West Vancouver Beacon | November/December 2021 | Edition 47

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BEACON Shedding light on the communities from Lions Bay to Dundarave

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Inukshuks at Larson Bay, named after Pete Larson, whose apple orchards overlooked this view in the early 1900s (story on page 3).




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What is justice, really?

y entry into the world of restorative justice (RJ) came ten years ago, as a volunteer in the North Shore Restorative Justice Society’s (NSRJ) restorative response program. RJ provides an alternative to the criminal justice system. It is a voluntary process where accountability is a key component. But more than that, it is a way of being that puts community values at its centre. Conflict and crime are viewed as a breakdown in relationship, and reparation and healing are sought through dialogue. For several years, I was the program manager of NSRJ’s education initiative. In this role I witnessed, repeatedly, the transformative power of restorative processes. When we create space for diverse opinions to exist respectfully side-by-side, we can have difficult conversations without defensiveness or shame. When we listen, really listen, with a flexible mind and an open heart, anything is possible. Because of the confidential nature of the process, it is usually not possible to disclose restorative processes and outcomes to the public. But The Beacon has permission to share the following story. At around 1 a.m. one Saturday, a community member heard someone screaming outside their home and called the West Vancouver police. Upon reaching the inter-

section, the police found two youth, both slightly intoxicated. One was crying and rolling on the concrete. The other had just called 911 for an ambulance for his friend. They said that two men had attacked them, spraying them with bear spray. The police

NSRJ. The constable shared with the youth that the number of hours of wasted police resources had cost the city more than $600. Moreover, during the event, the officers had been kept busy when they could have been assisting in actual emergencies or crimes occurring in the community. Once they understood the impacts of their actions, the youth asked how they could make amends. They wrote a letter offering their sincere apologies and donated $200 to Cops for Cancer. RJ files vary in nature and complexity, but there are very few limits to the kinds of files that can be referred. With 40 volunteers, and long-standing relationships with the WVPD, RCMP and school districts, this community-based organization has been advocating for justice and victim rights on the North Shore since 1997. November 21 marks the beginning of Restorative Justice Week in Canada and many other parts of the world. Traditionally, this is when NSRJ holds its annual fundraising gala. However, COVID-19 has made that impossible this year. Instead, funds are being raised through an online silent auction and monthly donor campaign. Donations can be made at https:// www.nsrj.ca/how-to-help/donate. To learn more about NSRJ and the work it does in the community, visit www.nsrj.ca.

“Conflict and crime are viewed as a breakdown in relationship, and reparation and healing are sought through dialogue.” officers took descriptions of the alleged assailants and multiple police officers were deployed to search for the two men who had committed the ‘assault with a weapon.’ In the days following, further investigation revealed that one of the boys had had bear mace in his possession and the other had sprayed himself. They had made up the story because they were scared to admit they had done this to themselves. They thought it may be illegal to carry bear spray. Lying to the police, leading to the misuse of police resources, is an offence under the law. However, rather than pursuing charges through the criminal justice system, the constable diverted the file to

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The Orchard at Gleneagles pays tribute to a pioneer


y orchard will become a new resort for West Vancouver,” thought Peter Larson as he signed the documents for his 200-acre parcel. He had acquired it in 1902, as he was “getting on in years.” The West Van. News announced, in August 1926, that the land would be developed to feature a nine-hole golf course, and if the application to the PGE (Pacific Great Eastern) Railway was accepted, would include a rebuilt station. In 1914, the PGE had completed the line from North Vancouver to Larsons, around Orchill and Marine Drive. This offered an alternative to arriving by boat. In 1926, Marine Drive from Caulfeild was completed. In May 1927, civil engineer, Noel Humphrys, submitted a plan showing a subdivision of large lots with a golf course mainly to the west of the PGE railway tracks, now the Seaview Walk. But a letter in 1931 from Gleneagles Limited to the Reeve and Council of the district, tells of the “acute financial depression” and asks for a tax concession. Partly due to the depression, and the PGE no longer running up to Larson Station, the lots were not selling well. The property changed hands and it was reorganized as Gleneagles (1934) Ltd. Post 1945, many people saw the attraction of living in Canada’s milder climate and Vancouver’s population increased substantially. Golf was a growing sport. One group of golfers was finding it hard to get tee times. In 1948 a group of 36 local Jewish golfers formed the first Jewish Golf

Club in Vancouver. Response to the club was enthusiastic. By 1951 the Cedarcrest Golf Club had about 100 members playing at Langara, but according to the Scribe (Journal of the Jewish Historical Society of B.C.) the situation had become “rather awkward… we were somewhat less than welcome.” When Gleneagles Golf Course went up for sale, a group of them went to look. They found a neglected site but loved the beauty of the area. Dedicated members gave of their time and money, and a redevelopment got underway. A small pan abode building was erected in 1952. A larger one followed a few years later and became known as the Great Hall. The official opening coincided with the annual members’ dinner on July 3, 1954, and 400 people attended. As the club’s needs changed, a difficult decision was made to sell and develop a larger site in Richmond. DWV bought the course. A 1958 purchase debenture shows purchase price as $350,000 plus $10,000 for bylaw expenses. Time passed and the great hall started to show its age. There were calls to demolish the old buildings and build a new concrete block building housing a pro shop and snack bar. The Western Residents Association, led by then chair, Ali Brown, worked hard to ensure that did not happen. In December 2007, DWV held a community heritage workshop to consider the building’s fate. With a lot of work by local residents, and many stalls along the way, the opening was celebrated on May 1, 2010.

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The renewed building featured Larson Station Restaurant. Unfortunately, this operation and a couple of later ones failed. Partial blame was placed on the operators not being allowed adequate signage on the building, or on Marine Drive. Closure of Orchill Way during construction did not help either. The restaurant sat idle for several years as DWV could not find a suitable new operator. The Great Hall continued to be used. As of August, this year a new operator has remodeled the restaurant and it is open for business. Peter Larson would be happy to know that its name is The Orchard, a fitting tribute to a North Shore pioneer. The Orchard is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, with dinner coming soon. They can be reached at 604-926-4898.

Gleneagles Clubhouse circa 1928. Photo: courtesy of West Vancouver archives

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Nothing to crow about


he gulls are mine. But the crows have taken to James Hamish. We’ve gone from cosy, early morning visits with Jasper and Coco, his mate, to a lineup of six crows. They sit like a regiment on the railing, waiting for their leader to emerge, and give them their flying orders. And breakfast. Hamish spent 12 years in the British Army as a physiotherapist. He ended his career as a Sergeant Major in the medical corps. Though he focused on rehabbing injured soldiers, he occasionally led military parades, wheeling and turning the men with the precision of a Swiss watch. The crows respond to his air of authority. To his special care for two elderly crows, Homer and Methuselah, frowzy with white feathers and arthritic feet, whom he insists on feeding first. After that, it’s every crow for himself.

A few die-hards hang around all day, waiting for him. One day, I was out, and Hamish was working. The day was sunny, the door to the patio, open. A young crow decided to see where he’d gone. Perhaps he could wheedle some extra grub? He flew into the apartment and became disoriented. Panicking, he rocketed through kitchen, breakfast nook, dining and living room. Hurled himself against every glass window and door he encountered, to no avail. Alerted by the frantic beating of wings, Hamish rushed out of his office. The crow, seeing him, zoomed past him into his workroom, and into a corner where he collapsed, breast heaving. Hamish’s efforts to scoop him up in a towel failed. Exhausted, the bird fainted. Had he suffered a heart attack? Hamish gathered him up in the palm of

his hand and took him outside. He laid him gently on the table in front of the railing. “He weighed next to nothing. Just a wee handful o’ feathers. I thought he was dead!” As Hamish stepped back, respectfully, the fallen soldier came alive. Surprise! Springing to his feet, he shot away. Never to be seen again? No. He was back next day for morning

muster. And he left souvenirs of his visit. Bits of crow poop throughout the apartment. Most of them on the good furniture. The pieces upholstered in white. Crows are discriminating. The stains remind us to keep the patio door shut when we’re away. Spotty furniture is nothing to crow about.

As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit we say: Thank you for 41 years of community support! Best wishes for the holidays and a happy and healthy new year!

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Kay Meek Arts Centre launches Encore Campaign Second phase of $4.5 million improvement project BY

Rob Gloor

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hree years after kicking off a $4 million capital campaign to upgrade accessibility and amenities at the Kay Meek Arts Centre, the West Vancouver theatre complex has achieved its initial goal and is halfway to a $500,000 goal in its next phase, the Encore Campaign. Vibrant communities are made even stronger through strong support of arts programs and facilities. The Kay Meek Arts Centre’s capital campaign has successfully reached its phase one goal with support from all levels of government, the business sector, and individual community leaders. Chief among the changes made to the Mathers Avenue facility are accessibility improvements such as the new lobby elevator, new universal washrooms, and new accessible dressing rooms backstage. Other major upgrades include new seating, lights and sound equipment in the 150seat studio theatre, now called the McEwen Theatre in honour of the campaign’s leading donor, West Vancouver resident Irene McEwen. “The Kay Meek Arts Centre is a wonderful part of life on the North Shore,” says McEwen. “It’s such a beautiful space for music and the arts.” Several other spaces in the building have been transformed during this major renovation, increasing the Kay Meek’s offering of rentable spaces available to the public. The new backstage dance studio is an exceptional room for dance rehearsals and

classes, with maple sprung floors, permanent mirrors and barres, natural light, and integrated sound system. Upstairs at the Mathers Avenue entrance is the BMO Salon, a new multipurpose room ideal for pre- or post-show receptions, meetings, workshops, and small performances. The BMO Salon, the McEwen Theatre, and the 500-seat Grosvenor Theatre all enter through the PARC Retirement Living Atrium, the grand lobby space which connects all three levels of the building around the staircases and the new elevator. The final phase of construction was the completion of the Faris Family Courtyard, officially opened this summer with the dedication of a new public art installation by Marie Khouri. The marble sculpture, entitled Sit With Me, Share With Me, was commissioned in memory of West Vancouver philanthropist Yulanda Faris, and creates a special place for conversation or quiet reflection in the garden setting outside the Kay Meek. In addition to the sponsors and donors whose names now adorn Kay Meek spaces, major contributions came from several generous individuals and all three levels of government. All gifts over $5000 are now recognized on a new donor wall. Looking forward, the Encore Campaign will ensure funding for long-term maintenance and for new initiatives such as state-of-the-art live streaming capabilities. Throughout the pandemic, the Kay Meek Arts Centre has shifted its operations and remains one of British Columbia’s leading performing arts centres. Donors to the En-

core Campaign will have special recognition opportunities, including seat dedications in both the Grosvenor and McEwen Theatres.

For more information on the Kay Meek Arts Centre’s Encore Campaign, visit kaymeek.com/give.

The Faris Family Courtyard with Marie Khouri’s marble sculpture.

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McEwen Theatre with new seating.

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An optimistic first semester in SD45

f you entered a West Vancouver high school in late 2020 or early 2021, you would have been met by an eery lull in the hallways as one, maybe two, students made their way to their respective classes. Passing through that same doorway in the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, you are met with a vastly different sight. Where once cohort barriers existed, friends now stand in clusters, making plans, and sharing stories. That once-heavy silence is no more. While time may seem to stop for a frightening moment as you pass a schoolmate with their mask below their nose or mouth, you are soon distracted by a sports tryout, a poster promoting a re-emerging club, or

Photo: courtesy of Crystal Tanfara, WVSS VP Rose, with WVSS staff, volunteering on Orange Shirt Day.

simply a friend’s smiling eyes. For SD45, the 2020-2021 school year was broken into four quarters, with each holding two in-timetable classes: one full-time, one hybrid. Once a student’s school day concluded, regardless of length, they were expected to exit the premises. Certain district courses, like the F.A.S.T. program and the district honour choirs, ran with adapted protocol. For newly transferred students, the year did not lend itself to immersion in school culture or interacting with classmates outside of a classroom setting. This resulted in the year feeling, if anything, lonely. Students were not the only members of the school community feeling the sting of change. Teachers had to scramble to adapt curriculum to their new ten-week-course layout. Senior physics teacher, Jerry Espenhain has been at West Vancouver Secondary

School for twenty years. He is one of the many secondary school teachers in SD45 who has had to adapt his courses for the now-dissolved quarter system, to fit the new semester system. He says that lifting the cont a c t- t r a c k i n g cohorts has been mostly positive because having no co- Mr. Espenhain horts creates a lower stress environment for the students and a less restricted teaching environment. “I am freer to do things like demos, experiments, and labs the way I am used to doing them, and we don’t have to make sure that only certain students are grouped to-

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gether,” he explains. “We can teach and learn as normal. It’s nice and relieving.” Most classes are reinstating the styles of teaching used pre-pandemic, and Mr. Espenhain shared his thoughts about an adapted year teaching such challenging science courses: “We had to teach less content, but we tried to do it in more meaningful ways. You had sort of a license to try things.” Some measures included making video lessons and providing students with the materials to perform experiments at home. While many questions remain unanswered for 2022 graduates, life at school appears to go on as usual for most. “Really, other than the masks, nothing else is different this year,” Mr. Espenhain says. As Remembrance Day and other traditions continue to be adapted to changing COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, Mr. Espenhain holds out hope for events like the B.C. Physics Olympics to resume. Only time will tell, but there is no doubt that this school year is bringing out the optimist in all of us.

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Jim Carter, a decent man BY

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he above is an accurate description of Jim Carter. He was a leader in everything he pursued. I knew him for over 40 years, as a fellow educator, committee member, mentor, and friend. Jim died at the end of September this year. As his friends and family mourn his passing, we remember his legacy of service to our community. Born in Victoria in 1932, Jim was raised and educated in Vancouver. His love for West Vancouver began during his childhood, with family summers at Eagle Island.

Eventually, Jim and his wife, Paula, made their home permanently in West Vancouver. Jim loved sports too. While studying at UBC, he played on the Thunderbirds basketball team. Later in life, he was appointed head of sports programming for the Victoria Commonwealth Games and served on the VANOC Committee for the 2010 Olympic Games. Jim contributed his organizational skills to civic politics during the era of Art Phillips and The Electors Action Movement (TEAM) in Vancouver. He was principal at both West Vancouver and Sentinel Secondary schools. He served as deputy minister for Education and for Social Services and Housing for B.C. under Premier Vander Zalm. Typically, Jim never mentioned his many and varied accomplishments. When Jim joined West Vancouver Historical Society around 2009, the society was undergoing a change, with the founders retiring and new directors looking for new projects. He decided a book chronicling


West Vancouver’s growth as a community would contribute significantly to our centennial in 2012. Jim’s vision, clear articulation of the goal and provision of the tools necessary, inspired the board to action. He directed the project’s fundraising campaign and oversaw the book’s production in all its complex detail. Cottages to Community was a critical and financial success and stands as a legacy for West Vancouver. In 2012, while serving on the Lower Caulfeild Advisory Committee, Jim participated in the “Wander Caulfeild History Day,” attended by over 1000 people.

Against a backdrop of photographs and slides at St. Francisin-the-Wood church, Jim was in his element, reminiscing about Eagle Island and telling stories about the community he loved. Jim was a listener, a mentor, and a very good friend. One friend said, “Jim, your commitment to family, friends, and community is the true measure of one of the most decent men I have known.” Jim’s life story and accomplishments are chronicled in the March 2015 edition of the Beacon. Find it online at westvanbeacon.ca in the ‘Read Past Editions’ section.

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The 2022 Historical Society calendar BY

Laura Anderson


id you know the Lions Gate Bridge is a national historic site? The commemoration took place in 2010 at K’aya’chtn (gathering of ocean canoes), Ambleside, close to the Welcoming Figure, a gift from the Squamish Nation to the people of West Vancouver in 2001. Do you know the story of the mural on 25th Street between Marine Drive and Bellevue Avenue? Vancouver was host to the world’s biggest party when Expo 86 took over the town for one glorious summer. It was also the city’s centenary, but with all the Expo hoopla, who would notice Vancouver’s 100th birthday? Mac Parry and Chris Dahl at Vancouver Magazine commissioned artist Jim McKenzie to create a vision of Vancouver. The result, Vancouver 1792, depicts the pivotal moment when the future arrived in this corner of the world. Thanks to Russell Precious and the folks at Capers Community Market, McKenzie’s mural found a home on their building’s west wall. Capers, though long gone, is fondly remembered. And, after 36 years, the building has been sold and the future of this heritage landmark is uncertain. Were you at Horseshoe Bay in 1965, when Prime Minister Lester Pearson displayed his catch at the Vancouver Sun Free Salmon Derby? Ralph Bower, ace Sun photographer, was there, demonstrating his unique ability to be in the right place at the right time to capture the right shot. Bower also caught Sylvester, the Sewell Marina’s

wharf cat, laying claim to his own prize salmon. These, and other little-known facts and stories about our community, can be found in West Vancouver Historical Society’s first calendar, a limited edition, titled Local Visions: Inside West Vancouver 2022. They accompany an array of visual reflections of our community - past, present and what may be - as seen through the lenses of very gifted local photographers. The images inside Local Visions, contributed by Ralph Bower, Jim Breukelman, Norah Corbet, Anikha Khan, Charles Mayrs, Peter von Puttkamer, Mike Wakefield and Doug Wardrop are as varied, complex, and beautiful as the community we call home. Sadly, just before the calendar went to print, Jim Carter died. Jim’s love for West Vancouver, born during childhood summers at Eagle Island, shone through his contributions to education and sport, and in telling the story of his community. Jim was an active member of West Vancouver Historical Society, from the day he joined, in 2006. He applied his abilities - his vision, leadership, and commitment - to ensure West Vancouver’s history was a factor in community activities and municipal policy. He inspired his fellow society members to work actively to preserve, record and celebrate the history and heritage of West Vancouver. An early achievement during his term as president, from 2007 to 2011, was the designation of the Lions Gate Bridge as a national historic site. Among Jim’s lasting legacies to his community, is the society’s


publications. WVHS’s local history publications launched in 2012 with the centennial book, Cottages to Community. It was followed by Arrivals and Departures (Horseshoe Bay and B.C. Ferries) and Dreamers and Designers (the development of West Vancouver). Inside West Vancouver, a memoir of municipal and community politics by former councilor and past WVHS president, Rod Day, is the latest book in the series, to be published in spring 2022.

Photo: courtesy of Mike Wakefield, WVHS If you don’t know about Vancouver 1792, this mural by Jim McKenzie, find it on the west wall of the building at 25th Street, between Marine Drive and Bellevue Avenue. Be quick, it could disappear any day.

The West Vancouver Historical Society’s first calendar

Local Visions … Inside West Vancouver 2022 ges ly ima Month the beauty g in reflect est Van! of W ct A perfe gift! s a m t Chris

These books inspired Local Voices, a series of community conversations which in turn inspired this first, limited edition, calendar. West Vancouver Historical Society dedicates Local Visions: Inside West Vancouver 2022 to the memory of Jim Carter. We hope that it will find a home at your home.


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Another West Vancouver Hall of Fame inductee BY


Lindy Pfeil

n Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, local athlete Christa Bortignon, was inducted into the Huntsman World Senior Games Hall of

Pre-COVID, Christa stands below a Huntsman street banner with her image on it.

Fame. The Huntsman World Senior Games is an annual event with 10,000 athletes competing in 34 different sports over two weeks in October. Christa first competed in the games in 2010, and over the past 11 years she has won 53 gold medals. She has accumulated a total of 568 medals and has broken 38 world records in 16 events. In 2012, her world record triple jump of 8.1 metres in the Huntsman games contributed to her selection by World Masters Athletics as the world’s best female master athlete in 2013. Unfortunately, the global pandemic kept Christa from participating in this year’s Huntsman Games, held each year in St. George, Utah. She is understandably disappointed not to have been able to compete: “This year is especially dear to me since I am one of the inductees into their Hall of Fame. But with the current restrictions on travel to

the U.S., it wasn’t possible.” Christa serves as an ambassador for the games. It is her image that is featured on the cover of the results book, as well as on flyers, street banners and the Huntsman World Senior Games truck. “I am very honoured to be selected to the Hall of Fame,” she says. “Not only will this be my most precious award, but I will continue to appreciate the hard work of all the organizers, officials, and volunteers in future games.” While COVID-19 has prevented travel, it has not slowed Christa down. After more than a year without competition, she participated in the annual B.C. Masters Track and Field Championships in Surrey this past summer. The 2020 championships had been canceled by provincial restrictions due to COVID. The 2021 championships were hosted in August by the Greyhounds Masters Club at Bear Creek Park. There were 164 athletes, competing in 443 individual events and nine relay events. Although unable to train to the same level as before the pandemic, Christa won five gold medals: the 100-metre sprint (17.98 seconds), long jump (2.87 metres), shot (5.97 metres), javelin (11.72 metres) and as

Photo: courtesy of Attilio Bortignon Christa competing in the 100m dash at a pre-COVID-19 Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

part of a 4X100 relay in the Women 75 (W75) category. The W75 relay team of Christa, Cherry Graf, Marg Radcliffe and Avril Douglas set a new Canadian record of 1:19.88. “I am 84 now and ran with the other athletes in the 75-plus age group,” Christa says. “As of January, See page 11

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Consider triggering some capital gains

t last, the federal election is behind us, and we have returned a very similar coalition of political power to Ottawa. The Liberal minority, shored up most likely by the NDP, will be inclined to raise tax revenues given the massive COVID-19 relief spending of the past twelve months. There is much speculation that an increase in capital gains inclusion rate from 50% to 75% could easily be on the government’s agenda. Such a move would run well with the popular trope about tax-

ing the rich. You may recall previous governments had inclusion rates of 75% and 66 2/3%. It is true that capital gains tax is only a concern if you hold appreciated investments in a capital property like a home you do not reside in, a non-registered investment account, or a business. Currently only 50% of capital gains realized in a calendar year are taxable at your marginal tax rate. For high-income earners paying a top rate of 53.5% in B.C., a move to 75% inclu-

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Loneliness impacts nutrition

I will be entering a new age group, Women 85 and hope to be able to compete again. There are several of the world records for W85 which I could try to break, if I can stay healthy.” The 100 metre world record is 19.37, and Christa recently ran the 100 metre in 17.98 seconds. The triple jump world record is 5.50 metres, and in August her best triple jump was 6.48 metres. Both these goals are thus well within reach if Christa can keep training and stay injury free. “During these stressful times, I have missed training with my friends, but I have also met many new ones while training by myself on the track at West Vancouver High.” Ever positive, Christa continues: “Although the restrictions due to COVID will remain for some time, I consider myself blessed to live in this beautiful community.” We agree Christa and we can’t wait to see you smash some more records soon.



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hile the worst of the pandemic may be behind us, the last 18 months have taught us the importance of human connection; however, few realize how a lack of connection affects our daily behaviours, especially those of older adults. A survey from Home Instead, Inc. found that nearly twice as many lonely Canadian seniors grade their diet as a C or below (28 percent) than seniors who are not lonely (16 percent). The research shows that Canadian seniors who feel lonely consume 111 more servings of fat per year than not-lonely seniors. Furthermore, 69 percent of lonely seniors do not receive the right amount of at least one important element SM of nutrition.

sion would increase such tax from 26.7% to 40.13%. There may be no warning of such a change, and it could potentially be announced well ahead of a budget. What can you do about it now? One of the options is simply to sell some, or all, of your appreciated assets and lock in their capital gains at the current 50% inclusion rate. Yes, you will pay tax now but be saved from a potentially higher tax bill in the future. If, for investment reasons, you don’t

Socialization at mealtimes reduces feelings of isolation and improves nutritional intake, but the pandemic has made this increasingly difficult for seniors – impacting their overall health. As we return to a more familiar way of life and begin to gather again in person, families and friends should once again share a meal with older loved ones, if it is safe to do so. Not only will it strengthen relationships, but it likely will impact the quality of food seniors consume. Canadian seniors who eat most of their meals alone are more than twice as likely to be lonely (48 percent) than those who eat most of their meals with others (20 per-

wish to sell a given security, the rules allow you to buy it back, but not for 30 days after the sale. There are other legal methods of doing this as well, but you are advised to seek and follow professional accounting and tax advice. Michael Berton is a Senior Financial Planner with Assante Financial Management Ltd. mberton@assante.com

cent). Additionally, more than one in three Canadian seniors who eat most meals alone have poorer mental well-being. The research also indicates a connection between seniors who feel lonely and the likelihood of skipping meals. To improve mealtime habits and promote connection, Home Instead provides recipes, tips and resources designed to inspire seniors and family caregivers to make healthier choices and spend quality time together preparing and sharing nutritious meals. For more information, visit HomeInstead.ca/ CompanionshipDiet. Janet Hassell is the owner of Home Instead®, the North Shore and Downtown Vancouver.

“Socialization at mealtimes reduces feelings of isolation and improves nutritional intake...”

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A spontaneous Fairy Creek visit BY


Chris Wootten

y wife and I recently returned from Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island’s west coast where an historic dispute over old growth logging is underway. We had no idea how to plan a visit there. You can’t just phone over and ask for directions. We are “elders” and didn’t want to get in the way and wouldn’t be useful resisting police. Nor did we want to camp in the woods. After much discussion, we decided to simply go, and lend our support to the forest defenders. About 15 km before Port Renfrew, we encountered Road Camp. It consists of a long row of cars parked on both sides of the Pacific Marine highway and two open-air gazebo tents. We were immediately greeted by “Chaga.” This is her camp name, to protect her true identity. She was on duty as the (trained) police liaison and was happy to receive the bags of food we brought for

the forest defenders. Logging company, Teal-Jones, has rights to log in this area - the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation. Protesters are in the woods, sometimes for days at a time, on platforms 100 feet up in the air, with ground support. Road Camp, by comparison, is a relaxed community of protesters and volunteers of all ages, almost like a tailgate party at a football game. When it came to finding accommodations, Port Renfrew had slim pickings. After a somewhat frantic search, we found the last available room for rent and ordered dinner at the only restaurant that was open. The next day we headed back to join a morning walk led by 81-year-old Pacheedaht elder, Bill Jones. Jones has become a prominent media figure with his endorsement of the Fairy Creek blockade, even though the Pacheedaht First Nation Council supports Teal-Jones logging activities and has asked the protesters to leave. In 2017, Pacheedaht Council signed a

logging revenue-sharing agreement with the B.C. Government. Jones, though, believes the old growth forests are spiritual places for prayer and meditation. He led a group of us into the forest for a smudging ceremony. The situation is not unlike that of Clayoquot Sound, near Tofino, in the 1990s. Since the end of the Clayoquot War in the Woods, logging there has greatly diminished, while eco-tourism has surged and transformed the area. Both Port Renfrew and Tofino have magnificent forests, beaches, fishing, and surfing. Tofino also has lots of hotels, brew pubs, and restaurants, and has added excellent walking trails, and boat excursions to the legendary Meares Island and beyond. Protesters have been in Fairy Creek for more than a year and as long as there is old growth logging, they aren’t planning on leaving. Aside from the many environ-

Bill Jones at Road Camp.

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mental reasons to preserve our remaining old growth forests, they believe they are a treasure for the whole world to enjoy, and are “Worth More Standing.” They are accepting donations via the Fundrazr website, Last Stand For Forests!

It’s about time

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Are you minding the relationship gap?

n a train station in London, a voice booms, “Mind the gap!” Good advice to the unwary passenger to be mindful of the dangerous space between the car and the platform. Mindfulness is a frequently heard buzzword in psychology these days. And for good reason. Consciously directing your attention is part of the antidote to the unconscious trance that is our usual state. We are creatures of habit and many of our habits are aimed at minimizing pain. But some of our habitual ways of coping can have harmful effects, even separating the bonds with our intimate partners. Better then, to relate to our partner mindfully. “What does this actually mean?” Moe wants to know. “What am I supposed to focus on that will make any difference? I’m fully aware that the problem is my laziness. I can’t help it. It is just the way I am. Sometimes I

try to reform because I know I should, but it never works.” His wife, Maryam, agrees and despairs that he will ever be able to change, including his unavailability to her. Frustrated and

ies of mindful couples reveal that they pay attention to these oft-hidden feelings. They accept and share them, even in conflict - not all of the time, but a lot. This creates a nonjudgmental and appreciative environment. It is not magic but requires practice. Moe says they tried “all this stuff” before. It lasts only a couple days and then the couple slips into their old pattern and gives up. They aimed for behavioural changes in their heads, but the missing piece was the heart. Being mindful means becoming aware of both partners’ emotional vulnerabilities. These include past attachment injuries that the couple has brought into the union. Un-

“Vulnerable feelings are difficult to access but are the key to solving the problem.” hurt, Maryam constantly scolds her mate for his disconnection. Her criticism reinforces his low opinion of himself and addiction to defensive withdrawal. In turn, his retreat worsens her own sense of low self-worth. Vulnerable feelings are difficult to access but are the key to solving the problem. Stud-


veiling the emotion raises the opportunity for a corrective experience. For Maryam and Moe, learning how to develop this focus has helped remove the block that both had previously called Moe’s laziness. For Moe it also has opened the door to much improved self-worth. Mindfulness in Maryam has unlocked the emotional blindness that kept her in blameful mode and hindered her from accessing her own tender feelings. Newly mindful, Maryam and Moe are experiencing the joy of being more present to each other. They are avoiding the perilous gap. Ian Macpherson is a psychologist who lives and practices in West Vancouver. More at www.westvancouvertherapist.com


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Between the downpours and deluges, November is a great time to move shrubs and trees and consider new plantings. • Cut your remaining perennials down to the ground and compost them but leave the ferns till February. Do the same with ornamental grasses as some have great winter appeal. • Dahlias should be dug up, sorted, and put away in a cool, dark, dry place. • Clean up the beds and mulch shrubs with a good compost. • Take the time to care for your tools, by cleaning thoroughly and sharpening. • Give your roses a final deadheading and a light pruning. Maybe apply a bit of dolomite lime to the soil. This is also an excellent time to plant them. • Sprinkle seeds of annuals such as poppies, cornflowers, and foxgloves. • Garden lighting is one of the best ways to bring drama to your garden during those long winter nights. Up-light trees and

flood shrubs and ground cover. With December’s arrival, winter is almost here. •G ather some holly branches and cedar boughs for Christmas appeal. •Y our hellebores are preparing to bloom! Trim back a few of the leaves—actually cut them all—to show off the blossoms, as they can lie hidden. The most popular cultivars are H.niger, H.orientalis, H.lividus and H.foetidus. • Try to keep spent or dead plants upright by staking, as some have great winter appeal. •R ake up and destroy any fallen rose leaves to prevent onset of disease in spring. •S pread some leaf mould (leaves from trees and some shrubs) to protect the crowns of the more tender plants. •D on’t forget the birds! Maybe set out a bird bath and visit specialty stores to learn the best food for your neighbourhood.

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$4,295,000 This extraordinary custom-built 4 bedroom + office / 5 bathroom / 5935 SF residence sets a new standard in luxurious living with not a single detail overlooked or expense spared. Breathtaking panoramic ocean, and mountain views and beautiful viewing decks are enjoyed from all principal rooms and an abundance of natural light floods the home through large picturesque windows and high ceilings on all three levels.

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In the 12 years that I’ve helped my clients buy and sell homes here, I’ve always felt that I’m not just selling a home, I’m selling a lifestyle. When I move someone into a new home, the process doesn’t end with me handing them the keys; I’m involved in connecting them with their new community - my community. I was fortunate to grow up in Eagle Harbour and my husband, in Horseshoe Bay. Our son and daughter learn in the same classrooms that we did at Gleneagles - it doesn’t get more local than that. Since childhood I’ve been familiar with the trails, parks and beaches that my family enjoys today. I feel very fortunate to have fashioned a successful career doing what I love to do in this beautiful area I call home and I would love to help your family buy or sell the West Coast dream… because I believe it is. Cheers,



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have had the pleasure of working with Franco Diligenti in a number “of We real estate transactions over the years—he has always been pleasant, attentive and sensitive to our needs, conscientious, and even at times innovative, ever striving to create a satisfactory buying or selling conclusion. We would highly recommend him for any real estate transaction. - Bob and Sue Clarke

“I give you my personal assurance that when it comes to the business of your present or future home, open houses, or private showings you will never deal with an assistant or third party associate. In short, I will always be there to help you with the details and decisions that are so critical to the purchase and sale of your home.” - Franco

604.842.2668 franco@francodiligenti.com francodiligenti.com Macdonald Realty Ltd. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.

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