FACE FORWARD: The digital era has obliged many ink-and-paper publishers to put on new faces. That’s literally so for Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge. With company founder Peter Legge sunning his mug in Palm Springs, daughter Samantha recently launched Evalina Beauty. Not a traditional magazine like CWM’s B.C. Business, Western Living and suchlike, Evalina is a collection of creams, glosses, eyeliners and other cosmetics that is only marketed online. Facial products ready for introduction are named Flutter, Glaze and Liquid Love, which sounds as though it might be applied elsewhere. Partial proceeds currently go to the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre that feeds, houses and otherwise supports needy women and children, Legge said.
KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Crabtree Corner was an unexpected stop for Diane Forsythe Abbott in December, 1995. Having accidentally locked the keys in her car, she entered the DTES facility to phone for help and promptly learned what it and its clients needed. Leaving, she said: “I’ll be back with help and supplies.” She wasn’t kidding. Recruiting friends and their friends, Forsythe Abbott launched an annual luncheon, usually at Hy’s Encore, that had raised well over $2 million by 2018, plus $1 million that Jane McLennan added to the pot. The luncheons ended this week with a private tribute to Forsythe Abbott and further donations to Crabtree Corner on her behalf. With failing eyesight, she doesn’t drive today. Still, anyone can see that her “help and supplies” promise was kept.
WETTER IS BETTER: B.C. Business magazine recently named Whitewater West Industries founder-head Geoff Chutter its Entrepreneur of the Year. That was for literally cleaning up in the global waterpark park business. Not in politics, though, as Chutter lost two bids to be Vancouver Quadra’s Conservative MP. Much as at waterparks, his campaigns illustrated that even those going with the flow have to make a splash or end up high and dry.
WINE-SCI: Science World was packed to its geodesic gills recently for Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine. Its short seminars on vineyard and winery practices showed attendees how science turns grapes into what gets imbibers glowing without becoming blind. The event’s participating wineries — CedarCreek, Checkmate, Martin’s Lane, Mission Hill and Road 13 — rely on such science. But attendees would likely settle for revamping Euler’s Polyhedra Formula, V-E+F=2, to mean Vines minus Extremities (grapes) plus Fermentation equals Two having a good time. Scanning attendees, Science World president-CEO Janet Wood said their $89 tickets will help fund the False Creek waterfront facility’s On The Road program that takes scientific gee-whizery to 40,000 students in and beyond the wine-producing Okanagan Valley.
SHOW AND TLELL: Previous reports had Alana Husby extracting, milling and marketing hardwoods that had spent almost a century underwater in the Panama Canal’s Lake Gatun. Now, the model-like, tough-as-ironwood daughter of Husby Forest Products founder Dave Husby has returned to where rainfall can match Panama’s and where unsubmerged timber supports the family firm’s diversified activities. With sister Nicole, she’s developed beachfront Haida Gwaii Glamping Co. in Graham Island’s Tlell region. Their tent-topped rooms will remind African-safari veterans of the Maasai Mara, but with eagles rather than hornbills flying by.
MANY PATHS: City landscape architects Jane Durante, Daniel Roehr and Ron Rule invited famed colleague Teresa Moller to fly from riot-plagued Chile and demonstrate the serene style she calls “unveiling.” She delivered a UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture garden-design lecture that the trio arranged. Moller’s work includes a north-of-Santiago oceanside footpath so subtly configured that her role and nature’s are hard to tell apart.
Landscapers, clients and academics attended a reception honouring Moller in Robert and Marie Khouri’s home. Marie sculpted four fountains that stand beside the Hôtel de Crillon on Paris’s Champs Elysee. Robert designed a system for international brokers to trade options on the Société Bourse Française. The ticked-off stock exchange finally paid “eight figures” for it. Eyeing the reception’s dessert table, math-whiz Robert said that by rearranging very narrow pie slices nose-to-crust to form a rectangle, the mathematical symbol pi can be closely estimated. Modern supercomputers have calculated pi’s still-unresolved radius-to-area ratio to 10 trillion digits, which is the mathematical equivalent of a Moller footpath around all the world’s continents and then some.
SETTING IT STRAIGHT: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s Treasured Belongings exhibition will run to Nov. 27, 2020.
COMING ATTRACTION: Expat Vancouver moviemaker Richard Bell, who wrote and directed the feature film Eighteen here, will premiere his latest, Brotherhood, at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Cineplex theatre Dec. 6. It’s based on a 1926 storm that drowned 11 male teenagers attempting to cross Balsam Lake, Ont. in a 30-foot canoe. The summer-campers’ fathers had all perished in the 1914-1918 Great War. Bell expects a Vancouver screening in January.
DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Vlad Dracula’s advice to Washington: “Why impeach when you could impale?”