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                                                 can money +
WORK IT, BABY                                      spirituality
Fashion for
the power chic                                       co-exist?

BEACH BIZ                                       CASH GRAB
Riding the                                         From gold
travel wave                                        digging to
                                                 bud growing
       Hand-made pastries
      Fresh Deli & Halai Meat
      Persian & Western Food
        Organic Selections

We are located in the heart of Coquitlam

1158A The High Street, Coquitlam
Shhh…it’s Hush! The secret is out.                                                   FEBRUARY/MARCH
DOES VANCOUVER NEED                  sweet gold digger (she got her                   PUBLISHER Dadmehr Naimi
ANOTHER MAGAZINE? Yes!      So       advice here)….                                   EDITOR Barb Sligl
we published one. But one               Our pages also include                        ART DIRECTOR Michael Sinanan
that works across a number           stylish goods, local characters,                 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Janet Gyenes
of formats to create cross-          a hip scene, some music                          CONTRIBUTORS Sheldon Araki, Erica Aston
media coverage—think print,          and tech picks, and a bit of                     DeLyzer, Andrew Findlay, Trant Lee Amies,
web and video. Hush is a city        splash (there’s some serious                     Jasmine Merinsky, Tina Mohns, David Quail,
magazine—and more—that               surfing	just	a	few	hours	from	                   Sarah Roberts, Christine Tam
aims to push and pull. A mix         downtown). And this is only
of young and urban, sassy and        the	first	taste	of	Hush.                         VIDEO
smart, provocative and witty.           So let us know what you                       VIDEO DIRECTOR Shane Morgan
We want to stir things up.           think. What do you—the                           ADDITIONAL EDITING Gerrit VanWoudenberg
	 In	this	first	issue	money	         young, educated professional                     SOUND EDITOR Scott Clifford
talks. Inside you’ll hear from       in Vancouver, working hard,                      ASSISTANT EDITOR Jory Wong
people like you…on the street.       playing harder and moving                        VIDEO HOSTS Jay Brown, Holly Hougham,
We wondered whether cash             your way up the demographic                      Marc-Anthony Massiah
was dead … so we asked.              ladder—want to see in this
Cash or credit? You might be         magazine?                                        MARKETING
surprised which one seems            	 Whether	you’re	a	yoga	fiend	                   MARKETING MANAGER Zack Grimmer
to rule. We also asked experts       or an ultimate player (or both),                 INTERNS Linda Bi, Charmaine Niewerth,
about a new kind of STD              an oncologist or a student,                      Rose Miskovic
(sexually transmitted debt,          a mechanic or a dog walker,
that is), and explored how           you’re probably passionate                       SALES
money jives with Vancouver’s         about living in Vancouver.                       ACCOUNTS MANAGER Pedram Naimi
laid-back spiritualist vibe. Do      You’re savvy about today’s                       ADVERTISING CONSULTANT Amel Jahanmiri
Buddha and the buck mix?             culture and want to explore
And what about Vancouver’s           those larger, sometimes                 ADVERTISING INQUIRIES:; EDITORIAL
underground industry? We             controversial, issues. And you          INQUIRIES:; ART INQUIRIES:
tour a drug-op to see how            also want to know where to get          Reproduction without permission of the publisher is prohibited. The publisher and editors are not
                                                                             responsible for unsolicited material and it will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication
viable a business it really is. We   that sweet watch or stylin’ fur         subject to Hush Magazine’s right to edit. Return Postage must accompany all manuscripts,
also look back at the Benjamin,      collar (vintage and cruelty-free,       photographs, and drawings.

baby (as in Franklin, also           of course).
known as the US $100 bill).             Hush is where these elements
Canada’s equivalent may not          meet. Raw. Honest. Local. And
have the same ring (“It’s all        it’s nothing to be quiet about.
about the Bordens, baby!”) but                        — the Hush team
our coinage has its own style.
                                                                                                                                         Want more perspective? Some
Now, just watch out for that
                                                                                                               COVER PHOTO: TINA MOHNS

                                                                                                                                         behind-the-scenes coverage? Go
                                                                                                                                         meta with Hush. Throughout the
                                                                                                                                         magazine you’ll see QR codes.
                                                                                                                                         This unique barcode—a mash-
                                                                                                                                         up of black modules in a square
                                                                                                                                         pattern—contains encoded info
                                                                                                                                         that takes you directly to an online
                                                                                                                                         URL. Just scan the QR code with
                                                                                                                                         the camera on your smart phone
                                                                         POWER CHIC                                                      and you’ll be connected to a Hush
                                                                         Work it at work.                                                video on our website. Check out the
                                                                         We carried the money                                            example on this page (left). Watch
                                                                         theme through to our                                            and pass along. You can also scan
                                                                         cover and fashion shoot                                         some of the ads to access hot deals
                                                                         … in the spirit of looking
                                                                                                                                         directly. Hey, we told you it was
                                                                         like a million bucks (while
                                                                         not paying that price
                                                                                                                                         nothing to be quiet about….
                                                                         tag—thank you Aldo, Club
                                                                         Monaco and The Bay).                                            GET MOBILE WITH MOBIO:
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why today’s youth are disillusioned with the political process.          vintage Versace skirt!                                          to your phone. 3. Click away.

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         11    What’s on our mind. We
               share some of our picks: a
               sweet scent, hi-tech gadget,
               tasty fare and hot style
               (for her and him). We also
               talk to local character
               Lauren Mote and bar-hop
               through Gastown.

         20    It’s the MONEY issue. Can
               spirituality and money co-
               exist? We explore Buddha
               and the buck. And a lot more:
               From gold digging to bud
               growing, it’s all about the
               Benjamins, baby.

         32    Work it, baby. This is
               fashion for the power chic.

         36    A slice of the surfing life
               on Vancouver Island’s wild
               western shore.

         38    Turn on, tune in, download.
               TV land is about to change
               and the new channel is
               the Internet.

         40    Here’s what you should be
               listening to. From electro-
               funk that’s a mash-up of
               Rick James and Hall & Oates
               to melodies inspired by a
               three-legged horse.

               WORKING IT
         42    These beach boys are also a
               new breed of entrepreneurs—
               fun-loving, adventurous, and
               business savvy.

         46    The latest collection of
               videos—raw, honest, local.
               Read, click and watch.

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                                                                                                 WHAT’S ON OUR MIND

                                                                                                               R  omano Ricci is a
                                                                                                                  little like royalty
                                                                                                              in the world of French
                                                                                               style—he’s the great grandson of Nina
                                                                                               Ricci, who founded the fashion house
                                                                                               behind classic parfum L’Air du Temps
                                                                                               (the bottle with the doves).
                                                                                                  At age 28 the French maverick launched
                                                                                               his own fragrance project, Juliette Has
                                                                                               a Gun, at another style-arbiter, Colette
                                                                                               in Paris. Juliette Has a Gun is all about
                                                                                               female power, as in the Shakespearean
                                                                                               heroine packing heat with the seductive
                                                                                               weapon of scent. The line includes the
                                                                                               characters of Miss Charming, Lady
                                                                                               Vengeance, Citizen Queen and Calamity
                                                                                               J.—all fierce representations of feminine
                                                                                               beauty in a perfume bottle. The most recent
                                                                                               femme fatale is Calamity J., named for
                                                                                               the rebellious tomboy/
                                                                                               cowgirl of western
                                                                                               lore, Calamity Jane.
                                                                                               The modern-day
                                                                                               muse, however,
                                                                                               is Lou Doillon, a
                                                                                               stylin’ babe with
                                                                                               her own brand of
                                                                                               avant-garde (and
                                                                                               a song named
                                                                                               after her, “Lou” by
                                                                                               indie band Elefant).
                                                                                               She’s the daughter
                                                                                               of ’60s style icon Jane
                                                                                               Birkin (and half sister of

                                                                                               Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck collaborator
                                                                                               and another “it” girl). And Doillon packs
                                                                                               some serious neo-Parisian cool. Seen
                                                                                               here, she wears nothing but the woodsy
                                                                                               scent (with iris root, amber and musk).
                                                              FEMME FATALE OF A FRENCH SCENT   True grit! Available at Holt Renfrew. $100;
                                                                                      —Barb Sligl

                                        TRUE GRIT        FEMME FATALE OF A FRENCH SCENT

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                                                                                                           CHOCOLATE LOVE
                                                                                                           give, receive, devour

                                                                                                             o Valentine’s Day has
                                                                                                             come and gone. Was
                                                                                                             chocolate involved?
                                                                                                       Probably. It may be cliché but
                                                                                                       chocolate’s always been the
                                                                                                       fall-back come mid-February,
                                                                                                       but if it’s the good stuff—high-

                                                                                                       percentage cocoa, locally
                                                                                                       handcrafted, organic—you
                                                                                                       really should just give it any day.
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                     LITTLE BLACK BOOK | have moleskin , will travel                                   combos like Mermaid’s Choice

                                                                                                       (burnt	caramel,	fleur	de	sel	and	
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          the iPhone, save the tweet (for now) and get introspective. Moleskine, the centuries-        of Emergency (fresh mint and
          old	purveyor	(first	French,	now	Italian)	of	legendary	notebooks	for	creative	types,	         Kentucky bourbon). If you can’t
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(Vancouver’s one!) has a guide, containing facts and basic info (like an always-handy map of           six	flavour	matches	in	the	Oh	
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                                                                  LAUREN MOTE      is best for the day after the night before.

      IT? Rum has become such an exciting part of my
      repertoire—the regional differences are slight but
      so significant in my cocktails. It’s just become such a
      great go-to spirit for my programs.

      SCHOOL? I am a firm believer in well-crafted cocktails.
      By this I mean anything that showcases the talents
      of those constructing them. On one hand I can
      completely appreciate a refreshing fizz or a sour, and
      on the other hand I love spirit-forward cocktails. All
      depending on how I feel at that moment, I am super
      game to try anything as long as the compilation of
      ingredients is thoughtful and makes sense.

   3. WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO GARNISH? My garnishes tend
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      cocktail only if I am in a competition. Otherwise,
      I feel that my cocktail ingredients—through
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      the way and frankly, the aroma and fragrance the
      cocktail gives off should make you continue your
      journey to the bottom of the glass.

      DEAD DRINKING... anything that makes the act of
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      to drink spirits and combinations that are delicious
      and make me think. Drinking a bottle of beer and a
      shot of whiskey serves its purpose as the end-of-
      service reward and nothing really replaces that; the
      two just go so well together. But drinking Jäger-
      bombs, anything with Redbull-and-vodka-sodas
      totally takes the thrill away from bartending and
      being a bartender patron for me. I expect more!

      USED IN A COCKTAIL. I’ve used butternut squash
      purée, wood, smoke, beans, bark, vegetables, yeast,
      flowers—you name it, I’ve used it. In fact, all of our
      best cocktails at The Refinery are made from bizarre
      ingredients. Generally I build bitters, tinctures
      and other ingredients first and then come up with
      cocktails. The more bizarre the better for us.

   5. BEST HAIR OF THE DOG? For sure, bubbly cocktails.
      Nothing takes the pain away from an indulgent night
      out quite like a French 75 or a mimosa over brunch!

      a built punch of some kind. Traditionally, a punch
      is a combination of tea, spirit, citrus, sugar, and
      spices—just get creative. We have done dozens of
      built punches at The Refinery and the combinations
      are always impromptu, creative and delicious. Tea
      infusions, syrups, bitters, bubbly sodas with varying
      flavour profiles, different citrus endless possibilities.

      MEMORY? Flavoured margaritas using a slushy
      machine and 10 pounds of sugar. — Janet Gyenes

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                                          on any given Saturday in one of Vancouver’s hippest ’hoods

                                                                                            bar and
                                                                                          mint julep.

1                                                                                         4
     THE DIAMOND |                                                                                 POURHOUSE
     6 POWELL ST. @                                                                                VANCOUVER | 162 WATER ST. |
     CARRALL ST. |                                                                                 POURHOUSEVANCOUVER.COM
                                                                                                 Curiosity: The Pourhouse anchors
Curiosity: Rumoured                                                                          a 1910-era building was once home to
to be the old locale                                                                         the J. Leckie shoe and boot company.
of one of Vancouver’s                                                                          According to local lore, the high-
best brothels, The Diamond                                                                       quality footwear—“Leckie’s”—were
daylights as The Diamond                                                                         worn by loggers and fashionistas
Preparatory School for All Things                                                                alike. Drink: Blood Alley: Black
Drink, a boutique bartending school for                                                   Grouse Peated Scotch, tomato juice, lemon
neophytes and serious mixologists-in-the-     matter? Erudite imbibers need apply.        juice, spices, Maldon salt; $11 Vibe: Sexy
making. Drink: The First Word: Zubrowka       Cheapest beer: $5.50 | Closing time: 2 am   speakeasy meets grandma’s kitchen.
vodka, grapefruit, elderberry, maraschino                                                 Sidle up to the 38-ft bar and explore the
liqueur; $10. Vibe: This is one to-die-for    >> Cross Water St. and duck behind the
                                              Gassy Jack statue. Yes! There’s a bar       mysterious world of absinthe or hide
cocktail parlour, thanks to its pedigree                                                  away in a booth at the back and revel in
of award-winning craft-cocktail devotees      here. >>
                                                                                          the masterful menu of comfort foods you
(Josh Pape, Sophie Taverner and Mark

                                                    SIx ACRES | 203 CARRALL ST.           can tuck into. Cheapest beer: $4 | Closing
Brand) pouring libations in era-apropos                                                   time: 1 am
glasses. Booze hounds best bone up on               (BEHIND GASSY JACK’S POLISHED
the difference between falernum and                 POSTERIOR) | SIxACRES.CA
                                                   Curiosity: At time of writing, the     THE BLACK FROG | 108 CAMBIE ST. |
Fernet Branca. Cin cin! Cheapest beer: $4 |                                               THEBLACKFROG.CA
Closing time: 2 am                            Bathroom Audio contest was in full
                                              swing, inviting audiophiles to submit            Curiosity: An eclectic collection

>> Stroll past the flatiron building          their own strange brew of sounds for                of booze from haute to hooch.
and look for the sign pointing to the         broadcast in the loo. Drink: Gulden                 Witness: 22 types of whisk(e)y, $5
basement adjacent to Chill Winston. >>        Draak: This 1,500 ml bottle of dark                 pints of Guinness (Sundays) and
                                              Belgian brew. Tasting guide for geeks:             Canada’s answer to moonshine –

    GUILT & COMPANY | 1 ALExANDER             very full body with hints of chocolate,     Screech. Drink: Kidney Wash: Stoli Vodka,
    ST. (DOWNSTAIRS) @ WATER ST. |            caramel and alcohol. Vibe: Brick, books     soda, cranberry juice; $5.25 (double) Vibe:
    GUILTANDCOMPANY.COM                       (menus are made from old book covers;       The everyman’s bar with a heavy dose of
   Curiosity: Booze meets boardgames.         how twee!) and plenty of beer. With a       sports action on the TV screens and an
Quaff cocktails while playing Settlers of     globe-trotting menu of 40-plus bottles      occasional DJ spinning some vinyl. While
Catan and plotting world domination.          from Scotland to Oz, this hip haunt leans   the clientele is often evenly matched
Drink:: Mind Games: Lemon-infused                                                         among the sexes, expect to hear plenty of
                                                                                                                                        CHRISTOPHER FLETT (2)

                                              toward bookish and tweed-wearing types.
gin, dry vermouth, apricot brandy and         Cheapest beer: $5.50 | Closing time: 1 am   “hey, man” and “dude,” especially during
a ginkgo bioloba tincture topped with                                                     game nights. Cheapest beer: $5 | Closing
grenadine foam (get smart while you get       >> Exit 6 Acres, hang a left on to Water    time: 2 am —Janet Gyenes
stupid); $8.50 Vibe: Got game? Got grey       St. and walk a block-and-a-half. >>

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                                               Of all the spiritual faiths that have been imported
                                               to the West—be it Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism,
                                               Jainism, Hinduism, Taoism and so on—Buddhism,
                                               in its varied ethnic traditions, seems to resonate
                                               particularly strongly among westerners searching
                                               for a depth to life beyond crass commercialism and
                                               the acquisition of wealth. With more than 150—
                                               and counting—different Buddhist groups, you
                                               could say Buddhism is thriving in Vancouver.
   Imagine you’re an upwardly mobile           Buddhist thought and practice. Vancouver        who offers course through the Theravada
Yaletown professional with a half-             is one of those nodes.                          Buddhist Community of Vancouver,
million dollar condo in a gentrified brick        “I think it’s safe to say that Buddhism      which attracts a mostly middle-aged
warehouse and a 2011 Mini Cooper               is healthy here,” says Larry DeVries, who       demographic. He agrees that material
parked in the secure underground lot.          teaches in the South Asia and Religious         success and Buddhism are not necessarily
In other words, you’re generally satiated      Studies department at Langara College.          incompatible, but the difference is in
in material comfort. Let’s face it—some        “There are those who practice Buddhism          the level of attachment, which naturally
of us have so much stuff that we need to       and welcome and seek material comfort,          makes Buddhism an attractive spiritual
rent storage lockers in which to keep it. So                                                   alternative to affluent westerners.
how does Buddhism, a faith that aims to                                                           “I think Buddhists would suspect that if
break the cycle of longing and attachment        “Buddhism is well-suited                      somebody works hard, becoming wealthy
to objects and emotions, thrive in a place
like Vancouver, awash in pleasures of the
                                                 to a society like ours. We                    and successful, that they have good
                                                                                               karma,” Ruhe says. “The real question is
senses and, like any metropolis, inundated        have money and leisure                       attachment. Being poor does not make
with billboards, advertisements, offers                                                        you spiritual. Buddha didn’t romanticize
and promotions enticing us to acquire          time that we can devote to                      poverty. You can still be poor but strive
more? Local Buddhist thinkers and
practitioners shed some light on how this
                                                   reflection.” —Brian Ruhe                    and obsess over wealth.”
                                                                                                  Ruhe posits another theory about why
ancient religion of the east impacts life in                                                   Buddhism has a particularly strong and
the west.                                      and others who practice a more austere          growing following in the West. By most
   Shin Buddhism first took hold on the        and ascetic form.”                              measures, Canada belongs to that club of
West Coast at the turn of the 19th century,      For some, Buddhism is an antidote to          post-industrial countries, its cities burgeon-
with the arrival of Japanese immigrants.       consumerism. For others, it’s a corollary,      ing with soy latte-sipping creative class of
Zen Buddhism became popular in the             DeVries says. What’s clear is that Buddhism     techie nerds, artists and information age
1920s among western spiritual seekers.         appeals to people searching for a sincere       entrepreneurs who telecommute and work
Then, the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950    and ethically framed life.                      unconventional hours. This is partially
resulted in a diaspora of well-educated          “Once you’ve accumulated a certain            true—we still mine, log and make things in
Tibetan Buddhist monks, many of whom           amount of wealth, what are you going to         factories, but we live in a country with the
first fled to India and then dispersed to      do, acquire more, or grow as a person?”         relative luxury of leisure time. And Ruhe
Europe and North American. Some ended          DeVries asks.                                   believes this gives us time for spiritual
up on the West Coast, creating nodes of          Brian Ruhe is a lay Buddhist teacher,         contemplation.

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society like ours. It’s got a great future       religion. For example, there are three               JUMPING ON THE
here. We have money and leisure time that        different Thai Buddhist centres or groups,
we can devote to reflection,” Ruhe says.         two Burmese, and one each devoted to              BUDDHIST BANDWAGON
   Langara College’s Larry DeVries agrees.       Laotian, Sri Lankan and Cambodian
In fact, he goes a step further and believes     devotees, each open in varying degrees
                                                                                                         Celebs desperately
we have a responsibility to engage in            to non-ethnic followers. Yet Tibetan                   seeking spirituality—
reflection and introspection in a country        Buddhism perpetually garners the most                 or karmic redemption?
where “we don’t have an AK-47 thrust into        attention, even though there are less
our hands at the age of 12.”                     than 200 ethnic Tibetans living in Metro        Tiger Woods
   We are, however, a distracted culture,        Vancouver. The high-profile, widespread         The quest: spiritual healing instead
obsessively checking text messages on            support for Tibetan independence that           of sexual healing. After a string of
our mobile devices, tuning into reality          causes soccer moms to put Free Tibet            tawdry affairs soiled the golfer’s
TV programs that glorify human vice and          stickers on the bumpers of their minivans       squeaky clean rep, Woods revealed
celebrate deception and greed. That’s why        helps. So too does the globetrotting            that he was rediscovering his
contemporary Buddhist thinker Ken Jones          14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of        Buddhist roots as a way to learn
says it’s difficult to imagine a more relevant   Tibet, who routinely visits Vancouver
context for Buddhism than the capitalist         and packs auditoriums around the world
industrial society with its “egotistical         with his endearing humour and Buddhist          Peter Doherty
enterprise, competitive conflict and the         wisdom.                                         The quest: Getting high without
struggle for status.”                               The Vancouver Shambhala Meditation           drugs. The Babyshambles singer
   Jessica Main is program director at           Centre belongs to a network of centres          and two-time ex-fiancé of model
University of British Columbia’s Institute       founded in 1973 by Tibetan master
                                                                                                 Kate Moss reportedly traded
of Asian Studies and an adherent of Shin         Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who is
Buddhism. She says the clash between             largely credited with popularizing              his taste for drugs for Buddhist
crass consumerism and the dharma path            Buddhism in the west. Tsering Shakya            teachings.
is an ongoing struggle in the west.              teaches Tibetan studies at UBC’s Institute      Steven Segal
   “Just look through Shambhala Sun,”            of Asian Research and says the sheer            The quest: Rebirth instead of
Main says about the widely-read Buddhist         number of Tibetan Buddhist centres in
                                                                                                 killing. It’s hard to imagine the
magazine published in Halifax. “There’s          Vancouver is testimony to its popularity
a lot of consumption of Buddhist items,          on the West Coast. He attributes some           star of movies such as Hard to Kill,
ads for meditation pillows, texts, courses,      of this popularity to the fact that it often    Kill Switch, and Driven to Kill is a
whatever. It’s a matter of survival for some     attracts middle and upper-middle class,         Buddhist. Perhaps Segal is trying
Buddhist groups, and I think practitioners       well-educated adherents who are adept           to earn some karmic redemption
struggle with this paradox.”                     at communicating their faith and ideas.         for all the blood he’s spilled on the
   She calls her own path toward                 Shakya says the differences between the         silver screen. — J. Gyenes
Buddhism ambivalent, neither a rejection         way western and ethnic Tibetans practice
of Christianity nor the values of western        Buddhism are evident the moment you
society, but rather a consequence of             step inside a temple. When Shakya visits       challenge to the west and the Yaletown
encounters with inspiring people that            the Tsengdok Monastery on Angus Drive          urbanite who has it all; when surrounded
occurred while she was doing graduate            with fellow Tibetans it’s a profoundly         by messages imploring us to acquire
work in Japan.                                   social occasion.                               more—a new car, the latest mobile device
                  fascinating     aspect    of      “We bring our families. There are babies    capable of offering up a thousand apps
                  Buddhism in Vancouver          crying and kids running around. For us         you’ll never use, a packaged holiday to
                  is its diversity. Contrary     it’s very social. When westerners go to        an all-inclusive resort, and so on—quiet
                  to popular perception, the     their centres they want absolute quiet and     contemplation and a search for depth and
                  local Buddhist community       contemplation,” Shakya says with a laugh.      meaning beyond the dollar sign, may be
                  includes more than just           And that is perhaps Buddhism’s greatest     our only refuge.

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 OUT WITH THE OLD,                    Does gold digging leave you feeling more like a trapped
                                      Chilean miner than a pampered princess? This issue’s dating
 IN WITH THE GOLD                     advice digs a little deeper into how to really get the gold.

Q.  I only date hipsters. I do       from his Grey Goose bottle           checking the time work well          connection with someone,
love vintage plaid and I enjoy       service, always insist on buying     here). He’ll be so confused and      premium alcohol, high thread
talking about Internet memes         your own drink. If you’re            intrigued by the time you’re         count and yachts will not make
but I’m sick of drinking Pabst       feeling advanced you can             finished your speech on why          you happy. What will make
Blue Ribbon and eating taqui-        even offer to buy him a drink.       you actually prefer flying coach     you happy is finding a guy you
tos in Gastown. I don’t mean         Feign extreme disinterest if         that you’ll never have to drink      actually like. So get out your
to sound overly enterprising         he mentions anything about           Polar Ice vodka ever again.          shovel, dig in and find someone
but how do I bag a guy with          a summer home, country                  Keep in mind that gold            who is generous of heart and
more capital?                        club membership or seasons           digging isn’t all it’s cracked       generous of wallet.
                                     Canucks tickets (yawning and         up to be. If you lack a real
A. Let’s get one thing straight;
being a gold digger isn’t a tes-
tament to your entrepreneurial
spirit. In the mining industry
someone who searches for gold
is called a prospector, in dating                                                           and financial compatibility. A spendthrift
they’re called shallow, lazy and                                                            and a penny-pincher can find harmony with
superficial. However, there is                                                              clear communication and expectations. This
absolutely nothing wrong with                                                               also shows relationship strength, according
wanting to wash down your                                                                   to Margaret Johnson, president of Solutions
filet mignon with expensive                                                                 Credit Counselling Service.
   To meet a rich guy you have
                                          Before getting into                                  “People have often gone into a new
                                                                                            relationship with their hearts instead of their
to tactfully position yourself in         bed, check for sexually                           heads, and they’re not really asking ‘Are we
their lair. Rich guys tend to hang
out in groups, usually on boats.          transmitted debts                                 financially compatible?’” she explains. “I
                                                                                            ask ‘Have you read your partner’s Credit
The Vancouver International                                                                 Bureau file?’ and they look at me like I have

Boat Show, which happens in                                                                 two heads.”
February, is like Christmas                    he symptoms affect both genders                 Partners should also be candid about debts
come again for gold diggers. If                and all ages. The treatment is usually       such as family or student loans, or co-signing
you can learn your port from                   complex and painful. Beware of               for someone’s credit. “This could be $50,000 to
starboard and are comfortable           sexually transmitted debts (STDs). Getting          $60,000 that’s coming into your life and family
throwing       around     nautical      into bed with your partner’s finances can be        budget now,” Johnson adds.
puns, you’ll definitely meet the        risky, especially if debts are hidden or if you        Other advice includes wills, separate
sea captain of your cash-laden          guarantee a loan—and are then saddled with          accounts—his, hers and house—with three
dreams here. Bejeweled fingers          payments for a long-gone asset and ex.              different banks, and pre-nuptial agreements,
crossed, you, him and his bank             In one Vancouver case, a man had no idea         especially if one partner has significantly
account will be sailing off into        his wife had amassed $130,000 of debt and           more wealth. Combining assets or loans
the sunset (on a 100-foot yacht)        obtained credit in his name. Such a case            should be done with “extreme caution” and
by May long weekend.                    could result in one spouse charging the other       red flags should fly if your signature is needed
   But if wearing horizontal            with fraud.                                         because a bank won’t lend to your partner as
stripes is about as nautical               Accordingly, prevention of STDs is better        an individual.
as you’re willing to get, an            than cure. Both parties need to put their              “It’s very important to do a lot of soul
easy shortcut is to hang                (credit) cards on the table and be candid about     searching before you co-sign a loan,” Johnson
out in Yaletown. Although               finances and goals.                                 adds. “If you do, you should get copies of the
bankers, real estate moguls                “I’m always amazed at how little people talk     statement sent to you each month so you can
and professional athletes flock         about money—it’s quite shocking,” says Heidi        see the debt is being paid off.”
here, they’re also expecting            Pullem, a certified financial planner with ZLC         Pullem provides the final word: “Prevention
to sift through transparent             Financial Group. “People might be madly in          is key—couples need to be very clear with
gold diggers like yourself. To          love and think it’s going to jeopardize things,     each other. If you have a big financial conflict
differentiate from the hood rats        but I get couples in front of me who have no        between you, it’s better to find out before you
you need to employ a couple             idea what the other person is thinking.”            give up a career and have three small children.
easy tactics. Although he’ll be            Key issues include debts and savings,            It can be quite ugly to do a forensic audit later
trying to get your attention by         RSPs and their beneficiaries, risk tolerance        of whose debt it is.” — Sarah Roberts
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  CASH VS. PLASTIC                                                       Do Bills And Coins Still Matter?

  Is plastic really that fantastic? As industry observers speculate about a cashless society—where you’ll scan your phone to pay a
  bus fare or even be charged to use notes and coins—Sarah Roberts hit Robson Street to ask: Will we ever see the death of cash?

 Jane, 35, massage-            Vaughn, 18               Jade-Elise, 25              Donna, 37                  Pablo, 34                Corinne, 28
  therapy student           restaurant worker            arts student           healthcare worker               server                    server

So many people need        I think people are       Absolutely not. I          If everything is          A cashless society        No. I’m a big cash fan
to feel the security of    using cash less and      personally like to pay     swiped on a card,         could happen in the       and I rarely use my
cash and are terrified     less, but for the near   for things with cash       it’s like a Big Brother   future. Either we will    debit card—I don’t
of computers running       future it will stay      and if I use too many      thing—everything can      go cashless or we will    trust the cards and
their lives. People like   because it’s still so    debit transactions I       be tracked and I don’t    go back to a bartering    you get charged fees.
the anonymity of cash      widely used, and I’ve    get extra fees. And it’s   think everybody is        system. The current       And if the system
and don’t want their       never seen a card only   handy for travelling       into that aspect of it.   monetary system isn’t     breaks down or you
movements to be            place. But pennies are   and for bus fares etc.     And the underground       working so maybe we       lose the card, what
tracked.                   useless.                                            economy is huge and       could exchange goods      happens then?
                                                                               it relies on cash.        for goods.


                                                      BEAVER BARTERING Early forms of                    12-sided 5c pieces in 1943. V for victory
                                                      currency include furs, shells, beads and           and a burning torch replace the beaver,
                                                      shields. A $3 square beaver coin is issued         while the coin rim contains a Morse
                                                      in 2006 to commemorate tokens of the               code message: “We win when we work
                                                      fur trade.                                         willingly.”
                                                      DEVIL IN THE DETAIL The 1954 notes                 ODD NUMBERS Official Dominion of
                                                      are dubbed the “devil’s head” series               Canada notes, issued after 1867, include a
                                                      because the Queen’s hair is thought to             $4 bill. Some banks also dodge monetary
                                                      resemble a grinning demon. The face                rules by producing $6 and $7 notes. The
                                                      plates are subsequently modified.                  Bank of Canada’s 1935 inaugural series
                                                      FLYING FAR To qualify for the 1986                 includes $25 and $500 bills.
                                                      bird series, featured avians have to be            RETIRING TYPE The $1 note officially
                                                      found across Canada and need to blend              retires in 1989 in place of the 11-sided
                                                      with the bank notes’ colours.                      loonie. In 2000, Canada bids farewell to
                                                      JACKS AND JOKERS Following a                       the $1,000 note to fight money launder-
                                                      shortage of French coins in the 17th and           ing.
                                                      18th centuries, marked playing cards are           TODAY’S TRADE More than one billion
                                                      used for payment.                                  Canadian circulation coins are minted
                                                      IDENTIFY THE ARTIST In 1937, G.E.                  each year, while the average lifespan of a
                                                      Kruger-Gray designs both the penny’s               $5 and $10 note is just one to two years.
                                                      maple leaf and the 5c beaver, while                WORLD FIRSTS The toonie’s bi-me-
                                                      Emanuel Hahn creates the 10c Bluenose              tallic locking mechanism is patented in
                                                      schooner and the quarter’s caribou.                1996. Another unique product, the 2004
                                                      MORSE MESSAGE Due to a wartime                     poppy quarter, becomes the world’s first
                                                      nickel shortage, tombac is used to create          coloured circulation coin.

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in Vancouver, the pungent aroma
of spliff smoke is sure to follow. So
it’s no surprise that growing and
selling B.C. bud is a billion-dollar
industry, though some speculate
that the police grossly inflate the
street price when called on to
estimate the value of a seizure.
   But who’s getting rich?
  Hush magazine’s Holly Hougham tucked
herself in the back of a car—blindfolded—
and visited one of Vancouver’s myriad
marijuana grow-ops to find out if the
rewards of growing and selling bud
outweighs the risk.
  Word on the street points to 50% of
rental units in Metro Vancouver having
some form of marijuana grow-op—enough
to sate the high desires of locals, with
plenty more drifting across the border. At
the locale Holly visited, our anonymous
grower noted that his 130 plants could yield
20 pounds of bud. What’s it worth? “Forty
grand, maybe,” he says. “Before paying
everyone else off,” he adds. “Nobody does
this themselves. There’s a team.”
  The risks, though, are not necessarily
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in Thailand they both knew they could             it backpacking tours. Forget getting lost in       and Thailand over Skype. Things are
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                                                          See what’s going on in Vancouver | VIDEOS BY SHANE MORGAN

       his is where you go meta with
       Hush. Our video team is all
       about providing you with more
perspective and coverage on local music,
style, business, politics and more.
    This issue we take you inside the
fashion industry, from the runway itself
to the designers behind it. And we talk to
local musicians about everything from
Vancouver itself to a cheesestick.
    Scan each unique barcode—a QR
code—with the camera on your smart
phone and you’ll be connected to a video
on our website And
then tell us what you think. What videos
do you want to see here next? Email and keep us
busy documenting what’s going on in

 TUNE IN         Far East Movement                                  GET REAL           designers dish

                                                             Two must-sees at Vancouver Fashion Week: the opening show and
                                                             the couture swimwear line. And Hush was there for both, when
                                                             Rozemerie Cuevas’ Jacqueline Conoir Collection started the week
                                                             and 20-year-old Katharine Demarchelier debuted her couture
                                                             swimwear line. We also listened in when the designers met for
                                                              tea at the Regional Tasting Lounge to discuss their industry.

                                             DRESS UP        Eco Fashion Week                    TUNE IN          Blondtron
                 You probably know
                 this duo’s song “Like
                 a G6,” which reached
                 #1 on Billboard and
                 iTunes. Hush interviews
                 them here and the boys
                 finally set the record
straight. The song is definitely NOT
about a “cheesestick.”
                                                             Green was the new                               DJ Blondtron
      TUNE IN        Hot Hot Heat                            black at the first-ever                         invited Hush to go
                                                             Eco Fashion Week,                               behind the scenes
                                                             when Vancouver’s                                of an exclusive
                                                             tree-hugger vibe got                            photo shoot held
                                                             a dose of some major                            at—where else?—
                                                             style on the runway.                            Kingsgate Mall.
                                             If you missed the trend-setting and             After browsing with Blondron and
                                             environmentally friendly collections            host Jay Brown, check out the DJ’s
                                             live, watch them now. Or again.                 blond ambition at

                                                                         TUNE IN         Tre Nyce
                Host Jay Brown asks                           Are rappers the new
                Steve Bays of local band                      rockstars? Watch
                Hot Hot Heat why he                           as we ride shotgun
                still calls Vancouver                         with the “King of
                home. His answer?                             Vancouver,” Tre
                Watch and find out.                           Nyce. What’s in that

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