Healthy Banana Cookies Recipe
These chewy bites are so tasty, the kids won't know they're sugar-free.READY IN 50 mins

Healthy Banana Cookies

  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, dates, oil, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.

North Vancouver's Twin Bridge taken out after rock slide

Brent Richter / North Shore News 

January 30, 2015 04:45 PM

 The Twin Bridge that once spanned the Seymour River and was a popular connection for trail users is no more.

The bridge had been closed since the Dec. 7 rock slide that caused the river to begin pooling until some of Metro Vancouver’s staff were calling the body of water a new lake.

Contractors removed the bridge this week after geotechnical experts and engineers advised it was “completely substandard,” said Bob Cavill, Metro Vancouver watershed division manager.

As of Wednesday, the level of the water was well below the old bridge deck but it continues to rise and fall dramatically based on rainfall and, to a lesser extent, settling of the boulders from the rock slide, Cavill said. Even with the variances, the bridge had to go.

“The depth of the river is far deeper than it’s ever been in recorded history. The bridge was designed for a much different river than what exists there now,” he said.

Engineers contracted to remove the bridge did so in such a way that it could be kept intact and stored for possible reuse down the road (or river), Cavill said.

bridgeThe Twin Bridges submersed in water. - supplied

District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services members are being briefed on the new dangers the body of water will present to adventurers who are tempted to treat it as a new swimming hole when warm weather arrives.

As it stands right now with unstable banks, falling tree snags, and unpredictable water flow, the area remains dangerous, Cavill said.

“Until we get a better handle on just how that new piece of gorge responds to intense rainfall events and that type of thing, our advice will be to just stay away from the area,” he said.

The exact implications for future salmon runs still aren’t known as the boulders have created a likely fish barrier, but the Seymour Salmonid Society and Department of Fisheries and Oceans are looking into options.

That may include a tagging program or possibly a trap-and-truck system to get the fish to their spawning grounds.

bridgeThe Twin Bridges before the rock slide. - Doug Foot, North Shore News

Metro staff are also still trying to figure out the long-term plan for the trails lost to flooding. The Fishermans’ Trail on the east side of the river remains closed, as does the connecting Bottle Top Trail.

“I don’t think there will be an early decision on trail connectivity but we’re the maintainer of those trails. We have a vested interest and we’ll look at whatever options are available down the road,” he said.

Though the rock slide, bridge and trail network are mainly all within Metro’s jurisdiction, District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton said Friday he would like to see the bridge replaced.

“We want that bridge back, if not there, we want a way for folks to get across. That’s a critical link in the recreational trail system,” he said.

Because the water still flows, it’s technically not correct to call it a lake, Cavill said, and the appropriate term would be “pondage.”

As for what to call the pondage: “We haven’t turned our mind to it,” Cavill said.

 © 2015 North Shore News

Vancouver real estate: detached homes spark bidding wars

Real estate agents say locals, not mainland Chinese buyers, are driving the market

CBC News Posted: Jan 30, 2015 8:22 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 30, 2015 1:21 PM PT

This house on East 60th in East Vancouver, which is listed at $899,000, had 31 offers according to the real estate agent.

This house on East 60th in East Vancouver, which is listed at $899,000, had 31 offers according to the real estate agent. ( 


Detached homes in Vancouver are being snapped up by local buyers, with some going for more than 20 percent over the asking price, according to local real estate agents.

Macdonald Realty's Clair Rockel said one home at 401 East 21st was listed for a little below market value at $1.289 million, but after 10 offers it sold for $250,000 over the asking price.

Rockel said despite concerns about mainland Chinese buyers driving up prices, all of the bidders on that home were individuals living in the Lower Mainland.

"We've had more than one listing already in 2015 with multiple interested parties and selling over asking and none of those have been Chinese buyers."

Other agents have experienced the same thing. Royal Lepage's Sebastien Albrecht said a recent South Vancouver property listed at $899,000 had 31 offers.

Vancouver house

This house on East 21st in Vancouver sold for $250,000 over the asking price of $1.289 million. (The Rockel Group)

"I think that it's telling us there is not a lot of supply, in particular with houses ... and an incredible amount of demand," said Albrecht.

It's unclear whether the activity is being driven by falling interest rates. Last week the Bank of Canada dropped its overnight lending rate to 0.75 per cent, leading some banks to drop their prime rates by 0.15 per cent to 2.85 per cent.

But with no official 2015 numbers yet, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation market analyst Robyn Adamache said it is too early say whether the recent sales are signs of a solid trend.

"As you know a month of data does not a trend make, and we generally like to see conditions stable for about two quarters before we would say it's a buyers market or a sellers market," said Adamache.

The major factors to the detached housing market staying strong are job growth and low interest rates, she said.

With files from Richard Zussman



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