Renfrew-Collingwood Community News October 2018

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October 2018


Three cheers for community volunteer Carla Nissen by Paul Reid

Our community is so lucky to have its volunteers. Our spotlight falls this time on Carla Nissen, who recently came to the rescue of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News. As you know, we are celebrating our 20th year this year, and a couple of months ago we had a small celebration to mark the occassion. One of the things that happened at that time was that an old stack of hardcopies of the RCC News was brought back to light, having been hiding in a storage locker for nearly a decade. The old issues really became a hit — people were leafing through them, reminiscing about the stories going back over 20 years. (Our 20 years did not include the precursor “newsletters,” but those were there, too.) And now, thanks in full to the generosity and hard work of our wonderful volunteer, Carla Nissen, all of those old issues have been scanned, rotated, edited and transported into a digital format to be enjoyed by all for years to come. Until now, these hardcopies for the most part, were the only surviving copies of each issue. Soon, these digital copies will be uploaded to our website to join the more recent issues.

Carla Nissen is someone who just loves to give back to her community. She recently helped the RCC News to scan years of old issues, soon to be available on our website. Photos by Paul Reid

RCC News 20 years:

Green Thumb

Theatre revitalization Page 3

Eating Out in RC: Zorro’s Pizza Page 5

You may recognize Carla. She has been a friendly face at our local Safeway for the past 17 years. She has also lived in our community for the past 11 years. She has always been interested in giving back.

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Carla first began volunteering when she lived in Coquitlam, with the Greater Coquitlam Crisis and Information Line. Following two weeks of intensive training and armed with a big binder full of info, Carla began taking calls. Over three years, she heard a lot. “It was an amazing feeling, to be there for people in their most vulnerable time, when they had nowhere else to turn.”

Usually, the calls resulted in Carla pointing people in the right direction. “We were not there to try and solve peoples’ problems ourselves.” Carla liked this work so much, she eventually became a group leader, training others to do this work. “Working with the other volunteers also made it special. We were all treated very well; we were appreciated, and it was all very touching. We could feel the benefits that we were making in others lives. Back in Collingwood, Carla has been volunteering for Collingwood

Neighbourhood House for about a year. She started off working at the front desk, but feels she really found her niche in the administration office: making phone calls, stuffing envelopes, and most recently, scanning of RCC News. “It took roughly 12 hours to scan and edit everything.” As volunteers often do, Carla learned some new skills. In this case, she learned to use CNH’s office scanner; also Adobe Acrobat. “I also used Google to answer some questions, such as how to rotate pages in Acrobat. “It was exciting for me to go through the old issues. I saw pictures of friends, stories about my workplace (Safeway). I sent some stories over to friends, via my phone. They were delighted to see them. I sent one to a coworker who had been mentioned in the old Rants and Raves column. She couldn’t believe it. “When I saw the posting for archiving, I was so excited. I had been reading the paper for years and years and I thought, what better way to help my community then to make this available. Overall, it was an intersting and fulfilling experience.” On behalf of the RCC News and the RC community: Thank you Carla Nissen.

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October 2018

Green Thumb to the Rescue

Theatre company campaigns to rebuild historic Carleton School House

by Paul Reid

To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the RenfrewCollingwood Community News, we’re revisiting past stories that have particularly inspired us. My favourite story from the RCC News is about the Green Thumb Theatre. I like stories about local buildings being revitalized. − Adena Lee

*first printed in RCC News, October 2011 edition School Board; Kerry Jang, City of Vancouver councillor; Donald Luxton, Heritage Vancouver; and Adrian Dix, leader of the BC New Democratic Party and our local MLA.

Patrick McDonald, artistic director of Green Thumb Theatre, unveiled drawings of how the Carleton School House could look as soon as the fall of 2012. Photo by Paul Reid It looks as though the 115-year-old Carleton School House, which has been vacant and deteriorating since being gutted by fire in April 2008, will indeed be saved from the wrecking ball. The Green Thumb Theatre has come to a deal with the Vancouver School Board to lease the building from the school board for 20 years as their new headquarters. Green Thumb Theatre will need to raise approximately 1.2 million dollars to transform the currently burnt-out building into a restored version of its original self with two rehearsal halls, washrooms and a green room. The theatre company also plans to refurbish an adjacent building, “the barn”―built in 1908, to house its offices. The Green Thumb solution came after much work by heritage advocates, the

Green Thumb creates and performs theatre works aimed at children, teens and young adults, to allow students to learn more about educational theatre programs. Green Thumb Theatre has had shows on Broadway and the Sydney Opera House, its works translated into 14 languages and plays performed by over 200 theatre companies throughout the world. The capital campaign was launched at the Carleton site on September 13. Lead by Patrick McDonald, artistic director of Green Thumb Theatre, speakers that day included Pat Munton, principal of Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School; Patti Bacchus, board chair of Vancouver

Initially, Green Thumb hopes to receive $150,000 as part of a cultural infrastructure grant from the city. This would allow for the replacement of the roof, whose current All of the speakers were thrilled about tarps are covering a big the win-win partnership. “We’ll have a hole. Green Thumb will also restored building, the community will apply for $450,000 from have its heart back and we’ll have this the Department of Canadian fantastic theatre program,” said Patti Heritage. This would leave Bacchus. $400,000 still to raise, an amount that Green Thumb is “We’re delighted because Green Thumb positive they can. If all goes Theatre will be restoring our muchto plan, the theatre company cherished heritage schoolhouse to its would be moving into the original splendour and beyond,” said renovated school building by Pat Munton, the school’s principal. fall 2012. “It’s just amazing, it brings tears to my eyes.” Learn more about Greenthumb at You Adrian Dix declared it a “wonderful can also find Green Thumb day” and kicked off the campaign by Theatre on Facebook. donating $1,000. Also present were Bobbi Senft and Jackie McHugh. Longtime activists of local heritage protection, their family members have been attending Carleton Elementary for five generations, since 1905.


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Family tree tips for digging further COMMUNITY NEWS The mission of this non-profit publication is to provide the residents, businesses and organizations of Renfrew/Collingwood with a medium for community communication. Paul Reid: staff writer and layout coordinator Lisa Symons: sales and distribution coordinator Julie Cheng: editorial coordinator

Contributors: Adena Lee, Ann Wong, Cecilia

Federizon, Geoffrey Wong, Hilary Wight, Jack Mihaichuk, Jenny Shen, Julie Cheng, Len, Loretta Houben, Mr. Dunlop, Paul Reid, Robert F. Edwards, Sharon Sun, Soren Elsay, Taya Lawton, Tony Wanless, Zack Young

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by Loretta Houben Genealogy is one of my hobbies that has evolved into a passion over the past few years. I thought I had learned everything about research online, but recently I discovered something quite exciting that I’d like to share. My great uncle William Joseph Williams died in World War I in Salonika, Greece, at age 24. Through the internet I was able to acquire a copy of his date of death, his Royal Welsh Fusilier badge number, the date he enlisted and went to France, and even a photo of his grave in Greece in the Karasouli Military Cemetery. I also tracked down his death notice in a Welsh newspaper, which was no mean feat! I’d wondered for some time if his name had been included on a memorial in his hometown of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales. My husband and I visited the town in May 2017 and checked out the only WWI memorial there but were met with disappointment. I nearly gave up in defeat, but a true genealogy detective is like a dog with a bone; you just can’t let go. I enjoy a subscription to Family Tree UK Magazine in digital format. While checking out the latest edition a few months ago, I noticed

that hovering my computer mouse over the links included in the articles and clicking would take me to the websites listed. I began poking around and I discovered a list of WWI memorials in Wales. One thing led to another, and I double checked other things using Google and found photos of a WWI list of soldiers from Blaenau Ffestiniog in the local hospital. My great uncle’s name is on it! I nearly fell off my chair with this discovery. According to the website, three large wooden boards were placed in the hospiMemorial plaque for WWI, parish of Blaenau tal’s main corridor at the Ffestiniog, Wales. Taken by MHS June 2013 from www. Blaenau Memorial Hospital on Wynne Road. I checked Don’t give up if you have a mystery it out on Google maps and it’s loin your family research. Remember cated very close to where we stayed that online technology has improved when we visited last year. If only by leaps and bounds, and there are we had known then, we might have many helpful experts to assist you in been able to see the memorial in your hunt, along with amazing tools. person. However, the hospital is now closed permanently so I don’t know what will become of the memorial. My next mission is to somehow contact the hospital and make inquiries.

Loretta Houben enjoys genealogy full time and subscribes to the Ancestry website. However, she often finds many clues for her family research by diligently using Google search and Google maps.

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Zorro’s Pizza and

4453 Boundary Road, Vancouver Free Delivery (after 4pm) Phone: 604.438.6446 Now accepts debit as well as cash Greetings food fans. I was very excited to review this next gem in that jewel-encrusted crown of RC eateries, Zorro’s Pizza and Spaghetti House. Yes! Zorro’s is back! Many of you already know, since it happened back in February – Zorro’s reopened! Many were stunned and saddened by the passing of Tony Siliverdis, the man behind Zorro’s. The pizza became legendary. As RC’s Eating Out restaurant review guy, I was saddened to find myself having never tried it. The more I heard about how great it was, the more I regretted having never had the experience. Alas! Wayne Bergquist and his mom, Cynthia Ostonal, have come to the rescue, apparently just in time. “When we contacted the Siliverdis family, we found that they had pretty much given up looking for someone to take over the business and were getting ready to sell everything at an auction.” Thank goodness for Wayne and Cynthia. Short of building a time machine, there was no way for me to ever try a legendary slice of that Zorro’s pie. It’s the exact same menu. I had to have the legendary Jerry’s Special (named after Tony’s son). Bacon, salami, pepperoni, onion, mushrooms, olives, green peppers, pineapple, fresh tomatoes and lean beef. I was not disappointed. My Jerry’s actually lived up to all that hype. It was old school: thick and delicious and I will definitely be back to try more. Now, as admitted, I never had a true one of Tony’s creations, so I cannot compare, but I can honestly say that I was very impressed. A deal at $22. Yes, this baby is so thick, one slice is pretty much a meal for some. I had about four of the eight because it was just so good and I was STUFFED! Wayne is using the exact same recipes for the dough. I found the crust to be like a freshly baked pastry — chewy, delicious and thick – but not too heavy. Even the thick crust at the end, which you often might leave behind, was good to the last bite. Well done guys! Mikeal Hunt, Zorros new pizza chef, should be proud. Wayne has been enjoying Zorro’s pizza since he was about 16 years old. He’s about 40 now, so that’s a lot of Zorro’s. Wayne knows how it should taste. We’re making it the same, but we’re making it better. Maybe a little less ‘wet’. We’re also going to be adding some new pizza to the menu. We now have a Double Cheeseburger pizza and Sweet BBQ pizza. And what does Billy Hopeless of the Black Halos – (un)official ambassador of Zorro’s pizza, say? “My picture is up on the wall with Tony’s—that’s gotta say something. I only hope they can keep it as faithful as they have to the legacy they are carrying on as there has never been a better pizza than Zorro’s . If I wasn’t so busy planning my next attack with the reunited Black Halos and living in Gastown so far away from my old Above: hood, I’d probably have jumped in to keep the old oven Mikeal Hunt, cooking. “ Zorro’s new Well friends, what are you waiting for? Get on the phone and pizza chef, get yourself one of the best deep dish pizzas. Bon appetit. should be proud.

The man now behind Zorro’s, taking over the legacy, Wayne Bergquist. Photos by Paul Reid

Comments from the RCCNews website regarding Tony Siliverdis Mr Dunlop Rest in peace my friend you will always be remembered as a great man with a beautiful family; hardworking and best pizza in Vancouver for sure. You delivered pizza to my family for 30 years. We will miss talking to you about anything and everything; going to miss you; love you. Jack Mihaichuk My family home was up the street in the 70s to the late 90s. I was at Zorros Pizza way too much. I loved the family and of course the pizza was amazing. Still after all this time I remember the great man Tony was, always a smile, sometimes a glare, but always a person all of us could trust. He will be missed. I only wish I could have brought my kids to Zorros to meet the man, the Legend. Len I recently went to Zorros for pizza as I live out of town. I’m sorry for your loss as your father was a wonderfully kind human being. I worked shift throughout the early 1990s and would drop by for food to take to work and chat with your mom and dad. They were very kind people. I was pleased to be able to introduce my 8 year old son to your father about a year ago and chatted like the old days. My son liked your father and your dad gave him a free can of pop. Your father was old school and will be sorrowfully missed. My son told everyone your father’s pizza was the best he ever tasted. To read more about Tony Siliverdis of Zorro’s https://renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews. com/2017/02/18/remembering-tony-siliverdis-of-zorros-pizza/


October 2018


The Seniors Connection Coming together in the community with Ken and Annabelle by Geoffrey Wong

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours, Happy autumn! I wish you all a warm and cozy October as we welcome the cool crisp air, the beautiful changing colours of the leaves, and (yes, even) the rainier days. Grand Opening of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex Congratulations to Collingwood Neighbourhood House on the grand opening of your Annex! This new community space with an arts-and-culture focus is a wonderful addition to our vibrant neighbourhood. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of everyone involved in the Annex, CNH is able to expand its programming and offer the muchneeded services that are vital to our community. I wish you all happy celebrations during your opening ceremonies-- and of course, great success for many more years to come! To learn more about the CNH Annex opening celebrations, and how to support the new space, call 604-428-9142 or email info@cnh.

Ken and Annabelle, volunteers at the 2018 Collingwood Days event. Photo by Jenny Shen Want to learn more about the people who help support Collingwood Neighbourhood House? Ken Mclean (55) and Annabelle Davis (49) are two wonderful volunteers who have given a helping hand since 2010. Ken and Annabelle moved here in 2009 and got to know the community well. Feeling welcomed encouraged them to be around, contribute and share with the community. They started volunteering with CNH’s community lunch. Now they currently run coffee social every Thursday, help with the Christmas party and special events, Collingwood days and anywhere else they are needed. Ken and Annabelle continue to be passionate volunteers to this day. The two have recently received the Good Neighbours award. They still feel motivated by the atmosphere around them and being a part of it. They love the feeling of welcoming and being welcomed with open arms and making new friends with all the people they meet. They have created a special connection with CNH, but their connection did not begin here. It began when the two of them met

in Vancouver 35 years ago. A fun story they shared was during a nice dinner with Annabelle’s father. His job was to capture the moment. Due to some technical difficulties, he had forgotten to put in film. Despite missing the moment, they all laughed about the blooper and all was forgiven. It’s their loving nature that connects them to the community. When asked what the neighbourhood meant to them they expressed that CNH is like a second home to them. It’s the diversity and the sense of community inclusion. They really appreciate that everyone has been welcoming and accepting. They are proud to be a part of CNH’s mission and feel like the people here are family to them. What Ken and Annabelle really like about CNH is the people and programs that show love and care towards them. Ken’s favourites are the community lunch, coffee with our lovely seniors from the community, and the intergenerational feel between all ages in CNH. Annabelle’s favorite programs are the senior trips and social programs with friends. Ken likes to joke about taking our executive director’s job.

When Ken and Annabelle are not around they do many things in the neighbourhood. Anabelle has many hobbies such as collecting knick knacks and spoons, watching television and bowling. Ken is a new senior and enjoys photography, history and computers. He has worked with the Lifesaving Society for 12 years and in August he took part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Both Ken and Anabelle are Special Olympic athletes; Ken is a hockey and soccer player. Annabelle is a bowler and she has competed in 5 and 10 pins. For 10 pins in 2015, she was a three-time gold medalist for Team Canada at the Special Olympics world summer games in Los Angeles. They want to thank and share with everyone because they feel CNH is an excellent place to learn about yourself and community. They are thankful for being greeted into the culture of CNH with open arms. Geoffrey Wong is a summer student working at Collingwood Neighbourhood House as a seniors programs outreach assistant.

BC Referendum on Electoral Reform October 22-November 30, 2018 This month, British Columbians will have an opportunity to decide on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail. Elections BC will mail the ballots to registered voters on October 22. Put your ballot in the mail before November 30, 2018. Make sure your voter information is up to date by visiting elections. or calling 1-800-661-8683 to have your say on whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (First Past the Post) or move to a system of proportional presentation. For more information or to learn about the voting systems, please visit referendum Did You Know? My community office subscribes to a number of local community newspapers in different languages. Please drop by during our office hours for a read, and enjoy some tea while you catch up on the latest current events. While you are here, my Constituency Assistants can assist you in matters related to the provincial government. You can also access the public computer that I’ve set up to help you with online application forms, job searches, or homework assignments. Please do not hesitate to contact me and my community office at 604-660-0314 or Adrian.Dix. if there’s anything that we can for you. My community office is located at 5022 Joyce St. and we are open Monday-Thursdays from 9am-4pm, and Fridays by appointment. Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway


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October 2018

A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

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A good method is to study in a language class like the one taught at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

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That will help you if you are a beginner. But understand that most people you meet don’t speak a language perfectly or correctly. Instead, they speak in what is called the “vernacular.”

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That is the language spoken by ordinary people in a particular region or economic level. Vernacular is similar to dialect – a version of the language that is only used in or by a specific region or group.


In Canada, the English spoken in Newfoundland could be called a vernacular because it can be very different from regular English. Also, teenagers often speak in slang – words they invent that most adults don’t understand. This, too, might be called a dialect. Vernaculars are common in English, which causes problems for language learners because they contain many words or ways of pronouncing that are different from what they have learned in language training. So what is the English-language learner supposed to do to learn to speak like everyone else? Here are some suggestions. Read children’s books written in English. As you become comfortable, you can read higher levels. When reading, speak the words as you read them to better learn spoken English, which can be difficult. Also, try to read local versions of English in newspapers and magazines. Talking books from a library will help you understand spoken English. Watch English-speaking movies or television to learn how to understand how English is spoken where you live. Television news is especially good for this. The best way to learn, however, is to find a local boyfriend or girlfriend who speaks only English. You will learn the language very quickly. Better, marry them.

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October 2018


Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools opens new location at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools provides theatre education to more than 500 children and teens across the Lower Mainland, and their newest location is based at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex! Director Hilary Wight says, “Finding venues suitable to host our programs can be challenging as we run singing, dancing and acting classes simultaneously so need a lot of space! The CNH annex has been designed to include a 2,700-square-foot multipurpose space with a sprung floor that can be divided by a portable wall and even has some theatrical lighting so is perfect for our needs. We are thrilled to be bringing our program to the Collingwood community in such a beautiful space.” Wight, alongside her husband Mike, started running theatre programs 12 years ago with a location on Commercial Drive in 2006. The Commercial Drive location has been full for several years so the company made the decision to branch out with a second eastside location. “Lights Up now has locations in North Vancouver, Westside, Langley, Surrey and Richmond, however, East Vancouver is where it all began and feels like home for us,” Wight says. Viewing theatre training as being more about the process than the final product is the company’s philosophy. While the lights of Broadway can be alluring, students can reap other benefits

Discover creative fun and friendship at Lights Up Musical theatre classes. Photo by Sarah Bourne from acting and singing classes, such as confidence building and newfound friendships. “The skills that are imparted by participation in the arts are transferable life skills. We work with students where they are at, providing appropriate and individualized challenges. All will have something to take away from the program. What we want the kids to do, is to come and have a really good time sing-

ing, dancing and acting – to find out how fun it is,” explains Wight. “Then if they want to take it further they can.” Such is the case with one of Lights Up’s former students, 10-year-old Lia Frankland, who landed a role alongside Charlize Theron in the movie Tully, which was recently released and scored well with the critics. Frankland has also earned guest spots on the TV series The Flash and other shows, after her parents signed her up for Lights Up classes when she was five years old. Of course, alongside the classes there are plenty of opportunities for Lights Up students to perform on stage. Wight says, “Our students are able to take part in several performances a year. Performance opportunities range from informal presentations of classwork to performances in large theatres such as the Vancouver Playhouse. Students also have the opportunity to take part in our summer musical theatre intensive camps where we stage full productions of well known musicals. This year’s production was Beauty and The Beast and we were immensely proud of the students who took part.” Lights Up provides classes in singing, dancing and acting for children and teens aged three to 18 years. For more info, see or call 1-888-502-5253.

Left: Lights Up’s 2018 summer production of Beauty and The Beast. Photo by Mike Wight



October 2018

Activities at MOSAIC

At head office: 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver English Conversation Circle for PersianSpeaking Women

computer Windows programs and help prepare presentation, research and projects. Free snacks and drinks. Free bus tickets for eligible clients. English with Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Tagalog language support. Thursdays, October 4 – December 20, 4–6 pm Angel 604 254 9626 ext 2121 | atse@mosaicbc. org | Text message: 778 321 5406

MOSAIC is a multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of their settlement and integration into Canadian society.

Vancouver Civic Elections Workshop (Cantonese) 2018温哥華市選工作坊 Learn about the upcoming Vancouver municipal election on October 20. October 4, 9:30 – 11:30 am Tim 604 438 8214 ext. 114 |

Join this free conversation circle for women to improve your English. Persian-speaking volunteer assistants provide support to Persian-speaking women of all English levels. Topics are relevant to everyday life and are chosen by the group. Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm Mehrzad 604 254 9626 ext 1013 msalari@mosaicbc. org

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October 2018


Nutrition on a budget by Sharon Sun

by Ann Wong When leaves change colours, it is a sign of the harvest season. In October, we look forward to Thanksgiving with family in sharing a feast often with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, along with dishes full of hearty warm delights. And the cornucopia is the symbol of abundance and nourishment. Similarly, in the Chinese, Vietnamese and many Asian cultures, the Mid-Autumn Festival (this year was September 24) gathered with family is where the moon cake and lanterns set the ambience. This time of year is to celebrate the hard work performed all year long to reap the benefits of the plentiful harvest. Estate planning is ensuring that all the decades of our efforts to build wealth and accumulate assets are eventually managed in a way that is based on our wishes and equitable to our heirs. In addition to “what” gets distributed, we also need to consider “how” our assets should be distributed. From 2016 to 2026, it is expected that $1 trillion dollars will be transferred from one generation to the next in Canada. Here’s some food for thought (yes, pun intended): 1. Write down a list of your assets: investment accounts, life insurance policies, real estate properties, jewelry, art collections and any other personal items you deem as assets. 2. What are the tax liabilities? 3. If there is a business involved, and not all the adult children participate, how can you be fair to everyone? 4. What would be important to you if you are in a blended family? 5. Presuming that your adult children are married, how will you protect the assets in the event of their divorce? 6. How can you continue to help your spouse or adult children who do not have the capacity to handle finances? 7.What legacy do you wish to leave to charities? 8. Speak to your children, executor and financial professional while you are healthy, capable of making decisions and have time to plan accordingly. Ann Wong has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry having worked at financial institutions including a bank, life insurance company, mutual funds companies and investment dealerships. She has also coached financial advisors. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations and is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Email her at if you would like to obtain an estate planning questionnaire.

Do you ever find yourself caught in a dilemma between choosing to eat healthy or saving more money on food? Luckily it is possible to do both. Here are a few tips to help you with your food budgeting. Plan for your grocery trip We’ve probably all been guilty of splurging in the snack aisle. When it comes to saving money on food, knowing what your budget is and sticking to it can help with unintentional overspending. Before you head to the grocery store, make a shopping list and be sure to check what is already in your fridge and cabinets. If you are working with a recipe, keep in mind the number of portions you will be making and convert the amounts so that you will only buy what you need (or as close to). This will also help with potential food waste. Buy frozen produce and fresh when in season Frozen and canned produce are often looked down on in terms of nutritional value. However, they can be just as nutritious as fresh produce, if not better. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often more nutritious because they are picked at the peak of their ripeness when they are the most nutrient-dense. The opposite is often true for fresh produce as they are developed during their transportation to the store. In general, frozen produce is less expensive than fresh. That is a win-win situation for both your health and wallet! Consider the bulk section Sometimes the bulk section may offer products that are more cost-effective than those in packages. One way of deciding is to compare the unit prices (e.g., $4.90/kg) if they are available. This may take a little extra time but can save you a few dollars in the long run. Here are five items to consider buying in bulk to reduce food waste and costs. 1. Spices: Spices generally have a shelf life of less than two years before they start losing their flavours. If you don’t intend on using a whole package, you can avoid this by buying only what you need in the bulk section. 2. Grains, flour, rice, pasta: This is a good way to vary your grain diet. 3. Some varieties of nuts and seeds: From my experience, flax and pumpkin seeds have always been a cheaper alternative to buying those in packages. 4. Some varieties of dried fruits: Cranberries and

raisins can be cheaper in bulk. 5. Dried beans: These will always be less expensive than buying a can of beans. If you are able to cook these at home, you could save a lot over time! Try vegetarian protein alternatives Purchasing fresh meat and seafood products can quickly inflate your grocery bill. Instead, opt for nutritious alternatives such as edamame, tempeh, lentils and beans. Pairing these with whole grains like bulgur, quinoa and wild rice can help you meet your complete protein needs while reaching your low-cost meal goals. Fun fact: Even some vegetables like spinach and broccoli have protein in them too! Interested in learning more and sharing your knowledge? If nutrition or cooking piques your interest, come join the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute! The institute runs ongoing food skills workshops during the year and also many gardening activities for all ages. For more information, visit the Facebook page Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute, email or call 604 -435 -0323 ext. 237. Sharon Sun is a nutrition student studying at the University of British Columbia who is interested in becoming a dietitian. Her passions include pastry arts, photography and teaching others through food workshops. In her spare time you can find her making a little mess in the kitchen or at the grocery store because she always runs out of butter.


October 2018

Ghost Stories

Scary stories that haunt close to home Booklist by Taya Lawton

Ghostly Campfire Stories of Western Canada by Barbara Smith When friends and family gather around a campfire, good times and scary stories are sure to follow. A creepy collection of tales tailor-made for your family’s next foray into the British Columbia or Alberta wilderness. From the phantom swimmer on a Vancouver Island beach to the lost lights of Waterton Provincial Park, these tales will keep the shivers running down your spine long after the campfire’s last embers have died away. Suitable for campers aged eight to 80. In Case I Go by Angie Abdou Eli and his parents have returned to their ancestral family home in a small mountain town; the parents hope to their hectic city lives and restore stability to their marriage. But Eli finds himself answering for the mistakes of the house’s first owner, his great-great-grandfather. He meets an enigmatic Ktunaxa girl, and together they find they both have a foot in multiple worlds; in doing so, they relive their past lives of seduction and betrayal. This new kind of ghost story is about the ways we’re haunted by our ancestors’ misdeeds. The Bone Collector’s Son by Paul Yee Fourteen-year-old Bing is upset with his father for forcing him to help him dig up the bones of Chinese men and women in order to send them back to China. After they discover a skeleton without a skull, Ba is haunted by the powerful ghost. Later Bing gets a job as houseboy for a wealthy family, where he finds another ghost haunting the family. Bing is finally able to find out what both ghosts want from the living and rescues his father from impending death. Sensational Vancouver by Eve Lazarus History books typically show Vancouver as a pioneer city built on forestry, fisheries and tourism, but behind the mountains and rain forests, Vancouver of the first half of the 20th century was a hotbed of civic corruption and crime. This illustrated history book is about Vancouver’s famous and infamous, the ordinary and the extraordinary, filtered through the houses in which they lived. Includes a chapter on Vancouver’s haunted houses, including pictures, locations and the stories of their ghoulish inhabitants. The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories Offering hours of delightful terror, this collection of 24 classic Canadian ghost stories ranges from the work of early masters such as Stephen Leacock and Mazo de la Roche to contemporary writers such as Margaret Atwood, Timothy Finlay and Audrey Thomas. It includes such well-known tales as W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa—the story on which the movie Field of Dreams was based—and other stories by renowned writers Robertson Davies, Mavis Gallant and Jane Rule. Renfrew Library 2969 E 22nd Ave 604.257.8705 Drop by the Renfrew Library (at 22nd Avenue and Nootka) to discover good books, help complete the community



October 2018

4 gardening tips for fall by Soren Elsay The days of tank tops and bare feet in the back yard have come to an end. However, as experienced gardeners know, garden work is a yearround process. While the spring and summer are where the excitement happens, what you do during the fall and winter plays just as crucial a role in your garden’s fortunes. The conditions may be less than ideal for being outside, but make sure you find time to properly put your garden into hibernation mode by following these tips. 1. Plant bulbs The best way to make sure springtime starts off with a bang is to plant bulbs in the fall. Aim for planting them from the middle of October until the end of November to see them emerge in full bloom in the spring. Make sure they are planted four to eight inches below the surface and most types, such as the ever-popular daffodils, should be planted in groups of five or more per hole. Unfortunately, bulbs are a favourite treat of the local wildlife. Try deterring them by coating your bulbs in baby powder just before they get put in the ground. Keep your bulbs dry at all costs while storing them. Wet bulbs tend to go bad very quickly. If a bulb is black or mushy, don’t put it in the ground and expect it to grow.


plants that return every year. But that does not mean you let them wither and die though the winter. Cut down them down to the ground once they turn brown or begin to look unpleasant. They will be back. 3. Prune hydrangeas (if you have them) Although brilliant when they flower throughout the summer, hydrangea bushes tend to get overgrown and Do not be afraid to cut hydrangeas back hard to manage very quickly. To quite drastically once they finish flowerkeep them under control, do not ing. Photo by Julie Cheng be afraid to cut them back quite drastically once they finish flowering. It’s not unheard of to prune it down to two-thirds or even one-half of its initial size. Always make your cut just above a fresh bud or at “crotch” (where a branch meets another branch). 4. Leave the leaves Understandably most people like the tidy look of not having brown leaves scattered across their lawn; however, I would advise leaving or even putting a layer of leaves on top of your garden beds once the plants are done for the season. The leaves will provide both insulation against the cold for the bulbs still in the ground as well as an influx of nutrients as the leaves decompose over time. Soren Elsay has worked as a professional landscaper. He is an aspiring writer with a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia.

2. Cut down perennials Perennials, as opposed to the one-season-and-done “annuals,” are

Three Links community open house #2: Tips and tools to care for seniors at home by Zack Young We are all impacted by the declining health of loved ones, and troubled when we are unable to provide the best care possible for family members who can no longer look after themselves. On September 28, Three Links care centre (located at 22nd Avenue and Renfrew) hosted the second in a series of community open houses, providing community members with necessary tips and tools for ensuring elders who still live at home are cared for properly. In this free public event, speakers from Three Links and other organizations specializing in seniors care gave local residents an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insight into being more effective caretakers in the home setting. Speakers showcased their knowledge and provided hands-on examples. Three Links’ dietician Rebecca Lim spoke about senior’s nutrition. She outlined what is meant by “eating well,” in the context of changing nutritional needs associated with aging. She also offered listeners some resources such as the

“healthy eating for seniors handbook,” which has advice for dealing with potential nutrient deficiencies in old age. From Seniors First BC, a provincial nonprofit, Lin Chen focused on ensuring the dignity of seniors, helping to prevent abuse and neglect and providing support on seniors’ health, finance and housing issues. She explained how the Seniors Abuse Information Line (which can be reached toll free at 1-866-4371940) connects older adults and those who care for them to counselling, victim services, and even legal advocacy and representation for seniors! From the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), vision rehabilitation assistant Mark Forrest started the open house with an overview of the many services provided by CNIB, including orientation and mobility services to help make spaces safely accessible, low vision services such as providing and educating users with magnifiers, independent living skills, assistive technology and peer support groups. He also pointed

to the range of online services and directed listeners on how to become CNIB members. For information, visit The Three Links Open House series event will continue to provide RenfrewDietician Rebecca Lim Collingwood neighbourhood spoke about senior’s nutrition at Three Links’ residents with latest community open access to invaluhouse held in Septemable knowledge ber. Photo courtesy of Three and resources Links Care Society that will help care for and improve the quality of life of loved ones at home, particularly increasingly frail seniors living with dementia. For more information about the Three Links Care Society, contact us at


October 2018


The other guy’s opinion: On marijuana by Robert F. Edwards In October 2018, Canada will become the second country in the world that has legalized marijuana. This means that from coast to coast to coast Canadians can enjoy the recreational use of marijuana. Later in the year and next year there will be adjustments to where and how in Canada we Canadians can purchase marijuana, cannabis, weed and dope in different forms. Member of Parliament Ralph Goodale in an interview said if a Canadian were asked at the border going into United States if they used marijuana, they should tell the truth. Now here comes the dilemma that I wish to share with the readers. After October, it will be a legal substance in Canada. For us in British Columbia and especially in the Greater Vancouver district, the border with the United States is a very short distance. The state that we will enter is Washington; which also legalized marijuana. Here is the problem: crossing the border and being asked by the customs and immigration officer if you have ever or are using marijuana. And if your answer is, “Yes I have used it in the past” or “Yes, I do use it in the present “you are subject to being banned from the United States of America forever. This is because the U.S. federal laws prohibit the use of marijuana and anybody from any country anywhere that admits they use this substance, for whatever reason, can be denied entrance in United States forever. I hope some of the people that read this article will respond to the newspaper on what their answers would be to the customs and immigration officers of the United States concerning this matter. I sincerely appreciate the newspaper publishing this article and the readers responding with their opinion. Robert F. Edwards is a long-time contributor to the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News. This article is the opinion Robert F. Edwards and nobody else’s feelings from the newspaper.

The weed is

(just about)


by Paul Reid This is a historic time. By the time our November issue roles around, both recreational and medicinal marijuana will have become legal in Canada. Marijuana has been illegal since any of us can remember. How will things change? How will our local Green Cross and other dispenseries be treated? Will the black market just dry up and go away? Or will it grow, with higher risks meaning higher rewards for those who choose to evade the new tough penalties? Socially, is it suddenly okay now to light up at the family BBQ? How do you go about explaining the change to your kids? Please, write in and let us know how you’re (going to be) handling it. How many non-smokers out there are going to try it for the first time, just because it is now legal? Will you? Will there be a glut of first time smokers down at emergency - suffering from unstoppable giggling? Will the average Canadian soon be a no good, lazy, stoner? And if so, will the new tax money from all this weed be enough to house and feed a nation of stoners? You see, so many questions. Tune in, turn on and check out our next issue, by when the weed shall be freed.

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Earthquake Preparedness (18+yrs)

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Food Skills for Families – Newcomers to Canada (19+yrs)


Join the Food Skills for Families program and learn to cook tasty Canadian favourites and get tips on how to adapt various traditional recipes. The newcomers curriculum is designed to teach those new to Canada about Canadian meals and the food system. Sign up for this six-week program and join us weekly for a three hour class. There is a max of 12 seats available on a first come first serve basis. 177704 Wed Oct 3-Nov 7 5:30-8:30pm Free

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LEGO WEDO 1.0 Robotics (6-12yrs)

Tomorrow's Playground Exciting and Fun introduction to Robotics with LEGO Education WEDO coding Software. Students will be able to build and program from a variety of Robots, featuring working motors and sensors, including a roaring lion, drumming monkey, alligator and many more, while exploring a series of cross-curricular theme based activities. Teamwork is encouraged in this STEM based program, as students develop their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Repeat students are welcome and will go on to build new projects! No session Nov 12. 183882 Mon Oct 29-Nov 26 3:45-5:15pm $100/4 sess

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Manning Fall Foliage Tour (55+yrs) Enjoy Tour And Travel

Take a sightseeing tour to see splendid fall foliage between Hope and Manning Provincial Park located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. Package includes: Manning Park, Lunch at Pinewood Restaurant, Lightning Lake Escorted Walk, Hope Slide, Rhododendron Flats. 174092 Fri Oct 26 8:15am-5:15pm $99/person

SPOOKtacular Halloween Party (2-11yrs)

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October 2018


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


Joyce Location: 5288 Joyce St. ; Tel: 604-435-0323 / New Annex Location: 3690 Vaness Ave. ; Tel: 604-428-9142 / Visit:

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex: Opening Ceremonies October 11-13 New Arts-and-Culture Hub in Renfrew-Collingwood: CNH Annex

On Thursday, October 11 in a formal ceremony CNH will dedicate the space and thank the many supporters who have made it possible. The Fashion Show Fundraiser on Friday, October 12will give participants, volunteers and staff of CNH’s Homeless Program the opportunity to catwalk down the runway wearing trendy vintage outfits. Clothing will be raffled and sold during the night with, all proceeds going to CNH’s Homeless Program. On Saturday, October 13 there will be a community appreciation and celebration. All the activities of the day will be free! From diverse live performances and community engagement activities, to bird performances and local artist demonstrations, it will showcase the best of what to expect at CNH’s second location, the Annex, Renfrew-Collingwood’s new and striving arts-and-culture hub. Ten years ago, the CNH Annex was merely a dream of Collingwood’s community members. After a decadeof visioning, organizing, negotiating, planning and coordinating, our community finally has a physical space to make these dreams a reality. Meanwhile, n 2014, the Renfrew-Collingwood Arts and Culture Infrastructure Plan found that 250 artists reside in this neighbourhood with 20-30 different types of artistic expressions. Our community has a rich breadth and depth of artists, but there isn’t space for our artists to do their work, and therefore many artists move their art practice to Main Street or Commercial Drive. The Annex is a space for artists to do their work, for community members to learn new skills and for our community to develop its rich artistic culture; , the vast majority of the Annex’s programming will focus on arts and culture. This includes the visual arts, dance, music, singing, the culinary arts and drama, along with some recreational programs, a preschool, and English-language classes. As the programming develops over the coming years, CNH’s Annex staff team will strive to engage artists in a meaningful way by

Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.” *Joyce location

October lunch menu

By: Cecilia Federizon To mark the opening of its new Annex, CNH will be hosting three days of opening celebrations for its second location from Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 13. The events will include many arts and cultural activities and will focus on celebrating the diversity of our community, forming connections between neighbours in a creative space, and serving as a venue for reconciliation.


October 2 Mushroom Barley Soup Roasted Chicken or Veggie Sandwich Salad Lemon Tart

providing opportunities for artists to meet, learn from, and interact with one other and share their skills more broadly. Emily Chan, the Community Annex Coordinator, has been working on the Annex start-up for a little over a year. In her role, she said, it has been exciting to reflect upon what an arts-and-culture hub feels like and what it means to be part of a neighbourhood house. To her, being part of a neighbourhood house goes back to CNH’s vision, ‘A Place to Belong, a Place to Grow’; helping people acquire that sense of belonging gets to the heart the ultimate goal of a neighbourhood house. It’s not tangible, you can’t necessarily schedule it, it’s not something you can easily measure on a spreadsheet but it’s a feeling of home. In her role as the Community Annex Coordinator, Chanhopes CNH can help the community to create a space that feels like home to community members by listening to community feedback, providing information sessions, promoting how to get involved, and implementing the feedback into the Annex’s operations and programming. “Our community has needed something like this (and arts-and-culture hub) for a long time,” Chan said. he’s excited to think about “how the diversity of artistic expression will culminate throughout the next few years.” ● Annex Grand Opening: Thursday, October 11, 2-4 pm. A formal ceremony of recognition and celebration followed by a reception. Free ● Fashion Show: Friday, October 12, 6-9 pm. An evening to show and sell vintage clothing with refreshments and music. Proceeds to CNH’s Homeless Program. ● Community Celebration: Saturday, October 13, 11 am - 3 pm. Community performances, art demonstrations, food, activities for the whole family. Free. All events to take place at the CNH Annex, 3690 Vanness Avenue. For more information please call CNH’s Annex at 604-428-9142.

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October 4 Baked Fish with Applesauce Quinoa salad Chocolate Cookies October 9 Minestrone Soup Egg Salad Sandwich Salad Rice Pudding October 11 Beef or Veggie Burgers Salad Coconut milk cake October 16 Lentil Coconut Soup Macaroni and Cheese with Ham Salad Raspberry Scone October 18 Perogies with Sausages Salad Oatmeal Raisin Muffins October 23 Cream of Corn Soup Sockeye Salad or Veggie sandwich Salad Pecan Cookies October 25 Meat or Veggie Pie Salad Vanilla Cupcake



October 2018

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COLLINGWOOD BIA UPDATES Thank you all for attending the Annual General Meeting on September 26th. We are excited to begin a new year and work on our new projects for the 2019 year. Look for more Street Beautification Projects, starting with the Collingwood Clock Tower Plaza, more benches along Kingsway and perhaps a mural or two. These improvements will compliment the new decorative lighting and our Brand new logo and banners coming next month! Check out our new logo and branding for the Collingwood BIA on our website and social media. It was officially launched at the AGM late September. We look forward to your feedback, email or call the office. Turn Down the Heat Week - November 2-9. Contact the CBIA office to register your business as a location for the annual Clothing Drive. The CBIA will provide you with signage, a box, promote on social media and Fortis BC will provide you with helpful tips to be more energy efficient especially during the colder months. All clothing will be donated to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Homelessness Committee. This will mark the 6th year for this event and we thank the community for your contributions. Winter Carnival and Community Tree Lighting Ceremony - SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 24th, 3pm - 7pm in the Safeway parking lot (Kingsway and Tyne)

COLLINGWOOD BIA YEAR IN REVIEW Crime Prevention & Safety Programs: ¥ Collingwood Guardians and Bike & Foot Patrols - in partnership with the Collingwood Community Policing Centre Street Clean Team: ¥ Team goes out 4-5 times per week - in partnership with Coast Foundation Society and Mission Possible Graffiti Patrol and Removal Program: ¥ Partnership with GoodBye Graffiti Street Enhancements: ¥ 10 new self-watering planter boxes were added to make a total of 30 ¥ Clock Tower Plaza maintenance by the CBIA

Marketing and Promotions: ¥ Monthly WhoÕs Who in the Renfrew Collingwood Community Newspaper ¥ Collingwood Days marked its 15th anniversary and the theme ÔPlayÕ was very successful. Gaston Park is the new location and proving to be ideal for the event. CBIA partners with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the Collingwood Community Policing centre along with Mosaic and Renfrew Community Centre. ¥ Collingwood International Film Festival - outdoor movies from different countries around the world - in partnership with the Collingwood Community Policing Centre ¥ Winter Carnival and Tree Lighting ¥ Chinese New Year Lion Dance Celebrations ¥ Jr BIA Case Study

We celebrated our approval by City Council for renewing the Collingwood BIA for 7 more years. The Collingwood BIA will continue to promote, enhance, support and enhance the vitality and economic sustainability in the Collingwood business area. Thank you to our Board of Directors for your time and dedication.

Join the Board We are always looking for new board members. Criteria to be a board member: own a commercial property; business tenant over 6 months; passion to make the Collingwood commercial area grow to help make a healthy neighbourhood.

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Upcoming Events

November 1: New Banners November 2 - 9: Turn Down the Heat Week November 24: Winter Carnival & Tree Lighting


October 2018


Renfrew Ravine boardwalk native planting You may have seen the new staircase and boardwalk being built along Renfrew Ravine at the Renfrew-Boyd Diversion (where the Yin-Yang bench is). The Renfrew Ravine Streamkeepers will be planting this new boardwalk with native plants once the boardwalk is done. Come learn about different native plants and help them grow.

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Reflections on the History of Women in Textile

There is a staircase and a boardwalk down into the ravine. Please dress for the weather! Sturdy, close-toed shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

September 12–December 30, 2018

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The Renfrew Ravine Streamkeepers is a group of neighbours and citizen scientists who help steward Still Creek and Renfrew Ravine, with the support of Still Moon Arts Society. Interested in the Health of Still Creek and the Renfrew Ravine? Join the Still Creek Streamkeepers at their monthly meetings, every fourth Monday evening of the month at 6 pm at Slocan Hall, 2750 East 29th Avenue. Everyone welcome! Next meeting: October 22, 2018.


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