No doubt you have driven by it countless times and never stopped. It used to be a weird-shaped large house on East 8th Street at the southwest corner with St. Andrews. There is a little park over on the north side of the street. If you look closely at your Google map, that’s named Sam Walker Park. It’s a true heritage building. Brad Hodson, the current owner, has posted the ‘before and after’ photographs on the wall which explain all the work that has been done. These days the building is called Andrews on 8th, and it’s a lovely little coffee shop.

New “General Store” on Lonsdale defies description

What, exactly, is a “general store” in this day and age? They went out of style many years ago. You need to go to Mo’s at 51 Lonsdale to find out, probably at the end of January when they have their Grand Opening to show off their stuff. You can discover for yourself all the unique items for sale that make this outlet so hard to define.

Repeat customers reveal why Vinam Restaurant is so popular

Vinam is a Vietnamese restaurant at the bottom of St. Georges in the emerging Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. The restaurant is found at the bottom of a high rise residential building that looks like an office tower. The restaurant takes up most of the bottom floor, and is wrapped around three different sides of the building. It’s an odd configuration that means that virtually every seat is a window seat with a view, but the view is certainly not the reason why the restaurant is so popular. It’s not even the food, which is delicious. The real reason is the owner and manager Lani Nguyen, who sets the tone for everything.

Cold weather forces homeless shelters into emergency action

I was walking up McKay Creek with a Fish and Game volunteer when we came across the tent. It was most certainly not visible from the street. It was quite a large tent, capable of sleeping four people. We could hear voices inside. We made our presence known and kept walking. Further down the creek we had also heard voices, a group of people hidden by the trees, drinking beer. I was surprised to find people “camping” in the park. The volunteer told me the police would come by and evict the campers by the next day. He told me there were many people “urban camping” all over the North Shore in parks. There were hundreds, he said, maybe more.

Transportation costs often overlooked in housing affordability

When discussing the topic of housing affordability on the North Shore, analysts often forget to include the cost of transportation in their figures. So writes Don Peters in an OpEd article published recently in the North Shore News. Peters makes mention of the new Hollyburn Rental building next to City Hall as one example, where 144 new one, two and three-bedroom units have been added to the rental stock in the city, but it’s the location (transit at the front door) that can save renters up to $1,000 per month in costs, if they take the bus. Read the full commentary at the URL below.

Lonsdale Quay for Last Minute Shopping

Christmas is only 10 days away which means it’s time for some last minute holiday shopping! Do you need help deciding where to go? Lonsdale Quay Market has over 80 vendors including fresh food stores, unique retail shops, and local crafters so you will have plenty of gift options for everyone in your family.

Homeless folks get funding support from Festival of Lights

Most North Shore residents are familiar with the Festival of Lights that takes place every Christmas at Dundarave beach in West Vancouver.  A “forest” of Christmas trees are installed, decorated and illuminated by local businesses, groups and individuals.  It’s a beautiful and inspiring sight to see during what is often a gloomy time of the year, with rainy weather and early sunsets. What many people don’t know is that the funds raised from these tree sponsors donating money goes directly to the North Shore Lookout Shelter to provide emergency accommodations for any homeless people needing a place out of the rain.

West Vancouver Mayor Smith was on hand to speak at the event, as was entertainer Marcus Mosely and his Chorale. The event was hosted by Michael Markwick, an instructor at Capilano University. He and his wife Mary are the sparks behind the Festival, donating generously of their time and efforts. During his remarks, Markwick mentioned that the late November event had raised $25,000, bringing the amount raised for the Shelter to $250,000 over the last decade.

The Lookout provides housing to the shelterless and homeless; connection to services in the community; support, supervision, direction and aid to anyone whose needs are not addressed by others; and safe surroundings. For information about donating or getting involved, contact Mary Markwick, Executive Director, at: coordinator@dundaravefestival.com. For more information about the Festival:, log on to:


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Left: Michael Markwick   Centre: Mayor Smith   Right: Shelter manager-Baily Mumford

Increased bike theft brings warnings from police

“The times they are a’changin.’” At one time cyclists on the North Shore could put their bikes in a bike rack and go shopping without worrying about theft. Those days are long gone. Early in 2016 the RCMP issued warnings about thieves prowling back yards for unlocked bikes and selling them online or in the Downtown Eastside. At that time North shore bike owners were encouraged to register their bike with NVGYBB (North Van Get Your Bike Back) program.

Countdown started on winter pedestrian safety

The North Vancouver RCMP Traffic Services recently began a three-month educational awareness campaign to help change pedestrian behavior at intersections. There are several key areas of concern in North Vancouver that will be targeted to help reduce pedestrian vehicle collisions. The first is increased awareness of the countdown clock. Police wish to remind pedestrians that the clock indicates ‘time left to clear the intersection.’ It does NOT mean ‘time to start walking,’ as many pedestrians seem to indicate with their behavior.