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Singing in the season

Singing Karaoke on trolley cars is just one fun way to get away from the stress of Christmas shopping.

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» ‘Great’ economy

The foundation for a new economy

in the Great Bear

Rainforest is complete now

that senior levels of government

have committed $25

million to building a new ferry

terminal on B.C.’s central

coast, said the executive director

of the Coastal First Nations.

Art Sterritt was one of a dozen

aboriginal leaders on hand

yesterday in downtown Vancouver

to sign a reconciliation

protocol with the province to

finalize the construction of the

terminal which will see aboriginal

groups receive $3.2

million in revenues over five

years along with greater

inclusion in decision making

for the region, a share of the

carbon offset program, the

development of an alternative

energy plan and the creation

of 150 jobs.

“It’s now time to turn our

attention the well-being of

those people who live within

the Great Bear Rainforest,”

Sterritt said.

DHARM MAKWANA – New

partnerships to dramatically

reduce energy consumption

will position Vancouver to

be one of the greenest cities

in the world, Mayor Gregor

Robertson said yesterday.

The City of Vancouver

entered an agreement with

B.C. Hydro Monday to elevate

conservation by developing

district heating systems

at new developments,

building electric car charging

infrastructure and a financing

program to building

energy retrofits.

The program would see

customers borrow money

from a bank for the renovation,

then put money down

on their debt through savings

on their hydro bill.

“This puts us in the position

to be world leaders and

>Breaking News

CARMINE MARINELLI

Alcoa Innovations and the Centre de formation professionnelle Qualitech christen a five-metre-tall

Inukshuk along the Middle Arm Waterfront Gateway from Aberdeen Station in front of of the UBC

Boathouse which will direct people to the Richmond Oval yesterday.

GREEN CITY

We can be ‘leaders’: Mayor

» Number crunch:

Vancouver to meet Kyoto

Protocol by 2012

■ A reduction in GHG by 11

per cent from a peak in 2000

to 2.7 million tonnes per year

the same at 1990 levels

■ On track to meet Kyoto

target of 2.5 million tonnes

by 2012

■ Reductions happened

during a 27 per cent increase

in population and 18 per cent

increase in employment

striving to do better,” Robertson

said.

The city also entered a

pact with Vancouver-based

Pulse Energy to install real-

time energy-use monitoring

systems, which find inefficiencies

in the order of 10 to

20 per cent, at City Hall, Library

Square and seven

other sites.

Meanwhile, Robertson is

headed to the Copenhagen

Climate Summit to tout the

green virtues of Vancouver

to more than 100 mayors

from around the world. Here

are his talking points on how

Vancouver got green:

■ A shift in transportation

modes to walking, cycling

and transit

■ A focus on education and

incentives for better community

planning

■ A push for electric vehicles

■A reduction in greenhouse

gases through methane capture

at landfills.

Top-secret

rehearsals

BOB MACKIN - The Plaza of Nations’

landlord won’t join Concord

Pacific on the 2010 Winter

Olympics’ sponsorship roster.

But Canadian Metropolitan

Properties is renting space to

VANOC for trailers and tents.

The biggest tent is the site of top

secret, Olympic opening ceremony

rehearsals.

“That deal was a long time in

negotiating, but I believe

VANOC is very happy with the

terms,” said CMP vice-president

Daisen Gee-Wing. “There’s

just one other piece to be negotiated

and we’re going to get

there.”

Erection of stages, trusses,

platforms, temporary infield

seating and two video boards

continues until late January inside

B.C. Place Stadium. Rehearsals

under the dome are

scheduled to begin Feb. 2.

» Hit and run

A hit-and-run driver responsible

for leaving one woman

dead in Burnaby turned

himself in to police yesterday

afternoon. The driver of

a full-sized white van struck

the woman around 8 a.m.

on Imperial Avenue just

north of Marlborough Street

then drove away from the

scene. The victim was taken

to hospital where she was

pronounced dead.

Police closed Imperial

Avenue from Royal Oak to

Nelson through most of yesterday

to conduct their

investigation.

» Major drug bust

Vancouver police are touting

a drug bust Wednesday

as one of the top five in the

city’s history. Officers seized

more than $1 million drugs

after responding to a home

invasion call Wednesday in

the 4300 block of Nanaimo

Street. The Vancouver Police

Drug Squad was called in to

secure 107,000 pills, some

branded with Olympic rings,

and a partial six-ounce brick

of cocaine. Two men, suspected

residents of the

home, were arrested then

released on conditions.

Crown has yet to approve

charges.

» Charges laid

Three men face manslaughter

charges in connection

with the stabbing death of

21-year-old Tyson Edwards

outside of Richards on

Richards in the early hours

of Feb. 1. Police said yesterday

a compelling plea from

the victim’s family led to a

tide of tips, which resulted

in the arrests of Surrey’s

Patrick Plowman, 30, Sebastian

Miazga, 24, and

Ontario’s Kalum Cain, 25.

Investigators are still asking

for anyone who witnessed

the attack to call 604-717-

2500. The accused will

appear in court on Dec. 17.


Breaking News

» Clinics close

With the H1N1 vaccine

becoming more available at

doctor’s offices and fewer

people accessing the shots,

Vancouver Coastal Health

plans to shut down their

public vaccination clinics

Friday, Dec. 18. The public

clinics have administered

more than 130,000 doses of

the vaccine people in VCH

region. Over 1.6 million

doses have been administered

across the province,

covering about 40 per cent

of the population. To find a

clinic near you, visit

www.immunizebc.ca.

» Gem fraud

Surrey RCMP have issued a

public warning after learning

about a precious gem fraud

that’s already robbed several

suspects of a total sum

of $124,000.

Victims have

been offered

gems and

diamonds

for significantly

reduced diamonds and are

put onto an appraiser who

provides fake certificates of

authentication. When the

deal is done, police say the

victims have been left with

“a bag of what turns out to

be stones of little or no

value.” Police are still on the

look out for two black men

and a white female involved

in the scheme.

» Winter prep

TransLink is getting ready for

the snow and vow to keep as

much service as running in

the event of a winter blast

this weekend. While some

disruptions are inevitable,

extensive anti-icing and

plowing efforts are on standby

to keep buses moving at

depots and to make sure

trolley lines are in working

condition. Workers will also

be on alert to keep SkyTrain

and Canada Line tracks

clear.

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TAKE A BREAK

Time to play this season

KRISTEN MCKENZIE Sure,

Christmas can be stressful,

what with all the shopping,

baking and decorating (not

to mention the onslaught of

sickly sweet television and

radio ads). But forget about

panicking and start partying!

Here are some of the

jolliest holiday events

around town guaranteed to

shake a seasonal slump:

LET THERE BE

LIGHT:

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Festival of Lights

Now to Jan. 3

Twinkling lights illuminate

a myriad of trees, plants and

shrubs, creating ultimate

Christmas cheer. Take a

walk along Candy Cane

Lane, and while you’re at it,

stop by Santa’s living room

to discuss your wish list.

Scandanavian elves will be

about as well (as if Christmas

could be complete without

them!).

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canyon Lights

Now to Jan. 2

Crossing the suspension

bridge is a different experience

at night, especially

when it’s illuminated by a

dazzling array of multi-colored

lights.

Bright Lights in Stanley Park

Now until Jan. 2

Grab some hot cocoa and

roasted chestnuts and hop

on the Stanley Park train to

marvel at one heck of a

sparkly spectacle. Over two

million lights are used in the

park’s popular annual display.

Be sure to book tickets

in advance through Ticketmaster

to avoid disappointment.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights is just one of the many eye-catching light displays you

can catch this holiday season.

FAMILY FA LA LA

LA LA LA:

Karaoke Christmas Lights

Tour - Now to Dec. 24

While viewing the light displays

around town this season,

add some additional

twinkle to the experience by

crooning carols along the

way. The Vancouver Trolley

Company’s tour of the shiniest

spots in the city includes

transportation laden with

Karaoke machines. The best

Christmas merger

since eggnog met rum.

Christmas on Grouse Mountain

- Now until Dec. 24

If you’re dreaming of a white

Christmas, the top of Grouse

Mountain is the place to go

for a bit of snow. Take a sleigh

ride, meet one of Santa’s reindeer,

and let choirs from

across the Lower Mainland

serenade you with carols.

From Dec. 16 to 24, you’ll also

have the chance to brunch

with Santa (it’s a good chance

to convince him you’ve been

nice this year).

Heritage Christmas at the

Burnaby Village Museum

Now to Jan. 3

Head back in time to experience

a traditional Christmas

from the early 1900s. Partake

in a 12 days of Christmas

scavenger hunt, and let musicians,

storytellers, and

artists remind you what entertainment

was like before

the Blackberry.

MATURE

MERRIMENT:

Bad Santa Xmas @ The Biltmore

Cabaret - Dec. 19

Why not boogie down while

helping a good cause at the

same time? This Shore 104

event features local Vancouver

talent (including burlesque

performers) with all

proceeds going to The

Greater Vancouver Food

Bank Society.

Winter Wonderland @ the

Caprice - Dec. 18

Escape from cloying carols

for a night with DJ Darylo

spinning top 40 tunes all

night long.

HOLIDAY

CLASSICS:

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Now until Jan 2.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas

without this holiday tearjerker.

If you haven’t been

to the Art Club Theatre’s

popular stage production

yet, make this year the one

you see an angel get its

wings.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Dec. 17 to 20

Thanks to this lush new production

by Goh Ballet, sugar

plum fairies won’t only be

dancing in your head this

year – they’ll also be on stage

at the Centre in Vancouver

for Performing Arts.

A Traditional Christmas

with the Vancouver Symphony

Orchestra

Now to Dec. 19

Performing in six different

communities across the

Lower Mainland, the VSO

will bring season’s greetings

with pieces by Tchaikovsky,

Puccini, and Handel.

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ATAC

Compensation

for grounded

flights in 2010?

BOB MACKIN - The Air Transport

Association of Canada

wants the federal government

to cover $3 million in fixed

costs for aviation companies

grounded by the 2010 Winter

Olympics security plan.

ATAC met with Transport

minister John Baird, asking

for compensation for a dozen

companies with 200 employees,

including Boundary Bay

and Squamish flight schools.

Airspace will be restricted

throughout southwestern B.C.

from Jan. 29 to Mar. 24.

“The limitations are very

severe,” said ATAC president

John McKenna.

McKenna said ATAC has

unsuccessfully asked for a

meeting with Canadian Heritage

minister James Moore,

who oversees federal funding

for the 2010 Games.

IOC

We’re 100%

focused on

Games: Rogge

BOB MACKIN - The International

Olympic Committee

is focussing “100 per cent”

on Vancouver’s Winter

Olympics and Singapore’s

Youth Olympics, president

Jacques Rogge said yesterday.

This week’s executive

board meeting included reports

from organizers of upcoming

Games.

Rogge revealed little about

the board’s discussions on

Vancouver at the Lausanne,

Switzerland news conference.

An IOC project review

team will make a final visit

Dec. 16-17 to witness VANOC

operations testing.

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Ugly truth

uncovered,

says Sinclair

MATT KIELTYKA – The coroner’s

nquest in the death of three

arm workers has pulled back

he veil of an industry of abuse

nd poor working conditions.

That’s what B.C. Federaion

of Labour president Jim

inclair had to say at the conlusion

of the four-day inuest,

which brought about 18

ecommendations from the

ury designed to ensure workrs’

right and safety are met.

Amarjit Kaur Bal, Sarbjit

aur Sidhu and Sukhvindr

aur Punia were all killed

hen a van loaded with 16

orkers crashed and flipped

n Highway 1 in Abbotsford

arch 7, 2007.

Upon inspection, the van

as deemed to have only two

eatbelts, mismatched tires

nd a wooden bench in the

ack with exposed nails.

The owner of the labour

ompany and driver Harinder

Gill and husband Ranit,

escaped 33 criminal charges

nd ended up with a Motor Veicle

Act fine of about $2,000.

“There is no justice. Three

adies are killed and 13 workrs

are injured,” said widowed

usband Jagjit Sidhu. “The

river is sitting at home.”

The recommendations by

he jury include an education

ampaign to teach workers

bout their rights, increasing

andom inspections of 15-pasenger

vans, holding the farms

ccountable for their labourrs

and requiring independent

nspections.

During testimony, an

CMP investigator said the

ompany’s mechanic certified

he van, which was clearly

nfit, without a proper inspecion.

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>Breaking News

Get gussied up for party season

Girls Night Out, Sarah Rowland

A big part

of any Girls

Night Out is

getting all

gussied up.

And since the

holiday party season is already

upon us, Steph and I decided to

kick it up a notch or two in the

ol’ beautifying department.

That’s why this week, instead

of painting the town red, we

painted our nails red (well, I did

anyway – Steph went with a

bold Mediterranean orange).

We indulged in Vida’s

“Girls Night Out” spa package

at the Sutton Place, a pampering

special that goes for $185

(valid at all Vida locations in

the Lower Mainland, Monday-

Friday) and includes a $50 gift

card to use towards a Valmont

skin care product (a high-end

Swiss line exclusive to Vida).

Our three-hour pamper

session started off with a onehour

hydrating Valmont Renewal

Facial, something many

of us gals need this time year

because lord knows, subzero

temperatures can be murder

on the complexion.

Then it was time to hang

out and chat as we got side-byside

pedicures. Which may

sound odd, considering it’s too

cold to wear open-toe shoes

these days. But still, it’s nice to

look down and see pretty feet.

Besides, Murphy’s law dictates

that if you leave the house with

gnarly toes, that’ll be the night

you get lucky at the staff Xmas

party.

After that, we were treated

to manicures and sparkling

wine. We left looking shiny and

new and all caught up on each

other’s lives. It was the perfect

Girls Night Out.

In addition to pampering

yourself this holiday, the chicks

from Girls Night Out have the

following survival tips for singletons

this season:

Painting the town red is fun, but so is painting it blue, yellow, black

and green.

1) ATTEND EVERY PARTY

YOU’RE INVITED TO

Come January, it’s usually

deadsville in this town and the

party circuit dries up. So best to

take advantage while you can.

And ladies, let’s face it, December

is the only time of year you

can kick out your bling and not

look like a gaudy Vegas skank.

2) HOST YOUR OWN PARTY

After spending “quality

time” with your family, an intimate

gathering with friends

might be in order. And it doesn’t

have to be a big to-do event.

Just invite a few of your

favourite people over during

that lull (or “taint”) season between

Boxing Day and New

Year’s Eve. Buy some light finger

food and make sure you

have plenty of bubbly on hand

(Hint: Never underestimate

the power of a Kir Royale).

Or, if you’re in the mood for

a bash and live in an apartment

building, throw an nondenominational

floor party. (Tip: you

might want to run this one by

your neighbours first and while

you’re at it, make sure they

don’t have any klepto friends).

3) VOLUNTEER

If you’re bummed about

your love life, the best way to

cure that is to get out of your

head and stop self-obsessing.

And helping a person or critter

in need might do the trick.

4) GET ON YOUR GOALS

Instead of talking about

your New Year’s resolutions

(which many people never

keep anyway), get a head start

on your 2010 projects. Less

talk. More action.

5) PRACTICE GRATITUDE

Take some time out to

thank those who made a difference

in your life in 2009. Be it

the friends that were there for

you on those lonely breakup

nights, the co-workers that

made you laugh during the November

blahs or the local

barista who pretended to care

how your day was going – drop

‘em line or send a card.

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Now VANOC wants us to

desecrate John Lennon’s

penchant for displaying a

PEACE sign in his window? If

Lennon were alive today he

would have deplored the

pretext of oft-tainted athletic

excellence trumping the

poor and homeless, as well

as its massive societal debt,

its massive environmentally

destructive footprint, and

sexism (re: female skijumpers).

- Lance Read

IF UVIC’S REPORT thinks the

government should raise the

price of alcohol to curb

drinking maybe we need to

cut funding to UVic because

they obviously aren’t learning

anything there. If the

government is going to dictate

the price of anything

maybe they should raise the

prices at fast-food restaurants

and mandate lower

prices at healthier restaurants.

Addiction is a problem

and a higher cost doesn’t

help the problem, it actually

makes it worse. - Terry Paugh

12% HST too LOW?! Bernard

von Schulmann (24 hours,

Dec. 10) is of the opinion that

HST should be at 15% to

allow the government to

lower income taxes since

this will raise savings which

will allow more money to be

invested in B.C. Do you sincerely

believe that a higher

HST would result in lowered

income taxes? Rest assured

politicians will either find

holes to fill in their own

pockets. Since you’re all in

favour of the higher HST, you

can pay my 12% or 15% when

the time comes... gee, thanks!

- K. Anderson


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OPPOSITION FORCES FEDS TO TURN OVER DETAINEE REPORTS

Torture showdown set

QMI AGENCY — MPs fled for the

holidays yesterday after fierce

political wrangling over the

release of secret documents

related to the Afghan detainee file.

Oppositionpartiesinvokedparliamentary

privilege to force the

Conservatives to turn over documentsrelatingtowhethersuspects

detained by Canadians were later

torturedbyAfghanpolice—setting

the stage for an “unprecedented”

showdown between the government

and Parliament.

“We must have the truth — uncensored

and unredacted. That is

the privilege of Parliament and the

right of the Canadian people,” said

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

But Justice Minister Rob

Nicholson said it would be a “serious

mistake” to produce any sensitive

documents that would jeopardize

Canadians serving in

AfghanistanandCanada’srelationships

with other countries.

MPsheldastringofvotesbefore

heading home for the holidays, but

thecommitteestudyingtheAfghan

detainee issue could hold special

hearings over the six-week break.

In the House of Commons,

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

suggested opposition parties were

Cancer survival rates among best

QMI AGENCY — Canadian survival

rates for breast, cervical and colorectal

cancers are among the

highest in the developed world.

But the prevalence of chronic

diseases, such as diabetes, is the

third highest, the Organization for

Economic Co-operation (OECD)

and Development’s Health at a

Glance 2009 data indicate.

Comparative statistics from the

Paris-based organization of 30 nationsshowthatin2006,thelastyear

numbersare availablefor,70% of eligible

Canadian women were

screened for breast cancer.

The OECD average is 62%; 73%

“We must have

the truth —

uncensored and

unredacted.”

of eligible Canadian women were

screened for cervical cancer, compared

to the OECD average of 64%.

The five-year survival rate for

cervicalcancerwas72%inCanada,

placing us second only to South

Korea. With a breast-cancer survival

rate of 87%, Canada ranked

third behind only the U.S. and Iceland.

But Canada also has the thirdhighest

rate of chronic disease.

Theprevalenceofdiabetesalone

in adults is estimated at 9.2%,

grouping us with the U.S. and Mexico.

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impugning the reputation of

Canada’stroopsanddiplomatsserving

abroad by pressing on the

Afghan abuse issue.

Queen’s University constitutionalexpertNedFrankscalledyesterday’s

parliamentary manoeuvring

“unprecedented,” but doubts

the government will turn over the

documents in the end.

In theory, the justice minister

could be arrested and held in custody,

he said. Meanwhile, the MilitaryPoliceComplaintsCommission

scheduled three weeks of public

hearings beginning March 22 and

gave the federal government firm

deadlines to produce key documents.

» Plane crash kills

three in Quebec

Three people are dead following a

plane crash in Saguenay, Que. on

Wednesday night after an aircraft

went down in a wooded area in

Saint-Honore, north of Chicoutimi.

A fourth victim, a woman, survived

the crash, though her condition

remains unknown.

The plane and its occupants were

discovered Thursday morning. All

three people killed, including two

pilots, were men in their 20s.

The plane, a Kingair, took off from

Val-d’Or in Abitibi en route to the

Saint-Honore airport.

The Surete du Quebec has launched

an investigation into the crash while

the Transportation Safety Board of

Canada will also try to determine

what led to the crash.

» Canucks upbeat

about country: Survey

A majority of Canadians believe

the country is moving in a positive

direction, according to a new

survey. Two-thirds of Canadians,

or 64.3% of those surveyed in

the Nanos Mood of Canada poll,

are thinking positively about the

country despite a global recession

last year. The most positive

reaction is from the Prairies,

where more than three-quarters

of those surveyed say they

believe Canada is headed the

right wa; 62.9% of those in B.C.

believe the nation is taking the

right steps.


World

NORWAY

‘The world must come

together’: Obama

REUTERS-AcceptinghisNobel

Peace Prize, U.S. President

Barack Obama urged leaders

on Thursday to confront climate

change and warned of

dire consequences if the

worlddidnothingtocurbrising

carbon emissions.

Obamaaimstostrikeadeal

tolimitemissionsofheat-trappinggasesinCopenhagennextweek,wherenearly200countries

have been discussing

ways to curb climate change.

The United States is the

world’sNo.2emitterofgreenhouse

gases after China, and

theonlydevelopedcountrynot

in the existing Kyoto mechanism

to lower carbon emissions.

“The world must come together

to confront climate

NobelPeacePrizelaureateU.S.PresidentBarackObamagivesaspeech

afterreceivingthe2009NobelPeacePrizeinOsloCityHallThursday.

change,” Obama said in his

Nobel acceptance speech.

“There is little scientific

dispute that if we do nothing,

we will face more drought,

famine and mass displacement

that will fuel more conflict

for decades,” Obama

added.

Climate activists still fear

that hitherto limited pledges

byWashingtonmayscuppera

tough deal in Copenhagen.

OnebannerneartheCityHall,

where Obama received his

Nobel read: “Obama: you won

it, now earn it — stop climate

change!”

The World Today

> Italy Rome

Italian Prime Minister Silvio

Berlusconi came under criticism

from his main political

ally and from Italy’s president

on Thursday for using a

speech to launch another

scathing attack on Italian

magistrates. Berlusconi

raised eyebrows among fellow

conservatives at a

European People’s Party

meeting when he used much

of his speech to vent his

anger at magistrates, who he

said were trying to substitute

parliament and conduct

a “manhunt” against him.

Berlusconi, 73, has been on

the warpath against Italy’s

judiciary since the Constitutional

Court in October

overturned a law granting

him immunity from prosecution

while in office, allowing

trials against him to resume.

- REUTERS

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> Somalia

Mogadishu

Efforts to establish an international

court to prosecute

Somali pirates face complex

laws governing the

seas as well as the lack of

an effective police force,

experts said on Thursday.

Commercial shipping lanes

in the Horn of Africa’s

coastal waters have seen a

rise in attacks by pirates.

“The legal framework constraining

action against

piracy has remained essentially

unchanged since the

18th century,” Vaughan

Lowe, public international

law professor at Oxford,

said. - REUTERS

8

> Germany

Berlin

German police arrested a

man who claimed to be a

“secret agent” after a high

speed chase in pursuit of a

car with a blue flashing

light on its roof.

Police in the southern city

of Fuerth caught up with

the man after he raced past

them, ignored signals to

pull over, and ran a red

light as they gave chase.

Smelling strongly of alcohol,

the 44-year-old

whispered only that he was

“one of them,” on a secret

mission and belonged to

the Federal Crime Office

local police said. A check

revealed he had no such

credentials.

“After matters were taken

care of, the would-be ‘Mr.

Bond’ was again released,”

police said. A local police

spokesman said the man in

reality had “a normal job”

and declined to explain his

nighttime sortie.

- REUTERS


Money

DOLLAR

95.20 ¢ US

+ 37 ¢ US

» AOL shares

down after split

Shares of AOL Inc fell

about 2% on their return

to trading on the New

York Stock Exchange

Thursday, following the

Internet company’s spinoff

from Time Warner Inc,

while shares of AOL’s former

parent rose.

The stock was expected

to come under pressure,

as holders who were former

Time Warner investors

might have largecap

or dividend-yield

requirements that force

them to unload AOL

shares.

NASDAQ

PHOTO: QMI AGENCY FILE

A new report shows consumers are flocking to dollar stores as sales jump on inexpensive goods.

Discount shoppers splurging

QMI AGENCY — Dollarama

Inc. reported soaring sales

and earnings in its first

quarterly report since

becoming a publicly traded

company.

2,190.86

+ 7.13

DOW

Dollarama saw a 14.8%

jump in sales in the third

quarter ended Nov. 1 to

$312.8 million, up from

$272.4 during the same

quarter in 2008, the dis-

10,405.83

+68.78

count retailer announced

Thursday.

Consumers shopped more

often at Dollarama and

spent an average of 6%

more per transaction.

24HVANCOUVER>FRIDAY DEC. 11- SUNDAYDEC.132009

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S&P/TSX

11,464.57

+ 85.35

QMI AGENCY — Canada’s

heavily indebted households

pose the biggest threat to the

country’s fledgling economy,

the Bank of Canada said in its

semi-annual report.

The average Canadian is

carrying a record household

debt-to-incomeratioof140%,

according to numbers released

by the Office of the Superintendent

of Bankruptcy

late last month.

In spite of global policy

changes, growing investor

confidence and easing bank

markets,historicallyhighlev-

OIL

10

70.54 $US

- 0.13 $US

BANK OF CANADA

Debt warning heard

in the household

elsofhouseholddebtthreaten

the national financial system

through deterioration in the

qualityofloanstohouseholds,

the BoC reported.

“When borrowing funds,

especiallyintheformofmortgages,

households need to assess

their ability to service

these debt obligations over

their entire maturity, taking

into account likely changes in

bothincomeandinterestrates

andtheriskssurroundingthis

outlook,” it said, adding that

banks have to be equally cautious.


Freeman’s finest

Invictus The story of how South Africa’s first black

president, Nelson Mandela, bet his political capital on a white

icon sports franchise unifying the country. P12

Tell all

Wrestling superstar

Hulk Hogan talks about

his memoir —My Life

Outside the Ring. P21

Weight loss

Danny Cahill drops

239 lbs. to become

this season’s Biggest

Loser. P29

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SUNDAY DEC.13,2009

Films................ 12

Reviews........ 14-16

Movie list ..... 18-19

People ..............21

Television ......... 29


24H Weekend

Going the extra mile in Invictus

QMI AGENCY — Matt Damon

still remembers risking a stiff

neck upon meeting Francois

Pienaar, the character he

plays in Clint Eastwood’s

Invictus.

Pienaarwasthecaptainof

South Africa’s World Cupwinning

rugby team, and the

determined point-man in

NelsonMandela’splantorally

the fractured post-apartheid

country around a sport that

waswidelyseenasthe“white

man’s game.”

“I got to South Africa, and

the very first day Francois invited

me and Morgan (Freeman,

who plays Mandela) to

his house for a gourmet dinner.

And I remember I rang

the doorbell and he opened

thedoorandIlookedupat

him.

“And the first thing I ever

said to Francois was, ‘I look

much bigger on film.’ And he

laughedandgavemeabighug

and took me into his house

and that was it.”

Mandela and Pienaar became

an odd couple when

Mandelaoverruledadecision

by his African National Congress

to disband the national

Matt Damon and Francois Pienaar,

the real-life captain of the 1995

South African rugby team depicted

in Invictus.

Springboks rugby team.

Instead, he envisioned the

team becoming a symbol of

change and non-recrimination.

Some go as far as creditingthatWorldCupwithhelp

QMI AGENCY — For Randy

Newman, it’s a familiar tune.

Thescoreandsongshewrote

for Disney’s The Princess and

the Frog will probably earn

him multiple Oscar nominations.

“I’d like to talk about the

Academy for about half an

hour, if you don’t mind,” he

says.

Maybe — but he won’t single

out one song over another

ing avoid civil war.

Damon says he felt portraying

someone integral to a

crucialmomentinhistoryinspired

him to lose the weight,

among other things (includ-

as the likeliest awards contender.

“Ihavenoidea.IlikeDown

inNewOrleansquiteabit.The

waltzturnedoutverywell.But

Ihavenopreferenceorexpectation.

I had fairly explicit instructions.It’swhatIaskedfor.

You know, the type of a song is

almost suggested by the assignmentitself.Itwasobvious

that (firefly) Ray is Cajun

country and that’s the kind of

ing learning an Afrikaner accent).

“I had a good time

puttingtheweighton(forThe

Informant!) and then a tough

time reshaping the weight.

“I didn’t want to let him

down — or it wouldn’t be for

lack of effort. Which is what

that (Springboks) team was

famous for actually, for going

the extra mile and knowing

themselves. ‘Yes, we may not

bethemosttalentedteam,but

we’re gonna be the fittest.’ ”

Score, songs likely to earn Oscar noms

Newman

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12

thing that he would get … I

often gave them back what

they put on the page, essentially.”

The result is a musical

gumbothatincludesjazz,Dixieland,

blues and gospel.

The66-year-oldcomposer,

whose scores include Toy

Story and Cars, claimed the

best original song Oscar for

Monsters,Inc.afterbeingnominated

15 times without a win.


24H Weekend

EVIEWS

ot your typical sports movie

MI AGENCY — Invictus is a feelood

Hollywood underdog tale set

n a sport, rugby, that has almost no

esonance with its intended North

merican audience — except insoar

as it sort of resembles

merican football.

Its theme plunges it a little

eeper (though not too deeply) into

hat sports means to us beyond

avingateamtocheerfor.Thestory

f how South Africa’s first black

resident, Nelson Mandela, bet his

olitical capital on a white icon

ports franchise unifying the counry,

falls into that “too preposterous

o not be real” category.

Thereal-lifesympaticobetween

Mandela and Pienaar, a non-political

Afrikaner who’d never even

voted,isnicelycapturedbyMorgan

Freeman and a pumped-up Matt

Damon, whose Afrikaner accent

sounds authentic enough to these

unschooled ears.

But though all the usual uphillunderdogsports-moviebuttonsare

pushed, Invictus (the title means

“unconquerable”)isMandela/Freeman’s

show.

Inspiring and true as this is, by

the end, the echoes of whitecop/black-cop

Hollywood slop —

look-how-quickly-racism-dis-

solves-when-we-work-together

motif — is laid on pretty thick with

the close-up clasping of black and

whitehands,andthegraspingoftrophies

by same.

That director Clint Eastwood

fallsuponsuchwell-troddenHollywoodtemplatesindicatessomeuncertainty

on his part as to how to

handle the story.

Still, even if this isn’t his best,

Eastwoodplayshiscinematiccards

well enough.

Invictus

***1/2

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Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman star in Invictus.

14

Efron’s good,

but MacKay

makes flick

QMI AGENCY — The title of Richard

Linklater’s film Me And Orson

Welles is both grammatically iffy

and a case of misplaced priorities.

Orson Welles takes second

billing to no one. And he certainly

doesn’t place second to Zac Efron.

This is not to dismiss Efron, the

High School Musical heartthrob. He

issolidenoughanddoesacreditable

jobcarryingthispartofthedramatic

load,andhedeliverstheglibdialogue

with smart-alecky verve.

But the movie is only really alive

when Christian McKay’s Orson

Welles arrives in any scene.

The fact is, Me And Orson Welles

probably wouldn’t have been made

without a movie star named Zac

Efron.Butitwouldneverhavecome

to life but for a relatively unknown

actor named Christian McKay.

Me and Orson Welles

***1/2

Christian McKay in Me and Orson

Welles.


24H Weekend

amilies will love this classic animation

MI AGENCY — No 3D

lasses?

No raining meatballs?

No snarky pop-culture

ags or celebrity cameos?

What is this — 1991?

The Princess and the Frog

s, if you hadn’t heard, Disey’s

attempt to resuscitate

lassical painstakingly

rafted animation at a time

heneveryHollywoodoutfit

as swapped their inkwells

or Macs (the Mouse House

ncluded).

So is it any wonder then

hat while the film is very

ood, it also feels less like a

reathtaking addition to the

edium than a greatest hits

ixtape from the renaisance

of the early 1990s?

Here we have a plucky

oung woman (1989’s The

ittle Mermaid) who falls for

cursed prince (1991’s

eauty and the Beast) and

vercomes the threat of dark

agic (1992’s Aladdin) with

he aid of a motley pair of

comicalsidekicks(1994’sThe

Lion King).

These elements have always

been part of Disney

DNA, but some would have

preferred an advancement

rather than a retrenchment.

Not that the target audience

— families with young

andnot-so-youngchildren—

will care.

What this fable lacks in

originality, it makes up with

excitement and joy.

The music is rousing, the

charactersendearing,andthe

humourinnocuousenoughto

put smiles on the faces of

both kids and adults.

Itwillsatisfyfansseeking

some substance with their

style as well as prove you can

still captivate a crowd with

the careful stroke of a brush.

The Princess and

the Frog

***1/2

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QMI AGENCY — The sky is

falling!

That’s the general idea expressed

in a new documentary

called Collapse.

Collapseiscentredaround

Michael Ruppert, a guy who

predicted the current economic

crisis some years ago.

Whether you consider

Ruppert prophetic or paranoid,

hearing his sobering

thoughtsonthecollapseofindustrialized

civilization is a

thought-provoking experience.Thought-provokingand

scary.

Chris Smith, who made

thisfilm,describesCollapseas

a character study of the apocalypticimagination.Andthen

some.

Ruppert talking to the

cameraisthelongandshortof

Collapse, and though there’s

alsoplentyofarchivalfootage

involved, this movie is all

about one man and his ideas.

16

Collapse is scary and

thought-provoking

So who is Michael Ruppert?

Thirty years ago, RuppertwasacopinLosAngeles;

he got embroiled in trying to

expose CIA-sanctioned drug

smuggling in America and

ended up discredited and

forced out of the LAPD.

He became an investigative

journalist, publishing a

popular newsletter called

From The Wilderness.

Over the course of about

85 minutes, Ruppert talks

about solar and wind power,

the inevitable collapse of just

about everything that comes

withoilshortages,mysterious

deaths in the military, how

currency works, why the

whole global economy is just

a pyramid scheme and what

allthosetentcitiesinsomany

placesaroundtheworldreally

mean.

Collapse

***


24H Weekend

Movie listings >

Downtown

Cinemark Tinseltown

at International Village

88 West Pender, 806-0799

Armored Thu to Thu 1, 3:15, 5:35, 7:50,

10.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Thu 1:25, 4:10, 7:15, 9:55.

The Blind Side Thu 1:15, 4:15, 10:05. Digital

Projection Fri to Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:10,

10:05.

Brothers Thu to Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45,

10:20.

Everybody’s Fine Thu to Thu 12:05, 2:30,

4:55, 7:20, 9:45.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Thu 12:10, 1:05, 2:20,

3:20, 4:30, 5:40, 8, 9:10, 10:15. Fri to Thu

1:10, 3:30, 5:40, 7:55, 10:10.

INVICTUS Fri to Thu 12:10, 1:30, 3:10,

4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:25.

ME AND ORSON WELLES Fri to Thu 1:55,

4:35, 7:15, 9:55.

Pirate Radio Thu 1:30, 5, 7:40, 10:25.

Precious Thu 12:30, 1:50, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15,

7:30, 8:50, 10:10. Fri to Thu 12:20, 2:50,

5:25, 8, 10:30.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri to

Thu 12:55, 4:05, 6:50, 9:20.

Red Cliff Thu to Sun 12:15, 3:25, 6:40,

9:50. Mon and Tue 12:15, 3:25, 9:50. Wed

and Thu 12:15, 3:25, 6:40, 9:50.

The Road Thu to Thu 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40.

Dunbar Theatre - Vancouver

4555 Dunbar Street, 222-2991

Brothers Thu and Fri 7, 9:15. Sat and Sun

4:15, 7, 9:15. Mon to Thu 7, 9:15.

Empire Theatres - Granville 7

855 Granville Street, 684-4000

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Fri 6:40, 9:20. Sat and Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40,

9:20. Mon to Thu 5:40, 8:20.

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Thu

5:20, 8:20. Fri 6:50, 9:25. Sat and Sun

12:50, 3:55, 6:50, 9:25. Mon to Thu 5:50,

8:25.

Coopers’ Camera Thu 8:40.

Eating Buccaneers Thu 5:30, 8:30.

An Education Thu 5:10, 8:10. Fri 7:05,

9:30. Sat and Sun 1, 3:45, 7:05, 9:30. Mon

to Thu 6:05, 8:30.

Paranormal Activity Thu 5:40.

Popieluszko: Freedom is Within Us

(Popieluszko. Wolnosc jest w nas) Fri 8.

Sat and Sun 12:45, 4:15, 8. Mon to Thu 8.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Thu 5:15,

8:15. Fri 6:45, 9:10. Sat and Sun 1:05, 3:50,

6:45, 9:10. Mon to Thu 5:45, 8:10.

Where the Wild Things Are Thu 5:25, 8:25.

Fri 6:55, 9:15. Sat and Sun 1:10, 4:10, 6:55,

9:15. Mon to Thu 5:55, 8:15.

Zombieland Thu 5:35, 8:35. Fri 7, 9:05.

Sat and Sun 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:05. Mon to

Thu 6, 8:05.

Empire Theatres - Oakridge

Cinemas

601-650 West 41st Avenue,

263-1944

2012 Thu 5, 8:30.

The Blind Side Thu 5:10, 8:10. Fri 7:10,

10:10. Sat and Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10.

Mon to Thu 5:30, 8:30.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri 7,

9:30. Sat and Sun 1:30, 4, 7, 9:30. Mon

to Thu 5, 8.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 5:20,

8:20. Fri 7:20, 10:15. Sat and Sun 1, 4:30,

7:20, 10:15. Mon to Thu 5:15, 8:15.

Festival Cinemas

Fifth Avenue Cinemas

2110 Burrard Street, 734-7469

An Education Thu 1:45, 4:45, 7:10, 9:20.

Fri 4:45, 7:10, 9:20. Sat to Tue 1:45, 4:45,

7:10, 9:20. Wed and Thu 1:45, 4:45, 9:20.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Thu to Thu 2, 4, 6, 8,

9:55.

INVICTUS Fri to Thu 1, 1:30, 3:45, 4:15,

6:50, 7:30, 9:35.

Precious Thu 1, 1:30, 3:45, 4:15, 7, 7:30,

9:30, 9:50. Fri to Thu 1:15, 4:30, 7, 9:25.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 1:15,

4:30, 7:20, 10.

Festival Cinemas Park Theatre

3440 Cambie Street,

709-3456

Coco Before Chanel Thu 4, 7, 9:15. Fri to

Wed4,7.Thu4.

Pirate Radio Fri 9:15. Sat and Sun 1:30,

9:15. Mon to Wed 9:15.

A SINGLE MAN Sun10AM.

Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver

900 Burrard Street, 630-1407

2012 Thu 11:30 AM, 1:15, 3, 4:30, 6:50, 8,

10:30. Fri to Thu 2, 6:40, 10:20.

AVATAR Thu 12:01 AM.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol in Disney Digital

3D Thu 11:45 AM, 2:10, 4:50, 7:15,

9:45. Fri to Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5, 7:25, 9:55.

The Men Who Stare at Goats Thu 1:20,

3:40, 9:30.

Ninja Assassin Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50,

10:35. Fri to Thu 12:45, 4:10, 7:20, 10:10.

Old Dogs Thu 11:50 AM, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10,

9:40. Fri to Thu 1:20, 3:50, 7:10, 9:40.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 12:20,

12:40, 1:10, 3:30, 3:50, 4:20, 7, 7:30, 9:50,

10:10, 10:40. Fri to Sun 12:20, 1:10, 3:40,

4:20, 6:50, 7:40, 9:50, 10:40. Mon 12:20,

1:10, 3:40, 4:20, 7:40, 9:50, 10:40. Tue

and Wed 12:20, 1:10, 3:40, 4:20, 6:50,

7:40, 9:50, 10:40. Thu 12:20, 1:10, 3:40,

4:20, 7:40, 10:40.

UP IN THE AIR Fri to Thu 12:30, 1, 1:30,

3:30, 4, 4:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 10,

10:30.

Van East Cinema

2290 Commercial Drive,

251-1313 3278

Pirate Radio Thu 7, 9:20.

Surrey

CO Strawberry Hill Grande

120th Street & 72nd Avenue, 501-

9420

2012 Thu 12, 3:25, 6:45, 10:10. Fri to Thu

12:05, 3:25, 6:45, 10:10.

Armored Thu 1, 3:40, 7:20, 9:45. Fri to

Thu 1, 3:40, 7:15, 9:40.

AVATAR Thu 12:01 AM.

The Blind Side Thu 12:45, 3:45, 7:05,

10:15. Fri to Thu 12:20, 3:50, 7:10, 10:05.

Brothers Thu 1:10, 4:05, 7:15, 10:05. Fri to

Thu 12:55, 3:55, 6:55, 9:30.

De Dana Dan Thu 12:40, 4:15, 7:40. Fri

and Sat 12:35, 4:05, 7:40. Sun 12:35, 9.

Mon to Thu 12:35, 4:05, 7:40.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol in Disney Digital

3D Thu 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:30, 9:50. Fri

to Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Thu 12:05, 2:20, 4:50,

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7:10, 9:25.

Heer Ranjha - A True Love Story Thu to

Thu 4:10.

INVICTUS Fri to Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15.

Kurbaan Thu 12:30, 7:35. Fri to Thu 12:25,

7:45.

Ninja Assassin Thu 12:35, 3:35, 6:55, 9:30.

Old Dogs Thu 12:15, 2:30, 4:55, 7:25, 9:40.

Paa Thu 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10. Fri to Thu

12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 9:55.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri to

Thu 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10.

Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year Fri

to Thu 12:45, 4:15, 7:50.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 12:50,

4, 7, 9:55. Fri to Thu 12:50, 4, 7:05, 9:50.

WWE: Armageddon Sun 5.

Empire Studio 12 Guilford

15051-101st Avenue, 581-1716

251-1313 3278

2012 Thu to Thu 1:15, 5, 9.

Armored Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10. Fri

to Thu 1:20, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15.

AVATAR Thu 12.

The Blind Side Thu 1:05, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15.

Fri to Thu 12:45, 3:55, 9:55.

Brothers (Brodre) Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:10,

9:50. Fri to Thu 1:10, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05.

De Dana Dan Thu 4:05, 7:45.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Thu 12:45,

4:10, 7:20, 9:55. Fri to Thu 1:05, 4:20,

7:05, 9:35.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50,

9:15. Fri and Sat 1, 4:15, 6:45, 9:25. Sun 1,

9:25. Mon to Thu 1, 4:15, 6:45, 9:25.

INVICTUS Fri to Thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:50,

10.

Larger Than Life...in 3D: Dave Matthews

Band Fri to Thu 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Digital

3D

Ninja Assassin Thu 12:55, 3:45, 6:55, 9:30.

Fri to Thu 1:45, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10.

Old Dogs Thu 1:25, 4:25, 7:05, 9:25. Fri to

Thu 12:55, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50.

Planet 51 Thu 1:10.

Popieluszko: Freedom is Within Us

(Popieluszko. Wolnosc jest w nas) Thu

3:15, 6:30, 9:45.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri to

Thu 1:30, 4, 7:15, 9:45.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 12:40,

1, 3:40, 4, 6:40, 7, 9:40, 10. Fri to Thu

12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:40.

WWE TLC: Table Ladders Chairs Sun 5.

Richmond

Famous Players Richmond

Centre 6

Richmond Shopping Centre

273-71739

2012 Thu 4:25, 7:45. Fri 4:20, 7:40. Sat

and Sun 1, 4:20, 7:40. Mon to Thu 4:20,

7:40.

Ninja Assassin Thu 4:15, 7:10. Fri 4:25,

7:15, 9:45. Sat 1:25, 4:25, 7:15, 9:45. Sun

1:25, 4:25, 7:15. Mon to Thu 4:25, 7:15.

Old Dogs Thu 4:10, 7:15. Fri 4:10, 7:10,

9:40. Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40. Sun 1:20,

4:10, 7:10. Mon to Thu 4:10, 7:10.

Planet 51 Thu 4:05, 7. Fri 4:05, 6:55, 9:35.

Sat 1:10, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35. Sun 1:10, 4:05,

6:55. Mon to Thu 4:05, 6:55.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri 4:15,

7, 9:30. Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:30. Sun 1:15,

4:15, 7. Mon to Thu 4:15, 7.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 4,

4:20, 6:55, 7:20. Fri 4, 7:05, 9:55. Sat

1:05, 4, 7:05, 9:55. Sun 1:05, 4, 7:05. Mon

to Thu 4, 7:05.


19

Famous Players SilverCity -

Riverport

14211 Entertainment Way, 277-

59936

2012 Thu 11:35 AM, 2, 3:10, 6:15, 6:45,

10:05, 10:35. Fri 11:40, 2:05, 3:15, 6:15,

6:45, 10:05, 10:35. Sat 11:40, 3:15, 6:15,

6:45, 10:05, 10:35. Sun 11:40, 1:30, 3:15,

6:45, 10:05, 10:35. Mon to Thu 11:40,

2:05, 3:15, 6:15, 6:45, 10:05, 10:35.

Armored Thu 12:45, 4:10, 7:25, 9:55. Fri

to Thu 1:15, 4, 7:40, 10:25.

AVATAR Thu 12:01 AM.

AVATAR: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE

Thu 12:01 AM.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Thu 11:55 AM, 3:25, 6:55, 10:30.

The Blind Side Thu 11:45 AM, 2:50, 6:30,

10. Fri to Thu 12:20, 3:20, 6:30, 10.

Brothers Thu 3:25, 7:40, 10:25. Fri to

Thu 12:30, 3:25, 6:55, 9:55.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol in Disney

Digital 3D Thu 11:30 AM, 2, 4:30, 7:15,

10:30. Fri to Thu noon, 3:30, 7:15, 10.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol: The IMAX

Experience Thu 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Fri

to Mon 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:30.

Everybody’s Fine Thu 3:20, 7:15, 10:15.

Fri to Thu 12:05, 3:10, 7:35, 10:25.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Thu 12:25, 3:35, 6:40,

9:30. Fri to Thu 1:05, 4:05, 6:40.

INVICTUS Fri to Thu 12:15, 3:30, 7,

10:30.

Ninja Assassin Thu 12, 1, 3, 3:55, 7:05,

7:50, 10:10, 10:50. Fri to Thu 1, 3:55,

7:20, 9:30, 10:20.

The Nutcracker: The Royal Ballet Sat 1.

Old Dogs Thu 12:30, 3:35, 7, 10. Fri to

Thu 12:25, 3:35, 6:50, 9:35.

Paa Thu 11:50 AM, 3:45, 7:20, 10:40. Fri

to Thu 9:15.

Planet 51 Thu 12:35, 3:45, 6:50, 9:45. Fri

to Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:40.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri to

Thu 11:30 AM, 12:30, 2:15, 4, 4:50, 6:45,

7:30, 9:45, 10:15.

Red Cliff Thu 11:30 AM, 3:05, 7:10,

10:40. Fri to Thu 11:35, 3:05, 7:10, 10:40.

The Road Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7:35, 10:40.

Fri to Thu 11:55, 3:45, 7:15, 10:10.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 11:40

AM, 12:15, 2:55, 3:30, 7, 7:30, 10:15,

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog opens Friday.

>24H Weekend

10:45. Fri to Wed 11:40, 12:10, 2:55, 3:40,

7, 7:25, 10:15, 10:45. Thu 11:40, 12:10,

2:55, 3:40, 7, 7:25, 10:45.

WWE: Armageddon Sun 5.

Coquitlam

Famous Players SilverCity - Coquitlam

170 Schoolhouse Street at

Lougheed Hwy, 523-29116

2012 Thu and Fri 11:45 AM, 12:35, 3:15,

4:05, 7:05, 8, 10:35. Sat 11:45, 3:15, 4:50,

7:05, 9:20, 10:35. Sun 11:45, 12:35, 3:15,

7:05, 9:20, 10:35. Mon to Thu 11:45,

12:35, 3:15, 4:05, 7:05, 8, 10:35.

Armored Thu 12:10, 3:50, 6:50, 10:25.

Fri to Thu 12:10, 3:50, 7:05, 10:25.

AVATAR Thu 12:01 AM.

The Blind Side Thu 12:15, 3:40, 7:15,

10:40. Fri to Thu 11:50, 3:40, 7:40,

10:40.

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Thu

12:50, 4:10, 7:20, 10:20. Fri to Thu 12:50,

4, 7:20, 10:20.

Brothers Thu 1:05, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10. Fri

to Thu 1, 4:30, 7:25, 10:10.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol in Disney

Digital 3D Thu 11:50 AM, 2:30, 5, 7:30,

10. Fri to Thu noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:05.

Everybody’s Fine Thu to Thu 12:40, 3:45,

7:50, 10:30.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Thu 11:55 AM, 2:10,

4:40, 7:05, 9:40. Fri to Thu 12:25, 3:25, 7,

9:45.

INVICTUS Fri to Thu 11:55 AM, 3:20,

6:55, 10:35.

Law Abiding Citizen Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:10,

10:45. Fri to Thu 1:05, 4:15, 7:55, 10:45.

The Men Who Stare at Goats Thu 11:40

AM, 3:10, 6:45, 9:50.

Ninja Assassin Thu 12:20, 1:10, 3:55,

4:20, 7, 7:35, 9:55, 10:30. Fri to Thu

12:20, 3:55, 7, 9:55.

The Nutcracker: The Royal Ballet Sat 1.

Old Dogs Thu 12:05, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25,

9:50. Fri to Thu 12:05, 3:10, 6:50, 9:40.

Planet 51 Thu 11:35 AM, 2, 4:25, 6:55,

9:35. Fri to Thu 11:40, 2, 4:25, 6:55, 9:35.

Precious Thu to Thu 12:45, 3:35, 6:45,

10:05.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri to

Thu 11:35 AM, 12:15, 2:05, 3:40, 4:40,

6:50, 7:15, 9:15, 9:50.

The Road Thu 12:55, 4:15, 7:45, 10:45. Fri

to Thu 12:55, 4:10, 7:45, 10:45.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 12,

12:30, 1, 3, 3:30, 4, 6:40, 7:10, 7:40,

9:45, 10:15, 10:45. Fri to Wed noon,

12:30, 3, 3:30, 6:40, 7:10, 9:45, 10:15.

Thu noon, 12:30, 3, 3:30, 6:40, 7:10,

9:45.

WWE: Armageddon Sun 5.

Burnaby

Famous Players SilverCity

- Metropolis

4700 Kingsway Avenue, 435-

74747

2012 Thu 11:30 AM, 3:10, 6:40, 10:15.

Fri to Thu 11:30, 3, 6:30, 10.

Armored Thu 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:20.

Fri to Thu 12:05, 2:30, 4:45, 7:25, 9:50.

AVATAR Thu 12:01 AM.

The Blind Side Thu 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 10.

Fri to Thu 12:15, 3:30, 6:40, 9:55.

Brothers Thu 12:20, 3:45, 7:20, 10:10. Fri

to Thu 12:10, 3:45, 7:20, 10:05.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol in Disney

Digital 3D Thu to Sun 11:35 AM, 2, 4:30,

7, 9:40. Mon noon, 2:20, 4:30, 7, 9:40.

Tue to Thu 11:35, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:40.

INVICTUS Fri to Thu 12, 3:20, 6:55,

10:15.

Ninja Assassin Thu to Wed 12:30, 4:15,

7:15, 10:25. Thu 12:30, 4:15, 7:15.

Old Dogs Thu 11:40 AM, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10,

9:50.

Planet 51 Thu 12, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Fri to

Sun 11:15 AM, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30. Mon

noon, 2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 9:30. Tue to Thu

11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Thu 11:45

AM, 12:45, 3, 4, 6:30, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30.

Fri and Sat 11:45, 12:45, 3:10, 4, 6:35,

7:30, 9:45, 10:30. Sun 11:45, 12:45, 4,

7:30, 9:45, 10:30. Mon to Wed 11:45,

12:45, 3:10, 4, 6:35, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30.

Thu 11:45, 12:45, 3:10, 4, 7:30, 9:45,

10:30.

WWE: Armageddon Sun 5.


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24H VANCOUVER >FRIDAY DEC.11-SUNDAY DEC.132009

WWW.24HRS.CA

Hogan

>> Macca’s mistake

Paul McCartney has branded

his marriage to Heather

Mills one of the worst mistakes

of his life, says

wenn.com, but on the positive

adds, “I have another

beautiful daughter out of it.”

- 24 HOURS NEWS SERVICES

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

>> She’s raging: Report

Tiger Woods’ alleged mistress No. 1, Rachel

Uchitel, has flipped out after learning how

many women now claim to have had unprotected

sex with Tiger, and she is telling

friends she will get screened for sexually

transmitted diseases, reports

radaronline.com.

Friends say Rachel is particularly upset that

Tiger allegedly slept with two porn stars.

- 24 HOURS NEWS SERVICES

Hogan recounts

suicidal spell

> “My 51-year-old wife

moved away with her

18-year-old boyfriend

to California.”

>> Elin may stay for kids’ sake

People magazine, out Friday, says that Elin Nordegren will

probably stay married to Woods for the sake of their children.

The couple have two kids — Sam, 2, and Charlie, 10

months. A close friend of Nordegren says, “She really

believes in the importance of parents staying together.”

“He’s a good father, and he wants to be a good husband,

too,” a source says.

- 24 hours news services

24 HOURS NEWS SERVICES — Wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan talked candidly

with Seamus O’Reagan on Canada AM on Thursday about his new

memoir and that he’s back on top after a harrowing few years.

In My Life Outside the Ring, Hogan recalls a real-life battle to keep

on fighting — a moment in 2007 when he contemplated suicide.

He was thinking about his teenaged son, Nick, crashing a car.

Nick’s friend John Graziano suffered brain damage in the crash

and Nick was sentenced to five months in prison for reckless driving.

Hogan got unwanted tabloid attention and a lawsuit from

Graziano’s family. The crash also placed added pressure on what

Hogan describes as his “toxic and dangerous” marriage,

which soon collapsed.

“My 51-year-old wife moved away with her 18-year-old

boyfriend to California,” he told O’Reagan.

“When I got hit with the divorce papers I couldn’t believe it.

I just wanted to go home and fix it,” said Hogan, who’s on

tour promoting his book.

Arriving at the family home, he found that his wife of 25

years, Linda Bollea, their two children and the family dogs

had moved out. The lighting fixtures, a sink and even an antique toilet

seat in the house had been removed.

His immediate reaction was to start drinking. He said the next thing he

remembers was standing in front of a bathroom mirror with a gun in his

hand.

Since that day, Hogan said his life has turned around and he’s in a new relationship.

“Things are really good, you know? … Right now my life is perfect.”

Hogan also writes in his book that he has always feared physical fights, one of his

many confessions in the book.

“If wrestling wasn’t fake, I never would have done it,” he writes.

>24H Weekend

Holy Holly!

A video of porn actress Holly

Sampson speaking of a liaison

with Tiger Woods at a bachelor

party has been public since May

but is only now gaining attention.

The video appears on adult website

NaughtyAmerica.com and

features a topless Sampson in a

kitchen with two other women

talking about her services.

“He would probably die if he

knew I was telling this on the

Internet but that’s OK, I don’t

care. It was fun, it’s not like it was

any big mystery.”

- QMI AGENCY

Family plan

Black Eyed Peas star Fergie

is planning to start a family

with husband Josh

Duhamel as soon as the

band’s current tour is over,

says wenn.com.

The Boom Boom Pow hitmakers

are midway through

a global trek which is due to

conclude in Vancouver next

April.

And Fergie reveals she’s

planning some time off

after that to concentrate on

having a baby.

She says, “Am I getting

broody? Oh, definitely! But I

want to finish this tour first

before trying to start a family.

We’re never going to be

at this time of our lives

againsowehavetomake

the most of it.”

The singer also admits she

can’t wait to spend some

quality time with her husband

when the tour ends,

because it’s a lonely life on

the road without him.

- 24 HOURS NEWS SERVICES

Xmas baby

Gisele Bundchen and Tom

Brady’s new baby boy will

gets lots of attention from

family, says people.com.

“He’s a beautiful, healthy

boy,” says the new mom’s

twin sister, Patricia, who

wasinBostonalongwith

Bundchen’s mother Vania at

the time of the birth.

And those relatives who

weren’t able to make the

trek to Boston from the 29year-old

supermodel’s

hometown of Horizontina,

Brazil, are eagerly awaiting

every detail.

“We don’t know the name

yet … But obviously when

someone is born into the

family, it makes us all

happy,” Bundchen’s father,

Valdir, says.

- 24 HOURS NEWS SERVICES


24H Weekend

Boyle’s debut a hit

QMI AGENCY — It seems like

Susan Boyle’s debut effort

will be under plenty of

Christmas trees this year.

Her album, I Dreamed a

Dream, sold 61,000 copies

during the beginning of the

holiday shopping season, according

to data compiled by

Nielsen SoundScan.

It’s a remarkable feat

given that most artists’ sales

have a significant dip in their

second week — she actually

saw an increase of 21% from

last week’s total of 51,000.

Boyle also kept a firm grip

on No. 1 in the U.S., where

she sold 527,000 copies

south of the border, according

to Billboard.com. She

now has a combined total of

1.23 million in sales there.

Back here, francophone

artist Maxime Landry’s Vox

Pop (42,200) premiered at

No. 2, Andrea Bocelli’s My

Christmas (42,000) held

steady at No. 3.

Michael Buble’s Crazy

Love jumped up three positions

to No. 4, and Fred Pellerin’s

Silence dropped one to

No. 5.

In the U.S., Andrea Bocelli

placed second, followed

by Taylor Swift’s Fearless in

third.

>> Nielsen set to sell Billboard

Publisher and information provider the Nielsen Co. said

Thursday it is selling Billboard music magazine and seven

sister titles and discontinuing two others, including the

journalism review Editor & Publisher. Billboard, along with

daily entertainment trade magazine The Hollywood

Reporter and five smaller publications, will be acquired by

a newly formed media investment group, e5 Global Media

LLC.

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MUSIC

R. Kelly to write tell-all memoir

“I’m writing this book as Robert,

not R. Kelly ... I’m tired of being

misunderstood. I will show you the

tears, fears, and sweat. I will open

my heart and reveal the good in

my life as well as the drama.”

REUTERS — R. Kelly, the controversial

R&B singer who

was acquitted earlier this

year in his long-running

child pornography trial, is

planning to publish a memoir

in 2011.

Kelly will write the book

with celebrity co-author

David Ritz.

The singer promises to

“tell all” about the loss of his

mother, the motivation behind

his sexually charged

lyrics and his six-year legal

ordeal.

“I’m writing this book as

Robert, not R. Kelly,” the

singer said in a statement.

“I’m tired of being misunderstood.

I will show you the

tears, fears, and sweat. I will

open my heart and reveal the

good in my life

as well as all

the drama. I

want to tell it

like it is.”

The book

will be published

by SmileyBooks,

an

imprint run by

22

talk show host Tavis Smiley.

Kelly joins such other

African-Americanauthorsas

Dr. Cornel West, Henrey

Louis Gates, Jr. and Jeff

JohnsonatSmiley’spublishing

company.

Kelly’s10thstudioalbum,

Untitled, was released last

weekand debutedatNo.4on

the Billboard 200 in the U.S.

with 114,000 copies sold, according

to Nielsen Sound-

Scan.

Rolling Stone magazine

also reports that in the book

Kelly promises to explore his

flexible and creative mind,

and how he can create, what

the release describes as “inspiring

ballads (like) the

iconic I Believe I Can Fly and

You Are Not Alone, which became

a No. 1 hit for Michael

Jackson” along with saucy

R&B smashes like Bump N’

Grind.

Smiley told the BBC the

publisher “was thrilled to be

the conduit through which R

Kelly will tell his own story.

“He has earned the right

to tell his story his own way.”


24H Weekend

FILM

Hollywood goes to Copenhagen

REUTERS —Think melting arctic ice

caps are the biggest threat from

global warming? Dangers to polar

bears? Think again, and think fast.

To hear film director Michael

Nash and others talk, bigger issues

are national security and the

prospectofmillionsofrefugeesdisplaced

due to world weather

changes.Andtheyarenotproblems

for the future, they are issues today.

Director/producer Nash and

producer Justin Hogan are going to

Copenhagen this week where their

documentaryClimateRefugeeswill

play for a private audience of leadersandscientistsataworldsummit

on climate change.

Nash interviews a range of scientists

and politicians from U.S.

Senator John Kerry to former Congressman

Newt Gingrich who view

climate change as a security issue if

massdisplacementleadstoconflict

among countries competing for resources.

Themovie,lookingatthehuman

toll of global warming, heads to its

worldpublicpremiereinJanuaryat

theSundanceFilmFestivalinUtah

whereclimatechangedocumentary

An Inconvenient Truth debuted in

Director Michael Nash shooting Climate

Refugees in China.

2006 before going on to critical acclaim,

box office success and Oscar

glory.

Nash told Reuters he was

thrilled to be showing his movie in

Copenhagen to politicians who can

passlawsthatstemglobalwarming,

but the Sundance premiere would

boost the film with general audiences.

“It’s great to go to Copenhagen,

but we also need the people to tell

the policymakers what they want,”

Nash said.

Three years ago Nash began

reading about mass migrations of

peoplelookingforwaterandfoodin

dryregionsofAfricaandlosingtheir

homes to rising seawater in

Bangladesh.

Withvideocameraonshoulders,

he and Hogan ventured to such

places, including Orissa, India,

where the coastal village of Kanhapura

has vanished. They spent

time on Tuvalu, a South Pacific island

that is slowly sinking and

wherethousandsofpeoplewillsoon

be displaced.

In figures released last Tuesday,

the International Organization for

Migrationestimatedclimatechange

would drive a billion people worldwide

from their homes in the next

four decades.

In 2008, 20 million people became

homeless in environmental

disasters, the IOM said.

“OneofthethingsIlearnedtravelingtosome50countriesisthatwe

betterhopemaniscausing(climate

change) because if we are in a natural

cycle and it is caused by something

we can’t control, that would

really be alarming,” Nash said.

Climate Refugees ultimately offers

hope that global warming can

be stemmed.

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PHOTO: QMI AGENCY FILE

REUTERS — The country-folk duo of

M. Ward and actress Zooey

Deschanel, known as She & Him, is

slated to return in 2010, proving

that the 2008 collaboration wasn’t

just a one-off affair.

Aptly titled Volume 2, the 13songsetisdueMarch23onMerge

and features 10 original songs and

two covers, NRBQ’s Ridinin My

Car and Skeeter Davis’ Gonna Get

Along Without You. Deschanel

wrote the originals, with Ward producing.Thepairrecordedthetracks

over the past year in Los Angeles

and Portland, Oregon.

Whilemostactress-to-musician

crossover albums don’t translate

intosales,She&Himstruckachord

lasttimearound,withaformulathat

included Ward’s signature washed

guitar sound and Deschanel’s crystal-clear

vocals. According to

Nielsen SoundScan, Volume 1 has

sold 176,000 copies.

In a live setting, the group uses a

full band and stages successful club

tours as well as appearances at

majorfestivalssuchastheNewport

Folk Festival, South by Southwest

and the Virgin Festival.

Volume2issaidtoexpandonthe

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» Pink to headline

UK festival

Pop singer-songwriter Pink will

headline the 2010 Wireless festival

in London’s Hyde Park July

2.

U.K. alt-rock act the Ting Tings

will be special guests on the

same date, promoter Live

Nation announced this week.

Wireless will be staged for the

sixth consecutive year in 2010.

Previous headliners at the festival,

which features four stages,

include the White Stripes, Kanye

West, Morrissey, Fatboy Slim

and Daft Punk.

Deschanel, Ward

reteam for Volume 2

M. Ward, top, and Deschanel

first album’s 1970s-style aesthetic

and production, this time including

strings and guests spots from Tilly

and the Wall.

The duo most recently contributed

a cover of the Smiths’

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get

What I Want to the soundtrack of

(500)DaysofSummer,inwhichDeschanel

stars opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Ward’s most recent solo release

is 2009’s Hold Time.


24H Weekend

24H VANCOUVER >FRIDAY DECEMBER 11 2009 - SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 2009

VANCOUVER.24HRS.CA

Wilson’s brush sings Vancouver praises

KRISTEN MCKENZIE – Granille

Street at dusk, a rainy

vening outside Gastown’s

amplighter pub, and a nightime

view of the Burrard

treet Bridge – not typical imges

one associates with fine

rt, but scenes that have

onetheless inspired an

vocative new local exhibiion.

David Wilson’s Somehere

in the Middle showase,

currently on display at

he Ian Tan Gallery, explores

he beauty and diversity of

ancouver’s urban landscape

ith colourful, vivid paint-

Jesse Giddings of

Langley is one of

MuchMusic’s new

on-air

personalities.

“[Vancouver is]

always changing. It’s

never really the

same … I find it quite

fascinating.”

ings.

“Vancouver is a very

young city,” Wilson said from

his Gastown studio. “[It’s]

always changing. It’s never really

the same … I find it quite

fascinating.”

Though Wilson has also

painted New York, Paris, and

London, the vibrancy of Van-

JOE LEARY - In his

relatively short life

thus far, Jesse Giddings

has certainly

packed a lot in; having

played in indie

bands and managed

concert venues, and

even strolled

various catwalks

after

being discovered

in

Toronto by

Elite Models.

Now, the

25-year-old

Langley native

can add

an even more

prestigious

position; having

landed

his dream gig

couver street life predominately

continues to attract

and motivate him.

“People tend to be outdoors

a lot more in our city,”

he said, adding Vancouverites

still get out and about despite

frequent rainy weather. “You

do tend to get a lot more people

out in the streets.”

Indeed, several of Wilson’s

pieces feature umbrella-toting

passer-bys navigating a

drizzly metropolis.

Such authentic touches

have likely contributed to the

success Wilson’s experienced

at a local level despite a rough

as the newest MuchMusic VJ.

“Growing up in Langley, I

used to play in a band called

Swingset Champion and

would play shows in Vancouver

and I used to promote

shows and that was something

that I was always passionate

about,” says Giddings.

“It was always kind of the

idea that Much would be the

dream job because it involves

everything I want to do; connecting

with people across the

country, going to shows and

connecting with artists there,

and being surrounded by good

music,” he said

Giddings hit the trifecta

after moving east a year ago in

the hope of pursuing the

dream. After learning the

music channel was holding an

open call, Giddings was

economy and recent provincial

arts cuts.

“Thankfully, I’m doing

well as an artist,” he said. “[My

art] seems to be immune to

the economy to a certain extent

... I’m very thankful that

things go well for me.”

Considering Wilson’s skill

is largely self-taught, such

achievement comes as a particularly

sweet surprise.

“It’s like the dream came

true,” he said of working as a

full-time artist.

Wilson’s Vancouver landscapes

are on display from

now until Dec. 23.

among the thousand-plus

hopefuls to take the plunge.

But that was just the start as

he had to persevere through

nine more months of auditions,

call backs and interviews

before landing the plum

gig.

“After pestering them

enough, they decided to give

me the job,” he says with a

laugh. “Having always had a

passion for people and connecting

with them, that part of

the job feels like a perfect fit

and felt natural, but I had a lot

to learn and still do. I didn’t

come with a lot of experience

interviewing people so that’s

something I’m continuing to

work on.”

While Jesse charts his

course on Canadian TV from

Toronto these days, his proud

> “Having always had a passion for people and

connecting with them, that part of the job

feels like a perfect fit and felt natural.”

David Wilson’s art comes to life on canvas.

Langley lad lives his passion on national stage TWITTER

kin folk remain in Langley.

“They’re ecstatic,” he says

of his family which includes

two younger brothers. “My

mom’s a music teacher at an

elementary school and my dad

runs a business but music has

always been his passion and

he even runs a little recording

studio at home. He lives, eats

and breathes playing music –

even more so that I do.”

And while excited about

the newest phase of his career,

Jesse acknowledges that the

lifestyles in the two disparate

environments are decidedly

different.

“Honestly, I miss everything

from the West Coast,” he

says. “If I’m not at a show or

doing something with music,

my heart is outdoors.

“I used to go to White Rock

and go skim-boarding there;

I’d go surfing every other

weekend down the Washington

Coast; go hiking up Cypress

and Grouse, snowshoeing

and snowboarding up in

Whistler in the winter – that’s

what I miss.”

CHATTER

26

@linhly: @brittdainard can

I just say the host of Videoflow

Jesse Giddings is a

dreamboat?

@amberrcakes_: oulala

jesse giddings is sexy

@kyleberns: ears are still

ringing from Lady Gaga’s

opening night concert in

Vancouver!!!!! She is a creative

genius!!!!!!! If only she

was a religion!

@illied: I’m noticing that a

lot of adult men on Twitter

seem to be attending the

Lady Gaga concert in Vancouver.

@ jackpotonline:

#MenShouldNever underestimate

women at the

poker tables.

@Rashi99: #menshouldnever

use more hair products

then their girlfriend. You

look ridiculous!


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24H Weekend

» Music

KID CUDI - Fri. Dec. 11,

Commodore Ballroom,

@ 10 p.m. Sold out show

GENTICORUM - Sat. Dec.

12, Norman Rothstein

Theatre @ 8 p.m.

Tickets and show times

at www.normanrothstein

theatre.com. Instrumental

and vocal act from

Quebec

VANCOUVER PHILHAR-

MONIC ORCHESTRA

HOLIDAY CONCERT

Sat. Dec. 12, Shaughnessy

Heights United Church @

8 p.m. Tickets available at

the door. Reserve at

vpotickets@yahoo.ca

ZERO 7 Sun. Dec. 13,

Commodore Ballroom @

9 p.m. Tickets through

www.livenation.com

» Nightlife

ROGER SANCHEZ Fri.

Dec. 11 Gossip Nightclub

@ 9 p.m. Advance tickets

available at

www.clubzone.com

Grammy-winning house

music DJ

DJ ENFERNO Fri. Dec. 11

Vanilla Room @ 8 p.m.

Tickets available at the

door. Touring DJ for

Madonna’s Sticky and

Sweet tour

» Theatre

White Christmas

Now until Dec. 27

Stanley Industrial

Alliance Theatre

Tickets and show times

at www.artclub.com

THE LION, THE WITCH,

AND THE WARDROBE

Now until Jan. 2 Pacific

Theatre Tickets and show

times at www.pacifictheatre.org

24 seconds with… Joe Leary

J u l l y

Black is back

with a new

CD, The

Black Book;

the followup

to her 2007 Juno-winning

release, Revival, which featured

the hit single, Seven

Day Fool.

Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds

with Canada’s reigning

Queen of R&B.

24: Your latest single, “Running,”

is it kind of a homage

to the Girl Group era of the

sixties? It’s got that vibe to it.

JB: It does – you know we all

love our Motown, but Running

is a bit of a spinoff of

Seven Day Fool that’s going

into this next phase of my life.

Lyrically, I had to go there.

24: Are you also exploring

more of the rock side of Jully

Black?

JB: Yes – Bingo!!

24: Have you always been a

closet classic rocker just

dying to get out?

JB: Absolutely – no doubt

about it. This is Canada; like

let’s be real. There are two

Urban (radio) stations in the

country. Growing up, I could

hear U2; I could hear some

Genesis, some Bob Marley;

some Run DMC, Aerosmith,

Whitney Houston – all of this

in me; Tina Turner, Madonna

in me. I could hear these

songs and felt these genres inside

my blood and didn’t have

the outlet because I didn’t

have the confidence to just

get it out of me. Now, third

record in, it was time and I

couldn’t do a fourth record

without going there.

24: Music shouldn’t be pigeon-holed

should it?

JB: That’s exactly it. When

you write a song, you’re not

writing a song for some box;

you’re writing a song because

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Black turns over new rock

Jully Black takes 24 seconds with Joe Leary.

there’s a message, you’re

writing a song because you’re

in a place of vulnerability and

honesty and it’s not genrespecific.

Let’s take Dolly Parton

and Whitney Houston

because it’s an obvious example.

I Will Always Love You –

the same song – two different

women, two different

genres – just a wonderful

song. That’s what’s important.

24: Are you constantly trying

to expand your musical

chops? You’re certainly categorized

as an R&B singer

and you certainly have that

capability, but is it important

as an artist to constantly be

evolving?

JB: It’s very important! It’s

important because we’re trying

to inspire people to grow,

so if we’re not being an example

of growth, then why – it’s

almost a contradiction in my

opinion. So often though, because

of my style or even, the

colour of my skin, I’m considered

R&B. My question has

been, OK – if Nelly Furtado

sang Running, would it be

R&B? I’m not being controversial;

it’s just a simple question.

24: What garners more importance

for you: seeing the

reaction from the fans or acknowledgement

from the industry

because you finally

won yourself a Juno Award?

How gratifying was it for you

to finally get the Juno?

JB: I’m going to be very honest

with you – in the moment,

it was incomparable.

Then a moment after that, it

was time to dream a new

dream. LISTEN TO JOE IN THE MORNING

AT TEAM 1410

More

to watch

vancouver.24hrs.ca/vanityurl.

vancouver.24hrs.ca/jully

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-» All that jazz

brings in Benson

It’s not too early to get

jazzed up about this music

news – Vancouver Coastal

Jazz is bringing 10-time

Grammy winner George

Benson to this summer’s TD

Canada Trust Vancouver

International Jazz Festival.

The vocalist/guitarist will

perform at the Orpheum

Theatre on Sat., June 26.

Tickets for the show went

on sale Thursday through

Ticketmaster.

» Laughter 101

offers a chuckle

Giggles and guffaws will fill

the theatre at the Pacific

Cinematheque this Saturday.

Laughology, a

documentary examining the

recent global laughter

movement, is coming to

Vancouver and features a

man said to have the most

contagious laugh in the

world. A laughter riot broke

out amongst the audience

in Toronto when the film

was screened at the Hot

Docs festival earlier this

year. Laughology comes to

Vancouver for one day only

and starts at 2:30 p.m.

» Dancemania

Non-profit arts group New

Works is wrapping up its

2009 All Sorts dance series

this weekend. The closing

performances will feature

innovative choreography

with up-and- coming dance

professionals from the Arts

Umbrella Dance Company.

Shows run at 2 and 4 p.m.

Sunday at the Roundhouse

Community Arts and Recreation

Centre. Admission for

the 2 p.m. show is by donation.

- KRISTEN MCKENZIE


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elevision

anny is the biggest

oser on television

Bits of Reality Kate Schwass

Amazing

Race

OK, so it

wasn’t the

most exciting

season.

here was a lot of bickering,

ome drama (which some

ontestants say was made

p) and the usual rivalries.

In the end, it was Meghan

ickey and Cheyne Whitney

ho crossed the finish line

irst to win, which wasn’t

uchofasurprisetoanyone.

So You Think You Can

Dance

Jazz dancer Mollee Gray

nd hip-hop dancer Legacy

erez are out. Once again, it

asn’t that they were bad

ancers,it’sjustthattheother

ompetitors are just that

uch better and home viewrs

voted for them.

Ryan Di Lello will have to

tep it up next week for the

inal dances — this was his

hirdconsecutiveweekinthe

ottom four.

Top Chef: Vegas

The past couple of weeks,

it was clear who would be

going home —not because of

their lack of culinary skills,

but because the final three

were just too obvious.

Thisweekaftercookingin

the Napa Valley and producing

a dish that was pretty

much on par with her competitors,

Jennifer was asked

topackherknives,leavingthe

unsurprising final three:

Kevin, Bryan and Michael.

Biggest Loser

Anotherinspirationalseason

has come to a close.

Danny Cahill shed an amazing

239 lbs to become this

season’s Biggest Loser.

Rudy Pauls was the runner-up,

losing an impressive

234 lbs. Amanda Arlauskas

was third. Rebecca Meyer

(who was kicked out in the

10th week) took home the

eliminated contestants prize

after dropping 139 lbs.

Reality News

GinoD’AcampoandStu-

art Manning, two celebrities

who appeared on the British

version of I’maCelebrity...

Get Me Out of Here!, have

been charged with animal

cruelty after they killed and

ate a rat on the show.

They’re expected in court

in Feb. 3 to answer to the

charges.

Foodieswillbeexcitedto

hear Food Network has

started showing ads for season

one of Top Chef Masters,

which will begin Jan. 4.

It’s slightly different than

Top Chef.Thisshowfeatures

chefs who have been around

the business a long time and

each week, a different group

offourcompetestomakeitto

the finals.

OK, so apparently this

isn’tajoke.ABCwillbeshowing

a new hour-long reality

dating show called Conveyor

Belt of Love.

It will follow five women

whowillbepresented30men

atonetime,andtheguyshave

60 seconds to impress before

the conveyor belt sweeps

them away.

KATE.SCHWASS@SUNMEDIA.CA

Danny Cahill celebrates after he lost

239 lbs. and became this season’s

Biggest Loser.

>24H Weekend


24H Weekend

Television

Our pick

» A Muppet Christmas:

Letters to Santa

CTV, 8 P.M.

It doesn’t hold a match to A Muppet Family Christmas,

but Kermit & co. are as clueless and cute as

ever in this 2008 holiday special.

» Spectacle: Elvis Costello With …

CTV 10 P.M.

… Bono and the Edge. Yes, your favourite quirky Friday

night talk show is back.

» Ugly Betty

CITY, 9 P.M.

Hilda and Betty both think they might be pregnant –

and it’s not hard to guess which sister’s test is more

likely to come out positive.

» Late Night:

ABC, 12:06 A.M.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ray Romano, Kim Kardashian,

Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

FRIDAY PRIMETIME

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CBC 3 Wheel Fort. Jeopardy The Santa Clause 2 (2002) Tim Allen. National /:05 CBC News :05 The Hour (N)

SHAW 4 Urban Rush WHL Hockey Kamloops Blazers vs. Vancouver Giants From: Pacific Coliseum Live Travel Guys Urban Rush

KNOW 5 Battlefield Mysteries Poirot New Tricks Mandela

CHEK 6 Up&Grow HomeC. An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998) CHEK News CHEK News News Nice Fish

SRRC 7 KAMPAÏ! À vvotre santé Paquet voleur Zone doc Le Téléjournal LLe Téléjournal

OMNI 8 2 1/2 Men 2 1/2 Men Omni News: Mandarin Cantonese News Punjabi Edition Simpsons Letterman

CTVBC 9 eTalk (N) Access H. Muppet C'mas:Letters Medium Elvis Costello With (N) News CTV News

JOY 10 Frasier The Insider Smallville "Rabid" Smallville "Echo" 20/20 (N) It's a New Day

GBLLBC 11 ET E..T.. Canada Dollhouse 1/2 cont'd next Dollhouse 2/2 (N) Numb33rs "Cover Me" News

A 12 Degrassi TMZ Law & Order "Fed" (N) Law & Order: S.V.U. Comedy Comedy News :35 Tonight

CITY 13 The Office The Office Supernanny (N) Ugly Betty "Be-Shure" (N) The Jay Leno Show (N) CityNews CityNews

CW 14 The Office The Office Smallville "Rabid" Smallville "Echo" Seinfeld Seinfeld Frasier Frasier

CBS 15 ET The Insider Virginia Big Bang Medium Numb3rs "Cover Me" News Letterman

NBC 16 Magazine Inside Ed. Law & Order "Fed" (N) Jean Enersen Special The Jay Leno Show (N) News :35 Tonight

W 19 Holiday in Handcuffs (2007) Melissa Joan Hart. Chrisstmas With the Kranks (2004) Jamie Lee Curtis, Tim Allen. 10 Best

CMT 20 Christmas In Whistler Doc Walker: C'mas The Christmas Shoes (2002) Rob Lowe. Home for Christmas

ABC 21 Wheel Fort. Jeopardy Big Daddy (1999) (N) Ugly Betty "Be-Shure" (N) 20/20 (N) News :35 News

RSP 22 UFC Countdown Hockey Canucks TV The Ultimate Fighter Sportsnet Connected Sportsnet Connected

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MMM 24 6: XXX: State of the... The Vampire DDiarries Love Court MyDateW.. The Wedge MucchMegaHits

YTV 25 Home Alone (1990) Joe Pesci, Macaulay Culkin. Prank Prank So Weird No Head Adrenaline Hunters

NW 26 Wal-Mart Nation News CBC News: The National Wal-Mart Nation CBC News: The National

KCTS 27 The Money Connects W. Week NOW Bill Moyers' Journal Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair Emotional

FOX 28 2 1/2 Men 2 1/2 Men Dollhouse 1/2 cont'd next Dollhouse 2/2 (N) News Wanted Family Guy King of Hill

HHGGTV 29 HouseH House Holmes on Homes House Homes Relocattion, Relocattion HouseH House

TSN 30 5:00 Curling Live SportsCentre Live WPT Poker 30 for 30 SportsCentre Live

A&E 31 Criminal Minds Criminal Minds Criminal Mind "3rd Life" Criminal Minds CSI: Miami

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BBCW 36 World News Today News HARDtalk BBC News Business BBC News Click BBC News /:10 Debate

EA2 38 6:05 Jeremiah Johnson How the West Was Won (1962) Gregory Peck, James Stewart. :45 The Wild Bunch (1969)

SHOW 39 The Outer Limits Howie Do It Howie Do It K. vs. S. K. vs. S. Law & Order UK Crash & Burn

BRAVO 40 Dexter :10 Law & Order :10 Without a Trace :10 White Collar :10 Red Shoe Diaries

SLIICE 41 'Til Debt 'Til Debt E.T. Canada Happened Workout Brat Camp Nanny 911

DISC 42 Biblical Mysteries (N) Daily Planet Man vs. Wild Canada's Worst Driver Biblical Mysteries

TREE 43 Babar Big & Small Max Dragon Backyard :25Pocoyo Go Diego Franklin Couch Crazy Quilt

HIST 44 Battles B.C. A Dream For Kabul Liberator Cities of the Underworld Go Deep

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PEACH 47 Road to Perdition (2002) Paul Newman, Tom Hanks. The Office 200 Cigarettes (1999) Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck.

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Food & Drink >Living Well

VANCOUVER.24HRS.CA

Beer part

of high

culture in

Belgium

COLIN JACK - Belgium produces

some of the most

sought after beer in the

world. The country treasures

beer much like

Canadians adore wine. In

Belgium, beer is part of high

culture, served with most

gourmet meals.

DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE

.2%, $3.77 for 1-330 ml

ottle

Blending beer aged in oak

or 8 and 18 months respecively,

gives Duchesse a

oble character. The initial

weetness quickly

issipates moving to a tart

lmost sour finish.

CARACOLE NOSTRADAMUS

BRUNE - 9.5%, $3.52 for 1-

30 ml bottle

This beer is named after

he famous Frenchman

nown for predicting sevral

major events. At 9.5%

t is definitely for sipping.

e cautious or you may

nvision your own propheies.

Caramel highlights

ostradamus and it has

ayers of complexity.

LINDEMAN’S FRAMBROIS

LAMBIC - 3.2%, $9.99 for 1-

50 ml bottle

his raspberry ale has simiar

characteristics to

ubbly. Lindeman’s

roduces other fruit ales

hat are also light, effervesent

and refreshing. This

eer is perfect for ‘non-beer

rinkers’ with an open

COLIN JACK IS AN OFFICIAL BEER

AFICIANADO. CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE

JUSTHEREFORTHEBEER.COM.

SEND QUESTIONS TO

COLIN@JUSTHEREFORTHEBEER.COM

Famous for their great service

DHARM MAKWANA – Famous

Foods remains a community

cornerstone along

the Kingsway corridor near

King Edward Street for more

than 70 years.

“We’re trying to source

new items, try new items and

keep our customers happy

with good service,” says manager

Joe Russo.

Clerks at Famous Foods

are overflowing with information,

especially during the

holiday season, when shoppers

are looking to find the

right product to meet a

guest’s special dietary needs.

“When someone comes in

and asks about a particular

product, Joe goes out of his way

to get it from different suppliers,”

says wife Gloria. “I don’t

know if they haven’t taken the

time or just didn’t know where

to look but Joe always gets it.”

By keeping a community

focus and offering a broad selection

of items, Russo says

his store avoids competition

with larger grocery chains.

“If we there’s a small local

supplier trying to make a living,

we try to give them a

chance,” he says.

Brulée Quest - the search for

Vancouver’s undiscovered

crème brulée.

Episode 4 – The Private Business

Crème Brulée

The search for Vancouver’s

undiscovered crème

brulée is daunting. Conspiring

to reveal the secrets of

Vancouver’s food community,

standing in alleys hoping to

get a glimpse of the kitchen,

recording intimate details

and photographing the evidence

certainly lives up to the

name of cloak and dagger.

My toughest assignment

yet was to infiltrate the

Joe and Gloria Russo are the braintrust behind Famous Foods on Kingsway.

Smart baking tips for your guests

For most home bakers the

holiday season is about baking.

But what happens when

a guest has a dietary restriction?

The folks at Famous

Foods offer a few tips on how

to make that cake without

using high-gluten all-purpose

flour.

Spelt flour is an alternative

for people who have mild

guarded walls of the Terminal

City Club in the heart of the

financial district – the private

business club founded in

1892.

Deep within its luxurious

recesses, Fumiko Moreton,

pastry chef extraordinaire,

concocts her next great

dessert. Convincing Moreton,

part of the crack team that recently

earned a gold medal

and third place in the world’s

Culinary Olympics, was no

small feat. I had to look the

part, talk the part and even

smell the part.

After some smooth nego-

gluten allergies.

Spelt is a whole wheat

flour with a nutty taste and

bakes up with nice texture.

The flour is easy to work with

is often used by people who

don’t suffer from allergies.

Rice flour is also a choice

for people with gluten allergies.

During the holiday season

shoppers are scooping up

rice flour to make shortbread

tiating (begging),

Moreton imparted

to me a

taste of her

Christmas-inspired

Citrus

Crème Brulée.

Topped with a

raspberry, blueberries,

a couple orange slices,

a snowflake-like sugar garnish

and a mini cranberry and

pistachio biscotti, the crème

brulée’s presentation was

elaborate enough to make me

feel like a giddy youngster on

Christmas morning.

Below the caramelized

Moreton’s creation

cookies. But, rice flour is difficult

to work with. Some

bakers mix rice flour with

buckwheat and potato flours

so the dough becomes easier

to work with. The key is

adding a gum – xanthium or

another – to help with binding.

The result is a heavier

loaf, which is ideal for pie

crusts. The key is to experiment.

Terminal City Club trumps in brulee quest

crust lay simple elegance.

The uncomplicatedcustard

infused with

lemon and orange

zest and lightly

flavoured with

real vanilla bean

invoked a kind of

euphoria. It’s no wonder that

if you want to join the Terminal

City Club, two members

in good standing have to

vouch for you. It’s just that

good.

RAJ TANEJA IS PART TECHNOLOGIST, PART

ENTREPRENEUR, PART SOCIAL MEDIA

THOUGHT LEADER AND PART FOODIE. HE

RUNS URBANMIXER.COM,

DHARM MAKWANA

top

5

places to cure

the hangover

There’s no better cure for a

wild night out on the town

than some greasy grub the

following day. Here are the

top 5 joints to help assuage

a raging hangover:

THE TEMPLETON

1087 Granville St.

This 50s-style diner’s comfort

food will have you

feeling better again in no

time. Grab a milkshake and

chow down on a hefty

burger or an open-faced

grilled cheese sandwich.

VERA’S BURGER SHACK

Various locations

The unapologetically fatty

fare at this popular chain

can even ease the pain

inflicted from a night full of

tequila shots. So forget

about calories and eat up!

BELGIAN FRIES

1803 Commercial Dr.

Thick-cut deep-fried spuds

+ creamy mayo dipping

sauces = manna from the

gods.

LAS MARGARITAS

1999 West 4th Ave.

Nachos, burritos, and

enchiladas smothered in

cheese, sour cream, and

guacamole. What more

could your poor,

dehydrated self desire?

BURGERS ETC. BBQ HOUSE

4091 E. Hastings St.

Still feeling too seedy to get

out of bed? This muchloved

Burnaby diner offers

deliveries on Fridays and

Saturdays. So keep snoozing

and let the ribs and

beef brisket come to you.


Living Well Food & Drink

Chocolate’s on the menu

QMI AGENCY — In cakes,

cookies and creams, if it’s

Christmas, you know

chocolate’s going to be on

the menu.

Chocolate is one of the

most beloved and inspiring

ingredients in any kitchen,

especially around holiday

baking season. Plus, from a

health perspective, research

shows dark chocolate is full

of antioxidants and can help

lower blood pressure.

According to authors Dominique

and Cindy Duby in

their delicious new cookbook

Chocolate (Whitecap),

what historically began a a

bitter treat of raw, pounded

cocoa beans that the Aztecs

chewed with a little water,

has gone on to become a

lifestyle food with as many

layers of personality as it has

flavours.

What makes for good

chocolate? Taste and texture.

which is ultimately de-

recipe

termined by the type and

origin of the cocoa beans, the

fermentation process and

the ratio of roasting time to

temperature.

Such sweet sustenance to

celebrate this holiday season!

DARK CHOCOLATE

BANANA JAM

4 medium-sized bananas,

peeled and mashed

1 cup (250ml) granulated sugar

2 tbsp. (30ml) orange juice

1/2 tsp. (2.5ml) ground

cardamom, toasted

3.6 oz. (100g) 70% dark

chocolate, finely chopped

Combine bananas, sugar,

orange juice and

cardamom in a large

saucepan and cook on

medium heat for about five

minutes.

Place chocolate in a tall,

narrow container.

Pour banana mixture over

chocolate and blend with

an immersion blender

until mixture is smooth.

Pour mixture into a clean

container fitted with a lid

and s tore in fridge for up

to three weeks.

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— RECIPE COURTESY OF CHOCOLATE

RECIPE

Roasted Tomato and

Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Roastingtomatoesmayseem

unnecessarily time consuming,butitreallybringsoutthe

flavours.Takenfrom Cooking

with Booze (Whitecap) authors

and liquor enthusiasts

Ryan Jennings and David

Steele. QMI AGENCY

MAKES 8 PIECES

8 plum tomatoes, cut in half

lengthwise

3 tbsp. (45 ml) extra-virgin

olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 shallots, minced

3 tbsp. (45 ml) port

1 tbsp. (15 ml) balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. (5 ml) dried basil

1 tsp. (5 ml) dried oregano

1-1/2 tsp. (7 ml) salt

1/2 tsp. (2 ml) freshly ground

black pepper

8 slices baguette

32

4 oz. (125 g) soft goat cheese

Preheat oven to 450F (230C).

Toss tomatoes in oil and place

sliced-side up in a roasting

pan.

Combine garlic, shallots, port,

vinegar, herbs and salt and

pepper. Spoon mixture over

tomatoes and roast for 30-35

minutes or until tomatoes are

browned and tender.

Meanwhile, toast baguette

slices. Spread each with 1/2

oz. (15g) goat cheese and top

with 2 roasted tomato halves.


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thewineladies.com

Q

&Awith Georgia & Susanne

My husband and I will be Qhosting our families’

Christmas dinner this year in

our new home with some

Champagne, or sparkling

wine. My question is on the

etiquette of serving bubbly:

Style of glass should we use,

does it matter how full

should we fill the glass and

does it ruin the bubbles

when you swish the wine in

the glass? A holiday toast to

you Wine Ladies!

— Lauren

Happy holidays to you, ALauren. To the wine of

celebration, sparkling wines

— yes, the shape of the

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glass does make a difference

in the enjoyment of the

sparkling wine, from showcasing

the aroma at its best

to the finest expression and

preservation of the bubbles.

Look for a fluted glass, or a

tulip shape.

Fluted glasses, tall and narrow

allow the bubbles to

concentrate at the bottom,

rise from the centre creating

a gentle mousse or foam.

The opening is also fairly

narrow which helps to concentrate

the aroma. Tulip

glasses, tall and slim, narrow

at the rim to capture the

aroma and help hold the

bubbles a little longer.

To pour the wine, fill the

glasses about half way,

slowly, as there is a tendency

for the glasses to overflow

with exuberant pours. This

level of pour leaves room to

swirl the wine and to better

appreciate the bouquet.

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SERVES 8

Profiteroles:

1/3 cup (75 ml) ground

almonds

1 cup (250 ml) water

1/2 cup (125 ml) butter, cut

into cubes

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) granulated

sugar

Pinch salt

1 cup (250 ml) all-purpose

flour

4eggs

Filling:

1 cup (250 ml) 18% table

cream or 10% half-andhalf

cream

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) granulated

sugar

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) cornstarch

2eggs

3 oz (90g) bittersweet

(dark) chocolate, chopped

Food & Drink >Living Well

RECIPE

Chocolate Almond Profiteroles

Profiteroles are a classic French dessert that are easy to make – yet look impressive. Here,

theycapturethefabulouscombinationofchocolateandalmonds. RITA DEMONTIS, QMI AGENCY

1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla

3/4 cup (175 ml) sliced

almonds, toasted

Chocolate Drizzle:

2 oz (60g) bittersweet

(dark) chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup (75 ml) 18% table

cream or 10% half-andhalf

cream

Position oven racks in top and

bottom thirds of oven and preheat

to 400F (200C). Line two

large baking sheets with

parchment paper or lightly

butter.

In a medium saucepan, toast

almonds over medium heat,

stirring constantly until golden

and fragrant. Transfer to a

bowl. In same saucepan, combine

water, butter, sugar and

salt; bring to a boil over high

heat. Remove from heat and

add flour and almonds. With a

wooden spoon, stir vigorously

until a ball of dough forms and

comes away from sides of pan.

Return to medium heat; cook,

stirring constantly, for 1

minute. Remove from heat and

let cool, stirring occasionally,

for 5 to 10 minutes or until

steam subsides. Add one egg

and stir vigorously until incorporated.

Repeat, adding eggs

one at a time, beating until

dough is smooth.

Drop by tablespoonfuls (15 ml)

onto prepared baking sheets,

at least 2 inches (5 cm) apart,

to make about 24 profiteroles.

With moistened fingers,

smooth surface. Bake in top

and bottom third of oven,

rotating pans halfway, for

about 20 minutes or until

puffed and golden. Remove

baking sheets from oven; with

tip of a paring knife, poke a slit

in side of each profiterole.

Return to oven; let stand for 15

minutes.

Filling: In a small saucepan,

heat cream over medium until

steaming. In a bowl, whisk

sugar with cornstarch; whisk in

eggs until blended. Gradually

whisk hot cream into egg mixture

in thin, steady stream.

Return to saucepan. Cook over

medium-low heat, whisking

constantly until thick. Stir in

chocolate and vanilla until

melted. Transfer to a cool

bowl; place plastic wrap on

the surface and refrigerate

until chilled, 1 to 2 hrs.

Chocolate Drizzle: In a heatproof

bowl set over a saucepan

of simmering water, melt

chocolate and cream, stirring

until smooth; keep warm.

To serve: Cut profiteroles in

half crosswise, almost, but not

all the way through. Spoon

about 1Tbsp. (15 ml) filling into

each profiterole, sprinkle with

toasted almonds and cover

with profiterole top. Drizzle

with warm chocolate mixture.

Recipe from Dairygoodness.ca


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» Vonn to be known

Lindsey Vonn says she can

walk down just about any

street in the United States

without attracting a second

glance.

That is about to change: the

personable and photogenic

Alpine skier will soon be

known in millions of U.S.

homes, if all goes to plan, as

America's Olympic darling at

the Vancouver Winter

Games.

Having won the crystal trophy

that goes to the World

Cup's best overall skier for

the last two seasons while

also collecting world championship

gold in the downhill

and super-G, Vonn enjoys

celebrity status in parts of

Europe as one of the White

Circus's top attractions.

That has not translated into

fame and fortune at home

where the 25-year-old American

and her small, tight-knit

support group, known as the

"Vonntourage," operate in

relative anonymity.

REUTERS

Canadian Olympian and Canada’s first figure-skating gold medallist

Barbara Ann Scott carries the Olympic Torch in the House of

Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday.

CURLING

Deep talent pool Canada’s advantage

QMI AGENCY – Hurry doesn’t

only refer to sweeping.

It’s also what the winners

of the Roar of the Rings Canadian

Curling Trials will have

to do in order to prepare for

Vancouver 2010.

Olympic curlers who have

represented Canada have

questioned the method of deciding

which teams go to the

Games so close to lighting the

torch.

“I’ve been over in Switzerland

quite a bit coaching

Ralph Stockli’s team,” said

Russ Howard, who won

Canada’s first Olympic gold

medal in men’s curling with

Brad Gushue’s rink in Turin

2006. “I think it’s out of necessity

that we all do it differently.

“I used to think our system

was the best until I got over

there, then I thought theirs

was, but keep in mind what

Team Howard skip Glenn Howard, centre, watches his shot as

teammates Brent Laing and Craig Savill, right, sweep during the

Canadian Olympic curling trials in Edmonton, Alberta yesterday.

happens is Scotland maybe

only has five or six solid teams

– we have a couple hundred in

men’s and ladies. We have way

more depth, we can afford to

do it this way.”

It’s the amount of competition

nationally that makes

Canada so competitive internationally.

Not to say there

isn’t room for improvement.

“Our system’s very busy because

Glenn Howard pushes

Kevin Martin to be better and

all the teams, and same for the

ladies,” Howard said. “In Sweden,

there might be two good

women’s teams. Not that the

best team that comes out of

there isn’t very good,, obvi-

ously, because we know that.

“They kind of have no

choice. I think out of necessity

they say: ‘There’s our four best

curlers, let’s put them together.’

They know for three

or four years in advance that

they’re a team and they have a

much better chance of preparing

than we do.”

Mike Harris, who skipped

Canada to a silver medal in

curling’s inaugural Olympic

appearance in Nagano 1998,

said it depends on the personality

of the team.

“It depends who wins. I

think there are some teams

that can handle the pressure

and will be able to take advantage,”

he said, referring to

Team Martin, Ferbey and

Howard. “They have a better

chance than someone who

has not been on the world

stage.”

COC

Rudge giddy about the Games

TIM BAINES, QMI AGENCY –

With 63 days until the

Vancouver Olympics, Canadian

Olympic Committee

CEO Chris Rudge can be

excused for being giddy.

He sees Canada, which

won 24 medals and finished

third in Torino in 2006, as

doing even better this time

around.

"We are going there to

win," he said during a stop

in Ottawa yesterday. "We

used to have the 'give it your

best shot and be nice to people'

attitude. But I can't understand

why we can't win

and still be nice people."

Rudge and Own the

Podium technical director

Alex Baumann spent some

of their time in Ottawa

talking to

politicians.

Own the Podium

will be down about

$20 million shortly

after the Olympics,

but Rudge is confident

the funds will

be topped up.

"We're behind the other

G8 nations, but we take it

one step at a time," said

Rudge. "No question the

money helps. We are giving

the athletes the tools they

need to win. You cannot

send a soldier into a fight

with bows and arrows when

(other countries) have

guns."

"Nothing unites Canadi-

REUTERS

Rudge

ans more than our

collective celebration

of success on

the world athletic

stage," said Baumann,

double

Olympic gold

medallist in swimming.

"Our challenge

will be to sustain

the momentum after

2010."

Own the Podium was

created five years ago to

help Canada win the most

medals at Vancouver 2010.

On Dec. 9, the parliamentary

finance committee recommended

the federal government

allocate $22

million annually to Own the

Podium.

>Sports

» Cycling changes

International Cycling Union

(UCI) president Pat McQuaid

has defended the changes to

the 2012 Olympic track cycling

program approved by the IOC

on Thursday. Men and women

will have the same five events

at the London Games, namely

the sprint, team sprint, keirin,

the new multi-event omnium

and team pursuit.

» New 2012 games

Tennis mixed doubles and

new track cycling disciplines

for men and women have

been added to the London

2012 Olympics events schedule,

the International Olympic

Committee said yesterday.

» Ronaldinho tops

Brazil forward Ronaldinho was

named as World Player of the

Decade by prestigious magazine

World Soccer yesterday,

while Argentine forward Lionel

Messi was named their World

Player of the Year.

» Bye bye Bonds

Home run record holder Barry

Bonds will not be returning to

Major League Baseball, his

agent said on Thursday, effectively

confirming the player's

retirement. Bonds, who faces

charges that he lied to a grand

jury about steroid use, has not

played in the past two seasons

but had never formally

retired.

» Hatton back?

Britain's Ricky Hatton is close

to making a final decision on

whether he will make a comeback

to professional boxing.

The 31-year-old, who is currently

in Australia on a

promotional tour, said he was

serious about a comeback

but needed more time before

committing himself.


Sports

» Lightning struck

The Tampa Bay Lightning got

a shock after losing its two

top goal scorers to injury in a

game

against

Edmonton

on Wednesday

night.

Centre

Steven

Stamkos,

Stamkos

with a

team-best

17 goals,

and winger Ryan Malone,

with 16 goals, won’t miss

much action as both are

speculated to miss just one

or two games.

» Choice words

South Korean golfer Han Minkyu

shot a nine-under-par 62

to take a four-stroke lead

after the first round of the

Australian PGA yesterday,

and had something to say on

the subject: “I played like

Tiger Woods today,” he said,

according to reports. “I felt

almost like I was in heaven.”

Choice words, those.

» Old man’s back

Former Soviet captain

Vyacheslav Fetisov will play

his first professional game

in more than a decade

when he takes to the ice for

his former club CSKA

Moscow today. The 51-yearold

defenceman will take on

SKA St Petersburg after

signing a provisional contract

and passing a

medical, the KHL said on its

website. Fetisov retired

from the NHL after winning

two Stanley Cups with the

Detroit Red Wings in 1997

and 1998.

Hats off to Danny in win

■ THE BUZZ:

On a night when Evander

Kane's return to Vancouver

garnered plenty of attention,

it was Daniel Sedin who stole

the spotlight with a three-goal

outburst Thursday at GM

Place to lead the Canucks 4-2

over the Atlanta Thrashers.

■ ALL TWINS:

With three goals and two assists

between them, the

Sedins have now extended

their point streak to five

games, in which they have

combined for 19 points.

Daniel's hat trick is his third

in his career, while Henrik's

two assists moves him up to

third overall in NHL scoring

with 38 points, just behind

Marian Gaborik (39) and Joe

Thornton (42).

■ QUIET GIANT:

Meanwhile, the sub-headliner

Kane, who had plenty of family

and friends in the crowd,

4

CANUCKS

1st PERIOD

3:09 Van - D. Sedin (4)

(Burrows, O’Brien)

8:37 Atl - Antropov (3) (PPG)

(Peverley, Kovalchuk)

18:38 Van - D. Sedin (5)

(H. Sedin, Bernier)

2ND PERIOD

1:39 Van - D. Sedin (6)

(Burrows, H. Sedin)

4:51 Van - Raymond (10)

(Samuelsson, Bieksa)

14:25 Atl - Armstrong (5)

(Bogosian, Peverley)

3RD PERIOD

None

didn't make much noise on

the scoresheet, going a minusone

with three shots on net

and 12:49 of ice time.

DESPERATE W:

The victory for Vancouver

Gut Shot Guts McTavish

A trip to the

mall and a

visit with

Santa is a

tradition

young boys

and girls have embraced

for decades.

Daniel Sedin: Hi, my name

is Daniel and I’m here to

ask for something for my

brother.

Santa: Such an unselfish

child. Go ahead, son.

Daniel: I’m currently 21

points behind him in

career scoring so I was

wondering if you could

bring him a four to six

week groin pull?

Hordichuk: Hi, I’m Darcy.

2

THRASHERS

Santa: And have you been

good this year?

Darcy: Define good.

Salo: Hi my name is Sami

and WHOA!

Santa: Oh dear, he’s fallen

off. Can I get a couple

elves to help him off?

Looks like a knee.

Gillis: Hi, my name is Mike,

and I could really use a

third-line centre who can

put the biscuit in the basket

and not his mouth.

Wellwood: Hi, my name is

Kyle.

Santa: Get off my lap, my

foot’s going numb ... Next!

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breaks a two-game losing skid

and improves their home

record to 11-4-0, while moving

them to ninth overall in

the West.

■ NET NUMBERS:

For Roberto Luongo, it was his

13th win of the season as he

made 22 saves. At the other

end, Ondrej Pavelec stopped

35 of 39 shots to drop to

8-8-3.

■ SIT DOWN:

Kyle Wellwood, who has only

one point in his last four

games, was made a late

scratch before the game as

Alain Vigneault finally decided

to send the struggling

centre a message.

■ UP NEXT:

Vancouver plays the second of

their eight-game home stretch

Saturday when they host

Northwest foe Minnesota

Wild at GM Place (7:00 p.m.

PT/CBC). - HOSEA CHEUNG

THE GILLETTE CURSE?

QMI AGENCY - Did a Gillette

commercial bring a curse to

the world’s greatest athletes?

That is the assumption of

New York Times blogger,

Robert MacKey. MacKey

points out that Roger Federer,

Thierry Henry and now,

in dramatic fashion, Tiger

Woods, have all given lacklustre

performances or have had

bad publicity since they appeared

together in a Gillette

Fusion Power razor commercial.

While previously all three

of the athletes were at the

peak of their form – Woods

and Federer have been con-

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REUTERS

Vancouver Canucks Roberto Luongo (R) stops Atlanta Thrashers

Todd White during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver,

British Columbia yesterday.

Razor ad may have cut stars’ styles

sidered the best to

Henry was converted

ever play their re-

into a goal and tied

spective sports – all

the match – although

three have had their

the referee missed

professional and per-

the penalty and even

sonal images be-

Henry himself later

smirched.

admitted to the in-

Tennis’ Federer

lost to Rafael Nadal in

Woods

fraction. France went

on to win the game.

an epic struggle in the

As for Woods,

Australian Open and further enough said – his image is at

lost the World No. 1 ranking stake because of numerous

to Nadal after a record 237 sexual improprieties that

consecutive weeks. Henry have arisen since he was in-

has been the focus of a cheatvolved in an SUV accident at

ing incident involving a re- the end of November.

cent World Cup soccer qual- The tagline for the Gillette

ifying match between France commercial, by the way is,

and Ireland. A hand ball by “The best a man can get.”


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met, but sadly I ended it

because of family issues, conflicting

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SAGITTARIUS

Today is a good day to change your home environment,

get things organized.

CAPRICORN

Deal with issues as they come today, stop obsessing

with the one possible bad thing.

AQUARIUS

Go with the flow of things and do not ask too

many questions, save them for tomorrow.

PISCES

If a family member is getting angry with you it

is best to tell them you need time to think

and reflect.

ARIES

A younger person in your life will be acting

the way younger people do. Have the patience

they lack.

TAURUS

You can rush all you want, but it will take a lot

longer than just today to get it all finished.

GEMINI

If you haven’t learned how to meditate, today

is a good day to explore it, you need the silence.

CANCER

Someone you care about is scared to take a

leap, and you will be the one who pushes

them into it.

LEO

You are pointed in a clear direction but may

want to consider going the other way just for

one day.

VIRGO

Once again people are limiting you with the

idea that you are innocent or immature. Prove

to them who is boss.

LIBRA

Walk with someone at work today, and take

them through your plan one step at a time,this

could make work easier for everyone.

SCORPIO

Just breathe. Today is about resting that impatient

spirit.

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ACROSS

1 Preserve

5 Actress Gillette

10 Roof’s edge

14 “Celeste Aida,” for one

15 Cut

16 “Guilty” or “Not Guilty”

17 At no time, to a poet

18 Use a pressure cooker

19 __ and daughters

20 Is a slowpoke

21 Community

24 Deteriorate

25 Danger

26 Recap

29 That fellow’s

30 Breakfast side

34 __ chowder

35 Yuletide month: abbr.

36 Threatening person

37 Play division

38 Capital of Venezuela

40 Raced

41 Wiggle room

43 Prefix for fat or sense

44 Clutch

45 Was incorrect

46 Pig’s home

47 Discovers

48 Misrepresent

50 Overalls part

51 Punish

54 Supervisor

58 Final

59 Under way

61 Sheltered bay

62 One of HOMES

63 Middle East

sheikhdom

64 Solid precipitation

65 Trepidation

66 Move furtively

67 In a lazy way

DOWN

1 Beach surface

2 Zone

3 Vista

4 Sound sensor

5 Valuable item

6 New Jersey team

7 TV’s “__Got a Secret”

8 Ribs

9 Knight’s coat

10 Greek letter

11 Soothing plant

12 Vigorously express one’s

anger

13 Uncomplicated

21 __-eared; like some

rabbits

23 Refers to

25 Spicy sauce

26 Climb

27 Stomach woe

28 Alma __

29 Pronoun

31 Burr or Spelling

38

Yesterday’s answers

32 Scorch

33 Watches over

35 Sunup to dusk

36 Sir

38 West Point student

39 Playfully shy

42 Dictionary man

44 Small barbecue

46 Wicked

47 Diver’s flipper

49 Guides

50 Textile dyeing

technique

51 Musical symbol

52 Race loser of Aesop’s

fable

53 Iraq’s location

54 Complain

55 Prod

56 Satan’s specialty

57 Depend

60Kimono band

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