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Tax changes mean a hit to the B.C. legislature and MLAs' own budgets

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:19

VICTORIA — Provincial politicians are grappling with thousands of dollars in extra costs caused by changes to how taxes are handled at the B.C. legislature.

The legislative assembly, which pays the medical services plan premiums for MLAs, constituency office staff and legislature employees, will face a 15-per-cent jump in health costs under the provincial government’s new employer payroll health tax.

The legislature’s $77-million annual budget comes from taxpayers, as will covering the cost of changes caused by the new payroll health tax in 2019 and the elimination of MSP in 2020. The legislature’s monthly health care costs were $51,500 in 2017 for MSP, which dropped to $24,600 in 2018 with the 50 per cent cut in MSP rates, and will increase to $59,000 a month with the payroll health tax.

The bill will hit $84,000 a month in 2019, when the legislature, like many others, must pay both MSP and the payroll tax for one year, something critics have called blatant double-dipping on fees by the government.

“This is just another example of how the employer health tax will cost everyone,” said Opposition Liberal house leader Mary Polak. “It’s not just an elimination of the MSP. This is clearly a replacement, and you can tell from looking at the projected expenses with respect to the legislative assembly that is a replacement with a higher tax. It’s everybody, it’s every institution, it’s every place that touches on the employment of individuals, that’s public sector, private sector, not-for-profits.”

The new employer health tax applies to private companies and public organizations with a payroll of more than $500,000. Businesses have complained it is an unfair tax hit. The Opposition Liberals have also pointed out that numerous school boards, municipalities, health authorities and post-secondary colleges and universities will also face higher costs under the payroll tax.

“Tax fairness is a priority and that is why the (employer health tax) will apply to private and public sector employers,” Finance Minister Carole James said in a statement Wednesday. “The result will be a fairer system that puts hundreds of dollars back in the pockets of individual British Columbians and with far less administrative burden for employers and government.”

Premier John Horgan has said some relief might be possible for charities and non-profits, though it’s unclear in what form, or when, such relief would be announced.

“The single biggest question for government is how do they try to keep these institutions whole which they’ve said they want to do without blowing a gigantic whole in their budget,” said Polak.

The new health tax is not the only tax change about to hit the legislature’s budget.

Federal changes mean MLAs will have to start paying income tax on the $1,000 a month cash allowance they receive for second homes in Victoria and money provided for travel within their constituency. The Canada Revenue Agency has decided these allowances are taxable benefits.

The in-constituency travel allowance ranges from $3,190 a year for urban MLAs to $11,580 for politicians with the largest coastal or remote ridings.

The changes mean MLAs will have $15,190 and $23,580 a year added to their income figure on their T4 slip for the purposes of income tax. (MLAs are paid an $105,881 annual salary, cabinet ministers earn $158,823.)

The housing change hits the 29 MLAs who take the $1,000-a-month cash option for housing, which does not require receipts. Others, including 29 MLAs who stay in hotels when in Victoria and the 22 MLAs who own or rent, claim up to $1,200 a month using receipts, which isn’t considered taxable income. But MLAs who own a second home in Victoria may also have to pay the NDP government’s new speculation tax.

An all-party committee of MLAs that manage the legislature is debating whether to change or increase allowances because of the new taxes.

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Vancouver no longer part of North American bid to host 2026 World Cup

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 17:07

The 2026 FIFA World Cup of soccer will not be coming to Vancouver.

The provincial government confirmed Wednesday that the B.C. city had been dropped from the North American bid to host the world’s largest sporting event. 

Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are up against Morocco to host the FIFA men’s tournament, with a decision coming in June.

Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton had been identified as potential candidates for hosting games, but Vancouver’s involvement was put in serious doubt on Tuesday when B.C. Premier John Horgan stated he wanted some guarantees on the cost for the province before signing an agreement with the United 2026 bid committee. 

On Wednesday, the province learned that United 2026 has dropped Vancouver from its list of host city candidates.

“We submitted our second bid last night and this morning we received notification that (United 2026) have not accepted the bid,” Tourism Minister Lisa Beare told a scrum of reporters Wednesday at the B.C. Legislature.

A previous bid from the province was rejected last week. 

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Beare said the province  “couldn’t agree to terms that would put British Columbians at risk of shouldering potentially huge and unpredictable costs.’

“So far, the bid committee has rejected our requests to clarify how much British Columbians could be expected to contribute. And they have declined to negotiate with the province regarding the concerns we raised,” she said in a statement.


B.C. Liberal MLA Jas Johal says the NDP government has pulled the rug out from under B.C. soccer fans and the tourism industry.

“This bid, which shares costs across the continent, was a fabulous opportunity to promote British Columbia as part of the most-watched sporting event in the world. Other provinces have come to arrangements but the B.C. NDP is the lone jurisdiction who has failed to come to the table,” Johal said in a statement.

“This is a process that has been underway for months and yesterday the tourism minister showed little knowledge of the file. The minister should now provide all the facts as to why the B.C. NDP was unable to reach an agreement to participate in this unprecedented chance to promote the province.”

Johal said the economic benefit, to B.C. alone, of hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup was estimated to be about $118 million, all from an initial investment of $2 million.

The province would be expected to play a role in helping with the provincially owned B.C. Place Stadium, including any modifications required to the playing surface, parking, security and the cost of using the facility.

Beare said the doors to B.C. Place Stadium will remain open to hosting 2026 World Cup games, but only if the bid committee reconsiders its demands and provides the province with more cost certainty.

That is unlikely to happen.

Victor Montagliani, the B.C.-based president of CONCACAF, the regional governing body for soccer, and a member of the United 2026 committee, declined to comment on Vancouver’s status but said he expected the final list of North American candidate cities would be released on Thursday. 

A source involved with the United 2026 committee said Vancouver will be missing from that list.

The economic benefit of hosting FIFA 2026 World Cup games could range from $90 million to $480 million, according to a recent report to the City of Vancouver council, which voted to endorse and support the bid proposal.

In a statement Wednesday, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson expressed disappointment that Vancouver’s World Cup bid was not moving forward.

“Major sporting events often have challenges around costs and managing financial risk; however, the City was all-in and hopeful that the federal and provincial governments would be able to arrive at a fair deal. While I’m disappointed by this outcome, I look forward to pursuing further opportunities to bring world-class soccer and other sporting events to Vancouver in the future,” Robertson said.

BC Soccer executive director Jason Elligott says missing out on the World Cup is huge loss for both sport and tourism in British Columbia.

“It is very disappointing that the World Cup could potentially be hosted by Canada, USA and Mexico and for B.C. not to be a part of it,” said Elligott. “There are a lot of opportunities in hosting an event like that, including exposing millions of people to our sport … and bringing the world to our city.”

Elligott, a member of the Vancouver City Bid Advisor Group, is curious to know what was the financial sticking point between the United 2026 and the province that doomed the Vancouver bid.

“I hold  no bitterness and I’m not close enough to the process to know what held (the B.C. government) back,” he said. “I don’t know who is right or wrong — but I am assuming the documentation from the bid committee was the same from city to city.”

The federal government threw its support behind the United 2026 committee Tuesday with a promise of $5-million in immediate help if the bid wins.

This is unreal. Tragic, really. #WTFFFF

— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) March 14, 2018

With files from Rob Shaw and The Canadian Press


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Woman, 70, in critical condition following crash in south Surrey

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:56

A 70-year-old woman is in critical condition following a collision in south Surrey on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Surrey RCMP, the collision took place around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Southmere Crescent and Martin Drive.

The woman was crossing the intersection when she was struck by an eastbound vehicle making a left turn. Police said the driver remained at the scene to assist.

The woman was taken to hospital by air ambulance and remains in critical condition, said Cpl. Elenore Sturko in a statement.

Surrey RCMP are on scene to investigate. Roads in the area will be closed for some time.

More to come.

We're on scene of a pedestrian involved collision in South Surrey – Southmere Crescent and Martin Drive. The pedestrian is believed to be in critical condition. Roads will be closed in the area while we investigate.

— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) March 14, 2018

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Vernon's Greeks gangsters lose appeal of murder convictions

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:51

Three members of the notorious Greeks gang from Vernon have lost their appeals of their November 2012 murder convictions.

The B.C. Court of Appeal announced in a brief online statement that the appeals of gang leader Peter Manolakos and his associates Leslie Podolski and Sheldon Richard O’Donnell had all been dismissed.

The judges’ reasons for their decision were not released because they have not yet had time to edit out information about Crown witnesses who were subject to sweeping publication bans.

“This is a statement that will be posted on the court’s website concerning these appeals until it is replaced with redacted reasons for judgment,” the court’s public statement said. “The publication ban means that the full reasons for judgment must be sealed and only a redacted version complying with the ban may be released to the public.”

The statement said Crown prosecutors and defence lawyers in the case were provided with unedited reasons for judgement on Wednesday.

“There shall be a brief administrative hearing with counsel and a judge of the division to canvass the redactions required to allow for public release of reasons for judgment that comply with the terms of the publication ban,” the statement said.

Manolakos, Podolski and O’Donnell are three of five men convicted by a jury of various counts in the murders of David Marnuik, Thomas Bryce, and Ronald Thom in the Vernon area between July 2004 and May 2005.

Marnuik, who delivered drugs for the Greeks, was beaten to death with a baseball bat, a hammer and a blowtorch because he had taken off with some cash and the gang’s cellphone in the middle of a shift in the summer of 2004.

Bryce was a rival drug trafficker fighting the Greeks for turf when he was beaten with a wooden bat, then stomped, at a popular beach near Vernon in November 2004. He died 17 days later in hospital.

Thom was shot to death on May 31, 2005, because Manolakos mistakenly believed Thom had provided police with information about the Greeks’ criminal activity.

Manolakos was convicted of the first-degree murder of Thom as well as manslaughter in Marnuik’s death. O’Donnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the Thom slaying and second-degree murder in the deaths of Marnuik and Bryce. Podolski was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Marnuik.

All three are serving life sentences.

They appealed their convictions on 16 grounds, all of which were dismissed.

The appeal was heard at the Vancouver Law Courts last June before Justices Mary Saunders, Daphne Smith and Lauri Ann Fenlon.

The men were found to be part of a notorious drug trafficking gang operating in the North Okanagan called the Greeks, headed by Manolakos, who is of Greek heritage.

Manolakos provided gold rings and vests to his members, who also had tattoos of the word “ema” — which means “blood” in Greek — as well as the omega symbol. 

Jurors at the trial also heard the Greeks had different ranks within the organization, including “runners” like Marnuik who worked the drug lines at the street level, “bankers” who would supply drugs to the runners and collect the profits, and “enforcers” who would mete out punishment to those who broke the gang’s rules.


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Family of Port Moody woman killed by fall tree file lawsuit

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:47

The family of a Port Moody woman who was killed after a tree fell on her home during a severe windstorm two years ago has filed a lawsuit alleging regional district officials were negligent in dealing with problem trees.

Jill Calder was asleep in her bed on March 10, 2016 when a 35-metre hemlock tree came crashing through the roof of her house on Alpine Place, located in the Mountain Meadows neighbourhood on Heritage Mountain. 

Calder, who was the executive director of a society that provides help to people with mental illness, died of her injuries.

Kenneth Calder and James Calder, her sons, have now filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court naming the Greater Vancouver Water District and an arborist as defendants.

The lawsuit says that the regional district was the registered owner of heavily wooded lands adjacent to the Calder home and that in the years preceding the tragedy, five to six trees failed and fell to the ground.

In one such instance, a limb of a large tree on the lands east of the Calder home broke off and landed on the yard of the home causing damage, says the suit.

The husband of Jill Calder notified the regional district about the prior incident and expressed his concerns about the integrity of the remaining trees adjacent to the home, it says.

The district or an arborist on its behalf cleared the debris from the yard and inspected the remaining trees, but otherwise failed to take any steps to address any of the risks posed by the trees, says the writ.

In 2012 or 2013, the husband notified the district that the hemlock which fell on the home in 2016 displayed signs of declining health and officials came back to check into the matter, says the Calders’ lawsuit.

“On one such occasion, the defendants, or one or more of them, advised the plaintiffs’ father that there was rot in the hemlock and that, if the hemlock fell onto the property, it would be catastrophic.”

The plaintiffs say the tragedy has caused them to suffer psychological injuries, loss of support, loss of homemaking and household assistance and loss of inheritance and income. They’re seeking general and special damages.

No official response has been filed to the lawsuit, which contains allegations that have not been tested in court. The Greater Vancouver Water District is one of four corporate entities that make up the Metro Vancouver regional district.

Metro Vancouver spokesman Don Bradley said that he couldn’t speak to the specific allegations in the lawsuit.

“The death of Jill Calder was an unthinkable tragedy with devastating impacts on her family, friends and the community,” Bradley said in an email Wednesday. “Our thoughts and condolences remain with her loved ones.”

Bradley added that the regional district is committed to protect public health and safety as well as prevent property damage from inherent forest risks and has in “direct response” to the tragedy taken “substantive” action to further reduce forest-related risks on its lands.

The district has undertaken a “comprehensive” review of tree management practices and has approved a tree management policy, risk assessment and mitigation program to ensure they meet or exceed best management practices, he said.

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Judge rules Vancouver condo assembly can be sold despite holdouts

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:44

A judge has ruled that the sale of a Vancouver West End assembly can proceed despite two holdout owners who believed the sale price was too low and that they were not kept informed during the sale process.

Barclay Terrace is a 36-unit concrete complex built in 1992 and located at 1075 Barclay St. in Vancouver’s West End.

Of the 36 units in the building, 34 belong to two corporations, Barclay Thurlow Property Inc. (BTPI) and Shepstone Investments Inc, referred to as the majority owners.  The units had been gradually purchased by the companies from individual owners with the goal of winding up the strata corporation and selling the property for re-development.

According to B.C. strata bylaws, owners can force a sale if 80 per cent agree; with 34 or the 36 units in hand, BTPI and Shepstone owned 94 per cent of the strata vote.

An adjacent complex of four two-storey townhomes was also bought by Shepstone to be sold as part of the assembly.

The remaining two units at Barclay Terrace belong to Grace and Lisa Francescato and Ramin Malekmohammadi Nouri, referred to as the minority owners in court documents.

The Francescatos had been in discussions to sell their suite to the majority owners in 2016 for $1.9 million but the sale fell through after the Francescatos raised their price to $2.1 million and then changed their minds.

Nouri had been contacted by the majority owners in 2015 and 2016 to sell his unit but he refused on both occasions. In early 2017, BTPI offered Nouri $3.5 million to sell and said they were “prepared to offer more.”

“According to … the realtor engaged by BTPI to negotiate with Mr. Nouri, Mr. Nouri said his price was $10 million,” read court documents. When told the “figure was absurd” but that a counter-offer would be entertained, Nouri lowered his price to $9.75 million. The negotiations ceased.

After a purchase offer was made by Grand World Holdings Ltd. in June 2017 for a price of $105 million, the majority owners applied to the court to confirm its resolution to wind down the strata and proceed with the sale. They also notified the holdout owners of the deal struck and informed the Francescatos they would receive $2.7 million and Nouri $2.2 million as part of the sale.

The minority owners, however, opposed the application based on their beliefs that they weren’t adequately consulted during the sale process and that the sale price is too low.

In his decision dated March 13, 2018, Justice Warren B. Milman ruled that the minority owners were as informed as could be since the majority owners were required to keep the details of the sale agreement confidential. Milman also said the holdout owners had fair warning as to what the future was likely to hold for Barclay Terrace.

“The minority owners were not taken by surprise by what occurred,” wrote Milman. “They were able to see the writing on the wall by late 2015 or early 2016, when the majority owners sought and then acquired a controlling block in pursuit of their patent agenda to redevelop the property.

“At that point, a dissolution and sale of Barclay Terrace was all but inevitable (and, in the case of the Francescatos at least, initially welcomed).”

As for the sale price, the judge noted that the assessed value – which the minority owners suggest is closer to $150 million – is based on the assumption that all 36 units and the adjacent townhomes are sold as a controlling block under one owner. He also rejected the notion that the minority owners were being unfairly treated or that the sale price was prejudiced against them.

“In the end, the minority owners are to receive enormous premiums over the 2017 assessed values of their units as a result of the efforts of the majority owners in marshalling the combined properties for sale as an assemblage,” he wrote.

“The Francescatos are to receive $2,677,500 for a unit assessed at $793,000 and Mr. Nouri is to receive $2.2 million for a unit assessed at $672,000.”

Milman then granted the majority owners’ application to wind down the strata and sell off the property.

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Super seniors busy, definitely not 'couch potatoes': SFU study

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:42

Having good genes definitely help if you plan to live 85, 90 or 100-plus years — but they aren’t the only thing that matters.

Canada’s longest-lived seniors tend to have parents who live at least nine years longer than average and that’s a lot, according to Angela Brooks-Wilson, who runs a 16-year healthy aging study at Simon Fraser University.

But lifestyle always plays a bigger role in how long you live, she said.

If you want to live to 85 and longer, it helps to stay busy.

Study participant Ivan Vance — just 90 years old — hits the gym and the courts at the Jericho Tennis Club about four times a week and really pushes himself. After the gym, he hits serves for an hour or more.

And it’s singles only for Vance, when he plays.

“These guys in their 60s are playing doubles, I don’t even think they sweat,” said the former lumber trader turned actor. “Mostly they don’t want to play me anyway, it’s too hard on their ego.”

“I get the best tennis from the top women; they are really good players,” he said.

Vance calls it like he sees it, especially if he doesn’t like what he sees.

“The secret is, I vent,” he said. “If I see something that pisses me off, I respond — hopefully always politely — with ‘I hear what you are saying, but I think you are wrong and here’s why.’ I dump my concerns off of me and on to you.”

Healthy aging study participant Ivan Vance, at 90, looks set to head off to the courts this week at Vancouver’s Jericho Tennis Club. ‘These guys in their 60s are playing doubles, I don’t even think they sweat,’ says Vance, who sticks to singles play. ‘Mostly they don’t want to play me anyway, it’s too hard on their ego.’ (Photo: Arlen Redekop, PNG)

Seriously though, Vance has been active his whole life.

“I have been skiing for 76 years and I have been playing tennis since I was 60,” he said. “Tennis is tough game and you’ve got to be in shape, so lifting weights for a few minutes isn’t going to cut it. I work at it.”

It is always challenging to schedule the interviews with “super seniors” study participants because of their busy schedules, said Brooks-Wilson.

“They are very socially active and lot of them exercise — about 50 per cent — as many as the middle-aged comparison group,” she said. “Super seniors are definitely not couch potatoes.”

The late band leader Dal Richards and nonagenarian track star Olga Kotelko were also part of her super group.

Seniors in the study must be free of cancer, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and major lung disease at the time they join. They range in age from 85 — the minimum — to 109 years of age.

The researchers are examining candidate genes believed to be related to healthy aging, looking for differences between 700 super seniors and a comparison group of 500 randomly selected people in their 40s. That means they are young enough that any genetic predisposition to disease has not yet killed many of them.

Not surprisingly, very few super seniors have the APOe4 gene that is strongly associated with late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. 

“What’s interesting is that some do have it … and yet they are still super, so it’s not a given that they will get Alzheimer’s,” said Brooks-Wilson, also a Distinguished Scientist with Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at the B.C. Cancer Agency.

Super seniors are also less likely to have a gene variant related to inflammation, which is implicated in the five major diseases that super seniors don’t have by definition.

It’s always challenging to schedule interviews with ‘super seniors’ study participants because of their busy schedules, says Angela Brooks-Wilson, who runs the 16-year healthy aging study at Simon Fraser University. (Photo: Arlen Redekop, PNG)

While you can’t control your genome, there are powerful lifestyle choices you can make if you aim to live past 85.

Smoking tobacco is an effective way to avoid getting very old, while quitting is almost as effective at extending your life.

“We have almost no life-long smokers in the super seniors group, but about half have smoked and then quit at some time in the past,” she said. 

Super seniors — if they drink  alcohol — have three or four drinks a week and were much more moderate in their consumption than the comparison group.

“Both moderate drinking and non-drinking are compatible with being a super senior,” she noted.

Super seniors don’t tend to be “super-skinny,” she said. Many of them have a body mass index of about 25 — the upper end of the normal band, bordering on overweight.

Brooks-Wilson will share her research in the SFU President’s Faculty lecture series on Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m. at SFU’s Burnaby campus  in the Diamond Alumni Centre.

She is also anxious to recruit new super seniors. Anyone aged 85 or older who is interested in participating may call 604-675-8151, or email


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Anthony Gismondi: B.C. wine of the week, wine to cellar and calendar items

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:15

L ’Abattoir chef and co-owner Lee Cooper hosts chef Lee Wolen of Chicago’s Michelin one-starred restaurant Boka for the first Michelin on the Road dining experience on March 21.

The evening, in L ’Abattoir’s private dining quarters No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews, features a cocktail reception with passed canapés and a five-course collaborative menu prepared by Cooper and Wolen, and an A-list of Okanagan wineries: Blue Mountain, CheckMate, Meyer Family, LaStella, Laughing Stock, and Tantalus Vineyards.

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• The 24th annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser is March 22. From Whistler to White Rock and everywhere in between every Dining Out For Life restaurant will donate 25 per cent of its food sales in support of individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and coexisting illnesses.

By patronizing a partner restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll be supporting people in the Lower Mainland. Over the past 24 years, DOFL has raised over $3.5 million, with all proceeds directly benefiting A Loving Spoonful.

An up-to-date list of participating restaurants is available at Please consider helping out by dining out.

B.C. wine of the week

Martin’s Lane Naramata Ranch Vineyard Riesling 2014, Okanagan Valley

$65 | 93/100


We love the ultrabright and electric style of Naramata fruit, in this case juicy, inviting and super fresh but it doesn’t threaten to peel the enamel off your teeth. The wine is site-driven, and the grapes makes the most of a perfect latitude, where they gather sunshine in the daytime and retain acidity through the cool nights. Naramata Ranch sits at the very northern end of the Naramata Bench before it runs up against the mountains on the way to Chute Lake. The site spans several elevations where the soils, perhaps better described as rocks, are a mix of red granite on the surface over granite bedrock with no grass or cover crop. Will age effortlessly. Online only.

Wine for the cellar

Domaine de Cébène Les Bancèls 2014, Faugères, Coteaux du Languedoc, France

$27.99 | 90/100

UPC: 3700395902589

Winemaker Brigitte Chevalier is trying to capture a cooler style of Languedoc wines, and Les Bancèls faces north at 320 metres above sea level. Expect a fresh, red and black fruited wine with terrific acidity and notes of white pepper. The palate is equally fresh and soft, with blueberry and a strong undercurrent of dried herbs or garrigue so prevalent in the south. Only 14 per cent alcohol. It’s made with no oak. Les Bancèls is a local term designating the schist terraces where many of the Domaine de Cébène vines grow. Cellar through 2022.




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B.C.'s Catalyst hit with second salvo of duties in U.S. paper trade war

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:11

Richmond-headquartered Catalyst Paper has been hit with a second round of punitive duties on U.S.-bound exports in a trade dispute launched by a single American mill.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has hit B.C.’s Catalyst Paper with a second round of punitive duties in a trade dispute with a U.S. paper mill.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped anti-dumping duties of 22 per cent on exports by Resolute Forest Products and Kruger Inc. (both based in Quebec) as well as Catalyst on top of countervailing duties of 4.4 per cent, 10 per cent, and six per cent, respectively, levelled against the companies when the initial complaint was launched in January.

That leaves Catalyst paying duties of 28 per cent on its exports to the U.S., which company CEO Ned Dwyer characterized as “a threat to our competitiveness and the sustainability of our business.”

Longview, Wash.-based North Pacific Paper Co. filed the complaint with the commerce department in January arguing that the Canadian producers receive unfair subsidies in the form of access to cheap fibre and preferential electricity rates.

In his decision Wednesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said his preliminary determination was based on “an open and transparent investigation” that determined the Canadian companies listed in the complaint were exporting paper at “less than fair value.”

A final determination on duties is expected by Aug. 2.

Uncoated groundwood paper is used in printing newspapers, flyers, catalogues and books and in 2016, U.S. Commerce estimated that American customers imported $1.27 billion US worth of the product.

North of the border, Dwyer characterized the trade action as “unwarranted and without merit,” which the company will continue to fight.

Directory paper was excluded from the action, Dwyer said, but “the remaining anti-dumping and countervailing duties are onerous and a critical cost challenge for Catalyst.”

The paper dispute is a second front of an apparent U.S. trade war over forest products, in addition to the Canada U.S. softwood lumber dispute that has Canadian lumber producers paying between 10 and 24 per cent in duties on American exports.

B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston said the province will join in the fight.

“We will not be bullied,” Ralston said in a statement. “We will not be pushed around. We will work closely with Catalyst and the federal government to fight this preliminary decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce and demand that B.C. is treated fairly by its largest trading partner.”

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Hemlines: Selena Gomez slips into design role at Coach and more fashion news

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:11

Selena Gomez is delving further into her creative side with Coach.

The music superstar, who collaborated with the American leather goods and fashion company on a collection of handbags and accessories in fall 2017, is set to release another collection with the brand, including her first ready-to-wear collaboration, in fall 2018. 

“I am so excited to be working with Coach again,” Gomez said in a news release. “Getting to create my own collection with (Coach creative director Stuart Vevers) has been such a fun process, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have been working on over the past several months.”

In the teaser image for the collection, Gomez and Vevers appear to be sharing ideas over glasses of water. Meanwhile, the shot offers a glimpse of the designs hanging on a rack in the background, which appears to include a sheer yellow dress, a plush teddy-bear coat, and pretty pastel hues. 

“I always look forward to designing with Selena because she has a strong point of view,” Vevers said. “We wanted to bring cool new ideas to the table and I loved getting her take on clothes as much as accessories this time around.”

The new collection will feature an offering of outerwear, ready-to-wear, handbags, small leather goods, and other assorted accessories. To learn more, visit

Vancouver fashion students get a taste of A-list dressing 

Students from the Fashion Design & Production Diploma program at Vancouver Community College are getting a taste of what it’s like to design, create and dress a celebrity for a red-carpet event. 

Under the tutelage of fashion designer and instructor Jason Matlo, the students are creating a custom Juno Awards gown for Vancouver-based singer and songwriter Kate Kurdyak from The Katherines.

“Working with the VCC fashion students has been incredibly inspiring,” Kurdyak said in a news release. “They all have brought their own unique eye to the designs while still taking my ideas and requests into account.”

With less than two weeks to go before the red-carpet appearance, the students are working to complete three options for Kurdyak to wear. The design opportunity is one project in a series of tasks the first-year students complete in the hopes of preparing them for a career in the fast-paced fashion industry. 

“We are amazed by our students’ ability to create a custom dress at this calibre in their first year of studies,” Andrea Korens, the fashion program coordinator, said in the release. “For them, it’s a great feeling to be working with a client that is appreciative of their efforts.”

Kurdyak’s outfit will be revealed at the Juno Awards on March 25. 

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Squamish pedestrian in critical condition after hit by police vehicle

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:03

A B.C. police watchdog has been called in to investigate after a pedestrian was hit by a police car in Squamish Tuesday night.

The man, in his late 20s, was struck by an on duty police officer travelling in an unmarked SUV at the intersection of Highway 99 and Garibaldi Way at around 10:30 p.m., according to the Independent Investigation Office.

The pedestrian remains in critical condition in hospital.

The IIO says the RCMP officer, who was working but not responding to a call, notified dispatch of the incident and began to provide medical assistance until emergency crews arrived.  

The IIO says the investigation continues, and no further information will be released.

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Dog found on B.C. logging road with chain collar embedded in neck

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:07

Rusty the dog was in rough shape when he was brought into the B.C. SPCA branch in Cranbrook on Sunday.

The one-year-old Shar-Pei-Labrador cross was discovered a day earlier by hikers travelling the Carroll Creek forest service road between Yahk and Creston. His chain collar was so tight that it had become deeply embedded into his neck.

“He was in a lot of pain when they brought him into the branch. If it had gone untreated, he wouldn’t be alive,” said Christy King, manager of the East Kootenay SPCA.

“There were certainly signs of neglect.”

Rusty, who was slightly emaciated but suffering no other injuries other than those caused by the collar, was taken to a veterinary clinic where he underwent surgery Monday to remove necrotic tissue from around his neck.

King said Rusty is doing well and staff are hopeful he will make a full recovery.

Once the dog has recovered, King says staff will have to assess its behaviour and determine if Rusty is adoptable.

Meanwhile, the B.C. SPCA has opened an investigation into the case and is appealing to the public for help identifying the dog’s owner.

Anyone with information can contact the B.C. SPCA animal-cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

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Abbotsford police appealing for witnesses after woman, 2 grandchildren hit by car

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:49

A woman and her five-year-old grandson remain in hospital after being struck by a car in Abbotsford on Monday morning.

Abbotsford RCMP say the woman, who is in her 60s, and her two grandsons, aged 2 and 5, were hit by a Toyota Yaris on Ridgeview Drive, east of the intersection with Townline Road, at around 8:15 a.m.

Police say the five-year-old boy suffered a broken femur and remains in hospital under observation. The woman, whose injuries have not been released, is also still hospital in stable but serious condition.

The two-year-old boy was treated for minor injuries in hospital Monday and released.

“Our thoughts remain with the family and we will continue to support them as a community,” said Abbotsford police spokeswoman Sgt. Judy Bird,

No names have been released.

Police say the driver of the Toyota remained on scene and is co-operating with investigators.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or who may have dashcam footage of the incident is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text APD to 222973. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Wild teen party results in $20,000 damage to West Vancouver rental house

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:44

A 14-year-old girl with a credit card combined with 200 party-crazy teenagers resulted in more than $20,000 in damages to a rental home in West Vancouver. 

A house party at a rental home has ended in a very expensive lesson for a teen and her family.

Just after 8:30 p.m. Friday, West Vancouver police received reports of an uncontrolled party at a home in the 2400-block of Ottawa Avenue, a tony neighbourhood filled with pricey homes assessed as high as $6 million.

“We had a number of calls reporting a disturbance at that house and it appeared a party was getting out of control,” said West Vancouver police spokesman Const. Jeff Palmer.

When officers arrived at the home they encountered 200 teens flooding out of the home and fleeing the scene.

Police discovered the home had been booked through an online rental agency by a 14-year-old girl, who had used her parents’ credit card without permission to pay for the rental. Unfortunately for her and her family, a bigger bill is coming their way as the home suffered an estimated $20,000 in damages.

Palmer said the partiers smashed walls, furniture and artwork before police arrived.

The girl who organized the shindig told police that the party quickly outgrew its intended size and things got out of control fast.  

Palmer said the girl’s family has agreed to pay for the damages and the homeowner is not seeking criminal charges.

Anyone with information that could assist in identifying individuals directly responsible for damage to the residence can contact West Vancouver police at 604-925-7300.

Signs of a party after a 14-year-old girl with a credit card combined with 200 party-crazy teenagers resulted in more than $20,000 in damages to a rental home at 2484 Ottawa Ave in West Vancouver.

Just after 8:30 p.m. Friday, West Vancouver police received reports of an uncontrolled party at 2484 Ottawa Avenue, West Vancouver.

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B.C. government may pull out of FIFA World Cup bid

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:43

VICTORIA – B.C.’s New Democrat government appears lukewarm about supporting a bid to host soccer matches in Vancouver for the FIFA World Cup in 2026, amid accusations it is pulling out of the proposal.

Tourism Minister Lisa Beare ducked questions at the legislature about whether the government pulled its support for the bid before a final deadline. B.C. would be required to participate with a stadium authority agreement for the use of the provincially-owned B.C. Place Stadium.

“There are financial risks to the province obviously,” Beare told reporters at the legislature. “These big opportunities come with some big risks, so we’re taking a look at that.”

She was unable to say, despite repeated questions, whether B.C. has actually abandoned the bid. If so, it would come at the same time as the federal government threw its support, and $5 million in funding, behind the proposal on Tuesday. 

“In 2015, the economic benefit, of B.C. alone, of hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup was estimated to be about $118 million, all from an initial investment of $2 million,” said Liberal critic Jas Johal during the legislature’s question period Tuesday. “However, the reports are that the provincial government has pulled out of the bid for the men’s 2026 FIFA World Cup. In fact, we have learned that the bid deadline was last night. Again, I ask the minister. Can she confirm if the province supports the bid — yes or no?”

“We are in close contact with the bid committee, and our team is working closely with them,” replied Beare.

The Canadian and Mexican flags are carried onto the field before a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday March 25, 2016.

The 2026 FIFA men’s World Cup proposal would see Canada, the United States and Mexico team up for a joint bid to host the tournament. Vancouver, as one of the potential host cities, could see a maximum of five games. The economic benefit of those games could range from $90 million to $480 million, according to a recent report to the City of Vancouver council, which voted to endorse and support the bid proposal.

The province would be expected to play a role in helping with B.C. Place Stadium, including any modifications required to the playing surface, parking, security and the cost of using the facility. The city, provincial government, federal government and airport authority are part of a multi-party working group, with similar groups set up in Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto.

If successful in its bid, Vancouver would be notified of its host city status in 2021. Then, the federal and provincial governments would be expected to help collaborate on costs.

It’s unclear if B.C.’s hesitation, or outright abandonment, of the deal will throw the Canadian bid into jeopardy.

A spokesperson with the federal Ministry of Sport and Persons with Disabilities redirected questions about the impact on the bid back to the B.C. government.

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2018 Juno Awards: What the celebrities will be eating (with recipes)

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:00

The Juno Awards officially kick off Friday with a reception dinner that’s sure to be as delicious as it is star-studded. 

Presented by Music Canada, the event is set to showcase West Coast fare through the lens of two Parq Vancouver restaurants: Honey Salt and The Victor

Chef Kim Canteenwalla

“We wanted to showcase some of our restaurants here at Parq Vancouver, and highlight some memorable dishes,” chef Kim Canteenwalla of Blau + Associates, explains of the evening’s planned eats.  “For such a fun event we wanted to showcase the fun in our food.”

For attendees, that will translate into delectable dishes that highlight some of the freshest ingredients Western Canada has to offer. 

“Most of the vegetables on our signature Honey Salt market table are Canadian, and come from Klippers Organics,” Canteenwalla says. “Klippers is a small, certified-organic farm located in Cawston.  The inspiration for the whole dish was teaming up with them to showcase what the bounty of British Columbia can offer.”

The four-person team manning the market table at the relaxed reception (organizers opted for a less formal approach to the traditional seated dinner service so guests could mingle) will include charcoal beets and squash, pickled vegetables, cauliflower hummus, peppers, radishes, heirloom carrots, sweet potato chips, and “goddess” dip, according to Canteenwalla. 

At the The Victor’s booth in the hotel’s grand ballroom diners will enjoy assorted sushi as well as one of the typical three “tiers” of meat the upscale eatery serves: Canadian Angus Reserve, USDA Prime, and Japanese Wagyu. As you likely guessed, the chosen meat is one that best celebrates “Canada’s Music Awards.”

“For our dish during the Junos, we will be serving the Canadian Angus,” Canteenwalla says. “We will also be serving sushi that features local and sustainable fish.”

The beef will be presented in the form of a classic Philadelphia cheesesteak — with an unexpected twist. 

“We’ve incorporated a truffle component that people will be surprised and delighted with,” Canteenwalla says. 

Reception guests will also be sipping beer from Toronto’s Steam Whistle Brewing and wine from Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estates.

How far in advance did the culinary team have to prep for the planned 1,200 diners?  

“The Junos are in two weeks and we’re ready to go now,” Canteenwalla says with a laugh. “Our chefs are very good  — and very quick — at building menus based on the needs of the guests at events. Once the menu has been decided, it’s the preparation and execution planning that takes the time.”

Canteenwalla says that while planning for an event of this size can pose some problems, it also offers the opportunity for his staff and their guests to see a different side of local cuisine and cooking styles. 

“Having the cooks and chefs be in the forefront of the guests, they get to see and appreciate a different side that they don’t always get to see,” he says. “And that’s what it’s all about.”

• The 2018 Juno Awards, hosted by Michael Bublé, are March 25 at Rogers Arena.

Related Recipes

Victor Style Philadelphia Cheesesteak Rolls.

Victor Style Philadelphia Cheesesteak Rolls

3 lb (1.4 kg) thin sliced roast beef (your choice of cut, we use a prime striploin)

2 sweet onions

8 oz (226 g) aged white cheddar cheese, grated

Black truffles (optional)

Minced chives, as needed

20 mini hotdog buns, sides trimmed off for grilling (full size also OK)

Cook beef to desired doneness (recommended medium rare). Cut onions into thick slices, season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook onions on a grill, or caramelize them in a pan. Remove from pan and when cooled, give them a rough chop.

Once the beef is cooked and rested slice as thin as possible and cut the shaved beef into quarters — it will fit better into the buns if you cut it down. Butter and grill the buns on both sides. Place the warm beef into the buns. Put the grated cheese alongside the meat. Top with the onions. Pop the buns in the oven if the cheese is not quite melted enough. Microplane truffles over the top, and finish with sea salt and chives.

Makes 20

Cauliflower Hummus.

Cauliflower Hummus

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 cup (250 mL) cold water

2 oz  (58 g) olive oil

2 oz (58 g) tahini

½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground cumin

¼ tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper 

½ cup (125 mL) lemon juice

Salt to taste

Blanch cauliflower florets in salted boiling water until tender (approx. 5-7 mins). Cool on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Put cauliflower and cold water in a blender, purée until very smooth. Transfer the purée into a bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, cayenne, salt. Blend well with a whisk or a hand mixer until smooth. Check seasoning and adjust with salt or more lemon juice.


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Surrey RCMP nab two 'prolific offenders' in two days

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:02

The Surrey RCMP say proactive enforcement work by its officers landed a pair of prolific offenders behind bars in recent days.

On March 5, Mounties spotted a Mercedes SUV with a covered VIN number and two different plates, both stolen, on the front and rear of the vehicle. The SUV was confirmed stolen and linked back to a break and enter that occurred a few weeks earlier in the Guildford area involving a garage door opener.

Sean Gullick, a 25-year-old Surrey man, has been charged with two probation violations, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000, and one count of obstructing a peace officer.

Gullick is a known property crime offender and police say his arrest should assist in the reduction of garage break and enters in the Guildford and Cloverdale areas.

On March 6, Surrey RCMP’s gang enforcement team attempted to stop a cyclist for a minor violation in the 6700 block of King George Boulevard. Police say the cyclist, who was apprehended following a brief chase, was found to be carrying a hidden sawed-off rifle and ammunition.

Christopher Trotchie, 30, with no fixed address, has been charged with a number of firearms offences and breach of probation.  

“This is another good example of proactive enforcement being conducted in the community by some of our specialized units,” says Surrey RCMP Insp. Shawna Baher. “Both individuals pose significant, but different, risks to the public and their apprehension will help with the overall reduction of crime in Surrey.”


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Fab 5: It's skirt season

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:00

Skirts are feeling very au courant right now. Maybe it’s because we’ve got an urge to get our legs out after a long winter, or maybe it’s because we’re tired of wearing pants (only sartorially speaking, obviously), but from flirty minis to more modest midis, skirts are having a moment. Worn with a cosy sweater, a crisp button-down, or a so-now logo tee, Rebecca Tay presents five standout skirts for the season.

Wilfred Fournier skirt, $125 at Aritzia, 


Over the past few seasons, uneven skirt hems have been on the rise, so we’re pleased to see asymmetry touching on other areas, too. With its left-side button detailing and side split, this burgundy Fournier skirt by Wilfred is the picture of elegance with a twist.

Aritzia, | $125

Bowery skirt, US$198 at Reformation, 


There’s a time and a place for a mini skirt (and a corporate job interview is not one of them), but when the time is right, it’s oh so right. Enter this super-tight, super-sexy Bowery style made from dead stock leather by eco-friendly cool-girl label Reformation.

Reformation, | US$198

Denim tie-waist skirt, $39.90 at Uniqlo, 


A denim skirt is the ultimate year-round wardrobe staple, and this high-waisted version by Uniqlo — which has two new stores opening in B.C. this spring — is about as hardworking as they come. Tuck a fitted T-shirt into the paper bag waist and finish with everything from ankle boots and sneakers to mules and espadrilles.

Uniqlo, | $39.90

Printed pleated skirt, $99 at H & M,


Looking for a style that ticks the boxes for casual elegance and easy sophistication in one fell swoop? Look no further than a pleated midi skirt; we love the abstract, arty feel of this version.

H & M, | $99

Polka-dot ruffled skirt, $118.50 at J.Crew,


There’s something quite ’80s about graphic polka dots, and if there’s anything we saw during fashion month, it’s that our obsession with the decade will continue. Team this tiered, ruffled skirt with slingback pumps and bold shoulder pads for a look that’s right now.

J.Crew, | $118.50


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Advocates applaud Surrey ban on retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:58

Animal advocates are applauding Surrey’s move to ban the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.

As well, those caught selling a prohibited animal would face a fine of up to $500. The bylaw amendments were approved Tuesday and are a “step forward in preventing animal cruelty,” according to Amy Morris, the B.C. SPCA’s public policy manager.

“Surrey council is standing up against the importation of dogs from puppy mills and the inherent cruelty involved with unscrupulous breeders,” said Morris in a statement. “The restriction also reduces the issues that can arise from impulse purchases of domestic animals.

“With so many cats and rabbits being abandoned and surrendered to shelters and rescues, this is the right move.”

There are currently 22 pet retail shops in Surrey but none sell dogs or cats. The shops currently function as satellite adoption centres for dogs and cats, set up through partnerships with local shelters. According to the Canadian Kennel Club and Cat Fancier’s Association codes of ethics, breeders are not allowed to sell to pet stores.

Many of the Surrey stores do, however, sell rabbits. According to a city staff report, the Surrey Animal Resource Centre took in 70 rabbits last year, but only three were returned to their owners. There are currently 30 rabbits at the shelter, and concerns have been raised about feral rabbits becoming a problem in Surrey.

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation also applauded Surrey’s move to ban dogs, cats and rabbits from retail pet stores.

“We have been working very hard to have municipalities across the province prohibit pet sales in retail stores,” said executive director Kathy Powelson.

“We are so encouraged to see more cities in B.C. recognize that this inhumane business practice should end.”

Other Metro Vancouver cities that have made the same move include Vancouver, New Westminster, Delta and Richmond.

The ban will take effect in June 2018.

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Angus, the paws-itive hospital asset, hits the road for more spaniel-sniffing infection control duty

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:41

The English springer spaniel credited with detecting and preventing superbug infections at Vancouver General Hospital is now lending his canine snout and germ detective duties to other hospitals in B.C.

Angus sniffing for evidence of C. Difficile at Vancouver General Hospital

Angus and his trainer/handler, Teresa Zurberg – who started work at Vancouver General Hospital in 2016 – went to Kelowna General Hospital Monday. Angus used his scent-tracking capabilities to detect minute reservoirs of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a fecal bacteria, in a few spots on two hospital wards. Dr. Bing Wang, an infection control specialist at Interior Health who helped arrange the visit by Angus and Zurberg, said she was impressed by the dog’s curiosity, efficiency and professionalism as he used his scent-tracking abilities to find toxins in the bacterial organisms that cause C. diff. infections. In a brief period of time, Angus detected spores on a metal rack used for hospital equipment and on a hospital bed. 

“Having him here raises our awareness for environmental hygiene,” she said.

The Okanagan hospital is the first outside Vancouver Coastal Health where Angus has gone with Zurberg. Within VCH, he’s also worked at Lion’s Gate and Richmond hospitals to help identify areas that need more focused sanitizing to prevent the spread of C. diff which can produce bowel-damaging toxins, causing severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even death in patients with weakened immune systems.

C diff infections can be acquired when people touch items contaminated with feces and then touch their mouths. Sterile surfaces and handwashing are of paramount importance in the prevention of such infections. In 2016-17 there were 2,423 cases of C. diff among hospital patients in B.C. That figure doesn’t include cases acquired outside acute care facilities. About two-thirds of cases are acquired in acute care hospitals. 

Dog handler Teresa Zurberg with Angus and former health minister Terry Lake last year.

It was exactly a year ago when former health minister Terry Lake granted Angus his official working dog status and badge after he passed a probationary period and proved his worth. Angus signals (with a sit) that he’s found C. diff; he’s rewarded with a bit of kibble, praise or playtime. Then hospital disinfection staff clean the spot in a patient room, clinical area or equipment more thoroughly. “Having Angus has led to enhanced cleaning in the right places,” said Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Carrie Stefanson.

C. diff infections have been gradually dropping over the last five years but VGH officials are hesitant to attribute improvements directly to Angus. In 2016-17, there were 123 cases at VGH (4.9 per 10,000 hospital in-patient days) while at the Kelowna hospital there were 71 cases (5.2/10,000). In the second quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal period, the most recent period for which such information is available, the provincial C. diff new case rate was 3.5/10,000 hospital in-patient days or 228 new cases, the lowest rate and number in about four years. 

VGH has allocated $150,000 as a budget for the canine detection activities. The cost covers treats, trainer’s fees, educational resources and other disinfection initiatives. Another spaniel named Dodger has also started work at VGH with a different handler employed by Zurberg.

Allison Muniak, executive director of patient safety-quality and infection control at Vancouver Coastal Health, said with the addition of a second dog, the health authority can start making arrangements with other hospitals outside the Vancouver region so they can also benefit from the dogs’ skills. 

She said Angus has taught hospital officials that even staff locker rooms can be reservoirs for bacterial transmissions. After Angus found C. diff in hospital staff lockers, practices were changed so that shoes worn in the hospital are now wiped with antibacterial cloths and placed on racks, no longer inside the lockers. The cubbies are also getting cleaned with disinfectants, she said.

“The handlers and the dogs have taught us to look at problems different ways. They’ve substantially raised our level of awareness and education,” Muniak said.

Zurberg said Angus finds C. diff reservoirs five or six times a week. Areas full of clutter have provided plenty of fodder for his attention. Medical equipment gets stashed in corners and may be neglected insofar as hygienic cleaning, she said.

She said Angus has not suffered any health problems since his duties began. “I’m pretty paranoid and overprotective over him. But there have been no issues.” 

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