Crowds flock to expanded Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre

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      Norman Stowe is a happy man. He's the head of the Pace Group and the fellow who organized this weekend's open house at the expanded Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.

      On Saturday (April 4), 26,400 people showed up. I dropped by the centre today (April 5), and there were even bigger crowds on the scene again.

      According to the Pace Group, the two-day tally reached 63,600.

      Mobs of people lined up for escalators and squeezed onto the outside platform overlooking the North Shore mountains.

      The highlight of my day was running into Faye Leung. She's the real estate agent who negotiated the deal for the sale of Fantasy Gardens, and later claimed that she was stiffed by the owner and the  premier of the day, Bill Vander Zalm.

      Faye was in excellent spirits as we discussed the role that the Chinese and Caucasian pioneers played in building this province.