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Opioid crisis debate at council described a ‘juvenile’ Mike Howell

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Well, that’s an hour of my life that I won’t get back. I went to a city council meeting last Wednesday morning with the intention of turning around a story on the ongoing overdose drug death crisis facing this city and the rest of the province. Instead, I left after councillors got into a tiresome political spat that NPA Coun. Elizabeth Ball quite rightly described as “juvenile.” On the agenda, was a report recommending council spend $370,000 on mental health support for firefighters and a response plan to keep drug users from dying in single-roomoccupancy hotels. Pretty important stuff. Deputy city manager Paul Mochrie took some questions from councillors around such issues as police enforcement, budget and what the city was doing to involve the urban Aboriginal community in responding to the crisis.

All of the back-and-forth was moving along as it normally does until Vison Coun. Andrea Reimer requested a vote on the funding be delayed until the only listed speaker, Karen Ward of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, showed up to talk to council. Reimer said Ward had no access to a phone or email and may not have known discussion about the opioid crisis was moved from the bottom of the council agenda to the top. For Reimer to vary the agenda, it would have to go to a vote. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is when the meeting went sideways. NPA Coun. Melissa De Genova got the pot boiling by accusing Reimer, who chaired a previous meeting, of making a person who was late by five minutes wait eight hours to speak to council. So no, De Genova added, she didn’t want to vary the agenda. Neither did her two NPA colleagues. Reimer later called the accusations “egregiously

City council met last week to discuss spending $370,000 on mental health support for firefighters and a response plan for drug users in low-income hotels. PHOTO DAN TOULGOET

infactual” and warned she will rise in future meetings to call out councillors telling “outright lies.” NPA Coun. George Affleck and Vision Coun. Raymond Louie got into a spat after Affleck asked why Mayor Gregor Robertson wasn’t in the chamber — leading him to conclude Vision didn’t have the required eight votes to approve the $370,000 in

funding, so they wanted to vary the agenda to allow the mayor time to show up. Then Louie said something about De Genova being in and out of the room several times during the meeting. De Genova responded saying she was on “medical leave.” That exchange was followed by Vision Coun. Kerry Jang announcing he was getting

up to go to the bathroom. He later returned and said: “That felt good.” Louie kept talking, only to have his own Vision colleague, Coun. Heather Deal, who was chairing the meeting, cut off his mic. Not sure I’ve ever seen that before. On and on they went until it came to a vote, which Vision thought they lost because they only had seven votes. The meeting continued, with Jang moving a motion to approve the $370,000. Then Louie surprisingly called a point of order on his own party member. He had done some math, he said, and told council they didn’t need eight votes to vary the agenda, but a twothirds majority. So after all that, the item — as per Reimer’s request — was moved to the afternoon session. De Genova wouldn’t let it go, asking if the mayor would be present at that time. “Alright, we’re going to stop this now,” Deal said.

“That’s enough.” I’m not sure what happened after that. I packed up my computer, grabbed my coat and shook my head all the way back to my office, where I banged out what you just read. Not the most riveting piece but I had to get this nonsense on the page. Meanwhile, 215 people died of a drug overdose in Vancouver last year. Update: Council eventually got to the report in the afternoon, with Vision, Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr and Ball voting in favour of the $370,000. Affleck and De Genova voted against, citing several reasons including a request for more consultation and concerns the city was taking on expenses that should be paid for by the provincial government. De Genova also wondered out loud whether Reimer had called her “a murderer,” which she had not. A transcript of the back-and-forth can be viewed at vancourier.com. @Howellings

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Doctor at Yaletown shooting honoured by VPD Megan Stewart

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Police described it as a movie scene, and indeed, a Yaletown shooting spree in 2014 that left one man bullet-ridden and bleeding, locked-down hundreds of bystanders and school children inside a tourist attraction, forced officers to pursue a brazen bike-stealing fugitive and return the gun shots he fired at them, all played out on Vancouver’s iconic seawall on a summer’s day. But there was no director’s chair and no cameras for all that action. Incredibly, there were no deaths either. Last Thursday, the Vancouver Police Department recognized 21 officers for their response on June 10, 2014 when a troubled former tenant shot three bullets into Paul Dragan, the owner of the Reckless Bike Stores, while he sat outside a coffee shop, and then fled before shooting at police and endangering hundreds of bystanders. Hemmed in by a police car outside Science World, the shooter fired at the officer inside. The window shattered and shards of glass bloodied the face of constable Nadia D’Andrea, who was now feared shot. She dropped out of view inside the car, turned around and opened fire at the attacker. Around the corner, officers Trevor Skates and Michelle Rajtschan shielded two people crouched behind a boulder. Sergeant Barry Cooke hustled other bystanders away from the gun fight. Hiding behind a cement pillar, the shooter suddenly charged and once again

opened fire at the officers — constables Josef Mancin, Chris Berda, Terry Kondo and D’Andrea. Officers shot back and, finally, the attacker dropped. Gerald Battersby pled guilty to three counts of attempted murder and two firearms offences and this October was sentenced to 18 years in jail. Back at the coffee shop, Dragan lay bleeding with two bullet wounds in his chest. Yvonne Yuen was across the street, exiting a bank when she heard shots and saw the attacker leaving with a gun tucked inside a bag. She ducked back inside when the attacker shot at police, and then she rushed to bring her husband to the scene so he could help. “You get in there and help,” she said to him. “I was married to her, I knew that when she says go, you go,” the husband told reporters last week. A retired emergency room doctor, Clifford Chase took account of witnesses’ scared faces, the pools of blood on the brick, the symptoms of the victim, and the first thing he did was stop other bystanders from performing CPR. Dragan was unconscious, pale, taking only one or two breaths every 10 seconds, and had lost so much blood that forcing his heart to pump harder would mean losing even more and risk bringing on a faster death. Chase saved Dragan’s life. The two talk regularly when they meet in the neighbourhood where they both still work. “It’s a miracle he survived,” Chase said. “We chat. We say hi. He’s a good fellow.”

Before paramedics arrived, Chase tended to Dragan for what he remembered was 15 minutes. He stuffed the gunshot wounds with a white towel from Starbucks. “I didn’t think he would survive because he was bleeding out,” said the emergency room doctor who now practises family medicine in Yaletown. “I was quite worried that he wouldn’t make it to the hospital, and in fact, I understood that he arrested three times on the way to the emergency department, and once he was there, I understand that later on he received 15 units — 15 litres — of blood to maintain him.” The average adult man has between five and six litres of blood in his body. Extremely modest of his contributions that day, Chase said he was merely the right person at the right place and time to respond to the emergency. “It’s not that I did a lot. I appreciate the honour. I don’t take any credit, I just intervened,” said Chase, who even likened his bold and expert action to the mundane chivalry of “opening a car door for someone who can’t get out themselves.” Not everyone would or could have brought the expertise, calm and skill that Chase showed that day nearly three years ago, and for that, Vancouver police honoured him with the Award of Merit. The humble doctor received the highest award for civilian bravery for, in the words of the police, “Selflessly coming to the aid of a critically injured stranger, making

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In 1803 in what was then British Guyana, James Douglas was born. His father was a Scottish merchant and his mother was what they called “free coloured” — a Creole woman of mixed African and European heritage. Unlike his younger sister, who was as dark skinned as their mother, Douglas appeared to be Caucasian. But his later actions, including marrying a woman of Cree ancestry, have led amateur historian (and former Vancouver mayor) Sam Sullivan to believe that when Douglas built Fort Victoria, his aim was to create an inclusive society where everyone had an opportunity to thrive. “He had a great sensitivity for black people,” says Sullivan, who has researched Douglas as part of a video series that explores the uncovered facets of British Columbian history. “It seems like he envisioned British

Columbia as a place of tolerance for black and First Nations people but then the settlers came in and they had totally different ideas.” Douglas was the chief factor of the Hudson Bay Company’s territory which, in today’s terms, includes British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The territory was called Columbia, and the British government had given responsibility for governing the area to the HBC. “I call it Proto British Columbia,” Sullivan says. Its capital was Vancouver — the Vancouver in presentday Washington, that is. Our city of Vancouver is in the territory known as New Caledonia. The Hudson Bay Company deliberately encouraged its traders and leaders to form relationships with First Nations people, Sullivan adds. “The company was in a very precarious position because it had isolated outposts all over Canada surrounded by well-armed aboriginal people who had distinctive cultures. “The company could build a fort but it was pretty much useless if someone

wanted to attack them. All they had to do was set fire to the fort. It was therefore a company strategy to intermarry, especially with highstatus native women.” It was also good business practice. Part of the reason is that by encouraging its traders to immerse themselves in the local community, and have children, the HBC also could more easily recruit manpower for its trading routes. “Within the context of the times, the company was remarkably multi-cultural,” Sullivan says. At first the company even prohibited missionaries or European settlers “because the company thought they would be disruptive.” Douglas was tasked with building a company outpost on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in 1841. The fort was the first building in the area, which had no white settlers yet. The fort became his home base in the spring of 1849, three yeas after the Oregon Treaty was signed. The Oregon Treaty created the border between British North America and the United States along the 49th parallel.

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create British Columbia For the first three years, the American government didn’t have the wherewithal to send anyone to govern the area, so Douglas had retained control. But when U.S. officials arrived, the situation became untenable. The Oregon Territory quickly posed exclusion laws that were anathema to Douglas. Neither blacks nor Hawaiians, who comprised 30 per cent of Vancouver’s population, were allowed to live there. There was even a short-lived law that said any black person who came into the territory would be lashed. In March, 1849, Douglas packed up five wagons and headed north to Olympia, where he boarded a boat for Fort Victoria. He invited 800 black people who had experienced discrimination in San Francisco to join him in Victoria. Their descendents spread out through the Lower Mainland. His arrival coincided with the British government’s decision to lease all of Vancouver Island to the Hudson Bay Company with the provision that it create a colony. The role of governor did not immediately fall to

James Douglas is often credited as “the Father of British Columbia.”

Douglas, but he soon pushed his predecessor out, becoming governor of the colony of Vancouver Island in 1851. History has mixed opinions on Douglas’s legacy, but Sullivan believes it’s unfortunate that few people know that a man of mixed race had such an impact on the province’s history. “Some people don’t believe that the Hudson Bay Company was a

government,” says Sullivan, who now spends part of his year in Douglas’s Victoria as Liberal MLA for Vancouver-False Creek. “I think I make the case that it was. It’s a perception that needs to be corrected. I am putting this out there and waiting for a historian to correct me.” To watch Sullivan’s videos of British Columbia history, go to Kumtuks.ca.

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To my mind, there is another important issue to be addressed. If we are going to make more zoning changes in Vancouver’s single-family neighbourhoods, why aren’t we addressing both retention of character houses, but also construction of smaller duplexes and townhouses? Two weeks ago, I wrote how the city’s desire to retain character homes seemed somewhat at odds with its desire to make Vancouver homes more energy efficient. I subsequently attended a planning department “practitioners workshop” for architects, designers and home builders specializing in projects that include character home retention, or new home

construction in Vancouver’s older residential neighbourhoods. At the workshop, participants were provided with a workbook containing photos of five pre-1940s houses and the city’s “Character Merit Checklist.” The checklist included items such as overall massing and roof form, whether there was a porch or veranda, the type of exterior materials, window openings and trim and whether there were period details or decorative elements. We were asked to determine which houses should be classified as having character. It quickly became apparent that there was considerable disagreement on what constituted a character house. City planners thought many more houses should be classified as character homes than the invited experts. We were told that 80 per cent of the approximately 800 assessments carried out by staff in recent years resulted in homes being classified as meriting character classification. While I support zoning changes to encourage the retention of character homes, I, and most of the attendees at the city’ workshop, were alarmed by some of the city’s latest proposals. Let me tell you why. The city has numerous single-family zones, each with regulations related to house siting and appearance. The key regulation is the Floor Space Ratio or FSR, which determines the size of a house in relation to lot size. Currently the outright FSR is 0.7 in many single-family zones. In other words, on a 5,000-square-foot lot you can build a 3,500-square-foot house. However, it is not such a simple calculation since the city also regulates how much of the area of the house can be built above or below ground, and whether the design should accommodate a basement suite. In some zones, existing houses can be a bit larger than new houses.

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Mayor calls for injection rooms in all DTES government hotels The B.C. government owns more than 25 low-income hotels in community hit hardest by overdose drug deaths

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Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling on the provincial government to set up drug injection rooms in all of the single-room-occupancy hotels it owns in the Downtown Eastside as another measure to prevent people from dying of a drug overdose. The provincial government owns more than 25 hotels in the Downtown Eastside, where people are dying at an alarming rate of overdoses largely linked to the deadly synthetic narcotic fentanyl. “It’s an essential step right now, given that’s where the deaths are occurring,” said Robertson, noting some B.C. government hotels operated by non-profits have already set up injection rooms. The B.C. Coroners Service recorded 215 deaths in Vancouver last year. The total death toll for B.C. reached 914 in 2016 and health workers have said preliminary data for January indicates the crisis shows no signs of slowing down. The coroners service data for 2016 said 90 per cent of the deaths occurred inside, with city council hearing last week from staff that firefighters and paramedics are responding to the low-income hotels more frequently than other residences. Robertson said many residents and staff in the hotels

The Gastown, which is managed by a non-profit, is one of the few B.C. government hotels that has opened a drug injection room for tenants. Last year, five tenants died of a drug overdose in the hotel. PHOTO DAN TOULGOET

are trained in how to administer the overdose-reversing naloxone drug. As well, several hotels already have clean injection supplies and available rooms with tables. “I know there are building operators who are now pursuing this out of desperation because too many people are dying in their buildings,” said the mayor, who acknowledged the city owns six single-room-occupancy hotels and manages two B.C. government hotels. He said city staff is working with authorities to consider opening injection rooms in the hotels but

cautioned it’s a move that has to be aligned with the provincial government and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. The mayor also encouraged owners of privately-run hotels to open injection rooms in a move he described as “damage control” until treatment and drug substitution therapy can be accessed more widely. “Anyone who wants to enable this to happen — to save lives — should be getting [financial] support from the B.C. ministry of health,” Robertson added. “There’s been far too many deaths, and with 90 per cent

indoors, they have to enable [single-room-occupancy hotels] and low-income housing to set up rooms to keep people alive.”

‘Ongoing conversation’

Health Minister Terry Lake told the Courier last week the ministry had already allowed injection rooms to operate in some drug users’ centres and in some of its hotels, including several operated by Atira Women’s Resource Society. But Lake said a widespread opening of such facilities in the government’s

hotels is “an ongoing conversation” with B.C. Housing and service providers. “We know that there are people who are dying alone, and our message has consistently been: If you’re going to use [drugs], to use with others, with those that are trained to use naloxone,” the minister said. “We need to make it easier for people to do that. So it is an ongoing conversation at a site-by-site basis.”

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Society and Atira Property Management, said she supports the mayor’s call to open more injection rooms in government hotels. Abbott said her organization opened at least 10 injection rooms in late December in its hotels, including government-owned buildings such as The Gastown, which it manages. She said five tenants at The Gastown died last year of a drug overdose and the non-profit lost a total of 11 women in 2016. “It’s been a horrific year,” said Abbott, despite staff and many residents trained in how to use naloxone. “Not everybody uses the shared-using rooms to begin with. But at least if some percentage of our tenants use them, staff would have less of a building to cover.” Abbott said she has seen fewer deaths in the hotels since opening the injection rooms. Whether those rooms are the only reason for the decrease in tenants dying is not something she can definitively say. But, she added, staff and tenants, including a drug user photographed for this story who wears a naloxone kit on his belt, have reversed dozens of overdoses.

European approach

Last Wednesday, city council approved $370,000 in the city’s ongoing efforts to combat the overdose crisis. At least $220,000 is dedicated to provide education, training, treatment referrals and “strategic overdose planning” for hotel tenants and homeless shelter residents. The remainder of the money will be used to provide mental health support for firefighters, who are often first responders to the deaths. Donald Macpherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said opening injection rooms in government hotels is an inexpensive measure and will save lives. “It’s a good approach,” said Macpherson, the city’s former drug policy coordinator, noting injection rooms are common in supportive housing sites in Europe. A close example of the European approach occurs at the Dr. Peter Centre in the West End, which houses a day health program and 24-hour care residence. The facility, which caters to people with AIDS and those with mental illnesses and addictions, has operated a three-stall injection room since 2002. @Howellings


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professionals who sit on boards and get things done from the top. To better reflect that diversity in positions, this year Lifetime will present prizes in both categories, with the overall winner receiving the grand prize. This year’s grand prize, sponsored by Element Opal Living, includes a gift certificate from Ageless

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SPECIAL EVENT Adventures worth more than $5,000 and gift cards from Stong’s Markets. So watch for more details about our 2017 Senior Volunteer of the Year Award in the June edition of Lifetime, where we’ll include instructions on how to enter or nominate someone else for the grand prize, which will be awarded in September at the third annual Lifetime Seniors Talks & Tables event at VanDusen Botanical Garden, produced in partnership with Tapestry Foundation. So welcome to 2017, and as always, if there’s something you’d like to see in future editions or have a comment or question drop me a note at sthomas@vancourier.com.

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It’s a phenomenon that has grown and shifted exponentially since Europeans first began flocking to therapeutic spas or others took to the jungles of South America for a spiritual awakening. Today, medical tourism is seen as a viable way to avoid long waitlists, limited availability or bureaucratic delays. Having worked in the healthcare field for more than three decades, Janet Bristeir has seen all of those factors in play and last year she decided to do something about it. The Vancouver resident published three books that serve as comprehensive companion pieces for anyone contemplating travelling internationally for surgery. “My main consideration is trying to keep people safe when they’re having any kinds of surgery,” she said. “People just have no idea what they’re looking at here because it looks easy at first. You can look at a website and think ‘I can do this, this is great and I can afford it.’ It

might not actually be what you think it is.” Released between January and September 2016, the titles include: Medical Tourism — Your Surgery Journey: A Journal of Your Experience; Medical Tourism Pre-Surgery Checklist and Workbook: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, and Medical Tourism — Surgery for Sale!: How to Have Surgery Abroad Without It Costing Your Life. Bristeir’s research suggests more than 800,000 Canadians travel abroad for medical and dental procedures not covered by provincial health plans. She noted typical candidates for medical tourism are 55 and older, have residual income and suffer from a nagging condition that’s having an impact on their quality of life — they may need a hip replacement or knee surgery

and want to forego the typical wait times of 18 months to two years. While the reasons and prices for those procedures

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“The first question you have to ask is why do you feel the need to go abroad?” Bristeir said. “Pushing forward and getting the surgery may not be a good thing for you and that might be what your healthcare practitioner here may be trying to protect you from.” The back end of having a foreign procedure done also requires careful consideration: getting to and from the airport, ensuring mobility needs will be looked after and knowing that healthcare practitioners in Canada will be available for any follow-up work.

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“You certainly don’t want to come back with any sort of complication and then there’s no one who can look after you apart from walking into an emergency department,” Bristeir said. “Then you impact our healthcare system as well, which is already stretched.”

Bristeir’s areas of speciality are in the fields of operating room nursing and instrument processing — she’s tasked with cleaning and sterilizing the instruments used in surgery. She’s currently employed by a local health authority, but declined to say which one. Bristeir insists her works aren’t a critique of Canada’s healthcare system, but rather a how-to guide of navigating international surgery. Bristeir is currently working on a series follow-up — ebooks that chronicle the experiences of some Canadians who have travelled abroad for surgery and medical practitioners in Canada who have helped patients when they’ve run into problems internationally. “The purpose of my book is not to tell people to go abroad and have surgery. If you’re considering this, these are the things you have to consider to keep yourself safe,” Bristeir said.


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More and more seniors are lacing up and circling Vancouver’s rinks.

we reverse skate [the opposite direction] for the last 30 minutes.”

While some are rekindling their love of childhood skating, others are gliding in from their ice hockey days and still more are revisiting the sport after a few decades off the ice — testament to the old adage: it’s never too late.

Rudolph, who used to play old-timers hockey, says it’s easy to meet people both lacing up and on the ice.

It’s 10 a.m. at the Kitsilano rink on a Wednesday morning in January and every skater is smiling as they circle the ice. Over the loudspeaker, the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” provides background music, but some choose to ignore the song and plug in their iPhones — one fellow is listening to his Walkman. They’re in the zone. Carrie Beavington, age 67, learned how to skate at Trout Lake rink more than 40 years ago. She later met a few guys at “Couples Skating” at Kerrisdale rink and then went on a few dates.

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“One guy glided over to me and asked if I would like to skate, but I told him that I was already skating,” she says, laughing. “Well that floored him. We skated together and ended up dating for a few months.”

“I met Carrie on the rink and we get together for birthdays and other events,” he says. “You can skate every day at Vancouver’s community centres and it’s a great way to meet all kinds of people, share life experiences and travel stories. Some of us get together for $10 lunches at the community centres. We chit chat and talk about stuff.” Debbie Gregg came back to the rink after a 30-year gap. “When I was a kid we had family skating every Friday night in Coquitlam,” she says, “until teen skating kicked in and that was a big deal.” Now in her early 60s, Gregg skates three times a week. She rekindled the sport a few years ago when a friend wanted to take up skating. “I took my skates out of the box and brushed off the dust. When I first got on the ice it was nervewracking,” says Gregg. “The fear of falling was first and foremost, but muscle memory clicks in and right away it was a calming experience. To this day I skate to clear my head.”

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Unlike other sports such as skiing, when you’re by yourself on the ice it’s easy to make friends. Many of these skaters take part for the camaraderie alone. Beavington often skates with her friend George Rudolph, 73. “We inspire each other to skate the full 90 minutes and

Then there’s the exercise component. Gregg says skating helps with balance and coordination and if you pick up speed it’s a great lower body workout.


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“Gliding is good and I think some of the guys get their heart rate up,” she adds. Eighty-year-old Maury Shacker agrees. “Skating is the easiest exercise I know,” says Shacker, who started skating 14 years ago when he retired from teaching at BCIT. “I started out once a week and now I skate five times a week. It’s almost like a job — it’s also become a habit.” Shacker has a routine — Mondays at Kerrisdale, Tuesdays at Trout Lake and Wednesdays and Fridays Carrie Beavington and George Rudolph met years ago while skating and have been friends ever since.

at Kitsilano. Sometimes he skates at Robson Square. “But it’s smaller and more crowded and I worry that I might run over a kid,” he says, laughing. “But it’s fun because you get the illusion of going faster. And I see a few regulars there.”

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JOURNAL WITH PARAMETERS By keeping a mood, food and fitness journal, you’re able to determine exactly what serves you and what doesn’t. How do you feel today based on your choices? How do you feel right after you exercise, or an hour after you eat? It’s like a science experiment for which you’re gathering data on how to live your best life. ASK CONSTRUCTIVE QUESTIONS Your brain is a problemsolving machine so it’s important to ask empowering questions versus destructive questions — because you get an answer to match. For example, “How can I solve

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injury or autism and return them to their families as quickly as possible should they become lost, go missing, wander away or become involved in an emergent situation,” said the police chief at a news briefing.

Palmer said the VPD receives roughly 5,000 missing person calls each year. The Connect Protect service was spurred by the Vancouver Police Foundation, which will pay “I could tell her that street, for the service for the first but then couldn’t tell her 100 participants in Vancouver this street,” he said of his who are able to register here. conversation with the Subscribers to the service motorist. “Then I could tell her pay $60 a year to MedicAlert this street, but not that street.” Foundation Canada, a registered charity founded As Mann described the in 1961. experience to a reporter today, he directed his hands at the During the announcement, intersecting streets he could a boy rolled on the carpet in envision in his memory. front of the police chief at the “Then I realized I didn’t know podium, playing and speaking where I was or how to get loudly to himself as he took home,” he said. in the dozens of adults and television cameras around Soon after, Mann was him and held a stuffed Angry diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Birds toy in each hand. As a But when he was lost that child with autism spectrum first time on a residential disorder, he was one of the sidewalk, he did his best first two Vancouver recipients to relax and figure out his of the new bracelet. His surroundings. His dog, mother flattened his hair and Bhreagh, led the way home. coaxed him to approach the “She basically helped me. I stage, asking, “Are you ready found that I could stand there for your present now?” The and calm the mind and we president of MedicAlert then worked it out,” he said. strapped on a bracelet as the boy sat in his mother’s lap. Mann immediately registered for a MedicAlert bracelet and The VPD have created has worn it since 2007. He has multiple internal databases never had to use it. to help with missing person But the basics of his own neighbourhood suddenly eluded him. He was not even 60.

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And while the contraption resembled some kind of medieval torture machine, the immediate smile on Leversage’s face demonstrated it was anything but. Leversage was one of about 20 seniors gathered to experience a virtual reality series created by Perspective Films, a Vancouver-based live-action, virtual reality production agency and laboratory. Dubbed VR Wonders of the World, the virtual reality series transports the viewer to extraordinary destinations around the world and offers adventures that can be customized and interactive. Leversage experienced the first two episodes of the series, which feature journeys to the Grand Canyon and Northern Lights. “My husband and I used to mountain climb and hike places like Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island,” said Leversage. “I can’t hike anymore, but it’s very heartwarming to see this. I think it’s wonderful that people can see these places even if they can’t get to them.” Perspective Films specializes in creating 360-degree videos for use online, on smart devices and with their own virtual reality equipment. Company founder Chris Bedyk created this series of travel videos and developed the speciality cameras required to view them. Prospective Films is also responsible for creating the Vancouver Canucks first virtual reality/360-degree experience.

Lina Saba, marketing consultant at Tapestry, said when Perspective approached the retirement community with a plan to bring virtual reality to the tenants, she was immediately intrigued. “Part of what we do is look for new technology to use and so we take advantage of every opportunity to participate,” said Saba. “It’s a way for us to gauge what kind of interests our residents have.” Saba noted travel was once an important part of the lives of the majority of Tapestry’s residents, but for many mobility issues have made getting around more challenging. She added virtual reality offers seniors an opportunity to experience far-off lands once again. Retired dentist Lionel Jinks also jumped at the chance to try the virtual reality headset. Jinks said he’d always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, but for some reason never made the trip. “And now I got to see it,” said Jinks, who still regularly travels with his wife, opera singer Carole Jinks. “I think this is the greatest. I could have watched it for another 30 minutes.” Besides its entertainment value, Jinks believes the virtual reality experience has a second, even more important purpose. “Maybe it will encourage some of them to actually get out there and see these places for themselves.”


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GOODS AND SERVICES TAX/ HARMONIZED SALES TAX (GST/HST) CREDIT You may be eligible for the GST/ HST credit, a tax-free quarterly payment that helps your offset all or part of the GST or HST you pay. To receive this credit, you must file an income tax and benefit return every year, even if you did not receive income. If you have a spouse or commonlaw partner, only one of you can receive the credit. The credit will be paid to the person whose return is assessed first.

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Sandra Thomas and Laurence Malley decided to tie the knot in Las Vegas, complete with a Blue Hawaii Elvis ceremony.

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Las Vegas

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When two baby boomers decide to tie the knot after 15 years together, only an epic Las Vegas wedding would do. Standing in the lobby of the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Downtown Las Vegas, where my long-time partner and I were soon to be married, a wedding coordinator handed me a bouquet of pink roses and pointed us in the direction of the main chapel with one simple instruction, “Just follow the hula dancer and Elvis.” To which my soon-to-be, son-in-law immediately quipped, “Said no one ever.” The fact that almost 30 of our closest friends and family members had made the trip to Las Vegas for the occasion made our day even more memorable, especially when it became quickly obvious they had all taken our suggestion to wear tropical-themed outfits very much to heart. And, located between a Super 8 Motel and a tattoo parlour, the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel was everything we had hoped for and more — so much more. The chapel specializes in themed weddings and we had decided on the vintage-inspired, Blue Hawaii Elvis ceremony to mark our big day. Upon entering the chapel, my son and I were escorted to a side room while our guests were seated. Elvis, dressed in

a black and silver bejewelled jumpsuit, took to the stage. Then, following “Nancy” the hula dancer, my son and I entered the chapel, which by this time was filled almost waist high with fog drifting from a smoke machine to create the illusion of an “ocean mist.” Wading into the mist it was all I could do to stop from laughing as we walked towards the stage decorated with fabulously fake palm trees and flowers. But, as Elvis began to croon the first lines of “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” — “This is the moment, I’ve waited for, I can hear my heart singing, soon bells will be ringing...” — I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place — and that had nothing to do with the fog belching out of the smoke machine. The chapel also live-streamed our ceremony so friends who couldn’t make the trip could watch from home. Following the ceremony, Elvis presented us with colourful, fabric Hawaiian-style leis, complete with flashing LED lights — adding to the dignity of the occasion — before we all spilled out of the chapel

into the sweltering afternoon sun. Even in late September, the temperature in Vegas hovered between 38C to 40C degrees during the day and not much cooler at night. But as we all gathered in the parking lot, my new husband and I quickly forgot the heat in the excitement of seeing our names up in lights on the marquis above the chapel door, with the message, “Just Married.” After posing for dozens of photos in front of the sign, we all piled back into the mini bus we had rented to shuttle everyone back and forth between our hotel and the chapel. We decided, in keeping with our vintageinspired theme, to stay at the Golden Nugget Resort and Casino on Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas — and what a great choice


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that turned out to be. We splurged and booked one of their two-storey Spa Suites for the wedding, which actually saved us money because we didn’t have to pay to rent a meeting room within the hotel (complete with bartender and wait staff), or go out for an expensive dinner. It also saved us a lot of headaches because, as we discovered, making a group reservation for 30 people at a restaurant on a weekend in Downtown Vegas is a lot more complicated than one might think. Besides, the Spa Suite came complete with a gold spiral staircase, two washrooms and enough room for everyone to comfortably sit or mingle depending on whether they were eating or gathered around the bar for shots of Fireball. (Don’t even ask.)

above and beyond in helping us make both events beyond special. The restaurant specializes in party platters and we went with a mix of comfort foods (individual chicken pot pies, chicken wings) that included vegetarian options such as macaroni and cheese — and salads so good even my veggieavoiding husband dug in. We also ordered two chocolate Motherlode cakes from the Claim Jumper to act as our wedding cake and they were equally delicious and gorgeous. The Motherlode cake was recently named one of the top five most decadent desserts in America by the Food Network. On the Friday before the wedding, we booked two cabanas at the Shark

That allowed us to host a cocktail party Friday night and the wedding reception Saturday, which we had catered by the Claim Jumper restaurant situated within the Nugget. I worked with manager Justin Mouzoon on the menu and he went

Tank Pool at the Nugget, famous for its clear Plexiglas waterslide that runs through a 200,000-gallon tank full of, you guessed it, sharks. Booking those cabanas turned out to be a highlight of the weekend. We had let all of our guests know ahead of time where we’d be so everyone who arrived late Thursday night or Friday eventually made their way to us and it turned into a daylong celebration complete with hugs and tears as we greeted family and friends, some whom we hadn’t seen in years.

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President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers says it’s time for Canadians to consider alternative proteins, including ants The president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers says the good food news for 2017, is that with the drought in California seemingly over, the price of imported fruits and vegetables could go down in B.C. The bad news? “The cost of protein will continue to go up,” said Thomas Barlow during a recent phone interview from Calgary. “That’s driven by the

price of crops going up so it costs more to feed them.” Barlow said another reason for the rising cost of protein is illness. When farmers are forced to destroy barns full of chickens due to avian illness, that shortage forces a rise in the cost. He added the high rate of exchange between the Canadian and U.S. dollar isn’t helping. “And when large companies like McDonald’s and A & W expanded to provide all-

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day breakfast, that put real pressure on suppliers and caused an egg shortage,” said Barlow. “That’s what happens when these large behemoths make a decision across the board like that.” Barlow said the expected rise in grocery costs in 2017, will particularly affect anyone living on a low or fixed income, including seniors. A recent study published by Canada’s Food Price Report is warning the average food bill could

increase by five per cent in 2017. How to deal with the rising cost of food is just one of the issues on the agenda during Grocery Specialty Food West Show 2017, which takes place March 20 and 21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The show is also an opportunity for grocers to network, identify new opportunities and gain insight on a business that influences household decisions every day.

they can if you only buy one pound at a time,” said Barlow, who noted it’s likely the cost of protein traditionally served in Canada will only continue to climb.

Barlow said retailers are trying to come up with ideas to help combat rising food prices, including the creation of online apps that give consumers immediate access to coupons. Offering lower-priced bulk sale is also an option.

Barlow said it could be time for Canadians to rethink just what it is they consider acceptable protein. He noted consuming protein from insects, such as ants, is not considered unusual in many parts of the world and it could be time for Canadians to consider these alternative options.

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Women’s retreat

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Sitting in a circle of women in a meeting room located within the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, one participant chokes back tears as she speaks about the gratitude she feels for her husband. The exercise is part of a workshop we’ve all gathered for called “Twisted Sister no More: Tips for breaking the busy cycle,” dedicated to teaching us some strategies to help change our priorities. Workshop coordinator Cheryl Wilson-Stewart says that by giving more appreciation for what really matters and letting go of what doesn’t, our priorities will eventually fall into place freeing up time. It’s obviously an issue that hits home for many of the women gathered because eventually almost every participant is in need of a Kleenex.

The goal of the weekend is to teach women something they often struggle with

— making themselves a priority. According to a new poll conducted by Insights West, nine out of 10 British Columbians who form part of the sandwich generation report they’re experiencing challenges in providing care. More than half of respondents (64 per cent) say they have difficulty in finding time to visit their aging parents due to work and busy schedules while a majority (60 per cent) also report challenges in keeping informed about the health status of a parent and affording the costs associated with caring (56 per cent). It’s a lot to deal with.

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Kerrisdale Arena project documents rink’s history John Kurucz

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Lisa Nielsen and Rene Cherrie have brought scrapbooking into the digital age. The Vancouver duo are behind the Kerrisdale Arena Rock project, a multi-month trip down memory lane that fuses sound, video, photos and other media that speaks to the venerable barn’s 65plus years of history. The project kicked off in January and the pair are in the midst of collecting stories from residents and archival materials that will feed into their mixed-media project encompassing their sevenmonth stay at the ice rink. “I really want to put it out there that this building is still standing and that there’s a real sense of history here,” Cherrie said. “There have been some amazing occurrences here that don’t happen anymore. We want to show people how valuable this place has been over the decades and how important it is to people.” Since setting up shop, the pair have been canvassing the neighbourhood twice weekly in search of nuggets from yesteryear. They’ve been to seniors’ centres and

Lisa Nielsen and Rene Cherrie are behind the Kerrisdale Arena Rock project, a multi-month trip down memory lane that fuses sound, video, photos and other media that speaks to Kerrisdale Arena’s 65plus years of history. PHOTO DAN TOULGOET

other community hubs, along with approaching complete strangers in the rink’s lobby. The stories recorded to date typically revolve around skating, hockey and a sense of the community’s place in Vancouver’s history. By month’s end, a “creative lounge” will be set up in the lobby to illustrate the work they’ve done and their

path moving forward. “Trying to explain what we’re doing is near impossible, so that’s why they want to have some visual representation up,” Nielsen said. “Once people get it, they loop others into the project and get other people involved and talking about what we’re doing.” Cherrie and Nielsen’s collaborative history goes

back to the 1990s, when the two bounced around various bands together. Nielsen maintains multiple gigs in the arts sector and has done community engagement work for the Vancouver Park Board; that previous experience led the pair to apply to the park board for their artist-in-residency position last summer. Cherrie, on the other

hand, is an audio engineer. To that end, he’s in charge of charge of the mics, laptop and recording, while Nielsen is at the helm of all things visual. “I’ve talked to at least 100 people since we started and it’s been so interesting,” Cherrie said. “Everyone has their own history, and we are trying to dive into that.” One particular piece of history the pair is trying to suss out is the rink’s otherworldly inhabitants — rumour has it that the Vancouver Thunderbirds aren’t the only ones who call the rink home. “I always believe that old buildings have ghosts and I have heard there is a ghost in here,” Nielsen said. “I didn’t get the sense that it is malevolent.” The ghosts of punk, metal and reggae also reside in Kerrisdale Arena. Opened in 1949, the arena once hosted the likes of Bill Haley and the Comets, the Clash, Peter Tosh, Motorhead, Devo and Frank

Zappa until the early ’80s. For a band that would go on to release an album called Everything Louder Than Everything Else, it’s fitting that Motorhead’s May 1982 concert in Kerrisdale would be the arena’s last due to noise concerns. That musical lineage will be a central focus as part of the end deliverable the pair will produce in August. “We don’t exactly know what the finished piece will be, but it will be immersive,” Nielsen said. “We want it to be loud and we want it to represent what the arena really was in the past. The concerts that were once here, they’re gone. But that aspect really resonates with people when they see something transformative like a giant rock show.” Cherrie and Nielsen are inviting area residents to share their stories with them in person at the rink or online via kerrisdalearenarock. blogspot.ca. @JohnKurucz

Collective illustrates plight of refugees John Kurucz

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A Vancouver-based comic book collective is taking a temporary reprieve from the traditional fare of zombies, gags and men in capes. Instead, members are using their pen and ink to drive social change. The Cloudscape Comics Society is launching a new project where members illustrate and describe the experiences of immigrants who came to Canada, specifically under life-or-death circumstances. The end goal is to create a series of one-page comics depicting those stories of hardship and perseverance at bus stops across Vancouver. “I want to know the stories of any refugees who were forced to come here because of war, persecution or their lives being endangered,” said society executive director Oliver McTavish-Wisden. The current movement is borne out of a 2015 initiative the collective undertook called Comics in Transit. At that time, 20 artists created similar one-page comics documenting life in cities

the experiences of those fleeing war, political strife or religious persecution. “I personally want to do something to welcome these people to Canada,” McTavish-Wisden said. “As artists, this is a way we can give back.” The group has found a few potential candidates and will cap its number at 10. The process will see participants asked about why they came here, how they got here and their ex-

across the world: Vancouver, Paris, Guadalajara, Copenhagen and Tokyo. At that time, the focal point was to familiarize Vancouverites with the comic book medium and expose locals to foreign locales. Now, the group is adding advocacy to the mix. That move was spurred on as the migrant crisis began to take shape across the Middle East and Europe in 2015. McTavish-Wisden’s group specifically wants to depict

periences transitioning into Canadian society. It’s McTavish-Wisden’s hope the comics will be at bus stops across Vancouver by November through the city’s Transit Shelter Advertising Program, which offers free access to transit shelter advertising for non-profit arts and culture groups. Those interested in being part of the initiative are asked to email info@cloudscapecomics.com. @JohnKurucz

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the spring break programs available across the city: HASTINGS COMMUNITY CENTRE Bricks 4 Kidz — Clash of Bricks: Gather your barbarians and archers, it’s time for battle Bricks 4 Kidz style. This camp specializes in mechanical LEGO builds to recreate the thrill of battling barbarians, greedy goblins,

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YMCA: VARIOUS LOCATIONS The YMCA not only offers spring break programs at the Langara and Robert Lee (Burrard) locations, but also operates out of several schools across the city, including Lord Kitchener elementary, Sir William Van Horne elementary, Lord Roberts elementary and Hastings elementary. For a detailed schedule of spring break programs, visit gv.ymca.ca. Campers aged five to 12 participate in field trips, outdoor activities, sports, games, arts and crafts and get the recommended 90 minutes of daily physical activity. Extended before and after camp care is also available. Note: children must have completed kindergarten to participate in these camps, excluding those that operate out of YMCA Kids Club locations. ARTS UMBRELLA Young artists let their imaginations run wild during spring break programs

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER T H U R SDAY, F E B RUA RY 1 6 , 2 0 1 7

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS: Land Assessment Averaging BC Assessment, and Metro Vancouver are not included.

Since 2015, the City of Vancouver has used targeted land assessment averaging to calculate property taxes as recommended by the Property Tax Policy Review Commission in 2014. (Prior to 2015, the City used across-the-board averaging which was in effect since 1993.) Averaging does not generate any extra revenue for the City, but affects the amount of taxes paid by individual property owners.

On March 8, 2017, Vancouver City Council will consider whether to continue with targeted land assessment averaging for residential (Class 1), light industrial (Class 5) and business (Class 6) properties, and determine the appropriate thresholds for these property classes if targeted averaging is adopted. Should Council decide to continue with targeted averaging, a by-law will be adopted on March 28, 2017.

Under the targeted averaging approach, only those properties facing significant year-over-year increases in property values above a certain threshold would be eligible for averaging. For eligible properties, the program calculates property taxes for the City and other taxing authorities using an average of the assessed land value for the current and prior two years, plus their current assessed improvement value. All others would pay property taxes based on the BC Assessment value instead of an averaged value.

The report, which details the program and how it could impact property taxes, will be posted on our website at: vancouver.ca/averaging FOR MORE INFORMATION: 3-1-1 or vancouver.ca/averaging

The table below shows the estimated effect of targeted averaging on the City of Vancouver’s general purpose taxes for sample properties based on the thresholds approved by Vancouver City Council for 2016 (i.e. an increase in property value that is 10 per cent above the average property class increase), subject to Council approval for 2017. Amounts levied by other taxing authorities such as provincial schools, TransLink,

PUBLIC HEARING: March 7, 2017

COMMENTS? Write to: Mayor and Council 453 West 12th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4 or email: mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca SPEAK TO COUNCIL: Prior to adoption of the bylaw, you may speak to Council in person at the City Finance and Services meeting on March 8, 2017.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 6 pm City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue Third Floor, Council Chamber Vancouver City Council will hold a Public Hearing to consider zoning for this location: 1. 371 West 2nd Avenue To rezone 371 West 2nd Avenue from M–2 (Industrial) District to CD–1 (Comprehensive Development) District, to permit the development of a 12-storey residential building with a six-storey residential podium, containing 133 strata-titled housing units. A height of 37.54 metres (123 feet) and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 4.07 are proposed. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS APPLICATION INCLUDING LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTIES: vancouver.ca/rezapps or 604-873-7038 Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed by-law amendments may speak at the Public Hearing. Please register individually beginning at 8:30 am on February 10 until 5 pm on the day of the Public Hearing by emailing publichearing@vancouver.ca or by phoning 604-829-4238. You may also register in person at the door between 5:30 and 6 pm on the day of the Public Hearing. You may submit your comments by email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca, or by mail to: City of Vancouver, City Clerk’s Office, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4. All submitted comments will be distributed to Council and posted on the City’s website. Please visit vancouver.ca/publichearings for important details. Copies of the draft by-laws will be available for viewing starting on February 10 at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All meetings of Council are webcast live at vancouver.ca/councilvideo, and minutes of Public Hearings are available at vancouver.ca/councilmeetings (posted approximately two business days after a meeting). For real time information on the progress of City Council meetings, visit vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times or @VanCityClerk on Twitter. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PUBLIC HEARINGS, INCLUDING REGISTERING TO SPEAK: vancouver.ca/publichearings

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2,572

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2,838

3,290,200

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3,144

3,171,700

3,866

3,991

3,956,100

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3,647

956,000

1,165

1,203

1,412,100

1,721

1,350

1,381,000

1,683

1,738

1,542,100

1,880

1,550

1,572,000

1,916

1,978

1,712,600

2,088

1,722

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1,035

250,900

1,321

1,125

269,400

1,418

1,557

481,300

2,533

1,464

630,000

3,316

3,641

1,344,000

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5,556

497,000

2,616

2,872

1,179,000

6,206

5,211

702,000

3,695

4,057

3,679,000

19,364

18,292

1,612,000

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5,704,500

30,025

28,194

445,000

2,342

2,572

2,187,000

11,511

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833,200

4,386

4,816

3,452,000

18,169

12,925

1,624,000

8,548

9,386

5,071,000

26,691

21,737

Sample properties may be single or multi-unit

OPEN HOUSE: Brewers Park Renewal The Vancouver Park Board is developing a park renewal plan for Brewers Park to refurbish a wellused park and address the needs of a growing neighbourhood. The plan will review the usage and condition of existing park features, and identify priorities for park improvements. Two concept plans for the park will be presented at an upcoming open house. Join us and help shape the future of the park. Thursday, February 23, 2017, 5 – 8 pm Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House 4065 Victoria Drive Information about the project and a questionnaire will be available at the open house and online after the event. FOR MORE INFORMATION: vancouver.ca/brewers-park or phone 3-1-1

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1. Britannia Bruin Lucy Guan (no. 6) jumps into arms of Shemaiah Abatayo (no. 5) to celebrate winning the senior girls basketball city championship over Churchill at Hamber secondary Feb. 9. PHOTO DAN TOULGOET

2. Kitsilano’s Cort Armstrong (no. 23) and Killarney’s Kiante Knight (no. 24) reach for a loose ball in the senior boys AAAA city championship final at Windermere secondary Feb. 10.

PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER

3. Lord Byng’s Declan Herbertson (no. 14) tries to corral a rebound and break down court as he’s pursued by three Dragons in the senior boys AA/AAA city championship. PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER 4. On his way to 17 points, Lord Byng’s Peter Gibbons (no. 18) manages to score a high-flying lay-up against the soaring defence of Dragon Mohab Mundadi (no. 13). PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER 5. Churchill Bulldog Alexa Leynes (no. 14) tries to gain a step on Surprise Munie (no. 10). PHOTO DAN TOULGOET

BASKETBALL CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Britannia is back, Dragons repeat and Kits dominates High school season heats up with regional and provincial tournaments on the line

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For the sixth year in a row, the Britannia Bruins battled for the senior girls basketball city championship. After losing to the Churchill Bulldogs for the past two years, the Bruins won their fourth title since 2012 in a 71-49 win at Hamber secondary Feb. 9. The Bruins defeated Kitsilano three con-

secutive years from 2012 through 2014 and returned to the final in 2015 for their first match-up against Churchill, who surged to win back-toback championships before being dethroned last week by Britannia. Both teams advance to Lower Mainland tournaments.

Senior boys AA/AAA

The season is on repeat

for the King George Dragons, but there is one track they’re determined to hear for the first time and it only plays at the Big Dance. Last year, the Dragons won their first high school basketball championship in school history. Last Friday, they defended it. And, for a second time, they defeated the Lord Byng Grey Ghosts with starting guard Yoel

Teclehaimanot, now in Grade 12, leading the way as the tournament MVP. What they want to do next is keep their season alive with a winning performance at the Lower Mainland championship. The city title, said Kyle Gerrero, “is an accomplishment but isn’t our end goal. Honestly, it doesn’t mean anything because we’re not

satisfied until we go to provincials.” In the AA/AAA senior boys basketball city championship at Windermere secondary Feb. 10, Teclehaimanot and Guerrero shared the scoring lead with 23 apiece in a 79-57 championship win over the Lord Byng Grey Ghost. The Dragons advance to the AA regional tournament while the Ghosts

move on to the AAA equivalent.

Senior boys AAAA

Earlier that night at Windermere, the Kitsilano Blue Demons defeated the Killarney Cougars 103-88. Tournament MVP Luka Lizdek led all players with 32 points. The no. 4 team in B.C. at the largest tier advances to the AAA regional tournament as the top Vancouver seed.

: On trending in the right direction…

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Average points per game by UBC Thunderbird men’s basketball forward Conor Morgan, who won the Canada West scoring title with the highest average over 19 league games.

The shot percentage for UBC T-Bird and Kitsilano grad Luka Zaharijevic, making the “Bazooka” the Canada West leader for his reliable marksmanship. The forward averaged 8.7 points and four rebounds a game.

The number of T-Bird conference wins during the 2016-17 season. They had one loss. The playoffs begin Feb. 23 with the Canada West quarter-finals, location TBA.

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WEEKLY FORECAST: FEBRUARY 19 - 25, 2017

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Introducing seed. Vancouver is one of the greenest, most livable cities in the world. Our population is growing and so is demand for energy. In fact, demand for electricity in Vancouver is expected to grow by 75% over the next 30 years. We can provide the clean renewable power that Vancouver needs, but our substations serving downtown Vancouver are aging and need to be upgraded or replaced. Our usual way of doing things would be to find and buy a piece of land and build a substation on it. But that means putting a substation on land that could otherwise be used for housing, businesses, schools, or parks. A substation that neighbours would always see.

A better idea? Instead, what if we used money and land more wisely and built two new electricity substations below ground, while using the space above them for new schools, new daycare spaces and improved parks.

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West End

The weeks ahead are filled with chores and mild health concerns, Libra. You’ll be bored, overworked, tired and frumpy, just as you are every March! But this time around I urge you to step lightly into your chores rather then plunge in. Stick to routine, and don’t invent work for yourself. Wherever you can, delegate chores rather than doing them yourself. If you are unemployed you can find work during this period; if you do, realize that within a year or two you should probably seek a different job.

The month ahead brings social joys, optimism, popularity and wish fulfillment. A friendly love affair might begin, but don’t put too much weight on this relationship; it cannot handle/embrace your whole life. Many background issues and quiet voices call you all month – if you’re married, this could manifest as an extramarital temptation. (Stay out — it’s toxic.) You might also have some administrative or government related work to complete.

Romance, creative and speculative ventures, beauty and pleasure (immediate pleasure) and charming kids filled the month ahead. I hate to say don’t dive into such a pleasurable zone, but I’m going to. These areas (romance, etc.) contain potential traps through May 9, especially through the present week and the next one. (Trap — here’s one: you romance a beautiful woman, then find out she’s your boss’ spouse.)

The four weeks ahead emphasize your career, practical ambitions, prestige relations, your reputation and dealings with the authorities. Enter this area with one eye askance: look for pitfalls, unsavoury temptations and wrong motives. Until May, this whole ambition zone contains subtle traps. If in doubt, do nothing – withdraw. Your social life and (light, friendly) romantic prospects continue to excite and intrigue you until March 8.

The weeks ahead emphasize your home, family, security, nutrition, garden, emotional health, retirement themes, real estate, and nature in general. Dip a toe in this zone, Sage, rather than plunge in. Subtle, disguised pitfalls exist. Refuse to be confined by an overly-needy child or spouse. DO NOT purchase real estate (nor attempt to sell) before May 10, but especially this week and the next. A rather major romantic situation might be building around you.

Money, earnings and purchases will occupy your thoughts now to early June. You might have to make a momentous decision about dollars. Tackle chores Sun./Mon. — you’ll get a lot done, quite easily. (But DON’T start plumbing chores before 10 a.m. PST Sunday.) Relationships confront you Tuesday/ Wednesday. You can gain cooperation, allies and relationship peace Tuesday, but almost everything goes wrong Wednesday.

The month ahead is filled with easy things, Capricorn. Errands, paperwork, communications and a bit of travel. But don’t waste a lot of time with these easy chores. Whenever you feel surrounded by unimportant tasks, look skyward, at least figuratively. Seek the bigger picture, focus your thoughts on more profound subjects — in these you will find peace and perspective. Your home life is still filled with intense activity – and with affection.

The month ahead emphasizes sexual desires, financial actions and prospects, shared money or assets, mysteries and research, medical diagnoses, lifestyle changes, occult forces, and commitment and consequence. DO NOT dive deeply into these, as they contain a subtle, hard-to-discern pitfall — and if you fall in, it can take a significant sacrifice to get out. e.g., you are so sexually attracted to that person that you climb into bed with them even though they’re married — then find out you now have an STD, or a law suit.

The weeks ahead emphasize earned money, possessions, sexual contacts, memory and rote learning. Don’t dive too deeply into these things, as they contain some dead-ends, pitfalls and wasted time. If you want to act, seek the deeper side: investments rather than earnings or sales; emotional intimacy rather than a purely physical encounter. This advice lasts until mid-May, but is especially crucial this week and next. A casual friend might become a friendly lover.

The weeks ahead bring opportunities and challenges, cooperation and enmity, new horizons, and an emphasis on relationships (casual and significant). Treat this entire area with caution and skepticism. Realize there are no easy solutions, no suddenly-found true-love mate prospects. The bigger or more luscious the temptation, the more likely it is empty – or worse, a trap. This state of affairs actually lasts until May 10, but is heightened now, especially this week and next.

The month ahead belongs to you Pisces. Your energy and charisma are tops, and your actions yield strong results. For this very reason, due to another phenomena, your best actions will be in the service of another or for a partnership. Now to mid-May, but especially this week and next, everything you do for yourself (other than routine things) will tend to be wasted; whereas everything you do for others will yield contentment, enriched relationships, and success.

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