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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Music: Porteous Reinvents Himself By Going Back In Time


Please, please play it again

Beatles cover generates buzz for Victoria-born singer-songwriter

Special to The Globe and Mail

SURREY -- Wyckham Porteous took to the stage with an acoustic guitar borrowed from the night's headliner.

On this night, he was an impresario pressed into service as an impromptu opening act for Paul Hyde, billed on the marquee as the "voice of the Payolas."

The Crescent Beach Legion hall was packed, most of the crowd on hand for the closing concert of the second season of the "Up Close and Intimate" showcase, sponsored by the White Rock Arts Council.

Closest to the bar, elderly gentlemen in dress uniforms sat in tidy rows, drinking beer as a toast to lost comrades forever to remain young in memory. The concert earlier this month took place on the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, luring to the Legion aged men who had actually fought in war.

Mr. Porteous paid tribute to the veterans, urged patrons to buy 50-50 tickets, and spoke about the responsibilities of being a troubadour with an instrument.

"You know when you play an acoustic guitar, you stand by yourself," Mr. Porteous told the audience. "Wherever there's a campfire, you either throw the guitar in, or you play it."

Read the full story here...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Special Event: Drive Fest Is Coming...

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News: Man Loses Part of Ear in Vicious Robbery

From the Vancouver Sun

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Vancouver man has lost part of his ear in a vicious robbery in the 2500 block of Commercial Drive.

Two men attacked the 41-year-old late Monday, dragging him into the south lane of East 11th Avenue, Vancouver police reported today in a news release.

He was punched, kicked and had part of his ear bitten off before the duo took off in a four-door silver car.


Read the full story here...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Housemate Wanted

I need two new housemates for July 1. The rent is $525 inclusive and I am seeking one of those housemates to help me out with childcare in exchange for rent. Please forward this to anyone who might be looking for a change in their living situation and would like to join our amazing home and family...

Seeking activist, artist, student, musician, or otherwise to join our household July 1. Rent $525 for one room, the other free in exchange for Childcare Mon. - Thurs. 7 am to noon. If you do the math this only works out to $5.25 per hour for childcare but it is tax-free, in your own home and very karma and joy inducing. You can go to the park, playgroup 2x per week (across the street - where the food is free and the company of the neighbourhood parents is amazing), shop the Drive, garden, sing, dance and do arts and crafts. Quinn is awesome company and very adaptable to any errand or chore you wish to involve her in.

Our house: Strathcona - the neighbourhood you will never want to leave, early 1900's, across from park, great neighbours, great landlord (cashes the cheques, fixes stuff and leaves us alone) high ceilings throughout, big rooms, awesome kitchen w/ gas stove. Front porch, back yard & flourishing garden. Basement w/ storage / beer making & laundry space plus enough room to spin around with your arms wide out. One bathroom. No Cable TV or landline telephone although I am willing to share getting a telephone. Utilities, wireless cable internet included.

Mandatory job share, cost share & open communication about house stuff. Would love to maintain organized cooperative meal planning & households basics (shopping / cooking / chores) to avoid separate food cupboards (three cupboards all containing dry kidney beans, brown rice and oatmeal?), overflowing fridge and multiple meals being prepared at the same time. I want everyone in the house to love, be proud of and feel a part of the home.

You: Creative, joyful, environmentally, socially, and politically aware and active. Experience with and love of children, responsible, financially honorable and mostly sane. No boozehounds or stoners although a little of either is fine. No time to watch more than the occasional TV show or movie (I have bunny ears, no cable), crafty (not in the sly way), handy - will fix something that is broken, clean something that is dirty & pick up something that is out of place. Absolutely NO CIGARETTE SMOKERS (not even the "just when I'm drinking" or "only outside" kind - Sorry).

*We: Single, 32, f/t mom to charming 18 month old, Rowan & Topaz the dogs and Oryx the cat (and her two kittens which will move out in the first couple of weeks you are here)

Me: Self employed with part time job (which is shere the need for childcare comes in), gardener (with desire to share the spoils and the work), notable cook (non-vegetarian, mostly organic whole foods) sewer, knitter, reader, community activist. LIsten to CBC (AM & FM) almost exclusively, read the Saturday Globe cover to cover but it takes me almost all week. Cyclist, hiker, epic dog-walker. Clean but frequently untidy depending on how crazy my life is that day. Will always do at least one major cleaning binge a week. 6 am to 10 pm schedule most days. Generally calm & even tempered - strong distate for arguments. Sagittarius.

Quinn: the love of my life. Year & a half old, just starting to run & talk (back). Likes to sing & paint & read & dig. Independent, funny, sleeps most nights 8:30 til 6 am. Has a good cry at any time of day or night once in a while but generally very good spirited. Scorpio.

Rowan & Topaz: blond dog hair shedding, escapee hounds. Spend better part of most days on the front porch keeping watch of the neighbourhood. Very gentle & love attention but won't demand or obsess over it. Virgos. (if you wear head to toe black polyester year round and are adverse to lint brushes this is not the place for you :)

Oryx: sister to Nagafuki, lovey, lovely kitty. Soon to be spade. (a little slutty)

Any questions, please contact me via email.

Thanks y'all...

Lana, Quinn, R & T and Oryx.


L. Fox [ellefox@shaw.ca]

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Spring Banner Celebration

Wednesday, June 13: 7 pm, Britannia Gallery

Come and help us celebrate a new crop of banners at Britannia. The theme is World Music, the banners are extraordinary, and the artists will be present. We’ll start off in the Gallery, go for a walking tour of the banners, then return to the gallery for refreshments. Everybody is welcome.

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Visual Art: Doug Taylor at Britannia

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Visual Art: Victor Goertz at Britannia

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Commentary: You Know You Have a Beard, Right?

Sean Condon wrote an interesting interview in a recent Only Magazine about Kevin Potvin. I thought I'd share a bit of it here.

Kevin Potvin thought he could run for the Green Party in Vancouver-Kingsway during the next federal election, take on the hated David Emerson and win a seat in the House of Commons. Holy shit, he was way off.

Instead, the publisher of The Republic and owner of Magpie Books and Magazines on Commercial Drive got slammed in every newspaper in the country, got hundreds of death threats and got bumped by the Greens because of an article he wrote five years ago called “A revolting confession” about 9/11 and America’s devastating imperialism.

Read the full story here...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Jah Jireh Family Soapworks at the Trout Lake Farmer's Market

Jah Jireh Family Soapworks will have a table at the first

Trout Lake Farmer’s Market

of the season, this Saturday, May 26. The market is located in the parking lot of the Trout Lake Community Centre on Victoria Drive at E.14th.

We’re new to the market and have only been able to secure a few dates so far this summer, (we’re hoping for more) so keep your eyes peeled for us!

Of course you can always get our soaps at one of our retailers:

Drive Organics, 1045 Commercial Drive

Virgin Mary’s, 1035 Commercial Drive

and always online at www.naturalpod.com.

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News - Dentist Guilty on Four Counts of Sexual Assault

Three other counts against Oleg Gavrilko dismissed

Susan Lazaruk, The Province

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2007

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver dentist was convicted yesterday of four of seven counts of sexual assault against patients at his Commercial Drive clinic.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice David Tysoe found Dr. Oleg Gavrilko guilty of resting his hand on one patient's breast, caressing another's breast and touching her inner thigh, touching and grabbing the breast of a third patient and placing his palm over the breast of another.

Read the full story here...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Commercial Drive Car-Free Days Are On The Way

image - from www.commercialdrivefestival.org

Sunday June 17th

and

Sunday July 22nd

This year there will be 2 car-free events - and you have the opportunity to volunteer at either event!

Come out to Britannia (below the library) on Sat May 26th at 2pm to meet the organizers and brainstorm any ideas you may have around promoting or adding new elements to this very successful event.

This year our group, the Environmental Activist Network, will be working with recycling centres to have onsite drop off depots for e-waste and Styrofoam, and we’ll have a battery drop off at our booth. We also will have more information to answer any of your recycling questions. You can sign our petition on making all plastics a blue bin collectible and take part in community recycling. Event dates are Sunday June 17th and Sunday July 22nd. Start saving your stuff now! For more information go to http://www.commercialdrivefestival.org/ (where you also can send an email), or contact me at 604 251-5952.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

News: Bus Driver Suspended After Aiding Passenger

Ian Austin, The Province

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A Coast Mountain bus driver who was trying to do the right thing may be fired for his trouble.

At about 9:20 a.m. yesterday, one of his elderly passengers became ill, so he flagged down a passing fire truck near the corner of First Avenue and Commercial Drive.

Two supervisors were also called to the scene, and they discovered the driver had booze on his breath.


Read the full story here...

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Travel: RAMBLING AROUND MOROCCO by Ruth Kozak

Since Summer vacation is soon upon us, we thought you'd be interested in some travel articles submitted by local writer Ruth Kozak. Read more at her website (link in the sidebar).

THE OURIKA VALLEY

It was November, and the rainy season had begun in Morocco. The day before our trekking group arrived at the Ourika Valley in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, a flash flood had swept down the dry wadi gouging away great chunks of the road and gnawing at the foundations of the mud-build Berber houses that perched precariously along the river bank.


Berber village

My Moroccan trekking adventure had begun from the beautiful city of Marrakech that nestles like a rose-quartz gemstone near the foothills of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains.

Our first trekking destination was the Ourika Valley. When we arrived at the starting point, we were forced to leave the van walk to the meeting point as the roads were impassable. We had to teeter across foot-wide Berber bridges fashioned out of sticks, suspended over the rushing white water and squeeze behind houses on uneven slippery pathways meant only for goats. In places where the road had washed away the mud-brick houses overhung precariously over the river bed .

The circle trip up the Ourika Valley took six hours, a total of just over seven kilometers. By the time we arrived back to where we had started, some of the road had been cleared. A van waited for us to take us back to the restaurant where our driver would be waiting. It was a ramshackle vehicle, the cabin gutted, with wooden benches along each side. Our group of fifteen trekkers and the tour leader crammed into the back. The driver, his companion and the Berber guides sat in the front and one other man stood on the back bumper. Amazingly, twenty people scrunched into a space that was meant for ten. In places, there was barely enough road left for the van to manoeuvre by. Miraculously we made it to the end of the road construction where our mini-van was waiting to take us back to Marrakech.

AMIZMIZ SOUQ AND A TREK ON THE FORESTRY ROAD


Amizmiz Souk

Early the next morning, we set off for a visit to the Berber market at the town of Amizmiz. A Moroccan souq is a total sensory experience. We were greeted by a cacophony of sounds: goat bells, braying donkeys, merchants calling out their wares and shoppers haggling, coppersmiths and blacksmiths hammering. The souq is comprised of very small shops and canopied stalls selling fish, meat, poultry, and locally grown fruit and vegetables, sacks of mint tea, nuts and dates. Spices such as saffron, cumin, ginger and cinnamon are displayed in colourful cone-shaped piles. The smells of mint, spices and baking foods fill the air with a mouth-watering fragrance. In one lane the barber shops were doing a brisk business. Men can get a shave and haircut while their wives bargain in the market. In another lane a man tends the barbecue coals under a dozen cone-shaped clay tajine pots containing chicken or lamb stewed with eggplant, carrots, onions and raisins in savory spices, to be served over steaming plates of couscous. Dinner’s ready when your shopping’s done!

Leaving the Amizmiz souq, we headed up into the mountains on a well-maintained forestry road. Here the villages are different from those in the Ourika Valley. Tiered on the mountainside, their ochre clay walls almost make them invisible in the mountain landscape. There are well-irrigated terraced gardens and lemon and olive groves. The road is lined with eucalyptus trees; the mountain slopes rocky and arid. The scent of lavender and thyme makes the air fragrant and the walk pleasant.

EXPLORING MARRAKECH

Back in Marrakech, the enchanting old hotel, the Hotel du Foucald, is well situated for sightseeing in Marrakesch’s medina (old town), near the famous Djamaa el Fna square with its labyrinth of side streets, hammams, caravanserai and bazaars. The souq is a maze of tiny covered walkways where everything is sold from embroidered saddles for camels, to potions for casting spells.

The Djmaa el Fna is a spectacle of exotica: snake charmers, musicians, acrobats, water vendors wearing distinctive red suits and wide-brimmed hats and jangling bells, story tellers, ebony-skinned dancers in brightly hued costumes, boys with pet monkeys, and other assorted side-show attractions will entertain you -- for a price

Snake Charmer

Marrakech is one of Morocco’ imperial cities, a Berber/Arab fortress settlement nine centuries old. I took the opportunity of a day’s respite from trekking to explore. Within its 11th century medina is the Koutoubia mosque with its elegant 65-meter high minaret, and several elaborate palaces such as the El Badi where storks nest on the ramparts, and the Palais el Bahia with its lovely gardens or the Mausoleum of the Saadiens. The 16th century religious school for students who studied at the nearby Mosque of Ben Yussef is rich with mosaics and cedar carvings, in contrast to the stark cells occupied by the students.


Marakkech

I took a caliches (horse-drawn carriage) to the Jardin Majorelle in the European quarter, a beautiful garden estate created in the 1920’s by the French Orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle now owned by fashion designer Yves St. Laurent. It’s a tropical paradise of tall cacti and palms set against pink towered buildings and grill-worked gateways. Bougainvillea, hibiscus and flowering potted plants line the cobbled pathways. The colours of the buildings and clay pots are dazzling brilliant blue, turquoise, pink, yellow, and orange, all complimenting the colours of the flowers. Birds twitter in the trees and trellises hung with flowering vines. Tropical plants grow in abundance. The artist’s studio has been converted into a small Museum of Islamic art and displays St. Laurent’s fine collection of North African carpets and furniture as well as Majorelle’s paintings.

A WALK IN THE ASNI/OURIGANE FOOTHILLS

The next morning we set off for another trek to inspect a higher route along the ravine above the River Ourigane. Instead of attempting the more difficult climb up into the mountains with the rest of the group, I opted to cross the valley on the Berber trails instead and was provided with my own personal guide, Mabourak.


Me in the Ourigane Valley

The countryside is stunning with its shrub-covered knolls and rich sienna-red earth. Because my guide was well informed about the flora and fauna of the land, our walk became a geology and botany lesson.

Minerals abound in the area and I collected agate, flint, hematite and bits of lapis lazuli. Mabourak showed me wild garlic, thyme and other herbs and wild flowers. Low bush juniper and quince grow in abundance. In the reforested juniper groves wild boar are hunted. Other animals such as fox, mountain sheep and goats, and jackals roam here. There are many wild birds too, such as eagles, hawks, cuckoos and pheasants. The trek with Mabourak, was the highlight of my Moroccan adventure. I was glad that I’d had that time alone to absorb the beauty of the countryside and get acquainted with one of the locals.

LASTING IMPRESSIONS


Tea Sellers

That evening, after dining on a delicious buffet of lamb tajine, salads and honey-drenched desserts, it was time to pay one last visit to the Djemaa el Fna. The velvet sky was ablaze with stars. The smoke of barbecues filled the air with the tantalizing aroma of the delicious tidbits sold by the street vendors. I sat upstairs in a restaurant, sipping hot mint tea, with a ringside view of the activities below. As I watched darkness envelope the city, I marvelled at the things I had experienced: the vibrant, kaleidoscope of colours; the fragrance of spices and mint that permeate the air; the lovely rose hue that enshrouds Marrakech city; the interesting, friendly and gracious people; the souqs and markets, especially the Djmaa el Fna with all its strange sights. For a traveller like me, who seeks the exotic, Morocco did not disappoint me.


THE END

IF YOU GO

Currency in Morocco is the dirham . $1. 00 U.S. = 8.52 dirham

Passports valid from six months of issue are necessary but no visa is required. You must show a return ticket. It would be wise to check the travel immunization clinic before leaving and take along medication for stomach upset.

Travel warning: Be aware of pick-pockets and backpack slashers in crowded markets. If you enter the souks with either an official guide or hustler the price of everything you buy will be increased to include a commission for them, often as much as 40 per cent. Be prepared for the attentions of faux-guides.

Licensed guides can be hired for about $30 Cdn a day for sight seeing in the city or trekking in the country.

Modest clothing is advised for both female and male travellers to avoid hassles.

Taking photos: Vendors and performers in the souks expect to be paid. Many Moroccans don’t like having their photos taken so be discreet when doing so.

Tours groups: There are various tour companies offering group tours and treks. I went with Ramblers Holidays from London Eng. www.ramblersholiday.co.uk . Prices vary depending on season, and include airfare from London Gatwick, hotel, 2 or 3 meals, guide and transportation to trekking areas. From $750 up with an additional single room supplement. Tours range from 8 - 11 days. (Fares from Canada not included).

See also: exodus tours www.exodus.co.uk and www.leisuredirection.co.uk (City breaks holidays) and www.saharatrek.com

Where to stay: For hotel information : www.wtgonline.com/data

or contact: Federation Nationale de l”Industrie Hotelieri

Angle Ave Nado et Rue 3

Quartier Polo, Casblanca 20550

email: fnih@iam.net.ma

www.fnih.ma

There are well-organized campsites, youth hostels, self-catering suites and hotels of all categories available in Morocco. See http://travel.yahoo.com for more information on hotels.

Where to eat: For people-watching, sit in a cafe terrace and enjoy a cafe au lait and a fresh pastry. Moroccan food is delicious. Try the food stalls and juice stands. Provided it serves a crowd you can be sure the food is fresh. In Marrakech head for Marche Central, buy a picnic and enjoy lunch with a view. The Cafe de l’Hotel de Paris in the Djmaa el Fna has excellent views at sunset. There are many good hotels where you can dine. Morocco is a ‘dry’ country. Wine and liquor may be bought at the airport duty-free otherwise it is difficult to find a wine shop. Most five-star tourist hotels will serve wine or beer with meals. From the five-star Hotel Mamounia to the food stalls in the Djmaa el Fna, you will enjoy the spicy flavour of Moroccan food accompanied by a steaming cup of mint tea.

Getting around Marrakech: Once the price is agreed, a caleche is a hassle-free way to discover parts of the medina. You can easily walk from the Djmaa el Fna to most of the museums and places of interest. A complete tour, starting from the Gate of the Gnaoua near the Mosquee de el-Mansour will cover approximately 3 kms and take 5 hours. Avoid lunch time when most sites are closed.

Museum sites: If you are traveling with a group the entrance fees are usually included in your tour price.

Most sites are open from 8.30 am until noon, and from 2.30 pm - 6 pm. Prices of entry vary. There are a few sites such as the Koutoubia Mosque that allow entry to Muslims only.

For more information on Morocco see www.morocco.com

Books: Essential Morocco This is a small pocket guide published by AA World Travel Guides which I found useful in Marrakech. Both the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet also have books on travel in Morocco.

Some additional info: Hotel de Foucauld, Avenue El Monahidine, Marrakech

FAX 212- 4- 441344

and a comparison tour option for possible solo travelers (they meet you at the airport in Marrakech):

Afourar Moroccan Tours

"http://www.cybercom.net"

individual custom travel services which includes guides.

"mailto:carrig@cybercom.net"


Destination: Africa (N. Africa, Morocco)

Special Interest: Adventure/ Outdoors

photo credits: W. Ruth Kozak

http://travelthroughhistory.blogspot.com

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Special Event: Car-Free Days Town Hall Meeting


Attn all neighbours, friends and businesses of Commercial Drive – you are invited to attend:
Car-Free Commercial Drive Days 2007
TOWN HALL MEETING
Saturday May 26, 2 to 4pm
Britannia Learning Resource Centre, under the Britannia Library (through the Napier Greenway)

Big news! Due to popular demand, this summer there will be TWO Car-Free Commercial Drive Days: Sunday June 17 (Fathers Day) and Sunday July 22.

As in previous Commercial Drive Festivals, the Drive will be closed to motorized traffic from 10 am to 8 pm, between Venables and 1st, so that we can party with our neighbours, celebrate the fantastic community we live in, and experience what a pedestrianized commercial district feels like.

This is your chance to:
-meet our crew and find out more
-check out volunteer opportunities
-let us know what you think about the Fests
-brainstorm about how to make Drive Days even better


Thanks for all your support, hope to see you there!
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Car-Free Commercial Drive Days 2007
Sunday June 17 & Sunday July 22
www.commercialdrivefestival.org
free of charge free of boring corporate stuff free of cars



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Friday, May 18, 2007

Picture of the Day by Jennifer Poohachoff

Business as usual at Grandview Billiards.
See more of Jennifer's work at www.bluezoo.ca

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Literary: Meredith Quartermain and Steven Ross Smith

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Friday, June 15th
7:30 PM
People's Co-op Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
1-888-511-5556

All are welcome!
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Celebrate Canadian Poetry this June! People's Co-op Bookstore and
NeWest Press invite you to sit back and enjoy a joint reading from
Vancouver Walking by award-winning poet Meredith Quartermain and
Fluttertongue 4: adagio for the pressured surround by acclaimed poet
Steven Ross Smith.

Praise for Vancouver Walking:

"In Vancouver Walking Meredith Quartermain sights the coordinates of
tangible and historical attentions as she moves through an amazement
of place and language. The word here is foot and eye, step by step,
crisscrossing the city with the grids and layers of its own minute
particulars and articulating the truth of the imagination, the
dynamics of the intersect. These poems listen carefully to the
yearning of place, the kind of naming a city answers to."
-Fred Wah, Diamond Grill

"Walking cinemas, civic memory tours, these poems are sites for the
eruption of public history chronically denied but there as trace in
the very names that mark our streets. Meredith Quartermain's
observant eye tracks what underlies or surrounds our daily routine,
she sees what routine blinds us to, and in the process constructs
some wonderfully trenchant slices of contemporary city life." -Daphne Marlatt

Fluttertongue 4: adagio for the pressured surround is poetry at its
most eloquent. Written as one long poem which weaves many themes
together, fluttertongue 4 discusses issues such as death, nature,
food, and familial relationships.

Praise for Fluttertongue 4:

"Here find your ears tugged by the tough tongues of one who-between
son & father-between illness & torture-on an I-land far
west-questions ownership '(my)' & isolation-by waiting 'before music
or after it'. Find a reverent, epigraphic, singular chorus that
leaves trails (in the old sense of strobe), a healing tumble toward
shine of the wide nouns & wild pronouns we trust & claim too
passively-a meditative, concessional poetry-a live-alogue, much
needed."
-Phil Hall, An Oak Hunch

"The mood is elegiac-though there are moments of rapt attention,
bliss-as over and over the poet tests the 'pressured surround,' the
'dizzy surround,' of language and its limits in conveying beauty and
suffering. What I so admire about this wandering (wondering) poem is
its humility: 'hesitant and sinuous,' it explores its own
limitations, the 'wound' at the heart of language and being-the wound
from which poetry sings."
-Hilary Clark, The Dwelling of Weather


To request review copies of these books, or to arrange an interview
with the authors, please contact Tiffany at 780-432-9427 or
marketing@newestpress.com.

At age 11, Meredith Quartermain left her home in Toronto and drove
with her family across Canada to the tiny, one-time silver boom
community of Argenta, British Columbia. While living there she
developed the strong sense of place that she carried with her
throughout her studies at the University of British Columbia, and
into every piece of writing since. In 1983 she was commissioned to
write a history of York House School, thus beginning her exploration
of Vancouver archival materials and pioneer narratives. Quartermain
is the author of a number of books, and the founder of a literary web
site called The News as well as the small literary press Nomados.

Steven Ross Smith was born in Toronto in 1945 and raised in the
Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto. Smith's previous books of poetry
include blind zone, Transient Light, Sleepwalkers, which was
co-authored by Richard Truhlar, and Reading My Father's Book. Smith
has also published fiction and non-fiction, and has written for many
periodicals and anthologies. In addition to this, Smith creates,
records, and performs sound poetry. This is the fourth book in
Smith's fluttertongue series; all other fluttertongue books are all
still in print. He currently lives in Saskatoon, SK.
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Tiffany Regaudie
Marketing Coordinator
NeWest Press
201-8540-109 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 1E6
t: 780-432-9427
f: 780-433-3179
*** Check out NeWest Press online at www.newestpress.com ***

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News: More Evidence Against Drive Dentist

Witness: Dentist touched my breast

Woman testifies she then pushed his hands away

Susan Lazaruk, The Province

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2007

A woman testified yesterday that her dentist touched her sexually on two visits.

Dr. Oleg Gavrilko has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of sexual assault, most relating to alleged incidents in 2003, at his former clinic on Commercial Drive at Broadway.

The middle-aged woman said he touched her breast with his hand while adjusting a bib and rubbed his knee against her breast while extracting a tooth during visits in January 2003.

Read the full story here...

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Comedy: The Laugh Gallery @ Rime

By Guy MacPherson

In his weekly showcase at Rime, local standup veteran Graham Clark would rather see the new and strange than the tried and true. Mark Mushet photo.In his weekly showcase at Rime, local standup veteran Graham Clark would rather see the new and strange than the tried and true. Mark Mushet photo.

You might think Vancouver comedian Graham Clark would avoid racetracks, given his allergy to horses. But Hastings Park is precisely where Clark chose to meet up with the Straight on a recent sunny Saturday afternoon. For the Alberta native, it's the perfect place to unwind after his visits to flea markets and yard sales in search of tacky prizes to give away at his weekly Wednesday-night comedy show, the Laugh Gallery, which takes place at Rime (1130 Commercial Drive).

And when you think about it, a day at the races makes perfect sense. Clark, an old soul at the age of 27, would fit right in with the Marx Brothers, with his ever-present vintage paperboy hat, Vandyke-ish facial hair, and quick wit. Even his alias fits: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo, meet Wannabo (a portmanteau of wannabe hobo), the moniker Clark uses on MySpace to differentiate himself from the millions of other Graham Clarks of the world.


Read here for the complete story...

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