Dead in the water (North Shore News)

IF there was ever hard evidence that the North Shore suffers from an excess of North Vancouvers, it came to light this week when the district decided not to go in with the city on a new Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The City of North Vancouver, in its ongoing struggle to redesign Harry Jerome Recreation Centre, has concluded that installing the North Shore’s first 50-metre pool would be an important improvement. Indeed, a full-sized facility could be transformative, creating a training facility for budding athletes and a draw for major events. But the plan isn’t one the city can afford on its own.

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