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29 UNLICENSED DISPENSARIES DOTTED ACROSS THE CITY MIKE HOWELL Staff writer

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Lynne Kent, a longtime resident of Kits Point, sits on one of the park benches which will likely be relocated to make way for a controversial paved bike path.

Bike path critics ready to fight RALLY AGAINST KITS BIKE WAY PLANNED FOR SUNDAY SANDRA THOMAS Staff writer

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esidents protesting a 12-foot-wide, paved bike path for Kitsilano Beach and Hadden parks are not going down without a fight, despite the fact the Vision Vancouver-dominated park board insists the project is a done deal. A petition is in the works, a rally has been organized for Sunday, signs have been posted and typically mediashy residents are speaking to reporters for print, TV and

radio. And according to park board staff, the white lines painted through the parks to supposedly mark the route of the path are not of their doing and will soon be removed. Lynne Kent, a member of the Kits Point Residents Association, said the park board’s claims of a thorough public consultation are false. “The park board says this was one of the largest consultations ever done,” said Kent, who added the fact the board would make such a claim demonstrates its inexperience. See CRITICS on page 12

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news Mayor returns to China to drum up business 12TH & CAMBIE with Mike Howell

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ou probably heard His Worship is heading to China next month. Last week, the Vancouver Economic Commission announced that Mayor Gregor Robertson will lead “the largest-ever Vancouver-led business and cultural mission to China.” The 18-company delegation will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong from Nov. 4 to 12. The goal of the trip is to attract investment, promote deeper cultural ties and build “long-term strategic partnerships with one of Canada’s most important trading partners.” What the commission didn’t mention in its press release was that Robertson already led a delegation of business people to China. Yep, that happened way back in September 2010. That’s when Robertson went on a business trip with 22 Vancouver companies trying to drum up deals

that involve clean technology, green buildings and digital media. So was that trip worth it? “It was a big success, it was an important marker for the sister city relationship with Guangzhou and the Vancouver presence at the Shanghai World Expo,” Robertson told me this week. “We had dozens of companies. Deals were flowing from that. Several set up operations in China since then and we’ve seen solid growth in Chinese tourism to Vancouver — I think beyond expectations, which was a big part of that trip, too.” He said Chrysalix, a venture fund company, opened an office in China and Westport Innovation expanded its operation in China. dPoint Technologies, which deals in HVAC filter systems, also had some “important meetings there that advanced their business.” He noted some “green” building consultants and planners also got work. “It’s bearing fruit,” he said of the 2010 trip. So why go again? “It’s a combination of getting more business deals going and opening doors for Vancouver companies. In China, political connections make a big difference. Mayors are important at opening doors for business to Chinese officials.” Robertson said the cost of the trip

will be discussed at next Tuesday’s council meeting when Ian McKay, chief executive officer, and Joan Elangovan, director of finance and operations, both of the Vancouver Economic Commission, will provide a presentation on the trade mission to China. As I reported many years ago, Robertson has a distant connection to Dr. Norman Bethune, who is considered a national hero in China, where there is a memorial for the Ontario native who died in 1939. Bethune is best known for developing the first mobile blood transfusion service in Spain in 1936 and later performing emergency battlefield operations in the Second SinoJapanese War in China. Bethune was a cousin of Robertson’s grandmother. Robertson, his brother Patrick and late father John all share Bethune as their middle name. That connection garnered media attention during the last trip and Robertson thinks it can only help again this time around. “I expect it will be helpful in opening doors and getting us more media attention and that’s good for our [Vancouver] companies,” he said. A different type of media attention is what Robertson got during his

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t 58, Rene Kwan hoped at this point in his life that he wouldn’t need to seek a loan from the city’s rent bank. An accountant for 25 years, Kwan was forced to retire because he is losing his vision. His disability and other circumstances have left him living on a Canada pension of $550 per month. “I worked hard and this is what I ended up with — $550 a month,” he said, noting his rent is $450 per month. “It’s sad.” Kwan is the youngest of his family, some of whom lived in Canada and others in the Philippines. They’ve all since passed on, leaving Kwan by himself in an apartment at 23rd and Fraser. He described his situation as being “stuck in the corner.” Last fall, Kwan was referred to the city’s rent bank after visiting with a seniors advocate downtown. He filled out an application, met the criteria and was given a $500 loan. It allowed him to avoid eviction. He praised the staff at the rent bank and said the service “saved his life for now.” The arrangement he agreed to with staff was to pay back $20 per month, interest free.

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Rene Kwan, 58, is a client of the Vancouver Rent Bank who is losing his vision. The average household income for rent bank users over the last year was $18,056. “I know it’s not that much, but it worked out with my problem issue,” he said of the $500 loan. “And the return amount [of $20 per month] is very humane.” Kwan attended a press conference Tuesday that marked the one-year anniversary of the city’s rent bank. Since October 2012, the rent bank approved 137 interest-free loans, helping 228 people avoid being evicted from their homes. Staff counted 39 children among the recipients. The total amount of loans was $124,171 and

the average loan was $906. So far, 70 per cent of loans are being repaid in monthly instalments, although recipients have a maximum of 24 months to repay. Money is automatically withdrawn from a person’s account. The reasons recipients have applied for a loan included underemployment, a health crisis, a family crisis, job loss, laid off and delays in receiving Employment Insurance. The majority of loans — 87 per cent — went to singleincome households and 43 per cent to people 55 or older.

The highest demand for loans came from residents of the West End, Grandview-Woodland, downtown, Hastings-Sunrise, Strathcona and Mount Pleasant. The average household income was $18,056. Amanda Pollicino, managing director of the rent bank, said the data collected from recipients shows there is a growing need to support low-income renters. Pollicino said many singleincome households like Kwan’s don’t qualify for provincial rental subsidy programs. Pollicino said the popularity of the rent bank, which resulted in 250 applications processed from 600 enquiries, points to the need for a provincial program. Surrey and New Westminster have a rent bank but many municipalities in B.C. don’t, she added. “We get a lot of requests from Burnaby, we get a lot of requests from North Vancouver, we get a lot of requests from Richmond,” she said, noting staff find it difficult to turn people away. The rent bank was established to operate for three years. Its loan budget, which is funded by the Radcliffe Foundation, is $365,000 over three years. The City of Vancouver committed to $148,00 over three years for operating costs. The Vancouver Foundation contributed another $90,000 for operating costs. Kwan, meanwhile, met with Vancouver-West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert after the press conference to seek help in getting income assistance for his disability. If Kwan is not eligible for funding, the Canadian citizen said he will consider returning to the Philippines. “I don’t know where to go or who can help me,” he said, before being introduced to Chandra Herbert. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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Mayor concerned more about violent drug activity Continued from page 1 Many storefront operations also display a large green or red cross to suggest a connection with the medical community. The report said there are no regulations that require the dispensaries to report to the VPD or City of Vancouver. Mayor Gregor Robertson, who doubles as chairperson of the police board, said the City of Vancouver’s role in investigating illegal dispensaries is a “complaints-driven process and bylaw enforcement officers take it from there.” He echoed the report’s conclusion that the VPD’s focus should be on disrupting violent drug activity, saying that’s where “the precious dollars” need to be spent. Drug dealers who sell cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine receive greater priority than enforcement of marijuana, the report said. Robertson didn’t explain how an operator is able to open a storefront, although Police Chief Jim Chu suggested some obtain a licence to operate a café. The City of Vancouver did not respond to the Courier’s question asking whether the 29 dispensaries obtained some form of business licence to operate. “This is a larger Health Canada issue and while federal laws are being amend-

ed, there continues to be a lack of clarity around the regulations,” said a statement from the City of Vancouver. “We continue to work closely with the Vancouver Police Department and look to them to identify any criminal issues that may arise.” The mayor and his Vision Vancouver colleagues are on record of wanting marijuana regulated and taxed as a strategy to combat organized crime and improve public health and safety. Chu, who is also president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, announced in August that handing out tickets for illegal possession of marijuana may be more efficient than laying criminal charges. The VPD report said “criminal enforcement could be very damaging to employees of the dispensaries, who are generally young, entry-level employees who could face criminal charges and the possible impact that would have on other future employment or their ability to travel.” On Wednesday, Washington State legislators adopted rules to allow the sale of recreational marijuana. Washington will tax and regulate the sale of pot in licensed stores around the state, including 21 in Seattle. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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ith her lack of education and work experience, Gail Omeasoo didn’t think she’d find a full-time job. Four years ago, she received $900 of social assistance and disability benefits a month and earned $500 a month working at an addiction recovery house. Three years ago, she got a job with Atira Property Management and has advanced to become program manager at Marr Housing for Women. She takes home $2,600 a month. “I took myself off social assistance and disability and my life has just changed,” Omeasoo said. “I’ve grown in so many ways.” Now 48, she’s touted by Atira Women’s Resource Society, which is partly funded from profits by the Atira Property Management company it owns, as a success story in hiring residents of the Downtown Eastside. The society commissioned finan-

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Gail Omeasoo (l), program manager at the New Marr Hotel, speaks with resident Patricia Bacarra. cial firm EY (Ernst and Young) to measure the social return on investment of hiring residents of the Downtown Eastside, people who were unemployed or underemployed, receiving income assistance and/or living in single room accommodation hotels. Atira released the report last week that contends hiring people from the Downtown Eastside benefits taxpay-

ers at a rate of more than three to one. EY reported that for every dollar spent to employ the target group of 105 employees in 2012 and 2013, Atira gained a social return on investment of $3.32. EY measured and analyzed the qualitative and quantitative costs of hiring people from the Downtown Eastside and the actual and estimated impacts on social assistance, local

spending, social housing, criminal justice and health costs, food banks and meal programs, employability and quality of life. Atira Property Management started hiring from the Downtown Eastside in 2007 when B.C. Housing gave the company a week’s notice to staff five buildings. It hires front desk clerks, security and janitor personnel. Omeasoo grew up in social housing in the Downtown Eastside with an alcoholic mother and three younger siblings she started caring for at age six. She ran away at 12, has a Grade 10 education and struggled with heroin and cocaine addictions. Having lived in one of Atira Women’s Resource Society’s transition houses 20 years ago, she was keen to work for the Atira Property Management company. Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Property Management, says the company has learned plenty about recruiting, screening, orienting, training and supervising. If the company hires an individual with a history of addiction, Atira has learned it must provide that

person with extra support after they receive their first two paycheques. EY reported employment with Atira reduced a worker’s reliance on government social assistance, including support, shelter and health. Twelve of 61 employees who were living in SRAs moved out, freeing up space for others. “Many of the men with jobs are actually catching up [on child support],” Abbott added. “Sometimes it’s garnished and sometimes it’s voluntary.” Abbott says Atira contracted a well-known international firm to reliably quantify social returns. She hopes more organizations will hire people with barriers to employment including developmental delays or mental illness. “Whether it’s government or private sector, if we all made a commitment to doing what we could in terms of hiring folks with barriers to employment, it would make a huge difference,” she said. View the report at atira.ca. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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ducation Minister Peter Fassbender helped open the new $14-million J.W. Sexsmith elementary Oct. 15. The new Sexsmith replaces the seismically unsafe old school in Marpole that was built in 1912 and expanded in 1950 and 1954. The new school for 390 kindergarten to Grade 7 students has been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standard and features a geothermal heating and cooling system. “It’s very

open, bright, lots of natural light. It is just a beautiful facility,” Fassbender said. He expects an announcement about seismic upgrades for Strathcona elementary to be made within weeks. As for the old Sexsmith school, the Vancouver School Board needs to find a leaser willing to seismically upgrade the building. The property remains embroiled in a court case with a Francophone school board that wants the education minister to order the VSB to lease it the building. To be announced even sooner than a seismic project for Strathcona is a new framework for grades 3 to 9 under the B.C. Education Plan. Fassbender was tightlipped on specifics. “The challenge will always be how do we identify every individual student’s need in a system that has

been structured towards… more of a collective approach,” he said. “So we’re trying to fine-tune that so we can be as targeted for every student as we can.” Negotiators sat down this week to see whether a collective agreement with teachers can be achieved. The government hopes to reach a 10-year contract. Fassbender said students from Windermere secondary told him over lunch that physical education should be a priority and they’re interested in the role technology will play in classrooms. He said there would be no new money for education or playgrounds, but that the provincial government was working on building the economy with industries like liquefied natural gas to try to ensure more money for healthcare, social services and education. Fassbender said parents at Sexsmith are raising

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he black handwritten print on the white wooden cross reads “Wilma Yerex, 1941-Oct. 8, 2013.” The sign, which is nailed above a glass lantern on the pole of the children crossing sign on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Earles Street in the Collingwood neighbourhood on the East Side, is the only remaining evidence of a tragic accident at the pedestrian crossing. According to the Vancouver Police Department, Yerex was struck at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 by a car driven by a 38-yearold man. She was rushed to hospital and died the next day as a result of her injuries. Police say the accident is still being investigated, but neither speed nor alcohol appear to have been factors. Simple white lines painted across the road mark the crossing in this quiet, tree-lined residential neighbourhood. When the Courier visited the crash scene Sunday morning, Carmen Orquiola was about to cross the intersection

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A senior died last week after being hit by a car at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Earles Street. on her way home. She lives near the crossing and though she didn’t witness the recent accident, she heard the sirens that followed. When she went out to look that rainy morning, there were several rescue vehicles at the scene and an unfamiliar open umbrella lying near her yard, she said. “Many have been requesting a stoplight here in this particular section. Children are crossing here on school days, it is very dangerous,” she said. “Cars don’t stop.”

An online ICBC crash map shows there were 23 accidents at this intersection between 2008 and 2012 and seven of those involved casualties. Miriam Mattila, 77, lives in the same nearby seniors housing complex as Yerex and uses the pedestrian crossing often. She said eight years ago another senior was killed trying to cross there so the city put in the crosswalk, but Mattila wants more to be done to make the intersection safe. “It is still so dangerous there

because as the cars are coming north, there are cars parked on the right hand side, and very often a van, and you can’t see someone who is stepping off the sidewalk into the crosswalk because it is blocked,” she said. “And sometimes the cars turn the corner really fast and so it is very dangerous. I mean we all have our stories, we are seniors, and we’ve all got our stories about that crosswalk.” Mattila and another neighbour were part of the Norquay Village Neighbourhood planning process back in 2010, she said, and they brought up the issue of the intersection. She said there was discussion at the time about a pedestrian crossing light being put in but it never materialized. “Something has got to be done and we need the support because when we talk about it they [the city] just pass us off like we are just little old people who complain,” said Mattila. The Courier contacted the city about the intersection but did not receive a response on the record. thuncher@shaw.ca twitter.com/@Thuncher

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f you were wondering where all those homeless people in Vancouver were coming from, I can tell you this: There is no single factor that leads to homelessness more than whether a person spent part of his or her time as a youngster in government or foster care. Of course there are other reasons why folks find themselves homeless in our city. They may have been released from prisons or jails that don’t care whether they have a home to go to; they could suffer long stays in hospital because of a disability and forfeit whatever housing they have; or they may have been caught in low-paying jobs or on social assistance that provides insufficient resources for them to afford the most meager of dwellings in an increasingly unaffordable market. Last week’s survey conducted for the Vancouver Foundation considers “facts about foster youth transitioning out of government care in B.C.” That “transitioning” can happen as early as 16 years of age when the government signs youngsters to a “youth agreement” and they head off to live on their own with some government funding. But by 19, they are out the door. Adios. Those “facts” provide a good profile of who those youngsters are. Some 40 per cent of homeless youth have been in foster care at some point in their lives. Of the approximately 8,000 young people in government care, 55 per cent are aboriginal. And 65 per cent of kids in care have been diagnosed with a mental health issue at least once during childhood. More than two-thirds of youth in care in B.C. will reach age 19 without a high school diploma. Almost half of them will go on income assistance within a few months of their 19th birthday. They are, for the most part, disasters just waiting to happen. And, by the way, this year more than 700 youth in care will turn 19, “age out” of the government system and many will join the ranks of the new homeless. That is why you can understand how the City of Vancouver Homeless staff report can claim a measure of success in dealing with homelessness these past few years even though the number of people in shelters and on the street combined have remained static. Prior to 2008, the number of homeless people was rising by about 100 a year. Since then, if anything, the drivers of homelessness have only become more intense. But millions have been spent, not just on shelters but on more permanent homes and the actual number of people living on the street have declined slightly. You can only shudder to imagine what a state we would be in if the city, the province and private sector not-for profits like the Streetohome Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society and Covenant House were not leaning into this problem. There seems to be a consensus that cutting folks loose at 19 is only asking for trouble. Parents of this generation will tell you it is not uncommon for their children to seek advice and support well into their twenties. B.C. is behind a number of other jurisdictions in Canada and south of the border by expecting 19-year-olds to be able to “transition” effectively. The Vancouver Foundation survey found parents frequently support their children well beyond 19: “In fact, 80 percent of parents who have 19 to 28 year olds living away from home provide their children with some form of support.” Yet here is the irony. Vancouver Foundation CEO Kevin McCort says: “The lack of public support to help youth successfully transition out of government care to adulthood suggests we have a higher expectation of young people who have been bounced around the foster care system and forced to make it on their own when they turn 19, than we do for our own children.” If you are looking for more information on this subject, I refer you to a superb series led by journalist Pieta Woolley in The Tyee called “Fostering Truth.” But don’t expect this relentless march towards homelessness to go away in a big hurry until more of us insist, as the Vancouver Foundation makes clear, that “young people belong in homes in their community with opportunities to learn, grow and contribute.” agarr@vancourier.com twitter.com/allengarr

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n our morning walks, my dog Meika ambles next to me with her nose to the ground, enthusiastically sniffing the canine “blogs” posted on trees, shrubs and fence posts. I imagine the comments, archived in cascading style sheets of urine, go something like this: “Cody was here at 7 a.m.” “Jasper likes this.” “This is Shadow. I just ate some grass.” “Gizmo likes this.” It took millions of years for the ancestors of dogs to evolve their excretory messaging system. It’s taken less than a decade for human beings to start marking digital territory through social networking. There are similarities. Last time I checked into Facebook, woozy with tryptophan from a Thanksgiving dinner earlier in the evening, it was all fenceposts and shrubs. Like leg-lifting pooches, the posters’ central theme seemed to be, “Here I am! Here I am!” I know a few people who post with such obsessive frequency that I can’t imagine them relaxing into their constantly updated outings and holidays. I’m so distractible myself, I very rarely spend time on Mark Zuckerberg’s clock-sucker. A few minutes of surfing his site can turn into several hours of missing time. It’s like a sedentary alien abduction, with Facebook’s tractor beam hijacking your eyeballs and sucking personal information straight through your fingertips. I could go on about how “Total Information Awareness,” the mass surveillance wet dream of Bush-era neocons, has been outsourced to the private world (by design or default), with many of us spying on ourselves voluntarily, right down to the minutest details of our lives. But that cautionary note is about a half decade too late, what with Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s all-seeing panopticon, and all our noses stuck in wide-open mobile devices. Advances in social networking have moved so fast that Ondi Timinor’s 2009 documentary We Live in Public seems almost quaint now. The film profiles the late ’90s exploits of Internet pioneer and dot-com millionaire Josh Harris. The “Warhol of webcasting” placed more than 100 willing artists in a huge human terrarium under New York City, with multiple webcams constantly tracking their every movement. For weeks, there was no privacy for anyone in this concrete underworld. Wherever they went — to bed, the toilet, the shower — it was all displayed on monitors dotting the underground space. Harris’ disturbing project, called “Quiet: We Live in Public,” was created after he “became interested in controversial human experiments which tested the effects of media and technology on the development of personal identity,” according to an entry in Wikipedia. This included “interrogation artists “trained to psychologically brutalize fellow participants into confessing their most humiliating memories — all on camera. Alcohol and food available were available 24/7 at an 80-foot long dining room table. There was a gun range with a wide selection of arms and ammo available on the floor below. Within weeks, Harris’s underground scene disintegrated into a rat’s nest of interpersonal conflicts. Police, suspecting it to be some kind of millennium cult, shut down the operation on Jan. 1, 2001. As a coda to his designed-to-fail “art experiment,” Harris outfitted his apartment with 30 motion-controlled surveillance cameras and 66 microphones to expose he and his girlfriend to months of 24-hour global ogling on weliveinpublic.com. His Manhattan-based Petri dish of auto-surveillance turned predictably rancid. The girlfriend walked and Harris burned through cash, connections, and any remaining goodwill among potential investors. The former dot-com millionaire decamped to a New England apple farm and then hightailed it to Ethiopia to start anew. His seeming experiments in sociopathy, presumably designed as a warning, predated the explosion of mobile social networking by nearly a decade. “As time goes by we are going to have our lives increasingly exposed in very personal and intimate ways, and we’ll want that to happen,” he prophesied in the film. Today we all live in public, though some attempt to control the exposure wisely through privacy settings and limited online activities. The reason social networking sites are as free as a walk around a park is because the product is you — specifically, your personal information. And with so much hyperlinked treats to sniff out, most of us don’t have the time or the inclination to think about who’s at the other end of the leash. geoffolson.com

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Re: “New park poses parking problems for pool users,” Letters, Oct. 9. I agree with Gwen Giesbrecht’s concern over decreased accessibility to New Brighton Pool. With the park board’s predilection for closing outdoor swimming pools (Vancouver is now reduced to three outdoor swimming pools compared to Toronto’s 58 and Winnipeg’s 10), declining usage due to inaccessibility could give them cause to reduce our inventory of outdoor pools even further to the two on the western waterfront — Second Beach and Kitsilano pools. Outdoor swimming is a unique summertime activity that needs to be preserved and enhanced in Vancouver. It’s time for the park board and the City of Vancouver to start investing in these oldfashioned favourites that benefit the entire population’s health and well-being.

Margery Duda, Vancouver Society for Promotion of Outdoor Pools ••• To the editor:

Gwen Giesbrecht’s letter reminded me of my letter to Vision park board commissioner Constance Barnes when this project was put forward. All that Giesbrecht wrote of, I wrote to Barnes. A waste of time, I knew. Vision Vancouver is so anticar that totally inconvenienc-

ing users matters not at all to them. And it may be a strategic move: make the pool inaccessible to most of the users and the numbers will fall, and then the pool can be shut down and the area resurrected as a garden for flowers and kale, perhaps. But Vancouver has to become the greenest city in the world, eh — not the second greenest, the greenest.

Mike Tropp, Vancouver

danger issues for children playing. As a Kits Point resident, I’m strongly opposed to the plan and can’t imagine why there was no consultation with the neighbourhood. Jason A. John, Vancouver

LEFT-TURN BAYS WORK FINE To the editor:

KITS BEACH BIKE PATH LOCATION ALL WRONG To the editor:

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Re: Kits Beach bike path a done deal,” Oct 16. I’m a Kits Point resident and I am shocked we knew nothing about the proposal. While I support bike lanes, I can’t support tearing up of precious green space on a beach where families come to barbeque and where kids throw footballs, Frisbees, play volley ball or just run around and play. The proposed location is dangerous to park users who are mostly pedestrians. The lane goes directly through popular picnic areas. It is amazing to me that the council that wants Vancouver to be the greenest city on earth would support such a ridiculous plan. My 13-year-old keeps asking how such a plan could be approved when it goes against all the things she has been learning at school. Even she can see the potential new

Re: “Loss of parking on W. 4th worries shop owners,” Oct. 9. I fail to see why business owners at Fourth and Macdonald are worried about the installation of left-turn lanes. Several other intersections in the city, such as 49th and Fraser, Victoria and 41st, and Main and King Edward have a similar lack of parking to make room for left-turn lanes, and all have vibrant and lively retail activity. Derek Cheung, Vancouver ••• To the editor:

You know the worst spot on Fourth Avenue for congestion is the westbound Fourth turn onto southbound Alma. Macdonald is an issue, but wouldn’t it be a compromise to have left turn signals? This city council is making a hell of a mess on our city streets in their zeal to accommodate the cyclists. Would those spots near PC Galore et al be removed if they were metered parking? Probably not. Lynn Perry, Vancouver

ON YOUR MIND ONLINE COURIER STORY: “Oakridge: Open House,” Oct. 13 Michelle Lim: Only in Vancouver (or possibly San Francisco). I think I watch House Hunters on HGTV just to prove to myself that in any other North American city for half a million bucks you can have a really nice home. Honestly I worry about where my kids will settle down & am not convinced it is Vancouver. I bet the house shown in this article gets torn down (tiki bar and all) and a new monster home replaces it. Kidd Karrim: Houses like these were the beauty of the Oakridge area. Low and ranchy. Not invasive to the horizon. Aaron Chapman: I’m impressed that it had its own Tiki Bar though. I state “had” because I suspect the new owner who bought the home for 1.73 million isn’t interested in Polynesian kitsch, and it’ll soon be gutted for a 5.1 surround sound theatre. If it were up to me, it’d at least be a Surround Sound Tiki Bar. COURIER STORY: “12th & Cambie: COPE says Vision Vancouver to blame for homeless increases,” Oct. 9 Ryan McLaughlin: Contrary to popular belief, increasing the amount of available housing shouldn’t increase housing prices. Prices rise when a lot of people want something and there isn’t enough of it. Developments increase the amount of that something. Not everything has to be an ‘us or them’ type issue. The developers can make money while supplying housing for the people who need it. Unless you suggest some kind of Cuban, centrally planned system for providing housing, the best way to reduce housing prices is by allowing developers to develop and even (dare I say it?) compete with one another. Derek: The influx of homeless will prevent this problem from ever being “solved.” It can only be managed. This is just one of Vision’s many idealistic and unrealistic goals. Civic government should be focused on the basics of running the city and they definitely should not be ripping up infrastructure. Vision must go.

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Critics worry about conflict between cyclists, park users Continued from page 1 “This was nothing compared to other consultations over much less problematic issues.” The $2.2 million bike path was approved by the park board Oct. 7 as part of the overall Seaside Greenway plan connecting Canada Place to Stanley Park to False Creek and finally Jericho. This path is an extension of the Cornwall-Point Grey bike lane, and some residents have accused the city and park board of burying the details within the Seaside Greenway report and consultation. According to that report, the public consultation included open houses, meetings, workshops, online questionnaires and a survey. The first question on the survey asks: “Our goal is to make walking and cycling in and through the parks safer, more convenient, and more comfortable — without compromising the way many ways people use the park. Do you support this goal?” In response, 95 per cent of the 372 surveyed answered, “Yes.” Based largely on that survey, the report said it became clear separate bike paths through Kits and Hadden Beach parks were “overwhelmingly supported.” The report noted that during busy times the shared pathway along that route can be dangerous, and conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists take place frequently. Kent argues the report ignores the covenant under which Hadden Park was deeded to the city. Wealthy developer Harvey Hadden purchased the land from the CPR in 1929 and donated it to the city under strict conditions. Hadden wanted the park reserved for public recreational use, the land kept as natural as possible, the beach used only for swimming and the property protected from encroachment. When the Maritime Museum was proposed in 1957, an estate agent acting on behalf of the late Hadden wrote the park board reminding commissioners of the conditions included in the deed. Kits point resident Marg Zibin is concerned about how the path might affect the memorial bench dedicated to her husband in Hadden Park. She suspect the bench is either directly within the bike path route or close to it.

But now they’re criticizing “ Vision for no consultation, but previously [the NPA] thought 195 people was sufficient to build a restaurant on the beach.

—Comm. Aaron Jasper

“The bench with my late husband’s plaque still had one more year in the contract,” Zibin told the Courier in an email. “The park board have not contacted me about any proposed bike path and/or moving of any memorial benches. As I have had the same address for more than 40 years, not being able to locate me would not fly as an excuse.” (At press time, the park board had not issued a response on memorial benches.) KitsFest co-founder and two-time Olympian Howard Kelsey also has a bench named in his honour, but his biggest concerns are how the bike path will interfere with and possibly endanger the basketball, volleyball and tennis players who frequent Kits Beach annually. He says none of the sports associations representing these players was notified. “They talked to 370 people, but didn’t bother to contact any of the organizations that use the beach every day,” said Kelsey. “The path is going to be 15 feet away from the Rick Hansen play area and close to the basketball courts, which are some of the most popular in Canada. And with the angle of the road, cyclists will be coming down that hill and picking up speed right there.” Kelsey has joined forces with representatives from sev-

eral sports organizations as well as a growing crowd of residents to convince the park board to shift the bike path onto the street. Adam Smith, another member of the Kits Point Residents Association, has joined the protest. In a letter to the park board, Smith wrote in part: “Another acre of asphalt in Kits Beach Park? For a bike path that could just as easily be routed along adjacent streets, streets that I have been riding on for years without trouble? And your justification for this is a survey that made no mention of the actual plan, but instead asked a vague question about safety? Such a level of intellectual dishonesty, as the justification of this plan by the survey conducted, has no place in good government.” Vision Vancouver park board vice-chair Aaron Jasper said when a licensed bistro was proposed for English Bay in 2010 under an NPA-dominated board, a survey completed at the time included fewer participants than the consultation for the bike path. “But now they’re criticizing Vision for no consultation, but previously they thought 195 people was sufficient to build a restaurant on the beach,” said Jasper. Not everyone is unhappy with the plan. “We’re delighted to see the city continue to work on the seawall,” said Lisa Slakov, co-chair of the Vancouver-UBC Committee for HUB, formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition. “The Greenway was introduced in the mid-’90s with a mandate of pedestrians first and people on bikes next and they are continuing that work.” Slakov added while she hasn’t seen a definitive route for the bike path, it appears to be similar to the situation at Second Beach. “That used to be a combined path there, too, but then they moved the bike path over and it works great for everyone.” A rally organized by the Kits Point Residents Association and Save Kits Beach is scheduled for noon Sunday, Oct. 20, in front of the Boathouse at Kits Beach. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10


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community Cyclists,motorists compete in commuter challenge

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who arrives first to an 8:30 a.m. event Oct. 23 at Library Square, 300 W. Georgia St. All participants will be offered snacks and coffee, bike maps, the possibility of prizes, and the services of a volunteer bike mechanic, just like during the annual Bike to Work Week, which gets rolling again Oct. 28. Head on over to btww.ca for more info.

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Cyclists are posing a serious challenge to motorists and transit users later this month, but this time it has nothing to do with the regular traffic snarl known as Critical Mass. The Share the Road Challenge invites motorized morning commuters from across Metro Vancouver to compare their times against pedal-pushers to see

Over 600 sponsors and supporters of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice have put up serious swag for the annual fall fundraiser for a charity that provides pediatric palliative care for more than 450 B.C. children and their families. The Gift of Time Gala, once again hosted by Global anchorman Chris Gailus, takes place

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Public Auction: Sale of Land for Taxes – November 13

The City of Vancouver will hold a public auction of lands on which taxes or other charges have been delinquent for two years. Under the provisions of the Vancouver Charter the auction will be held: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10 am Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue Third Floor, Council Chamber Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The list of properties to be offered for sale is available at vancouver.ca/taxsale on Thursday, November 7. THE LIST OF PROPERTIES IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE Purchasers at the sale are required to pay the upset price by cash or other certified funds. Delinquent taxpayers may make payment before the sale starts. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 604-873-7816 or phone 3-1-1

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Development Permit Board Meeting: October 21

at the Westin Bayshore hotel this Saturday (Oct. 19) and features a three-course

meal, live and silent auctions, and the musical stylings of boogie-woogie piano

man Michael Kaeshammer. Individual tickets to the black-tie soiree are $375 or

a table of eight for $3,000. For more information, visit thegiftoftime.org.

Property Tax Exemptions for 2014 The City of Vancouver hereby gives notice of the intention of City Council to exempt certain eligible not-for-profit properties used for senior citizens housing from taxation for one year (2014 taxation year). A bylaw will be brought forward to Council on October 22, 2013 in accordance with Section 396(1)(g) of the Vancouver Charter. NAME

The properties to be considered for exemption in 2014, including an estimate of the amount of City taxes that would be imposed without the exemption for 2014 and the following two years, are shown in the table below.

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Est Taxes 2014

Est Taxes 2015

Est Taxes 2016

BAPTIST FOUNDATION OF B C

266-772-26-0000

13,300

13,700

14,200

BAPTIST FOUNDATION OF B C

765-266-06-0000

31,700

32,600

33,600

BAPTIST HOUSING SOCIETY OF BC

631-232-04-0000

51,600

53,200

54,800

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-04-0000

28,900

29,700

30,600

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-39-0000

8,100

8,300

8,600

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-52-0000

35,500

36,600

37,700

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-92-0000

18,700

19,300

19,900

BROADWAY PENTECOSTAL BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION BC

650-274-27-0000

18,000

18,500

19,100

CALLING MINISTRIES

710-072-06-0000

44,300

45,600

47,000 13,000

CHAU LUEN KON SOL SOCIETY OF VANCOUVER

192-592-92-0000

12,200

12,600

CHRIST CHURCH OF CHINA

192-592-04-0000

10,600

10,900

11,300

COLUMBUS CHARITIES ASSOCIATION

306-720-45-0000

14,700

15,100

15,600

FINNISH CANADIAN REST HOME ASSOC

828-251-94-0000

9,000

9,200

9,500

FINNISH CANADIAN REST HOME ASSOC

828-258-06-0000

4,400

4,500

4,700

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

605-113-66-0000

12,500

12,900

13,300

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

638-077-07-0000

11,400

11,800

12,100

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

641-234-20-0000

6,600

6,800

7,000

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

648-078-05-0000

5,700

5,900

6,100

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

665-230-68-0000

5,200

5,400

5,500

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

670-230-83-0000

3,900

4,000

4,100

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

670-230-89-0000

5,200

5,400

5,500

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

683-230-82-0000

4,500

4,600

4,700

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

722-283-48-0000

23,000

23,700

24,400

KING EDWARD COURT SOCIETY

710-072-95-0000

23,400

24,100

24,800

M KOPERNIK NICOLAUS COPERNICUS FDTN

817-300-22-0000

4,200

4,300

4,500

MENNONITE SR CITIZENS SOCIETY OF BC

755-237-51-0000

29,400

30,300

31,200

MOUNT PLEASANT HOUSING SOCIETY

645-194-47-0000

7,700

7,900

8,100

NEW CHELSEA SOCIETY

270-670-95-0000

8,400

8,700

8,900

NEW CHELSEA SOCIETY

693-253-64-0000

32,600

33,500

34,600

ODD FELLOWS LOW RENTAL HOUSING SOC

318-725-95-0000

8,900

9,200

9,400

PARISH OF ST PAUL VANCOUVER

609-117-44-0000

25,100

25,800

26,600

ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF VANCOUVER

596-196-49-0000

9,100

9,400

9,700

SOC FOR CHRISTIAN CARE OF ELDERLY

613-119-54-0000

63,200

65,100

67,000

The Development Permit Board and Advisory Panel will meet: Monday, October 21 at 3 pm City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue First Floor, Town Hall Meeting Room

SOROPTIMIST CLUB OF VANCOUVER BC

683-165-54-0000

8,400

8,700

8,900

SOUTH AMHERST HOUSING SOCIETY

244-805-96-0000

4,100

4,200

4,400

THE V E L HOUSING SOCIETY

577-259-06-0000

7,100

7,300

7,600

THE V E L HOUSING SOCIETY

596-250-04-0000

5,200

5,300

5,500

to consider this development permit application:

UKRAINIAN SR CITIZENS HOUSING SOC

300-810-95-0000

8,800

9,100

9,300

1045 Robson Street: To develop the site with a two-storey retail store including a heritage density transfer of 714 square feet from the donor site at 53 West Hasting Street and the securing of offsite parking located at the neighbouring site at 1025 Robson Street.

VAN KIWANIS SR CITIZENS HOUSING SOC

300-811-05-0000

7,900

8,100

8,400

VANCOUVER KIWANIS SENIOR CITIZENS HOUSING SOCIETY

125-832-84-0000

10,300

10,600

10,900

642,800

661,900

682,100

Please contact City Hall Security (1st floor) if your vehicle may be parked at City Hall for more than two hours. TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM: 604-873-7469 or lorna.harvey@vancouver.ca

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Property Tax Office 604-871-6893


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Shayna Baykey, 10, spent much of Saturday night’s Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train ride clutching onto brother Collin, especially during Tara Burnett’s electrifying performance as the Bride of Frankenstein. To see more photos, scan this page with your tablet or smartphone using the Layar app.

Off the rails withVancouver’s Ghost Train REBECCA BLISSETT Contributing writer

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inutes before the ghost train chugs through the woods, Beth Lee, equipped with only a two-way radio, walks down the tracks into inky darkness to check on three wraiths. The wraiths are spotted on a hill past a graveyard, taking selfies of their pasty faces and fangy-pouts with their phone cameras. Lee, the stage manager for the student actors of the Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train, reminds them to make use of their flowing gowns and the girls started lifting their arms and spinning in their ragged and torn dresses. Dracula swoops in from behind his theatre of the dead and says hello to his three undead brides but Lee is his focus: only she has tips on how to remove white grease paint smudges from his slacks. Lee suggests makeup remover. The scent of a human with answers must’ve been pungent, as evidenced by a werewolf stomping out of the dense woods minutes later to ask Lee if his furry

boots looked OK tucked into his pants. “This is not some cheesy train ride through the park,” says Lee, while continuing her check-points down the track. “The ideas for the Ghost Train are not commercial and not straight-out-of-the box.” Vancouver performance group Mortal Coil has been responsible for October’s moving theatre in the park since 2000 with many of the professional performers partaking since the beginning. The ideas come from the — read the following word quietly in the event of nearby zombies — brains of the group’s artistic directors Sharon Bayly and Peter Hall. This year’s theme is Classic Monster Mash-Up, while past themes included scary Shakespeare, cabaret of the underworld, devils from around the world and Hollywood B-movies. “We search for new ideas every year without just doing witches, goblins, pumpkins and ghosts,” said Bayly, “And we thought, OK, we’ve never done the classic horror movies that are associated with Halloween. We’re really inspired by the earlier films, we like that aesthetic opposed to the more

commercialized images.” Part of the art of scaring children is the art of performing at nighttime, in the woods. Raccoons have been known to raid the performers’ warming huts where they stay in between trains (one wily four-legged scoundrel opened a Rubbermaid bin, then opened a backpack inside the bin and stole somebody’s sandwiches). One time a performer fell into the pond (and kept performing, according to Lee). Windermere secondary student Mikaela Haeusser is thankful to be working above ground as Igor’s gravedigger after her coffin broke last Halloween — with her inside. “It’s a hardy, hardy group of performers,” says Lee. “They have to be ready for all sorts of weather and a lot of them have been doing this for years. They’ve become like a family.” Like family, they have fond stories to tell in between sneaking up on fellow performers during downtime and scaring the hell out of them. There’s a goblin who brought a guitar to play throughout the night; and Carmen Rosen, one of the founders of Mortal Coil, used to sing opera in between her

performances. “The park would be dead silent, it was incredible,” says Dracula. Adds Lee: “There are all these lovely inbetween moments.” As the last matinee train rolls through, Lee and the performers speak in whispers behind trees to outline last-minute aspects of their minute-long shows (cardinal rule: perform until the train is out of sight) and the first of the night trains chugs on by. Phantom of the Opera, a.k.a. Bonnie Davis, rushes at the train from a chandelier-lit road from an enormous organ set up in the middle of a field, rewarded by screeches from the audience. “Yes,” she says, “I have traumatized some children already.” The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train runs until Nov. 2 every day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. rblissett@telus.net

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How do you like them apples? If the answer is any variation of “lots,” then head over to the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research (6804 SW Marine Dr.) this weekend for the annual Apple Festival. More than 70 varieties of the popular pomaceous fruit, grown both conventionally and organically, will be ripe for the picking, including the samples of Grimes Golden, Bramley’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin and the newly minted Ambrosia, which was recently hybridized in the south Similkameen Valley town of Cawston. The B.C. Fruit Testers Association will also give demonstrations of grafting and cider-pressing. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20. Tickets are $4 for adults. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, call 604822-4529 or visit botanicalgarden.ubc.ca

A self-described bully doctor, modern minstrel, fish lover, soul poet, sexplainer, circus kid, inquisitive gastronomist, thoughtful lawyer and even an IT guy are among the 15 people set to step up to the microphone at the inaugural TEDx RenfrewCollingwood event Oct. 19 at Windermere Secondary school. Inspired by but independently organized from the world renowned TED talk series boasting “ideas worth spreading,” the full-day event called From Far To Here includes of a variety of speakers, performers and activities inviting thought, discussion and play. Brian Adler, CEO of Aldercast Films and part-time professional wrestler, and techvibes.com co-founder Lindsay Smith will host the event running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3155 East 27th Ave. Tickets are $50 each ($40 for seniors and students with valid ID) and include food and beverages. Visit tedxrenfrewcollingwood.com for more.

The case was prudently brought to trial seven years after the accident, at which time Helen was still suffering from after-effects. This allowed the court to evaluate the longer term consequences that can follow from such brain injuries. Before the mishap, Helen was a delight to her family and friends. She had a fun-loving, outgoing personality, did reasonably well in school and put most of her energy into her first love, sports. The supervisor at her first part-time job (when she was 15) described her as “fun loving, chatty, crazy, a joy to have around.” Her plan was to become a police officer, and she likely would have been able to achieve that career goal or succeed at an alternative career. After the accident, and well after the immediate effects of the impact had passed, a different picture emerged. While she worked hard to regain her former self, Helen was no longer organized, punctual or reliable. On college and university team projects, she was disorganized and always late, and her written communications were poor. Unlike before, she needed study aids like cue cards as well as frequent note reviews. She could only handle a reduced

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he seventh annual Canadian Movember campaign is fast approaching when, starting Nov. 1 and running to the end of November, men are encouraged to register on the Movember website to collect donations and grow a moustache. Money raised by the charity campaign supports initiatives for men’s health. One of those initiatives is the Vancouver Prostate

Centre lab, which received a $5 million grant from Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada in the summer. Located at Vancouver General Hospital, the brightly lit lab on a floor of the Robert Ho building is a beehive of activity with dozens of people in white lab coats working at various stations. The white countertops are cluttered with scientific equipment and bottles of various shapes, sizes and colours. Dr. Ralph Buttyan, senior scientist at the centre, says

the grant allows him to lead a team of 22 investigators from across Canada whose aim is to improve treatment for men with the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Buttyan has been involved in prostate cancer research for 30 years, but most of those years were spent in the U.S. where he said the university system keeps scientists from sharing what they know with others in their field. Buttyan said he is excited about the collaborative Ca-

Dr. Ralph Buttyan nadian approach fostered at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and how the grant will

further its approach. “We were able to put together a team using the concept that drives this place, which is a team approach, so we’ve gone out and recruited a team of investigators from other parts of the country, Toronto, the Maritimes … and here and we agreed that we could work together as a team. Everybody of different expertise, of different approaches and that is what this is all about,” he said, pointing out that unlike many labs in U.S., in his lab

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there are no walls between departments. According to Buttyan, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men in Canada. Most of the treatments to fight the disease target the hormone sensitivity of the cancer, and the gains in treatment have only given patients a few additional months of life. “We are moving towards the goal posts, but it is slowly, slowly, slowly,” said Buttyan. He said his team has a different approach than has been used in advancing previous treatments. “We are going to target the ability of the prostate cancer cells to adapt to the treatments,” he said. There are four projects under the grant and each looks at different aspects of tumour placidity, or adaptability. “We want to hold the patient in a therapy responsive state,” he said. “Therefore instead of having treatments add a few months to a patient’s life, the team wants to add many years of life.” Buttyan said the hope is to have at least one new therapy tested and ready to go into patients by the end of the five-year term of the grant. “I feel so optimistic. This is outside-of-the-box thinking that we are using here,” he said. Movember Canada director Pete Bombaci, who is already sporting a healthy moustache in advance of the organization’s November campaign, is clear why the charity wanted to fund the lab. “It really highlights the collaborative nature of Movember, our partner Prostate Cancer Canada and the way we want to approach research moving forward,” he said. Movember has funded 577 projects related to men’s health in 21 countries. Most projects have focused on prostate cancer, including A Survivorship Action Partnership, also with Prostate Canada, that aims to support survivors of the disease. “We are really trying to change the face of men’s health,” Bombaci said. To find out more about Movember and their campaign, go to ca.movember.com. thuncher@shaw.ca twitter.com/@thuncher


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ancouverites who want to see how others lived, what they drove and wore and how B.C. looked in decades past can unwind at the free Home Movie Day Oct. 19. At the bring-your-ownfilm event, participants can have the state of their Super 8 and 8 and 16 mm home movies assessed by experts, learn how to preserve them and see their family films projected on small screens. The Royal B.C. Museum, the City of Vancouver Archives and the CBC Vancouver Media Archives will play home movies on a big screen. “You could call it an antiques roll show,” said Colin Preston, library coordinator for CBC Vancouver Media Archives and a member of the Audio-Visual Heritage Association of B.C. “We’re just letting the stuff roll.” The City of Vancouver will proclaim Oct. 19 Home Movie Day. Christine Hagemoen, coordinator of Vancouver’s version of the worldwide celebration, hopes Vancouverites dig up old family movies for the event. “The idea is to get people interested in audiovisual history from their own little

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Christine Hagemoen, Home Movie Day coordinator and Colin Preston, library Coordinator for CBC Vancouver Media Archives, want people to dig up their old movies for Home Movie Day Oct. 19. personal histories and then perhaps think about the greater histories and how these things all connect together,” she said. “Especially as time goes by, movies that people didn’t think were very important become fabulous because they show the changing city and all sorts of other cultural and historical things.” From CBC’s archives, Preston plans to show home

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shots of her and her father outside their home. “The house, between Second and Third [avenues] on Collingwood is still there. It’s got a little heritage plaque on it,” Preston said. “You can go there now. It’s wonderful. It’s wild.” A group of film archivists in the United States conceived Home Movie Day in 2002 to promote the preservation of amateur small-format films. They knew people were hanging onto boxes of reels they’d never seen and that well-intentioned family historians were having their films transferred to videotape and DVD, believing their new digital copies would last forever and the film versions could be tossed out. Hagemoen cautions against discarding old reels. “You can hold up a piece of film and look at it, you can see it, you just need light,” she said. “It’s best to make copies from the original source than to make subsequent derivative copies because then you lose the quality.” Preston hopes participants will take advantage of the “nerdy component” of having old gaffers on hand and that they’ll leave the event with a heightened sense of family and commu-

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Avoid blight with cover or blight-resistant plants ANNE MARRISON Contributing writer

Q: We had terrible blight on our tomatoes this year so I ended up throwing out lots of little tomatoes. Does blight affect pole beans as well or any other vegetables? Heidi Naman

A: Pole beans don’t get blight. But potatoes do. The last two summers have been so warm and dry it’s been easy to harvest good crops of potatoes. But in a normal year with sporadic rain, many potato plants have blight by the beginning of August. Peppers can get late blight, but usually don’t. Eggplants are also said to be susceptible. Blight is a fungal infection that blows into gardens on rainy winds or splashes up from infected soil. It thrives on wet foliage. That’s why the usual advice is to grow tomatoes under cover: in greenhouses, outside under polyethylene tunnels or under south or west wall roof overhangs. Keeping tomato plants dry definitely stops blight and enables you to grow most any tomato you wish, including heritage varieties. But not everyone has cover available. People with no shelter for tomatoes can get good harvests outside by growing blight-resistant tomatoes. When their roots are in natural soil, tomatoes grow fast and produce massive crops. The oldest blight-resistant variety is the large-

fruited Legend, which is sometimes sold as a transplant in garden centres. Breeding of blightresistant tomatoes is conventional (not GMO). This and the newer blight-resistant varieties can be grown from seed. Gardeners who start their own transplants can harvest big crops of tomatoes by summer’s end. Blight on these varieties starts very late and moves very slowly. Blight-resistant varieties I grew this year include the cherry tomato Mountain Magic, the paste type RomaVF and the beefsteak type Defiant. Only recently have these seeds become commercially available and not everyone has been offering them. This year I bought mine online from Veseys. Grown outside, tomatoes are somewhat later to ripen, but quantities are immense and with blight-resistant tomatoes the plants are still producing when blight-stricken tomatoes have given up. By the end of September all my tomatoes were black with blight on the older stems but still had fresh, green new stems. By mid-October the new stems were still blight-free and so was the remaining green fruit which had to be ripened inside. Tomatoes are easy to freeze; just wash, dry and drop them into a plastic bag). Once frozen, their skin lifts off easily if they’re held under hot, running water. amarrison@shaw.ca

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Ride the rails; get your face painted; enjoy the scary sights! The Monster Movie Mashup is taking place Oct. 11- Nov. 2, beginning evenings at 6 pm, and the Courier would like to help some lucky ghouls and boys be able to enjoy the fun! ENTER: Simply email contest@vancourier.com and put Stanley Park Ghost Train in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and daytime phone number in the email. Enter by 4 pm, Oct. 9. A random draw will take place; three sets of winners will be notified by phone. Don’t be ‘afraid’ to enter – we won’t bite!

We’re giving away three (3) sets of family passes for four people (any age) to attend the Ghost Train event between Oct. 11 - 17, 2013

alloween is a favourite time for kids of all ages. It’s one of the few celebrations where adults participate almost to the same degree as children do.

Value Village boast an array of vintage and new costumes for all ages. Or, if you have time and skills, you can even make your own!

For parties or trick or treating, you’ll want to have a costume that is comfortable, practical and colourful. From scary creatures to super-heroes to pretty fairies, the options are endless.

Value Village thrift stores, for example, offer a large selection of new and used costumes, accessories, makeup and home décor, starting at $9.99, plus gently worn merchandise at a fraction of the original price.

For families, getting the most bang for the buck is important. Second-hand (thrift) stores like Salvation Army and

“From ready-made costumes, themed accessories, vintage and retro wear, it’s easy for Halloween shoppers to

make one stop to create a great costume for every member of their family,” says Ken Alterman, president and CEO of Value Village “Halloween is one of our biggest times of year at Value Village, and it keeps getting bigger. It’s a holiday where you can escape from everyday worries, alter your ego and just have fun celebrating with friends and family,” says Alterman.

We’re not ‘making this up!’ At The Party Bazaar (1296 Station St., near Main and Terminal), they know that makeup is an important part of Halloween. Their huge selection ranges from water based and grease based makeup, prosthetics, latex, blood, spirit gum and remover, moustaches and beards, eyelashes and nails, a great selection of vampire

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teeth, teeth and lips, and coloured hair spray. Masks are popular for Halloween, and they have everything from full face masks to eye masks, and include licensed movie characters, political figures, animals and horror, and transparent or white matte full faced masks. Go to thepartybazaar.com for details.


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hey came, they shopped and they helped kids at the 32nd annual Variety Market & Auction, presented by Buy-Low Foods. Over 350 people participated in the popular event on Oct. 6 at the Westin Bayshore where eager shoppers filled their carts with exceptional deals on grocery items, all donated by the grocery chain’s suppliers. The fun continued with event goers circling the silent auction tables to bid on items that ranged from coffee machines and computer tablets, to hot-air balloon rides and vacation packages. Over

$80,000 was raised which will help Variety – The Children’s Charity provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching grants to families with children who have special needs. “The generosity of the people who attend this fundraiser every year is heart-warming,” says Bernice Scholten, Variety’s Executive Director. “Again, our good friends at BuyLow Foods are the driving

force behind this event which would not be possible without their support. “Our thanks goes to all of the Buy-Low staff who donated an entire day of their free time to help at the Market, and our wonderful volunteers at Variety who are the backbone of our organization,” she said. “It’s thanks to the dedication of our supporters who show their hearts that Variety has such a positive impact on families in BC.” Article contributed by Barb Coates of Variety – the Children’s Charity. Go to variety.bc.ca to read about more great fundraising initiatives.

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It’s simple: Take photo. Upload it. Email it. Win? We’ll publish four reader photos in two ghoulish categories: A. great costumes; B. decorated homes. A winner in each category will win a pair of tickets to an upcoming show or game. Criteria: Photos must be taken this Halloween season. Email each photo separately, and include daytime phone number. Email to contest@vancourier.com. (Min. 300 kb, max 2 MB files, jpeg or Tiff.)

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Winners will be contacted by phone, and their photos published on the Courier’s website soon after in the gallery (www.vancourier.com).

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CAN TOUCH THIS: The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) held its first-ever fundraising event, fronted by party chairs Paula Shackleton and Susan Knott, and emceed by yours truly emceed. More than 300 guests filed into the library’s downtown atrium for TOUCH, the digeratiluau benefiting the VPL’s Inspiration Lab, Canada’s first free digital creation space. The lab will house a digital recording studio and sound mixing equipment, video editing software and self-publishing support.

SWEET DUMPLINGS: More than a dozen media personalities and local darlings joined me for the sixth annual Celebrity Dim Sum, presented by Caya and sponsored by the Vancouver Courier. Notables, including Sophie Lui, Mary Zilba and Miss B.C. Ava Vanderstarren, pushed around dim sum carts filled with sweet and savoury dumplings for an appreciative crowd that gathered at Floata Restaurant for the AIDS Vancouver benefit. Since its inception, the event has raised $100,000 for the Asian Outreach project. ART OF CARING: Lookout Emergency Aid Society is a charity that provides housing and a range of support services to adults with low or no income, and have few, if any, housing or support options. Kicking-off Homeless Action Week in the city, the non-profit hosted its annual H’Arts for the Homeless gala at the Imperial. Through circus, music, stories, dance and art, the gala highlighted the relief and hope a safe home provides. Proceeds support the ongoing operation of 19 locations in Metro Vancouver.

Courier publisher Dee Dhaliwal (right) enjoyed the fine service provided by CTV’s Ann Luu. The annual dim sum soiree benefitted AIDS Vancouver’s Asian Outreach project.

Mr. World Canada 2012, Frankie Cena, and Miss Canada Globe 2012, Casar Jacobson, served up hot and sour soup, one of eight courses, on the Celebrity Dim Sum menu.

L-R: VPL foundation director Catherine Evans, chief librarian Sandra Singh and Minister of Technology and Innovation Andrew Wilkinson helped raise funds for the VPL’s digital lab.

A girl’s best friend: A pug photo taken by Lani Johnson backed the Lookout Emergency Aid Society fundraiser at the Imperial.

Four Season’s artist-in-residence Tracy McMenemy is building an impressive clientele painting and selling works in the hotel’s posh lobby to well-heeled guests.

B.C. Arthritis Society executive director Nancy Roper, Fiona Forbes and Arthritis Society CEO Janet Yale fronted the Bluebird Gala at the Aquarium.

Paula Shackleton, left, and Susan Knott fronted the library’s first fundraiser, benefitting benefiting the VPL’s Inspiration Lab, Canada’s first free digital creation space.

Artists Lori Sokoluk and Lori Goldberg created works for the Lookout Society’s annual H’Arts for the Homeless Gala at the Imperial.


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Los Angeles-based CALDER QUARTET kicks off Music on Main’s MODULUS FESTIVAL Oct. 22 at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre Atrium. Other performers include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, Music on Main’s Composer in Residence Jocelyn Morlock and “witty and beloved broadcaster/librettist” Bill Richardson. The festival runs Oct. 22 to 24 at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre Atrium and Heritage Hall. For tickets and info, go to musiconmain.ca. It’s a trifecta of indie rock goodness as WAVVES headlines a hip and happening triple bill with King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys Oct. 18, 9 p.m. at the Rickshaw Theatre (moved from the Commodore). Tickets at Red Cat, Highlife Records and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Friend of the Courier, the lovely and talented Ms. CAROLYN MARK hunkers down at the WISE Hall, Oct. 18, for a night of wisecracking roots and twang, with guests Jack Grace and Mac Pontiac. Tickets at Red Cat Records, Highlife Records, the WISE Lounge and brownpapertickets.com. If you’re still craving that hootenanny vibe, the Rio Theatre hosts the EAST VAN OPRY featuring Rich Hope and the Blue Rich Rangers, The Sumner Brothers and others Oct. 19, 8 p.m. More details at riotheatre.ca. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the KRONOS QUARTET weathers through its midlife crisis not with a fancy new car or age-inappropriate girlfriend, but with a new work commissioned by composer Philip Glass that also happens to kick off the Chan Centre’s 2013/14 season. It all goes down Oct. 19, 8 p.m. at UBC’s Chan Centre. Tickets at ticketmaster.ca. More info at chancentre.com.

Let the literary love-in begin. The VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST is back for another year of hot writer-on-reader action Oct. 22 to 27, on and around Granville Island. Writers include Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, Joseph Boyden, Tomson Highway, Eric Schlosser, George Packer, Will Self, Lisa Moore and recently announced Man Booker Prize winner ELEANOR CATTON, to name a few. Details at writersfest.bc.ca.


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With so many real problems facing this city — homelessness, inequality, Zack Kassian’s disappointing on ice performance — we’re surprised how upset people can get over something as innocuous as putting a bike path through Kits Beach Park. Mind you, this is the same constantly imperiled neighbourhood whose residents unsuccessfully rallied against the evils of basketball courts and a two-storey concession stand/restaurant on the beach. The horror. Now a bunch of them are up in arms over a 12-foot-wide, paved bike path and are comparing themselves to Rosa Parks while uncreatively throwing around phrases like Mayor Moon Beam, Visionless council and dictatorship when describing the actions of the city. News organizations have even dedicated many inches of newsprint and website space to these people and their concerns. If such disproportionate reactions to a bike path can garner so much attention, K&K would like to offer up a few petty gripes of our own that we feel are worth complaining about. • Republic of Doyle promo ads on CBC. We’ve never watched an episode of Republic of Doyle, but we just know we would hate it. We hate the ridiculous story lines hinted at in the ads, we hate the smug little look

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he days leading up to Halloween just got a little scarier — and hairier — thanks to an enterprising archeologist, Canada’s loose tax laws in the 1970s, and a long-forgotten relic that had been gathering dust for decades. On Oct. 25, Vancity Theatre hosts a rare screening of the long lost circa-1974 cult film Sexcula. Shot in and around Vancouver by a group of free-loving exhibitionists, the low budget horror film is considered one of Canada’s earliest, perhaps only, entry into the “porno chic” genre of the untrimmed 1970s, when X-rated movies such as Deep Throat and Behind the Green Door flirted with mainstream success. Made for approximately $80,000, the film was rumoured to be produced as a tax write-off, and after failing to find a distributor sat untouched and unseen in the Canadian Archives for 40 years. Former Courier contributor and self-described “porn archeologist” Dimitrios Otis says unearthing Sexcula after all these years was a lot like finding the Holy Grail, albeit one that features a lusty vampiress, a sexually frustrated hunchback, a lumberjack and a sex robot. “First of all, the print spent years in the archives, so try and find another 40-yearold sex movie that’s been preserved in an archive — the copy of the film is pristine,”

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tation.com’s founder and contributing editor Paul Corupe, the archived print was transferred onto DVD and released earlier this year by Impulse Pictures, with Otis writing the liner notes. The film’s director and producer were then located. Although both men no longer want to have anything to do with the film, the producer agreed to lend his original unused print of the film and a whack of never-beforeseen on-set photos for the Oct. 25 screening. “It did well when we showed it in Toronto,” says Otis. “There was only 15 people, but they all laughed.” As for the surprisingly plot-heavy film’s fear factor, which borrows from Dracula, Frankenstein and a dash of time travel, Otis jokes that the scariest aspect of the film is its dialogue. Then, of course, there are the naughty bits. “It’s definitely audience friendly, but they do deliver the goods,” says Otis. “It’s really more of a nudie erotica film that’s also hardcore — it’s got hardcore — but more often than not it’s got a bunch of nudity and skits. Then there’s a girl who does an interpretive dance with a gorilla. It’s got someone in a gorilla costume, so that tells you a lot right there.” mkissinger@vancourier.com twitter.com/MidlifeMan1

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So who is this Vanda? Why is she suddenly so smart, so sophisticated, so off-book? There are so much reversals in Venus in Fur that I thought I had whiplash when the curtain fell. Vanda’s in control; now Thomas is; uh-oh, she has the upper hand again. Is that Thomas on his knees? When Thomas and Vanda are Severin and Vanda they both have cultivated “continental” accents; ditzy Vanda and Thomas have normal, unaccented voices. As the power balance starts to get messed up, you have to keep your wits about you. Is she 21st century Vanda or 19th century Vanda; is he Thomas or Severin? But confusion is offset with the pleasure of watching these two actors strike sparks off each other. Angell is fantastic, switching from potty-mouthed Vanda in black leather to haughty, historical Vanda in a frothy white period gown, which would be virginal except that it’s open up the front from the toe to the waist, revealing all that skimpy black lingerie and milky thighs. Costume designer Christine Reimer may have been inspired by porn sites for Angell’s kinky costume: it’s so wicked. Gale’s Thomas is, more or less, straight man to Angell’s outrageous Vanda but Gale bursts into several very revealing tirades that absolutely nail Thomas as a misogynistic jerk. As the submissive Severin, Gale knuckles under with such passivity, he’s downright pathetic. The electricity between these two fills the theatre. David Mackay directs this funny,smartandsexyromp.Venus in Fur is probably not great first-date material, guys, unless you curious about your date’s dominatrix quotient and want to check it out. Will she get all hot and bothered when the dog collar comes off Vanda and goes around Thomas’s neck? —reviewed by Jo Ledingham For more reviews, go to joledingham.ca.

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rector, has just wrapped up auditioning three dozen actresses for a role in a play he has adapted from the erotic late 19th century Venus in Furs. (This is an actual novel by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, from whose name “masochism” is derived.) Thomas has just finished bitching on the phone to his fiancée, “There are no sexyslash-articulate young women with some classical training and a particle of brain in their skulls,” when foul-mouthed, flustered Vanda (Lindsey Angell), late for a supposed 2:15 p.m. audition, enters lugging a huge sports bag full of costumes. She’s a flake but she’s gorgeous, extremely persuasive and so Thomas wearily agrees to let her read. The character she’s auditioning for is, amazingly, also called Vanda. Whipping off her trench coat, Vanda wears black leather lingerie, fishnet stockings and stilettos. She insists he read the role of Severin von Kumienski, the love interest in the novel/play. They begin and Vanda is suddenly sexy, smart, articulate and soon has Thomas doing exactly what she wants. His play is about sado-masochism, sexual politics, the erotic pleasure some find in pain and/or subjugation. Domination and dominated: Vanda has a natural flair for it and, somewhat surprisingly, so does Thomas. One highlight of Venus in Fur is when Vanda commands Thomas to put her thigh-high black leather boots on her. Gale holds Angell’s stockinged foot as if it is a fragile, living thing before sliding her foot into the boot and slowly, oh so slowly, finding the zipper and zipping it up to her thigh. And then the other boot. They don’t speak and the almost unbearably long silence is dripping with eroticism. We hold our breath although there might have been some heavy breathing going on, too.

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The planet Mercury turns retrograde this Monday, until November 10. We should all avoid starting new projects during this interval. Instead, protect ongoing ventures from snafus — missed appointments, supply shortages, missing personnel, mental mistakes, etc. Double-check figures, monies, addresses and appointments. For many of us, a link to the past will bring an opportunity to reprise a project or relationship — this will usually be a good one, but in every case, examine what it was like in the past. For example, if a former lover reappears (possible for Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces) ask yourself: Why did we break up in the first place? If it fell apart due to a circumstance beyond your control, and that circumstance has dissolved, then an old flame might be your new (renewed) love!

October marks the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and no brand has been more crucial to the fight against the disease as Estée Lauder, in its relentless campaigning and fundraising over the last two decades. The exquisitely beautiful Elizabeth Hurley has played a vital part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign since signing as the company spokesperson back in 1995. Intelligent and articulate, Elizabeth Hurley gave us an update on the company’s crusade against the agonizing disease, and even found time to give us a couple of valuable beauty tips. You’ve been an Estée Lauder spokesperson for almost two decades -- a rare thing in this industry. When you signed in 1995, did you think it would become a role of a lifetime? I couldn’t have dreamt it. I think my initial contract was two years. I was thrilled beyond belief when it was picked up again, after two years. It’s really been like having a second family.

Relationships veer into deeper waters now through late November. Business agreements are funded now — or dissolve. Attraction becomes intimacy — or ends. These “ors” reflect the Mercury retrograde that begins Monday pre-dawn. This retro throws a monkeywrench into various things, creating delays or mistakes or second-guessing, especially in financial, sexual and health arenas.

The month ahead features money, earnings, buying/ selling, possessions, sensual attractions and rote learning. Accept surface appearances – don’t “dig deep,” it would actually be counter-productive and your lack of trust might alienate a key ally. Don’t start any new project nor relationship before Nov. 10, especially in those money and sensual zones.

Start nothing new before Nov. 10, Taurus — especially in relationships, relocation, therapy, in locating an agent, fame, public dealings, contracts, negotiations, or opportunities. Neither give nor rely on promises; they are likely to be broken, not through ill-will but by indecision. Paradoxically (or perhaps not) your romantic courage and magnetism soar during this interval and all the way to early December.

You’ve been tired, weary for awhile. But Monday to Wednesday brings a change, perhaps even a minor health or financial crisis (or a sexy attraction) — whatever it is, it wakes you up, leading to a month of higher energy, charisma, and clout. But use this energy, until Nov. 10, to deal with the past or to further ongoing projects and links.

You also live and promote a healthy lifestyle, as part of the breast cancer prevention. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

Don’t start anything new before Nov. 10, Gemini, especially in work zones, home repairs/purchases, diet and health, machinery or tools. (But these are the very areas you must concentrate on for several weeks – so double-check work scheds, supplies, equipment, etc.) Buy nothing important – lemons abound. Regarding real estate/home, you are in a friction-prone atmosphere until Dec. 7.

Quietly retreat from the crowd Tuesday night into late November. You need to recuperate, to rest, to reconnect with your soul. Be charitable, tend to long-neglected tasks, especially those involving government, administration or institutions. But start nothing, projects nor new relationships, before Nov. 10. Instead, protect ongoing projects from delays, supply shortages, and misunderstandings.

I love living in the countryside, and I’ve always loved feeling healthy. Evelyn Lauder always said to me, “Don’t put on weight. It is not good for you in any way. Not because you won’t look as good, but it could be dangerous for your health.” It’s great for us that doctors and research scientists are now speaking out and saying that they really do believe that we can make a difference by following a healthy lifestyle. They know that we really have to go out of our way to deliberate exercise. I know I don’t step up so much on that one. I’m very active, but I don’t really do exercise regime, and I should. Eating-wise, I’ve eaten pretty well in the last 30 years, so I feel okay in that aspect.

Start nothing new before Nov. 10, Cancer. Mistakes, delays and second-guessing will force new ventures and relationships into unprofitable circles, perhaps unending circles. This applies most powerfully in romance, raising or teaching children, creative projects, speculation and pleasure pursuits — the very things that flow into your life for the next four weeks.

The pressures of the last few weeks subside. The month ahead features social delights, light romance, popularity, wishful thinking (and a wish or two fulfilled, especially wishes from long ago) group activities, politics, and entertainment. However, don’t start anything new, projects nor relationships, before Nov. 10. A former social group or someone you were always fond and friendly with might reappear.

A somewhat inconsequential month ends Tuesday, and a very consequential one begins. It’s more accurate to say a possibly potential one begins, for it will be difficult to begin any major project, relationship or situation which will not later collapse under the weight of delays and misunderstandings. Don’t start anything brand new now to Nov. 10, especially in home, real estate, family, security or gardening/agriculture.

The month ahead features ambition, prestige relationships, career, reputation and political office. Titles become important. Be diplomatic, eager with higher-ups. That said, do not start new ventures or relationships before Nov. 10, especially in ambitious arenas. A former boss, duty or job role might return — if you want it, embrace it.

Start nothing new — projects nor relationships — before Nov. 10. They would wilt under an influence of delay, mistakes and indecision. Instead, protect ongoing ventures, and/or reprise situations from the past. Your home life, family, property and security interests remain mildly lucky, affectionate until early November. Mars will be in your sign until December — this makes you more determined, brave, and sexually magnetic.

A month of mystery ends Tuesday night and a month of wisdom, understanding, learning, law, far travel, social rituals and cultural venues begins. Do not start any new projects or relationships, especially in these zones, before Nov. 10. (For example, a lawsuit begun now would go in expensive, unproductive circles.) Instead, continue with ongoing projects, or reprise past opportunities.

You’ve personally been affected by breast cancer; you lost your grandmother to the disease. Was that one of the reasons why you’ve been so passionately involved since the beginning? When Evelyn [Lauder] told me about her campaign, during my first two or three weeks at the company, I suppose my ears did perk up a bit more because of my grandmother. It was so sad the way she hadn’t told anybody about her lump, for the very reasons Evelyn went on to explain why she was doing the campaign. Because she said, “women are dying all over the world and nobody is talking about it.” She was so inspired by the AIDS activists, who, at that time, were very active.

What are the goals of this year’s “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together” campaign? We know we’ve succeeded in some way with the awareness, and we’ve helped raise a huge amount of money. The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign itself has raised $48 million US dollars, most of which they’ve donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, also started by Evelyn Lauder, which has raised nearly half a billion dollars for research. What we’re trying to do this year is encourage people to get together and make a difference themselves. Small scale, big scale: it doesn’t matter. It might be getting a couple of your friends together, and all of you making a pledge to do something about it. It’s all about our “Circle of Strength” and all of that can be seen on BCAcampaign.com, and as well as Facebook, which you’re all on, so no excuses! Elizabeth Hurley photographed by Phillip Chin in Vancouver

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imberleigh Smithbower-Roseblade has a very personal connection to her collection of swords. The Vancouver-based western martial arts practitioner and swordplay instructor at Academie Duello took that connection to a new level when she travelled to the southern U.S this month to have a hand in forging one of her instruments. Western martial arts is the practise of formal fighting techniques. Roseblade, trained in various weapons such as the rapier, sidesword, greatsword and quarterstaff, said making a longsword of her own was a powerful experience. “To be able to make it myself was really special. Not to just have this tool that is mine and mine alone, but to be able to make it and create it and hone it into something that is just for me,” she said. “This is your sword, not someone else’s. You know exactly how it moves, how the balance is.” Roseblade, 29, is as unique as her sword. In addition to her unusual craft and profession, she also fronts the folk-funk band Figures. Several years ago, she honoured her longtime interest in elf mythology by having her ears surgically modified to take on a more pointy, elfin shape. “I don’t do anything half-assed,” she said. To create her personalized weapon, Roseblade worked at Darkwood Armory in Laurel, Miss. with the company’s president, Scott Wilson, up to seven hours a day for a week. She said she had always liked the swords the company sells online and earlier this year when she met Wilson in Vancouver, he offered her the chance to come down and make her own. According to Wilson, Roseblade was a dedicated worker and student. “She learned quickly,” Wilson said. “She certainly could have some [metal work] ability if she could put the time in over the years. I think she is really interested and that is always a big plus.” The process of handcrafting a sword starts

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Game of Thorns: Kimberleigh Smithbower-Roseblade wields her own longsword, which takes her name. Roseblade engraved the longsword in a Mississippi forge and it is adorned with rose buds and letters from the Ogham alphabet. with a blade of spring steel, the same type used to make the springs in cars. A repeated process of shaping, filing and shining follows. After the blade comes the crossbar, the T-shaped metal piece above the handle that protects the hands, and then more personalized details. Roseblade welded blobs of metal to the crossbarandthenfiledthemdownintotinyrosebuds. Roseblade’s signature roses were also added to the pommel, or tip of the sword. While Roseblade stands five-foot-four, her

completed sword is slightly less than four feet long and weighs between three to five pounds. A longsword costs between $185 and $1,200. Roseblade said her sword would retail for $385. Because she did much of the labour herself, she only paid for materials. As a final touch, she engraved the blade with letters from the old Irish alphabet, Ogham. She said the letters represent how she studies, trains and fights — a combination of protection, honour and strength. Her Facebook post with her album of the

making of her sword, titled “The making of a Roseblade,” attests to the lingering excitement and pride she feels. “I am so grateful and still beaming from the whole experience. Now gaze at the glory that is my sweet, sweet longsword!” To find our more about western martial arts or to take one of Roseblade’s classes, visit academieduello.com. thuncher@shaw.ca twitter.com/@thuncher

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bikers I know won’t use the very narrow sidewalks of the Second Narrows, and cyclists wanting to cross the Fraser River at the Massey Tunnel have to wait for the bike shuttle. But there’s something new to ponder: the

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hanges are afoot for high school cross-country races and provincial championships. Junior athletes will have their own B.C. title event, and Vancouver’s public school coaches may be forced to join a larger regional zone that includes the city’s private schools. Junior championship: For the first time in B.C. School Sports history, junior athletes will compete in their own provincial race in a separate championship from the seniors. Previously, the race was an open meet where high school athletes of all ages competed side by side. Starting this year, racers in grades 8, 9 and 10 will have the option to enter a separate event or race in the senior open if they qualify. Thomson Harris, a Grade 10 Kitsilano student who won the fourth and final public city meet Wednesday at the Langara Golf Course, said the junior championship will boost participation but won’t have the prestige of the all-ages provincial. “It’s a good option for people who don’t qualify for the open. If I get the option, I’d prefer to race in the open,” he said.

Harris, 15, qualified for provincials two years running. In Grade 8 he finished 117th in the open and improved on those results in Grade 9 when he finished 48th overall. The junior and open event is scheduled for Nov. 2 in Langley at Aldergrove Lake Park. Zone amalgamation: Vancouver public school cross-country coaches are opposed to forming a larger regional zone with public and private schools from Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond. Private schools are also known as independents. B.C. School Sports, the governing body for all high school sports in the province, is promoting geographical representation and a cross-country commissioner is urging Vancouver public and private schools to “work together.” In an email to cross-country coaches, Nancy Champagne, a teacher at Fleetwood Park in Surrey, wrote, “… an Independent zone of only a few schools that shares a geographic area with another zone needs to be absorbed somehow. Coaches from the current Vancouver and Independent zones are encouraged to provide a solution. […] If Vancouver & Independent representatives want to work together to determine a solution — anyone can put forward a proposal/ motion.”

In Vancouver, the 18 public schools compete at all sports in contained leagues that do not include private schools such as St. George’s, Notre Dame or York House. Depending on the sport, schools mingle at invitational tournaments and meet in zone playoffs to qualify for provincials. The number of teams that advance to zones or provincials is determined by the number of teams participating in each school district or zone. In Vancouver, the public and private school districts form their own zones. Under the current system, Vancouver sends 20 runners and three teams to the cross-country provincials. The private schools can send 15 athletes and two teams while Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster, which together form a single zone, can send 20 individuals and three teams. If these zones amalgamated as the Greater Vancouver zone, together they would qualify 30 athletes and six teams. Paul Skarsgard, a teacher at Point Grey secondary and the sport’s representative in Vancouver, said he and the majority of other public school coaches in the city are opposed to the amalgamation because it dilutes opportunity for their athletes. “We have worked extremely hard to build up

our numbers,” he said. “For instance, last year we had 10 girls teams but in the early ’90s, Point Grey had the only girls team in Vancouver.” Teams at more than a dozen public high schools numbered 127 male and 110 female registered racers last year. Independent schools counted 75 male and 71 female racers in 2012. The Vancouver zone final is Oct. 23 at Fraserview. The Independent zone final is Oct. 22 at Jericho Beach Park.

RACE RESULTS A new face was the first to cross the finish line at the fourth and final Vancouver cross-country meet Wednesday at Langara. Kitsilano’s Thomson Harris won the 5.6 kilometre race in 19 minutes and 17.48 seconds. He beat Aran Rafie-Pour (19:32.66) and Alger Liang (20:20.81), both of Killarney. Lord Byng’s Max Trummer and Matt Taylor did not compete. In the girls flight, Enid Au of Killarney won the 2.8 km race in 10:57.86, out-pacing Kitsilano’s Annika Austin (11:06.82) and Annelise Lapointe of Van Tech (11:10.49).

Shuttle bikes handle well on calm water Continued from page 30 Last week he mounted his bike to a simple snap-in pontoon system and pedalled his way across San Francisco Bay. The pictures make you question how unwieldy the system is to transport — the pontoons look quite large — but in fact it’s a very efficient kit called Shuttle Bike, weighing less than 10 kilograms and purchased for approximately $1,000 from an Italian manufacturer. The entire kit folds up so it can be worn as a backpack, and

requires about 10 minutes preparation before you can snap a bike into the frame. Schiller says riding on calm water is as smooth and simple as road biking. Wakes from boats and rough water create an experience closer to the shifting terrain of mountain biking. In late September, his 6.5 km crossing from Oakland to San Francisco took him just over an hour. He told the SanFranciscoChronicle: “No buses, no cars, no taxis, no pedes-

trians — next year, we’ll have 500 bikers riding across a virtual bike lane on the bay with me.” Schiller said he is hopeful water biking will catch on as both an activity and a viable means of commuting in cities like ours where waterways abound. With this goal in mind, he’s started the BayCycle Project, which is looking to raise $50,000 U.S. to fund a new water bike system, develop the business infrastructure to bring the new system to market, and work on

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emember the New Beetle? No, not the current new Beetle, which is technically the new New Beetle, but the old New Beetle, which was the new version of the old old Beetle — oh never mind, I’ll just start again. Remember the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle? Sure you do. It was that super kitschy, super retro, super cute faux bug that consisted of a FisherPrice-styled three-hemicircle design running on the chassis of a Golf. It was a pretty successful machine and, despite somewhat questionable features such as an on-board vase and some odd forward visibility thanks to the three feet of dash mandated by the Golf underpinnings, it sold well. Seeing as it drove just like a Golf, that meant it handled pretty well and did a good job as a practical daily driver with a hint of style. Yeah, so anyways, these guys over in Langley? They built one with almost 500 horsepower. Let me set the scene for you. It’s 2001 and you’ve just bought yourself the Ferrari 355 you’ve always wanted. It’s gorgeous, perfectly proportioned in red, properly side-straked, and

possessed of a sonorous V-8 howl. Then some guy in a car with a dash-mounted flower-holder blows the doors off your Italian thoroughbred. I’m thinking that might be a little annoying — or hilarious. The mad scientists behind the high performance Beetle are no hack-job homebrewers either. You might not have heard of HPA Motorsports — a small shop that’s been doing business out of the Fraser Valley since 1991 — but the world has, and it likes their cars. I took a trip down to their new headquarters to find out what they were up to. It’s a pretty innocuous looking building, a beige mass plonked in a business park surrounded by gravel and concrete companies. The 12,000-square foot facility is a new home for the expanding company, and they haven’t even had a chance to put a sign up. Instead, parked out front is a clear advertisement of the sort of hijinks these folks get up to: a slammed Audi TT coupe with a prominent big-brake kit, a bright red R32 Golf with a frontmount intercooler and ... is that a brand-new Scirocco? How the heck is that legal? Marcel Horn, the dark-haired, gregarious, loquacious founder and president of HPA simply grins mysteriously when I ask how he’s able to have two examples of the sleek, Euro-only Scirocco on site. One car belongs to the company, the other wears Texas plates and a vinyl wrap covered in signatures. The owner of the latter, who has had the car

shipped up for some tuning work, had the car wrapped in matte-white but didn’t like the look. He charged $5 to sign the Scirocco at a car show and raised several thousand dollars towards cancer research. Most of the things written on his car are hilarious. And unprintable. Both Sciroccos have around 565 h.p. from twin-turbocharged V-6s, all-wheel drive and tuned-up dual-clutch transmissions. They are ridiculously fast, and ridiculously well put together. Almost every car in the HPA shop comes from far away. Along with the Texan car, there’s a GTI from New Jersey, another from Hong Kong, a Euro-only old-school Rallye Golf being built for an older collector out in New York. Another bighorsepower Golf sits in pieces on a lift, bound for Trinidad once it’s completed. HPA’sexpertiseattuningatwin-turbocharged version of the venerable VW narrow-angle V-6, the VR6, has led to an international following. Winning the aftermarket’s most prestigious event, the SEMA show, garnered one of their twin-turbo Golfs a place in the best-selling Gran Turismogamingseries,meaningthatkidseverywhere would grow up knowing what HPA is. There’s something satisfyingly Canadian about these cars. Special effort is made to use locally sourced parts and expertise, with almost all the performance parts either made in-house or nearby. HPA’s machines are certainly aggressive looking, but they’re as easy to drive as regular Volkswagens, with all-wheel drive and smoothshifting dual-clutch automatics.

Despite the big brake kits, most of the cars here are built to handle 18-inch alloys, meaning that fitting winter tires isn’t really that expensive. They also provide tuning solutions for the ubiquitous VW 2.0-litre turbo, and have done amazing things with the low-availability Golf R. However, it’s a much slower vehicle that Marcel’s most excited to show me this afternoon — a rough-and-tumble looking Jeep. He fires it up, and instead of the thrum of a big six-cylinder, there’s the signature clatter of a four-cylinder VW diesel. Sandwiched between the Jeep running gear and belt-driven accessories is a low-mileage junkyard motor, the whole thing having been cobbled together for less than $16,000, including the cost of all parts and the purchase price of the Jeep. It’s still as agricultural as you’d expect from an offroader, but there’s huge torque and reportedly excellent fuel economy. Instead of sucking down gas, the project Jeep runs clean, sipping diesel on its way down the highway to find the trailhead. It’s very different than the spare-no-expense nature of HPA’s lightning fast machines, built to be easily repairable and durable off-road, rather than dominant at the track. However, it’s the same idea as that first high-performance Beetle — an exterior shell with something unexpected underneath, all sewn together with care, made in Canada. mcaleeronwheels@gmail.com twitter.com/brendan_mcaleer

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29 UNLICENSED DISPENSARIES DOTTED ACROSS THE CITY MIKE HOWELL Staff writer

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Lynne Kent, a longtime resident of Kits Point, sits on one of the park benches which will likely be relocated to make way for a controversial paved bike path.

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esidents protesting a 12-foot-wide, paved bike path for Kitsilano Beach and Hadden parks are not going down without a fight, despite the fact the Vision Vancouver-dominated park board insists the project is a done deal. A petition is in the works, a rally has been organized for Sunday, signs have been posted and typically mediashy residents are speaking to reporters for print, TV and

radio. And according to park board staff, the white lines painted through the parks to supposedly mark the route of the path are not of their doing and will soon be removed. Lynne Kent, a member of the Kits Point Residents Association, said the park board’s claims of a thorough public consultation are false. “The park board says this was one of the largest consultations ever done,” said Kent, who added the fact the board would make such a claim demonstrates its inexperience. See CRITICS on page 12

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racking down on 29 illegal marijuana dispensaries in the city is not a top priority for the Vancouver Police Department because officers are focused on violent drug activity that poses a greater risk to public safety. That’s the position of the VPD in response to a complaint to the Vancouver Police Board that alleged police are failing to enforce city bylaws and the law related to the operation of illegal drug dispensing shops. The complainant’s name was not released by the department or the police board, which dismissed the complaint Tuesday after reviewing a report authored by Sgt. Jim Prasobsin. “It is the view of the VPD that police enforcement against marijuana dispensaries in the first instance would generally be a disproportionate use of police resources and the criminal law,” the report said. “The issue requires a balanced enforcement strategy that considers a continuum of responses from education to warnings, to bylaw enforcement, to enforcement of the criminal law, when warranted.” The report didn’t say how many dispensaries operate in Vancouver but Deputy Chief Adam Palmer noted at Tuesday’s board meeting the latest count was 29. None is licensed by Health Canada, endorsed by any medical body or associated to any legitimate health service provider. The dispensaries openly sell marijuana, hashish, hash oil and products such as cookies, brownies and butter, which all contain marijuana. The storefront shops are not to be confused with Health Canada allowing certain people to legally possess and cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes. Under Health Canada’s marijuana medical access program, there are no licences for storefront marijuana dispensaries and there never have been, Prasobsin said in his report. Operators often describe their stores as medicinal marijuana dispensaries, compassion clubs and other names that would suggest the storefronts are licensed medical outlets. See MAYOR on page 5

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ou probably heard His Worship is heading to China next month. Last week, the Vancouver Economic Commission announced that Mayor Gregor Robertson will lead “the largest-ever Vancouver-led business and cultural mission to China.” The 18-company delegation will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong from Nov. 4 to 12. The goal of the trip is to attract investment, promote deeper cultural ties and build “long-term strategic partnerships with one of Canada’s most important trading partners.” What the commission didn’t mention in its press release was that Robertson already led a delegation of business people to China. Yep, that happened way back in September 2010. That’s when Robertson went on a business trip with 22 Vancouver companies trying to drum up deals

that involve clean technology, green buildings and digital media. So was that trip worth it? “It was a big success, it was an important marker for the sister city relationship with Guangzhou and the Vancouver presence at the Shanghai World Expo,” Robertson told me this week. “We had dozens of companies. Deals were flowing from that. Several set up operations in China since then and we’ve seen solid growth in Chinese tourism to Vancouver — I think beyond expectations, which was a big part of that trip, too.” He said Chrysalix, a venture fund company, opened an office in China and Westport Innovation expanded its operation in China. dPoint Technologies, which deals in HVAC filter systems, also had some “important meetings there that advanced their business.” He noted some “green” building consultants and planners also got work. “It’s bearing fruit,” he said of the 2010 trip. So why go again? “It’s a combination of getting more business deals going and opening doors for Vancouver companies. In China, political connections make a big difference. Mayors are important at opening doors for business to Chinese officials.” Robertson said the cost of the trip

will be discussed at next Tuesday’s council meeting when Ian McKay, chief executive officer, and Joan Elangovan, director of finance and operations, both of the Vancouver Economic Commission, will provide a presentation on the trade mission to China. As I reported many years ago, Robertson has a distant connection to Dr. Norman Bethune, who is considered a national hero in China, where there is a memorial for the Ontario native who died in 1939. Bethune is best known for developing the first mobile blood transfusion service in Spain in 1936 and later performing emergency battlefield operations in the Second SinoJapanese War in China. Bethune was a cousin of Robertson’s grandmother. Robertson, his brother Patrick and late father John all share Bethune as their middle name. That connection garnered media attention during the last trip and Robertson thinks it can only help again this time around. “I expect it will be helpful in opening doors and getting us more media attention and that’s good for our [Vancouver] companies,” he said. A different type of media attention is what Robertson got during his

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t 58, Rene Kwan hoped at this point in his life that he wouldn’t need to seek a loan from the city’s rent bank. An accountant for 25 years, Kwan was forced to retire because he is losing his vision. His disability and other circumstances have left him living on a Canada pension of $550 per month. “I worked hard and this is what I ended up with — $550 a month,” he said, noting his rent is $450 per month. “It’s sad.” Kwan is the youngest of his family, some of whom lived in Canada and others in the Philippines. They’ve all since passed on, leaving Kwan by himself in an apartment at 23rd and Fraser. He described his situation as being “stuck in the corner.” Last fall, Kwan was referred to the city’s rent bank after visiting with a seniors advocate downtown. He filled out an application, met the criteria and was given a $500 loan. It allowed him to avoid eviction. He praised the staff at the rent bank and said the service “saved his life for now.” The arrangement he agreed to with staff was to pay back $20 per month, interest free.

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Rene Kwan, 58, is a client of the Vancouver Rent Bank who is losing his vision. The average household income for rent bank users over the last year was $18,056. “I know it’s not that much, but it worked out with my problem issue,” he said of the $500 loan. “And the return amount [of $20 per month] is very humane.” Kwan attended a press conference Tuesday that marked the one-year anniversary of the city’s rent bank. Since October 2012, the rent bank approved 137 interest-free loans, helping 228 people avoid being evicted from their homes. Staff counted 39 children among the recipients. The total amount of loans was $124,171 and

the average loan was $906. So far, 70 per cent of loans are being repaid in monthly instalments, although recipients have a maximum of 24 months to repay. Money is automatically withdrawn from a person’s account. The reasons recipients have applied for a loan included underemployment, a health crisis, a family crisis, job loss, laid off and delays in receiving Employment Insurance. The majority of loans — 87 per cent — went to singleincome households and 43 per cent to people 55 or older.

The highest demand for loans came from residents of the West End, Grandview-Woodland, downtown, Hastings-Sunrise, Strathcona and Mount Pleasant. The average household income was $18,056. Amanda Pollicino, managing director of the rent bank, said the data collected from recipients shows there is a growing need to support low-income renters. Pollicino said many singleincome households like Kwan’s don’t qualify for provincial rental subsidy programs. Pollicino said the popularity of the rent bank, which resulted in 250 applications processed from 600 enquiries, points to the need for a provincial program. Surrey and New Westminster have a rent bank but many municipalities in B.C. don’t, she added. “We get a lot of requests from Burnaby, we get a lot of requests from North Vancouver, we get a lot of requests from Richmond,” she said, noting staff find it difficult to turn people away. The rent bank was established to operate for three years. Its loan budget, which is funded by the Radcliffe Foundation, is $365,000 over three years. The City of Vancouver committed to $148,00 over three years for operating costs. The Vancouver Foundation contributed another $90,000 for operating costs. Kwan, meanwhile, met with Vancouver-West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert after the press conference to seek help in getting income assistance for his disability. If Kwan is not eligible for funding, the Canadian citizen said he will consider returning to the Philippines. “I don’t know where to go or who can help me,” he said, before being introduced to Chandra Herbert. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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Mayor concerned more about violent drug activity Continued from page 1 Many storefront operations also display a large green or red cross to suggest a connection with the medical community. The report said there are no regulations that require the dispensaries to report to the VPD or City of Vancouver. Mayor Gregor Robertson, who doubles as chairperson of the police board, said the City of Vancouver’s role in investigating illegal dispensaries is a “complaints-driven process and bylaw enforcement officers take it from there.” He echoed the report’s conclusion that the VPD’s focus should be on disrupting violent drug activity, saying that’s where “the precious dollars” need to be spent. Drug dealers who sell cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine receive greater priority than enforcement of marijuana, the report said. Robertson didn’t explain how an operator is able to open a storefront, although Police Chief Jim Chu suggested some obtain a licence to operate a café. The City of Vancouver did not respond to the Courier’s question asking whether the 29 dispensaries obtained some form of business licence to operate. “This is a larger Health Canada issue and while federal laws are being amend-

ed, there continues to be a lack of clarity around the regulations,” said a statement from the City of Vancouver. “We continue to work closely with the Vancouver Police Department and look to them to identify any criminal issues that may arise.” The mayor and his Vision Vancouver colleagues are on record of wanting marijuana regulated and taxed as a strategy to combat organized crime and improve public health and safety. Chu, who is also president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, announced in August that handing out tickets for illegal possession of marijuana may be more efficient than laying criminal charges. The VPD report said “criminal enforcement could be very damaging to employees of the dispensaries, who are generally young, entry-level employees who could face criminal charges and the possible impact that would have on other future employment or their ability to travel.” On Wednesday, Washington State legislators adopted rules to allow the sale of recreational marijuana. Washington will tax and regulate the sale of pot in licensed stores around the state, including 21 in Seattle. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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ith her lack of education and work experience, Gail Omeasoo didn’t think she’d find a full-time job. Four years ago, she received $900 of social assistance and disability benefits a month and earned $500 a month working at an addiction recovery house. Three years ago, she got a job with Atira Property Management and has advanced to become program manager at Marr Housing for Women. She takes home $2,600 a month. “I took myself off social assistance and disability and my life has just changed,” Omeasoo said. “I’ve grown in so many ways.” Now 48, she’s touted by Atira Women’s Resource Society, which is partly funded from profits by the Atira Property Management company it owns, as a success story in hiring residents of the Downtown Eastside. The society commissioned finan-

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Gail Omeasoo (l), program manager at the New Marr Hotel, speaks with resident Patricia Bacarra. cial firm EY (Ernst and Young) to measure the social return on investment of hiring residents of the Downtown Eastside, people who were unemployed or underemployed, receiving income assistance and/or living in single room accommodation hotels. Atira released the report last week that contends hiring people from the Downtown Eastside benefits taxpay-

ers at a rate of more than three to one. EY reported that for every dollar spent to employ the target group of 105 employees in 2012 and 2013, Atira gained a social return on investment of $3.32. EY measured and analyzed the qualitative and quantitative costs of hiring people from the Downtown Eastside and the actual and estimated impacts on social assistance, local

spending, social housing, criminal justice and health costs, food banks and meal programs, employability and quality of life. Atira Property Management started hiring from the Downtown Eastside in 2007 when B.C. Housing gave the company a week’s notice to staff five buildings. It hires front desk clerks, security and janitor personnel. Omeasoo grew up in social housing in the Downtown Eastside with an alcoholic mother and three younger siblings she started caring for at age six. She ran away at 12, has a Grade 10 education and struggled with heroin and cocaine addictions. Having lived in one of Atira Women’s Resource Society’s transition houses 20 years ago, she was keen to work for the Atira Property Management company. Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Property Management, says the company has learned plenty about recruiting, screening, orienting, training and supervising. If the company hires an individual with a history of addiction, Atira has learned it must provide that

person with extra support after they receive their first two paycheques. EY reported employment with Atira reduced a worker’s reliance on government social assistance, including support, shelter and health. Twelve of 61 employees who were living in SRAs moved out, freeing up space for others. “Many of the men with jobs are actually catching up [on child support],” Abbott added. “Sometimes it’s garnished and sometimes it’s voluntary.” Abbott says Atira contracted a well-known international firm to reliably quantify social returns. She hopes more organizations will hire people with barriers to employment including developmental delays or mental illness. “Whether it’s government or private sector, if we all made a commitment to doing what we could in terms of hiring folks with barriers to employment, it would make a huge difference,” she said. View the report at atira.ca. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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ducation Minister Peter Fassbender helped open the new $14-million J.W. Sexsmith elementary Oct. 15. The new Sexsmith replaces the seismically unsafe old school in Marpole that was built in 1912 and expanded in 1950 and 1954. The new school for 390 kindergarten to Grade 7 students has been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standard and features a geothermal heating and cooling system. “It’s very

open, bright, lots of natural light. It is just a beautiful facility,” Fassbender said. He expects an announcement about seismic upgrades for Strathcona elementary to be made within weeks. As for the old Sexsmith school, the Vancouver School Board needs to find a leaser willing to seismically upgrade the building. The property remains embroiled in a court case with a Francophone school board that wants the education minister to order the VSB to lease it the building. To be announced even sooner than a seismic project for Strathcona is a new framework for grades 3 to 9 under the B.C. Education Plan. Fassbender was tightlipped on specifics. “The challenge will always be how do we identify every individual student’s need in a system that has

been structured towards… more of a collective approach,” he said. “So we’re trying to fine-tune that so we can be as targeted for every student as we can.” Negotiators sat down this week to see whether a collective agreement with teachers can be achieved. The government hopes to reach a 10-year contract. Fassbender said students from Windermere secondary told him over lunch that physical education should be a priority and they’re interested in the role technology will play in classrooms. He said there would be no new money for education or playgrounds, but that the provincial government was working on building the economy with industries like liquefied natural gas to try to ensure more money for healthcare, social services and education. Fassbender said parents at Sexsmith are raising

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A senior died last week after being hit by a car at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Earles Street. on her way home. She lives near the crossing and though she didn’t witness the recent accident, she heard the sirens that followed. When she went out to look that rainy morning, there were several rescue vehicles at the scene and an unfamiliar open umbrella lying near her yard, she said. “Many have been requesting a stoplight here in this particular section. Children are crossing here on school days, it is very dangerous,” she said. “Cars don’t stop.”

An online ICBC crash map shows there were 23 accidents at this intersection between 2008 and 2012 and seven of those involved casualties. Miriam Mattila, 77, lives in the same nearby seniors housing complex as Yerex and uses the pedestrian crossing often. She said eight years ago another senior was killed trying to cross there so the city put in the crosswalk, but Mattila wants more to be done to make the intersection safe. “It is still so dangerous there

because as the cars are coming north, there are cars parked on the right hand side, and very often a van, and you can’t see someone who is stepping off the sidewalk into the crosswalk because it is blocked,” she said. “And sometimes the cars turn the corner really fast and so it is very dangerous. I mean we all have our stories, we are seniors, and we’ve all got our stories about that crosswalk.” Mattila and another neighbour were part of the Norquay Village Neighbourhood planning process back in 2010, she said, and they brought up the issue of the intersection. She said there was discussion at the time about a pedestrian crossing light being put in but it never materialized. “Something has got to be done and we need the support because when we talk about it they [the city] just pass us off like we are just little old people who complain,” said Mattila. The Courier contacted the city about the intersection but did not receive a response on the record. thuncher@shaw.ca twitter.com/@Thuncher

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B.C. not doing enough for kids in foster care

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f you were wondering where all those homeless people in Vancouver were coming from, I can tell you this: There is no single factor that leads to homelessness more than whether a person spent part of his or her time as a youngster in government or foster care. Of course there are other reasons why folks find themselves homeless in our city. They may have been released from prisons or jails that don’t care whether they have a home to go to; they could suffer long stays in hospital because of a disability and forfeit whatever housing they have; or they may have been caught in low-paying jobs or on social assistance that provides insufficient resources for them to afford the most meager of dwellings in an increasingly unaffordable market. Last week’s survey conducted for the Vancouver Foundation considers “facts about foster youth transitioning out of government care in B.C.” That “transitioning” can happen as early as 16 years of age when the government signs youngsters to a “youth agreement” and they head off to live on their own with some government funding. But by 19, they are out the door. Adios. Those “facts” provide a good profile of who those youngsters are. Some 40 per cent of homeless youth have been in foster care at some point in their lives. Of the approximately 8,000 young people in government care, 55 per cent are aboriginal. And 65 per cent of kids in care have been diagnosed with a mental health issue at least once during childhood. More than two-thirds of youth in care in B.C. will reach age 19 without a high school diploma. Almost half of them will go on income assistance within a few months of their 19th birthday. They are, for the most part, disasters just waiting to happen. And, by the way, this year more than 700 youth in care will turn 19, “age out” of the government system and many will join the ranks of the new homeless. That is why you can understand how the City of Vancouver Homeless staff report can claim a measure of success in dealing with homelessness these past few years even though the number of people in shelters and on the street combined have remained static. Prior to 2008, the number of homeless people was rising by about 100 a year. Since then, if anything, the drivers of homelessness have only become more intense. But millions have been spent, not just on shelters but on more permanent homes and the actual number of people living on the street have declined slightly. You can only shudder to imagine what a state we would be in if the city, the province and private sector not-for profits like the Streetohome Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society and Covenant House were not leaning into this problem. There seems to be a consensus that cutting folks loose at 19 is only asking for trouble. Parents of this generation will tell you it is not uncommon for their children to seek advice and support well into their twenties. B.C. is behind a number of other jurisdictions in Canada and south of the border by expecting 19-year-olds to be able to “transition” effectively. The Vancouver Foundation survey found parents frequently support their children well beyond 19: “In fact, 80 percent of parents who have 19 to 28 year olds living away from home provide their children with some form of support.” Yet here is the irony. Vancouver Foundation CEO Kevin McCort says: “The lack of public support to help youth successfully transition out of government care to adulthood suggests we have a higher expectation of young people who have been bounced around the foster care system and forced to make it on their own when they turn 19, than we do for our own children.” If you are looking for more information on this subject, I refer you to a superb series led by journalist Pieta Woolley in The Tyee called “Fostering Truth.” But don’t expect this relentless march towards homelessness to go away in a big hurry until more of us insist, as the Vancouver Foundation makes clear, that “young people belong in homes in their community with opportunities to learn, grow and contribute.” agarr@vancourier.com twitter.com/allengarr

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Social media sharing akin to dogs sniffing fence posts

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n our morning walks, my dog Meika ambles next to me with her nose to the ground, enthusiastically sniffing the canine “blogs” posted on trees, shrubs and fence posts. I imagine the comments, archived in cascading style sheets of urine, go something like this: “Cody was here at 7 a.m.” “Jasper likes this.” “This is Shadow. I just ate some grass.” “Gizmo likes this.” It took millions of years for the ancestors of dogs to evolve their excretory messaging system. It’s taken less than a decade for human beings to start marking digital territory through social networking. There are similarities. Last time I checked into Facebook, woozy with tryptophan from a Thanksgiving dinner earlier in the evening, it was all fenceposts and shrubs. Like leg-lifting pooches, the posters’ central theme seemed to be, “Here I am! Here I am!” I know a few people who post with such obsessive frequency that I can’t imagine them relaxing into their constantly updated outings and holidays. I’m so distractible myself, I very rarely spend time on Mark Zuckerberg’s clock-sucker. A few minutes of surfing his site can turn into several hours of missing time. It’s like a sedentary alien abduction, with Facebook’s tractor beam hijacking your eyeballs and sucking personal information straight through your fingertips. I could go on about how “Total Information Awareness,” the mass surveillance wet dream of Bush-era neocons, has been outsourced to the private world (by design or default), with many of us spying on ourselves voluntarily, right down to the minutest details of our lives. But that cautionary note is about a half decade too late, what with Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s all-seeing panopticon, and all our noses stuck in wide-open mobile devices. Advances in social networking have moved so fast that Ondi Timinor’s 2009 documentary We Live in Public seems almost quaint now. The film profiles the late ’90s exploits of Internet pioneer and dot-com millionaire Josh Harris. The “Warhol of webcasting” placed more than 100 willing artists in a huge human terrarium under New York City, with multiple webcams constantly tracking their every movement. For weeks, there was no privacy for anyone in this concrete underworld. Wherever they went — to bed, the toilet, the shower — it was all displayed on monitors dotting the underground space. Harris’ disturbing project, called “Quiet: We Live in Public,” was created after he “became interested in controversial human experiments which tested the effects of media and technology on the development of personal identity,” according to an entry in Wikipedia. This included “interrogation artists “trained to psychologically brutalize fellow participants into confessing their most humiliating memories — all on camera. Alcohol and food available were available 24/7 at an 80-foot long dining room table. There was a gun range with a wide selection of arms and ammo available on the floor below. Within weeks, Harris’s underground scene disintegrated into a rat’s nest of interpersonal conflicts. Police, suspecting it to be some kind of millennium cult, shut down the operation on Jan. 1, 2001. As a coda to his designed-to-fail “art experiment,” Harris outfitted his apartment with 30 motion-controlled surveillance cameras and 66 microphones to expose he and his girlfriend to months of 24-hour global ogling on weliveinpublic.com. His Manhattan-based Petri dish of auto-surveillance turned predictably rancid. The girlfriend walked and Harris burned through cash, connections, and any remaining goodwill among potential investors. The former dot-com millionaire decamped to a New England apple farm and then hightailed it to Ethiopia to start anew. His seeming experiments in sociopathy, presumably designed as a warning, predated the explosion of mobile social networking by nearly a decade. “As time goes by we are going to have our lives increasingly exposed in very personal and intimate ways, and we’ll want that to happen,” he prophesied in the film. Today we all live in public, though some attempt to control the exposure wisely through privacy settings and limited online activities. The reason social networking sites are as free as a walk around a park is because the product is you — specifically, your personal information. And with so much hyperlinked treats to sniff out, most of us don’t have the time or the inclination to think about who’s at the other end of the leash. geoffolson.com

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READERS QUESTION LOSS OF BRIGHTON POOL PARKING

To the editor:

Re: “New park poses parking problems for pool users,” Letters, Oct. 9. I agree with Gwen Giesbrecht’s concern over decreased accessibility to New Brighton Pool. With the park board’s predilection for closing outdoor swimming pools (Vancouver is now reduced to three outdoor swimming pools compared to Toronto’s 58 and Winnipeg’s 10), declining usage due to inaccessibility could give them cause to reduce our inventory of outdoor pools even further to the two on the western waterfront — Second Beach and Kitsilano pools. Outdoor swimming is a unique summertime activity that needs to be preserved and enhanced in Vancouver. It’s time for the park board and the City of Vancouver to start investing in these oldfashioned favourites that benefit the entire population’s health and well-being.

Margery Duda, Vancouver Society for Promotion of Outdoor Pools ••• To the editor:

Gwen Giesbrecht’s letter reminded me of my letter to Vision park board commissioner Constance Barnes when this project was put forward. All that Giesbrecht wrote of, I wrote to Barnes. A waste of time, I knew. Vision Vancouver is so anticar that totally inconvenienc-

ing users matters not at all to them. And it may be a strategic move: make the pool inaccessible to most of the users and the numbers will fall, and then the pool can be shut down and the area resurrected as a garden for flowers and kale, perhaps. But Vancouver has to become the greenest city in the world, eh — not the second greenest, the greenest.

Mike Tropp, Vancouver

danger issues for children playing. As a Kits Point resident, I’m strongly opposed to the plan and can’t imagine why there was no consultation with the neighbourhood. Jason A. John, Vancouver

LEFT-TURN BAYS WORK FINE To the editor:

KITS BEACH BIKE PATH LOCATION ALL WRONG To the editor:

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Re: Kits Beach bike path a done deal,” Oct 16. I’m a Kits Point resident and I am shocked we knew nothing about the proposal. While I support bike lanes, I can’t support tearing up of precious green space on a beach where families come to barbeque and where kids throw footballs, Frisbees, play volley ball or just run around and play. The proposed location is dangerous to park users who are mostly pedestrians. The lane goes directly through popular picnic areas. It is amazing to me that the council that wants Vancouver to be the greenest city on earth would support such a ridiculous plan. My 13-year-old keeps asking how such a plan could be approved when it goes against all the things she has been learning at school. Even she can see the potential new

Re: “Loss of parking on W. 4th worries shop owners,” Oct. 9. I fail to see why business owners at Fourth and Macdonald are worried about the installation of left-turn lanes. Several other intersections in the city, such as 49th and Fraser, Victoria and 41st, and Main and King Edward have a similar lack of parking to make room for left-turn lanes, and all have vibrant and lively retail activity. Derek Cheung, Vancouver ••• To the editor:

You know the worst spot on Fourth Avenue for congestion is the westbound Fourth turn onto southbound Alma. Macdonald is an issue, but wouldn’t it be a compromise to have left turn signals? This city council is making a hell of a mess on our city streets in their zeal to accommodate the cyclists. Would those spots near PC Galore et al be removed if they were metered parking? Probably not. Lynn Perry, Vancouver

ON YOUR MIND ONLINE COURIER STORY: “Oakridge: Open House,” Oct. 13 Michelle Lim: Only in Vancouver (or possibly San Francisco). I think I watch House Hunters on HGTV just to prove to myself that in any other North American city for half a million bucks you can have a really nice home. Honestly I worry about where my kids will settle down & am not convinced it is Vancouver. I bet the house shown in this article gets torn down (tiki bar and all) and a new monster home replaces it. Kidd Karrim: Houses like these were the beauty of the Oakridge area. Low and ranchy. Not invasive to the horizon. Aaron Chapman: I’m impressed that it had its own Tiki Bar though. I state “had” because I suspect the new owner who bought the home for 1.73 million isn’t interested in Polynesian kitsch, and it’ll soon be gutted for a 5.1 surround sound theatre. If it were up to me, it’d at least be a Surround Sound Tiki Bar. COURIER STORY: “12th & Cambie: COPE says Vision Vancouver to blame for homeless increases,” Oct. 9 Ryan McLaughlin: Contrary to popular belief, increasing the amount of available housing shouldn’t increase housing prices. Prices rise when a lot of people want something and there isn’t enough of it. Developments increase the amount of that something. Not everything has to be an ‘us or them’ type issue. The developers can make money while supplying housing for the people who need it. Unless you suggest some kind of Cuban, centrally planned system for providing housing, the best way to reduce housing prices is by allowing developers to develop and even (dare I say it?) compete with one another. Derek: The influx of homeless will prevent this problem from ever being “solved.” It can only be managed. This is just one of Vision’s many idealistic and unrealistic goals. Civic government should be focused on the basics of running the city and they definitely should not be ripping up infrastructure. Vision must go.

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Critics worry about conflict between cyclists, park users Continued from page 1 “This was nothing compared to other consultations over much less problematic issues.” The $2.2 million bike path was approved by the park board Oct. 7 as part of the overall Seaside Greenway plan connecting Canada Place to Stanley Park to False Creek and finally Jericho. This path is an extension of the Cornwall-Point Grey bike lane, and some residents have accused the city and park board of burying the details within the Seaside Greenway report and consultation. According to that report, the public consultation included open houses, meetings, workshops, online questionnaires and a survey. The first question on the survey asks: “Our goal is to make walking and cycling in and through the parks safer, more convenient, and more comfortable — without compromising the way many ways people use the park. Do you support this goal?” In response, 95 per cent of the 372 surveyed answered, “Yes.” Based largely on that survey, the report said it became clear separate bike paths through Kits and Hadden Beach parks were “overwhelmingly supported.” The report noted that during busy times the shared pathway along that route can be dangerous, and conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists take place frequently. Kent argues the report ignores the covenant under which Hadden Park was deeded to the city. Wealthy developer Harvey Hadden purchased the land from the CPR in 1929 and donated it to the city under strict conditions. Hadden wanted the park reserved for public recreational use, the land kept as natural as possible, the beach used only for swimming and the property protected from encroachment. When the Maritime Museum was proposed in 1957, an estate agent acting on behalf of the late Hadden wrote the park board reminding commissioners of the conditions included in the deed. Kits point resident Marg Zibin is concerned about how the path might affect the memorial bench dedicated to her husband in Hadden Park. She suspect the bench is either directly within the bike path route or close to it.

But now they’re criticizing “ Vision for no consultation, but previously [the NPA] thought 195 people was sufficient to build a restaurant on the beach.

—Comm. Aaron Jasper

“The bench with my late husband’s plaque still had one more year in the contract,” Zibin told the Courier in an email. “The park board have not contacted me about any proposed bike path and/or moving of any memorial benches. As I have had the same address for more than 40 years, not being able to locate me would not fly as an excuse.” (At press time, the park board had not issued a response on memorial benches.) KitsFest co-founder and two-time Olympian Howard Kelsey also has a bench named in his honour, but his biggest concerns are how the bike path will interfere with and possibly endanger the basketball, volleyball and tennis players who frequent Kits Beach annually. He says none of the sports associations representing these players was notified. “They talked to 370 people, but didn’t bother to contact any of the organizations that use the beach every day,” said Kelsey. “The path is going to be 15 feet away from the Rick Hansen play area and close to the basketball courts, which are some of the most popular in Canada. And with the angle of the road, cyclists will be coming down that hill and picking up speed right there.” Kelsey has joined forces with representatives from sev-

eral sports organizations as well as a growing crowd of residents to convince the park board to shift the bike path onto the street. Adam Smith, another member of the Kits Point Residents Association, has joined the protest. In a letter to the park board, Smith wrote in part: “Another acre of asphalt in Kits Beach Park? For a bike path that could just as easily be routed along adjacent streets, streets that I have been riding on for years without trouble? And your justification for this is a survey that made no mention of the actual plan, but instead asked a vague question about safety? Such a level of intellectual dishonesty, as the justification of this plan by the survey conducted, has no place in good government.” Vision Vancouver park board vice-chair Aaron Jasper said when a licensed bistro was proposed for English Bay in 2010 under an NPA-dominated board, a survey completed at the time included fewer participants than the consultation for the bike path. “But now they’re criticizing Vision for no consultation, but previously they thought 195 people was sufficient to build a restaurant on the beach,” said Jasper. Not everyone is unhappy with the plan. “We’re delighted to see the city continue to work on the seawall,” said Lisa Slakov, co-chair of the Vancouver-UBC Committee for HUB, formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition. “The Greenway was introduced in the mid-’90s with a mandate of pedestrians first and people on bikes next and they are continuing that work.” Slakov added while she hasn’t seen a definitive route for the bike path, it appears to be similar to the situation at Second Beach. “That used to be a combined path there, too, but then they moved the bike path over and it works great for everyone.” A rally organized by the Kits Point Residents Association and Save Kits Beach is scheduled for noon Sunday, Oct. 20, in front of the Boathouse at Kits Beach. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10


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community Cyclists,motorists compete in commuter challenge

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

with Sandra Thomas

who arrives first to an 8:30 a.m. event Oct. 23 at Library Square, 300 W. Georgia St. All participants will be offered snacks and coffee, bike maps, the possibility of prizes, and the services of a volunteer bike mechanic, just like during the annual Bike to Work Week, which gets rolling again Oct. 28. Head on over to btww.ca for more info.

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COAL HARBOUR

Cyclists are posing a serious challenge to motorists and transit users later this month, but this time it has nothing to do with the regular traffic snarl known as Critical Mass. The Share the Road Challenge invites motorized morning commuters from across Metro Vancouver to compare their times against pedal-pushers to see

Over 600 sponsors and supporters of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice have put up serious swag for the annual fall fundraiser for a charity that provides pediatric palliative care for more than 450 B.C. children and their families. The Gift of Time Gala, once again hosted by Global anchorman Chris Gailus, takes place

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Public Auction: Sale of Land for Taxes – November 13

The City of Vancouver will hold a public auction of lands on which taxes or other charges have been delinquent for two years. Under the provisions of the Vancouver Charter the auction will be held: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10 am Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue Third Floor, Council Chamber Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The list of properties to be offered for sale is available at vancouver.ca/taxsale on Thursday, November 7. THE LIST OF PROPERTIES IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE Purchasers at the sale are required to pay the upset price by cash or other certified funds. Delinquent taxpayers may make payment before the sale starts. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 604-873-7816 or phone 3-1-1

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Development Permit Board Meeting: October 21

at the Westin Bayshore hotel this Saturday (Oct. 19) and features a three-course

meal, live and silent auctions, and the musical stylings of boogie-woogie piano

man Michael Kaeshammer. Individual tickets to the black-tie soiree are $375 or

a table of eight for $3,000. For more information, visit thegiftoftime.org.

Property Tax Exemptions for 2014 The City of Vancouver hereby gives notice of the intention of City Council to exempt certain eligible not-for-profit properties used for senior citizens housing from taxation for one year (2014 taxation year). A bylaw will be brought forward to Council on October 22, 2013 in accordance with Section 396(1)(g) of the Vancouver Charter. NAME

The properties to be considered for exemption in 2014, including an estimate of the amount of City taxes that would be imposed without the exemption for 2014 and the following two years, are shown in the table below.

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Est Taxes 2014

Est Taxes 2015

Est Taxes 2016

BAPTIST FOUNDATION OF B C

266-772-26-0000

13,300

13,700

14,200

BAPTIST FOUNDATION OF B C

765-266-06-0000

31,700

32,600

33,600

BAPTIST HOUSING SOCIETY OF BC

631-232-04-0000

51,600

53,200

54,800

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-04-0000

28,900

29,700

30,600

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-39-0000

8,100

8,300

8,600

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-52-0000

35,500

36,600

37,700

BEULAH GARDEN HOMES SOCIETY

634-300-92-0000

18,700

19,300

19,900

BROADWAY PENTECOSTAL BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION BC

650-274-27-0000

18,000

18,500

19,100

CALLING MINISTRIES

710-072-06-0000

44,300

45,600

47,000 13,000

CHAU LUEN KON SOL SOCIETY OF VANCOUVER

192-592-92-0000

12,200

12,600

CHRIST CHURCH OF CHINA

192-592-04-0000

10,600

10,900

11,300

COLUMBUS CHARITIES ASSOCIATION

306-720-45-0000

14,700

15,100

15,600

FINNISH CANADIAN REST HOME ASSOC

828-251-94-0000

9,000

9,200

9,500

FINNISH CANADIAN REST HOME ASSOC

828-258-06-0000

4,400

4,500

4,700

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

605-113-66-0000

12,500

12,900

13,300

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

638-077-07-0000

11,400

11,800

12,100

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

641-234-20-0000

6,600

6,800

7,000

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

648-078-05-0000

5,700

5,900

6,100

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

665-230-68-0000

5,200

5,400

5,500

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

670-230-83-0000

3,900

4,000

4,100

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

670-230-89-0000

5,200

5,400

5,500

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

683-230-82-0000

4,500

4,600

4,700

HFBC HOUSING FOUNDATION

722-283-48-0000

23,000

23,700

24,400

KING EDWARD COURT SOCIETY

710-072-95-0000

23,400

24,100

24,800

M KOPERNIK NICOLAUS COPERNICUS FDTN

817-300-22-0000

4,200

4,300

4,500

MENNONITE SR CITIZENS SOCIETY OF BC

755-237-51-0000

29,400

30,300

31,200

MOUNT PLEASANT HOUSING SOCIETY

645-194-47-0000

7,700

7,900

8,100

NEW CHELSEA SOCIETY

270-670-95-0000

8,400

8,700

8,900

NEW CHELSEA SOCIETY

693-253-64-0000

32,600

33,500

34,600

ODD FELLOWS LOW RENTAL HOUSING SOC

318-725-95-0000

8,900

9,200

9,400

PARISH OF ST PAUL VANCOUVER

609-117-44-0000

25,100

25,800

26,600

ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF VANCOUVER

596-196-49-0000

9,100

9,400

9,700

SOC FOR CHRISTIAN CARE OF ELDERLY

613-119-54-0000

63,200

65,100

67,000

The Development Permit Board and Advisory Panel will meet: Monday, October 21 at 3 pm City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue First Floor, Town Hall Meeting Room

SOROPTIMIST CLUB OF VANCOUVER BC

683-165-54-0000

8,400

8,700

8,900

SOUTH AMHERST HOUSING SOCIETY

244-805-96-0000

4,100

4,200

4,400

THE V E L HOUSING SOCIETY

577-259-06-0000

7,100

7,300

7,600

THE V E L HOUSING SOCIETY

596-250-04-0000

5,200

5,300

5,500

to consider this development permit application:

UKRAINIAN SR CITIZENS HOUSING SOC

300-810-95-0000

8,800

9,100

9,300

1045 Robson Street: To develop the site with a two-storey retail store including a heritage density transfer of 714 square feet from the donor site at 53 West Hasting Street and the securing of offsite parking located at the neighbouring site at 1025 Robson Street.

VAN KIWANIS SR CITIZENS HOUSING SOC

300-811-05-0000

7,900

8,100

8,400

VANCOUVER KIWANIS SENIOR CITIZENS HOUSING SOCIETY

125-832-84-0000

10,300

10,600

10,900

642,800

661,900

682,100

Please contact City Hall Security (1st floor) if your vehicle may be parked at City Hall for more than two hours. TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM: 604-873-7469 or lorna.harvey@vancouver.ca

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Property Tax Office 604-871-6893


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photo Rebecca Blissett

Shayna Baykey, 10, spent much of Saturday night’s Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train ride clutching onto brother Collin, especially during Tara Burnett’s electrifying performance as the Bride of Frankenstein. To see more photos, scan this page with your tablet or smartphone using the Layar app.

Off the rails withVancouver’s Ghost Train REBECCA BLISSETT Contributing writer

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inutes before the ghost train chugs through the woods, Beth Lee, equipped with only a two-way radio, walks down the tracks into inky darkness to check on three wraiths. The wraiths are spotted on a hill past a graveyard, taking selfies of their pasty faces and fangy-pouts with their phone cameras. Lee, the stage manager for the student actors of the Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train, reminds them to make use of their flowing gowns and the girls started lifting their arms and spinning in their ragged and torn dresses. Dracula swoops in from behind his theatre of the dead and says hello to his three undead brides but Lee is his focus: only she has tips on how to remove white grease paint smudges from his slacks. Lee suggests makeup remover. The scent of a human with answers must’ve been pungent, as evidenced by a werewolf stomping out of the dense woods minutes later to ask Lee if his furry

boots looked OK tucked into his pants. “This is not some cheesy train ride through the park,” says Lee, while continuing her check-points down the track. “The ideas for the Ghost Train are not commercial and not straight-out-of-the box.” Vancouver performance group Mortal Coil has been responsible for October’s moving theatre in the park since 2000 with many of the professional performers partaking since the beginning. The ideas come from the — read the following word quietly in the event of nearby zombies — brains of the group’s artistic directors Sharon Bayly and Peter Hall. This year’s theme is Classic Monster Mash-Up, while past themes included scary Shakespeare, cabaret of the underworld, devils from around the world and Hollywood B-movies. “We search for new ideas every year without just doing witches, goblins, pumpkins and ghosts,” said Bayly, “And we thought, OK, we’ve never done the classic horror movies that are associated with Halloween. We’re really inspired by the earlier films, we like that aesthetic opposed to the more

commercialized images.” Part of the art of scaring children is the art of performing at nighttime, in the woods. Raccoons have been known to raid the performers’ warming huts where they stay in between trains (one wily four-legged scoundrel opened a Rubbermaid bin, then opened a backpack inside the bin and stole somebody’s sandwiches). One time a performer fell into the pond (and kept performing, according to Lee). Windermere secondary student Mikaela Haeusser is thankful to be working above ground as Igor’s gravedigger after her coffin broke last Halloween — with her inside. “It’s a hardy, hardy group of performers,” says Lee. “They have to be ready for all sorts of weather and a lot of them have been doing this for years. They’ve become like a family.” Like family, they have fond stories to tell in between sneaking up on fellow performers during downtime and scaring the hell out of them. There’s a goblin who brought a guitar to play throughout the night; and Carmen Rosen, one of the founders of Mortal Coil, used to sing opera in between her

performances. “The park would be dead silent, it was incredible,” says Dracula. Adds Lee: “There are all these lovely inbetween moments.” As the last matinee train rolls through, Lee and the performers speak in whispers behind trees to outline last-minute aspects of their minute-long shows (cardinal rule: perform until the train is out of sight) and the first of the night trains chugs on by. Phantom of the Opera, a.k.a. Bonnie Davis, rushes at the train from a chandelier-lit road from an enormous organ set up in the middle of a field, rewarded by screeches from the audience. “Yes,” she says, “I have traumatized some children already.” The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train runs until Nov. 2 every day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. rblissett@telus.net

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he seventh annual Canadian Movember campaign is fast approaching when, starting Nov. 1 and running to the end of November, men are encouraged to register on the Movember website to collect donations and grow a moustache. Money raised by the charity campaign supports initiatives for men’s health. One of those initiatives is the Vancouver Prostate

Centre lab, which received a $5 million grant from Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada in the summer. Located at Vancouver General Hospital, the brightly lit lab on a floor of the Robert Ho building is a beehive of activity with dozens of people in white lab coats working at various stations. The white countertops are cluttered with scientific equipment and bottles of various shapes, sizes and colours. Dr. Ralph Buttyan, senior scientist at the centre, says

the grant allows him to lead a team of 22 investigators from across Canada whose aim is to improve treatment for men with the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Buttyan has been involved in prostate cancer research for 30 years, but most of those years were spent in the U.S. where he said the university system keeps scientists from sharing what they know with others in their field. Buttyan said he is excited about the collaborative Ca-

Dr. Ralph Buttyan nadian approach fostered at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and how the grant will

further its approach. “We were able to put together a team using the concept that drives this place, which is a team approach, so we’ve gone out and recruited a team of investigators from other parts of the country, Toronto, the Maritimes … and here and we agreed that we could work together as a team. Everybody of different expertise, of different approaches and that is what this is all about,” he said, pointing out that unlike many labs in U.S., in his lab

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there are no walls between departments. According to Buttyan, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men in Canada. Most of the treatments to fight the disease target the hormone sensitivity of the cancer, and the gains in treatment have only given patients a few additional months of life. “We are moving towards the goal posts, but it is slowly, slowly, slowly,” said Buttyan. He said his team has a different approach than has been used in advancing previous treatments. “We are going to target the ability of the prostate cancer cells to adapt to the treatments,” he said. There are four projects under the grant and each looks at different aspects of tumour placidity, or adaptability. “We want to hold the patient in a therapy responsive state,” he said. “Therefore instead of having treatments add a few months to a patient’s life, the team wants to add many years of life.” Buttyan said the hope is to have at least one new therapy tested and ready to go into patients by the end of the five-year term of the grant. “I feel so optimistic. This is outside-of-the-box thinking that we are using here,” he said. Movember Canada director Pete Bombaci, who is already sporting a healthy moustache in advance of the organization’s November campaign, is clear why the charity wanted to fund the lab. “It really highlights the collaborative nature of Movember, our partner Prostate Cancer Canada and the way we want to approach research moving forward,” he said. Movember has funded 577 projects related to men’s health in 21 countries. Most projects have focused on prostate cancer, including A Survivorship Action Partnership, also with Prostate Canada, that aims to support survivors of the disease. “We are really trying to change the face of men’s health,” Bombaci said. To find out more about Movember and their campaign, go to ca.movember.com. thuncher@shaw.ca twitter.com/@thuncher


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ancouverites who want to see how others lived, what they drove and wore and how B.C. looked in decades past can unwind at the free Home Movie Day Oct. 19. At the bring-your-ownfilm event, participants can have the state of their Super 8 and 8 and 16 mm home movies assessed by experts, learn how to preserve them and see their family films projected on small screens. The Royal B.C. Museum, the City of Vancouver Archives and the CBC Vancouver Media Archives will play home movies on a big screen. “You could call it an antiques roll show,” said Colin Preston, library coordinator for CBC Vancouver Media Archives and a member of the Audio-Visual Heritage Association of B.C. “We’re just letting the stuff roll.” The City of Vancouver will proclaim Oct. 19 Home Movie Day. Christine Hagemoen, coordinator of Vancouver’s version of the worldwide celebration, hopes Vancouverites dig up old family movies for the event. “The idea is to get people interested in audiovisual history from their own little

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Christine Hagemoen, Home Movie Day coordinator and Colin Preston, library Coordinator for CBC Vancouver Media Archives, want people to dig up their old movies for Home Movie Day Oct. 19. personal histories and then perhaps think about the greater histories and how these things all connect together,” she said. “Especially as time goes by, movies that people didn’t think were very important become fabulous because they show the changing city and all sorts of other cultural and historical things.” From CBC’s archives, Preston plans to show home

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Q: We had terrible blight on our tomatoes this year so I ended up throwing out lots of little tomatoes. Does blight affect pole beans as well or any other vegetables? Heidi Naman

A: Pole beans don’t get blight. But potatoes do. The last two summers have been so warm and dry it’s been easy to harvest good crops of potatoes. But in a normal year with sporadic rain, many potato plants have blight by the beginning of August. Peppers can get late blight, but usually don’t. Eggplants are also said to be susceptible. Blight is a fungal infection that blows into gardens on rainy winds or splashes up from infected soil. It thrives on wet foliage. That’s why the usual advice is to grow tomatoes under cover: in greenhouses, outside under polyethylene tunnels or under south or west wall roof overhangs. Keeping tomato plants dry definitely stops blight and enables you to grow most any tomato you wish, including heritage varieties. But not everyone has cover available. People with no shelter for tomatoes can get good harvests outside by growing blight-resistant tomatoes. When their roots are in natural soil, tomatoes grow fast and produce massive crops. The oldest blight-resistant variety is the large-

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ach day, I counsel patients suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. They are overwhelmed with emotions often triggered by circumstances — a stressful home situation, difficulties at work, financial distress, relationship problems, a series of negative events, or illness. The initial focus is on their unhappiness and what is wrong in their lives. We can get stuck there. We’ve all had difficult emotions that are hard to shake. In many cases, we cannot easily change the conditions of our lives. When we perceive that we have lost control, we experience a state of helplessness that begets anxiety. This can evolve into hopelessness that begets despair. Early in life — long before medical school, I learned that we have three choices in any difficult situation. We can leave it, change it or reframe it. This commonsense advice is easy to understand but difficult for most to apply. We can’t easily leave a bad job or home situation if we are in a position of dependence. When we are responsible for others, we cannot abandon our duties and responsibilities. In some cases we can make changes. If we are fortunate, we may voice our concerns to those who can assist us, but sometimes our voices are not heard. The third choice — reframing — can be the greatest of challenges. Yet it can be just as empowering. When we cannot leave or change our circumstances, we can look at them from a different angle. We might consider a difficult coworker or partner with more empathy and consider things from the other’s point of view. We may start seeing our current state as a stepping stone to a better future; we just have to persevere and ride it through. We can look at our past and the mistakes we have made from a perspective of learning and growth. As a first step out of stress and despair, I ask my patients to take stock of their resources — what is good in their lives. This may include their support — their positive relationships and their personal qualities. Sometimes we have to dig deep into their past to remind them how they were able to overcome other difficult times in their lives. Though we tend to personally attribute our moods to our circumstances (or biochemistry), they are largely thought dependent. In turn, our thoughts are largely influenced by our moods. When we are anxious, we overemphasize danger and risk. We catastrophize and imagine worse case scenarios. We minimize our own ability to cope. When we are depressed, we see the negative in others, in our selves, our world and our future. We overlook what is good and beautiful all around us and in our selves. Thankfulness can be therapeutic. By taking stock of the positives in our lives, we may feel stronger, more supported and hopeful. The cup is no longer half empty. The cup may in fact be overflowing when we remember those who have helped us in the past, the people in our lives today and who we may help in the future. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a family physician.

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October 11 - November 2

Ride the rails; get your face painted; enjoy the scary sights! The Monster Movie Mashup is taking place Oct. 11- Nov. 2, beginning evenings at 6 pm, and the Courier would like to help some lucky ghouls and boys be able to enjoy the fun! ENTER: Simply email contest@vancourier.com and put Stanley Park Ghost Train in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and daytime phone number in the email. Enter by 4 pm, Oct. 9. A random draw will take place; three sets of winners will be notified by phone. Don’t be ‘afraid’ to enter – we won’t bite!

We’re giving away three (3) sets of family passes for four people (any age) to attend the Ghost Train event between Oct. 11 - 17, 2013

alloween is a favourite time for kids of all ages. It’s one of the few celebrations where adults participate almost to the same degree as children do.

Value Village boast an array of vintage and new costumes for all ages. Or, if you have time and skills, you can even make your own!

For parties or trick or treating, you’ll want to have a costume that is comfortable, practical and colourful. From scary creatures to super-heroes to pretty fairies, the options are endless.

Value Village thrift stores, for example, offer a large selection of new and used costumes, accessories, makeup and home décor, starting at $9.99, plus gently worn merchandise at a fraction of the original price.

For families, getting the most bang for the buck is important. Second-hand (thrift) stores like Salvation Army and

“From ready-made costumes, themed accessories, vintage and retro wear, it’s easy for Halloween shoppers to

make one stop to create a great costume for every member of their family,” says Ken Alterman, president and CEO of Value Village “Halloween is one of our biggest times of year at Value Village, and it keeps getting bigger. It’s a holiday where you can escape from everyday worries, alter your ego and just have fun celebrating with friends and family,” says Alterman.

We’re not ‘making this up!’ At The Party Bazaar (1296 Station St., near Main and Terminal), they know that makeup is an important part of Halloween. Their huge selection ranges from water based and grease based makeup, prosthetics, latex, blood, spirit gum and remover, moustaches and beards, eyelashes and nails, a great selection of vampire

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hey came, they shopped and they helped kids at the 32nd annual Variety Market & Auction, presented by Buy-Low Foods. Over 350 people participated in the popular event on Oct. 6 at the Westin Bayshore where eager shoppers filled their carts with exceptional deals on grocery items, all donated by the grocery chain’s suppliers. The fun continued with event goers circling the silent auction tables to bid on items that ranged from coffee machines and computer tablets, to hot-air balloon rides and vacation packages. Over

$80,000 was raised which will help Variety – The Children’s Charity provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching grants to families with children who have special needs. “The generosity of the people who attend this fundraiser every year is heart-warming,” says Bernice Scholten, Variety’s Executive Director. “Again, our good friends at BuyLow Foods are the driving

force behind this event which would not be possible without their support. “Our thanks goes to all of the Buy-Low staff who donated an entire day of their free time to help at the Market, and our wonderful volunteers at Variety who are the backbone of our organization,” she said. “It’s thanks to the dedication of our supporters who show their hearts that Variety has such a positive impact on families in BC.” Article contributed by Barb Coates of Variety – the Children’s Charity. Go to variety.bc.ca to read about more great fundraising initiatives.

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It’s simple: Take photo. Upload it. Email it. Win? We’ll publish four reader photos in two ghoulish categories: A. great costumes; B. decorated homes. A winner in each category will win a pair of tickets to an upcoming show or game. Criteria: Photos must be taken this Halloween season. Email each photo separately, and include daytime phone number. Email to contest@vancourier.com. (Min. 300 kb, max 2 MB files, jpeg or Tiff.)

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CAN TOUCH THIS: The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) held its first-ever fundraising event, fronted by party chairs Paula Shackleton and Susan Knott, and emceed by yours truly emceed. More than 300 guests filed into the library’s downtown atrium for TOUCH, the digeratiluau benefiting the VPL’s Inspiration Lab, Canada’s first free digital creation space. The lab will house a digital recording studio and sound mixing equipment, video editing software and self-publishing support.

SWEET DUMPLINGS: More than a dozen media personalities and local darlings joined me for the sixth annual Celebrity Dim Sum, presented by Caya and sponsored by the Vancouver Courier. Notables, including Sophie Lui, Mary Zilba and Miss B.C. Ava Vanderstarren, pushed around dim sum carts filled with sweet and savoury dumplings for an appreciative crowd that gathered at Floata Restaurant for the AIDS Vancouver benefit. Since its inception, the event has raised $100,000 for the Asian Outreach project. ART OF CARING: Lookout Emergency Aid Society is a charity that provides housing and a range of support services to adults with low or no income, and have few, if any, housing or support options. Kicking-off Homeless Action Week in the city, the non-profit hosted its annual H’Arts for the Homeless gala at the Imperial. Through circus, music, stories, dance and art, the gala highlighted the relief and hope a safe home provides. Proceeds support the ongoing operation of 19 locations in Metro Vancouver.

Courier publisher Dee Dhaliwal (right) enjoyed the fine service provided by CTV’s Ann Luu. The annual dim sum soiree benefitted AIDS Vancouver’s Asian Outreach project.

Mr. World Canada 2012, Frankie Cena, and Miss Canada Globe 2012, Casar Jacobson, served up hot and sour soup, one of eight courses, on the Celebrity Dim Sum menu.

L-R: VPL foundation director Catherine Evans, chief librarian Sandra Singh and Minister of Technology and Innovation Andrew Wilkinson helped raise funds for the VPL’s digital lab.

A girl’s best friend: A pug photo taken by Lani Johnson backed the Lookout Emergency Aid Society fundraiser at the Imperial.

Four Season’s artist-in-residence Tracy McMenemy is building an impressive clientele painting and selling works in the hotel’s posh lobby to well-heeled guests.

B.C. Arthritis Society executive director Nancy Roper, Fiona Forbes and Arthritis Society CEO Janet Yale fronted the Bluebird Gala at the Aquarium.

Paula Shackleton, left, and Susan Knott fronted the library’s first fundraiser, benefitting benefiting the VPL’s Inspiration Lab, Canada’s first free digital creation space.

Artists Lori Sokoluk and Lori Goldberg created works for the Lookout Society’s annual H’Arts for the Homeless Gala at the Imperial.


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Los Angeles-based CALDER QUARTET kicks off Music on Main’s MODULUS FESTIVAL Oct. 22 at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre Atrium. Other performers include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, Music on Main’s Composer in Residence Jocelyn Morlock and “witty and beloved broadcaster/librettist” Bill Richardson. The festival runs Oct. 22 to 24 at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre Atrium and Heritage Hall. For tickets and info, go to musiconmain.ca. It’s a trifecta of indie rock goodness as WAVVES headlines a hip and happening triple bill with King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys Oct. 18, 9 p.m. at the Rickshaw Theatre (moved from the Commodore). Tickets at Red Cat, Highlife Records and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Friend of the Courier, the lovely and talented Ms. CAROLYN MARK hunkers down at the WISE Hall, Oct. 18, for a night of wisecracking roots and twang, with guests Jack Grace and Mac Pontiac. Tickets at Red Cat Records, Highlife Records, the WISE Lounge and brownpapertickets.com. If you’re still craving that hootenanny vibe, the Rio Theatre hosts the EAST VAN OPRY featuring Rich Hope and the Blue Rich Rangers, The Sumner Brothers and others Oct. 19, 8 p.m. More details at riotheatre.ca. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the KRONOS QUARTET weathers through its midlife crisis not with a fancy new car or age-inappropriate girlfriend, but with a new work commissioned by composer Philip Glass that also happens to kick off the Chan Centre’s 2013/14 season. It all goes down Oct. 19, 8 p.m. at UBC’s Chan Centre. Tickets at ticketmaster.ca. More info at chancentre.com.

Let the literary love-in begin. The VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST is back for another year of hot writer-on-reader action Oct. 22 to 27, on and around Granville Island. Writers include Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, Joseph Boyden, Tomson Highway, Eric Schlosser, George Packer, Will Self, Lisa Moore and recently announced Man Booker Prize winner ELEANOR CATTON, to name a few. Details at writersfest.bc.ca.


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With so many real problems facing this city — homelessness, inequality, Zack Kassian’s disappointing on ice performance — we’re surprised how upset people can get over something as innocuous as putting a bike path through Kits Beach Park. Mind you, this is the same constantly imperiled neighbourhood whose residents unsuccessfully rallied against the evils of basketball courts and a two-storey concession stand/restaurant on the beach. The horror. Now a bunch of them are up in arms over a 12-foot-wide, paved bike path and are comparing themselves to Rosa Parks while uncreatively throwing around phrases like Mayor Moon Beam, Visionless council and dictatorship when describing the actions of the city. News organizations have even dedicated many inches of newsprint and website space to these people and their concerns. If such disproportionate reactions to a bike path can garner so much attention, K&K would like to offer up a few petty gripes of our own that we feel are worth complaining about. • Republic of Doyle promo ads on CBC. We’ve never watched an episode of Republic of Doyle, but we just know we would hate it. We hate the ridiculous story lines hinted at in the ads, we hate the smug little look

Doyle gives the camera, we hate his muscular biceps whenever he crosses his arms, which is just about always, and more than anything we hate that song: “Yeah, yeah, yeah….” What is that, Great Big Sea? Man do we hate Great Big Sea. Seriously, ban the lot of them. Just like they did with polio. • People who hit the crosswalk button after we’ve obviously already done so. Do you honestly think we were just standing there waiting for the walk sign to come up on its own. No, we’ve pushed the button, dummy. These things take time. And if you think you’re going to take credit for that walk signal after we already pushed the button minutes before you, you’re as clueless as that Idi Amin guy. • People who ask us if Pepsi or Coke is OK when we ask for a cola. The reason we ask for “cola” is because it covers both Pepsi and Coke and indicates we don’t have a preference. Actually, we’d prefer we had more willpower and could order a kale smoothie, but that’s another rant. Why doesn’t this happen when we ask for a ginger ale or root beer? Why are we drinking so much pop? Society is nothing more than slaves of the ruling class. Eff the revolution! • Facebook friends who don’t know how to turn off their Words with Friends updates so we’re constantly forced to read how they spelled “poo” for nine points. Big whoop. Maybe if you spelled “zealot” for 54 points like we did last week, we’d be impressed. So figure out your Facebook sharing settings and stop oppressing us with your updates and forcing us to exist like digital refugees. twitter.com/KudosKvetches

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Long lost cult film Sexcula sinks teeth intoVancouver audiences LOCALLY MADE ADULT HORROR SPOOF UNEARTHED AFTER 40 YEARS MICHAEL KISSINGER Staff writer

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he days leading up to Halloween just got a little scarier — and hairier — thanks to an enterprising archeologist, Canada’s loose tax laws in the 1970s, and a long-forgotten relic that had been gathering dust for decades. On Oct. 25, Vancity Theatre hosts a rare screening of the long lost circa-1974 cult film Sexcula. Shot in and around Vancouver by a group of free-loving exhibitionists, the low budget horror film is considered one of Canada’s earliest, perhaps only, entry into the “porno chic” genre of the untrimmed 1970s, when X-rated movies such as Deep Throat and Behind the Green Door flirted with mainstream success. Made for approximately $80,000, the film was rumoured to be produced as a tax write-off, and after failing to find a distributor sat untouched and unseen in the Canadian Archives for 40 years. Former Courier contributor and self-described “porn archeologist” Dimitrios Otis says unearthing Sexcula after all these years was a lot like finding the Holy Grail, albeit one that features a lusty vampiress, a sexually frustrated hunchback, a lumberjack and a sex robot. “First of all, the print spent years in the archives, so try and find another 40-yearold sex movie that’s been preserved in an archive — the copy of the film is pristine,”

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Otis says. “And it’s a funny movie. A fun little silly horror spoof. It’s dark and moody, but it’s corny. It’s half-way between intentionally corny and just plain corny.” According to lore, the film had only been shown once, in North Vancouver, to cast, crew and a group of B.C. film industry types who weren’t told of the film’s sexually graph-

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tation.com’s founder and contributing editor Paul Corupe, the archived print was transferred onto DVD and released earlier this year by Impulse Pictures, with Otis writing the liner notes. The film’s director and producer were then located. Although both men no longer want to have anything to do with the film, the producer agreed to lend his original unused print of the film and a whack of never-beforeseen on-set photos for the Oct. 25 screening. “It did well when we showed it in Toronto,” says Otis. “There was only 15 people, but they all laughed.” As for the surprisingly plot-heavy film’s fear factor, which borrows from Dracula, Frankenstein and a dash of time travel, Otis jokes that the scariest aspect of the film is its dialogue. Then, of course, there are the naughty bits. “It’s definitely audience friendly, but they do deliver the goods,” says Otis. “It’s really more of a nudie erotica film that’s also hardcore — it’s got hardcore — but more often than not it’s got a bunch of nudity and skits. Then there’s a girl who does an interpretive dance with a gorilla. It’s got someone in a gorilla costume, so that tells you a lot right there.” mkissinger@vancourier.com twitter.com/MidlifeMan1

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rector, has just wrapped up auditioning three dozen actresses for a role in a play he has adapted from the erotic late 19th century Venus in Furs. (This is an actual novel by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, from whose name “masochism” is derived.) Thomas has just finished bitching on the phone to his fiancée, “There are no sexyslash-articulate young women with some classical training and a particle of brain in their skulls,” when foul-mouthed, flustered Vanda (Lindsey Angell), late for a supposed 2:15 p.m. audition, enters lugging a huge sports bag full of costumes. She’s a flake but she’s gorgeous, extremely persuasive and so Thomas wearily agrees to let her read. The character she’s auditioning for is, amazingly, also called Vanda. Whipping off her trench coat, Vanda wears black leather lingerie, fishnet stockings and stilettos. She insists he read the role of Severin von Kumienski, the love interest in the novel/play. They begin and Vanda is suddenly sexy, smart, articulate and soon has Thomas doing exactly what she wants. His play is about sado-masochism, sexual politics, the erotic pleasure some find in pain and/or subjugation. Domination and dominated: Vanda has a natural flair for it and, somewhat surprisingly, so does Thomas. One highlight of Venus in Fur is when Vanda commands Thomas to put her thigh-high black leather boots on her. Gale holds Angell’s stockinged foot as if it is a fragile, living thing before sliding her foot into the boot and slowly, oh so slowly, finding the zipper and zipping it up to her thigh. And then the other boot. They don’t speak and the almost unbearably long silence is dripping with eroticism. We hold our breath although there might have been some heavy breathing going on, too.

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The planet Mercury turns retrograde this Monday, until November 10. We should all avoid starting new projects during this interval. Instead, protect ongoing ventures from snafus — missed appointments, supply shortages, missing personnel, mental mistakes, etc. Double-check figures, monies, addresses and appointments. For many of us, a link to the past will bring an opportunity to reprise a project or relationship — this will usually be a good one, but in every case, examine what it was like in the past. For example, if a former lover reappears (possible for Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces) ask yourself: Why did we break up in the first place? If it fell apart due to a circumstance beyond your control, and that circumstance has dissolved, then an old flame might be your new (renewed) love!

October marks the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and no brand has been more crucial to the fight against the disease as Estée Lauder, in its relentless campaigning and fundraising over the last two decades. The exquisitely beautiful Elizabeth Hurley has played a vital part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign since signing as the company spokesperson back in 1995. Intelligent and articulate, Elizabeth Hurley gave us an update on the company’s crusade against the agonizing disease, and even found time to give us a couple of valuable beauty tips. You’ve been an Estée Lauder spokesperson for almost two decades -- a rare thing in this industry. When you signed in 1995, did you think it would become a role of a lifetime? I couldn’t have dreamt it. I think my initial contract was two years. I was thrilled beyond belief when it was picked up again, after two years. It’s really been like having a second family.

Relationships veer into deeper waters now through late November. Business agreements are funded now — or dissolve. Attraction becomes intimacy — or ends. These “ors” reflect the Mercury retrograde that begins Monday pre-dawn. This retro throws a monkeywrench into various things, creating delays or mistakes or second-guessing, especially in financial, sexual and health arenas.

The month ahead features money, earnings, buying/ selling, possessions, sensual attractions and rote learning. Accept surface appearances – don’t “dig deep,” it would actually be counter-productive and your lack of trust might alienate a key ally. Don’t start any new project nor relationship before Nov. 10, especially in those money and sensual zones.

Start nothing new before Nov. 10, Taurus — especially in relationships, relocation, therapy, in locating an agent, fame, public dealings, contracts, negotiations, or opportunities. Neither give nor rely on promises; they are likely to be broken, not through ill-will but by indecision. Paradoxically (or perhaps not) your romantic courage and magnetism soar during this interval and all the way to early December.

You’ve been tired, weary for awhile. But Monday to Wednesday brings a change, perhaps even a minor health or financial crisis (or a sexy attraction) — whatever it is, it wakes you up, leading to a month of higher energy, charisma, and clout. But use this energy, until Nov. 10, to deal with the past or to further ongoing projects and links.

You also live and promote a healthy lifestyle, as part of the breast cancer prevention. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

Don’t start anything new before Nov. 10, Gemini, especially in work zones, home repairs/purchases, diet and health, machinery or tools. (But these are the very areas you must concentrate on for several weeks – so double-check work scheds, supplies, equipment, etc.) Buy nothing important – lemons abound. Regarding real estate/home, you are in a friction-prone atmosphere until Dec. 7.

Quietly retreat from the crowd Tuesday night into late November. You need to recuperate, to rest, to reconnect with your soul. Be charitable, tend to long-neglected tasks, especially those involving government, administration or institutions. But start nothing, projects nor new relationships, before Nov. 10. Instead, protect ongoing projects from delays, supply shortages, and misunderstandings.

I love living in the countryside, and I’ve always loved feeling healthy. Evelyn Lauder always said to me, “Don’t put on weight. It is not good for you in any way. Not because you won’t look as good, but it could be dangerous for your health.” It’s great for us that doctors and research scientists are now speaking out and saying that they really do believe that we can make a difference by following a healthy lifestyle. They know that we really have to go out of our way to deliberate exercise. I know I don’t step up so much on that one. I’m very active, but I don’t really do exercise regime, and I should. Eating-wise, I’ve eaten pretty well in the last 30 years, so I feel okay in that aspect.

Start nothing new before Nov. 10, Cancer. Mistakes, delays and second-guessing will force new ventures and relationships into unprofitable circles, perhaps unending circles. This applies most powerfully in romance, raising or teaching children, creative projects, speculation and pleasure pursuits — the very things that flow into your life for the next four weeks.

The pressures of the last few weeks subside. The month ahead features social delights, light romance, popularity, wishful thinking (and a wish or two fulfilled, especially wishes from long ago) group activities, politics, and entertainment. However, don’t start anything new, projects nor relationships, before Nov. 10. A former social group or someone you were always fond and friendly with might reappear.

A somewhat inconsequential month ends Tuesday, and a very consequential one begins. It’s more accurate to say a possibly potential one begins, for it will be difficult to begin any major project, relationship or situation which will not later collapse under the weight of delays and misunderstandings. Don’t start anything brand new now to Nov. 10, especially in home, real estate, family, security or gardening/agriculture.

The month ahead features ambition, prestige relationships, career, reputation and political office. Titles become important. Be diplomatic, eager with higher-ups. That said, do not start new ventures or relationships before Nov. 10, especially in ambitious arenas. A former boss, duty or job role might return — if you want it, embrace it.

Start nothing new — projects nor relationships — before Nov. 10. They would wilt under an influence of delay, mistakes and indecision. Instead, protect ongoing ventures, and/or reprise situations from the past. Your home life, family, property and security interests remain mildly lucky, affectionate until early November. Mars will be in your sign until December — this makes you more determined, brave, and sexually magnetic.

A month of mystery ends Tuesday night and a month of wisdom, understanding, learning, law, far travel, social rituals and cultural venues begins. Do not start any new projects or relationships, especially in these zones, before Nov. 10. (For example, a lawsuit begun now would go in expensive, unproductive circles.) Instead, continue with ongoing projects, or reprise past opportunities.

You’ve personally been affected by breast cancer; you lost your grandmother to the disease. Was that one of the reasons why you’ve been so passionately involved since the beginning? When Evelyn [Lauder] told me about her campaign, during my first two or three weeks at the company, I suppose my ears did perk up a bit more because of my grandmother. It was so sad the way she hadn’t told anybody about her lump, for the very reasons Evelyn went on to explain why she was doing the campaign. Because she said, “women are dying all over the world and nobody is talking about it.” She was so inspired by the AIDS activists, who, at that time, were very active.

What are the goals of this year’s “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together” campaign? We know we’ve succeeded in some way with the awareness, and we’ve helped raise a huge amount of money. The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign itself has raised $48 million US dollars, most of which they’ve donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, also started by Evelyn Lauder, which has raised nearly half a billion dollars for research. What we’re trying to do this year is encourage people to get together and make a difference themselves. Small scale, big scale: it doesn’t matter. It might be getting a couple of your friends together, and all of you making a pledge to do something about it. It’s all about our “Circle of Strength” and all of that can be seen on BCAcampaign.com, and as well as Facebook, which you’re all on, so no excuses! Elizabeth Hurley photographed by Phillip Chin in Vancouver

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imberleigh Smithbower-Roseblade has a very personal connection to her collection of swords. The Vancouver-based western martial arts practitioner and swordplay instructor at Academie Duello took that connection to a new level when she travelled to the southern U.S this month to have a hand in forging one of her instruments. Western martial arts is the practise of formal fighting techniques. Roseblade, trained in various weapons such as the rapier, sidesword, greatsword and quarterstaff, said making a longsword of her own was a powerful experience. “To be able to make it myself was really special. Not to just have this tool that is mine and mine alone, but to be able to make it and create it and hone it into something that is just for me,” she said. “This is your sword, not someone else’s. You know exactly how it moves, how the balance is.” Roseblade, 29, is as unique as her sword. In addition to her unusual craft and profession, she also fronts the folk-funk band Figures. Several years ago, she honoured her longtime interest in elf mythology by having her ears surgically modified to take on a more pointy, elfin shape. “I don’t do anything half-assed,” she said. To create her personalized weapon, Roseblade worked at Darkwood Armory in Laurel, Miss. with the company’s president, Scott Wilson, up to seven hours a day for a week. She said she had always liked the swords the company sells online and earlier this year when she met Wilson in Vancouver, he offered her the chance to come down and make her own. According to Wilson, Roseblade was a dedicated worker and student. “She learned quickly,” Wilson said. “She certainly could have some [metal work] ability if she could put the time in over the years. I think she is really interested and that is always a big plus.” The process of handcrafting a sword starts

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Game of Thorns: Kimberleigh Smithbower-Roseblade wields her own longsword, which takes her name. Roseblade engraved the longsword in a Mississippi forge and it is adorned with rose buds and letters from the Ogham alphabet. with a blade of spring steel, the same type used to make the springs in cars. A repeated process of shaping, filing and shining follows. After the blade comes the crossbar, the T-shaped metal piece above the handle that protects the hands, and then more personalized details. Roseblade welded blobs of metal to the crossbarandthenfiledthemdownintotinyrosebuds. Roseblade’s signature roses were also added to the pommel, or tip of the sword. While Roseblade stands five-foot-four, her

completed sword is slightly less than four feet long and weighs between three to five pounds. A longsword costs between $185 and $1,200. Roseblade said her sword would retail for $385. Because she did much of the labour herself, she only paid for materials. As a final touch, she engraved the blade with letters from the old Irish alphabet, Ogham. She said the letters represent how she studies, trains and fights — a combination of protection, honour and strength. Her Facebook post with her album of the

making of her sword, titled “The making of a Roseblade,” attests to the lingering excitement and pride she feels. “I am so grateful and still beaming from the whole experience. Now gaze at the glory that is my sweet, sweet longsword!” To find our more about western martial arts or to take one of Roseblade’s classes, visit academieduello.com. thuncher@shaw.ca twitter.com/@thuncher

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hanges are afoot for high school cross-country races and provincial championships. Junior athletes will have their own B.C. title event, and Vancouver’s public school coaches may be forced to join a larger regional zone that includes the city’s private schools. Junior championship: For the first time in B.C. School Sports history, junior athletes will compete in their own provincial race in a separate championship from the seniors. Previously, the race was an open meet where high school athletes of all ages competed side by side. Starting this year, racers in grades 8, 9 and 10 will have the option to enter a separate event or race in the senior open if they qualify. Thomson Harris, a Grade 10 Kitsilano student who won the fourth and final public city meet Wednesday at the Langara Golf Course, said the junior championship will boost participation but won’t have the prestige of the all-ages provincial. “It’s a good option for people who don’t qualify for the open. If I get the option, I’d prefer to race in the open,” he said.

Harris, 15, qualified for provincials two years running. In Grade 8 he finished 117th in the open and improved on those results in Grade 9 when he finished 48th overall. The junior and open event is scheduled for Nov. 2 in Langley at Aldergrove Lake Park. Zone amalgamation: Vancouver public school cross-country coaches are opposed to forming a larger regional zone with public and private schools from Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond. Private schools are also known as independents. B.C. School Sports, the governing body for all high school sports in the province, is promoting geographical representation and a cross-country commissioner is urging Vancouver public and private schools to “work together.” In an email to cross-country coaches, Nancy Champagne, a teacher at Fleetwood Park in Surrey, wrote, “… an Independent zone of only a few schools that shares a geographic area with another zone needs to be absorbed somehow. Coaches from the current Vancouver and Independent zones are encouraged to provide a solution. […] If Vancouver & Independent representatives want to work together to determine a solution — anyone can put forward a proposal/ motion.”

In Vancouver, the 18 public schools compete at all sports in contained leagues that do not include private schools such as St. George’s, Notre Dame or York House. Depending on the sport, schools mingle at invitational tournaments and meet in zone playoffs to qualify for provincials. The number of teams that advance to zones or provincials is determined by the number of teams participating in each school district or zone. In Vancouver, the public and private school districts form their own zones. Under the current system, Vancouver sends 20 runners and three teams to the cross-country provincials. The private schools can send 15 athletes and two teams while Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster, which together form a single zone, can send 20 individuals and three teams. If these zones amalgamated as the Greater Vancouver zone, together they would qualify 30 athletes and six teams. Paul Skarsgard, a teacher at Point Grey secondary and the sport’s representative in Vancouver, said he and the majority of other public school coaches in the city are opposed to the amalgamation because it dilutes opportunity for their athletes. “We have worked extremely hard to build up

our numbers,” he said. “For instance, last year we had 10 girls teams but in the early ’90s, Point Grey had the only girls team in Vancouver.” Teams at more than a dozen public high schools numbered 127 male and 110 female registered racers last year. Independent schools counted 75 male and 71 female racers in 2012. The Vancouver zone final is Oct. 23 at Fraserview. The Independent zone final is Oct. 22 at Jericho Beach Park.

RACE RESULTS A new face was the first to cross the finish line at the fourth and final Vancouver cross-country meet Wednesday at Langara. Kitsilano’s Thomson Harris won the 5.6 kilometre race in 19 minutes and 17.48 seconds. He beat Aran Rafie-Pour (19:32.66) and Alger Liang (20:20.81), both of Killarney. Lord Byng’s Max Trummer and Matt Taylor did not compete. In the girls flight, Enid Au of Killarney won the 2.8 km race in 10:57.86, out-pacing Kitsilano’s Annika Austin (11:06.82) and Annelise Lapointe of Van Tech (11:10.49).

Shuttle bikes handle well on calm water Continued from page 30 Last week he mounted his bike to a simple snap-in pontoon system and pedalled his way across San Francisco Bay. The pictures make you question how unwieldy the system is to transport — the pontoons look quite large — but in fact it’s a very efficient kit called Shuttle Bike, weighing less than 10 kilograms and purchased for approximately $1,000 from an Italian manufacturer. The entire kit folds up so it can be worn as a backpack, and

requires about 10 minutes preparation before you can snap a bike into the frame. Schiller says riding on calm water is as smooth and simple as road biking. Wakes from boats and rough water create an experience closer to the shifting terrain of mountain biking. In late September, his 6.5 km crossing from Oakland to San Francisco took him just over an hour. He told the SanFranciscoChronicle: “No buses, no cars, no taxis, no pedes-

trians — next year, we’ll have 500 bikers riding across a virtual bike lane on the bay with me.” Schiller said he is hopeful water biking will catch on as both an activity and a viable means of commuting in cities like ours where waterways abound. With this goal in mind, he’s started the BayCycle Project, which is looking to raise $50,000 U.S. to fund a new water bike system, develop the business infrastructure to bring the new system to market, and work on

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ome prices in Vancouver saw year-over-year increases for all housing types, according to Royal LePage data released earlier this month. Prices for detached bungalows jumped by 5.6 per cent to an average of $1,070,000, while two-storey home prices rose 2.7 per cent to $1,156,500. The price of a standard condominium increased by 1.2 per cent to $503,750. “Activity has picked up significantly since last year and we are back to having a busy and vibrant market in this city,” said Bill Binnie, broker and owner at Royal LePage Northshore. “Even with the increase in activity, buyers are still being judicious. Multiple offers occur occasionally, but only for well-priced properties in neighbourhoods with good transportation options.” Buyers and sellers agree that the city has worked through its correctional period, said Chris Simmons, owner and broker at Royal LePage Sunshine Coast. “Those who were hoping to see a significant drop in property values are now reentering the market at current prices,” said Simmons. Price increases were also seen across all

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Despite all the changes, the Avalon still offers a roomy, comfortable cabin. Seats are more than comfortable enough for long drives. The artistically shaped, wide format instrument panel features a LCD screen in between the tachometer and speedometer that is intuitive and provides useful information. With the car’s more youthful persona, most controls have been integrated into a touch panel centre dash. It looks great, but while driving, it can at times be difficult to determine which button you are pressing. Ergonomics are great, and a lot of the electronic controls are now also more European in style. This may be a significant change for past customers, but nevertheless, this car is still a Toyota and all of the controls are still reasonably easy to use. The rear passengers enjoy a considerable amount of leg and shoulder room. Tall adults will enjoy the headroom as well. Trunk space is also increased. However, the rear seats do not fold down, only the centre armrest pass-through. The Avalon is available in two models with the XLE starting at $36,800 and the Limited starting at $38,900. Standard equipment includes navigation, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, keyless entry, push-button start, power adjustable exterior mirrors with memory, and a power moonroof. Additional features, available as options or on the higher trim, include HID headlights, automatic high beams, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, rear seat climate control, ambient lighting package, JBL audio system, precollision system, and radar-controlled cruise control. Fuel efficiency numbers are 9.9 l/100km city and 6.4 l/100km highway.

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Langley auto shop leads the pack BRAKING NEWS

with Brendan McAleer

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emember the New Beetle? No, not the current new Beetle, which is technically the new New Beetle, but the old New Beetle, which was the new version of the old old Beetle — oh never mind, I’ll just start again. Remember the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle? Sure you do. It was that super kitschy, super retro, super cute faux bug that consisted of a FisherPrice-styled three-hemicircle design running on the chassis of a Golf. It was a pretty successful machine and, despite somewhat questionable features such as an on-board vase and some odd forward visibility thanks to the three feet of dash mandated by the Golf underpinnings, it sold well. Seeing as it drove just like a Golf, that meant it handled pretty well and did a good job as a practical daily driver with a hint of style. Yeah, so anyways, these guys over in Langley? They built one with almost 500 horsepower. Let me set the scene for you. It’s 2001 and you’ve just bought yourself the Ferrari 355 you’ve always wanted. It’s gorgeous, perfectly proportioned in red, properly side-straked, and

possessed of a sonorous V-8 howl. Then some guy in a car with a dash-mounted flower-holder blows the doors off your Italian thoroughbred. I’m thinking that might be a little annoying — or hilarious. The mad scientists behind the high performance Beetle are no hack-job homebrewers either. You might not have heard of HPA Motorsports — a small shop that’s been doing business out of the Fraser Valley since 1991 — but the world has, and it likes their cars. I took a trip down to their new headquarters to find out what they were up to. It’s a pretty innocuous looking building, a beige mass plonked in a business park surrounded by gravel and concrete companies. The 12,000-square foot facility is a new home for the expanding company, and they haven’t even had a chance to put a sign up. Instead, parked out front is a clear advertisement of the sort of hijinks these folks get up to: a slammed Audi TT coupe with a prominent big-brake kit, a bright red R32 Golf with a frontmount intercooler and ... is that a brand-new Scirocco? How the heck is that legal? Marcel Horn, the dark-haired, gregarious, loquacious founder and president of HPA simply grins mysteriously when I ask how he’s able to have two examples of the sleek, Euro-only Scirocco on site. One car belongs to the company, the other wears Texas plates and a vinyl wrap covered in signatures. The owner of the latter, who has had the car

shipped up for some tuning work, had the car wrapped in matte-white but didn’t like the look. He charged $5 to sign the Scirocco at a car show and raised several thousand dollars towards cancer research. Most of the things written on his car are hilarious. And unprintable. Both Sciroccos have around 565 h.p. from twin-turbocharged V-6s, all-wheel drive and tuned-up dual-clutch transmissions. They are ridiculously fast, and ridiculously well put together. Almost every car in the HPA shop comes from far away. Along with the Texan car, there’s a GTI from New Jersey, another from Hong Kong, a Euro-only old-school Rallye Golf being built for an older collector out in New York. Another bighorsepower Golf sits in pieces on a lift, bound for Trinidad once it’s completed. HPA’sexpertiseattuningatwin-turbocharged version of the venerable VW narrow-angle V-6, the VR6, has led to an international following. Winning the aftermarket’s most prestigious event, the SEMA show, garnered one of their twin-turbo Golfs a place in the best-selling Gran Turismogamingseries,meaningthatkidseverywhere would grow up knowing what HPA is. There’s something satisfyingly Canadian about these cars. Special effort is made to use locally sourced parts and expertise, with almost all the performance parts either made in-house or nearby. HPA’s machines are certainly aggressive looking, but they’re as easy to drive as regular Volkswagens, with all-wheel drive and smoothshifting dual-clutch automatics.

Despite the big brake kits, most of the cars here are built to handle 18-inch alloys, meaning that fitting winter tires isn’t really that expensive. They also provide tuning solutions for the ubiquitous VW 2.0-litre turbo, and have done amazing things with the low-availability Golf R. However, it’s a much slower vehicle that Marcel’s most excited to show me this afternoon — a rough-and-tumble looking Jeep. He fires it up, and instead of the thrum of a big six-cylinder, there’s the signature clatter of a four-cylinder VW diesel. Sandwiched between the Jeep running gear and belt-driven accessories is a low-mileage junkyard motor, the whole thing having been cobbled together for less than $16,000, including the cost of all parts and the purchase price of the Jeep. It’s still as agricultural as you’d expect from an offroader, but there’s huge torque and reportedly excellent fuel economy. Instead of sucking down gas, the project Jeep runs clean, sipping diesel on its way down the highway to find the trailhead. It’s very different than the spare-no-expense nature of HPA’s lightning fast machines, built to be easily repairable and durable off-road, rather than dominant at the track. However, it’s the same idea as that first high-performance Beetle — an exterior shell with something unexpected underneath, all sewn together with care, made in Canada. mcaleeronwheels@gmail.com twitter.com/brendan_mcaleer

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