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Beauty Bar: Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:00

What it is: A new fragrance from the house of Guerlain, Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale is meant to be a tribute to femininity. 

The fragrance, which boasts Angelina Jolie as its celebrity face, features notes of sambac jasmine, carla lavender, peony and vanilla for a “strong, free, and sensual” appeal. 

The pink elixir is housed within an iconic “quadrilobé” Guerlain perfume bottle, which was originally designed in 1908, and gets its name from the unique four-lobed shape of the bottle’s stopper. A rose gold accent adds a modern touch to the otherwise classic design. 

What we say: Guerlain has a long history of releasing noteworthy fragrances. So, when the French brand decides to release a new scent, we take notice.

From the smooth glass bottle, to the mesmerizing aroma of the perfume contained within it, our tester found that Mon Guerlain was an instant scent success. 

The mix of florals is fresh and optimistic, without being too mature or powdery. When we spritzed this on several women — ranging in age from 30 to 60 — each found there was something to love about the elixir. 

For some, it’s the soft peony notes, which feel modern and unexpected, while others appreciated the underlying notes of traditional vanilla. 

Overall, this release is pretty, has some serious scent staying power and will likely be a fast fragrance favourite for many. 

Where to get it: Sephora; Holt Renfrew 

What it will cost you: $119 for 50 mL 


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Canadian documentary RiverBlue to be honoured at World Water Forum

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:00

A Canadian documentary on the damaging impact of the fashion industry on waterways is being honoured in Brazil this week.

RiverBlue follows a Canadian river conservationist and paddler Mark Angelo on a three-year, around-the-world journey to uncover the extent of damage and pollution on the world’s waterways caused by the international fashion industry. The film is narrated by Jason Priestley.

The film premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2016 and has shone a light on an “important and seldom profiled issue.” Since its premier, the film has screened in more than 50 festivals over the last year and has won several international awards including Best Documentary Feature at the U.K.’s largest independent film festival, Raindance.

Later this week, the film will be awarded the AFD Best Film Award and the Green Drop Award as part of World Water Forum celebrations in Brasilia, Brazil.

“It’s an honour to have RiverBlue recognized at such an important global gathering about water,” said Angelo. “And a key message of the film is the need to better care for waterways around the world.”


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Police believe trio in vicious Ontario attack could be from B.C.

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:24

Local police are aware of the possible link between B.C. and a trio of suspects being sought in a vicious Mississauga, Ont. assault on a helpless man.

“We have not been contacted about this incident,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard with the Vancouver Police on Tuesday morning.

“However, we are aware of the crime and potential for a link to B.C.”

The March 13 assault took place around 10:45 p.m. at the Mississauga mall’s bus station and was caught on surveillance footage.

The clip shows a man sitting at the bottom of a set of stairs putting on in-line skates. When he realizes three men are descending the stairs, he quickly pulls his shoes out of their way.

Suddenly, the trio turn to surround the seated man. One grabs the victim by the collar and begins to punch, while the other two begin to stomp and kick from behind and in front of the victim.

Almost as quickly as the attack began, the suspects then turn and walk away slowly, as the victim doubles over with his hands to his bloodied head. The victim, a 29-year-old man with Autism, is “still very shaken up” and “going through a lot,” said Peel Regional Police Insp. Norm English.

Peel Regional Police believe the three suspects caught on surveillance footage attack a man could be from B.C.

As of Tuesday morning, nearly 400,000 people have viewed the footage, which was uploaded by Peel police last week in an attempt to identify the suspects.

But police now believe the suspects may not be local to Mississauga but could actually be from B.C.

“Very good progress has been made and investigators now have credible information that the persons responsible are originally from British Columbia — specifically the Lower Mainland area,” said English, who added they believe the trio “recently travelled to the GTA.”

English is now hoping the video will make the rounds on the West Coast – specifically in Vancouver and surrounding areas such as Surrey, Abbotsford and Richmond – and that more tips might flow due to the added attention.

According to Const. Iryna Yashnyk, Peel police have communicated with B.C. agencies about their investigation but had not narrowed their search to any one jurisdiction.

The first wanted man is described as South Asian with a light complexion, and 5-foot-10 with a thin build. He has a dark short beard and straight black hair above the ears. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a red Air Jordan logo and white Jordan lettering, with black track pants and black shoes.

The second man is also South Asian with a light complexion, 5-foot-10, a thin build, and clean shaven. He was wearing a black jacket with a grey horizontal stripe across the chest and a grey vertical stripe along the hood, black track pants and black shoes.

The third man is South Asian with a medium complexion, 5-foot-10, a medium build, and unshaven. He was wearing a black hoodie with a Nike logo on the front and white Nike lettering along the sleeves, black track pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Peel police at 905-453-3311, ext. 1233, their local police department or Crime Stoppers.

-with files from Postmedia

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This Just In: Aura Mugler eau de parfum, Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask and Nude by Nature Highlight Palette

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:00


Aura Mugler eau de parfum

They say: A “modern” fragrance featuring notes of Tiger Liana, rhubarb leaf, orange blossom, bourbon vanilla and wolfwood to create a scent that “embodies the spirit of women who love life.” 

We say: This scent is unique and intoxicating. Our tester was pleased with both the initial scent at first spritz, as well as the overall aroma after the elixir dries down. The mix of green and animal notes makes this scent sweet and fresh, without being too overwhelming. 

$85 for 30 mL | Nordstrom


Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask

They say: An “instant beauty-enhancing” eye mask that uses ingredients such as Organic Leaf of Life and horse chestnut to hydrate and reduce signs of fatigue in as little as 10 minutes.  

We say: This express-mask treatment gives tired eyes an immediate boost. Our tester tried this creamy-gel hybrid as both a 10-minute mask and an overnight treatment and she reported positive, noticeable results with both application options. The cooling formula leaves skin feeling soothed and smooth. 

$33 (Available April 1) | Nordstrom; Hudson’s Bay

Nude by Nature

Highlight Palette

They say: A highlighting palette featuring three “luminous” shades — bronze, rose and champagne — to give skin dimension, colour and luminosity. 

We say: This palette offers three pretty shades that are universally flattering — and blissfully easy to apply. With the perfect hint of sparkle, the formulas give skin a subtle shimmer that looks healthy rather than over-highlighted. 

$32 | Shoppers Drug Mart

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YWCA Metro Vancouver CEO is B.C.'s new lieutenant-governor

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:45

VICTORIA — Metro Vancouver YWCA CEO Janet Austin is B.C.’s next lieutenant-governor.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to make the announcement Tuesday morning, just as Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette arrives in Victoria for a scheduled tour of the legislature.

Austin has been CEO of YWCA Metro Vancouver since 2002. She’s used the position as the head of one of the province’s most diversified non-profit organizations to advocate for more affordable child care and housing solutions, as well as a larger role for women in leadership positions.

She sits on more than a dozen boards or committees, including the TransLink board as vice-chair, and has volunteered her time and expertise to a number of organizations, including the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, where she served as chair in 2014 and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. 

Austin will replace Judith Guichon, a cattle rancher from the Nicola Valley who was appointed B.C.’s 29th LG in 2012.

Under Austin’s leadership, the YWCA more than doubled its operational budget from $12 million in 2003 to $29 million in 2017 and expanded its reach across the region with about 400 employees and more than 700 volunteers. 

She has championed the YWCA’s entrepreneurial, non-profit model, using revenue generated from the YWCA Beatty Hotel, currently undergoing an expansion, and a health-and-fitness centre in downtown Vancouver to offset the cost of providing YWCA’s programs and services. 

With Austin at the helm, the YWCA doubled its stock of affordable housing for single mothers and children, opening seven new housing communities in Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam and North Vancouver. She also made helping women achieve economic independence a YWCA mission, a strategic focus now reflected in the organization’s programming and advocacy.

Before serving at the YWCA, Austin was the executive director of the Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland. She was also a past-director of development services for B.C. Housing, a job in which she oversaw the development of housing for seniors and families, including social housing, transition housing, homeless shelters and group homes.

Among Austin’s many awards and recognitions are the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2016, she was awarded the Order of B.C., the province’s highest honour, by Guichon in Victoria for her work at the YWCA championing new social services and programs. 

Born and raised in Calgary, Austin graduated from the University of Calgary in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctor of laws at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

As lieutenant-governor, Austin will serve as the Queen’s personal representative in B.C., reading the government’s annual throne speech and providing royal assent to provincial laws. 

Though largely a ceremonial position, it can also be called upon to decide the fate of the government, as just happened under Guichon’s watch following the 2017 provincial election. Under Guichon’s tenure, the LG’s office was forced to make a rare direct intervention into events on June 29, 2017, when Christy Clark’s government was voted down on a non-confidence vote by an alliance of NDP and Green MLAs. Clark tried to convince Guichon to call a new election, but the LG instead accepted Clark’s resignation and called upon Horgan to form a government.

It was the first time in 134 years that an opposition party replaced the governing party after a confidence vote, without a new election. And it prompted considerable debate about the role and importance of the unelected lieutenant-governor in B.C.’s parliamentary system.

— With files from Cheryl Chan

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Daily Poll: Would you fly out of Abbotsford Airport over YVR?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:40

Abbotsford International Airport is set to tackle a $5-million, 14,000-square-foot terminal expansion in order to double the capacity of the secure waiting area to 600 passengers and add two new gates by November.

Another expansion to follow in 2021 will create new retail and concession opportunities.


The expansions are to accommodate the number of passengers flock to Abbotsford to board one of several low-cost carriers that depart from YXX. The airport expects to see up to 800,000 passengers in 2018.

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Vancouver weather: Cloudy with a chance of rain to kick off the spring

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:28

VANCOUVER, B.C.: March 20, 2018 – Today is the first day of the spring equinox so it makes sense that Tuesday’s weather would continue the week’s trend of cloudy with a chance of rain. It could be after the weekend before we see a more steady bit of sun.

Weather: Vancouver, B.C.

Today: Cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers, high of 11.

Tonight: Cloudy with a 40 per cent change of showers, low of 6.

Tomorrow: Periods of rain ending around noon, cloudy with a 40 per cent change of rain. Daytime temperatures of 9, with rain in the evening and a low of 7.

Traffic: Lower Mainland

Here’s a live traffic map of what’s happening across the region’s roads. Use command + scroll to zoom in and out.

#LowerMainland spring maintenance underway. @MainroadLM crews conducting sweeping / flushing operations on #BCHwy10 #SurreyBC now thru March 30th from 10pm to 6am Sunday to Friday. Motorists please #SlowDownMoveOver for roadside workers @AM730Traffic @NEWS1130Traffic @TranBC_LMD

— MainroadLMainland (@MainroadLM) March 20, 2018

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Calvin White: Concept of 'white privilege' another form of racism

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:13

Maybe it’s the logical consequence of the ubiquitous immersion in technological brevity that political and social directions can be so easily hijacked by buzzwords that morph to trends, that then short circuit our critical thinking and become an accepted overlay in our consciousness.

In British Columbia, the term, “white privilege”, has now been embraced and broadcast by the Gold Trail School District in the form of posters. University courses have already been promoting the term for some years. But when a public school district does so, it legitimizes the term and inserts it into the developing intellects of our young. This truncation of deep and acute thinking needs to be fought against.

There is no validity to the concept of “white privilege” and to push that notion is to racialize an already deadly blight of racism that has been our human history and continues to grow. In so doing, we make racism and prejudice stronger, more ingrained, and more hidden. 

Crime rates are higher for Afro-Americans and Canadian First Nations. Thankfully, we hesitate to put posters up stating “Help Eradicate Black Crime”. We would not do that out of respect, out of decency, and equally important because it is misleading and, at its core, inaccurate. Crime rates have nothing inherently to do with race but with racism, inequality, poverty, brutalization, cultural genocide, etc. We know this.

In India and China, which hold a third of earth’s population, it is highly unlikely there will ever be courses or posters about “white privilege”. There hopefully are courses and posters about racism, inequality, and justice. That’s because “white privilege” is not real, but instead is a limited lens being held up as fact. The reality is that in every country, there may be majority privilege, and there almost certainly is power privilege. It is the power that gives the privilege. Being in the majority usually proffers the power. Being one of the tribe in power often gives privilege. If that tribe falls out of power, the privilege dissipates or transfers to the dominating tribe.


Being connected to power, being accepted by those in power, or valued by those in power, or evoking feelings and perspectives of familiarity, comfortableness, or sameness from those in power all bestow advantage. This is obviously unfair. And it can easily lead to discrimination, inequality, and a troubled society. It victimizes those not of the tribe, those not connected to the power holders. Hence, it is not “white privilege”. In other countries the exact same scenario plays out in ways derivative to their power or majority structures.

Ask a Caucasian living in poverty in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside if they have or experience “white privilege”. Ask a Caucasian single mom without education and living on welfare trying to raise a couple of kids how much “white privilege” she has. But ask about power and how they got into those situations, ask about how they are treated by the system, ask about why they think the children of wealthy people maybe get good jobs and then they might have a lot to say.

We can insist on inculcating the idea of “white privilege” but that will keep us stuck at that level. We won’t then really wrestle with effecting systemic change, with creating education experiences that penetrate and help students see deeper. We will sidestep the underlying pillars of racism, namely the acting out of one’s inner resentments toward life or parents, basic ignorance, poverty, and unresolved pain. We won’t be growing empathy. We won’t be growing inclusion. We won’t be growing sharper thinking. 

No one can change their colour. So, when we give the message that your colour makes you less than or makes you responsible, it reduces the likelihood of taking personal responsibility. When we go deeper and talk about how our power and how being born with connection to power advantages us and disadvantages others, then we start to think, we start to realize, we can then feel some responsibility for changing that inequality.

Calvin White holds a M.Ed. in counselling psychology, is author of Letters from the Land of Fear, and served 30 years as a high school counsellor. He is also a former associate with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation program against racism. 

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Barclay Street home in Vancouver's West End for sale for almost $7 million

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:02

A rundown residence on Barclay Street in downtown Vancouver that only needs “a little TLC” would need a buyer with considerably large pockets. 

The two-storey, 1922 house on 1511 Barclay has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an eye-popping list price of $6.98 million. That’s especially noteworthy considering the same house sold for $2.8 million just over two years ago, $700,000 above its then-asking price. Land-title documents list the current owner as Sahara Jetha. 

The reason for the high price tag — now and then — is: “Location, location, location!!!,” according to the description of the listing by realtor Sydney Deng of Royal Pacific Realty Corp. 

The house at 1511 Barclay St.

The property is being marketed as a “land assembly” and an opportunity for “investment and self-use.” 

The 2,372-square-foot house has a “well-laid-out floor plan,” said the ad, with two bedrooms and living space on the main floor, another bedroom on the top floor and a fourth bedroom in the basement. 

It sits on a 33-by-131-foot lot on Barclay, just off Nicola Street, between an apartment building and a townhouse in the West End, where single-family dwellings rarely come on the market.

Like most of the West End, the property is zoned RM-5 — another selling point, as it allows for a floor-space ratio of 1.5, or up to 6,484 square feet of living space with the retention of the house and infill in the back.

The RM-5 zoning allows for residential developments with “compatible retail, office, service and institutional uses,” says the city, with an emphasis placed on developments that are compatible with the neighbourhood and suited to families with children.

A representative of Deng said she was out of town and not reachable by phone. 

In 2018, the property was assessed at $3.3 million for the land and $117,000 for the house, according to B.C. Assessment. 

A nearby house on a smaller lot on 977 Broughton St., which had operated as Nelson House B&B, was sold last year for $2.8 million, just slightly over its assessed value of $2.7 million. 

Another house on 1390 Thurlow St., near Pacific Street, sold for $6.4 million last year. It was assessed at $5.6 million.

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Twinning Kinder Morgan pipeline will lead to big drop in gas prices, expert says

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 20:16

Blame for near-record high gas prices in the Vancouver area rests with a chronic supply shortage made worse by concurrent maintenance work on a Burnaby refinery and gas infrastructure in Washington state, says one industry expert.

Half of the region’s fuel supply comes from those sources, with the remainder making its way from Alberta through Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, said Dan McTeague of the online tech company GasBuddy. When asked what could be done to improve the region’s fuel supply, McTeague said twinning the controversial line could be the only viable option short of knocking on the doors of American suppliers.

“I have no skin in the game,” McTeague said of the ongoing pipeline debate, noting that he lives in Ontario and is known for critical takes on the oil industry, including calling some of its plays “monopolistic.”

“I see prices that are completely and utterly out of whack … and it’s only because there’s a severe shortage.”

From McTeague’s perspective, neither shipping additional gas by boat nor delivering it via the already overstretched rail system were good options to boost local supply, and it was unlikely a new local refinery would be feasible.

Meanwhile, Alberta has the refineries, the capacity and the will to send a lot more refined gas to Vancouver, and a twinned pipeline could drop local gas prices dramatically, he said. The longer the project is delayed the longer the high prices will stick around, in his estimate.

A range of crude oils and refined products are transported in batches through Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and over the past several years about 15 per cent of the throughput was refined products, according to the company.

“We anticipate that refined products will continue with the expansion similar to historic levels but that could increase depending on market demand. This also applies for crude supply to local B.C. and Washington State refineries,” the company said in a written statement. It added that the majority of the expansion capacity would be for export off the dock.

In McTeague’s estimate, there is no place in North America that has as dire a supply problem as does the Vancouver region, and it also happens to have the highest gas prices as well.

Those prices are set to increase by another five cents per litre starting next month due to a bump in the carbon tax and the annual shift to summer-blend gasoline, McTeague said. Unless something changes, that could push Vancouver prices well past the 155.7 cents per litre record high set in June 2014 and into $1.60 territory, he said.

But McTeague believes that record could fall as early as this week. Prices had started to soar partway through a planned multi-week shutdown of Burnaby’s Parkland refinery. During scheduled maintenance at the refinery, gas prices in Vancouver can spike by as much as 20 cents. Then an announcement came Friday that the Olympic pipeline that distributes gas throughout Washington and Oregon would be taken off-line for four or five days.

The maintenance work comes amid an ongoing political battle between Victoria and Edmonton over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project. Alberta’s recent speech from the throne included a threat that the province could cut B.C.’s fuel supply “owing to extreme and illegal actions on the part of the B.C. government to stop the pipeline.” McTeague has forecasted that could cause Lower Mainland gas prices to spike above $2 per litre. 

Such a move would be bad news for Alberta producers and “absolutely devastating” for Vancouver and surrounding areas, he said.

In other parts of the country on Monday, the average price for gas was just under $1.14 a litre in Edmonton, about $1.25 in Toronto and around $1.12 in Halifax.

With files from National Post and Canadian Press.

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Police watchdog investigating after man dies on Surrey street

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:41

After a man who was reported to be “in some type of distress” died on a Surrey street Monday afternoon, B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office is looking into what happened.

According to a media release from Surrey RCMP, shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday, police began to receive reports about a man in the intersection of 10th Avenue and 161A Street “yelling, moving around and in some type of distress.”

Paramedics and police officers both responded to the scene. The police say they tried to speak with the main.

“As police tried to gain control and take him into custody when he went into medical distress,” Surrey RCMP reported in their release. Despite the efforts of paramedics from the B.C. Ambulance Service to revive the man, he was declared dead at about 3 p.m.

The coroner has been advised and investigators have closed of the area.

As the man died in the presence of the police, the Independent Investigations Office was informed and is now investigating.

The IIO would like to speak to witnesses; the can be contacted by calling 1-855-446-8477.



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Vaughn Palmer: New book shows Horgan's 'John whisperers' key to NDP success

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:24

VICTORIA — The B.C. New Democrats and the B.C. Liberals both approached the 2017 election with every intention of offering relief from the onerous tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.

Both major parties acknowledged the growing backlash among voters in Surrey, the Fraser Valley, and elsewhere who were paying as much as $1,500 a year for their two-way daily commute.

But because the tolls were critical to underwriting the billions of dollars worth of debt incurred to build the two publicly financed crossings, neither scheme was predicated on getting rid of them altogether.

The Liberals were out first, announcing April 9, just two days before the final four-weeks of campaigning, that they would cap the tolling payout at $500 a year,  thereby offering significant relief.

Up to that point, the New Democrats were preparing to announce a 50 per cent cut in tolls, meaning the Liberals had effectively upstaged them. But then something extraordinary happened.

“We’re going to get rid of the tolls,” declared NDP campaign director Bob Dewar to his team at party headquarters. “Find out how to do it. But we’re doing it.”

Dewar, a consummate pro recruited by NDP leader John Horgan from the party apparatus in Manitoba, had framed the B.C. campaign on making life more affordable for British Columbians. No way was he going to lose the opening round.

In a matter of hours, Horgan would announce the toll-free B.C. promise to a cheering throng in Surrey, ensuring it was the Liberals, not the New Democrats, who would find themselves upstaged.

“And so one of the most important moments in the entire election campaign for B.C. New Democrats was actually a policy made up on the fly in a spur of the moment reaction to their Liberal political opponents,” write authors Rob Shaw and Richard Zussman in a Matter of Confidence, their just-published account of last year’s battle for B.C.

“It established the fact that the NDP was serious about being bold in the election campaign,” they go on to say. “The quick-thinking Dewar had also sent a message to veteran New Democrats, many of whom were used to the slow, plodding, cumbersome platform development within the party.”

Horgan’s hiring of Dewar as chief of staff and later campaign director was one of the key moves that carried him to the threshold of the office of premier. 

His earlier chief of staff, John Heaney, quit to go and work for the Alberta NDP premier, Rachel Notley. Horgan felt betrayed by the loss of the brilliant, driven Heaney. But Shaw and Zussman reckon it turned out to be a blessing because “Heaney reinforced the worst tendencies in Horgan to be chippy and frustrated.”

Dewar and another staffing recruit, Marie Della Mattia, were the prime calming influences on the mercurial NDP leader during the campaign. New Democrats would refer to them, with a mixture of awe and bemusement, as “the John whisperers.”

Shaw, who reports for The Vancouver Sun and Province, and Zussman, now with Global television, covered the events of 2017 in detail. They supplemented that work with in-depth interviews, and it shows on page after page in their vivid, indispensable book.

Some of the most telling passages document Horgan’s transition from the aforementioned chippy and frustrated Opposition leader to the still passionate but comfortable-in-his-own-skin candidate who out classed Premier Christy Clark in campaign 2017.

A chapter titled, The Man Who Did Not Want to be Premier, circles back to Horgan’s conclusion, following the NDP loss in the 2013 election, that he had neither the stomach nor the temperament to enter the subsequent leadership race.

Even after he was persuaded to change his mind, doubts lingered. “I can’t do this. I can’t win,” he told insiders at one point. “They are going to rip me to pieces because I am the angry guy.”

At another point he confronted rising star David Eby over rumours that he, stung by what he saw as a faltering performance on Horgan’s part, was preparing a leadership challenge.

“The tension was high,” say the authors. “The rumours were swirling. Horgan had heard that not only did Eby want his job, but that he had put together a shadow leadership team.” But Eby denied all: “Not true. I want you to be premier. I want you to succeed.”

Up to a year before the election, Horgan still entertained thoughts of quitting, signalling to party officials and/or would-be successors his willingness to step aside.

“I talked to them and said if you think you can do better, I am OK with that,” Horgan confessed to the authors in a remarkably candid interview for the book. “I canvassed widely. It’s not that I didn’t believe I was up for the job. But I didn’t want anyone to have excuses.”

Given the NDP history of turning on and dumping one leader after another, nobody volunteered to take over what was regarded as a more-likely-than-not shot at adding to a long list of defeats.

But as Shaw and Zussman recount, this time the New Democrats would have help — from the woman who campaigned as if she couldn’t lose her majority and from a Green party leader who would go on to pick the winner in the closest election in B.C. history.

But that is a story for another day.

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Dan Fumano: As Vancouver's left heads into 'uncharted territory,' who will run for mayor?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:24

With the parties on the left side of Vancouver’s political spectrum looking at an unprecedented cooperative deal ahead of this year’s election, it raises the question of who could be the one candidate they can all get behind for the top job.

There’s been talk of cooperation among five left-leaning groups — Vision Vancouver, the Green Party of Vancouver, COPE, OneCity and the team around possible independent candidate Jean Swanson — to boost their chances of preventing a city government dominated by the traditionally right-leaning Non-Partisan Association.

The Vancouver and District Labour Council is “very concerned that the NPA will win the Oct. 20 election in Vancouver if the progressive parties and groups continue to fracture and run more candidates than there are seats on city council, school board and park board,” according to a recent statement from the organization. So, to that end, the VDLC is working behind the scenes to broker an “accommodation plan” between those “progressive parties and groups,” including, among other things, an agreement on how many candidates each party runs for the 10 positions on city council, seven on the park board, and nine on the school board.

But there’s only one mayor’s seat.

In the past two weeks, at least three prominent politicians who had previously said they were considering a mayoral run have taken themselves out of the race. First, Spencer Chandra Herbert, B.C. NDP MLA for Vancouver-West End, announced that after mulling a mayoral run this year he’d decided against it, followed days later by retired veteran NDP MP for Vancouver East Libby Davies, and then by Don Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway. All three had publicly voiced support for cooperation between “the progressive parties” to beat the NPA.

With the field narrowed, the three most likely contenders now to get the endorsement of the unified left could be Green Coun. Adriane Carr, Vision Coun. Raymond Louie and Shauna Sylvester, director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue.

Sylvester could possibly run as an independent with the backing of the VDLC-led group of five. Asked Monday if she’s considering a run for mayor, Sylvester said she’s giving the question “the serious consideration it deserves.”

Louie was also weighing his options this week, he said, and trying to decide whether to run for council again this year, or to take a shot at mayor.

“Many people have approached me to run for mayor but what is most important for me is to ensure that we continue to have a progressive council that cares and works for our city,” Louie said.

Vision Vancouver Coun. Raymond Louie says ‘many people have approached me to run for mayor but what is most important for me is to ensure that we continue to have a progressive council that cares and works for our city.’ 

At the Green Party of Vancouver AGM this month, a motion was passed on the floor with 100 per cent approval to run Adriane Carr for mayor, which she said she’s “ready and willing” to do. Now she has to weigh the risk, she said, “because running for mayor would mean, of course, giving up the ability to run for council again, and I love my work, I love serving this city and I want to continue serving this city.”

Carr said she’s heard from the VDLC and made it clear to them that if she did run for mayor with their backing, she would run as a Green, not an independent.

Carr, the top vote-earner among all councillors in the last municipal election, is confident she can draw support from centrists. 

And she would also have more support from the far left than Vision and Louie would.

Shauna Sylvester, director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, says she is giving ‘serious consideration’ to running for mayor of Vancouver.

Tim Louis, who was a COPE councillor in 2005 when Vision Vancouver began as an offshoot from COPE, said last week he believes “Vision’s brand is toxic” now.

“Adriane Carr would be my top person,” said Louis, who last year left his position on COPE’S executive after more than 30 years. “She would be a fabulous mayor.”

If Raymond Louie were to run for mayor, Louis said, “he would be more of the same. More Vision.”

“I’m looking forward to an alliance of progressive parties, but that alliance would not include Vision Vancouver,” Louis said. “They’ve been aligned with the developers of Vancouver … In my view, they are not a progressive party, in the same way that the NPA is not a progressive party.”

Louis, who’s been involved in local politics since the 1980s, said the VDLC’s attempt to broker cooperation between the five different groups was unprecedented in Vancouver political history as far as he was aware.

Pete Fry, who plans to run with the Greens for a council seat, also expressed hesitation about Vision, which he has called a “big-money party” backed by the real estate industry. He’s open to the idea of a cooperative plan, but not a coalition.

Discussing the deal-making talks going on now behind the scenes among Vancouver’s left-leaning parties, Fry said: “We’re very much in uncharted territory. And, I’ll be frank, there’s some tricky navigation here.”

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BC Ferries partners with Vancouver-based tech company Idea Rebel to rebuild digital presence

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:22

You won’t see it right away, but for BC Ferries’ digital image, change is coming.

The Crown-owned ferry company has signed a deal with Vancouver-based Idea Rebel to rebuild their online presence over the next three years.

Idea Rebel is one of two companies to have won a contract to work on its digital services.

That means anything from redesigning the company’s website and reservation system, to building apps to help passengers navigate North America’s largest ferry system, to maybe even helping to make onboard wifi work better. (BC Ferries told Postmedia late last year they were looking at fixes for their much-criticized web service.)

“‘Digital’ means everything,” Idea Rebel CEO Jamie Garratt said Monday. “All of the challenges digitally, we’ll be part of solving them.”

Idea Rebel also has offices in Toronto and California, but they got their start in Vancouver; thus the chance to work with BC Ferries is a personal one for Garratt and many of his staff.

“We’re frustrated consumers, we saw this as an amazing challenge to change the lives of bc residents who use BC Ferries,” he said.

“We’re here to help…(BC Ferries) know they have a lot of the challenges, they hear them every day.”

Idea Rebel has worked with many big brands over the years — Roots, BMW, Rogers, QuikSilver, Keurig, WestJet, just to name a few — so stepping up to the plate with the ferry service fits their profile wel.

“We’re the best at matching ideas to technology,” Garratt explained. “It’s about creating meaningful experiences for consumers, and easy experiences for consumers.”

The company’s pattern of success is seen in those experiences.

“There a lot of companies out there that can build technology, others that can come up with ideas…what makes us different is we can match ideas with (potential solutions).”

“We’re just excited to change that perception that (BC Ferries) is not a great experience. If we can change the actual experience, step by step and through that we can just the perception, job done.”

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Supportive space opened for families impacted by hearings into missing Indigenous women

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:03

Just a month ago, the long, narrow space at 44 E. Cordova St. was a dilapidated room with leaking ceilings and no furniture and badly in need of new paint.

The Vancouver city-owned property had been left in a state of disrepair after the last tenants moved out more than a decade ago.

”It was so drab and sad,” said Mary Clare Zakmore, the city’s managing director of social policy.

But today it’s a vibrant and welcoming “safe space” for local women and their families affected by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as it holds its latest round of hearings in the Vancouver area.

The space has been named the Saa-ust Centre, which means “to lift up” in Coast Salish.

The room, once home to a women’s centre, was renovated while local artists painted murals on one side of the room. The floor-to-ceiling artworks set against an exposed brick wall dominate the space.

“Where would we be without art,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson during a brief opening ceremony and media tour.

“This was long overdue,” he said of the opening of the centre. “There are deep wounds to heal.”

Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation speaks Monday at the official opening of the Saa-ust Centre, a space created to provide support to families affected by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Vancouver. The centre is located at 44 E. Cordova St.

The centre is in the Downtown Eastside, the home of many of the victims of notorious serial killer Willy Pickton. Pickton was convicted in 2007 of second-degree murder of six women and was charged with the deaths of 20 others. And he confessed to an undercover officer that he had killed 49 people in total.

The inquiry, which is hearing families and survivors of hundreds of women who were murdered or are missing, is scheduled to meet for five days in April at a Richmond hotel. Those speaking at the hearings will have access to support from elders and counsellors at the hotel as they have at the inquiry elsewhere.

Zak said she didn’t know of another city that had a dedicated space for those affected by the hearings as Vancouver is doing. She said they expected hundreds of people to use the space as a respite from the hearings, for “trauma-informed” counselling sessions (there are smaller private rooms) and cultural activities.

At the back, there’s a long sewing table, sewing machine and supplies to create button blankets. A completed blanket will be donated to the inquiry, said Zak. There are comfortable chairs, various art works throughout and a native drum with drumstick hanging on the wall.

The centre will remain open through the end of April, after which the Indigenous community will be invited to apply to use the space rent-free (but tenants are responsible for operating expenses).

Since it began in September 2016, the national inquiry has heard from 763 witnesses at 11 community hearings and one expert hearing, and collected an additional 276 additional statements and 45 artistic expressions.

The inquiry is scheduled to complete hearings by the end of this year, but earlier this month requested two more years be added to hear from the 630 additional people who have registered to testify.

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Canada must curb farmland speculation to keep grip on food security: Senate report

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:43

Canada has a conundrum: a new generation of farmers wants to take over agriculture, but farmland prices are escalating out of their reach, a new Senate committee report has found.

That puts them at risk of becoming employees or tenants of big land owners, and puts Canada’s own food security at risk if governments can’t find ways to curb investment speculation and keep ownership of Canada’s farmland in Canadian hands.

“What struck me personally is that so many young people want to become farmers,” said Sen. Ghislain Maltais, deputy chairman of the Senate standing committee on agriculture and forestry, “but their hands are tied,” when it comes to their ability to buy land.

The Senate committee released its report, the culmination of two years of work studying the issue, in Vancouver Monday before public hearings on the impact of climate change on agriculture and forestry.

The committee found that in 2015, it cost, on average, $5,400 to buy an acre of farmland in B.C. and $10,000 in Ontario — the highest price in Canada.

The committee’s report found multiple factors behind soaring farmland values including low interest rates and strong commodity prices that bolstered farm businesses, but speculative purchases by institutional investors also served to boost values.

In British Columbia, particularly in the Lower Mainland, land values have also been pushed higher by buyers who build mega-mansions in agricultural zones, said Richmond Coun. Harold Steves, who is a longtime farming advocate.

“What it amounts to right now, the next generation in Richmond can’t take over (farms), the prices are too high,” Steves said, and he argues that the same dynamic applies across most of the Fraser Valley.

That, Steves said, puts farmers in the position of having to lease fields as tenants, which comes with the insecurity of not knowing how long they will have to recoup investments made in sound farming practices such as composting and crop rotation.

Steves didn’t have any input into the Senate committee’s work, but his advice to its members would be similar to the representations that have been made to B.C.’s agriculture officials: limit the size of houses that can be built on farm properties, ban foreign ownership and promote methods of land banking that can give tenant farmers long term security.

However, the committee’s conclusion touched on some of the same sentiments that were reflected in committee chairwoman Sen. Diane Griffin’s comments Monday about the choices Canadians have about passing the traditional family farm on to the next generation.

“It’s exceedingly important, in terms of the security of our food supply in Canada that we have Canadian farmers producing food for us on land that they own,” Griffin said.

And Maltais, a senator from Quebec, speaking through an interpreter, said both levels of governments need to act to make sure Canadians remains in control of it.

“If we don’t do our part in feeding the world, the world will come to us to feed itself,” Maltais said, if foreign investment funds buy too much Canadian farmland.

The committee concluded with five recommendations to help make passing farmland from one generation to the next easier and encourage federal-provincial cooperation on ways to curb land speculation.

The key recommendation, however, is that the Department of Finance look at the feasibility of increasing lifetime exemptions from capital gains taxes for qualified farm properties, which would make buying farmland easier.

The province is in the middle of its own public consultation on revitalizing B.C.’s agricultural land reserve.

On the same day the Senate committee visited Vancouver, B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham marked the half way point of the province’s own consultations, which have seen 989 people complete surveys on steps to bolster agriculture in the province. 

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SFU researchers: Methadone treatment helps reduce crime rates by one-third

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:24

Giving prisoners diagnosed with opioid dependence methadone treatment reduces both violent and non-violent crime rates by a third, a new study from Simon Fraser University has found.

In a media release, SFU’s Somers research group, who led the study, said:  “patients in the B.C. criminal justice system were taking methadone for less than 50 percent of their doctor prescribed length. In addition, for the time the patients were maintaining their methadone treatments, violent and non-violent crimes dropped by 33 percent and 35 percent, respectively.”

The study looked at 17 years of data and was recently published in Addiction, a leading science journal.

According to the Somers Group, this is “the first comprehensive study to analyze the links between medication and crime.”

Using big data computing power, the research group was able to analyze every single person in B.C.’s criminal justice system from 1998 to 2015. 

The research team led by SFU health sciences professor Julian Somers utilized big data computing power to analyze every single person in British Columbia’s criminal justice system from 1998-2015 as well as every use of methadone, which numbers in the tens of millions.

“Patients in the justice system with substance and mental health issues costs tax payers $60,000 year over year,” SFU health sciences professor Julian Somers said. “Our findings suggest that if we don’t support these patients with maintaining methadone treatments the public’s investment in helping these people will be completely lost.”

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Grassroots organization, philanthropy bolster youth participation

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 23:00

A grassroots philanthropic movement is vying to shift the demographics of The Vancouver Sun Run so that more youth can reap the benefits of the popular Vancouver road race.

At least 200 students and some of their teachers participating in the 34th annual 10-kilometre race on Sunday, April 22 will cross the finish with their registration fees mostly covered by the Jack Gin Family Foundation.

The foundation began funding young racers from lower-income neighbourhoods last year.

Matt Johnston, a full-time firefighter who ran for the Canadian team, used to operate a running club out of the Ray-Cam Community Centre in East Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood and over time got to know Sun Run race director Tim Hopkins. Through Hopkins, Johnston met Steve Kim of the Boilingpoint Group, who introduced him to entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Gin.

Gin has deep roots in Strathcona — his great-grandfather lived there — and he felt compelled to support Johnston’s work, which helps youth in lower-income neighbourhoods train and run.

Gin’s foundation is helping subsidize Sun Run entry fees for youth run clubs at schools such as Kwantlen Park Secondary, Queen Elizabeth Secondary and Forysth Road Elementary in Surrey, and the Riley Park and Ray-Cam community centres in Vancouver.

Most kids funded by the foundation pay a discounted fee of $10 — it helps make them feel accountable — but those who can’t afford it have their full registration covered.

Last year, 6,000 of the Sun Run’s 41,924 registrants were youth. Organizers hope that soon they’ll be able to double that youth participation with more philanthropic support.

“What we’ve discovered is that there is a potential for this to be really huge and significant,” Gin said. “In a small way, we’ve hit a nerve.”

“There is a huge need,” Johnston said. “I’m a firefighter in Surrey. I know what a lot of these children’s living conditions are like because I’ve gone to their houses.”

Landon Keokangvane, a Grade 12 student at Kwantlen Park Secondary, said there are students who wouldn’t be participating without the support of Gin’s foundation.

For 17-year-old Keokangvane, training for his fifth Sun Run, running has meant so much more than just exercise, he said. He was an “awkward” introvert in Grade 8, but is now student-council president and helped organize the school’s Sun Run team in recent years.

Keokangvane believes his natural aptitude for running helped him feel a sense of community with other runners that eventually helped him become a leader. He wants other kids to reap those same benefits from racing.

Gin said he likes to leverage his donations so that, through organizers like Johnston and Keokangvane, the money can be spread to help kids experience the euphoria of finishing a race as part of a team. His foundation, started in 2008, focuses on causes relating to children, women, education and health.

Both Johnston and Gin believe other philanthropists ought to consider funding youth runners, whether it be their own alma mater’s run club or a team elsewhere in need.

“We’ve got to find a creative way to start bridging connections to philanthropy in the Lower Mainland,” Johnston said. “A little bit of funding can go a long way,” said Gin.

Thousands of kilometres, in his case.

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Nutrition tips: Building the perfect recovery smoothie

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 23:00

Smoothies are the perfect recovery snack after breaking a sweat! They’re quick to prepare, easily digested and have all the key nutrients for a complete recovery. So how do you build the perfect recovery smoothie? Look for sources of carbohydrates to replenish muscle glycogen stores used during exercise; protein to rebuild muscle wear and tear; and finally sources of antioxidants as well as small amount of healthy fats to reduce inflammation and cell damage.

Start with the foundation of a fruit (mangoes, berries, banana, and apple). You can add oatmeal for a fibre boost, which will also thicken up the smoothie. Add a protein source like low-fat yogurt, kefir or milk. Alternatively you can use soy milk or silken tofu. Add a green vegetable, for a boost in antioxidants and can top with healthy fat like nut butter, hemp seeds, chia/ flax seeds, or anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon, ginger or turmeric. Adjust taste by adding fresh fruit juice to naturally sweeten the smoothie, or top with honey or maple syrup.

Here are two smoothies for you to try:

Choco-Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

1 serving

3/4 cup 1% milk (option to swap with soy milk or milk of choice)

1-2 tsp peanut butter

2 tsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp. oats

1 frozen banana

½ cup Greek yogurt

1 tsp honey


Calories 410; Fat 10g; Carbohydrate 60g (Fibre 6g), Protein 24g

Tropical Mango Smoothie

1 serving

1 cup spinach

1 cup frozen mango

½ cup coconut milk

1/3 cup pineapple juice

½ cup plain yogurt

1 tsp honey


Calories 320; Fat 5g; Carbohydrate 55g (Fibre 5g), Protein 14g

• Melissa Kazan MSc, RD, is SportMedBC’s registered dietitian and sport nutritionist. She is from Fortius Sport and Health

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Week 9 Sun Run InTraining schedule

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 23:00


WEEK 9 | March 17-23


(Session 1 — 70 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy for 10 min.

5 min. brisk walk, 2 min. recovery walk

4 min. brisk walk, 2 min. recovery walk

3 min. brisk walk, 2 min. recovery walk

2 min. brisk walk, 2 min. recovery walk

1 min. brisk walk, 2 min. recovery walk

Do this combination 2 times

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy for 10 min.

(Session 2 — 50 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy for 5 min.

Walk for 40 min.

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy for 5 min.

(Session 3 — 60 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy for 5 min.

Walk for 50 min.

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy for 5 min.


(Session 1 — 58 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

Run 5 min., walk 1 min.

Run 3 min., walk 1 min.

Run 1 min., walk 1 min.

Do this combination 4 times

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

(Session 2 — 45 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

Run 4 min., walk 1 min.

Do this 7 times

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

(Session 3 — 55 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

Run 4 min., walk 1 min.

Do this 9 times

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy 5 min.


(Session 1 — 65 minutes)

Warm-up:  Walk 5 min. Run 5 min. slow and easy

5 min brisk run, 2 min. recovery walk

3 min brisk run, 2 min. recovery walk

1 min brisk run, 2 min. recovery walk

Do this combination 3 times

Cool-down: Walk 1 min., run 1 min. slow and easy for 10 min.

(Session 2 — 30 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

Run 9 min., walk 1 min.

Do this 2 times

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

(Session 3 — 50 minutes)

Warm-up: Walk slow and easy 5 min.

Run 9 min., walk 1 min.

Do this 4 times

Cool-down: Walk slow and easy 5 min.


(Session 1 — 65 minutes)

Warm-up: Run slow and easy 10 min.

5 min. brisk run, 2 min. recovery run

3 min. brisk run, 2 min. recovery run

1 min. brisk run, 2 min. recovery run

Do this combination 3 times

Cool-down: Run slow and easy 10 min.

(Session 2 — 30-40 minutes)

Warm-up: Run slow and easy 5 min.

Run 20-30 min. as you feel

Cool-down: Run slow and easy 5 min.

(Session 3 — 50-60 minutes)

Warm-up: Run slow and easy 5 min.

Run 40-50 min. as you feel

Cool-down: Run slow and easy 5 min.

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