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Protester challenges very essence of community

BWthumbTavis Ford has been there since the beginning. Reporter Gordo Williamson visited him several times to uncover what makes Tavis tick.

Speaking out: An early introduction

Born in South Africa, in 1970, Tavis Ford came to North Vancouver when he was about four years old. In South Africa, Tavis says his grandfather, Leonard Povall, protested apartheid.

thumb AA2Ray-and-Vi-ONeilFrom orphan to volunteer to Saint Nicholas, Calgarian Ray O'Neil embodies the spirit of Christmas

Santa Claus — that ever-jolly chap who rides on reindeer and fraternizes with little people in pointed, green shoes — acts as a spokesperson for holiday giving. He breaks into childhood imaginations with unfathomable magic. He is retained in memory — even after belief in his existence is tucked away with the tinsel.

 Filmmaker continues quest to prove existence of ‘primate’

thumb StandingWilderness guide and filmmaker Todd Standing, who once set out to prove that Bigfoot didn't exist, is now advocating for the species to be protected.

Standing claims to have had multiple encounters with a troop of Bigfoot that he says live between Banff and Kootenay National Park.

Van Iderstine, nostalgic for the golden days of full-service gas stations, builds his ideal version

thumb E Van-IderstineKent Van Iderstine is not shy about his gasoline addiction.

The side door of his Cochrane garage is open to receive the warm, fall, afternoon sunshine, but a security pin pad inside — armed nightly — along with motion sensors and cameras, indicates the regard he holds for his collection.