The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on December 18, 2000 · 18
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The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 18

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Monday, December 18, 2000
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' B2 THE VANCOUVER SUN, MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2000 T OWER MAINLAND VANCOUVER NORTH SHORE B U R N A B Y NEW WESTMINSTER DELTA RICHMOND SURREY LANGLEY P 0 C 0 iH 0 MAPLERJDGE REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN TRIANGLE For many Lower Mainland commuters, the Forgotten Triangle is noth-, ing more than a transportation corri-' dor they drive through every day. ?- Located on the east side of Vancou-r ver, the triangle is bounded by i . Nanaimo to the east, Hastings to the v south and the curving, angled streets f of WallPowell to the north. On E'Franklin and adjacent streets, prostt-tutes walk the streets daily. The drug t trade is never far away and police are Eall too familiar with the area because ef its high number of daily reports of Preak-ins and domestic violence. On Wednesday, staff at Hastings Com-pnunity School will be doing their best i -to make sure the Forgotten Triangle f gets remembered. They're holding p the fifth annual Christmas dinner for . n4iifAntn r n ri fnmiliAn 1 n ItwA in f foverty in the triangle. Last year, the school served 1,000 full turkey dinners and expect to serve as many again this year. Youngsters can visit rSanta and receive a gift a gift that for many represents the only one iiftiey'll receive this Christmas. Ron I Scott, a coordinator at Hastings Com-: to 8:30 p.m. Hastings Community t rnunity School, said the school is still School is at 2625 Franklin. Phone Mooking for donations for the dinner, 2544170 for more information. which relies on the volunteer efforts of many firefighters, police officers and current and former teachers at the school. Among those volunteering is Brigitte Wood, a former ESL teacher at the school for nine years. Wood said she finds volunteering extremely rewarding. "This is the highlight of i Hiey tee all tha glKz on TV and some of them dont get anything fbf Christmas. fl the year for some of those children, " she said. "They see all the glitz on TV and some of them don't get anything for Christmas." Hastings Community , School has also invited students and parents from nearby Sir William Mac-donald and A.R. Lord elementary schools. Wednesday's dinner has two seatings: from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 NE OF A CAT'S NINE LIVES dost neorjle will have noticed, said Jim Battershill of North Vancouver, that at this time of year cats will sit i on the hoods of recently parked cars for warmth. "It can, however, be car- ried to extremes. Years ago in J Winnipeg a fellow down the street i-. decided to drive to the hospital a I matter of some miles to see his t daughter. The car engine started to I make terrible noises to the point where he pulled into a service station near the hospital to see what was the matter. When the hood was opened a cat jumped out. I don't know if it lost six or eight of its nine lives (depending on the number of cylinders) but it sure must have had quite a ride. This story, by the way, is true." City Limits believes you Jim. A V CHRISTMAS STORY I u f you're collecting Christmas stones this year, I have one for you," said Wendy Meloche of Richmond. "We have a tree in our yard that loses all its branches yes, branches each year so it's just a stick all winter long. My husband was complaining about it recently to some of the neighbours in ourtownhouse complex who had gathered for a birthday party. Last Tuesday, when we came home, we found our 'stick' beautifully decorated with garland and decorations Including little birds, a nest coloured balls and a little angel on top. An attached Christmas card was signed 'The Tree Elfs and Santa'. We have been unable to find out exactly who the tree elfs are so my older daughter made a sign thanking them and hung it on the tree. We sure appreciate our wonderful neighbours and their Christmas spirit," Wendy said on behalf of the Meloche family, which includes husband Greg and daughters Rachel and Morgan. . CRAIG HODGEVANCOUVER SUN Greg Meloche and his two daughters Morgan (left), 12, and Rachel, 14, with a tree In their front yard that the 'Tree Elfs' decorated. GITY ft fj fn fi 'i '" H i 'i i 41 ? i H P " WIT Hi KEVIN SRIFFIN j y vj IT V We'd love to hearfromyou. Call Kevin Griffin 60&2946 Fax 60&2323 . r-,-r- 1U Ml Mr 1": 1 1 V. ; "f5 J A Buying a bottle of scotch in a liquor store was taking up to four minutes as Liquor Control Board staff embarked on a work-to-rule campaign over back pay and other .claims. Each liquor store worker carefully counted out the change by the penny, carefully wrapped each bottle and politely waited as the customer left and the next one moved up in line. "One attendant at the 822 Hornby store explained the rule this way: 'If a guy buys a case of beer at $2.63 including tax we give his change and say $2.63, 64, 65, $2.75, $3 and $5, sir.' Premier W.A.C. Bennett, a teetotaler, was asked about the liquor store slowdown. He replied: 'Everyone in B.C. should work to rule. And that's the golden rule.' " The Hong Kong flu was on its way to Vancouver. "We're certainly getting ringed around closely by the large population of North Americans which have got it," said Dr. G. H. Bonham, the city's medical health officer. "The two factors that play a large role are our proximity to the state of Washington and the fact that we had no real flu outbreak last year. We may be next on the list." m N Victims without identities baffle coroner's office By Frances bula man who died of a heart attack and a woman who leaped to her death puzzle officials t Two people who died in Van- couver recently will be buried I without identities if the coroner's ;office doesn't hear from anyone ! who knows them, fe An Indo-Canadian man who died of a heart attack in the l' Downtown Eastside and a young Caucasian woman who jumped ' from the Arthur Laing Bridge are mystifying the Vancouver coroner's office, which usually manages to identify people who die in the region. It's especially unusual that no one has come forward to identify the Indo-Canadian man, said Vancouver deputy regional coroner Shenyl Yeager. The office has canvassed the area with his picture. "In that community, they look after each other," said Yeager. "But in this case, no landlord and no next of kin have called, yet he didn't appear to be on the street." The man, who died of a heart attack at the corner of Gore and Powell on the afternoon of Sept 2, was in his 50s. Although he had many layers of clothes on, he didn't show signs of being homeless. Ambulance attendants told Yeager they thought he seemed familiar, but no one else in the Downtown Eastside knows any- .1 1 tfttii owiwun-t- i:.r v.di! - . .! -.Ati f.'iri'l! I .r .'-' Jusf flboufltie you cont gef on i! 1 11 With, you can search Canada's largest database of cars for sale by individuals and franchised automotive.dealers alike. Compile your own list of hot car choices, comparison shop, then set up a test drive. Satisfy every nagging question about the make and model with our road test reports, articles and reviews. And if it's a question of money, either for financing or insurance, we've got that covered too. We clear up all the fuzzies. carcliclibccom THEVANTOUVERSlW thing about him. He was 171 centimetres (5 foot 7) tall and weighed 66 kilograms (145 pounds), with a full, greying beard and a mole on the left side of his nose. The other unidentified body at the coroner's office is a Caucasian woman in her late 30s who was seen jumping from the Arthur Laing Bridge to the road below on Aug. 10. Coroner Christian Bichler said that, through a list found in her pocket of Downtown Eastside services, he was able to trace her movements for a few days before she died. "We went to some shelters and they believe she was there, but they don't have a name," said Bichler. "She was someone who was despondent in the last days of her life. She had had some kind of rela-tionship break-up and been pushed out on to the street." Bfchler $aid one-source told him thevioinan had ,?0f!d as a m&tiintf m the sj&tf in New vWestminster, but no one there seems to know-anything about She had no sign of drugs or alcohol in her system and no other signs of previous drug use. 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