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Vehicles and cyclists make their way across the Johnson Street Bridge while the rail portion of the bridge is loaded onto a barge to be taken away on Friday.

Crowd bids adieu to rail bridge Roszan Holmen News staff

Some described it as a party – others as a wake. Well over 100 people braved the pouring rain for hours to catch the dismantling of the rail portion of the Johnson Street Bridge Friday. Many arrived as early as 9:30 a.m. for the show, but it wasn’t until after 1 p.m. that a crane lifted the span and lowered it onto a 100-metre barge. For Gary Mullins the day wasn’t as he envi-

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Today Emily Bailey is eligible to get her driver’s licence, though at four years old she’ll be the youngest Esquimalt resident to get behind the wheel. Sooke resident Jessica Robinson turns 10 today, making her another year older but still younger than her sons, 17-yearold Zachary and 16-year-old Jacob Humphreys. Robinson and Bailey were born on leap day, an extra day in the Gregorian calendar that rolls around once every four years. The addition of Feb. 29 balances the calendar with the clock and synchronizes the seasons with calendar dates, according to official timekeepers at the National Research Council of Canada. “I kind of want to find more people who are leap year (babies) and actually talk to them and find out if people ask them the same questions,” says Bailey, the only leapling, as leap day babies are known, out of 733 students at Esquimalt High. Even though she is four years old in leap years, she is also celebrating her sweet 16. As her unique birthday approaches, the attention she gets ramps up and the questions start coming.


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Three municipal reps abandon PCC Roszan Holmen

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Crystal Garden is one of many iconic, revenue-generating buildings in Victoria that is managed by the Provincial Capital Commission.

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Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt is bucking the trend set by his fellow councillors by upholding his appointment to the Provincial Capital Board. “I think there are benefits in having a representative of the city challenging the proposed sell-off of PCC properties at the board table,” he said. Ben Isitt “For now, I intend to continue serving in this capacity.” Victoria Coun. Geoff Young was the first to resign, after the provincial government released its budget last week, which outlined a plan to sell 100 “surplus” properties. Saanich councillors Dean Murdock and Nichola Wade followed Young’s lead on Thursday. The big question is whether the Pam Copley PCC board will have any ability to reject proposed land sales, though such decisions must technically be approved by the board. In a restructuring move, the provincial government announced last month Shared Services B.C. would take over management of PCC’s Lynda Hundleby assets. Critics charged it stripped the board of any real power, essentially relegating it to organizing outreach activities. “I don’t even know if there are Geoff Young decisions to be made by the PCC in terms of the land disposition,” said Isitt. “If there is still a decision, I want to have a role in it and try to shape the decision.” Young said he’s not opposed to the sale of public land in principle. “I thought it was highly likely I would disagree either with the disposition of a specific property or with the use of the proceeds,” he said. Dean Murdock PCC board members are not allowed to publicly voice their opposition to board decisions, explained Young. “A municipal representative in that position has only one recourse, and that is to resign.” Municipal representatives on the PCC board “are seen to be representing residents,” said Young. “When we’re put in a position where we may have to represent other interests, Nichola Wade that makes it really tough for us.” rholmen@vicnews.com

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Minister mum on land for sale Roszan Holmen Tom Fletcher Black Press

The B.C. Government is keeping tight-lipped about which properties it intends to sell, leaving many Victoria residents nervous about the fate of key downtown properties. “I come from a real estate investment background, and the last thing you want to show is your hand on the properties you’re going to be selling,” said Finance Minister Kevin Falcon. The B.C. government announced its intention in last week’s budget to sell 100 “surplus” properties to generate revenue for the province. Falcon would only identify a parking lot on the west side of Menzies street across from the B.C. legislature among the Victoria area properties for sale. “This is almost three acres (1.2 hectares) of land that’s sitting there being used for staff to park. We can have a development take place there, with underground parking so staff can still park, but also get the benefit

of all the construction jobs.” from the road, Wellburn said. The Provincial Capital CommisMany however, extend over a hill sion developed its own list of surplus and beyond the sight lines of drivproperties between 2003 and 2005. ers. PCC board chair Bill Wellburn said “It just doesn’t make sense,” not he can’t share the list, but was able to to open these up to development give a sense of the board’s priorities. opportunities, he added. Crystal Garden, the CPR Terminal Surplus land is defined as properBuilding and the Tourist Information ties no longer in use, not required building on Wharf Street in the future, or of no are all iconic, revenue“The last thing strategic benefit for the generating assets, he province. you want to show said. Of those properties St. Ann’s Academy, is your hand on the currently in operation, while iconic, does not Finance Minister Kevin properties you’re generate revenue. Falcon said: “I don’t The PCC also owns going to be selling.” think the public or the the waterfront parking tenants particularly care - Kevin Falcon. lot down from Wharf who their landlord is. Street, beside Wharf“Again, at a time when side Seafood Grille. Wellburn said he we are trying to be responsible and “wouldn’t be surprised” if this under- disciplined and get back to a balutilized property is listed for sale. anced budget, holding on to nonMany other lesser-known PCC strategic surplus properties is not properties hug the Trans-Canada something the government needs to Highway and the Galloping Goose do. We’re trying to find ways to avoid Trail. having to go to taxpayers for money, The priority is to retain these green or to have to borrow more.” corridors when they can been seen rholmen@vicnews.com

‘Day of action’ precedes strike vote Natalie North News staff

Teachers in B.C. could walk off the job Friday. The province’s 40,000 teachers are planning to ramp up pressure on the government following an announcement that the province could legislate an end to the ongoing strike. Teachers in B.C. have refused administrative duties and are not including grades on students’ report

cards. The job action began last September. Education Minister George Abbott announced Feb. 23 he intends to end the job action and impose a contract. That followed assistant deputy minister Trevor Hughes’ comment that he believes it is unlikely the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association will reach a voluntary settlement. Teachers are holding a

provincewide vote on escalating strike action. Results of the vote are expected sometime Thursday, and teachers could walk off the job as early as Friday – depending on Abbott’s actions over the next few days, according to Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association president Tara Ehrcke. Greater Victoria and Saanich school districts participated in a “Day of action,” Feb. 27. The “bellto-bell” demonstration sig-

nified the period of time educators spend inside schools. After the final bell of the day, teachers demonstrated outside schools and at busy intersections in an effort to share their message with the public. “It’s not a picket line, it’s just an information demonstration,” said Sean Hayes, president of the Saanich Teachers’ Association. PLEASE SEE: Teacher strike, Page A9


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Randall Garrison, EsquimaltJuan de Fuca MP, wants a day on the links to be a business write-off. On Friday the rookie NDP MP introduced a private member’s bill that adds golf to the list of activities that can be written off as a business expense. Garrison points out bowling or attending NHL games can be used as a business expense, so golfing should be on the list. “There are 10 golf courses in my riding. More than 1,000 people are employed by golf courses here,” Garrison said, adding more than one-third of them are students. If the bill is passed, Garrison said it will help create more jobs in the region and help the

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News tops newspaper awards Great writing and photography at Black Press are being recognized at the B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers Association’s 2012 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards. Fourteen Black Press papers in BC are nominated for general excellence, including the Victoria News and Oak Bay News. The company is also nominated for 20 individual writing awards and is up for 14 photography awards. Kudos go to Greater Victoria Black Press photographer Don Denton for his colour feature photo ‘Totem gets its groove on’, and Sharon Tiffin for her black and white feature photo ‘Happy Fisherman’ which are both finalists. Monday Magazine picked up seven nominations in 37 award categories — including six writing awards — which places them as a leader among

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Island competitors. The Oak Bay News’ special salute to former mayor Christopher Causton is a finalist for a special section award. Award judges had 1,800 entries to review, with the monumental task of selecting the top three in each category. Black Press overall took 76 finalist spots out of 132. The winners will be announced during the awards gala on April 14 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. llavin@vicnews.com

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One voice has risen above the others in the discussion on deer in the Capital Region. Until recently, much of the debate over what to do about increasing deer-human conflict has focused on urban areas. But several South Island farmers made it known they are in a dire situation, and that they feel the time for talk is over. “It’s just out of control,” said Ray Galey, owner of Galey Farms in Saanich. “There isn’t any farmer who’s not an environmentalist, (even though) we all love Bambi, we don’t need 10,000 of them.” Deer have eaten more of his crops each year, he said, to the point where he’s “given up on the whole point of sustainability.” In addition, Galey said he’s cutting the amount of farmed acreage back by close to 30 per cent this year as a result. “You can’t have that kind of damage and have anything left for yourself.” Last week, the Capital Regional District’s planning, transportation and protective services committee recommended that a citizens’ advisory group be formed to devise a regional deer management strategy. Committee members acknowledged the urgent need for action in rural areas. “There are agricultural and urban aspects of this problem,” said committee vice-chair Vic Derman. “But in the case of the farmers, they’re facing a critical situation.” Derman’s motion to form two separate groups – one focusing on agricul-

tural concerns, the other on urban deer – was defeated. Nonetheless, the advisory group will be directed to make finding a solution for farmers its number one priority. Some people aren’t sure that’s enough. “I can’t see how those two issues can be dealt with under the same roof,” said Kelly Carson, a member of DeerSafe Victoria, which is calling for a non-lethal course of action. While she is pleased to see the CRD seeking citizen input on the issue, Carson is worried about the advisory group’s demographic distribution – area farmers will fill three of the 12 spots. “(Given) the population of Saanich, how many farmers per capita (are there) in all of Saanich, and why would that one person with a small business be speaking for the rest of that community?” she asked. Derman hopes that every member of the group will approach the matter objectively. “We want people (chosen for) the committee almost like in a jury selection,” he said. “They haven’t made up their mind and are willing to consider the information and input from all stakeholders.” The citizens’ advisory group will include five members from the CRD’s core municipalities, four from the Saanich Peninsula and two from the West Shore, as well as a chair appointed from within. In addition, an expert resource working group will be established to advise on various biological and policy implications of any potential strategy. The group will be asked to make recommendations for action to the CRD board by the end of July. reporter@vicnews.com

Prepare to count your blooms Regional mayors will meet in a friendly flower arranging competition to mark the start of the week-long Flower Count on Thursday (March 1). The annual event invites anyone in the region to count blossoms in their home municipality and register their tallies online at www. flowercount.ca.

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Esquimalt council has cleared the way for Cambie Malone Corp. to begin constructing a $41-million residentialcommercial development on Esquimalt Road. Council agreed to issue the owner the rezoning application and development permit it needed to move forward with the project. The developer’s vision includes two 12-storey residential condominium towers – which will be the tallest in Esquimalt – groundfloor commercial space, townhouses and several work-live units. Cambie Malone Corp. has not indicated when construction could begin, but suggested at council meetings last fall that the work could start this fall or early 2013. A pub, liquor store and bottle depot are currently on the site. emccracken@vicnews.com

It may be at least this fall before B.C’s justice minister decides whether to allow Esquimalt to sign a contract with the RCMP – almost a year longer than Esquimalt’s mayor hoped it would take. “We assumed in this process this would have gone a lot faster than it’s gone,” Mayor Barb Desjardins said. “We sent in the report (with the township’s policing preference) in June (2011). I would have hoped we would have had a response by the end of the year (2011).” The delayed reply from the newly renamed Ministry of Justice stems from the complications of ongoing contract negotiations between the RCMP and the province, the mayor said. “Until that contract is finalized, we can’t update numbers or have an understanding of any changes that are within that contract that (could impact a contract between the RCMP and Esquimalt),” Desjardins said. It could be the end of March before the RCMP’s contract with the province is renegotiated and signed, she said. Then the Esquimalt Policing and Law Enforcement Advisory

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■ Victoria Leadership Awards ■ Tuesday, Feb. 21 ■ Fairmont Empress Hotel

And the award goes to: 2012 Victoria Leadership Awards honour local heroes The annual Victoria Leadership Awards showcase the distinguished accomplishments of local heroes – our city’s very own Academy Awards for community volunteerism, dedication and achievement. Victoria’s inspiring community leaders were honoured on Feb. 21 at the eighth annual VLA gala at the Fairmont Empress. Led by Leadership Victoria, the awards are a partnership between Leadership Victoria, the University of Victoria, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Foundation and the United Way of Greater Victoria. In all, 29 distinguished nominees were celebrated at the 2012 ceremony. This year’s award recipients are:

Lifetime award recipient Naz Rayani, his son Rasool and granddaughter Aniqa with Il Terrazzo’s Michael Gudgeon.

Emcee Bruce Williams from CTV Vancouver Island is one of this year’s recipients of the Rotary Community Leadership Award.

Vancity Youth Award winner Leanna Hill with Leadership Victoria Alumnus Chris Tilden from Vancity.

Jeannette Hughes, recipient of the Leadership Victoria alumni with Layla Cochrane and Leadership Victoria President Mitchell Temkin.

Sherry LeBlanc receives the Royal Roads University Award from Vice President Cyndi McLeod.

Mary Ellen Purkis, one of the recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Award with Dr. Valerie Kuehne and Dean Bertram from Grand & Toy.

United Way of Greater Victoria CEO Linda Hughes with award recipient Kathy Stinson, Executive Director, Victoria Cool Aid Society

Dr. Andrew Weaver, one of two recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Award.

The Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award – Naz Rayani University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards – Mary Ellen Purkis and Andrew Weaver Rotary Community Leadership Awards – Bruce Williams and Christopher M. Causton Vancity Youth Award – Leanna Hill Leadership Victoria Alumni Award – Jeannette Hughes Victoria Foundation Community Leadership Award – Pacific Centre Family Services Association United Way of Greater Victoria Award for Collaboration and Partnership – Kathy Stinson Royal Roads University Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring Award – Sherry LeBlanc For more information, visit www.leadershipvictoria.ca

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Ehrcke said parents have shown support for the GVTA leading up to the demonstration. “We’re asking for mediation or even arbitration as a way to get through the impasse,” she said. “We think legislation is not fair, not reasonable and not necessary right now. … That they would simply use the legislative hammer without exploring those other options, I think is unreasonable.” The B.C. Federation of Labour commissioned a telephone survey that found 53 per cent of 400 people asked about the labour dispute last week were on the side of teachers, compared to 39 per cent who supported the government. The survey, conducted by Environics Research Group, also found 89 per cent of those polled felt the government should agree to arbitration if teachers stop job action and abide by an arbitrator’s ruling.

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been stolen. “We have undertaken an extensive search of every VicPD building, vehicle and storage unit,” said police spokesperson Const. Mike Russell. “Now our investigation is turning to more of the criminal nature and seeing if we can’t track it down.” The missing items include tear gas canisters, pepper ball guns, ammunition, tactical vests and a 12-gauge Remington shotgun. Police remain tightlipped as to when exactly the equipment went missing, and from where. It belongs to the department’s Crowd Management Unit.

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round of offences, including aggravated assault and robbery. The day he made bail and was released from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre on Jan. 27, Burman was ordered by provincial court Judge Susan Wishart to not enter a red zone in Victoria. He was also ordered to not have contact with two individuals and not be in the company of a sex worker. emccracken@vicnews.com

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OUR VIEW

Time for province to make a deal Next year’s provincial election could be won or lost by how the B.C. Liberal party plays its cards this week in the ongoing dispute with the province’s teachers. The teachers have been on a relatively low-key strike since September. There were concerns then about how job action would affect kids in the classroom. Fortunately, judging by the dearth of complaints, it seems most teachers have kept the drawn-out labour negotiations from inconveniencing parents or politicizing students. But this week’s vote to escalate the strike is a magnitude beyond holding back grades on report cards or piling paperwork on administrators. If teachers vote to walk off the job even for one day, you can bet the public will pay a lot more attention to this issue. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Even if it does, the province will gain little by sticking to its hard-nosed strategy. Teachers spend a lot of time with our kids and play a vital role in the health of our local communities. Portraying these frontline workers as greedy or easily replaceable will do little to bolster the Liberals’ flagging support. Indeed, legislating teachers back to work instead of working harder to negotiate a deal will effectively arm the NDP with more ammo ahead of the May 14, 2013 vote. This government, under Gordon Campbell, paid a heavy political price for showing arrogance toward a labour movement that is still a powerful force in this province. Any currency the Liberals had from the public’s disdain of previous NDP regimes has long been used up.

Unless Premier Christy Clark is in a hurry to go back to her radio job, she needs to stay away from the kind of comment she recently made on her former employer’s station. Clark said she didn’t think the province could make a deal with the teachers. That’s simply not true. The time has come to appoint a mediator and agree to abide with whatever decisions he or she makes. Teachers, by their considered actions, have so far earned the public’s respect. Now is the province’s chance to do the same.

What do you think? Give us your comments by e-mail: editor@vicnews.com or fax 250-386-2624. All letters must have a name and a telephone number for verification. The Victoria News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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Taxing times for B.C. government Before this week’s budget debate and Ontario’s big spending is drowned out by the shouting hangover. over the teachers’ dispute, here’s NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston a look at the main points and the says Falcon’s two-per-cent spending arguments unfolding target is “unrealistic,” around them. and the whole program is The setting for Finance motivated mostly by two Minister Kevin Falcon’s by-elections this year and first budget is what he a general election next dreaded when Premier year. He said the proposal Christy Clark handed to raise general business him the job. Recovery taxes is a repeat of his is painfully slow, with effort to save the HST, and mining and petroleum it won’t happen if the B.C. growing and forest Liberals win in 2013. products struggling to B.C. Conservative Tom Fletcher leader John Cummins hold and build on gains B.C. Views made in Asia. This and made the bizarre claim the $3-billion dismantling that it’s an NDP-style of the harmonized “tax and spend” budget, sales tax moved Falcon to limit and inaccurately accused Falcon overall spending growth to an of raising taxes on small business. average of two per cent for the He also joined the NDP chorus of next three years. That means little outrage over ICBC, B.C. Hydro and or no increase to all areas except medical premium increases. health care, education and social Some other hot topics in the assistance. budget: Despite holding the line on public • Selling assets. The big one service pay and not replacing 2,000 here is B.C.’s liquor wholesaling positions over the next three years, monopoly, run out of warehouses Clark and Falcon had to postpone in Kamloops and Vancouver. Falcon the elimination of the 2.5-per-cent insists the private sector does this small business income tax to get kind of work more efficiently, and to a balanced budget by 2013. union contracts will be protected in And Falcon has again dangled a bidding process. the prospect of raising general The NDP argues that selling off corporate income tax from 10 to 11 a monopoly puts this government per cent, but not until 2014. cash cow at risk, and points to Business experts applauded the private retail stores with higher hard line on spending, noting the prices and lower wages. contrast with Alberta’s big spending The proposed sale of 100 surplus

Crown properties has raised cries of “selling the silverware to buy groceries.” But land sales are nothing new for governments, and Falcon prefers that to raising taxes. • Carbon tax. The last scheduled increase goes ahead in July, adding another penny on a litre of gasoline, followed by a freeze and review of the whole climate program. Ralston says the climate plan is “in tatters,” along with dozens of other policy areas that are also under review after 11 years of B.C. Liberal rule. NDP leader Adrian Dix vows to keep the carbon tax and its offsetting personal income tax cuts, direct carbon tax revenues to transit and rural energy-saving retrofits, and hike the general corporate tax rate from 10 to 12 per cent to pay for it. • HST. Asked what he would have done as finance minister, Ralston suggested getting rid of the HST sooner. Dix continues to misrepresent the HST as solely a transfer to big business, ignoring the small and medium-sized businesses that have a year left to take advantage of input tax credits. Simon Fraser University economist Jon Kesselman has estimated that poor people will be worse off when the HST ends, while the rest of us will see a very small net benefit. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Readers respond: Esquimalt council should leave bylaw alone Regarding the existence of Money Marts in Esquimalt. I notice this council seems to have the opinion that it is business at any cost. Fill the vacant shops, let the market decide. Forget what is good for Esquimalt. This is not the first time businesses have been curtailed for the good of the township. Should we now step back into history and in the eyes of our new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;free marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; council and change the bylaws adopted by councils of yesteryears? It was council (1994-95) and senior staff that came up with, and adopted, a bylaw that restricted certain businesses from going on the main street. They did it with no fanfare, no politics, without newspapers, television or radio reporting on it, and solved a problem that could have negatively affected the township. I now wonder, is the current council going to revisit that bylaw, or plead they took an oath to protect themselves rather than Esquimalt. Rod Lavergne Esquimalt

Politicians never learn, speed bump edition So Esquimalt wants local residents to pay for speed bumps on Old Esquimalt Road (News, Feb. 15). The first flaw in that scheme is that speed bumps do not stop some deliberately bad drivers from speeding, as many vehicles ride over them when hit at high speed. However, speed bumps can harm other vehicles driving at safe speed. It depends on suspension dynamics and design of the bumps, which I do not believe can be designed for all cases. The solution is of course policing to re-educate drivers. But Esquimalt council refuses to protect citizens by paying for policing within Esquimalt, and other councils refuse in their fiefdoms. So deliberately dangerous drivers set the tone on the streets of the Greater Victoria area. Never mind that police demonstrated on the Malahat mountain highway last summer, that continuous presence for

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quite a period of time does educate drivers. To state what should be obvious to anyone who pays attention out on the street: jerks will continue to put others at risk if the risk of being caught is low. The root cause of that is voters electing politicians who would rather spend on cutesy things and antihuman do-gooder projects than on keeping humans safe. Residents on Old Esquimalt Road are getting what the majority wanted. Keith Sketchley Saanich

Police chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation will compensate for neglect Re: Police chief reprimanded for stowing loaded weapon in vehicle (News Feb. 24). The loss of any equipment shows negligence and just a lack of caring. Furthermore, with the number of occurrences of this nature across Canada to learn from, it shows a definite disregard to ensure strict standards in the maintenance, storage and updating of equipment are in place. To add insult to injury, Victoria Police officials will not say what their standards are, however, given this incident, it is safe to say, they are very low. The Victoria Police Board must recognize the public interest in maintaining strict control over policeissued use-of-force options, and that this is an act of gross negligence that has put the general public at extreme risk. If the Chief Constable wants to repair the damage to public confidence, he should resign. William Perry Victoria

A serious threat of war in Iran does exist Re: Grannies Protest Nonexistent War (Letters Feb.22). Mr. Hubbard of Esquimalt is the naive one, not the Raging Grannies. There is a serious threat of a war against Iran if the West were to listen to â&#x20AC;&#x153;raging Netanyahu.â&#x20AC;? Luckily the U.S.A is afraid to attack as it knows how vulnerable the U.S. bases are. And others

want and need Iranian oil. However much we may dislike the leadership in Iran, Iran has not declared war in any other country in living memory. The term â&#x20AC;&#x153;terroristâ&#x20AC;? has lost its meaning as any enemy of a country is now called a terrorist, be they genuine freedom fighters or those out to destroy another country. I am much more afraid of Israel which has been allowed to have atomic weapons and has invaded another nearby country to support its own warped ideology. The Grannies are right to request no declaration of war. Negotiations are the route to take. At this time Obama is taking that route. Christine Johnston Victoria

Letter propagates mainstream media views on Iran Re: Grannies Protest Nonexistent War (Letters Feb. 22). I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe your publication gave so much space to Michael Hubbard and his views on Iran. He just echoes the same tiresome propaganda being put forth by the mainstream media. Mr. Hubbard should inform himself with more alternative media viewpoints on the Middle East before he accuses others of being naive. Robert Rogers Victoria

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Bridge dismantling a historic moment came down to take pictures for a book in progress. “We’re just finishing volume two of the E&N Railway, which will be the complete history of the railway from 1905, at the time of purchase by the Canadian Pacific Railway, to present,” said Sturgill, the vice president of the British Columbia Railway Historical Association. Friday’s events will likely appear on the last page of the book, with a target publishing date of September. Unlike most people, who gathered by the Mermaid Wharf condo for the best views, Gary Mullins picked his own viewing spot. Listening to Lakmé in his truck while crossing over the Johnson

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Onlookers try to stay warm and dry Friday as crews prepare for the rail portion of the Johnson Street Bridge to be removed and loaded onto a barge to be taken away.

“The new one looks very intriguing. … It may be just as important as the old one,” he said. Others felt more somber. “We’re witnessing the demolition of an 88-year-old bridge that is one of a kind and the only parallel span bridge that Joseph Strauss every built,” said Ross Crockford. It’s also likely the demise of the 123-year-old railway link to the downtown, added Crockford, who led the ‘no’ campaign against the city’s plans to replace the Johnson Street Bridge. “This is the point of no return.” Jim Sturgill Jr., of Cobble Hill,

Street Bridge, he turned right into the parking lot by the Northern Junk buildings. Inexplicably, when he shut off the ignition, the CD kept playing. It didn’t phase Mullins at all. “The bridge and I have talked to each other lots of times,” he said. After watching for a while, he decided to head home before the rail span was lifted. “I was feeling a little sad,” he said. rholmen@vicnews.com

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“I’ve been asked, ‘Since you don’t have a real birthday most of the years, doesn’t that mean you can’t get your driver’s licence when you turn 16?’” she says with a laugh. “You get teased a lot for being so young, especially since I’m so tall, too,” says Bailey, who is five-foot-11. “People are like, ‘Oh, you’re the Don Denton/News staff tallest four year Jessica Robinson old I’ve ever seen.’ But it’s pretty fun.” Meanwhile, Robinson, a legal assistant who works in a downtown Victoria law firm, will celebrate being fabulous and 40 by blowing out a mere 10 candles. Her sons will likely take particular delight in wishing her a happy birthday. They’ve often tried to get their way by reminding her she is younger than them. Robinson’s counter quip always works: “’But I’ve been around the sun more times than you,’” she says. Teasing aside, Bailey and Robinson have been waiting for four years for their real birthdate. In non-leap years they celebrate on Feb. 28. When Robinson was a kid, sometimes her parents would throw her birthday party in March. “When you celebrate your birthday in March it’s kind of like patting a cat backwards,” she says. “It’s good, but it doesn’t feel right.” This year, Robinson plans to make the most of her special day. “I get the full 24 hours,” she says. emccracken@vicnews.com


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Foundation closer to its goal Jennifer Blyth

local hospital foundation. FMI: www. thriftyfoods.ca Black Press March 2 – Fantastic Fridays at St. Thanks to continued support from Luke’s Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross the community, the Victoria Hospitals Rd., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free, familyFoundation is 80 per cent of the way friendly time featuring Messy Church, games, crafts, music and toward its goal of raising stories. Dinner provided. $595,000 for the purchase FMI: 250-477-6741 or www. of 94 specialized vital signs stlukesvictoria.ca monitors for the Royal JubiMarch 2 – Ten Thousand lee’s new Patient Care CenVillages in Broadmead Village tre. Shopping Centre hosts a The new monitors display Fair Trade Rug seminar with up-to-the minute patient Yousaf Chaman at 7 p.m. information such as blood RSVP to 250-727-7281. pressure, pulse and respiraMarch 3 – Oak Bay United tory rate, as well as an elecChurch garage sale, corner of trocardiogram, a wave-form graphic of a patient’s heart- Jennifer Blyth Granite and Mitchell streets, Around Town 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beat. Furniture, household goods, Caregivers can now make books, art, jewelry and toys. immediate medical assessments right at a patient’s bedside – FMI: 250-598-5021 Ext 0. March 3 – Victoria Genealogical or wireless communication devices alert them when a patient’s vital signs Society Workshop, Ancestry Search Strategy, 10 a.m. to noon at 947 Alston change. To donate or for more information, St. Members $10; non-members $15. please call the Victoria Hospitals Foun- Register: 250-360-2808; FMI: www. dation at 250-519-1750 or visit www. victoriags.org March 4 – Victoria Junior Field Hockey victoriahf.ca is hosting a free Come Try the Game ■■■ Day at the UVic turf, 10 a.m. FMI: info@ Wednesdays – Speakwell ESL English victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca or register conversation program, offers free adult online at www.victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca classes with free childcare, 7 to 8:30 March 4 – Look Good: Do Good p.m. at Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Cut-a-thon for the Cridge Respitality Building. FMI: Derek, 250-721-0497 or Service, noon to 4 p.m. at Headstart speakwellesl@gmail.com Hair Design, 1315 Cook St. Basic To March 13 – Thrifty Foods’ Help cuts for minimum donation of $15. Out One Buck at a Time fundraiser for Refreshments, door prizes and more. local hospital foundations; for every Send your non-profit events to jblyth@ four-pound bag of Buck Brand organic telus.net navel oranges bought, $1 will go to your

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The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal To honour 60 years of Her Majesty’s Service, the Diamond Jubilee Medals are a visible and tangible way to recognize outstanding Canadians from all walks of life for their contributions to their fellow citizens, to our communities and to our country. MP Randall Garrison, on behalf of the Governor General, has the honour to award 30 of these Medals in the constituency of Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca. MP Garrison has set up a small committee of community representatives to review the nominations and recommend medal recipients. To be eligible for this honour, a person must: Ɓ be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada; Ɓ have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and Ɓ be alive on February 6th, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date. If you wish to nominate an individual, please forward a nomination letter and biography of the individual to the Diamond Jubilee Medal Selection Committee, c/o Randall Garrison, MP, a2 – 100 Aldersmith Place, Victoria BC V9A 7M8. Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2012. For more information on the medal and nomination process, please visit: www.gg.ca/diamondjubilee

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HepCBC hosts educational forum New U.S. statistics show that viral hepatitis deaths are surpassing those from HIV – the virus that leads to AIDS. This news has helped lead the HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society to host a forum to discuss new guidelines for the management of

hepatitis C and B. The forum is being held Friday (March 2) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Royal Jubilee Hospital’s Begbie Hall, 2101 Richmond Ave. Five Canadian liver specialists will present new recommendations for managing

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Hot ticket: Strike Force 4 at the Royal Theatre on March 4, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $16.

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Vic High’s improv team takes regional title Team fundraising to compete at nationals in Ottawa

team’s ability to thrive under the pressure and come out strong in every game. Part of their winning perJoin Vic High Improv formance included a charin the school’s theatre acter event, a game where (1260 Grant St.) teams are asked to develop on March 8 from 7 characters based on inanito 9:30 p.m. for an mate objects suggested by evening of student the audience. Building off performances, as the suggestion of a barbewell as entertainment cue, the students created a by Dave Morris and big, strong, fiery character – Aleisha Kalina. The a piece that had their vetevent includes a silent eran improvisor of a coach auction. Admission is impressed. by donation. “I wish I was as clever, but I’m not,” said Penty. “Their level of commitment is amazing. I would send them out on stage with a senior improviser.” While Penty practises with his students year-round, he says anyone can pick up the first rule of improv instantly. “Don’t say ‘no,’” Penty said. “Say ‘yes, and …’” It’s advice that can be applied to more than just the stage. “Improv helps me be more comfortable with the way that I am because once you’ve been as ridiculous as you are in improv, you’re less self-conscious during the regular day,” Taddei said. “I’m way less aware of how crazy I’m being.” nnorth@saanichnews.com

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Each time before Colleen Maguire steps on stage with her improv team, it’s one of the happiest moments of her life. “We say to each other, ‘We’re going to have fun’ and ‘I love you,’” the Grade 12 Victoria High School student gushes. “It’s in the spirit of love and competition and I try to impart that to the other students as much as possible.” It should come as no surprise that Maguire’s enthusiasm for improv earned her a Spirit of the Games award at the Vancouver Island regional championships, held Feb. 4 and 5 at Vic High. She was one of nine students from Vic High Improv who became the first Victoria students to place No. 1 in the region and qualify for the Canadian Improv Games since the Island joined the competition 10 years ago. “It was such a surreal moment,” Maguire said. “I bawled my eyes out and I’m not a screamer, but I definitely squealed. I didn’t even think about the audience or the judges or the scores at that point. We were hugging and there were trophies and it was overwhelming.” “I don’t think I’ve cried that much publicly in a long time,” added teammate Kathryn Taddei, also in Grade 12. “It’s probably one of the only times I’ve cried out of sheer joy. … The whole team was (exuding) a mixture of disbelief and joy, but now we just need to make it happen.” To make it happen – a.k.a get to Ottawa for the finals April

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The Vic High Improv team is raising money to be able to compete at the national level in Ottawa. 3 through 7 – the group needs to fundraise $12,000 to cover the cost of their travel and accommodations. The team, along with coach and veteran improvisor Alan Penty, are hosting an evening of entertainment on March 8 to follow through with what has so far been a monumental experience for all those involved. “If I were a religious man, I’d say it’s a miracle (we won regionals),” he said. “We’ve never even come close to that before.” Penty, a regular on Sin City improv, was impressed by the

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Telus backs miracle show The David Foster Foundation announced that Telus is now the marquee sponsor of the foundation’s May 25 to 27 Miracle Concert and Gala Weekend in Victoria as the foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary. “I am so excited to be coming back home to Victoria – my hometown,” said Foster. “To be able to celebrate our 25th anniversary with the Victoria community who supported the foundation from the very beginning is a thrill for me.” Foster announced Josh Groban, Kenny G and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard to the growing list of entertainers who will join him May 26 for the Miracle Concert at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. In August 2011, the Canadian Tenors were named as the first act on board for the once-in-a-lifetime show. Ticket sales for the concert and gala go on sale tomorrow (March 1) at noon. “Telus is pleased to support the exceptional work being done by the David Foster Foundation and we are proud of their tireless efforts to assist organ recipient families at a time when it is needed most,” said Mel Cooper, Chair of the Telus Victoria Community Board. “For 25 years, the David Foster Foundation has helped more than 700 families across Canada. Together, we will continue to support transplant recipients and their families and raise awareness of the importance

David Foster of organ donation in Canada.” Tickets will be available through Select Your Tickets at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre box office, by phone at 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com. Ticket prices range from $75, $125, and a limited number of $250 VIP seats and are subject to applicable taxes and service charges. The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. In addition to helping families with their non-medical expenses, the foundation strives to increase organ donor registration through public awareness campaigns in Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com. llavin@vicnews.com

Sharing some stories An afternoon of sharing stories about growing up Jewish with painter and author Phyllis Serota is on March 4. “Many of us in Victoria know very little about each other’s early lives. Some of us grew up in Toronto, Calgary, New York, Israel and even Vancouver,” said Serota. “Let’s get together and learn about each other’s history.” Serota will facilitate by reading the chapter Being Jewish on the West Side from her recent memoir entitled Painting My Life, A Memoir of Love, Art and Transformation. The book will be available at the event on Sunday, March 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Congregation Emanu-El Adult Educational Centre, 1461 Blanshard St. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served. llavin@vicnews.com

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Plans are under way for the West Coast navy to exercise its right to march freely through the streets of Esquimalt in honour of the township’s centennial year. In a letter sent recently to the township, navy Capt. Craig Baines, commander of CFB Esquimalt, accepted the mayor’s request for a Freedom of the Township ceremony. In the ancient tradition, believed to date back to Roman times, the military will request the right to march in the township with bayonets fixed, colours flying and drums beating. In June, the parade commander, who has not yet been selected, will bang on the door to Municipal Hall and make the ceremonial request. The mayor will then request that the police chief allow the military contingent to pass by. The event, which is so far scheduled for Thursday, June 7, at the start of Buccaneer Days, is causing waves of excitement to ripple through the community. “Who is really the navy town? It’s Esquimalt, and so the significance of this (happening) in our town,

speaking to the relationship of the navy with Esquimalt, is huge,” said Mayor Barb Desjardins. “Our 100 years have been so interwoven. How we’ve been shaped as a community is related in every way to what has happened with the Royal Navy initially, and then the Royal Canadian Navy. “The recognition by the navy that we are joined at the hip is wonderful.” Freedom of the Township was last granted by Esquimalt to the military in 1972. It was also bestowed upon former reeve Alfred Wurtele in 1987 and former mayor Ken Hill in 2003. The freedom march in 1972 commemorated Esquimalt’s Diamond Jubilee, or 60 years of incorporation. “The histories of the township of Esquimalt and the Canadian Forces Base that bears the same name have been inexorably linked since the inception of both,” Baines wrote to Desjardins. “It will be an honour to celebrate publicly that long and close relationship in an auspicious year marking both the township’s centennial and the 40th anniversary of the first granting of the right of Freedom of the Township to the local military forces.” emccracken@vicnews.com

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Ready, set...lace up for one of the first community walk/run events of spring, the LifeMark Health Esquimalt 5K Fun Run & Walk, March 10. The annual event offers a supportive atmosphere to get active and plenty of fun for all ages and abilities. In addition to the 5K run and walk, there’s also a 1K children’s fun run to get things going at 7:45 a.m. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. Run or walk along a picturesque route through Esquimalt’s residential areas and Saxe and Macaulay Point Parks, cheered on by friends, family and other participants. After the race, enjoy refreshments, massages, draw prizes, a children’s corner and more. Regular registration is $22. Technical race shirts are $10. Children’s Fun Run registration is $2. Register by phone at 250-412-8500 or online at www.esquimalt.ca

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CommunityCalendar Fridays – Esquimalt Walking Group, with free social, community walks leaving from the rec centre foyer at 10 a.m. year-round, rain or shine. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays – Esquimalt Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. at the Esquimalt Legion Hall, 620 Admirals Rd. FMI: President John Higgs, lionjohn@shaw. ca or 250-994-9288. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays – Kiwanis Club of Esquimalt meets, 7:30 a.m. at Gorge Vale Golf Club, 1005 Craigflower Rd. 2nd & 4th Mondays – Esquimalt Photography Club meets, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Esquimalt United Church church hall. All levels of amateur photographers welcome. FMI: www. esquimaltphotoclub.org Thursdays – Esquimalt Writers Group, meets, 10 a.m. to noon at Esquimalt Rec Centre. No membership required. FMI: 250-412-8532. Saturdays, March 3 to 31 – Alzheimer Society of BC Family Caregiver Series, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St. Register at 250-412-8500 for course 35338. FMI: Christin Hillary, 250-382-2052, chillary@alzheimerbc.org March 2 – Wild About Polar Bears! with Diane Brown, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for Grades 2 to 7. Learn about polar bears in the wild and in zoos and about the effects of global warming on their population. Register at www. gvpl.ca or 250-414-7198. March 5 – Esquimalt Council meets, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. FMI: 250414-7135 March 6 – The Esquimalt Lion’s Club invites interested residents to its open house and dinner (RSVP only) at the Esquimalt Legion to learn more about the organization. RSVP: Membership Chair Bryan Mee at 250386-3923 or brmee@shaw.ca

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Fabricfinders will help your windows look their best for less However, while draperies are multi-purpose, Neyts doesn’t believe they should cost a fortune. “What I’m trying to do is help people who have worked hard so Rick Neyts loves fabric, plain and simple. they can have something nicer in their homes,” he ex“I’ve been sewing custom drapes since I was 10-years plains. old,” says Neyts, who as a youngster worked for his Fabricfinders’ in-stock fabrics sell for between $15 parents’ Victoria drapery and $40 per yard, while store, before attending the higher-end fabrics are also “I like to take someone’s house and available from the custom New York School of Interior Design. gallery, for those who want make it a home.” “I love fabric – I can’t something a little different help it; it’s in my blood,” – Rick Neyts, Fabricfinders or more specialized, he he says. says. A career in the industry An extra-special treat followed, but working for for those who like the retro others wasn’t as appealing as working for himself, and look is a remnants table stacked with fabrics from 1965 in 2003 Neyts opened Fabricfinders in Kelowna. Sev- to 1995, salvaged from his parents’ drapery business. eral years ago, Neyts was called back to his home town In addition to drapery fabric sales and design, Neyts of Victoria to care for his mother, and after settling in, also offers installation and interior design services. turned his attention to relocating his business here. “It’s really a one-stop shop where people can come The window covering fabric store has opened in a in and buy fabric and drapery accessories to make their bright location at the corner of Craigflower and Tilli- own window coverings or I can work with them to cum roads, across from the Gorge Vale Golf Club, with design and create unique, custom draperies or other ample parking off Craigflower. home décor items,” he says. “I give excellent customer A full-service store, “people can get good service and service and great value. great-quality fabrics in a wide range of pricing,” Neyts “I like to take someone’s house and make it a says. home.” “Curtains are both an accessory and a foundation A big proponent of supporting the Canadian econopiece,” and as such play a significant role in the home, my both locally and nationally, all Fabricfinders’ stock he explains. Not only do they help create a certain look is from Canadian suppliers and sewing is done locally. or ambience, but they can also serve a practical purVisit Fabricfinders at 1006 Craigflower Rd. Wednespose, such as blocking heat in the summer, insulating day to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday from against cold in the winter, and blocking light. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 250-590-5053 for information.

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Claremont Spartans’ Melissa van Dyk goes up for two guarded by Oak Bay Breakers’ Emily Frame and Emma Thomson (partially hidden) in the Island final.

With four straight Island basketball championships, the Claremont Spartans shouldn’t be surprising anybody. But that’s just what the girls AAA team has done this year. The latest addition to the Spartans’ “tradition of success” came on Saturday night (Feb. 25), with a 63-53 win against the Oak Bay Breakers in the Island final at Mount Douglas secondary. Host Mount Doug Rams finished third, beating the Dover Bay Dolphins 78-55, earning the right to play Terry Fox Ravens on Tuesday for a spot at provincials (see Saanichnews.com for results). “Claremont has been in so many big games and they know how to win,” coach Kim Graves said. “I don’t think anyone expected a lot out of us because we lost big names (from last year). But half this team was in the 2011 provincial final and half of them won the (2011) provincial (high school) soccer championship. These girls work hard because they believe in themselves, and are doing things nobody thought they could.” Versatile Spartans guard Nikki Turner was named the tournament MVP, and tied Sam Lee for the team lead with 14 points in the final. Jill Coo-

per led the Breakers with 18 points. Going into the Lower Island AAA girls championships Feb. 16 to 18, the Breakers were the favourite, ranked No. 4 among AAA teams in B.C. But Claremont, which was ranked an honourable mention, defeated the Breakers in the Lower Island final -the first of two championship wins over Oak Bay in the span of seven days. Still, Graves said she wouldn’t be surprised to see Oak Bay in the topfour at provincials, and relishes the opportunity to have three Island teams in the top-four. “Oak Bay’s got all the parts to win at provincials, are well coached and work hard.”

Blue Jags win AA Islands For the first time in three years, the St. Michaels University Blue Jags have qualified for the AA boys’ basketball provincials without panic. The past two seasons, the Blue Jags squeaked in with comebacks and close wins. But on Saturday (Feb. 25) they hosted and won the AA Islands, bettering Brentwood College 57-38. “We played our most complete game of the season,” Blue Jags coach Reagan Daly said. “To hold them to 38 points, we relied on some tough defensive assignments and our guys were amazing.” Liam McLure earned the tournament MVP award for his defensive game, part of a standout effort by the Jags’ Grade 12 core with Derek HydeLay, Joe Erlic and Dave Lafleur.

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Oak Bay’s Jill Cooper and Claremont’s Madison Walsh fight for a loose ball in the Island final. “This time we had the type of final you hope to have. We played a great game, and our Grade 12s were awesome.” Lambrick Park beat Ladysmith in the third place game and will join St. Mikes and Brentwood at the AA boys’ provincials in Kamloops, March 7- 10.

Rams top AAA cities The Mount Douglas Rams beat the Oak Bay Bays 83-79 in the Lower Island boys’ AAA final at Oak Bay High on Saturday (Feb. 25). Those teams, as well as the Belmont Bulldogs and Claremont Spartans will represent the south at the AAA Islands in Duncan this weekend, March 1 to 3. Full stories, plus AA girls and A basketball updates online at Vicnews. com. sports@vicnews.com

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The UVic Vikes needed a buzzer-beating basket to defeat the Calgary Dinos in men’s playoff basketball action, Sunday afternoon in Victoria. Terrell Evans grabbed the rebound from Ryan MacKinnon’s shot and threw it up and into the hoop to make it 90-88 with no time left. The late basket sparked a roar of jubilation from the 1,340 fans at Ken and Kathy Shields Court. With the win, the Vikes will face the Fraser Valley Cascades in the Canada West semifinal, Friday March 2 at the University of Saskatchewan. MacKinnon led the Vikes with 33 points, three assists and eight rebounds to help the Vikes capture the best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series. “Once I knew Terrell’s (shot) was good, I was ecstatic,” MacKinnon said. “I could not control my emotions… I kind of went and tackled Terrell to the ground and threw a couple of punches at him. It’s an unbelievable feeling.” The Vikes lost 73-68 in Game 1 on Friday, but bounced back to win 68-61 on Saturday. Fans can view the live feed of the Vikes and Cascades, 4:15 p.m. on Canada West TV. The Huskies will host the Alberta Golden Bears in the other semifinal, later that night. sports@vicnews.com

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Keenan Milburn of the Calgary Dinos, right, fouls Michael Acheampong of the UVic Vikes at McKinnon Gym during Game 2 of the Canada West quarterfinal on Saturday. UVic won 68-61.

The Saanich Braves won Game 3 of their first-round playoff series the hard way, a 6-5 shootout settled in overtime against the Campbell River Storm on Sunday. But the important thing is they did it, said coach Brad Cook. The Braves and Storm played Game 4 in Campbell River on Tuesday, with the Braves up 2-1 in the series. The teams split 4-1 wins on Feb. 22 and 24. Game 5 is Wednesday (Feb. 29), 7:30 p.m. at Pearkes arena. Cook found lots of positives from Sunday’s game, despite having to win in overtime on a goal by 21-year-old James Kellington (his hat trick goal) after giving up a 3-1 lead late in the second period.

“It’s a pretty im important step for o young guys. our You could see they were struggling with decisions in the first overtime, and our team was average, but we outplayed the Storm in the second OT. And now the young guys will be (that much more) ready (the next time),” Cook said. Unfortunately for the Braves, defenceman Liam Sproule was injured Sunday and is unlikely to return for the playoffs. As of Monday the Peninsula Panthers were up 3-0 in their series over the Oceanside Generals, and the Kerry Park Islanders led the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 2-1. Both latter series played Monday and Tuesday. Full story and playoff updates at Saanichnews. com. sports@vicnews.com


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Part-owner Alex Campbell, coach Dave Dew and player Mariel Solsberg wear the red Peninsula Co-op colours at the press conference last week, unveiling the W-League team’s new sponsor and name.

For the players on Victoria’s W-League soccer team, swapping names from Highlanders to the Peninsula Co-op Women’s team is as easy as slipping into a brand new jersey. After all, it was one year ago the Highlanders FC team debuted in the W-League. But when a team travels for 15 road games from Vancouver to Los Angeles, the associated

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costs can add up. So starting in 2012, both the women’s W-League and under-20 squads, formerly known as the Highlanders, will now share the name Peninsula Co-op Women’s Soccer. “If not for Peninsula Co-op, we couldn’t afford the costs associated with a W-League team,” said Highlanders part-owner Alex Campbell. “I don’t understand why people go crazy for the national women’s team but don’t support the W-League, which is the last stop for players before they go on to the national level.” The Highlanders’ founder was candid, for the most part, during the unveiling of Peninsula Co-op’s sponsorship at the Sticky Wicket last week. “This women’s team only averaged about 200 fans per home game last year, though I’m positive it can average 1,000 at Royal Athletic Park in 2012,” Campbell said. Exactly how much

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the team cost to run, Campbell wouldn’t divulge, though he is quick to explain the Highlanders’ organization.

“The W-League is the last stop for players before they go on to the national level.” – Alex Campbell With men’s and women’s teams in the United Soccer League system, the clubs are not in business to make a profit. Rather, the goal is to bring the highest level of soccer to Victoria. To help make that happen, the women’s team will swap jersey colours from black and gold to red and white. The front of the jersey now bears the same branding as Peninsula Co-op’s retail stores. With 13 gas stations across Greater Victoria, the brand is a familiar one. This isn’t the first time a sports teams in Victoria was named Tournament All-Stars (local) Mark Yorath (SMUS); Brendan Somers (Lambrick Park); Jordan Charles (Brentwood); Derek HydeLay (SMUS); Joe Erlic (SMUS); Dawit Workie (SMUS); Lucas Dellabough (Lambrick Park) Tournament MVP Liam MacLure (SMUS) AAA Girls’ Island Basketball Championship at Mount Douglas secondary, Feb. 23 to 25 Final standings 1st Claremont 2nd Oak Bay

for a gas station sponsor. From 1982 to 1994, the Victoria Shamrocks played as Victoria Payless, named for Payless Gas, and won the Mann Cup in 1983. Bringing on a “presenting partner” is the latest boost of community support for the Highlanders, who are also selling ownership shares with each season ticket, entitling holders to a vote in the team’s decision making. The Highlanders’ unique ownership structure makes its debut this season. The goal is for 30-per-cent ownership through annual season ticket sales, and 30 per cent from local soccer organizations. Lakehill, Gorge and Prospect Lake have agreed in principle with the idea. This year, both the men’s and women’s teams will play out of Royal Athletic Park. Peninsula Co-op Women’s Soccer open the season on May 13, while the Highlanders men’s team starts May 23 at RAP. sports@vicnews.com 3rd Mt. Doug 4th Dover Bay Alberni; G. P. Vanier; Spectrum; Stelly’s Tournament MVP Nikki Turner (Claremont) Best Defensive Player Chloe Mead (Mount Doug) 1st team All-Stars: Sam Lee (Claremont); Caitlin Anderson (Claremont); Ella Macquisten (Oak Bay); Jill Cooper (Oak Bay); Julia Murray (Mount Doug) 2nd team All-Stars: Haley Cabral (Claremont); Emma Koloska (Oak Bay); Carly Sangha (Mount Doug); Emily Shires (Dover Bay)

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INFORMATION WANTED a parent volunteer with students in Grade 11 or 12 in Saanich or Sooke School Districts to challenge the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy of charging fees for all the courses and the Necessary learning resource materials and supplies leading to graduation. The BC Advocacy Institute, Inc., will provide free legal advice and pay all court and legal costs to a parent who will legally challenge, in the BC Supreme Court, any board policies that required a parent to pay fees for the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s required learning program and materials leading to graduation. BC Advocacy Institute Inc. Fax 250-385-0434.

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ASPHALT PAVING Personnel Required: Paving contractor in the beautiful BC Interior requires paving personnel for all aspects of Asphalt Lay-down. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in Highway, commercial and residential paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered for training. Please forward resume to: paverswanted@yahoo.ca.

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THE ENSUITE Bath & Kitchen Showroom. We are looking for a dynamic individual to fill the full time position of Sales Consultant at our Langford Ensuite Showroom location. The primary responsibility is to deliver an exceptional level of customer service to the retail public and wholesale trades. Duties will include sales, quotations, order entry and expediting. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills, attention to detail, high customer service standards, and a team attitude. We offer a competitive salary, based on experience, and excellent benefits and bonus program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume in confidence to: Paul Stevenson pstevenson@emcoltd.com fax: 250-475-6282 www.theensuite.com

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HELP WANTED An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051

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EDUCATION/TUTORING MATH TUTOR. Basic skills. Practice and review. $15/hr 250-592-4166

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HOME MAKER/ companion cooking, cleaning, laundry and errands. Call Wendy (250)4798555.

WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset 1st & 2nd Pressmen. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume: et@webcoleduc.com.

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Summer Intern Black Press – Victoria Black Press-Vancouver Island requires a temporary full-time summer intern for its Victoria-based community newspapers. The job term runs for 13 weeks from June through to the end of August. The successful candidate will do general assignment reporting and photography. Night and weekend work is involved and a valid driver’s licence and car is mandatory.

Qualifications This position is open to students and recent graduates (within the last year or two) who are ambitious and who have a strong work ethic and a passion for journalism. Qualifications include a firm grasp of grammar, spelling and newspaper style. Previous reporting experience is an asset. The student is expected to be web savvy, both in their use of social media as a reporting tool, and their ability to tell stories in a multi-platform environment, using video, podcasting and other tools. Interested candidates should send resume, clippings and cover letter by Feb. 29, 2012 to: Kevin Laird Editorial Director-Greater Victoria Black Press 818 Broughton Street Victoria, B.C. V8W 1E4 or e-mail: klaird@blackpress.ca Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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DIGITAL PHOTO retouch, editing, add/remove objects/people. Tribute posters, home movies to CD/DVD. 250-4753332. www.cwpics.com

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT

BUILDING SUPPLIES METAL ROOFING & siding sales. Seconds avail. Custom roof Flashings. 250-544-3106. Must Sell (Ltd.) Will deal. 24x36, 39x57, 60x100. 40 yr paint (Steel Bldgs). Pro-Rated freight to site. Erection Avail. Source# 1OC 866-609-4321

FREE ITEMS FREE infant car seat, expires end of 2012, matching stroller, good shape. Call 250-3836407.

FRIENDLY FRANK 2 BLANKETS- 2 feather pillows, 2 sheets, $99. (250)652-2012. AIRCAST BOOTS, medical, like new, 1 sz fits all male & female, $89. obo. (250)3802858 before 9pm. BEAUTIFUL GRAD dress, mermaid style, black/white, sz 3/4, $95. (250)893-2502 CABINET WITH doors, 60” high x 31.5” wide x 15.5” deep, $35 obo. (250)477-7335 DOUBLE BLOW up air bed, (black), like new, $50 firm. Call 250-665-6546. ELECTRIC HOSPITAL bed, excellent condition, $99. (250)642-4295. LAZY-BOY SWIVEL Rocker, green, corduroy, $99. Call (250)384-4019. RING/WATCH, $10. Murchie tins, $20. Snow chains, $20. HK plate, $30.(250)508-9008.

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CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

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SEASONED FIREWOOD Vancouver Island’s largest firewood producer offers firewood legally obtained during forest restoration, large cords. Help restore your forest, Burndrywood.com 1-877-902-WOOD.

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FUEL/FIREWOOD ARBUTUS, CYPRESS, fir, hardwoods. Seasoned. Call 250-661-7391.

STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands Now! Call for Free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170. STEEL OF a deal - building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

MISCELLANEOUS WANTED ANTIQUES, BOOKS, collectibles, furniture, china, jewellery. Estates/private libraries purchased. Galleon Books & Antiques, 250-655-0700

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Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other financing options available to qualified applicants.

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VICTORIA NEWS - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 REAL ESTATE

RENTALS

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VICTORIA DOWNTOWN: Near Cook St. village, new 2 bdrm house stainless 5 apls prvt fenced yard pet ok N/S Mar 1st $1400. 250-383-8800

SIDNEY: NEW, 3 bdrm + den, laundry, NS/NP, $1700. Avail Apr. 1. Call 250-217-4060.

2008 HONDA CIVIC LX 4 door, auto, top of the line & fully loaded including rare power sunroof option. Babied by 1 owner, garage kept, hwy commuter (76k). Dealer maintained. Burgundy with factory 5 spoke alloy wheels & a set of winters tires on steel rims. Full power-train warranty until Dec. 20 2012. $15,750 o.b.o. 250-466-4156

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Bach & 2 Bdrm. Very quiet, ocean views, Clean, well maintained. Adult oriented. Laundry, Sauna, Elevator, Hot Water, Heat. (250) 388-9384

ROOMS FOR RENT

LAVENDER CO-OP accepting applications for a 1 bdrm, $574/mo. Quiet area, sm pet ok, W/D hook up, insuite storage, lrg bright kitchen. Gross income $25,000.+ share purchase is $2,500. Applications available in the glass case outside the Community Hall at 10A-620 Judah St. OAK BAY, sunny, 1 bdrm, balcony, quiet, mature, N/P, N/S, steps to ocean, $840 mo incls H & H/W, 250-598-9632

Fraser Tolmie Apts 1 & 2 Bedrooms 1701 Cedar Hill X Road www.frasertolmime.ca for pics

COTTAGES SIDNEY CHARMING garden cottage, sea view & beach access on bus route to Sidney & Victoria, near ferries & airport. Totally reno’d, with beautiful fir floors, 1 bdrm (fits queen or smaller), 1 bath (shower, no tub), open kitchen/dining & living area, 4 appliances, off street prkg. $1000. NP/NS. Opportunity to garden. Long term preferred. 250-656-3003.

APARTMENTS FURNISHED RENTALS

SIDNEY: FURNISHED Deluxe suite, newer. Walk to ocean & town. All incl. 250-656-8080.

APARTMENT/CONDO

HOMES FOR RENT COLWOOD, 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath. 2 level home with an exceptional view. Mins to elem & sec schools. On bus route. Walk to beach & Royal Roads. N/S. Pets neg. $1900 mo + utils. Call 250-478-8146.

GRANT MANOR, APARMENTS 6921 Grant Rd. Sooke Bachelor and 1 bdrm. apts. Some newly renovated For further information and to view call

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VICTORIA, GORDREAU APTS. Suites available. Please call 250-383-5353

GORDON HEAD. Large 3bdrm, 1.5 bath, deck + 2-bdrm in-law suite, workshop. 2 F/P NS/NP. $2200. (250)477-6541

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OAK BAY/VICTORIA, $475 all inclusive, semi priv bath, W/D, on bus route, avail March. 1 or 15, 250-595-7610.

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When colder weather arrives, many people stay indoors and fight the harsh weather with hot chocolate and heating systems. It’s no surprise, then, that most homes accumulate quite the amount of clutter over the course of a typical winter. The more time we spend indoors, the more junk we seem to amass. But a few home-organization tips can help make all those extra hours spent indoors during the winter months a little less claustrophobic. • Buy a coat rack. Just about everyone bundles up in a warm coat once the temperatures dip. But once you get home and the warm air inside welcomes you, the first instinct is to take the coat off and lay it down on the first chair you see. Instead of tossing all those coats on an armchair or a bench in the kitchen, buy a coat rack and place it just inside the main entrance. This way you will always know where your coat is, and the house won’t look so messy with coats strewn about. • Have a tray set aside for keys. As clutter accumulates throughout the winter, the chances your keys will go missing increase. Save yourself the frantic search for keys in the morning by setting a tray aside for keys or just hanging a hook on the wall where everyone places their keys. • Partition desk drawers. It’s easy to fill a desk drawer. It’s much harder to remember a drawer’s contents. Save yourself the stress of rooting through desk drawers by installing partitions

so everything is not just lumped in together. • Bundle all those cords. Nowadays, the average television has roughly one dozen cords attached to it – HDMI cables, video game consoles, DVD players, home theater systems, and, of course, the television cord itself. Bundle these cords with a cord organizer to make wires and plugs more manageable. • Toss the junk mail. Thanks to paperless bank statements and online billing, many people no longer receive important documents through the mail. Instead, mailboxes are filled with junk mail such as advertisements or menus from local restaurants. Rather than placing junk mail on the kitchen counter or storing it in the desk drawer, throw it out as you receive it. • Stop losing things to the couch. Few things are as frustrating as a missing remote control. Too often remotes get lost in a sea of throw pillows that, while decorative, serve little purpose. Don’t overdo it with throw pillows and designate an area for all those remote controls. • Clean out the refrigerator. Another culprit when it comes to clutter is the family refrigerator. Half-eaten meals or expired items can be found in almost every refrigerator on the planet. If you’re putting leftovers in the fridge after every meal, then chances are you have lots of leftovers that have passed their prime. Have a potluck night where you eat all of the leftovers. Clean out the refrigerator once a week to ensure everything is fresh. • Add storage space. Using drawers and only drawers for storage is a great way to become disorganized. If you have any bare walls, particularly in the kitchen, use them to hang shelves you can use for storage. If the walls are full or not sturdy enough to hang a storage shelf, install an extra shelf or two in the pantry.

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For homeowners, a clean-up is one of the annual rites of spring. The return of warmer weather presents the perfect opportunity for homeowners to open the windows, let some fresh air in and tidy up after time spent cooped up inside. Consider the following before beginning. Get the right tools The right tools won’t necessarily be a hammer and nails, but cleaning products that can make spring cleaning more efficient. Rubber gloves, cleaning products (preferably natural products that are good for the environment) and enough garbage bags to discard a winter’s worth of clutter should all be on hand before you begin cleaning. Take some inventory Many people have no problem buying new clothes, but they do find it hard to get rid of older items. Part of spring cleaning is tossing old items you no longer use, and that includes clothing. Clothing can take up a significant amount of space, so take some inventory on your wardrobe and decide which items you want to keep and which ones you can afford to discard or even donate. Address the windows If the last several months have been especially cold, then you might not have looked out the windows in quite some time. Unfortunately, those windows might have accumulated quite a lot of dirt and grime while you were huddled inside. Wash windows on a cloudy day, as the sun can actually cause streaking. In addition, be mindful of what you’re using to wipe down the windows postcleaning. Microfiber rags typically give windows a great shine without streaking.

Blinds and drapes will likely have accumulated some dust over the last few months. Dust the valance and frame, and wipe the blinds down with a damp cloth. You can also use your vacuum’s upholstery and brush attachments. Tidy up the bed You likely wash your bed linens regardless of the season. When spring cleaning, toss these linens into the washing machine and don’t forget to wash the mattress pads and bed skirting as well. While those items are in the wash, flip all the mattresses in your household. Don’t forget the kitchen

Empty and clean the bookshelves

The kitchen is not immune to clutter, and it’s especially easy for items to overstay their welcome in the refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets. Look for old takeout containers in the refrigerator that have managed to stick around, and throw these out as well as any items that have passed their expiration dates. While items in the kitchen cabinets might not have an expiration date, it helps to remove them from the pantry and then dust and wipe down the shelves. Discard any items that no longer seem appetizing.

Bookshelves are one the biggest collectors of dust in many homes. Open the windows in the home and then remove books from the shelves. Once the books have been removed, dust the shelves and wipe them down with a damp cloth. And don’t forget to dust the books and reorganize titles before returning them to their newly cleaned shelves.

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Area rugs likely collected dirt and dust over the last several months. Though vacuuming t might be enough during the year, take advantage of the pleasant weather and take the rugs outside to beat them and rid them of dust and any other particles the vacuum might have missed over the last few months.

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Renovating a rental property When the economy struggles to the point of recession, few people benefit. However, some businesses thrive, using the circumstances to their advantage and actually growing business in spite of a sagging economy.

but landlords whose buildings have a high turnover rate likely wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to repaint every time a tenant moves out. When adding a new coat of paint, choose a light, neutral colour to give the property a fresh, inviting look.

One such sector involves rental agencies or property management companies. Even landlords with a single investment property tend to do better during a recession, when individuals might be fearful of buying a home or simply unable to afford it. Such individuals still need a place to live, however, and landlords benefit as a result.

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One of the best things a landlord can do during a recession is to pay more attention to their rental properties, ensuring the properties are in tip-top shape so they can get the most out of each unit at a time when the rental market is most competitive. This might require some renovations, which landlords should be making periodically anyway, regardless of how strong or tenuous the economy might be.

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How to hide the TV when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in use People have a love affair with their electronics, which play an integral role at households across the globe. For example, Canadians spend 1,500 hours each year watching TV, and 128,000 Canadians have a TV in the bathroom.

â&#x20AC;˘ Furniture: Television armoires and cabinetry are some of the most basic ways to hide a TV. The unit is housed behind doors that are closed when the TV is not on and can be opened and recessed when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to watch a show. These pieces of furniture can match other items in the room and create a flawless appeal.

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Concrete upholds newest building code demands Building codes are enforcing ‘energy efficiency’ in many parts of the world. A legally enforced building code specifies the community’s acceptable level of safety, function, and comfort — and some jurisdictions have mandated a requirement of 35 to 40 per cent improvement. Many regions are also steadily improving their ‘sustainable practises’ with advancements in insulation, air infiltration, and window daylighting. Of equal value, the construction industry is now producing materials and methods that are even more efficient than mandated. So if you’re building or renovating, be sure to follow the guidelines in your municipal building code. A savvy homeowner today knows that eco-responsibility pays dividends, some of them pretty quickly and others cumulatively, year after year. “Replacing wood, for example, has so many spin-off benefits,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, the manufacturers of

an advanced version of the insulated concrete form. “By building a house with concrete instead of wood framing you could immediately benefit by lower energy bills. You’d get to live in a stronger, more comfortable home, build equity for resale value, and throughout your lifetime, make a significant contribution to the good health of the planet.” The system is highly rated due to its ability to deliver both energy efficiency and occupant comfort. This system for building concrete walls is in high demand across Canada and the U.S. “Builders receive workplace benefits too,” Blyth continued. “Built like Lego, the pre-assembled, interlocking blocks assure adherence to building code requirements; the ICFs require less shipping space and manpower than other methods; and the construction time is much faster than building with wood. Busy builders and eager homeowners benefit equally from this efficiency.”

Building with concrete can offer benefits such as improved energy efficiency and sound resistance.

How it works The forms are designed with monolithic concrete sandwiched between two continuous layers of expanded polystyrene foam. “The foam material isolates the concrete and significantly reduces the flow of heat through the wall,” Blyth explained. “It stabilizes the internal temperature from day to night fluctuations and provides a largely self-regulating environment. This faster method of construction creates a solid concrete wall.

“As a result, you will need less energy for mechanical heating and cooling, delivering cost savings throughout the year. A home built with this concrete system stands to be stronger, provides greater safety, offers greater sound resistance — and would be far less prone to mould, cold spots and drafts. Insulated concrete forms are an option, so be sure to discuss this method with your builder.

New B.C. program promotes safe and independent living Low-income seniors and people with disabilities are now able to finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living.

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Through a $15-million combined investment over the next three years, the Home Adaptations for Independence program will provide eligible homeowners and landlords with financial assistance of up to $20,000 per home, in the form of a forgivable loan. Funding for the program is shared equally by the federal and B.C. governments.

Eligible renovations and retrofits include handrails in hallways or stairways, ramps for ease of access, easy-to-reach work areas in the kitchen, or bathtub grab bars and seats. All adaptations should be permanent and fixed to the home, except for equipment designed to give access to existing parts of the home, such as bath lifts.

• they are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and permanently reside in British Columbia;

“The funding will help people living with a disability retain their independence and improve their quality of life,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing. “This partnership with the federal government will go a long way to

Available through 2014, the HAFI program will provide assistance to B.C. residents who wish to make adaptations and remain in their own home.

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Program benefits: including continuing to occupy the home or limiting rent increases for tenants. For homeowners, where underlying deficiencies within the home require remediation before adaptations can be completed, further funding assistance of up to $20,000 per dwelling may be considered.


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Plywood and MDF: What’s the difference? For decades plywood was the go-to inexpensive wood of choice for many home-repair projects. In fact, it was actually the first manufactured wood product available. Then the term MDF, or mediumdensity fiberboard, started making its way onto homeimprovement shows and among do-it-yourselfers, making it a popular material in recent years. Still, many people do not know the differences between these types of wood products.

to add strength to the plywood. There may be knots or irregularities in the plywood because it is made of actual slices of wood. It comes in a variety of strengths, depending on the thickness of the plywood. Thickness can vary by sheet depending on the manufacturer, so each sheet may not be consistent. MDF is formed with wood fibers or shavings mixed with glue or resin. Under heat or pressure, the MDF is made into a solid material. Because MDF is not made from slices of wood to form veneers, it will not have the traditional graining or knots associated with wood. This can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on how it is ultimately

Plywood is constructed by gluing several layers of thin wood veneers between two pieces of wood to create a solid sheet. Experts say there is an odd number of veneer layers, and each one is attached at a right angle to the one below

used. MDF is often easy to cut, drill and manipulate because users will not have to work around grain or knots. But users should be careful to drill pilot holes before attaching MDF because it can split. Due to machine creation, MDF is generally uniform in thickness, which makes it consistent for many uses. It is important to note that sanding and cutting of MDF can cause the release of formaldehyde. Safety goggles and a mask are a must when using this product. Plywood is more readily used for walls, ceilings and subfloors because of its strength. MDF is widely relied on for building cabinets, crafts, shelving and trimwork.

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expectancy while driving up home cooling costs along the way.

3. Granule loss Granule loss is typically a by-product of normal shingle wear and tear that results from inclement weather, such as hail. Older roofs might experience granule loss, but granule loss can also occur on a new roof if a defective roofing product was used. Any granule loss, even if slight, should be addressed, as the side effects of granule loss include a weakened roof and leaking. If granule loss is not addressed, the consequences could be severe the next time a storm occurs.

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Should a roof exhibit any signs of decay, homeowners should address those issues immediately to avoid further damage. Replacing a roof is a costly venture few homeowners look forward to. While there’s little homeowners can do to reduce the cost of a roof replacement, there are warning signs homeowners can look for that might indicate a roof replacement is on the horizon. Recognition of these signs can help homeowners be more financially prepared should the day come when the roof needs to be replaced.

1. The presence of algae If the roof has lots of dark streaks and stains clinging to it, that is likely algae, which can grow on the roof for quite awhile. Algae does not necessarily do any damage to a roof, but it does do some damage to a home’s physical appearance.

2. Buckling shingles Like algae, buckling shingles are another unsightly problem on a roof. But buckling shingles are more than just an eyesore, they actually might indicate significant problems. When shingles buckle, that’s typically because hot air from the attic is forcing the shingles away from the home. Buckling shingles also indicate that the roof is poorly ventilated, which can take years off the roof’s life

Unlike the warning signs already discussed, mold is not visible on the outside of the home. Instead, homeowners should look in the attic of a home to see if there is any mold growth. If there is, the roof is likely leaking, and the health risks of mold growth in a home are substantial. Mold is not necessarily easy to detect, so a professional inspection might be in order if mold growth is suspected. If a professional determines mold is, in fact, present, then the mold will need to be removed and all options, including a roof replacement, must be considered to keep mold from coming back.

5. Roof rot Perhaps the most discouraging sign a homeowner can see on his or her roof is roof rot. Roof rot appears when a roof is in considerable decay and, if not addressed, its consequences can stretch far beyond the roof, damaging other parts of the home thanks in large part to water getting through the roof. If roof rot is either not noticed or just ignored, it won’t take long for water to get through the roof and blaze a destructive path through the rest of the home.

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roofing materials A roof is the primary defense a home has against the elements. It provides protection against wind, rain and snow, as well as shields the interior from the blazing heat. A compromised roof cannot do its job properly. There are many different roofing materials available these days — each of which carries with it a certain length of usefulness. Most roofs can last anywhere from 25 to 40 years, depending on the material composition. Homeowners may know it’s time to replace a roof without even venturing out on the roof. Ceiling leaks or discolouration can indicate it’s time to replace a roof. Check for sagging ceiling material on the top floors of the home if there is no attic. Wet or darkened wood or rusty nails in the attic could be signs. Rafters may channel leaks away from their original source, so it’s best to do a thorough check anytime wetness or discolouration is evident anywhere in the home. Once the decision to install a new roof is made, homeowners must decide between the different roofing materials. • Asphalt shingles: This is the type of roof most homeowners first think of when envisioning a roofing project. The threetab asphalt shingle is the most commonly used roofing material. The economic value it offers is why this roof is one of the most popular. However, even though shingles are available in many different colors, homeowners seeking something unique may want to select a different roofing option. • Architectural shingle: Similar to an asphalt shingle, the architectural shingle is made to be thicker and the layers are staggered to give the roof a more architectural look. These shingles are only slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, which still makes them a good value. • Wood shakes and shingles: Instead

of asphalt, wood makes an ideal roofing material that’s also pleasing to the eye. Over time wood will weather to different shades, which can help the home blend in with the environment. Wood shakes can be expensive to install, and will require periodic cleaning to remove mildew or moss, and may need reoiling for preservation. There are also “fake” wood shingles that are made of composite materials that may offer the look of wood without the maintenance. • Slate: This hard, stone material is very strong and sheds snow and ice very well, which is why it was often used on homes in the Northeast. However, the weight of slate, which requires a more substantial roof structure, and the cost make it less popular among today’s homeowners. • Metal: This material is an ideal choice for industrial applications or on agricultural or country homes where snow is frequent. A metal roof can range from relatively inexpensive galvanized steel to lofty copper that is pricey. A properly installed metal roof could last 50 years, which makes it a good value. • Ceramic: Ceramic tile roofs may be among the most expensive due to the craftsmanship and the installation required for these heavy tiles, but their life expectancy is 60 to 80 years. Chances are you’ll only have to do this type of installation once in a lifetime. Many people are drawn to ceramic roofs because of their beauty. They are commonly found on Mediterranean-style homes in warm climates. Most tiles are waterproofed and hard-fired so they won’t absorb moisture, also making them safe to use in northern climates. In general, a roofing job is not a do-ityourself undertaking. It will require an experienced and licensed contractor. Verify contractors prior to hire through organizations like the Better Business Bureau.


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Understanding condensation in your home What do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable. “We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their windows are ‘sweating’ or leaking either inside or outside the home because they see moisture on the glass,” says Christopher Burk, technical product manager at Simonton Windows. “In reality, that’s simply not the case. While condensation may collect on the interior or exterior of energyefficient windows, the units are really doing their job by helping serve as a barrier in the home.” Burk points out that windows do not cause condensation — they simply

prevent the moisture in the home from escaping to the outside. “If the inside glass surface on double- or triple-glazed windows show excessive moisture, you can be reasonably sure that the moisture is also collecting on your walls and ceilings,” says Burk. “This means you should take steps to reduce the humidity level in your home by using exhaust fans and dehumidifiers.”

Where Does Condensation Come From? You’d be surprised how much water vapor homeowners create themselves on a daily basis. A family of four can add a half pint of water vapor every hour to the home just through normal breathing and perspiration. And, if you take a

five minute shower, you produce another half pint of water vapor. Even the simple act of cooking dinner on a gas stove can produce two and a half pints of water vapor. “Invisible water vapor is everywhere in the home,” says Burk. “The key is for homeowners to monitor the levels of moisture in their homes and then take steps to manage the humidity levels.”

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Water vapor is part of our lives and our homes. To help control the amount of condensation in the home, experts at Simonton Windows recommend the following tips: • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. • If you have a humidifier, set it to the correct outside temperature. • If your home is overly humid, or if you have a damp basement, use a dehumidifier. • Properly vent clothes dryers, gas appliances and stoves. • Open a window in the bathroom. • Make sure your attic, basement and crawl spaces are well

Homeowners with the most cause for concern are those with older, less efficient windows. “Windows are just like any other major part of the home,” says Burk. “They wear out over time and need to be replaced. If your windows have air leaks, don’t close properly, or are failing to act as a solid barrier to the environment, then it’s time to consider replacing them with energy-efficient windows.” Burk also recommends knowing the difference between condensation on the glass and between the glass panes of the window. “If you are seeing moisture, fogging or cloudiness between the panes of glass in your window, this is

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basement floor. In such homes, homeowners should make sure these ducts are properly insulated and watertight. • Make sure the vents all lead outside the home. The weather can cause moisture issues, but some moisture problems can come from inside the home as well. Clothes dryers and bathrooms are both internal moisture sources, and these sources should always be vented outside the home. • Clean gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned to ensure water is effectively being diverted away from the home. Clean gutters and downspouts in the spring after a long winter, and do so again in the fall to keep fallen leaves from blocking the flow of water. Downspouts should extend four feet from the outside wall of the house. • Inspect the home at least once a year. Before buying a home, buyers often

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experience. Following are some of the ways homeowners can do just that. • Add some layers of drywall. An extra layer or two of drywall will block sound coming from neighbouring rooms. Simply add a layer or two of drywall to the existing wall. • Install double-paned windows. If it’s noise from outside the home that’s ruining your home theatre experience, then consider installing double-paned windows with acrylic frames. Such a job can be costly, so if it’s going to be a budgetbuster, then sound-deadening drapes are a cheaper alternative that can also be effective.

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Celebrity designer celebrates the sights and scents of spring Kelli Ellis is an interior designer for all seasons. But when spring rolls around each year, she is truly in her element. An award-winning celebrity interior designer, textile designer and design psychology expert, Ellis’s work is everywhere, from television (as a featured designer on TLC’s “Clean Sweep,” HGTV’s “Takeover My Makeover,” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County” as well as guest spots on NBC, CBS and ABC) and the Web (as eHow.com’s interior design expert) to print media (as the monthly design advice columnist for the Orange County Gazette). Known for her love of flowers and floral design, Ellis also serves as a spokesperson for the Society of American Florists. For Ellis, spring offers endless opportunities to update and refresh interior spaces with touches of colour. While she always recommends starting with a neutral foundation that includes walls and major pieces of furniture in shades of white, beige or brown, Ellis loves to add seasonal flourishes by changing up accents and accessories. “With a neutral foundation,” explains Ellis, “you don’t have to invest a lot of time or money to refresh. Once you have the basics — those pieces of furniture that you absolutely love and will stand the test of time — the sky’s the limit in terms of changing accents such as valances, pillows, rugs, candle holders — even the matting on a picture. A neutral foundation

opens the door to a new look with minimal changes.” According to Ellis, one of the best — and easiest — ways to add seasonal colour and refresh a living space is with fresh flowers displayed in a variety of containers. Fresh flowers not only enliven a room and bring in the sights and scents of the outdoors, they are perfect for playing up colour and colour combinations.

“A lot of people are afraid of colour in their décor, so a less scary way of introducing colour is with flowers and vases,” Ellis notes. “Fresh flowers can go with any type of décor and generally last as long as your mood, so there are endless opportunities to experiment without making a long-term commitment.” Decorating with flowers begins with choosing a container that is in sync with the season and the style of your home, counsels Ellis. “There are so many container options for every type of décor,” Ellis says. “If your home leans toward country, think about using old decanters, tins or even wooden boxes. For contemporary homes, glass vases with clean lines work best. And for traditional homes, go with urns or ornate vases.” The same principal applies to the flowers themselves. Mixed flowers tend to be more traditional; bunches of local flowers lend a homey,

just-picked quality to a casual or country home; and monochromatic arrangements ooze modern. The key, notes Ellis, is to pair flowers with both their containers and the indoor environment in which they will be seen. Next comes colour. While Ellis leans toward monochromatic arrangements of white flowers — stargazers, lilies, roses and orchids are among her personal favourites — she nevertheless appreciates the “pop” of colour that can be achieved with bolder blossoms. When choosing flowers for a particular spot or room, Ellis advises looking at complementary colours — those that are on the opposite side of the colour wheel. For example, if the walls are a warm shade of yellow or gold, a container filled with blue flowers, such as hydrangeas, delphiniums or sapphire orchids, makes a bold statement. And in the green room? Try flowers in shades of purple and violet. “I think the greatest thing in the world is to bring your own vase or container to the florist and ask for something special that works with it,” she reveals. “Not every florist has a vase that suits your taste or will work in a particular spot, so I take in my containers and say, ‘I want something blue.’ Then I’m both surprised with the result and certain that it will work with the décor.” To learn more about Ellis and her latest projects, visit her online at kelliellis.com.


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• Space: As their name implies, halfbathrooms are much smaller than full bathrooms. As a result, they tend to feel cramped. • Value: Though an inexpensive half-bathroom addition might recoup its value and then some at resale, the project won’t add as much resale value to a home as a full bathroom addition might. • Loss of storage: If storage around the house is sparse, homeowners might be better off keeping the area designated for the halfbathroom as a storage closet instead of a bathroom. Once the pros and cons have been weighed, homeowners who want to go forward with the project should then check with their local municipality to ensure the codes and requirements won’t restrict their project. Size or window restrictions might curtail the project or limit what homeowners can do, which might change their minds on the project altogether. The addition of a half-bathroom often makes practical and financial sense. But before making any addition, homeowners must weight the pros and cons to make the best decision possible.

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before building a deck Every year, homeowners across the Capital Region invest a significant amount of time and money improving their outdoor living areas. One of the most popular ways to do that is to add a deck to a home. Decks are beneficial in many ways. Grillmasters love decks because they make the perfect place to set up a grill and a table and cook for family and friends. Those who simply love being outdoors find decks the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun or idle away the evening hours.

But homeowners who want to build a deck should know a few things before that process begins. • Permits are necessary. Unless the deck is going to be especially small, you will likely need a permit to build it. Before buying any materials or consulting any contractors, make certain you know which permits you need and how to get them. If the proper permits are not secured before the project begins, you might have to tear down the whole project and start all over again. • Decks don’t have to go on the back of the house. If the back of your house sits in the blazing sun all day, then it’s probably best to build the deck elsewhere, and that’s perfectly alright. So long as the property and permits allow, decks can be built on the side of a home as well, which might be more comfortable. • Decks don’t have to be made of wood. It’s easy to assume all decks are made of plain wood. However, decks can be made out of a wide variety of materials, natural or synthetic. Pressure treated wood is perhaps the most popular material for decking because it’s not very expensive. But man-made materials that are a mixture of recycled plastic and wood bits or sawdust are also popular because they require no maintenance. But homeowners should know that man-made materials can get hot in the sun, which will require those enjoying the deck to wear shoes.

• Expect to do some digging. If you’re going to build your own deck, expect to do some serious digging. Local building codes will dictate how deep you will need to dig for the pier footings, which support the deck’s weight. Just how deep you’ll dig depends on your climate’s specific frost line, but it’s safe to assume you’ll get a workout in when digging. • The deck can have multiple levels. Though many people associate decks with one level, it’s possible to have a multi-level deck if you simply don’t have enough room to build a deck that will be big enough to meet all of your needs. A multi-level deck can break up those long flights of stairs while ensuring you will always have somewhere to go to escape the sun on a hot day. • You will want to protect the deck. Decks are a costly investment, and you will want to protect that investment. If you’re building a wood deck, keep in mind the sun will beat down on the deck for most of the year. You can protect the deck by painting it. Paint provides sunscreen for the deck, stopping the sun from breaking down the material. Once you’ve finished painting, apply sealant, whether it’s oil- or water-based. • Don’t forget fasteners. Fasteners will hide the screws for aesthetic appeal. But not all woods and fasteners are the right fit, as certain woods are only compatible with certain fasteners. Find out which fasteners make the right fit ahead of time. Because fasteners conceal the screws, they also make it possible to go barefoot on the deck. A deck makes a great addition to many homes, but homeowners should learn as much as possible about decks and what goes into building them before making any decking decisions.


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to walk on, walk around the property and remove any debris that’s piled up over the last few months. • Remove thatch. Once the grass has dried, you can begin to remove thatch that’s built up over the winter. Thatch is potentially very harmful to soil, blocking sunlight, air and moisture the soil needs to ensure a lawn looks lush and healthy. Thatch removal does not necessarily need to be an annual task. If thatch buildup is insignificant, then it can be done every other year. Just use a dethatching rake to make the job much easier. • Aerate, particularly if the yard is a heavy traffic area once the warm weather arrives. If your yard transforms into a child’s wonderland upon the arrival of spring and summer, you might want to revive the soil by aerating. When the yard gets heavy usage, it’s easy for soil to become compacted, which makes it hard for air and water to reach the lawn’s roots. That can eventually make for a lessthan-appealing lawn. So if your yard is the place to be come the warmer months, aerate in the spring to loosen the soil and make it easier for the lawn to withstand the months ahead. No matter how harsh the winter months might have been, spring is a great time for homeowners to restore the property around their homes.

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Lead paint hazards and older windows

Window guards save kids’ lives

closing of windows in homes built prior to 1978 can disturb lead-based paint around the windows, causing paint dust and chips to be released into the air. “Research indicates that the everyday activity of opening and closing windows creates friction that then allows invisible lead dust to enter the air,” says Rick Nevin, a consultant to the National Center for Healthy Housing. “Young children, who crawl on the floor where the lead dust has settled, can be especially at risk. Toddlers put their hands in their mouths…and after playing on the floor near a window, they can easily transfer the lead dust into their mouths.” “We advocate that replacing older windows coated with lead-based paint with vinyl windows is a sensible step for homeowners who want to create a healthier home environment,” says Gary Pember with Simonton Windows. “We believe Rick’s research substantiates the replacement of all windows coated with lead-based paint as a way to dramatically help reduce lead dust within that home.”

Vinyl windows are a healthy choice when replacing older single-pane units. If your home was built before 1978 and you still have the original windows, you may want to consider replacing them — especially if you have young children or a pregnant person living at home. Studies suggest the routine opening and

Nevin explains that, according to his research funded by the National Institute of Health, homeowners need to understand there are four key steps to completing a “lead-safe window replacement strategy” for the home. “First, they advise replacing all single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows,” says Nevin. “Second, stabilize any significantly deteriorated paint. Third, perform specialized cleaning to remove any leadcontaminated dust. And finally, perform dust wipe tests to confirm the absence of lead dust hazards after the clean up.”

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Windows can be a safety hazard for young children. But window guards can prevent falls. The weather is warming and that means windows are being opened to let in fresh air and warm breezes. The advantages to open windows are many. But one particular disadvantage is the safety hazard open windows present to young children, especially toddlers. Montreal Children’s Hospital treats roughly 10 children a year who have fallen from a window. Due to toddlers’ high centre of gravity (a head that is particularly heavy), most topple over and land head-first, which can have devastating effects. Falls from windows can cause serious injuries and even death. However, the accidents are largely preventable. Many recall the tragic 1991 incident when musician Eric Clapton’s son, Conor, fell to his death from an apartment 49 stories up in a Manhattan highrise. Conor, age 4, allegedly darted past a housekeeper who had left the window open after cleaning and fell out of the window. The song “Tears in Heaven” was subsequently written by Clapton for his son. Children are often insatiable in their curiosity and desire to see what is

happening in the world around them. Goings-on outdoors can be fascinating, and it is not farfetched to see children leaning up against windows and screens to get a better view of outdoors. A window screen can easily dislodge and provides no barrier from a fall. Parents and guardians of young children should add window protection to the list of safety gear they use to childproof a home. There are many varieties of window guards that attach to windows and provide a measure of security against falls. Some of these safety devices are bars or grills that install into place but can be easily removed by an adult in the event the window needs to be used as an emergency evacuation point. Window gates can be used on larger, swing-out windows to form a barrier for children. There are also locks and latches that restrict how much a window can be opened. Some regions have made it law to have window guards on second story windows where children under age 10 are in residence, particularly highrise apartment buildings. Even falls from ground-floor windows can cause injuries. It’s important to check with a landlord or with a municipal office about the requirements with regard to window guards. In addition to the installation of window guards, other safety steps can help prevent window-related falls. • Keep furniture away from windows. Children can climb on the furniture and have better access to windows. • Keep beds away from windows, especially in a child’s bedroom. Children may horse around on a bed and bounce through an open window if the bed and window are not far apart. • Routinely inspect the hardware and construction of the window to ensure it is secure. Periodically check the fit of a window guard to make sure it is properly installed. • Do not open windows wide in children’s rooms. A few inches is all that’s needed for fresh air. • Make sure children know they are not allowed to play next to open windows or to try to climb up to windows.


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Promote safety around the home

In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy famously uttered the phrase, “there’s no place like home.”

But while homes are sanctuaries for many people, a home can be dangerous. Experts says that the majority of injuries that occur in homes in Canada are attributed to falls. The elderly and children are the age groups most susceptible to home accidents. Research by the Harvard Medical School has found that accidents and the chance for fatalities increases dramatically over the age of 65. However, accidents can occur in any age group, and making safety changes around the house is a proactive step to avoiding accidents.

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Smoke alarms are a vital part of home safety. Common injuries that occur around the home include: • Slamming fingers in doors and windows: For small children, severe injuries – even amputations – can result from slammed fingers in doors and windows. • Falls: Falls, especially down the stairs, cause more trips to the emergency room than any other accident in the U.S. • Cooking injuries: Burns and scaldings from cooking top the list of injuries at home. Cuts from a knife while preparing food are also leading dangers. • Electrocution: All it takes is a faulty outlet or a frayed cord to provide a shock, one that can prove fatal.

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In some towns, cities and provinces, laws mandate a home be equipped with certain safety items. Others are smart choices to have on hand. Although not all injuries around the home can be foreseen, the majority of them are preventable. With a combination of certain safety items on hand and precautionary actions, home-related injuries can be reduced. • Fire extinguisher: This can be kept on hand for minor fires. • Smoke alarm: These alert to the presence of smoke, which could be indicative of a home fire. • Carbon monoxide alarm: These alarms are a necessity to detect carbon

monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause death if inhaled in high amounts. Carbon monoxide alarms are frequently installed by furnaces and bedrooms. • Adequate lighting: Since falls are so common, having lights on landings and entryways can alleviate falls due to the inability to see. • Radon detectors: Another gas that is difficult to detect by smell or sight is radon, which may be leaching from surrounding soil into a home, particularly problematic on the lower level of a home. • Wire organizers: Bundles of wires behind televisions and other electronics can be tripping hazards and cause shocks or electrocution if touched improperly. Storage devices can keep them safely tucked out of sight. • First aid kit: A medical kit will have all of the supplies necessary to treat minor injuries. • Grab bars: Those with mobility issues can install grab bars in halls and baths for extra support. • Door and window guards: A number of safety devices exist for windows and doors, including foam protectors that prevent slammed fingers or hands. • Fire escapes: Those who live in multilevel homes can invest in retractable ladders that attach to windows and provide an emergency point of exit.


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• Have well water tested for quality, and test for bacteria every six months or as required by local authorities. • Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace their batteries. • Clean all windows, screens and window hardware. Repair any holes in screens or replace as necessary.

• Check and clean range hood filters monthly.

• Open the valve to the outside hose connection once danger of frost has passed.

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• Ensure outdoor air vents (intake, exhaust and forced air) are clear of debris.

• Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair them if required.

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• Test ground fault circuit interrupter(s) on electrical outlets monthly by pushing the test button, which should pop up the reset button. Press the reset button to restore power. • Check your furnace and air-exchanger filters, and clean or replace them if needed. • Have your fireplace or wood stove and chimney inspected, cleaned and serviced as needed.

• Re-level any exterior steps or decks which may have moved due to frost or settling. • Check for and seal any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for rain or small pests, such as bats and squirrels. • Check eavestroughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstructions and ensure water flows away from the foundation.

• Shut down, drain and clean furnacemounted humidifiers and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.

• Clear drainage ditches and culverts of debris.

• Switch on power to air conditioning, check system and clean or replace air-conditioning

• Carry out any spring landscaping and, if necessary, fertilize young trees.

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