ODD SQUAD’S DRUG-AWARE­NESS PRO­GRAM EARNS TOP COP’S KU­DOS

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PRAISE WHERE DUE: At­tend­ing the 20-year-old Odd Squad Pro­duc­tion So­ci­ety’s first open house, Van­cou­ver Chief Con­sta­ble Adam Palmer praised the in­de­pen­dent char­ity’s mem­ber­ship of serv­ing and re­tired po­lice of­fi­cers. “You fo­cus on things that re­ally mat­ter in our so­ci­ety,” he said, cit­ing as “bril­liant” a re­source pro­gram ti­tled Un­der­stand­ing Fen­tanyl that the squad pro­duced and sup­plied to all B.C. schools. “You do fan­tas­tic work, with more to come, and you have 100 per cent sup­port from the Van­cou­ver Po­lice Depart­ment.”

Odd Squad co-founder Sergeant Toby Hinton said vol­un­teer mem­bers “work tire­lessly on the streets, for noth­ing. We are very much in­volved with (dru­gabuse) preven­tion, and will stay fo­cused on that.” Mean­while, “Our ed­u­ca­tional work with the kids is go­ing on like crazy. The fu­ture is bright for us.”

MAK­ING CHANG­ERS: Chief Palmer was out and about again at the Pa­cific Autism Fam­ily Net­work’s $175-ticket lun­cheon. The evening-gala-like event re­port­edly raised $719,000 for an or­ga­ni­za­tion that Wendy Lisogar-Coc­chia founded and that has hus­band, Ser­gio Coc­chia, as pres­i­dent and board chair­man. At the lun­cheon, Game Changer awards were made to the Pres­i­dents Group, the RCMP and the B.C. Pro­fes­sional Fire Fighters As­so­ci­a­tion. The net­work’s in­te­grated Hub fa­cil­ity in Rich­mond serves autism pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. A video mes­sage from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked 1,000 lun­cheon guests for be­ing there “tonight.” Those present in­cluded B.C. Chief Jus­tice Robert Bau­man, for­mer B.C. fi­nance minister Ca­role Taylor and Lt.- Gov Janet Austin, who spoke warmly of the Coc­chias. Premier John Hor­gan was ex­pected but de­tained, not that skip­ping lunch would harm any­one grow­ing in of­fice.

THE … WIN­NER: In a medium that usu­ally jams words to­gether, CKNW’s Charles Adler has wrested ra­dio’s long­est-pause ti­tle from CBC’s As It Hap­pens co-host Jeff Dou­glas.

ROBINSON RE­DUX: Once fa­mil­iar around town, Holly Robinson Peete sat as an “hon­orary game changer” at the autism lun­cheon’s ta­ble. As the yetun­mar­ried Holly Robinson in 1987 to 1992, she played the role of un­der­cover cop Judy Hoffs in the city-shot tele­vi­sion se­ries 21 Jump Street. At the lun­cheon, she ac­com­pa­nied autis­tic son R.J. Peete, who will soon be 21 him­self. Ex­tolling Van­cou­ver to mag­a­zine writer John Le­kich in 1987, the mul­ti­lin­gual Robinson Peete said: “There are so many naive Amer­i­cans who don’t even know there’s civ­i­liza­tion here.” Not that that per­cep­tion has changed en­tirely.

POWER ON: That would be a red dress ac­cord­ing to Lisogar-Coc­chia, Robinson Peete and Taylor, who were all so-at­tired at the autism lun­cheon.

NO-MEAT MEET: Zoe Peled’s limbs, neck and chest are the back­drop for fruit-and-flower tat­toos, but the Van­cou­ver Ve­gan Re­source Cen­tre founder says more are un­seen. Most ev­i­dent, though, are the sen­ti­ments she showed to pro­duce a hol­i­day party for An­i­mal Jus­tice, a 10-year-old, Ot­tawa-based non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of an­i­mal­ad­vo­cacy lawyers. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Camille Labchuk greeted 150 guests, shared ve­gan fare and said that four an­i­mal­sup­port­ing bills are be­fore Par­lia­ment now. Guests were in­trigued by the quick­sil­ver an­tics of 14-year-old Kingston Zoom Wal­ters, a.k.a. King Zoom: The Ve­gan Kid. The sub­ject of a sec­ond book by writer-il­lus­tra­tor­mother Gil­lian, Wal­ters re­cently joined Amer­i­can ac­tor and an­i­mal-ac­tivist James Cromwell to ad­dress a Utah gath­er­ing and re­port­edly save 100 tur­keys from Christ­mas ta­bles. Aware of some an­i­mal-rights or­ga­ni­za­tions’ com­bat­ive protests. Wal­ters says: “My mom re­minds me that, when we are talk­ing to pre­ve­g­ans, we must al­ways come from a place of com­pas­sion and model non-violent com­mu­ni­ca­tions.” Smart kid.

UP PARRYSCOPE: Down­town’s 105-year-old Sin­clair Cen­tre could use a good scrub­bing.

TIME WAS: AIDS was still a whis­pered word in 1990 when Ani Feuer­mann in­vited fe­male friends to an aware­ness lunch at Cafe Veneto. Some of them likely wore bi­joux from Feuer­mann and hus­band Daniel’s Cartier store. The event caught on. Such early at­ten­dees as Jill Lyall, Joan Gu­sola and Ju­lia Mol­nar joined cur­rent sup­port­ers when ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lisa Martella fronted the Lov­ing Spoon­ful feed­ing agency’s re­cent World AIDS Day lun­cheon at the Ter­mi­nal City Club. Once an in­evitable ter­mi­nal ail­ment it­self, HIV/AIDS has been con­trolled enough for at­tend­ing artist Joe Av­er­age, 61, to say: “I’ve had it longer than I haven’t had it.”

FAIR ENOUGH: A bilin­gual ar­ti­cle in Toronto-pub­lished Fete Chi­noise mag­a­zine is res­onat­ing in Rich­mond. Its five pages have Jen­nifer Lau write about Fairchild Group founder and Aberdeen Cen­tre owner Thomas Fung un­der the head­line (and Fairchild motto) Spirit of En­ter­prise. The $350-mil­lion me­dia-an­dreal es­tate firm’s name re­flects an ad­mo­ni­tion by Fung ’s fa­ther, the Sung Hung Kai Fi­nance firm founder, to treat ev­ery­one fairly. Ac­cord­ing to Lau, Fairchild’s Chi­nese-lan­guage ti­tle merely means “New Era.”

FAIRER YET: Mega-ty­coon Henry Ford named his Michi­gan es­tate Fair Lane and a se­ries of Ford cars Fair­lane to com­mem­o­rate his ma­ter­nal grand­mother’s birth­place in Cork, Ire­land. Ford es­tab­lished a new era, too, when his Model T put Amer­ica on wheels.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Un­like Har­bour Air’s sea­plane fleet, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den dis­cour­ages twin ot­ters.

PHO­TOS: MAL­COLM PARRY

Sur­round­ing Chief Con­sta­ble Adam Palmer clock­wise from Odd Squad pres­i­dent Diana Zoppa, bot­tom right, are di­rec­tor John Daly and mem­bers Mark Steinkampf, Dave Steverd­ing, Brian Ship­per, Bren­don Frick, Chris Gra­ham, Doug Spencer and Toby Hinton.

Ot­tawa-based An­i­mal Jus­tice ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Camille Labchuk fronted a party staged by Van­cou­ver Ve­gan Re­source Cen­tre founder Zoe Peled.

Artist and long­time HIV/AIDS pa­tient Joe Av­er­age at­tended a World AIDS Day lun­cheon staged by Lov­ing Spoon­ful ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lisa Martella.

Fa­mil­iar for her role in the city-shot 1987-92 TV se­ries 21 Jump Street, Holly Robinson Peete re­turned re­cently with son R.J., who is autis­tic.

AIDS Day lun­cheon founder Ani Feuer­mann was por­trayed in 2004 with now-pend­ing Busi­ness Lau­re­ates of B.C. Hall of Famer David Pod­more.

Seen with a dec­o­rated con­fec­tion at his Aberdeen Cen­tre, Thomas Fung had the same done for his per­son­al­ity in Fete Chi­noise mag­a­zine.

Chief Con­sta­ble Adam Palmer con­grat­u­lated Wendy Lisogar-Coc­chia on her Pa­cific Autism Fam­ily Net­work lun­cheon re­port­edly raising $719,000.

Gil­lian Meghan Wal­ters shows her sec­ond book about 14-year-old son and ac­tivist Kingston Zoom Wal­ters, a.k.a. King Zoom: The Ve­gan Kid.

B.C. Chief Jus­tice Robert Bau­man and for­mer fi­nance minister Ca­role Taylor were guests at the Pa­cific Autism Fam­ily Net­work lunch.

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