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Most of us know that not everything goes into our curbside recycling, but what do we do with these items?  For a small fee some items can be recycled at Pacific Mobile Depots.  Visit their website for details and costs.

Another great site is the North Shore Recycling. Once on the site, look for the big brown button that says "where do I recycle this?" Click on that to find out how to recycle or dispose of over 200 items." This list covers just about everything!


Help punch out styrofoam! A North Vancouver company is providing residents with an option for recycling goods such as styrofoam, some plstics and gable-top milk, soy & soup containers which don't fit in the curbside pick-up options. For $6 you buy a red bag, which is slightly larger than the average garbage bag and once filled, return it to the company. The drop off time is Saturdays 9AM to 1PM. This option is provided by WCS Recycling, located at 1493 Dominion St, North Van.

Make conservation second nature.



Here's a brief rundown of earthquake survival. At the end of this are two excellent links for in-depth information.

What to do in an earthquake

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.


Check for hazards in the home.

Identify safe places in each room

  • Under sturdy furniture such as a heavy desk or table.
  • Against an inside wall.
  • Away from where glass could shatter around windows, mirrors, pictures, or where heavy bookcases or other heavy furniture could fall over.

Locate safe places outdoors

In the open, away from buildings, trees, telephone and electrical lines, overpasses, or elevated expressways.

Make sure all family members know how to respond after an earthquake.

Develop a family disaster plan.

Do some homework

Contact your local emergency management office, public library or Provincial Emergency Program for more information on earthquakes.

Have a disaster supplies kit on hand.


If indoors:

  • Take cover under a piece of heavy furniture or against an inside wall and hold on.
  • Stay inside.
  • The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking of an earthquake is to try to leave the building because objects can fall on you.

If outdoors:

  • Move into the open, away from buildings, street lights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.

If in a moving vehicle:

  • Stop quickly and stay in the vehicle.
  • Move to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, or utility wires.
  • Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.


Be prepared for aftershocks

Although smaller than the main shock, aftershocks cause additional damage and may bring weakened structures down. Aftershocks can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.

Help injured or trapped persons

Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.

Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest emergency information.

Remember to help your neighbours who may require special assistance--infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.



REBGV reports increased housing demand in February

Demand for detached homes continues to be strong across Greater Vancouver, with particularly high sales volumes occurring in Richmond and Vancouver Westside.

For the past two months, the number of properties listed for sale and those sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Greater Vancouver outpaced the 10-year average in both categories. From a historical perspective, February’s 3,097 home sales outpace the 2,742 home-sale average recorded in the region over the last ten years.

“We saw an increase in demand across our region last month as more buyers entered the market in advance of the spring season,” said Jake Moldowan, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). “The intensity of this activity varied between communities. Our statistics tell us that single detached homes in Richmond and the west side of Vancouver remain the most sought after properties in our marketplace.”

Between November 2010 and February 2011, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price of a detached home in Richmond increased $190,739 to $1,099,679; in Vancouver West, detached home prices increased $222,185 to $1,850,072. In comparison, detached home prices across the region increased $51,762 between November 2010 and February 2011 to $848,645.

"To effectively analyse real estate statistics for the purpose of buying or selling a home, it’s critical to focus on your neighbourhood of choice because, like we see today, conditions and prices can fluctuate significantly within the same city or municipality,” Moldowan said.

Looking across the region, the REBGV reports that residential property sales of detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver reached 3,097 on the MLS® in February 2011. This represents a 70.3 per cent increase compared to the 1,819 sales recorded in January 2011, an increase of 25.2 per cent compared to the 2,473 sales in February 2010 and a 109.3 per cent increase from the 1,480 home sales in February 2009.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,693 in February 2011. This represents a 23.6 per cent increase compared to February 2010 when 4,606 properties were listed, and an 18.6 per cent increase compared to January 2011 when 4,801 homes were added to the MLS® in Greater Vancouver.

“With a sizeable increase in the number of properties coming onto the market for sale, there’s a good selection out there for buyers to choose from,” Moldowan said.

At, 11,925, the total number of residential property listings on the MLS® increased 14.2 per cent in February compared to last month and increased 5 per cent from this time last year.

Sales of detached properties on the MLS® in February 2011 reached 1,402, an increase of 42.6 per cent from the 983 detached sales recorded in February 2010, and a 138.9 per cent increase from the 587 units sold in February 2009. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 6 per cent from February 2010 to $848,645.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,206 in February 2011, a 12.3 per cent increase compared to the 1,074 sales in February 2010, and an increase of 85.5 per cent compared to the 650 sales in February 2009. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 2.2 per cent from February 2010 to $399,397.
Attached property sales in February 2011 totalled 489, a 17.5 per cent increase compared to the 416 sales in February 2010, and a 101.2 per cent increase from the 243 attached properties sold in February 2009. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 2.3 per cent between February 2010 and 2011 to $507,118.

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$14.7 million makeover transforms a mining legacy.

Just 10 minutes south of Squamish on the Sea-to-Sky Highway the Britannia Mine Museum offers a vast array of activities, exhibits and hands-on fun designed for adults and children alike.

Mining began on this site in 1904. The mine was closed in the early 70's, The first museum there open in the 80's. Later in 1988 it was designated a National Historic Site and then the mine and surrounding area was completely restored in 2007.

As a visitor, you can follow the footsteps of other miners and climb aboard the underground train which rumbles into an authentic tunnel. Stories of the miners will be shared, there will be mining demonstratons and later, you can pan for real gold.

The outstanding 20 story Mill building captivates. During the restoration in 2007, each of the 14,416 panes of glass was hand-puttied into the frames!

This outstanding museum can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Be sure to pay a visit and take your out-of-town visitors. there is much to see and do.