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‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ AT SIX CENTRES ACCORDING TO PARK BOARD CHAIR SANDRA THOMAS photo Rebecca Blissett

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Sunday with hearing protection. For more photos, see City Living on page 12. To view our online photo gallery, go to vancourier.com or scan this page with your smartphone or tablet using the free Layar app.

School superintendent looks to year ahead BUSY YEAR INCLUDES POTENTIAL JOB ACTION, EXPANDING ABORIGINAL CULTURAL AWARENESS CHERYL ROSSI Staff writer

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ancouver school district superintendent Steve Cardwell says the Vancouver School Board’s human resources department is preparing to deal with potential job action should negotiations restarting Sept. 4 between support workers and the government break down. “We’re hopeful that there will be a settlement across the table,” Cardwell

told the Courier in a telephone interview squeezed in between meetings at lunchtime Aug. 29. Looking to the school year ahead, which began with students returning to classes this week, he said the board will focus on improving the success of aboriginal students and expanding aboriginal cultural awareness throughout the school district. The board asked schools to make improving aboriginal cultural awareness one of their key goals and schools are expected to hold related events for

students, staff and parents. Students and staff will participate in reconciliation events Sept. 22, and the board hopes to see a special event on a professional development day in February that would feature aboriginal leaders as keynote speakers. The aboriginal focus school will continue at Macdonald elementary. Don Fiddler, district principal of aboriginal education, will work with all schools. See MORE on page 4

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he Vancouver park board plans to take control of the six community centre associations that recently launched a lawsuit against the board citing breaches of the standing and interim joint operating agreement. In the letter of notice to the Hillcrest/Riley Park Community Centre dated Aug. 29, park board general manager Malcolm Bromley wrote in part, “The allegations brought forward by the association are a challenge to the right of the elected park board to set a public policy agenda on behalf of citizens and ends our ability to have a constructive relationship with the association. As an elected board with a mandate to serve the best interest of the public, the park board cannot accept this. “The JOA provides that three (3) months written notice must be provided by either party in order to terminate the JOA. Due to the recent legal actions of the association, it is no longer in the best interests of the public to continue the park board’s relationship with the association and the park board is compelled to terminate the JOA. Accordingly, the park board hereby gives notice to the Association, effective as of the date of this letter, that pursuant to section 26 of the JOA the Park Board hereby terminates the JOA effective December 31, 2013...” The same letter was sent to Killarney, Kensington, Kerrisdale, Hastings and Sunset community centre associations. In a news release dated the same day, Vision Vancouver park board chair Sarah Blyth said it will be “business as usual” at those six centres from now through Dec. 31. See COMMUNITY on page 4


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All of the district’s secondary schools and three-quarter of its elementary schools now have Wifi. Teachers have noted many students are bringing their own smartphones, tablet computers and laptops to class and the board wants students to have equitable access to technology. With that in mind, it provides at least 50 mobile carts that include 15 iPads, 20 carts with 15 to 30 laptops, and one cart with 30 iPod Touches to be shared among schools and classrooms. To ensure these tools are being used wisely, the board tabled a policy on acceptable use of technology and social media last year. At the elementary level, the board is expanding its early learning and intervention program to more schools so students in kindergarten and Grade 1 who struggle with literacy will receive one-on-one help to improve their skills. Cardwell believes this will now happen at 39 schools. At the secondary level, Cardwell said the school board wants to encourage “as many students as possible” to consider careers in trades and apprenticeships. “We know the province is projecting a huge shortage of skilled workers in the future,” he said, “and so knowing for myself how challenging it is to find a plumber or an electrician, I think it’s the right sort of direction to go in.” The district will try to move more students to work experience and post-secondary institutions. It’s working with the B.C. Institute of Technology, or BCIT, to provide opportunities for students to complete secondary and post-secondary courses concurrently, and the board has partnered with Vancouver Community College, which is newly offering five first-year scholarships for aboriginal students Cardwell noted skilled jobs include technicians, paraprofessionals, chefs and hairdressers. In addition to offering more access to edu-

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At the secondary level, Vancouver school district superintendent Steve Cardwell said the school board wants to encourage “as many students as possible” to consider careers in trades and apprenticeships. cation and careers, the board is continuing to provide more opportunities for students to have a say in education with more student forums and a year-long trial of a student trustee at board and committee meetings. Cardwell says the board needs to take a closer look at the Ministry of Education’s B.C. Education Plan and to discuss it with

teachers and support staff. “We don’t want to lose our focus on core subjects such as science and math and English and social studies,” he said. “Let’s not let the pendulum swing too far.” Cardwell supports problem-based and integrated approaches to learning. “The real world isn’t an hour of science

and an hour of math and an hour of English, it’s much more integrated and we want to provide those opportunities,” he said. For more on Cardwell’s interview with the Courier, see Class Notes in the Sept. 6 issue or later this week at vancourier.com. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

Community centres lawsuit went to B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday CONTINUED from page 1 “The Vancouver park board’s primary interest lies with providing quality services to our residents and protecting the interests of taxpayers in our communities who have invested millions of dollars and volunteer hours to build our outstanding network of community centres throughout our city,” Blyth wrote. Jesse Johl, president of the Riley Park Community Centre Association disagrees. “They are going to disregard the 80 years of community service volunteers have dedicated to these centres,” said Johl. “The programs we offer for seniors, youth and

single moms are heavily subsidized by the association, so for them to say it’s going to be business as usual is ridiculous. Of all of those programs developed, 95 per cent of them were created by the associations. Even the preschools were developed by the associations so for them to say it’s going to be business as usual is just not the case.” Johl said the ability of the associations to recruit volunteers has saved the park board millions of dollars, a resource he argued will be lost. “I’m shocked they’re trying to do this,” said Johl, who added the six associations are waiting to confer with their lawyer before deciding

their next step. According to Blyth, a transition plan for operations past Dec. 31 has been developed by park board senior staff and approved by the board. “It is the clear intention of the park board to establish by fall 2014 a new arrangement with a community organization to work under a new JOA with park board on delivering recreation services in these six local community centres.” The first step in the community centres associations lawsuit was to go to B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday, Sept. 3. sthomas@vancourier.com sthomas10@twitter.com

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news Big money still part of 2014 civic campaign 12TH & CAMBIE with Mike Howell

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o, here we are in September. Holidays are over, the rain has returned and city council is preparing for its fall session. An exciting time, right? You betcha, said the city hall scribe as he typed his first few sentences in three weeks and wondered why his employer doesn’t implement one of those systems that school boards have for welcoming back students. You know, the system where kids show up for a few minutes on Tuesday, maybe an hour on Wednesday, half day Thursday and full day Friday. Seems much more civilized than this full-day insanity on Day One. But enough whining, you say, and get back to work. Alright, alright. So what can I tell ya? Let’s start with Coralee Oakes. Who’s that? She happens to be the latest provincial minister responsible for overseeing this whole civic electoral reform mess that

I’ve written about for several years. It’s a mess because the only way a civic candidate gets elected in this town is if the candidate hitches his or herself to a political party that is heavily funded by unions and big business. Aside from Carole Taylor — yes, that Carole Taylor — name the last independent candidate elected to city hall? And don’t google it, either. I’m waiting… As I thought, you drew a blank. So did I. For several years, previous and current city councils — the very politicians who benefited from multi-million dollar campaigns — have called on the provincial government to get the big money out of civic politics. I know, I know — seems hypocritical to say they don’t want the big money yet they keep taking it. But handshake deals between parties to set fundraising and spending limits ain’t going to happen. As Vision Coun. Andrea Reimer told me once, she wants electoral reforms clearly spelled out in law. And that’s why she and others on council have pushed the provincial government to make changes. Oakes says they’re coming. She said as much in new release her ministry issued Aug. 21 that stated “the intended changes are the most significant to local elections legislation in nearly two decades.”

The release went on to say the changes are a reflection of a joint provincial and Union of B.C. Municipalities local government elections task force. But nowhere in the release is there any indication the government is interested in implementing expense limits or banning union and corporate donations — as Vancouver city council has requested. In fact, here’s exactly what one of the bullet points says: “A white paper outlining government’s intentions will be released in early September and legislation is scheduled to be introduced in Spring 2014 to implement task force recommendation, except expense limits, for the 2014 local elections.” Did you catch that — “except expense limits?” What we will see instead is disclosure and registration by third-party advertisers, sponsorship information required on election advertising, campaign finance disclosure statements filed 90 days after an election instead of 120 days and a ban on anonymous contributions. In other words, let the multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns begin and good luck to any of those poor suckers thinking they can actually run independently and get elected in Vancouver. The election is November 2014. mhowell@vancourier.com twitter.com/Howellings

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en years ago, Alfred Tse’s older sister, Sharon, was diagnosed with cancerous non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “It changed her life forever,” Tse said. He noted how supportive the B.C. Cancer Agency was to her. Tse, now 28, has decided to give back. He’s signed up for the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s first annual Concrete Hero Ultimate Urban Obstacle Challenge, Sept. 29, and so far raised $1,295 that will benefit the B.C. Cancer Agency. “It was really like a win-win situation in terms of trying to make a goal for myself to try to get into the best shape of my life,” Tse said. The nine-kilometre Concrete Hero race through downtown Vancouver will incorporate a mix of iconic B.C. landmarks on a timed route. Participants will leap over cars and climb buses in the “Lions Gate traffic jam,” swing over “Lost Lagoon” and scale “The Chief.” The event will culminate with an urban block party downtown. Tse is participating to honour his sister and

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Alfred Tse works out twice a day training for the first annual Concrete Hero race. also his grandfather, who died of metastasized lung cancer. His passion for preventing and helping to support people with cancer extends to his professional life, as well. Tse, who works as a consultant for SPUD organic grocery delivery, is hoping to create a video contest for young people to raise money for cancer research and support and spread infor-

mation and knowledge about healthy lifestyle choices for the Canadian Cancer Society. Tseplaysrecreationalicehockey,runsanddoes calisthenics to stay in shape. To train for Concrete Hero he’s been working out twice a day. He copes with a heart condition and was glad Concrete Hero can accommodate participants of a broad range of ability. “He-

roes” can sign up as individuals or teams. Competitors need to raise a minimum of $400 each. Tse initially aimed to raise $800. “I had an initial goal of $800 because they said the minimum was $400 so I’m like, OK, let’s go for double,” he said. His goal has risen with the amount he’s raised. Tse now hopes to raise $1,500. The B.C. Cancer Foundation is a fundraising partner of the B.C. Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the province. The foundation says it enables donors to contribute to research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care. Among other things, money raised will support a new study that’s investigating the feasibility of personalized cancer therapy that considers an individual’s DNA and RNA to more accurately prescribe treatment to shrink a tumour, and it will help ensure researchers have the equipment and technology they need to complete cutting-edge studies. Tse hopes to complete the course in the quickest time possible and he looks forward to seeing his sister’s proud face at the finish line. In addition to Tse’s fundraising profile on the Concrete Hero website, both he and his sister have been soliciting donations on Facebook. “My sister’s just been saying great things, that she’s very proud of me,” Tse said. For more information, see concretehero.ca. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi

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t’s a sign your new rabbi is progressive when he creates a parody video of Daft Punk’s hit song “Get Lucky” to honour Rosh Hashanah, the high holy holiday celebrating Jewish New Year. So it should come as no surprise to the congregation of Temple Sholom on Oak Street to discover California-transplant Rabbi Dan Moskovitz uses social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to assist in his teachings. “Everyday during the high holy holiday I’ll be posting a piece of text and a question on Facebook and Twitter to get dialogue going,” Moskovitz said of the holiday, which starts Sept. 4. “And I’ll continue on each of the 10 days of repentance.” Moskovitz, who took over as senior rabbi at Temple Shalom July 15, began his love of technology after receiving an Atari 400 computer as a gift for his bar mitzvah in 1983. As an undergraduate at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, Moskovitz developed a Jewish software company. He needed an online calendar to keep

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Temple Sholom Rabbi Dan Moskovitz — with his Torah, laptop and iPhone — uses social media to assist in his teachings. Scan this page with the Layar app to watch a YouTube video of his song “Apples in Honey.” track of Jewish holidays and when he couldn’t find one decided to develop a program himself. “This was before personal organizers and PalmPilots,” said Moskovitz. “It started out as a database program with stickers and as technology progressed it became digital file software called ShulTools. Today it’s used by more than 10,000 Jews all over the world.” Moskovitz also uses technology at Temple Sholom to stream all live and on-demand ser-

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“It’s not enough to sit on our doorstep waiting for them to knock on the door,” said Moskovitz. “Families are already busy with extra-curricular activities so we said, we’ll go to them.” Another goal Moskovitz has is to reach out to more men. He explained that as women have grown in the ranks and taken more senior leadership positions, including that of rabbi, some Jewish men have taken a step back. It’s Moskovitz’s goal to have men and women working side by side. “There’s been a wonderful renaissance for women, but in the progress some men have taken a back seat or even gotten off the bus completely,” said Moskovitz. He added even when it’s a two-income family it’s often the female spouse who takes charge of the children’s Judaism education. “The end result is that Judaism has become pediatric in many families, with no real meaningful space for men,” said Moskovitz. “I don’t want men to take the place of women, but to work alongside them. That will include separate programs for men such as women have.” Moskovitz said the music video, entitled Apples in Honey, has received more than 2,700 views on YouTube. “I’ve been doing a video every year, but this is the first time for Temple Sholom,” said Moskovitz. “They’re a lot of fun so there’ll be more to come.” sthomas@vancourier.com twitter.com/sthomas10

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itsilano Secondary will be the latest Vancouver school to receive a multimillion dollar seismic upgrade, the Vancouver School Board announced Aug. 30. The project, designed to guard the high-risk facility against the next earthquake, amounts to an almost complete rebuild of the school, according to VSB district principal Chris Atkinson. “Other than the wall on the north side, the first metre, everything is going to be new,” Atkinson told the Courier. Itwillincludeanewacademicwing,a350-seat theatre and three new gymnasiums — bringing the size of the school to around 18,000 square metres. The bid to build the school was awarded to Bouygues Building Canada, and construction is expected to begin this fall. The renewal is expected to be complete in September 2017. Since 1996, 22 VSB schools have undergone full seismic upgrades — either renovations or complete rebuilds. The province has spent a total of $2.2 billion on seismic improvements to schools since 2001, and the $62.2 million price tag on the Kitsilano Secondary project makes it the largest seismic upgrade to date. “InKitsilano,thecostofrenovationswouldhave been much higher than the cost of a new school,

so they went with a new school,” said Atkinson. Everything besides the facade of the building, which dates back to 1927, will be rebuilt. “It’s been an iconic building for a long time,” said Atkinson. “That facade was really important to the community, and the consultation process was successful in keeping that.” While some schools can be upgraded through less costly and time consuming renovations, the Kitsilano site has always been especially high-risk, and in need of more serious improvements. The Vancouver schools to receive seismic upgrades so far have all been “H1” buildings — those assessed as most dangerous in the event of an earthquake. The plan is to work down through the high-risk schools before moving on to the less-threatened buildings. Kitsilano Seondary is at capacity with 1,500 students, and the new building will house the same number. Since there are few open spots in schools on the West Side, students will remain onsite for the duration of construction. The plan is to construct a new building on the southwest corner of the campus, which students can be moved into while other sections of the school are rebuilt. The phased reconstruction also means the Kitsilano secondary project will be the district’s longest-running seismic upgrade. me@jonnywakefield.com twitter.com/jonnywakefield

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CUPE takes up the offensive

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he new school year begins this week, and it’s been a while since the year has kicked off with so much uncertainty in the education system. Both public sector unions begin work without contracts, but this time it is the support staff (largely represented by CUPE) that are threatening to throw a wrench into the system. Usually, the B.C. Teachers Federation can be counted on to lead the offensive against a government, but it has shifted gears somewhat and has let CUPE take centre stage. CUPE’s 27,000 members haven’t had a raise in four years and they’re looking at a two per cent hike for each of the two years of a proposed contract (the first year is already over). The government’s position is that’s fine, as long as the money to pay for the wage increases can be found within existing school board budgets. And so a game of chicken between the provincial government and school boards is about to be begin, with CUPE watching with great interest and being in the odd position of actually hoping the government position will prevail (although it will never admit that). School boards have been asked by the government to come up with “savings plans” that will pay for any costs resulting from a CUPE contract. The government insists some boards have done just that, yet haven’t identified which ones. School trustees will no doubt complain about the unfairness of it all, but I’m sure Education Minister Peter Fassbender has been made aware that every year a number of school boards say it is flat out impossible to balance their budgets (as required by law) and then what do you know? They table a balanced budget (albeit with some cuts in some places). Of course, school trustees can make a fair case that the system is inadequately funded, since every year they grapple with escalating cost pressures such as MSP premiums, inflation, pension adjustments etc.. But since they manage to balance their budgets, don’t be surprised if the government says a wage increase is simply one more cost pressure that has to be dealt with. Meanwhile, CUPE has launched a television ad campaign aimed at wooing public support for their cause. Given that it has been the BCTF that has been the main foil of the government for years and is far more associated with disruptions in the school system than support staff, I suspect CUPE may have a chance of winning some support. One factor that may work in CUPE’s favour is just what kind of jobs is covered under the term “support staff.” Many people no doubt think of janitors and front office clerical staff when it comes to non-BCTF employees, but almost half of CUPE’s membership is “education assistants” who for the most part work with children with special needs. And those education assistants, who perform duties that no doubt are strongly supported by the public, only work from “bell to bell”, which translates to about 25 hours a week. Many need a second job to make a decent living. It will be hard for either the government or school boards to make the case such employees aren’t worth a small wage increase. Of course, any public support CUPE gains can be quickly thrown away with a picket line around a school for a few days. That’s why I think the union will be more creative and less disruptive with their tactics to put pressure on their employers. And that’s why I’ll be surprised if CUPE doesn’t get some kind of wage hike at the end of the day (perhaps not retroactively, but more likely for the coming year). Once a few school boards file those savings plans that create the ability to fund a wage hike, pressure will build on other boards to follow suit. If they don’t, an unusual scenario could develop: because CUPE has a separate collective agreement with each school district, it’s possible some of its members would get wage hikes in some districts, but not in others. Of course, even if the CUPE contract problems are resolved, another huge challenge looms on the horizon. That is getting the BCTF to agree to a long-term contract. But those talks don’t even begin until October. Hopefully the CUPE dispute isn’t still dragging on by then, or parents and students will have good reason to worry about a school year that may gradually deteriorate as the days go by. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

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Ennui over la belle province’s gaffes

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very province tries to be cool in its own way. You’ve got your Albertan version (tough cowboys), your Maritime version (fiddleplaying Celtic folks with weird accents), and your B.C. version (stoned slackers). For years, it seemed like Quebec had a lock on being the coolest province. You could buy beer and wine in the corner stores! Everybody spoke French and the cities had great architecture! Best of all, they were constantly sticking it to Ottawa. Then, they started taking themselves a little too seriously. Threatening to take your ball and go home maybe works once, but if you do it half a dozen times over 30-odd years, people just start rolling their eyes. Worst of all has been the weird habit of constantly claiming to be a victimized minority, while increasingly trying to stomp on non-Francophone minorities. Earlier this year, we saw the Quebec Soccer Federation ban players from wearing turbans or other religious head coverings on the pitch. Now the Parti Quebecois is proposing a ban on any religious head coverings or sizeable religious symbols for all public employees. It’s like PQ leader Pauline Marois was stung by one wasp, and then decided to wear an entire hive as a hat while jumping up and down vigorously. Obviously, this new proposed law is stupid, racist, and if it was held up to the values of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, would stand as much chance of surviving as a delicate origami crane placed inside the engine of a 767. Why is this law being proposed in the first place? Marois has defended the so-called Charter of Quebec Values as part of the unique Quebecois culture of secularism. Well, I’m so full of secularism it’s coming out my ears, and that’s a load of steaming horse manure. The freedom of people in Quebec to practice their religion or culture should only end when it causes demonstrable harm to others. Let’s say that I firmly believe that I must, at all times, wear a bedazzled purple pirate hat. Is this belief backed up by centuries of religious philosophy and tradition? Nope. Is it a statement about a proud cultural heritage? Nope. Should the government be allowed to say that I can’t wear my spangly purple hat? Absolutely not. The point of freedom of religion means even freedom for dummies like me to believe whatever we want. This law is not about bringing Quebecers together and uniting people in la belle province, as Marois and her supporters have claimed. It’s about staking out a tribal enclave and making it clear to those who aren’t white, pure laine Francophones that they aren’t welcome. Quebec has turned from cool young rebel of the 1960s, with its Quiet Revolution and radical politics, into a stodgy, aging, xenophobic old twit, shaking his cane at the kids and telling them to get off his lawn. So basically, it’s doing what all the other old hippies have been doing since the 1980s. Thankfully, not everyone from Quebec is this stupid and intolerant. Justin Trudeau, actually impressing me for once, has spoken out against it. Trudeau pointed to the idea that people this law sees as outsiders are contributing to an evolving Quebec culture. That’s how I see it too - a culture, Canadian or Quebecois, is a growing, changing thing. Quebec was very, very different as a society 60 years ago. It changed, in many ways for the better. Now it has a chance to change again. It it doesn’t change, it will suffer the fate of every other old, cranky, annoying and essentially powerless bigot. It’ll wither and die. mclaxton@langleyadvance.com

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This law is not “ about bringing Quebeckers together and uniting people in la belle province.

COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR CALM OVER MARPOLE PLAN

To the editor: Re: “Marpole residents protest plan” Aug. 21. It’s disappointing to see the Courier continue to present Jesse Johl as an unbiased commenter, without mentioning that he is a two-time failed NPA candidate for city council. His latest attacks on City Hall are filled with misinformation and are driven by politics, not policy. Mayor Robertson and the Vision Council have been very clear in saying that if Marpole residents feel more time is needed for the community plan, we will extend the timeline. That’s why we asked staff to report back this fall with options for extending the timeline and providing more opportunities for consultation. A new community plan for Marpole will guide the neighbourhood for the next several decades, and is a chance to protect existing affordable housing, build new affordable options, and improve community amenities like parks and seniors’ centres. The plan will not “rezone” all of Marpole, or put towers beside single family homes. Those claims are simply untrue. The City has also demonstrated a willingness to listen by removing the “thin streets” proposal following opposition from many residents. Vancouver has a serious affordability challenge, and people will continue to move to the city. We need to plan for the growth. Let’s do it in a calm, reasonable way — one based on facts, not political rhetoric. I encourage all Marpole residents to visit vancouver.ca/mar-

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PARK BOARD COMMISSIONER DEFENDS ONECARD

To the editor: Re: “Community centre associations sue Vancouver park board,” Aug. 23. It’s disappointing to see six community centre associations continue to oppose universal access for all residents at our community centres. The OneCard is a long-overdue program to let people use any community centre they want, regardless of where they live, just like our public libraries. Community centre associations are still fully able to sign-up people as members, and fundraise to support local programming. This has not changed. What we want to change is taxpayers being forced to pay a separate membership each time they go to a different community centre. Your tax dollars pay for all of the facilities: the community centres, the rinks, the pools — and you should be entitled to use them when you want without paying extra fees. The public have clearly responded to this with over 40,000 obtaining a OneCard within eight weeks of it being available for rinks, pools and Park Board fitness centres. Sixteen of 22 CCAs across Vancouver support the interim agreement to implement a One-Card in community centres on Sept 1. It’s a simple, fair system that gives universal access to all our recreation facilities while letting CCAs determine their local programming. I encourage all residents of Vancouver to get the facts on the OneCard at www.

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Niki Sharma, Park Board Commissioner, Vancouver

VOLUNTEER DECRIES ONECARD To the editor: Park Board tactics towards community centre associations, who have done an excellent job of managing their centres, have been questionable, to say the least. As a member who has participated in many of the programs, and a volunteer in the kitchen at Kerrisdale, I fear that if the Park Board is successful in controlling funding, memberships, programs, and implementing their OneCard system, it would be disastrous for our centre and the community as well. Our current system is great and should be left alone!

Betty McElligott, Vancouver

BOWLING HEADLINE WAS PINHEADED

To the editor: Re: “Basement of Dunbar church hosts holy rollers,” Aug. 30. I know that the Courier often amuses us with witty and humorous headlines. Apparently the headline editor thinks that the above headline is witty and humorous and is perhaps unaware of the fact that the term “holy roller” is most often used as an insulting and disparaging description of members of a Christian group. One can find online or even in a good dictionary some information about the usage of that term. I can’t believe that the Courier would wish to insult members of any group, religious or otherwise.

Jay Paulson, Vancouver

SOCIAL MEDIA COURIER STORY: “Athletic artist to paint 50 portraits in 15 days,” Aug. 28. Black & Yellow @BY_gallery: Thanks to @ VanCourierNews for highlighting @SarahFougere’s work this week. COURIER CARTOON: Aug. 28. Elvira Lount @elviralount: MLK vs Obama — sad but true editorial cartoon.

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If you opted to stay in the city this past long weekend, the Victory Square Block Party might have been at the top of your list of things-to-do. Long-since thought of as the last hurrah of the summer, the mini music festival at the park at the corner of Hastings and Cambie is in its ninth year (or, maybe that’s eight as it did take a year off between now and 2004 when it began). This year, local acts included Kristi Lane Sinclair, Cascadia, Young Braised, Dead Ghost, Slow Learners, Jay Arner, The Courtneys and Slam Dunk. If you ask us, sitting on the sloped lawn, eating a taco out of the nearby La Taqueria truck while being treated to free entertainment (including the best people watching of any local festival around), is far more relaxing than sitting in a ferry or Highway One line-up.

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1 . Slow Learners rocked the stage at the Victory Square Block Party Sunday afternoon.

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2 . Nardwuar the Human Serviette checked out some of the musical performances during Sunday’s Victory Square Block Party. 3 . By the time Dead Ghosts ended its set, they got the crowd moving on its feet. 4 . Sophie Paul, 5, from Musqueam First Nations was right at home behind the drum kit. 5 . The final band to perform at the 2013 version of the Victory Square Block party was Slam Dunk. Scan this page with your smartphone or tablet using the free Layar app to view more photos.

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Waste not, want not

Bag To Earth makes products to ease the composting process and encourage participation in municipally run food waste programs

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ith municipalities across the Lower Mainland – including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and New Westminster, among others – participating in city-run food waste programs, one Canadian company has come up with a way to ease the composting process for residents. “The issue that crops up time and time again when you ask people to compost their kitchen waste in order to keep [organic material] out of the landfill is that it can, quite frankly, be a bit of a messy endeavour,” says Carson O’Neill, CEO of Bag To Earth Inc. “But the fact remains that these municipal food waste programs are a good idea. They really do work from an environmental perspective, so our aim is to make it easy and convenient – as hassle-free a process as possible – in order to encourage more participation.” He points to his firm’s Food Waste Bags, made from all-natural materials designed to disappear fully into the earth along with any

approved food scraps you toss into them. The bags, which come in two sizes, are comprised of a paper exterior lined with a patented natural fibre made from cellulose – a kind of “clear paper” that’s been in use for at least a century. “We’ve actually had consumers contact us after looking inside our bags and mistaking the lining for plastic, which, of course, it isn’t,” O’Neill states. “Cellulose is a 100% compostable material that will fully disappear back into the earth, just like the coffee grounds, eggshells, spaghetti sauce and banana peels you put into our bags. In other words, it helps to complete the organic loop.” Plastic bags, even those labelled biodegradable or compostable, he continues, have no place in an organic food waste program, as they actually “back up” the process. “Say you line the green bin that’s in your kitchen or the larger one on your curb with plastic and then you put your organics directly into that plastic for pickup,” he says. “What you end up with is a plastic bag sitting in the city’s compost site and backing it up because it’s a non-compostable material. It totally negates the purpose.” By lining your kitchen and/or outdoor bin with a Bag To Earth Food Waste Bag, however, all of the material – food waste and bag – that’s taken from your home by your municipality will return to the earth in its entirety. The question remains: why would any well-meaning resident put plastic inside a bin, when the contents of that bin are meant for compost? O’Neill says it often comes down to cleanliness. “Leftover food scraps can be slimy and stinky, and even those of us with the best intentions when it comes to the environment may be deterred from participating in a composting program due to the mess,”

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Bag To Earth Food Waste Bags are made from all-natural materials designed to disappear fully into the earth along with any approved food scraps you toss into them, thus helping to complete the organic loop. he says. “Our Food Waste Bags, however, solve this problem by keeping your bins clean and odour free.” Not only is the cellulose liner in every Bag To Earth Food Waste Bag totally leak-proof, keeping unpleasant smells from escaping is as simple as rolling down the top of the bag and sealing it with a clip or clothespin. Additionally, each Food Waste Bag’s flat bottom means it can either be placed in your green bin or set as a standalone right on your kitchen counter. “When the bag’s full, just run it out and put it in your curbside bin,” says O’Neill. “No need to dump it out; the bag goes right in and returns to the earth completely, from the lining to the tie … right down to the print on the exterior. And, if you wish, line your outdoor bin with one of our larger-sized bags. You won’t need to hose down the interior due to food scraps getting stuck on the sides and making a mess.” Each small Bag To Earth Food Waste Bag, one of which will last a family of four about a week (just enough time to fill and place curbside for pickup), costs approximately $0.50 – that’s just $26 a year. Again, O’Neill emphasizes the fact that “nothing about our Food Waste Bags compromises the composting aspect.” In fact, Bag To Earth relies on the success of municipally run food waste programs. “We follow these programs very closely and regularly update our website with the latest information from across the country,” he says. “Consumers are more than welcome to visit www.bagtoearth.com to find details about their local food waste program, as well as a list of retailers in their area that carry our products.”


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VARIOUS LOCATIONS Mexico Fest runs across the city Sept. 5 to 14 and there are events taking place each day celebrating Latin culture, art, food and music. You’ll find all that and more at a free trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre Sept. 7 from noon to 9 p.m. Mexico Fest began in 2008 as a celebration of the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and has grown into the most important festival to be hosted by the Consulate of Mexico in B.C. Due to growing interest the festival has attracted in Vancouver, the event has grown into an opportunity to feature some of that country’s most popular tourist spots and a way to bring about a greater understanding of Mexico.

VANDUSEN The theme of last year’s Luxury SuperCar and Shaughnessy Concours d‘Elegance event at VanDusen Botanical Garden was James Bond. This year the show celebrates the 50th anniversaries of Lamborghini and the Porsche 911 and the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. The show runs Sept. 7-8 on the Grand Lawn of VanDusen, located on West 37th

Avenue at Oak, with collections including new, concept, vintage and electric cars, as well as Ferrari, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, McLaren, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Masetrati, Bentley, Alfa Romero, Lexus, Lincoln, Cadillac and Tesla models. Other displays include traditional hot rods from the 1930s, military vehicles and a hand-picked selection of 1960s and 1970s Mopar muscle cars. Other highlights of the day include fashion shows, Italian food pavilion, Great Gatsby picnic site, Wines of Italy pavilion, luxury travel tent, luxury boat display and the best of class Concours Awards. For more information and tickets visit luxurysupercar.com.

KITS BEACH A walk to raise critical awareness about melanoma and other skin cancer takes place Sept. 14 at various cities across Canada. In Vancouver, the Save Your Skin’s National Walk to Remember begins at Kits Beach at 5 p.m. Each walk is five-kilometres long and starts at 5 p.m., a time of day with typically lower UV exposure. Besides promoting the cause, the goal is to bring community members together to share experiences and remember loved ones who lost their battle to melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. For more information visit saveyourskin.ca. Updates will be posted regularly.

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The theme of last year’s luxury car show at VanDusen was James Bond. This year the show celebrates the 50th anniversaries of Lamborghini and the Porsche 911 and the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. nadian Women’s Foundation, which has a goal to help 1,500 low-income women across Canada. Through a financial commitment of more than $300,000 over three years, the Lise Watier Foundation will help fund 17 programs across Canada, including Tradeworks Custom Products Society in Vancouver, which hires women struggling to find a job. Through the program, low-income women learn woodworking skills in a supportive,

woman-positive environment. Along the way, they also learn valuable workplace skills and build self-confidence. The foundation is also helping the Kettle Friendship Society’s sewing group run by the Common Thread cooperative. The funds from Lise Watier will help develop a training program for women who are new to sewing. sthomas@vancourier.com sthomas10@twitter.com

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Old wives’ tales

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Despite getting passed down over generations, secrets to beautiful, ageless skin are often forgotten or ignored, believed to be nothing more than myth and folklore. But it seems Grandma was on to something when she headed to the garden for a fresh tomato to soothe your sunburnt skin.

Isolating the power of natural ingredients in the fight against aging has even become a priority for health and wellness professionals, as women proactively turn to Grandma’s tried-and-true remedies to slow the cosmetic effects of aging.

While the science of anti-aging is among the most sophisticated in modern medicine, what’s striking is how many ‘miracle’ ingredients are already familiar to us through common old wives’ tales.

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From Mexico, Natalia Beristáin’s SHE DOESN’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE tells the story of a washed up actress who drowns her sorrows in booze until she reluctantly becomes her grandmother’s caretaker. Sounds like the perfect Adam Sandler vehicle. The film screens Sept. 5 and 6 at the Cinematheque as part of the VANCOUVER LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL. For show times and more details, go to vlaff.org.


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KUDOS& KVETCHES A FAIR TO NOT REMEMBER The PNE has come to an end for another year, and for another year we’re left wondering how could we have missed it again? It’s not like the awkwardly named The Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition lacks media attention and wasn’t on our radar. Heck, the Courier ran more stories on the PNE this year than stories about off-leash dogs, people protesting new condo developments, and new condo developments catering to off-leash dogs combined. So what was it that prevented us from checking off all the boxes in our 2013 dream journal, along with join CrossFit and get a wicked bod, sing “Electric Avenue” at karaoke and stop complaining every day about the slowness….of…. our….eight-year-old….work…com…puter? Was it our aversion to large crowds? The lack of a Hall and Oates or Rick Springfield at the Summer Nights concert series? Our lifetime ban from the Superdogs show? Sadly, when it comes right down to it, we just didn’t try hard enough. Sure, we talk about how much we like the PNE and how much we’d miss it if it ever went away, but the simple fact is we were too lazy, and on too many nights spent the evening drinking booze and playing Words With Friends with our significant other from different ends of the apartment, occasionally yelling down

the hallway things such as “How the hell is ‘mako’ a word!” And for that we’re sorry. Sorry to the PNE, sorry to the band Foreigner, who apparently put on a great show, but most of all, sorry to us and the apathetic life we chose to live this summer. Seriously, though, how is “mako” even a word?

HALFTIME HANG-UPS As regular readers of this column may know, K&K holds a strong dislike for the Canadian band Hedley. In fact, they are on our list of top three dislikes of all time — right next to racism and mayonnaise. If you’re going to name your band after a small town in the Interior, surely you could have gone with Spuzzum or Beaverdell. Just saying. Needless to say, we weren’t overly stoked upon learning this week the MuchMusicendorsed band, which features a frequently shirtless singer who sounds like he suffers from an ongoing and particularly painful groin pull, will be headlining the halftime show at this year’s Grey Cup. Not that the CFL has a stellar reputation for picking lessthan-sucky halftime acts — having previously given the nod to Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas and an ill-conceived duet between Nickelback and a hologram of Mr. Dressup called Tickle-trunk-back. We may have made that last one up. Then again, who are we to judge. Maybe we’re just bitter that Mitsou has never been given the chance to spread her beguiling wings at a Grey Cup halftime show. If you ask us, it’s a national tragedy. twitter.com/KudosKvetches

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lice thought his story was a joke. Desperate, jacked-up on steroids and going broke, the blundering bodybuilders decide to strike again, with predictable results. Michael Bay’s marriage of violence and slapstick is a sometimes shaky one, and the film runs out of juice about halfway through. No special features on the Blu-ray.

Eric Bana gets the sense that he’s being watched in the British thriller Closed Circuit. To watch the movie trailer, scan this page using your Layar app. drivers, and by those ubiquitous CCTV cameras. Right when they are ready to concede defeat and wave a white flag, the stakes are upped when it is discovered that Farroukh’s teenage son (Hasancan Cifci) could blow the whole thing open. If you sat through some of the movies that boomed through theatres this summer, you may be unused to the fact that, other than the dramatic explosion at Closed Circuit’s beginning, there is a dearth of pyrotechnics and — gasp! — no gunplay at all. There are plenty of bobbies walking around in SWAT gear, however, and the bad guys have quieter methods for offing their victims. A love story may seem unlikely and contrived under the circumstances, but director John Crawley makes it work: no torrid bedroom scenes here, just a flashback to happier times intercut with the miserable present (the affair clearly destroyed Martin’s marriage). Despite spending much of the film working separately, Bana and Hall make a convincing pair. This isn’t a particularly twisty thriller, and you won’t have to work very hard to keep up — it is still officially summer, after all — but Closed Circuit is a stylish and admirably acted film that taps into jitters about our surveillance state. —reviewed by Julie Crawford • At Any Price The vanishing American dream is mined in Ramin Bahrani’s drama about fathers and sons, secrets and legacies in rural Iowa. Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wants his son Dean (Zac Efron) to be a fourthgeneration farmer; Dean has dreams of Nascar. In an age of GMOs and GPS farming, how far will a father go to ensure

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ittle Pussy was David Jordan’s favourite show at the Edmonton Fringe Festival so he’s excited it’ll be performed at the Vancouver Fringe, which will feature more than 600 theatre performances by 89 artists from Sept. 5 to 15. The one-man show focuses on John Grady’s accounts of being bullied throughout his life, stories that are beautifully renderedbyagiftedstoryteller who punctuates his tales with precise movements honed when Grady was a dancer with Ballet B.C., says Jordan, executive director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. “It’s the perfect, perfect solo show and it’s a story from the heart,” Jordan said. Mainstage shows at the Fringe are literally drawn out of a hat, so Jordan describes the offerings as “randomly eclectic.” Take his other favourite from the Edmonton Fringe, Hockey Night at the Puck and Pickle Pub, an ode to hockey fandom written by Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone that depicts two guys watching a gold-medal game between Canada and Russia at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at a bar.

Highlights of this year’s Fringe Festival include, clockwise from top left, N.O.N.C.E., Hockey Night at the Puck and Pickle Pub, Little Pussy and Threads. For added web content, including videos, scan page using the Layar app. “They play a dozen different characters, and it’s really heartfelt as well, and it’s also really off the cuff and fun,” Jordan said. “Monster Theatre, they’re Fringe darlings.” Emergent themes at last year’s Vancouver Fringe were war, murder and God. This year, Jordan and his fellow Fringesters have noted connections to prison. N.O.N.C.E., British slang that refers to pedophiles who are segregated because they face physical abuse from other inmates, features a spoken word poet from the U.K. who based this story on his reallife experiences working in the prison system. Also based on actual experiences, The Adversary explores how one man dealt with the

difficulthomelessandaddicted people who slept at the inner city church where he worked. Jordan says Victoria’s awardwinning comedian Andrew Bailey crafts his monologue with the same flair as Fringe favourite T.J. Dawe, with the help of dramaturgists Britt Small and Jacob Richmond (Ride the Cyclone, Legoland). Jordan has heard great things about Threads, a true story told by the daughter of a heavily pregnant American womanwhohadtoescapefrom Vietnam in 1968, and Fools for Love, a clown rom-com. The Vancouver Fringe returns to the Cultch this year and for the first time features shows at SFU Woodward’s. It includes a longer run of Fringe picks, one of which is Jake’s

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Gift, about a Canadian Second WorldWarveteran’sreluctance to return to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. “I don’t know anybody who’s seen that show who hasn’t cried,” Jordan said. Vancouver Fringe includes site-specific performances on Granville Island and one of them, Dear Life, features actors trained in martial arts who’ve set their show of sibling angst and sword fights at the water park. Jordan has a hard time imagining why anyone wouldn’t want to check out the festival. “What else are you going to do, really?” he said. He called up Sturgeon’s Revelation, a quotation derived from science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon who acknowledged that 90 per cent of science fiction is crud, but 90 per cent of everything is crud. “Ninety per cent of TV is crap but that doesn’t stop us from watching it,” Jordan said. “Why do we need a reason to take a chance here? It’s not a risk. It’s not a financial risk, it’s not a time risk, the shows are an hour long. Just do it. If you don’t like it, forget about it, go see another one. Guarantee if you keep seeing one, you’ll see something that changes your life.” For more information, see vancouverfringe.com. crossi@vancourier.com twitter.com/Cheryl_Rossi


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our years after UBC tried to sign Niall Cousens to the men’s soccer program, the strapping striker is finally a Thunderbird and started the season for the defending CIS national champions with two goals in two outings. “It was nice to see Niall slot in and combine well with the group,” said Tbirds head coach Mike Mosher after UBC defeated SFU 3-1 Sunday in a non-conference game at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby. “We’ve got some nice attacking pieces. It’s a huge win against a good opponent and that’s a major positive for this group going forward.” Cousens, 22, was born in Calgary but raised and homeschooled in Vancouver. He graduated in 2009 and when Mosher contacted him at the time, the six-footfour right-footer said his ambitions were

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Niall Cousens, a Thunderbird rookie at 22, breaks free of a tackle during a 3-1 win against SFU Sept. 1 at Terry Fox Field. farther afield. “I was focussed on playing professionally in Europe and he was very supportive and told me to keep UBC’s program in mind if anything changed,” said Cousens. He played the next three seasons in the Czech Republic with Slavia Prague until his contract ended in July last year and when an invitation to play in Germany didn’t pan out, he eventually returned to Canada in search of opportunities closer to home.

“I trained with the Vancouver Whitecaps for a couple weeks in January and February of this year but nothing came of it. With that door temporarily closed, I looked to UBC,” he said. “I had followed the team’s season where they went unbeaten and became national champions. The prospect of playing quality soccer at home while preparing and studying for life after soccer was an easy decision.” Cousens, suddenly a rookie at an age

when many varsity athletes are in their graduate year, brings international experience, including four games with the men’s national U23 team, that should prove an asset to his teammates. Soccer’s European cultural saturation and professional development isn’t equaled in Canada, said Cousens, but the sport is growing rapidly nonetheless. “Hopefully my experience as an older rookie will benefit the team. I’ve definitely been helped by older players in my career and I will try and do the same with the younger players on UBC,” he said. The striker joined the Tbirds roster just as the team said goodbye to the 2012 CIS MVP and Canada West player of the year Gagan Dosanjh, who wrapped up his university career to sign with Edmonton FC. “It’s never easy when a team loses a player like Gagan,” said Cousens. “He’s an incredible player that has done a lot for UBC and I wish him all the best in Edmonton. “As a striker, I have my own personal goals and will focus on my own style of play and how that fits in with the team. My only concern is performing well for UBC and working towards another national championship.” The Thunderbirds travel to Victoria to play the UVic Vikes Friday. Their next home game is 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Thunderbird Stadium when they host the Fraser Valley Cascades. mstewart@vancourier.com twitter.com/MHStewart

Tbirds come up short in home-opener

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he unranked UBC Thunderbirds came close to marking their first home game of the season with an upset over the No. 3 University of Calgary Dinos. The Tbirds out-rushed the Dinos by 85 yards and averaged 7.9 yards per carry, but the visitors return home with a 41-31 win — and an injured starting quarterback. The game ebbed for the Dinos when Tbirds receiver Alex Morrison ran 102 yards to start the second half and score the second-longest kickoff return touchdown in school history. But the Dinos answered and the Tbirds went down 10 points by the end of the third quarter. The start of the final frame, UBC scored 17 points and held the lead until a clutch interception led to a Calgary touchdown with 43 seconds on the clock. “That’s football,” said head coach Shawn Olson in a UBC news release. “You don’t always leave feeling good.” The Thunderbirds (0-1) lost their first exhibition game Aug. 23 to the University of Saskatoon (1-0). They travel to Edmonton Sept. 7 to meet the University of Alberta Golden Bears (0-1). Their next home game is 2 p.m. Sept. 14 against the University of Manitoba. — Megan Stewart photo Rich Lam for the Courier

Patrick Bull, a six-foot-three third-year receiver and Vancouver College graduate, rushed for 22 yards in a 41-31 loss to the Calgary Dinos Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium.


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C’S SWING INTO PLAYOFFS:: Vancouver Canadians first baseman L.B. Dantzler makes the out on Tri-City

Dust Devils short stop Alec Mehrten Sunday at Gesa Stadium in a 2-1 win that helped push the C’s into the 2014 Northwest League playoffs. For the fourth year in a row, Vancouver has reached the post-season and looks to win a third consecutive championship. In the best-of-three championship series against the Everett AquaSox, the C’s played Tuesday night at Nat Bailey Stadium before travelling south for the second and third games. For results, visit vancourier.com/sports.

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