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Earlier this month, the Children’s Wish Foundation and Air Transat joined forces to take 200 children battling life-threatening illnesses on a special flight to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas. In addition to the excited children, the flight from YVR included family members, elves, entertainers and members of the media. At the appropriate time on the 60-minute flight, the captain announced that Santa had been spotted on the left side of the plane and informed passengers that an attempt would be made to allow him on board. Shortly after the announcement both Santa and Mrs. Claus appeared, and with the sounds of cheer ringing through the cabin the happy pair distributed gifts to the enthusiastic children. Not only did

Santa bring good cheer, but he also declared that all kids on the flight were on his “nice” list. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Children’s Wish Foundation has granted more than 16,000 wishes for children and their families. The foundation fulfills approximately 900 wishes annually—granting nearly three wishes everyday— each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child. The average wish fulfilled costs about $12,000, so the presentation by Rod Ramage, regional manager of Air Transat, of a cheque for $325,000 to the foundation prior to the start of this year’s flight was especially welcome. Since the first Flight in Search of Santa in 2004, Air Transat has donated $5-million to the Children’s Wish Foundation through its Change for Kids initiative. 

Four-year-old Natalie Quarnstrom helps Air Transat pilots find Santa on their way to the North Pole during the fifth annual Flight in Search of Santa at YVR. The flight is organized by the Children’s Wish Foundation in partnership with Air Transat and YVR.

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A new partnership has been forged between Vancouver Airport Authority and Quest Food Exchange to benefit low-income individuals and families, the environment and the airport community. Quest Food Exchange is a registered charity that rescues food and other goods from being sent to the landfill and re-distributes it to benefit the community. Working with hundreds of social service agencies, this innovative approach to rescuing

food and reducing hunger involves collecting and distributing quality food—overstock, mislabelled or near-expired products that would otherwise go to waste—and redirecting it to those in need. In 2009, Quest reclaimed more than $5-million worth of surplus food and diverted 1,680 tonnes of food away from the landfill. “Working together as an airport community, we can make a real difference for Quest’s clients,” said See QUEST page 2

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YVR got the Vegas party started on Tuesday November 23, kicking off a month-long Las Vegas promotion that reminds travellers that their party starts sooner when they fly from YVR on either Air Canada or WestJet. Early in the morning on the coldest day of the year to date, the stage was set on the Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art

Gallery in downtown Vancouver. The event featured an Elvis impersonator entertaining the crowd, and a branded showgirl, casino dealer and ambassadors distributing party-in-a-bag giveaways to pedestrians bustling by. The event climaxed when Elvis “took off” in a chair attached to hundreds of colourful, helium-filled

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Winter operations plan in force at YVR With all the talk of a snow-heavy winter, YVR is ready to handle the white stuff this season. Two years ago, Vancouver Airport Authority invested $30-million in upgrades for its snow removal and deicing resources to increase the airport’s capacity during snow and other winter conditions. This included more powerful snow-removal equipment that will clear the runways in 20 minutes instead of 30; more than 20 de-icing trucks, including 16 of the newest and most environmentally-friendly vehicles; an additional de-icing bay and a centralized de-icing system. So what happens at YVR when the snow falls in Vancouver? It’s nothing short of heroic. With five square kilometers of runway, taxiway and apron, keeping the airfield clear is no small task. With more than 116 unique pieces of equipment—including 10 newly

purchased trucks—YVR uses ploughs, high-speed blowers, sweepers, anti-icing trucks, ramp clearing loaders, bobcats, excavators and snow-melting machines to keep all the runways, taxiways and roads leading to the airport in safe, operating condition. And when there is snow or frost, every aircraft needs to be de-iced before it takes off. The Airport Authority, along with Aeromag, now manages this process and uses 20 new de-icing trucks to service all aircraft. These are no ordinary trucks— utilizing the latest in environmental technologies, they minimize the ecological footprint caused by de-icing operations. The new trucks require less glycol—the solution used to de-ice aircraft—and can adapt the amount of glycol used to the snow conditions. This means there is a potential glycol reduction of up to 50 per cent. Snowfall doesn’t happen often in

Vancouver, but when it does, the Airport Authority can review its Winter Operations plan and make improvements based on experience. The Airport Authority and its

partners share a common goal of ensuring passengers travel safely and efficiently in all weather conditions. With the first snowfall this season occurring last month, the Airport Authority successfully kept the runways and taxiways clear of snow but saw some delays while de-icing aircraft. As with any

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new system, efficiency will come with experience and the Airport Authority is working hard with its supplier to eliminate delays. Next time you are at YVR when it snows, head over to the Public Observation Area and watch the machines at work as a single echelon of 11 trucks moves down the two parallel runways to clear the snow. With a 7.3-metre-long blade, the ploughs clear the equivalent of two traffic lanes in one pass.

Quest from page 1 Anne Murray, vice president community & environmental affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We feed thousands of people every day at YVR, so this is a partnership that makes sense. It allows us to help our business partners reduce waste, make valuable contributions to our community and be credited for their donations. I hope many of our business partners will see the value of this partnership, as we do.” By diverting food from the landfill and composting what can no longer be consumed, Quest contributes to a healthier, greener environment while alleviating hunger, encouraging self-sufficiency and building community. In addition to providing access to nutritious food, Quest assists with meal planning, budgeting and job development skills. Already, Hudson Group at YVR has partnered with Quest to regularly donate items such as sandwiches, pastries and snacks. In 2010, Hudson Group donated more than 1,100 kilograms of food valued at more than $60,000—food that otherwise would have been composted or sent to the landfill. HMSHost also donated its White Spot opening day profits of $4,325 to Quest, and Paradies Shops is commencing donations of merchandise in December. “Hudson Group at YVR has been supporting Quest with donations of hard good products and consumables since the early summer of 2010,” said Jonathan Woytko, acting general manager at Hudson Group. “We strongly believe in helping people and being involved in

the community, enabling individuals and their families to live richer and fuller lives through donations.” Quest Food Exchange will also benefit from fundraising efforts at YVR. For example, 30 airport tenants and business partners sponsored the Christmas trees decorated by local school children that are displayed in the terminal for the holiday season. All proceeds this year go to Quest Food Exchange, a total of $8,400 as well as 750 non-perishable food items generously donated by the school children. This new partnership was inspired by a recommendation from Vancouver Airport Authority’s Green Team, a group of employees that look for ways to improve the airport’s impact on the environment. The Airport Authority has been working with Quest and its business partners to build a sustainable program that benefits all involved. Contributors receive a tax receipt for their donations which acts as an added incentive to get involved. Through its community investment program, Vancouver Airport Authority donates more than $500,000 each year to charities and local organizations to support the growth of our community. Vancouver Airport Authority is excited to work with its business partners and Quest Food Exchange, British Columbia’s only food exchange program, to reduce hunger, reduce waste and build the community. To find out how your business can contribute to Quest Food Exchange, visit

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Meet Air Canada’s Ben Smith Ben Smith, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Air Canada, was recently in Vancouver to talk about his perspective on the airline industry and the importance of YVR to the airline’s network. A self-described “airline junkie,” Smith has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. Stints in the travel agency business, business development and e-sales for Tango, Air Canada’s discount brand, and network planning and analysis for the airline prepared Smith for his current role as chief commercial officer. Today, his responsibilities include marketing, sales, revenue management, cargo business and ACJets, Air Canada’s charter operation, which ensures your favourite NHL team gets to the ice on time. As YVR’s largest carrier, Air Canada operates more than 150 daily flights out of Vancouver. On the international front, the airline connects Vancouver to a total of 11 global destinations, with the recent addi-

tions of daily non-stop flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, beginning March 2011 and daily flights to Mexico City, available now. These two new flights, plus additional capacity added to some existing Asia routes, are set to boost Air Canada service out of YVR by almost 15 per cent in 2011. In keeping with this trend, it’s no surprise that Smith sees a significant opportunity for YVR to grow as a key hub for Air Canada’s operations between Vancouver and the Asia Pacific region. But as Smith explained, there are more factors at play than simply YVR’s enviable spot on the globe. Currently, more than 40 per cent of Air Canada’s traffic to YVR is transferring passengers—passengers travelling from other points in North America who choose to connect through YVR rather than another airport—and that’s a percentage Smith hopes to see grow. When more connecting travellers choose YVR, local customers benefit, too, with more destinations and

flight options. The business of airports is competitive, and as airlines take delivery of new, longerrange aircraft like the B787, travellers will have more options for connecting on competing airlines through competing airport hubs en route to international destinations. To ensure YVR remains a top choice, Air Canada and the Airport Authority have to work together. While Air Canada is working to offer destinations and flight schedules that passengers want, the Airport Authority is working to ensure it has the services and amenities, such as online check-in, selfbag-tagging, US Customs pre-clearance and expedited customs processing through NEXUS, to make connecting through YVR a positive and time-efficient experience.

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YVR Holiday Spirit on Parade For many, the holiday season officially kicks off with the Rogers Santa Claus Parade featuring family fun, the big guy in red and a chance to give back to the community. Now in its seventh year, the Rogers Santa Claus Parade has become a holiday tradition and celebrates the spirit of giving in the region. Held on December 5, the parade got onlookers into the holiday spirit and helped support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society by collecting nonperishable food items and cash donations. This year’s parade featured marching bands, festive floats, choirs, community groups and the one-and-only Santa Claus. Leading the parade were Vancouver Airport Authority-sponsored Parade Grand Marshals: John Furlong, CEO, VANOC, The Honourable Mary McNeil, Minister of Citizens’ Services and past Minister of State for the Olympics and the 2010 Winter Games volunteers. If you missed the parade and would like to see YVR out in the community, it will be broadcast on City TV on December 11 and 12. For more information about the Rogers Santa Claus Parade visit 

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Elvis from page 1 YVR balloons. Flying local from YVR saves you time and hassle, with three daily flights on Canadian airlines direct to Las Vegas from YVR, which is the perfect place to start your vacation. Passengers can either take the Canada Line directly from downtown to YVR, or take advantage of YVR’s lowest parking rates yet—just $7.99 per day or $44.95 per week. Check-in is a breeze, and after security passengers can sip a cocktail at Voyages Bar, browse some of YVR’s topnotch shopping or even indulge in a massage or manicure to relax. And until December 19, Vegasbound passengers will enjoy a party in the Transborder departures area while waiting for their flights, with DJs spinning tunes and promotions from YVR shops and restaurants. In the end, it took 611 balloons for Elvis to take off for Vegas, but two lucky pairs of travellers will touch down in Vegas without helium, thanks to an online contest offering two trips for two to Las Vegas, courtesy of Air Canada and WestJet, the Airport Authority’s promotional partners.

Vancouver Airport Authority employees and their families joined the Grand Marshals as they handed out giveaways to the crowd at this year’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade



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Ben Smith, executive vice president and chief commercial officer Air Canada. rience. In 2010, Air Canada was voted Best Airline in North America in a global survey of 17-million travellers conducted by Skytrax—incidentally, the same surveying company that named YVR Best Airport in North America. Smith credits the win to some of the services available to Air Canada customers, such as individual on-demand entertainment on all aircraft and 100 per cent lie-flat bed seats in business class on all aircraft. He’s also confident that once Air Canada rolls out service on the 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners currently on order, the experience will improve, as these new aircraft can fly longer and farther, which will have a positive impact on the consumer bottom line. These customer care highlights, Smith hopes, will translate into more customer loyalty, especially as Air Canada places a renewed focus on understanding and anticipating its customers’ needs. For more information on Air Canada’s flights, visit 

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A chocolate covered history

Community Corner Vancouver Airport Authority sponsors Braydon Luscombe, a growing champion

The Rogers’ Chocolates YVR display is located after security and celebrates the history of one of Canada’s premiere chocolate makers. For the next three months, passengers travelling through the International and Domestic terminals can check out the Rogers’ Chocolate display A Chocolate Covered History in honour of the chocolatier’s 125th anniversary. The installation provides an in-depth look at the history of Rogers’ Chocolate including real artifacts such as copper pots, ladles and a candy scale once used by Charles Rogers more than 100 years ago. Chocolate-smelling machines and

Para-alpine athlete Braydon Luscombe, skies his way to success with the support of Vancouver Airport Authority. 

touch-screen monitors showcasing the wide variety of Rogers’ products definitely have mouths watering—cravings can be satisfied by purchasing Rogers’ Chocolate at several retail outlets in the terminal. The display is located after security, so if you’re lucky enough to be travelling during the holiday season, you can check it out. If not, visit to learn more about their history or to purchase some of their sweet treats.

Braydon Luscombe, an 18-year-old para-alpine athlete from Duncan, B.C., is having the time of his life this year. A member of the Growing Champions program that connects high-performance B.C.-based athletes with businesses and individuals throughout the province, Braydon is sponsored by Vancouver Airport Authority. Braydon’s year got off to a great start when he was chosen to be one of eight representatives to carry the Paralympic Games flag at the opening ceremonies in March in Vancouver. With the com-

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events and follow his dream. Braydon is without question a talented athlete with big dreams for the future. Getting to this point has taken hard work and dedication. Some of his recent accomplishments include winning silver in Alpine Skiing at the 2009 BC Para-Alpine Championships in Whistler, and placing fifth at the 2008 Canadian National ParaAlpine Championships in Kamloops. The little spare time Braydon has these days is split between other sports and family activities, as well as working with War Amps BC as a junior counselor. Braydon lost his right leg at the age of five and lives life to the fullest. “I am involved with younger amputee children as a role model and educator,” said Braydon. “We talk about safety, health, education and specific issues of being an amputee. I love spending time with children and seeing other disabled people being all they can be.” Vancouver Airport Authority and the entire YVR community wish Braydon every success in racing to achieve his dreams. The Airport Authority’s blog will follow Braydon’s progress this season at 

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Shopping malls are overstuffed with anxious gift-seekers as the holidays fast approach. This year, consider a more stress-free shopping excursion at YVR. With easy access via the Canada Line and 100-plus shops to choose from, the airport is a destination in its own right for those looking to cross names off a lengthy gift list. Here are some of this year’s top gift ideas, all available in the public area of the airport terminals: FOR HER: Recently-opened Brooks Brothers features classic ready-to-wear fashions for men and women. Make mom’s Christmas with a popular non-iron shirt with beautiful detailing ($89) - an essential for wrinklefree travel. International Terminal, Level 3 Visit local jewelry company Taraxca’s YVR outpost for unique sterling silver pieces, such as a set of leaf drop earrings ($44). Domestic Terminal, Level 3 Crafthouse BC features an outstanding selection of art, pottery and jewelry from B.C.’s best artisans. Illustrated with canoes, birds and other Canadian imagery, Vancouver-based potter Laura McKibbon’s ceramic platters combine beauty and function ($36 - $76 each). Domestic Terminal, Level 3 FOR HIM: Travel + Leisure offers a range of brand-name bags, suitcases, backpacks and totes. Canadian favourite Roots makes beautiful, durable leather Banff duffle bags ($358) for the jet-setting man in your life. Domestic Terminal, Level 3 Virgin Books & Music has the latest and greatest in books, music, DVDs and gifts. Top sellers? Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud, and the always-popular Air Canada Airport play set ($29.99). Domestic Terminal, Level 3 FOR KIDS: Pick up pair of adorable plush frog or sealthemed slippers ($18.99) for the littlest recipients on your list at the Vancouver Aquarium Store. Domestic Terminal, Level 3 STOCKING STUFFERS: Pharmasave is one of YVR’s bestkept shopping secrets. In addition to drugstore stand-bys, the store also carries a great range of gifts – everything from baby clothes to candles and tote bags, plus a good selection of holiday cards and gift-wrap. Domestic Terminal, Level 1 YVR is home to the world’s first airport 7-Eleven convenience store, where you can pick up gift cards for popular retailers. Available in several denominations, iTunes, Best Buy, Winners and Visa gifts cards make perfect stocking stuffers. Domestic Terminal, Level 1 HOSTESS GIFTS: Vancouver Marketplace has a broad selection of smoked salmon and gourmet delicacies to share. Try the trio of crab, salmon and lobster patés ($23.99). International Terminal, Level 3 Pick up a freshly-ground pound of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee, or the indulgent Cocoa Trio set ($10.95) at one of

Founded in 1818, Brooks Brothers offers classic ready-to-wear clothes for men and women, including sweaters, trousers, ties, silk scarves and their popular non-iron shirts—a must for wrinkle-free travel.

Travel + Leisure on Level 3 Domestic Terminal offers a range of brand-name bags, suitcases, backpacks and totes. YVR’s six Starbucks locations. Domestic and International Terminals Toast the season with a bottle of B.C. wine, such as Quails Gate Old Vines Foch ($28.35), or a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream,

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Located on Level 3, Domestic Terminal, Crafthouse BC features art, pottery and jewellery by some of B.C.’s best artisans.

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CIFFA Western Region 2010 Awards

Cathay Pacific Cargo employees receive the Freight Forwarders 2010 Award for Air Carrier of the Year. The Western Region of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) recently held its 2010 Forwarders’ Choice Awards at the River Rock Resort and Casino in Richmond, B.C. Since its early beginnings in 1948 by a small group of freight forwarders, CIFFA now represents members in three divisions: Eastern Region, responsible for the province of Quebec and all points east; Central Region, responsible for Ontario and Manitoba; and Western Region, responsible for British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Each region holds it own annual awards to honour carriers voted to be the best at serving their forwarding community. Awards are determined by CIFFA members, who vote in ocean, air and truck categories. Western Region 2010 award winners were as follows:

Land Carriers • Air LTL/Ocean LCL – Vimac Transport, Richmond, BC • Ocean FCL Local Drayage – Team Transport, Richmond, BC • Longhaul Carrier – Harbour Link, Delta, BC • Land Carrier of the Year – Team Transport, Richmond, BC. Air Carriers • Europe Tradelane – Air France/ KLM Cargo • Far East Tradelane – Cathay Pacific Cargo • Latin America Tradelane – Air Canada Cargo • Middle East Tradelane – Air France/ KLM Cargo • Southwest Pacific Tradelane –

Cathay Pacific Cargo • Air Carrier of the Year – Cathay Pacific Cargo. Ocean Carriers • Europe Tradelane – Hapag-Lloyd, Vancouver, BC • Far East Tradelane – OOCL, Vancouver, BC • Latin America Tradelane - Hamburg Sud, Vancouver, BC • Middle East Tradelane – HapagLloyd, Vancouver, BC • Southwest Pacific Tradelane – Hamburg Sud • Ocean Carrier of the Year – OOCL, Vancouver, BC. For more information about CIFFA, visit

Wayne Duzita receives Star of Richmond Award Every year, the many hard-working volunteers, non-profit organizations and caring companies in Richmond are honoured at the Volunteers are Stars Gala Dinner and Awards event. The event was established in 2001, the International Year of Volunteers as proclaimed by the United Nations. Close to 400 people celebrated the 10th anniversary award ceremony held earlier this month where nine awards in five different categories were presented. The recipient of the 2010 Star of Richmond Award for volunteerism was Wayne Duzita. Duzita, who is also vice president leasing IAT Management located on Sea Island, was acknowledged as a lifelong volunteer who has given thousands of hours of his time, skills and experience, to furthering causes he is passionate about— most of which have been in support of children or youth facing challenging or difficult times. A personal experience was the spark and catalyst for his 15-year involvement with Canuck Place Hospice. During his eight-year term as Board chair, he helped raise $40-million in corporate, government, and individual contributions. He is also co-chair and co-founder of the YVR Golf for Kids event, which has raised more than $3-million for children’s charities such as Canuck Place, Dreams Take Flight, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Richmond Christmas Fund. Recently he was appointed by Richmond city council to the Board of the

Art for aviation lovers Last month, the Seair hangar in Airport South was filled with aviation paintings depicting World War Two fighter aircraft, sculptures, and eclectic furniture created from recycled aircraft parts. Artists Arnt Arntzen and Virginia Ivanicki exhibited their aviation-inspired artwork amongst the seaplanes in the hangar, a unique and fitting venue. Ivanicki’s passion for aviation was fuelled by her father, Peter, who worked as a mechanic for Air Canada and who took her on numerous trips. This love of flight has been transferred to Ivanicki’s paintings that showcase the courage of WWII pilots and crew and the magnificent design of their aircraft. Arnt Arntzen, who has been building and designing furniture for the last 20 years, exhibited one-of-a-kind furniture using airplane pieces obtained from scrap yards or flight enthusiasts. Some of his unique designs included a Grumman coffee table with an aluminum wing tip obtained from a WWII plane, an Orca hall table with an aluminum propeller, a leather chair made from aluminum, elm, steel and tungsten Bell 212 helicopter rotor. If you missed last month’s show, Small visit www.TheHangarShow. Rooms, com for more information about the artists andPrices their work. Small

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Vancouver Airport Chaplaincy Thrift Store By Keefer Pelech Have you ever wondered what happens to all those lighters, pairs of scissors and other items that are abandoned at the airport customs gate? Some of those items wind up at Vancouver Airport Chaplaincy’s (VAC) Thrift Store. Layne Daggett, the Airport Chaplain, runs the store with help from volunteers who organize all of the donated items throughout the week before the store’s opening each Friday. Daggett has served as the airport Chaplain for 15 years, from 1983 to 1989

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Keep holiday spirits bright and stress levels low by following these handy tips when travelling through YVR this festive season. • Confirm travel details in advance. Days before your trip, confirm reservations with your airline, and determine baggage specifications and what your airline offers in the way of onboard service. For a broad selection of in-flight food, check out Food on the Fly™ at YVR. Your favourite YVR restaurant will package up a meal or snack to take with you on the flight. • When packing, remember that restrictions continue to apply for liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on baggage. These details and a complete list of items not permitted in carry-on baggage, including skis and snowboards, is available through Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) at • Don’t wrap gifts before packing them into your carry-on baggage. Their contents may need to be inspected during the pre-board screening process. Luckily, complimentary gift wrapping is available at three locations after-security. • Winter weather here in Metro Vancouver or in other parts of the country could impact flights, so be sure to check the status of your flight at before you leave home. • Visit from your home, office or mobile device to check-in online for most major airlines serving YVR. Print your boarding pass before you leave for the airport or have it emailed to your handheld mobile device. • Bring proper documentation for your flight. All the latest information on ID requirements is available on www.yvr. ca. • If you are driving to the airport, have a parking plan. This holiday season, parking is available at $44.95 per week, YVR’s lowest rate yet. A printable parking coupon is available on our website. • Travel to YVR on the Canada Line is quick and efficient, delivering you to the terminal door in 26 minutes or less. • If you are staying in a hotel in Metro Vancouver or riding the Canada Line to the airport, keep your eyes open for check-in kiosks located in the lobby of select hotels and select Canada Line stations. • Allow ample time to check in, clear security and board your flight. Factor in time for traffic congestion, parking and walking to the terminal. • Questions? Keep an eye out for YVR’s friendly group of Customer Care employees and volunteers dressed in distinctive green jackets. • Forgot someone on your holiday giving list? YVR’s retail shops offer up an extensive array of gift options, minus the stifling mall crowds.

and then again from 2001 to present day. At VAC, many workers and volunteers, along with Daggett, have strived to provide service to thousands of travellers in need. Some of the ways VAC has aided the airport community include helping refugee claimants safely transition to Canada, provide wedding, memorial and funeral services for airport staff and their families and provide a peaceful and contemplative haven in the midst of the busy airport environment. The Thrift Store helps to finance those operations and accounts for a third of VAC’s budget. The remainder is acquired through donations. The store receives its items for sale from several sources; Abandoned items that are left behind at pre-flight screenings—items that cannot be taken aboard the flight; Items that are lost at the airport—if an item is unclaimed within two

months it is donated to the store; Items and donations given by airport staff and on occasion, travellers who over-pack may also donate leftover items to the store. As such, the store can receive some fairly unusual items. For example, the store received a 7.6-metre boat antenna on one occasion, followed by two pairs of regulation handcuffs—later purchased by the RCMP at a bargain. An email is sent to all loyal patrons about the odd finds received each week. Needless to say, there are usually lineups before the store’s opening at noon on Fridays. The VAC Thrift Store is situated at Unit 1136 - 4871 Miller Road. Drive west on Miller Road (building west of Café Runway). For more information, call (604) 303-3010.

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The Cessna Citation Mustang is twin-engine light jet that can land on short runways, offering access to hundreds of airports that are inaccessible by commercial airlines. Private jets were once associated with extravagance, luxury and wealth, but Vancouver’s newest jet service provided by Opus Aviation is breaking down this stereotype by economizing the private jet charter business model. A subsidiary of Ledcor, Opus Aviation owns and operates a versatile fleet of costeffective private jets. Service is offered on Gulfstream G100s, Dassault Falcons and what its director of sales and marketing calls a “game changer,” Cessna Citation Mustangs. The latter are known as entrylevel jets because of their size and price, which is substantially lower than mid-sized business jets. “The Mustang is revolutionizing the private jet charter business,” said Darryl Saunders, director of sales and marketing for Opus Aviation. “The Mustang is costeffective and extremely efficient, making it ideal for short-haul flights and for landing on airstrips that are inaccessible by commercial airlines.”

Businesses, and particularly Western Canada’s natural resources sector, spend millions of dollars on logistically challenging, time-consuming and expensive travel options to move employees to and from remote project sites and client meetings. Offering service to these areas, Opus Aviation is catering directly to that market. In addition to the business travel market, Opus also offers personalized travel options that can accommodate unique travel itineraries. “Opus Aviation is also introducing private travel options to leisure travellers, as an alternative to commercial business class or first class,” said Claire Newell, president of Jubilee Travel, who offers Opus Aviation travel packages to her customers. Some of Opus Aviation’s most popular destinations are Reno, Toronto, New York, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, Florida and Hawaii. For information call (604) 270-6787, visit

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Canadian North president, first woman to receive ATAC aviation award “I am very pleased to receive this honour,” said Medve. “The aviation industry is a passion of mine, so being inducted as an Honourary Life Member of an important aviation industry association like ATAC

holds special importance for me.” ATAC has been in existence since 1934 and represents approximately 200 members within the aviation industry, consisting of operators and manufacturers.

Machinists call for a commitment to a Canadian Air Transport Policy

Tracy Medve, president of Canadian North airline, and first woman to be inducted as an Honourary Life Member with the Air Transport Association of Canada. Last month, Tracy Medve, president of Canadian North airline, was inducted as an Honourary Life Member with the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). Medve is the first woman to receive this prestigious honour. ATAC has awarded Honourary Life Memberships since 1976 to those who have contributed significantly to the improvement of the association and the Canadian air transport industry. Recipients have included Canadian

aviation giants such as Max Ward, president of the now defunct Wardair, and Rhys Eaton, chairman and CEO of Canadian Airlines, which merged with Air Canada in 1992. “We are honoured and proud to have Tracy as an Honourary Life Member,” said ATAC president, John McKenna. “This award is warranted due to her hard work and commitment to the aviation industry as well as to this association [ATAC].” Since 1985, Medve has held various senior airline management positions at

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Convair 580 – One of Nolinor Aviation fleet of Convair 580s was spotted

landing at YVR during a snowfall The Convair 580 is a turboprop aircraft with a 15,000-pound payload. Nolinor specializes in passenger and cargo air transportation all over North America, but is generally associated with exploration projects in the Canadian North where its aircraft land on gravel and ice runways.

F/A-18 Hornets – Last month, two Canadian forces McDonnell Douglas

F/A-18 Hornets were spotted at YVR South. Fighter/Attack (F/A) Hornets

are supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable fighter jets designed to dogfight and attack ground targets. The F/A-18 was derived from the YF-17 in the

1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps, but is also used by the air forces of several other nations.

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Norcanair, Time Air, Canadian Partner and Canadian Regional Airlines. Prior to joining Canadian North, which is a major provider of scheduled passenger and cargo services to points throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Medve was the co-founder of C.T. AeroProjects, a Calgary-based consultancy specializing in air transport resource management.

Last month, in a letter to all four Canadian federal political leaders, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) requested a commitment from the politicians to a Canadian Air Transport Policy. The IAMAW is the largest union in the Canadian air transport sector, representing more than 18,000 workers. “The leading principle for Canada in any international air transport negotiations must be the maintenance of a strong Canadian-owned and based air transport industry,” said IAMAW Canadian general vice president Dave Ritchie in the letter. “A strong Canadian Air Transport Policy would ensure safety and service to Canadian communities and the maintenance and expansion of high quality employment in Canada.

We’re asking for a public commitment from every federal party leader to that principle.” The letter follows recent action by the federal government to protect the Canadian air transport industry and Canadian jobs by refusing access to the Canadian market to the air carriers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “We publicly applauded this action,” said Ritchie. “This appears to represent a shift in government policy from blind adherence to free market ideology to recognition of the importance of Canadian industries and jobs in this important sector.” In the letter, the IAMAW also asked the leaders to support its call for active formal involvement in ongoing and future negotiations by all unions representing workers in this sector. 

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it is consumed, fuel made from bio-mass material emits the carbon dioxide (CO2) it naturally absorbs when it grows, thereby helping neutralize overall CO2 emissions. The fuel will only be produced from sustainable feedstock sources to make sure that the bio-feedstock does not compete for food, water or land. Airbus’ alternative fuels roadmap aims at making sustainable alternative fuel a reality for aviation by bringing together

stakeholders in a social, industrial and sustainable way. In addition to its efforts with Lufthansa, Airbus has partnered with other airlines, such as the recent first bio-fuel flight in Latin America on November 22, when an Airbus aircraft undertook the first commercial flight of 50 per cent blended gas-to-liquid (GTL), and in February 2008, an Airbus A380 aircraft successfully completed the world’s first-ever flight by a commercial aircraft using GTL. 

Airbus offers new fuel saving engine options for A320 family

Airbus is offering new fuel saving engines as an option for its A320 family of aircraft. Airlines have the choice between CFM International’s LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engine. Known as the A320neo, this new engine option also incorporates fuel-saving large wing tip devices called Sharklets. Airbus will

start deliveries of the A320neo family in spring 2016. According to Airbus, the A320neo will deliver significant fuel savings of up to 15 per cent, which represents up to 3,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) savings annually per A320neo. In addition, A320neo customers will benefit from a double-digit reduction in nitrogen oxide

(NOx) emissions, reduced engine noise, lower operating costs and up to 500nm (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload. Airbus is anticipating a market potential of 4,000 A320neo family aircraft over the next 15 years. The new engine option is offered on the A321, A320 and A319 models which will require limited modifications, primarily to the wing and pylon areas. The A320neo will have more than 95 per cent airframe commonality with the standard A320 family. The unique Airbus operational commonality enables operators of several Airbus family types to continue to benefit from lower pilot and maintenance training costs. Airbus launched its new “Sharklet” large wingtip devices, specially designed to enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 family. Offered as a forward-fit option, Sharklets are expected to result in at least 3.5 per cent lower fuel burn over longer sectors. The A320 will be the first model fitted with Sharklets, which will be delivered around the end of 2012, to be followed by the other A320 family models from 2013.

NAV Canada technology in use at three more UK airports Air traffic control towers at Scotland’s three busiest airports are now using technology developed by NAV Canada to manage critical flight data. Earlier this

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China wins orders for C919 At last month’s Zhuhai air show in Southern China, Chinese aerospace manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC), announced its first 100 orders for its C919 passenger aircraft. The C919, which has 166 seats in its standard version, competes with Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus A320. The C919 is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2014 before entering service.

PICTURED: Model of the C919 narrow-body, single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft forms part of China’s long-term goal to break the Airbus-Boeing grip on commercial aviation sales.

Air Canada changes checked bag policy Last month, Air Canada adjusted its checked baggage policy for domestic Canadian, Caribbean and Mexican travel to align with prevailing industry practices. Economy Class customers will still be able to check one bag for free in addition to permitted carry-on baggage. Customers purchasing Economy Class tickets (Tango, Tango Plus and Latitude fares) for travel on or after January 19, 2011 on domestic Canadian, Caribbean,

Costa Rican and Mexican flights will now be charged $20 for a second checked bag, in line with other carriers. Air Canada’s second bag policy for flights to and from the U.S., Europe and other international destinations remains unchanged. The policy allows for a car seat and stroller to be checked as additional pieces of baggage free of charge. The fee for a second checked bag will not apply to Air Canada Prestige,

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December 15, 2010

Book Signing at YVR South 4440 Cowley Crescent, Richmond, BC Daryl Smith, the founder and CEO of Pacific Coastal Airlines, is the subject of aviation author Jack Schofield’s latest book titled, A Pilot’s Journey Log. More than a personal biography of Smith, Journey Log provides an overview of the significant years of BC’s aviation history with an emphasis on the entrepreneurial spirit that has prevailed amongst those who fly Canada’s skies. Schofield and Smith are holding an autographing session of the book at YVR South Terminal on December 15. The event is sponsored by the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC).

January 24-25, 2011

Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association 2011 Symposium, Tradeshow & AGM Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC The theme of the PAMEA 2011 Symposium is Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Thinking + Economic Challenges = New Results; Recalibrating the status quo. For more information, visit

February 22, 2011

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BC air operators to sue over excessive Olympic flight restrictions A group of four British Columbia air operators and two flight schools will be filing a claim against the Government of Canada for compensation of loss of revenue and increased expenses that occurred as a direct result of the special Aviation Security Measures put in place from January 29-March 24, 2010 during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The proposed plaintiffs are K.D. Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, C. Morin Aviation (Glacier Air Tours), Montair Aviation, Pacific Flying Club and Pacific Professional Flight Centre. The lawsuit will be brought before the Supreme Court of British Columbia by the Vancouver legal office of Gowling, Lafleur Henderson, one of Canada’s largest law

firms. The claims are in excess of $1-million. According to the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), air operators have been compensated as a result of air security regulations for events such as G8 meetings, but despite a vigorous lobbying campaign that included numerous letters both to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Transport, the Government of Canada has not offered any respite to the affected air operators. “It is quite unacceptable that the Canadian Government not face up to its responsibilities,” said John McKenna, ATAC’s president and CEO. “Transport Canada approved measures it knew full well were detrimental to the very livelihood of these small carriers.”

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WestJet plans to add the newly redesigned EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto-injectors, marketed by King Pharmaceuticals Canada, to the first-aid kits in each of its aircraft by early 2011. Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is recognized by healthcare professionals as the emergency treatment of choice for severe allergic reactions (also known as anaphylaxis). During anaphylaxis, administering EpiPen or EpiPen Jr helps to counteract the body’s reaction to an allergen. WestJet aircraft currently carry syringes and vials of epinephrine. For WestJet guests at risk of severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reac-

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Last month, the Honourable Stockwell Day, president of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Canada’s AsiaPacific Gateway, led a Vancouver conference of international stakeholders examining the Gateway’s future. As a sign of the importance of Canada’s trading relationship with Asia-Pacific countries, China’s Minister of Transport, Li Shenglin, also joined him. The Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor

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Aerospace recovery delayed until 2011 The slowdown of the global economic recovery will delay a rebound in Canada’s aerospace industry until next year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Aerospace Product Manufacturing Industry – Autumn 2010. “Renewed weakness in business confidence has delayed the recovery in demand for business jets. As well, countries with large budget deficits are cutting defence spending,” said Michael Burt, associate director, industrial economic trends. “Improving market conditions for com-

mercial jets means that new orders are now coming in for the industry, albeit at a modest pace.” The industry’s pre-tax profits are forecast to fall in 2010 by 47 per cent, to $152-million, because of weak sales and declining prices. However, most of the drop in sales occurred at the end of 2009. Profits have already begun to rebound on a quarter-over-quarter basis, although they remain below 2009 levels. Production is expected to improve beginning in 2011. As order books gradually expand and inventories of existing

aircraft are sold, the pace of production will increase. By 2014, production is expected to surpass its pre-recession peak, making it an exception among industries within Canada’s manufacturing sector. Profits are forecast to rise to $308-million in 2011, but margins are expected to remain thin due to continued strength in the Canadian dollar. Since most of the aerospace industry’s products are sold in U.S. dollars, the strong Canadian dollar detracts from industry pricing and profitability.

White Rose Campaign says no to violence Earlier this month, the BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) held its annual campaign in support for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. Called the White Rose Anti-Violence Campaign, the BCITSA handed out 800 white roses to students at each of the five BCIT campuses as well as white ribbons for students to wear in support of anti-violence. The National Day of Remember was created out of the ashes of a tragic event. On December 6, 1989, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle and hunting knife stormed École Polytechnique in Montreal and systematically targeted women. He shot 24 people that day, four of which were men. Fourteen women died. It remains one of the most shocking and horrific acts of violence against women in Canada. The BCITSA has adopted the white

rose as a symbol of remembrance and action against violence. Their annual White

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Rose Anti-Violence Campaign serves to remind people that we all play a role in eliminating violence from our society. The student campaign has traditionally been a commemoration against violence against women, but has been expanded to include violence against all groups of people. This program is funded by the BCITSA with support from BCIT’s Harassment and Discrimination Office. The BCITSA is a non-profit student services and advocacy organization for the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), the largest post-secondary institution in British Columbia, with more than 45,000 full-time and part-time students across five campuses including the Aerospace Campus on Sea Island.






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until Sunday, February 20, 2011. The lucky winner of the Best Photo wins a trip with three friends for a six-night trip to Sun Peaks Resort. There will also be a secondary prize for most popular (most-voted for) photo as contestants will be rewarded based on how many votes they get on their photo, by promoting their entry through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Sun Peaks Resort was recently declared the second Best Ski Resort in Canada and tenth Best in North America by readers of Condé Nast Traveller Magazine. Visit to submit your entry or to check out the contestants already vying for the top prize.

Prince Edward Island known for lobster traps, just discovered for their sand traps

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is known for a lot of things; the home of Anne of Green Gables, the best mussels on the continent, world famous Malpeque oysters, the second largest potato producer in North America, the recent highly acclaimed host of a remote Regis and Kelly Show, 2010 host of the Golf Channel’s Big Break reality series and a multitude of other offerings. But now it looks like the secret is out, with PEI just being named “The Undiscovered Destination of the World - 2011” as chosen over 26 other nominated destinations by the International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA), presented in Spain last month. The Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year Award is announced as part of the International Golf Travel Market, the golf travel industry’s annual trade show. It is administered by IAGTO and voted on by 150 members of the International Golf Travel Writers Association. The top six finalists for the 2011 award were Prince Edward Island, Bulgaria,

Colombia, Iceland, Mississippi and Sweden. Other nominations included Abu Dhabi, Alberta, the Azores, Cambodia, Denmark, South West England, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, India, Sardinia Italy, Venetia-Tarvisiano, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, and the US Virgin Islands. Brazil captured the 2010 Undiscovered Award. So what else sets Prince Edward Island apart from the competition? Canada’s smallest province, is set in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where a trip to the beach takes less than 15 minutes in any direction; where dining on fresh lobsters, oysters, scallops and mussels is commonplace; where first-rate music and unique hand-crafted treasures are found around every bend; and where golfers can hone their game on some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. From the air, PEI even looks like one giant golf course with expanses of green speckled with sand and water traps, interspersed with wood lots.


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Mortgage brokers offer service, expertise and advice By Peter Kutney At one time, the services of mortgage brokers seemed reserved for those who could not get a property loan from their bank, credit union or trust company. Today, thanks to a dramatic change in lending practices, a growing sophistication among borrowers and the professional standards and image of mortgage brokers, arranging a mortgage through a broker has become more popular with borrowers. “Mortgage brokers arranged 25 per cent of all residential mortgages in Canada last year, and 40 per cent of mortgages sought by first-time buyers,” said Jim Murphy, president of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP), the industry’s national trade group. Why the upswing in popularity? “I think it comes down to three things,” said Murphy. “The first is choice. Brokers have access to scores of lenders and can

help people create a mortgage suited specifically to their needs. The second is service. Brokers do all the hunting, assemble all the paperwork and can often obtain a mortgage commitment within hours, not weeks.” CAAMP awards the Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation to brokers who have at least two years experience, pass a course on ethics, responsibilities and the technical aspects of mortgage arranging and maintain at least 12 hours of continuing education a year. “While we have 12,000 members, about 3,600 of them now have that AMP designation,” said Murphy. “People know that if a broker can claim AMP status, he is a trained accredited professional.” The use of mortgage brokers has also become more popular because they no longer charge fees for arranging residential first mortgages—the fees are paid by the lender. In most jurisdictions, they also cannot charge upfront fees for arranging


second mortgages or non-traditional forms of lending. In fact, when it comes to finding the perfect mortgage, using a broker is almost like having your own free personal shopper. “We are really advocates for borrowers,” said Ajay Soni, senior broker at Invis, a Vancouver mortgage brokerage firm. “We may be paid by lenders, but we represent the best interests of the borrower. Because we deal with so many lenders, for example, I regularly deal with between 20 and 30, [lenders] we are not committed to any one bank or institution or to any one product.” That element of choice can be crucial, says Garth Ellis, president of Verico Ellis Mortgages in Vancouver. While borrowers may enjoy a host of options when it comes to mortgages, two factors still determine who gets the best deals—the borrower’s credit score and their ability to make payments. Again, mortgage brokers can be helpful


Money Matters in this regard. “Self employed people may run into challenges dealing directly with lenders,” said Ellis. “They often take advantage of all the perks and tax breaks self employment can create, and as a result may not have the tax returns to justify the size of the loan they need.” Brokers understand that lenders often ask individual applicants for material that may not truly be needed. Buying a house can be a daunting task and a mortgage broker can help in the process, but it is important to choose the right broker—one who is knowledgeable, accredited, and covers a wide range of lenders. If you are a first time homebuyer, you may be dealing more than once with this person as good brokers always seek lifelong relationships. Peter Kutney is a financial planner with Partners in Planning in Vancouver. He can be reached at 604-438-1603 or

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Joint tenancy versus tenancy common in real estate ownership

The question of joint tenancy versus tenants in common arises in real estate and specifically deals with the way a piece of real property is titled. These are important legal concepts and should be understood by every property owner.

Joint Tenancy

In a joint tenancy, each co-owner owns an undivided interest in the whole of the property. The essential feature of this type of ownership is the right of survivorship. When one joint tenant dies the entire tenancy remains with the surviving joint tenant(s). Therefore, joint tenants cannot leave their interests to anyone in their wills. The result is that surviving joint tenants acquire the whole of the estate. Because the right of survivorship could create unfairness, the law will only recognize a joint tenancy if it has been expressly created. If a document transfers property to two co-owners without saying how they will hold the property, the law will presume they are tenants in common, to which the doctrine of survivorship does not apply.

Tenancy in Common

A tenancy in common has only one unity, that of possession. Tenants in common may have different shares in their property. For example, two tentants in common may have a quarter of a share each and one may have a half share. Note that a tenancy in common, unlike a joint tenancy, is not terminated merely because one party chooses to sell his or her own interest. The purchaser will simply become a new tenant in common. Because there is no right of survivorship, a tenant in common may leave his or her interest by will to whomever he or she wishes. For this reason, in business relationships where the co-ownership of property is involved, ownership will usually be a tenancy in common. For answers to any of your real estate questions, contact Martin Dash at RE/Max Westcoast Richmond office, (604) 809-9626.


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Try something different today for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The following restaurants are at or within five minutes from YVR, and most offer airport employee discounts.



International (Pre-Security)

• Hanami Japanese Restaurant: Dim Sum & Japanese cuisine-Level 3 Departures • Koho Restaurant & Bar: Casual diningLevel 3 Departures • Galiano Bakery & Café: Breakfast, sandwiches & pastries-Level 3 Departures • Burger King: Breakfast, burgers, salads -Level 2 Arrivals & Level 3 Departures • Flying Wedge Pizza: Pizza, salads & soups-Level 3 Departures • Fortune Wok: Asian cuisine – Level 3 Departures • OPA! Souvlaki of Greece: Greek cuisine-Level 3 Departures • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soup – Level 2 Arrivals • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures





Airport South • The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill 4760 Inglis Drive. Located on the water, inside Harbour Air Seaplanes Terminal, near Vancouver Airport South. Incredible location, great food, good service & good value. Open 7 days per week 11am to midnight, weekend Breakfast from 9am. (604) 273-0278.


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• McDonald’s Restaurant 6020-6086 Russ Baker Way. Burgers, fast food, 5am-midnight. (604) 718-1022 The Sideslip Café #100-5360 Airport Road South. Located at Esso Avitat. Open 6am-10:30 am for breakfast and until 3pm for lunch. Serving homemade soups, sandwiches & paninis & daily specials. Fresh baked pastries, organic tea & coffee. Also serving Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Iced Tea and Fruit Smoothies. Take out & catering. (604) 303 SLIP (7547) • Skyway Restaurant (YVR South Terminal) #118-4440 Cowley Crescent. Breakast, lunch. (604) 231-9822 • Sushi Café 5455 Airport Road South. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 6am-10pm. Eat in or take out. (604) 761-2362 3

Lunch . Dinner . Corporate Functions Richmond’s favourite fine dining restaurant, located in historic Steveston Village, just minutes from Vancouver International Airport.

Award-Winning Wine List & Cuisine. Book now for your Group/Corporate Event!

MARPOLE • Cravings Restaurant & Lounge 8804 Osler Street, Vancouver. This newly renovated restaurant is located behind the Coast Hotel, only 5 minutes from YVR. Lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast. Tapas, classic pastas, steaks, seafood, vegetarian meals, stirfries, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, salads, soups, and more. (604) 264-8444. OVER THE BRIDGE(S) 5 Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver Lunch, dinner, British pub foods & fresh seafood. 11am- 8:30pm. (604) 266-2340 The Boathouse Restaurant 8331 River Road, Richmond Lunch, dinner. 11am-10pm. (604) 273-7014 11

World Famous Fish (Always Wild) & Chips DAILY MANAGER SPECIALS

Hotel Restaurants • Best Western Abercorn Inn 9260 Bridgeport Road • Highlander Restaurant: Open for lunch & dinner, serving a variety of high-quality continental and world cuisine. Lunch 10:30am-2pm; dinner 5pm-9:30pm. (604) 270-7576. • The Fairmont Vancouver Airport (at YVR) –3111 Grant McConachie Jetside Bar: Level 3 International Departures – offers a selection of appetizers, snacks, and shared food. (604) 248.3281 Globe@YVR: Award-winning signature restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and featuring a special holiday menu. (604) 248-3281 • River Rock Casino Resort 8811 River Road The Buffet – breakfast 6:30am-10:30am, lunch 11am-2pm, dinner (604) 247-8573

Feliz Navidad Feliz Año Nuevo from Jon & Amaya

FRIDAY: 2 pieces Cod & Chips $6.98 SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 1 piece Cod, Oyster & Chips with tartar lemon dill sauce $9.98 or 1 piece Halibut, Oyster & Chips with tartar lemon dill sauce $13.98 Show your YVR ID & Get 10% Off*

3711 Bayview Street, Steveston | 604.275.5188 |



MAIN TERMINALS Domestic (Pre-Security) • Starbucks: Coffee, pastries, sandwichesLevel 3 Departures A&W: Breakfast served daily—Bacon ‘n Egger with real bacon and real eggs, hash browns, French Toast. Also, hamburgers, fries, beverages, including A&W’s famous root beer. Open 5am-10pm. Level 3 Departures. Also located at International Departures (Post-Security) • Harvey’s: Breakfast, burgers-Level 3 Departures • Jugo Juice: Juice, smoothies, wraps & paninis – Level 3 Departures • Subway: Sandwiches, salads & wrapsLevel 3 Departures • Swiss Chalet: Rotisserie chicken-Level 2 Arrivals • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soups-Level 2 Arrivals & Level 3 Departures • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures • White Spot: Burgers, fresh salads, pastas, rice bowls, stir-frys, entrées from the grill and desserts—Level 3 Departures. • Wok ‘N Roll: Chinese & Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures

Open daily 11am to 9pm 8620 Granville St @ 70th, Vancouver

604-266-2340 *Granville location only


Holiday Closing: Dec. 18-Jan. 2, 2011 #100-5360 Airport Rd South @ Esso Avitat | FREE PARKING

604 303-7547 Take-Out & Catering

Breakfast: 6am-10:30am | Lunch: 11am-3pm Monday to Friday

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The Buffet at River Rock – 7 mins. by Skytrain to all you can eat buffet, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or Breakfast $14.95. Newly renovated, The Buffet at River Rock highlights fresh local produce & offers culturally diverse & traditionally inspired dishes with complimentary selected beverages. (604) 247-8900 Sandman Signature Hotel 10251 St Edwards Drive Denny’s – breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 276-2853 Chop Steak Fish Bar – casual dining. (604) 276-1180 Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel 7571 Westminster Highway The American Grille—American cuisine enhanced with regional flavours. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Open 6am-10pm. (604) 232-2804 The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport 3099 Corvette Way The Apron – minutes away from Vancouver International Airport & nestled on the banks of the Fraser River. For reservations, call (604) 238-2105.

STEVESTON 6 Mandalay 140 - 3900 Bayview Street Euro-Asian and Westcoast cuisine. Open for Lunch and Dinner everyday from 11am. (604) 628-2500 9 Paesano’s 250-12240 2nd Avenue @ Bayview Steveston’s one and only Italian restaurant, celebrating 30 years of serving authentic Italian cuisine. Open daily at 11:30am. Reservations recommended. (604) 270-9252. 8 Tapenade Bistro 3711 Bayview Street Award-winning wine list and cuisine. Lunch, dinner, brunch, desserts, group menus. Hours: Tues-Fri.: lunch 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner from 5pm.

Sat. & Sun.: brunch & lunch from 11am; dinner from 5pm. Available for private functions. (604) 275-5188 10 Steveston Seafood House 3951 Moncton Street Celebrating 32 years of fine dining and seafood specialties. Special fall 4-course menu. Dinner from 5:30pm. (604) 271-5252 7 Yokohama Teppanyaki Sushi & Steakhouse 140 – 12251 No 1 Road. Authentic Japanese cuisine served at their Teppan Grill, where your dinner is cooked to perfection right before your eyes. Book your party of 4 or more at the special Christmas Party Dinner price of $29.95 per person. Open Mon to Fri 10:00am to 10:00pm. Weekends 11:00am to 9:30pm. (604) 271-8896.

Happy Holiday Dining

Call 604.619.0942 for your safe ride home.





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Next issue deadline for

Restaurant Feature

is January 1, 2011. call 604.736.6754

Steak & Lobster for Two • 2 Miso Soup • 2 Sunomono Salad • 2 Assorted Tempura • 8 pc. BC Roll • 2 Filet Mignon & Lobster w/ veggie on sizzling hot plate • 2 rice • 2 Ice Cream



Reg $53.95 With Coupon Only Expires: Dec. 26, 2010 140-12251 No 1 Road Richmond, BC • 604-271-8896

Steveston’s One & Only Italian Restaurant

A fine, upscale dining experience. 31 Years serving authentic Italian Cuisine – Serving Richmond since 1979.


Your favourite Pastas for only $8.95

A variety of open-face Sandwiches, includes Soup or Pasta for only $8.95 Dinner Specials – Signature Pastas, extraordinary selection of Veal, Chicken & Seafood entrées 250-12240 2nd Avenue @ Bayview St. in Steveston Village


Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner Reservations Recommended


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PRESENTLY HIRING FOR AIRLINE RAMP AGENTS GREAT EMPLOYEE REFERRAL PROGRAM EARN UP TO $1000.00 Ability to work in adverse weather conditions Shift work, 24 hour operation Offloading and Loading baggage and cargo Operate ground support equipment Training program provided

Office Space Available At YVR’s most desired location – Landmark Aviation Prime, executive office space available at Landmark Aviation located on the beautiful south-side of Canada’s finest airport - YVR. Offered at very competitive rates, with breathtaking views & an on-site business centre—a first-class presidents lounge & boardroom facility with 24/7 security. Many different office sizes and rent/term options. Enquiries, please contact Scott at 604.818.9904 or 604.279.9922

EXCELLENT BENEFITS PACKAGE · FULL HEALTH · TRAVEL PERKS · UNIFORM · PARKING EMAIL YOUR RESUME TO: You must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant-IM1000 or Permanent Resident. Hold a valid Class 5 BC Drivers License and have your own means of reliable transportation

Accelerated Aviation Training


Unit 130 – 5980 Miller Road YVR International Airport (Just 50 m. S. of “Sea Island Centre” on Canada Line. SkyTrain service is FREE between main terminal & Sea Island Centre)

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Bed & Breakfast Comfortable accommodation, with special discounts for airline personnel. Five minutes from airport, in Richmond. Free pick-up to and from airport. Phone Penny or Ross (604) 273-1198 604.279.0179

APARTMENT FOR SALE One-bedroom Condo for Sale. 700 square feet with balcony overlooking treed area. Central Richmond location. Includes one covered parking stall. In-suite laundry, fireplace, hardwood floors. Amenities include exercise No agents please. Call (604) 644.9067



W&Q Beauty Center • W/Q Facial • Manicure • Foot Massage • Eyelash Perm

• Back Massage • Face Waxing • Eyebrow Tinting • Pedicure

(all services are non-sexual)

large private outdoor deck. Bright, totally renovated, your room

hydro. Rent $750/mth. Available Imm. Call 604-266-4809

Michael J. Culhane

Select two items below from only $49.80:

Airport Employee to share 1500 sq.ft. Penthouse including the

outside and 3 blks from Skytrain. Shared internet, cable and


Price reduced: $204,998.

Shared accomodation. Airport business gentleman has 2 brs available to rent in nice clean furnished 4 bedroom home in Richmond. Includes utilities and cable. Only 10 minutes from airport, and close to schools and bus. Available immediately. $750/month. Call Dave 604-657-8945.

is newly carpeted. 10 mins from YVR in Marpole. Bus stop right

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room, pool and landscaped gardens.



Rent a family vacation home by the beach in the picturesque fishing village of Sayulita, Mexico. Located just 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, Sayulita’s blend of beaches, shops, restaurants & activities makes it the perfect destination for a Mexican Vacation. The home has 3 bedrooms with private bathrooms and sleeps up to 8 people. Great for a family or group of friends. The house is in a complex with other vacation homes and has a shared pool and beachfront courtyard. You can rent the whole house or individual rooms.


Rental rates are as follows: High Season (Nov.1 to May 31)

Entire House: Daily $150; Weekly $875; Monthly $3,000 Individual Rooms: Daily $75; Weekly $450; Monthly $1,500


Low Season (Jun.1 to Oct. 31)

Entire House: Daily $100; Weekly $525; Monthly $1,500 Individual Rooms: $50; Weekly $275; Monthly $750 For further details, photos and reservations, please contact Richard (250) 924-8479;


Full Body Massage Only $38


Open everyday 9:30am-9pm 8148 Cambie Street at Marine Drive Station

(Only 10 mins. from YVR Station, 15 mins. from Waterfront Station) Anna 604-295-0307

Sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in the Hotel Zone. 2 bedroom 1 bath Condo. Heated pools in a tropical garden setting. Next to shopping mall and across from beach. 24 hours Security. Available short term or long term. Email or call 604-538-8185 for rates and more details.

Name that Aircraft

Last month’s winner:

Alfred G. Lam Send the correct name of this aircraft (make and model) & you could win a

$30 Gift Certificate Cravings Restaurant Send your answer by Email:;

Fax: (604) 736-6750; Mail: SkyTalk, 306-5400 Airport Rd South, Richmond, B.C. V7B 1B4.

A draw will be made from all correct entries received by January 1, 2011. The winner’s name will be published in the January 2011 issue


Airbus A400M

A multi-national fourengine turboprop military transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Military as a tactical airlifter with strategic. The aircraft’s maiden flight took place on 11 December 2009 in Seville, Spain.

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Vancouver Airport Chaplaincy a Quiet Place... ...for quiet reflection, prayer, meditation relax, listen to music, eat your lunch, read a book. a Safe Place...

Please visit us on International Arrivals Level 1, or contact us by phone: (604) 303-3010 or email:


STATION ATTENDANT (VANCOUVER) Position type: Permanent, part-time

Purpose: This incumbent will be accountable for loading and unloading of the goods transported aboard aircrafts according to the airline company’s standards and in compliance with the safety regulations. Responsibilities: • Work in a team to load and unload aircrafts. • Perform the function of aircraft marshaller. • Move containers with goods by means of the ground airport equipment and drive air side vehicles. • Other tasks necessary for the good operations of the Ramp Department. Requirements: • Work experience in the airline field, an asset. • Hold a valid driving licence (class 5). • Hold a D/A driving licence, an asset. • Available and flexible to work on various shifts (days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays). • Lift heavy objects that could reach 70 pounds (32 kilograms). • Work under various climatic conditions. • Must have either Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status. • Must be able to pass Transport Canada background check. To apply for this vacancy, please go to and submit your résumé via the Station Attendant (HDX-10-232) posting.

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Answers - November 2010

AUTOS FOR SALE 2009 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD leather, sunroof and power group. Only 37,708 kms. $31,990. Stk#EH68628

2008 Pontiac G5, 4dr,grey, auto, only 13k’s, Stk# P325318. Was $15,998 Now $9,994.


2006 Mazda RX-8 fully equipped with leather, sunroof and Xenon lights. 6-spd. Manual and only 55,682 kms. $19,999. Stk#A00026

2008 Jeep Wrangler, 4WD , auto, blue, only46k’s, Stk# P580734 Was $24,998 Now $18,994.

2006 Mazda A6 a/c, power group, only 63,982 kms. Priced to sell at $13,888. Stk#A42171

2009 Jeep Wrangler, 4WD, grey, only 33k’s, Stk# P701332 Was $22,998 Now $16,994.

Auto, 416 hp, black/black, only 287 kms.

2007 Mazda CX-7 GT four to choose from. Fully equipped with leather and sunroof. Starting from $22,888.

2009 Dodge Nitro, 4dr, 4WD, red, only 26k’s, Stk # P520846 Was 25,998 Now $19,994.

2008 Acura RDX, 4WD, white/black leather,

2007 Chrysler 300, RWD, auto, silver, Stk # L841142 Was $21,998 Now $16,994.

$31,831. Stk#P1050A

2009 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro A/C, power group, leather and sunroof. Don’t miss this one. Only 16,332 kms. $36,990. Stk#A34082 2008 Mazda Miata Mx-5 with power hard top. Fully equipped. Just arrived. $25,900. Stk#A49498 2009 Mazda A5 GS and GTs. Seven to choose from. Huge variety and savings! Starting from $17,965 2010 Mazda 3 GX seven to choose from. A/C, power group and low kms. Starting from $15,965. 2006 Mazda MPV LX V6, power sunroof, leather, alloys, A/C, mint condition. $17,965. Stk#M631435A

2007 Mustang Convertible, Red, only 45k’s, Stk# 75026B Was $29,998 Now $23,994

2007 Honda CR-V EX, AWD, dark blue/grey,

2007 Jeep Wrangler, 4x4, auto, black, only 70k’sStk# L207634 Was $24,988 Now $17,993. 2009 Dodge Caliber SXT Hatchback, blue, only37k’s Stk#P223101 Was $18,998 Now $14,993.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon Hi-Line, Panoramic roof, A/C, leather and much more. Only 28,987 kms. Perfect condition. $26,965. Stk#EH50258

RICHMOND CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP In the Richmond AutoMall 5491 Parkwood Way, Richmond 1-877-357-1412


2009 GMC SIERRA 1500, 2WD, crew cab, V8, grey/green metallic, side rails, only 10,000 kms. STK#T205073A. SALE $22,448. 2009 CHRYSLER SEBRING 2.7 TOURING, convertible, auto, light blue, only 7,276 kms. STK#PC1179. BLOWOUT $22,558.

Black int., 6spd, only 24,630 kms, Stk# BB3284A, $25,432

4-cylinder, auto, only 23,000 kms. $25,852. Stk#P1049 2007 Toyota RAV 4 Limited, black side rails, V6, AWD, only 53,000 kms. $26,532. Stk#P1061 2002 Lexus RX300 Coach Edition, white/beige leather, V6, AWD, Stk# P0990A, $16,532

RICHMOND LEXUS 5660 Minoru Blvd., Richmond. 604-273-5533.

2009 ACURA TL, V6, auto, grey/tan leather, only 15,791 kms, STK#K11016A, $37,980.

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2009 BUICK ALLURE CXL, V6, grey metallic, only 62,135 kms, Loaded. STK#PW1248. SALE $18,012.

4-cylinder, 5-spd. Auto, only 28,898 kms.

2008 Mini Cooper Clubman S, blue/silver,

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE, auto, 7pass, only 60k’s, Stk#P789133 Was $20,998 Now $16,994

13800 Smallwood Place, Richmond 604.278.3185

$66,574. Stk#IF7616

2009 Dodge Durango SLT, auto black, 4WD only 39k’s, Stk# P702386 Was $37,673 Now $29,994.

2009 Nissan Pathfinder seven-passenger with A/C, power group and alloys. Only 51,997 kms. $30,990. Stk#EH05412

2009 Toyota Yaris A/C, power group. Save thousands from new!! $13,988. Stk#A67575

2010 Lexus IS F Sport, demo, V8, 8-spd.

SPECIAL OF THE MONTH 2005 MINI Cooper Classic. Auto., local, no accidents, power windows, locks, mirrors, a/c, remote keyless entry. Red car w/white roof. Only 45,000km! Mint. $14,995! 2006 MINI Cooper Soho Edition. Auto., local, no accidents, power folding mirrors, locks, windows, a/c, remote keyless entry. 63,000km, Red car w/white roof. Must see. Blowout price $17,995.

2009 MITSUBISHI LANCER GTS, 4-cylinder, 5-spd, grey/black, only 14,582 kms, STK#K11024A, $20,980. 2009 SATURN VUE XE, AWD, V6, blue/grey, auto, V6, only 35,266 kms, STK#K11032A, $24,980. 2007 HONDA CR-V LX,AWD, 4-cyl., black/ black, auto, only 84,000 kms, STK#KK1328, $18,980. 2007 KIA SEDONA LX, Minivan, V6, auto, silver/grey, only 79,937 kms, STK#V08002C,

2009 DODGE DURANGO SLT, 4WD, black, auto, only 47,942 kms, Loaded. STK#PE1138. $25,933.

2006 MINI Cooper S Checkmate Edition. Manual, local, no accidents, special limited edition, power group. Space blue w/silver roof. Rare unit. Fully inspected & reconditioned. Like new $23,995.

2008 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO, 3.0 diesel, 4wd, auto, green metallic, leather, only 23,373 kms. STK#C132505A. $34,722.

2009 VW Jetta Comfortline. Auto., local, no accidents, power group, Only 10,700km. Silver. Well equipped. Last call $18,995.

STK#V11043A, $26,980.

2010 MUSTANG GT, convertible, 5-spd., black, leather, only 3,340 kms. STK#PT1203A. LIKE NEW, $35,982.

2009 Suzuki SX4 base. Auto, local, no accidents, power windows, locks, mirrors. Silver. Gas efficient. Great car to get around town. Special price $13,995.

COLUMBIA CHRYSLER 5840 Minoru Blvd, Richmond 1-877-742-4031

$16,480. 2007 MINI COOPER S Convertible, 4-cyl. Turbo, auto, beige, only 77,030 kms,

2006 JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON, 4x4, 5-speed, bronze/tan, only 59,451 kms, STK#KK1322, $23,980. 2003 NISSAN MAXIMA SE, auto, black/black, V6, STK#V10299A, $13,980.

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2011 Acura TSX Sedan promises improves style, performance and engine efficiency Acura has announced a number of updates to its TSX sports sedan for the 2011 model year. Topping the list is a freshened exterior along with a wide array of new features and technology. The exterior of the 2011 TSX receives a new front fascia, revised chin spoiler, new fog light trim assembly and an updated grille. The updated front end teams with new underbody panels to improve aerodynamics. At the rear, revised taillights and an updated rear license plate have been added to provide more visual appeal. Inside, the 2011 TSX receives revised styling for the centre console, darker trim pieces, brightly finished door handles, an updated parking brake handle and new enhancements for the steering wheel. Exclusive to Canada, the standard TSX model with cloth interior will now feature standard auto on/off headlamps, fog lights, a USB input jack as well as XM radio with three months of complimentary service. The Premium package trim features new contrasting-colour stitching for the leather seats, door armrests and centre console, and the rear centre console receives heating/cooling vents. The TSX with available Technology Package now includes an LED backlit

full VGA navigation screen, improved navigation system functions, Song By Voice user interface to help the driver find music from a six-gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD), and the ability to download 15 gigabytes of music to the HDD system. Cabin serenity is achieved through the

addition of a new acoustic glass front windshield, thicker side glass, increased use of sound-deadening insulation, improved floor mats and new under-floor covers. Both the 2.4L inline four-cylinder and 3.5L V6 engines receive improvements to reduce internal operating friction, which improve fuel economy, lower carbon diox-

ide output and increase engine life. New automatic transmission programming helps maximize the engine output by allowing for Shift Hold Control during cornering along with “smart shift” functionality that allows for semi-manual operation when in Drive, not just when in Sport Mode.

In addition, the Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic transmission now features a fluid warmer to improve shift quality, transmission durability and engine fuel economy during winter driving. Pricing for the base Acura TSX is $32,990.

Auto Dealer Guide BUDGET CAR SALES 1404 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver 604.261.3343 (see ad on page 14) Columbia Chrysler 5840 Minoru Blvd, Richmond 1.888.384.7946 (see ad on page 21) KIA Richmond 3351 No. 3 Road, Richmond 604.273.1800 (see ad on page 22) AUTOWEST BMW 10780 Cambie Road, Richmond 604.273.2217 (see ad on page 3)


Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep 5491 Parkwood Way, Richmond 1.877.357.1412 (see ad on back cover)


Richmond Lexus


Richmond Lexus

5660 Minoru Blvd, Richmond 604.273.5533

Columbia Chrysler (see ad on page 20)

Signature Mazda


RICHMOND SUBARU 3511 No. 3 Road, Richmond 604.278.6524 (see ad on page 7)

PRE-OWNED 2010 LEXUS HS 250h, Ultra Premium Pkg., Red mica cashmere leather, navigatin, auto, like new STK#P1042 $37,633

2008 LEXUS IS 250 AWD, Premium Pkg., Starfire pearl/black leather, V6, only 51,900 kms STK#P1054 $35,852

2008 LEXUS IS 250 “B” Pkg., Smoky granite mica/black int., V6, 6-spd. Auto, only 46,026 kms STK#P1068 $31,553

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2007 LEXUS ES Premium “B” Pkg., Starfire pearl/black leather, V6, 6-spd. Auto, only 47,036 kms STK#P1060 $28,752 2007 LEXUS IS 250 X2 Pkg., Black sapphire/cashmere leather, V6, auto, only 41,875 kms STK#P1045 $29,872 2007 LEXUS IS 350 Luxury, Navigation, Black/black leather, V6, auto, only 53,595 kms STK#P1051 $36,543

2007 LEXUS RX 350 Premium, 18” alloys, flint mica/black, 4WD, V6, auto, only 43,768 kms STK#P1046 $35,853



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Jaguar’s all-new XJ By Patrick Stewart The new cat builds on Jaguar’s new area design first seen in 2007 on the smaller XF model. The latest version is bigger and longer, featuring beautiful flowing lines, a high belt line, commanding front snout with hooded headlights and an overall get-up-and-go appearance. According to Jaguar Cars managing director, Mike O’Driscoll, the mission was to recapture the uniqueness of the original 1960s XJ, but in a modern form. In their market evaluation, Jaguar designers looked at the luxury Mercedes-Benz S-class, BMW 7 series and the Audi A8, as well as performance class Porsche Panamera and Maserti Quattroporte and then made the decision to go for the middle ground. Passion—but with typical British reserve. Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum’s direction comes direct from Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons whose design philosophy of “Grace, Space and Pace” was established 75 years ago when he founded the company. “First of all, we have to create a beautiful car, the other thing is, a Jaguar must have great proportions—that is the architecture of the car, it’s seen as an overall shape,” said Callum. “I call it the draughtsmanship of the car. We needed to watch every millimetre to make this work, because we had a package which said it isn’t a two-seater, it’s a five -seater. We worked very hard to get that profile to work, to make it as lithe and as sporty as possible.” Keeping up appearances A common complaint heard from car enthusiasts is that modern automotive design lacks uniqueness and character. They say there are too many boring lookalikes. Well that may be true to some degree in the mass market, but it is a common trait for retro fans to complain when major design changes are first introduced to iconic models. For example, the following is a quote from celebrated automotive journalist Paul Skilleter who has written many books on the Jaguar marque. “As soon as it came into view, moving smoothly and almost silently towards us, I knew that this was an epochal moment in the history of Jaguar. Here I was seeing for the first time a new car that would take the company to new heights, break into new markets, and wipe out any feelings of disappointment that the current range of worthy but staid-looking Jaguar sedans might be failing to inspire and excite. This was the car that would help transform Jaguar’s future under new management.” But, wait! Skilleter was not talking about the new XJ, he was going back 43 years to the very first time he saw the original XJ6, Jaguar’s most successful model ever. Those words penned all those years ago at the introduction of the then-new XJ6 can be applied verbatim today to the all new XJ. Another epochal moment in the marque’s history! Looking at the front of the all-new XJ there is one tip of the hat to the past that enhances the beauty of the car, its prominent square grille which was found on the very first XJ, the 420 model circa 1967. A faint hint of the 1960s Mk 2 model is also evident from the teardrop-shaped chrome window trim on the XJ. Overall, the proportions, stance and relationship of the wheels to the body and ground impress, and continue to impress the more one observes this vehicle. Stronger, lighter, faster Adding to the car’s elegant lines is a panoramic glass retractable roof, which blends seamlessly into the body in one unbroken line and effectively lowers the car’s drag coefficient (0.29), resulting in low wind noise and better highway fuel efficiency. The stronger and lighter weight makes the case for the use of aluminum, as opposed to steel, in the construction of the body and chassis. The fact that 50 per cent of the aluminum used comes from recycled aluminum cans—about 12,000 of them— makes a strong environmental statement. Additionally, cast magnesium is used in

various sub-frame assemblies to further reduce weight and add strength. Once comfortably behind the threespoke, leather-wrapped wheel and on the open road, you don’t have any feeling of driving a big car. Instead, there is the feel of a light and tight chassis, the quickness of the steering assemble and the responsiveness of the supercharged five-litre V8 very directly to the back of a well-appointed leather-clad seat. This big Jag likes to be driven, but is just as happy to amble along in city traffic. The power plant is mated to a quick and smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission controlled by paddle shifters and a console-mounted dial for three different driving modes that Jaguar calls a Jaguar Drive Selector, but which is probably best suited for technophiles. Each of these driving modes fulfils its function by making appropriate adoptions to engine mapping, transmission shift points, shock damping, See JAGUAR XJ page 22







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Jaguar XJ from page 21 and electronic intervention from the Active Differential Control and Dynamic Stability Control systems. The supercharged XJ and XJL sit on 48-centimetre wheels and come in two wheelbases and three different models— Base, Supercharged and Supersport, all sharing the same five-litre, fuel injected V8 with increased levels of performance. The supercharged XJL develops 470-horsepower with 424-ft lbs of torque and the muffled roar exhaled from the twin exhaust pipes serves to remind the driver of its impressive capabilities. When pushed in Dynamic mode the XJ’s seatbelts tighten, gauges change to red, shocks stiffen and the beast takes off like a true sports sedan. It’s fun to drive but if you get in trouble it’s comforting to know that the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) will intervene to apply breaking to individual wheels and reduce engine torque. Even more reassuring is the Advance Emergency Brake Assist that calculates distance and speed of an oncoming vehicle and


A gift to remember precharges the breaks to help minimize impact speed, if impact is predicted. Very impressive stuff that hopefully will never be needed. The custom-ordered Supersport edition develops more power from a supercharged engine at 510-horsepower and 461-ft lbs of torque, with 0 to 60mph time claimed to be 4.7 seconds. Quality interior Interior trim is what one would expect in a Jaguar, with burled wood and leather everywhere. The wrap-around, chopped dash with high level console and wellplanned instrument stack is sporty and functional. New and innovative is the vir-

tual instrument gauges. The digital graphic renderings pass for analog dials that can arrange themselves depending on which driving and navigational programs are engaged. Audiophiles will appreciate the distinctive yellow Kevler cones embedded in the door panels which are part of the 1200-watt, 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins superb sound system. If you are in the market for a luxury sports sedan offering style, beauty and performance, the new XJ should be on your test-drive list. To attract new customers, Jaguar dealers are offering very competitive pricing as part of the car’s introduction and one of

the best warranty packages in the business, called Platinum Coverage. The five-year, 80,000-kilometre warranty provides free service and replacement of every wear item except tires. The dealer experience should be positive for buyers as the latest J.D Power survey ranks Jaguar highest among luxury brand in “satisfying customers with new-vehicle sales experience” for the third year running. All systems are go for Jaguar’s new era—new models, new ownership and a return to the glory days when pride of ownership was the norm. Happy 75th Jaguar! For pricing and incentives, visit

Rolls Royce Phantom. Photo: Christopher Thorn Photography. If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday gift and money is no object, consider the 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. Listed at $552,515 plus HST, the Phantom is a stunning piece of engineering genius that boasts a crisp Arctic White finish and entirely bespoke commissioned features, such as hand-sewn fawn brown leather interior, sleek mahogany and teak finishing, rear-hinged coach doors, 21” wheels and, of course, front wing hidden umbrellas for the rainy West Coast weather. The Drophead Coupé, along with an impressive selection of other new and preowned luxury models such as the Phantom sedan and Silver Ghost, is available at Western Canada’s Rolls-Royce showroom at 1717 West 5th and Burrard. For more information, call (604) 604 736 7381.

Porsche begins development of baby Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne Porsche is driving forward with the development of a new model series small sport utility vehicle (SUV). Under the working name Cajun, the new series is slated to begin with an efficient and sporty model that will build upon the success of Porsche’s Cayenne in the premium segment SUV sector. According to Porsche, the Cajun will feature typical Porsche characteristics, such as light weight, ease of handling and agility, and be positioned as an entry-level model to attract new and even younger customers to the Porsche brand. Designed by Walter de’Silva, Volkswagen Group’s design director, the two-door Cajun is expected to debut in 2013 as a 2014 model. Volkswagen acquired a controlling stake in Porsche in 2009.

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