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THE VOICE OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS

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Park board prepares for court battle

ASSOCIATIONS ASKING FOR SHORT-TERM INJUN CTION TO STOP USE OF ONECARD SANDRA THOMAS Staff writer

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TINY DANCER: Squamish First Nation dancers performed as part of Family Fun at the Arch during Stanley

Park’s 125th birthday celebration this past Saturday. Performers from Musqueam and Tsleil-Wauthuth Nations also performed as Stanley Park is part of their traditional territory. See related story on page 14. For more photos, go to vancourier.com or scan this page using the Layar app.

he Vancouver park board says it will defend its new OneCard system in court in connection with a lawsuit filed against the board by six community centre associations last week. The suit alleges breaches of both the standing and proposed joint operating agreement between the board and community centre associations. In a five-page statement released last week, Vision Vancouver park board chair Sarah Blyth described the allegations from the associations as serious and said the park board will be defending itself in court. “Over the last months, there have been a number of statements made by representatives of the six dissenting CCAs that need to be clarified,” Blyth said in part. “The park board is not centralizing revenue. All facility generated revenue on an annual basis including registration and user fees from all community centre programs flow to the CCAs. This totals over $19M per year and constitutes nearly 90 per cent of their total association revenues. There has been no change to this practice.” As part of the lawsuit filed against the park board Aug. 20 in B.C. Supreme Court, the associations are asking for a shortterm injunction to stop the use of the OneCard. The OneCard is a system-wide card introduced by the park board in June to replace the Flexipass and virtually eliminate the need for individual memberships to 22 of the city’s community centres. The card was initially accepted at just some of the city’s community centres with a plan to go system-wide in September so long as the proposed joint-operating agreement between the park board and those centres’ associations was ratified by that date. The six associations — Hillcrest, Killarney, Hastings, Kerrisdale, Sunset and Kensington — did not ratify the agreement so have continued to charge for memberships at a typical cost of under $10 a year. Dean Davison, the lawyer for the six associations, hopes the injunction will be approved in early September in anticipation of an October court date to hear the 45-page suit. See COMMUNITY on page 4


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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STATE OF THE ARTS: SPEED PAINTER BY CHERYL ROSSI Artist Sarah Fougere plans to paint 50 portraits in 15 days at the Black & Yellow gallery.

CENTRAL PARK: LAUGH IN BY SANDRA THOMAS The A-Maze-ing Laughter statues get a national contest, the PNE roller coaster gets a plaque, Burrard and Cornwall get a traffic mess.

CLASS NOTES: NORTHERN STARS BY CHERYL ROSSI A partnership between Langara College and the University of Northern B.C. sees Vancouver students earning UNBC MBAs.

OPINION NEW PARTS, GREATER SUM BY MATTHEW CLAXTON Canada today is not the same collection of places, institutions and laws that it was back in 1867. And that’s a good thing.

ENTERTAINMENT TAKE THE FALL BY JO LEDINGHAM Boca del Lupo’s latest theatrical work, Fall Away Home, is a mishmash of live action, animation and audience participation.

SPORTS POLITICS VS. SPORTS BY JIM MORRIS Two world-class Vancouver athletes say Olympians headed to Sochi next year should not feel pressured to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws.

15 BACK TO SCHOOL 21 SENIORS

SEE MORE WITH LAYAR Additional content in this issue available through the Layar app includes: P01: CITY LIVING PHOTO GALLERY See the crowds, performers, aboriginal drummers, spontaneous dancers and stilt walkers in horse costumes in our photo gallery.

P13: COMMUNITY CALENDAR The website and ticket information for Positive Living B.C. and a video from a certain TV show that made Jackson Davies a star.

P29: STATE OF THE ARTS PHOTO GALLERY Video and photo gallery of artist Sarah Fougere as she paints 50 portraits in 15 days.

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ore than 200 people crowded a sweltering church in the Downtown Eastside Friday to remember Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, who died in Graymoor, New York, Aug. 16 of cancer at age 89. They remembered the Catholic nun as a feisty, passionate and compassionate woman who brought people of all beliefs together to help create a Vancouver that treats its poor with care, and as someone who loved music and worked to preserve the environment. “One of the sisters told me recently that of our history of the Franciscan Sisters and Friars of the Atonement, she was the only one that was arrested,” said Sister Marianne Rohrer at the memorial at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. “And she was arrested for working for the poor.” Kelliher came to Vancouver in 1998 from New York where she had served povertystricken families for decades and demonstrated for peace and against injustices there and abroad. In Vancouver, she was a tireless advocate for social housing, a living wage and services for children in the neighbourhood. “Eight years ago I was homeless and living in addiction and Sister Elizabeth was one of the people who helped me at the very beginning of my healing,” said blues singer Dalannah Gail Bowen, choking up. “I can’t tell you how important her kindness and her words were when I needed them so bad.” Mourners included a former senior city planner, representatives of a society that supports sex trade workers, another that helps people in need of shelter and one that offers children in the Downtown Eastside free music lessons, men who used the Franciscan Sisters’ food service until the nuns left Vancouver in 2011 and members of Jewish, Baptist and Japanese-Canadian communities. Social activist and Courier contributor

Tom Sandborn said after the service that he “sort of fell in love” with Kelliher after she gave a rousing speech at a rally in support of Muslim Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar. At his 60th birthday party, Sandborn’s sister spotted Kelliher leaning on her cane and asked whether she could bring her a chair. “‘No. You can get me a glass of wine, I’m busy working the room,’” she told him. Karen O’Shannacery, executive director of the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, said she saw Kelliher lose her cool only once, when Kelliher believed then new mayor Sam Sullivan was dodging commitments to support welfare rates raised and housing improved in the Downtown Eastside. Pastor Bob Swann of First Baptist Church met Kelliher after he helped open a shelter near St. Paul’s Hospital. He learned from Kelliher how to truly treat everyone with dignity. “You couldn’t tell who she was talking to… whether they’re homeless or not, or wealthy and have a business, it doesn’t matter. The words are the same, the demeanor is the same,” he said. During the Woodward’s protest for more affordable housing, many in the encampment caught scabies and those who helped them did, too. “They live with this stuff. We encounter this stuff maybe once or twice in our lifetime, serving,” Swann said Kelliher reminded everyone. Swann said the Tuesday night shelter the First Baptist Church started more than 14 years ago near St. Paul’s Hospital has been able to reduce its beds from 36 to 26. “The numbers on the street who are truly homeless are that much less,” he said. “[But] just as many as ever come for meals.” Rohrer said at the service that reporters had asked her if Kelliher’s death had left a void. “There will be no void because we have heard her speak, we know what she said and we are old enough and ugly enough to do it ourselves,” Rohrer said. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, who died Aug. 16, is remembered for her feistiness and compassion towards those living on the Downtown Eastside.

Community centres concerned over loss of non-profit status CONTINUED from page 1 “It’s complicated and I think the park board uses that to their advantage when they say the OneCard is all good,” said Davison. “But there’s too much history and too much going on for that to be the case.” The six community centres are concerned because the OneCard eliminates the need for community centre association memberships. According to the provincial Societies Act, the associations must have a membership list to qualify as a non-profit society. The associations say non-profit status is vital to their ability in obtaining

government funding or grants. Davison noted the park board has promised to repay the associations for revenues from lost memberships for one year, but has made no mention of what will happen after that. “And they’ve said nothing about the consequences of losing members,” said Davison. “I don’t know why they don’t think that’s a concern, but if you’re a non-profit society without members you’re in trouble.” In the statement, Blyth noted: “Over 40,000 people have now acquired OneCard, which is designed to enable access for all Van-

couver residents to the entire park board network of rinks, pools, fitness centres and community centres, just as a library card provides access for everyone to all public libraries across the city…” As previously reported in the Courier, while the park board describes the OneCard as free, users must still pay for programs, swimming, skating and other recreation uses at community centres. To read the entire park board statement, see the web version of this story at vancourier.com. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10

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Some community centres are concerned the new OneCard eliminates the need for community centre association memberships.


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he A-Maze-ing Laughter art installation at English Bay has been nominated as one of the best public spaces in Canada. This installation, made up of 14 large bronze figures, all self-portraits of Chinese artist Yue Minjun, qualified for a place in the third annual Great Places in Canada contest sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners. The laughing giants are up against some pretty tough competition in the “Public Space” category from several other B.C. locations, including Pacific Rim National Park between Tofino and Ucluelet, Granville Island, Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, the International Summer Night Market in Richmond and Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Other public spaces across Canada nominated this year include the Distillery District in Toronto, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa and Parlee Beach Provincial Park in Pointe-du-Chene, New Brunswick. Nominations will be accepted online until Sept. 2. The voting period ends Sept. 23 and the winners will be announced on World Town Planning Day Nov. 8. For more infor-

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English Bay’s A-Maze-ing Laughter art installation is a nominee in the third annual Great Places in Canada contest. mation, visit GreatPlacesInCanada.com.

MORE IMPORTANT PLACES There are two interesting presentations taking place this week as part of the Places That Matter Plaque Project, an initiative of the Vancouver 125th Anniversary celebrations in 2011. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation asked the public to nominate a place, person or event important to the city, which had yet to be properly acknowledged. An in-

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dependent committee of historians, artists, students, heritage consultants, writers and educators reviewed the nominations and eventually 125 Vancouver stories were selected to be celebrated with a blue plaque. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, it’s the historic wooden roller coaster at the Pacific National Exhibition being celebrated at a special ceremony during the Superdogs Show at 11:30 a.m. (Free with admission to the PNE.) And on Aug. 29, it’s Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium that’s be-

The city is asking motorists to avoid the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge at the corner of Burrard Street and Cornwall Avenue due to the construction of a separated bike lane, which began this week. And it’s not just the bike lane construction causing traffic havoc in the area, but also a complete overhaul of that awkward intersection, originally designed in the 1930s. The goal is to improve pedestrian and traffic safety by making the intersection easier to navigate, by reducing the number of pedestrian crossings across Burrard from five to two and reducing the speed and volume of vehicles coming off the bridge and entering Cornwall. The intersection will remain open to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians throughout construction. Businesses along Cornwall will also be accessible and efforts are being made to maintain vehicle flow, especially during peak hours. But, the city warns, motorists will experience traffic changes, lane restrictions and delays during construction, and are encouraged to use the Granville Street Bridge. Construction includes the removal of medians and the installation of new traffic signals, as well as new curbs and roads on the east side of Burrard and north side of Cornwall. sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10

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Elections reform won’t tackle spending limits for 2014 campaign BRITISH COLUMBIA CIVIC ELECTIONS SOME OF THE LEAST REGULATED IN THE COUNTRY JONNY WAKEFIELD Contributing writer

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proposed overhaul of campaign finance rules for civic elections won’t take the big money out of Vancouver politics, critics say. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes issued a press release Aug.

21 announcing a “modernization” of campaign finance rules for civic elections. The government plans to pursue changes that would ban anonymous campaign contributions, require registration for third party advertisers, and move up the filing period for financial disclosure by 30 days. The updated legislation will be introduced in the spring and is aimed at improving accountability ahead of province-wide municipal elections in November 2014. Limiting how much candidates and parties can spend on campaigns, though, will have to wait. The Local Government Elections Task Force, struck in 2009 by then-premier Gordon Campbell to investigate the role of money in civic elections, recommended expense limits as a way of leveling the playing field in Vancouver politics. The government’s plan is based on many of the task

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force’s recommendations — which were boiled down from more than 10,000 public submissions. But it will hold off on capping campaign spending until at least after the 2014 elections. Expense limits will require more consultation, the ministry said. Dermod Travis, executive director of the watchdog group Integrity B.C., said it’s another case of moving the goal posts on real reform. “[The government] indicated that spending limits would be in place by the 2014 municipal elections, and [before that] the 2011 elections,” he said. “There may be a desire to see one more round of civic elections in the Lower Mainland that are a free for all.” Now, he said, there’s no guarantee that campaign spending will be reigned in for elections in 2017. Civic elections in B.C. are some of the least regulated in Canada. Unlike provincial and federal elections, there are no limits on how much candidates and parties can spend. In 2011, Vision Vancouver raised $2.2 million, while the NonPartisan Association netted around $2.5 million. For comparison: the B.C. New Democrats raised $9.7 million during last May’s election to campaign across the entire province. The ministry could not be reached for comment by the Courier’s press time.

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AMNESTY CONCERT Wintercoast, the Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble and punk legend Joe Keithley will share the stage for an end-of-summer fundraiser for Amnesty International. The press release for the event notes there’s a long history of musicians and other artists supporting Amnesty International, particularly when it comes to its work to defend freedom of expression and dissent. The concert will happen at FanClub, 1050 Granville St., Aug. 28 with doors at 6:30 p.m., music starting at 7. Admission is $20 with all proceeds going to Amnesty Interational’s global work to promote and protect human rights. Advanced tickets are available at august28.eventbrite.ca.


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Chloe Ellis is studying at the University of Northern B.C. while staying in Vancouver. She is enrolled in UNBC’s Master of Business Administration program at Langara College. Ellis recently graduated from Langara’s strategic marketing management program. When the 22-year-old, who works in operations at Starbucks and as a multimedia marketer on the side, saw an ad for the new offering, she applied. “It thought it would be an excellent opportunity to

maintain the network I have and bring business back to Langara,” Ellis said. Nineteen students started the MBA program at Langara Aug. 19. They started with a five-day session and then switch to studying on threeand four-day-long weekends once a month, with another five-day session in May so students can work full-time while completing their studies. “We pump them with beverages, coffee, food, to keep them awake, because it’s a long weekend,” said Raymond Cox, MBA director for UNBC’s school of business. “Long as in three days, but very long.” UNBC students at Langara won’t have to visit the university’s main campus in Prince George during their studies, which last 21 months. The 10-year-old program in

Prince George typically served three students who flew up from Vancouver and others who flew through Vancouver, sospreadingtheprogramsouth made sense, according to Cox. The students enrolled at Langara all reside in the Lower Mainland, he said. They hail from various sectors and average a dozen to 14 years of work experience. Cox believes the students wereattractedtotheprogram’s schedule, its face-to-face experience with the same group of students, and its relatively low cost. At $36,500, he said it’s comparable to MBA programs at Simon Fraser University and considerably less than those at the University of B.C. Cox chose to offer the program at Langara because of its attractive campus and central location on the Canada Line.

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mran Naser Alzaidi has photos of thermometers sitting at 54 degrees Celsius, taken in his hometown of Abu Dhabi. So when he learned earlier this year the he had the chance to study English in Canada, he packed his winter coat. “We thought there would be snow,” he said, sharing a laugh with his friends Ahmed Mohammed Almarzooqi and A.J. Mohammed. “When we came here we weren’t disappointed, but it was summer.” Alzadi, 17, is one of 35 students from the United Arab Emirates who will spend four weeks studying English in Vancouver, thanks to a gift from the country’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Tamwood Language Centres, a for-profit English language college based in Vancouver, won a bid from the royal family of Abu Dhabi to host the boys, all of whom grew up speaking Arabic. The annual program aims to expose top emirati students — all of them selected from public schools — to English language and western cultures. So far, the students have taken to more than just Vancouver’s mild climate. “It’s like an easy town,” said Mohammed, 15. “It’s not very complicated.” The student’s days are split between classroom time and cultural events — including university tours, museum trips and excursions into the city. All of the students are billeted with a homestay family. All travel and

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Students at Vancouver’s Tamwood Language Centre will spend four weeks studying English thanks to a gift from the country’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The annual program aims to expose top students from United Arab Emirates to English language and western cultures. education expenses are covered by the royal family of Abu Dhabi — the largest emirate in the UAE and the capital city. The students in the Vancouver program are boys, as emirati high schools are gendersegregated. A program for girls is running in Halifax. The students in Vancouver are accompanied by several employees from the Abu Dhabi Education Council, the state departments in charge of schools. The program is a unique exchange, said Tamwood CEO Matt Collingwood. Despite

Vancouver’s large international population, “it’s not every day you meet some one from Abu Dhabi walking down the street,” he said. At home, Mohammed is one of five children. Both his parents work for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, a state-owned firm that is among the world’s largest oil exporters. Beyond the weather, he said, he has been struck by the diversity of people living across Vancouver. “In the UAE, we have many cultures, but they’re all in one place. They’re all in

Dubai,” he said. “If you want to see specific cultures, you go to specific neighbourhoods. If you want to see all people, you can’t see them. You can see emiratis and Indians and that’s it.” Other students have noticed more dayto-day issues. “Everyday, I go to the wrong bus, or the wrong train. But I got home last time,” said Almarzooqi with a laugh. At the end of the program, the students will return to the UAE for a brief break before their studies resume.

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s every kid who ever went through a mythology phase can tell you, Theseus is the Greek hero who was smart and tough enough to defeat the minotaur. He’s also lent his name to the Ship of Theseus Paradox, an idea that has kept plenty of philosophers employed since around 400 BC. By the time the Greeks got around to writing things down after their long dark age, they noted that the ship Theseus had (allegedly) sailed to Crete, was still kicking around. It was a kind of religious artifact for the Athenians, and they had to keep it seaworthy. This meant replacing old and worn out planks, sails, oars, masts... eventually people started to ask, is it still the same ship? When we replaced the last piece, did it cease to be the same ship? This is an interesting question for philosophers, but an even more interesting question if we apply it to politics. Is Canada (to pick an example completely at random) the same country it was when Sir John A. Macdonald drunkenly stitched it together from a handful of British colonies? The obvious answer is no. Geographically and politically, Canada has added a heck of a lot of territory, people, and political institutions. But politicians are always trying to draw a link between Canada-as-itexists-today and Canada-as-Sir-John-A-threw-up-on. Witness last year’s government movie-trailer-style commercials for the War of 1812 anniversary. There is seldom a politician alive who won’t at one point get up on a stump and pine for the good ol’ days of some past or other. Note that for the Conservatives this probably means the 1950s, for the NDP it probably means the 1960s and 1970s, and for the Liberals it means any time when they were in charge. For a lot of people, there is a definitive version of “Canada,” and all changes should be made with this version in mind, i.e. to return to that state or be guided by its values. This mindset is much, much worse in the United States, where arguing about whether the constitution should be interpreted as its original (slave-owning) framers intended. This is clearly stupid. In terms of the Ship of Theseus Paradox, most people recognize that the ship is not the same materially, but many believe that democracy consists of replacing the old boards and planks (replacing doddering old fools of politicians with bright young fools of politicians) which keeps it seaworthy. There is another opinion, which I hope is more firmly based in reality. In the days when Theseus sailed to Crete, his ship was top of the line. Today it would be considered a curiosity. Canada, as most other successful countries, has not survived by simply replacing the old with the identical, but with superficially new. Since this country was founded, we have extended the vote from landowning white males to women, First Nations peoples, and visible minorities. We have stopped hanging people. We created the RCMP, made them wear pillbox hats, and then stopped doing that. Most of us now acknowledge that letting adults marry whomever they love does not cause chaos. We have learned that lead paint and chrysotile asbestos are not the best materials for building a baby nursery. We have added so many laws, customs, and institutions over the years that Canada today would be unrecognizable to the founders of this country. It’s as if we started with the ship of Theseus, and kept upgrading it until it turned out to be a 300-metre high-speed catamaran. Is Canada the same country? No, no it’s not, and thank Zeus for that. mclaxton@langleyadvance.com

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uring the making of the 1980 film, The Return of the Blues Brothers, it wasn’t just the budget that exploded in size. In the early stages of production a mysterious caller told the film’s producer, Bob Weiss, to be at home later in the evening. Weiss received a thick manuscript wrapped in the cover of a phone book. The 324-page document, almost three times the size of regular screenplay, bore the writing credit “By Scriptatron GL-9000.” No such screenwriting machine ever existed, of course. Back in the early ’80s, the idea of automated authoring was as comically improbable as anything else in the Blues Brothers’ screenplay, conceived by meatbots Dan Aykroyd and John Landis. Even though the film wildly overshot its budget and schedule (thanks largely to actor John Belushi’s fondness for Bolivian marching powder), it remained somewhat watchable. But if you’ve been wondering lately why today’s Hollywood blockbusters have a been-there, seen-that feel, it’s because they are literally formulaic. These megaplex spectacles might as well be written by, for, and about robots. Some observers blame one source in particular: screenwriter Blake Snyder, who penned the 1992 film Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! and the 2005 how-to book Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. Although his Stallone vehicle stiffed with the critics, and Snyder himself passed away in 2009, the book survived him as a must-have addition to scriptwriter shelves. The title comes from the Snyder’s idea that a film’s protagonist needs to do something to win the audience’s sympathy in the first 10 minutes of a film, like save a cat. The plot should follow 15 touchstone “beats,” or events, determined right down to the page number of a script. Peter Suderman, film critic for The Washington Times, claims in an article for Slate that a surprising number of Hollywood films tightly follow the book’s precepts, including such recent stinkers as The Great and Mighty Oz, Jack the Giant Slayer and Fast Furious 6. When a superhero fights one villain only to discover he is actually fighting another, this accords with one of Snyder’s signature beats, which occurs around the midpoint of the film. He also emphasizes male heroes over female heroines — not surprising since the largest demographic for Hollywood action films is represented by young men. Save the Cat! software and apps are now available for wannabe Tarantinos. In fact, computer-aided screenwriting has a long pedigree. A writer friend paid $400 in 1994 for software that performed like Snyder’s paperback bible, she tells me. Her screenwriting teacher at UBC “brought the guy in who sold StoryPro” after telling the class the program was “fantastic.” The software mentoring doesn’t necessarily stop at the screenwriter. Epagogix, an entertainment consulting firm, offers studios a robot’seye view of pitched screenplays. The company analysts tabulate the plot points and scores them according to predetermined values. A computer algorithm then breaks down the scores to determine the box office value of a projected film, with a 10 percent margin of error. Does it work? “Richard Furlin, a movie financier with MovieArb, says he’ll back a film only if it’s been vetted by Epagogix,” notes Marketplace. org. Yet even though the company name conjures up some kind of futuristic superglue, many filmgoers are failing to go with the program. A number of recent blockbusters-to-be, such as The Lone Ranger and After Earth, failed to return the expected numbers, leaving the film’s backers and bean counters scratching their heads. Is this software-channelled creativity turning Tinseltown into an assembly line for blockbuster bombs, just as “high-frequency trading” by computer algorithms has turned Wall Street into a cyber-casino threatened by unpredictable “flash crashes?” Not quite yet, it seems. According to Variety magazine, the 2013 summer box office is set to break a record, in spite of a string of formulaic flops. At least there’s still television — which may be the five least likely words I’ve ever strung together in this space. Dramatic series like Breaking Bad and Mad Men far outshine the juvenilia regurgitated by today’s popcorn-computational complex. With their unpredictable plots, complex characters and penetrating dialogue, these cable productions seem somehow more… human. www.geoffolson.com

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To the editor: Re: “Rize’s $4.5 million CAC could go to artist space,” Aug. 14. Allocating any portion of the Rize development’s CAC [community amenity contribution] to artist space is an insult to other residents of Mount Pleasant who have been waiting decades for lost park space and park amenities to be returned to our part of Mount Pleasant, a long-suffering Inner-City neighbourhood continuing to lose mountain views from ongoing rezoning of industrial land to CD-1 coupled with steadily increasing non-resident parking/ traffic impacts. In 1979, the City of Vancouver during a secret meeting and without neighbourhood consultation unanimously voted to sell off 4.15 acres (30 per cent) of China Creek Park North (CCPN), a reprehensible deal the Vancouver Park Board also unanimously approved on the condition it would NOT have to re-invest the monies back into the neighbourhood to address long standing area resident needs. Over 34 years later not a single city manager, mayor, city councillor, park board commissioner or park board manager has stepped up to demand that lost park space and amenities be returned locally through neighbourhood or citywide CAC/ DCL contributions. Decades of sweetheart rezonings for businesses and institutions throughout Mount Pleasant North east of Main Street have yet to return a penny in benefits for our area residents while the flawed CAC system allows city staff and councillors to base decisions on CAC allocation without consultation while allowing those involved to only make CACs back to

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their own business or institutions. Rezoning industrial land allows developers to avoid meaningful CACs that would improve Mount Pleasant not unlike temporary community gardens to reduce municipal taxes, City Hall has yet to take a meaningful step to close these decades-long loopholes. So before wasting more monies on a single group that always has it’s hand out and is increasingly subsidized by all Citizens of Vancouver, the VisioNasties should be looking at all Mount Pleasant neighbourhood deficiencies and start dealing with the generation of lost opportunities that have ensured that Mount Pleasant North will continue to lag fare behind the crème de la crème areas of Mount Pleasant. George Brissette, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Animal sculptures polarize tastes,” Aug. 16. It’s a shame that the public couldn’t have been referred to the City of Vancouver’s website and public art registry in your article so that they might access the virtual plaques for public art in the City of Vancouver. It’s also a shame that the City of Vancouver couldn’t refer you to the public art consultant responsible for the public artwork at King Edward Village. I might have been able to give you more information. A reason that plaques may not exist on many of the works in the City of Vancouver is that artists, and/or the developers, are expected to provide them as part of their scope of work. The fact

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of the matter is that the “public contribution” made by the developer as part of their density lift is the maximum a developer has to spend to cover the cost of installing an artwork . If there is money left over the artist or developer might be required by the City to write and produce information/flyers for the city about work and may hold an unveiling event. The public art process has to occur concurrently with the design development and building construction processes to properly integrate the artwork which occur typically well before residents exist. In the case of the Peaceable Kingdom I met at least twice with community groups in addition to regular presentations to the City’s Public Art Committee during the planning process. The selection panel included three long-time community members out of the panel of five. Tom Dean chose to over-deliver the number of artworks from what he had committed to in his proposal. He hoped that the value of his contribution would be recognized by the developer and he would be reimbursed for the extra cost. He wasn’t. No plaque was installed though the wording had been agreed to. I was very pleased to learn from your article that the City of Vancouver will be installing missing plaques. It would be appropriate to celebrate this outstanding work and Dean’s contribution to the city’s public realm and the community. Peaceable Kingdom is a significant piece in the City’s public art collection. Lynne Werker, Architect AIBC and Public Art Consultant, Vancouver

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GRANVILLE ISLAND Here’s an event Vancouver Whitecaps fans won’t want to miss. Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi is going to try his hand at improv comedy during a sports-inspired evening in support of Vancouver TheatreSports League youth and educational camps, workshops and high school tours. Not only will Lenarduzzi take to the stage Thursday, Sept. 12 for “Laughs on Tap,” but the evening will be co-hosted by actor Jackson Davies, best known for his role as RCMP Const. John Constable in the television series The Beachcombers — a favourite of Courier staffers. The evening will feature a silent auction, beer from Granville Island Brewing, tasty canapés, and an improv comedy show featuring a segment titled, “Times of Your Life” where improvisers will re-enact Lenarduzzi’s true life stories while accepting audience members’ suggestions. Tickets for Laughs on Tap are on sale now by visiting vtsl.com.

UNIVERSITY OF B.C. I tell you, that Will Stroet and His Backyard Band really get around. Straight from his appearances in Stanley Park this past weekend, Stroet will also be performing at the Third Annual Westbrook Village Festival, which takes place Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free, family-friendly festival offers something for everyone, including bouncy castles, facepainting, crafts, a rock climbing wall, barbecue and performances by Dr. Strangelove, the Mozart School of Music, UBC Opera and the UBC Dance Team. Parking is free. For more information and directions visit DiscoverWesbrook.com.

MARPOLE Aunt Leah’s Place is hosting an evening of team trivia, prizes, a silent auction and more Saturday, Sept. 14th at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson St. Proceeds will benefit programs for foster youth and at-risk moms and babies. For ticket information call 604-525-1204 ext 224 or email cdunn@auntleahs.org.

ATHLETES VILLAGE A special reception and viewing of the “One World - One Hope” and the NAMES Project - Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt will take place at the Creekside Community Centre Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. Deborra Hope of Global B.C. will host REINSPIRE, which will include guest speakers sharing stories from the quilt. The Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt is made up of more than 600 three-foot by six-foot panels, each created in loving memory of someone who has died of AIDS. Several of those original panels, sewn together into 12-foot sections, will be on display alongside the quilt, a 350-pound masterpiece created by artist Joe Average. The One World — One Hope quilt measures 29 by 32-feet and was adapted from the painting Average used as the central image for the 1996 International AIDS Conference held in Vancouver. Proceeds from REINSPiRE will benefit Positive Living B.C.’s Complementary Health

Jackson Davies (right), shown here yucking it up with Bruno Gerussi on the set of The Beachcombers, will team up with Whitecaps boss Bob Lenarduzzi for an improv fundraiser. For wed and video content, scan this page with the Layar app. Fund. For ticket information visit positivelivingbc.org.

SUNRISE The First Annual Vancouver Firefighters Bikers For Burns Ride takes place at Trev Deeley Motorcycle, 1875 Boundary Rd., Saturday Sept. 7, with registration from 9 to 11 a.m. In exchange for $25 donation to the Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society, riders will enjoy prizes, a raffles, bar and barbecue. The wrap-up party takes place in Harrison Hot Springs. Motorcycles, scooters, cars and nonriders are all welcome. For more information

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BIRTHDAY PARTY Thousands dropped by Stanley Park this weekend to help celebrate the iconic park’s 125th birthday. Photographer Rebecca Blissett took in the birthday bash and captured some of the dozens of festivies, including concerts, sporting events and creepy horse figures on stilts. 1 . Caitlin Bailie shows off some of her dancing moves during the Live at Second Beach musical performances.

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2 . Members of the Vancouver Rowers Rugby Club played a friendly at the Brockton Oval in Stanley Park as part of the weekend’s Sportsapalooza sports showcase to mark the park’s 125th anniversary.

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3 . Mortal Coil performance artists Lindsey Shepek, left, and Bonnie Davis, entertain as part of Family Fun at the Arch during Stanley Park’s 125th birthday celebration this past Saturday. 4 . Drawing comics was the order of the day for a wide range of ages during Family Fun at the Arch at Stanley Park this past Saturday. 5 . Second Beach was the busiest spot of the park on Saturday, filled with music and plenty of room to colour. Scan this page with your smartphone or tablet using the free Layar app to view more photos.

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GETTING THE KIDS OFF TO SCHOOL AGAIN TAKES CAREFUL PLANNING BY EMMA LEE BERG, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

“The best strategy is to be prepared,” says Jill Swift, a Vancouver mom of two girls. She is talking about getting back into the school routine. “I admit, by the time early August rolls around, I’m feeling pretty ready for summer to end and school to start. But at the same time, a lot of preparation goes into making that transition smooth.” To help her manage the transition for her elementary school-aged kids, Swift says it’s important to involve her girls in as many aspects of returning to school as possible.

Label everything

Inevitably, kids will lose things throughout the year. Swift mitigates the loss by ensuring she labels all items of value, including water bottles, lunch containers, and pens. “I always order my labels from Mabel’s Labels,” she says. “They’re easy, customizable, and super cute!”

Shop smart

“I use the dollar store for school supplies as much as possible,” says Swift on school supplies, which include a lunch kit, water bottles, and reusable lunch containers. And to save on back-to-school fashions, she says she saves by hitting Superstore for Joe Fresh or Old Navy. “For a few good items, I’ll go to Zara Kids or the Gap,” she adds.

Plan lunches

“We do stress about lunches around here,” says Swift. “I have the kids make a list of 10 lunches that will cover two weeks. We ‘work on them’ to make sure they are things I feel are healthy and have variety, and

then I make schedule. I also go to Costco and buy bulk spanakopitas, spring rolls, etc. and freeze them in mini-bunches.” Janine Black, a mom of two boys, ages 15 and 17, says getting back into the school routine is more about enabling her children do things for themselves. “They can do a lot for themselves, which is fantastic,” says Black. “I see my job as giving them the tools to keep things on track.”

Keep a central calendar

School schedules can get hectic with extra-curricular activities like band and sports for both kids. Black says she uses a central family calendar – posted in the kitchen, which is their hub of activity – to keep track of everyone’s activities. “Once we get the school’s calendar, including professional days and holidays, it all gets plunked into the calendar ASAP,” she says. “At any given time, we can just look at the day to see what’s up for everyone.”

Assign tasks

While not directly related to school, Black says assigning chores is key to keeping everything running smoothly. “Before school begins, I always talk to my kids about what is expected of them during the year,” she says. “They have to do their homework immediately after they get home from school and before they turn on the TV. “They also have to do their own laundry, so if they know they need that specific uniform for a big game, it’s their job to ensure it’s clean and ready to go.”

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p U d e g r a h C TECH TOYS THAT EDUCATE When it comes to playthings today, smartphones and tablets are just as popular with children as traditional toys and games. These tech devices appeal to little ones who were born “wired” for everything new and technological and who also aspire to be just like their parents. In turn, parents say they find that sharing their own smartphones and tablets is a convenient way to occupy their kids. According to Dr. Helen Boehm, an educational psychologist and the author of The Official Guide to the Right Toys nearly 40 per cent of parents have said they are likely to use their own tablets or smartphones to entertain their kids. “To leverage this incredible interest, I recommend that parents select child-friendly and age-appropriate learning products that mimic those of adults, but are specifically created for young kids.” Boehm suggests devices with apps designed to meet the cognitive and fine motor needs of young children. “In this way,” she explains,

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Osteoporosis,” hosted by Shelley Abercromby, Clinical Research Coordinator, Prohealth Clinical Research Centre, on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm in the Seniors Centre, Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Blvd. Admission is free, no registration required. Info: 604-731-4755 or call Pat at 604-224-5063.

all spells a changing of the winds, and an opportunity to do more things indoors, in a warm and cozy environ. Seniors can enjoy a wide number of activities, seminars and socially enriching pursuits all around the City. Here are some neat opportunities coming up next month:

Have you ever thought of joining Brock House Society for Seniors? It’s been Vancouver’s best kept secret since 1978. From art to music, chess, movies, lectures, discussion groups, and woodworking shop, there’s something for everyone at Brock House. Enjoy courses on art, genealogy, history, using the iPad and social networking, languages, yoga and zumba, all in a magnificent heritage building with gorgeous year-round views of Jericho Beach and the North Shore mountains.

VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak St. Coming up on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 2 pm, it’s “Dodging Delirium: Recognition, Prevention and Treatment” with registered nurse and education consultant Lori Amdam. And on Sept. 18 at 7 pm, Katherine Paton, a clinical professor in ophthalmology at UBC/VGH speaks on “Vision as We Age.” Reserve online at tapestryfoundation.ca or call 604-877-8335. Doors open 45 minutes in advance, and there is free parking too! Fractures and breaks become more common as we age and bone loss occurs. It can be very debilitating to live with, so prevention is the key. Vancouver/ Kerrisdale Osteoporosis Branch will host a lecture: “A Broken Bone may be the Only Warning Sign of

And best of all, anyone 55 or older can join Brock House Society for just $35 a year. Seniors are invited to come down to Brock House on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 2 pm and find out more about their wide range of programming for the young at heart, take a tour of the house and enjoy light refreshments. Reserve your spot by phoning 604-228-1416 or emailing brockhouse@telus.net by Sept. 3, 3 pm. Go to brockhousesociety.com to find out more.

Practises take place Tuesdays or Thursdays from 12:45 to 3:30 pm, and the 45-game season runs Oct. 1 to Apr. 10. Plus, they offer free curling instruction, before or after games. To join, contact John Reid at 604-224-1127 or visit vancurl.com/leagues/senior-men.

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A. It is possible to eradicate mealy bugs, but on a large, intricate tree this will take much hard work and a great deal of time. An onslaught with insecticide will only help when the mealy bugs are in the “crawler” stage. At other times, their fluffy white coating protects them. You’d find your tree much more manageable if you could prune it back. For this it might be best to seek the help of an experienced gardener, because shape and twig structure is an important part of the beauty of Japanese maples. The generally rundown look of your maple could be over-watering. This can happen if its container doesn’t drain freely or if it sits in water for long periods (inside a cache pot, perhaps). But its more likely your tree is sickening because a horde of mealy bugs are sucking its sap. Some gardeners begin by blasting hose water over the infested plant to help remove the mealy bugs. It’s definitely not a cure, but can remove some things you might otherwise have to pick off. The remaining adults can be killed by pressing them with a cotton swab which has been dipped in alcohol. This is a tedious, boring and lengthy but important task. The first vulnerable stage is the egg masses in the leaf axils. These look like tiny puffs of cotton wool. For every one of those you pick off, you are removing 300 to 600 embryo mealy bugs. Eggs hatch into crawlers — the second vulnerable stage. These are tiny, greenish yellow insects which crawl over the plant for about ten days. Insecticidal soap spray kills them on contact but it’s impossible to get each one. That’s why you should repeat the spraying twice a week for at least four

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Vancity Theatre continues its excellent 007 RELOADED: BOND VS BOND retrospective with 1977’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. The 10th film in the James Bond series features Roger Moore in his third Bond role along with an undersea civilization, the first appearance of metal-toothed villain Jaws and Bond girl Barbara Bach who has somehow managed to stay married to Ringo Starr for the past 30 years. It screens Aug. 29, 6:45 p.m. More info at viff.org or by calling 604-683-FILM (3456). Ever wonder what other songs THE PROCLAIMERS sing besides “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” and that other one? Find out when everyone’s favourite identical Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid perform Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m. as part of the PNE’S SUMMER NIGHT CONCERT SERIES. Admission is free with entrance to the fair. More info at pne.ca.

Lanky hip-hop artist SNOOP DOGG’s transformation from rap mogul to Rastafarian known as SNOOP LION shouldn’t seem like too much of a stretch given the performer’s love of all things green and smoky. See, hear and smell for yourself — not to mention experience the biggest contact high of your life — when SNOOP LION performs Aug. 28 at the appropriately titled Malkin Bowl. Get it…. bowl?...duuuuuude. This one is sold out. Get your geek on as Nashville’s THE PROTOMEN bring their videogame-inspired rock opera antics to the Biltmore for a nerd-a-licious show Aug. 28. Vincent Parker opens. Tickets at Red Cat, Zulu Records, Biltmore Store and Ticketweb.ca. More details at biltmorecabaret.com.


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ynn Zanatta convinced her father, Joe, to sit for a portrait Friday morning. He was the first of 50 people artist Sarah Fougere, nee Holtom, was to paint in 15 days. “I think it’s nuts,” said 79-yearold Joe, of being painted. Asked why he was at Black & Yellow gallery to get his portrait done he pointed his finger at Lynn. Lynn’s daughters saw Fougere paint Lynn’s partner, former mayor Sam Sullivan, last year and booked a portrait session for themselves and their mom for mother’s day. When Lynn saw on Facebook that Fougere was back in town, she booked a session for her father. “I love Sarah’s work,” Lynn said. “It’s just so free and happy.” Fougere, who graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in

2004, wanted to be a fashion designer when she was young, so she was always drawing people as a kid and then as a drawing major in art school. “I don’t paint in a traditional way where you paint in layers and you work from darkest to lightest,” Fougere said. “I’m painting with the exact colour that I see and I put it where I see it and then I maybe blend a bit, but I almost use my brush, I use a smaller paint brush, so it’s almost like a pencil crayon.” Her portraits are vibrant, somewhat loose and not always perfectly proportioned. Her landscapes sold like hotcakes at The Cheaper Show in 2011 so she showed the event’s founder and creative director, Graeme Berglund, her book of portraits and pitched the idea of painting 50 in 15 days at his Black & Yellow gallery. “I’m in it for the long haul. I feel like I’m almost like an athlete… It’s a good workout for my art muscles,” Fougere said, adding, “And [painting from life is] a tradition that’s kind of maybe being lost a bit with all the new technologies.” Fougere painted 100 portraits

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To see a photo gallery of Sarah Fougere at work, go to vancourier.com or scan this page using the Layar app. of Calgary artists in 90 days in 2006 and the portraits were added to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary’s permanent collection. With the sale of her portraits, Fougere bought her house in Saskatchewan for $5,500 and opened a gallery in Canora called The National Gallery of Saskatchewan. “My paintings are more exciting to look at when they’re painted from life,” she said. “I can’t go make a coffee and sit back down because it’s all

in one moment and because either the weather’s going to change or the lighting or the person’s going to get tired of sitting… You really have to make those brush strokes count.” She’s embraced the performance aspect of having someone sit for a portrait through these sessions and the TV show she created and stars in on Cable Access 7 in Saskatchewan called The Painting from Life with Sarah Holtom Show!!, which features her paint-

ing a landscape from start to finish within an hour. One wall at the gallery space Fougere occupied Friday was decked with a dozen landscapes mostly of Vancouver and, except for one portrait, the other walls were decked with blank, one-foot square, wooden panels with red dots beneath most of them. She’s since added 10 more sittings and the portraits will be shown at a closing reception at 602 East Hastings St., Sept. 7. Fougere doesn’t know why strangers, quite a few couples, are keen to have their portraits painted. But she suspects they like having art that portrays them at a particular time and place. Fougere is selling the aforementioned landscapes in an online silent auction, with bidding starting at $500. As for Joe, she says he loved his portrait. “He was like, ‘You said it was going to be an abstract,’” Fougere said. “‘That is a real painting.’” For more information, go to sarahfougere.com. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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novative companies, returns to the park where it all began 11 years ago with The Last Stand, a free, outdoor, family-friendly spectacular with high-rigged nymphs and ogres leaping down from evergreen giants. Unforgettable was Toni Rozylo, dressed in a bedraggled wedding gown, “walking” down a huge cedar tree, her dress trailing up behind her. And that’s what Boca founders and this show’s creators Sherry J. Yoon and Jay Dodge (with assistance from James Fagan

Tait) do best: create beautiful, enduring images. Who can ever forget the MothersWith-Strollers in Lagoon of Lost Tales? Or Quasimodo and Esmeralda huddled breathtakingly high in the girders of the Burrard Street Bridge? There is a decidedly Lewis Carroll quality to many Boca shows and never more so than in Fall Away Home: Amaryllis, a young girl (played by Ming Hudson) hears someone knocking from within one of a dozen or so

stacked, white-painted, shipping containers. Do we hear it she asks? Yes. “Maybe someone should go have a look?” Yes. And away she goes up, up several container ladders to the very tiptop. When the container doors swing open, Amaryllis falls in and down, down, down. Projections of rocks and boulders fly past her as Hudson hangs, twisting and tumbling in space. Like Alice, Amaryllis has fallen into a whole new and frightening realm. Continued next page

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Continued from page 29 Enter “the contraptions”: two huge, wheeled, black “teeter-totter” rigs that allow the black-costumed, menacing performers to be airborne, to spin in space and to wheel through the audience that — some 200 strong — stands in the centre of the performance area. And they begin snatching kids (who have previously agreed to be snatched) and delivering them to the bad guy (Andy Thompson) who auctions them off. Feisty Amaryllis refuses to be auctioned and is sent off to The Home, overseen by

The Matron (a monstrously huge projection of actor Dawn Petten’s talking head. Her red lipsticked lips are the size of a large shark and she’s every bit as nasty. Amaryllis escapes to have many more adventures. Described in the press releases as “A mash-up of live action, animation, and audience participation, this unique production incorporates Boca del Lupo’s signature use of technology, acrobatics, and theatre craft to create a show that is as much an experience as it is a performance.” Herein lies

Fall Away Home’s strengths and weaknesses. If you go looking for theme or narrative, you’ll go off on in many directions: human trafficking, federal government scooping of First Nations children, questing for self-definition or a place to feel safe. It’s all there but fragmented, the way a child tells a story. But the blending of open-air spectacle and technology is undeniably creative. Kunal Sen’s projected animations are terrific, sometimes terrifically funny — especially the frantic chase across the surfaces of the containers: stick figures with the images of

the real performers’ heads superimposed on the tiny bodies. Music by the Belle Orchestre whips up the excitement. Fall Away Home is as Dodge describes it: as much experience as it is performance. The story is all over the place but the images are enduring. Adding to my cache of Boca moments is Amaryllis suspended apparently but not actually underwater with the sounds of gurgling water while curious fish peer at her before darting away. —reviewed by Jo Ledingham More reviews at joledingham.ca.

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Don’t pressure athletes to protest new Russian laws, says Olympian JIM MORRIS Contributing writer

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as it a kiss that meant more than a kiss? When two Russian athletes celebrated a relay victory at the recent World Track and Field Championships in Moscow with a kiss on the lips, it was first speculated the action was a protest against the country’s anti-gay propaganda laws. Since then, Kseniya Ryzhova has denied any political statement and said her show of affection was nothing more than jubilation over her team’s win in the 4x400-metre relay. But since Russia introduced laws to crack down on demonstrations upholding gay rights, including distributing so-called homosexual propaganda to teens and children, athletes around the world now find themselves at the centre of a charged political debate. The Russian capital hosted the track and field championship Aug. 10 to 18 and six months from now, Sochi hosts the Winter Olympics. Two Vancouver athletes, marathon run-

ner Rob Watson and race walker Iñaki Gomez, are still wondering how — or if — athletes should speak their minds for or against the laws of a host country. Watson, who placed 20th in the marathon at the world championships, wondered if the Russian women were pressured to explain their kiss a certain way. “I hope they were trying to make a statement,” Watson said. On Aug. 18, the last day of competition, Gomez tweeted about the incident, sending a link to the picture and story with the caption: “Great 2 see athletes take a stand!” Watson said the Russian anti-gay laws are frustrating and make “you shake your head,” but he was conflicted on whether athletes should speak out while in Moscow. “It’s a tricky situation,” he said. “Their take on this whole anti-gay [issue] it’s wrong. At the same time, I really don’t have much of a right to go into their country and talk on their politics and policies. We’re not perfect in Canada. We have our own issues here. I wish we could go make a point, but sometimes you have to go

to someone else’s country and you are a guest.” Similarly, Gomez, who finished eighth in the 20-kilometre walk and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, didn’t think it was right to make criticisms while in Moscow. “I know there is a time and a place for speaking out and not speaking out,” he said. “During my time there I didn’t think it was appropriate. It’s not our country. While I agree or disagree on particular issues, that’s just the way it is. As an athlete, we are there because we believe sport goes beyond any border or political issue. We’re not there to make political statements.” Some athletes did voice their opinions in Moscow. American sprinter Nick Symmonds, who was second in the 800 metres, dedicated his medal to his gay and lesbian friends back home. Two Swedish athletes painted their fingernails with rainbow colours, a symbol of gay pride. Gomez doesn’t question the right of athletes to state their position. “If they feel it’s so important to use their status or position,

that’s their choice. It’s not a right or wrong place,” said the graduate of Vancouver College and UBC who is now studying law at the University of Calgary. “If people are frustrated if some athletes don’t do it, they also have to understand we are there as athletes. That’s our focus. We are not there to criticize a political situation or not.” There have been some calls for a boycott of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation. Watson said that would only hurt the athletes. “These athletes have trained their whole lives,” he said. “The Olympics are founded on the fact you put aside your differences and you come together and celebrate.” However, Watson would support any athlete who made a public statement. “I hope a high-profile athlete wins an Olympic gold medal,” he said. “I hope they do a victory lap with their nation’s flag and I hope they whip out a rainbow flag. Everyone is equal. Just because you are gay, it doesn’t make you any different than anyone else.” Jim Morris has covered sports for 30 years. Reach him at morrisejim@gmail.com.

Siblings win B.C. juvenile golf championship MEGAN STEWART

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he Francois family is celebrating two B.C. juvenile golf championships after siblings Sumie, 13, and Alex, 15, outshot the respective girls’ and boys’ fields at the Crown Isle Resort near Courtenay. Both are Shaughnessy golf club members. Alex started the third and final round with a one-stroke advantage over Vancouver’s Trevor Yu, but built an impressive lead over a competitive group of teenage golfers. On Thursday he shot a three-under-par 69 to finish the tournament eight under par and seven strokes ahead of his closest competitor. Yu came out of the gate with two birdies to take a onestroke lead over Alex, who didn’t help his own cause with a bogey on the third and fifth holes. But Alex went on to shoot four birdies to three bogeys. Yu birdied the par-five 15th,

while Alex managed an eagle. “Me and Trevor were going back at each other,” Alex said in a B.C. Golf news release. “He started off with two birdies. I just tried to keep myself calm and fight through.” His eagle on the 15th hole all but closed the door on the competition. Yu double-bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the final hole to finish in a two-way tie for fourth. Sumie bounced back from a second round seven-over-par 79 on Wednesday to shoot an even 72 in the third and final round Thursday. She opened the tournament Tuesday as the only golfer on the day to card 69. She finished the tournament at four over par, two strokes ahead of Keanna Mason of Maple Ridge. “I was happy with what I did,” she said. “I was happy I beat my brother on the first day but on the second day it was pretty tough. I was struggling a lot but I was able to handle it today.” mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart

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