The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on November 2, 1999 · 1
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GREG MOORE A special pull-out V .. SPORTS, H f...., Y....y,,.,. f-,y f fi"T-Ji:flTlTWj r Itttt "l 60 CENTS RETAIL 75 CENTS COIN BOX $1 MINIMUM OUTSIDE LOWER MAINLAND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1999 ' http:wwwvancouversun.com Tributes mount for racing hero In MapleRidge, home to a trio of major sports success stories, an unusual shrine rises in memory of driver Greg Moore. "Thanks for everything, we will all miss you," said another. Another, from Jennifer, was all the more poignant for its lapse in spelling: "When I saw you at Indy I cheered for you. I will always cheer for you. you are my idle." The tribute was not planned, certainly not by a father still stunned and reeling with grief It happened spontaneously, as the sprawling, fast-growing community searched for an outlet and a focal point for its pain. It had to be the dealership. Everyone knows the story of a boy who grew up on wheels, starting on go-karts and graduating with blinding speed into a succession of faster vehicles and more famous venues. Everyone knows the story of Ric, himself once an amateur racer, who set his son loose in the dealership parking lot with his first motorized kart at age six. From that day on, his father was never far away financing a hobby, managing his career, of- fering a final word in the tense, : fearful moments before a race. ; And so the flowers came, until ; Ian Speckman, general sales manager, could not bear to see them resting on the ground. !We didn't think it was very appropriate just to lay the flowers down." SEE MOORE, A2 KEN MacQUEEN VANCpUVERSUN Ric Moore once explained why his Chrysler dealership in Maple Ridge held so few pictures of his famous son, Greg: his creation, his friend, his joy. "You can't build a shrine to' him," he said in 1996. "The more people talk about him, the less they talk about buying a car." In the yeah since, son and father racked up a string of successes. Ric sold plenty of cars, moving up the street to a sleek new facility on West Street. Greg, of course, achieved wealth and fame as a gifted driver on the international CART racing circuit His death, at age 24, in a horrific crash in California Sunday during the final CART race of 1999, has stunned all of Maple Ridge a community that has come to define itself by its champions. And at the entrance to Ric Moore's dealership, there is a shrine. A most improbable shrine, but an achingly appropriate one: It rests in the bed of a brilliant red Dodge Dakota Sport pickup. By Monday afternoon it overflowed with flowers and notes, with stuffed animals and candles. "Home town hero," said one. . l Vi ,r ' """" " w- r Immigrant target missed again NEWS IN CONTEXT i GRIZZLIES 'ARE WINNERS IN OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES JOHN MACKIE I VANCOUVER SUN You could excuse Vancouver .., Grizzlies' star Shareef Abdur-Rahim for wanting to stay in bed. It's one of those rainy, miserable days that make Vancou-verites despair of ever seeing the sun again, and the team has just come off a gruelling run of four games in six nights, including back-to-back jobs in Denver and Vancouver. But Abdur-Rahim wasn't catching up on his rest at home he was out with his teammates, meeting high school students. Just after noon last Thursday, Abdur-Rahim, Bryant (Big Country) Reeves, and Antoine (Big Dawg) Carr climbed into a school bus with presidentgeneral manager Stu Jackson, coach Brian Hill and mascot Super Grizz for a visit to Point Grey secondary school. Point Grey is the latest participant in the Grizzlies' "Team "Up" program, which encourages young people to get involved in their community. The 1,300 Point Grey students rounded up about 4,000 coats and sweaters that will be distributed in the Downtown East-side. They also collected about $3,500, which will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. At night, the Grizzlies were but again, shaking it up at the inaugural Grizzlies' Season Tip Off, a $100-a-ticket charity event at the Four Seasons Hotel that included a salsa party and a mini-auction of Grizzlies memorabilia, with proceeds going to women's shelters and the Grizzlies Foundation. ! It's all part of a concerted effort by the team to get involved beyond the court. "We have always felt it was pur responsibility as an organization and as role models in our community to be a driving force in community involvement," says Jackson. SEE GRIZZLIES, A8 Biker ponders lawsuit over PacifiCat injury JIM BEATTY I SUN LEGISLATURE BUREAU I VICTORIA - Broken, bruised and disenchanted, William Dawson Moore feels like a two-time victim of British Columbia's controversial fast ferry. I What was supposed to be a quick trip on the PacifiCat ferry last week has left him bed-ridden at Lions Gate Hospital, bracing for surgery and contemplating a lawsuit His journey from hell began last Wednesday Moore's 54th birthday when he motored SEE INJURY, A2 .' '', . . ' ;; , j nick onucxvnwoawr sm RACER REMEMBERED: A little wreath with a note attached saying We miss you Greg hangs around the 1993 Grade 12 graduation picture of race car driver Greg Moore in the hallway of Pitt Meadows secondary school Moore was killed ina CART race accident in California on Sunday. '..."; ;", panada returns a masterpiece blamed on Canada's decreasing popularity in Asian countries. SEE IMMIGRATION, A2 WEATHER WARNING: The rain should stay away until later in the day probably just around the time you planned some outdoor activity! Complete weather map, B2 INSIDE Better customer service would help, insiders say. ' Skilled foreigners must be wooed, a lawyer says. CHAD SKELTON VANCOUVER SUN with SOUTHAM NEWS Immigration Canada has to improve its "customer service" if it hopes to attract more than 200,000 newcomers in the year 2000, a target it has been un- able to meet for the past two years, immigration lawyers, advocates, and a Reform MP said Monday. "They didn't meet their targets this year. I don't know if setting a new target makes any sense unless they make some changes," said Lilian To, exec- utive director of the immigrant assistance group SUCCESS. Immigration Minister Elinor Caplan unveiled the Liberal government's immigration plans for the coming year Monday, vowing to maintain current targets of 200,000-225,000 immigrants and refugees. The target includes 116,900 to 130,700 independent immigrants, 57,000 to 61,000 family class immigrants, 4,000 "special category" immigrants (such as live-in caregivers) and 22,100 to 29,300 refugees. However, the targets have been met with skepticism given the low rates of immigration over the past two years; The department's current estimate is that only 180,000 immigrants and refugees will come to Canada in 1999, 20,000 below the low end of the target. Last year, Canada took in only 174,000 immigrants. Much of the drop can be OmsCfc Births & Deaths D15 Lotteries A2 Bridge E6 Manthorpe D3 Business Dl Mason H Campbell Dl McMartin A3 City Limits BS Movies C5 Classified H Nation A9 Comics D16 Palmer AM Crossword E3.E5 Spin B7 Editorials A14 Sports H Entertainment C4 Style ' Q Ferry Schedule B2 TV C5 Horoscope E7 Theatres C6 Insight A13 Travel C7 Kids' Page D16 Weather B2 Landers C2 World All Letters A14 Yaffe A15 Chretien's office steps in to let Hungary's prime minister take an art treasure home. CHRIS COBB SOUTHAM NEWSPAPERS OTTAWA Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban returned home Monday from his state visit to Canada with a gift that cost a dollar, but he couldn't have been happier. Tucked under Orban's arm was Marriage Feast at Cana, an oil painting by the 16th-century Italian master Giorgio Vasan. The painting mysteriously disappeared from a Budapest government building near the end of the Second World War. The 40 centimetre by 28 centimetre masterpiece, which shows Jesus turning water into wine, reappeared at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1964. Hungary has been trying to get it back, claiming the )ainting legally and morally be-ongs to that country. Negotiations began shortly before Orban's state visit last week and were sealed during a state dinner at the National Gallery of Canada on Thursday when Prime Minister Jean Chretien told Orban he could take the painting home. Orban presented the painting to the curator of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, who rushed I PAINTING: Detail from photo of to the airport Monday to greet his prime minister. The Montreal and Budapest museums have been squabbling over the painting for years, but it took only a few days, and a call from Chretien's office, to solve the dispute. Details are sketchy about how Montreal Museum of Fine Am Vasari's Marriage Feast at Cana. the government got the museum to part with the painting. A spokesperson for Heritage Min-ister Sheila Copps said the painting was officially a gift from the National Gallery of Canada, which bought it from Montreal for a token $1. . SEE PAINTING, A2 0 1 "57040" 1C 035 1 SlYnda.com Start Your Search From Home. Ml 85 tefisss fte ssnQ sees mmitmmmmjmmmmsmKs:

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