.” Is this an important vote that will changethecourseofthedistrict’sfuture? Or is it some procedural housekeeping? In either case, it doesn’t inspire anyone to turn off the TV and visit municipal hall on a Monday night. Local government members like to talk a big game about the robustness of their public processes, but sometimes it’s the little things that will make a big difference. Scan this editorial with the Layar app to see the TED Talks video and blog.


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Careless driving on the increase

“All it’s going to cost is the cost of a lawyer. We’re very polite, respectful people but we don’t get screwed quietly.” Peter Twist responds to the District of North Vancouver’s decision to charge the homeowner with the costs of remediating a badly eroded slope, 95 per cent of which is on district property (from a July 31 news story). ••• “There’s 600,000 CUPE members in this country and we’ll go on for as long as it takes. I can assure you we’ll be here one day longer than the general manager.” Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 398 representative John Strohmaier braces for a long impasse 90 days after management locked out maintenance employees at the North Shore Winter Club (from an Aug. 2 news story). ••• “Parking is worth more than gold in West Vancouver.” Coun. Craig Cameron discusses a density bonus deal for the Walker building that may bring 15 parking spots to Ambleside (from an Aug. 2 news story).

Dear Editor: Your July 26 story, Car Hits Girl on Crosswalk, hit close to home. My nine-year-old son, on his way home from summer school, was only a few minutes ahead of the child who was hit. Coincidentally, that morning, he had pleaded with me to allow him to walk home by himself for the very first time. I reluctantly agreed, but watched from afar to make sure he remained safe. I was therefore shocked when, after crossing Grand Boulevard, he turned back and realized that the child who only minutes before was beside him, had been hit by a car. We didn’t go too close as I was fearful for the

girl’s life, but I am so glad to hear that despite her serious injuries she will live. Your article indicates that the child was walking in a pedestrian crosswalk, however I can tell you that there is no formal crosswalk at Eighth and Grand Boulevard. There are crosswalks at Keith, Ninth, 11th etc., but none on the even streets. Perhaps this is something for the city to consider? However, even if there was a crosswalk, there is no guarantee that the driver would have paid any more attention. It has been my observation that careless driving is on the increase. Crosswalks, stop signs, speed limits, yellow lights and even red lights seem to mean

nothing to many drivers. Which brings me back to the accident in question: How is it that a driver could come to a complete stop at a stop sign, look both ways and then turn and hit a child crossing the street immediately around the corner? This close call (for my son) has unfortunately confirmed my anxieties about the safety of a young pedestrian in this busy, distracted world. He will have to wait a lot longer before he gets to walk anywhere by himself again. Jennifer Clay North Vancouver

McMansions destroying Edgemont’s mid-century character Dear Editor: Over the past few years, Edgemont (including the Village) has undergone a massive amount of development. As a longtime resident, I am finding this new wave of construction/destruction very disturbing. People say how much they like this area, but then systematically destroy it. A case in point is the recent demolition of an early 1950s Fred Hollingsworth post-and-beam rancher on Newmarket Drive. The property sold in the spring of 2013 and the house, which I think was of historical preservation merit as it was featured in the Heritage Building Inventory, was duly flattened in July. Now a “lot for sale” has gone up and we can expect to see a “McMansion” go up in its place. I foolishly thought the district was going to some length to preserve these mid-century modern homes, especially in this area, but it doesn’t look like it. Although having said that, last year a similar house on Edgemont Boulevard was bought and lovingly restored.


If we continue to pull down these historic houses we will be left with the awful mishmash of massive mansions with six bathrooms and no character whatsoever. The design of these “mansions” is the height of hypocrisy. The current movement to promote sustainability in building is totally ignored in the size of these new houses. Who needs six or more bathrooms? How much drinking water goes down the toilets? How much heat is needed to warm a 6,000-square-foot house? Etc. Finally, a note to would-be developers in this area: The massive homes you are building, and asking $3 million for are not selling fast. Young families who can grow and restore these lovely mid-century homes if they were priced right, or retirees who need smaller, not larger, homes and who can live comfortably in a one-level rancher, are not being considered at all. Joni Mitchell had it right years ago in her song “Big Yellow Taxi” when she sang “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Anne Savill North Vancouver





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Grosvenor could contribute $8M Council watchers ask district to release its amenity calculations Jeremy Shepherd

THE eggs haven’t quite hatched, but the chicken-counting was in full swing at Monday’s West Vancouver council meeting.

If Grosvenor’s longplanned mid-rise towers in the 1300-block of Marine Drive receive final approval, Grosvenor will likely pay West Vancouver somewhere in the neighbourhood of $8 million in community amenity contributions, according to director of planning Bob Sokol. Approximately 80 per cent of the contribution would be in cash, with the rest delivered in-kind. In-kind could mean

public tennis courts atop a 112-stall parking garage at Marine Drive and 13th Street, a community space in Grosvenor’s east building, and $750,000 worth of public art. Community amenity contributions are tied to the boost in land value resulting from a rezoning. Council-watcher George Pajari has been critical of the district’s uplift methodology in the past, accusing mayor and council of leaving money on the table. Pajari expressed concern on Monday that the public wouldn’t have access to the district’s uplift calculations. “Will council please commit to release the full report?” he asked. Council and the public have been viewing abbreviated uplift

reports for the last 18 months or so, explained Sokol. “The reason council no longer receives the full report and the report does not go public is there is some proprietary information that is included in that report,” Sokol said. Pajari cited a full report related to the Hollyburn Mews development and questioned the district’s commitment to full disclosure. “I’m concerned that this issue of proprietary information is being used to camouflage and hide public policy information that is critical to the evaluation of these important decisions,” he said. Pajari received notes of support from Mayor Michael Smith as well as Coun. Craig Cameron. “I don’t see a reason why the vast bulk of the report shouldn’t be made public, and I do think there’s an important transparency element here,”

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for the space. While she was supportive of the organization, Coun. Trish Panz questioned the fit. “I have great support for Artists For Kids. It’s a phenomenal organization and it would be wonderful to see it in West Van. I’m not sure if this is the place,” Panz said. Coun. Mary-Ann Booth recused herself from the discussion and Coun. Nora Gambioli did not attend the meeting.

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From page 1 device, or by simply tilting their head upwards. When Tudela first got his hands on the gadget, one of the first things he did was take it to the street. “As you’re walking you don’t really notice anything, but when you want to see (the screen) and when you want to turn it on, you just bob your head up and it uses the gyroscope, or you can touch the side of it and then a little screen shows up,” he says. “It fits almost like a pair of glasses, very comfortable, and the actual screen is not in your field of vision, it’s not in your way.” It’s an exciting opportunity for the team at Vandrico, Tudela says, but he admits it’s always a challenge to predict what consumers will want. “With this new technology it’s uncharted territory, it is something that’s completely brand new. Imagine when the first smartphone came out, no one really knew what people wanted.” Before the smart glasses are released to the general public, Tudela says Google still has to deal with some privacy concerns. For example, as it stands, users can use Google Glass to film people without their knowledge. Meanwhile, the U.K. is already trying to ban the use of Google Glass while driving. A full-scale consumer release is anticipated in the second quarter of 2014 with more than seven million units expected to be shipped in the first year.

Cameron said. The notion of Grosvenor incorporating an $800,000 community space into its development struck some observers as being too expensive. “Council could probably take that $800,000 and apply it to the Navvy Jack house restoration or another community space and get more bang for the buck,” Pajari said. A district report lists Artists for Kids as a possible occupant

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Fall ceremony for awards From page 5 throughout the province. In 1987, Cocchia cofounded the Women’s Media Golf Classic. In 25 years the annual event has raised more than $3 million to help children with special needs. Cocchia has also done numerous work for children with Down syndrome and hearing impairments. The awards are scheduled to be handed out in a ceremony this fall. — Jeremy Shepherd



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NV water main break damages 5 homes District not required to pay for water damage to property Jeremy Shepherd

A North Vancouver water main ruptured Monday, sending a torrent rushing down nearby streets and damaging five neighbouring properties.

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WATER from a broken water main in the 3800-block of St. Marys Avenue in the District of North Vancouver, rushes down Braemar Road Monday evening.

Located at the 3800-block of St. Marys Avenue, the ductileiron pipe ripped open a little after six p.m., flooding a nearby garage, a basement, and a few yards, according to district staff. Braemar Road resident David Mueller had his spirits dampened after his son opened the door. “He said, ‘Dad, come look!’ And I went outside and the street was knee-deep, flowing like a river,” he said. “When I walked out there a garbage can was floating by.” District staff managed to shut off the water approximately 20 minutes after the break, although Mueller said it was a wet night for the neighbourhood. “The fire department was up there in a hurry and it probably took about two-and-a-half to three hours to get that shut right down,” he said. “The water went down our street, down Braemar, then it took a left and went straight down St. Georges.” While most of the water washed into a nearby creek, several homes appeared to be damaged, according to Mueller. “I feel sorry for some of the people because some of the driveways on the south side of Braemar just took the water right in,” he said. The district will not pay for damages to flooded basements, according to district communications officer Jeanine Bratina. “Unfortunately, municipalities aren’t liable for damages sustained to personal property if they are related to a normal breakdown of the water system,” she said. A hole with a diameter of 25 centimetres was discovered in the pipe, which had been installed in 1971. The cause of the break is unknown but the pipe had not been scheduled for replacement, according to Bratina. Ductile-iron pipe typically has a lifespan of 80 to 100 years. Mueller spoke to a resident who reported a water main break three years ago, but the two incidents are likely unrelated,

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Squamish RCMP arrest NV man for rifle threat A North Vancouver man faces charges of uttering threats and pointing a firearm after an incident that occurred last week in the Squamish Valley.

On July 23 at around 4:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a male threatening two other males with a rifle in the area of the 15kilometre marker on the Squamish Valley Road, according to RCMP Sgt. Wayne Pride. The two males had decided to go rafting in the area and had turned onto a dirt road near the Squamish River when they were approached by a man driving a black Mazda pickup truck. The man got out of his vehicle and asked the two why they were in the area, telling them they were on private property — his property, Pride said. When the rafters raised questions about the issue, the man took a rifle out of his

truck and pointed it at them, Pride said. The alleged victims quickly left the area and called police. Officers cordoned off the area and an RCMP emergency response team and police dog services were called in. At around 6 p.m., a black Mazda pickup truck was seen approaching a stop sign at the intersection of Paradise Valley Road, driven by a male matching the description of the suspect. He was arrested and taken to the RCMP detachment. Investigation has revealed that the man does not own the property where the alleged incident occurred, Pride said. The 37-year-old from North Vancouver faces charges of uttering threats, pointing a firearm and careless use of a firearm. No firearm was located, however, and the investigation is ongoing. — The Chief

Resident happy with cleanup effort From page 8 according to Bratina. Heading into the balmy July evening wearing gumboots, Mueller saw children making the best of the unscheduled irrigation. “The kids were all out playing in the water until the police showed up and said it was probably an unsafe area.” Rocks and gravel ended up strewn on the streets, which had been closed to drivers, Mueller said. “If you had been in a helicopter and looked down you would’ve seen a river going down the streets,” he said. Things were back to normal by the next morning, according to Mueller.

“It was perfectly, beautifully cleaned up,” he said. “You could go out on the street and the street cleaner had come and they had cleaned it all up on our street anyways.” The district dispatched 13 workers over two shifts to clean up the mess. The cleanup is ongoing, according to Bratina. The district averages approximately 25 water main ruptures each year. There are approximately 366 kilometres of water main in the district including 70 kilometres of asbestos concrete pipe that has proven prone to sudden failures. The district is replacing between three and five kilometres of asbestos concrete pipe each year at an annual cost of $3 million.


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PHOTO CONTEST The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness campaign invites amateur photographers to showcase the beauty of imperfections. page 14



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WEST Vancouver’s Derek Amery and Dr. Tanya Petraszko, medical director of Canadian Blood Services’ National Public Cord Blood Bank, are tackling Mount Kilimanjaro this week in support of Canada’s first National Public Cord Blood Bank, set to go live next month. Scan with Layar to watch a related video.


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TWO West Vancouver residents are among 25 people planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this week in a show of support for Canada’s first National Public Cord Blood Bank, set to go live next month. Dr. Tanya Petraszko and Derek Amery are participating in the Canadian Blood Services Mount Kilimanjaro #Climb4Cord, a fundraiser for the project.

Canada is the only G8 country that doesn’t have a national public cord blood program and Canadian Blood Services is working to change that. In March 2011, provincial and territorial ministries of health (except Quebec) announced a combined investment of $48 million over the next eight years — including $12.5 million in fundraising undertaken by the Canadian Blood Services’ Campaign For All Canadians — to build the National Public Cord Blood Bank. The bank is intended to improve access to stem cell transplants for patients in need by dramatically increasing the likelihood of finding a match. See Bank page 12




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According to Canadian Blood Services, the bank will collect, process, test and store donated cord blood units and they’ll be available to patients both nationally and internationally who are in need of a stem cell transplant. Cord blood stem cell transplants can be used to treat more than 50 blood related diseases and disorders. Canadian Blood Services is developing and will manage the cord blood bank and its Campaign For All Canadians has been a success, seeing those involved raise approximately $6 million. To help reach their target, #Climb4Cord is hoping to raise an additional $500,000. The bank is set to go live in September, initially with a manufacturing site and two collection hospitals in Ottawa. A Toronto hospital will come on board by the end of the year, followed by an Edmonton manufacturing site and collection hospital in 2014. A Lower Mainland hospital will follow later next year, the exact location is still under negotiation. “Hopefully in the next 18 months the whole thing will be operational. We’ll have our $12.5 million,” says Petraszko, a 46-yearold mother of three. Petraszko is the medical director of Canadian Blood Services’ National Public Cord Blood Bank and serves as a medical consultant with Canadian Blood Services, B.C. and Yukon Blood Centre. A hematologist, she has been working with Canadian Blood Services since 1999. In 2011, when they received the go-ahead from the governments to create the cord blood bank, she was offered the position as one of two medical directors. “When CBS took on this project I was very excited to be involved because of my previous experience and interest in stem cells (and) my expertise in transfusion medicine, it was sort of a marriage between the two, which worked really well,” she says. According to Petraszko, a bone marrow transplant (also known as a stem cell transplant) is a standard life-saving treatment for people with diseases of the bone marrow, like leukemia, or diseases of the immune system, or other cancers where the treatment involves the destruction of bone marrow either on purpose or as an unavoidable side effect “Bone marrow transplants have been offered for years because what they do is allow you to repopulate your bone marrow with someone else’s bone marrow cells and those cells are the stem cells. They’re cells that are capable of regrowing into red cells, white cells

and platelets and that’s what you need to repopulate your bone marrow and also parts of the immune system,” she says. The best possible bone marrow match is a sibling, someone who has the same genetic type. However only 30 per cent of people have a sibling match. “If (they) don’t then we have to look for an unrelated match,” says Petraszko. OneMatch is Canadian Blood Services’ stem cell and marrow registry program and it links internationally with others to ensure the best possible match is made. If someone is a match, there are two ways to donate stem cells. “Either you go to the operating room and they put you under a general anesthetic and they stick a needle in the back of your hip and they suck out a litre of bone marrow stem cells,” says Petraszko. A newer way to do it in the last 20 years is a process called peripheral stem cell collection. The donor is given medication to stimulate the growth of those cells, which spill out of the bone marrow and start circulating in the peripheral blood. They’re then withdrawn from a vein in the donor’s arm through a special machine. An additional means of getting stem cells is from cord blood and the placenta. “Because the placenta is normally discarded after the baby is born, after the cord is cut, you can put a needle in the umbilical card and you can suck out the stem cells from there and then you put them in the freezer,” says Petraszko. A challenge with the existing registry is that when a patient needs a bone marrow donor, that donor first needs to be located and asked whether they’re still healthy enough to donate and whether they’re still interested in doing so. If eligible, they have to undergo the collection procedure and then the cells need to be delivered to the patient’s hospital. “There’s often a delay in getting those stem cells so the beauty of (the new public cord bank) is if I have a match for cord blood, it’s in a freezer and I can have it in a week,” says Petraszko. The other advantage of cord stem cells is that they’re very immature and have different features compared to the stem cells that are collected from an adult donor. This makes it easier to match a recipient and a donor pair. “It opens up a lot more donor-recipient pairs and there’s a higher likelihood that you can find a match in a cord unit than with an adult donor,” says Petraszko. When the new National Public Cord Blood Bank is up and running, mothers 18 and older, having had a healthy term, single pregnancy, will be invited to donate their placenta and cord to participating collection hospitals.

Canadian Blood Services intends to have pamphlets, including permission-to-collect forms, in every applicable general practitioner’s, obstetrician’s, midwife and doula’s office to raise awareness of the bank. Mothers will be able to register in advance or after their baby is delivered. “A lot of people are interested in it. It’s just another opportunity to save a life,” says Petraszko. With the bank, Canadian Blood Services is particularly interested in ethnically diverse families because most donors worldwide on international registries are Caucasian. The likelihood of finding a match is 80 per cent for Caucasians and 15 per cent for AfricanAmericans. “We are really trying to target non-ethnically dominant individuals. There’s some cultural perceptions and I think as a rule, Caucasians in general are very receptive to this but a lot of other ethnic groups don’t understand it or they have different cultural beliefs and there’s less awareness, or less excitement or willingness in these groups. This is why we need to do more education to explain to families of other ethnic groups that if you or someone you love develops leukemia, we can’t find a match for you because no one of your genetic type is donating,” says Petraszko. To help raise the initial funding to get the bank up and running, Petraszko decided to participate in #Climb4Cord. She is one of three climbers from B.C., along with Vancouver resident Katherine Serrano, a Canadian Blood Services research scientist, and North Shore resident Derek Amery, head of Canadian Fixed Income, HSBC Global Asset Management Ltd. Amery, who’s been involved with Canadian Blood Services professionally for the last 10 years, heard about the Campaign For All Canadians and viewed #Climb4Cord as the perfect means of doing his part to help the cause and the community as a whole. “Having had the opportunity to work with the CBS team and just to see their hard work, their dedication and the passion that they have for making the cord blood bank a reality and wanting to try to lend my support to that, that’s really how it came about,” says Amery, 45, a married father of two. Amery and Petraszko have already left for Tanzania, Africa and the climb starts Tuesday, lasting nine days — seven days up and two days down. For more information on: #Climb4Cord and to make a donation, visit; the Campaign For All Canadians, visit; and One Match, visit

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Joyful Chakra Yoga Classes: All are welcome to de-stress, relax, improve flexibility and create new energy from within Saturdays, 7:45-8:45 a.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Bring a mat and water bottle. Drop-in fee: $4. Info: Andrea, 604-761-1474. Summer Smash: Registration is now underway for this men’s and women’s doubles tennis tournament taking place Aug.

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Zumba Fitness: A high-energy, diverse music and dance workout to the rhythms of Latin America, Saturdays until Aug. 31, 9:15-10:30 a.m. by the beach at Ambleside Landing, 14th Street and Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver. Bring a yoga mat. Drop-in fee: $10. Info: 604-925-7290 or Paddle Sport Race Series: Competitive and noncompetitive, novice to experienced paddlers are invited to paddle any type of craft Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Deep Cove, North Vancouver. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. with a warm-up at 6:30 p.m. Schedule: Aug. 6, Bedwell Bay Five Knot Can; Aug. 13, Maple Beach Solo Multi-Sport No. 3; Aug. 20, Jug Island Time Trial No. 2. Entry fee: $5. Registration required: 604-929-2268 or SUPPORT GROUPS People in Pain Network: A monthly support group for individuals who live with chronic pain and their families meets

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According to a press release, PEDAW is searching for photos that capture the campaign’s subtheme, Perfect is Boring, and showcases the beauty of imperfections. All photos will be displayed on the Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves blog (loveourbodiesloveourselves. Amy Pezzente, coordinator for PEDAW, said in the statement she views the contest as having the potential to challenge perfectionism and the standards of real beauty. She believes there is no such thing as perfect and hopes the contest helps others realize it too. The top three winners will receive official Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristbands and Perfect is Boring T-shirts. The deadline for submission is Aug. 31. Info: PerfectisBoring.

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The question isn’t will you retire but when. In Canada most of us are answering that question with our feet. Just six per cent of workers continue to work full time after age 65 and the average retirement age is 62. For those of you who decide to hang in there, there is a silver lining. A new study of nearly half a million people in France found that retiring later can delay the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The study found that for each additional year of work beyond the age of 65 the risk of getting dementia is reduced by 3.2 per cent. Another study out of Britain with a much smaller sample size also found a significant correlation between later retirement age and later onset of dementia in men. There could be a number of reasons why later retirement is linked with later

onset of dementia. Men who retire early often do so because of health conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes, which increase your risk of dementia. It could also be that working helps keep your mind and body active, which may reduce risk of dementia. Now the notion of “use it or lose it” makes sense to me but I think there is a flaw in these latest studies. Working is not the only option for keeping mentally fit and active as we age. Years ago retirement may have been a daunting prospect for a lot of workers. Today we have embraced the notion of an active retirement where retirees remain cognitively and socially active and continue to be engaged in whatever it is that is enjoyable to them. I talk with seniors who have recently retired frequently and they tell me they have never been busier, happier or more active. And to be frank working in a job you hate can’t be good for your physical or

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mental health. Researchers in Finland believe that the long-term effects of stress may actually be the biggest cause of dementia. They are currently looking at the role chronic stress plays in the progression from mild thinking and memory problems — mild cognizant impairment — to Alzheimer’s disease. One might make the argument that if you are approaching retirement and are unhappy or stressed at work, early retirement might actually be in your best interest. As a person on the cusp of retirement I am looking at ways to gradually exit the workforce. I could, for

instance, retire from my day job but continue to write this column. Well, maybe not. Recently I came across an article titled, Say goodbye to your job: Robots will make it extinct. What jobs are most vulnerable? Right there at No. 2 on the list was writers. Apparently the pen is destined for the same fate as the sword. Seriously? Yep. I don’t joke about my livelihood. Philip M. Parker, a professor of marketing at the Insead business school, has created software that can write a non-fiction book in 20 minutes. A 320-page novel titled True Love, written by a computer, hit the stores in Russia in 2008. I wonder how long it would take a computer to write my column? On second thought, do I really want to know?

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Paper Tole Studio: A small independent group that shares their skills Wednesdays, 10 a.m.noon at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Fee: $18 per season. Info: 604-980-2474 or

Dressmaking: Instruction on all aspects of sewing, including tailoring, cutting and fitting, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Sewing machines and sergers available, but bring your own materials. Fee: $18 per season. Info: 604980-2474 or

Pottery: Hand building wheel work, low and high fire, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Fee: $18 per season, plus the cost of materials. Info: 604-980-2474 or

Knit and Crochet Volunteers: All skill levels are invited to work on fundraising sale projects Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Free. Materials provided. Info: 604-9802474 or silverharbourcentre. com.

Quilters’ Rendezvous: Bring your own projects to work on with fellow quilters, Wednesdays, noon-3 p.m. at Delbrook Community Centre, 600 West Queens Rd., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: $3. Info: 604-9836362 or kshubert@myparkgate. com.

Movies: Free screenings, which include popcorn, Fridays, 13:30 p.m. at Parkgate Community Centre, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Info: 604983-6350 or

Quilting: A volunteer group that makes large raffle quilts and small projects all year round, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Free. Info: 604-980-2474 or

Music Group: Bring your instrument and play in a variety of keys and styles, and possibly play in the community Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: non-members $4/members $2. Coffee, tea and cookies provided. Info: 604-987-5820. Oil Painting: Instruction in a studio atmosphere Thursdays, 13 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Participants must have basic drawing skills and bring their own materials. Fee: $18 per season. Info: 604-980-2474 or

Quilting Bee: A free workshop where you quilt for the centre, Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St. Info: 604925-7280 or westvancouver. ca/seniors. Seniors Acting Up: A cabaret group that performs at senior facilities twice a month rehearses Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Fee: $18 per season. Info: Joan, 604-325-1857. Sewing Social: Bring your sew-

ing machine and complete your projects, including quilts, in the company of others Thursdays, noon-3:30 p.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: non-members $4/members $2. Coffee, tea and cookies provided. Info: Marie, 604-987-4923. Silk Painting: Students of all levels will learn salt and resist techniques to make cards, scarves and yardage Mondays, 1-3 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Fee: $18 per season and pay as you go for materials. Info: 604-980-2474 or Singing Social: A casual singing group, no experience is necessary, Mondays, 10-11 a.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: non-members $4/ members $2. Coffee, tea and cookies provided. Info: 604987-5820. Spinning Circle: Learn to spin your own yarn Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Participants must own and be prepared to transport their own spinning wheel to and from the centre. Fee: $10 per season. Info: 604980-2474 or Stained Glass: All levels are welcome, Fridays, 1-3 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Fee: $18 per season, plus the cost of materials. Info: 604-980-2474 or Stamp Club: The first and third Thursdays of the month, 12:30See more page 17

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Living history

NEWS photos Mike Wakefield

AT left, retired District of North Vancouver parks superintendant Dirk Oostindie (right) and his son Irwin and above, Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation give a presentation on the history of Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen July 25 at the Heritage Centre at 1620 Mount Seymour Rd. The event is part of a free series presented by the Elders Council for Parks in B.C. The next talk is entitled Wildflowers in Full Bloom and will be presented Friday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Registration: 604-986-4892.

what’s going on for seniors From page 16

3 p.m. at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St. Drop-in fee: $2. For more information, phone 604925-7280 or visit

Stamp Club: The North Shore Stamp Club meets every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. at The Summerhill, 135 West 15th St., North Vancouver. Collectors of all levels are welcome. Info: John

urs o T y l i Da

Thomson, 604-984-3360. Stamp Club: Welcomes stamp collectors and donations of stamps, the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 1:30-

3:30 p.m. at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Drop-in fee: nonmembers $4/members $2. Coffee, tea and cookies provided. Info: Archie, 604-988-4956.

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Insurance prepares you for the unexpected YOU never know what kind of curveball life is going to throw at you at any age, so it is important for you to be prepared in order to protect your family in any situation. Insurance can be your safety net in unforeseen health situations and can protect you and your family from a possibly dire outcome. A need for insurance can change throughout your life. When earning an income it

Making Cents

Lori Pinkowski is very important to ensure you have adequate shortterm and long-term disability

insurance, either through your employer or personal insurance. It is important to note that often insurance plans only pay up to twothirds or 67 per cent gross income (which may or may not be taxed depending on the plan). Either you need adequate savings in your portfolio or in the bank, otherwise you need to be added onto your employer’s plan. If you are out of work for three to six months then you may find it very difficult to keep up with mortgage payments or other bills. This could be detrimental to your

financial health and the wellbeing of your family. If you have dependants, having insurance at any age is a good idea. Make sure you take a look at your mortgage along with any loans or credit cards and put measures in place that will ensure they will be paid in the event of the death of a spouse. This will alleviate the added stress of financial worries during already tough times. If you already have insurance, be sure to review the details regularly, making sure it is up to date and all payments have been made as it can be

canceled if you do not pay your premiums. Often when people retire they have accumulated a fairly significant amount in their RRSPs. There is a tax-free rollover between spouses should one pass away. The issue is when the RRSP or RRIF is passed to a beneficiary other than a spouse, such as your children. There can be a significant tax burden as it is considered income in the year of your death. For example, if your registered account is $500,000 then your beneficiary will pay $218,500 in taxes to the government. Usually the more cost-effective thing to do is buy insurance to pay for the tax when you are still in good health and are able to qualify. Many investors don’t think about this until it is too late. Insurance is definitely not for everyone, as many investors have enough in

their savings to get through an unforeseen setback and others may not worry about the taxes their beneficiaries pay. But, it is always important to have a clear plan to ensure you and your family are protected and insurance can be invaluable when an unforeseen event strikes. Similar to wearing a life jacket or a helmet — you hope you won’t need it but when you do, you’re thankful it’s there. Lori Pinkowski is a portfolio manager and senior vicepresident, private client group, at Raymond James Ltd., a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. This is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Raymond James. Lori can answer any questions at 604915-LORI or lori.pinkowski@ You can also listen to her every Friday on CKNW at 5:35 p.m.

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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.

Board Members: AIDS Vancouver is looking for three new board members; two who will be self-identified as HIV positive. The board’s primary responsibilities are to form the long-range strategic direction for the agency. They seek board members who are visionary, experienced in the ways of non-profit boards and willing to commit their time. Garden Project Volunteer: Working as a team for North Shore Neighbourhood House you will participate in the development of the annual garden plan by meeting monthly as a group with staff. Weekly duties include produce harvest and delivery, garden watering and other identified tasks.

Assistant Shopper: The volunteer assistant shopper will help frail, elderly seniors to leave their home, accompany them aboard the North Shore Neighbourhood House bus and go to a local shopping centre to do their grocery shopping and socialize with others. They will then accompany them home and assist with putting away their purchases.

Administration Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help at reception to perform specialized computer tasks. All office administration volunteers are interviewed and office volunteer positions arise infrequently. They also need volunteers who can help with copywriting, marketing, fundraising and event coordination.

Leisure Companion — Swimming: North Shore ConnexionsSocietyiscurrently seeking a male volunteer who could help support a male

If you are interested in these or other possible volunteer opportunities, call 604-9857138. The society is a partner agency of the United Way.

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community bulletin board byoV (bring your own voice) Community Choir is now accepting registrations for the 2013/2014 year. The year is divided into three terms that cost $40 each, with rehearsals on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver. The choir sings all kinds of music and emphasizes singing for the joy and love of singing. Info: lynnvalleychurch. com or 604-987-2114. Salsa by the Sea: Love the music, rhythms and dance of Latin America? Learn to salsa on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. until Aug. 29, outside the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver (weather permitting). Drop-in fee: $6. Info: or 604-925-7290. Waterfront Theatrical Walking Tours: Shipyard Sal and Sam will sing, dance and tell stories about Burrard Dry Dock during the Second World War Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1:30-3 p.m. during August at Shipbuilder’s Square, 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver. Free. Info: 604-990-3700, ext. 8008.

First Annual Zombie Dance will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, 5-10 p.m. Central Lonsdale on the west side between 19th-20th St, North Vancouver. This fun filled evening will have a zombie fashion show, zombie music, zombie dogs and so much more. One-on-One Computer As-

sistance: Sign up for 30 minutes of personalized help with the Internet, email, word processing, social media or an e-reader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2:30-4 p.m. at Parkgate library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration required: 604-929-3727. Info: Musical Ride: One of Canada’s most recognized icons, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be performing at

Mahon Park, Jones Ave. and West 21st St., North Vancouver Wednesday, Aug. 21 for two shows, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Free. Info:nvan.rcmp-grc. Sunday Crafternoon: Join local crafter and upcycler Denise Corcoran for an afternoon of crafting fun. Learn how to transform recyclables into useful household items Sunday, Aug. 25, 1:30-3 p.m. at North

Vancouver City Library, 120 West 14th St. Free. Info: 604998-3450 or West Vancouver SPCA will hold a dog wash fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1020 Marine Dr. All proceeds will help the animals. Minimum donation: $20. Info: 604-922-4622. BC SPCA encourages penny donations to help animals in

need. The West Vancouver SPCA will collect donations (rolled pennies are preferred) at 1020 Marine Dr. Info: spca. — 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. TELUS STORE OR AUTHORIZED DEALER Vancouver Oakridge Centre Pacific Centre The Shops at Bentall Centre Terasen Centre 220 1st Ave. East 551 Robson St. 625 Howe St. 808 Davie St. 991 Denman St.

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Norgate’s Community Block Party will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. in the 1200-1300-blocks on West 15th St., North Vancouver. Enjoy ethnic foods, street hockey, information booths plus much more. One-on-One Computer Assistance: Sign up for 30 minutes of personalized help with the Internet, email, word processing, social media or an e-reader Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2:30-4 p.m. at Parkgate library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration required: 604-929-3727. Information: 2013 Prints Show: A gallery nightfeaturing100photographs by 100 photographers in a silent auction Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5-8 p.m. in The Community Room at Lynn Valley Village, Mountain Highway and Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver. All funds raised will go to InspireHealth: Integrative Cancer Care. Technology Class: Learn how to read ebooks, check emails and use apps on your e-reader and tablet Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr. Registration required: 604-925-7405.

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NEWS AROUND THE WORLD Going on a trip?

SHELLEY Hansen and Shannon Webster celebrate their birthdays in New York.

TED, Barbara, Karen and Jim Anhorn take the North Shore News to Pienza, Italy.

BRIAN, Nancy, Chase and Sophie Martin visit New York skyscrapers at Legoland in California.

Take the North Shore News with you and we’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 outside (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 background that distinguishes the location. Send it to us with the first and last name of everyone featured in the photo (left to right) and a description of where the photo was taken. Email: rduane@, or drop off a copy of the photo at the North Shore News.

BENTON and Brian Hester take the News to the beach in Majorca, Spain.

MEMBERS of the Lynn Valley Pathfinders visit Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations. They also went to New York.

JADE Cunnington and Daniel Perez-Valencia visit the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

HANNAH and Sophie Schoenroth, and Shelby and Ashley Slay visit Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World in Florida.

LUIS Jorquera, Garth Phillips, and Lucia Jorquera stop in front of the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and a 12th-century cathedral while visiting Spain.

ALICE Pletcher takes the North Shore News on a cycling trip through the Burgundy area of France.

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Local drops suit B.C. Day Notable Potables Tim Pawsey

THERE’S no time like the B.C. Day long weekend to celebrate the diversity of B.C. wines, no matter where in the province your holiday takes you. Back when the preNAFTA crowd of pioneers amounted to barely a dozen or so believers, a few figured the Okanagan might one day be home to, say, two or three dozen wineries. But even the most optimistic (such as Time Estate’s Harry McWatters) admit that at the time they never dreamed we’d be at around 230 and counting, and pushing the growing boundaries as we are. Here’s a clutch of wideranging B.C. drops from across the province to help

toast the weekend: ■ Beaufort Estate Ortega 2012 This Courtenay winery is a Vancouver Island leader. And they make excellent Ortega, the island’s mainstay white: dry style, aromatic with stonefruit notes and good acidity (winery, $18/90 points). ■ Salt Spring Karma This vibrant méthode traditionelle sparkler, made on the Gulf islands, sports a yeasty-toasty top with crisp acidity and a burst of citrus before a clean finish (winery, private stores, $34.90, 89 points). ■ Backyard Vineyards Blanc de Noir Brut The winery’s mainstay bubble, made from 100 per cent Pinot Noir (estate grown just 45 minutes east of Vancouver), yields a creamy mousse followed by bursts of bright citrus and stone fruit on a well-balanced palate ($22.90, 89 points). ■ Fort Berens 23 Camels White 2012 Groundbreakers in Lillooet, Fort Berens, makes this easy-sipping, foodfriendly blend from Pinot Gris (60 per cent), Chardonnay (20 per cent) and Riesling (20 per cent). Zesty grapefruit notes with a juicy, appletoned and citrus palate. The name is a charming salute to

the ill-fated experiment that brought dromedaries to the Cariboo during the 19thcentury gold rush (winery, private stores, $17-$19, 89 points). ■ Clos de Soleil Rosé 2012 A finalist in this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Awards, this 100-per-cent Cabernet Sauvignon grape sports strawberry and earthy notes on top, followed by cranberry and raspberry wrapped in juicy acidity, intensely fruity with a long close ($18.90, 91 points). This Similkameen winery also produces some of the best Pinot Blanc in B.C., winning Best of Varietal in this year’s peer-judged Okanagan Spring Wine Festival. ■ Harper’s Trail Field Blend 2012 “Field blend” means just that, whatever’s planted in the field winds up in the bottle, although I’m pretty sure in this case the Kamloops winery’s approach (with the help of Okanagan Crush Pad) is a little more considered. Riesling and Chardonnay come together for an appealing, crisp and juicy sipper of apple, pear and a touch of mineral, with an appealingly low alcohol of 10.4 per cent. If you’re heading that way, the winery just opened its tasting room on the banks of the

Thompson River ($17.90/88 points). ■ Calona Vineyards Artists Series Sovereign Opal 2012/ Pinot Noir 2011 I was torn, but Calona gets two nods because it’s the province’s longest-running winery, having been founded in 1932 as a sparkling apple winery. The Sovereign Opal remains the province’s most unique white, being the only planting of its kind anywhere. Try this aromatic, off-dry, pear-and-orange-blossom toned juicy sipper with a spicy Asian salad ($12.99/89 points). The Pinot gets in here not only for its 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Award but because there’s still plenty available. Chill down a bottle for half an hour or so and pair it with some barbecued wild salmon, LTO (Limited Time Offer), $13.99 BCLS, 90 points. ■ Baillie Grohmann Gewurztraminer 2012 From Creston comes this rose-petal toned Gewurz with spicy ginger and lychee hints before a lengthy close (private stores $20-$22, 88 points). Tim Pawsey covers food and wine for numerous publications and online as the Hired Belly at Contact:, on Twitter @hiredbelly or email

NEWS photo Cindy Goodman

Bright bunch CAITLYN Warmerdam, of Warmerdam Flower Farm, displays some of the fresh cut sunflowers at her booth at the Ambleside Farmers Market, which runs Sundays at 14th Street and Marine Drive. See the listings below for more information about North Shore farmers markets.

New Canadian chip flavours considered

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GRILLED cheese and ketchup may be a popular snack choice, but what about in chip form?

Best of the West: North Shore restaurants and B.C. wineries attempt to create the perfect combination at Best of the West 2013 scheduled for Aug. 7 at Ambleside Pier. For more information visit the website at Rare: An Evening of Seafood and Art, an event presented by Fresh St. Market, as part of the Harmony Arts Festival, will feature casual dining with ocean fare and art, Aug. 8, 6-9 p.m., at Lawson Creek Studio in West Vancouver. Tickets: $75, 604-925-7270. Civic Plaza Farmers Market: A weekly market with fresh produce, baked goods, jewelry and more, Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. at 141 West 14th St., North Vancouver. Info: 778-995-9461. Dundarave Village Farmers’ Market features fresh, locally

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A group of kids gets outdoors at Zajac Ranch for Children. Located in Mission, B.C., the ranch provides a summer camp for kids with chronic, life-threatening, and/or debilitating conditions. On Aug. 14, $2 from the sale of each child and adult Pirate Pak sold at White Spot will go to support the ranch. grown or homemade products Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the 2400-block Marine Drive, West Vancouver. For more information visit the website at Ambleside Farmers’ Market, Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on 14th Street between Marine Drive and Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver, features conventional and organic produce, vendors, crafters and more. For more

information visit the website at or call 604318-0487. Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, 10 a.m.3 p.m. at 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver. Info: Thursday Night Market: A gathering of Lower Mainland food trucks Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. until Oct. 10 at Shipbuilders’ Square,

15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver. The market will feature a variety of food, local music, and handcrafted goods. Shipyards Night Market: A combination of foods, local music, a farmers market and handcrafted goods Fridays, 510 p.m. at Lonsdale Shipyards, 15 Wallace Mews. For more information visit the website — compiled by Debbie Caldwell

This is just one of the four flavours being considered as a new Lay’s chip flavour. A press release from the company notes that more than 600,000 flavour ideas were received by Lay’s Canada as part of its Do Us a Flavour contest before the final four were chosen. The four finalists: Creamy Garlic Caesar, Grilled Cheese and Ketchup, Maple Moose and Perogy Platter are now available for a limited time, and Canadians can vote online ( for their favourite one. Voting closes on Oct. 16. Comedian Martin Short is the spokesman for the brand’s contest. The press release notes that the Creamy Garlic Caesar flavour was submitted by Jill Munro, of B.C., who said her flavour idea was based on Caesar salads. The other three ideas came from people in Alberta, Newfoundland and Ontario. The grand prize winner will win $50,000, and one per cent of their flavour’s future sales. The winner will be announced in November. — Rosalind Duane

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Come command is crucial



An active 3 month old kitten. She is a Spayed Female DMH Black.


Canine Connection Precious


A fun crazy 3 month old kitten. She is a Spayed Female DMH Black.

Safe, securely fenced home w/ an active family who can provide him w/ sufficient exercise.





Sweet, young NM, largeX pup. Riley is good with other dogs and respects cats.

Wants to engage in Tracking or Nosework. No off-leash until a 100% recall is trained.





An absolute angel, would make the perfect addition to almost any family, but no kids or other cats.

Likes a calm, quiet household. He loves chin & head scratches in bed at night.



Joan Klucha

HAVING a reliable recall (come command) is probably the single most important command you can teach your dog. A dog that will not come when called is a dog that can get itself into a lot of trouble. It is a dog that lacks proper leadership. In other words, the dog doesn’t value its owner enough to stop what it is doing and return immediately. We can certainly deny this and say the dog is hard of hearing (yes, some aging dogs are) or suffering from ADD, but let’s face it, your dog can wake up from a deep sleep in another room when it hears

THERE is something about a puppy that warms your heart.


Loki Meet Agnes, Scruffy and Loki: Diagnosed with the early stages of kidney disease, they are finding it harder than the average cat to find a forever family. They’re very affectionate cats, and require a wee bit of special attention to care for their needs. Agnes came to us in a sorry state, she was matted and needed extensive dental work which we have had done. Scruffy had obviously been on her own for a while, she was underweight, her coat was dirty and tangled. These two gals are not as active as they were in their younger days, but would make excellent companions for someone looking for a calm relationship. Loki on the other hand is still a bit of a firecracker; he is mischievous and likes to play. If you have room in your hearts and homes for one of more of them, please let us know!

teach your dog a reliable recall. Then there is actually teaching a dog to come when called. I do recommend a variety of tasty treats be used for the training exercise. There are a plethora of methods available but one of my favourites is to use an extendable flexi-leash. I do not use these leashes for anything other than teaching or reinforcing a recall. They offer the dog some freedom, the owner control, and you are able to observe your dog at a distance so you can watch for the perfect moment to recall your dog when it is meandering about on a trail or in a park. As a goal, practise the recall, and include having fun, every day with your dog. The more you practise the faster the dog learns and is able to retain the information. Get your tools ready — an extendible leash, a bag of super yummy treats your dog can’t resist — and make time in your daily schedule. Next week I will give you the steps to the training process. Joan has been working with dogs for over 15 years. Contact her at

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leadership with your dog simply by how you move around the home and around your dog. One leadership tip is to ensure your dog waits its turn — patiently — when you go up and down stairways. Another is to have your dog sit patiently while its dinner is being made and when its leash goes on. It must also wait while its owner goes out the front door first. Dogs are not allowed on furniture and if they are invited up, they must show acceptable behaviour first. No begging! In addition to training, it is also important to have fun with your dog. Having fun will gain your dog’s respect faster than just using the leadership training tips. Find what your dog loves to do, be it playing fetch, tug of war, doing nose work, swimming, or going on a long walk with just you. Taking your dog to a dog park and allowing it to run freely and play with other dogs may be something that your dog loves, but there is no interaction happening between you and your dog. You are just your dog’s taxi service to the park. Let the dog park be a special occasion rather than a daily excursion if you are trying to


Their comical sense of balance, the play-until-you-drop attitude and the way they will happily fall asleep on your lap make them completely adorable. Before they are ready to meet new people there is a very special time that most pet owners never get to see. In the first week of their lives puppies are deaf and blind, relying on their sense of smell to find their mother, then over the next two weeks they gain those senses and begin to explore their surroundings.

Photographer Traer Scott has focused on that one to 21 day period for this stunning collection of images. She has included a wide variety of puppies for her subjects with no preference shown to purebreds over mixed breeds. In this helpless period she captures their beauty and character with her uncluttered approach and subtle lighting. Beyond the gorgeous photos, what makes this book truly special is the passionate words from Scott speaking out against the puppy mills and irresponsible breeders who continue to produce massive numbers of puppies in horrible conditions, only to ship them off to pet stores or sell them online in the quest for profit. She urges anyone considering

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JAY Piggot and Tim Jones of North Shore Rescue accept a $7,500 cheque from Wendy Law, president of the Rotary Club of North Vancouver. The funds were raised at the Great Rotary Duck Splash event.

LIONS Gate Hospital Auxiliary members Ursula Eigen, Mid Gordon, Hilary Chalke and Bob Morrison present a $150,000 cheque to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation president Judy Savage. The money will go toward The HOpe Centre.

THROUGH cookouts and Christmas tree sales the Lynn Valley Lions Club raised $1,300 and donated it to an Adult Community Mental Health camping trip to Camp Sunrise on the Sunshine Coast. Pictured (L-R) are Tanya Wrobleski, occupational therapist, North Shore Community Mental Health, George Saunders and Dwayne Slade from the Lynn Valley Lions Club, April Watson, occupation therapist, supervisor of rehabilitation team, North Shore Community Mental Health and Joanne McLellan, director of planned giving, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

WINDSOR secondary grad Joel Brown and his parents with Capt. David Franco, Local 1183 Fire Fighters Charitable Society. The society awarded Brown the Gord Park Memorial Scholarship worth $2,000. Brown also received a Windsor Secondary Athletic Scholarship ($500) and the Seanna and Nicole Strongman All Arounder award ($2,000). Brown was class valedictorian and is committed to becoming a fire fighter. He has enrolled in BCIT courses that will help him achieve his goal.

LIONS Gate Hospital Foundation president Judy Savage accepts a $7,500 cheque from Wendy Law and Deborah Sommerfeld, president and vice-president, respectively, of the Rotary Club of North Vancouver. The funds were raised at the Great Rotary Duck Splash event.

HANDSWORTH secondary English teacher Shelley Stanhope receives a birthday cake created and donated by Rosalie Paguntalan and Lori Fitzgerald of Save-On-Foods in celebration of William Shakespeare’s nearly 500 years of influence on the English language.

CLIENTS of Care Pet Wellness Group, which operates Highlands Animal Hospital in North Vancouver, raised more than $8,500 to support participants in the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer. REPRESENTATIVES from Starlight Canada and Astellas Pharma Canada were on hand to present the new Starlight Fun Centre to the children and teens of Lions Gate Hospital. Fun Centres include a Wii and can be wheeled right into a child’s hospital room, providing an escape from the fear and isolation that come with being ill. LENNY Cyr (left) and Dale Schienbein of Seymour Golf and Country Club take a brief but well-earned rest with some four-legged friends after 81 holes during their Golfathon for ALS. With 17 hours on the course, the pair managed 90 holes total with Roy Abbenbroek pitching in for 18 holes. They raised more than $21,000 for ALS patient services. Over the past eight years, Seymour has raised more than $131,000 for the ALS Society of BC. Visit to donate.

Kudos to those who volunteer their time, money and effort to benefit the many service and charitable organizations on the North NORTH Vancouver firefighters present a $3,200 cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society. The money was raised at the Park and Tilford Holiday Hi-Light Festival and will sponsor two young cancer patients to attend Camp Goodtimes.

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NORTH Vancouver’s Chris Davies shows off the weapons he used to seize his second straight B.C.’s Strongest Man title last weekend. The competition in Kamloops included events such as pulling a dump truck and flipping tractor tires.

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North Van’s Chris Davies defends B.C. strongman title Scan this page with the Layar app to see video of strongman Chris Davies in action.

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IF you’re ever pinned beneath a boulder, or perhaps squished up against a wall behind a dump truck, you better hope that Chris Davies is around.

The six-foot-one, 310 pound North Vancouver resident is one of the few humans on earth who could single-handedly get you out of those predicaments, an ability he ably demonstrated last weekend when he won his second consecutive B.C.’s Strongest Man competition. The event in Kamloops included tasks such as pulling a 13,600-kilogram (30,000pound) dump truck, flipping 375-kg tires, and lifting 160-kg Atlas stones onto a chest-high platform. With the win Davies defended the title he won last year in Hope in a competition that included what he calls the hardest task he’s ever attempted: pulling one of the monster tow trucks that was featured on the reality TV show Highway Thru Hell. The trucks weigh in at nearly 40,000 kilograms (86,000 pounds) and are normally used to drag semi trailers out of the ditch on the treacherous Coquihalla Highway. “It feels like your entire body is about to explode,” Davies said about slipping on the harness and getting the massive truck moving. He managed to move the truck more than 30 metres in less than two minutes. “You have a guide rope to pull it with your arms. After about half way you can’t feel your arms.” The 33-year-old did, however, have enough left in the tank after each of the wins to hoist the championship trophy, which itself is no simple task. “Yup, even the trophies are heavy,” said Davies, adding that the B.C. hardware tips the scales at around 60 pounds. Davies, a Vancouver native who moved to North Vancouver three years ago, grew up as a huge fan of the World’s Strongest Man competitions that were shown on TV. A skateboarder and snowboarder, he got into bodybuilding, powerlifting and, eventually, strongman competitions in his mid-20s. At his first competition — a local event in Port Moody — he finished third. He hasn’t stopped competing since, fitting in events around his two day jobs as a construction safety officer and working part time at Rogers Arena. Both jobs, he said, are decidedly less physical than his hobby. “One is a lot of paper work, and the other can be a lot of paper work,” he said with a laugh.

Strongman has taken him to competitions all over Canada, the Pacific Northwest and even farther afield to places like Orlando, Reno and Salt Lake City. At one stop he met a man who is one of his inspirations in the sport, the great Magnus Ver Magnusson, the Iceland native who holds four World’s Strongest Man titles. “It was one of the best moments of my life,” said Davies. “I always watched him as a kid. Meeting him was one of those childhood dreams. Some people dream of meeting Michael Jordan, I dreamed of meeting him.” Davies now has his sights set on following Ver Magnusson’s massive footsteps and making it onto the stage himself for the World’s Strongest Man competition. He’s already taken a couple of cracks at qualifying. In 2008 he finished 18th out of a field of more than 60 at the U.S. Nationals, a good result but not good enough to qualify. He tried again in 2010 but was derailed when he partially tore his triceps tendon and muscle. “I was lifting a 180-pound dumbbell to press it over my head with one arm. I got it up and then I heard a pop and it dropped down,” he said. “I finished the competition though — I kept trying. I just wrapped it up really, really tight.” Injuries are a part of the sport, including the constant threat of dropping something really heavy on yourself. That’s always in the back of his mind during lifts, said Davies, adding that he thankfully has not had that happen. “Not yet,” he said. Training for the events is the main way that the athletes stay safe. Some competitions are “blind” in that athletes don’t know what they’ll be doing until they arrive at the station, but usually they are given at least one month’s notice. Davies does his power lifting at Genesis Athletic Club in North Vancouver to stay strong but he also does event specific training whenever possible. To get ready for truck pulling he and his friends have a pretty basic training regime. “We actually pull a truck,” he said with a laugh. “A friend of mine, his cousin owns a trucking company. We have the harness, we go out and we pull the truck.” Though it is an individual sport, the athletes in strong man competitions all pull for each other and are interested in getting the best out of everyone, said Davies. “The camaraderie is nothing like I’ve seen before in any sport,” he said. “If somebody does an event and doesn’t quite get it, you go in there and tell him how to do it so maybe next time he can do it. Anytime new guys have questions everyone is more than willing to help them out.” Those looking to check out the scene will have a chance to do so next month when the Pacific Coast Strongman competition comes to North Vancouver’s Shipbuilder’s Square Sept. 7. That’ll likely be the next competition on his calendar, said Davies. Before that happens, however, he’s got a wedding to attend: his own. Bride-to-be Jenna Pozar is also a “gym buff,” said Davies, adding that the two work as a team when he’s out there picking up really heavy things. “She’s my biggest fan and biggest supporter,” he said. “She helps me get it done. She pushes me more than anyone else. If you catch the videos you can hear someone yelling really loudly in the background. That’s her.”

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Ups and downs for Peliwo in first year as pro Andy Prest

NORTH Vancouver teen tennis phenom Filip Peliwo hoped to parlay some recent success into a long run in his hometwon pro tournament last week but instead was left disappointed after an early exit at the hands of a familiar foe. Fellow Canadian Frank Dancevic knocked off the two-time junior Grand Slam champion 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday night in the opening round of the Odlum Brown VanOpen, making it the second straight year that Peliwo has been one-and-done on his home turf. Last year Peliwo was in between his Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior title wins when he hit Hollyburn Country Club looking to prove himself against the big boys. This year the situation was slightly different — Peliwo is a full-time pro now — but the result was the same. Dancevic, a 28-year-old Niagara Falls native ranked No. 165 in the world, used his superior size and experience to thwart the former North Shore Winter Club player’s attacks. Peliwo put together some incredible sequences, showing flashes of the game that earned him the title of ITF World Junior Champion for 2012, but for the most part was left muttering to himself as Dancevic took control. “Frank was just better today,” Peliwo said after the match. “It’s really disappointing losing this match. Coming here for just one match — I thought I could do a lot better than that today, that’s for sure. But it’s great to play in Vancouver, for sure. I always like playing here. Everyone here in the crowd was great — that’s all I can ask for, I guess.” The move from junior to senior men’s tennis is notoriously tough, even for Grand Slam champions like Peliwo. The fact that he is still a youngster was underscored after the match as he sat on a stone wall just outside the centre court entrance getting cheered up by his family. Patrons who paid to watch him play filed by on their way to the beer cooler — a place Peliwo was not legally able to visit in British Columbia just six months ago. After cooling down a little bit Peliwo admitted that he got himself too worked up about playing at home. “Congrats to Frankie for a good match,” he posted on his Twitter account. “I got a bit too excited and stressed today but (I’m) on the right track.” The loss actually came when Peliwo was making a little

NEWS photo Cindy Goodman

NORTH Vancouver’s Filip Peliwo blasts a shot during opening round play at the Odlum Brown VanOpen Tuesday at Hollyburn. Scan with the Layar app for more photos of Peliwo’s match. breakthrough on tour. Two weeks before the VanOpen he reached the quarterfinals at a Challenger event in Granby, Que. — he lost to Dancevic there too — before ripping off three straight wins to make the semifinals of another Challenger tournament in Lexington, Ky. The results pushed his world ranking up more than 150 spots in two weeks, all the way up to a career high 353. He’ll have a chance to build on that this week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, a tournament that will feature the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic. On Thursday Peliwo was given a


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wildcard berth into the main draw after Gael Monfils of France withdrew due to injury. Peliwo said that it’s been a struggle jumping into the pro game but there are a lot of positive signs. “I’m happy with my general performance over the summer, it’s starting to come along a bit but there’s definitely still a lot of work to be done,” he said, adding he hopes to make a splash in Montreal. “If I can bring my tennis to where it needs to be to play those guys — which I think I can — I think that if I can be a bit more consistent I can do some damage there and kind of break through a little bit. It’s definitely a good opportunity.” ••• The VanOpen wraps up today with the women’s singles and men’s doubles and singles finals. The action is scheduled to start at noon. Visit for updated results and schedules.

Junior Twins coming up big

IT’S been an eventful year for the North Shore Junior Twins.

First they rang up a 21game winning streak spanning from June 9 to July 3. Then pitcher Braeden Toikka, a Sutherland secondary student, threw a no-hitter, allowing just two baserunners — one walk and one hit-by-pitch — in a six-inning, 10-0 shutout of the Abbotsford Junior Cardinals July 29. The Twins wrap up regular season play in the B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League today, hosting a doubleheader at Parkgate Park against the Victoria Junior Mariners starting at noon. This weekend they’re hoping to lock up first place in the league heading into the provincial championship tournament running Aug. 8-11 at Langley’s McLeod Park. Heading into the final weekend of play the Twins sat atop the standings with a 33-7 record. For updated provincial scores and schedules visit — Andy Prest

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TAYLOR Wright of the North Shore Junior Twins fires a pitch against the Whalley Chiefs Wednesday night.

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